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An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.
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Series cast summary:
 Lt. Colonel John Sheppard / ... (99 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Teyla Emmagan (99 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Dr. Rodney McKay / ... (99 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Ronon Dex (78 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Dr. Elizabeth Weir (65 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Dr. Carson Beckett (63 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Dr. Radek Zelenka (55 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Chuck the Technician (44 episodes, 2005-2009)


With the Ancients' city of Atlantis discovered in the Pegasus Galaxy by Stargate Command, Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Major Sheppard lead a scientific expedition to the ancient abandoned city. Once there, the team not only find themselves unable to contact Earth, but their explorations unexpectedly reawaken the Ancients' deadly enemies, The Wraith, who hunger for this new prey. Now with the help of newfound local allies like Teyla Emmagan, the Atlantis Team sets about to uncover their new home's secrets even as their war of survival against the Wraith begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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A new gate will open. A lost city will rise again.


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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is considered a strong influence behind the television series. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: [facing a wraith guard] So! This is how it's gonna be, huh? Just me?
Dr. Rodney McKay: [seeing another Wraith guard come up] OK! That's just fine!
Dr. Rodney McKay: [he draws his pistol and points it at them, grinning in bravado]
Dr. Rodney McKay: You want some of this, huh? Huh?
Dr. Rodney McKay: [as he goes to fire his pistol, he presses the wrong part of the gun and the magazine ejects and drops to the floor]
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Referenced in Stargate: Atlantis: Tao of Rodney (2006) See more »

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Getting There
28 October 2004 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Having only seen a few episodes of 'Stargate: Atlantis' and given it is a young show, I have to say that while it may not be on the same level as 'Stargate: SG1', it is enjoyable in itself. No first season of any series is wonderful (look at Star Trek: The Next Generation) but 'Stargate: Atlantis' has fared quite well.

The characters are likable although understandably we don't have much of a feel for them yet. There is a nice rapport between Sheppard, McKay, Weir and Beckett already but I think Teyla needs some work otherwise she'll just end up a token alien character. I'm still not sure how I feel about the Wraiths yet, I hope they don't crop up in each and every episode and other plot devices are explored instead. There is nothing so dull as when TV show focus on the main 'baddie' to the exclusion of everything else (Buffy and Angel were guilty of this as was 'The X-Files').

I think if given some time 'Stargate: Atlantis' can progress to be as great as its predecessor and it certainly has the making of being a thrilling sci-fi show. People need to stop compared it to SG1 though and give it a chance to develop. Too many potentially good shows are cancelled too soon because they are not given the opportunity to improve.

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