Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 18


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 08, 2007 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Teyla: Have we not been down this hallway before?
      Ronon: Every corridor looks the same.
      Sheppard: Don't worry I have an uncanny sense of direction.
      Ronon: I think she's right. We've been down this way before.
      Sheppard: That's impossible; we took a left, and then a left, and then a right.

      This is reminiscent of the conversation between Sheppard and Captin Holland in Sheppard's flashback in the early Season 3 episode "Phantoms" during which Holland continually questioned, and Sheppard defended, his choice of direction, which was, ultimately, proven to be the wrong one. Sheppard's bad sense of direction was also touched on in the Season 1 episode "Underground" when McKay accused him of being lost on their way back to the settlement from the Stargate.

    • In the 18th episode of each season ("The Gift (1-18)"; "Michael (2-18)"; and now this episode), Teyla has been telepathically controlled by a Wraith, and these have been the only episodes so far where this has occurred.

    • The team finds a underwater drilling station used by the Lanteans during the War with the Wraith. It was used to drill the floor of the oceans of Lantea, to provide geothermal energy to Atlantis.

    • Nitpick: It seems off that the Wraith Queen who commanded the fleet that attacked Atlantis would travel aboard a relatively small ship, such as the cruiser. Normally fleet commanders (and Wraith Queens) would be found aboard the biggest ships, such as Hive Ships.

    • The city of Atlantis does not appear in this episode, except in one very brief long-range exterior shot at the very beginning, as the camera starts to drop underwater.

  • Quotes

    • (Sheppard and McKay are walking slowly across the ocean floor in water suits.)
      Sheppard: You're breathing too hard.
      McKay: Oh, forgive me for being aware of exactly how much pressure is being exerted on this suit right now.
      Sheppard: Just think of it as a walk on the beach -- a beach that's about to explode.
      McKay: That's supposed to make me feel better!?
      Sheppard: No, it's supposed to make you walk faster. We're on the clock here.

    • (after walking underwater to a Wraith hive ship in water suits)
      Sheppard: That took too long.
      McKay: Yeah, well, I probably won't be able to disarm the self-destruct in time anyway, so we're really not in a rush.
      Sheppard: Why don't we find it first, and then you can be negative.

    • (After the Wraith Queen has been shot)
      Sheppard: I thought you'd forgotten about me.
      McKay: Course not. I just had to wait for her to disable the device. Hey, you should be thankful she didn't feed on you before she entered the command code.
      Sheppard: Oh, that's why you didn't want to be bait.
      McKay: No, no, no, no, you had to be the bait 'cause you were who she was expecting to be the one trying to fly the ship...She is dead right?
      Sheppard: Let's get outta here.

    • Sheppard: A Wraith cruiser.
      McKay: It seems completely buried in the silt.
      Zelenka: Which means it's been here a very, very, very long time.
      McKay: Yes, give or take a very.

    • (Sheppard wakes up after the Jumper window breaks and floods the room. McKay is shouting over the radio)
      McKay: Sheppard this is McKay please respond. Sheppard come in.
      Sheppard: I'm here.
      Zelenka: We had to throw the emergency force fields up. The section you were in was flooding.
      Sheppard: I noticed.

    • (Ronon touches the force field holding back the water from when he shot the Jumper window)
      Ronon: I missed.
      Sheppard: I noticed that too.

    • Sheppard: Rodney, what's going on?
      McKay: What do you mean what's going on?
      Sheppard: We just lost the lights.
      McKay: What? Huh, you're right.
      Weir: Yes, we can see that.
      McKay: We just lost power to 40% of the station. Sensors are currently off-line. Zelenka what are you doing?
      Zelenka: Uh, what do you mean what am I doing?
      McKay: Have you lost power where you are?
      Zelenka: No, have you?
      McKay: No.
      Sheppard: We have.

    • Weir: Well, we have a lot of exploring to do.
      Sheppard: We?
      Weir: Until Rodney delivers the preliminary status report I'm all yours. Put me to work Colonel.
      Sheppard: Fine, let's make up some time, break into teams. Ronon you're with Teyla, Elizabeth you're with me, or, I'm with you, however you want to put it.
      (Weir uses different pronunciations of the word either, one with a long e and one with i)
      Weir: Either way...or either way.

    • Teyla: Have we not been down this hallway before?
      Ronon: Every corridor looks the same.
      Sheppard: Don't worry I have an uncanny sense of direction.
      Ronon: I think she's right. We've been down this way before.
      Sheppard: That's impossible; we took a left, and then a left, and then a right.

    • Teyla: I believe this Wraith is a Queen.
      Sheppard: I hate Queens.

    • Teyla: And there are no other Wraiths onboard?
      Sheppard: There's no way to know for sure, our prisoner isn't talking... other than (imitating Queen mannerism) "You're all about to die."

    • Wraith Queen: You are all about to die!
      Sheppard: Care to elaborate on that one?

    • McKay:(After unloading a full magazine from his P90 on the Wraith)She's not dying according to plan here!!

    • McKay: There must be some kind of a command code that needs to be entered first.
      Sheppard: Can you figure it out?
      McKay: Yes, well command codes are usually quite simple like the number one or the letter A, like in Wraith... which could be...
      Sheppard: Can you figure out the code or not?
      McKay: No, not if I stood here and tried for a million years and we have... (looks at watch) just a million years less than that.

    • Teyla: The briefest contact will determine whether or not I am right.
      Sheppard: That's all we need, so don't stick around any longer.
      Weir: And we will bring you out of it at the first sign of trouble.
      Sheppard: (whispers to Ronon) Just to be sure.
      Ronon: It's already set to stun.
      (Teyla glares)
      Sheppard: Sorry.

    • (shooting)
      Weir: Weapon's fire.
      Sheppard: 9 mil, this way.
      McKay: Oh yes, let's race towards the gunfire.

    • McKay: Okay, Davidson
      Dickinson: It's, uh, Dickinson.
      McKay: Yeah, well I was in the ballpark. Just give me a break here.

    • McKay: What?
      Zelenka: Nobody said anything.
      McKay: You don't have to. Look, it's not my fault things are hard to find on the bottom of the ocean.
      Zelenka: Rodney, you said you knew where it was.
      McKay: I said I knew its last known location. It is a mobile drilling station, remember? Obviously that's gonna take a few hours.
      Ronon: We don't find it soon, this is gonna be your last known location.
      McKay: Oh, zing!
      Sheppard: Okay, kids, do I have to pull this thing over? It's hard enough being in this damn thing for hours without listening to you guys.

    • Graydon: One of these days I'm just going to call him Doctor McCoy.
      Dickinson: I'd like to be there for that.
      Graydon: Well the next time he calls me Grayson.
      Dickinson: Actually I know a Grayson.
      Graydon: There really is a Grayson?
      Dickinson: Yeah, he's a damn good scientist too. I'm surprised McKay didn't hire him.

    • Teyla: Your friendship is very important to me. I would hate to do anything that made you uncomfortable.
      Ronon: Well, okay, I'm good.
      (Teyla knees him in the groin)

    • McKay: I don't hear Grayson complaining.
      Graydon: It's, uh, Graydon with a 'd'.
      McKay: What? You sure?
      Graydon: It's my name.
      McKay: No, no, 'cause I could've sworn the guy I wanted for your department was Grayson, because I remember thinking 'Dick Grayson', Bruce Wayne's ward.
      Graydon: Well, it's Graydon.
      McKay: Huh, that means I hired the wrong guy.

  • Notes

    • Torri Higginson read the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) is in the opening credits for this episode but does not appear.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 22, 2007 on Movie Central and February 26, 2007 on The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 28, 2007 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 3-4, 2008.
      -This episode aired in Australia on June 26, 2008 on Channel 7.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on June 17, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

  • Allusions

    • Sheppard: We may need Teyla to do her Kreskin act again.

      The Amazing Kreskin is a mentalist who became popular on North American television in the 1970s.

    • The Abyss:

      Sheppard alludes to the Navy Seal character who succumbs to compression sickness in the 1989 James Cameron film The Abyss.

    • Stingray:

      In this episode, the Wraith queen looks different to how queens are usually portrayed. In keeping with the underwater theme of the story, the queen appears to have been made up to look like an Aquaphibian from Gerry Anderson's Stingray.

    • Alien:

      There are a number of film references in this episode. Sheppard kept referring to their situation as being similar to that in The Abyss. However, the episode itself was very reminiscent of Alien. The underwater drilling rig looked very similar to the refinery in Alien and the incidental music was almost identical. There was a scene where Graydon notices pools of water on the floor, which was very similar to the scene in Alien where Brett is tracking the cat. The scene where Graydon finds goo on the Jumper ramp was a direct lift from Aliens where Spunkmeyer finds a similar pool of goo on the drop ship ramp.

    • Graydon: One of these days I'm just going to call him Doctor McCoy.

      This is an allusion to the famous doctor of the original Star Trek series (1966-69). It is also a reference to McKay's habit of getting names close but not quite right.

    • McKay: Teyla's Spidey sense works for miles.

      This is a reference to Spider-Man and his ability to sense danger near by, known as his Spider Sense.

    • Dick Grayson:

      Dick Grayson is Bruce Wayne's adopted son, and the original Robin, The Boy Wonder in the DC Comics Universe. He first appears as Robin in Detective Comics #38 (May 1940). The youngest family member of the "Flying Graysons", Dick witnesses his parents murder by a mafia boss to extort money from the circus that employs them.