Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 14

The Prodigal

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2008 on Syfy
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Michael besieges Atlantis in an attempt to kidnap Teyla's infant child.

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    The Prodigal was a fitting title for this episode of Stargate Atlantis. In this episode we saw the return of Michael, the Wraith-Human Hybrid that Beckett had initially created. Thought to have been destroyed with his hive ship, Michael took Atlantis by surprise. It was interesting to see the different uses of technology we've recently encountered. Teyla is a mother lioness and really kicks it when she needs too. Michael was very scary looking, almost reminding me of Azazel or Yellow Eyes from Supernatural. He came to take Terron, Teyla's Baby. In the end he did not succeed and Teyla saw to it that he will never threaten her child, herself, or Atlantis ever again. This episode was packed with action, and we saw some key growth in the characters.moreless
  • Why do all the bad guys like to stun people, and all the good guys like to kill people?

    Seriously, this episode had more holes in it than a termite colony.

    Last I checked, Michael is a bad guy, so why didn't he just kill everyone in the gateroom when he arrived, rather then put them in a room with a poorly locked door and just assume they won't try to escape?

    I mean come on, he wanted to blow up Atlantis. So clearly making people suffer wasn't high on his agenda, since an explosion of that magnitude would kill anyone before they had a chance to feel any pain. If he had killed all those people rather than do the bad guy standard of just stun them, his chances of winning would have been almost a certainty.

    Teyla wouldn't have gotten away due to Ronon's interference and thus Michael wouldn't have been delayed and they most likely would have escaped.

    Also explain to me how the destruction of the jumper turned off the self destruct system, when there was never a mention of any link between the two and infact it was the main console in the gate room that was hacked by hand, not through the jumper's systems?

    On another point, if you look closely you can see that Teyla was running with her baby before the remote controlled cars got in her way at the beginning of the show. Not sure if that is a particularly good 'mum' moment right there.

    In summary this was a pathetically written episode, where once again the bad guys don't like to kill anyone, they just talk about it. Whilst the good guys like to chase unarmed people down corridors shooting at them with oversized guns, before stepping on their fingers whilst they dangle over very high buildings.

    Bad guys do the later...not the good guys.

    In my mind, the 'Atlanteans' as they call themselves are the true bad guys in this series and you only need to watch how they have treated the replicators over the series to see this in action. They betray their trust and lock them in a time bubble, lie to them constantly, betraying every one that has ever attempted to pursue peace. Then they finally wipe out the entire species by destroying their planet.

  • Painfull so painful

    Season 5 episode 14

    I hope that is the last time we will See Michel.

    Wery boring episode i turnd to a nother chanel boring.

    I know this si the last season of stargate atlantis but come on u can do bether than this bad writing every thing was just bad in this episode.

    One gir know kikboxing the only thing was Ronan said ggod to know. Way not have her to help in the kkontrollroom.

    I realy hop that next episodes that remains of stargate atlantis go oute with a boom.

    I am realy sad to say that Stargate Atlantis is on its last season but if the rest of the episodes is the same. Then its god it is the last season.

    Sorry my speling ( Talking is one thing but writing is a nother )moreless
  • WOW! That was the best episode when comes to action. The action was fast pace and I couldn't take my eyes off the TV. I felt like I was watching a mini movie.moreless

    OMG! That was sooooooo good! Lots of action! Love it! I love Rodney and John racing the RC cars. Very cute. But....the action with Michael and his hybrids invading Atlantis....was just.....WOW! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The stun shield (or.....stun bubble ) was genius. I loved the fight with Ronon and Michael. Awesome! When Ronon fell....I screamed.

    Then.....Michael wanting to take Teyla's child.....and threatening to blow up Atlantis. I truly believed that Michael was gonna take Teyla's child.

    Then.......OMG.....the fight on the ledge with Michael and John. That was just intense. Then....I love how Teyla showed up to John.....and then....shoved Michael off the edge. So......Michael is......dead. WOW!moreless
  • And so ends another storyline.

    Finally!! Michael is dead! One of the biggest pains in the a** of Atlantis is gone for good. I really like the idea of Michael dying in Atlantis, where everything began. To be honest I didn't expect that this will happen - every minute of the episode I thought that he will escape: when he and his hybrids went down to the jumper I thought that they will escape and when Teyla had to choose whether to step on Michael's fingers or to save him, I was afraid that she will help him...but thank God she ended it once and for all.

    Connor Trinneer did a wonderful job portraying Michael. But all villains must pay the price for the evil they have done. Rest in peace Michael...moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Colin Corrigan

Colin Corrigan

Team Member

Guest Star

Brad Dryborough

Brad Dryborough

Lead Hybrid

Guest Star

Brandon Blue

Brandon Blue


Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Michael Kenmore

Recurring Role

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)

Technician/Amelia Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the end when Woolsey speaks to Ronon in the infirmary, Ronon's legs are over the blanket. In the next shot, his legs are under it.

    • Goof: When Ronon falls from the balcony and rolls down the steps, the illuminated Lantean letters on the first and second steps are upside-down.

    • This episode marks the death of Michael. This makes him the longest surviving Wraith at this point in the series, lasting 56 episodes and almost 3 years.

    • Goof: Near the beginning of the episode, after McKay and Sheppard attempt to climb up to the control room, McKay is seen with sweat dripping from his hair and has a sweat stained shirt. Shortly thereafter in his lab, his shirt is completely dry and his hair is dry and styled.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • McKay: I've been examining the energy reading we picked up and it appears that Michael has somehow managed to modify the Wraith stun pulse technology and integrate it with the Puddle Jumper cloaking mechanism.
      Zelenka: Yeah, creating a kind of a stun bubble.
      McKay (grimacing): No, a forcefield – around the Control Room and the Gateroom. Look, while it's in place, we're not getting in there.
      Sheppard: Well, I know that. What you haven't told me is how we're gonna turn it off.
      McKay: That's because we haven't figured that part out yet. Look, it's gonna be very tricky.
      Zelenka: Yeah, you see, Michael is using the Puddle Jumper as an external power source, not only for the Control Room and the Gateroom, but also using it to power the...the stun bubble.
      McKay (rolling his eyes): Ok, enough with the "stun bubble."
      Zelenka: Well, that's an accurate description.
      McKay: It's a stupid description.
      Zelenka: It's a stun bubble!

    • Sheppard: I figure he's got himself a forcefield.
      McKay (still working on his device): He is nothing if not annoyingly industrious.
      Sheppard: All right. What do we do?
      McKay: Well, we disable it.
      Sheppard: How?
      McKay: We...we...That's a good question.

    • (while racing toy cars in the hallway)
      McKay: Oh yeah. I will trample you!
      Sheppard: Don't trip on your skirt.

    • (Sheppard and Rodney are racing cars in the hallway)
      Sheppard: The nursing home just called, Rodney. They want their scooter back.

    • (after Woolsey tells Ronon he needs to start doing mission reports)
      Ronon: I'm not good at writing.
      Woolsey: I figured you might say that. Use this.
      (He hands him a small device.)
      Woolsey: It's a digital voice recorder. Speak into it – we'll plug it in and your report will be automatically transcribed and filed with the others.
      (Ronon looks uncomfortable.)
      Ronon: I'm not good at talking either.

    • Woolsey: May I ask why you have not filed a single mission report since I have assumed command of this base?
      Ronon: 'Cause I haven't given you any?
      Woolsey: As you know, one of the changes I made around here is to require every team member to file mission reports, as opposed to only team leaders and science officers.
      Ronon: Really. I didn't… I didn't know that.
      Woolsey: I announced it my fourth day here. At an away-team orientation meeting detailing changes to mission protocol.
      Ronon: Was I there?
      Woolsey: Yes. It was mandatory.
      Ronon: Because I don't remember…
      Woolsey: I saw you there. It's kind of hard to miss you.

    • Sheppard: What?
      McKay: Well, it's just… what you're about to do…
      Sheppard: Yeah, it's not like it's the first time. How many suicide missions have I flown?
      McKay: I don't know, I lost count.
      Sheppard: Well, there you go.

    • Ronon: "Mission report. Michael invaded Atlantis. Tried to blow it up. We stopped him. End of report."

    • Woolsey: How's Dr. Keller's most cantankerous patient.
      Ronon: You gotta be kidding me. You get released and I've gotta stay here another day?
      Woolsey: Because I only fell down a flight of stairs. You, my friend, were hurled from a much greater height. You're lucky you only suffered a concussion and didn't break your neck.

    • McKay: What are you doing?
      Sheppard: I'm flying the jumper and crashing it into the tower.
      McKay: Crash it.
      Sheppard: It's the best chance of taking out Michael's jumper.
      McKay: Not to mention yourself.
      Sheppard: I have crashed jumpers into towers before.

    • Lorne: I thought Michael was dead.
      Zelenka: As did I.
      Lorne: I mean we blew up his ship, right?
      McKay: He's the one who stole our jumper, used it to escape from his cruiser before we could destroy it. He's like a cockroach. You know, every time you step on him he just skitters away.

    • Sheppard: Oh, you've gotta be kidding me.
      McKay: It was the next thing on my list.
      Sheppard: You said you were gonna fix them.
      McKay: I know, and I was getting to it, I swear.
      Sheppard: And you had two years.
      McKay: I've been busy.

    • Ronon: You can fight?
      Banks: Five years of kickboxing.
      Ronon: Good to know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Brad Dryborough (Lead Hybrid) previously played an Outta Control Driver in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Sight Unseen."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 10, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 18, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on December 26, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on October 21, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 19, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: February 27-28, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 21, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Jewel Staite does not appear in this episode.