Stargate Atlantis


Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 9/5/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Sheppard and Beckett are terrorized by deadly creatures on a planet housing one of Michael's research facilities.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicole de Boer

    Dr. Alison Porter

  • Janina Gavankar

    Sergeant “Dusty” Mehra

  • Christina Cox (I)

    Major Anne Teldy

  • Darren Dolynski


  • Leela Savasta

    Captain Alicia Vega

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • The only thing missing in this episode was a Shark, a boat, some water skis and the Fonz. Everyone involved with this episode should be ashamed of themselves. Poor writing, character flaws, horror movie cliche overload.

    By clahoda, Sep 09, 2008

  • This time around, we only have two main characters, who join an all female Stargate team on a misty planet. What next? A teenage slasher/monster movie, of course!

    By babasyzygy, Sep 06, 2008

  • Stargate attempts horror...

    By Fwirrel, Sep 06, 2008

  • An average episode that's saved from being a total flop only by the generous amount of Sheppard coverage.

    By KatiKatNik, Sep 06, 2008

  • fairly obvious conclusion to one of the weaker episodes this season.

    By TVanimal, Sep 10, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • (The team has set up camp in a house.) Sheppard: All right, we're going over to the next village to talk to some locals. You guys need anything, want anything? Porter: Yeah. If you happen to pass a Starbucks, I'll take a grande triple sugar free vanilla latte. Sheppard: No problem! (looks at Mehra) Sarge... Mehra: (sighing) I'm babysitting. Yes, sir. Sheppard: Be back in a couple of hours. (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave.)

    • (Mehra is eating an energy bar as Carson and Porter continue working on the console. Mehra walks over to a stasis pod, knocks on the glass a couple of times and then turns back to the others.) Mehra: They alive? Beckett: They're in stasis. (Mehra looks at him blankly.) Beckett: Their physical and chemical processes have been suspended but, yes, they're alive. Mehra: So, can you wake them up? Beckett: Well, without the proper understanding of their respective conditions, I'm afraid that might kill them. Mehra: Hmmm. Just gonna keep them on ice until you figure something out, huh? (Carson looks uncomfortable.) Mehra: Well, I guess it doesn't matter to them…or their families who've probably written them off. But, boy, that would make for one hell of a reunion, huh? (Mehra grins. Porter coughs pointedly and glares at Mehra who gets the message.) Mehra: I'm gonna check the perimeter. Holler if you need me. (Mehra leaves the room.)

    • (Sheppard turns to Mehra.) Sheppard: Sergeant. (Mehra smiles at Sheppard, eager to get going.) Sheppard: You're with them. (Mehra's smile fades.) Sheppard: Make sure they don't geek out too much, all right? (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave. Carson turns to Porter.) Beckett: Nice work, Doctor. Porter: Thank you. Beckett: Very nice. (Beckett glances at Porter appreciatively, then turns and looks at Mehra who rolls her eyes and turns away, sighing in exasperation.)

    • Beckett: Now it's time to move on to the more important work of saving lives. (Sheppard enters) Sheppard: Hey Doc. Beckett: Maybe I spoke too soon. Another off-world situation requiring my expertise? Sheppard: Actually I just came to see if you needed some help. Beckett: Oh, much appreciated. Sheppard: Oh, by the way how's Porter? McKay: Who? Beckett: Oh, she's fine, fine. Couple of weeks of R & R and then she'll be back in the Pegasus Galaxy. You know, Colonel, someone like her could be a real benefit to the type of work I'll be doing. Sheppard: Yeah, I'll bet. McKay: Who's Porter? Beckett: Something you might want to mention to Mr. Woolsey. Sheppard: Consider it done. Beckett: Thank you. (Beckett and Sheppard start to walk away, leaving a confused Rodney) McKay: Fine, you know what, I don't even want to know. Don't tell me…Okay, come on tell me.

    • Teldy: What's the signal? Sheppard: That would be the well blowing sky high. Mehra: And where will you be? Sheppard: Hopefully as far away as possible. Teldy: What if this goes sideways? Sheppard: Don't be so negative, Teldy. Teldy: I'm serious, Colonel. Sheppard: You take up positions, you sit tight, and wait for the signal. You don't move, you don't make a noise until the well blows. Mehra: Colonel… Sheppard: I think I've made myself clear, Sergeant. Mehra: Yes sir.

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    Notes (7)

    • Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, and Robert Picardo do not appear in this episode.

    • Leela Savasta (Captain Alicia Vega) previously played Dr. Esposito in the Season 3 episode "Tao of Rodney."

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on September 8, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on September 30, 2008 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Sweden on November 7, 2008 on TV6. -This episode aired in Germany on September 2, 2009 on RTL2. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi. -Syndication Premiere: October 31-November 1, 2009. -This episode aired in Australia on March 4, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Leela Savasta's character Captain Alicia Vega was originally going to be Captain Alison Porter in the season 5 premiere episode "Search and Rescue" but was changed. Later in the season Joe Mallozzi decided to use the name Alison Porter for the doctor in this episode.

    • Christina Cox (Major Anne Teldy) has also appeared on two episodes of Stargate SG-1. She played the alien T'akaya in the Season 2 episode "Spirits", and rogue NID operative Lieutenant Kershaw in the Season 5 episode "The Sentinel." She is best known as supernatural private eye Vicki Nelson in the Lifetime series, Blood Ties from 2007-2008.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Chronologically, this episode takes place 6 months after the events of "The Seed."

    • Sheppard: The last thing I need is three tons of rubble falling on my head, again. Sheppard is referring to the events of the season 5 premiere "Search and Rescue."

    • The book that Dusty is reading before she goes to check the perimeter and makes the doorknob comment is The Martian General's Daughter by Theodore Judson.

    • When Mirellus is looking through the window, right before he is killed, someone can be seen walking by with the blue glowsticks.

    • Beckett: Not to mention two months in a stasis pod, thank you. Sheppard: Two months. Try eight hundred years, that'll give you rubber legs. Sheppard is referring to the events of the season 4 finale "The Last Man."

    Allusions (2)

    • Sheppard: All we need now is for the prom queen and the kid in the wheelchair to wander off and we're all set. Colonel Sheppard is referring to the first and fourth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. One of the victims in the first one was a young guy in a wheelchair, and a prom queen and her friends were killed in the fourth.

    • The Ring: The creature climbing up the well is reminiscent of the 2002 film The Ring starring Naomi Watts.

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