The Return, Part 2

Summary | Production | Transcript

The Atlantis team goes against orders to try and save Atlantis from Replicator control – and to rescue General O'Neill and Richard Woolsey, who are trapped in the occupied city.

FAN RATING - 9.18 
NIELSEN - 1.4 
DVD DISC: Season 3, Disc 3
WRITTEN BY: Martin Gero
DIRECTED BY: Brad Turner
GUEST STARS: Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill), Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey), John O'Callaghan (Niam), Bill Dow (Bill Lee), Gary Jones (Walter Harriman), David MacInnis (Talus), Panou (Cetus), Mitch Pileggi (Steven Caldwell), Beau Bridges (Hank Landry), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Tech), Elias Toufexis (Replicator), Kerry Blouin (Replicator Guard), Patrick Lambier (Replicator Guard)
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The Asurans, a race of powerful artificial lifeforms who were created by the Ancients thousands of years ago and who the team first met a few months ago ("Progeny," have conquered Atlantis. The Asurans are made up of trillions of microscopic nanites, and their abilities lead the team to believe that they are the original technology on which the human-form Replicators were later based (SG-1: "Unnatural Selection").

To help fight their new enemy, the Atlantis team calls in one person most up to the task: Major General Jack O'Neill, who has dealt with the Replicators in our galaxy many times. But when the Asurans take control of the city of Atlantis, O'Neill and Richard Woolsey find themselves captives.

John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay, and the rest of the team attempt to come up with a rescue plan. Part of their plan is to reprogram Niam, an Asuran Replicator who was sympathetic to the team at their last encounter. McKay, of course, thinks he's up to the job.

After an attack by the team leaves the control room in shambles, the Replicators work to get the systems back online. Two Replicators, Talus and Cetus, arrive at the holding cell where O'Neill and Woolsey are being kept. The two are forced to their knees for interrogation, as the Replicators plunge their hands into O'Neill and Woolsey's foreheads to probe their minds.


  • Actors David MacInnis and Panou, who play the two lead Replicators who have taken control of Atlantis, have both appeared on Stargate SG-1 before: MacInnis played Agent Williams in the Season Nine episode "Ex Deus Machina," and Panou played Lieutenant Fisher in Season Nine's "The Fourth Horseman."
  • "... Of course, then there's that ironic flip in part two of 'The Return' when our characters are allowed back into the city but only because the alien race she had been dying to meet is no longer there. It was a very complicated situation and I felt that the writers did a wonderful job of keeping all those balls in the air. I really liked how these two episodes turned out." (Actress Torri Higginson, in an interview with SciFiAndTvTalk's Steve Eramo)