This episode would have taken place during season four. I wrote it in Final Draft.
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STARGATE: ATLANTIS "Vengeance" TEASER FADE IN: EXT. FOREST CLEARING - DAY TEYLA and RONON are pinned down behind a small mound of LOGS and ROCKS in the middle of a CLEARING. BLUE ENERGY BLASTS fly around them, all seeming near misses. Popping out from behind TREES we see 6 MEN taking shots at our two heroes. TEYLA We cannot remain here for much longer. RONON You see a way out? TEYLA (resigned) No. We were lucky to find cover here. There is no guarantee we would be so lucky again. RONON Good thing I don't rely on luck. Ronon pops up and squeezes off two shots from his weapon before falling back to the ground. The man Ronon shot at takes cover behind his tree again letting it absorb the impact. RONON (CONT'D) Did I hit him? TEYLA No. He took cover. RONON Lucky. TEYLA Would you mind if I call for support now? A shot from the bad guys hits near Ronon, covering him in tree splinters. RONAN (deadpan) Feel free. INT. STARGATE OPERATIONS - DAY SHEPPARD is zipping up his field vest when 6 MARINES come up to him. The stargate has already been dialed up and shimmers like a pool of water. SHEPPARD We got two of our own taking heavy fire. They have cover but it won't last and they're two klicks from the gate. So we double-time it to them. Any questions? The marines are motionless but seem eager to get through the gate. Sheppard chambers a round into his P-90. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Strong silent types. I like that. (beat) Let's go! Sheppard turns and steps into the event horizon. PLAY WORMHOLE TRAVEL STOCK FOOTAGE EXT. FOREST - DAY ON STARGATE Sheppard steps out of the stargate event horizon, closely followed by the 6 marines that met with him earlier. They file out past him and take up defensive positions around the gate. BACK TO SCENE Sheppard moves away from the gate and taps his headset radio. SHEPPARD (into radio) Teyla, Ronon, come in, over. TEYLA (over radio) John, it is good to hear your voice. Over the radio, behind Teyla's voice we hear rapid energy blasts. SHEPPARD (into radio) Yeah, yours too. What's your status? INTERCUT: EXT. FOREST CLEARING - DAY Ronon comes down onto the ground HARD, followed by numerous BLUE ENERGY BLASTS. He's grinning widely. TEYLA Sheppard requests a status update. RONON We're just a having some fun, that's all. TEYLA (into radio) Did you get that? Sheppard rolls his eyes and moves forward, motioning for the marines to follow. SHEPPARD (into radio) I got that. Keep your head down. I've got a team of marines with me and we're coming to you. Teyla sits still while Ronon does his best to keep the bad guys at bay. This usually means firing blindly over his shoulder or popping up and down quickly to try to get off a lucky shot. TEYLA (into radio) We'll be here. RONON How far out are they? TEYLA Sheppard did not say. They cannot be far from the stargate. RONON We have to do something. TEYLA Is that wise? We're outnumbered and our cover is poor as it is. RONON It's not going to take long for them to realize we can't move and they position themselves to flank us. TEYLA What is it you suggest? RONON What is it Sheppard says about a good defense? TEYLA Sheppard says a lot of things that do not make sense. The grin on Ronon's face tells Teyla there's no convincing him otherwise. It doesn't make things any better that he's probably right. Then, at that moment, the firing stops. Ronon peeks through a gap in their cover and RONON'S POV sees a man gesturing wildly, telling his men to move out. BACK TO SCENE TEYLA (CONT'D) What do you see? RONON They're moving to flank. It's now or we die. TEYLA Okay. I'll cover you. Ronon and Teyla come up out of their cover and open fire. Ronon takes out the man giving the gestures in a single shot. He swings his gun around in time to see another man take aim at Teyla. He grabs her shoulder in an attempt to move her from danger. RONON Get down! It's too late. Teyla takes a BLUE ENERGY SHOT directly to her chest. The kinetic energy throws her back and into Ronon. Ronon catches himself, and Teyla, and takes out the man that shot Teyla with a shot of his own. But the odds are too great against and Ronon takes two BLUE ENERGY BLASTS - one to his chest and another to his spine. His expression falls and his body follows. MOMENTS LATER: EXT. FOREST CLEARING - DAY Sheppard and his marines come upon the clearing Ronon and Teyla were holed up. They see 4 MEN in the center standing over something. One of the men is crouched down, attending to something on the ground. Sheppard motions for the marines to circle the position. Once the marines are where they need to be Sheppard radios Teyla. SHEPPARD (whispering into radio) Teyla, we're in position, what's your status? There's no answer. Sheppard curses under his breath and checks his cover before calling out to the strange men. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) You are surrounded. Put down your- He can't finish the sentence before the 4 men open fire into the forest. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Take them down! Together Sheppard and the marines make short work of the remaining men. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) (motioning) Check your fire! Check your fire! There's no movement in the clearing. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Move forward! Everyone comes out from their cover and into the clearing. Sheppard addresses a marine near him. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Check the bodies. The marine complies and goes off. Sheppard keeps his gaze out into the forest. MARINE 1 Medic! Sheppard turns as another marine rushes to the first marine's position. The medic quickly gets to work on a body. Sheppard moves to his position. SHEPPARD What is it? The medic looks up, his face like stone. MARINE MEDIC I'm sorry, sir. They're gone. ANGLE ON TEYLA AND RONON The medic pulls his fingers away from Teyla's neck. Teyla and Ronon both, their bodies, are limp and lifeless. BACK TO SCENE On Sheppard's expression we... FADE OUT. 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ACT 1 FADE IN: MAIN TITLES EXT. FOREST CLEARING - DAY A FULL MEDICAL TEAM from Atlantis is on the scene. As well as more marines. DR. KELLER is talking to some of her staff then comes over to Sheppard, who is keeping to himself off to the side, his face pained. KELLER Colonel? SHEPPARD Any news? KELLER No, I'm sorry. I'm sure we'll learn more back on Atlantis. (beat) Their clothes are burned where... She sees Sheppard's expression and let's her voice trail off. KELLER (CONT'D) I'm sorry, John. SHEPPARD (sharply) Yeah, I'm hearing that a lot lately, Doc. Keller, feeling the rebuke, pulls back and turns to walk away. Sheppard realizes his mistake and is quick to stop Keller from leaving. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) I'm sorry. That wasn't fair. You're just trying to help and I'm... being an ***. KELLER No, it's okay. I know you were close to both of them. Many people on Atlantis were. This won't be easy for anyone. SHEPPARD Right. I know. KELLER (carefully) Listen, John, if you need to talk... SHEPPARD Thanks but I wouldn't bother you like- KELLER Me? Oh, no, I wasn't talking about me. There's Doctor- SHEPPARD Heightmeyer, right! KELLER I mean, if you wanted to talk to me I'd be fine with it. I don't mind. I just thought you might be more comfortable... with a professional. SHEPPARD You're right. You're absolutely right. I'll think about that. Thanks. KELLER Okay. Good. (beat) My team and I are heading back. Anything I should tell Colonel Carter? SHEPPARD We're going to do a search of the immediate area, see if anything turns up. KELLER What about the village? SHEPPARD Teyla said her people knew them. I think it would be best if we talk to a few Athosians before we hit the village. (beat) She might not have known them as well as she thought. KELLER Right. That's a good idea. (concerned) See you on Atlantis later then? SHEPPARD Yeah. I don't want to be here longer than I have to. Keller walks away leaving Sheppard to his thoughts. SOMETIME LATER: EXT. FOREST - DAY (WITH SHEPPARD) Sheppard is walking through the forest letting the nose of his P-90 lead the way. His eyes dart back and forth scouring the ground for near-invisible details that might give him a clue as to what happened and why. MARINE 1 (over radio) Colonel Sheppard come in, over. Sheppard takes a knee, tree defending his back, and clicks on his headset. He never averts his gaze from the horizon - ever watchful. SHEPPARD (into radio) This is Sheppard. What have you got? EXT. FOREST - DAY (WITH MARINE) The marine is standing away from the body of one of the men that was attacking Teyla and Ronon. Another marine is inspecting the corpse. MARINE 1 (into radio) We've found a body a few hundred yards from the battle site. Looks like he took a hit and crawled away. SHEPPARD (over radio) What hit him? MARINE 1 (into radio) An energy weapon. The size of the hole reminds me of Ronon's hand cannon. (beat) But if this guy made it this far out we don't know if anyone else could be out here. Or how many. EXT. FOREST - DAY (WITH SHEPPARD) Sheppard considers his options then decides a course of action. SHEPPARD (into radio) Okay, get your team together and get back to Atlantis. I'm going to look around some more. (beat) Tell Colonel Carter I'll be back in an hour. Sheppard out. With that Sheppard moves on. LATER: EXT. FOREST - DAY (WITH SHEPPARD) Through a NUMBER OF CUTS we follow Sheppard making his way through the forest as quietly, but quickly, as he can until he reaches the edge. SHEPPARD'S POV In the DISTANCE we can make out a small village. Several PLUMES OF SMOKE are rising from it. It could just be from mundane sources, or evidence of something more sinister. We can't tell from this vantage. BACK TO SCENE Sheppard considers his options as we... FADE TO: EXT. ATLANTIS - DAY The ocean laps lazily at the edges of the city on this beautiful sunny day. CUT TO: INT. ATLANTIS - MEDICAL BAY CRANE SHOT FROM ABOVE COMING DOWN MEDICAL TECHNICIANS are moving equipment around as quickly as they can muster while six bodies are wheeled in on gurneys by marines. KELLER (O.S.) No, I want those two over... CRANE TURNS ONTO KELLER Keller is the last into the room, squeezing past a marine moving the gurney with Teyla on it, and pulls back a curtain revealing a small, clean workspace. KELLER I want Teyla and Ronon over here. The MARINES comply and roll them both into the space then leave. KELLER (CONT'D) Thank you. A medical technician approaches Keller. MED TECH Doctor Keller, what do you want us to do with the others? KELLER Go over them with a fine toothed comb. If there's anything on them that might tell us what happened we need to find it. Check their blood, check their clothes, check their DNA, hair, fingers and toes. Check everything. This takes top priority. The med tech nods and goes off to a huddled group of other med techs and passes on the orders. Keller turns and regards Teyla and Ronon's bodies. KELLER (CONT'D) (to herself) This takes top priority. FADE TO: INT. STARGATE OPERATIONS - CARTER'S OFFICE A marine is standing at ease in front of CARTER'S desk and she herself is standing. MCKAY enters as she dismisses the marine. CARTER Thank you. You're dismissed. The marine snaps off a crisp salute, one Cater returns, and turns on his heel and exits past McKay who offers a quick greeting. MCKAY Hey. The marine doesn't reply and moves on. MCKAY (CONT'D) What's his problem? CARTER He's taking it pretty hard, that's all. MCKAY (puzzled) Taking what hard? CARTER You haven't heard? MCKAY Heard what? (beat) I've been trying this sensory depravation exercise I read about awhile back and I have to tell you it's really remarkable. (beat) You see, you shut out all external sensory input for short periods of time and it's supposed to help focus the mind. (beat) Of course it has to be for really, really short periods of time because, as I'm sure you know, it is a means of torture and will cause even the most strong willed people to blubber like a baby in no time at all. But I'm fairly certain in short sessions it may- Carter puts her hand up to stop him. CARTER McKay... MCKAY Hmm? CARTER (gently) It's Ronon and Teyla. MCKAY (oblivious) What about them? CARTER They were attacked, Rodney. They didn't make it. MCKAY (laughing) You are talking about our Ronon and Teyla, right? (motioning) You know, the big guy with the big arms, carries a big gun. And the plucky girl... hits hard. CARTER I'm sorry, McKay. Sheppard and his team got there too late to do anything. McKay is stunned into silence and takes a seat. MCKAY Oh my God. I, I can't believe this. (beat) Do you know how? CARTER Doctor Keller is going over their... them now. She'll report her findings as soon as she's found something. MCKAY Sheppard? CARTER He's still in the field. MCKAY Oh. Right. (wryly) First Carson now Teyla and Ronon. Not a long life expectancy here, huh? CARTER (sympathetic) Rodney... MCKAY Would you look at that? I made a joke. Not a good joke, yes, but a joke nonetheless. Humor can be a form of denial so I guess I'm right on schedule with that whole grief thing. CARTER Do you want me to contact Doctor Heightmeyer? MCKAY No, no... that's okay. I know where to find her. We go back. Had a woman in me once. Well, not in me but her consciousness in my mind. It was unnerving but I think I took away something positive from the experience. (beat) You know I kissed Carson, right? Well, it wasn't me, it was her, but it was still my body. CARTER Rodney. MCKAY Right. There I go again. More of that denial bit. Keep talking and maybe it won't be real. I get it. CARTER If you need anything you know you only have to ask. OFF SCREEN we hear the stargate dialing up. CARTER (CONT'D) That's should be Sheppard and his team. I'm sure he'd like to see a friendly face. MCKAY Me? Oh, right. McKay and Carter leave the office and... TRACKING: INT. STARGATE OPERATIONS We follow them into Stargate Operations proper. ON STARGATE The last symbol lights and the event horizon forms in the sideways flush we've all seen. BACK TO SCENE Carter and McKay walk up behind a MAN OPERATING the stargate controls. CARTER Sheppard? OPERATOR His team. CARTER What do you mean? Where's Sheppard? OPERATOR You should ask them. ON STARGATE Sheppard's marine team exits the gate and it disengages as soon as the last soldier is back. SWISH PAN TO STAIRS UP TO STARGATE OPERATIONS Carter and McKay both come down the stairs and stop in front of the MARINE TEAM. CARTER Report, Lieutenant. MARINE 1 We found another body out there, Ma'am. Looked like he took a hit from Ronon's weapon and crawled away but given we don't know how many hostiles were engaged in the battle Colonel Sheppard ordered us back to Atlantis. MCKAY That sounds smart. CARTER The Colonel's status? MARINE 1 He said he was going to investigate further and be back in an hour. (looks at watch) That was 10 minutes ago. CARTER Thank you, Lieutenant. You and your men are dismissed. The marine nods and he and his men file past and OFF SCREEN. CARTER (CONT'D) (to Operator) Dial up Sheppard. I want to know what he's doing. The operator nods and OFF SCREEN we HEAR the stargate being dialed. EXT. VILLAGE - AFTERNOON ESTABLISHING WIDE ON VILLAGE It's the same village Sheppard spotted earlier, but with more PLUMES OF SMOKE. INT. VILLAGE - AFTERNOON Sheppard is darting between small huts trying to avoid being seen. It's rather easy as there doesn't appear to be anyone around. Doors to huts are wide open and various objects, baskets, tables, chairs, et al, are strewn about the ground like a riot just cleared out. CRANE ON VILLAGE SQUARE FROM ABOVE. There's a roaring fire in the center of the wide open square. To the LEFT OF FRAME we see Sheppard, P-90 at the ready, sneaking up on the edge of a hut, just hidden from view. TIGHT ON SHEPPARD He raises his weapon to aim and peeks around the corner. SHEPPARD'S POV Nothing. It's like a ghost town. Tumbleweed blowing through would almost seem appropriate. BACK TO SCENE Sheppard moves back to the cover of the hut and looks lost for a moment before his radio goes off. CARTER (over radio) Sheppard, this is Atlantis, please report. Sheppard gets a look on his face like he's just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. SHEPPARD (into radio) Atlantis, this is Sheppard, nothing to report at the moment. Everything is quiet. INTERCUT: INT. STARGATE OPERATIONS Carter is standing next to the operator and looking out into the empty space between herself and the stargate. McKay is listening intently. CARTER Your team arrived just a few moments ago. They tell me you ordered them back because of possible hostiles in the area. SHEPPARD (over speakers) That is correct. CARTER And you thought it was safe for you to stay back. Alone? Please explain that to me, Colonel. Sheppard, growing desperate for an excuse, looks around and his gaze falls to the ground. ON GROUND AT SHEPPARD'S FEET There's a large log and clumps of dry leaves and other debris. BACK TO SCENE Sheppard crouches down and take a pile of leaves into his hands and begins rolling it in his palms near the microphone of his radio. SHEPPARD (into radio) Atlantis... signal... up... please repeat... can't... The noise on Atlantis' end sounds like some kind of interference but McKay looks more puzzled than anyone else. CARTER (to Operator) What is that? OPERATOR Seems like some kind of interference but it's not originating on our end. MCKAY (motioning) It sounds like he's crunching dry leaves or something next to the transmitter. Carter's face goes red. McKay sees her reaction and realizes that's exactly what Sheppard is doing and Carter knows it. MCKAY (CONT'D) He's crunching leaves next to the transmitter. That's mature. CARTER Colonel Sheppard, whatever you're trying to do will only succeed in getting you killed. Sheppard is still crouched and rubbing leaves in his palms near his microphone when he hears A COMMOTION around the corner, toward the village square. SHEPPARD (into radio - quickly) Not receiving... try... hours. Sheppard clicks off his radio and peeks around the corner. SHEPPARD'S POV He sees a LARGE MAN, wearing similar clothing as the men that killed Teyla and Ronon, chasing A BOY no older than 12 through the village square. And they're coming right in his direction. BACK TO SCENE Sheppard looks at his P-90 then decides against using the weapon. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Crap. He glances back then looks around again for options. He spots the log and picks it up, testing its weight. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Yes. This should work. He presses up hard against the side of the hut and readies the log. Shortly, the boy rounds the corner and Sheppard sticks out his foot to trip him. The boy tumbles to the ground and with all his strength Sheppard swings the log into the face of the boy's assailant. The man doesn't stand a chance and is instantly knocked out. While Sheppard is making sure the man is out the boy recovers and is scrambling to his feet. Sheppard quickly goes to him and pulls him up by an arm. The boy starts screaming and flailing. EDORAS Let go of me! Let go of me! He lands a solid kick onto Sheppard's shin. Sheppard jumps but doesn't lose grip of the boy. SHEPPARD (harshly) Will you stop that! Do you want everyone to find you? Edoras calms and regards Sheppard cautiously. EDORAS You're not one of them? You're not going to take me? SHEPPARD If I were why would I take that guy out? Right? EDORAS Right... SHEPPARD Good. If I let go are you gonna stay put? Edoras nods. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) Okay. Sheppard lets go and watches the kid for a moment expecting him to bolt. When he doesn't he turns his attention to his own wounded shin. SHEPPARD (CONT'D) That hurt. EDORAS (regarding the knocked out man) I thought you were one of them. SHEPPARD Who are they? EDORAS You don't know? They're everywhere. SHEPPARD Well, I get around. Can't seem to stay in one place to long. (beat) So? EDORAS They're slave traders. SHEPPARD What? EDORAS We came to this world a few generations ago trying to escape them. We thought we made it far enough. That they wouldn't find us. SHEPPARD So they took everyone in your village? EDORAS No, not everyone. A lot escaped into the forest. But my family did not. And some other families. SHEPPARD Slavers. Great. EDORAS (excited) You have to help! You have to save them! There isn't much time. SHEPPARD Whoa there fella. I don't know what you think but dropping one thug chasing a kid is a lot different then taking on bunch of guys with guns. EDORAS But if they get off the planet I'll never see them again. SHEPPARD Listen, I have people that can help. If we can get to the stargate I- EDORAS It'll be too late. If they get back to the other traders they'll come in more ships. They'll find everyone. Can your people stop all of them? SHEPPARD Well I don't know about that... EDORAS (resigned) Then we're all dead. It would have been better if you let him take me. Edoras goes to walk away but Sheppard grabs his arm again. SHEPPARD Fine. I'll see what I can do. EDORAS Really!? CLOSE ON SHEPPARD'S FACE He knows what he's about to do is wildly stupid but he doesn't see another option. SHEPPARD Yeah. Really. FADE OUT. END OF ACT 1