Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)

Hot Zone 

A team of scientists, including McKay, Zelenka and Ford, are exposed to a deadly virus. Sheppard goes after one of the scientists trying to escape.


Mario Azzopardi


Brad Wright (created by), Robert C. Cooper (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Major John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Rainbow Sun Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
Craig Veroni ... Dr. Peter Grodin
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Dean Marshall ... Sgt. Bates
Damon Johnson Damon Johnson ... Peterson
Lindsay Collins ... Dr. Biro
Nahanni Arntzen Nahanni Arntzen ... Dumais
Peter Grier Peter Grier ... Hays
Michelle Addison Michelle Addison ... Johnson
Allison Graham ... Lt. Crown


McKay, Zelenka and Ford and a team of scientists are inspecting a section of the city flooded during the storm, but everything appears to be just fine. When they plan to return, two team members are missing. Over the radio they seem to be frightened by something and are found dead. The team suspects a virus and a city-wide quarantine is set in place. Then one of the other team members collapses. A scientist named Peterson is frightened by the prospect and manages to escape, risking infection to the entire city. Sheppard is forced to defy Weir's orders and goes after him with Teyla. Meanwhile the infected team discovers a viral lab. It is soon found out the virus causes hallucinations and certain death by forming an aneurysm. McKay realizes he is one of the next to go. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first episode in which Lt. Ford's first name Aiden is mentioned. See more »


The sound of the nuclear explosion is heard at the same time as the flash is seen. It should arrive several seconds later. Then again, the scale is all wrong anyway: considering the size of the generator, the camera point should immediately be engulfed in the nuclear fireball, yet there is not even a whiteout of the complete frame. See more »


Teyla Emmagan: [after Teyla beats Shappard in Bantos fighting practice] You have not been practicing.
Major John Sheppard: Yes, I have.
Teyla Emmagan: If this was really a fight...
Major John Sheppard: If this was really a fight, I would have shot you by now.
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Referenced in Stargate: Atlantis: Progeny (2006) See more »


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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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