I watched all 5 seasons in just a few weeks. This is one of the best Sci - Fi shows out there. Great cast, great stories, great setting. Witty banter. The first 3 seasons were truly amazing. The last 2 were lacking a bit and sadly it just started to pick back up again at the end of five. I am sad this show was canceled and the movie never made. However, its still worth the watch because the ending isn't really a huge cliffy. Its like the ending to a chapter or maybe the first book in a series.
After watching all 10 seasons of Stargate and all of Stargate Universe I was really looking forward to Stargate Atlantis. I thought it would be the best as I was under the impression there would be a lot about the Ancients and cool adventures off-planet as well as some enlightenment and wisdom for the Atlantis crew. What I have seen so far is killing, killing and more of the same and always the Wraith. They could not be uglier or more hateful. So far, very disappointed.
I've just finished all the SG series (SG1,SG Atlantis then SG Universe). To my opinion, SG Atlantis is the best,with lots of action,I liked the casts, some humour here and there. All of these made me to keep watching from 1 episode to another the note,McKay sometimes really annoying).
Sadly that the producers decided to end the series on its 100th episode (season 5).
SG Universe is the most boring of all the SG series.
The cast of characters and stories made for a rich universe, especially Rodney and John Shepherd. It certainly was a growing experience as they discover the home of the ancients and deal with the demons of their past and the problems of their own creation.
bush101dan said: "great show shame rodney is the most annoying character like most of the characters but rodney is so annoying i cant watch it again in 99% of the episodes"
If an episode features too much of Rodney, I switch off. Simple as that. Why should anyone want to watch a pathetic, whining, unattractive wimp as Rodney? Whoever created this character should be shot, as it ruins what could have been a great series.
He even made a - thankfully short - appearance in SG1, the episode where they traveled back in time - the "There are no fish in my pond" episode.
The question is "why would anyone create such an annoying character, and then promote it to be the main character? It was an idiotic decision. He, of course, was based an Daniel Jackson and has some of the same characteristics, . talks much too fast (deliberately) and is very knowledgeable in his field. But he lacks the most important characteristic of all: attractiveness, likeability. He is the opposite and ruins the series.
if u liked sg1 you will like this the show hits all the right buttons and i think it ended at the right time u dont what it to get stale most of the time u will enjoy watching the wrath r a great enemy but at times stuff from sg1 is just repeated with different characters eg the replicaters
had enough of them in sg1 and the sg1 movie
i like most of the characters but rodney is so annoying i cant watch it again in 99% of the episodes
rodney at some point it is impossible and he suddenly can at the last minute with is fine but its in most of the episodes which gets annoying
thats why is a 9 and not a 10 all in all a great show would recommend if u r still readin at this point
Well what to say about the show, It came at the right time when SG-1 was coming to an end a nice smooth cross over and from there the show did prove itself. But 5 seasons by NO means was enough oh were finished with this but here is something else and we promise a movie then they had the nerve to stop everything saying it was due to money ok fair enough maybe it was but it was also claimed that there would be no movie due to the fact Atlantis fans would not give SGU a fair view but enough of the past when do we see the movie MGM is currently (slowly) getting back on there feet movie straight to dvd would be a nice kick off along with another SG-1 movie.
Atlantis had it's fans it had it's stories and a great crew you could sit back and laugh at some great moments or sit at the edge of your seat.
The episode that I love (they are a few) but the one that I enjoy is "Midway" it had the action a small hint of comedy (like many episodes) we all sat and watched as Ronon & Teal'c where for many the favourite from each show are now together for one episode and you knew it was going to be great and it was.
I say enough is enough either bring it back or give us a movie or three.
Ok, I think we have waited long enough for a new episode. I am losing my patience and may have to take it off my favorite list. I watch the show faithfully and keep looking for the new episode date, Finally July 14th, 2006. Rodney McKay is my favorite character, he's the main reason I watch Atlantis, not to mention Leutenant Colonel Sheppard. Now why is it we have to wait so long for another episode!!! Just when you think it may have been cancelled it appears again.
WOOHOO!!! I can't wait. I wonder whats in store for the Atlantis team...stay tuned till July 14th, 2006.
please lete there be season 4 and beyond.There is so much comedy,twist,sci-fi and drama and it's just great.Can't wait for new episodes every week along with original Staragte SG-1.My favourite character is dr. Carson Beckett and then also Rodney Mckay,Shepard,Teyla,Ronan,Elizabeth and Zalenka.Can't wait what they will discover and what will they find.Cool that they bring new enemy in Atlantis(well not new ,really,eh!) and I hope that we will see more of them.My favourite ep in season 3 was Progeny and Sateda was also amazing among others.I also liked cross-over in STargate SG-1,ep 03 in season 10.Once again season 4 and beyond
I loved watching SG-1 and I was very excited when this spin-off was produced. But after I watched some episodes I couldn't appreciate this show.Whereas SG-1 was blessed with good actors and interesting stories, Stargate Atlantis has poor plots and bad, sometimes even annoying actors. This show totally lacks charisma, humor and credibility. The weird aliens, the flashy action sequences and the tough female character didn't attract me at all. I couldn't find any reason to continue watching this bad show.
In the beginning, there was Stargate the movie. One hell of a film. Extraordinary film. Then came Stargate SG-1, an exceptionally well made sci-fi series, but not quite as awesome as the original film. Then there was Stargate Atlantis, which...though quite a good series in it's own right, fell just a little bit short of Stargate SG-1. I'm just making an observation here, I'm not complaining about the series at all...it WAS good. It's just that when you make a copy of a copy, resolution and quality begin to fade a little, no matter if you're using a Xerox machine or a television show. It was watchable and enjoyable, and I did enjoy it.
Atlantis was definately it's own show. It didn't try stealing from sg-1 or anything. I like the fact that they got away from the religious aspects of the enemy race. The wraith are probably my favorite alien race. Diferent enough to say they didn't just throw on a wig, yet human enough where they weren't bizzar to look at like those aliens on Universe. There explanation was pretty alright too. I don't think they had enough reacuring wraiths. Don't get me wrong, Tod is one of my favorite bad guys of all the SG series. But they still could have had another. I didn't like the Genii as a reacuuring race.
Back to the more general plot. It was nice bringing the eighth chevron into play. There were a number of good stories. The characters/actors were alright. I liked Ronan well eough but he was a bit flat and underdeveloped. I get that was kind of the way he was supposed to be, but he could have offered a bit more. Then there's Tayla. The Teal'c or Mr. Spock of the series as it were. Just a lot more boring. I know every show has to have that "spiritual" character, but she was just rediculous. Of coarse, I'm a little biased of sorts. I hate pretty much all female characters in all movies and shows. Don't think I'm sexist, I'm a female myself, but male characters just tend to be better. The show really didn't have that impact that sg-1 did. There wasn't that underlying progression in story or technology. Also, the threat to Earth didn't come across as so iminant.
In the end, I truly enjoyed the show. Infact, I had a twenty minute rant with my living room wall after finnishing the last episode and realizing the movie never aired.
I love this show. Not only do you have great storylines and lots of action you have humour as well. Sometimes you will be on the edge of your seat wondering how they got to where they are, how they will get out of their situation and who will make it out alive. The way some of the charaters are make for some good scenes, like Mckay who is the intelligent one who doesn't let you forget it. Ronan (comes in at season 2) who is a great tracker and fighter, and others.
Overall i love this show and would recommend it to anyone who likes action and those who just love a good show.
Atlantis is the second series in the Stargate franchise that shows a lot of promise in any way i can think about. I began re-watching SG1 since it's been a long time and also with the intention of starting to watch Atlantis and i just couldn't let myself not seeing where it all started. Atlantis picks up from SG1's 8th as i remember when Dr. Weir is sent to search yet another myth that proves to be real, the Ancient Underwater City of Atlantis. With a promising start and a few guest stars like Daniel Jackson and R. D. Anderson, it's time to focus our attention to nothing else but this new team that apparently have charm and dedication to keep such an interesting storyline alive. Adding a new enemy to the stargate franchise...the Wraith and assembling a capable team and various allies it's time to embark and enjoy the adventures that i personally take joy to watch, in SG Atlantis.
I love this show! I L-O-V-E this show so much! It is truly one of the best shows (with SG1 in the lead ;)) I can't get over how much I love this show and how upset I was that it was canceled. Sheppard and McKay the best pair of best friends ever!
Especially after seeing episodes of Universe I have a new appreciation for Atlantis and SG1! Oh I love Atlantis.
I've always had a peculiar interest in the lost city and the fact that Stargate explored that made me so happy. . . my how I miss this show. Its originality, its lightheartedness, its awesomeness.
Stargate Atlantis follows a mixed group of scientists and explorers from a dozen countries to the lost city of Atlantis. It all starts with the discovery of an ancient base in the Arctic (could be the Antarctic, don't remember) that leads to the discovery of the lost city of the Ancients, Atlantis. Just one problem, it's in the Pegasus galaxy, which is where the ancients were and the power available to get there is enough to make just a one way trip. With that in mind, the trip is made and the adventure begins.
In this new galaxy the team comes across all sorts of interesting foes such as the Wraith who are the Pegasus galaxy's version of vampires, responsible for the extinction of the Ancients, and the primary antagonists of the Atlantis expedition. Many of the episodes deal either directly or indirectly with them, and prove to be a quite resourceful, and exciting to square of against.
Replicators (not quite the ones found in SGC) where the other big threat to the Atlantis team. These replicators however were actually created by the Ancients to fight the Wraith but then abandoned because of their imperfections. This caused them to hate the Ancients, and the Atlantis team. Like the Wraith, they were formidable foes and interesting to watch.
Lesser foes included a human civilization called the Genii. Probably the most advanced of the human civilizations in the Pegasus galaxy that started out as allies but a few plot-required incidents and their taste for Atlantian technology put them at odds with the Atlantis team. A character called Michael who proved to be quite a thorn for Atlantians. Him and his minions came very close to capturing Atlantis but at the last moment were thwarted.
Besides dealing with the bad guys, the show also had a lot of episodes that dealt with development of the various characters in the series and how they dealt with love, friendship, death, and just the internal struggle for power to lead Atlantis, which turned out to be quite a contested job.
I personally was never a big fan of the Stargate franchise until I started watching Stargate Atlantis. I found the few episodes of SGC that I watched a bit too cheeky for my taste. Almost everything was a joke to O'Neil that for me just ruined the entire experience of watching an episode. Atlantis on the other hand had a decent balance of humor and seriousness. I found McKay's character very annoying and the writers could have definitely reduced his constant need to talk, especially the over the top yelling (which he did often) but other then that the characters were pretty relatable.
My favorite was Ronon. His portrayal of the muscle of the team was very authentic. The part of Dr. Weir was also very well played and I was sad to see that Character leave in season 3. Sheppard was also pretty good, although many times he seems to channel O'Neil and that at times took away the seriousness of a particular scene.
The season 5 ending (and the series finale) could have been used to create some incredible stories for 6th season but alas the show had to end at some point. Overall I would definitely recommend this show to both fans of SCIFI and non SCIFI. It may not get your heart pounding or make you jump off your seat (everybody's different so I could be wrong) but it wont bore you either.
This is an action comedy sci fi and thus should be taken light heartedly. If it annoys you when characters make amazing saves, when they always seem to survive by some miracle at the very last second, then you may not like this show.
Oh and In my defense, before I go on, if I spell a few of the characters names wrong its because I didn't look them up so I apologize. Myself I love this show, its a good blend of SCI FI with could banter and humor between the characters. It builds on the successful Stargate universe, but this time they have access to the technology of the ancients making for bigger and better fights. Gone are the days when earth didn't have any vessels or means of defending themselves (like early Stargate). The wraith make the great bad guy with a pure numbers advantage just like a swarm of insects. On top of this, often you cant help yourself seeing the wraiths point of view (after all they need to feed to survive), this is especially improved with the introduction of Todd (think of him as a SGA version of Yu in Stargate). Providing more humor and better story lines. Later the Stargate expedition find more allies and more bad guys to build on the ever growing galaxy of species.
The actors are great, you may find Rodney or Woolsey a little irritating at first but there is excellent character development through the series and they are greatly improved as time goes on (for their roles they are meant to be a little annoying at first). And while I am talking about great actors the side ones are amazing, Zelinka, Beckett, Todd, Micheal, etc, rarely do I see a show where there are so few characters who annoy me (perhaps slightly Weir and Cavanar). I find myself always wanting them all to make it because I don't want any of them to die.
Another point that makes this show great is the amount of filler episodes, in my opinion their arent many. Obviously there are some that are devoid of any story advancement but I find them great none the less. One thing I found amazing was how little cross over there was with Stargate story lines, you would think with 10 series of Stargate and 5 series of SGA, there would be recycled series from Stargate in SGA, but there is very little of this (at least less than I would have expected), which just adds to the entertainment value.
To sum it up, if you want an action comedy, you liked Stargate or Farscape, you will love this. However do not take it as serious as Battle star galctica or Star trek because it is a slightly different genre and you won't enjoy it as much as you could have if you do.
hope you enjoy it as much as I did (and still do, over and over)
I love this show. Who would have thought that it would surpass the original? It really was brilliant from the get go! The action, camaraderie, adventure and family friendly content really does make the Stargate franchise unique. SG1 was brilliant and so far reaching I didn't think that anything could top it then along comes Stargate Atlantis. You really do start to love it from the very first episode. This does not include Stargate Universe which is absolutely rubbish! I can't believe that Atlantis was canceled for Stargate Universe which has been nothing but disappointing so far. Cancel SGU and bring back SGA!
This great show would be nothing without some great characters. The characters that made a difference are Colonel John Sheppard, Teyla, Ronon Dex, Dr. Rodney McKay, Dr. Elizabeth Weir, and Dr. Carson Beckett. You can't have this show without Colonel Sheppard, because he is the life of the party, so to speak. Well you could have this show without him, but it wouldn't be a very good one. Teyla, well she's kind of hard to describe, but she's a must have in this show. Dr. Weir I could do without, but I have to admit that without her, Colonel Sheppard would never have gone to Atlantis. Ronon Dex... all I can say about him is that he's being chased by the wraith and he tends to over react, but he's a great character too. And of course Dr. Carson Beckett, let's all admit that without him probably most of the people in Atlantis would be dead right now, because he is the doctor.
Great spin off the mark of excellence being how well the show distinguished itself from the original Stargate show. A cast of interesting and mostly consistent characters. By the end even the scifi stereotypes were fun to watch. Teyla was more than a hot Amazon her character brought great strength and rarely a boring story line. Ronan even transcended the typical super warrior and we saw him as a human being and valuable member of the team. Shepard was a great lead and person you enjoy seeing out front of a team just like O'neal. McKay and Keller rounded out the core group with comic relief and compelling personal dramas. Why this show was canceled after just five years I will never know. It's sad to think all the network cares about is syndication and then the next five year journey and onto the next. I hope to see all these actors in many other things to come. They did great jobs and the loss of such a wonderful universe of Atlantis was heart breaking.
I was a fan of Stargate and when they announced the spin-off to original and was slightly skeptical about the spin-off. But when it premired I could not get away from it. It was awsome, and it just made me wan to see more.
Set in a different galaxy than the original, SA does not deal with Gou'ald very much, the main villians for much of the original series, but instead with a race called the Wraith. These guys live off of human life force. The main story is that for the first season they are stuck in this new galaxy because they do not have the power to get home until the 2nd season. Many of the adventures are about finding out about the galaxy that they now live in, but also about the city, Atlantis, that they live in.
Old players fromt he original series do pop in occassionaly and they are welcomed, with Sam taking over control of the Atlantis base for a while.
A great show and definately worth a watch on tv or dvd.
This is the spin off of the successive stargate sg1 series but this show really kicks it up a notch.Being set in another galaxy the atlantis team is left to fend off the new enemies the wraith who are the show's main nemesis.
Stargate Atlantis begins with a bang with the first episode Rising which basically set the pace for the entire show.Atlantis is far from a copy of sg1 being set in another galaxy plague with it's own problems and a new enemy known as the wraith.The wraiths motives are different from the goauld of sg1 however they both have an egostical and manical nature that sometimes has an alluring appeal to them.I would admit that the show does have it's low points filled with filler episodes that do nothing to advance the overall plot of stoping the wraith.Another
great aspect is that we get to learn so much about the ancients or the lantians as they are often called,in a way humanising a race that we as viewers had no real connections to.
This is a wonderful spin off of Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis is an excellent show with a great cast. The writers do a wonderful job with character interaction as well. The CGI is a major hit in this show. When a show that relies so much on the CGI it is important to make it good and this show gets the job done brilliantly. Atlantis takes the Stargate program to a new galaxy, with new characters and a new enemy. The enemy is a race called the Wraith. Dr. Rodney McKay returns to the Stargate franchise as a main character in Atlantis. I really like him heresince I never did in SG-1. And John Sheppard makes the show more fun.
Although sometimes there seemed to be rather a few filler episodes the show mostly was a battle for control of Atlantis.
The battle was finally won and the whole thing was flown back to Earth. During this time there were a number of enemies each rather powerful in their own way. But each lacked the ability to adapted like the team on Atlantis.
There was constant upgrades, battles and things to find. Much like SG1 the Stargate was of heavy use. However there was far more enthusiast on ship to ship combat which was at a point in Stargate universe when the game was getting to powerful and easier to win.
I absolutly love show! This is one of my favourites! I really like season 3, season 4 and most of season 5. The finale is absolutely fabulous! My favourite characters are Rodney McKay, Jennifer Keller, Radek Zelenka and Ronon Dex. There should be more Rodney Episodes and less John episodes if you know what I mean. My favourite couple are Rodney and Jennifer and my favourite duo is Rodney McKay and Carson Beckett. This is positively on my most favourite shows ever list. There are a few episodes that I don't like, like "Inquisition" but it is a brilliant show.
I wasn't happy when they announced this would have been the last season of this great show, but after seeing the finale i'm happy with the decision they made : the battle and the way it ended ( the usual get in, drop the bomb, nobody gets hurt, etc..) plus the lack of focus on the Wraith and a certain number of "filler" episodes. they were running out of gas, and i'm truly sorry to say this. this remain, however, one of my favorite shows, a show able to create a whole new universe, full of marvels. Good Bye, Atlantis.
As I have already said this is that most rare of things - a spin-off that is almost as good as the original. The show manages to keep those elements of the original stargate that we all know and love but also makes the show different and edgy enough so that it is not simply a clone of SG-1 as so easily could have been the case.
In many ways it is a shame that this show was not allowed to run for as long as the first because if it had I think it may have been able to surpass it's predecessor. This last season in particular has very much raised the bar and the show will be greatlymissed now it is gone. I for one look forward to the upcoming TV movie with great expectations.
I'm a Stargate fan. I watched all of SG-1 growing up in middle and high school. I enjoyed it and I felt it showcased the best of humanity when it came to the concept of us exploring the galaxy and later universe. Stargate Atlantis is such a horrendous failure that it's not even funny to watch. The premise is sound and the Ancient story thread is one of the more compelling ones in the Stargate series. Atlantis follows the same formula from that of SG-1. A single enemy to focus on with a flagship team the show focuses on. Let's start with the enemy, the Wraith. What an excuse for an enemy. A hive species that is dumber than bricks but somehow managed to destroy the most advanced species the universe has known? Oh, they're dumb as hell but they can build way more ships than earth with far superior technological capabilities. I would have loved to sit on the meetings where they thought this one up. Next you have the team. Overall, I'm okay with the character and actor choices until you come to one Dr. Rodney McKay. He is by far the most annoying character on the series and yet the show focuses on him so much. Also, he was the "stupid" scientist when he appeared on Stargate SG-1. How did he become the lead scientist on the Atlantis expedition? The character of John Shepard exacerbates the annoyance by constantly asking McKay if he's done with whatever scheme they happen to be working on. He doesn't ask once but often times twice and sometimes more. There are plot holes galore in this series. It also showcases the worst aspects of humanity. Whatever they don't understand they blow up. I don't find that to be the actions of a group of explorers. This is a show to be avoided.
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