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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show - excellent DVD boxset!
Stargate : Atlantis is far more than just a spin-off from the successful Stargate SG1 series. It stands on its own two feet as a clever, dramatic, funny, entertaining, well-crafted show. In some ways it even surpasses the original, benefiting as it does from the producers' and crew's 8+ years of experience in writing and producing the SG1 series. Continuing the mythology...
Published on 29 Mar. 2006 by Alison Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
This is quite a good series (watched all 5), but it's definitely not Stargate SG1. The characters don't gel like a team and the plots are a bit lacklustre. That said I love scifi and still think its quite watchable.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend just got bigger, 17 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The SG Advententure Continues in great fashion, 31 Dec. 2006
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate Atlantis Series 1, 4 Feb. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable "fiction science", 22 April 2012
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Yes, it does tend to resolve complex and sometimes hopeless situations with almost a snap of a finger,
Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously (and that's some of its charm),
yes, it has its ups and downs,
yes, you may say it is more fiction science than science fiction,
and yes, I STILL LOVE to watch it, with all it's well done special effects, villains, story lines, and original ideas.

I won't elaborate on the content, as I believe potential buyers have already seen most of it.
I'll just try to complete the missing data that doesn't seem to appear neither on the Product Details on Amazon nor on the boxset or accompanied booklet and nor in the previous reviews I've read here.

I,personally, find it highly interesting, especially on heavy loaded movie magic productions, to have behind the scenes information given in the form of featurettes and commentaries.

This boxset has some good ones, but I've removed one star to differentiate it from later seasons where it got better and better, culminating in season 4,where all episodes have commentaries (with subtitles !!!).

In this boxset one or two episodes at most on each disc have commentaries, and they are generally very good and well presented. None of them are subtitled.

These are their details:

Disc 1
Episodes 1&2 Rising
Martin Wood (Director) & Joe Flanigan (Sheppard)

Disc 2
Episode 6 Childhood's End
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell (Teila) & Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Ford)
With some long silences and not so well prepared, this is the least memorable commentary, but still has it's good moments.

Disc 3
Episodes 10+11 (The Storm + The Eye 2-parter)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett (Dr. McKay)
Episode 12 - The Defiant One
Peter De-Luise (Writer & Director) & Dan Shea (Actor & Stunt coordinator)

Disc 4
Episode 13 Hot Zone
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks & Paul McGillion (Dr. Becket)

Disc 5
Episode 18 The Gift
Peter De-Luise (Director) & Gary Jones (The Actor that plays the SGC "Chevron Guy" - Walter Harriman)
A very joyful and wacky at times commentary with the best part IMHO is the cool story about Rainbow Sun Francks' audition (at around minute 30 of the episode).

Episodes 19+20 (The Siege 1+2)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett

Overall highly recommended, but with shipping costs accumulating when ordering separate seasons consider buying the complete season 1-5 boxset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SF series, excellent box set, 11 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The Film "Stargate" from 1994 introduced the idea of a device that allowed people to travel from Earth to other planets. This was such an interesting concept that it lead to the development of the "Stargate SG1" TV series which used the same characters, if not the same actors, to expand on the original theme. After 7 years, a new franchise "Stargate Atlantis" was developed.

This is the first season of that storyline and the action moves further out into the universe, with most of it taking place in a different galaxy. The members of the expedition team are rather more on their own than those of the original series, so the dynamics of the storylines are slightly different. There is still a vicious alien race that are the bad guys, and other humans that the Stargate teams are trying to protect.

There is slightly more tension between the various people than in SG1 as the team members are composed of fewer military personel and more scientists. The episodes often have a slightly "grittier" feel to them, and less of the comedy that was a feature of SG1. The extras on the disks are also very useful in showing how the episodes were created.

If I was being very critical about the box set, I think that it's rather odd that they don't include an episode list; something that I would have thought to be essential. However, I suppose that I can create my own and put it in the box for reference.

Suitable for a present for many people (I would have loved to get this as a present) or if you are an SF fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis 1, 22 Sept. 2010
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SG1 in a new galaxy but still as good!!, 25 April 2006
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than SG-1, 22 Mar. 2006
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Pegasus galaxy, 29 Dec. 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
One of the big arcs of the "Stargate SG-1" series was finding the Lost City of the Ancients, also known as Atlantis.

It also turned into fertile fodder for a spinoff series (come on, you KNEW they had to make one eventually), known as "Stargate: Atlantis." The first season has its duds and awkward moments -- much like its parent series -- but it proves to be a solid introduction to likable new heroes, a legendary city, and a new race of alien parasites.

At the Antarctic base, Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) has finally figured out the location of Atlantis -- in the Pegasus galaxy. General Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) gives the go-ahead for an exploratory unit to go to Atlantis -- even though they don't have the power to return back to the Milky Way, and will be stranded there.

So Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) leads an international group of scientists and military to another galaxy, and arrive in the sunken Ancient city of Atlantis. Unfortunately, after ten millennia Atlantis is running out of power, and soon the whole place will flood. The military unit, including Major John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), goes scouting for a planet to evacuate to, and encounter the friendly natives.

Meanwhile, the irritable scientist Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) tries to somehow salvage the city -- only to have it rise from the ocean floor. But then the SG teams accidentally wake an ancient enemy -- the parasitic, vampiric Wraith, who destroyed the Ancients long ago. Cut off from Earth, the expedition settles into the Ancient city and tries to make the best of their situation.

Unfortunately, the Pegasus galaxy has plenty of its own dangers -- an energy-sucking "shadow," possible spies, life-sucking bugs, a destructive nanovirus, a mysterious goddess, suicidal kids, cannibal Wraith, and an Amishlike people who turn out to be ruthless soldiers. And the Wraith are closing in on Atlantis, intent on getting to Earth -- forcing Weir and Sheppard to arm the city for what may be its final stand.

"Stargate: Atlantis" has an easier introduction than most series, even spinoffs. The whole idea was introduced over a few seasons of "Stargate SG-1," and two of the characters (Weir and McKay) were also recurring characters. And thank God, there is no endless whining about how they may never see Earth again, as many series would do -- the Atlantis personnel just forge ahead, and deal with it.

It does have some flaws, mostly the same ones that "SG-1" had in ITS first season -- a few duds ("The romancing of the alien priestess? It's very 1967 of you"), and many others that are good sci-fi watchin', but not great. It takes a little time for the series to get comfortable, but by the last four or five episodes, it really takes off.

And it has plenty of sci-fi staples -- ugly nasty aliens, tightly wound scientists, little tubular ships, explosions, moral quandaries and a bit of classic-style horror. But it doesn't lose its laid-back style (Rodney massaging his feet during a conference), or its human side -- for example, one episode has everyone recording touching messages to send back to Earth.

And the dialogue is pretty great, with lots of one-liners and snappy exchanges. Most are from Rodney ("This device must be using an older version of Windows"), and Sheppard ("I am your death. That is all you need to know." "I prefer 'Steve'"). But there's humor from everyone ("Find another problem with it! Tell him that the power-loop interface isn't jiving with your walkabout!").

The cast is a bit uneven -- Higginson is given too little to do, and Rainbow Sun Francks just never works. But Flanigan has a nice O'Neillian sarcastic snap, Hewlett is hilarious as the mildly antisocial, ever-exasperated scientist, and Paul McGillion is simply adorable as a cuddly Scottish doctor. And while Rachel Luttrell starts off as just the token native love interest, she evolves nicely at the end of the season.

"Stargate Atlantis" has its shaky moments, and the actors were still getting a grip on their roles. But it's a solid first for a solid sci-fi series, gating out into a new galaxy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, 8 Jan. 2014
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I came across Stargate Atlantis almost by accident when they was repeating it on one of the Freeview channels; and found it to be a well written and thought provoking show, with the added bonus of having a very attractive male lead!
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