Stargate Atlantis


Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 10/24/08
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  • Episode Description
  • When Sheppard and his team are brought to trial by a Coalition of human worlds for what they claim are crimes against the people of the galaxy, it's up to Woolsey's legal expertise to clear their names.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alex Levine

  • Kavan Smith

    Major Evan Lorne

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Jason Momoa

    Ronon Dex

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • They are guilty!

    By LeaveComments, Sep 05, 2012

  • While this episode does have some good aspects, it is hurt by the fact that it is a clip show with an unoriginal story, and doesn't answer the questions it raises.

    By Hungry_Homer111, Oct 31, 2008

  • This is one of the worst episodes.

    By ulistaerk, Nov 01, 2008

  • A very disappointing episode that could have been done better…Its major flaw is that it doesn't follow the usually good storytelling practices we've come to expect from SGA.

    By tv-striker, Mar 22, 2009

  • We all hate flashback episodes....

    By Parricida, Oct 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Sheppard has been brought before the Council again.) Sheppard: Well, what's next on the agenda? Did we step on the rose bushes on our last trip to Vidina?

    • Sheppard: So, are you going to tell me how you managed to pull this one of? Woolsey: Well, I would say it was a combination of things: my legal skills, my eloquence, the indisputable logic of my arguments and the bribe I offered Kelore.

    • Ronon: I say we go to Plan B. Wait for the guards to come in, I beat 'em up, we take their guns, we shoot our way out of here.

    • Dimas: Tell us about your first encounter with the Wraith. Sheppard: Oh, okay, I see where this is going.

    • Sheppard: You know, if you wanted to keep your location a secret you could have blindfolded us. I wouldn't have peeked. I swear.

    Notes (7)

    • David Lovgren (Kelore) previously played Va'lar in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Threshold" and Darrell Grimes in "Bounty."

    • Tobias Slezak (Myrus) previously played Tech Sergeant Dale James in the Stargate SG-1 episodes "Heroes (1)" and "Heroes (2)."

    • This episode features excerpts from the episodes "Rising", "Allies", "Michael", "Search and Rescue", "Underground", "The Hive", "Spoils of War", "No Man's Land", "Progeny", "Lifeline", "Common Ground", and "Be All My Sins Remember'd".

    • Jewel Staite does not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates: -This episode aired in Canada on October 27, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network. -This episode aired in the UK on November 11, 2008 on Sky One. -This episode aired in Sweden on December 19, 2008 on TV6. -This episode aired in Germany on October 14, 2009 on RTL II. -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 17, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi. -Syndication Premiere: February 20-21, 2010. -This episode aired in Australia on April 14, 2010 on 7TWO.

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    Trivia (5)

    • The scene of the transforming Wraith was not of Michael but a member of the Hive he brought to Atlantis in "Allies."

    • The Coalition now includes the Atlantis Expedition, the Free Peoples of Riva, the Tribes of Santhal, Latira, and the Genii. There are possibly more but it is not known.

    • It is stated that there have been, at the very least, 2 million human deaths in the five years since the Wraith were awoken by Sheppard in "Rising."

    • We learn that at least 12 Hive ships were destroyed during the Replicator War, bringing the number of Hive ships confirmed destroyed to 27 since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

    • This episode bears some similarity to the Stargate SG-1 season one episode, "Cor-Ai", where it is Teal'c who is put on trial for the deaths he caused as Apophis's First Prime.

    Allusions (3)

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation Sheppard sarcastically quips that the Atlantis expedition is on trial for stepping on a rose garden. In the ST:TNG episode "Justice", Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death by a civilization for tripping and falling on a flower bed.

    • Boston Legal: The end scene, with Woolsey and Sheppard standing on the balcony sharing drinks and cigars, is an allusion to the show Boston Legal. In the show the two main characters Denny Crane and Alan Shore often share drinks and cigars on the balcony of their companies building. (This may be a double reference, as Alan Shore, the main character in Boston Legal, is played by James Spader, who also played Daniel Jackson in the original Stargate movie).

    • Woolsey: The IOA believes it could be an important first step toward interplanetary government. A...Federation, if you will. McKay: The Federation had ships. Reference to the United Federation of Planets, the League formed of various planets, including Earth in the various Star Trek series, including Voyager, in which Robert Picardo himself starred as the ship's Emergency Medical Hologram. And during its run, the series Deep Space Nine also had an episode titled "Inquisition", in which Dr. Julian Bashir was faced with having to defend himself on accusations that he was a spy for the Dominion, a ruthless power seeking to destroy the Federation and conquer the galaxy.

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