Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 13

Inquisition

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 2008 on Syfy
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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.

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Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Alan Blumenfeld

Alan Blumenfeld

Dimas

Guest Star

Tobias Slezak

Tobias Slezak

Myrus

Guest Star

David Lovgren

David Lovgren

Kelore

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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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.

  • 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)

  • 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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