Season five of Stargate: Atlantis began airing July 11, 2008 on the Sci Fi Channel. The final season of the series concluded after 20 episodes. After being a regular character in season four Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) became a guest star in several episodes of season five. Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) joined the cast as a permanent character, as Woolsey assumed command of Atlantis. Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) was also promoted from recurring character to permanent cast member. Both Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) and Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) appeared as guest stars in this season, with McGillion appearing in five episodes. Actress Torri Higginson did not reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Weir in the fifth season. Other season five regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, and David Hewlett respectively.


Image Title Number Airdate Planet(s) Race(s) Enemies
Search and Rescue "Search and Rescue (Part 2 of 2)" 501 July 11, 2008 Earth, M2S-445, M35-117 Athosian, Hybrid Michael Kenmore
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and his team are trapped under the rubble of Michael's facility in order to rescue Teyla Emmagan. As Colonel Samantha Carter launches a team to rescue the rescuers, little do they know that Michael Kenmore is also searching the planet for the survivors.
The Seed "The Seed" 502 July 18, 2008 M35-117 N/A Jennifer Keller
When a mysterious alien organism takes Dr. Jennifer Keller as its host, the newly revived Dr. Carson Beckett and the crew desperately search for a serum to save her from the evolving intruder before it can infiltrate Atlantis. In the meantime, Richard Woolsey officially joins the team, having been chosen as Colonel Samantha Carter's replacement to lead the Atlantis expedition.
BrokenTies11 "Broken Ties" 503 July 25, 2008 Belkan, M35-117, Sarif Sur Satedan, Wraith Wraith Commander
Ronon Dex is captured by Tyre, who wants to hand him to the Wraith in order to maintain his role in their circle. However, when the deal turns sour, and Tyre is left for dead, the Atlantis expedition persuade him to take back their friend. Meanwhile, The Wraith turn Ronon into a Wraith worshipper.
The Daedalus Variations "The Daedalus Variations" 504 August 1, 2008 M35-117 Unknown Alien Unknown Aliens
The Atlantis expedition mysteriously finds the Daedalus, abandoned and drifting in space. When Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team come to investigate, the ship mysteriously disappears. They soon discover that the ship is actually an alternate Daedalus from a Alternate reality, and the team must find a way back to their Universe or risk being stranded forever in an unfamiliar reality.
Ghost In The Machine "Ghost in the Machine" 505 August 15, 2008 Flying monkeys' planet, M35-117 Asuran Koracen
While on a mission, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team inadvertently brings a mysterious entity to Atlantis. They soon learn that the entity is none other than Dr. Elizabeth Weir, who was thought to have been killed after her capture by the Asurans.
The Shrine "The Shrine" 506 August 22, 2008 M35-117, M44-5Y9, Talus Wraith N/A
Dr. Rodney McKay is infected with the Pegasus equivalent of Alzheimer's disease, known as Second Childhood, a common illness among the elderly in the galaxy. The only way to save him is a shrine on Talus. The downside is that it has turned into a Wraith outpost.
Whispers "Whispers" 507 September 5, 2008 M35-117, Unnamed Michael's experiment Michael's experiments
Dr. Carson Beckett is called in to help a team investigating a lab that once belonged to Michael Kenmore. But soon, they realize that a group of experiments that even Michael couldn't control are hellbent on killing the team.
The Queen "The Queen" 508 September 12, 2008 M35-117 Wraith Primary and Commander
The Atlantis expedition has a plan to remove the Wraith's dependence on feeding to use an experimental gene therapy from Michael's database. However, in order to convince the Primary, the Wraith leader, Teyla Emmagan must pose as a Hive Queen.
Tracker "Tracker" 509 September 19, 2008 M33-985, M35-117 Wraith Wraith hunters
Dr. Jennifer Keller is kidnapped by a runner named Kiryk. While Dr. Rodney McKay and Ronon Dex tracks them, Kiryk takes Keller to a seriously injured young girl. She must do it fast, since the Wraith have found him, and are hunting them down.
Armored exoskeleton "First Contact (Part 1 of 2)" 510 September 26, 2008 M35-117, M6H-987 Vanir, Wraith Vanir
Dr. Daniel Jackson arrives in Atlantis to investigate a hidden lab left behind by the rogue Ancient scientist Janus. Their discovery has attracted the attention of a mysterious group of aliens, who infiltrate the city. Meanwhile, "Todd" and a delegation arrive on the Daedalus to bring forward Dr. Jennifer Keller's gene therapy.
The Lost Tribe "The Lost Tribe (Part 2 of 2)" 511 October 10, 2008 M35-117, M6H-987 Asgard, Traveler, Wraith Vanir, Todd
As Dr. Rodney McKay and Dr. Daniel Jackson is held prisoner by the Vanir, they make a startling discovery about who they really are. Meanwhile, "Todd" and his Wraith hijack the Daedalus to find and destroy those who activated the Attero device. The Travelers arrive and Lt. Colonel John Sheppard must help them get to the planet before "Todd" uncovers a way to destroy the device for good, even if it means sacrificing McKay and Jackson's lives to do so.
Outsiders "Outsiders" 512 October 17, 2008 M35-117, Elson's planet Balarian, Elson's people, Wraith Jervis, Commander
Dr. Carson Beckett, now a traveling doctor in Pegasus comes across a planet, where some of the villagers are refugees from Balar, a planet infected with the Hoffan drug, and destroyed by the Wraith. However, the Wraith arrive on the planet and gives the village an ultimatum, hand over the Balarians, or face destruction of the entire civilization.
Inquisition "Inquisition" 513 October 24, 2008 M35-117 Latiran, Free Peoples of Riva, Tribes of Santhal Kelore
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team is invited by the Coalition of Planets in order to form an alliance. However, the team is misled and is faced to stand trial, for their alleged crimes against the Pegasus galaxy. Their best chance of freedom, is the experiences of Richard Woolsey.
The Prodigal "The Prodigal" 514 November 7, 2008 M35-117 Hybrid Michael Kenmore
Michael Kenmore has infiltrated Atlantis with an army of his Hybrids, and closes off Stargate Operations and the surrounded levels to prevent anyone from taking it back. His plan; take Teyla Emmagan and her child to perfect his Hybrids, and to destroy the base when they're done. Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, Dr. Rodney McKay and a team try to take back the city before Michael leaves with what he wants.
Remnants "Remnants" 515 November 14, 2008 M35-117 Sekkari Acastus Kolya
While being evaluated by the International Oversight Advisory, Richard Woolsey meets a beautiful scientist new to Atlantis, who is not what she appears. Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard is captured and tortured by an enemy he thought he'd killed several years ago: his sworn enemy, Genii Commander Acastus Kolya.
Brainstorm 11 "Brain Storm" 516 November 21, 2008 Earth, M35-117 N/A N/A
Dr. Rodney McKay reluctantly returns to Earth to witness the triumph of his rival Dr. Malcolm Tunney, but must help shut down a deadly weather device when the new technology goes horribly awry.
Infection "Infection" 517 December 5, 2008 M35-117 Wraith Warriors
After a Wraith Hive Ship shows up over Atlantis transmitting a distress call, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team discovers that its crew has been stricken with a disease they helped create.
Identity "Identity" 518 December 12, 2008 M35-117, Unnamed N/A Neeva Casol, Jannick, Bordal
Dr. Jennifer Keller's body is inadvertently taken over by a cunning thief, Neeva Casol. While Neeva tries to escape Atlantis, Keller finds herself imprisoned with a death sentence on another planet, forcing the team into a race against time to return Keller to her original body before she is put to death.
Detective John "Vegas" 519 January 2, 2009 Earth Wraith Wraith
In the city of Las Vegas in an alternate reality, police Detective John Sheppard investigates a series of bizarre murders where each body appears to have desiccated. He is soon called to Area 51, where Dr. Rodney McKay explains the situation.
Enemy at the Gate 1 "Enemy at the Gate" 520 January 9, 2009 Earth, M35-117 Wraith Wraith underling
"Todd" informs the Atlantis expedition that a rogue group of Wraith has acquired several Zero Point Modules to power a Super-hive, and wants it destroyed. However, after the Daedalus is disabled, they learn that the ship is heading straight for Earth, and they must stop it before it gets there.


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