When's it start?
This spin-off of Stargate SG-1 premieres with a two-hour episode at 9PM EST on the Sci-Fi Channel on July 16th, one week after SG-1's Season 8 premiere.
What's the story?
A whole new adventure with a new team begins in the successful Stargate universe. In this spin-off from MGM Worldwide Television, a secret base left by the originators of the Stargate is found in the most unlikely of places: on Earth, buried within the ruins of the legendary civilization Atlantis. The implications of this discovery lead the team to a distant galaxy, where they find a primitive human civilization threatened by a sinister new enemy.
Who's the new team?
Torri Higginson (replacing Jessica Steen) as Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Attractive, brilliant, but not one to seek the spotlight, Dr. Weir has worked behind the scenes in the U.S. government for several years. Though she's not the one who signs treaties, she has brokered a dozen of the most sensitive international accords in modern history. She has two Ph.D.s, teaches political science at Georgetown University, has served in embassies all over the world and speaks five languages. Though she began her career as a political activist lobbying against government spending on the military, she later decided the best way to stop weapons proliferation was to end the need for them. Placed in charge of Stargate Command by President Henry Hayes, she has now been asked to command the Stargate Atlantis team.
Joe Flanigan as Major John Sheppard
Cobra, Apache, Sea King, Black Hawk, Osprey, Sea Harrier ? you name it, he's flown it. The son of a respected Cold War colonel, Shepherd, while on duty in Afghanistan, disobeyed a direct order in an attempt to save the lives of three servicemen. His reputation tarnished, he yet remains a man of honor who puts the military first, while still mistrusting authority. When tapped to serve on the Stargate Atlantis team, he is at the end of his second tour at McMurdo, the U.S. Antarctic base, having requested a post as far from the world as possible. He gets to go an entire galaxy away when it's discovered that he is one of the very few humans possessing the gene allowing mental interaction with the mysterious technology of the Ancients, creators of the Stargates.
Rainbow Sun Francks as Lieutenant Aiden Ford
The boyishly good-looking young officer serves as Stargate Atlantis team's military second-in-command.
David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay
As acerbic as he is brilliant, astrophysicist Dr. McKay is a scientist with long Stargate experience: Temporarily assigned to Stargate Command, he matched scientific wits with Major Samantha Carter when her fellow SG-1 team-member Teal'c was cut off from the Stargate while on another world (in SG1's "48 Hours") and as a Pentagon scientist parried with her again when the Stargate was approaching an extinction-level explosion (in SG1's two-part "Redemption"). He now serves as chief scientific advisor on the Stargate Atlantis team.
Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan
The leader of a now primitive but once technologically advanced community on the planet Athos in the Pegasus galaxy, Teyla Emmagan befriends the Stargate Atlantis team and serves as their alien liaison.
Any other info?
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, and Robert Patrick are guest-starring in the SG:A premiere.
Check out Gateworld, the Sci-Fi Channel's Atlantis site, and MGM's Atlantis site for additional info.
Edited by Aatrek, May 5, 2004 @ 1:00 PM.