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* RecycledScript: This episode bears remarkable similarity to the [[Series/StargateSG1 SG-1]] episode "Cure" - which also featured Allison Hossack (Perna) as its female lead.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: A whole planet of 'em.
* YouLookFamiliar: Allison Hossack plays pretty much the exact same role in this episode as she did in "Cure".

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: A whole planet of 'em.
* YouLookFamiliar: Allison Hossack plays pretty much the exact same role in this episode as she did in "Cure".
'em.


* YouLookFamiliar: Allison Hossack plays pretty much the exact same role in this episode as she did in "The Cure."

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* YouLookFamiliar: Allison Hossack plays pretty much the exact same role in this episode as she did in "The Cure.""Cure".


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the team. The Hoffans consider a 50% fatality rate a ''success.''



* ProfessorGuineapig: Perna is among the first inoculated

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* ProfessorGuineapig: Perna is among the first inoculatedinoculated.



* ValuesDissonance: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the team. The Hoffans consider a 50% fatality rate a ''success.''


The drug works perfectly - Steve is unable to feed and there is much general rejoicing (apart from Steve, of course). Against Dr. Beckett's objections, the Hoffans immediately begin to distribute the drug to their entire population. Rejoicing turns to alarm, however, when within 24 hours both Steve and the Hoffan are dead. Soon more Hoffans are dropping, and Sheppard asks them to stop the inoculations. It turns out that the drug, while effective, kills 50% of the people who take it. To the Hoffans, however, this is an acceptable sacrifice for the benefit gained, and even knowing this statistic, 96% of the population remains in favor of general distribution, although the leader earlier refused to specify how the referendum question was worded. Despite Sheppard's warning that the drug's poisonous qualities will invite retaliation rather than apathy from the Wraith, he is unable to convince the Hoffans to stop the inoculations. The team leaves in horrified disgust, speculating that if the ever return, no one will be left alive.



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The drug works perfectly - Steve is unable to feed and there is much general rejoicing (apart from Steve, of course). Against Dr. Beckett's objections, the Hoffans immediately begin to distribute the drug to their entire population. Rejoicing turns to alarm, however, when within 24 hours both Steve and the Hoffan are dead. Soon more Hoffans are dropping, and Sheppard asks them to stop the inoculations. It turns out that the drug, while effective, kills 50% of the people who take it. To the Hoffans, however, this is an acceptable sacrifice for the benefit gained, and even knowing this statistic, 96% of the population remains in favor of general distribution, although the leader earlier refused to specify how the referendum question was worded. Despite Sheppard's warning that the drug's poisonous qualities will invite retaliation rather than apathy from the Wraith, he is unable to convince the Hoffans to stop the inoculations. The team leaves in horrified disgust, speculating that if the they ever return, no one will be left alive.




The research looks promising, so Dr. Beckett is called in, along with more advanced equipment (like microscopes). He and the Hoffan chief scientist Perna are able to develop the drug to a state of efficacy against Wraith cells in laboratory conditions. The next step, of course, is to test it against a living Wraith. Happily, Atlantis happens to have one, Steve the Wraith, captured in [[Recap/StargateAtlantisS01E05Suspicion an earlier episode.]] The Hoffans are also able to provide a terminally ill man more than happy to donate himself to the cause, no matter the risk. Although such an experiment raises severe bio-ethical issues, both on the side of Steve (vis a vis the Geneva Conventions) and on the side of the Hoffan volunteer (vis a vis Dr. Beckett's Hypocratic Oath), they eventually decide to go ahead. Perna shoots the volunteer full of the drug and they toss him into the cell with Steve.

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The research looks promising, so Dr. Beckett is called in, along with more advanced equipment (like microscopes). He and the Hoffan chief scientist Perna are able to develop the drug to a state of efficacy against Wraith cells in laboratory conditions. The next step, of course, is to test it against a living Wraith. Happily, Atlantis happens to have one, Steve the Wraith, captured in [[Recap/StargateAtlantisS01E05Suspicion an earlier episode.]] The Hoffans are also able to provide a terminally ill man more than happy to donate himself to the cause, no matter the risk. Although such an experiment raises severe bio-ethical issues, both on the side of Steve (vis a vis the Geneva Conventions) and on the side of the Hoffan volunteer (vis a vis Dr. Beckett's Hypocratic Hippocratic Oath), they eventually decide to go ahead. Perna shoots the volunteer full of the drug and they toss him into the cell with Steve.


** Considering that it gives the survivors a 100% immunity to the Wraith and they go from being [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere Walking Happy-Meals]] to Walking ''Cyanide Pills'', it ''is!''


* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: The entire Hoffan civilisation could be considered this, especially when we [[KillEmAll learn their fate]] in [[BusCrash Season 4]]]].


* ChekhovsGun: The Hoffan drug pops up again near the end of season 4 as part of Michael's campaign against the Wraith.

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* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: The entire Hoffan civilisation could be considered this, especially when we [[KillEmAll learn their fate]] in [[BusCrash Season 4]]]].
* ChekhovsGun: The Hoffan drug pops up again near the end of season drug. [[spoiler: It returns in Season 4 as part of Michael's campaign against the Wraith.Wraith]].



* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode

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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisodeInnocuouslyImportantEpisode: [[spoiler: Especially when Michael unleashes the drug upon the galaxy in Season 4 and 5]].


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* TemptingFate: The Hoffans. Sheppard points out that if the Wraith find out about the drug, they are more likely to destroy them rather than simply ignore them. [[spoiler: Season 4 reveals [[BusCrash he was right]]]].


* RecycledScript: This episode bears remarkable similarity to the [[StargateSG1 SG-1]] episode "Cure" - which also featured Allison Hossack (Perna) as its female lead.

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* RecycledScript: This episode bears remarkable similarity to the [[StargateSG1 [[Series/StargateSG1 SG-1]] episode "Cure" - which also featured Allison Hossack (Perna) as its female lead.


The drug works perfectly - Steve is unable to feed and there is much general rejoicing (apart from Steve, of course). Against Dr. Beckett's objections, the Hoffans immediately begin to distribute the drug to their entire population. Rejoicing turns to alarm, however, when within 24 hours both Steve and the Hoffan are dead. Soon more Hoffans are dropping, and Sheppard asks them to stop the inoculations. It turns out that the drug, while effective, kills 50% of the people who take it. To the Hoffans, however, this is an acceptable sacrifice for the benefit gained, and even knowing this statistic, 96% of the population remains in favor of general distribution. Despite Sheppard's warning that the drug's poisonous qualities will invite retaliation rather than apathy from the Wraith, he is unable to convince the Hoffans to stop the inoculations. The team leaves in horrified disgust, speculating that if the ever return, no one will be left alive.



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The drug works perfectly - Steve is unable to feed and there is much general rejoicing (apart from Steve, of course). Against Dr. Beckett's objections, the Hoffans immediately begin to distribute the drug to their entire population. Rejoicing turns to alarm, however, when within 24 hours both Steve and the Hoffan are dead. Soon more Hoffans are dropping, and Sheppard asks them to stop the inoculations. It turns out that the drug, while effective, kills 50% of the people who take it. To the Hoffans, however, this is an acceptable sacrifice for the benefit gained, and even knowing this statistic, 96% of the population remains in favor of general distribution.distribution, although the leader earlier refused to specify how the referendum question was worded. Despite Sheppard's warning that the drug's poisonous qualities will invite retaliation rather than apathy from the Wraith, he is unable to convince the Hoffans to stop the inoculations. The team leaves in horrified disgust, speculating that if the ever return, no one will be left alive.




** Considering that it gives the survivors a 100% immunity to the Wraith and they go from being [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere Walking Happy-Meals]] to Walking ''Cyanide Pills'', then in fairness... it ''is!''

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** Considering that it gives the survivors a 100% immunity to the Wraith and they go from being [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere Walking Happy-Meals]] to Walking ''Cyanide Pills'', then in fairness... it ''is!''


* ValuesDissonance: The Hoffans consider a 50% fatality rate a ''success.''

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* ValuesDissonance: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the team. The Hoffans consider a 50% fatality rate a ''success.''''
** Considering that it gives the survivors a 100% immunity to the Wraith and they go from being [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere Walking Happy-Meals]] to Walking ''Cyanide Pills'', then in fairness... it ''is!''


* ShoutOut: to the original StarTrek.

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* ShoutOut: to the original StarTrek.''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.


* MidnightOnTheFiringLine

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* MidnightOnTheFiringLineInnocuouslyImportantEpisode

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* ChekhovsGun: The Hoffan drug pops up again near the end of season 4 as part of Michael's campaign against the Wraith.

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