Questions tagged [stargate-atlantis]

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Do Wraiths ever get shot in the face?

In Stargate Atlantis there are lots of scenes where Wraith get killed, but it often takes several shots to do it. Yet as far as I can see their faces are unprotected (so that they can feed?) so ...
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Which "Stargate" actor played the same role in "Stargate Atlantis"?

Wikipedia says this about Richard Kind: In 2006, he guest starred on Stargate Atlantis as Lucius Lavin, in the episodes "Irresistible" and "Irresponsible," making him the only actor to appear in ...
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Are the wormhole effects used in the Stargate Franchise diegetic?

Here's an example of the wormhole effects used in the Stargate franchise, from the original movie, Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe. Are the wormhole effects diegetic? That is - is travelling ...
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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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Is an in universe explanation given for not having Zat-guns in Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe?

The Zat-gun fullfills very usefull jobs in the Stargate SG1 series, allowing stunning and providing a means to overload (and disable) equipment. I would have thought they would have brought some to ...
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When was it decided to make the Ancient Humans?

When Jack O'Neill went to the Asgard in SG1 S2E16 - The Fifth Race, the Asgardians didn't seem to recognise a member of the race of the Ancients. This makes me believe that it was only later decided ...
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How did Pegasus Galaxy natives ensure they didn’t travel to a gate in orbit?

In Stargate: Atlantis, some of the gates are in orbit of a planet; a plot device that allows the heroes to use puddle jumpers. Before Earth humans travelled to Pegasus with MALPs, how did native ...
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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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In the Stargate franchise, were the Ancients originally from Earth?

I'm very familiar with the Ancients, but I can't remember if they came from planet Earth, originally. I remember an episode about an ancient device that may have been used to create life on Earth when ...
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What are the Stargate dial home device symbols used to dial Earth from Atlantis?

Could someone please show me the dial home device symbols used to dial Earth from Atlantis? It's for my son, who will be carving them into stone.
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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 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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Is there any in universe reason or rational for why the Wraith ignore Atlantis for the 10,000 years after the Ancients abandoned the Pegasus Galaxy?

I've seen others ask why the Wraith didn't react sooner, attacking with greater numbers and frequency after the Atlantis expedition wakes them but what about those 100 centuries previous when they ...
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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 ...
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In what Atlantis episode was a wraith stunner pistol shot and destroyed?

In an episode of Stargate Atlantis, I recall a battle where a wraith stunner pistol was shot and destroyed/disabled. I seem to recall it was Sheppard who was using it at the time, but I could be ...
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Was Asgard technology ever duplicated on other SGC ships?

In the SG-1 finale "Unending", the Asgard call SG-1 to meet them with the USS Odyssey in order to Afterwards, however, in Stargate: Atlantis the ship is still routinely going on missions. ...
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Do GDO units have any kind of receive notification? [duplicate]

In Stargate SG-1 (as well as its spinoffs "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate Universe"), teams or individuals who travel through a stargate must use a GDO unit to enter their ...
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Why do SGA characters have tiny mic earpieces all the time?

What is the explanation for needing to wear these (in or out of universe)? It seems arbitrary that sometimes they have them, other times they don't. Characters don't seem to use them much either, ...
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Can Ronon Dex be fed upon by a Wraith (possible plot hole)?

In the the episode "Broken Ties," we see Ronon Dex being fed upon repeatedly by a Wraith. While watching the episode, we realized we had some confusion surrounding whether Ronon can, in fact,...
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How were ZPM's Made?

Is there any in universe explanation about how ZPM's were made? Why could this process not be replicated by humans? A quick read of this wikipedia page brings up this information: A fictional ...
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If the wraith could be "changed" but not instantly morally equivalent was it premature to call it a failure?

Seeing as how the Wraith could... In the series, they claimed the change was a failure because the wraith turned humans didn't magically all of sudden have the same set of morals that humans today ...
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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 are the main thematic differences between SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe?

The Stargate franchise spans three main series, an RPG, an animated series (which I understand to be non-canon), and more. My wife and I watched and loved SG-1, but I'm having a hard time convincing ...
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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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Would the Genii's plan actually have failed?

The in Stargate: Atlantis season 1 episode 7 “Underground” we meet the Genii. Their plan is to build nuclear weapons, place them on all the hibernating Wraith ships, and take them all down at once. ...
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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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McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge name reference to real world

It seems likely to me that the McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge is a reference to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge or Freeway given the similarity in name and the show's Canadian connection. See: ...
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How did the shield not kill Mckay in SGA S2E14?

In S2E14 “Grace Under Pressure” how did Sheppard extend the shield around Mckays puddle jumper without killing him?
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In Stargate: Atlantis, How are they able to disconnect the ZPM despite being under water? [closed]

I am watching Stargate: Atlantis episode "Critical Mass" (S2E13). In this episode a bomb is placed on Atlantis and is set to go off should someone dial the gate back to Earth, which they do ...
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How powerful is a ZPM (zero-point module)?

In Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, an ancient race of humans* developed a technology called a ZPM (or Zed-PM for McKay fans out there). These zero-point modules were capable of immense power ...
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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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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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Decontamination on Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis

Do the Stargate /Atlantis teams go through a decontamination process after every mission, is it ever shown? I know for example on Hand of God of the original Battlestar Galactica episode they show ...
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Why does Stargate Atlantis midway station have two gates?

Season 4 Episode 17: Midway. Why does it have two stargates? And how is that even possible, i thought there must be a huge distance between each of them to work; it would be pure chance which one ...
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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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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 is exiting the Stargate inconsistent?

I'd be surprised if this hasn't been asked before, but I couldn't find it. In the awesome TV show Stargate: SG-1, I've noticed that how one exits the Stargate is inconsistent. Several times we witness ...
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How could they use the Atlantis Stargate when it was destroyed in an earlier episode?

In season 5, episode 10, the Atlantis Stargate is destroyed. At the beginning of episode 11 it is shown as big hole where it once existed. In later episodes they use the Atlantis Stargate. How is ...
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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 don't they cloak the jumpers before entering the gate?

On several occasions our heroes in Stargate Atlantis worry that their gateship may have been detected between exiting the stargate and activating the cloak. Why don't they just cloak before they go ...
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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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Why not transfer the people of Taranis to the other side of planet?

In the Inferno episode of Stargate Atlantis, Sheppard's team meets a civilization about to be destroyed by a super-volcano, and is trapped there when the Stargate is destroyed during the evacuation. ...
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Who played the Airperson who was verbally shoved aside by McKay in "The Intruder"?

Who portrays the delightful Airperson to whom McKay barks "Airperson, don't be there!" around midway through Stargate: Atlantis's excellent second-season episode [S02E02], "The Intruder"? As she is a ...
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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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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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How were ZPMs made, charged, and are they all equivalent?

This is sort of three questions, but intimately related. The ZPM pages on Stargate SG-1 Solutions and the Stargate Wikia have some information, but not all reliable of referenced. The questions are: ...
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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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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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Does the ZPM regenerate power, or did season 3 have a continuity error?

In Season 3, Episode 8 "McKay and Mrs. Miller", the team completely drains Atlantis' only ZPM. Episode 9 takes place off-world. Episode 10 shows a fully functioning Atlantis (which is turned over ...
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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 ...