The final episode of Stargate Atlantis premieres this Friday night in the United States, and while SCI FI Channel runs all-day marathons this week, here at GateWorld we are celebrating five years of the show by counting down our favorite episodes for five main characters (those five who were cast members the longest). Today it’s our five favorite episodes featuring Teyla Emmagan! Come back tomorrow for our favorite five Weir episodes, and more for other characters every day this week.
For the role of the Athosian queen Mikala — renamed “Teyla” in later drafts of the pilot — the studio found actress Rachel Luttrell. Born in Tanzania to a mother from Tanzania and a father from Louisiana, Rachel moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. She studied music and ballet (including training at The Russian Academy of Classical Ballet and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto), and after taking up acting appeared in shows such as ER and Touched By an Angel.
While we think Teyla has gotten a short shrift in the story department over the last five years, she’s definitely had some terrific episodes in which to shine. Here are our five favorite:
5. THE KINDRED, PART 1
(Season Four, Episode 18)
Kicking off the 4-part climax to Teyla’s fourth season story arc, in this episode she experiences vivid dreams of her lost love, Kanaan (Patrick Sabongui). He and the rest of the Athosians have vanished from their new homeworld, and Teyla does not know if they are alive or dead. But Kanaan also has “the Gift” (Wraith DNA that allows him to tap into the Wraith’s telepathic network), and Teyla is convinced that he is actually trying to contact her to help her find him.
Alas, it’s all a trap. This episode shows Teyla’s strength and determination, her fierce loyalty to her people … and also her disturbing relationship with the hybrid Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer). It is he who has taken the Athosians captive (to experiment on them, of course), and who used Kanaan’s image and Teyla’s feelings for him to lure her into a trap.