‘Stargate: Atlantis’ Is Coming To A Close

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Stargate: Atlantis is coming to a close – it’s been a great ride. The show took a bit to adjust to, but after a while the characters and new location grew on me because it had the same feel to the writing that we’ve come to enjoy from the Stargate franchise.

It was hard not to know that last week’s episode was the next to last episode for Atlantis. I went into the episode, titled “Vegas” (written and directed by Robert Cooper), not really looking forward to it. I was coming into it with a bit of a dour perspective because it was some alternate timeline story. My thought? “Why would they do this to us in the next to last episode of the series?”

WARNING: If you DVR’d the episode, a bit of an outline spoiler follows the break.

The episode surprised me. It started out with the feel of a CSI episode as LVPD Detective John Sheppard investigated a case involving dessicated corpses. His investigation led him to an “odd” looking man who was more than he appeared. It’s about halfway into the episode when we meet the SGC from Area 51, in the form of FBI Agent Woolsey. We meet other characters from the SGC (All in a stuffy suit-wearing environment… we wouldn’t have liked this reality in our show) and in the end, after Woolsey fills Sheppard in on the Stargate, Sheppard puts it all together and figures out where the “odd” looking man, a Wraith who’s on Earth, could be hiding. Before they can stop the Wraith, he sends a homing signal that the SGC figured did not reach the Pegasus Galaxy… in their reality. But they surmised that the signal may have reached the Wraith in different realities.

stargate atlantis det sheppard p Stargate: Atlantis Is Coming To A CloseI ended up liking this almost stand-alone episode. I was expecting it to wrap up in a way that righted the alternate time line to our own, but instead, it only referenced it and it looked like a lead-in to the final episode, titled “Enemy At The Gate” as previews indicate that a Wraith ship ends up at Earth. I surmise that it gets to Earth because of the signal sent from “Vegas.”

We’ll see.

I’ll be bummed to see the series go. We have Stargate: Universe coming at us but we’ll have to adapt to a whole new group, learn all new backgrounds and get a whole new grasp on the show.

We also have a Stargate: Atlantis movie coming at us somewhere down the road.

As we head into the final episode of Stargate: Atlantis, I leave you with a few behind the scenes images above and a few sneak-peek images from next week’s episode below. Yep, you read right. NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE. It’s nothing big, but it’s what all I can do for those of us patiently waiting.

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Images: Behind the Scenes-MGM, Preview- © 2009 NBC Universal, Inc

The final episode of Stargate: Atlantis airs on January 9, 2009.

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  1. I despised, for the most part, SG-1. As a result, there was a short time which I didn’t bother with Atlantis. Then I decided one day to give it a try and I liked it ten times better than SG-1. I especially liked Torri Higginson, and when they started actually doing stuff with her character, they kind of knocked her off and brought in… Amanda Tapping uggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! If it wasn’t for the wonderful bad assness of Jason Momoa, I would have stopped watching almost two seasons ago.

  2. I LOVED Vegas. Fantastic episode in a marvelous series. I’m going to miss Stargate Atlantis.

    I also loved Stargate SG-1.

    But, there are 10 seasons of SG-1 dvds, 4 season of DVD for SGA (and a 5th will soon released), plus we have 2 Stargate SG1 movies, the promise of a SGA movie…

    And the new SGU series to look forward to.

  3. I loved Vegas!
    Viva Las Vegas baby!
    Am sad to see the series end.

  4. While Amanda Tapping was wasted, I *hated* the seeing Higginson on the show. HATED her character. I was ecstatic to see her leave regardless of who replaced her.

    I’m incredibly annoyed they’re ending the series as it just found it’s “groove” recently. As to this episode? I was thinking “WTF?” In my opinion it was:

    1. A total rip-off of CSI shows.

    2. Annoying that they went so graphic with it – we watch it as a family and my daughter was not able to watch the next-to-last episode of the entire series.

    3. A *very* cheap “short-cut” way to end the series abruptly. Lame Deus Ex Machina IMHO.

    I can’t imagine them wrapping this all up in a one hour episode. This show deserves a better ending.



  5. I’ll say this much without spoiling the finale. It’s very similar to the way they ended SG-1. Very open ended…

  6. Ash: That was my very suspicion. Leaving it open to make their direct to DVD movie more appealing. I’m somewhat grumbly about that but in the end it all works out, if you’re really patient enough about it!

  7. Took me awhile to get into Atlantis. They changed the cast a lot more, remember they lost the other soldier guy very soon and replaced him with Ronan, which was a good move.

    Also grown to really like Todd.

  8. I must say I loved Torri Higginson. I do like Amanda but to drop Torri for Amanda seemed cheap. And then…Amanda goes away and we got Picardo.

    I just really liked Higginson.

    Sad to see the show close. I enjoyed their world.

  9. I tried to watch SG-1 and found it wanting. I did not hate it but though it could have been better. One day I watched SGA and from that point on I was hooked on it, but still could not get into SG-1. But I must admit, if I had not seen SG-1 before, I would have been confused on some aspects of SGA. I still stand by what I said, SGA is better than SG-1. I’m going to give SG-1 another chance on DVD. I already have SGA on DVD. I have not had the chance to see SGU. The one big difference between the two “for me” is SGA has a more robust cast. I hope the show comes back.

  10. SG1 was awesome, SGA was even better and very entertaining, I was hooked on SGA from the first day. SGU just doesn’t do it for me. I love sci-fi but this I just can not watch. I truly hope they bring back the old characters ASAP.

    A True SG1/SGA Fan

  11. I know this is a late, late comment, but I just can’t get over the loss of this great series, as well as SG-1. I am watching it all over again from Season 1 now.

    The biggest problem for me is that they never gave it a shot for a decent ending. At least they gave Eureka and SG-1 that opportunity. I know TV is a business, but still, it often appears that there is a lack of consideration for their bread-and-butter and their reason for existing – the viewers.

    I guess I still hold out hope that Mallozzi will be able to convince them to bring it back one day.

    • Oh, and they also gave Warehouse 13 a chance for a good ending. Saw it last night. I really mourn the loss of quality science fiction shows that don’t rely on massive amounts of gore and violence and darkness.