Stargate: Atlantis - Pilot Episode Reviews
Maj. John Sheppard, a courageous and gifted pilot,Dr. Elizabeth Weir, head of the mission and a diplomatic relations specialist. Rounding out the cast is Lt. Aiden Ford, an enthusiastic young officer who becomes Sheppard's second-in-command, astrophysicist Dr. Rodney McKay(SG-1), and Teyla, a beautiful young leader among the primitive alien civilization that the Atlantis team encounters. In a special guest starring role, sci-fi favorite Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The X-Files) will appear as Col. Marshall Sumner in the two-hour Atlantis premiere event. Following its premiere, 18 additional original episodes of Atlantis
1. The Stargate Atlantis three-part season 1 finale: The Siege Parts 1-3.
2. The Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Pilot episode, "Children Of The Gods".
3. The Stargate Movie and novel, which started the entire Stargate franchise.
Excellent show; suspense is kept at high levels through its entirety, leaving the viewer wanting to watch any more available episodes of Stargate Atlantis.
Some have told me that they prefer SG-1 to Atlantis, but I think that Atlantis is better so far (when comparing Season 9 of SG-1 to Seasons 1 and 2 of SG-A (Atlantis)).
After finding the lost city of Atlantis in another galaxy, Doctor Elizabeth Weir assembles a team who travel, using the Stargate, to the city. The team soon find that the Ancients, the original inhabitants of Atlantis, purposefully sunk the city (using an energy shield to keep it protected) and abandoned it due to a war with the evil Wraith, a race of beings who literally suck the life out of people when they [i]eat[/i]. While the Ancients had greater technology than the Wraith, the Ancients were out-numbered; to quote Major John Shepherd (played by Joe Flannigan): "They could win every battle but could see no way of winning the war. So, they sank the city, and returned to Earth".
The team set out to find potential allies against the Wraith throughout the Pegasus galaxy. On their first mission through the Stargate after arriving in Atlantis, the 'security team' meet a race of Tauri known as the Athosians. The Athosians soon become under attack by the Wraith, and so Major John Shepherd allows them to return with them to Atlantis as refugees, but not before his commanding officer, Colonel Marshall Sumner, was captured by the Wraith.
Upon returning to Atlantis, Shepherd finds that the energy shield protecting Atlantis from the water is about to collapse; leading to certain death and the destruction of Atlantis. Doctor Rodney McKay begins dialing the Athosian homeworld, Athos, in order to start evacuating the city. However, as the third chevron locks McKay stops dialing the Stargate, realising that the city was moving - it was rising to the surface of the ocean. The Ancients had installed a fail-safe device that automatically made the city rise to the surface of the ocean if the energy shield ever failed.
Left on the surface of the planet and without an energy shield, the team realises that Atlantis has become incredibly vulnerable to attack by the Wraith.
[i]Security Team One[/i], lead by Major John Shepherd (who has assumed command of the military in Atlantis since Sumner's capture), journey to the Wraith hive ship on which Colonel Sumner and several Athosians were being held captive. After some extraordinary skills, one soldier, Shepherd, manages to fight off a hive ship full of Wraith soldiers, freeing the Athosians. However he did not get to Colonel Sumner in time - the Wraith interrogated Sumner, and then began sucking the life out of him. Shepherd witnessed the event, and out of pity for Sumner, shot the Colonel, putting him out of his pain.
Shepherd manages to escape the hive ship, and [i]Security Team One[/i] and the Athosians escape back to Atlantis... to live to defend Atlantis again another day.