Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3, Episode 11

The Return: Part 2 (13 Apr. 2007)

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The team returns to Atlantis in an attempt to regain control of the city.



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Apparently able to reprogram their base code, the Replicators have attacked and defeated the Ancients who had only recently taken over control of the city. General O'Neil and Richard Woolsey had stayed behind to negotiate with the Ancients and are hiding out in a remote part of the city. It doesn't really matter however since O'Neil's standing orders are that Atlantis is to be destroyed with a nuclear device should it ever be taken over by hostile forces. Sheppard, Weir, McKay and Beckett collect Teyla and Ronon Dex en route and devise a plan to surreptitiously enter the city and rescue their colleagues. If they are to be successful McKay will also have to find a way to destroy the Replicators before they reprogram themselves and make their weapons useless. Written by garykmcd

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When General O'Neill has to release the dead mans switch to drain the water from the Jumper bay, the third time he swims down, as he approaches the console he pushes on the switch, the camera closes in tight and he has yet to reach the console. While he may have let go and swam around, the switch was a slow release, so it should have still been pushed forward. See more »


Richard Woolsey: That sounded like another explosion.
Major General Jack O'Neill: Yes, yes it did.
Richard Woolsey: What does that mean?
Major General Jack O'Neill: Something exploded.
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According to one of the other reviewers, there are two plot holes. However, they are thoroughly incorrect.

First, when Shepherd was avoiding the drones fired on the jumper by the Replicators, he dove under water, ceasing the drones chase. This does not mean that the drones cannot operate under water as the previous reviewer points out. This merely means the drones didn't chase them under water. Maybe the Replicator controlling the drones didn't know where they went, maybe they didn't think the drones could operate in water, or maybe they drones were tracking the ship by themselves and couldn't lock-on to them when they submerged, who knows. Definitely not a "hole" enough to ruin the story.

Secondly, in regards to the claim that the Replicators were "immune" to the weapons, that is simply incorrect. When Ronan was shooting the Replicators right before their capture, he was using his own pistol (notice the RED blast, not blue). Every instance they used the anti- Replicator guns, they worked. Furthermore, their anti-Rep guns weren't even operational since they took the crystals out to rig the final attack using Atlantis' shield.

I find no plot holes in these episodes. "The Return" contains some of the best writing out of all the Stargate series. After seeing the entirety of SG-1 and the episodes leading up to this in Atlantis the plots are fairly predictable. "The Return" had me guessing till the end, and didn't end up like I expected. Well done!

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