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
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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directed by Andy Mikita
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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.

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directed by Peter DeLuise
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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.

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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.

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excerpt written by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Brad Turner
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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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The Hive

Stargate AtlantisBrought before the Queen on a Wraith hive ship, Sheppard puts up the best resistance he can muster to her interrogation…and is startled to find that it seems to be working. Due to the Wraith enzyme that Ford has flooded his bloodstream with, Sheppard is immune to the Wraith, as are the other prisoners. On the planet, Rodney subjects himself to a massive dose of the enzyme, enough to send himself into a state somewhere between a berzerker rage and schizophrenia so he can disarm Ford’s guards, repair the DHD at the stargate and escape to Atlantis. Once he sounds the alarm – and rants and raves a lot – Colonel Caldwell and the Prometheus leave Atlantis to take out the approaching hive ship, and rescue Sheppard’s team at the same time if possible. With Ford and Ronon still competing with each other fiercely, Sheppard leads a prison break, but he lands his entire team back in the cell when he stops to assist other human prisoners that he didn’t even know were there. But spending time with one of these humans opens Sheppard’s eyes to new avenues of escaping the Wraith – and new threats.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Rainbow Sun Francks (Aiden Ford), Aaron Abrams (Kanayo), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Jenn Bird (Neera), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), James Lafaznos (Male Wraith), Andee Frizzell (Hive Queen), Woody Jeffreys (Bouncer), Aleks Holtz (Guard), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Kirby Morrow (Airman)

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Epiphany

Stargate AtlantisColonel Sheppard and his team find an unusual gateway on a planet, surrounded by Ancient runes. When Sheppard steps through it, after several tests have shown the energy gate to be harmless, he’s trapped on the other side. Worse yet, Dr. McKay discovers that time is passing much faster on Sheppard’s side of the gate – for every minute that the team debates what to do, days pass for Sheppard, and for every hour that it takes to formulate a plan, months pass. Forced to move on and find food, Sheppard finds a peaceful village whoses residents spend their time meditating and preparing for ascension – and being terrorized by a gigantic beast whose shadowy form he can barely make out even in broad daylight. After taking on the monster twice, Sheppard becomes a hero to the villagers, but he’s disturbed that they seem more than content to let him continue fighting their battles for him. McKay finally works out the function of the gateway – its time-shifted environment is meant to serve as a safe, Wraith-proof shelter for Ancients who are still struggling on the path to ascension. But before Sheppard can escape, and before the Ancients he now calls friends can ascend, the beast must be faced without his intervention.

Order the DVDsstory by Brad Wright & Joe Flanigan
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directed by Neil Fearnley
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Chad Morgan (Teer), David McNally (Avrid), Nicole Munoz (Hedda), Scott Miller (Pilot), Glenn Ennis (Monster)

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Critical Mass

Stargate AtlantisMere moments before the stargate in Atlantis dials Earth for a routine briefing with General Landry, Rodney stops the process – Landry has sent word that he’s learned a bomb will detonate in Atlantis that next time Earth’s address is dialed. As Rodney begins frantically trying to find a way to locate and disable the bomb, Dr. Weir and Colonel Sheppard must do the unthinkable – they have to consider everyone in Atlantis a suspect and question them accordingly. Weir’s top candidate is the constantly disgruntled Dr. Kavanagh, who has voiced misgivings about her leadership on many occasions. When Rodney traces the bomb to the ZPM powering Atlantis’ gate and shields, he simply disables that power source…but his doing that activates a signal that gets the attention of two Wraith ships. Without the ZPM, Atlantis is vulnerable to discovery and attack. With the ZPM activated, the entire city is a ticking time bomb. As time runs short, Dr. Weir finds herself agreeing with Sheppard and Ronon that more aggressive interrogation techniques may be needed. But how far will they go when they’re not even sure they have the right man?

Order the DVDsstory by Brad Wright & Carl Binder
teleplay by Carl Binder
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith
song: “Beyond The Night” by Joel Goldsmith / vocals by Rachel Luttrell

Guest Cast: Beau Bridges (General Landry), Jaime Ray Newman (Lt. Cadman), Ellie Harvie (Dr. Novak), Ben Cotton (Dr. Kavanagh), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Bill Dow (Dr. Lee), Peter Flemming (Agent Barrett), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Walter Harriman), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Brenda McDonald (Charin), Chuck Campbell (Atlantis Technician), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod)

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Grace Under Pressure

Stargate AtlantisRodney and fellow Atlantis crewmember Griffin take a recently repaired puddle jumper out on a proving flight, with Rodney in a near-panic that the ship, which has been refitted after suffering serious damage, will never be spaceworthy again. As it turns out, that’s the least of his problems. On approach to land at Atlantis, the jumper’s engines malfunction and the little ship plunges into the ocean seconds after Griffin fires off a desperate distress call to Atlantis. At 1,200 feet beneath the surface of the ocean and falling, the jumper must now prove itself to be seaworthy… and again, it fails the test, as the cockpit begins to buckle under the pressure. Rodney and Griffin try to retreat to the rear compartment and close the pressure hatch to the cockpit, but when he realizes that only the cockpit’s hatch controls are still working, Griffin sacrifices himself to save Rodney’s life. Still plummeting toward the ocean floor, Rodney is now facing his own extinction at a depth that none of Atlantis’ craft can hope to reach for a rescue, and worse yet, he’s facing it alone…or so he thinks at first.

Order the DVDswritten by Martin Gero
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), William MacDonald (Griffin), Peter Abrams (Donaldson), Nimet Kanji (Bryce)

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The Tower

Stargate AtlantisA visit with a seemingly primitive culture is going uneventfully for Sheppard and his team when the locals mention that half of their crop harvest is surrendered to the Tower as a tribute in exchange for protection from the Wraith. When Sheppard asks about the Tower, the leader of the village they’ve been visiting shows them: covered in vegetation, it’s a structure almost identical to the central control tower of Atlantis itself. Rodney’s scans reveal a vast underground structure – not only is the tower identical, but so is everything else, an Ancient city-ship like Atlantis buried underground. When soldiers from the Tower show up and begin roughing up the villagers, Sheppard, Teyla and Ronon draw their weapons and stop them. A man named Otho, claiming to be a representative of the Tower’s royalty, warns Sheppard that further resistance will only result in a demonstration of power that will cost the village dearly. Sheppard stands his ground until an Ancient drone from the Tower lays waste to part of the village. Otho scans the new arrivals from Atlantis and then has Sheppard disarmed and taken to the Tower, where he is greeted by the ailing Lord Protector, who apparently has the gene needed to power the city’s systems and its drones. Sheppard grows impatient with the court intrigue, however, until Otho confides the truth to him: Sheppard has a higher concentration of the Ancient gene than any surviving member of the royal family, though among the scheming members of that family this makes him either a valuable asset or a liability to be done away with. Sheppard tries to bargain with Otho, offering medical help from Atlantis – including the Ancient gene therapy developed by Dr. Beckett – in exchange for the drones and puddle jumpers berthed in the Ancient city. But Ronon’s distaste for the villagers’ virtual enslavement may kick-start a revolution at the foot of the Tower before Sheppard can seal the deal.

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directed by Andy Mikita
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Guest Cast: Peter Woodward (Otho), Jay Brazeau (Lord Protector), David Bloom (Eldred), Richard Kahan (Baldric), Brendan Beiser (Tavius), Chelan Simmons (Mara), Anna Cummer (Petra), Mark Gibbon (Constable)

Notes: Guest star Peter Woodward starred as the Technomage Galen in the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off series Crusade.

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The Long Goodbye

Stargate AtlantisA single-person escape pod recovered in deep space contains an elderly woman barely hanging on to life, and Dr. Weir is enthusiastic about the possibility that she may be an Ancient. Something from the pod has a drastic effect on Weir, however – when she comes to, she seems to be carrying the personality of the woman in the pod, and she seeks a volunteer to be the recipient of a second personality housed within the pod, claiming it is her husband. Sheppard offers to help the woman say a final farewell to her spouse…but when he accepts the new personality, everyone quickly discovers that the two personalities aren’t husband and wife, but blood enemies who have each pledged to destroy the other. The problem is that they quickly arm their new bodies and attempt to resolve the war of which they are the last two fighters – regardless of whether Atlantis or any of its crew get in the way.

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Guest Cast: Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Gerry Durand (Sergeant)

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Coup D’etat

Stargate AtlantisLadon, a Genii scientist who served under Kolya during his attempt to invade Atlantis, contacts the city asking for help in curing a disease that some of the Genii have contracted. In exchange, he offers them a much-needed ZPM. Despite reservations about dealing with the Genii again, Weir cautiously offers to do the deal after Sheppard does an investigation. The story Sheppard finds, however, is different from the one that Ladon has told – he discovers that Ladon has apparently started a rebellion within the ranks of the Genii, taking an even more ruthless stance than Cowen. Based on this information, which a conversation with Cowen himself seems to confirm, Weir decides that Ladon’s offer is a con. Sheppard hatches a new plan: he should lead a special ops team to take the ZPM from Ladon by force. But when the plan is put into action, it seems that the rumors of Ladon’s resistance have been exaggerated…though the rumors of his ruthlessness are right on the money.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Ryan Robbins (Ladon), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Sonja Bennett (Dahlia), Colm Meaney (Cowen), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Penelope Corrin (Dr. Lindsay), David Joffre (Barkeep), Meg Roe (Young Barkeep), Jon Johnson (Security Team Member)

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Michael

Stargate AtlantisLt. Michael Kenmore awakens in Atlantis, surrounded by Dr. Weir, Dr. Beckett and Colonel Sheppard. They inform him that he’s suffering from a traumatic memory blackout after being attacked by the Wraith, but that he’ll recover. When he meets more of the crew, Michael feels safe, and yet he’s troubled by dreams, visions, and impulses. He tries to pry into his own past to jog his memory, but Beckett urges him not to try to take in too much information at once. Everyone seems overprectective of Michael, except for Ronon, who attacks him without provocation. When Michael finally does dig deep enough to find out how he came to be at Atlantis, however, he learns that he’s not the man everyone has told him he is, he’s not a member of the Atlantis crew, and he’s not even human – and never has been.

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directed by Martin Wood
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Guest Cast: Connor Trinneer (Michael), Claire Rankin (Dr. Heightmeyer), Doug Chapman (Cole), James Lafaznos (Wraith Michael)

Note: Connor Trinneer co-starred on all four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise as Chief Engineer “Trip” Tucker.

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Inferno

Stargate AtlantisResponding to a distress call from an base built by the Ancients on the planet Taranis, Sheppard and his team find a civilization facing extinction. Rodney discovers that the Ancients’ base is built in the caldera of a dormant supervolcano, but when the locals occupied the empty facility and turned its shields on full-time, the resulting increase in geothermal energy brought the volcano back to an active state. Now, Rodney faces a conundrum – if he turns off the base’s shields, the volcanic activity will destroy it, but leaving the shields on will almost certainly trigger a major eruption that could render Taranis uninhabitable. The locals also have another treasure worth preserving – a ship almost identical to the destroyed Aurora is berthed in the base’s hangar. Sheppard and Weir’s interest in the ship arouses suspicions though, enough that the Atlantis team may not be trusted to evacuate the base. Unsure that the Aurora’s sister ship can be readied in time for a full-scale evacuation, Weir orders Colonel Caldwell to divert the Daedalus to Taranus – even though it can’t evacuate everyone. And on Atlantis, sensors warn of a lone approaching Wraith hive ship…

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directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Kevin McNulty (Chancellor Lycus), Brandy Ledford (Dr. Norina Pero), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Patrich Gallagher (Vonos), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod)

Notes: Brandy Ledford was a member of the regular cast of Andromeda during its fifth and final season as Doyle. The Aurora was introduced – and destroyed – in this season’s episode Aurora.

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Allies

Stargate AtlantisAtlantis cloaks before the arrival of the hive ship, which is still en route, unaccompanied by any other Wraith ships. Daedalus and the newly-christened Ancient ship Orion lay in wait just beyond the Wraith’s sensor range. Despite the measures taken to hide Atlantis, the Wraith ship hails the city anyway, asking for Dr. Weir by name and proposing an alliance. It seems that the revival of Atlantis awakened too many Wraith, too early – and even in Atlantis there aren’t enough humans to sustain the entire species. The proposal is simple: in return for continuing to conceal Atlantis’ continued existence, Michael’s Wraith faction wants the retrovirus created by Dr. Beckett to revert Wraiths into humans – humans which the Wraith who possess the virus will then feed upon, leaving Dr. Weir and her crew alone. Weir and Beckett wrestle with the ethical implications of creating a new races of humans in the Pegasus Galaxy, only to sacrifice them to the Wraith, but as the uneasy alliance progresses, it seems that the Wraith do indeed have a larger source of food in mind…but not in Atlantis’ galaxy.

Order the DVDswritten by Martin Gero
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Brent Stait (Wraith Michael), Connor Trinneer (Michael), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), James Lafaznos (Male Wraith), Andee Frizzell (Hive Queen), Sherry Noel (Lab Assistant), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Technician), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod)

Notes: Despite receiving a guest starring credit, Connor Trinneer only appeared in “flashback” footage from Michael; Trinneer was unavailable to reprise his role for this episode. Taking over for him was Brent Stait, who played Rev Bem during the early seasons of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.

LogBook entry by Earl Green