20 Facts About Stargate Atlantis


Stargate Atlantis is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise.

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All five seasons of Stargate Atlantis were broadcast by the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States and The Movie Network in Canada.

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Story of Stargate Atlantis follows the events of Stargate SG-1's seventh season finale episode "Lost City" and eighth season premiere episode "New Order", in which the cast of that series discovered an Antarctic outpost created by the alien race known as the Ancients.

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Merchandise for Stargate Atlantis includes games and toys, print media, and an original audio series.

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Stargate Atlantis follows the present-day adventures of Major John Sheppard and his military team from Earth that, along with two dozen other teams, explore distant planets in the Pegasus Galaxy.

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The Stargate Atlantis expedition, led by Dr Elizabeth Weir, arrives at Stargate Atlantis, the city of the Ancients.

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Stargate Atlantis appears in the episode "Lifeline" after helping to find and land Atlantis on its new home planet; she is then ordered back to the SGC.

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The Stargate Atlantis team discovers the reason for this was a communication sent from an alternate reality giving away Earth's location.

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Late in season seven of SG-1, talks began of a spin-off series and the producers were left with a serious dilemma, since the seventh season of Stargate SG-1 had been planned to lead up to the great discovery of the lost city of the Ancients, Atlantis.

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The city of Stargate Atlantis, originally planned to be on Earth under Antarctica in place of the SGC, was moved to the Pegasus Galaxy.

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Stargate Atlantis was shot at Bridge studios in Vancouver and on location in several places in British Columbia.

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The Blade: Trinity production gave the set to Stargate Atlantis to save the high cost of dismantling the massive construct.

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Stargate Atlantis started as a spin off from the fellow American military science fiction series, Stargate SG-1.

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Each season of Stargate Atlantis featured 20 episodes, and in the United States they are broadcast in two series of 10 episodes.

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Stargate Atlantis then reemerged later, but Spyglass Entertainment now held the rights for Stargate, meaning Flanigan had to begin negotiations all over again.

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In early 2006, Sony announced that Stargate Atlantis would become the first TV series released on the next generation Blu-ray platform.

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In mid-2006 MGM, the producers of both Stargate Atlantis series, switched DVD distribution companies from Sony to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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Stargate Atlantis would receive two other Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

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In total, there have been released 12 books and novels about Stargate Atlantis entitled Rising, Reliquary, The Chosen, Halcyon, Exogenesis, Entanglement, Casualties of War, Blood Ties, Mirror Mirror, Nightfall, Angelus and Brimstone.

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Action figures of the Stargate Atlantis cast have been released by Diamond Selected Toys, and included John Sheppard and Rodney McKay figures among others.

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