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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 303

                                      "FAIR GAME"

                                           By

                                    Robert C. Cooper




               The Gateroom Hammond is standing at the top of the ramp talking 
               to SG1, who are standing down the side of the ramp, and other 
               personnel standing in the Gateroom.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You have fought with valour and courage, 
                         sacrificed for each other, for this 
                         country, for this planet. To honour 
                         the men and women of the SGC, I present 
                         Arthur Simms, the Secretary of Defense 
                         of the United States of America.
 
               
                                     SIMMS
                         Since the re-inception of this programme, 
                         I have eagerly awaited every word of 
                         every mission report stemming from this 
                         base like a wide eyed child waiting 
                         for his next bed time story. Not actually 
                         being here, seeing your faces or this 
                         Stargate here behind me it is sometimes 
                         easy to forget that it's all really 
                         happening. The President regrets not 
                         being able to be here but I'm glad because 
                         it gives me the opportunity to congratulate 
                         you on your recent effort in defeating 
                         a formidable enemy and rescuing SG1, 
                         captured in the line of duty. You risk 
                         your lives every day in a way more dangerous 
                         and fantastic than any of us could have 
                         ever dreamed. Understand that I represent 
                         every person of this great nation when 
                         I salute your ongoing heroic spirit. 
                         You should be proud.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Before we finish today I have one other 
                         small bit of business. Please come to 
                         attention. From the Vice Chief of Staff 
                         of the Air Force in recognition of Captain 
                         Samantha Carter's outstanding work I 
                         hereby authorise her immediate promotion 
                         to the rank of major. Captain, step 
                         forward.
 
               
               Sam walks up the rank where General Hammond takes off her Captains 
               bars.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The United States Air Force recognises 
                         that you have fulfilled tasks and duties 
                         well beyond the responsibility of captain.
 
                         
               
               Jack has moved forward and attaches the oakleaf on her left shoulder 
               while Hammond does her right.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It is with great pleasure that I bestow 
                         upon you the responsibilities, the respect 
                         and the rank of Major.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you Sir. Sam salutes Hammond and 
                         turns to Jack who shakes her hand and 
                         salutes as well.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well done Major.

               
               Sam smiles and walks back to her place.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         In closing, Major Carter's supervisor, 
                         Colonel Jack O'Neill would like to say 
                         a few words.
 
               
               Jack walks to the podium.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Normally, I am a man of very few words. 
                         A bright light suddenly appears and 
                         engulfs Jack, beaming him somewhere.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Code Nine!

               
               A ship orbiting Earth

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And in conclusion, I'd like to say..
 
                         
               
               Suddenly realising he's not in Kansas any more, Jack stops and 
               looks around. Behind him, Thor suddenly beams in.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         Greetings Jack O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Greetings. Have we met?

               
                                     THOR
                         I am Thor.

               
               OPENING CREDITS

               
               Thor's ship

               
                                     THOR
                         I apologise for taking you by surprise, 
                         but I have come on a matter of great 
                         importance.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We're in orbit around Earth, right?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Yes.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know, we have satellites and telescopes 
                         that can see things like space ships.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Our ships have never been detected in 
                         orbit around Earth before.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hm. All right. I'm sorry. You were saying 
                         something. A matter of great importance?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         We received word of what transpired 
                         with your people and the goa'uld named 
                         Hathor.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         She had it coming.

               
                                     THOR
                         As a result, the Goa'uld System Lords 
                         have turned their attention towards 
                         you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What, for killing Hathor? They should 
                         be thanking us. She was planning to 
                         overthrow them.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         Her intentions are irrelevant. Earth 
                         has once again proven it can be a formidable 
                         threat to the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh, now, we're a threat to them?

               
                                     THOR
                         They have decided it is a concern to 
                         be dealt with. The System Lords are 
                         capable of launching and assault one 
                         hundred times more powerful than that 
                         you previously withstood at the hands 
                         of Apophis.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay, uh, that could be a problem.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         The Asgard agree. I have come to offer 
                         our assistance.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Now see that would be appreciated. I've 
                         seen your work. It's great.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         The vast majority of the Asgard fleet 
                         is currently unavailable.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh. So what d'you have in mind?

               
                                     THOR
                         With your permission the Asgard will 
                         attempt to negotiate with the Goa'uld 
                         System Lords to include Earth in the 
                         Protected Planets Treaty.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's a good thing right?

               
                                     THOR
                         it would prevent this attack.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good. Uh, to be honest with you, I'd 
                         rather have a fleet of you ships here. 
                         A few of these babies and we could just. 
                         We could try the negotiating thing.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         I will contact the System Lords. You 
                         may return to your planet now. Thor 
                         beams out.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Excuse me? I assume someone's gonna 
                         show me the way back? He is beamed out.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you.

               
               The Briefing Room Hammond, Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c are walking 
               up the steps.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Why would the Goa'uld agree to this 
                         negotiation?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Goa'uld fear the Asgard.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Plus I assume the Asgard would offer 
                         the Goa'uld something in return, that's 
                         generally the way negotiations work.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well what if the summit fails?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well Thor said that's pretty much the 
                         only option he could offer. If it fails. 
                         total annihilation.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well the President is wondering how 
                         confident we are in trusting the Asgard.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         The Tok'ra trust them.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         They helped Jack out when he got the 
                         Ancients language downloaded into his 
                         brain.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You gotta love 'em for that.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But we know very little about the politics 
                         out there. How do we know the Asgard 
                         truly have our best interests at heart?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I suppose we don't. But if they have 
                         any other agenda in mind.
 
               
               Thor suddenly beams in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, do we need Security?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No I'll vouch for him Sir. Major Samantha 
                         Carter. Dr Daniel Jackson. You remember 
                         Thor? Thor, this is Teal'c and Major 
                         General George Hammond. He's the leader 
                         of our facility here.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         The System Lords have agreed to negotiate.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's good news.

               
                                     THOR
                         They will arrive in four days.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Here?

               
                                     THOR
                         It is customary for such negotiations 
                         to take place on the planet in question. 
                         Three representatives from the System 
                         Lords will arrive by Stargate. You must 
                         be prepared to speak on behalf of all 
                         the inhabitants of Earth.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Uh well maybe not me, personally.

               
                                     THOR
                         We have chosen you, O'Neill, to represent 
                         your planet at the proceedings.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Now, see, that could be a mistake. You 
                         see, Dr Jackson here is an extremely 
                         educated and articulate man. Very well 
                         versed in all the languages.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         You have led your people into the galaxy 
                         through the Stargate. You are our choice, 
                         O'Neill. Further instructions to aid 
                         you in your preparation will follow.
 
                         
               
               Thor beams out.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, there you go.

               
               Briefing Room Daniel is stood by the projector screen telling 
               everyone else including Jack, Sam, Teal'c, Janet, Hammond and 
               Simms about the 3 Goa'ulds that will be arriving.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Cronus was amongst the earliest Greek 
                         Gods, one of 12 Titans who eventually 
                         ascended to supreme domination. He was 
                         god of Fate and eventually became father 
                         to Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and Hades. Now 
                         this last relationship may indicate 
                         a connection to the Goa'uld Sokar.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Cronus is the most influential of the 
                         System Lords. It was he who originally 
                         banished Sokar. Cronus was also a mortal 
                         enemy of Apophis.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Which may indicate why the System Lords 
                         didn't join in Apophis' attack on Earth.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The System Lords reluctantly banded 
                         together to defend Goa'uld territory 
                         against outside threats such as the 
                         Asgard and Reetou. However they still 
                         battle amongst themselves for control 
                         of their own individual domains.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The second Goa'uld representative we're 
                         expecting is.. Yu.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Me?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yu is the name of the Goa'uld.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah. Sorry.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Also known as Yu the Great. He did not 
                         assume the role of a God per se but 
                         may have been one of China's earliest 
                         emperors. Legend says he possessed great 
                         mythical powers and sprang into the 
                         world from a dragon's body. Ancient 
                         scrolls say he founded the first recorded 
                         dynasty whose advances came about under 
                         harsh rule. However it should be noted 
                         that Yu did account for a number of 
                         positive influences.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you.

               
               Daniel looks at him.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sorry.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         According to Thor's message, Yu is the 
                         most likely to favour this treaty, as 
                         his interests no longer reside in this 
                         area of the galaxy.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         And the third Goa'uld Dr Jackson?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Another one we haven't met but have 
                         a certain familiarity with. For those 
                         in the room that don't know, Nirrti 
                         is the Goa'uld who wiped out all but 
                         one survivor of P8X 987 along with four 
                         members of the SGC in an attempt to 
                         destroy Earth's Stargate.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Cassandra's planet.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Little is known about Nirrti from Earth's 
                         perspective. In early Hindu reference 
                         she was a destructive goddess of Darkness.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         So we're gonna let these Goa'uld just 
                         walk in here?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         There are a number of aspects of this 
                         situation I'm not comfortable with Major. 
                         Thank you Dr Jackson. Teal'c, I would 
                         like you to act as liason to the Goa'uld. 
                         Dr Jackson..
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         General Hammond.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Is there a problem?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I mean no disrespect, but I have given 
                         my allegiance to you, to the SGC and 
                         to the people of this world freely. 
                         I will not, however, not see to the 
                         petty needs of these Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'll see to the petty needs of the Goa'uld, 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Okay, Dr Jackson. Teal'c, you will assist 
                         Major Castleman with base security. 
                         According to Thor, treaty law will not 
                         permit weapons of any kind in this facility 
                         during negotiations.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Whoa! Sir, that doesn't sound wise.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We're largely trusting the Asgard based 
                         on your word Colonel. This is their 
                         rule. As a result the base is completely 
                         sealed off from the surface. The Secretary 
                         of Defense will be staying to represent 
                         the President. Storage room 12A on Level 
                         17 will be converted to a meeting room 
                         for security reasons. You've all received 
                         folders that include your individual 
                         assignments as preparation instructions 
                         as laid out by the Asgard. There's a 
                         lot of work to do people, and not much 
                         time.
 
               
               Room within the SGC A woman inputs a code into a safe and takes 
               out a tray. She passes it to Sam who takes the Goa'uld hand device 
               off it and hands it to man. She then gives him the harakesh from 
               In the Line of Duty and passes the trays back to the woman.
 
               
               
                                     SERGEANT
                         What about that one Major?

               
                                     CARTER
                         This is a Goa'uld healing device. Those 
                         two are the weapons.
 
               
               Corridor within the SGC Jack walks along to catch up with Hammond.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, how are your briefings going?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I had no idea how exciting diplomacy 
                         could be Sir. What's this about?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm not sure. It's Teal'c. They reach 
                         Teal'c. HAMMOND: Teal'c, Sergeant, what's 
                         the problem? SERGEANT: He won't relinquish 
                         his weapon Sir. O'NEILL: Teal'c? TEAL'C: 
                         Like you I do not believe we should 
                         remove all weapons from this base. HAMMOND: 
                         The Asgard were explicit. If they detect 
                         weapons, there will be no summit. O'NEILL: 
                         No summit, no treaty. TEAL'C: The Goa'uld 
                         that you are allowing through your Stargate 
                         are amongst the most deceptive and treacherous 
                         that I have ever known. HAMMOND: Thor 
                         assures us the Goa'ulds are also forbidden 
                         from bringing weapons. O'NEILL: If this 
                         treaty doesn't happen, they're gonna 
                         send a hundred of those motherships 
                         here. You know as well as I do what 
                         that means. HAMMOND: Teal'c, I'm ordering 
                         you to turn your weapon over. Teal'c 
                         looks at Jack and reluctantly turns 
                         the staff weapon over.
 
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
                                     BRIEFING ROOM DANIEL
                         Are we seriously going to give up Gate 
                         travel? HAMMOND: Considering the alternative.. 
                         SIMMS: I believe that ring out there 
                         is the single most important thing on 
                         this planet. And I understand what losing 
                         the Gate would mean. But is on your 
                         word we trust these Asgard. Peaceful 
                         solutions to this crisis must be considered. 
                         O'NEILL: True, but. CARTER: The point 
                         is, sir, with all due respect, it's 
                         not nearly as simple as you put it. 
                         TEAL'C: There are other threats to this 
                         world that this treaty will not protect 
                         you from. O'NEILL: From what my buddy 
                         Thor tells me, an enemy far worse than 
                         the Goa'uld. SIMMS: If any of you can 
                         tell me absolutely why we should not 
                         accept this proposal, I will forward 
                         your opinion to the President. And I 
                         assure you it will be given serious 
                         weight.
 
               
                                     THOR'S SHIP THOR
                         Have your people reached a decision? 
                         O'NEILL: Um, not yet. That's kinda why 
                         I'm here. I was wondering what you think 
                         we should do. THOR: It is your decision. 
                         O'NEILL: I see. Or do I? You guys, do 
                         you ever say one thing and mean another? 
                         Kinda speak between the lines, if you 
                         know what I mean? THOR: I do not. O'NEILL: 
                         Do not what? Speak between the lines 
                         or understand? THOR: What do you, O'Neill, 
                         think your people should do? O'NEILL: 
                         Well, see, I don't know. It's a bit 
                         much for one guy to make that call for 
                         an entire planet. On the other hand, 
                         it's pretty obvious. Give up the Stargate 
                         or be destroyed. THOR: So it would seem. 
                         O'NEILL: But you see, the Goa'uld could 
                         call your bluff, attack us anyway and 
                         we'd have given up our only means of 
                         finding a way to defend ourselves. THOR: 
                         That is true. O'NEILL: Oh come on! Gimme 
                         something! Anything! I won't hold you 
                         to it. A little head nod if there's 
                         another way around this. THOR: It is 
                         your planet at stake. I believe you 
                         have it within you to make the right 
                         decision. O'NEILL: All right. Send me 
                         back. Wait! Right there! Is that a head 
                         nod? A nod is usually down then back 
                         up. You kinda just went down. Wait! 
                         Thor beams Jack down.
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     THOR'S SHIP THOR
                         You must let them take Cronus. O'NEILL: 
                         They'll attack us! THOR: If you hold 
                         them against their will, the rest of 
                         the System Lords will attack regardless. 
                         O'NEILL: Look, Teal'c didn't do this. 
                         THOR: I have been instructed by the 
                         Asgard High Council to leave Earth's 
                         orbit. O'NEILL: And that's what, in 
                         line with your policy of limited benevolence? 
                         THOR: I have explained our position. 
                         To borrow from a human euphemism, it 
                         is not a perfect galaxy. O'NEILL: Well 
                         I'm sorry, I get a little testy when 
                         faced with the total annihilation of 
                         our little corner of it. THOR: We sympathise 
                         with your situation. O'NEILL: Right. 
                         And yet you'll still just sit by and 
                         watch 'em destroy us. THOR: We cannot 
                         interfere without beginning a much larger 
                         war that cannot be won at this time.
 
                         
               
                                     STORAGE ROOM 12A YU
                         I command that you release us. NIRRTI: 
                         We must leave now and take Cronus before 
                         his death is on your heads. HAMMOND: 
                         I'm sorry. I can't let you go. NIRRTI: 
                         If we do not report back, your planet 
                         will suffer the full force of the System 
                         Lord's wrath. HAMMOND: That's going 
                         to happen whether we let you go or not. 
                         YU: You have violated every code mandated 
                         for these negotiations! The Asgard will 
                         not protect you! O'NEILL: Actually you're 
                         wrong about something. There's one rule 
                         we haven't broken yet. Four SF's come 
                         in heavily armed.
 
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               THE END

               

Fair Game



Writers :   Robert C. Cooper
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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