You'll have to get your wraith juice from the Stargate movies — Stargate Atlantis has closed its airlock. January 2009 will be the final TV voyage for the Atlantis crew. Sadly, there will be no more weekly episodes of McKay's psychotic banter and Ronon's sexy voice. This is the end, my friends - but not forever because, you know the rule: Nothing stays dead on Stargate. After the jump, details on what's next for the Atlantians. The Atlantis crew will live on in a two-hour Sci Fi Channel TV movie written by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. It's been greenlit already and will show after the series finale. If the Atlantis movie is a success the story will most likely continue in in direct-to-DVD movies, like its predecessor SG-1. Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper released this statement to Multichannel news:
We're excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas," Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. "The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise."
While this isn't a gigantic surprise (Producers have been hinting that 5 is the lucky number for SGA), it's still sad. Let's hope a handful of characters cross over to the Stargate Universe series, like McKay. Hopefully the DVDs will be as successful and as entertaining as the SG-1 DVDs. The final SGA episode is titled "Enemy At The Gate," and it will most likely end in a cliff hanger that will carry over to the movie. No matter what happens with the movies, I'll be sad to see Atlantis leave its weekly spotlight on cable TV. Plus, the series wasn't supposed to end until I was done building my John Sheppard replicator. Nothing left to do but throw a huge goodbye party in January. Jewel, Picardo, Flanigan, you're all invited. Hewlett, you can only come if I can call you McKay. [Multichannel]