Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 06, 2004 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

      Big Boy is a restaurant chain. The chain started in 1936 by Bob Wian in Glendale, California as Bob's Big Boy. Marriott bought the chain in 1967. Big Boy Restaurants International is now headquartered in Warren, Michigan. The company is the franchiser for more than 455 Big Boy Restaurants in the United States and Japan.