Stargate: Atlantis: Season 2, Episode 4

Duet (5 Aug. 2005)

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After an attempt to retrieve McKay and soldier Laura Cadman from the memory banks of a Wraith dart, Cadman gets stuck in McKay's mind.



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An away team is investigating a planet, when suddenly a Wraith dart arrives. Major Sheppard and his team are able to shoot it down, but not before McKay and a soldier, Laura Cadman are scooped up. As there is not enough power in the Wraith dart to re-materialize them both, only McKay is taken out. He passes out immediately and awakens on Atlantis. There is something wrong however. Cadman has appeared in his mind. She is able to see and hear what he does and speak to him, driving him mad. After a meeting with psychologist Heightmeyer, Cadman realizes she also can take over McKay's body. While Zelenka works on a solution, major Sheppard tries to convince Ronon Dex to join forces and convince Weir that he is a worthy addition. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first episode where the new opening credits, without Rainbow Francks but featuring Jason Momoa and Paul McGillion, are shown. The first three episodes of season two had the same opening credits as season one. See more »


When talking to Ronon Dex, Dr. Weir refers to Sheppard as a Major, when in fact he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel a few episodes previously. See more »


Dr. Carson Beckett: You have a date, Rodney? With a woman?
Dr. Rodney McKay: It is simply two adults sharing some friendly... yes, with a woman!
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Wasted Potential
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The Cadman character is written as a projection of male gynophobia. She nags constantly, has no boundaries, no respect for McKay or his privacy, emasculates him at every opportunity, directly assumes control of his body against his will, and seems far more concerned with meddling in his life (especially his love life) than anything else. Even before sharing his body, the show makes sure to establish that she gossips about men with the other women, as though women don't have better things to talk about.

An actual woman thrust into such a situation would not be such a one-dimensional caricature. She would be genuinely horrified by her situation and be quite a bit less given to the shrill nagging and relationship meddling that many men seem to think women are all about.

The saving grace for the episode (and why I give it a 5) is that it does occasionally manage to be funny, and while Hewlett overdoes it a bit when playing Cadman, it does at least look like they had a good time with it. If the episode were considerably funnier, I'd give it a higher score, but the gender conflict is tired and predictable.

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