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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

In short, the idea of the Stargate being revealed to the world and the consequences thereof (shock!, horror!, wonderment!, amazement!, riots!, new cult religions!, etc etc) was so big a story that the ...
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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

First, there's progressive declassification of the program over time - more and more nations are included on the secret at least; by the time of Atlantis, it's pretty much a worldwide project (though ...
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What are the different terms used to describe a Stargate?

Wikipedia offers a range of alternate names used within the show "Astria Porta" (The Ancients/Alterans) "Chappa'ai" (The Goa'uld and a host of human slave cultures) "Portals&...
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Why didn't the Ori invade Pegasus as well as the Milky Way?

There are more humans in the Milky Way compared to Pegasus When you're an ascended being that thrives on people worshiping you, you want as many as you can to join your side. There are thousands of ...
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What are the Stargate dial home device symbols used to dial Earth from Atlantis?

The show's producer was kind enough to share them on his website
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Are there translations of Ancient writing from Stargate: Atlantis?

I believe much of the Ancient writing that we see in Atlantis (and possibly in Stargate once the Atlantis series began running concurrently) can be translated to english. To make the translations we ...
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Couldn't the Wraith have followed the intergalactic gate bridge in a ship?

The gate bridge is composed of 34 Stargates. The distance between the Pegasus Galaxy and Milky Way is 2.7 million light years. That means each gate is roughly 79412 light years apart (by ...
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What happens to civilians who leave the Stargate program?

They are allowed to live a normal life, so long as they don't publicly disclose classified information Stargate Atlantis Season 3, Episode 10 "The Return, Part 1" involved a ship of living Ancients ...
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Why are there so few ancient ships in the Milky Way?

The ships were lost or destroyed in the war against the Wraith. The Lantean-Wraith war took place in the Pegasus galaxy ten thousand years before the present, and it lasted a century. The Atlanteans ...
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Is there any significance to uniform color on Stargate Atlantis?

Per the Stargate Atlantis Wiki In addition to this, each member has a flag patch that contains the flag of the member's home country. Though the most common uniforms are almost all charcoal black, ...
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Do the Tauri (humans) use shuttlecraft?

It's not stated. The class of ship certainly has bays that would be more than capable of supporting a puddle jumper but we don't ever see them using one. On the official cutaway on the MGM website, ...
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How did the shield not kill Mckay in SGA S2E14?

Shields in the Stargate universe are often able to selectively allow objects to pass through. For example, some Goa'uld shields allow slow-moving objects through and a submerged Stargate won't let ...
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Were there any Russians in the Atlantis expedition?

There is at least one. Here is a screenshot from 17:06 in s1e01: Rising (part 1). At this point, the characters are still in the SGC. However, I think only Atlantis team members have flags on their ...
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Which race, Asgard or Ancients invented the holographic projection tech and the beaming tech?

We don’t know for sure as it is never explicitly stated on the show to the best of my knowledge, however the most likely assumption would be the Ancients developed it first based on a comment from the ...
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Does the "Daedalus" actually land on the water?

It floats. Not only can you see the Daedelus submerged in water up to the second or third deck in SGA: Lost Boys next to the pier (but not on it), we also have this quote from SGA: Critical Mass ...
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Has there ever been any episode that didn't show a stargate in use?

There have been a number of episodes in Stargate SG1, Atlantis and Universe where there is zero use of the gate, save for the opening credits. Some examples are below; SG1 Nightwalkers Prometheus ...
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Was Asgard technology ever duplicated on other SGC ships?

Both the Daedalus and Apollo were retro-fit with Asgard plasma beam weapons. iirc the Hammond had all the new Asgard tech built it rather than bolted on, I believe that it was constructed after the ...
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Couldn't the Wraith have followed the intergalactic gate bridge in a ship?

In order for a Wraith ship (or any ship for that matter) to cross intergalactic distances in any sort of workable time frame, they must have a ZPM. This is what happens in Enemy at the Gate, the last ...
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Why does McKay not use his personal shield emitter in Season 2, episode 1?

This is because the personal shield emitter was drained in that episode. McKay's alternate had one, and Lucius Lavin had one, but that makes 3 overall and if I recall correctly all 3 were drained in ...
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How many people were in the Atlantis Expedition and lived on Atlantis?

Atlantis is stated to have the internal volume of the city of Manhattan! (At least according to the Stargate Wiki) That's a lot of space. But we never see more than about 50 people on the ship at ...
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How do beam weapons pass through a stargate differently to Puddle Jumpers?

In Stargate canon, matter can only travel in one direction through a Stargate, from the dialing Stargate to the receiving Stargate. When matter enters a Stargete wormhole, it is converted into energy ...
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Why is exiting the Stargate inconsistent?

Occasionally, it's something weird with the gates. The general cause is explained, offhandedly, in season five, episode five. After an unexpected rough exit, Carter mentions that "The margin of ...
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Why did the Asgardians need McKay & Jackson's help to activate the Attero device?

This isn't explained on the show, but it's somewhat more sensible than it first appears; there, a couple of contributing factors: The Vanir are strapped for resources. At one point Daniel has a long ...
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Why does Atlantis have dead trees/plants?

This is lampshaded in an early Atlantis episode ("Hide and Seek"). The plants are there to demonstrate that the city used to be occupied a long time ago. WEIR: We certainly need to clear the ...
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Would the Genii's plan actually have failed?

The plan suffers from a number of flaws, none of which are easily resolved by a nation as backwards as the Genii. Counting down from top to bottom; 1) Their plan relies on identifying the location ...
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Are the wormhole effects used in the Stargate Franchise diegetic?

According to Season 9 episode "Ripple Effect": Though it feels instantaneous, a trip through the Stargate takes an average of 0.3 seconds – for matter to travel from one wormhole to another ...
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Where did Ronan Dex get his pistol?

While we never find out the backstory of HOW Ronan got his Particle Magnum, we do know that it is a standard sidearm of the Travellers and is manufactured by them. The most likely scenario is that ...
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Why don't the Wraith grow their food and use robots?

Wraith cloning technology takes a hell of a lot of energy The Wraith cloning facility that grew their soldiers took three ZPMs to run. Considering that the only way the Wraith could get any ZPMs was ...
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What does Woolsey play at the end of Stargate Atlantis: Broken Ties?

It's indeed a piece of music made for the show, and as far as I know, it doesn't have a name. On his blog, Joseph Mallozzi, writer and producer of Stargate Atlantis (among others), wrote about "...
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Where was Samantha Carter during the events of "Rising, Part 1"?

Possibly awarding Cameron Mitchell the Congressional Medal of Honor In Season 9, episode 1 "Avalon", we see Cameron Mitchell flying during the Battle of Antarctica (previously seen in Season 7's ...
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