It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been...
The joyful confection is coated in a sparkly gloss, bright enough to gleam from the darkest, most cynical corners.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
Not everything about Atlantis is better than SG-1. Joe Flanigan, the show's lead actor, simply doesn't possess the same screen presence as Richard Dean Anderson did in SG-1. Luckily, he is surrounded by interesting, well-acted characters - most of whom have deep issues and character flaws that define how they react to situations. Also, SG-1 managed to keep its actors together longer than Atlantis.That said, Stargate Atlantis is a remarkably well-written and high-minded science fiction show that focuses more on action and big ideas than its predecessor. It vastly expands upon the mythos of the Stargate franchise and manages to ask the big questions in an original fashion, like great sci-fi tends to do. Then, it is a testament to the quality of Atlantis that its action scenes also speak for themselves. Money was clearly spent on the effects right from the start, because there are often epic otherworldly shots and heart-pounding action scenes that rarely disappoint. Everything from the space battles to the claustrophobic firefights are often executed spectacularly but are always at least serviceable.Bottom line - if you enjoyed Stargate SG-1, then you should appreciate Stargate Atlantis. It maintains the trajectory of SG-1's later- season ascension into a more epic scale, but Atlantis encompasses this scale better than SG-1 ever could. This is a must-watch for sci-fi fans of all ages. 8.5/10
Obvious plot holes, sub-par CGI, some problems with continuity, issues with how the military handles their respective positions that had me rolling my eyes and mumbling under my breath.Whew. In the name of honesty, those are the reasons why I'm not giving the show a 10/10. Incredible acting, and despite the plot holes, the story is built up to perfection, with season finales that have you gripping your seat (And mumbling at the TV). Or netflix, in my case. It's an incredible show. If you haven't watched it, do yourself a favor: Watch it. The lead actors are compelling and likable, the villains are villainous without being cliché. Even though the CGI isn't the best, it isn't bad enough to distract you from the spectacular story.
Atlantis is kind of the "Star Trek - Deep Space 9". While SG-1 is not exactly nomadic - the point of the show is the traveling. Atlantis focuses on the settlement.It starts with what feels like the B-list actors from SG-1, but you get to like some of them. - but in many respects it keeps feeling like a cheap copy.You have the individualist squad leader ( Sheppard ) who is your regular Han Solo, you have your brainy guy who hides his insecurities with arrogance, you have your exotic guy, who is the "good and pure heart and soul of the team" and you have your tough thug that does not use many words but is meant to be surprisingly wise and deep or so.What i disliked the most is the double standard displayed in this show. Humans commit some horrible crimes - and re-act to other cultures in the show with so much inappropriate behaviour that i started rooting for the enemy. ( a sure sign that there is something wrong with the character design and story writing ) Our heroes display ignorance, intolerance and violence on a much greater level than even any other species they encounter.The show displays that it is no problem to kill thousands to save a friend, even if that friend got into the situation by their own stupid decision.It is also strange how the team of protagonists actually got together. While it felt OK for Teal'c to join SG-1, it feels forced to see Talya join Atlantis in such a role - and much worse Ronon.however - i am reviewing it from a more adult point of view than the show is made for. i daresay, without the baggage to overthink many of those things - the show is simple and enjoyable.
It is such a shame that this series did not carry on I felt sure that there were plenty of good story lines left and it had huge ratings and a solid fan base. Perhaps someone can come up with a decent follow up, here is hoping.:-) Sci_fi is not my favourite genre but I can remember watching every episode of Star Trek and all the Trekky movies. It is not an easy subject to get right, do not get annoyed but The Blob, Signs..really ? Yet Close Encounters, Alien, awesome. Let's not churn out programmes just for the sake of it there must be a plethora of up and coming writers out there with. some inspiring and creative ideas. Here,s to the next generation.