Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 4

The Daedalus Variations

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 01, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Sheppard is seen playing on a Nintendo DS while talking to McKay in the Infirmary.

    • The chart behind the alternate Daedalus' captain's chair is set at a different angle (at about 90 degrees) and is orange, instead of green, which is the case of our Daedalus.

    • Alternate Sheppard: Well, the thing is we do have a few questions. See, the Daedalus we know was destroyed two years ago in a battle with the Replicators.

      In this reality the expedition appears to have encountered the Asurans earlier then our reality as two years ago they had just discovered the Replicators.

    • McKay: You said when you went to the future you saw our sun expanding into a red giant, remember?

      This is a reference to the Season 4 finale "The Last Man."

    • Ronon: We've seen our doubles before.
      Teyla: Replicator-manufactured copies...

      This is a reference to the Season 4 episode "This Mortal Coil."

    • McKay: Look, the residual radiation -- it's exactly what we recorded when my double arrived on Atlantis from an alternate reality.

      This is a reference to the Season 3 episode "McKay and Mrs. Miller" and the arrival of "Rod."

    • In the alternate reality from which the Daedalus originated, the ship was not under the command of Colonel Steven Caldwell. Instead it was commanded by a Colonel Sobel who is the first female commander of an Earth battlecruiser we have encountered with the exception of Colonel Samantha Carter, who commanded the Phoenix in the alternate timeline seen in "The Last Man."

    • Ronon's "who cares" attitude about the team's alternate reality doubles is similar to Teal'c's view on the matter . When he met (and killed) his alternate self in the Stargate SG-1 Season 3 episode "Point of View," he stated that "our reality is the only one of consequence" and in the Season 9 episode "Ripple Effect" he did not speak to his alternate self.

  • Quotes

    • (Sheppard and McKay are walking out of the conference room talking about Teyla's baby)
      Sheppard: What are you talking about?
      McKay: I'm telling you, she's hiding him from me.
      Sheppard: She's not hiding him!
      McKay: Oh yeah? Every time I go to see him, she tells me that he's just settled down.
      Sheppard: Can you blame her? You dropped him.
      McKay: I did not drop him! He jumped.
      Sheppard: Jumped!?
      McKay: Well, he wiggled out of my arms. Look, I said I was sorry. Besides, how much damage could I possibly have done? He fell, like, maybe two feet. Stuff like that happens all the time. I was dropped like a dozen times when I was a kid.
      Sheppard: Well, that explains a lot. Why do you even care? You don't even like kids.
      McKay: It's the principal of the thing. Everyone else gets to hold him, why shouldn't I?

    • Sheppard: So what do we do? Can we just throw this thing in reverse?
      McKay: Uh, yeah, it's a little more complicated than that. The first problem is navigation. They developed a coordinate system to identify the various realities and allow them to get back, but obviously that didn't work.
      Sheppard: Obviously.
      McKay: That's not what bothers me.
      Sheppard: Well, it kind of bothers me.

    • Alternate Sheppard: Daedalus, this is Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard do you read.
      (Ronon and Sheppard look at each other)
      Alternate Sheppard: Daedalus, do you read?
      Sheppard: Uh, yeah, Daedalus, this is Daedalus, come in.
      Alternate Sheppard: Who? Who is this?
      Sheppard: It's a long story.
      Alternate Sheppard: Well, whoever you are you saved our asses when you took out their main weapons. We figured the least we could do is return the favor.
      Sheppard: Much appreciated.

    • Alternate Sheppard: All right, that looks like the last of them. So, what happens now?
      Sheppard: Well we go our own ways.
      Alternate Sheppard: Just like that?
      Sheppard: Pretty much.
      Alternate Sheppard: Well, the thing is we do have a few questions. See, the Daedalus we know was destroyed two years ago in a battle with the Replicators.
      Sheppard: Sorry to hear that. This isn't exactly our Daedalus, we're just borrowing it for a while.
      Alternate Sheppard: Okay, I have no idea what that means.
      Sheppard: Like I said, it's a long story.

    • (whilst under attack and targeting incoming fighters)
      Ronon: Arg!!!
      (Bangs on buttons)
      Sheppard: Easy, Chewy, those buttons are your friends. Just keep trying!
      Ronon: I'M TRYING!!!

    • Sheppard: Our stop is coming up, it's time to get off this train.

    • Sheppard: Why is the blast door closed?
      McKay: Hello?! Residual radiation?
      Sheppard: Oh, right. Have you made any progress?
      McKay: As a matter of fact, yes we have.
      Sheppard: "We"?
      McKay: Me and the other McKay, who, unsurprisingly, is a genius. Not only that, but it looks like the drive was created by yet another McKay from the original reality.
      Sheppard: What makes you say that?
      McKay: Well, there's a certain, um, elegance to the design that I recognise.
      Sheppard: I'm sure that's what the crew were saying when they abandoned ship.

    • Teyla: Colonel, Atlantis is back, I'm picking it up on the sensors.
      Sheppard: You know how to work this stuff?
      Teyla: The last time the Daedalus was in orbit Major Marks generously offered to give (to Ronon) both of us some preliminary training.
      Ronon: I was busy.

    • (in alternate reality)
      Sheppard: Atlantis, this is Sheppard come in.
      Ronon: Maybe they already have a Sheppard.

    • Sheppard: Rodney, do we have juice to power up the Asgard beam?
      McKay: Maybe, maybe you'll be able to get a couple of shots off. Why?
      Sheppard: There's some alien ship attacking Atlantis.
      McKay: So?
      Sheppard: What do you mean so, it's Atlantis.
      McKay: Yeah, well it's not our Atlantis. We have no idea who's down there. Look, we should just stay out of it.
      Teyla: If we do not intervene the city will be destroyed.
      Sheppard: Yeah, we need help. My gut tells me we're better off going with the people on the planet than whoever's on that ship.
      McKay: I hope you're right.
      Sheppard: Yeah, well me too.

    • McKay: In a spectacular feat of multi-dimensional mathematics, I have discovered a way to send the ship back along the path it previously traveled bypassing the navigation system all together.
      Sheppard: Wait a minute, you're talking about putting this thing in reverse?
      McKay: Exactly.
      Sheppard: I just suggested that two hours ago.
      McKay: And naturally I dismissed it out of hand. But then I realized that, including the original designer, not one but two versions of myself have failed to make this work. I had to think not like me. In fact, I had to think the opposite of me, and it doesn't get more opposite than you.
      Sheppard: …I'll take that as a compliment.

    • Alternate Sheppard: All right, Daedalus, good luck.
      Sheppard: Thank you, Colonel. And one last thing, it's been a pleasure. You're obviously a man of great integrity, and a dedicated commander, and a very skilled pilot.
      Alternate Sheppard: Well, that's funny. I was going to say the same to you.

    • (to Rodney holding Torren)
      Teyla: I think you'll make an excellent father someday.
      Sheppard: I've seen a lot of scary things in my time, but that thought scares me the most.

  • Notes

    • In the original script, the setting was to be a room on Atlantis that kept shifting realities, but it was deemed this would restrict what could take place in the episode and so the setting was moved to the Daedalus.

    • The unidentified aliens in this episode were originally intended to be computer-generated insect-like creatures, however this was dropped as, due to the amount of interaction they would have with the actors, it was deemed to be too expensive.

    • The working title for this episode was "The Flying Dutchman"

    • On Joseph Mallozzi's blog, the writer for the episode, Alan McCullough, said that one of the alternate realities that were discussed was a version where the Ancients won their war with the Wraith but it was decided that this would detract from the story and it never made it into production.

    • The Alien's weapons are a re-used prop from the Stargate SG-1 Season 6 episode "Forsaken."

    • Jewel Staite and Robert Picardo do not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 4, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 9, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 17, 2008 on TV6.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 10-11, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 15, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.

  • Allusions

    • Sheppard: Easy, Chewy, those buttons are your friends. Just keep trying!

      This is a reference to Han Solo's copilot in Star Wars as was the cockpit view during the shootout with aliens. The view was the same as what you would see on the command deck of the Millennium Falcon.