Imagining one more season of Stargate Atlantis

Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis ended a long time ago, leaving us with only fond memories of Rodney McKay, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, John Sheppard, Teal’c, Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex.

Sometimes one can’t help but pine for the good old days of classic science fiction TV, when Stargate, Star Trek and Babylon 5 ruled the air. But we digress. Stargate – as a franchise – is currently off the air. Gone, but not forgotten, especially in the case of Atlantis which ended after only five seasons.

Recently, Atlantis writer Joseph Mallozi revealed a number of details about a sixth season on his blog. According to the scribe, the season premiere (or movie) would have kicked off on the moon.

“We learn that the gate has been offline since its return to Earth but, under pressure from the IOA, the decision is made to bring it back online, have it supersede the Earth gate, and make it a permanent lunar base. The decision isn’t embraced by everyone. Woolsey and McKay, for instance, point out that they still have a responsibility to the people of the Pegasus galaxy. Of course the IOA are hardly moved,” Mallozi wrote.

“Unfortunately, when the gate is finally brought back online, Zelenka reports a build up of energy in the capacitors. Too late they realize that the Ancients put a failsafe in place in the event Atlantis was moved. McKay realizes – the city will self-destruct unless it returns to the Pegasus galaxy.

“Woolsey gets the band back together, transporting John and Ronon up from the hospital emergency room where they are getting fixed up following a bar room brawl (an opportunity to write in the scar actor Jason Momoa had received at the time). John, in turn, pays a visit to Area 51 and, again under the heavy protests of the IOA, springs his buddy, Todd.

“The plan is to use the wormhole drive to execute a series of jumps to Pegasus – however, the drive burns out partway through their journey, stranding them in the Triangulum Galaxy, some 300 000 light years from home. They manage to muster up enough power for one, final short range jump, putting them within range of a subspace anomaly they detected.

“What follows is a high-flying adventure involving a mysterious civilization tapping the limitless potential of the accretion streams between two stars, time travel, and a race against time to avert not only the destruction of Atlantis but the extinction of an entire race.”

And there you have it, folks. Ah, what could have been! So here’s to hoping for more Stargate, and soon!