Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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Rising 

A team of scientists think they have found the location of the long lost city of Atlantis. It can be reached by a stargate that leads to another galaxy.

Director:

Martin Wood

Writers:

Brad Wright (created by), Robert C. Cooper (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Major John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Rainbow Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Richard Dean Anderson ... Brigadier General Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Garwin Sanford ... Simon Wallis
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
Andee Frizzell ... Wraith Queen
Craig Veroni ... Dr. Peter Grodin
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Halling
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Marshall Sumner
Dean Marshall ... Sgt. Bates
Boyan Vukelic Boyan Vukelic ... Sgt. Stackhouse
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Storyline

Dr. Elizabeth Weir leads an expedition to find the Ancient's lost city of Atlantis, a journey that brings her and a carefully selected crew of Earth's best and brightest to the Pegasus galaxy, where they embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and awaken among the stars an enemy none of them could have predicted, endangering themselves and the native people of Pegasus alike. Written by Fia Reynne

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sci Fi Channel

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While in the "dining room" of the female Wraith (Andee Frizzell), clearly seen on the table is the head of a creature. This creature is a Mastadge, which was seen in the original Stargate (1994) movie. See more »

Goofs

When the team crosses through the gate to Atlantis, Lt. Ford jumps into the gate backwards in a position that would have landed him flat on his back on the other side. However, when Sheppard walks through the gate right behind him and into Atlantis, he is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Carson Beckett: [about Teyla] How come I never make friends like that?
Dr. Rodney McKay: You need to get out more.
Dr. Carson Beckett: We're in another galaxy - how much more out can you get?
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Alternate Versions

In syndication, this is sometimes shown as a 2-part episode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stargate: Atlantis: Before I Sleep (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Joel Goldsmith
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New Direction Shows Promise
21 March 2005 | by ecokadeSee all my reviews

The first review is as dead wrong as it can be. It seems as if the first reviewer does not appreciate the things that make science fiction as captivating as it is to its fans. This pilot for Stargate Atlantis was very well received by its target audience, and with good reason. Atlantis' milieu is different enough from that of its parent, SG1, to afford earnest exploration, and yet retains strong connections with that original Stargate universe which converted so many leagues to scifi fandom. If Atlantis has a problem, it is only the handicap of starting in the huge shadow of its overwhelmingly popular parent. Scifi die hards, having experienced the delayed success of Star Trek spin offs like The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, know to expect a gradual building of quality through the first season, or perhaps two, before the spin off can sufficiently distinguish itself from its parent. For Atlantis, the end of season one sees this show having built to a staggering crescendo of excitement. If you haven't started watching, begin here, and get ready for the steady growth of a fine program!

Atlantis' pilot is appropriately exciting, but does not have the benefit of years of back story to heighten the mood, as does SG1. That said, Atlantis does a fantastic job of stepping out from under SG1. Throughout the first season, the writers wisely build the show's foundation of character and back story, gradually building suspense only as they can afford it through the credibility they've built. This means that the first few episodes subsequent to the pilot do not move as quickly as most Stargate fans have come to expect -- but then, it wouldn't be very credible for this brand new Atlantis team to save humanity three times in one episode, as we expect of SG1.

The cast is well-chosen. Even the least-likable, the arrogant Dr. McKay, shows his endearing qualities over time. Teyla "kicks ass," Dr. Weir proves a capable leader, both strong *and* feminine, and Major Shepard provides just the infusion of charm and fun everyone needs.

All in all, Stargate: Rising is an excellent start for a show with a strong heritage and fantastic potential.


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