|Lost City, Part 1|
|Original air date|
William Devane as President Henry Hayes
|SG-1 Season 7|
|Season 6||Season 8|
- This episode is part 1 of 2; it is followed by "Lost City, Part 2".
As SG-1 continue to search for the Lost City of the Ancients, they uncover an Ancient Repository of Knowledge which may hold the secret of its location. However, the safety of Earth is threatened when it's revealed that Anubis is planning an imminent attack on Earth. The SGC has been shut down for a three month review with Dr. Elizabeth Weir serving as the replacement for General Hammond.
Colonel Jack O'Neill is in his home, shaving. On the bathroom mirror in front of him hangs an unfinished crossword puzzle which he is trying to solve. As he shaves, he receives a call on his cell phone which, after several rings, he eventually answers. On the other end is Dr. Daniel Jackson. He informs O'Neill that SG-2 has returned from P3X-439 where an Ancient Repository of knowledge may be located that could potentially contain information as to the location of the Lost City they've been looking for. Knowing the information from the repository almost killed him in 1999, he is initially skeptical about Daniel's desire to investigate further. He tells Jackson he will be at Stargate Command in half an hour before hanging up, while continuing to shave and solve the crossword.
In Washington D.C., a blond woman emerges from a residence at a hurried pace while talking to her colleague, Michelle, from her head-set cell phone. She is running a little late for a meeting at the White House with the President of the United States. As she approaches the street, she attempts to hail a taxi that a Russian man is also hailing. While they both argue over whose taxi it is, both in English and Russian, a limousine stops nearby, and the driver asks for a Dr. Elizabeth Weir. The blond woman acknowledges, revealing that she is Dr. Weir. She then surrenders the taxi to the Russian man and enters the limo, in which Vice President Robert Kinsey is sitting.
On the way to the White House, Kinsey tells Weir that the President wishes to talk to her about an alien transportation device called the Stargate. At first, she thinks this is a joke. However, Kinsey shows her a note saying "THIS IS NOT A JOKE" signed by the President, and he gives her a mission report. Weir begins to read it, appearing dismayed.
O'Neill arrives at the SGC, still solving the crossword puzzle in the elevator. As the doors open at Level 28, he finds his teammates there waiting, who tell him that he is half an hour late for a mission briefing with General Hammond. As the group walk to the briefing room, O'Neill hands Carter his crossword. She beings playfully expressing her frustration over his preoccupation with the puzzles, reading entries from it which are blatantly incorrect.
The team finally makes it to the Briefing Room where Colonel Albert Reynolds and Major Harper are already waiting. As they gather around the table, Major Samantha Carter informs O'Neill that SG-3 discovered a Goa'uld Reconnaissance probe on P3X-439, meaning that the Goa'uld are now aware of the planet and likely of its importance: that the planet may contain the whereabouts of the Lost City and other Ancient knowledge that could prove capable of defeating Anubis.
When Major General George S. Hammond joins the meeting, he greets O'Neill, though appears irked by O'Neill's tardiness. As Hammond is seated, the team discusses the benefits of acquiring the Ancient repository located on the planet as to convince O'Neill of the importance of the mission despite the potential health risks involved in using the device. Carter reveals that the Asgard have not responded to their requests for assistance in the matter and Hammond reveals that many other allies of Earth have been unreliable as of late. Since Anubis is quickly wiping out other System Lords and Earth could potentially be at risk, Hammond authorizes the mission: SG-1, SG-3, and 5 will to go to the planet, find the repository of knowledge, and bring it back to Earth where the information can be safely extracted.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, Weir arrives at the White House and is escorted by Kinsey to a room full of boxes containing SGC mission reports. As she opens one of the boxes, the shock of the existence of the Stargate and aliens is still fresh in her mind. She asks Kinsey why the President has decided to tell her about this and questions what kind of job he could possibly want to offer her. Kinsey tells her to try and say no to the President's offer, before leaving her to read the mission reports.
In the gate room, Hammond bids SG teams 1, 3, and 5 farewell and good luck as they enter the Stargate. The teams emerge through the gate on P3X-439 in a large field surrounded by trees and dry brush. A large ruined monument is clearly visible in the distance. Once all teams are through, O'Neill instructs Reynolds to establish a defensive perimeter around the gate while SG-1 moves out to investigate the structure.
Unaware of the approaching Goa'uld threat, the team continues to investigate the structure when Carter finds an energy reading coming out of a wall. As Daniel continues to translates the Ancient text on an adjacent wall and O'Neill approaches, the Ancient repository suddenly materializes. As the team approach it, attempting to find a way to remove it from the structure, it responds to their presence, further extending from the wall.
Back at the Stargate, SG-3 detects a squadron of Al'kesh and Death Gliders on approach. Reynolds immediately warns SG-1 via radio, who are already under attack from a squadron death gliders, which begin bombing the surrounding area. Knowing that they can't hold their position or allow the device to fall into the hands of Anubis, O'Neill decides to destroy the repository with C-4. Jackson, Carter, and Teal'c protest, emphatically arguing that doing so will lose them their only chance to find the Lost City.
As an Al'kesh approaches their position, Daniel begins to run toward the device but is pulled back by O'Neill. Daniel insists that he be the one to use it, but O'Neill protests as he needs Jackson to translate the speech of whoever "goes Ancient." Seconds later, as the Al'kesh begins bombing the area, O'Neill decides to put his own head in the device. As he stands in front of it, the front of the device immediately jolts out of the wall and grabs his head. As the knowledge is downloaded, a light engulfs O'Neill's face. Daniel, Sam and Teal'c stand there, horrified. After several seconds, the repository disengages and O'Neill falls to the ground unconscious.
While SGs 3 and 5 hold off the Goa'uld attack, Teal'c and Daniel carry O'Neill back to the gate while Carter sets off the C-4, destroying the repository. As SG-1 race back to the gate, gliders quickly overwhelm their position, and the team is briefly knocked to the ground by a nearby explosion. Upon standing up, O'Neill regains consciousness but is confused. As the team finally nears the gate, an Al'kesh approaches from the distance, but the teams are able to enter the Stargate before it can attack. Back in the gateroom at Stargate Command, O'Neill remarks to Hammond, "I did it again", and proceeds to the infirmary.
Meanwhile at the White House, night has fallen. Weir is in the Oval Office touching a small trinket on a desk when President Henry Hayes walks in. He apologizes for keeping her so late and asks to spend five minutes with her to tell her his offer. Weir admits that the Stargate Program seems too unreal after reading the mission reports. As Hayes pours himself a drink, he says he understands how she feels, himself only having found out about it a few weeks prior. As Hayes continues on to state several of Weir's accomplishments, including her having brokered half a dozen treaties and speaking several languages, Weir repeatedly asks him what all of this has to do with her. Growing increasingly frustrated with Hayes' lack of response, she emphatically blurts out "what are we talking about", to which Hayes responds "you running the Stargate Program". She sits there aghast.
Hayes proceeds to tell her that an initial review of the program has already been undertaken and that current operations will be suspended until a new government division can be established. Weir responds that she is unqualified to run such an operation, but Hayes acknowledges that no one really is given the magnitude of the project. He furthermore states that, were the program to be revealed to the public, she would be a "friendlier face" for it than a military general, though Hayes notes that that wasn't his main reason for choosing her. At the end of the meeting (which actually took seven minutes), Weir wonders what would happen if she refuses to accept the position. Hayes is confident she won't. As she exists the oval office, Kinsey approaches her and advises her to be careful who to trust. He warns her that he is the man that is on her side, unlike the President, and warns her further that she does not want to cross him. Weir appears unswayed.
While debriefing Hammond of what has transpired on the planet, they must now face the inevitable; O'Neill's human consciousness will soon be obliterated as the Ancient knowledge slowly begins to overwhelm his mind. As it progresses, he'll begin speaking in Ancient. Not long after that, his human physiology will no longer be able to handle the strain of all the knowledge, resulting in his death. O'Neill requests to take the weekend off to get his personal affairs in order before his mind can conjure up the Lost City's location. Hammond grants it.
The next day, Carter arrives at O'Neill's home. As O'Neill opens the front door, he is surprised to see her, and she admits that she had been unable to sleep the night before, being preoccupied with his present situation. After inviting her in, they briefly stand in the entry way where Carter, appearing uncomfortable, awkwardly stumbles through an explanation as to why she decided to come by. As O'Neill walks away to the kitchen to get refreshments, Carter meanders through his house, coming across several picture frames including one containing an old family photo of O'Neill with his son and ex-wife. When O'Neill enters the room, she tries asking him about his ex-wife and then asks about how he's feeling, both questions which O'Neill avoids as he sits on his sofa with a beer. Cater, now not knowing what to talk about, still feels awkward and suggests she should leave. O'Neill, however, tells her to say. She sits down next to him and the two talk briefly about what happened on P3X-439.
A playful knock is then heard at the door. It is Daniel and Teal'c who have also arrived to check up on O'Neill. O'Neill, still sitting with Carter on the sofa, indicates for them to come inside. Teal'c is carrying a box of doughnuts, much to O'Neill's satisfaction.
Meanwhile on P3X-439, night has fallen. Several Jaffa stand in formation in front of the wreckage of the Ancient repository SG-1 just previously destroyed. As Anubis approaches them with two Kull warriors at his side, the Jaffa hold their head low in disgrace, knowing they have displeased their master in failing to capture it. As Anubis stops just before them, he orders the Jaffa Commander to rise. The commander appears visibly shaken. As he reports to Anubis, he admits that the Tau'ri have destroyed the device, and Anubis acknowledges his gross failure. While the commander begins to plead with Anubis, Anubis simply turns his back to him and walks away in silence. The two kull warriors, however, stay behind and begin opening fire on the Jaffa, all of which are immediately killed.
Back at O'Neill's house, the team gather round and drink beer, apart from Teal'c, who doesn't drink alcohol and is given fruit juice. They talk about O'Neill's analogy that The Simpsons character, Mr. Burns, is a Goa'uld. After no one else agrees with him, O'Neill then jokes that his entire Simpsons VHS collection is going to Siler. Daniel also mentions that he thinks Teal'c is one of the "deepest" people he knows.
Another knock is then heard at the door. When O'Neill opens the door, expecting it to be the pizza man, he is greeted by General Hammond. He invites Hammond in and gets a chair for him. As Hammond enters the living room, he is surprised to see SG-1. After he takes a seat and O'Neill hands him a beer, Hammond gives the team some bad news; he has been relieved of command of the SGC. The team is visibly stunned. Hammond continues on that the President has ordered a three month review of the Stargate Program, in which time the SGC is to be shut down and a new government department for the Stargate will be formed. O'Neill tells his team that they've been in similar situations, but Hammond tells them it is different this time.
The team suspects Kinsey may have had something to do with this, using his influence with the President. Hammond insists that, despite choosing Kinsey for VP, President Hayes is a good man. Hammond also informs them that the SGC will be under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth Weir, someone Jackson is familiar with; she does high level negotiations for the United Nations. He has furthermore been called back to Washington for reassignment and feels that he could do more about the situation there than at Stargate Command. SG-1 is still scheduled to return to duty on Monday.
That Monday, Jackson walks into the briefing room where he finds it filled with boxes of mission reports. Elizabeth Weir is there too and stands alone at the window, looking out at the Stargate. As Daniel begins to speak to her, he realizes she's just finishing a phone call on her headset. After finishing the phone conversation, she and Jackson introduce themselves. While they talk, it quickly becomes apparent that Weir feels unwelcome at the SGC. Though initially trying to be welcoming, Daniel brings up the fact that she is anti-military and has replaced Hammond, a "great man". She suggests that the best policy to fight the Goa'uld would be to end the proliferation of weapons, but Jackson warns her that the Goa'uld are pure evil. In an impassioned manner, he tells her that, regardless of how many mission reports she reads, she won't really know what's going on in the galaxy and what Earth is up against until she steps through the Stargate herself. As Jackson continues to make his case, he stops when the Stargate suddenly engages.
Noting that all SG teams have been recalled to Earth, Weir and Jackson head down to the control room to investigate. As they enter, Col. Pearson informs them that they're receiving master Bra'tac's IDC. After opening the iris, the two walk down to the gate room and greet master Bra'tac as he arrives. As Bra'tac walks down the ramp, his pace slows when he sees Dr. Weir, and he is puzzled that Hammond is missing. Daniel introduces the two of them, and explains that political changes have forced Hammond out. Bra'tac acknowledges this, but still looks worried. Upon being asked what's wrong, Bra'tac finally replies that the Jaffa Rebellion members loyal to Bra'tac received intelligence that Anubis is gathering his force to Earth and will arrive at Earth in just three days time.
Back in Washington, President Hayes sits at his desk in the oval office while on the phone with Kinsey, discussing Bra'tac's warning, when Hammond arrives. After a very friendly welcome, the two sit on a couch and begin to talk. Hayes admits that he was pushed by Kinsey to make Weir the new leader of Stargate Command and that he was completely unaware of Kinsey's history with Hammond when choosing him as his VP. He informs the General that he does not want him to retire and instead discusses his reassignment. He knows full well that Hammond's experience will remain invaluable in the near future.
At the SGC, Bra'tac and SG-1 are in the briefing room discussing Anubis' impending invasion when Weir and Kinsey walk in. Weir quickly greets O'Neill, Carter, and Teal'c for the first time, acknowledging the strange circumstances under which they are first meeting. As they all sit at the table, Kinsey is hostile and questions the validity of "Mr. Bra'tac's" claims. He purports that the attack is entirely fictitious and was merely conceived of by SG-1 as a means to prevent the Stargate program from shutting down. O'Neill becomes agitated about Kinsey's obliviousness to the situation. When Weir suggests trying to negotiate with Anubis, O'Neill claims that the whole situation is "derantis", which Jackson translates to mean "insane". O'Neill goes on to claim that the location of the Lost City will eventually come to him and asks for permission to pursue it when it does. Kinsey strongly objects, but Weir states that she will consider it, which upsets Kinsey.
As the meeting concludes, Bra'tac and Teal'c stand, stating they will leave for Chulak to procure ships and warriors to help defend Earth. As Weir then exits the room and returns to her office, she is followed by Kinsey. Kinsey, who is still agitated, slams the door behind him and immediately launches into an argument. He wonders why she is disagreeing with him and Weir answers that she will not allow Kinsey to use her as a puppet to control the Stargate. Before he leaves, Kinsey tells Weir that she isn't as smart Kinsey thought she was.
In the gate room, Bra'tac and Teal'c stand at the end of the ramp. O'Neill is about to give Teal'c the "if I don't see you again speech," but Teal'c is certain they will see each other again with the rest of SG-1 hoping that he's right. After bidding farewell to the rest of the team, Teal'c walks through the Stargate with Bra'tac as Jack, Daniel and Sam look on.
1928; Ascension; Address; Africa; Al'kesh; Ancient; Ancient language; Anubis; Anubis' mothership; Asgard; AT4; Beer; Boron; C-4; Cab; Cell phone; Chulak; Coffee; Colt M16A3 rifle; Crossword; Death Glider; Donut; Egypt; Florida; FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon; Georgetown; Giza; Goa'uld; Great Pyramids; Ha'tak; H&K MP5A3 submachine gun; Iris; Iris Deactivation Code; Jaffa; Jaffa Rebellion; Kull; Latin; Limousine; Lost City of the Ancients; Mars; Mess hall; Michelle; Milky Way; Charlie O'Neill; Sara O'Neill; O'Neill's house; Orange; Oval Office; P3X-439; Pizza; Reconnaissance probe; Repository of knowledge; Russia; Russian language; SG-2; SG-3; SG-5; Shaving; The Simpsons; Skirmish on P3X-439; Staff cannon; Stargate Command infirmary; Stargate Program; MSgt. Sylvester Siler; System Lord; Texas; Thor; Tok'ra; United Nations; Washington D.C.; Water; White House
(After Kinsey talks to Weir about the SGC)
Weir: Is this a joke?
(Kinsey takes out a piece of paper)
Weir: What is it?
Kinsey: A note from the President.
(Note: THIS IS NOT A JOKE; signed President Henry Hayes)
Carter: The fate of the world is hanging in the balance and you've been sitting in your truck finishing this?
O'Neill: I believe it was double or nothing.
Carter: OK, 23 across, the atomic weight of boron. The answer is ten. You wrote the word "fat".
(After they return to Earth)
Hammond: How in the hell did this happen?
Carter: It wasn't an accident, sir.
Jackson: He did it deliberately.
Teal'c: In order to access the knowledge of the Ancients.
Jackson: He, uh...or we, figured we'd never get another shot at it.
Carter: We know from experience that the Ancient knowledge will essentially over-write the Colonel's brain. We're hoping that during the transformation process, he'll become aware of the information we're looking for.
Hammond: And then?
Carter: And then, it will overwhelm his nervous system, and the Colonel will--
O'Neill: What? Meet my maker? Pay the piper? Breach the pearly gates? Start pushing up daisies here and there?
Hammond: You should be in the infirmary.
O'Neill: Why? We all know exactly what's going to happen. In a few days, I start speaking some strange language, a few days after that, I start doing things beyond my control, and a few days after that, it's good night, my someone, good night.
(O'Neill and Carter Talking)
Carter: I should have done it.
O'Neill: What? Stick your head in that thing? Are you nuts? Carter, you're one of this country's natural resources, if not national treasures.
(Jackson and Teal'c arrive at O'Neill's house after Carter)
O'Neill: What are you doing here?
Jackson: Oh, well, nothi- it's, it's a funny story actually. Um, we were driving by, and we saw Sam's car in the driveway, and and and um... Teal'c said to me, well he didn't really say anything, he just kinda, you know, looked at me and did that eyebrow raise thing that he kinda does and, and I said to him, I said, "Hey, why don't we stop by and--"
O'Neill: Is that doughnuts?
O'Neill: (in Monty Burns style) Excellent.
O'Neill: You're so wrong. It's the perfect analogy... Burns as Goa'uld.
Teal'c: They are merely animated characters O'Neill.
O'Neill: You're so shallow.
Jackson: Oh please! Teal'c's like one of the deepest people I know. He's so deep. (to Teal'c) Come on! Tell 'em how deep you are. (to Jack) You'll be lucky if you understand this.
Teal'c: My depth is immaterial to this conversation.
Jackson: Oh! You see?
O'Neill: No more beer for you.
Carter: I'm sorry sir, but I have to agree. I don't see the connection.
O'Neill: All right, that does it. You know, the entire VHS collection was going to one of you. It's going to Siler. He gets it.
O'Neill: Thank God. Pizza. (Opens the door and see's it's Hammond)
O'Neill: Well you're not the usual delivery boy.
O'Neill: I hope you like Guinness, sir. I find it a refreshing substitute for... food.
(Jackson is walking into the briefing room, where he notices Weir gazing at the Stargate, but unknown to him, she is just talking on her headset cell phone)
Jackson: Amazing, isn't it?
Weir: I don't really care.
Jackson: Bratac, this is Dr Elizibeth Weir she's the new leader of this facility.
Bra'tac: Has Hammond of Texas fallen in battle?
Hayes: General George Hammond.
Hammond: Mr. President.
Hayes: I think it was lieutenant last time we spoke, wasn't it?
Hammond: For both of us. That was a lot of hair ago, sir.
(After learning that Anubis is attacking Earth in 3 days)
O'Neill: Three days from now is a Thursday. Thursday is not good for us.
O'Neill: And you are...
Weir: I am Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Colonel.
Kinsey: You can just call her your one-hope-of-ever-stepping-through-the-Stargate again.
O'Neill: Bit of a mouthful.
(During a briefing with SG-1, Bra'tac, Weir and Kinsey)
Weir: What about negotiating?
O'Neill: Oh, for crying out loud. That's derentis! (pauses) What?
Jackson: You just said "derentis".
O'Neill: Did not.
Jackson: Did too.
O'Neill: Derentis, what is that?
- "Lost City, Part 1" and "Part 2" were aired as separate episodes. However, when placed on the Season Seven DVD, the episodes were edited into one 85 minutes feature length episode under the sole title, "Lost City". As per the DVD commentary, the producers suggest that "Lost City" be treated as one episode, noting it was broken up into two only for syndication purposes.
- As per the DVD commentary, since season 6, the writers had begun to eliminate Earth's allies so that the story told in "Lost City" would be about Earth facing off against a threat on its own. In the episode, this isolation from our allies is acknowledged by General Hammond's line "None of our alien allies have been particularly reliable of late".
- It seems the episode starts on a Friday, as Colonel Jack O'Neill requests the weekend off, as well as the team reporting back to Monday. With this information, Anubis would invade Earth on a Thursday.
- O'Neill claims that, should he die as a result of the knowledge within his mind, his collection of The Simpsons video cassettes would go to MSgt. Sylvester Siler. In "Reckoning, Part 2", he learns that he himself is in Siler's will.
- When Jack and Dr. Daniel Jackson are talking in the beginning, Jack asks Daniel for a seven-letter word to finish the string "up, down, charm and ...". Daniel says "strange", which Jack takes as a comment on his question; these are the names of four of the six types of quarks (the remaining two are top and bottom).
- This indicates Daniel likely has at least intermediate-level knowledge of modern physics, despite it being rather remote from his specialty of history, anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. He might have picked up this knowledge from his long association with Samantha Carter, a highly accomplished physicist.
- When O'Neill hands Hammond a beer, the original line was "I find it a refreshing meal replacement". The spoken line "I find it a refreshing substitute for... food." was an ad lib.
- The beverage Carter hands Teal'c in O'Neill's house is stated in the DVD commentary to be cranberry juice.
- This episode and the following are the only ones in which Jessica Steen appears as Dr. Elizabeth Weir. Actress Torri Higginson plays the role in the eighth season opener, "New Order, Part 1", "New Order, Part 2" and in Stargate: Atlantis.
- The President's visitor, Bonnie, is Bonnie Arbuthnot, a development director in Chicago who won the SciFi Channel's "Get in the 'Gate'" contest for a walk-on role as a White House staffer.
- Ron Blecker (SG-3 Airman) is the show's military adviser. This is his first credited appearance in front of the camera.
- Martin Wood who directs this episode and Lost City, Part 2 appears in a cameo in this episode as Major Wood who's inside the elevator with Jack just before Jack goes to meet Daniel, Sam and Teal'c.
- Igor Morozov (Russian man) previously played Roadblock Soldier in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Desperate Measures".
- Mark Pawson (Secret Service Agent) previously played Reporter in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Chain Reaction".
- Jason Calder (SG-3 Soldier) previously played SF Guard in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Need" and Unnamed Spirit in the episode "Spirits".
- In the scene where the ancient repository is on the wall of the ruins, Jack places C4 on the wall next to the device. You can see when he sticks it to the wall, it is flush against the far side. In the next scene, it is moved over about 6 inches.
- Dr. Daniel Jackson comments on how he would stare at the Stargate for hours when they were first trying to get it to work. In the original movie, Daniel was only allowed to see the gate after he had deciphered the gate address, which worked on the first try.
- This, however, could be explained by their first mission to Abydos. Since he was unable to get the gate to work at first, and it took him, at the very least, two days for him to figure it out, he may have indeed stared at the Abydonian gate prior to discovering the Abydonians.
- At the White House when Vice President Robert Kinsey and Dr. Elizabeth Weir are leaving, a secretary closes a door to the Oval Office, only to have it erroneously reopen seconds later.
- When Samantha Carter goes to Colonel Jack O'Neill's house, she says that "only a few of the stars visible from Earth have Stargates on them". This is imprecise as Stargates are not located on stars, but rather on planets (which however presumably orbit stars).
- As SG-1 and the other SG teams come back to Earth through the Stargate after O'Neill has the Ancient Repository downloaded into his brain, the gate closes immediately after SG-1 comes through. However, seconds later the other SG teams can be seen behind SG-1. If the gate had closed then they would not have been able to get there.
In other languagesEdit
- French: La Cité Perdue (1ère partie) (The Lost City (part 1))
- Italian: Città Perduta (Parte 1) (Lost City (part 1))
- Spanish: La Ciudad Perdida (Parte 1) (The Lost City (part 1))
- Czech: Ztracené město (1. část) (The Lost City (part 1))
- German: Die Verlorene Stadt, Teil 1 (The Lost City, Part 1)
- Hungarian: Az elveszett város (1. rész) (The Lost City (part 1))