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The first episode is ” The Doctor’s Daughter”.
So the Tardis kidnaps the Doctor, Donna, and Martha. As soon as they leave the Tardis they are surrounded by armed humans. There has been a generations long war between the humans and fish aliens, both after something known as the source. The Doctor is taken to a machine and from his DNA a female soldier is created. Having no name, Donna calls her Jenny. Martha is captured by the fish aliens, but they treat her nicely enough. The general doesn’t trust the Doctor, Donna, or Jenny (since was made from the Doctor) because of the Doctor’s pacifist ways so they are locked up. Jenny uses her wiles to trick their way out. The Doctor already told the soldiers how to get to the source, so as soon as he is free he with Donna and Jenny head to the Source too. Meanwhile, Martha and the fish people find where the source is too. Most of the fish people go one way, but Martha gets to the surface with one. He sacrifices his life to save her from quicksand. She finds the Doctor. Meanwhile, Donna has noticed a number pattern. In the end they discover that the ship has only been crashed for seven days and the machines have been making them go through generations at an accelerated rate. The truth is the captain of the ship was killed. Our heroes make it to the source first, but the soldiers are right behind them. so are the fish people. The source is a terra-forming machine. After explaining this, the Doctor declares the war over. Everyone lays down their weapons but the leader of the humans who shoots at the Doctor. Jenny takes the bullet instead. The Doctor is devastated, but everyone is now convinced to lay down their weapons. After a final service for Jenny, the Doctor takes Martha home who has decided she can’t take traveling with the Doctor any more. Back on the planet, Jenny wakes and takes the spaceship back out into space . . .
The second episode is “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. This time the Doctor and Donna visit a party featuring Agatha Christy. It would be the day Agatha Christy disappears for ten days and then reappears with no memory. Of course there begin a string of murders following the pattern of one of Agatha Christy’s books, but there are several odd things starting with a giant wasp that Donna is the first to see. Others see it too. The murderer tries to poison the Doctor, but fortunately Time Lords are not that easy to kill. At dinner they hear the sound of a wasp again, but the lights go out. The lady of the house’s son is stabbed and her jewel necklace is stolen. So the Doctor, Donna, and Agatha Christy start piecing together what happened. The theft and the murders are two different crimes. A criminal known as the Unicorn managed to infiltrate the party and it is she who stole the necklace. The lady of the house confesses that while in India she said she contracted malaria but really she was attracted to a man who was really an alien and bore his child. The necklace was supposed to link her telepathically to the child, but the child was put up for adoption. The link didn’t work exactly as planned – when the lady became enamored of Agatha Christy’s books her child who happens to be the reverend of the village discovered his heritage and becoming enraged began to act out the book. The reverend turns into the giant wasp and threatens everyone. Agatha grabs the necklace and lures the wasp off. The Doctor and Donna give chase. Agatha throws the necklace into a lake and the wasp goes after it and dies. Having contact with the necklace, Agatha faints and when she wakes ten days later remembers nothing. However as the Doctor points out she still unconsciously remembered something – one of her books features wasps prominently.
These two episodes, “The Children of the Gods”, constitute the pilot of the series, connecting the movie with the series. After the excitement in the movies, Jack has retired. Only one problem – after a year of nothing the Stargate activated again and aliens came in and kidnapped one soldier and killed others. One of them had glowing eyes like the alien Ra did. It comes out that Jack lied about what happened to the Egyptian archeologist Daniel – he said Daniel was dead when in reality he is living happily with his wife on another world. In any event, General Hammond is now in charge of the Stargate program and he is rather militaristic. He is also not happy when he hears the truth of what happened on the other world over a year earlier. Jack wants to see if their is a threat before they do anything drastic, so he sends a box of kleenex through the gate – Daniel has allergies. The box comes back empty with a note from Daniels. So Jack now has permission to go through and do some reconnaissance. Among others who when through the Stargate the first time is added Sam, a captain in the army and an astrophysicist which Jack does not like. General Hammond doesn’t like the idea, but the Joint Chiefs do and Sam does have a point – the aliens don’t They find Daniel and his friends quite happy and well. They have seen nothing since Jack left. Daniel has a theory that there are more than one Stargate. The reason why Sam’s team has been unable to go to other worlds is that in several thousand years the stars have aligned differently. The world Daniel is on is one of the closest which is why the code for that world still works. Sam says they could redshift the stars positions to make them current. While Daniel, Jack, and most of Jack’s team are gone aliens come through the Stargate and kidnap Daniel’s wife, and a friendly kid and they injure the members of Jack’s team who were left behind. Daniel decides to go back to Earth to search for his wife. He has already taught the people on the desert world how to bury the Stargate. He will try to come back in one year, but if not he tells them to bury their Stargate permanently. Back on Earth, one of the injured men saw the code the aliens used. They put together another team to follow. Reluctantly General Hammond agrees to let Daniel go. It is sad, though. These aliens use humans as hosts. The female soldier is killed when she is not an acceptable host. Daniel’s wife is made host to the alien queen. She doesn’t even acknowledge Daniel when he sees her. Daniel, Sam, and Jack are put with other prisoners. The kid and another female are taken to also be hosts. Jack talks one alien, Teal’c, into helping them. They escape with the other prisoners. The aliens leave before they can get to the Stargate, the kid now infected with an alien blasting back Jack. No one sees the key to where they went. More soldiers are after them. Daniel opens the Stargate back to Earth and Sam sends an encoded signal to let General Hammond know it is them – they now have a titanium shield they can block even an activated Stargate with. They get the refuges and Teal’c through. Jack of course is the last one through. His second is near the last, and before he goes through an alien attaches to him. . .
The first episode is “The Sontaran Stratagem”.
Remember how Martha left her cell phone with the Doctor so she could call him? Well she does so now. So it is back to the present day for the Doctor and Donna. Martha and Donna get along fine, but there is one wrinkle. Martha is now a full fledged physician working for UNIT, which Donna does not entirely approve of. Martha called the Doctor back because of the Atmos system, developed by a teen genius it provides perfect navigation and zero emissions. However, the suspicion is that it is not human technology. Worse, there have been reported a number of fatalities recently from Atmos vehicles. It is especially suspicious because many of these deaths occurred simultaneously. When they go to talk with the teen genius, the Doctor and Donna barely escape their vehicle which starts acting crazy. The Doctor does have enough evidence to prove that yes aliens are involved. These aliens are warlike and are using Atmos, mind control, and clones to take over. They even capture Martha and make a clone of her. Dona does tell her grandfather, Wilfrid, about the Doctor but can’t bring herself to tell her mother. When the Doctor investigates the Atmos device on a car, he discovers that it can be reversed and emit poisonous gases. And that is exactly what happens as the aliens cause the Atmos devices all over the world to simultaneously reverse and start poisoning the atmosphere. And Wilfred is trapped in his car . . .
The second episode is “The Poison Sky”. The Doctor and Donna manage to get Wilfred out of his car at least and him and Donna’s mother to relative safety. The Doctor has Donna get into the Tardis – which after clone Martha tells them of its position the aliens then pull onto their ship. The teen genius realizes that the aliens never intended on taking him or his students from Earth. They also block their telaport device. The Doctor talks with the aliens, and he learns they are transforming Earth into a planet friendly to them. UNIT tries to launch missiles, but clone Martha stops them. The Doctor realizes that missile launches would not hurt the aliens but would disrupt what they are doing to the atmosphere. So they call in the calvary – the huge air fortress we saw at the end of season 3 literally gives UNIT some breathing room. The Doctor gives Donna instructions to reactivate the telaport devices and he also finds the real Martha, knowing all along that the other was a clone. He has Martha keep blocking the missile launch. With the telaport open, he gets Donna and the Tardis off the alien ship. He then goes to the teen genius’s estate. At the estate is more than enough equipment to make another atmosphere conversion device – this time on that will restore things to the way they should be. It works like a charm, but the Doctor knows the aliens won’t give so much. He telaports to their ship to give them one last chance before he will destroy their ship and them with it. The teen telaports the Doctor back and takes his place when the aliens refuse. All is back to normal and the Atmos devices are being dismantled. Martha goes into the Tardis to say goodbye to the Doctor and Donna, but then the Tardis goes off on its own initiative . . .
Once again we have more lovely Babylon 5 scripts written by others. Katheryn Drennan wrote the amazing “By Any Means Necessary”. Larry DiTillio is back with “TKO”, “Eyes”, and “Spider in the Web”. D.C. Fontana is also back with “Legacies” and “A Distant Star”. They all share their experiences working with JMS and meeting cast and crew, and how they got chosen to write these scripts. In most cases these scripts are earlier drafts. As always included is an index of what was cut and what was changed. The draft for “TKO” even includes notes on things to change. Another interesting volume for the Babylon 5 fan.