Stargate Atlantis


Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 8/19/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Ronon Dex discovers that a small number of his people survived the Wraith attack on his planet, including his former military trainer, with whom he has unfinished business. Meanwhile, McKay puts Atlantis at risk when he tries to unlock the secrets of an Ancient power source.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Mitch Pileggi

    Colonel Steven Caldwell

  • Damian Kindler

  • Martin Wood

  • Chris Gauthier


  • Fan Reviews (22)
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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 25, 2010

  • Doctor McKay is convinced he is smarter than the Ancients and can solve a problem that killed a whole society in a few days when the Ancients never could solve it. Ronon goes with Teyla on a trade mission and discovers people of his kind still alive.

    By jyarter, Aug 19, 2009

  • Tedious

    By whatever120, Jan 22, 2009

  • Who is Dr. Vogel?

    By latoyajn, Sep 14, 2008

  • Rodney's ego destroys the solar system.

    By MajLorne, Feb 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Sheppard: The place won't be safe very much longer. McKay: I can bring it back under control. Just give me a second. Sheppard: No you can't! McKay: One second! Sheppard: I've seen this before, Rodney: pilots who wouldn't eject when something went wrong, trying to fix their planes (smacks desk) right until they hit the ground. McKay: Okay, we need to leave. I've waited too long. The weapon can't discharge enough power to avoid a catastrophic overload. This whole planet is going to go up. Not that your speech wasn't working.

    • McKay: Harry K Daghlian. Sheppard: Who? McKay: He was a scientist -- worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. He was only twenty-six years old. Accidentally irradiated himself while performing a critical mass experiment on two half-spheres of plutonium. Took him a month to die. While his body was slowly shutting down from radiation poisoning, you know what he did with his last thirty days, hmm? He worked. He tried until his last breath to understand what had happened to him so that others could learn from the tragedy, so that his work, his death, wouldn't be rendered meaningless. Now, have you considered what would have happened if they'd just shut the Project down after that?

    • Sheppard: A member of your team is in the morgue. McKay: And I am responsible for his death, yes. I am painfully aware of that. I sent him in there and I will have to live with that for the rest of my life. (His voice breaks briefly.) But we have a responsibility to understand what happened and learn from it.

    • McKay: Yeah, but at the end of the day the outpost was still standing and that means, uh ... well, I'm not sure what that means, but it means something definitely worth finding out.

    • McKay: Hold on. I'm picking up faint energy readings coming from ... (he turns back round, looks out of the windscreen and points) ... there. (He looks at the building.) That would explain how they were able to put up such a good fight. Sheppard: How? McKay: Because ... they were Ancients.

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    Notes (6)

    • According to Director Martin Wood on this episode's DVD commentary, actor Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) insisted that the knife Teyla used on Ronon have a real blade as opposed to a fake, plastic one, so as to add to the realism to the scene.

    • The village seen in this episode is a redress of the village set used in the Stargate SG-1 episode, "Origin".

    • According to writer Damian Kindler, Ronon's lines in this episode were written before Jason Momoa was cast in the role.

    • The Ancient weapon room set would be redressed and used as the set for the Ancient ship, Aurora, a few episodes later.

    • International Airdates: -This episode aired in Canada on August 22, 2005 on The Movie Network and October 17, 2005 on Movie Central. -This episode aired in the UK on November 23, 2005 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Australia on March 1, 2007 on Channel 7. -Syndication Premiere: October 28-29, 2006.

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    Trivia (5)

    • The planet that Ronon and Teyla travel to is named Belkan. The inhabitants possess a disease-resistant strain of flax seed which could potentially double the crop yield on the Athosian mainland.

    • Goof: When Ronon meets up with his old military buddy in the bar he says "For years I believed I was the only survivor" But when he first got to Atlantis he was surprised at the images of his planet destroyed, he was obviously expecting there to still be a civilization, with many survivors.

    • When Weir yelled at McKay for destroying three-quarters of the solar system, he abruptly corrected her, stating it was five-sixths. You would think he would not correct that to cushion his bruised ego, since five-sixths is greater than three-quarters.

    • The Ancients' term for their weapon was Project Arcturus. If the project was successful it would have produced the power equivalent of twenty-five fully powered zero point modules by drawing energy from this universe rather than a self-contained region of subspace as with Z.P.M.'s.

    • Goof: There is a lot of debris in orbit over the Durandanes planet. All of it should have been drawn into the planet's atmosphere within 10,000 years.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: The title "Trinity" refers to the New Mexico test site where the U.S. first succeeded in detonating an atomic bomb, on July 16, 1945.

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