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November 27, 2005

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Added a note to the front page regarding terminology ('soldier'):

If I know precisely the correct service term to refer to someone in the military, I'll use it. If I'm not sure or am speaking generally of military personnel, I'll either use 'military personnel' (or sometimes just 'personnel', depending on the situation), or 'soldiers'.

I'm aware that Marines prefer to be referred to as Marines at all times, and that enlisted Air Force personnel are airmen, not soldiers. But given the mix of services - not to mention personnel from a variety of countries/traditions - and the fact that it isn't always clear who's what, sometimes I've got to go with a more generic term. The primary defintion for 'soldier' at m-w.com is:

1 a : one engaged in military service and especially in the army b : an enlisted man or woman c : a skilled warrior

That covers all the military personnel on the base, when you get right down to it.

Updated Arcs and Continuity pages through Duet

Added arcs for Caldwell, Ford (enzyme-addicted), Heightmeyer, Hermiod, Lorne, Novak, and Simon.

Updated Episodes, Writers, and Directors through Allies

Note: There are no spoilers on these three pages beyond episode titles.

Added episode summaries for

The Siege part 3

The Intruder

Runner

Duet

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Updated through Duet

Team members

Sheppard

General background info:

For information on his possible AF piloting background, see this. Note, this is not canon in any way -- someone did some research based on what we know about Sheppard and very kindly sent it along to me, and I've posted it in hopes that it will be helpful to people trying to figure out his background. If canon gives different information, that will take precedence.

Promoted to lieutenant colonel in early 2005 and officially given military command of Atlantis. (The Intruder)

Somewhere along the line he got checked out on the F-302 - Caldwell had no apparent problem with Sheppard taking one out to destroy a transmitter array, rather than assigning one of the actual F-302 pilots to do it. (The Intruder)

Atlantis career:

He was promoted to lieutenant colonel after the siege of Atlantis, when he and several other Atlantis personnel (including Weir, McKay, and Beckett) were back on Earth being debriefed. The promotion came largely at Weir's insistence  (although  obviously  he'd  earned  it,  as  well) -- she wanted him to stay on as military commander, which wouldn't happen unless he was ranked higher than major. (The Intruder)

The promotion was a source of strong pride for him, enough that he brought it up as often as possible -- he knew that a lot of people in the Air Force had never expected him to make it past captain. (The Intruder)

He flew an F-302 twice -- once to take out the Daedalus's transmitter array to prevent a distress signal from reaching the Wraith, and once to take out a computer-virus-controlled F-302. The second time he flew without a functional navigational computer. (The Intruder)

Base commander:

He suggested taking the fight to the Wraith when a second wave, made up of 12 hive ships and their escorts, was headed for Atlantis. The plan worked -- the Daedalus managed to take out two hive ships before they knew what happened and could regroup, forcing the Daedalus to flee for home. (The Siege part 3)

He came up with the notion of protecting Atlantis by pretending to destroy it, suggesting that they detonate a nuke just above the city's shields then cloak it, making it seem like it had been obliterated by a self-destruct. It worked -- when they couldn't find the city on their scanners, the attacking Wraith left. (The Siege part 3)

Became the officially appointed military commander on Atlantis in early 2005, after being promoted to lieutenant colonel back at the SGC. (The Intruder)

The appointment was due pretty much entirely to Weir's insistence -- Landry and the others making the decision would have preferred that Sheppard not even be a part of the ongoing mission, not trusting his independence and willingness to disobey orders. They had tapped Caldwell as their most promisining candidate for military commander of the mission. (The Intruder)

Severe injuries/illness

Shot in the arm with a pistol and cracked some ribs while fighting a 10,000-year-old Wraith. (The Defiant One)

Presumed deaths:

He was briefly (for a matter of moments) presumed dead when a hive ship exploded after he flew a puddlejumper carrying a nuclear warhead toward it on a suicide mission. He was rescued just before the explosion by the Daedalus, and contacted Atlantis almost immediately afterward, but he was presumed dead by the command staff in the city until then. (The Siege part 3)

Confirmed kills:

Everyone aboard a hive ship that he destroyed by flying a puddlejumper carrying a nuclear warhead toward it on a suicide mission. He was beamed out of the jumper just before it exploded, taking the hive ship out. (The Siege part 3)

One Wraith, in a downed dart. (Duet)

Personal habits:

Wears Aqua Velva. (Runner)

nb: This is off a snarky comment by McKay -- Sheppard had just said that the amount of sunscreen he was wearing would give them away to any enemies, and McKay replied, 'Yeah, like the haven't been tipped off by the Aqua Velva?' There's no guarantee he got the brand right, but clearly, Sheppard wears aftershave and it's a little powerful -- he didn't object to McKay's comment.

Random Misc.:

He was weirded out by Hermiod aboard the Daedalus -- he thought it was strange they were working so closely with an alien, and was disturbed by Hermiod's nakedness. (The Intruder)

McKay

Romantic interests:

Katie Brown

He had a date set up with her, which got a bit complicated when Lt. Cadman -- temporarily housed inside his head -- got involved. (Duet)

He fumbled his way through at least one conversation before Cadman did anything, but that didn't seem to bother Katie at all. (Duet)

Cadman invited Beckett (who thought he was speaking to McKay) to join 'him' and Katie on the date, ostensibly to rescue McKay from any social flubs. In reality, she had a thing for Beckett, and basically wanted a double date. Beckett showed up as requested, and Cadman basically took control of things from there (although she did keep the focus on McKay and Brown). (Duet)

Housing/quarters:

The walls of his quarters are covered in degrees and other framed documents, as well as at least one framed picture of himself holding another document (an award, presumably) and what appears to be a  framed, autographed picture of what looks like a spacecraft. (Duet)

One of the degrees (?) appears to be from Northeastern (or Northwestern) University. (Duet)

He has a framed picture of a cat on his bedside table (not the same cat he left with his neighbor - that was a shorthaired tabby, the picture is of a long-hair, white or grey). (Duet)

He has a worktable in his office, which he obviously uses. There's a framed picture on it, and a desklamp. (Duet)

He sleeps on a prescription mattress for his back. (Duet)

Atlantis career:

Got the new ZPM installed and working in the nick of time, and, with Zelenka, figured out a way to cloak the city to hide it from the Wraith. (The Siege part 3)

He returned to Earth via the stargate along with Weir and the other senior staff to be debriefed and to take part in selecting additional personnel (and requesting supplies) for his department. (The Intruder)

He figured out that  the virus was Wraith in origin and how to stop it, after Hermiod determined that the sabotage aboard the Daedalus was the result of a computer virus. (The Intruder)

He flew in an F-302 for the first time when he was taking shelter in one along with Sheppard, who then took it out into space to destroy a computer-virus-controlled F-302. (The Intruder)

After being culled by and then retrieved from a downed Wraith dart, McKay had a second consciousness in his mind -- Lt. Laura Cadman. When, as a result, McKay started making mistakes in his calculations about repairing the dart, to the point that things started blowing, Zelenka had no qualms about calling him on it and kicking him out to let Zelenka handle the main work. Despite that, McKay was the one to later figure out that they needed to use a control crystal from the stargate to stabilize the dematerializing/rematerializing process enough to make it work. (Duet)

Severe injuries:

While carrying Lt. Cadman's consciousness in his mind, Rodney's brain was strained enough to push him into a seizure that knocked him out and put him back in the infirmary. (Duet)

Possessions/controlled:

After being beamed up into a Wraith dart alongside Lt. Cadman and rematerialized by Zelenka after the dart was shot down, McKay woke up with Cadman's consciousness inside his mind. (Duet)

She was clearly freaked out by the situation, but didn't help matters by constantly demanding McKay's attention while he was trying to figure out how to fix it. She managed to make Rodney look nuts enough that Weir pulled him off the repairs and sent him to Heightmeyer, even though everyone believed him about Cadman being in his head. (Duet)

Heightmeyer got McKay to relax his control of his body, letting Cadman use his voice and confirm that she could move him physically. McKay freaked out a bit and took control back, and went back to work (with Cadman's agreement, more or less). (Duet)

Once she learned to use his voice, they basically spoke aloud to each other by flipping control of the vocal cords back and forth, without the purely mental communication anymore. (Duet)

She didn't go back to speaking to him mentally until after McKay's body had suffered a seizure that knocked them unconscious, when Beckett told them that one of them would have to cede all control of the body or they'd both die. (Duet)

Cadman decided to 'teach [Rodney] a few things' about women after seeing him fumble his way through a conversation with Katie Brown the day before they had a date. (Duet)

She also took control of his body the minute he fell asleep, heading off first to have a conversation with Beckett -- who thought he was talking to McKay -- about how terrific Cadman was, and also asking Beckett to 'ride shotgun' on McKay's date with Katie Brown, saying it would be helpful to have someone there to cut him off when he started making a fool of himself. Beckett agreed. After that she went for a workout/run, then back to her own quarters where she stripped his body naked and went to bed. When he woke up, stiff, sore, naked, and in the wrong room, he freaked out and demanded they set up some boundaries. (Duet)

During the date (which Beckett did show up for -- to McKay's surprise and annoyance), Cadman made sure things went the way she wanted them to, although she did keep the focus on McKay and Brown. (Duet)

After a couple of days of dual ownership of McKay's brain, its lower functions began to deteriorate, pushing him into a seizure that landed him back in the infirmary. Beckett told them that one of them would have to completely cede control of the body or they'd both die. Cadman volunteered, and immediately stopped using McKay's voice. While they were arguing over the decision, McKay realized they could use a control crystal from the stargate to stabilize the Wraith dematerialize/rematerialize process, giving them their best chance of separating him and Cadman. He and Zelenka did the work, and after Cadman used McKay's body to soundly kiss Beckett (just in case they didn't survive and she didn't get another chance), Zelenka turned the beam on them then successfully rematerialized them both in their own bodies. (Duet)

Medical/health

Keeps a running tally of his exposure to various sorts of radiation, from cell phones  and  x-rays to 'that unfortunate Genii nuclear reactor thing' and flying dangerously close to the corona of a sun. (Runner)

Made his own sunblock -- SPF 100 -- complete with (simulated) cocoa butter, to protect his skin against the extreme UV radiation on P3M-736. (Runner)

Ford

General background info:

He became addicted to the enzyme the Wraith use to strengthen their victims (so as to be able to feed on them longer) after being attacked by a Wraith who almost immediately died while still attached to Ford, pumping his entire supply of enzyme into Ford's system. It kept Ford alive when the two of them plunged into the icy ocean around Atlantis, but left him dependent on it. It acted as a drug in his system, making him paranoid and violent -- he refused to believe they wanted to help him, and instead stole as much enzyme as he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

Other family:

Siblings

None. (The Intruder)

Cousins

Lara.   (The Intruder)

nb: Her name was never mentioned in the episode. I got it off other sites.

She was the one Sheppard visited back on Earth to explain that Ford was MIA, but that he didn't believe he was dead and wasn't giving up hope. She specifically didn't want him talking to Ford's grandparents, who were in no condition to be hearing such things. She told him that Aiden had talked about Sheppard on his taped message, saying he was a good man and that Aiden trusted him with his life -- she wanted to know if that trust had been misplaced. (The Intruder)

Atlantis career:

After becoming addicted to the Wraith enzyme, Ford became paranoid and suspicious. He stole all the enzyme he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

Enzyme-addicted career

After becoming addicted to the Wraith enzyme, Ford became paranoid and suspicious. He stole all the enzyme he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

Took to wearing his knife attached to his shoulder in its scabbard, instead of in the small of his back, apparently for faster/easier access for cutting out Wraith enzyme sacks. (Runner)

He (probably inadvertantly) saved Ronon Dex's life on P3M-736. Ronon was dropped by a Wraith stunner while he and Ford were facing each other down, and Ford shot and killed the Wraith so he could get the enzyme sack. Ronon took off while Ford was distracted. (Runner)

When Atlantis sent a search party through to look for him (and Sheppard and Teyla, who'd gone missing), Ford found McKay and Lorne. He shot Lorne with a Wraith stunner, knocking him out, so he could talk to McKay. (Runner)

He was sincerely trying to convince McKay he was fine, and that the enzyme had turned him into a superman of sorts, but at the same time was clearly... a nutjob. After he stunned two more Atlantis personnel, McKay had had enough and shot him in the arm, then fled. Chasing him, Ford wound up being attacked by Ronon Dex (who was trying to live up to his side of a bargain with Sheppard by catching Ford). Ford got away and was chased by Sheppard, who also shot him, in the leg. Ford barely seemed to feel it, and fled straight into a Wraith culling beam, shouting 'you'll see' at Sheppard, still trying to prove he could be trusted and that his 'super' powers were worth keeping. (Runner)

Severe injuries:

Caught by a Wraith who began feeding on him. (The Siege part 3)

He was directly in the blast of a grenade set off by a comrade trying to kill the Wraith who was feeding on Ford. (The Siege part 3)

Fell several stories into cold ocean water as a result of the grenade blast, still connected to the Wraith. (The Siege part 3)

He wound up lying face-down in freezing water for more than an hour, still connected to the Wraith. He survived because of the enzyme the Wraith injected into him at the start of the feeding process, which strengthened him enough to keep him alive. Instead of the enzyme being released slowly, it was released all at once when the Wraith died, flooding his system with it. He was rescued when Sheppard insisted that the life-signs detector be extended outside the walls of the city, instantly locating him. The Daedalus beamed him up and then down to the infirmary, where the dead Wraith was removed from him. (The Siege part 3)

His body became dependent on the enzyme. As it started breaking down in his system after he was rescued, he was facing probable death. To wean him off it, Beckett harvested the enzyme from the Wraith bodies in the morgue. (The Siege part 3)

His left eye turned completely black (no white part, no colored iris -- it didn't appear to be all pupil, though, just... black) after the massive enzyme dose, and showed no sign of returning to normal. (The Siege part 3)

Medical/health

A Wraith began feeding on him then died, flooding Ford's system with all its 'feeding' enzyme. Ford became dependent on it -- addicted. As it started breaking down in his system after he was rescued, he was facing probable death. To wean him off it, Beckett harvested the enzyme from the Wraith bodies in the morgue. The enzyme affected Ford's thinking, making him paranoid and suspicious -- he attacked Beckett when Beckett wanted him back under medical supervision, and later attacked a guard and threatened a patient in the infirmary to get Beckett to hand over all the enzyme he'd harvested. Once he had it he fled offworld, still thoroughly addicted. (The Siege part 3)

His left eye turned completely black (no white part, no colored iris -- it didn't appear to be all pupil, though, just... black) after the massive enzyme dose, and showed no sign of returning to normal. (The Siege part 3)

Misc.:

In the message he taped to send home, Ford said that Sheppard was a good man and that he trusted him with his life. (The Intruder)

Teyla

Mental contact with Wraith

She offered to make contact with the Wraith again during the second attack against Atlantis, when 10 hive ships were bombarding the city's shields. The plan was to fake a self-destruct by detonating a nuke above the shield and then cloaking the city. To help convince the Wraith, Teyla made mental contact moments before the nuke was detonated, giving the very strong impression that the expedition was about to destroy the city rather than let it fall into Wraith hands. It worked. (The Siege part 3)

Weir

Romantic interests:

Simon Wallace

He's a medical doctor. (The Intruder)

He was on Beckett's list of potential additions to the medical staff for the second year at Atlantis, but didn't sign the required commitment to the one-year term and was thus taken out of the running. Unlike the other possibles, he had security clearance and knew what he was being offered. (The Intruder)

Weir was determined that he come with her, refusing to hear what he was saying between the lines when he kept putting her off about Atlantis. He finally had to flat-out tell her he wasn't going. .(The Intruder)

peronal note: Considering how coldly she'd left him in the first place, and that she'd sent him a message a month or two earlier breaking things off and telling him not to wait any longer, it seems a bit pushy to just assume he'd want to go back with her. She could at least have sat down with him to talk things out first.

He met someone else while she was gone. (The Intruder)

Atlantis career:  

After the siege, she brought her senior staff back to Earth through the stargate to be debriefed and take part in selecting the additions to their departments. (The Intruder)

When General Landry told her that Caldwell was their choice for new military commander of Atlantis, Weir insisted that, instead, Sheppard be given a promotion to lieutenant colonel and be confirmed in the position, after functioning as commander for the previous year by default. She totally disregarded their concerns about his record and behavior in her determination to get Sheppard back at any cost, going so far as to tell Landry he didn't want to fight her on this (military decision) because she,  as  civilian  leader  of  the  expedition, had the support of the president and their foreign allies. (The Intruder)

She had absolutely no idea how to approach or handle Ronon Dex when Sheppard told her he'd asked Ronon to be part of her team. She wound up simply giving Sheppard full responsibility for him. (Duet)

Ronon

General background info:

He was a Specialist in his world's military before being culled by the Wraith (ca. 1998). (Runner)

After he was culled, the Wraith tried to feed on him but couldn't, so they turned him into a Runner -- the inserted a tracking device in his back and set him loose, so they could hunt him down,  possibly  just for sport. He hunted them back and kept on running. (Runner)

He had to stay on the run, never stopping anywhere -- the one time he tried, staying in a village for one night to eat a real meal and talk to some people, the Wraith came by after he left and killed everyone. (Runner)

Seven years after he was culled and tagged, his life was saved by Ford on P3M-736, and then he captured Sheppard and Teyla, who were looking for Ford. He made a deal with them -- if they got the tracking device out of his back, he'd help them capture Ford. (Runner)

He's smart and technologically savvy, but not dependent on tech. (Runner)

Raised:

On Sateda. (Runner)

Or possibly in Sateda -- it's not clear whether Ronon was referring to the planet or the city when he said the name while looking at pictures sent back from a MALP. But I'm going with that as the planet name until I hear otherwise. (Runner)

Housing/quarters:

Lived on the run for seven straight years. (Runner)

Held in light confinement (comfortable surroundings, but with guards on the door) when he first went to Atlantis. (Runner)

Pre-Atlantis career:

He was a Specialist in his world's military, before being culled by the Wraith. After being culled, he was turned into a 'runner' -- he had a tracking device implanted in his back so he could be hunted down by Wraith -- and spend the next seven years running, hunting and being hunted by Wraith. He didn't dare stop near people, for fear of sentencing them to death when the Wraith tracked him there. (Runner)

Atlantis career:

Ronon wasn't sure he wanted to stay on Atlantis, and wasn't sure how well he'd fit in.  Sheppard thought he'd be fine and started him on a 'training' round: training sessions with soldiers who basically got the snot beaten out of them, and weapons practice where Ronon proved he could shoot basically anything you put in his hands. Ronon believed these were tests, not training, and that he had to prove himself to Sheppard. The next day, Ronon took it on himself to spar with Teyla, taking her down for real (although not hurting her). He seemed a bit taken aback/confused by Sheppard's reaction, which was to pull a knife on him until he let Teyla go. (Duet)

Sheppard invited Ronon to join his team. While Ronon was thinking about it, he went back to a session with the soldiers, turning into more of a real training session, as he walked them step by step through what he was doing to take them down. (Duet)

Severe injuries:

Had a Wraith tracking device implanted in his back near his spine, inserted without aid of anaesthetic. (Runner)

He went through several botched attempts to get it out, including once by himself using a mirror to see what he was doing, before Beckett came to the cave he was staying in and surgicially removed it --  again  without  aid  of  anaesthetic,  at  Ronon's  insistence. (Runner)

Medical/health

He had a Wraith tracking device implanted in his back for seven years before Beckett cut it out of him. (Runner)

Ronon refused anaesthetic, and managed not to flinch during the crude operation (sitting upright on a rock outside a cave), but fainted after it was over. (Runner)

He'd to remove it three times previously -- once by himself using a mirror, and other times by two different doctors, both of whom botched it and left him scarred. (Runner)

Food preferences:

Apparently, anything he can get his hands on. (Duet)

He was on the run long enough that being able to eat a real meal that someone else had cooked was a treat, and he seemed very happy with the quantity of food on Atlantis. (Runner, Duet)

Misc.:

He prefers his own weapon to any of the Earth-standard ones -- it looks almost like a sawed-off shotgun that shoots varying intensities of energy blasts. He carries it in a holster as a sidearm. (Duet)

Atlantis

Atlantis

History

War with the Wraith

The second hive ship was destroyed when Sheppard pointed a nuclear-warhead-carrying puddlejumper straight at it on a suicide run. (The Siege part 3)

The third (and last) hive ship was destroyed when the Daedalus managed to beam another warhead into it, detonating as soon as it arrived. (The Siege part 3)

The cruisers fled into hyperspace as soon as the final hive ship was destroyed, leaving behind a lot of darts which broke off from the Daedalus to attack Atlantis. They were on a kamikaze run, using a ballistic approach to impact the city at more than 10,000 kilometers per hour -- the city would be unable to withstand it. Seconds before impact, McKay got the new ZPM installed and Zelenka got the shields up, destroying all the darts with no damage to the city. (The Siege part 3)

All the Wraith in the city were killed. The last was trapped deep in the city, and died trying to damage the city using a Wraith grenade. Three humans were injured during the fight. (The Siege part 3)

Preliminary estimates were 40 casualties, maybe more. (The Siege part 3)

As soon as the deep space sensors came back online, Zelenka and McKay spotted 12 more hive ships headed for Atlantis, set to arrive in about 36 hours. At Sheppard's suggestion, Weir and Caldwell decided to take the fight to the Wraith, sending the Daedalus under Caldwell's command to attack them at their last stopping point before jumping to Atlantis, some 50 light years away. (The Siege part 3)

The plan worked, as far as it went -- the Daedalus took out two hive ships before they knew what was happening. After that the Wraith regrouped and instituted countermeasures that prevented the Daedalus from beaming any more nukes onto any of the hive ships, changing the balance of the battle. With now-protected hive ships closing in and its own shields badly weakened, the Daedalus was forced to run for home. (The Siege part 3)

With no way to defeat the Wraith -- even if they managed to win the battle, more hive ships would come, then more, and the ZPM wasn't sufficient to shield the city for more than a few days under constant bombardment -- Sheppard proposed that they fake a self-destruct by beaming a nuke directly above the shield and detonating it, then cloaking the city. The plan worked, and the Wraith departed, believing Atlantis destroyed. (The Siege part 3)

Physical structure

Layout

East Pier

The Daedalus uses the east pier as a landing pad when it touches down in Atlantis. (The Siege part 3)

It first used the pier to land after taking on 12 hive ships, the second wave of attackers against Atlantis, in a battle that took out two of them before they made the final jump to Atlantica's system. The Daedalus's shields were damaged enough in the battle that Caldwell wanted the protection of Atlantis's shields when the surviving hive ships arrived. (The Siege part 3)

Sparring room

The room where Sheppard and Teyla practice with sticks gained more equipment when the Daedalus returned with personnel and supplies: a mannequin/dummy thing (from the waist up, on a stand of some sort), two freestanding heavy bags (for boxing), and a set of nunchucks, at least. (Duet)

Power

The city once again had a working ZPM after the Daedalus brought one from Earth, giving it enough power for shields and other functions. (The Siege part 3)

Defenses

Shields

The city's shields were fully operable again after the Daedalus brought the ZPM discovered on Earth. The ZPM was installed seconds before a wave of kamikaze Wraith darts reached the city, and the shield was successfully raised, destroying them all with no damage to Atlantis. (The Siege part 3)

Submersion

Submersion under the ocean was only available to the Ancients. Rodney had no idea how they'd done it, and couldn't repeat the process. (The Siege part 3)

Supplies

Medical

Four class-1 radiation suits in medlab storage. (Runner)

Other

With the Daedalus serving as a supply line, the expedition started filling in the corners, as it were -- replenishing used-up supplies and adding extras and luxuries, such as gym equipment. (Duet)

Atlantica

General info

The day lasts at least 26 and a half hours. (Runner)

Lorne to Weir: 'We haven't heard from them since 26:30 Atlantis standard time.'

Expedition

General info

Size

After the expedition's first year, the international committee granted it a significant increase in personnel and resources.  The  ZPM  made  it  possible  to  support  a  larger  contingent. There's no real clue as to what the numbers were at this point. (The Intruder)

Makeup

Everyone being considered as an addition to join the expedition after the first year had to sign off on a blind one-year commitment, or they were knocked out of the running. (The Intruder)

Scientists

Botanists

Brown

Parrish

Miscellaneous

The laptops used by the expedition are Dells (with an Atlantis logo on the casing). (The Siege part 3)

The clearest shot I've seen of this is just over three minutes into Siege part 3, when the self-destruct is being aborted.

International representation

Germany

Including at least one female scientist/tech. (Duet)

Security

Base protocol dictates that all senior officers be notified  about situations coded 'orange' and above. (Runner)

Caldwell counts as one of the senior officers in question, when he's on Atlantis. (Runner)

Offworld teams

Lorne's team:

General info

 

Team makeup

Major Lorne - team leader

Coughlin - military, rank unknown

Reed - military, rank unknown

Dr. Parrish - botanist

Mission stats

During what may have been their first mission, they found evidence that Ford was still alive. (Runner)

Sheppard's team

Captured, confined, imprisoned

Runner

Sheppard and Teyla shot unconscious and captured by Ronon Dex.

McKay captured by Ford. who veered between treating him as an old friend and a captive he couldn't trust.

McKay, who had escaped from Ford by finally shooting him in the arm, was caught up in one  of  Ronon's  snare and held upside down by the ankle dangling in the air.

Duet

McKay culled by a Wraith dart, but relatively quickly rescued.

Personnel

Beckett

General info

He'd never seen an Asgard  transporter beam before the Daedalus beamed two soldiers carrying a crated ZPM down to Atlantis. (The Siege part 3)

He got tricked into attending a date between McKay and Katie Brown -- he thought McKay had asked him to show up to help keep him (McKay) from screwing things up horribly, when in fact it was Lt. Laura Cadman, inside McKay's head, doing the asking. (Beckett was not yet aware that Cadman could take control of McKay's body.) He agreed somewhat reluctantly, but showed up as promised -- horrified to discover that Brown had no idea he'd been invited. They made the best of it. (Duet)

Career

He was displeased to find that Ford had left the infirmary despite being under the influence of the Wraith enzyme, and tracked him down in Weir's office. When he tried to take him back to the infirmary, Ford attacked him, grabbing him around the throat and holding him up against a wall until Teyla got him calmed down. (The Siege part 3)

When he realized that Ford's  system had been flooded with the Wraith feeding enzyme, he decided that the only way to keep him from dying as it broke down in his system was to wean him off it with steadily smaller doses -- to do which he had to havest more enzyme from the Wraith bodies in the morgue. (The Siege part 3)

Went back to the SGC with Weir, Sheppard, McKay, and others after the siege, to be debriefed and handle administrative details such as gathering more personnel and supplies for his department. (The Intruder)

He was a bit overcome by the qualifications of the potential additions to his staff, feeling that many/most of them were better qualified than he was, and therefore unsure about how to make a decision about them. (The Intruder)wn.

Despite his unease at the conditions -- offworld, outdoors, on a man holding Teyla at gunpoint, who refused any anaesthetic -- Beckett performed surgery on Ronon Dex and successfully removed a Wraith tracking device from his back, very close to his spinal cord. (Runner)

Billick

Military, rank unknown. (Runner)

He was part of the team that went to P3M-736 to try to find Ford. Sheppard assigned him to team up with Coughlin for the search. (Runner)

Dr. Katie Brown

Botanist. (Duet)

She had a date set up with McKay, and mentioned it to other people, including Lt. Laura Cadman, at 'girls' poker night'. According to Cadman, Brown was excited about the date. (Duet)

The day before the date, she ran into McKay talking to himself (apparently) in the hallway - she bought his story that he'd been talking over the radio, apparently unaware that Lt. Cadman's consciousness was sharing space with McKay's mind. She also didn't seem to mind that McKay fumbled his way through the conversation. (Duet)

She was startled, to say the least, when Beckett showed up before McKay for the date -- Cadman had invited Beckett (who thought he was speaking to McKay) to join 'him' and Katie on the date, ostensibly to rescue McKay from any social flubs. In reality, she had a thing for Beckett, and basically wanted a double date. Beckett was appalled that McKay hadn't warned Katie that he was coming, but the two of them made the best of an awkward situation. When McKay showed up a minute later, equally surprised to see Beckett until he figured out what had happened, they all sat down to dinner together. (Duet)

Brown seemed pleased enough with how things went on the date, despite the oddities. (Duet)

Lieutenant Laura Cadman, USMC

She was part of the new batch of personnel that came with the Daedalus after the siege of Atlantis. (Duet)

Quarters:

The nighttable in her quarters held several framed photos -- one of a German Shepherd in a 'Best Friend' frame, one of what seemed to be three girlfriends, and one of her parents standing with her at her graduation. (Duet)

Her work table/desk had several framed documents above it, and a framed set of what appears to be wings -- they can't all be hers, if she's a lieutenant. (Possibly a historical collection?) She also had another framed photo of just herself in full dress uniform sitting on the desk. (Duet)

She had a home gym set up, with an exercise bike (which looks like it doubles as something else as well), a mat on the floor, a jump rope, and one of those big inflatable balls, and some boxing-specific equipment: gloves, a speed bag, a body shield, and a freestanding heavy bag. (Duet)

She had a Marine Corps poster up on the wall near the gym stuff. (Duet)

While offworld as part of a combined team (Sheppard's, Lorne's, and the one she was on -- no idea who the team leader was), protecting McKay and Beckett, Cadman was culled by a Wraith dart, along with McKay -- she managed to push Beckett out of the way. The others shot down the dart before it could leave through the stargate, but she and McKay were still trapped inside, dematerialized and stored as data. (Duet)

There was only enough power left to rematerialize one of them, and it happened to be McKay. But Cadman's consciousness wound up sharing space in his mind. (Duet)

She was clearly freaked out by the situation, but didn't help matters by constantly demanding McKay's attention while he was trying to figure out how to fix it. She managed to make Rodney look nuts enough that Weir pulled him off the repairs and sent him to Heightmeyer, even though everyone believed him about Cadman being in his head. (Duet)

Heightmeyer got McKay to relax his control of his body, letting Cadman use his voice and confirm that she could move him physically. McKay freaked out a bit and took control back, and went back to work (with Cadman's agreement, more or less). (Duet)

Cadman decided to 'teach [Rodney] a few things' about women after seeing him fumble his way through a conversation with Katie Brown the day before they had a date. (Duet)

She also took control of his body the minute he fell asleep, heading off first to have a conversation with Beckett -- who thought he was talking to McKay -- about how terrific Cadman was, and also asking Beckett to 'ride shotgun' on McKay's date with Katie Brown, saying it would be helpful to have someone there to cut him off when he started making a fool of himself. Beckett agreed. After that she took McKay's body for a run, then headed back to her own quarters where she stripped them naked and went to bed. (Duet)

Beckett showed up as requested for the date, and Cadman basically took control of things from there (although she did keep the focus on McKay and Brown). (Duet)

personal note: I can't describe the date more completely, since I've never been able to actually watch it on anything other than fast-forward. If you need more details, check Gateworld or a transcript site. Sorry!

During an argument between the two of them at another session with Heightmeyer, the stress of having two consciousnesses battling for control of the brain's higher functions pushed McKay's body into a seizure that knocked them out and put them in the infirmary again. When they came to, Beckett told them what had happened and why, and said that one of them would have to completely cede control of the body to the other. Cadman volunteered, believing that McKay was more important to Atlantis. She immediately stopped using his vocal cords to speak and went back to only using her mental voice. (Duet)

She took control back briefly, just before they attempted to use the Wraith machine to dematerialize them so they could be separated properly. Since there was a good chance it could kill them both, she took the opportunity to kiss Beckett soundly. McKay was less than thrilled when he got control back and realized what had just happened. (Duet)

The procedure to separate them worked, and Cadman went back to being herself. (Duet)

Colonel Steven Caldwell

See Caldwell.

Coughlin

Probably military, probably US (from the accent). (Runner)

He was assigned to Major Lorne's offworld team. He and Reed stayed behind to secure the gate while Lorne and the scientist returned to Atlantis with the body of the dead Wraith they found. (Runner)

When Sheppard brought a search team back, Coughlin was teamed with Billick to hunt for Ford. (Runner)

Everett

He wound up going hand to hand (or at least, pistol to hand) against a Wraith when the city was invaded -- he fired all his rounds into the Wraith without even slowing it down. The Wraith slammed a hand into Everett's chest and began feeding off him, until a soldier on the ground managed to shoot it several times with an automatic weapon. (The Siege part 3)

After being victim to a Wraith -- he was aged what appeared to be several decades, and was made infirm by the attack -- Everett understood why Sheppard had killed Sumner, and went so far as to say 'I wish you'd been there for me'. (The Siege part 3)

He was shipped back to Earth with the other wounded. (The Siege part 3)

Hansen

Military, rank unknown. (Duet)

Part of a combined team (Sheppard's, Lorne's, and the one he was on -- no idea who the team leader was) that was searching a world for survivors of a Wraith attack when McKay and Lt. Cadman were both culled by the same dart and trapped as data inside when it was shot down. Sheppard told Hansen to radio back to Atlantis to get Zelenka there ASAP. (Duet)

Heightmeyer

McKay, with Lt. Laura Cadman's consciousness ensconced in his mind, was sent to see Heightmeyer when his apparently random outbursts (when Cadman's internal dialogue annoyed him sufficiently to yell) disturbed Weir enough that she wanted him to seek help in dealing with the problem. (Duet)

Heightmeyer freely admitted that she had no qualifications to help in this particular situation, disarming McKay just enough to get him to talk a little more. When he said Cadman was just a passenger in his head, and that therefore he clearly mattered more, Heightmeyer got him to see that if their positions had been reversed (as had been equally likely to have happened), he would have wanted a certain level of autonomy, certainly enough to talk directly to people without going through Cadman. Once he'd admitted that, she got him to relax and give up control, allowing Cadman first to speak with his voice, then to physically move his hand. McKay freaked out a bit and decided that was enough, he wanted to go back to work. He more or less had Cadman's agreement on that, so Heightmeyer let him go. (Duet)

When they came back for another session, arguing vehemently about fairness and control, they managed to drive McKay's body into a seizure right in front of her. (Duet)

Hermiod

See Hermiod.

Dr. Lindsey Novak

See Novak.

Lindstrom X

Nationality: USA

Part of the Atlantis contingent aboard the Daedalus on the trip back from Earth with new personnel and supplies. He went with McKay to check power distribution during the investigation into what had caused Dr. Monroe's death. (The Intruder)

He found something in the logs, but before he could tell McKay what it was, a coolant leak was triggered in the room they were in. McKay got out, but Lindstrom got caught in a coolant-spray stream, badly damaging one hand. Unable to follow McKay to the hallway, he took shelter in an airlock, sealing himself away from the contaminated room. The door to space opened while he was in there, jettisoning him. He would have died within seconds. (The Intruder)

Major Lorne

US military. (Runner)

Part of the new contingent on Atlantis after the siege, carried there on the Daedalus. (Runner)

Has a dryly snarky sense of humor, deadpan and sharp, easily enough to hold his own against McKay. (Runner)

He commanded an offworld team including Coughlin, Reed, and Dr. Parrish (a botanist). On what was probably their first mission together offworld, to P3M-736, they discovered a dead Wraith and brought it back to Atlantis to determine how it had died. When Beckett found evidence that it might have been Ford (the enzyme sack was missing), Lorne was part of the extended team (himself, Coughlin, Reed, Billick, Sherman, Teyla, Sheppard, and McKay) that went back under Sheppard to search for him.(Runner)

When Sheppard and Teyla went missing during the hunt, Lorne took over command of the search with the remaining searchers and the additions Weir sent from Atlantis to help. (Runner)

Doctor Monroe X

Nationality: unknown

Part of either the Atlantis contingent or the Daedalus crew. He was the first to die in the series of murders aboard the Daedalus on its trip back from Earth with the debriefed Atlantis personnel, additional personnel, and supplies. (The Intruder)

He'd been working on enabling computer security protocols designed to isolate and shut down corrupted programs. He was killed before he could finish. (The Intruder)

Doctor Parrish

Botanist assigned to Major Lorne's offworld team. (Runner)

He believed that the plant life on P3M-736 soaked up the intense radiation during the day, holding enough residual radiation at night to make a puddlejumper's sensors pretty much useless. (Runner)

Captain Radner

He led a team against the Wraith in the city during the attack on Atlantis. Command lost contact around the time the Daedalus arrived and beamed down the ZPM. (The Siege part 3)

Reed

Military, rank unknown. (Runner)

He was assigned to Major Lorne's offworld team. He and Coughlin stayed behind to secure the gate while Lorne and the scientist returned to Atlantis with the body of the dead Wraith they found. (Runner)

When Sheppard brought a search team back, Reed  was teamed with Sherman to guard the gate while the others hunted for Ford in teams of two. (Runner)

Zelenka

With McKay, he figured out a way to use the ZPM and a puddlejumper's cloaking mechanism to cloak the entire city, hiding it from the Wraith. (The Siege part 3)

He went offworld for the first time when McKay and Lt. Cadman were both culled by a Wraith dart that was then shot down, leaving them trapped inside as stored data. He figured out how to do the rematerializing, but there was only enough power to recover one life sign. At Sheppard's choice, he recovered the one that turned out to be McKay's physical body -- but with Cadman's consciousness mixed in. (Duet)

When McKay started making mistakes in his calculations about repairing the dart, to the point that things started blowing, Zelenka had no qualms about calling him on it and kicking him out to let Zelenka handle the main work. (Duet)

Daedalus

General info

The Daedalus is a BC-303 sent from Earth to bring a ZPM to Atlantis, and to offer aid in the fight against the Wraith. (The Siege part 3)

It's loaded with Asgard  technology, including an Asgard hyperdrive (allowing it to make the trip between Earth and Atlantis in a matter of weeks without the help of a ZPM -- with a ZPM, it's a matter of days),  shields, and transport/beaming technology. (The Siege part 3)

The trip between Earth and Atlantis takes about 18 days at 'regular' speeds. (The Intruder)

The transporters have failsafes built in to keep them from being used as a weapons delivery system. (The Siege part 3)

The navigational software  aboard the ship's complement of F-302s is compatible with the Daedalus's sublight system. (The Intruder)

The life support systems are totally isolated from the other ship's systems to protect them. (The Intruder)

When it approaches the city, it uses the east pier as a landing pad. (The Siege part 3)

Crew

Colonel Steven Caldwell

Technically he's SGC personnel (and wears an SGC patch on his arm, as well as a Daedalus patch over his pocket). (The Siege part 3)

Commander of the Daedalus, a BC-303 (Prometheus class) assigned to travel between Atlantica and Earth. (The Siege part 3)

He was part of the meeting (along with Weir, General Landry, and several others) that sorted out the new personnel and makeup of the Atlantis expedition. He believed that Atlantis would need a larger military contingent to go along with its increased scientific personnel, and wanted to be appointed military commander of the base. He wasn't thrilled that Sheppard got the posting instead, but accepted it. (The Intruder)

On the trip back to Atlantis with Atlantis personnel and supplies aboard, Caldwell was less than happy with Weir's questioning of his orders regarding the Daedalus's movements -- or rather, that she'd questioned them in front of other people. (The Intruder)

When Dr. Monroe died, Caldwell initially refused to drop the ship out of hyperspace, assuming the death was an unfortunate accident and not wanting to risk detection. When McKay determined that it may not have been an accident -- that Monroe might have been killed to keep from discovering a problem with the ship -- Caldwell immediately changed his mind and dropped them out into normal space. (The Intruder)

He was (still?) on Atlantis when Major Lorne's team found evidence that Ford might be alive. He warned Sheppard that Ford was no longer his friend, and told him to be prepared to take him out if necessary. (Runner)

He was very displeased to find out that Sheppard had had Ford in his sights and had let him go -- even though Sheppard had shot him. Worse, Ford had 'escaped' to a Wraith dart via a culling beam, putting him in the hands of the enemy with vital information about Atlantis and Earth, which Caldwell was certain they couldn't trust him not to tell. (Runner)

Hermiod

The Asgard 'consultant' assigned to the Daedalus. He handles the bulk of the Asgard technology aboard the ship from the engine room, assisted by Dr. Lindsey Novak. (The Siege part 3)

He wasn't happy when Caldwell sent orders to Novak asking them to set up a site-to-site transport lock to send a warhead onto the last remaining hive ship during the battle over Atlantis -- but he did it. He was even less happy when they decided to re-use the strategy against the next wave of approaching hive ships before they could reach the Atlantis system, but he did it with better grace than before, seeming to get more used to it. (The Siege part 3)

He doesn't like to be stared at. (The Intruder)

Dr. Lindsey Novak

Technically she's SGC personnel. Part of the Daedalus crew. She worked with Hermiod on the Asgard-technology (especially the Asgard hyperdrive) parts of the ship. (The Siege part 3)

She was originally supposed to be part of the Atlantis expedition, but didn't go because she doesn't handle stress well. Instead, she took a position on the Prometheus, and was aboard during Prometheus's aborted attempt to reach the Pegasus galaxy. She apparently transferred to the Daedalus some time after that. See Novak for more detail. (SG1: Prometheus Unbound)

She wasn't happy to be asked to set up a site-to-site transport lock into a Hive ship, knowing it would be to send a bomb and that it would anger Hermiod -- the Asgard had put failsafes in the beaming technology to prevent them it from being used as a weapons platform. She did it, though, and did it again later when Weir and Caldwell decided to send the Daedalus out to attack a new wave of approaching hive ships before they could reach the Atlantis system. Hermiod got more used to the idea as they kept doing it. (The Siege part 3)

Equipment

Hyperdrive (Asgard)

Its Asgard hyperdrive allows it to make the trip between Earth and Atlantis in a matter of weeks -- 18 days on average, at 'regular' speeds -- without the help of a ZPM. A ZPM would push the travel time to just a few days. (The Siege part 3, The Intruder)

Life support

The life support systems are totally isolated from the other ship's systems to protect them. (The Intruder)

Shields

The shields are Asgard-enhanced. (The Siege part 3)

Transporter beam

Uses an Asgard sensor to lock onto its targets. The sensor is located in the ship's transmitter array. (The Intruder)

Missions

General info

The Daedalus's standard mission is to go back and forth between Earth and Atlantis, carrying supplies, personnel, etc. Each one-way trip takes just under three weeks.

First mission to Atlantis:

The first mission was specifically a rescue mission. The Daedalus was sent to help defend Atlantis against an invading force of Wraith hive ships. It made the trip in a matter of days, not weeks, with the help of a working ZPM tied into its hyperdrive engines. The ship, under Caldwell's command, successfully went after the remaining hive ships, destroying them. (The Siege part 3)

When new hive ships were spotted on distant approach, Caldwell took the Daedalus out to strike first. It worked, destroying two of the 12 new ships, but the Daedalus was damaged in the ensuing battle and had to run back to Atlantis and land for repairs. (The Siege part 3)

Caldwell agreed to use the ship as a refugee ship should the battle go badly (as they all expected it to), taking as many people as possible and heading back out into space. (The Siege part 3)

When the city managed to be cloaked instead, saving it from destruction, Caldwell and the Daedalus headed back for Earth so it could be used to bring the next wave of personnel and supplies to the city. (The Intruder)

Second mission to Atlantis:

The second trip to Atlantis was to bring the existing senior staff, along with the new personnel and supplies, back to the city. (The Intruder)

During the trip, people started dying when they got too close to figuring out malfunctions. Hermiod, digging around in the computer systems to try to find any sabotage, discovered a virus -- which was spreading from navigation to communications and propulsion, and rewriting itself as it spread. McKay ran the virus through a translation program and discovered that it was Wraith. (The Intruder)

It was discovered mainly in the navigational systems, which McKay deduced was the primary purpose -- it was meant to take control of the ship's navigation and bring it straight to the Wraith. (The Intruder)

It managed to transfer itself to the F-302 that Sheppard was flying to destroy the transmitter array, locking his controls so he couldn't return to the Daedalus. It sent him flying ever faster out into space.  He  had  to  be  beamed  back  aboard  the  Daedalus. (The Intruder)

The crew made several attempts to destroy the virus. (The Intruder)

The first attempt was a complete system shutdown and reboot, reloading everything from clean backups. It failed. The virus regained control and took over navigation, aiming the ship toward the coronasphere of the nearest sun, hoping to kill all the people aboard while leaving the ship intact for the Wraith. (The Intruder)

McKay figured out that the virus must have hidden in an F-302, and he and Sheppard went to pull all the memory from the 302s in the bay. The virus opened the bay doors to kill them before they could damage it, but Hermiod managed to put a forcefield up to hold the air in just barely long enough for them to yank out the memory from each ship and take shelter in the final one. That done, Hermiod did another complete shutdown and reboot -- which again failed, leaving the ship still on target for the coronasphere. (The Intruder)

Sheppard realized that they'd missed one ship -- the F-302 that he'd been trapped in and had to be beamed out of after taking out the transmitter array. With McKay in the second seat, he took their F-302 out and destroyed the virus-controlled ship, almost in the star's coronasphere. (The Intruder)

The virus was an AI, capable of adapting to new situations and defending itself. It killed Monroe and Lindstrom when they got too close to discovering it. (The Intruder)

Wraith

Wraith

History

War against Atlantis

The second hive ship was destroyed when Sheppard pointed a nuclear-warhead-carrying puddlejumper straight at it on a suicide run. (The Siege part 3)

The third (and last) hive ship was destroyed when the Daedalus managed to beam another warhead into it, detonating as soon as it arrived. (The Siege part 3)

The cruisers fled into hyperspace as soon as the final hive ship was destroyed, leaving behind a lot of darts which broke off from the Daedalus to attack Atlantis. They were on a kamikaze run, using a ballistic approach to impact the city at more than 10,000 kilometers per hour -- the city would be unable to withstand it. Seconds before impact, the city's shields went up, destroying all the darts with no damage to the city. (The Siege part 3)

Shortly after the three hive ships were destroyed, a second wave -- 12 hive ships strong, with their accompanying fleet -- started for Atlantis. According to what Teyla sensed from them, they were angry and worried that other worlds would hear of Atlantis's success, and they didn't want to risk that. They wanted to silence Atlantis. The Daedalus intercepted them at their final jump point before Atlantis (roughly 50 light years away) and took out two of the hive ships before the others knew what was happening. The remaining ships managed to block any more beam-ins, preventing the Daedalus from sending nukes aboard to destroy them. With the now-protected hive ships closing in, the Daedalus was forced to run for home. (The Siege part 3)

The Wraith took up station above the city and began bombarding it. Teyla made mental contact and convinced them that the Atlanteans were about to trigger a self-destruct to keep the city from falling into Wraith hands. When a nuke went off and the city vanished, the Wraith believed it had been destroyed, and left -- not realizing the nuke had been above the shield, and the city itself was cloaked. (The Siege part 3)

Interim moves

At some point during or just after the siege of Atlantis, the Wraith managed to get a computer virus aboard the Daedalus, designed to grow and change as needed as it took over most of the ship's controls. It was meant to bring the Daedalus to the Wraith, giving them access to its intergalactic hyperdrive and navigational information for Earth. (The Intruder)\

After several failed attempts, the Daedalus crew and the Atlantis personnel aboard managed to eradicate the virus, just before it killed them all in a sun's coronasphere. (The Intruder)

Culture

Runners

When the Wraith can't feed on a particular human (genetic sports, maybe?), they insert a tracking device into the person's back and set them free, then hunt them down for sport. (Runner)

Ronon Dex was a runner before Beckett took the tracking device out of him. (Runner)

Biology

Feeding

The chemical they exude is actually an enzyme, injected into the human to strengthen the body temporarily -- to keep the heart beating so they can continue to feed as long as possible. The enzyme is released slowly throughout the feeding process, to extend it as much as possible. (The Siege part 3)

Ships

Darts

The machine that dematerializes and rematerializes people (for culling and infiltrating) uses a specialized transformer that converts raw power into a stable, very specific stream of power. The transformer is crucial in operating the machinery. (Duet)

The dematerializing process seems to leave its victims stunned. (Duet)

Hive ships

The faster-than-light technology is more primitive than the Asgard-based hyperdrive aboard the Daedalus and other Earth ships -- it's slower and not as efficient, forcing the Wraith to move through hyperspace in a series of jumps. (The Siege part 3)

At some point after the initial attack on Atlantis, the hive ships gained the capability of blocking beam-ins from the Daedalus, to protect against being nuked from within. (The Siege part 3)

Technology

Computers

They are capable of writing computer viruses so sophisticated as to be effectively AIs. (The Intruder)

Handguns

These appear to be smaller, one-handed versions of the fullsize stunners. They also shoot energy, presumably also to stun rather than kill. (The Siege part 3)

Other races

Misc. races

Satedans

General info

Ronon Dex's people. (Runner)

A relatively technologically advanced civilization -- at least in terms of weaponry -- that appears to have been wiped out by the Wraith. (Runner)

Known Satedans

Ronon Dex

See Ronon for details.

Bits & Pieces

Nitpicks

Individual episodes:

The Siege part 3

How did Ford manage to fly the jumper through the stargate? He doesn't have the gene or the ATA gene therapy, so that jumper shouldn't have budged.

NB: I'm aware that TPTB said something about this somewhere -- but they never bothered to explain it in canon, which is where it counts.

The Intruder

Why didn't Teyla join the trip to Earth, as an ambassador from her people? (Or Halling, for that matter.) Considering how closely the Athosians are allied with the Atlantis expedition, it would have made sense to cement those ties with the homeworld when they had the chance.


Why, why, why did they give Weir a background as one of the world's most gifted diplomatic negotiators if they were just going to write her as someone without the faintest idea of how to handle people? Honest to god -- questioning Caldwell's decision in front of other people, especially Sheppard, especially after everything that happened on Earth about Sheppard getting command of Atlantis? WTF? It comes across as smug and taunting, and could have been so easily avoided if she'd had the first clue how to treat people. And then to actually taunt him about not having gotten the job he wanted, thus implying that he's deliberately doing his job poorly in retribution?? Jesus christ. Who DOES that? What sort of diplomat/negotiator treats someone so shittily, especially when that person is her (and her community's) literal lifeline? Caldwell wasn't being unprofessional there, SHE was.


I don't even know what to say about the notion of a smug (again!) civilian telling a general that he's just going to have to promote someone, because Weir refuses to accept a military decision about a military posting, and wants the general to do exactly what she wants - and then threatening him with her 'I have the support of the president and our foreign allies'. Gahhhh! Where is the diplomacy, the negotiating skill, the delicacy, the freaking basic level of professionalism that any adult should have, much less one in her position? She is damn lucky that the military officers she taunts and mocks and stomps over are professionals, and act like it.


Why didn't Rodney have Hermiod beam Lindstrom back aboard the ship as soon as he was jettisoned out the airlock? It's possible to survive being spaced for a brief period -- he might have been saved.


In fairness I suppose I should gripe about Caldwell's somewhat snotty explanation that he couldn't trust any of the civilians since he had no say in vetting them, especially since it was so clearly directed at Weir -- but given what she'd been saying to him all along, I give him a complete pass on that little bit of attitude. Especially since confining a big chunk of the ship's population to quarters would help streamline the process of finding the saboteur, given what they thought/knew to that point.


Why did Sheppard -- who's never mentioned being checked out on the F-302 -- take the fighter out to destroy the transmitter array? It would have been smarter to send an actual F-302 pilot.

Yeah, I know, it's more dramatic if the show's lead is in the dangerous situation. But where Jack O'Neill or Cameron Mitchell would be the logical choice to take a 302 out in a situation like this -- Jack flew the 301 and flew 302s before anyone else, and Mitchell was a 302 pilot before joining SG-1 -- Sheppard's never been shown to have even sat in the cockpit of one before. And 'I can fly anything' is a nice thought, but not really true, so much. Every cockpit has its own controls, every model has its own quirks. The 302, especially, is a hybrid of Earth and modified Goa'uld tech, which Sheppard is unfamiliar with.

Why was he beamed back standing up? Asgard beams generally leave you in whatever you position you were taken in.

How did he gain enough experience in an F-302 to be able to fly it on the edge of a sun's coronasphere with no nagivational aids whatsoever? They don't appear to have been back on Earth for more than a couple of weeks, at best, and a good chunk of that time would have involved being debriefed, his promotion ceremony, traveling to and talking to Ford's cousin, etc. Not a lot of time to become an expert.

Runner

What's with naming planets with a 'P' all of a sudden? Stick to one naming convention -- P for Milky Way planets, and M for Pegasus galaxy planets (... absurd though that actually is, at least it's consistent).


Funny though it was to watch McKay struggling in the radiation suit while all the military personnel toughed it out in their uniforms, the truth is, they were all incredibly stupid not to be wearing hats (preferably with cloth flaps hanging down over their necks) to protect themselves from the sun.

 

 

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