Here's what we know about the Stargate Atlantis series finale - VIDEO
by Mike Moody, posted Jan 6th 2009 10:03AM
The Wraith attack Earth, a major character may or may not bite it, and it's frakkin' awesome.
Well, it's pretty good for something reportedly produced in a rush. According to Gateworld, the producers of Stargate Atlantis learned about the show's cancellation during the shooting of "Identity," the third-to-last episode of the current season. They were forced to scrap ideas for a sixth season and make this Friday's season ender, "Enemy at the Gate," the series finale.
Clips and moderate spoilers after the jump.
A few familiar faces return this Friday to help the Atlantis crew stop the Wraith invasion of Earth. Amanda Tapping will be back as Col. Carter, Michael Beach makes a cameo as Col. Abe Ellis, and Christopher Heyerdahi steals a few scenes as Todd the Wraith. Die-hard fans can also look forward to a few more (minor) Stargate-verse cameos (sorry, Michael Shanks and the rest of the SG-1 crew sat this one out).
The finale is fun, fast-paced, and it features a few thrilling space battles (something Atlantis has been missing for weeks now). Almost every character -- including Dr. Beckett (Paul McGillon) -- gets a chance to shine, and the Wraith seem more threatening than ever thanks to a super ZPM-powered Hive ship. It doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but something quite big happens in the final moments that could set up a great TV movie. (Lets just say that Sheppard might be ordering a DIRECTV sports package for his quarters.)
But here's the shocker -- Todd pretty much saves the day. Yes, Sheppard leads a valiant strike against the Wraith, McKay's big brain gets everyone out of a jam, and Woolsey makes a key executive decision, but Todd really comes through for the good guys in a big way. If they're smart, producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper will keep him around for the TV movie.
SciFi is currently running a Stargate Atlantis marathon every day through Friday. You can catch eps from seasons two and three today until 6 p.m.
Check out some spoilery clips from the finale:
(Sorry, folks... Sci Fi's PR people asked us to take these clips down because they're unauthorized... They're still out there on YouTube if you want to see them... better hurry, though, because I'm sure Sci Fi will be calling them next -- Joel)
There are a few more clips out there that give a lot more away. Good hunting.