Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 16

The Brotherhood

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2005 on Syfy
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The planet Dagan may be home to a vitally important ZPM, capable of restoring Atlantis' shield and protecting the city from the Wraith, but a mysterious 'Brotherhood' on the planet - and their knowledge of the Genii - suggest that the planet may not be what it seems.moreless

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  • Sheppard's team is on the planet Dagan to search for a ZPM held the Brotherhood that was destroyed centuries before. They seem to receiving help from the local population. The Wraith scan Atlantis and the Genii are back to cause trouble again.moreless

    A very disappointing episode after three good ones in a row. The terrible Genii return with their single simple minded strategies. The Wraith scan Atlantis. The Dagan's are just as bad as the Genii in a different way. Finally Dr. McKay is just as dumb as always.

    First of all how can McKay's character be so poorly written. Just about everything bad that has happened in the sixteen episodes has occurred because of this supposedly most brilliant man on the Atlantis team. Not only is he not brilliant but he is obnoxious as well.

    Really the Stargate Atlantis writers need to get over the Genii. Robert Davi makes a reappearance as Commander Koyla now a little more somber than even before. They again let the Atlantian team do all the work and expect to zoom in for the prize, but they are thwarted in the end.

    The Dagan's manage to step in at the last minute and take the ZPM from the small team that retrieved it. What is with that? This is the most important thing the whole of Atlantis needs and they have four people securing it. Right, they deserve to fail really.

    The Wraith are brilliant in sending a Dart on a one way suicide trip to Atlantis to send the uploaded information of Atlantis situation to the fleet of three hive ships. Without the ZPM Atlantis is done for and they also managed to lose another jumper as well. Not a well planned tactical defense to fly directly in the path of the oncoming enemy ship when you have a three to one advantage.

    Disappointing episode most definitely. Nothing really great about it. The acting was OK, the dialogue a little annoying especially McKay, and the story not very well written. There is a real tendency to go up and down in the quality of these episodes. I think I might have dropped this another half point if the last three hadn't been so good. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • What about the other 4 gate addresses on the note from future Weir?


    This episode was ok, not great. It was obvious when the locals' attitude changed after they learned that the SG team had only been at Atlantis a month. The double-cross was clearly in the works from then on.

    Following this episode, the storyline becomes all about impending wraith attack, and the power problem. They never mention the remaining 4 gate addresses...which makes no sense. Why wouldn't they check them all out? If they find a ZPM,they can defend themselves. Seems like it would be their top priority.

    I'm wondering if I missed some reference to the 4 planets and why they didn't try -- or if they tried and failed. Anyone know about the other 4 gate addresses?moreless
  • I hate the team's mentality in Stargate Atlantis.

    Another episode where they go to a planet to find a ZPM and when they find it they just assume that they can have it. Then when the people of the planet say they want to keep it the team is shocked. What is wrong with them? They must have a severe superiority complex.
  • Predictable. Find a ZPM and the answer to all Atlantis's problems; therefore must LOSE the ZPM before the end of the episode.

    Predictable. Just a soon as the team finds a ZPM and the answer to all Atlantis's problems; to advance the storyline we must therefore LOSE the ZPM before the end of the episode.

    I could have seen that coming a mile off. Just once I'd like a Stargate episode where they actually acheive something they set out to do, and it actually happens rather than it being a dream sequence, vision of the future, or some temporary plot device that is undermined before the episode ends.moreless
  • The team learns of a ZPM hidden on this planet.

    The team goes in search of a ZPM that may be hidden on this planet they must solve many puzzles and riddles. The Genii learn of there plan and try and steal it but the team stops them but then the inhabitants of the planet turn on the team and put the ZPM back into hiding.
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

Jana Mitsoula

Jana Mitsoula


Guest Star

Adrian Hough

Adrian Hough


Guest Star

Laura Mennell

Laura Mennell


Guest Star

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Commander Acastus Kolya

Recurring Role

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This is the first appearance of the Canadian Technician, later named Chuck, played by Chuck Campbell.

    • Sgt. Bates: And our only real fighter pilot is off-world.

      It is established that John Sheppard is the only fighter pilot with combat experience on Atlantis until the Daedalus arrives in Season 2.

    • The solution to the brotherhood of fifteen's 3x3 grid, where in each direction it has to add up to 15 is:
      First row: 2, 9, 4
      Second row: 7, 5, 3
      Third row: 6, 1, 8.

    • It is established that Atlantis has always had deep space sensors, running in the background but they have never noticed them until now when they recognized the Wraith threat.

    • In this episode Zelenka says something in Czech. He says "Ježiši, já s těma hercema nemůžu dělat" which translates to "Jesus, I can´t do anything with those actors, dude!"

    • Chronologically, this episode takes place two weeks before "The Siege (2)".

    • It is revealed in this episode that the Stargates in the Pegasus Galaxy have 36 symbols, while in the Milky Way Galaxy they have 39.

    • Although she is not seen in this episode, McKay makes reference to Sora, one of Kolya's strike force in "The Storm" and "The Eye", confirming she is still a prisoner.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • McKay: I'm just trying to think of a combination that makes since with five in the middle.
      Sheppard: 15. Its got to have something to do with 15... or nine, or five...
      McKay: Shut up. Please? I'm trying to think.
      Sheppard: I'm not going to shut up, Rodney. My life's at stake.
      McKay: Exactly, so just simmer down, and let me save it!
      Sheppard: You ever heard the term two heads are better than one?
      McKay: That's a common misconception.
      Sheppard: (to Kolya) Give me the gun. I'll shoot him myself.
      Kolya: This is taking too long. Choose and go.
      McKay: What, you got somewhere you've got to be?
      Kolya: Choose and go.
      McKay: (whispers to Sheppard) I've got nothing.
      Sheppard: Thanks for the pep talk.
      McKay: Nine to one. It's all I can think of.
      Sheppard: Okay. Step back.
      McKay: I'm sorry.
      Sheppard: I'm not dead yet.
      McKay: Yeah. Sorry.
      Kolya: Major. Now.
      Sheppard: I got it!
      McKay: What?
      Sheppard: The Brotherhood of 15.
      McKay: What about it?
      Sheppard: The numbers one to nine can be put in a three-by-three grid so they add up to 15 in every direction.
      McKay: Oh you're right. How'd you know that?
      Sheppard: It was on a Mensa test.
      McKay: You're a member of Mensa?
      Sheppard: No, but I took the test.
      McKay: When?
      Sheppard: You want to talk about this now, Rodney?
      McKay: Right. Right. Okay.
      Sheppard: Two, nine, four...
      McKay: Seven, five, three, six, one, eight. That's it. That's got to be it.
      Kolya: Good luck.

    • Weir: And we found something else. Rather unsettling.
      Sheppard: I'm already unsettled. Show me.

    • Allina: None of us can know their plan.
      Sheppard: They don't have a plan. Do you think getting attacked by the Wraith and getting chased out of the galaxy is something they planned for?

    • Kolya: The smart thing would be to kill me now.
      Sheppard: You're right. I tell you what. I'm going to want points for this in the future. But if you ever do this again, I will kill you. Deal?

    • McKay: So, connect the symbols of the stones...
      Pranos: ...And you should be able to triangulate where the center stone is buried.
      McKay: (to Allina) You're a genius.
      Allina: Thank you, Rodney.
      Kolya: Yes. Okay, we're all very impressed but let's get on with it.

    • Weir: Good luck, Carson.
      Beckett: Thanks, I'll need it.

    • Beckett: I can barely make it to the main land and back without crashing. For the last time; I'm a doctor not a bloody fighter pilot.

    • Allina: It doesn't look much like a map. I guess I was wrong.
      McKay: Mm, possibly, although, um, well, you know, just because you originally thought it was a map doesn't make your initial assumption bad or incorrect. Well, incorrect, yes, but it was a good guess.
      Allina: I'm sorry.
      McKay: You're... very, very smart, and, uh... and attractive and whatnot, and, um... uh... you've got a lot of things going for you even when things don't--
      Allina: Is everything all right?

    • McKay: (about Allina liking him) Should I have, um... Are you sure about this?
      Sheppard: Yeah, I'm very sure.
      McKay: What should I do?
      Sheppard: You don't know what to do?

    • McKay: I just don't think I've ever been so tired.
      Allina: But you're a scientist. Are you not used to this by now?
      McKay: Mm, yeah, but my kind of science is the good kind of science, the kind you can do sitting in a chair or even lying on a couch.

    • McKay: I'm heading to bed.
      Sheppard: Which bed might that be?
      McKay: What?
      Ford: I think Allina might have a little crush on you, Doc.
      McKay: Oh, she does?
      Teyla: It is very clear to us all.
      McKay: It is?
      Sheppard: Well, everyone but you, apparently.

    • McKay: So who wants to go first [into chamber]? (no one volunteers) Seems sort of like a Sheppard thing.

    • Allina: It's a layout of the Sudarian villages. The walls of this monastery have protected it for ten thousand years.
      McKay: It's beautiful.
      Allina: It is. (looks at McKay) And yet my eye is drawn elsewhere. (McKay, clueless and not getting the hint, looks around to see what she is referring to)

    • Zelenka: Yes well, it may if people stop insisting on having food and liquid in such close proximity to the ten thousand year old equipment!

    • Weir: Okay, well keep me in the loop.
      Zelenka: You are the loop.
      Weir: Isn't that a nice thing to say.

    • Sheppard: We good?
      McKay: Yeah! As far as I can see!

    • Kolya: Dr. McKay! It's so wonderful to hear your grating voice again. Hows the arm?
      McKay: You wanna keep trading barbs or do you want to find the ZedPM. Look, let me out of here and I'll help you find it. But then you let my team go.
      Sheppard: (Whispers to McKay) Shut up McKay.

    • Kolya: Surprised?
      Sheppard: You're alive?
      Kolya: As far as I can tell.

    • McKay: Somebody give me a knife. (Kolya stares). You all have guns; someone give me a knife!

    • McKay: My eyes! I need my eyes for seeing!

    • McKay: I can't believe you never mentioned the MENSA thing?
      Sheppard: I took the test. I never joined.
      McKay: But you passed?
      Sheppard: Yes.
      McKay: Well you know, we have a MENSA chapter on Atlantis...
      Sheppard: Rodney, up the rope.

  • NOTES (6)


    • McKay: I can't believe you never mentioned the Mensa thing.

      McKay was referring to the organization for people with high Intelligence Quotients. Or most specifically those who are within the top 2% of any intelligence tests. It was founded in England in 1946.

    • Beckett: I'm a doctor, not a bloody fighter-pilot!

      This refers to Star Trek, where the line "I'm a doctor, not a ..." is the trademark of Dr. McCoy (Bones).

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