First Aired: July 11, 2008
After a conflict with Michael leaves several Atlantis personnel trapped, Colonel Carter leads a rescue mission — unaware that Michael is still nearby.
“Search and Rescue” Facts:
- Samantha Carter exits Atlantis in the show’s fifth season premiere, with actress Amanda Tapping departing the show’s main cast roster after one year. Tapping was offered a lucrative deal for Season Five, but turned it down to executive produce and star in Sanctuary for SCI FI Channel. (That show ran for four seasons.)
- Sheppard’s hallucination early in the episode is the first time we’ve seen Lt. Aiden Ford (Rainbow Sun Francks) since the character was evidently killed off in Season Two.
- Teyla’s baby is born in this episode, wrapping up the storyline necessitated by Rachel Luttrell‘s real-life pregnancy. (But that’s not her son Caden who appears on screen throughout Season Five — it’s baby actress Annalise MacCulloch.)
- Teyla’s baby is named Torren — after her father, she says. But the writers never explained the name change: Teyla’s father was named Tagan, having been name-checked at her intro in the show’s first episode. (One possible explanation is that Teyla’s reference to herself as “daughter of Tagan,” in a matriarchal culture, was in fact a reference to her mother.)
- The season premiere introduced Leela Savasta as Captain Alicia Vega. In the original casting sides she was written to have a much more prominent introduction, suggesting Vega might become a significant recurring character. But the final cut of the episode brought a much smaller role, and Vega was killed off in her very next appearance (“Whispers”).
“Search and Rescue” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Episode Transcript
- Fan Reviews
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Discussion Forum
- Atlantis Season Five Podcast
- Interview with Amanda Tapping (2008)
- Interview with Rachel Luttrell (2008)
- Interview with Robert Picardo (2008)
- Interview with David Hewlett (2008)
- Interview with writer Martin Gero (2008)
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