Stargate Atlantis: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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November 27, 2012
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When SG-1 discovers what they believe 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 they discover an advanced but deserted city on the ocean floor, a group of nomadic humans.and a deadly enemy that feeds on human fear!
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Stargate SG1 is a great example of taking a mediocre movie, the source material, and turning it into an outstanding franchise with the longest running sci-fi series in history, although Supernatural is now the longest running fantasy series in history.
When I’m not watching episodic storytelling I’m reading, everything from nonfiction to westerns, but at least half of my time is spent reading sci-fi and fantasy.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
Based upon the movie 'Stargate' it closely follows the theme of the movie. Basically, teams from Earth called SG-teams travel to different worlds through a Stargate found on Earth. The show mostly follows the four members of SG-1. The shows are an hour and the team members battle some alien force or solve a critical problem somewhere. Their central Earth location is at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force facility.
The plots are very interesting and the writing is excellent. Acting is first rate with a mix of drama and humor. The special effects are great for the time.
If you like SciFi, give SG-1 a try. I have watched all of the episodes over and over. 5 stars.
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long running show
You will get hooked
Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously (and that's some of its charm),
yes, it has its ups and downs,
yes, you may say it is more fiction science than science fiction,
and yes, I STILL LOVE to watch it, with all it's well done special effects, villains, story lines, and original ideas.
I won't elaborate on the content, as I believe potential buyers have already seen most of it.
I'll just try to complete the missing data that doesn't seem to appear neither on the Product Details on Amazon nor on the boxset or accompanied booklet and nor in the previous reviews I've read here.
I,personally, find it highly interesting, especially on heavy loaded movie magic productions, to have behind the scenes information given in the form of featurettes and commentaries.
This boxset has some good ones, but I've removed one star to differentiate it from later seasons where it got better and better, culminating in season 4,where all episodes have commentaries (with subtitles !!!).
In this boxset one or two episodes at most on each disc have commentaries, and they are generally very good and well presented. None of them are subtitled.
These are their details:
Episodes 1&2 Rising
Martin Wood (Director) & Joe Flanigan (Sheppard)
Episode 6 Childhood's End
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell (Teila) & Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Ford)
With some long silences and not so well prepared, this is the least memorable commentary, but still has it's good moments.
Episodes 10+11 (The Storm + The Eye 2-parter)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett (Dr. McKay)
Episode 12 - The Defiant One
Peter De-Luise (Writer & Director) & Dan Shea (Actor & Stunt coordinator)
Episode 13 Hot Zone
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks & Paul McGillion (Dr. Becket)
Episode 18 The Gift
Peter De-Luise (Director) & Gary Jones (The Actor that plays the SGC "Chevron Guy" - Walter Harriman)
A very joyful and wacky at times commentary with the best part IMHO is the cool story about Rainbow Sun Francks' audition (at around minute 30 of the episode).
Episodes 19+20 (The Siege 1+2)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett
Overall highly recommended, but with shipping costs accumulating when ordering separate seasons consider buying the complete season 1-5 boxset.
This is the first season of that storyline and the action moves further out into the universe, with most of it taking place in a different galaxy. The members of the expedition team are rather more on their own than those of the original series, so the dynamics of the storylines are slightly different. There is still a vicious alien race that are the bad guys, and other humans that the Stargate teams are trying to protect.
There is slightly more tension between the various people than in SG1 as the team members are composed of fewer military personel and more scientists. The episodes often have a slightly "grittier" feel to them, and less of the comedy that was a feature of SG1. The extras on the disks are also very useful in showing how the episodes were created.
If I was being very critical about the box set, I think that it's rather odd that they don't include an episode list; something that I would have thought to be essential. However, I suppose that I can create my own and put it in the box for reference.
Suitable for a present for many people (I would have loved to get this as a present) or if you are an SF fan.
The show isn't the issue, the video quality of the DVD's ... not so great. this serious could really do with a digital clean up. i don't know if it' been remastered as the set I got was i think an original set but the quality of the video show's it age. i think if it's cleaned up it will be AMAZING! but as yet the quality isn't the best and that let's this box set down.
But the series is brilliant, it's fun and quirky and for me personally it's not as heavy as SG-1, it feels lighter and a little more laid back. the graphic's and special effects as brilliant and my favourite scene will always be the rising of Atlantis :)
What also makes this a fantastic tv show is the main baddy, which the series takes no time to introduce, and they say you will be terrified and believe me, you will be. The wraths are merciless but have a brain to match and the acting played by their part is enough to make them as interesting as the main actors.
So if you're stuck their wondering if stargate atlantis is really worth the investment, trust me if you're a fan of witty, action packed tv, with of course the odd moments of genius, you'll want to pick this one up right away.
Fantastic!! This series is a carry on from Stargate SGC (if you're a fan of SGC, you'll love this), new stories, new characters, new enemy's, new races, new worlds, and it takes the adventures far from home! This series is worth the wait and the money, as we've watched it many times!!
a must buy for any stargate fan