“ Genre: Television - Stargate Atlantis / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Mario Azzopardi, Peter DeLuise, Martin Wood / Actors: Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, Rainbow Sun Francks ... / DVD released 2006-03-13 at Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
Stargate Atlantis the spin of from the orginal Stargate TV series, it is set in a newly discovered ancient outpost, it starts with a new expidition being sent to Atlantis under the command of Doctor Weir.
It was develped by the same people that made the orginal Stargate, although it is not required to have watched the orginal series it will help with some of the references to past events.
The team travel to a new galaxy the pegasus galaxy and follows the same structre as the orginal series in the main team known as SGA-1 under the command of Major Sheppard visit new worlds and explore this new galaxy.
The series does not start well for the new expidation with them waking the Wraith the enemy of the Ancient, who live on the life force of Humans.
With no way of getting home they have to learn how to survive on limited resources and make new friends to help in there fight for survial agaist this new enemy
I'm a huge Stargate fan. So much so that I refused to defile my love of the gate by buying into spin offs (even if technically sg1 is a spin off, hush!) Now that Stargate sg1 is finished I found my self at a loss as to where to get my next Stargate fix before the new movies came out. I decided to give in and bought Stargate Atlantis Season One.
I went into this as a total skeptic. I'm terrible for trying to pick things apart. So in went the first disc. The first episode starts with some amazing special effects and throws in Jack O'neil and Daniel Jackson (two main characters from SG1) as if to say "Its ok, don't worry, it will be fine, we promise" And I have to admit, after the first five minutes of trying to set up the story so those new to the whole Stargate thing (possibly people from a different planet?) could follow it, it got good!
After one episode I was hooked and kicking myself for not having watched it sooner. After a day or two of constant watching (I was addicted) I had finished the box set. Not only were the episodes all up to SG1 standard, they introduced some great new characters and ideas. It left me hanging on the edge of my seat desperate to buy the next box set.
Not only were the episodes amazing, the extras are pretty fantastic too. Cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes jaunts and some hillarious moments kept me entertained for that little bit longer. As a nice little surprise some of the SG1 actors also appear in the extras! The extra "Wrathial discrimination: its hard being green" that shows the big bad guys of the show dancing round like idiots when not filming, had me in stitches and sent me on my way with a big grin on my face that lasted the rest of the day.
As if to make it just that little bit cooler, the box its self keeps me entertained, although I do have the mind of a five year old at times. Its got a rather snazzy hologram on the front that flips between the Atlantis team and one of the evil, life sucking wraith.
The one dislike I have about this box set is the plastic cover it comes in. It gets in the way a LOT and I have a lot of trouble getting it on and off without leaving little dents on the side of the box (if you are anything near as fanatical as me then this is a major issue! I want my DVDs looking as good as they can!!) You can't really throw it away as it has the shows name and a little detail to add to the underlying picture on the box.
Oh and before I forget, the Good Doctor Carson. He annoys me a little. I know he (the actor and the character) was born in Scotland but that doesn't give him the right to make a complete balls up of the accent! (I'm Scottish, I know) In saying that it wont distract anyone but the Scots and even I am now learning to love it!
Overall a great box set, a great show, and great value for money as far as box sets go!
(also on ciao)