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Stargate Atlantis: Rising (Pilot Episode) (2004)

Joe Flanigan , Torri Higginson , Martin Wood    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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When SG-1 discovers what it believes to be the remnants of the Lost City of the Ancients ? the originators of the Stargates ? Stargate Command launches an investigation. A new team of explorers, headed by civilian Dr. Elizabeth Weir, travels to the distant Pegasus Galaxy, where it discovers an advanced but deserted city on the ocean floor, a group of nomadic humans and a deadly enemy that feeds on humans as an energy source!


There are those who may regard it as old wine in a new bottle, but that doesn't mean that Stargate Atlantis doesn't have something to offer to both newcomers and fans of Stargate SG-1, the franchise from which it evolved. Co-creators and executive producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, both of whom worked on the earlier show, have concocted an appealing premise for this spin-off, in which the so-called Ancients abandoned Earth millions of years earlier, taking their city (i.e., Atlantis) with them. Now, a new team has gained access (via the Stargate, the "wormhole" our heroes use to travel to different worlds) to the legendary sunken city, where new adventures and deadly new enemies await. Stargate SG-1 stars Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks make appearances in this series premiere, but the focus is on the new characters. Of these, Joe Flanigan excels as the insouciant Major John Sheppard, an Air Force pilot unexpectedly recruited for the new mission because of his preternatural ability to interface with the Ancients' wondrous technology. The new leader is Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson), a role that is neither especially well-written nor well-played. The new monster-villains, replacing the trusty old Goa'uld, are the Wraith, whose name is actually cooler than they are; they may eat humans, in addition to being all-powerful (natch), but they tend to come off like refugees from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Overall, the production values and special effects remain top-notch, especially for television, and the story itself is OK. But while Stargate Atlantis is certainly promising, it has a ways to go to equal its predecessor, which remains one of the best-made, most compelling sci-fi programs on television. --Sam Graham

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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a Great 1st Season June 3 2005
After watching all 8 Seasons from SG1, I was eagerly awaiting the New series when it premiered on the Sci-Fi channel in the States. The series IMHO, kept up to it's promise, and gives the Stargate an entirely new perspective. Mjr. Sheppard, brings O'Neil's flair, Dr. Weir Brings in the Serious Nature, and Dr McKay brings in the comic relief. The Technology is way more advanced, and the new cultures more interactive. I was a bit dissapointed that this was only the Pilot, and not the entire 1st Season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the very best Sci-Fi show available on DVD... but be aware that this is only the pilot! The price is totally affordable, but you would most probably want to invest in a little bit more and buy the complete first season and watch this same episode included in it.

The unusual storyline and cast is excellent! Whether you like sci-fi or not, this is fun to watch since it touches a lot of issues such as dealing with different kinds of nations and their beliefs, friendships, enemies, adventures and even comedy. This show is awsome on many different levels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis rises Dec 11 2007
One of the big arcs of the "Stargate SG-1" series was finding the Lost City of the Ancients, also known as Atlantis.

It also turned into fertile fodder for a spinoff series (come on, you KNEW they had to make one eventually). While the first two-parter is a bit awkward in places, it's a solid enough action-thriller that introduces some likable new heroes, a legendary city, and a new race of alien parasites.

At the Antarctic base, Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) has finally figured out the location of Atlantis -- in the Pegasus galaxy.

General Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) gives the go-ahead for an exploratory unit to go to Atlantis -- even though they don't have the power to return back to the Milky Way, and will be stranded there. So Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) leads an international group of scientists and military to another galaxy, and arrive in the sunken Ancient city of Atlantis.

Unfortunately, after ten millennia Atlantis is running out of power, and soon the whole place will flood. So the military unit, including Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), goes scouting in unknown territory through the Stargate. Meanwhile, the irritable scientist Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) tries to somehow salvage the city -- with surprising results.

While the people on the planet of Athos (where's Portos and Aramis?) turn out to be peaceful, they soon face an ancient enemy -- the parasitic, vampiric Wraith, who destroyed the Ancients long ago. When several Athosians and U.S. officers are kidnapped, Sheppard must lead a small team deep into one of the Wraith ships -- with devastating consequences.

"Stargate: Atlantis" has an easier introduction than most series, even spinoffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great show June 27 2005
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I love Atlantis- I think that it's even better than SG-1, but then from the first time I heard about the Anciants (The gate builders) I wanted to hear more about them. This gives the fans the best view of them.
Now the pilot was not the best, but it was still great (I assure you the rest of the season gets better) The best scean was when Atlantis actually rose from the sea, the special effects were great.
What I love about this show, is if you have never seen SG-1 your not going to miss alot (That said I still think that you sould watch it because you get some idea on just how powerful the Anciants were) Personally I'm goint to wait until the complete box set comes out in November (I'm sure about that, I saw it on their offical website) and for those who want to see season two it starts (for Canada) on the Movie network on July 18 at 8 PM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate Atlantis Rising Jan. 6 2013
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I enjoyed it so much, I bought the whole series. I'm hooked, as much as I was with SG-1. Usually a sequel isn't as good. This one is.
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