Disclaimer: Someone owns these people, but it's not me. (It's MGM, Gecko and the US Sci-fi channel apparently)
Dr Weir's speech is taken verbatim from "Rising part 1" written by Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper.
Rated: For slight language.
Spoilers: The first few minutes of "Rising part 1"
Summary: Dr Weir's pep talk and a couple of reactions to it.
"Can I have everyone's attention, please?
Alright…here we go.
We are about to try to make a connection.
We have been unable to predict exactly how much power this is gonna take, and we may only get the one chance of this, so, if we are able to achieve a stable wormhole, we're not gonna risk shutting the gate down. We'll send a MALP robot probe, check for viability and go…everything in one shot.
Now, every one of you volunteered for this mission and you represent over a dozen countries. You are the best and brightest, and, in light of the adventure we're about to embark on, you are also the bravest.
I hope we all return one day, having discovered a whole new realm for humanity to explore; but, as all of you know, we may never be able to return home. I'd like to offer you all one last chance to withdraw your participation.
Begin the dialling sequence."
Heads up…we're off.
Holy crap, how the hell did I get myself into this?
A connection, to another planet…another galaxy. How weird is that?
Does anyone know what happens if we don't have enough power? Do we get part way there then fall out the end of the wormhole? What the hell is a wormhole anyway? I mean…exactly?
Volunteered? Well, I suppose technically. General O'Neill made it pretty clear that he would personally take a dim view of me if I didn't. And I don't feel particularly brave…or bright.
A "whole new realm" eh? Worth a one-way ticket? I'm still not so sure.
What the hell…could be fun.
This is it.
What do you mean "try"?
Oh, please Elizabeth. Why don't you just say that I haven't been able to calculate the exact power output necessary? I'm sure that, given another couple of week's work…Hardly my fault, with less than optimum conditions and more variables than anyone ever imagined, but, if this fails...not that it will fail, of course, I've checked my figures over and over. One shot, a single chance, all or nothing…What have I missed?
"Best and brightest" I like that. If only it were true, then this thing might have a chance of success. Bravest?
Maybe there's still time to stop this lunacy. Now, before it's too late, before someone gets hurt. Before we all…