Vala gives birth aboard the Ori cruiser, but before she can hold the baby, the child is whisked away at a Prior’s orders. A few hours later, Tomin tells her that she will be allowed to see the girl, who has already aged the equivalent of years. In order not to provoke a direct confrontation with the Ancients, the Ori have put as much of their knowledge as the human body can hold into the child, who will lead the Ori forces in our galaxy. The child knows that Vala does not believe in the Ori, but hopes to convince her otherwise. She accepts the name that Vala gives her, Adria, and tells Vala that the Ancients are lying. The Ori do ascend their followers, and the Ancients are the ones who sap the energies of humans in order to destroy the Ori.
The Ori ships have left the wreckage of the battle behind, and the survivors struggle to regroup. Carter is still stranded in her EVA suit. Mitchell wakes up aboard a fighter he managed to launch right before the Korolev was destroyed. The Odyssey is limping along, but the Asgard beaming technology is out of commission. Teal’c makes contact with the Odyssey, right before the Lucian representatives on his ship capture him and demand that the Odyssey surrender. Since the Lucian mothership also lacks weapons, it’s not much of a threat for now. Mitchell pilots the Odyssey through a manual pickup of Carter. A scan of the black box from the Korolev confirms that someone used the rings to transport before the ship exploded, giving them hope that Daniel survived.
That hope turns out to be justified, as Daniel contacts Vala aboard the Ori ship. They hatch a plan to try and take Adria off the ship and turn her against the Ori, but Vala’s husband has other plans. Gen. Landry discusses the situation with Woolsey, who says the IOA is considering bringing the Atlantis ZPM to Earth to power the Antarctica defenses. Landry thinks this may be a too-little-too-late solution, and asks Bra’tac to send ships to the battle site to assess the situation. Bra’tac arrives in time to counter a pair of Lucian reinforcements. Carter and Kvasir get the beaming technology working in time to grab Teal’c before the Lucians destroy their own wounded ship. Bra’tac announces that he is heading for Chulak, where the Ori fleet is launching a ground invasion. The rest of SG-1 goes with him to look for Daniel and to try and find a weakness in the Ori ships. In the face of almost hopeless odds, Mitchell plans for a tactical retreat in order to regroup, but Bra’tac seems intent on a noble death.
Season 10 Regular Cast: Ben Browder (Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Col. Samantha Carter), Christopher Judge (Teal’c), Claudia Black (Vala Mal Doran), Beau Bridges (Gen. Hank Landry), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson)
written by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Will Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith
main title theme adapted from music by David Arnold
Guest Cast: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Matt Glave (Col. Emerson), Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey), Eric Steinberg (Netan), Martin Christopher (Maj. Marks), Garry Chalk (Chekov), Tim Guinee (Tomin), Emma Cooper (Adria – 4 Years Old), Jodelle Ferland (Adria – 7 Years Old), Brenna O’Brien (Adria – 12 Years Old), Bruno Verdoni (Lucian Alliance Officer), Gwenda Lorenzetti (Nursemaid), Apollonia Vanova (Russian Weapons Officer), Doug Abrahams (Prior), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Walter Harriman)
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer