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Mediocre, unoriginal filler episode with little going on.
There is one word to describe this episode...empty. Its what the episode is, its how you feel when you leave it, its how the drama feels all the way through. The episode's primary problem is the lack of *anything* happening. It seems the whole episode is just an excuse to get a nightmare based plot out there to hammer home Atlantis's new mature vibe (seriously, the alien bursting from Teyla's stomach was unneccessary). This episode also dangles from the tree that is the season like a useless bit of fluff, with no real character development, or plot threads being laid down or tied up in this episode.
This episode also did nothing to help my opinion of Atlantis's new commander, Samantha Carter. She comes across as unbelievably pompous and the other characters seem to worship at her feet. In fact her arrival on the show sums up this episode in a microcosm, unoriginal. The writers couldn't be bothered to conjure a new character to take command so they pulled one out of the mothballs, much as they did with the plot. Now I like Carter, and Amanda Tapping's performance cannot be faulted, but Atlantis needs to be its own show, and this episode is testament to that.
The only real reasons for going out of your way to watch this episode is Joe Flanigan, who clearly relishes in his role as the nightmare Sheppard. The character isn't exactly threatening, but Flanigan manages to inject menace into an otherwise painty waisted villain. The other reason is, as always, McKay, specifically his dream sequence, which I won't spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it.
Summary, the episode is nothing special, I certainly won't watch it again, watch Reunion or Travellers instead.moreless
This episode was definitely lacking. Its almost like SG1's Lazarus. The episode did portray different sides to the characters, if you think in a multiverse frame of reference. This episode didn't really pertain to any established story line, nor did it really create a new one. It was mostly just a filler episode. It had its moments, and it was sort of dark, which is fitting as it was filled with nightmares. Some of the nightmares were definitely scary. It continues to be a pleasure to see Colonel Samantha Carter in charge of Atlantis. She is smart, disciplined, and good looking. She brings great energy to the show!moreless
The moment I saw the crystal I thought SG-1 and that episode where O'Neill touches the crystal and it copies his form. So, I was a little annoyed...however, they mentioned the episode in the show at least so they admitted they copied....I don't know...No matter how unoriginal the story may be, they pulled it off and I really liked this episode. Sheppard was in everyone's nightmares and the entity was able to kill people through their nightmares. In the end, Sheppard and McKay teamed up to kill it. I was laughing a lot during this episode and it seemed to have more humor than usual and I loved it. Overall, interesting story, though unoriginal, and great humor and characterization.moreless
This was... hardly the best episode I have seen. It was good in some part - the excitement, the unknowing what is happening and the difference between reality and nightmares, but.. i did not liked that this episode relied on SG-1 knowing. They have now the change that there is people who has ten years of history of gate traveling, but as this far this show have managed to continue on it's own - with that threat, that they are not independent - they will ruin a lot.
All the episode, the nightmares - the first part was exciting before we knew what was happening. To figure out why they see those dreams, but the end, when it was just getting read of it - not too catching.moreless
Score less that 1. will not let me submit! I absolutely love this show; I could not wait for the new season. I must say it has been pretty lame. With this episode being the by far the most boring!
What I have enjoyed in this series, is real villains. The Wraith are great. I enjoy SG1, yet have often felt like the bad guys were boring. This episode lacks a real villain and therefore has no punch at all. This truly was painful to watch. Never once did I find myself on the edge of my seat as I have with many episodes in past seasons. I would not reccommend this to anyone and in fact for the first time watching this series, could not wait for it to end. Nothing in this one deserves any continuation of storyline. submit.moreless
A classic example of how Atlantis is unoriginal.
When watching this episode, I liked the first reference to a previous episode, the second was ok, the third was pushing it a little, but when a fourth and fifth previous episode was mentioned, I feel like reaching into the screen, grabbing said character and telling them not to draw so much attention to the fact that this is not an original episode.
It's not the same thing as a serialized show like the new Battlestar Galactica, which builds upon it's previous episodes. Atlantis is just recycling plotlines from previous Stargate episodes and even other much older tv series.
The plot basically goes something like this: strange crystal containing strange entity invades the dreams of Atlantis personnel and eventually kills them until one or two main characters face their worst nighmares and manage to defeat it. End of episode.
It's about 10 years too late. Let's have a radical new direction for the show please!moreless
Good, but filler.
At least the writers know how to write an entertaining filler episode. This was a good episode. It starts with Sheppard touching this crystal thing that gets inside him, then spreads to Teyla. She starts having bad dreams about Sheppard, but it is really the energy thing that is causing it. It spreads all around the team and the base until it finally gets stuck in Rodney (of all people). They hook him up to this dream sharing device thing (I knew from the beginning that something from SG-1 would come into play, but it took them longer to realize it) and Sheppard ends up helping him, but the energy thing transfers to Sheppard. Sheppard is fighting himself until Rodney intervenes and helps to save him. They trap the energy thing back in its crystal and take it back to the planet. This episode was very entertaining and had funny moments.moreless
Not even the wonderful Jewel Staite was able to save this puddle jumper wreck of an episode. Worst Stargate Atlantis episode to date.
Having seen every Star Trek episode in full length, I like to think that I can handle a ridiculous sci-fi plot, or an awful script, tedious timing, or rehashing on already done-too-often concepts. But this episode incorporated so many of those bad qualities it actually made me cringe.
There's really not anything that would watching this episode. And what's in it is presented with a perceptible "let's get this over with" stance by the actors. I really love seeing the adorable Jewel Staite, but not under such circumstances.
I still like Stargate Atlantis, I really do. And even an episode of this caliber cannot put me off watching it. Let's all forget this happened, and carry on, yes?moreless
Following the discovery of a crystalline entity, the team members start having nightmares in which Sheppard figures prominently.
The episode in general was very ordinary, in my humble opinion. It was unimaginative, a bland rehash of the wonderful "Cold Lazarus" from Stargate SG-1. Not to mention that the whole "evil entity feeding on people's worst fears" is something that was done ad nauseam in other shows/movies. And then there was the concept of having someone entering someone else's dream (just like in the movie "The Cell" where it was done in such a breathtaking way) which was also explored many times before. Had the writers put a different spin on both, it could have been an excellent episode but they didn't. So overall, I would say it was pretty disappointing.moreless
The team is searching through a jungle off-world when they come across a crystaline structure. Shepherd is drawn to it and touches it. Everything appears fine but later Atlantis crew members start having horrible dreams and an alien entity is to blame.
When you hear filler episode you go geez, "Here we go again." But there are such things as good fillers and this was one of them. Traditionally the writes of Stargate SG-1 and of Atlantis have made the filler interesting and usually pretty exciting even if they have absolutely nothing to do with the series plot at the time. This episode kept you guessing for a little bit but I was able to figure out what was going on fairly quickly. The alien entity first came in contact with Shepherd. Later it changed hosts through touch and continued moving from person to person. Whoever fell asleep with the entity inside them would have horrible nightnames with Shepherd acting as the Antagonist. The real intrigue of the episode was the different ways in which the entity would attack each person it came in contact with during their dreams. It was Carter's knowledge from being with SG-1 that saved the people of Atlantis from the entity. They used a slightly altered technology acquired during SG-1's travels to help defeat the entity while it was inside people's dreams. Unfortunately the red-headed psych doctor was killed by the entity. I don't think that she should have died during a filler episode. I liked her character and what she did for the show. But in the end Shepherd showed some true mental toughness and Rodney showed bravery to help defeat the entity and send it back to it's homeworld. I like how the writers are using Carter's knowledge for the benefit fo Atlantis. Her experience in the field will help Atlantis avoid some mistakes that may have happened before. So far she has made the correct decisions and has shown the ability to be a strong leader.moreless