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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,…

This DVD has a lot riding on it. Stargate: The Arc of Truth was the first straight to DVD release and it had the advantage of finishing up a plotline that had begun on TV. Stargate: Continuum has to stand on its own merits.

In order to justify the asking price Continuum has to offer a lot more than just a feature length episode of Stargate: SG-1. So does it?

Well it…

Why British SciFi Television Is Better Than American

This one will ruffle some feathers. Okay full disclosure. I’m British. I live in America but I spent the first 28 years of my life in Scotland so I am unquestionably British. Maybe I’m biased.

But I’m not wrong.

Even Britain’s obscure or failed science fiction shows have a greater range and imagination than the majority of the scifi output from American television. I don’t think the distinction is nearly so clear…

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