TV REVIEW Stargate Atlantis 4.16 "Trio"

Original US air date: 8/2/08

Written by: Martin Gero

Directed by: Martin Wood

Rating:

The One Where: McKay, Keller and Carter try to visit a former Genii mining colony that’s been suffering from severe tremors recently, but the ground gives way and they fall into an old Genii underground base. It soon becomes a race against time to escape before the tremors collapse the whole base.

Verdict: Another weak, money-saving filler episode, once again stuffed with annoying “comedy” bickering. It’s really quite pointless, and we never even see if they manage to complete the mission they were supposed to be carrying out – convincing a former mining colony to move for their own safety.

Trivia: Executive producer and writer Joe Mallozzi posted a deleted script extract from this episode on his blog. In it, Keller and Carter discuss their love lives. Keller alludes to her moment with Ronon in “Quarantine”, while Carter mentions having a “complicated” relationship with an older man in Washington – probably O’Neill.

Gaffe: McKay is lying on his back after falling down the hole, but after Keller and Carter fall down too, he’s lying face-down.

Nitpick: Keller and McKay apparently both suffer from vertigo. So why doesn’t the idea of climbing onto the beams near the ceiling to build a bridge bother either of them much?

CarterWatch: Carter embarks on a mission, falls down a hole, eventually breaks her leg and is incapacitated for the rest of the episode. At least she got to leave the base this time...

Best Line:
Carter: "You’re doing great, Rodney. You’re doing just great!"
McKay: "No, ‘great’ is a beach with a fiber-optic hookup. This is complete agony!"

Leah Holmes

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