Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 2

The Seed

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 18, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

After Dr. Keller removes Beckett from stasis, she gets infected with a dangerous entity that begins taking over Atlantis.

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  • The Spaghetti Incident

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not making fun of this episode; it's just that this whole thing looked like a bunch of spaghetti with a life of its own.

    It's a good episode; looks a lot like the classic science-fiction. Of course, like classic sci-fi, it's got its classic cliches; like, Dr. Keller falls asleep and later when she wakes up she's got this sticky thing on her hand (it's not what you think, you dirty bastard) and she doesn't tell anyone? Yay, very typical of classic sci-fi. Not bad, just very cliche-ish.

    On the other hand, quite a beginning for Mr. Woolsey... his dilemma with the rules and the fact that you cannot always play by the book if you're on command. A reflection of a fact that most people don't get in real life.

    All in all, a good episode. The typical cheap one after the big-ass season opener. Watch it.moreless
  • See Summary

    The Seed certainly was an interesting episode of Stargate Atlantis. This episode saw the return of the Beckett duplicate, or the real? In any case Dr. Keller had been over exposed to the Hoth Virus, and now she has some nasty looking boogey fungus growing out of her, spreading through the city. It is sad that Colonel Carter is no longer in charge in Atlantis and here to solve problems. She is missed!!! I think Woolsey is doing ok, it was interesting to see the way he does things. He is some what cold and down to business. Atlantis has always been lead by the Heart tempered by the Mind, and now it seems that Heart is lost with Woolsey in charge. Over all this episode was a little long and slow moving, but still good to watch.moreless
  • Beckett in action

    Oh.. this episode was some how contra versal. I did love the storyline with Beckett and to be honest even Woosley was not very horrible as I afraid. A little fun on his behalf.

    But the main storyline. It was nothing too original or too good but somehow they managed to make it quite good even if the idea.. I do not know even how to explain it. It looked very simple but they brought some gorgeous elements in and turned it very good.

    I most say that if the continue this way, Woosley may turn into char we may even start to enjoy.moreless
  • ok episode...

    Dr. Keller is infected and Carson is the only one that can help. It turned out that Keller was infected by something that created the wraith ships and it was taking over Atlantis. I think the story was stupid and very generic. It reminded me of "Message in a Bottle" and other Stargate SG-1 episodes. I did like seeing Woosley in his new role. I like how he broke the rules; I don't think he'll be as annoying as I thought. I liked seeing Carson again, but I rather him not be on the show anymore. Overall, just an ok episode with a terrible story but great character development.moreless
  • Love Beckett,love the show,Woolsey needs to go!!

    Ok,this episode was alot better than I thought it was going to be! I was so glad that Keller wasnt in alot of the episode cause she is so annoying! I hope they bring Beckett back full time for next season. I can see that there will probably be alot of future arguments with Woolsey being commander. I am waiting for someone to punch him in the nose. If they dont soon then I will punch the tv screen. The episode in general was interesting and it kept my heart beating rapidly throughout it! I just hope the future episodes with Beckett are a little more character involved instead of all medical stuff.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)

Technician/Amelia Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When the blankets are pulled away from Dr. Keller they are down around her knees, the next shot they are just below her waist, then down to her knees again.

    • Chronologically, this episode takes place over a month after the events in "Search and Rescue (2)" and two months after "The Kindred (2)."

    • When Woolsey orders the complete shutdown of all electrical power in Atlantis you see that some lights still shine at sea-level. These are most likely emergency lights powered by other means, possibly solar panels.

    • It is stated that Michael's hybrids are being kept in a camp on the main land and have been cured using a modified version of Dr. Beckett's retrovirus.

    • Sheppard: Turn me into a bug? Been there, done that.

      This is a reference to the season 2 episode "Conversion" in which Sheppard is infected with the Iratus bug retrovirus and transforms into a creature similar to the Iratus bug.

    • This is the first episode to feature Richard Woolsey as the new commander of the Atlantis expedition.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sheppard: You're not sending him back, huh.
      Woolsey: He is the closest thing to an expert we have.
      Sheppard: That's not exactly by the book.
      Woolsey: Don't get used to it.

    • (Talking about Dr. Beckett in stasis)
      Keller: You know Rodney goes to visit him. Stands in front of the stasis pod and tells him all the latest news.
      Teyla: Really?
      Keller: I walked in on him once by accident and he pretended he was checking on the system or something.

    • (Dr. Keller enters the infirmary after being released from isolation)
      Keller: I feel so bad; it looks like my recovery is going to be a whole lot easier than yours.
      Sheppard: Eh, it only hurts when I breathe.

    • McKay: Carson, is it true that Lorne and some of the others are beginning to show symptoms?
      Beckett: Aye, I'm afraid so.
      McKay: Oh god.
      Beckett: Why? Have you noticed something yourself?
      McKay: Well, my palms are very sweaty and my mouth is very dry. I'm having heart palpitations.
      Beckett: Okay. So, nothing out of the ordinary then.

    • Sheppard: Wow, new table huh?
      Teyla: Woolsey brought it with him. He said he wanted a little piece of home.
      Sheppard: 12 ft long mahogany conference table. Hmm.
      (Teyla shrugs)

    • Keller: Colonel, when you were in the future and you learned all the things that were gonna happen wasn't this one of them, Woolsey taking over?
      Sheppard: Well, circumstances were, uh, different.
      Keller: Well, still it is a little unsettling. Maybe it's harder to change the course of events than we thought.
      McKay: Well, I wouldn't worry about it, I mean, the fact that Sheppard's here makes all the difference, right?
      Sheppard: Woolsey wasn't the weirdest thing about that timeline. (The team looks at him expectantly) Never mind.

    • Sheppard: Restraints huh?
      Beckett: Aye, I'm sorry, but I'm anticipating a severe reaction.
      Sheppard: Oh great.
      Beckett: You're absolutely sure about this. Remember the formula comes from Michael. So as far as we know it could…
      Sheppard: Turn me into a bug? Been there, done that.
      Beckett: No, actually I was going to say it could kill you.
      Sheppard: Just, give me the shot.
      Beckett: Okay
      (Beckett gives him the shot)
      Beckett: Now, it could take a few minutes to kick in. So, just try to relax.
      Sheppard: Oh, okay, I'll just…relax.

    • Sheppard: How's Ronon?
      Woolsey: He has a bruised larynx. Apparently he won't be able to speak for several days.
      Sheppard: Wonder if anyone'll notice the difference?

    • Beckett: I'm scheduled to leave this afternoon. That is unless, of course there's a major crisis in the next hour or so.
      Sheppard: Wouldn't surprise me.

    • Woolsey: Before I came down here I was on a call with my superiors back on Earth. They were going over my preliminary report.
      Sheppard: What'd you tell 'em?
      Woolsey: The truth. That in my first three days as commander I violated at least half a dozen basic security protocols.
      Sheppard: That many, huh?
      Woolsey: I let Beckett run the investigation, in spite of his condition, and the fact he is technically no longer a member of his expedition. I sent Ronon to deliver the antidote, even though he was infected. I compromised the safety of this base to rescue someone who may well have been beyond our help anyway.
      Sheppard: But she wasn't. And we got her out. And if you had played by the rules, she'd be dead right now.
      Woolsey: The IOA would seem to agree with you. Apparently they're willing to let the matter drop.
      Sheppard: So what's the problem?
      Woolsey: The rules are there for a reason, Colonel. If I can't trust them, then…I'm not sure I can do this job.
      Sheppard: (shakes his hand) Welcome to the Pegasus galaxy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rachel Luttrell voiced the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on July 21, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on August 26, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 3, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on August 12, 2009 on RTL2.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 8, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: September 26-27, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on January 28, 2010 on 7TWO.


    • Woolsey: ...but until very recently they were also enemy combatants.
      McKay: Fine, then we'll just keep them there forever.

      This might be an allusion to Guantanamo Bay and the, so called, illegal combatants the United States have in custody there.

    • Seed of Destruction:

      Promotions for this episode kept referring to the events of this episode as the Seed of Destruction. Seed of Destruction was also the name of the first Hellboy Trade Paperback which was the basis of the film Hellboy. Its sequel Hellboy 2: The Golden Army premiered around the same time as this episode.