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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I like SG1 and was wary of spin-offs having been stung before (i.e. same plot, same characters, different place). However, I found Atlantis very engaging and the storyline interesting. In some ways it felt better planned than SG1.

While there are similarities in format, the stories aren't just re-written SG1 episodes using the same tired formula. The bad guys are suitably creepy and the characters are a good mix (it was nice to see some "international" characters rather than all Americans).

I would recommend this as an easier series to start watching than SG1 for novices and a must have for serious aficionados.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this adventure, pure escapism. I'm a fan of Stargate and when this spin off came out I was a bit worried but I got hooked from the first episode and still am!!! in fact I would even go as far as to say I like it better. And what about John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) cor! could watch him all day!! But on a more serious note, I hope this lasts as long as SG1 and carries on being as good. The stories are great and every episode transports you to another place. Keep it up!!!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2006
As someone who throughly enjoyed SG1, I was worried about the ideas of this spin-off, especially about the character choices, they seemed to sound very similar to SG1.

Needless to say, I was wrong to have worried.

The series opener, "Rising" is perhaps the greatest pilot episode EVER. It features guest roles from Micheal Shanks and Richard Dean Anderson, great for easing SG1 fans into this new adventure, and the backstory is explained for newbies to the series. In this ep, the new leading characters are introduced as well as the new setting, The Lost City of Atlantis. The international team headed by Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) steps through the SGC stargate and find themselves not only cut off from Earth in this incredible base of the Gatebuilders, but it is underwater and low on power, the sheild holding back the water is doomed to fail, and so the military team headed up by John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and guest star Robert Patrick head out to one of the worlds in Pegasus in an attempt to find more power sources.

But they only find some freindly villagers led by Teyla Emmagan (Racheal Lutterel), as well as the new foes, The Wraith. Whilst not scary, they are nonetheless very awesome and unique in the Stargate universe.

So enough of the spoilers, so what else is there? Many awesome action sequences and plots, including stuff that didn't happen in SG1, including the use of their own spaceships in combat, as well as being a great plot device. The special effects are truly amazing for a TV show, evident in several eps such as "Rising" , "The Eye" and "The Seige". The extras are great too, plenty of stuff to keep you entertained, but some of the extras also spoils some stuff from SG1 season 8 so be careful what you choose!

So what should you do? Watch and enjoy this great new show that's sure to last for years to come!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2006
Being a long-time SG-1 fan I was both excited and worried at the introduction of this spin-off. However all fears have been allayed. This series has taken off in a big way. The casting is great, and the SG team has bonded and has a distict character of it's own.

The storylines and performances are strong, and the production values are almost cinematic. Although a new series, this is sellin g at half the cost of the latest SG-1 set, so a great opportunity to get into Atlantis even if you are not familiar with SG-1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [2004]
Fantastic!! This series is a carry on from Stargate SGC (if you're a fan of SGC, you'll love this), new stories, new characters, new enemy's, new races, new worlds, and it takes the adventures far from home! This series is worth the wait and the money, as we've watched it many times!!
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on 8 July 2015
love the show and was excited to get the DVD's at last.

The show isn't the issue, the video quality of the DVD's ... not so great. this serious could really do with a digital clean up. i don't know if it' been remastered as the set I got was i think an original set but the quality of the video show's it age. i think if it's cleaned up it will be AMAZING! but as yet the quality isn't the best and that let's this box set down.

But the series is brilliant, it's fun and quirky and for me personally it's not as heavy as SG-1, it feels lighter and a little more laid back. the graphic's and special effects as brilliant and my favourite scene will always be the rising of Atlantis :)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2006
stargate atlantis was originally supposed to take over after the SG1 series had finished but due to popular demand SG1 was renewed and atlantis gets to run side by side with its SG1 counter part.

The atlantis series has the best pilot episode I have ever seen, including star trek enterprise's pilot episode "broken bow".

We even get to see a few of the usual characters from SG1, Daniel and Jack make a cameo in the episode which gets the series off to a good start.

While the series has a few dodgy episodes for the most part the series is over all really well done and the character interaction is on par with SG1.

There is loads that will feel like dejavu EG a team visiting new worlds, a four person team with one of them being an alien, the leader of the group being able to crack jokes, the star gate having an iris ect

but this does not take away from the fact that this series is still one of the best on tv the second series is already blowing me away.

Well worth the cash and an essential for any sci fi fan!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2006
I'm an avid SG-1 fan and the idea of a spin off horrified me, but i have to say i was more than plesently suprised by Atlantis. The characters are more involved, the plots are gripping and the new enemy that is introduced in this series makes the G'ould look like a pushover. The first few episodes are quite slow paced but stick with it. It just gets better and better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
I`m a little skeptic about spin offs but to my surprise the first season of Atlantis was absolutely great. A must see for every sci-fi fan.
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on 20 April 2013
this season has captured the feel of the earlier seasons of stargate sg1, and has been a great surpise for me as i had always thought sg1 would be my favorite series in the stargate series. unlike the later seasons of stargate sg1 (seasons 6-8) i have really enjoyed this season, the first two episodes (to introduce the series) were exceptionally good and still had that brilliant mix of sci-fi and underlying comedy that i have grown to love

a must buy for any stargate fan
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