Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)

Letters from Pegasus 

McKay finds a way to send a message to Earth, leaving space for personal messages. Sheppard and Teyla are off to spy on the Wraith fleet approaching Atlantis.


Mario Azzopardi


Brad Wright (created by), Robert C. Cooper (created by) | 11 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Major John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Rainbow Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Amanda Tapping ... Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter
Terence Kelly ... Orin
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Ben Cotton ... Dr. Kavanagh
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
Dean Marshall ... Sgt. Bates
Manami Hara Manami Hara ... Miko
Peter Graham-Gaudreau ... Arja
Kevin Minato Kevin Minato ... Boy with Orin


Atlantis is preparing for the arrival of the hive ships. McKay has an idea to tell Earth about the imminent danger. He thinks he's able to generate enough power to keep the stargate open for 1.3 seconds, enough to send a substantial amount of data. There's even enough space to include personal video messages and Ford takes the task upon him to record them. Meanwhile Sheppard and Teyla are off to spy on the Wraith ships. On a planet Teyla has visited before, she warns a friend, Orin, about the culling that will soon take place there. She promises him a rescue with the puddle jumper and Sheppard reluctantly agrees. The two find out the Wraith force approaching Atlantis is even more powerful than expected and after a short revisit to the planet, they find themselves locked out from returning with the stargate. They are forced to watch the horrors of a massive culling. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When his turn comes, the Czech scientist Dr. Radek Zelenka (David Nykl) reads his personal video message to his family in perfect Czech. See more »


Dr. Carson Beckett: What shall I say?
Lt. Aiden Ford: Uh, uh, "I miss you"? "I wish you were here"?
Dr. Carson Beckett: I wish who was here?
Lt. Aiden Ford: I don't know. Who do you wish was here?
Dr. Carson Beckett: Nobody! I wish I wasn't bloody here!
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References Grease (1978) See more »


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Composed by Joel Goldsmith
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