Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Rodney McKay
Dr. Carson Beckett
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Lt. Laura Cadman
Dr. Lindsey Novak
Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman
Colonel Steven Caldwell
Major General Hank Landry
Goof: Teyla says that it is rare for anyone to die of natural causes among her people because of the Wraith. However, in the two-part series premiere, she explained that the Wraith had not attacked her people for a few generations. Even though some small groups of Wraith had attacked, no large-scale cullings had taken place in that time. Thus, it would not be correct to say that the Wraith were responsible for most deaths among her people over the past few generations.
Sheppard: When did the Goa'uld get involved in this?
Weir: Several months ago. They successfully infiltrated the upper leadership of The Trust, gaining a stronghold on Earth accessing government agencies from many countries.
This is the first appearances for Agent Malcolm Barrett (Peter Flemming) and Dr. Bill Lee (Bill Dow) on the series.
McKay: (Referring to Lt. Cadman) She just has a way of getting under my skin.
Sheppard's comment is a reference to the Season 2 episode "Duet" in which McKay and Lt. Cadman shared McKay's body after being beamed out of a damaged Wraith Dart.
Sheppard: What about another planet? There's one nearby in this solar system, remember, the one we found the crashed Wraith cruiser. That took us 15 hours by puddle jumper. It's a blink of the eye for the Daedalus.
This refers to the first season episode "The Defiant One."
M7G-677 is the planet from "Childhood's End." The small planet on the outskirts of the Milky Way Galaxy that Dr. Lee sent a science team to set up and transmit a subspace message to the starship Daedalus was designated P4M-399.
In this episode Zelenka speaks Czech: "Ty vole. Say hi to the kids for me. Já ti dám. Ty seš takovou vùl" which translates to "You idiot. Say `hi' to the kids for me. You'll catch it from me. You are such an idiot."
This is the first appearance of a Goa'uld on the series.
Lt. Cadman is in the Marines, so her hair should either be cut (like Sam Carter's) or tied up at the back rather than left hanging down when she is on duty.
Sheppard: Did you see Zelenka?
Sheppard: You should take a quick look before he washes his face. The kids did a real number on him.
(Zelenka returns covered in paint)
McKay: Hey! Look who's back. It's Mr. Mom. Fun with the kids?
Zelenka: Do not even speak to me.
Weir: How many offworld teams do we have out there?
McKay: Just Zelenka and his team, on M7G677.
Weir: Well, unfortunately, he's gonna hve to sit tight until we sort this thing out.
Sheppard: Stuck with all those kids.
Teyla: Yes, Charin?
Charin: The journey begins.
(Charin passes away)
Teyla: Beyond the night, a rising sun.
Beyond the night, the battle's won.
The battle is won.
Fear and shame now in the past.
Pain and sorrow gone at last.
Gone at last.
Peace will be found,
Beyond the night
On sacred ground.
River flows led by the wind
First new breath
Our journey begins
Our journey begins.
Weir: Here we are, gloating about the in-fighting among the Wraith. How are we any different?
Teyla: I have been practicing. Hopefully, someday, I will be able to cook as well as you. (feeds Charin some soup)
Charin: Oh, I'm afraid that day is far into the future, my dear.
Kavanagh: You don't have the…strength to be leading the fight against the Wraith.
Weir: If I'm remembering correctly, you're the one who wanted to, what was it? Run and hide?
Kavanagh: And at the time, I was right! If the Daedelus hadn't arrived at the eleventh hour, this city and everyone in it would have been wiped out, because of your recklessness. There's no need for the Trust to blow it up when Dr. Weir is at the helm.
Weir: Our list of suspects is not open for discussion. But off the record,. Zelenka went against his will and I couldn't picture him working for the Trust.
Kavanagh: Oh, but you could picture me?
Weir: In a heartbeat.
McKay: I physically disabled the DHD, it won't be able to dial so it won't be a problem. Now the Zed-PM however will be. Now as you know the Zero Point Module controls the flow of massive amounts of power.
Sheppard: Like a dam.
McKay: No, it's not like a dam. It's more like a...actually, yes it's like a dam. If you overload the dam, it breaks, which is why the ancients put in failsafes to prevent such a thing from happening.
Sheppard: Like a spillway.
McKay: Can we just stick with failsafes?
Caldwell/Goa'uld: I warn you - as a Goa'uld I now possess the strength of many men.
Ronon: Won't be a fair fight then.
Caldwell: We don't have time to debate morality. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to do unpleasant things to save lives.
McKay: Explosives expert, huh?
Cadman: High temperature and energetic materials technology. And I can tap dance, too.
Barrett: One of our teams has raided a Trust compound: discovered computers containing further intel on Atlantis. It's not much, the Goa'uld are being very cryptic about this.
Landry: Cut to the chase. Do we know what kind of bomb it is?
Barrett: Not yet.
Landry: Do we know where in the city it was planted?
Landry: I'm sorry? You said "further intel".
Ronon: What's a Goa'uld?
Sheppard: It's a slimy, snake-like alien creature: burrows into people's heads and takes control of their bodies.
Ronon: That doesn't sound pleasant.
Hermiod: Colonel Caldwell. I believe I can make modifications to the hyperdrive in order to achieve the speed necessary to reach a distance capable of relaying the transmission within the allotted time. The hyperdrive will be operating at a level that can only be sustained for a short duration before damage is incurred.
Caldwell: What kind of damage?
Hermiod: It could burn out the drive.
Kavanagh: Meaning we'd be stuck between galaxies.
Caldwell: Yeah, I know what it means, Doctor.
Lee: What about the Daedalus? It's on a return voyage to the Milky Way. We could use them to relay the trans... Ah, no, I mean, wait. God, there's no way they're close enough, even with their long-range transmitters.
Landry: You'll find another way to get the message to them.
Lee: I will?
Landry: Course you will. It's what I pay you for.
Sheppard: Hey, don't worry. They're a great group of kids, you're gonna love them.
Zelenka: My sister has a child. He breaks things. He throws things. He smears things onto furniture.
Landry: I thought you said the Daedalus was too far away for our transmitter to reach.
Lee: It is, which is why we have to get closer. P4M-399, it's a, it's a tiny little planet right on the very outskirts of our galaxy, but if we can send a science team there through the Gate, they should be close enough to relay the information to the Daedalus and then they can -- it's, it's, it's like the Twilight Bark... (blank stares from the rest of the room)... Twilight Bark? Hundred and One Dalmations? Didn't you guys see that movie? My kids love it. Any-- well ok, so there's all these dogs and one barks here, one barks here, one -- they, they, they send a message across the countryside...(silence)... Lord of the Rings. (everyone begins to nod in collective understanding) Lord of the Rings, you know when they light all those signal fires on the mountaintops. You saw that, right? So okay.
Sheppard: Stop! (sees Kavanaugh on floor)
Sheppard: What did you do to him?
Ronon: Nothing, he fainted before I could touch him.
Hermiod: Dr. Kavanagh.
Hermiod: Stop talking, please. (silence) Thank you.
Ronon: I'll get it out of him.
Sheppard: Might not be a bad idea. Maybe it is time to take his interrogation to the next level.
The interrogation room is a redress of the briefing room set.
When Teyla sings for the ring ceremony that is actually Rachel Luttrell singing. In the audio commentary with Martin Wood and Rachel Luttrell they explain that she flew to L.A. to record the song but had to redo it because it sounded like it was recorded.
-This episode aired in Canada on December 5, 2005 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on January 25, 2006 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on April 26, 2007 on Channel 7.
-Syndication Premiere: February 3-4, 2007.
Lee: It's-it's-it's like the Twilight Bark. (Everyone looks at him blankly.) Twilight Bark? "Hundred and One Dalmatians?
In Dr. Lee's first attempt to explain his communications solution, he references the "Twilight Bark" (from the Walt Disney animated film 101 Dalmatians from the book of the same name). The "Twilight Bark", used toward the climax of the film to rescue the puppies from Cruella de Vil, essentially was a message relay from one dog to another to spread word across a great distance very quickly. Realizing that his analogy garnered blank stares from the room full of adults, Dr. Lee found greater success with his second analogy (Lord of the Rings).
McKay: It's Mr. Mom!
This is a reference to the 1983 movie Mr. Mom starring Micheal Keaton as a stay-at-home-dad.
Lee: Lord of the Rings! You know, when they light all those signal fires on the mountain tops?
He is referring to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In the movie, they light a series of fires to send a message from one city to another.
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