Has anyone seen the DVD yet? The metaphor concerning our struggle against false gods have never been more obvious. Apparently a couple of million years ago, when the Altarians were being overwhelmed by the Ori, they constructed a device (the Ark of Truth) which emitted a light wave that could force people to believe whatever was programmed into it. They intended to use it on the Ori’s followers, depriving them of a good deal of their power. But in the end they decided not to use it. One of the Altarians made a speech that could have been drafted by the board of directors at CSI: “We believe in the systematic understanding of the physical world through observation and experiment, through argument and debate, but most of all freedom of will. I will not compromise the fundamental tenets of my devotion in order to preserve it.”
They buried it and left it behind when they came to the Milky Way galaxy, so now the Stargate team has to take the Odyssey through the supergate and find it, guided only by the clues left behind by Merlin. And if that weren’t bad enough, their IOC (Internation Oversight Committee, remember them?) representative is along for the ride, and he has a backup plan that only makes matters worse!