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''This article is about the series '''Stargate: Atlantis'''. If you are looking for the city Atlantis, look at the [[City of Atlantis]]''
 
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{{quote|A new gate will open. A lost city will rise again.|Tagline}}
'''Stargate Atlantis''' is a TV spin-off from [[Stargate SG-1]].
 
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'''''Stargate: Atlantis''''' is a television series which is a spin-off from ''[[Stargate SG-1]]''. ''Stargate: Atlantis'' began airing on [[July 16]], [[2004]], and concluded after five seasons with the episode "[[Enemy at the Gate]]" airing [[January 9]], [[2009]]. A follow-up film titled ''[[Stargate: Extinction]]'' was announced and would have continued the plot of the show. If it was successful more movies like it would have been made, but the project was announced to have been postponed indefinitely. ''Stargate Atlantis'' is followed by a third series, ''[[Stargate Universe]]''.
   
===Background===
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==Overview==
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''Stargate: Atlantis'' was set up with the [[SG-1 Season 7|seventh season]] finale of ''Stargate SG-1'', ''"[[Lost City, Part 2]]"'', in which SG-1 discovers an advanced outpost, built by the [[Ancient]]s, under the ice of [[Antarctica]]. It is through this outpost that, in ''<nowiki>Stargate: Atlantis'</nowiki>'' series premiere "[[Rising]]", an eight symbol gate address is found that leads to the long-sought-after "Lost City" of the Ancients— also known as [[Atlantis]]. The search for this city had been an ongoing theme since the [[SG-1 Season 6|sixth season of Stargate SG-1]].
Atlantis is the [[Lost City]] of the [[Ancients]]. In the series [[Stargate SG-1]], our heros discovered how to get to Atlantis, but the power requirements to get there made it a one-time, one-way trip.
 
   
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An international [[Atlantis expedition|expedition]] is thus sent through the Stargate to the far off [[Pegasus]] [[galaxy]] where the [[Ancient]] [[City-ship]] [[Atlantis]] resides. However, soon after the discovery of this grand city, a terrible enemy known as the [[Wraith]] is awakened. Throughout the series, the Wraith serve as the main antagonists, with the [[Atlantis expedition]] being the protagonists. The ultimate driving force of the series is the protection of Atlantis and the discovery of advanced Ancient technology, continuing the SGC's original mandate.
It required the SGC a near-full ZPM (Zero Point Module) to power the Stargate to get to Atlantis, as it is located in another galaxy, The Pegasus Galaxy.
 
   
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The show itself has the same feel as the later seasons of ''Stargate SG-1'' in that the overall atmosphere is light, with the exception of more serious moments.
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===Cast===
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==Production==
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===Beginnings===
See also: [[Main characters|List of main characters]].
 
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When ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' producers, [[Brad Wright]] and [[Robert C. Cooper]] thought the series was going to end after [[SG-1 Season 5|season five]], due to Showtime's announcement that they were canceling the show, they came up with the idea of making a new feature film. However, as the ratings on its new home at the Sci-Fi Channel were quite good, the idea was pushed after season six and later, after season seven. Talk then began of a spin-off series and the producers were left with a serious dilemma, since the seventh season of Stargate SG-1 had been planned to lead up to the great discovery of the lost city of the [[Ancient]]s, [[Atlantis]]. The seventh season of ''Stargate SG-1'', the two part episode "[[Lost City, Part 1]]" and "[[Lost City, Part 2]]," was supposed to be a bridge between ''Stargate SG-1'' and a new spin-off, either a show or a movie, which was not planned to run at the same time as ''Stargate SG-1''. Wright and Cooper rewrote the script as the two-part season seven finale, and moved the setting of the story. The city of Atlantis, originally planned to be on [[Earth]] under [[Antarctica]] in place of [[Stargate Command]], was moved to the [[Pegasus]] [[galaxy]]. The change was to prevent fans from wondering why [[Stargate Command]] would not come to help them, and also gave the producers the chance to start afresh and not be an identical copy of the original show.
   
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The series received the green light on November 17, [[2003]] and started shooting in February [[2004]]. It premiered on July 16 of the same year. From the start, Wright and Cooper ruled out casting "star names", on the basis of the financial pressures they were already experiencing with "star names" on ''Stargate SG-1''. The casting was made more complicated because Atlantis got the go-ahead in November, and had to compete with other networks during pilot season.
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The character most difficult to cast was the then-called Dr. Ingram, an unexcitable scientist expert on the Stargate. As the first day of shooting drew nearer and they were unable to find the right actor, they came to realize they had brought in the wrong character. Longtime Stargate director [[Martin Wood]] and Brad Wright thought it should be [[Dr.]] [[Rodney McKay]], who had already appeared in a guest role in three episodes of Stargate SG-1. British-born Canadian actor [[David Hewlett]] who had played McKay on "Stargate SG-1" was contacted and arrived at the set the day after filming had started. Dr. Ingram had already been written in to the pilot episode of the show and so the same script was used and the character's name simply changed to Dr. McKay. Later scripts were written with Dr. McKay in mind.
==Episodes==
 
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===Episode format===
See also [[related]] sites and wikis.
 
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''Stargate: Atlantis'' episodes feature a self-contained story that also contributes to the larger storyline of the war against the [[Wraith]] and their search for the means to destroy their enemy. Each season has also featured a two-parter episode, and a few episodes that, while not technically two-parters, had continued directly the story of the previous episode (for example, season 3 "[[Progeny]]" and "[[The Real World]]"). Each season of ''Stargate: Atlantis'' features 20 episodes, and in the United States they are broadcast in two series of 10 episodes. The first 10 episodes air from mid-July to September in the United States, ending in the cliffhanger of a two-parter episode. The second half airs first in Canada, from November to January, ending also with a cliffhanger. In the United States, the second half aired from January to March during seasons 1 and 2, but season 3 aired from April to June [[2007]].
   
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Each show begins with a cold open, sometimes preceded with a recap of events relevant to the upcoming narrative. The opening credits feature an original theme by Joel Goldsmith. Though they were drastically cut at the start of season 2, the full credits were recovered after the mid-season parter. The show blends different types of approaches to science-fiction, from action to comedy.
==Images==
 
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''Stargate: Atlantis'' was shot at Bridge studios in Vancouver and on location in several places in British Columbia. The Pemberton Glacier doubled for Antarctica during the opening flying sequence in series premiere ''"[[Rising]]"''.
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===Season 2===
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[[Atlantis Season 2|Season 2]] brought casting changes. The creators found themselves with a problem with the character of [[Lt.]] [[Aiden Ford]], a first season regular that the producers, and the actor himself, felt had not worked as intended and was highly underused as a result. Unwilling to write him out, the writers came with an idea to make the character more important, but that downgraded him to recurring. To replace him, they created [[Ronon Dex]] as a sidekick for [[Lt. Colonel]] [[John Sheppard]], but finding an actor with the physical presence and the acting ability necessary was not easy until they saw [[Jason Momoa]]'s tape. [[Mitch Pileggi]] was added to the cast in the recurring role of [[Colonel]] [[Steven Caldwell]]. [[Paul McGillion]]'s character, [[Dr.]] [[Carson Beckett]], became a regular from the fourth episode.
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[[Atlantis Season 3|Seasons 3]] [[Atlantis Season 4|and 4]] changed the cast lineup again. [[Paul McGillion]]'s [[Dr.]] [[Carson Beckett]] was killed in the season 3 episode "[[Sunday]]", then brought back at the end of season 4 as a recurring character. [[Amanda Tapping]]'s [[Colonel]] [[Samantha Carter]] crossed from ''Stargate SG-1'' for 14 episodes in Season 4, as the new leader of the expedition, while [[Torri Higginson]]'s [[Dr.]] [[Elizabeth Weir]] became a recurring character in [[Atlantis Season 4|Season 4]] instead of a regular.
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[[Atlantis Season 5|Season 5]] began with the departure of [[Colonel]] [[Samantha Carter]] as a lead in to the second ''[[Stargate SG-1]]'' movie, ''[[Stargate: Continuum]]''. [[Richard Woolsey]] of the [[International Oversight Advisory]], played by [[Robert Picardo]], took her place as Commander of Atlantis. Picardo and [[Jewel Staite]], who played [[Dr.]] [[Jennifer Keller]], were added to the main credited cast at the beginning of the season. Though cancelled after over half of the season had been produced, the season does not end on an unresolved cliffhanger.
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Stargate Atlantis was cancelled on [[August 21]], [[2008]], exactly two years after the cancellation of [[Stargate SG-1]] was decided. The decision not to proceed with a 6th season has been hotly debated. The producers have stated that the decision was made entirely due to monetary reasons, as they did not want to pay the cast's increasing salaries.
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*[[Major]]/[[Lt. Colonel]] '''[[John Sheppard]]''' ([[Joe Flanigan]]) (Season 1-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Elizabeth Weir]]''' ([[Torri Higginson]]) (Season 1-3 main, 4 recurring)
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*[[Colonel]] '''[[Samantha Carter]]''' ([[Amanda Tapping]]) (Season 4 main, 1-3 guest, 5 recurring)
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*'''[[Teyla Emmagan]]''' ([[Rachel Luttrell]]) (Season 1-5)
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*'''[[Ronon Dex]]''' ([[Jason Momoa]]) (Season 2-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Carson Beckett]]''' ([[Paul McGillion]]) (Season 1,4,5 recurring, 2-3 main)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Jennifer Keller]]''' ([[Jewel Staite]]) (Season 5 main, 4 recurring, 3 guest)
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*[[Lt.]] '''[[Aiden Ford]]''' ([[Rainbow Sun Francks]]) (Season 1, 2 recurring, and 5 guest)
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*'''[[Richard Woolsey]]''' ([[Robert Picardo]]) (Season 5 main, 3-4 recurring)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Rodney McKay]]''' ([[David Hewlett]]) (Season 1-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Daniel Jackson]] ''' ([[Michael Shanks]]) (Season 1, 5)
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*'''[[Teal'c]]''' (Season 4)
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Recurring Cast
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Radek Zelenka]]''' ([[David Nykl]]) (Season 1-5)
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*[[Major]] '''[[Evan Lorne]]''' ([[Kavan Smith]]) (Season 2-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Kate Heightmeyer]]'''([[Claire Rankin]]) (Season 1-4)
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*'''[[Chuck]]''' ([[Chuck Campbell]]) (Season 1-5)
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*[[Colonel]] '''[[Steven Caldwell]]''' ([[Mitch Pileggi]]) (Season 2-5)
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*'''[[Amelia Banks]]''' ([[Sharon Taylor]]) (Season 4-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Bill Lee]]''' ([[Bill Dow]]) (Season 2-4)
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*'''[[Marie]]''' ([[Linda Ko]]) (Season 3-5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Peter Grodin]]''' ([[Craig Veroni]]) (Season 1)
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*[[Sgt.]] '''[[Bates]]''' ([[Dean Marshall]]) (Season 1, 4)
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*'''[[Michael Kenmore]]''' ([[Connor Trinneer]]) (Season 2-5)
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*'''[[Todd]]''' ([[Christopher Heyerdahl]]) (Season 3-5)
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*'''[[Hermiod]]''' ([[Trevor Devall]]) (Season 2-3)
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*'''[[Acastus Kolya]]''' ([[Robert Davi]]) (Season 1, 3, 5)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Kavanagh]]''' ([[Ben Cotton]]) (Season 1, 2, 4,5)
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*[[Captain]] '''[[Dave Kleinman]]''' ([[Kirby Morrow]]) (Season 2-3)
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*[[Captain]] '''[[Pat Meyers]]''' ([[Heather Doerksen]]) (Season 2-5)
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*[[Colonel]] '''[[Abraham Ellis]]''' ([[Michael Beach]]) (Season 3-5)
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*'''[[Ladon Radim]]''' ([[Ryan Robbins]]) (Season 1-3)
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*[[Major]] '''[[Kevin Marks]]''' ([[Martin Christopher]]) (Season 4-5)
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*[[Major General]] '''[[Henry Landry]]''' ([[Beau Bridges]]) (Season 2-3)
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*[[Major General]] '''[[Jack O'Neill]]''' ([[Richard Dean Anderson]]) (Season 1, 3)
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*[[Dr.]] '''[[Katie Brown]]''' ([[Brenda James]]) (Season 2-4)
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*'''[[Jeannie Miller]]''' ([[Kate Hewlett]]) (Season 3-5)
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*[[Captain]] '''[[Alicia Vega]]''' ([[Leela Savasta]]) (Season 5)
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*[[Lt.]] '''[[Laura Cadman]] ''' ([[Jaime Ray Newman]]) (Season 2)
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==Soundtrack==
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{{Main|Stargate: Atlantis: Original Television Soundtrack}}
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The '''''Stargate: Atlantis: Original Television Soundtrack''''' was released on November 22, 2005.
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File:A Romance for Dr. Keller and Ronon Dex? Jewel Staite Weighs In... - Stargate Atlantis
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File:John Sheppard Can't Catch a Break... - Stargate Atlantis
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File:David Hewlett Shows You How To Fight The Genii - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Inside The Case - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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File:Where Does the Ark Come From? - Stargate Ark of Truth
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File:David Hewlett Wins the 2007 Spacey Award! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Stargate Wins Big at the Spacey Awards! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Amanda Tapping On Atlantis' Huge Success - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Jason Momoa is Blown Away By The Special Effects! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Jonathan Llyr's New Stargate Role... - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Jonathan Llyr Has a Question for the Cast... - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Rodney McKay Has A New Fan... - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Jason Momoa Attacks... Jonathan Llyr?! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Joe Flanigan Reveals His Fear of Stunts - Cast Interview - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Jewel Staite Connects To Dr Keller - Cast Interviews - Stargate Atlantis
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File:David Hewlett Shares His Love For Sci-Fi - Cast Interviews - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Mckay and Carter's Relationship Explained! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Season 3 Recap & Season 4 Official Trailer! - Stargate Atlantis
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File:Amanda Tapping & Stargate Atlantis Cast at ComicCon! - Stargate at Conventions
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This article is about the TV series. For the city, see Atlantis.

Season 2-5 title screen

"A new gate will open. A lost city will rise again."
―Tagline

Stargate: Atlantis is a television series which is a spin-off from Stargate SG-1. Stargate: Atlantis began airing on July 16, 2004, and concluded after five seasons with the episode "Enemy at the Gate" airing January 9, 2009. A follow-up film titled Stargate: Extinction was announced and would have continued the plot of the show. If it was successful more movies like it would have been made, but the project was announced to have been postponed indefinitely. Stargate Atlantis is followed by a third series, Stargate Universe.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Stargate: Atlantis was set up with the seventh season finale of Stargate SG-1, "Lost City, Part 2", in which SG-1 discovers an advanced outpost, built by the Ancients, under the ice of Antarctica. It is through this outpost that, in Stargate: Atlantis' series premiere "Rising", an eight symbol gate address is found that leads to the long-sought-after "Lost City" of the Ancients— also known as Atlantis. The search for this city had been an ongoing theme since the sixth season of Stargate SG-1.

An international expedition is thus sent through the Stargate to the far off Pegasus galaxy where the Ancient City-ship Atlantis resides. However, soon after the discovery of this grand city, a terrible enemy known as the Wraith is awakened. Throughout the series, the Wraith serve as the main antagonists, with the Atlantis expedition being the protagonists. The ultimate driving force of the series is the protection of Atlantis and the discovery of advanced Ancient technology, continuing the SGC's original mandate.

The show itself has the same feel as the later seasons of Stargate SG-1 in that the overall atmosphere is light, with the exception of more serious moments.

Production[edit | edit source]

Beginnings[edit | edit source]

When Stargate SG-1 producers, Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper thought the series was going to end after season five, due to Showtime's announcement that they were canceling the show, they came up with the idea of making a new feature film. However, as the ratings on its new home at the Sci-Fi Channel were quite good, the idea was pushed after season six and later, after season seven. Talk then began of a spin-off series and the producers were left with a serious dilemma, since the seventh season of Stargate SG-1 had been planned to lead up to the great discovery of the lost city of the Ancients, Atlantis. The seventh season of Stargate SG-1, the two part episode "Lost City, Part 1" and "Lost City, Part 2," was supposed to be a bridge between Stargate SG-1 and a new spin-off, either a show or a movie, which was not planned to run at the same time as Stargate SG-1. Wright and Cooper rewrote the script as the two-part season seven finale, and moved the setting of the story. The city of Atlantis, originally planned to be on Earth under Antarctica in place of Stargate Command, was moved to the Pegasus galaxy. The change was to prevent fans from wondering why Stargate Command would not come to help them, and also gave the producers the chance to start afresh and not be an identical copy of the original show.

The series received the green light on November 17, 2003 and started shooting in February 2004. It premiered on July 16 of the same year. From the start, Wright and Cooper ruled out casting "star names", on the basis of the financial pressures they were already experiencing with "star names" on Stargate SG-1. The casting was made more complicated because Atlantis got the go-ahead in November, and had to compete with other networks during pilot season.

The character most difficult to cast was the then-called Dr. Ingram, an unexcitable scientist expert on the Stargate. As the first day of shooting drew nearer and they were unable to find the right actor, they came to realize they had brought in the wrong character. Longtime Stargate director Martin Wood and Brad Wright thought it should be Dr. Rodney McKay, who had already appeared in a guest role in three episodes of Stargate SG-1. British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett who had played McKay on "Stargate SG-1" was contacted and arrived at the set the day after filming had started. Dr. Ingram had already been written in to the pilot episode of the show and so the same script was used and the character's name simply changed to Dr. McKay. Later scripts were written with Dr. McKay in mind.

Episode format[edit | edit source]

Stargate: Atlantis episodes feature a self-contained story that also contributes to the larger storyline of the war against the Wraith and their search for the means to destroy their enemy. Each season has also featured a two-parter episode, and a few episodes that, while not technically two-parters, had continued directly the story of the previous episode (for example, season 3 "Progeny" and "The Real World"). Each season of Stargate: Atlantis features 20 episodes, and in the United States they are broadcast in two series of 10 episodes. The first 10 episodes air from mid-July to September in the United States, ending in the cliffhanger of a two-parter episode. The second half airs first in Canada, from November to January, ending also with a cliffhanger. In the United States, the second half aired from January to March during seasons 1 and 2, but season 3 aired from April to June 2007.

Each show begins with a cold open, sometimes preceded with a recap of events relevant to the upcoming narrative. The opening credits feature an original theme by Joel Goldsmith. Though they were drastically cut at the start of season 2, the full credits were recovered after the mid-season parter. The show blends different types of approaches to science-fiction, from action to comedy.

Stargate: Atlantis was shot at Bridge studios in Vancouver and on location in several places in British Columbia. The Pemberton Glacier doubled for Antarctica during the opening flying sequence in series premiere "Rising".

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Season 2 brought casting changes. The creators found themselves with a problem with the character of Lt. Aiden Ford, a first season regular that the producers, and the actor himself, felt had not worked as intended and was highly underused as a result. Unwilling to write him out, the writers came with an idea to make the character more important, but that downgraded him to recurring. To replace him, they created Ronon Dex as a sidekick for Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, but finding an actor with the physical presence and the acting ability necessary was not easy until they saw Jason Momoa's tape. Mitch Pileggi was added to the cast in the recurring role of Colonel Steven Caldwell. Paul McGillion's character, Dr. Carson Beckett, became a regular from the fourth episode.

Season 3 and 4[edit | edit source]

Seasons 3 and 4 changed the cast lineup again. Paul McGillion's Dr. Carson Beckett was killed in the season 3 episode "Sunday", then brought back at the end of season 4 as a recurring character. Amanda Tapping's Colonel Samantha Carter crossed from Stargate SG-1 for 14 episodes in Season 4, as the new leader of the expedition, while Torri Higginson's Dr. Elizabeth Weir became a recurring character in Season 4 instead of a regular.

Season 5[edit | edit source]

Season 5 began with the departure of Colonel Samantha Carter as a lead in to the second Stargate SG-1 movie, Stargate: Continuum. Richard Woolsey of the International Oversight Advisory, played by Robert Picardo, took her place as Commander of Atlantis. Picardo and Jewel Staite, who played Dr. Jennifer Keller, were added to the main credited cast at the beginning of the season. Though cancelled after over half of the season had been produced, the season does not end on an unresolved cliffhanger.

Cancellation[edit | edit source]

Stargate Atlantis was cancelled on August 21, 2008, exactly two years after the cancellation of Stargate SG-1 was decided. The decision not to proceed with a 6th season has been hotly debated. The producers have stated that the decision was made entirely due to monetary reasons, as they did not want to pay the cast's increasing salaries.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main Cast

Special Guest Stars

Recurring Cast

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Stargate: Atlantis: Original Television Soundtrack

The Stargate: Atlantis: Original Television Soundtrack was released on November 22, 2005.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Stargate: Atlantis
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Gallery[edit | edit source]

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