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"Stargate: Atlantis" Tabula Rasa (2007)

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Stargate: Atlantis: Season 4: Episode 6 -- With almost everyone on Atlantis infected by an amnesia-causing virus, McKay (David Hewlett) finds himself zap-strapped to his desk with cryptic letters on his arm and no memories of who he is or what has happened.


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Original Air Date:
2 November 2007 (Season 4, Episode 6)
Rodney McKay awakens in his lab, tied to a chair and with no memory of who or where he is. He did seemingly... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Different Take On A Common Sci-Fi/Fantasy Theme. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Martin Wood 
Writing credits
Brad Wright (created by) &
Robert C. Cooper (created by)

Alan McCullough (written by)

Produced by
Carl Binder .... co-executive producer
Robert C. Cooper .... executive producer
Martin Gero .... co-executive producer
Jennifer Johnson .... associate producer
John G. Lenic .... producer
Joseph Mallozzi .... executive producer
Alan McCullough .... co-producer
Andy Mikita .... producer
Paul Mullie .... executive producer
N. John Smith .... executive producer
Martin Wood .... supervising producer
Brad Wright .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
James Alfred Menard (director of photography) (as Jim Menard)
Film Editing by
Rick Martin 
Casting by
Paul Weber 
Production Design by
James Robbins  (as James C.D. Robbins)
Art Direction by
Melanie Cassidy 
Thom Wells (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Mark Davidson 
Robert Davidson 
Costume Design by
Valerie Halverson 
Makeup Department
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Marisa Cappellaro .... hair stylist
Leah Ehman .... makeup artist
Brenda Turner .... hair stylist
Nicholas Podbrey .... special effects makeup coordinator (uncredited)
Production Management
Lorne Davidson .... unit manager
John G. Lenic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Eathorne .... second assistant director
Alex Pappas .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andras Bagoly .... assistant property master
Patrick Booker .... lead carpenter
Steve Craine .... paint coordinator
Kenny Gibbs .... property master (as Kenny L. Gibbs)
Trevor Purvis .... set dresser
Scott Wellenbrink .... construction coordinator
Gordon Bellamy .... supervisor: prop makers, sculptors, model makers (uncredited)
Aaron Jordan .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Sean McGee .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Darren Moore .... lead greensperson (uncredited)
Regan Steele .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... re-recording mixer
Glen Noseworthy .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Sands .... sound mixer
Steve Smith .... sound designer
Matthew Wilson .... sound editor
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor (uncredited)
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Belinda Pattison .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ian Robinson .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wray J. Douglas .... special effects coordinator (as Wray Douglas)
Bill Pankiw .... special effects
Greg Pyne .... special effects
Shawn Ronzio .... fabricator
Dan Rebert .... creature effects supervisor: Masters FX LA (uncredited)
Dan Rebert .... prosthetic supervisor: Masters FX LA (uncredited)
Mike Splatt .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Justin Gladden .... visual effects producer
Janice Groom .... in house visual effects shop coordinator
Sonia Henkel .... visual effects coordinator (as Sonia Gilmore)
Jonathan MacPherson .... visual effects on-set technician
Krista McLean .... playback supervisor
James Rorick .... visual effects supervisor
Riley Benard .... digital compositor: Rainmaker VFX (uncredited)
Justin Brekke .... digital film I/O technician: Rainmaker (uncredited)
Pauline Burns .... visual effects production manager (uncredited)
Chris Derochie .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Debora Dunphy .... digital compositing artist (uncredited)
Debora Dunphy .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Peter Hart .... lead matchmove artist (uncredited)
Jeremy Kehler .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Anuj Patil .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Luke Vallee .... digital compositor (uncredited)
James Bamford .... stunt coordinator
Duane Dickinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Lani Gelera .... stunt double: Rachel Luttrell (uncredited)
Rob Hayter .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Bittner .... chief lighting technician
Brendan Chalmers .... second assistant camera
Greg Fox .... camera operator
Ryan Purcell .... camera operator
George Ramage .... lighting board op
Miles Schick .... leadman grip
Simon Smith .... dolly grip
Ted Smith .... first assistant camera
John Zulinski .... key grip
John Carron .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
James S. Harvey .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Ian Prince .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sean Cossey .... casting: Canada
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Jennifer Lurey .... casting assistant (uncredited)
J.J. Ogilvy .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Chan .... costume cutter
Koreen Heaver .... assistant costume designer
Zina Richardson .... set costumer
Roma Wnuk .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Kerry McDowall .... post-production coordinator
Steve McLeod .... assistant editor
Troy MacNeill .... post-production technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Neal Acree .... composer: additional music
Rick Chadock .... music editor
Joel Goldsmith .... composer: main title theme
Transportation Department
David R. Anderson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tanja Balic .... production coordinator
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson .... assistant to executive producer
Pauline Hooge .... production accountant
Carol Horn .... legal counsel
Annie Jackson .... production staff
Alex Levine .... script coordinator
David Magee .... production coordinator
Terry J. Murray .... script supervisor (as Terry Murray)
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Julie Anne Rieder .... production accountant (as Julie Rieder)
Carole Appleby .... promotions coordinator (uncredited)
Melanie Callaghan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brynn Kinnee .... background coordinator (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert C. Cooper  creator
Brad Wright  creator

Makeup Department
James Dean Patten .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bamford .... second unit director (one episode)
Sound Department
Kevin Konarzewski .... adr mixer (various episodes)
Visual Effects by
Elaine Fung .... rotoscope artist
John Gajdecki .... visual effects supervisor: pilot episode

Additional Details

44 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | DTS (5.1 surround)

Did You Know?

A framed pictured of Teal'c (Christopher Judge) is clearly visible behind Dr. Keller while she is telling everyone about the disease.See more »
Continuity: (at around 27 mins) McKay is confronted by Major Lorne and his men. When McKay turns around and they show him from the front his tablet PC is in his right hand. The next shot looks over McKay's shoulder and shows Lorne firing a stunner at McKay with the tablet PC in his left hand. Then the tablet PC ends up an improbably long way to the right from where McKay dropped it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Memento (2000)See more »
Main TitleSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Different Take On A Common Sci-Fi/Fantasy Theme., 26 August 2013
Author: SharonTheHarper from United Kingdom

It seems that every series with a sci-fi and/or fantastical basis has a 'Tabula Rasa' type of episode, often with that very title, as here.

Where this episode differs from other shows' interpretations is in not playing it for laughs by homing in on the changed dynamics between characters, as usually seems to be the case. There are the odd comic moments but they're very brief and light. Instead, this version of the subject uses a more 'realistic' focus - how frightening and disorienting it must be to find yourself in that situation.

The cause and the cure for the problem are similarly 'realistic' and simple, given the premise for the show.

These points lift the episode from being too similar from the treatments of the idea that we've seen so often before, and therefore very watchable.

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