Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 06, 2004 on Syfy
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After another dangerous encounter with the Wraith, the Earth team begins to suspect they have a traitor in their midst. Suspicion falls on the Athosians, and Teyla finds herself caught in the middle.

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    This was an exciting episode. We got to see more of the Wraith, and in my opinion they never show enough of the villians or get deep enough into their backgrounds, however, this episode keeps everything moving forward. The writers of this episode created multiple conflicts between characters, some resolved others not, by the end of the episode. The Athosians now live on the main land of the world occupied by Atlantis. This will lead to more interesting stories for sure. I still think its great to see primitave peoples ignorant of advanced technology, i.e. Teyla's Necklace, and I'm sure we'll see more of this in the future, as we did in SG-1. Can't wait for more!!!!moreless
  • After a number of run ins with the Wraiths on Stargate searches Dr. Weir and the Security Head suspect an Athosian of being a traitor. The Anthosian's move from Atlantis to the mainland. They capture a Wraith and bring it to Atlantis?!moreless

    Some significant things occurred in this episode unfortunately it was another filler type of episode otherwise. We find out that the Wraiths can track the Antlantian genes. That the suspicion of someone among the Athosians being a traitor was unfounded. That the planet Atlantis is on has a massive amount of land formations. Finally that the people running Atlantis may be smart but maybe not that smart.

    It turns out that the pendant Sheppard found was actually activated by Antlantian gene contact. Meaning that this was a centuries old device handed down as a memento and Major Sheppard was the one who unknowingly activated it not Teyla. It is a tracking device used to help the Wraith find the ancients.

    Dr. Weir and friends were embarrassed by the need to suspect the Athosians but Teyla understood. She reassured Dr. Weir that she would have done the same thing in her shoes.

    When Sheppard and Ford go on there little joy ride they discover that the planet has large land formations which turn out to be fertile enough that the Athosians have begun planting to feed their people. There may even be some good waves for surfing. Cool Dude!

    Finally when they learn of the necklaces function they think of the brilliant idea of capturing a Wraith and bringing it back to Atlantis. Of course they don't know if they are telepathic, or can contact one another somehow? A very bold move but not really a good one. Think about how they treated the Athosians with no regard for their feelings. This could be a bigger security breech and makes no sense.

    The action was good and the acting solid. The storyline leaves a little to be desired but hopefully there is a plan. I am a little concerned about the direction of the storyline but one has to wait to see where things are going for real before making final judgment. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • After a series of run-ins with the Wraith, the team begins to suspect their Athosian allies of having a spy in their midst.

    The Atlantis base receives an intense radio transmission from Major Sheppard's team: they are fleeing from the Wraith back through the gate. Dr. Elizabeth Weir orders the shield protecting the Stargate to be lowered to allow the team safely through, and the gate room is riddled with energy blasts from Wraith weapons. The team comes through, but Dr. McKay is struck by one of the blasts before the shield can be raised again.In the infirmary, Dr. Beckett tells McKay that he's going to be alright. The Wraith energy weapons are designed to immobilize their pray, not to kill targets. McKay will suffer some paralyses and is unable to talk, but the effects will wear off. Meanwhile, Weir confronts Sheppard with a suggestion that is now inescapable: His team has met the Wraith on five of their last nine missions. It's clear that they have a spy in their midst.moreless
  • Good action, plot and character development.

    I have just started watchin SGA and after the piolt episode this one has been another great instalment. There was lots of action. I really enjoyed the different styles of camra work that went into this episode and as far as i can tell this series is really takeing off in it's first season. Can't wait to watch the rest. The action seamed pretty good and the take on a well used plot template was well done. My only complaint was that the wraith must be really cocky or really stupid because they onoly seam to send about four or five troops everytime the SGA team encounters them.moreless
  • Traitor without knowing it...

    Another really great episode. I like the way their storylines and episodes have much different style than SG-1 episodes. And this episode - the traitor thing. It just felt that they needed to get those refuses out of Atlantis and for that, they wrote it this way. But the storyline itself was good - even thought I would have not suggested trap after 9 trips and 5 hits... as it would be logic that Wraiths are out there. And now they are even madder. I only wonder, why they needed to bring one with them? Did they considered the security risk it will bring? In case the Wraith would send out a signal or escape.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Ross Hull

Ross Hull

Dr. Corrigan

Guest Star

Santo Lombardo

Santo Lombardo


Guest Star

Agam Darshi

Agam Darshi


Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl


Recurring Role

Dean Marshall

Dean Marshall

Sgt. Bates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Ford brings a turkey sandwich MRE for Sheppard. There are no turkey sandwich MREs in production, as turkey products have not been available in MREs since 1985. That would be one old sandwich.

    • The mainland of Lantea is 15 million square miles which is about 4 times the size of the United States.

    • Chronologically, the Athosians have been in the city of Atlantis for three months (thus, it is three months since "Rising (2)").

    • We find out in this episode that the Wraith have a self destruct that they use to avoid capture by the enemy.

    • Goof: When viewing the sequence at a slow speed, you can tell David Hewlett (Dr. McKay) jerks his head back just before he's hit in the face by the Wraith stun blast. Whoever did the special effect for that certainly didn't time it correctly.

    • Goof: When Sheppard leads his team through the gate nobody was carrying a case to study the ruins, but when they are on the planet one of the scientists has a case.

    • Goof: Major Sheppard, Dr Weir and Security Chief Sgt. Bates are having a meeting. Major Sheppard then tells Sgt. Bates that he is dismissed and then walks around the table, the chair that Sgt. Bates was sitting on has now disappeared. Dr Weir then asks Major Sheppard to go and see how Lt. Ford is doing, and as he walks away the chair has reappeared.

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Teyla: I have never been separated from my people before.
      Weir: It must be hard. But you know you'll see them again.
      Teyla: Do you doubt that you will one day return to Earth?
      Weir: I can't afford to have doubts.
      Teyla: You mean you cannot afford to let them show.
      Weir: You're still a leader, Teyla. You're doing this for your people and for their future. They know that.

    • Bates: A second ago, we were going surfing.
      Sheppard: Well, that was after we checked for monsters and... bugs, and other space-related things.
      Bates: I can't imagine it'd be any worse than their original homeworld.
      McKay: That could just be failure of imagination on your part.

    • Ford: (On Jumper)Strange we're not pulling any Gs.
      Sheppard: Yeah... I kind of miss it. Although at this rate of acceleration, we'd be dead by now.
      Ford: Yeah?
      Sheppard: Oh, yeah. Without inertial dampening, we'd be hit by so many Gs, our eyes would pop. The skin would pull away from our faces, our brains would squish up to the back of our skulls, and our internal organs would be crushed into these chairs. What about that sandwich?

    • Halling: (About Atlantis team) They may reside here, Teyla, but they are not the ancestors. No matter how much you wish them to be.

    • Teyla: (About mistrusting the Athosians) I know each and every one of them. I would stake my life on their innocence.
      Sheppard: Okay. Perhaps you've noticed, but every time we step through the Stargate, bad guys try to kill us. And I'm getting a little tired of it. How about you?

    • Teyla: Are you certain?
      Sheppard: Not certain certain, but pretty... certain.

    • Sheppard: We're talking about Teyla.
      Weir: I don't like it either, Major.
      Sheppard: Good, then get her on in here.
      Weir: But the safety of this base and its personnel are my main concern right now. As it should be yours.

    • Sheppard: (the sensors have discovered a powerful energy field) You think it's worth checking out?
      McKay: Any significant energy emission generally indicates technological civilization.
      Sheppard: So... you think it's worth checking out?
      McKay: (sarcastically) I'm sorry. Yes. Energy field good.

    • Sheppard: (to captured Wraith) I wonder what hurts more, the gunshot wound or the hunger because I'd love to help out, but how did McKay put it? "We can't meet your dietary requirements."

    • Teyla: No! I understand her responsibility. Halling, we have met with the Wraith offworld so often and so quickly, there must be a reason beyond coincidence. Give them a chance to find it. (The Athosians look at each other as they think about it. Halling sits down again. Teyla walks into the room, looking round at them all.) I do not approve of some of their measures, but I do know that in the end they will help to prove our innocence. Atlantis is far more than shelter -- it is hope, not only for our people but for everyone who would stand against the Wraith. We must not abandon that hope.

    • Sheppard: The Ancients were pretty good at shields and stuff like that, weren't they?

    • Ford: I wonder how big it is.
      Sheppard: "Big".
      Ford: Really big.

    • Wraith: Human. You think you've won a victory by my capture but by bringing me here you've only hastened your own doom. Its only a matter of time before the others of my kind come to rescue me… and when they do…They'll be nowhere in this world you can hide…
      Sheppard: Stay positive now…

    • McKay: It was probably dormant till Major Sheppard picked it up… activated it.
      Bates: If she wore it as a kid why weren't they attacked back then?
      McKay: Didn't I just say it was dormant?!

    • McKay: Oh, Ford, how you feeling? Pins and needles all over?
      Sheppard: Oh, yeah, welcome to the club.
      Ford: No, sir. I managed to dive out of the way of the stunner blast. I must've hit my head on the way down.
      Sheppard: You hit your head?
      McKay: Major, I need you to see something.
      Ford: (Sheppard and McKay leave) Uh, I'll be fine.

    • McKay: You want me to go through her stuff?
      Bates: We're looking for weapons, transmitters, recording devices… anything that looks like it's beyond the Athosian level of technology.
      McKay: And if I don't find anything we move onto a strip search?

    • Sheppard: Is there any way you can coax them out. Have them give us a hand?
      Teyla: It is unlikely, but I could try.
      Sheppard: Lieutenant, go with her.
      Teyla: It would be better if I went alone
      Sheppard: You will be alone... with Lt. Ford.

    • Weir: Anxious to step through the gate again Major?
      Sheppard: Yes, I am… You like us to bring back anything special?
      Weir: Uhh… No thanks…
      Sheppard: Groceries? A new outfit? Flatware…

    • Bates: Actually I was thinking of something else…
      Sheppard: Not surfing?
      Bates: No, sir. We can't resume off world missions as long as the Athosians remain in the city.
      Sheppard: So you want to dump them on the mainland.

    • Ford: Yes sir. I brought along something to eat on the ride…
      Sheppard: What's that?
      Ford: How about a nice... turkey sandwich?
      Sheppard: Let's go.

    • Ford: Sir.
      Sheppard: Ford…
      Ford: Heard they got a sun roof open on the jumper bay…
      Sheppard: Yep…
      Ford: Also heard you're planning to take a Jumper out…
      Sheppard: I figure that's what the door on the roof is for…
      Ford: Anyone else call shot gun?

    • Halling: You trust Dr. Weir that much?
      Teyla: I do.

    • McKay: What'd you touch?
      Zelenka: No, no. Nothing, nothing...
      McKay: No, you were just…
      Zelenka: No, no, no, I didn't.
      McKay: (the roof of the Jumperbay opens) I had no idea the roof could do that.
      Zelenka: Neither did I…

    • Zelenka: What is it?
      McKay: Well it's a command sub routine I've never seen before…
      Zelenka: What is its function?
      McKay: I don't know, because I've never seen it before.

    • Zelenka: I mean, I don't think it's too much to ask.
      McKay: What is it?
      Zelenka: Nothing, nothing. I just can't bear the same meal day after day after day...
      McKay: Well, buck up a little. I'm trying to run a diagnostic.
      Zelenka: Sorry.
      McKay: I mean, we are stranded with limited resources in another galaxy. Come on, the nearest Bob's Big Boy is three hundred million light years away. We have to make do. If that means you have to eat my favorite food two days in a row, so be it.
      Zelenka: You enjoy military rations?
      McKay: I know, it's weird: hospital food, too. Only reason I don't like airplane food is you can't get seconds, and I'm an absolute...

    • McKay: (panicked and not clear) I'm paralyzed?
      Beckett: The paralysis is only temporary. Don't worry, Rodney, you'll be up and about in no time. Bloody good thing that Wraith weapon's only designed to incapacitate... or he'd be dead.
      McKay: (not clearly) What!?

    • Sheppard: How you feelin'?
      McKay: (not clearly) I can't feel anything, I can't talk.
      Sheppard: You can't talk either.
      McKay: (again not clearly) That's what I said.

    • Ford: It's huge.
      McKay: Define huge.
      Sheppard: Fifteen million square miles. Give or take.
      McKay: That would make it approximately the size of, uh... I have no idea, but it sounds huge.

    • Ford: Oh, you're just checking out the planet? Aw, never mind then. That's cool. I mean, I've got better things to do than cruise around the planet in a spaceship.
      Sheppard: You're like a kid, you know that?

    • Teyla: You suspect an Athosian?
      Sheppard: Dr. Weir just wants to meet them— that's all. It's not personal. Well... well, it is in the sense that she wants to meet them all personally.

    • Sheppard: I saw some sweet breakers on the south tip. There may be surfing in our future.

    • (after narrowly escaping an explosion)
      Sheppard: You okay?
      McKay: Oh, I'm fine. This is—this is fun for me.

    • Sheppard: You seem nervous.
      McKay: No, I'm part of this team. I'm doing this.
      Sheppard: Yes, you are. I just said you seem nervous.
      McKay: Oh, really? I thought you said 'Rodney, you don't have to do this.'

    • Sheppard: So some Athosian thought this would make a nice little necklace?
      McKay: How could I possibly know that? What am I? Answer Man? The point is...

    • Imprisoned Wraith: When I'm free, you'll be the first I feed upon.
      Sheppard: Okey-dokey. I'll go make myself a sandwich.

    • (McKay puts his foot on the table and rubs it)
      Sheppard: Could you please not do that here?
      McKay: My foot is still numb, if you'll excuse me.
      Sheppard: At least your mouth still works fine.

    • Ford: You know we still haven't named the planet yet.
      Sheppard: I'm sure the ancients have a name for it.
      Ford: How about 'Atlantica'? Something like that.
      Sheppard: I thought we agreed you were not going to name anything anymore.

    • Corrigan: I can't even begin to tell you how fascinating this is.
      Sheppard: Anthropologist fascinating, or actual fascinating?
      Corrigan: Yeah, well, maybe "fascinating" isn't the right word.
      Sheppard: Maybe not.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Kerry Glover, who is credited for the story of this episode, was the script coordinator on the animated series Stargate Infinity.

    • Joe Flanigan voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 9, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 9, 2004 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 14, 2005 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 22-23, 2005

    • David Nykl (Dr. Radek Zelenka) was originally not scheduled to appear in this episode. After the producers saw his performance in "Thirty-Eight Minutes", he was written in.


    • McKay: I mean, we are stranded with limited resources in another galaxy. Come on, the nearest Bob's Big Boy is three hundred million light years away.

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