Stargate: Atlantis: Season 5, Episode 19

Vegas (19 Dec. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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The killings of a Wraith in Las Vegas are investigated by Detective John Sheppard - who knows nothing about life-sucking aliens from another galaxy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teyla Emmagan (credit only)
Ronon Dex (credit only)
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In an alternate universe, Detective John Sheppard is with the Las Vegas Police Department and begins to investigate a strange series of murders. This Sheppard is a bit down on his luck, over-promoted and barely getting by. What Sheppard is dealing with is a Wraith who has made it to Earth and is building a device to send out a signal of some sort. Of course, he has no idea what a Wraith is but a senior member of the Atlantis expedition, Rodney McKay, decides to take Sheppard into their confidence and tell him about the Pegasus galaxy and their fear that the Wraith is trying to send out a signal with Earth's location. While they succeed, they may have opened a rift with other parallel universes. This Dr. McKay, who is cool and smooth, actually visited Atlantis in another dimension once and wonders what may now happen there. Written by garykmcd

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One of the office doors has the name David Magee on it, after production coordinator David Magee. See more »


A dishonorable discharge from the military disqualifies an individual from police/detective service. Dr. McKay (David Hewlett) reveals the fact that Detective Sheppard (Joe Flannigan) was dishonorably discharged after a botched attempt at rescuing a medic from behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. However, he also stated that the record was expunged for political reasons. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: Thank you for your co-operation, Detective. If you think of anything else...
[hands him a card]
Dr. Rodney McKay: ... call me at this number.
Detective John Sheppard: If he's not finished yet, why'd he stop hiding the bodies?
Dr. Rodney McKay: I don't know. Over-confidence that he can't be caught?
Detective John Sheppard: He left money behind.
Dr. Rodney McKay: How much?
Detective John Sheppard: A few thousand.
Dr. Rodney McKay: Not enough to worry about, I guess.
Detective John Sheppard: That's it? You're just gonna let me go?
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Spoofs CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


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Awesome story line, backed by an awesome soundtrack
31 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's an alternate reality plot that lets Joe Flanigan show off Sheppard's coolness. But the best thing about this episode is the dark, driving soundtrack played throughout. From classic rock to crunch metal, it really paces the episode and it's over before you know it.

The episode is well written, well acted and well produced.

At first, I seriously thought about just skipping this one and moving to the series finale, but decided to watch it through and I was pleasantly surprised at how good, if different, it was.

I also liked how the other characters from the season show their alternate reality sides. From Woolsey, to McKay to Keller, they all show a different side. It leads you to ask yourself: "If I had made a different choice sometime in the past, how radically different would my path have been?"

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