Stargate: SG-1 always had season defining elements, Atlantis is a much more stand alone show. They are conscious of continuity, but on the whole the shows don’t build up over the episodes to an inevitable confrontation. That can be a good or a bad thing.
The Daedalus Variations is the sort of episode that works well standing alone and since there’s no larger storyline that I’m eager to see resolved in this case, it’s a good thing.
When the Daedalus appears right out of no-where with no life signs on board, the Atlantis team board it to find out what is going on. But the Daedalus is on route back to Earth, so how can it be in two places at once? Before the team can leave, a strange energy surge encompasses the Daedalus and suddenly Atlantis isn’t there any more.
So it’s an alternate universe story. They can be fun. Its a shame the Atlantis team are dead in this universe though, there should have been an evil one with a beard. But having it set up so the team knows they have failed at this once already certainly adds a nice element of uncertainty to the mix.
As the Daedalus jumps through different realities the ship suffers further damage and the team gets further and further away from their home reality. There’s no let up in the action as the team’s peril seems to grow with every jump. Generally a fun episode then, if lacking any great significance.
It will be interesting to see if the aliens from this episode show up in the “real” universe sometime this season.eoghann.com..