|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".
Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers a clue to find the Lost City on P3X-439. There, they discover another Repository of knowledge, and in order to prevent Anubis from getting his hands on it, Colonel Jack O'Neill puts his head in the device again, and destroys it. Meanwhile, Major General George S. Hammond has been relieved of his command, where he is to be replaced by Dr. Elizabeth Weir, who isn't as willing to help SG-1 as Hammond.
Colonel Jack O'Neill is in his home, shaving. On the mirror in front of him is an unfinished crossword puzzle, which he is trying to solve. He then has a cell phone call, which he eventually answers. On the other end is Dr. Daniel Jackson, who tells him that SG-2 returned from P3X-439, where there may be a Repository of knowledge which could contain the Lost City they are looking for. Knowing the information from the repository once almost killed him in 1999, he decides not to avoid the conversation any longer, and 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 is talking to her colleague, Michelle from her head-set cell phone. She is running a little late to go to the White House to meet the President of the United States, but a Russian man tries to take her taxi. While they both argue, both in English and Russian, a limousine stops nearby, and the driver wants to know where Dr. Elizabeth Weir is. The woman is Weir, and she is taken to the limo by Vice President Robert Kinsey.
On the way to the White House, Kinsey briefs 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 reluctantly decides to read the mission report.
O'Neill arrives at the SGC, still solving the crossword puzzle in the elevator. He arrives at Level 28, where he finds his teammates, who tell him he is one hour late. The team finally makes it to the Briefing Room with Colonel Albert Reynolds and Major Harper. Major Samantha Carter informs O'Neill that on 439, SG-3 picked up a Goa'uld Reconnaissance probe, meaning the Goa'uld are now aware of the planet and its importance; the planet may contain the whereabouts of the Lost City as a means to find technology capable of defeating Anubis. When Major General George S. Hammond joins the meeting, they plan to have SG-1, 3 and 5 to go to the massive structure on the planet, find the repository of knowledge and bring it back to Earth to extract the information. They can't let O'Neill have the Ancient knowledge in his brain again, since they tried calling the Asgard for the heads up, but there has been no reply from them. Since Anubis is quickly wiping out other System Lords, Hammond authorizes the mission.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, Weir arrives in the White House, and is escorted by Kinsey to a room full of box files with mission reports. He tells her to try and say no to the President's offer, before leaving her to read the mission reports.
The SG teams arrive on P3X-439. SG-3 and SG-5 set up defense perimeters around the Stargate, while SG-1 checks out the monument. However, after a while they have not found anything. Furthermore, Anubis' fleet jumps out of hyperspace over the planet. At the same time, Carter finds an energy reading, and soon, Jackson finds a way to make the repository materialize on the wall. They just need to figure out how to extract it. However, SG-3 hears a squadron of Al'kesh and Death Gliders arriving and carpet-bombing the area. O'Neill decides to destroy the repository with C-4, but Jackson doesn't want that to happen, and offers to put his head in. However, O'Neill stops him, as he needs Jackson to translate the speech of whoever "goes Ancient." Seconds later, he decides to put his head in again, despite knowing the risks. The repository grabs O'Neill's head and downloads the knowledge of the Ancients directly into his brain. While SGs 3 and 5 hold off the Goa'uld attack, Carter sets off the C-4, destroying the repository so Anubis won't get his hands on it, and they carry O'Neill back to the Gate. The teams safely return to Stargate Command, where O'Neill remarks to Hammond, "I did it again."
Back in the White House, Weir is at the Oval Office when President Henry Hayes walks in. He wants 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. Hayes says he understands how she feels, but tells her that not only does she now know about the Program, Hayes asks her to run it. At the end of the meeting (which actually took seven minutes), Weir wonders what would happen if she refuses. Hayes is confident she won't. While considering, Kinsey tells her to be careful who to trust, and 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.
While debriefing Hammond of what has transpired, they must now face the inevitable; O'Neill's human consciousness will soon be obliterated and he will begin speaking in Ancient. Not long after that, his human physiology will no longer be able to handle the strain of all the knowledge and he will die. 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.
At night on P3X-439, Anubis questions his Commander, who tells him that the Tau'ri saw them coming, and went ahead with destroying the repository. An angered Anubis tells him that he has failed, and orders his Kull warriors to execute him and some of his fellow Jaffa as an example that he will not tolerate failure.
The next day in his home, O'Neill is surprised to see Carter coming in to see him. He gives her a beer as she admits that she couldn't sleep, and wanted to see him and talk. However, when asked about his ex-wife or how he is feeling, O'Neill tells her not to ask him about that. Later, Jackson and Teal'c arrive to check up on O'Neill and find Carter's car in his driveway. They all gather round and drink beer, apart from Teal'c, who can't drink alcohol. They talk about O'Neill's analogy, that The Simpsons character, Mr. Burns is a Goa'uld, despite the others' disagreements. They are later interrupted by General Hammond, who has come to see Jack and the team.
As he also has a beer, Hammond gives the team some bad news; he has been relieved of command of the SGC. The President has apparently ordered a three month review of the military command of the Stargate Program, meaning the Stargate is to be shut down. The team suspects Kinsey may have something to do with this, influencing the President to make things go his way. This seems to be bad timing due to O'Neill's condition. 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. O'Neill tells his team that they've been in similar situations, but Hammond tells them it is different this time. He has been called back to Washington for reassignment, where he could do more there than at Stargate Command. SG-1 is still scheduled to return to duty on Monday.
On that Monday, Jackson walks into the briefing room, where he finds Weir talking on her headset cell phone again, while gazing at the Stargate. After finishing the phone conversation, she and Jackson introduce themselves. While talking, Jackson tells her that the reason Weir feels so unwelcome is that she is somewhat anti-military, and has replaced Hammond, a "great man". She believes the best policy to fight the Goa'uld would be to end the proliferation of weapons, but Jackson warns her that the Goa'uld don't care, and tells her to dial to a random planet to see what they're up against. He also pressures her about O'Neill's current condition.
Just then, the Stargate is dialed. Even though all SG teams have been recalled to Earth, and the two investigate. MSgt. Walter Harriman tells them he has received Bra'tac's IDC. When he arrives, Bra'tac notices the change of leadership. He has come to Stargate Command to bring bad news; the Jaffa Rebellion members loyal to Bra'tac received intelligence that Anubis is gathering his force to Earth, and will arrive in just three days.
Back in Washington, Hammond arrives at the White House and meets President Hayes. After a friendly welcome, Hayes admits that he was pushed by Kinsey to make Weir the new leader of Stargate Command. Completely aware of Kinsey's history with Hammond, he informs the General that he does not want him to retire, and discusses 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 a briefing with Weir and Kinsey. He tells Kinsey what he has told SG-1; Anubis' full force is going to arrive over Earth in only three days, where they believe he will gather the whereabouts of the Lost City, which O'Neill does not yet know. Kinsey doesn't buy it, and claims that they would say anything to resume Stargate Operations. O'Neill becomes agitated about Kinsey's obliviousness to the situation. When Weir suggests trying to negotiate with Anubis, O'Neill says the word "derantis", which Jackson believes means "insane". Kinsey strongly objects finding the Lost City, but Weir actually considers it, which Kinsey also objects to. He has a talk with her alone. 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.
Bra'tac and Teal'c both wish to return to Chulak in the hopes of procuring warriors and ships to defend Earth from Anubis' inbound fleet. 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. The rest of SG-1 hope that he's right, and after bidding farewell to the rest of the team, Teal'c walks through the Stargate.
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; 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: 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?
- 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 in fact the names of quarks.
- "Lost City, Part 1" and "Part 2" were aired as separate episodes. But when placed on the Season Seven DVD, the episodes were edited into one 85 minutes feature length episode under the sole title "Lost City".
- 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.
- The last bit of music during the last scene of the episode samples what would become the theme song for Stargate Atlantis.
- Ron Blecker (SG-3 Airman) is the show's military adviser. This is his first credited appearance in front of the camera.
- 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".
- 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. However this could be a reference to after this when trying to get the gate on Abydos to work.
- 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.
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))