Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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The Return: Part 1 

The Atlantis expedition must turn to an old friend for help as the Asurans prepare to invade the city.

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Brad Turner

Writers:

Brad Wright (created by), Robert C. Cooper (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Richard Dean Anderson ... Major General Jack O'Neill
Robert Picardo ... Richard Woolsey
Ryan Robbins ... Ladon Radim
Megan Leitch ... Captain Helia
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Bill Dow ... Dr. Bill Lee
Gary Jones ... Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman
David MacInnis ... Talus
Panou ... Cetus
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The day Rodney McKay has long been waiting for finally arrives: the inaugural test of the interstellar subway that will link the Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies. Arranged as a series of interconnected gates, the traveler only stops at a mid-way transfer station. With Sheppard at the controls of a puddle jumper, the test is uneventful and works quite well. McKay does catch one anomaly however - a passing ship traveling just below the speed of light, apparently belonging to the Ancients. When they make contact, they learn that the Ancients' ship had lost its hyper-drive and the Daedalus offers assistance. Once back on Atlantis, the Ancients have only one request - that the Earthlings leave Atlantis immediately. The Replicators however also have their eye on the city Written by garykmcd

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Megan Leitch who plays Capt. Helia, also played Ke'ra in an episode of Stargate SG-1 (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Ronon and Teyla enter Sheppard's quarters, there's a skateboard standing upright against the wall next to the entrance. In the next shot of Ronon and Teyla a second or two later, the skateboard is lying on top of the crates. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: You should call her.
Dr. Carson Beckett: Who? Cadman?
Dr. Elizabeth Weir: You guys did make a cute couple.
Dr. Carson Beckett: It didn't work out. Maybe it had to do with our first kiss being through Rodney.
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Edited into Stargate: Atlantis: The Return: Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Composed by Joel Goldsmith
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How the Atlanteans lost the Wraith War
7 September 2015 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

This episode introduced an important gimmick that we would see used and abused through Season 4: The Mackay/Carter Gate Bridge that connected the Pegasus galaxy to the Milky Way and allowed Gate travel directly to SGU in 30 minutes.

Basically, it's a bunch of what are called SpaceGates in SGA, Gates floating in Space, which were dropped in place at various intervals between the Pegasus Galaxy and the Milky way, in the middle the last gate from Pegasus faces the first gate from the Milky Way, and that can be used as a buffer zone. Enough of that, though... I don't wanna end up sounding like David Hewlett.

But while Mackay is showing off he and Carter's innovation, he detects an odd sensor blip, which turns out to be an Atlantean ship traveling to Earth at 0.99999 times the speed of light, making it a bear to catch up with!

The captain of this ship is "Helia" (Megan Leitch aka Samantha Mulder), and if she is a common Atlantean, it explains why the race of Ancients who were technologically superior were defeated - They were also stupid! Basically, Helia takes over Atlantis, kicking out all of those who had been running the place and protecting it for them and allowing only two people to stay: Richard Woolsey (Robert "The Doctor" Picardo) and one Jack O'Neill (two l's).

These Atlanteans make assumptions about the state of the universe that maybe were correct 10,000 years ago, but are just not true now. And they pay for it when Replicators invade. Fortunately, Jack O'Neill and Woolsey have the sense to run and hide, while Helia used her last breath to protect them, to her final credit.

But John Sheppard is on Earth, trapped while Tayla and Ronon are on some butt-planet in the Pegasus Galaxy being wooed by the new leader of The Genii.

So the conundrum is how to get the main Stargate Atlantis team (and Weir) back to Atlantis - Without SGC's permission or help. But that solution was in my first paragraph, or, "How to Hijack a Bridge".

And of course, Rodney has an idea on how to deal with Replicators, unless it all goes sideways as usual. But it was great to see Richard Dean Anderson bounce off Robert Picardo, two great actors amusing us and themselves. Of course there are goofs and scientific inaccuracies, but that's TV for ya- It does not deter from a great set of "sweeps week" episodes.


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