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Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Lt. Aiden Ford
Dr. Rodney McKay
Dr. Carson Beckett
Dr. Peter Grodin
The barren planet that the team sent the entity was designated M4X-337.
Goof: McKay is seen holding a chocolate bar in the Gate Room. When the shield device falls off, he takes the chocolate bar from his jacket pocket. He couldn't have placed it there since the shield was surrounding his whole body.
Goof: Right at the end, after the entity has gone through the gate, we get an overhead shot of McKay lying on the ground in front of the gate. His legs are stretched out straight. In the next shot, one of his legs is bent. This shouldn't be possible, since he was unconscious.
Goof: It is never said that the obvious fact that Dr. McKay can still breathe through the shield could be a hint to a solution. Physically, if McKay can breathe, he should also be able to pass liquids through his mouth. The lack of curiosity from the characters or even a tangential reference to what the difference may be is rather strange, especially since many of the characters are scientists.
Chronologically, it is only a couple of days since the team arrived at Atlantis, thus it is a couple of days since the events in "Rising (2)".
This episode and the Stargate SG-1 episode "Lockdown", which premiered on the same night, both featured villains which were energy-based lifeforms.
The device that Major Sheppard activates looks very similar to the device seen in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Sight Unseen".
Goof: McKay was surrounded by the shield for more than a day. Not only did his beard not grow, he looks as fresh as he did at the beginning of the episode.
Goof: Though it does fit with what we know of McKay and his claimed hypoglycemia that he keeps chocolate with him, he should not be able to get the bar into his hand without the shield constantly glowing around it.
McKay: If this thing feeds on energy, we could be in big trouble. And when I say we, I mean you, because I won't actually be around for much longer.
Sheppard: I trust Teyla.
Weir: So do I. But Teyla trusts her people. If we tell her, she'll want to tell them. And I need more time to get to know them.
Weir: The Ancients were smart enough to build fail safes with their other technology. I mean, this entire city, it rose from the deep of the ocean when danger was imminent. Why would they design a personal shield that could kill you?
Weir: But McKay's been through it, and he didn't find anything helpful. And he is the smartest guy here.
Beckett: So he likes to tell us.
McKay: Oh, thank you. I'm hungry already. What am I going to do? If I don't get this stupid thing off, I'll be dead by the end of the day!
Beckett: Relax, you can live three or four days without water.
McKay: Yeah, I'm talking about food!
McKay: I'm invulnerable!
Weir: Aren't you the one who's always spouting off about how proper and careful scientific procedure must be adhered to?
Weir: And can we lose the 10,000-year-old dead plants?
McKay: Well, you know me, always eager to help.
Wex: It's your turn to be the Wraith.
Jinto: You can be the Wraith. I get to be Major Sheppard.
Sheppard: Dr. Weir this is Sheppard. McKay's okay. He fainted.
McKay: Yeah, it's very sympathetic. Let's all mock the dying man.
Weir: We may be settling in here, but this place, it's still pretty intimidating. I mean a giant abandoned city full of things way beyond our level of understanding. Impending threat of attack from the Wraith.
Beckett: No question. It gets bloody creepy here at night.
Beckett: Right, so do you have any questions about the process? I mean you are a scientist.
McKay: Ah yeah, I'm sorry, ah medicine is about as much of a science as a, I don't know, voodoo.
Weir: I'm still trying to understand how you thought it was a good idea to test this device by having someone throw you off a balcony
McKay: Oh believe me, that's not the first thing we tried
Sheppard: I shot him..... in the leg!
Sheppard: Now remember, tomorrow night kids, another tale called Nightmare on Elm Street.
Teyla: All right children let's go.
Halling: Thank you, Major.
Sheppard: I hope I didn't scare 'em too much.
Halling: I don't think so.
Sheppard: (Slightly disappointed) Good.
Sheppard: Well, they thought he was finally dead, but when they turned their backs to go...his cold dead eyes opened beneath his hockey mask and he rose up with his giant, bloody knife!
Jinto: What's a hockey mask?
Sheppard: (To Teyla) Don't tell McKay what I said about hockey not being a real man's sport, 'cause it's a Canadian thing and they're a little touchy about it.
Grodin: We're still in the process of making sure everyone has been assigned living quarters. Major Sheppard seems to be taking his time okaying enough space.
Weir: Well the safety and security of this expedition are his...
McKay: (Voice) Ok I'm ready. (See Sheppard push McKay off the balcony).
Weir: Oh my God!
Sheppard: (Laughing) Did you see that?
Beckett: Relax, you can live three or four days without water.
McKay: I'm talking about food.
Beckett: Well, you found some ancient text with the device. what did it say about taking it off?
McKay: Oh yeah, there were explicit instructions, that I chose completely to ignore.
McKay: What do you mean? Had a feeling about what? You think I wanted it to come off just now? You think I'm scared? I'm not scared, I'll stay, I'll do this.
Sheppard: No, that's okay. You might faint again.
McKay: The energy's been trapped in here since before the Ancients abandoned the city.
Sheppard: I know I'd be pissed
Sheppard: Apparently it's also an elevator
Weir: We can stop taking the stairs everywhere.
McKay: Oh, how nice for you all.
McKay: Someone thought this would make a nice closet.
(panel opens to reveal city diagram)
Sheppard: This is definitely not a closet.
Weir: Hey what are you guys doing?
Sheppard: I'm teaching Teyla how football's the cornerstone of western civilization.
Weir: ...and you didn't invite me.
Sheppard: You like football?
Weir: No, not really.
Sheppard: Oh, come on. It's real, it's unpredictable, it's full of passion and beer, hotdogs...
Commentator: 4 seconds, 3 seconds 2,1...... throws, Oh this game is over. Hail Mary and it's caught.
Sheppard: Oh that is beautiful. Can you believe that?
Teyla: Should I not?
Sheppard: Well the defense didn't cover the receiver because he didn't think the quarterback could throw that far.
Teyla: They seem very happy.
Grodin: (talking about names for Rodney while getting his hand looked at) I'm thinking Mr. Invincible.
Beckett: Captain Untouchable
Grodin: Oooh, that's good.
McKay: You guys done?
Beckett: I've been working on this gene therapy for months, forgive me for wanting to celebrate the fact that it worked on the first human trial.
McKay: (sarcastic) Oooh, let's all have a toast.
McKay: Look Beckett's gene therapy worked. I was able to activate this. It's a personal shield acts like a protective skin and it must have inertial dampening features too, because I didn't feel a thing. Watch this. (to Peter) Hit me.
Grodin: (hitting McKay and then cradling his hand) Oowww. God.
McKay: Didn't have to swing so hard and notice he didn't even hesitate.
McKay: ...and it is perfectly safe?
Beckett: As far as experimental gene therapy goes. I am manipulating your DNA. Here we go...
McKay: Wa.., wai... Maybe you should tell me more!
Beckett: Well, actually without proper FDA approval, virtually impossible on Earth to... let's just say it's uh. legal here in the Pegasus galaxy.
McKay: (looking at mice) You got your eye on anyone?
Beckett: Not really.
McKay: Actually I was talking to the mouse. But now you mention it some of those Athosian women are pretty hot. And we did just save them from the Wraith so we got to trade on that while we can, you know? Before they discover that we're not actually that cool.
Beckett: He fainted.
McKay: Oh, there's gotta be a better word for it!
Beckett: 'Faint' is a proper medical term!
McKay: I passed out from...manly hunger!
McKay: You never know, even a tiny little innocuous thing can…can kill you. Dead man talking.
Grodin: Is there any chance the gene therapy isn't permanent?
Beckett: It's possible.
McKay: I'm a dead man.
McKay: I only know one thing for sure, and that is flying darkness that needs energy is very, very bad.
Weir: I just can't understand. You're allowed one personal item and you chose this.
Sheppard: It's a metaphor. Don't you see? This entire expedition is the biggest Hail Mary in human history.
Teyla: What is a 'Hail Mary'?
Sheppard: It's a play. You just saw it. It's named after a prayer. See, there was this woman and her name was Mary and she... did I tell you how much I like ferris wheels?
Sheppard: I think we're gonna need a bigger boat.
McKay: Size doesn't matter.
Sheppard: That's a myth.
McKay: Are there any side effects?
Beckett: Dry mouth, headache, the irresistable urge to run around in a small wheel.
McKay: Thank you. Take your time. Man down.
McKay: This is a bad idea.
Weir: You said that already.
McKay: Well, it's worth saying again.
McKay: It doesn't think on that level. It thinks about eating. That's it.
Sheppard: You would know.
McKay: It must be a 'transporter'.
Sheppard: We can name it later.
Grodin: If both codes are properly entered the Naquadah generator will overload. it will take thirty seconds.
Ford: You sure it'll do enough damage?
McKay: Ever seen a 20 kiloton nuclear explosion?
Sheppard: I have. (seeing everyone staring) Not up close.
-This episode aired in Canada on July 26, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on October 26, 2004 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on March 31, 2005 on Channel 7.
-Syndication Premiere: October 8-9, 2005
Sheppard: Well, they thought he was finally dead, but when they turned their backs to go, his cold dead eyes opened beneath his hockey mask and he rose up with his giant bloody knife ... And remember, tomorrow night, kids, another tale called Nightmare on Elm Street.
Sheppard: I think we're going to need a bigger boat.
Chief Brody said this to Quint after the shark briefly appeared to him in the movie Jaws. It's a line often quoted in reference to a problem that is much larger than it first appeared.
McKay: Dead man talking.
This is a reference to the term "Dead Man Walking", which is used to describe a person who is being transported to his execution.
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