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Stargate: SG-1 always had season defining elements, Atlantis is a much more stand alone show. They are conscious of continuity, but on the whole the shows don’t build up over the episodes to an inevitable confrontation. That can be a good or a bad thing.

The Daedalus Variations is the sort of episode that works well standing alone and since there’s no larger storyline that I’m eager to see resolved in…

The opening action sequence with Ronan’s capture was fine, but the chummy dialogue which preceded it just sounded fake to my ears. Atlantis always seems to have trouble with these “downtime” scenes. It’s a problem I didn’t notice in SG-1 and it may be because the Atlantis world is relatively undeveloped whereas SG-1 was firmly grounded in present day earth.

I’m definitely liking the addition of Woolsey to Atlantis. There’s no…

The Stargate franchise is perhaps the sleeper hit of scifi TV. Unlike The X-Files which was an instant phenomenon or Star Trek which has always been there, Stargate launched with a relatively low budget movie that met with middling success but appeared set to end there. It didn’t end though and has spawned numerous spin-offs.

Stargate Movie

It all started in 1994 with the movie Stargate. Starring Kurt Russell and James Spader,…

Stargate Atlantis: The Seed, Review

I’d seen trailers for this episode of Stargate Atlantis, and they weren’t very inspiring. It’s a pretty hackneyed idea after having someone be taken over by an alien plant. But let’s not rush to judgement. Old ideas can still be done in interesting ways.

I think putting Woolsey in charge of Atlantis could lead to some interesting internal conflicts which this show will benefit from. Often the Atlantis team is just…

Stargate Atlantis: Search & Rescue Part 2, Review

Stargate Atlantis returns for its fifth season with Search & Rescue Part 2 which concludes Season 4’s closer. Nice pan out from the ruined building into space and across to Michael. I wonder how much they spent on that special effect?

This was actually the first episode of Atlantis that I watched in SciFi’s HD broadcast and the special effects in particular did benefit from it.

Unfortunately I’m really not a fan…

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