SGA 5.11 "The Lost Tribe Part 2" Episode Guide

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McKay and Daniel are caught in the middle of the war between the Wraith and another powerful race in the Pegasus Galaxy. Sheppard teams up with the Travelers to rescue the two after the Daedalus falls into enemy hands.

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MGM/ Official Summary

Dr. Daniel Jackson and Dr. Rodney McKay have been forced to reactivate the Attero device, a machine designed thousands of years ago to annihilate the Wraith. In doing so, they discover the reason the device was ultimately abandoned by its Ancient creator—while destroying Wraith ships that attempt to travel through hyperspace, the weapon inadvertently causes active Stargates to self-destruct.

Meanwhile, Todd and his troops continue to hold Woolsey, Keller, Ronan and the Daedalus crew captive, convinced that they are behind the resurrection of this deadly technology. Fearing that if Todd succeeds in destroying the device, Jackson and McKay will most certainly be killed in the process, Sheppard calls on some old allies to help him rescue his friends.


Guest Stars

Expedition and SGC Personnel:




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Stills Galleries

These galleries have mixed the images for the two-parter:

Production Galleries

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

Spoiler Video from Cinema Blend:

Production Notes

  • "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.
  • "The writers have convened in the writer's room to discuss the mid-season two parter." — Alex Levine in his blog, January 25, 2008.
  • "Marielabbott writes: “Any chance Weir might be figuring prominently in the mid-season two-parter?” Answer: Nope." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 31, 2008.
  • "So far, we’ve got a terrific, BIG two-parter planned. I suspect that the page count in the Daniel/McKay scenes (featuring the two fastest-talking actors in show business) will have the scheduling gurus doing back-flips. Remember that new enemy I mentioned? Oh, and Marty G. will be doing the honors on this one." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 5, 2008.
  • "Marty G. will do the honors for the mid-season two-parter (Welcome back to Atlantis, Dr. Jackson). — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 20, 2008.
  • "Marty G. has yet to come up with a title." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, February 28, 2008.
  • "Marty G. gets a head start on the mid-season two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 4, 2008.
  • "HE'S BAAACK: Former "Stargate: SG1" regular Michael Shanks reports he's been invited to come aboard "Stargate: Atlantis." "It was the most cryptic, enigmatic pitch of a story I've ever heard," say Shanks, who'll be reprising his popular "SG1" role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in a recurring capacity. "The pitch was: 'You go to Atlantis and something happens and Daniel has to help everybody to get rid of the bad guys that are coming.' I was like, 'Wow, did you spend a lot of time thinking that one up?' But it's one of those things. Stargate is like old home. It's always nice to be able to revisit that universe and those individuals and to play that character again." — Interview with Michael Shanks, The National Ledger, March 13, 2008.
  • "Marty G. hammers away at the still untitled mid-season two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 13, 2008.
  • PG15 writes: "Would you say that there are hints/foreshadowing in any of the first 9 episodes of the season of the new race/enemy introduced during the Mid-season 2 parter?" Answer: "I would not." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 20, 2008.
  • "Thank you to Marty G. who had us spinning in the writers’ room for about twenty minutes over lunch today, trying to come up with a title for the mid-season two-parter. I kind of liked A Smattering of Scenes - but no one else did. So - still nothing. But that didn’t stop him from putting out a first draft of part one." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 26, 2008.
  • "Oh, I also found time to join with the other writers in giving Marty G. notes on the (still untitled) first part of the mid-season two-parter..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 31, 2008.
  • "The premise is that Daniel shows up in Atlantis to do some research. He's been excited to come to Atlantis for five years now, and things have finally calmed down on the S.G.C. side to give him some free time. So he's coming to Atlantis to do some research on Janus. And that's all I'm going to say." — Martin Gero, Gateworld interview, April 3, 2008.
  • "First Contact is not a time travel story." — Martin Gero, Gateworld interview, April 3, 2008.
  • "McKay finds it very frustrating, because McKay feels like he's followed up any leads that are promising. So McKay is kind of angry -- he thinks it's someone coming over to check his work, basically, and is not the happiest that Daniel is coming to Atlantis. Also McKay is very territorial. He likes being the 'head Ancient guy.'" — Martin Gero, Gateworld interview, April 3, 2008.
  • "Marty G. is working on The Lost Tribe..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 11, 2008.
  • Rebekah writes: “So, I have been asked to ask (by my husband who is in love with Larrin) - will we be seeing anymore of the Travelers in Season 5?” Answer: "Tell him to be sure to check out the mid-season two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 18, 2008.
  • "No fog effects today so, after checking in, I headed upstairs to the office where I read Martin’s first draft of “The Lost Tribe” ..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 28, 2008.
  • "Marty G. received notes on The Lost Tribe ..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 29, 2008.
  • "I’ll just say this [about the spoilers for this episode]. Todd is a multi-layered character and not your typical villain. He acts and reacts logically to the situations in which he finds himself. Don’t be so quick to judge - especially when it comes to Todd." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 6, 2008.
  • "I've just read the mid-season two parter, and let me tell you you won't believe what happens to - -- -- mmmmphphp mpp pphpp. *muzzled from offstage*" — David Nykl in his blog, May 6, 2008.
  • "Katana: 20's, Female, a very attractive, no-nonsense ship's commander for the Travelers, a race that avoids the Wraith by wandering the Pegasus galaxy and cannibalizing the technology it comes across. Larrin, another Travelers commander (who first appeared in "Travelers"), has sent Katana to Atlantis to ask Sheppard why the Stargates are blowing up. Once she arrives, he recruits her to assist him in solving the problem." — Casting Call, Spoiler TV, May 13, 2008.
  • "Walking around the Season 5 sets gives some indication as to the direction of the show. ... production offices are swamped with images of a new 'Lost Tribe' that is anything but primitive in appearance (actually not that dissimilar to the 'super soldier') ..." — Sci Fi Pi Blog, Stargate Atlantis: A Day at the Office, May 22, 2008.
  • "We're now shooting first and second unit simultaneously (insane!) on the 2 parter "First Contact" and "The Lost Tribe" and I'm pretty much in every day...thus not a lot of tap-tap typing of blogs obviously." — David Hewlett in his blog, May 23, 2008.
  • "Working with Shanks - too much fun to call work..." — David Hewlett on his Twitter, May 24, 2008.
  • "Over the weekend, I promised to give you all the scoop on Katana, the Traveler who will be making her first appearance in the mid-season two-parter. Well, I’m pleased to tell you that Daniella Alonso has been cast in the role. Those of you not familiar with Daniella’s work may want to check out her 11-episode arc in season two of Friday Night Lights. She was excellent in FNL and is doing a wonderful job for us on The Lost Tribe." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 27, 2008.
  • "Another introduction of sorts and one that’s long overdue. Sharon Taylor plays one of our gate technicians on Stargate: Atlantis. She first caught our eye playing the role of a replicator in the episode Lifeline. She had such a unique look that we brought her back as a real, flesh and blood member of the expedition. A line here, a line there, and then it was only a matter of time before something else struck us about Sharon. She’s damn good. We continued to bring her back, increased her face-time, and, as a true indication that she had really made it, finally gave her character a name: Amelia Banks. And the fact that Sharon is a black belt kick boxer and could probably kick all of our asses had nothing to do with it." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 27, 2008.
  • "The two-parter, the first part of the two-parter that Martin [Gero] just wrote this week is amazing. It's going to be an incredible teaser for the second part." — Alan McCullough in Gateworld interview, published June 4, 2008.
  • "We've just finished the two-parter where I had WAY too much fun with the...can't say enough great things about him, Michael Shanks. That guy is such a star - funny, charming and the consummate professional...all with no attitude either!...I was bugging Mallozzi to bring him back after about an hour of working with the guy! Also had the pleasure of shooting with Gero as he directed us in a few second unit days. He really shone! He's a damn clever fellow and he really knows his stuff...certainly someone to keep your eye on...I look forward to doing battle with him! Great stuff!" — David Hewlett in his blog, June 4, 2008.
  • RG25 writes: “And did you writers have to compensate for their fast talking by writing even more dialog than normal?” Answer: "Marty G. wrote extra-long scripts for both episodes." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 5, 2008.
  • "Well I wrapped out of the mid-season two parter today - my final scenes before summer hiatus. There's still a week of production before the break, but I got let out early for good behaviour. It's been a fun episode to shoot - and a great script -finally getting some screen time with the very fine Rachel Luttrell." — David Nykl in his blog, June 6, 2008.
  • "Watch for Mitch in the season premiere and mid-season two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 15, 2008.
  • "At about 10:00 a.m., everyone else got in and we retired to the writers’ room for a quadruple feature: ... the mid-season two-parter First Contact and The Lost Tribe (Marty G.’s producer’s cut - Great! Can’t say enough good things about the Daniel-Rodney dynamic, loved the heist sequence, and couldn’t help but think that a certain scene is sure to have all those Todd-Woolsey shippers out there falling all over themselves)." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 18, 2008.
  • "And now I'm working on the mid-season two parter. I'll have three and a half, four months to write those two. ... The second part is ... well, that title is still up in the air. That title is fairly telling. I'm not gong to say anything about that title. ... But I think it's one of the best scripts I've ever written. Both Mark [Savela] and Andy [Mikita] and I feel a great pressure to outdo "This Mortal Coil" and "Be All My Sins." We are on our way." — Martin Gero in Gateworld interview, published June 26, 2008.
  • "We wanted to bring Jill Wagner back, but she was working on something else. I talked to her, and she was awesome in the past season, and we haven't killed her off. Even if we had, our track record doesn't necessarily mean she's gone for good. There is in season six a potential to bring her back. So, yeah, why not?" — Joseph Mallozzi in Sci Fi Wire article, Atlantis' Higginson Bows Out, July 3, 2008.
  • "In a similar way, the midseason two-parter is going to be very big this year. It’s “First Contact” and “The Lost Tribe.” And of course, Daniel Jackson will be dropping in for an appearance and that’s going to be huge for a lot of the SG-1 fans who I’m sure have missed him and, have been asking what the hell is taking so long for Daniel to come on over to the Pegasus Galaxy. Well they get the chance in the midseason two-parter. And, you know, like last year’s “Be All My Sins Remembered,” it’s full of surprises and action, and spectacular visual effects and some really nice character moments, particularly with regard to McKay and Daniel Jackson who are two characters that really haven’t had a chance to sort of play off each other. And they play off each other really, really well. I mean, one of the things I said was these two guys -- Hewlett and Shanks -- are the fastest talking actors in Sci-Fi bar none. And as a result Martin Gero wrote both scripts and they were almost like 60-page scripts which is - there are usually, a 60-page script is usually long. And I think “First Contact” was exactly to (top) and I’m not sure what “Lost Tribe” was - maybe a minute over. So, a lot of rapid fire talk between the two. And hopefully it’ll be an episode that the fans will love just as much as last year’s midseason two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi, Cinema Blend interview, part 1, posted July 9, 2008.
  • "Yes. In fact, actually they’ll [new alien race] be coming in a big way in the midseason two-parter. Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but what happens is Daniel Jackson comes to Atlantis because he is basically following a lead and he - [Daniel] needs McKay’s assistance. And the two of them put their heads together and they make a discovery. And by making this discovery, they alert an alien race that also happens to be looking or have been in the midst of seeking out this device that they end up discovering. This alien race ends up coming to Atlantis and it’s not a, I guess, a friendly house call you would say. Again, I don’t want to give too much away about the race but they’re kind of an interesting player that we introduce in the midseason two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi, Cinema Blend interview, part 3, posted July 11, 2008.
  • "Stargate SG1's Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) crosses galaxies to collaborate with rival brainiac Rodney McKay (David Hewlett). "The two of them are like the intergalactic Hardy Boys figuring out a mystery," jokes executive producer Joe Mallozzi." — Ileane Rudolph, TV Guide, for premiere week, July 11, 2008.
  • "The McKay-Daniel storyline is one of three separate storylines in the mid-season two-parter, just like Sheppard’s storyline in Remnants is one of three in that particular episode." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 20, 2008.
  • "Going back there even though it's a different cast, there's a very similar sentiment on that show. Laughter is prevalent, having fun is priority and it's a very loose group of people. I got to work a lot with David Hewlett who plays McKay on the show, and that's a large treat, we both talk really quickly, people are going to have to watch it in slow mo. ... There might be more in the future." — Michael Shanks, IGN interview, July 25, 2008.
  • Director Andy Mikita in interview, published September 4, 2008:
At the time of this interview, Mikita was just starting prep for the Atlantis midseason two-parter "First Contact" and "The Lost Tribe", which features not only the return of an old friend from the Stargate SG-1 universe, but also the ever-duplicitous Todd the Wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl) and one of Atlantis’ newest allies, the Travelers.
“This morning we had our concept meeting and art department meeting just to get things up and running and talked in terms of the broad strokes as far as filming this two-parter,” explains the director. “The ship has already sailed with regard to a few key components and some of the story’s key cast as well as the design of our new spacesuit that some of our creatures in these episodes will be wearing. The suit is very cool, and due to the complexity of it we began talking a while ago about the conceptual drawings when the [story] idea first came up.
“In terms of actual prep time, we have only six days. So we’ll be doing plenty of cramming just to get it all together because there are several layers to these episodes, but it’ll be fun. Martin Gero [Atlantis executive producer] has written a couple of great scripts and, in fact, will be directing a few days on them. Daniel Jackson [Michael Shanks] appears in these episodes, and there are a lot of scenes between him and McKay. I suspect the way it’ll work out schedule-wise is that Martin will likely do the lion’s share of the work that involves just the two of them. It’s a lot of the cool stuff and I wish I was doing it, but the reality is we’re trying to condense the schedule. Martin can film those scenes while I’m shooting ones with the rest of the cast, so it makes sense from a scheduling standpoint to do it that way.
“What else can I tell you about this story? Well, the spacesuits are a big deal and we find out in 'The Lost Tribe' who and what are inside them. The suit itself is a pretty neat concept and design. Among the things we did discuss earlier today are the scenes in this episode where Daniel and McKay have to put on these suits in order to go incognito and solve a particular puzzle.
"One of the issues that came up was how do you photograph people wearing these suits that, except for their voices, the audience won’t be able to see who’s inside them. That could be kind of boring just looking at one inanimate suit basically looking at another one. So we’re taking a page from the movie Iron Man and thinking about filming really tight close-ups of the actors from an inside-helmet point of view and maybe adding some reflections and layers without getting as complex as they did in Iron Man. So there are lots of little details to think about, but, again, the scripts are fantastic and will be a blast to shoot. It’s also a treat having Michael Shanks back and I’m very much looking forward to working with him again.”
  • Concerning working with Michael Shanks: "I talked with him a couple times when I was on set. I didn't unfortunately have any scenes with him. He had most of his scenes with David Hewlett. We hung out on set a lot together and kibitzed around. Man, it would've been cool to have been on the series with him and worked with him more. I'll probably see him at conventions and stuff like that but it's really nice to get to know him." — David Nykl in Gateworld interview, September 13, 2008.
  • "I've never actually been on Atlantis since the pilot, but I always bugged the guys about it. My character spent seven years on the show looking for the lost city of Atlantis and they even made a gag about the fact that he was dying to go but wasn't allowed to. He comes to find a secret lab that contains important technology. Then a batch of unexpected villains shows up. Let's just say, Daniel has a history with them. ... [Laughs] The thing with David [Hewlett] is that he's one of the fastest talkers on the planet and apparently I speak relatively quickly as well. They wrote six to eight extra pages of the episode just to compensate for the fact that they were going to be short. David's very good at the rhythmic gymnastics that's our banter. We had a lot of fun." — Michael Shanks in TV Guide interview, posted September 25, 2008.
  • "I had pitched out the idea that given the wraith’s weakened position in the Pegasus Galaxy as a result of the heavy losses they had suffered over the past year, it would make sense for advanced civilizations that had been in hiding for hundreds of years might seize the opportunity presented by the shift in the galactic status quo to make themselves known. We went back and forth on who these aliens might be until Rob came up with a clever spin on a familiar notion. So we had our villains and we had their backstory. All we needed now was a motive. And it came compliments of Alan McCullough who pitched out an idea about the team discovering a secret lab on Atlantis that was once the workplace of the enigmatic Ancient Janus. With all of the major pieces in place, Marty G. took the week to spin it in his head, we all gathered and broke the two parter, then he wrote the script. That was easy part. Then, it came time to design the look of these new interstellar baddies. Well, we knew what we wanted. Something cool-looking. And we knew what we didn’t want: lycra, shiny plastic bits, and enormous cod-pieces (q.v. SG-1 super soldier). After much discussion between Mary G. and Production Designer James Robbins, the villains were given their look: sleek, nefarious, body armor chic. Check ‘em out in the posted pics. And in tomorrow night’s episode, First Contact, the first part of our spectacular mid-season two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, September 25, 2008.

Further Reading

--DeeKayP 08:01, 12 April 2008 (PDT)