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Stargate: Atlantis - Pilot Episode Reviews

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June 5, 2010
abbreviated as SGA, is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, as a spin-off series of Stargate SG-1 created by Wright and Jonathan Glassner after the release of Stargate (1994).Stargate Atlantis premiered on Sci Fi Channel on July 16, 2004; its final episode premiered on Sci Fi Channel on January 9, 2009. The television series was filmed in and around Vancouver, Canada.The story of Stargate Atlantis follows the cliffhanger episode on Stargate SG-1's seventh season finale "Lost City", where SG-1 found an outpost made by the race known as the Ancients in Antarctica.Soon, Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers the location of the greatest city created by the Ancients, Atlantis. The story unfolds when the members of the expedition encounter the Wraith, the race that defeated the Ancients ten thousand years ago.The series was a ratings success for the Sci Fi Channel, and was particularly popular in Europe and Australia.
May 23, 2010
Atlantis follows the adventures of the Stargate Atlantis team, which is formed after a secret base, abandoned by the original builders of the Stargates, is found buried in the ice of Antarctica. Their discovery leads to a daring expedition to the distant Pegasus galaxy, where they encounter a primitive human civilization and a sinister new enemy that threatens human life everywhere.

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
½ April 25, 2010
I was fairly dubious about watching this Stargate SG-1 spin-off series. It's extreamly rare that a spin-off is anywhere near as good as the original. This series took a formula that was known and loved. That's it, they didn't try to change it to improve it. I was also wary about the cast, there was only a couple of familiar faces. Although I found David Hewlett quite annoying (I know he was meant to be) in the SG-1 episodes that he was in. In this series he is both annoying and lovable, in the right mix. It was nice to get a few of the original SG-1 team members back with cameos.
September 27, 2005
This show is only equalled in quality by three other shows:
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.
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