Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 5

Ghost in the Machine

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Excerpts written by Carl Binder ("Lifeline") and Martin Gero ("Be All My Sins Remember'd (2)").

    • Leanne Adachi (Lia) previously played a Rebel Aide in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Icon."

    • Jewel Staite does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode features the return of the character of Dr. Weir, however she is played by another actress, due to Torri Higginson turning down the role.

    • Robert Moloney (Koracen) previously played Borren in the Stargate SG-1 episode "2001".

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 18, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 16, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 24, 2008 on TV6.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 17-18, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 20, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on February 18, 2010 on 7TWO.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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