Major Lorne leads an expedition to a planet surrounded by geosynchronous satellites, a good candidate for an advanced civilization. But when he and his team land there, they find that the planet’s residents are in stone-age villages – decorated with banners and flags bearing the face of Rodney McKay. What’s even more alarming is that McKay and Sheppard recognize these images: they’re duplicates of an image McKay used to denote his “country” in the Ancient equivalent of a multi-player computer “god game.” When Sheppard and McKay go to this planet to see for themselves, they discover that their respective “societies” reflect their own personal ideologies, with McKay’s civilization pursuing rapid advances in science and only raising an army in response to the more aggressive advances that form the basis of Sheppard’s society. But the differences in the world views of the “Oracles” giving them their orders is about to drive the two civilizations to a very real war.
story by Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson
telelplay by Carl Binder
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree
Guest Cast: Laura Harris (Nola), David Dayan Fisher (Baden), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), James Long (Helkin), John Shaw (Garth)
LogBook entry by Earl Green