Col. Paul Emerson is the first commander of the Daedalus-class starship Odyssey. (9.16 "Off The Grid")
Emerson is proud of his ship and crew. Following in the wake of the destruction of Earth's first line of defense against alien space attacks, the Prometheus, the Odyssey was not yet 100% tested when Emerson was asked by Gen. Hank Landry to go to the planet P6G-452 to rescue SG-1 after contact was lost with the team via the Stargate. The Odyssey had functional hyperspace engines and rail guns, but the shields had not been tested. Even so, Emerson took his ship on its first mission and was at the planet within 22 hours. He located the missing team with locator beacon implants in the nick of time — they were about to be executed by the Lucian Alliance!
The reason for SG-1's loss of contact was that Ba'al had stolen the planet's Stargate and DHD in his bid to create his own private Stargate network, outside the interference of the Priors of the Ori and anyone else. Landry tagged one of Ba'al's Goa'uld scientists, Nerus, with a beacon and Emerson located Ba'al's ship which contained at least a dozen stolen Stargates. Using the Asgard beaming technology and locator beacons which SG-1 manually placed on each piece of technology, SG-1 and Emerson retrieved all but one of the Stargates from Ba'al's cargo hold before his ship was destroyed by an attack from the Lucian Alliance. The Stargate which couldn't be beamed was the one which SG-1 used to escape before Ba'al's ship exploded.
After the destruction of Ba'al's ship, the Lucian Alliance locked their weapons on the Odyssey because Emerson had fired on them with his rail guns to distract them from firing upon Ba'al's ship while SG-1 was onboard. Fearing that his ship was not ready to face three ha'tak, Emerson withdrew into hyperspace. At that point, he thought that SG-1 had died on Ba'al's ill-fated ship and most likely felt that his first mission was a failure because of the loss of SG-1, but SG-1 'gated safely home to the SGC and asked that Landry contact him to reassure him that they were safe and that the mission was indeed a success. (9.16 "Off The Grid")
- Dial Home Device (DHD)
- Lucian Alliance
- Priors of the Ori
--DeeKayP 14:12, 17 February 2006 (PST)