|Original air date|
John Aylward as President Nadal
|SG-1 Season 9|
|Season 8||Season 10|
Jared Kane, of the Rand Protectorate, defies orders and travels through the Stargate to Earth. He informs SG-1 that his people were visited by a Prior, who instructed them to build a satellite and, with it, destroy the Caledonian Federation. When Kane and Dr. Daniel Jackson return to the Rand Protectorate, they are both immediately arrested and imprisoned, prompting Mitchell, Teal'c and Carter to launch a rescue mission with the aid of the Earth spacecruiser, Prometheus commanded by Colonel Lionel Pendergast, only for the mission to end in tragedy for the Prometheus and its crew...
Previously on Stargate SG-1Edit
On the planet Tegalus, Dr. Daniel Jackson is caught in the middle of a war between the Rand Protectorate and the Caledonian Federation. After being injured in the fighting, he is nursed back to health by Leda Kane. The Priors attack several worlds including the Jaffa planets Kallana and Sartorus.
Stargate Command is contacted by Jared Kane from Tegalus, who reveals to them that his nation, the Rand Protectorate, was given an Ori satellite weapon and thus become followers of the Ori. The Caledonian Federation, which is engaged in a cold war with Rand, however refuses to follow the Ori. He tells them what he knows about the weapon and SG-1 agrees to help and they also plan on using the Prometheus to destroy the satellite.
The Prometheus emerges from hyperspace and tries to rescue Daniel by using an Asgard beam to beam Daniel directly to the Bridge but they only end up getting Daniel's locator beacon which has Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell realizing that things aren't going so well.
Captain Kevin Marks then confirms that they're being targeted with Colonel Lionel Pendergast, the Prometheus's commanding officer giving the order to fire missiles at the satellite but the missiles themselves are destroyed in seconds which has Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter realizing that defensive capabilities have been added.
The satellite then attacks, breaching Prometheus's shields while also dealing an incredible amount of damage. This has everyone on board the ship scrambling to limit the damage as they prepare themselves for the possibility of another devastating attack.
Worse, as a result of the attack, the Prometheus's weapons and hyperdrive system are both offline which means that the Prometheus can't defend itself nor can it even escape into hyperspace which means that the ship has been left stranded and is also vulnerable to attack.
Mitchell and Teal'c of Chulak along with a group of F-302 fighter-interceptors then leave the Prometheus and attempt to attack the satellite directly, only for their attacks to be stopped by the shield. Despite one fellow pilot radioing Mitchell and informing it's no use and that they're not getting through, Mitchell encourages the other fighters to keep at it.
On board Prometheus, there's chaos as everyone struggles with the aftermath of the first attack with Carter and Marks heading off to an upper level in the hope of getting the sublight engines back online.
Marks heads for an elevator, only for Carter to stop him and say that the elevators aren't safe. Marks apologizes and states that he doesn't know what he was thinking before he and Carter move on.
Pendergast then activates the intercom system and tells everyone on board to brace for impact with everyone on the ship presumably bracing themselves for another hit.
In the X-302, a frustrated Mitchell states that the damn thing's shield is not weakening.
Seconds later, the second shot from the satellite hits, dealing even more damage than the first shot. It tears through a small area of the ship, sending debris into space with the impact severely shaking the ship and causing two crew members to be thrown out in space, killing both of them in the process while Marks who's climbing a ladder injures his left arm with Carter eventually saving him.
As she helps Marks, Carter tells the Bridge that they can be beamed up to Control Room 2.
Back on the Bridge, Wormack tells Carter that's a negative because the Control Room no longer has life support.
Goran wonders if they should broadcast a call for surrender but Rand is adamant, stating that the Book of Origin states enemies of the Ori show no mercy in attempts to draw others away from the path with Rand insisting that they need to face this with all the strength they've been given before telling a Tegalan Technician to finish it.
Mitchell radios the Prometheus for a status report. Pendergast tells him that it's not looking good right now. Mitchell wonders if they can assist but Pendergast states that it isn't possible before telling Mitchell to stand by for further orders. Mitchell agrees to do that.
To buy Carter some time, Pendergast attempts to negotiate for surrender but eventually his efforts are in vain with Pendergast informing Carter who's still working on the generator that it's over and to give him power for the Asgard transporters before announcing that they're abandoning ship.
Eventually, most of the Prometheus crew including Marks are evacuated to the surface of Caledonia while Rand soon gives the order to destroy the ship which leaves Daniel and Kane horrified.
The satellite strikes again with the severe power of the attack causing Prometheus to break apart and seconds later, the ship ultimately explodes, killing Pendergast and any remaining officers on the ship as well.
As this happens, Mitchell and Teal'c who are still in the X-302 can only watch in dismay as the ship is destroyed with Mitchell removing his mask and muttering, "Ah, Hell", obviously stunned at the sight with Teal'c taking off his own mask as well.
In the bunker, Daniel can only watch in silent dismay and horror as a tech confirms to Nadal that the Prometheus has been destroyed.
In Caledonia, with Mitchell and Teal'c having been reunited with Carter, the team begins to hatch a new plan to destroy Rand's space weapon.
Back in Caledonia, Carter comes up with a plan to detonate equipment from an F-302 over the Rand command bunker to release an electromagnetic pulse and disrupt the systems controlling the space weapon. The plan is effective and while the systems are down, Mitchell and Teal'c move into position to destroy the space weapon. Realizing what will happen, Nadal finally decides to make a deal with Caledonia, which was proposed to him by Daniel: He will give Caledonia the Stargate and any Caledonian that does not wish to believe in Origin would be allowed to leave the planet. Caledonia's Minister Chaska grudgingly accepts the terms and Mitchell and Teal'c don't destroy the satellite.
When the control systems reactivate, Nadal goes back on his word and orders the space weapon to destroy the Caledonian capital building. However, Commander Goran Pernaux doesn't agree and shoots Nadal, killing him. In turn, Goran is shot by Nadal's bodyguards. Jared steps in and convinces the Rand soldiers to accept Pernaux's order to stand down and deactivate the space weapon. When SG-1 leaves, both nations agree to try and solve their problems peacefully.
A while later, Cameron arrives into Daniel's office and the two discuss how Pendergast's courageous actions saved his officers with the actions being a testimony to Pendergast's legacy before Daniel tells Cameron that shortly after they left, peace talks between Rand and Caledonia broke down and that they tried dialing but couldn't get a lock.
Furthermore, Daniel also tells Cameron that Major General Hank Landry ordered the Daedalus which was on its way back from Atlantis to reroute and as such, both nations are presumed destroyed with the Stargate buried underneath the rubble.
It then cuts to Cameron who remarks that this was a rough day before he and Daniel begin drinking some beer to presumably honor the memory of the Prometheus crew and Pendergast who died in the battle.
Antarctica; Area 51; Asgard; Asgard shield; Atlantis; Battle of Tegalus; Beer; Book of Origin; Caledonian Federation; Cold War; Daedalus; Electromagnetic pulse; F-302 fighter-interceptor; Inertial dampener; Leda Kane; Major General Henry Landry; Locator beacon; Naquadah generator; Major General Jack O'Neill; Ori; Origin; Ori satellite; Prior; Prior disruptor; Prior staff; PRIOR2 virus; Prometheus; Railgun; Rand Protectorate; Rand-Caledonian war; Tegalan: Tegalus; Washington D.C.
Mitchell: You want the big chair?
Carter: Not me. I'll sit here.
Mitchell: Sam, he's in Washington.
(Mitchell moves towards the chair, then backs away)
Jackson: Kane, I—I have to ask…Leda?
Kane: Five months ago, while Rand was deciding whether to accept Origin or not, a disease swept through the country. Thousands became deathly ill. The Prior said those who believed and embraced the Ori would be cured. That's when people everywhere began accepting them as gods. We watched…so many barter away their beliefs in exchange for their lives. But Leda, she—she refused to accept it.
Jackson: I am sorry.
Pernaux: The large vessel appears to be disabled. Shall I broadcast a call for surrender?
Nadal: The book of Origin tells us that enemies of the Ori show no mercy in their attempts to draw us away from the path. We must face this attack with all the strength we have been given. Finish them.
Mitchell: Blue squadron, this is blue leader. Break off the attack and scramble formation between the Prometheus and the weapon. Maybe one of us will get lucky and take a portion of the next shot.
Teal'c: I would not consider that lucky, Colonel Mitchell.
Mitchell: Well it could be for anybody aboard the Prometheus.
Kane: Do you ever give up?
Jackson: Not until I'm dead. (Daniel pauses for a few seconds to think his statement through.) And sometimes not even then.
Nadal: (about the power loss) To our knowledge, the Caledonians do not possess the level of technology required to do this. Such a weapon could only have been given to them by your people.
Jackson: I hope so.
Pernaux: Shut down the satellite.
Kane: You heard him, the President is dead. Commander Pernaux is next in command.
Soldier: He's also the one who killed the President!
Kane: The President violated an international treaty. You want to be the one responsible for destroying a city full of people when this goes to tribunal?
Jackson: Hey. Haven't seen you since the memorial service.
Mitchell: Yeah. It was a rough day.
Jackson: So, where you been?
Mitchell: I, um…hand-delivered Landry's letter to Colonel Pendergast's wife and kids. They needed to know that he died saving his crew…that his death mattered.
Jackson: Well, seventy-six people survived. That's a—a testament to his leadership.
Mitchell: And yours. We never would've got off that planet if you hadn't brokered the deal.
Jackson: So, I take it, then, you haven't heard.
Mitchell: Heard what?
Jackson: Soon after we left, the talks broke down.
Jackson: And we've been unable to make contact with them. General Landry had the Daedalus reroute on its way back from Atlantis. It seems the Caledonians weren't content to just leave their fair planet.
Mitchell: They launched an attack.
Jackson: And Rand responded. The Stargate is presumed buried in the rubble.
Mitchell: Rough day.
Jackson: Rough day.
- The capitals of both the Rand Protectorate and the Caledonian Federation were shot in a disused wing of Riverview Sanitorium, which also featured in "Desperate Measures".
- The Prometheus is destroyed in this episode. It makes a brief return in the season ten episode "The Road Not Taken", which features it serving as Air Force One in an alternate reality.
- According to Greek mythology, an eagle was sent daily to gnaw on Prometheus' liver as a punishment for stealing fire from the gods for mankind. A Latin mythological handbook can be understood to give the eagle's name as Aethon.
- It was after the events of this episode that SG-1 and all SG teams received subcutaneous locator beacons.
- This episode was the first shown example of Ori weaponry which is not seen again until the Ori ships arrive.
- Caledonian military personnel wear German Bundeswehr Flecktarn uniforms.
- Kevin Marks has been promoted to Captain since his last appearance.
- Beau Bridges (Major General Henry Landry) does not appear in this episode. This was to make up for his appearance in the Stargate: Atlantis Season 2 episode "Critical Mass" which originally aired directly after this episode.
- Desiree Zurowski (Chaska) previously played Parcy in the Stargate SG-1 episode "New Ground".
- This episode was directed by Ken Girotti who previously directed the SG-1 Season 1 episode "Cold Lazarus" which first aired nine years ago.
- When Mitchell and Teal'c are heading to destroy the Satellite in an F-302 President Nadal orders his officer to "activate the missles shield".
- A microphone boom can be seen above Carter's head as the Prometheus is evacuated.
- When Commander Goran Pernaux is shot by guard, sound mix of shooting doesn't match images.
In other languagesEdit
- French: Ingérence (Interference)
- Italian: La Missione Tragica (The Tragic Mission)
- Spanish: Ethon
- Czech: Satelit (Satellite)
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