Stargate Atlantis entering it’s 5th season was filled with a lot of suspense, action, drama, and even the good ol Stargte comedy like Rodney delivering Teyla’s baby. The show had a solid first part with the brilliant special effects of “Daedalus Variations” and the heart-felt tear jerker “Ghost in the Machine” and “The Shrine”. Our friendly or foe wraith Todd makes a great appearance in “The Queen” where Teyla goes through a transformations.
The mid-season 2 parter was epic with a special guest appearance by Michael Shanks to fufill his role as Daniel Jackson. If you are a SG-1 and SGA fan it was an epic episode with a shocking discovery.
As the 2nd half progresses we get epic eps like “The Prodgial” which features an epic scene with Sheppard, Michael, and Teyla fighting on the balcony outskirt of the city Atlantis. Another worthy nod was “Outsiders” which features another episode of the returned Carson Becektt and gives a classic SGA feel with the character interactions. Best line, Mckay: “It’s not a volkswagon Carson”. Also a shot out at “Remnants” which dives into 3 characters, Woolsey, Sheppard, and Mckay, and features a clever plot twist.
The 2nd half dragged a little with the fueled shipping and relationship of Mckeller. I think that was the only downfall to the season. It felt a little rushed and forced but was not overkill in the season.
The series ends with the last 2 eps. A CSI feel Atlantis taking place in Vegas, titled, um “Vegas”. Cool and interesting music selections from Producer Robert Cooper featuring, “Marilyn Manson”, “The Rolling Stones”, and “Johnny Cash”. A very unique episode that really captures the heart and personality of one John Sheppard.
The series/season finale was rushed because of MGM’s decision to replace Atlantis with Stargate Universe. A lot of fans were upset because Atlantis was still performing very well in ratings. So the producers, with no slots in their eps, had to quickly come up with a 100ep/Season finale/Series Finale all in one. Did they do it? Well not all the way. It should of been a 2-parter for a lot of fans taste, but it was a very good episode. Felt more like a season finale.
Season 5 was not the best season, but it was up there. Now with a Stargate Atlantis movie in the works and scheduled for a 2010 release it should be interesting how they continue the story where Season 5 left off this past Winter.
They don’t have a 4 1/2 option so I’ll just give it 5 stars!
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Wonderful season 5 for Stargate: Atlantis! Some standout episodes have already been mentioned but the 2 part mini arc with Dr. Daniel Jackson as well as the entire cast was total entertainment and needs to be mentioned again. ‘Vegas’ was also something special.
I admit to still being ticked off that Stargate: Atlantis was cancelled. Yes a movie sounds great but I feel that the season suffered because of the axe hanging over their heads. This show did not deserve cancellation. The ratings were still solid and there were still plenty of places to go with these characters.
Why bother watching this new show if the plug could be pulled at any time? What is the point in investing the time when the bean counters could pull the plug on something good?
I’ve been a fan of Stargate: Atlantis since the first episode and I miss seeing these characters in new adventures. I’m still in mourning…
I just love how Stargate series usually end. They tie things up nicely, give you a really cool battle, and they don’t kill off your favorite characters just to make a stupid point.
The season’s arc was kind of disjointed and confusing. You will notice during this season that they are already cutting off the threads for some stories. Over all, the episodes show a little bit of character growth, especially in Woolsey, Rodney, and Sheppard. There is no big bad until the last two episodes. The big bads they do have this season are resolved quickly (for the most part).
I like the episodes with Daniel Jackson. Pairing him off with Rodney was an excellent choice.
I might want to add that the information above is inaccurate. Torri Higgison wasn’t in the last two seasons as a regular. She was barely in Season 4, and wasn’t at all in Season 5. They missed Robert Picardo who took over Amanda Tapping’s role after she took over Torri’s role.
Confused? We all are!!
They also forgot to credit the one the only Dr. McKay (David Hewlett). Like him or hate him, the man can evoke emotions in people. He also has a quirky sense of humor, which if you can get it, is hilarious. I highly recommend “A Dog’s Breakfast” if you are a David Hewlett fan.
Still the series ended when it should have ended. There were already rumors of cast members leaving and going away. So now they don’t have to kill them off in dumb ways.
Well the series does not tie off all of the threads. There is plenty of room for the movies which MGM is salivating over.