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Stargate Atlantis: Rising (Pilot Episode) (2004) [Import]
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STARGATE ATLANTIS - RISING (PILOT MOVIE
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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.Published on Jan. 6 2013 by Purpledixie
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