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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 819

                                      "MOEBIUS I"

                                           By

                             Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie


                                     Transcribed by 
 
                                    Callie Sullivan



               SGC. SAMíS LAB. On a computer screen is an image of a battlecruiser. 
               Sam is talking to Daniel and Tealíc about it.
 
                                     CARTER
                         The Daedalus. It has a few advantages 
                         over the Prometheus. The more advanced 
                         alien technologies were integrated into 
                         the original design rather than tacked 
                         on after the fact.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Whenís it gonna be ready?

                                     CARTER
                         Well, theyíre already testing the Asgard 
                         hyperdrive. As soon as that checks out, 
                         it should be good to go.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Hopefully we all get to go this time.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Last time they were worried about spreading 
                         our resources too thin.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah - now that Anubis is gone, the 
                         Replicators are gone ...
 
                                     CARTER
                         There are still a few System Lords out 
                         there but without their Jaffa armies, 
                         theyíve lost most of their power.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed.

               (The phone rings. Sam answers.)

                                     CARTER
                         Carter. ... Yeah, hold on. (She holds 
                         the phone out to Daniel.) Itís for you.
 
                         
               (Daniel takes the phone.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Hello? ... Yep, hi. ... (He sounds shocked.) 
                         What? ... No, I was just talking to 
                         her last week. ... (His voice becomes 
                         sad.) Yeah, I-I-Iíll be there. Thank 
                         you. (He takes the handset away from 
                         his ear and stares down at it.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         What is it?

                                     DANIEL
                         Catherine Langford died last night.
 
                         
               
               CATHERINEíS FUNERAL. Daniel is addressing the other mourners.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Catherine Langford was more than just 
                         kind and generous. She had a gift - 
                         of an endless, open-minded, child-like 
                         curiosity. She saw the world not for 
                         what it was but for what it could be 
                         - and she saw potential in people that 
                         others failed to recognise. Like her 
                         father before her, her contributions 
                         to science have changed the world more 
                         than most people know. I for one have 
                         no idea where I would be today if Iíd 
                         never met her. She changed my life in 
                         more ways than I ever could have imagined.
 
                         
               
               LATER. The ceremony has finished. The last mourner lays a rose 
               on Catherineís coffin and walks away. Daniel is still standing 
               at the end of the coffin, looking down at it. A young woman walks 
               back to join him.
 
                                     SABRINA
                         Uh, Doctor Jackson? (Daniel turns to 
                         her.) Hi.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Hi.

                                     SABRINA
                         Iím Sabrina Gosling. Iím Catherineís 
                         niece.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, yes, of course. (He shakes her hand.)
 
                         
                                     SABRINA
                         I just wanted to thank you for coming 
                         - and for speaking. I know she would 
                         have really appreciated it.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No, it was a ... it was an honour.
 
                         
                                     SABRINA
                         You know, my aunt used to talk about 
                         you all the time. (She laughs.) Itís 
                         funny - I always used to picture some 
                         Indiana Jones type with a bullwhip and 
                         a pistol chasing bad guys through some 
                         ancient temple!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, well, I generally leave the whip 
                         at home, so ...
 
                                     SABRINA
                         Right, well, me too. Um, she, uh, wanted 
                         you to have this. (She takes something 
                         out of her pocket and holds it out to 
                         Daniel. Itís Catherineís Ra locket.)
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         No, youíre-youíre family, you-you should 
                         keep that.
 
                                     SABRINA
                         She thought of you like a son.

               (Daniel holds out his hand and Sabrina gives him the locket.)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you.

                                     SABRINA
                         There are a few other odds and ends 
                         she wanted me to give you, but I wasnít 
                         able to bring them today. Is there an 
                         address where I could send them?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, of course.

                                     SABRINA
                         Great.

               
               SGC. OUTSIDE DANIELíS OFFICE. Jack is leaning against the doorjamb 
               as a technician comes out of the room wheeling an empty delivery 
               trolley. Daniel arrives as a second technician wheels out a second 
               empty trolley, followed by a third man with a trolley.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Daniel.

                                     DANIEL
                         Whatís goiní on?

                                     OíNEILL
                         You been shoppiní online lately?

               (Siler comes out of the room with a clipboard which he hands 
               to Jack.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         What are you talkiní about?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, youíve got a little delivery here. 
                         (He hands the clipboard to Daniel. Daniel 
                         looks at it.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Itís from Catherineís estate.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah - kinda looks like she sent the 
                         whole thing.
 
               (Daniel walks into his office to find it full of a huge number 
               of boxes all over the floor and the desks.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Holy ...! Looks like her entire collection!
 
                         
               (Jack gazes around the room for a moment, then puts his hand 
               on Danielís shoulder.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         I prefer stamps. (He turns and walks 
                         away.)
 
               
               BRIEFING ROOM. Doctor Balinsky of SG-13 (last seen in ďHeroesĒ) 
               is presenting his latest findings to Jack. He has a large number 
               of rocks on the desk and lifts one up to show Jack. He is very 
               excited about what heís found.
 
                                     BALINSKY
                         Now, in addition, we discovered several 
                         grains of troilite, (he gives the rock 
                         to Jack, who has his head propped up 
                         with one hand and is clearly bored to 
                         tears) and a meselstasis phase which 
                         contained micrometer crystals. (He hands 
                         that to Jack as well.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Mmmmm!

                                     BALINSKY
                         Now, itís undergoing further testing 
                         but we hope to have the results on your 
                         desk first thing tomorrow morning.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Donít you keep me waiting!

                                     BALINSKY
                         No, sir! (Jack rolls his eyes in desperation 
                         but Balinsky doesnít notice. He picks 
                         up another rock.) Now, hereís where 
                         things get really interesting, because 
                         you will notice in this ...
 
               (Daniel hurries in.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Jack! We need to talk! (He sees Balinsky.) 
                         Oh, sorry for interrupting.
 
               (Jack reaches out and grabs his arm.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         No! Itís OK. If itís important, you 
                         must interrupt. You must.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I think we may have found a ZPM.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes! (He turns to Balinsky and pats 
                         him on the shoulder.) Great stuff with 
                         the rocks. (Behind him, Daniel is almost 
                         jumping up and down in his eagerness 
                         to get Jack out of the room. Jack turns 
                         to him.) Go! (They hurry out of the 
                         room.)
 
               
               DANIELíS OFFICE. Jack and SG-1 are there. Daniel picks up a book.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Among the items Catherine left me, this 
                         one in particular caught my attention. 
                         Itís an original 1889 edition of ďThe 
                         Eye of the SunĒ. Itís, uh, the only 
                         one in known existence. It details the 
                         customs and the rituals observed by 
                         the ancient worshippers of the sun god, 
                         Ra. Now, while I was flipping through 
                         the pages, I noticed this. (He opens 
                         the book to the correct page and shows 
                         it to the others. It contains a drawing 
                         of Ra holding what looks like a ZPM.)
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         It appears to be a Zero Point Module.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         The worshippers of Ra referred to it 
                         as the Heart of Light. This is a reproduction 
                         of a wall painting discovered by a German 
                         archaeologist in 1885. It was destroyed 
                         in a museum fire ten years later.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         But the ZPM was never found.

                                     DANIEL
                         No.

               
               BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and SG-1 are sitting at the table. Sam hands 
               a file to Jack.
 
                                     CARTER
                         We did an extensive satellite sweep 
                         of the Giza plateau searching for an 
                         energy signature like the one given 
                         off by the ZPM we found at Taonas. Even 
                         if itís buried under dirt and rock, 
                         we should have been able to detect it. 
                         We found nothing. Iím sorry, Daniel, 
                         but if itís there, itís probably been 
                         depleted.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No, I donít think so. According to the 
                         text, it was a religious artefact, an 
                         icon. It was never used as a power source.
 
                         
                                     TEALíC
                         It is possible Ra simply took the device 
                         with him when he left Earth.
 
                                     CARTER
                         In which case, it could be anywhere 
                         by now.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         We donít know where it is now, but we 
                         do know where it was. Giza, three thousand 
                         BC.
 
                                     CARTER
                         You canít be serious.

                                     OíNEILL
                         What?

                                     DANIEL
                         Itís the only way.

                                     OíNEILL
                         What?

                                     CARTER
                         No, we agreed.

                                     OíNEILL
                         If I have to say ďWhat?Ē one more time, 
                         heads are gonna roll!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         We have a time ship. We can go back 
                         and get the ZPM.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         She wouldnít let me go back and watch 
                         the Cubs win the World Series!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, this is a unique opportunity. 
                         Ra never knew what he had, which means 
                         we can go back and take it without adversely 
                         affecting the timeline.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Actually, sir, he may be right about 
                         that.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíre onboard with this?!

                                     CARTER
                         Iím not happy about it, but we donít 
                         have any historical evidence to show 
                         that any Goaíuld has ever used a ZPM 
                         - in which case, it wouldnít be missed. 
                         We would have to be extremely careful 
                         to minimise our interaction with the 
                         people of the period.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah, thereís that. But I thought you 
                         said you couldnít get it to work?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         No-one at Area 51 has been able to engage 
                         the time device. In fact, theyíve barely 
                         got the ship off the ground, but you 
                         were able to fly it without too much 
                         difficulty.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed. You have demonstrated an exceptional 
                         ability to control Ancient devices.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, think about it: with a fully functional 
                         ZPM we could power Earthís defences 
                         and open up a wormhole to the Pegasus 
                         galaxy.
 
               (Jack looks at Sam, who nods.)

               
               EARTH ORBIT. The Ancient time ship is flying above the planet.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Now remember, Jack, three thousand BC. 
                         When Sam hooks up the power to the time 
                         device, think about that date and nothing 
                         else.
 
               (We see that Jack is sitting in the pilotís seat with Daniel 
               sitting alongside and Tealíc behind him. Sam is in the rear of 
               the ship tinkering with the time device. All of them are wearing 
               sand camo.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         This thingís Ancient. Howís it gonna 
                         know from BC?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well, your mind is controlling it. The 
                         Ancient computer should be able to extrapolate 
                         from your concept of time.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, shouldnít we test it on a slightly 
                         smaller leap - like, say, to 1908?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Actually, sir, we were able to determine 
                         from the data log that the technology 
                         only works in time jumps longer than 
                         a couple of hundred years. (At that 
                         moment, the lights on the time device 
                         come on.) I think thatís it.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Three thousand BC.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Any particular day of this century for 
                         ya?!
 
               (Daniel gives him a look, then closes his eyes and mimics concentrating. 
               Jack sighs, turns to the controls and closes his own eyes, concentrating. 
               After a few seconds, a row of red lights begin to light up along 
               the side of the time device and it can be heard powering up. 
               Outside the ship, a distortion field of some sort passes over 
               the ship. Inside, Jack opens his eyes as the time device powers 
               down again.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         What happened?

                                     DANIEL
                         I didnít feel anything.

                                     CARTER
                         The time machine pulsed. Try the radio. 
                         (She comes forward and looks out of 
                         the windshield.)
 
               (Daniel clears his throat and activates the radio.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Stargate Command, this is Daniel Jackson, 
                         do you read? Stargate Command, this 
                         is Daniel Jackson, come in please.
 
                         
               (Sam is looking puzzled as she looks out of the window. Tealíc 
               stands up and stares out of the window at the stars.)
 
                                     TEALíC
                         The stars are different.

                                     CARTER
                         Earth was in a different orbit around 
                         the sun five thousand years ago. I think 
                         we did it.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Huh!

               
               EARTH. EGYPT. The time ship has landed in a desert area. Inside, 
               Jack and SG-1 are covering their camo with pale coloured robes 
               and head dresses (think Abydonians). Daniel is tinkering with 
               a video camera.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Canít believe Iím finally gonna get 
                         proof that the Great Pyramids pre-date 
                         the fourth dynasty.
 
                                     CARTER
                         So what are you gonna do? Stand in the 
                         picture holding a newspaper with todayís 
                         date?!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         This is an archaeologistís dream. I 
                         wanna get as much footage as I can.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Just be careful. Weíre here for the 
                         ZPM. In and out - minimal interaction, 
                         minimal impact.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No problem.

                                     CARTER
                         I mean it. All of you, sir. (She looks 
                         at Jack.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíve got it, youíve got it!

                                     CARTER
                         Youíre gonna need this. (She hands a 
                         wristband to Jack.) Weíve determined 
                         that it remotely activates the shipís 
                         cloak.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice!

               (A few minutes later we see Jack and SG-1 walking away from the 
               ship. Jack turns and faces the ship again, and it cloaks.)
 
               
               
               EGYPTIAN ENCAMPMENT. In a village of tents, Egyptians are going 
               about their everyday routine. Two large pyramids can be seen 
               in the distance. Jack, Sam and Tealíc watch as Daniel converses 
               with a couple of Egyptians. He bows to them and returns to the 
               team.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, my ancient Egyptianís a little 
                         rusty, but I think I got the gist of 
                         what theyíre saying. (He gestures back 
                         to the two men he was just talking to.) 
                         Thatís Katep and his brother Selatis.
 
                         
               (Jack waves to them.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Hey, guys!

               (Daniel pulls Jackís hand down and shakes his head at him.)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Theyíre on a pilgrimage to the temple 
                         of Ra to make an offering.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, thereís timing!

                                     DANIEL
                         Tomorrow. I told them we were travellers 
                         from the east and they offered to put 
                         us up for the night.
 
                                     CARTER
                         I was kinda hoping we wouldnít have 
                         to stay that long. (The others look 
                         at her.) Iím sorry - I keep thinking 
                         Iím gonna step on a bug and change the 
                         future.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, we canít just walk into the temple 
                         unannounced. A public audience is the 
                         perfect way to get inside.
 
                                     CARTER
                         We just have to (she looks pointedly 
                         at Jack) keep a low profile.
 
               (Jack looks at her indignantly.)

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes. (He turns to Daniel.) But more 
                         importantly, did they say what was for 
                         dinner?
 
               
               THE NEXT DAY. RAíS TEMPLE. Katep and Selatis carry in a large 
               lidded basket between them. Other Egyptians follow. Katep and 
               Selatis lead the way into the throneroom and walk up to the throne 
               where Jaffa guards are waiting for them. At the rear of the Egyptian 
               group, Jack and SG-1 enter the throneroom, keeping their heads 
               lowered.
 
                                     JAFFA
                         Kree! Telílok!

               (The Egyptians drop to their knees. Jack and SG-1 follow suit. 
               From the rear of the throneroom, Ra enters, wearing his ornate 
               gold mask and accompanied by two female slaves. As he approaches 
               the throne, Jack looks at him, his face unreadable as he remembers 
               the last time he met him. Ra sits down on his throne.)
 
                                     JAFFA
                         Shalíka!

               (Selatis hurriedly takes off the lid of the basket and cowers 
               back down again. Ra leans forward to look inside. There are various 
               items of jewellery inside.)
 
                                     RA
                         Rushínel. Rushínel jalína!

               (Selatis picks up a piece of jewellery, stands up and lifts it 
               towards Ra but the Jaffa uses his staff weapon to push him back 
               down to his knees.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I donít think he was too impressed with 
                         the offering.
 
                                     RA
                         Taímel aíkel malítal. Zaíra nak shon.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         He says he will not tolerate such disrespect 
                         from his followers.
 
               (The Jaffa activates his staff weapon. Jack covertly reaches 
               for a pistol in his trousers. Sam sees what heís doing.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sir.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Let me do it now - I wonít have to do 
                         it in five thousand years.
 
                                     CARTER
                         You canít do that. Thereís no telling 
                         what effect it might have.
 
               (Ra extends a finger. The Jaffa shoots Selatis. SG-1 flinch in 
               dismay while Jack gazes in hatred at Ra. Katep cowers down, expecting 
               to be next, but the Jaffa closes his staff weapon. Ra rises and 
               leaves the throneroom.)
 
                                     JAFFA
                         Kree! Reela nak!

               (Katep closes his eyes in grief. He and several other Egyptians 
               run forward to lift Selatisí body and carry it from the throneroom. 
               All the Egyptians begin to leave. Jack and SG-1 move cautiously 
               around a corner. Katep looks back as a couple of Jaffa put the 
               lid back on the basket and carry it away. As the throneroom empties, 
               Jack looks around the corner to see which way the Jaffa go.)
 
               
               
               A little later, the team are carefully following the two Jaffa 
               with the basket.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Thereís gotta be some sort of treasure 
                         room. If the ZPM is anywhere, itíll 
                         be in there.
 
               (Jack looks round at the sound of another Jaffa clomping along 
               the corridor. As he walks past them, Jack zats him. Jack and 
               Tealíc run out and grab the Jaffaís legs and pull him out of 
               sight.)
 
               
               A little later, Tealíc is dressed in the Jaffaís armour apart 
               from the helmet.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You really think theyíre gonna let him 
                         just waltz in and take it?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, like I said, they donít even know 
                         what a ZPM is. To them itís like any 
                         number of dozens of ritualistic objects 
                         they pull out for any number of occasions. 
                         Besides, heís wearing the shiny suit.
 
                         
               (Tealíc activates the helmet and it rises up out of nowhere and 
               wraps itself around his head.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Good luck!

               (Tealíc bows to him and walks away.)

               
               Some time later, Jack, Sam and Daniel are waiting for Tealíc 
               to return. Jack looks at his watch.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Címon, T!

                                     DANIEL
                         We would have heard something if he 
                         was in trouble.
 
               (They hear the approaching footsteps of a Jaffa and duck out 
               of sight. The Jaffa clumps along the corridor and finally reaches 
               them. As he turns to face them, Daniel activates his zat gun. 
               The Jaffa stops and holds up the ZPM. Jack takes it.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nice!

               
               DESERT. The team are making their way back to the time ship. 
               They round a sand dune and then duck down at the sound of voices. 
               Looking cautiously over the top of the dune, they see that part 
               of the time ship is now visible, covered in sand. Many Jaffa 
               are surrounding it.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Oh my God!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Alright, weíve got a little problem 
                         here.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Must have been a sandstorm during the 
                         night.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         The Jaffa will soon call for reinforcements 
                         if they have not already done so. We 
                         must move quickly.
 
               (As Jack reaches for his sidearm, Sam grabs his arm.)

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, we canít.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Weíve taken on more Jaffa than that.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         You know what I mean. This is exactly 
                         the sort of high-impact event weíre 
                         supposed to avoid.
 
                                     TEALíC
                         They have the ship. Will that not alter 
                         the future more than anything that we 
                         could do?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Not necessarily. They donít know what 
                         it is, and even if they did, they canít 
                         use it. None of them have the gene - 
                         even Ra wonít be able to make it work.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         So what are we supposed to do?

                                     CARTER
                         Nothing.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Nothing?!

                                     CARTER
                         Well, close to it.

                                     OíNEILL
                         No, hereís a better idea: we take back 
                         our ship!
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, if we kill those Jaffa or, worse, 
                         get captured, we could alter the future 
                         immeasurably. If youíre thinking we 
                         can go forward and then back again ...
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         Just a couple of days! Then we park 
                         that thing where nobody can find it.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         We alter this timeline, and the future 
                         is already different. We could set into 
                         motion a spiral of changes that we could 
                         never fix. Weíve already done too much. 
                         Iím sorry, sir - I should never have 
                         allowed us to do this.
 
               (The team carefully gets up, moves away and starts to walk across 
               the desert.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         So, what? We live out the rest of our 
                         lives here?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well, we know thereís gonna be a rebellion 
                         eventually. The human slaves rise up 
                         and Ra abandons Earth. Daniel learned 
                         that on Abydos nine years ago. When 
                         it happens, there is a chance that we 
                         could get the Jumper back without creating 
                         too big a ripple in the events of this 
                         timeline.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         When does that happen?

                                     DANIEL
                         I donít know the exact date - it could 
                         be years.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         What?! Years?!

                                     CARTER
                         Sir, we donít have a choice.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter, what about the ZPM? I mean, 
                         if we wait, we lose any chance of getting 
                         it back to our time.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Preserving the timeline is more important.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         For all you know, things could get better!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Or they could be worse! We canít take 
                         that chance.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, I know a way we can get the ZPM 
                         back to our time even if we donít. About 
                         a month before we left, there was an 
                         archaeological dig that uncovered a 
                         first dynasty tomb near Giza. All we 
                         have to do is bury the ZPM in that tomb, 
                         let them find it, and maybe our future 
                         selves wonít have to take on this mission!
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Wow! Thatís bizarre, but it just might 
                         work.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Carter, a lot of good people died when 
                         Anubis attacked Earth. I donít think 
                         their families would mind if we futzed 
                         with the timeline a little.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I know this is hard for you; your 
                         instincts are to change things - make 
                         things better - but for once thatís 
                         exactly what we canít do. We have to 
                         let things play out exactly the way 
                         theyíre meant to.
 
               
               THE PRESENT. EARTH. A CLASSROOM. We see a blackboard with writing 
               on it which describes the meanings of the words ďnounĒ, ďadjectiveĒ, 
               ďverbĒ and ďadverbĒ. Danielís voice can be heard offscreen.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         English is, uh, a complex language - 
                         a hybrid of many different influences, 
                         much like the culture it represents. 
                         (The camera pans across and we see Daniel. 
                         But this is not the Daniel Jackson we 
                         know. His hair is longer and he is wearing 
                         a terrible thick-rimmed pair of glasses. 
                         He is wearing a short-sleeved shirt 
                         and tie and a sleeveless cardigan.) 
                         To understand it is to gain an insight 
                         into that culture and the process of 
                         integration that created it. (He pauses 
                         and looks out at his class. We see that 
                         they are adults of all ages, and are 
                         a large number of different nationalities. 
                         They are gazing at him blankly.) OK 
                         - letís start with a simple greeting. 
                         Often the best way to begin interacting 
                         with someone is to find a topic of common 
                         interest. Everyone can relate to the 
                         weather, so letís start with that, shall 
                         we? Introduce yourself and talk about 
                         the weather! (After a moment, a young 
                         man raises his hand. Daniel points to 
                         him.) Yes.
 
               (The man stands up.)

                                     CARLOS
                         Hello, my name is Carlos. You make me 
                         so hot.
 
               (Daniel stares, trying to keep his smile.)

                                     DANIEL
                         OK! (Carlos sits down again.) Umm, uh, 
                         not quite right, but the introduction 
                         part was good.
 
               (The door to the classroom opens and a man, perhaps the principal 
               of the school, puts his head round the door.)
 
                                     PRINCIPAL
                         Daniel? Sorry to bother you, but there 
                         are some people here to see you.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Scuse me for just one second. (He walks 
                         over to the principal and speaks quietly.) 
                         What kind of people?
 
                                     PRINCIPAL
                         Air Force people. (He steps aside to 
                         show three Air Force personnel waiting 
                         outside. One of them is Major Paul Davis. 
                         He has a moustache.)
 
               
               DEPARTMENT OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON D.C. 
               In an office, Samís voice can be heard.
 
                                     CARTER
                         This is totally unbelievable! (The camera 
                         pans across and we see Sam. She too 
                         is wearing very nerdy glasses. She is 
                         gesturing angrily.) You are a small 
                         and pathetic man! Those were my theories 
                         on spinwave technology and the effects 
                         of anti-gravity on electromagnetism 
                         and you know it! (We see the desk that 
                         sheís shouting at. Nobody is sitting 
                         there.) Now, just because my reproductive 
                         organs are on the inside instead of 
                         the outside doesnít ... (She grimaces 
                         and turns away from the desk.) God, 
                         thatís horrible! Who would ever say 
                         that?!
 
               (The door in front of her opens and a man comes in.)

                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Carter. (He looks around the room.) 
                         Who were you talking to?
 
                                     CARTER
                         No-one.

                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Were you talking to yourself?

                                     CARTER
                         No.

                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Have you proofread my review of the 
                         solid fuel rockets yet?
 
                                     CARTER
                         Iím almost done. (She gives him a double 
                         thumbs-up.) Good job!
 
                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Thank you. Keep up the good work, Carter 
                         - youíll be moving up around here.
 
                         
               (The door opens again and Major Davis and his two colleagues 
               come in.)
 
                                     DAVIS
                         Scuse me. Major Davis, United States 
                         Air Force.
 
                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Doctor Hershfield. (He and Davis shake 
                         hands.)
 
                                     DAVIS
                         I know who you are.

                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Whatís this all about?

                                     DAVIS
                         Itís a matter of national security. 
                         Iím afraid Iím not at liberty to discuss 
                         that here.
 
                                     HERSHFIELD
                         Oh, of course. (He looks round at Sam 
                         for a moment.) By all means. We can 
                         talk privately in my office.
 
                                     DAVIS
                         Oh no, Iím not here to talk to you. 
                         Iíd like to speak to Doctor Carter.
 
                         
               (Sam stares in amazement. Hershfield turns round to look at her.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Me?!

               
               MARINA. Near a boat with ďHomerĒ painted roughly on the bow, 
               a man pulls a fishing pot out of the water and walks away. On 
               the boat sits Jack OíNeill, looking bored. As he tosses an empty 
               beer can across the boat, three Air Force personnel approach. 
               One of them takes off his sunglasses and we see that this is 
               Colonel Samuels.
 
                                     SAMUELS
                         Colonel OíNeill.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Samuels. You and the boys looking to 
                         charter a boat for the day?
 
                                     SAMUELS
                         No, sir. Iíve been sent by the Pentagon 
                         to escort you back to Washington.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         I could give a ratís butt.

                                     SAMUELS
                         Itís a matter of national security, 
                         sir.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Find someone else.

                                     SAMUELS
                         We canít. It has to be you. Now, if 
                         youíll allow me, Iíll try and explain 
                         it on the way.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Sammy, it just doesnít sound like fun. 
                         (He jumps up onto the top deck of the 
                         boat, groaning with the effort.) Oh, 
                         God! (He starts the boat and steers 
                         it out of the marina. Samuels and his 
                         colleagues watch, unable to do anything. 
                         Jack takes his hands off the wheel and 
                         stretches dramatically as the boat moves 
                         away.)
 
               
                                     [TRANSCRIBERíS NOTE
                         for most of the rest of the episode, 
                         the main characters are these new alt-versions 
                         of our heroes. I donít like constantly 
                         using ďAlt-DanielĒ, ďAlt-CarterĒ etc 
                         so will stick with their normal names 
                         until itís necessary to differentiate 
                         between them and our usual heroes.]
 
                         
               
               SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Daniel is alone in the room, gazing around 
               nervously. The door beside Jackís office opens and Major Davis 
               gestures to Sam Carter to go in. Daniel turns round to look.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         If youíll just wait here, maíam, General 
                         Hammond will be with you in a moment. 
                         (He closes the door, leaving Daniel 
                         and Sam alone in the room. Daniel checks 
                         Sam out, then, as she turns towards 
                         him, walks over to her.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Hi.

                                     CARTER
                         Hi.

                                     DANIEL
                         Doctor Daniel Jackson.

                                     CARTER
                         Doctor Samantha Carter.

                                     DANIEL
                         Oh! Uh, PhD.

                                     CARTER
                         Oh, me too. Astrophysics.

                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, Egyptology.

                                     CARTER
                         You wouldnít happen to know why weíre 
                         here?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         No. (He laughs.) Five thousand years 
                         ago, maybe, but, uh, now, no. I was 
                         kinda hoping you did.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry.

               (They look around the room awkwardly for a few moments.)

                                     DANIEL
                         I teach English as a second language.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Department of Aerospace.

                                     DANIEL
                         Oh!

                                     CARTER
                         Oh, not as an astronaut. (She giggles 
                         nervously.) No, I, uh, I check other 
                         peopleís scientific reports for factual 
                         errors or omissions before they get 
                         sent up to the Director.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Thatís ... interesting.

                                     CARTER
                         Yeah. (Then she shakes her head.) Not 
                         really.
 
               (General Hammond enters the room.)

                                     HAMMOND
                         Doctor Jackson, Doctor Carter - Iím 
                         General George Hammond. (He gestures 
                         to the table.) Please.
 
               (Sam looks at Daniel for a moment, then they both sit down at 
               the table. Hammond sits, and then puts a folder down in front 
               of each of them. A couple of pens are already lying on the table. 
               At this point we realise that, because of the number of stars 
               on his shoulders, Hammond is only a Brigadier General instead 
               of the Major General that we know. Daniel and Sam open their 
               folders.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Whatís this?

                                     HAMMOND
                         A non-disclosure agreement. What weíre 
                         about to discuss has been classified 
                         top secret by the United States government.
 
                         
               (Daniel closes his folder and folds his hands over the top of 
               it.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         What if we donít wanna sign it?

                                     HAMMOND
                         Well then, youíre free to leave.

               (Sam immediately grabs her pen and signs her agreement. Hammond 
               and Daniel look at each other for a moment, then Daniel rolls 
               his eyes, opens his folder again and signs it. Hammond collects 
               the folders back, then hands a file to each of them.)
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         You have a background in archaeology, 
                         isnít that right, Doctor Jackson?
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Thatís right.

                                     HAMMOND
                         But your theories failed to gain much 
                         acceptance among your colleagues.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         You could say that.

                                     HAMMOND
                         Egyptian pyramids as landing pads for 
                         alien spacecraft.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I did not say that unequivocally. Um, 
                         I simply put forward the possibility 
                         that, based on the knowledge that ...
 
                         
                                     HAMMOND
                         Itís alright, Doctor, you donít have 
                         to defend your theories here. A month 
                         ago, a team of archaeologists from the 
                         University of Chicago uncovered an ancient 
                         Egyptian tomb near Giza. Inside, they 
                         found artefacts typical of the period, 
                         plus one or two objects that have yet 
                         to be identified - and a video camera.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         A video camera?!

                                     HAMMOND
                         It was perfectly preserved in a vacuum-sealed 
                         Canopic jar. (He shows them a photograph 
                         of the MRI scan showing the camera inside 
                         the jar.) The technology is somewhat 
                         different to what is commercially available 
                         today, but we managed to charge the 
                         battery. However, we didnít bring you 
                         here because we found the camera. We 
                         brought you here because of what had 
                         been recorded on the tape inside that 
                         camera.
 
               (He activates the screen behind him. At first all we can see 
               is the lower half of a manís face as he sets up the camera. Then 
               he steps away and we see that itís our Daniel.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         I think thatís right. (He walks away 
                         from the camera and then turns to face 
                         it.) OK, my name is Doctor Daniel Jackson. 
                         Iím part of a team called SG-1 and we 
                         have just travelled back in time five 
                         thousand years.
 
               (Hammond looks at Alt-Daniel. Alt-Sam turns and stares at him 
               as well. Alt-Daniel takes his glasses off and stares in disbelief 
               at the image of himself on the screen.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         See, the thing is, weíre not sure weíre 
                         gonna make it back. Um, the chamber 
                         where you discovered this tape should 
                         be discovered shortly before weíre set 
                         to leave - if the timeline hasnít changed 
                         at all. Letís see, what are some recent 
                         major events? Uh, communism recently 
                         failed in Eastern Europe. Um, they should 
                         be well on their way towards democracy 
                         by now. Henry Hayes is President. What 
                         else?
 
                                     ALT-CARTER
                         Henry Hayes?!

                                     HAMMOND
                         Secretary of the Interior. President 
                         Kinsey was less than amused when he 
                         saw that portion of the tape. (He activates 
                         the tape again.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sam, help me out here. (Sam walks into 
                         view.) Um, Samantha Carter, Lieutenant 
                         Colonel, United States Air Force and 
                         a member of SG-1. (Sam waves at the 
                         camera as her alt-self stares in amazement.)
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Well, I suppose we should tell them 
                         about the Stargate.
 
                                     ALT-CARTER
                         Oh my God!

                                     ALT-DANIEL
                         Whatís SG-1?

                                     HAMMOND
                         Watch.

                                     DANIEL
                         Right. Colonel Carter and I work for 
                         an organisation known as Stargate Command. 
                         It is located under Cheyenne Mountain. 
                         Now, for the past eight years weíve 
                         been regularly travelling through a 
                         large ring-shaped device known as the 
                         Stargate which should have been discovered 
                         in 1928 somewhere near where this tape 
                         was found.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Now, by means of these offworld missions, 
                         weíve managed to acquire a lot of advanced 
                         technology which has helped us protect 
                         Earth against several alien attacks.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         If, for whatever reason, the things 
                         weíre talking about are not true, then 
                         it is possible that we have somehow 
                         inadvertently changed the future. Now, 
                         the purpose of this tape is to provide 
                         you with the tools you will need to 
                         go back in time and set things right. 
                         If, for whatever reason, the Stargate 
                         has not been discovered, you will have 
                         to find it and get it up and running. 
                         (Alt-Daniel and Alt-Sam are staring 
                         at the screen, unable to believe anything 
                         theyíre seeing. Alt-Sam shakes her head 
                         in shock.) Uh, Jack, you should say 
                         something here.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No, no ...

                                     DANIEL
                         We should all be here on the tape.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         We have no way of knowing how things 
                         could have changed.
 
               (Daniel steps aside and Jack walks into view and faces the camera.)
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Uh, uh, General Jack OíNeill, United 
                         States Air Force. (Alt-Sam turns to 
                         Alt-Daniel, who shakes his head to indicate 
                         that he doesnít know who this man is 
                         either.) How you doiní? (On the screen, 
                         Jack turns to Daniel, unsure of what 
                         to say.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Tell them about the future.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Uh, college football is played on Saturdays; 
                         pro on Sundays, (Alt-Sam and Alt-Daniel 
                         stare at him) - and there are no fish 
                         in my pond, at all, where I fish. (He 
                         turns to the other two.) Uh, I think 
                         that covers it for me.
 
               (Hammond switches the tape off and turns to Sam and Daniel.)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Did he say ďStargateĒ?

                                     CARTER
                         Time travel?!

                                     DANIEL
                         What else did the tape say?

                                     HAMMOND
                         Details of the Stargate, SG-1, including 
                         a fourth member who appears to be some 
                         kind of humanoid alien.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Are you telling us that in some alternate 
                         timeline, weíre part of a team that 
                         ... travels to other planets and defends 
                         Earth against alien invasions?
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         I know. It seems difficult to believe.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait-wait - what about the Stargate? 
                         Did you look for it?
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         We searched the co-ordinates provided 
                         on the tape but we didnít find anything. 
                         The area had already been excavated 
                         previously in 1934 by a Doctor Langford 
                         but he found nothing but a tablet inscribed 
                         with hieroglyphics that no-oneís ever 
                         been able to translate. We were wondering 
                         if youíd like to take a crack at it.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Are you kidding?!

               
               COMMISSARY. Sam is sitting at a table drinking. Daniel comes 
               in.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Hey.

                                     CARTER
                         Hi.

               (Daniel sits down opposite her.)

                                     DANIEL
                         So - what díyou think of all this?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         To be honest, I donít know what to think. 
                         I mean, itís pretty overwhelming.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah.

                                     CARTER
                         Time travel is theoretically possible. 
                         Thereís been a lot of research in the 
                         area of quantum gravity which suggests 
                         that time flows like rotating fluid 
                         within our galaxy, technically allowing 
                         the traveller to journey backward and 
                         forward at will but thereís a huge amount 
                         of energy required.
 
               (Daniel has been looking blankly at her and at last gets a chance 
               to get a word in edgeways.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Actually, I was talking about us - the 
                         other us. I guess you could call it 
                         the us weíre supposed to be. (Sam looks 
                         at him dubiously.) I mean, seriously, 
                         didnít you always think that you were 
                         destined for something more - I mean, 
                         something a hell of a lot more fulfilling 
                         than a nine to five desk job?
 
                                     CARTER
                         I suppose.

                                     DANIEL
                         I donít know, I just always felt like 
                         my life was wrong.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well - life is what you make it, you 
                         know, for better or worse.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, look at this as a way to change 
                         everything - if we help them find this 
                         - this Stargate.
 
                                     CARTER
                         What do you think theyíre gonna do - 
                         ask us to join an elite team of intergalactic 
                         space heroes?! (She laughs.) Look at 
                         us! The only reason that they showed 
                         us the tape is because weíre on it.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Exactly!

                                     CARTER
                         Oh.

               
               GUEST QUARTERS. Daniel, with lots of books scattered over the 
               desk in front of him, is watching the tape again on a screen 
               on the desk. His alternate self is speaking.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, that about covers the Gate dialling 
                         system, the point of origin, the address 
                         to Chulak, and the home address. What 
                         else? Oh, right! (He picks up the ZPM.) 
                         This is very important - itís called 
                         a ZPM, a Zero ...
 
               (Offscreen, Tealíc interrupts.)

                                     TEALíC
                         Daniel Jackson.

                                     DANIEL
                         What?

                                     TEALíC
                         I believe the battery is about to expire.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         OK, this is very important - this is 
                         called a Zero Point Module. Now, its 
                         purpose is to, to ... (The tape ends.)
 
                         
                                     HAMMOND
                         Howís that for timing?!

               (Daniel turns around to see Hammond standing behind him.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, this ZPM was recovered along with 
                         the tape?
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes. We have a team of scientists studying 
                         it as we speak. Howís the translation 
                         coming?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh! (He makes some odd noises.) Itís 
                         an obscure dialect - I can see why your 
                         experts had trouble.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         But?

                                     DANIEL
                         But itís almost as if the person who 
                         chiselled this tablet knew my research. 
                         You see, in 2995 BC, about five years 
                         after the team on this tape arrived 
                         in the past, there was an uprising. 
                         The ancient Egyptians rebelled against 
                         the sun god Ra - or at least someone 
                         who they believed to be an impostor. 
                         Now apparently, whoever this impostor 
                         was, he left in a great flying ship, 
                         uh, and took the Stargate with him.
 
                         
                                     HAMMOND
                         That is unfortunate.

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, but the tablet makes reference 
                         to a location where there might be a 
                         second Stargate here on Earth.
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Where?

                                     DANIEL
                         Oh. Iím still workiní on that.

                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you, Doctor. I look forward to 
                         your report.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, General, um, if itís alright with 
                         you, Iíd like to join the expedition 
                         to find the second Gate.
 
               (Hammond looks at him for a moment, then sighs uncomfortably.)
 
               
               
               COMMISSARY. Sam is eating a bowl of blue jelly. Daniel comes 
               and joins her.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         You were right. Theyíre gonna shut us 
                         out.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Canít say Iím surprised.

                                     DANIEL
                         I still havenít finished the entire 
                         translation yet, which means we still 
                         have some leverage.
 
                                     CARTER
                         What else does it say?

                                     DANIEL
                         It says the second Stargate is somewhere 
                         in Antarctica.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Somewhere in Antarctica?!

                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it doesnít even say that, it says 
                         ďthe land of the cold in the southĒ 
                         which Iím guessing means Antarctica.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Itís a big place - lots of ice.

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, Iím guessing whoever wrote the 
                         tablet didnít have a way of explaining 
                         latitude and longitude in ancient Egyptian 
                         hieroglyphs.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Well, at least youíre still useful to 
                         them. I donít know why theyíre keepiní 
                         me around.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Whoa - Iím not gonna let them shut you 
                         out either. I mean, weíre supposed to 
                         be a team. We have to stick together.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Thatís nice, really.

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah. We need someone whoís willing 
                         to go to bat for us - someone they canít 
                         say no to.
 
               
               MARINA. On the quay by the ďHomerĒ is a board advertising ďTours, 
               fishing, charters, partiesĒ and showing the rates. Jack is doing 
               repairs in the bow and making angry noises. Sam and Daniel walk 
               up and glance nervously at each other. Jack finally looks up 
               and notices them.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You folks lookiní for a little tour?
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack OíNeill?

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah.

                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, Iím Daniel Jackson, this is Samantha 
                         Carter.
 
               (Sam waves at Jack. He looks at her for a moment, then looks 
               at Daniel.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You two a couple?

                                     DANIEL
                         No! No, no, we just - we just met.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         What do you want?

                                     CARTER
                         Well, uh ... we were recently approached 
                         by the military about a, uh, a matter 
                         of, um, (she lowers her voice and whispers) 
                         national security.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Donít care.

                                     DANIEL
                         This is really important - all weíre 
                         asking is a little bit of your time.
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         A hundred and fifty bucks an hour to 
                         rent the boat.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         We donít wanna go anywhere.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís your money.

               
               LATER. The boat is still in the marina. Daniel and Sam are now 
               on board, sitting in the bow wearing lifejackets. Jack is sitting 
               opposite them, doing some repairs to a fishing rod.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         So ultimately what we have to do is 
                         this: we have to find the Stargate and 
                         then get hold of this time travel device.
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Locate this alien named Tealíc.

                                     DANIEL
                         Right - get Tealíc first, then go back 
                         in time to change the past and fix the 
                         future. (He looks expectantly at Jack, 
                         who carries on with his repairs as if 
                         theyíre not even there.) Are you listening?
 
                         
                                     OíNEILL
                         I was tryiní not to.

               (Daniel and Sam look at each other. Daniel sighs.)

                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, I suppose it does sound a little 
                         crazy.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Really? Which part? (He thinks about 
                         it for a moment.) I have to say: the 
                         moment I let you on board.
 
                                     CARTER
                         You donít have to believe us. All we 
                         ask is that you watch the tape and decide 
                         for yourself.
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         You know, I have decided and, hey, look, 
                         (he lifts his watch and speaks loudly) 
                         your timeís up!
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Arenít you - arenít you the least bit 
                         intrigued that there might be something 
                         else out there somewhere? Something 
                         more than this?
 
               (Jack looks at him, glances around his boat, then looks back 
               at Daniel.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No.

                                     DANIEL
                         Weíre supposed to be a team. We saved 
                         the world.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Several times!

                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah. OK. Sure! I buy that! Uh-huh! 
                         The three of us - the world - we save 
                         it, right? (He laughs.) OK!
 
                                     CARTER
                         I canít believe I wasted my frequent 
                         flier miles on this.
 
               (Daniel looks at Jack, who makes a circle of his thumb and finger 
               at him, grinning sarcastically.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Sorry to bother you.

                                     OíNEILL
                         Not a problem.

               (Daniel and Sam stand up. Daniel gets out of the boat but Sam 
               starts to take her lifejacket off first.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         Ah! Ah! (He raises a finger to her, 
                         gesturing that she should get out of 
                         the boat first. She sighs and gets out 
                         of the boat, then takes her glasses 
                         off and pulls the lifejacket off. Daniel 
                         takes his off, then they drop them back 
                         into the boat before starting to walk 
                         away.)
 
                                     OíNEILL
                         No worries, eh?

               
               SGC. CORRIDOR. Sam and Daniel are being escorted along the corridor 
               by SFs.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Do you have any idea whatís going on?
 
                         
               (Daniel shakes his head. They round the corner to be greeted 
               by Major Davis, who is standing in front of closed doors being 
               guarded by a couple of SFs.)
 
                                     DAVIS
                         Doctor Carter, Doctor Jackson.

                                     CARTER
                         Major, whatís this about?

                                     DANIEL
                         Did you find the second Stargate?

                                     DAVIS
                         No, we didnít, but we decided to show 
                         you something else. (He turns to the 
                         SFs.) Airmen?
 
               (The airmen open the door. Inside is an Ancient ship/Puddlejumper. 
               Sam and Daniel walk into the room, gazing in amazement.)
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Woah!

                                     DAVIS
                         We think this was the ship SG-1 used 
                         to travel back in time.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Where did you find it?

                                     DAVIS
                         It was uncovered during an excavation 
                         of the area around the tomb where the 
                         tape was found. Please. (He gestures 
                         towards the rear of the ship. They walk 
                         around to the rear. The ramp is down 
                         and technicians are working inside. 
                         Sam and Daniel walk inside and stare.)
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         This is incredible! Is it operational?
 
                         
                                     DAVIS
                         Not yet.

               (The three of them walk to the front of the ship.)

                                     CARTER
                         According to the tape, Jack OíNeill 
                         had the special gene that makes him 
                         able to fly this thing.
 
                                     
                         for non-ďAtlantisĒ viewers, in between 
                         the pilotís and co-pilotís seat is a 
                         flat panel of triangular pieces which 
                         have constellations on them. They operate 
                         the nearest Stargate like the DHDs do 
                         which we see in ďSG-1Ē.])
 
                                     DANIEL
                         These are constellations.

                                     CARTER
                         The tape said that this was able to 
                         go through the Stargate as well as time 
                         travel.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         So this must be what dials the Gate.
 
                         
               (They both reach forward to touch the DHD but a familiar manís 
               voice interrupts them.)
 
                                     MCKAY
                         Donít touch anything, please! (Sam and 
                         Daniel pull their hands back and turn 
                         around. Doctor Rodney McKay comes onboard 
                         the ship. He is wearing a blue T-shirt 
                         with ďMr FantasticĒ printed on it.) 
                         Leave the touching to the experts.
 
                         
                                     DAVIS
                         Doctor Rodney McKay - heís the lead 
                         scientist on the project.
 
                                     MCKAY
                         Hi.

                                     DAVIS
                         This is Doctor Carter, Doctor Jackson.
 
                         
               (Daniel and Sam both offer their hands. Rodney takes Samís, then 
               continues to hold it, smiling at her, even though Daniel still 
               has his hand out.)
 
                                     MCKAY
                         Pleased to meet you.

                                     DAVIS
                         We were hoping they may be of assistance 
                         to you.
 
               (Daniel lowers his hand, embarrassed.)

                                     MCKAY
                         Hmm, yes. (Sam finally pulls her hand 
                         free.) Well, thank you.
 
                                     DAVIS
                         Iíll leave you to it, then.

               (Sam covertly wipes her hand on her skirt as Davis walks away.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So, did you try dialling the Stargate 
                         address that the Daniel Jackson on the 
                         tape mentioned?
 
                                     MCKAY
                         No. Why would we do that?

                                     CARTER
                         Well, just to see ...

                                     MCKAY
                         Of course we tried. Itís called sarcasm. 
                         We tried the address numerous times 
                         - nothing happened.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Did you try any other combinations?
 
                         
                                     MCKAY
                         Iím sorry - what are your areas of expertise?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Astrophysics.

                                     DANIEL
                         Archaeology.

                                     MCKAY
                         And I would listen to you because ...?
 
                         
                                     CARTER
                         Weíre on the tape.

                                     MCKAY
                         Now you - you I would listen to if you 
                         were reading the phonebook.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Oh, brother!

                                     MCKAY
                         You see, I love this whole sexy librarian 
                         thing. Look, why donít I take you to 
                         lunch, get you up to speed. (He takes 
                         her arm and starts to usher her towards 
                         the rear of the ship.) I hear itís lemon 
                         chicken today - itís my favourite, hmm? 
                         (As she walks past him, he puts his 
                         hand on her backside.) Got a lot to 
                         talk about.
 
               (They walk away, leaving Daniel alone in the ship.)

               
               LATER. Daniel is walking along a corridor as Sam hurries up behind 
               him.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel! (Daniel turns and walks towards 
                         her.) Is he behind me?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Who?

                                     CARTER
                         McKay. (Daniel looks past her, then 
                         shakes his head.) Oh, thank God! I think 
                         I lost him. The guy is driving me nuts!
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Any progress with the ship?

                                     CARTER
                         Well, the technology is way beyond us, 
                         but I do have something - it could be 
                         big.
 
                                     DANIEL
                         What?

                                     CARTER
                         Remember how McKay said that they tried 
                         dialling the Stargate address several 
                         times and nothing happened?
 
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah.

                                     CARTER
                         I started thinking. Nothing happened 
                         here.
 
               
               BRIEFING ROOM. Sam and Daniel are sitting at the table with a 
               file in front of them as Major Davis walks in.
 
                                     DAVIS
                         What have you got?

                                     DANIEL
                         Weíre waiting to see General Hammond. 
                         (He and Sam look smug.)
 
                                     DAVIS
                         Heís busy. Why donít you tell me - Iíll 
                         decide if itís worth interrupting him.
 
                         
               (Sam and Daniel look at each other for a moment, then Daniel 
               slides the file across to Sam, who slides it across the table 
               to Davis. He looks at it and sees that it shows a map of Antarctica 
               with a series of concentric circles on it.)
 
                                     CARTER
                         I cross-referenced our previous attempts 
                         to dial the Gate with some recent seismic 
                         activity in Antarctica. Theyíre a perfect 
                         match. The epicentre in all eight cases 
                         was exactly the same - approximately 
                         fifty miles outside of McMurdo. (She 
                         points to the centre of the concentric 
                         circles.) That is where youíll find 
                         your second Gate. (She smiles smugly 
                         up at Davis. Daniel does the same.)
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         Worth it?

                                     DAVIS
                         Scuse me. (He picks up the file and 
                         hurries out of the room. Sam and Daniel 
                         look at each other with satisfied smiles 
                         on their faces.)
 
               
               A DAY OR TWO LATER (presumably). Sam and Daniel walk into what 
               we know as the Gateroom. Itís a hive of activity. They walk over 
               to General Hammond.
 
                                     CARTER
                         General, you wanted to see us ... (She 
                         trails off as she sees something. Hammond 
                         smiles and turns to watch with her and 
                         Daniel as the Stargate is lowered down 
                         from the surface.)
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         It was exactly where you said it would 
                         be. Good work.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you, sir.

                                     HAMMOND
                         I want you both to know that your help 
                         on this project was most appreciated. 
                         Your country owes you a debt of gratitude.
 
                         
               (Sam and Daniel look away from the Gate to stare at Hammond.)
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But weíre not done yet.

                                     HAMMOND
                         Actually, weíre not done. You two, however, 
                         have a plane waiting to take you home. 
                         Iím sure I donít need to remind you 
                         of the details of the non-disclosure 
                         agreement.
 
                                     CARTER
                         Wait a minute. You are gonna send a 
                         team through the Gate, arenít you?
 
                         
                                     HAMMOND
                         Weíre assembling a team as we speak.
 
                         
                                     DANIEL
                         But you saw the tape - we are that team. 
                         I mean, if anybody should be going, 
                         itís us!
 
                                     HAMMOND
                         Iím sorry, Doctor Jackson, but neither 
                         you nor Doctor Carter possess the training 
                         or qualifications for a mission like 
                         this. Thatís just the way it is. (He 
                         turns and walks away. Sam and Daniel 
                         look at each other, then turn to watch 
                         the Stargate as it is lowered into its 
                         final position.)
 
               
               TO BE CONTINUED.

               

Moebius Part 1



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


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