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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 813

                                 "IT'S GOOD TO BE KING"

                                           By

                             Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie


                                     Transcribed by 
 
                                    Callie Sullivan



               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and SG-1 are there.

                                     CARTER
                         The war between Baíal and the System 
                         Lords has reached a critical stage. 
                         According to TokíRa intelligence, Bastet 
                         and Olukun are dead, Morrigan has capitulated, 
                         and Lord Yu and Amateratsu are rallying 
                         their armies for what will probably 
                         be their last stand.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         As we predicted, the Jaffa were no match 
                         for the Kull warriors.
 
                                     CARTER
                         The TokíRa also thought we should know, 
                         in the face of imminent defeat, some 
                         of the System Lords are actively seeking 
                         out areas of refuge. Planets they abandoned 
                         long ago are now being scouted as possible 
                         sanctuaries.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         And this affects us how?

                                     DANIEL
                         One of these planets which used to fall 
                         under the domain of the System Lord 
                         Ares also happens to be the place where 
                         the TokíRa dropped off one Harry Maybourne 
                         two years ago.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         And this affects us how?

                                     CARTER
                         The TokíRa have their hands full with 
                         more pressing matters. They strongly 
                         suggest we get to Maybourne before the 
                         Goaíuld do.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         If we do not retrieve him, Harry Maybourne 
                         faces certain capture. (Jack looks at 
                         him as if he really couldnít care, but 
                         Tealíc presses the point.) Torture, 
                         interrogation - perhaps even death.
 
                         
               (Jack pauses for a moment, then grimaces.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Alright, fine. Go get him.

                                     CARTER
                         Yes, sir.

               
               WORMHOLE TRAVEL.

               
               PLANET. SG-1 step through the Stargate onto yet another green 
               and wooded planet.
 
                                     CARTER
                         According to the TokíRa the people of 
                         this world are fairly primitive.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No phones, no lights, no motorcars. 
                         I bet you Maybourne just jumps at the 
                         chance to leave.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         What of the other inhabitants?

                                     CARTER
                         Weíll relocate them. We may not have 
                         a lot of time - Ares could be here in 
                         a matter of days.
 
               (Suddenly a group of people rise up from the tall grass, aiming 
               crossbows at SG-1. As the team raise their weapons and look around, 
               they realise that they are surrounded.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         We donít mean you any harm.

                                     TEALíC
                         We are allies of the TokíRa.

                                     DANIEL
                         Weíre just, uh, looking for a friend 
                         of ours - Harry Maybourne. Maybe youíve 
                         heard of him? Shifty fella, beady eyes? 
                         No?
 
               (A woman speaks.)

                                     GERRAN
                         You will follow us to the village and 
                         meet with King Arkhan. He will discern 
                         your true intentions.
 
               
               LATER. The team have been escorted to a village.

                                     DANIEL
                         Not exactly the trusting type.

                                     TEALíC
                         Which leads me to wonder whether Harry 
                         Maybourne is still alive.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Presumably the TokíRa put in a good 
                         word for him.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Maybe we should get them to do the same 
                         for us!
 
               (The team are led through the village to an area where several 
               women are tending to a man sitting on a stone throne. One is 
               fanning him while another stands in front of him, blocking the 
               teamís view of him. As she moves away, we see that she has just 
               put what looks like a strawberry into his mouth. His eyes are 
               closed in ecstasy. He is dressed in a fur robe and is wearing 
               a wide band - obviously some sort of crown - around his head. 
               Immediately, the team realise who the man is.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Maybourne!

               (Harry opens his eyes, stares at the team in amazement, and swallows 
               the strawberry quickly.)
 
                                     GERRAN
                         This is King Arkhan. My Lord, our hunting 
                         party encountered these offworlders 
                         by the Gate.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Hey, guys! Long time no see! (He laughs.)
 
                         
               
               OPENING CREDITS. RESUME. Harry is still chuckling.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I should have known. I should have known 
                         youíd be the ones to come.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         You were expecting us?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, sort of. Whereís Jack?

                                     CARTER
                         General OíNeillís back at the SGC.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         No kidding. ďGeneral OíNeillĒ? (He grimaces.) 
                         That doesnít sound right. Still, good 
                         for Jack. Nice to hear heís doing so 
                         well for himself.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         As, evidently, are you.

               (Harry looks down at his fur robe.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Uh, this. Yes, well, uh, itís a long 
                         story. (He stands and calls out to the 
                         villagers while tossing his robe off.) 
                         Food, drinks for our guests!
 
               (The villagers move to comply. Harry leads SG-1 away from the 
               throne.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         We donít have time for this!

               (They reach a long table where villagers are starting to bring 
               food. Harry picks up one of the fruits.)
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Uh, you should try one of these. Itís 
                         called, um ...
 
                                     GERRAN
                         Ojun fruit.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Right. Itís sort of a cross between 
                         a guava and a mango.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sort of a guango?!

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I like that! (He stands on the bench 
                         and calls out to the villagers.) People! 
                         Henceforth ojun fruit shall be called 
                         guango! So shall it be! (The villagers 
                         cheer and applaud. Harry gets down from 
                         the bench and turns to Sam.) I get to 
                         name all kinds of stuff. You should 
                         see the Grateful Dead Burial Ground!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Maybourne, you have to get out of here. 
                         Youíre in danger.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I know. The Goaíuld are coming. (He 
                         turns his attention back to the Ďguangoí.) 
                         Now, you should peel it before you eat 
                         it. I find the skin kind of tart.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         You know about the Goaíuld?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Oh yeah.

                                     TEALíC
                         You were warned by the TokíRa.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I havenít heard from the TokíRa since 
                         they dropped me off.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Then how?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I can read the future. (Having peeled 
                         the guango, he bites into it and makes 
                         an appreciative sound. He notices that 
                         SG-1 are staring at him in light of 
                         the statement he just made.) Really!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         What are you trying to pull?

                                     GERRAN
                         He speaks the truth. King Arkhan is 
                         a prophet. He foresaw your arrival and 
                         the hand you will play in defeating 
                         our enemy.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Gerranís right. Itís all part of the 
                         prophecy!
 
               (Sam leans down to speak quietly to Harry.)

                                     CARTER
                         Maybourne, what the hell is going on 
                         here?
 
               (Harry looks at her, then stands up.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Letís go for a walk.

               
               LATER. Harry has brought the team to the ruined remains of a 
               temple in a large clearing in the woods.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         OK. Here we are. I found this place 
                         about, oh, uh, ten months ago when I 
                         was on an, uh, afternoon stroll.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         It is quite a distance from the village.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I enjoy long walks.

                                     CARTER
                         Right! Long walks, rainy nights, and 
                         candlelit dinners. Why are we here, 
                         Maybourne?
 
               (Daniel has already spotted the reason. There is a tall square 
               column with writing carved into it.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         This writing is in Ancient. What do 
                         the locals know about these ruins?
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, not much. They generally avoid 
                         the area because itís close to the naqahdah 
                         mines - the site of their former enslavement. 
                         Bad luck, aní all.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         This is incredible.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         No, no, this is, uh, interesting. This 
                         (he gestures for Daniel to look at another 
                         square column) is incredible.
 
               (They all walk over to the second column.)

                                     TEALíC
                         What is it?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Itís a record of the planetís history, 
                         covering major events. Only some of 
                         them havenít happened yet.
 
                                     CARTER
                         What are you talking about?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         They have a complicated lunar calendar. 
                         It took me a while to figure it out, 
                         but once I did I realised there were 
                         references in the text to things that 
                         are gonna happen in the future. (Sam 
                         and Tealíc look at him suspiciously.) 
                         Yeah, I know - it sounds crazy. I didnít 
                         think much of it either at the time, 
                         but then this big meteor shower happened 
                         exactly on the date the stone predicted.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Youíre sure youíre reading it correctly?
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         My skills may not compare with Doctor 
                         Jacksonís but over the years Iíve picked 
                         up a decent understanding of Ancient 
                         writing. As a result of my translations, 
                         I predicted a major flood would destroy 
                         the village unless I could convince 
                         the elders to move to higher ground.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         And of course you told them where these 
                         predictions came from.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         No. Well, not in so many words. (Sam 
                         rolls her eyes.) Look, these are simple 
                         people. (He gestures at the column.) 
                         This stuff would mean nothing to them. 
                         I had to play the role of a prophet 
                         to - to convince them.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         And out of gratitude they made you king.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Like I said, it was their idea.

               (All through the preceding conversation, Daniel has been looking 
               at the writing on the column.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, heís partly right, anyway. It 
                         is a historical log. (He reads some 
                         of the writing aloud.) ďOn the first 
                         moon of the forty-fifth cycle, the ground 
                         will tremble and devastation will be 
                         wrought.Ē
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Yeah, yeah, yeah, big earthquake, couple 
                         of years back - before my time. (He 
                         points to another side of the column.) 
                         Skip ahead - weíre on the fifty-fourth 
                         cycle.
 
               (Daniel moves round the column and starts to read again.)

                                     DANIEL
                         ďCommencing the third moon of the fifty-fourth 
                         cycle ...Ē
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Which is around now, give or take a 
                         few days.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         ď... the oppressors of old will return 
                         ...Ē
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Thatís the Goaíuld.

                                     DANIEL
                         ď... to seek dominion over the land. 
                         Those of a distant world will come ...Ē
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Iím guessing thatís you guys.

                                     DANIEL
                         ď... to vanquish the evil and restore 
                         order once again.Ē
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         You see? They come, you defeat them, 
                         happy ending! Thatís the prophecy!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry, but we didnít come here to fight 
                         the Goaíuld. We should get going.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually, um, this is interesting, and, 
                         uh, thereís a lot here to translate.
 
                         
               
               VILLAGE. Sam and Tealíc have returned to the village. Daniel 
               contacts Sam over the radio.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sam?

                                     CARTER
                         Go ahead.

               (Daniel is still at the temple.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Maybourne was right.

                                     CARTER
                         What do you mean?

                                     DANIEL
                         Well, from what Iíve been able to decipher, 
                         itís pretty clear. The script on these 
                         walls is a historical log compiled by 
                         an Ancient who travelled through time 
                         to study the evolution of life on this 
                         world.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel, we know the Ancients experimented 
                         with time travel but we have no evidence 
                         that they actually mastered it.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, well, we do now. You see, to the 
                         best of my knowledge, these writings 
                         are only a couple of hundred years old, 
                         which means they were carved after the 
                         Goaíuld had already left.
 
                                     CARTER
                         But the Ancients pre-date the Goaíuld.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Right, so the only logical explanation 
                         is that an Ancient travelled to the 
                         future and then back to a time not too 
                         long ago.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I dunno, Daniel.

                                     DANIEL
                         There are references to the time travel 
                         device itself. Now, itís described as 
                         being inside a small ship. Now if Iím 
                         right, it may still be here. I think 
                         itís worth a look.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Alright. Weíre on our way.

               
               LATER. Sam, Tealíc and Daniel are separately searching the woods. 
               Tealíc is in deep woodland; Daniel is in a dried-up riverbed. 
               Sam contacts Daniel.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel?

                                     DANIEL
                         Go ahead.

                                     CARTER
                         Weíve been at it a while - are you sure 
                         itís around here?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Just give it a little more time.

                                     CARTER
                         I hate to say it, Daniel, but we canít 
                         risk staying much longer.
 
               (Daniel doesnít reply, and the three of them continue searching. 
               Tealíc sees something in the distance, illuminated by the sun 
               shining off it. Elsewhere, Sam looks at her watch, then activates 
               her radio again.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Iím scrubbing the search. Fall back 
                         to the Gate.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sam?

                                     CARTER
                         Daniel, we have no way of knowing when 
                         the Goaíuld will get here.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         It could be days.

                                     CARTER
                         And it could be hours.

               (Tealíc has reached the object and clears branches and leaves 
               off it. It seems to be a small ship.)
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Colonel Carter, Daniel Jackson. I have 
                         found something.
 
               
               SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. Sam and Daniel have joined Tealíc and have 
               discovered how to open the rear hatch of the ship. As they cautiously 
               walk inside, the lights at the rear of the ship come on automatically. 
               As the team walk forward, more lights come on. [Viewers of ďStargate 
               AtlantisĒ will immediately recognise that the ship is a Puddlejumper 
               but for those who donít watch ďAtlantisĒ, this isnít important.] 
               Daniel stops at a large device in the middle of the ship while 
               Sam and Tealíc move to the front, more lights coming on as they 
               approach.
 
                                     CARTER
                         It certainly looks like a ship.

                                     TEALíC
                         These appear to be flight controls.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         So whatís this?

                                     CARTER
                         Could be the time device. (She and Tealíc 
                         go back to join Daniel.)
 
                                     TEALíC
                         It bears little resemblance to Ancient 
                         designs we have previously encountered.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, judging from Maybourneís wall, 
                         it must have worked at some point.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Well, Iím guessing it must manifest 
                         some sort of energy field that encompasses 
                         the entire ship, allowing the traveller 
                         to literally fly through time.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I wonder ... (He reaches out to touch 
                         the device but Sam stops him.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Ah! Letís not touch anything just yet. 
                         Iím kinda fond of this era.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, so what do we do?

                                     CARTER
                         Weíll bring it back. Judging by the 
                         dimensions, it looks like it was actually 
                         designed to fit through the Gate.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, how do we get it there?

                                     TEALíC
                         This vessel appears to be relatively 
                         undamaged. The engine may yet be functional.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         This is Ancient technology. Weíd need 
                         an Ancient to make it work.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Or someone close.

               (Sam smiles.)

               
               OFFWORLD STARGATE. Jack steps through the Gate. Waiting near 
               the bottom of the steps are Daniel, Tealíc, Harry and a group 
               of his villagers. Harry gestures to his people and some of them 
               start to play instruments, playing a jolly, medieval-sounding 
               melody. Jack walks down the steps.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Jack! Itís great to see you. How longís 
                         it been?
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, since that time you got us stranded 
                         offworld and tried to kill me.
 
               (Harry chuckles.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That takes me back! I guess congratulations 
                         are in order. You made general.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You made king!

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Right, well, itís not a contest.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Do you mind? These guys are torturing 
                         that ditty.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Right. (To the musicians) Take five, 
                         guys! (They stop playing. He turns back 
                         to Jack.) I, uh, taught Ďem that expression.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Ah.

               (They start to walk towards the village.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Iím, uh, hoping that you can stay for 
                         a while, check out the sights, (Jackís 
                         already doing just that, turning round 
                         to look at a pretty young woman) take 
                         in the culture. I want you to feel at 
                         home here.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Harry, youíre aware of the fact that 
                         this place is gonna be overrun by a 
                         gaggle of bad guys soon?
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Yeah, well, maybe.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Right! Carter told me about this prophecy 
                         stuff. Itís not gonna go down that way, 
                         yíknow.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Oh, come on, Jack, youíve defeated System 
                         Lords before.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No! Youíve got to tell these people 
                         theyíve gotta start packing. Weíll take 
                         as many as we can.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I canít. I already told them youíd save 
                         the day.
 
               (Jack stops walking and puts his hand on Harryís shoulder.)
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Lemme ask you a question. (Harry, realising 
                         that his people are disturbed by Jack 
                         touching him, raises his hand placatingly 
                         to them.) Did this prophecy mention 
                         anything about casualties - how many 
                         people would die in the fighting?
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Itís not really that detailed.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Does it say anything about the king 
                         surviving at all?
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Actually, thereís, um, no reference 
                         to me specifically. I just assumed ...
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah. Díyou really wanna take that chance, 
                         Harry? Díyou wanna roll those dice?
 
                         
               (Harry looks round at his people standing some distance away.)
 
               
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Itís not gonna be easy to convince them, 
                         Jack.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You can do it, Harry, youíre the king. 
                         (He puts his hand on Harryís shoulder 
                         again.) And remember - itís good to 
                         be king. (He pats his shoulder.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP. Sam has got cables and wires running from various 
               parts of the ship to the time device. Jack and Daniel come in.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice ride!

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, Ancients like to fly in style.
 
                         
               (Jack walks forward and looks at the flight area.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice! Woo-hoo! (He sits down in the 
                         pilotís seat and looks at the control 
                         panel.) Youíre gonna have to help me 
                         out here, Carter. Got any quarters?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Unfortunately I canít help you with 
                         this one, sir, youíre on your own.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Fine! How do we know weíre not gonna 
                         end up back at the Alamo?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Um, well, for one thing, that was on 
                         Earth - but more importantly Iíve separated 
                         the time device from the control circuits 
                         ... I think. (She comes forward and 
                         stands behind him.) Concentrate on powering 
                         up the engines.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Concentrate? (He closes his eyes for 
                         several seconds, then opens them again.) 
                         Got nothiní.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Come on, Jack. Youíve already proven 
                         that the Ancient gene you possess allows 
                         you to operate Ancient technology. Itís 
                         no different than, uh, the device in 
                         Antarctica. Just ... (he closes his 
                         eyes and gestures dramatically) focus 
                         your mind.
 
               (Jack and Sam turn and look at him as he opens his eyes again. 
               Daniel shrugs. Jack turns back to the controls, takes his cap 
               off, and closes his eyes again. Moments later, the controls light 
               up.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Good!

               (Jack screws his eyes tighter closed, concentrating hard. After 
               a moment, the lights on the control panel flicker and go out.)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Not so good.

               
               VILLAGE. Some of the women are gathering together various items 
               for Harry.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Tempus fugit, girls, tempus fugit. (As 
                         the women go for more items, he goes 
                         over to the collection, picking one 
                         of them up as Tealíc approaches.) I 
                         sure collected a lot of stuff in only 
                         a couple of years. Guess Iím a bit of 
                         a pack rat.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         When do you intend to address your people?
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Iím getting to that - itís just ... 
                         Well, Iím thinking about what Iím gonna 
                         say.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Perhaps you should consider telling 
                         the truth.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Thatís one strategy(!)

                                     TEALíC
                         Whatever you decide, we are running 
                         out of time. We must leave soon.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Yeah. I know. (He looks at Tealíc.) 
                         I know. (He walks towards the people 
                         who are collecting his possessions together.) 
                         No, no, just leave that. (He gestures.) 
                         That stuff over there ...
 
               (Nearby, Gerran has been standing behind a pillar listening to 
               the entire conversation.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP.

                                     CARTER
                         The primary power source is depleted. 
                         We need to reroute the controls to the 
                         secondary output which was originally 
                         designed to power the time device.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Of course we do!

               (Sam finishes tinkering.)

                                     CARTER
                         OK. Try it now, sir.

               (Jack turns back to the controls, puts his hands on them, closes 
               his eyes and concentrates. A few moments later the lights on 
               the control panel come on, then flicker on and off several times 
               before finally coming on fully. The engine can be heard powering 
               up. Then sparks start to fly out of all the cables that Sam had 
               jury-rigged the power source with. Jack loses concentration and 
               the lights go out again.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Damn it!

               
               WOODLAND. Jack, Sam and Daniel are making their way back to the 
               village.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Iím just not that familiar with Ancient 
                         technology. I need a little time.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         That is one thing I canít give you, 
                         Carter. (He puts his pack on the ground 
                         and starts rummaging through it.)
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         You canít be serious.

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, this technology is too valuable 
                         to lose.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter, what do you want me to do? Call 
                         in reinforcements? Itís not like weíre 
                         throwing down with a couple of Jaffa. 
                         Weíre taking on a System Lord and his 
                         band of merry bad guys. (He hands a 
                         block of C4 to Sam, and another to Daniel.) 
                         Inside and out, I want that thing gone.
 
                         
               (They hear rustling in the trees around them and jump to their 
               feet, aiming their weapons. Villagers run out of the trees, aiming 
               their crossbows at the team.)
 
                                     GERRAN
                         Surrender your weapons, or die where 
                         you stand.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, if I had a nickel!

                                     GERRAN
                         Lower your weapons.

                                     OíNEILL
                         I ... donít think so.

                                     GERRAN
                         We will not allow you to take King Arkhan 
                         from us.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Good King Arkhan is a fraud.

                                     MAN
                         Our king is wise. He is a seer.

                                     OíNEILL
                         He may be your king, but heís no seer.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         He can only interpret whatís been written 
                         on the pillars of the temple ruins not 
                         far from here. Now, those writings hold 
                         the prophecies, and anyone who can read 
                         them can make the same predictions.
 
                         
                                     GERRAN
                         That is a lie.

                                     DANIEL
                         Why donít we just go back to the village 
                         and let King Arkhan explain everything?
 
                         
                                     GERRAN
                         First lower your weapons.

               (Daniel lowers his pistol but Jack and Sam donít move.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Jack?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Daniel?

                                     DANIEL
                         Theyíre not gonna shoot ... (he looks 
                         at Gerran) are ya?
 
               (After a moment, Gerran and her people lower their crossbows. 
               Jack and Sam lower their rifles.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         God, I miss goiní offworld! Oh, yeah!
 
                         
               
               VILLAGE. Two children are presenting a bunch of flowers to Harry, 
               who is squatting down talking to them. Jack walks up behind him 
               just as the children run off.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Whoídía thunk?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Oh, hey, Jack. (He stands up.) I, uh, 
                         spoke with Gerran. I was sorry to hear 
                         about what happened at the ship. Believe 
                         me, I had nothing to do with it.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I know, Harry, youíre always the victim 
                         in these things.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         OK, look, Iíll admit that when I first 
                         found the ruins, I did plan to use them 
                         to my personal advantage. But all that 
                         changed once I became King Arkhan the 
                         First.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, please!

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Itís true, Jack. I care about these 
                         people. I wanna help them.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Then tell Ďem the truth. Come clean 
                         on all this stuff.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Iíve already arranged for an assembly 
                         with the, uh, village elders. Iím gonna 
                         tell them we have to leave.
 
               
               LATER. The villager elders have gathered together. SG-1 are standing 
               nearby. Harry comes out and walks over to Jack.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, here goes nothing. (He approaches 
                         the elders.) My friends. I wish I were 
                         here under better circumstances but 
                         the fact is, I come before you all to 
                         deliver a warning. The village is in 
                         danger, and the time has come for us 
                         to leave. (The elders mutter negatively 
                         to each other.) We must abandon our 
                         world. Arrangements are being made to 
                         help us ... (he looks round at Jack, 
                         who nods encouragingly) temporarily 
                         relocate to a safe place.
 
               (The elders mutter again.)

                                     MAN 2
                         But the prophecy was clear. The enemy 
                         will be defeated.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Ah, yes, uh, the prophecy was clear, 
                         but only up to a certain point. After 
                         that it was somewhat, uh, unclear - 
                         uh, sort of, uh, murky clarity.
 
               (Jack rolls his eyes as the elders mutter some more.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Of course the enemy will be defeated, 
                         but there is a chance that some of us 
                         may get hurt or even killed in the process, 
                         and I am not willing to ...
 
                                     MAN 3
                         Impossible! You assured us we would 
                         be safe!
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Yes, I, I remember that. Uh, however 
                         ... (He looks around his people and 
                         their expressions of hope and belief 
                         in him, then turns to Jack. Jack nods. 
                         Harry turns back to his people, sighs 
                         and steps closer to them.) The truth 
                         is, Iíve not been entirely honest with 
                         you. I am not a seer. I donít possess 
                         insight into the future or divine powers 
                         that set me apart. Iím just a regular 
                         guy, no more or less special than any 
                         of you.
 
                                     MAN 3
                         But the prophecies!

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         The prophecies donít come from me. They 
                         come from the walls of the old temple, 
                         written in stone for all to see. I have 
                         the ability to interpret these writings 
                         and, with the proper understanding, 
                         any of you could do the same. (The crowd 
                         mutters, starting to sound angry.) I 
                         am a pretender. I took advantage of 
                         you and ... (he reaches up and takes 
                         his crown off) and for that I am deeply 
                         sorry.
 
               (Gerran steps forward.)

                                     GERRAN
                         What about the design for the new watermill? 
                         Was this written on the temple wall 
                         as well?
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Uh, no, that was from me.

                                     GERRAN
                         And our new medicines? Our legal code? 
                         The irrigation system? Were these things 
                         also found in the ruins?
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         No.

                                     GERRAN
                         These were not the acts of a pretender, 
                         but of a leader!
 
               (The elders murmur their agreement. Jack looks startled.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Uh, guys, Iím touched, really.

                                     GERRAN
                         What does it matter where the prophecies 
                         came from? All we need know is that 
                         each one of them has been fulfilled, 
                         as this latest will be fulfilled.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Well, now, letís not get carried away 
                         here.
 
                                     GERRAN
                         We will defeat this enemy - and we will 
                         do so under the leadership of our great 
                         king, Arkhan the First! Arkhan! Arkhan! 
                         Arkhan!
 
               (She punches her fist into the air each time she calls his name. 
               The other elders take up the chant. As the chanting continues, 
               Harry turns round to Jack and shrugs in a ďwhat can you do?Ē 
               way. Jack stares at him in disbelief. Harry turns back to his 
               people and puts his crown back onto his head.)
 
               
               LATER. SG-1 are preparing to leave the village. Harry hurries 
               over to them.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Uh, Jack. Look, uh, sorry about that.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Not my problem, Harry. If these folks 
                         donít wanna go, they donít have to go. 
                         Tealíc - you and Daniel head on back, 
                         secure the Gate. Carter - you and Iíll 
                         take care of the ship.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Now, Jack, Jack, Jack, wait a minute. 
                         Uh, I know it sounds crazy, but Gerran 
                         was right about the prophecies. They 
                         have all come true.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Harry, weíre not stayiní - and if you 
                         wanna come with us, I suggest you get 
                         your royal butt to the Gate.
 
               
               STARGATE. The Gate is dialling in as Daniel and Tealíc come out 
               of the trees. They duck down as the Gate kawhooshes, and watch 
               as Jaffa start coming through.
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP. Jack and Sam have just arrived at the ship as Daniel 
               radios in.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, come in.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Go ahead.

                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, weíve got a little problem here. 
                         Aresí Jaffa just came through the Gate. 
                         Weíre cut off. If you blow the ship 
                         now, youíll give away your position.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Guess weíre stayiní for a while.

               (Back at the Gate, Daniel and Tealíc watch as Aresí First Prime 
               comes through the Gate.)
 
               
               VILLAGE. The First Prime and his Jaffa march into the village 
               and walk over to Harry, who is sitting on his throne. Harry stands 
               as they approach.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Welcome, strangers. I am King Arkhan 
                         the First. It is with a joyful heart 
                         and open arms that we welcome you ...
 
                         
                                     TRELAK
                         I am Trelak, First Prime to the great 
                         Lord Ares, your god, who will be returning 
                         to reclaim this land and his loyal followers.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Of course, of course. Glad tidings of 
                         comfort and joy ... comfort and joy.
 
                         
                                     TRELAK
                         Lord Ares demands nothing short of complete 
                         obedience from both you and your people. 
                         (He turns around and faces the people.) 
                         Any resistance will be dealt with harshly.
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Understood.

               (Trelak turns away from the crowd towards Harry. Behind him, 
               in the crowd, are Daniel and Tealíc, wearing hooded cloaks.)
 
               
                                     TRELAK
                         Gather your subjects. Inform them of 
                         our arrival.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Of course. Iíll address them immediately.
 
                         
               (Trelak looks at the women surrounding Harryís throne. He doesnít 
               like the expression on the face of one of the women.)
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Do you have something to say, slave?
 
                         
                                     WOMAN
                         I am not a slave.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I apologise. My servant spoke out of 
                         turn. She will be punished.
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Of course she will. (He clicks his fingers 
                         and a Jaffa grabs her and forces her 
                         to her knees. He aims his staff weapon 
                         at her and activates it. Daniel looks 
                         at Tealíc in concern, and the two of 
                         them covertly reach for their weapons.)
 
                         
                                     WOMAN
                         Kill me if you want, but know this: 
                         in the end, you and your people will 
                         be defeated just as the prophecy has 
                         foretold.
 
                                     TRELAK
                         ĒThe prophecy.Ē

               (Harry laughs nervously.)

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Pay no attention. Sheís obviously frightened 
                         beyond reason.
 
                                     WOMAN
                         It foretold of your arrival and of your 
                         defeat.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Another predicted rain today with a 
                         chance of morning frost, and yet what 
                         fine weather we are enjoying.
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Silence! (He looks down at the woman.) 
                         Where may I find this prophecy? (The 
                         woman doesnít answer.) If what you say 
                         is true, then we would be fools to stay 
                         and meet our certain death.
 
                                     WOMAN
                         It is written on the walls of the old 
                         temple.
 
               (Trelak looks at the Jaffa aiming his staff weapon at the woman.)
 
               
                                     TRELAK
                         Go with her.

               (The Jaffa deactivates his weapon, hauls the woman to her feet 
               and marches her away. Several of the other Jaffa go with them. 
               Trelak turns and looks at Harry, who shrugs as if he has no idea 
               what the woman was talking about.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP. Sam is busy trying to get the power source working 
               when Daniel radios in.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sam, Jack, this is Daniel. Aresí First 
                         Prime just sent some men out to check 
                         out the ruins. As soon as they see that 
                         Ancient writing, theyíre gonna search 
                         the area.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter - howís it going in there?

               (Sam picks up a radio and speaks into it.)

                                     CARTER
                         Just a few more minutes, sir.

                                     DANIEL
                         What are you guys doing? I thought you 
                         were going to blow it up?
 
                                     CARTER
                         General OíNeillís given me one more 
                         chance to get the engines online so 
                         we can fly it out of here.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, Iím all for saving the ship but 
                         you could be kinda close.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I know.

               
               VILLAGE. Villagers are bringing food to the long table. Harry 
               calls out to Trelak who is standing nearby talking with one of 
               his Jaffa.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I have prepared a feast in your honour. 
                         Come! (Trelak finishes his conversation 
                         with the Jaffa, who walks away as Trelak 
                         approaches the table.) Please, sit, 
                         partake of our bounty. (He picks up 
                         a guango.) This fruit, for instance 
                         - itís sort of a cross between a ...
 
                         
               (As he holds the fruit up, Trelak wraps his hand around Harryís 
               hand and squeezes it tightly. Harry grimaces in pain.)
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Iím not interested in your offering. 
                         You were warned. Anyone who refuses 
                         to accept us will die.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Youíve made yourself perfectly clear.
 
                         
                                     TRELAK
                         To you, perhaps, but your subjects seem 
                         less than willing to accept our terms. 
                         (He looks round at some of the villagers, 
                         who are all looking at him sullenly.) 
                         They cling to archaic beliefs - prophecies, 
                         portents - that threaten to undermine 
                         the rule of our god.
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         That wonít happen. (Trelak releases 
                         his hand and the two of them walk away 
                         from the villagers.) I can see to it.
 
                         
                                     TRELAK
                         How?

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Theyíre simple folk, easily influenced. 
                         With my help, youíll have no trouble 
                         bending them to your will.
 
               
               TEMPLE RUINS. The woman and the Jaffa have arrived.

                                     WOMAN
                         Itís here.

               (A Jaffa looks at one of the pillars, clearly recognising the 
               Ancient writing on it. Nearby, Jack is watching through binoculars 
               as the Jaffa shouts orders to the others, who spread out in different 
               directions to begin searching.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Dammit. (He activates his radio.) Carter.
 
                         
               (Sam is still on the Ancient ship.)

                                     CARTER
                         Sir?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Theyíre headed our way.

                                     CARTER
                         I need more time.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah, of course you do! (He heads off.)
 
                         
               
               WOODLAND. As two Jaffa get near to the area where the ship is, 
               Jack guns them down.
 
               
               VILLAGE. Trelak and Harry hear the shooting. The other Jaffa 
               raise their staff weapons, aiming them at the villagers.
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Those were Tauíri weapons.

                                     MAYBOURNE
                         Whatís a Tauíri?

               (Trelak nods to his Jaffa, who start pushing the villagers around 
               and pulling their cloaks off to get a better look at them. Itís 
               not long before they uncover Daniel and Tealíc and disarm them.)
 
               
               
               WOODLAND. Jack is running towards the ship as two Jaffa fire 
               at him. He runs into the back of the ship.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Time to go. (He pushes a button that 
                         closes the door. Sam continues working 
                         as he runs to the front of the ship. 
                         Outside, the Jaffa fire at the closed 
                         door.)
 
               
               VILLAGE. Daniel and Tealíc are pushed forward to face Trelak.
 
               
                                     TRELAK
                         Youíre too late to save this world. 
                         Iíve already received word. Lord Ares 
                         has just arrived.
 
               
               (In space above the planet, a mothership is approaching.)

               
               ANCIENT SHIP. Sam closes her laptop.

                                     CARTER
                         Iím done - I think. (She runs to the 
                         front of the ship.) Weíre good to go, 
                         sir. (She sits down next to Jack, who 
                         has his hands on the control panel and 
                         has his head bowed and his eyes closed. 
                         The ship rings with the sound of the 
                         Jaffa firing at the rear door.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iím doing the best I can.

               
               VILLAGE.

                                     TRELAK
                         What were you and your allies planning? 
                         (Daniel and Tealíc donít answer. Trelak 
                         walks over to Tealíc.) Know this, sholíva 
                         - Iíll see to it that you suffer slowly.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         And I will see to it that you die quickly.
 
                         
               (Trelak smiles smugly, turns away, then grabs a staff weapon 
               and jams it into Tealícís chest. Tealíc doubles up but doesnít 
               fall. Another Jaffa clubs him from behind, knocking him to his 
               knees. Slowly Tealíc rises to his feet, his face speaking volumes 
               as he glares at Trelak.)
 
                                     TRELAK
                         I think not. My men guard the Gate, 
                         and the mothership descends as we speak. 
                         (He chuckles and turns away.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP. Jack is still deep in concentration as the Jaffa 
               continue firing on the ship. Finally the lights on the control 
               panel start to flicker before coming on permanently. Jack opens 
               his eyes and takes hold of the flight stick, and the ship starts 
               to rise.
 
               
               VILLAGE. Trelak is still speaking to Daniel and Tealíc.

                                     TRELAK
                         You were plotting in concert with the 
                         people of this world. Treachery is something 
                         we cannot abide.
 
               (Harry walks over to Tealíc and glares at him before turning 
               to Trelak.)
 
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I couldnít agree with you more. You 
                         think you feel outraged? Imagine how 
                         I feel - betrayed by my own people!
 
                         
               (Trelak grabs him by the throat, beginning to strangle him. He 
               is distracted, however, by the sound of the Ancient ship approaching. 
               He looks up as the ship flies right overhead. Its wake shakes 
               the ground and everybody stumbles. Daniel and Tealíc immediately 
               seize the distraction. Tealíc grabs a staff weapon from a nearby 
               Jaffa while Daniel grabs a pot and clubs another Jaffa over the 
               head with it. Tealíc punches a Jaffa, then jams the staff weapon 
               into his stomach. Daniel grabs a zat gun off another Jaffa and 
               shoots him with it.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP.

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, weíre detecting another ship. Itís 
                         big.
 
               (The Ancient ship heads up into space.)

               
               VILLAGE. Daniel zats a Jaffa but another one smashes his staff 
               weapon down onto Danielís hands, making him drop the zat, before 
               thumping him in the chest with his staff. Tealíc takes down another 
               Jaffa before doing one of his fancy flourishes with his staff 
               weapon to shoot down a Jaffa behind him. Trelak finally releases 
               his grip on Harryís throat to throw himself at Tealíc from behind. 
               Tealíc flips him over his head. The Jaffa that attacked Daniel 
               jumps on top of him, holding his staff weapon across Danielís 
               throat and trying to strangle him with it. Trelak throws some 
               dirt into Tealícís face and then, while Tealíc is doubled over 
               trying to get it out of his eyes, picks up a large bench and 
               smashes it across Tealícís back before kicking him savagely in 
               the stomach. He stands over Tealíc and draws a knife.
 
                                     TRELAK
                         Sholíva!

               (From behind him, Harry smashes a water jug over his head. Trelak 
               turns and throws him across the square. This gives Tealíc time 
               to get to his feet and as Trelak raises the hand with the knife 
               in it, Tealíc seizes his hand and a battle of strength begins, 
               the two of them having eventually to resort to using both hands 
               as they try to gain control of the knife. Nearby, Daniel is still 
               being strangled by his Jaffa. Suddenly the Jaffa cries out and 
               falls on top of Daniel with an arrow in his back. Behind him 
               is Gerran, still aiming her crossbow at him. Daniel shoves the 
               Jaffa off him as Gerran reloads. Back with Tealíc, he and Trelak 
               are gradually forcing the knife down between them. Tealíc produces 
               a final burst of energy and shoves the knife into Trelakís chest. 
               Trelak gasps, then looks at Tealíc.)
 
                                     TRELAK
                         You are a man of your word.

                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed. (He shoves the knife deeper 
                         and walks away before Trelak even hits 
                         the floor.)
 
               
               ANCIENT SHIP.

                                     CARTER
                         Youíre doing great, sir ... (the ship 
                         jerks around) relatively speaking.
 
                         
               (The mothership starts firing at the ship.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Weapons. (He closes his eyes and concentrates, 
                         speaking quietly to the ship itself.) 
                         Weapons.
 
               (Ancient drones deploy from the ship and fly towards the mothership, 
               impacting with it.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Keep firing, sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Nothingís happening.

                                     CARTER
                         Weapons must be depleted. Hopefully 
                         you hit some vital systems.
 
               (A few moments later, the mothership blows up.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Think that was vital?

                                     CARTER
                         Relatively speaking. (She grins at Jack, 
                         who rocks his head in a ďnot badĒ way. 
                         Sam looks out of the window, smiling, 
                         then blows out a breath of relief.)
 
                         
               
               STARGATE. The Gate kawhooshes. Sam and Jack are each holding 
               a sprig of yellow flowers, which presumably the villagers presented 
               to them. Harry stands next to them. Jack smells his flowers, 
               then turns to Harry.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You sure you donít wanna leave all this?
 
                         
                                     MAYBOURNE
                         I canít abandon these people, Jack. 
                         I made a life here - I canít walk away 
                         from my home, my friends ... my wives.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Wives?!

               (Harry looks pointedly at the women standing behind Jack and 
               Sam. Jack puts his hand on Samís shoulder.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Go. (Sam heads towards the Gate. Jack 
                         turns to Harry.) Wives. (Harry shrugs.) 
                         Dog! (He follows Sam. Tealíc and Daniel 
                         are at the top of the steps as Sam and 
                         Jack walk up to join them. Daniel waves 
                         to Harry, then he, Tealíc and Sam go 
                         through the Gate. Jack reaches the top 
                         of the steps and turns back towards 
                         Harry, who throws him a salute. Jack 
                         salutes with his sprig of flowers, then 
                         walks through the Gate.)
 
               
               THE END

               

It's Good To Be King



Writers :   Joseph Mallozzi  Paul Mullie
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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