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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 521

                                       "MERIDIAN"

                                           By

                                    Robert C. Cooper




               GATEROOM

               
               SG-1 come through the Gate. Daniel leading the way holding his 
               hands up, one with a bandage on.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We have to get to the infirmary. Daniel's 
                         been exposed to radiation.
 
               
               Hammond looks up at Tech Davis in the control room.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Have a medical team meet us on the way.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Medical team to Alpha 2. Repeat medical 
                         team to alpha 2.
 
               
               CORRIDOR

               
               SG-1 walk along following Daniel.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, what happened?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Detail's a little sketchy, sir.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We were not present at the time of the 
                         incident.
 
               
               A couple of medical people come the other way.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Don't touch me!

               
                                     CARTER
                         He may still be radioactive.

               
               They meet Janet.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Let's get him scrubbed down.

               
               Janet stops outside the door.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Do we know what kind and how much?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         It was a device. Housing an unstable 
                         radioactive variation of Naqahdah. We 
                         think his right hand was exposed to 
                         the equivalent of over 8-9 grays of 
                         neutron radiation resulting from direct 
                         contact. Full body exposure of over 
                         seven.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Oh my god.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Doctor?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's a lethal dose, sir.

               
               TITLES

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
               Hammond comes out of his office. Jack, Sam and Teal'c are sat 
               at the table.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As you were. Dr Fraiser tells me there's 
                         nothing more we can do for Dr Jackson 
                         at the moment. In the meantime, tell 
                         me what happened.
 
               
               Jack gestures for Sam to start.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well sir, as you know from our initial 
                         reports, Colona is one of three major 
                         countries on 4C3. What we'd learned 
                         since our initial contact is that they 
                         seem to be at a similar stage of development 
                         to that of the United States in the 
                         1940's. Geo-politically there is obvious 
                         mounting tension between the nations.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sort of like a cold war, sir.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The Colonans discovered their Stargate 
                         approximately 15 years ago. Unearthing 
                         it along with a number of Goa'uld artefacts 
                         in what appears to be an ancient temple.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Their knowledge of the Gate is still 
                         limited.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But their interest is strong. When we 
                         told them what we could offer, they 
                         were eager to share any technologies 
                         they were developing that could potentially 
                         be offered in exchange.
 
               
               FLASHBACK

               
               A BUILDING IN A CITY.

               
               SG-1 come through a door.

               
                                     JONAS
                         This is incredible. It's a pleasure 
                         to meet you. I'm Jonas Quinn; I'm special 
                         advisor to our High Minister.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Security's a little tight around here, 
                         I noticed.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         As you have undoubtedly been told, this 
                         is one of our most secret and important 
                         research operations.
 
               
               He rubs his head where Teal'c tattoo is.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Daniel Jackson.

               
               He holds out his hand.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Colonel Jack O'Neill. Major Sam Carter 
                         and the tall, silent one is Teal'c.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Teal'c. Well, your arrival on our planet 
                         is an extraordinary event. It's my honour 
                         to show you around this facility. Please, 
                         follow me.
 
               
               PRESENT

               
               SGC BRIEFING ROOM

               
                                     CARTER
                         He's an advisor to the High Minister.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Their equivalent to our President.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         As we understand it, Jonas was responsible 
                         for overseeing the research from an 
                         ethical perspective.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, whatever.

               
                                     CARTER
                         He had several degrees from their most 
                         honoured education institution. Social 
                         Studies, Ancient Colonan history...
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He was a nerd, sir. He and Daniel got 
                         along great.
 
               
               FLASHBACK

               
               COLONAN CORRIDOR

               
                                     DANIEL
                         If we could have access to the site 
                         where the Gate was discovered and see 
                         the artefacts, we have this process 
                         called carbon dating. I could determine 
                         the age of the temple, maybe even find 
                         out how it was destroyed.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         I'm sure that can be arranged. Our archaeologists 
                         believe they have only begun to uncover 
                         the full extent of what may be buried. 
                         There were extensive alien writings.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Teal'c and I could help with the translation.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel?

               
                                     JONAS
                         I understand from our leaders that your 
                         knowledge and expertise will come at 
                         a price, Colonel? That is why you're 
                         here, right?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well don't get me wrong, we want to 
                         help out as much we can, it's just that 
                         we've been burned a little bit in the 
                         past.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         We're not questioning so much what you 
                         have to offer in return.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We just want to get to know you better 
                         first.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's it.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Still, hopefully we'll have much of 
                         value to offer in exchange. This way.
 
                         
               
               LAB OBSERVATION ROOM

               
               SG-1 walk in and see men in radiation suits adjusting something. 
               A light outside changes from red to blue.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         We can go in now.

               
               SG-1 walk in while the men take off their helmets.

               
                                     JONAS
                         This is Tomis Lee. He is chief physicist 
                         overseeing the development of our most 
                         critical project. Tomis, this is SG-1, 
                         the planet Earth.
 
               
                                     TOMIS
                         My pleasure.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What is this?

               
                                     TOMIS
                         The core of this device was uncovered 
                         in an ancient temple of a race of people 
                         we believe were called the Guld.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Goa'uld.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Really?

               
                                     TOMIS
                         It's a mineral substance found to have 
                         highly unstable radioactive properties. 
                         This experiment seems to indicate the 
                         potential for great bursts of energy.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Our translation of the writings in the 
                         temple indicate the alien element is 
                         called Naquadria.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Naqahdah.

               
                                     JONAS
                         No, we also translated that word in 
                         the same text. This is definitely Naquadria.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         So this is some sort of power generating 
                         device?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Not exactly.

               
               PRESENT

               
               SGC BRIEFING ROOM

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They were making a bomb sir.

               
                                     CARTER
                         They were far from achieving a deliverable 
                         weapon but if successful it would have 
                         been as powerful as a Naqahdah enhanced 
                         nuclear warhead.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Colonans claim they were under the 
                         threat of oppression from their neighbouring 
                         nations and the weapon would only be 
                         used to ensure their freedom.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sounds like a situation we would have 
                         to be very careful about getting involved 
                         in.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm not sure we need to worry about 
                         that, General.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How so?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't think they want our help any 
                         longer.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Something to do with how Dr Jackson 
                         was exposed to that much radiation?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We were touring the city. Daniel was 
                         at the research facility with Jonas. 
                         As I'm sure you can imagine he was pretty 
                         passionate about trying to convince 
                         the Colonan people that building a big 
                         bomb wasn't going to be the answer to 
                         their problems.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Still, we don't know...

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, what do you know?

               
               Jack looks at Sam.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, they're claiming Daniel sabotaged 
                         their research.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They're lying, General.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I also do not believe this to be true.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         They let us bring him back home on compassionate 
                         grounds.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The fact is, they just didn't want us 
                         around there anymore.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But they are demanding that he be returned 
                         to face the charges if he survives.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What does Dr Jackson say happened?
 
                         
               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Daniel is sat on a bed with Jack sitting on a chair.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Nausea will be followed be tremors, 
                         convulsions and something called attaxia. 
                         Surface tissue, brain tissue and internal 
                         organs will inflame and degrade, I believe 
                         that's called necrosis. Now based on 
                         the dose of radiation I got, all that 
                         will happen in the next 10-15 hours 
                         and if I don't drown in my own fluids 
                         first, I will bleed to death and there 
                         is no medical treatment to prevent that.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Maybe not that we know of.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, we don't go running to our offworld 
                         allies every time an individual's life's 
                         at stake. No good telling me that this 
                         is any different because my life is 
                         no more valuable than anybody elses.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What happened?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         That doesn't matter.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes it does. You didn't try to sabotage 
                         anything.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         There was an accident. I guess the scientists 
                         figured the Government would hold them 
                         responsible. I guess they figured it 
                         was easier to blame me.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And you're okay with this?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. But there's not much I can do about 
                         that.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes, there is.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         If they really want to blame me, denying 
                         it isn't going to change anything. Ten 
                         thousand years ago, a Goa'uld tried 
                         the same experiments that they're trying 
                         and he nearly blew the entire planet 
                         to bits. I tried telling them that, 
                         they wouldn't listen. They're gonna 
                         build that bomb and nothing we say is 
                         gonna stop them.
 
               
               HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               
               Jack walks in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The Asgard are still not responding, 
                         Jack. We've tried to reach Jacob Carter 
                         but last we heard he's on a mission 
                         to recover the last remaining undercover 
                         Tok'ra.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General, we do have intelligence on 
                         a sarcophagus.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG3's mission report 2 months ago.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We both know the negative effects of 
                         that technology Colonel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         But Daniel's been in one of those things 
                         a dozen times. Once more won't hurt.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         However SG-3's report clearly indicated 
                         the sarcophagus is heavily guarded and 
                         likely retrieving it would result in 
                         significant casualties which is why 
                         I did not order a recovery mission at 
                         the time.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sir..

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, please don't think you're alone 
                         in your feelings on this matter.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes sir.

               
               SAM'S LAB

               
               Jack walks in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Got anything?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well I've been doing some calculations.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Anything to help Daniel?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I wish. Based on the amount of radiation 
                         the Colonans say Daniel was exposed 
                         to, I've estimated the amount of energy 
                         that would have been generated by the 
                         experiment.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The potential's astronomical, sir. Even 
                         a very small amount of the unstable 
                         element they're working with emitted 
                         a pulse of energy far greater than anything 
                         I've ever believed possible. Much more 
                         than weapons grade Naqahdah would have. 
                         It would require a massive nuclear reaction 
                         to even approach this level.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, this could be the missing link 
                         we've been looking for in terms of generating 
                         the kind of energy I believe is necessary 
                         to create a hyperspace window. Or to 
                         generate and sustain the kind of shields 
                         the Goa'uld have been using to protect 
                         their ships. Sir, we have to get some 
                         of this element.
 
               
               SGC BRIEFING ROOM

               
               Sam and Jack sit at the table with Hammond.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         By now their Government believes Dr 
                         Jackson was trying to sabotage their 
                         research.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's a lie. They're using Daniel as 
                         a scapegoat.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Still you said he was vocal in his disapproval 
                         of their project before the accident. 
                         None of this bodes well for diplomatic 
                         relations.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why are you talking about diplomatic 
                         relations? This is Daniel's life.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I know how you feel because I feel 
                         the same way but I cannot stress enough 
                         how valuable this element could be.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I will draft a letter to the Colonan 
                         leader..
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General, you cannot capitulate to these 
                         people. They are lying bastards.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Their Government doesn't know the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So we tell them.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         They will have little reason to believe 
                         us over their own people especially 
                         when what we're forcing them to admit 
                         would be a major embarrassment. It would 
                         put them at too great a disadvantage 
                         in further negotiations.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sir, you cannot admit Daniel is guilty.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Give me some credit Jack. I will tell 
                         them that we did not order any such 
                         action and do not condone its obvious 
                         intentions. Both of which are true. 
                         Hopefully we can lay the groundwork 
                         for further diplomatic negotiations 
                         which will eventually result in an amicable 
                         trade for the Naquadria. I'm ordering 
                         you to deliver the letter.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Fine, sir.

               
               COLONA

               
               Jack walks up to Jonas.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Colonel O'Neill. I'm surprised to see 
                         you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I brought a letter from my superior 
                         to your leaders.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Ah. That's an apology?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, hardly. You see, we know you're 
                         lying through your teeth.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         How is Dr Jackson?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Not good.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I'm sorry to hear that. Two of the other 
                         scientists in the room are dead; the 
                         other two will be shortly. Their deaths 
                         were horrific.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         My superior thinks that denying the 
                         allegations against Daniel would be 
                         a waste of time.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         He's a wise man. What I don't understand 
                         is why your Government is even trying 
                         to maintain a relationship with us?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Because we want some of that stuff you're 
                         experimenting with. My Government still 
                         thinks they can negotiate for it.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         The Naquadria is very spare and extremely 
                         valuable to us. I doubt that my Government 
                         would ever agree to that.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, I figured. That's why I'm here.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         I don't understand.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I only agreed to bring that letter so 
                         I could see you.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Because Daniel is dying.

               
                                     JONAS
                         And you're looking for someone to blame?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm not gonna let you tarnish his name. 
                         See, I don't care what that stuff is 
                         worth to anyone. My Government will 
                         admit Daniel is guilty over my dead 
                         body.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         What do you want from me?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Just tell the truth.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I can't. Even if I wanted to, without 
                         the support of the other scientists..
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Look, we're only in this mess because 
                         you and your buddies are lying cowards 
                         trying to cover your own incompetence.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Colonel, we desperately need the weapon 
                         we're developing. Without it, the Colonan 
                         people could easily fall to our rival 
                         nations who are developing their own 
                         powerful weapons as we speak. Now we're 
                         willing to do whatever's necessary to 
                         ensure our freedom and a lasting peace 
                         on this planet.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right, let me be clear about something. 
                         I think this is the point Daniel was 
                         trying to make. A weapon of mass destruction 
                         can only be used for one thing. Now 
                         you might think it will ensure peace 
                         and freedom but I guarantee you it'll 
                         never have the effect you're hoping 
                         for until you use it at least once. 
                         Now just for the record, the reason 
                         we want that stuff is because we think 
                         it could be used to create defence shields. 
                         But you just go ahead, blow yourself 
                         to hell with it.
 
               
               Jack walks off.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               A nurse is changing Daniel's bandages. Sam is overlooking in 
               the observation room. Janet walks up.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He looks awful.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         It's gonna get a lot worse and it's 
                         gonna happen fast.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You sure you're doing everything you 
                         can?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Sedatives and painkillers. That's all 
                         we can really do. You have no idea how 
                         painful this is gonna get. You know, 
                         I would never normally say this, it 
                         goes against everything I've been trained 
                         to do but the truth is he'd be a lot 
                         better off if I....
 
               
               SGC ROOM

               
               Sam keys open a safe and takes out the healing device.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Sam walks in and Jack, Teal'c and Hammond watch from the observation 
               room.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel. I didn't suggest this before 
                         because the truth is, I'm not really 
                         sure what I'm doing with this thing. 
                         I could make things worse.
 
               
               Daniel nods.

               
               Sam lifts the healing device and it comes on. Daniel starts seizing.
 
               
               
                                     FRAISER
                         He's seizing. Get the crash cart; give 
                         me 5 of Valium.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

               
               Sam is bundled out of the way.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Help me get him on his side. Valium's 
                         in. Set up an ambubag; draw 2 grams 
                         of magnesium sulphate. Put him back, 
                         easy.
 
               
               Suddenly all the light fades cueing dream sequence. Dream Daniel 
               walks along in his SGC fatigues. He walks into the Gateroom where 
               a woman in white stands on the ramp.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         Your fate is in your hands.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Daniel is covered in more bandages, even his face. Jack walks 
               in
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hey Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. I uh, I just wanted to.. I'm really 
                         bad at this.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes you are. I hear that Sam thinks 
                         the Naquadria might be an important 
                         discovery.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, apparently. If we can get some. 
                         For what it's worth, I tried to get 
                         your point across to Jonas.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         He's in a tough position.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're not gonna take the fall for this. 
                         I don't care what's at stake.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why do you care?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Because despite the fact that you've 
                         been a terrific pain in the ass for 
                         the last five years, I may have, might 
                         have, grown to admire you a little, 
                         I think.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's touching.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         This will not be your last act on official 
                         record.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oma.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DREAM GATEROOM

               
               Daniel talks to Oma.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oma Desala. I felt like I knew you, 
                         that we'd met before but you look different.
 
                         
               
                                     OMA
                         Lightning flashes, sparks shower, in 
                         one blink of your eye you have mis-seen.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Right. What did you mean when you said 
                         my fate is in my hands?
 
               
                                     OMA
                         When the mind is enlightened the spirit 
                         is freed and body matters not.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're talking about ascension, right? 
                         Rising to a different plane of existence. 
                         Are you saying that I could do that? 
                         Become like you?
 
               
                                     OMA
                         You must complete the journey you began 
                         at Kheb. Only then will you be able 
                         to find your way to the Great Path.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What do I do?

               
                                     OMA
                         Release your burden.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, well consider it released. What's 
                         step 2?
 
               
                                     OMA
                         A tall man cannot hide in the short 
                         grass.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know, I really, I don't have time 
                         for one of these kind of conversations.
 
                         
               
                                     OMA
                         One cannot reach enlightenment by running 
                         from death.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Tell me what to do.

               
                                     OMA
                         Many roads lead to the Great Path. Only 
                         the willing will find their way.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, well I'm willing. So let's go. 
                         I mean, you know, do your thing. Glow 
                         me.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         The river tells no lies. Though standing 
                         on the shore the dishonest man still 
                         hears them.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Right. I didn't think it was gonna be 
                         that easy.
 
               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Jack sits by Daniel's bed. Hammond and Jonas walk into the observation 
               room. Jack gets up and goes up there.
 
               
               OBSERVATION ROOM.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What are you doing here?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Your commander was kind enough to grant 
                         me passage. I brought this. Naquadria. 
                         Took as much as I could.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why?

               
                                     JONAS
                         The data recorded during that accident 
                         demonstrated the potential power of 
                         the weapon unlike anything collected 
                         previously. I really don't know what 
                         was worse, seeing my colleagues die 
                         in the manner they did, or seeing the 
                         looks of utter glee on our leaders faces 
                         when they were told the potential power 
                         of this weapon. They wanted to know 
                         when it could be demonstrated. I told 
                         them the truth about what happened.
 
                         
               
               FLASHBACK

               
               Daniel and Jonas walk towards the testing room on Colona.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I read that book you gave me.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Already? I just gave it to you last 
                         night.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Quick study. It's how I got this position 
                         at my age.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And?

               
                                     JONAS
                         It should prove useful in the translations.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I thought you'd be a little more excited.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         No offence. I'm just more interested 
                         in what's out there. Through the Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well all I can say is whatever problems 
                         there are between your planet's nations, 
                         they will seem insignificant when you 
                         do find out what's going on out there.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Till you give us more details, there's 
                         not much else I can do.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well whether you realise it or not, 
                         you've probably seen the evidence right 
                         here on your own planet. The temple 
                         where you found the Gate was obviously 
                         occupied by a powerful technologically 
                         advanced race. Now as far as I can tell 
                         from the pictures you've shown me, their 
                         civilisation was destroyed by a catastrophic 
                         explosion.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Our scientists have theorised that an 
                         asteroid impacted our continent ten 
                         thousand years ago. Now the fallout 
                         from that could have easily buried the 
                         civilisation at that time.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Or the race that occupied the Gate were 
                         experimenting with the very technology 
                         you are and it resulted in disaster.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         If what you say is true about the potential 
                         enemies out there in our galaxy we may 
                         need these advanced weapons more than 
                         ever.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I can't deny that but some very wise 
                         people have shown me first hand how 
                         a sudden leap in weapons technology 
                         by a civilisation that's not ready for 
                         it can lead to it's destruction.
 
               
               They walk in to the testing room.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Given the chance, you would deny us 
                         this technology?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I can't predict what would happen to 
                         your people or your planet with or without 
                         the weapon, I just wish there was another 
                         way.
 
               
               The scientists continue.

               
                                     SCIENTIST
                         The energy readings are increasing by 
                         a power of ten.
 
               
                                     TOMIS
                         Incredible.

               
               They continue and an energy wave radiates outwards.

               
                                     SCIENTIST
                         Did you see that?

               
               Suddenly the chamber collapses with the pressure and a bigger 
               wave radiates outwards. The scientists all collapse.
 
               
                                     TOMIS
                         Get down! Stay away from the glass. 
                         The radiation will penetrate the window.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         What's happening?

               
                                     TOMIS
                         This device could explode.

               
                                     SCIENTIST
                         We have to remove the core.

               
               Tomis runs off.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Tomis!

               
               The scientist inside the room collapses. Daniel tries to find 
               a way in.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Dr Jackson!

               
               Daniel gets his gun out and aims at the glass.

               
                                     JONAS
                         No! Dr Jackson!

               
               Daniel shoots at the glass and dives through. He gets up and 
               runs to the core. He touches it and finds it too hot. He covers 
               his left hand and grabs the core and pulls it out. He then starts 
               coming out in lesions. Jonas just looks down on him.
 
               
               PRESENT

               
                                     JONAS
                         I am ashamed that they would not bring 
                         themselves to recognise Dr Jackson's 
                         heroism. He saved millions of lives.
 
                         
               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DREAM GATEROOM

               
               Dream Daniel and Oma are sitting on the ramp.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Millions could still die.

               
                                     OMA
                         The future's never certain. You saved 
                         many without regard for your own life.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Could have destroyed the device.

               
                                     OMA
                         You believe your journey is not over?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually I'm not entirely sure what 
                         the point of my journey so far has been, 
                         I mean if this is about being honest 
                         with yourself. I believe my entire life 
                         has been a failure.
 
               
               Sam appears in Daniel's dream.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Just so you know, Jonas had a change 
                         of heart.
 
               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Sam is sat next to Daniel.

               
                                     CARTER
                         He stole some Naquadria for us. He took 
                         a big risk, he said it was because of 
                         what you did. I think it could be important 
                         and I wanted you to know that. You have 
                         an effect on people, Daniel. The way 
                         you look at things, it changed me too. 
                         I see what really matters. I don't know 
                         why we wait to tell people how we really 
                         feel. I guess I hoped that you always 
                         knew.
 
               
               Sam starts to cry.

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DREAM GATEROOM

               
                                     OMA
                         You can never reach enlightenment if 
                         you do not believe you are worthy.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Then I guess we may have a problem.
 
                         
               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Teal'c walks in as Janet is changing bandages. He is holding 
               the Egyptian funerary statue.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You once gave me this. You said that 
                         its spirit would one day serve it's 
                         owner in the afterlife.
 
               
               Teal'c puts it down and we flash to Dream Daniel's Lab

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thanks. I'm not dead yet, but... I guess 
                         it doesn't look so good right now.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you are to die Daniel Jackson, I 
                         wish you to know that I believe that 
                         the fight against the Goa'uld will have 
                         lost one of it's greatest warriors.
 
                         
               
               Flash back to present infirmary.

               
               PRESENT

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         And I will have lost one of my greatest 
                         friends.
 
               
               He raises his arm in a salute across his chest.

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DANIEL'S LAB, DREAM STATE.

               
                                     OMA
                         Because it is so clear it takes a long 
                         time to realise it. If you immediately 
                         know the candlelight is fire, the meal 
                         was cooked a long time ago.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, yeah, a monk at Kheb said that 
                         to me, I didn't know what it meant then 
                         and I still don't know now.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         Why do you feel you have failed on your 
                         journey? You opened the Stargate for 
                         your world.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I cracked the code, a lot of other people 
                         made it work.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         The very next thing you did was help 
                         free the people of Abydos from evil.
 
                         
               
               Daniel picks up the photo of Sha're and it changes to a scene 
               from Children of the Gods where Daniel runs back into the pyramid 
               shouting for Sha're.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I had the chance to live out my life 
                         with her. I couldn't leave it alone. 
                         I was the one that unburied the Gate. 
                         What happened to her was my fault. I 
                         couldn't save Sha're, I couldn't save 
                         Sarah. Every Goa'uld I helped eliminate, 
                         another one took it's place. Maybe I 
                         did something good every now and again 
                         but nothing I've ever done seems to 
                         have changed anything.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         These tasks of which you speak were 
                         great challenges. Perhaps they were 
                         even impossible to achieve.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Does that absolve me?

               
                                     OMA
                         You feel your journey must continue 
                         until you have found redemption for 
                         these failures?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. No more of, I'm dead.

               
                                     OMA
                         Exactly true.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You said I was the only one qualified 
                         to judge myself? So how ever much I 
                         want to achievement enlightenment or 
                         whatever you want to call it, what happens 
                         if I look at my life and I don't honestly 
                         believe I deserve it?
 
               
                                     OMA
                         The success or failure of your deeds 
                         does not add up to the sum of your life. 
                         Your spirit cannot be weighed. Judge 
                         yourself by the intention of your actions 
                         and by the strength of which you faced 
                         the challenges that have stood in your 
                         way.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What if I can't?

               
                                     OMA
                         The people closest to you have been 
                         trying to tell you, you have made a 
                         difference. That you did change things 
                         for the better.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Not enough.

               
                                     OMA
                         The universe is vast and we are so small. 
                         There is only one thing we can truly 
                         control.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What's that?

               
                                     OMA
                         Whether we are good or evil.

               
               PRESENT

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
                                     JONAS
                         Obviously they do not know I am here. 
                         I was lucky enough to be able to access 
                         our Stargate. If I am caught returning 
                         to my planet I will be considered a 
                         traitor.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What do you want?

               
                                     JONAS
                         I do not believe my people will ever 
                         truly support a war that leads to any 
                         kind of mass destruction. Our leaders 
                         just don't see any viable alternative 
                         right now. Promise me, if you're able 
                         to develop defence technologies such 
                         as these shields that you spoke of, 
                         you'll share them with my Government.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Of course.

               
               The klaxons suddenly go off.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Unauthorised incoming wormhole.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Wait here.

               
               Jack and Hammond leave to go to the Control room.

               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Receiving Tok'ra IDC sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         All defence teams on high alert.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         High alert. Repeat high alert.

               
               The guards enter.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Open the iris.

               
               The iris opens.

               
               Jacob walks through.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Stand down.

               
               Jacob walks through the ramp and Jack and Hammond meet him.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sorry about that Jacob. Given what's 
                         happening with the Tok'ra lately we 
                         had to be sure it was you.
 
               
                                     JACOB
                         Understood. What's going on?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's Daniel.

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Jacob, Jack and Hammond walk in.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Hey Sam. I'm so sorry.

               
               He hugs her.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I tried this, it didn't work.

               
                                     JACOB
                         We'll do our best.

               
               Jacob activates the healing device.

               
                                     SELMAK
                         His condition is grave. I do not know 
                         if I can save him. Even if I can, I 
                         do not believe I can restore his full 
                         healthy state.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Do what you can.

               
               Jacob activates the healing device again.

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DREAM GATEROOM

               
               Oma is walking up the ramp towards an active Stargate.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You're leaving. You can't leave.

               
                                     OMA
                         The rest is up to you.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why, why me? Why, why give me this chance?
 
                         
               
                                     OMA
                         Anyone can reach enlightenment. Anyone 
                         prepared to open their mind as you did 
                         when you first came to Kheb.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They're trying to save me. They're healing 
                         me, I can feel it.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         Then your journey will continue as before.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What if I don't want it to? Not that 
                         way.
 
               
                                     OMA
                         Walking the Great Path brings great 
                         responsibility. You cannot fear it nor 
                         hesitate in your resolve.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I understand. I'm ready to go with you.
 
                         
               
                                     OMA
                         Then stop them.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         How?

               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Jacob is still healing Daniel. We see walk round himself. He 
               walks near to Jack. He touches him and Jack morphs into the dream 
               Gateroom.
 
               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Did you want something?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah. Tell Jacob to stop.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Why?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Because I'm ready to move on.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You just giving up?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. No, I'm not giving up, believe me.
 
                         
               
               They look at Oma and she does that glowy thing and activates 
               the Stargate.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You remember Oma?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sure.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think I can do more this way. It's 
                         what I want. I have to go now. Everything's 
                         gonna be fine. Please Jack. Tell Jacob 
                         to stop.
 
               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Jacob is still healing Daniel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Jacob. Stop.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Are you serious?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's what he wants.

               
               Jacob looks at Janet.

               
                                     JACOB
                         Someone else want to tell me what to 
                         do?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Just let him go.

               
               Jacob stops. Daniel exhales and the machines show a flatline.
 
               
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Colonel!

               
               Daniel suddenly starts to glow and his body ascends.

               
               DREAM SEQUENCE

               
               DREAM GATEROOM

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm gonna miss you guys.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, you too.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you. For everything.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, what? See you around?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I don't know.

               
               Daniel turns and walks up the ramp.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. Where are you going?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I don't know.

               
               Daniel walks through the Gate and Jack just watches.

               
               PRESENT

               
               INFIRMARY

               
               Glowy Daniel ascends through the roof. We close in on Jack's 
               face.
 
               
               THE END

               

Meridian



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


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