Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3, Episode 7

Common Ground (25 Aug. 2006)

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John Sheppard is kidnapped by the Genii and is in the company of a Wraith.



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Episode cast overview:
Chuck Campbell ...
Genii Soldier
Geoff Redknap ...
Old Sheppard


Sheppard is taken prisoner by his old nemesis, Commander Kolya of the Genii. He finds himself in a dungeon occupying a cell next to a Wraith who says he has been there a very long time. Kolya had expected to become the leader of the Genii but was ousted by Ladon Radim and is now a renegade. He contacts Atlantis and has a simple proposition for Dr. Weir: hand over Ladon Radim, with whom Weir has entered into a truce, and Sheppard will be freed. Weir flatly refuses so Kolya allows the Wraith to feed off Sheppard for a few seconds at a time, and he begins to age dramatically as a result. He broadcasts Sheppard's torture sessions to Atlantis so they can see the result of Weir's decision. While Weir and the others on Atlantis try desperately to find the planet where Kolya is keeping Sheppard prisoner, the Colonel forms a strange bond with the Wraith who work together to escape. The Wraith also shows him a power that no one from Atlantis knew they had. Written by garykmcd

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The tattoo around the left eye of "Todd the Wraith" is a tribute to Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" make-up. Frehley was a big fan of the wraith. See more »


In the beginning of the episode, after the credits, the Genii people hand over their weapons to the Atlantis team. In this scene, there's a German soldier taking a weapon from one of the Genii soldiers. His flag patch on his left shoulder is upside down. See more »


Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: You have no idea where the stargate is, do you?
Male Wraith: It was many years ago.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: Way to go, John - listening to a Wraith!
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So Wraith CAN agree with their food source!
5 August 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite episodes on Atlantis. There is not a single detail I find boring in it (I particularly love Sheppard being unexpectedly harpooned back from the Gate), and it introduces or reintroduces several savory characters.

Things are really becoming personal between Sheppard and Kolya, but you have to shiver at the lengths the Genii commander is willing to go just out of spite. So far, we've never seen someone survive a Wraith feeding (except Ford, but we don't wish his fate on Sheppard either). To make things even more chilling, the SFX showing Sheppard's gradual aging are really well-done, and become absolutely terrifying at the end. So I pity poor Weir who has to let her friend suffer that just for the sake of honoring a rather shaky alliance. Part of what makes the episode work is that we really watch Atlantis (and the Genii) do their utmost to rescue Sheppard -so their failure is all the more frustrating.

But the best part of it all, obviously, is Sheppard and his fellow prisoner. It is not an easy plot to carry out, having two mortal foes bond against a common enemy --especially considering that one of them is being used to torture the other. But it works, in part because of the clever way in which we first get to empathise with the Wraith before discovering his identity (just as with Michael, but this time the shock is on Sheppard: very nice scene there, btw.) So it's a credit to Sheppard's strength of character that, besides surviving a Wraith's feeding, he should also manage to lift his spirits. The two of them actually make a rather good team, even though that may be only due to their exhaustion. But then, the Wraith is also pretty unusual himself, actually treating a human as an equal, holding his end of the bargain and even doing his best to spare him. For the first time, you find yourself wanting to know more about the Wraith, especially after the final twist, which could potentially change a lot in the future. I guess that's what you call food for thought (pun totally intended).

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