Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
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Sheppard invites a priestess, who claims to not know about a weapon protecting her planet from the Wraith, to Atlantis to discuss asylum for refugees.


James Head


Brad Wright (created by), Robert C. Cooper (created by) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview:
Joe Flanigan ... Major John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Rainbow Sun Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
Robert Thurston ... Zarah
Craig Veroni ... Dr. Peter Grodin
Leonor Varela ... Chaya Sar




The team arrive to a new planet that has never been attacked by the Wraith. The Wraith ships are suddenly destroyed before they can approach the planet, its inhabitants assure they don't have any weapons and have never heard about the Wraith. High Priestess Chaya Sar, a beautiful and intriguing woman, could have the key to the mystery, so Mayor Sheppard invites her to spend a few days in Atlantis. Written by Anonymous

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The Chaya Sar's temple set was previously used to represent the village on Arkhan's World in Stargate SG-1: It's Good to Be King (2005). See more »


Throughout the series, Atlantis standard procedure seems to be for team members to remove their insignia and nationality patches from their jackets when off-world (presumably to keep Atlantis's identity a secret from others unless otherwise told). When Sheppard and his team are meeting with the abbot in the village, Sheppard is seen to be still wearing his jacket patches (although they are removed in a subsequent scene). See more »


Chaya Sar: I am what you call an Ancient and it is also true that I can never offer your people sanctuary. But you are wrong about as to why I came here.
Major John Sheppard: Why did you come here?
Chaya Sar: You, John.
Major John Sheppard: Me?
Chaya Sar: I have lived in solitude for so long that when you asked me to come to Atlantis, I...
Dr. Rodney McKay: Oh my god, he is Kirk!
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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One of the best episodes from the first season
13 September 2019 | by yugurtzSee all my reviews

Up to this point the season has been up and down in terms of interest and pace. This one stood as one of my favorites. I'm a sucker for the one-off episodes where we get to see a different side of a character, in this case Major Sheppard.

The majority of the season has been plot driven but it was nice to see a change of pace with a more character driven story telling. Romance and spirituality (which wasn't really explored up to this point) added a nice touch to this episode. I wish we saw more from Chaya, but like the food from their picnic (the last left from earth), we will just have to enjoy it.

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11 February 2005 (USA) See more »

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