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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 612

                                 "UNNATURAL SELECTION"

                                           By

                                      Brad Wright




                                     O’NEILL
                         Thor, buddy. There’s no way.

               
                                     THOR
                         The Replicators will soon consume all 
                         that they can within our home galaxy. 
                         Yours will be next.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I thought we were too primitive to consume?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Your technology would not immediately 
                         attract the Replicators but they would 
                         eventually be drawn to the raw materials 
                         of which your civilisation is built. 
                         Your extinction will be assured.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         For that matter, so would every other 
                         world we’ve visited. It’s just a matter 
                         of time.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Did all of the Asgard manage to escape?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Most, but not all. A great battle was 
                         fought. The evacuation fleet is standing 
                         by in the void between our two galaxies 
                         awaiting to hear word of your response.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         My response?

               
                                     THOR
                         We have done all that we can and failed 
                         O’Neill. You and your team represent 
                         our last hope.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah, great. So no pressure, right?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         If you have in fact made your decision 
                         not to undertake this task, I will inform 
                         the council.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Just give me a minute here, okay?

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Are you reconsidering O’Neill?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I’m considering re-considering.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Well there has to be other options.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         We believe there is no alternative plan 
                         of action.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thor, I don’t think you’re realising 
                         what you’re asking us to do.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         In the past your projectile weapons 
                         have been most effective.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well we don’t have any projectile weapons 
                         with us at the moment and according 
                         to Carter we’re a long way from...
 
                         
               
               Thor touches a button. Earth comes into view.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Home.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You towed us back into Earth’s orbit.
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         Correct Major Carter. The contents of 
                         your armoury at Stargate Command along 
                         with the appropriate attire, food and 
                         other supplies you may require are now 
                         being transported aboard this vessel.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I hope you did the paperwork.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Wait a minute, we have a few passengers..
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         They are being transported to Stargate 
                         Command.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I haven’t said yes yet.

               
                                     THOR
                         But you are reconsidering.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I’m leaning in the general direction.
 
                         
               
               Thor pushes another button and the ship moves away from Earth.
 
               
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Hey, what are you doing?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We’re leaving the solar system.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Thor, little fella. It’s not the way 
                         it works. It’s not my ship. It’s not 
                         up to me.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         The journey to our home galaxy will 
                         take many hours with your vessel in 
                         tow. You may consult your superiors 
                         en route.
 
               
               CONTROL ROOM SGC

               
               Hammond comes down the stairs.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Sergeant?

               
                                     SILER
                         I can’t explain it Sir. It’s like everything 
                         in the armoury just disappeared. P90’s, 
                         SPAZ 12’s, SAWs, claymores. Everything.
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Sir. Four of the people who commandeered 
                         the X 303 just appeared out of thin 
                         air in the holding room. Air Force personnel, 
                         a reporter just beamed into the cafeteria 
                         kitchen up on Level 22. Half the food 
                         stores went missing at the same time.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You’re certain the Stargate’s been inactive?
 
                         
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What in God’s name is happening?

               
               Jack suddenly appears as a hologram.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Hello, sir. Siler, how you doing?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel. It’s good to see you alive 
                         and well. We were concerned the X 303 
                         was lost with all hands.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         No sir, we’re all fine. Except for the 
                         Goa’uld and Simmons of course.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         So you were rescued by the Asgard?
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Actually it kinda looks like we’ll be 
                         coming to their rescue, sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Does that have anything to do with the 
                         supplies and equipment that are disappearing 
                         from all over my base?
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yes sir. Sufficed to say, you might 
                         want to get upstairs and punch one on 
                         the old speed dial.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         My grandchildren?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Two then. I think the President might 
                         want to know what the Asgard have in 
                         mind for our new ship.
 
               
               BRIDGE OF THE X 303

               
               Jack walks in where Sam is working on something.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         They didn’t go for it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         They didn’t approve the mission?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Oh no, they did that. Once they knew 
                         the stakes and the fate of the universe 
                         stuff. Both the President and Hammond 
                         realised we had no choice. He sends 
                         good luck, godspeed and all those things 
                         he says when he thinks we’re gonna die.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         So what didn’t they go for?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         The name I suggested.

               
                                     CARTER
                         For the ship?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah Sir, we can’t call it the Enterprise.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Why not?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The codename for the project is Prometheus. 
                         What’s wrong with that?
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         It’s a Greek tragedy. Who wants that?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay. The X303 it is then.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah. What have you got there?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, the Asgard surmised that the Replicators 
                         probably disabled the time dilation 
                         device by destroying the control interface 
                         mechanism.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Uh-huh.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, it’s really not much more than 
                         an advanced timer. But since any Asgard 
                         technology we took along would cause 
                         the Replicators to swarm all over us. 
                         Thor had a facsimile of their interface 
                         built from Earth based materials. It’ll 
                         work just as well as the original but 
                         it shouldn’t attract the Replicators.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I’m hungry.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Cargo bay three, sir.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Thanks.

               
               Jack leaves.

               
               CARGO BAY THREE

               
               Teal’c and Jonas are eating ice cream. Jack opens the door.
 
               
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You guys trying to make yourself sick?
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Well Thor forgot to take the need for 
                         refrigeration into account so we figured 
                         we’d start with the frozen stuff. This 
                         is good. Mmmm.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I’ll buy that.

               
               Jack sits down.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         So Jonas, first time going up against 
                         a Replicator, eh?
 
               
               Jack tries to eat some of Teal’c’s ice cream and he pulls it 
               out of his reach. Teal’c gets him another one.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         I think I have a pretty good idea of 
                         what to expect though. Teal’c told me 
                         all about them and I have everything 
                         Dr Jackson wrote. They’re fascinating.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Fascinating?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Well think about it. We have a human 
                         scientist who creates this android girl 
                         who then goes on to create these Replicators 
                         as a toy. Well at least the concept 
                         of something that starts out so innocent 
                         become so evil, well that’s got to be 
                         fascinating to you.
 
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Replicators exist merely to increase 
                         their numbers and do so without prejudice. 
                         They are no more evil that a virus.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         A really evil virus.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Well yes we can all agree that any living 
                         thing that isn’t inherently evil in 
                         itself is capable of undertaking actions 
                         that are evil.
 
               
               Teal’c swaps his ice cream for Jack’s.

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         We are slowing.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, you should come forward, Sir. 
                         (on radio)
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         We’re on our way.

               
               BRIDGE

               
               Jack, Teal’c and Jonas walk onto the bridge.

               
                                     CARTER
                         WE just came out of hyperspace a minute 
                         ago.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         We dare proceed no further without risk 
                         of engaging the Replicators. You will 
                         have to continue from this point on 
                         your own ship's power.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         But you’re gonna wait here for us, right?
 
                         
               
                                     THOR
                         There is now another concern. Our long-range 
                         sensors have discovered the time dilation 
                         device was indeed activated.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well that’s good. It’s not good?

               
                                     THOR
                         Time is now progressing faster within 
                         the field.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         They reversed it?

               
                                     THOR
                         By a factor of ten squared.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         What is with you people? Time machines 
                         are nothin but trouble, even we know 
                         that.
 
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Clearly the Replicators have discovered 
                         a means of utilising the time dilation 
                         machine to serve their own purpose.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Well what would that purpose be?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well, I gotta tell you this changes 
                         things. Carter, how does this change 
                         things?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I don’t know, Sir. I guess it doesn’t.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You mean we’ve got the same problem 
                         we had an hour ago.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well the difference is, in that hour, 
                         four days have passed for the Replicators. 
                         Depending on when they did this, relatively 
                         speaking, they could have experienced 
                         hundreds of years.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I get it.

               
                                     THOR
                         If you wish to reconsider...

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         No. No. Full well expected the other 
                         shoe to drop eventually.
 
               
                                     THOR
                         We can only hope this will be the last 
                         footwear to fall. The co-ordinates to 
                         the planet have already been programmed 
                         into your navigational computer. We 
                         have modified your engines and structural 
                         integrity fields to their maximum potential 
                         to assure your safe arrival. We will 
                         monitor your progress as best we can. 
                         Good Luck.
 
               
               Thor disappears.

               
               Everyone sits down.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Setting course to programmed co ordinates. 
                         Throttling up sub light engines.
 
               
               SPACE

               
               The Asgard ship moves off.

               
               ARMOURY.

               
               Jonas is loading a P90.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Again.

               
                                     JONAS
                         My hands are covered in blisters. They’re 
                         not gonna work any faster.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, we’re about to pass through 
                         into the time dilation field. (on radio)
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         We’re on our way.

               
               BRIDGE

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         A replicator controlled vessel approaches.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hopefully they’ll agree with Thor and 
                         think this ship’s a piece of junk.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         They are scanning us.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, we’re being scanned by the Replicators 
                         ship. Stand by.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         We still in business? (over radio)
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir, it’s moving off. It’s like 
                         we’re clear to enter the planet’s atmosphere. 
                         (over radio)
 
               
               The ship moves towards the planet.

               
               BRIDGE

               
               Jack and Jonas walk onto the bridge.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We’re detecting one structure at the 
                         designated co-ordinates.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Just the one?

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         There appears to be little topography 
                         of any kind.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Two hundred metres.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Throttling down to fifty percent.

               
                                     JONAS
                         One five zero metres.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The surface appears to be completely 
                         smooth.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         One hundred metres.

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         No sign of Replicators.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Deceleration thrusters are firing.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Five zero metres.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The inertial compensators and structural 
                         integrity are at maximum. Landing struts 
                         are at full extension.
 
               
               There’s a flash of light.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         What was that?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Lightning sir. All systems are still 
                         go.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Ten metres.

               
               Something explodes in the background. Teal’c goes to correct 
               it.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Five metres.

               
               They land.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Touchdown.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Shutting down thrusters.

               
               Jack looks out the window.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Get a message to Thor. Let him know 
                         we touched down. Let’s move out.
 
               
               PLANET

               
               SG1 walk towards the structure.

               
                                     JONAS
                         This can’t be the only structure on 
                         the entire planet.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I’d be willing to bet the bugs ate everything 
                         else.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Then where are they?

               
               Carter sweeps away some dust on the ground.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir. You’re not gonna like this.

               
                                     JONAS
                         What is it?

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         This planet's surface appears to be 
                         covered with Replicator blocks.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Probably more than one layer and who 
                         knows how thick it is. Maybe miles.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why would that be?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well it could be a by-product of the 
                         reverse time dilation. In relative time, 
                         they’ve been here hundreds of years 
                         but there’s nothing left here to consume 
                         so they’re just conserving energy.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         What’s keeping them here?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Who cares. Watch your step.

               
               INSIDE THE STRUCTURE.

               
               SG1 go down some steps into a room.

               
               Sam goes to the device.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir the original interface is still 
                         intact. I might be able to...
 
               
               They hear footsteps. A man appears.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         Who are you?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Colonel Jack O’Neill, US Air Force, 
                         Earth. Who are you?
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         The others are coming.

               
               More people appear.

               
                                     FIRST
                         What do you think you are doing?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Clocks are running a little fast around 
                         here. Thought we’d stop by, wind ‘em. 
                         We’ll be on our way.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         Your companion is attempting to alter 
                         the settings on the time device and 
                         we cannot allow that. If she does not 
                         stop immediately, we will be forced 
                         to take action.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well; now, if you do that, we might 
                         be forced to take our own action.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         Tell your companion to stop.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Carter, how much time you need there?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         A lot, Sir. Maybe a few hours.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Hours?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, the interface was completely rebuilt. 
                         I’m not even sure where to start.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Couldn’t you crank it up a little bit? 
                         Move things along?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It doesn’t work that way sir.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Ironic, isn’t it?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Who are you people? Because if you haven’t 
                         noticed this entire planet is paved 
                         with replicators.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         We are aware of this.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Then you should also know that these 
                         things have taken millions of lives 
                         and they’ll keep on doing that unless 
                         we stop them.
 
               
                                     SECOND
                         He doesn’t understand.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You know, he’s standing right here.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         We cannot allow you to stop them, I’m 
                         afraid.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Why not?

               
                                     FIRST
                         We are replicators.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Ah.

               
               Jack opens fire. So do Teal’c and Jonas. The people just stand 
               there as they blow holes in the walls. Replicator bugs then appear.
 
               
               
                                     FIRST
                         Tell your companion to step away from 
                         the device.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Carter.

               
               She moves away.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Your projectile weapon?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah, you know, I think we’ll hang onto 
                         those for a while.
 
               
               The bugs move away.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Now there is no need.

               
               They put their weapons down.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Where are my manners? This is something 
                         of an occasion after all, isn’t it? 
                         Our first meeting. Welcome.
 
               
               He puts his hand out. Jack ignores it.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Colonel, if we really intended you harm, 
                         do you believe you would be standing 
                         there? As I said, welcome.
 
               
               Jack shakes his hand and collapses in pain. First puts his hand 
               into Jack’s forehead.
 
               
               JACK’S UNCONSCIOUS MIND

               
               Jack and First are in the Gateroom. It’s quite dark.

               
                                     FIRST
                         We are inside your unconscious mind 
                         now.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You’d think there’d be more lights on.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         This place must be important to you.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I work here.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Your iris code is 903224637.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Wow, that’s.... close. Here’s one for 
                         you. I’m thinking of an animal.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         I never expected that you would amuse 
                         me.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I never expected you to put your hand 
                         in my head.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         Your mind is incredible.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well...

               
                                     FIRST
                         Such chaos and humour and pain.

               
               Flashback to when Charlie shot himself in Cold Lazarus.

               
                                     FIRST
                         You’re correct to blame yourself, your 
                         son would be alive but for your carelessness.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Don’t do that again.

               
                                     FIRST
                         That will be your punishment each time 
                         you attempt to conceal something from 
                         me on our journey.
 
               
               The Gate activates.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Where we going?

               
                                     FIRST
                         Every place you have ever been.

               
               They walk through the Gate.

               
               X303 BRIDGE

               
               Teal’c wakes up. He looks round and switches the lights on. Sam 
               and Jack are in their chairs too. He shakes Jack who wakes up 
               and holds his hands to his face.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Crap! Holy Jesus!

               
               Jack then shakes Sam.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Carter! Jonas!

               
               Jonas falls off his chair.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Her hand was inside my head. It was 
                         like a .... It was like a nightmare.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I think we all had a similar experience. 
                         I don’t remember much of it.
 
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Nor do I.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         How long were we out?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thirty-seven hours sir. Ship time.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why would they bring us back here?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Perhaps we can take advantage of the 
                         situation.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Detonate the hyperdrive, you mean. An 
                         overload would cause a pretty big explosion.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Big enough to be worth it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I honestly don’t know, Sir.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Go.

               
               Sam leaves.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Get a message to Thor. Let him know 
                         how massively he screwed up.
 
               
               Jack gets up and Jonas follows. They walk along the corridors 
               towards the room where Sam went.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Hey Colonel. Colonel, I don’t think 
                         this is going to work.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         If Carter says she can do it....

               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah, but if explosives and weapons 
                         worked, the Asgard would have won their 
                         war.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I suppose you want to talk to these 
                         bug people?
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Don’t you?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         No.

               
                                     JONAS
                         Maybe we can reason with them. If we 
                         blow this ship, then we lose that option 
                         altogether.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         If we blow the ship, I won’t care.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Colonel, I don’t think that you fully 
                         appreciate what they’ve become.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Replicators who look like we do.

               
                                     JONAS
                         More than that. Sir, this is a huge 
                         leap in their evolution.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Jonas! They are replicators.

               
               They enter the room where Sam is and see Fifth standing there 
               with her.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Carter? What’s going on?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Everything’s fine, Sir. We were just 
                         chatting. He carried us back here, Sir. 
                         One at a time. So we’d be more comfortable.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         Thanks.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         It was not difficult.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Apparently Sir, we’re invited to dinner.
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         At his request.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Who’s?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         First.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         And you are?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         I was Fifth. The others are merging 
                         with our replicator brethren but they 
                         will return soon.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah, you wanna let him know we’ve made 
                         other plans?
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         Exploding your vessel would only serve 
                         to feed energy to the replicator blocks 
                         on the surface of the planet. Your food 
                         stores have already been taken to the 
                         temple.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         When are we expected?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         When you become hungry.

               
               Fifth leaves.

               
                                     JONAS
                         That one’s different.

               
                                     CARTER
                         No kidding. I mean he comes across as 
                         almost human.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Well he’s not.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So what do we do?

               
                                     JONAS
                         Can we leave?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The ship will fly but I don’t know how 
                         far we’ll get. Sir, if this really is 
                         the next evolution of the replicators 
                         we should find out as much as possible 
                         about them and try to report it back 
                         somehow.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Anyone hungry?

               
               PLANET

               
               SG1 walk to the structure.

               
               INSIDE THE STRUCTURE

               
               SG1 walk down the steps.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Colonel O’Neill. Major Carter. Teal’c. 
                         Jonas. Welcome.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You’ll forgive us if we don’t shake 
                         your hands this time.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         Please sit and replenish yourselves. 
                         Organic forms store energy so inefficiently.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah. I assume you’re Sixth.

               
                                     SIXTH
                         Yes.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Our newest addition.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You’re kinda going girl, boy, girl, 
                         boy.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, the entire table...

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I see that.

               
               They sit down.

               
                                     JONAS
                         We still have some questions that we 
                         never got a chance to ask last time 
                         we met.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         When our replicator brethren discovered 
                         the android Reese, they realised she 
                         was their creator. They studied her 
                         design and form and found aspects of 
                         her technology superior to their own.
 
                         
               
                                     SECOND
                         Our brethren are composed of ungainly 
                         blocks.
 
               
                                     THIRD
                         We are composed of millions of cell 
                         units. Microscopic in comparison that 
                         combine to create this form.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Like nanites, Sir.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I hate those things.

               
                                     FIRST
                         My creation took place in the last moment 
                         before the Asgard time device was to 
                         activate. There was a miniscule crack 
                         in the neutronium shell. I could penetrate 
                         this where my replicator brethren could 
                         not. I managed to stop the machine before 
                         it activated and eventually used it 
                         to suit our purpose.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Which is?

               
                                     FIRST
                         To increase our number. That has never 
                         changed. And now thanks to the Asgard, 
                         we have all the time in the world. In 
                         a few short years, we will go forth 
                         as an army.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah, see. We can’t you do that.

               
                                     SECOND
                         You cannot stop us.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Was it not in the same way that you 
                         became the dominant species of your 
                         world? Is it not a process of natural 
                         selection? The strong survive.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Yeah, but there’s nothing truly natural 
                         about you. I mean, you’ve seen into 
                         our minds, I’m quite certain you can 
                         all tell the difference.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         Of course. We are far superior. And 
                         if you could see into the mind of an 
                         animal you would blindly feed upon, 
                         you would reach the same conclusion.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         It was our kind that built your creator. 
                         You’ve created yourselves in our image.
 
                         
               
                                     FOURTH
                         No. In the image of Reese.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Yeah, now see, there was something wrong 
                         with her programming, you all know that.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         The flaw in the emulation programming 
                         was discovered during my creation. Eat.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You know, I think that flaw’s kinda 
                         hanging on there.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         We attempted to correct the error in 
                         the creation of Fifth. But thus far, 
                         he has proven to be far too...
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Human?

               
                                     FIRST
                         Weak.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Maybe Fifth represents what you’re supposed 
                         to be?
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         No. We won’t make the same mistake again. 
                         Now, you have your answers, eat.
 
               
                                     JONAS
                         Why?

               
                                     FIRST
                         To regain your strength.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Why do you care?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         So you’ll be strong enough.

               
                                     JONAS
                         For what?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         To go into your minds over and over.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         Could there be any other reason we would 
                         keep you alive?
 
               
               A replicator drops down.

               
                                     FIRST
                         It will be far less painful if you don’t 
                         resist.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         Stop.

               
               The replicators move away.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Why?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         You’ve learnt everything you need to 
                         know.
 
               
                                     FIRST
                         There are four minds to explore at least 
                         once. And Sixth is very curious to experience 
                         their thoughts. And you, you haven’t 
                         yet had your chance.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         No.

               
                                     FIRST
                         I insist. I want you to see the disorder, 
                         the chaos, recognise what they are in 
                         comparison. You need to understand what 
                         you are. Visit their memories of worlds 
                         we will conquer. Do you understand?
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         Yes.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I won’t blame you if you choose me.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Carter?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It’s all right Sir. Last time I didn’t 
                         remember a thing.
 
               
               She gets up and walks over to him. He puts his hands on her face 
               and leans his head towards her.
 
               
               FIFTH’S UNCONSCIOUS MIND.

               
               It looks like the planet.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I don’t know what you’re showing me 
                         but it’s not my unconscious mind.
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         No Major Carter. It is mine. We share 
                         much of our thought, in this way we 
                         are connected even with our replicator 
                         brethren. But this corner of my mind 
                         is mine alone. It is the only place 
                         we could communicate without the others 
                         knowing what is said.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You’re not like them.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         I’m a mistake.

               
                                     CARTER
                         No they are. A terrible mistake. Help 
                         us.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         I can’t.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You can. Because you’re more like us 
                         than you’re like them. The others inherited 
                         the same flaw that Reese had. But you...
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         The others would destroy me.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Not if you came with us.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         You would do that?

               
                                     CARTER
                         If you were to come with us and the 
                         time dilation device was reset with 
                         the new interface we brought with us.
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         They are my brothers and sisters.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The Asgard device was never designed 
                         to destroy the replicators. For them 
                         it would seem as if a few days had passed. 
                         We’d have hundreds of years to solve 
                         their flaw.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         What do you want me to do?

               
               STRUCTURE

               
               Sam wakes up. She goes to the others.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir. Sir.

               
                                     O’ NEILL
                         Oh, that’s just not right. Jonas and 
                         Teal’c?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, there’s a way out of this but we’re 
                         gonna have to trust...
 
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Major Carter.

               
               Fifth is working on the time dilation device.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         I have made the necessary adjustments.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         To what?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         The time dilation device. I’m coming 
                         with you.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I assume this was what you were gonna 
                         tell me?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         The others are merging with our brethren 
                         sharing what they have learned from 
                         you but they will return soon. I have 
                         reconfigured the device but you must 
                         enter your command code.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Go.

               
               Sam goes to the device.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         You guys head back to the ship. Don’t 
                         fire up the engines but be ready.
 
                         
               
               Teal’c and Jonas leave.

               
                                     CARTER
                         My code is in Sir, I just need to set 
                         the timer. It’ll take at least two minutes 
                         at a dead run for us to get to the ship 
                         and two more for the engines to fire 
                         up.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         That is far too long. If I leave the 
                         others will know. They will return before 
                         the device activates.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Then we set it off now.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         No. We will be trapped with the others.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You can probably make it to the ship 
                         at lot faster than we can, right?
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         Oh yes, in a fraction of the time.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Give us a head start. If you arrive 
                         at the ship just before we launch, your 
                         absence won’t alert the others until 
                         it’s too late for them to do anything 
                         about it.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         So set the timer for five minutes.
 
                         
               
               Jack signals to Sam to make it three minutes.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It’s cutting it awfully close Sir.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         I know that Major.

               
               Sam turns to Fifth.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         You won’t leave without me?

               
                                     CARTER
                         No. Head for the ship in a little over 
                         three minutes.
 
               
               Sam enters the time.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Three, two, one. Mark. Timer’s running.
 
                         
               
               Jack and Sam leave.

               
               X303 BRIDGE.

               
               Jonas and Teal’c enter. They start to switch things on.

               
               STRUCTURE

               
               Fifth waits.

               
               PLANET

               
               Jack and Sam run towards the X303.

               
               X303 BRIDGE

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Fire up those engines. (over radio)
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL’C
                         Understood O’Neill.

               
               STRUCTURE

               
               Fifth starts to leave. First enters.

               
                                     FIRST
                         What have you done?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         Nothing.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Where are the humans?

               
                                     FIFTH
                         They’ve returned to their ship to rest.
 
                         
               
                                     FIRST
                         They’re trying to escape.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         No.

               
                                     FIRST
                         Even as we speak, they’re preparing 
                         to leave.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         She promised.

               
                                     FIRST
                         It’s not too late. I can read your mind. 
                         There’s time enough to stop the machine.
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         No.

               
               X303

               
               Jack and Sam reach the bridge.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         How long?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Twenty seconds before the device activates.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Get this thing in the air or we’re gonna 
                         be here a long time.
 
               
               Teal’c hits a button and they lift off.

               
               STRUCTURE

               
                                     FIRST
                         They’re escaping.

               
                                     FIFTH
                         There’s still two minutes left.

               
                                     FIRST
                         No, my son. They made a fool of you.
 
                         
               
                                     FIFTH
                         They won’t leave me. She promised.
 
                         
               
               He turns to the time and flicks it up. There are only three seconds 
               left.
 
               
                                     FIFTH
                         She promised.

               
               Replicators and people converge on Fifth and suddenly stop. Time 
               has slowed down.
 
               
               SPACE

               
               The X303 flies off.

               
               X303 BRIDGE

               
                                     TEAL’C
                         We are beyond the time dilation field.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thor sends his congratulations Sir. 
                         They’ll rendezvous with us as soon as 
                         they’ve determined no Replicator vessels 
                         escaped.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         Fine.

               
                                     JONAS
                         You do realise what you did?

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         The right thing, Jonas.

               
                                     JONAS
                         You used his humanity against him.
 
                         
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         His what?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Jonas is right. It’s exactly what we 
                         did.
 
               
                                     O’NEILL
                         He wasn’t human. Get that through your 
                         heads.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         He could have fooled me.

               
                                     O’NEILL
                         We all know what would have happened 
                         if those things had gotten out. Who’s 
                         gonna stop them? We did the right thing.
 
                         
               
                                     JONAS
                         I hope you’re right Sir.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So do I.

               
               TEMPLE

               
               We close in on Fifth’s frozen face and the rest of the frozen 
               replicators.
 
               
               THE END

               

Unnatural Selection



Writers :   Brad Wright
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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