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Season 1




Season 1







Wraith Caretaker and Colonel Marshall Sumner Adian Ford and John Shepard in a Puddle Jumjper Atlantis Rising

Rising




Directed by Martin Wood. Written by Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper

Originally aired July 16, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan as Major John Shepard, Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Rachel Luttrell Teyla Emmagan, Rainbow Sun Francks as Lieutenant Aiden Ford, and David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay.

With Richard Dean Anderson as Brigadier General Jack O'Neill, Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson, Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett, Andee Frizzell as Wraith Queen, Christopher Heyerdahl as Halling, Robert Patrick as Colonel Marshall Sumner, Dan Shea as Sgt. Siler, and Dan Payne as Wraith warrior.

The area around the ancient weapon in Antarctica is now a large research station full of scientists searching for information about the Lost City of the Ancients. Daniel Jackson puts it all together. It's in another galaxy and requires an eight symbol address. But, as Rodney points out, it will take the power output of the Ancient power device, called a Zero Point Module, or a ZPM. And there is only one. Using it to power the Stargate leaves Earth, at least, temporally, defenseless.

Nonetheless, a large group of people, led by Dr. Weir, go to Atlantis in the Pegasus Galaxy.

All is well until they discover that the city is underwater, protected by a shield. And, because they just turned the power on, the last ZPM is about to fail. When the shield collapses, everyone will die.

So, they dial a random address, hoping to find a safer place to live. They find the Wraith.

Unlike the Goa'uld, who want to enslave humans, the Wraith raise humans as food. And they are nearly impossible to kill. Making them an even more malevolent enemy than the Goa'uld.

In Stargate SG1, Dr. Weir was played by Jessica Steen. In Atlantis she is played by Torri Higginson. Am not sure why the producers changed actresses, but they both do a fine job.

Christopher Heyerdahl, who played Pallan in Revisions, plays Halling, a recurring character. And Dan Payne, who plays a Kull Warrior in SG1, plays a Wraith in this episode.

This is a great episode. It moves right along with lots of excitement and just the right amount of humor. Rodney is still obnoxious but tamed down from his appearances on SG1. Shepard is both intense about things he feels are important and laid back about most everything else. It is a great introduction the Atlantis series.

Reviewed by Romana Drew August 23, 2021










Rodney Trying to Drink The Blob at the Stargate

Hide and Seek.




Season 1. Episode 3

Directed by David Warry-Smith. Written by Story by Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper. Teleplay by Robert C. Cooper

Originally aired July 23, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett, and Paul McGillion.

With Craig Veroni as Dr. Peter Grodin, Christopher Heyerdahl as Halling, Reece Thompson as Jinto, Casey Dubois as Wex, Boyan Vukelic as Sgt. Stackhouse, Meghan Black as Marta,

Rodney is the first human to be given gene therapy, so he can use the Ancient devices. He activates a personal shield making him invincible. But he can't eat. He can't ever touch the device to turn it off.

That night, Jinto, Holling's son, gets lost. He discovers a transporter and gets transported into a room with a device that looks a bit like the one that generated strange creatures in Stargate SG1 episode Sight Unseen. Jinto inadvertently turns it on or rather releases the entity trapped inside it.

As this dark shadow flows around the city, sucking power from the Naquadah generators, it grows and nearly kills Ford.

It is reminiscent of the Blob (1988 movie The Blob). It's less solid-looking than that Blob, but special effects have improved significantly. It is smart enough not to go back into the cage that trapped it for thousands of years. And it's pissed. It wants freedom.

This is a fun episode. On the surface, Rodney is insensitive, selfish, and obnoxious, but when it counts, he risks his life to save the city.

It shows everyone settling in and exploring the Atlantis. It also highlights the difference between the Athosians and the humans.

Reviewed by Romana Drew August 25, 2021










Shepard and the Bug The Stuck Jumper

Thirty-Eight Minutes




Season 1. Episode 4

Directed by Mario Azzopardi. Written by Brad Wright

Originally aired July 30, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett , and Paul McGillion.

With Craig Veroni as Dr. Peter Grodin, Christopher Heyerdahl as Halling, Ben Cotton as Dr. Kavanagh, Fiona Hogan as Simpson, Joseph May as Sgt. Markham, Boyan Vukelic as Sgt. Stackhouse, David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka.

The Puddle Jumper gets stuck halfway through the gate. The front half, with all the controls, is demolecularized while the back half is still in normal space. Shepard is in the back half with Rodney, Teyla, and Ford. An alien bug has attached itself to Shepard's neck and is slowly killing him.

And in thirty-eight minutes, the gate will shut down, vaporizing everyone in the front and exposing the rest to space. Apparently, anything that enters the event horizon must enter completely before it is sent on to the destination.

Zelenka on Atlantis and Rodney in the Jumper try to find some way to get the ship unstuck. Teyla and Ford try to get the bug off Shepard.

Not everyone on Atlantis is helpful. Weir gets sidetracked by Kavanagh's self-importance and conceit and the Athosian's death rituals.

Besides being a 'ticking bomb' type story, it further develops several characters. And it introduces a creature that will be important in the understanding of the Wraith.

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 3, 2021.










The Wraith Telya Under Suspicion

Suspicion




Season 1. Episode 5

Directed by Mario Azzopardi. Written by Story by Kerry Glover. Teleplay by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie

Originally aired August 6, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett , and Paul McGillion.

With Christopher Heyerdahl as Halling, Ross Hull as Dr. Corrigan, Dean Marshall as Sgt. Bates, Boyan Vukelic as Sgt. Stackhouse, James Lafazanos as Wraith, David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka.

After five of nine off-world missions are disrupted by Wraith, there is a general consensus that a Wraith spy may be in Atlantis. Since it is inconceivable that one of the humans would call the Wraith, it must be an Athosian, which also doesn't make sense.

Although Teyla understands Weir's position and the need to question everyone, Holling and the rest of the Athosian aren't happy about being accused of calling the Wraith.

As a bit of comeuppance, Rodney takes a stunner blast in the face. No permanent damage, but he can't talk for a while.

Eventually, they do find what called the Wraith and use it to capture one.

This is a well-paced and interesting episode. The characters are getting organized and learning about this new world. But they still don't have a ZPM to power the shield, so keeping a Wraith on board might not be all that wise.

I do have one question. How would the Wraith use the pendant on Teyla's necklace to track Ancients? Why would an Ancient carry it around? Since it emits an electromagnetic signal, wouldn't the Ancients notice that, assuming the Wraith managed to tag them somehow?

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 5, 2021.










Keras Preparing for the Sacrifice. Rodney and the Kids

Childhood's End.




Season 1. Episode 6

Directed by David Winning. Written by Martin Gero

Originally aired August 13, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks , and David Hewlett .

With Courtenay J. Stevens as Keras, Dominic Zamprogna as Aries, Sam Charles as Casta, Jessica Amlee as Cleo, Shane Meier as Neleus, Julie Patzwald as Pelius, Calum Worthy as Hunter Kid,

John, Teyla, Rodney and Ford crash on M7G-677 when the Puddle Jumper hits and electrometric field. They are surrounded by teenagers with bows who take the intruders to the village elder, a twenty-four-year old named Keras.

The villagers believe they are safe from the Wraith as long as no one is older than twenty-five. So, they kill themselves on their twenty-fifth birthday. In reality a Wraith proof EM shield is powered by a ZPM, which Rodney steals causing the Wraith to return.

Although vaguely reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies, this is a successful society.

My only complaint is that the Aries character is repetitive. His point is made too many times. Otherwise, this is a well written and thoughtful story with good pacing and plenty of excitement. We even get to see Rodney in a couple of delightfully comic scenes with the children.

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 14, 2021.










No so Amish-Like After All John and the Backup Plan

Underground




Season 1. Episode 8

Directed by Brad Turner. Written by Peter DeLuise

Originally aired August 27, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks , and David Hewlett .

With Erin Chambers as Sora, Ari Cohen as Tyrus, Colm Meaney as Cowen, and Craig Veroni as Dr. Peter Grodin.

Teyla takes John, Rodney, and Ford to meet the Genii, an Amish-like society, to trade for food. On closer examination, the Genii are not simple farmers and not so friendly.

The Genii want to build an A-Bomb to annihilate the Wraith. Actually, they want to build enough bombs to blow up all the Wraith ships at the same time. Rodney is more than happy to tell them how. Of course, without an adequate supply of reasonably pure uranium-235, the A-Bomb will, as you might say, bomb. And pure U-235 is not only hard to come by but dangerously radioactive.

Of course, they foolishly attempt to collect intel aboard a Wraith ship.

Cowen, the Genii leader is played by Colm Meaney who played Miles O'Brian on Star Trek: Next Generation and DS9.

The Genii are not the most pleasant of people. They are arrogant and self-centered. Although that is part of what makes this episode work, it is also what makes it less enjoyable than other episodes.

However, it is well written and has good pacing. It may not be the best episode ever filmed, but it is worth watching.

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 16, 2021.













The Fog John and Teyla in the Alternate Reality

Home




Season 1. Episode 9

Directed by Holly Dale. Written by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie

Originally aired September 10, 2004

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks , and David Hewlett .

With Don S. Davis as Major General George Hammond, Garwin Sanford as Simon Wallis, Noah Beggs as Dex, Stephen Spender as Mitch, and Gary Jones as Sgt. Walter Harriman.

A mysterious fog shrouds M5S-224. Rodney believes the Stargate draws energy from the fog. There just might be enough energy to open a wormhole to Earth. He takes the control crystal from the Atlantis gate and gives it a go.

It works. They all get to Earth, but things are not quite right.

It first, it seems like happy reunions until they learn that the Prometheus is damaged and they can never return to Atlantis. Then dead people show up.

I only have one question. If Rodney took the control crystal from the Atlantis Stargage, how did he gate to the fog world?

This episode is interesting although a little slow. It is pretty obvious early on that something isn't quite right, but it takes a long time to figure out what it is.

It is nice to see General Hammond again.

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 25, 2021.













Wraith and Glow bugs Rodney and John

The Defiant One




Season 1. Episode 12

Directed by Peter DeLuise. Written by Peter DeLuise

Originally aired January 28, 2005

Starring Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks, and David Hewlett.

With Richard Ian Cox as Dr. Brendan Gall, Paul Magel as Dr. Abrams, James Lafazanos as Wraith, and Joseph May as Sgt. Markham,

While investigating a huge but dead Lantian weapon's platform, Shepard, McKay, Dr. Abrams, and Dr. Gall notice a distress call from a nearby planet. There they find a long-dead Wraith cargo ship. So, they investigate.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wraith can hibernate for tens of thousands of years and are not opposed to feeding off shipmates to survive, making this episode a homage to the survival of the fittest, or at least the most desperately depraved.

There is nothing complex aboutThe Defiant One. It is a battle between a Wraith and the John Shepard, with a little help from his friends. In spite of the simple story, the episode works quite well.

The only drawback to this episode is too much bitching by Rodney.

I really like the stunt when John runs into the force field. It isn't the most specular stunt ever done, basically just a fall, but it works well and adds both tension and humor.

Reviewed by Romana Drew September 18, 2021.