|Original air date|
Charles Shaughnessy as Alec Colson
|SG-1 Season 8|
|Season 7||Season 9|
When Alec Colson, a wealthy industrialist intends on letting the public know of the existence of alien life after finding evidence on the Battle of Antarctica, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter attempts to intervene and convince him that Stargate Command is too important to be revealed. However, the SGC is not the only secretive organization that wants to silence Colson.
Alec Colson, a wealthy and veritable aerospace entrepreneur claims to the world he possesses evidence of extraterrestrial life, effectively exposing Stargate Command's various exploits over the years and gives the United States of America 24 hours to reveal the truth or he will. Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson visit him and he shows them some of the evidence. He has photographs of Anubis' fleet exiting hyperspace and the Prometheus during the Battle of Antarctica and he refuses to back down.
The next day he is able to produce a real Asgard at a press conference. The team discovers that Colson Industries was one of the many tech companies that the SGC contracted to work on back-engineering alien technology, and that he was a key member in the production of the F-302 fighter-interceptor. As part of the SGC effort to sequence Asgard DNA, one of the subsidiary companies under Colson's direction was contracted for the work; after performing the process for the SGC, the company proceeded to secretly clone the Asgard, which was then presented in the press release.
Meanwhile, Colson is contemplating releasing information about Anubis' attack on Earth when suddenly, the Asgard clone, all of the cloning equipment, and Colson himself are beamed out, much to the surprise of his staff. At the SGC, Carter reveals the truth about the Stargate program, and pleads with him not to reveal the truth, but the plan backfires, and Colson is more emboldened to tell his story. However, after an assassination attempt, as well as the suicide of Brian Vogler, one of Colson's most trusted employees, SG-1 discovers that The Trust has targeted Colson for assassination. Carter visits Colson, who appears to be about to shoot himself, and tells him that his company and employees will be safe. She then convinces him that the only way for him to avoid jail is for him to go into hiding, not on Earth but another planet.
1962; 1986; Anubis; Asgard; Asgard High Council; Battle of Antarctica; Agent Malcolm Barrett; Boeing 747; Emmett Bregman; Cheyenne Mountain; Chimera; Cloning; Colorado; Colson Incident; Colson Industries; Department of Defense; DNA; F-22 Raptor; F-302 fighter-interceptor; President Henry Hayes; Hollywood; !nside Access; IWN news network; Robert Kinsey; Loki; MRI; NID; Non-disclosure agreement; P4X-650; P4X-650 moon; Pacific Ocean; The Pentagon; Planet (Covenant); Prometheus; Rogue operation; Seattle; The Trust; United States Congress; White House
Colson: As you all know, about five months ago our planet suffered a horrible tragedy. Over two thousand American servicemen and women were killed when a meteor shower disrupted global communications and hit a United States Naval carrier group on maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean. I'm here today to challenge the facts of that incident as they've been conveyed to the general public. On the day in question, none of our satellites detected a meteor shower. Now I don't know how many governments around the world are in on this, but I do know we are being lied to. And the truth is being covered up.
Carter: (watching the press conference) Uh oh.
Colson: Ladies and gentlemen, there is life beyond our world. There are aliens out there and they have a technology far beyond ours and they have been intervening in our existence for quite some time. I have proof. And I am giving the governments of all the nations that are aware of this 24 hours to reveal the truth. Or I'm going to do it for them.
Carter: Colson developed the Multi-Engine-Control-System for the F-302s, Colson didn't know what they were for, of course, but he's a brilliant engineer.
O'Neill: He's also a little nuts, isn't he?
Carter: You've test-flown experimental aircraft...
Jackson: We all go through the gate...
O'Neill: This isn't about us.
O'Neill: All right, see if he can be convinced not to go public.
Jackson: Without actually telling him anything?
Colson: I'm a big fan. Pyramids as landing pads for alien ships? Fascinating.
Jackson: Uh, that was a long time ago.
Colson: Yeah, what have you been up to since? It's like you just dropped off the map.
Jackson: I've been around.
Colson: Yesterday I told you of our belief in the existence of intelligent life beyond our planet. I also told you that we believe several governments—including our own—have known abut this. And have been concealing the information for quite some time. Yesterday I challenged those governments to come clean; reveal the truth. We got only silence. Which gives me no choice but to present to you what evidence I have. How do I know for sure that alien life really does exist? Ladies and gentlemen, seeing is believing. (An Asgard is ushered into the room.)
O'Neill: Well I'd call that something.
Carter: Okay, here's a possibility. What if it wasn't really an Asgard?
Jackson: Looked like one.
Carter: Didn't sound like one.
Jackson: It didn't say anything.
Carter: That's my point. Colson wrapped things up pretty quickly without taking any questions.
Jackson: It was a perfect likeness.
Carter: Imagery of little gray aliens has been commonplace on Earth for years. For that matter, Colson could have a picture.
Jackson: So not a real Asgard?
Carter: No Asgard we know would allow himself to be used that way.
Jackson: Well, it did look a little vacant.
O'Neill: Well, the Pentagon has lost all patience.
Jackson: What do they going to do?
O'Neill: They want us to put a stop to it.
O'Neill: We're calling in a marker. (Nothing happens) Yep... calling in a marker.
Thor: (beaming in) Greetings.
- Chronologically, this episode takes place five months after the Battle of Antarctica that took place in "Lost City, Part 2".
- Alec Colson says that "over 2,000" service members died in the attack on the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Either he is seriously understating the casualties, or the carrier was not entirely destroyed. A Nimitz-class supercarrier alone has a crew of approximately 5,000.
- This could be explained by other ships that survived picking up survivors from the destroyed carrier.
- The new Alpha Site is now built inside of a mountain, like Stargate Command.
- The Colson Industries logo is a slightly distorted version of the old Sci-Fi Channel logo, inverted and upside down.
- Alec is introduced to Captain Mike Shefield when he goes off-world. Charles Shaughnessy played a character named Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny.
- It is confirmed in this episode that Robert Kinsey is no longer Vice President.
- Since this episode was originally supposed to air before "Affinity", there is a bit of dialogue added of Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter telling Colson about The Trust before Brian Vogler confesses. No such dialogue was included in the original script.
- In the DVD commentary for the episode, it is revealed that the Colson Industries set is actually the Stargate: Atlantis set and was also one of the sets for Blade: Trinity.
- The name Alec Colson bears resemblance to a character in MacGyver, Andy Colson.
- While Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson are visiting Colson to stop him from going public, Colson is showing his evidence on a television. Immediately behind him is a framed photograph of the Stargate set.
- Sam refers to the events of "Prometheus", "Death Knell" and "Icon" while Daniel refers to those of "Fragile Balance".
- This is the last of six episodes of Stargate SG-1 written by Ron Wilkerson.
- O'Neill asks Thor for an Asgard hyperdrive for the Prometheus. While Thor states that he will have to consult the Asgard High Council about it, it is later shown that Thor did as asked and all later Earth ships are equipped with Asgard hyperdrives.
- When Colson and Carter confront Brian over his role in doctoring the companies financial books, Brian asks why Colson brought Carter, and if she had a time machine to go back and fix everything. Eleven episodes later in the season, the Time Jumper would be discovered, which would be used to travel back in time and alter events, as well as retrieve a ZPM for the Atlantis expedition.
- In the scene where Carter and Colson are leaving for the Alpha Site, in the close-up of the gate spinning, it can be seen that the gate prop has parts chipped off it (immediately above the chevron pictured) and the inner spinning ring (or possibly the main ring) is uneven. Neither would be expected to be an intended part of the look of an advanced alien mechanism: Virtually all experimental or high-technology devices built by humans even today in the real world are manufactured to the highest possible precision (usually needed for them to work properly). On the prop, these defects are likely due to budget limitations and (by that point) some eight years of continuous use in series production.
In other languagesEdit
- French: Aux Yeux du Monde (To the World to See)
- Italian: Alleanza (Alliance)
- Spanish: Convenio (Convenant)
- Czech: Úmluva (Covenant)
- German: Colson (Colson)
- Hungarian: Egyezség (Agreement)
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