Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 7


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 05, 2008 on Syfy
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Sheppard and Beckett are terrorized by deadly creatures on a planet housing one of Michael's research facilities.

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  • The only thing missing in this episode was a Shark, a boat, some water skis and the Fonz. Everyone involved with this episode should be ashamed of themselves. Poor writing, character flaws, horror movie cliche overload.moreless

    Why is this smart science based show talking down to us lately. We're not stupid, if I wanted to watch Buffy the vampire slayer I would. The first disappointment in the episode is Becket and Shepard joining up with the all woman team in the forest. Shepard seems surprised by the fact that the team is all women. Isn't he the military leader of Atlantis? Isn't it his job to oversee these things? Thank god the team wasn't showing cleavage or I probably would have never watched another Atlantis episode. Beware the Enterprise curse, trying to sell the show with boobs doesn't work.

    Why did the writing staff see fit to make the most highly trained and qualified group of explorers act like retarded high school students in a bad horror movie. People in their situation don't disobey orders, they do what they're told or they're sent home. At least someone died for not following orders, but she wouldn't be in that position if she had that personality type. Almost every bad cliche you find in a horror movie was in this episode. Falling while running away, looking into dark holes or rooms knowing full well something was going jump out at you, wandering off alone, etc.

    The final 3-4 minutes was right up there with some of the stupidest TV I've ever seen. I don't feel like playing doctor anymore today. Yeah okay you two stay here. Honestly? Pretty sickening. This is what the writer should have done. DR. Ezri "Yeah I don't really want to play doctor anymore today."

    Shepard "Yeah well why don't you just stay here and hope we got all those things, here's a butter knife. Yell out if your being eaten."

    DR. Ezri "Um yeah maybe I'll stick with you guys."

    Shepard "Um yeah, when I throw you through the gate on the way home, go to your quarters and pack your **** up, you're going home."

    Very disappointed in this trend in Atlantis lately where they seem to be trying to Smallvilleize the show, younger, dumber, and not very engaging.moreless
  • This time around, we only have two main characters, who join an all female Stargate team on a misty planet. What next? A teenage slasher/monster movie, of course!

    Well, I guess we can at least be glad that this isn't another TV sci-fi hackneyed, rehashed plot. No! Instead it's another low budget movie cliche plot! Sheppard even quips at one point about it being the prom queen and kid in a wheelchair's turn to die, but of course he never uses the one lesson one can take from those movies - NEVER SPLIT UP!

    This was yet another disappointing episode, and really makes me start to wonder about thinking of these things as filler - filler implies some other activity going on in other episodes, and we're just not seeing a lot motion elsewhere. At this rate, we're seeing more plot development happen through the trickle of SG-1 movies than we are in weekly Atlantis episodes.moreless
  • Stargate attempts horror...

    I can't stand horror movies...thank goodness this wasn't that scary. I have to say, though, there were a few moments that I was scared, but not many. And what was up with the entirely female team? Also, doesn't Shepard know about all of the teams and military personal? I just thought it was odd to have an entirely young female team. Anyways, then Carson was randomly there and came along. I liked him in the episode except when he was flirting with the other doctor. I liked the story somewhat and I also liked some of the action and scary sequences. Overall, mix of odd and good....moreless
  • An average episode that's saved from being a total flop only by the generous amount of Sheppard coverage.

    This episode really didn't grab me. They always went somewhere, leaving two of their troup behind and one of them got kidnapped. Over and over again. It got repetitive and boring pretty quickly.

    There was only Sheppard/Joe Flanigan in this episode because the others were filming Tracker at the same time. And so TPTB cleverly used Carson/Paul McGillion to give his fans a very Carson centric episode. I'm not a fan of his so it left me feeling kind of meh. But at least we got a lot of Sheppard scenes, though his "oh, you are a girl" attitude was so out of character that it bothered me a lot - Sheppard never minded working with women so this came totally out of left field.

    The other saving grace besides John Sheppard was Christina Cox aka Major Teldy. I'm happy that she survived and if the series wasn't canceled, I would have been happy to see her again. Though Vega's death surprised me lot since she was the one girl on the team that we knew.

    So yeah, better than Irresponsible but still a bit boring.moreless
  • fairly obvious conclusion to one of the weaker episodes this season.

    this is not one of the better episodes i think and its fairly obvious it is a shared opinion.

    watching this i found myself remembering a similar storyline from SG1- the episode "prototype" from the ninth season; where anubis was trying to create a genetic hybrid to his ascended self based on his own DNA. obviously as a filler episode they drew from this storyline and altered it to fit with the wraith Michaels bigger plan for the pegasus galaxy.

    in the future i hope for better storylines and as a fan of both atlantis and SG1 i know they can produce.

    I also cannot wait for the appearance of Daniel Jackson in the mid-season 2-parter as i think he is one of the best characters from SG1 and i think he can help to improve & expand on possible storylines in SG Atlantis in the future.moreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Nicole de Boer

Nicole de Boer

Dr. Alison Porter

Guest Star

Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar

Sergeant “Dusty” Mehra

Guest Star

Christina Cox (I)

Christina Cox (I)

Major Anne Teldy

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (The team has set up camp in a house.)
      Sheppard: All right, we're going over to the next village to talk to some locals. You guys need anything, want anything?
      Porter: Yeah. If you happen to pass a Starbucks, I'll take a grande triple sugar free vanilla latte.
      Sheppard: No problem! (looks at Mehra) Sarge...
      Mehra: (sighing) I'm babysitting. Yes, sir.
      Sheppard: Be back in a couple of hours.
      (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave.)

    • (Mehra is eating an energy bar as Carson and Porter continue working on the console. Mehra walks over to a stasis pod, knocks on the glass a couple of times and then turns back to the others.)
      Mehra: They alive?
      Beckett: They're in stasis.
      (Mehra looks at him blankly.)
      Beckett: Their physical and chemical processes have been suspended but, yes, they're alive.
      Mehra: So, can you wake them up?
      Beckett: Well, without the proper understanding of their respective conditions, I'm afraid that might kill them.
      Mehra: Hmmm. Just gonna keep them on ice until you figure something out, huh?
      (Carson looks uncomfortable.)
      Mehra: Well, I guess it doesn't matter to them…or their families who've probably written them off. But, boy, that would make for one hell of a reunion, huh?
      (Mehra grins. Porter coughs pointedly and glares at Mehra who gets the message.)
      Mehra: I'm gonna check the perimeter. Holler if you need me.
      (Mehra leaves the room.)

    • (Sheppard turns to Mehra.)
      Sheppard: Sergeant.
      (Mehra smiles at Sheppard, eager to get going.)
      Sheppard: You're with them.
      (Mehra's smile fades.)
      Sheppard: Make sure they don't geek out too much, all right?
      (Sheppard, Teldy and Vega leave. Carson turns to Porter.)
      Beckett: Nice work, Doctor.
      Porter: Thank you.
      Beckett: Very nice.
      (Beckett glances at Porter appreciatively, then turns and looks at Mehra who rolls her eyes and turns away, sighing in exasperation.)

    • Beckett: Now it's time to move on to the more important work of saving lives.
      (Sheppard enters)
      Sheppard: Hey Doc.
      Beckett: Maybe I spoke too soon. Another off-world situation requiring my expertise?
      Sheppard: Actually I just came to see if you needed some help.
      Beckett: Oh, much appreciated.
      Sheppard: Oh, by the way how's Porter?
      McKay: Who?
      Beckett: Oh, she's fine, fine. Couple of weeks of R & R and then she'll be back in the Pegasus Galaxy. You know, Colonel, someone like her could be a real benefit to the type of work I'll be doing.
      Sheppard: Yeah, I'll bet.
      McKay: Who's Porter?
      Beckett: Something you might want to mention to Mr. Woolsey.
      Sheppard: Consider it done.
      Beckett: Thank you.
      (Beckett and Sheppard start to walk away, leaving a confused Rodney)
      McKay: Fine, you know what, I don't even want to know. Don't tell me…Okay, come on tell me.

    • Teldy: What's the signal?
      Sheppard: That would be the well blowing sky high.
      Mehra: And where will you be?
      Sheppard: Hopefully as far away as possible.
      Teldy: What if this goes sideways?
      Sheppard: Don't be so negative, Teldy.
      Teldy: I'm serious, Colonel.
      Sheppard: You take up positions, you sit tight, and wait for the signal. You don't move, you don't make a noise until the well blows.
      Mehra: Colonel…
      Sheppard: I think I've made myself clear, Sergeant.
      Mehra: Yes sir.

    • Sheppard: All right, well, we saw twelve of those pods in the lab. I killed one back in the forest, so uh…
      Mehra: I tagged two, which instantly puts me in the lead.

    • Porter: I feel like I'm back in college studying for my midterms.
      Beckett: I know what you mean. Where was that then?
      Porter: Cal Tech, go Beavers.
      Beckett: What year did you graduate?
      Porter: 1996.
      Beckett: Oh, so you're just a youngster.
      Porter: Thank you.
      (Sergeant Mehra laughs, Beckett and Porter look at her)
      Mehra: I just read something funny…and really obvious.
      Beckett: Anyway, what brings you here to the Pegasus Galaxy.
      Porter: Well, you can just chalk that up to my sense of adventure. A desire to visit strange unexplored worlds, meet new and interesting people.
      (Both laugh)
      Mehra: Okay, I'm gonna go check the perimeter. Be back in twenty…unless there's a sock on the doorknob.

    • Beckett: She's right. Resurrections make for very interesting reunions, especially when the dead man had no idea he was dead to begin with. What about you, Dr. Porter?
      Porter: Alison.
      Beckett: Alison. Any interesting experiences you'd like to share? Encountered any dangerous predators? Been cloned lately?
      Porter: No, but in all fairness, I am new to the Pegasus Galaxy. And I hear that cloning is a second-year thing.
      Beckett: Third, actually.

    • Teldy: You know what I'd love right about now?
      Sheppard: Let me guess, a beer?
      Teldy: Puddle jumper.
      Sheppard: That could have been arranged had I known we'd be walking for so long.
      Teldy: Yeah, well, the area is too heavily forested. Besides, it's good exercise. It firms up your glutes and calves.
      Sheppard: Oh great, couple more hours of this and I can skip my cardio-funk workout.

    • Sheppard: Major Teldy, Dr. Beckett, Dr. Beckett, Major.
      Teldy: This is Sergeant Mehra, Dr. Porter, and of course you've already met Captain Vega.
      Sheppard: I didn't realize you, uh…
      Teldy: That my team was a bunch of girls, sir?
      Sheppard: That's not what I was gonna say.
      Beckett: No.
      Sheppard: But, you know, now that you mention it…
      Teldy: Well, I was told to pick the best and the brightest. Funny how that worked out.
      Sheppard: Funny.
      Teldy: Shall we?
      Beckett: Aye, yes.
      (As women walk away Sheppard and Beckett bump fists)

    • Beckett: I wish you'd tell me we'd be doing so much walking.
      Sheppard: I forget to mention that?
      Beckett: Aye, you did. You also forgot to mention the fact that we'd be repelling down the side of a mountain. My legs are seizing up.
      Sheppard: Well that's what happens when you do nothing for six months in R and R.
      Beckett: Not to mention two months in a stasis pod, thank you.
      Sheppard: Two months. Try eight hundred years, that'll give you rubber legs.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, and Robert Picardo do not appear in this episode.

    • Leela Savasta (Captain Alicia Vega) previously played Dr. Esposito in the Season 3 episode "Tao of Rodney."

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on September 8, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 30, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on November 7, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on September 2, 2009 on RTL2.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 27, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 31-November 1, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 4, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Leela Savasta's character Captain Alicia Vega was originally going to be Captain Alison Porter in the season 5 premiere episode "Search and Rescue" but was changed. Later in the season Joe Mallozzi decided to use the name Alison Porter for the doctor in this episode.

    • Christina Cox (Major Anne Teldy) has also appeared on two episodes of Stargate SG-1. She played the alien T'akaya in the Season 2 episode "Spirits", and rogue NID operative Lieutenant Kershaw in the Season 5 episode "The Sentinel." She is best known as supernatural private eye Vicki Nelson in the Lifetime series, Blood Ties from 2007-2008.

    • The character of Dr. Alison Porter is played by science fiction veteran Nicole de Boer. De Boer also worked with David Hewlett on the 1997 film Cube.

    • The character Major Anne Teldy is named after the winner of Joseph Mallozzi's contest for the 1,000,000th visit to his blog. Anne Teldy is a frequent contributor to's Stargate Atlantis guide.


    • Sheppard: All we need now is for the prom queen and the kid in the wheelchair to wander off and we're all set.

      Colonel Sheppard is referring to the first and fourth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. One of the victims in the first one was a young guy in a wheelchair, and a prom queen and her friends were killed in the fourth.

    • The Ring:

      The creature climbing up the well is reminiscent of the 2002 film The Ring starring Naomi Watts.