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Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Dr. Rodney McKay
Lt. Aiden Ford
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Colonel Dillon Everett
The Z.P.M. was acquired in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius (2)."
This episode marks the first appearance of Colonel Steven Caldwell (Mitch Pileggi) on the series.
This episode is the first time an Asgard is shown on Stargate Atlantis.
When Major Sheppard salutes Colonel Everett, his hand is in the correct position but his thumb is sticking out. American military salutes with the fingers all together in a knife-hand position.
During the Daedalus's first battle with the Wraith, the studio's source light is visibly flashing in the far background.
The bomb in the back of Sheppard's puddle jumper is on a different angle to when it appeared in "The Siege, Part II". This is due to the four-month hiatus between filming the episodes.
The Daedalus is the first BC-304 and the second Earth ship after the BC-303 Prometheus. It has several advantages over it predecessor in that the more advanced alien technologies were integrated into the original design rather than tacked on after the fact.
In this episode 4 Hive ships were destroyed by nukes. One via delivery form a cloaked Puddle Jumper and 3 from Asgard beaming technology. This brings the total to five since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.
When they launch the warhead to trick the Wraith into believing that Atlantis is destroyed, they shut down all the computers to prevent the EMP discharge from damaging them. To actually prevent damage they would need to be completely turned off, but Rodney opens his and immediately reacts, as though data is already on the screen. No computers boot that fast.
When Dr. Beckett runs up to tell Sheppard, Weir and Teyla that Ford has escaped, there is a yellow mark visible on the ground at Weir's feet. This is a mark to tell the actors where to stop in a scene.
At the first engagement, Colonel Caldwell orders the launch of all fighters. However, no fighters (presumably F-302s) are seen at any point during this episode.
(Everett has been fed on by a Wraith)
Everett: They're shipping me out with the next batch of wounded. I wanted to finish our conversation.
Sheppard: Yes sir.
Everett: I owe you an apology.
Sheppard: No sir, you don't.
Everett: I think I have a pretty good idea. I would have done the same thing as you did, when you found Colonel Sumner. It's what I wanted to tell you.
Sheppard: Well, none of that matters right now sir.
Everett: What I'm trying to say, is I wish you had been there for me.
Sheppard: You're gonna be fine sir. Once you get back to Earth...
Everett: I said what I had to say. Get back to work.
Sheppard: Yes sir.
McKay: Yeah, I think I'm ready.
Weir: You think?!
McKay: I am definitely ready.
Weir: Twenty seconds!
McKay: OK, snap! That's it! You all happy now?!
Zelenka: Oh my God. Their approach is ballistic.
Weir: What exactly does that mean?
Zelenka: Their impact velocities will be in excess of ten thousand kilometres an hour. No part of the city can withstand that.
Voice: I assure you, Doctor McKay, that Major Sheppard is alive and well.
Weir: Who is this?
Voice: Colonel Steven Caldwell, commander of the Daedalus. We are ready to assist you.
Ford: I could have shot you a couple of times by now.
Sheppard: Well, I'm glad you didn't.
Sheppard: Well, I'm home.
Weir: Yes you are. I truly thought you....
Sheppard: Yeah yeah, I thought the same thing about you a minute ago. We've got to stop that.
Weir: I'd like that.
Novak: I've eh...I've set the timer to five seconds. Is that enough time for you?
Hermiod: Five seconds should be more then ample.
Novak: Okay look, I know you don't aprove using technology this way, but you have to understand..
Hermiod: I am ready
Novak: Colonel, Hermiod is ready and standing by for warhead transport. But I can tell you, he's not happy about this.
Sheppard: Atlantis, this is Sheppard.
Sheppard: What other Sheppards do you know?
Sheppard: At least the shield is up and running.
McKay: That only buys us time.
Sheppard: I like time.
McKay (whispering): I don't think they've detected us.
Weir (whispering too): Why are you whispering?
McKay (still whispering): I dunno – it just seems like the right thing to do.
Weir: How much time do you need?
McKay: Oh, well ...
Zelenka: ... a week ...
McKay: ... a couple of hours.
Weir: I'll take the second estimate. Go.
McKay: (to Zelenka) What are you, Union?
Zelenka: a couple of hours.
Sheppard: Well, how about outside the city?
Zelenka: I don't understand.
Sheppard: Well, expand the sensors. Maybe he's in the water.
Zelenka: Even if that was the case, there's no chance that ...
Sheppard: I'm not asking you to swim out there, I'm asking you to press a few damned buttons.
(As McKay lies down on the floor)
McKay: Oh, I am gonna curl up in bed with the largest sandwich I can find.
Teyla: Shall I just explain to the rest of the Wraith left on the base that you are unavailable to fight?
Teyla: Lead the way.
Rodney: Yeah, sure. Uh, after you.
McKay: (pointing his firearm at two Wraith) You want some of this?
(The clip falls out onto the ground)
Weir: Okay, what are our options?
McKay: Well, let me see – we have slow death, quick death, painful death, cold lonely death . . .
Caldwell: Can we submerge the city again?
McKay: It's a city, not a yo-yo!
McKay: Whoa, whoa, whoa! What is this?? This my security escort?!
Weir: We are spread a little bit thin right now.
McKay: Okay, but you need to know that if we come under fire, you're gonna have to put your lives on the line to protect me.
McKay: I mean the ZPM. You protect the ZPM at all costs...and me. Am I wrong?
Ford's transformed eye was originally intended to be white but was changed to black to avoid appearing similar to the Ori Priors from Stargate SG-1.
The cup that Ford throws at someone during the infirmary scene is actually a CG model due to safety reasons.
In the DVD Commentary for this episode, Director Martin Wood mentioned that he pinched Rainbow Sun Franck's toe as a cue to open his eye at the right time during the scene in the infirmary.
The marine who transports in holding the ZPM is actually Rob Fournier, the show's armorer.
Rachel Luttrell voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.
During the syndicated airing of this episode, the opening credits from Season 1 are shown because Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford) is still a cast member until "Runner," and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) doesn't join the cast until episode 3, "Runner." Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) is not credited because of this.
-This episode aired in Canada on July 18, 2005 on The Movie Network and September 12, 2005 on Movie Central.
-This episode aired in the UK on October 19, 2005 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on November 16, 2006 on Channel 7.
-Syndication Premiere: September 23-24, 2006.
Ellie Harvie reprises the role of Dr. Lindsay Novak from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prometheus Unbound."
The opening credits are changed - now the regular actors names are shown across the bottom one at a time during the pre-credits sequence. The credits themselves are a brief ten-second blurb of footage that list the show creators. This would continue for the rest of the first half of season 2. The abridged credits only aired in the US. In Canada and the rest of the world the full credits were aired from the beginning of the season.
Possibly named for Hermód, the messenger of the Gods. From the Old Norse word, Hermóðr, which translates to "Courage-Battle." He is sometimes said to be the son of Odin, however the text of the Codex Regius refers to him as "Odin's boy" alluding that he is Odin's servant. In the Stargate universe the Asgard are the Norse 'gods' from Earth's legends, however their deceit of their followers is because they do not believe humans to be advanced enough to understand the truth. People of Earth are the exception.
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