- Featurette: Preview to Atlantis
- Sneak peek: Stargate Atlantis Season 2
- Stargate SG-1: The Alliance video game art and teaser trailer
- Special features are not closed captioned
Stargate Atlantis: Rising
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When SG-1 discovers what it believes to be the remnants of the Lost City of the Ancients ? the originators of the Stargates ? Stargate Command launches an investigation. A new team of explorers, headed by civilian Dr. Elizabeth Weir, travels to the distant Pegasus Galaxy, where it discovers an advanced but deserted city on the ocean floor, a group of nomadic humans and a deadly enemy that feeds on humans as an energy source!
There are those who may regard it as old wine in a new bottle, but that doesn't mean that Stargate Atlantis doesn't have something to offer to both newcomers and fans of Stargate SG-1, the franchise from which it evolved. Co-creators and executive producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, both of whom worked on the earlier show, have concocted an appealing premise for this spin-off, in which the so-called Ancients abandoned Earth millions of years earlier, taking their city (i.e., Atlantis) with them. Now, a new team has gained access (via the Stargate, the "wormhole" our heroes use to travel to different worlds) to the legendary sunken city, where new adventures and deadly new enemies await. Stargate SG-1 stars Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks make appearances in this series premiere, but the focus is on the new characters. Of these, Joe Flanigan excels as the insouciant Major John Sheppard, an Air Force pilot unexpectedly recruited for the new mission because of his preternatural ability to interface with the Ancients' wondrous technology. The new leader is Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), a role that is neither especially well-written nor well-played. The new monster-villains, replacing the trusty old Goa'uld, are the Wraith, whose name is actually cooler than they are; they may eat humans, in addition to being all-powerful (natch), but they tend to come off like refugees from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Overall, the production values and special effects remain top-notch, especially for television, and the story itself is OK. But while Stargate Atlantis is certainly promising, it has a ways to go to equal its predecessor, which remains one of the best-made, most compelling sci-fi programs on television. --Sam Graham
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Then, we find out that the lost city of the Ancients is Atlantis, and that it may contain valuable insight and necessary technology to defeat the Goa'uld. Well, as if that weren't an awesome enough idea in itself, we actually put together a team to go there. Whoa!
As you can see, I'm a bit too excited about this. If I may explain, I'm active duty military stationed overseas. Unlike the rest of US fans, who actually live in the US, I don't get the Sci Fi channel, and I don't get to see the current season of SG-1, nor SG Atlantis. Therefore, my only solace is the fact that I can buy the complete seasons on Amazon. So, yeah, when I get them I'm super stoked!
When I got the SGA pilot episode, I waited to watch it, because I wanted to be undisturbed for the duration of the episode (I'm newly married, go figure). I only gave it 4 stars, because the show is brand new, but it has great potential (to quote Thor), and it promises to be an extremely awesome show, going in a parallel, yet slightly different direction from SG-1. So, if it continues to get better, I'll have to reconsider giving it a 5!