It's tough to watch episode after episode without feeling the effects deep in your bones. No one ever quite sees eye to eye, but there isn't a sense that betrayal lurks around every corner. In the face of certain doom, Sheppard and his allies don't bend or break, they aren't snapped like weak-minded branches in the onslaught of a psychological storm, and they don't fall victim to despair. And the series is no stranger to death or, at least, in shaking things up. The series finale is a particular disappointment; one that doesn't quite complement the grand adventures and harrowing battles of earlier seasons.
The brilliant blue eruption of an activated gate, the rich reds, oranges and purples of Atlantis, the natural earthy tones of the various worlds Sheppard and his team explore, the ominous interiors of a Wraith hive ship, the swimming colors of a nebula. Replacements are never far behind, though, and, more often than not, make excellent additions to the cast. Sometimes simple is simply better, and Stargate Atlantis is one of the more wonderfully understated, shelf-friendly complete series box sets on the market. Likewise, Teyla is initially more of a expositionary tool than an essential member of the team, but Luttrell does a fine job mining the depths of her warrior princess's soul. Dialogue -- be it shouted, whispered, sniveled, barked, cooed or flavored with the series' patented sense of humor -- is clear, intelligible and intuitively prioritized throughout. A glossy cardboard sleeve houses three standard-height Blu-ray cases: a thick 8-disc case that houses Seasons One and Two, another beefy 8-disc case that contains Seasons Three and Four, and a thinner 4-disc case that's home to Season Five. Of course there are stellar tracks and not-so-stellar tracks.
Stargate Universe was an ugly, at-times maddening chess game populated with too many self-interested pawns trying to work their way up the board. They're still quite good on the whole. Which become more and more prevalent as the series nears its fifth season endgame. More gates have been dialed, more planets have been explored, more intergalactic crises have been averted than Emmerich or the most deeply devoted '90s genre fans could have possibly anticipated when Kurt Russell and James Spader stepped through that first shimmering portal. Of course, comparisons to other sci-fi series -- Battlestar Galactica, among them -- are unavoidable.
Still, Stargate Atlantis is comfort food; familiar but tasty. There are a slew of variances from episode to episode and season to season, but not enough to label the experience uneven or inconsistent. Francks loses his series regular status after Season One -- no complaints here; Lieutenant Ford wasn't very interesting and added little to the mix -- and becomes a recurring villain of sorts, but other surprise exits, evolutions and transformations which I wouldn't dare spoil take out other crucial characters. In the meantime, though, while television awaits its next Stargate spin-off, might I humbly suggest diving headlong into the world -- or worlds, rather -- of Stargate Atlantis, an exceptionally entertaining, wonderfully written, smartly cast five-season series that was unceremoniously shot down in its prime. Eighty-eight audio commentaries, hours upon hours of documentaries and featurettes, extended episodes and more. And it's villains like the Wraith among other foes that help make the show's drama and humor that much more pointed and refreshing.
All things considered, it's safe to say diehards, casual fans and newcomers alike -- at least those armed with appropriate expectations -- will be satisfied with the results. The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. It isn't even what I'd call an issue. Cooper, directed by Brad Wright, Brad Wright. The series' score sounds great too, despite the fact that it isn't always properly featured in the mix. Crush is a minor factor, even if it's an issue inherent to specific episodes. Likewise, some episodes look completely different than others -- some are moody and starkly lit, others are bright and buoyant, still others are dark and savory, and a number of others exhibit a distinct noisiness one might associate with separate sci-fi shows particularly in the course of Seasons Three and Four -- but, again, such discrepancies trace back to deliberate choices made by the showrunners, not some deficiency in the presentation.
Stargate Atlantis doesn't get much better than this. After a shaky, strangely truncated introduction to the series' setup, creators Brad Wright and Robert C. McKay is, by some inexplicable genre miracle, Spock, Bones and Scotty rolled into one blazingly funny, terribly endearing savant. The Atlantis team is in constant, episode-to-episode danger and, even though a few shocking developments prove otherwise, it's hard to buy into the ever-present peril. Directors: , , , , , Writers: , Starring: , , , , , This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details: Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review Stargate fans' Wish Lists are about to get a little bit fuller. Stargate Atlantis has never looked better and makes the box set's pricepoint seem a bit more generous.
Eighty-eight audio commentaries, hours upon hours of behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes, and dozens of additional extras will keep diehards busy for weeks on end. In fact, it's so rushed and anticlimactic by comparison that you can almost feel the heartache of the hard-working ensemble and showrunners who have been left with little choice but to bid farewell to a series that could have easily lasted another three or four seasons. Noise inches up and down too, sometimes seemingly at random. And stunt Coordinator James Bamford and key members of the cast and crew dig into the series' stuntwork accordingly. Sound effects are bright, engaging and altogether convincing as well, and the whole of the soundscape is bolstered by solid directionality and commendable dynamics.
Civilians and military personnel butt heads, sure, but rarely at the expense of mutual respect. It's as accessible as a spin-off comes, and soars in its own right. But brief growing pains and last-minute blunders hardly sully the Stargate franchise's Pegasus Galaxy-spanning spinoff. The magic of Atlantis lies in its relationships. How could there not be? In addition to several extended episodes none of which are identified on the cases, discs or menus , the 20-disc Stargate Atlantis box set boasts an obscene amount of supplemental content. Yes, it's all presented in standard definition, but considering the sheer volume of special features in its coffers, I'd have to really plum the depths of a bad mood to complain. Armed with nervy rants, anxious ramblings and a last-second solution to any problem, Dr.
I figured you'd like to have a review sometime this month, so you'll have to forgive my skimming and sampling. Regardless of whether or not Sheppard and his team are ever given another mission, Stargate Atlantis is a five-season genre delight that deserves as many converts as are willing to join its fold. No unwieldy collector's box, no oversized monolith, no infuriatingly ungainly monstrosity. Elizabeth Weir Torri Higginson , wise-cracking military man Major John Sheppard Joe Flanigan , self-proclaimed genius Dr. Even so, the track rarely falls short, and not an episode goes by that doesn't revel in the dust-ups, dogfights, shootouts, ground assaults and battlecruiser barrages the Pegasus Galaxy has to offer.
Season One has the weakest tracks relatively, anyway -- it's clear everyone involved is still getting a handle on where the mythos, stories and characters are headed -- but that doesn't mean those tracks should be avoided by any means. » Show more for Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Blu-ray You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. Hardly a single conversation or silence goes by that isn't nestled amongst humming Atlantian technology, pulsing engines, busy city passageways, crowded mess halls, planetary winds, the rustle of a dense forest, the watery rippling of a Stargate portal or the sheer madness of battle. Cooper, that likewise functioned as exec manufacturers. With a carefully honed blend of action, light comedy, intense alien conflicts and meaty character drama, it has it all. It may take you months on end, but sit back, carve out a few hours every couple of days and enjoy. That doesn't mean the presentation is quote-unquote top tier, or even outstanding, but it is noteworthy.