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Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), SG-1's driving force, is missed, but Atlantis has a strong replacement in Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), easily the most charismatic member of the new team. Like O'Neill, Sheppard is a wiseacre and a loose cannon, as well as a superb pilot with an innate understanding of the Ancients' arcane technology. His humor, humanity and conscience provide a welcome contrast to the other characters, especially brilliant-but-neurotic Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) and ultra-serious project leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), who has little to do but give orders and stand up for her people. The Wraith, who resemble a vampire mutation of the albino blues guitarist Johnny Winter, are the focus of most of these 19 episodes (including the pilot). These bad boys will stop at nothing--nothing, I tell you!--in their quest to snack their way through every galaxy in the universe, with Earth their ultimate feeding ground. And while the final four episodes, dealing with the Wraith's massive attack on Atlantis, end with an unsatisfying cliffhanger (basically, nothing is resolved), earlier shows effectively keep their ominous presence in the forefront. The episodes in which the Wraith play little or no active role are often compelling as well, including "Thirty Eight Minutes" (one of our heroes' "puddle jumper" spacecraft gets stuck in the stargate), "Childhood's End" (we meet a race whose members are convinced that only ritual suicide is keeping the Wraith at bay), and "The Eye" (a planet-size hurricane/tsunami bears down on Atlantis). As is the case with SG-1, the visual effects work, especially by TV standards, is excellent; in fact, one might wish for bit more cool sci-fi action and less talk in some of the episodes. Special effects include commentary (by directors, writers, and/or actors) for every episode, as well as the occasional behind-the-scenes featurette. --Sam Graham
I have watched this series on Amazon Prime several times, since discovering it in Summer of 2014. I love Joe Flanigan after "discovering" him in this series and have gone... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by syl
Along with SG-1, Star Trek's, original,The Next Generation, and Star Trek Enterprise, Stargate Atlantis cannot be topped. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Theodore Cerame
I'm a huge SG-1 fan and was a little apprehensive to Atlantis, but it's really grown on me. A lot of the same style of humor is still there while still retaining the suspense.Published 1 day ago by J. Cross
It's entertaining and funny. OK, ok.... I sit with my son and watch 2-3 in a row.Published 1 day ago by pagan1961
It is not Stargate SG-1, but of what I have seen of it so far (about a half dozen episodes of season one), it does have its good points. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Johnny Rogers
Another favorite way of getting someone's imagination of what's out there.Published 4 days ago by John M
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|Stargate Sg-1 vs Stargate Atlantis||
I for one like Atlantis more than SG-1. I like both casts, but feel the Atlantis cast has better chemistry. Plus the Atlantis group gets occasional visits from the SG folks. If you start the series expect to get very attached to the cast.
Nov 20, 2008 by Canis Diligo | See all 5 posts
|Pilot Episode Included?||
I finally found the information on a Stargate fan site - YES, the pilot episode IS INCLUDED in this set.
Nov 14, 2006 by Jeff | See all 2 posts
|Seas 2 DVDs in USA?||
I wish I knew! I see that Season 1 didn't get released until November of 2005, so I'm guessing that Season 2 will be out before the year end. I hope....
Oct 2, 2006 by Shopper | See all 5 posts
|Stargate Atlantis Repackaged Version Question||
I just ordered it and its the new packaging. I did click the new link under it and ordered it though a 3rd party. But it's the new packaging with a copyright of 2010 on it.
Sep 14, 2011 by K. Guertin | See all 4 posts
The price on this has been all over the place. In early 2009, it was $19.00. By mid Feb. 09, it's back up to $38.00. Crazy!
Feb 18, 2009 by WI DIY'r | See all 3 posts
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