Thirty-Eight Minutes
Episode 4 of 20 within Season One. Item 4 of 104 overall.
Production number 104.
Brad Wright - Writer
Mario Azzopardi - Director
174 votes

Fleeing from a surprise encounter with the Wraith, Major Sheppard falls victim to an alien symbiote which is feeding off his life force and slowly paralyzing him.

While speeding back to Atlantis for medical aid, the team gets trapped halfway through the Stargate when the puddle jumper, damaged in the altercation with the Wraith, suffers a mechanical failure. With only thirty-eight minutes before the Stargate shuts down, Lieutenant Ford and Dr. McKay struggle to manually fix the problem. As the clock ticks away, the Atlantis team must come together, or perish in the harsh vacuum of space.

original airdate--July 30,2004              rating--2.5 million

music--Theme music composer by Joel Goldsmith


Race(s)--Wraith homeworld  Athosian,                    

Enemies--Iratus bug, Wraith Wraith


Goofs: When they finally get through the gate by blowing the rear hatch (which serves as the exit ramp when open), they arrive on the other end with the ramp closed.


  • Right at the beginning, the crew of the jumper only dials five symbols into the DHD before hitting the engage button.
  • The guard that bars Teyla from seeing Dr. is Weir is wearing a South African flag patch. All of the colors on the patch are too bright compared to the actual colors of the SA flag, and his patch suffers from white borders on all sides (flag borders either have no extra color or are gold).
  • During the scene when Teyla is dragging Lt. Ford through the Stargate, you can see her shadow before the steps through the event horizon.
  • Sheppard, Wier and Bates are discussing Teyla. After Bates is dismissed Sheppard walks round the table and Bates chair has disappeared. When Shepperd goes to walk around the table again it has reappeared.
  • After being captured, the wraith lieutenant surrenders after Sheppard threatens to kill him, yet was about to blow himself up only a moment before.



related items

Previous episode :
003 Hide and Seek
Next episode :
005 Suspicion
Related to this story :
018 The Gift
  Stargate Atlantis, Season One

regional titles

Achtendertig notulen
Thirty-Eight Minutes
Trente-huit minutes
38 Minuten
Tríocha ocht nóiméad
Trenta-otto minuti
Treinta y ocho minutos