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

network: Sci Fi Channel

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.



"A group of scientists and military personnel go through the Stargate to the Pegasus Galaxy where they find the lost city of the Ancients, Atlantis, and encounter a powerful new enemy, the Wraith."

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