Judge Cynthia Boris is dreading the eventual reality-infused franchise Stargate: Fallujah.
Our reviews of Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season (published March 14th, 2007), Stargate: Atlantis: The Complete Third Season (published October 3rd, 2007), Stargate Atlantis: Rising (Pilot Episode) (published July 13th, 2005), and Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series (published April 16th, 2010) are also available.
The Thrilling Cosmic Adventures Live On
The second series in the Stargate franchise, Stargate Atlantis carved out its own niche with a heavier emphasis on action, darker plot lines, and a whole new cast of characters to love and hate. They brought us on board for a terrific ride and with this season, that ride comes to an end. It's Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season—and final season.
Facts of the Case
Five seasons ago, Dr. Elizabeth Weir led an expedition through the Stargate to, what turned out to be, the not-so mythical city of Atlantis. There, Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) and his team began unlocking the secrets of the city while military leader John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) fought off a deadly new enemy known as The Wraith.
As we roll into season five, the Atlantians have entered into a tentative truce with a Wraith they call Todd, as both races face extinction at the hands of Michael (Connor Trinneer), a human-Wraith hybrid who is building an army of his own. Also in this season, Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) takes command of the base, a romance develops between Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite, Firefly) and McKay and Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) has a baby. Of course, there's also plenty of space battles, creepy creatures, witty banter, and one truly unusual episode that helps wrap up the series.
• "The Seed"
• "Broken Ties"
• "The Daedalus Variations"
• "The Shrine"
• "The Queen"
• "First Contact" (Part One)
• "The Prodigal"
• "Brain Storm"
• "Enemy At The Gate"
Finale shows are always tough, but the producers did a very nice job of bringing in plenty of reminders of the past while tying up lots of loose ends. It was great to see Caldwell and Carter and there's even an homage to the late Don S. Davis who played General Hammond for many years. Kudos all around.
The fifth and final season of Stargate Atlantis had some thrilling, unusual episodes, but overall, it's one of the most uneven seasons to date. Much of this has to do with changes to the cast and characters. McKay and Sheppard are still riding shotgun over the herd, but Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1) is ousted right off the bat as leader of the expedition and she's replaced with Woolsey (Robert Piccardo) whom we know, but doesn't really fit in.
Rachel Luttrell's real life pregnancy was written into the plot, which changed Teyla's position with the team, and the love triangle between Keller, McKay and Ronon (Jason Momoa) felt forced and ridiculous.
Having said that, there's a lot to love about this final season DVD. MGM has always done a fabulous job with the packaging, navigation, and special features on the Atlantis DVDs and this round is no exception. The best of the features are the Mission Directives. These behind the scenes featurettes artfully edit together techie graphics, show clips, interviews and production footage to give you a close look at what goes in to making an episode. Even more focused are the production featurettes such as "Building a Humanoid," "Submerging the Stargate," and "Showdown: Ronon vs. Tyre." Every one of these will leave you saying, "huh, so that's how they did that."
There are 16 commentary tracks, most of which are handled by executive producers Martin Gero and Joseph Mallozzi along with other members of the production team. Jason Momoa does his first (and last) commentary on "Broken Ties," and actor Tobias Slezak sits in on "Inquisition."
You'll also find photo and design galleries, deleted scenes, and a special featurette called "Stargate Atlantis Goes to Vegas."
Visually, this series is top notch and the Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound is perfect for the gorgeous, sweeping soundtrack that accompanies this series.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Other than the comments I've already made about the uneven nature of this season's episodes…I got nothing.
If you haven't been following Stargate Atlantis all along, I wouldn't suggest jumping in on this last season. There are too many connected episodes and story threads from earlier seasons and you'll be lost right out of the gate. If you're even a casual fan, you have to pick up this season to finish the collection. With all of the great special features, it's worth the price.
This court knows that the Atlantians are guilty of myriad crimes in space,
but since they meant well, we rule not guilty.
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