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Stargate Atlantis Dr Carson Beckett Didn’t Have To Die June 3, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in carson beckett, dr carson beckett, Paul McGillion, science fiction, sciencefiction, scifi, stargate, stargate atlantis.

OK. Sunday (Stargate Atlantis 3×17) has finally aired in the US (though ShowMeSciFi blogged about it back in February originally).

Dr. Carson Beckett didn’t have to die.

For those that don’t read this blog or look for spoilers online, they had no idea what was coming. I got  calls from a few friends after the episode aired asking me what the FRAK happened – AFTER scolding them for not reading this blog we had some great discussions.

The SciFi website gives no indication in its episode synopsis that Sunday has anything to do with Beckett. In fact they make it seem like Dr. Weir going on a date is the BIG plot.

Becket was just going about his dangerous business as he does in every episode, disposing of the exploding tumor was no more or less dangerous than anything else we’ve seen him or anyone else on Stargate Atlantis do. Yet somehow this time Beckett dies. There is an explosion and then we see his flag draped coffin.

It didn’t have to be this way.

It was an empty death for a noble character – he deserved much better. Sure the multiple flashback approach for the plot in this episode was great but none of it justified the death of Beckett.

Word is that Becket will now return in Season 4. Seeing as he was – plain and simple – blown up real good – i don’t see how he can come back. It’s not like he ascended or anything.

Maybe it will be a clone or replicator version of Becket but the original Scotsman is dead. The piper has already played the pipes for him.

Beckett’s death was an empty one – even more empty than Tasha Y’aar in Star Trek. The way Trek brought Tasha back was kinda neat though..here’s hoping Stargate Atlantis’ writing crew comes with something as inventive.

Otherwise I suppose they could always just have a shower scene..and this one Sunday episode could just be bad dream


1. CLD - April 25, 2008

I myself will miss him dearly and cried at the end of the episode but what if he came back from being ascended. That would be a nice twist.

Remember how they are lost in space at the final episode in season 3 maybe Carson helps them and if he ascended wouldn’t he have the power to help them?

2. Esgred - April 30, 2008

Ugh, I just saw this episode (and I’ve seen no further) because I’m behind in my Stargate Atlantis viewing… My father lied to me and said that Carson didn’t die. I asked for the truth and he completely blew my trust in him.

I’m torn about continuing to watch the show. I love the Rodney character as well.

I don’t see how leaving helps Paul McGillion’s career. He was in one episode of a crappy web show, and he was on the set of the new Star Trek film for only one week (a small role).

I’m glad that now I know that he has “come back” for only one 2-part episode (2 hours). I guess that might keep me watching.

3. David Mac - January 8, 2009

the main difference between Becket’s death and Y’aar’s death is that Becket was a good character and Y’aar wasn’t. I mean, how can you seriously be upset that she died? I was more than happy with the decision to kill her off and promote Worf. Beckett’s death wasn’t just at all.

I didn’t see that episode (because I don’t religiously watch the show) but I know how vital Beckett was to the story and how amazing his character was. This was a horrible idea.

4. Yuri - March 11, 2009

In Brasil, we saw episodes 17 in reprise because is to show the 5 year. My family cried whwn Carson died. He can’t in this way.In my opinion, he will come back in other episode in last year.

5. zosima - June 6, 2009

Not entirely empty, he was risking his life to save his patient and his medical team.

6. Billy - October 30, 2009

He did save his patient’s life.

7. Andrew T. Coleman - December 22, 2009

The doctor always dies in Stargate…

8. sarah - October 22, 2010

ya! grr they always die! 😦

9. sarah - October 22, 2010


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