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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 418

                                      "THE LIGHT"

                                           By

                                    James Phillips




               CONTROL ROOM

               
               O'Neill comes down the steps.

               
                                     TECH
                         Chevron 1 encoded.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Barber. When you get there, give this 
                         to Daniel will ya?
 
               
                                     BARBER
                         Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We had a bet. I lost.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What d'you bet on?

               
                                     TECH
                         Chevron 2 encoded.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sports related. Just give it to him. 
                         He'll know what it means.
 
               
                                     BARBER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     TECH
                         Chevron 3 encoded.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What sport?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hmm?

               
                                     CARTER
                         What sport did you bet on?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Curling.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel bet on curling?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh yes. His team won the Bonspiel (sp. 
                         I have no idea what he says.)
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay. You don't want to tell me what 
                         the bet is, that's fine.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Good. Have fun.

               
                                     TECH
                         Chevron 4 encoded. Chevron 5 encoded.
 
                         
               
               Sam and Jack walk down from the Control room towards the Gate.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         So Sir, are you sure you'd rather take 
                         the weekend off than come with me to 
                         see this place?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ahh you know I get that way when I work 
                         my ass off. In fact I'd have figured 
                         you'd want some time off yourself by 
                         now.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh I do but Daniel says that of all 
                         the .. That was the bet? Whether or 
                         not I'd go? Don't you have anything 
                         better to do?
 
               
                                     TECH
                         Chevron 7 locked.

               
               Barber suddenly runs up the ramp and is disintegrated by the 
               Kawoosh.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Barber!

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh my God!

               
               Gate room.

               
               Daniel comes down the ramp with SG5.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack you've got to see this.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel. There's been an incident.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah I know, I got your message but 
                         this is really important. There is this 
                         light.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Barber's dead.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Come on.

               
               Briefing Room.

               
               SG1 sit around the briefing table.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Did Lieutenant Barber show any signs 
                         of depression while on the mission?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The opposite. He was fine.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How long had he been back?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well he hadn't been even been earthside 
                         for 48 hours.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What was he doing?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Awaiting the results of a translation 
                         with which I was assisting Daniel Jackson.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         If you're asking me if he was suicidal, 
                         he wasn't. He was better than fine. 
                         Didn't anyone talk to him or like notice 
                         anything?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Nothing.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We were all taken by surprise.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well so am I. I don't even know what 
                         to say.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We will continue to investigate what 
                         may have compelled him to do what he 
                         did but it's been my experience that 
                         these questions often go unanswered.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes Sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Doctor Jackson, perhaps you can tell 
                         us more about this Goa'uld palace you 
                         were studying? Dr Jackson?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes. Ahh sorry.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Were there any signs of recent Goa'uld 
                         activity?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. I'm pretty sure no one has been 
                         there for hundreds of years but there 
                         was this room where there was this pedestal 
                         which projected this light matrix hologram 
                         onto the ceiling and it was absolutely 
                         stunning.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Any idea to its purpose?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Ideas yes but I was hoping this might 
                         tell me more. It's kind of like a Goa'uld 
                         hand held computer. When it's turned 
                         on it displays this Goa'uld dialect 
                         I've never seen before and there are 
                         similar writings all over the pillars 
                         of the palace. I'm thinking or hoping, 
                         crossing my fingers actually that there 
                         are instructions.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I would be happy to provide further 
                         assistance with the translation Daniel 
                         Jackson.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you, I was counting on that.
 
                         
               
               Daniel's Lab

               
               O'Neill walks in where Teal'c is typing on a screen.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. Whatcha watching?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A digital image. I am endeavoring to 
                         translate the Goa'uld writings of which 
                         Daniel Jackson had spoken.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How goes the endeavoring?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Upon a second viewing I have discovered 
                         a figure moving in the background. It 
                         does not appear to be one of our personnel.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well he never mentioned anyone else.
 
                         
               
               Daniel slams the hand held computer down.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What is wrong with this thing. This 
                         thing isn't working.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Have you checked the batteries?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I need to go back to the planet and 
                         figure out what's going on.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hammond suggested we do that tomorrow.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well this thing isn't working and tomorrow 
                         isn't good enough.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes it is.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm gonna talk to Hammond.

               
               Daniel walks out.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey.

               
               Hammond's Office.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Have you slept at all since you returned?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I fail to see what that has to do with 
                         anything.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG1 has been hard at it for weeks. I'm 
                         not sending you anywhere until you've 
                         all had at least a nights sleep.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm fine.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You're physically and mentally exhausted.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I admit I may have been pushing myself 
                         a bit but this device could hold the 
                         key to everything about that entire 
                         place and I can't make any more progress 
                         on it here.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You're scheduled to leave tomorrow morning, 
                         one more day isn't going to make a difference.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm telling you it is.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you for your time Sir.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know it is beyond my comprehension 
                         how anybody like yourself who has so 
                         power can miss the point entirely.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey knock it off!

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's all right Colonel. This letter 
                         is to Lieutenant Barber's family explaining 
                         that he died in the service to country. 
                         I've spent the last two hours on it. 
                         I can't tell them anything about how 
                         he died or anything about the work he 
                         did here, only that he's gone. Do you 
                         get the point now?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes Sir he got it.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Get him out of here.

               
               Daniel walks out.

               
               Control Room

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What's the delay?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel hasn't reported in this morning 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I just called him, I think he picked 
                         up but now I just get a busy signal.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yesterday he was demanding to leave 
                         immediately.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Maybe I should give him a wake up call 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sounds to me like he could use one.
 
                         
               
               Daniel's Apartment

               
               Jack comes up to the door, which is open.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel?

               
               He looks around. He finds Daniel standing on his balcony about 
               to jump.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel? What are you doing out here?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         None of it means anything.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel, why don't you come inside here.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I tried. It just goes away.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay. Then we'll get it back.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You can't get it back.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Whatever's wrong, we'll fix it.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You don't even know what I'm talking 
                         about.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. No I don't. But come inside.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
               Infirmary

               
                                     FRAISER
                         The PET scan reveals his neurological 
                         activity is slowing.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Neurotransmitters relay messages in 
                         the body. Too many or too few of these 
                         chemicals transmissions can result in 
                         anxiety, depression or a number of emotional 
                         or physical disorders.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Does this have anything to do with Barbers 
                         thing?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         The remaining members of SG5 are reporting 
                         almost identical symptoms. Yes it seems 
                         almost certain. Now the only good news 
                         is that it doesn't seem to be the result 
                         of a contagion.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well if it's not a disease. What?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         I don't know. Such a drastic shift in 
                         levels is generally drug induced but 
                         all of their systems are void of any 
                         foreign substances. Not to mention that 
                         preliminary MALP readings of P4X347 
                         have ruled out all the usual suspects, 
                         air, radiation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So if we retrace SG5's tracks we may 
                         be able to come up with something?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm afraid Colonel, until we get a grasp 
                         on.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General, we saw the shadow on the video. 
                         Now something or someone is affecting 
                         these guys.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         More than affecting them Sir. If their 
                         brain function continues to fail they 
                         could be facing a worst case scenario.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So we go in M.O.P 2, and bring back 
                         samples of the usual suspects.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You've made your case Colonel. Watch 
                         your step.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you Sir.

               
               Palace

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well I can see why Daniel was so hot 
                         on this place.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What'cha got?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The air's fine just like the MALP indicated. 
                         Whatever affected Daniel and SG5 they 
                         didn't breathe it in.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay, watch your step.

               
               They look around and see a shadow. It turns out to be a kid running 
               away.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's just a kid. Obviously scared to 
                         death of us.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe this is the room of Light 
                         of which Daniel Jackson has spoken.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Really? Carter what are we looking at 
                         here?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Ahh It doesn't seem to be giving off 
                         any radiation other than detectable 
                         light. I think it's just decorative.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Safe?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is most difficult to believe that 
                         something so beautiful could be dangerous 
                         O'Neill.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. We'll come back to look at it. Let's 
                         go. Hey let's go.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Right. Sorry Sir.

               
               They walk done a corridor.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir I'd like to run a full spectrum 
                         analysis on that light.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Later.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I think there might be a relationship 
                         between the light and what's happening 
                         to Daniel.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thought you said it wasn't dangerous?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sure it isn't Sir, it's just.

               
               Jack goes in a different direction and comes across the boys 
               room.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hi. I'm Jack. And you are? Nice digs. 
                         Kinda remind me of my first apartment. 
                         How are the people upstairs?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         Loren.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm sorry I don't know what Loren means.
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         Me.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hi Loren.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. Anyone else live here with you?
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         My mother and father.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Can you take me to them? I'd like to 
                         talk to them.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         No. They're not here.

               
                                     O`NEILL
                         Not in this place? So you're here alone?
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         Yes.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well Loren some of my people came here 
                         a few days ago.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         I was hiding.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well you hide very well, because they 
                         didn't even know you were here. The 
                         thing is when they came home they all 
                         got very sick. We'd like to figure out 
                         why. Do you know? Okay, well we're going 
                         to look around a little more. Maybe 
                         you should come along?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         (Over the radio) Colonel. General Hammond 
                         has activated the Gate and is on the 
                         radio.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right go ahead. I'll be there. Come 
                         on.
 
               
               Palace.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         This is Hammond. Come in Colonel.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Where is here?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He's just sending his voice over the 
                         radio through this thing here. We read 
                         you General.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I see you've made a friend Colonel.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes Sir, Loren, General Hammond.

               
                                     LOREN
                         He can see me?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes I can son.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Hi.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We haven't found anything yet Sir but 
                         we've only been at it a few minutes.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         It's been well over an hour Colonel.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well that can't be.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Jack, I have some bad news. All of SG5 
                         are dead.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh no.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What of the condition of Daniel Jackson?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Dr Fraiser's doing everything she can 
                         but I'm afraid he's fallen into a deep 
                         coma. We don't know how much time he 
                         has left.
 
               
               Gate Room

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Here are your samples.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Did you get the boy's?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, it's in there.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Get this off to the lab. (To a guy behind)
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How's he doing?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         I'm afraid his condition is unchanged 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay.

               
               Planet in Loren's room.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         So approximately how long ago was this 
                         image recorded?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         That's my home. Before we came here.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         So your parents brought you here from 
                         a different world?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         Yeah. They were explorers. Kinda like 
                         you I guess. So they came here. and 
                         what was it that we were looking for?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If you cannot give us an explanation 
                         to our friend's illness we must continue 
                         to search for clues as to what may have 
                         caused it.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         Well none of your friends are in here. 
                         Hey I have to show you something. This 
                         was a present from my father on my birthday. 
                         No it's not real.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Children of the Tau'ri also seem to 
                         enjoy colourful weapons that have no 
                         function.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         It's fun.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I see. On my home world of Chulak we 
                         do not celebrate the anniversary of 
                         one's birth.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         No presents?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is a day like any other.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Well how do you know how old you are?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am 101 years of age.

               
                                     LOREN
                         You don't look that old.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         So I have been told.

               
                                     LOREN
                         So when do you turn 102?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         In 47 days.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Keep it. It's a birthday present.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I cannot.

               
                                     LOREN
                         In 47 days you'll be gone right? You 
                         keep it.
 
               
               The Light room

               
               Sam stops what she is doing and stares at the light.

               
               Infirmary

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Colonel? Are you all right?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What kind of dumb-ass question is that? 
                         My friend is laying there on his deathbed. 
                         I'm fine.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         We're working on the problem Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't want excuses.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Colonel O'Neill, if you don't calm down 
                         right now I will have you removed from 
                         my infirmary, is that clear?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm fine.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Colonel I'd like to recheck your dopamine 
                         levels.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's happening to me isn't it?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Let me find out, please.

               
               O'Neill is lying on the bed having had his blood pressure taken.
 
               
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Whatever's causing this actually accelerates 
                         neural activity in the brain and causes 
                         a dopamine like effect in the body.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Kinda like drugs.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Only as long as you're on the planet. 
                         Shortly after you returned neural activity 
                         begins to decrease and depression results. 
                         Bloodwork confirms it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Does the boy carry any immunity that 
                         we could use to our advantage?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         No. His bloodwork came back the same. 
                         I don't think he'll be able to leave 
                         the planet without experiencing the 
                         same narcotic withdrawal symptoms.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         But Colonel O'Neill was only on that 
                         planet for a little over an hour?
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Yes Sir, this addiction appears to be 
                         almost instantaneous.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're telling me I'm addicted to that 
                         place.
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         The intensity of your mood swing into 
                         depression seems to be proportional 
                         to the time you spent on the planet. 
                         All we can do is hope is your exposure 
                         wasn't long enough for you symptoms 
                         to get as bad as they did with Daniel 
                         and the others.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Great. All those years of just saying 
                         no.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Jack I tried to recall Major Carter 
                         or Teal'c, they haven't responded and 
                         I can't risk sending another team.
 
                         
               
               Daniel's machine bleeps.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's that?

               
                                     FRAISER
                         His EEG is sporadic. This is exactly 
                         what happened to the members of SG5 
                         before they died. Sir you're gonna have 
                         to take him back to the planet.
 
               
               Corridor with Daniel on a gurney.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         Once your there I'll need you to send 
                         me his vital signs every.. He's coding. 
                         No time to resuscitate, let's go.
 
                         
               
               Jack picks up Daniel and runs through the Gate.

               
               Palace

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Daniel. Daniel. Come on, come on. Dammit. 
                         Daniel. Let's go, come on. Carter. Teal'c. 
                         Where are my friends?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         With the light.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Get them for me will ya.

               
                                     LOREN
                         They won't come.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well try.

               
                                     LOREN
                         I'm not allowed to go in there.

               
               Jack goes into the Light room and grabs Sam.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         For God's sake. Carter. Carter, wake 
                         up.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You're back Sir, when?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Teal'c? Teal'c come on. Yeah, come on 
                         out of here right now.
 
               
               Teal'c sees Daniel.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Daniel Jackson.

               
                                     O`NEILL
                         Yep. Had to bring him back. It was the 
                         only thing that was gonna keep him alive.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, how long were you gone?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Few hours. Hammond tried to contact 
                         you.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         He did not.

               
                                     LOREN
                         He did. I heard his voice.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Where were we?

               
                                     LOREN
                         In there.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I can't explain it Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Fraiser thinks we're all addicted to 
                         something here that alters our brain 
                         chemistry. And dollars to doughnuts, 
                         it's that damn light.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh I don't see how that's possible.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. You knew didn't you?

               
                                     LOREN
                         No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's why you're not allowed in there.
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         My father said I was too young.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Uh-huh.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir if it's the light itself then how 
                         did Daniel recover just by arriving 
                         on the planet?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't know Major but I want you to 
                         find out. Otherwise we're stuck here 
                         indefinitely and that's just not acceptable. 
                         Ahh screw it, we're shutting that thing 
                         off.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You stay here.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What are we looking for Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The off switch. All right. if we can't 
                         shut the thing off..we'll..
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Aww man. Damn that thing's dangerous.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         My guess is the control mechanism is 
                         somewhere inside this pedestal. If we 
                         focus our attention on that we should 
                         be all right.
 
               
               Control Room

               
               Hammond is talking to Daniel over the MALP.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Glad to see your alive and well Dr. 
                         Jackson. We thought we'd lost you.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         To be honest I don't really remember 
                         much after yelling at you, sorry about 
                         that by the way.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's all right. Is there anything 
                         you need?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Glasses. Supplies, it looks like we're 
                         not going anywhere for a while. And 
                         that little remote computer thing I 
                         couldn't make work before.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'll send it through immediately. Where's 
                         Colonel O'Neill?
 
               
               Palace

               
               Daniel walks into the Light room.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Guys I've figured out how to...

               
               He switches the light off.

               
                                     CARTER
                         How did you do that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Remote control.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I thought that thing was broken.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah you were right, it was the batteries.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         At least I think it draws power from 
                         something in the room itself, that's 
                         why I couldn't get it to work back on 
                         Earth.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How long were we standing here?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm not sure. General Hammond sent some 
                         supplies and Loren and I figured out 
                         how to translate the writing on this 
                         thing, so..
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That long?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well perception of time is one of the 
                         first things to go when you're. high. 
                         From what I've been able to translate 
                         so far with Loren's help, the Goa'uld 
                         used to use this place as some sort 
                         of opium den. The only difference is 
                         the symbiote must have kept the host's 
                         mind chemically balanced once they left.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Then it is most likely I will be able 
                         to leave.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh how nice for you.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Wait a minute, if you turned it off 
                         how come I'm not getting depressed?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps it will take some time to feel 
                         its effects.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Let's take advantage of that time.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Loren.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Jack.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right. Where did your parents actually 
                         go?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         Far, far away from here.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How far? Which direction? Kid's hiding 
                         something. Teal'c, Carter, with me.
 
                         
               
               Outside on the beach

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I guess the reality that we may never 
                         go home is setting in.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh Hammond'll keep us supplied with 
                         everything we'll need until we can figure 
                         this out.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Be a good excuse for you.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Huh?

               
                                     CARTER
                         To do nothing for a while.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Forget it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That would be forget it SIR.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh please, you think I'm keeping that 
                         up if we're stuck here forever?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Listen Major.

               
                                     CARTER
                         No way.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's no way COLONEL.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm supposed to accept that. That's 
                         the way it's gonna be?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's the way it is.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What difference does it make. It's not 
                         up to you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter! You're in withdrawal.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh I'm in withdrawal?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes. So am I.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. Major Carter. I believe I have 
                         located the parents of Loren.
 
               
               He shows them two skeletons half buried.

               
               Palace.

               
                                     LOREN
                         That's my mother and father there. That's 
                         me.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You were a lot younger there.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Yeah, it's old.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, about that.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Hey can I take an image of you?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Sure.

               
                                     LOREN
                         That's great. I'm sorry that you can't 
                         leave.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Are you? I mean it makes sense that 
                         you'd want some company. I'm just thinking 
                         that's the reason you didn't tell us 
                         how dangerous the Light was.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         No.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         It's okay, I'm not mad.

               
                                     LOREN
                         That's not why.

               
               Jack, Sam and Teal'c come in.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What's wrong?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh we're going through that withdrawal 
                         thing again.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I felt fine the whole time you were 
                         gone.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Actually Sir I'm starting to feel myself 
                         again.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Me too. What's going on?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well something other than that light 
                         must be affecting us.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         And we must stay in close proximity.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So not only are we stuck here. we're 
                         stuck here.
 
               
               The Light Room

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well it's sure not as much fun to look 
                         at with the light off.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I feel no compulsion to remain here.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir I think you maybe onto something.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How's that?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The light isn't what's affecting our 
                         minds, it's just something to take advantage 
                         of our altered brain chemistry.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So.. entertainment?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Probably more than that. The colour 
                         and light interaction with our optic 
                         nerve probably triggers the chemical 
                         responses but it's not the direct cause 
                         of the imbalance.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What is the cause?

               
                                     CARTER
                         There must be a hidden device emitting 
                         some form of energy or radiation that 
                         we can't detect with our instruments.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right Loren. Why doesn't this room 
                         seem to effect you?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         Too young.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How do you know that?

               
                                     LOREN
                         My father told me.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It is possible that this place can only 
                         affect an adult physiology.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Fraiser says he's just as addicted as 
                         we are.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         She's right the light didn't have any 
                         affect on me.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then what'd it do to your parents? We 
                         need to know what this thing does.
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         When they get back, they'll explain.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They're not coming back! You know that.
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         They are.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Someone buried those bodies. Now how 
                         do you shut that thing off?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Figure that thing out.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir.

               
               Loren's Room

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. I'm sorry. Nice picture. Your parents?
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         I killed them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You did? I find that.. What happened?
 
                         
               
                                     LOREN
                         We found this place. All that they would 
                         do is stare at that light all day. The 
                         light didn't affect me, my father said 
                         it was because I was too young. But 
                         they didn't let me in the Light room 
                         anyway. I told them to stop everyday. 
                         But they just told me to bring them 
                         things.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay. So you did that. And?

               
                                     LOREN
                         One day I stopped. It was days before 
                         their hunger was stronger than the light. 
                         Then they came out, looking for me, 
                         looking for food and I snuck into the 
                         light room and I turned it off. Not 
                         just the light, everything. I didn't 
                         know it would hurt them I just wanted 
                         to go home.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It's not your fault.

               
                                     LOREN
                         They died because of me. They were screaming. 
                         They ran outside, they didn't make any 
                         sense. So I did, I turned it back on. 
                         But they were already in the water, 
                         so far and they just kept on going, 
                         they just kept going and screaming to 
                         just turn it back on but they just kept 
                         on going. They were gone. The next day 
                         I found them on the shore.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Loren. You were trying to help them. 
                         You were trying to free them from something. 
                         It wasn't your fault.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         I miss them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
               The Light room

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What have you got?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We think we can turn it off.

               
                                     LOREN
                         Don't let them. You'll die like my parents.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         If we shut if off cold turkey, Loren 
                         is right, we'll go into withdrawal again. 
                         But Teal'c and Daniel have translated 
                         some of the writing inside this thing, 
                         Sir, and we think it was designed to 
                         be turned down incrementally.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The Goa'uld who used this place needed 
                         human slaves in order to tend to their 
                         needs while they were here.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We've already taken it down a notch 
                         without any harm.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Within 2 or 3 weeks your brain chemistry 
                         will return to normal. You may then 
                         return home.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So three weeks in a palace by the beach? 
                         Teal'c, you don't have to hang around. 
                         Why don't you head back and let Hammond 
                         know what's going on?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Very well.

               
                                     LOREN
                         And then you'll leave?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I think we all will. Right?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah. He should return to normal with 
                         the rest of us.
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         I can go with you.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Sure. Come on. Let's go see Teal'c off. 
                         You like ice cream?
 
               
                                     LOREN
                         What's ice cream?

               
               THE END

               

The Light



Writers :   James Phillips
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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