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No Man's Land


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PreviouslyEdit

PREVIOUSLY ON STARGATE ATLANTIS

[Excerpts from "Michael (episode)" and "Allies" are shown.]

END EXCERPTS

Prologue Edit

TEASER

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus is under attack by two hive ships, its shields taking most of the energy.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[Caldwell is in command. Sheppard stands beside between him and Marks, hanging onto their chairs as the ship rocks from the blasts.]

SHEPPARD
  With some 302s, we might be able to take out the hyperdrive, save us some time.

CALDWELL
  Do it.

KLEINMAN
  Shields are at sixty percent!

EXT—SPACE

[Four F-302s launch from the hangar bay of Daedalus. The pilots speak to each other over their radios.]

MEYERS
  I've got incoming.

SHEPPARD
  Dagger 3 and 4, let's try to keep these darts off our six.

MEYERS
  Roger that.

[Sheppard moves forward and fires on one of the Hive ships. After a moment, many darts come out to face them, then split up to follow each pair of 302s. As each speak, they are shown in their cockpits.]

ANDERS
  Half the bogies are pursuing Daggers 3 and 4. We've got the other half hot on our tail.

MEYERS
  I'm taking fire. I've lost the generator.

SHEPPARD
  Stand by to break left on my mark. Mark! Fox Four.

[Sheppard's ship fires two missiles at one of the Hives. They explode amidst the swarm of Darts, destroying many.]

SHEPPARD
  We're in the clear. Continue to target.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  Shields are under twenty percent.

CALDWELL
  Colonel Sheppard, get your flight back to the ship. We need to jump out of here as soon as possible.

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard's F-302 moves in very fast, very close to the Hive.]

SHEPPARD
  Two minutes and I can shut down their hyperdrives.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  Unless you can shut down their weapons, it's not going to do us much good.

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

[Sheppard sees two boggies move around behind his ship.]

SHEPPARD
  Damn it. Dagger 2, I could use some cover on my attack run to the target hyperdrive.

MEYERS
  Roger that, leader. I'm on my way.

EXT—SPACE

[She takes out the two boggies. She and Sheppard speak over the radios.]

MEYERS
  The remaining darts are returning to the hives.

SHEPPARD
  Can you go to max thrust?

MEYERS
  Negative.

SHEPPARD
  Head back to the Daedalus.

MEYERS
  Roger that.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  The hives are opening hyperspace windows.

EXT—SPACE

[Both Hives enter hyperspace.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[Caldwell gets up and approaches the forward viewscreen.]

CALDWELL
  Why the hell'd they do that?

KLEINMAN
  Three of our 302s are returning to Daedalus, sir.

CALDWELL
  Sheppard?

KLEINMAN
  His fighter isn't one of them. The only contacts I have on screen are wreckage.

CALDWELL
  What about his locator beacon?

KLEINMAN
  Nothing, sir. He's just gone.

CALDWELL
  Understood.

INT—F-302 COCKPIT

[Sheppard removes his air mask and looks upward through his window.]

SHEPPARD
  Okay. This is new.

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard's F-302 is attached to the top of one of the Hives as it speeds through hyperspace.]

END TEASER

Episode Edit

OPENING CREDITS

EXT—ATLANTIS, DAY

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Caldwell climbs the stairs to the control room, where he meets Weir.]

WEIR
  Colonel Caldwell. What's the status of the repairs?

CALDWELL
  Ongoing. We lost a few key personnel in the attack.

WEIR
  Yes, we did.

CALDWELL
  I'm sorry.

WEIR
  So am I, but this isn't the time to mourn them. I've just briefed General Landry. We're to check in in an hour and advise him of our response to this.

[The walk to Weir's office, Zelenka and Teyla following.]

CALDWELL
  I've got a broken ship and serious casualties. I don't know what sort of response you have in mind, but—

WEIR
  I want you to redeploy immediately.

CALDWELL
  Excuse me?

WEIR
  As long as they're still in striking distance, we have to at least try.

CALDWELL
  You know we can't intercept them in hyperspace.

WEIR
  Radek?

ZELENKA
  Well, obviously they've upgraded their FTL drives using the information they were able to steal from our database. The Aurora mission reports—

CALDWELL
  Obviously.

ZELENKA
  However, their ships are organic in nature. They will need to make brief pauses to recover from the effects of hyperspace radiation.

WEIR
  Where and when?

ZELENKA
  Uh, yeah, uh, it will take some time to calculate.

WEIR
  Go.

ZELENKA
  Okay.

[Zelenka leaves.]

CALDWELL
  Look, Dr. Weir, I want to go after these bastards as much as you do, but the Daedalus is in no position to fight right now. Our shields are severely depleted. Several decks are inaccessible. Even if we could catch up with them, I don't know how long we'd last.

WEIR
  Which is why I'm committing the Orion as well.

TEYLA
  It was recalled the moment the Wraith computer virus was revealed.

CALDWELL
  And it's in no better shape than Daedalus.

WEIR
  It will fly, and by the time you reach the hive ships, it should also be able to fight.

CALDWELL
  And if it isn't?

WEIR
  Currently, Stargate Command has no vessels capable of engaging the hive ships before they reach Earth. They cannot be allowed to get that far, Steven.

CALDWELL
  You know what you're asking me to do?

WEIR
  I do.

CALDWELL
  There's still repairs that need to be made.

WEIR
  Do what you have to do.

[He leaves. Weir and Teyla exchange concerned looks.]

EXT—HYPERSPACE

[The two Hives move through hyperspace.]

INT—HIVE SHIP

[Ronon and McKay are trapped beside each other inside Wraith pods, stored there as future food. McKay's face is partially protruding from the webbing. Ronon is pushing hard on the webbing of his pod.]

MCKAY
  They couldn't have. Even if they somehow deduced the location of Earth, they still wouldn't be able to get there, not unless they… They downloaded something along with the hive ship plans, something like spyware. It's like when I stupidly downloaded por—Music. When I downloaded music. I asked them to do it. I did this. I'm responsible for the destruction of my own planet.

RONON
  If anybody was going to do it, it'd be you.

MCKAY
  Thank you. Thank you so much for that!

RONON
  Stop worrying about it now. Just focus.

MCKAY
  Focus on what? What is there to focus on? I'm stuck in a cocoon.

RONON
  Getting out of here.

MCKAY
  Oh, right. Of course. Now, why didn't I think of that? Of course. Here goes. Um, nope. Still can't move. I'm pretty sure they're struggle-proof, there, big guy.

EXT—HYPERSPACE

[The two Hives move through hyperspace. Sheppard's F302 sits on a surface on the underside of one. His ship is tiny compared to the Hive, merely a speck on the hull.]

INT—F303 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  Okay, can't sit here forever.

[He brings up a control panel that asks if he wants to disengage docking clamps. He hesitates.]

SHEPPARD
  Hit them while they're in hyperspace. They'll never know what happened. Is that even possible?

FLASHBACK

INT—ATLANTIS CAFETERIA

[McKay and Zelenka argue as Sheppard eats and looks between them at an attractive female crew-member.]

MCKAY
  There is no reason to believe that their hyperspace field is any different from ours, and we can't launch 302s from the Daedalus while in hyperspace.

ZELENKA
  No, I'm simply talking about maneuvering within the field, not passing through it. What do you think?

[The woman smiles back at Sheppard.]

ZELENKA
  Colonel?

SHEPPARD
  Hmm? What? Yes.

MCKAY
  He's not listening.

END FLASHBACK

INT—F303 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  I've got to pay more attention to those guys.

[He pushes the "no" selection on releasing the docking clamps.]

INT—HIVE SHIP

[Michael approaches the Queen of the Hive.]

QUEEN
  Yes, Michael?

MICHAEL
  You should have told me that we were going to betray the Atlanteans.

QUEEN
  Are you feeling sympathy for them?

MICHAEL
  No. But I don't understand why I wasn't told. I told you of their plan because I believed it was a viable way of—

QUEEN
  You are only alive because you still may prove to be useful. But I fear, Michael that the lingering stench of what they've transformed you into will never fade.

[Michael hisses at her, then turns and walks away.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN COMPLEX, DAY

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[The gate is active. Weir speaks to Landry over a video link.]

WEIR
  In approximately one hour, the Wraith will drop out of hyperspace (showing a map)
  here. It's just outside of the Pegasus Galaxy.

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

[Weir speaks into a laptop.]

WEIR
  There they will pause for 15 hours. If Daedalus and Orion break orbit on our current schedule, they should be able to reach those coordinates in just under fourteen hours, best possible speed.

LANDRY
  Narrow window.

WEIR
  It's the only window, sir.

[The rest of the conversation switches between the two control rooms.]

LANDRY
  Understood. Now, the International Oversight Advisory want you to brief them on this matter.

WEIR
  When would you like me to dial in again?

LANDRY
  You misunderstand me. I mean in person, and I mean right now. The president himself assigned—

WEIR
  I can't just leave, not now.

LANDRY
  I'm afraid that's not up to you.

WEIR
  There is far too much going on here.

LANDRY
  Doctor… You've done all you're going to do for now. I need you to step through that gate. They're waiting for you in my briefing room… Dr. Weir?

WEIR
  I see.

[She signs off and stands up.]

WEIR
  (upset)
  Teyla…we are awaiting several teams to return from their missions. Once that happens, I'd like to suspend all gate travel till this whole thing is over.

TEYLA
  Of course.

WEIR
  And I'll need you to dial in once the Daedalus is ready to leave.

TEYLA
  I know what to do, Elizabeth.

WEIR
  Of course you do.

TEYLA
  I will see you when you return.

WEIR
  Thank you.

[Teyla sits in Weir's chair. Weir walks down to the gate room and through the active wormhole, carrying only a laptop.]

EXT—WORMHOLE

[The travel is much longer than an intra-galaxy trip.]

INT—SGC GATE ROOM

[Weir walks through. Landry awaits her at the bottom of the ramp. The walk and talk, making their way down the corridor and up to the control room.]

LANDRY
  Welcome back to Earth.

WEIR
  Thank you, general.

WEIR
  It's wonderful to be here.

LANDRY
  I can see that.

WEIR
  You know, I considered disobeying your order. There wouldn't have been too much you could do about it.

LANDRY
  You made the right decision in coming.

WEIR
  We're in the middle of a crisis, General. This is absolutely—

LANDRY
  Don't bite my head off, Elizabeth. The recall order didn't come from me.

WEIR
  Who it came from doesn't matter.

LANDRY
  What if I told you it came from the President?

WEIR
  I wouldn't believe you.

LANDRY
  And you'd be right. But in a couple of weeks, there could be aliens on our doorstep determined to feed on the human race. The President had no choice but to accede to the I.O.A.'s demand that you be brought back to explain yourself.

WEIR
  (looking up toward briefing room)
  So, what do they really want?

LANDRY
  To point fingers, cover their asses…

WEIR
  I am honestly not sure how I will respond to that, sir.

LANDRY
  They're bureaucrats, Elizabeth. You'll have them for breakfast.

EXT—HYPERSPACE

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Michael walks down a corridor. Two Wraith drones step in front of him and block his path.]

MICHAEL
  There is work I must attend to… Stand aside… Am I to sit quietly in my quarters?

[They ignore him. He hisses at them strongly, then walks back the way he came.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP POD SECTION

MCKAY
  You know, these things are actually quite comfortable. Surprisingly warm, take all the pressure off the spine… I suppose they're as good a place as any to witness the end of humanity as we know it.

RONON
  You're wasting your energy talking.

MCKAY
  Okay, let's say a magic fairy comes down and grants you one wish, and we break out? Then what, huh? We're still on a hive, we're still traveling through hyperspace, probably in the massive void between our two galaxies…where there aren't even planets, let alone Stargates. What then, huh? Do we fly home on the wings of imagination? Is that what we do, Ronon?

RONON
  You can sit here and die if you like, but I'm not giving up.

MCKAY
  Oh, fine. I will.

RONON
  Fine!

EXT—SPACE

[The Hives exit hyperspace and come to a stop in space.]

INT—F302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  Okay. Time to do some damage. Ronon, Rodney, can you hear me?

INT—MICHAEL'S LAB ABOARD HIVE SHIP

[Michael has Ronon and Rodney's gear, including their radios, which come to life with Sheppard's voice.]

SHEPPARD
  Rodney? I know this is a long shot, but if you can hear me, please respond. If you're near a radio, I need you to come in. I need to know your location. Guys?

MICHAEL
  Colonel Sheppard? Is that you?

[The rest of the conversation switches between Sheppard's F302 and Michael's lab.]

SHEPPARD
  Who's this?

MICHAEL
  You know me as Michael.

SHEPPARD
  Sorry…I got the wrong number.

MICHAEL
  Ronon and Dr. McKay are still alive.

SHEPPARD
  What are you going to do with them?

MICHAEL
  If you want them to live, listen to me… If your friends are in pursuit, you need to disable these ships in order for them to reach us.

SHEPPARD
  If you really want to help, why don't you just do that?

MICHAEL
  They would know.

SHEPPARD
  Aren't you "they"?

MICHAEL
  Please believe me when I say I was as deceived as you were.

SHEPPARD
  Oh, I don't know. I was pretty deceived.

MICHAEL
  It seems, Colonel, that because of what you did to me…the Wraith no longer see me as one of their own.

SHEPPARD
  (falsely sympathetic)
  Oh, that's why you want to help, because you don't feel welcome.

MICHAEL
  We don't have time to discuss this.

SHEPPARD
  Sure we do. I've got a…good three hours of air left.

MICHAEL
  Where are you?

SHEPPARD
  Oh, wouldn't you like to know.

MICHAEL
  I need to know what level you are on so I can guide you from there.

SHEPPARD
  You mean, trust you.

MICHAEL
  Are you in a position not to?

SHEPPARD
  Oh…I've got you right where I want you.

MICHAEL
  I doubt I will be allowed to live much longer…and yet I very much want to continue living. If you want to survive as I do, then I suggest you tell me where you are.

SHEPPARD
  I'm outside the hive in a 302 about to blast your ship. You still want to help?

MICHAEL
  Targeting the ventral hyperdrive generators would be most effective.

SHEPPARD
  (confused)
  Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

MICHAEL
  Then I suggest you act now before you are discovered.

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN COMPLEX, DAY

INT—SGC BRIEFING ROOM

[An array of familiar IOA officials sit opposite Weir.]

WEIR
  The leader of the hive presented a scenario which made it seem we were under a time constraint. To speed up the problem solving, we distributed the file—

SHEN
  And played right into their hands.

WEIR
  Yes.

WOOLSEY
  In fairness, Dr. Weir kept us informed of every action they took along the way.

SHEN
  And we supported her recommendations, I know… but clearly, we were not in possession of all of the facts.

WEIR
  Obviously, neither were we, ambassador.

WOOLSEY
  So, what measures have you taken to prevent the Wraith from reaching Earth?

WEIR
  I was coordinating a strike against the hive ships when you recalled me.

BRITISH IOA REP
  With what?

WEIR
  With everything we've got.

SHEN
  Is that wise?

WEIR
  General Landry has informed me that in light of fleet resources committed to fighting the Ori, the weapons platform in Antarctica, powered by a pair of Mark II generators, would be Earth's only defense. Now, I believe it would be far better to stop them while they're still within reach of Atlantis.

WOOLSEY
  Wouldn't it have been more prudent to send the ZPM back to Earth on the Daedalus ensuring successful operation of the Antarctic weapons platform when the Wraith arrive?

WEIR
  The Daedalus suffered severe damage during the first battle. A long journey at full power was out of the question. And there is no way of knowing how much faster the Wraith ships have become.

SHEN
  You would risk the lives of everyone aboard those ships in order to undo your mistake?

WEIR
  Daedalus is in orbit above Atlantis, performing emergency repairs. There is still time to beam the ZPM aboard. But either plan will require Daedalus to break orbit within the next hour.

BRITISH IOA REP
  Then if you'll excuse us…we need some time to discuss our options.

WEIR
  I have instructed Atlantis to…to contact the SGC when both Daedalus and Orion are ready to leave. If you would like to overturn my standing orders at that time, go right ahead. But you will have to fire me first.

[Angry, she stands and leaves.]

EXT—SPACE

[The Hives hold their stations.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP POD SECTION

[Ronon seems to be trying to cut through the webbing.]

MCKAY
  I wonder what they'll do to us. Feed on us, probably. I mean, that's… That's what they do.

RONON
  It's not going to come to that.

MCKAY
  Maybe. Earth'll probably mount some kind of defense, in which case, I imagine death would be instantaneous. Unless we're trapped on a deck with a fire or something. Then we'd be burned alive. Well, burned alive or suffocate. I wonder which would be worse, being life-sucked by the Wraith or burned alive. I honestly couldn't consider two worse options.

RONON
  Stop talking.

MCKAY
  Okay, you know what? Make me.

[Ronon begins cutting at the webbing with a knife.]

MCKAY
  What are you doing? Where did you get that?

RONON
  I was trying to get my hands free so I could get to it.

MCKAY
  Would it have killed you to tell me?

[Ronon breaks free of the pod and steps out of it.]

RONON
  Maybe I would have if you'd shut up for more than a minute.

MCKAY
  What? Don't just stand there. Cut me loose.

RONON
  Only if you put an end to all this "we're going to die, there's no hope"
  talk.

MCKAY
  Well, now there is hope!

RONON
  Ready.

MCKAY
  No!

[Ronon cuts Rodney out of his pod.]

MCKAY
  God, a little help, please? Oh, it's freezing out here!

RONON
  Would you prefer to go back in?

MCKAY
  No.

RONON
  So now what?

MCKAY
  What?

RONON
  How do we get out of here?

MCKAY
  Well, I don't…

RONON
  What?

MCKAY
  You said no more death talk.

RONON
  McKay…

MCKAY
  Look, fine, we're out of the cocoons. So what? We're still stuck on the ship, and there's no way off it without… Well, in any survivable way.

RONON
  You'll think of something.

MCKAY
  It's not a question of thinking.

RONON
  You'll think of something.

[McKay pulls at the tendrils still attached to him.]

MCKAY
  Fine. Can we at least go somewhere else? Can you get this off me? It's down my back. It's down my back.

RONON
  Just…

[They head away from the pods.]

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Weir is there with Harriman. Woolsey arrives.]

WEIR
  So, what do they want to do?

WOOLSEY
  They're still arguing about it.

WEIR
  Of course they are.

HARRIMAN
  Incoming wormhole.

[The wormhole activates in the gate room.]

TECHNICIAN
  (over radio)
  This is Atlantis. We have a scheduled check-in with Dr. Weir.

HARRIMAN
  Stand by, Atlantis.

[Weir looks to Woolsey.]

WOOLSEY
  They haven't reached a decision.

WEIR
  And they don't want to, Mr. Woolsey, because if they agree or disagree with me, then they have to take some sort of responsibility. No, they'd rather have someone to blame. I give this order, either way, they have a scapegoat if something goes wrong. It's all part of the game.

HARRIMAN
  Ma'am?

[Weir steps forward.]

WEIR
  Teyla…

INT—ATLANTIS CONTROL ROOM

TEYLA
  Yes, Elizabeth.

WEIR
  Tell Colonel Caldwell to proceed with the mission as planned….And Godspeed.

TEYLA
  I will tell him.

INT—SGC CONTROL ROOM

[Weir nods.]

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

INT—DAEDALUS CORRIDOR

[Caldwell walks down a corridor.]

CALDWELL
  (into radio)
  Hermiod, what's our status?

INT—DAEDALUS ENGINE ROOM

HERMIOD
  Shields are at full strength. I have re-routed all non-essential power in order to ensure power levels for a longer period.

INT—DAEDALUS CORRIDOR

[Kleinman has joined Caldwell as he walks.]

CALDWELL
  I want all operable missile tubes loaded with Mark III tactical warheads.

KLEINMAN
  That'll be every one of our nukes, sir.

CALDWELL
  I'm well aware of that. Secondly, I want to disable all firing safeties to enable the launch of every one of our missiles the moment we exit hyperspace.

KLEINMAN
  I'm not even sure that's possible.

CALDWELL
  Make it possible, please.

[They arrive at the bridge and take their stations.]

KLEINMAN
  Yes, sir.

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

[Daedalus continues in orbit. Right above her is Orion.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  (to Lorne in Orion)
  Major Lorne, we're approaching our T-Zero.

INT—ORION BRIDGE

[Lorne sits in command chair, Zelenka at a station in front of him.]

LORNE
  Zelenka says she'll fly, sir, but as of right now, that's about all she can do.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  You'll have thirteen hours en route to get your weapons and shields online, but we need to leave right now to make this window. Are you go or no-go?

INT—ORION BRIDGE

LORNE
  We're go, sir.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  Very well. On my mark. Three, two, one… Mark.

EXT—SPACE ABOVE ATLANTIS

[Each ship opens a hyperspace window and enters it.]

INT—F302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  Are you sure McKay and Ronon are nowhere near the area I'm about to light up?

INT—MICHAEL'S LAB ABOARD HIVE SHIP

MICHAEL
  I'm certain… Good luck.

INT—F302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  Thanks. It'll be a walk in the park. A very scary park, filled with monsters who are trying to kill me.

MICHAEL
  I don't understand.

SHEPPARD
  Never mind.

[Sheppard puts his breathing mask on and disengages the docking clamps.]

SHEPPARD
  Operation "This Will Most Likely End Badly" is a go.

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard flies his F302 off the Hive, then turns it back around and flies toward a different area. He fires one missile. It impacts the Wraith ship.]

INT—MICHAEL'S LAB ABOARD HIVE SHIP

[The ship shakes.]

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  Target is destroyed.

MICHAEL
  Disable the second hive as quickly as possible. Their fighters will be already headed your way.

EXT—SPACE

[Dozens of Wraith darts leave the Hive hangars in search of the aggressor.]

INT—F302 COCKPIT

[Sheppard's ship is being fired upon.]

SHEPPARD
  Okay, how about some of this help you were talking about?

MICHAEL
  I told you to target the hyperdrive.

SHEPPARD
  I already knew that.

INT—MICHAEL'S LAB ABOARD HIVE SHIP

MICHAEL
  There is nothing I can do.

SHEPPARD
  Like hell there isn't. Call off the darts.

MICHAEL
  They won't listen to me.

INT—F302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  This is not helpful, Michael.

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard speeds away from the Darts, trying to evade their fire. His ship takes a shot that shears off the right wing. He grunts inside. His ship spins away, seemingly without power or control.]

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN COMPLEX, DAY

INT—SGC CORRIDOR

[Woolsey catches up to Weir as she walk.s]

WOOLSEY
  Dr. Weir…

WEIR
  What can I do for you, Mr. Woolsey?

WOOLSEY
  The ambassadors have finished convening.

WEIR
  Oh, good timing.

WOOLSEY
  Uh, yes. They'd like to continue debriefing you now.

WEIR
  Yeah, I bet they would.

WOOLSEY
  Excuse me?

WEIR
  No. I'm not going to sit there and have them rake me over the coals about every decision I've made these past two years that they don't agree with in hindsight.

WOOLSEY
  Dr. Weir, you know I have the greatest respect for you, but as far as the I.O.A. is concerned, you're not exactly the employee of the month right now.

WEIR
  If the Wraith make it to Earth, then keeping my job will be the least of my concerns.

WOOLSEY
  And if your plan succeeds?

WEIR
  Then I expect to keep my job, yes, because I did what they, apparently, are incapable of doing. I made a decision. The fact is, at this point there really is nothing more we can do but wait and see what happens. But give them my best.

[She leaves him stunned in the hallway.]

EXT—SPACE

[A Wraith ship slowly approaches Sheppard's disabled ship.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Ronon and McKay keep out of sight of passing Wraith.]

MCKAY
  We have been walking around here for the better part of a day, and I haven't seen one exit sign. Look, sooner or later, I'm going to have to eat something.

RONON
  I think I have a plan.

MCKAY
  You? Really?

RONON
  You know a lot about these ships, right?

MCKAY
  Oh, maybe. Why?

RONON
  If I can get you to a control panel, how much damage could you do?

MCKAY
  What do you mean?

RONON
  Could you overload the engines and blow up the ship?

MCKAY
  How is that an escape plan?

RONON
  I never said it was an escape plan.

MCKAY
  (incensed)
  How is it a plan?

RONON
  You're the one who says there's no way out of this. If we're already dead, I say we take them with us.

MCKAY
  (resigned)
  I suppose I'd rather die as a hero than as a meal.

RONON
  So you can do it?

MCKAY
  Yeah, probably.

RONON
  Now you're talking.

[The move off.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Two Wraith soldiers drag a semi-conscious Sheppard down a corridor, lead by a Wraith. They encounter Michael.]

WRAITH
  You should not be here.

MICHAEL
  She asked me to question the prisoner…If you'd prefer to discuss it with her…

WRAITH
  Release him.

[The soldiers push Sheppard to Michael. He walks on his own, touching a wound on his face.]

MICHAEL
  I will take him from here.

[Michael and Sheppard walk away together. Michael lowers the gun he'd been holding on Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD
  You had me worried there.

MICHAEL
  You've slowed them down at least for a little while. We need to get to a transport ship and hope your friends find us.

SHEPPARD
  Not 'til we free Ronon and McKay.

MICHAEL
  We're headed toward them now.

[Michael hand a handgun to Sheppard.]

SHEPPARD
  Now that's what I call help.

EXT—HYPERSPACE

[Daedalus moves through hyperspace.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  Exiting hyperspace in ten seconds.

CALDWELL
  Launch the moment the target is acquired. Don't wait for my order.

KLEINMAN
  Five, four, three…

EXT—SPACE

[Many Darts fly outside the two Hives. Daedalus exits hyperspace right in front of them. It launches its missiles instantly.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  Missiles are away.

CALDWELL
  Dart activity?

KLEINMAN
  Quite a number of them, sir. They're moving to intercept our missiles.

CALDWELL
  (to himself)
  Now would be a good time, Orion.

EXT—SPACE

[Many of the missiles explode far from the Hives as the Darts sacrifice themselves. One finally impacts a Hive.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[McKay and Ronon are shaken by the blast.]

MCKAY
  What the hell?

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Michael approaches a control station.]

MICHAEL
  One of your ships has launched an attack. Their first strike inflicted serious damage on this hive.

SHEPPARD
  Good.

MICHAEL
  The other hive was undamaged, but your vessel is continuing to engage.

SHEPPARD
  Are you going to go through the whole play-by-play, or are we going to get out of here?

MICHAEL
  This way.

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Many soldiers run past Ronon and McKay's hiding place.]

RONON
  This ship's engaged in battle.

MCKAY
  With who?

RONON
  Doesn't matter.

MCKAY
  Well, it matters to us.

RONON
  Why?

MCKAY
  Because if it's our guys, then our chances of survival just went back above zero, albeit fractionally.

RONON
  If it's our guys, all the more reason to damage this ship and help them win the battle. Now, move it.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  One missile got through, sir. One of the Wraith ships suffered serious damage, but the other one is— Sir, the Orion has arrived. The other hive is moving to intercept.

CALDWELL
  They launched their weapons?

KLEINMAN
  Negative, sir.

CALDWELL
  Open a secure channel.
  (into radio)
  Major Lorne, now would be a good time to open fire.

EXT—SPACE

[The Hives are firing on both ships.]

INT—ORION BRIDGE

LORNE
  Yes, sir. I was just thinking the same thing. I gave the order, but nothing happened. Zelenka!

ZELENKA
  I'm trying! speaks Czech.

LORNE
  We're having a little difficulty transferring power from shields to weapons.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  There's a hive bearing down on your position.

LORNE
  Yes, sir, I see that.

INT—ORION BRIDGE

LORNE
  Stand by. Doc, you're killing us, here.

ZELENKA
  Okay. I have it. I have it. I have it.

LORNE
  Firing drones!

EXT—SPACE

[The Orion launches dozens of drones at the Hives, as it takes heavy fire itself. The drones evade the Darts and make their way to one of the Hives, where they inflict such heavy damage that it explodes.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  Sir, the remaining hive is shifting their attack to the Orion.

CALDWELL
  Move to intercept.

KLEINMAN
  Orion has no shields. We're not going to make it there in time, sir.

[Crewmen try to contain the damage on the bridge.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[Sheppard et al are on the surviving Hive. They find the cocoons where Ronon and McKay had been, empty.]

SHEPPARD
  Where are they?

MICHAEL
  I'm sorry. They must have been taken for feeding.

SHEPPARD
  No, no. These were cut from the inside. They escaped.

MICHAEL
  They could be anywhere on this ship.

SHEPPARD
  Well, that's a start.

MICHAEL
  Why? What could their objective possibly be?

SHEPPARD
  If I know Ronon, they're somewhere where they can do as much damage as they can, and McKay would know where and how to do that, so…

MICHAEL
  There's a control station this way.

EXT—SPACE

[The remaining Hive fires on both Daedalus and Orion, with more force directed at Orion.]

INT—ORION BRIDGE

[The bridge is smoky and sparking.]

LORNE
  One more shot, Zelenka! That's all I'm asking!

ZELENKA
  I just cannot give you what I do not have! There's too much damage! We need to abandon ship!

[He starts to leave the bridge.]

LORNE
  Hey, Doc! Listen to me!

ZELENKA
  We sacrificed our shield capability for that first salvo. This ship is going to blow any moment, Major.

LORNE
  (into radio)
  Colonel Caldwell, I'm afraid we've done everything we can on our end.
  We request immediate beam-out to Daedalus.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

CALDWELL
  Get them over here!

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[McKay works at a control station as Ronon keeps a look-out.]

MCKAY
  Their operating system is a mess. Thank goodness I remembered DOS.
  Trust me, that was hilarious.

RONON
  Have you done it yet?

MCKAY
  Look, this ship has been seriously damaged. It's hard for me to find something to overload.

SHEPPARD
  Let Mikey try it.

[The two pairs see each other. Ronon whips out a knife and points it at Michael.]

SHEPPARD
  Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. He's helping us.

MCKAY
  Where did you come from?

SHEPPARD
  I managed to latch on to the hull of the hive before it went into hyperspace.

RONON
  Nice move.

SHEPPARD
  Saw it in a movie once.

[The ship shudders under attack.]

SHEPPARD
  We've got to get to the Daedalus.

MCKAY
  The Daedalus—the Daedalus is here?

MICHAEL
  First we need to get to the transport.

RONON
  Why should I trust you?

MICHAEL
  Because I'm trusting you.

[Michael hands his weapon to Ronon then steps away. Ronon points the weapon at Michael. Sheppard grabs his arm.]

SHEPPARD
  Because I said so.

[They move off. Ronon grabs Sheppard so that Michael can't hear them. Rodney stands with them.]

RONON
  I don't like this.

SHEPPARD
  You got a better idea?

RONON
  We take the ship on our own and leave him here.

SHEPPARD
  He's the reason I'm alive right now.

MCKAY
  Besides, I don't think that's even possible. It took me days to crack the Wraith dart interface, and this ship is a whole lot bigger.

RONON
  I don't like it.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, I get it, you hate the Wraith.

RONON
  Him in particular.

SHEPPARD
  (to McKay)
  Is there anything you can do to boost the radio signal? I want to reach the Daedalus as soon as possible.

MCKAY
  Well, I could try.

MICHAEL
  Hang on. They'll most likely open fire on us the second we leave the bay.

MCKAY
  Oh, great. The day just gets better and better.

EXT—SPACE

[A single transport ship leaves the Wraith ship and speeds toward Daedalus. The Orion explodes.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[Through the damage and chaos, Lorne makes his way to Caldwell.]

LORNE
  Sorry, sir. We did our best.

CALDWELL
  Nothing to apologize for, Major.
  (to Kleinman)
  Bring all rail guns to bear on the main Dart bays. Hold fire till I give the order. Channel every ounce of power to the forward shield until then.

KLEINMAN
  I have a contact, sir. A single Wraith ship, possibly a transport, just left the hive and is on a course for us. It's broadcasting a comm on our frequencies.

CALDWELL
  What the hell do they want?

ZELENKA
  Maybe they want to surrender.

CALDWELL
  Not likely. Let's hear it.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  This is Colonel John Sheppard, authentication code Alpha Seven Tango Three. Please respond.

CALDWELL
  Open a channel. Colonel Sheppard, we'd written you off.

SHEPPARD
  Don't get all emotional on me now. Look, I've got McKay, Ronon, and Michael aboard a Wraith transport.

CALDWELL
  Michael?

SHEPPARD
  Yes, sir, and he's got a plan I think you're gonna like. But it probably won't be long before they start shooting at us.

KLEINMAN
  The hive just opened fire on the transport, sir.

CALDWELL
  Beam them directly to the bridge.

[Sheppard, McKay, Ronon, and Michael beam in. Sheppard turns to Caldwell.]

SHEPPARD
  Colonel!

CALDWELL
  Colonel. You said something about a plan?

MICHAEL
  I've disabled their jamming code, but it's only a matter of time before they realize.

SHEPPARD
  All you have to do is send over a nuke.

CALDWELL
  We deployed all our warheads in the first attack.

KLEINMAN
  The hive is launching darts, sir.

CALDWELL
  Open up on those bays, all batteries!

EXT—SPACE

[The two ships fire on each other furiously. The Wraith Hive is hit on its broadsides, and the repeated hits being to damage it, causing explosions. Daedalus approaches while firing. It takes severe hits on its underside.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

[The ship takes major damage. The gunner is thrown from his seat. A fire starts behind Caldwell. Sheppard takes over the weapons position. McKay rushes to the back.]

CALDWELL
  Cap that off! Report!

KLEINMAN
  The plan worked, sir. The concentrated fire on the bays created a number of secondary explosions. They've stopped firing.

SHEPPARD
  Nice work, Colonel.

CALDWELL
  Fortunately a draw is a win for our side. Ship's status?

DAEDALUS
  Shields completely depleted, and we're venting atmosphere.

CALDWELL
  Seal off all affected decks.

DAEDALUS
  Yes, sir, but that last blast took out our life support, and the back-ups aren't responding. As of right now, we're shallow-breathing.

RONON
  Meaning?

MCKAY
  Meaning that in a little under nine hours, we're all going to suffocate.

INT—DAEDALUS CORRIDOR

[Zelenka and McKay walk with Kleinman.]

ZELENKA
  As l—As long as we don't have to worry about shields and weapons, we may be able to cannibalize parts from some of our other systems, in order to create, at the very least, a-a CO2 filtration system.

MCKAY
  By the time we got something like that up and running, the CO2 levels will overwhelm any makeshift scrubbers we'd be able to concoct.

ZELENKA
  But, it's worth a try.

MCKAY
  Yes, yeah, but regardless, we need more electricians and welders than are technically certified on the ship's roster. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who took shop needs to report to us.

KLEINMAN
  There are teams assembling on every deck.

MCKAY
  Good, good.

[The arrive at a supply room and see sets of personal survival packs.]

MCKAY
  Ah, now we're talking. How many more of these do we have?

KLEINMAN
  Twenty in total.

MCKAY
  How many people on board?

KLEINMAN
  In and around the two hundred mark.

MCKAY
  Oh, so, I guess buddy-breathing our way through this one's out of the question.

KLEINMAN
  I'm afraid so, sir, yes.

MCKAY
  Okay, fine they're reserved for people working on getting life-support systems operational. We need those people as clear-headed as possible.

KLEINMAN
  And by "those people"…

MCKAY
  Yes, I will be one of them.

ZELENKA
  How many levels are inaccessible?

KLEINMAN
  Seven.

ZELENKA
  Okay, we need to find out if there are any pockets of breathable atmosphere in there. We may be able to squeeze another hour or so out of regions that have been sealed off.

MCKAY
  We can't exactly transfer the Oh-two where we need it.

ZELENKA
  Yes, but we could be—

MCKAY
  We will be able to access key panels that have been closed off to us. Let's get Sheppard in a 302. He can eyeball it from the outside. I'll take this.

[He takes one of the packs.]

EXT—SPACE

[Sheppard flies an F302 around the ship, shining a light on it to see the damage and atmosphere escaping from many places.]

INT—F302 COCKPIT

SHEPPARD
  These sections are completely open to space Rodney. There aren't even pockets you could beam into. What about an E.V.A.?

INT—DAEDALUS POWER ROOM

[Rodney works on panels filled with crystals.]

MCKAY
  The space suits were stored in those sections.

SHEPPARD
  (over radio)
  All right. I'm heading back.

MCKAY
  Copy that.

ZELENKA
  Have you tried routing the power through the initial—

MCKAY
  Yes, yes, yes. We have tried everything.

ZELENKA
  Subspace communications?

MCKAY
  (shakily)
  We are floating between two galaxies, Radek. Atlantis has no ship to send, and even if we were somehow able to repair the array and get a message back to Earth, it would still take them weeks to get a rescue here.

ZELENKA
  I wasn't thinking of rescue. I was thinking simply of telling them that we've stopped the Wraith, and perhaps letting someone know the sacrifice that we've done.

MCKAY
  Well, a noble sentiment, but I would prefer to dedicate my last breath of air to getting more air.
  (inspired)
  Wait a second.

INT—DAEDALUS BRIEFING ROOM

[McKay speaks to Caldwell, Michael and Sheppard.]

MCKAY
  The only breathable air within light years is on the Wraith ship.

CALDWELL
  There're also Wraith aboard that Wraith ship, doctor.

SHEPPARD
  So we take them. Beam an assault team in.

MICHAEL
  You would be far out-numbered.

SHEPPARD
  Well, we're dead here. I'll take my chances.

MICHAEL
  I admire your courage, Colonel, but you would be dead there as surely as here… Unless we send over the gas.

MCKAY
  Yes, yes, yes. That could work.

MICHAEL
  The retrovirus gas would make them virtually harmless.

SHEPPARD
  Do we still have it on board?

CALDWELL
  Yes, we do. And now that Michael's disabled their jamming codes…

MCKAY
  We finish the plan we started.

SHEPPARD
  We beam over the gas and wait. We wait long enough, they won't even want to put up a fight.

MCKAY
  Because they'll be humans with no memories. I can't believe I might actually survive this.

CALDWELL
  We're almost out of breathable air now, and the retrovirus takes a minimum ten hours to run its course.

SHEPPARD
  Yeah, we'll rotate the crew in and out of the 302s. (to Michael)
  If this works, can you fly the hive ship?

MICHAEL
  I could.

SHEPPARD
  What do you say, Colonel?

CALDWELL
  (into radio)
  Weaps, get us within beaming range of the hive.

WEAPONS
  Yes, sir.

EXT—CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN COMPLEX, NIGHT

INT—SGC VISITORS' OFFICE

[Landry knocks on the doorway of Weir's SGC office. The door is open.]

WEIR
  (concerned)
  Anything?

LANDRY
  No. No contacts yet. Our tests of the Mark Two generator and the chair in Antarctica are promising.

WEIR
  "Promising." That doesn't sound very promising.

LANDRY
  Yeah, we're fairly confident the Ancient weapon will take care of the hive ships, but doing so will probably require the last of our drones, and there goes our secret weapon. We'd really rather not have to do that. How'd it go with the I.O.A.?

WEIR
  Oh, you know. I mean does anyone ever come out of an I.O.A. deposition saying, "That went well"?

LANDRY
  No, I don't suppose they do.

WEIR
  It was what it was.

LANDRY
  Well, at least most of the time you're a galaxy away. That Woolsey guy is here almost every other week.

[Landry sits across from Weird.]

WEIR
  I think they're going to ask me to step down.

LANDRY
  Well, if they're just going to ask, you can always say no.

WEIR
  I messed this one up, General.

LANDRY
  Yeah, you did.

WEIR
  And I lost some of the best people I've ever—

LANDRY
  But you proceeded with the blessing of the I.O.A and Stargate Command, as I recall.

WEIR
  Somehow, that doesn't seem to help much.

LANDRY
  "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts." And I think you've got that in spades.

WEIR
  Churchill?

LANDRY
  Yeah except for that last part about you. That was all me. Get some sleep, Elizabeth.

WEIR
  Yes, sir.

[Landry leaves, and Weir contemplates his words.]

EXT—SPACE

[Daedalus moves slowly around the Wraith ship, the Milky Way visible behind it.]

INT—DAEDALUS CORRIDOR OUTSIDE BRIDGE

[Crewmen sit on the floor as those with survival breathing packs work on the ship. McKay is one of those working. Sweating, he walks slowly on the bridge.]

INT—DAEDALUS BRIDGE

KLEINMAN
  (weakly)
  Our CO2 levels are getting dangerous, sir.

CALDWELL
  (weakly)
  The gas has barely had a chance to run its course.

[Sheppard and a team of marines sit behind Caldwell. They stand.]

SHEPPARD
  We don't have much of a choice. We've got to go now.

[They leave the bridge, Ronon assisting McKay.]

INT—WRAITH HIVE SHIP CORRIDOR

[The team beams aboard. The move out and find many Wraith now turned human, lying on the floor. One gasps. Sheppard looks on over.]

SHEPPARD
  Some of them are dead.

LORNE
  Looks like they killed each other.

WRAITH TURNED HUMAN
  What's happened?

[Sheppard and the others turn their weapons on the man for a moment.]

SHEPPARD
  It's all right.
  (to a marine)
  Find a holding area. Start marshaling the survivors there.

MCKAY
  The queen's chamber should be that way.

INT—QUEEN'S CHAMBER ON HIVE SHIP

[They arrive cautiously. The Queen struggles on her throne, her face hidden.]

SHEPPARD
  Hello? You all right?

[Lorne goes to her aid.]

LORNE
  It's okay. You're going to be all right now.

[The Queen, still a Wraith, grabs Lorne at the throat and lifts him off the deck. She yells and prepares to feed on him. McKay and the others shoot her, and she drops Lorne on the stairs.]

LORNE
  It didn't work on her.

MCKAY
  Oh. Beckett wondered if the females would be immune.

LORNE
  Yeah. Something you might have mentioned before she almost killed me, Rodney.

MCKAY
  I only thought of it now.

MARINE
  (over radio)
  Colonel Sheppard, so far we haven't run into a single Wraith, sir.

SHEPPARD
  Understood.
  (into radio)
  Sheppard to Daedalus.

CALDWELL
  (over radio)
  Go ahead.

SHEPPARD
  (into radio)
  You can start sending people over, sir. They're all human, and the air is good. I think we're out of the woods.

TO BE CONTINUED

FADE OUT

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