SGA 5.01 "Search And Rescue Part 2" Episode Guide

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A race against time pits Col. Carter's crew against Michael and his Wraith hybrids to recover the Atlantis team trapped in the rubble of Michael's facility.

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MGM/ Official Summary

An injured Sheppard is trapped alongside Ronon beneath the rubble of Michael’s collapsed compound. Trapped in another debris pocket, McKay and Lorne realize that a subspace burst has already reached Michael.

Light years away, Michael’s flagship Wraith Cruiser hurtles towards the compound. Imprisoned on board, a pregnant Teyla begs Kanaan, the father of her baby, to help save her.

Carter leads a rescue mission to the planet. Her team succeeds in digging up McKay and Lorne, but Ronon and a rapidly deteriorating Sheppard are buried far deeper in the rubble. With Michael and his hybrids on their way back to deal with intruders, and the Daedalus already en route, the question becomes: Who will reach them first?

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The following are links to images concerning the production of this episode and were published by Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog:

Mallozzi's Search and Rescue videos:

Production Notes

  • "We are not thinking past season four which will end on a cliffhanger. We have a general idea of where we want this major arc to go and hopefully will have a chance to develop it with a fifth season pick-up." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 10, 2007.
  • "It really hit home this afternoon when I glanced up at the whiteboard and saw the big, empty space beneath the Season 5 heading and beside the numbers 1 through 20. Marty G. helpfully filled in areas with the following titles: Premiere, Mid-Season Two Parter, and Finale. Awesome! 4 down and 16 to go!" — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, October 24, 2007.
  • "To those of you asking - yes, Jason [Momoa] did cut his hair. The dreads were becoming a bit of a pain and he asked us if he could go ahead and lose them. Paul [Mullie] and I wanted to accommodate him but were a little concerned given that the first episode of season 5 will pretty much pick up events as we leave them in the final episode of season 4, and we figured the fans might notice the not-so-subtle change in hairstyle. Well, after getting on the phone with Jason’s hair expert (no kidding), we arrived at a solution. Jason could lose the dreads provided he held on to them. A couple of weeks prior to the start of principal photography for season five, they would be reattached in a procedure that would take approximately four hours, and he would have them back for premiere. Thus, Jason is happy and continuity is maintained. As for the ultimate fate of those dreads - that, among many other things, is up for discussion this week." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, October 28, 2007.
  • "Oh, a little correction to something I stated in yesterday’s blog entry. The process of re-attaching Jason’s dreads will not take the laborious four hours I had assumed. It’ll actually take a little longer. Approximately two days. See, this is why I prefer to keep him hair short." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, October 29, 2007.
  • "We know where we’ll be going with the first two episodes and it looks like the idea Carl pitched out today will find the third slot. After that, it’s wide open although, there are a couple of ideas that look very promising." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, November 1, 2007.
  • "As you may or may not have guessed, the title of our premiere (which I cryptically referred to as S&R) is Search and Rescue. Who's searching and who's in need of rescue? Tune into the season 4 finale to find out." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, December 7, 2007.
  • "Okay, that’s all for now guys. Thanks for the questions but I need to get back to “Search and Rescue” our season 5 premiere. It’s due Monday and I still have a scene or two to write." — Martin Gero in Joseph Mallozzi's personal blog, January 6, 2008.
  • "Andy Mikita, meanwhile, has been roaming the offices for over a week now, mentally preparing himself for the big season premiere. Regarding Search and Rescue - we’ve changed Taylor’s name to avoid having it confused with “Teyla” in rapidfire conversation. First name Alison. Last name Porter. We’ll see if that sticks." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 21, 2008.
  • "Production Designer James Robbins swung by the offices to show us some of the concept art for the first three episodes. Marty G. weighed in on Search and Destroy [sic] (He thought the roof should be lower, the construction a little more “reined in”). [...] Woops. I meant Search and Rescue. Although I suppose Search and Destroy is also applicable. It’s just not the title." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 24 and 25, 2008.
  • "I read, researched, looked at baby pictures (Seriously, they all look identical to me. I’m sure Marty G. will do a wonderful job deciding.) — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 29, 2008.
  • "So far I'm doing one [episode] off the top, which explains Carter leaving the show. And I don't think I'm telling tales out of school or jumping on anyone else's press release, but since it's been announced that Sanctuary's being picked up I'm obviously not going to be a regular character on Atlantis. I think everyone has pretty much figured that one out." — Amanda Tapping, Gateworld interview, February 2, 2008.
  • "Rachel remains a series regular and an important part of the team. Two of the first three episodes see some major developments for the character." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 4, 2008.
  • "As I mentioned yesterday, prep is finally underway on episode #1, Search and Rescue. Construction has already started in the VFX stage, and the baby pictures are making the rounds. We’ve pulled the trigger on Porter - who may well be in for yet another name change - casting an actress who had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her part back in season 3’s Tao of Rodney but did a bang-up job and caught our attention. 'We should bring that actress back,' I suggested at the time. And now we have." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 7, 2008.
  • "Meetings, meetings and more meetings. Yup. We're officially prepping episode #501, which means: MEETINGS. Concept meetings, prosthetics meetings, art department meetings, costumes meetings, props meetings, stunts/spfx meetings, VFX/playback meetings, hair and makeup meetings, extras meetings, and production meetings! Not to mention, tech surveys, fittings, camera tests, contact fittings, and the cast medicals! Whoa. This is a lot of work, right here. The slow build to the first day of shooting has begun." — Alex Levine in his blog, February 8, 2008.
  • "The introduction of the Vega character had nothing to do with lessening the onscreen presence of any existing characters (regulars or recurring) and everything to do with a genuine desire to expand our roster of familiar faces." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 10, 2008.
  • "Captain Alicia Vega, a.k.a. Leela Savasta, was in for her costume fitting this morning and swung by the production offices. She’s a very sweet young lady who was genuinely surprised to learn she’d already become the talk of many a fan forum - without even having shot a scene yet." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 12, 2008.
  • "Yes, production started today. Marty G. and I swung by Norco for a couple of hours and took in the sights and sounds. The sets were positively smoking. Literally! I snapped a bunch of pics and will no doubt be swinging by to snap plenty more in the days to come. I also got a couple of shots of a re-dreaded and miserable Jason Momoa who dropped by the production offices this morning. Guess that decides that." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 18, 2008.
  • "And, of course, production started this week, beginning with Search and Rescue, the first episode of season 5. Much of our shooting this week was on the Norco stage, but now they're shooting on our Daedalus set. Trust me, this is going to be a very cool season 5 premier (read: expensive with lots of VFX)." — Alex Levine in his blog, February 22, 2008.
  • "Yesterday, production shifted from Norco to the Bridge Studios, leaving the dark and sinister confines of the wraith sets for the clean sleek environs of the Earth ship Daedalus. Almost the entire cast was on the lot in addition to a few familiar faces (pictured). And I’m pleased to report that Search and Rescue is coming along nicely. It will continue the tradition of big Atlantis season openers." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 22, 2008.
  • "Congratulations to Martin Gero and Andy Mikita on what promises to be a fantastic season opener. We watched the director’s cut today and loved it. I’ve got plenty of behind the scenes pics on this one, but I won’t post them until after The Last Man airs so as not to spoil ya." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 5, 2008.
  • "Otherwise, the front half offers up some great team-episodes as well as episodes which go a long way toward cementing the bonds of friendship between our various players (Teyla and McKay in Search and Rescue, Ronon and Sheppard in Search and Rescue, ... are a few that immediately come to mind)." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 17, 2008.
  • "Michael still has Teyla and the rest of the…I don't know how much I'm actually able to say, but nonetheless they do manage to find me and, you know, a little baby comes. A little baby comes, which apparently is a wild and wooly scene. It was certainly a wild and wooly scene to shoot. ... Oh gosh, well in the beginning part of the season certainly she's struggling with what every mother struggles with, every working mother struggles with. She has to make a decision as to whether or not she wants to be a part of this perilous journey and return to being a part of this team that essentially puts themselves, their lives, on the line every time they step through the gate or taking care of this gorgeous being that she was so desperate to keep. ... So that's the new challenge for her and that's something that she struggles with in the first little part but everybody will be happy to know that she decides to rejoin the team. ... Oh no! [Michael's arc is] not resolved. [Laughter] Oh no, he's still out there. He's still out there and he still has his diabolical plans to rule the universe. So no, it hasn't been resolved. We're safely back where we need to be but …" — Rachel Luttrell, Gateworld interview, April 2008.
  • "We’ll certainly see more of Teyla than we did in season four. As a fan of the character, you’ll no doubt love Search and Rescue, Broken Ties, and The Queen, and no doubt enjoy The Daedalus Variations, Ghost in the Machine, and The Shrine." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 28, 2008.
  • According to Joseph Mallozzi in his May 6 entry, the Stargate SG-1 movie Stargate: Continuum can be seen as set after Carter leaves Atlantis in this episode. This would mean that Carter is returning to her former team SG-1 following her year in Atlantis.
  • "It was one of those ones where, when we first walked in I was like, ‘How the hell are they going to pull this off?’ They were trying to build this destroyed tower in a studio. Then we got in there and started looking at it, and it’s unbelievable. We had little flames flickering in the foreground and these giant columns lying there – it was pretty neat. That was kind of fun; it was me and Kavan [Smith] stuck in a little air pocket, trying to get ourselves out. Lorne is just the opposite of McKay. Lorne’s this no complaints, do-the-job, sturdy soldier type, versus McKay who makes a meal out of everything. It is quite a fun dynamic, so hopefully they’ll pursue that a bit more." — David Hewlett, MGM Close Up, June 3, 2008.
  • "The season opener is great, I think. Coming up from what Paul set up in "[The] Last Man," what had been set up at the end of "[The] Kindred, [Part] 2." Teyla's missing and all that. So all that gets wrapped up. There's some really heart-warming moments in that." — Alan McCullough, Gateworld interview, published June 4, 2008.
  • "The first one was great. Me and Joe had a pretty crazy time in it. You couldn't describe it as like a 9/11 thing: we're just trapped. Crumbled buildings. Head to toe with ash, mud, blood. It was just pretty intense. And with our own personal experiences going on in there, and trapped in there, I guess it came out really, really nice." — Jason Momoa in Gateworld interview, published June 11, 2008.
  • "It's excellent, if I do say so myself. It's a lot of fun. I really like writing those big episodes that also have an enormous amount of heart and character in it. I'm pretty excited about a couple of surprises that hopefully we can keep surprises. I think it's quite good." — Martin Gero in Gateworld interview, published June 26, 2008.
  • "Search and Rescue was the first episode shot when we returned for season 5. Continuity was important, which is why Jason had to have his dreads painstakingly reattached." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 27, 2008.
  • "Well, Woolsey appears briefly at the end of the season opener, Search and Rescue, which is a very exciting, action-oriented episode. He comes in and rather abruptly relieves Carter of command with his characteristic gruffness and lack, I think, of interpersonal skills." — Robert Picardo in Monsters and Critics interview, posted July 7, 2008.

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--DeeKayP 11:09, 25 January 2008 (PST)