Stargate Atlantis - Rising (Pilot Episode)
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The story revolves around SG-1's discovery of a new Stargate on Antartica, at the end of Season 7, and then Daniel Jackson uncovers a link to the Stargate at the real Atlantis. This new team, headed by civilian Elizabeth Weir, and militarily by Colonel Sumner (Robert Patrick) are sent in to investigate the new find, knowing that they may never safely return. What they find is the ancient city of Atlantis, buried beneath an ocean on a planet in the Pegasus Galaxy. There, they find there isn't enough power to keep the city's shields from imploding with water, so they send a team led by Sumner to a random Stargate dialed from an Ancient code. It is here they encounter the two main races of beings which they will deal for most of the first season, the Athosians and the Wraith.
The Athosians are a nomadic tribe like people, who are friendly, and the Wraith are their feared enemies, but were not seen for a very long time. The SG team's presence there causes the Wraith to awaken, and the Athosians are forced to relocate to Atlantis, which has now risen from the water to become a spectacular city again.
There is plenty of action and tension throughout the entire pilot, and it gives high expectations for the new series.Read more ›
The best reason to get this ahead of the full release is the commentary by Joe Flanigan and Martin Wood--there are some interesting insights offered. The other features are sort of bland.
Atlantis itself is a worthy successor to Stargate SG-1 and probably has even more potential than its predecessor in that the spin-off's characters are, in some ways, more engagingly complex. If SG-1 is home to the "epic superheroes who always save the day," then Atlantis is home to the "everyday guys you can relate to and who save the day in spite of their shortcomings." The latter is likely to yield far more drama over the long term.
though i'll admit, even as a great fan of the show, that the wraith don't really become a terrifying enemy until about half-way through the season and surely some characters didn't get much development til very late in the season, i still will oppose the skeptics (of which i know there are many) and say this is an excellent series and has an excellent pilot :) can't wait for the whole season on dvd this fall, but this ep alone is certainly better than nothing for the time being :)
this show has an excellent cast (especially joe flanigan, who plays the unprepared and unexpected, not to mention emotionally-hurting, hero just incredibly-well over the course of the first season and rising is no exception), amazingly-talented crew, and great stories (excluding the few duds which every show is bound to have :D)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
*The Wraith mad the Gou'ould look like boy scouts! The wraith were unbelievably meam, and super hard to kill! Read morePublished 8 months ago by David G Thelen
Absolutely awesome! Great addition to my Stargate collection. Great value. Excellent condition.Published 14 months ago by katagaria1
Watch it all the time, I'll probably wear out my DVD's it's just that good.Published 16 months ago by Annabelle Foote
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