Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 12


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 17, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When the Wraith discover that a small group of survivors of Michael's release of the modified Hoffan drug are hiding among the population of a village on another planet, Sheppard and his team must convince the entire village to evacuate before a Hive Ship arrives.

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    Outsiders was a great episode of Stargate Atlantis. There was lots of action, drama, and intrigue. It was also good to see the Wraith still out there causing trouble as usual. I liked that the episode also had some character development. Its also good to see Beckett back in action, he was very missed. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out. This episode is good, however it adds to the list of episodes that don't seem to have any thing to do with a major story line, or of any significance at all. I hope that future episodes pick up the pace a little!!!moreless
  • may i ask why episode 13 is being released before episode 12? just curious is it because 12 has a spoiler in it ? but just want you guys too know your doing a super sensational job with the series and can't wait for each episodemoreless

    may i ask why episode 13 is being released before episode 12? just curious is it because 12 has a spoiler in it ? but just want you guys too know your doing a super sensational job with the series and can't wait for each episode and more and more action to impact my life and i kinda think a few of the cast are alike with me so i want to see what they do next lol wish something like that could happen in real life because i wonder how we could stand up to an enemy like the wraith would we all have to wear bullit proof jackets to help stop the life sucking lol thanx from Slickinatormoreless
  • Loved seeing the whole team plus Beckett!

    It was great to see Carson again! Poor Carson, feeling guilty for the Hoffan drug and doing what he can to help those affected by it, truely a noble cause. I was glad to see Team Sheppard show up to help Carson as much as possible, it was great to see everyone together again! But then trouble shows up and the rest of the show is about how they deal with that trouble and save not only themselves but others as well. Seeing Carson and Rodney together was great and seeing Rodney being the brave and optimistic one shows just how much he has grown since the first season! Overall, this episode was made of win! The TPTB need to serioulsy reconsider their decision to cancel this great show and renew it!moreless
  • A capable diversion

    After the overstuffed "Lost Tribe", this episode feels almost decompressed. It's ostensibly connected to the overall season arc in terms of the post-Michael status quo for the Wraith, but it's scope is relatively small. I suppose that's not much of a surprise. Thankfully, there was an update on the beloved Dr. Beckett and some clarification on the Wraith situation.

    I'll address the Wraith situation first. During "The Queen" and "First Contact", I couldn't figure out why the Wraith would actually want to lose their ability to feed on humans. Was the line from McKay in the recap for this episode cut from "The Queen"? Because I don't remember the "spoiling of the food supply" issue coming up in that episode at all, despite the fact that it's probably the most important element of the debate. Without mentioning the potential cost to the Wraith if they don't change their ways, their motivation to do so is completely nebulous. (If it was mentioned in "The Queen", then I take full responsibility for missing the point!)

    Whatever the case, this episode did remind me of that rather important detail, and I imagine it did the same for a number of other fans. I can only hope that it has something to do with subsequent events in the rest of the fifth season, because otherwise, it would be a waste of valuable time. I like the fact that Todd is not the only Wraith looking for a way to resolve challenges and gain advantage; it's far better to show us that fact than tell us in passing. It also underscores the reality that the Wraith are not just sitting back and allowing their species to fall into ruin. Michael, the Asurans, and the rogue Asgard may have dealt them serious setbacks, but they are still a threat.

    Dr. Beckett is also working on Michael's plague, which shouldn't be surprising. It makes sense for Earth to dispatch him to research and resolve some of the issues that Michael set in motion in the Pegasus Galaxy, since he was involved in their creation. It touches on the sense of responsibility that Team Atlantis and the SGC must take in terms of the Pegasus Galaxy state of play.

    Much of the episode is a meditation on trust, and we've seen it before. When things are good and there are no perceived threats, everyone gets along. Apply a little jeopardy, and the divisions begin. It's not surprising that some of the villagers would turn on the Balarans, but it is surprising that the Balarans would turn on Team Atlantis. It's all about survival in the end, even in terms of defeating the Wraith.

    Thanks to some nice Rodney/Carson interaction (which is sorely missed), this episode manages to find some distinctiveness, despite the relatively bland and familiar story. Unfortunately, I doubt many fans will point to this as one of the best episodes of the season, and it's the kind of episode you easily skip when skimming through the DVDs.moreless
  • Beckett is back..

    Oh, I just love episodes with Beckett, I would say (exclude Whispers). So, I think when I realized this one has Beckett, I liked it from the first minute.

    But that would not be enough - episode need much more than just chars we like. This one had action, yes, we had wining McKay (who never seems to be happy with anything) and I adore the whole Hoffan drug storyline from the start till now. So, I could say, we had much more. The start of the episode was strong and end too but somewhere in middle, the motion just got little slower.

    I loved the new shades of Beckett we saw as I have never seen him stand up and speak his mind so loudly. So, great episode.moreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Joel Polis

Joel Polis


Guest Star

Tyler McClendon

Tyler McClendon

Second in Command Wraith

Guest Star

Aaron Craven

Aaron Craven

Commander Wraith

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Sheppard: Look, even if you co-operate with the Wraith, there's no guarantee they're gonna keep their word. They may just kill all of you for being an inconvenience.

      Past events supports Sheppard's statement. In the episode "Sateda" the planet that was culled, because Ronon brought the Wraith there when he was a Runner, was promised to be left alone if they turned him over to them if he returned. When Ronon and the team returned to this village Ronon was captured and turned over but the Wraith did not keep their promise and the village was destroyed.

    • McKay: Ronon's friend Tyre was pretending to be in league with the Wraith but really he was on our side so... he let us out.

      McKay is referring to the episode "Broken Ties."

    • McKay: Ah, let's see. Uh, last time, Teyla was posing as a Queen, so, um... you know, she had us released.

      McKay is referring to the episode "The Queen."

    • The Balarans were infected by Michael with the Hoffan drug and most of the people died. The survivors left Balar and were taken in by villagers on another planet.

    • Nitpick: When the Wraith are waiting by the gate with the prisoners one of them comes up and whispers something into the commanders ear but it has been strongly pointed out several times that the Wraith are telepathic and can communicate thoughts to one another, so why bother whispering?

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Rodney asked Carson if he wanted to grab something to eat but he's looking over Dr. Keller's research about the serum on the computer instead)
      McKay: Well, you don't have to do this now. I'll download the data to a drive and you can just, you know, take it with you.
      Beckett: Actually, you can't. Mr Woolsey doesn't want it leaving the base.
      McKay: Oh.
      Beckett: I'm sorry, Rodney.
      McKay (grumpily): Well, I don't care. No, I was just trying to stop you from whining about never seeing me. All right.
      (He turns and walks away. Carson calls after him.)
      Beckett: Rodney, wait.
      (Rodney turns back to him.)
      Beckett: Now that I think of it, I am a wee bit peckish. Besides, I can't solve all the galaxy's problems in one day, can I?
      McKay (pointing to himself): Well, I said ...
      Beckett (smiling): Shut it. Right, let's go.
      (Shutting down the lid of the laptop, he puts his jacket on and follows Rodney out of the room.)
      Beckett: So, interested in anyone these days?
      McKay: Me? No, I'm, I don't ... (he babbles incoherently.)
      Beckett: You're a terrible liar, Doctor McKay! Tell me, tell me, tell me!

    • (In the Wraith dart, Rodney takes hold of a lever and presses the top of it several times.)
      Beckett: What are you waitin' for?
      McKay: Well, it should just fire up.
      Beckett: Well, it didn't.
      McKay: Yeah, I know that, but it doesn't make any sense. I mean, a canopy should form over our heads. Maybe there's some kind of a weight limit.
      Beckett (indignantly): What's that supposed to mean?
      McKay: I mean because there's two of us!
      Beckett: Well, maybe you need a key or something.
      McKay (angrily): It's not a Volkswagen, Carson! Ok, look...these are obviously the flight controls; that makes that propulsion, so ...
      (He keeps pressing the button on the top of the lever but still nothing happens.)
      Beckett: How'd you come up with that brilliant conclusion?
      McKay: It's just common sense! (He slaps the console angrily.) Ah, come on!
      Beckett: Right, common sense.
      McKay (shouting furiously): Look, what do you want from me? It's not like there's labels!

    • (after reaching the Wraith dart)
      McKay: Oh, come on.
      (McKay runs toward the cockpit's seat. Beckett scrambles up onto the side of the cockpit.)
      McKay: What are you doing?!
      Beckett: I'm gettin' in.
      McKay: We can't both fit in here!
      (Beckett squeezes in beside him.)
      Beckett: You're damn right I can! Now shove over!
      (Carson crams his way in beside Rodney, who glares at him.)
      McKay: Comfy?
      Beckett: Peachy!

    • Beckett: What are we doing, exactly?
      McKay: What do you think? Looking for a way off the ship.
      Beckett: By wandering aimlessly through the hallways?
      McKay: I'm not wandering aimlessly. I'm exploring. There's a big difference.

    • (Beckett stares at one of the consoles, then goes across to another one and inserts a glass crystal into it)
      McKay: What is it? You got something?
      Beckett: No.
      McKay: You sure? You've got one of those Beckett faces.

    • Beckett: If you think I'm gonna help you, you're sorely mistaken.
      Wraith: I anticipated you might say that, which is why I'm prepared to offer you an incentive. Thus far, I have spared the lives of the people on the planet below. If you cooperate, I will continue to do so, but if either of you try to cross me in any way...
      McKay: (rolling his eyes) Yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah, we get the picture.

    • (after being captured by the Wraith and taken to the hive ship)
      Beckett: What're we gonna do?
      McKay: All right, just don't – don't panic. Don't panic. I've got lots of experience escaping from these things.
      Beckett: You do?
      McKay: Oh, yeah, yeah. Been in this situation dozens of times – always figured a way out.
      Beckett: How, exactly?
      McKay: Ah, let's see. Uh, last time Teyla was posing as a Queen, so, know, she had us released.
      Beckett: Not much chance of that happening.
      McKay: No, I guess not.
      Beckett: How about the time before that?
      McKay: Ronon's friend Tyre was pretending to be in league with the Wraith but really he was on our side so...(he hesitates for a while)... he let us out.
      Beckett: I'm startin' to sense a pattern here. You've actually never really escaped from one of these cells on your own, have you?
      McKay: (smiling at him hopefully) First time for everything, right?

    • Sheppard: What are the odds of you two getting by them?
      Ronon: Pretty good.
      Teyla: Slim, actually.

    • Sheppard: Is Jervis taken care of?
      Teyla: He and his men have been locked up. They will not be giving us any more trouble. Though I do not think it was necessary to stun them.
      Ronon: Felt good, though.

    • Beckett: Rodney, Rodney, wake up.
      McKay: Oh god, is it me… or have they juiced up the stun weapons?

    • Beckett: How long is this going to take, Rodney?
      McKay: Do I rush you while you're performing complicated surgery?
      Beckett: Aye, it's been known to happen.

    • McKay: I've flown jumpers before.
      Beckett: I've been to Tokyo before, doesn't mean I can speak Japanese.
      McKay: Well how hard can it be?

  • NOTES (6)