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"Irresponsible" is the thirteenth episode of the third season of Stargate: Atlantis.


Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team travels to a planet to meet a "hero", only to find Lucius Lavin, who play-fights off Genii mercenaries to win the hearts of the villagers. However, the mercenaries soon contact Commander Acastus Kolya in order to capture Sheppard's team.


Village view on M65-PL8

Atlantis receives news that a village on M65-PL8 is protected by a hero with superhuman strength. Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and his team visit the planet, only to realize that this hero is really Lucius Lavin. The team suspects that he is using the same drug he used on Atlantis that caused everyone near him to obsessively like him. Lucius says that he doesn't need the drug because he has a Personal shield emitter which makes him invincible, and won the hearts of the villagers after taking out some troublemakers; he maintains their devotion by claiming credit for some of the heroics that he read about in Atlantis's mission reports.

While Lucius is hiking in the nearby woods, a small group of thugs with rifles invade the village, asking for the "hero." With weapons raised, the gang's leader, Haemon, asks Sheppard whether he is the rumored hero who will stop them from robbing the town and burning it to the ground. Lucius Lavin arrives with an air of triumph, declaring that he is the hero and will protect the village. The thugs' blows bounce off his shield, and he makes quick work of them.

The team visits with Lucius in his new home, but after saying goodbye, they decide to stick around and see if they can learn what Lucius is up to this time. They follow him to a secret meeting with Haemon and his men, learning that Lucius hired them to stage the attack, and that he is paying them less than what they agreed to, despite having legitimately injured two of them. The men are furious - they are proud soldiers of the Genii, former members of Cowen's personal guard, who were forced to work for hire after Ladon Radim's coup ("Coup D'etat").

Lucius tries to negotiate with Genii

When Lucius returns to the village, the team tries to expose Lucius's con to the villagers, but the villagers do not believe them. Later, Commander Acastus Kolya and some of his soldiers arrive, looking for Sheppard. The team realizes that they can't fight Kolya without risking the lives of the villagers, so with the help of Lucius, they hide in a closet until Kolya leaves. Lucius confronts Kolya and orders him to leave; Kolya's shots bounce off the shield, but Kolya soon realizes that he can torture Lucius by trying to drown him. Lucius gives away the team's location, but they have relocated.

Kolya ties Lucius to a chair and tries to get more information from him. Lucius repeats his false heroics to Kolya and his men, who prove uninterested. Kolya leaves Lucius to deal with some other work. Sheppard's team sneak in and try to break Lucius free, but make a desperate premature exit when a bomb strapped to Lucius's chair goes off. The team is immediately captured by Kolya, except for Sheppard who manages to escape.

While Kolya and his men search for Sheppard, Lucius sneaks away and finds him first. Kolya radios Sheppard to tell him that the Stargate is heavily guarded, and that he will kill members of the team unless Sheppard surrenders. Sheppard agrees to return and Lucius decides to help him. Together Sheppard and Lucius are able to come up with a plan that has Lucius rally the villagers to protect themselves rather than rely on one man to do it.

As Kolya prepares to kill McKay, Sheppard shows up and after agreeing they should've killed each other the first time they met, Kolya has his men shoot Sheppard. However, Sheppard is wearing Lucius' personal shield and the Genii attack has no effect on him. As Sheppard taunts Kolya, the shield's power source is suddenly depleted, leaving Sheppard vulnerable. Before Kolya's men can reload, Lucius arrives with the armed villagers who surround Kolya and his men. After Kolya acknowledges that he wouldn't accept an offer to surrender, he and Sheppard enter an impromptu duel. Sheppard proves to be the faster shot, hitting Kolya in the heart and killing him. With their leader dead, Kolya's men surrender.

After the situation is over, the team departs the village. Sheppard returns the personal shield to Lucius as he had promised to do, but doesn't inform Lucius that its power source is now depleted. As a result, Lucius finds out painfully as the team walks out of the village.


Appearances for Irresponsible





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Notable quotes

Sheppard: My childhood hero was Evel Knievel.
Teyla: Was he not evil?
Sheppard: No, that was just his name. He was a daredevil... which isn't a kind of a devil, he just jumped motorcycles over things.
Ronon: Why?
Sheppard: Just because. Didn't always make it, either.
Teyla: And you greatly admired this behavior?
Sheppard: No, I just... Look, at least my hero is human. McKay's is Batman!
McKay: Mmm. Misunderstood and unappreciated by many, his most formidable weapon was the power of his brilliant mind. Not just a hero -- a superhero.

Lucius: (a pallet of flour sacks breaks over his head without harming him) See? Invincible. I can't be vinced!

Lucius: Oh. Well, I guess the only thing left to do is for you to thank me.
Ronon: What for?
Lucius: For saving your lives.
Sheppard: Thank you.
Lucius: Please, it was nothing.
Sheppard: Yeah, it was nothing!
Lucius: (angrily) What are you talking about, it was nothing? These people had you on your knees.
Sheppard: Yes, they did.
Lucius: Well? You're welcome.

Sheppard: What are we gonna do?! Well, I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna get by Kolya's men so I can get to the Gate and call for reinforcements.
Lucius: Reinforcements? What d'you say we just get off this planet?
Sheppard: My team is back there!
Lucius: Yeah, so is the guy who wants to bury me alive.
Sheppard: Oh, you're done playing hero now, are you? Fine, you can leave as soon as we get to the Gate. Just keep up.
Lucius: You're angry, aren't you?
Sheppard: Shut up.
Lucius: See, that's anger.

Lucius: Okay, okay: what if I swung from a clock tower on a long rope right into town?
Sheppard: And?
Lucius: I dunno. That's all I have. I could set myself on fire.
Sheppard: I like that.
Lucius: Okay. Um, I could run naked? Oh, I know, I know, I have one! What if I got on your shoulders and we have a cloak that they... it's some religious thing... they could be afraid of giants. Okay, what if we build a tunnel, okay? We could tunnel... or a boulder, a huge boulder. I'm camouflaged, I'm protected, now the boulder protects you... or, um, a magnifying glass and some tape...
Sheppard: I have an idea, Lucius.
Lucius: ...some poison tape!

McKay: I thought that personal shield was depleted.
Sheppard: Oh, yeah.
Teyla: Then it is worthless?
Sheppard: Pretty much.
Beckett: You're not gonna tell Lucius?
Sheppard: No.
Lucius: (in background) Kick me as hard as you can! Ow! Ow! Ow!
Sheppard: He'll figure it out.


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  • This episode reveals that all the military officers who supported Cowen have since been expelled or driven out of Genii territories, and several have become mercenaries following Ladon Radim's coup d'etat in "Coup D'etat".
  • There are two references to Batman in this episode: when McKay says that he is his favorite superhero and later when Lucius Lavin hides Sheppard's team in a secret room hidden behind a grandfather clock that is accessible by turning the hands on the clock face to a specific time; one of the secret entrances to the batcave is hidden in a very similar manner in Wayne Manor as well.
  • The village set in the episode is the same set used in Stargate SG-1 episode "Revisions", Fantasy Garden World which is located near Richmond, BC Canada. Director Martin Wood found the location difficult and restrictive, with little variety or space. Originally, the set from the television series Bordertown that aired from 1989 to 1991 was to be used and the script was written as such, but the set was in such disrepair that the shoot had to be moved. The episodes "A Hundred Days" and "Beast of Burden" were previously shot there.
  • Dr. Carson Beckett, who does not usually go on offworld missions accompanies Sheppard and his team on this mission for unknown reasons. Director Martin Wood notes in his commentary that Beckett was included simply for pacing reasons as he did not want to slow down the story by having a scene where someone asks for Beckett to join them.
  • This episode marks the death of Commander Acastus Kolya which is confirmed in "Remnants" when Sheppard says to a hallucination of Kolya caused by an alien AI that Beckett confirmed his death after Sheppard shot him.
  • Lucius suggests he and Sheppard both wear a cloak in order to appear like a giant which he thinks could be feared (religiously or superstitiously) by the people. This is a reference to The Princess Bride.
  • The personal shield is shown to be able to keep the volume of incoming noise below harmful levels, which would make sense considering its ability to mitigate explosive damage (both phenomena being reliant on pressure waves). This is seen at 29:16 when Lucius walked away unaffected from several sticks of dynamite detonating mere feet from his ears (which at that range would normally rupture eardrums due to the pressure wave of the explosion).
  • This episode takes place several months after the events of "Irresistible".


  • When Lucius Lavin is fighting the thugs, his shield emitter is not lit and therefore it should be turned off.
  • Seasoned veterans like Kolya's men would not empty their weapons on an enemy they know or just learnt they cannot kill, especially if their weapons take longer to reload (e. g. a revolver). They would keep at least one round in reserve. Thus the villagers would have taken quite a few losses.
  • The Genii soldier is able to push Lucius into the water with the shield he shouldn't be able to touch him.
  • Even if his head was under water the air should still flow through the parts of the shield that aren't enabling him to breathe.
  • They shouldn't be able to tie Lucius' legs due to his shield.

Other languages

  • Russian: Невменяемый (Irresponsible)
  • Hungarian: Felelőtlenség (Irresponsibility)

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