Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 5


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 26, 2007 on Syfy
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Sheppard is captured by a space-faring race who wish to use his Ancient gene for their own ends.

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    Travelers was a good episode of Stargate Atlantis. Sheppard is taken hostage to fly an Ancient Battle Ship for the Travelers who are running out of room on the ships they have. The Travelers remind me of Gypsys. I think we will see them in the future, and this might be a good idea to let them have the ship, to spread out technology a little, so that it survives some where. Also it will give these people a fighting chance. I must admit though that I'm disappointed that something happens every time they find a new Ancient Ship, and it never sticks around for long. They survived for over 10,000 years in space but an episode with the Atlantis Expedition and their Destroyed, Stolen, or Given Away. I hope there are more out there for them to find.moreless
  • funny...

    I laughed a lot in this episode. I thought Sheppard's relationship with his captor was halarious and I liked how they ewnt back and forth between captor, captive, and helpers. I thought the story was pretty predictable, but it was still interesting. The story was also not very original and unique, but oh well. I liked how they included McKay and their rescue efforts, but didn't focus on that. I really like how this episode opens up to more interaction between Atlantis and this traveling race. Overall, this episode had an interesting story with halarious character interactions and this episode opens up options for the future.moreless
  • I liked it...

    One man show, but I liked it - maybe it was the energy or the endless annoying game where one tried to fool other and vice versa. You never knew who will win in the end. And that commander was quite equal opponent for Sheppard.

    So, the episode itself did not gave us much storyline, but there was a lot of excitement and those wraiths were great addition. That hide and seek on ancient ship - great to watch and really good interlude for a while. There is always something new, and this one defenetly was one of those.

    There might come great alliance between them.moreless
  • Not bad.

    This was a pretty average episode which introduced the team to a new race of aliens know as the travelers. And yes they are as they sound, they travel around the galaxy in search of safe haven. So basically they kidnap Sheppard and then try to get him to start an old Ancient Space ship. So he does so but the situation gets worst when the Wraith get involved, but eventually the travellers get away with the Ship. Well overall it was a good episode. And i liked the tension between Shepard and the woman. So i hope next weeks episode is a little more focused to the main story.moreless
  • Certainly not Atlantis's finest, but a decent, fun, distinctly Sheppard centric episode.

    If you don't like Sheppard don't watch this episode, since its practically *all* about him.

    For you normal, non-dull folks its a blast.

    On the face of it this episode is the basic "new species" fare. As far as that goes, as a race, the Travellers are interesting, however the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. Ie Larrin (played fantastically by Jill Wagner). Larrin is possibly the most intriguing femme fatale on Stargate in a long time. One the face of it she is cold and ruthless, but beneath that is a human woman struggling to survive, all layered in a character that will do anything to make sure her people do just that, survive.

    The verbal (and physical) sparring between Sheppard and Larrin is entertaining to watch, and the chemistry between the two characters is subtle and nuanced, with the actors masterfully managing to put chemistry into scenes when the two should kill each other, they seem to be enjoying themselves.

    The writers also manage to make you care about Larrin, and you find yourself fretting as she is being attacked by the Wraith. It's also nice to see Sheppard's Captain Kirk ways backfire on him as Larrin manages to distract him and remove his weapon (his pistol dammit, get your mind out of the gutter) from his holster in a way that would make Malcolm Reynolds blush.

    The downside of the episode is that it is a little trite, the violence at times un needed, plus the rest of the team is practically useless in this episode. I'm also not that happy at Ronon's transformation from unpredictable mercenary to "one of the guys". The writers also make Sheppard seem a little *too* dumb, but minor niggles. A good, solid enjoyable episode.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Jill Wagner

Jill Wagner


Guest Star

Chris Kalhoon

Chris Kalhoon


Guest Star

Michael Cram

Michael Cram


Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Scott Heindl

Scott Heindl

Male Wraith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Larrin: (After getting her life restored) I don't know. That was so strange, to have your whole life fading away and then to suddenly have it back again. (She smiles at him) It actually felt kinda good.
      Sheppard: Mmm, I know. Happened to me once, too. Long story.

      Sheppard is referring to his experience with the Wraith Todd in the episode "Common Ground."

    • This is the first appearance of the Travelers and their leader Larrin, played by Jill Wagner.

    • In this episode we are shown more of the interior of the Aurora-class battleship including a Auxiliary Control Center and a Chair room containing an Ancient Control Chair.

    • This episode explains the origins of Ronon's gun. It is Travelers technology but it is not known how Ronon acquired his.

    • The Ancient ship in this episode is the fourth Aurora class battleship encountered by the expedition since their arrival in the galaxy after the Aurora, the Orion (formally the Hippaforalkus), and the Tria.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (About the two other wraith)
      Sheppard : There's the other two. What, are they having a board meeting?

    • Sheppard: Nice ship. A little bit of a fixer-upper but I can see the potential.

    • Sheppard: Sure you want to go through with this? If you don't make it, I'm going to feel responsible, and, well, I really don't need the guilt.
      Larrin: We'll be fine as long as you don't shoot too early. I'm sure that's not the first time you've heard that from a woman.
      Sheppard: On the other hand, I might be able to live with it.

    • Sheppard: Atlantis this is Sheppard, I'm on approach to the gate.
      McKay: Acknowledged. You know, since I've been in Pegasus I've set up like what, half a dozen research stations on various planets? And I don't remember you EVER volunteering to run a resupply mission to any of them.
      Sheppard: Well I'm a busy man Rodney, I just happened to have a little free time.
      McKay: And Dr. McKenzie just happens to by studying a primitive tribe, which lives in a tropical paradise, and has, how did he put it, little or no social inhibitions.
      Sheppard: Well they were very friendly.

    • Larrin: Has he said anything?
      Silas: Only his name; Reed Richards.
      Larrin: His name is Sheppard. We intercepted part of his last radio transmission.

    • Larrin: Nevick, if you can't do this we're stranded.
      Nevick: What about him?
      Larrin: He's not going anywhere near that bridge again, he can't be trusted.
      Nevick: Listen, if we can't bring the system back online he'll die out here like the rest of us.
      Larrin: That's the problem. Does he look like a man who thinks he's going to die?
      (Nevick looks at Sheppard in the cell, he is half-sitting, half-lying down and looking very bored as he taps his fingers)

    • Larrin: You saved my life. Again.
      Sheppard: If you hadn't come up with the plan we'd both be dead.
      Larrin: So you're saying we make a good team?
      Sheppard: Well, don't go crazy.
      Larrin: Right. But in the interest of interstellar relations, I think we should at least just try to get along. Right?
      (They kiss, and Larrin takes the Wraith stunner from him)
      Sheppard: You've gotta be kidding me.
      Larrin: Sorry.
      (Larrin stuns him)

    • Sheppard: I'm still not exactly sure why they let me go.
      Teyla: Well you did offer them an alliance that has to be worth something.
      Ronon: Or they figured out you'd be more trouble than you're worth.
      Sheppard: Oh, that is a possibility.
      McKay: No, there's something you're not telling us...She was hot wasn't she.
      Sheppard: I don't know what you're talking about.
      McKay: Aw, I knew it. That is so typical.
      Sheppard: She had me beat Rodney. She threatened to kill me several times. It wasn't like we were hanging out in the spa together.
      McKay: Whatever. All that I know is that every time I get taken captive, it's the Wraith. Just once, I would like to be taken prisoner by the sexy alien.
      Sheppard: Well you may still get a chance.
      Ronon: Yeah? What do you mean?
      Sheppard: She's still out there.

    • McKay: We don't even know who they are, remember!?
      Ronon: Does it make a difference? Even if it was a fleet of hive ships, would it stop us from trying to get him back?
      Lorne: No.

    • (Larrin enters Sheppard's cell)
      Sheppard: What's happening?
      (Larrin punches him)
      Sheppard: What was that for?
      Larrin: Do you realize what you've done?
      Sheppard: I didn't do anything.
      (Larrin punches him again
      Sheppard: Stop that!
      Larrin: I'll stop when you stop lying. You adapted the damaged communications array to send out a signal, didn't you.
      Sheppard: ...Yes.
      (Larrin punches him again)
      Sheppard: You said you'd stop that.
      Larrin: (draws gun) You're right. Maybe I'll just shoot you.
      Sheppard: All right. Don't you think you're overreacting a little?
      Larrin: You were trying to broadcast our location. Guess what it worked. There's a ship approaching, only I don't think it's the one you were hoping for.
      Sheppard: What do you mean?
      Larrin: It's the Wraith.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In the scenes where Larrin is seen walking down a corridor, actress Jill Wagner had to purposely hold onto the weapon prop as it was too heavy and pulled her costume down.

    • The food the Travelers present Sheppard with is Tofu-based and was purchased from a Chinese Market. It was intended to emphasize the limited resources of the Traveler fleet.

    • The Traveler Ship set was one of the most expensive to build across the entire series, costing around $200,000.

    • Amanda Tapping is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 29, 2007 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 6, 2007 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 18-19, 2008.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on July 13, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on November 19, 2009 on 7TWO.


    • Silas: Only his name: Reed Richards.

      Reed Richards is the birth name of Mister Fantastic of the Marvel Comics superhero team The Fantastic Four, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They first appeared in The Fantastic Four #1 in 1961, and have since been in four animated TV series (1967, 1974, 1994, and 2006), video games, and three live-action movies (1994, 2005, and 2007). This is also an in-joke, as Sheppard, in the Season 3 ender, "First Strike", suggested that his team were like the Fantastic Four with him being Mr. Fantastic.