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Some plot movement with lots of filler...
on December 1, 2011
The Stargate Atlantis Legacy series seems to be following the same trend as the recent Star Wars multi-author, multi-book series; by that I mean there is perhaps enough main story for about three books and the rest is padded with filler material and similar situations that repeat themselves time and again through the books without any real resolution. Which is a sad situation because the best scenes in ALLEGIENCE were those that moved the plot on to the next book; unfortunately, those scenes were few and interspersed with much padding (mainly scenes in which two or more characters gathered and talked about other characters).
My main complaints about the series (the out-of-left-field Wraith names/culture that doesn't mesh with the Atlantis of the TV show, random original characters, etc.) are the same from my reviews of the first two books of the series and I won't rehash them again here. Speaking of the original characters, though, I wouldn't characterize them as Mary Sue's; however, the fact that more than one has the Ancient gene (whether natural or from the gene therapy) and/or has some previous background with a member of Atlantis, I feel the authors are walking a mighty thin line in that respect.
The Ancient artifact museum wasn't a bad idea but I wouldn't have had it located on the homeworld of an Atlantis team member. I feel it would have felt less contrived if it had been stumbled upon on a random world. In all the seasons of Atlantis and all the problems that happened along the way, you'd think said team member would say "Hey, there's this whole museum of Ancient artifacts here."
The biggest balldrop in my opinion was the underuse of Jeanne Miller. Why bring her all the way to Atlantis and then use her in only three scenes? I'd like to see Teyla in more than a negotiator/woman-between-worlds role as well. I miss the kick-butt Teyla of old. Yes, she's a mother now but she can still throw down with the best of 'em. There was also a short mention of Amelia Banks talking to Ronon that if you squinted just right and stood on your head could be taken as a reference to their canon relationship (a lack of which was a complaint of mine of the first two books). Perhaps something more overt will show in Book 5 or 6.
But what I really hope for in both Books 5 and 6 is less padding and more forward plot movement/resolution.