Written by executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and directed by William Waring, the episode will feature Dr. Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion), recently returned from the dead (“The Kindred, Part 2”), and an all-woman team from Atlantis.
Having been removed from stasis in Atlantis after two months, Carson Beckett — or, more precisely, the clone of the late doctor created by the Wraith Michael — returned home to Earth for some R&R. Now he has returned to Atlantis, and is called upon to join Colonel Sheppard on a visit to another planet.
The two trapse through the alien forest and rendezvous with another team, commanded by Major Anne Teldy. Also on the team is Captain Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta), the tough Sgt. Dusty Wells, and the cute and bookish Dr. Alison Porter. The team has called Sheppard and Dr. Beckett there to see what they have found: a Wraith lab hidden inside a network of underground caves, with a dozen humanoid forms in stasis along the wall.
Beckett and Porter study the lab and the condition of the “patients,” who they suspect may be more of Michael’s test subjects. As they work, Teldy, Vega, and Sheppard shoot the breeze. (The Colonel mentions that the I.O.A. is hesitant to rebuild the Midway space station, recently destroyed in a Wraith attack [“Midway”].)
The presence of the people in stasis brings up Carson’s own recent experience, prompting him to tell Dr. Porter about what happened when he showed up on his mother’s doorstep two years after his own funeral. The two scientists begin to bond.
The group decides to bunk overnight in a nearby village — though they have no way of knowing that there are forces nearby that are conspiring against them. And Michael’s test subjects are about to wake up.
Guest characters include Dr. Carson Beckett, Major Anne Teldy, Captain Alicia Vega, Sgt. Dusty Wells, Dr. Alison Porter, and Mirellus, one of the local villagers.
“Whispers” is currently slated to air as Season Five’s seventh episode, and is expected to go before cameras in April. Visit GateWorld’s episode guide to read more about the upcoming season, expected to start in July on SCI FI Channel in the United States.