The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Miller’s Crossing” episode of the SciFi Channel show, “Stargate: Atlantis.”
“Youre going to buy me a car.” – Jeannie
“Lets not get out of control here.” – McKay
“You almost got me killed. That is at least a car, a nice one, a hybrid.” – Jeannie
“Millers Crossing” features the return of a fan favorite, Jeannie Miller (Kate Hewlett), Rodney McKays (David Hewlett) sister, played by Hewletts real-life sister. We last saw her on the episode “McKay and Mrs. Miller.”
Unlike that episode, this one was not filled with comedic moments. Except for the humorous sibling banter, this episode was surprisingly dark.
McKay starts bouncing ideas about the Replicator nanite problem off his sister, Jeannie, back on Earth … that is, until powerful people kidnap Jeannie. To make matters worse, they manage to capture McKay as a bonus.
Their kidnapper is Henry Wallace (Steven Culp), the president of Devlin Medical Technologies, a company that works with the SGC on medical nanite technology.
Wallace, curious about these leaps in technology, uncovers the truth about the Stargate program. His daughter Sharon is dying from leukemia. Desperate, Wallace tried to use prototype nanites to heal her, but that only makes things worse.
Frantic for a cure, Wallace kidnaps the McKay and Mrs. Miller duo and forces them to figure out how to control the nanites. Going so far as to inject Jeannie with the defective nanites that will kill her if not stopped.
Meanwhile, with the help of NIDs Malcolm Barrett (Peter Flemming), Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and Ronon (Jason Momoa) try to find the missing scientists. Suspecting the Trust (Who wouldnt?), they finally decided to widen the net for other possible Earth-based suspects.
McKay and Jeannie think they find a cure, but instead the nanites set Sharon to “zero,” putting her into a vegetative state when they replace all of her brain cells after repairing her heart. With no concept of preserving the self, the nanites only coldly and logically heal all physical illness or injury. Oops.
NID and the Atlantis team finally save McKay and Jeannie, but make a deal with the devil (aka the Wraith prisoner) to finally figure out how to change the nanite coding. Jeannie is saved, but only because Wallace sacrifices himself to feed the Wraith.
It was great to see McKays sister again. Hopefully this wont be the last time. The sibling dynamics works so well.
Loved the comedic bit with Walter (Gary Jones) talking to Ronon over a meal. Priceless. Man, I miss “Stargate SG-1.”
I like the darker twists that Atlantis has been taking this season. I just hope the show doesnt lose all of its sense humor or try to match Battlestar Galacticas grittiness. I do feel that this season “Stargate: Atlantis” is starting to find its own unique voice to separate itself from “Stargate SG-1.”
What Didnt Work
Dont get me wrong, I liked this episode, but didnt we see something like this before? Hmm:didnt Carter once get kidnapped by a crazed businessman seeking a cure to stop a life-threatening disease? In many ways this episode was perhaps a little too close to “Desperate Measures.” But the Wraith moral dilemma near the end definitely added a whole new dimension to it.
Where was Teyla? Ok, in reality the actress probably had time off, but it would be nice if they at least mention what she is up to. Actually, where the heck was Carter? Given her past with the Trust and NID, it would have made since for her to make an appearance.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Millers Crossing ” was written by Co-Executive Producer Martin Gero and directed by Andy Mikita (“Blood Ties”). “Stargate: Atlantis” airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. on the SciFi Channel. The show stars Amanda Tapping, Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and Jason Momoa.
Marx Pyle is a staff writer for Airlock Alpha, writing out of Vancouver, B.C. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.