Stargate Atlantis


Season 4, Ep 14, Aired 1/25/08
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  • Episode Description
  • While accompanying a princess on a pilgrimage to become queen Sheppard and McKay encounter a familiar foe.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Gero

  • David Hewlett

    Dr. Rodney McKay

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Jodelle Ferland


  • Jerry Penacoli

    Genii Warrior

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Boo Boring

    By riscamj, Jun 06, 2014

  • Nothing, nothing at all

    By Parricida, Feb 16, 2008

  • Fourteen? Really?!?

    By elfyn1, Aug 03, 2009

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 06, 2010

  • A simple story which really adds nothing but does adhere to good storytelling techniques.

    By tv-striker, Apr 18, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Harmony: Provide me with cover. I will make it to the pedestal, summon the beast, and smite them. Sheppard: There will be no smiting today, little lady!

    • (Sheppard and McKay are back at the castle, after Harmony has been made queen) Harmony: Dr. Rodney McKay and Colonel John Sheppard, your contribution to my people may never be repaid. Sheppard: Well, we didn't do it for compensation, your highness. McKay: (Whispers to Sheppard) Kiss ass! Harmony: I personally owe you a debt of gratitude for your help defeating the regicidal Genii. I've had one of the court's finest artisan's feature you in a rendering of our glorious victory! (Everyone starts clapping as the painting is revealed. It shows Sheppard hiding behind Harmony as McKay does all the shooting) McKay: (Whilst clapping) Yep, pretty much how I remember it. (Sheppard just stands there, hands behind his back, frowning)

    • (Sheppard has just released the mini-drones, and the Genii have been repelled) Harmony: That was the bravest thing I've ever seen! Sheppard: You're young. I'm sure you'll meet even braver men than me as you get older. (Harmony grabs her necklace off Sheppard) Harmony: Not you, usurper! You're lucky I like you or you will be hung for treason! But you...(Turns to McKay) saved my life. McKay: I did? Harmony: When the Genii started firing at me, you through yourself on me, using your own body as a shield. (Sheppard has heard enough and walks away) McKay: Oh no, no, no, no, no! I just, I just tripped and fell on top of you. It was an accident. Harmony: And then, you pulled me to safety. You don't don't not like me. You like me! McKay: No! No, no, no erm... (McKay looks at Sheppard. Sheppard shrugs) Harmony: Yes! You saved my life and restored the ruins! You are a hero, Dr. McKay, both to me and my people. McKay: Well, I don't know about hero. Exceptionally courageous, perhaps. Harmony: And modest too! Sheppard: It's time to go, before the Genii come back. Harmony: I doubt it. They are a simple people, and I am sure they were most impressed by your actions. I, however, was not!

    • (McKay is repairing the ancient drone ruins, whilst Sheppard and Harmony are taking cover behind a stone wall) McKay: Ya know, you're not actually inspiring confidence. Sheppard: Yeah, how so? McKay: You're hiding behind a foot of solid rock. How am I supposed to feel out here, with only a cool breeze between me and the Genii? Sheppard: Well, you're more than welcome to come get cover for soon as you're done with those repairs. McKay: Do you have any idea how many crystal placement combinations there are? Sheppard: More than seven? McKay: Try seven thousand! Sheppard: Well, that's less than infinite.

    • (After McKay has inspected the ruins, Sheppard kicks the two Genii on the floor, that he had shot earlier) Sheppard: Wake up. What did you do to this thing? Genii Soldier: I'm not sure. I just re-arranged the crystals. Genii Soldier #2: Don't tell them a thing. They're gonna kill us one way or the other. Sheppard: (To Rodney) Can you get this to work? McKay: Well, not quickly, I mean, I can come back with a jumper and a small team and get it working. (Sheppard goes back to convince Harmony to go back to the village. As he is doing so, one of the Genii radio's goes off) Sheppard: Woh! Easy does it. (The Genii lifts the radio out of it's holster) Genii Soldier #3: (Over the radio) Eron, come in. Eron, come in. McKay: If we don't respond, they'll come and investigate. (Sheppard lifts the radio up and responds with a deep voice) Sheppard: Eron here. Genii Soldier #3: What's your status? Sheppard: Good. Genii Soldier #3: Elaborate. Sheppard: Real good. (The two Genii soldiers on the ground shout into the radio) Genii Soldier #3: Eron! Sheppard: (In his normal voice) Kinda busy, gotta go! (To Rodney) Well, it was worth a shot. You need to get that thing working, fast! McKay: Why can't we just run for it? Sheppard: We're boxed in from all directions. We've gotta get these mini-drones working or- McKay: Or we die.

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    Notes (7)

    • David Richmond-Peck (Genii Field Captain) previously played the Jaffa Commander in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Orpheus."

    • Extra's Jerry Penacoli who did a Behind the Scenes Special about the filming of this episode and played one of the Genii Soldiers guarding the Ancient ruins.

    • The exterior shots of this episode were filmed in Widgeon Park, British Columbia.

    • Amanda Tapping, Rachel Luttrell, and Jason Momoa don't appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on January 28, 2008 on The Movie Network and Movie Central. -This episode aired in the UK on January 29, 2008 on Sky One. -Syndication Premiere: February 28-March 1, 2009. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on August 12, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi. -This episode aired in Australia on December 10, 2009 on 7TWO.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: Joseph Mallozzi stated in his blog that there was a mistake in this episode and that this planet was the one where the Ancients first developed mini-drones not the actual Drone Weapons.

    • This is the first episode of Atlantis in which neither a Stargate nor Atlantis itself make an appearance.

    • Nitpick: Harmony frequently refer to "lunar cycles." This seems to be used to measure their month, since it is a different planet in a different galaxy. But they would not use the term "lunar" to refer to the moon cycles on their planet since "lunar" is derived from Luna, the name of Earth's moon, just as "solar" comes from Earth's sun, Sol.

    • Why doesn't Sheppard use the life-signs detector to find the Genii and the Princess? As far as we know, Sheppard carries it in his breast combat vest pocket on each mission.

    Allusions (2)

    • Lost: On the ABC show Lost there is also an invisible monster roaming the island that attacks people in the woods. From the glances the audience got at the Lost monster and the noises heard during its attacks it has long been rumored in the fandome to be a swarm of drones or nanites that form some kind of defense mechanism in a very similar way as the "monster" in this episode.

    • Sheppard: ...My spidey senses felt an ambush coming on. This is a reference to the comic book character, Spiderman, who had a 'spidey sense' that could detect danger nearby. The character first appeared in a comic book, in 1962, and since then, has appeared in several other comic books and movies.

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