The entire city locks down for a false quarantine, leaving people stranded with a decreasing amount of oxygen, while Rodney is unable to reach a computer.



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It's a big day for Rodney McKay who has decided to propose to Katie Brown. Before he can get the words out of his mouth however, alarms sound and he and Katie find themselves trapped in her lab with no way of communicating with anyone. They aren't the only ones trapped however as all of Atlantis seems to have been locked down as part of an automatic quarantine procedure. Sheppard and Teyla are trapped and his biggest worry seems to be that she might go into premature labor; Samantha Carter and Radek Zalenka are stuck in an elevator; and Ronon and Jennifer Keller are trapped in the infirmary. Things go from bad to worse when the system activates it's ultimate defense against an infection - the city's self destruct mechanism. With the computers down, no one knows just how long they have to shut down the city's main power supply, the only way to prevent catastrophe. Written by garykmcd

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18 January 2008 (USA)  »

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This episode mentions the number 42 as the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. See more »


McKay implemented a highly flawed security protocol update which was not thought through by a long shot, on his own authority, without even mentioning it to the base commander, let alone seek permission. At the very least, he should face an inquiry and probably some punishment. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: One must always be on guard, you know, always looking out for the potholes. Now, you can call me a catastrophist, but it's a necessary burden I bear.
Dr. Katie Brown: A mindset like that and a person would live in a constant state of worry and fear.
Dr. Rodney McKay: You forgot despair.
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References Batman (1966) See more »


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Why filler episode?
24 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Episode starts out as a lock-down occurs and the base is 'quarantined' as the doctor calls it. She assumes it is because of a disease outbreak but it turns out (in the end) that it is just a malfunction. The base is now on some sort of self-destruct that must be turned off manually.

I call this episode filler because nothing interesting happens! No personal development: Doc and Ronon are stuck together and some sort of romance is briefly hinted at but nothing more; Radek and Samantha stuck together in elevator; McKay and Katie stuck together in her lab...he almost proposes then wimps out...this was the only area where some personal development may have occurred but annoying Rodney wimps out and I believe she dumps him at the end.

Again, unless I missed something (which is entirely possible!) nothing happens in this episode at all!

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