Stargate Atlantis Season 5

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Stargate Atlantis Season 5
Last DVD set of Season 5
Country of origin  USA
No. of episodes 20
Original channel Sci Fi Channel
Original run July 11, 2008 — January 9, 2009
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 30, 2009
Region 2 May 11, 2009
Region 4 July 29, 2009
Season chronology
Précédent Season 4
List of episodes

The fifth season of Stargate Atlantis commenced airing on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on July 11, 2008, concluded on the same channel on January 9, 2009, and contained 20 episodes. The show itself is a spin off of its sister show, Stargate SG-1. The season upgrades previous supporting characters cast members such as Richard Woolsey (from Stargate SG-1) and Jennifer Keller. Amanda Tapping's character Samantha Carter was downgraded to recurring character in this season. The fifth season is about a military-science expedition team fighting against the Wraith from their base of operation, Atlantis. The Wraith primary goal is to gather a fleet to invade Atlantis and find their new "feeding ground", Earth.

The one-hour premiere "Search and Rescue", which aired on July 11, 2008, received 1.3 in Nielsen household ratings, in contrast a "Big" increase from the previous season ratings. The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Season five regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, Jewel Staite, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, and David Hewlett. Stargate Atlantis was originally planned to be continued by a two-hour movie entitled Stargate: Extinction but executive producer Brad Wright has announced that the film has been permanently shelved.[1][2]

Cast and characters

After being a regular character in season four, Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) became a guest star in several episodes of season five. Robert Picardo (as Richard Woolsey) joined the cast as a permanent character, with Woolsey assuming command of Atlantis. Actress Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) was also promoted from a recurring character to a permanent cast member. Both Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) and Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) appeared as guest stars in this season, with McGillion appearing in five episodes.[3] Actress Torri Higginson declined to reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Weir in the fifth season.[4] The other season five regular cast members are Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, and David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay.

Main characters

Actor Character Number of episodes
Joe Flanigan Lt Col John Sheppard 20 episodes
Rachel Luttrell Teyla Emmagan 16 episodes
Jason Momoa Ronon Dex 18 episodes
Jewel Staite Dr. Jennifer Keller 14 episodes
Robert Picardo Richard Woolsey 14 episodes
and David Hewlett Dr. Rodney McKay 20 episodes

Recurring characters

Actor Character Number of episodes
David Nykl Dr. Radek Zelenka 11 episodes
Kavan Smith Major Evan Lorne 7 episodes
Sharon Taylor Amelia Banks 7 episodes
Christopher Heyerdahl Todd 6 episodes
Chuck Campbell Chuck 6 episodes
Paul McGillion Dr. Carson Beckett 5 episodes
Annalise MacCulloch Torren John Emmagan 5 episodes
Martin Christopher Major Kevin Marks 4 episodes
Tyler McClendon Kenny 3 episodes
Mitch Pileggi Colonel Steven Caldwell 3 episodes
Linda Ko Marie 3 episodes
Patrick Sabongui Kanaan 2 episodes
Connor Trinneer Michael Kenmore 2 episodes
Gary Jones CMSgt. Walter Harriman 2 episodes
Amanda Tapping Samantha Carter 2 episodes
Michael Shanks Dr. Daniel Jackson 2 episodes
Leela Savasta Captain Alicia Vega 2 episodes


Image Title Number Airdate Planet(s) Race(s) Enemies
"Search and Rescue" (Part 2 of 2) 5.01 July 11, 2008 Earth, M2S-445, M35-117 Athosian, Hybrid Michael Kenmore
After a conflict with Michael leaves several Atlantis personnel trapped, Colonel Carter leads a rescue mission — unaware that Michael is still nearby.
"The Seed" 5.02 July 18, 2008 M35-117 N/A Jennifer Keller
When an alien organism incapacitates Dr. Keller, the team seeks help from an old friend recently revived from stasis.
"Broken Ties" 5.03 July 25, 2008 Belkan, M35-117, Sarif Sur Satedan, Wraith Wraith Commander
Ronon once again comes face-to-face with Tyre, one of his people who became a Wraith worshiper — but who now claims he has broken free of their influence.
"The Daedalus Variations" 5.04 August 1, 2008 M35-117 Unknown Alien Unknown Aliens
The team boards the Daedalus when it shows up abandoned in orbit, only to find themselves skipping through parallel universes.
"Ghost in the Machine" 5.05 August 15, 2008 Flying monkeys' planet, M35-117 Asuran Koracen
The city of Atlantis becomes host to the minds of disembodied Replicators, led by someone very close to the team.
"The Shrine" 5.06 August 22, 2008 M35-117, M44-5YN, Talus Wraith N/A
Rodney McKay is stricken with a mental affliction that robs him of his knowledge and memories, causing him to revert to a childlike state.
"Whispers" 5.07 September 5, 2008 M35-117, Unnamed Michael's experiment Michael's experiments
Sheppard and Beckett join a team investigating a hidden Wraith laboratory where Michael has been conducting genetic experiments.
"The Queen" 5.08 September 12, 2008 M35-117 Wraith Primary and Commander
Teyla goes in disguise as a Wraith queen when "Todd" agrees to make a bold proposal to the leader of his alliance — not realizing that he has other intentions.
"Tracker" 5.09 September 19, 2008 M33-985, M35-117 Wraith Wraith hunters
Ronon and McKay join Dr. Keller on an off-world errand of mercy, and must track her through the forest when a Runner kidnaps her.
"First Contact" (Part 1 of 2) 5.10 September 26, 2008 M35-117, M6H-987 Vanir, Wraith Vanir
When Daniel Jackson visits Atlantis, he and Dr. McKay discover a hidden lab that brings a new enemy knocking. The Daedalus welcomes a Wraith ally for a special project.
"The Lost Tribe" (Part 2 of 2) 5.11 October 10, 2008 M35-117, M6H-987 Asgard, Traveler, Wraith Vanir, Todd
Sheppard races to an Ancient laboratory to save McKay and Daniel Jackson before "Todd" arrives to destroy a weapon that has a devastating side-effect. Daniel uncovers the identity of the hostile new species.
"Outsiders" 5.12 October 17, 2008 M35-117, Elson's planet Balarian, Elson's people, Wraith Jervis, Commander
The Wraith arrive in a village where Dr. Beckett is working, and demand that the locals turn over a group of refugees who survived the Hoffan plague — or the entire village will be obliterated.
"Inquisition" 5.13 October 24, 2008 M35-117 Latiran, Free Peoples of Riva, Tribes of Santhal Kelore
A new coalition of human worlds puts the Atlantis team on trial for their alleged crimes against the Pegasus Galaxy.
"The Prodigal" 5.14 November 7, 2008 M35-117 Hybrid Michael Kenmore
The team fights to retake control of Atlantis when Michael infiltrates the control room to take Teyla's child and destroy the city.
"Remnants" 5.15 November 14, 2008 M35-117 Sekkari Acastus Kolya
While being evaluated by the I.O.A. Richard Woolsey meets a beautiful scientist new to Atlantis, who is not what she appears. Sheppard is captured and tortured by an enemy he thought was dead.
"Brain Storm" 5.16 November 21, 2008 Earth, M35-117 N/A N/A
Rodney returns to Earth with Jennifer to witness the triumph of his rival, who believes he has solved the problem of global warming. But when the new technology goes horribly awry, Rodney must help shut down the deadly weather device.
"Infection" 5.17 December 5, 2008 M35-117 Wraith Warriors
After Todd's hive ship shows up over Atlantis transmitting a distress call, the team discovers that he and his crew have been stricken with a disease they helped create.
"Identity" 5.18 December 12, 2008 M35-117, Unnamed N/A Neeva Casol, Jannik, Bordal
Dr. Keller's body is taken over by a cunning thief, while Keller finds herself imprisoned with a death sentence on another planet.
"Vegas" 5.19 January 2, 2009 Earth Wraith Wraith
In the city of Las Vegas, Detective John Sheppard must solve the case on a long string of unusual murders — perpetrated by a Wraith in hiding.
"Enemy at the Gate" 5.20 January 9, 2009 Earth, M35-117 Wraith Wraith underling
The team learns that a rogue Wraith has acquired several ZPMs to power a formidable new hive ship — and he is headed for Earth.


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