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Why does everyone on almost every planet in the Pegasus Galaxy speak English?

We know that Earth is the origin of humans in the Milky Way galaxy. The Goa'uld relocated people from Earth to other planets. As far as I remember the Goa'uld has rarely or never been in Pegasus ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 is that super-secret mission the Odyssey is supposed to be on during Stargate Atlantis' Finale?

"It's on some secret mission even I'm not supposed to know about." —Steven Caldwell (during Enemy at the Gate)
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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Why doesnt the SGC use the Asgard Cloning device to make more ZPMs?

As the title said; why couldn't Stargate Command use the Asgard cloning device to make more ZPMs, the way they did for the Replicator gun or the actual Replicator they created?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stargate Home Symbol

I'm struggling to find and I'm pretty sure I didn't imagine this: From one of the Stargate's (Movie, SG1, SGA or SGU) - I remember the home symbol being two Anubis? guards leaning into the sun. ...
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When does the 'Lost City' become Atlantis in Stargate

In Stargate SG-1 they are searching for the Lost City in season 8, however in the Stargate Atlantis pilot it is referred to as Atlantis. When is the name found? Or the connection between the Lost City ...
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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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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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What happens if a Wraith feeds on a Goa'uld or a Jaffa?

Wraith have amazing 'aging' powers and Goa'uld and Jaffa have amazing longevity and healing powers. I realize this invites speculation, but that would be pointless and against site guidelines. Is ...
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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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In Stargate: Atlantis episode Lifeline (S4E02), why doesn't the anti-replicator field affect Elizabeth Weir?

Her nanites ought to have been disabled by the field, why wasn't she affected? Is there an in-universe explanation that I missed?
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Why aren't the Asgard in Atlantis?

Why don't the Asgard go into the Pegasus Galaxy and study Atlantis? As we see in the Stargate SG-1 series, the Asgard weren't perfect and couldn't defeat the Replicators but the Ancients had the ...
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What happened to Todd the Wraith?

At the end of Stargate Atlantis, after Atlantis lands on Earth, the fate of Todd the Wraith is left open. Last seen, he's a prisoner of Atlantis. What becomes of him?
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Why did Dr. Weir (Torri Higginson) leave Stargate: Atlantis?

Related, among others, is "Why did they get rid of Carson and Weir?" on GateWorld.net. As when I asked about Why was Crusher replaced with Pulaski who was replaced by Crusher? I have found that on ...
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What Was the Rationale of the Ancients for Eliminating Manual Dialing of Pegasus Stargates?

Related to questions: Remote Dialing Option Stargate Network Version Differences I noticed while reading several articles on stargates that the Ancients had made "upgrades" in their 3rd version of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Stargate Atlantis, why are the Wraith hives considered such a threat to Earth?

I've got to admit, I'm confused by something here. I'm watching 2x20, and the two Hives heading towards Earth is treated as a bit of a doomsday scenario. But I'm confused as to exactly how 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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How long can a fully charged ZPM be used to fire a control chair?

I was reading this question, and realizing that I don't have a good handle on this question, namely how long can a ZPM power the chair for? Thanks!
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When did it become common knowledge that the Atlantis Expedition were from another galaxy?

Obviously the Athosians find out pretty quick due to their situation of living with the Expedition at Atlantis. I can't really remember if they simply tell the Asurans who they are or if they find out ...
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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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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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Where's the head on an Atlantean jumper?

On several Stargate Atlantis and late Stargate SG-1 episodes they spend a very long time on a jumper. For example, in Atlantis 4x17 "Midway", at the end, Bill Lee, Kavanagh, McKay and Shepard are on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was the fact that McKay is Canadian established prior to the Atlantis premiere?

It is clearly established in the first episode of Atlantis that Rodney McKay is Canadian. He wears the Canadian flag, and pronounces the last letter of the English alphabet as 'zed', and this ...
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What powers the puddle jumpers?

So far as I can tell, a power source for the puddle jumpers hasn't been identified, although they seem to require power. What is the source of this power?
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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 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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