Stargate: Atlantis: Season 2, Episode 18

Michael (24 Feb. 2006)

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Michael Kenmore, a new lieutenant, awakes in the infirmary and doesn't remember a thing. The crew is very concerned about his well-being, he seems different.

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Michael Kenmore, a new lieutenant, awakes in the infirmary and doesn't remember a thing. Only the words Wraith and Atlantis have some meaning to him. He is told he was part of Sheppard's team and was captured by the Wraith, who did something to him. There is something weird about Kenmore however. The crew seems overly concerned about his well-being and he is monitored at all times. It seems like he's the most important thing Atlantis has to deal with at the moment. The crew's talks to him don't look spontaneous and Ronon seems to absolute despise him. At night Kenmore has terrible dreams about the Wraith and from the reactions of the crew soon gets the feeling there's something different about him. He tries to find out what it is. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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When Michael first enters his room and picks up the picture of his parents, the laptop in the table has it's screen down. In the next shot, Sheppard is looking at Michael through the security camera and the same laptop has its screen up. See more »

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Dr. Rodney McKay: Hey, what happened to the, uhm, to the blue jello? My favourite - all of a sudden it's off the menu. What gives?
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Is this the stupidest episode of the entire SGA series
18 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the show is well finished and I'm currently working through a few episodes a night I absolve myself from providing a few spoilers.

While the production and acting by the whole cast is not in question what I do have to question is the whimsy of the direction and the script writers abilities to develop a long term story arc without throwing in anomalies like the Michael episode.

In the previous episode both Weir and Shepherd were getting heavy about the morality of the Genai's relatively "bloodless coo" that overthrew a nuclear powered war mongering leadership with intent to cause even more mayhem in the Pegasus galaxy. The same Genai that set them up and were ready to let their own people be sacrificed for the cause.

Now we find that nice Scottish chappie actually advocating a Dr. Josef Mengele type experiment on a non consenting Wraith. Not happy at just altering his form they steal his memories and even get the SGA psychologist to lie to her patient who is in her trust. There is no ambiguity who are the bad guys in this episode just the question how did it happen overnight. Hippocratic oath be damned!! The part of the Wraith was well played by Connor Trinneer and I can see why he got the role as Trip in Enterprise. His portrayal of someone without even an identity to call his own and who has become nothing but a lab experiment is played with sincerity all the way through.

The biggest hole in the story for me, because it was manipulated to bring season 2 to a climatic end was that they gave him access to Stargate Atlantis then decide when he justifiably kicks up his heels that they should put him off world at a secondary base.

Now what is their current defence against the Wraith, maybe the fact that they believe Atlantis has been destroyed? Wouldn't it have made more sense to have him off world at first and bring him to Atlantis only if the experiment worked. So instead of ending Michael and the experiment they give him minimal guarding and are surprised when he escapes with all their secrets in his head.

So after 40 episodes in I do have to ask myself did this episode intentionally take a harpoon to the head as the director assumed that goldfish were watching the show and that they would forget after a few episodes in series 3 how contrived this episode was?


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