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Dr. Rodney McKay
Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Colonel Samantha Carter
Todd the Wraith
Dr. Radek Zelenka
Colonel Abe Ellis
Colonel Steven Caldwell
This is Major Kevin Marks (Martin Christopher) first appearance on Stargate Atlantis after appearing in several episodes of Stargate SG-1 during it's final two seasons. Marks originally served on the Prometheus and transferred to the Odyssey after the destruction of the Prometheus in the SG-1 episode "Ethon". He is now assigned to the Apollo, most likely because he has the most experience with the Asgard energy weapons.
The planet that Sheppard and his team are going to evacuate is designated M9R-373.
The planet Asuras has an abundance of the mineral Neutronium that is essential to the creation of Human-Form Replicators. Neutronium first appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode "New Order (2)."
Asuras, designated M7R-227, is destroyed in this episode when the mass of nanites sank into the planet's core, causing it to implode. McKay happily removes the planet from the Ancient database at the end of the episode.
This is the first episode to feature the new Asgard upgrades on the Daedalus and the Apollo. They first appeared on board the Odyssey in the Stargate SG-1 series finale "Unending."
The Asurans had 38 active Aurora-class battleships at the beginning of this episode. The entire Asuran fleet is believed to be destroyed during battle over Asuras except for the one controlled by the Rogue Replicators seen at the end of the episode.
In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed by the Asurans. This brings the total to thirteen confirmed since the expedition arrived in the galaxy. It is not know how many the Asurans destroyed since the beginning of the war.
F.R.A.N., the name McKay gives to the replicator he created, stands for Friendly Replicator ANdroid.
Larrin: Besides, I've got things to take care of.
Sheppard: Yeah like?
Larrin: Nothing for you to concern your pretty little head with.
(In briefing room discussing plan of attack)
McKay: Now well I'm working in the core room, we'll beam FRAN down to the city.
Ellis: Wait a minute, FRAN?
McKay: It's Friendly Replicator ANdroid.
Sheppard: I didn't realize we were naming things!
McKay: It noticed that Zelenka and I both had names and um, she asked for one.
Carter: There's one more thing you need to see. McKay has thrown us kind of a curve ball.
Sheppard: Oh great. I was just thinking we need more of those today.
McKay: Our old anti-replicator technology relied on disrupting the bonds between each individual nanite cell. They just collapsed into a pile of dust, right?
Sheppard: We're familiar with the technology, yes.
McKay: Right. Well, the thinking was to always continue down that line. To break the bonds, to turn them off, severe there connections to one another. Because dust we can deal with, right?
McKay: We do the opposite! Instead of severing their connections we significantly dial up their attraction to one another. We turn each cell into an incredibly powerful nanite magnet. You know, one cell attracts another cell and those attract two more. And as more and more nanite cells bond to the core group the bonds become stronger and stronger and stronger to the point where every cell on the planet in orbit are amassed in this giant super dense blob.
Sheppard: A super dense blob, that's your great idea?
McKay: It is, yes actually.
Sheppard: What do we do with the blob then? Aren't we in danger of creating some Godzilla-size super replicator?
McKay: No, at least not at first. This is not there normal form of bonding. It will take them some time to adapt, to figure out how to function within the new parameters.
Carter: How much time?
McKay: Well, I mean, I hate to speculate.
Sheppard: Oh, since when?
McKay: Look, it doesn't matter anyways because long before that happens they're gonna fuse together so tightly they will be rendered essentially inert. Remember this bond is occurring on a subspace level.
Carter: Which helps them get passed the normally repulsive force between nuclei.
McKay: To the point where their electrons are fusing with there protons and once that starts happening they're toast.
Carter: Yeah, but your talking about Neutron Star levels of density.
Carter: Wow, it sounds crazy but it could work.
Wraith: They are a very complex and ingenious design.
McKay: Well, I thought I was ingeniouser. I know it's not a word Mr. Helpful
(Talking about FRAN)
McKay: We shouldn't have given it speech.
Sheppard: This is all working out for the best, it's uh…. except for the part where I'm still tied up, Larrin. Larrin?
(The team receive word that both the Apollo and the Daedalus have arrived in orbit)
McKay: Huh, both ships at the same time. That's a first.
Carter: It's the first time we've needed them.
(At the same time, both McKay and Sheppard turn to face Carter)
Carter: Well...since I've been here.
McKay: (after Carter gives him a crucial pointer) Sam, we are geniuses!
Teyla: I must go see Dr. Keller.
Sheppard: Why'd that?
Teyla: I was stunned.
Sheppard: We get stunned all the time, shake it off.
Teyla: Circumstances are different.
Sheppard: How so?
Teyla: I'm carrying a child.
Sheppard: You're what?
Teyla: I'm pregnant, John.
Sheppard: Is this a joke?
(Sheppard looks at Ronon)
Ronon: Don't look at me.
Teyla: It just happened.
Sheppard: I didn't know you were seeing anyone.
Teyla: It is no one from Atlantis.
Sheppard: How far along are you?
Teyla: About three months.
Sheppard: Three. How long have you known?
Teyla: Just under two.
Sheppard: Two. We've been...You've let me put you out in the field, when you've known you're three months pregnant.
Teyla: I tried to tell you.
Sheppard: You didn't try hard enough.
Teyla: I am more than capable...
Sheppard: You got stunned today. Do you have any idea what kind of effect that has?
Teyla: Athosian women remain very active in the community well up...
Sheppard: This is different. We get shot at, we got stunned, we take a chance every time we step through the gate.
Sheppard: As of this second, you're relieved from active duty.
(Sheppard walks away)
Ronon: Hey, congratulations. Kanan is the father.
Teyla: You knew that we were...
Ronon: I could tell, the way you talked about him.
Teyla: Yes, he is the father.
Ronon: I'm sorry.
Teyla: I will find him. He is still alive. I feel it.
Ronon: We'll find him, together, I promise. Come on, let's get you checked out. You know, Ronon is a good name, boy or girl.
Larrin: We picked up on seven hives orbiting a single planet. Seemed like something big was going down. So, I thought we'd stop by and do a little intel. What are you doing here?
Sheppard: Yeah, well you just missed them.
Larrin: I see that. So, tell me what are you doing here? And better yet, why didn't those hives destroy your puny little ship?
Sheppard: I take great offense to that. But those are all good questions. We should talk.
Larrin: Yes, we should.
Sheppard: How come I'm awake before Ronon?
Wraith: We had to stun him several times. I thought it best you were awake before he was.
Sheppard: Probably a good idea.
Larrin: (on comm) Sheppard, that better not be you!
Larrin: What the hell are you doing here?
Sheppard: What the hell are you doing here?
Sheppard: Ronon, let it go. Take it as a compliment, they were afraid of you.
Zelenka: It worked! You did it, Rodney!
McKay: (modestly) Naturally.
Zelenka: McKay's back!
McKay: (annoyed) Will you stop that? I was never gone!
(Caldwell and Ellis beam into Atlantis facing each other)
The exchange between Todd and the Male Wraith on the Hive Ship was written by Alan McCullough for the next episode, "Spoils of War", and was essentially re-used for the same battle in this episode, hence the "Excerpt Written By" credit.
This episode marks the most amount of money spent on visual effects in a single episode of the series.
-This episode was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects.
Jason Coleman (Larrin's Crewman) previously played Young Daniel in the Stargate SG-1 episode "200."
Torri Higginson's name is withheld until the end credits to conceal her "surprise" appearance in the closing moments of the episode.
The character of Todd the Wraith is played by Brendan Penny in this episode. He was previously played by Christopher Heyerdahl. Christopher was unable to reprise his role due to a scheduling conflict. He did loop all of his dialogue afterwards.
Excerpt written by Alan McCullough.
Rachel Luttrell voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.
International Air Dates:
-This episode aired in Canada on January 7, 2008 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on January 8, 2008 on Sky One.
-Syndication Premiere: February 7-8, 2009.
-This episode aired in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
-This episode aired in Australia on December 3, 2009 on 7TWO.
Sheppard: Aren't we in danger of creating some Godzilla super-sized replicator?
McKay: We have the technology.
This line is a reference to the opening credits of The Six Million Dollar Man:
Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the worlds first Bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.
This scene is reminiscent of the Stargate SG-1 season four episode "Tangent" in which General Vidrine, Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter acknowledge each other in this way. It is a nod to the hilarious scene in Spies Like Us, where Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase are pretending to be doctors.
This title and the prior episode's title are from Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1.
The full line is
"Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd," addressed to Ophelia.
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