Stargate Atlantis (season 1)

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Stargate Atlantis Season 1
Stargate Atlantis season 1.jpg
Country of origin  United States
 Canada
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel Sci Fi Channel
Original run July 16, 2004 – January 31, 2005
Home video release
DVD release date Region 1: November 15, 2005
Region 2: March 13, 2006
Region 4: November 16, 2005
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of Stargate Atlantis episodes

The first season of the television series Stargate Atlantis commenced airing on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on July 16, 2004, concluded on The Movie Network in Canada on January 31, 2005, and contained 20 episodes. The show was a spin off of sister show, Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis re-introduced supporting characters from the SG-1 universe, such as Elizabeth Weir and Rodney McKay among others. The show also included new characters such as Teyla Emmagan and John Sheppard. The first season is about a military-science expedition team discovering Atlantis and exploring the Pegasus Galaxy. However, there is no way to return home, and they inadvertently awake a hostile alien race known as the Wraith, whose primary goal is to gather a fleet to invade Atlantis and find their new "feeding ground", Earth.

The two-hour premiere "Rising", which aired on July 16, 2004, received Sci Fi Channel's highest-ever rating for a series premiere and episode ever released, it is also the most watched broadcast release ever released by the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The average viewing rate for the first ten episodes were around 3-4 million in the United States. The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Season one regular cast members included Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell, and David Hewlett.

Production[edit]

Cooper, writer and executive producer for the show with Wright

For "Rising", the Pemberton Glacier in British Columbia doubled for Antarctica during the opening flying sequence.[1] Simon, Elizabeth's fiancé in "Rising" and "Home", was played by Garwin Sanford, who had previously played Narim on Stargate SG-1. Mario Azzopardi makes his return to the Stargate franchise in "Thirty-Eight Minutes". He had the distinctive honor of directing the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1, "Children of the Gods." This is his first time directing an episode of the franchise since the Season 1 Episode "Cor-Ai." Mario Azzopardi (as of December 2006) has only directed Season 1 Episodes of both SG-1 and Atlantis. "Thirty-Eight Minutes" is the only episode in both SG-1 and Atlantis to actually occur in real-time; between the opening of the Stargate and the resolution, 38 minutes of screentime do occur. Courtenay J. Stevens, who appears in "Childhood's End", had originally played the role of Lieutenant Elliot in Stargate SG-1, appearing in the Season 5 episodes "Proving Ground", "Summit" and "Last Stand". Writer Martin Gero compared Ares in "Childhood's End" to a villain in The Incredibles. In the scene of the final confrontation with Major John Sheppard, he began "monologuing," which is a key feature of villains in the film.[2] The dog that appeared in Dr. Weir's illusion in "Home" is actually owned by actress Torri Higginson who plays her.[3]

Michael Puttonen, who played Smeadon in "The Storm", first appeared in the second season of Stargate SG-1 as Simian, the blind prisoner in the episode "Prisoners." "The Defiant One" was filmed at the Richmond sand dunes.[4] Richard Ian Cox, who appeared in "The Defiant One", previously appeared in the season 3 Stargate SG-1 episode "New Ground" as Nyan. "Letters from Pegasus" is the first clip show episode of Stargate Atlantis. The title of this episode was inspired by the 1987 PBS TV documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.[5] This was Samantha Carter's first appearance on Stargate Atlantis. At the end of the episode, she and Sergeant Harriman were briefly shown at Stargate Command (SGC) when they received the data burst from Atlantis. A deleted scene from Part two of "The Siege" showed Sora being returned to the Genii as part of their deal for the nuclear weapons, but this was cut due to time constraints; so it is unclear if the event occurred or if Sora may still be being held.[6]

Release and reception[edit]

"Rising" was the strongest episode to date gaining a 3.2 on the Nielsen ratings. "The Brotherhood" received ratings of 2.3 when it initially aired on Sci Fi. The worst rated episode in the season was "Home", which received an 1.7 rating.[7] John Sinnott from DVDTalk called season one a "very good spinoff," certifying it "highly recommended."[8] Dan Heaton from Digitally Obsessed was positive to the first season, and said the pilot started "in fashion."[9] Reviewer Dan Phelps from DVDFanatic gave the series "thumbs up" and gave the series an A-.[10]

"Rising" was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Production Design".[11] "Childhood's End" was one of only two Stargate franchise episodes (with "Poisoning the Well") directed by Sci-Fi veteran David Winning. It won three international awards for directing; New York, Chicago and Houston.[12] For "Poisoning The Well", Paul McGillion and David Nykl were nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Supporting Performance by a Male", and Allison Hossack was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Supporting Performance by a Female".[11][13] "The Storm" was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Overall Sound". "The Eye" was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Visual Effects", was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Picture Editing", and won a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Visual Effects".[11][14] For "The Defiant One", director Peter DeLuise was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Direction" and in the category "Dramatic Series: Best Screenwriting".[11] "Before I Sleep" was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Achievement in Make-Up". For "The Brotherhood", writer Martin Gero was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Writing in a Dramatic Series".[14]

Cultural references[edit]

"The Defiant One" is the first time Rodney McKay refers to John Sheppard as "Captain Kirk" which is a recurring joke in the series. It refers to Sheppard's protective nature to the puddle jumpers and his tendency to pick up alien women.[15] In the continuing list of references in Stargate to The Wizard of Oz, McKay mentions in "Sanctuary" to "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain", a reference to the Emerald Wizard of the story. He also compares Sheppard's actions with Chaya to Captain Kirk, continuing the links between Stargate and Star Trek.[16]

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Rising (Part 1)" Martin Wood Robert C. Cooper & Brad Wright July 16, 2004 (2004-07-16) (Sci Fi Channel)
After relinquishing her position at Stargate Command, Dr. Elizabeth Weir has been working in the Antarctic Outpost, gathering members of an expedition to embark to the lost city of Atlantis. When they seem to be able to ascertain a gate address, a new adventure begins.
2 2 "Rising (Part 2)" Martin Wood Robert C. Cooper & Brad Wright July 16, 2004 (2004-07-16) (Sci Fi Channel)
After Sheppard's return with refugees from Athos, Atlantis, moments away from being crushed, breaks away from the ocean floor, rising to the surface just before the shield fails. Now, given a chance to rescue his people, Sheppard needs to make Weir see things his way.
3 3 "Hide and Seek" David Warry-Smith Robert C. Cooper & Brad Wright July 23, 2004 (2004-07-23) (Sci Fi Channel)
Eager to experiment with new technology, Dr. McKay volunteers to be Dr. Beckett's first patient for his new ATA gene therapy. Now able to use a personal shield emitter, McKay recklessly tests its properties, only to find that it could lead to his death. Elsewhere, a "living shadow" entity threatens the city after it was accidentally released from a container where the Ancients were studying it. It roams the city looking for energy to feed on, and the more it feeds, the more lethal it becomes. Finally members of the Atlantis expedition manage to send it to planet M4X-337.
4 4 "Thirty-Eight Minutes" Mario Azzopardi Brad Wright July 30, 2004 (2004-07-30) (Sci Fi Channel)
Needing medical attention, Sheppard's puddle jumper races to Atlantis, only to become lodged in the Stargate. Now, they only have 38 minutes until the stargate automatically dis-engages, and the jumper gets cut in two... leaving them to asphyxiate in outer space. (First appearance of Radek Zelenka, David Nykl)
5 5 "Suspicion" Mario Azzopardi Paul Mullie & Joseph Mallozzi August 6, 2004 (2004-08-06) (Sci Fi Channel)
When the offworld teams are attacked one time too many, Dr. Weir must consider that there is an Athosian spy in their midst, but upon further investigation, all evidence points to Teyla. Feeling betrayed, the Athosians resettle to the newly-discovered mainland.
6 6 "Childhood's End" David Winning Martin Gero August 13, 2004 (2004-08-13) (Sci Fi Channel)
The team visits M7G-677, a primitive world where no one is over 24 years old, because of ritual suicides they believe keep the Wraith at bay. McKay discovers that they are in fact being protected by an Ancient electromagnetic shield. He takes the ZPM powering it, unwittingly allowing a long-dormant Wraith transmitter to reactivate.
7 7 "Poisoning the Well" David Winning Damian Kindler August 20, 2004 (2004-08-20) (Sci Fi Channel)
On planet Hoff, Dr. Beckett helps the Hoffans, humans who are developing a vaccine against the Wraith, complete the drug. Despite a 50% mortality rate and a warning from the Atlanteans that the Wraith are likely to destroy them as a potential threat, the Hoffans elect to take the drug.
8 8 "Underground" Brad Turner Peter DeLuise August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27) (Sci Fi Channel)
In order to keep the expedition fed, the team visits the Genii to trade for food. Although Teyla believed them to be peaceful farmers, Sheppard and McKay find an underground bunker, letting them see the real face of the Genii.(First appearance of Cowen,Colm Meaney)
9 9 "Home" Holly Dale Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10) (Sci Fi Channel)
When Atlantis discovers M5S-224, a planet that will allow them to gate to Earth, they return under the guise they will be able to go back to the city, due to the new hyperdrive on the Prometheus. Yet, when the engines explode, the team begins to question the mystery of their situation.
10 10 "The Storm" Martin Wood Story: Jill Blotevogel
Teleplay: Martin Gero
September 17, 2004 (2004-09-17) (Sci Fi Channel)
Exploring the planet, Sheppard and Teyla discover a colossal storm with the ability to crush the city in its current state. The Manarians (first mentioned in "Underground") give shelter to most of the Atlantis Expedition. McKay and Zelenka think of a daring way to power up the shield, but it's no coincidence that the Genii invade the city at their weakest moment. (First appearance of Acastus Kolya, Robert Davi)
11 11 "The Eye" Martin Wood Martin Gero November 8, 2004 (2004-11-08) (The Movie Network)
As Sheppard attempts to reclaim the city from the Genii, who still have Weir and McKay as hostages, the bulk of the storm fast approaches. Now, the rest of the team must take drastic measures to help wherever they can, before there is nothing left to save.
12 12 "The Defiant One" Peter DeLuise Peter DeLuise November 15, 2004 (2004-11-15) (The Movie Network)
Sheppard and McKay lead two scientists to survey an Ancient orbital defense platform discovered from the city's sensors. When they arrive via jumper, they find a Wraith distress beacon emanating from the nearest planet's surface... and are in for an unusual surprise.
13 13 "Hot Zone" Mario Azzopardi Martin Gero November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22) (The Movie Network)
Inspecting the city for storm damage, a party of scientists unleash a virus that causes hallucinations and eventually... death. Now, nearly a third of Atlantis' residents have been infected, forcing a lockdown. It's up to Sheppard to keep it from spreading, and eliminate it for good.
14 14 "Sanctuary" James Head Alan Brennert November 29, 2004 (2004-11-29) (The Movie Network)
Searching a new planet, the Wraith find the team, only for them to be shot down by a mysterious weapon. On the surface, they find a primitive world named Proculus that would make ideal sanctuary for those fleeing from the Wraith. But the inhabitants believe their goddess won't permit it.
15 15 "Before I Sleep" Andy Mikita Carl Binder December 6, 2004 (2004-12-06) (The Movie Network)
While exploring the city, the team stumbles upon a stasis unit holding an extremely old woman, who they believe to be an Ancient. When they revive her, she claims to be Dr. Elizabeth Weir, and she has a story she's been waiting ten thousand years to tell.
16 16 "The Brotherhood" Martin Wood Martin Gero January 3, 2005 (2005-01-03) (The Movie Network)
The team searches for a Zero Point Module rumored to be hidden on the planet Dagan, an old Lantean outpost. The ancestors of the Daganians, the Sudarians, were entrusted with a ZPM some 10,000 years ago. In attempt to locate and excavate the ZPM, the team crosses paths with Kolya once more, but it's not the only thing to worry about when their new allies have motives of their own.
17 17 "Letters from Pegasus" Mario Azzopardi Carl Binder January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) (The Movie Network)
With the Wraith fast approaching to claim the city, Atlantis must somehow send a message back to Earth for a desperate attempt in survival. Meanwhile, Sheppard and Teyla go offworld to try to find more intel on the Wraith fleet, but end up with a few hitchhikers.
18 18 "The Gift" Peter DeLuise Story: Robert C. Cooper & Martin Gero
Teleplay: Robert C. Cooper
January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17) (The Movie Network)
Plagued by terrifying nightmares, Teyla tries to dive into her past offworld, where she finds an abandoned Wraith lab. Bringing back the findings, Dr. Beckett makes a surprising discovery in her DNA makeup, leading to a possible way to gather information from their enemy.
19 19 "The Siege (Part 1)" Martin Wood Martin Gero January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24) (The Movie Network)
McKay leads a team to activate the Ancients' orbital weapons platform to destroy the hive ships on the final stretch to the city. After the team has found a potential Atlantis Alpha Site (M1K-439 as "Planet Waterfall", the Tyrannosaurus-like planet M1M-316, the Genii-infested M4H-212, and M85-393 with intense daytime temperatures were rejected), the city's personnel are preparing for evacuation, when they discover the kamikaze dart pilot ("The Brotherhood") has survived in the city.
20 20 "The Siege (Part 2)" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie January 31, 2005 (2005-01-31) (The Movie Network)
As a response to the message the expedition sent, the SGC sends Atlantis reinforcements via ZPM. Now the Ancient power source is en route through the latest Earth battleship, the Daedalus, and they need to hold out for four days, or Atlantis risks destruction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gosling, Sharon (2005). "Rising (I)". Stargate Atlantis: The Official Companion Season 1. London: Titan Books. p. 26. ISBN 1-84576-116-2. 
  2. ^ Gero, Martin, Luttrell, Rachell and Sun Francks, Rainbow (2005). Audio Commentary for "Childhood's End" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  3. ^ "SFX profile: Torri Higginson". SFX magazine # 128 (Future Publishing). 2005-03-16. p. 36. 
  4. ^ "Stargate Atlantis: Season One, Part II". TV Zone Special #61 (Visual Imagination). 2005. p. 83. 
  5. ^ "Stargate Atlantis: Season One, Part II". TV Zone Special #61 (Visual Imagination). 2005. p. 86. 
  6. ^ Gero, Martin, Wood, Martin, Flanigan, Joe and Hewlett, David (2005). Audio Commentaries for "The Siege, Part 1 and 2" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  7. ^ "Season One Ratings". GateWorld. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  8. ^ John Sinnott (November 16, 2005). "Stargate Atlantis - The Complete First Season". DVDTalk. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  9. ^ Dan Heaton (November 15, 2005). "Stargate Atlantis: The Complete First Season". Digitally Obsessed. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  10. ^ Dan Phelps (November 15, 2005). "DVD Review: "Stargate Atlantis - The Complete First Season"". DVDFanatic. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  11. ^ a b c d Darren Sumner (May 30, 2005). "Stargate takes home three Leo Awards". GateWorld. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Groundstar Entertainment Presents David Winning - Filmmaker - Director". Groundstar. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Leo Awards 2005 winners". Leoawards.com. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  14. ^ a b Darren Sumner (October 13, 2005). "Stargate earns six Gemini nods". GateWorld. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  15. ^ Peter DeLuise. "The Defiant One". Stargate Atlantis. Season 1. Episode 12. The Movie Network.
  16. ^ James Head. "Sanctuary". Stargate Atlantis. Season 1. Episode 14. The Movie Network.

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