Stargate Atlantis

First Contact (1)

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 9/26/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Daniel Jackson visits Atlantis to do some research on the Ancient scientist Janus.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Christopher Heyerdahl

    Todd the Wraith

  • James Chutter

    Billy the Wraith

  • Mitch Pileggi

    Colonel Steven Caldwell

  • Jason Momoa

    Ronon Dex

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • love to see Dr. Daniel Jackson back in action

    By aodi-, Oct 26, 2008

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 08, 2010

  • I've been really disliking the series lately, this episode pulled it back from the brink. The Tracker was good, this episode was great.

    By clahoda, Sep 27, 2008

  • No words can describe just how awesome this episode was. Oh, that's right. There is....

    By rayality, Sep 27, 2008

  • Best episode in 2 seasons

    By elahoda, Sep 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Caldwell: Marks, what the hell just happened? Todd: (furiously) How did you do that? Woolsey: How did we...? Surely, you don't think we had anything to do... Todd: (turning to face them) You tricked me. Woolsey: What? (Holding his arms by his sides that the others can't see, Todd slips a glowing yellow rod from each sleeve of his coat down into his hands.) Todd: This was your plan all along. Somehow you found the Attero device. Woolsey: The what? We have no idea what... (Todd raises the rods in front of him and touches them together. A shockwave emanates out from them and sweeps across the Bridge, everyone apart from Todd instantly drops to the floor, unconscious. Todd walks to the command chair and activates the comms to his ship. A Wraith on the Hive's Bridge responds.) Wraith: Commander. We've been trying to contact you. The other Cruisers were destroyed. Todd: I know. We've been betrayed. Wraith: What should we do? Todd: I have control of the humans' transport system. I'll begin beaming in our troops immediately. (Todd sits down in the command chair.) Todd: We're taking this ship.

    • (Todd is escorted by two armed guards to the Bridge on Daedalus.) Woolsey: You have an urgent message from your Hive. (Woolsey hands Todd an earpiece.) Woolsey: I assumed you'd want to take it privately. (Taking the earpiece and putting it on, Todd walks to the front of the Bridge and looks through the windshield at his Hive.) Todd: Go ahead. (Todd listens to the message.) Todd: Very well. Permission granted. I shall remain here. Caldwell: Is everything OK? (Todd lowers the earpiece and turns back to the others.) Todd: One of our facilities is under attack by a rival Hive. Our two support ships must depart for battle. My Hive will remain here, continue the work with Doctor Keller. Woolsey: I'm glad to hear that. (Todd turns and frowns at Woolsey. Caldwell looks at Woolsey, speechlessly. Woolsey's eyes widen.) Woolsey: Oh, not the "under attack" part. That's unfortunate, of course. I-I just meant... (Woolsey glances at Caldwell, then, looks at Todd's expression and trails off.) Woolsey: ...Never mind.

    • (The alien turns and the doors open. It walks through and the doors close again.) McKay: (turning back to the console with a look of frustration on his face) Great plan, Danny! Great plan! Daniel: (still staring at the doors) Why the suits? McKay: (over his shoulder) Huh? Daniel: Well, they're not in battle any more. Originally, I thought it was just their version of SWAT gear, but they still have it on. Maybe they're more than just armour, maybe they're some sort of protective suit. Maybe they can't function on our liveable atmosphere. McKay: Maybe we should just add it to the list of things that have nothing to do with the task at hand. Daniel: Those suits might be the key to figuring out who these guys really are. McKay: Well, you work on understanding them. I'll work on trying not to get us killed.

    • (Mckay points to the device from Janus' Atlantis lab.) McKay: That's the key to the whole shebang. I mean, Janus brought that back with him to Atlantis, but kept it connected to the main system here. One won't work without the other. Daniel: Well, they seem pretty convinced we can make it operational. McKay: That's because we probably can. I mean, we have everything we need here. The question is whether we should. (Daniel looks at McKay.) McKay: The last time I went down this road, I...I kinda destroyed a solar system. Daniel: Yeah, and I'm not too keen about experiencing those unforeseen side effects. McKay: So, what do we do? Daniel: It's simple: we, uh ... we reason with them. McKay: Oh!

    • (Dr. Keller and Todd are in a lab on Daedalus. Dr. Keller is working on a computer while Todd is wandering around looking at the equipment in the room.) Dr. Keller: We've run close to a hundred simulations based on full medical scans of the Wraith we've had in...captivity. (Dr. Keller gulps nervously, but Todd seems to take no notice.) Dr. Keller: They've all been successful. Todd: We both know very well that computer simulations and live trials are very different. Dr. Keller: I don't think we're doing this cavalierly. I stand by the data. It will work. Todd: Uh-huh. Perhaps it will. Dr. Keller: The question is. Do you want it to? (Todd turns and looks at her, humming thoughtfully.) Todd: I do see the benefits, even if we only use the therapy on some of my troops, say those whose lives, thanks to this war, are expected to be short. Why waste perfectly good resources on them, yes? But it will be very difficult for me to ask those around me to give themselves over for the good of the human race. Dr. Keller: But it's for your benefit too. If you don't have to rely on human feeding, the war would be over. Todd: Perhaps. (looks away) But then what would we do? Who would we be?

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    Notes (3)

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

    • Michael Shanks is billed as "Special Guest Star."

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on September 29, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on October 21, 2008 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Sweden on November 28, 2008 on TV6. -This episode aired in Germany on September 23, 2009 on RTL II. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 5, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi. -Syndication Premiere: November 21-22, 2009. -This episode aired in Australia on March 25, 2010 on 7TWO.

    Trivia (7)

    • Daniel: It’s not harmful radiation is it? This is a reference to the Stargate SG-1 episode "Meridian" where Daniel Jackson ascends/dies from radiation poisoning.

    • The book that Chuck is reading when he detects the hyperspace window is The Martian General's Daughter by Theodore Judson. This is the same book that Dusty is seen reading in "Whispers."

    • McKay: Yeah. This section of the city flooded the first year we were here. McKay is referring to the hurricane that flooded many lower sections of the city in the season 1 episodes "The Storm" and "The Eye."

    • Sheppard is seen using the HK G36 instead of the usual P-90.

    • The Stargate SG-1 theme is briefly heard in the first few moments before the end of the teaser for this episode as Daniel Jackson beams into Atlantis.

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    Allusions (6)

    • McKay: There are levels of encryption on all the data here that even the most paranoid N.S.A. agent wouldn't use. I mean, it is deep. The National Security Agency is an intelligence agency of the United States government created on November 4, 1952 by President Truman.

    • Woolsey: Today is an historic day. Robert Grosseteste once said... Robert Grosseteste is an English statesman, scholastic philosopher, theologian and bishop of Lincoln. He is said to be the real founder of the tradition of scientific thought in medieval Oxford, and in some ways, of the modern English intellectual tradition.

    • McKay: Apparently, Tesla was close to something like this before Edison trashed his lab! Nikola Tesla was a Austrian inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who is responsible for the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. The two men were rivals in that Edison promoted direct current (DC) and Tesla supported AC.

    • Jackson: Well, maybe we need to activate them a number of times in a specific order. I don't suppose you recognize any of these three notes? McKay: What, do you mean, like, does it remind me of Janus' favorite Brian Eno track?! No -- no such luck. Brian Eno is an English musician and composer, who, as a solo artist, is best known as the father of ambient music.

    • Jackson: Well, it's remote. That's promising. He wouldn't want anyone around when he came in and out of his lab. McKay: Ooh, like the Batcave! McKay is comparing Janus' secret lab to the Batcave in the TV series Batman.

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