Stargate Atlantis

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Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 7/16/04
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  • Episode Description
  • The discovery of an outpost, left behind by the Ancients in the most unlikely of places, leads a new Stargate team to the distant Pegasus galaxy. Once there, they discover a planet of humans being decimated by a terrible alien race know as the Wraith.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Shanks

    Dr. Daniel Jackson

  • Richard Dean Anderson

    Brigadier General Jack O'Neill

  • Joe Flanigan

    Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Torri Higginson

    Dr. Elizabeth Weir

  • Robert Patrick

    Colonel Marshall Sumner

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    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 09, 2010

  • The discovery of a very ancient site in Antarctica brings Stargate personnel to investigate the makers of the Stargate's and the lost city of Atlantis. Major John Sheppard and Dr. Elizabeth Weir lead a one way mission to the Pegasus galaxy and Atlantis.

    By jyarter, Aug 07, 2009

  • this episode was for me

    By bahaa3, Jun 15, 2008

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  • Quotes (51)

    • (McKay leads Weir, Sumner and Sheppard into a room with a glowing hologram of a woman in a white robe.) Hologram: ... in the hope of spreading new life in a galaxy where there appeared to be none. Soon the new life grew, prospered. Here ... (As she continues speaking, Weir, Sumner and Sheppard walk over to Beckett, who is standing on a step behind a small podium.) Beckett: It's a hologram. The recording loops. This is my second time through. Sumner: What have we missed? Beckett: Not much. Hologram: ... exchange knowledge and friendship (above her head a three dimensional holographic map of the galaxy appears). In time, a thousand worlds bore the fruit of life in this form. Then, one day our people stepped foot upon a dark world where a terrible enemy slept. Never before had we encountered beings with powers that rivaled our own. In our over-confidence, we were unprepared and outnumbered. The enemy fed upon defenseless human worlds like a great scourge until finally only Atlantis remained. This city's great shield was powerful enough to withstand their terrible weapons, but here we were besieged for many years. In an effort to save the last of our kind, we submerged our great city into the ocean. The Atlantis Stargate was the one and only link back to Earth from this galaxy, and those who remained used it to return to that world that was once home. There, the last survivors of Atlantis lived out the remainder of their lives. This city was left to slumber, in the hope that our kind would one day return. (Beckett steps off the podium and the hologram disappears.)

    • Sumner (over radio): Doctor Weir. Colonel Sumner. Can you come down and meet me, please? We're three levels down from you. Weir: (into radio) Right away. (Weir and Sheppard make their way down to meet with Sumner.) Sumner: We've only been able to secure a fraction of the place. It's huge. Weir: So it might really be the lost city of Atlantis? Sumner: I'd say that's a good bet. (Sumner leads them towards what he wants them to see. Weir stares in amazement.) Weir: Oh my God. (Sumner has brought them to a large window. The city lies under water.) Weir: We're under water. (They gaze out of the window.) Sumner: I'd say we're under several hundred feet of ocean. If we can't dial out, this could be a problem. McKay: Colonel. Doctor Weir. Sheppard: (to McKay) We're under water! McKay: (walking over to join them) Yes, I was just, uh, coming to tell you. Fortunately, there is some sort of a forcefield holding back the w...water. (stops and stares at the sight out of the window.) Oh, that is impressive, isn't it?

    • Beckett: They think the gene was used as a sort of genetic key, if you will, so that only their kind could operate certain dangerous and powerful technologies. (Beckett turns away from the Chair. Behind him, Sheppard pokes at the arm control panels tentatively.) Sheppard: So some people have the same genes as these Ancients. (Sheppard walks around the Chair.) Beckett: The specific gene is very rare, but on the whole they look very much like we do. In fact they were first. We're the second evolution of this form, the Ancients having explored this galaxy for millions of years before ... Major, please don't. (Sheppard started to sit down in the Chair.) Sheppard: Come on, what are the odds of me having the same genes as these guys? (As Sheppard sits down, the Chair immediately lights up and reclines. Sheppard and Beckett stare in amazement.) Beckett: Quite slim, actually. (Shouting out) Doctor Weir! (looks at Sheppard) Don't move. (Beckett hurries off. Sheppard lies in the Chair, looking upwards nervously.)

    • McKay: The Zero Point Module, General. The, uh, Ancient power source you recovered from Proclarush Taonas and that's now powering the outpost's defenses. I have since determined that it generates its enormous power from vacuum energy derived from a self-contained region of subspace time. O'Neill: That was a waste of a perfectly good explanation.

    • (O'Neill and Sheppard fly in a helicopter when they receive warning from a base.) Voice (over radio): All inbound craft, we have a rogue drone that could seek a target on its own. Land immediately and shut down your engines. This is not a drill. I repeat … Sheppard: It's too late. Hang on! (The drone flies at them, but Sheppard swings the helicopter out of its way. The drone circles around and comes at them from behind. Again Sheppard yanks the helicopter out of the way. Again the drone swings around and heads towards them.) O'Neill: Break right. (Sheppard banks hard to the left. The drone whizzes past them again.) O'Neill: I said right! Sheppard: I'm gettin' to that, sir. (Sheppard swings the helicopter to the right.)

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    Notes (24)

    • The lake on Athos appears to be the same one from the beginning of the Stargate SG-1 Season 2 episode "In the Line of Duty."

    • David Hewlett will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • Joe Flanigan does actually know how to fly the helo that Sheppard and O'Neill were in, but for both budgetary reasons and safety concerns Flanigan's shots inside the helo were all done in a studio or on location, and he was not permitted to try to fly.

    • As stated in the DVD Commentary, Rachel Luttrell's name was spelled incorrectly in the opening credits of some episodes of season one. This error was corrected in subsequent episodes and on the DVD Release version.

    • Teyla was originally named "Mikala" in an early draft of the script. Among the many actresses who auditioned for the role are Ona Grauer ("Ayiana" in Stargate SG-1 Season 6's "Frozen") and Kira Clavell ("Amaterasu" in Stargate SG-1 Season 8's "New Order").

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    Trivia (21)

    • It is obvious that the uniforms are color coded to the department in which a particular person works. Yellow is medical, Blue is sciences, Red is leadership, and, introduced later, Black is military.

    • Goof: In the episode Dr. McKay brings up how one of the Ancients must have told the Greeks the story of Atlantis. But historically it was the Egyptians who learned of Atlantis, not the Greeks. This could be a case of ignorance on part of the character.

    • McKay: "Zero-Point Module," General, the Ancient power source you recovered from Praclarush Taonas and that's now powering the outpost's defenses. McKay is referring to events in the Stargate SG-1 seventh season finale "Lost City, Part 2."

    • Sheppard: Sure you'll warm up to me once you get to know me, sir. Captain Samantha Carter said something along that response to Colonel O'Neill, in the pilot episode "Children Of the Gods" of Stargate SG-1. Only hers was "You know Colonel, you really will like me once you get to know me."

    • Goof: When General O'Neill's helicopter makes an emergency landing because of the drone, tire tracks and footprints can be seen in the snow.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Sheppard: We're from a galaxy far, far away. He was riffing on the opening scroll from the Star Wars movies.

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