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Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Lt. Aiden Ford
Dr. Rodney McKay
Dr. Miko Kusanagi
Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter
Dr. Carson Beckett
Dr. Radek Zelenka
Here is the translation of Zelenka's video message: There is a "failsafe" mechanism on the ocean floor. With big power it ripped off the anchor of town from the bottom of ocean. We were ... we were afraid ... were ... were ... we were afraid. Unbelievable. What is happening, and that noise. The whole city was trembling as if it was an earthquake. That was something unbelievable. And suddenly we were moving. All the city was ascending, ascending up, up to the surface. That, that was something unbelievable. And the towers punched through the surface of water and we were going up, up. Waters, waves, waterfalls. All that water was falling down from that heights and we were shot up, absolutely on the top, and suddenly sun. Sun was simply shining to all windows. I will remember it to my death. Take care, darling.
Goof: Considering all the precautions taken with security clearance a number of mistakes are made. The highly classified naquadah generator is clearly visible behind Dr. Zelenka and numerous members of the team have "Atlantis" clearly visible on the shoulder of their jackets in their personal messages.
During the Wraith culling, one of the ships drops a beacon that fires a large blue beam skyward. Sgt. Bates refers to the same thing happening on the Alpha Site in the next episode, "The Gift". The purpose of this beam is not stated in either episode and has not been used since.
The final transmission to Earth would have consisted of: City specifications, mission reports, tactical assessments, a ton of data that they had deciphered from the Ancient database and hours of personal messages.
Ford mentions M7G-677 as a suggestion to take their Z.P.M. This planet according to Weir is populated by children. They are referring to the planet in the episode "Childhood's End."
Chronologically, this episode is 'a few days' after "The Brotherhood".
This is the first time Atlantis actually makes contact with Earth, albeit for only 1.3 seconds.
McKay: My sister. Ford, if you cut everything else, just, um, keep this part, OK? Jeannie? This is your brother, Rodney ... obviously! I wanna s-say, um ... I wanna say something. Uh ... family is important. I-I've come to realize that because the people here have become a sort of a ... kind of a surrogate family to me. Now, I know what you're thinking: I've never really been the poster child for that kind of sentiment but, uh, when ... when one's contemplating ones own demise, one tends to see things more clearly. I really do wish you the best, you know, and I'm sorry we weren't closer. Perhaps, um ... if by chance I make it out of this, perhaps one day we can be, and I would like that.
Ford: You talked for an hour?
McKay: You see, I found it rather therapeutic, actually. Now, I'm fairly confident I've come up with several valuable insights -- in fact, I'm sure of it -- but, uh, I've only slept six hours in the last few days, so, um ...
Ford: Who's it for?
McKay: Humanity in general; my sister ... Look, I don't expect you to cut it down to just a few minutes. I mean, there is gold in here -- so just make sure mine's last and that way, if it gets cut off, fine, but if the Gate holds the connection a few extra milliseconds, then we won't have wasted the time.
Zelenka: (long speech in Czech, with hand motions, obviously describing the rising of Atlantis from the ocean floor)
Ford: You didn't say anything that would require security clearance, did you?
Zelenka: Security clearance?
Weir: It must be, in order to fit all that data into one point three seconds.
McKay: Point three seconds, actually.
Weir: We have a whole extra second to fill?!
McKay: Mmm. A whole extra one, yes.
Beckett: Other than panic?
Weir: Other than panic.
McKay: No, no, no! You don't do that - unless you are deliberately trying to blow us up - in which case, excellent work!
Sheppard: What else do you want from me?
Teyla: Too much I fear.
Sheppard: This is hard to sit and watch.
Teyla: There is nothing we can do.
Sheppard: We can do a lot. It'll just be the last thing we ever do.
Teyla: Earlier today Lieutenant Ford suggested we steal from a community of children.
Sheppard: That's because they have a ZPM and we can bring them back.
Teyla: Only to face death in Atlantis!
Sheppard: Look, Ford and I are military, and spent a lot of our lives learning how to survive.
Teyla: I've spent my life survivng the Wraith.
Sheppard: Part of that training is knowing who you can save and who you can't.
Teyla: And that decision is yours alone?
Ford: That's it?
Bates: What else am I going to say to the kid?
Ford: It's your little brother, Sargent.
Bates: I'm probably never gonna see him again, why make it worse than it has to be?
Ford: That's not what this is about, man.
Bates: That's exactly what this is about. Don't sweat it, Lieutenant, I'm happy I got the chance to say goodbye.
Ford: Yeah, but you didn't say it.
Bates: Not in so many words.
Ford: Okay recording, plenty of battery... why am I not seeing anything? (takes off lens cap) Stupid!
Teyla: If someone close to your family, a dear friend was in danger of being taken by the Wraith, would you have not done the same?
Sheppard: Not if it jeopardized the mission.
Teyla: So in fighting the Wraith we are to give up that which makes us different from them.
Weir: Even so, those ships are light years away, how do you expect to reach them in a Puddle Jumper?
Sheppard: We'll fly to a Stargate on route that Zelenka thinks they're going to drop out of hyperspace near and we watch them pass by.
Weir: That's good.
Sheppard: I have my moments.
Weir: We have a responsibilty to report what we've learned here. About Atlantis, about the Ancients...
Sheppard: ...the Wraith.
Weir: Exactly. We have to warn Earth.
Sheppard: Even if it's the last thing we do?
Weir: Especially if it's the last thing we do.
McKay: Where was I...oh, yes. Leadership...
Ford: You know what? How 'bout I leave the room and let you record your whining in private?
Ford: I could tell my grandma what I've been up to all this time.
Weir: Well, if your grandmother had security clearance, yes, you could.
Beckett: What shall I say?
Ford: Uh, uh, "I miss you?" "I wish you were here?"
Beckett: I wish who was here?
Ford: I don't know. Who do you wish was here?
Beckett: Nobody! I wish I wasn't bloody here!
Beckett: Hullo, Mum! I hope this message finds you well. I trust your petunias are in full bloom by now. Oh, and I do hope you're keeping up with the ointment I gave you. If you've adhered to the regime, the fungus should have cleared up by now.
Beckett: What's wrong?
Ford: Dude, fungus?!?
Beckett: On her toenails! I thought you said no one would watch this except my family?
Ford: Yeah, but, but...fungus?!
Beckett: And if there's one thing I've discovered about we Earthlings, we're a scrappy bunch. I wouldn't be surprised if I bring back...
Ford: Doc, you can't say "Earthlings"! Your mother doesn't have security clearance.
Beckett: She knows I'm from Earth, son; it's not a bloody secret!
Ford: Oh, right.
Walter: Receiving transmission... who's it from?
McKay(making his first tape): This is Doctor Rodney McKay speaking to you from my base of operations in the lost city of Atlantis, located deep (gestures dramatically) within the Pegasus galaxy. I record this message on the eve of our darkest hour. As I speak, an alien armada of biblical proportions is on its way, bent... dare I say hellbent – in keeping with the metaphor – on our destruction. We will do our best to stave off their attack but I am afraid that defeat is all but inevitable. I, and the other members of my team, face the most horrific deaths imaginable, as our very lives are sucked from our chests in a, in a, horrific...okay, uh, starting again, starting again. Uh, Ford, just, just, cut that, alright?
Miko(describing McKay): He's a very honorable and brave man.
(in a flashback)
McKay: Oh! Ah! Ah! Okay, cramp, cramp, cramp, cramp, cramp! Ow! Ow! Ow!
McKay: I once caught mono kissing a girl in Algebra Club. Missed an entire month of school. Still, the kiss was, uh, something, so it was, uh, probably worth it. April Bingham – cute blonde! God – you see, I love blondes, especially with the, uh, the short hair. Mmm. Samantha Carter – if you're watching, the torch is still burning – sadly, soon to be extinguished, but, uh...You know, you should know – I think you are just...so...well, you're great – you're really, really great, and, uh, I would go so far as saying you're the hottest scientist I've ever worked with. In fact, there's probably not a night that goes by that I don't, uh, find myself, uh...okay, Ford, let's, let's lose that.
Weir: In the off chance you get the idea to take the Wraith ships on yourself, Major, I am hereby ordering you not to.
Sheppard: Believe me you don't have to.
Sheppard: 'Don't take on an alien armada single-handedly'... Understood.
McKay: Only saw the first half of "The Sixth Sense" – always wondered how that ended...
Rachel Luttrell read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.
This is the first clip show episode of Stargate Atlantis.
The excerpts were written by Jill Blotevogel ("The Storm"), Robert C. Cooper ("Rising", "Hide & Seek"), Peter DeLuise ("Underground", "The Defiant One"), Martin Gero ("The Storm", "The Eye", "Hot Zone", "The Brotherhood"), Kerry Glover ("Suspicion"), Mary Kaiser ("Poisoning the Well"), Damian Kindler ("Poisoning the Well"), Joseph Mallozzi ("Suspicion"), Paul Mullie ("Suspicion"), and Brad Wright ("Rising", "Hide & Seek", "38 Minutes").
Terence Kelly (Orin) previously played Hagan in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Space Race."
This episode primarily featured existing sets and clips, most likely to increase the budget for the season finale.
-This episode aired in Canada on January 10, 2005 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on February 15, 2005 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on August 4, 2005 on Channel 7.
-Syndication Premiere: April 30-May 1, 2005.
The title of this episode was inspired by the 1987 PBS TV documentary Dear America: Letters from Vietnam.
McKay: Always wanted to see Ghandi.
McKay: Never saw Grease, even though I had a thing for Olivia Newton John when I was a kid.
McKay: Only saw the first half of The Sixth Sense; always wondered how that ended.
The Sixth Sense had a very famous surprise ending.
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