Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 15


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 01, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

After the death of his father, Sheppard returns to Earth where he learns that scientists have created a human-form Replicator that is now on the loose.

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    Outcast was a different episode. We find Sheppard returning to Earth upon the news of his fathers death. I guess that they did not tal much or get along, as he has said in the past that he doesn't have family. I'm curious about this. However the episode it self is entertaining and gives more in depth insights into the characters involved. To add to the drama, some US scientists have created a human form replicator, which is now on the loose. I don't think that this episode was vital to any particular story line, but it did have some points that may come into play in the future.moreless
  • A fun little filler episode with plenty of action and an attractive mysterious guest star to boot. Based on the premise that a replicator had been made from scratch on Earth and John hearing about the death of his father. Hemoreless

    A fun little filler episode with plenty of action and an attractive mysterious guest star to boot. Based on the premise that a replicator had been made from scratch on Earth and John hearing about the death of his father. He and Ronan go to Earth and the decision to have Ronan tag along was great comic relief. The episode was fun with plenty of action plus with Earth corporation having the ability to make replicators it opens doors for more stories. In the end the replicator girl who helped the team. Of course was taken out of commission but it was nice they put her mind in a program making her think she'd been let go. Didn't do anything for the season as a whole but was still a fun hour of my time.moreless
  • Sheppard go to Earth to his father's funeral, and along the way discover that some kind of human replicator have been made on earth...

    This story is boring... everytime they try to deviate from Atlantis, The Pegasus Galaxy and the main story line, i'm bored to death...Except maybe with McKay's sister, but that's another story!

    But OMG this one is so lame!!!! You don't care about Sheppard's so called "pain", or he's ex-wife, or the replicator and this "chase" they have going on on earth.

    It was much more fun when they were making episodes about some unknown technology dicovered on Atlantis, and even the Genii were much better opposants, even if they became too recurring at one point.

    Anyway, please please please , don't do this again! Earth is always boring!!! We wanna travel in space, meet the bad guys, some new technology, some unknown foes, but replicator have been used too much!moreless
  • I didn't really like this one...

    Sheppard goes back to earth upon hearing of his father's death. I guess I like this episode in the sense that we learn more about Sheppard and his past and his character. However, the story was stupid. A replicator asked for help, Jack and Ronan not knowing it was a replicator, to find another replicator. In the end, the other replicator was destroyed. I just thought the story was stupid and predictable. It wasn't original and it just sucked. There were still some good character moments, but not enough to make the episode any good. Overall, not a very good episode.moreless
  • Great story but what are we doing here?

    Great story but what are we doing here?

    This story really has it all. A call to adventure. Constantly rising stakes. Chase scenes. Fights. Gun fire. A twist for an ending. All doled out with great pacing. Except why is this on Earth?

    Sheppard's father has died prompting him to return to Earth. Ronan goes along for no apparent reason. We learn Sheppard was rich and rebelled against his father. I suppose that's meant to be a surprise even though we've known since the beginning Sheppard was a rebel and he's proved it for the past 3 ½ years. We meet Sheppard's ex-wife three times but there doesn't seem to be any chemistry with her or any former chemistry either. We also meet Sheppard's brother but scenes between them get cut off pretty quickly and don't really go anywhere.

    While at the wake/reception, Sheppard gets the call to adventure. A human form replicator has been grown from the nanites we first saw in "Miller's Crossing." This replicator is on the loose but it's never clear what threats he poses to Earth. Both Sheppard and Rowan answer the call to adventure and start doing all the heroic things we've come to expect from them. And, it's all pretty good from an action/adventure standpoint. Except, why is Sheppard in charge? This isn't his command base. He doesn't have any particular expertise. The planet is crawling with military people who could handle this. You think someone would step forward and tell him to get lost. It's all clearly out of the boundaries you'd expect from the show. And, I would have to say that when a show starts looking for (and creating) an exciting premise that's outside its usual boundaries, it might be getting to close to "jumping the shark." Is this an admission that they can't serve up anything new in the Pegasus/Atlantis framework and have to turn back to Earth for a storyline?

    I'll rate the episode high for being adventurous but will have to lower it for seemingly breaking format.

    Also, I'm not sure that what little gets added to the character is worth it.moreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

Kari Wuhrer

Kari Wuhrer


Guest Star

Stephen E. Miller

Stephen E. Miller

Dr. Richard Poole

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Dave Sheppard

Guest Star

Dean Marshall

Dean Marshall

Agent Bates

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Bill Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • McKay: Hey, I heard what happened. I'm very sorry.
      Sheppard: Thanks.
      McKay: You okay?
      Sheppard: Yeah, I'm fine.
      McKay: You know, I requested to go back with you, but the ancient device on M7G-677's malfunctioning.
      Sheppard: That the planet with all the kids?
      McKay: Yeah.
      Sheppard: That should be fun for you.
      McKay: Believe me, I'd get out of it if I could. But without the EM field they're an easy target for the Wraith. Guess it's just bad timing.
      Sheppard: Don't worry about it.
      McKay: If you or...
      Sheppard: Rodney, I'm fine.
      McKay: Right.

    • Ronon: How're you doing? (Sheppard shrugs) It's one hell of a week.
      Sheppard: Yeah.

    • Dave: John, I was thinking we should probably...
      Sheppard: Something came up, I gotta go.
      Dave: It's Dad's wake.
      Sheppard: I know, but this is work related.
      Dave: Oh, oh, what is it top secret, national security, that sort of thing?
      Sheppard: Something like that.
      Dave: You know, this is so typical.
      Sheppard: You got something to say just say it.
      Dave: Look, there's just one thing I wanna know. What's your level of expectation here?
      Sheppard: What are you talking about?
      Dave: I mean are you gonna challenge the will? I have no idea what it says of course, but I think I can guess.
      Sheppard: That's what you want. You wanna talk about the money?
      Dave: That's why you're here isn't it? You've been gone a long time John, it's not such a stretch.
      Sheppard: You got nothing to worry about.
      Dave: Hey, if I've got the wrong impression of you it's not my fault. You're the one who left. Remember? I stayed, I looked after Dad, I ran the business while you're off doing God knows what.
      Sheppard: I'm assuming, that's what Dad wanted.
      Dave: No, no, it's not John. Dad regretted what happened between you two. Right up to the end.

    • Nancy: You know, your dad was always very good to me.
      Sheppard: Well, in his mind, marrying you was probably the best thing I ever did.

    • Ronon: So, what do we do now?
      Sheppard: Well, mostly people sit around, drink, eat, (looks at Ronon's plate) some more than others. But mostly they talk. They don't know what to say, but they talk.

    • (Sheppard is talking, in a park, with his ex-wife, Nancy.)
      Nancy: Well, this is a surprise.
      Sheppard: Why's that?
      Nancy: Two John Sheppard encounters in two days? I hardly saw you that much when we were married. What can I do for you?
      Sheppard: Er...I need a favor? Erm...I need as much information as possible about project possibly codenamed Archetype.
      Nancy: You want me to use my security clearance to get you classified information?
      Sheppard: Well, I didn't say it was a small favor.
      Nancy: Do you know how hard I've worked to get to where I am? if I get caught doing something like this, I could lose everything!
      Sheppard: Well, I know. I wouldn't ask you if it wasn't important.
      Nancy: (Sighs) Alright, what's it about?
      Sheppard: (Pauses) ...I can't tell ya.
      Nancy: Ha, that's typical!
      Sheppard: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
      Nancy: I haven't seen you in over four years and now you want me to put my job on the line and you won't even tell me why?!
      Sheppard: Alright, when you put it that way, it sounds a little crappy.
      Nancy: Well, I'm glad you noticed! It's too bad you didn't a little earlier, say when we were still together?! When I think back to all those times when you would just take that call and leave, no apologies, no explanations. For all I knew, you were half-way around the world flying secret missions into Somalia!
      Sheppard: That's ridiculous! I've never been to Somalia.
      Nancy: North Korea, then!
      Sheppard: There's a big difference.
      (Nancy gives Sheppard a look)
      Nancy: I put up with your secrets then, John, I don't have to do it now.
      Sheppard: You're right.

    • Nancy: You know, it's funny. When you and I were together, I couldn't stand it when you wouldn't be able to tell me where you were going, or what you were doing. And now, every once in a while, I catch Grant looking at me the same way.
      Nancy: When I did some snooping around, I took the liberty of asking a few questions about you, John.
      Sheppard: That's probably not such a good idea.
      Nancy: Yeah, I got that impression. I've seen walls go up quickly before, but never like this, and whatever you're into, it's obviously big, and, my guess is, very dangerous. I just want you to be careful.
      Sheppard: Well, you know me!
      Nancy: Yeah, that's the problem.
      Nancy: Goodbye, John.

    • (Dr. Lee is working on the Apollo's computer systems. Sheppard walks up)
      Dr. Lee: (Mutters to himself) Stupid emergency contact, should never have answered the damn phone.
      Sheppard: Come on, doc. It's not so bad.
      Dr. Lee: That was my first vacation in three years! Two weeks all inclusive. Nothing but surf, sun and skimpy bikini's as far as the eye could see. Then, they beam me right out of the damn hotel room!
      Sheppard: Looks like they did you a favor. Next time, use a little sunblock, all right?

    • (Sheppard, Ronon and Dr. Lee are discussing the replicator "Ava", after she was put in the virtual world)
      Dr. Lee: Anyway, now she has a whole virtual world to explore.
      Sheppard: Should keep her pretty busy for a while.
      Ronon: So, what happened to the rest of her?
      Dr. Lee: Oh, they deactivated the bonds between her nanites, effectively breaking her into base elements.
      (Ronon looks at Sheppard)
      Sheppard: They scrapped her.

    • (Sheppard, Bates, Ronon and Dr. Lee are aboard the Apollo, looking through some classified files)
      Dr. Lee: Oh, she wasn't kidding. So far, it's a whole lot of nothing. Lab requisitions, non-disclosure agreements - oh! Here's an exciting one; an internal memo reminding employees not to use the south parking lot due to ongoing repaving.

    • Sheppard: I told you I had an ex-wife, right?
      Ronon: Yeah, why?
      Sheppard: Here she comes.

    • Sheppard: My dad's idea of teenage rebellion was going to Stanford instead of Harvard. (Ronon gives a blank look) Nevermind.

    • Ronon: I watched it last night. There was hardly any fighting.
      Sheppard: It's not about fighting.
      Ronon: Then why's it called Blades of Glory?
      Sheppard: It is about skate blading.
      Ronon: And this is a real sport? Men and women dancing around on ice?
      Sheppard: Unfortunately.
      Ronon: Your planet's weird.
      Sheppard: You can say that again.

  • NOTES (7)