|Original air date|
Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett
|Atlantis Season 1|
Previously on Stargate: AtlantisEdit
The Atlantis expedition travels to Athos and meets Teyla Emmagan, leader of the Athosians. When the Wraith attack, Major John Sheppard is forced to evacuate the Athosians to Atlantis but Colonel Marshall Sumner, Teyla and several others are captured and taken to a Hive ship. Sheppard is able to save everyone except Sumner but awakens the sleeping Wraith.
The Stargate activates unexpectedly in Atlantis, and the shield is immediately raised. After they receive Major John Sheppard's IDC, Dr. Elizabeth Weir orders the shield lowered. Despite several Wraith weapons blasts, everyone makes it through, though Dr. Rodney McKay gets hit in the face by the Wraith stunners. He received an overload to his nervous system, causing temporary paralysis. However, Weir has greater concerns on her mind. Being the fifth time out of nine missions that Sheppard's team has encountered the Wraith, she can make one conclusion. There is a spy in Atlantis.
After McKay has recovered, Weir calls a conference to discuss the situation, although Teyla Emmagan was not invited as she is Athosian. Sheppard objects, but Sgt. Bates supports the decision, as he believes only an Athosian could compromise their position. Weir is more concerned about what to do. Bates wants to suspend Stargate activity, but Sheppard states that they need Zero Point Modules to power the city, and more importantly, the shields when the Wraith come. So their primary goal is clear, find out the spy fast. Bates also wants to confine non-essential personal to a section of the city, but Weir says that's going too far. Instead, they create no-go zones, and Weir wants to set up meetings with all the Athosians on the base.
Outside, Teyla goes to see Weir, as she was unaware of the meeting. However, she is stopped by one of the guards, informing her of the new off-limit zones. Before she can learn more, Sheppard catches her and takes her outside for a word. He informs her of the potential security leak, and the new security measures put in place. Teyla is alarmed that they would suspect an Athosian, who have been terrorized by the Wraith for centuries. Sheppard manages to convince her it's only a precaution, and Teyla reluctantly agrees to cooperate.
Later, Weir is having her interview with Halling. She tries to ease tension by asking him about his son, but it does little to help. Halling believes that Weir no longer trusts his people, but she just states that honestly, they don't know who to trust. She proceeds to ask him about his offworld excursions. He confirms this, and states that on a couple of his outings, he visited some close friends. Bates jumps to the accusation that his visits coincided with Wraith attacks, but Halling takes up a defensive position. He is disgusted that they would be accusing the Athosians, and leaves the interview with anger.
Meanwhile, McKay and Dr. Radek Zelenka are running diagnostics on the Puddle Jumpers. While working, McKay finds a command sequence that is new to them. Before he can go to reference it in the Atlantis database, Zelenka accidentally actives the sequence. To their amazement, the roof of the Jumper bay opens up, revealing a way for the jumpers to leave the city.
In their quarters, the Athosians discuss the new security measures. Halling feels that they have had to put up with it too long, but Teyla states that she feels that the measures Weir have taken are in the best interests of everyone on Atlantis. Despite this, Halling is still uneasy, and wishes to leave the city to another world, but it is obvious with all the Wraith around that this would not be possible. Teyla, having heard all of this, goes to see Weir for her interview. She insists that the Athosians are innocent, but also that they are all not as understanding as Teyla is. She also tells Weir about the plans for leaving Atlantis.
At about the same time, Sheppard and Lt. Aiden Ford are preparing to take a Jumper out to take a look at the planet. On their trip, Ford wonders about the name of the planet, wanting to name in "Atlantica", when Sheppard reminds him about their agreement that Ford wouldn't name anything. While in high orbit, they discover land, and that is "really big"; approximately 15 million square miles. Bates wants to dump the Athosians on the mainland, but Weir isn't ready to make that decision. The decision soon falls out of her hands, as Halling comes to inform her that the Athosians wish to go to the land to start their new life.
As they are preparing to pack, Teyla visits Halling's quarters to have a word with him. She informs him that Weir has arranged for communications between them, if help is ever needed. After the more formal talks, Teyla and Halling bid each other reluctant farewells. Later, Teyla watches as her people go away, being separated from them for the first time in her life.
With the Athosians gone, the Stargate suspension is lifted, and Sheppard's team goes through to explore once more. They are on a historical anthropological mission, examining ruins around the Stargate. Also, Sheppard sends Teyla and Ford on a mission to try and contact the natives. Teyla wanders off alone after a bit as Ford's presence might be scaring the natives. Back at the Stargate though, the team encounter the Wraith once more. They manage to escape, but Teyla and Ford get left behind. As soon as they get back to Atlantis, a medical team takes Sheppard to the infirmary, as he was hit by a Wraith stunner. McKay insists on a rescue mission, but Weir doesn't want to mount one until they know more. Their discussion is soon cut off when the gate activates. Teyla and Ford are under fire of the Wraith, and after security is set around the gate, they drop the shield, and let Teyla, with an injured Ford, through.
Having seen these events, Bates is concerned that Teyla might be the spy, but Sheppard doesn't want to hear it. Bates gets dismissed, but still takes matters into his own hands. He take Teyla's things to McKay, and asks him to search them.
Sheppard visits Ford in the infirmary, where he is recounting the events. They match up with Teyla's story, proving that she did not directly help the Wraith in any way. However, McKay comes to talk to Sheppard. He has found something in Teyla's belongings. Her locket is a Wraith relay device, broadcasting a sort of homing signal. Sheppard recounts how he found it for her on the caves on Athos, which leads McKay to the solution on the puzzle. The locket was activated by Sheppard when he gave it to Teyla, and she had no idea that she was helping the Wraith. Now that they know this information though, Sheppard has a new plan to use the locket against the Wraith. They are going to try and capture one alive.
After preparing themselves with an arsenal of non-lethal weapons, they set up their booby traps on the same planet where they found the ruins. Using the locket as a lure, they get the Wraith in position and set off Stun grenades and ground explosives. They manage to down one Wraith, but he initiates a self-destruct to prevent capture. Meanwhile, Teyla tracks down the Wraith commander, and faces him in hand to hand combat. Sheppard manages to stun him with Wraith stunners, and capture their hostage before he activates his self-destruct.
Back on Atlantis, Teyla is going for a visit to the mainland, and Weir sends with her a message and apology to the Athosians. Teyla agrees to pass it on, and assures Weir that in her place, she would have done the same.
At the same time, Sheppard goes to question their hostage, who is agitated that he was captured. The Wraith threatens that he will feed upon Sheppard when he is free. Also, he informs Sheppard that his capture will only accelerate the coming of the Wraith, and with them, Atlantis' demise.
Ancient Technology Activation gene; Athosian; Athosian caves; Atlantis brig; Atlantis conference room; Atlantis infirmary; FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon; Inertial dampener; Jinto; Jumper bay; Lantea; Lantea's mainland; McKay's lab; Meals ready to eat; Planet (Suspicion); Puddle Jumper; Sandwich; Selana; Self-destruct; Spider-Man; Stargate shield; Stun grenade; Colonel Marshall Sumner; Surfing; Taser; Turkey; Wraith; Wraith relay device; Wraith stunner rifle; Wraith warrior; Zero Point Module
(Rodney has one foot on the conference room table and is massaging it through his sock)
Sheppard: (looking on in distaste) Could you please not do that here?
McKay: My foot is still numb, if you'll excuse me.
Sheppard: Well at least your mouth still works fine.
McKay: How could I possibly know that? What am I, Answer Man?
McKay: There's a command subroutine I've never seen before.
Zelenka: What is its function?
McKay: (exasperated) I don't know, because I've never seen it before!
McKay: (talking about food rations) We have to make do. If that means you have to eat my favorite food two days in a row, so be it.
Zelenka: You enjoy military rations?
McKay: I know, it's weird, hospital food too. Only reason I don't like airplane food is you can't get seconds.
Bates: I can't imagine it'd be any worse than their original homeworld.
McKay: That could just be failure of imagination on your part.
Ford: You know, we still haven't named the planet yet. How about Atlantica; something like that?
Sheppard: I thought we agreed you weren't going to name anything anymore?"
Sheppard: Well? Good stuff?
Corrigan: I can't even begin to tell you how fascinating this is.
Sheppard: Anthropologist fascinating, or actual fascinating?
Corrigan: Yeah, well maybe "fascinating" is not the right word.
Sheppard: Maybe not.
Teyla: You suspect an athosian?
Sheppard: Dr. Weir wants to meet them that's all, it's not personal. Well I mean it is, in the sense that she wants to meet them all personal.
Sheppard: Wonder what hurts more, the gunshot wound or the hunger? I'd love to help out but, how'd McKay put it? (pause) We can't meet your dietary requirements.
Wraith: When I'm free, you'll be the first that I feed upon.
Sheppard: Okey dokey. I'm gonna go make myself a sandwich.
- Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard) voices the "Previously on Stargate: Atlantis" announcement in the beginning of the episode.
- Dr. Elizabeth Weir says that the Athosians have been living in the city for three months, indicating the passage of time since "Rising".
- This episode takes place over the course of one week.
- When Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay are talking with Lt. Aiden Ford about their plan to capture the Wraith, there is a laptop behind Sheppard with a windows crash message over-top of the default Atlantis application.
- Kerry Glover, who is credited for the story of this episode, was the script coordinator on the animated series Stargate Infinity.
- This marks the first appearance of the Atlantis brig.
- David Nykl (Dr. Radek Zelenka) was originally not scheduled to appear in this episode. After the producers saw his performance in "Thirty-Eight Minutes", he was included.
- Santo Lombardo (Athosian) previously played Bolaa in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Children of the Gods".
- James Lafazanos (Steve) previously played Jimmy in the Stargate: Atlantis episode "Rising".
- Major John Sheppard says the discovered land mass has an area of 15,000,000 square miles. However in a later episode Dr. Rodney McKay says its "roughly the size of North America" which is about 9,450,000 square miles. This however could be covered by the fact that Sheppard said "You know, give or take." indicating that his statement of 15,000,000 square miles was merely a rough estimate.
- When Sheppard leads his team through the gate nobody was carrying a case to study the ruins, but when they are on the planet one of the scientists has a case.
- Sheppard, Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Sgt. Bates are having a meeting. Sheppard then tells Bates that he is dismissed and then walks around the table, the chair that Bates was sitting on has now disappeared. Weir then asks Sheppard to go and see how Lt. Aiden Ford is doing, and as he walks away the chair has reappeared.
- When Teyla Emmagan and Ford are about to come through the gate after having been attacked on the other side, one can clearly see the actor's shadows being cast from behind the gate before they have actually come through.
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