Robert C. Cooper
We begin with a scene of water, then going underwater --- to
a submarine. An alarm is sounding. Two sailors are speaking Russian.
Clanking is heard. They open the hatch, and water comes out scaring
one of them. Whirring is heard. The replicator attacks one of
(Pressing on someone's stomach) I hear
it took a little longer than they thought
to set up the second gate. (It's Danny!)
(Thru slightly pained voice) Uh, yes.
They finally got it running yesterday.
Technical difficulties or something.
They needed Sam's help, huh?
Yes, it's (Appears to be in pain as
he sits up) It's ironic she's not here
to save herself.
Well, you are fine. There's no sign
of residual infection. You were very
That's what they keep saying.
Well, I still want you to take it easy
Off world activation! We have an off
world activation . (Danny gets up, and
runs down the hall.)
At least a week! O-Kay!
(Running down the hall, running into
people) AW! Excuse Me! Sorry! OWWW!
(At elevator) Hold that! (Airmen are
surrounding the gate with guns)
Receiving SG-1's I.D.C. , Sir.
Open the iris. (The iris opens, and
Danny runs in the gate room to wait
for his team mates)
(Walking thru followed by Sam and Teal'C)
Well, it's about time!
We've been dialing home for about a
It's great to see you guys, too.(Sarcastically)
I am pleased to see you well, DanielJackson.
Thank you, Teal'C. You've got a ---
(Goes to touch Teal'C's caterpillar)
(Motioning 'no' with his hands) (Whispering)
Don't! Don't touch it.
Glad you made it, SG-1.
Where's the fanfare, General?
We did kinda save the planet, Sir.
Again. This should not get old, General.
Job well done.
Thank you , Sir. It was nothing.
What happened to Thor?
Oh, we got him out in the Stasis pod.
He was retrieved when we passed thru
the stargate on P4X-234.
It must have had a locating beacon.
They left you behind?
(Looks toward Jack) We were fine, Sir.
I'd be happy to (Looks at Sam) Debrief
you all after I've had a nice hot shower.
Permission to shower granted. In fact,
I insist on it, Colonel!
(Looks at Danny) Bad?
I wasn't gonna say anything. (Sam smiles
at Danny, and Teal'C touches his arm.)
Shot of a lego block (Piece of replicator) being put under magnifying
glass. Jack walks up, and puts his face up to the glass, making
What ya doin'?
(Still smiling) They salvaged a couple
of replicator pieces from the ocean,
I thought I'd take a look.
(Standing up) (Monotone voice) Is that
Well, there's no discernable energy
being emitted. I think it's pretty safe
to say they're dead. Besides, it's only
just a couple of little blocks.
(Raises eyebrows) Well, I'm off.
Still going fishing? (Smiles)
Yep. (Grins) Still staying here?
Yeah. I think I've had enough relaxation
for a while, Sir.
(Grins slowly) OK!
(Smiling) Have fun.
Ya Sure Ya Betcha! (Smiling and leaving)
(Phone rings) Carter? (A few second's
pause) Yes, Sir. (Jack is shown walking
out) (Running after him) Sir, wait ---
JACK (Turning) Daja` Vu (Said Daja View!)
General Hammond just called. Major Davis
just called from the Pentagon.
NOT going fishing?
Screen of Sub layout is shown.
Yes. Code name Black Bird. The crew
was being attacked by a large mechanical
(Looks up at Davis, then at Sam who
looks back.) JUST one?
We thought it was a joke at first, then
the transmission cut out. Approximately
17:00 hours (5 O'clock PM) , the sub
was spotted by aircraft off the Nemitz,
it was already surfaced, and none of
the attempts to communicate were returned.
It was boarded. The crew was found dead.
All of them?
They got the bodies off before they
discovered how they died.
(Looking at a picture of a replicator)
Sir, if this started with only one bug,
it's already replicating.
The man that took the pictures factually,
made it out. Then the pentagon advised
the Navy to tow the sub.
Do the Russians know WE have it?
No, no. We're denying any knowledge,
but uh --- this is going to get sticky.
We have to make sure that none of the
replicates get out of that sub.
It's under TIGHT supervision. The whole
Harbor has been excavated and the entire
area cortered off. Our cover story is
a dangerous chemical spill.
Blow it up! (Danny looks at Jack)
The Pentagon has requested that we take
measures to preserve a number of specimens
The Asguard already tried that, and
these buggers are on the verge of wiping
out their entire race.
That's why I'm here. You people are
the closest things to experts we've
As an expert, I'm saying Blow it up!
Sir, conventional weapons might not
do it. At least one of the replicators
survived the destruction of Thor's ship.
Well, fine. Tow it back out to sea,
and Nuke it!
We've considered that. (Looks @ GH)
We're in a political mess right now,
Colonel. The Russians picked up the
Asguard ship's reentry into the atmosphere.
(Ever so clueless! ) So?
They're not buying our version of the
story. They already think we're responsible
for what happened with their sub. A
nuclear explosion in international waters
--- it's kinda hard to cover up.
I don't think you realize how DANGEROUS
these things are.
IS there ANY other way we can neutralize
these things? Some sort of Alien technology
you've come across?
The replicators are impervious to Goa'Uld
technology. (Looks @ Davis) They are,
however susceptible to human projectile
weaponry. (Davis looks at Jack He's
(Looks back) Guns. (Davis looks like
Sir, if there's still a small enough
number of the replicators on board,
a properly equipped team could possibly
--- Save the world?
Getting old for you, Sir? (Jack just
stares at her. Danny looks at Jack confused.)
I'd better inform the pentagon.
Unscheduled off world activation!
We have no teams off world! (The troops
line up with guns, you know, the usual!)
Why isn't the iris closing?
I'm trying, Sir. It's not responding!
We're showing an increasing loss of
power in the base.
Everything shuts down. All the computers. Shot goes to open gate,
and Thor walks in.
That's Thor. (Walking in the gateroom.
To soldiers) Stand down! Thor, Old Buddy!
Good to see ya up and around.
I owe you and your team a great debt
of gratitude for saving my life.
(He and Sam look at each other) Well,
Not all of the replicators were destroyed
when your ship exploded entering the
Maybe you could help us out?
I have come by stargate because there
are no ships to spare. My home world
is being threatened by the replicators.
Thus far, all attempts to stop them
have failed. I have come here to seek
YOUR help. (Gate shuts down, and power
to base is restored.)
We're back online, Sir.
How can WE help YOU?
Your projectile weapons proved effective
in damaging the replicators.
Your technology and strategy for destroying
the Balitzner was successful.
Yeah, but --- you guys ---
The Asguard have tried to stop them.
You have demonstrated their weakness
can be found thru a less sophisticated
approach. We are no longer capable of
Wait a minute! You're actually saying
you need someone DUMBER than you are?
You may have come to the right place.
(Danny looks at Jack, who looks back
at him and Sam)
Thor, with all due respect, we need
I could go, Sir.
(Looks at her) I don't know, Carter.
You may not be dumb enough.
(Smiles) I think I can handle it, Sir.
We must leave immediately. (Makes event
horizon appear with a light on his hand)
(Looking at Sam, she looking back) Have
(Walking up the ramp with thor) Ya sure
They are in the Harbor.
Simple recon, Gentlemen. Do not fire
unless ABSOLUTELY necessary.
The replicators will not attack unless
Video feed's up and online.
Jack? Can ya hear me?
Would it be necessary for me to mention
my insane aversion to bugs at this time?
Shot goes to The Asguard Home World. Thor and Sam are beamed
into the room. They look out a window, and see spaceships flying
everywhere. There's a huge space ship right in front of them.
Wow! That's an impressive looking ship!
~The O'Neill~ was supposed to be our
last great hope.
(Looks at Thor) ~The O'NEILL ~ ??!!
Yes. It is the most advanced technological
Asguard creation yet. It is the first
Asguard vessel designed solely to fight
against the replicators.
So, why aren't we taking that?
It is not ready.
Uh, where are we going , exactly?
5 Asguard ships are currently engaging
3 ships controlled by the replicators,
which are on their way here. We are
going to join the battle, and with your
help, stop them.
(Raises her eyebrows) O-Kay.
For the sake of the Asguard, we must
(Looking and sounding nervous) No pressure.
(I'm assuming the ship that takes off
is the one Thor and Sam are in)
Shot goes to the submarine, and the four men climbing onto it.
Then it goes to the three hunks, Danny, Davis, and Siler looking
at the monitors. Shot goes back to the sub, and the men entering
the sub. Jack goes down a ladder into the sub. It shoes Jack's
POV. Shot goes to Baker looking around, and his POV. You see
Baker on O'Neill's camera, and O'Neill on Baker's camera. Shot
goes to the three men looking on worried. They are tracking the
4 men on a monitor using heat sensors. Shot goes to Steven's
POV. He sees Teal'C. Teal'C's POV, he looks back at Stevens.
(OK! Moving on! They do that kinda stuff, you get the picture.
They go from one camera to another)
OK! After a few minutes of different camera shots, and going
thru the sub, Jack spots the replicators. There's about 4 of
em, eating the sub.
They're a different color.
(To Danny) Some sort of camouflage?
(Danny looks at him, appears to raises
his eyebrows, then looks back at the
We're movin' on.
Teal'C and Stevens walk thru the ship for a few minutes. Same
camera shots from one to the other. They open a door, and reveal
a BIG one surrounded by smaller bugs.
(Looks at the screen, gets up, and points
to the big bug.) What is THAT?
Teal'C and Stevens continue walking, passing many bugs, but not
provoking them. Shot goes to bug's POV, looking at Teal'C.
That's a big one!
If that's some sort of Queen, the other
bugs may try to protect it.
(Hearing what Danny said) QUEEN?!
The queen creates a big right there in front of Teal'C's eyes.
A bug appears by Stevens and whirs, scaring the young soldier,
making him shoot it. The queen perks up. Looks like she sends
out the troops.
Teal'C and Stevens are in trouble!
Jack's POV is seen, as he run thru the sub to the battery room.
Teal'C sees the bugs protect their queen before his camera goes
out. Davis and Danny both look worried. Jack catches up with
(Out of breath) Dead.
Let's move! (The replicators are seen
following the men, until they close
Back to Thor and Sam.
Each individual building block is capable
of exerting a reactive modulating monopolar
energy field on other blocks, allowing
the replicators to assemble themselves
into many forms. To our knowledge, the
interior of each block contains the
following: 2 million isolated kiron
Whoa, whoa, whoa! What's a kyron?
In simplest terms, it is an energy particle.
I've never even heard of it!
Yes, I am aware.
Well, how am I supposed to figure out
a way to defeat a kiron based technology,
if I don't know what a Kiron is?
The Asguard can never invent a weapon
that propels small weights of iron and
carbon alloys by igniting a powder of
(Sam smiles here) Potassium nitrate,
charcoal, and sulpher.
OK! I get your point. (Smiling)
We can not think like you.
OK! Let's forget about the Kirons, and
try to put this in terms that I can
understand. Each block is like it's
own individual computer capable of communicating
with the other blocks. Multiple blocks
come together to create bugs, and other
things that perform various tasks, ultimately
for the purpose of replicating.
I guess you don't keep any replicators
around for study?
It is too dangerous.
Of course. That would be stupid. Just
out of curiosity. Could, say, oh, I
don't know --- 2 blocks replicate?
It requires several blocks working together
to make new blocks.
That's good to know. (Thor looks to
the side, and a replicator appears)
It's virtual? Wow! It looks real. (She
goes to touch it, and it snaps at her,
scaring her) WOW!
It will simulate any behavior we have
Janet's messing with Teal'C's back.
(Looking Oh, so yummy in all black!
;-p) It's out of control. No body's
going back down there.
(Matching Jack's yummyness all the time,
in his dress blues! ) We have to
blow up the sub, and hope that we can
contain any of the bugs that survived.
It's the only way.
I'll talk to the Pentagon.
Colonel? (Jack walks over to Janet and
Teal'C) There's definitely something
in here. (She pulls out a bloody piece
of replicator, and washes it) Well,
I think you brought back a souvenir.
(She gives it Danny, who looks at it.)
(Seeing her just looking at the replicator
model) What is your current thinking
(Standing up) Sorry! My mind was wondering
for a second, there.
You were thinking about the humans on
Colonel O'Neill is a very capable human.
Yes, I know, but these things are ---
If we are able to stop the invasion
of my world, I promise, we will do everything
we can to help yours.
That's a pretty big IF.
Would you like sustenance?
(Think for a second) Yes! Thank you.
I'm starving. (A tray appears)
I like the yellow ones.
(Talking a yellow one and biting it.)
Oh, my God! (She gets a look of disgust
on her face, and spits the bite out
into her hand.) Sorry. (Tries to smile)
(A screen appears with an asguard talking)
What is it?
We have lost contact with the rest of
the asguard ships engaged in battle
with the replicators.
Well, could it be a communication problem?
No. The Asguard ships are not being
(Looking at 3 red ships on the screen)
So, what are those?
We're too late!
Back to Earth, Danny is still looking at the piece of replicator.
THE DALLAS is standing by in the Harbor.
A class-attack submarine. On my command,
they'll target THE BLACKBIRD with torpedoes.
You should probably put a hold on that.
(Jack looks up) This new block is corroded.
(Davis shakes his head, not understanding)
And the significance of that is ---?
Ok, look. The way Sam explained this
to me, the bugs use whatever raw material's
around them to replicate. Now, these
ones are eating the Russian submarine,
which means they're made of steel or
what ever the sub is made of.
That is why they are a different color.
And it may also explain why they haven't
tried to get off the Russian sub yet.
They can't. You see, they're only as
resilient as the raw materials they're
made of. These ones aren't like the
ones on Thor's ship, though. They'll
rust or short circuit in the water.
They're less sophisticated and they're
I'm sorry. It sounds like you're now
saying that blowing up the ship will
easily destroy them. If that's the case,
why don't we just do it right now?
Because, there's still one bug that
The one that survived Thor's ship.
(A light bulb finally comes on! He
hits his head) God!
Right. It's the one that started all
this by killing the entire crew of that
ship. We have to make sure this doesn't
(Reviewing the tapes from earlier) Mother
(To Siler) It's a little dark. (Siler
types something, and enhances the picture
to show the mother bug's outline inside
It's incorporated itself into the mother
I will return with you, O'Neill.
Uh, look, every other bug on that sub
will probably be pretty upset when you
Yeah! That'd be a fair reaction.
Could we not create a diversion? The
replicators are attracted to bursts
of energy, are they not?
A small charge on the upper level, draw
them away from mom. They're in a containable
situation. Now's our shot.
The sub's diesel engines just started.
The replicators are trying to move?!
We're anchored for now, but you better
get out there before they decide to
(Looking at a big ship that's blue being
circled by 3 red smaller ships. These
are the ones infected by the replicators)
So, how long before they reach your
Your ships can go much faster than light
speed! I've seen you fly clear across
the galaxy in no time.
So, why are the bug's ships going so
In order to generate the subspace field
required to travel at hyper speed, the
full power of the generators is required.
Presently, they are using that power
So, if they DID decide to go to hyper-speed,
it would mean no shields or weapons?
Yes. But remember, the replicators do
not care about time as we do.
Right. They're not in a hurry. (Thinks)
How do they get control of your ships
in the first place?
The replicators are capable of modifying
our own weapon technology beyond our
But I thought they learned everything
they know from you.
It is possible they have gathered information
from sources other than the Asguard.
OK! The bottom line is we can't touch
them, but they can easily take over
this ship, and blow it to smithereens
if they wanted ?
So why don't they?
We have shown no signs of aggression,
and this ship's technology is less advanced
than that of the ships they currently
(Closes her eyes) I'm not really helping,
Back to Earth ---
(Laying explosives) Charge is set.
(To Danny) They're submerging.
(Into phone) Yes, Sir.
Jack, the sub is diving.
(After scene of diving sub is shown)
Yeah, we got that. Heading to the battery
(After seeing Teal'C POV of Jack getting
fuzzy ) We're loosing their signal.
It's OK. The sub can't dive below periscope
depth running on diesel engines.
Underwater radio transmitters boosters
How do they get out if the sub's underwater?
Escape hatch. (Into phone) Yes, Sir!
(Danny looks at both screens)
You are tired.
This is another advantage the replicators
have over us. They do not require rest.
(Holding one of the food blocks) But
they do have to eat?
Yes, in order to replicate.
and they ARE what they eat, right? What's
the strongest material you know of?
We have just developed a new alloy of
naquata, triennium, and carbon. It was
used to create the hull of THE O'NEILL.
Can that ship reach hyper-speed yet?
Can it be flown using auto-pilot or
some sort of remote control?
So we can get the replicators to chase
It is possible, however ---
This ship is everything they're looking
for! It'll look like an all-you-can-eat
But it is not completed. They will capture
it, and consume it's technology.
Not if you rig it to self-destruct.
I do not understand.
OK! You said that the bugs can't use
shields or weapons in hyper-speed. If
THE O'NEILL enters hyper-speed, the
bugs will have to in order to follow
it. What we do is we blow THE O'NEILL,
and take the bugs with it!
Major Carter, you are suggesting we
destroy the most advanced Asguard attack
vessel ever created before it is even
THE O'NEILL is our last hope of successfully
attacking replicator-infested ships.
It won't attack ANYTHING if the bugs
get to your planet before it's finished.
You said yourself, you didn't think
the answer had anything to do with your
own technology anymore.
But if the replicators do not follow
THE O'NEILL ---
We have to believe they will.
Then if the replicators are able to
infest THE O'NEILL, and disable the
Then they will consume the ship, and
it's technology, and we will have created
the most advanced replicators yet. I
know! It's a risk.
A risk we can not take. (Sam signs)
Back to sub, Jack sets of the explosive, the bugs take the bait.
The whole reason that I am here is to
suggest a strategy that you would NEVER
think of. You keep trying to defeat
them by building better technology,
and they keep absorbing it, and becoming
more advanced. You HAVE to use that
against them! We KNOW they'll go after
THE O'NEILL, because it's the most advanced
ship you have. They'll think you're
trying to keep it from them. They won't
expect you to blow it up, it's a tactic
they've never seen before.
It's a tactic we'd never consider.
Exactly! I mean, other wise, we'd just
stand here, and watch them invade your
world. I'm sorry! Maybe it's a really
STUPID idea, but isn't that why I'm
Then we should try it. (He disappears)
Back to sub, Jack throws a grenade into the room with the Queen.
They close the door for the explosion, then open it again. She's
Son of a BITCH! (Shoots his gun at it.)
I believe you got it, O'Neill.
(Walks over to the escape hatch, and
sees the replicators have built a door
over it.) What the HELL?! (Shoots the
replicator door, and it rebuilds its
Seeing a bunch of pissed off little
techno bugs!) Oh, crap!
Colonel O'Neill, is there any way you
can make it to the escape hatch?
The anchor line just snapped.
Is there anything we can do?
Best thing we can do right now is try
and chase them into shallow water, and
hope that they surface.
No, there's not enough time for that.
Teal'C! Let's try this. (Opens an escape
hatch, puts his head in, and a bug jumps
down. He shoots it. It's followed by
many more coming down) All right! Forget
that! (The bugs have eaten thru a door,
and Teal'C starts shooting them) You
better go ahead and blow this thing!
That's not exactly a positive attitude,
(Taking off his helmet, and looking
into it.) (Over noise of Bugs, screaming)
LISTEN TO ME! WE ARE NOT GETTING OUT
OF HERE! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! BLOW
(Also yelling) JACK! ---
DANIEL, PLEASE!!!!!! (Pause, can't hear
over bug noise) (Read lips, he said
move your, but it wasn't audible) ASS
BEFORE I GET EATEN ALIVE BY THE (Inaudible,
I read the lips again, he said God.)
DAMN BUGS. (Poor Danny looks like he's
gonna cry!) DAVIS! GIVE THE ORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Davis looks at Danny )
The O'NEILL has been launched.
(The O'NEILL passes by the replicators,
and they start chasing her.) They're
THE O'NEILL Will now enter hyper-speed.
(She goes into hyper-speed, being closely
followed by the replicators)
(After THE O'NEILL explodes, taking
the 3 ships with her.) It worked! (Sonic
boom) Yes! (Hugs Thor.) OH! I'm sorry,
I didn't hurt you, did I?
I am fine.
We did it!
It was YOUR stupid idea, Major Carter.
(She smiles that pretty smile)
(After seeing Jack and Teal'C being
literally taken over by the bugs thru
Jack's helmet-camera.) Ok! OK!
Fire on target.
DALLAS is firing torpedoes. 8 seconds
to impact. BLACKBIRD attempting evasive
maneuver. Torpedoes still on target.
3 seconds. (Shot of sub being hit) Direct
(After seeing a Shot of Jack falling
down on the ground. Bugs all around
him, one crawling on his back. A bright
light appears, making him disappear!)
(Who had his face in his hands, not
wanting to look at the screen) What?!
(Stuttering) The --- the --- (Pointing
up) the --- th --- th --- they're OK!
(Is Danny crying?? Well, he has unshed
tears) (Davis puts his hand on Danny's
(Appearing in the fetal position on
Thor's ship) Now, THAT'S timing!!!!!!!!
We came as soon as we could, Sir.
(Getting up, and crawling toward Teal'C)
Teal'C, you all right? (Put his hand
on Teal'C 's shoulder, then his head)
I am, O'Neill.
I take it things weren't going well.
Oh, we had things handled pretty good.
So the bugs are all taken care of down
Pretty much. You? (Smiles)
We kicked their asses.
(Raised eyebrow) They had asses?!
(Laughs) The Asguard had this big new
ship, THE O'NEILL ---
(Standing up, and smiling) Oh, yeah?
But --- we had to blow it up. (Jack
looses his smile)
The Asguard are most grateful. One day
we will repay you by helping to fight
Saving one Asguard planet is a small
victory, O'Neill. The conflict with
the replicators stretches across my
galaxy. Major Carter's strategy worked
this time, (Jack looks at Sam, who looks
back) but the replicators are very intelligent,
it may not work again.
I get it.
However, now there is hope where once
there was none.
You ever need any more dumb ideas, you
know where to find me.
Until we meet again.
Yeah. Hey, listen! Stop by anytime.
In fact, I'll take ya fishin'. I'd love
to do that. There's this lake in Minnesota
where the bass grow (Sam and Teal'C
look bored) THAT big --- (Bright light)