Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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First Strike 

After learning the Asurians are building a fleet of ships, Earth sends its newest ship, the Apollo, under the command of Colonel Abe Ellis to initiate a preemptive first strike to stop them from attacking Atlantis or worse, Earth itself.


Martin Wood


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Episode cast overview:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett (credit only)
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Michael Beach ... Colonel Abe Ellis
Jewel Staite ... Dr. Jennifer Keller
Kavan Smith ... Major Evan Lorne
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
David Ogden Stiers ... Oberoth
Chuck Campbell ... Chuck the Technician
Heather Doerksen ... Captain Pat Meyers
Donna Soares Donna Soares ... Dr. Coleman
Jay Williams Jay Williams ... Adams


Col. Abe Ellis arrives at Atlantis with a new ship, the Apollo, and important news: a new Replicator base has been detected and it appears they have been building a new fleet of ships. He is under orders to destroy the Replicator base and while Dr. Weir doesn't agree with the plan and would prefer to negotiate with them, it's clear that the decision has already been made. The mission seems to go off without a hitch but when a gate appears above Atlantis, the city finds itself bombarded with deadly ray. Their first attempt at saving the city proves to be temporary at best and they are left with only one choice: activate the city's hyper-drive and leave the planet. Meanwhile, having been bypassed in the decision to attack the Replicators in the first place, Dr. Weir questions whether she can continue as head of mission but fate intervenes. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is Torri Higginson's last regular appearance and last credit in the intro of the show. See more »


Around 32 minutes into the show the pilots of the F-302's that are going to move the asteroid are wearing Daedalus overalls, while they are stationed on the USS Apollo. (The P.I.C., MAJ Lorn, is assigned to the Daedelus.) See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Weir: So we can assume the Replicators are behind this.
Dr. Rodney McKay: Well, I hope so.
Dr. Elizabeth Weir: You *hope* so?
Dr. Rodney McKay: Well, otherwise, we've discovered yet *another* super-powerful enemy.
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Another great episode
2 December 2018 | by childchildSee all my reviews

I'm so glad we had season 4 to the ready! We've come to get to know all the characters and this episode is as good as they get. Watching the first episode of season 4 as I write!

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