The official release of Stargate Atlantis is only for July 11, 2008 in the USA. But on June 20, (so three weeks before the official air date) a version of the first episode of GSA 5 - titled "Search and Rescue (Part 2) - became available over the internet from pirate websites..
Tech savvy Stargate fans have rushed to watch this leaked episode. Well they were impatient, can understand them. But in here we don't encourage such behaviors of course. Nonetheless because the opening credits of Stargate Atlantis 5 are now more than public on youtube let's have a look:
You have probably noticed: Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) is not in the opening as she has left the regular cast. But Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) is now a permanent character as Woolsey assumes command of Atlantis. Actress Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) has also been promoted top the rank of permanent cast member.
Glad to know that Stargate Atlantis will be back soon with Season 5!