LOST CITY

07.21 and 07.22 Episode 153-154
Airdate: March 12-19, 2004

Ancient writings on P3X-439 speak of an Ancient repository which could be similar to the device found on P3R-272. Hammond authorizes a mission to extract the device and return it for study, hoping that it will hold the key to the Lost City and technology that could save Earth from Anubis. As SG-1 searches the ruins, the repository device materializes, but when Anubis's fleet launches an attack on the planet, SG-1 can't allow the vital information to be lost, nor to fall into the hands of Anubis. With no option remaining, O'Neill places his head in the device, and the Ancient knowledge is downloaded into his mind.

SG-1 hopes that the knowledge within O'Neill will reveal the location of the Lost City, but they know that unless a way is found to reverse the technology, the Ancient knowledge will overwrite O'Neill's brain and eventually kill him. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, Dr. Elizabeth Weir, an expert in international politics, meets with Vice President Kinsey and learns of the Stargate Program. She is even more astounded, however, when President Hayes, recognizing the political need to shift from military to civilian control of the SGC, relieves General Hammond of command, and offers command of the Stargate Program to her.

As Dr. Weir attempts to come to terms with the immense task of running the SGC, Bra'tac arrives through the stargate bringing ominous news. Anubis is gathering the full force of his fleet and will arrive in three days. Weir meets with SG-1 and Bra'tac, as well as Kinsey, who scoffs at Bra'tac's warning. Kinsey threatens that Weir mustn't cross him, but Weir refuses to be a puppet to his agenda. She recognizes O'Neill's sacrifice, and agrees to allow O'Neill and SG-1 the time to draw on the Ancient knowledge in O'Neill's mind that could be the last chance to save the planet.

As the knowledge of the Ancients that could save Earth begins slowly rewriting Colonel O'Neill's brain, random words from O'Neill provide a clue. Praclarush Taonas may be the Lost City they seek, but when SG-1 journeys to the distant planet, they find a world lost in fire beneath lava flows. However, a preserved subterranean chamber holds a unique power source and a throne-like chair which O'Neill activates to create a holographic map that leads back to Earth. The key to the Lost City, "Terra Atlantus," lies beneath the ice of Antarctica.

Anubis's fleet has arrived in Earth's orbit and has begun testing the planet's defenses. President Hayes meets with his advisors in the Oval Office, but without the Ancient technology, Earth is defenseless. As SG-1 returns from Taonas with the power source retrieved from the planet, O'Neill's condition grows more advanced. He possesses both the knowledge and the healing power of the Ancients, but has lost the ability to communicate. Kinsey attempts to relieve Dr. Weir of command, but the President dismisses him and supports Weir's recommendation to defend SG-1's ship at all costs. He launches Prometheus, with Hammond at the helm.

As Prometheus and a fleet of F-302s engage Anubis's fleet in a mammoth battle above Antarctica, SG-1 rings down to a familiar chamber beneath the ice. With the new power source, O'Neill activates an identical chair, and summons the power of the Ancients. The ground opens, and a stream of thousands of flying glowing energy drones swarms to the surface and annihilates the enemy fleet. Earth has been saved, but O'Neill is near death. A cryogenic chamber encases him, but the small outpost provides no answers. O'Neill and the Ancient knowledge he possesses are lost, held in suspended animation beneath the Antarctic ice. This episode aired in two parts.

Written by: Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper
Directed by: Martin Wood

Guest Starring: William Devane as President Henry Hayes, Jessica Steen as Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Tony Amendola as Bra'tac, James McDaniel as General Francis Maynard, Marc Worden as Ronan, David Palffy as Anubis, Michael Adamthwaite as Herak, Ingrid Kavelaars as Major Gant, Gary Jones as Technician, Ronny Cox as Vice President Robert Kinsey, Eric Breker as Colonel Reynolds, Jason Howell as Major Harper, General John P. Jumper, US Air Force Chief of Staff as Himself, John Prowse as Colonel Pearson, Kurt Max Runte as Colonel Kirkland, Jerr Weddell as Jaffa Commander, Igor Morozov as Russian Man, Mark Pawson as Secret Service Man, Dee Jay Jackson as Cab Driver, Ron Blecker as SG-3 Airman, Peter Kufluk as Technician, Colleen Winton as National Security Advisor, Dan Payne as Kull Warrior, Holly Dignard as President's Aide, Bonnie Arbuthnot as Bonnie

Reference: Alkesh, Ancients, Ancient Defense Weapon, Ancient Gene, Ancient Language, Ancient Outpost, Ancient Repository, Ancient Stasis Chamber, Antarctica, Anubis, Atlantis, BC-303, Bonnie, Bra'tac, Chulak, Crystals, Death Glider, DEFCON, Disclosure, Energy Weapon, F-302, Force Field, Erin Gant, George Hammond, Major Harper, Ha'tak, Henry Hayes, Hazmat, Herak, Holographic Projection, John P. Jumper, Robert Kinsey, Colonel Kirkland, Kull Warrior, Lost City, Francis Maynard, Naquadah Generator, Jack O'Neill, P3X-439, Colonel Pearson, Praclarush Taonas, Prometheus, Colonel Reynolds, Ring Transporter, Ronan, System Lords, Teltac, UTD, Elizabeth Weir, Major Wood, Zat'nik'tel, Zero Point Module


LOCATION


P3X-439


Ancient Repository


Praclarush Taonas


Ancient Defense Platform


Antarctic Outpost


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