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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 613

                                    "SIGHT UNSEEN"

                                           By

                                     Damian Kindler




               CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

               
               The Gate activates.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Receiving SG-1ís IDC, Sir. Request permission 
                         to open the iris.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do it.

               
               The iris opens and the MALP comes through followed by SG1.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Welcome home, SG1. How did it go?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Ah, General, you know how I love those 
                         sandy planets.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         The wind was most pleasant.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Jaffa sarcasm at itís finest, General.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         There wasnít much left to study.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Most of what used to be there has been 
                         eaten away by sandstorms, but we did 
                         find evidence suggesting that it was 
                         some sort of science outpost or observatory 
                         built by the Ancients.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I take it thatís the artefact you mentioned? 
                         What is it?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Actually weíre not sure.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iíd say itís some kind of bug zapper, 
                         General.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         All I know is that itís emitting energy.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         It was hidden in an underground chamber 
                         just below the main section of the ruins. 
                         When I tried picking it up, the crystals 
                         started glowing.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Touching it must have somehow activated 
                         it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Youíre certain it isnít dangerous?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well as certain as I can be without 
                         knowing what it is exactly. As I said 
                         when we reported in, my initial scans 
                         indicated the energy that itís emitting 
                         is harmless. That in itself makes it 
                         worthy of study as a potential power 
                         source, sir.
 
               
               Jonas sees a strange insect flying in the Gateroom.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Colonel!

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         What!

               
               Jonas draws his handgun.

               
                                     JONAS
                         There! You donít see that!

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No. What? What?

               
                                     JONAS
                         It just disappeared into the wall.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What did?

               
                                     JONAS
                         I donít know. Something. It was an alien 
                         creature of some kind. You didnít see 
                         it? It was right there. It was right 
                         there, General.
 
               
               Hammond walks to the phone.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is Hammond. I want a class one 
                         security lockdown of the base. As of 
                         now. This is not a drill. Repeat, this 
                         is not a drill.
 
               
               Credits

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
               Hammond walks in.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         As you were. In the past six hours, 
                         security teams have swept the base three 
                         times. They found no trace whatsoever 
                         of the creature you described.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíre certain what you saw disappeared 
                         into the wall?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah. Isnít it possible something followed 
                         us back through the Gate?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Something with the ability to penetrate 
                         solid matter?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Is that not heard of?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nothing showed up on the video.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Mister Quinn, you understand Iím not 
                         questioning your judgement, but without 
                         any further evidence I have no choice 
                         but to return the base to normal operating 
                         status.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Yes Sir. I understand.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG1ís had a particularly busy mission 
                         schedule lately. I believe youíre all 
                         due for some down time. I suggest you 
                         take it starting from now. Dismissed.
 
                         
               
               Hammond leaves.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You only saw a flash of this creature. 
                         Are you sure it wasnít some kind of 
                         hallucination?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Youíre suggesting Iím delusional?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No! No, itís just possible you were 
                         seeing something that wasnít entirely.... 
                         Yes thatís what weíre suggesting.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         You think Iím having symptoms related 
                         to my prior exposure to naquadria? Like 
                         the others on my planet? Doctor Fraiser 
                         gave me a clean bill of health.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Over three months ago.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Jonas, weíre just concerned about you.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Colonel, there was something alive down 
                         there. It was real.
 
               
               HALLWAY

               
               Jack is in civies walking with Sam.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I could stay.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíve all been cleared, Sir. The base 
                         is clean. Jonas is probably suffering 
                         from stress. This is all still pretty 
                         new to him.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You could come with.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Fishing Carter. Iím going fishing.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You know Iím planning on studying the 
                         artefact.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes. Itís always something, isnít it?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh come on, Sir, we both know the only 
                         reason you asked is because you knew 
                         I had something else to do.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No, really I think you should come, 
                         fish. Fish some more.
 
               
               CARTERíS LAB

               
               Jonas walks in.

               
                                     JONAS
                         So this is what you do with your downtime, 
                         huh?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel OíNeill asked me to go fishing 
                         with him, but to be honest, I find this 
                         more relaxing. How you doing?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Ah, well, the possibility of being insane 
                         has been interfering with my ability 
                         to relax. I figured Iíd take a crack 
                         at these glyphs.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Fine with me. But the truth is, I still 
                         have no idea what weíre dealing with. 
                         Iíve scanned it with x-rays, ultra violet, 
                         mild EM pulses. Nothing has had even 
                         the slightest effect on the particles 
                         itís emitting.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Particles?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, for lack of a better word. I mean, 
                         really theyíre just energy patterns. 
                         So far, I havenít been able to identify 
                         them or determine their purpose. Actually, 
                         I was hoping that the writings on the 
                         device itself would tell us more.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Letís see what it says. The symbols 
                         are definitely a form of the language 
                         used by the Ancients although the Ancients 
                         have been around so long, the language 
                         has evolved. We do have a base reference.... 
                         Arrggghhh!
 
               
               Jonas sees another creature.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Youíre telling me that you donít see 
                         that?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Itís right there in front of you.

               
               Sam just looks at him.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Okay. Thereís definitely something wrong 
                         with me.
 
               
               JANETíS OFFICE

               
               Hammond and Jonas are there with Janet.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         No evidence of brain damage from exposure 
                         to naquadria radiation. No indication 
                         of any viruses or toxins in your system. 
                         CAT scans, MRI, bloodwork all came back 
                         clean. Heís in perfect health.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Physically.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Thatís all I can say definitively. But 
                         you havenít shown any signs of stress 
                         or fatigue that usually accompany these 
                         kinds of hallucinations.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Then why am I the only one seeing these 
                         things?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I wish I had an answer for you.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Unfortunately until we find out exactly 
                         whatís going on, I have no choice but 
                         to remove you from active duty effective 
                         immediately.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         General Hammond. Sir, these visions 
                         only started when we returned with the 
                         device.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are you suggesting?

               
                                     JONAS
                         I know that I canít go on any more missions, 
                         thatís fine. But at least give me permission 
                         to continue researching the device with 
                         Major Carter. I mean, there has to be 
                         a connection here.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major Carter has already submitted her 
                         report on the device. Nothing in it 
                         suggests the device has anything to 
                         do with your condition. Until someone 
                         presents hard evidence, we have to assume 
                         itís a coincidence.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         I havenít even started translating the 
                         writing.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Youíll have to do that from video reference. 
                         The device is being shipped to Area 
                         51.
 
               
               CORRIDOR

               
               Tealíc and Jonas are walking along.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I canít believe theyíre gonna ship it 
                         out of here for further study? We barely 
                         got a crack at figuring out what it 
                         is.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Perhaps the scientists at our Nevada 
                         facility will be able to determine the 
                         deviceís true purpose.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Meanwhile, Iím stuck here cooling my 
                         heels.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You are welcome to join me as I kelínoíreem.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         No offence, Tealíc, but it doesnít have 
                         quite the same effect on me. No other 
                         plans?
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Colonel OíNeill requested that I accompany 
                         him on a fishing excursion.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Ahh, I guess Iím the only one he didnít 
                         invite.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         You are not permitted to leave the base.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Still.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Be extremely happy that he did not ask.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why, you donít like fishing?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         No.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Hmm. Well seeing as how Iíve read every 
                         book in the base library twice, I guess 
                         Iíll get back to work on my....
 
               
               Tealíc has stopped and Jonas turns round. They both see a strange 
               insect.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         You saw that?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Indeed.

               
               JACKíS CAR

               
               He pulls into a gas station and gets out of the car. The attendant 
               walks over
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Hey there. You just caught me fixing 
                         the carburettor, I didnít even hear 
                         you pull in.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís not a problem.

               
                                     VERNON
                         You sure? Itís a full service station, 
                         you know the price includes yours truly.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I got it, thanks.

               
                                     VERNON
                         All right. At least, I can wash your 
                         windows for you.
 
               
               He starts to wash the windows.

               
                                     VERNON
                         What do you get, like four or five miles 
                         to the gallon in this thing?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah, itís a pig.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Yeah, Iím more of an el Camino fan myself. 
                         Those things are like catnip to the 
                         ladies.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Donít I know it.

               
               Jack suddenly sees a red insect buzzing around the sign and fly 
               through it.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         What?

               
               Jack reaches into his truck and gets his gun out.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Oh jeez. The moneyís inside in a locked 
                         box under the counter.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iím not gonna rob you, just get down.
 
                         
               
                                     VERNON
                         Getting down.

               
               Jack shoots at the sign and the insect flies off.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Donít kill me please, Iím a vet.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iím not gonna kill you, get up. Colonel 
                         Jack OíNeill, US Air Force. Did you 
                         see anything?
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Ahh, just my life flashing before my 
                         eyes. What the hell were you shooting 
                         at?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís classified.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Well, you could tell me. I gotta work 
                         here, you know. If thereís something 
                         going on I should know about it.
 
               
               Jack gets out his cell phone.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         OíNeill for Hammond.

               
                                     VERNON
                         I served in the Gulf.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         What division?

               
                                     VERNON
                         Motor pool. Aw man, my sign.

               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Patching through a call from Colonel 
                         OíNeill, Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, where are you?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         About 30 clicks north, Sir. I just saw 
                         something fairly interesting.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That means theyíve breached base containment.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Sir?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Weíre seeing them here, theyíre everywhere.
 
                         
               
               SAMíS LAB

               
                                     CARTER
                         Anything?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Says something about experiment but 
                         Iím hung up on a few of these glyphs 
                         here. They were studying beings of the 
                         something something. According to this 
                         it should be inner layer. The beings 
                         of the inner layer but that doesnít 
                         make much sense.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Not really.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Maybe, uh, other level.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What about another dimension?

               
                                     JONAS
                         That could work.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It would make sense if the creatures 
                         are inhabiting another dimension close 
                         to ours.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah absolutely. Yeah, thanks.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Is that it?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Sorry, Iím working as fast as I can 
                         believe me.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         General Hammond wants a full report 
                         as soon as possible.
 
               
               Sam starts to walk off.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Look, Iím the one whoís sorry. We should 
                         never have doubted you about what you 
                         saw in the first place.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Itís perfectly understandable. With 
                         the whole naquadria poisoning thing. 
                         Besides I am still kinda the new guy.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíre part of the team now and you 
                         deserve our respect. Youíve earned it. 
                         Jonas, youíre doing a great job.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Thanks.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Now, figure out what else this thing 
                         says.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Right.

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
               Hammond. Sam, Jonas, Tealíc and Janet are there.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel OíNeill is going to remain in 
                         Colorado Springs and co ordinate the 
                         quarantine. The National Guard is standing 
                         by. The President is prepared to declare 
                         a state of emergency. Hopefully these 
                         things, whatever they are, havenít got 
                         too far.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, weíre not sure weíre going to be 
                         able to contain them.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You had the transfer of the device halted.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes, sir. And we learned more.

               
                                     JONAS
                         I think Iíve translated enough of the 
                         writings to figure out its purpose.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís broadcasting a wave of energy particles. 
                         Now while weíre not exactly sure what 
                         these particles are made of, we think 
                         theyíre somehow triggering an ability 
                         to see these creatures. Hopefully only 
                         those exposed to these particles will 
                         develop this second sight.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         None of the ciphers we have fit perfectly 
                         but near as I can understand the device 
                         is meant to allow us to observe beings 
                         that exist in a dimension parallel to 
                         ours.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We think the energy particles the device 
                         is emitting create a kind of bleed through 
                         effect. Giving anyone whoís been exposed 
                         to them an ability to see into this 
                         parallel dimension.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         So we canít contain them because they 
                         arenít actually here?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         In a manner of speaking. They do exist, 
                         just not in any way that allows us to 
                         actually interact with them.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         And, if Iím right, they didnít follow 
                         us through the Gate.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Where did they come from?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The ones weíre seeing are from Earth. 
                         Theoretically, these creatures could 
                         exist anywhere. Weíve just been previously 
                         unaware of them.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What is your threat assessment Major?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, I canít say for sure, Sir, but 
                         with regards to the creatures, none. 
                         If they only exist in their dimension, 
                         they canít really do anything to us.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         As far as I can tell, thereís no physiological 
                         interaction beyond our ability to see 
                         them.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         However, while the personnel at this 
                         facility might be able to deal with 
                         seeing interdimensional beings...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         If the effect of this spreads to the 
                         general public we could have a massive 
                         disaster on our hands. People just arenít 
                         used to seeing unusual things the way 
                         we are and we canít control when or 
                         where a sighting might occur.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I mean, imagine on a small scale, a 
                         surgeon doing delicate surgery and heís 
                         distracted.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Or an air traffic controller.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Even something as simple as driving 
                         a car. I mean, people might eventually 
                         be able to deal with it but not before 
                         it turns the world upside down.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         And not to mention the potential exposure 
                         of the Stargate program in trying to 
                         explain the situation.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Shut off that device.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíve tried, Sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Find a way.

               
               CARTERíS LAB

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel OíNeill says there havenít been 
                         any further reports of sightings outside 
                         the base as of yet.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíve triangulated the most of the sightings 
                         to a five hundred metre radius around 
                         the device. It seems to attract the 
                         creatures to it, most likely part of 
                         its design.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         So the closer that we get to the machine, 
                         the more frequently weíll be seeing 
                         our new friends.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíve been unable to find any types 
                         of controls or switches. The last resort 
                         is separating the main crystal core 
                         from the unit itself. Hopefully that 
                         will cut the power supply and stop the 
                         device from functioning.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are you waiting for?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, sir, this is a very advanced piece 
                         of alien technology. I have no idea 
                         what effect pulling the plug will have.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major, if this effect continues to spread....
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Attempting to remove crystal core.
 
                         
               
               She does so.

               
                                     CARTER
                         My scans are no longer detecting any 
                         particle emissions coming from the device.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Anyone see anything?

               
               They all look round.

               
               COMMISSARY

               
               Sam picks up some food and goes to sit with Jonas and Tealíc.
 
               
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Major Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Any sightings?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Not me.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         My kelínoíreem was undisturbed.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I think we may have just solved the 
                         problem.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Tealíc thinks we should take the device 
                         back.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Take it back? Weíve barely scratched 
                         the surface of what it can do.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Thatís what I was saying. I mean, now 
                         that itís shut off, itís perfectly safe 
                         to study.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         To what end?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The effect that device had was groundbreaking 
                         Tealíc. Once we figure out exactly how 
                         to use it...
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Eventually.

               
                                     CARTER
                         These interdimensional creatures are 
                         well worth study.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         The Ancients certainly thought so.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Theyíre obviously aware of matter in 
                         our dimension on some level or they 
                         wouldnít come to rest on objects we 
                         perceive as solid.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Plus they have the ability to pass through 
                         solid matter at will.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Also the ones weíve encountered seem 
                         to lack a behaviour that demonstrates 
                         a higher intelligence. But that doesnít 
                         mean we canít...
 
               
                                     WOMAN
                         Argghhhh!

               
               They all turn round.

               
               CONTROL ROOM

               
               Hammond and Davis are watching the screen.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sergeant?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Mission time was 24 minutes 3 seconds. 
                         MALP AV link to P9X 391 is up and running.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG1 this is Hammond. Whatís your status?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, weíre in the ruins. Weíre about 
                         to enter the ante chamber where we found 
                         the device. Are you picking up anything 
                         coming through the wormhole?
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Negative. No unidentified energy patterns 
                         are being detected from your position.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Does that mean weíre free and clear?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Even if we were able to shut the device 
                         off itís possible there was residual 
                         particle radiation that my instruments 
                         just couldnít detect. Hopefully this 
                         will take care of that.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Itís back where we found it. There doesnít 
                         seem to be anything else here that would 
                         explain what happened with the device.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Once the Gate has shut down it should 
                         cut off any energy patterns being broadcast 
                         back to Earth.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Affirmative. Weíll re establish contact 
                         in one hour. Shut it down.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Yes, Sir. Deactivating wormhole.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Iím in my office.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Ah Sir?

               
               Big centipede like creatures come through the keyboard.

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are you certain bringing the device 
                         back here was the right decision?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís the only way weíre gonna solve 
                         this Sir. Returning the device to P9X 
                         391 should have worked. Thereís no way 
                         it could have been projecting an effect 
                         from offworld without the Stargate being 
                         active.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Then why do we all still possess the 
                         ability to see these creatures?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Whatever effect the particles have on 
                         us must be persistent. Hopefully, itís 
                         not permanent.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         The problem is several new sightings 
                         have been reported on base by personnel 
                         not previously affected. The situation 
                         is getting worse despite your efforts.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         It doesnít make any sense. Without exposure 
                         to the particles...
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         What if this has nothing to do with 
                         the particles?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How can that be?

               
                                     JONAS
                         We know that one of the functions of 
                         the device was to attract the creatures. 
                         Now when we shut that down, or as least 
                         thought we shut it down, they seemed 
                         to go away.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I get it. What if the particles being 
                         emitted were only what was attracting 
                         the creatures?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Sure, like food. Now shutting down that 
                         part of the device just made the creatures 
                         leave the area. Whateverís giving us 
                         the ability to see these things is something 
                         completely different.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Something unrelated to the device?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         No Sir, that seems unlikely. But it 
                         could be something weíve missed.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Okay, I was the first one to see the 
                         creatures, right? I was also the first 
                         one to touch the device. Tealíc was 
                         next.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Touching the device could have imparted 
                         some kind of charge that would alter 
                         our bodyís electrical field enough to 
                         cause the interdimensional bleedthrough 
                         effect.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But that doesnít explain the people 
                         who had no direct contact with the device.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Unless the charge can be passed on person 
                         to person.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Like a contagion.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Iím ordering the immediate containment 
                         of Colorado Springs and the surrounding 
                         area.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíll also need to isolate anyone who 
                         could have come into physical contact 
                         with any SGC personnel.
 
               
               VERNONíS GAS STATION

               
               Heís taping up the sign and then walks into the store. He puts 
               some money in the cash register and goes to pick up a sandwich. 
               He then sees an insect come out of it.
 
               
               ROAD

               
               Military vehicles drive into town. Soldiers then set up road 
               blocks.
 
               
               HAMMONDíS OFFICE

               
               Heís on the phone as Sam knocks on the door. Hammond waves her 
               in.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Thank you. Yes. Keep me apprised.

               
               He puts the phone down.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Weíre getting sporadic reports of sightings. 
                         Thankfully no oneís been hurt so far 
                         but a local news station has already 
                         picked up the story. Colonel OíNeill 
                         is retracing his steps trying to round 
                         up anyone he may have come into contact 
                         with. Quarantineís otherwise in place.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Whatís our cover story?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         An accidental spill of an experimental 
                         chemical that can have an hallucinogenic 
                         effect. So far people are buying it.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         But that wonít work for long.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This may be our only chance to contain 
                         this problem, if we canít....
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Mass hysteria.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is our mistake Major and we need 
                         to fix it.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir.

               
               CARTERíS LAB

               
               Jonas is taking a crystal out of the device.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Careful.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Interesting.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Do you think that the configuration 
                         has anything to do with the nature of 
                         the charge the device emits?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So we re order the crystals, we change 
                         what the device does.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why else would they be arranged this 
                         way?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, there are a number of configurations 
                         to choose from. How do we know which 
                         one will elicit the right effect?
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         This could take a while.

               
               GLENWOOD MARKET

               
               The soldiers are looking for Vernon.

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         Thereís no one here, Sir.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         All right, leave someone here in case 
                         he comes back.
 
               
                                     SOLDIER
                         Yes Sir.

               
               Jack goes to get back in his truck and then sees Vernon a little 
               way away hiding.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Vernon!

               
               ROAD

               
               A car is been driven erratically. What the driver sees can only 
               be described as a giant slug with a great sucking mouth. The 
               car then drives into and demolishes Vernonís sign. The driver 
               gets out and goes to the nearest soldier.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         There was a huge bug on my car. No, 
                         I swear, did anyone see that? Huge bug.
 
                         
               
               Jack goes to where he saw Vernon.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Vernon?

               
               Heís gone.

               
               CARTERíS LAB

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Youíre certain youíve reprogrammed the 
                         device properly?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         To be honest Sir, weíre not sure. But 
                         this is one of the last few configurations 
                         to try.
 
               
               Sam puts the crystals back in and the lights come on.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíre hoping this means itís now programmed 
                         to emit a charge that will essentially 
                         reverse the effect on us.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Okay, here goes.

               
               He puts his hand on the device.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You feel anything?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Not really.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do you see anything?

               
                                     JONAS
                         No. Do you?

               
                                     CARTER
                         No.

               
                                     JONAS
                         When you want to see one...

               
               A creature flies past Hammond.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         There!

               
                                     JONAS
                         Where?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Right there on the device.

               
                                     JONAS
                         If thereís a creature right there, then 
                         Iím not seeing it.
 
               
               Sam holds out her hand to Jonas.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Jonas?

               
               They hold hands and Sam canít see the creatures.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I think it worked, Sir. Iím not seeing 
                         it anymore.
 
               
               Sam holds out her hand to the General and the creature disappears.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well done, Major.

               
               FOREST

               
               Vernon is walking along and sees soldiers on the road. He ducks 
               out of sight.
 
               
               HAMMONDíS OFFICE

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Well, Sir, from what I can gather, the 
                         antidote seems to be working. There 
                         have been no new sightings and everyone 
                         previously affected is no longer seeing 
                         the creatures.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Good, now all we need to do is spread 
                         the cure to Colonel OíNeill and the 
                         containment teams so they can spread 
                         it through the exposed area.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I recommend using a placebo pill to 
                         sell it to the public and providing 
                         the containment holds we should eventually 
                         be able to undo the damage.
 
               
               The phone rings.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Hammond.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Sir, I have reason to believe an individual 
                         I came in contact with has breached 
                         the quarantine.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Is there anything we can do?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well get Carter and Jonas on this. The 
                         manís name is Vernon Sharpe. Heís a 
                         non-com. Served in the motor pool in 
                         the Gulf. See what they come up with.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Right away.

               
               He puts the phone down.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We have an exposed man on the run.
 
                         
               
               ROAD

               
               Vernon is hitchhiking. A car stops.

               
                                     MAN
                         How far are you headed?

               
                                     VERNON
                         As far as you can take me.

               
                                     MAN
                         Well Iím picking up a cousin in Hawthorne 
                         County. Howís that?
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Thatís fine.

               
                                     MAN
                         Hop in.

               
                                     RADIO
                         We have a situation in Colorado. As 
                         you may have already heard the National 
                         Guard continues to maintain its quarantine 
                         on the city of Colorado Springs after 
                         a dangerous chemical spill may have 
                         had an adverse effect on some residents 
                         in the area.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         You hear about that? People are saying 
                         theyíre seeing monsters.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Yeah, I know. Crazy.

               
               CARTERíS LAB

               
               Sam and Jonas are looking at the computer.

               
                                     CARTER
                         According to his bank records, Vernon 
                         Sharpe drained all the money from his 
                         account several hours ago.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         You can get this kind of information 
                         on someone this easily?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well we only use the privilege in certain 
                         circumstances.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         So he could be anywhere by now?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíve frozen his credit cards but since 
                         heís using cash itíll be harder to trace 
                         his movements.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         So heís just gonna vanish. That makes 
                         no sense.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What do you mean?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Well heís ex-military, canít simply 
                         be fear of these creatures heís seeing. 
                         Whatís he running for.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He doesnít buy the cover story.

               
                                     JONAS
                         The only way weíre gonna figure out 
                         where heís going is by learning more 
                         about more about him. Can we find out 
                         if he has any friends or family in the 
                         area?
 
               
               Sam nods.

               
               MRS SHARPEíS HOUSE

               
               Mrs Sharpe walks in with a tray.

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Whatís he gone and done now?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh he hasnít done anything, Mrs Sharpe. 
                         Weíre actually just very worried about 
                         Vernon.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Cookie?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you.

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         I know how you feel dear; Iíve been 
                         worried about Vernon since he was a 
                         boy. I was the one who raised him after 
                         his mother ran of, you know.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Iím sure you did a fine job.

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         She was a real floozy, that one. My 
                         Roger never had much taste in women.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Mrs Sharpe, weíre afraid that your grandson 
                         may suspect the Government is after 
                         him for the wrong reasons.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Why are you after him?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Vernon may have been accidentally exposed 
                         to a chemical that could be causing 
                         him to see things that arenít really 
                         there.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Like when he was in the war.

               
                                     JONAS
                         What do you mean?

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         The military! They did all kinds of 
                         things to those boys while they were 
                         over there. Experiments with chemical 
                         weapons and such. Messed with their 
                         heads good. My Vernonís never been the 
                         same.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We donít really know anything about 
                         that.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Iím sure you donít, honey.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Itís very, very important that we find 
                         your grandson. He could be putting other 
                         peopleís lives in danger, maíam.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Vernon wouldnít hurt a fly!

               
                                     JONAS
                         Unintentionally, of course.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The truth is, Vernonís exposure to this 
                         chemical wasnít an accident. In fact, 
                         it wasnít even a chemical. It was a 
                         highly contagious experimental germ 
                         developed by the military.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Really?

               
                                     CARTER
                         But the thing is, it was created to 
                         try and undo what happened to your grandson 
                         while he was in the Gulf.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         I find that hard to believe.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I swear, I wouldnít lie to you. Unfortunately 
                         there were some unexpected side effects 
                         to this antidote.
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Those doctors will be the death of us 
                         all. See all those pills Iím supposed 
                         to take? I never take any of them.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We really want to make this right, Mrs 
                         Sharpe. And itís not just your grandsonís 
                         life thatís at stake. There could be 
                         a lot of other people in danger. I promise, 
                         nothing bad will happen to Vernon.
 
                         
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Well, you seem like a nice enough couple.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Oh weíre not...

               
               Sam stops him by putting her hand on his.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Please, we really want to help.

               
               Jonas puts his other hand on Samís to keep up the act.

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Well, Lord knows Vernon needs help; 
                         heís not right in the head, that boy.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Weíll do our best.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Do you have any idea where he might 
                         be?
 
               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Well if heís off anywhere, itís to see 
                         that Chuck fellow.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Chuck?

               
                                     MRS SHARPE
                         Heís trouble. Always has been, always 
                         will. I told Vernon straight away that 
                         Chuck will lead you to no good.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Does Chuck have a last name?

               
                                     MR SHARPE
                         Iím sure he does.... I just donít know 
                         it.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Do you know where he lives?

               
               AIRPORT

               
               Vernon gets out of the truck and shakes hands with the man.
 
               
               
                                     VERNON
                         Thanks for the lift.

               
                                     MAN
                         Good luck Vernon.

               
               INSIDE THE AIRPORT

               
               Vernon goes up to the desk.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Hi. I need a one way ticket to Las Vegas
 
                         
               
               MRS SHARPEíS HOUSE

               
               Sam and Jonas walk out.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Just what we need, a conspiracy theorist.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         But who happens to be right about there 
                         being a conspiracy.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         There has been another sighting.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Where?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         A place called Hawthorne County.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Any word on Vernon?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         The infected person in question says 
                         he picked up a hitchhiker matching the 
                         description of Vernon Sharpe.
 
               
               Tealíc hands Sam the phone. She speed dials a number.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         OíNeill.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís me Sir. We have reason to believe 
                         Vernon may be at Piedmont Hawthorne 
                         Airfield on his way to Las Vegas.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         All right, have Hammond ground all flights 
                         out. Containment team is en route. ETAís 
                         about 40 minutes.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Have you been cleared, Sir?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah, they got somebody down from the 
                         SGC to shake our hands.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, you should know that Vernon could 
                         be extremely paranoid. Given his military 
                         background, Iíd use extreme caution 
                         in apprehending him.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Iíll keep that I mind. Good job Carter.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you Sir.

               
               AIRPORT

               
               Vernon walks towards the metal detectors and passes through. 
               The person behind him is stopped and all flights are announced 
               cancelled.
 
               
               Vernon walks towards the plane.

               
               AIRPORT

               
                                     MAN
                         They cancelled my flight, can you believe 
                         it? What did they think of the script? 
                         What? The second act was totally clear..
 
                         
               
               The man then sees a creature.

               
               Jack walks past with armed soldiers behind.

               
               People start screaming.

               
               OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT

               
                                     STEWARDESS
                         Iím sorry ladies and gentlemen; weíve 
                         just been told the flight is cancelled. 
                         Please return to the terminal where 
                         more information will be provided.
 
                         
               
               Vernon sees military trucks drive up and walks back to the terminal. 
               He then sees Jack coming the other way.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Vernon!

               
               Vernon runs off into a warehouse/hangar.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You guys cover the exits.

               
               Jack goes in after him.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Vernon? You canít get away. Hey Vernon, 
                         Jack OíNeill. Colonel OíNeill. The Air 
                         Force? Look, I know this is a massive 
                         clichť, but the place is surrounded.
 
                         
               
                                     VERNON
                         Yeah, youíre telling me, those monsters 
                         are everywhere.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Hey, I know youíre seeing things. Itís 
                         got to be a little confusing.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Youíre going to kill me for what I know, 
                         arenít you?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nobodyís gonna kill you.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Itís the Gulf all over again. Only this 
                         time itís innocent civilians too. Youíre 
                         doing scientific research on us against 
                         our will. You know, youíre never gonna 
                         get away with it. The truth will get 
                         out.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You know, youíre right. Our cover story 
                         is bogus.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         It is?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah. But the truth isnít what you think. 
                         Those creatures youíre seeing? Theyíre 
                         aliens.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Come on.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Hey, you wanted the truth. Thatís it. 
                         I work for a top secret branch of the 
                         military that deals with extra-terrestrials. 
                         Thatís what you were seeing.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Youíre serious?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yes. Very serious. But the thing is, 
                         those things, theyíre no threat to us. 
                         In fact if you couldnít see them, you 
                         wouldnít even know they were there.
 
                         
               
                                     VERNON
                         No, but I am seeing them. In fact Iím 
                         seeing one right now.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well we can make it so you donít.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Then what?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Look, Vernon, this canít get out, not 
                         yet. The world is not ready to know
 
                         
               
                                     VERNON
                         You just want me to keep it quiet?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, think about it. Whoís gonna believe 
                         you? I mean, Government experiments 
                         are one thing but weíre talking alien 
                         here.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Yeah, but other people have seen them.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Not for long, besides theyíre all buying 
                         our cover story. Vernon your country 
                         needs you. Iím asking you, one soldier 
                         to another, play ball on this.
 
               
                                     VERNON
                         Okay, but Iím not taking any pills or 
                         needles or anything.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         You wonít have to.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Weíre all clear (into radio)

               
               Jack puts his hand on Vernonís shoulder.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         We good?

               
                                     VERNON
                         Yes, Sir.

               
               Jack and Vernon start to walk off.

               
                                     VERNON
                         So what planet are they from?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Who?

               
                                     VERNON
                         The aliens.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Oh, a place called Melmac.

               
                                     VERNON
                         Isnít that where ALF was from?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Who?

               
                                     VERNON
                         ALF, you know, on TV, the puppet?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Never saw it.

               
                                     VERNON
                         No kidding.

               
               THE END

               

Sight Unseen



Writers :   Damian Kindler
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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