Adrift

Stargate AtlantisWith the city roaring through deep space after its escape from the ocean planet, Rodney races to shut down systems that aren’t helping Atlantis during flight – but are draining its power. The city’s new chief medical officer, Dr. Jennifer Keller, is fighting to save the life of Dr. Weir, critically injured during the city’s takeoff, but it quickly becomes clear that even if she’s kept alive, Dr. Weir may never be the same again. The Atlantis expedition and its commander are lost in deep space – and with an asteroid belt in the way and the city losing drive power, deep trouble too. Running out of medical solutions, Dr. Keller comes up with an idea to reactivate the nanites left in Weir’s body by the replicators, and Rodney thinks he can reprogram them to repair her injuries – but Sheppard refuses to okay the plan, worried that the replicators will be able to track the crippled city by detecting the nanites. Rodney and Keller implement the plan anyway, but even Weir herself isn’t thrilled with the results. And at the Midway space station connecting the Milky Way and Pegasus stargate networks, Colonel Samantha Carter receives word that contact has been lost with Atlantis. With Dr. Lee of the SGC, also at Midway, she begins trying to locate the wayward city…

Season 4 Regular Cast: Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard), Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla), Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay)

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Michael Beach (Colonel Ellis), Bill Dow (Dr. Lee), Chuck Campbell (Technician),
Linda Ko (Head Nurse), Yee Jee Tso (Technician)

Notes: Rodney mentions that he was terrible at the video game Asteroids; obviously he can’t access Phosphor Dot Fossils from the Pegasus Galaxy, we would’ve been happy to help. Yee Jee Tso, the actor portraying the technician who alerts Sheppard to the asteroid belt, is best known in SF circles for his one-off stint as Chang Lee, one of the eighth Doctor Who‘s only TV companions.

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Lifeline

Stargate AtlantisWith Atlantis a safe distance away from the homeworld of the Replicators, Rodney modifies a jumper for hyperdrive, and with Sheppard, Dex and the miraculously revived Dr. Weir, goes on a mission to steal a fresh ZPM for Atlantis. With Replicator nanites – reprogrammed by Rodney – keeping her alive, Weir now has a unique connection with the Replicators’ entire city that proves to be a strategic advantage. But when Oberoth detects a new presence interfering with his fellow Replicators, he personally intervenes, eventually breaking through Rodney’s countermeasures. If Weir’s team is to make it out alive, she may have to make a supreme sacrifice – and Sheppard isn’t sure if her survival might not be worse than her death.

Order the DVDswritten by Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Michael Beach (Colonel Ellis), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Bill Dow (Dr. Lee), David Ogden Stiers (Oberoth), Sharon Taylor (Replicator Technician)

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Reunion

Stargate AtlantisAtlantis is still in hiding, the crew making cautious explorations into their new surroundings but keeping their point of origin a secret. In the absence of Dr. Weir, Rodney puts in for her job, but is both disappointed and alarmed when the SGC promotes Samantha Carter to full colonel and gives her command of the Atlantis expedition. When Ronon runs into some old friends from Sateda on a nearby world, Colonel Carter has to remind him sternly not to reveal where or with whom he is affiliated. But it seems his friends already know – in fact, they know much more than they should. But have they just done their homework to track Ronon down to ask for his help on one last adventure…or are they trying to trap him for someone else?

Order the DVDswritten by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Christopher Judge (Teal’c), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Scott Heindl (Wraith), Aleks Paunovic (Rakai), Kyra Zagorsky (Ara), Mark Dacascos (Tyre)

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Tabula Rasa

Stargate AtlantisRodney McKay is a hunted man – he just can’t remember why. He’s on the run in Atlantis from a group of armed soldiers led by Major Lorne, as they systematically sweep through the city, subduing everyone in sight. Something has affected the memory of nearly everyone in Atlantis, and more serious symptoms are making themselves known as well, meaning that there’s a time limit on finding a cure…but Dr. Keller is also affected. On McKay’s palm, two words are written that may be the key to saving everyone: “Find Teyla”. There’s just one problem – nobody seems to remember who or what Teyla is.

Order the DVDswritten by Alan McCullough
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Brenda James (Dr. Katie Brown), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Colin Decker (Pilot #3), Linda Ko (Head Nurse), Niall Matter (Lt. Kemp), Zach Selwyn (Scientist)

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Missing

Stargate AtlantisWhen Teyla and Dr. Keller go to pay a fairly routine visit to a resettled village of Athosians, and finds the entire village deserted except for one survivor, it seems that the Wraith are once again on the move. The sole survivor of the village claims the the Bola Kai, a brutish sect of Wraith worshippers, betrayed the Athosians to the Wraith. When the Bola Kai appear, they are indeed brutish, and Teyla reminds the terrified Keller not to divulge any details about Atlantis’ existence. Keller tries to send the Bola Kai on a wild goose chase to the wrong gate address to buy time for Sheppard to realize they need backup. But as Teyla and Keller try to escape, they discover something shocking about the surviving Athosian…and Keller has an even bigger surprise for Teyla when she examines her wounds from the ensuing fight.

Order the DVDswritten by Carl Binder
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), Danny Trejo (Omal), Johann Helf (Nabel Gohan)

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The Seer

Stargate AtlantisStill searching for the missing Athosians, Teyla decides to consult a man named Davos, hoping that rumors of his abilities as a seer are true. Indeed, when she joins Sheppard’s team to travel via stargate to meet Davos, his people are expecting the Atlantis team and already know them by name. But his daughter, leading the welcoming party, warns that Davos is very ill. In exchange for his help, the services of Atlantis’ infirmary are offered. Also arriving at Atlantis is Dr. Woolsey of the IOA, observing Colonel Carter’s command for a report back to Earth. When Davos begins to deliver visions of a climactic battle that doesn’t end well for the city, Sheppard, McKay and Carter begin second-guessing themselves as they try to determine how to use the information Davos has given them. And all the while, as predicted, the Wraith close in on Atlantis…

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directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Martin Jarvis (Davos), Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), Kimberley Warnat (Linara), Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey)

Notes: British actor Martin Jarvis is a rarity in the Stargate universe – a guest star who has also appeared on Doctor Who. Mainstream audiences will also remember him from films such as Titanic. Sheppard’s fellow escapee, who happens to be a Wraith, appeared in Common Ground. Teyla’s pregnancy was written into the fourth season’s storyline to explain actress Rachel Luttrell’s real-life pregnancy.

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Miller’s Crossing

Stargate AtlantisStuck on a particularly problematic part of reprogramming the Replicators’ nanites, Rodney is left with only one solution – consult with someone at least as brilliant as he is. In this case, that means his sister. But shortly after Rodney’s sister Jeannie e-mails a solution back to Atlantis, she’s abducted on Earth. Rodney, Colonel Sheppard and Ronon return to Earth via stargate to take part in the investigation, but a strong lead in the case turns out to be a trap for Rodney, and he too is kidnapped. Rodney finds himself in the clutches of Henry Wallace, billionaire owner of a private medical technology company that has some very peripheral dealings with the Stargate program. But Wallace knows just enough to know that Rodney and Jeannie hold the key to the Replicator nanites, and may be able to save his dying daughter. But Rodney knows enough to know that even if they succeed, it won’t end there.

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directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Kate Hewlett (Jeannie Miller), Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), Peter Flemming (Malcolm Barrett), Brendan Gall (Kaleb), Gary Jones (Walter Harriman), Stephen Culp (Henry Wallace), Madison Bell (Madison)

Notes: NID agent Malcolm Barrett first appeared in SG-1’s fifth season in Wormhole X-Treme!, and continued to make periodic appearances on SG-1; his first Atlantis appearance was in the episode Critical Mass.

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This Mortal Coil

Stargate AtlantisA drone smashes into an uninhabited part of Atlantis, and when Rodney runs a diagnostic on it, his laptop is shut down by Replicator nanites. An accident during a sparring session with Ronon leaves Sheppard with a head wound, but by the time he reports to Dr. Keller, it’s healed – and the doctor seems to have no answer as to why. Ronon, Sheppard, Teyla and Rodney meet, admitting that they each have noticed something “off” about their surroundings. As they investigate their suspicions, Keller, Major Lorne and apparently everyone else in the city turns against them – everyone except the miraculously revived Elizabeth Weir. But even Weir seems to be as in the dark as they are. Eventually, Keller explains that the four suspicious crew members, plus Weir, are organic facsimiles of the original human beings, grown by the Replicators to try to learn how human beings descend. Furthermore, these aren’t Oberoth’s Replicators, but a splinter group; Oberoth’s Replicators are busy wiping out every human-inhabited world in the Pegasus Galaxy in an effort to starve the Wraith of potential food sources. When Oberoth’s Replicators do find them, though, Weir may have to sacrifice her life again – the original Weir having been killed months ago – so her comrades can escape.

Order the DVDsstory by Brad Wright and Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
teleplay by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Torri Higginson (Elizabeth Weir), Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne)

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Be All My Sins Remember’d

Stargate AtlantisUsing the device given to him by the rogue Replicator in the form of Elizabeth Weir, Rodney discovers that the hostile Replicators have ramped up their ship-building program dramatically. Daedalus and Apollo are summoned to begin tactical strikes against the Replicators’ ships, while Rodney – and his captive Wraith “assistant” – race to create a software solution to the increasing Replicator threat. But despite early successes, the two massive Earth ships prove to be ineffective when the Replicators fall back to their current base of operations. Two unlikely allies emerge – Rodney’s Wraith and Sheppard’s close and personal friend, the rogue Replicator named Laren – to help in the fight, but victory depends on Rodney creating a new Replicator of his own to act as a “super-magnet” to draw the Replicators’ nanites into an uncontrollable mass. And somewhere between Rodney creating a new, self-aware Replicator and the attack on the Replicators’ homeworld, victory has unintended consequences…

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excerpt written by Alan McCullough
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Michael Beach (Col. Ellis), Mitch Pileggi (Col. Caldwell), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Jill Wagner (Larrin), Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), Brendan Penny (Wraith), Michelle Morgan (Fran), Martin Christopher (Major Marks)
Torri Higginson (Elizabeth Weir), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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Spoils Of War

Stargate AtlantisIn the aftermath of the allied attack on the Replicators’ homeworld, a Wraith hive ship has gone missing, and the allied forces are convinced to mount a rescue effort. Sheppard and his team search for the missing ship, unaware that its commander had his own agenda during the attack – to retrieve the Zero Point Modules powering the Replicators’ central city complex before it collapsed. Two teams from Atlantis find the hive ship and board it, but only then do they learn that the hive’s Queen has reawakened with no intention of preserving the tenuous newfound peace between Wraith, humans and rogue Replicators. She intends to keep feeding. Teyla, with her unique mental link to the Wraith, intends to stop the Queen in her tracks – but to do so, she must put the life of her unborn child at risk.

Order the DVDswritten by Alan McCullough
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Scott Heindl (Wraith), Brendan Penny (Wraith), Andee Frizzell (Wraith Queen), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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Quarantine

Stargate AtlantisAlarms ring and bulkheads slam shut throughout Atlantis, signalling an automatic defense system: a deadly virus has been detected within the city, and everyone is to remain isolated where they are. Rodney, about to propose to his girlfriend, suddenly finds himself useless in the effort to find out what’s going on – and unfortunately, Colonel Carter and everyone else seems to be assuming that Rodney is somewhere at a computer terminal, fixing the problem, which looks more and more like a false alarm. Sheppard takes matters into his own hands, smashing through a window and climbing the command tower all the way to the top, but when he breaks another window to get in again, another automatic quarantine protocol kicks in: one which will destroy the entire city in a matter of minutes to present the “disease” from spreading.

Order the DVDswritten by Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Jewel Staite (Dr. Keller), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Brenda James (Dr. Katie Brown), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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