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Stargate Atlantis: The Daedalus Variations

The team is sent through a series of deadly alternate realities caused by a drive malfunction aboard a mysterious duplicate Daedalus, in which they encounter sinister alien lifeforms, a searing sun, and a space battle for Atlantis.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x4
Airdate: Friday August 01st, 2008

Director: Andy Mikita
Writer: Alan McCullough

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Movie Network) Aug 04, 2008
UK (sky 1) Sep 10, 2008
Ireland Sep 10, 2008


Guest Stars
Kavan SmithKavan Smith
As Major Lorne
David NyklDavid Nykl
As Dr. Radek Zelenka

Co-Guest Stars
Chuck Campbell (1)Chuck Campbell (1)
As Chuck
Annalise MaccullochAnnalise Macculloch
As Torren
Tracy WaterhouseTracy Waterhouse
As Commander Sobel
Main Cast
Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan
As Major / Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard
David HewlettDavid Hewlett
As Doctor Rodney McKay
Rachel LuttrellRachel Luttrell
As Teyla Emmagan
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
As Ronon Dex


On Atlantis, McKay is telling Sheppard that Teyla is hiding her baby from him. They detect a ship out in space, appearing from nowhere. They identify it as the Daedalus, which was last logged as heading back to Earth. They try to communicate with it and get no response: McKay determines there are no life signs on board...

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Episode Notes
Jewel Staite and Robert Picardo don't appear.

Episode Quotes
(talking about Teyla’s baby)
Rodney: I was dropped like a dozen times when I was a kid.
Sheppard: Well, that explains a lot. Why do you care? You don’t even like kids.
Rodney: It’s the principal of the thing.

Sheppard: Have you made any progress?
Rodney: As a matter of fact, yes we have.
Sheppard: "We"?
Rodney: Me and the other McKay, who unsurprisingly is a genius.

Sheppard: So what do we do? Can we just throw this thing in reverse?
Rodney: Uh, yeah, it's a little more complicated than that. The first problem is navigation. They developed a coordinate system to identify the various realities and allow them to get back, but obviously that didn't work.
Sheppard: Obviously.
Rodney: That's not what bothers me.
Sheppard: Well, it kind of bothers me.

Teyla: Colonel, Atlantis is back, I'm picking it up on the sensors.
Sheppard: You know how to work this stuff?
Teyla: The last time the Daedalus was in orbit Major Marks generously offered to give... (glares at Ronon) ...both of us some preliminary training.
Ronon: I was busy

Rodney: In a spectacular feat of multi-dimensional mathematics, I have discovered a way to send the ship back along the path it previously traveled bypassing the navigation system all together.
Sheppard: Wait a minute, you're talking about putting this thing in reverse?
Rodney: Exactly.
Sheppard: I just suggested that two hours ago.
Rodney: And naturally I dismissed it out of hand. But then I realized that, including the original designer, not one but two versions of myself have failed to make this work. I had to think not like me. In fact, I had to think the opposite of me, and it doesn't get more opposite than you.
Sheppard: …I'll take that as a compliment.

Ronon: Arg!!! (hits weapon control buttons)
Sheppard: Easy, Chewy, those buttons are your friends. Just keep trying!
Ronon: I'm trying!!

Alternate Sheppard: All right, that looks like the last of them. So, what happens now?
Sheppard: Well we go our own ways.
Alternate Sheppard: Just like that?
Sheppard: Pretty much.
Alternate Sheppard: Well, the thing is we do have a few questions. See, the Daedalus we know was destroyed two years ago in a battle with the Replicators.
Sheppard: Sorry to hear that. This isn't exactly our Daedalus we're just borrowing it for a while.
Alternate Sheppard: Okay, I have no idea what that means.
Sheppard: Like I said, it's a long story.

Alternate Sheppard: All right, Daedalus, good luck.
Sheppard: Thank you, Colonel. And one last thing, it's been a pleasure. You're obviously a man of great integrity, and a dedicated commander, and a very skilled pilot.
(Ronon looks disgusted)
Alternate Sheppard: Well, that's funny. I was going to say the same to you.

(to Rodney, holding her baby)
Teyla: I think you'll make an excellent father someday.
Sheppard: I've seen a lot of scary things in my time, but that thought scares me the most.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrad Wright  |  Robert C. Cooper
Executive ProducerMartin Gero  |  Carl Binder  |  N. John Smith  |  Paul Mullie  |  Joseph Mallozzi  |  Robert C. Cooper  |  Brad Wright
Supervising ProducerAlan McCullough
ProducerAndy Mikita  |  John G. Lenic
Associate ProducerJennifer Johnson (1)
Production DesignerJames Robbins
EditorBrad Rines
CastingPaul Weber  |  Jennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
MusicJoel Goldsmith  |  Neal Acree
Music EditorRick Chadock
Location ManagerLorne Davidson
Transportation CoordinatorDavid R. Anderson
Assistant EditorRyan Malone
Re-Recording MixerKelly Cole  |  Kevin Belen  |  Hugo Delacerda
OtherLawren Bancroft-Wilson (Executive Producers' Assistant)  |  Joel Goldsmith (Main Title Theme)  |  Julie Rieder (Production Accountant)  |  Mark Savela (Visual Effects Supervisor)
Director of PhotographyMichael C. Blundell  |  Jim Menard
Stunt CoordinatorJames Bamford
Post Production CoordinatorKerry McDowall
Production ManagementJohn G. Lenic
Sound EditorKirby Jinnah
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