Stargate Atlantis

Childhood's End

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 8/13/04
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  • Episode Description
  • The team crash lands on a planet where the locals, in fear of the Wraith, practice ritual suicide when they reach the age of twenty-five.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Courtenay J. Stevens


  • Torri Higginson

    Dr. Elizabeth Weir

  • Dominic Zamprogna


  • Sam Charles


  • Fan Reviews (13)
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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 10, 2010

  • This is exactly what I hate about Stargate Atlantis.

    By bobpage87, Jul 13, 2005

  • Sheppard's team investigates a planet that seems pretty primitive. The locals they find are all younger than 25 as they commit suicide at that age by tradition. They believe that the Wraith stay away if they follow that law.

    By jyarter, Aug 09, 2009

  • Sheppard and the team visit a world where no one is over 24 years old because of a ritual suicide practice they believe keeps the Wraith at bay.

    By bahaa3, Jun 15, 2008

  • Great vision of another way of thinking.. but this episode really made some vice versa feelings

    By Parricida, Jan 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (40)

    • Sheppard: (To Keras) In fact, Ford would be happy to come back and explain how to be a 25-year-old.

    • McKay: (While two older boys are aiming with bows on him and does not let him finish his work) Look, both of you, go to your rooms! (Nothing happens) You're not buying this, are you?

    • McKay: You scared me! Cleo: You scared-ed us!

    • Aries: The guides were sent back to the village. Sheppard: Were they? Aries: Yeah, they were. Sheppard: Must've been naptime. Aries: You think this is a joke, Sheppard? Sheppard: I don't find much of what's going on around here to be that funny.

    • Sheppard: (Referring to the Sacrifice ceremony) We sort of have a... a deadline.

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    Notes (8)

    • When McKay deactivates the shield and Sheppard is forced to destroy the Wraith homing beacon, and he is held by the boys. A scene just after this was cut - it involved Sheppard being hit by stones. Rachel Luttrel in the DVD commentary says that she remembers Joe Flanigan getting hit in the head.

    • Sci-Fi veteran David Winning directed only this one episode in the Stargate franchise. The first season episode of Atlantis won three international awards for directing; New York, Chicago, and Houston.

    • International Airdates: -This episode aired in Canada on August 16, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central. -This episode aired in the UK on November 16, 2004 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Australia on April 21, 2005 on Channel 7. -Syndication Premiere: October 29-30, 2005

    • According to Gero, the inspiration for the "guards", Casta and Cleo, came from a rather long airplane ride in which he was sitting behind two hyper twins.

    • The planet's designation here is M7G-677. According to Martin Gero, the designation was derived from Martin 7(July) Gero 6'77. Gero's day, month, and year of birth (July 6, 1977).

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    Trivia (6)

    • Sheppard: Which direction is the gate? McKay: You're the one flying, shouldn't you know? This is one of several times we hear of Sheppard's poor sense of direction. Other references include Season 1's "Underground", and Season 3's "Pantoms" and "Submersion."

    • The planet with the shield is designated M7G-677.

    • McKay: Because anything powerful enough to knock out a Wraith Dart is a big deal. This is the first time the small Wraith culling ships are referred to as 'darts'.

    • McKay: Hmm. I've heard a lot of reports from SG teams on missions like this one: specifically the, uh, mission reports of Colonel Samantha Carter. She and I, uh, worked together to avert global catastrophe a few years back, and she and I ... (He sighs nostalgically.) McKay is referring to the events of the Stargate SG-1 episode "Redemption."

    • When Sheppard and the others meet the elders Sheppard asks how old Keras is. It doesn't make any sense to ask because they are on a different planet in an other galaxy and very possible that it has a shorter or longer year than Earth.

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    Allusions (4)

    • McKay: I don't know what I did, these things are usually plug and play. This device must be using an older version of Windows The term Windows collectively describes any or all of several generations of Microsoft operating system products. They were introduced in 1985 and have been dominating the personal computer market ever since the introduction of Windows '95 in 1995.

    • McKay: I don't know what I did, these things are usually plug and play. This device must be using an older version of Windows. Plug and Play is a term used in the computer field to describe a computer's ability to have new devices added to it without having to reconfigure or (ideally) restart the computer, or in this case a Z.P.M. The term Plug and Play is most associated with Microsoft's Windows Operating Systems.

    • Logan's Run: The fact that no one in this planet is not allowed to live past 25 years of age is very reminiscent of Logan's Run, a novel, film and TV series, in which the members of a futuristic society are not allowed to live beyond 30 years. The members of the society in this planet and the ones in Logan's Run see their deaths as necessary for the survival of their people.

    • Title: The title of this episode is a reference to the book Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.

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