The Rising

Stargate AtlantisAt the Ancient site discovered in Antarctica, Daniel Jackson and Dr. Elizabeth Weir, along with a team from Stargate Command, are still trying to determine the location of the Ancients’ lost city and learn more about their leftover technology. One such experiment, with a control chair that can only be activated by those humans who possess a rare Ancient gene, launches a drone weapon into the sky over Antarctica – and straight at a helicopter bringing General Jack O’Neill to the base. O’Neill only makes it safely to land due to the quick thinking of his pilot, Major Sheppard. But that’s not the only skill Sheppard brings to the table – completely by accident, it’s discovered that he has the Ancient gene, and a more instinctive rapport with Ancient technology than anybody on the team Dr. Weir has assembled. Weir asks General O’Neill to assign Sheppard to join the expedition, despite a colorful service record.

That expedition, Daniel believes, will lead to the lost Ancient city of Atlantis – and there is now evidence that the city is not just on another planet, but in another galaxy, a trip requiring enormous power. Dr. Rodney McKay, the leading authority on the stargate outside of the SGC, thinks that an Ancient power device known as a Zero Point Module, will be the only way to open a wormhole that can reach another galaxy – and in all likelihood it will prove to be a one-way trip. When Weir’s team arrives at Atlantis, the dormant but intact city awakens – especially when Major Sheppard sets foot anywhere near Ancient technology, including a hologram that tells of how the Ancients abandoned the city after years of being besieged by an enemy known as the Wraith. But the activation of all of that technology comes at a price: Atlantis is submerged beneath hundreds of feet of ocean, and the only thing that has kept the water pressure from crushing Atlantis is a shield that has operated for thousands of years. Now that the city is awakening, power is being drained from the shield. Dr. Weir assigns Colonel Sumner, the military commanding officer of the expedition, to use Atlantis’ stargate to visit a nearby world to find more ZPMs.

Sumner’s team, including Sheppard, find a primitive society on the planet on the other side of the gate, and despite Sumner’s misgivings, Sheppard befriends a local woman named Teyla, who promises to tell him more about the Wraith. But the Atlantis team gets to see the Wraith first-hand – for the first time in generations, the Wraith attack Teyla’s people without provocation, abducting many of them, along with Sumner and several of his men. Sheppard orders a hasty retreat back to Atlantis, bringing refugees from Teyla’s village with him, and begins to make plans to rescue Sumner. Dr. Weir only reluctantly gives him permission to go, but Sheppard manages to find Sumner just in time to see him being interrogated – and consumed – by the Wraith. Sheppard shoots Sumner himself to give the Colonel a relatively merciful death, but when he kills the Wraith that was interrogating Sumner, the entire Wraith hive awakens. Now the Wraith know that the Ancient city is occupied again, and thanks to what they learned from Sumner before his death, they know that the city’s new occupants come from a rich new feeding ground in another galaxy.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla)

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O’Neill), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), Garwin Sanford (Simon), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Andee Frizzell (The Keeper), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Robert Patrick (Colonel Sumner), Reece Thompson (Jinto), Boyan Vukelic (Sgt. Stackhouse), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Geoff Redknap (old Colonel Sumner), Casey Dubois (Wex), Melia McClure (Female Ancient), Dan Shea (Sgt. Siler), James Lafaznos (Wraith), David Milchard (SGC Technician), Bro Gilbert (Scientist), Peter Grasson (Scientist), Ona Grauer (Ayiana), Dan Payne (Wraith Warrior), Aaron Dudley (Male Ancient), Edmond Kato Wong (Atlantis Technician), Stefano Colacitti (Toran), Mary Joan Buchanan (Beckett’s Mom)

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Hide And Seek

Stargate AtlantisDr. McKay becomes the first human trial of Dr. Beckett’s experimental gene therapy to allow even those without the Ancient gene to use Atlantis’ technology. But McKay’s first test of an Ancient device encases him in an impenetrable shield – one that won’t even allow him to eat or drink. But soon, Dr. Weir and the rest of the team face an even bigger problem – the newly-occupied city seems to be experiencing random power failures and malfunctions. Worse yet, Teyla has brought her fellow Athosian villagers to Atlantis from the mainland, and several of them report seeing a “shadow” that they associate with sightings of the Wraith. Sheppard and Ford each have their own close encounters with the mobile shadow, and Ford’s meeting with it is nearly fatal. Sheppard and McKay then discover a trap that may have used by the Ancients to capture the shadow before – but the only bait that may lure the creature into captivity may be a living human…perhaps someone wearing a shield that makes him invulnerable.

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teleplay by Robert C. Cooper
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Reece Thompson (Jinto), Casey Dubois (Wex), Boyan Vukelic (Sgt. Stackhouse), Meghan Black (Marta)

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Thirty-Eight Minutes

Stargate AtlantisA recon mission to a Wraith-occupied planet ends with Sheppard’s team under fire, their puddle jumper damaged, and Sheppard himself out of commission with a parasitic alien insect attached to his neck. Lt. Ford winds up with his first, and very nervous command, and keeps it simple by simply trying to get back to Atlantis. But one of the jumper’s engine pods, damaged in the fight, doesn’t retract completely, leaving the ship stuck halfway in and halfway out of the stargate. It’s a situation that McKay, stuck in the rear compartment of the jumper with Teyla, Ford and Sheppard, knows all too well from one of his collaborations with SG-1: if the entire jumper doesn’t go through the gate, the gate will close in 38 minutes, shearing off the forward compartment (and killing the two pilots), and exposing the rest of the jumper to hard vacuum. McKay tries to work out a solution while the brightest minds on Atlantis try to come up with ideas on their end, but even if they can figure out a way to nudge the jumper through the gate, for Sheppard it may only mean the difference between dying at Atlantis or dying in deep space as the parasite digs in.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Craig Veroni (Grodin), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hallan), Ben Cotton (Dr. Kavanagh), Fiona Hogan (Simpson), Joseph May (Sgt. Markham), Boyan Vukelic (Sgt. Stackhouse), Edmond Wong (Technician)

Notes: The 38-minute theoretical limit on an open stargate’s wormhole was established in the second season of Stargate SG-1 in A Matter Of Time. However, as worried as McKay was about this time limit, it was exceeded both in A Matter Of Time and in the SG-1 sixth season premiere, Reckoning.

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Suspicion

Stargate AtlantisAn excursion through the stargate ends in a hasty retreat back to Atlantis, and as Major Sheppard’s team returns, Dr. McKay takes a shot to the head from a Wraith weapon, but its paralyzing effects are only temporary. Dr. Weir points out that out of a mere nine trips through the gate, Sheppard has encountered the Wraith five times, and worries that a spy is operating within the team in an attempt to sabotage their stay on Atlantis. Sheppard agrees, but is less than thrilled when Teyla seems to be the prime suspect. Weir sets up interviews with every Athosian who is serving in the city, including Teyla, but restricts them from certain parts of Atlantis or from leaving the city. With stargate travel declared off-limits, Sheppard and Ford explore Atlantis’ own world with a jumper, finding an enormous land mass elsewhere on the planet. Weir considers the possibility of relocating the Athosians to that continent, but as she prepares for a backlash at the suggestion, she is surprised when most of the city’s Athosians approach her with an offer to leave voluntarily. But after they leave and Sheppard’s team resumes trips through the Stargate, with Teyla in tow, the Wraith attacks continue.

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story by Kerry Glover
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Ross Hull (Dr. Corrigan), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Boyan Vukelic (Sgt. Stackhouse), Edmond Kato Wong (Technician), James Lafazanos (Wraith), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Santo Lombardo (Athosian), Agam Darshi (Athosian), Andre Benjamin (Guard), Phoenix Ly (Yamato)

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Childhood’s End

Stargate AtlantisDuring a survey of a planet in the Pegasus Galaxy, a jumper carrying Sheppard, Teyla, McKay and Ford crashes when its systems all simultaneously fail. Even portable equipment is rendered useless by an electromagnetic field. When they set out to disable the field so they can repair the jumper and leave, a group of camouflaged, armed children take them prisoner and bring them to their village. There, Sheppard meets the oldest of this curious society’s “elders” – a young man named Keras who is only hours away from his 25th birthday, which is marked by a ritual suicide. Keras and his people believe that this sacrifice is what keeps the Wraith from attacking them. But when Rodney finds a ZPM powering the field that caused the jumper to crash, a different picture emerges. Rodney is eager to bring the ZPM back to Atlantis for study, to see if it can help in the city’s defense, not even considering the possibility that the field he has just disabled is the real source of the village’s invincibility. And once the field is down, a Wraith homing device begins transmitting…

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directed by David Winning
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Courtenay J. Stevens (Keras), Dominic Zamprogna (Aries), Jessica Amlee (Cleo), Sam Charles (Casta), Alana Husband (Ennea), Shane Meier (Neleus), Julie Patzwald (Pelias), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Calum Worthy (Hunter Kid)

Notes: Dr. Zelenka pays his first visit to this planet in the second season episode Critical Mass, with even more colorful results than Sheppard’s team. Dominic Zamprogna has appeared in the new Battlestar Galactica as well, playing a reporter in Litmus and Viper pilot Jammer during the second season.

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Poisoning The Well

Stargate AtlantisA visit to a planet with steam-age technology provides Sheppard and his team with an unlikely weapon against the Wraith – a protein that helps humans resist the enzyme injected by the Wraith that allows feeding to begin. McKay is skeptical of the effectiveness of any anti-Wraith advance that could come from such a relatively primitive society. But when Dr. Beckett joins forces with Perna, the chief scientist working on the serum, he’s able to advance her research by decades in a matter of hours with his technology. But when talk of human trials begins, without any extensive testing of the drug’s side effects, Beckett and Sheppard are uneasy. Dr. Weir only reluctantly agrees to the plan of exposing the serum to Atlantis’ only Wraith prisoner via a terminally ill patient. That test seems to be a success, until it becomes apparent that the drug won’t just resist the Wraith, it will kill them – and it won’t do its human hosts any favors either. If Beckett can’t find a cure, an entire society may become extinct without a single Wraith attack.

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teleplay by Damian Kindler
directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Alan Scarfe (Chancellor Druhin), Allison Hossack (Perna), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), James Lafazanos (Wraith), Neil Maffin (Merell), Darren Hird (Dying Patient), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Edmond Kato Wong (Technician)

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Underground

Stargate AtlantisTeyla introduces the Atlantis team to a simple agrarian society known as the Genii. Sheppard leads a team to bargain with the Genii for food, but their leader, Cowen, seems more interested in trading for explosives than the medicines that are offered. Sheppard and McKay return to Atlantis to discuss the altered terms of the trade with Dr. Weir, who is understandably upset at the prospect that her expedition is becoming arms dealers. As they make their way back to the Genii village, McKay and Sheppard find traces of radioactivity, and follow those readings to a hatch leading to an underground bunker that, while still primitive by Atlantis’ standards, is evidence of a higher technology than what the Genii seem to have on the surface of their planet. With the truth exposed, the Genii drop the pretense of being simple farmers – or of welcoming Sheppard’s team. Their society lives in vast underground chambers, where they hide from the Wraith and are slowly developing the equivalent of early Cold War-era atomic weapons. McKay’s tactless criticism of the Genii nukes convinces Cowen that there may be some value in joining forces with Atlantis after all, but trust seems to be in short supply in the well-stocked Genii arsenal.

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directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Erin Chambers (Sora), Ari Cohen (Tyrus), Colm Meaney (Cowen), Darren Hird (Cocooned Victim), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin)

Notes: Guest star Colm Meaney is a genre favorite, having co-starred in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Chief O’Brien, a role that he originated as an unnamed Enterprise crewmember in the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987.

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Home

Stargate AtlantisA stargate on a mist-shrouded world provides the Atlantis team with a unique opportunity. When McKay discovers that this gate draws its power from that planet’s atmosphere, it seems like the gate could have enough power to reach Earth. By dismantling the Atlantis gate’s dial-home device, McKay is able to establish a link to the SGC. Despite the risk that it might be a one-way trip back to Earth, Dr. Weir, McKay, Major Sheppard, Ford and Teyla step through the gate. General Hammond gives them a warm welcome home, but informs them that the Pentagon may order a complete withdrawal from Atlantis. Soon afterward, Ford gets transfer orders, McKay has a hard time convincing Hammond to let him search for new ways back to Atlantis, and Weir and Sheppard begin to suspect that perhaps they haven’t traveled far from Atlantis at all.

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directed by Holly Dale
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Don S. Davis (General Hammond), Garwin Sanford (Simon), Noah Beggs (Dex), Stephen Spender (Mitch), Edmond Kato Wong (Atlantis Technician), Gary Jones (Sgt. Walter Harriman), Nicole Rudell (Doctor), Lynda Riley (Brunette), Robert Weiss (Scientist)

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The Storm

Stargate AtlantisA routine survey in a jumper alerts Sheppard to the existence of a massive, hurricane-like storm over the planet’s ocean – and it’s tracking straight toward Atlantis and the Athosian mainland. Worse yet, Atlantis’ depleted shields won’t protect the city from a direct strike by a hurricane that covers 20% of the planet’s surface and is stronger than anything ever seen on Earth. As Sheppard begins visiting nearby worlds via the stargate to bargain for a place to evacuate temporarily, McKay tries to find a way to use the storm’s inevitable abundance of lightning to charge the city’s shields to full power. But the people Sheppard has arranged to take in evacuees sell Atlantis out to the Genii. Cowen assigns one of his most ruthless deputies, Commander Kolya, to devise a plan to take over the city and raid its supplies of weapons, medicines and other valuables, though once Kolya arrives, overpowers the skeleton crew left to defend Atlantis, and takes Weir and McKay hostage, he alters the plan. Now the Genii want to pick up where Atlantis’ crew left off in preparing to save the city from the storm…but Sheppard has different plans.

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teleplay by Martin Gero
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Robert Davi (Kolya), Erin Chambers (Sora), Ryan Robbins (Ladon), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Michael Puttonen (Smeadon), Colm Meaney (Cowen), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Don Ackerman (Doran), Steve Archer (Generator Room Guard), Colin Corrigan (Guard #2), Jason Diablo (Guard), Conan Graham (Genii Soldier), Jodie Graham (Genii Soldier), Cory Monteith (Genii Private)

Notes: McKay mentions Hurricane Hazel as Canada’s last significant hurricane strike, 50 years before this episode; Hazel did indeed devastate parts of Ontario in 1954, having already carved a path of destruction through Haiti and the eastern seaboard of the United States. You can get a good idea of the storm’s impact on Canada at this site.

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The Eye

Stargate AtlantisThe Genii have seized control of the city, and only McKay’s fast talking keeps himself and Dr. Weir alive. McKay keeps talking long enough to delay Kolya’s persistent threats to kill all of his hostages, and in that time Major Sheppard begins a stealthy offensive to disable Atlantis and its defenses to make the city a less attractive target for the Genii; when the stargate is opened, Sheppard puts up a shield that results in the death of nearly all of the incoming Genii reinforcements, totaling nearly sixty soldiers including Kolya’s own son. But even if Sheppard succeeds in convincing Kolya and his troops that they should retreat before Atlantis is destroyed by the approaching storm, can he undo his sabotage in time to restore the city’s shields and prevent that ruse from becoming reality?

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Robert Davi (Kolya), Erin Chambers (Sora), Ryan Robbins (Ladon), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Conan Graham (Genii Soldier)

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The Defiant One

Stargate AtlantisSheppard, McKay and two scientists explore one of the other planets in Atlantis’ solar system in a jumper, finding an enormous but dormant weapons platform in orbit, possibly the Ancients’ last line of defense for Atlantis. They find a crashed Wraith ship on the planet’s surface, along with a startlingly well-preserved dead Wraith on board – one which seems to have been fed upon by another Wraith, a behavior that hasn’t been observed before. They also find a chamber with hundreds of coccooned human bodies – a sign that other Wraiths may be nearby, stockpiling food for reasons unknown. Sheppard takes this as a sign that it’s time to return to the jumper, but it’s too late – one of the junior scientists becomes the Wraith’s latest victim, and the other is captured and coccooned. Sheppard and McKay find their surviving team member, and Sheppard arms McKay and leaves him to guard the wounded man. In the meantime, Sheppard races to return to the undefended jumper, only to find that the Wraith has already discovered it – and its weapons. Sheppard can’t call for help, and even when Dr. Weir becomes worried enough to send Lt. Ford and Teyla in charge of a backup team, help is over 15 hours away.

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directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Cox (Gaul), Paul Magel (Abrams), James Lafazanos (Wraith), Joseph May (Markham)

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Hot Zone

Stargate AtlantisThe mysterious death of two team members after they report seeing something unusual forces Dr. Weir to order a medical quarantine of the entire city – everyone is to remain where they are, including McKay’s team, now trapped near whatever killed their teammates. Sheppard doesn’t like the idea of sitting still, and overrides Weir’s authority when McKay reports that one of his more nervous surviving team members has fled into the city, breaking the quarantine – and possibly spreading the infection. Every member of McKay’s team who reports seeing a dark shadow approaching them dies soon afterward. The city begins sealing sections of itself off, as if sensing that the infection has indeed spread. McKay and Beckett determine that the growing plague isn’t of Wraith origin – and the latest person who’s seen the shadow that precedes yet another death is McKay himself.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Damon Johnson (Peterson), Lindsay Collins (Dr. Biro), Nathanni Arntzen (Dumais)

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Sanctuary

Stargate AtlantisSheppard, Teyla, Ford and McKay are on a routine survey mission aboard one of Atlantis’ jumpers, when an attack group of Wraith Darts finds and pursues them. But just when they think they’re about to be destroyed, a blinding burst of energy emanates from a nearby planet, destroying the Darts – and leaving the jumper untouched. Sheppard decides that this force merits investigation (and the jumper needs repairs), but on the planet, they find only a primitive, spiritual people who know nothing of the Wraith or the weapon that destroyed them, to say nothing of the technology that could have built such a weapon. Sheppard’s pleas to relocate refugees to this world falls on deaf ears, so he invites the high priestess to tour Atlantis for herself. McKay, on the other hand, is suspicious of the people of Proculus, and believes they’re more advanced than they appear to be – and when she touches a console and activates it, revealing she has the Ancient gene, it only intensifies his suspicion.

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directed by James Head
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Robert Thurston (Zarah), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Leonor Varela (Chaya Sar)

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Before I Sleep

Stargate AtlantisSheppard leads a team investigating some of the still-unexplored parts of the city, when he finds a chamber with an elderly woman in suspended animation. Dr. Weir makes the call to revive the woman, who McKay says has been frozen for 10,000 years. The apparently human woman’s first words upon waking up are “It worked.” After some rest, Dr. Beckett reports that the woman has awakened again, and seems to recognize the people and things around her. When Weir pays her another visit, the woman claims to be her – after traveling back in time to the Ancients’ heyday on Atlantis. Beckett confirms the woman’s DNA is the same as Weir’s. But her story of what happened baffles everyone – according to the older Weir, Atlantis’ shields remained down when Weir’s team arrived through the stargate and activated the city’s systems. The city flooded, many of the crew was killed, and only Weir survived, somehow finding herself 10,000 years in the past, healed by the Ancients. It turns out that the Ancients did not approve of the construction of the time travel device that led to Weir’s recovery, and refuse to allow it to be used to return her to the future. But another of the Ancients gave this timeline’s Weir another option – a chance to ensure that events would unfold differently when she arrived 10,000 years in the future.

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excerpts from The Rising written by Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Gildart Jackson (Janus), Matthew Walker (Ancient Council Member), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Melia McClure (Melia), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Alex DeCosta (Technician)

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The Brotherhood

Stargate AtlantisIn the pages of an ancient library visited by Sheppard’s team, McKay finds historical evidence of a zero point module. Historical documents on the planet Dagan indicate that the ZPM was kept as an object of worship and guarded by an order of monks, and they left a map to uncover the ZPM in several buried pieces. McKay and Sheppard’s team receive valuable assistance from the local population, though not all of them think they should be helping their new visitors so readily. Their combined efforts uncover an underground bunker, and Sheppard’s team goes to explore it with some of the locals, leaving Ford on guard. Another party on Dagan quickly makes its presence known: Kolya, the Genii commander whose forces Sheppard drove off of Atlantis during the storm. In the meantime, on Atlantis, a deep space sensor system is accidentally activated, and after a Wraith dart ship strafes the city, Dr. Weir orders a maximum-range sweep with those sensors – and discovers three massive Wraith hive ships are on a course for Atlantis.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Robert Davi (Kolya), Jana Mitsoula (Allina), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Adrian Hough (Genii Lieutenant), Laura Mennell (Sanir), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Boyan Vukelic (Sgt. Stackhouse)

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Letters From Pegasus

Stargate AtlantisMcKay concocts a plan to send a message through the stargate back to Earth, warning them of the Wraith approach to Atlantis and relaying all that the team has found in the city to date – all in 1.3 seconds, thanks to data compression. Despite Major Sheppard’s objections, Dr. Weir gives McKay’s plan the go-ahead. While he continues his plans, Weir sends Sheppard and Teyla to warn Teyla’s people about the coming of the Wraith. Teyla promises to save some refugees from a predetermined meeting point in the event of a Wraith attack, again despite Sheppard’s objections. After the warning is delivered, the Wraith arrive, harvesting defenseless people by the hundreds. Teyla and Sheppard have to leave their ship cloaked on the surface to avoid detection, as the Wraith have the stargate occupied. Trapped, unable to offer assistance without giving away their own presence, they bear witness to the slaughter of hundreds. And on Atlantis, it becomes apparent that there may be enough time left from McKay’s highly-compressed message to send brief personal video messages home from each of the crew.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), Terence Kelly (Orin), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Ben Cotton (Kavanagh), Gary Jones (Technician)

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The Gift

Stargate AtlantisTeyla awakens from a terrifying dream about a Wraith infiltrating Atlantis and killing Sheppard. The rest of the Atlantis team is still trying to find a defense against the approaching Wraith hive ships before they arrive, and a new control chair is found that could allow the crew to protect the city more effectively. Teyla uncovers another possible avenue, however – the discovery of a Wraith log device reveals that some of Teyla’s people, including Teyla herself, have a small amount of Wraith DNA. Those with this rare “gift” can sometimes hear voices, and Beckett theorizes that perhaps the ability includes a fleeting telepathic link with the Wraith. Teyla agrees to be subjected to an experiment to see if she can tap into the Wraith – but if the link goes both ways, she may become a deadly liability.

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teleplay by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Peter DeLuise

music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Claire Rankin (Dr. Heightmeyer), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Ben Cotton (Dr. Kavanagh), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), Brenda McDonald (Charik), James Lafazanos (Wraith), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Daniel Doileau (Victim)

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The Siege Part I

Stargate AtlantisThe three Wraith hive ships detected on a direct course for Atlantis will meet only one obstacle before they reach the planet – a defense satellite built by the Ancients as Atlantis’ last line of defense. The good news is that the satellite is still intact, but the bad news is that its systems are completely dormant – and Dr. McKay is given mere hours to solve that problem. Meanwhile, Sheppard still holds Teyla in suspicion, worried that any preparations in her presence could be providing the Wraith with intelligence via her recently discovered telepathic connection to them, and Sheppard isn’t the only one who suspects her. Dr. Weir is equally worried that the Wraith intend to invade Earth’s galaxy via the stargate, and orders her team to look for an alpha site to which the crew can be evacuated so the city can be destroyed as a last defense. But it’s impossible to keep the Wraith out of Atlantis…because they’re already there.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Dean Marshall (Sgt. Bates), James Lafaznos (Wraith), Rob Avery (Miller), Craig Fraser (S.O.), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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The Siege Part II

Stargate AtlantisThe stargate activates, bringing much-needed help from Earth in the form of a heavily-armed Marine unit hand-picked by General O’Neill. Colonel Everett is assigned to take over from Dr. Weir, a move that surprises both Weir and Sheppard. But Everett’s plan – to defend Atlantis at all costs until further backup can arrive in the form of the SGC’s starship Daedalus – is just audacious enough to work, if he can overcome the Atlantis team’s reluctance to obey his orders. Even after Everett’s first line of new defenses falls to the Wraith advance, a fierce battle ensues and the added weapons help to turn the tide, but the fight isn’t over yet. The hive ships are still approaching, the city’s sensors have been damaged, and worse yet, Teyla senses Wraith inside the city. With Everett’s supply of nukes destroyed in the advance attack, Dr. Weir takes a chance on trying to open talks with the Genii to use some of their nuclear weapons. But the Genii take Weir hostage when she comes to negotiate; they decide to use her life as a bargaining chip to extort more weapons technology from the Atlantis expedition…and if Atlantis falls before Weir can agree, so much the better.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Clayton Landey (Colonel Everett), Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Chris Britton (Prenum), David Orth (Radner), James Lafaznos (Wraith), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

Notes: This episode was dedicated to Bob Scarabelli, the founder, president and CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment Group, the digital effects house that handles the special effects workload of both Atlantis and SG-1.

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The Siege Part III

Stargate AtlantisAs Sheppard is about to carry out a suicide mission against the nearest Wraith hive ship aboard a puddle jumper, another ship signals him and orders him to decloak – the Daedalus has arrived from Earth. And while that helps matters in orbit over Atlantis, there are still Wraith on the loose in Atlantis itself. Daedalus also bears a gift for Dr. McKay – a ZPM that will power Atlantis’ shields. Getting the module into place is enough of a challenge with Wraith warriors stalking the city, but when the last hive ship is destroyed in space, the remaining dart fighters mount a suicide strike on Atlantis. In the course of defending the city from the ground, Lt. Ford is captured by a Wraith, but before it can feed, a grenade blasts Ford and his attacker into the ocean below. When Ford is recovered, he has been subjected to an overdose of an enzyme injected into Wraith victims to prolong their lives for feeding, and when he awakens, he has Wraith-like strength, a temper to match, and – according to Dr. Beckett – a lifelong dependency on the enzyme. After the Wraith advance is beaten back, twelve more hive ships are detected. Sheppard’s strategy to intercept the hive ships ahead of their arrival works only briefly before the Daedalus is forced to fall back to Atlantis for repairs. McKay devises a plan to fool the Wraith into thinking that Atlantis has been destroyed, which could save everyone – unless Ford, unable to control himself, gives the game away.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla), Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex)

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford), Ellie Harvie (Dr. Novak), Clayton Landey (Colonel Everett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Steven Caldwell), Morris Chapdelaine (Hermiod puppeteer), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod), James Lafaznos (Male Wraith)

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The Intruder

Stargate AtlantisAfter ferrying Atlantis’ senior staff to Earth for a briefing, the Daedalus is en route back to Atlantis when a suspicious accident leaves one of the crew dead. Concerned about possible Wraith retaliation, Colonel Caldwell – the Daedalus’ commander, still chafing over being passed over for Atlantis’ military commander position in favor of the newly-promoted Lt. Colonel Sheppard – orders the ship to stay in hyperspace. But other deadly accidents continue to happen, and it seems that even hyperspace isn’t safe for the Daedalus. And in any event, the Wraith don’t need to attack the Daedalus directly – they’ve already managed to infect its vital systems from a distance.

Order the DVDswritten by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Beau Bridges (General Landry), Garwin Sanford (Simon), Lucia Walters (Lara), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Kimani Ray Smith (Dr. Lindstrom), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod), Michael Boisvert (Bridge Lieutenant), Heather Doerksen (Bridge Pilot), Gerry Durand (Airman), Umar Gordon (Monroe)

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Runner

Stargate AtlantisA routine survey mission through the stargate turns up a dead Wraith, and an autopsy reveals that the glands that produce the enzyme needed to prolong a victim’s life for feeding have been removed – Lt. Ford, still missing, has struck. Sheppard leads a search team back to the planet to look for Ford, but he and Teyla are captured by a man who identifies himself as Ronan Dex. Sheppard and Teyla can’t say anything that will win Dex’s trust, but he has seen Ford. Dex is a runner, captured by the Wraith, implanted with a tracking device, and then set free to be hunted for sport. During his latest encounter with a Wraith, Dex found himself between his pursuer and Ford. He offers to find Ford for Sheppard in exchange for the removal of his tracking implant, but even when Ford is found, there are still ways he can betray his teammates.

Order the DVDswritten by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Jonathon Young (Parrish), Dan Payne (Reed), James Lafaznos (Wraith)

Note: This episode introduces new regular Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex.

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Duet

Stargate AtlantisA seemingly quiet reconnaisance mission is shattered by the appearance of a Wraith dart, which leaves Dr. Beckett unharmed but snatches up Rodney and Lt. Cadman, their armed escort. Sheppard and his troops shoot the Dart down, but when the beam is reversed, only Rodney’s body appears – and yet he insists he can hear Lt. Cadman in his head. As he spends more time with his unexpected visitor, Rodney can be seen having arguments in the halls of Atlantis with someone who no one else can see or hear. Cadman insists on coaching Rodney during a much-anticipated date, but even a woman’s insight can do so much to help the socially inept scientist. And when Rodney does devise a plan to reconstitute Lt. Cadman’s body, it’s not guaranteed to help him escape with his sanity or, for that matter, his life.

Order the DVDswritten by Martin Gero
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Jaime Ray Newman (Lt. Cadman), Claire Rankin (Dr. Heightmeyer), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Brenda James (Dr. Brown), Jeffrey Robinson (Wraith Pilot), Tina-Jane Krohn (Scientist)

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Condemned

Stargate AtlantisSheppard, McKay, Teyla and Dex find a less than warm welcome waiting for them on a planet they visit through the stargate. They’re trying to beat a hasty retreat from a group of hostile humans with primitive weapons when another ship appears to cover their escape and lead them to safety. This ship belongs to a more advanced group of people who reveal that the “primitives” are, in fact, their most dangerous criminals, stranded on a remote island for life – but that island contains the planet’s lone stargate. The planet’s advanced civilization apparently enjoys a certain immunity from the Wraith’s visits because the Wraith go no further than the island for their feeding. Sheppard’s team still has to return to the island to reach the gate, however, and their jumper is shot down by primitive explosives launched from the surface. A prisoner named Torrell takes Sheppard’s team hostage and insists that McKay fix the jumper so the prisoners can escape before the next Wraith feeding. Torrell assigns another prisoner to help McKay repair the jumper, and this man makes a chilling revelation: to keep the Wraith from overrunning their society, the government has been steadily lowering the severity of crime required to deport offenders to the island. But how long before no one on the planet is safe – and can the Atlantis team escape before then?

Order the DVDsteleplay by Carl Binder
story by Sean Carley
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Darcy Belsher (Eldon), Christian Bocher (Torrell), Alan C. Peterson (Magistrate), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Kyla Anderson (Marin), James Lafaznos (Wraith), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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Trinity

Stargate AtlantisWhile surveying the Dorandan homeworld, the Atlantis team discovers a destroyed Wraith fleet and lifeless planet below. McKay detects faint energy readings, leading to an abandoned outpost laboratory on the planet. The technology is definitely that of the Ancients and McKay determines that they were working on a vacuum energy power source that would make the Zero Point Module look “like an alkaline battery.” After returning with a full research team, McKay conducts a full test of the power source, resulting in a barely-controlled overload and the death of one of the scientists. Despite Weir’s considerable misgivings, McKay convinces her that he can control the reaction and wants to run another test with just him and Sheppard present. The possibility of a power source that could turn the tide against the Wraith is too promising to dismiss entirely, so she agrees. However, things don’t go entirely according to plan.

Meanwhile, Ronon accompanies Teyla on a trade mission to Belkan. Ronon’s aggressive nature causes him to interfere with Teyla’s delicate negotiations. Afterwards, Teyla learns that someone else from Ronon’s homeworld of Sateda lives on Belkan. Ronon is reunited with a fellow soldier and learns that Kell, his former taskmaster in the Satedan military, is still alive and well. It turns out that not all reunions are happy reunions.

Order the DVDswritten by Damian Kindler
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Sean Campbell (?), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Steven Caldwell), Christopher Gauthier (Mattas), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

Note: Trinity refers to the parcel of land near Alamogordo, New Mexico that served as the first test site for the atomic bomb on July 16, 1945.

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Instinct

Stargate AtlantisA team led by Sheppard pays a visit to a village resembling Earth’s 19th century, but they aren’t exactly greeted with open arms by the locals. They do, however, learn that the villagers have had other unwelcome visitors – a Wraith has been tormenting and killing anyone it can capture since crash-landing on the planet ten years ago. Sheppard offers to help the locals dispose of their problem, but when Ronon tracks the Wraith down, it’s a young female being sheltered by a reclusive scientist named Zaddik. After nurturing the young crash survivor, Zaddik had to find a way to keep her alive without allowing her to feed on other people. His serum intrigues McKay and Beckett, as does her almost human demeanor – she serves tea to her visitors and refers to Zaddik as “Father” – but Ronon sets out to prove that her Wraith traits can return to the surface with little provocation. But even with the young Wraith under constant watch by the team from Atlantis, something is still preying on the villagers.

Order the DVDswritten by Treena Hancock & Melissa R. Byer
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Jewel Staite (Ellia / Wraith), John Innes (Zaddik), Stephen Dimopoulos (Goran), Tom Bates (Barkeep), Nico McEown (Boy), Blake Stadel (young Zaddik), Kayma Seamark (6-year-old Wraith)

Notes: Guest star Jewel Staite is better known to SF fans as Kaylee from the short-lived Joss Whedon series Firefly.

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Babylon

Stargate SG-1SG-1 goes offworld looking for a group of legendary Jaffa warriors who supposedly won their freedom thousands of years ago. Teal’c’s intelligence is sound, and the Sodan introduce themselves by ambushing the team. Mitchell guards the group’s retreat to the Stargate and gets wounded and captured for his trouble, but not before he critically injures one of the Sodan. The other warriors take Mitchell away using a type of Ancient beaming technology; the rest of SG-1 finds only the wounded Jaffa. They bring him back to Earth, hoping Dr. Lam can save his life and that they can learn of Mitchell’s fate. Their search of the planet reveals only a single obelisk with a line of Ancient writing – not nearly enough for Daniel to determine how to activate the device. And the international committee overseeing the Stargate program is not willing to fund an indefinite search mission with little chance of success.

In the Sodan village, Mitchell learns that he will have to engage in ritual combat as punishment for killing a Sodan warrior. A Sodan named Jolan begins to train him. Even as he tries to learn enough to survive the Kel Shak Lo ritual, Mitchell is concerned by the arrival of a Prior in the village. The Sodan leader, Haikon, explains that the Ancients helped the Sodan overcome the Goa’uld 5000 years ago, and gave them technology to help them stay hidden. The Sodan have worshipped the Ancients as gods ever since, but they have heard nothing for thousands of years. The Ori’s power and offer of enlightenment is a tempting offer – more tempting than the opportunity to ally themselves with Jaffa who served the Goa’uld until recently. Jolan is concerned by Haikon’s ready acceptance of the Ori; the Sodan’s traditions are important to him, especially Kel Shak Lo. It was his brother that Mitchell killed, and Jolan is determined to carry through with the battle. But his respect for Mitchell has also grown, and he may be willing to find a creative way to satisfy his honor.

Order the DVDswritten by Damian Kindler
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Lexa Doig (Dr. Lam), Jason George (Jolan), Tony Todd (Haikon), Jarvis George (Volnek), William B. Davis (Prior), Gary Jones (Sgt. Walter Harriman), Bryan Elliot (Col. Raimi – SG-22), Darcy Laurie (Kassan)

Notes: Mitchell called Jolan “Bones” at the end of the episode, no doubt because their solution to their fight-to-the-death problem closely resembles Dr. McCoy’s in the original Star Trek episode Amok Time. The international oversight committee was first mentioned in this season’s The Ties That Bind, although in that episode it was unclear whether Landry and the SGC would accept the tradeoff.

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Conversion

Stargate AtlantisRushed back to Atlantis’ infirmary, Sheppard’s injuries sustained in the search for Ellia baffle Dr. Beckett; a significant arm wound heals remarkably fast, and Sheppard’s physical stamina increases to an unusual degree. Beckett’s blood work reveals that the retrovirus intended to transform Ellia back into a human seeped into Sheppard’s bloodstream during the fight, and the results could be unpredictable. Dr. Weir removes Sheppard from offworld duty and Beckett orders him to check in frequently, but symptoms appear quickly, and Sheppard begins mutating into something resembling half-human and half-Wraith. As his condition grows worse, Beckett discovers that Sheppard may be able to help himself find the cure – providing he’s still human enough.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert C. Cooper & Martin Gero
story by Martin Gero
directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Matthew Harrison (Scientist), Lindsay Collins (Scientist), Todd Hann (Bravo Leader), France Perras (Nurse), Andy Nez (Soldier)

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Aurora

Stargate AtlantisRodney’s sensors detect the Aurora, an Ancient defense ship launched to protect the planet and the city. Though nobody expects the presumably lost ship to be manned, it contains nearly a full crew – kept alive in a state of near-total stasis. The aging of the Ancients’ bodies is slowed, but they’re still quite active mentally, and plugged into a network that allows them to control their ship. Rodney finds a way to plug Sheppard into the network without putting him in the same stasis, allowing him to communicate with the Ancients. But Sheppard finds that the Ancient crew doesn’t trust him – not even as a virtual reality construct. While Colonel Caldwell and his crew brace for a Wraith attack on the newly discovered ship, Sheppard discovers that the Wraith are already aboard the Aurora, both virtually and literally.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Carl Binder
story by Brad Wright & Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Bruce Dawson (Captain), Pascale Hutton (First Officer), James Lafaznos (Wraith), Kirby Morrow (Airman), Anne Openshaw (Pilot), Ryan W. Smith (Crewman), Graham Kosakoski (Guard)

Notes: Colonel Caldwell’s use of the term “military thrust” indicates that he wants the Daedalus’ pilot to push the ship’s engines past 100% throttle – or, as countless starship captains before him have put it less formally, get the hell out of there.

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The Lost Boys

Stargate AtlantisFollowing up on a lead to the possible location of a ZPM, Sheppard, Teyla, Rodney and Ronon are abducted by a group of humans and taken through a stargate – and Sheppard is stunned to see Ford is in charge of their captors. Still given superhuman strength and agility as long as he continues to find sources of the Wraith enzyme, Ford introduces his new colleagues to the enzyme as well. Over time, Ford and his friends have learned to refine the Wraith enzyme – and even to process it into food form, which he feeds to Sheppard’s team without warning them. After drugging them with their first dose of the enzyme, Ford and his men free the Atlantis team to let them explore their new abilities. Ford’s men are doing their own part to fight the Wraith, using means that might not meet the Atlantis team’s approval, and to Rodney’s horror, Sheppard finds himself considering joining Ford for at least one attack on a hive ship – as a cover for getting his own team home. But Ford’s plan, using a stolen Wraith dart, doesn’t quite go as planned – and neither does Sheppard’s plan to return to Atlantis.

Order the DVDswritten by Martin Gero
excerpt written by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Rainbow Sun Francks (Aiden Ford), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Aaron Abrams (Kanayo), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Paul Anthony (Jace), Woody Jeffreys (Bouncer / Guard #1), Aleks Holtz (Guard #2), James Lafaznos (Wraith Male), Andee Frizzell (Wraith Hive Queen)

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