Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Colonel Carter joins Dr. McKay and Dr. Keller on an off-world mission, to convince the people of a world rocked by earthquakes, to relocate. However, things take a turn for the worst when they are plunged into a sinkhole and become trapped in an old Genii mining facility.moreless

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  • Worst of the Series. Maybe Worst of the entire SG franchise.

    Plot: 0, Writing: 0, Excitement: 0, Sci-Fi: -1, Music: 8 (for trying to make something pitiful exciting.)

    Wow, this is the first time I've ever turned off a Stargate Episode before it was finished. What garbage. I'd rather have one less episode and save the budget (although this budget was probably $50) for another. If you want people talking at each other, watch soap opera. With an entire new galaxy to investigate and no limit on what the imagination could come up with, this was such a disappointment. By the time the juvenile chat about who they'd 'do' if they had to came along, I was ready to throw up. This is a SCI-FI show! Create something interesting!! Keep our attention by intrigue, not character drivel!

  • Wow, take a great season, find a silly way to get a few characters into one place, and Bam, you make the audience bored as a door.

    I am not sure why this episode was made. Most of this season seemed important, or adventurous, or entertaining. But for some reason we get this episode that was nearly unbearable to watch.

    It was unique in the main characters were Carter, Mckay and Kellar. Their characters are all similar, brains over brawns. But even with 3 of the most intelligent people of 2 Galaxies could not figure out how to get out of this stupid hole!

    That's right, this hole was stupid. An old mining facility was building about 8 inches below the surface, and somehow it managed to get a small sink hole after years of being abondond. This episode was filled with silly unsuccessful attempts to climb 50 feet.moreless
  • My thoughts on Trio

    This is by far the best McKay episode I have ever seen. His character has gone so far from the snivling coward of the first season. To me the most powerful scene was the shot of McKay's hands after he had let Keller down into the tunnel. They were so scratched up and bleeding, and still he lowered Carter down. I feel sure that in season one he would not have even considered doing something like that. He was willing to sacrifice himself for others, and this is a great example of how Hewlett's character has evolved over the years.moreless
  • See Summary

    Trio was a treat indeed. The Trio included Colonel Carter, Dr. McKay, and Dr. Keller. The three traveled to a world ravaged by devestating earthquakes, and is about to be utterly destroyed, to convince the people to relocate to another world. Everything goes horribly wrong though as the three fall into a hole and discover they are in an old Genii mining facility. Most of the episode takes place in this location. It starts to feel like they will never get out. They start talking and getting to know each other even more than they thought possible. It was fun to watch the interactions and out comes of conversations had. This episode was a little slow, but ultimately good, and a nice bread before all the action happens in the following episodes to end the season!moreless
  • Carter, Mckay and Keller get stuck down a hole and need to get out.

    My friend and i were discussing the other day that while we enjoy the new Dr Who series we felt that something that was lacking was how he often solved problems with practical application like in the old days. I mention this because this episode of Atlantis summed up exactly what were looking for. Three smart people stuck in a situation with limited time and limited resources and have to think and try different methods to get out. Truley a great episode that can spark much debate later and during amongst friends on exactly how you would have got out of the situation I take my hat off to the writers here. what was clearly only supposed to be filler episode turned out to be a high class example of character perfomance and clever ingunity (probably missed spelt) more episodes like this could only improve the show. That said it does contrast nicely with the following episode with violence and action to the max. Thank god for this show.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Isaah Brown

Isaah Brown


Guest Star

Aidan Drummond

Aidan Drummond


Guest Star

Nico Ghisi

Nico Ghisi


Guest Star

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • McKay: Okay, well, the grappling hook didn't work because the hook wouldn't hold our weight in the soil. The crates didn't work because Sam was too heavy. Ah, oh... we, we all would have been. I mean, our weight in general. Nothing to do with you. Uh, just, I mean... you're in very good shape. Seriously, you have like the perfect body. (Keller looks at him strangely) Oh, not that you don't. Oh, no, no. I realize that your bodies are different and, and, and, ah, ah, maybe, that, that would mean that I think that your body is imperfect. But that is not the case. No, no, no, far, far, far from it. That, that is a uh, sweet... ah. Which is to say, I mean it would be impossible for me to chose which of you...
      Carter: Rest assured, you're never gonna have to.
      Keller: Oh, if you had kept quiet I thought he would have gone on like that forever.

    • (McKay looking at his bandaged palms in the infirmary)
      McKay: It's not going to scar isn't it?
      Keller: Chicks dig scars.
      McKay: Not the chicks I dig.

    • Keller: This whole place is a tetanus shot waiting to happen.

    • Keller: Don't move if you feel any shooting pains.
      McKay: I would never move if that was the case.

    • (talking to two young boys)
      Carter: If you help us, we'll get you whatever you want.
      McKay: Oh yes, good, great idea, yes.
      Carter: Thanks.
      McKay: Maybe you should show them your…
      Carter: Excuse me?
      McKay: I was once a 10-year old boy too, I know what gets their attention.
      Carter: McKay…
      McKay: What, you want to get out of here or not?
      Carter: I think we can reason with them without resorting to that, thank you.
      McKay: If you say so. (looks hopefully at Keller)

    • Keller: (about Zelenka) Well, he's a certainly a unique guy. He's always telling me how nice my hair smells. It's a little weird.

    • McKay: I'm going back to my room, curling up in the fetal position and sleeping for the next three days.
      Keller: Oh, not quite yet.
      McKay: Hrm?
      Keller: You owe me a beer. From the bar trick thing earlier. You couldn't figure it out, so...
      McKay: There was no time, I would have figured it out!
      Keller: Yeah, well, eventually chimps would have been able to figure it out. But the thing is, you didn't, so I win and you owe me a beer.
      McKay: I don't ever remember agreeing to the beer.
      Keller: McKay?
      McKay: What?
      Keller: Do you want to have a drink with me or not?
      McKay: (stunned) What? You want to have a drink...?
      Keller: Rodney, you're not very good at this are you?
      McKay: Ah, no. No, I'm not.
      Keller: (laughs) Come on.

    • Carter: You're doing great, Rodney. You're doing just great!
      McKay: (voice breaking) No, "great" is a beach with a fiber-optic hookup. This is complete agony!

    • Keller: Woah woah woah, wait wait, don't pull me up!
      McKay: What?! Why?
      Keller: I see LIGHT!!
      McKay: No no no no no! Don't go toward the light! You want to stay in the land of the living!!

    • Keller: You can build a cannon, just like that?
      McKay: Please! I have access to pressurized gas. It's a cinch. You should have seen my grade six science project, I actually had to...
      Carter: Rodney!
      McKay: Right, okay.

    • Carter: Jennifer, Rodney, I'll meet you at the gate in one hour.
      McKay: Uh, I was rather hoping you'd go by yourself and I would...
      Carter: One hour.

    • Keller: They're willing to move, but they have a list of demands a mile and a half long.
      Sheppard: And negotiating with alien settlements is not exactly why I joined the Air Force.

    • (Col. Carter, Dr. Keller and Dr. McKay are on their way to see the inhabitants of the village)
      Keller: (Out of breath) Man, I gotta start doing more cardio. All this back and forth is getting me winded. Couldn't we have taken the jumper?
      McKay: Suck it up, it's not that bad. I have to hike this much almost everyday.
      Carter: You do?
      McKay: Yeah, I'm a very active person.
      Carter: You are?
      Keller: Your last physical would kinda contradict you.
      McKay: That's private medical information that should not be so cavalierly shared in casual conversation, doctor!
      Keller: I don't think it comes as a great surprise to the Colonel.
      McKay: That's not the point! You know, I'm no Ronon, I'm not gonna be on the cover of Shape magazine anytime soon, but, er, I can handle myself in combat, stand my ground when I need to.
      (The ground gives way and McKay falls down a shaft)

    • Keller: You owe me a beer by the way.
      McKay: Hey, if this works I'll buy you a keg.

    • Keller: What if that door was sealed for a reason?
      McKay: What, you think maybe there's a scary monster back there?

    • Keller: Steve Carell or Stephen Colbert?
      Carter: Uh, Colbert I think.
      McKay: Carell, but I would pick Jon Stewart over both of them. If I was forced to.

    • McKay: You know, I'm like a real live action star kinda.
      Keller: What?
      McKay: You know, shooting guns, running around, saving people. You'd think this would be easy for me now. You'd think I'd be like super buff by now.
      Keller: Come on, Schwarzenegger. Start swinging.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The shot of McKay's bloody hands was actually filmed using Chuck Campbell, David Hewlett's stand-in. Chuck also regularly appears as "Chuck the technician" in the series.

    • The red door Mckay and Carter try to pry open with the metal rod has a hole in it where the metal rod went through the cardboard in a previous take. The hole couldn't be removed or covered up very convincingly and so was left in.

    • The mining facility is on a tilted set that was re-used from the filming of Stargate: Continuum.

    • In his February 11th WordPress blog entry, Executive Producer/writer Joseph Mallozzi posted the transcript of a deleted scene in which Keller and Carter discuss their love lives. Keller alludes to her moment with Ronon in Quarantine while Carter admits to a "complicated" relationship with an older man in Washington. It is most likely a reference to General Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson)whom Carter has known since the premiere episode of Stargate SG-1.

    • Rachel Luttrell and Jason Momoa don't appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 11, 2008 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 12, 2008 on Sky One.
      -Syndication Premiere: March 14-15, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on August 19, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 17, 2009 on 7TWO.