Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 5

Ghost in the Machine

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 15, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When Sheppard and his team are about to return from an off world mission with their Puddle Jumper, the systems of the Jumper go crazy. Barely able to return to Atlantis, the Jumper seems to infect the city's systems with what seems to be a computer virus.moreless

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  • Pretty sad… Spoilers if you continue…

    Pretty sad…

    Spoilers if you continue…

    After having dumped Weir, SGA now tries to bring her back as someone else and expects us to believe it.

    Still another example of the producers caring less about their fan base as they've killed off lead characters only to bring them back in a Sci-Fi way but only for limited appearances. In this story, they don't even do that.

    This story might have worked if they'd bought back the original Weir. Instead, her "incarnation" is FRAN who doesn't look like or doesn't sound like Weir. Even though we the audience isn't fooled, our usually astute heroes buy into it!!! It completely stretches willingness to buy into the story. Seriously, we're not that stupid.moreless
  • one of the worst...

    Wow...I hated this episode. I almost turned it off several times when I was watching it - but I had nothing better to do so I watched it all. Anyways, Dr. Weir shows up in a form that isn't really a form and she gets in the systems and creates a body...some stupid replicator mumbo jumbo and then she basically kills herself and her people. Ya, that was the story. I hate the replicator story line and I hate Dr. Weir story lines. I hope they never bring her back - ever. I actually loved Woolsey in this episode...I like him a lot better than Weir. Anyways, this episode was horrendous with a terrible story and the return of annoying characters and enemies.moreless
  • See Summary

    Ghost in the Machine saw a brief return of the Replicator Weir, if only in Voice. The episode was good over all but it was not as packed with action as is usual to the series. There was a little bit of emotional fall out in dealing with the last remnent of Elizabeth Weir. The episode was a little slower paced than most. It was cool to see how the characters choose to deal with the situations presented to them. The replicators seem to keep popping up, but this is perhaps the end of their story line in the Atlantis saga.moreless
  • Simply terrible. Probably the single worst episode in the entire show. Bad writing to start with topped off by replacing Weir with a different actress.

    While I enjoyed seeing F.R.A.N. again, this episode had such a retarded plot that I just couldn't enjoy it. Man, when we originally saw Weir in the ancient battle ship appear in the rubble after the fight with the replicators, we were all so excited. What were those grand plans she had ? What were they going to do ?

    Well, it turns out their master plan was to die. How exciting. And of course they lost the ship, too. No money for special effects this week I guess. I'd have preferred if they just never revisited that plot thread at all over this total mutilation of common sense.

    Not offering Weir enough to be on this last time was just the nail in the already buried coffin. When "her" voice appears for the first time, I couldn't believe that it was a different one, and was rather disappointed. Man, was I in for another sucker punch when the door opened and "not Weir" stepped out.

    For the record: Fran didn't act like Weir, didn't behave like Weir, didn't talk like Weir, didn't even walk like Weir. Couldn't they have made her at least watch some tapes of Weir so she could be at least remotely convincing ? Apparently not, since the writing for her ALSO wasn't like Weir. Even if they had casted Weir for the episode, the writing would have still made her seem like a different person.

    As a bonus, no Dr. Keller and almost no Ronan.

    This episode bad was in almost every single aspect. F-, SGA.

    Edit: Would have given it a lower score if it would let me, but it's bugged somehow and didn't accept anything less.moreless
  • Little weird episode

    So.. how could you kill (end) storyline when the most important thing of the storyline is gone - this case the original actress of Weir. So, they just try another way to deal with it and it all goes too weird, in my point. Some parts of the episode has little slow motion and then other really exciting and fast moving so the overall feeling is somehow jumping and to be honest - I have never liked the replicator storylines as somehow they always are coming back when we think we get read of them.

    The best part of this episode, I think, was the end where they sent them to space gate and the way Rodney stand there in the end and said what he said...moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Michelle Morgan (I)

Michelle Morgan (I)


Guest Star

Robert Moloney

Robert Moloney


Guest Star

Leanne Adachi

Leanne Adachi


Guest Star

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Woolsey says that the Replicators have been the scourge of two galaxies. Actually, they have been the scourge of three. Pegasus, Milky Way and Ida, where the Asgard live(d)

    • Sheppard: Well, maybe we can upload her, or it, or whatever this thing is into a virtual reality like we did with Ava.

      Sheppard is referring to the replicator Ava Dixon in the episode "Outcast."

    • This is the first episode to show a Spacegate using its stabilizers to reposition itself.

    • Weir mentions that she has encountered a surprising number of advanced races in the Pegasus galaxy who are hiding from the Wraith.

    • Nitpick: Why don't Sheppard and the others use the anti replicator guns. If the replicators have a stripped down configuration, they should be vulnerable to the beams.

    • Goof: After one of the scientists with Zelenka is killed, it cuts to the control room where Sheppard says "we've already got one man dead...", however he couldn't possibly know about that as communications were down.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Woolsey: Just hurry. We need power back, now.
      Zelenka: Ok, is there anything you want me to do?
      McKay: Yes, well, for starters you could, um, stay out of my way.
      Zelenka: Oh, yes, sorry. All right.
      (Zelenka looks around for something to do but can't find anything)
      Zelenka: (blowing out a mouthful of air) Uh...
      McKay: And be quiet.

    • Woolsey: They certainly don't waste any time do they?
      McKay: No they don't. There's no breaks, no chitchat, no social interaction whatsoever, just the perfect working environment.
      Woolsey: Ronon, you don't have to stay there the whole time you know.
      Ronon: I'm good.
      McKay: Talk, talk, talk, that's all he does. You can't shut him up.
      Woolsey: Keep me apprised.

    • Woolsey: Are your teams in place?
      Sheppard: Round the clock watch.
      Woolsey: Good.
      Sheppard: Once these human bodies are made and they're downloaded into them, what happens then?
      Woolsey: Well, seeing as they'll be just like other human beings I see no reason not to let them go. They could become valuable allies.
      Sheppard: What if one of them decides to stay.
      Woolsey: Let's cross one bridge at a time, alright?

    • FRAN/Weir: A child? Oh Teyla...
      (FRAN/Weir stands and guards draw weapons, Teyla motions them down)
      FRAN/Weir: I'm so happy for you. Is it a boy or...
      Teyla: Boy.
      FRAN/Weir: What's his name?
      Teyla: Torren John Emmagan.
      FRAN/Weir: Torren for your father, and uh John...Colonel Sheppard.
      Teyla: Yes.
      FRAN/Weir: Wait, you're not saying John Sheppard is...
      Teyla: No. No. The father is Athosian.

    • Sheppard: You may think you're still Elizabeth, but you're not.

    • (Sheppard and Woolsey are walking down to the corridor discussing what happened on the Jumper)
      Woolsey: Any of the other Jumpers reporting trouble?
      Sheppard: No. Probably an isolated incident, but McKay and Zelenka are checking into it. We should probably ground the Jumpers until we know what the problem is, though.
      Woolsey: Alright, but the planet. Suitable for an Alpha site?
      Sheppard: Yeah, perfect. Well, except from the monkey-like creature flying around, but I think we can handle that.
      Woolsey: Monkey?
      Sheppard: Yeah, McKay's got some photos. He'll show 'em to ya.
      (Sheppard walks away)
      Woolsey: Did you say 'flying'?

    • (McKay and Zelenka are trying to find out what went wrong on the Jumper when Sheppard enters)
      Sheppard: So, how's it going boys? Got it fixed?
      Zelenka: There's nothing to fix.
      Sheppard: What?
      McKay: We've run a battery of tests. The Jumper's in perfect condition.
      Sheppard: How come the systems were all screwy?
      McKay: You got me.
      Zelenka: We couldn't re-create any of the so called 'anomolies'.
      McKay: Hey Sammy Skeptic! (Points to Sheppard) He saw it too, as did Ronon and Teyla! All of our primary systems went down.
      Zelenka: That's OK, I believe you.
      McKay: I don't think you do.
      Zelenka: I just think that maybe the problem might have been caused by something that you unwittingly...
      McKay: I didn't do anything, wittingly or un!
      (Sheppard backs away)
      Sheppard: OK, OK, there's nothing wrong with the Jumper.
      McKay: Well, not anymore.
      Zelenka: (Under his breath) I don't think there was anything wrong with...
      McKay: OK, enough!
      (Zelenka walks off, muttering to himself under his breath, whilst McKay looks confused.)

    • McKay: OK, I got bad news and I got good news.
      Sheppard: What is it?
      McKay: There's little or no chance of getting the DHD working - the system is completely out of wack. It's gonna take some incredibly intricate re-routing of the power in order-
      Sheppard: Woh, woh! What's the good news?
      McKay: That was the good news. The bad news is we lost life support.
      Ronon: So no air?
      McKay: Right, that's...that's why it's bad.

    • (Sheppard, Ronon, Teyla and McKay are in a Jumper, having just finished scouting a planet as a possible location for an Alpha site)
      Ronon: What the hell was that thing?
      Teyla: It just appeared out of nowhere.
      McKay: That shriek scared the crap out of me!
      Sheppard: Kind of a...flying monkey.
      McKay: Flying monkeys! What is this, the planet of Oz?
      Teyla: It did appear to be leaping rather than flying.
      Ronon: That was one hell of a leap!
      Sheppard: I said it looked like a monkey, ya know hair, arms, legs-
      McKay: And a beak.
      Sheppard: It didn't have a beak!
      McKay: Well, here I uploaded it!
      (McKay gets his tablet out and shows Sheppard a blurry photo)
      Sheppard: Oh, well that really clears things up!
      McKay: Well, what do you expect? It was trying to kill me.
      Ronon: What the hell is that thing?
      Sheppard: We'll send a team of biologists down there, let them figure it out. Might be a good place for an Alpha site.
      Teyla: The planet did seem suitable - good climate, abundant fruit and water - excellent choice for an offworld base.
      McKay: Aside from the flying monkeys!

    • Sheppard: (when the power shuts down) Well, that can't be good.

    • Woolsey: I was almost hit by lightning.
      Sheppard: Join the club.

  • NOTES (6)


    • All your base are belong to us

      When McKay was corresponding with "Elizabeth Weir" on his laptop and the city's power turned on again, McKay asked, "Did you do that?" As with the other responses, the letters and words in the reply changed. Initially the letters "styr" appear, soon to be corrected to the word "star" as the "y" is changed. As the text changes, the following text can be seen:


      This is a subtle reference to the Internet phenomenon of the phrase "All your base are belong to us," which was initially seen in the opening cutscene of the European Sega Mega Drive version of the Japanese video game Zero Wing. Since its beginnings in that game, the phrase has been seen on T-shirts, Flash animations, emails, Internet forums and YouTube during downtime for scheduled maintenance on June 1, 2006.

    • McKay: Flying monkeys! What is this, the planet of Oz?

      Rodney is alluding to the film The Wizard of Oz. There have been many references to this throughout Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.