Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 17

Coup D'etat

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 2006 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Sheppard: Well, I look at it this way: the Genii have tried to kidnap you on numerous occasions to mine that big old brain of yours.

      This is a reference to the episodes "Underground," "The Storm," and "The Eye."

    • Ladon: Kolya often spoke about the Brotherhood of the Fifteen. The last mission you encountered him, no?

      After their first encounter in the Season 1 two-parter "The Storm" and "The Eye", Sheppard and Kolya met again that season in the episode "The Brotherhood."

    • The planet that Ladon used to lure the team was designated M6R-867.

    • Goof: When Weir and Sheppard enter her office to question Ladon [twelve minutes into the episode], we see there is a guard at the door. They walk in and face Ladon, who has two other guards behind him. When the camera focuses on the leaders again, over Ladon's shoulder, we can just make out the shoulder of Guard #1 in the far left corner, but not directly beside the leaders. As the camera tightens on Weir, when she asks what Ladon wants in exchange for the ZPM, we see that Sheppard is no longer at her side, and Guard #1 is now standing directly beside and a little behind her. Yet in the next wider shot, he has vanished and Sheppard is again at her elbow. During the conversation between Weir and Ladon, Guard #1 moves from the corner, then to behind Sheppard and ends up on the right side of the room. It is not mere angle change, his position has changed. We flash to a quick shot of Atlantis with ominous music for a moment; upon our return to the room, Guard #1 is no longer on the right side next to the door, where we saw him last, he is standing near the middle of the glass wall. The camera zooms in on Ladon for a moment; when it returns to Weir and Sheppard, the same guard has once again hopped to the right, near the door once more.

    • This episode marks the beginning of an alliance with the Genii.

  • Quotes

    • Ladon: I needed Cowen and his elite guard together in one place. I knew the chance of some Puddle Jumpers would get him here.
      Sheppard: Good one.
      Ladon: Most of my men are waiting for me on our homeworld. Tonight, the leadership of our people changes hands.
      Sheppard: You were just gonna leave us here to be vaporized with the others?
      Ladon: Yes, I was... but things have changed. Let's go.

    • Cowen: I fully expect to have to kill you.
      Sheppard: Looking forward to it that much, huh?

    • Weir: Good thinking
      Sheppard: Could have been Mensa.

    • Sheppard: So I say we call it a win.
      Weir: Who's spinning now?!
      Sheppard: Alright. Then I say we call it a night.
      Weir: That we can do!

    • Weir: Well, historically, most coups end up with the new government being about as bad as the old one.
      Sheppard: I don't know. He seemed pretty grateful we saved his sister.
      Weir: There's that.
      Sheppard: He did save me and my team.
      Weir: There's that too.

    • Sheppard: Beckett's the best doctor in two galaxies. If there's a cure, he's got it.

    • Sheppard: (in cell) Major. Boys.
      Lorne: Colonel.
      Sheppard: Way to be alive.
      Lorne: Thanks, sir. So, have you come to rescue us?
      Sheppard: Well, until about a moment ago I thought you were dead, but now that I see you speaking and breathing... yeah, I'm thinking about it.
      Lorne: Well, good. Let me know if there's anything we can do to help, huh?

    • Sheppard: What do you want with the Jumpers?
      Cowen: What do I want with invisible spaceships that could fly to other worlds and even deliver our atomic weapons?
      Sheppard: Well, since you put it that way ...

    • Sheppard: Where are my men?
      Ladon: Oh, they'll wake up in an hour or so with a pretty big headache, but they're fine. Just like you.
      Sheppard: I'm a lot of things right now, fine isn't one of them.

    • Ladon: How'd you feel?
      Sheppard: Like I've been gassed.

    • Sheppard: Drop it.
      Ladon: (dropping a small knife) Alright. Feel safer?
      Sheppard: A little bit.

    • McKay: One tango, middle of the room. (After John stares at him blankly) What, isn't that right?

    • Ronon: (about a 'wanted' list) And why aren't we on it?
      Weir: Excuse me?
      Ronon: Sheppard's on the list; McKay is on the list. Why aren't Teyla and me?
      Weir: What, you're feeling left out?!
      Ronon: I just wanna know who thinks I'm not a threat and give 'em a chance to change their mind.

    • McKay: See how I almost stunned that guy?
      Sheppard: I must have missed it.
      McKay: Yeah, but if he was, like, a step to the right, I would've stunned him for sure.
      Sheppard: Good for you!

    • Weir: A raid?
      Sheppard: Hell, yes, a raid! If this is their main base of operations, I'm willing to bet the ZPM is there.
      Weir: And, what? Just steal it?
      McKay: Well, the Brotherhood stole it from us. Ladon stole it from the Brotherhood. It's not really stealing, it's, um ...
      Sheppard: ... recovery!

    • Cowen: My men will see you to the Gate.
      McKay: (after Cowen leaves) Well, that was refreshing! He didn't try to kill us even once!

    • Sheppard: Well, if you, uh, wanna contact us, we have a new number.

    • Sheppard: (to McKay) Don't worry: if you survive, I'll mount some sort of rescue mission ... eventually.

    • McKay: You know, I'm not sure that you've sufficiently trained me in actual combat. I don't know how much use I'd be in a fight-our-way-out kind of scenario.
      Sheppard: Well, I look at it this way: the Genii have tried to kidnap you on numerous occasions to mine that big old brain of yours.
      McKay: Yes.
      Sheppard: Well, if we get into trouble, I'll just trade your life for mine.
      McKay: Oh, funny.

    • Sheppard: Get to the part where you find the ZPM.
      Ladon: Kolya often spoke about the Brotherhood of the Fifteen, the last mission you encountered him, no?
      Sheppard: The last time he tried to kill me, yes.

    • Ladon: He's become obsessed with uniting the galaxy under a single ruler.
      Sheppard: And that would be him.
      Ladon: He thinks it's the only chance we have of defeating the Wraith.
      Weir: Whether the galaxy likes it or not.

    • Weir: What do you want for it?
      Ladon: I need about a hundred machine guns, a couple of dozen grenades and any C4 that you have to spare.
      Sheppard: Sounds like you're havin' a party.

    • Sheppard: Doctor Weir, we have Ladon.
      Weir: What has he said?
      Sheppard: Not much, apparently he doesn't like me.

    • Sheppard: What do you want for it?
      Ladon: I'll only talk with Weir.
      Sheppard: Do I make you nervous?
      Ladon: Not at all, Major. I'm just not interested in talking to the errand boy.
      Sheppard: That's Lieutenant Colonel Errand Boy to you.

    • Sheppard: What, no ZPM?
      Ladon: I sent it to another planet for safekeeping, how stupid do you think I am?
      Sheppard: What I remember, I gave you a pretty good crack on the head last time we met. So, I was kinda hoping it made you simple.
      Ladon: No, it didn't, but ever since then I've been plagued with headaches.
      Sheppard: You're just saying that to be nice.

    • McKay: Look, we all know that eventually the Wraith are going to discover we're still here. Having more power means that we have more options. We might even be able to light up those engines and get the city to fly.
      Sheppard: Really?
      McKay: No, but we still need it.

    • McKay: A ZPM is a ZPM. Who cares where it comes from?
      Sheppard: We've already got one.
      McKay: Yes, one.
      Ronon: Two is better than one.
      McKay: And three is better than two.

    • Weir: Why would we want to do business with you?
      Ladon: Because I have defected from the Genii.
      Weir: Well, good luck with that.

    • Sheppard: (to Mckay) You stay here with Lindsay.
      McKay: Right, sure. Oh and hey, if you hear gunfire just know that's me holding back our attackers all on my own, huh?!

    • McKay: What the hell happened?
      Sheppard: We got gassed.
      McKay: Are we in some sort of trouble?
      Sheppard: Was it the gas or the prison cell that was your first clue?

  • Notes

    • The scene near the end of this episode with Radim, Weir and Beckett was actually filmed during production of the episode "Allies" as "Coup D'Etat" ran short by 45 seconds.

    • The shot of the village, before Ronon and Teyla question the bartender, is a reuse from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Demons."

    • Rachel Luttrell read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • This episode was originally written for Genii Commander Acastus Kolya. When actor Robert Davi was unavailable, it was rewritten for Ladon Radim (Ryan Robbins).

    • Penelope Corrin reprises the role of Dr. Lindsey from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Origin".

    • At just over 6 minutes (up until the beginning of the opening title sequence and including the "Previously on...") this episode has the longest teaser of any episode of either Stargate Atlantis or Stargate SG-1 so far.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 9, 2006 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 22, 2006 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 24, 2007 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: April 28-29, 2007.

  • Allusions

    • Title:

      Coup d'état is literally "stroke of the State" in French. It's when someone takes down the head of a government.

    • Ladon: The reports of your demise have been exaggerated.

      This is a variation on a famous quote from Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). In 1897, Twain was living in London. His cousin there, Dr. James Clemens, fell seriously ill, and the New York Journal ran a premature obituary for the author. A reporter for the New York Evening Sun tracked Twain down on 2 June 1897, told him about the obituary and asked what he should tell his editors. Twain's reply was, "Say the report is exaggerated". Twain's death finally occurred on 2 April 1910. A Twain biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, gave the quote as, "Just say the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated." Most people use the words demise and greatly when misquoting this remark.

    • Sheppard: Could have been Mensa.

      Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. It is a society for bright people: the principal qualification for membership is a high IQ, although high scores on other tests, such as SAT, GRE and LSAT are accepted. It was established in the Season 1 episode "The Brotherhood" that Sheppard had tested and qualified for Mensa but never joined.