Stargate Atlantis


Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 2/8/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Colonel Carter joins Dr. McKay and Dr. Keller on an off-world mission, to convince the people of a world rocked by earthquakes, to relocate. However, things take a turn for the worst when they are plunged into a sinkhole and become trapped in an old Genii mining facility.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Amanda Tapping

    Colonel Samantha Carter

  • David Hewlett

    Dr. Rodney McKay

  • Martin Gero

  • Jewel Staite

    Dr. Jennifer Keller

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Worst of the Series. Maybe Worst of the entire SG franchise.

    By watercayman, Jul 20, 2008

  • Wow, take a great season, find a silly way to get a few characters into one place, and Bam, you make the audience bored as a door.

    By ElRhinoMan, Jun 27, 2008

  • My thoughts on Trio

    By sfloreen, Aug 24, 2008

  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 06, 2010

  • Carter, Mckay and Keller get stuck down a hole and need to get out.

    By wellicanbake, Feb 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • McKay: Okay, well, the grappling hook didn't work because the hook wouldn't hold our weight in the soil. The crates didn't work because Sam was too heavy. Ah, oh... we, we all would have been. I mean, our weight in general. Nothing to do with you. Uh, just, I mean... you're in very good shape. Seriously, you have like the perfect body. (Keller looks at him strangely) Oh, not that you don't. Oh, no, no. I realize that your bodies are different and, and, and, ah, ah, maybe, that, that would mean that I think that your body is imperfect. But that is not the case. No, no, no, far, far, far from it. That, that is a uh, sweet... ah. Which is to say, I mean it would be impossible for me to chose which of you... Carter: Rest assured, you're never gonna have to. Keller: Oh, if you had kept quiet I thought he would have gone on like that forever.

    • (McKay looking at his bandaged palms in the infirmary) McKay: It's not going to scar isn't it? Keller: Chicks dig scars. McKay: Not the chicks I dig.

    • Keller: This whole place is a tetanus shot waiting to happen.

    • Keller: Don't move if you feel any shooting pains. McKay: I would never move if that was the case.

    • (talking to two young boys) Carter: If you help us, we'll get you whatever you want. McKay: Oh yes, good, great idea, yes. Carter: Thanks. McKay: Maybe you should show them your… Carter: Excuse me? McKay: I was once a 10-year old boy too, I know what gets their attention. Carter: McKay… McKay: What, you want to get out of here or not? Carter: I think we can reason with them without resorting to that, thank you. McKay: If you say so. (looks hopefully at Keller)

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    Notes (6)

    • The shot of McKay's bloody hands was actually filmed using Chuck Campbell, David Hewlett's stand-in. Chuck also regularly appears as "Chuck the technician" in the series.

    • The red door Mckay and Carter try to pry open with the metal rod has a hole in it where the metal rod went through the cardboard in a previous take. The hole couldn't be removed or covered up very convincingly and so was left in.

    • The mining facility is on a tilted set that was re-used from the filming of Stargate: Continuum.

    • In his February 11th WordPress blog entry, Executive Producer/writer Joseph Mallozzi posted the transcript of a deleted scene in which Keller and Carter discuss their love lives. Keller alludes to her moment with Ronon in Quarantine while Carter admits to a "complicated" relationship with an older man in Washington. It is most likely a reference to General Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson)whom Carter has known since the premiere episode of Stargate SG-1.

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

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    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: When McKay and Keller are packing the makeshift "cannon", the pole moves up and down between shots, as evidenced by the white tape stuck to it.

    • Carter has a picture of her father, Jacob Carter, in his Air Force uniform in her office.

    • Carter: I was stuck in a transporter with Zelenka for three hours! This refers to events in the episode "Quarantine" which aired earlier in Season 4.

    • The planet in this episode is designated M5V-801.

    • This is the third episode with a title to reference music. The first two were "Duet" and "Harmony"

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    Allusions (3)

    • Carter: Brian Greene or Neil deGrasse Tyson? Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. He is also the host of NOVA scienceNOW and a frequent guest on The Colbert Report. Brian Green has been a professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University since 1996. He is also the host of the three-part NOVA segment "The Elegant Universe" and has guested on The Colbert Report.

    • The Daily Show: The choice between Jon Stewart, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert is a reference to the host and former correspondents of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.

    • Carter: So, Door Number Two? McKay: After you, Monty. Monty Hall was the emcee of the long-running afternoon game show Let's Make A Deal. Contestants played a variety of games, with the big winner being offered the choice of three doors. If they picked the right door, they found a nice prize. If they picked the wrong one, they got "zonked"(won a booby prize).

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