Questions tagged [stargate-atlantis]

For questions about the TV series "Stargate Atlantis" that ran from 2004 to 2009. Always use in conjunction with the [stargate] tag.

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Was the weakness in Wraith technology ever revisited in any media?

In the Season 2 episode "Aurora", Sheppard's team discovers an Ancient warship by the same name. They learn from the Ancient crew whose consciousness is in some sort of virtual world that they are ...
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Does the “Daedalus” actually land on the water?

When the Daedalus lands at Atlantis it appears to land on the water, is there anything that's considered to be canon that proves whether the Daedalus is actually landing on water (and floating on the ...
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Which race, Asgard or Ancients invented the holographic projection tech and the beaming tech?

In the TV series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis we see both the Ancients and Asgard using both holographic projection and beaming technology. Which race, Asgard or Ancients invented the ...
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How do beam weapons pass through a stargate differently to Puddle Jumpers? [duplicate]

Forgive me, I'm a late bloomer with regards to the Stargate TV series (loved Universe when originally shown, but never watched SG1 or Atlantis, until now, thanks to streaming services have begun binge ...
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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

I think in Stargate the general population of Earth never knew that Stargates and aliens existed. So I get that the idea behind the show is that there is a secret operation that most humans don't ...
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Why was the Alpha Gate/Tau'ri symbol important to the Ancients?

We know that the Alpha Gate, the one with the famous symbol , was brought to Earth by Ra, at a time when the Ancients were more or less no longer active there. But the symbol is still used quite ...
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Can Mastadge herds be found in the Pegasus Galaxy?

In the pilot for "Stargate: Atlantis", the Wraith Queen's dinner table has what appears to be the head of a Mastadge for a centerpiece. The creature appeared in the 1994 movie "Stargate" (it was the ...
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Why are there so few ancient ships in the Milky Way?

We learn at the beginning of Stargate: The Ark of Truth that the Ancients came to the Milky Way via starship. At the time, they did not have working Stargate technology but developed it in the Milky ...
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Were there any Russians in the Atlantis expedition?

We know that Russia was the second country to be involved in the Stargate program, long before any other nation had been made aware of it. We know that the Atlantis expedition was supervised by the ...
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Do the Tauri (humans) use shuttlecraft?

In Stargate SG-1 or Atlantis does the Daedalus class starships carry shuttle craft? I know they have transporter rings and Asgard transporters like in Star Trek, but even the Federation ships had ...
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Couldn't the Wraith have followed the intergalactic gate bridge in a ship?

The Wraith have ships with sensors, once they found one of the gates in the gate bridge couldn't they just scan for the next one. Essentially following the gates to get to the Milky Way galaxy. I've ...
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What are the different terms used to describe a Stargate?

What are all the different terms used to describe the Stargate throughout the various shows? I know the Jaffa call it the "Chappa'ai". I've also heard "ancestral ring" and "Portal" (including the "...
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Why did the hurricane hit Atlantis?

Fact: There are six main requirements for tropical cyclogenesis: sufficiently warm sea surface temperatures, atmospheric instability, high humidity in the lower to middle levels of the troposphere ...
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Is Mila a nod to Jewel Staite's character on Firefly?

In episode S05E11 of "Stargate: Atlantis", Sheppard & Zelenka must hitch a ride on a Traveller ship. The captain takes them to the Engineering room, which is a horribly chaotic mess of hoses, ...
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How did Jennifer Keller become infected with the alien pathogen from M2S-445?

In the "Stargate: Atlantis" episode 'The Seed' (S05E02), Dr. Jennifer Keller becomes infected with an alien pathogen that causes her to grow Wraith-like tendrils out of her body. Dr. Carson Beckett ...
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How does someone go to the bathroom on a Puddle Jumper? [duplicate]

Unlike the shuttles of "Star Trek", which are warp-capable, the Puddle Jumpers of "Stargate: Atlantis" require a gate for interstellar travel. There are numerous episodes where someone - typically 4-6 ...
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Are either the Stargate Atlantis: Legacy novels or Stargate Atlantis: Back to Pegasus comic books official canon continuations of the show?

Stargate Atlantis ended after five seasons, but there are currently two storylines that tell the tale of what happened afterwards. The first storyline was the eight novel series Stargate Atlantis: ...
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Why did Ronon Dex stop carrying his sword?

When Ronon Dex first started working with the Atlantis teams, he could often be seen with a large sword that had a bone handle (probably a Wraith femur or something). In later seasons, though, the ...
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What are the windows in Atlantis made out of?

Given the advanced technology of the Ancients, I'm assuming that the windows in Atlantis are more than simple glass. And I'm pretty sure there were instances on the show where bullets ricocheted off ...
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Why is Colonel Caldwell after Sheppard's job at Atlantis?

Beginning with Season 2 of "Stargate: Atlantis", Colonel Steven Caldwell begins aggressively campaigning to replace Major Sheppard as head of Atlantis' military forces. Elizabeth Weir refuses and that ...
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What happens to civilians who leave the Stargate program?

In the Stargate universe, there are thousands of individuals who know about the Stargate program. Mostly military, these individuals are used to dealing with top secret and/or classified information. ...
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Where was Samantha Carter during the events of “Rising, Part 1”?

In the pilot episode for "Stargate: Atlantis" (Rising, Part 1), a major expedition is launched to the Pegasus Galaxy based on information SG-1 found in Atlantis. Daniel Carter provided context for the ...
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Is there any significance to uniform color on Stargate Atlantis?

In Stargate Atlantis, the team going to Atlantis wears uniforms not seen before in Stargate: SG-1. They consist of a shirt & trousers covered with a jacket (very similar to later Star Trek: The ...
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What does Woolsey play at the end of Stargate Atlantis: Broken Ties?

What is the classical music played by Woolsey in his room at the end of the programme?
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Why don't the Wraith grow their food and use robots?

The Wraith are reliant on humans for food, but this is complicated by the fact that humans breed very slowly and thus the Wraith spend most of their thousands of years of existence in hibernation. It ...
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Why didn't the Ori invade Pegasus as well as the Milky Way?

We know from the Doci that the Ancients were shielding the Milky Way from the Ori, and that the Ori became aware of the Milky Way due to Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran's use of the Ancient ...
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Why did the Wraith try to activate the mass cloning device?

Why did the Wraith try to activate the mass cloning device after the defeat of the Replicators in Pegasus? Sheppard asks this but Todd's answer makes no sense. During the war with the Replicators, ...
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How did the Wraith get through the iris in “Midway”?

I noticed that when the Wraith originally send their stun device, the Stargate is activated with a Midway IDC. Then, Walter manually opens the iris. Then the Stargate shuts down. How did the Wraith ...
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How many people were in the Atlantis Expedition and lived on Atlantis?

The city of Atlantis looks to be rather sizable and the nighttime shots of Atlantis almost always shows lights on all over the city, implying it is fully occupied. But I can't imagine the IOA/Airforce ...
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Are there translations of Ancient writing from Stargate: Atlantis?

We have seen a couple of questions in which people have translated bits of writing from ancient artifacts in Stargate: Atlantis into meaningful English sentences. The primary example we have seen is ...
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What is the bandwidth of a stargate?

In the stargate saga in many occasions they transmit EM though the stargate. In particular in ST-A in S01E17 "Letters from Pegasus" they get to transmit a burst of data within 1.3 seconds. What would ...
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Does Ronon ever wear an earpiece?

I've watched the entire Stargate: Atlantis series a couple of times over the years and don't ever recall seeing Ronon wear or use an earpiece, although I haven't watched all the shows looking ...
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Why does McKay not use his personal shield emitter in Season 2, episode 1?

In one of the first episodes, I believe Season 1, Episode 3, Doctor McKay aquires a device which shields him from various kinds of damage. While he initially fails to turn it off, it becomes clear ...
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Why did the Asgardians need McKay & Jackson's help to activate the Attero device?

In "First Contact" (S5/E10) Drs. McKay & Jackson find one of Janus' secret labs on Atlantis. In the lab, there is a simple-looking box which acts as a homing beacon for a highly advanced race who ...
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What are the songs played in Stargate: Atlantis' *Vegas* episode?

One of the reasons Vegas (S5:E19) that makes it unique, as well as one of my favorite episodes, is the liberal use of "commercial off the shelf" music performed by famous artists. I can pick out some ...
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What's the shortest distance that can be travelled via Stargate? [duplicate]

The question is pretty simple: what's the minimum distance that can be travelled via a Stargate? I know two stargates cannot operate in close proximity, such as on the same planet, as one Stargate ...
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Are the Stargate glyphs different between Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies and how does it affect the DHD on puddle jumpers?

Since the glyph shapes are based on constellations, wouldn't the Milky Way constellations be a totally different shape, if even existent at all, in the Pegasus Galaxy? Assuming this is the case, which ...
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Where did Ronan Dex get his pistol?

Throughout the Stargate Altantis series, the badest-ass weapon on screen was arguably Ronan's powerful gun. Where and how did Ronan get his iconic pistol?
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Why does Atlantis have dead trees/plants?

When the Stargate expedition first arrives at Atlantis, there are the remains of small tree stumps sitting in pots absent their foliage. But nobody has touched Atlantis since the Ancients abandoned it ...
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Has there ever been any episode that didn't show a stargate in use?

I've been watching old SG-1 episodes lately and a question came to me. Has there been any episode (SG-1, ATL, SGU) where it didn't show the stargate being used? Being used for the purposes of this ...
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Why does the stargate on *Destiny* expel all that steam when the gate shuts down? [duplicate]

On Stargate Universe, Destiny's gate gushes out a bunch of steam on the bottom of each side of the Stargate. AFAIK, no other stargates in SG-1/Atlantis series nor the movies does this. I don't think ...
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How was the full address for Atlantis discovered?

At the very beginning of the first episode of Stargate Atlantis, Daniel Jackson explains to Doctors Weir and McKay that the address for the Lost City was incomplete, and then proceeds to draw another ...
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How long did it take to get to the Midway Station?

After harvesting a bunch of Pegasus stargates, McKay & Co. daisy-chains them end-to-end until they end up halfway between the Pegasus & Milky Way galaxies where they build the Midway Station. ...
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Why was Ayiana left behind?

In Stargate the Ancient Ayiana plays the role of the first Ancient to be discovered by the SGC. In the first episode of Atlantis she is seen staying behind while the rest of the Ancients leave in ...
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How does the team get home at the end of Stargate Atlantis' season one episode “Childhood's End”?

At the end of Stargate: Atlantis' season one episode Childhood's End Given that the puddle-jumper is deactivated by the device, how I don't know if the answer would involve speculation, since the ...
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Why did the wraith allow Sateda to advance technologically?

Almost all human societies and planets in the Pegasus galaxy are technologically quite primitive. The few exceptions we see, notably the Genii, and the Hoffans, go to great lengths to hide their ...
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Where Did the Atlantis Gate Address Come From?

In the first episode of Stargate Atlantis, the only mention of where the 8-symbol address came from, was Daniel Jackson mentioning, "recently, we've been able to determine the...". But how, exactly, ...
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Where does a jumper-activated Pegasus Stargate get its power?

In Why don't they cloak the jumpers before entering the gate?, one of the commentators says that the puddle jumper does not power the gate. However, it's established in Stargate SG-1 that the DHD ...
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Would a red giant really help power Atlantis' shields in “The Last Man”?

In the Stargate: Atlantis episode "The Last Man", Sheppard is transported 40,000 years into the future. A hologram/computerized version of McKay meets him there with a plan to send Sheppard back to ...
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when do the stargate Atlantis seasons take place in SG-1 [duplicate]

I'm going to start a Stargate marathon where I watch all of SG-1 and Atlantis. I know the 2 series take place roughly in the same timeframe but I am wondering at what points in SG-1 do each seasons of ...