SCI FI confirms Season Five premiere date.

The fifth season of Stargate Atlantis will premiere on Friday, July 11, according to SCI FI's online schedule. This confirms the premiere date we reported earlier this month -- though, of course, it is subject to change by the network.


Atlantis will hold on to its 10 p.m. time slot (9 p.m. Central), with the new episode re-airing again at 12 midnight each Friday.


Season Five will premiere with "Search and Rescue," which picks up on the fourth season cliffhanger that aired in March. On the hunt for the Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer), who has kidnapped Teyla and plans to use her soon to be born child for his own evil ends, Lt. Colonel Sheppard and his team were trapped in one of Michael's labs as the booby-trapped building collapsed in on top of them.


The fifth season will see the exit of Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), who is replaced as base commander by Richard Woolsey (new cast member Robert Picardo). Expect also to see a bit more of Dr. Jennifer Keller, as actress Jewel Staite has been promoted from recurring to regular cast status.


New characters will be introduced as well, including Captain Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta) -- who appears in "Search and Rescue."


Classic episodes of Stargate Atlantis will continue this spring and summer at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. SCI FI's schedule also hints at Atlantis marathons for July 8 (the same day that Season Four is released on DVD - story) and July 11.


Source - Gateworld.com

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May 20, 2008 4:29PM EDT

I can't wait for the new season to start up again.
I am not so sure how I feel about Woolsey replacing Carter... One of the nice things about shows that leave Earth and its surrounding solar systems/galaxies [much like Star Trek Voyager], it was nice to have the distance from Earth authority [read: Government and the Army]. Though maybe having him on Atlantis will have him singing a different tune. We can only hope.
I love the show - I'm really looking forward to seeing what they come up with. :)

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Jun 3, 2008 9:36AM EDT

I totally agree with that last comment. It was refreshing to have a different kind of authority on Atlantis under Elizabeth Weir and Sam Carter with the heavies way down on Earth. I hope they don't overkill the Woolsey in charge bit. They changed Sam's character when she was put in charge from someone who could figure out anything to someone who rarely even tried to.... she let Rodney do almost all of the solving with only minimal input from her fabulous brain! Perhaps Woolsey will have learned from his former stupidity that he has to trust our regular band of heroes and report to Earth on a need to know basis? I hope that Jennifer Keller has improved her acting abilities since she's going got be in it more next season. She's a weak link in the drama with her poor acting skills. Be nice if they matured Rodney's character a bit more too. His bravado/weak ego bit really palls on me!

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Jun 4, 2008 12:30AM EDT

it a bad idea putting woolsey in charge he is not a strong character like carter or weir in most shows he is made to look like the bad guy i like him on the show it just wont be the same i say put Colonel Sheppard in charge and if you think Jennifer Keller needs to impove her acting skill you never watched firefly

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Jun 14, 2008 7:54AM EDT

I'd have to say Woolsey will be an interesting character to see in charge. That's partially because I'm a fan of Robert Picardo's acting, and partially because we've seen a lot of very stretch out growth in Woolsey as a character.He started out as quite a jerk, and turned out to be less retard and more a patriotic personality. He definitely has a strong sense of duty, and when push comes to hard shove he will eventually step aside and let the team do their thing, but he limits himself to the rules on a regular basis making for a potentially boring character.
As for Jewel Staite, I agree with Reese68 to an extent. She's a good actress in her own right, but the scope of her acting hasn't seen a lot of variety yet. She played a really cute, lovable, insightful, and yet sometimes childish character on Firefly.I'm please to see a familiar face coming on Atlantis, and that familiarity has perhaps made me bias towards her work in the show so far, but I feel she's done well with what she's been given so far.
Either way, I'm gonna miss Carter and her short-lived stay in Atlantis, but I'm totally primed to see where the whole 'Wier runnin the replicators' story is gonna go.

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