Stargate Atlantis

Brain Storm

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 11/21/08
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  • Episode Description
  • McKay returns to Earth to witness the unveiling of his rival's latest breakthrough.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Gero

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • David Hewlett

    Dr. Rodney McKay

  • Jason Momoa

    Ronon Dex

  • Jewel Staite

    Dr. Jennifer Keller

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 08, 2010

  • A relationship resolved

    By entil2001, Dec 02, 2008

  • the final episodes and this is all they come up with?

    By Fwirrel, Dec 06, 2008

  • Good episode: very interesting story line and character development of Rodney. The ending could be better.

    By Trekforever, Dec 29, 2008

  • A very not-so subtle messege about global warming with Bill Nye!

    By Hutchinator2005, Nov 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • McKay: Oh, thank God. You're ok, you're ok. Keller: I'm really cold. McKay (rubbing her arms): Me too. (They gaze into each other's eyes.) Keller: You saved me. McKay: Guess that makes us even. I used an axe – a big axe! I mean, I really wish you were conscious, 'cause I think it's the coolest thing I've ever done in my... (Smiling, Jennifer leans forward and kisses him deeply. He gazes at her as she pulls back.) McKay: Oh, I don't know what I would have done if I'd lost you. (She looks into his eyes.) Keller: I love you. (His eyes widen in amazement.) Keller: I have for some time now. Just wanted you to know.

    • Tunney: Ok, I think that's it. Before I run it, just check my math. Bill Nye: I have been! Why do you think I'm standing here?!

    • Keller: I'm gonna radio once I get through. McKay: Good luck. Keller: You too. (She turns and leaves.) Tunney: She seems like a very capable woman. McKay: She sure is. Tunney: It's your sister, right? Is she single? (Rodney rolls his eyes.) McKay: All right. (ignoring Tunney, he turns back to the consoles.) Where were we?

    • McKay: A sudden dramatic cooling beam – the irregular power from the bridge. Tunney: Oh, so when the bridge makes a sudden demand on the heat sink... McKay: ...the heat sink reacts by drawing power from a single localized place inside the containment field... Tunney: ...and that beam would freeze anything in its path. Oh, I did not see this coming. McKay: It's freeze lightning! Tunney: "Freeze lightning"! Ooh, I like that!

    • McKay: Ah. Well, it takes a big man to admit that he's wrong and, much as I appreciate it, I really would prefer that this whole apology thing took place a little more publicly. Tunney: Are you kidding?! You are the one who should be apologizing to me. McKay: What the hell for? Tunney: I invited you here as a courtesy; out of kindness. You know, most people think you've lost your mind – that you've gone Howard Hughes. McKay: Just because I don't call any more doesn't mean I'm keeping my urine in jars!

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    Notes (4)

    • The cast and crew were notified of the series' cancellation on the last day of filming for this episode.

    • Michael Robert Coleman (Front Desk Guy) previously played a Med Tech in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Powers That Be."

    • Rachel Luttrell and Robert Picardo do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on November 24, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on December 2, 2008 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Sweden on January 9, 2009 on TV6. -This episode aired in Germany on November 4, 2009 on RTL II. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 26, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi. -Syndication Premiere: March 13-14, 2010. -This episode aired in Australia on May 5, 2010 on 7TWO.

    Trivia (7)

    • A deleted scene from this episode has Bill Nye giving a speech about how science fiction can bring people to together in the pursuit of scientific interest. Martin Gero explains in the DVD commentary that the episode was to end with this scene but was ultimately cut due to time restraints.

    • The theatre where the presentation is made,is the Carl Binder Memorial Theatre. This is named after the executive producer Carl Binder.

    • McKay: Yeah, but, that's my bridge! My sister and I came up with it! McKay is referring to the season 3 episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller."

    • In the first scene with Tunney after he presses a button before walking over to his colleague a beep can be heard coming from the computer. This beep is frequently used in Star Trek after a command has been put in the computer.

    • McKay: Neil likes to steal things from me, things like women and theoretical physics ideas. McKay previously mentioned his idea being stolen by Tyson in the season 4 episode "Trio."

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    Allusions (2)

    • Keller: You know, my Uncle George, he always hated the phrase "save the planet." This could be a reference to stand-up comedian George Carlin, who often voiced a similar stance on the phrase.

    • Firefly: The discussion of strawberries between Keller and McKay maybe a reference to Jewel Staite's character Kaylee Frye, from Firefly, who had a known obsession for strawberries.

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