SGA 4.07 "Missing" Episode Guide

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Teyla's and Dr. Keller's friendly visit to New Athos turns into a matter of survival when they find the Athosians have disappeared and they are attacked by primitives.

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MGM/ Official Summary

On a routine visit to the new Athosian planet, Dr. Keller and Teyla discover that Teyla's people have vanished, leaving behind signs of a struggle. Moments later, the women must hide as two primitive warriors appear. Teyla's blood runs cold: the men are members of the Bola Kai, a tribe of sadistic killers. Dozens of them are prowling the woods.

Teyla and Keller hurry back toward the stargate, but Keller sprains her ankle on the way and they find the 'gate guarded by more warriors. Teyla urges Keller — who is in pain, out of her element and scared — to be strong. They must survive until the next day, when Atlantis will check in through the 'gate and learn that they need help. Suddenly, drums rumble through the forest. The Bola Kai have discovered that the women are here, and they mobilize to hunt the duo down.

Teyla is troubled by evidence that her people didn't use their advanced weapons against the primitive arrows and clubs of the Bola Kai, but there's no time to speculate about the mystery; she and Keller must keep moving. When Keller balks at crossing a treacherous rope bridge across a deep canyon, Teyla loses patience with the doctor's nervousness. Seeing Teyla's frustration, Keller grits her teeth and crosses the bridge with Teyla's help. On the other side, three Bola Kai warriors corner them, but Teyla kills them with blazing ferocity.

Nearby, they find a semi-conscious man, bound and bleeding — presumably a prisoner of the Bola Kai. As night falls, Teyla makes camp and, under Keller's care, the man awakens. He introduces himself as Nabel Golan, a Genii who was spying on the Athosians. He claims that the Bola Kai are Wraith-worshippers who summoned their predatory masters to this planet. The Athosians have been culled.

Teyla swallows her grief and stays focused. In the morning, as Bola Kai warriors close in on their position, she leads her two injured comrades deeper into the forest. Soon, a posse of Bola Kai surrounds them. Nabel hides as Teyla and Keller are captured and harshly interrogated by the Bola Kai leader, Omal. The warrior reveals that his people are not Wraith-worshippers. The settlement was destroyed before the Bola Kai arrived.

Before Teyla and Keller can discover what really happened to the Athosians, Nabel attacks their guards and frees them. Then, suddenly, he knocks Teyla unconscious. Aiming a gun at Keller, he demands to know the location of Atlantis. He isn't Genii — and even if Keller can find the courage to resist him until help arrives, his true identity, and the true fate of Teyla's people, will remain maddeningly unclear — for now.


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Production Notes

  • "I took a stroll through the art department and checked in with [...] our production designer, James Robbins, who was more than happy to show off some of the nifty weapons he designed for Missing." (Joseph Mallozzi's March 2 blog)
  • Joseph Mallozzi's one-word description of this episode is, for the lack of a better word, "missing". (Joseph Mallozzi's March 5 blog)
  • "Reunion, Missing, and Miller's Crossing offer varying degrees of darkness." (Joseph Mallozzi's April 3 blog)
  • "As for which episodes fans should be looking forward to most for each member of the team - it‘s tough to say only because my opinion could be very different from fan opinion especially when you start factoring in the different fan factions. But, in my opinnion, I’d say: [...] Missing for Teyla, [...] and Missing again for Keller." (Joseph Mallozzi's April 15 blog)
  • "Congratulations to Carl Binder for writing and producing truly great episode. We watched the Day 2 Mix of Missing and all thought it was terrific. Funny, scary, shocking, gross, exciting, and ultimately touching. Great job by everyone involved, especially director Andy Mikita and actresses Rachel Luttrell and Jewel Staite." (Joseph Mallozzi's July 19 blog)
  • "To bring up an example, the episode "Missing" we did with her [Teyla] where she heads off-world with the new doctor, played by Jewel Staite. They run into a problem and they end up being chased by a rival warrior tribe. This is when some of her survival instincts kick in. You see the true warrior come out. We've seen the noble warrior, the leader, sort of the forthright, clear-minded, powerful role model if you will that we've established in previous seasons. One of the things we set out to do in Season Four is say, "Well let's see the dark side of that." Because as a warrior, she kills people. We demonstrate Teyla as an individual, where she's a warrior who makes use of her skills, but when it's life or death, she has to make decisions that are shocking. We've got this one sequence where she takes on a bunch of warriors, she kills a bunch of them and one takes off. She chases him down and kills him. And Dr. Keller is horrified. [Teyla]'s like, "This is reality. If he gets away to his band, he'll give us up. I had no choice but to kill him." That's an aspect of the Teyla character that we wouldn't have seen the first two or three years but is a reality if she were in that scenario. If she were in that scenario, that's exactly what she would do. It was an opportunity to see a bit of the darker side of her and some of the other characters as well." — Joseph Mallozzi in MSN TV Blog interview, September 27, 2007.
  • "She [Dr. Jennifer Keller] really is the fish out of water, and we really explore that in the episode called "Missing". She goes off to New Athos with Teyla just to do some checkups on some local Athosian kids and things go horribly awry. Her idea of roughing it was the summer camp she used to attend as a kid. She finds herself on the run for her life, kind of a city girl in the back country with only Teyla there to protect her. Teyla has her hands full with her and is a little impatient with her. I think this episode is our "Thelma and Louise" episode, if you could call it that. So that's a fun episode that explores the character. She's obviously well-educated, she's young, very capable, but at the same time a little naive just in terms of her expectations regarding the Pegasus galaxy. She's an interesting character that we get to know more of in "Missing," and then we explore a lot more in the back half of Season Four." — Joseph Mallozzi in MSN TV Blog interview, September 27, 2007.

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--DeeKayP 07:26, 1 June 2007 (PDT)