Stargate Atlantis

Common Ground

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 8/25/06
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  • Episode Description
  • John Sheppard is captured by the evil Kolya of the Genii and imprisoned in a cell adjacent to a Wraith as Dr. Weir negotiates for his release.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ken Cuperus

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Robert Davi

    Commander Acastus Kolya

  • Christopher Heyerdahl

    Todd the Wraith

  • Fan Reviews (34)
  • hating all the night scenes hre too.

    By riscamj, May 08, 2014

  • interesting fact about the wraith... or convenient plot whole being exploited ?

    By t4tortoise, Aug 27, 2006

  • Too much common ground

    By MartinBlank74, Jul 27, 2009

  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 30, 2010

  • This was different, good not bad!

    By G3ckOz, Sep 29, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Weir: What will we be up against? Ladon: Nothing one of your cloaked jumpers and my good friend Ronon couldn't handle. I ask only that you leave Kolya for my own forces to find. Weir: No promises.

    • McKay: (after firing machine gun) I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I just reacted. Teyla: (gun at ready) What is it? McKay: Um… mouse? Really big one, though. More of a rat, really, possibly rabid…

    • Ladon: If you trade my life for Sheppard you will not only be yielding to blackmail, you will be planting the seeds of civil war. Ronon: So what? I say we turn him over and let 'em fight it out. McKay: We can't do that! Ronon: Why not? McKay: Well, because! (looks at Weir) Can we?

    • Guard: Move Sheppard: Where are we moving to? (guard cocks big gun) I kinda like it here. Guard: Commander Kolya insists. Sheppard: Oh, he insists. Why didn't you just say so?

    • Sheppard: You know, I could've sworn I was gonna wake up dead today.

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    Notes (6)

    • Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard) cited this episode as his favorite during Comic Con 2007.

    • This episode has the shortest teaser of any Stargate Atlantis episode.

    • The facial tattoo of the Wraith Prisoner, later named "Todd", was inspired by the face paint of Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley.

    • The original name for this episode was "Common Goal".

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on September 25, 2006 on Movie Central and October 23, 2006 on The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on November 29, 2006 on Sky One. -Syndication Premiere: November 3-4, 2007. -This episode aired in Australia on April 10, 2008 on Channel 7. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on May 11, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

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    Trivia (10)

    • McKay: What debt??!!! He looks younger than he did before!! Sheppard spent 6 months on the other side of a time dilation field in the episode "Epiphany." This may be the writers attempt to make it up to him.

    • Ladon: Kolya believes I've taken his rightful place as leader of our people. He is speaking of events just prior to, during, and immediately after the second season episode "Coup D'etat."

    • Sheppard: Kolya! I didn't kill you last time, remember? You promised me points for that. (and later) McKay: Sheppard could have left you to rot down in that hole when we last met, Kolya. These two lines refer to events in the first season episode "The Brotherhood."

    • Ronon: Who the hell is he? Teyla: Acastus Kolya. A Genii military leader who once tried to seize Atlantis. Ladon was a member of his strike team. This refers to events in the first season episodes "The Storm" and "The Eye."

    • Dr. Beckett explains that a large percentage of those that survive a partial feeding die anyway due to complications as a result of strain on the system. This brings up the question about the fate of Colonel Everett who was fed on in the episode "Siege (3)."

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