Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Amanda Tapping ... Colonel Samantha Carter
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Jewel Staite ... Dr. Jennifer Keller
Claire Rankin ... Dr. Kate Heightmeyer
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Kavan Smith ... Major Evan Lorne
Linda Ko ... Med-tech
Yee Jee Tso ... Technician


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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In their meeting, Sheppard quietly asks, "Did I have a goatee?". This is an homage to Star Trek: The Original Series: Mirror, Mirror (1967), where Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura find themselves aboard a parallel Enterprise in a mirror universe, in which Spock is sporting a goatee. Going back further, this can be an homage to many "B Sci-fi movies" of the 1950's. Specifically, Forbidden Planet. See more »


Dr. Keller states that while she can give McKay something to keep him awake, that eventually he'd would die from pulmonary failure.

What the writers likely meant to have her say was "cardiopulmonary failure" as simple pulmonary failure (respiratory) would not be an issue from remaining awake for an extended period of time. See more »


Ronon Dex: [Ronon is hacking through a jungle] What are we doing?
Dr. Rodney McKay: Exploring the Pegasus galaxy. It's what we do.
Ronon Dex: You know what I mean.
Teyla Emmagan: There certainly doesn't appear to be anything here that would help in our fight against the Wraith or the Replicators.
Dr. Rodney McKay: Come on, you guys kill me. Planets are huge, you know!
Ronon Dex: Yeah, and usually you're the one complaining.
Teyla Emmagan: Yes, this enthusiasm is most unlike you, Rodney.
Dr. Rodney McKay: I'm turning over a new leaf.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: We did the standard flyover in the Jumper, scanning for life signs. Nothing.
Dr. Rodney McKay: You can't ...
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References Stargate SG-1: The Gamekeeper (1998) See more »


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19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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