Rodney spots a familiar face swimming in the ocean near Atlantis – well, more of a familiar flipper, belonging to the enormous, whale-like creature that helped his colleagues find his jumper when it crash-landed in the water. But it’s not alone this time – another creature of the same species is with it, and more are converging on Atlantis. Their appearance coincides with a series of strange sightings in the city itself, as first Teyla, then Dr. Weir, then Dr. Beckett, see visions of Ancients who aren’t there. Sheppard and Rodney go to investigate the water creatures, only to find that their whalesong-like communications are potentially fatal to humans. Aboard the Daedalus, Colonel Caldwell makes a strong argument for killing the creatures before they wreak any more havoc, and when Beckett’s sick bay is full of people who are literally dying from the whales’ approach, it’s a plan that Weir finds it hard to disagree with.
story by Brad Wright & Carl Binder
telelplay by Carl Binder
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Claire Rankin (Dr. Heightmeyer), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Col. Caldwell), Patricia Nudd (Ancient Woman), David Neale (Ancient Pilot), David Quinlan (Ancient Scientist), Amanda Burke (Ancient Scientist), Michael Chase (Ancient Med Tech)
Notes: Rodney originally had a whale of a time in the ocean in Grace Under Pressure, and nicknames his aquatic friend “Sam” in honor of that occasion (whether or not Colonel Samantha Carter would actually find this to be flattering remains to be seen).
LogBook entry by Earl Green