Saturday, September 6, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Weekly: SGA Season 4 DVD Review

From SciFi Weekly:

(Please follow the link for the complete review.)


(The author rated the SGA season 4 DVD set with a B.)

September 05, 2008

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fourth Season DVD

Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite jump to Atlantis for a season of flux—and a growing Replicator threat

By Melissa Perenson

The cast and producers of Stargate Atlantis noted that season four represented a reset of sorts. Understandably so: By episode two, Dr. Elizabeth Weir had died in the line of duty; a new yet familiar commander, Col. Samantha Carter (Tapping), took charge; a new doctor, Dr. Keller (Jewel Staite), signed on; and other characters were in a state of flux after recent upheavals.

The dual focal points of the season were the introduction of Carter into the command structure and the challenges faced by Atlantis as it faced the growing Replicator threat. Bringing Carter aboard from SG-1 was an organic and natural maneuver given the nature of Atlantis and the challenges the expedition faced in its fourth season.

But sadly, Carter's new role was not maximized in the best ways possible, and Tapping never quite settled into the role. And few of this season's episodes jump out of the pack. While some episodes, like "Trio," were ambitious, others felt more like rehashes, doing less to advance the Atlantis narrative than one might expect, given how much was going on this season (Teyla's pregnancy, the ongoing Wraith threat, the battle against the Replicators)...

...I always enjoy the meaty, informative commentaries on Stargate sets. Given the addition of Tapping's Carter, I had high hopes for Atlantis this season, but the season fell a bit short of what I'd hoped for. — Melissa

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