The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Stargate: Atlantis” episode, “Be All My Sins Remember’d.”
“Ronon, let it go. Take it as a compliment, they were afraid of you.” – Sheppard
Woohoo! “Stargate: Atlantis” is finally back from their mini-break, and what a whopper of an episode to come back with!
Honestly, their mid-season finale was pretty low-key, so it is surprising to see it lead to one of the highest-key episodes of not just this season but the series so far.
After gaining the Replicator warship-tracking device from the Repli-version of the Atlantis team (“This Mortal Coil”), it has become painfully obvious that something must be done quickly before all of humanity is wiped out of the Pegasus galaxy. So, the Atlantis teams are trying their best to evacuate civilizations moments before the Replicator ships arrive.
Needless to say, it isnt the best plan.
Luckily there are a couple more. The Daedalus and Apollo arrive newly equipped with Asgard-based energy weapons. The military plan is to use the tracking device to say an unfriendly hello everytime the Replicators pop out of hyperspace. McKays plan is to continue working on a program to shut down the Replicators for good. With time being of the essence, the military plan gets the green light. Okay, McKay did get an extra 10 hours at first, but the dude seems to have lost his mojo.
Surprisingly, the dynamic duo of human ships effectively surprise the Replicators and annihilate them with the new weapons before they can counter attack. But, you knew that couldnt last. The Replicators change tactics by sending all of their ships back to their home world to build a mucho grande fleet and come back with a surge that will truly shock and awe.
So, the pressure is on McKay to figure out a way to finish off the Replicators while they are all in one place and before they are ready for a new offensive. But, that is when McKay works his best, well usually.
After a few turns, Atlantis creates an alliance between themselves, the Travelers (“Travelers”), and the Wraiths courtesy of their buddy, the Wraith prisoner.
McKays mojo is back when he decides that instead of interrupting the bonds between each individual nanites, that he could instead try strengthening their bonds. To accomplish this, McKay is forced to create a human-form Replicator using Ancient technology. Oddly, she is eager to serve her “purpose” and they decide to call FRAN (Friendly Replicator ANdroid). Hey, dont blame McKay, she wanted a name like everyone else.
The Atlantis alliance is successful in holding their own against the Replicator fleet while McKay actives the program. There is a little snag in the end, but with a little help from Carter (finally, her science background is kicking in a little), they draw the super-dense Neutronium into the Replicator mass causing a chain reaction that destroys the planet.
I think they should start calling McKay, Rodney “Death Star” McKay.
Of course, complete genocide of an advanced space-faring species aint easy and we learn that not all of the Replicators are destroyed.
Ok, this episode rocked. Not since “Babylon 5” or “Deep Space Nine” have I seen a space ship alliance and battle like this. The special effects were stellar. They tied together multiple storylines well. Teyla finally revealed her pregnancy, the Larrin (Jill Wagner) and her Travellers returned to join forces, and the Wraith prisoner finally paid off by helping with the alliance.
It was great to see Weir again. Ok, it is really a Repli-Weir, but close enough. I cant wait to find out if this is the original or another copy. I wouldnt be surprised if the Replicators had lied about what really happened to the original.
The humor was dead on throughout the episode, especially the “colonel” “colonel” “colonels” “seriously?” moment. (And thats the short version.)
What Didnt Work
I know that the biggest problem most fans will have is the ending, but honestly — did you expect them to wipe all the Replicators out that easily? Im guessing that these Replicators are from the group that split off because they want to learn how to ascend. That would make the most sense as to why they werent on the home world when it blew.
Im glad that Carter was more active in this episode. I know that there are contract reasons as to why she isnt in every episode, but when she is there, she seems to be a bit “off,” and when she isnt there, none of the characters act like she exists. This integration of her character into the show is the worst flaw for this season. At least this time she was more center stage and acted a little more like herself and like a leader. Although I really dont get the outfit change. Why wasnt she in uniform while aboard the ship?
The idea of a “Godzilla-sized Replicator” was fun. Too bad we couldnt have seen one for just a minute.
What is my last critique for this episode? I wanted more FRAN! That just came out from nowhere and she was such an interesting character. Hmm: they do still have the technology, so maybe this wont be the last we see of her.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Be All My Sins Remember’d” was written by 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.