Stargate: Atlantis: Season 4, Episode 4

Doppelganger (19 Oct. 2007)

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While exploring a new planet, Sheppard started to watch a strange crystal. He doesn't know why, but he had to touch it. Back on Atlantis, everybody but him started to have some bad nightmares.

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After John Sheppard is drawn to and touches a crystalline substance on a planet he and his team are exploring, several members of the expedition begin to have nightmares. Teyla dreams that Sheppard turns into a Wraith and feeds on her; and Dr. Jennifer Keller dreams she is called to sick bay to treat Teyla who is in excruciating pain while Sheppard looks on, apparently enjoying her suffering. Sheppard himself is fine but when the nightmares begin to spread to other members of the crew and one dies as a result of what happens in her dream, finding a solution takes on an even greater sense of urgency. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Jennifer Keller: [Keller is describing her nightmare] It was terrifying. There you were with this disgusting alien bug crawling out of your stomach, and Colonel Sheppard was acting like it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen.
Ronon Dex: That sounds like that movie.
Dr. Jennifer Keller: Yeah, Alien. Have you seen it?
Teyla Emmagan: Colonel Sheppard speaks of it often.
Dr. Rodney McKay: I still remember the first time I saw it. Certainly did not think it was cool.
Dr. Jennifer Keller: One time in med school, I made the mistake of confiding to my partner in biology class that it had caused my ...
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Sweet dreams
29 August 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

It seems that we're back to a "alien-of-the-week" format for now. This means that nothing too significant will happen today, and honestly the basic idea for the plot is none too original, but this is still a pretty watchable episode.

This time Atlantis has to deal with an entity that feeds on fear, inspiring everybody with rather freaky nightmares, some of which reflect "real-life" perils, such as the Replicators or Sheppard's transformation into a bug. (I find Teyla's nightmare particularly fascinating, as Sheppard will hallucinate a rather similar setting at the beginning of season 5.) Also, the fact that every single illusion includes a really weird version of Sheppard adds a nice and unexpected twist to the team's investigation. Still, on the whole the nightmares regrettably say very little about the characters' hidden fears and traumas --at least until the last part: those last 10mn are the most interesting of the whole, as the team finally find a way to fight back. Once again, I am amazed at how great Rodney and Sheppard are together; against all odds, they are the ultimate team, making up for each other's weaknesses and doubts. I find their willingness to rescue each other at all cost very touching. (And: Moby Dick as a pet peeve?! I wish there had been someone to analyse that for us --oh, wait, there *used to* be... Atlantis really has had an awful casualty rate recently)

Apart from that very good scene, frankly, this is not one of the best episodes. It lacks a bit in the comedic department, and I regret that Carter gets little to do since this was a good opportunity to introduce her a bit better. Still, you don't get bored watching Doppelganger, so it is still worth a viewing.


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