Stargate Atlantis: Season Five

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Stargate Atlantis Season Five Episode Guides

  • "Meanwhile, the order of season five’s the first three episodes has been locked. It’ll go Search and Rescue, The Seed, and Broken Ties." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 17, 2008.

5.01 "Search And Rescue Part 2"
A race against time pits Col. Carter's crew against Michael and his Wraith hybrids to recover the Atlantis team trapped in the rubble of Michael's facility.

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5.02 "The Seed"
Dr. Carson Beckett is revived from the stasis chamber after an alien organism incapacitates Dr. Keller and triggers a quarantine of the Atlantis team.

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5.03 "Broken Ties"
Ronon endures a grueling ordeal after his former friend, Tyre, captures and delivers him to the Wraith. Meanwhile, the team launches a rescue mission for their missing comrade.

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5.04 "The Daedalus Variations"
A drive malfunction aboard a mysterious duplicate Daedalus sends the team jumping through various alternate realities where they encounter sinister alien life forms, a searing sun, and a pitched space battle over Atlantis.

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5.05 "Ghost In The Machine"
Surviving human form Replicators wish to achieve ascension by uploading their consciousnesses into subspace to live indefinitely as fields of energy, but Atlantis is put into danger when their experiment yields some surprising results.

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5.06 "The Shrine"
Dr. Rodney McKay faces death in the form of a fatal illness, leading to the depletion of his memories, behavioral regression and a trip to a special shrine.

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5.07 "Whispers"
Sheppard and Beckett join Maj. Anne Teldy’s team on a planet with one of Michael’s research facilities for the early versions of his human-iratus hybrids concealed inside a cave system. Unfortunately, the explorers have a role in setting loose creatures that hunt down each of them as they get separated in a blinding fog.

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5.08 "Tracker"
Teyla poses as Todd’s Queen to represent his hive in negotiations with an allied hive, but tension escalates as the alliance’s territories are threatened by another Wraith hive.

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5.09 "The Queen"
Keller is abducted by the Runner Kiryk who brought the Wraith to a village on a planet where she, McKay, and Ronon were visiting. After helping the villagers to safety, McKay and Ronon set out to rescue Keller, running into booby traps left by the Runner along the way.

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5.10 "First Contact Part 1"
Dr. Daniel Jackson comes to do research into the history of the Atlantian Ancient Janus who built a timeship in a puddle jumper 10,000 years ago. During his visit, a new enemy in the galaxy gets revealed.

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5.11 "The Lost Tribe Part 2"
McKay and Daniel are caught in the middle of the war between the Wraith and another powerful race in the Pegasus Galaxy. Sheppard teams up with the Travelers to rescue the two after the Daedalus falls into enemy hands.

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4.12 Untitled
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  • "We have an idea for episode 12 (and are looking for a suitable location)..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 22, 2008.
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5.xx "Inquisition"
Written by: Alex Levine
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  • "Alex has been hard at work on his very first Atlantis script, Inquisition, that will address an issue a number of you have brought up of late." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 20, 2008.
  • "I’ve mentioned episodes 1-11 in recent blog entries and even mentioned the back half eppy, Inquisition, that Alex Levine is writing." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 22, 2008.
  • AMZ writes: "I have a question about Inquisition. Will there be clips from previous episodes in it?" Answer: "Looks like it." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 23, 2008.
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5.xx Untitled Extreme Shep-Whumpage Story
Story by: Robert C. Cooper and Alan McCullough
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  • "A final of Alan McCullough’s Daedalus Variations came out today and we shifted focus to Alan’s second - extreme Shep-whumpage - script, co-storied by Robert C. Cooper." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 11, 2008.
  • "Alan is mulling over a possible story to slip into the #9 slot as the script originally envisioned for that spot ran into a “creative snafu” that a) moved it into the back half and b) may necessitate a change in perspective." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 20, 2008.
  • "Yes, the extreme Shep-whump episode has been moved to the back half, leaving a big yawning empty space in the #9 slot." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 22, 2008.
  • "That’s a script in search of a home - and a possible transplant. We’ll see how things develop." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 5, 2008.
  • "There’s also that episode idea that was originally slotted for the first half that is now free-floating but should find a home in one of the remaining four slots." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 22, 2008.
  • "Alan is focused on his third script..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 11, 2008.
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5.xx Binder's Third Script
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  • "Carl is spinning ideas for his third [script]..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 11, 2008.
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5.xx Possible Revisit to SG-1's Shelved "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
Story by: Joseph Mallozzi
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  • "... 1) an impromptu gathering of the writers to spin four possible new story ideas including a sequel to that season 4 episode and the possibility of revisiting the SG-1-themed and shelved Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 14, 2008.
  • "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" is a time travel x2 story originally pitched by Mallozzi for SG-1's Season Ten, but was replaced by Alan McCullough's "The Road Not Taken". Alex Levine wrote of the shelving of Mallozzi's idea in his scifi.com blog: "When writers are coming up with new ideas, it’s often the case that one story, or part of a story, is too similar to a story idea that has already been written or agreed upon (or purchased, as is the case with freelance writers). When this happens, we say the idea “steps on” the other. And that happens quite a lot. So often really good ideas get squashed because they would be repetitive. And it happened on SG-1 just recently with two stories that at first glance don’t appear to be too similar but once you take a good look at them they are. Joe Mallozzi had come up with a time travel story, and Alan McCullough was working on an alternate reality story. Now it doesn’t take a genius to realize that if you go back in time, and change the future, that you’d be dealing with a present tense alternate reality. So they stepped on each other. And only one went ahead. But you’ll have to wait until later in the season until I tell you which one went ahead… but I’m taking the political middle ground – in my opinion, both episodes would be a lot of fun." — Alex Levine, Script Coordinator, SciFi.com Blog, July 25, 2006.
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5.16 Working title: "A Very Special Stargate Atlantis"
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  • "Looking way ahead, I’ve talked myself into the #16 spot with “a very special Stargate Atlantis” (apologies to James Stewart), while we’ve got some other potential stories floating about in search of definitive slot." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 4, 2008.
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5.19 Untitled Cooper Script
Written by: Robert C. Cooper
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  • "...and episodes 19 (which Rob Cooper will be writing/directing/producing)..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 22, 2008.
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5.20 Finale
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  • "It really hit home this afternoon when I glanced up at the whiteboard and saw the big, empty space beneath the Season 5 heading and beside the numbers 1 through 20. Marty G. helpfully filled in areas with the following titles: Premiere, Mid-Season Two Parter, and Finale. Awesome! 4 down and 16 to go!" — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, October 24, 2007.
  • This episode will be the show's 100th. When asked if it will be like the 100th episode of Stargate SG-1 "Wormhole X-Treme", which was not too serious, Joseph Mallozzi replied, "Since it will be the season-ender, it will not be comical." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, October 27, 2007.
  • PG15 writes: "Who’s getting the great honor of writing the 100th episode of Stargate Atlantis, 520?" Answer: "Right now, it looks like Paul will be doing the honors." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 23, 2008.
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Production Notes

Season Five Production and Direction

  • News on the Season Five pick-up was given by Variety on October 24, 2007. Executive producer and co-showrunner Joseph Mallozzi said in his personal blog that the writers will start breaking new stories on Monday, October 29, 2007.
  • "John Smith came in to talk about the directors’ schedule. Well, I just want to say that we are thrilled at the prospect of working with Ken Girotti again and, oh yeah, that young up-and-comer." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, November 5, 2007.
  • On December 31, 2007, Joseph Mallozzi published a "spoiler poem" for fans to decode for each episode in the second half of Season Four and the first part of Season Five. According to Mallozzi on January 20, 2008, fifteen episodes of Season Five are alluded to in the poem!
  • "Down in the art department, James Robbins, our Production Designer, and Chris Beach, one of our Art Directors, are hard at work on the first few episodes. We've seen a number of excellent drawings and Chris is busy designing sets on the computer. It's going to be a busy construction season, so you can look forward to some interesting new sets and "looks". There have been lots of discussions about Ronon's hair, Teyla's child, and the Traveler's set. And the first day of principal photography is rapidly approaching." — Alex Levine in his scifi.com blog, January 25, 2008.

Characters/Actors

  • Dr. Carson Beckett
    • Dr. Carson Beckett (played by Paul McGillion) will return in the back half of Season Four for a two-parter. At the end of Season Four, "...that door will be left open" for Carson to be alive and possibly have more appearances in Season Five. — Joseph Mallozzi in an interview at the Save Carson Beckett Campaign Site, April 9, 2007, and in his personal blog, April 12, 2007.
    • Paul McGillion will guest in five episodes. — from NBC Universal press release, February 5, 2008.
    • "I can’t tell you anything about season five because I really don’t know that much about what they have planned. I just got the first draft of the first script and they might kill me again if I tell you [laughs] I will be back for at least five episodes and I believe it will be peppered throughout the year, they will not be consecutive." — Paul McGillion, TrekMovie.com interview, February 22, 2008.
  • Dr. Daniel Jackson
    • "Alas, in response to many who have been asking, Daniel Jackson will not be making an appearance in season four [...] But, if we get a fifth season pick-up, it’s definitely something we definitely aim to pursue." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 8, 2007.
    • "So far, we’ve got a terrific, BIG two-parter planned. I suspect that the page count in the Daniel/McKay scenes (featuring the two fastest-talking actors in show business) will have the scheduling gurus doing back-flips. Remember that new enemy I mentioned? Oh, and Marty G. will be doing the honors on this one." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 5, 2008.
    • "Michael Shanks will be in two episodes. So far." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 5, 2008.
    • "HE'S BAAACK: Former "Stargate: SG1" regular Michael Shanks reports he's been invited to come aboard "Stargate: Atlantis." "It was the most cryptic, enigmatic pitch of a story I've ever heard," say Shanks, who'll be reprising his popular "SG1" role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in a recurring capacity. "The pitch was: 'You go to Atlantis and something happens and Daniel has to help everybody to get rid of the bad guys that are coming.' I was like, 'Wow, did you spend a lot of time thinking that one up?' But it's one of those things. Stargate is like old home. It's always nice to be able to revisit that universe and those individuals and to play that character again." — Interview with Michael Shanks, The National Ledger, March 13, 2008.
  • Col. Samantha Carter
    • Concerning Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite: "If and when we do get the pick up, given everything we’ve seen so far, we would very much like to have both of them back." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2007.
    • "So far I'm doing one [episode] off the top, which explains Carter leaving the show. And I don't think I'm telling tales out of school or jumping on anyone else's press release, but since it's been announced that Sanctuary's being picked up I'm obviously not going to be a regular character on Atlantis. I think everyone has pretty much figured that one out." — Amanda Tapping, Gateworld interview, February 2, 2008.
    • "Said goodbye to Amanda and told her it was a pleasure working with her these past eight years. 'Don’t’ be a stranger,' I told her in a particularly emotional moment. 'Come back and say hi.' Then was quick add: 'But call first so we can clear your name with the guard at the front gate.'" — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 27, 2008.
    • "Carter will be in Search and Rescue and is definitely slated for an episode in the back half. Any further appearances will be wholly dependent on Amanda’s schedule." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 20, 2008.
  • Dr. Jennifer Keller
    • Concerning Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite: "If and when we do get the pick up, given everything we’ve seen so far, we would very much like to have both of them back." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2007.
    • Jewel Staite has been added to the regular cast for Season Five. — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 5, 2008.
    • "Jewel ... swung by the production offices today. Jewel was in for a fitting ... We talked horror movies, Watchmen, and, of course, what we have in store for Keller in season 5. Like Rachel, she was excited about some of the planned developments..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 11, 2008.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Weir
    • "Weir’s storyline will be revisited in season 5." — Martin Gero in Joseph Mallozzi's personal blog, January 6, 2008.
    • "I thought it best to inform Weir fans of recent developments. Last year, after we shot that final surprise scene in BAMSR, I stopped by Torri’s trailer to congratulate her on a job well done and, also, to assure her that the door was left wide open for Weir‘s possible return (in some form, be it repli-Weir or other) the following season. Torri was excited by the prospect and, in particular, had great things to say about her new leather outfit (props to Val). As season four wrapped, Carl and Paul got to spinning and came up with a terrific storyline that picked up where that last scene of BAMSR left off. We had a story in place for one episode, the starting point of a potentially bigger arc. The script was written and we eventually contacted Torri who, after much consideration, turned down the offer to reprise the role of Elizabeth Weir for the episode. We are, of course, disappointed, but nevertheless respect Torri’s decision and wish her all the best in her future endeavors." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 8, 2008.
  • Mitchell and Vala
    • "We have no plans to bring Mitchell over in season 5. [...] To be honest, we haven’t given thought to a Vala story. In terms of a crossover character, Daniel is our one and only priority. Also, we haven’t spoken to Claudia since Continuum." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 21, 2008.
  • Richard Woolsey
    • Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey will become part of the regular cast as Woolsey takes over leadership of the Expedition in Carter's place. — NBC Universal press release, February 5, 2008.
    • Richard Woolsey will be appearing in 14 of the 20 episodes of Season Five. — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 15, 2008.
  • Sheppard's Team
    • Returning regular cast members: Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, and Jason Momoa. — NBC Universal press release, February 5, 2008.
    • "Rachel dropped by the production offices and we had a little chat about what’s in store for Teyla this year. She was not only happy but, admittedly, quite relieved with the creative route we’re taking." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 7, 2008.

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