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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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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