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Recap / Stargate Atlantis S01 E16 "The Brotherhood"

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Allina: It's a layout of the Sudarian villages. The walls of this monastery have protected it for ten thousand years.
McKay: It's beautiful.
Allina: It is. (looks at McKay) And yet my eye is drawn elsewhere.


  • Ancient Tradition: The titular Brotherhood, set up to guard the ZPM until the return of the Ancients.
  • Archaeological Arms Race: Both the Atlantis team and Kolya's Genii are racing to track down the ZPM.
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  • Badass Longcoat: Kolya has picked one up.
  • Beard of Evil: Kolya has grown a dashing goatee since his last episode.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Zelenka, albeit in Czech.
    Zelenka: Jesus, I can´t do anything with those actors, dude!'
  • Distant Prologue: The opening scene depicts Porta and Astrum, the last surviving members of the Quindosim, being culled by the Wraith ten generations earlier.
  • Everyone Can See It: Teyla points out to McKay that Allina's feelings for him are obvious to everyone else in the group.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: both with respect to the ZPM and McKay's love life.
  • Hidden Depths: It turns out Sheppard passed a Mensa IQ test.
  • I Warned You: This was McKay's basic reply after the Genii soldier is killed after trying to operate the final puzzle. McKay had warned them not to do anything as he wasn't sure they got it right. After the soldier dies, Koyla blamed McKay for knowing something like that could happen and McKay agreed, which is why he wanted to wait.
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  • Im A Doctor Not A Place Holder: Beckett, again.
    Dr. Beckett: For the last time - I'm a doctor, not a bloody fighter pilot!
  • Magic Square Puzzle
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Allina and the Brotherhood decide to keep the ZPM hidden, refusing to hand it over to either Sheppard's team or the Genii.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: This is what Zelenka fears, at least, although it would technically be the past.
    Zelenka: Yes well, it may if people stop insisting on having food and liquid in such close proximity to the ten thousand year old equipment!
  • Oblivious to Love: McKay - see page quote.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: However, the specific intent is "only members of the Brotherhood may pass."
  • Temporary Blindness: The effect of Ford's flash-bangs.
    McKay: My eyes! I need my eyes for seeing!

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