|Lost City, Part 2|
|Original air date|
William Devane as President Henry Hayes
|SG-1 Season 7|
|Season 6||Season 8|
- This episode is part 2 of 2; it is preceded by "Lost City, Part 1".
With Anubis edging closer to Earth in the hope of finding out the whereabouts of the Lost City, the SGC rally a last stand with Jack making essential preparations as the Ancient knowledge begins to overwhelm him. SG-1's attempts to stop Anubis eventually trigger a huge battle with the fate of Earth and mankind hanging in the balance. As the battle rages on, Jack finds himself being forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Earth from Anubis's wrath.
Previously on Stargate SG-1Edit
Anubis has proceeded in his conquest to defeat the other System Lords throughout the Galaxy, and it would only be a matter of time before he would set his attention to Earth. The only way to defeat him is for SG-1 to find the "Lost City", an Ancient city that would have technology capable of defeating Anubis once and for all. The team find a clue on P3X-439: a Repository of knowledge. To prevent Anubis from getting his hands on it, Colonel Jack O'Neill uses the device and has all Ancient knowledge downloaded into his brain. However, while the knowledge is slowly overwriting his brain, Vice President Robert Kinsey has yet another plan to take over the Stargate Program and has Dr. Elizabeth Weir take control. Unfortunately, time is not on the Tau'ri's side as Anubis sends his fleet to Earth to enslave the population. Teal'c and Bra'tac decide to leave for Chulak to gather ships to help defend Earth.
In Dr. Daniel Jackson's lab, Colonel Jack O'Neill is trying to solve the crossword puzzle while he still can. Jackson notices O'Neill is not paying attention to anything he tries to have him read, and snatches the puzzle from him. When Major Samantha Carter walks in, Jackson notices that O'Neill has written "Taonas" on one of the solutions, and on another, he wrote "Proclarush". He also notices that the clue for where O'Neill wrote Taonas is "sphere," while the clue for Proclarush is "label". He believes that sphere means planet, and label means the name of that planet.
In the SGC Mess hall, Jackson reads through a book and discovers that "Proclarush Taonas" translates to "lost in fire". However, there is still no Gate address to Proclarush. O'Neill then provides him with a clue; he rips off Jackson's patch containing the Point of Origin symbol, which O'Neill describes as "At". Jackson begins to understand what O'Neill is trying to say and demonstrates by showing him Canis Minor; O'Neill responds with a "shh", and explains that the sound "shh" is what the symbol reminds him of.
Daniel's theory may be confirmed; they don't have to look through the list of addresses to find the planet, the names themselves serve as the addresses. Proc-la-ru-sh Tao-nas At would be the full gate address.
In the Stargate Operations room, as Daniel explains it to Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Carter searches for the planet but she encounters a problem: they already dialed the planet two years ago, but couldn't establish a lock, possibly because the planet's Stargate was buried. Jackson considers using the Prometheus, but with Anubis on his way to Earth, the ship must stay to defend the planet.
Meanwhile, O'Neill is in a store room, packing various equipment including Hazmat suits and a Naquadah generator. He cannot explain why he is packing, though the rest of the team thinks that they're on the right track.
On Chulak, Teal'c and Bra'tac are in a tent calling in various Jaffa. One walks in, and introduces himself as Ronan, whose father is known to Bra'tac. He has a Tel'tak at his disposal, but warns them that no matter how brave they are, he has seen Anubis' fleet, and one Tel'tak is no match for a massive fleet. Bra'tac however, tells him that they will use the ship to find something far more powerful than whatever Anubis can throw at them. Ronan agrees and has only one condition: that he join them to find the means to defeat Anubis. Teal'c and Bra'tac accept his offer.
Carter, Jackson and O'Neill are ready to step through the Stargate to Chulak with O'Neill's supplies. Before they set off, Weir tells them a bad joke, though O'Neill says there is still hope for her to become better. A while later, they meet up with Teal'c, Bra'tac and Ronan, and set off in his cargo ship. On the way to Proclarush, Carter and Jackson check up on O'Neill, who admits to feeling "fron-aches". When he hears that even at top speed, the Tel'tak will arrive in two days, O'Neill feels this is too slow, and gets up to work on making the hyperdrive faster.
Meanwhile, three of Anubis' Ha'tak vessels exit hyperspace over Earth's Moon and are slowly making their way to Earth. The ships are detected by the military. In the White House, President Henry Hayes, Vice President Robert Kinsey, Major General George S. Hammond, General Francis Maynard and General John P. Jumper, the Chief of Staff, decide on what action to take. Hammond suggests that only three ships out of dozens have arrived because they are going to goad Earth into revealing their defenses. Hammond suggests holding off the Prometheus, as this could mean that the Tau'ri have successfully bluffed about their defensive power. Hayes decides to remain at DEFCON-3, and make contact with the governments of Canada, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom to let them know what Earth is facing ahead.
Aboard the Tel'tak, O'Neill has reconfigured the ship's Control crystals; he asks for Carter's Zat'nik'tel, and fires it at the crystals. This action causes the ship's hyperdrive to increase in speed. Carter then tells O'Neill that Hammond authorized her to command the team should O'Neill's brain be overwhelmed by the Ancient knowledge. Given the circumstances, O'Neill immediately tells her to take command and resigns from his post. Carter, having missed an opportunity in Jack's home, attempts to convey her feelings, but O'Neill cuts her short, claiming he already knows what she would say. Later, the Tel'tak arrives at their destination and drops out of hyperspace.
What they see when they arrive is not what they expect. They discover that the planet's sun has turned into a Red giant; one million years ago, the planet was probably much like Earth, but the red giant has caused the planet to be covered in molten rock and lava. They have arrived far too late. However, they notice that O'Neill packed the Hazmat suits, so subconsciously, he knew the planet was dead. Because Carter is now in charge, she orders him to scan the planet's surface to look for any sign of a man-made structure in the area. He - fairly quickly - finds a cavernous dome underground, caused by some sort of shield or force field protecting the area, though it doesn't seem to be big enough to contain a city. They decide to check out the area.
In Anubis' mothership, Anubis' First Prime, Her'ak receives communication from the advance invasion squadrons over Earth; there is no sign that they are being challenged. Anubis orders them to begin and the three Ha'taks launch an attack. Later, in the White House, Maynard informs the President that they contacted the captain of the destroyer USS Spruance, who reported that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz had been destroyed, along with a cruiser in her battle group, before communications were lost.
Back over Proclarush, the Tel'tak positions itself over the dome. In Hazmat suits, SG-1 is ringed into the outpost. They keep in contact with Ronan and Bra'tac. Carter finds high levels of radiation, and the rings may have compromised the dome's structural integrity. They can't stay too long. The facility is dark, but O'Neill still manages to find a throne-like chair. There, he proceeds to sit down and places his hands on the armrest controls. He erects a forcefield, and takes off his Hazmat hood. Carter reads a stable and breathable atmosphere, so the team also take off their hoods. He then activates a holographic map of the Milky Way which zooms into our solar system, and Earth, as it was 30 million years ago before continental drift. They wonder why O'Neill is showing them this. His reply is "Terra Atlantus", "Terra" meaning Earth, and "Atlantus" referring to Atlantis, the name of the Lost City.
The team comes to the conclusion that the city they have been looking for the past year has been on Earth all along, and they have to travel all the way back. O'Neill, who is now only able to speak very little, tells them there is something they need. He puts his hood back on, as does the team. He activates a panel on the floor, which raises to reveal a glowing power source. Once he removes it, the structure starts to collapse. The team quickly runs to the ring platform and signal Bra'tac to ring them back aboard.
However, as he gets up, Bra'tac is betrayed by Ronan, who stabs him in the symbiote pouch. He reveals himself to be an agent of Anubis, and calls Bra'tac the betrayer of the "one true god". As Bra'tac falls to his knees, he tells Ronan he should have stabbed him in his heart, as he no longer has a symbiote. He still has enough strength to fight back, and during the brief struggle, tells Ronan that he may be younger, but not wiser. Bra'tac manages to kill Ronan and with the last of his strength, he activates the rings, and SG-1 is transported aboard before the structure on the outpost collapses. They tend to Bra'tac and O'Neill stretches out his arms over his wound, and reveals himself to have healing powers. Bra'tac declares that once again, he is in O'Neill's debt. Teal'c then plots a course for Earth.
In the Oval Office, the President and the advisers further discuss what to do, when the power goes out. Anubis unexpectedly appears in front of them. The Secret Service team responds by firing at him, but the bullets merely pass through him, revealing that he is merely a hologram. Hayes talks to the hologram and Anubis demands Earth's surrender. Hayes attempts to bluff Anubis out of attacking by telling him that Earth will give him a good fight; he asks for Anubis' surrender instead. After the hologram leaves, more than 30 additional ships exit hyperspace over Earth. The ships don't attack Earth, but proceed to take out power grids around the World. Kinsey suggests a team go to the Alpha Site as a contingency plan, though in the end, Kinsey is the only one who goes as the rest want to stay and fight. Hammond also wishes to stay, so Hayes offers him another assignment: They decide to launch the Prometheus, and Hammond is to command it.
In hyperspace aboard the Tel'tak, O'Neill works on the ring transporter platform. Teal'c visits O'Neill and wonders if he is making some kind of weapon using the transporter. However, O'Neill doesn't answer because his speech has mostly been overwritten by the Ancient knowledge. When Teal'c is about to say something else, O'Neill stops him knowingly. Teal'c leaves him to continue working.
Kinsey is in the Embarkation room about to head through the Stargate to the Alpha Site. Weir brands him a coward, though he claims he's doing this for the survival of humanity and announces he will be done with her, should she survive. Suddenly, the power goes out, shutting down the Stargate. Weir orders the iris closed using the manual iris control over Kinsey's objections. Seconds later, an active wormhole dials in and a massive explosion rocks the Gate Room, possibly from a naquadah enhanced weapon. Colonel Stewart Pearson then receives an encoded message from SG-1 that they are not coming through the Stargate, which prompts both Weir and a very reluctant Kinsey to call the President.
On the phone, Weir suggests that the Prometheus be used to buy SG-1 time to get to Atlantis in Antarctica. However, Kinsey refuses to let this happen. After arguing, Hayes tells Kinsey to "Shut the hell up!" He then forces Kinsey to resign, stating that after he read information given to him by Richard Woolsey a few weeks ago, he has enough info to have him shot. After Kinsey leaves in disgust, Hayes allows Weir to continue and agrees with her advice.
Meanwhile, Hammond and SGC tech Norman Walter Davis Harriman both arrive aboard the bridge of the Prometheus and the crew prepares to take off.
Hammond takes his seat in the center of the Bridge while Harriman mans the controls with Colonel Kirkland sitting down in the chair beside Hammond.
As Hammond sits down, he tells everyone that they've got their orders and that they are to get this bird in the air.
Major Erin Gant then hits a few keys.
Outside, as Prometheus's engines power up, the ship prepares to exit the hangar it's stored in.
Aboard the Tel'tak, Jackson interprets O'Neill's actions. He is modifying the ring transporter's matter stream transmitter to bore a hole through the ice.
With Anubis' fleet over Earth, they decide to drop out of hyperspace dangerously close to the planet's surface. They do so, and the ship plummets toward the arctic surface, though fortunately, Teal'c manages to regain control of the ship, and he levels off over a plateau.
O'Neill proceeds to use the modified ring transporter and burns a hole through the ice. However, it will take some time and Anubis has detected the ship. He sends a wave of ships to destroy it. Bra'tac detects several Al'kesh and Death Gliders heading their way and also notices more ships coming from the opposite direction, but they aren't Goa'uld.
The 302s are followed by the Prometheus, from which Hammond orders the Tel'tak protected at all costs. He then radios SG-1 with Sam remarking that they've got him and that it's good to see him as well.
However, the 302s quickly expend their weaponry so Hammond orders them to divert to McMurdo Air Force Base, stating that the ship can't take them back aboard.
Fortunately, Prometheus buys enough time for SG-1 to ring below the ice. Anubis' mothership establishes a weapons lock on Prometheus and starts firing. With shields rapidly failing, Hammond sets a course and orders the Prometheus to engage Anubis' ship.
SG-1 investigates the "city", which looks similar to Taonas. They find a chamber, which O'Neill describes "dormata", Ancient for "sleep". They then hear a noise and investigate.
It's Anubis, who tells the team they have failed and that the power of the Ancients is his. However, O'Neill realizes immediately that he is only a hologram, and passes him. He finds a chair like the one on Proclarush and opens a similar panel with a burned out power source. He replaces it with the one previously found.
Just then, the rings activate, revealing two Kull warriors.
While Carter, Jackson and Teal'c hold them off, O'Neill sits in the chair. While a Kull warrior is killed, two more arrive.
The Prometheus nears Anubis' mothership, but shields are down, and the ship won't last much longer. Hammond orders a collision course, stating that if the Prometheus goes, then so does the mothership itself.
O'Neill activates the chair, where by using his mind, is able to open a hole on the ground. Hundreds, even thousands, of yellow energy projectiles erupt from the floor, wiping out the Kull warriors. They fly to the surface and destroy all the Gliders and Al'kesh in the enemy wing, ignoring Bra'tac and the Tel'tak. They continue on towards Anubis' fleet, leaving the Prometheus untouched. Hammond orders the ship to break off the attack, while the drones go through Anubis' shield with no effort whatsoever.
While watching his fleet destroyed, Anubis roars and holds his hand in front of his face, yelling "No!!" before his ship blows apart.
Down in the ice cave, Jack slumps forward in the chair, driven to exhaustion by what he's done. Sam heads over and checks his pulse, informing Teal'c and Daniel that Jack's pulse is erratic. Sam holds Jack's face in her hands and tells Jack that he should not dare to leave them as well as the fact that they've just won. She then calls Jack by his rank, Colonel in an attempt to get Jack to hang on.
On Prometheus, Hayes contacts Hammond to congratulate him and the crew for saving the planet.
In the cave, Sam in tears begs Jack not to leave them. Teal'c then grabs Jack and places him inside the statis pod. Still weak, Jack then says, "Aveo ... amacus," which Daniel translates as being Ancient for "good-bye, friends" before the pod activates, sealing Jack inside.
Carter is convinced a way to save him is here but to Daniel, it is now obvious that this base, like the outpost on the molten planet, is not the Lost City and that this area is simply an outpost of some kind.
As Teal'c wonders aloud where Atlantis really is, he, Daniel and Sam can do nothing while Sam then steps forward, placing her hand on the statis pod, overwhelmed with emotion.
It then cuts to Jack who's still frozen in the statis pod.
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Jackson: "Sphere"; planet. "Label"; name.
O'Neill: Following, still, you, not!
Carter: The clue for seven down is "celestial body", and he wrote "Uma Thurman".
O'Neill: (blush) Yes.
Jackson: That is "At"?
O'Neill: You can stop...that.
Jackson: What if the Ancients had symbols that could be spoken aloud. Proclarush Taonas is not just the name of the planet. Its also the gate address.
Weir: Well, have you got everything you need? I think there's still a sink in the kitchen.
O'Neill: Was that a joke?
Weir: Perhaps... a bad one.
O'Neill: Yes, very bad. But I sense hope for you.
(Carter resumes command of SG-1 after O'Neill resigns his post as leader and they arrive of Taonas)
Carter: Sit down and take a look. (O'Neill looks at her. Carter acts brusquely.) That's an order.
(After Ronan stabs Bra'tac in the abdomen)
Bra'tac: I am betrayed.
Ronan: You are the betrayer, of your one true god, Anubis!
(A hologram of Anubis appears in the Oval Office)
Anubis: I am Anubis.
Hayes: You've got to be kidding.
Anubis: You are the leader of this world?
Hayes: Henry Hayes, President of the United States of America, one nation among many.
Anubis: No more. Bow before your god.
Hayes: I don't think so. However, I am willing to discuss your surrender.
Anubis: If you possessed weapons matching mine, you would have used them.
Hayes: Don't let the suit fool you, fella. We're gonna fight you.
Anubis: You bring destruction upon yourselves.
Hayes: Never going to happen! (the hologram disappears. Hayes tells the people in the room...) Too much?
(Weir and Kinsey are arguing over the phone with the President, who has enough of this)
Hayes: Will you shut the hell up!?
Weir: I'm sorry, sir.
Hayes: Not you, Doctor.
Kinsey: Excuse me?
Hayes: Consider your resignation accepted, Bob.
Kinsey: You can't do that!
Hayes: Oh please, I got enough on you to have you shot!
Kinsey: This is the biggest mistake you will ever make.
Hayes: But I think I'll stick with my original thought, which is shut the hell up!
Teal'c: Anubis could not have missed our arrival.
Bra'tac: You are correct. Alkesh and gliders approach. Many.
(Cut to the outside with the hovering shuttle boring through the ice with a white hot beam. In the distance a large swarm of gliders and several Alkesh bear down upon the shuttle.)
Bra'tac: They will be in firing range in thirty seconds. More ships approach from the opposite direction.
Carter: (turning to the back of the shuttle's cargo bay where O'Neill is) Sir! We are about to get our as...!
Bra'tac: They are NOT Goa'uld.
(Outside the swarm of Goa'uld ships fly in a tight formation when suddenly two missles hit one of the Alkesh blowing it from the sky. More missles hit, blowing apart gliders and Alkesh as several squadrons of F-302 fighters intercept the Goa'uld ships bringing them down all around the shuttle. Behind the fighters the massive Prometheus,its weapons blazing in all directions, slides over the shuttle shielding it from further attacks.)
Hammond: Protect that scout ship at all costs!
Her'ak: Our shields are of no use.
(Anubis is flinching in horror, reacting to the destruction of his fleet)
(Kirkland's voice describes the destruction of Anubis' fleet)
Kirkland: Thousands of bright yellow, I don't know, they're coming from the surface. I don't know what they are. They're cutting the enemy fleet to shreds! My God, it's beautiful!
- Ronan, who says "You are weak, old man" to Bra'tac seems to parallel to what Darth Vader told Obi Wan Kenobi during their lightsaber battle in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
- In "The Road Not Taken", Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter is transferred into an alternate reality where SG-1 were unable to discover the location of the Antarctic outpost in time to fight off Anubis and the SGC were forced to reveal the existence of the Stargate Program to the public, resulting in the US government being forced to declare martial law and Earth 'scaling back' its offworld interests to focus on problems back on Earth due to the resulting riots. Colonel Jack O'Neill's fate in this reality was not established, but Teal'c returned to the Jaffa, Dr. Daniel Jackson was captured by the Ori - the same fate which befell the Daniel of our reality in "The Quest, Part 2" - and Samantha Carter was still a Major before her untimely death as a result of her counterpart's accidental arrival in her reality. Vala Mal Doran was imprisoned in Area 51 while Cameron Mitchell, after criticizing the US government for its use of martial law, received no more medical treatment for the injuries which he sustained in the Battle of Antarctica and was confined to a wheelchair.
- Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell is revealed to be a pilot leading the squadron, though this isn't mentioned until "Avalon, Part 1".
- The voice-over of the man describing the destruction of the fleet is played again in "Avalon, Part 1".
- "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 minute feature-length episode under the sole title "Lost City".
- In the original screenplay, O'Neill and Carter were supposed to kiss after he resigns in the engine room of the Tel'tak. The relationship between the two characters had been a running theme throughout the course of the series, and spawned much speculation and debate as to what the ultimate result would be, but the kiss was edited out when an eighth season was confirmed.
- When SG-1 are looking at the galaxy map in the outpost on Proclarush, Teal'c says that the image of Earth doesn't look like Earth, to which Carter explains that the image hasn't accounted for millions of years of continental drift. However when an overhead shot of the team is shown, with the hologram, some distinct landmasses such as the British Isles, Africa and Europe, are seen. This could be that the image is being updated with O'Neill's own knowledge of the planet.
- This episode was nominated for a VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series. This episode won a Leo Award for Best Sound Editing in a Dramatic Series.
- Since "Lost City" had been conceived as a movie, a number of cuts, described by the producers as 'painful', had to be made. Some notable trims include the destruction of the Nimitz battle group viewed from the deck of the Spruance, President Hayes' speech, and SG-1 parachuting down to the Ancient outpost rather than using the Rings. Hayes' speech was filmed and would have made the Stargate Program public leading to the multinational cooperation of the expedition in Stargate: Atlantis. A brief section of that speech would later be used in Stargate: Continuum.
- This episode is the final 22nd episode of any Stargate SG-1 season. In all subsequent seasons, there are 20 episodes total.
- This episode (both parts) is the only time that Jessica Steen appears as Dr. Elizabeth Weir. Actress Torri Higginson would later take over the role, going on to play Weir in the eighth season opener, "New Order, Part 1", "New Order, Part 2" and in the spin-off series, Stargate: Atlantis
- Among the officials gathered in President Henry Hayes' office is General John P. Jumper, at the time the current (real) Air Force Chief of Staff.
- This episode is the last one of the entire Stargate SG-1 series to feature Don S. Davis as a part of the main cast. Starting in season 8, Major General George S. Hammond would only appear again in a handful of guest appearances as Davis later quit working on the show full-time due to health problems.
- The episode's final minute features a subtle musical preview of what would become the main theme of the Stargate SG-1 spin-off series, Stargate: Atlantis.
- When SG-1 have landed in the outpost for the first time, Sam remarks that the place looks vaguely familiar. It's possible that she was referring to the events of the Season 1 episode, Solitudes where she and Jack were left stranded in Antarctica after being sent there when the Earth Stargate was accidentally overpowered.
- In this episode thirty Ha'tak ships are destroyed by SG-1. This is the sixty-forth since Stargate Command's inception.
- Marc Worden (Ronan) is best known for playing Alexander Rozhenko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Colleen Winton (National Security Advisor) previously played Dr. Greene in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prisoners".
- Kurt Max Runte (Colonel Kirkland) previously played Major Henry Boyd in the Stargate SG-1 episode "A Matter of Time".
- Nominated Gemini for "Best Visual Effects" (James Tichenor, Chris Doll, Shannon Gurney, James Halverson, Krista McLean, Craig Van Den Biggelaar, Karen Watson and Bruce Woloshyn)
- Nominated Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series" (Michelle Comens, James Tichenor, Shannon Gurney, Bruce Woloshyn, Chris Doll, James Halverson, Craig Van Den Biggelaar, Krista McLean, Patrick Kalyn)
- Nominated VES Award for "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series" (James Tichenor, Shannon Gurney, Craig Van Den Biggelaar and Bruce Woloshyn)
In other languagesEdit
- French: La Cité Perdue (2ème partie) (The Lost City (part 2))
- Italian: Città Perduta (Parte 2) (Lost City (part 2))
- Spanish: La Ciudad Perdida (Parte 2) (The Lost City (part 2))
- Czech: Ztracené město (2. část) (The Lost City (part 2))
- German: Die Verlorene Stadt, Teil 2 (The Lost City, Part 2)
- Hungarian: Az elveszett város (The Lost City (part 2))