|I'd also like to point out that I'm glad I watched the episode on television, during its final official broadcast. I don't understand why some people get so excited about watching illegal leaked copies ahead of time off the Internet. Though more and more content is available, legally, online, television shows are still primarily about specific broadcasts, on television. For a series finale like this, it seems like you are a part of the fan community when you watch the episode at the same time as almost all the other people. There's no prize in watching the episode before its official broadcast. I just don't see the appeal of that. |
The San Francisco location might have been a reference to Star Trek but San Francisco was chosen to be the HQ of Starfleet partly because it was the real-life location of the founding of the United Nations. That ties into the idea that the Earth of the future will have one collective governing organization. If you want to be scientific about the Atlantis episode, you could say that it would make sense for the city to land in the Pacific because it is by far the largest body of water on the planet. Then as Beckett guided the city back to the U.S., the writers would have to think of the most scenic location for that final scene. If they approached Los Angeles, that would have been kind of lame. L.A. doesn't have a grand oceanside monument that is immediately recognizable, at least not that I'm aware of. Maybe the Queen Mary? The other major West Coast cities along the ocean would be San Diego and maybe Seattle although Seattle is not directly on the ocean. (Atlantis would have had to maneuver through Puget Sound.) Since the show was filmed in Vancouver, that might have tipped the decision toward choosing a West Coast location. I know it was all CGI so they could have picked any city they wanted but the Golden Gate Bridge worked better than if they had chosen something like the Statue of Liberty near NYC.
*** I also thought it was funny that they revealed Ronon and Amelia Banks to be a couple, although Ronon still seemed peeved about being rejected by Dr. Keller as late as the "Brain Storm" episode when he said he didn't care whether Rodney made a move on Keller or not. He sounded upset in that scene. Ronon also took a keen interest in "Keller's" odd behavior in "Identity". So I wonder if there's a real relationship between Ronon and Amelia or if Ronon was just licking his wounds. We don't know much about Amelia but she doesn't seem to be Ronon's type. Or Ronon doesn't seem to be her type. But it was still a nice touch to the episode.
I would've loved it if the city landed in NYC, but I don't think the space between the Statue of Liberty and surrounding land masses would be enough space for the city. Then again I have no idea exactly how big Atlantis is. Plus I think San Francisco works that much more with the Golden Gate Bridge as the background.
I think Ronan became impressed w/Banks when she showed off her kickboxing moves against one of Michael's hybrids in the episode 'The Prodigal'. Then on I think they made a better 'couple' than Keller-Ronan.