Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 13

Hot Zone

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Several residents of Atlantis are infected with a deadly nanite virus, forcing a lockdown of the entire city.

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    Another filler episode basically, though there is possible ground work for new villians. We also learned more about the capabilities of Atlantis. There is a nano virus released, and they determine it has unknown origins. The episode was a little slow but it was interesting to see how each person responded to their circumstances. Sheppard defied Weir using an officer and military chain of command to over ride her authority. This dynamic between Sheppard and Weir is continually developing. McKay was infected, but made it through of course, and it was interesting to find out it was most likely because he received gene thereapy, basically giving him the Ancient gene to be able to control certain technologies.moreless
  • McKay and Ford with a contingent of doctors and security are investigating part of Atlantis to see if there is any damage or areas of interest when two of the team, Wagner and Johnson suddenly die. Atlantis goes into a bio hazard lock down on its own.moreless

    Interesting episode. Definitely in the filler genre but better than most. Good ole Nano-technology rears its ugly head as a bio-weapon of some sort is unleashed on the inhabitants of Atlantis.

    After Wagner and Johnson die a few other crew members also succumb. Eventually Dr. Beckett working with McKay and Zelenka who have also been exposed work out the specifics of the disease which seems to cause hallucinations and eventually a brain hemorrhage. The person McKay was with dies and McKay should as well when we find out that having the Atlantian gene helps in the defense of the disease. Basically nanites enter the system of the human and affect the visual cortex eventually killing the patient. McKay figures out that a EM Pulse would cause the nanites to be burned out so they try a pulse using an EM Generator but it was not powerful enough. Sheppard comes to the conclusion that an Atomic explosion within the area of Atlantis might work and everyone concurs. Of course they are successful but they do lose five people overall in the episode. McKay stays reasonably non-annoying as he is infected and a little hysterics is to be expected if you think you're going to die. Not bad for a filler episode. Very plausible and it was especially interesting that they couldn't really figure out where the virus came from. Atlantis or another race but definitely not the Wraith. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Loved It!

    This was a awesome episode! Very good! It had the perfect amount of funny parts but yet there was sadness in it too! It was the perfect combination so congrats to the writers cause they did a awesome job! The whole episode was good! I never got bored! I enjoyed it the whole way through! I would defenintly recomend this episode to anyone! I loved the beginning parts with the prime or not prime numbers! Very funny! I saw the other reviews on here and they didnt give it such good reviews so dont listen to them cause it was awesome and it deserves nothing less than a 9.0!moreless
  • Lockdown...

    Don't play with things when you do not know what they will do - that should have been told those who where running around at the bottom of the city and met that weird thing. I should have thought they would be more smarter and do not risk but I think they never thought there would be anything to harm them this way.

    It was exciting and little nerve wrecking but I think noone ever thought McKay will die or something bad will happen - so it was quite average with leading us noone. They only pearl of this episode was the chain of command thing and they way Sheppard with his really positive way of live did not understand how much he hurt the authority of Weir.moreless
  • not my favorite...

    A virus infects the Atlantis personell and they have to find a cure before it kills everyone. Basically, the team was exploring the city and they came in contact with a virus. A lot of random scientists died; they were never really introduced. I remember the first episode of Atlantis and it didn't seem like there were that many people going on the expedition. In this episode, there were a few random scientist that died. It just seems like that would be like half of all of the scientists that went on the ecpedition. Oh well, anyways, the episode was mainly set in Atlantis. I didn't really like the idea of the virus; it reminded me of Frozen from Stargate SG-1. The only reason I like this episode is because of the funny moments of McKay. Overall, it wasn't an interesting episode, and I just didn't like it except for some humor.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

Damon Johnson

Damon Johnson

Dr. Peterson

Guest Star

Lindsay Collins

Lindsay Collins

Dr. Biro

Guest Star

Nahanni Arntzen

Nahanni Arntzen

Dr. Dumais

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni

Dr. Peter Grodin

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Goof: When Teyla and Sheppard leave the infirmary the glow of the lights in Teyla's hood can be seen on her chest, so there isn't a seal between the suit and hood. This means that even though she's wearing the hazmat suit she isn't protected from airborne contagions, which was the whole point of wearing it.

    • McKay: I've been around more EMP than anyone.

      In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Redemption", McKay set off an EMP in the gate room in an attempt to knock out the weapon Anubis was using to overload the Earth Stargate and cause it to explode. All he accomplished was to wreck some equipment and injure Samantha Carter.

    • Goof: When Sheppard says, "Someone has to do something!" you can see someone's hand at the door but it quickly disappears.

    • Goof: When Dr.Weir is telling the city that they are going under quarantine she says that it is under Dr. Beckett suggestion but it wasn't Dr.Beckett who suggested it, it was Dr. Zelenka and Dr. McKay.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Lt. Ford does not possess the ATA gene even though Beckett made a comment in "The Storm" that implied Ford could fly a Jumper.

      It is possible Ford does get the ATA gene therapy later in the season. Ford does ask how long it would take for the therapy to take effect, which means that he never went through it.

    • In this episode, the Atlantis mission loses another five members: Wagner, Johnson, Dumais, Hays and Peterson.

    • McKay's sister, Jeannie, is first mentioned in this episode, but is not named.

    • The origins of the nanites are finally explained in the Season 3 episode "Progeny", when Rodney McKay speculates that they were the precursors to the Asurans. The Asurans hate the Ancients and humanity but, through a block in their programming placed there by their creators, they could not harm the Ancients; explaining why it did not harm those with the ATA gene.

    • Both Brigadier General Jack O'Neill and Colonel Marshall Sumner's names are mentioned in this episode when Weir tells Sheppard that both had warned her that he (Sheppard) didn't respect the proper chain of command. They were both referring to his black mark in Afghanistan which is detailed in the season 3 episode "Phantoms."

    • Lt. Ford's first name, Aiden, is mentioned for the first time on the series. Rainbow choose this name because it is the name of one of Joe Flanigan's sons.

    • Goof: When Dr. McKay is explaining to Dr. Weir what a nano-virus is, he says they are the size of a billionth of a millimeter. If by a billion he means ten to the power of nine (one followed by nine zeroes), that would make a nano-virus about one hundred times smaller than an atom. Something in the nano-scale would be around a few millionths of a millimeter in size.

    • Goof: When McKay responds to the backup call from Johnson and Wagner, he doesn't actually press his radio to send his response.

    • Goof: After the EMP device is activated, there is computer equipment still functioning right next to it. Presumably, being 2 or 3 feet from a massive discharge should have fried the electronics.

    • Goof: At the beginning Dr. Zelenka guesses that the number 4021 is not a prime number and McKay does not disagree with this. However, 4021 is indeed a prime number.

    • Goof: When they activate the EMP, they shut everything down that they brought with them from Earth, except the radios they use to communicate with, which should have been fried.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Sheppard: (When first try to kill nanovirus did not worked) I've already tried that - it's blown.
      McKay: That is before we re-set the sub-switch.
      Sheppard: Well, maybe we shouldn't have overloaded it so much.
      McKay: Look, it's fixable, it's fixable -- we just need to use a little trial and error.

    • Ford: If I was given the gene shot right now, how long would it take to kick in?
      Beckett: A minimum of four hours.
      Ford: I don't have four hours! I met up with McKay and Hays ninety minutes after they met up with Dumais. I have a little under an hour before my brain explodes.

    • McKay: (When they start thinking Wraith did it) I'll give you that they're equally terrifying, but why would the Wraith even create the equivalent of a WMD? They're killing us, not because they sadistically want us dead, but because they need to consume us for food. Look - it would be like the equivalent of cattle farmers creating mad cow disease. I don't buy it.

    • Beckett: We're in the middle of another galaxy. Just because it's out of the ordinary for us doesn't mean it's not commonplace here.

    • McKay: (When he is interrupted by saying he will be ok) Look, you seriously have to stop interrupting my last thoughts. I mean, this is important stuff you need to hear. Now- if you're here for more than a year, I've left some notes on how to roll blackouts to effectively maintain your power requirements and-and, oh, tell everyone that I was, I was inches away from a Theory of Unification but uh, uh, the notes, they were lost when I died saving the ...
      Zelenka: ... kids.
      McKay:Yeah. (Pause) Ok. I should be dead now.

    • McKay: (When he thinks he will die soon)I'm ... I'm ... Listen, I have a sister. We're not close --I don't even know how you'd find her.
      Ford: Don't talk like that.
      McKay: She's the only family I really have, so someone should tell her what happened. And, uh, make it sound good, OK? Tell her I ... I died saving someone ... kids! I died saving kids - a bunch of them. Zelenka ... I've got some theories on looping the power on the Gate to charge a dummy ZPM. It probably won't work, but-but you should have someone look at it cos it might lead somewhere else...

    • McKay: I'm no MD but wouldn't brain swelling on the visual cortex just mean that we experience washes of color or weird visual anomalies?

    • Ford: (When McKay believes he is dying and does not want to be monitored for sake of others)There are a lot of other people that live in the city, man.
      McKay: Yes, the living.

    • McKay: (In Ancient lab)I've not read the entire entries -- it's incredibly long, but this looks like our guy. Six hour hibernation, reoccurring visions, and best of all, so I've left it till last, brain hemorrhage, or aneurysms.
      Beckett: That definitely sounds familiar.

    • Teyla: (After Sheppard has ordered to open sealed doors against Weir's orders) You should not have undermined Doctor Weir's authority in front of Sergeant Bates.
      Sheppard: Sometimes Elizabeth makes a decision early on and gets locked into it. That's a problem.
      Teyla: She is not the only one who suffers from that affliction.

    • Beckett: (When Beckett's team arrives and starts checking people) Well, you seem perfectly fine.
      McKay: Well, Dumais seemed fine, right up to the point where she wasn't.

    • Sheppard: (After lockdown) We're nearly a mile away on the east pier. Do you really think I'm in any sort of danger walking from here to the Control Room?
      Weir: At this point we don't know where they contracted the virus. This is a medical situation, John. Only authorized personnel in hazmat suits are allowed to roam freely - those rules apply to everyone, including you.

    • McKay: Alright, let me spell this out for you, OK? If there is a bacterial agent and it is not airborne, then it should be relatively safe for us to look around as long as we take the proper precautions. However, if it is an airborne agent, then there's a very good chance we've already been infected.
      Ford: Well, shouldn't we wait for Doctor Beckett to decide that?

    • McKay: (After two of his research party drop dead) I need a containment team here.
      Beckett: I'm sorry?
      Ford: A containment team? Why?
      McKay: People don't just see things and drop dead, Lieutenant. We spent the last hour surveying unexplored areas of this city. I think Wagner and Johnson were exposed to something.
      Ford: Yeah, but ...

    • Weir: Are you okay?
      Sheppard: Yeah, just a little nuke. Nothing, really.

    • Sheppard: Alright, McKay, I'm here.
      McKay: D'you see it?
      Sheppard: Is it the big thing in the middle of the room?
      McKay: Yeah, that's the one.

    • Weir: But Rodney is not an Ancient.
      Beckett: Aye, but he's been inoculated with the ATA gene.
      Weir: You're saying the virus is designed to only kill humans?!
      McKay: Well, I'm human!
      Beckett: Yes, yes, we're making a point, Rodney.

    • McKay: She did say brain aneurysm, right?
      Beckett: That's right.
      McKay: That's the best news I've heard all day.

    • Sheppard: Unlock the gym.
      Bates: Yes, sir.
      Weir: Stand down, Bates. (to Sheppard) You are not in command here, Major.
      Sheppard: Well, we'll agree to disagree.

    • McKay: Right, everybody stay here. Ford...
      Ford: You just told me to...
      McKay: Everybody except Ford stay here. You think I'm going in there by myself?

    • Ford: Isn't this the same section Johnson and Wagner were exploring?
      McKay: Yes.
      Ford: So we're retracing their steps.
      McKay: That's right. … Don't worry, my motivations are based entirely on self-preservation.

    • Sheppard: (to Teyla about the stick fighting): You know, no matter how many hours I put into this, you're still gonna kick my ass.

    • Peterson: So, wait, what, we're just gonna stay here?
      McKay: That's the plan, yes.
      Peterson: May I say it's a terrible one?
      McKay: No, you may not.

    • McKay(to Zelenka): He is terrible.
      Ford: So I suck at Prime/Not Prime. Somehow I'm going to sleep tonight.

    • (sees machine covered with "Warning" and "Caution" stickers)
      Sheppard: Should I pay attention to all these warnings?
      McKay: Not today, no.

    • McKay: 993?
      Ford: Prime.
      McKay: Come on that's an easy one!

    • McKay: It's a true/false game. Statistically, just by guessing, you should be getting half right.

    • Zelenka: Lieutenant Ford, would you mind being the subject of research papers on statistical probability?
      Ford: Is this some sort of payback for guys like me beating up guys like you in high school?

    • McKay: Don't worry – I've probably been around more EMPs than anyone.
      Sheppard: Is this going to be a . . . we're going to be fine, right?
      McKay: Yes, that's a yes. You're going to be fine.

    • Beckett: Just try to stay calm.
      Ford: 'Calm'?!? You told me I have a million tiny robots running through my veins whose only purpose is to terrorize and kill me. You stay calm!

    • McKay: Okay . . . I should be dead now.
      Zelenka: Interesting...
      McKay: Interesting?!
      Beckett: Don't take this the wrong way, but...
      Zelenka: Why?

    • McKay: Is this really necessary? I'm about to die of a brain aneurysm. How is being attached to a heart monitor going to help?

    • McKay: You'll only have 30 seconds once you release it before it explodes. You'll need to get as far away as you can.
      Sheppard: Get as far away from the nuclear explosion as possible. That's good advice, Rodney. Thanks.
      McKay: You're welcome.

    • (During combat training with sticks)
      Teyla: You have not been practicing.
      Sheppard: Yes I have.
      Teyla: If this was really a fight…
      Sheppard: If this was really a fight, I would have shot you by now.

    • (In checking Atlantis after the storm)
      McKay: This pier is in relatively good shape.
      Weir: Even after all the flooding from the storm?
      McKay: Well, it's dark, it's damp, and it smells terrible, but from an engineering standpoint, we're good.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The original script called for McKay to reveal that he had a brother on Earth, not a sister. David Hewlett asked the producers if the sibling could be a sister instead because he has a sister who is an actress. He didn't necessarily ask that she be cast in that role but he wanted to leave open the possibility for a future episode. The producers agreed and Kate Hewlett was indeed cast as Rodney's sister in the Season 3 episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller."

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 22, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on January 11, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on June 9, 2005 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: February 5-6, 2005.


    • Cube:

      The "prime/not prime" exchange between McKay and Zelenka may be a reference to the film Cube, in which David Hewlett had a leading role. In the film, prime numbers became a key to survival for the six characters.