Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 15


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • It's revealed that the blonde, Swedish, female scientist that has been seen throughout the series has the given name "Ellen".

    • Sheppard: I killed you.
      Kolya: You shot me. There's a difference.
      Sheppard: No – I killed you. Beckett confirmed it – you were dead.

      They are referring to the season 3 episode "Irresponsible."

    • The capsule and the premise of the Humanoid median are very similar to the Stargate SG-1 episode "Scorched Earth," where a large ship had been sent across the Milky Way to search and terraform a planet for a Sulfur based life form, the Gadmeer, as well as all of the organisms of their homeworld and the knowledge of their race.

    • Chronologically, this episode takes place several weeks after "The Prodigal" and nine months since the events of "The Seed."

    • McKay: We need to get rid of it. Look, the energy signature that device is giving off is very similar to one we encountered on M1B-129. It can induce mass hallucinations.

      McKay is referring to the Wraith device in the season 3 episode "Phantoms."

    • Sheppard: (referring to Dr. Parrish's alarming reaction to a plant) Oh god, Lorne warned me about this.

      Sheppard is referring to a scene in the season 2 episode "Runner" in which Dr. Parrish has a similar reaction to the discovery of a rare plant.

  • Quotes

    • Conrad: I'm sorry I made you doubt your sanity.
      Woolsey: Who are you? What are you?
      Conrad: I'm a physical manifestation of your subconscious romantic and sexual ideals.
      Woolsey: Oh, God...

    • Zelenka: My point is, it wouldn't hurt to be thorough.
      McKay: My point is your point is pointless.

    • McKay (irritably): I'm sorry, you know, I don't mean to complain or anything. It's just that, you know, I have spent the better part of a day making sure this was in working order ... (He gestures at the device.) It'd be kind of nice, you know, just to get a little face time with the...
      (He gestures angrily at the device again.)
      Conrad: Here you are, Doctor McKay.
      (Rodney turns in surprise as he hears her voice.)
      Conrad: The true form of the Sakari.
      (She morphs into a slender, bald, skeletal humanoid shape with a silver skin. Rodney stares.)
      McKay: Neat!
      (Richard smiles a little at the alien.)
      Woolsey: Good luck.
      (It bows its head to him. A transporter beam whisks the device away and the image of the alien melts away. John and Rodney start to leave the room.)
      Sheppard: "Neat"?!
      McKay: What? It caught me off guard! What did you want me to say?! What would you have said?
      Sheppard: Uh, "weird."

    • Woolsey: Hello there, Chet.
      Chuck: It's Chuck.
      Woolsey: Excuse me?
      Chuck: It's Chuck, sir. My name is Chuck.
      Woolsey: Oh, of course! Chuck (pause) Chet's on the late shift.
      (He walks away as Chuck looks him and shakes his head in irritation.)
      Chuck: There is no Chet.

    • McKay: Hey. What happened to your offworld foofoora? Thought you were the guest of honor at some big diplomatic dinner on M2J.
      Zelenka: Yeah, I was, but the festivities ended early when three members of Lieutenant Donovan's team suffered a severe allergic reaction to something that we were served at the grand banquet.
      McKay: Yeesh.
      Zelenka: Come to think of it, I think it might have been those little green berries with the purple specks on them, because my tongue did seem a little bit numb afterwards...
      McKay (already bored): Yeah. F.Y.I., this conversation ended six seconds ago.

    • Ronon: (about Woolsey) Sometimes when I walk by his quarters at night, I hear him crying.
      McKay: What? Really?
      Ronon: No.

    • Zelenka: Oh, you'll think of something.
      McKay: Really? What makes you so sure?
      Zelenka: Well, because you're brilliant.
      McKay: That's true, that doesn't mean I'm going to…. wait a minute, what did you say? Why did you say that? Are you sick? Am I sick? What have you heard?
      Zelenka: No, nobody's sick, Rodney. I said you're brilliant, Rodney, because… you are. I rarely say it because you're a difficult man to compliment. You're egotistical, you're arrogant, you're stubborn…
      McKay: And brilliant.
      Zelenka: Yes, Rodney, you're brilliant.

    • McKay: I'm not getting anywhere with that. I mean, despite the fact that I am a genius.
      Zelenka: I said you were brilliant, I didn't say you were a genius.
      McKay: Aw, same diff.

    • Zelenka: Sorry, I just… I didn't want to disturb you. You seemed deep in thought.
      McKay: I'm always deep in thought. Keep me sharp. And sleepless.

    • Woolsey: You poached my private spot.
      Conrad: What?
      Woolsey: Uh, what I meant to say is you discovered my personal little area.

    • Conrad: John, I realize it may have been an unpleasant experience.
      Sheppard: Yeah, well, just a little bit.
      McKay: What? You can see her too?
      Conrad: And I want you to know I'm sorry for what you had to go through.

    • Woolsey: So what happens to you when you reach your final destination?
      McKay: Destination, uh, um, you're talking to the A.I. aren't you?

    • Parrish: Colonel, where were you? Do you have any idea how long we've been sitting here waiting…?
      Sheppard: Shut up. Get in the jumper.

    • Kolya: You disappoint me, John. I didn't think you'd be this easy to break. Even those two scientists you came with put up more of a fight. Before we killed them. Just another two you couldn't save.

    • Kolya: You're an interesting man, Sheppard. You travel to another galaxy, risk your life defending a bunch of people you don't even know. You ask me, you're either someone with a death wish, or someone running away from something. So tell me, what are you running away from?

    • Kolya: Last chance, Johnny-boy. Are you gonna give me that IDC? Didn't think so.

    • Sheppard: Tell me what plan B is, or are you just gonna surprise me?
      Kolya: I'm gonna have my men repair the damage they did to your Puddle Jumper, and use it to attack the city.
      Sheppard: Well, I hate to be mister negative but I can think of at least one problem your gonna run into.
      Kolya: Yes, I know all about the Ancient gene needed to operate the Jumper. But that's not gonna be a problem. Because you're gonna give us a hand.

    • Kolya: You can tolerate more than any man I've ever known. Now why is that?
      Sheppard: Well, I was married once.
      Kolya: Huh. You're here in the Pegasus Galaxy to protect your people. But half the time you can't even do that. That's what drives you, isn't it? Your past failures. (punches Sheppard) You think by not giving me your IDC you're keeping your people safe? You're just putting off the inevitable. It's over, you can't protect hem. You, those scientists, your friends back on Atlantis, they're as good as dead…I see that asking nicely isn't working. I'm going to have to make other plans.

    • Sheppard: What are you gonna do?
      Kolya: Send an explosive through your gate. Cripple the city's defenses. But for that I'm gonna need something from you. I think you call it an IDC.
      Sheppard: Go to Hell.
      Kolya: Yeah. I thought you'd need some convincing.

    • Sheppard: I killed you.
      Kolya: You shot me. There's a difference.
      Sheppard: No, I killed you. Beckett confirmed it, you were dead.
      Kolya: Yeah, I'm sure that's what he thought. Let's just say your friend, what was his name, Lucius? He wasn't the only one using ancient technology that day.
      Sheppard: How'd you get here? How'd you find us?
      Kolya: Turns out some of your off world contacts aren't as trustworthy as you think. Your secret's out Sheppard.

    • Sheppard: (referring to Dr. Parrish's alarming reaction to a plant) Oh god, Lorne warned me about this.

    • Sheppard: You know what I don't get, is the A.I. thing revealed itself that morning, you discovered the device that afternoon. I mean, that's perfect timing.
      Woolsey: The Colonel's right, that's very coincidental.
      McKay: I know what you're implying, ok, but my mind was clear. That device was found because of my brilliant thinking and, as much as I hate to admit it, a little help from Zelenka.
      Sheppard: What are you talking about? Zelenka's off world.
      McKay: No, he's not, he came back yesterday…Lieutenant Donovan had a nasty reaction to something he ate, they came back early. Didn't they?
      (McKay realizes he met the A.I. too)
      McKay: Son of a…
      Sheppard: Guess it wasn't that much of a coincidence after all.

    • Kolya: As a soldier you were a threat. If anyone was to use force to secure the repository, it would have been you, the military man. So I connected with your mind to distract you.
      Sheppard: Distract me. Making me think the jumper had been sabotaged would have been enough of a distraction.
      Kolya: You would have discovered the subterfuge. I am unable to maintain a static illusion over time. It was necessary to keep your mind occupied.
      Sheppard: And that's what you chose.
      Kolya: What you chose, I didn't have full control over your hallucination, or the direction it took. It was your mind driving the diversion. I merely played along.
      Sheppard: You're saying I tortured myself.
      Kolya: You torture yourself every day, John. But in this case it was your mind manifesting your darkest fears. You were the architect of your own self-deception.

  • Notes

    • Anna Galvin (Dr. Vanessa Conrad) previously played Dr. Reya Varrick in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Collateral Damage."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 17, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 25, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on January 2, 2009 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on October 28, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 24, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: March 6-7, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 28, 2010 on 7TWO.

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