Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 19, 2005 on Syfy
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Ronon Dex discovers that a small number of his people survived the Wraith attack on his planet, including his former military trainer, with whom he has unfinished business. Meanwhile, McKay puts Atlantis at risk when he tries to unlock the secrets of an Ancient power source.

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    This episode was a little slower than the rest, but it was still good. We learned a little more about Ronin, and the Atlantis team encountered a powerful energy source, which makes ZPM's look like batteries. Though it doesn't seem that they can control the device, that it exists is still something for them to consider worth the while. It was also interesting to see how Ronin and Teyla are connecting and though he used her in this episode, it seems as if there may be some underlying feelings between them. I also think that it will be interesting to see if more of Ronin's people will pop up in the future. McKay has also had a lot to deal with, and make up for it seems.moreless
  • Doctor McKay is convinced he is smarter than the Ancients and can solve a problem that killed a whole society in a few days when the Ancients never could solve it. Ronon goes with Teyla on a trade mission and discovers people of his kind still alive.moreless

    So Rodney's ego at its best. (worst) He manages to destroy basically a whole solar system including an inhabitable planet and kills one of his own scientists as well. Not only that but he risks the lives of the head of security and himself in the process. I think his ego is writing checks he can't cash!

    I really hope we see a change in the response to McKay's insistence at least in the foreseeable future from both Weir and Sheppard. He does solve a lot of problems but half the times it is to get out of bad situations he has caused himself. We'll see what happens.

    Now on to Ronon. What was with that? Pulling a knife in a peaceful negotiation? Especially when it didn't involve him personally and he was a guest in the meeting. I think Teyla was awfully civilized with him for that. Then he goes and kills one of the few surviving people from his home planet (I do understand that based on the story.) by manipulating Teyla again to get what he wants. This guy cannot be trusted and I wouldn't any farther than I could throw him. He's now got two strikes against him and I think Teyla really needs to at least let Sheppard in on what happened before he pulls something like this on the team.

    Not one of Stargate Atlantis better efforts. Both main stories were a little weak and neither really shined as a lead storyline the way they were played out. The flight sequences in the debris field were spectacular and the special effects were terrific so I give the show some credit for that and the entertainment level. Hopefully they will avoid episodes like this one and the last in the near future if they repeat them. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Tedious

    I've come late to the show through reruns and have been watching from the pilot. This is the first episode I've hit so far which has bored me rigid. Nothing happens. The sub-plot with Ronan and Tayla is mildly interesting but not enough to carry the episode and as for the Rodney plot...well, we spend the entire episode discovering a power source, working on a power source, talking about a power source, testing a power source...colour me extremely surprise when said power source didn't work at the end.

    Yes, Rodney learned a valuable lesson. So you could argue there was character development. But I can't help thinking that he could have learned it through a much more exciting/interest plot than this dire effort.moreless
  • Who is Dr. Vogel?

    I was just wondering who this Dr. Vogel is that Rodney mentions when they are speculating about what the machine does with Zelenka. He explains to John that the machine might be an "insulary power supply for weapons systems". John gets excited and says "cool" and McCay says "see, see that see how he lights up at the mention of that. It's like Dr Vogel at the mention of pastries." Only no Dr Vogel is mentioned in allusions or trivia and I would really like to know if anyone has any thoughts? Maybe a review isn't the right place for this question but I just wanted faster results than I would get with say a forum post. Awsome episode by the way but you probably already know that since you watched itmoreless
  • Rodney's ego destroys the solar system.

    A nice episode, just when you think the Atlantis team finally finds the mother of all weapons/power source, you just have to wonder if this was just too good to be true. McKay was at his most arrogant in a way trying to justify his massive ego in trying to top the Ancients in their failures. So of course in the end they not only lose their newest discovery, but McKay and Sheppard barely gets out alive with help of the Daedalus providing cover in a cool CGI sequence. Finally when Dr. Weir was yelling at McKay, I would've never expected McKay's ego to further place himself in a worse spot by stating more of the solar system was destroyed rather than less.

    Btw: Didn't the Ancients' space gun looks similar to the Tollan ion cannon?

    For those that don't know what I mean: The Tollan were an advanced human group on the series SG-1 that were eventually wiped out by Anubis.moreless
Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Guest Star

Barry Greene

Barry Greene


Guest Star

Terry Howson

Terry Howson


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Colonel Steven Caldwell

Recurring Role

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell


Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The planet that Ronon and Teyla travel to is named Belkan. The inhabitants possess a disease-resistant strain of flax seed which could potentially double the crop yield on the Athosian mainland.

    • Goof: When Ronon meets up with his old military buddy in the bar he says "For years I believed I was the only survivor" But when he first got to Atlantis he was surprised at the images of his planet destroyed, he was obviously expecting there to still be a civilization, with many survivors.

    • When Weir yelled at McKay for destroying three-quarters of the solar system, he abruptly corrected her, stating it was five-sixths. You would think he would not correct that to cushion his bruised ego, since five-sixths is greater than three-quarters.

    • The Ancients' term for their weapon was Project Arcturus. If the project was successful it would have produced the power equivalent of twenty-five fully powered zero point modules by drawing energy from this universe rather than a self-contained region of subspace as with Z.P.M.'s.

    • Goof: There is a lot of debris in orbit over the Durandanes planet. All of it should have been drawn into the planet's atmosphere within 10,000 years.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Sheppard: The place won't be safe very much longer.
      McKay: I can bring it back under control. Just give me a second.
      Sheppard: No you can't!
      McKay: One second!
      Sheppard: I've seen this before, Rodney: pilots who wouldn't eject when something went wrong, trying to fix their planes (smacks desk) right until they hit the ground.
      McKay: Okay, we need to leave. I've waited too long. The weapon can't discharge enough power to avoid a catastrophic overload. This whole planet is going to go up. Not that your speech wasn't working.

    • McKay: Harry K Daghlian.
      Sheppard: Who?
      McKay: He was a scientist -- worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. He was only twenty-six years old. Accidentally irradiated himself while performing a critical mass experiment on two half-spheres of plutonium. Took him a month to die. While his body was slowly shutting down from radiation poisoning, you know what he did with his last thirty days, hmm? He worked. He tried until his last breath to understand what had happened to him so that others could learn from the tragedy, so that his work, his death, wouldn't be rendered meaningless. Now, have you considered what would have happened if they'd just shut the Project down after that?

    • Sheppard: A member of your team is in the morgue.
      McKay: And I am responsible for his death, yes. I am painfully aware of that. I sent him in there and I will have to live with that for the rest of my life. (His voice breaks briefly.) But we have a responsibility to understand what happened and learn from it.

    • McKay: Yeah, but at the end of the day the outpost was still standing and that means, uh ... well, I'm not sure what that means, but it means something definitely worth finding out.

    • McKay: Hold on. I'm picking up faint energy readings coming from ... (he turns back round, looks out of the windscreen and points) ... there. (He looks at the building.) That would explain how they were able to put up such a good fight.
      Sheppard: How?
      McKay: Because ... they were Ancients.

    • McKay: ...and I thanked Colonel Caldwell for caring enough to spy on the experiment from orbit. Sent him a nice little email, actually. But I saved you for last because, uhm... Honestly, I would hate to think that recent events might have permanently dimmed your faith in my abilities. Or your trust. At the very least, I hope I can... I can earn that back.
      Sheppard: That may take a while.
      McKay: I see.
      Sheppard: But, I'm sure you can do it, if you really want to try.

    • Sheppard: Are you sure?
      McKay: Yes.
      Sheppard: Are you sure you're sure?
      McKay: I said yes.
      Sheppard: Because if you're wrong...
      McKay: I'm not!

    • Weir: I take it you found something interesting?
      McKay: Interesting? How about the greatest discovery of all times?!
      Sheppard: He's pretty excited.

    • Weir: You believe you can finish their (the Ancients) work?
      McKay: I do.
      Zelenka: We do.
      Sheppard: They do.

    • Weir: You put your life and other people's lives at risk. You destroyed three quarters of a solar system.
      McKay: More like five-sixths. It is not an exact science.
      Weir: Rodney, can you give your ego a rest for one second?

    • Zelenka: Come on, McKay, you read the equations. What else could it be, an Ancient typo?
      McKay: Well, we know they're not perfect because they're all dead.

    • Ronon: This place, um, has everything I could want, don't get me wrong, but, uh…
      Teyla: Sometimes you feel the need to go somewhere else.
      Ronon: Anywhere else.
      Teyla: I know the feeling.

    • Sheppard: Why is this outpost, if that's what it is, still intact? It doesn't make sense. What do you think, Rodney?
      McKay: Hah! Sorry, I, uh, wasn't listening, but it just struck me. This is an Ancient outpost. Why would the Wraith leave it intact?

    • McKay: Definitely Ancient design. And their latest stuff, too. Their latest being ten thousand years old.

    • McKay: Okay, we've been over this. I'm doing this manually, at half power. It's a cake walk!
      Zelenka: I don't think it matters how much cake you walk on. I've been doing calculations of my own…

    • Sheppard: Have you tried turning it on?
      McKay: That's what we're working on. The problem is that there's no direct link between it and the main power control systems, which among other things, led us to theorize it's an ancillary power supply for the weapons systems.
      Sheppard: Cool.
      McKay: See that? See? See the way he light up at the mention of that? It's like Dr. Vogel at the mention of pastries.
      Sheppard: They found out a way to soup up their space guns.
      Zelenka: Yes, but it's much more than that.
      McKay: The sticking point is that there's no tie between the power generator and the primary capacitor.
      Zelenka: Yeah, meaning that they would have to channel the power directly into the weapon.
      McKay: Which I'm sure that means nothing to you.
      Sheppard: It means they could fire multiple bursts without having to store up more power for the next firing sequence.
      McKay: Yes… very good.
      Sheppard: Which leads me back to 'cool!'

    • McKay: Look, this is big. This is the wheel... the lightbulb... the hot dog big.
      Sheppard: Best-case scenario?
      McKay: I win a Nobel Prize.
      Sheppard: Worst-case scenario?
      McKay: We tear a hole in the fabric of the universe -- which is much less likely to happen than the Nobel Prize. I mean, look, the risks are nothing compared to the potential benefits. Elizabeth will listen to you. I've never ask you for this before, but I think I've earned that. Trust me.

    • Teyla: That is a Hive ship.
      Ronon: That was a Hive ship.
      Sheppard: Something put a lot of holes in it alright. We should check it out.
      McKay: Whoa, whoa, whoa - what if whatever put those holes in it wants to put holes in us?

    • McKay: I'm just saying, as team veteran to the new guy, heavy lunch before mission departure is a bad idea. And even with the inertial dampeners this whole flying thing is best done on an empty stomach.

  • NOTES (6)

    • According to Director Martin Wood on this episode's DVD commentary, actor Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) insisted that the knife Teyla used on Ronon have a real blade as opposed to a fake, plastic one, so as to add to the realism to the scene.

    • The village seen in this episode is a redress of the village set used in the Stargate SG-1 episode, "Origin".

    • According to writer Damian Kindler, Ronon's lines in this episode were written before Jason Momoa was cast in the role.

    • The Ancient weapon room set would be redressed and used as the set for the Ancient ship, Aurora, a few episodes later.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 22, 2005 on The Movie Network and October 17, 2005 on Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 23, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 1, 2007 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 28-29, 2006.

    • Sean Campbell (Solen) previously played a Sergeant in the Stargate SG-1 episode "1969"and Solek in "Company of Thieves."


    • Title:

      The title "Trinity" refers to the New Mexico test site where the U.S. first succeeded in detonating an atomic bomb, on July 16, 1945.