Stargate Atlantis (season 4)

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Stargate Atlantis Season 4
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Country of origin  United States
 Canada
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel Sci Fi Channel
Original run September 28, 2007 – March 7, 2008
Home video release
DVD release date Region 1: July 8, 2008
Region 2: August 4, 2008
Region 4: September 5, 2008
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List of Stargate Atlantis episodes

Season four of Stargate Atlantis, an American-Canadian television series, began airing on September 28, 2007 on the US-American Sci Fi Channel. The fourth season concluded after 20 episodes on March 7, 2008 on Sci Fi. The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Amanda Tapping (Col. Samantha Carter) joins the cast as a regular for 14 episodes, Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) was a recurring character for eleven episodes, while regular cast member Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir) was a recurring cast member for four episodes. Other season four regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and Jason Momoa.

Production[edit]

With the season premier, "Adrift", Amanda Tapping replaces Torri Higginson in the opening credits sequence, with Paul McGillion no longer appearing. This marks Amanda Tapping's first appearance as a main character on Atlantis. It also marks the only time an actor has appeared in the opening credits of both Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis. Christopher Judge has a cameo appearance as his Stargate SG-1 character Teal'c in "Reunion" and guest stars in the episode "Midway". Judge is the last original Stargate SG-1 regular to appear on Atlantis, as the other three characters in the original SG-1 team all appeared in Atlantis's first season, as did other SG-1 characters Hank Landry and George Hammond. Of the three other SG-1 regulars (namely Cam Mitchell, Vala Mal Doran and Jonas Quinn), Mitchell and Vala visited Atlantis in the SG-1 crossover episode "The Pegasus Project". Jodelle Ferland, who plays Princess Harmony in the episode "Harmony", previously appeared in the episode "Flesh and Blood" in Stargate SG-1 season 10 as a young Adria; and Crystal Lowe previously appeared in the episode "Emancipation" in season 1 of Stargate SG-1.

Release and reception[edit]

In September 2007, unfinished versions of "Adrift" and "Lifeline" were leaked onto the internet. Shortly after, fans who used iTunes to download "Adrift" discovered that they had in fact purchased "Doppelganger" instead, three weeks before it was set to premiere on Sci Fi Channel in the USA. The mix-up probably comes from the fact that "Doppelganger" was the first episode of the season to be filmed, and thus carries an internal production number of 401 at the studio.[1] Late in the season, "Midway" was another episode that was mistakenly released by iTunes several days before its airdate. "Be All My Sins Remember'd" received a rating of 1.4 million viewers, the highest rated episode in the fourth season. It was also the US Sci-fi Channel's 2nd highest rated show that week: the 1st was an SF TV-movie, "Beyond Loch Ness" (which had a rating of 1.7 million), which happened to star Atlantis actor Paul McGillion and SG-1's Don S. Davis. Stargate Atlantis, Season 4, has been aired on the following channels: Sci-Fi Channel in the USA, TV6 in Sweden, and Sky 1 in the UK.

"Adrift" earned an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series",[2] and "Best Visual Effects" for a Gemini Award.[3] Jewel Staite has been nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her performance in "Missing".[3] Alan McCullough has been nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Writing in a Dramatic Series category for his episode "Tabula Rasa".[3] "The Last Man" has been nominated for a Gemini in the Best Achievement in Make-Up category.[3]

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
61 1 "Adrift" Martin Wood Martin Gero September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28) (Sci Fi Channel)
Escaping from the Replicators satellite weapon, Atlantis encounters further problems as the city's shield begins to severely deplete their over-taxed ZPM. With limited resources, the team undertake a myriad of repairs, whilst Dr McKay and Dr Keller are forced to make a tough decision when Elizabeth Weir is injured.
62 2 "Lifeline" Martin Wood Carl Binder October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05) (Sci Fi Channel)
Colonel Sheppard's team and Dr Weir plan a daring infiltration of the Asuran homeworld to steal a ZPM from the Replicators, in order to power up Atlantis and head to their new home. Dr Weir's new powers convince Rodney that he can upload a new attack code to the Replicators, and thereby return them to their ancient war with the Wraith: but it risks exposing her to Oberoth (David Ogden Stiers). Meanwhile, Colonel Samantha Carter and the Apollo search for the lost city.
63 3 "Reunion" Will Waring Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12) (Sci Fi Channel)
When Ronon encounters some old companions, they tell how they survived when Sateda fell. Samantha Carter, the new head of the Expedition, considers them a security risk and is reluctant to allow them access to Atlantis, forcing Ronon to choose whether to leave with his former allies. Unbeknown to him, they harbor a dark secret as to how they really survived.
64 4 "Doppelganger" Robert C. Cooper Robert C. Cooper October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19) (Sci Fi Channel)
After coming across a crystalline species on M3X-387, similar to one which Jack O'Neill encountered in the SG-1 season 1 episode "Cold Lazarus",[4] Sheppard inadvertently carries it back to Atlantis after contact with it. The being can travel through electrical conductors, and can enter the minds of humans through touch, where it causes nightmares - which eventually kill Dr Kate Heightmeyer.
65 5 "Travelers" Will Waring Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie October 26, 2007 (2007-10-26) (Sci Fi Channel)
Sheppard is captured by a race of humans who have lived for generations in space to avoid any Wraith contact, and who have heard rumors of a powerful enemy against the Wraith: the Atlantis Expedition. Now they intend to use Sheppard to activate an Ancient warship.
66 6 "Tabula Rasa" Martin Wood Alan McCullough November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) (Sci Fi Channel)
A deadly disease courses through Atlantis, causing the entire expedition to lose their memory. Teyla and Ronon have retained their memories and must convince everyone to work together to find a cure, before all their memories are gone forever.
67 7 "Missing" Andy Mikita Carl Binder November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09) (Sci Fi Channel)
While on an offworld trip to New Athos, Teyla and Dr Jennifer Keller discover that the Athosian settlement has been abandoned in the wake of the arrival of the Bola Kai, primitive warriors who don't want them to get off the planet alive. This also raises a larger question: what has become of the Athosians?
68 8 "The Seer" Andy Mikita Alan McCullough November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16) (Sci Fi Channel)
Searching for the missing Athosians, the team finds Davos (Martin Jarvis), a man of a primitive civilization called the Vedeenans. Davos can see into the future and bears news about an attack on Atlantis. Meanwhile, the Replicators introduce a new tactic in their war with the Wraith: the extermination of their food supply! As human worlds come under attack, the Wraith warrior captured by Kolya a year ago, nicknamed 'Todd', proposes an alliance with Atlantis to shut down the Replicators attack code.
69 9 "Miller's Crossing" Andy Mikita Martin Gero November 30, 2007 (2007-11-30) (Sci Fi Channel)
McKay's sister, Jeannie Miller, is kidnapped on Earth by industrialist Henry Wallace, who believes McKay can save his dying child using the Replicators’ alien nanotechnology. McKay goes to Jeannie's rescue, but is inadvertently captured. To save their own lives, the two of them must prevent Wallace's daughter's death -at the risk of setting the Replicator Nanites loose on Earth.
70 10 "This Mortal Coil" Will Waring Brad Wright & Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie December 7, 2007 (2007-12-07) (Sci Fi Channel)
When a mysterious drone collides with Atlantis, the team wonder whether the Replicators have found the city and if Davos's prediction of its destruction will come true. Events quickly suggest that the Replicators are already among them; yet things become even stranger when Elizabeth Weir reappears.
71 11 "Be All My Sins Remember'd" Andy Mikita Martin Gero January 4, 2008 (2008-01-04) (Sci Fi Channel)
The Atlantis team hope to eliminate the Replicators once and for all, by using their contacts with the Wraith known as Todd to recruit a fleet of Hive ships to fight alongside the Daedalus and the Apollo. Unfortunately, not many Wraith ships flock to the cause, and the Expedition set off a chain of events which they are not able to contain.
72 12 "Spoils of War" Will Waring Alan McCullough January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11) (Sci Fi Channel)
The Atlantis team successfully salvage a damaged Hive ship following the battle with the Replicators, and in the process retrieve some critical information that could help in their never-ending war against the Wraith.
73 13 "Quarantine" Andy Mikita Carl Binder January 18, 2008 (2008-01-18) (Sci Fi Channel)
An imposed lockdown of Atlantis, caused by a medical alert, traps key personnel in various parts of the city alongside people they never expected, threatening some relationships within the expedition and allowing others to bloom.
74 14 "Harmony" William Waring Martin Gero January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25) (Sci Fi Channel)
Offworld on a familiar planet, Sheppard and McKay agree to escort a young princess, Harmony, to some ruins where she can assume the title of Queen. On this simple and routine mission, they find that a Genii contingent is hunting Harmony down, on the orders of her own sister, who wishes to succeed to the title in her place.
75 15 "Outcast" Andy Mikita Joe Flanigan & Carl Binder February 1, 2008 (2008-02-01) (Sci Fi Channel)
When Sheppard's father dies, he and Ronon return to Earth to attend the funeral; but their plans are interrupted when they discover that a human-form Replicator is on the loose in San Francisco. Upon closer investigation, they learn it was created illegally by a scientist on Earth, who has programmed it to evade re-capture.
77 16 "Midway" Andy Mikita Carl Binder February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08) (Sci Fi Channel)
At a request from Col Carter, Teal'c makes a journey to Atlantis to help out Ronon, who is up for review by the I.O.A.; but tensions rise when the two warriors learn that a group of Wraith have infiltrated the Midway station - and Earth!
76 17[5] "Trio" Martin Wood Martin Gero February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15) (Sci Fi Channel)
While offworld, Dr McKay, Dr Keller, and Col Carter become locked in an underground cavern, with no apparent means of escape. To while away the long hours, the three try to make the best of it, and attempt to get to know each other a little bit better.
78 18 "The Kindred (Part 1)" Peter F. Woeste Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie February 22, 2008 (2008-02-22) (Sci Fi Channel)
As a mysterious new illness begins to spread throughout the Pegasus Galaxy, Teyla is convinced that the father of her child is trying to communicate with her through telepathic visions concerning it. But when Dr Keller discovers it to be a re-engineered form of the Hoffan virus (Poisoning the Well), which renders surviving humans poisonous to the Wraith, the team suspect that Michael is seeking revenge again.
79 19 "The Kindred (Part 2)" Peter F. Woeste Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie February 29, 2008 (2008-02-29) (Sci Fi Channel)
The team is stunned when Dr Carson Beckett turns up alive. But when Teyla is captured by Michael they must perform a daring rescue mission using the information Carson Becket has obtained, which could play right into Michael's hands. Teyla, meanwhile, learns some important information about her people: and about Michael's intentions for her unborn child.
80 20 "The Last Man" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07) (Sci Fi Channel)
When Sheppard returns from searching for Teyla, he finds that Atlantis has been abandoned. The city is surrounded by a vast wasteland of sand dunes. As the last man in the city, he must uncover the reason for this strange turn of events, aided by information left behind by Dr McKay. Can he locate his missing team in time to prevent Michael from killing them all?

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Stargate Atlantis Season 4 July 8, 2008 August 4, 2008 September 3, 2008[6]
Season 4: Volume 1 TBA June 2, 2008 TBA
Season 4: Volume 2 TBA June 16, 2008 TBA
Season 4: Volume 3 TBA June 30, 2008 TBA
Season 4: Volume 4 TBA July 14, 2008 TBA
Season 4: Volume 5 TBA July 28, 2008 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GateWorld - 'Doppelganger' gets early iTunes release". Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ "GateWorld - Atlantis gets visual effects Emmy nomination". Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Atlantis nominated for four Geminis". Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ New Directions: Gateworld talks with Robert Cooper. Gateworld. June 2007.
  5. ^ Netflix episode guide of the series
  6. ^ http://dstore.com.au/dvd/Stargate-Atlantis---Season-4/2682325.html

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