Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 6

The Shrine

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: The team couldn't gate directly back to Atlantis as the tower would have been flooded, so they waited 9 hours for the water to recede. However, as the wormhole shut down after 38 minutes, they could have simply dialled a space gate and allowed the water to come through with them (into space), then dial Atlantis from there after a further 38 minutes. Given that Rodney lost consciousness and appeared to be very ill, it is unlikely that they would have stayed on the planet for 9 hours when they could've been back in 76 minutes.

    • Woolsey reveals that his father had Alzheimer's. The disease is similar to "Second Childhood," the Pegasus galaxy equivalent but is not caused by a parasite. "Second Childhood" is also more severe in that all memories are affected including speech.

    • Talus is a planet once that once belonged to the Lanteans. They built a shrine, where a person afflicted with "Second Childhood" can be him or herself for a day, before they die. The planet was taken over by the Wraith during their war with the Asurans and is now home to 2 Hive ships.

    • This episode implies that a submerged Stargate could bring in water to Atlantis.

    • Although it is never mentioned on screen during the series it is not possible for a Puddle Jumper to enter the Stargate while cloaked, which is why Sheppard used his smoke technique. The Puddle Jumper console contains a warning in Ancient that translates to "Never Attempt Gate Reentry When In Cloak Mode."

    • The flooded planet is designated M44-5YN. The planet was used by the Atlantis Expedition to study the long term effects of global warming.

  • Quotes

    • Rodney: I can't stop shivering!
      Ronon: You're letting all the hot air out of your mouth.

    • Teyla: Were you running a fever before we left?
      McKay: I don't know. I'm always running something.

    • Ronon: I thought you didn't believe?
      Keller: Is that a prerequisite?

    • McKay: Look, my brain is not some new deck off the back of your house.
      Sheppard: I'm not the one doing the surgery.
      McKay: (to Keller) Yeah, and as my parting advice, you need to stop letting these guys talk you into doing stupid things!

    • Keller: I have enough anesthetic to put you out. You're not going to feel a thing.
      McKay: Yeah, it's probably a hammer.

    • (Ronon blasts the parasite)
      Sheppard: You could have stepped on it.
      Ronon: She told me to shoot it.

    • Sheppard: Well actually we're gonna have a big feast first.
      McKay: Last supper, huh?
      Sheppard: Well, suits your Messiah complex.
      McKay: True.

    • McKay: How about we say goodbye now.
      Sheppard: No.
      McKay: What do you mean no?
      Sheppard: I mean, I'm not saying goodbye.
      McKay: Well I'm saying it anyway.
      Sheppard: Well, I'm not listening.
      McKay: Pretty soon I won't know who you are.
      Sheppard: Then I'll remind you.
      McKay: Yeah, but I don't want you to see me like that. I want you to remember me as I am, as your genius friend. Not as some…
      Sheppard: Not happening.
      McKay: Please.
      Sheppard: You're stuck with me, Rodney. Just accept it.
      McKay: But…
      Sheppard: No. That's final.
      McKay: 'Kay.
      Sheppard: Okay.
      McKay: You've been a good friend, Arthur.
      (They look at each other and burst out laughing)

    • (Sheppard hands McKay a beer)
      McKay: I don't know, should I have another?
      Sheppard: What could happen?
      McKay: I shouldn't have banged on your door like that. I feel ridiculous.
      Sheppard: Don't.
      McKay: Been trying to remember the name of my sister's kid.
      Sheppard: …Betty.
      McKay: Betty? Pretty sure that's not it.
      Sheppard: It's Madison. See, at least you remember what it wasn't.
      McKay: Well, it's an underrated skill.
      Sheppard: I'm just saying you might not be as far gone as you think.
      McKay: I'm hiding it. Believe me, I've already forgotten more than most people will ever know. And I know that sounds…arrogant, is that right.
      Sheppard: Yeah, that works.

    • Sheppard: Stuff happens, Woolsey. And by stuff I mean...
      Woolsey: I know what you mean, thanks.

    • Keller: You can go ahead, Rodney.
      McKay: I don't remember where to start.
      Keller: Sure you do.
      McKay: No.
      Keller: Just like we've been doing. We'll just go from there.
      McKay: My name is Mr. Rodney McKay.
      Keller: No.
      McKay: Yes.
      Keller: Come on now, you're Dr. McKay. Remember?
      McKay: No, I'm not anymore. I'm not smart anymore. Doctors are smart, so I'm mister. Now.
      Keller: Okay.
      McKay: I used to be the smartest person ever. And now…and now I'm not.
      Keller: That's what we're trying to fix. Right?
      McKay: You can't fix me.
      Keller: You know we're trying our very best.
      McKay: You can't. You can't. Can't.
      Keller: It's okay. Rodney, what's the next thing you're supposed to remember?
      McKay: Where'd John go?
      Keller: He just had to go away for a few minutes, he'll be…
      McKay: John?
      Keller: Rodney. Rodney, I'm your friend. I'm right here.
      McKay: Where are you John? John.
      (Recording stops)
      Jeannie: Why the hell didn't you tell me my brother was this far gone?

    • Sheppard: You know Woolsey wants to send a M.A.L.P. ahead of every transit?
      McKay: That's gonna get old fast.
      Sheppard: That's what I said.

    • McKay: I think I got a little wetter than you did.
      Sheppard: I don't know. I got a little damp dialing the DHD.

  • Notes

    • Awards:

      -This episode was nominated for an Nebula Award for Best Script to Brad Wright.

    • Although credited, all of David Nykl's scenes were cut from the final cut. He was however, seen for a few seconds, passing the team in the control room, but he had no dialogue.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 25, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 23, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 31, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on August 26, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 22, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 24-25, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on February 25, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • This episode had to be renamed from "The Shrine of Talus" to simply "The Shrine", due to legal clearance issues.

    • This is the 300th episode produced in the Stargate franchise, 214 episodes of Stargate SG-1 and 86 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.

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