Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2008 on Syfy
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When Colonel Carter invites Teal'c to Atlantis to counsel Ronon, who is up for review by the I.O.A., word comes in that the Wraith have discovered the now fully operational Midway Space Station.

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  • Teal'c and Ronan -- together!

    Teal'c and Ronan, the two ultimate warriors -- together in the same galaxy, on the same show, in the same episode, kicking ass and taking names.

    But that's merely the high concept. That's merely how the episode is sold.

    In fact it's the unstated contest of wills between the two archetypal warriors that makes the episode work so well, not merely the obvious contest of strength.

    The real appeal of the episode, surprisingly, is in the dialogue between these two strong, silent types.moreless
  • The ultimate showdown! The long awaited question is answered, or is it? Teal's vs Ronan

    Now this is what I have been waiting for! What a perfect episode, not only do Teal's and Ronan come face to face but they end up fighting side by side, brilliant stuff. It turns out that they are evenly matched, with neither one clearly the better fighter, though Teal'c proves he is the more experienced fighter and certainly stays a lot calmer than Ronan. It seems that they can both learn a lot from each other; also they both save each others lives which helps cement their respect for each other. I did laugh a lot when Ronan said "you say indeed a lot", Teal'c replying "do I, I had not noticed", it is amazing (in a very good way) that after 10 seasons of SG-1 the joke is still going on. A luminous script and equally brilliant choreography, one of my favourite episodes of Atlantis to date. The chemistry between the two of them was transcendent, if it needed certifying (which it does not) that Atlantis is not just a spin off then this episode certainly does that.moreless
  • See Summary

    Midway was indeed ;) a great episode! This episode had drama and plenty of action. It was really nice to see our old friend Teal'c who was summoned by Colonel Carter to Atlantis in order to give Ronin Dex some pointers in dealing with his I.O.A. interview. This episode was fun to watch as Atlantis's version of Teal'c squared off with the original. There was a lot to this episode, which made for great entertainment. Teal'c is having trouble connecting with Ronin at first, and they have a dueling match watched by all of Atlantis, only to end in a draw, thanks to Carter who stopped it before things were takin out of hand. This episode was great because they had some old humor, miexed with this series, and we got to actually see the Wraith taking initiative and out n about causing trouble. We see less of them than we did the Goa'uld, which to me was always a disappointment. I can't wait to see how the season wraps up!!! Its a shame that midway station is now destroyed.moreless
  • Finally...

    I think this was in my opinon one of the most anticipated episodes of this season. Ever since I first saw Ronon I said it would be great to have him meet Teal'c and they fight each other. I love how everyone was betting on the fight Sheppard asks Carter if she wants to place a bet. Then we get some really good action when Teal'c and Ronon are on the Midway station and they start killing wraith. I wish the wraith would have killed that idiot Kavenough. Then they take the fight to earth and Teal'c uses Ronon's gun and says he must have a weapon like that. Ronon replies by saying get in line. I liked how in the end Teal'c and Ronon become friends and hopefully we can see Teal'c in some future episodes.moreless
  • Great Episode! Teacl Come Back

    This is another great episode of the series, it was great watching Teacl come back for and episode, and with a new look, I hope they put more classic characters in the future, Atlantis is ending but Stargate Universe will keep the franchise alive, we hope to see more amazing episodes and great character in the future!

    Excelente episodio, Teacl contra Ronon, es por esto que vemos la serie por episodios asi, ojala la nueva serie Stargate Universe sea tan excitante como Atlantis, extrañaremos a los personajes que tanto queremos, ojala regresen en algunos capitulos especiales, para mi stargate es una de las mejores series de ciencia ficcion, no dejen de verlamoreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Guest Star

Toren Atkinson

Toren Atkinson

Scott Dempster

Guest Star

Nickolas Baric

Nickolas Baric


Guest Star

Ben Cotton

Ben Cotton

Dr. Peter Kavanagh

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Bill Lee

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Nitpick: The Wraith in the Midway Station control room say "the Pegasus portal", despite "Pegasus" being the Earth-given name for that galaxy. Given that the Wraith have been in Pegasus for tens of thousands of years, you would think they would have come up with their own name for their galaxy at some point.

    • The planet in the Pegasus galaxy that the Wraith used to get hijack the McKay-Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge was designated M4F-788. The planet Sheppard and McKay use to get to Midway is M6R-125.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the Wraith Stun Bomb. The device is similar to the Goa'uld Shock Grenade.

    • The money that was exchanged between Chuck and Colonel John Sheppard was Canadian currency. It was actually several five dollar bills. In addition to Canadian currency and American five-dollar bills, Japanese Yen and Euros can also be seen in the sparring match, as the expedition is a multinational undertaking.

    • At the end of the episode when the Daedalus picked up the Puddle Jumper, everyone except Sheppard is sitting in back compartment. According to McKay he sealed himself in there. So if it was locked from the inside, how could McKay open that door with just pressing a button.

    • Ronon: You say that a lot.
      Teal'c: What?
      Ronon: "Indeed"

      In Stargate SG-1, the writers usually managed to get the word "indeed" into Teal'c's dialog every episode. Teal'c said very little else in many early SG-1 episodes. Ronon's use of the word later on signifies his acceptance of Teal'c as a worthy ally.

    • Colonel Samantha Carter, who broke her leg in the previous episode "Trio", apparently healed quickly and cleanly as she is not even limping in this episode. It's possible this episode is set several weeks afterward.

    • Nitpick: There seems to be little in the way of a security force on the Midway station. During the unscheduled activation, when the Wraith arrive, we only see two guards casually standing at the base of the Stargate ramp. You would expect them to have more of a security detail, especially when the Stargate doesn't have an iris. At the SGC, all unscheduled activations were met with a full squad of SFs, and they have an iris.

    • Nitpick: Stargate Command must have a lot of confidence in McKay's program for them not to install an iris on each of the Midway Stargate's. Surely, it would act as a precaution in case the Wraith discover Midway and hack the program, as is what happens in this episode. The Wraith have been seen, in the past, to be more then capable when re-programming the Stargate.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Sheppard looks down at Kavanagh lying on the floor.)
      Sheppard: Is he dead?
      Lee: Fainted.
      Sheppard: Figures.

    • Kavanagh: Honestly, if I knew the code, I would have given it to you by now.
      Wraith: That depends on the strength of your allegiance.
      Kavanagh: No-no-no, trust me! My allegiance is not that strong!
      Lee: It really isn't.

    • (about Mr. Coolidge)
      Teyla: I admit, the urge to inflict harm on this man was quite strong but I managed to refrain from doing so.
      Sheppard: Good call. Bad idea to run around beating the crap out of people with a baby on the way.

    • (talking about Teal'c)
      Sheppard: Look, the guy's got years of experience; he's like 100 years old or something. It won't kill you to listen to him. Be a good boy.
      (Sheppard walks away)
      Ronon: I hate you.

    • Sheppard: (after being in a Jumper for days) Thank god! I almost shot myself with a stunner!
      Ronon: I understand.

    • Rodney: (opening cockpit to reveal Sheppard) Lasted about a day then sealed himself in there.

    • (Dr. Lee is greeting Teal'c and Ronon on board the Midway station)
      Dr. Lee: Why don't I show you to your quarters?
      (They all begin to walk down the corridor)
      Dr. Lee: Unfortunately, you're gonna have to share. As you know, there's not much room on the station.
      (They reach their quarters. Dr. Lee opens the door)
      Dr. Lee: There's a DVD player, and a few movies - oh! I saw Norbit the other day, actually it''s kinda funny. Erm...there's some Sudoku books, although I think (Looks at desk) - no, there all solved. I said, it's a bit small but, er, you're only here for a day so kick back, relax, have an Earl Grey and get to know each other better...or not.
      (Dr, Lee leaves, shutting the door behind him. Teal'c and Ronon just look at each other, without saying a word)

    • (After Ronon fatally stabs the Wraith feeding on Teal'c with a broken pipe)
      Teal'c: Excellent timing.
      Ronon: Indeed.

    • Teal'c: Tell me of Sateda.
      Ronon: What do you want to know?
      Teal'c: When did the Wraith destroy it?
      Ronon: Years ago.
      Teal'c: Your army was unable to fight?
      Ronon: Oh, we fought back. The battle lasted days.
      Teal'c: And when you finally surrendered, what did the Wraith do then?
      Ronon: We didn't surrender. We fought until every one of us was either dead or captured.
      Teal'c: So tell me then. Is it true that negligence on your part is what first alerted the Wraith to your presence? That your reckless actions brought about the deaths of thousands of innocent...
      Ronon: (violently slides his tray off the table and aims his blast gun to Teal'c's head) THAT'S A LIE!!!
      Teal'c: (calmly) Indeed it is. Yet should such a question arise during your interview, I trust you will not respond in a similar manner. You do, after all, know how to "play the game".

    • (After Teal'c uses Ronon's blast gun to kill the Wraith attacking him)
      Teal'c: I would very much like to have a weapon such as this.
      Ronon: Yeah? Get in line.

    • Teal'c: Well?
      Ronon: I'm exactly the kind of team member they want out there fighting the Wraith. Their words, not mine.
      Teal'c: And you did not hold a weapon to their heads?
      Ronon: I did not.
      Teal'c: I am pleased.
      Ronon: Yeah, well I had a good coach.
      Teal'c: Indeed.

    • (Seeing one of the SGC's dead personnel)
      Ronon: He was fed on by the Wraith. That's not a good way to go.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Ronon: You say that a lot.
      Teal'c: What?
      Ronon: "Indeed".
      Teal'c: Do I?
      Ronon: Yeah.
      Teal'c: I had not noticed.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Nickolas Baric (Hester) previously played an SF Guard in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Urgo."

    • James Chutter (Wraith Scientist) previously played Babbis in the episode "The Return (1)."

    • This is Teal'c's first time on Atlantis. During the Stargate SG-1 Season 10 episode "The Pegasus Project", Teal'c stayed behind in the Milky Way to watch the Supergate while Sam Carter and Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder) went with McKay to a black hole in the Pegasus Galaxy. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black) remained on Atlantis, interacting largely with Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) and Morgan La Fey (Sarah Strange).

    • At the beginning of this episode, during the "Previously On Stargate Atlantis" clips, a line was added in voice-over to the Intergalactic Gate Bridge explanation McKay gave to the crew of the Daedalus in the Season 3 episode "The Return Part 1". The line -- "The program is completely secure. No need for a Shield or an Iris." -- explains why no IDC was required for the Wraith to infiltrate Midway Station.

    • David Hewlett voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • In much the same way as "Doppelganger", this episode was accidentally released early on iTunes.

    • This is Christopher Judge's (Teal'c) second appearance in Stargate Atlantis. His first appearance was in the season 4 episode "Reunion". Because the budget for that episode was already high, Judge did the producers a favor and did it for scale. Pleased, Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi promised to write an episode for him in the back half of the season.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 18, 2008 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 19, 2008 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: March 21-22, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on August 24, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.