Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
SGC. SAMíS LAB. On a computer screen is an image of a battlecruiser.
Sam is talking to Daniel and Tealíc about it.
The Daedalus. It has a few advantages
over the Prometheus. The more advanced
alien technologies were integrated into
the original design rather than tacked
on after the fact.
Whenís it gonna be ready?
Well, theyíre already testing the Asgard
hyperdrive. As soon as that checks out,
it should be good to go.
Hopefully we all get to go this time.
Last time they were worried about spreading
our resources too thin.
Yeah - now that Anubis is gone, the
Replicators are gone ...
There are still a few System Lords out
there but without their Jaffa armies,
theyíve lost most of their power.
(The phone rings. Sam answers.)
Carter. ... Yeah, hold on. (She holds
the phone out to Daniel.) Itís for you.
(Daniel takes the phone.)
Hello? ... Yep, hi. ... (He sounds shocked.)
What? ... No, I was just talking to
her last week. ... (His voice becomes
sad.) Yeah, I-I-Iíll be there. Thank
you. (He takes the handset away from
his ear and stares down at it.)
What is it?
Catherine Langford died last night.
CATHERINEíS FUNERAL. Daniel is addressing the other mourners.
Catherine Langford was more than just
kind and generous. She had a gift -
of an endless, open-minded, child-like
curiosity. She saw the world not for
what it was but for what it could be
- and she saw potential in people that
others failed to recognise. Like her
father before her, her contributions
to science have changed the world more
than most people know. I for one have
no idea where I would be today if Iíd
never met her. She changed my life in
more ways than I ever could have imagined.
LATER. The ceremony has finished. The last mourner lays a rose
on Catherineís coffin and walks away. Daniel is still standing
at the end of the coffin, looking down at it. A young woman walks
back to join him.
Uh, Doctor Jackson? (Daniel turns to
Iím Sabrina Gosling. Iím Catherineís
Oh, yes, of course. (He shakes her hand.)
I just wanted to thank you for coming
- and for speaking. I know she would
have really appreciated it.
No, it was a ... it was an honour.
You know, my aunt used to talk about
you all the time. (She laughs.) Itís
funny - I always used to picture some
Indiana Jones type with a bullwhip and
a pistol chasing bad guys through some
Yeah, well, I generally leave the whip
at home, so ...
Right, well, me too. Um, she, uh, wanted
you to have this. (She takes something
out of her pocket and holds it out to
Daniel. Itís Catherineís Ra locket.)
No, youíre-youíre family, you-you should
She thought of you like a son.
(Daniel holds out his hand and Sabrina gives him the locket.)
There are a few other odds and ends
she wanted me to give you, but I wasnít
able to bring them today. Is there an
address where I could send them?
Yeah, of course.
SGC. OUTSIDE DANIELíS OFFICE. Jack is leaning against the doorjamb
as a technician comes out of the room wheeling an empty delivery
trolley. Daniel arrives as a second technician wheels out a second
empty trolley, followed by a third man with a trolley.
Whatís goiní on?
You been shoppiní online lately?
(Siler comes out of the room with a clipboard which he hands
What are you talkiní about?
Well, youíve got a little delivery here.
(He hands the clipboard to Daniel. Daniel
looks at it.)
Itís from Catherineís estate.
Yeah - kinda looks like she sent the
(Daniel walks into his office to find it full of a huge number
of boxes all over the floor and the desks.)
Holy ...! Looks like her entire collection!
(Jack gazes around the room for a moment, then puts his hand
on Danielís shoulder.)
I prefer stamps. (He turns and walks
BRIEFING ROOM. Doctor Balinsky of SG-13 (last seen in ďHeroesĒ)
is presenting his latest findings to Jack. He has a large number
of rocks on the desk and lifts one up to show Jack. He is very
excited about what heís found.
Now, in addition, we discovered several
grains of troilite, (he gives the rock
to Jack, who has his head propped up
with one hand and is clearly bored to
tears) and a meselstasis phase which
contained micrometer crystals. (He hands
that to Jack as well.)
Now, itís undergoing further testing
but we hope to have the results on your
desk first thing tomorrow morning.
Donít you keep me waiting!
No, sir! (Jack rolls his eyes in desperation
but Balinsky doesnít notice. He picks
up another rock.) Now, hereís where
things get really interesting, because
you will notice in this ...
(Daniel hurries in.)
Jack! We need to talk! (He sees Balinsky.)
Oh, sorry for interrupting.
(Jack reaches out and grabs his arm.)
No! Itís OK. If itís important, you
must interrupt. You must.
I think we may have found a ZPM.
Yes! (He turns to Balinsky and pats
him on the shoulder.) Great stuff with
the rocks. (Behind him, Daniel is almost
jumping up and down in his eagerness
to get Jack out of the room. Jack turns
to him.) Go! (They hurry out of the
DANIELíS OFFICE. Jack and SG-1 are there. Daniel picks up a book.
Among the items Catherine left me, this
one in particular caught my attention.
Itís an original 1889 edition of ďThe
Eye of the SunĒ. Itís, uh, the only
one in known existence. It details the
customs and the rituals observed by
the ancient worshippers of the sun god,
Ra. Now, while I was flipping through
the pages, I noticed this. (He opens
the book to the correct page and shows
it to the others. It contains a drawing
of Ra holding what looks like a ZPM.)
It appears to be a Zero Point Module.
The worshippers of Ra referred to it
as the Heart of Light. This is a reproduction
of a wall painting discovered by a German
archaeologist in 1885. It was destroyed
in a museum fire ten years later.
But the ZPM was never found.
BRIEFING ROOM. Jack and SG-1 are sitting at the table. Sam hands
a file to Jack.
We did an extensive satellite sweep
of the Giza plateau searching for an
energy signature like the one given
off by the ZPM we found at Taonas. Even
if itís buried under dirt and rock,
we should have been able to detect it.
We found nothing. Iím sorry, Daniel,
but if itís there, itís probably been
No, I donít think so. According to the
text, it was a religious artefact, an
icon. It was never used as a power source.
It is possible Ra simply took the device
with him when he left Earth.
In which case, it could be anywhere
We donít know where it is now, but we
do know where it was. Giza, three thousand
You canít be serious.
Itís the only way.
No, we agreed.
If I have to say ďWhat?Ē one more time,
heads are gonna roll!
We have a time ship. We can go back
and get the ZPM.
She wouldnít let me go back and watch
the Cubs win the World Series!
Jack, this is a unique opportunity.
Ra never knew what he had, which means
we can go back and take it without adversely
affecting the timeline.
Actually, sir, he may be right about
Youíre onboard with this?!
Iím not happy about it, but we donít
have any historical evidence to show
that any Goaíuld has ever used a ZPM
- in which case, it wouldnít be missed.
We would have to be extremely careful
to minimise our interaction with the
people of the period.
Yeah, thereís that. But I thought you
said you couldnít get it to work?
No-one at Area 51 has been able to engage
the time device. In fact, theyíve barely
got the ship off the ground, but you
were able to fly it without too much
Indeed. You have demonstrated an exceptional
ability to control Ancient devices.
Jack, think about it: with a fully functional
ZPM we could power Earthís defences
and open up a wormhole to the Pegasus
(Jack looks at Sam, who nods.)
EARTH ORBIT. The Ancient time ship is flying above the planet.
Now remember, Jack, three thousand BC.
When Sam hooks up the power to the time
device, think about that date and nothing
(We see that Jack is sitting in the pilotís seat with Daniel
sitting alongside and Tealíc behind him. Sam is in the rear of
the ship tinkering with the time device. All of them are wearing
This thingís Ancient. Howís it gonna
know from BC?
Well, your mind is controlling it. The
Ancient computer should be able to extrapolate
from your concept of time.
Well, shouldnít we test it on a slightly
smaller leap - like, say, to 1908?
Actually, sir, we were able to determine
from the data log that the technology
only works in time jumps longer than
a couple of hundred years. (At that
moment, the lights on the time device
come on.) I think thatís it.
Three thousand BC.
Any particular day of this century for
(Daniel gives him a look, then closes his eyes and mimics concentrating.
Jack sighs, turns to the controls and closes his own eyes, concentrating.
After a few seconds, a row of red lights begin to light up along
the side of the time device and it can be heard powering up.
Outside the ship, a distortion field of some sort passes over
the ship. Inside, Jack opens his eyes as the time device powers
I didnít feel anything.
The time machine pulsed. Try the radio.
(She comes forward and looks out of
(Daniel clears his throat and activates the radio.)
Stargate Command, this is Daniel Jackson,
do you read? Stargate Command, this
is Daniel Jackson, come in please.
(Sam is looking puzzled as she looks out of the window. Tealíc
stands up and stares out of the window at the stars.)
The stars are different.
Earth was in a different orbit around
the sun five thousand years ago. I think
we did it.
EARTH. EGYPT. The time ship has landed in a desert area. Inside,
Jack and SG-1 are covering their camo with pale coloured robes
and head dresses (think Abydonians). Daniel is tinkering with
a video camera.
Canít believe Iím finally gonna get
proof that the Great Pyramids pre-date
the fourth dynasty.
So what are you gonna do? Stand in the
picture holding a newspaper with todayís
This is an archaeologistís dream. I
wanna get as much footage as I can.
Just be careful. Weíre here for the
ZPM. In and out - minimal interaction,
I mean it. All of you, sir. (She looks
Youíve got it, youíve got it!
Youíre gonna need this. (She hands a
wristband to Jack.) Weíve determined
that it remotely activates the shipís
(A few minutes later we see Jack and SG-1 walking away from the
ship. Jack turns and faces the ship again, and it cloaks.)
EGYPTIAN ENCAMPMENT. In a village of tents, Egyptians are going
about their everyday routine. Two large pyramids can be seen
in the distance. Jack, Sam and Tealíc watch as Daniel converses
with a couple of Egyptians. He bows to them and returns to the
Well, my ancient Egyptianís a little
rusty, but I think I got the gist of
what theyíre saying. (He gestures back
to the two men he was just talking to.)
Thatís Katep and his brother Selatis.
(Jack waves to them.)
(Daniel pulls Jackís hand down and shakes his head at him.)
Theyíre on a pilgrimage to the temple
of Ra to make an offering.
Oh, thereís timing!
Tomorrow. I told them we were travellers
from the east and they offered to put
us up for the night.
I was kinda hoping we wouldnít have
to stay that long. (The others look
at her.) Iím sorry - I keep thinking
Iím gonna step on a bug and change the
Well, we canít just walk into the temple
unannounced. A public audience is the
perfect way to get inside.
We just have to (she looks pointedly
at Jack) keep a low profile.
(Jack looks at her indignantly.)
Yes. (He turns to Daniel.) But more
importantly, did they say what was for
THE NEXT DAY. RAíS TEMPLE. Katep and Selatis carry in a large
lidded basket between them. Other Egyptians follow. Katep and
Selatis lead the way into the throneroom and walk up to the throne
where Jaffa guards are waiting for them. At the rear of the Egyptian
group, Jack and SG-1 enter the throneroom, keeping their heads
(The Egyptians drop to their knees. Jack and SG-1 follow suit.
From the rear of the throneroom, Ra enters, wearing his ornate
gold mask and accompanied by two female slaves. As he approaches
the throne, Jack looks at him, his face unreadable as he remembers
the last time he met him. Ra sits down on his throne.)
(Selatis hurriedly takes off the lid of the basket and cowers
back down again. Ra leans forward to look inside. There are various
items of jewellery inside.)
Rushínel. Rushínel jalína!
(Selatis picks up a piece of jewellery, stands up and lifts it
towards Ra but the Jaffa uses his staff weapon to push him back
down to his knees.)
I donít think he was too impressed with
Taímel aíkel malítal. Zaíra nak shon.
He says he will not tolerate such disrespect
from his followers.
(The Jaffa activates his staff weapon. Jack covertly reaches
for a pistol in his trousers. Sam sees what heís doing.)
Let me do it now - I wonít have to do
it in five thousand years.
You canít do that. Thereís no telling
what effect it might have.
(Ra extends a finger. The Jaffa shoots Selatis. SG-1 flinch in
dismay while Jack gazes in hatred at Ra. Katep cowers down, expecting
to be next, but the Jaffa closes his staff weapon. Ra rises and
leaves the throneroom.)
Kree! Reela nak!
(Katep closes his eyes in grief. He and several other Egyptians
run forward to lift Selatisí body and carry it from the throneroom.
All the Egyptians begin to leave. Jack and SG-1 move cautiously
around a corner. Katep looks back as a couple of Jaffa put the
lid back on the basket and carry it away. As the throneroom empties,
Jack looks around the corner to see which way the Jaffa go.)
A little later, the team are carefully following the two Jaffa
with the basket.
Thereís gotta be some sort of treasure
room. If the ZPM is anywhere, itíll
be in there.
(Jack looks round at the sound of another Jaffa clomping along
the corridor. As he walks past them, Jack zats him. Jack and
Tealíc run out and grab the Jaffaís legs and pull him out of
A little later, Tealíc is dressed in the Jaffaís armour apart
from the helmet.
You really think theyíre gonna let him
just waltz in and take it?
Well, like I said, they donít even know
what a ZPM is. To them itís like any
number of dozens of ritualistic objects
they pull out for any number of occasions.
Besides, heís wearing the shiny suit.
(Tealíc activates the helmet and it rises up out of nowhere and
wraps itself around his head.)
(Tealíc bows to him and walks away.)
Some time later, Jack, Sam and Daniel are waiting for Tealíc
to return. Jack looks at his watch.
We would have heard something if he
was in trouble.
(They hear the approaching footsteps of a Jaffa and duck out
of sight. The Jaffa clumps along the corridor and finally reaches
them. As he turns to face them, Daniel activates his zat gun.
The Jaffa stops and holds up the ZPM. Jack takes it.)
DESERT. The team are making their way back to the time ship.
They round a sand dune and then duck down at the sound of voices.
Looking cautiously over the top of the dune, they see that part
of the time ship is now visible, covered in sand. Many Jaffa
are surrounding it.
Oh my God!
Alright, weíve got a little problem
Must have been a sandstorm during the
The Jaffa will soon call for reinforcements
if they have not already done so. We
must move quickly.
(As Jack reaches for his sidearm, Sam grabs his arm.)
Sir, we canít.
Weíve taken on more Jaffa than that.
You know what I mean. This is exactly
the sort of high-impact event weíre
supposed to avoid.
They have the ship. Will that not alter
the future more than anything that we
Not necessarily. They donít know what
it is, and even if they did, they canít
use it. None of them have the gene -
even Ra wonít be able to make it work.
So what are we supposed to do?
Well, close to it.
No, hereís a better idea: we take back
Sir, if we kill those Jaffa or, worse,
get captured, we could alter the future
immeasurably. If youíre thinking we
can go forward and then back again ...
Just a couple of days! Then we park
that thing where nobody can find it.
We alter this timeline, and the future
is already different. We could set into
motion a spiral of changes that we could
never fix. Weíve already done too much.
Iím sorry, sir - I should never have
allowed us to do this.
(The team carefully gets up, moves away and starts to walk across
So, what? We live out the rest of our
Well, we know thereís gonna be a rebellion
eventually. The human slaves rise up
and Ra abandons Earth. Daniel learned
that on Abydos nine years ago. When
it happens, there is a chance that we
could get the Jumper back without creating
too big a ripple in the events of this
When does that happen?
I donít know the exact date - it could
Sir, we donít have a choice.
Carter, what about the ZPM? I mean,
if we wait, we lose any chance of getting
it back to our time.
Preserving the timeline is more important.
For all you know, things could get better!
Or they could be worse! We canít take
Well, I know a way we can get the ZPM
back to our time even if we donít. About
a month before we left, there was an
archaeological dig that uncovered a
first dynasty tomb near Giza. All we
have to do is bury the ZPM in that tomb,
let them find it, and maybe our future
selves wonít have to take on this mission!
Wow! Thatís bizarre, but it just might
Carter, a lot of good people died when
Anubis attacked Earth. I donít think
their families would mind if we futzed
with the timeline a little.
Sir, I know this is hard for you; your
instincts are to change things - make
things better - but for once thatís
exactly what we canít do. We have to
let things play out exactly the way
theyíre meant to.
THE PRESENT. EARTH. A CLASSROOM. We see a blackboard with writing
on it which describes the meanings of the words ďnounĒ, ďadjectiveĒ,
ďverbĒ and ďadverbĒ. Danielís voice can be heard offscreen.
English is, uh, a complex language -
a hybrid of many different influences,
much like the culture it represents.
(The camera pans across and we see Daniel.
But this is not the Daniel Jackson we
know. His hair is longer and he is wearing
a terrible thick-rimmed pair of glasses.
He is wearing a short-sleeved shirt
and tie and a sleeveless cardigan.)
To understand it is to gain an insight
into that culture and the process of
integration that created it. (He pauses
and looks out at his class. We see that
they are adults of all ages, and are
a large number of different nationalities.
They are gazing at him blankly.) OK
- letís start with a simple greeting.
Often the best way to begin interacting
with someone is to find a topic of common
interest. Everyone can relate to the
weather, so letís start with that, shall
we? Introduce yourself and talk about
the weather! (After a moment, a young
man raises his hand. Daniel points to
(The man stands up.)
Hello, my name is Carlos. You make me
(Daniel stares, trying to keep his smile.)
OK! (Carlos sits down again.) Umm, uh,
not quite right, but the introduction
part was good.
(The door to the classroom opens and a man, perhaps the principal
of the school, puts his head round the door.)
Daniel? Sorry to bother you, but there
are some people here to see you.
Scuse me for just one second. (He walks
over to the principal and speaks quietly.)
What kind of people?
Air Force people. (He steps aside to
show three Air Force personnel waiting
outside. One of them is Major Paul Davis.
He has a moustache.)
DEPARTMENT OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON D.C.
In an office, Samís voice can be heard.
This is totally unbelievable! (The camera
pans across and we see Sam. She too
is wearing very nerdy glasses. She is
gesturing angrily.) You are a small
and pathetic man! Those were my theories
on spinwave technology and the effects
of anti-gravity on electromagnetism
and you know it! (We see the desk that
sheís shouting at. Nobody is sitting
there.) Now, just because my reproductive
organs are on the inside instead of
the outside doesnít ... (She grimaces
and turns away from the desk.) God,
thatís horrible! Who would ever say
(The door in front of her opens and a man comes in.)
Carter. (He looks around the room.)
Who were you talking to?
Were you talking to yourself?
Have you proofread my review of the
solid fuel rockets yet?
Iím almost done. (She gives him a double
thumbs-up.) Good job!
Thank you. Keep up the good work, Carter
- youíll be moving up around here.
(The door opens again and Major Davis and his two colleagues
Scuse me. Major Davis, United States
Doctor Hershfield. (He and Davis shake
I know who you are.
Whatís this all about?
Itís a matter of national security.
Iím afraid Iím not at liberty to discuss
Oh, of course. (He looks round at Sam
for a moment.) By all means. We can
talk privately in my office.
Oh no, Iím not here to talk to you.
Iíd like to speak to Doctor Carter.
(Sam stares in amazement. Hershfield turns round to look at her.)
MARINA. Near a boat with ďHomerĒ painted roughly on the bow,
a man pulls a fishing pot out of the water and walks away. On
the boat sits Jack OíNeill, looking bored. As he tosses an empty
beer can across the boat, three Air Force personnel approach.
One of them takes off his sunglasses and we see that this is
Samuels. You and the boys looking to
charter a boat for the day?
No, sir. Iíve been sent by the Pentagon
to escort you back to Washington.
I could give a ratís butt.
Itís a matter of national security,
Find someone else.
We canít. It has to be you. Now, if
youíll allow me, Iíll try and explain
it on the way.
Sammy, it just doesnít sound like fun.
(He jumps up onto the top deck of the
boat, groaning with the effort.) Oh,
God! (He starts the boat and steers
it out of the marina. Samuels and his
colleagues watch, unable to do anything.
Jack takes his hands off the wheel and
stretches dramatically as the boat moves
for most of the rest of the episode,
the main characters are these new alt-versions
of our heroes. I donít like constantly
using ďAlt-DanielĒ, ďAlt-CarterĒ etc
so will stick with their normal names
until itís necessary to differentiate
between them and our usual heroes.]
SGC. BRIEFING ROOM. Daniel is alone in the room, gazing around
nervously. The door beside Jackís office opens and Major Davis
gestures to Sam Carter to go in. Daniel turns round to look.
If youíll just wait here, maíam, General
Hammond will be with you in a moment.
(He closes the door, leaving Daniel
and Sam alone in the room. Daniel checks
Sam out, then, as she turns towards
him, walks over to her.)
Doctor Daniel Jackson.
Doctor Samantha Carter.
Oh! Uh, PhD.
Oh, me too. Astrophysics.
You wouldnít happen to know why weíre
No. (He laughs.) Five thousand years
ago, maybe, but, uh, now, no. I was
kinda hoping you did.
(They look around the room awkwardly for a few moments.)
I teach English as a second language.
Department of Aerospace.
Oh, not as an astronaut. (She giggles
nervously.) No, I, uh, I check other
peopleís scientific reports for factual
errors or omissions before they get
sent up to the Director.
Thatís ... interesting.
Yeah. (Then she shakes her head.) Not
(General Hammond enters the room.)
Doctor Jackson, Doctor Carter - Iím
General George Hammond. (He gestures
to the table.) Please.
(Sam looks at Daniel for a moment, then they both sit down at
the table. Hammond sits, and then puts a folder down in front
of each of them. A couple of pens are already lying on the table.
At this point we realise that, because of the number of stars
on his shoulders, Hammond is only a Brigadier General instead
of the Major General that we know. Daniel and Sam open their
A non-disclosure agreement. What weíre
about to discuss has been classified
top secret by the United States government.
(Daniel closes his folder and folds his hands over the top of
What if we donít wanna sign it?
Well then, youíre free to leave.
(Sam immediately grabs her pen and signs her agreement. Hammond
and Daniel look at each other for a moment, then Daniel rolls
his eyes, opens his folder again and signs it. Hammond collects
the folders back, then hands a file to each of them.)
You have a background in archaeology,
isnít that right, Doctor Jackson?
But your theories failed to gain much
acceptance among your colleagues.
You could say that.
Egyptian pyramids as landing pads for
I did not say that unequivocally. Um,
I simply put forward the possibility
that, based on the knowledge that ...
Itís alright, Doctor, you donít have
to defend your theories here. A month
ago, a team of archaeologists from the
University of Chicago uncovered an ancient
Egyptian tomb near Giza. Inside, they
found artefacts typical of the period,
plus one or two objects that have yet
to be identified - and a video camera.
A video camera?!
It was perfectly preserved in a vacuum-sealed
Canopic jar. (He shows them a photograph
of the MRI scan showing the camera inside
the jar.) The technology is somewhat
different to what is commercially available
today, but we managed to charge the
battery. However, we didnít bring you
here because we found the camera. We
brought you here because of what had
been recorded on the tape inside that
(He activates the screen behind him. At first all we can see
is the lower half of a manís face as he sets up the camera. Then
he steps away and we see that itís our Daniel.)
I think thatís right. (He walks away
from the camera and then turns to face
it.) OK, my name is Doctor Daniel Jackson.
Iím part of a team called SG-1 and we
have just travelled back in time five
(Hammond looks at Alt-Daniel. Alt-Sam turns and stares at him
as well. Alt-Daniel takes his glasses off and stares in disbelief
at the image of himself on the screen.)
See, the thing is, weíre not sure weíre
gonna make it back. Um, the chamber
where you discovered this tape should
be discovered shortly before weíre set
to leave - if the timeline hasnít changed
at all. Letís see, what are some recent
major events? Uh, communism recently
failed in Eastern Europe. Um, they should
be well on their way towards democracy
by now. Henry Hayes is President. What
Secretary of the Interior. President
Kinsey was less than amused when he
saw that portion of the tape. (He activates
the tape again.)
Sam, help me out here. (Sam walks into
view.) Um, Samantha Carter, Lieutenant
Colonel, United States Air Force and
a member of SG-1. (Sam waves at the
camera as her alt-self stares in amazement.)
Well, I suppose we should tell them
about the Stargate.
Oh my God!
Right. Colonel Carter and I work for
an organisation known as Stargate Command.
It is located under Cheyenne Mountain.
Now, for the past eight years weíve
been regularly travelling through a
large ring-shaped device known as the
Stargate which should have been discovered
in 1928 somewhere near where this tape
Now, by means of these offworld missions,
weíve managed to acquire a lot of advanced
technology which has helped us protect
Earth against several alien attacks.
If, for whatever reason, the things
weíre talking about are not true, then
it is possible that we have somehow
inadvertently changed the future. Now,
the purpose of this tape is to provide
you with the tools you will need to
go back in time and set things right.
If, for whatever reason, the Stargate
has not been discovered, you will have
to find it and get it up and running.
(Alt-Daniel and Alt-Sam are staring
at the screen, unable to believe anything
theyíre seeing. Alt-Sam shakes her head
in shock.) Uh, Jack, you should say
No, no ...
We should all be here on the tape.
We have no way of knowing how things
could have changed.
(Daniel steps aside and Jack walks into view and faces the camera.)
Uh, uh, General Jack OíNeill, United
States Air Force. (Alt-Sam turns to
Alt-Daniel, who shakes his head to indicate
that he doesnít know who this man is
either.) How you doiní? (On the screen,
Jack turns to Daniel, unsure of what
Tell them about the future.
Uh, college football is played on Saturdays;
pro on Sundays, (Alt-Sam and Alt-Daniel
stare at him) - and there are no fish
in my pond, at all, where I fish. (He
turns to the other two.) Uh, I think
that covers it for me.
(Hammond switches the tape off and turns to Sam and Daniel.)
Did he say ďStargateĒ?
What else did the tape say?
Details of the Stargate, SG-1, including
a fourth member who appears to be some
kind of humanoid alien.
Are you telling us that in some alternate
timeline, weíre part of a team that
... travels to other planets and defends
Earth against alien invasions?
I know. It seems difficult to believe.
Wait-wait - what about the Stargate?
Did you look for it?
We searched the co-ordinates provided
on the tape but we didnít find anything.
The area had already been excavated
previously in 1934 by a Doctor Langford
but he found nothing but a tablet inscribed
with hieroglyphics that no-oneís ever
been able to translate. We were wondering
if youíd like to take a crack at it.
Are you kidding?!
COMMISSARY. Sam is sitting at a table drinking. Daniel comes
(Daniel sits down opposite her.)
So - what díyou think of all this?
To be honest, I donít know what to think.
I mean, itís pretty overwhelming.
Time travel is theoretically possible.
Thereís been a lot of research in the
area of quantum gravity which suggests
that time flows like rotating fluid
within our galaxy, technically allowing
the traveller to journey backward and
forward at will but thereís a huge amount
of energy required.
(Daniel has been looking blankly at her and at last gets a chance
to get a word in edgeways.)
Actually, I was talking about us - the
other us. I guess you could call it
the us weíre supposed to be. (Sam looks
at him dubiously.) I mean, seriously,
didnít you always think that you were
destined for something more - I mean,
something a hell of a lot more fulfilling
than a nine to five desk job?
I donít know, I just always felt like
my life was wrong.
Well - life is what you make it, you
know, for better or worse.
Well, look at this as a way to change
everything - if we help them find this
- this Stargate.
What do you think theyíre gonna do -
ask us to join an elite team of intergalactic
space heroes?! (She laughs.) Look at
us! The only reason that they showed
us the tape is because weíre on it.
GUEST QUARTERS. Daniel, with lots of books scattered over the
desk in front of him, is watching the tape again on a screen
on the desk. His alternate self is speaking.
OK, that about covers the Gate dialling
system, the point of origin, the address
to Chulak, and the home address. What
else? Oh, right! (He picks up the ZPM.)
This is very important - itís called
a ZPM, a Zero ...
(Offscreen, Tealíc interrupts.)
I believe the battery is about to expire.
OK, this is very important - this is
called a Zero Point Module. Now, its
purpose is to, to ... (The tape ends.)
Howís that for timing?!
(Daniel turns around to see Hammond standing behind him.)
Uh, this ZPM was recovered along with
Yes. We have a team of scientists studying
it as we speak. Howís the translation
Oh! (He makes some odd noises.) Itís
an obscure dialect - I can see why your
experts had trouble.
But itís almost as if the person who
chiselled this tablet knew my research.
You see, in 2995 BC, about five years
after the team on this tape arrived
in the past, there was an uprising.
The ancient Egyptians rebelled against
the sun god Ra - or at least someone
who they believed to be an impostor.
Now apparently, whoever this impostor
was, he left in a great flying ship,
uh, and took the Stargate with him.
That is unfortunate.
Yeah, but the tablet makes reference
to a location where there might be a
second Stargate here on Earth.
Oh. Iím still workiní on that.
Thank you, Doctor. I look forward to
Uh, General, um, if itís alright with
you, Iíd like to join the expedition
to find the second Gate.
(Hammond looks at him for a moment, then sighs uncomfortably.)
COMMISSARY. Sam is eating a bowl of blue jelly. Daniel comes
and joins her.
You were right. Theyíre gonna shut us
Canít say Iím surprised.
I still havenít finished the entire
translation yet, which means we still
have some leverage.
What else does it say?
It says the second Stargate is somewhere
Somewhere in Antarctica?!
Well, it doesnít even say that, it says
ďthe land of the cold in the southĒ
which Iím guessing means Antarctica.
Itís a big place - lots of ice.
Yeah, Iím guessing whoever wrote the
tablet didnít have a way of explaining
latitude and longitude in ancient Egyptian
Well, at least youíre still useful to
them. I donít know why theyíre keepiní
Whoa - Iím not gonna let them shut you
out either. I mean, weíre supposed to
be a team. We have to stick together.
Thatís nice, really.
Yeah. We need someone whoís willing
to go to bat for us - someone they canít
say no to.
MARINA. On the quay by the ďHomerĒ is a board advertising ďTours,
fishing, charters, partiesĒ and showing the rates. Jack is doing
repairs in the bow and making angry noises. Sam and Daniel walk
up and glance nervously at each other. Jack finally looks up
and notices them.
You folks lookiní for a little tour?
Uh, Iím Daniel Jackson, this is Samantha
(Sam waves at Jack. He looks at her for a moment, then looks
You two a couple?
No! No, no, we just - we just met.
What do you want?
Well, uh ... we were recently approached
by the military about a, uh, a matter
of, um, (she lowers her voice and whispers)
This is really important - all weíre
asking is a little bit of your time.
A hundred and fifty bucks an hour to
rent the boat.
We donít wanna go anywhere.
Itís your money.
LATER. The boat is still in the marina. Daniel and Sam are now
on board, sitting in the bow wearing lifejackets. Jack is sitting
opposite them, doing some repairs to a fishing rod.
So ultimately what we have to do is
this: we have to find the Stargate and
then get hold of this time travel device.
Locate this alien named Tealíc.
Right - get Tealíc first, then go back
in time to change the past and fix the
future. (He looks expectantly at Jack,
who carries on with his repairs as if
theyíre not even there.) Are you listening?
I was tryiní not to.
(Daniel and Sam look at each other. Daniel sighs.)
Yeah, I suppose it does sound a little
Really? Which part? (He thinks about
it for a moment.) I have to say: the
moment I let you on board.
You donít have to believe us. All we
ask is that you watch the tape and decide
You know, I have decided and, hey, look,
(he lifts his watch and speaks loudly)
your timeís up!
Arenít you - arenít you the least bit
intrigued that there might be something
else out there somewhere? Something
more than this?
(Jack looks at him, glances around his boat, then looks back
Weíre supposed to be a team. We saved
Yeah. OK. Sure! I buy that! Uh-huh!
The three of us - the world - we save
it, right? (He laughs.) OK!
I canít believe I wasted my frequent
flier miles on this.
(Daniel looks at Jack, who makes a circle of his thumb and finger
at him, grinning sarcastically.)
Sorry to bother you.
Not a problem.
(Daniel and Sam stand up. Daniel gets out of the boat but Sam
starts to take her lifejacket off first.)
Ah! Ah! (He raises a finger to her,
gesturing that she should get out of
the boat first. She sighs and gets out
of the boat, then takes her glasses
off and pulls the lifejacket off. Daniel
takes his off, then they drop them back
into the boat before starting to walk
No worries, eh?
SGC. CORRIDOR. Sam and Daniel are being escorted along the corridor
Do you have any idea whatís going on?
(Daniel shakes his head. They round the corner to be greeted
by Major Davis, who is standing in front of closed doors being
guarded by a couple of SFs.)
Doctor Carter, Doctor Jackson.
Major, whatís this about?
Did you find the second Stargate?
No, we didnít, but we decided to show
you something else. (He turns to the
(The airmen open the door. Inside is an Ancient ship/Puddlejumper.
Sam and Daniel walk into the room, gazing in amazement.)
We think this was the ship SG-1 used
to travel back in time.
Where did you find it?
It was uncovered during an excavation
of the area around the tomb where the
tape was found. Please. (He gestures
towards the rear of the ship. They walk
around to the rear. The ramp is down
and technicians are working inside.
Sam and Daniel walk inside and stare.)
This is incredible! Is it operational?
(The three of them walk to the front of the ship.)
According to the tape, Jack OíNeill
had the special gene that makes him
able to fly this thing.
for non-ďAtlantisĒ viewers, in between
the pilotís and co-pilotís seat is a
flat panel of triangular pieces which
have constellations on them. They operate
the nearest Stargate like the DHDs do
which we see in ďSG-1Ē.])
These are constellations.
The tape said that this was able to
go through the Stargate as well as time
So this must be what dials the Gate.
(They both reach forward to touch the DHD but a familiar manís
voice interrupts them.)
Donít touch anything, please! (Sam and
Daniel pull their hands back and turn
around. Doctor Rodney McKay comes onboard
the ship. He is wearing a blue T-shirt
with ďMr FantasticĒ printed on it.)
Leave the touching to the experts.
Doctor Rodney McKay - heís the lead
scientist on the project.
This is Doctor Carter, Doctor Jackson.
(Daniel and Sam both offer their hands. Rodney takes Samís, then
continues to hold it, smiling at her, even though Daniel still
has his hand out.)
Pleased to meet you.
We were hoping they may be of assistance
(Daniel lowers his hand, embarrassed.)
Hmm, yes. (Sam finally pulls her hand
free.) Well, thank you.
Iíll leave you to it, then.
(Sam covertly wipes her hand on her skirt as Davis walks away.)
So, did you try dialling the Stargate
address that the Daniel Jackson on the
No. Why would we do that?
Well, just to see ...
Of course we tried. Itís called sarcasm.
We tried the address numerous times
- nothing happened.
Did you try any other combinations?
Iím sorry - what are your areas of expertise?
And I would listen to you because ...?
Weíre on the tape.
Now you - you I would listen to if you
were reading the phonebook.
You see, I love this whole sexy librarian
thing. Look, why donít I take you to
lunch, get you up to speed. (He takes
her arm and starts to usher her towards
the rear of the ship.) I hear itís lemon
chicken today - itís my favourite, hmm?
(As she walks past him, he puts his
hand on her backside.) Got a lot to
(They walk away, leaving Daniel alone in the ship.)
LATER. Daniel is walking along a corridor as Sam hurries up behind
Daniel! (Daniel turns and walks towards
her.) Is he behind me?
McKay. (Daniel looks past her, then
shakes his head.) Oh, thank God! I think
I lost him. The guy is driving me nuts!
Any progress with the ship?
Well, the technology is way beyond us,
but I do have something - it could be
Remember how McKay said that they tried
dialling the Stargate address several
times and nothing happened?
I started thinking. Nothing happened
BRIEFING ROOM. Sam and Daniel are sitting at the table with a
file in front of them as Major Davis walks in.
What have you got?
Weíre waiting to see General Hammond.
(He and Sam look smug.)
Heís busy. Why donít you tell me - Iíll
decide if itís worth interrupting him.
(Sam and Daniel look at each other for a moment, then Daniel
slides the file across to Sam, who slides it across the table
to Davis. He looks at it and sees that it shows a map of Antarctica
with a series of concentric circles on it.)
I cross-referenced our previous attempts
to dial the Gate with some recent seismic
activity in Antarctica. Theyíre a perfect
match. The epicentre in all eight cases
was exactly the same - approximately
fifty miles outside of McMurdo. (She
points to the centre of the concentric
circles.) That is where youíll find
your second Gate. (She smiles smugly
up at Davis. Daniel does the same.)
Scuse me. (He picks up the file and
hurries out of the room. Sam and Daniel
look at each other with satisfied smiles
on their faces.)
A DAY OR TWO LATER (presumably). Sam and Daniel walk into what
we know as the Gateroom. Itís a hive of activity. They walk over
to General Hammond.
General, you wanted to see us ... (She
trails off as she sees something. Hammond
smiles and turns to watch with her and
Daniel as the Stargate is lowered down
from the surface.)
It was exactly where you said it would
be. Good work.
Thank you, sir.
I want you both to know that your help
on this project was most appreciated.
Your country owes you a debt of gratitude.
(Sam and Daniel look away from the Gate to stare at Hammond.)
But weíre not done yet.
Actually, weíre not done. You two, however,
have a plane waiting to take you home.
Iím sure I donít need to remind you
of the details of the non-disclosure
Wait a minute. You are gonna send a
team through the Gate, arenít you?
Weíre assembling a team as we speak.
But you saw the tape - we are that team.
I mean, if anybody should be going,
Iím sorry, Doctor Jackson, but neither
you nor Doctor Carter possess the training
or qualifications for a mission like
this. Thatís just the way it is. (He
turns and walks away. Sam and Daniel
look at each other, then turn to watch
the Stargate as it is lowered into its
TO BE CONTINUED.