Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 18

Identity

2
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 12, 2008 on Syfy
7.7
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Episode Summary

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A thief uses an Ancient transfer device to switch her consciousness with Dr. Keller. While she attempts to escape Atlantis, Dr. Keller must deal with the thief's accomplices and angry villagers on her trail.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • only a few episodes left and this is all we get?

    4.0
    I always get angry when SGA blatantly copies SG-1. I want the shows to separate from each other and have different enemies and characters, but they always seem to bring something from SG-1 to the show. I understand that the shows are linked, but they take too much from SG-1. In this case, the weird mind swapping technology was used and Keller and a thief traded places. It wasn't close to as interesting as when Daniel and Vala switched. The story was boring and predictable. I 'm angry that there's only a few episodes left and we just get mediocre episodes. Overall, a boring, obvious, unoriginal episode that I wouldn't watch again.moreless
  • Worst episode ever ... bad plot, unoriginal scripts, too much emphasis on Keller, and overall ... just uninteresting.

    3.5
    I resolved myself to look forward to this episode tonight even though all information pointed at a heavy Keller episode. Unfortunately, it was a disaster. The lines in it were so stiff I swear I could see the script being read. The plot was completely predictable. I actually have one praise for it, in that I liked these natives. For once they didn't make them the stupid cliched medieval types.



    But this story was just... pointless. We've already had this story via SG-1 and better done (which is saying a lot because I wasn't overly impressed with seasons 6-10 of SG-1 either). It felt like it was just another excuse to pull out the McKeller and play with them.



    Worst episode in seasons 1-5, and it beats Irresistible, which is saying something!moreless
  • Recycling Episodes

    1.0
    Well take an SG episode, change the actors and the script a bit and then you get this story but this time it concerns SGA.I did not get the relevancy of this episode to matters at hand but i know that it is a no brainer and could have been kept off your screen and you would have been none the wiser.What is there to say more than after giving "Identity" a shot out of desperation, you can feel that the writers really got lazy on this one.There was no plot and it looked pretty obvious what was going to happen.moreless
  • See Summary

    6.0
    This episode was very slow paced, and the story itself was a little lacking and left much to be desired, especially since this is towards the end of the season! The episode mainly focuses on Dr. Keller, who switches bodies with a female theif on the run. It was interesting to watch the story unfold, however slow it may have been. I think that we got to see another side to Dr. Keller, and she really is handling herself well. I think that this episode could have been much better, as others in this season have been. I hope that the end of the season has more action and shocking revelations than this episode.moreless
  • another rehash episode :( but i still love stargate

    6.0
    yes this was another filler which always kinda sucks but was also a reused idea from sg-1 and one that wasnt even that interesting when they did it. I was hoping they would throw in a twist or something to make it different but they didnt. Sadly Atlantis is reaching its end. With 2 episodes left i think we wont be dissapointed. Normally i would rate this episode higher just to help the shows ratings/reviews but since its ending either way i might as well be honest this was one of the most boring stargate episodes of all time. Normally i can rewatch an episode a 2nd or even 3rd time a week or so later but this one.. pshh no way. I do look forward to stargate universe tho :Dmoreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Dawn Olivieri

Dawn Olivieri

Neeva Casol

Guest Star

Ron Selmour

Ron Selmour

Jannick

Guest Star

Jonathan Holmes (II)

Jonathan Holmes (II)

Magistrate

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Linda Ko

Linda Ko

Marie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Jannick echoed Daniel Jackson's confusion about the wisdom of explosion diversions.

    • Goof: In previous episodes both communication stones had to be into a terminal in order too both swap bodies. In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Origin" Daniel Jackson and Vala's bodies where rendered unconscious in a dream like state until they put the stones of the people they were connected to in the Ori galaxy into their terminal. This should have had happened to Neeva's body instead of Keller entering it.

    • Beckett: I'm telling you, her brain scan would have revealed any kind of physical trauma as well as any foreign organism.
      Ronon: Unless the organism's good at hiding.
      Sheppard: Yeah, it wouldn't be the first time. It took days to figure out Rodney was infected.

      They are referring to the episode "The Shrine" and the "Second Childhood" organism.

    • Keller came in contact with the stone in Janus' secret lab that was discovered in the episode "First Contact."

    • The security officer that shows up when Rodney hears about Zelenka's stabbing has a flag patch for India, indicating that that country is represented on the Atlantis team.

    • The Ancient Intergalactic Communication Device was first seen in the Stargate SG-1 episodes "Avalon, Part 2" and "Origin."

  • QUOTES (11)

    • McKay: I don't believe this. How did she escape?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): My accomplices no doubt intervened. This is not the first time we've been in this situation.
      Beckett: How many accomplices do you have?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Two.
      Ronon: That's all?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): More than enough. Trust me. You don't want to challenge them.
      Ronon: Yeah? We'll see about that.

    • Sheppard: (to Ronon) All right, Chewie. Start trackin'.

    • Neeva (in Keller's body): But you could take me for a ride.
      McKay: What, now?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Yeah. It would really help me relax.
      McKay: Well, I thought Becket gave you pills for that?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): They didn't work.
      McKay: Oh.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Yeah, come on. Please? (Neeva moves in close and begins caressing McKay) Just you and me. Alone … Oh, you could take me somewhere secluded. We could … we could make love … underneath the stars.
      McKay: Really?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Would you like that?
      McKay: Well … yeah! I mean, I'd have to get a blanket, though, because the mainland's ground cover is loaded with allergens.

    • Neeva: My accomplices no doubt intervened. This is not the first time we've been in this situation.
      Beckett: How many accomplices do you have?
      Neeva: Two.
      Ronon: That's all?
      Neeva: More than enough, trust me. You don't want to challenge them.
      Ronon: Yeah, we'll see about that.

    • Woolsey: What's the occasion?
      McKay: Visiting a friend in the infirmary.
      Woolsey: That's very thoughtful of you, Rodney.
      McKay: I know.

    • (Radek is lying in the bed next to Jennifer and Rodney finally notices him.)
      McKay: Oh. Hey, Radek. How you doin'?
      Zelenka (in a sulky voice): Better, thanks.
      Keller: Again, Radek, I am so sorry for what happened.
      Zelenka (smiling across to her): It's not your fault. I told you – don't worry. I'm fine.
      McKay: Yeah-yeah, of course he's fine. He's all perky and rosy-cheeked and ready to go back to work.
      Zelenka: I don't know about that.
      Beckett: He needs to get rest too, Rodney.
      Keller: I agree. His wound was much more serious than mine.
      McKay: Really? I mean, you were shot. He was just stabbed.
      (Carson turns to Radek.)
      Beckett: Perhaps I should wheel you to another room.
      Zelenka: Just until he's gone, please. Thank you.

    • (The crystal is still glowing as they hurry over to it)
      McKay: Still on.
      Sheppard: Obviously. So turn it off.

    • Neeva (in Keller's body): This Doctor McKay...
      Keller (in Neeva's body): What about him?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): You can do better.

    • Neeva (in Keller's body): That's it. The vault containing the artifact is near the center of the village so we'll have to be quiet. Maybe only a few of us should go in, and I'm gonna need a weapon in case we run into some ...
      Sheppard: No – we're not breaking into the room.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): What?
      Sheppard: We're just gonna go talk to these people and ask 'em for help.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Ah, they're not gonna help us. I tried to rob them.
      McKay: They won't know you. You're in Jennifer Keller's body, remember?
      Teyla: If you do not say anything, it should not be a problem.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Ok, but what if they've captured her…me? Once we sever the connection, what's to stop them from keeping me locked up?
      Sheppard: Mmm, nothing.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Ah, "nothing."
      Sheppard: You said we couldn't pursue you – you didn't say anything about them.

    • Sheppard: Which way?
      Neeva (in Keller's body): This way. It's not far – a few hours' walk.
      (She leads them away.)
      McKay: A few hours?! You could have told us that before!
      Sheppard: Wouldn't make any difference, Rodney, we can't get a Jumper in this forest.
      Teyla: And the Daedalus is back on Earth.
      McKay: Yeah, but I could have packed some extra power bars, some water – not to mention proper insoles.
      Neeva (in Keller's body) (to John, about Rodney): He complains a lot.
      Sheppard: Only when he's awake.
      Neeva (in Keller's body): Is it true that Doctor Keller and he are ...?
      Sheppard: Hard to believe, huh?
      (She looks back at Rodney.)
      McKay: Yeah, keep walking!

    • (in a flashback)
      Keller: Rodney, if we don't leave soon, we're not gonna get a good seat.
      McKay: Yeah, almost – almost there.
      Keller: C'mon, it's Dr. No! The first Bond movie! I don't wanna get stuck sitting behind Ronon again like last week.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Todd Thomson (Bordal) previously played Ramius' First Prime in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Evolution (1)."

    • Jonathan Holmes (Magistrate) previously played Dr. Bricksdale in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Endgame."

    • Karin Konoval (Second in Command) previously played Dr. Van Densen in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prophecy."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 15, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 16, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on January 23, 2009 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on November 18, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on December 3, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 8-9, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 19, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • In Dr. Keller's graduation photo, writer and Executive Producer Carl Binder is the one posing as her father.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Keller: C'mon, it's Dr. No! The first Bond movie!

      Keller mentions the James Bond film, Dr No, when urging McKay to hurry up so they can get the best seats at the screening.

    • Sheppard: (to Ronon) All right, Chewie. Start trackin'.

      Sheppard is referring to Chewbacca, the large hairy beast-like partner of Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie.

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