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")

After repair, the Odyssey was called into action to take Dr. Daniel Jackson, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter, Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell, and Vala Mal Doran to Atlantis in order to execute two very important missions: research the archives on Atlantis to locate Merlin's anti-Ascended weapon and establish a wormhole to the Supergate in the Milky Way from a Stargate in the Pegasus Galaxy. Emerson dropped off Daniel and Vala and picked up Dr. Rodney McKay to assist in the Stargate-to-Supergate connection. The Odyssey was placed under significant stress because of the close proximity to a black hole used by the team to power the Stargate which they launched to float nearby. Teal'c was in a cargo ship near the other Stargate in the Milky Way, situated close to the Supergate. They were going to make the wormhole jump from their two smaller Stargates to the Supergate, thus making the Supergate unavailable for the Ori to send more warships. When the Odyssey came under attack by a Wraith hive ship, and they were on their last nuclear warheads, the crew made a daring attempt to simultaneously destroy the Wraith hive ship and force the wormhole to jump to the Supergate by beaming their last two bombs onto the Wraith ship when its shields were weakened by the effects of the black hole. Amazingly, Teal'c was able to lure a nearby Ori warship into the Supergate's unstable vortex as the wormhole jumped and not only did they cut off the Ori's access to the Supergate, but they also destroyed one of the four Ori warships sent in the Ori's first wave invasion. (10.03 "The Pegasus Project")


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