"Stargate: Atlantis" Childhood's End (TV Episode 2004) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • The away teams investigates a strange energy reading when suddenly the puddle jumper's systems collapse. No technology seems to be working anymore. They soon find a civilization of very young people. Their leader Keras tells no one is older than 24 and that on their 25th birthday everybody commits suicide. They believe that will keep the Wraith away, because they aren't interested in them. Rodney has a different idea, he finds the civilization is contained in a field powered by an almost depleted ZPM. He thinks they aren't coming anymore because none of their technology is working inside the field.

    - Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)
  • While on a first visit to a planet, a puddle jumper crashes when it is affected by an electro-magnetic field. The team finds a colony made up mostly of children and young adults and where the "elders" seem to be in their early 20's. There is a good reason for the current make up of the colony: they believe that it is ritual sacrifice - the shield is unknown to them - that is keeping the Wraith away and as a result everyone voluntarily commits suicide on their 25th birthday. With the colony's current elder on the eve of his own 25th birthday, Sheppard and Rodney McKay have to find a way to convince them that the shield exists and they needn't sacrifice themselves to keep the Wraith away.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Rodney investigates a ZPM from a planet whose inhabitants kill themselves when they turned 25 years old to prevent the Wraiths from finding them profitable.

    - Written by Anonymous


Sheppard, Ford, McKay, and Teyla approach a planet but the Puddle Jumper crashes due to electromagnetic interference...

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