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Stargate Atlantis - Season 5 - Complete [DVD]

Amanda Tapping , Joe Flanigan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amanda Tapping, Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ACP0MO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By the time the credits roll for the final time at the end of Stargate Atlantis’ fifth season, it’s hard not to feel some sadness. For this is the final season of the show, and it’s also, arguably, right up there with the best.

It starts with a fairly major gamble, by replacing Amanda Tapping’s Samantha Carter as Atlantis’ commander and instead giving the job to Richard Woolsey, played by Robert Picardo. But it’s a gamble that pays off smartly, as Woolsey becomes a less predictable and more interesting commander. That said, not all of the characters in the show will have you warming to them, but then that’s arguably deliberate. The fifth season follows the ongoing battle with Wraith, and leaves--in the aftermath of its excellent finale--a number of threads that were presumably designed to be picked up in the sixth season that we’ll now never see.

Yet don’t let that discourage you. Season five of Stargate Atlantis doesn’t just feature some of the best moments of the show to date, but also some episodes rival anything its forerunner served up, too. The ambition of the ideas here, and the quality of both the visual effects and overall execution, is something to be genuinely admired.

The Stargate torch now passes over to the new series Stargate: Universe. But Atlantis deserves time to be kind to it. Out of the shadows of SG-1 it emerged as something genuinely special in its own right, and this fifth season finds it on tip-top form. --Jon Foster

Product Description

All 20 episodes from the fifth season of the American sci-fi series following the adventures of a new Stargate team as they embark on an incredible journey to the Lost City of Atlantis. Episodes are: 'Search and Rescue', 'The Seed', 'Broken Ties', 'The Daedalus Variations', 'Ghost in the Machine', 'The Shrine', 'Whispers', 'The Queen', 'Tracker', 'First Contact', 'The Lost Tribe', 'Outsiders', 'Inquisition', 'The Prodigal', 'Remnants', 'Brain Storm', 'Infection', 'Identify', 'Vegas' and 'Enemy at the Gate'.


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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific final season 30 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
I've always found Stargate Atlantis a generally much more appealing show than its parent series SG-1, boasting a more interesting setting with less reliance on the military and an extremely likeable cast of characters with genuine chemistry. The fifth and, sadly, final season of Atlantis demonstrates all these qualities admirably, with a very consistent batch of episodes that include some of the finest the series has ever produced. If you've seen the previous four you're most definitely not going to want to miss out on this.

A bit lighter and with more variety after the darker, more involved tone of season four, the series starts out by resolving the explosive cliffhanger of 'The Last Man' and does away with Samantha Carter as the commander of Atlantis, replacing her with Robert Picardo's Richard Woolsey, an initially unpopular move that ended up being an enormously successful gambit. Picardo is a great actor, welcoming the opportunity to somewhat humanise the previously unlikeable and somewhat neurotic IOA man. While being something of a stickler for the rules, Woolsey soon realises that the situations that Atlantis has to deal with aren't as clear-cut as he expected, forcing him to make some difficult decisions. I'd say that Woolsey is without a doubt the best commander the series has seen, certainly better than Carter who spent much of her tenure looking a bit lost, and it's a shame that we only got one full season of him.

Elsewhere, the regulars are their usual loveable selves all of whom get a chance to shine over the season. Indeed, the always slightly bland Teyla gets her best showcase ever, channelling her darker side in the disturbing, political power play of 'The Queen'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a serious Stargate fan from the very beginning it's hard to be objective when reviewing a season box set. I admittedly love Atlantis and am sad it finished at only 100 episodes (I use the world "only" in the context that SG-1 ran for 214 episodes, and not as any disrespect to fans of short lived series such as Firefly. 100 episodes is a lot and makes for much replay value).

What I will admit is that there were mistakes made by Atlantis in the past - killing Carson Beckett, poor use of the Aiden Ford character, repeated use of the Atlantis set in other contexts, beaming the crew out of danger at the last minute - and an ongoing problem (reminiscent of Star Trek: Voyager) of having advanced the technology level so much that it no longer makes any scientific sense. Season 5 goes a long way to rectify at least two of those points - Carson Beckett is back for no less than five episodes, and despite heavy use of the Wraith ship set, the stories are good and justify it. The characters are as well written as ever, but I really felt the writers stepped it up a notch this season.

Speaking of Star Trek: Voyager, the idea of bringing Robert Picardo back as Richard Woolsey and promoting him to the role of Commander was a stroke of genus. No disrespect to Commander Weir and Colonel Carter, but in Richard Woolsey, Stargate Atlantis had finally cast its ideal leader (and that's not a sexist comment - other reviewers on these pages may drool over Joe Flanigan but one of the reasons I love Stargate so much is an attraction to strong-minded, intelligent women). There are also a couple of deadpan in-jokes about his holographic Doctor character hidden in the dialogue, which are extremely funny when you spot them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 2 April 2012
Format:DVD
Why oh why did Atlatis get cancelled? It was so good, in some ways; better than SG1. Nobody thought to pick it up for another five seasons? But they produced the lack-lustre Stargate Universe....

The fifth and final season of SGA is an odd bag as far as I'm concerned. It has all fhe great SGA storylines that follow on from or pick up from previous seasons. Also some very interesting stand alone episodes such as "The tracker", and "Deadalus Variations". But on the whole the season seemed rushed, like the writers and producers had become aware cancellation was imminent and had lost their passion

If you were hoping for an explosive rip-roaring ride for a last episode, you will probably be dissapointed. I know I was.
The penultimate episode "Vegas" was more interesting than the finale. Dealing with an alternate reality and taking on the feel of CSI, but retaining the SGA atmosphere. It was inspired. The last episode on the other hand was, pretty mundane if I'm honest.

Essentially a "Super" Hiveship is on it's way to Earth, it is powered by a ZPM, so it has super weapons and super defenses, this hive is made out to be as good as unstoppable. Atalantis takes off in pursuit flown by the cloned Dr.Beckett, while John gates it back to earth to beat them there.
Anyway, the suspense is built but never culminates in anything, and basically the team take out the hive as easily as they have dealt with other non-super hiveships before. The day is saved, and Atlantis is landed on earth. Ronon dies for about 5 minutes, Rodney works his usual technological magic, and Sheppherd flies a 302 with the usual heroism and disregard for his life.

So,... Nothing out of the ordinary, that's just it, the final episode is just like any other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by richard hortonh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent series
Published 1 month ago by margaret miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thanks
Published 1 month ago by bobbydog2011
5.0 out of 5 stars An excelent story line and cool reality
As I have mentioned this story line is a excellent new way to look at science fiction, coruption and complots. a very deep and entertaing script. Read more
Published 3 months ago by protech3
5.0 out of 5 stars Can not fault this series.
Great watch - addictive characters - a must buy if you already have the other 4 seasons. Could lose a bit of its greatness and fun if you do not have the others.
Published 3 months ago by Jeannette
4.0 out of 5 stars SG1
Big fan of the whole series of SG1 and the spin offs and I now have them all and watch them on a regular basis
Published 5 months ago by J. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Brand new so no problems with condition or delivery. Follows on where Stargate ended, which I hadn't managed to see on TV.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Josephine E Parnell
1.0 out of 5 stars b
It was not clear that this was in German, did not expect to have a German DVD in with English versions, and still waiting for a refund
Published 7 months ago by Allan Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate Atlantis 5
The last in the series for the Atlantis crew. Great series which sadly ended on a downer. Surely there was were more story lines to keep this great series going. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lee hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars season 5
its worth a five star for the final episode. i like the alternative universe detective he would do well as an italian in aurelio zen.
Published 8 months ago by M.Harris
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