Stargate Atlantis

Coup D'etat

Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 2/17/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When the Atlantis team finds out that the Genii have grown into a new menace, they realize that the armistice with their old enemy may soon come to an end.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kavan Smith

    Major Evan Lorne

  • Colm Meaney


  • Meg Roe

    Young Bar Keeper

  • Ryan Robbins

    Ladon Radim

  • Martin Gero

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 29, 2010

  • When Major Lorne's team is found dead and then it is discovered their bodies have been swapped for people who died of radiation poisoning the threat of the Genii seems to be imminent. Word comes that a coup is in the works to relieve Cowen as leader.

    By jyarter, Aug 25, 2009

  • Never say never

    By Parricida, Feb 01, 2008

  • Excellent!

    By lowriderz95s10, Jul 08, 2006

  • good episode

    By port5170, Feb 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Ladon: I needed Cowen and his elite guard together in one place. I knew the chance of some Puddle Jumpers would get him here. Sheppard: Good one. Ladon: Most of my men are waiting for me on our homeworld. Tonight, the leadership of our people changes hands. Sheppard: You were just gonna leave us here to be vaporized with the others? Ladon: Yes, I was... but things have changed. Let's go.

    • Cowen: I fully expect to have to kill you. Sheppard: Looking forward to it that much, huh?

    • Weir: Good thinking Sheppard: Could have been Mensa.

    • Sheppard: So I say we call it a win. Weir: Who’s spinning now?! Sheppard: Alright. Then I say we call it a night. Weir: That we can do!

    • Weir: Well, historically, most coups end up with the new government being about as bad as the old one. Sheppard: I don’t know. He seemed pretty grateful we saved his sister. Weir: There’s that. Sheppard: He did save me and my team. Weir: There’s that too.

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    Notes (7)

    • The scene near the end of this episode with Radim, Weir and Beckett was actually filmed during production of the episode "Allies" as "Coup D'Etat" ran short by 45 seconds.

    • The shot of the village, before Ronon and Teyla question the bartender, is a reuse from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Demons."

    • Rachel Luttrell read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • This episode was originally written for Genii Commander Acastus Kolya. When actor Robert Davi was unavailable, it was rewritten for Ladon Radim (Ryan Robbins).

    • Penelope Corrin reprises the role of Dr. Lindsey from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Origin".

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    Trivia (5)

    • Sheppard: Well, I look at it this way: the Genii have tried to kidnap you on numerous occasions to mine that big old brain of yours. This is a reference to the episodes "Underground," "The Storm," and "The Eye."

    • Ladon: Kolya often spoke about the Brotherhood of the Fifteen. The last mission you encountered him, no? After their first encounter in the Season 1 two-parter "The Storm" and "The Eye", Sheppard and Kolya met again that season in the episode "The Brotherhood."

    • The planet that Ladon used to lure the team was designated M6R-867.

    • Goof: When Weir and Sheppard enter her office to question Ladon [twelve minutes into the episode], we see there is a guard at the door. They walk in and face Ladon, who has two other guards behind him. When the camera focuses on the leaders again, over Ladon’s shoulder, we can just make out the shoulder of Guard #1 in the far left corner, but not directly beside the leaders. As the camera tightens on Weir, when she asks what Ladon wants in exchange for the ZPM, we see that Sheppard is no longer at her side, and Guard #1 is now standing directly beside and a little behind her. Yet in the next wider shot, he has vanished and Sheppard is again at her elbow. During the conversation between Weir and Ladon, Guard #1 moves from the corner, then to behind Sheppard and ends up on the right side of the room. It is not mere angle change, his position has changed. We flash to a quick shot of Atlantis with ominous music for a moment; upon our return to the room, Guard #1 is no longer on the right side next to the door, where we saw him last, he is standing near the middle of the glass wall. The camera zooms in on Ladon for a moment; when it returns to Weir and Sheppard, the same guard has once again hopped to the right, near the door once more.

    • This episode marks the beginning of an alliance with the Genii.

    Allusions (3)

    • Title: Coup d'état is literally "stroke of the State" in French. It's when someone takes down the head of a government.

    • Ladon: The reports of your demise have been exaggerated. This is a variation on a famous quote from Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). In 1897, Twain was living in London. His cousin there, Dr. James Clemens, fell seriously ill, and the New York Journal ran a premature obituary for the author. A reporter for the New York Evening Sun tracked Twain down on 2 June 1897, told him about the obituary and asked what he should tell his editors. Twain's reply was, "Say the report is exaggerated". Twain's death finally occurred on 2 April 1910. A Twain biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, gave the quote as, “Just say the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.” Most people use the words demise and greatly when misquoting this remark.

    • Sheppard: Could have been Mensa. Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. It is a society for bright people: the principal qualification for membership is a high IQ, although high scores on other tests, such as SAT, GRE and LSAT are accepted. It was established in the Season 1 episode "The Brotherhood" that Sheppard had tested and qualified for Mensa but never joined.

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