Stargate Atlantis

The Daedalus Variations

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 8/1/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Sheppard's team finds the Earth ship Daedalus abandoned and without power.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Jason Momoa

    Ronon Dex

  • David Hewlett

    Dr. Rodney McKay

  • Andy Mikita

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • A brilliantly crafted episode balancing character moments and visual effects action. It will leave you wanting more!

    By Sci-Fi_Fan, Jan 24, 2011

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 07, 2010

  • Not bad...

    By CaptainHarkness, Aug 03, 2008

  • A little tired of all these mutiple/alternate realties- I guess it was a bit disappointing after having just watched Stargate SG1 Continunun

    By brodiejo152003, Aug 17, 2008

  • At long last, an episode that uses something imaginative as a plot mechanism instead of a rip-off from every other Sci-Fi show in the last 30 years.

    By babasyzygy, Sep 06, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • (Sheppard and McKay are walking out of the conference room talking about Teyla's baby) Sheppard: What are you talking about? McKay: I'm telling you, she's hiding him from me. Sheppard: She's not hiding him! McKay: Oh yeah? Every time I go to see him, she tells me that he's just settled down. Sheppard: Can you blame her? You dropped him. McKay: I did not drop him! He jumped. Sheppard: Jumped!? McKay: Well, he wiggled out of my arms. Look, I said I was sorry. Besides, how much damage could I possibly have done? He fell, like, maybe two feet. Stuff like that happens all the time. I was dropped like a dozen times when I was a kid. Sheppard: Well, that explains a lot. Why do you even care? You don't even like kids. McKay: It's the principal of the thing. Everyone else gets to hold him, why shouldn't I?

    • Sheppard: So what do we do? Can we just throw this thing in reverse? McKay: Uh, yeah, it's a little more complicated than that. The first problem is navigation. They developed a coordinate system to identify the various realities and allow them to get back, but obviously that didn't work. Sheppard: Obviously. McKay: That's not what bothers me. Sheppard: Well, it kind of bothers me.

    • Alternate Sheppard: Daedalus, this is Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard do you read. (Ronon and Sheppard look at each other) Alternate Sheppard: Daedalus, do you read? Sheppard: Uh, yeah, Daedalus, this is Daedalus, come in. Alternate Sheppard: Who? Who is this? Sheppard: It's a long story. Alternate Sheppard: Well, whoever you are you saved our asses when you took out their main weapons. We figured the least we could do is return the favor. Sheppard: Much appreciated.

    • Alternate Sheppard: All right, that looks like the last of them. So, what happens now? Sheppard: Well we go our own ways. Alternate Sheppard: Just like that? Sheppard: Pretty much. Alternate Sheppard: Well, the thing is we do have a few questions. See, the Daedalus we know was destroyed two years ago in a battle with the Replicators. Sheppard: Sorry to hear that. This isn't exactly our Daedalus, we're just borrowing it for a while. Alternate Sheppard: Okay, I have no idea what that means. Sheppard: Like I said, it's a long story.

    • (whilst under attack and targeting incoming fighters) Ronon: Arg!!! (Bangs on buttons) Sheppard: Easy, Chewy, those buttons are your friends. Just keep trying! Ronon: I'M TRYING!!!

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    Notes (7)

    • In the original script, the setting was to be a room on Atlantis that kept shifting realities, but it was deemed this would restrict what could take place in the episode and so the setting was moved to the Daedalus.

    • The unidentified aliens in this episode were originally intended to be computer-generated insect-like creatures, however this was dropped as, due to the amount of interaction they would have with the actors, it was deemed to be too expensive.

    • The working title for this episode was "The Flying Dutchman"

    • On Joseph Mallozzi's blog, the writer for the episode, Alan McCullough, said that one of the alternate realities that were discussed was a version where the Ancients won their war with the Wraith but it was decided that this would detract from the story and it never made it into production.

    • The Alien's weapons are a re-used prop from the Stargate SG-1 Season 6 episode "Forsaken."

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    Trivia (8)

    • Sheppard is seen playing on a Nintendo DS while talking to McKay in the Infirmary.

    • The chart behind the alternate Daedalus' captain's chair is set at a different angle (at about 90 degrees) and is orange, instead of green, which is the case of our Daedalus.

    • Alternate Sheppard: Well, the thing is we do have a few questions. See, the Daedalus we know was destroyed two years ago in a battle with the Replicators. In this reality the expedition appears to have encountered the Asurans earlier then our reality as two years ago they had just discovered the Replicators.

    • McKay: You said when you went to the future you saw our sun expanding into a red giant, remember? This is a reference to the Season 4 finale "The Last Man."

    • Ronon: We've seen our doubles before. Teyla: Replicator-manufactured copies... This is a reference to the Season 4 episode "This Mortal Coil."

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    Allusions (1)

    • Sheppard: Easy, Chewy, those buttons are your friends. Just keep trying! This is a reference to Han Solo's copilot in Star Wars as was the cockpit view during the shootout with aliens. The view was the same as what you would see on the command deck of the Millennium Falcon.

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