Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 9


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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