The Return, Part 1

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The Atlantis expedition is stunned when a ship full of Ancients returns to reclaim their home, forcing them to return to Earth.

FAN RATING - 9.31 
NIELSEN - 1.6 
DVD DISC: Season 3, Disc 3
WRITTEN BY: Martin Gero
DIRECTED BY: Brad Turner
GUEST STARS: Richard Dean Anderson (Jack O'Neill), Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey), Ryan Robbins (Ladon Radim), Megan Leitch (Helia), David Nykl (Radek Zelenka), Bill Dow (Bill Lee), Gary Jones (Walter Harriman), David MacInnis (Talus), Panou (Cetus), Mitch Pileggi (Steven Caldwell), Beau Bridges (Hank Landry), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Tech), Chuck Campbell (Atlantis Tech), Andrew Moxham (Wallace), Elias Toufexis (Replicator), James Chutter (Babbis)
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  • "Today, we had a preliminary discussion on the Atlantis mid-season two-parter which promises some exploration, a complication leading to a confrontation, an altercation, an attempt at communication, increasing frustration, an investigation uncovering certain information that offers an explanation, setting up a determination and ensuing culmination in a celebration. Honest. That's what we've got so far." (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his GateWorld blog)
  • "I always have such a great time working with RDA, and also Robert Picardo. I especially enjoyed the relationship Weir had with Woolsey. There was the story arc with them involving my character's ongoing battle with the I.O.A. as well as the American military and Weir finding someone brave enough to back her up and recognize that her intent and capabilities are very much there. It's just that she's coming from a non-military angle. That was a fascinating arc for her and a neat one for me to play.

    "I also thought it was interesting for Weir with regard to the Ancients returning and she and her people getting kicked out of Atlantis. On one hand you would think, 'Well, she's always wanted to meet the Ancients, so she should be thrilled they've come back.' However, the way my character was written, Weir was fighting against giving up control of Atlantis, and that was a curious balance to play. I mean, there's a sense of propriety of this city that we've basically saved and wanting to be part of the Ancients taking it back over, but then being told we couldn't. At one point I think Weir became a bit too emotionally attached to Atlantis and had to reel herself back in." (Actress Torri Higginson, in an interview with SciFiAndTvTalk's Steve Eramo)