Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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Sheppard and his team are lured to a planet and are soon put on trial for crimes against the people of the Pegasus galaxy. In flashbacks, the three judge tribunal recounts the indictment ... See full summary »


Brenton Spencer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
Jewel Staite ... Dr. Jennifer Keller (credit only)
Robert Picardo ... Richard Woolsey
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Kavan Smith ... Major Evan Lorne
Alan Blumenfeld ... Dimas
David Lovgren ... Kelore
Tobias Slezak Tobias Slezak ... Myrus
Kaaren de Zilva ... Shiana (as Kaaren De Zilva)
Ecstasia Sanders ... Villager
Rainbow Sun Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford (archive footage)
Andee Frizzell ... Wraith Queen (archive footage)
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Marshall Sumner (archive footage)




Sheppard and his team are lured to a planet and are soon put on trial for crimes against the people of the Pegasus galaxy. In flashbacks, the three judge tribunal recounts the indictment against them including the re-awakening of the Wraith and the various missions where at least a few, if not more, innocent bystanders were killed. Sheppard does his best to argue that on balance, fewer were killed by their presence than would have been the case if they had never been there. A least one of the judges is clearly determined to find them guilty while a second seems far more sympathetic. It's left to Richard Woolsey, who has now joined them, to plead the rest of their case. A lawyer by profession, Richard clearly knows how the game is played and focuses on that third judge. Written by garykmcd

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Mr Woolsey comments that the coalition would be like the Federation, a reference to Star Trek (Robert Picardo (Woolsey) starred in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)). See more »


The council's plan for punishment is to maroon the Atlantis core team on a planet where they removed the DHD from the gate so as to prevent any gate travelers from ever returning from there. However, the Atlanteans could of course easily use a puddle jumper to retrieve their people because the little gate ships have their own on-board remote dialing devices. See more »


Richard Woolsey: I was Harvard Law Review. I was chief counsel of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to that, I was an appellate advocate for Hartshorne & Slaughter, one of the most prestigious litigation boutiques in all New York City. Believe me, I can handle three tribal elders with a stack of papyrus.
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On a THIRD watch
17 February 2019 | by neojudusSee all my reviews

After watching this episode for a third time, it's way better than the regular fillers of SG:1. It's on the cheap because they have to save budget every year. However, it does form a decent and coherent story line. It opens the idea of a great political galactic plan. The flashback clips aren't random, and the explanations are on point. This episode was a great example of storytelling on a budget. I did see this episode during the broadcast schedule, 5 years ago, and tonight. I like it much more over time. The studio did a good job with leftovers.

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24 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| DTS (5.1 surround)



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16 : 9
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