Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 1

No Man's Land (2)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 14, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Two Wraith Hive ships have captured Dr. McKay and Ronon and are on their way to Earth. It is up to Colonel Sheppard to rescue them and figure out a way to stop the Wraith from reaching a "new feeding ground".

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  • Dr. Elizabeth Wier, Will You Please Go Home!

    Good episode, but this series has two fatal flaws: Incompetent leadership by Dr. Wier, and blundering bad judgement on the part of Dr. McKay. Their stupidity is frequently accompanied by hasty decisions, like walking into a time portal after no more preliminaries than holding a camera taped to a stick through it, or allying with Genii already proven to be false. Weir's poor decisions as a commander have put her Atlants and crew at risk repeatedly. Plot contrivances! This weak writing is exacerbated by poor acting. Wier seems to possess only a few facial expressions, including the supposedly momentous narrowed gaze. McKay is just plain annoying. Get them both off the series. I hoped it would occur here in this episode, and looked forward to hearing the advisory committee tell Weir off, but nope. Stuck with her.moreless
  • See Summary

    No Man's Land was a strong season opener with plenty of action, drama, and strong characters playing their parts. I fear that the show is going to change through out the rest of this season into the 4th, but perhaps it will not be as bad as imagined. The Wraith are on their way to Earth, and the Daedelus stops them in their tracks more or less, and Sheppard who is believed to be dead, is onboard a hive ship now with Michael, planning to take over. The Daedelus is running out of life support, so they hit the Wraith with the biological weapon turning them into humans, except for the Queen, which was interesting. The writers keep me wanting to know what happens next. I can't wait to find out more!!!!moreless
  • ok episode....

    McKay and Ronan are captured on a wraith ship, Sheppard is hitching a ride on the wraith ship, the orion and dedalis (forgive the bad spelling) are off to pursue the wraith ships, and Weir is under political scrutiny. That's a lot of crap. The only part I really liked in the episode were McKay's funny moments. The story was ok at best, unoriginal, and boring. Weir's little story line was incredibly boring and slow. In the end, Micheal helps Sheppard and the two earth ships are badly damaged. Overall, not a very good story, pretty boring, just not a very good season premeire.moreless
  • The season begins with McKay and Ronon trapped on the Hive ship and Sheppard sitting in fighter attached to the hull. Weir orders the Daedalus and Orion to disable the two Hive ships at all costs. All of Weir's moves are being questioned by the IOA.moreless

    A solid continuation of the finale plot and the start of the third season. Not the cliffhanger the first season had but this has been pretty good.

    Ronon and McKay break lose of their bindings and try to cause havoc on the Hive ship. Michael realizes that his days are numbered and assists Sheppard once he is aware he is near the Hive ship.

    The Daedalus and Orion surprise the two Hive ships as they are resting between jumps and manage to destroy one and damage the other. The Orion is destroyed and the Daedalus is badly damaged. So they send the retrovirus canister over to the hive ship that's left and eventually take the ship over abandoning the Daedalus.

    Weir is ordered back to Earth so the IOA can second guess all of her decisions after the fact. Even when it comes time to make the Daedalus/Orion decision they leave it to Weir to decide so they can't be held responsible. True diplomatic hogwash.

    Man is there a stable of actors that work on Syfy channel productions. I've seen guest spots or special roles from half of the casts of almost every SciFi channel show ever made.

    So we have reached the two thirds spot of the three part season two finale/season three beginning. I am not sure what the next large obstacle will be but I'm sure it will be interesting. It looks like the cast stays pretty stable for season three at this point. I have high hopes of a return to season one glory. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Saving the Earth...

    Now, the hive ships are on their way to Earth and Weir has to take responsibilities for the trap they stepped. She sends those two ships they have after hives and she is called back to Earth.

    Sheppard is in the middle of nowhere, trying to do what he can to hurt hives and manages to get radio contact with Michael and he is helping him. They met with Rodney and Dex, who are up for the same. Atlantis ships arrive and we have very visual and stunning shooting. And the end.. their plan, the taking over hive. Where will the end up?moreless
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

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Angelique Naude

Angelique Naude

Young Female Scientist

Guest Star

Brahm Taylor

Brahm Taylor


Guest Star

Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Chinese Ambassador Shen Xiaoyi

Guest Star

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Michael Kenmore

Recurring Role

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Weir: General Landry has informed me that in light of fleet resources committed to fighting the Ori, the weapons platform in Antarctica, powered by a pair of Mark II generators, would be Earth's only defence.

      Mark II Naquadah generators are capable of a 600% power increase over Atlantis' Mark I reactors. It was brought to Atlantis by Colonel Everett's team to power the City's Weapons Chair in the episode "Siege (2)."

    • This is the first Stargate: Atlantis appearance of the International Oversight Advisory (I.O.A.) and several of its representatives including Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo), Chinese Ambassador Shen Xiaoyi (Tamlyn Tomita), and British Representative Russel Chapman (Andy Maton).

    • The Orion's hyperdrive managed to almost keep pace with the Daedalus in this episode, indicating it was equipped with the intergalactic version of Ancient hyperdrive unlike the Aurora which had the interstellar version.

    • In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed by the Orion. This brings the total to eight since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

    • Goof: In the "Previously on" segment, the Wraith Queens 'Double' voice is only the male portion. The Female voice was phased out.

    • The mention by Dr. Weir of Earth having no ships capable of defending Earth seems to indicate that this episode is chronologically supposed to occur after "Flesh and Blood", the season ten premiere of sister show Stargate SG-1.

    • The Wraith known as Michael is considered a pariah amongst the rest of the Wraith because of the retrovirus experiments on him. He is now again in the custody of the Atlantis team, but this time willingly.

    • Beckett's retrovirus was an almost-complete success, transforming every Wraith on the Hive ship (with the exception of the Queen) and erasing their memories.

    • Goof: When Michael takes Sheppard to where Ronon and McKay were being held, Sheppard says that they must have escaped as the pods were cut from the inside. However the pod he examined (McKay's) was cut from the outside by Ronon.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • McKay: OK, fine – they're reserved for people working on getting life support systems operational. We need those people as clear-headed as possible.
      Kleinman: And, by those people ...
      McKay: Yes, *I* will be one of them.

    • Lorne: It didn't work on [the Queen].
      McKay: Oh. Beckett wondered if the females would be immune.
      Lorne: Yeah. Something you might have mentioned before she almost killed me, Rodney.
      McKay: I only thought of it now.

    • Landry: How'd it go with the IOA?
      Weir: Oh, you know. I mean, does anyone ever come out of an IOA
      deposition saying; "That went well"?

    • (after he found breathing gear)
      McKay: Ah, now we're talking. How many more of these do we have?
      Kleinman: Twenty in total.
      McKay: How many people on board?
      Kleinman: In and around the two hundred mark.
      McKay: Oh, so I guess buddy-breathing our way through this one's out
      of the question.

    • Kleinman: I have a contact sir. A single Wraith ship, possibly a transport. It just left the hive and is on course for us. It's broadcasting a comm. On our frequencies.
      Caldwell: What the hell do they want?
      Zelenka: Maybe they want to surrender.
      Caldwell: Not likely. Let's hear it.
      (over comms, after he had been presumed dead)
      Sheppard: This is Colonel John Sheppard. Authentication code Alpha Seven Tango Three. Please respond.
      Caldwell: (to Kleinman) Open a channel. (to Sheppard) Colonel Sheppard. We'd written you off.
      Sheppard: Don't get all emotional on me now.

    • (trapped in a cocoon with Dex next to him, also trapped)
      McKay: Wonder what they'll do to us? Feed on us, probably. I mean, that's... that's what they do.
      Ronon: It's not gonna come to that.
      McKay: Maybe... Earth'll probably mount some kind of defense... In which case I imagine death would be instantaneous. Unless we're trapped on a
      deck and on fire or something, then we'd be burned alive. Well, burned alive or suffocate. I wonder what'd be worse: being life-sucked by the Wraith or, or, burned alive. I honestly couldn't
      consider two worse options.
      Ronon: Stop talking.
      McKay: OK, you know what? Make me!

    • Sheppard: (over radio) If you're near a radio, I need you to come in. I need to know your location. Guys?
      Michael: (responding over radio) Colonel Sheppard. Is that you?
      Sheppard: Who's this?
      Michael: You know me as Michael.
      Sheppard: Sorry. Got the wrong number.

    • Weir: So what do they really want?
      Landry: To point fingers, and cover their asses.
      Weir: I am honestly not sure how I will respond to that, sir.
      Landry: They're bureaucrats, Elizabeth. You'll have them for

    • Landry: Don't bite my head off, Elizabeth! The
      recall order didn't come from me.
      Weir: Who it came from doesn't matter.
      Landry: What if I told you it came from the President?
      Weir: I wouldn't believe you.
      Landry: And you'd be right.

    • Ronon: Stop worrying about it now. Just focus.
      McKay: Focus on what?! What is there to focus on?! I'm stuck in a
      Ronon: On getting out of here.
      McKay: Oh, right, of course! Why didn't I think of that?! Of
      course. Here goes... Uhmmm... No, still can't move.(Ronon continues to try and force himself through the webbing) I'm pretty sure they're struggle-proof there, big guy.

    • (Trapped in cocoons on the Wraith hive ship)
      McKay: You know, these things are actually quite comfortable. Surprisingly warm...takes all the pressure off the spine. S'pose it's as good a place as any to witness the end of humanity as we know it.
      Ronon: You're wasting your energy talking.
      McKay: Okay... Let's say a magic fairy comes down and grants you one wish, and we break out. Then what, huh? We're still on a hive, we're still traveling through hyperspace...probably in the massive void between our two galaxies where there aren't even planets, let alone stargates. What then, huh? What, we fly home on the wings of imagination, is that what we do, Ronon?

    • McKay: They couldn't have... Even if they somehow deduced the location of Earth, they still wouldn't have been able to get there, not unless they... they've downloaded something along with the Hive-Ship plans. Aw, it's something like spy-ware, it's like when I stupidly downloaded por... music, when I downloaded music.

    • Sheppard: Operation "This will most likely end badly" is a go.

    • McKay: I supposed I'd rather die as a hero than as a meal.

    • McKay: I'm going to be responsible for the destruction of my own planet!!!
      Ronon: If it was anyone, it was going to be you.

    • Michael: Please believe me when I say I was as deceived as you.
      Sheppard: Oh, I don't know, I was pretty deceived.

    • Sheppard: I managed to latch onto the hull of the hive before we went into hyperspace.
      Ronon: Nice move.
      Sheppard: Saw it in a movie once.

    • McKay: (trying to use the slimy control panel) Their operating system is a mess! Thank goodness I remember DOS.
      (Ronon doesn't respond.)
      McKay: Trust me, that was hilarious.

    • Michael: Good luck.
      Sheppard: Thanks! It'll be a walk in the park. (under his breath) A very scary park, filled with monsters who are trying to kill me.
      Michael: ... I don't understand.

    • Landry: Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts. And I think you've got that in spades.
      Weir: Churchill?
      Landry: Yeah, except for that last part about you. That was all me.

    • (Pondering whether or not to disengage the 302's docking clamps while in hyperspace)
      Sheppard: Okay, can't sit here forever. Hit 'em while they're in hyperspace and they'll never know what happened. Is that even possible? (Flashes back to a lunch conversation between McKay and Zelekna)
      McKay: There is no reason to believe that their hyperspace field is any different from ours and we can't launch 302s from the Daedalus while in hyperspace.
      Zelenka: I'm talking about maneuvering within the field, not passing through it. What do you think? Colonel?!?
      Sheppard: (Distracted while eyeing a pretty woman across the cafeteria) Hmmm? What? Yes!
      McKay: He's not listening.
      (Back to the present predicament)
      Sheppard: I've got to pay more attention to those guys! (Hits the "No" option on the computer screen)

  • NOTES (6)


    • Landry: Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts.

      This is a quote from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

    • Sheppard: Let Mikey try it!

      This is a line from a commercial from the 1980s for Life cereal, where two boys would give whatever food they had misgivings about to their younger brother, Mikey.

    • Sheppard: I managed to latch onto the hull of the hive before we went into hyperspace.
      Ronon: Nice move.
      Sheppard: Saw it in a movie once.

      This movie was most likely The Empire Strikes Back in which the Millennium Falcon latched onto a Star Destroyer.