Stargate Atlantis

Ghost in the Machine

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 8/15/08
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  • Episode Description
  • When Sheppard and his team are about to return from an off world mission with their Puddle Jumper, the systems of the Jumper go crazy. Barely able to return to Atlantis, the Jumper seems to infect the city's systems with what seems to be a computer virus.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Jason Momoa

    Ronon Dex

  • Robert Picardo

    Richard Woolsey

  • David Hewlett

    Dr. Rodney McKay

  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • Pretty sad… Spoilers if you continue…

    By tv-striker, Jun 15, 2009

  • one of the worst...

    By Fwirrel, Aug 25, 2008

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 07, 2010

  • Simply terrible. Probably the single worst episode in the entire show. Bad writing to start with topped off by replacing Weir with a different actress.

    By Twistii, Aug 19, 2008

  • Little weird episode

    By Parricida, Oct 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Woolsey: Just hurry. We need power back, now. Zelenka: Ok, is there anything you want me to do? McKay: Yes, well, for starters you could, um, stay out of my way. Zelenka: Oh, yes, sorry. All right. (Zelenka looks around for something to do but can't find anything) Zelenka: (blowing out a mouthful of air) Uh... McKay: And be quiet.

    • Woolsey: They certainly don't waste any time do they? McKay: No they don't. There's no breaks, no chitchat, no social interaction whatsoever, just the perfect working environment. Woolsey: Ronon, you don't have to stay there the whole time you know. Ronon: I'm good. McKay: Talk, talk, talk, that's all he does. You can't shut him up. Woolsey: Keep me apprised.

    • Woolsey: Are your teams in place? Sheppard: Round the clock watch. Woolsey: Good. Sheppard: Once these human bodies are made and they're downloaded into them, what happens then? Woolsey: Well, seeing as they'll be just like other human beings I see no reason not to let them go. They could become valuable allies. Sheppard: What if one of them decides to stay. Woolsey: Let's cross one bridge at a time, alright?

    • FRAN/Weir: A child? Oh Teyla... (FRAN/Weir stands and guards draw weapons, Teyla motions them down) FRAN/Weir: I'm so happy for you. Is it a boy or... Teyla: Boy. FRAN/Weir: What's his name? Teyla: Torren John Emmagan. FRAN/Weir: Torren for your father, and uh John...Colonel Sheppard. Teyla: Yes. FRAN/Weir: Wait, you're not saying John Sheppard is... Teyla: No. No. The father is Athosian.

    • Sheppard: You may think you're still Elizabeth, but you're not.

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    Notes (6)

    • Excerpts written by Carl Binder ("Lifeline") and Martin Gero ("Be All My Sins Remember'd (2)").

    • Leanne Adachi (Lia) previously played a Rebel Aide in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Icon."

    • Jewel Staite does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode features the return of the character of Dr. Weir, however she is played by another actress, due to Torri Higginson turning down the role.

    • Robert Moloney (Koracen) previously played Borren in the Stargate SG-1 episode "2001".

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    Trivia (6)

    • Woolsey says that the Replicators have been the scourge of two galaxies. Actually, they have been the scourge of three. Pegasus, Milky Way and Ida, where the Asgard live(d)

    • Sheppard: Well, maybe we can upload her, or it, or whatever this thing is into a virtual reality like we did with Ava. Sheppard is referring to the replicator Ava Dixon in the episode "Outcast."

    • This is the first episode to show a Spacegate using its stabilizers to reposition itself.

    • Weir mentions that she has encountered a surprising number of advanced races in the Pegasus galaxy who are hiding from the Wraith.

    • Nitpick: Why don't Sheppard and the others use the anti replicator guns. If the replicators have a stripped down configuration, they should be vulnerable to the beams.

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    Allusions (2)

    • All your base are belong to us When McKay was corresponding with "Elizabeth Weir" on his laptop and the city's power turned on again, McKay asked, "Did you do that?" As with the other responses, the letters and words in the reply changed. Initially the letters "styr" appear, soon to be corrected to the word "star" as the "y" is changed. As the text changes, the following text can be seen: allouhrblngsre allouhrblngtoe allouhrbasuste allourbasufte This is a subtle reference to the Internet phenomenon of the phrase "All your base are belong to us," which was initially seen in the opening cutscene of the European Sega Mega Drive version of the Japanese video game Zero Wing. Since its beginnings in that game, the phrase has been seen on T-shirts, Flash animations, emails, Internet forums and YouTube during downtime for scheduled maintenance on June 1, 2006.

    • McKay: Flying monkeys! What is this, the planet of Oz? Rodney is alluding to the film The Wizard of Oz. There have been many references to this throughout Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

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