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What is Stargate Atlantis? For those who don't know.
The story starts as a spin off from season 7 of Stargate SG1 (but don't worry you don't really need to watch SG1 to understand it, maybe if you want some backstory) Stargate Command has found a powerful defense outpost built by an advance race called the Ancients, who also build the network of Stargates to travel to and from other planets of which the show is based on. Wanting to discover more about the Ancients and perhaps find their lost city called Atlantis, an Earth expedition is form and decides to embark on a journey to the Pegasus galaxy. There they find whole new civilizations of humans and a dark enemy called The Wraith who feed on humans. And that's where all the craziness starts!
The show focuses primarily on the main cast:
Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Tori Higginson) The diplomatic leader of the Atlantis Expedition.
Dr. Rodney Mckay (David Hewlett) The humorous and arrogant chief scientist on Astrophysics and Ancient technology
Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) The flirtatious and easy going top military leader on the expedition
Major Adien Ford (Rainbow Sun Francks) The young and brotherly solider next to Major Sheppard
Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion) The funny Scottish chief of medicine on the team.
Teyla Emagan - (Rachel Luttrell) A human from the Pegasus galaxy who joined the Atlantis expedition to help save her people from the Wraith.
There are 20 Episodes in all: Short Synopsis in order of air date:
Rising 1&2 SG-1 discovers what might be the lost city of the Ancients. An international team of explorers set out to the distant Pegasus Galaxy where they discover the advance but abandoned city and a deadly foe called the Wraith that rivals the Ancients themselves. Without anyway of getting back to earth, the expedition must look to their new friends the Athosians if they are to survive in the Pegasus Galaxy.
Hide and Seek While settling down in Atlantis a dark entity is inadvertently released by one of the Athosian children. The team realizes they must stop it before it feeds off all of their energy supply.
38 Minutes While fleeing from the Wraith after an off world scout, the team's puddle jumper ship malfunctions and becomes trapped in between the Stargate. They have only 38 minutes before the Stargate automatically shuts down and the ship is cut in half.
Suspicion When the Atlantis team is ambushed by the Wraith one too many times, they suspect there may be a spy amongst them, maybe among their Athosian guests.
Childhood's End The team discovers a primative tribe that has been untouched by the Wraith for centuries. They believing that it is their ritual suicide that prevents the Wraith from coming, but it could be for another reason...
Poisoning the Well The team encounters a human civilization called the Hoffans who has developed a drug that can prevent the Wraith from feed off humans. But things take a turn for the worse when they begin to inoculate their people before the drug is proven safe.
Underground When the expedition is low on food supply. They decide to trade with other worlds. The Atlantis team decides to trade with simple farm people called the Genii but secretly they have a moderately advance underground society with strong desire for war against the Wraith.
Home When Dr. Mckay finds a planet with enough energy for the team to go back home, they are overjoyed. But when they are back on Earth, things are not what they seem.
The Storm A monstrous storm that occurs every 30 years is about to hit Atlantis. The expedition must evacuate, while Dr. Mckay and the team find a way to power up Atlantis's shield generators before the Storm wipes away the city completely.
The Eye With most of the expedition evacuated out of the city, the Genii decide to invade the city and take it for themselves. While holding Dr. Mckay and Dr. Weir hostage. It's up to John Sheppard to rescue them while taking on a whole Genii contingent by himself all before the storm hits Atlantis.
The Defiant One When investigating an Ancient weapon that could prove to be useful against the Wraith, the team find the wreckage of a Wraith hive ship. Assuming that there are no life signs, they are shocked to find an old Wraith that has survived by feeding off of everyone on the ship.
Hot Zone When a group of scientist are exploring the city they inadvertently come across an Ancient lab that house a deadly virus creating hallucinations before killing it's victims. They must find a way to prevent the virus from spreading before it infects everyone on the base.
Sanctuary The Atlantis team find a pre-technological society free from the Wraith cullings. The locals believe it is their goddess Athar that protects and provides for them. When trying to negotiate a way to bring others to this world as refuge, Sheppard brings their peaceful high priestess to Atlantis. But is she really what she seems to be?
Before I Sleep The team discovers a woman in an Ancient stasis chamber who is apparently 10,000 years old. But they are shock to find out it is an older Dr. Weir who had travel back in time to when the Ancients first lived on Atlantis.
The Brotherhood Looking for a ZPM energy module to power Atlantis, they try to crack the clues that the people called the Dagan left behind in hopes they find where they hid the ZPM. Little do they know that the Genii also want possession of it.
Letters From Pegasus When an armada of Wraith hive ships are traveling to Atlantis, the expedition decides to use their remaining power to try and send a message back to Earth.
The Gift When Teyla begins to have terrible nightmares of the Wraith, she and the team discover that there is something more in her then just in acute ability to sensing the Wraith.
The Siege 1&2 With the Wraith armada looming closer and closer, the Atlantis team decides to power up an Ancient defense satellite. With little hope of stopping the armada they are surprised that reinforcements have arrived from Stargate Command but realize it still might not be enough.
Some stand out more then the rest and some seem like fillers, but I'm not going to tell you which ones are good for everyone. That leaves to be debated. The one's that I'm more fond of are the pilot episodes Rising Parts 1&2 just for the reason that it crosses over with the original SG1 series. The episodes 38 Minutes and Childhood's End has interesting plots. Also Before I Sleep is another interesting episode consisted of meeting the actual Ancients. You decide for yourself which are your personal favorites.
The DVD set consists of 5 discs in 3 rather flimsy thin cases (I hope MGM can address this), so I'm careful not to accidentally sit on them or else there goes your DVDs.
Included in the DVDs are 7 behind the scenes specials at the making of Stargate Atlantis that are roughly around 10-15 minutes long. They are spread out on each disc. Each one are hilarious and worth every minute of watching, rather then watching a boring 3 hour making-of special. Though I wish they could make these longer, they seem too short and after the end of it, you'll want more. The ones I would recommend not skipping are Stargate Atlantis Set Tour with Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise and Wraithal Discrimination: It's Not Easy Being Green. HILARIOUS!
There are Audio Commentaries for almost all of the episodes and are pretty funny to hear especially the ones with Directors Martin Wood, Peter DeLuise, and actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett at the helm. They are pretty in-depth about the secrets of filming Stargate Atlantis as well as what's going on behind the scenes, all the while joking around, that will defiantly get a giggle out of you. The Commentary on Rising Parts 1&2 and The Storm and the Eye are especially good.
If you've watched Stargate-SG1 you'll either love or hate this show. If you've NEVER seen any of the Stargate series then I would recommend Stargate Atlantis as a good place to start. Not only does it have action, suspense, thrills and chills, but there are massive amounts of humor and tons of special effects that (even for a cable show) will rival a major motion picture. That being said the series is off to a pretty good start, with season 1 being one of my personal favorite seasons.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older