Stargate Atlantis

Underground

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 8/27/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Gating to the planet Genii to trade for food, the team discovers what appears to be a simple, farming population. But they are preparing a deadly weapon to attack the Wraith, and when Sheppard and McKay are interrogated it appears the Genii may not make the best of allies.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Erin Chambers

    Sora

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Ari Cohen

    Tyrus

  • Torri Higginson

    Dr. Elizabeth Weir

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Teyla introduces Sheppard and their team to the Genii. A peaceful race of farmers and traders. During the course of their relations Sheppard's team makes a horrific discovery of the truth behind the Genii and their motives.

    By jyarter, Aug 09, 2009

  • No friends...

    By Parricida, Jan 22, 2008

  • The Genii are a peaceful race of people only interested in farming and trade. At least that's the way it seems to those who don't know their true intentions...

    By GameraTrekkie, Nov 15, 2006

  • Introducing...the Genii!

    By tams1210, May 05, 2006

  • Exciting episode lots of twists and turns

    By Ross_99, Jun 30, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (37)

    • Ford: (About Genii when promise after they have pointed guns on them, that they won't be harmed)You guys are full of surprises.

    • Sheppard: (referring to C4 explosion) Really?! That wasn't impressive enough?

    • Weir: I'm sorry you weren't able to find the allies you were looking for, John. Sheppard: Well, we gathered some valuable intel. That's something. Weir: Huh. Are you trying to convince me this is good news? Sheppard: I'd much prefer to know what we're up against than not. Weir: 60 ships. Or more. Sheppard: Just hope they don't all come at once.

    • Weir: No. How's that for an answer? Sheppard: It's pithy. I'll give you that. Weir: I'm sure you already agreed to this. Sheppard: Only because we'll get something out of it. Ford: We do need allies, ma'am. Weir: Allies? You just said these people were ready to string you up. How can you trust them? Sheppard: Hey, I don't trust 'em as far as I can throw 'em. There's a reason they insisted that McKay and Teyla stay there, and it's not just to help them with their bomb. But we have something they need, and they have something we need. I thought that's what negotiating was all about. Weir: Oh, well, it is. Personally I stop short of offering nuclear weapons. Ford: They were building them anyways. Weir: Oh, if they were building them anyways, Lieutenant, why didn't you just say so? You realize I originally sent you out for food? Sheppard: I think we can still get that. Ford: I don't see why not. Sheppard: We kinda passed it with the whole atomic bomb thing.

    • Weir: Explosives? This is a scientific expedition, Major. Sheppard: I know that. Weir: But you want us to become arms dealers. Sheppard: Have you ever tried to clear a stump by hand? Weir: Yes, it's a hobby.

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    Notes (2)

    • This is episode marks another Star Trek actor appearance: Colm Meaney played Chief Miles O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    • International Airdates: -This episode aired in Canada on August 30, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central. -This episode aired in the UK on November 30, 2004 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Australia on May 5, 2005 on Channel 7. -Syndication Premiere: November 12-13, 2005

    Trivia (6)

    • McKay: You have no idea which way to go, do you? Sheppard: I'm just trying to get my bearings. McKay: Translation: I'm lost. They were very clear which route to take. Sheppard: I prefer a straight line. McKay: Of course, 'cause everything's a shortcut in Sheppard's world. Sheppard's poor sense of direction is mentioned again in the Season 3 episode "Phantoms" during the flashback sequence and again that same season in the episode "Submersion" in which Teyla and Ronon doubt his "uncanny sense of direction".

    • A millenia ago, the Genii were a great coalition of planets. But the Wraith nearly annihilated them.

    • Nitpick: The Genii are ready to leave the team on the surface to await the next culling for finding out that they are not the simple farmers they led the Athosians to believe, yet in all subsequent Genii episodes the Genii are working out in the open in full uniform without any concern for their allegedly hidden secret identity.

    • Nitpick: McKay says that the Genii that live in the underground bunkers will have short lives due to their exposure to radiation, yet a lot of the Genii we see, including those at the dinner table and the ambush at the end of the episode appeared to quite old.

    • This is the first appearance of the Genii on the series.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Confederation of Planets: The Genii's part in a Confederation of Planets as Cowen alluded to is a play on actor Colm Meany's other stint as Star Trek's Chief Miles O'Brien, where they were part of the United Federation of Planets.

    • Toys "R" Us: In this episode McKay says: Weapons "R" Us. This is a derivative from Toys "R" Us. Toys "R" Us is a toy store chain based in the United States. The company operates nearly 700 stores in the United States and nearly 600 stores are operating in 29 other countries.

    • Moonshine: Moonshining is the making of distilled alcohol surreptitiously and illegally. Because the activity of distilling whiskey unlawfully was usually done at night under the light of the moon, the word became both a verb, meaning making the liquor, and a noun, meaning the liquor that was made.

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