Stargate Atlantis (season 3)

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Stargate Atlantis (season 3)
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No. of episodes 20
Original network Sci Fi Channel
Original release July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14) – February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05)
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List of Stargate Atlantis episodes

The third season of Stargate Atlantis, an American-Canadian television series, began airing on July 21, 2006 on the US-American Sci Fi Channel. The third season concluded after 20 episodes on February 5, 2007 on the Canadian The Movie Network. The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Season three regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, and David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay.



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Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date 
41 1 "No Man's Land" Martin Wood Martin Gero July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14)

After the Wraith betrayed the expedition (Allies), they head to Earth with McKay and Ronon. Meanwhile, Elizabeth must answer to the IOA because of her decision making during the short-lived alliance, and Sheppard must stop the hive ships from reaching Earth, whatever the cost.

Note: First appearance of Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey, a character first seen in Stargate SG-1.
42 2 "Misbegotten" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)
After using the retro-virus to turn an entire hive into humans, they create a Stargate-less colony for them to live in until a more permanent solution can be found. All the while, Richard Woolsey, newly arrived at Atlantis, observes Dr Weir to determine whether she is fit to continue to lead the expedition.
43 3 "Irresistible" Martin Wood Story: Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper
Teleplay: Carl Binder
July 28, 2006 (2006-07-28)
The Atlantis team encounters a village that adore one man named Lucius Lavin (Richard Kind) to the point of insanity. He claims to have medicines (found on M6H-491) to offer the team, but when Beckett investigates, he brings the man back to Atlantis smitten by the man's charm. Soon, the entire expedition falls under his spell.
44 4 "Sateda" Robert C. Cooper Robert C. Cooper August 4, 2006 (2006-08-04)
When Ronon becomes a prisoner offworld, his captors hand him over to the Wraith, who take him to his homeworld. There, he is once again forced to become their prey, but witness to his capture, Sheppard's team races to Sateda to return him to his new home.
45 5 "Progeny" Andy Mikita Carl Binder August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Weir and the team visit M7R-227, a planet where an advanced civilization lives who split off from the Lanteans thousands of years ago, and have built an entire planet out of Ancient technology. But after their adverse behavior, they soon discover they might not be Lantean or even organic for that matter.
46 6 "The Real World" Paul Ziller Carl Binder August 18, 2006 (2006-08-18)
Dr. Weir awakens in a sanitarium outside of D.C. only to find that Atlantis, and the Stargate Program, was a fantasy. But after a series of nightmarish visions, she doesn't take long to realize things aren't what they appear to be, and she is determined to return to the city.
47 7 "Common Ground" William Waring Ken Cuperus August 25, 2006 (2006-08-25)

Sheppard is captured by Kolya, who plans to trade him for Ladon Radim. To help persuade Dr. Weir, he uses his captured Wraith to feed off Sheppard over and over again. To escape, Sheppard must find common ground with the only one who wants to achieve the same goal.

Note: First appearance of Christopher Heyerdahl as Todd
48 8 "McKay and Mrs. Miller" Martin Wood Martin Gero September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)
On Earth, a young housewife has written a ground-breaking proof that could benefit Atlantis. She is McKay's sister who has given up a career as a scientist to raise a family, and when he persuades her to come to Atlantis, another Rodney comes from an alternate reality.
49 9 "Phantoms" Martin Wood Carl Binder September 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
Trying to locate a missing team, Sheppard's team finds a Wraith hallucinatory device on M1B-129, and after a few hours of research, McKay deems it to be a threat for everyone's safety. Yet, while attempting to leave, the DHD explodes, leaving them to become victim to the device.
50 10 "The Return" Brad Turner Martin Gero September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
During the first test of the intergalactic bridge, the Daedalus discovers an Ancient Warship between the two galaxies. Rescuing the residents on-board, the team is shocked, when they learn that the Ancients want the expedition gone, forcing exodus back to Earth.
51 11 "The Return (Part II)" Brad Turner Martin Gero November 20, 2006 (2006-11-20)
When the Asurans take the city under Ancient command, O'Neill and Woolsey are captured in the crossfire, forcing the team to disobey orders and return to the Pegasus Galaxy. Reuniting with Teyla and Ronon, they must reclaim Atlantis without destroying it in the process.
52 12 "Echoes" Will Waring Story: Carl Binder & Brad Wright
Teleplay: Carl Binder
November 27, 2006 (2006-11-27)
Everyone starts to see ghosts of Lanteans, caused by echoes being emitted by whale-like creatures (Flagisalis, first encountered in "Grace Under Pressure") converging on the city. When side effects begin to occur, McKay discovers that the Ancients tried to teach the whales their language, who now try to warn them about a natural disaster that endangers all life on the planet.
53 13 "Irresponsible" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie December 4, 2006 (2006-12-04)

Lucius Lavin (Irresistible), is up to his old tricks again, he's using an Ancient Personal Shield Emitter (Hide and Seek) to pose as an invincible hero, but needs the team's help when Acastus Kolya shows up to deal with Lavin personally.

Note: Final appearance of Robert Davi as Acastus Kolya.
54 14 "Tao of Rodney" Martin Wood Damian Kindler December 11, 2006 (2006-12-11)
After an Ancient device within the city alters Rodney's DNA, he gains superhuman powers. Although he initially takes them as a blessing, his enhanced brilliance is checked only by his impending death, unless he learns to overcome his ego to ascend.
55 15 "The Game" Will Waring Story: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson
Teleplay: Carl Binder
December 18, 2006 (2006-12-18)
Major Lorne's team discovers a planet that fits the description of Lt. Col. Sheppard and Dr. McKay's competitive video game. It turns out that, through a series of Ancient satellites above planet M4D-058, the game has been controlling real people, the People of Geldar and Hallona, who now stand on the brink of war and destruction.
56 16 "The Ark" Martin Wood Story by: Scott Nimerfro & Ken Cuperus
Teleplay: Ken Cuperus
January 8, 2007 (2007-01-08)
Colonel Sheppard's team discovers a space station where the last of a race of humans remain. They soon discover, however, the entire population is in danger when the station is damaged through the suicide of a recently awoken resident.
57 17 "Sunday" Will Waring Martin Gero January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15)

The expedition tries to relax during a mandatory day off, until an unexpected explosion leaves three people dead, and reveals that one other scientist is a walking time bomb. Unfortunately, the attempt to resolve the issue will result in the loss of an important face in Atlantis.

Note: Final regular appearance of Paul McGillion as Carson Beckett (McGillion later makes guest appearances as a clone of Carson), although he is still credited in the intro for the last three episodes of this season.
58 18 "Submersion" Brenton Spencer Ken Cuperus January 22, 2007 (2007-01-22)
The team discovers a drill platform at the bottom of the ocean which might be an alternative to ZPMs, but during their visit, they are ambushed by an old Wraith Queen. Once they capture her, Teyla's desire to get information could lead her down a dangerous path.
59 19 "Vengeance" Andy Mikita Carl Binder January 29, 2007 (2007-01-29)
Now that the Wraith see Michael as an "unclean thing," he has been experimenting with Iratus bugs, producing monsters for an army to rule the galaxy. When the team stumbles on one of his labs, they are in for a world of hurt when they are attacked by countless creatures, experiments that Michael himself can no longer control.
60 20 "First Strike" Martin Wood Martin Gero February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05)
After the Apollo arrives, they launch a pre-emptive strike against the Asurans when it is discovered that they are building a fleet of ships but later a weapons satellite appears above the city, firing a beam at Atlantis which leaves everyone trapped in the city and the Expedition unable to use their Stargate. Ronon, Rodney and Teyla are left injured and Elizabeth fights for her life when the beam strikes the Control Room. The episode ends with Atlantis stuck floating helplessly in space due to the hyperdrive shutting down and they only have 24 hours of power left before the shields fail and everyone dies.


  • Richard Kind, who played Lucius Lavin in "Irresistible" and "Irresponsible", also played a minor role as Gary Meyers in the original Stargate film. He is the only actor to appear in both the film and Stargate: Atlantis.
  • "Common Ground" introduces the "Todd" Wraith character that plays an important role in the later Seasons.
  • "Sunday" marks the last to feature Paul McGillion as a regular cast member, although he is still in the opening titles for the rest of Season 3.
  • "First Strike" introduces Jewel Staite as new Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Keller.

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Stargate Atlantis Season 3 September 18, 2007 January 14, 2008 September 26, 2007
Season 3: Volume 1 August 27, 2007
Season 3: Volume 2 September 24, 2007
Season 3: Volume 3 October 29, 2007
Season 3: Volume 4 November 26, 2007
Season 3: Volume 5 January 14, 2008


"No Man's Land" won a Gemini Award for "Best Visual Effects". For "McKay and Mrs. Miller", writer Martin Gero was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Writing in a Dramatic Series".[1]


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