Paul Emerson

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Col. Paul Emerson


Col. Paul Emerson is the first commander of the Daedalus-class starship Odyssey. (9.16 "Off The Grid")

Character Biography

Emerson is proud of his ship and crew. Following in the wake of the destruction of Earth's first line of defense against alien space attacks, the Prometheus, the Odyssey was not yet 100% tested when Emerson was asked by Gen. Hank Landry to go to the planet P6G-452 to rescue SG-1 after contact was lost with the team via the Stargate. The Odyssey had functional hyperspace engines and rail guns, but the shields had not been tested. Even so, Emerson took his ship on its first mission and was at the planet within 22 hours. He located the missing team with locator beacon implants in the nick of time — they were about to be executed by the Lucian Alliance!

The reason for SG-1's loss of contact was that Ba'al had stolen the planet's Stargate and DHD in his bid to create his own private Stargate network, outside the interference of the Priors of the Ori and anyone else. Landry tagged one of Ba'al's Goa'uld scientists, Nerus, with a beacon and Emerson located Ba'al's ship which contained at least a dozen stolen Stargates. Using the Asgard beaming technology and locator beacons which SG-1 manually placed on each piece of technology, SG-1 and Emerson retrieved all but one of the Stargates from Ba'al's cargo hold before his ship was destroyed by an attack from the Lucian Alliance. The Stargate which couldn't be beamed was the one which SG-1 used to escape before Ba'al's ship exploded.

After the destruction of Ba'al's ship, the Lucian Alliance locked their weapons on the Odyssey because Emerson had fired on them with his rail guns to distract them from firing upon Ba'al's ship while SG-1 was onboard. Fearing that his ship was not ready to face three ha'tak, Emerson withdrew into hyperspace. At that point, he thought that SG-1 had died on Ba'al's ill-fated ship and most likely felt that his first mission was a failure because of the loss of SG-1, but SG-1 'gated safely home to the SGC and asked that Landry contact him to reassure him that they were safe and that the mission was indeed a success. (9.16 "Off The Grid")

Emerson saved SG-1 and four representatives of the International Oversight Advisory (IOA) from the Prior Bugs at the Gamma Site. These bugs went from having vegetation as their primary food source to eating people. Unfortunately, the rest of the personnel who were at the Gamma Site at the time the bugs got loose died. (9.17 "The Scourge")

When the Ori completed a "Supergate" as a means to invade the Milky Way, Emerson was one of two Earth spaceship commanders present at the site. He gave Carter the go-ahead to replace a control crystal on the Supergate with one which the Asgard Kvasir had reprogrammed to dial the Ori's home galaxy to prevent the Ori from establishing a wormhole first. Unfortunately, Carter's spacewalk was interrupted when the Ori established a wormhole and sent four of their massive warships through. Emerson's Odyssey sustained a tremendous amount of damage, leaving the ship "dead in the water" quickly and Carter floating helplessly in space. (9.20 "Camelot Part 2")

The Odyssey was one of the surviving ships of the allied fleet, and Emerson coordinated the rescue of several Free Jaffa from their failing ships. His ship's life support capabilities were limited, however, and he asked that the Lucian Alliance provide assistance, but Netan was angry that his ship was damaged and demanded that Emerson surrender his ship instead. Netan's ship was severely crippled and he was unable to see his threats through. Emerson concentrated most of his efforts at getting his ship operational and rescuing the members of SG-1 who had been separated throughout the course of the battle. Fortunately, Emerson was able to get his ship's beaming technology and hyperdrive operational once more and he was instrumental in rescuing Mitchell from his F-302, Carter from outerspace, Teal'c from the Lucian Alliance, and Daniel and Vala from the Ori warship which had landed on Chulak. (10.01 "Flesh and Blood Part 3")


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