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7.06 "Lifeboat"

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An entire world has been lost, the few survivors frozen and their personalities stored in databases in ships. When one ship crashes, the intelligences become desperate as power fails. When their bodies are destroyed, they invade Daniel Jackson's mind against his will and force him to become their 'lifeboat'. Can Janet and SG-1 save Daniel?

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TEASER

EXT CRASHED SPACESHIP DOMINATING DESERT LANDSCAPE

[We open on a rock-strewn desert landscape, dominated by a vast spaceship, lodged against an outcropping of rock.]

INT CRASHED SPACESHIP (STROMOS)

[SG-1 climb down some steps into a compartment which appears to be inside the ship. It is very dark and filled with pods of some kind, lined up in a row in the background.]

CARTER
Sir, it's possible the beacon we detected with the MALP was activated remotely upon impact. If there's anyone left in those forward sections, I doubt that they could have survived, Sir.
DANIEL
There should be an indication somewhere about how long ago they crashed.

[The team walks down in to a room at the bottom of the stairs, people are up against the wall in what seems to be some sort of containment device.]

CARTER
Sir, these people are alive! At least they're in some form of cryogenic sleep. Any civilisation without faster then light technology would have to resort to something like this in order to cross the vast distances between stars. Otherwise it would take them an entire generation or more. And given the effects of relativity…
O'NEILL

(cutting her off sharply)

We've got a shipload of frozen people.
CARTER

(pissed)

That would be the more succinct way of putting it, yes, Sir.
TEAL'C
Their current state probably protected them from the impact.

[Daniel walks over to shine his flashlight down an immensely long compartment, filled with more of the cryogenic sleeping chambers.]

DANIEL
How many of them do you think there are?
TEAL'C
From the configuration of the ship's exterior, I would say four compartments of varying size.
O'NEILL
All right. We'll do a quick head count and see what we're dealing with, then we'll call for support.
O'NEILL
Carter, Teal'c, you two pair up. Daniel and I will start in this compartment.
CARTER
Yes, Sir.

[Carter and Teal'c climb back up the ladder while Daniel and O'Neill begin to walk down the compartment ahead of them. We cut to each team member as they search the ship, counting chambers O'Neill comes in to view, looking in to each person cryogenic device and counting as he goes.]

O'NEILL
105, 106.

[He refocuses his flashlight beam on a chamber and sees a skeleton, its mouth agape.]

O'NEILL
105.

[Not far from O'Neill, Daniel hears a strange screeching sound and looks around, his eyes widening in alarm.]

DANIEL
Jack!

[A ball of light tears through the compartment, knocking out O'Neill. We see him fall, then cut to Carter and then Teal'c. Daniel is face down on the floor. O'Neill is unconscious too.]

END TEASER

ROLL CREDITS

INT CRASHED SPACESHIP (STROMOS)

[Teal'c regains consciousness, getting to his feet with difficulty, then reaching for his radio.]

TEAL'C
O'Neill? Major Carter? DanielJackson? Respond!

[When there is no response to his hail, Teal'c draws his zat, then runs through the compartment to search out his teammates.]

TEAL'C
O'Neill?

[Teal'c checks O'Neill's pulse, then, sure he is alive, continues his search. He finds Carter next.]

TEAL'C
Major Carter?

[He checks her pulse and she too is alive.]

[Teal'c moves off again, finding Daniel Jackson leaning against one of the cryogenic chambers.]

TEAL'C
Daniel Jackson?

[Awakening slowly, Daniel turns groggily to face Teal'c. He opens his eyes, his face contorting with fear as he screams hysterically.]

INT SGC CONTROL ROOM

TECHNICIAN DAVIS
It's SG-4's IDC, Sir. They've got SG-1.
HAMMOND
Defence and medical teams, stand by. Open the iris.

[SG4 walk through the Gate, carrying O'Neill and Carter in on stretchers, Dr. Fraiser rushes up to them.]

FRAISER
What've we got?
SG4 AIRMAN
They're both unconscious, vital signs are otherwise stable.
FRAISER
All right, get them to the infirmary and maintain security protocols.
SG-4 AIRMAN
Yes, ma'am.

[Teal'c follows SG-1 through the Stargate, cradling Daniel protectively.]

FRAISER

Daniel?

(startled by the terror he's exhibiting)
DANIEL
I've got to go back…I've got to go back…I have to go back…I have to go back!

[Daniel breaks free of Teal'c and makes a break back for the Stargate, it dissipates moments before he reaches it.]

DANIEL
No. No!
FRAISER
Daniel!
DANIEL
No!

[Daniel falls to the ground, moving his hands up in the air as if he is terrified, Fraiser moves down closer to him.]

FRAISER
Daniel, it's okay. Don't be afraid. Sergeant!

[Fraiser's med techs dash up the ramp.]

[Daniel's fingers twist in Fraiser's comforting ones as he looks around him in terror.]

DANIEL
Who are you? What is this place?

[Cut to Fraiser, Hammond and Teal'c reacting in shock to this.]

INT INFIRMARY

[Carter and O'Neill are unconcious, their vital signs monitored. A nurse is caring for them while Hammond looks on in concern.]

HAMMOND
Notify me the moment they regain consciousness.
NURSE
Yes, Sir.

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

[Hammond joins Teal'c in the medical isolation observation room. Below, Fraiser and two med techs are confronted by Daniel Jackson, in white hospital pyjamas and leather restraints binding his wrists to his waist. Daniel is seething and impatient, filled with haughty arrogance, expecting instant obedience.]

DANIEL/MARTICE

Who is responsible for this? I demand to know why this has happened!
(turns to face Fraiser)

Why am I a prisoner?
FRAISER

(re the restraints)

Those may be removed when you decide to calm down.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Calm? How do you expect me to be calm? I was made promised that nothing like this could happen! That nothing could go wrong!
FRAISER
Okay, let's start there. Can you tell me what has gone wrong?
DANIEL/MARTICE
What has gone wrong? What has gone wrong? What has gone wrong? Well, for a start you are not a member of my staff and that!

[Daniel/Martice turns and points at his reflection in the mirror.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
Is not me!
FRAISER
All right, listen carefully. We did not do this. In fact we're in the dark about what has happened as much as you apparently are. Now if you cooperate.
DANIEL/MARTICE

(coldly)

I will undergo no more of your tests.

[Daniel/Martice holds his forehead with one hand and whimpers]

FRAISER
Are you in pain?
DANIEL/MARTICE
Yes! Yes. A great deal.
FRAISER

All right. I'll get something, but in the meantime try to stay calm or you'll be restrained further.<br\>

(She turns to walk out of the room.)
DANIEL/MARTICE
You have no idea who I am, do you?

[Fraiser hesitates, then leaves the room.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

[Teal'c and Hammond watch Fraiser leaving.]

TEAL'C
That is not Daniel Jackson.
HAMMOND
But is he a Goa'uld?

[Fraiser joins Hammond and Teal'c in the observation room.]

FRAISER
No, Sir, but at the moment he's every bit as arrogant.
HAMMOND
Then is Dr. Jackson suffering from some sort of mental illness?
FRAISER
I honestly don't know yet, Sir. His preliminary ECG readings are like nothing I've ever seen. On one hand, there's indication of coma, but at the same time, we're seeing readings like those of a dozen people all jumbled together.
HAMMOND
Is his condition life threatening?
FRAISER
Couldn't even guess.
TEAL'C
He is claiming to be a passenger from the crashed alien vessel we discovered on the planet.
HAMMOND
How is that possible?
FRAISER
I have no idea, Sir, but Teal'c is right, and I think that we're dealing with more then one passenger. By that, I mean that Daniel's behaviour in the Gate room and throughout the preliminary testing was distinctly different than his current behaviour. I'd say that we've witnessed two, maybe even three seperate personalities.
HAMMOND
Could there be more?
TEAL'C
We discovered several hundred passengers in cryogenic suspension.

[Teal'c breaks off as Daniel/Martice hurls a container of liquid at the two-way mirror which disguises the observation room. He confronts the med techs angrily and is restrained by them, lifted onto the bed and his arms held.]

TEAL'C
Colonel O'Neill had requested an enumeration of the cryogenic chambers. While we were separated, I lost consciousness momentarily. For what reason, I am unsure. When I returned, I found DanielJackson, Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter in their current states.
FRAISER
Speaking of which, Sir, I'd like to check in on the Colonel and Sam.
HAMMOND
Keep me apprised.
FRAISER
Yes, Sir.
HAMMOND
Teal'c, maybe you should head down to the infirmary yourself.
TEAL'C

(implacable)

I intend to remain here.
HAMMOND
Very well.

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

DANIEL/MARTICE
I'm ordinarily a very rational man.
MED TECH
Of course you are, Dr. Jackson.
DANIEL/MARTICE
I am a Sovereign of Talthus. My name is Martice.
MED TECH
Beg your pardon, Sir.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Oh, Sir. Well, that's a start.

[Daniel/Martice takes the glass of water and pill offered by the med techs and takes his pain medication.]

INT INFIRMARY

[Back in the medical room, Fraiser is checking Carter's responsiveness.]

FRAISER
The pupils are still a little dilated. It's as though they were struck with some sort of powerful zat weapon. Well, at least their EEG's are still normal.
O'NEILL
Oy!
NURSE
Doctor!

[O'Neill slowly opens his eyes and tries to sit up, before falling back down on to the bed in great pain.]

FRAISER
Inform General Hammond that the Colonel is awake.
NURSE
Yes, Ma'am.
O'NEILL
Hey, Doc.
FRAISER
How are you feeling, Sir?
O'NEILL
Headache. Bad.
FRAISER
Well, I can take care of that, but first I need to know if you're feeling…yourself?
O'NEILL
Other then this nail through my head, fine. Why?
FRAISER
I'll explain later. Teal'c managed to get the three of you back through the Stargate from the ship, my team took it from there.
O'NEILL
Carter and Daniel?
FRAISER
Major Carter is suffering the same after-effects as you, Sir.
CARTER
Janet?
FRAISER
Sam?

[Fraiser turns and walks over to Carter, who is very disoriented.]

FRAISER
Hey. It's gonna be fine. You've both suffered some form of neural shock.

[Hammond walks in to the medical room.]

HAMMOND
Colonel, Major? How are you feeling?
O'NEILL
Got a nail in my head, Sir.
HAMMOND
That sounds like our Colonel O'Neill.
FRAISER
Their EEG's show normal brain activity, Sir. They appear to be unaffected.
O'NEILL
Unaffected? By what? Where's Daniel?

[O'Neill tries to sit up, Fraiser tries to stop him.]

FRAISER
Sir, I need you to stay right where you are, at least until you're strong enough.
O'NEILL
I'm fine!
FRAISER
No, you're not, Sir!
O'NEILL
Oww.

[O'Neill falls back down on to the bed.]

O'NEILL
No, I'm not.

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

[Back in the isolation room, Daniel can be seen sitting on the bed holding his head in his hands]

DANIEL/MARTICE
Just find the small woman and tell her what she gave me wasn't good enough. It isn't working!

[The medical technician ignores him.]

DANIEL/MARTICE

Do you speak?

(he pulls a face)

[Fraiser enters the isolation room.]

FRAISER
How are you feeling now?
DANIEL/MARTICE
Your medicine is worthless.
FRAISER
You still in pain?
DANIEL/MARTICE
This body must be damaged.
FRAISER
I doubt that. Dr. Jackson was in perfect health.

[She walks over to the table and begins to make a notation in the medical file.]

DANIEL/MARTICE

I assume Dr. Jackson was the former…
(he looks down)

…Not that I have anything against it mind you. It's younger and stronger than my own.

[Daniel/Martice admires himself in the mirror, stretching appreciatively.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
Did something happen to my own body? In times of disaster people need their Sovereign to look up to. How will they recognise me now?
FRAISER
I've already told you we didn't do this.
DANIEL/MARTICE

(yelling)

How else could I have arrived in this situation!
FRAISER
We don't know.

[Daniel/Martice suddenly stands up suddenly and looms deliberately over Fraiser, who backs up from him, alarmed, her med techs moving forward protectively.]

DANIEL/MARTICE

(sneering)
How useful you are.
(he prowls away from Fraiser)

What is this place?
FRAISER
One of our medical isolation rooms.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Could you be less specific?
FRAISER
In a military facility, on a planet called Earth.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Earth? The ship was bound for Ardena. How far are we from Ardena?
FRAISER
I don't know.
DANIEL/MARTICE

The other passengers, they will be concernd for me.
(afterthought)

As I am for them, of course.
FRAISER
Most of them are still onboard the ship, but we think it's possible that several of them may be here with us right now.
DANIEL/MARTICE
As prisoners?
FRAISER
No, we think they may be right here in this room. We don't know the reason, but somehow several of the passengers who were in cryogenic sleep have…

[Daniel lowers his head, once more in intense pain.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
What's happening?

[The medical technicians slowly move forwards towards Daniel.]

FRAISER
Martice?
DANIEL/TRYAN

(gasping, pained)

No. No, Martice is the Sovereign. I'm…I'm just a crew member.

[He catches sight of his face in the mirror and freezes in shock.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
Is that?

[He walks over to the mirror and examines himself, pulling at his skin, his lips, holding his face, appalled.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
How can this be?
FRAISER
It's all right, I'm here to help you.
DANIEL/TRYAN
No, no, this is wrong! This is a mistake!
FRAISER
Yes, it is, one that we want to correct. I'm Dr. Fraiser.
DANIEL/TRYAN
I am Tryan, engineer, second rank.
FRAISER
All right, Tryan. Why don't we start again?
DANIEL/TRYAN
Again?

CUT TO TEAL'C gravely watching Fraiser talking with Daniel/Tryan in the room below

DANIEL/TRYAN
I don't recognise this man. Or rather myself.
FRAISER
His name is Daniel Jackson. The body you're inhabiting belongs to him.
DANIEL/TRYAN
He wasn't onboard the Stromos.
FRAISER
No.
DANIEL/TRYAN
Then how could I have ended up in his body?
FRAISER
Your ship crashed on a planet that we call P2A-347. We don't know how or why the crash occured, only that the only survivors were those in cryogenic sleep. When Daniel Jackson and the other members of his team boarded your ship, this happened.
DANIEL/TRYAN
I have no memory of coming here.
FRAISER
What do you remember?

FLASHBACK TRYAN'S SPACESHIP

[The scene flashes back to Tryan's spaceship, the Stromos. The compartments are heaving with activity, the people tense and rushed.]

PHARRIN
Tryan?
TRYAN
Compartment is secure, Sir.
PHARRIN
Very well.

[Tryan walks over to an empty compartment, enters and activates it, the canopy closing over him.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
Leaving Talthus, entering my sleep chamber, and seeing your face here.

[Daniel/Tryan looks at the restraints in place on him.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
Why am I restrained?
FRAISER
It wasn't you. You're the fourth personality to emerge since being brought back. We believe that there are others from your ship, in there along with you.
DANIEL/TRYAN
In one body?
FRAISER
Plus Dr. Jackson.
DANIEL/TRYAN
No. The strain on the body would be too great. It wouldn't survive.
FRAISER
Do you know that for certain?
DANIEL/TRYAN
It couldn't happen. The only conceivable result would be insanity.
FRAISER
Then we should both hope you're wrong.
DANIEL/TRYAN
Dr. Frasier, you don't appreciate that what's happened is technically impossible. This can't happen. One cannot return to any other body than one's own, there are failsafes to prevent exactly that from happening.
FRAISER
Tryan. It has happened. All you need to do is look in the mirror to prove it to yourself.

[Tryan looks towards the mirror.]

FRAISER
Now, we don't have a lot of time, and you're the first personality to emerge so far that's been helpful, so I need you to think, all right? How could this happen?

[Daniel/Tryan rubs his forehead as he closes his eyes and thinks hard.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
A cryo-sleeper's consciousness is stored in the same memory module that maintains the sleeper's body. There is simply no way to seperate them or send the consciousness to any other than its corresponding body. Unless…Oh, no! Unless the sleepers' bodies are dead.

[Fraiser is shocked.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION OBSERVATION ROOM

[Hammond, O'Neill and Carter join Teal'c in the observation room.]

TEAL'C
O'Neill, Major Carter. I am pleased to see you have recovered.
CARTER
How is he?
TEAL'C
Yet another personality has emerged. Dr. Fraiser appears to be making progress.
O'NEILL
How'd he get stuck in here?
TEAL'C
Daniel Jackson's preliminary electroencephalogram proved anomalous.
O'NEILL
I dare you to say that again.

[Teal'c looks up at O'Neill, O'Neill looks down challengingly. Teal'c calmly accepts, opening his mouth…]

HAMMOND
Dr. Frasier declared a Code 17. Dr. Jackson has been under constant guard, and only she and a few of her staff have had any direct contact, as a precautionary measure.
CARTER

(shocked)

She thought he was a Goa'uld?
HAMMOND
We've since ruled that out, but I'm not taking any chances until we can determine the means by which these additional persons have found their way into Dr. Jackson.
CARTER
To do that, I'd have to have another look at their cryogenic systems.
HAMMOND
Schedule a mission briefing with Dr. Frasier as soon as possible.
O'NEILL

(O'Neill's deep concern for Daniel sounds in his quiet voice)

With your permission, Sir, I'd like to stick it out here with Daniel.
HAMMOND
You realise that only medical personnel are allowed access?
O'NEILL
Yes, Sir.
HAMMOND
Very well.

[Hammond, Carter and Teal'c leave a sombre O'Neill behind to watch over Daniel.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

FRAISER
All right, Tryan, look, let's not jump to conclusions here.
DANIEL/TRYAN
I'm sorry. There's simply no other way this could've happened. Only then can the failsafes be overidden and the consciousness purged from the system I am dead. As are the others who may reside in this body.
FRAISER
You can't be sure of that until we go back to the planet.
DANIEL/TRYAN
Well, you will see.
FRAISER
Okay, look, just help me out with something here. Why do you seperate the consciousness from the body in the cryo-sleep process?
DANIEL/TRYAN
A consciousness cannot survive the restoration process without a significant loss of memory and intellect. A person undertaking such a long journey without proper storage of their consciousness would arrive at their destination as a mere fraction of themselves. The very essence of that person would be lost.
FRAISER
So the memory requirement must be enormous.
DANIEL/TRYAN
Each cryogenic capsule contains an active matrix memory module sufficient to sustain one single mind. Its systems are connected with those that regulate and sustain the corresponding sleeper's body.
FRAISER
Well, it may be possible to upload your consciousness back into that memory.
DANIEL/TRYAN
No, each module can store only one consciousness.
FRAISER
Then do it one at a time.
DANIEL/TRYAN
No, that's not possible. Here.

[He walks around to the end of the bed and picks up a glass of water, studies it.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
Could these same water molecules ever be returned to this glass just as they were before, no more, no less, in precisely the same configuration?

[Daniel/Tryan slowly pours the water from the glass back into the jug of water. Fraiser closes her eyes in pained realisation.]

FRAISER
No.
DANIEL/TRYAN
Our minds have been blended together, poured into one vessel ill-equipped to sustain our volume.

[Fraiser suddenly moves forward closer to Daniel/Tryan.]

FRAISER
But if the computers onboard your ship can separate the human consciousness from the body, then surely they can isolate the?
DANIEL/TRYAN
Can you hear that?
FRAISER
No, I can't hear anything.
DANIEL/TRYAN
The others. Their voices. I can hear them. They're getting louder.
FRAISER
Tryan, look, I need you to stay with me, all right? We need to work together on this.
DANIEL/TRYAN
It's a most incredible feeling.
FRAISER
I doubt the others can help as much as you can.
DANIEL/TRYAN
No one can help.

[Daniel/Tryan closes his eyes and drops his head.]

FRAISER
Don't say that!
DANIEL/TRYAN
They're pulling at me now. I don't know how long…

[He whimpers in great pain.]

Daniel suddenly opens his eyes and stares around the room in shock.
DANIEL
Janet?
FRAISER

Daniel?

(her face and voice change, she knows it's him)
DANIEL
What's going on?
FRAISER
Look, something has happened, I need you to just stay with me okay? Just hang in there.

INT BRIEFING ROOM

[We pull back from Daniel's face to an image of him, suffering, on a monitor in the briefing room.]

FRAISER
That was it. A moment later another person emerged, but we didn't learn anything from her. So, he only surfaced for a moment, but it was definitely Daniel.
CARTER
At least we know he's still in there.
FRAISER
Mmm-hmm. Dr. MacKenzie just did a detailed analysis of his EEG and MRI readings. We think that Daniel himself is in a sort of coma, having being supressed by the others. It's as though his own consciousness has retreated, protecting itself. That's why he could only surface for such a short time. The other signals are a jumbled mess.
HAMMOND
How many others are there?
FRAISER
It's only a guess, but Dr. Mackenzie believes that Daniel could be carrying the minds of as many as a dozen of the ship's passengers.
CARTER
Sir, it's possible that I could reconfigure the ship's systems to separate Daniel.
HAMMOND
The last time you were on that ship, you were attacked.
CARTER
It may have been automated defences.
TEAL'C
I think not, Major Carter. I discovered DanielJackson at the base of one of the sleep chambers. The door was open.
CARTER
There's no way Daniel would've stepped into one of those things on his own.
TEAL'C
Then someone else must have done so. Perhaps I regained consciousness before DanielJackson's assailant was able to do the same to us?
CARTER
The question is why.
FRAISER
Tryan seemed absolutely sure that his physical body was dead.
HAMMOND
So?
FRAISER
So, what if this was a desperate attempt to preserve these people?. What if the person who attacked you is simply trying to keep these people alive in the only way he could?
TEAL'C
The ship could not have sustained them indefinitely.
CARTER
So Daniel's a—a lifeboat?
FRAISER
Yeah, it's possible.
CARTER
Sir, I recommend that SG-12 accompany us back to the planet. They can search the ship for whoever did this while I study the cryogenic systems.
HAMMOND
You have a go. Dismissed!

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

[O'Neill watches from the observation room as Fraiser talks to the latest personality to emerge in Daniel.]

FRAISER

I don't think we've had a chance to meet.

(she speaks gently, her voice very warm and soothing)
DANIEL/KEENIN

Where's my father?

(Keenin is a very young child)
FRAISER
I'm sorry, I—I don't know. Do you mind if I sit down beside you?

[Daniel/Keenin nods his head slowly.]

FRAISER
Okay.

[Fraiser walks slowly over to him, respecting his fear and uncertainty, and sits beside him.]

DANIEL/KEENIN

(looks sidelong at the med techs and whispers)

What about them?
FRAISER
Oh, no, they won't hurt you.
FRAISER
Tell you what? Why don't I tell you everything I know and then we'll just take it from there, okay? What's your name?
DANIEL/KEENIN

Keenin.

(his voice is soft and hesitant)
FRAISER
Keenin? That's a very nice name. I'm Dr. Fraiser.

INT GATE ROOM

HAMMOND
SG-12? Move out.

[SG-12 move up the ramp and walk through the Stargate.]

HAMMOND

(addressing Carter and Teal'c)

I know that you'll do anything to save Dr. Jackson, but the last thing we need is for this to happen to both of you.
CARTER
We have every intention of avoiding that, Sir.
HAMMOND
Good luck.

[Carter and Teal'c stride up the ramp.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

FRAISER
Keenin, we're trying to figure out everything we can about how this happened. What's the last thing you remember?
DANIEL/KEENIN
My father.

FLASHBACK—STROMOS, THE PAST

[Daniel/Keenin remembers standing in one of the sleeping chambers, his father kneeling before him. He's a very small boy, pale and sad, blonde and with huge brown eyes. His expression is the same as that on Daniel's face.]

KEENIN
Why can't I wait with you?
PHARRIN
The ship must accelerate to escape the flare's radiation. You'll be safer here. You will dream sweet dreams, and when you awaken, we'll be in orbit around Ardena and I will be right here.
KEENIN
Talthus will be gone.
PHARRIN
Hundreds of years will have passed, Keenin, and all of this hardship will be part of our distant history. Do you understand?

[Keenin slowly nods and his father kisses him on the cheek.]

PHARRIN
Now close your eyes.

[Keenin closes his eyes…]

FLASHBACK ENDS; BACK TO PRESENT

[…and Daniel's eyes open in the medical isolation room.]

DANIEL/KEENIN
I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay on Talthus.
FRAISER
So you had to leave?
DANIEL/KEENIN
They knew it was going to happen since a long time before I was born. Do you know what a dark star is?
FRAISER
Mm-hmm. One that's burned out its fuel.
DANIEL/KEENIN
They said it would pass close enough to our sun to make it flare and that it would engulf Talthus. I knew my whole life that the world was gonna end.

CUT TO O'NEILL reacting sorrowfully to Keenin's pain

FRAISER
So your people built the Stromos?
DANIEL/KEENIN
They built three ships, including the Stromos, but it wasn't enough. They had a lottery. They said that was the only fair way. But my father was an officer on the Stromos. He was allowed to pick one person from his family. And m-m-my mother made him choose me.

[Tears slowly start to form in Daniel/Keenin's eyes.]

FRAISER
It's all right.
DANIEL/KEENIN
My mother said that she would take her chance with the lottery, but she wasn't chosen. The Sovereigns were chosen, but she wasn't chosen. No one I know was chosen. I wanted to stay with her.

[Weeping for his loss, he lays his head in Fraiser's lap and she strokes his hair, soothing him.]

FRAISER
It's okay. Ssshhh. It's all right. It's all right. Ssshhh. It's okay.

[O'Neill watches painfully from the observation room as Fraiser comforts the little boy in Daniel's body. The hand on Fraiser's labcoat clenches.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
What are you doing…?

[Fraiser freezes, taken by surprise, taking a moment to adjust from comforting Keenin to the arrogance of Martice.]

FRAISER
Martice?

[Fraiser jumps up and moves away, gasping a little.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
You may address me as Sovereign and I will ask you never to do that again. Now, what have you done to resolve this?

INT STROMOS

[Aboard the Stromos, Carter and Teal'c move slowly through a dark compartment.]

CARTER

(on her radio)

SG-12? This is Carter, come in?
SG-12 AIRMAN
This is SG-12. We've just begun our search.
CARTER
Okay, stay in radio contact, Carter out.
CARTER

(To Teal'c)

These power levels readings are extremely low. I don't know how it could still be working.
TEAL'C

(of the sleepers)

Perhaps if we revive one of them, they may be of some assistance.
CARTER
I don't think there's even enough power to do that.

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

[Back in the isolation room, FRAISER and DANIEL/Sovereign are still talking, O'NEILL is staring into the room.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
I demand to speak to someone with authority.
FRAISER
Well, I'm sorry. You're stuck with me.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Why have you involved the boy in this?
FRAISER
What boy?
DANIEL/MARTICE
The boy, you were just talking to him. Where is he?

INT STROMOS

CARTER
If we don't get these systems hooked up to another power source soon, then these people are going to die. I'll need a naquadah generator and I'll have to build.

[Teal'c suddenly raises his hand to silence her, listening alertly. We hear muffled footsteps.]

CARTER
One generation should be enough.

[Teal'c moves silently over to the doorway and grabs a man by the throat as he enters their compartment. Carter raises her gun and shines her flashlight beam on the man's face. It's Keenin's father.]

PHARRIN
Please. Don't hurt us.

[Pharrin is frightened and traumatised, his face and eyes red from crying. He is no real threat. Carter lowers her gun.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

[Back in the isolation room, Daniel/Martice is pacing the room, clutching at his head, his distress very evident. His voice is without its usual arrogance and aggression. There is no doubt he is suffering greatly.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
Tell them to stop shouting. It is unbearable!
FRAISER
I can't hear them.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Be silent!
FRAISER
They're in your mind, Martice.
DANIEL/MARTICE
No, no, no, no! What you're saying cannot be so. I have responsibilities to attend to, I—I cannot remain here.
FRAISER
You cannot leave!
DANIEL/MARTICE
A thousand of our people depend on me to lead them, I am the Sovereign. They have sworn an oath to me!
FRAISER
I'm sorry.
DANIEL/MARTICE
It is my destiny to rule over Ardena.
FRAISER
Listen, you don't understand the seriousness of your condition.
DANIEL

(he darts forward, raising his hand aggressively at Fraiser)
And you still do not realise who you are talking to!

(raging)
FRAISER

(angry)
I don't give a damn! You don't belong in that man's body and I intend to take it back!

(threatening)

INT STROMOS

[Back onboard the Stromos, TEAL'C and CARTER are talking to the PHARRIN who they found earlier.]

TEAL'C
Are there other conscious people onboard this ship?
PHARRIN
No, the others still sleep. Why have you come back?
CARTER
You've done something to one of our people.
PHARRIN
Is he here with you?
TEAL'C
He is not.
CARTER
Are you the one responsible?
PHARRIN
There was no choice. No other way. You must do the same.
CARTER
I don't think so.
PHARRIN
The ship's power is failing.. It is the only way we can save them. Pharrin figured out a way to override the failsafes. It can be done. Don't you see? These souls are the last of an entire world. They cannot be allowed to end like this.
CARTER
Maybe there's another way?
PHARRIN
No. No, the power is fading even now in every compartment. If the two of you carry but a handful of souls, we can route the remaining power back to the others.
CARTER
That's not going to happen.
PHARRIN
We do not know how many more we can accommodate.
CARTER
We?
TEAL'C
I believe he, like DanielJackson, carries the consciousnesses of many.
PHARRIN
Thirteen souls now reside in Pharrin's body. I fear, I can harbour no more.
TEAL'C
To what end do you attempt to preserve the life of these people? Their bodies are dead.
PHARRIN
We are the last of an entire world! The other ships will come. We have sent a message, they will hear it and they will come. And when they do, they will find a way to restore us.
TEAL'C
Why did you not attempt to revive the others?

FLASHBACK

[The scene flashes back to when the Stromos crashed.]

PHARRIN
After the ship crashed? We still don't know why it happened. He was revived by the computer, but the power requirement of his restoration caused too great a drain on the rest of the compartment. Power levels were dropping. Pharrin had only minutes to restore power to twelve of the sleeper chambers before the occupants were dead. But there wasn't enough time. Pharrin was failing them, one by one. There was no other choice, no other way to preserve us.

Returning to the present

PHARRIN
There are over a thousand souls aboard the Stromos! If Pharrin had attempted to revive the others, then many more may have died.
CARTER
Even one person to share the burden.
PHARRIN
Pharrin walked as far as he could see! There was little more then rock! Neither was there sufficient water or food remaining aboard after the crash. Pharrin dared not revive another soul.

[Pharrin rubs at his face.]

PHARRIN
We are not alone. We live in a democracy of one. It is strange, yes, but we are the chosen survivors of an entire race. How could Pharrin have allowed even one of us to be lost?
CARTER
Still, we could've helped you.
PHARRIN

(Shakes his head from side to side, his voice changing each time as the personalities he carries conflict)

We should have asked them! No! We could not take the chance. You—would never have consented, would you?
TEAL'C
We would not.
PHARRIN

Then, we chose correctly.
(He flashes back to himself, hiding, as Teal'c kneels by the unconscious Daniel.)

Our mistake was to flee after you revived so quickly from our stun weapon and returned for your friends. Too many of us were afraid.
CARTER
There are other ways that we can help.
PHARRIN
How?
CARTER
Well, for starters we could provide you with an alternate power source, one capable of bringing your energy reserves back up to where they need to be to revive your people. It's possible that I can retrieve it and have it up and running within a few hours.
PHARRIN

(he shakes his head again, the personalities fighting for control)

Pharrin, there is no other way. Listen to her! No! We must wait! The ships will come!
CARTER
We can take you anywhere you want to go. Another world like Ardena.
PHARRIN
You have a ship?
CARTER
We know of a device capable of transporting all your people instantaneously to any number of worlds. We call it a Stargate.
PHARRIN
Such a device is not possible.
CARTER
Come back with us and I'll prove it to you.
TEAL'C
However, we will only consent to do so if you return our friend to his former state.
PHARRIN
He is preserving life.
TEAL'C
At the expense of his own! Against his will!
PHARRIN
Please. Do not ask us to do this.
CARTER
We're not asking.
PHARRIN
The souls that your friend carries within him are amongst the most precious of all.
TEAL'C

(furious)

Our friend is equally as important to us.
PHARRIN
There will be nowhere for them to go. They will be lost.
CARTER
But it is possible to undo this?

[Pharrin is shaking violently now, physically fighting himself for control.]

PHARRIN
How can I abandon them so easily! We have sworn to protect the Sovereign! But we may save hundreds of others!
CARTER

(yelling)

Pharrin!
PHARRIN

There is a way.

(pathetic)
CARTER
Do you understand that what we're offering could save everyone on this ship?
PHARRIN
And do you understand that one of the souls that your friend carries within him—is my son?

[Carter's eyes widen in comprehension. She understands at last Pharrin's desperation and the stakes they are facing.]

INT MEDICAL ISOLATION ROOM

[Daniel leans heavily against the bed, panting harshly, in desperate straits.]

DANIEL/MARTICE
Please, why does it hurt so much!
FRAISER
All right.

[Fraiser turns to face the medical technician at the door.]

FRAISER
Prepare 100 micrograms of phentanol!

[The technician nods and walks outside of the isolation room. As the technician leaves, Daniel suddenly stands up.]

DANIEL/TRYAN
That won't be necessary, Dr. Frasier. I seem to have a higher threshold for pain then the others.
FRAISER
Tryan?
DANIEL/TRYAN
Yes.
FRAISER
Oh, thank God for that!

[The isolation room door opens and Carter walks in.]

CARTER
Janet? Can I have a word?
FRAISER

(To Tryan)

I'll be back.

[Carter and Fraiser leave the medical isolation room. In the observation room above, Hammond and Teal'c have joined O'Neill.]

O'NEILL
You sure you trust this guy?
TEAL'C
He has much to gain by assisting us.

[Below them, Pharrin walks into the medical isolation room with Fraiser and Carter.]

DANIEL/TRYAN

Officer Pharrin, Sir! Engineer Tryan, second rank.

(he bows)
PHARRIN
Tryan? Of course! Of all of our crew, you would've thought this was not possible.
DANIEL/TRYAN
And of all of our crew, Sir, you're the one who'd find a way to do it. How did you manage?
PHARRIN
Our training and a shared will to survive. It is a strange way of living with others, but it is better than the alternative.
DANIEL/TRYAN
What of our ship and our passengers, Sir?

[Pharrin moves closer to Daniel/Tryan.]

PHARRIN
Our ship crash landed. We failed to reach Ardena. Her passengers may yet be saved, but not without considerable sacrifice, to you and to the others of the Stromos that reside within you.
DANIEL/TRYAN
I understand, Sir.
PHARRIN
These people possess a device capable of transporting all our people to another world, perhaps even Ardena. It is very real and it will save our people. But in exchange they ask that their friend be returned to them as he was before. I believe it can be done if we act quickly. It is a reasonable bargain.
DANIEL/TRYAN

(resolute)

I will do whatever is necessary, Sir. Whatever you ask of me.

[Daniel/Tryan nods assurance to Pharrin and Fraiser relaxes fractionally. Daniel/Tryan's head drops.]

DANIEL/MARTICE

(yelling)

No! There will no sacrifice of any kind! Officer Pharrin, as your Sovereign I demand that you return me to the ship immediately!

[Pharrin drops to his knees and bows reverently before his sovereign.]

CARTER
Pharrin!
PHARRIN
We have sworn an oath to do his will. We cannot proceed.
DANIEL/MARTICE
Officer Pharrin? I've given you a command. Do you understand me?
O'NEILL

(watching from the observation room)

Oh, for crying out loud!

[Furiously angry, he gets up and storms out of the observation room and down into the isolation room.]

O'NEILL
Get up!
PHARRIN
I've sworn to protect the Sovereign!

[O'Neill yanks Pharrin to his feet.]

O'NEILL
Your Sovereign's dead!
PHARRIN
But his soul lives on!
O'NEILL
Not if I cut him out!
PHARRIN
You would not.
O'NEILL

Oh, yes, I would.

(a promise)
DANIEL/MARTICE
Pharrin, you listen to me!
O'NEILL

Don't listen! You just do what you came here to do!

(implacable)

[Shaken, Pharrin stares intently at his sovereign, Daniel/Martice staring commandingly back at him.]

PHARRIN
Forgive us, Sovereign. It is the only way to protect our people.
DANIEL/MARTICE
I will not surrender this body, not at any cost! It is mine!
DANIEL/TRYAN
It was never ours to begin with!
DANIEL/MARTICE
If you save anyone, you will save me!
DANIEL/TRYAN
The people of Talthus will die!
DANIEL/MARTICE

(yelling)

Let them!

[Pharrin grabs hold of Daniel/Martice.]

PHARRIN
Forgive me, Sovereign!
DANIEL/MARTICE
How dare you touch me!
PHARRIN
For twelve years, we have fought to save the people of Talthus, and we will do everything in our power to do so! No matter how great the sacrifice.

[Daniel/Martice drops his head.]

DANIEL/KEENIN
Father?
PHARRIN

(he gasps)
Keenin?
(his voice is breaking)

I am so sorry, my son. You must sacrifice as well, and we will be together. Do you understand?

[Tears begin to gather in Pharrin's eyes as Daniel/Keenin nods his acceptance.]

PHARRIN
The people of Talthus will be safe. And they will remember us forever.
DANIEL/KEENIN
But we'll be together?
PHARRIN

We'll be together.

(he is crying as he makes this promise)

INT STROMOS

[Back onboard the Stromos, Daniel and Pharrin are hooked up to the memory matrix module in two adjacent cryogenic chambers., O'Neill and Dr. Fraiser watching over them.]

O'NEILL
Well?
FRAISER
Well, there's no way to tell yet if they all made it into Pharrin, but Daniel's readings are back to normal.
O'NEILL
How'd you do that?
FRAISER
Wasn't me, Sir. It was Daniel. His consciousness protected itself and he never emerged for more then a few seconds. That's what allowed Pharrin to separate the others from Daniel and absorb them himself.
O'NEILL
The more the merrier, I guess.
FRAISER
He'll stay in suspended animation until the rest of the ships passengers can be revived and take care of him.
O'NEILL
You mean them?

[Carter and Teal'c climb down the steps into the compartment as the power and lights come back up.]

CARTER
The naquadah generator will sustain the power, Sir.
TEAL'C
We should be able to begin the restoration process within hours.
CARTER
And we can start relocating them shortly after that.
O'NEILL
Good, we'll leave that for SG-4, they love that kind of stuff.
CARTER
How's Daniel?
FRAISER
He'll probably be unconscious for a while, I think it's best if we give him…
DANIEL
What?

[Daniel struggles to open his eyes as Fraiser is speaking. O'Neill moves over to Daniel at once.]

O'NEILL

Daniel?
(gently)

That you?
DANIEL
Jack?
O'NEILL
How you doing?
DANIEL
Bad headache.
O'NEILL
Nail in the head kind of thing?
DANIEL
Yeah, something like that.
O'NEILL

Yeah.

(he smiles)

[Cut in turn to Carter, Fraiser and Teal'c smiling in relief that Daniel is safe. Daniel struggles to focus, staring around him uncomprehendingly and in pain.]

FADE OUT

END CREDITS

Transcribed by Alison for Solutions, 20 Jul 03

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