HMSpart1


                                      ACT I



                                      SCENE 1



           INT. STARGATE COMMAND, CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, CO. - PRESENT DAY



                                       Crates and cases are stacked on

                                       carts in front of the Stargate. 

                                       Expedition backpacks lean against

                                       the carts or lie in a pile on the

                                       ramp.  ATLANTIS EXPEDITION TEAM

                                       (AET) and MARINES enter carrying

                                       more gear.

           "STARGATE"



                             ENSEMBLE

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       Landry and Weir stand out of the

                                       way of traffic.



                             LANDRY

                            (to Weir)

                Dr. Elizabeth Weir, you have been given

                permission to travel through the Stargate to

                the Pegasus Galaxy. Destination: Atlantis.



                             ENSEMBLE 

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       McKay strides purposefully

                                       onstage.



                             MCKAY

                Don't touch that! You might contaminate it with

                your complete lack of intelligence. Why am I

                surrounded by incompetence everywhere I go?

                Where is the GAT-PSK? Who labeled these crates?

                You there, cavebrow. Come with me. I need some

                grunting and carrying done. 



                                       McKay hurries off with one of the

                                       Marines.



                                       Sheppard enters and looks around

                                       in anticipation and glee.



                             SHEPPARD

                This is very cool.



                             ENSEMBLE

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WHAT WONDERS WILL WE FIND THERE? 

           WHAT BEAUTY WILL WE BEHOLD?

           THE PEGASUS GALAXY AWAITS US

           WHERE OUR FUTURES ARE UNTOLD.

           THE ANCIENTS BUILT A CITY CALLED ATLANTIS. 

           A LEGEND OF HUMAN HISTORY 

           WILL NO LONGER BE A MYSTERY

           UPON OUR STEPPING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       Weir stands on a crate on the

                                       ramp, as the AET and MARINES

                                       gather around her.



                             ENSEMBLE (cont'd)

                            (dropping to a whisper)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                             WEIR

                Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to embark on

                a journey that will take us very far from home,

                one that we may never return from again.



                             ENSEMBLE

                            (whispering)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                             WEIR

                Now, all of you have volunteered for this

                mission, but I'd like to give you one last

                chance to change your minds.



                             ENSEMBLE

                            (still whispering)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       Sumner enters with other Marines

                                       and stops in front of Sheppard.



                             SUMNER

                Major Sheppard, I will make this very clear:

                you will follow my orders to the letter or I

                will shoot you myself.  Understood?



                             SHEPPARD

                Yes, sir.



                             LANDRY

                            (from offstage)

                Dr. Weir, we are dialing the 'gate.



                                       The Stargate lights up and an

                                       Ancient address begins locking

                                       into place.



                             ENSEMBLE

                            (whispering, then growing louder)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       AET puts on expedition backpacks. 

                                       MARINES check their equipment.  



                             ENSEMBLE (cont'd)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARŅ-



                                       The last lock clicks into place

                                       and the whoosh of a wormhole

                                       opening interrupts the chorus. 

                                       The orchestra stops.  All stare in

                                       awe as the connection is made. 

                                       Long silence.



                             LANDRY

                            (from offstage)

                Dr. Weir, you may proceed when ready.



                             WEIR

                            (taking a visibly deep breath)

                Atlantis Expedition, here we go.



                             SUMNER

                Lock and load, Marines.  Group one, proceed

                through the 'gate.



                                       Sumner, Marines, and Weir proceed

                                       up the ramp and step through the

                                       stargate.  Sheppard follows

                                       slowly, uncertainly.



                             ENSEMBLE

                            (whispering, nervous)

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       Sheppard stops in front of the

                                       stargate, as others pass him,

                                       going through.



                             FORD

                            (to Sheppard)

                Don't worry, sir.  It only hurts for a moment.



                             SHEPPARD

                Really?



                                       Ford, with a whoop, jumps

                                       backwards through the event

                                       horizon.



                                       The remaining AET cross through

                                       the stargate, singing quietly.



                             ENSEMBLE

           STARGATE! STARGATE! 

           WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE STARGATE! STARGATE!



                                       Sheppard hesitates.   The

                                       orchestra fades.  Alone on stage,

                                       he looks back around the control

                                       room, squares his shoulders, and

                                       walks through the stargate.



                                                          TRANSITION TO:



                                       SCENE 2



           INT. ATLANTIS GATEROOM



                                       AET look around in wonder.  Lights

                                       come on dimly as people climb the

                                       steps.



                                       In the control room, Grodin,

                                       McKay, and Zelenka uncover Ancient

                                       consoles and hook up laptops. 

                                       Weir stands on the balcony

                                       overlooking the Gate Room.  The

                                       lights brighten when Sheppard

                                       comes through the stargate. 

                                       Sheppard sees Weir and gives her a

                                       crooked smile.  The stargate shuts

                                       off.



                             SUMNER

                Marines, you have your instructions.  Stay in

                radio contact at all times.



                                       Marines, in teams of two, head out

                                       into the corridors branching off

                                       from the Gate Room.



                                                          TRANSITION TO:



           INT. ATLANTIS, CORRIDORS



                                       The orchestra plays.  Marines fan

                                       out, exploring Atlantis.  Lights

                                       rise as they enter each of the

                                       three corridors, taking in the

                                       panelled doors, light fixtures,

                                       and designs on the ceiling. 

                                       Marines 1 and 2 near bubbling

                                       water containers attached to the

                                       walls that burble audibly when

                                       they pass. 

           "I'VE GOT A FEELING"



                             MARINE 1

           I'VE GOT A FEELING,

           A CREEPY FEELING

           THAT SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN ALL WITHIN THE HOUR.



                                       Lorne and Ford poke their heads

                                       into a lab on the second tier. 

                                       Racks of glass vials sit beside

                                       unidentifiable Ancient technology.



                             LORNE

           I'VE GOT A FEELING

           THAT WE'RE ALL DREAMING

           AND WE'LL WAKE UP KNOWING NO ONE SHOT J.R.



                             FORD

                Who?



                                       Marines 3 and 4 walk along a

                                       catwalk on the third tier, passing

                                       by strange, glowing chambers

                                       hanging on the wall.



                             MARINE 4

           I'VE GOT A FEELING 

           THAT THERE'LL BE MONSTERS

           LIKE THE ORI, GADMEER, GOA'ULD, OANNES, REOLE, RE'TU,

           REPLICATORS,

           SERRAKIN, SPIRITS, UNAS, ALEBRAN, ASGARD, AND WHATEVER TENET

           AND JUP ARE.



           INT. ATLANTIS, HANGAR



                                       The dimly lit room is swathed with

                                       stairways.  Bays line the walls,

                                       each harboring a spaceship.



                                       Marines 5 and 6 enter, happy as

                                       kids on Christmas Day.



                             MARINE 5

           I'VE GOT A FEELING.



                             MARINE 6

           THAT WE'VE HIT THE JACKPOT.



                                       They high five.



           INT. ATLANTIS, GATEROOM.



                                       As Sheppard climbs the steps, each

                                       stair brightens.  He notices,

                                       gazing at everything in wonder. 

                                       He enters the CONTROL ROOM.  A

                                       console comes to life when he

                                       touches it.



                             SHEPPARD

                            (head tilted as if listening)

           I'VE GOT A FEELING



                             MCKAY

                            (snapping fingers)

                You, person who needs a brush - watch what you

                touch with that super-gene of yours.  We don't

                know what any of this stuff does and I'd prefer

                not to die within the first few minutes of my

                being in another galaxy.



                             SHEPPARD

                Sorry.



                             MCKAY

                Don't be sorry; just don't put your hands on

                anything.  Now, come over here and touch this

                for me.



           INT. ATLANTIS, CORRIDORS



                                       Marines 7 and 8 pass open labs

                                       with AET chattering giddily

                                       inside, opening crates and setting

                                       up equipment, as the Ancient

                                       technology hums and glows.



                             MARINE 7

           I'VE GOT A FEELING

           THERE COULD BE MONKEYS.



                                       Marine 8 gives Marine 7 a

                                       disbelieving look.



                             MARINE 8

           I'VE GOT A FEELING-



                             MARINE 7

           MONKEYS AREN'T CUTE LIKE EVERYBODY SAYS. 

           THEY GOT THOSE EVIL SMILES AND THROW POOP AT YOUR HEAD.

           AND WHAT'S WITH THE CYMBALS?  WHY DO THEY NEED A BAND FOR,

           ANYWAYS?

           MONKEYS.  I'M TELLING YOU, THERE COULD BE MONKEYS.



                                       Marine 7 shrugs at Marine 8's

                                       continued stare.



                             MARINE 7 (cont'd)

           OR MAYBE BEACH BABES.



           INT. ATLANTIS, ANOTHER CORRIDOR



                                       Sumner and Bates find a large,

                                       clear glass window.  Outside, the

                                       city of Atlantis sprawls, under

                                       hundreds of feet of water.



                             BATES

           I GOT A FEELING WE SHOULD FIGURE THIS FAST

           BECAUSE IT COULD GET SERIOUS

           IF WATER BREACHES THE GLASS.



           INT. ATLANTIS, CONTROL ROOM



                                       Sheppard sits out of the way on

                                       the steps leading up to the

                                       hangar, as Zelenka and McKay argue

                                       with each other while working at

                                       different consoles.  Weir speaks

                                       with Grodin at another console. 

                                       Screens with Ancient text

                                       scrolling across them hang on the

                                       walls and from the ceiling in the

                                       middle of the room.



                                       Sheppard puts his hand on the

                                       wall.  The light pulses brightly

                                       beneath his palm.



                             SHEPPARD

           I'VE GOT A FEELING... I'M HOME.



                                       Claxon Alarm Sounds.  Red lights

                                       flash.   People in control room

                                       look up sharply.  McKay rounds on

                                       Sheppard.



                             MCKAY

                What did I tell you about the touching?!



                                       Sheppard holds up his hands.



                             SHEPPARD

                I didn't do anything.



                                       McKay continues to stare

                                       accusingly. 



                                       Sheppard smiles. 



                                       McKay's eyes widen and he turns

                                       abruptly back to his laptop.



                             SUMNER

                            (over radio)

                Dr. Weir, I think you should come and see this.



                             WEIR

                I'm on my way.



           INT. ATLANTIS, CORRIDORS



                                       Sumner, Bates, McKay, and Weir

                                       stand in front of the window. 

                                       Outside, a large air bubble erupts

                                       from the far side of the city.



                             MCKAY

                Oh, that's not good.



                             WEIR

                What is it?



                             MCKAY

                Only thousands of tons of water breaking

                through the shield and flooding the city.  I'd

                hoped this wouldn't be a problem.



                             SUMNER

                You knew about this, McKay?



                             MCKAY

                I knew it was a possibility, along with

                hundreds of other possibilities of things that

                could go wrong the moment we set foot into a

                ten thousand-year-old city. 



                             WEIR

                Can we stop it?



                             MCKAY

                No.  Maybe.  We've hooked up the naqadah

                generators, but we're most likely still

                draining power from the ZedPM just by being

                here, turning on the lights.  The ZedPM is like

                a battery and only has a limited supply of

                power before it goes dead.



                                       Outside the window, another giant

                                       air bubble erupts from another

                                       portion of the city.



                             MCKAY (cont'd)

                And it looks like we've reached that limit.



                             SUMNER

                            (into radio)

                Marines, fall back to the Gate Room

                immediately.  We may have to evacuate the city.



                             WEIR

                Evacuate?  And go where?



                             BATES

                            (to McKay)

                We know for a fact there isn't enough juice to

                get back to earth?



                             MCKAY

                Yes.  And even if there were, if I rerouted the

                power directly to the stargate, the shield

                would collapse before we could make a

                connection.



                             SUMNER

                What about somewhere in this galaxy?



                             MCKAY

                That should be relatively easy.  Two of the

                naqahdah generators are enough to get the

                stargate online.



                             SUMNER

                Do it.



                                       McKay nods and hurries off.



                             WEIR

                Grodin has found a list of 'gate addresses in

                the Ancient database.  I'll have him pull

                several that are habitable.



                             SUMNER

                Bates, Lorne, and I will lead three separate

                teams.  The sooner we find somewhere, the

                better.



                                                          TRANSITION TO:

                                      SCENE 3



           EXT. ATHOS - DAY



                                       People in handmade clothing dance

                                       between the fire pits and the

                                       tents, sharing food with those

                                       seated on blankets.  Children

                                       chase each other with peals of

                                       laughter.  

           "PRAYER OF THE ATHOSIANS"



                             ATHOSIAN WOMAN 1

           WHEN THE SUN IS LOW ON THE HORIZON 

           AND THE HUNTERS RETURNED FOR THE DAY.

           WHEN OUR PEOPLE ALL HAVE GATHERED,

           WE TURN OUR HEARTS AND PRAY.



                                       Walking through a forest, Sumner,

                                       Sheppard, Ford, and several

                                       Marines find a village comprised

                                       of hand-woven tents and open fire

                                       pits near a small lake.  In the

                                       distance, a collection of old

                                       buildings can be seen.  



                             ATHOSIAN CHORUS

           THIS IS THE PRAYER OF THE ATHOSIAN PEOPLE! 

           THE PRAYER OF ATHOSIANS! 

           THE ATHOSIANS! ATHOSIANS! 

           HARMONY AND UNDERSTANDING, 

           EMPATHY AND LOVE SURROUND US. 

           WORKING HARD TO BRING OUR VISION: 

           PEACE AND HOPE WITH TRADING PARTNERS. 

           TRUST THAT LIFE WILL NOT BE HARDER

           FOR ATHOSIANS!

           ATHOSIANS!



                             ATHOSIAN WOMAN 1

           WHEN THE SUN IS LOW ON THE HORIZON 

           AND THE HUNTERS RETURNED FOR THE DAY.

           WHEN OUR PEOPLE ALL HAVE GATHERED,

           WE TURN OUR HEARTS AND PRAY.



                             ATHOSIAN CHORUS

           THIS IS THE PRAYER OF THE ATHOSIAN PEOPLE! 

           THE PRAYER OF ATHOSIANS!

           THE ATHOSIANS!

           ATHOSIANS!



                                       A few Athosians notice the SGA

                                       Team.  The song fades as, one by

                                       one, the remaining Athosians spot

                                       them.  They watch the SGA Team

                                       warily, as the team enters the

                                       village.  One darts into a tent

                                       and returns with a woman who steps

                                       in front of the SGA Team, blocking

                                       their path. 



                             TEYLA

                I am Teyla Emmagan, leader of the Athosians. 

                Have you come to trade?



                             SUMNER

                Actually, ma'am, we're here to check out this

                planet as a potential evac site.  What's the

                weather like here?  Are there abundant fresh

                food and water sources?



                                       Teyla appears taken aback. 

                                       Sheppard steps forward, a friendly

                                       grin on his face.



                             SHEPPARD

                What the Colonel means to say is: hello, Teyla. 

                I'm Major John Sheppard.  This is Colonel

                Sumner, Lieutenant Ford.  We're having a bit of

                a... plumbing problem back home and need to

                find a safe place to dry out for a while.



                             TEYLA

                Athos is as safe as any other world from the

                wraith.



                             SHEPPARD

                I'm sorry, the wraith?



                             TEYLA

                You do not know of the wraith?



                             SHEPPARD

                We're a little new in town.  Haven't had a

                chance to meet all the neighbors yet.



                             SUMNER

                Major, I'll leave this to you.  We're going to

                go check out the old buildings on the rise.



                             TEYLA

                The Ancient city is in ruins and uninhabitable.



                             SUMNER

                Thank you for the information, ma'am, but I

                think we'll check it out for ourselves. 



                                       Sumner and Lorne exit, along with

                                       most of the Marines.  Ford

                                       remains.  Sheppard gives Teyla

                                       another friendly smile.  



                             SHEPPARD

                So, how about those wraith?  I hear they're

                having a rebuilding year.



                                       Ford muffles a laugh.



           EXT. ATHOSIAN CATACOMB - DAY



                                       Carrying a torch, Teyla leads

                                       Sheppard beneath the ground, into



           INT. ATHOSIAN CATACOMB



                                       The walls are crudely cut, brown

                                       stone, covered with faded

                                       pictographs.



                             TEYLA

                These walls have preserved Athosian history

                through the centuries.  It is a testament to my

                people that, though the wraith have culled us

                time and again, we have still survived.



                             SHEPPARD

                Explain to me about this culling thing.  It

                doesn't sound too pleasant.



                             TEYLA

                I assure you, Major, it is not.  



                                       Teyla holds her torch in front of

                                       a series of stones that depict a

                                       culling.



                             TEYLA (cont'd)

                The wraith are much more advanced than any race

                I have encountered.  They attack worlds with a

                human population, nearly wiping them to

                extinction over and over again.



                                       Sheppard examines the etched

                                       stones. 



                             SHEPPARD

                It looks like the wraith are catching the

                people in nets, or something.



                             TEYLA 

                It is some sort of energy beam.  I saw my

                father taken with my own eyes when I was very

                young.



                                       Teyla shines the light on the next

                                       stone.  



                             TEYLA (cont'd)

                And this is what becomes of them.



                                       The stone shows a monstrous

                                       creature devouring a person, with

                                       a pile of bodies at its feet.



                                       Sheppard whistles under his

                                       breath.



                             SHEPPARD

                How often do the wraith attack?



                             TEYLA

                It depends.  A few worlds are culled every

                twenty to thirty years.  Others flourish for

                centuries before the wraith return.  It is said

                that the wraith sleep for long periods of time

                in order for the worlds to repopulate.



                             SHEPPARD

                Giving them a bigger food supply.



                                       A low vibrating fills the chamber,

                                       growing steadily louder.



                             SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                What's that?



                             TEYLA

                I do not know.



                             SUMNER

                            (over radio)

                Sheppard, what's your location?



                             SHEPPARD

                I'm in a cave-thing with Teyla.



                             SUMNER

                            (over radio)

                Get back to the 'gate, a-sap.  The settlement

                is under attack.



           EXT. ATHOS - DUSK



                                       Athosians scream and run into the

                                       woods.  Wraith darts zip overhead. 

                                       Steady beams of light shoot from

                                       the bottom of darts, catching

                                       people in its path.  The people

                                       vanish.



                                       The orchestra plays...

           "NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD"



                             WRAITH 1

           FOOD!



                                       Wraith 1's dart nets two people.



                             WRAITH 2

           FOOD!



                                       Wraith 2 smiles shark-like in the

                                       cockpit of his dart.



                             WRAITH 3

           MORE FOOD!



                                       Wraith 3 and Wraith 4's darts

                                       cross paths, netting five people.



                             WRAITH CHORUS

           FOOD, FOOD, YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD. 

           YOU'RE GOOD TO EAT

           A TASTY TREAT

           YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD, THAN FOOD.



                                       Marines fire ineffectually at the

                                       wraith darts.  Athosians continue

                                       screaming and running.  Sumner

                                       shouts directions from the

                                       Athosian camp.  A wraith dart

                                       snares him and several Marines.



                             WRAITH CHORUS (cont'd)

           THERE'S NO HOPE TO SAVE 

           YOUR PUNY HUMAN RACE 

           GIVE UP RIGHT NOW 

           AND BECOME OUR CHOW

           YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD, THAN FOOD.

           YES, NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.



                                       Sheppard and Teyla run back to the

                                       camp.  A wraith dart flies

                                       overhead and Teyla shoves

                                       Sheppard.  Sheppard falls out of

                                       the way, but Teyla is netted by

                                       the wraith.  



                             WRAITH CHORUS (cont'd)

           RUN ALL YOU WANT, WANT, WANT 

           TRY AND ESCAPE IF YOU CAN 

           BUT LIKELY YOU WILL END UP IN OUR POT 

           OR IN OUR FRYING PAN, 'CUZ 

           FOOD, FOOD, YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD. 

           YOU'RE GOOD TO EAT 

           A TASTY TREAT

           YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD, THAN FOOD.

           YES, NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD!



                             SHEPPARD

                            (into radio)

                Ford!  What's your position?



                             FORD

                            (over radio)

                I'm at the stargate, sir.  Those ships are

                flying out a wormhole.



                             SHEPPARD

                Memorize that address!  Burn it into your

                retinas!  Those bastards have our men.



                             WRAITH CHORUS

           YES, NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD! 



                                       Sheppard is alone.  The last

                                       wraith dart flies from Sheppard's

                                       sight.  The orchestra stops. 

                                       Smoke drifts from the campfires of

                                       the empty Athosian camp.  



                                                          TRANSITION TO:

HMSpart2
                                       SCENE 4



            INT. ATLANTIS, CONTROL ROOM - EVENING



                                        The claxon alarm sounds.  Red

                                        lights flash.  Zelenka shouts in

                                        Czech at McKay.  Grodin runs from

                                        console to console, using hooked

                                        up laptops.  Sheppard is with Weir

                                        in an office off the control room. 

                                        Ford waits by the door.



                              WEIR

                 I don't know, John.  Maybe we can negotiate

                 with the wraith.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Elizabeth, these guys eat people.  The longer

                 we wait, the more likely my men will be lunch.



                              WEIR

                 Fine.  I don't like it, but if you feel we

                 don't have any other choice...



                              SHEPPARD

                 We don't.



                              WEIR

                 Take the address for Major Lorne's evacuation

                 site.  Atlantis may not be here for you to

                 return to.



                                        Sheppard nods and runs off,

                                        stopping by Grodin to get the

                                        stargate address.  McKay stares at

                                        Sheppard, his lips pressed

                                        together in a crooked line of

                                        thought.  Sheppard catches McKay's

                                        stare.



                              SHEPPARD

                 What?



                              MCKAY

                 What, what?



                              SHEPPARD

                 Shouldn't you be, I don't know, building an ark

                 or something, rather than staring at me?



                              MCKAY

                             (flustered)

                 My brain is working on hundreds of different

                 solutions simultaneously, not to mention making

                 lists of all the food I want since I haven't

                 eaten yet, the number of disasters waiting to

                 befall us on the evac site, contemplating with

                 horrifying conclusion the amount of coffee that

                 will be washed away if Atlantis fully sinks,

                 and, for a bit of torturous fun, calculating

                 the volume of water it takes to fill a city

                 this size.



                              SHEPPARD

                 471,410,258,458.7 cubic meters.  Roughly.



                                        McKay appears glassy eyed. 



                              MCKAY

                 Oh.



                                        Sheppard exits.  Ford follows, up

                                        the steps and into the hangar. 



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

                 Well.  Okay.



                                        He turns, dazed, back to his

                                        computer.



            INT. ATLANTIS, HANGAR



                                        Sheppard and Ford enter one of the

                                        puddle jumpers.  The interior

                                        lights snap on and the jumper

                                        comes alive.  Sheppard slides into

                                        the pilot seat.



                              FORD

                 Do you think you can fly this thing?



                              SHEPPARD

                 We'll find out.



                                        The controls in Sheppard's hands

                                        respond immediately.  The hatch

                                        closes and the jumper moves.   The

                                        hangar floor opens and the jumper

                                        is guided down into the Gate Room.  



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                 Dial it up.  Let's go bring our guys home.



                              FORD

                 Yes, sir.



                                        Ford dials the gate address in the

                                        cockpit.  The stargate locks and a

                                        wormhole opens.  Sheppard flexes

                                        his fingers around the controls

                                        and shoots through the event

                                        horizon.



            INT. JUMPER COCKPIT - NIGHT



                                        Sheppard sets the jumper down near

                                        the stargate.  Through the window,

                                        trees and brush are visible.  The

                                        sky is cloudy gray.



                              FORD

                 Now, what?



                              SHEPPARD

                 I guess we start searching.  Wish we had a map.



                                        An image appears on the cockpit

                                        window.  Diagrams, maps, and

                                        information about the terrain are

                                        displayed.  Sheppard and Ford

                                        exchange glances.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                 That's pretty neat.  Maybe if I wish for a way

                 to detect-



                                        A panel opens beside Sheppard and

                                        a hand-held life-signs detector is

                                        visible.  Sheppard picks it up. 

                                        The screen glows, showing two dots

                                        in the jumper.  



                              FORD 

                 Wish for something else.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Okay.



                                        Sheppard closes his eyes.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                 I wish Sumner were here.



                                        Sheppard cracks open an eye, but

                                        nothing happens.



                              FORD

                 Maybe you have to wish for something you

                 actually want.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Funny.



                                        Sheppard closes his eyes again.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                 I wish for... a turkey sandwich.



                                        Ford laughs.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

                 What?  I'm hungry.  And anyway, it didn't work.



                              FORD

                 Guess we're on our own.



            INT. HIVE SHIP - NIGHT



                                        The orchestra plays.  Sumner,

                                        Teyla, Marines, and Athosians are

                                        in a hive cell.  Amorphous cocoons

                                        line both sides of the corridor

                                        outside the cell door.  Three

                                        WRAITH DRONES and one WRAITH

                                        WORKER approach.

            "NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD - REPRISE"

            (SLOWER TEMPO)



                              WRAITH CHORUS

            FOOD, FOOD, YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD. 

            YOU'RE GOOD TO EAT

            A TASTY TREAT

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD, THAN FOOD.



                                        In a straight line, the four

                                        wraiths step, pivot, step, pivot,

                                        half-turn stop.  Wraith 2 and 4

                                        about face.  All four box step,

                                        box step, one step forward, and

                                        slam their right hands against the

                                        amorphous cocoons.   Human heads

                                        split from the cocoons with

                                        screams of agony.  Sumner, Teyla,

                                        Marines and Athosians look on in

                                        horror.



                                        The wraith stop feeding, pivot

                                        slide back into a straight line,

                                        and march to the cell.  The door

                                        opens.  Sumner steps forward as

                                        the others fall back.  



                              SUMNER

                 I am Colonel Sumner of the US Marines and I

                 demand to see your leader.



                                        Wraith Worker smiles, pivots, and

                                        leaves the cell.  Two of the

                                        Wraith Drones grab Sumner and drag

                                        him out of the cell.  The cell

                                        door closes behind them.  Teyla

                                        runs up to the door and watches

                                        until the wraith take Sumner out

                                        of sight.



            INT. HIVE SHIP, MAIN HALL - NIGHT



                                        A skeleton in Athosian clothing

                                        sits at a long table, an uneaten

                                        feast in front of the corpse. 

                                        Sumner is shoved to his knees in

                                        front of the WRAITH KEEPER.  Two

                                        Drones and the Worker leave.  One

                                        Drone remains, armed with a wraith

                                        stunner.



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                             (circling Sumner)

                 You are not like the others.



                              SUMNER

                 What do you want with us?



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                 Tell me, what world do you come from?



                              SUMNER

                 I'm not telling you anything until you let my

                 people go.



                                        The Wraith Keeper slams her right

                                        hand onto Sumner's chest.  Sumner

                                        screams as she feeds.



                                        She pulls back her hand and steps

                                        away.  



                                        Jagged tears pattern Sumner's

                                        shirt in the shape of a hand, with

                                        blood coming from five fingernail

                                        wounds and a feeding mark in the

                                        center. 



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                 Now, what world do you come from?



                              SUMNER

                             (breathing harshly)

                 I'll never tell you.



                                        The Wraith Keeper again feeds from

                                        Sumner.  Sumner screams

                                        continuously.  His hair goes

                                        completely white and his face

                                        becomes wrinkled and emaciated.



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                 What world do you come from?



                              SUMNER

                             (forced)

                 Earth.



                                        Gunshots.  The Wraith Keeper's

                                        body jerks as squibs explode.  She

                                        spins around and Sumner collapses

                                        to the floor.  Sheppard stands in

                                        the doorway of the hive chamber.

                                        Orchestra plays.



                                        Sheppard fires repeatedly into the

                                        Drone.  The Drone goes down. 

                                        Wraith Keeper howls/screams

                                        angrily.  In the background,

                                        explosions and more gunshots can

                                        be heard.

            "THE RESCUE"



                              SHEPPARD

            WHEN I CAME THROUGH THE STARGATE 

            I DIDN'T KNOW JUST WHAT TO EXPECT 

            NOTHING COULD PREPARE ME 

            CLOSED DOORS WOULDN'T SPARE ME 

            FEELINGS HIDDEN DEEP INSIDE WOULD RESURRECT. 

            THIS WAR, I'VE BEEN REPRESSING

            THIS PAIN, IT'S NEVER LESSING

            A RESCUE FAILED IS ONE I'LL NEVER FORGET.



                                        Sheppard walks into the room,

                                        shooting at the Wraith Keeper. 

                                        She jerks at each shot but does

                                        not go down.  More explosions and

                                        gunfire from another location.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

            STILL, I TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHT.

            BRING THE BATTLE, I WILL FIGHT!

            I WILL ACT WITHOUT A SINGLE SAD REGRET.



                                        The Drone on the floor, not dead,

                                        clips Sheppard in the ankles as he

                                        nears.  Sheppard goes down.  The

                                        Drone gets up on his knees and

                                        picks up the stunner.  Sheppard

                                        fires at the Drone's head.  The

                                        Drone goes down again.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

            SO BRING THE BATTLE, BRING THE FIGHT! 

            I WILL STRIKE WITH ALL MY MIGHT! 

            I WILL NOT LET ANY DOUBT LEAD ME ASTRAY. 

            I WILL FIGHT WITH ALL I'VE GOT!

            AIMING TRUE WITH EVERY SHOT!

            AND SUCCESS WILL SURELY SOON COME MY WAY.



                                        Sitting up, Sheppard fires at the

                                        Wraith Keeper, but the empty

                                        magazine of the P-90 only clicks. 

                                        Sheppard looks at it in dread, and

                                        then scrambles for the wraith

                                        stunner.



                                        The Wraith Keeper approaches. 

                                        Sheppard shoots her with the

                                        wraith stunner as he gets to his

                                        feet.  She jerks but keeps

                                        approaching.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

            SO BRING THE BATTLE, BRING THE FIGHT! 

            I WILL STRIKE WITH ALL MY MIGHT! 

            I WILL NOT LET ANY DOUBT LEAD ME ASTRAY. 



                                        Sheppard fires several more times

                                        with no success.



                              SHEPPARD (cont'd)

            I WILL FIGHT WITH ALL I'VE GOT!

            AIMING TRUE WITH EVERY SHOT!

            AND SUCCESS WILL SURELY SOON COME MY WAY.



                                        Finally, when she's almost upon

                                        him, he spears her with the tip of

                                        the stunner.  Orchestra stops. 

                                        Wraith Keeper is shocked.  Blood

                                        comes from her mouth.



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                 You do not know what you have just done. 



                              SHEPPARD

                 Turned you into a shishkebob?



                              WRAITH KEEPER

                 Woken the others.



                                        Wraith Keeper slurs the 'S',

                                        trailing off as she dies. 

                                        Sheppard pulls the stunner free

                                        and she collapses on the floor. 

                                        Above him, the chamber ceiling

                                        begins to light.  Shadowed figures

                                        move behind the fogged covering. 

                                        Orchestra plays.

            "THE RESCUE - REPRISE/FOOD"



                                        Awakening Wraith Chorus begins

                                        chanting, a few voices at first,

                                        then more, quietly, then growing

                                        steadily louder, continuously in

                                        the background.



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.  

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.



                                        Sheppard rushes to Sumner.  Sumner

                                        is weak, frail, and dying.



                              SHEPPARD

            THIS WAR, I'VE BEEN REPRESSING

            THIS PAIN, IT'S NEVER LESSING

            A RESCUE FAILED IS ONE I'LL NEVER FORGET.



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.  

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Come on, sir.  Ford's freeing the others.  We

                 need to get out of here.	



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.  

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.



                              SUMNER

                 Leave me.



                              SHEPPARD

                 I can't do that, sir.



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.  

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.



                              SUMNER

                 That's an order, Major.



                                        Sheppard gives Sumner a wry smile.  



                              SHEPPARD

                 You know how well I follow orders, sir.



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS

            YOU'RE NOTHING MORE THAN FOOD.  



                                        Sheppard picks up Sumner in a

                                        fireman's carry.  He glances up at

                                        the awakening wraith.  The

                                        Awakening Wraith Chorus chant

                                        drops in volume, underscoring

                                        Sheppard's song.



                              AWAKENING WRAITH CHORUS (cont'd)

            FOOD.  FOOD.  FOOD.  FOOD.  FOOD.  FOOD.



                              SHEPPARD

            I WILL WIN THIS BATTLE, YOU'LL SEE. 

            NOTHING WILL TAKE THE FIGHT FROM ME. 

            I WILL STAND TALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRAY. 

            THE PAIN, I WON'T FORGET 

            BUT I'VE DONE NOTHING I REGRET

            AND I WOULDN'T DO IT ANY OTHER WAY.

            JOHN SHEPPARD IS HERE TO STAY.



                                        Sheppard and Sumner exit.



                                                          TRANSITION TO:

                                       SCENE 5



            INT. ATLANTIS, GATEROOM - NIGHT.



                                        On foot, Sheppard steps through

                                        the stargate, alone.  The claxon

                                        alarm and red lights continue with

                                        their warning.  Atlantis quakes. 

                                        McKay, Zelenka, and Grodin's

                                        voices can be heard clearly from

                                        the control room.  Weir rushes

                                        down the steps to meet Sheppard.



                              WEIR

                 John.



                              SHEPPARD

                 I'm glad to see you haven't floated away.



                              WEIR

                 Not yet, but close.



                              SHEPPARD

                 I'm ordering the evacuation of Atlantis.



                              WEIR

                 We're not giving up until we have no other

                 choice.



                              SHEPPARD

                 You have no other choice.  Sumner's dead, and

                 I'm not allowing anyone else to die today.  Not

                 on my watch.



                                        Weir presses her hand to her

                                        heart, distressed.



                              WEIR

                 Oh.



                                        Sheppard nudges her toward the

                                        still active stargate.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Yeah.  I'll see you on the other side.



                                        Weir nods, looks around Atlantis

                                        one last time, as if trying to

                                        memorize it.  Orchestra plays.

            "SO LONG, FAREWELL, GOODBYE."



                              WEIR

            I CAME THROUGH THE STARGATE 

            WITH BRIGHT HOPES AND DREAMS. 

            NOW THEY'RE ALL BROKEN, 

            OR SO THAT IT SEEMS. 

            WHICH LEAVES ME ONLY TO SAY 

            SO LONG. 

            FAREWELL. 

            GOODBYE. 

            THE MOMENT HAS PASSED 

            FOR OUR REACH TOWARDS GLORY 

            OUR TIME HERE, TOO SHORT 

            FOR THAT I AM SORRY.

            WHICH LEAVES ME ONLY TO SAY 

            SO LONG.

            FAREWELL.

            GOODBYE.



                                        She goes through the stargate. 



                                        Sheppard runs up the steps and

                                        nearly falls as a hard tremor

                                        shakes the Gate Room.  He enters

                                        the control room.  



                              SHEPPARD 

                 Time's up, kiddies.  Pack your bags and let's

                 get out of here.



                                        Grodin, McKay, and Zelenka stop

                                        shouting as one and stare at

                                        Sheppard.  Grodin turns abruptly

                                        and types on a laptop.



                              GRODIN

                 It may work.



                                        Zelenka hurries over to his own

                                        laptop and types.



                              ZELENKA

                 Yes, yes.  The others did not have strong

                 enough gene.



                                        McKay unhooks and takes a laptop,

                                        double-times it over to Sheppard,

                                        and grabs Sheppard's elbow as he

                                        speaks.  



                              MCKAY

                 Set it up again, quickly.  Major Hedgehog, come

                 with me. 



                                        McKay leads Sheppard out of the

                                        control room and down the stairs.



                              SHEPPARD

                 I'm ordering everyone to evacuate, McKay.



                              MCKAY

                 You do that.  But first, you do this.



            INT. ATLANTIS, DRIVE ROOM - A MOMENT LATER



                                        McKay and Sheppard are in a room

                                        with screens, panels, and several

                                        consoles.  The claxon alarm and

                                        red lights continue to give

                                        warning.  McKay hooks the laptop

                                        up to one of the consoles.  He

                                        taps the radio in his ear.



                              MCKAY

                             (into radio)

                 Are we ready yet?



                              ZELENKA

                             (over radio)

                 Almost.



                              MCKAY

                 Take your time.  My gills could use a workout.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Explain to me again what we're doing?



                              MCKAY

                 You, with your magic gene, are going to

                 hopefully convince Atlantis that drowning is

                 bad.  Peter, the crazy Czech guy who I can

                 never remember his name, and I have rerouted

                 several systems to this console here.  If the

                 schematics that I'm reading are right, this

                 command console operates the star drive.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Star drive?



                              MCKAY

                 Atlantis doubles as a space ship.  Didn't you

                 read any of the brochures before coming? 

                 We tried to do this earlier, but Beckett's gene

                 is too weak to initiate the drive.



                              GRODIN

                             (over radio)

                 We are ready, Rodney.



                              MCKAY

                 And so am I.



                                        McKay finishes typing on the

                                        laptop and waves his hands at

                                        Sheppard.



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

                 Do your thing.



                                        Sheppard approaches McKay.



                              SHEPPARD

                 What thing am I supposed to be doing?



                                        McKay grabs Sheppard's hands and

                                        presses them on two keys on the

                                        console.



                              MCKAY

                 Think, "Up."



                                        Sheppard screws up his face like

                                        McKay is insane, and then looks at

                                        the console.  A beat passes, then

                                        a rumble louder than the claxon

                                        suddenly fills the room.  McKay

                                        taps at the laptop, his eyes

                                        widening. 



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

                 It worked!



                                        McKay runs out of the room. 

                                        Sheppard, after a moment's

                                        hesitation, runs after him.



                                        The rumbling continues.  The

                                        corridor shakes.  Sheppard catches

                                        up with McKay in front of the

                                        large window from Scene Two.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Did I need to stay-



                              MCKAY

                             (gesturing)

                 No, no.  You turned it on.  The rest is up to

                 Atlantis.



                                        Outside the windows, gigantic air

                                        bubbles rise past.  The rumbling

                                        and shaking make Sheppard and

                                        McKay bump against one another. 

                                        Sheppard steadies McKay with a

                                        hand on his shoulder.  Orchestra

                                        plays. 

            "ATLANTIS RISING"



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

                 Look...



                                        Air bubbles rush past the window

                                        and suddenly Atlantis bursts

                                        through the surface of the water. 

                                        The sun is nearly blinding as it

                                        streams inside.  Water runs down

                                        the window as the city continues

                                        to rise.  White clouds dot the

                                        blue sky.  Birds fly in the

                                        distance.  The rumbling and

                                        shaking slow to a stop, as

                                        Atlantis comes to a rest on the

                                        surface of the sea.



                                        Orchestra notes fade to silence.

                                        The claxon alarm has also silenced

                                        and the red lights have gone off.

                                        Sheppard and McKay stare in awe

                                        out the window.



                              SHEPPARD

                 Cool.



                                        Over the radio, cheering can be

                                        heard briefly.  Sheppard turns to

                                        McKay and graces him with a large,

                                        happy smile.  The sunlight

                                        highlights his features, haloing

                                        him in a golden glow.  Orchestra

                                        plays quietly.

            "ATLANTIS RISING PIANO REPRISE"



                                        Sheppard squeezes McKay's

                                        shoulder, turns, and jogs off. 

                                        McKay watches him leave before

                                        turning back to the window.  

                                        Orchestra Movement blends into the

                                        next song.  McKay puts his hand on

                                        the glass.

            "I THINK HIS NAME IS JOHN"



                              MCKAY

            I CAN COUNT ON JUST ONE HAND THE PEOPLE I RESPECT. 

            WHAT THEIR NAMES ARE, WHERE THEY ARE NOW, HOW MANY AWARDS

            THEY HAVE.

            I KNOW THEIR BACKGROUNDS, FAMILY, AND PETS.

            A FEW I'D EVEN DEIGN TO CALL A FRIEND.

            BUT NOW THIS GUY THAT I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

            COMES ALONG AND PROVES HIS WORTH WITHOUT A DOUBT

            AND I THINK HIS NAME IS JOHN.



                                        McKay leans his forehead on the

                                        glass.  A white bird soars around

                                        one of the city's spires, visible

                                        through the window.  



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

            AN ERRANT FLYBOY WANDERS BY ME, NOT EARNING A SECOND'S CHECK

            LEAN SHOULDERS, HAZEL EYES, HIS HAIR A TOTAL WRECK.

            HE SITS IN THE CHAIR AND IT LIGHTS WITH HIS ATA GENE

            BRINGING US ONE STEP CLOSER TO REACHING OUR DREAMS.

            AND IN MY MIND, I AM SINGING JOYOUS SONGS,

            BUT THERE IS ONE THING THAT I CAN'T PUT MY FINGER ON

            AND I THINK HIS NAME IS JOHN.



                                        McKay turns from the window and

                                        heads back to the drive room. 

                                        Celebration over the citywide

                                        speakers gets louder and quiets

                                        again.  In the drive room, McKay

                                        types in the laptop, closes the

                                        screen, and unhooks it from the

                                        console, as he sings.



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

            NOW THE CITY ISN'T FLOODED OR CUT FROM MY EYES. 

            THE FUTURE IS WAITING FOR ME TO CLAIM MY NOBEL PRIZE. 

            BUT IT WASN'T ME WHO WENT AND SAVED THE DAY. 

            IT WAS THAT FLYBOY SWEEPING DANGER AWAY. 

            AND IN THE END, WITH A SINGLE SMILE AND TOUCH 

            ATLANTIS SINGS AND MY HEART TREMBLES VERY MUCH

            SOMETHING'S BEGINNING AND ALL I CAN DO IS HOLD ON

            AND I THINK HIS NAME IS JOHN.



                                        McKay pauses in the doorway, hand

                                        reaching for the light sensor.



                              MCKAY (cont'd)

            I THINK HIS NAME IS JOHN.



                                        The lights lower and the stage

                                        goes dark as the Orchestra

                                        finishes.  Curtain lowers.



                                                               FADE OUT.

                                       THE END



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