At a ceremony attended by the Secretary of Defense, Captain Carter is promoted to Major, but as O’Neill steps up to the podium to offer a few words of congratulation, an energy beam whisks him away to a ship orbiting Earth. An Asgard greets him and introduces himself as Thor – the real Thor, not a holographic projection. Thor brings a warning – the Goa’uld System Lords have decided, after the death of Hathor, that Earth needs to be “dealt with.” Thor offers to negotiate with the System Lords to try to gain protected planet status for Earth; if he fails in his negotiations, Earth could be facing an attack far more devastating than anything humanity has experienced at the hands of Ra, Hathor or Apophis. O’Neill appreciates the offer of help, but is less than thrilled when Thor decides that O’Neill should speak on behalf of Earth. A briefing reveals that the three Goa’uld representatives are among the most treacherous of the System Lords, including the Goa’uld who wiped out the population of Cassandra’s planet. After a bumpy start, the talks are underway, but it begins to look like the System Lords are only willing to grant Earth protected status in exchange for humanity leaving itself open to slavery.
written by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Michael David Simms (Arthur Simms), Ron Halder (Cronus), Jacqueline Samuda (Nirrti), Vince Crestejo (Yu), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), T.M. Sandulak (Sergeant Ziplinski), Laara Sadiq (Technician)
Notes: The weapons used by Carter to thwart the cloaking device was given to the SGC by the Tok’ra for use against the Re’tu in Show And Tell.
LogBook entry by Earl Green