Stargate Atlantis - Season 5
Premieres: Friday, July 11, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. EST
Network: SciFi
Creator(s): Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper
Starring:Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Robert Picardo, Jewel Staite, David Hewlett

Stargate Atlantis is a spinoff of the sci-fi series, Stargate- SG1. Set in the city of Atlantis on a planet called Lantea, the series follows the Atlantis Expedition as they explore the Pegasus galaxy, have adventures, battle enemies and make use of the super-advanced technology that’s available to them in Atlantis. There’s a whole web of history within the city, which is linked to countless planets and civilizations among the galaxy through the stargates, put together by the Ancients.

Robert Picardo joins the Atlantis cast this season. We sat in on a conference call with Picardo and exec producer Joseph Mallozzi. Click Here if you want some details (and spoilers) about the fifth season.

As you may have noticed from my extremely vague description of the series, I’ve never seen an episode of Stargate. The only SciFi show I watch regularly is Battlestar Galactica. That said, I’m not totally opposed to checking it out but based on the descriptions I’ve read (and tried to decipher) and the clips I’ve seen, I have a feeling this is one of those series that you need to watch from the beginning in order to follow. My first question is, if I were to start watching Stargate, would I need to start with SG-1 or could I jump in at the first season of Atlantis? My second question is, as someone who loves BSG but isn’t really a sci-fi fan, is Stargate one of those great series that I might like, if I like my sci-fi a bit more watered down (Star Wars, BSG, etc)? Or is it full-on sci-fi, like Star Trek?

For the full 2008 Summer TV Premiere Schedule: CLICK HERE

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