Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 19


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 02, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Detective John Sheppard investigates a series of unusual murders in Las Vegas.

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  • Film Noir episode of SGA

    Film Noir episode of SGA.

    Don't know why some fans got all bent out of shape over it.

    Every popular series has to do a film noir episode sooner or later.

    Besides, it works as an alternate universe scenario, and the series was winding down anyway. What's the problem?
  • Totally Useless Episode

    This 43 minutes could have been used much better as a lead in to the series finale. To end a series as good as this one in a one-parter was just stupid and shows no feelings at all for the fans. Of course, writing a review 3 years after a series is over is senseless too. Enjoyed ya SGA. The fans enjoyed you for 5 years on TV, you killed 2 weeks for me on Netflix.moreless
  • Atlantis doesnt deserves this kind of crap

    Its the worst filler atlantis has ever had (and this season was so full of them) a totally pointless episode which's only purpose was to get ready for the final ep... as they have wasted half the series on stupid fillers and returns of dead characters "Oh my god! i tought we killed you the last 3 times!" stargate atlantis is starting to somehow resemble the freddy kruger movies, they could have sued all those fillers to prepare a good end for the series, but they preffered to waste them and come up with a stupid episode like this, the music reminds me of an old western and they try to make Sheppard look like the old west sherif...FAILmoreless
  • An interesting concept, but it felt more like someone's challenge on a fanfiction site than an actual episode.

    With the series wrapping up not long after this episode aired having us watch an episode where our favourite characters are playing their alternate universe selves was the wrong move. This episode could have aired earlier in the season, or, really, anytime during the series, but to put it so close to the end was rushing everything.

    While I didn't mind the concept, on spec, the actual episode wasn't what I was hoping for. Very few of the characters interacted with each other, and none in a way that was familliar to us. A Wraith blending in on Earth without a problem defies believablity--they're not exactly a low-profile species. And the fact that the entire episode was a set up for the series finale completely took away from what could have been a decent episode had it aired at a different point in the season.

    Altogether not overly impressed, though any excuse to watch Joe Flanigan is a good one.moreless
  • Should not have watched this episode when I was already feeling depressed. It's not exactly a pick-me-up.

    I liked this episode a lot better than many from the last two seasons. However, the second to last episode of a series isn't one that should be spent in an alternate universe, at least not entirely. The "case" itself was boring and slow-moving until close to the end, and none of it related to our universe or characters at all until the last few seconds. The ending was great, but I think the episode as a whole would have been great if they had condensed the Vegas plot. They could have interwoven it with a plot in our Atlantis or even the alternative Atlantis.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson


Guest Star

Steve Schirripa

Steve Schirripa

Poker Player

Guest Star

Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent

Poker Player

Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl

Todd the Wraith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • McKay: It runs on a power source that extracts energy from vacuum space. We call it a "Zed-PM", well "Zee-PM", sorry I'm Canadian.

      The same thing was said by Daniel Jackson about McKay's pronunciation in the pilot episode, "Rising".

    • In this reality, Zalenka doesn't wear glasses.

    • In this universe the Wraith are able to read the minds of humans. This is not possible in the normal Atlantis universe.

    • This episode is one of only two Atlantis episodes in which neither a Stargate nor Atlantis itself make an appearance, the other episode being "Harmony."

    • The McKay of this universe, at some point, accidentally tore open an inter-dimensional bridge and landed in an alternate dimension similar to our universe. However, due to the fact that the alternate McKay had never met that universe's Sheppard before, he was not "Rod" McKay, but another alternate.

    • During the Area 51 scenes, personnel are seen wearing the new Air Force ABU, or Airman Battle Uniform. This is the their first appearance on Stargate.

    • In this reality, the Ancient Chair from the Antarctic outpost has been moved to Area 51.

    • The two aircraft that are sent to destroy the Wraith are A10 Thunderbolt IIs, commonly known by its nickname "Warthog." Although not stated, they are most likely from the 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

    • In this reality we see McKay with a wedding ring, it is possible that he and Keller are married.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Zelenka: Or he could have abandoned whatever resources he had and just gone into hiding.
      McKay: Oh, yes, he probably got a job as a Klingon at Star Trek: The Experience.
      Woolsey: That's shut down.
      Zelenka: Really. Damn, I wanted to see that.

    • McKay: If John Sheppard hadn't found that Wraith when he did, that transmission definitely would have made it through to Pegasus. He saved our asses.

    • McKay: Detective. Remember when I told you I once met another version of you?
      Sheppard: Yeah.
      McKay: I know you'll probably think this sounds ridiculous, but, a little a while ago we accidentally opened a rift in space-time. Went through to an alternate version of reality. It's very similar to ours in many ways. Met a team, much like the one I work with only, you were the leader. You were a hero. Saved the world, several times over.
      Sheppard: Doesn't sound much like me.
      McKay: I don't think there's much difference between you and that other John Sheppard I met. It's amazing how one incident can entirely alter the course of your life. Still, I like to believe you have the same strength of character. That's why I told you the truth.

    • McKay: That field medic, the one you defied orders to go back and try to rescue. You knew her personally. You were, involved.
      Sheppard: Yeah, well you know everything.
      McKay: It's a hard choice. Certainly you didn't intend things to go as badly as they did. Things just, don't always go the way we planned.

    • Todd: I know the future. Come inside. I'll show you your destiny, John Sheppard.

    • McKay: If you fail to cooperate, I have the power to ruin your life.
      Sheppard: Well you don't realize how little I have to lose.
      McKay: I know everything about you. You've never been married, the only thing you own is a car, you have 2,363 dollars in the bank, and are 13,000 dollars in debt. Not counting off-the-books gambling losses to a guy named Mikey. What else? You finally passed your detective exam after four years and two failed attempts. And now barely scrape by on quarterly performance reviews. Am I getting this right?
      Sheppard: I also like Spearmint gum.
      (McKay throws a pack on the table)
      McKay: Have some.
      Sheppard: I was joking.
      McKay: No you weren't. Let's go back further shall we? You were a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, but were dishonorably discharged for disobeying orders and trying to rescue a field medic trapped behind enemy lines. You were shot down, obviously survived, but unfortunately the crash killed four American soldiers along with eight civilians. You avoided jail time, the report was sealed, for various political reasons. These things happen, right? Somehow you've managed to live with yourself since then, but I'm not sure other people would if they knew the truth.
      Sheppard: I don't really care.
      McKay: Yeah, that's too bad. (Walks towards the door) You know; I once met another version of you. He was very different.

    • Sheppard: I've got eight bodies in three months and I don't like it when the lead coroner on my case gets replaced by somebody who doesn't look old enough to be in medical school.
      Keller: Maybe someone feels the need for some fresh eyes on the case.
      Sheppard: They should've just replaced me.

    • Zelenka: You are such a child.
      McKay: And yet I am still smarter than you.

    • (McKay explaining about the ancient chair device)
      McKay: It runs on a power source that extracts energy from vacuum space. We call it a "Zed-PM", well "Zee-PM", sorry I'm Canadian.

    • McKay: I suppose it all sounds like science fiction to you.
      Detective Sheppard: I'm not really a fan.

  • NOTES (18)

    • The Area 51 set is a redress of the SGC set from Stargate SG-1 with the room Todd is held in being a redress of the Gate Room.

    • A scene was originally written where Sheppard was getting beaten up by the "Mikey" that McKay mentions and was to be how he got the cut underneath his eye. However, due to time constraints, this didn't make it into the final episode.

    • The poker scene was filmed in a suite at the Planet Hollywood. In addition to that suite, the production also had to buy out all of the other rooms on that level for filming.

    • On the casino floor, DVD Special Features Producer Ivan Barok is seen throwing the dice at the craps table, Executive Producer Brad Wright (and his wife, Debbie) are seen at the Blackjack table, and Lynn Smith (wife of Executive Producer, John Smith) is seen at the roulette table.

    • The motel featured in this episode is a real motel in Vancouver, BC. The Las Vegas background was digitally added in post production.

    • The majority of the scenes taking place in Las Vegas were filmed in and around the Planet Hollywood casino.

    • Executive Producer, Robert C Cooper, explains on the DVD Commentary for this episode that the exterior desert shots were actually filmed in British Columbia, Canada due to bugetary constraints. The Las Vegas skyline in the opening of the episode was later digitally added.

    • The desert location shoots made up the last days of filming for Stargate Atlantis

    • The working title of this episode was "CSI: Atlantis."

    • This episode was leaked onto the internet as a pre-air screening on December 22, 2008.

    • Featured Music:

      "The Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson
      "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
      "Solitary Man" covered by Johnny Cash

    • The high stakes poker game includes some very recognizable faces. Frank Vincent and Steve Schirripa are best known for their roles on The Sopranos. Roy Winston and Todd Brunson are professional poker players. Charles Cohen is the Senior Executive Vice President of MGM and one of the biggest supporters of the Stargate franchise. Joel Goldsmith has been the composer for every episode of the Stargate franchise.

    • Rachel Luttrell and Jason Momoa do not appear in this episode.

    • Neil Jackson (Wraith) previously played Khalek in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prototype."

    • Jody Thompson (Nurse) previously played a Female Bounty Hunter in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Bounty."

    • Paul Jarrett (Captain Hendricks) previously played Special Agent Farrity in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Chimera."

    • Carmen Moore (Reporter) previously played a Laboratory Assistant in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Cold Lazarus."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 5, 2009 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on January 6, 2009 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on January 30, 2009 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on November 25, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on December 8, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 15-16, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 26, 2010 on 7TWO.


    • CSI:

      This episode is done in a way as to resemble the popular TV series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which first aired in 2000. The show is set in Las Vegas and includes special editing effects, such as zooming-in on evidence and fast forwarding during establishing shots as it's signature format. These effects are used during this episode, in much the same way.

    • McKay: Maybe he got a job as a Klingon at Star Trek: The Experience.
      Woolsey: That's shut down
      Zelenka: Really? I wanted to see that.

      Klingons are a common alien race in the Star Trek universe. Star Trek: The Experience was a Star Trek exhibition that, until September 1, 2008, was based at the Las Vegas Hilton.

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