Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 20

First Strike (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 22, 2007 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Colonel Ellis beams into the control room, someone can be seen walking by in the far background who just disappears during the beam-in process.

    • After appearing in the majority of Seasons 2 and 3, the Canadian gate tech is finally given a name, "Chuck", apparently after the actor who plays him, Chuck Campbell.

    • This is the first appearance of Colonel Abe Ellis (Michael Beach) and his Deep Space Cruiser, the U.S.S. Apollo.

    • This is the first appearance of Jewel Staite as Dr. Jennifer Keller, the new head of medicine.

    • The Apollo is the fourth Daedalus-class ship to enter service. The other three Deep Space Cruisers are the Daedalus, first seen in the Season 2 Stargate Atlantis episode "Siege 3;" the Odyssey, first seen in the Season 9 Stargate SG-1 episode "Off the Grid;" and the Korolev, first seen in the Season 9 SG-1 episode "Camelot."

    • Sheppard: Well, then I'd be "The Man" and who would I have to rage against?

      In the Stargate SG-1 Season 8 episode "New Order (2)" Jack O' Neill, discovering he was to be made General and "the man" of Cheyenne Mountain, said much the same thing.

    • Goof: When Dr. Weir is thrown from the window due to the force of the blast, you can see her rock forward and backwards because of the wire she is attached to.

    • Goof: The F-302 pilots have Daedalus patches on their jackets as opposed to the Apollo patches they should have.

    • Goof: As Weir and Dr. Keller step into the transporter, Weir pushes the destination in on the ship's schematic. In previous episodes when someone has used the transporter a sheath of sorts has covered the panel after the destination has been chosen, this does not happen.

    • It is revealed that Oberoth's consciousness survived in the Asurans' subspace network collective and replicated a new body after his was destroyed in "Progeny". It is not known if Niam could have done the same thing.

    • Through the use of the geothermal energy project, Atlantis is able to lift off of the surface until the umbilical snaps and use its hyperdrive engine with only one ZPM, though the drilling station is damaged during the launch sequence.

    • Sheppard and McKay now sport new fatigue-style shirts similar to those worn by the majority of SGC personnel in Stargate SG-1.

    • Goof: Like in so many other episodes the German flag patches on the uniforms are upside down. The correct order is black, red, gold, NOT gold, red, black.

    • Atlantis's new target destination was M12-578, the closest uninhabited planet with a large ocean (since McKay wasn't comfortable about landing the city on land).

    • The Asurans fixed the star drive after the drone damage inflicted by Dr. Beckett's attack in "The Return Part 2".

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the Horizon, a tactical weapons system on board the Apollo. It consists of a delivery module containing ten missiles, six Mark IX "Gatebuster" nuclear weapons that were first featured in the Stargate SG-1 Season 9 episode "Beachhead" and four decoys.

    • As the city sinks beneath the water, the bottom spire that has been visible on all Atlantis city schematics since Season 1 is suddenly missing. It even disappears from the schematics once the city is on the ocean floor.

  • Quotes

    • McKay: Look, as much as I hate to say it, Zelenka is not infallible.

    • Weir: So we can assume the Replicators are behind this?
      McKay: Well, I hope so.
      Weir: You hope so?
      McKay: Well, otherwise we've discovered yet another super-powerful enemy.

    • Zelenka: That's it, we're down.
      Weir: The beam still looks serious Rodney.
      McKay: (worried) I know just give me a second to...crap!
      Zelenka: Told you.
      McKay: (annoyed) Thank you Radek, very helpful.
      Weir: What is it?
      Zelenka: The beam is breaking through the water much more efficiently that we thought.
      Weir: The water had no effect?
      McKay: It's having an effect, just nowhere near where we wanted it to. That plan took us three hours to execute and has given us an additional... (looks at watch) ten hours.
      Zelenka: Nine.
      McKay: Nine.

    • Sheppard: We're gonna wreck that thing, aren't we?
      McKay: What, the drilling platform? Oh hell yes.

    • McKay: Are you sure you can do this?
      Sheppard: Flying the city?
      McKay: What else could I possibly be talking about?
      Sheppard: I flew a V-22 Osprey once.
      McKay: Was it as big as a city?
      Sheppard: Well, you had to use your hands and feet for that one, for this one you just have to think... fly!

    • Zelenka: If we survive this, I'm putting in for a transfer.
      McKay: Oh, please, we both know that you've done your best work under me.
      Zelenka: Under you? I'm my own department head you know.
      McKay: Oh, please, we both know that department is a joke...
      Sheppard: Why don't you guys just make out and get it over with?

    • Ellis: You should be running Atlantis, not Dr. Weir.
      Sheppard: Well, then I'd be the man and, who would I have to rage against?

    • (dialing the Stargate fails)
      McKay: Well, it was worth a shot.
      Weir: Alright, we're gonna need another plan.
      McKay: Yeah, OK... (to technician) oh, stop dialing, it's not working!

    • (enter briefing)
      Ellis: What have you got?
      McKay: We're in trouble.
      Sheppard: It took you five minutes to figure that out, you're slipping, buddy.

    • McKay: Can I please have someone else do these?
      Weir: Performance evaluations?
      McKay: Yes
      Weir: No, year end employee reviews are important. They help people get promotions and raises.
      McKay: Look asking me to do performance evaluations is ridiculous. I am the first to admit I don't know who these people are nor do I care to. Look if you like I could take you down the hall to the labs and just point to the people who annoy me more than the rest but that's about as useful as I get.

    • (flying 302's towards an asteroid)
      Lorne: All right, guys, we need to get close enough to clamp on to it. Get enough of us drilled in we can fly it like a ship. A really slow ship, that's probably going to be a pain in the ass to steer but a ship none the less.

    • (Sheppard enters Weir's office and hands her a tablet)
      Sheppard: All done.
      McKay: Oh of course.
      Weir: That was quick. Hey John wait a minute. You've just given everyone excellent and above averages.
      McKay: Ohh, can I do that?
      Weir: No. I know this is not the most glamorous part of your job but you are in leadership positions and unfortunately that comes with administrative responsibilities.
      Sheppard: Everyone who works for me is excellent and above average. You want me to lie? Because I don't think leaders should lie, Elizabeth.

    • McKay: We were bouncing ideas back and forth, well he (points at Zelenka) was sending them forth and I was bouncing them back.

    • Ellis: You want to bring an asteroid towards us? Is that wise?
      McKay: Well, today it is.

    • Ronon: I need to learn some science.
      Sheppard: What for?
      Ronon: I'm not all that useful in situations like these. If we get into a fight or need to break out of somewhere... ya know kill someone... I'm your man. But a laser attacking the city shield? I don't know where to chip in.

    • (To Ronon and Teyla)
      Sheppard: Well, that's why we're a team, like the Fantastic Four.
      (Ronon and Teyla look at him in confusion)
      Sheppard: It's a comic book, where superheroes fight crime and stuff.
      (Ronon and Teyla still look confused)
      Sheppard: See, I'd be Mr. Fantastic, Ronon would be The Thing, McKay would be The Human Torch, (to Teyla) and you'd be the Invisible Woman.
      Teyla: I am not invisible.
      Sheppard: No, no, and McKay's not a human torch.
      Teyla: Well how come you get to be Mr. Fantastic?
      Sheppard: Because he was the leader and I'm, I'm just saying that they were a cool team and we're a cool team, and they used their strengths to, you know... I'm going to go and check on McKay.

  • Notes

    • Dr Keller was originally intended to be a Canadian character by writer Martin Gero. In the scene where she is tending to the wounded, her uniform was filmed with a Canadian flag patch on it, but was subsequently removed in post-production at the insistence of Executive Producer Paul Mullie, due to the fact the show already had two Canadian characters; McKay and "Chuck" the technician.

    • The shots of the city rising to the surface were re-used from the pilot episode, "Rising".

    • Michael Beach wasn't initially going to go for the role of Colonel Ellis as he hadn't seen any episodes of the show. It was in fact his mother, a huge fan of the series, who convinced him to do it.

    • In an interview at the Pegasus 2 convention in the UK, actor Chuck Campbell ("Chuck" the technician) stated that his character was never actually supposed to be given a name and that it was an error on the part of Torri Higginson. However, Director Martin Wood decided to keep it in the final cut.

    • Actress Jewel Staite previously played Kaylee Frye on another science fiction show, Firefly, which was canceled after just twelve episodes.

    • Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) is in the opening credits for this episode but does not appear.

    • Jay Williams (Adams) previously played Ra in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius Part 1" and the movie Stargate Continuum.

    • Jewel Staite previously appeared as Ellia in the Season 2 episode "Instinct".

    • This is the last episode of Stargate Atlantis to air while Stargate SG-1 is still on.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 5, 2007 on Movie Central and March 12, 2007 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on March 14, 2007 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 17-18, 2008.
      -This episode aired in Australia on July 10, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on June 24, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    • This is Torri Higginson's final episode as a member of the main cast. In Season Four, she will appear as a recurring character only.

  • Allusions

    • Sheppard: Well, that's why we're a team, like The Fantastic Four.

      The Fantastic Four are a Marvel Comics superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They first appeared in The Fantastic Four #1 in 1961, and have since been in four animated TV series (1967, 1974, 1994, and 2006), video games, and three live-action movies (1994, 2005, and 2007).