First Aired: August 1, 2008
The team boards the Daedalus when it shows up abandoned in orbit, only to find themselves skipping through parallel universes.
“The Daedalus Variations” Facts:
- Writer Alan McCullough originally conceived of a room inside Atlantis that shifted from one reality to another.
- This episode had one of the largest visual effects budgets of the series, up there with “Rising” and “Be All My Sins Remember’d.”
- The team leaps from reality to reality, showing other versions of the world we know and love. The Daedalus itself is from a reality where Steven Caldwell doesn’t command the ship.
- The awesome warrior aliens that the team must fight off were never named on screen, and were not seen again in the series. The species may exist in our universe, and had the series gone on it might be only a matter of time before our Atlantis team encountered them.
- In an early draft the episode carried the temporary title “The Flying Dutchman” — referring to a ship at sea that sails forever with no home and no harbor.
“The Daedalus Variations” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Episode Transcript
- Fan Reviews
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Discussion Forum
- Interview with writer Alan McCullough (2008)
- “The Daedalus Variations” Podcast
- Atlantis Season Five Podcast
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