Stargate Atlantis

The Return (1)

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 9/22/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While testing a chain of Stargates that will allow travel from Atlantis to Earth in about 30 minutes (the "McKay-Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge"), McKay, Sheppard and the team discover an Ancient ship traveling at almost the speed of light.When Dr. Weir talks to the travelers, she is surprised by their request that the expedition members vacate the city of Atlantis.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Picardo

    Richard Woolsey

  • Martin Gero

  • Beau Bridges

    Major General Hank Landry

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • O'Neill can't figure out what rank he is or how to wear his uniform; Landry is baffled by chain of command, date of rank & command responsibility. LTC (Lieutenant Colonel/O-3) Sheppard once again saves the universe from Replicators. (Surprised?)

    By Drawer22, Apr 19, 2009

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 30, 2010

  • What if, it all ends tomorrow?

    By Parricida, Feb 06, 2008

  • Interesting episode for several reasons: the threat posed by the Replicators has evolved to become much more acute and poignant, orders and responsibilities come into sharp conflict for the team, and Elizabeth gives stellar performance as a flirt.

    By JohnnySoftware, Dec 23, 2007

  • John finds some ancients...

    By Fwirrel, Oct 21, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • McKay: The Jumper is in its storage area under guard. We need for one of us to be added to the authorized personnel list, and there's only one guy who can do that. Weir: You? McKay: No. Why'd you think I was gonna say me? Weir: I don't know. Seemed like you were leading up to it.

    • McKay: Um, did you really get pizza for everyone? 'Cause it would be a shame for that to go to waste if we're going to… um… (Sheppard just looks at him) Yeah, okay. So, solve this first.

    • Sheppard: What if you were forced from your home by war, only to return to find someone on your couch, eating your Cheetos, watching your TV. McKay: Well, I would be fine with that. Sheppard: No you wouldn't.

    • Weir: Excuse the mess. I wasn't really expecting company. Beckett: Oh, please, I'm from a family of seven. Our home was never this clean.

    • (while out to dinner Sheppard, McKay and Weir's cell phones all ring at the same time) Beckett: I didn't bring my bloody cell phone with me. What's happening?

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    Notes (6)

    • When Doctor Carson Beckett comes to visit Elizabeth, she apologizes for the mess she has and Beckett replies by saying that he hasn't seen anything cleaner, since he comes from a family with seven children. Paul McGillion actually comes from a family with seven children.

    • The restaurant Weir, Sheppard, McKay and Beckett eat at is called "Elements" and is located across the street from the Stargate Atlantis studio in Vancouver, BC.

    • The establishing shot of Weir's apartment building is a re-use from the Stargate SG-1 episode, "Affinity".

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 16, 2006 on Movie Central
      UK: December 20, 2006 on Sky One
      Syndication Premiere: November 24-25, 2007
      Australia: May 1, 2008 on Channel 7
      Czech Republic: May 20, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi

    • The man working in the Puddle Jumper that Sheppard shoots with a zat is the accident-prone Sgt. Siler, continuing an in-joke in the Stargate universe about similar things always happening to the character. This is partly because Siler is played by Stargate SG-1 stunt coordinator Dan Shea.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Goof: When the team is leaving through the gate, several of the illuminated lines of ancient text on the steps seen in the background are upside-down.

    • Goof: Throughout both this episode and "The Return, Part II", O'Neill wears the rank insignia of a Brigadier General (1-star) when his actual rank is Major General (2-stars).

    • Goof: The first time the partially constructed Midway Station is shown, the symbols on the stargates can be clearly seen facing out from the structure, so both gates would be the wrong way round. A short time later when the puddle jumper arrives, both gates are facing inward, which is the correct way round.

    • McKay says the bridge is designed to store the pattern in the Gate's buffer and then redials to forward the pattern to the next gate in the chain. However in the SG-1 episode "48 Hours," it is stated that the buffer erases every time a new wormhole is established by the energy released by the vortex. This safety feature may have not been present in the Pegasus gates, but all the Milky Way gates should have it.

    • Atlantis is revealed to have a device that allows Ancients to lock a city-ship and its systems out of anyone's control. It is concealed directly beneath the front of the Stargate.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Helia: Helia is the daughter of the sun god Helios in Greek mythology.

    • Sheppard: Actually, I'm pissed. For one thing, I'm only a quarter of the way through War and Peace. War and Peace is a novel by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, published from 1865 to 1869, frequently described as one of the world's greatest masterpieces. The novel follows five aristocratic Russian families during the Napoleonic Era.

    • Laws of Robotics: The notion that the replicators cannot harm their creators (the Ancients) is the same as science fiction author Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics. It and the other two laws first appeared in print in 1942: First Law of Robotics: No robot shall harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Second Law of Robotics: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. Third Law of Robotics: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was mentioned several times that Commander Data was also programmed with these laws. The Laws of Robotics are also seen at the start of the movies Artificial Intelligence: AI and I, Robot.

    • Sheppard: Life isn't fair but it's fairer than death. This is a direct quote from the book The Princess Bride (1973) written by William Goldman. The quote doesn't appear anywhere in the movie version.

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