Earth targeting systems
Computer navigational systems
- "The Tau'ri vessel is most powerful"
In the aftermath of the Prometheus being destroyed during the Battle of Tegalus which occurred in February 2006, the Odyssey was launched and as such, eventually replaced the Prometheus as Earth's primary planetary defense and exploration vessel in the Milky Way with the Odyssey continuing to serve the role to this day.
- Colonel Paul Emerson (2006)
- Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter (One mission to capture Prior Dr. Daniel Jackson)
- Colonel Ian Davidson (2007)
- Major General Henry Landry (Battle of the Asgard Legacy)
- Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell (Battle in the Alteran Home Galaxy)
- Major Kevin Marks - Pilot and Weapons Officer
- Major Womack - pilot
- Captain Gerald E. Jennings
- Captain Binder
- Lt. Evans
- Main article: Battle of the Stargates
- "I can't think of a better first operational mission for the Odyssey than to bring home SG-1."
- —Paul Emerson
After the destruction of Prometheus, and with the Daedalus usually in the Pegasus Galaxy, assisting Atlantis,Earth itself was left without a suitable ship for defense and exploration. Odyssey, under construction at Area 51, was to fill this void.
Under the command of Colonel Paul Emerson, she was launched prematurely to retrieve SG-1 who had been captured off-world by operatives of the Lucian Alliance. The mission was a success, but the skills of Odyssey had to be proven when SG-1 had to retrieve stolen Stargates from Ba'al. Intercepting Ba'al's Ha'tak, Odyssey confronted both Ba'al's Ha'tak and three Lucian Ha'tak vessels. She was able to retrieve the Stargates with assistance by SG-1 and was able to escape the battle between Ba'al and the Alliance but had to flee into hyperspace when the Lucian Alliance targeted her. (SG1: "Off the Grid")
Odyssey was, again, sent out on duty to retrieve SG-1 and a group of International Oversight Advisory members who were trapped at the Gamma Site after R-75 insect specimens mass-produced and became carnivorous. She had orders to launch a neurotoxin onto the planet to eliminate the insects. However, due to a radioactive ionosphere, she wouldn't be able to detect SG-1 and the representatives. When the group reached the Gamma Site unmanned outpost, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter was able to boost a communications signal, which was detected by Odyssey prior to launching of the neurotoxin. They beamed the group up moments before they were overrun by the insects. (SG1: "The Scourge")
Battle of P3Y-229
- Main article: Battle of P3Y-229
Odyssey was later involved with the discovery of the second Ori Supergate. Joining her sister ship Korolev and a group of Tok'ra, Asgard, and Jaffa vessels at the gate, she received assistance from Kvasir and his vessel to try to prevent the gate from dialling. The efforts failed, with four Ori warships emerging through the Supergate which devastated the fleet. (SG1: "Camelot")
Odyssey suffered severe damage during the engagement, and withdrew to effect repairs and to ensure that someone would be left alive to warn Earth of the defeat. After retrieving Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, she faced a new threat in the three surviving Ha'tak vessels of the Lucian Alliance, who believed that they had been intentionally tricked into joining the battle. The arrival of several Jaffa Ha'tak allowed her to beam Teal'c aboard, and prompted the Lucian vessels to retreat. SG-1 transferred to the Jaffa vessels to join an effort to attack the Ori ships which had invaded Chulak. Upon completing basic repairs, Odyssey followed them to Chulak just in time to rescue SG-1 (now including Dr. Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran, along with Bra'tac, and then returned to Earth. (SG1: "Flesh and Blood")
- Main article: Battle of the Black Hole
As part of SG-1's quest to locate the Sangraal and counter the Ori invasion fleet, Odyssey ferried SG-1 to the Pegasus Galaxy, ferrying supplies to Atlantis in the role commonly filled by Daedalus. Using a black hole in Pegasus and a Stargate brought from the Milky Way, the ship attempted to dial in to the Ori Supergate by affecting a jump from a Stargate placed next to it by Teal'c. During the course of this mission, she came under attack by a Wraith Hive ship, which they had failed to detect due to their proximity to the black hole. Unable to break clear of the gravity well in time, the crew opted instead to preform a Slingshot maneuver around the singularity; this tactic allowed them to break through the Wraith ship's beaming countermeasures and beam two Nuclear warheads aboard; the resulting explosion also caused the wormhole to jump to the Supergate, destroying an Ori warship on the other side which also resulted in the SGC's most decisive victory to date in their battle against the Ori. (SG1: "The Pegasus Project")
Odyssey was sent to assist SG-1 in a recon mission to a planet known to have recently converted to Origin. They found that one of the Ori warships had landed on the planet, and SG-1 attended on a gathering close by. They saw that Adria gave a motivating speech to those who remained after having rid the planet of the "unbelievers" who had resisted them. Suddenly a destructive energy wave began to sweep across the land. Odyssey's sensors picked up the energy wave as it radiated from the Stargate, and the SG-1 was beamed away seconds before the wave swept over the crowd, killing everyone.
Sensors detected no more life signs on the planet, and SG-1 determined that the Dakara superweapon had been the source of the destruction. As SG-1 explored the warship, Colonel Paul Emerson and his crew kept a close watch. Soon afterwards another of the Ori warships arrived. But, the immediate threat appeared in the form of three Ha'tak vessels manned by Jaffa who also wished to explore the empty warship. Because Odyssey was the only remaining Earth ship in the galaxy, Carter advised the Odyssey to retreat, stating that they couldn't risk losing another ship. Emerson reluctantly agreed and the Odyssey left to avoid detection.
Emerson left SG-1 behind on the warship, but he kept his ship nearby. When the Ori warship left the planet, Emerson determined that it was on its way to Dakara with SG-1 still on board. He ordered Odyssey to follow. Fortunately, he was correct, and he beamed the team on board Odyssey as Dakara was being destroyed by Adria who had survived the wave with the use of a personal defense shield. The Jaffa managed to get the device to emit one more wave against the Ori warship before Adria destroyed it, and Emerson quickly ordered that Odyssey leave to escape the wave. All the Jaffa who remained on the planet and in the Ori warship died, but Adria, once again, survived. (SG1: "Counterstrike")
- Main article: Hijack of the Odyssey
Some months later, while investigating reports of a second Supergate, the Odyssey fell into a trap by the Lucian Alliance. The Lucian operative Anateo lured the ship into the vicinity of a neutron star, severely weakening her defenses. At that moment, the vessel came under attack by three Lucian Ha'tak vessels and was chased into a minefield, crippling her with her crew being beamed to a small area of the ship. Anateo attempted to have Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter repair the ship but when Carter refused to, the Odyssey's commanding officer, Colonel Paul Emerson was brutally gunned down in front of Carter, resulting in Emerson's death. Carter eventually gave in but also secretly freed the crew and allowed SG-1 to retake the ship. The Lucian Alliance arrived to try to retake the ship, but thanks to Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell causing a distraction, Vala Mal Doran and Carter were able to fix the hyperdrive allowing the Odyssey to escape while one Lucian Alliance ship destroyed the other although the mission was overshadowed by Colonel Emerson's murder and the fact that Earth had now officially declared war on the Lucian Alliance. (SG1: "Company of Thieves")
Soon after, she was dispatched under the command of SG-1, more importantly Carter to recover Dr. Daniel Jackson, who had been made into a Prior by Adria. Jackson, incarcerated aboard the ship, explained that he was trying to deliver Merlin's weapon to the Alteran Home Galaxy, a plan that SG-1 eventually sought to undertake without him. Rather than be placed in a stasis pod in the Antarctic outpost, Jackson used Merlin's knowledge and his abilities as a Prior to take over the ship, abducting Major General Jack O'Neill and taking the vessel to assist. During the course of this mission, he also outfitted Odyssey with a cloak. The mission succeeded with Daniel using the ship's new cloak to bring her in undetected and beam to the Ori warship where the rest of the team were. After defeating Adria, he had O'Neill, still onboard Odyssey, contact Daedalus and have them blow up the Stargate in the Pegasus Galaxy and free up the Supergate. With that done Daniel sent the ship into the Supergate with the activated weapon with O'Neill beaming SG-1 to Odyssey seconds before the ship went through the Supergate. She remained cloaked for some time near the Supergate and SG-1 and O'Neill were able to witness undetected the arrival of more Ori warships before returning to Earth. (SG1: "The Shroud")
Odyssey later delivered SG-1 to the base of operations of the Jaffa Arkad, whom Teal'c had left Stargate Command in order to kill; as Arkad was likely involved in a planned attack against Earth, it was worried that Teal'c's actions would have serious repercussions due to his association with the planet. (SG1: "Talion")
After Teal'c succeeded in killing Arkad, the Odyssey now under the command of Colonel Ian Davidson acted on intelligence concerning the location from which the attack would be launched; encountering a massive stockpile of Naquadah on the planet's surface, Colonel Davidson ordered an immediate attack to prevent any of the weapons from being evacuated. (SG1: "Family Ties")
After Adria was captured by Ba'al—foiling an attempt by the SGC to do the same -- Odyssey again under Colonel Davidson's command was dispatched to recover her. She was retrieved and imprisoned aboard the ship much as Jackson had been, but not before a Ba'al symbiote clone had taken control of her. She remained aboard the vessel as the Tok'ra attempted to remove the symbiote and replace it with one of theirs, an operation which failed resulting in Adria's death and ascension. (SG1: "Dominion")
Legacy of the Asgard
- Main article: Battle of the Asgard Legacy
- "General, with your permission a number of Asgard are prepared to beam aboard immediately to begin installing various technological upgrades to this ship."
Odyssey, under the personal command of Major General Henry Landry, traveled to the Asgard homeworld of Orilla at the Asgard's request; there she was outfitted with the most advanced Asgard technology, including a new power core and beam weapons, as well as a database containing the sum of all Asgard knowledge. This was done as the entire Asgard race was near extinction; Odyssey thus was entrusted with their legacy.
The upgrades had barely been installed before a trio of Ori warships arrived, prompting the Asgard to destroy Orilla in a massive explosion. In the ensuing battle, Odyssey used her new beam weapons to destroy one Ori ship before escaping into hyperspace. However, problems with the hyperdrive necessitated them to drop out into normal space, where they were again ambushed by a pair of Ori ships. Surmising that the Asgard upgrades were allowing the Ori vessels to track them, SG-1 was faced with abandoning the ship, along with all the knowledge and technology she possessed, or being destroyed along with her.
Back in the Milky Way, the crew was evacuated to P3X-474, an uninhabited planet that possessed a Stargate they could use to return to Earth; SG-1 and Landry remained on the ship. After another battle in which Odyssey destroyed a second Ori warship, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter managed to create a time dilation field around Odyssey a fraction of a second before she would have been destroyed by an Ori energy beam weapon. There, the ship remained for decades of shipboard time as SG-1 attempted to find some way to prevent her destruction. Finally, they devised a means to use the energy from the Ori weapon's impact to reverse time back to shortly before the time dilation field was established, sending Teal'c back with the necessary modifications to disconnect the Asgard power core that the Ori ships were using to track them—in essence, destroying the ship in order to save her. The plan succeeded and this time around Odyssey moved away from the beam and jumped to hyperspace before it could hit and Odyssey and the Asgard database made it back to Earth. (SG1: "Unending")
Ark of Truth
- Main article: Battle in the Alteran Home Galaxy
For SG-1's quest to find the Ark of Truth, Odyssey was deployed through the Supergate to the Alteran Home Galaxy in an attempt to find the Ark of Truth, this time under the command of Colonel Mitchell. She transported Dr. Daniel Jackson, Vala Mal Doran and Tomin to a planet where they met with Hertis, a member of the Anti-Ori underground, after being taken to Odyssey, told them the location of the place that they believed the Ark to reside. Once there, however, International Oversight Advisory representative James Marrick used the Asgard computer core to create a Replicator which spread and took over the ship which subsequently came under attack from four Ori warships. The Replicators were destroyed with a built in self-destruct and the Ori ships backed off once the Ark was activated. Odyssey then carted the Ark and SG-1 back to Earth where it was used to stop the Ori crusade once and for all. (SG1: "The Ark of Truth")
- "It's on some secret mission even I'm not supposed to know about."
- —Steven Caldwell
In 2009, Odyssey went on a secret mission that even a high-ranking officer such as Colonel Steven Caldwell wasn't supposed to know about. Because of this mission, she was unable to aid in Earth's defense when it was attacked by a Super-hive, leaving the Apollo and Sun Tzu to face the Hive themselves. (ATL: "Enemy at the Gate")
- Battle of the Stargates
- Battle of P3Y-229
- Battle of the Black Hole
- Hijack of the Odyssey
- Battle of the Asgard Legacy
- Battle in the Alteran Home Galaxy
Behind the scenes
- The Odyssey is an ancient story about the Greek warrior Odysseus who was lost for a great many years returning from the Trojan war. This led to odyssey coming into common usage as a great journey. Based on the final episode of SG-1 the ship's name is appropriate based on historical literature.
- Odyssey was the name of the command module of the Apollo 13 moon landing mission.
- Joseph Mallozzi confirmed in his blog that the Odyssey's secret mission is Icarus Base related.
- It should be noted that since the death of her original commanding officer, Colonel Paul Emerson, there has been no permanent replacement assigned to man her although it could be presumed that Colonel Ian Davidson has taken on the role, quite possibly on a permanent basis.
References and notes
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