Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 8

The Seer

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

The team meets a man with extraordinary prophetic abilities, who gives them a dark prediction about Atlantis' future. Meanwhile, they join forces with a Wraith in an attempt to fix the virus Rodney created earlier to stop the Replicators, that has since malfunctioned. Woolsey arrives at Atlantis to conduct an evaluation of Carter's command.moreless

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    The Seer was a very interesting episode of Stargate Atlantis. Sheppard was reunited with his old Wraith pal from when he was captured by the Genii. The Wraith wanted to work together on the Replicator base code, because now the Replicators are attacking human worlds to destroy the food of the Wraith. This is a tragic consecquence of the Atlantis Teams Actions. The episode was full of intrigue, action, and drama. I can't wait to find out what happens next. I feel that this episode has picked up the story lines, and carried them forward. I hope that this trend continues.moreless
  • good episode...

    I really liked the episode "Common Ground" and I was excited when I saw the same wraith would be in this episode. I thought the story was interesting in the respect that it furthered the overal Atlantis story line. I liked the idea of the seer that saw into the future and I thought that added interesting character interactions. I didn't like Teyla's little story with her trying to find her people; she gets annoying. Anyways, nothing really happened in the long run. I thought it was weird that Sheppard didn't trust the wraith at all and the others seemed to have more trust in him. Overall, good episode.moreless
  • In the trap of prophecies...

    I loved this episode - maybe the idea, the visions and they way those people on Atlantis found themselves trapped by knowing too much - knowing what will happen but not when and it was too much for them to handle.

    Sad, that Telya did not learned not more about her people but they are alive and it looks like storyline they are going to use for a while.

    On the other storyline, with the wraith - it was just matter of time when they bring him back and the choices they have to make concerned with him. And the fact that replicators are now turning against humans - what is going to be left of Pegasus Galaxy when all those big forces have ended their wars?moreless
  • Whats going to happen to Atlantis.

    This episode is a revealing episode, I suppose one could call a crossroad episode or at least a pre-crossroad episode. One of the teams plans has bit them in the butt. The Aurans plan to make the wraith starve to death by killing worlds and the team must work with the Wraith to halt the replicator advance.

    This episode brings up issues such as the paradoxial "shaking hands with the devil to do the lords work." It also makes a startling revelation, the International Oversight Committee has stated that beuracratic and political interference is not as productive as they would like!! Here is another startling revelation...Ice is Cold!!! and Fire is Hot!!!

    Anyway, back to being serious, the episode finally reveals that although the Athosians vanished, they are still alive.

    Also Teyla is pregnant which is sure to lead to interesting conundrums in the future. What is interesting about "The Seer" is that all of the visions except for the last one all came true except the circumstances surrounding them were not as they seemed. Yes they were captured by the Wraith but then the Atlanteans ambushed the Wraith back! And the Wraith Hive ship was destroyed but not by John Sheppard but by another ship, Truly Master Yoda's words were true... "always in motion in the future."moreless
  • A suprisingly good episode filled with dark and portentous warnings.

    Wow, I was surprised by this episode. I went into it expecting a humdrum run of the mill "Teyla's pregnant" episode. Instead Teyla's involvement was intensely toned down in favour of the episodes greater theme, the classic sci fi staple question of should mankind know the future. Deliberately or not, this episode reaches heights of philosophical complexity rarely seen outside of Battlestar Galactica. The stand out moment in the episode is the combination of the "fixed future" and "fluid future" philosophies, "The future is shaped by those who make it" is surprisingly profound.

    The complications of knowing the future are believably portrayed too, with the visions shown without context actually complicated what should be a simple decision. The dark warning of things to come is a nice touch too, it'll give future episodes with the Replicators an extra edge of tension.

    Finally, props must again go to the writers for finally making an episode where Sam Carter features prominently, but it unintrusive to the native cast. However, this praise does not signify my change of heart that her inclusion was a good idea, nor does it say I want any other SG-1 members on Atlantis (cameo or not).

    One criticism, while the writers may have felt toning down Teyla's pregnancy was a good idea to keep mystery hanging in the air, a bit more information rather than a glancing scene would have been good.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis


Guest Star

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl

Todd the Wraith

Recurring Role

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • McKay: That's it. That's why they're coming. They're tracking his ship. Think about it a single hive off by itself out in the middle of nowhere, orbiting a supposedly uninhabited planet. That's bound to raise a few eyebrows ... (he looks at the Wraith and flinches a little) ... I mean, if you had eyebrows.

    • McKay: I've been looking into that, and it's not very promising.
      Sheppard: You're the one who activated it in the first place!
      McKay: Well, that was easy ... well, actually it was spectacularly difficult, but then every thing's relative.
      Carter: Rodney.

    • Woolsey: As you said, the circumstances have changed. Colonel Sheppard, you've had the most experience dealing with the Wraith. Do you seriously think this is a good idea?
      Sheppard: I think it's not your call.

    • Ronon: You're the one who said it's impossible to see the future.
      McKay: Yeah, I was thinking about that. I realized that quantum uncertainty doesn't necessarily preclude the possibility of seeing probable futures. It's like blackjack: you never know exactly what's gonna happen next, but a card counter can certainly increase the odds in his favor – and frankly, this feels like hitting on an eighteen.
      Sheppard: It's more like doubling down against a ten.

    • Carter: Mr. Woolsey! How was your trip?
      Woolsey: Well, spending a day in quarantine on the Midway Station wasn't exactly my idea of a good time, but I suppose it beats a three-week journey on the Daedalus.

    • Sheppard: All right – from what Teyla says, these people sound a little skittish. You can bet that four heavily-armed strangers showing up out of nowheres gonna set 'em off a little, so let's be on our best behavior, children.

    • Carter: How's the patient, Doctor?
      Keller: Well, from what I can tell, he seems to be suffering from a kind of lymphatic cancer. There's not a lot I can do for him here.
      Woolsey: Have you detected any physical anomalies that might be related to his visions?
      (Carter looks at him with irritation.)
      Woolsey: Sorry. Force of habit.

    • Woolsey: I've never met a Wraith face-to-face before.
      Carter: Well, you're in for a treat.
      (The door opens and Woolsey gestures to Sam.)
      Woolsey: Ladies first.

    • Wraith Prisoner: I believe among your people it is customary to shake hands. (laughs) Just a little Wraith humor.

    • Ronon: That's it? That's the super weapon?
      McKay: What were you expecting.
      Ronon: Big gun. Something that goes boom.

    • McKay: Allow me to make a prediction. This will be a complete waste of time.
      Sheppard: I knew you were gonna say that.

    • Woolsey: Well, this is awkward.
      Carter: Yes.
      Woolsey: For the record, I thought I was making the right call.
      Carter: It was a difficult situation, for everyone.
      Woolsey: I just have one last question. How did you know the two Wraith ships would fire on each other?
      Carter: I didn't... you going to put that in your report?
      Woolsey: It might be better if I didn't. There may be such a thing as being too thorough.
      Carter: Right.

    • Wraith: So all it took was the destruction of my ship for you to finally trust me?
      Sheppard: Oh not true, I still don't trust you. (To Marine) Take him to the lab, he's got work to do.
      Wraith: (sighs)

  • NOTES (2)

    • We find out that what Dr. Keller told Teyla at the end of "Missing" was that she is pregnant. This pregnancy is actually written in because Rachel Luttrell (the actress who plays Teyla) is pregnant in real life.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 19, 2007 on The Movie Network and Movie Central
      UK: November 27, 2007 on Sky One
      Syndication Premiere: November 8-9, 2008
      Czech Republic: July 22, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi
      Australia: November 26, 2009 on 7TWO


    • Woolsey: Have you detected any physical anomalies that might be related to his visions?
      (Carter looks at him questioningly.)
      Woolsey: Sorry. Force of habit.

      This line is most likely just Woolsey (Robert Picardo) apologizing for reneging on his promise to Carter that "I have no intention of getting involved in the day-to-day operations of the base" and acknowledging that he can, as he admitted earlier, "on occasion, be a bit of a busybody." However, the mention of a "force of habit" is possibly a reference to Picardo's previous role as the Doctor on Star Trek Voyager.

    • Davos: Never before have I sensed that the future of so many worlds can turn on the actions of so few.

      This line is reminiscent of a quote by Winston Churchill at the height of the Battle of Britain: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."