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5.20 "Enemy At The Gate"

Episode Guide

SGA 5.20 "Enemy At The Gate" Episode Guide

Précis

Todd warns Atlantis about a sophisticated hive ship and encourages the team to attack the vessel before it can pose a threat to Earth.

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TEASER

EXT—ATLANTIS, NIGHT

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Banks is at her station. Woolsey and Sheppard are nearby. The Stargate activates.]

BANKS
Incoming wormhole. Signal's coming in now.

[They look on a monitor to see a video transmission of the Wraith known as Todd standing outdoors on a planet.]

SHEPPARD

(taken aback)

Todd.
TODD

(on video)

No doubt you're surprised to see me, John Sheppard.

[Sheppard glances back at Woolsey for a moment.]

SHEPPARD
Well, you weren't looking so good last time I saw you.
TODD
Yes. Well, you'll be pleased to know the treatment was successful—although excruciatingly painful.
SHEPPARD
You're just saying that to make me feel good.
TODD

(chuckling)

I was able to return to my position as leader of the alliance, although…I have had a recent setback. Perhaps you can see what is remaining of my shuttle behind me?

[Todd steps back and in the distance the remains of a crashed Wraith ship lie in the desert.]

SHEPPARD

(sarcastic)

Yeah, nice landing.
TODD
Don't be so critical, Sheppard. It wasn't long ago my flying skills saved the lives of both you and your companions. It wasn't pilot error. I was attacked…by one of my underlings.
WOOLSEY
You'll excuse me for being blunt, but why should we care?
TODD
It isn't the fact that he attacked and at least temporarily defeated me that should concern you. It is rather…how he managed to do it.
WOOLSEY
And how was that?
TODD
Well, he acquired a rare and powerful piece of technology— one with which I believe you are quite familiar…

INT—MCKAY'S LAB

[Woolsey and Sheppard's team congregate in McKay's lab.]

MCKAY
A ZPM? Are you kidding me?
SHEPPARD
Eh, that's what he said.
RONON
I don't buy it.
WOOLSEY
Why not?
MCKAY
Well, for one thing, they don't exactly grow on trees.
RONON
He got betrayed by one of his own people. Now he wants us to help him clean up the mess. End of story.
TEYLA
It is possible that he mentioned the zero point module simply to get our attention.
WOOLSEY
Except he would also have to know that sooner or later we would discover the truth, and in the meantime, he's volunteered to place himself in our custody. Not a very good plan.
SHEPPARD
Well, you can bet there's something he's not telling us.
WOOLSEY
Granted. But that doesn't necessarily mean that he's lying about the ZPM.
MCKAY

(worried)

If this true, it could be very, very bad. I mean, inefficient power generation is the Achilles heel of Wraith technology. It's basically the reason for every technological advantage we have. If this…underling, or whatever it is that Todd calls him, is flying around in a ZPM powered hiveship, then…
WOOLSEY
It's a threat we can't tolerate. And we won't.

[He nods to Sheppard, who sighs and exchanges concerned looks with McKay.]

END TEASER

OPENING CREDITS

INT—ATLANTIS INTERROGATION ROOM

[Woolsey enters the room. Todd already sits at a table, his hands resting on top of it.]

WOOLSEY
Well…here we are again.
TODD
Indeed. The city has become quite familiar to me…almost a respite from daily life. It would be a shame to see it destroyed.
WOOLSEY
Are you suggesting that if we don't help you, that would be a likely outcome?

[Todd shrugs. Woolsey sits at the table across from him.]

WOOLSEY
All right. Let's start at the beginning. Where did the ZPM come from?
TODD
You recall I managed to acquire a few of the devices from the Replicator city before it was destroyed?
WOOLSEY
Yes, and they were lost when Colonel Sheppard took out the cloning facility.
TODD
Not all of them. I may have acquired a few more than I let on.
WOOLSEY

(shrewdly)

How many more?
TODD
Let's not get caught up in unnecessary details.
WOOLSEY

(firmly)

I like details.
TODD
Even if I gave you a number, you'd have no way of verifying it. So what's the point?
WOOLSEY
All right, then tell me this. Why now? You've had those ZPMs for over a year.
TODD
The organic nature of the hive creates certain incompatibilities with Ancient technology. I put my best scientists to work on this project, and recently one of them succeeded.
WOOLSEY
Only he didn't want to turn it over to you. He decided he wanted to keep it for himself. And now you want us to help you kick him to the curb.
TODD

(becoming serious and intense)

What you really need to know is that this hive is a work in progress. It has yet to reach its full potential, which means if you attack it now, you may be able to destroy it. But if you hesitate, it will be too late, and this hive will be unstoppable.

[Woolsey grinds his jaw.]

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus flies through hyperspace.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIG

[Todd sits on a cot. He is wearing a plain grey coverall. Sheppard enters. There are guards outside.]

TODD
Colonel.
SHEPPARD
Looking good.
TODD
Was it really necessary to remove my subspace transmitter and force me to wear this ridiculous outfit?
SHEPPARD
Well, after what happened last time on this ship, you can't blame us.
TODD
I take it that my request to be on the bridge when we make contact—
SHEPPARD

(interrupting)

Denied.
TODD

(nodding)

Understandable.
SHEPPARD
Here's the problem. Every time we get involved with you, I feel like I'm walking around with a live grenade in my pocket, just waiting for it to all go wrong—for that one "thing" you forgot to mention.
TODD
I assure you, in this case—
SHEPPARD

(cutting him off)

Save it. Been down this road before.

[He starts to leave.]

TODD
If you really feel that way, why would you let me go after our last encounter?
SHEPPARD
We had a deal, and you kept up your end of the bargain. And to be honest, I didn't think you'd live.
TODD

(understanding)

Ahh.
SHEPPARD

(quietly serious)

If I find out you're playing us, I'm not gonna wait for authorization. There isn't gonna be any paperwork. I'm just gonna kill you.

[Sheppard turns and leaves as Todd watches, intrigued.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[Sheppard's team is geared up for an away mission as the members enter the bridge and approach Caldwell.]

SHEPPARD
What's the status, Colonel?
CALDWELL
We're approaching the coordinates. You going somewhere?
SHEPPARD
Yeah. Drop us out early before we get into sensor range. We'll check it out in the jumper.
CALDWELL
That's not the plan.
MCKAY
We can go in cloaked. Stay in touch through subspace on a secure channel.
SHEPPARD
If it's what Todd says it is, you can come in guns blazing.
CALDWELL
All right. Just be careful.

[Sheppard's team leaves.]

EXT—SPACE

[The puddle jumper flies through space.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Sheppard's team is inside. McKay studies readings on the cockpit displays.]

MCKAY
Almost in range.
SHEPPARD
Engaging cloak.

[Sheppard touches some controls, and the cloak engages.]

MCKAY
All right, getting readings now. It's a hive, all right. Hmm.
RONON
What?
MCKAY
I'm reading…a higher than normal energy output. I mean, significantly higher.
TEYLA
Consistent with the ZPM?
MCKAY
Well, it's hard to say from this far out.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL

(into radio)

Sheppard, what's your status?
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

McKay's getting some interesting readings, so we're going in for a closer look.

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[The hive ship is visible through the jumper window.]

MCKAY
I'm detecting massive energy output.
SHEPPARD
What's happening?
MCKAY

(disturbed)

It's growing.
SHEPPARD
What the hell are you talking about?
MCKAY
That's what they're doing with the surplus energy—using it to grow a larger, and if I'm reading this correctly, significantly denser outer hull. It makes sense. Normal hives have a limit of growth. I mean, any bigger or heavier and they become impossible to maneuver, let alone get into hyperspace. I mean, you make a simple left turn, and you're torn apart by your own inertia. But with a ZPM…
SHEPPARD
I get the picture. What does that mean for us?
MCKAY
When they're done, my guess is that hull will be all but impenetrable.

[The team look worried.]

SHEPPARD
All right. Well, we better take 'em out of the picture before they get that far.

[A sensor beeps rapidly.]

MCKAY
Hold on. They're…powering weapons.
RONON
They can't see us, right?
MCKAY
Of course not. They must just be running a test…

[An energy pulse heads straight for them, passing directly overhead, shaking the jumper. Everyone's eyes widen.]

MCKAY
Holy crap!
SHEPPARD
Well, what are the odds of them randomly firing a test shot directly at us!
MCKAY
I would say—given the enormity of empty space all around us—nonexistent?
SHEPPARD

(low)

They can see us.

[Sheppard steers the jumper away from the hive ship.]

MCKAY
They must've figured out a way to increase the sensitivity of their scanners.

[Another blast is a near-miss, rattling the jumper.]

MCKAY

(caustic)

Let me guess, something to do with the ZPM?
MCKAY
Probably.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Daedalus, we've got a problem. Our cloak's ineffective.
CALDWELL

(into radio)
We're on our way.
(to port helmsman)
Take us in maximum sublight.
(to Marks)

Shields up.
MARKS
Yes, sir.

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus flies forward.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[Another blast hits too close.]

SHEPPARD
I'm dropping the cloak. It ain't doing us any good.
MCKAY
Not to mention you could fire back.
SHEPPARD

(admonishing)

One thing at a time, Rodney.

EXT—SPACE

[The jumper moves evasively and dodges several pulse blasts. It gets struck in one of its nacelles and starts spinning out of control around its longitudinal axis.]

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

MCKAY
We're hit!
SHEPPARD
I've lost controls!

[McKay jumps up and heads towards the rear compartment.]

MCKAY
I'll work out a bypass. Give me a minute.
SHEPPARD
They get a bead on us, Rodney, we're dead!

[McKay opens a panel and starts working with the crystals.]

EXT—SPACE

[The jumper continues to spin out of control as it gets close to Daedalus. Another pulse barely misses it. Further blasts are deflected by the Daedalus shields as it flies into the path of fire.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

MARKS
It worked, sir. We've blocked the shot. Shield is holding.
CALDWELL
All right, now return fire. Main battery, full power.
MARKS
Yes, sir.

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus fires back at the hive ship.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

MARKS
Direct hit.
CALDWELL
Damage?
MARKS

(surprised)

Minimal.
CALDWELL
Ready missiles. We're gonna throw everything we have at this guy.
MARKS
Sir, I'm reading a massive energy buildup.

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship sends out a large series of pulse blasts from every weapons port along its flank. All are directed at Daedalus.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
Brace for impact!

EXT—SPACE

[Several of the pulses strike the Daedalus, battering the shield at the bow.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[Sparks fly as the ship takes damage.]

MARKS
Shields are down! Heavy damage on all decks! We've lost hyperdrive and main weapons.
CALDWELL
Evasive maneuvers! We can't take another hit like that!

INT—PUDDLE JUMPER

[McKay stops working on the ceiling control panel.]

MCKAY
Okay, you should have flight controls now!

[Sheppard begins to move the craft.]

SHEPPARD
What about weapons?
MCKAY
Not a chance!

[Teyla has been watching the window.]

TEYLA
Something's happening.

[McKay steps forward as they all lean to look.]

EXT—SPACE

[The hive passes the Daedalus and jumps into hyperspace.]

INT—DAEDALUS GEAR UP ROOM

[Caldwell meets with Sheppard's team as they take off their tactical equipment. Outside, work teams try and repair damage to the ship.]

CALDWELL
You know, it doesn't make any sense. Most of our main systems were down. These guys had us dead to rights, and they knew it. Why would they just fly away?
TEYLA
Perhaps it's precisely because they knew we were no longer a threat.
CALDWELL
But it's not like the Wraith to be so charitable.
MCKAY
Todd said the ship isn't finished, right? They haven't adapted the full potential of the ZPM. Well, maybe the battle maxed them out.
CALDWELL
Well, if that's the case, I'd hate to meet up with them when they do finish it.

[Sheppard finishes unloading his pistol and sets it on the gear table.]

SHEPPARD
We need to get back to Atlantis. What's the prognosis on the hyperdrive?
CALDWELL
Uh, the control systems are completely shot. My guys are working on a patch, but it could be days, even weeks before we're back online. For the moment, we're not going anywhere.

[Marks enters.]

MARKS

(to Caldwell)

Sir.
CALDWELL
What is it, Marks?
MARKS
I think we may have something.

[Marks leads the way out of the room. Caldwell and Sheppard's team follow.]

INT—DAEDALUS AUXILIARY CONTROL ROOM

[Kavanaugh is amongst the crew working in the room. Caldwell and Sheppard's team enter and surround his station. He glances back, spots McKay, rolls his eyes and turns back to work.]

MCKAY
Kavanaugh? What the hell are you doing here?
KAVANAUGH

(sarcastic)

Reassignment. More fun and adventure in the Pegasus Galaxy.
CALDWELL

(irritated)

Show us what you got, please?

[Kavanaugh moves to another station. They follow.]

KAVANAUGH
It's a subspace signal. We detected it just before the hive jumped into hyperspace. It was weak. Luckily, I happened to be monitoring the sensor, or we might not have picked it up at all.
MCKAY

(studying the readout)

It's Wraith code.
KAVANAUGH

(irked)

Obviously. We're having trouble deciphering it because the message is interlaced with a residual radiation, and I've never seen it before.
MCKAY
I have. Once, when we met another me, and once when we encountered another Daedalus. This signal was sent from another reality.
CALDWELL
Uh, I'm sorry. What the hell are you talking about?
MCKAY
Some Wraith, somewhere, in another reality sent a coded signal—only whatever means they used to access subspace created a rift, allowing the signal to cross into multiple realities, including our own.
RONON
So what does it say?
MCKAY
Oh, just give me a second.

[He leans across Kavanaugh's station and starts typing. He pulls up a new readout.]

MCKAY

(sighing in despair)

Oh, great.
SHEPPARD
What is it?
MCKAY
It's a set of coordinates.
CALDWELL
Coordinates to what?
MCKAY
Earth.

[They exchange worried looks.]

INT—DAEDALUS CORRIDOR

[McKay, Sheppard, and Caldwell move through a corridor.]

SHEPPARD
You think the hive picked up the signal?
MCKAY
Why else would they leave like that? It can't be a coincidence. The Wraith know that Earth is a much richer feeding ground than anything in the Pegasus Galaxy, and they've been looking for those coordinates for years.
CALDWELL
All right. As soon as communications are back up, we'll contact Atlantis, have them relay a message to Stargate Command.
MCKAY
Wait a minute. I've got an idea. How many ships do we have available?
CALDWELL
Aside from ourselves, there's the Apollo and the Sun Tzu.
SHEPPARD
How about the Odyssey?
CALDWELL
Mmm, it's on some secret mission even I'm not supposed to know about.
MCKAY
Then two will have to be enough.
SHEPPARD
What are you suggesting?
MCKAY
Look, that hive may be super-powerful and all, but I'll bet it has to drop out of hyperspace at some point along the way for hull regeneration. I can use the sensor data from the jumpers to extrapolate exactly where that'll be.
CALDWELL

(skeptical)

Sounds pretty risky. If you're wrong, it—
MCKAY

(interrupting)

I won't be! Anyways, we can't wait until they get all the way to Earth. My guess is by that point, they'll be fully adapted to the ZPM.

[Caldwell nods.]

CALDWELL
Do it.

[McKay leaves.]

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Chuck is at his usual station. Woolsey works with another technician nearby.]

CHUCK
Sir? The Daedalus just dropped out of hyperspace.
WOOLSEY
It's about time.
CHUCK
Colonel Sheppard and his team are beaming down.

[Sheppard's team beams directly into the control room.]

WOOLSEY
Colonel. It's good to finally have you all back.
SHEPPARD
What'd we miss?
WOOLSEY
Well the good news is, there's no indication of any other Wraith ships heading for the Milky Way.
MCKAY
That's as I figured. That signal was too short and too weak. That ship only detected it because of its obvious improvements to the sensors.
SHEPPARD
All right. What's the bad news?
WOOLSEY

(to Chuck)

Show them.

[Chuck types on his keyboard, and a video of Ellis on board the Apollo appears on the screen. There are signs of ship damage behind him.]

WOOLSEY
This is part of a subspace message sent by Colonel Ellis on board the Apollo.
ELLIS

(staticy, on video)

We've engaged the hive, unfortunately, without much success. The Sun Tzu was crippled, and she's venting atmosphere. We're in the process of taking on her crew now. But unfortunately, with my engines down, I won't be able to get to the nearest Stargate for at least a month. As for the enemy, all indications are that they received very little damage and are continuing on their previous course.

[As Ellis has been speaking, McKay and Sheppard exchange worried looks.]

WOOLSEY
With those two ships out of the picture, nothing stands between that hive…and Earth.

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CORRIDOR

[Sheppard heads down a corridor. McKay runs into him as he turns a corner.]

MCKAY

(excited)

There you are! Look, I've been thinking…
SHEPPARD
So have I.
MCKAY
There is another ship that can help defend Earth.
SHEPPARD
I know. We're standing on it.
MCKAY
The city…exactly! The only problem is…
SHEPPARD
ZPMs.
MCKAY
Yeah, but if we want to get there in time to make a difference, we need a full complement.
SHEPPARD
Where do you think I'm headed, Rodney?
MCKAY
Right.

[McKay stops short in surprise and lets Sheppard continue without him. McKay heads back the way he came.]

INT—ATLANTIS INTERROGATION ROOM

[Todd sits at the table, still in the coverall. Sheppard enters and leans across the table.]

SHEPPARD
Well, things didn't go exactly according to plan.
TODD
So I heard. You intend to hold me responsible?
SHEPPARD
All I know is that everything went sideways—the way it always does when you're involved. You mean to tell me that's a coincidence?

[Todd leans in, his hands bracing the table.]

TODD
Then you've come to make good on your threat?

[Sheppard sits in the chair opposite Todd and folds his hands, never breaking eye contact with the Wraith.]

SHEPPARD
The other ZPMs you talked to Woolsey about? Tell us where to get 'em, and maybe it'll improve your situation.
TODD
Am I supposed to be enticed by this offer?
SHEPPARD
No. I'll probably kill you anyway. But, don't forget, this Wraith betrayed you and got away with it. For no other reason, you might want to do it out of pure spite.

[Todd leans back, studying Sheppard.]

TODD
You…know how to talk to me, John Sheppard.

[Todd laughs.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[Woolsey and Sheppard wait by the active Stargate. Lorne's team exits the wormhole. Lorne carries a black case.]

LORNE
We got 'em.

[He opens up the case to reveal two ZPMs inside as the wormhole shuts down.]

WOOLSEY

(incredulous)

He actually came through for us.
SHEPPARD

(dubious)

Well, maybe he's turning over a new leaf.
WOOLSEY
Get those down to Zelenka immediately.
LORNE
Yes, sir.

[Lorne starts to leave.]

SHEPPARD
Or maybe they're going to blow up when you plug them in.
WOOLSEY
Have Doctor McKay check them first.
LORNE
Right.

[Lorne's team leaves. Sheppard turns to go in the opposite direction.]

SHEPPARD
All right. I'm heading to the chair room.
WOOLSEY
Actually, Colonel, you won't be flying the city for us. In fact, you won't be coming with us at all.

[Sheppard turns back, surprised.]

SHEPPARD
What are you talking about?
WOOLSEY
You have a half an hour to pack, and then you'll be gating back to Earth. Even with the ZPMs, there's still a good chance we won't get there in time. And Earth's only other line of defense is the Ancient weapons platform. General O'Neill wants you in the chair.

[Sheppard bites his lip and nods. Woolsey puts out his hand. Sheppard shakes it.]

WOOLSEY
Good luck.
SHEPPARD
Yeah. You too.

[Sheppard heads back the other way.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, DAY

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[Sheppard steps through the active Stargate, wearing a large backpack. Colonel Carter waits at the bottom of the ramp. She wears blue BDUs with the SG-1 patch on her right shoulder. She smiles in greeting.]

CARTER
Colonel Sheppard!
SHEPPARD
Colonel Carter!

[She pats him on the back as she leads him out of the room.]

CARTER
It's good to see you again, John.

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

[McKay makes some final adjustments on a control panel.]

MCKAY

(into radio)

All right. I've finished recalibration on the chair. Radek, how are things at your end?
ZELENKA

(over radio)

ZPMs are online and functioning one hundred percent. We're good to go.
MCKAY
Okay! Who's flying this puppy.

[Beckett quickly enters the room.]

BECKETT
That would be me.
MCKAY

(nonplussed)

Carson?
BECKETT
Rodney.
MCKAY
What, they called you in for this?
BECKETT
Aye.
MCKAY
You must have a higher CIA than I thought.
BECKETT
Excuse me?
MCKAY
Chair Interface Aptitude. We have a…ranking system.
BECKETT
Well, apparently, after Colonel Sheppard, I'm number two.
MCKAY

(skeptical)

Really? I gotta look into that.
BECKETT
Well, thanks for the vote of confidence, Rodney.
MCKAY

(absently)

Oh, I'm sure you'll…do fine.

[Beckett sinks into the chair.]

BECKETT

(sighing)

Great.

[He leans back in the chair, and it activates.]

BECKETT

(into radio)

I suppose I'm ready.

[He clears his throat.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WOOLSEY

(to techs)
Raise the shield.
(into radio)

Doctor Beckett, take us out.

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

[As McKay worriedly watches from behind him, Beckett winces in concentration. The room shakes.]

EXT—ATLANTIS OCEAN, DAY

[The city ship of Atlantis, surrounded by its shields, rises from the water's surface.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[The room shakes with the movement.]

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

[Beckett has his eyes closed in concentration.]

EXT—ATLANTIS PLANET, DAY

[The city ship rises out of the atmosphere.]

INT—SGC CORRIDOR, LEVEL 25

[Carter and Sheppard walk down the corridor.]

SHEPPARD
So, you're in command here, huh?
CARTER
Only until General Landry gets back. He's heading up a task force in Washington.

[She reaches into her pocket and pulls out her key card, swiping it at the elevator.]

CARTER
My next position is to take command of our new Daedalus-class ship.
SHEPPARD
The Phoenix?
CARTER
Actually…we're renaming it. The General Hammond.
SHEPPARD

(sympathetic)

Oh, yeah. I heard about that. Sorry. It was kinda sudden.
CARTER

(sadly)

Heart attack. I was off-world at the time.
SHEPPARD
He was a good man.
CARTER

(nodding)

He really was.

[Her expression is distant and sad. The elevator doors open, and they enter.]

SHEPPARD
So, uh, what's next? C-130 to McMurdo?
CARTER
Not exactly.

[The elevator doors close.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[The briefing room has been turned into an operations center with people on laptops sitting all around the table. Near the window to the Gate Room, Major Paul Davis stands by a monitor. Carter and Sheppard enter. Davis and Sheppard shake hands.]

CARTER
Colonel Sheppard, this is Major Davis. Homeworld Security.
SHEPPARD
Major.
DAVIS
Colonel.
SHEPPARD
What are we looking at?

[Davis gestures to the map on the computer screen. It shows Earth surrounded by concentric range rings, and the moon with a small red dot moving around it.]

DAVIS
It's the hive ship. It dropped out of hyperspace and established orbit around the moon just before you arrived.
SHEPPARD
You've got to be kidding me! It's not supposed to be here for weeks!
CARTER
Evidently, this is no ordinary hive ship.
SHEPPARD

(ruefully)

Well, that much I know. What's it doing?
DAVIS
For the moment, nothing.

[The screen shows the hive orbiting the moon.]

CARTER
Best we can guess is it's completing it's ZPM upgrades prior to launching an attack.
SHEPPARD
Then we got to make to make a move first. You got any F-302s?
DAVIS
We have a squadron on permanent stand-by with Earth Defense, but those birds aren't outfitted for anything more than fighter-interceptor duties. There's no way they're gonna take on a hive…
SHEPPARD
How long to fit 'em with nukes?
DAVIS

(looking to Carter)

Well, that could take some doing.

[Carter nods.]

DAVIS
I'll get right on it.

[He leaves.]

SHEPPARD

(to Carter)

These pilots have any experience fighting the Wraith?
CARTER

(admonishing)

John, that's not why I brought you here.
SHEPPARD
I can sit in the chair and wait for the Wraith to get stronger, or I can take the fight to them. What do you want to do?

[Carter sighs, troubled.]

EXT—SPACE

[The city-ship of Atlantis flies through hyperspace.]

INT—WOOLSEY'S OFFICE

[Woolsey sits at his desk. Teyla and Ronon arrive at the door.]

TEYLA
Mister Woolsey. You wanted to see us?
WOOLSEY
Yes. Come in, please.

[They enter and stand in front of his desk.]

WOOLSEY
I wanted the opportunity to offer you both one last chance to reconsider.
RONON
Reconsider what?
WOOLSEY
Your involvement in this mission.

[Teyla sighs and exchanges looks with Ronon.]

WOOLSEY
I'm told we're about to pass the outer edge of the Pegasus Galaxy. If you wish to be dropped off, now would be the time.
TEYLA
Mister Woolsey…

[Woolsey stands and steps around his desk.]

WOOLSEY
We've all grown so accustomed to having you here—as part of the team. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that your priorities are not necessarily always the same as ours. You're being asked to fly to another galaxy, to take what might turn out to be the losing part in a battle that isn't yours.
RONON
Do you mean like everyone on this base has been doing for the last five years?

[Woolsey smiles and ducks his head.]

TEYLA

(smiling)

Thank you for your consideration, Mister Woolsey, but I can assure you it is not necessary.

[Ronon leans in close to Woolsey with a conspiratorial smile.]

RONON
We're not going anywhere.
WOOLSEY

(touched)

Very well.

[Teyla and Ronon leave.]

INT—F-302 BAY

[Sheppard climbs out of a cockpit as technicians make last minute adjustments. Carter and Davis enter the hangar.]

SHEPPARD
All right, it looks like we're ready to go.
CARTER
There's been a change of plans. I'm afraid the refit took too long. The hive's still in lunar orbit, but we've detected an inbound wave of darts.
SHEPPARD
I guess they got tired of waiting. Any idea where the target is?
DAVIS
We think so. The Wraith message we intercepted contained a warning about Earth's defensive capabilities—specifically the drone chair. Only in the alternate reality where the message came from, it looks like the chair had been moved to Area 51.
SHEPPARD
That's where they're heading?
DAVIS
We believe so.
SHEPPARD
Well…evacuate the base! Let 'em hit it. When they bring the hive down, we'll take 'em down from Antarctica.

[Davis and Carter exchange worried looks.]

SHEPPARD
Right?
CARTER

(shaking her head)

I'm sorry, John. I was going to tell you this, but…
SHEPPARD

(interrupting)

Tell me what?
DAVIS
The…chair was in violation of the Antarctic non-proliferation treaty. After lengthy international negotiations, they finally moved it just less than a month ago.
SHEPPARD
Where?
CARTER

(sighing)

Area 51.

[Sheppard sighs and stares, frustrated.]

EXT—SPACE

[Several darts fly from around the moon towards Earth.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Davis sits at one of the table's computers. Carter stands behind his chair.]

DAVIS

(into radio)

All right, Colonel, they're entering the atmosphere now. Should be showing up on the screens momentarily.

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right, we got 'em. Twelve o'clock high. Range: eight kilometers and closing fast.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

DAVIS

(into radio)

You are cleared to engage. Good hunting, Colonel.

INT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[F-302s fire missiles at the incoming darts, engaging them in a dogfight. There are many more darts than F-302s.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Carter leans down by Davis's screen.]

DAVID

(concerned)

We're seriously outnumbered. They'll never be able to keep them all from getting through.

EXT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[Two darts break away from the dogfight and head for Area 51.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

CARTER

(into radio)

Sheppard, two darts have disengaged. They're headed for the deck.

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
I'm on it. Riggs, you're with me.
RIGGS

(over radio)

Yes, sir.

EXT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[Sheppard's and Riggs's F-302s give chase to the two darts as they dive toward the ground. Two more darts fall in behind the F-302s, firing on them.]

RIGGS

(over radio)

Two more on our six!

EXT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[The ships weave as they all chase each other. One dart's weapons fire catches Riggs's ship. It explodes.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)
Riggs!
(to himself)

Dammit!

[Sheppard dodges enemy fire while trying to get a bead on the two darts in front of him. One dart's weapon clips his wing. His starboard engine goes out. He grabs the stick with both hands and tries to regain control as his aircraft spins toward the ground, trailing black smoke behind it.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

DAVIS
The darts are coming in too fast.
CARTER
It's a kamikaze run.

EXT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[The two darts aim for large buildings on the ground, purposefully crashing into them at high speed.]

[At higher altitude, Sheppard tries to break his ship out of a flat spin, or death spiral.]

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
Come on, baby. Come on. Come on.

EXT—NEVADA AIRSPACE, DAY

[He finally gets the ship under control just before it hits the ground, skimming dust as it levels off.]

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

[Sheppard sighs in relief, then looks over to see a black cloud rising just past the nearby ridge.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

Stargate Command, this is Sheppard. Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing?

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

CARTER

(into radio, with regret)

It was a nice try, John. There was just too many of them. The chair's been destroyed.

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

[Sheppard breathes heavily, looking despondent.]

[Eyes shining, Sheppard suddenly looks determined. He pulls the control stick back, climbing steeply.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[The conversation switches between this location and Sheppard's cockpit.]

CARTER
Sheppard, what are you doing?
SHEPPARD
I've got an idea.
DAVIS
He's climbing rapidly. He's heading into the upper atmosphere.
CARTER

(angry)

Sheppard, your orders are to return to the base.
SHEPPARD
I've still got a nuke. I'm going to finish this mission.
CARTER
You don't have enough fuel! You'll never make it to the hive.
SHEPPARD
Ah, he got what he wanted. He's going to come to us.
DAVIS
He's right. The hive ship has changed course. They're on their way.
SHEPPARD
I've got enough fuel to establish orbit. I'm going to shut everything down except basic life support. That way, he won't detect me until it's too late.
CARTER
Even if that does work, given what we know about this ship, one nuke is not going to be enough.

[Carter and Davis exchange looks.]

SHEPPARD
No, not from the outside. I'll wait for him to enter orbit. I'll fire up my systems, shoot my way through the dart bay door, and fly the damn bomb right down his throat. Then, I'll detonate from the inside.

[Carter's eyes glisten.]

CARTER
John, I can't ask you to do that.
SHEPPARD
Well, you're not asking, I'm volunteering. Look, without that chair, Earth is basically defenseless, right?

[Carter and Davis exchange looks again. Neither answers.]

SHEPPARD
Right. Commencing radio silence. Sheppard out.

[He turns off his radio and flies his F-302 higher.]

EXT—HIGH ABOVE EARTH, DAY

[Sheppard's F-302 continues climbing steeply.]

EXT—SPACE

[Atlantis exits hyperspace.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Woolsey rushes up to where Zelenka is working. McKay is at another console nearby.]

WOOLSEY
What happened?
ZELENKA
We dropped out of hyperspace.
WOOLSEY
Don't tell me we're there already.
MCKAY
We're not even close. We're on the edge of the Milky Way.
WOOLSEY
So, then, why did we drop out?
MCKAY
Well, obviously we…

[McKay looks to Zelenka, who raises his hands and shrugs in frustrated ignorance.]

MCKAY
We're not sure.
WOOLSEY
Doctor…
MCKAY

(hyper)

Look, the hyperdrive hasn't been operated at full power in over ten thousand years. It's not surprising there are a few glitches.
WOOLSEY
But you can fix it?
MCKAY

(intent, annoyed)

I need to figure out what's wrong first, don't I?

[He leaves.]

WOOLSEY
Zelenka, in the meantime, recalibrate our gate position, so we can dial Earth.
ZELENKA
Yes, right away.
WOOLSEY
We have to apprize them of our situation.

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship approaches Earth.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Carter approaches Davis, who is staring at the large monitor.]

CARTER
What's our status?
DAVIS
The hive ship has almost reached Earth orbit. They've begun scanning us.
CARTER
Any word from Sheppard?

[Davis sits back at his computer.]

DAVIS
Not yet. According to my best estimates of his trajectory, his orbit won't intersect with the hive's for another twenty minutes. Now, if he fires up too early, to close the gap—
CARTER

(interrupting)

They'll detect his presence and send out darts to intercept.

[Harriman approaches.]

DAVIS
Yeah, he wouldn't stand a chance.
HARRIMAN
Excuse me, Colonel.
CARTER
What is it, Walter?
HARRIMAN
We've been trying to dial up the Alpha Site to send through those IOA dignitaries?
DAVIS

(sarcastic)

Good old IOA. Courageous to the end.

[Carter smirks.]

CARTER

(to Harriman)

What's the problem?
HARRIMAN
We can't establish a lock, and it's not just the Alpha Site. I've already tried a couple of alternates, but for some reason, the 'gate's offline.

[Carter sighs, upset.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[The Stargate activates.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[McKay is back at work at a console. Banks is at her station. Woolsey paces nearby.]

WOOLSEY

(to Banks)
Open a channel.
(into radio)
Stargate Command, this is Atlantis.
(pauses)

Stargate Command, this is Atlantis, do you read?

[He turns to Banks.]

BANKS
Comm system is operating, sir. They're just not responding.
MCKAY
Oh-kay…this is weird. I'm picking up an energy signature feeding back through the wormhole. It's Wraith.
WOOLSEY
The Wraith are at Stargate Command?

[Zelenka joins McKay at his station.]

MCKAY
No, these readings are more like something you-you'd pick up in the middle of a hive.
WOOLSEY
But we dialed Earth.
ZELENKA

(worried)

You don't think that…
MCKAY

(also worried)

Standard Wraith procedure. Keep your victims from dialing out.
WOOLSEY
What are you talking about?
MCKAY
There's a 'gate on the hive!
WOOLSEY
What?!
MCKAY
The Wraith always try to block the 'gate of a planet they're attacking—usually by dialing in. They couldn't do that in this case, so they came up with another solution.
ZELENKA
You-you see, when two 'gates are in proximity, one supersedes the other. Usually, it's the default 'gate, unless it happens to be a Milky Way model and the other one's from Pegasus.
MCKAY
We encountered exactly the same problem on the Midway Station. We had to create a work-around to prevent the Pegasus 'gate from always taking precedent.
WOOLSEY
You're telling me that wormhole…

MCKAY Leads directly onto the hive.</blockquote>

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship is in orbit over Earth.]

INT—HIVE SHIP GATE ROOM

[Wraith soldiers guarding the Stargate watch as three small round devices roll through the active Stargate. They are grenades.]

INT—ATLANTIS GATE ROOM

[Ronon, Teyla, McKay, and Lorne are geared up and waiting at the outgoing wormhole.]

MCKAY
Think that cleared the way?

[Ronon unholsters his gun and strides towards the event horizon.]

RONON
There's one way to find out.

[He enters the wormhole without hesitation. The others follow as Woolsey looks on from the control room balcony.]

LORNE

(over radio)

The guards at the 'gate have been neutralized. We're moving on.

[The wormhole shuts down. Woolsey turns to Zelenka, who's standing nearby. They walk towards Woolsey's office.]

WOOLSEY

(despondent)

I should've sent more marines with them.
ZELENKA

(shaking his head)

A full scale assault wouldn't have accomplished anything. If they're going to sabotage key systems on that hive, they're going to need speed and stealth.
WOOLSEY
Maybe. I just hate being stuck out here in the middle of nowhere and not able to do anything.
ZELENKA
Actually, that's something I've been wanting to talk to you about.

[They stop walking.]

ZELENKA

(referring to the computer he's holding)

This is something that Rodney's been working on for quite some time. It's an adaptation of an Ancient technology which was abandoned because of instability and…enormous power requirements.
WOOLSEY
What is it?
ZELENKA
Wormhole drive. It-it's nearly instantaneous travel across enormous distances. It's not unlike gate travel itself. If it works, it could have us at Earth in a matter of seconds. Now, the calculations are incredibly complex. If we're off even by a fraction…it could be very bad.

EXT—SPACE, EARTH ORBIT

[Sheppard's powered down F-302 floats in Earth orbit. He starts to power up systems.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

All right. I'd say it's time to get moving.

[He powers up the engines and flies away.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Ronon leads the team as they head warily through the corridors. McKay studies his scanner. Ronon spots a patrol of Wraith heading towards them.]

RONON
McKay!

[They scatter for cover and begin a firefight with Wraith, staying behind various ship structures.]

RONON

(over gunfire)

Is there another way around?
MCKAY

(over gunfire, looking at scanner)

I think so!
TEYLA
Go! Go! Go!

[She and Lorne provide cover fire as the others fall back.]

MCKAY
This way!

[McKay and Ronon start down another corridor. Ronon cautiously turns a corner, but is ambushed by a Wraith who knocks his gun away and fights him hand-to-hand. McKay raises his gun but can't get a clear shot. He's ambushed from behind by another Wraith who disarms him. Ronon still struggles with his guard as the other Wraith tries to get his feeding hand through McKay's layers of tactical equipment and clothing. Teyla and Lorne fight a separate gun battle.]

[Ronon finally gets the upper hand by using the Wraith's stunner as a blunt weapon, hitting the soldier multiple times and knocking it back. Ronon then strikes the one holding McKay, pulling it back by using the stunner in a choke hold, finally defeating him. The warrior Ronon originally fought pulls a dagger from its boot and stabs Ronon in the back. Ronon screams in agony as McKay watches helplessly.]

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard's F-302 fires a missile into the dart bay, blasting a hole open just before flying through the hole into the ship. Once inside, it maneuvers its way into the inner sections of the vessel.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Teyla arrives, shooting the remaining Wraith. On the floor, Ronon pants and feels his back for the wound as McKay rushes to him.]

MCKAY
Ronon!
RONON
Ah!

[Teyla rushes over. Lorne also arrives and continues to provide cover fire for them. Teyla crouches next to Ronon by McKay. Ronon's mouth is filling with blood.]

TEYLA
Is it bad?
MCKAY
They hit his lung! He's bleeding out!
TEYLA
Ronon!
RONON

(between pained breaths)

Just go…Just go!
TEYLA
No! We are not leaving without you!

[Ronon looks at her, then dies, his eyes remaining open.]

TEYLA
Ronon?! RONON!

[McKay pants in disbelief. More Wraith arrive, and Teyla immediately opens fire on them, McKay covering his ears from the percussion of noise. Lorne clears the way behind them then goes to help Teyla. He pulls her away from Ronon's body.]

LORNE
Come on, we gotta get out of here now! Let's go!

[He drags McKay up and provides cover fire as they run away.]

LORNE
Come on, come on, come on. Let's go!

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Carter waits impatiently.]

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Stargate Command, this is Sheppard. Come in.
CARTER
Sheppard, where are you?

INT—HIVE SHIP

[Sheppard's F-302 sits on a small landing area near a door.]

SHEPPARD

(into radio)

I made it inside. Look, I don't have much time before this place is swarming with Wraith, so…I'm arming the nuke.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[The conversation switches between the briefing room and the F-302.]

CARTER

(upset)

John…
SHEPPARD
Just do me a favor, when Atlantis shows up…tell 'em I said goodbye.

[Carter sighs.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDORS

[McKay, now unarmed, ducks behind a pillar and grabs his scanner while Teyla and Lorne continue to shoot.]

SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Stargate Command, this is Sheppard. Come in….Look, I don't have much time before this place is swarming with Wraith, so…I'm arming the nuke.

[Lorne and Teyla stop firing and look at each other and McKay in shock.]

MCKAY

(panicked)

What? Did he say "nuke"?!
SHEPPARD

(over radio)

Just do me a favor, when Atlantis shows up…tell 'em I said goodbye.

[Lorne hands McKay his sidearm.]

MCKAY

(into radio)

Sheppard! This is McKay! Look, stop what you're doing now!

[The conversation switches between the corridor and the F-302.]

SHEPPARD

(confused)

McKay?
MCKAY
Yes, it's me! I've got Lorne! I've got Teyla! We're on board the hive.
SHEPPARD
What?! Wha—how?
MCKAY

(rushed)

Look, it's a long story…just…important thing is, if you're about to do what I think you're gonna do, don't.
SHEPPARD
This hive is about to attack Earth, Rodney. I don't have much of a choice.
MCKAY
Look, just wait. We'll come to you. I'm sure I can rig up some kind of a…remote detonator.
SHEPPARD
What good's that gonna do for us? We can't get off this ship, Rodney.
MCKAY
That's where you're wrong.

[He checks his scanner, then gestures to Lorne and Teyla, his sidearm at ready.]

MCKAY
This way.

[They head out.]

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Woolsey enters, approaching Keller, who is looking over charts with a nurse. She sees him and steps away from the nurse.]

WOOLSEY
Doctor Keller. I wanted to let you know that we're about to fire up the wormhole drive. If it works, we could find ourselves in the middle of a combat situation rather suddenly. You and your staff need to be ready.
KELLER

(taken aback)

And-and if it doesn't?
WOOLSEY
From what I'm told, the city would be…instantly vaporized.

[Keller stares at him in wide-eyed shock.]

KELLER

(weakly, then stronger)

Oh…okay.

[Woolsey walks away.]

INT—HIVE SHIP, OUTSIDE LANDING PLATFORM

[Sheppard hides by a pillar just outside where his F-302 is parked. A console is nearby. He braces himself then spins, weapon ready, to confront anything on the other side. Lorne, Teyla, and McKay are there, their own weapons at ready, the weapon flashlights shining at Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD

(relieved)

You guys are the last people I expected to see on this ship.

[McKay runs into the landing bay.]

MCKAY
Same here. Gimme a minute.

[He starts working on his computer by the aircraft.]

SHEPPARD
Where's Ronon?

[Teyla Teyla stares at Sheppard in shock and grief and doesn't answer. Lorne looks away.]

SHEPPARD
Teyla, where's Ronon?

[Teyla slowly shakes her head.]

TEYLA

(quietly)

I'm sorry, John.

[Sheppard stares at her, stricken by the news.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Ronon comes to life dramatically with a pained breath. The Wraith known as Kenny has its feeding hand on Ronon's chest.]

RONON
Ah. Oh.

[He pants, looking around in shock. Kenny removes his hand.]

KENNY
I restored your life, human, and bound your wound.

[Ronon groans, looking around frantically.]

RONON

(drily)

That was real nice of you.
KENNY
Now you will answer my questions.

[Kenny stands.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

DAVIS
Hive has completed surface scan.
CARTER
They'll target military installations first, then the power grid. Send the population into a panic. Then, they'll launch the darts.

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

KENNY
How many humans are on my ship?

[Ronon says nothing. Kenny grinds the heel of his boot around Ronon's wound. Ronon can't prevent a pained cry.]

KENNY
Where are they?!

[Ronon snarls in defiance. Weapons fire strikes Kenny and his guards. Ronon looks over in surprise to see his teammates, including Sheppard, arrive. They look equally shocked to see him alive. Teyla and Sheppard help Ronon to his feet.]

SHEPPARD
How ya doin', Chewie?
RONON

(standing with pained grunt)

Ow. Oh.
MCKAY

(in disbelief)

You were dead!

[Lorne and Sheppard help Ronon limp away as Teyla protects their rear.]

SHEPPARD
We're all gonna be dead unless we get out of here.

[They leave.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

DAVIS
That's it. They're powering weapons.
CARTER

(into radio)

Sheppard, what's your status?

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[The conversation switches from the corridor to the briefing room.]

SHEPPARD
We got Ronon. We're headed to the 'gate.
CARTER
How much time?
MCKAY
Five minutes to get there, five minutes to recalibrate the DHD for local coordinates.
SHEPPARD
Ten minutes.
CARTER
I'm sorry. The hive is powering weapons. We're out of time.

[The team pauses in the corridor and they exchange stricken looks.]

SHEPPARD

Understood.
(to McKay)

Give me the detonator.
MCKAY

(desperate)

Yeah…but we're almost there. I mean…look, did I say five minutes to recalibrate the DHD? I meant two minutes.
SHEPPARD
Rodney…

[He holds out his hand. McKay enters some commands and resignedly hands it over. Everyone exchanges looks. Sheppard takes a breath and readies the detonation.]

CARTER

(over radio)

John, wait! We're detecting another ship!

EXT—SPACE

[Atlantis rises towards the hive from out of nowhere, still shielded setting itself between the hive and Earth.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WOOLSEY
Now would be the time, Doctor.

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

BECKETT
Understood.

EXT—SPACE

[Many drones launch from the city, fly through the shield, and strike the hive.]

INT—HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[The team feels the impact of the weapons.]

CARTER

(over radio)

It's Atlantis! They're engaging the hive!
SHEPPARD
That might give us enough time to get to the 'gate.

[He hands the controller back to McKay, and they all run towards the Stargate.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

BANKS
Sir, the hive is returning fire.

EXT—SPACE

[The hive's blue drones swarm towards Atlantis, impacting the shield.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Sparks fly as some equipment overloads.]

BANKS
Shields are down to seventy percent.
WOOLSEY

(into radio)

Keep firing, Doctor Beckett!

INT—HIVE SHIP STARGATE ROOM

[The team arrives.]

SHEPPARD
Get to work, Rodney.
MCKAY
I'm on it.

[McKay rushes to the DHD and starts to manipulate the lower control panel. Lorne spots Wraith approaching.]

LORNE
We've got company!

[The others shoot at the Wraith.]

EXT—SPACE

[The Wraith drones continue to bombard the city-ship's shields.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Many sparks fly from the equipment.]

ZELENKA
The force of enemy weapons fire has pushed us into a lower orbit. We're skimming the atmosphere!
BANKS
It's draining the shields, sir!
WOOLSEY

(into radio)

Doctor Beckett, can you adjust our course?

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

BECKETT

(into radio)

I don't have enough power. I can keep firing, or pull us up. Which is it going to be?

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Woolsey exchanges looks with Banks.]

WOOLSEY

(into radio)

Keep firing, Doctor Beckett.

INT—ATLANTIS CHAIR ROOM

[Beckett closes his eyes in concentration.]

EXT—SPACE

[Atlantis and the hive ship continue to exchange fire in orbit over Earth.]

INT—HIVE SHIP STARGATE ROOM

[The team continues to exchange fire with the Wraith.]

SHEPPARD

(shouting over gunfire)

How's it coming, Rodney?

[McKay closes up the DHD panel.]

MCKAY
I've got it! Dialing the Alpha Site now!

[He proceeds to dial the DHD.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Sparks and smoke fill the room as the technicians duck and try to remain at their stations.]

BANKS
Shields are about to collapse. We can't take another hit.

INT—HIVE SHIP STARGATE ROOM

[The Stargate activates.]

SHEPPARD
All right, let's move!

[The team heads to the event horizon, Sheppard providing rear cover fire as the others run through. McKay hands Sheppard the detonator before running himself. Sheppard sets its timer and leaves it at the DHD before following the others.]

INT—HIVE SHIP LANDING PLATFORM

[Sheppard's F-302 nuclear weapon activates, the cockpit display signaling it is now armed.]

INT—HIVE SHIP STARGATE ROOM

[Sheppard fires his weapon a final time as he backs into the wormhole.]

EXT—SPACE

[The hive ship explodes.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

DAVIS
They did it!

[Everyone laughs in relief and celebration. Some applaud.]

DAVIS
The hive's been destroyed!
CARTER

(smiling, into radio)

Atlantis, this is Stargate Command. Well done!

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

WOOLSEY

(into radio)

Thanks for the kind words, Colonel, but I wouldn't pop the champagne just yet. We've lost orbit, and Doctor Beckett is unable to compensate. We're goin' in!

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

CARTER

(concerned, into radio)

Do you have enough shield to survive reentry?

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Zelenka shakes his head and shrugs.]

WOOLSEY

(with dread)

We're about to find out.

EXT—SPACE

[Atlantis falls to Earth, the shield taking the brunt of the atmospheric friction.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Explosions rock the room.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

CARTER

(worried, into radio)

Atlantis this is Stargate Command. Do you read?

EXT—SPACE

[Atlantis, its shield not visible, falls through the sky as a small object when viewed from orbit.]

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Harriman arrives.]

HARRIMAN
Colonel! We've been monitoring radio chatter. Several commercial vessels in the North Pacific have reported a giant fireball streaking across the sky.

[Davis puts his hands to his face in worry.]

CARTER

(desperately, into radio)

Atlantis, this is Stargate Command. Do you read? Atlantis, this is Stargate Command. Please respond!

[There is silence for several seconds.]

WOOLSEY

(over radio)

Stargate Command, this is Atlantis. Nice to hear from you again, Colonel.

[The room breaks out in smiles and a visible release of tension. Davis laughs.]

CARTER

(into radio, pleased)

Mister Woolsey, you gave us quite a scare.
WOOLSEY

(over radio)

Sorry about that.

EXT—PACIFIC OCEAN AIRSPACE, DAY

[Atlantis flies towards the ocean, its shield still visible.]

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[The smoke is clearing. Earth daylight shines from the Gate room windows.]

WOOLSEY
We've completed our reentry and as far as I can tell, we're still in one piece. Doctor Beckett thinks he can bring us in over water, but…you might want to alert the Navy. It's gonna be close.

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[Carter signals Davis with a pat on the shoulder.]

CARTER

(into radio)

Understood.
DAVIS
We are tracking them again.

[He turns to where Carter is already looking at the large monitor. It shows Atlantis has travelled from the east coast of Asia to its current position northwest of Hawaii.]

DAVIS
We should be able to project coordinates for splashdown.
CARTER

(to Harriman)

Walter, you'd better get me the President. It looks like Atlantis is coming home.

[Carter smiles, her eyes glistening.]

INT—ATLANTIS INFIRMARY

[Ronon lies in an infirmary bed wearing scrubs. Sheppard leans on the footrest.]

SHEPPARD
Well, how you feelin?
RONON
I'm ready to get out of here.
SHEPPARD
Take your time. The city's pretty banged up. Even with the ZPMs, we're not goin' anywhere for a while.
RONON
And when they fix it? Do you really think they're going to let us take it back to Pegasus?
SHEPPARD
I'll make sure you get home.
RONON
This is my home.

[Banks arrives, her hair down and dressed in civilian clothing.]

BANKS
Am I interrupting?

[Sheppard exchanges looks with Ronon, who smiles at him. Sheppard looks back at Banks.]

SHEPPARD
Uh…no, uh…I was just leaving.

[Sheppard leaves. Banks approaches Ronon's bed. Ronon smiles at Banks and tries to sit up better.]

BANKS

(nervously)

Hi…I heard you…died…and came back to life.
RONON
Pretty much. There's, uh, there's a few things I still need to do.
BANKS

(smiling)

You up for taking a walk?
RONON
I don't see why not.
BANKS
Good. There's something you should see.

[She moves to help him out of bed.]

INT—ATLANTIS INTERROGATION ROOM

[Sheppard enters. Todd stands by the table. Sheppard crosses his arms.]

TODD
So, all is well! Your homeworld was saved, you and your friends survived, and all thanks to my zero point modules.
SHEPPARD
That's right. The question is, what would happen next time?
TODD

(warily)

Is there going to be a next time?

[Sheppard studies him.]

EXT—ATLANTIS BALCONY, DAY

[Banks helps Ronon out to the balcony. Keller, McKay, Teyla, Woolsey, and Beckett are already there.]

BANKS
You have room for two more?
WOOLSEY
Of course!

[Teyla rubs Ronon's shoulder comfortingly as he steps up next to her.]

WOOLSEY
Ronon, welcome to Earth.

[They all stare at the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, California and into the bay beyond it.]

KELLER

(cautiously)

No one can see us, right?
WOOLSEY
We managed to activate the cloak before we came in too close. This entire area is under naval quarantine.

[Sheppard arrives and stands between Teyla and Ronon.]

SHEPPARD
Oh, so this is where everyone went, huh?

[Keller nudges McKay, who's looking at the view with a pensive expression.]

KELLER
You okay?
MCKAY

(drily)

I'm alive.

[Keller snickers. McKay puts his arm around her, pulling her close.]

MCKAY
And I've got you. What else do I need?
SHEPPARD
Nice view.
WOOLSEY
Yes. Yes, it is.

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed for Solutions by Aurora Novarum, January 2009.

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