31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Second Season!
Back for more action Atlantis doesnt waste anytime with the story continuing from where it left off with the Sierge (Part 3). The Wraith are attacking Atlantis and Sheppard is on a suicide mission to stop them...or is he? Following the attack Atlantis goes on missions once again where Ford, who we last saw being attacked by Wraith leaves Atlantis and becomes an...
Published on 10 Jan 2007 by R. Abram
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raising expectations?
Atlantis surfaces smoothly, leading seamlessly from the events of the end of season one in it's second outing.
Not much has changed in the sunken (or not so sunken as it happens) city of the ancients, at least not aesthetically.
Needless to say the evil enemy of the first season were duped out of their victory by the ever resourceful Atlantis team, and as...
Published 21 months ago by William Templar
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Second Season!,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)Back for more action Atlantis doesnt waste anytime with the story continuing from where it left off with the Sierge (Part 3). The Wraith are attacking Atlantis and Sheppard is on a suicide mission to stop them...or is he? Following the attack Atlantis goes on missions once again where Ford, who we last saw being attacked by Wraith leaves Atlantis and becomes an addict...youll have to watch to find out what to! The season truly is better than the first one and continues with great action sequences throughout and excellent special effects which include the new battleship called the Daedalus. A new character joins in the form of Ronan Dex, who has been on the run from the Wraith ever since they destroyed his planet. Prime episodes include the Siege Part 3, The Intruder, Runner, Aurora, The Hive, The Tower finishing with Allies. 2 Special Guests this season include SG-1's Amanda Tapping as Sam Carter, and Enterprise's Conner Trineer (Trip) as Michael, a Wraith turned Human!
Your sure to love the second season of Atlantis, I give it 5*'s!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back to Atlantis!,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)Last time we saw John Shappard, Elizabeth Weir, Teyla, Aiden Ford, and Rodney McKay, the lost city of the Ancients was under a severe attack from the Wraith armada, with very little hope in the promise of reinforcements being their only chance for survival. As an attempt to stave off the Hive ships, John goes for a suicide mission, armed with a nuke...but fortunately the cliffhanger is resolved in an action-packed 3rd parter, and sets up the basis for a whole new season that sets the groundwork for things to come.
The characters and the mythology behind the Pegasus galaxy are developed even further, especially in regards to the Wraith (Which makes things a little less black and white than it is in season 1). Some things even take a darker tone as the team committs actions which may be seen as foolish and immoral, and taking this fine line makes the situations far more dynamic and interesting.
The episodes range from great to outstanding to okay on most occassions, save 'The Tower' which is an ep you should watch only one, due to terrible writing the story falls flat in that one sadly, but is made up for incredibly quickly.
As for extras, the discs are chocked full of the damn stuff! No need to worry there. On the whole, buy, watch and enjoy another great sci-fi season.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure Continues,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)This is 1 great season from start to finish the season kicks off with the resulution to last seasons cliffhanger in the seige part 3 where sheppard is on his way to destroy the wraith hive ship but just in the nick of time we see the arrival of the battleship deudalus to save him under the command of colonel Steven Caldwell played by Mitch(X-files)Piligi also we see the arrival of a new character a few episodes into the season Ronnen Dex who is on the run from the wraith after they destroyed his homeworld as the season continues we start to see crossover episodes with SG1 with General Landry, Jack O'Neill and Samantha Carter this has to be the best season out of the 2 so far
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season two holds strong at 80%,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)`Stargate: Atlantis' season one not only established this show as a unique rival to its fellow series `Stargate: SG-1', but also set the bar very high for a second season with this new breed of adventurers continuing to battle Wraith and other foe in the far-removed Pegasus Galaxy. Consequently for me this season did not quite live up to that impressive debut.
Just as with its sister series, `Atlantis' is adept at balancing a large season story-arc while at the same time providing its audience with inventive one-off stories that act both to attract new viewers to the show and also give the loyal fan-base a break from the on-going threat of the Wraith. This second season is no exception. However, with many of the episodes it seemed to me that the plots were simply too similar in style and set-up to many from the first season. Episodes like 11- `The Hive' (6/10) and 14- `Grace Under Pressure' (7/10) felt like carbon-copies of episodes 2- `Rising, Part 2' and 4- `Thirty-Eight Minutes' from the first season- obviously mixing up ideas and going in slightly different directions, but still- simply too reminiscent of those season one stories. This season works slightly differently compared to the first in that many episodes (even those that aren't strongly Wraith-based) tend to bleed into one another, even though they're not described as `to be continued', which means that many episodes here end quite abruptly and in an unsatisfying way for the viewer. Episode 7- `Instinct' (6/10) (guest-starring the unrecognisable Jewel Staite of `Firefly'/'Serenity' fame) was one that left me particularly at a loss and wondering `is that it?' only to begin episode 8- `Conversion' to discover that the closure awarded the character was particularly brutal and baffling. Even in episode 17- `Coup D'etat' (7/10), which sees the long-awaited return of the Genii- the plot feels stretched and doesn't come close to rivalling the twists and character intricacies that were so engrossing with the Genii episodes of season one i.e. `Underground', `The Storm' and `The Eye'. Of course it's great to see Colm Meaney return as the villainous leader of the Genii people, but throughout the episode I was willing the pace to quicken and for events to take off the way they never failed to during season one.
Yet still, there are some especially engrossing and original stories to enjoy in season two. Some of my favourite episodes would be episode 4- `Duet' (8/10), which has some great chemistry between McKay and Beckett (hilarious), episode 12- `Epiphany' (9/10) that steps into SG-1 territory somewhat by exploring the ancients and their process of ascension, and episode 18- `Michael' (10/10) guest-starring Enterprise's Connor Trinneer, which is easily the best episode of the season- absolutely original, suspenseful and emotional. All fans of `Stargate: Atlantis' should be reassured because season two definitely maintains the high-quality of this show, although frustratingly- doesn't quite manage to up the anti after a rollercoaster first season. Anticipation rating for season three- 4 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good season presented in a boxset loaded with excellent extras.,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)With the welcome addition of Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex in Episode 3 (Runner) SGA continues the successful tradition of top notch SF action with many humorous moments and probably bigger budget well spent...
Regarding the extras - they're excellent and abundant.
Fluent and non-stop commentaries are presented on all 20 episode in various combinations of writers, directors, actors and other staff, and for the first time the commentaries are also subtitled! Thanks!
On them, they tend to share us with lots of interesting behind the scenes info, and with almost no dull moment.
Featurettes include, among others, a 20 minutes profile on Paul McGillion (disc 2), a 20 Minutes profile on David Hewlett (disc 3),a 15 minutes intro about Ronon's character (disc 4) and an 18 minutes "SGA: Stunts".
Some nice and subtitled Mission Directives on selected episodes.
A small and nice booklet with episode summaries and special features info is also present.
Overall it's apparent that they've put a lot of effort in order to present a joyful experience to all the fans.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)Stargate Atlantis is a fantastic spin-off of the much loved Stargate SG-1. Where SG-1 had to deal with the Go'auld Atlantis have their own terrifying and seemingly unstoppable force in the Wraith. While the Go'auld were evil they were teddy-bears compared to the Wraith - personally I'd rather have a contingent of Go'auld over for dinner than even one Wraith!
In Season 2 Weir, Sheppard, Teyla, McKay and Beckett continue on their quest to discover all they can about the ancient Atlantians while dealing with neighbours with agendas of their own. All the while they must keep the threat of the Wraith at the forefront and it leads to some great battles of wit and weaponry.
As a series the makers of Stargate Atlantis have managed to find a formula that makes Atlantis unique from SG-1 which will attract newbies but with a similar formula which will attract devout SG-1 fans. Atlantis is a darker sci-fi series but with some great one-liners which make it highly amusing also. Rodney manages to crack me up every episode without fail. The casting, stories and cinematography are excellent and I expect Atlantis to be around for several more seasons yet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay in for action!,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)A great action season where Elizabeth really comes in to her own as a character. More on the Wraith which gave a background to Shepherd's link with Tod. Great character and one of my favourites.
4.0 out of 5 stars Content Brilliant - Shame about the repeated threats of prosecution,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)I bought and paid for this DVD box-set, so why do I have to sit through the "You shall not download a car" crap (and all of the adverts) every time I want to watch it?!
Fortunately, if you play DVDs on a PC you skip all of that nonsense and enjoy the actual TV show that you paid for.
When will the studios learn, piracy is not killing the media industry, the media industry is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SciFi series,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)This is a wonderful series and I love it and have all the episodes which I watch frequently and enjoy very much
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
This review is from: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)being able to watch series 1 and 2 one after the other unlike on TV when you have to wait for the next episode
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