First Aired: January 2, 2009
In the city of Las Vegas, Detective John Sheppard must solve the case on a long string of unusual murders — perpetrated by a Wraith in hiding.
- Not surprisingly, the working title for this episode was “CSI Atlantis.” Writer-director Robert C. Cooper attempted to capture CSI‘s trademark forensic effects shots.
- Actor Neil Jackson, who plays a very unique Wraith in this episode, previously played the genetically engineered hybrid Khalek — the so-called “son of Anubis” — in the Stargate SG-1 episode “Prototype.”
- Players at the poker table include Stargate‘s music composer Joel Goldsmith, MGM executive and long-time Stargate supporter Charles Cohen, and real-life poker pro Todd Brunson. The players with speaking parts are Frank Vincent (Goodfellas) and Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos).
- “Vegas” features one of the more dangerous stunts ever performed on the series. A stunt performer plummeted nine stories from a building, part of the Wraith’s escape while fleeing from Detective Sheppard.
- It was very rare for Stargate‘s production team to head south of the Canadian border and film on location in the U.S. “Vegas” included several days of location shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada — though of the main cast only Joe Flanigan got to go. (These were the final scenes of Stargate Atlantis to film before the show wrapped production.)
“Vegas” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Fan Reviews
- Episode Transcript
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Discussion Forum
- Video interview with Joe Flanigan (2009)
- “Vegas” Podcast
- Atlantis Season Five Podcast
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