Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 18

The Gift

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on Syfy
8.5
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Plagued by terrifying nightmares, Teyla investigates and discovers with the help of an older friend that she is a descendant of humans who were subjected to genetic experiments by the Wraith.

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  • Teyla discovers the source of her special powers

    6.8
    This is a once only view episode. I've seen the episode twice and it isn't as good the second time around. The story with Teyla is interesting and it has parts that have to be seen so things can be explained, but when you already know what is going to happen, this is one of the episodes that just doesn't hold up after one viewing. If you have never seen this episode before, I recommend it. But, the more you watch it, for me, the duller it was. Maybe I'm not like everyone, but it is still worth a watch.moreless
  • Teyla like many others on Atlantis is experiencing nightmares. In her case after some investigation it is suggested that she possesses Wraith DNA in her gene pool making it possible for her to communicate telepathically with the Wraith.moreless

    9.5
    Very introspective and stunning episode in which we learn that Teyla's family comes from stock that was genetically altered by a Wraith scientist. This was another episode I was skeptical about but in the end was quite fascinating. Sgt. Bates can be a little annoying at times but this time he does come through being prepared for the worse. He actually saves Teyla and the team from being permanently damaged.



    The capability Teyla now possesses does tell Weir that the Wraith are coming to Atlantis to figure out a way to Earth as they are all awake and don't have the populations to feed on.



    Also the revelation that the Wraith are a by product of humans left on a planet by the Ancients is a fantastic breakthrough. Maybe they can be better understood. They are obviously reaching a crisis level in their society themselves. It says something for their culture. Also it is interesting that I don't think the Wraith can feed on themselves or a person with that DNA is not susceptible to being culled in the normal way. Witness the fact that the Wraith came back and destroyed the civilization in which the experiments were done on.



    We also met Psychologist Kate Heightmeyer played by Claire Rankin who is an interesting character that hopefully we'll see more of in the future.



    Really in the end I'm not sure they learned anything other than the Wraith want Weir and Atlantis for the purpose of going to Earth. It's not that big a difference but maybe a direct attack will not occur. It will be interesting to see. Thanks for reading...moreless
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    8.5
    The Gift was a very interesting episode which delved deeper into Teyla's character, history, and future. A new storyline has been created based off of Telya's ability to sense the Wraith, until now she never realized it is actually so much more than that. I think this episode had a good range of emotions in the characters, and also made the viewers sympathize. Teyla has been having nightmares, and terrifying ones at that. It was interesting to watch her visit with Atlantis's resident Psychologist, and open up to helping herself. There is a theme in the episode that could be applied to viewers real life experiences and so it was really easy to connect with Teyla in this episode.moreless
  • Telepathy.. we all love to have telepathy.. but not sure if it is a special connection with wraiths...

    8.7
    This episode was really - different. The scary and horrifying start by Teyla's dreams and then the psychologist and all the thing trying to make Teyla understand what is going around and I think she was quite close to understanding itself but going that planet and getting those logs - there was so much new information for us. There was some little information that really gave some advantages, all other was just great to hear and learn. Wraiths as a thing Ancients created by accidentally and later became their doom. Poor them. But why waist time with this? They need ZPM. They need shield...moreless
  • I like this episode because it revealed a lot about The Wraith, their origins, and Teyla.

    9.6
    This was a really enjoyable episode.



    At last, The Wraith are understood!



    It was easy to guess some things about them - but these were just guesses. Now, it is not just a theory but a fact.



    This episode had a lot of Teyla in it. Almost every scene, it seems like. The actress who played her did a really good job.



    There were some pretty demanding scenes in terms of emoting as well as being physical. She got to do some stage combat and a lot of being under physical/emotional distress.



    This show has such great actors that when there is a great story like there was this week - it is like a double feature. Not just the tale but the actors themselves make it a double treat.



    And thank goodness the writers finally tell us what is going on!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

Brenda McDonald

Brenda McDonald

Charin

Guest Star

Daniel Boileau

Daniel Boileau

Cocooned Victim

Guest Star

Bruce Woloshyn

Bruce Woloshyn

Atlantis Expedition Engineer (uncredited)

Guest Star

Claire Rankin

Claire Rankin

Dr. Kate Heightmeyer

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

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • McKay: Well, since we got here we've uncovered a number of defensive weapon systems beyond the shield. Wha...
      Zelenka: (Interrupts McKay) We think our best option is the control chair.
      McKay: I was gonna say that.
      Zelenka: Yes, but you were taking too long, as usual.

    • McKay: I thought you already said they had a number of genetic characteristics similar to humans.
      Beckett: They do. But they're still much closer to the bug creature that attacked Major Sheppard than to us.
      Sheppard: Hey, thought that we weren't going to mention that any more.
      Beckett: Sorry.

    • Sheppard: You're saying Teyla's part Wraith!
      Beckett: A very small part.
      Weir: Which makes her about as different from us as you, because of the Ancient gene you possess.

    • Sheppard: Look Teyla, I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with you. God forbid. But you yourself admitted that you were a little off your game. You snapped at Dr Weir this morning in the briefing room for no good reason, and now you're biting my head off for caring that you might need help dealing with the fact that it has been three days since you've had any sleep.
      Teyla: I'm sorry, but I do not need any help, the Wraith are coming and what I need is to do something!
      Sheppard: Ok, good. I suggest you take a nap.

    • Sheppard: Granted, you guys are scientists, no one's considering putting you guys on the front line, but science can turn the tide of war. Look at the... A bomb. Zelenka: Not exactly our proudest moment.

    • Weir: I wonder...
      McKay: Just so you know, you didn't actually finish that sentence out loud.

    • Beckett: Physiologically you and your people are the same as we are. I have no explanation for any of your special super powers.
      Teyla: I only have one.
      Beckett: I've seen you fight, my dear.

    • Sheppard: (floors Teyla) Are you okay?
      Teyla: Yes.
      Sheppard: Are you sure? Because its usually me picking my butt up off the mat.

    • Sheppard: All I'm saying is, let's not give up -- just yet.
      McKay: Now what was that we were supposed to all remember? It was something important ... uh, oh yes, that's right -- the Alamo!

    • Weir(to Beckett): Your theory of the Wraith evolving after the Ancients arrived in Pegasus galaxy ...
      McKay: Oh, you're kidding me!
      Zelenka: Pay up.

    • Weir: According to Doctor Zelenka's calculations, we have less than one week before the Wraith arrive. I want options.
      McKay: You mean, besides crying ourselves to sleep. (Zelenka looks at him) Well, not me! I haven't slept in days.

    • McKay: I've got something here.
      Ford: Really?
      McKay: I dunno. I've got a little...
      Ford: You've got a little what? Hey, McKay, you've got a little what?! What? Oh, it's okay when you guys make fun of me!

  • NOTES (3)

    • During the opening late-night montage, in Lt. Ford's room, there is a comic book cover bearing the likeness of director Martin Wood. This comic, The Amazing Avenger!, was created for the Stargate SG-1 episode "Avenger 2.0" but was never seen on camera.

    • Dr. Heightmeyer's first name was originally scripted as 'Jane'. It wasn't until Peter DeLuise pointed out to Robert Cooper that there is an actress named Jayne Heitmeyer (Earth: Final Conflict), that her name was changed to 'Kate'.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 17, 2005 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 22, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on August 25, 2005 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 7-8, 2005.

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