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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 611

                                      "PROMETHEUS"

                                           By

                             Paul Mullie & Joseph Mallozzi




               Scenes from Desperate Measures are shown.

               
                                     SCENE 1
                         Carter, in her hospital jammies, is 
                         desperately trying to get a locked door 
                         open when Adrian Conrad comes up behind 
                         in a wheelchair. She whirls around and 
                         points a gun at him and asks him who 
                         he is and why she is there.
 
               
                                     SCENE 2
                         Jack and Harry are driving in an SUV 
                         discussing that Harry had been paid 
                         three million dollars for a symbiote 
                         he acquired from the Russians.
 
               
                                     SCENE 3
                         Teal'c, Daniel, and Hammond are sitting 
                         around the conference table in the briefing 
                         room as Janet hands out folders and 
                         tells them that Adrian Conrad is suffering 
                         from Burchart's Syndrome and that there 
                         is no cure. Teal'c replies, "Except 
                         the healing powers of a Goa'uld symbiote."
 
                         
               
                                     SCENE 4
                         Jack is holding a gun on the Goa'ulded 
                         Conrad in the steam tunnels beneath 
                         the hospital when he is shot by Simmons. 
                         Simmons tells Conrad, "You want to live; 
                         you come with me."
 
               
                                     SCENE 5
                         Simmons is standing, talking to Conrad, 
                         who is sitting at a table. Simmons and 
                         Conrad are negotiating for information. 
                         Conrad tells Simmons he has nothing 
                         that equals the value of the information 
                         he can provide. Simmons replies, "I'm 
                         not so sure about that."
 
               
               
               WHAT APPEARS TO BE A BUSINESS MALL. SAM IS WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK 
               TOWARD A SILVER CAR (DEFINITELY NOT THE CAR WE HAVE SEEN HER 
               DRIVING IN ASCENSION). A MAN AND WOMAN HURRY TO CATCH HER AS 
               SHE BEGINS TO PUT THE ITEMS SHE IS CARRYING IN THE BACK SEAT 
               OF THE FOUR-DOOR SEDAN. THE WOMAN IS CARRYING A MICROPHONE ATTACHED 
               TO THE CAMERA THE MAN IS CARRYING.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Major Carter. My name's Julia Donovan. 
                         I'm with Inside Access. I was wondering 
                         if I could have a few minutes of your 
                         time."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm a little busy right now."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "Actually, your name came up in connection 
                         with a story I've been working on. Over 
                         the past two years, several billion 
                         dollars of taxpayer's money has been 
                         dumped into a secret government project 
                         called Prometheus. In fact, it's so 
                         secret, the government appropriated 
                         the money without the usual Congressional 
                         oversight, which...I think my viewers 
                         might find rather interesting."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm sure they would." (She gets into 
                         the car and puts on her seatbelt.)
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Actually, I thought you might find 
                         this particularly interesting." (She 
                         holds up a small piece of metal. Sam 
                         pauses as she is turning the key to 
                         look at the metal.) "It's a metal alloy 
                         called Trinium. Supposedly, it's being 
                         used in connection with Prometheus. 
                         I had my experts analyze it. They said 
                         it's unlike anything they've ever seen 
                         before....at least on this planet." 
                         (Sam gives her a puzzled look at that 
                         last comment.) "Sure you wouldn't care 
                         to comment now?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm sure."

               
               GENERAL HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               Sam and Hammond are discussing her encounter with the reporter.
 
               
               
                                     SAM
                         "To tell you the truth, sir, I didn't 
                         know what to say. She caught me completely 
                         off-guard."
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "You did the right thing, Major. Our 
                         official policy is to deny everything."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Unfortunately, in this case, I don't 
                         think it's gonna be good enough."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Do you believe the sample of Trinium 
                         is genuine?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It's hard to say for sure, sir, but 
                         just the fact that she knew the name 
                         indicates we've had a serious breach 
                         of security."
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "The Pentagon's already initiated an 
                         investigation. We've tapped Ms. Donovan's 
                         phone and e-mail accounts and we're 
                         tracking her movements."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Where is she now?"

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "She left Colorado Springs at 0930 this 
                         morning. She changed planes in Denver 
                         en route to JFK. I'm sending Major Davis 
                         over from Washington to talk to her."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Do we know when this report's scheduled 
                         to air?"
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "In four days."

               
               
               WASHINGTON, D.C.

               Julia is riding in a limo, talking on a cell phone.

               
                                     JULIA
                         "No, Tuesday's no good. I've got an 
                         interview with the Chinese Ambassador...and 
                         then on Wednesday, I fly out for the 
                         G-8 summit." (She pauses as she notices 
                         the car slowing and looks forward.) 
                         "I'll call you back." (She hangs up 
                         the phone and then speaks to the driver.) 
                         "Why are we stopping?"
 
               
               Just then, Davis opens the door and slides in next to her.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Good evening."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "What is this?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Major Paul Davis, United States Air 
                         Force."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "If you came to intimidate me out of 
                         running my story, it's not going to 
                         work. Just the fact that you're here 
                         tells me it's too important to let go."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Oh, it's more important than you know."
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Here comes the national security speech."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "No, No...no speech. Just a simple fact: 
                         you run that story; you endanger people's 
                         lives."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "All right...you tell me what Prometheus 
                         is and I'll reconsider."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "I don't think so."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "I'm serious. I have unconfirmed reports 
                         that it's some kind of fusion reactor. 
                         They're building it out in the desert."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Where'd you hear that?"

               
                                     JULIA
                         "I'm not ready to reveal my source."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Ms. Donovan, by revealing classified 
                         information, your source is violating 
                         about 17 federal laws."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Is that a confirmation?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "It's a warning."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "You should know, Major, I've made arrangements. 
                         If anything happens to me, the report 
                         gets released."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Have a good evening, Ms. Donovan." 
                         (He exits the limo.)
 
               
               
               SGC

               Davis and Hammond are walking together toward Hammond's office. 
               They talk as they are walking.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "She's stubborn, sir."

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Do we know where the leak came from?"
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "We're working on it, but so far, we've 
                         got nothing." (They enter the office 
                         and Davis closes the door.) "It could 
                         be, uh, anything from a...technician 
                         working on the project to Senator Kinsey."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "How much does she know?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "She thinks Prometheus is some kind 
                         of fusion reactor."
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Then maybe we don't have a problem."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "She also has a money trail, Sir, and 
                         the Trinium. Now, if she can get that 
                         much, odds are she can get a lot more."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "This is General Hammond. Get me the 
                         President."
 
               
               
               JULIA'S OFFICES

               Julia walks into a conference room.

               
                                     JULIA
                         "Al, we need to talk about this production 
                         schedule..."(She looks up to see Sam 
                         and Davis seated at a table with Al.) 
                         "What the hell is this?"
 
               
                                     AL
                         "Take it easy, Julia."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "No. If you think you can kill my story 
                         by going over my head to my producer, 
                         you're wrong."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "Just sit down, please." (She reluctantly 
                         takes a seat.) "The head office has 
                         decided that, for the time being, it 
                         is in their best interest not to run 
                         the story."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "You mean they caved."

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "It was a personal request from the 
                         President to the Chairman of the corporation 
                         that owns this network."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "I don't believe this."

               
                                     SAM
                         "We're going to need all the material 
                         you have on this story. Tapes, notes, 
                         interviews..."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "You can't force me to give you anything..."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Actually, we can...but we were just 
                         hoping that you would cooperate, given 
                         that your story is dead."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "You see, that's where you're wrong. 
                         All I have to do is make a couple of 
                         phone calls to some foreign broadcasters. 
                         I'm sure they'd be very interested."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "I'd advise against it."

               
                                     AL
                         "Okay, Okay...look, maybe there's a 
                         compromise here. Whatever this thing 
                         is...I figure it's too big to stay secret 
                         forever. Am I right? Eventually, you're 
                         gonna go public. You let Julia take 
                         a camera crew to document Prometheus, 
                         top to bottom. When the time is right, 
                         we get a world exclusive."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I don't think so."

               
                                     AL
                         "Everyone'll sign a non-disclosure agreement, 
                         including me. The video tape will be 
                         the property of the United States Air 
                         Force...you'll be in complete control."
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Forget it! They're gonna sit on this 
                         thing for 50 years."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "Julia, when the President of the United 
                         States kills your story, that's it. 
                         Game over. You go foreign with this, 
                         they could charge you with treason."
 
                         
               
               
               SGC

               SG-1 and General Hammond are sitting around the briefing room 
               conference table with Davis.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Do you think that she would really 
                         go through with it?"
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "We have no way of knowing and the fact 
                         is, we can't take the chance."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         There's also the question of where she's 
                         getting her information. If we kill 
                         the story without plugging the leak, 
                         there's no guarantee this won't happen 
                         all over again."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "What are you suggesting?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Once Ms. Donovan left the meeting, 
                         her producer agreed to reveal the source 
                         in exchange for a tour of the facility."
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "The Pentagon feels this is the best 
                         way to contain the situation. Once we've 
                         confirmed we have the source, we destroy 
                         all video tape and any related materials."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "So, essentially, we're just double-crossing 
                         her."
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "We have no choice."

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Without any hard evidence, the only 
                         place she'll be able to run the story 
                         is in the tabloids."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "This...is an insanely bad idea."

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "The decision has been made. Major, 
                         I want you and Jonas to take care of 
                         this."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Yes, sir."

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         "Dismissed."

               
               
               AREA 51

               Sam, Jonas and two guards wait out in front of a small red and 
               white checked building that is surrounded by a chain-link fence. 
               Two vehicles approach. Al and Julia get out of one vehicle and 
               three men and a woman get out of the other.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Ms. Donovan."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "Major."

               
                                     SAM
                         "This is Jonas Quinn. He'll be joining 
                         us on the tour."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "I guess a couple billion dollars doesn't 
                         buy what it used to."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "You'd be surprised."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Shall we?"

               
               Sam leads the way through the fence to the building. One of the 
               guards opens the red outer door of the building while Sam punches 
               in a code to open the inner elevator doors. Sam, Jonas, Julia 
               and Al step inside the elevator. The two guards wait behind to 
               accompany the three man and one woman film crew.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "How far down are we going?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Several hundred feet."

               
               They reach their destination and Julia steps out of the elevator, 
               followed by Al. Julia doesn't go very far before she stops and 
               stares in amazement at the site before her.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "This is Prometheus. Otherwise known 
                         as the X-303."
 
               
               The camera pans to reveal most of a very large (compared to the 
               cargo ship and death gliders) ship.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "I hope you brought a lot of tape."
 
                         
               
               They walk toward the Prometheus.

               
               
               ABOARD THE PROMETHEUS

               Sam leads her small group, which has now been joined by the other 
               six, through the corridors of the ship toward the bridge.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "This is a joke. It would take at least 
                         20 Saturn rockets to get this thing 
                         off the ground, let alone into orbit"
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Prometheus is the third in a series 
                         of designs that incorporates both human 
                         and alien technology."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "You're saying little green men helped 
                         you build this?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Actually, they're gray. All the key 
                         systems were reverse engineered from 
                         a ship that crashed 100 miles north 
                         of Fairbanks, Alaska in 1978. It was 
                         only in the last few years that our 
                         technology evolved to a point where 
                         we could take advantage of what we had." 
                         (She gestures for them to continue through 
                         a doorway onto the bridge. She hangs 
                         behind, momentarily, with Jonas).
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Fairbanks?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Better than Roswell." (She gives him 
                         a small grin. He raises his eyebrows 
                         and follows her onto the bridge.)
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "It doesn't look very alien to me."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "The controls are all standard design. 
                         Some of the key systems use crystal 
                         technology rather than wires and chips. 
                         The hard part's making them compatible."
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "All right. Let's set up in here. I'd 
                         like to see more."
 
               
               Sam leads Jonas, Julia and Al back off the bridge. The two guards 
               stay behind to watch over the camera crew.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "The ship will be capable of reaching 
                         orbit in under 30 seconds."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "What about G-forces?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Well, if the inertial dampeners and 
                         artificial gravity are functioning properly, 
                         it shouldn't feel like much more than 
                         a ride in a fast elevator."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "How long until this thing is ready 
                         to fly?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It'll be a while. A number of the support 
                         systems are still being assembled."
 
                         
               
               
               BACK ON THE BRIDGE.

               The film crew is taking equipment out of bags. We see the female 
               set a laptop on one of the control consoles. Then we see a camera 
               man pull a Zat out of the tape compartment of a camera. He looks 
               over at the woman, who takes a cover off a panel on the pedestal 
               of the control console. A guard notices what she is doing.
 
               
               
                                     GUARD
                         "What are you doing?"

               
               As the guards walk around to check out what she is fiddling with, 
               the cameraman zats both guards. She continues to establish a 
               link between her laptop and the control console.
 
               
               
               BACK IN THE CORRIDORS.

               Sam leads her group into another room.

               
                                     JULIA
                         "What is this?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "The engine room."

               
               Julia and Al walk up to some windows to peer down on the engines. 
               They are several decks below. The engine room spans several decks 
               in height.
 
               
                                     AL
                         "How fast does it go?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Using sub-light engines, the ship can 
                         accelerate to 110,000 miles per second. 
                         It's over half the speed of light."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Of course, it's nowhere near fast enough 
                         to achieve interstellar travel. For 
                         that, we need the hyperdrive." (He points 
                         in their direction.)
 
               
               
               BACK ON THE BRIDGE.

               The other two crewman are dragging the guards away. The camera 
               pans up to the laptop which is running a lot of lines of code 
               on the screen. The woman is sitting at the control console, operating 
               the controls.
 
               
               
               BACK IN THE ENGINE ROOM.

               Sam is watching her guests when she hears one of the controls 
               beep. She walks over to look at the display and sees the message 
               "simulation interrupted....system busy" displayed. Jonas notices 
               her.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "What is it?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm not sure. The computer was running 
                         a series of hyperdrive simulations, 
                         but they've been interrupted."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "So?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "So, there are other tests scheduled 
                         for today." (She walks over and picks 
                         up a handset off the wall.) "Engine 
                         room to the Bridge. Seargent Gibson, 
                         this is Major Carter, come in." (She 
                         returns the handset.)
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Maybe the comm system isn't finished 
                         yet?"
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Mmm...I'll go check it out. Keep an 
                         eye on these two."
 
               
               She leaves the engine room and Jonas smiles at his two guests. 
               We see the two men who had dragged the guards away walking across 
               the bridge with pistols, then the woman working on the control 
               console.
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         "I think I've got it. We're in business."
 
                         
               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         "Go get the others." (They nod to him 
                         and leave with their pistols as he hands 
                         another communication device to the 
                         woman.)
 
               
               
               CORRIDOR

               Sam is walking toward the bridge when she comes upon the two 
               crewmen.
 
               
                                     CREWMAN 1
                         "Major Carter."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Aren't you supposed to be on the bridge?"
 
                         
               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "We had a little trouble with the equipment. 
                         We're gonna need to get another battery 
                         from the truck."
 
               
               Sam notices Crewman 1 reaching for his pistol. She backhands 
               him across the face with her right hand, continues the spin to 
               her right and kicks Crewman 2 in the chest. Then she kicks Crewman 
               1's gun out of his reach and starts running back the way she 
               had come just as the Cameraman comes up from behind the Crewmen 
               and tries to zat Sam. The chase is on.
 
               
               Meanwhile, in the engine room, Jonas is noticing things on the 
               computer panels. He starts accessing the computer and Julia comes 
               up behind him to observe.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "What is it?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Someone's trying to lock down the ship. 
                         I can't stop them, but I think I can 
                         slow 'em down."
 
               
               
               BACK IN THE CORRIDORS

               Sam is running out of space.

               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         "Where is she?"

               
                                     CREWMAN
                         "This way."

               
               Sam ducks into a small room and codes in the close door sequence. 
               The door closes just as they get to the room. Crewman 2 flick 
               wires that are hanging out of where the exterior door controls 
               should be.
 
               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         Jones, come in."

               
                                     JONES
                         "Go ahead."

               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         "I need you to seal a room for me. Charlie, 
                         Charlie 4107."
 
               
                                     JONES
                         "Done."

               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         "Let's go."

               
               
               ENGINE ROOM

               Jonas has complete his work on the computer. Jones notices the 
               change on her computer console.
 
               
                                     JONES
                         "Full diagnostic? No, no, no."

               
               Jonas then pulls out a crystal control panel and removes a blue 
               crystal.
 
               
                                     AL
                         "What is that?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "The control crystal." (He hides it.)
 
                         
               
               
               SAM'S ROOM.

               
                                     SAM
                         "This is Major Carter. Can anybody hear 
                         me?" (There is no response.) She curses 
                         silently and then begins looking around 
                         the room. There is a lot of equipment 
                         and other stuff laying around in it.
 
                         
               
               
               ENGINE ROOM

               The Cameraman and two Crewmen walk in the door, weapons raised. 
               Jonas, Julia and Al raise their hands and back up slightly.
 
               
               
                                     JULIA
                         "What the hell's going on?"

               
                                     CAMERAMAN
                         "Shut up."

               
                                     CREWMAN 1
                         "Over there." (Gesturing and directing 
                         the trio back behind the control console.)
 
                         
               
                                     JONES
                         "Smith, come in."

               
                                     SMITH
                         "Yeah, go ahead."

               
                                     JONES
                         "We've got a problem. The computer's 
                         been tied up with a diagnostic program. 
                         I need you to shut it down."
 
               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "The controls are frozen."

               
                                     JONES
                         "If you don't close that problem, I'm 
                         not going to be able to establish a 
                         lockdown and we're gonna be overrun 
                         by security."
 
               
                                     AL
                         "He removed, the control crystal." (Walks 
                         over and takes the blue control crystal 
                         from the place Jonas had hidden it.)
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Al, what're you doing?"

               
                                     AL
                         "It must link the computer to the alien 
                         systems."
 
               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               She is finding some useful equipment. You can see a plan formulating 
               as she looks it over. She goes to work by first taking the cover 
               off the communication panel.
 
               
               Meanwhile with Al's help, Crewman 2 has been successful at stopping 
               Jonas' diagnostic program.
 
                                     JONES
                         "There we go."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "What's happening?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "They're activating the hyperdrive generators.
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "While we're on the ground? Is that 
                         such a good idea?"
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "No, it's not." (Jonas sees that Crewman 
                         2 has been successful at activating 
                         the engines.) "Unless you're deliberately 
                         trying to create an overload."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "I don' t understand."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "The hyperdrive generators create an 
                         enormous amount of energy and if it's 
                         not channeled into creating a hyperspace 
                         window it can cause some serious problems."
 
                         
               
                                     JULIA
                         "You mean it could explode."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "With enough force to turn the entire 
                         state of Nevada into a smoking crater, 
                         yes."
 
               
                                     SMITH
                         "That's right, but I wouldn't worry 
                         about it. As long as our demands are 
                         met, it won't come to that."
 
               
               
               

               
               
               AREA 51

               A command post has been established outside the red and white 
               building. A tent covers the command area and troops are seen 
               being deployed. Also a vehicle arrives and we see Jack jump out 
               and begin shouting.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Major Davis! What the hell happened?"
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "At approximately 0900 this morning 
                         the X-303 was put into lockdown mode. 
                         At 0920 we received a communication 
                         from someone inside the ship informing 
                         us that they had destabilized the hyperdrive. 
                         They're threatening to blow it."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "I don't believe it! I do not believe 
                         this!"
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "We're getting energy readings that 
                         confirm an overload building in the 
                         ship's generator."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "This is supposedly the most secure 
                         facility on the face of the planet!"
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "We think it was the camera crew, sir."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Did anyone bother with a background 
                         check?"
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Yes, sir! And they were clean! The 
                         cameraman was a decorated Marine in 
                         Somalia! Every member of that crew has 
                         been at the network for well over a 
                         year, sir! This plan has obviously been 
                         in the works for some time."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What?!"

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "Sir, we receiving a transmission. It's 
                         from the highjackers."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Patch it through!"

               
               Jack and Paul head under the tent to listen to the transmission.
 
               
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "This is Major Davis, go ahead."

               
                                     SMITH
                         "I assume, by now, you've confirmed 
                         the status of the hyperdrive. So you 
                         know we're not bluffing."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "What do you want?"

               
                                     SMITH
                         "You're currently holding two prisoners 
                         we want released: Colonel Frank Simmons 
                         and Adrian Conrad. You have exactly 
                         three hours to deliver them, or we blow 
                         up your ship."
 
               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               She has jerry-rigged a communication device from the equipment 
               found lying around.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "This is Major Carter. Can anyone hear 
                         me?" (She tries another frequency.)
 
                         
               
               BACK AT THE COMMAND POST

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Yes, sir. Perfectly clear, sir. We're 
                         doing everything we can. Thank you." 
                         (He hangs up the phone.) "The joint 
                         chiefs are calling an emergency meeting."
 
                         
               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "Sir, I'm picking up on a signal from 
                         inside the ship...but it's on a different 
                         frequency."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Patch it through."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Repeat...this is Major Carter. Is anyone 
                         reading this?"
 
               
               Jack walks around and up to the microphone.

               
                                     JACK
                         "Carter, it's O'Neill, what's your status?"
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "I'm locked in the storage room on deck 
                         seven." (Jack motions for the soldier 
                         to get a map.)
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "What happened in there?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "It was the T.V. crew. They had a Zat."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Major, the highjackers are demanding 
                         the release of Adrian Conrad and Colonel 
                         Simmons. We believe this is a rogue 
                         NID operation." (They all look at the 
                         map to see where Sam is located.)
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Carter, is there any chance they can 
                         get that ship off the ground."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It's not finished, sir. It could lose 
                         structural integrity."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Will it fly?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Yes, sir."

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Major Carter, the sublight control 
                         relay is right above you on deck eight. 
                         If you can get to it and sever the connection, 
                         that'll ground them for sure."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "I found a plasma cutter in here, but 
                         it'll take me a while to get through 
                         the Trinium alloy."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "We have less than three hours to deliver 
                         the prisoners or they blow the ship."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Copy that."

               
               
               THE ENGINE ROOM

               Julia and Jonas are sitting on the floor. Al is pacing. The other 
               men are standing around.
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Al, why are you doing this?"

               
                                     AL
                         "They're paying me."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "We're supposed to be friends."

               
                                     AL
                         "They're paying me a lot."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Hey, you know there's only two ways 
                         off of this ship, don't you? Hand cuffs 
                         or a body bag."
 
               
                                     CREWMAN 1
                         "Who says we want to get off?"

               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               She dons a welding helmet and leather gloves and begins cutting 
               through the door with the plasma cutter.
 
               
               
               ON THE ROAD TO THE COMMAND POST.

               Major Davis is riding in a vehicle with Simmons and a couple 
               of guards.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "You know, I hate to say it, Major, 
                         but, uh, if I had been in charge, none 
                         of this would have ever happened. It 
                         seems to me you brought me down here 
                         to figure out a way to retake the ship."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "These individuals are threatening to 
                         blow up the X-303 unless they're demands 
                         are met."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Yeah? What do they want?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "You."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Me?"

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "They're also demanding we bring them 
                         one of your former associates: Adrian 
                         Conrad."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "I hardly think of him as an associate. 
                         He's a Goa'uld, after all."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "You helped him escape when we had him 
                         trapped."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "I thought it would be best if we kept 
                         him in our custody."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Sure you did. The two of you made some 
                         kinda deal, didn't you? We know what 
                         the Goa'uld wants from you, Colonel. 
                         He wants to escape. What we don't know 
                         is what he offered you in return."
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "I'm sorry, but I'm not gonna be able 
                         to help you."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Colonel...you either give me what I 
                         need and we make arrangements or we 
                         make a u-turn and I take you right back 
                         to your box."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "It seems to me that you're in a bit 
                         of a bind now. Aren't you? Fortunately 
                         for you, I am willing to board the X-303 
                         in the interest of saving lives. Of 
                         course, I'm gonna need a change of clothes...something 
                         nice."
 
               
               
               THE ENGINE ROOM

               
                                     SMITH
                         "The delivery's on its way. We're moving 
                         to phase two now."
 
               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "We've got a problem. Somebody recalibrated 
                         the ignition module. The settings we 
                         have are all wrong."
 
               
               They both turn to look at Jonas.

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Don't look at me..."

               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "We need the new settings. If we're 
                         off by as much as 1% the engines won't 
                         start and the module will burn out. 
                         We'll be stuck."
 
               
                                     SMITH
                         "Give me those settings now."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "I don't know what you're talking about."
 
                         
               
                                     SMITH
                         "I'm not fooling around here."

               
                                     AL
                         "Whoa, whoa, whoa. What the hell are 
                         you doing? This wasn't part of the plan."
 
                         
               
                                     SMITH
                         "I'm improvising."

               
                                     AL
                         "I was told no one would get hurt. That 
                         was the deal. So quit waving that gun 
                         around."
 
               
               Smith puts to bullets into Al. Al falls.

               
                                     SMITH
                         "Now, where were we?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "All right."

               
               Jonas gets up and walks to a computer panel.

               
                                     SMITH
                         "No mistakes" (Then aiming the gun at 
                         Julia who is still sitting on the floor.) 
                         "If those engines don't start both of 
                         you die."
 
               
               
               THE COMMAND POST

               Teal'c walks into the tent.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Adrian Conrad has arrived."

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Did he say anything to you?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "He was uncharacteristically silent 
                         for a Goa'uld. Have we received word 
                         from Major Carter?"
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "No, not yet."

               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               Sam is still cutting with the plasma torch...it's a slow go.
 
               
               
               
               BACK AT THE COMMAND POST

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         Sir, we're approaching deadline."

               
               Davis looks at Jack who reluctantly nods and looks away.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Radio the highjackers. We're sending 
                         in the prisoners."
 
               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               She is still cutting.

               
               
               THE ENGINE ROOM

               
                                     JONAS
                         "There, it's done."

               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "The sub-light engines are on-line."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "This doesn't change anything. Even 
                         if you get this ship off the ground, 
                         they're gonna track you wherever you 
                         go."
 
               
                                     SMITH
                         "You're forgetting about the hyperdrive."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Well, the hyperdrive is far from operational 
                         and that is something I cannot help 
                         you with."
 
               
                                     CONRAD
                         "Perhaps not...but I can."

               
               
               THE BRIDGE

               Simmons walks in.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Are we set?"

               
                                     JONES
                         "All systems are go."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Then release the docking clamps."
 
                         
               
               Simmons sits in the command chair.

               
               
               THE COMMAND POST

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "Major, they're preparing to take off."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Thank you."

               
                                     JACK
                         "She's running out of time."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Major Carter may still succeed in disabling 
                         the ship once they reach orbit."
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Teal'c, deck seven isn't pressurized. 
                         The airlock in that section is still 
                         under construction. By the time they 
                         reach orbit, she'll be dead."
 
               
               
               

               
               
               THE BRIDGE

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Major Davis? This is Colonel Simmons. 
                         We'd like to leave now. Would you be 
                         so kind as to retract the roof?"
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Colonel, you're gonna have to wait 
                         a couple of minutes, we're having problems 
                         with the hydraulics."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Nice try, Davis. You have 30 seconds 
                         or we're going to detonate the hyperdrive."
 
                         
               
               
               SAM'S ROOM

               Sam completes her cut. She pushes out the piece of door, lays 
               her leather gloved on the opening and carefully crawls through.
 
               
               
               
               THE BRIDGE

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Ten...nine...eight...seven..."

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "They're powering engines."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "...six..."

               
               
               Scene switches to Sam who is in a corridor on deck seven. She 
               hears the engines powering up.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Crap."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "...two...one..."

               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Retract the roof."

               
               The soldier complies and the roof begins to retract.

               
               
               THE BRIDGE

               
                                     JONES
                         "We're good to go, sir."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Take us outta here."

               
               
               THE COMMAND POST

               All turn to watch as the X-303 rises from out of the ground. 
               It quickly ascends.
 
               
               
               PROMETHEUS DECK SEVEN

               Sam is having difficulty negotiating the corridor to get to the 
               airlock. She struggles against the wind and cold but finally 
               makes it to the airlock and closes the door. She begins climbing 
               the ladder to ascend to deck eight.
 
               
               
               THE COMMAND POST

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "They're entering low Earth orbit."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "Now what?"

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Does the ship not possess a docking 
                         bay capable of receiving the X-302?"
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "We don't have any ready to fly."

               
                                     JACK
                         "We've got the death glider from Anubis."
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         "The radar system on the X-303 is still 
                         incomplete. Fly into through the lower 
                         bay. They'll never see you coming."
 
                         
               
               
               PROMETHEUS ENGINE ROOM

               
                                     JULIA
                         "So that guy with the weird voice, he 
                         was an alien, wasn't he? You might as 
                         well tell me, we're probably not gonna 
                         survive this anyway."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Oh, we've been in tighter spots."
 
                         
               
               Simmons walks into the Engine Room. Jonas and Julia stand up.
 
               
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Ms. Donovan...I-I just had to come 
                         down here and say hello. I'm a big fan 
                         of your work."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "Terrific."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "And you sir, you must be Jonas Quinn, 
                         our alien friend."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "You're an alien too?" (Jonas sort of 
                         rolls his eyes, not meeting hers.) "I 
                         don't believe this."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Where are you taking this ship?"

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Oh, well, you don't worry about that, 
                         all right? You just sit tight and you'll 
                         be released when everything's over."
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Do you really think it's wise to be 
                         working with a Goa'uld?"
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "He's fixing the hyperdrive. It's in 
                         his best interest. We'll deal with him 
                         later."
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Yeah. What about Major Carter?"

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Major Carter. Major Carter should have 
                         stayed with the group, but she wanted 
                         to play the hero and she got herself 
                         killed."
 
               
               Jonas tries not to react to that news, but looks a bit stunned.
 
               
               
               Meanwhile, Sam is crawling through a passageway on deck eight. 
               She opens a panel and shorts some wires.
 
               
                                     ONE THE BRIDGE
                         Simmons returns and takes his seat. 
                         Just then an beeping can be heard from 
                         the computer.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "What is that?

               
                                     JONES
                         "Sublight engines are off-line."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "What does that mean?"

               
                                     JONES
                         "We still have full power, but I've 
                         got no control."
 
               
               Crewman 2 punches up a schematic of the ship.

               
                                     CREWMAN 2
                         "The circuit's been cut. Access tube. 
                         Deck eight."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "It's Carter. I want you boys to get 
                         down there...and leave me you're gun."
 
                         
               
               The crewmen leave.

               
                                     JONES
                         "Sir, we don't have enough altitude. 
                         If I don't get control back soon, our 
                         orbit's gonna start to decay."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Bridge to engine room, come in."

               
                                     CONRAD
                         "What is it?"

               
                                     SIMMMONS
                         "Are we gonna get into hyperdrive any 
                         time soon, here?"
 
               
                                     CONRAD
                         "I'm working on it. The design is incredibly 
                         crude. It amazes me that a race as backward 
                         as yours could even think of attempting 
                         interstellar travel."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Spare me the super-villain riff. We're 
                         on the clock here."
 
               
               Carter smacks Crewman 2 and knocks him silly. Unfortunately, 
               Smith and Crewman 1 come up from behind and stop her. Pointing 
               a zat at her, Smith advances on her, but then he is zatted from 
               behind as are the Crewman. Sam smiles slightly as she sees Jack 
               and Teal'c come up to disarm the three.
 
               
               
                                     ON THE BRIDGE
                         
                                     JONES
                         "Orbit's starting to decay."

               
                                     CONRAD
                         "Engine room to bridge. The hyperdrive 
                         is operational."
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Can we open up a window from low orbit?"
 
                         
               
                                     JONES
                         "Yes, sir."

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Then do it and use the coordinates 
                         the Goa'uld gave us."
 
               
               
                                     IN THE CORRIDOR
                         
               Jack, Sam and Teal'c walk along, ready for action, all armed 
               with Zats. They hear the hyperdrive engine power up.
 
               
               
                                     IN THE ENGINE ROOM
                         
               Julia is pacing and stops when she hears the change in sound.
 
               
               
                                     JULIA
                         "What is that?"

               
                                     JONAS
                         "The hyperdrive."

               
                                     JULIA
                         "That's bad, isn't it?"

               
               
               A hyperspace window opens up and the Prometheus disappears into 
               it.
 
               
               
               THE COMMAND POST

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         "Sir, we're getting a report from AF 
                         Satcom...the X-303 just disappeared 
                         from Earth orbit."
 
               
               Davis is visibly upset by this information.

               
               
               

               
               
               THE PROMETHEUS

               Jack, Sam and Teal'c enter the engine room. They find it empty.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Clear...can you shut down that hyperdrive?"
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "The computer's been reprogrammed. I 
                         don't have the access codes."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "All right, let's find the others."
 
                         
               
               They head back out into the corridor, cautiously.

               
               
                                     ON THE BRIDGE
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "Smith, Sanderson, come in. Come it, 
                         damn it." (to Jones) "Wait here."
 
                         
               
               Conrad bursts onto the bridge just as Simmons is turning to leave. 
               Conrad tackles Simmons, then gets up and looks at Jones. His 
               eyes flash.
 
               
                                     CONRAD
                         "You're finished here."

               
               Then he backhands her hard and sends her flying into the command 
               chairs behind her. She is rendered unconscious. Conrad turns 
               his attention back to Simmons. Simmons just manages to reach 
               the gun he dropped when he was tackled as Conrad is on him again. 
               They struggle for a few seconds and then three gun shots are 
               heard. Simmons has shot Conrad in the abdomen. Conrad's eyes 
               glow.
 
               
               
               Meanwhile, elsewhere on the ship, Jack, Sam and Teal'c are still 
               searching for the others. They come onto the bridge to find Conrad 
               lying dead and Jones barely alive near the chairs. Jack checks 
               on Conrad, Teal'c checks on Jones.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "This one is injured, but alive."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Toast."

               
               Jones stirs.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Where are the hostages?"

               
                                     JONES
                         "Supply room...deck four."

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Supply room."

               
               They all rise and go to Carter who is watching the doorway.
 
               
               
                                     JACK
                         "Carter, keep an eye on the bridge."
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         "Simmons..."

               
                                     JACK
                         "Yeah, I know."

               
               Jack and Teal'c leave. AS they are approaching an access door, 
               Simmons comes up from behind and hammers Teal'c, knocking him 
               to the ground. Jack turns and takes a swipe at Simmons, but it 
               is rather ineffective. Simmons eyes flash and he lunges at Jack, 
               pinning him to the wall. They struggle, Jack pushing hard at 
               Simmons face. Simmons picks Jack up and slams him against a wall 
               across the corridor. Jack hits his head and sinks to the deck. 
               In the meantime, Teal'c has regain his senses and is struggling 
               to get up. Simmons and Teal'c trade blows, but Simmons is getting 
               the better of Teal'c. Teal'c is knocked backward as Jack struggles 
               to get his whits about him. Simmons picks up a very large wrench 
               and advances on Teal'c.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         "I'm gonna savor this moment."

               
               Just then, the Prometheus drops out of hyperspace. The jolt knocks 
               Simmons off-balance as Jack is able to get to his feet and cross 
               the corridor. He reaches a control panel in the wall and causes 
               doors behind Simmons to open. These doors are an opening to the 
               outside and Simmons and the wrench are sucked out into space 
               as Teal'c and Jack struggle to stay inside and get the doors 
               closed again. They manage the task. As they both stand up again, 
               Jack straightens Teal'c's jacket collar and pats his shoulder. 
               Teal'c smiles slightly and nods.
 
               
                                     TIME JUMP
                         The two guards who were subdued earlier 
                         have joined SG-1, Julia and Jones on 
                         the bridge.
 
               
                                     JONES
                         "Where's the rest of my team?"

               
                                     JACK
                         "Just never you mind about the rest 
                         of your team."
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Sir, I have no idea where we are."
 
                         
               
                                     JONES
                         "There should be a planet here."

               
                                     SAM
                         "What planet?"

               
                                     JONES
                         "Back when Colonel Maybourne was running 
                         our off-world op, we found a tablet 
                         written in the language of the ancients. 
                         It described a large cache of weapons 
                         and technology hidden in a secret location. 
                         Colonel Simmons wanted it bad. The only 
                         problem was, we couldn't translate the 
                         coordinates."
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         "Therefore, Colonel Simmons enlisted 
                         the aid of the Goa'uld."
 
               
                                     JONES
                         "After that, it was just a matter of 
                         waiting until we could get transportation."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Okay, let's go home."

               
                                     SAM
                         "Well, sir, it's possible when the hyperdrive 
                         was brought on-line no one full accounted 
                         for the instability of the Naquadria."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Well, who does?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Well, what I'm saying is if I don't 
                         know where we are, I can't plot a course 
                         for home."
 
               
                                     JULIA
                         "So...what do we do now?"

               
               
                                     TIME JUMP
                         Jonas returns to the bridge from wherever 
                         he has been.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         "Gibson and Finney are checking the 
                         food supply, but, uh, it doesn't look 
                         very good."
 
               
               Jack is sitting in the center chair, Sam is in the seat to his 
               left and Teal'c in the seat to his right (very much the opposite 
               of Riker, Picard and Troi - LOL).
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "Sir, based on the amount of time we 
                         were in hyperspace, I'd estimate we're 
                         at least 1200 light years away from 
                         Earth."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "How does that help us?"

               
                                     SAM
                         "Uh, it doesn't."

               
                                     JONAS
                         "Colonel..."

               
               We see a hyperspace window open and an Asgard ship suddenly appear 
               very near the Prometheus.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         "It's the Asgard."

               
               Just then, Thor materializes on the bridge directly in front 
               of Jack. Thor is sitting in a chair.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Thor, buddy...nice timing."

               
                                     THOR
                         "It has been some time, O'Neill. I owe 
                         you all a debt of gratitude for rescuing 
                         me from my Goa'uld captors."
 
               
                                     JACK
                         "Ah..." (dismissing his debt, then lightening 
                         things up) "Hey, I thought you were 
                         going for the new body?"
 
               
                                     THOR
                         "I did."

               
                                     JACK
                         "It's nice."

               
                                     SAM
                         "So...how did you find us?"

               
                                     THOR
                         "The Asgard monitor all hyperspace activity 
                         in the vicinity of Earth. We have been 
                         tracking you since you left orbit."
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         "Excellent. Can you help us out here?"
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         "If fact, it is we who need your help. 
                         The Asgard homeworld has been overrun 
                         by the replicators. We have need of 
                         both you and your ship."
 
               
               To be continued...

               
               THE END

               

Prometheus



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


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