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Stargate Atlantis – Season 3/Stargate SG-1: Season 10 (MGM DVD)


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



Stargate Atlantis picks up where Season 2 left off (described in previous review) with the Wraith still not under control and new threats always on the horizon (like new trouble every episode this season).  Seriously, the galaxy is a dangerous place; I wouldn’t go out there after seeing what happens to these people.  This season just seems to be all out war with new groups and old groups alike trying to take over the same areas.  In essence, this season more than any other is a power struggle.  Whereas this reviewer does enjoy Stargate Atlantis more than SG-1, this season really took a dip to this reviewer.  The actors are great and though the story arches are all greatly integrated, they lack a certain character that keeps the audience going.  The core of the matter being this reviewer became bored.


The Tenth and Final Season of SG-1 brings out the BIG guns.  Though this reviewer has not seen every season of SG-1, it is obvious that Season 10 was meant to go out with a bang.  The crew is still looking for Merlin’s secret weapon, apparently, and is having a great deal of trouble completing their mission.  This season also marks the first combined efforts of two series SG-1 and Atlantis; SG-1 going to Atlantis for a helpful rendezvous.  Overall, it was a good final season (not great), but was lacking leaving many holes in a decade long series.  On the bright side the studio is apparently making straight to DVD films to clear up these issues; let’s just hope those DVDs are nothing like The Pretender straight to DVD films that were ‘suppose to clear up plot holes.’


The technical aspects on both these sets are very similar; even down to the fact that they are both 5 Disc Season Sets, both with features that are quite good.  The picture on each set is presented in a clean 1.78 X 1 Widescreen.  The picture remains fluid and lucid throughout, and with the high degree of action and fast paced motion in these types of series quality is often sacrificed for flash; not here.  The light and dark issues in the previous season of Atlantis also seem to have been taken care of, with little too no issues observed.  The sound once again is adequate in its Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mixes; highlighting the action of both series, but does sometimes fall short of the quality other series demonstrate on DVD. 


The extras are not too impressive but adequate for each series and fans will enjoy the few featurettes offered.  The commentaries would be the most interesting thing on these sets due to the high story arches and creative direction taken for each series.  A side by side comparison would be interesting, due to each series being similar yet so different at the same time.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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