Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 2

Lifeline (3)

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 2007 on Syfy
9.4
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While Carter and the Apollo search for the missing city of Atlantis, Sheppard and his team risk their lives on a mission to steal a Z.P.M. from the Replicators.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • See Summary

    10
    Lifeline, the second episode in the 4th season of Stargate Atlantis was one of the best episodes to date. This episode was emotionally moving and really did a good job of blending everything together. I like the way the writers lined everything up and played it all out. The actors gave a very moving performance, especially Dr. Elizabeth Weir, who sacraficed herself to Replicator control in order to save her team. It was pretty awesome how she took control over the main replicator and fooled him with her own mind. She was a huge part of Atlantis, and will be missed greatly. I hope one day we will see her return, some how. Atlantis has a new ZPM, the Replicators are occupied attacking the Wraith, and everyone is coming to terms with all thats happened. This episode closed some things up, while laying ground work for a great season, I know I can't wait to see what happens next!!!moreless
  • Weir goes out with cunning and bravery.

    8.6
    If anyone has read my review of the episode 'Sunday' in season 3, you will come to see how I feel about how NOT to kill off a character. Granted, Weir does not die in this episode, but it is a fabulous example of how a character should be written out of a show. She shows great cunning in deceiving the Replicators in order to save Sheppard and his team, and great bravery by sacrificing herself in order to alter the fate of Atlantis (hopefully) forever. One thing that annoyed me greatly about this episode (and many other episodes of Atlantis, truth be told) is that once again the characters feel it is necessary to explain every little nuance of their situation to the viewers instead of getting back to work (or working faster) on saving their own necks. Sheppard, so what if Weir is sacrificing herself? There is nothing you can do about it so instead of standing around chatting about it while the enemy closes in, get back to working on reprogramming the Replicators! Now!moreless
  • finally, Atlantis finds a new home...

    8.0
    So, for some reason John and McKay decide that they can go and steal a zpm from the replicators...seriously...what are they thinking? Anyways, they take Weir which ends up saving their lives and getting captured by the replicators. Atlantis then got a new home planet and Sam gets reunited with McKay... I don't like Sam and I get annoyed every time I see her. Anyways, it was a good conclusion to the bunch. I thought it was a bit unrealistic and I'm tired of the replicators. Still, the episode was full of good humor and great characters. Overall, pretty average episode.moreless
  • And now, for the exciting conclusion! Or, How Dr. Weir Spent Her Summer Vacation.

    8.3
    Honestly, I was never very fond of the character of Dr. Weir, so I wasn't that sad to see her go. Unfortunately for Tori Higginson, this episode saw the writers actually doing something interesting with her character, instead of her being the mom of the expedition for five minutes at the beginning of the episode; if they would have actually had engaging plot-lines for her like this one from the beginning, maybe I would be more saddened to see her leave.



    Having said all that, the emotional impact of this episode was fierce. The actors (namely Flanigan, Hewlett, Momoa, and Luttrell) all have the stoic heartbreak thing *down*, and despite my indifference towards Weir, these four made me feel it when she was left behind.



    Of course, this episode wasn't all heartbreak and tragedy. There were some brilliant one-liners from McKay, great banter amongst the boys of sga-1 (Luttrell was absent for most of this episode), and excellent comedic timing from the show's semi-regulars (David Nykl, I'm looking at you), which made the episode's conclusion that much more bittersweet. The action was fast-paced and nerve-wracking, with some unexpected twists thrown in to keep the "heist" premise fresh. If you have to leave a show, it should be on a high note like this episode.moreless
  • Moving to another planet.

    9.2
    I most say, the min feeling after this episode is sadness - I loved the old planet - it has been their home for three seasons. We knew the mainland.. that planet had fantastic storms. And whales. It was their home. Now this is gone like so many other things. The city is badly damaged and I hope we will not get next episode will hole and beautiful city as it would look stupid. Elizabeth Weir as a commander is gone, so it could be said - it was end of an era. And it will be hard to let go.



    But the episode itself - all the thing on replicator planet, all those brave things, Elizabeth challenging that leader... great episode.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Oberoth

Guest Star

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)

Replicator Technician

Guest Star

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Colonel Abe Ellis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Dr. Lee's backpack changes, in transport to the Apollo, from a large (internal frame) backpack to a small (frameless) backpack.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sheppard: Have we got enough energy to keep the shield up for re-entry?
      McKay: There'd better be. What, a city this size'll create considerable friction. We come in too fast or too steep and the shield could attenuate under the stress and the whole place'll be torn to shreds, or burn up, or both.
      Sheppard: (irritated) It never ends with you, you know?!

    • Weir: Oberoth is heading to the Core Room. (She looks at Rodney.) He knows it's us.
      McKay: (wide-eyed) How far is he? Can they make a run for it?
      Weir: No! Replicators are approaching from every direction. They're trapped.
      McKay: Which means they're as good as dead.
      (Sheppard, working on the tablet, looks up briefly.)
      Sheppard: (over the radio) We can hear you, you know!

    • McKay: Alright, here we go.
      (the HUD shows the field beginning to expand downwards.)
      Weir: It's working.
      McKay: Damn right it's working! It's encompassed the Core Room. You're good to go.
      (Sheppard turns in his seat and looks at Elizabeth, who nods to him it's safe to go.)
      McKay: What? You don't believe me, but you believe her?
      Sheppard: No offense.
      McKay: Offense taken!

    • McKay: Even if I do get it working, there's still a thousand things that could go terribly, terribly wrong.
      Sheppard: I get it. It's difficult, million to one odds, blah, blah, blah.
      McKay: Was there something else you needed, or were you here merely to prod and belittle?
      Sheppard: No, no. Not merely.

    • (Carter and Lee come through the gate)
      Lee: Oh my that's beautiful.
      Carter: Yeah it is.
      Lee: It's like Elwynn forest. Oh nothing it's one of the lands in Warcraft. That's a game I play...occasionally
      Carter: Ahh.

    • Sheppard: How's it going, boys?
      McKay: Well, we'd be making a lot more progress if Timmy Torture wasn't trying to kill me every two seconds.
      Zelenka: I'm not trying to... kill him.

    • McKay: Let's jack it up, see how far we can penetrate.
      Sheppard: Penetrate?
      McKay: What?

    • McKay: Sheppard, we're coming in too step, we need to ease up on the angle of re-entry.
      Lee: In fact, you mean "entry." You see, we never actually left…
      Carter: Bill…
      Lee: Oh right, right

    • Sheppard: How much time do we have?
      McKay: Let's not start that again.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Stargate: Continuum was filmed during production of this episode so some scenes were directed by Andy Mikita due to Martin Wood being in the Arctic.

    • This episode, and the previous one "Adrift", were leaked onto the internet on September 12, 2007. They were rough cuts without sound effects or music, as well as missing many computer generated scenes used solely for aesthetic purposes and scene changes.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 8, 2007 on The Movie Network and Movie Central
      UK: October 16, 2007 on Sky One
      Syndication Premiere: September 27-28, 2008
      Czech Republic: July 1, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi
      Australia: November 5, 2009 on 7TWO

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