Rodney and fellow Atlantis crewmember Griffin take a recently repaired puddle jumper out on a proving flight, with Rodney in a near-panic that the ship, which has been refitted after suffering serious damage, will never be spaceworthy again. As it turns out, that’s the least of his problems. On approach to land at Atlantis, the jumper’s engines malfunction and the little ship plunges into the ocean seconds after Griffin fires off a desperate distress call to Atlantis. At 1,200 feet beneath the surface of the ocean and falling, the jumper must now prove itself to be seaworthy… and again, it fails the test, as the cockpit begins to buckle under the pressure. Rodney and Griffin try to retreat to the rear compartment and close the pressure hatch to the cockpit, but when he realizes that only the cockpit’s hatch controls are still working, Griffin sacrifices himself to save Rodney’s life. Still plummeting toward the ocean floor, Rodney is now facing his own extinction at a depth that none of Atlantis’ craft can hope to reach for a rescue, and worse yet, he’s facing it alone…or so he thinks at first.
written by Martin Gero
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), William MacDonald (Griffin), Peter Abrams (Donaldson), Nimet Kanji (Bryce)
LogBook entry by Earl Green