Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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Common Ground 

John Sheppard is kidnapped by the Genii and is in the company of a Wraith.


William Waring


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Episode cast overview:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Robert Davi ... Commander Acastus Kolya
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Todd the Wraith
Ryan Robbins ... Ladon Radim
Chuck Campbell ... Chuck the Technician
Paul Lazenby ... Genii Soldier
Geoff Redknap ... Old Sheppard


Sheppard is taken prisoner by his old nemesis, Commander Kolya of the Genii. He finds himself in a dungeon occupying a cell next to a Wraith who says he has been there a very long time. Kolya had expected to become the leader of the Genii but was ousted by Ladon Radim and is now a renegade. He contacts Atlantis and has a simple proposition for Dr. Weir: hand over Ladon Radim, with whom Weir has entered into a truce, and Sheppard will be freed. Weir flatly refuses so Kolya allows the Wraith to feed off Sheppard for a few seconds at a time, and he begins to age dramatically as a result. He broadcasts Sheppard's torture sessions to Atlantis so they can see the result of Weir's decision. While Weir and the others on Atlantis try desperately to find the planet where Kolya is keeping Sheppard prisoner, the Colonel forms a strange bond with the Wraith who work together to escape. The Wraith also shows him a power that no one from Atlantis knew they had. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


"That's my name. Pleased to meet you." => Rolling Stones reference ('Sympathy for the Devil') See more »


In the beginning of the episode, after the credits, the Genii people hand over their weapons to the Atlantis team. In this scene, there's a German soldier taking a weapon from one of the Genii soldiers. His flag patch on his left shoulder is upside down. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: What have you done to him?
Commander Acastus Kolya: Nothing whatsoever, Dr. McKay.
Dr. Rodney McKay: Okay, let me rephrase that. What are you *planning* to do?
Commander Acastus Kolya: It's quite simple. I'd like to make a trade.
Dr. Elizabeth Weir: Before we continue this conversation another second, I want to speak with Sheppard.
Commander Acastus Kolya: Be my guest.
Dr. Rodney McKay: We'll rephrase that, too. We would like him to be able to speak to us.
Commander Acastus Kolya: [smiles] Very well.
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The best episode from season 3
14 January 2020 | by yugurtzSee all my reviews

An iconic episode that paves the way for the rest of the series.

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