Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 2

The Seed

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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