Stargate Atlantis


Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 6/8/07
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  • Episode Description
  • The team goes searching for an alternate power source beneath the surface of the Lantean ocean. When arriving at the power plant, Teyla senses a Wraith nearby.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Carl Binder

  • Alan McCullough

  • Damian Kindler

  • Ken Cuperus

  • Joel Goldsmith

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • An episode that could have been a lot more

    By entil2001, Jun 13, 2007

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 01, 2010

  • At the bottom of the ocean...

    By Parricida, Feb 08, 2008

  • pretty good episode...

    By Fwirrel, Nov 13, 2007

  • This episode is about an underwater adventure with a Queen Wraith.

    By solome, Jun 12, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (Sheppard and McKay are walking slowly across the ocean floor in water suits.) Sheppard: You're breathing too hard. McKay: Oh, forgive me for being aware of exactly how much pressure is being exerted on this suit right now. Sheppard: Just think of it as a walk on the beach -- a beach that's about to explode. McKay: That's supposed to make me feel better!? Sheppard: No, it's supposed to make you walk faster. We're on the clock here.

    • (after walking underwater to a Wraith hive ship in water suits) Sheppard: That took too long. McKay: Yeah, well, I probably won't be able to disarm the self-destruct in time anyway, so we're really not in a rush. Sheppard: Why don't we find it first, and then you can be negative.

    • (After the Wraith Queen has been shot) Sheppard: I thought you'd forgotten about me. McKay: Course not. I just had to wait for her to disable the device. Hey, you should be thankful she didn't feed on you before she entered the command code. Sheppard: Oh, that's why you didn't want to be bait. McKay: No, no, no, no, you had to be the bait 'cause you were who she was expecting to be the one trying to fly the ship...She is dead right? Sheppard: Let's get outta here.

    • Sheppard: A Wraith cruiser. McKay: It seems completely buried in the silt. Zelenka: Which means it's been here a very, very, very long time. McKay: Yes, give or take a very.

    • (Sheppard wakes up after the Jumper window breaks and floods the room. McKay is shouting over the radio) McKay: Sheppard this is McKay please respond. Sheppard come in. Sheppard: I'm here. Zelenka: We had to throw the emergency force fields up. The section you were in was flooding. Sheppard: I noticed.

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    Notes (3)

    • Torri Higginson read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) is in the opening credits for this episode but does not appear.

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on January 22, 2007 on Movie Central and February 26, 2007 on The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on February 28, 2007 on Sky One. -Syndication Premiere: May 3-4, 2008. -This episode aired in Australia on June 26, 2008 on Channel 7. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on June 17, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    Trivia (5)

    • Teyla: Have we not been down this hallway before? Ronon: Every corridor looks the same. Sheppard: Don't worry I have an uncanny sense of direction. Ronon: I think she's right. We've been down this way before. Sheppard: That's impossible; we took a left, and then a left, and then a right. This is reminiscent of the conversation between Sheppard and Captin Holland in Sheppard's flashback in the early Season 3 episode "Phantoms" during which Holland continually questioned, and Sheppard defended, his choice of direction, which was, ultimately, proven to be the wrong one. Sheppard's bad sense of direction was also touched on in the Season 1 episode "Underground" when McKay accused him of being lost on their way back to the settlement from the Stargate.

    • In the 18th episode of each season ("The Gift (1-18)"; "Michael (2-18)"; and now this episode), Teyla has been telepathically controlled by a Wraith, and these have been the only episodes so far where this has occurred.

    • The team finds a underwater drilling station used by the Lanteans during the War with the Wraith. It was used to drill the floor of the oceans of Lantea, to provide geothermal energy to Atlantis.

    • Nitpick: It seems off that the Wraith Queen who commanded the fleet that attacked Atlantis would travel aboard a relatively small ship, such as the cruiser. Normally fleet commanders (and Wraith Queens) would be found aboard the biggest ships, such as Hive Ships.

    • The city of Atlantis does not appear in this episode, except in one very brief long-range exterior shot at the very beginning, as the camera starts to drop underwater.

    Allusions (7)

    • Sheppard: We may need Teyla to do her Kreskin act again. The Amazing Kreskin is a mentalist who became popular on North American television in the 1970s.

    • The Abyss: Sheppard alludes to the Navy Seal character who succumbs to compression sickness in the 1989 James Cameron film The Abyss.

    • Stingray: In this episode, the Wraith queen looks different to how queens are usually portrayed. In keeping with the underwater theme of the story, the queen appears to have been made up to look like an Aquaphibian from Gerry Anderson's Stingray.

    • Alien: There are a number of film references in this episode. Sheppard kept referring to their situation as being similar to that in The Abyss. However, the episode itself was very reminiscent of Alien. The underwater drilling rig looked very similar to the refinery in Alien and the incidental music was almost identical. There was a scene where Graydon notices pools of water on the floor, which was very similar to the scene in Alien where Brett is tracking the cat. The scene where Graydon finds goo on the Jumper ramp was a direct lift from Aliens where Spunkmeyer finds a similar pool of goo on the drop ship ramp.

    • Graydon: One of these days I'm just going to call him Doctor McCoy. This is an allusion to the famous doctor of the original Star Trek series (1966-69). It is also a reference to McKay's habit of getting names close but not quite right.

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