Daniel has been ready to join the Prometheus mission to Atlantis for some time, but O’Neill flatly refuses to let him go, insisting that he needs Daniel at the SGC. But both of them are surprised when General Hammond pays a surprise visit and makes it very clear that the decision has been taken out of O’Neill’s hands: Daniel will be joining the Atlantis mission, at the insistence of the Prometheus’ commander…who just happens to be Hammond himself. Between the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies, the Promtheus picks up a distress call, supposedly from a human, and responds, finding a Goa’uld ship instead. Once many of the crew are aboard the other ship as a landing party, Prometheus is ripe for a takeover. A single supersoldier takes the Prometheus easily, but Daniel manages to remain aboard, discovering that the armed hijacker is a con artist named Vala Mal Doran. Daniel retakes the Prometheus, but Vala has locked the ship’s controls on a heading of her own – she was hoping the Prometheus’ firepower would look convincing enough to help her conduct a shady deal for a shipment of naquadah. Even with Vala in the brig, Daniel is left with little choice but to conduct the deal himself. Vala insists that her help will be needed, and when the deal turns out to be a disastrous double-cross, even her help may not be enough.
written by Damian Kindler
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Claudia Black (Vala), Don S. Davis (General Hammond), Ellie Harvie (Dr. Novak), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Walter Harriman), Eric Breker (Colonel Reynolds), Morris Chapdelaine (Tenat), Christopher Pearce (Hayworth), Geoff Bidemap (Alien), Dan Payne (Super Soldier)
Notes: Claudia Black portrayed Officer Aeryn Sun for all four years of Farscape, as well as the concluding miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. The first broadcast of this episode came just a few weeks after the announcement that Black’s former Farscape co-star, Ben Browder, would be joining SG-1’s regular cast in the ninth season. Black also returned to the character of Vala in several episodes of season 9, eventually joining the regular cast in season 10. Ellie Harvie’s Dr. Novak resurfaces on Atlantis after joining the crew of the Daedalus full-time.
LogBook entry by Earl Green