Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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The Last Man 

After yet another fruitless search for the missing Teyla, Sheppard returns to Atlantis, only to find it deserted. Worse yet, the city isn't just abnormally hot, but the entire ocean has ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Amanda Tapping ... Colonel Samantha Carter
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan (credit only)
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Jewel Staite ... Dr. Jennifer Keller
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Todd the Wraith
Connor Trinneer ... Michael Kenmore
Kavan Smith ... Major Evan Lorne
Kate Hewlett ... Jeannie Miller
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Robert Picardo ... Richard Woolsey
Andee Frizzell ... Wraith Queen
Chuck Campbell ... Chuck the Technician
Heather Doerksen ... Captain Pat Meyers


After yet another fruitless search for the missing Teyla, Sheppard returns to Atlantis, only to find it deserted. Worse yet, the city isn't just abnormally hot, but the entire ocean has completely dried up, leaving a sandy desert! Sheppard then finds a hologram of an aged Dr. McKay, telling him that a solar flare had sent him 48,000 years into the future. Once he learns the demise of Atlantis and everyone on it, and worse yet that the sun in the solar system is dying and he won't survive there much longer, he and the holographic McKay must find a way to send Sheppard home and potentially change all of this. Written by jwhitleymail

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Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Based on estimates of the ages of the two Weirs in "Before I Sleep", a person in stasis ages one year for every (approximately) 160-165 years of real time that passes. Since he had been in stasis 700-800 years when he returned to Atlantis from the future, Sheppard was physically 4-5 years older than when the episode began. See more »


In this episode it is inferred that Sheppard was transported in time much like SG-1 was in their first year. However, it is not explained why Sheppard came out of the wormhole at his destination while the members of SGU in 'Time' and SG1 in '1969' emerged from the gate by which they entered.

The reason for this is that the gate system is programmed to send people to the nearest gate when a problem occurs. So the traveler goes through the gate nearest the solar flare. SG-1 was leaving Earth when a flare erupted from our own sun. So the gate system sent them to the nearest gate, the same one they entered. In the case of Sheppard's trip, the flare occurred at his destination, so that is the gate he was sent to. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: Look, um, I know you've already been debriefed about the future events - all the things we were hoping to avoid - but there's just one more thing I need to know.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: What?
Dr. Rodney McKay: Did I still have hair?
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: [John looks away] No.
[He calls out to the team]
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: Let's go!
Dr. Rodney McKay: [Looks shocked]
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Thought provoking
30 August 2014 | by okvistadSee all my reviews

Keeping this spoiler-free for the ones who haven't watched Stargate.

Strange episode, yes. But definitely the Stargate episode that has stuck most in my mind since I first saw them. I'd like to nominate this to the TV science fiction hall of fame. If there ever is such a thing.

I've often wondered if this was filmed off-schedule, so to say, because the individual stories are all very distinct in appearance and composition and there's quite a few different sets in it. Not to mention that there's a fair amount of non-main cast members in it.

This encompasses the style of science fiction that I like. It leaves you with questions about science and I love that!

You'll like this episode. I promise.

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