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.

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teleplay by Brad Wright
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?

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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.

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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
music by Joel Goldsmith

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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directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith

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
music by Joel Goldsmith

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…

Order the DVDswritten by Carl Binder
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.

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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.

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No Man’s Land

Stargate AtlantisThe Daedalus launches its fighters to slow the Wraith hive ships down before they begin their trip to Earth’s galaxy, but fighters are lost – including Sheppard’s – and Daedalus herself takes a severe pounding and limps back to Atlantis as the Wraith go into hyperspace. The Wraith won’t be able to jump from the Pegasus Galaxy to Earth in one shot, though – they’ll have to stop at a point just outside the Pegasus Galaxy to recharge before pressing on the attack. With only a narrow window in which to launch another attack, Dr. Weir orders Colonel Caldwell to take the Daedalus back into action, knowing full well that the ship and her crew stand little chance of surviving. She also orders Orion, the commandeered Ancient ship (whose systems still haven’t been thoroughly studied), to join the battle. But then Weir finds herself under attack from another front – the International Advisory Oversight summons her back to Earth. At the SGC, they accuse her of having created the problem, and of endangering Earth to try to cover her backside; with the Ori problem taking up all of Earth’s resources, no more help can be offered. When Atlantis contacts the SGC to confirm final orders from Weir, she puts her career – and Earth’s survival – on the line to order Caldwell to commence his attack as planned while the Wraith are within reach. While McKay and Ronon Dex struggle to break free from their cocoons aboard a Wraith ship, Michael finds that his own kind no longer trust him. When Michael discovers that Sheppard has tagged along by attacking his 302 fighter to the hull of a hive ship, he offers to give the humans an advantage – but trust in Michael is at an all-time low on Sheppard’s end of things too.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla), Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex)

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Connor Trinneer (Michael), Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Tamlyn Tomita (Shen), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Walter Harriman), Brahm Taylor (Wraith Guard), Scott Heindl (Wraith), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Andy Maton (Chapman), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Beau Bridges (General Landry), Andee Frizzell (Hive Queen), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Tech), Angelique Naude (Young female scientist)

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Misbegotten

Stargate AtlantisA Wraith hive ship jumps out of hyperspace and approaches Atlantis – but it’s under the control of Colonel Caldwell and Colonel Sheppard, who have used Dr. Beckett’s retrovirus to revert the ship’s Wraith to a human state. They’re settled on a planet without a gate, but Beckett insists on staying with them to ensure that they’re healthy. Michael is also given a new dose of the retrovirus, reverting him to his fully human form and robbing him of his memory again. In the meantime, Dr. Weir is returned to Atlantis with the IOA’s Woolsey in tow, still investigating her command and looking for any reason to relieve her of it. When he learns that Weir’s crew has effectively created a new species, Woolsey may have found the reason he’s looking for. But as Beckett discovers, the reverted Wraith aren’t going to stay human for long.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Connor Trinneer (Michael), Robert Picardo (Woolsey), Scott Heindl (Merrick), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Walter Harriman), Brahm Taylor (Lathan), Christopher Heyerdahl (Halling), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Andee Frizzell (Wraith Queen), Colin Corrigan (Lone Human Wraith), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka)

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Irresistible

Stargate AtlantisA team led by Sheppard begins a survey of worlds with stargates, hoping to put a plan of McKay’s in motion to build a network of spaceborne gates between galaxies that would cut travel time between Earth and Atlantis to mere hours. Their first stop brings them to a peaceful colony where everyone looks up to the friendly (and large) Lucius, a man with a penchant for telling tall tales. After spending some time in his company, even Dr. Beckett begins to sing Lucius’ praises, and in a huge break with standing orders he brings Lucius through the stargate to Atlantis. Weir is more than a little bit annoyed with this breach of protocol, but eventually she comes to appreciate Lucius’ charms too. Even Teyla and the normally gruff Ronon enjoy his company. The only ones who seem immune to him are McKay and Sheppard, who begin investigating the pull Lucius has with nearly everyone he meets. Sheppard is able to keep giving Lucius the cold shoulder because he himself is suffering from a cold. But when Lucius begins convincing the crew to go on dangerous missions for him, giving him the Ancient gene therapy and even give him a puddle jumper, Sheppard begins trying to spread a few germs of his own.

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teleplay by Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Kind (Lucius Lavin), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Julia Anderson (Willa)

Notes: Guest star Richard Kind is an old hand at the Stargate program – he was in the original Stargate movie, as Dr. Meyers.

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Sateda

Stargate AtlantisA routine visit to a planet through the stagate is cut short when, instead of being open to trade, the locals call Ronon Dex a “Wraithbringer” and attack Sheppard’s party. McKay takes an arrow through the leg but still manages to return to Atlantis through the gate, but the others are hit by tranquilizer darts and taken captive. Apparently, Ronon has been here before, when he still had the runner implant that allowed the Wraith to track him; when the locals took him in on that occasion, the Wraith laid waste to their village in their hunt for him. The leader of the village, who lost his daughter in that attack, was given a homing device by the Wraith in the event their prey has returned, and he has already called them to retrieve Ronon. Ronon responds to this by threatening to kill himself before the Wraith arrive, unless the villagers release Sheppard and Teyla and let them return to Atlantis. By the time Sheppard can return with a full strike team, the village has been razed once more, and Ronon has been abducted. The Wraith implant another tracking device in Ronon, return him to his homeworld of Sateda, and begin the hunt again. But Ronon proves to be hard to kill – and when Sheppard tries to pull him out before he has settled his scores with the Wraith, Ronon can be even harder to rescue.

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directed by Robert C. Cooper
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Frank Collison (Keturah), Chaiara Zanni (?), Curtis Caravaggio (?), Dan Payne (Big Wraith), David Pauls (Aton), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Todd Scott (Malik), Alexandra Carter (Linor), John Stewart (Villager), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell),
Kavan Smith (Major Lorne)

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Progeny

Stargate AtlantisYet another gate expedition takes the team to another Lantean city, though this one is merely one part of a planet which has raised the art of city-building to a grand scale. Dr. Weir immediately tries to open negotiations for additional ZPMs to power Atlantis, but those negotiations break down quickly with the Oberoth, the city’s leader, who is fixated on destroying the Wraith at a time and place of his own choosing – to the exclusion of all else, and regardless of who else dies in the meantime. Weir and the rest of her team notice that the other residents of the city don’t seem to share Oberoth’s sentiments, and then the visitors from Atlantis are locked up. During an escape attempt, they learn the horrible truth – the inhabitants of the grand city aren’t Ancients, and aren’t even humans. They’re Replicators, similar to the fast-spreading artificial life forms that SG-1 and the Goa’uld defeated with the Ancient weapon at Dakara. These Replicators were created by the Ancients to fight the Wraith and then tried to destroy when they became too aggressive. Some of the Replicators want to discard their aggressive programming, but can’t do that without someone reprogramming them. But even if McKay can manage such a feat, Oberoth may have evolved beyond anyone’s ability to control him…and Atlantis may now be the target of a new enemy.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxstory by Robert C. Cooper and Carl Binder
teleplay by Carl Binder
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: David Odgen Stiers (Oberoth), John O’Callaghan (Niam), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Hellena Taylor (Council Member #1), Kerry Sandomirsky (Council Member #2), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

Notes: The nanovirus that nearly wiped out the Atlantis expedition was cured in the season episode Hot Zone. The Replicators that persistently battled SG-1 first appeared in Nemesis at the end of the third season of that series, though human-form Replicators didn’t appear until the sixth season episode Unnatural Selection.

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The Real World

Stargate AtlantisDr. Weir’s day is not off to a good start. She awakens in a mental hospital and finds that the Atlantis mission has – according to psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher and his staff – been a hallucinatory fantasy she has clung to in the wake of a traumatic accident. General Jack O’Neill, who Weir believes to be part of the “Stargate program,” visits her to reassure her that there is, in fact, no such program. Plagued by persistent visions of something stalking her, Weir finally stops resisting treatment and, according to Fletcher, shows signs of improving drastically. At this point, however, Weir’s grip on reality is loosened when she opens a door and finds herself staring into the stargate’s event horizon itself. Is she losing her mind, or is this vision an indication that the Atlantis mission is real, and her crew is trying to retrieve her?

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directed by Paul Ziller
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O’Neill), Alan Ruck (Dr. Fletcher), John O’Callaghan (Niam), James Bamford (Orderly)

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Common Ground

Stargate AtlantisFollowing a signal they believe was sent by Ladon, the Genii scientist who led an overthrow of his warlike government, Sheppard and his team are ambushed. He finds that Kolya, the leader of that overthrown regime, is his captor. Kolya demands that Ladon be handed over to him, or else he’ll unleash another of his prisoners – a captured Wraith – to feed on Sheppard. He even broadcasts a brief and torturous demonstration of his threat to Atlantis. Weir and Ladon begin to plan a rescue mission, while Sheppard tries to appeal to the only person who can possibly understand his plight – the Wraith prisoner. Together they manage to escape from Kolya’s prison, though Sheppard is already weakened from several brief feeding sessions. Even with help coming from Atlantis, can Sheppard expect to live long enough to be rescued when his life depends on a Wraith?

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directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Robert Davi (Kolya), Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), Ryan Robbins (Ladon), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Paul Lazenby (Genii Soldier), Geoff Redknap (Old Sheppard)

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McKay And Mrs. Miller

Stargate AtlantisRodney is called back to Earth to deal with a family emergency – his sister, Jeanie Miller, has written a scientific proof that could be a turning point in Atlantis’ energy problems, drawing zero point energy through a bridge to a parallel universe, on a scale much larger than a ZPM could provide. But Jeanie won’t sign a confidentiality agreement with the U.S. government that would allow her to do further research with the Stargate program. Though Carter hopes Rodney can talk her into helping, it quickly becomes apparent that Rodney is even less likely to convince his sister, not having spoken to her since she abandoned a promising career in theoretical physics to start a family. After a short demonstration that the Stargate program is for real, and interstellar and intergalactic travel are possible, she agrees to return to Atlantis to help test her theory. The one thing that she expects even less than all of these discoveries, however, is that along with energy from another universe, her theory will introduce her to another version of her brother from that universe. The alternate Rodney has a completely different personality, quickly endearing himself even to those Atlantis crew members who are tired of their own version of him. But his arrival could mean the end of both universes.

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excerpt written by Carl Binder
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), Kate Hewlett (Jeanie), David Nykl (Dr. Zelekna), Brendan Call (Kaleb), Madison Bell (Madison), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod), Sheri Noel (Scientist)

Notes: Rodney’s full name is revealed to be Meredith Rodney McKay, something which seems to delight Carter to no end. Rodney’s video message to his sister was recorded in season 1’s Letters From Pegasus, but apparently she didn’t receive it.

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Phantoms

Stargate AtlantisWhen an SG team from Atlantis fails to check in for six hours, another team led by Sheppard goes looking for them. But when Sheppard’s team finds on the other side of the stargate is horrifying – several deal bodies, in Genii uniform, have all been killed in violent ways – gunshots, stab wounds, broken necks and even suicide. There’s no sign of the missing Atlantis team, but there is an unusual energy reading which is eventually traced to a cavern containing a device of Wraith origin. As Rodney begins investigating the machine, Sheppard finds most of the missing Atlantis team, again killed violently – and their commanding officer is still out there, though he thinks that his Atlantis crewmates are the enemy. But Ronon and Sheppard begin to experience paranoid hallucinations that make them just as dangerous as the man they’re trying to bring home safely, and soon Sheppard poses more of a threat to his own team.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: David Nykl (Dr. Zelekna), Dexter Bell (Lt. Barroso), Nels Lennarson (Captain), Colby Johannson (Lt. Kagan), Gidon Karmel (Major Leonard), Anna Williams (Female Tech), Patrick Sabongui (Taliban Guard), Bam Bam (Wraith), Dan Payne (Super Soldier)

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The Return – Part 1

Stargate AtlantisThe gate network connecting Atlantis to Earth via a series of stargates and the under-construction Midway Space Station is tested successfully, but an even bigger surprise arrives in the form of an Ancient warship, similar to the Aurora, which appears to be damaged and in need of help. When the Daedalus renders assistance and brings those Ancients back to Atlantis, the captain of the Ancient ship manages to lock out Weir’s crew by activating a single control that none of the Earth expedition has ever seen before. When General O’Neill tries to negotiate a treaty allowing the Earth team to stay there, he is told in no uncertain terms that the Atlanteans are back, and don’t intend to share their city with anyone. Dr. Weir and her team are sent home, while Wolsey from the IOC is assigned to Atlantis to serve as liaison, and General O’Neill remains with him while he’s there. On Earth, Sheppard is quickly assigned to head up his own SG team, though he never quite finds the kind of bond with them that he had with his Atlantis teammates. McKay is assigned to Area 51. Weir slides into a reclusive depression, and Teyla and Ronon stay in the Pegasus Galaxy with the Athosians (though the Genii try to recruit them as soldiers of fortune soon after learning of the Ancients’ return). But when a desperate message is received from Atlantis, indicating that Atlantis has fallen to the Replicators, trapping (and possibly killing) Wolsey and O’Neill, Weir and her team offer to spring into action – but the only help General Landry wants from them is a way to hit Atlantis with a nuke to prevent the Replicators from using the gate network to travel to Earth. With no orders, no backup, an nowhere they’d rather be, Weir, Sheppard, McKay and Beckett steal a jumper from the SGC and return to take Atlantis back.

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directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O’Neill), Robert Picardo (Wolsey), Ryan Robbins (Ladon), Megan Leitch (Ancient Captain), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Bill Dow (Dr. Lee), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Harriman), David MacInus (Talus), Pinou (Cetus), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Beau Bridges (General Landry), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Tech), Chuck Campbell (Atlantis Tech), Andrew Monham (Wallace), Elias Toufexis (Replicator), James Chutter (Babbis)

Notes: Dr. Beckett has been offered the head surgeon position at the SGC, which, combined with the absence of Lexa Doig from the tenth season of Stargate SG-1, makes one wonder what’s happened to Dr. Lam. In other SGC news, apparently Dr. Lee is an avid player of World Of Warcraft. And wishes Dr. Weir really was too. Megan Leitch previous appeared in SG-1’s third season (Past And Present) as Ke’ra, and played the pivotal recurring character of Mulder’s missing sister Samantha on The X-Files; she also voiced Midori in the English dub of Ranma 1/2.

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The Return – Part II

Stargate AtlantisDefying General Landry’s orders, a team consisting of Weir, Sheppard, McKay, Teyla and Ronon returns to Atlantis, dropping a bomb in the gate room and then making a run for it. Sheppard contacts O’Neill and tells him that the team will return in two hours. In that time, Sheppard pilots the jumper into orbit to retrieve the still-intact (and still-frozen) body of Niam, to use as a vehicle for a new virus to disable the replicators. But when that plan doesn’t pan out, both Sheppard’s team and the less-than-dynamic duo of O’Neill and Woolsey have to improvise an escape plan. As the rescue attempt becomes more desperate, and O’Neill and Woolsey have to rescue their rescuers, time is running out before O’Neill’s last standing order to the SGC is carried out: if a hostile force gains control of Atlantis, the city must be nuked, and the gate network linkng Atlantis to the SGC must be destroyed.

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directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O’Neill), Robert Picardo (Wolsey), John O’Callaghan (Niam), Bill Dow (Dr. Lee), Gary Jones (Chief Sgt. Harriman), David MacInus (Talus), Pinou (Cetus), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), Beau Bridges (General Landry), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Tech), Elias Toufexis (Replicator), Kerry Blouin (Replicator Guard), Patrick Lambier (Replicator Guard)

Notes: Niam was first encountered, and promptly ejected into space, earlier this season in Progeny.

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Echoes

Stargate AtlantisRodney spots a familiar face swimming in the ocean near Atlantis – well, more of a familiar flipper, belonging to the enormous, whale-like creature that helped his colleagues find his jumper when it crash-landed in the water. But it’s not alone this time – another creature of the same species is with it, and more are converging on Atlantis. Their appearance coincides with a series of strange sightings in the city itself, as first Teyla, then Dr. Weir, then Dr. Beckett, see visions of Ancients who aren’t there. Sheppard and Rodney go to investigate the water creatures, only to find that their whalesong-like communications are potentially fatal to humans. Aboard the Daedalus, Colonel Caldwell makes a strong argument for killing the creatures before they wreak any more havoc, and when Beckett’s sick bay is full of people who are literally dying from the whales’ approach, it’s a plan that Weir finds it hard to disagree with.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxstory by Brad Wright & Carl Binder
telelplay by Carl Binder
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Claire Rankin (Dr. Heightmeyer), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Col. Caldwell), Patricia Nudd (Ancient Woman), David Neale (Ancient Pilot), David Quinlan (Ancient Scientist), Amanda Burke (Ancient Scientist), Michael Chase (Ancient Med Tech)

Notes: Rodney originally had a whale of a time in the ocean in Grace Under Pressure, and nicknames his aquatic friend “Sam” in honor of that occasion (whether or not Colonel Samantha Carter would actually find this to be flattering remains to be seen).

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Irresponsible

Stargate AtlantisSheppard’s team makes a stop at a planet where the people in one village speak of a valiant, unstoppable hero. Sheppard is understandably both annoyed and just a little bit let down when that hero turns out to be Lucius, the con man who nearly took over Atlantis. But this time, Lucius insists, he’s not up to his old tricks – he really is unstoppable, thanks to an Ancient personal shield. But what he’s saving the town from turns out to be nothing more than a band of Genii mercenaries who have become stranded on the planet. Shortly after Sheppard appears, more Genii arrive – under Kolya’s command – and threaten to destroy the town unless the visitors from Atlantis are handed over. This time, it’s not an act, and the townsfolk, who have grown complacent thanks to their hero, will have to help Sheppard and the others. But is Lucius capable of turning these people into an army?

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Richard Kind (Lucius), Dean Wray (Genii), Meredith McGeachie (Wench), Robert Davi (Kolya), Adam Bergquist (Amaris), Jon Cuthbert (Fortnum), Ashley O’Connell (Fruit Stand Owner)

Notes: Lucius was first encountered in Irresistible, while Kolya was last seen in Common Ground. An Ancient personal shield similar to the one worn by Lucius was found by Rodney in the first season episode Hide And Seek. At first glance, this would seem to be a strong candidate for Kolya’s last appearance, but he’s proven hard to kill before.

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Tao Of Rodney

Stargate AtlantisRodney and a science team unseal a room in Atlantis that hasn’t been touched since the Ancients lived in the city. Rodney reactivates a dormant control console, which somehow singles him out to receive a massive mental “upgrade,” giving him abilities such as telekinesis and even the capacity to read minds. He sets about trying to upgrade the city via a newly enhanced neural link, but his upgrade is cut short when his teammates learn the cost of Rodney’s new powers – the enhancements to his mind are drastically shortening the lifespan of his physical body. Rodney has mere days to learn how to ascend as the Ancients did…or die.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Leela Savasta (Esposito), Donna Soares (Coleman), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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The Game

Stargate AtlantisMajor Lorne leads an expedition to a planet surrounded by geosynchronous satellites, a good candidate for an advanced civilization. But when he and his team land there, they find that the planet’s residents are in stone-age villages – decorated with banners and flags bearing the face of Rodney McKay. What’s even more alarming is that McKay and Sheppard recognize these images: they’re duplicates of an image McKay used to denote his “country” in the Ancient equivalent of a multi-player computer “god game.” When Sheppard and McKay go to this planet to see for themselves, they discover that their respective “societies” reflect their own personal ideologies, with McKay’s civilization pursuing rapid advances in science and only raising an army in response to the more aggressive advances that form the basis of Sheppard’s society. But the differences in the world views of the “Oracles” giving them their orders is about to drive the two civilizations to a very real war.

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telelplay by Carl Binder
directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Laura Harris (Nola), David Dayan Fisher (Baden), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), James Long (Helkin), John Shaw (Garth)

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The Ark

Stargate AtlantisAn exploration of an apparently abandoned space station, built into a hollowed-out asteroid orbiting a planet, intrigues McKay – to the point that he restarts the installation’s reactor and triggers the reanimation of a frozen crew of two men who weren’t picked up by sensors. They were left behind to guard a device storing a thousand of their people to protect them from detection by the Wraith. Upon learning that his world and his family fell victim to the Wraith before they could evacuate to the station, one of the revived crew commits suicide by firing the engines of the station’s single shuttle and stepping into the incinerating blast. But the engines also burn through the asteroid itself, pushing it out of its orbit…and blasting into space the jumper used by Sheppard’s team to get there. With time running out, a rescue team from Atlantis arrives to retrieve the crew, but before they can evacuate, the sole surviving reanimated crew member takes the survival of his race – and Teyla’s life – into his own hands.

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telelplay by Ken Cuperus
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Kenneth Welsh (Jamus), Joris Jarsky (Hersky), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Gerry Durand (Marine)

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Sunday

Stargate AtlantisA seemingly quiet day – declared a “day of rest” for the Atlantis crew – brings a mystery man into Dr. Weir’s life, pure pain to Sheppard as Ronon introduces him to Satedan sports, and absolutely no takers on riding shotgun with Dr. Beckett for a fishing trip. It also brings frustration to Rodney when two of his junior science officers stumble upon – and activate – an Ancient device of unknown function deep within the bowels of the city. Dr. Beckett clears both of them to return to duty, finding no indication that the device affected their health in any way. And before what started as a quiet day is out, it will bring death to several Atlantis crew members, including one of the most vital members of the team.

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directed by William Waring
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Matthew Del Negro (Mike Branton), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Brenda James (Dr. Brown), Caroline Cave (Dr. Cole), Lara Gilchrist (Dr. Hewston), Daniel Bacon (Dr. Watson), Lindsay Collins (Dr. Biro), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Linda Ko (Nurse), Pearce Visser (Opponent), Brandy Heidrick (Pretty Marine)

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Submersion

Stargate AtlantisWeir and Sheppard lead a team to find and board a mobile drilling platform built by the Ancients to tap into the ocean crust, but once on board, Teyla’s genetic link with the Wraith allows her to pick up on one nearby. But when Rodney performs a new sensor sweep, no Wraith is detected. Teyla tries to reach out to the Wraith with her mind, but even then she doesn’t find what she’s looking for – and yet moments later, she attacks Ronon and begins to cripple the drilling station’s systems. When the Wraith presence is finally revealed, so is its identity: the Wraith Queen who lead the final attack on Atlantis at the time the Ancients abandoned it. She’s been trapped beneath the sea for centuries, and ultimately killed and consumed her own crashed ship’s crew to survive. Now she wants to bargain for an opportunity to escape her underwater prison, but it’s not a negotiation she intends to enter without having the upper hand.

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directed by Brenton Spencer
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Andee Frizzell (Wraith Queen), Michael Tayles (Dr. Graydon), Noel Johansen (Dr. Dickinson), Donna Soares (Coleman)

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Vengeance

Stargate AtlantisContact is lost with a civilization that the Atlantis team helped relocate when their world was threatened by a supervolcano eruption. When Sheppard and his team explore an underground installation to search for survivors, they instead find human-sized insects hatched from enormous pods. They injure one when it tries to attack Ronon, and plant explosives to destroy a hatchery full of more pods. Leftover experiments are found too, attempts to accelerate the evolution of the insect life forms that merged with humans to create the Wraith. A backup team of Marines is captured by a Wraith dart, and then Teyla is captured in the underground tunnels – by none other than Michael, the human-Wraith hybrid created by Dr. Beckett’s experiments. Michael, now outcast from either humans or Wraith, has set out to create a new conquering race even more powerful than the Wraith, and he has no problems using Sheppard’s team as his next set of test subjects.

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directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Connor Trinneer (Michael), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Ryan Booth (Lt. Negley), Samuel Polin (Creature), Brian Ho (Stunt Creature), Josh Blacker (Screaming Man)

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First Strike

Stargate AtlantisThe starship Apollo arrives from Earth, and Colonel Ellis immediately pulls Dr. Weir, Colonel Sheppard and Rodney into a closed-doors briefing. Recent surveillance flybys of the Replicators’ planet have revealed that they’re building a fleet – and Ellis has arrived with order from Stargate Command to mount a first strike and take that fleet out before it can move against Atlantis or Earth. The Apollo’s mission appears to be a success, hitting the massive shipyards on the Replicator planet with nuclear weapons, but a circular satelite with a stargate at its center emerges from hyperspace in a geosynchoronous orbit above Atlantis, firing a beam that begins to weaken the city’s shields. As Rodney hatches a plan to buy more time by submerging the city again – the same way the Ancients did to escape the Wraith – Dr. Weir begins to question her future, worried that in every crisis, her decisions are second-guessed by the military. Sheppard and McCay finally realize that Atlantis needs to rise again and find a new home planet, if the city has enough power left.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Neil Acree

Guest Cast: Michael Beach (Colonel Ellis), Jewel Staite (Dr. Kelly), Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), David Odgen Stiers (Oberoth), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Heather Doerksen (Apollo Tech), Donna Soares (Coleman), Jay Williams (Adams)

Notes: Jewel Staite previously appeared as the “devolved” Wraith Ellia in season 2’s Instinct, and is better known as Kaylee from Joss Whedon’s series Firefly. This marks her first appearance as Dr. Kelly, who would become a regular character in Atlantis’ fourth season. The Ancients’ undersea drilling station was introduced just two episodes prior, in Submersion. This episode also marked Torri Higginson’s last appearance as a member of the show’s regular cast.

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