The more you go back and re-watch SGA, the more you start to notice these little winks he does every now and then.
The thing is, you and I both know there isn’t anyone in two galaxies better suited to run Atlantis. You are where you need to be.
- Be all my sins remembered DELETED SCENE | Stargate Atlantis | s04e11
FULL VIDEO: http://youtu.be/atFjQBOIrso
SHEPPARD: (He offers his hand to JEANNIE as she turns around to face him. They shake hands as he smiles at her.) John Sheppard.
McKAY: Yeah. She’s married, and she’s my sister.
SHEPPARD: I’m just saying hi.
McKAY: Yeah. No, I know exactly what you’re doing. I’ve seen that look before … Kirk.
Why I think this moment is genius…
Each one of the characters demonstrates their personality perfectly.
Sheppard is the first to move forwards, Ronon a moment later grabs his sword and joins him. Teyla takes measured, thoughtful steps to John’s side. Weir and Beckett stand still, then Carson turns to Elizabeth - not as profound, admittedly, but telling non the less.
But I really want to talk about Rodney. These few seconds are the entire plot of Hide and Seek or, in fact, his character arc through the series.
He can’t help his first instinct, a half step back. Self preservation has been his modus operandi his entire life, it’s a hard habit to break. He then steps sideways, probably contemplating the myriad ways he could die in the next few minutes. BUT THEN, HE STEPS UP. This is why he is not the same man he was in sg-1. He may be scared out of his wits, he may be a pretty rubbish fighter but he WILL step up with his team because he knows he must and, dammit, it’s the right thing to do.
I know that DHewlett often says that the writers are what made McKay but, whether this was an actor’s choice or a director’s choice, it is this sort of non-verbal characterisation that makes McKay live. The same can be said for everybody in the scene, all of whom so obviously understood what was going on inside their character’s heads.