Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Sheppard and Ronon find themselves under the influence of a Wraith mind-altering device that threatens to force the entire team to kill--each other!

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  • didnt like it at all

    i really didnt like it. hate it when they come up with there filler episodes. although it gave some background info on sheppard the whole story wasnt that interesting. there are some moments by sheppard and mckay which are absolutly hilarious. but these filler episodes are getting tiresome. i want to see more wraith battles and maybe a longer story involving ford. we havnt seen him for a while. if you havnt seen the episdoe yet and dont like filler episodes this isnt for you. but if you want a little back story on sheppard and by all means go for it.moreless
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    Phantoms was a good episode. It was not clear what happened to the first Atlantis team that went to the planet in this episode, and when Sheppards team arrives to investigate they find dead Genii soldiers who apparently killed each other. It is discovered that there is a Wraith Generator emmitting a strange frequency, but it takes effect before everyone can realize whats happening. Everyone sees something different in relation to their own subconscience minds. Teyla seemed to be immune, most likely because of her small amount of Wraith DNA. It was an action packed episode where we learned a little more about each of the characters. McKay is not always a selfish, and egotistical person. He was genuinely trying to show concern for the wounded, which was a nice aspect to show.moreless
  • Intergalactic travel and there's no body armor?? Come On...

    Let's see what I have for 100 words.

    *Intergalactic travel and there's no body armor?? Not even chest armor!! and why are they not using energy weapons? (why still use P90s!) And sometime I see solders wearing deck shoes instead of Army boots

    As much as I like to watch SGA (not as SG1. love to watch) the more I find their stupid screen writing.

    so as the previous episode Rodney's sister is brought to Atlantis to make use of one of her theories and what happened? Instead of creating a new powerful energy source they lost the one they already had.moreless
  • Random shooting.

    Ok, the idea - it was so clear after the first minutes - the team they went to search probably killed each other, and they will end up shooting each other too. So, did it went that way? Yes. So, on story, this episode had nothing to offer. It was all about how much you did liked them having hallucinations and the action and sneaking on the forest. The only thing that really surprised me, was when Beckett was having his hallucinations - I never even thought that the soldier he had there, was not real. So, there was surprised and there was great motion, but..moreless
  • ok episode...

    Ok, so it seems that Atlantis copies a lot from SG-1 but they add their own Atlantis twist to it. This episode is very similar to "Lost Paridise" (I think that is what it was called; it was the episode in season 6? where Maybourne and O'Neill got trapped on a moon and started becoming paranoid and tried to kill each other) Anyways, they were similar, but different in a sense. I don't mind Atlantis copying from SG-1 as long as they pull it off...and in this episode, they sort of did. I was getting a bit bored and it was getting a little annoying. It wasn't all bad though. I liked learning about John's past and seeing Carson freak out. Oh, and it was funny when McKay got shot. Overall, ok episode.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

Dexter Bell

Dexter Bell

Sgt. Barroso

Guest Star

Colby Johannson

Colby Johannson

Lt. Kagan

Guest Star

Anna Williams

Anna Williams

Female Tech

Guest Star

Dan Payne

Dan Payne

Super Soldier

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Goof: At varying points throughout the episode, Sheppard's P90 changes from having a scope to not having a scope and vice versa.

    • McKay: You shot me!

      In the Season 8 Stargate SG-1 episode "Lockdown," Daniel Jackson says the same thing after being shot by Jack O'Neill because Jackson was behaving much like the team in this episode. Sheppard's reaction was much like O'Neill's.

    • The Wraith device was intended to improve the mind manipulation process and allow them to cull more effectively.

    • The helicopter that Sheppard finds Captain Holland in his flashback is a Russian Mil Mi-24 better known as the Hind D. The Jet that Sheppard sees the UAV as is a A-10 Thunderbolt II nicknamed "Warthog" from the pilots and crews of the USAF.

    • Holland: Are we even going in the right direction?
      Sheppard: Yeah, west.
      Holland: Looks east to me.
      Sheppard: It's west.
      Holland: Because there's a whole mess of Taliban just east of here.
      (Later, after running into the Taliban)
      Holland: West?

      This is the second time in the series John Sheppard's lack of direction is mentioned. The first was in the Season 1 episode "Underground" when McKay accused Sheppard of being lost on their way back to the settlement from the Stargate. It is referred to again later in Season 3 when, in the episode "Submersion", Teyla and Ronon doubt Sheppard's claim of an "uncanny sense of direction".

    • McKay: He was calling for the Prometheus. That ship was destroyed last year.

      The Prometheus was the first US Air Force spaceship, introduced in Stargate SG-1's sixth season episode "Prometheus". It was destroyed in that show's ninth season episode "Ethon."

    • McKay: ...Ever since I was shot in the ass by an arrow, I've been prone to sciatica.

      This refers to the events in the teaser of the episode "Sateda."

    • The planet with the Wraith device was designated M1B-129.

    • Teyla was not affected by the visions her teammates and the other team and Genii science team were. Presumably this is because of the tiny amount of Wraith DNA she has in her system.

    • Goof: When Sheppard shoots Rodney he shoots him high on his left side yet when we see Rodney's bandage it is low on his left side.

    • This is the first episode to detail Sheppard's "black mark" in Afghanistan.

    • There were many obstacles involving the Stargate in this episode. The first being Major Leonard blowing up the DHD's power source making it impossible for McKay to dial it manually and the inability of Atlantis to make radio contact and send a power source. The second being the position of the gate in the forest surrounded by trees making it difficult to fit a Jumper.

    • This episode marks the brief appearance of the Kull Warriors in Major Leonard's flashback. The Kull warriors originally appeared in Stargate SG-1 in seasons 7 and 8. The Kull warriors were Anubis' super soldiers and was nearly impossible to kill unless a missile got a direct hit or they succumbed to one of the Tok'ra devices.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • McKay: (to Sheppard) Look, no. Even if we could somehow manually dial, there's no power. Your pal, Major Looney Tunes, knew exactly where to set the charge.

    • McKay: How is Kroger?
      Beckett: Kagan.
      McKay: Kagan, Kagan. What is it with me and names?

    • (while carrying the bodies to the gate)
      McKay (panting): Can we stop for a second?
      Sheppard: No.
      McKay: Look, I mean no disrespect but this guy's heavy, and ever since I was shot in the ass by an arrow, I've been prone to sciatica.

    • Beckett: (about a decayed corpse) He's been dead for months.
      McKay: No, really?

    • Sheppard: Got any ideas about killing me?
      Teyla: No.
      Sheppard: That's good to hear.

    • Teyla: Is that what made all these people kill each other?
      McKay: I hope so.
      Sheppard: You hope so?
      McKay: Otherwise, there are two bizarre things going on, and one is more than enough for me, thank you very much.

    • McKay: The Genii must have found this place, activated it somehow, and then couldn't figure out how to turn it off, so they did what any other good soldier would do in their situation.
      Sheppard: Shot the hell out of it.

    • Teyla: What is it?
      Ronon: I saw something.
      (short pause)
      McKay: Well what? Person? Animal? (exasperatedly) How many syllables?

    • Holland: Sheppard, when we get out of here... I'll make sure I say something really nice at your court martial.

    • Holland: Are we even going in the right direction?
      Sheppard: Yeah, west.
      Holland: Looks east to me.
      Sheppard: It's west.
      Holland: Because there's a whole mess of Taliban just east of here.
      (Later, after running into the Taliban)
      Holland: West?

    • Sheppard: Doc!(Pointing to another Corpse)
      McKay: Oh enough with the dead bodies!

    • Sheppard: (to McKay) Is there any other way to dial (the gate)? And don't say no if there is any possibility because I am not in the mood for your usual impossible heroics scheme.

    • Kagan: This frequency, can it hurt us?
      McKay: Nah, it's doubtful apart from the obvious sterility issues.
      Kagan: What? What?
      Sheppard: He's kidding (pause) You're kidding, right?

    • McKay: You shot me!
      Sheppard: Yes I shot you and I said I was sorry.
      Ronon: You shot me too!
      Sheppard: I´m sorry for shooting everyone!

    • McKay: (looking up to Sheppard by blown up DHD) We are so unbelievably screwed.

    • McKay: I'm picking up that puzzling energy reading.
      Beckett: What is it?
      McKay: Did I not just use the word "puzzling"?
      Beckett: Charming.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The footage of the Wraith Dart is a reuse from the episode "Rising (2)."

    • Director Martin Wood filmed the video camera footage and voiced the character of Largent.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 9, 2006 on Movie Central and November 6, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 13, 2006 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 17-18, 2007.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 24, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on May 18, 2009 on AXN Sci-Fi.

    • Nels Lennarson (Captain Holland) previously played Major Green in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Death Knell".

    • Dan Payne appeared as the super soldier in this episode, a role which he took up many times in Stargate SG1. However, this is not his first time appearing on Stargate Atlantis. He also appeared in "Sateda", as the "Uber Wraith" who taunted Ronon.


    • McKay: It's as if whoever turned it on dialed it up to eleven and just left it there.

      This is a reference to the comedy "mockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap, specifically an oft-quoted conversation (between the characters Nigel Tufnel and Marty DiBergi) about the dials on the band's amps going up to eleven, which naturally is "one louder" than ten.

    • McKay: Another Hardy Boys mystery.

      Referencing the well-known boy's mystery series penned by several writers under the pen name of Franklin W. Dixon, and featured in at least five different TV incarnations. The Hardy boys are the brothers Frank and Joe, typically amateur detectives who solve crimes and help out their father.