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(2004–2009)

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In the season 5 episode 20 "Enemy At The Gate", Colonel Samantha Carter mentions she'll be taking over control of the Daedalus-class ship, The Phoenix, which has been renamed The General Hammond. This is in honour of 'Don S. Davis'' character who, similar to 'Davis' himself, is mentioned to have died of a heart attack.
Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) was also in Stargate SG-1: The Torment of Tantalus (1997) as the young Ernest Littlefield.
Originally, all of the Wraith males featured on the series were played by the same actor: James Lafazanos.
Rodney McKay's sister, Jeannie Miller is played by Kate Hewlett who is David Hewlett's sister in real life.
Ben Browder was the producer's and series creator's original choice for the role of Major John Sheppard. Joe Flanigan was hired for the role when Browder could not take the role due to filming Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004). Browder was later cast in the role of Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell on Stargate SG-1 (1997).
Rodney McKay was voted "One of TV's most annoying characters".
Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard) and David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) are the only actors to appear in all 100 episodes. Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan) is the only other regular cast member to stay with the series throughout its entire run.
The on-set Stargate prop is composed primarily of vacuum-formed plastic panels on the front and rear faces with rubber caps on the circumference and cast resin chevrons.
In season1, it is stated that approximately 60 Wraith hive ships exist in the Pegasus Galaxy. Over the course of the series, and including a crossover episode with Stargate SG-1, whether shown on screen or stated by a character, only about 26 hive ships had been destroyed by series' end.
Dr. McKay's real first name is Meredith.
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is considered a strong influence behind the television series.
David Hewlett based the character of Dr Rodney McKay on the nerds he used to work with in his IT days working for a voicemail company.
The load bearing vests worn by the "Stargate: Atlantis" team are Blackhawk Omega tactical vests.
In Ephiphany (#12,2) Rodney McKay compares Ronon Dex to Conan the Barbarian. This foreshadowed Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) playing Conan in the 2011 film "Conan the Barbarian".
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The production crew actually have two Puddle Jumpers. The first is closed, and is used on location, and the second is an open Jumper that stays on set. The open jumper is used to film interior shots.
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The character of Dr. Weir, played by Torri Higginson, was originated by Jessica Steen in the two-part story beginning with Stargate SG-1: Lost City: Part 1 (2004).
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Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill) and Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson) are the only two actors to appear in the pilots of both Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Stargate: Atlantis (2004). Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) and Gary Jones (Walter Harriman) are the only actors to appear in the final episodes of both series, as well as the only two actors to appear in the pilot of Stargate SG-1 (1997) and the finale Stargate: Atlantis (2004).
The shooting set of the Stargate Atlantis base, specifically the balconies where the humans from Earth celebrated their first victory as well as several times depicting the outdoor dining area is the exact same location as the Colson Industries' main office building from the Stargate SG-1: Covenant (2004) episode.
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Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion and Amanda Tapping are the only regular actors who appeared in all five seasons (although Paul was a regular only for two seasons and Amanda just during Season 4). Torri Higginson, Jason Momoa and Jewel Staite appear in four seasons (although Jewel was a regular only during Season 5 and she played a different role in Season 2). Robert Picardo and Rainbow Francks appear in two seasons (they were only regulars in one season).
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Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, Amanda Tapping, David Nykl, Chuck Campbell and Gary Jones are the only actors to appear in all five seasons. Of these, only Nykl, Campbell and Jones were never regular cast members on the series.
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Jason Momoa would later go on to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Cimmerian in the 2011 reboot of the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian". Jewel Staite's "Firefly" and "Serenity" co-star Summer Glau played Cameron Phillips in the TV series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", based on the films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lena Headey, who played Sarah Connor in that series, would star opposite Jason Momoa in "Game of Thrones" and Emilia Clarke, who stars in "Game of Throne" would go on to play Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot "Terminator: Genysis".
Only three out of the ten regular actors from all seasons are American: Joe Flanigan and Robert Picardo, who also play American characters, and Jason Momoa, who plays an alien. David Hewlett, who was born in the UK, is the only regular who plays a Canadian character; The other six regular actors are Canadian: Torri Higginson, Rainbow Francks, Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite, who play American characters; Rachel Luttrell, who plays an alien; and Paul McGillion, who plays a Scot (McGillion was actually born in Scotland).
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Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, the epic character played firstly by DeForest Kelley in the Star Trek (1966) and rest of the franchise, is considered a strong influence behind Rodney McKay.
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Most of the cast: Amanda Tapping, Robert Picardo, Jewel Staite, Joe Flanigan, Christopher Judge, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, and Paul McGillion have attended the Armageddon Expo in New Zealand.
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The Screamers from the science fiction film Screamers (1995) are considered to be a possible influence behind the Replicators.
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The machine is a system to open a wormhole. Wormhole is a hypothetical way of space travel too called Bridge of Rosen-Einstein, named after scientists Nathan Rosen and Albert Einstein. According to them, the wormhole should capable to unite two distant points in the universe, altering Space-Time Laws to cross from a point to another in a so brief period of time. The name wormhole was given after a comparative between the universe and an apple, with a worm moving inside. The same concept was used in Contact (1997) as well as Stargate (1994) and their TV series Stargate SG-1 (1997) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

A stargate is a ring composed of a fictional superconductive mineral called "naqahdah", marked with 39 glyphs that operates using a combination of 7 glyphs or chrevrons to establish a space route to travel from a point to another. Using mathematical combinatorics, it implies that a single stargate can locate 77,519,922,480 places throughout the galaxy, increased to 45,379,620 if in the combination one of some glyphs can be re-used. Using a 8 glyphs combination for an extragalactic travel, a stargate can locate 2,480,637,519,360 places throughout the universe, increased to 5,352,009,260,481 if one or more glyphs can be re-used.
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At a point of the movie, Jackson (James Spader) explains to the staff of U.S. Army that for any space travel, is necessary seven symbols to mark coordinates. Six of them indicate the destination, signing stars or constellations to locate the place where to go. The seven and last symbol indicates the point of origin to start the travel. In the TV series is added an extra glyph, which indicates the galaxy where to go.
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Stargate's ring have 39 glyphs or chrevrons. In this TV series as in Stargate SG-1 (1997) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009) is explained that the number of glyphs in a stargate depends of the galaxy where this stargate belongs.
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