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ATL Season 1 Episode 01: Rising Parts 1 And 2
TEASER LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, SEVERAL MILLION YEARS AGO, NIGHT ANNOTATION A puddle jumper flies through the air heading towards the city ship of Atlantis. LOCATION--ATLANTIS OUTPOST CHAIR ROOM, SEVERAL MILLION YEARS AGO, NIGHT ANNOTATION An Ancient man and woman exchange wordless, emotional gazes as the jumper approaches the dock. She watches him depart with a wistful gaze, then stares out the window towards the cityscape of Atlantis. LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, SEVERAL MILLION YEARS AGO, NIGHT ANNOTATION Atlantis lifts off from the ground and flies into space. LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, PRESENT DAY, DAY ANNOTATION The international research outpost is set up over the the Ancient outpost chair room deep below. LOCATION--ANTARCTIC OUPOST ANNOTATION An elevator containing Dr. Weir lowers into the Ancient outpost. Several personnel are milling around, conducting experiments. Grodin studies an inactive drone weapon. TECHNICIAN (over loudspeaker) This is Operations. General O'Neill is inbound, 20 minutes out. ANNOTATION Weir approaches Grodin. GRODIN Dr. Weir. WEIR Peter. ANNOTATION She watches him a moment, then heads toward the chair room. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION Beckett stands up from the chair, arguing with McKay as Weir arrives. BECKETT You see? Nothing. ANNOTATION He leaves. MCKAY Carson, get back here. BECKETT I could sit in that chair all bloody day long, and nothing will happen. It's a waste of time. (passing Weir) Excuse me, Dr. Weir. MCKAY (arguing to Weir) He's not even trying. WEIR He's the one who discovered the gene this technology responds to. MCKAY Yeah, well, he said he wished he never had it. WEIR (surprised) Really? MCKAY I know. Can you believe that? WEIR (teasing) We could always test you a third time, Rodney. MCKAY (unamused) That's very funny. WEIR We have only found a handful of people who are genetically compatible with the Ancient technology, and despite your heroic efforts to interface ours with theirs, we need every one of them to sit in this chair,including Dr. Beckett. MCKAY What am I supposed to do? He's afraid of the thing. WEIR This chair controls the most powerful weapons known to humankind. I'm afraid of the thing. But every time someone sits in it, we learn something new about the Ancients who built this outpost. Dr. Beckett should be proud he's genetically advanced. MCKAY It's not more advanced. It is a random characteristic. WEIR (shrewdly) This really bothers you, this whole gene thing, huh? MCKAY (sarcastic) Oh, clearly, I am overcome with envy. ANNOTATION Daniel rushes in. DANIEL Ah, just the people I need to see. ANNOTATION He immediately turns and rushes away. McKay and Weir exchange looks. Daniel doubles back and beckons them. DANIEL Come with me. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST LAB ANNOTATION They follow Daniel into another room filled with computer monitors showing gate addresses and paper star charts. Daniel stands by a whiteboard covered with Stargate chevrons. DANIEL We've gotten closer and closer to finding the location of the Lost City, but it turns out we've been looking in the wrong place all along. Now, we thought we had a stargate address--six symbols representing coordinates in space that determined the location of the planet the Ancients went to after they left Antarctica. Now, recently, we determined a seventh symbol. ANNOTATION He draws the symbol for Earth. WEIR The point of origin, Earth. DANIEL That's not it. MCKAY Then your address must be incorrect. DANIEL Not incorrect. Incomplete. ANNOTATION He draws another symbol on the chart between the sixth symbol and the one for Earth. WEIR (intrigued) What are you saying, Dr. Jackson? ANNOTATION Daniel labels the new symbol and Earth's with the numbers 7 and 8. DANIEL It's an eight-symbol address. What we're looking for may be further away than we ever imagined, but it's not out of reach. MCKAY Atlantis. DANIEL (nodding) Atlantis. I think we can go there. LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, DAY ANNOTATION A helicopter flies across the Antarctic landscape. LOCATION--HELICOPTER ANNOTATION Sheppard sits at the controls. O'Neill sits next to him. SHEPPARD Apache, Blackhawk, Cobra, Osprey... O'NEILL It's a lot of training for the Antarctic. SHEPPARD It was the one continent I never set foot on. O'NEILL It's one of my least favorite continents. SHEPPARD I kind of like it here. O'NEILL (incredulous) You like it here? SHEPPARD Yes, sir. Be there in about ten minutes, sir. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST CHAIR ROOM AREA ANNOTATION McKay herds Beckett back towards the chair. BECKETT Look, we've been through this. I'm not your man. MCKAY Keep moving. BECKETT I'm a doctor. A medical doctor. MCKAY There's nothing to be afraid of. BECKETT You don't understand. I break things like this. MCKAY (insistent) This device has survived for millions of years intact. It will survive you. Now, sit down, close your eyes, and concentrate. ANNOTATION Beckett sighs in resignation and sits in the chair. After a split second he shrugs, frustrated, and starts to get up. BECKETT Again, nothing. ANNOTATION McKay signals for him to stay seated. MCKAY Okay, this time just try to imagine an image of where we are in the solar system. ANNOTATION Skeptical, Beckett closes his eyes and concentrates. BECKETT I think I feel something. (opening his eyes) It could be lunch-related. MCKAY (annoyed) Shut up. And concentrate. ANNOTATION Beckett grimaces, but complies, closing his eyes again in concentration. The chair lights up and shoves backward. Beckett opens his eyes, mouth agape in surprise. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST OUTER CHAMBER ANNOTATION The drone Grodin has been studying suddenly activates, catching Grodin by surprise. LOCATION--ANCIENT CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION McKay and Beckett stare in shock and horror as the drone in the outer room starts flying around the room. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST OUTER CHAMBER ANNOTATION People everywhere dive out of the way as the drone ping-pongs out of control throughout the chamber. WOMAN Watch out! ANNOTATION The drone finds the opening of the elevator shaft and flies up it. LOCATION--ANCIENT CHAIR ROOM BECKETT What did I do? LOCATION--ANTARCTICA OUTPOST ELEVATOR SHAFT ANNOTATION The cage elevator rising to the surface contains Weir, Daniel, and two women. They see the lit drone streak past them, causing the elevator to tremble. WEIR Get us back down there! LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, DAY ANNOTATION The drone bursts through the outpost roof and starts flying at high speed through the sky. LOCATION--HELICOPTER TECHNICIAN (over radio) All inbound craft, we have a rogue drone that could seek a target on its own. Land immediately and shut down your engines. This is not a drill. I repeat-- SHEPPARD It's too late. Hang on. ANNOTATION Sheppard barely avoids the drone that streaks around the helicopter twice, locking onto the helicopter as a target. O'NEILL Break right. ANNOTATION Sheppard dodges the drone again by flying higher and to the left. O'NEILL I said, right! SHEPPARD I'm getting to that, sir. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST ANNOTATION Daniel immediately runs toward the chair room. Weir pauses a moment, taking in the devastation before running after Daniel. LOCATION--ANCIENT ANTARCTIC CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION Weir runs up to Beckett her arms outstretched in bewilderment. BECKETT I told you I was the wrong person. MCKAY It doesn't matter now. Just do something! BECKETT Like what? WEIR (soothingly) Okay, Carson, concentrate on shutting that weapon down before it hurts someone. LOCATION--HELICOPTER ANNOTATION Sheppard looks through his windows searching for the drone. SHEPPARD I can't see it. O'NEILL (sharply) Pull up. Pull up! LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, DAY ANNOTATION The helicopter barely misses a mountain ridge then dives down underneath the erratic path of the drone. LOCATION--ANCIENT CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION Beckett concentrates while sitting in the chair as everyone watches him anxiously. LOCATION--HELICOPTER O'NEILL What about now? SHEPPARD (breathless) Now's good. LOCATION--ANTARCTICA, DAY ANNOTATION The helicopter skims over the surface. The drone piles into the snow. The helicopter itself lands on a flat surface. LOCATION--HELICOPTER O'NEILL (sharply) Shut it down! ANNOTATION Sheppard complies. SHEPPARD (nervously) Sir, what the hell was that? O'NEILL (holding up his hand) Wait for it. ANNOTATION They watch and wait. A few seconds later, the drone bursts out of the snowbank, still at high speed, and heading straight for the helicopter. SHEPPARD Get out! ANNOTATION The pair scramble out of the helicopter. Sheppard takes a belly-flop into the snow. The drone powers down and slides to a stop mere inches away from O'Neill. LOCATION--ANCIENT CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION Beckett opens his eyes. BECKETT I think I did it. LOCATION--HELICOPTER ANNOTATION Sheppard and O'Neill warily reenter their helicopter. SHEPPARD (breathlessly) That was different. O'NEILL (resigned) For me, not so much. LOCATION--ANCIENT CHAIR ROOM ANNOTATION Lieutenant Aiden Ford runs into the room. FORD Major Sheppard is reporting the drone appears to have been incapacitated. General O'Neill's helicopter is unharmed, and on its way again. Seven minutes out. ANNOTATION Everyone sighs in relief. WEIR Thank God. BECKETT Holy crap. LOCATION--ANTARCTIC OUTPOST, DAY LOCATION--ANCIENT OUPOST ANNOTATION O'Neill and Sheppard exit the elevator. Daniel hurries to greet them. DANIEL Jack! O'NEILL (dryly) Daniel. Warm welcome. DANIEL It wasn't me. How did you manage to-- O'NEILL Keep my ass from getting blown out of the sky? The exceptional flying of Major John Sheppard. He likes it here. DANIEL (bewildered) Exceptional? You like it here? O'NEILL (pokes Daniel's chest) What say we cut to the part where you start talking real fast? DANIEL Ah. Weir's in here. O'NEILL (to Sheppard) Hey. Don't touch anything. SHEPPARD Yes, sir. ANNOTATION O'Neill and Daniel leave Sheppard where he nervously looks around the busy room. Scientists are back at their experiments or still cleaning up the mess left by the drone. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUPOST STAR-CHART ROOM DANIEL I figure the Ancients packed up their entire city and left somewhere between five and ten million years ago. O'NEILL (humoring him) In their...flying city? DANIEL Yes. ANNOTATION O'Neill shoots Daniel an amused, skeptical look. DANIEL What? O'NEILL "Flying city?" DANIEL Well, keeping in mind this is the race that built the Stargates. They did everything big. O'NEILL So, why did they leave? DANIEL Why'd they leave? Um, who knows? We know the Ancients on Earth were suffering from a plague. Um, maybe some of them were trying to start over, seeding life in a new galaxy. Maybe that's what Ancients do. The point is, we know where they went. O'NEILL Pegasus. DANIEL Yes, it's-it's the name of a dwarf galaxy in the local group. MCKAY After all that time, is there any hope of actually meeting them? DANIEL (looks to Weir) Uh, well, who knows, but isn't that reason enough to go? WEIR Well, I've been choosing members for this expedition for months, Doctor. I'm not the one who needs convincing. O'NEILL Well, I'm convinced. Have fun. DANIEL Uh, it-it's a little more complicated than that. MCKAY We need the "Zed-PM" to power the gate. O'NEILL What? DANIEL "Zee-PM". He's, uh, he's Canadian. O'NEILL (to McKay, half-mockingly) I'm sorry. MCKAY Oh, "Zero-Point Module," General. The Ancient power source you recovered from Praclarush Taonas and that's now powering the outpost's defenses. I've since determined that it generates its enormous power from vacuum energy derived from a self-contained region of subspace time. O'NEILL That was a waste of a perfectly good explanation. The answer's no. LOCATION--ANTARCTIC OUTPOST, CHAIR ROOM AREA ANNOTATION Sheppard wanders near the chair room, where he hears Beckett bragging to a few scientists who are entranced by his tale. BECKETT (chuckling) The second I shut my eyes, I could see. I just felt this power that I've never had before. I had it dancing all across the sky. It was magical, it really was. I mean, well, they are lucky. I don't know where it came from. I just tried to concentrate, and the drone shut itself down. ANNOTATION Sheppard sees Beckett speaking to two others next to the chair. SHEPPARD So you were the one. BECKETT Me? SHEPPARD (angrily) You're the one who fired that thing at me. BECKETT (placating) Look, we're doing research, working with technology that's light-years beyond us, and we make mistakes. I'm incredibly, incredibly sorry. SHEPPARD (mollified) Well, next time, just be a little more careful, okay? BECKETT That's what I said. SHEPPARD What the hell was that thing anyway? BECKETT You mean the drone? ANNOTATION Sheppard nods. BECKETT The weapon the Ancients built to defend this outpost. SHEPPARD The who? BECKETT (worried) You do have security clearance to be here? SHEPPARD Yeah, yeah, General O'Neill just gave it to me. BECKETT (gulping in surprise) Then you don't even know about the Stargate. SHEPPARD The what? LOCATION--ANCIENT OUPOST CHAMBER DANIEL Jack, you know that gating to another galaxy requires an enormous amount of power. O'NEILL Yes, I do. Find another way. DANIEL There's no other way. O'NEILL Do you think there are more of these...zed things in Atlantis? DANIEL Yes, and who knows what else we could find. This isn't just some other civilization we're talking about. These are the gate builders. WEIR The potential wealth of knowledge and technology&emdash;it outweighs anything we've come across since we stepped through the Stargate. O'NEILL Well, with the amount of power you'll need to make this trek, odds are it'll be one-way. WEIR Yes, we know. But the benefit to humanity is far greater than the risk, General. And it is a risk that every one of my expedition members is willing to take. ANNOTATION O'Neill considers this. LOCATION--ANCIENT OUPOST CHAIR ROOM BECKETT We think the gene was used as a sort of genetic key, if you will, so that only their kind could operate certain dangerous or powerful technologies. SHEPPARD So some people have the same genes as these Ancients? BECKETT The specific gene is very rare, but on the whole, they look very much like we do. In fact, they were first. We're the second evolution of this form, the Ancients having explored this galaxy for millions of years before-- ANNOTATION He notices Sheppard is moving to sit in the chair. BECKETT Major, please don't. SHEPPARD (sitting) Come on, what are the odds of me having the same genes as these guys? ANNOTATION As soon as Sheppard sits down, the chair activates. Sheppard freezes out of nervousness. BECKETT (shocked) Quite slim, actually. (calling out) Dr. Weir! (to Sheppard) Don't move. ANNOTATION He runs out of the room. A few moments later. Weir, McKay, O'Neill and Daniel return with him. WEIR Who is this? O'NEILL (exasperated) I said don't touch anything. SHEPPARD (protesting) I just sat down. MCKAY Major, think about where we are in the solar system. ANNOTATION After a moment, a three dimensional holographic image of the solar system appears over their heads. Weir is elated. McKay is shocked. SHEPPARD Did I do that? LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST SURFACE LOCATION--ANCIENT OUTPOST ANNOTATION O'Neill and Weir walk through the facility. WEIR We could be on our way to discovering an entirely new Ancient civilization. The best case scenario, we meet actual Ancients who are willing to help us, but if we don't... ANNOTATION O'Neill becomes particularly distracted as they pass the stasis chamber he had been trapped in for several months. WEIR General, we need him. O'NEILL Sorry, Doc, I need Daniel here. WEIR I'm talking about Major Sheppard. O'NEILL Oh. Don't you have a dozen or so people already who can use the Ancient technology? WEIR Yes, with concentration and training, they can make it work, but John Sheppard, he does it naturally. ANNOTATION They pause by the elevator. O'NEILL You know, I've checked into his record. WEIR I know about the whole supposed black mark in Afghanistan. He was trying to save the lives of three servicemen. O'NEILL Disobeying a direct order in the process. WEIR (ironically) I have read your own file, General. Please. O'NEILL Right. (sighing) Okay, it's your expedition. You want him, you ask him. WEIR Uh, that's the thing. I have. O'NEILL (surprised) Really? LOCATION--HELICOPTER ANNOTATION Sheppard prepares for departure. O'Neill sits next to him. O'NEILL This isn't a long trip, so I'll be as succinct as possible. ANNOTATION He glares at Sheppard for several moments. SHEPPARD Well, that's pretty succinct. O'NEILL Thank you. SHEPPARD I told Dr. Weir that, you know, I'd think about it. O'NEILL And? So? Well? What? SHEPPARD With all due respect, sir, we were just attacked by an alien missile. And then I found out I have some mutant gene. Then there's this "Stargate thing" and these expeditions to other galaxies. O'NEILL You know, this isn't about you, Sheppard. It's a lot bigger than that. SHEPPARD Right now, at this very second, whether I decide to go on this mission or not seems to be about me. ANNOTATION He starts up the rotors and fixes his helmet. O'NEILL Let me ask you something. ANNOTATION He realizes Sheppard can no longer hear him and snags his own headset. O'NEILL (into headset) Why'd you become a pilot? SHEPPARD I think people who don't want to fly are crazy. O'NEILL And I think people who don't want to go through the Stargate are equally as whacked. Now, if you can't give me a yes by the time we reach McMurdo, I don't even want you. ANNOTATION Sheppard stares at O'Neill in shock. LOCATION--ANTARCTICA ANNOTATION The helicopter flies across the sky. LOCATION--SIMON'S LIVING ROOM ANNOTATION Simon sits on a sofa and starts watching a video of Weir. WEIR (over video) Simon, if you're watching this, it means the President has been kind enough to grant you security clearance. I'm not going on a diplomatic mission to another country. I'm going to another planet in another galaxy by means of a device called a Stargate. WEIR (continuing video in voiceover) Millions of years ago, there was a race of beings we call the Ancients. They created a network of these Stargates throughout our galaxy in order to travel freely among their worlds. We don't know why, but they left for another galaxy somewhere between five and ten million years ago, taking their entire city along with them. That city was called Atlantis. I have been assembling an expedition team in order to try to find Atlantis and hopefully, the Ancients who left Earth all those years ago. ANNOTATION While Weir speaks other scenes appear showing expedition members preparing to leave. Ford kisses his grandparents goodbye before getting into a taxi. Beckett sits down to a home-cooked meal in his mother's kitchen, his mother doting on him. McKay leaves his cat with a neighbor, complete with a supply of food. Sheppard sits on a hillside in a park near a coastline, flipping a coin indecisively. END EXCERPTS WEIR (continuing on video) I want to do this, Simon with all my heart. You know me well enough to know I could never turn down an opportunity like this, but I wanted the chance to tell you-- ANNOTATION Simon pauses the video and moves over to the phone. He dials a number. OPERATOR (over telephone) The cellular customer you are trying to reach is currently outside the coverage area. ANNOTATION Simon hangs up. SIMON No kidding. LOCATION--CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, DAY LOCATION--LEVEL 28, STARGATE COMMAND ANNOTATION The corridors are crowded with expedition members move equipment around, preparing for departure. CANADIAN EXPEDITION MEMBER I narrowed it down to about three things, but after a week, it just kind of fell into place... ANNOTATION Grodin speaks Spanish to another member and pats him on the back. ANNOTATION In another area outside the Gate Room, a couple of expedition members are speaking with Ford. FORD (frustrated) I don't under--does anyone else here speak whatever language these guys are speaking? LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION More expedition members finish packing. Bates argues with Beckett. BECKETT Listen, I just need a couple of minutes to finish my work, and you're not helping by standing there. ANNOTATION Sumner stands on the ramp, overseeing the progress. He walks past the technicians working on the MALP. SUMNER (to technicians) You've got five minutes to get it going, or I'm leaving it. ANNOTATION Sumner walks down the ramp towards Bates and Beckett. SUMNER (to Beckett) Everything in here has been double-checked and triple-checked and cleared for takeoff. Leave it alone. BECKETT Look, Colonel, I don't answer to you. BATES He said the same to me, sir. SUMNER (to Bates) That's what your sidearm's for. LOCATION--SGC CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION Weir is among the expedition members working with SGC personnel to prepare for departure. Daniel enters with an expedition member. DANIEL So the eight-chevron address is what tells our gate to look for a point in space outside of our galaxy, so we won't know until it locks. EXPEDITION SCIENTIST Okay. ANNOTATION O'Neill enters from the stairwell with a jaunty step. O'NEILL Are we there yet? WEIR We're just waiting on Dr. McKay. LOCATION--SGC POWER ROOM ANNOTATION McKay and Siler work on hooking up a generator device to the power grid. McKay holds a ZPM. SILER It should work now. I've got it. MCKAY Okay, Sergeant, give it a try. The ZPM should light up when it senses a conductive connection to the gate. ANNOTATION McKay plugs in the ZPM. Siler pulls a lever. The ZPM activates. MCKAY (pleased) Oh, yeah. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sheppard heads into the Gate Room, watching the bustle of activity. SHEPPARD (to Sumner) Colonel. ANNOTATION Sumner stares at Sheppard coldly. Sheppard is disappointed in the scrutiny. Weir enters. WEIR Can I have everyone's attention, please? All right, here we go. We're about to try to make a connection. We have been unable to predict exactly how much power this is going to take, and we may only get the one chance at this. So if we're able to achieve a stable wormhole, we're not going to risk shutting the 'gate down. We'll send in the MALP robot probe, check for viability, and go. Everything in one shot. Now, every one of you volunteered for this mission, and you represent over a dozen countries. You are the world's best and brightest. And in light of the adventure we are about to embark on, you're also the bravest. I hope we all return one day having discovered a whole new realm for humanity to explore. But as all of you know, we may never be able to return home. I'd like to offer you all one last chance to withdraw your participation. ANNOTATION No one responds. WEIR Begin the dialing sequence. ANNOTATION She steps off the ramp. SUMNER (low, to Sheppard) Let me make myself clear, Major. You are not here by my choice. SHEPPARD I'm sure you'll warm up to me once you get to know me, sir. SUMNER As long as you remember who's giving the orders. ANNOTATION Sheppard smirks. SHEPPARD That would be Dr. Weir, right? ANNOTATION Sumner glares. Sheppard smiles and rolls his eyes as he turns away. LOCATION--SGC CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION Weir rejoins O'Neill and Daniel in the room. TECHNICIAN Chevron Three encoded. Chevron Four encoded. O'NEILL Nice. WEIR Thank you. TECHNICIAN Chevron Five encoded. ANNOTATION McKay rushes in and joins the other. TECHNICIAN Chevron Six encoded. WEIR (nervous and excited) This is it. MCKAY (quietly) Yeah. WEIR (teasingly) Seriously, Doctor, calm down. You're embarrassing me. MCKAY (drily) I've never been so excited in my entire life. TECHNICIAN Chevron Eight is locked. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION The Stargate activates. Everyone applauds. LOCATION--SGC CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION O'Neill squelches a pleased smile. WEIR Send the MALP. ANNOTATION The technician sends a command code. and the MALP enters the Stargate. A dark image appears on the monitor. TECHNICIAN We have MALP telemetry. WEIR What is it we're looking at? ANNOTATION McKay joins the technician at the controls. TECHNICIAN Switching to zero locks. MCKAY The radar indicates...a large room? DANIEL (incredulous) Structurally intact? MCKAY Environmental sensors say there's oxygen, no measurable toxins. We have viable life support. It looks like we're not getting out of this. ANNOTATION He smiles and leaves. Weir smiles and turns to O'Neill. O'NEILL Dr. Weir, you have a go. WEIR Thank you...sir. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sumner and an initial team head up the ramp. SUMNER (shouting) Let's go, people. We don't know how much power we've got. Security teams One and Two, you're up first. All other personnel will follow on our signal. Once on the other side, keep moving, clear the debarkation area. On my lead... WEIR (entering) Hold on, Colonel! (snagging her pack) We go through together. SUMNER Fair enough. ANNOTATION Sumner readies his weapon and leads his team through. Weir pauses a moment and looks back at O'Neill and Daniel in the Gate Room. She nods a farewell, then steps through the Stargate. LOCATION--SGC CONTROL ROOM DANIEL (wistful) Jack, it-it's not too late for me-- O'NEILL (flatly) No. DANIEL I can just grab my-- O'NEILL No. DANIEL ...kit. SUMNER (over radio) All clear. It looks good. O'NEILL (into intercom) Expedition team...move out. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sheppard and Ford are next in line to go through the Stargate. SHEPPARD (nervous) What's it feel like? ANNOTATION Ford takes stock of Sheppard. FORD Hurts like hell, sir. ANNOTATION Sheppard grimaces, readying himself. Ford breaks out into a grin and leaps backward into the event horizon. FORD Whoo-hoo! ANNOTATION Sheppard pauses, wincing, then steps through, eyes closed. WORMHOLE EFFECT ANNOTATION The wormhole is green in color as it heads to the Pegasus Galaxy. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sheppard comes out of the wormhole and looks back in shock. He readies his weapon though in the strange environment. SUMNER Teams One and Two, secure the immediate area. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Personnel start to push equipment through the Stargate. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sumner heads towards a door, which opens automatically as he approaches. He turns back. SUMNER (shouting) Everyone else, find an open space and park it until instructed otherwise. ANNOTATION Weir stares around. She notices how the steps light up as Sheppard and McKay start to walk up them. WEIR Who's doing that? SUMNER (into radio) Security teams, any alien contact? TEAM Negative, sir. TEAM Team Four, negative, Colonel. ANNOTATION At the top of the stairwell, Sheppard heads towards the control room, and the lights activate there. SHEPPARD The lights are coming on by themselves. ANNOTATION He and McKay start to explore the room as more personnel arrive with equipment. SUMNER That's everyone. WEIR (into radio) General O'Neill? Atlantis base offers greetings from the Pegasus Galaxy. You may cut power to the 'gate. ANNOTATION A bottle of champagne rolls through the Stargate as the wormhole deactivates. Weir picks it up. A tag on the neck reads. "Bon Voyage--Gen. Jack O'Neill". LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONFERENCE ROOM ANNOTATION Some people enter the conference room. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Lights activate as people explore. LOCATION--JUMPER BAY ANNOTATION Two scientists enter a room filled with several small craft docked inside. SCIENTIST 1 (excited) They look like ships. Spaceships! SCIENTIST 2 I love it. ANNOTATION They move further into the room and see there's more than one level of the small ships as the lights come on. SCIENTIST 1 (into radio) Dr. Weir, you have to see this. LOCATION--OFFICE ANNOTATION Weir sets her bag down in the room off the control room (that will become her office). WEIR (into radio) I have a lot of things to see. Just be careful. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION Weir walks the catwalk back into the control room where McKay, Sheppard, and others are taking sheets off the stations and looking at devices. As Sheppard walks by a monitor it lights up. SHEPPARD (protesting) I didn't touch anything. WEIR Relax, Major. It's like the entire complex is sensing our presence and coming to life. MCKAY This has got to be the control room. This is obviously their version of a DHD. SHEPPARD (sarcastic) Oh, obviously. MCKAY (moving to another console) This area could be power control systems, possibly a computer interface-- WEIR Hey, hey. Why don't you find out? MCKAY Right. SUMNER (over radio) Dr. Weir, Colonel Sumner. Could you come down and meet me, please? We're three levels down from you. WEIR Right away. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Weir and Sheppard join Sumner. SUMNER We've only been able to secure a fraction of the place. It's huge. WEIR So it might really be the lost city of Atlantis? SUMNER I'd say that's a good bet. ANNOTATION He leads them to a glass door. WEIR Oh, my God. ANNOTATION They stare at the strange green setting. Above them, they can see sunlight peeking through the surface of waves. WEIR We're underwater. SUMNER I'd say we're under several hundred feet of ocean. If we can't dial out, this could be a problem. ANNOTATION McKay arrives. MCKAY Colonel, Dr. Weir-- SHEPPARD (excited) We're underwater. MCKAY Yes, I was just coming to tell you. Fortunately, there's some sort of a force field holding back the wa&emdash; (he slows, looking at the scene) ...water. Oh, that is impressive, isn't it? Uh, Dr. Beckett has found something you should, uh, see. ANNOTATION They follow him. LOCATION--HOLOGRAM ROOM ANNOTATION A holographic Ancient woman speaks on a platform. Weir, Sumner, Sheppard, and McKay enter. Beckett stands by the console. ANCIENT WOMAN HOLOGRAM ...in the hope of spreading new life in a galaxy where there appeared to be none. Soon, the new life grew and prospered. Here... BECKETT (excited) It's a hologram. The recording loops. This is my second time through. SUMNER What have we missed? BECKETT Not much. ANCIENT WOMAN HOLOGRAM (continuing) ...exchange knowledge and friendship. In time, a thousand worlds bore the fruit of life in this form. Then one day, our people set foot upon a dark world where a terrible enemy slept. ANNOTATION Over her head an image of the galaxy with individual star systems appear. ANCIENT WOMAN HOLOGRAM Never before had we encountered beings with powers that rivaled our own. In our overconfidence, we were unprepared and outnumbered. The enemy fed upon the defenseless human worlds like a great scourge, until finally, only Atlantis remained. ANNOTATION The stars turn red to show the spread of the terrible enemy throughout the galaxy. ANCIENT WOMAN HOLOGRAM This city's great shield was powerful enough to withstand their terrible weapons, but here we were besieged for many years. In an effort to save the last of our kind, we submerged our great city into the ocean. The Atlantis Stargate was the one and only link back to Earth from this galaxy, and those who remained used it to return to that world that was once home. There, the last survivors of Atlantis lived out the remainder of their lives. This city was left to slumber, in the hope that our kind would one day return. ANNOTATION The hologram stops speaking, and Beckett steps away from the console. She disappears. MCKAY Huh. So the story of Atlantis is true. A great city that sank in the ocean. BECKETT It just didn't happen on Earth. MCKAY Well, the Ancient Greeks must have heard it from one of the surviving Ancients. SUMNER I don't like the fact they got their asses kicked. ANNOTATION Grodin enters and whispers to McKay. Beckett steps to the console, activating the hologram. BECKETT Let's see again from the beginning. MCKAY (nervously) Stop. Turn it off. ANNOTATION Nonplussed, Beckett steps back. MCKAY Power levels throughout the city are dropping like a stone. SUMNER What does that mean? MCKAY That if we don't stop everything we're doing right now, we are dead. ANNOTATION McKay hurries out with Grodin. Puzzled, everyone else follows. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Everyone is now back in the control room. McKay works on his computer. BECKETT (nervous) Please tell me this is not my fault. MCKAY (rolling his eyes) No. BECKETT Thank you. MCKAY From what we've been able to ascertain, the city is powered by three Zero-Point Modules. Two are entirely depleted, and the third is reaching maximum entropy. When it does, it will die too, and nothing can reverse that. SUMNER Just tell me the bottom line. MCKAY The force field holding back the ocean has collapsed to its minimum sustainable levels. Look, you can see here and here where the shield's already failed and the city's flooded. It could've happened years ago. but... This section is likely more protected because of the Stargate. SHEPPARD What if it fails completely? MCKAY It's a matter of "when," not "if." WEIR Colonel Sumner, you need to order your security teams to stop searching the city immediately. SUMNER (into radio) All security teams, fall back to the gate room. MCKAY That's not going to be good enough. WEIR All right, well, how much time do we have? MCKAY It's hard to say. Hours, maybe days, if we minimize power expenditure. BECKETT What about our own power generators? MCKAY We're working on that, but even with our most advanced, naquadah-powered generators, the equations are coming up far short. WEIR So we need to find more ZPMs. SUMNER How do we do that if we can't search the city? MCKAY If there were more here, we'd be able to detect them. SUMNER Can we use the Stargate? MCKAY There's nowhere near enough power to open a wormhole back to Earth. SHEPPARD Maybe somewhere in this galaxy. MCKAY (considering) Well, that's relatively easy. Fortunately, some Ancient technology still uses good, old-fashioned push buttons, so we've been able to access the Stargate control system and a library of known gate addresses in the database. GRODIN That's not all. Look at this. ANNOTATION Pleased, he pushes a button. A shield encompasses the Stargate. SUMNER Just like the Iris on the Earth gate. MCKAY (nervously) Using power, using power, using power... ANNOTATION Grodin powers down the shield. WEIR Well, at least we don't have to deal with any uninvited guests. Colonel, assemble a team. We need safe harbor, or better still, another power source. SUMNER (into radio) Lieutenant Ford, gather security teams One and Two. Everyone gear up. WEIR (to Sheppard) Major, I'd like you to go along. SHEPPARD Yes, ma'am. WEIR (to McKay) All right, pick an address. Start dialing. ANNOTATION McKay presses a key. The Stargate whirs to life and one chevron lights up. MCKAY (with pomp) Chevron one encoded. ANNOTATION Weir closes her eyes. WEIR (impatient) Rodney... MCKAY Fine. ANNOTATION McKay dials the rest of the address in quick succession and the Stargate whirs to activation. GRODIN Ready MALP Four for off-world recon. ANNOTATION McKay hits the center control, and the Stargate activates. LOCATION--SGC GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sumner's team readies at the event horizon. Grodin runs down the stairs and stands nearby studying a display. GRODIN The MALP reads full viability and no immediate signs of activity around the Stargate, but it's pitch black. For now, we're going to use the tried and true system for identification of inbound gate travelers. ANNOTATION Sheppard joins Sumner's team, readying his infrared goggles, which everyone else already wears. Sumner glances at Weir who nods her approval. SUMNER Let's move out! ANNOTATION They step through the Stargate. Sheppard waves farewell at Weir before walking through. LOCATION--ATHOS, NIGHT ANNOTATION The teams spread out and reconnoiter the field where they've arrived. Sheppard hears a twig snap and he motions Ford to hold. They check out the movement. A figure enters Ford's field of vision; he raises and readies his weapon. The figure, a young boy, stares in fear at Ford. Another boy wearing a scary mask pounces on the first figure in a tackle, not noticing Ford. JINTO (panicked) Please, don't hurt us. ANNOTATION Both boys stare in fear at Ford. Sheppard arrives. A tall man runs towards the children. HALLING Please! They're just playing. ANNOTATION Sumner approaches. SUMNER Is everything okay here, Sheppard? SHEPPARD Yes, sir. Just a couple of kids. ANNOTATION Halling rises to his full height, which is several inches taller than Sumner. Sumner raises his weapon in a guarded, but not threatening manner. Halling gathers the boys close to him. He turns to Sheppard and gestures to himself. HALLING Halling. SHEPPARD I don't know what that means. SUMNER (annoyed) It's his name. SHEPPARD Oh. Halling, it's nice to meet you. HALLING Are you here to trade? SHEPPARD Trade. Yes. We're tr-traders. HALLING (to Jinto) Now, how many times have I told you not to play in the forest after dark? I'm just glad you're safe. ANNOTATION They touch foreheads and Halling rises again. HALLING (to Sheppard) Teyla will wish to meet with you. Come. SUMNER (to Parker and Smitty) Parker, Smitty, you're on gate duty. Dial Atlantis base and let the good doctor know we've made contact with the indigenous people. ANNOTATION Sumner, Ford, Sheppard, and others follow Halling. FORD Sir, if you don't mind my asking...I noticed you've got a problem with Major Sheppard. SUMNER My problem, Lieutenant, is with his record. I don't like anybody who doesn't follow the proper chain of command. FORD Yes, sir. ANNOTATION Jinto walks with Sheppard. JINTO What was that mask you had on? SHEPPARD It helps you see in the dark. Check it out. ANNOTATION He hands his infrared goggles to Jinto, who puts them on. JINTO Whoa. WEX Let me see. (he looks) Whoa. Can I have it? ANNOTATION Sheppard takes the goggles back. SHEPPARD No. What's the mask you got on? WEX This? Wraith. SHEPPARD Wraith? What's that? WEX (surprised) You don't know? JINTO (incredulous) What world do you come from? WEX Can we go there? SHEPPARD I'm afraid not. I come from a galaxy far, far away. ANNOTATION They arrive at a settlement of several tents, campfires burning. LOCATION--DINING TENT ANNOTATION Several people sit around a table drinking from mugs. One is small woman with long hair, Teyla. Halling calls out from outside. HALLING It's Halling. I bring men from away. TEYLA (smiling) Enter. ANNOTATION Halling, Sumner, Ford, and Sheppard enter. Teyla stands, frowning at the strangers' odd outfits and weapons. HALLING These men wish to trade. ANNOTATION Sheppard nervously pulls off his goggles and ruffles his hair, which only makes it look more unkempt. SHEPPARD (with charming smile) Oh, it's...it's nice to meet you. TEYLA I am Teyla Emmagan, daughter of Tagan. SUMNER (nodding to each team member) Colonel Marshall Sumner, Major Sheppard, Lieutenant Ford. We have very few specific needs. TEYLA (sternly) We do not trade with strangers. SUMNER Is that a fact? SHEPPARD Well, then, we'll just, uh...we'll have to get to know each other. Me, um, I like Ferris wheels and college football, anything that goes more than 200 miles per hour. FORD (low, to Sheppard) Sir, that's not going to mean anything to them. SHEPPARD (low to Ford) Feel free to speak up. I'm just trying to break the ice here. SUMNER (low, to Sheppard) These people can't help us. I'd rather not waste the time. TEYLA Each morning, before dawn, our people drink a stout tea to brace us for the coming day. Will you join us? SHEPPARD (stepping forward) I love a good cup of tea. Now, there's another thing you know about me. (to Sumner) We're practically friends already. ANNOTATION Ford looks to Sumner. Who quirks an eyebrow and smiles at Sheppard's tactics despite himself. LOCATION--ATHOS SETTLEMENT, DAWN ANNOTATION Sumner approaches Bates, who's looking through binoculars at something in the distance. BATES We didn't even know it was there until the sun came up. ANNOTATION Sumner looks through the binoculars at the ruins of an Ancient city across the bog. SUMNER Looks more promising than anything else these folks have to offer. Plenty of shelter, nice, little valley. Location, location, location. ANNOTATION He hands the binoculars back to Bates. LOCATION--TENT ANNOTATION Sumner has returned to the tent. TORAN The city of the Ancestors is not safe. SUMNER We can handle ourselves. TORAN The Wraith will come. SUMNER Who are these Wraith? TEYLA (warily) We have never met anyone who did not know. SUMNER Well, you have now. TEYLA If the Wraith have never touched your world, you should go back there now. SHEPPARD Oh, we'd like to, but we can't. See, here's the thing, ma'am. We've got ourselves into a bit of a bind, and we may need a safe place to stay for a while. TEYLA Our people have long believed that the Wraith will come if we venture into the old city. But it is a belief we've not tested in some time. SUMNER (to his team) Gentlemen. ANNOTATION He leads them out of the tent to talk privately. LOCATION--ATHOS SETTLEMENT, DAWN SUMNER Look, I don't care what they say. That city is worth a look, not to mention the possibility there could be ZPMs there that they don't know or care about. SHEPPARD What if the Wraith are the enemy the Ancient hologram lady is talking about? SUMNER All the more reason for us to have a defensible position should we have to abandon Atlantis. (to Sheppard) Stay here and find out what you can. (to Ford) Ford, you head back to the gate and report in to Weir. Tell her we'll have answers for her in a few hours. FORD Yes, sir. LOCATION--ATHOS TENT ANNOTATION Sheppard rejoins Teyla and Toran. SHEPPARD Well, I guess it's just you and me...And him. TEYLA (nodding towards Sumner) Your leader looks through me as if I were not there. SHEPPARD Do I? TEYLA No. You truly cannot return to your world? SHEPPARD No. TEYLA Then there is something you should see. LOCATION--ATHOS FOREST ANNOTATION Teyla leads Sheppard over an embankment.</blockquote> SHEPPARD How much further is this place? TEYLA Not far. [Sheppard falls down the embankment, but tries to look suave. Teyla grins. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM WEIR Tell me some good news, Rodney. MCKAY I can't do that. WEIR The shield has held back the ocean for centuries. MCKAY And probably would've kept going for years more, but our arrival changed that. Now it's nothing more than a thin shell between the buildings and the water. WEIR We stopped exploring. MCKAY The damage was already done. Another section of the city, on the far side, was flooded an hour or so ago. GRODIN Even occupying this room is draining power. MKCAY We need to evacuate the moment Colonel Sumner reports back it's safe. WEIR You're saying we have to abandon the city? ANNOTATION The city creaks. MCKAY The sooner we leave, the longer that shield holds. ANNOTATION Weir sighs. LOCATION--CAVE ANNOTATION Teyla leads Sheppard into a cave. TEYLA I used to play here as a child. I believe this is where the survivors hid from the Wraith during the last great attack. SHEPPARD Let me, uh... ANNOTATION He tries to start a Zippo lighter. Teyla uses an advanced device to light a torch and looks at him with a smug smile. TEYLA We mastered fire long ago. SHEPPARD I guess so. ANNOTATION Sheppard replaces his lighter. She leads him into another chamber. Sheppard catches the light reflecting on a shiny object. He picks up a pendant. SHEPPARD What's this? TEYLA (surprised) I lost this years ago. How did you-- SHEPPARD It was just lying right over there. It was reflecting off the light. ANNOTATION He helps her put it on. She looks at it while Sheppard notices the walls. They're covered with pictograms. SHEPPARD Someone's been busy, huh? TEYLA The drawings in the caves are extensive. Many must date back thousands of years or more. SHEPPARD Does this represent the destruction of your city? TEYLA This drawing far predates that. SHEPPARD So, what? Someone knew it was going to happen? TEYLA I believe it happens...again and again. The Wraith allow our kind to grow in numbers, and when that number reaches a certain point, they return to...cull their human herd. Sometimes, a few hundred years will pass before they awaken again. We've visited many, many worlds. I know of none untouched by the Wraith. The last great holocaust was five generations ago, but still, they return in smaller numbers, to remind us of their power. SHEPPARD That's a hell of a way to live. TEYLA We move our hunting camps around. We try to teach our children not to live in fear, but it is hard. Some of us can sense the Wraith coming. That gives us warning. We should go. It will be dark soon. LOCATION--ATHOS, NEAR STARGATE, NIGHT FORD Man, days are short here. SUMNER (over radio) Major Sheppard, this is Colonel Sumner. Come in. FORD (into radio) Colonel, this is Lieutenant Ford. Major Sheppard is out of radio range at the moment. SUMNER (over radio, arriving at settlement) Where the hell is he? FORD (into radio) I think Teyla wanted him to see something. ANNOTATION The Stargate activates with an incoming wormhole. FORD Defensive positions. (into radio) Colonel, we have gate activity here. ANNOTATION He pulls off his goggles as three small fighter-like aircraft fly through (Wraith darts). FORD Colonel, three bandits headed your way. LOCATION--ATHOS SETTLEMENT SUMNER Take cover! ANNOTATION A woman screams as people panic and scatter. One falls. SUMNER Get up. LOCATION--ATHOS FOREST ANNOTATION Teyla pauses while leading Sheppard through the forest. She listens in the distance. SHEPPARD What is it? TEYLA The Wraith. ANNOTATION They run. LOCATION--FOREST NEAR SETTLEMENT, NIGHT ANNOTATION The Athosians race to evacuate. WOMAN Just leave it. ANNOTATION Halling searches for his son. HALLING Jinto, come. Jinto. ANNOTATION Sumner warily looks around the camp, spotting the ship making a pass overhead. He jogs towards the woods. He sees Halling and some other Athosians jogging towards him, then getting swept up in an energy beam from the ship and completely disappearing. SUMNER (shouting) Fire on that target! ANNOTATION He and others fire their rifles at the ship as it loops to make another pass. Around them, they spot wisps of movement, unformed ghosts that disappear before they can focus on them. LOCATION--FOREST, NIGHT ANNOTATION Teyla races back to the settlement. Sheppard struggles to keep up. SHEPPARD Teyla! BATES (over radio) Colonel, they're on the ground. They're all around us. ANNOTATION Sheppard turns to follow Teyla at a fork in the path, but can no longer see her. He hears a Wraith ship pass over head. SHEPPARD (warily) Teyla? ANNOTATION He hears wisps of movement the same as Sumner did at camp. He fires at one as it dissipates. He aims at another, but Teyla steps through it, breaking the illusion. TEYLA They are not really there. ANNOTATION Sheppard lowers his weapon and approaches, nonplussed. TEYLA Do not trust your eyes. The Wraith can make you see things that are not there. We must hurry. ANNOTATION They continue to run towards the settlement. LOCATION--ATHOSIAN SETTLEMENT, NIGHT ANNOTATION The Wraith ship comes around again, firing blasts at the settlement. SHEPPARD (over radio) Colonel, this is Sheppard. What you see on the ground is just an illusion. Concentrate your fire on the ships. SUMNER (yelling around him) Fire at the ships! Fire at the ships! ANNOTATION Several of his command follow his orders, ceasing their aim at the wisps and shooting at the ships. Sumner moves over to Bates, who's frozen at the illusions, still holding his bazooka. SUMNER (shaking him) Bates, snap out of it! BATES They're everywhere, sir. ANNOTATION Sumner drags him over to an open spot and points to a ship. SUMNER Take that thing down! ANNOTATION Bates follows orders and blasts the ship out of the sky. Sumner and Bates are both immediately swept up by a beam from another ship. LOCATION--FOREST, NIGHT ANNOTATION A beam chases Sheppard and Teyla through the forest. Sheppard dives right, but Teyla gets swept up in the beam. Sheppard turns around and gets up, but all is quiet. SHEPPARD Teyla. Teyla? STACKHOUSE (over radio) Sir, the Colonel's been taken. ANNOTATION Sheppard runs towards the settlement. LOCATION--STARGATE CLEARING, NIGHT ANNOTATION The DHD begins to activate. Ford, taking cover behind it, spots the chevrons lighting. FORD (into radio) The 'gate's coming on again. Two enemy ships approaching. ANNOTATION The Stargate activates. SHEPPARD Let them go. There are friendlies onboard. Look at the dialing device. Burn those symbols into your mind. ANNOTATION The two ships pass through the Stargate. Ford nervously stares at the DHD, looking at the address lit. LOCATION--FOREST NEAR SETTLEMENT, NIGHT ANNOTATION Sheppard comes across the wreckage of the ship Bates took down. He sees a forearm of a Wraith, detached from the rest of the body, but still crawling on its own. SHEPPARD Son of a... ANNOTATION Sheppard shoots the arm. Jinto runs up. JINTO Help! Help me. ANNOTATION They both look down at the arm. It's no longer moving. JINTO I can't find my father. ANNOTATION Sheppard clutches Jinto's shoulder. LOCATION--ATLANTIS ALCOVE, UNDERWATER ANNOTATION Grodin stands by a window looking at the city, holding a scanner. Weir comes up next to him. GRODIN Here it comes. WEIR What am I looking for? ANNOTATION Part of the city glows for a moment with a strange clunking noise, and bubbles erupt. GRODIN There. Another part of the force field just failed. I don't think we have much time. ANNOTATION Weir sighs nervously. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION McKay wanders the panels. Weir enters. WEIR How are we doing? If we can just buy ourselves another day, maybe we could-- MCKAY (interrupting) The city is sacrificing parts of itself in order to maintain these main areas, but catastrophic failure is inevitable. WEIR Not in my wildest dreams did I hope to find the lost city of the Ancients so completely untouched, so pristine, and we have no choice but to walk away from this? MCKAY In order to save it. WEIR To save it for whom? We don't have enough power to send a message. As far as Earth is concerned, we're just going to be missing, presumed lost. MCKAY We'll be back. We'll find a power source somewhere in Pegasus. WEIR We have yet to hear from Colonel Sumner. We've got no idea what's out there. MCKAY We can't wait. It is time to go, now. ANNOTATION Weir steps out to the balcony and keys her handheld radio.) WEIR (into radio) Attention, all personnel. This is Weir. [A heavy rumbling begins to sound and shake the area. Grodin and McKay stumble for controls. WEIR (continuing into radio) Stand by for immediate evacuation. (to McKay) Dial the gate. ANNOTATION McKay starts to dial, but another signal comes in too fast. MAKAY We've got an incoming wormhole. ANNOTATION The shield automatically goes up. GRODIN I'm reading Lieutenant Ford's identification code. WEIR Let 'em in. ANNOTATION Sheppard leads a group of Athosians through and starts to herd them in the 'Gate Room. SHEPPARD Step in, folks. Move away from the puddle. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Weir hurries down the staircase to meet Sheppard. WEIR Major Sheppard! Major Sheppard, who are these people? SHEPPARD Survivors from the settlement. We were attacked. Sumner and some of our men were taken. What's going on? ANNOTATION He stares around at the shaking city. Weir pulls him further away from the refugees. WEIR We are in no position to help anyone right now. SHEPPARD What the hell's going on here? WEIR We were about to abandon the city. SHEPPARD Going back there is a really bad idea. WEIR Major Sheppard, the shield is about to fail, and the ocean is about to come crashing in on us. Do you have a better place for us to go? SHEPPARD Jinto, you have any other address we can gate to? JINTO Yes, many. WEIR He's just a boy. JINTO I am Jinto. ANNOTATION Sheppard grabs Jinto by the arm and herds him up to the control room. SHEPPARD She's pleased to meet you. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM MCKAY The shield is collapsing! LOCATION--ATLANTIS OCEAN ANNOTATION The city shakes free of the ocean bottom, knocking several of the inhabitants off their feet. It rises slowly. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION People help each other to their feet. Grodin heads to the city's DHD. GRODIN I'm dialing an address. WEIR (calling from below) No, wait. MCKAY She's right. LOCATION--ATLANTIS OCEAN ANNOTATION The city continues to rise from the depths of the ocean. LOCATION--ATLANTIS SHEPPARD We're moving! LOCATION--ATLANTIS OCEAN, DAY ANNOTATION The city breaks through the surface. Daylight streams through the windows as the city continues to reach for the sky. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL AND GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Everyone looks on in wonder at the light around them. Systems again turn on. Sheppard, Jinto, Weir, McKay, Grodin, and Ford move to a window. They watch as the lower portions of the city break through the surface. FORD We're on the surface. WEIR I was hoping for another day. It looks like we just got a whole lot more than that. Let's not waste it. ANNOTATION Sheppard smiles and nods. LOCATION--ATLANTIS, DAY ANNOTATION A wave continues to expand outward from the city as it settles on the surface. LOCATION--ATLANTIS, DAY LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Ford walks amongst the Athosians and expedition members, taking command. FORD People, listen up. No one gets to sit down until they clear two pieces of equipment off this deck. Now, let's go. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Sheppard, Weir, Grodin, and McKay are up in the control room. MCKAY The last Zero-Point Module is depleted, but limited power has returned now that our own generators aren't going to hold back an ocean. Life support systems are working, but the planet's atmosphere is breathable, well, notwithstanding the inevitable allergens. WEIR So now could our naquadah generator supply enough power to the shield for defensive purposes? MCKAY Not even close. SHEPPARD On the surface without a shield? We're target practice. MCKAY (sarcastic) I'm acutely aware of that, Major, but thank you for reinforcing it. SHEPPARD When can you tell me where the Wraith took Colonel Sumner and the others? MCKAY Even with the six symbols Lieutenant Ford provided there are still hundreds of permutations-- SHEPPARD (interrupting) 720. MCKAY (nonplussed) Yes. I knew that, of course. I'm just surprised you did. SHEPPARD Take away the coordinates you can't get a lock on, and that's your one, and when you find it, send a MALP. ANNOTATION McKay steps away. Weir approaches. WEIR Major? A word. ANNOTATION He follows her to the back of the control room. As Weir nears what she thought was a window, the door to a balcony opens, surprising them all. Sheppard and Weir cautiously step outside. LOCATION--ATLANTIS BALCONY, DAY WEIR Wow. ANNOTATION They both look down over the railing, marveling at the sight of the city. SHEPPARD Let me guess. You're not going to let me rescue my people. WEIR Major, you don't even know if they're alive. SHEPPARD You don't leave people in the hands of the enemy. And the fact that we are having this conversation in private lets me know that you know damn well that it's wrong and it will totally undermine your leadership. So as ranking military officer-- WEIR (interrupting) All right, just shut up and listen to me for a moment, all right? Come on, what do we know about the Wraith? One of the few things we do know is that they are the enemy that defeated the Ancients. When we first began to use the stargate we found on Earth, we got ourselves into serious trouble. Why? SHEPPARD I don't need a history lesson. WEIR Because the people in charge didn't consider the ramifications before they reacted. SHEPPARD They took our people. How am I supposed to react? WEIR And we're defenseless! You said so yourself. WEIR How do you know going off on some half-assed rescue mission isn't going to bring them all right back here to our doorstep? SHEPPARD (insistent) Maybe it will...but it's the right thing to do. Why? Because it is. WEIR John-- SHEPPARD (angry) If we're not going to do this, and I mean right now, let's just turn tail and pack up, because they're coming. WEIR You don't know that. SHEPPARD Our people are in the hands of the enemy, Doctor. Do you know what that means? It is just a matter of time before the Wraith figure out that this is the base of our operation. WEIR I just need more information. I mean, who knows? Maybe we could negotiate a peaceful-- SHEPPARD (incredulous) Peaceful? Are you kidding? We weren't there for more than a few hours before they showed up. WEIR Is it possible they came because of you? And that one of these people you brought back here with you tipped them off? SHEPPARD (dismissively) It's possible. WEIR See, that is exactly the kind of snap decision I'm referring to. SHEPPARD They're not all bad people, and you know, if we're going to stick around here, we need friends. WEIR (nodding) Okay, I see your point. Now, you see mine. I will not authorize a rescue mission unless I am sure there's at least a remote chance of success. I'm not sending more good people, including you, to their deaths. SHEPPARD Okay. ANNOTATION He leaves Weir alone on the balcony. LOCATION--WRAITH HOLDING CELL ANNOTATION Teyla awakens to find herself in a cell with some of her people and Sumner and Bates. TORAN Are you all right? TEYLA Where are we? SUMNER Any idea what to expect? TEYLA No. SUMNER Your friend was the one who said the Wraith would come if we went down into the ruins. HALLING Perhaps you should have heeded his warning. SUMNER How do I know he's not the one who told them? ANNOTATION Footsteps approach. HALLING Someone comes. ANNOTATION They back away from the cell door as a Wraith and two warrior guards approach. The main Wraith is a tall humanoid with pale skin of a greenish hue. Its hair is white and its features gaunt. It has a mustache. A slit is on either side of its cheek. The warriors are muscular with the same skin tone. They have white hair, but their facial features are covered with some kind of organic mask. The door opens. Sumner steps forward. SUMNER I'm Colonel Marshall Sum-- ANNOTATION The Wraith backhands Sumner, knocking him half-across the room. It's eyes light on Toran. A warrior approaches him. TORAN No, please... ANNOTATION The Wraith warrior grabs Toran by the throat, lifts him up and starts to leave. TEYLA (pleading) Take me in his place! ANNOTATION Sumner crawls forward and stumbles to his feet. SUMNER No, take me. We're the ones you're after, right? I'm their leader. ANNOTATION The Wraith looks at Sumner dismissively and leaves with Toran and the warriors. The doors close behind them. TEYLA They have no need to explain themselves. SUMNER Yeah, I got that. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION A technician, Weir, and McKay study a monitor display that shows only darkness. TECHNICIAN We're receiving visual telemetry. WEIR I can't see anything. MCKAY No atmospheric readings at all. ANNOTATION Sumner and Grodin are watching a different monitor of the same data and spot a small round point of dim light before it quickly rotates offscreen. SHEPPARD Hey, what was that? MCKAY Rotate the camera. ANNOTATION The technician complies. The camera shows rocks floating in space and rings surrounding a planet. The Stargate floats in orbit above the planet, the wormhole still active. MCKAY (scoffing) Well, there goes that MALP. SHEPPARD It's in space. MCKAY It's in high orbit around a planet on the far side of the galaxy. WEIR Are you sure this is the right address? MCKAY It's the only one we could get a lock on. WEIR (sighing) Very well. Shut it down. (to Sheppard) I'm sorry. ANNOTATION She leaves. McKay continues to study the monitor as the Stargate shuts down. MCKAY Come with me, Major. ANNOTATION Sheppard follows McKay out of the room. LOCATION--ATLANTIS JUMPER BAY LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER ANNOTATION McKay and Sheppard enter the ship. It lights up as they move inside. Sheppard walks to the pilot seat and touches the console. It immediately lights up. MCKAY You think you can fly it? SHEPPARD What do you say we find out? ANNOTATION He sits in the pilot's chair. LOCATION--ATLANTIS INFIRMARY ANNOTATION Beckett is studying the Wraith forearm under heavy magnification. Weir enters. WEIR Doctor Beckett, what was it you wanted me to see? ANNOTATION He turns to her and grins. She stops short at seeing the specimen he's studying. He lifts it up. BECKETT These cells have none of the normal human inhibiting proteins whatsoever. That gives them an incredible ability to regenerate. WEIR What about the movement Major Sheppard saw? BECKETT As far as independent behavior, I'd say that anything he saw was caused by a residual command language in the severed nerve endings. WEIR All right, anything else? BECKETT The being this arm belonged to...if I was a betting man, I'd say it was old, very, very old. WEIR How old? ANNOTATION He turns the hand over, showing a small puckered incision in the middle of the palm of the hand, surrounded by small holes. BECKETT As long as the cells are properly nourished, I don't see a life form like this ever dying of natural aging the way we do...and they'd be bloody hard to kill. WEIR I don't like the sound of that. BECKETT I don't blame you. LOCATION--ATLANTIS JUMPER BAY ANNOTATION Weir and McKay enter the room. A constant thrum, like of some kind of energy powered up makes a steady hum. There is no sign of Sheppard or the ship he was in. WEIR What is that noise? MCKAY (exasperated) I...I don't... He was right here. Major! ANNOTATION The ship rematerializes from an invisible cloak, hovering in front of them. Sheppard waves. SHEPPARD (over radio) You said you wanted a tactical advantage? WEIR (smiling) All right, so you can fly that thing. It doesn't mean you can pull off a rescue. SHEPPARD (patiently) Doctor...this is why you brought me here. ANNOTATION She stares jaw agape and shakes her head. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION The room is bustling with activity. Weir approaches McKay. WEIR Ready? MCKAY (speaking rapidly) I have no idea. This technology is so far beyond us, I mean, we haven't a clue what we're dealing with. I mean, for all I know, we could... ANNOTATION He notices Weir's glare. MCKAY Yeah. Ready. LOCATION--SHIP ANNOTATION Ford walks past the group of marines sitting in the rear compartment. FORD All right, boys, get ready to go. ANNOTATION He takes the co-pilot seat next to Sheppard and grins excitedly. FORD Gateship One ready to go. SHEPPARD "Gateship One"? A little puddle jumper like this? FORD It's a ship that goes through the 'gate--Gateship One. SHEPPARD Oh, no, no, no, that's all wrong. FORD Dr. McKay thought it was cool. SHEPPARD Oh, okay, well, it's official...You don't get to name anything, ever. (into radio) Flight, this is...Puddle Jumper. We're go to launch. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM MCKAY (miffed) This is Flight. I thought we were going with Gateship. SHEPPARD (over radio) Negative, Flight. MCKAY Stand by. It's a ship that goes through the gate. ANNOTATION He notices Weir's curious but impatient expression. MCKAY Uh...fine. (into radio) Puddle Jumper, you are clear for launch. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Dial it up, Lieutenant. ANNOTATION Ford starts to dial the jumper's DHD. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION The Stargate activates. The ceiling retracts as the jumper lowers into the Gate Room. Sheppard mans the controls and it flies through the active wormhole. The Stargate deactivates. WEIR (low, to herself) Be safe. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The puddle jumper flies through the Space Gate. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Wow. This is cool. FORD It looks like you've got the hang of it. SHEPPARD I tell you what, Lieutenant. I know a lot of fighter pilots who'd kill to fly this thing. It's like it reads your mind. ANNOTATION A display appears superimposed on the windshield in front of them, displaying lots of data. FORD (nervous) Did you do that? SHEPPARD I was just...wondering where we go from here. FORD I'll take that as a yes. So how do we find them once we land? SHEPPARD Well, I've been thinking about that too. ANNOTATION From beside Sheppard, a small hand held device pops out of the wall. Sheppard pulls it out, looks at it, shrugs, and puts it in a pocket. SHEPPARD Now I'm thinking about a nice turkey sandwich. ANNOTATION They look around for several moments, but nothing happens. FORD Worth a try. LOCATION--WRAITH PLANET, NIGHT ANNOTATION A large facility is set up in a forest on the planet. LOCATION--WRAITH CELL ANNOTATION The Wraith and warriors stalk towards the cell again. They enter, and this time the Wraith stares down Sumner. It hisses and stalks away. Sumner glances back at Bates, stone-faced, then, back erect, calmly follows his prison guards. Teyla bites her lip with worry. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER ANNOTATION The cloaked jumper lands in the woods just outside the facility. Sheppard exchanges looks with Ford. He gets up and heads to the back. FORD (to others) Lock and load. LOCATION--FOREST CLEARING, DAWN ANNOTATION The jumper de-cloaks as it lands, the team exiting and spreading out, weapons at ready. SHEPPARD All right, teams of two. Learn what you can and lay down your defenses as you see fit. I want to be able to light this place up if we have to. (to Stackhouse) Two clicks, you're clear to talk. STACKHOUSE Yes, sir. SHEPPARD (to everyone) Do not engage the enemy. (tapping Ford) You're with me. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM ANNOTATION Sumner is led to a large room. There is food set up on a table, including the head of a mastadge. The skeletal remains of Toran sit on a chair. Sumner recognizes him by his clothes. He warily looks around. There is a darkened ceiling with several interlocking triangular honeycombs. He starts at a noise and turns around. Behind his back a Wraith Queen leaps down to the floor. She has similar features to the male Wraith, but her hair is red. He feels her presence and turns to face her, frightened. WRAITH QUEEN You must feel hunger by now. ANNOTATION She snarls at him. LOCATION--WRAITH CORRIDOR ANNOTATION A warrior stalks down a passage. Behind him, unnoticed, are Sheppard and Ford, who move into the passageway when the route is clear. FORD I thought getting in was going to be the hard part. That's the first one we've seen. ANNOTATION Ford sets some C-4 into the wall and primes it. Sheppard studies the handheld device he took from the jumper. SHEPPARD The moving dot should be him. Go over there. SHEPPARD Yeah, that's you. FORD So, we've got ourselves a life-signs detector. SHEPPARD We can name it later. LOCATION--WRAITH CELL ANNOTATION Teyla hears a noise. She sees Sheppard and Ford approaching from a side-corridor. TEYLA Major? SHEPPARD Shh. Are you all right? TEYLA How did you find us? HALLING Is my son alive? SHEPPARD He's well and waiting for you. ANNOTATION He looks at who is in the cell. SHEPPARD Where's Colonel Sumner? BATES He was taken by the Wraith. TEYLA We don't know where. SHEPPARD Well, how about when? TEYLA Not long. SHEPPARD I knew something had to go wrong. ANNOTATION He clicks his radio twice. STACKHOUSE (over radio) This is Stackhouse. Go ahead, sir. SHEPPARD (into radio) How about a diversion in a little bit? LOCATION--WRAITH PLANET CLEARING SHEPPARD (over radio) You're going to need to make some noise out there. STACKHOUSE (into radio) Yes, sir. ANNOTATION Stackhouse moves to the jumper. LOCATION--WRAITH CELL AREA SHEPPARD (to Ford) Rig up enough C-4 to blow a hole and get these people out of here on my signal, all right? I can find the Colonel with this. There aren't that many Wraith around. I should be able to do this. If I'm not back in twenty minutes, blow the cells and get out. FORD You're the only one who can fly these people out of here. SHEPPARD Yeah, I'm going to fly us all out of here, including the Colonel. FORD I'm saying I should be the one to go, sir. SHEPPARD Twenty minutes...I'll find him. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM WRAITH QUEEN What do you call yourself? SUMNER (with bravado) Colonel Marshall Sumner, United States Marine Corps. WRAITH QUEEN (amused) So little fear. Is it valor...or ignorance? SUMNER We travel through the Stargate as peaceful explorers. WRAITH QUEEN You must eat, yet you resist your hunger. Why? SUMNER Why have you taken my people prisoner? WRAITH QUEEN You trespassed upon our feeding ground. SUMNER (puzzled) Feeding ground? WRAITH QUEEN All living things must eat. In this, I am sure we are similar. You feel hunger even now. I can sense it. Yet you resist. Why? SUMNER Why do you care? WRAITH QUEEN Hunger...is distasteful. SUMNER (looking nervously at Toran) It looks to me like the food didn't agree with him. WRAITH QUEEN There, we are quite dissimilar, Colonel Sumner. We don't require...our food to agree with us. ANNOTATION She strokes one finger down the skeleton's cheek. Sumner stares in shock. LOCATION--WRAITH CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Sheppard moves down the corridor, using the life signs detector to guide him. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM WRAITH QUEEN What do you call your world? ANNOTATION Sumner does not answer. The queen approaches. WRAITH QUEEN (hypnotic, echoing voice) What do you call your world? What...do you call...your world? ANNOTATION The echo repeats. Sumner struggles to resist. SUMNER (strained) Earth. WRAITH QUEEN It is not among our stars. SUMNER (with pained reluctance) No. WRAITH QUEEN Tell me of Earth. How many more are there of your kind? Thousands? Millions? ANNOTATION Sumner closes his eyes, wincing and shaking to resist her. WRAITH QUEEN (triumphant) More. ANNOTATION Sumner opens his eyes, looking defeated. The queen is exultant. WRAITH QUEEN Our feeding ground has not been so rich in ten thousand years. LOCATION--WRAITH CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Sheppard continues to move through the area. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM WRAITH QUEEN Your will is strong. This one (gestures to Toran) begged for its life. SUMNER Is that the kind of treatment I can expect for myself and my people? WRAITH QUEEN As I have said, all living things must eat. SUMNER (rebellious) Then we're done talking. WRAITH QUEEN I think not. Kneel. ANNOTATION She draws a finger down Sumner's face. WRAITH QUEEN (insistent, in the hypnotic echo) Kneel... ANNOTATION Sumner, against his own will, falls to his knees. WRAITH QUEEN I have not tasted such strength in so long. ANNOTATION She rips his t-shirt with one stroke of her hand, baring his chest. SUMNER Go to hell. WRAITH QUEEN Earth first. ANNOTATION She shoves her hand onto his chest. He screams in agony. LOCATION--WRAITH CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Sheppard can hear Sumner's scream and moves towards the sound. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM WRAITH QUEEN How many years must I take from you before you tell us what I wish to know? Or shall I take them all? ANNOTATION Sumner's face contorts in agony as he continues to yell. He begins to age. LOCATION--WRAITH CORRIDOR ANNOTATION Sheppard wanders, looking lost for a moment before getting his bearings. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM ANNOTATION The Wraith Queen's hand is flat on Sumner's chest, palm against his heart. Sumner's head rocks as he continues to scream in pain. His face looks sunken and aged. WRAITH QUEEN Where is this new feeding ground? SUMNER (shaking his head, weak) I won't. ANNOTATION Sheppard crawls on his belly from a side corridor to a spot where he can look into the room through a skylight window. He sees the Queen's back to him, feeding on Sumner, who is facing towards the Major. Sheppard shoots the Queen in the back, then kills one of the warrior guards. The Wraith Queen hisses in rage, her fingernails digging into Sumner's chest, drawing blood as she sucks more life from him. He ages more as the bullet exit wounds heal on her own chest. Sheppard shoots the other guard, then stares in curious horror at Sumner's almost skeletal condition. ANNOTATION Sumner stares back at Sheppard, looking extraordinarily old. Sumner makes a pleading sound in his throat and nods to Sheppard. Looking grim, Sheppard raises his rifle. He shifts his aim from the Queen's head to Sumner's chest and shoots him right through the Queen's hand. Sumner falls dead. ANNOTATION The Queen stares at her injured hand in annoyance. A blue light surrounds Sheppard, and he collapses, stunned into unconsciousness. A Wraith stands to attention, pleased at his catch. WRAITH QUEEN Bring him. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM ANNOTATION Sheppard is pinned by his throat on the table's surface by one of the Wraith warriors. SHEPPARD (strained) How's the hand feeling? ANNOTATION Before his eyes the bullet hole in her hand heals. She flexes her hand. WRAITH QUEEN Much better. SHEPPARD I'm sorry to hear that. ANNOTATION The Queen is distracted at spotting the life signs detector sticking out of Sheppard's vest. WRAITH QUEEN How did this come to you? SHEPPARD I don't remember. ANNOTATION She snarls. Ford enters, shooting both her and the guard. Sheppard rolls, keying his radio as he moves. SHEPPARD (into radio) Light it up. LOCATION--WRAITH FACILITY, DAWN ANNOTATION Explosions rock the facility. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM ANNOTATION The Queen screams her outrage. LOCATION--WRAITH CELL AREA ANNOTATION Wraith run towards the cell. BATES Cover! ANNOTATION He shoves people towards the back of the cell as the door explodes. LOCATION--WRAITH DINING ROOM ANNOTATION The Queen continues to scream as Ford shoots more guards who arrive. Sheppard stays down by the table. He picks up the downed Wraith's weapon, which has a large pointed end, and rolls up and out to stab the Queen through, using the weapon as a javelin. SHEPPARD That has to kill you. ANNOTATION He pulls out the weapon. The Queen collapses. SHEPPARD How'd you find me? FORD Tread marks. Standard issue. Sir, let's go. WRAITH QUEEN You don't know what you have done. We are merely the caretakers for those that sleep. When I die, the others will awaken. (in deep growl) All of them. ANNOTATION She dies. FORD What's she talking about? How many are left? ANNOTATION Sheppard picks up the life signs detector. Several dots appear on the display, with more every second. They look up. The honeycomb ceiling lights up. Hundreds of Wraith appear to be awakening, one in each chamber. FORD Sir, we need to leave. SHEPPARD (into radio) Base, we're on the go. BATES (into radio) So are we. Colonel Sumner? SHEPPARD Negative. ANNOTATION They run out. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION Weir stares at the Stargate. McKay approaches. MCKAY (excitedly) Dr. Weir. We're getting reports in from all over the city. There's some pretty interesting stuff. We've only been able to provide power to certain sections, but even then, the things that are coming up are just... ANNOTATION He notices her somber expression and his voice trails off. WEIR (pensive) I should never have let them go. MCKAY For what it's worth, you made the right decision. Give them time. ANNOTATION He leaves her alone. LOCATION--CLEARING, WRAITH PLANET, DAWN STACKHOUSE (into radio) Major, the Jumper is secure for the moment, but we have a big problem. LOCATION--FOREST, WRAITH PLANET, DAWN ANNOTATION Sheppard leads everyone escaping through the forest back to the jumper. SHEPPARD (to Ford) Lieutenant, take our six. I'm going to take them back to the Jumper. FORD I'll be right behind you. ANNOTATION Ford slows up and turns around. He fires into the stillness, catching wisps of visions. Teyla suddenly appears behind him and disarms him, flips the gun around and gives it back to him. TEYLA (scolding) There's nothing there. FORD (petulant) I'm sure I saw something. TEYLA Only what the Wraith wish you to see! Firing your weapon will reveal our position. Come on. LOCATION--CLEARING, WRAITH PLANET, DAWN ANNOTATION The group has reached the clearing. Sheppard pauses as the Athosians and Bates run past. SHEPPARD (shouting) Get in! ANNOTATION He hears Wraith ships approaching. He raises his pistol, then changes his mind and grabs one of the marines' rifles. That marine unholsters his own sidearm. They all aim towards the sky. LOCATION--FOREST, WRAITH PLANET, DAWN ANNOTATION Ford and Teyla run towards the clearing. A Wraith ship approaches. Teyla knocks Ford down, diving out of the way just as the beam goes by. Sheppard stands before them, shooting down the ship as it flies overhead. Debris falls around them. Ford smiles. FORD Thank you, sir. SHEPPARD Let's try not to make a habit of this. ANNOTATION He helps them up as they run back towards the jumper. LOCATION--CLEARING, WRAITH PLANET, DAWN ANNOTATION Several Wraith ships fly overhead as the few stragglers run in. STACKHOUSE We have incoming! LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER ANNOTATION Sheppard immediately moves to the pilot's seat. SHEPPARD Okay...now what am I thinking? ANNOTATION The ship lifts off. SHEPPARD Everybody okay back there? TEYLA We are well enough. ANNOTATION Ford takes his seat. FORD Hope that was the hard part. ANNOTATION As they enter orbit, they see several of the small Wraith ships flanking the Space Stargate. SHEPPARD Oh, crap. I don't think we've gotten to the hard part yet. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The hive ships surround the Spacegate. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER ANNOTATION Teyla approaches Sheppard. TEYLA What can we do? FORD We're safe as long as they can't see us. SHEPPARD They don't have to. There's only one way for us to go. The minute we activate the Stargate, they can start shooting blind and blow us away on our approach. FORD Then how can we get through? SHEPPARD We have to draw them away from the gate and double back. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The jumper de-cloaks and flies away. Several dart ships break formation and give chase. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Be prepared to dial the gate on my mark. ANNOTATION Ford's hand hovers over the first chevron. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION One of the darts fires at the jumper. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Do you see anything like a weapons console over there? LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION A panel expands and a drone launches, destroying a Wraith dart. The jumper continues to dodge fire from the other dart ships as it circles back to the Stargate. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER FORD Try and go invisible again. SHEPPARD (wincing) I tried. It must be damaged. Dial the gate. ANNOTATION Ford starts to dial. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE AND CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION The Stargate activates. GRODIN Off-world activation! ANNOTATION Weir runs out of her office. WEIR Raise the shield. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The jumper continues to dodge Wraith blasts. The Stargate is active, but two darts still guard it. Drones hit one of them as the jumper flies past the Stargate without going through. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Be ready to punch in your code on the next pass. ANNOTATION Ford fumbles for his G.D.O. FORD What's the range on these things? LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM WEIR Do we have an identification code? ANNOTATION McKay races to a laptop. MCKAY Nothing yet. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION Drones shoot out the remaining ship guarding the Stargate. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD (to Ford) Enter your code! (to everyone else) Hang on. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM MCKAY I'm reading Lieutenant Ford's IDC. WEIR Let them in. ANNOTATION Grodin lowers the shield. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The jumper loops for another pass, dodging fire. LOCATION--ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM ANNOTATION Some errant blasts come through the Stargate. Expedition guards dive out of the way. WEIR Give them a few more seconds! LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The jumper races towards the Spacegate. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER FORD (worried) We're going too fast. SHEPPARD I know. LOCATION--SPACE ANNOTATION The jumper's drive pods suddenly retract and it coasts through the Stargate, still at high speed. Three small Wraith dart ships follow. LOCATION--ATLANTIS GATE ROOM ANNOTATION The jumper comes to an abrupt halt just after it clears the Stargate. WEIR Re-activate the shield! ANNOTATION The shield stops the other ships from passing through. McKay breathes a sigh of relief, and he and Grodin join Weir at the balcony. The jumper floats back up into the bay. LOCATION--PUDDLE JUMPER SHEPPARD Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Atlantis. Please remain seated till the Puddle Jumper's come to a full and complete stop. ANNOTATION Teyla and Halling exchange relieved smiles. LOCATION--ATLANTIS BALCONY, NIGHT ANNOTATION Athosians and expedition members mingle together. Several tables have food. All seem happy. Ford follows Sheppard to a quieter part of the balcony. FORD I guess this is home now. SHEPPARD I guess so. FORD (gesturing to one of the buildings) I'm thinking of a little place with an ocean view. Out of the way. ANNOTATION Weir comes up behind them, carrying three mugs. WEIR Major, Lieutenant, I thought the occasion merited opening this...compliments of General O'Neill. SHEPPARD (raising a toast) Cheers. ANNOTATION They all take a drink. Sheppard sets down his mug afterwards, looking pensive. WEIR You did good, John. SHEPPARD I don't know about that. WEIR Hey, there was no way you could have saved Colonel Sumner. SHEPPARD I have to live with it. ANNOTATION Weir swallows and nods. SHEPPARD I'm beginning to think you were right. I have made things much worse. I haven't made us many more friends out there. WEIR No? Look around you. ANNOTATION They look back at the crowd. Halling can be seen grinning with Jinto and exchanging the forehead touch of affection common to Athosians. They look out at the ocean. Teyla has been close enough to overhear and turns to Sheppard. TEYLA I agree, Major Sheppard. ANNOTATION She approaches and puts her hands on his shoulders, leaning forward with a head bow. Hesitantly, Sheppard bows as well, repeating the forehead touch. They lean back. TEYLA You have earned both my friendship and that of my people. With our help, you will make many more friends. ANNOTATION She grins at Weir and walks away. From amongst the crowd, Beckett and McKay watch her go, McKay gnawing on a chicken wing. BECKETT (sighing) How come I never make friends like that? MCKAY You need to get out more. BECKETT We're in another galaxy. How much more out can you get? MCKAY (distracted by his chicken) Is there lemon in this? ANNOTATION He walks back towards the buffet table. Weir and Sheppard remain at the outer balcony WEIR One more thing, Major, something I'd like you to sleep on. I have a few thoughts on it myself. SHEPPARD Thoughts about what? WEIR Who the members of your team might be. SHEPPARD My team? WEIR Well, you are the ranking military officer now, or do you need to be reminded of that? We need to get back out there, do what we came to do. SHEPPARD You realize that could get us into all sorts of...trouble, right? ANNOTATION They exchange wry grins and lean on the banister. LOCATION--ATLANTIS, NIGHT END CREDITS