Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 18

The Kindred (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 22, 2008 on Syfy
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While a disease spreads through the Pegasus Galaxy, Teyla believes the father of her child is trying to communicate with her. While searching for answers, the team comes across a very interesting discovery.

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    The Kindred was a great episode full of revelations and perhaps new questions. There is a lot going on in this episode, where multiple story lines converge. Teyla seems to think that she is recieving visions from her baby's father, whom is missing in action and wants to pursue what little information she has to go on. There is a plague that seems to be popping up on worlds at random, but there is more to this sinister plot than meets the eye. There are old enemies and than there are older enemies who appear in this episode. There was plenty of action, intrigue and drama to keep me poised to find out what happens next!!!!moreless
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    Well...I'm mixed about this episode. I'm not a big fan of Teyla and her character annoys the crap out of me...I also don't like Michael...and I HATE when characters some back from "dying" so I don't like the bulk of the episode. However, the story was mildly interesting. I actually liked the idea of Michael making an army of wraith/human hybrids. I think it'll bring the story line of the show to interesting, new places. Anyways, I love Carson, but I like when character die that they stay dead. I know he's a clone...but still. I thought his 5 seconds at the end were stupid. This is just not my type of episode. It still had great character interactions, but I just don't like Teyla and her episodes...moreless
  • It was about time we saw the whole cast play a role in the story.

    I thought this was a great episode. The interaction and development of the characters made this one. It definitely showed how close the team is and how much they all care about each other. Rodney faking to Teyla that he believed her vision showed some character growth on his part. The scenes with Teyla being reunited with Kaanan were pretty moving. Teyla's reaction to what Michael did to her people was pretty powerful. I knew that we would see Michael again since Vengeance but the way they did it was really good. I kinda knew that Carson was back in this ep, but it was still shocking. I am really excited to see how this one plays out. And if Atlantis keeps up with this pattern so far this season the second part will be even better.moreless
  • I'm so glad I avoided spoilers for this ep!

    I've really become bored with the whole Tayla storyline, but it's great that Michael is back since he's the most interesting villain that the series has produced.

    And I am SO glad I avoid spoilers for this episode - the last 10 seconds had me laughing out loud in delight!

    I knew that this event was going to happen, but wasn't at all sure how or when, and it was such a wonderful surprise.

    It's just a shame that there are only two episodes left, now.

    Overall, this has been a much better season than the last one, though.

    I'm relieved they managed to avoid the annoying 'comic' characters like last season's 'superhero' (whose name I've forgotten and CBA to look up).

    With Todd and Michael and the potential 'rogue' Elizabeth out there (assuming they all survive), the next season could shape up to be a corker.moreless
  • A John and Teyla look at Kindred pt 1 with other analysis thrown in. A pivotal episode for all, telling for John & Teyla and exciting visually. Old friends appear with some exciting twists. Season long arcs finally come to a head.moreless

    I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be - I think I was right about it being bigged up too much. Saying that, the second parts are always better! For one, John's lack of reaction at first when Carter asked where Teyla was was a little concerning. Saying this, however there were those moments. The way he didn't react to her talking about Kannan can be taken two ways - he doesn't care, or he's got a really good mask. When he says "First sign of trouble" and she replies - TOTAL married couple material; her reaction and then his reaction to her reaction are all very funny. Then again when Rodney is talking to him about her first vision, and then when he goes to Carter "It's Teyla..." He doesn't say one way or another whether he believes her or not but he trusts that she thinks it's important and he's willing to do this for her, even if it is just to ease her mind. Then it's towards the end the John angst gets good when Ronon says to him "We'll find her". It's just so much a reminder of Teal'c to Sam in Paradise Lost and then Jack when Sam went missing. And we all know what that means! Then Carter saying about Todd coming through - for "you" - not the team but specifically John. If you check out JM's blog, you can see that this scene he wrote was completely different and is so telling for John and Teyla. And then him telling Caldwell not to destroy the Wraith ship... sweet. His reaction is just so... scrumptious! It's the fact that he's willing to have Caldwell put the crew of the Daedalus at risk just so he can have a chance of saving Teyla that really shows the depth of his feelings for her.

    As for the arc with Kannan! What has Michael done to her people?! Oh my god. That's a pretty nice arc - we knew that he was involved somehow, but transforming the Athosians is both brutal and brilliant! Obviously, choosing the Athosians is something that Michael didn't do at random. It was all to get Teyla to come to him because he has a thing for her. If you think about it, I think you'll also think the baby is a product of Teyla and Kannan caring for one another and it's somehow played into Michael's plans... She said she's known him since childhood.

    If we go with the Michael intervention, I still think the child was conceived naturally and there is something about the fact that both Teyla and Kannan having the "gift" that makes it more susceptible to Michael's plans. The only thing is: what will he do to Teyla? Will he try and turn her into his queen? I think he'll try something like that, for sure. I think he knew she was pregnant; I imagine he's been keeping tabs on Teyla for a while now. Why else would he be so interested in bringing her to her people? I don't know... He's a cunning wee human/Wraith hybrid. As for the return of Carson... I'll wait 'til next week to be a judge on that. I'm not so keen on them bringing him back now after re-watching Sunday. I only hope he's not a clone -and that seems to be the only explanation. I think he'll be a Replicator - it's the only thing "organic" to the rest of the season. I especially can't wait to see Rodney's reaction to this news. And of course we know that John doesn't find Teyla so... I can't wait til next week. Hopefully all the action of the penultimate episode will be next week!

    In regards to Kannan, I certainly think Teyla cares for him, whether or not it's love... I could perhaps see that, yes. And it's painful to watch. BUT she also hesitates to reach out and touch his hand in the scene where she is meditating, so I don't know. I think she wants to care for him more because he is the father of her child and if she hadn't been pregnant by him, she'd worry about him equally with the rest of them. I think I could have liked Teyla's Kannan... not the one he's turned into, obviously. Was it just me, or did Connor/Michael look different??? He looks a lot thinner... maybe it was the new outfit. He looked a lot more human, too. Maybe he's engineering his DNA to make him look more human – more like the hybrid he's turned Kannan into. I love the Michael storyline – I love his fascination with Teyla and I love how they brought up how the two are similar. He feels he's connected to her in a way that is unique and disgusts Teyla. As he said, he reached across thousands of light years to her... that's got to mean something. As for John being harsh on Teyla in the market scene... I think he thinks she needed to hear that. Maybe he thought she needed someone to ground her and it came across like he was being condescending. He was a little, but he'd already gone above and beyond the call of duty. He knows that they are spread thin because of the plague that's sweeping the galaxy and he does mention that they've asked everyone everything twice already. I think he was just trying to let her down gently. To him, there was nothing there and he felt it was the best thing to do. I'm sure she understood that too. As always, the JT moments were subtle. The best kind.

    A good episode but it did feel like I was watching only the first half of an episode. Kindred pt 2 promises to be good.moreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

Artine Brown

Artine Brown


Guest Star

David Beairsto

David Beairsto


Guest Star

BJ Harrison

BJ Harrison

Female Merchant

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Colonel Steven Caldwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Michael has further manipulated his DNA and no longer needs to feed.

    • This is the first appearance of Michael's Wraith Hybrids. They are his second attempt at combining Wraith and Human DNA after his first "crude" experiments that created bestial Iratus bug monsters ("Vengeance").

    • This episode reveals that Major Lorne is from San Fransisco, California.

    • This marks the first appearance of the Athosian Kanaan, the father of Teyla's child. Teyla reveals that he has the gift to sense the Wraith like she does. This will most likely make the gift very strong in her son and explain why Micheal has such great interest in him.

    • This episode reveals that the planet Hoff, first seen in the season 1 episode "Poisoning the Well," was destroyed by the Wraith after they discovered they were immune to the feeding process.

    • Goof: During the briefing on the virus Colonel Carter says "The random nature of this drug's distribution is clear and calculated." This statement is a contradiction in itself. Executive Producer/writer Joseph Mallozzi took the blame for this mistake as the line was supposed to be about "the seemingly random nature".

    • McKay: Hey, I've been cocooned inside an alien space craft, I've had another person living inside me, I've encountered, not one, but two different versions of myself....

      McKay refers to the events of (in order) "No Man's Land", "Duet", "McKay and Mrs. Miller", and "This Mortal Coil".

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Ronon: How can you eat right now?
      McKay: Kidding? It's the first decent meal I've had all day. Besides, we're not gonna help Teyla at all starving ourselves. I'm just trying to keep my strength up. I suggest you two do the same.

    • Keller: Wait – you're not seriously thinking of giving him our research on the Hoffan protein?
      McKay: Well, why not?
      Keller: Because we'd effectively be giving the Wraith the means to reproduce the drug and potentially infect and kill millions.
      McKay: Theoretically, yes, but practically it really wouldn't be in their best interest to poison their own food supply, regardless of whether our research helped them to come up with an antidote or not. No, I think the more likely scenario is that they find an antidote that works as a short-term solution to the existing threat, then they work on weaponising the protein – you know, coming up with a more effective delivery system, one that cuts out the middle man – in this case, the human victims. No, what we're doing is giving them the means to kill each other off.
      Sheppard: So, when you put it that way, giving them our research could be a good thing.

    • Sheppard: (About Michael) The other Wraith didn't want anything to do with him, so he's been kind of holding a little bit of a grudge ever since.
      McKay: He's not a big fan of humans, either. For him, the Hoffan drug is the perfect weapon.

    • Lorne: I don't give a damn about your trade secrets. We wanna know where you got this stuff.
      Trader: And if I don't tell you, what are you gonna do? I recognize those uniforms; I've heard the stories. People from Atlantis – do-gooders of the galaxy. You wouldn't hurt me.
      (Teyla steps out of the darkness.)
      Teyla: I'm wearing no uniform.
      Trader: A pregnant woman! Very intimidating!

    • Sheppard: (About Wraiths offer) That's not gonna happen.
      Todd: You always say that – but you always come around.

    • Sheppard: (seeing corpses) Well, let me guess: something they ate.
      Todd: Many of my fellow Wraith have fallen victim to this attack on our food supply.
      Sheppard: Yeah, it's a shame; but it's not really our problem.
      Todd: From what we have been able to surmise, this blow against us has been delivered at great cost to human lives – something you would have made your problem in the past. Unless, of course, you're responsible for the dispersal of this plague – in which case you may well consider the human lives sacrificed acceptable losses.
      Sheppard: Actually, when we were putting the list together of the most likely suspects, you were at the top.

    • McKay: You're sure it's the same protein?
      Keller: I ran a side-by-side comparison. It was almost an exact match.
      Carter: Almost?
      Keller: Well, we're dealing with the new and improved version. The Hoffan drug killed roughly fifty percent of the test subjects, and this one kills only thirty percent.
      Sheppard: Yeah, it's still thirty percent too many.

    • McKay: (just returned from infected planet) Oh, it's disinfectant.
      Sheppard: We just came back from the bio-screen, Rodney. We were wearing Hazmat the whole time, too.
      McKay: Yes, well, it's better safe than sorry.

    • Carter: Anything?
      Sheppard: Nope. The place is cleared out.
      McKay: Is that what I think it is?
      Carter: It's getting to be a familiar sight.
      Ronon: What is it?
      Carter: A Wraith subspace tracking device. It's our old friend.
      McKay: Oh, Todd!
      Carter: Maybe he wants to talk, and maybe he just wants to lead us into an ambush. There is always that possibility.
      Sheppard: Well, there's only one way to find out.
      McKay: Oh, come on! We just got back!
      Carter: Sorry, Rodney.
      McKay: I haven't had lunch yet.

    • Keller: ...Well, maybe the Hoffans have resumed distribution of the drug, but on a much larger scale?
      McKay: They haven't been doing much of anything lately. When the Wraith discovered what they were up to, the whole civilization was wiped out.
      Sheppard: Maybe a few of them survived, and are planning a little payback?
      Carter: The random nature of this drug's distribution is clear and calculated. It's obviously intended to throw the Wraith completely off balance. They have no way of knowing which of their food sources has been infected.
      McKay: So, it's just a matter of time before they become hungry and cranky!
      (all look at McKay)
      McKay: Well, I mean, I know I would.

    • McKay: Something wrong?
      Teyla: Er...I was debating whether or not to tell anyone.
      McKay: Tell anyone what?
      Teyla: I believe I had a vision, last night.
      McKay: A vision?
      Teyla: I saw Kanaan, the father of my son. I believe that he was trying to...send me a message, that he's alive, and that I must not abandon the search for him and the rest of my people.
      McKay: And this was while you were sleeping?
      Teyla: You think it was a dream?
      McKay: Well, I, I...
      Teyla: I believe it was more than that. It did not feel like a dream.
      (McKay looks skeptical)
      Teyla: I knew you would doubt me. I should not have said anything.
      McKay: Hey, I've been cocooned inside an alien space craft, I've had another person living inside me, I've encountered, not one, but two different versions of myself, so who am I to judge? If you say it was a vision then I believe it was a vision.
      McKay: (quick cut to McKay & Sheppard) I seriously doubt it was a vision.

    • Teyla: I purchased the pendant from an artisan in Croya, the village we are about to visit. Among the Athosians it's quite common to present such gifts as expressions of admiration and respect.
      Ronon: Hey, maybe I'll pick you something up while we're there.
      McKay: Really?
      Ronon: No.

    • Teyla: You're insane.
      Michael: Spite me all you want, but don't do it at the expense of the child.
      Teyla: My child is of no concern to you.
      Michael: On the contrary, I have great plans for him.

    • Todd: Obviously there's more you want from me or you would not have come.
      Ronon: Maybe we just came to kill you.
      Todd: Did you?
      Sheppard: Unfortunately, no.
      Todd: Well, there's always next time.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Todd: There can be only one.

      This is the famous tag line of the cult film Highlander (1986), its sequels, and the television series, Highlander: The Series (1992 - 1998), that spawned from it. All are about immortals whose lives are spent mostly being part of 'the Game' - challenging other immortals to sword fights in order to behead them and be the only one left in order to win the ultimate and mysterious Prize.