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After McKay discovers that a mist covering an alien planet can be used as a powerful energy source for the Stargate, the expedition is able to dial back to the SGC. Told that the Prometheus is being outfitted with Asgard hyperdrives capable of quickly returning them to the Pegasus Galaxy, members of the expedition return to Earth. However, their hopes of returning to Atlantis are shattered when they are informed that due to an accident aboard the Prometheus, they can't go back.

Now separated from Atlantis and stuck on Earth, the team finds strange changes in the things they see and encounter there; the friends and people they knew at the SGC are acting differently than expected.

Sheppard begins to suspect what is really going on, but how can he determine if he is correct?

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 109
Airdate: Friday September 10th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Dec 07, 2004
UK (sky 1) Dec 07, 2004

Guest Stars
Garwin SanfordGarwin Sanford
As Simon Wallis
Don S. DavisDon S. Davis
As Lieutenant General George S. Hammond

Co-Guest Stars
Edmond WongEdmond Wong
As Atlantis Technician
Gary Jones (1)Gary Jones (1)
As Sgt. Walter Harriman
Lynda RileyLynda Riley
As Brunette
Nicole RudellNicole Rudell
As Doctor
Robert Wolfgang WeissRobert Wolfgang Weiss
As Scientist (as Robert Weiss)
Main Cast
Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan
As Major / Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard


A team from Atlantis visits M5S224, a planet that hosts a stargate, a number of stelae (small stone pillers) and nothing else, anywhere. The planet is devoid of all signs of life and surrounded by a boundless mist. It is an uninteresting world, except for the strange energy field that seems as pervasive as the mist. The team prepares to leave over the strident objects of McKay who wishes to study the place under the rubric of pure research. Sheppard overrules him and the team dials out. That’s when McKay discovers something extraordinary. This particular gate draws power from the strange energy field - a planetary sized field that contains more than enough energy to establish a wormhole to Earth...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the only appearance of Don S. Davis (General Hammond) on the series.

Episode Quotes
Lt. Ford: I've never seen so much nothing.
Maj. Sheppard: And I've never walked so far to see it.

Dex: You shot me!
Maj. Sheppard: (still pointing the gun) You're already dead!
Lt. Ford: Sir, gimme...
Maj. Sheppard: I'm beginning to have my doubts about you too, Lieutenant. I wouldn't put them to a test. (takes a swig of beer) Now, somebody explain to me what the hell is going on here!

[After months away from his home on Earth]
Answering Machine Voice: You have no new messages.
Dr. McKay: Hmm... Must have been a power failure or something.

Gen. Hammond: Major Sheppard seemed uniquely capable of manipulating his own fabricated reality.
Maj. Sheppard: When I think about the scenarios I could have thought up, I’d kick myself.

Rodney: So none of this is real? The cute brunette... of course. I should have known! How do you go from “You’re a pig, but I like your cat,” to “I missed you?”

Dr. McKay: As long as we have the control crystal, I can make the other gate work,
Dr. Weir: You’re suggesting remove it from our DHD and bring to M5S224?
Dr. McKay: Yes.
Dr. Weir: Isn’t that risky?
Dr. McKay: I’ll be fine.
Major Sheppard: I think she means in terms of breaking our own gate…

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrad Wright  |  Robert C. Cooper
Executive ProducerJoseph Mallozzi  |  Paul Mullie
MusicJoel Goldsmith
OtherJoel Goldsmith (Main Title Theme)
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