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When a secret base, abandoned by the original builders of the Stargates, is found buried in the ice of Antartica, the newly formed Stargate Atlantis team is born. The team's discovery leads to a daring expeditiion to the distant Pegasus galaxy, where they encounter a primitive human civilization and a sinister new enemy that threatens human life everywhere. The Stargate Atlantis mission is headed by Dr. Elizabeth Weir, a specialist in diplomatic relations. Her political savvy is balanced by the bravado of her military counterpart, Major John Sheppard, a courageous pilot. Rounding out the crew are Lt. Aiden Ford, Sheppard's second-in-command, Dr. Rodney McKay, a clever and quick-witted astrophysicist and Teyla, a beautiful young leader among the primitive alien civilization that the Atlantis team encounters.
It's not a franchise on the order of Law & Order, CSI, or Star Trek--not yet, anyway--but with Stargate Atlantis, a more than worthy successor to SG-1, Stargate is becoming a nice little cottage industry in itself. The premise, in a nutshell: The Ancients, the greatest race the universe has ever known (or something like that), abandoned Earth millions of years ago, taking Atlantis with them; they then sunk the entire city in order to escape the clutches of the dreaded Wraith, an implacable bunch of villains who nourish themselves by sucking the life from humans. Now, as the two-hour "Rising" pilot details, a new team has gained access to the legendary city. Once they arrive, Atlantis loses the power to sustain its protective shield and rises to the surface, and thus begin the team's adventures (i.e., using the stargate to travel to other planets in the Pegasus galaxy, encountering aliens both hostile and friendly, and trying to defeat the Wraith, or at least stay out of their way).
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 had forgotten how much I loved this show! It has the perfect balance of action, drama, and humor.Published 4 hours ago by Nicole
Follows in the steps of Stargate SG1. Great story lines, Good action and a great cast.Published 23 hours ago by muzik lover
Intrepid humans exploring a far-away galaxy, cool and mysterious "ancient" technology, good guys risking all to battle evil--what can I say? Read morePublished 1 day ago by Pamela Hegarty
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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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