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Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Joe Flanigan as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay
Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan
Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett
Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex
David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka
Chuck Campbell as Technician

Special Features:
Disc 1:
The Siege: Part 3
The Intruder
Runner
Duet
Special Features:
Commentary by the Directors, Writers and Actors
Mission Directive: "The Intruder" featuring Director Peter DeLuise
Mission Directive: "The Seige: Part 3" featuring Director Martin Wood
Photo Galleries
Production Design Gallery

Disc 2:
Condemned
Trinity
Instinct
Conversion
Special Features:
Commentary by the Directors, Writers and Actors
Mission Directive: "Instinct" featuring Director Andy Mikita
Introduction to a Character: Ronan Dex
Photo Gallery
Production Design Gallery

Disc 3:
Aurora
The Lost Boys
Hive
Epiphany
Special Features:
Commentary by the Directors, Producers, Writers and Actors
Road to a Dream with Martin Gero
Photo Gallery
Production Design Gallery

Disc 4:
Critical Mass
Grace Under Pressure
The Tower
The Long Goodbye
Special Features:
Commentary by the Directors, Director of Photography, Writers and Actors
Profile On: David Hewlett
Stargate Altlantis: Stunts
Photo Gallery
Production Design Gallery

Disc 5:
Coup D'Etat
Michael
Inferno
Allies
Special Features:
Commentary by Directors, Writers, Producers and Actors
Profile On: Paul McGillion
Photo Gallery
Production Design Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Languge
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 872 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"After narrowly surviving a massive Wraith attack, the new inhabitants of Atlantis continue to uncover the secrets of the ancients and search for allies in their corner of the universe, but the persistent threat of interference from vicious enemies haunts them in their pursuits. Will they find the elusive power source they so desperately need... or the renegade team member they've lost?"

"Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I really enjoyed the "Stargate" movie and I even read a few of the spinoff books. However, for one reason or another, I've never seen a single episode of the long running TV series or this spinoff from it. I was curious to see if someone could dive into the middle of a second season and follow what was going on. The result was that it was only partially successful in hooking me.

I was quite impressed with the special effects on the show. The city of Atlantis and the spaceships looked fantastic. They were some of the best effects I've seen on TV. The story was also fast paced and the action kept things moving. That being said, I don't think the point where I jumped on was the best place to join the storyline. I knew nothing about the characters nor cared about them when they were placed in jeopardy. There was also very little related to the "Stargate" movie. It has about as much in common with the film as "Frasier" does with "Cheers." I also found the acting to be a little bland. There are no real standouts among the cast.

In short, if you want to jump aboard the "Stargate" TV series bandwagon, go back to the very beginning. The series should satisfy fans of sci-fi television, but it's not quite up to the quality of "Battlestar Galactica."

Fans of "Stargate Atlantis" should be very pleased with all the bonus features on this DVD set. There are a ton of featurettes focusing on the making of specific episodes. There are also commentaries and photo galleries. The final result is one of the better bonus feature offerings of a TV series DVD set.

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