Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 1

No Man's Land (2)

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Awards:

      -This episode won a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects.

    • Rachel Luttrell voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • The teaser for this episode is a mix of scenes from the end of the previous episode "Allies" and new footage showing more details of the battle.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 14, 2006 on Movie Central and September 11, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on October 18, 2006 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: September 22-23, 2007.
      -This episode aired in Australia on February 21, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on April 20, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

    • Paul McGillion does not appear in this episode.

    • Christopher Heyerdahl, who previously played Halling (who was last seen in "The Siege 1"), now plays a Male Wraith.

  • Allusions

    • 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.