Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3, Episode 15

The Game (11 May 2007)

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The Atlantis team finds a program in the Atlantis database which throws Mckay and Sheppard into a Simsesque game that could destroy two civilizations in the Pegasus Galaxy.



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Since soon after their arrival in Atlantis some 2 years ago, McKay and Sheppard have been playing a computer game. The game has two civilizations, separated by a river, with McKay and Sheppard tasked to see who can build the better society. McKay's approach is give his society more and better technology while Sheppard's solution is to increase the size of his society's army. They soon learn however that what they have been playing is not a game, but real societies who, until their intervention, lived in a state of peaceful co-existence. After nearly two years of meddling however, they are now on the verge of war. Written by garykmcd

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Sheppard and McKay think they're playing a simulation game where they build competing societies. Over the last two years, both societies have taken on the philosophies and worldviews of the "players." McKay's society has been focused on technological and intellectual development. Sheppard's society has been focused on military strength.

The differences between the two turn out to be real--they've been directing the growth of two real societies, and the two societies are close to open warfare.

The conflict mirrors the constant back-and-forth between McKay and Sheppard. Sheppard always approaches problems and opportunities from a military perspective while McKay always approaches the same from a technological perspective. Both approaches have merits, but both also have problems. You can see this in how the two leaders of the opposing societies sound like echoes of McKay and Sheppard.

The real treat in this episode is Dr. Weir playing the role of a stern Mom trying to get obstinate brothers to get along.

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