TV REVIEW Stargate Atlantis 4.09 "Miller's Crossing"
Written by: Martin Gero
Directed by: Andy Mikita
The One Where: McKay’s annoying sister returns. She and McKay are abducted by the president of DMT, the company responsible for integrating alien tech from the SGC into everyday technology. He wants McKay and sis to make the Nanites work properly to save his daughter, injecting sis with the things as an incentive. When the daughter dies anyway, the Wraith scientist is brought in to help finish changing the Nanite base code. When the Wraith gets too weak to work anymore, the DMT president sacrifices himself.
Verdict: Have I mentioned how much I hate McKay’s sister? I groaned audibly when I first read the episode title and knew she’d be back. It’s a dull, bottle episode anyway, its sole useful development being the completion of the new Nanite base code.
Nitpick: The IOA are so skittish about everything that I can’t believe they’d authorise a Wraith coming to Earth, especially for a project he could work on in Atlantis.
References: The first episode featuring Jeannie Miller was called “McKay and Mrs Miller”, referencing the 1971 movie McCabe and Mrs Miller. “Miller’s Crossing” is also the title of a 1990 film by the Coen brothers. Could we expect her to appear a third time, in an episode called “I Dream of Jeannie”, perhaps? I hope not…
McKay: “I have an excellent sense of direction.”
Jeannie: “Oh really? Remember when we went to West Edmonton Mall and Dad had to call the police to find you?”
Jeannie: “There are maps every seven metres!”
McKay: “Misleading ones.”