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Stargate Atlantis – Season Two


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: B-     Episodes: C+



Prepare for secrets to be uncovered, power to be realized and non-stop action all around as Stargate Atlantis: Season Two is now on DVD.  For those new to the series, here is a slight wrap up.  Stargate Atlantis is a spin-off of the very popular Stargate SG-1 series.  Stargate SG-1 originally appeared on Showtime and was cancelled, only to be picked up with great success on The Sci-Fi Channel.  Stargate Atlantis was a branch of Stargate SG-1’s seventh season in which the great city of (you guessed it) Atlantis was discovered.  The city is most often referred to as the ‘City of the Ancients’ though, for whatever reason.  The Stargate Atlantis team in Season 1 quickly made friends and enemies (how plot convenient); their allies being the kind Athosians, while their enemies are the dreadful Wraith.


The first season of Stargate Atlantis was mainly setting up the who’s who of the sci-fi epic and ended with a dramatic cliffhanger.  Season Two, however, gets more into the meat and potatoes of the series and contains many unusual plot twists; from weird vaccines to earthly invasions WATCH OUT!  The series is interesting, well written and can captivate any science fiction alum to the end.  The following for the Stargate Series seems to just be getting bigger and bigger and this reviewer can see why.  I would like to say more about this unusual season, but this reviewer is sure fans would string him up by his Darth Vader underwear.


The technical aspects of this 5 Disc Season Set are quite good.  The picture is presented in a nice 1.78 X 1 Widescreen.  The picture remains crisp and clear throughout, which is nice because the show does contain a lot of flash and action that can often not transfer well picture wise, and only contains the occasional light/dark issue.  The sound is also nice in its Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounds that ‘BOOM,’ ‘POP,’ and ‘SWOOSH’ at all the right places.  The extras are not too impressive but adequate for the series.  Extras include insightful audio commentaries on each episode, a nicely put together ‘Mission Directive’ featurettes, photo galleries, and much more surrounding production design.  Overall, a good quality set for fans to enjoy.


In the end, this reviewer has never found the Stargate Atlantis series to be as intriguing as still running in its tenth season Stargate SG-1, but Atlantis definitely has its merits.  The show manages to stay fresh and fun throughout, and there is never any doubt that this is a true out of this dimension sci-fi series.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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