Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 17

Coup D'etat

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 2006 on Syfy

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  • Excellent!

    I've been a fan of Stargate: Atlantis since the first episode. However, despite a relatively lackluster first season (first seasons are always all setup, in nearly every case), the few episodes I loved (The Storm and The Eye, for instance) were wonderful. I think, now, after watching this episode, the reason I enjoyed these episodes was the involvement of the Genii. And subsequent episodes that even remotely involved these radiation-soaked quasi-villians have been highlights of the series, giving the Atlanteans a villian with a face, a personality, rather than the mindless, faceless consumption of the Wraith.

    The second season has shown some improvement, but I think this episode outshines all others before it. The story revolves mainly around the intrigue of a power struggle, which separates it from the somewhat action-heavy plotlines this series seems to gravitate towards (i.e The Lost Boys). Not that I mind a good, fast-paced brawler of an episode, but some purely character-driven plot is always refreshing. Not to mention that the episode on a whole is suberbly acted by the ensemble.

    All in all, I'll give it a 9/10, because I'm still waiting for the episode that has me jumping up and down on my couch screeching about how cool this show is...

    Okay, I do that sometimes anyway...