Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 27, 2004 on Syfy
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Gating to the planet Genii to trade for food, the team discovers what appears to be a simple, farming population. But they are preparing a deadly weapon to attack the Wraith, and when Sheppard and McKay are interrogated it appears the Genii may not make the best of allies.moreless

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  • Teyla introduces Sheppard and their team to the Genii. A peaceful race of farmers and traders. During the course of their relations Sheppard's team makes a horrific discovery of the truth behind the Genii and their motives.moreless

    Colm Meaney as Cowen makes a Guest Star appearance as the leader of the Genii. The Genii are the third in a trio of civilizations that have chosen to deal with the Wraith threat in different ways. As Teyla points out they are on the surface a peaceful people who farm and trade with others.

    They are very interested to meet Sheppard and his team when after some negotiations they discover that Sheppard and his people have advanced technology capabilities. It is interesting that they recognize this so quickly. So they ask for C4 and medicine for food. Sheppard and McKay discover the truth about the Genii on their return from discussions with Dr. Weir. The Genii are developing atomic weapons in their huge underground caverns. The farmers on the surface are all a ruse to keep the underground unseen. Their "brilliant plan" is to sneak onto the Wraith ships when they are dormant and destroy them with nuclear bombs. Of course as we know now there are over fifty and maybe hundreds of these ships. Also the Genii have no way to really deliver the nukes to their targets as well. Sort of a stupid plan!

    Isn't it interesting that the most advanced race is the most dangerous to everyone including themselves and their "friends". Being friends with the Genii could be seriously dangerous to your health. Unfortunately this race reminds me a lot of Earth. We have an inflated view of ourselves as well. We are omnipotent over our planet and everything upon it. Unfortunately we can't trust each other and are constantly at war and never learn from our mistakes.

    McKay is easily persuaded to hand over knowledge just on the basis that the Genii stroke his ego. I don't think he ever considered the results of his actions so we will see where all this leads to in the future as I am sure our explorers will run into them again.

    Very interesting set of episodes in which we learn a lot about the civilizations of the Pegasus galaxy and a lot about the humanity of ourselves. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • No friends...

    This episode - first it looked - harmless and then soon, it looked quite similar to the previous episode. It seemed to be around McKay this time and again - getting something to fight against Wrights. (I most say I like that bad guys are named much easier way this time. I still have troubles to writing Gho'ulds right)

    The all underground thing and the Amish thing up - it was genius but - I most not say that it was my favorite storyline and the way it did not looked too good with the mission too - why the went to the Wright nest and then did nothing? What they planned to do on the first place? Or did I missed that too?

    It was informative as now the have idea - 60 ships or more... but.. it did not had too much magic.moreless
  • The Genii are a peaceful race of people only interested in farming and trade. At least that's the way it seems to those who don't know their true intentions...

    Being a Star Trek fan, it was great to see Colm Meaney on this episode. I was very afraid and judging at the beginning of this episode because I couldn't help how much this episode reminded of "The Other Side from season four of SG-1. Like "The Other Side", it is about a military with a hidden agenda. Thankfully, it does change and by the end is a very good story. It is exciting and will keep your interest all the way to the end. It really does let you know why they have a Prime Directive on Star Trek. lol.moreless
  • Introducing...the Genii!

    I chose to classify this as a pivotal episode because it introduced us to the Genii, who would continue to figure in Atlantis's fortunes throughout season one and two.

    This was the first episode I happened to catch on TV, and I was initially drawn in by the fact that I recognized Colm Meaney from Star Trek: The Next Generation. What kept me watching, though, was the sequence where Sheppard and McKay find the bunker. Meaney was a bit too stodgy to make a convincing bad guy (Kolya, from "The Storm" and "The Eye," made for a much more menacing villain), but the snarky exchanges between Sheppard and McKay plus the cool reveal at the end of the episode made it entertaining. Shortly after that I decided to get caught up on the earlier episodes and I've been a faithful watcher since.moreless
  • Exciting episode lots of twists and turns

    This was a great episode the fact that they find a civilisation that has the same goals as them in one day defeating the Wraith. I also liked the fact that they ended up becoming enemies instead of allies like they have first hoped having seen the other episodes of the series and knowing that the Genei pop up in other episodes and pose a threat to the people of Atlantis is a quite interesting storyline which im hoping they will continue through the next season and possibly future seasonsmoreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Erin Chambers

Erin Chambers


Guest Star

Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen


Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney


Guest Star

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni

Dr. Peter Grodin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • McKay: You have no idea which way to go, do you?
      Sheppard: I'm just trying to get my bearings.
      McKay: Translation: I'm lost. They were very clear which route to take.
      Sheppard: I prefer a straight line.
      McKay: Of course, 'cause everything's a shortcut in Sheppard's world.

      Sheppard's poor sense of direction is mentioned again in the Season 3 episode "Phantoms" during the flashback sequence and again that same season in the episode "Submersion" in which Teyla and Ronon doubt his "uncanny sense of direction".

    • A millenia ago, the Genii were a great coalition of planets. But the Wraith nearly annihilated them.

    • Nitpick: The Genii are ready to leave the team on the surface to await the next culling for finding out that they are not the simple farmers they led the Athosians to believe, yet in all subsequent Genii episodes the Genii are working out in the open in full uniform without any concern for their allegedly hidden secret identity.

    • Nitpick: McKay says that the Genii that live in the underground bunkers will have short lives due to their exposure to radiation, yet a lot of the Genii we see, including those at the dinner table and the ambush at the end of the episode appeared to quite old.

    • This is the first appearance of the Genii on the series.

    • Goof: When the Sheppard detonate the C-4 in a demonstration to the Genii, the video frame background jumps to the right immediately before it explodes

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Ford: (About Genii when promise after they have pointed guns on them, that they won't be harmed)You guys are full of surprises.

    • Sheppard: (referring to C4 explosion) Really?! That wasn't impressive enough?

    • Weir: I'm sorry you weren't able to find the allies you were looking for, John.
      Sheppard: Well, we gathered some valuable intel. That's something.
      Weir: Huh. Are you trying to convince me this is good news?
      Sheppard: I'd much prefer to know what we're up against than not.
      Weir: 60 ships. Or more.
      Sheppard: Just hope they don't all come at once.

    • Weir: No. How's that for an answer?
      Sheppard: It's pithy. I'll give you that.
      Weir: I'm sure you already agreed to this.
      Sheppard: Only because we'll get something out of it.
      Ford: We do need allies, ma'am.
      Weir: Allies? You just said these people were ready to string you up. How can you trust them?
      Sheppard: Hey, I don't trust 'em as far as I can throw 'em. There's a reason they insisted that McKay and Teyla stay there, and it's not just to help them with their bomb. But we have something they need, and they have something we need. I thought that's what negotiating was all about.
      Weir: Oh, well, it is. Personally I stop short of offering nuclear weapons.
      Ford: They were building them anyways.
      Weir: Oh, if they were building them anyways, Lieutenant, why didn't you just say so? You realize I originally sent you out for food?
      Sheppard: I think we can still get that.
      Ford: I don't see why not.
      Sheppard: We kinda passed it with the whole atomic bomb thing.

    • Weir: Explosives? This is a scientific expedition, Major.
      Sheppard: I know that.
      Weir: But you want us to become arms dealers.
      Sheppard: Have you ever tried to clear a stump by hand?
      Weir: Yes, it's a hobby.

    • Sheppard: You know how to make an A bomb?
      McKay: Major, most of my high school chess team could design an A bomb. The actual hard part is having sufficient fissional materials of an appropriate grade.

    • Sheppard: What kind of readings?
      McKay:(sarcastically) A palm reading.
      Sheppard: McKay.

    • Sheppard: How many more?
      Grodin: Well there's no way of knowing for sure. Perhaps sixty or more…
      Sheppard: That's a lot of ships.
      Grodin: Some of them appear to be on the move already.
      Sheppard: Toward us?
      Grodin: That's the part we're still working on.

    • Cowen: You' re destined to become a hero among our people, Dr McKay...
      McKay: Thank you.
      Cowen: long as Major Sheppard returns with the C4.
      McKay: I'm a dead man.

    • McKay: The spherical encasement draws the explosive forces inward, the resulting implosion creates extreme compression. Sub-critical mass becomes super-critical.
      Cowen: Ingenious.
      McKay: I know… and can you believe I didn't even win the science fair.

    • Cowen: What method did your people use to initiate fussion reaction in your prototype reactions?
      McKay: Well there's two different approaches actually. Umm… implosion and gun type bomb. Both are designed to suit a supercritical mass, obviously.
      Sheppard: Obviously.

    • Cowen: We give thanks to our new friends.
      Everyone: We give thanks.
      Cowen: Please, eat.
      McKay: You don't think there's lemon in this, do you?
      Ford: I'm sure it's delicious.
      McKay: Have you seen someone in anaphylactic shock?
      Ford: Eat.

    • Sheppard: Are we in danger now?
      McKay: Oh, it would take days or weeks at these levels of radiation , but I assume the Genii spend days or weeks down here?
      Cowen: Many of our people have spent their entire lives here.
      McKay: Their entire short lives. But we'll be fine… as long as you weren't planning on having children.

    • Cowen: Down below our militias train as our scientists create weapons for them. With our atomic weapon we believe we finally have what we need to defeat the Wraith once and for all.
      McKay: You do realize that long term exposure to these levels of radiation is extremely dangerous.
      Cowen: Our scientists tell me otherwise.
      McKay: Well... they're wrong

    • McKay: Do you think you could do that with an atomic bomb?
      Cowen: (surprised at being figured out) Now it's you who surprised me…
      McKay: Oh, radioactive readings, your fascination with C4…
      Sheppard: (to McKay) You're just mentioning this now?

    • Ford: (after being captured) You missed a hell of a harvest ceremony, sir.
      Sheppard: I can imagine. (looks at Teyla) Oh, Teyla.
      Teyla: I'm surprised as you are by all of this, Major.
      Sheppard: I don't know; I'm pretty surprised.

    • Cowen: What if I wanted more than weapons?
      McKay: Oh, uh… Did I mention that I know almost everything about almost everything?

    • Cowen: You have weapons more powerful than your C4?
      McKay: Oh, are you kidding… Weapons'r'us…

    • Cowen: We have a problem.
      Sheppard: Then we have something in common.

    • Sheppard: (about some sort of metal hatch): Now that is definitely strange.
      McKay: Yeah and not that "Amish" really…
      Sheppard: No… Not so much…

    • McKay: You don't know what strange means?
      Sheppard: I know what strange means Rodney.
      McKay: Weird, freakish, odd.

    • McKay: I'm picking up a strange reading from... right over there.
      Sheppard: Well, define strange…

    • McKay: You have no idea which way to go, do you?
      Sheppard: I'm just trying to get my bearings.
      McKay: Translation: I'm lost. They were very clear which route to take.
      Sheppard: I prefer a straight line.
      McKay: Of course, 'cause everything's a shortcut in Sheppard's world.

    • Sheppard: They are taking a chance by giving us so much of their crop this year…
      Weir: Plus the medicines I already agreed to? I think in the future Major… I should do the negotiating.
      Sheppard: I did say I had to ask you first.
      Weir: Aha… to terms you already agreed to…
      Sheppard: Yes.
      Weir: Do you see why I have a problem with this?

    • Cowen: Teyla, thank you for bringing us these new trading partners. Please, stay as our guests. There will be a harvest ceremony later.
      Teyla: Wonderful.
      Sheppard: Ford?
      Ford: Sir.
      Sheppard: We're talkin' harvest ceremony.
      Ford: Sounds like fun, sir.

    • Cowen: You know a simple way of uprooting the stump of a 300 year old tree?
      Sheppard: As a matter of fact… I do.

    • Cowen: Mmmm… we will need more than you offer.
      Sheppard: More?
      Ford: I don't think you understand how cool this medicine is…

    • Teyla: This is Major Sheppard, Dr. McKay and Lt. Ford.
      Tyrus: My daughter Sora.
      Sheppard: You must be very proud.
      Tyrus: She's betrothed.
      Sheppard: I wasn't hitting on your daughter... I was just, ah...

    • Weir: We're still months away from producing successful crops on the mainland. And we're heading towards a food shortage.
      McKay: I know, it's getting desperate. I'm almost out of coffee.
      Sheppard: Well, maybe you should stop drinking eleven cups a day.
      McKay: I'm just making sure I get my fair share before it's all gone.
      Ford: Sounds fair.

    • Sheppard: As far as your secret down here goes...
      (looks at McKay)
      McKay: Uh, we say: 'what secret, giant, underground bunker'?

    • McKay: I built an atomic bomb for my grade six science fair exhibit.
      Ford: They let you do that up in Canada?

    • Cowen: How many of these ships do you have?
      Sheppard: Just the one

    • Sheppard: Strange enough to leave the route back to the village?
      McKay: It's a radioactive reading in Amish world. Your call.

    • McKay: Maybe we should offer a sense of humor in trade…
      Sheppard: Sure… they can have yours.
      McKay: (laughing) Ah, hahaha, oh, please my side… you slay me.
      Sheppard: On second thought….

    • McKay: You know, if people could just learn to keep their secret underground hatches locked . . .

    • Cowen: You do not want to make an enemy of the Genii.
      Sheppard: You know what? Same here.

    • Weir: You realize I originally sent you out for food?
      Sheppard: Think we can still get that?
      Ford: I don't see why not.
      Sheppard: We kinda went past that with the whole atomic-bomb thing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is episode marks another Star Trek actor appearance: Colm Meaney played Chief Miles O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 30, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 30, 2004 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 5, 2005 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 12-13, 2005


    • Confederation of Planets:

      The Genii's part in a Confederation of Planets as Cowen alluded to is a play on actor Colm Meany's other stint as Star Trek's Chief Miles O'Brien, where they were part of the United Federation of Planets.

    • Toys "R" Us:

      In this episode McKay says: Weapons "R" Us. This is a derivative from Toys "R" Us. Toys "R" Us is a toy store chain based in the United States. The company operates nearly 700 stores in the United States and nearly 600 stores are operating in 29 other countries.

    • Moonshine:

      Moonshining is the making of distilled alcohol surreptitiously and illegally. Because the activity of distilling whiskey unlawfully was usually done at night under the light of the moon, the word became both a verb, meaning making the liquor, and a noun, meaning the liquor that was made.