Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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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)
Dr. Jennifer Keller
Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman
Poker Player #1
Poker Player #2
Hospital Nurse
Mark Burgess ...
Sick Guy
Crime Scene Guy


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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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)| (5.1 surround)


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16 : 9
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Dr. Radek Zelenka: You are such a child!
Dr. Rodney McKay: And yet I am still smarter than you!
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Sympathy For The Devil
Written by Mick Jagger (uncredited) and Keith Richards (uncredited)
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Unique? Hardly. Original? Strike two....
4 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

It isn't original to mimic another show. Maybe if this had been a throw-away episode somewhere in the middle of the series, it could have been forgiven. But to waste the penultimate episode on a gimmick is unforgivable.

In an overall weak season, this was truly the pits. The writers just ran out of ideas this season, I guess.

I was going to be sorry to see the show go, but after losing interest as the season progressed, this episode guaranteed that I'll just watch the series finale out of respect for what used to be.

And I'm not going to even bother with the "younger, hipper" Stargate replacement. Give it up, SciFi.

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