Stargate: Atlantis: Season 4, Episode 20

The Last Man (7 Mar. 2008)

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After yet another fruitless search for the missing Teyla, Sheppard returns to Atlantis, only to find it deserted. Worse yet, the city isn't just abnormally hot, but the entire ocean has ... See full summary »



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Teyla Emmagan (credit only)


After yet another fruitless search for the missing Teyla, Sheppard returns to Atlantis, only to find it deserted. Worse yet, the city isn't just abnormally hot, but the entire ocean has completely dried up, leaving a sandy desert! Sheppard then finds a hologram of an aged Dr. McKay, telling him that a solar flare had sent him 48,000 years into the future. Once he learns the demise of Atlantis and everyone on it, and worse yet that the sun in the solar system is dying and he won't survive there much longer, he and the holographic McKay must find a way to send Sheppard home and potentially change all of this. Written by jwhitleymail

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Based on estimates of the ages of the two Weirs in "Before I Sleep", a person in stasis ages one year for every (approximately) 160-165 years of real time that passes. Since he had been in stasis 700-800 years when he returned to Atlantis from the future, Sheppard was physically 4-5 years older than when the episode began. See more »


In this episode it is inferred that Sheppard was transported in time much like SG-1 was in their first year. However, it is not explained why Sheppard came out of the wormhole at his destination while the members of SGU in 'Time' and SG1 in '1969' emerged from the gate by which they entered. See more »


Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: You're telling me I just travelled 48,000 years into the future in ten seconds?
Dr. Rodney McKay: I know. It's kind of cool when you think about it, isn't it?
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: Surfing a thirty foot wave in Waimei is cool. Dating a supermodel is cool. This is not cool!
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Thought provoking
30 August 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Keeping this spoiler-free for the ones who haven't watched Stargate.

Strange episode, yes. But definitely the Stargate episode that has stuck most in my mind since I first saw them. I'd like to nominate this to the TV science fiction hall of fame. If there ever is such a thing.

I've often wondered if this was filmed off-schedule, so to say, because the individual stories are all very distinct in appearance and composition and there's quite a few different sets in it. Not to mention that there's a fair amount of non-main cast members in it.

This encompasses the style of science fiction that I like. It leaves you with questions about science and I love that!

You'll like this episode. I promise.

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