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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 204

                                    "THE GAMEKEEPER"

                                           By

                             Jonathan Glassner & Brad Wright




               Control Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is video the MALP sent back from 
                         P7J-989.
 
               
                                     A
                         Atmosphere temperature and radioactivity 
                         levels are ideal.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c, this structure familiar at all?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It does not appear to be of Goa'uld 
                         origin.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It looks pretty advanced.

               
                                     SAM
                         It's a possible a new source of information 
                         and technology, maybe even an ally against 
                         the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Well, it's worth a try, Colonel.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes, Sir.

               
               
               
               
               
               The team travel to the planet. They find themselves in a beautiful 
               garden
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Well this is beautiful.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, but where's there's a garden, 
                         there's snakes.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And flowers.

               
               
               
               He sneezes

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Way too many flowers.

               
               
               
               They find some people strapped into chairs. They appear to be 
               asleep, and are dressed in black and have veils over their faces
 
               
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         I like what they've done with the place.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I'm not so sure I like what the place 
                         has done to them.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They're human.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They are breathing.

               
                                     JACK
                         Alright, does anyone have any idea what 
                         these chambers might be?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Some kind of medical device maybe, suspended 
                         animation of some kind?
 
               
               
               
               
               
               There are four empty chairs

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, this is way past our science, 
                         whatever this is.
 
               
               
               
               
               
               The team are grabbed by the chairs and soon succumb to a deep 
               sleep
 
               
               
               
               Titles

               
               
               
               
               
               Jack and Teal'c are suddenly somewhere else

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is this place?

               
                                     JACK
                         Ah, I dunno, I can't put my finger on 
                         it.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It appears to be Earth.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah. Teal'c, what the hell just happened 
                         to us?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We were exploring PJ7-989, we entered 
                         into a large dome facility and endured 
                         some form of bodily attack.
 
               
               
               
               An army truck arrives, some men get out, including Kawalsky
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Kawalsky? John?

               
                                     JOHN
                         It's Colonel. You can lower your weapon, 
                         Captain.
 
               
                                     KAWALSKY
                         Why you acting so spooked, Jack?

               
                                     JACK
                         Maybe because I am; you're both supposed 
                         to be dead.
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         That's real cute, Jack. Look, the Intel 
                         on this one is good; they keep Boris 
                         here during the day and take him underground 
                         at night, our bird confirmed on it's 
                         last fly over-no snipers, only two guards 
                         inside, it' s a piece of cake. This 
                         ain't the one you and me die on.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         As a matter of fact this is the one 
                         you die on. I went on this mission in 
                         1982, East Germany, we were supposed 
                         to grab a Russian agent from that house 
                         down there, it all went bad.
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         You ready to move out or not, Captain?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         No, no, because this isn't real, it 
                         can't be.
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         Oh it's real, it's very real. Your stall 
                         here is putting the rest of this unit 
                         in jeopardy, now lets move out.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No. Because I'm either dreaming or hallucinating.
 
                         
               
               
               
               John hits him

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Is that real enough for you, Jack?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Alright, how do you explain him, does 
                         he look like a member of this team?
 
                         
               
               
               
               
               
               He takes Teal'cs hat off, and finds that he has hair

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Thomas has been of this team longer 
                         that you have; now you get your head 
                         on straight, Captain, we are not aborting 
                         the mission this late, do you understand?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         What the hell is this? What the hell 
                         is going on?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am as perplexed as you.

               
                                     JACK
                         Teal'c, do you think is there a chance 
                         those machines we were sucked into were 
                         some kind of, I dunno, time machine 
                         or something?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is possible, the Goa'uld have experimented 
                         with time manipulation for years, perhaps 
                         another race succeeded.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So, it is possible this is real?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You say this is a mission from your 
                         past that did not go well?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps someone has given you the opportunity 
                         to alter your history.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Okay.

               
               
               
               They go over to the others

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Lets move out.

               
                                     JOHN
                         It's about time.

               
               
               
               They go up to a large house and hide while scanning the place
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hold up. Lets not make the same mistake 
                         twice.
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         What the hell are you talkin' about?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Sniper on the roof.

               
               
               
               John looks through his binoculars and see's the sniper. He takes 
               him out
 
               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Nice catch, Jack. Lets go.

               
               
               
               They throw a smoke bomb through one of the windows

               
               
               
                                     JOHN 
                         Group now!

               
               
               
               They jump over the wall, but gunmen appear from behind the hedge. 
               John is shot and Jack drags him to safety
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Come on, John.

               
                                     JOHN
                         So much for satellite recon. Jack, take 
                         care of Barbara for me, man?
 
               
               
               
               He dies

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Fall back!

               
               
               
               Jack and Teal'c hide behind a wall

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Where's Kawalsky?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He was immediately behind us.

               
               
               
               The scene begins all over again, with the truck pulling up

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Lower your weapon, Captain.

               
               
               
               Sam and Daniel are suddenly in a museum

               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay, what just happened?

               
                                     SAM
                         I'm not sure.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         This place looks familiar. Wait a minute, 
                         wait a minute, this is the New York 
                         Museum of Art. I've been here many times, 
                         many times.
 
               
               
               
               Daniel's parents are setting up an exhibition and are moving 
               some large coverstones
 
               
               
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Okay, careful with that coverstone.
 
                         
               
                                     JAKE
                         Yes, Doctor Jackson.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No...

               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel?

               
                                     WOMAN
                         I'm sorry, this area isn't open to the 
                         public.
 
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Be careful with that cover plate.

               
                                     CLAIRE
                         Jake, it's swinging a bit.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         Can you bring this thing on the left 
                         a little more?
 
               
               
               
               His parents are standing directly underneath the stones

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel, what's going on?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, this can't be real.

               
                                     SAM
                         Who are these people?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         They're my parents.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         Move it towards the back, careful.
 
                         
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         Watch it on your left.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         On your left. Jake, can we bring this 
                         in, careful, bring it down, let's look 
                         at the front.
 
               
               
               
               The coverstone doesn't look secure

               
               
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         It's swinging.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         It's okay, it's fine, we'll be fine. 
                         [ Careful.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No!

               
                                     CLAIRE
                         A bit more level, Jake.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         Okay, Jake, lets bring it down.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Get out of there mom! Get out of there 
                         dad!
 
               
               
               
               The coverstone falls and crushes his parents

               
               
               
               History is still repeating itself for Jack . They approach the 
               house again
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         This is too real, every detail, all 
                         the players are here. Why should I go 
                         through this again?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If someone has used advanced technology 
                         to send you back to repair your history...
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         You see, that's just it, it's history, 
                         it's over, it happened, I can't change 
                         it.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Remaining here doing nothing will most 
                         certainly change nothing.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I, oh God. Alright.

               
               
               
               The sniper is killed and John is just about to go in, when Jack 
               stops him
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Colonel, we should check those hedges.
 
                         
               
                                     JOHN
                         Negative, stick to the plan, Captain.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The people in black are now watching

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Group now!

               
               
               
               Jack grabs him

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Jack, what are you doing?

               
               
               
               Jack fires at the hedges

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         That is not part of the plan.

               
               
               
               John runs to the house

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         John!

               
               
               
               Gunmen appear from behind the wall and John is shot. Jack drags 
               him away, again
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Come on, John.

               
                                     JOHN
                         So much for satellite recon. Jack, take 
                         care of Barbara for me, man?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh God. Fall back!

               
               
               
               The scene begins again, with the truck

               
               
               
                                     JOHN
                         Lower your weapon, Captain.

               
                                     JACK
                         What the hell is going on here?

               
                                     JOHN
                         What is with you, Jack? Operation East 
                         Fly is go.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No! You! Who are you and who are those 
                         people?
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         There's no-one here but us. What are 
                         you looking for a Section 8, Jack?
 
                         
               
               
               
               The Gatekeeper appears

               
               
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You must stop arguing and proceed with 
                         the mission. Allow me to introduce myself, 
                         I am the Keeper.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         The keeper of what?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         The keeper of all that is around you, 
                         of all that is and all that might be.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Why do you wish us to proceed with this 
                         mission?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Because it is that which you have always 
                         wanted.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         You've got to be kidding me; this was 
                         the most blown operation I' ve ever 
                         been involved with, what makes you think 
                         I wanna watch my friends be killed over 
                         and over again?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You have always wished to do it again 
                         in order to do it differently.
 
               
                                     JOHN
                         We're going with or without you, Jack.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         See ya.

               
                                     JOHN
                         Alright, have it your way.

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You must go with them; it's the only 
                         way to evoke the change that you have 
                         desired for so many years.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I can't change the outcome if you keep 
                         changing the rules.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Do you not wish to save the lives of 
                         your friends and comrades?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         If they were real.

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         But there are so many fantastic variations 
                         that you could try, perhaps this time 
                         you could try a different route?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Sit down, Teal'c, we're not playing 
                         this game.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Very well, have it your way.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I hope by doing nothing we are taking 
                         the correct action, O'Neill.
 
               
               
               
               The others carry on with the mission, without him

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         So do I.

               
               
               
               Back with Daniel and Sam

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel, I'm so sorry you had to go through 
                         that again. I've been thinking, we were 
                         pulled into those things, those machines, 
                         right? At first when we got here, I 
                         thought they were some sort of time 
                         dilation machines.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh Sam, please just, just tell me that 
                         this isn't real.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No, I don't think it is, it isn't consistent 
                         with any of the logical theories of 
                         time travel. For example, you should 
                         be seeing yourself here as a child or 
                         have become a child again. Daniel, I'm 
                         guessing here, but I think we're in 
                         some kind of advanced re-creation being 
                         pumped into our minds by those machines.
 
                         
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Okay, careful with that coverstone.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Sam and Daniel walk over

               
               
               
                                     WOMAN
                         I'm sorry, this area isn't open to the 
                         public.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel, I don't think we're actually 
                         here.
 
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         Jake, it's swinging a bit.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No.

               
               
               
               Sam see's the people dressed in black

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Excuse me, listen to me, you have to 
                         come out of there.
 
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Danny, go back outside.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Danny? No, look, look, you have to come 
                         out right now because I, because I hurt 
                         myself badly, I think I might have broken 
                         my leg, now you have to come out right 
                         now and take care of me.
 
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         You couldn't have hurt your leg too 
                         badly, dear, you're walking on it, okay, 
                         we'll be out in a minute, okay Sweetie?
 
                         
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Okay, Jake.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No,No.!

               
               
               
               The coverstone falls and his parents are killed

               
               
               
                                     JAKE
                         Help me with this, help me with this. 
                         Dr Jackson, Dr Jackson, can you hear 
                         me? I can't see anything. Here, help 
                         me with this. Lift it! Lift it! It's 
                         too heavy.
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel, correct me if I'm wrong but 
                         I'll bet when this really happened, 
                         you didn't have this audience. I think 
                         that we must be in some sort of really 
                         advanced simulation, like a virtual 
                         reality. It's the only thing I can think 
                         of that could explain all this.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh super. So it takes one of the most 
                         tragic moments in my life and plays 
                         it over and over again.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, maybe that's your strongest memory.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         He called me Danny like I'm, like I'm 
                         still a little kid.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         That's probably because that's how old 
                         you were when this happened; you have 
                         taken on the role of Daniel Jackson 
                         as a child in this simulation.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know I used to replay this over 
                         and over in my mind trying to think 
                         if there's anything I could've done 
                         to make a difference.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Okay, okay, so maybe that's their point; 
                         here's your chance.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Is it not wonderful? Now you get the 
                         chance.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I beg your pardon?

               
                                     SAM
                         The chance?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         The chance to relive your momentous 
                         event, to try the plethora of variations 
                         that have been weighing on your mind, 
                         to finally see if you can make a difference.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Who are you?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Why, I am the Keeper, of course.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         The keeper of..

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         The keeper of all that is, was and will 
                         be in this place.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, where are we exactly?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         I believe you call this place the New 
                         York Museum of Art.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No, no, where are we in reality?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Reality is in the eye of the beholder, 
                         is it not? You have always wished to 
                         go back and do things differently. I 
                         have given you that opportunity. Now 
                         go, make things right in this place!
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And how do I, how do I do that?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Well if I told you that it wouldn't 
                         be any fun, would it?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Fun! That's what you think this is for 
                         me? Fun? Watching this happen again 
                         and again?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         There would be no pleasure from the 
                         gain if there were no risk from the 
                         journey.
 
               
               
               
               The scene begins all over again

               
               
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Alright, careful with that coverstone.
 
                         
               
                                     JAKE
                         Yes, Doctor Jackson.

               
               
               
               Daniel walks up to his parents

               
               
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         Danny, what are you doing?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Come on.

               
               
               
               He grabs hold of them and tries to pull them out

               
               
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Danny Jackson, you stop this right now. 
                         Jake, Jake, give me a hand here, please.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, No, No, No, No, No!

               
                                     MELBURN
                         Bring it in.

               
                                     CLAIRE
                         A bit more level.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No!

               
                                     MELBURN
                         A little more level, bring it in.

               
               
               
               The coverstone falls

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No! God, no. Damn you. Stop this game 
                         now!
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Whatever for? You haven't explored all 
                         your options yet.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, obviously my options are infinite 
                         and my solutions are zero, now stop 
                         it. I won't play any more.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Ah, but you will, you will.

               
               
               
               The scene begins again

               
               
               
                                     MELBURN
                         Alright, careful with that coverstone.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel, you want me to...?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         Lets bring it down, just a look at the 
                         front, bring it in.
 
               
                                     CLAIRE
                         It's swinging.

               
                                     MELBURN
                         It's okay, it's fine, we'll be fine. 
                         Careful.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You must try another alternative.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No.

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You would allow your parents to suffer 
                         this awful death?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I won't play your game.

               
               
               
               The coverstone falls

               
               
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You are indeed an obstinate race.

               
               
               
               Jack and Teal'c are brought into the room, by the Gamekeeper
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         You. You guys alright?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm not really sure, to tell you the 
                         truth.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is this place?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it's the New York Museum of Art.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Actually, we think it's a simulation 
                         of the museum, I figure we're in some 
                         sort of virtual reality world created 
                         from our minds, or at least Daniel's.
 
                         
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You are a very stubborn, unimaginative 
                         and non-competitive race. Why do you 
                         refuse to enjoy the opportunities that 
                         I have given you?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Enjoy? What makes you think I enjoy 
                         watching my friends get killed?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Or my parents die?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You have both been given challenges 
                         to be met and conquered; you have it 
                         in you, why will you not partake?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Why will you not just let us go?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Go where? Where would you like to go? 
                         I can take you anywhere you can remember, 
                         anywhere you can imagine.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Okay, we want to go free.

               
                                     SAM
                         So, we're right, this is a simulated 
                         world.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         It is a world completely inside your 
                         minds, channelled, co- ordinated and 
                         administered by myself, the Keeper.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         But how? How does it work?

               
                                     JACK
                         I don't care how it works, I just want 
                         outta here.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         I cannot do that, the devices that enwrap 
                         you serve to nourish and stimulate your 
                         senses. The devices implanted in your 
                         brains channel experiences and imagination 
                         into and out of your mind.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         So, we're trapped with our brains hooked 
                         up like computers to some sort of network?
 
                         
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Yes, and your minds are very valuable 
                         to my residents because you enrich and 
                         add value to our own.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, wait a minute, wait a minute, 
                         how long have you residents been in 
                         this virtual world?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Roughly one thousand of your years.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, we're certainly not gonna stick 
                         around for the next thousand of anyone's 
                         years.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, until we came along you've only 
                         had your own minds, your own experiences 
                         to provide scenarios for your virtual 
                         lives?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You're beginning to understand.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, so, what, we're like new software? 
                         I mean, imagine you were locked in a 
                         room for a thousand years with only 
                         a VCR, a TV and five movies, how many 
                         times could you watch those five movies 
                         until you were bored silly? What you 
                         wouldn't give for just four more.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         So you're using our minds, our memories, 
                         imaginations, dreams for some sort of 
                         programming?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Actually, I can remove information from 
                         only two of your minds, this species' 
                         mind seems to protect against output, 
                         as does yours madam.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It does?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps because of the change in your 
                         mind the Goa'uld, Jolinar of Malkshur, 
                         left behind.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         But fear not, there is no block against 
                         input into your minds, you two can enjoy 
                         our adventures and these two minds, 
                         they provide more than enough rich experiences 
                         and imagination to provide years of 
                         entertainment for my residents.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well I'm sorry, with all due respect 
                         to you fine folks, I don't give a damn 
                         about residents, I just wanna get us 
                         out of here.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         It is I that am sorry, for I am not 
                         able to accommodate your request, but 
                         I am sure you will be able to enjoy 
                         the many adventures you will have here.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why are your people in here anyway? 
                         Why don't you just go out and get some 
                         new experiences of your own, live some 
                         new experiences?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         We cannot leave our chambers, the world 
                         outside is uninhabitable, it has been 
                         poisoned and desecrated.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You are mistaken; your planet is a fertile 
                         garden world.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         It is you who are mistaken, my alien 
                         friend, our planet was destroyed by 
                         a chemical disaster one thousand and 
                         twenty two years ago. We were victims 
                         of our own technology advancing faster 
                         than we could control it. At that time 
                         the few of us that were left placed 
                         our physical bodies in suspended animation.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Good news. Your planet seems to have 
                         regenerated itself.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         This is not true! I monitor all conditions 
                         at all times!
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, then your monitoring systems are 
                         wrong, it is beautiful out there.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Of course you already knew that. The 
                         question is, why don't you want them 
                         to know?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Residents must not leave the environment. 
                         The outside world is uninhabitable!
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Who made you the warden here, huh?
 
                         
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         I do not understand.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why are you the one running things here?
 
                         
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         The environment is my design; I am its 
                         creator, its Keeper.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So if your residents leave, you lose 
                         control. That man is lying to you folks, 
                         he's got you imprisoned in your own.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The residents disappear

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, that's good, that's fair, send 
                         them to where they can't hear the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Look, I will not allow you to poison 
                         their minds.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Iif you keep us here you won't be able 
                         to stop us interacting with them for 
                         very long, especially if we're supposed 
                         to be new software for them.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Very well, you weren't wanted here anymore 
                         anyway.
 
               
               
               
               The team wake up outside in the chairs

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         We're out.

               
                                     JACK
                         Whoa.

               
                                     SAM
                         Didn't that seem just a little too easy?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Yes it did, let's go home.

               
               
               
               SGC Infirmary

               
               
               
                                     JANET
                         They all have small puncture wounds 
                         in their temples, spinal cords and several 
                         abdominal areas.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Meaning what?

               
                                     JANET
                         Well, looks like the machines you were 
                         describing were sustaining your lives; 
                         providing you with oxygen, feeding you, 
                         removing the waste and from the sounds 
                         of it completely controlling your nervous 
                         system.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But is there any permanent damage?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         No, not that I can see; pupil dilation 
                         is bang on, reflexes are as they should 
                         be, everything seems fine to me.
 
               
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack, we should go back to the planet 
                         and free those people.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'm not sure it's anything of out business, 
                         frankly.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I concur, who are we to judge how someone 
                         on another planet lives?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         But the people are in those machines 
                         under false pretences, the Keeper is 
                         lying to them about what's outside.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Okay, if, if I may wade in here, all 
                         evidence points to the fact that those 
                         machines are sustaining those people, 
                         removing them could be like taking a 
                         patient off life support when he still 
                         needs it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It sounds to me like we have to get 
                         more information to make a decision, 
                         folks.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The only way to gain more information 
                         would be to venture back into the artificial 
                         world of P7J-989.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then that's exactly what I want you 
                         to do.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Err... General, without meaning, this 
                         time, to sound like a smartass, are 
                         you cracked?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Folks, I don't need to tell you how 
                         valuable a resource this planet could 
                         be for us. Their technology is far beyond 
                         our own - the kind of technology that 
                         justifies this entire programme.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         General Hammond, going back into that 
                         world could be very hazardous.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I fail to see how; it's an artificial 
                         environment, can you actually die in 
                         there?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We don't know.

               
                                     JACK
                         I'm a little more concerned about being 
                         trapped there, Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You got out the last time.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         There is no guarantee we will be able 
                         to extract ourselves again.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Okay, I'll tell you what if you don't 
                         come out in one week, I'll send in SG-2 
                         to pull you out, besides what's so bad 
                         about being in there? It sounds to me 
                         like you can experience all kinds of 
                         fascinating things.
 
               
                                     JACKK
                         You mean, like watching old friends 
                         die and...
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Parents.

               
                                     JACK
                         Family getting killed over and over 
                         again.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Or seeing Major Kawalsky alive and well? 
                         Who knows, Colonel, maybe you could 
                         even see your son. Dr Jackson, perhaps 
                         you could visit the ancient worlds you've 
                         always wondered about. You can go anywhere 
                         your memories or imaginations want to 
                         go.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         That's enough. Let's just have a look 
                         here shall we?
 
               
               
               
               Jack gets up and looks behind Hammonds ears

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are you doing, Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         I'm looking for the edges of a mask.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What?

               
                                     JACK
                         You're obviously not the real General 
                         Hammond.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sit down, Colonel.

               
                                     JACK
                         I don't think so, bucko. The jig's up, 
                         we're on to ya.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What are you talking about?

               
                                     SAM
                         We're still on P7J-989.

               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, you betcha. This is just a new game 
                         brought to you by our good friend the 
                         Keeper.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You are way out of line, Colonel.

               
                                     JANET
                         You could be having a nervous reaction 
                         to the machines, we should get you back 
                         to the infirmary and run some tests.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         No, you should get us out of these damn 
                         machines is what you should do!
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, what!?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, your insubordination is testing 
                         my patience. I will give you one final 
                         chance to follow my order and rejoin 
                         the residents of the artificial world.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Residents. That's what the Keeper called 
                         them.
 
               
               Sam and Daniel stand up.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are you going back in or not, Colonel?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I'm already in!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Place SG-1 under arrest and place them 
                         in isolation where they can speak to 
                         no-one.
 
               
               
               
               The team are placed in a cell

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill, you seem quite confident that 
                         we are not on Earth.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Because we're not. Did that sound like 
                         the real General Hammond to anyone?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is my understanding that we can only 
                         experience past events in this environment.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Actually the Keeper said we can experience 
                         anything that we remember or that we 
                         can imagine.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         We're still on PJ7-nine eight niner, 
                         it's a fake environment.
 
               
               
               
               The guard lifts his head. It's Kawalsky

               
               
               
                                     KAWALSKY
                         Is that really so bad? I mean come on, 
                         haven't you people missed me at all? 
                         Why are you resisting this? Think of 
                         all the fun we could have together. 
                         Doctor Jackson, you gotta admit I used 
                         to make you laugh. Colonel, who are 
                         you gonna get to play street hockey 
                         with who can kick your butt they way 
                         I can? Captain Carter, think what it 
                         would be like never to grow old, because 
                         you never do here you know.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Who are you?

               
                                     KAWALSKY
                         Who am I? Colonel, are telling me you 
                         don't remember me? I'm hurt, I'm really 
                         hurt.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No, no, I know who you're pretending 
                         to be, but who are you really? Are you 
                         the Keeper?
 
               
                                     KAWALSKY
                         Nah, not me.

               
                                     JACK
                         Then what? Some kind of projection, 
                         because you're not real and if you're 
                         not real you won't mind this.
 
               
               
               
               Jack punches out Kawalsky and Teal'c hits the other guard. They 
               quickly leave the room and bump into the residents
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hello.

               
                                     RESIDENT
                         We have been looking for you.

               
                                     RESIDENT
                         Please, tell us what you began to tell 
                         us before.
 
               
                                     RESIDENT
                         About what it is like outside.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is in fact quite agreeable outside.
 
                         
               
                                     RESIDENT
                         The poison is gone?

               
                                     RESIDENT
                         Everything is not dead?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, no, quite the opposite, everything 
                         is blooming.
 
               
                                     RESIDENT
                         How can that be? The Keeper tells us 
                         it is dangerous?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, the Keeper lies.

               
                                     RESIDENT
                         How can we trust these creatures above 
                         the Keeper who has cared for us for 
                         so long?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'll tell ya what, come with us. We'll 
                         show you.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Where are we going?

               
                                     JACK
                         Back through the gate to show them what 
                         their planet looks like, in our memories, 
                         before the virtual reality. Leave me 
                         alone.
 
               
               
               
               The team and the residents enter the gateroom

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Unauthorised Stargate activation, shutting 
                         down the gate. SG-1, you are trying 
                         my patience.
 
               
               
               
               The team go up to the control room and Hammond runs away

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Daniel, with me.

               
               They follow him. Hammond turns back into the keeper and goes 
               through another door. At the end of a hallway, the team are still 
               strapped in the chairs.
 
               
               
               
               The team wake up and get out of the chairs

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Do you think we're really out this time?
 
                         
               
               
               
               Jack see's the keeper

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hey!

               
               
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Please do not hurt me, I meant you no 
                         harm, understand my people' s existence 
                         has become stagnant, I wanted only good 
                         for them.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         How long have you been coming out to 
                         tend this garden?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Lovely is it not?

               
                                     JACK
                         How long?

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Oh, many, many years.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Then why do you lie to your people? 
                         Why don't, why don't you give them the 
                         option to come out with you?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Because it was our kind that damaged 
                         the planet in the first place, if I 
                         let them out they will only hurt it 
                         again.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You're kidding.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps your people will not make the 
                         same mistakes again.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, you're big on giving people a 
                         second chance aren't ya?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         No-one is preventing them from leaving, 
                         portals such as the one you've used 
                         are everywhere within.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, you mean we could've left anytime 
                         we wanted? All we had to do was go through 
                         one of those doors?
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         One may leave at any time, portals are 
                         always open.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Of course, people have to know they 
                         exist to use them.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Which you have now shown them.

               
                                     SAM
                         And they have to know there's somewhere 
                         to go.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         And you have told them that. You have 
                         ruined everything, poisoned their minds, 
                         the damage is done.
 
               
               
               
               The residents appear

               
               
               
               Daniel dials the gate

               
               
               
                                     RESIDENT
                         Again, we thank you; you have given 
                         us a whole new world of beauty and future 
                         experiences.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well you've still got a lot of work 
                         to do, but we'll send along some supplies 
                         to get you started.
 
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         They are ruining everything. Do you 
                         know they are actually picking the flowers?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         This is real this time, isn't it?

               
               
               
               The residents are picking the flowers

               
               
               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         Do not pull that! You are ruining the 
                         garden! I told you they will ruin everything 
                         - first the garden, next the entire 
                         planet!
 
               
                                     JACK AND DANIEL
                         It's real.

               
                                     GAMEKEEPER
                         You are ruining the garden!

               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you ma'am.

               
               
               
               They head off to the gate

               
               THE END
               
               
               

The Gamekeeper



Writers :   Jonathan Glassner  Brad Wright
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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