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Stargate Atlantis
Volume 24
(Season 5 - Vol 4)


Starring: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo and David Hewlett
MGM & Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: 12
Available 22 June 2009

When the Atlantis team is invited to join a coalition of planets, an away team is sent to make contact. They are promptly abducted and made to stand trial for the crimes against the Pegasus Galaxy. Past events are presented to the Atlantis crew, who have to account for their actions...

Inquisition is a clips show - and not a very original one at that. Shepherd and his team go on trial for mankind's crimes against the other races in the Pegasus Galaxy - mainly due to the fact that they awakened the Wraith in the first place. There's not much to say about this episode as it's pretty dull and functions more as a catch-up for casual fans of the series. You can read into this a little social commentary that draws parallels with America's foreign policy - in that the Atlantis team are accused of doing what they like without seeking approval of the other races - but other than that it's pretty dry.

Brenton Spencer (director) and Tobias Slezak (actor) provide this episode's audio commentary.



When the power goes out across Atlantis no one realises that it's because Michael has managed to fly into the city's control room and hack into the computer system. Michael is planning to abduct Teyla's baby and will do anything in order to achieve his goal...

The Prodigal sees Connor Trinneer return as the Wraith/human hybrid Michael. Without spoiling too much, this is the last Michael episode, which is a shame as this is certainly one of the weaker stories he's been in. Again, there's not much more to say about this episode as it's pretty run-of-the-mill - apart from the conclusion. There's a little much-needed humour injected with the inclusion of book-end scenes that see Ronon having to record his mission reports for Woolsey.

Carl Binder (executive producer) and William Waring (director) provide this episodes audio commentary.



Sheppard is off-world babysitting biologists when he is abducted by an old enemy. Meanwhile, on Atlantis, there's romance in the air for Woolsey, and McKay makes a shocking discovery about an ancient race called Sakari...

Remnants is by far the most interesting episode on this disc. I doubt it's spoiling much by revealing that Kolya (Robert Davi) makes a return appearance - the fact that the DVD box has him plastered on the front is a bit of a giveaway. But how did he survive being shot by Sheppard when last we saw him? All is revealed, and quite nicely too. Zelenka and Rodney make an interesting discovery on the sea bed of Atlantis, and Woolsey starts to fall for a mysterious woman.

This is one of those episodes that's worth watching twice to pick up on the subtle plots threads. It also has a great conclusion, with McKay realising he's not quite as smart as he thought he was.

Joseph Mallozzi (executive producer) and William Waring (director) provide an audio commentary for this episode.



McKay is invited to attend a mysterious scientific presentation back on Earth by an old rival. He finally plucks up the courage to ask Keller to go with him on their first date. The presentation is to showcase a system which appears to be a solution to global warming. But everything does not go as planned and it's up to McKay to save the day...

Brain Storm is an interesting episode that revolves around McKay and Keller's first date. McKay's arrogance embarrasses the two of them as he stands up in the middle of the presentation and accuses his old rival of stealing his invention. But it's not long before McKay has to come to the rescue and try and stop the device from malfunctioning.

This episode guest stars Dave Foley, as well as Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson playing themselves.

Martin Gero (producer / writer / director) provides this episode's audio commentary. It was during this episode that it was revealed to the cast and crew that Atlantis was being cancelled.


Extras include the aforementioned commentaries; The Life and Death of Michael Kenmore (7 min, 07 sec look at the evolution of the Michael character with an interview with actor Connor Trinneer); Deleted Scenes: Part I (8 min, 16 sec deleted scenes from various episodes with brief introductions by relevant crew members); and Photo and Production Design galleries.

Pete Boomer

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