CUT TO: INT - STARGATE COMMAND, BRIEFING ROOM
[MARRICK is sitting in the BRIEFING ROOM, looking down at the STARGATE as it spins up for an outgoing SG TEAM. He's again in a suit and carrying a small briefcase, but he looks almost depressed.]
[MARRICK looks up to see CARTER coming up the spiral staircase.]
I imagine you've come to announce whatever charges you want to press on me. Go on then.
[CARTER pauses at the top of the stairs, as if sizing MARRICK up.]
(Shaking her head)
We have no intention of doing that, Mister Marrick. You were only following orders, same as we do every day.
[Standing, MARRICK gestures through the window at the now-active STARGATE.]
(re: SG TEAM)
Look at them, Colonel. They have orders to go out and save the galaxy.
My orders were to, more-or-less, commit suicide and murder the entire crew of the Odyssey
In a way, I'm glad you managed to stop the IOA's plan.
[CARTER smiles at him, coming closer.]
In the end, things turned out alright anyway. Maybe that'll be enough for them this time.
You never know, do you?
Oh, and by the way...
You may want to check those cells on the Odyssey
. Not the most comfortable of bunks.
[He smiles at CARTER, and she smiles back. The two of them lock eyes for a long moment, the former feeling somewhat redeemed inthe latter's eyes.]
CUT TO: INT - STARGATE COMMAND, VIP ROOM
[Dressed in his ORI COMMANDER gear, TOMIN examines himself in a mirror gravely. VALA is nearby, sitting on the bed just behind him.]
You're going to make a great leader.
[TOMIN doesn't respond for a long beat.]
When I was being tortured by the Prior, it was the teachings of Origin that sustained me.
And yet is was those very teachings that nearly destroyed this world.
[He sits down on the bed besides VALA.]
There are still so many things about that mean a great deal to me, but nearly as many that I wish I could forget.
I don't doubt that there's morality and wisdom in it. That's what made it such a powerful lure for so many people.
I think in principle, the idea of bettering ourselves, and seeking ascension in one way or another...
(Turning to him)
...is what it's all really about.
The Book just needs some revision.
[They smile at each other.]
Well, that's entirely up to you... and your people, though I might humbly recommend that the part about burning people alive for not following along should be the first bit to go.
Perhaps throw in some color pictures.
[VALA continues to smile straight ahead, but TOMIN's expression becomes more serious.]
You know, I have not asked this because I fear I know the answer. But now that I'm leaving...
[VALA looks at him, understanding.]
I don't exactly know where my place is, but I hope it's here.
[Tears shimmer in TOMIN's eyes, but he nods anyway.]
I'm sorry, Tomin.
I know I'll never make up for the things I've done, but I promise you, I'll spend the rest of my life trying.
[She smiles, and puts her legs across his lap, then her arms around him.]
So will I.
[VALA leans in and kisses TOMIN, who, after a moment, returns the kiss. Finally, she pulls away.]
I do love you, Tomin. I married you out of more than a need for protection; I married you because you were, in a way, the man I had always felt missing in my life.
Someone honest, kind, and filled with a compassion I could never comprehend. You were my rock in my darkest hour.
[TOMIN reaches out a hand and clasps it aorund hers.]
And I always will be.
CUT TO: INT - STARGATE COMMAND, HALLWAY
[Elsewhere on the base, DANIEL and LANDRY are walking together.]
I was the one who found it. I'm not entirely happy about the fact that we were forced to use it either, but I think it was better than the alternative!
No one disagrees with you.
But it is a very dangerous piece of technology to keep lying around!
It's out of my hands, Doctor Jackson.
[They arrive at an elevator.]
Okay. Let's say someone does
figure out how to reprogram it, or worse, let's say, it falls into the wrong hands... it could be the most powerful weapon we've ever come across!
I'm well aware of the risk, and so is the IOA.
[At the mention of the IOA, DANIEL rolls his eyes.]
For now, the Ark is being studied at Area 51. That's all I know.
[The elevator arrives, and the doors open.]
I'm sorry, Doctor Jackson. I've done all I can do.
[LANDRY enters the elevator. DANIEL waits until the doors have closed, then looks around in frustration and walks away.]
CUT TO: EXT - HIGHER PLANES OF EXISTENCE
[On the vast white expanse that makes up the HIGHER PLANES, MORGAN again stands before a great crowd of ASCENDED BEINGS. But this time, ADRIA stands next to her, wearing a golden gown and her hair in a far more relaxed style. The ORICI seems to be at peace with herself.]
Keep them safe.
[ADRIA nods, glancing down. Through the floor, flashing images of life in the ORI GALAXY can be seen faintly.]
(re: the ANCIENTS)
You were right, you know. You always were.
[MORGAN shakes her head, smiling.]
No, we weren't. But we were close enough, and maybe that really is all that matters.
What remains of the Ori will never forgive you for this. They will hate you to the ends of time.
What's done is done, and they are too few now regardless. Your people are truly yours now, Adria Mal Doran. Lead them into the future with dreams of one day looking out around themselves and seeing a universe at peace.
Perhaps, on that day, my own people can see their dreams finally realized, as well.
[The two women look out at the CROWD of ASCENDED BEINGS.]
(Bowing her head)
Ancient and Ori standing side-by-side to face the future...
Who would ever have guessed.
[MORGAN takes ADRIA's hands, smiling back.]
Not Ancient, not Ori.
We are, all of us, the Alterans.
[As the two ASCENDED BEINGS smile at one another, a bright WHITE LIGHT overwhelms the camera, and suddenly a view of the MILKY WAY GALAXY and the ORI GALAXY can be seen. The camera flies down extremely quickly, skimming over the surface of dozens of worlds in a single minute; ORI FOLLOWERS are throwing down their weapons, PRIORS are working alongside others to rebuild cities in the MILKY WAY, JONAS QUINN and his people cheer outside the LANGARAN CAPITAL CITY, TOK'RA and JAFFA embrance one another on CHULAK... finally, the camera comes to EARTH, and it zooms down on CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, down through the rocket silo, into the GATE ROOM, where SG-1 is walking through the doorway, dressed in offworld gear.]
Feels kind of weird not having a big bad guy to fight anymore.
Yeah. That's how we felt when we defeated the Goa'uld and the Replicators.
A galaxy at peace with itself.
Well, Jackson and Vala took care of that.
[VALA frowns at him.]
The whole Ori thing was not our fault!
(Smiling at her)
Just take the blame. You get used to it.
We played a big part in fixing the problem.
That you did.
Still, there are still many planets in our own
gate system that remain unexplored.
Yes, let's see what mysteries P3K-546 will hold.
And what treasure!
I'm sure something will come up.
(to HARRIMAN in CONTROL ROOM)
Walter, hit it!
[The STARGATE begins to spin... another adventure is about to begin.]