Stargate Atlantis: Season Five

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Premiere Schedule

The Solutions Calendar -

  • United States: SCI FI Channel: Friday, July 11, 2008, at 10pm ET/PT.
  • Canada:
    • Movie Network: Monday, July 14, 2008, at 8pm ET.
    • Movie Central: Monday, July 14, 2008, at 7pm PT.
  • UK: Sky One: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at 8pm.

Stargate Atlantis Season Five Episode Guides

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 "The Queen"
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 "Tracker"
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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5.12 "Inquisition"
The Balarans are survivors of Michael’s release of the modified Hoffan drug and have joined the village of another planet as a place of refuge where Dr. Beckett is working in a clinic. They considered their survival as a blessing until they learn that the Wraith are on their way to their new homeworld to wipe them out.

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5.13 "Outsiders"
The Atlantis Expedition is brought to trial by the Coalition for their “crimes against the people of the galaxy.”

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5.14 "The Prodigal"
Michael uses his stolen puddle jumper to infiltrate Atlantis and take it over from the gate room. He is driven to take Teyla's son, and Teyla as well if she's willing. He intends to destroy Atlantis in vengeance for what was done to him. Sheppard and the Lanteans must stop Michael once and for all.

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5.15 "Remnants"
Woolsey faces an uncertain future in the form of a performance evaluation; Zelenka and McKay examine an object discovered on the ocean floor; Sheppard encounters an ambush.

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5.16 "Brain Storm"
McKay brings Keller to Earth to visit an old rival physicist at his secret research facility. The rival demonstrates a wonderful new invention that’s intended to fight global warming, but things do not go as planned.

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5.17 "Infection"
A distress call from a hive ship over Atlantis leads the team to discover a Wraith crew in stasis, with all hands stricken with a disease caused in part by Dr. Keller's gene therapy.

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5.18 "Identity"
An Ancient device on another planet causes Dr. Keller to swap bodies with a woman named Neeva, who hides her true identity from the Atlantis expedition. Once they realize what has happened, Sheppard’s team, with Dr. Carson Beckett along, must find and deactivate the device that caused the body swap. They must rescue Keller from people who believe she is Neeva, and who have troubles of their own.

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5.19 "Vegas"
Detective John Sheppard investigates murders in Las Vegas linked to an unusual man with superhuman abilities.

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5.20 "Enemy At The Gate"
Todd warns Atlantis about a sophisticated hive ship and encourages the team to attack the vessel before it can pose a threat to Earth.

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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 blog, January 25, 2008.
  • "Finally, we talked about shifting the status quo in the Pegasus galaxy. When we first arrived in season one, the Wraith were the main threat and by the end of season four, the Wraith were significantly weakened. So an opportunity has opened up in the Pegasus galaxy, much in the way that it did in the Milky Way once the Goa’uld were defeated. We’re suggesting that in the past when societies reached a certain level of advancement, the Wraith would sweep in and cull them, so you didn’t see many technologically advanced societies, if any at all. So what we’re going to say is that the technologically advanced societies that do exist have been in hiding and fearful of drawing the Wraith’s attention. But now, with the Wraith significantly weakened, they’re taking the opportunity to step up. So we’re going to be introducing a technologically advanced society in season five." — Joseph Mallozzi in MGM interview, April 29, 2008.
  • "We’ll be heading off for our month-long Summer hiatus in mid-June." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 26, 2008. (This hiatus began June 16.)
  • "Also, expect about two-and-a-half Earth-based episodes this season." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
  • "First of all, this season will have more “team” episodes than any other. Fully half season 5’s episodes can be classified as such." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2008.


  • 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, interview, February 22, 2008.
    • "The character of Carson Beckett will be appearing in five episodes this season. They are - The Seed (written by Paul Mullie), Whispers (written by me), Outsiders (written by Alan McCullough), Identity (written by Carl Binder), and episode #20 (written by Paul Mullie)." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 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.
    • "Going back there even though it's a different cast, there's a very similar sentiment on that show. Laughter is prevalent, having fun is priority and it's a very loose group of people. I got to work a lot with David Hewlett who plays McKay on the show, and that's a large treat, we both talk really quickly, people are going to have to watch it in slow mo. ... There might be more in the future." — Michael Shanks, IGN interview, July 25, 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.
    • Cathy writes: “will Amanda Tapping be able to be in any episodes in the last part of season 5? If so, how many? If you cannot answer this yet, would you be able to in the near future?” Answer: "Again, it’s all dependent on Amanda’s availability. And we won’t know about that for at least another month." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 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.
    • "Who indeed [are we hooking Keller up with]! On the one hand, "Quarantine" certainly suggested a possible spark between Keller and Ronon; on the other hand, "Trio" and "Last Man" seem to suggest chemistry between Keller and Rodney. Looks like we’re headed toward an interesting little love triangle...." — Joseph Mallozz in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 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.
    • "Romance blossoms in Season 5 of Atlantis but, alas, not between Sheppard and Teyla. Last we left our favorite Athosian back in Season 4, she had a man in her life — or, more accurately, a half-man half-iratus bug with very conflicted feelings." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
    • "We have no plans to revisit the Ford storyline this season. For the time being, consider him "MIA." But the Pegasus Galaxy is a big place...." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
    • "I feel that the friendships between all the members of the Atlantis team are an important part of the show. That said, we’ll be exploring many of these relationships over the course of the show's fifth season: Ronon-Rodney, Sheppard-Teyla, Sheppard-Ronon, to name but a few." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
    • "We’ll definitely be seeing more of Teyla in Season 5 as she attempts to balance motherhood and her off-world wraith-killing commitments." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
    • "Yes, we will see McKay’s sister in Season 5. Watch for Jeannie Miller to pay her brother a visit in The Shrine." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
    • "Indeed we will [see more of Rodney's past], in a late Season 5 episode in which he’ll be reunited with an old friend and rival. We’re casting this one as I answer this question and, if all goes as planned, it will offer up some fun cameos." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
  • Stargate Command and SG-1 storylines
    • Jack O'Neill - "Outlook not so good."; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 8, 2008.
    • Hank Landry - "unlikely"; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 1, 2008.
    • Walter Harriman - "unlikely"; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 1, 2008.
    • Ori - "Definitely no plans to introduce the Ori into Atlantis"; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 2, 2008.
    • Dr. Bill Lee - "He will be putting in an appearance"; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 20, 2008.
  • Wraith Characters
    • Todd (Christopher Heyerdahl) is set for 3 episodes with possibly one more, according to Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 7, 2008.
    • Michael (Connor Trinneer) has at least 2 episodes ("Search and Rescue" and "The Prodigal").
    • "Doing more with Todd than just a recurring character? You mean, are we planning to make him part of the team? Nope. Todd, like Michael, works best as a recurring player. We have interesting plans for both. Watch for Michael to put in an appearance or two in Season 5, and expect to see Todd in at least five episodes this upcoming season." — Joseph Mallozzi in TV Guide Blog interview, posted June 30, 2008.
  • Other Guest Appearances
    • Bill Nye (the Science Guy) - "Picardo was very excited for the cameo role of his friend and TV scientist, Bill Nye the science guy. On Atlantis he will also be playing a scientist that visits the crew looking for something important." — Meredith Woerner in report on io9 website, Stargate Atlantis Season 5: New Aliens And Cameos, posted July 1, 2008.
    • "We wanted to bring Jill Wagner back, but she was working on something else. I talked to her, and she was awesome in the past season, and we haven't killed her off. Even if we had, our track record doesn't necessarily mean she's gone for good. There is in season six a potential to bring her back. So, yeah, why not?" — Joseph Mallozzi in Sci Fi Wire article, Atlantis' Higginson Bows Out, July 3, 2008.

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