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Trust me, you're not goin' anywhere. Ronon, I understand how you feel. Believe me, I do. But we're gonna deal with this my way. She looks at Ladon. Let's continue this in my office She turns as Ladon starts to walk towards the stairs, then glances at Ronon. A Genii wheels an old-fashioned by Earth standards television studio camera on a stand into a room. Nearby, Kolya watches as a guard handcuffs John's hands to the back of the chair that he has been made to sit in.
John grunts in pain, then looks up at Kolya as he walks over to face him. It's been some time. You must have really missed me to go through all this trouble.
Nice harpoon, by the way. To capture an extraordinary soldier takes extraordinary measures. I'll take that as a compliment. As you should, Colonel -- just as you should understand this is not personal. As soon as my goal is achieved, you'll be returned to Atlantis. What do you want? It's not a question of what I want. It's a question of who. I entrusted the I. I trust both of these men implicitly Are both men now accounted for?
In fact, they're in custody. They're being questioned as we speak. WEIR a little suspiciously: Don't underestimate the importance of this alliance between our two peoples to the Genii, Doctor Weir.
In fact, when I heard the news, my first concern was He is interrupted by the sound of the Gate starting to dial in.
We have an unscheduled offworld activation. Elizabeth hurries out into the Control Room, followed by Ladon. Rodney is sitting at a console looking at his screen. None, but we're receiving an analogue video signal. The image of Kolya appears on the wallscreen. Doctor Weir, if you're receiving this, please respond. Elizabeth stares in surprise. Rodney, equally shocked, stands up and looks at the screen.
Ronon, of course, doesn't recognise Kolya, having never seen him before. Who the hell is he? A Genii military leader who once tried to seize Atlantis. Ladon was a member of his strike team. I do know you're there, Doctor. The existence of Atlantis is no secret among the Genii. It would be pointless not to answer. WEIR over her shoulder to the technician: The technician presses a panel on his console, then points back to the screen to indicate that Kolya will now be able to hear her.
This is Doctor Weir. I wanted to be certain you were there to see this. He steps aside and reveals John sitting behind him with a white scarf tied around his mouth as a gag. What have you done to him? Nothing whatsoever, Doctor McKay. OK, let me rephrase that: I'd like to make a trade. Before we continue this conversation another second, I wanna speak with Sheppard. He turns towards John. We'll rephrase that, too: Kolya turns back to the camera, grinning.
He nods to a guard, who walks over to John and pulls down his gag. On my command authority, whatever he asks, don't do it, even The guard immediately starts to tug the gag back into position. Kolya laughs and turns back to the camera. Well, as you can see, he's his usual charming self. Explain your terms, Kolya. I have heard the familiar voices of yourself and Doctor McKay, but there is one person I know is there who has yet to speak.
Ladon Radim is with you, is he not? Why would Ladon be here? Well, to preserve his precious alliance with you, Doctor, so that the Genii might remain in the favour of Atlantis. My sources have already confirmed this, so there's no point in denying the fact.
Turn him over to me, and Colonel Sheppard will be released immediately. Ladon looks at Elizabeth. She glances at him, then turns around to look at Rodney for a moment before turning back to the screen. I'll need time to consider your offer. Allow me to help expedite your decision. He turns away from the camera, which pans across the room to the door as it opens.
Two Genii guards drag in a male Wraith. Its hair is long and very unkempt, and it seems to be having difficulty walking, as if it is very weak. The guards bring the Wraith across to John, whose eyes widen as he realises what might be about to happen to him. Sheppard could have left you to rot down in that hole when we last met, Kolya. He does not deserve this. Let's be clear, Doctor McKay. The guards unshackle the Wraith's right hand and take off a leather sheath which was strapped around its lower arm.
The choice is yours, Doctor Weir. Do we have an arrangement?
A guard pulls John's jacket open. Elizabeth stares at the screen and doesn't answer. He turns and nods to the guards, who release the Wraith. It looks down at John and snarls, then slams its hand onto John's chest. John's face contorts in agony. KOLYA to his guards: A guard jolts the Wraith with an electrified stick as two others haul it away from John and bundle it out of the room.
John, a bloodied wound visible in his chest, gasps for breath, then looks up at Kolya weakly. Kolya stares at him for a moment, then turns back to the camera. You just crossed a line, Kolya. We've found that a minimum of three hours between feeding sessions is crucial to ensure the body has sufficient time to recover from the trauma. That's the time you have to decide. John is back in his cell and is sitting weakly on the floor, leaning against a wall. His hair is starting to go grey. The voice from the next cell speaks.
They called you Sheppard. Pleased to meet you. Well, I just got fed on by a Wraith, what do you think? I would not know. Hopefully, you'll never have to find out. He groans as he straightens up a little. I didn't think anything could hurt that much.
I don't know how many years the darned thing took off my life, but I'll tell you this: Do you blame the Wraith or the master? I'm gonna go with both. There is a difference. The Wraith must feed in order to live. For Wraith, hunger burns like a fire. Still frowning, John hauls himself to his feet. His cellmate walks into view in the window between the cells. Although still in shadow, we see that it has long, unkempt hair. Tell me, Sheppard, if you found yourself burning alive, would you settle for just one drop of water John walks across the cell towards the window.
Where'd you hear 'em call me Sheppard? The figure walks forward so that John can see its face. Unsurprisingly, it's the Wraith. Just before I started to feed. Ladon is sitting at the table with Elizabeth, Rodney and Teyla.
Ronon is standing behind him. Of course, you would see him only as the monster who tried to take your city from you. Kolya also killed several of our people. He would have killed Doctor Weir as well. I won't make excuses for his actions or mine during the failed Atlantis mission. We were soldiers under Cowen's orders. But that failure shattered Kolya's stature among the Genii and forced him from Cowen's inner circle.
You managed to stay. Cowen had no choice but to keep me. I was his chief scientist. And you just left Kolya out in the cold. That was his choice, not mine. I will admit, in what little contact we had before Kolya went underground, he spoke of overthrowing Cowen's corrupt regime. I was admittedly torn. Out of loyalty to Cowen? Out of the belief that neither man had what it took to lead the Genii into the future.
So, instead, you -- having what it took -- overthrew Cowen yourself. Kolya believes that I have taken his rightful place as leader of our people. No wonder he's pissed.
Well, obviously, he has men loyal to him in your inner circle, hence the codes. Those traitors will be found. Sounds like you're the traitor to me. Must he be here? The more I hear, the more I'm glad he is. I could have told you anything. I chose to tell you the truth.
If you trade my life for Sheppard, you will not only be yielding to blackmail, but you'll be planting the seeds of civil war. I say we turn him over and let 'em fight it out. We can't do that. He thinks about it for a moment. Colonel Sheppard has already ordered us not to.
At this point, it's not his decision. There's still time for us to find him and launch a rescue operation. She turns to Rodney. Has there been any progress? We have a list of planets where recent Genii activity has been documented, but we'd have a much higher margin of success if Ladon would be willing to point out firm locations of Genii safe houses and shelters -- maybe even hidden Wraith-infested torture chambers.
Elizabeth looks at Ladon as Ronon pointedly walks closer to him. Ladon glances over his shoulder at him briefly, then turns to Elizabeth and nods in agreement. John is pacing angrily back and forth in his cell. The Wraith stands at the window looking in at him. Your anger will only weaken you. I don't think so. You realise he is torturing both of us? What'd he do to you? And how is that torture? Have you ever known starvation, Sheppard?
The few years I took from you are barely enough to keep me alive. The strength I gained from you is already fading. I don't really give a damn. You pace in your cell, cursing that I took years from you. I stand here cursing that I was not allowed them all. Each in our own way, we suffer. John storms over to the window, grabbing onto the bars on his side of the cell and glaring in at the Wraith.
This might come as a surprise to you, but I'm not really in the mood for conversation. The Wraith slams its hand through the bars, trying to reach him, but the wall between the two cells is too thick.
These are your last hours, Sheppard. If you wish to spend them in silence, then so be it. I'm getting out of here. He walks away from the window. I've got a life to go back to and I'm damned well going back to it. You're sure of that? Groaning, he sits down on the floor. And they're gonna come for me. I hope you continue to believe that the next time I feed. Elizabeth is talking with Doctor Carson Beckett. Elizabeth, I'm just saying, if you decide in favour of trading for Colonel Sheppard, it would be best if you did so before the next feeding.
I honestly don't know how many sessions a man can take, even someone as strong as Colonel Sheppard. Is it possible he can recover from this? We still know so little about the feeding process. All I can tell you is that each time he's fed upon, his chances of survival diminish severely. Just then, Rodney runs up the stairs, followed by Ladon.
We've got a match! We went through the database. Between our list and Ladon's, there's only one potential location that makes any sense. He and Carson hurry off. Ladon looks at Elizabeth and nods. A team of marines is geared up and checking their weapons in the Gateroom.
Rodney paces along the line. Alright, people, let's do this one by the numbers. We get in, we get our man, we get out. Stay sharp and stay alive. Standing behind the marines, Carson, Teyla and Ronon look at Rodney in disbelief. What are you on about?
Oh, just things that Sheppard would say, so I thought I would, um Just stay behind me. Ronon leads Teyla, Carson and the marines into the Gate. He looks up to the Control Room balcony where Elizabeth is standing and looking down at him.
Just bring him back. Rodney gives her a thumbs-up, then follows everyone else into the Gate. John has been removed from his cell and is handcuffed back in the chair facing Kolya. I thought you said this wasn't personal. They're never gonna make the trade, Kolya. Why don't you just finish this? I think you underestimate the sympathetic nature of Doctor Weir. Well, then, you underestimate Elizabeth. You'd prefer I storm Atlantis and take Ladon by force?
John chuckles, shaking his head. What've you got -- half a dozen men and a starving Wraith? Yeah, you go right ahead. One way or the other, Ladon is mine. Protecting him is a waste of my time and your life. I was the one planning to overthrow Cowen. Ladon disclosed those plans, forcing me underground, then staged a coup of his own. He took what was rightfully mine. He looks up to his guards. Bring in the Wraith. John can't help but grimace in dread. Outside a warehouse door, the Atlantis strike team has lined up against the wall.
Ronon, standing on the other side of the door, pulls out the pin from a stun grenade, smashes a pane of glass in the door and tosses the grenade inside before ducking back out of the way. Instantly Ronon snatches out his blaster, spins it to charge it, then kicks the door open and races inside, followed by the others.
Two marines stay outside to keep guard. As the smoke dissipates, the team moves through the warehouse with their weapons aimed, weaving in and out of the many boxes and crates stacked around the place.
One of the marines holds up a fist as someone is seen running at the far end of the building. Ronon takes off after him, the others following.
The man -- wearing a Genii uniform -- runs along a walkway. Ronon rounds the corner behind him and shoots him in the back. The man crashes to the floor. Ronon runs over to him, aiming his blaster at him, and kicks him over onto his back. Teyla and some of the others run over.
Ronon looks round to them. He bends down to disarm the man. Nearby, Rodney is walking along another walkway. He hears a noise coming from the top of a crate nearby and spins, immediately opening fire with his P Ronon and the others hear the noise and run off in its direction. Three marines reach Rodney's position and aim their weapons cautiously. Rodney, who was looking down at what he shot, looks over at them. He gives them a thumbs-up.
Carson runs over, aiming his pistol nervously in Rodney's direction as Teyla and Ronon also run up. I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I just, uh, I Really big one, though. More of a rat, really. This isn't the place, is it? I do not believe so. McKAY looking at his watch: And we've just wasted two and a half hours.
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I mean at its core, that's exactly what the heart is doing. It's an amazing pump, pushing blood, so that you have good blood flow. And so I'm going to write that on the side as kind of job number one. These are the jobs of the heart. So jobs, and number one, would be blood flow. And I'll write systemic flow. And all that systemic means is that I'm refering to the entire body. So systemic when I say that word, I just mean the entire body.
All the cells in the body. Now, exactly how that happens actually you can see on this picture. So, here you have a giant vein, this is a vein, and you have an artery. This is an artery. And blood is actually going through the artery, that way.
And it's actually coming into two veins, the one at the top, this is called the superior, superior just kind of means at the top. That's the name of the vein. And at the bottom here, you can't see it because it's on the other side of the heart, but there's another vein called the inferior vena cava. And these two veins, this is also a vein, these two veins are actually dragging blood in from all over the body, into the heart. And then, when the heart is ready to pump it back out, it goes into this artery, and the name of it is the aorta.
So if you've heard of the aorta, this is the artery that people are talking about. So this is how blood comes and gets pumped around. But this isn't actually the only job of the heart. The job, the second job of the heart, is actually also in this picture, and it's called pulmonary flow.
So, what does that mean? Well, we know that cells are expecting oxygen, right? And that they have a lot of carbon dioxide waste. Well, it's good to move things around.
It's good to move blood around. But if you actually never got rid of that carbon dioxide or brought in new oxygen, then a cell is not going to be very happy either.
I mean, you can have blood flow, but at some point it's also going to want some oxygen. And it's going to want to get rid of that carbon dioxide.
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So, that's where the lungs come in. So what happens is that the heart, before sending blood out the aorta, before just dishing it out back into the body, it actually sends the blood over to the lungs. And it goes over to the left lung, and over to the right lung. And the blood comes back from the right lung and the left lung, and gets pushed back into the heart, and then gets squeezed through the aorta.
So there's this actual extra little step here, where blood is going to and from the lungs, and that's the pulmonary flow.
So the final thing you'll notice, if you look at this picture it's hard not to notice, is that there are these, kind of wriggly looking little blood vessels all over the heart.