Friday, September 5, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Film School Rejects: What to Watch on Friday Nights

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Fall TV Preview: What to Watch on Friday Nights

Posted by Neil Miller on September 5, 2008

We bring our Fall TV Preview to a close with a look at the best shows that Friday night has to offer…

Stargate: Atlantis (SciFi) Airs Fridays 10/9c, New Episode on September 5

Five years ago, while “Stargate: SG-1″ was winding down, SciFi Channel launched a new chapter in the ever-expanding Stargate universe. “Stargate: Atlantis,” currently in its fifth season, follows an international, joint civilian/military mission to the Pegasus Galaxy, where the Ancients once lived. They live in a lost city of the Ancients, which is capable of shielding itself from attack, cloaking to avoid detection and even flying off into space. Lieutenant Colonel John Shepherd (Joe Flanigan) leads a team of soldiers and scientists to various planets in the Pegasus Galaxy, looking for help in fighting the Wraith, a deadly race of vampire-like beings that literally suck the life out of their human prey. Over the past four and a half years, the Atlantis team has faces other adversaries, including human-form replicators, Wraith hybrids, military rebels and energy beings. The fifth season saw Colonel Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) of SG-1 fame replaced by Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) as expedition leader. The deceased Dr. Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion) has shown up again as a clone, and resident brain Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) has started a potential romance with the new doctor, Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite). Teyla Emmagen (Rachel Luttrell) continues to work with the team despite being a new mother, and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) continues to kick a whole lotta ass. With the replicators (and ultimately original expedition leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir) put to rest for good this season, the major villain is the genetically altered Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer) who is trying to take over the galaxy with human-Wraith hybrids.

Recommendation: Whether you’re a die-hard sci-fi fan or not, Stargate Atlantis is worth watching. - Kevin Carr

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