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Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Lt. Aiden Ford
Dr. Rodney McKay
Dr. Carson Beckett
Dr. Peter Grodin
On the behind the scenes for this episode it says the director was Andy Mikita when in fact the director is James Head.
Goof: The equipment pack seen behind John in the Puddle Jumper when he comes to help with the orbital battle displays the "Atlantis" logo of the television series' promotional titles, rather than the 'Pegasus & chevron' symbol of the fictional Atlantis expedition.
At the end of the episode Chaya and Sheppard "share each other." This is the same thing that the Ancient Orlin and Samantha Carter did in the Stargate SG-1 season 5 episode "Ascension."
Goof: While Chaya and Major Sheppard are talking at the porch, she is sitting on the floor and he is standing up, while they are having the conversation, he is correctly looking straight down at her while she is wrongfully looking straight forward in a hard 'eye contact' manner when she was supposed to be looking up, considering he is in an upper position.
This episode marks the first direct contact between the Stargate Atlantis team and 'The Ancients'.
When he first arrives on the planet, Sheppard's jacket bears the usual Atlantis and US flag patches on the arms, however by the time he talks to Chaya the patches are gone. Later, as Weir welcome Chaya to Atlantis, the patches are back. It seems odd that after displaying them to an entire village, he'd remove them for a meeting with only one person, then replace them for that same person to see.
McKay: (about Chaya refusing to harbor fugitives) You are hiding behind your religion to justify your complete and utter selfishness.
McKay: If Athar existed, she would be ashamed of herself.
McKay: More importantly, it is protected by that weapon of yours.
Chaya: Weapon? I'm aware of no such thing on Proculus.
Sheppard: You sure about that?
McKay: Oh, please.
Sheppard: Rodney, best behavior.
McKay: This is as good as it gets, Major.
Chaya: Your words are most compelling, Major Sheppard.
Sheppard: Thank you. You know, I was going for compelling.
Sheppard: We knew going into it that it was probably going to be a one-way trip, but we thought what we would find here would be worth the risk.
Chaya: And is it?
Sheppard: So far. Ask me again when the Wraith show up.
McKay: You got it working.
McKay: Well, do we know what it does?
Grodin: It would appear to be an internal-external biometric sensor array.
McKay: See, now, sadly, I understood that. Where did all those Saturday nights go?
McKay: Alright, there may be a way to find out. You're opening negotiations with her this morning, right? (After Elizabeth nods) OK, well let me sit in. I'll pretend to be taking notes on the laptop when really I'll be scanning her for anomalies: radiation, EM scans, energy signatures. That way, if I am crazy, you and I are the only ones who need to know. What's the harm?
Weir: Alright, but be discreet.
McKay: I'm Mr. Discreet!
Sheppard: Well, I mean... nothing. It's just that this is the first time I've been in a romantic situation with a woman from another planet, and it just strikes me as really, um…
Sheppard: No! God, no! Just, just funny. I'm sorry. I… I just thought that I would, uh...
Chaya: You said it yourself. We're both human.
Sheppard: Yes, we are. And I'm really glad you didn't say 'family', otherwise I'd have to leave.
Chaya:(Eating strawberries) Mmmm, this is delicious.
Sheppard: Well enjoy it while you can because it's the last of what we have.
Chaya: Then I am honored.
Sheppard: When McKay finds out he's gonna kill me.
Chaya: Athar will save you.
Sheppard:(Laughing) Oh, good.
Weir: I asked Major Sheppard to keep an eye on her.
McKay:(laughing) Well, which is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.
Sheppard: Doctor Weir wanted me to make sure that Chaya saw everything.
Sheppard: Well, not everything. Uh... Chaya mentioned she wanted to see the best view of the city at night which I think is at the top of the south west pier and... and since it's such a long walk I thought I'd... bring along a few provisions.
Teyla: Continuing our efforts to secure a treaty.
Sheppard: Exactly. Yeah.
Teyla: As our ambassador.
Sheppard(nodding): I'm an ambassador and she is a diplomat.
Teyla: On a late night... picnic?
McKay: Look, someone should be keeping an eye on her.
Grodin: Major Sheppard is.
McKay: Oh... I'm sure he is.
Grodin: Not entirely for the reasons you think. Doctor Weir asked him to.
McKay: I'm sure she did.
Sheppard: Atlanteans are good at lots of things, but writing instruction manuals wasn't one of them. We should probably wrap this tour up. I know Doctor Weir is anxious to talk to you.
Chaya: Will I see you after that?
Sheppard:(smiling a little) And during.
Beckett: Well, my dear. It seems you are just as lovely on the inside as you are on the out. If health is synonymous with beauty...
Chaya: Sanctuary... For so many?
Sheppard: Well... We're not talking about everybody in the galaxy showing up at your doorstep.
Teyla: What Doctor McKay means is that we wish to offer our thanks. We were attacked by the Wraith and would have been killed had it not been for Athar's intervention.
Sheppard: Pale skin, sunken eyes, suck the life out of you with their hands.
Zarah: Well then glory to Athar for bringing you here safely.
Zarah: The provider and protector of all. Surely you know.
Teyla: Athar is known by many names among the stars.
McKay: Is... Athar around? We'd love to talk to him. We're friends.
Zarah: Athar is friend to all. And with us always. Even now.
McKay: Of course. (Putting his hands up) Hi Athar.
McKay: So just to confirm we're all still definitely not dead.
Teyla: I feel very much alive.
McKay: Good. Same here.
Sheppard: Wish I knew what that was.
Ford: Looked like lightning.
Sheppard: Space lightning?
McKay: It's some sort of energy weapon, one that apparently destroys Wraith darts.
Ford: Nice, but why them and not us?
McKay: Well, assuming that we're still alive and there doesn't appear to be damage as a result of the pulse, I think we can safely conclude that uh, um...I got nothin'. I got nothing to conclude. I'm just talkin' for the sake of talkin'.
Shepaprd: You sure you're okay?
McKay: You know how much I hate certain death?
Sheppard: You're alive.
McKay: Okay. You should have weapons now.
McKay: You sure?
McKay: I'm pretty sure I fixed it.
Sheppard: Well, obviously you didn't!
Ford:(About Sheppard's flying) The Stargate is the other way, sir. On the other side of the planet.
Sheppard: Yeah, now, we're taking the scenic route.
Weir: I hope you don't mind but our doctors do require a medical exam of all offworld team members and our visitors, but after that perhaps you would like a full tour.
Chaya: I would love that.
Teyla: Major Sheppard has already promised to do so.
Weir: Of course he has.
Sheppard: Of course I have.
Teyla: The Stargate is in orbit, Major. My people could never have ventured here.
Sheppard: Right. What say we 'venture'?
Weir: Did you find anything abnormal? Something that would suggest they are more advanced than we think?
McKay: No. They're either pathetically pre-technological, or brilliantly post-technological.
Weir: And there's no way this could be a natural phenomenon?
McKay: Come on, a perfectly timed directional energy burst that only affected the Wraith ships?
Weir: That's a no?
McKay: That's a no.
McKay: What, I'm not allowed to have intuition?
Weir: You? No.
McKay: Word of caution. The whole Captain Kirk routine is problematic, to say the least, let alone morally dubious.
Sheppard: What routine?
McKay: Romancing the alien priestess… it's very 1967 of you.
Sheppard: Why did you come here?
Chaya: You, John.
Chaya: I have lived in solitude for so long that when you asked my to come to Atlantis, I...
McKay: Oh my god, he is Kirk.
(On sharing each other)
Chaya: We will know each other as well as anyone ever can.
Sheppard: Ok… if I get the car back by midnight, though.
The planet Proculus was originally called "Procul-Arum" in an early draft of the script.
Leonor Varela receives the "And" credit.
Paul McGillion voices the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.
Robert Thurston (Zarah) previously played a Scientist in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Redemption Part 2".
Promo pictures of this episode released in late October on www.gateworld.net showed two scenes involving Chaya and a young boy of about six or seven (who was clearly supposed to be one of her people). However, neither of these scenes were included in the finished episode.
-This episode aired in Canada on November 29, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on January 18, 2005 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on June 16, 2005 on Channel 7.
-Syndication Premiere: February 12-13, 2005.
Sheppard: Space Lightning?
In the long running Doctor Who show on British television, during the Jon Pertwee era, Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart would constantly dumb down scientific terms made by the Doctor. Many times he referred to things as "Space Lightning".
McKay: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
This is a reference to the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz.
McKay: Word of caution. The whole Captain Kirk routine is problematic, to say the least; let alone morally dubious.
Captain Kirk from Star Trek had a habit of romancing alien women.
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