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Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 3

Hide and Seek

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 23, 2004 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

An alien intruder has found its way into the city, threatening the security of the base. Dr. McKay's experiments with alien technology land him in trouble.

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    The Atlantis Expedition Team and Athosians seem to have been here readjusting since the last episode, everything is calm and no immediate dangers arise, until a young boy is lost, and a mysterious entity strikes. We find out that the entity was an energy based being who the Ancients had trapped for observation and quite possibly helped lead the way to their discovery of Ascension. Again the writers keep everything believable, for the realm of the genre. I enjoyed the episode, its great to get little pieces to the puzzle of the Ancients and Atlantis. There was also some character development in this episode, which is great making the viewer connected, and you can relate which is great!moreless
  • McKay gets gene therapy to help him adapt to the ancients technology. It works when he finds a device that attaches itself to him and repels everything. n alien accidentally escapes from its prison and threatens the people of Atlantis.moreless

    Wow, a real drop in quality from the premier to this second episode. We spend a lot more time developing some of the characters in Atlantis and discuss some of the very real fears everyone has. I'm wondering if this is going to be one of those series that does a more costly action episode every other one to avoid costs?

    Even though he is heroic at the end, one begins to realize how pathetic and whiny Dr. McKay really is. From getting the initial gene therapy shot, to dead man walking, and finally not wanting to secure the alien in the trap. Weir knew what would happen when she suggested it telling us that they are pretty familiar with his general habits.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Lt. Ford almost gets fried trying to save one of his men. Pretty lucky that he just got shocked.

    It's interesting that Weir is so mistrusting of Teyla's people. I would assume that if it was one of them who signaled the Wraith that there were aliens on their planet then that same person could signal to the Wraith where they are now. There really doesn't seem to be any advantage to that type of relationship unless it is very old by generations.

    I also thought it was interesting that they would consider leaving Atlantis after all it took to get there in the first place. Where could they go that would be more advantageous than where they are?

    I still enjoyed the episode and the characters especially Teyla, Sheppard, Ford, and Weir. It will be fun to watch this show through its many episodes. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • The Atlantis base is threatened when the team discovers that an alien entity is in the city. McKay's experiment with alien technology goes awry.

    Dr. Beckett's gene therapy has progressed, and he is finally ready for his first human test subject. Dr. McKay eagerly agrees, so that he can use Ancient technology like Major Sheppard. It's not long before the therapy is proven to be effective. McKay has found an Ancient personal shield generator, and soon tests it with Sheppard by shooting him in the leg, and even throwing him over a balcony -- neither of which hurt McKay at all. But when he wants to take it off he finds himself unable to reach it ...moreless
  • A fine example of classic Stargate Atlantis episodes.

    This episode demonstrates the humour in Stargate Atlantis as well as the danger often faced by the crew. It was really funny when Sheppard pushed McKay of the second level railing and even funnier was the discussions that McKay began about how he would starve to death. As well as testing the strength of the Atlantis crew in finding a way to contain or destroy the dark energy the Atlantis crew also develops a sense of humour unique to Stargate Atlantis and further develops a character for each of the personal in Atlantis. A fine example of Atlantis episodes.

    A very funny episode. Dr. McKay and Col. Sheppard a great comic duo.moreless
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    This episode, mm... It did not get the story much forward and was much ways just an interlude but it was not bad - the excitement, nerve-wracking atmosphere and I did like that villain - that energy eating thing and the way this episode really show - new things can be harmful. And on the sceneries and on the new things on Atlantis what they found.

    But most of all - the beauty and the magnificent of the technology. And they have really had the visual great look - and the Atlantis keeps me amazed. And the beginning - it was very beautiful too. All the best shots about Atlantis as the scenery were there.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Reece Thompson

Reece Thompson


Guest Star

Casey Dubois

Casey Dubois


Guest Star

Meghan Black

Meghan Black


Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni

Dr. Peter Grodin

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (41)

    • 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?
      McKay: In-vul-ner-able.

    • Weir: And can we lose the 10,000-year-old dead plants?

    • McKay: Well, you know me, always eager to help.
      Beckett: Right.

    • Wex: It's your turn to be the Wraith.
      Jinto: You can be the Wraith. I get to be Major Sheppard.
      Wex: Aw.

    • 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
      McKay: Really?
      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...
      McKay: Cheerleaders.

    • 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.

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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.

      The hockey mask reference indicates Sheppard used Friday the 13th as the basis for the bedtime story he told the Athosian children. He said Nightmare on Elm Street will be next.

    • 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.