Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
The gate has activated and Hammond rushes up into the control
Receiving a signal Sir, it's the Kelownans.
Open the iris.
Hammond walks into the main gate room; Jonas Quinn walks through
Mr. Quinn, it's good to see you again!
It's good to see you to Sir. I wish
it was under better circumstances. We
need to talk.
For the past several months we've been
analyzing the data on the crystal left
behind by Thanos. It was the Goa'uld
that occupied our planet three thousand
years ago. Now our progress at first
was very slow but we recently made a
major, major discovery. It turns out
that Naquadria was not originally present.
Jonas puts some sheets down in the middle of the table.
What do you mean?
It's not native to our planet.
I don't understand, it exists in mineral
Right, I know it does now but we believe
that those deposits were originally
made up of ordinary Naquada.
I assume this makes sense to you.
Actually, no it doesn't.
We found a reference to a process the
Goa'uld discovered which allowed them
to convert raw Naquada into Naquadria
while it was still underground. Now
somehow it started a change reaction
which has continued on down through
the veins getting deeper and deeper
and deeper and we believe that the process
Are you saying that at this very moment,
there are deposits of Naquada on your
planet that are being transformed into
Yes, one very large one in particular.
We only recently discovered it because
it's so many miles beneath the surface
of our planet. But as the conversion
process goes deeper, the heat and pressure
And Naquadria is highly unstable.
We believe that when it reaches a certain
depth, it's going to explode, with enough
force to obliterate Kelowna.
The setting is now in Jonas' lab on Kelowna. Jonas and Carter
are there. Jonas is doing something on a laptop; Carter is walking
around behind him.
The first few records of the conversion
process that we found were pretty vague.
To tell the truth I was half convinced
that I had made a mistake in the translation,
then we came across these test results,
which show the ratio of Naquada to Naquadria
achieved by the process. Check this
So the Naquada that isn't converted
breaks down into lighter elements?
You know for the longest time I was
wondering why we never found any Naquadria
anywhere else in the galaxy and now
I'm thinking it's because it doesn't
exist in nature at all.
Which would explain why none of the
other Goa'uld knew about it until Anubis
probed your mind.
The door opens and a female Kelownan walks in, her head looking
down at something in her hands.
We've got the latest geological data,
it looks like.. ( Looks up and sees
Sam.).. oh, hello.
Oh, Samantha Carter this is Kyanna Seer.
Sam.. Carter.. She helps me out on the
I've heard a lot about you Major. We
could really use your expertise right
What have you got?
It looks like the Naquadria has progressed
deeper then we thought.
How much time do we have?
A few weeks, a month, it's hard to say.
We need to know how the conversion process
works if we want to find a way to stop
Yeah, but the information stored on
the crystals is incomplete.
Well then we'll have to figure it out
Back in the gate room, the Gate has activated and Hammond and
Daniel are standing at the bottom of the ramp. Three Kelownan's
walk out of the gate and down the ramp.
Ambassador, welcome to Earth.
Actually, it's First Minister now.
This is Ven Uramal and Alucia Tarthis.
The Terranian and Andarrie representatives
on the joint council.
Right this way.
Daniel and Hammond lead the three Kelownans into the briefing
I assumed that Jonas Quinn would be
He sends his apologies, but at the moment
he is devoting his attention to the
Has any progress been made?
So far very little I'm afraid. But I
believe that with the dissipation of
our friends from Earth, a solution will
be found soon.
Of course we all hope that's the case,
but you may want to consider making
some contingency plans.
We can offer you limited relocation
through the Stargate.
A full evacuation of an industrialized
world is a practical impossibility.
I'm not sure that I understand. You
invited us here to propose that we abandon
Langarra is the new name of our planet.
It's from an ancient dialect common
to all three nations.
A symbol of our new unity.
It has a nice ring to it.
It was chosen by a committee.
We understand that if this problem cannot
be solved, then Kelowna will suffer
severe devastation, at which point we
are prepared to offer humanitarian aid
to the survivors.
Of course we have limited resources
but we pledge to do what we can.
Are you kidding?
Has no one explained this to you?
We've tried, they seem unwilling to
accept the truth.
If you knew more about our history then
you'd understand our reluctance to believe
Well our own scientists have studied
the problem and while it is true that
Kelowna will bear the brunt of the initial
explosion, in fact by our calculations
over half of the country's land mass
will be destroyed. You're not taking
into account the amount of dust that
will be thrown into the upper atmosphere.
It will block the sunlight and lower
the average surface temperature significantly.
For all intents and purposes, your entire
planet will be uninhabitable.
Back with Carter, Jonas and Kyanna.
This doesn't make any sense. Naquadria
is a heavier, less stable isotope then
Naquada. The conversion should require
the continuous input of large amounts
Yeah, but it seems to be continuing
on its own.
Which is impossible.
Not necessarily, low energy fusion can
occur in the presence of certain sub-atomic
catalysts like moolans.
But I believe that only works for extremely
light materials such as Deterium.
Wow, Kelownan understanding of particle
physics seems to have come a long way
We're quick learners.
Well in any case, I wasn't thinking
about moolans specifically. There are
certain other sub-atomic particles which
could catalyze this reaction. The real
question is why didn't this planet blow
up a long time ago.
What do you mean?
I think that the reason you haven't
been able to figure out the process
is because you've been working under
the assumption that this transformation
began three thousand years ago.
But that's what the historical data
Maybe so, but if you put that aside
for a moment and assume that in the
presence of the right catalysts.. you
can account for this reaction. It's
just a lot faster then you thought.
How much faster?
A deposit the size of the one you recently
discovered could take as little as a
few years to transform completely.
The room starts shaking violently.
What was that?
Back in the control room on Earth.
Receiving video transmission Sir.
Major, what's your situation?
Most of the fires that were caused by
the Earthquake are under control now
Sir. Dr Frasier is organizing the distribution
of medical supplies.
I find it hard to believe that this
was a coincidence.
It wasn't, we traced the epicenter of
the quake to a small deposit of converted
Naquadria located about 20KM under the
A small pocket?
When the main deposit goes Sir, we estimate
that the explosion will be about one
hundred thousand times more powerful.
Back in the briefing room.
And how far away is it?
Approximately 14,000 light years.
Give or take.
The Madronan's are a peaceful, advanced
society with the resources to accept
many thousands of refugees.
Jonas Quinn's reports refer to several
uninhabited planets capable of sustaining
life. The Andarrie government might
consider relocation if one of these
were made available.
Without infrastructure, any uninhabited
planet would not be able to sustain
many Langarran refugees.
I'm not suggesting one planet for all
You want your own planet?
The Andarrie people would welcome a
fresh start, given the oppression we've
suffered in the past.
The only thing you suffered under Terranian
rule was peace and good government.
And mass arrests, summary executions..
In response to terrorist attacks against
WOAH! We're getting a bit off topic
here don't you think?
Three separate relocations is just not
practical. Madronas is your best bet
to save as many lives as possible.
Somewhere in one of the SGC labs, Hammond and the First Minister
walk in to find Jonas Quinn and Carter.
Jonas, Major Carter. General Hammond
tells me that you've discovered something
about the conversion process.
Well we determined that the transformation
must have begun with a massive bombardment
of sub-atomic particles which catalyzed
the reaction and allowed it to continue
without more energy. It's possible to
create these particles in the lab. But
there's really only one way they could
have been produced in sufficient quantity
and with enough energy to penetrate
several miles into the crust of the
It was the Naquadria bomb test. The
test that was conducted two years ago.
We did this to ourselves.
Historical documents indicate that Thanos
was destroyed in some cataclysmic event.
Maybe this was the explosion that triggered
the chain reaction.
It did, at least in the case of the
Naquada deposit near the surface.
It appears that Thanos managed to create
a small amount of Naquadria in the lab.
Something went wrong and the resulting
explosion released the sub-atomic particles
which catalyzed the conversion of the
first vein of Naquada. The rest of the
deposit transformed in less then a year.
After that, it simply lay in the ground.
Another ten thousand years and it would
have decayed back into Naquada if you
hadn't mined it first.
Then we set off the bomb, which started
the conversion of the second deeper
Back in the briefing room once again.
This is outrageous, if what you say
is true, the Kelownan government bears
full responsibility for the imminent
destruction of Langarra.
Your governments formed an alliance
for the expressed purpose of attacking
Kelowna, we were merely looking to defend
We only went to a heightened war alert
after we learned of your research.
And that goes to prove that you were
spying on us.
What choice did we have? We certainly
weren't going to rely on the Kelownan
government to tell us the truth.
These talks will have to be suspended
until I can confer with my cabinet.
Oh' for crying out loud.
Who cares whose fault it is?
Your planet is gonna blow up!
The whole damn planet Daniel!
Okay. I think it's best if we all just
take a little recess right now.
Jack and Daniel walk towards the door.
Jack, Teal'c and Daniel are walking down a passageway.
I say we send a packet.
We can't give up on them yet, we still
have the potential to save thousands
of lives here.
And yet curiously, they don't seem to
understand or care.
This is diplomacy, this is the way the
game is played. It takes patience.
Yeah? Well I'm fresh out.
As am I.
Jack and Teal'c walk into a lift, the doors start to close.
I think you're on your own.
On Kelowna, in Jonas' lab.
No matter how many times we go over
this, we're still going to come to the
same conclusion. There's simply no way
to reverse the process.
Maybe we don't have to. According to
the latest geological data there's a
minor fault line crossing the vein of
Naquada, about a kilometer above the
Sam hands the papers containing the data to Jonas.
If we could somehow trigger a move along
the fault line we could isolate the
advancing Naquadria and break off the
chain reaction before it gets any deeper.
And how do we do that?
We set off a large explosion near the
fault. Stargate Command could provide
a small nuclear device that would do
the trick, the only problem is that
we'd have to get down there. Which means
drilling through 20 kilometers of solid
Kyanna and Jonas look at each other thoughtfully.
There's something I wanna show you.
In some large building, there appears to be what looks like a
huge drill. Carter, Jonas and Kyanna walk up to it.
It took us two and a half years to build
and it cost over half the annual Kelownan
research budget. A deep underground
Onboard the vehicle.
The fore and aft sections have both
been outfitted with titanium cutter
heads. Each of which can withstand or
apply thrust of up to fifty metric tons.
What kind of mobility are we talking
Oh', about 80 meters per hour. Hey look
I know it's not fast enough but I do
have an idea for a little adjustment
that will give us a lot more speed.
Tokra tunnel crystals!
Modified of course, to work in conjunction
with the cutter heads.
Pretty impressive, do you mind if I
take a look at your power systems?
Jonas points up a ladder. Carter climbs up it.
Do we have to show her everything?
Everybody has an agenda Jonas and her
people have made no secret of their
interests in our Naquadria deposits.
Look, I've wanted to come forward with
this for a long time but I always got
overruled by the cabinet. Now we have
We don't need her. We can go to the
I worked with these people for over
a year, I trust them with my life.
The two of them kiss.
Back in the briefing room.
The machine was designed to mine Naquadria.
According to the terms of our alliance,
any information relating to Naquadria
is to be shared. We were purposely misled.
We had every intention of telling you
once the prototype was fully operational.
Do you take us for idiots? It was you
that created this disaster, and now
you expect benefit by acquiring alien
I think we can all agree that the Kelownan
government didn't come forward with
this information sooner. However regarding
the Tokra crystals, you really have
no choice. Otherwise you will not be
able to reach the Naquadria vein in
time to save your world. It's that simple.
Back on the mining vessel.
Wow, Jonas. This technology is beyond
anything I've seen in Kelowna before.
Well I did make a few suggestions for
some adjustments based on what I learned
at Stargate Command.
It's pretty amazing.
I'll tell you, most of the credit goes
Yeah, she took what she learned from
me and she made modifications to the
hydraulics, the shielding mechanisms,
everything. I'm telling you, without
her, this thing would be months away
from being operational.
So you two have been working pretty
closely on this.
Sam looks at Jonas.
Come on Jonas, I'm not blind. What's
Let's just say that it's in the development
stage, although I do find her interesting.
I'll bet you do.
Kyanna walks alone into Jonas' lab. She pulls out some sort of
syringe and injects her arm with it. She walks out of the lab
Back in the SGC Gate room. Teal'c is walking down the ramp carrying
a large metal box.
Teal'c, I trust that your mission was
Indeed. The crystals you requested.
How are the negotiations progressing?
Well, they finally agreed to send a
three person delegation to Madronas
evaluate the planet as a potential evacuation
What of Jonas Quinn and Major Carter?
They're making some final adjustments
to the Kelownan excavation machine,
it should be ready for launch within
Back on the excavation machine.
Hey. Just in time to help me run a few
Sam looks at Jonas.
Jonas, did you design the primary power
Well, I didn't really design anything.
I did make some suggestions for some
Based on advanced technology that you
encountered while you were with SG1.
That's right, why.. what's wrong?
Well the hardware is different. But
the basic principle is very similar
to a Goa'uld design.
Well that's impossible.
I went over it three times. I probably
wouldn't have even noticed myself if
I hadn't calculated that the generators
were working at a 130% efficiency.
No.. there's some mistake.
Jonas, who did design the system?
Kyanna walks into Jonas' lab where Carter, Jonas and two Guards
are. The two Guards grab Kyanna.
Jonas, what's going on?
What are you talking about?
Who do you serve?
Jonas whatever you think.. whatever
she told you, is a lie.
They searched your quarters. Do you
want to explain why they found a Goa'uld
communication device among your belongings?
Kyanna's eyes flash like that of a Goa'uld.
Very well, you know the truth. Now how
shall we proceed?
One of the guards pulls a small object from Kyanna's jacket.
I'm assuming that this is the drug that
allowed you to escape detection. It
somehow masks the presence of the symbiote
right? You don't have to tell me, I'm
sending this back to the SGC for analysis.
How long have you been on this planet?
We knew Anubis came here for a reason,
after his defeat I was dispatched to
find out why he was so interested in
So you work for Baal?
I gained access to Kelowna's most sensitive
research by implanting myself in a young
scientist who was working on the Naquadria
Let me talk to Kyanna.
In a small way I've grown to admire
this host. She is exceptionally astute,
a curious specimen.
Let me talk to her.
I made the major modifications to the
excavator. If you wish to successfully
complete this undertaking, then you
will require my assistance.
Why would you help us?
We share a common goal, I to wish to
save this world.
So you can hand it over to Baal? I don't
She's right, you're going to need her.
Let her help you, for the sake of our
It's not her Jonas, it's the Goa'uld
trying to fool us. We've seen it before.
Get her out of here.
On the excavation vessel.
Depth is 2200 meters, speed is 1.5 meters
The drills are running hot.
All right, bring down your RPM's. Don't
I can't stay ahead of these adjustments.
You're going to stall it out, power
The engines stop.
You stripped the drill heads. Control,
Jonas, we've got a problem.
Back in the Briefing room.
Could this be the result of Goa'uld
Quite the contrary. Major Carter believes
the Goa'uld modifications have the speed
and efficiency of the drills.
The problem is that the system requires
constant subtle adjustments to account
for the changes of the density of the
materials it's passing through. It's
kind of like shifting gears on a racecar.
The point is that Major Carter isn't
confident in her own ability to run
the drill. She thinks the best person
for the job is the Goa'uld.
You've got to be kidding.
We could overhaul the system and eliminate
the modifications but that would significantly
reduce the speed of the excavator and
it would take weeks.
We don't have that kind of time.
The Goa'uld could have sabotaged the
excavator any time she wanted to. Instead
she helped Jonas improved several of
its key systems.
Only because she wishes to preserve
the Naquadria deposit for Baal.
That may be so but avoiding the explosion
is our first priority. Without the Goa'uld,
we have no chance.
Kyanna comes down and talks to Sam.
You have made the right choice. Your
confidence in me will not go unrewarded.
We had no choice. And for the record,
our confidence in you is minimal.
Which is no doubt why the Sho'lva will
be accompanying us? And why all of you
Jonas is looking uncomfortable
Who calibrated the primary inductors?
Launch now and you will burn through
them before you pass a hundred meters.
Sam gives a sarcastic smile.
All right! I'll take navigation. Teal'c,
take shields and life support.
There's a shot of the outside of the excavation vehicle.
"We are go for launch in thirty seconds"
Powering up. Engines are at 70%......80.
Shields are active.
Navigational computer is online.
Engines are at full power. Control,
we're set to go for launch. In five,
four, three, two, one.
The head of the vehicle starts turning and it starts to descend.
Briefing Room. Hammond enters with the Kelownan minister. Ven
and Alucia are seated at the table, while Daniel is sitting behind
We've just received word from Kelowna.
Our security has been monitoring a communication
device which came from Kyanna's quarters.
Apparently a message has come through
He's ordered her to report. He's waiting
for her to send a transmission.
And if she doesn't?
He'll come back to find out what happened.
That's a distinct possibility.
Back on Kelowna and alarms are sounding within the vehicle.
What is it?
We are losing coolant pressure in one
of the forward tubes. We must have broken
She gets up from her seat.
Major Carter take the controls.
Sam takes her position and Teal'c takes Sam's vacated seat.
Where are you going?
I can divert coolant from the aft section,
but I have to do it from the engine
I'm coming with you.
He gets up and follows her.
You still do not trust me do you?
Is there anyway to contact the excavator.
They're too deep. No radio signal could
penetrate that much solid rock.
It won't make much difference. Telling
them about Baal's message will not change
But if the Goa'uld doesn't make it back.
The only reason that would happen is
if the mission fails. If that's the
case, Baal will be the least of your
problems. I suggest we get back to planning
Jonas and Kyanna are rushing around trying to sort out the problem
Check it out.
Forward pressures rising. We’re good.
Maybe now you'll believe that I too
wish this mission to succeed?
Yeah, for the wrong reasons.
Has it ever occurred to you that serving
Baal may not be my only interest here?
I never thought I'd find the company
of a human so intriguing.
She tries to touch him but he brushes her hand away.
And suddenly I repulse you? Not that
long ago you felt differently.
Yeah, well that was before I found out
who you are. What you are.
And yet the fact remains, you never
knew the host before I took her. All
this time it was never Kyanna, it was
She leaves the room. As she returns to the bridge the ship shakes
and an alarm sounds.
What is happening?
I'm not sure. We're still on course,
They all swap seats again and Kyanna arrives.
Hull temperature is rising rapidly.
300 degrees, 400 degrees and still rising.
Jonas, is there any volcanic activity
in the area?
Malpallen. But it's been dormant for
hundreds of years.
Just because it's dormant at the surface,
doesn't mean there couldn't be magma
flows in the vicinity.
Hull temperature is 700 degrees and
We're passing through a river of molten
At the SGC, Jack is coming out of an elevator and sees Daniel
stood waiting for him.
They start walking together.
Daniel, how's the whole diplomacy thing
working out for you?
It's not. The latest arguments about
the selection process. The Kelownan's
want a lottery. The Terranian's want
to assign positions and the Andarries
wanna set up a committee to discuss
I'm trying to remind them that they're
facing total annihilation, but they
can't seem to face their own mistrust.
Jack grabs Daniel by the shoulders and turns him around so that
they're facing each other.
I think I can help you out on this.
He walks off.
What do you mean?
Things are heating up in the excavation vehicle.
Hull temperature is 1100 degrees.
The ship cannot take much more of this.
Divert power to the shields.
We have no way of knowing how thick
this vein of magma is. If we turn back
now, we may get out alive.
I said divert power to the shields!
The two women stare each other down for a while until Kyanna
Power diverted. Although I'm not sure
how much difference it will make.
Hull temperature is 1200 degree's.
Do you really want to risk your life
for the people of this world major?
I am not so sure they would do the same
Hot steam starts pouring in.
We're losing hull integrity.
Kyanna stands and starts trying to sort the problem, it seems
that she succeeds.
Hull temperature is dropping. 1100 degree's
and still falling.
We made it through.
The three representatives are still arguing in the Briefing Room.
Kelowna will accept nothing less than
Really? Kelowna is solely responsible
for this problem.
Daniel is looking very fed up.
Need I remind you that the Stargate
is in our possession?
For the moment.
Is that a threat?
It's an assurance that when it comes
to the survival of our people, we will
do whatever is necessary.
What so now you wanna go to war? My
friends are trying to save your world
and you wanna destroy it?
Jack and Hammond arrive.
OK! Save your breath Daniel. You folks
I don't understand.
Well, you see, we actually like the
Madronans, they're nice people. And
we've decided, there's no way we'd subject
them to the likes of you. Deal's off.
Colonel O'Neill's right. You can stay
until we hear back from Jonas and Major
(Smiling) That's what you get for dicking
The advance of the excavation vehicle is being hampered.
Something's wrong. We're losing speed.
1.5 meters per second and slowing.
It is the forward drills. They were
damaged by the magma.
Forward drills finished. Cutting power.
This is as deep as we're gonna get.
What is our position?
We're still over a kilometer from the
What happens if we drop the bomb here?
We're too far from the fault line. Detonating
from this position would be pointless.
Then we have failed.
A little time passes and Sam and Jonas are discussing possibilities.
We're gonna have to go back to the surface
and repair the ship.
There's too much damage. That's gonna
take us weeks.
I'm sorry Jonas but we don't have a
We still have some Tokra crystals in
reserve. We can use those to tunnel
the rest of the way.
They'd never make it far enough.
Yeah, but if we focus them, we can at
least dig a passage big enough for one
person. That would give us the distance
It might work. But this depth, the heat
and the noxious gasses will penetrate
even a Tokra tunnel. It will be suicide.
I will go. Do not worry Major Carter.
I may be intrigued by your willingness
to sacrifice yourself for others, but
I do not share it. My symbiote will
Why take the risk?
You still think of me as nothing but
a servant of Baal. You are mistaken.
You haven't told him about the Naquadria?
You want it for yourself.
In any case, the fact remains. I am
the only one that can complete this
Sam helps Ryanna prepare.
The tunnel is complete.
Are you sure you understand the detonation
Of course, it is a simple enough device.
She makes her way down into the tunnel. The others sit and wait
for news. Kyanna reaches her destination.
I am in position.
She takes the bomb out.
I am setting the detonator.
An alarm sounds up above.
Oh this is not good. (Via radio) Kyanna
this is Major Carter. Do you read?
We're losing power. I think the generators
have been damaged.
I was afraid of that. How much power
do you have left?
We're down to 70%
So much for my empire.
If you begin your ascent now, you may
have enough power to reach the surface.
We're not leaving you behind.
You have no choice. If the power drops
below 50%, you will not even be able
to restart the engines. I am already
dead, if you wait, you die too.
This is Jonas. There's still time left.
Start back immediately.
If you're doing this out of concern
for the host, you need not bother. The
body is already severely damaged. Even
if I get back, I may not be able to
keep her alive.
Listen to me, we're not going without
you, so shut up and get moving.
Kyanna starts to move slowly.
We should have heard by now.
Something went wrong.
Back with Sam.
Core's down to 53%. She's taking twice
as long to get back as she took to get
Kyanna, this is Jonas. Come in over.
I believe we have no choice but to begin
our ascent immediately.
Kyanna arrives in a poor state.
I'll take care of her. Get us out of
Powering up engines.
You held up your end of the bargain.
Was that your only reason?
Jonas says's nothing.
I already know the answer.
"Unscheduled Offworld Activation"
Receiving a signal sir. Audio only.
Put it though.
Kelownan gate control to first minister
This is Draloc. Go ahead.
We're receiving reports from all over
the country. Major seismic disturbance.
Geological survey points as the epicenter,
They did it!
Any word from the excavator.
The excavator continues it's way to the surface.
Power reserves are nearly depleted.
We're almost there. Ten seconds.
Jonas is holding onto Ryanna.
Five seconds, four, three, two, one.
The excavator breaks through the surface.
Gateroom. Jonas is staring at the gate when Daniel enters.
Do you miss it?
Yeah, I do.
The gate activates.
Well judging what you have to deal with
back on Kelowna, I'm not surprised.
I think I'd take life-threatening danger
over one of those council meetings any
day of the week.
Yeah, I tell ya, I don't know what Jack
said to them but they are being a little
bit more co-operative.
Yeah, let's hope it lasts.
Sam and Ryanna enter.
How are you feeling?
Fine I guess. I don't remember everything.
It's like a dream
The symbiote's dead.
She saved me. She could have let me
die with her, but she didn't.
The gate opens.
I know you may find this hard to believe,
but she appreciated everything that
you did for her. What you tried to do.
Time to go home.
He shakes hands with Daniel and then walks up the ramp with Ryanna.
As they get to the event horizon he turns to look back at the
others and then walks through.