Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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Tao of Rodney 

When Rodney uses an Ancient device, he gets special powers, but soon Dr Weir discovers it's a double-handled gift: if he doesn't ascend, he'll die.



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Episode cast overview:
... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
... Teyla Emmagan
... Ronon Dex
... Dr. Carson Beckett
... Dr. Rodney McKay
... Major Evan Lorne
... Dr. Radek Zelenka
... Dr. Rafaela Esposito
Donna Soares ... Dr. Coleman
... Chuck the Technician


After a time when the Ancients have been shortly living in Atlantis, they have activated a whole bunch of equipment and devices. The Atlantis researchers team is walking around the city to shut it all down again. Suddenly they discover an old research terminal and McKay is going to try to shut it down. Although that does not quite happen like it should. Written by Mark Ernst

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4 May 2007 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)| (5.1 surround)


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16:9 HD
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Rodney tells Ronan he could be his sidekick, the Robin to his Batman. Jason Momoa would go on to star as Aquaman in Justice League (2017), along side Ben Affleck as Batman. See more »


When McKay is talking to Weir while creating the new math, we see a package with Japanese writing and a picture of a lemon on it beside his computer. However, Rodney has repeatedly stated that he's deathly allergic to citrus. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: I just realised why light behaves as both particles and waves.
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References Stargate SG-1: Prototype (2005) See more »


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Rodney into a corner... and back again
23 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Believe it or not, Rodney is my favorite character in Stargate Atlantis. And the small doses of Rodney I get each episode, well, here they've surely fulfilled my desire to see him in action.

It's something of a bottle show: not too many special effects, no aliens whatsoever, it's rather an introspection on all the good and the bad stuff that Rodney's made of. And the evolution in this episode of this particular character, and of the others in relation with him, is unbelievably complex and highly engaging.

Rodney might seem a pain in the ass if looked at superficially, but there's plenty underneath the hood. He's a true superhero, humanized by his overflowing feeling of superiority (which, in this episode, is hinted to be actually the reverse, as a mechanism of defense for a very shy and insecure person - not that anyone watching the series didn't get it by now, but we see him realizing that and it's a feast for us, the theater lovers; the acting is exquisite and the episode is worth watching only for that if nothing else seems interesting).

I don't know what else I could be telling about this episode. It's one of the best episodes of Atlantis thus far in the series, and it's worth watching every minute of it. I feel bad about the few ones that can't stand David Hewlett's character, if they have chosen to skip this episode they deny themselves a great show.

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