The 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.
written by Martin Gero
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.
LogBook entry by Earl Green