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Stargate Atlantis: Season 5
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In this action-packed fifth season, sparks fly when Woolsey becomes the new leader of the Atlantis team. Meanwhile, McKay faces difficult personal challenges; Teyla must balance her roles as mother and warrior; Ronan's past returns with a vengeance, and Keller finds peril, then help, from an unlikely source. A provisional relationship with the Wraith takes a shocking turn and new adversaries test the team's courage and resolve like never before.
As the curtain is drawn on the first of the 20 episodes that comprise this fifth (and apparently last) season of Stargate Atlantis, we’re assured that “the threat level is down” across the universe. The “sentient machines” known as the Replicators have been defeated; The Wraith, the white-haired, translucent-skinned, cat-eyed vampire dudes who have been our heroes’ principal nemeses all along, are in disarray; And while the character known as Michael, who was the subject of the team's ongoing ""retro-virus"" experiment (designed to make Wraiths human) in Season Two and played a significant recurring role in Season Three, is still around, he too no longer inspires much dread. So, “the threat level is down,” right? Yeah, right. You don’t need to be an astrophysicist to know that rosy analysis is mere wishful thinking. Indeed, Michael’s human-Wraith “hybrids” are a serious menace almost immediately; and by the end of the season, not only have the Wraith pulled themselves together, they have constructed the mother of all “hive ships,” located Planet Earth, and begun attacking it. In between, regular Atlantis fans will witness a few significant developments: among other things, Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1 veteran Amanda Tapping), who took over command of Atlantis in Season Four, is soon replaced by the by-the-book civilian Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo); team member Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) has a baby; and Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), the kvetching genius scientist, and medical doc Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) kindle a romantic relationship. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), another SG-1 veteran, appears in two mid-season episodes.
Story-wise, Season Five offers considerable variety; “The Daedalus Variations” is heady sci-fi filled with technical mumbo-jumbo about parallel universes, while “Whispers” is a zombie jamboree straight out of Night of the Living Dead, and Vegas, an “alternate reality episode” in which Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan, in what is still the show’s most appealing role) plays a beleaguered homicide detective, takes place almost entirely in that city. As usual, the best stories are the ones involving the Wraith, including “The Queen,” in which Teyla temporarily transforms into one of those villainous creatures. Also as usual, the visual effects are first-rate, and the bonus material is copious (including commentaries for every episode and all manner of featurettes) and impressive. If this is indeed the end of Stargate Atlantis as a series (a feature-length movie is already in production), it will certainly be missed--but at least they’re quitting while they’re ahead. --Sam Graham
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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.
I could complain about Amazon taking it off Prime, but I own it now. This is a series we wish had gone on 9 years and is totally worth buying.
What we like Rodney Mckay is hilarious Ronon is just cool. Jewel Staite [Firefly] Dr Keller is great. Joe Flanigan Lt. Col. John Sheppard is the glue.
The writing was good and the special effects were good, but the show wasnt reliant on special effects to be good as some other shows are and were.
The women working for the SG program were written intelligently; not so much for the aliens they encountered. Rachel Luttrell was wonderful as Tenya and I have love Jewel Staite's character on this, as well as on "Firefly" and "Serenity."
Joe Flannegan played a good leader, although, at first I thought he was way too young. The over the top Dr. Rodney was always cool to watch. So all and all. I really liked the show. Then I went on to SGU. That is another story.
So I'm just about done reliving every episode of the 3 shows on Amazon and I know how that final cliffhanger episode of 'Universe' just leaves a bad taste in the mouths in probably a lot of the fans.
I have heard the rumor of a new movie trilogy which is probably doubtful but I'd rather someone just reboot a new show for weekly or online binge viewing pleasure.
I do think it's time to get this abandoned franchise back through the gate on new missions.
SG-1 and Atlantis are a lot a like and never leaves you hanging, both have a conclusion especially if you count the extra made for TV movies of SG-1.
Stargate Universe may actually be my favorite of the bunch. It is optimal for binge watching because it feels like one very long movie. It takes a while to get its legs. Season 1 still feel like to much exposition and quite frankly there where way to many montage sequences. Season 2 really picks up and makes you wish that SyFy never cancelled the show.
I'm a little biased it was always my dream to work on a Star Trek/ Stargate type show after graduating film school 10 years ago.
Sadly I'm now 32 living in my parents basement with another 45K in student loans to pay off. Thanks Full Sail.
On second thought maybe don't waste your time watching this show.
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