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Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 26, 2011 by  



“Stargate Atlantis” goes HD  and what a wonderful collection “Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series”  is on Blu-ray! Featuring nearly commentary for each episode from season 1-5 plus plenty of special features to keep diehard fans busy.  A wonderful collection for “Stargate Atlantis” fans  and a Blu-ray set that is highly recommended!

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TITLE: Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2004-2009

DURATION: Over 50 hours

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:78:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: Twentieth Century Fox/MGM

RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2011

Directed by Martin Wood, Andy Mikita, William Waring, Peter DeLuise, Brad Turner, Mario Azzopardi, Robert C. Cooper, Brenton Spencer, Ken Girotti

Written by Robert C. Cooper, Brad Wright, Martin Gero, Carl Binder, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, Alan McCullough, Damian Kindler, Peter DeLuise, Ken Cuperus, Jill E. Blotevogel, Kerry Glover, Mary Kaiser, Joe Flanigan, Alex Levine

Executive Producers: Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, N. John Smith, Brad Wright

Co-Executive Producers: Carl Binder, Martin Gero

Supervising Producer: Martin Wood, Alan McCullough

Producer: John G. Lenic

Associate Producer: Jennifer Johnson

Music by Joel Goldsmith

Cinematography by Michael C. Blundell, Brenton Spencer, James Alfred Menard

Edited by Brad Rines, Jeremy Presner, Mike Banas, Rick Martin, Judith Burke, Stein Myhrstad, Ron Yoshida

Series Casting by Paul Weber

Production Design by James Robbins, Bridget McGuire

Art Direction by Thom Wells, Melanie Cassidy, Peter Bodnarus, James Robbins, Chris Beach, Barbara Wilson, Mira Caveno, Richard Cook, Eric Norlin

Set Decoration by Mark Davidson, Robert Davidson

Costume Design by Christiina McQuarrie and Valerie Halverson

Starring:

Joe Flanigan as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan

David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex

Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett

David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka

Chuck Campbell as Chuck the Technician

Jewel Staite as Dr. Jennifer Keller

Kavan Smith as Major Evan Lorne

Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey

Amanda Tapping as Colonel Samantha Carter

Rainbow Francks as Lt. Aiden Ford

Mitch Pileggi as Colonel Steven Caldwell

Christopher Heyerdahl as Todd the Wraith

James Lafazanos Wraith

Gary Jones as Chief Mst. Sgt. Walter Harriman

Sharon Taylor as Amelia Banks

Connor Trinneer as Michael Kenmore

Dean Marshall as Sgt. Bates

Linda Ko as MArie

Craig Veroni as Dr. PEter Grodin

Andee Frizzell as Wraith Queen

Kirby Morrow as Captain Dave Kleinman

Bill Dow as Dr. Bill Lee

Trevor Devall as Hermiod

Robert Davi as Commander Acastus Kolya

Explore the celestial wonders of an unknown world and experience the ultimate Sci-Fi adventure in stunning high-definition with “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray gift set, arriving July 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From award-winning Executive Producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, “Stargate: Atlantis” is anchored with a compelling ensemble cast including Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, “Game of Thrones”), David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Flanigan (Ferocious Planet), Rachel Luttrell (Imposter) and Torri Higginson (The English Patient). Continuing the journey of “Stargate: SG-1,” television’s longest running sci-fi series, “Stargate: Atlantis” explores the great city of Atlantis built thousands of years ago by the Ancients and the new home base for an elite expedition team from earth. Overflowing with exciting quests and surprises, fans will experience every captivating, and spine-tingling mission of the Intrepid Team from their first hostile encounter to their last rescue mission. Winner of the 2008 People’s Choice award for Favorite Sci-Fi show and three-time Emmy nominee*, “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray is the perfect gift for any sci-fi aficionado filled with all 100 episodes from seasons one through five and tons of commentary and special featurettes.

The “Stargate” franchise is  one of the more successful military/space exploration sci-fi series to ever be created.

It began back in 1994 when Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich created the film “Stargate” that focused on an ancient ring-shaped device that created a wormhole which enabled traveling to other areas with the similar device across the galaxy.

Needless to say, where “Star Trek” had influenced generations through a story of space exploration, “Stargate” explored the theory of how extraterrestrial beings may have influenced human civilization.

Needless to say, the film became a big hit as it made $200 million worldwide and continues to be a fan favorite for sci-fi fans.

What followed afterward was “Stargate SG-1”, a series created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner and would last 10 seasons long (214 episodes), airing on Showtime from 1997-2002 and the Sci Fi Channel from 2002-2007 and surpassed “The X-Files” as the longest running sci-fi series on television.

The story takes place two-years after the feature film and would feature a special force and mercenary squad known as SG-1 from Earth to explore the galaxy using the Stargates and defending Earth from various alien threats.  The long running series would then spawn two films “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” and “Stargate: Continuum”.

But while “Stargate SG-1” was airing on the Sci-Fi channel, a new spin-off series titled “Stargate Atlantis” was created in 2004.

Created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, the series would last five seasons long (100 episodes) and at times would have a connection to “Stargate SG-1” (note: “Stargate SG-1” character Jonathan “Jack” O’Neill, played by Richard Dean Anderson, would star in the pilot episode).

“Stargate Atlantis”would be a major hit for the Sci-Fi Channel, would win numerous awards (and also nominated for many awards) and the episodes would be shot digitally.

The main premise of “Stargate Atlantis” is that teams from several countries would work together to learn more about the Stargate and the Ancients (an advanced race of humans that built the Stargate) but primarily to find the Lost City of Atlantis.

The expedition is headed by Elizabeth Weir (played by Torri Higginson), a diplomat who  is an expert in international politics and she feels that they are close to finding the Lost City but they just need more power, power that was found in a device by another team (as featured in “Stargate SG-1”) and they need the consent of Col. Jack O’Neill (played by Dean Anderson) to use the device and eventually power-up the Stargate which may lead to the Lost City of Atlantis.

At first, it would not seem possible especially when Col. Jack O’Neill denies them for obtaining the device.  But when O’Neill’s pilot named Lt. Colonel John Sheppard (played by Joe Flanigan) sits on a chair created by the Ancients, somehow the chair activates and is able to establish power for the Stargate.

And because Sheppard has the ability to connect to the Ancients technology, Elizabeth wants Sheppard to join her team on the expedition.

As the team from Earth head out through the Stargate, they end up in what appears to be a vessel with modern technology but for some reason, power is very low and without that power, it may jeopardize the expedition to find the Lost City.

They also learn from a holographic message left behind by the ancients that the Ancients have left the area because of a destructive alien race known as the Wraith.

So, as they worry about power for the vessel and worry about the Wraith, the combat team are given the order to use the Stargate to go to an area in the near galaxy to find this power source that can help power the vessel.

What the combat team finds on a habited planet is that there are humans living in camps but they live in fear of the Wraith.  Shepard learns from the village leader Teyla Emmagan (played by Rachel Luttrell) is that humans have been wiped out for generations by the Wraith, while those who escape are able to grow and train their children of Wraith and prepare for when they arrive again.

When the Wraith attack the area, some of the members of the Atlantis team including Teyla and a few of the humans of the planet are captured by the Wraith.

Sheppard and the remaining team find out that the Wraith kidnap the humans to feed on them.  Not only are they powerful but they have the power to regenerate.  Meanwhile, for Elizabeth Weir and the expedition team, they quickly find out that the vessel the are in, is not a vessel at all.  It’s actually the command center of the Lost City of Atlantis.

And now, both the expedition team and the rescued humans will come to live in the Lost City and prepare for any attacks from the Wraith but also learn the ancient technology to protect themselves and continue their exploration in that part of the galaxy.

“Stargate Atlantis” features the following characters:

  • John Sheppard (played by Joe Flanigan) – A U.S. Major who is recruited by Elizabeth Weir because he is able to control devices created by the Ancients.  He becomes the military leader after Commander Col. Marshall Sumner is killed.
  • Elizabeth Weir (played by Torri Higginson) – The governor of the Lost City of Atlantis and a diplomat and expert in international politics.   In season 4, something happens to her character.
  • Rodney McKay (played by David Hewlett) – The scientist and head of the Science and Research Department of Atlantis.  He is an expert in Ancient Technology. (note: McKay was first introduced in Season 5 of “Stargate SG-1”).
  • Teyla Emmagan (played by Rachel Luttrell) – The leader of the Athosians and the first humans near Atlantis that the expedition team came in contact with.  She and Sheppard are very close and joins the team to fight the Wraith.  She also has the ability to detect them.
  • Aiden Ford (played by Rainbow Sun Francks) – The First Lt. of the US Marine Corps and becomes a good friend of John Sheppard.  In Season 2, something happens to his character.
  • Carson Beckett (played by Paul McGillion) – The Chief of Medicine of Atlantis.  Something happens to Carson in Season 3.
  • Ronon Dex (played by Jason Momoa) – A weapons specialist from the Pegasus planet Sateda.  He allies with the team in Season 2.
  • Samantha “Sam” Carter (played by Amanda Tapping) – The Astrophysicist and US Air Force Lt. Col. who takes over the Atlantis Expedition (note: Sam Carter is a main character for “Stargate SG-1”).
  • Jennifer Keller (played by Jewel Staite) – The Chief of Medicine who joins the team in Season Three.
  • Richard Woolsey (played by Robert Picardo) – A representative of the International Oversight Advisory who has a bigger role in Season 5 (note: Richard Woolsey appears in season 7 of “Stargate SG-1”).

Here is a brief spoilerless summary of all five seasons of “Stargate Atlantis”:

Season 1

In season one of “Stargate Atlantis”, the season focuses on the expedition team discovering the Lost City of Atlantis, learning Ancient Technology but also learning of how the Wraith has wiped out many civilizations near the Pegasus Galaxy.  The Wraith want to invade Atlantis and make the planet Earth their new feeding ground.

The first season also focuses on space exploration around the Pegasus galaxy as the expedition team visit various worlds and come in contact with various races who are in fear of the Wraith.

The season culminates with the Wraith attacking the Lost city of Atlantis.  How will the expedition team defend themselves against the aggressive alien race who want to feed on humans?

Season Two

In season two of “Stargate Atlantis”, the theme continues with space exploration to other worlds near the Pegasus galaxy.  The team come in contact with a runner named Ronon Dex and he eventually becomes an ally of the team.

Meanwhile, as the team continues to face off against the Wraith, they also must defend themselves against “The Trust”.  Meanwhile, the team discover that there are Wraith factions that want to destroy the Wraith and are engaged in a civil war.  Will the expedition team ally with this faction?

Season Three

The expedition team learns about the Wraith faction and Elizabeth must defend herself when the IOA questions her and wonder if she is capable of leading the expedition team.

Meanwhile, the team learns about the various things that the Ancients were doing in the area and space exploration continues to various worlds.    Meanwhile, the team discovers a space station where the last of a race of humans are living and the expedition team loses a member.

Another threat comes upon Atlantis.

Season Four

The battle against the Replicators continue and the expedition team try to steal ZPM from them in order to power up the Atlantis and head back to Earth via the Stargate.  Meanwhile, the Wraith have infiltrated Earth.

More problems continue for the team in the Atlantis and the battle against the Wraith continues!

Season Five (The Final Season)

The battle against the Wraith continues, John Sheppard is captured and familiar faces return!  The expedition team are in trial for crimes against the Pegasus Galaxy.

Meanwhile, the Wraith are creating a Super Wraith hive and the expedition team must destroy it!

With the City of Atlantis now under deep threat, what will happen to the Lost City?

VIDEO:

“Stargate Atlantis” is presented in 1080p High Definition (Widescreen 1:78:1).  In one of the commentaries, the crew was talking about how this was a series that was shot in HD but their goal was to not make it look like it was shot in digital and therefore, they had some challenges.

With that being said, even when this series was airing on television, there were a lot of comparisons between the look and feel of “Stargate Atlantis” vs. “Battlestar Galactica” and the different production quality of both series.  For me, I always felt that BG probably had a bigger budget and they were able capitalize on it.  But what “Stargate Atlantis” had and that was the ability to expand the universe with their wonderful costume design and the fact that they got to do many location shots.

While the series does look great on Blu-ray, there is somewhat of a softness at times. Skintones were natural but black levels were OK.  There is detail but if anything, I felt that because it was a TV series, it was something that people shouldn’t expect to look like modern film on Blu-ray.  It’s a TV series not a big budget film and so far, not all TV series on Blu-ray look magnificent.  In the case of “Stargate Atlantis”, the series does look very good.  Some episodes that are shot with good lighting or outdoors definitely look good but at times you will often see some crush and banding. But once again, many TV series that I have seen on Blu-ray have not been stellar but for the sake of this series, it does look very good, not great but good.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  This is probably one of the major benefits of watching this series on Blu-ray is the fact that the soundtrack is lossless and that there is a good amount of ambiance coming from the surround channels.  Dialogue is crystal clear and there is also good use of audio effects through this series.

Again, sound quality varies from episode-to-episode but I can say that I was pleased with the soundtrack for the series and felt there were times of very good immersive sound.  From the sounds of the Puddle Jumper riding through the Stargate to the sounds of the Wraith spacecraft flying around all areas and hearing people scream from all over to laser beams shooting (and capturing people), explosions galore and if there is one thing that this series does have and that is action.  There are plenty of battles throughout the whole five seasons that those with a good home theater setup should be happy with this 5.1 lossless soundtrack!

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series” comes with the following special features:

SEASON 1 – DISC 1:

  • “Rising, Parts 1 & 2” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and actor Joe Flanigan.
  • “Hide and Seek” Audio Commentary with cast members Rachel Luttrell, Torri Higginson and Paul McGillion.
  • Thirty Eight Minutes” Audio Commentary with cast members Rachel Luttrell and Paul McGillion.
  • Stargate Atlantis Set Tour with Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise – (11:22) Directors Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise give us a humorous behind-the-scenes tour of the Stargate Atlantis set.

SEASON 1 – DISC 2:

  • “Childhood’s End” Audio Commentary with writer Martin Gero and actors Rainbow Sun Francks and Rachel Luttrell
  • “The Storm” Audio Commentary with Director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett
  • Wraithal Discrimination: It’s Not Easy Being Green – (11:28) A featurette on how the Wraith were created and jokes about the Wraith.
  • Diary of Rainbow Sun Francks – (9:14) Actor Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford) talks about working with the cast and the fun he had on the set.

SEASON 1 – DISC 3:

  • “The Eye” Audio Commentary with Director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett.
  • “The Defiant One” Audio Commentary with Director Peter DeLuise and stunt coordinator Dan Shea.
  • “Hot Zone” Audio Commentary with writer Martin Gero and talents Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks and Paul McGillion.
  • “Sanctuary” Audio Commentary with actress Rachel Luttrell and actor Torri Higginson.
  • Mission Directive: The Storm/The Eye – (6:00) Behind-the-scenes featurette for episodes “The Storm” and “The Eye”.  From the making of special effects and more.
  • Mission Directive: Sanctuary – (11:36) Behind-the-scenes featurette for episodes “The Sanctuary”.  From the making of special effects and more.
  • Mission Directive: Before I Sleep – (13:57) Behind-the-scenes featurette for episodes “Before I Sleep”.  From the making of special effects and more.

SEASON 1 – DISC 4:

  • “The Brotherhood” Audio Commentary with Director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett.
  • “The Gift” Audio Commentary with Director Peter DeLuise and cast member Gary Jones
  • “The Siege, Part 1” Audio Commentary with Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett
  • “The Siege, Part 2” Audio Commentary with Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero, actor Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett.
  • Mission Directive: The Siege – (11:13) Behind-the-scenes featurette for episodes “Before I Sleep”.  From the making of special effects and more.
  • A Look Back on Season 1 with Martin Gero – (17:23) Writer Martin Gero talks about season 1 and looking back at how things were for the first 11 episodes (there was tension on the set as these episodes were shot before the first season aired) and how things have changed for the second half of the series when the show became popular.

SEASON 2 – DISC 1:

  • “The Siege, Part 3” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero and actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
  • “The Intruder” Audio Commentary with director Peter DeLuise and Stargate SG-1 actor Gary Jones
  • “Runner” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and actor David Hewlett
  • “Duet” Audio Commentary with director Peter DeLuise, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett
  • Condemned” Audio Commentary with director Peter DeLuise and actor Gary Jones
  • Mission  Directive: The Siege (Part 3) featuring Director Martin Wood – (10:46) Director Martin Wood takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the making of “The Siege (Part 3)”.
  • Mission Directive: The Intruder Featuring Director Peter DeLuise – (11:00) Directoer Peter Deluise takes viewers behind the scenes on the making of “The Intruder”.

SEASON 2- DISC 2:

  • “Trinity” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and writer Damian Kindler
  • “Instinct” Audio Commentary with director Andy Mikita and producer Paul Mullie
  • “Conversion” Audio Commentary with writer Martin Gero, actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
  • “Aurora” Audio Commentary with directors Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise
  • “The Lost Boys” Audio Commentary with writer Martin Gero and actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett
  • Mission Directive: “Instinct” featuring Director Andy Mikita – (15:09) Director Andy Mikita takes viewers behind-the-scene on the making of “Instinct”.
  • Introduction to a Character: Ronon Dex -(15:05) Writers talk about how they debated on the character of Ronon Dex and the plans to focus Ronon Dex over Lt. Aiden Ford and concerns that studio execs had about the character.

SEASON 2 – DISC 3:

  • “The Hive” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood
  • “Epiphany” Audio Commentary with director Neil Fearnley
  • “Critical Mass” Audio Commentary with director Andy Mikita, actress Rachel Luttrell and director of photography Brenton Spencer
  • “Grace Under Pressure” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero, actor David Hewlett and actress Amanda Tapping
  • “The Tower” Audio Commentary with Producer Paul Mullie and director Andy Mikita
  • Profile on David Hewlett – (20:51) Actor David Hewlett talks about playing Dr. McKay.  The writers talk about how McKay became a character in the series and more.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Stunts – (18:21) A featurette based on the stunts and fighting choreography featured in “Stargate Atlantis”.

SEASON 2 – DISC 4:

  • “The Long Goodbye” Audio Commentary with Andy Mikita, Director of Photography Brenton Spencer and actress Torri Higginson.
  • “Coup D’Etat” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett
  • “Michael” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and supervising producer/director Peter DeLuise
  • “Inferno” Audio Commentary with director Peter DeLuise and SG-1 Cast Member Gary Jones
  • “Allies” Audio Commentary with director Andy Mikita, writer Martin Gero and actor David Hewlett.
  • Road to a Dream with Martin Gero – (19:15) Writer Martin Gero talks about his lifelong dream of becoming an actor.
  • Profile on Paul McGillion – (20:43) Writers talk about Paul McGillion playing Carson Beckett.  Paul talks about playing the character and more.

SEASON 3 – DISC 1

  • “No Man’s Land” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and supervising producer/director Martin Wood
  • “Misbegotten” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and executive producer Paul Mullie
  • “Irresistible” Audio Commentary with director Martin Wood and director of photography Michael Blundell
  • “Sateda” Audio Commentary with producer/writer/director Robert C. Cooper and director of photography Brenton Spencer
  • “Progeny” Audio Commentary with director Andy Mikita and VFX supervisor Mark Savela
  • Mission Directive: Sateda featuring Robert C. Cooper – (15:34) Director Robert C. Cooper takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of Sateda.
  • Mission Directive: Progeny featuring Andy Mikita – (10:55) Director Andy Mikita takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of “Progeny”.
  • Inside the Stargate Atlantis Visual FX Department – (17:54) Meeting the staff of the “Stargate Atlantis” Visual FX Department and the work that they do for the series.
  • Profile On Rachel Luttrell – (14:56) The writers talk about casting Rachel Luttrell for the character Teyla and Rachel talks about her character and working on “Stargate Atlantis”.

SEASON 3 – DISC 2

  • “Common Ground” Audio Commentary with director William Waring and director of photography Brenton Spencer.
  • McKay & Mrs. Miller” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and supervising producer Martin Wood
  • “Phantoms” Audio Commentary with director/supervising producer Martin Wood and co-executive producer Carl Binder
  • “The Return, Part 1” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and executive producer Paul Mullie
  • Mission Directive: Phantoms featuring Martin Wood – (14:42) Supervising producer and director Martin Wood takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the episode “Phantoms”.
  • General O’Neill Goes to Atlantis – (14:00) A featurette about General Jack O’Neill visiting Atlantis and the plans that went into bringing back Richard Dean Anderson for an episode.

SEASON 3 – DISC 3

  • “The Return, Part 2” Audio Commentary with writer Martin Gero and executive producer Paul Mullie
  • “Echoes” Audio Commentary with director William Waring and director of photography Brenton Spencer
  • “Irresponsible” Audio Commentary with supervising producer/director Martin Wood and director of photography Michael Blundell
  • Tao of Rodney” Audio Commentary with supervising producer/director Martin Wood and director of photography Michael Blundell
  • “The Game” Audio Commentary with director William Waring and director of photography Brenton Spencer
  • Mission Directive: The Game featuring William Waring – (13:35) Director William Waring takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the episode “The Game”.
  • Masters of the Alien – (17:53) A featurette about the makeup designers who create the alien prosthetics.

SEASON 3 – DISC 4

  • “The Ark” Audio Commentary with supervising producer Martin Wood and VFX supervisor Mark Savela
  • “Sunday” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and director William Waring
  • “Submersion” Audio Commentary with director Brenton Spencer and VFX supervisor Mark Savela
  • “Vengeance” Audio Commentary with director Andy Mikita and creature effects designer Todd Masters
  • “First Strike” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero, director Martin Wood and VFX supervisor Mark Savela.
  • Mission Directive: First Strike featuring Martin Wood – (11:52) Supervising producer and director Martin Wood takes viewers behind-the-scenes on the making of the episode “First Strike”.
  • Stargate Atlantis: A Look Back on Season 3 with Martin Gero – (20:18) Producer/writer Martin Gero talks about season 3 and how the goal was to make things more complex.

SEASON 4 – DISC ONE

  • “Adrift” Audio Commentary with co-executive producer/writer Martin Gero and supervising producer/director Martin Wood
  • “Lifeline” Audio Commentary with director/supervising producer  Martin Wood and actress Amanda Tapping
  • “Reunion” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and director William Waring
  • “Doppleganger” Audio Commentary with executive producer/writer/director Robert C. Cooper and VFX supervisor Mark Savela
  • “Travelers” Audio Commentary with executive producer/writer Paul Mullie and director William Waring
  • Mission Directive: Doppelganger with Robert C. Cooper – (14:48) Robert C. Cooper takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the making of the episode “Doppelganger”.
  • A New Leader: Amanda Tapping joins Atlantis – (15:15) Producers and actress Amanda Tapping (Col. Samantha Carter) talks about how she was cast for “Stargate Atlantis” and her role for the series.

SEASON 4 – DISC TWO

  • “Tabula Rasa” Audio Commentary with writer Alan McCullough, supervising producer Martin Wood and actress Amanda Tapping
  •  “Missing” Audio Commentary co-executive producer/writer Carl Binder and director Andy Mikita
  • “The Seer” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Alan McCullough and director Andy Mikita
  • “Miller’s Crossing” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and director Andy Mikita
  • “This Mortal Coil” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and director William Waring
  • Stargate Atlantis Bloopers – (7:08) Outtakes from “Stargate Atlantis” season four.
  • Mission Directive: This Mortal Coil with William Waring – (12:27) Director William Waring takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “This Mortal Coil”.

SEASON 4 – DISC THREE

  • “Be All My Sins Remember’d” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and director Andy Mikita
  • “Spoils of War” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Alan McCullough and director William Waring
  • “Quarantine” Audio Commentary with supervising producer/director Martin Wood and actress Amanda Tapping
  • “Harmony” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Martin Gero and director William Waring
  • “Outcast” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Alan McCullough and director Andy Mikita
  • Mission Directive: Quarantine with Martin Wood – (10:21) Supervising producer/director Martin Wood takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “Quarantine”.
  • Mission Directive: Outcast with Andy Mikita – (10:15) Director Andy Mikita takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “Outcast”.

SEASON 4 – DISC FOUR

  • “Trio” Audio Commentary with producer Martin Gero, supervising producer/director Martin Wood and actress Amanda Tapping
  • “The Kindred, Part 1” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and director Peter F. Woeste
  • “The Kindred, Part 2” Audio Commentary with producer/writer Alan McCullough and supervising producer Martin Wood
  • “The Last Man”  Audio Commentary with executive producer Paul Mullie and supervising producer Martin Wood
  • The Making of Trio – (16:32) The producers, writer and cast talk about working on the episode “Trio”.
  • A Look Back at Season 4 – (11:56) Producer/writer Martin Gero looks back at the making of season four.
  • Deleted Scenes – (24:21) Deleted scenes from “Stargate Atlantis – Season Four” featuring intros by producer/writer Martin Gero.

SEASON 5 – DISC ONE

  • “Search and Rescue” Audio Commentary with executive producer Martin Gero and producer/director Andy Mikita
  • “The Seed” Audio Commentary with director William Waring and executive producer’s assistant Lawren Bancroft-Wilson
  • “Broken Ties” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and actor Jason Momoa
  • “The Daedalus Variations” Audio Commentary with supervising producer Alan McCullough and director/producer Andy Mikita
  • Mission Directive: Search and Rescue featuring Andy Mikita and Martin Gero – (11:25) Producers Andy Mikita and Martin Gero take viewers behind-the-scenes for the episode “Search and Rescue”.
  • Showdown: Ronon v. Tyre – (5:50) Stunt coordinator James Bambam Bamford talks about preparing the talent for their fight sequence.
  • Bringing the Seed to Life – (6:54) Mark Savela (visual effects supervisor) talks about the challenge of making visual effects for “The Seed”.

SEASON 5 – DISC TWO

  • “Whispers” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and director William Waring
  • The Queen” Audio Commentary with supervising producer Alan McCullough and director Brenton Spencer
  • “Tracker” Audio Commentary with executive producer Carl Binder and director William Waring
  • “First Contact” Audio Commentary with executive producer Gero and director/producer Mikita
  • Mission Directive: Whispers featuring William Waring and Joseph Mallozi – (10:49) Executive producer Joseph Mallozi and director William Waring takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “Whispers”.
  • Mission Directive: Tracker featuring William Waring and Carl Binder – (12:26) Executive Producer Carl Binder and director William Waring take viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “Tracker”.
  • Tricks of the Trade: Submerging the Stargate – (6:48) Talks about the visual effects and challenges for the submerging the Stargate.
  • Joe Flanigan: A Conversation with the Colonel – (6:13) Actor Joe Flanigan talks about work and working on season five of “Stargate Atlantis”.

SEASON 5 – DISC THREE

  • “The Lost Tribe” Audio Commentary with executive producer Martin Gero and director/producer Andy Mikita
  • “Outsiders” Audio Commentary with supervising producer Alan McCullough and director William Waring
  • “Inquisition” Audio Commentary with director Brenton Spencer and actor Tobias Slezak
  • “The Prodigal” Audio Commentary with executive producer Carl Binder and producer/director Andy Mikita
  • “Remnants” Audio Commentary with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi and director William Waring
  • Building a Humanoid with James Robbins and Martin Gero – (7:20) A featurette on how Martin Gero wanted to create another bad guy for the series.
  • Dr. Jackson Goes to Atlantis – (6:11) Actor Michael Shanks talks about how he appeared in “Stargate Atlantis”.
  • The Life and Death of Michael Kenmore – (7:06) Discussion of the storyline and final episode with Michael Kenmore.
  • Inside the Stargate Costume Department – (7:03) Costume designer Val Halverson talks about the costume design for the series.
  • Deleted Scenes (Part One) –  (8:15) The first half of the Season 5 deleted scenes for “Stargate Atlantis” introduced by Martin Gero.

SEASON 5 – DISC FOUR

  • “Brain Storm” Audio Commentary with executive producer/director Martin Gero
  • “Vegas” Audio Commentary with executive producer Robert C. Cooper, producer John G. Lenic and editor Mark Banas
  • “Enemy at the Gate” Audio Commentary with executive producer Paul Mullie and VFX supervisor Mark Savela.
  • Mission Directive: Brain Storm featuring Martin Gero – (13:06) Executive producer and director Martin Gero takes viewers behind-the-scenes for the making of the episode “Brain Storm”.
  • Stargate Atlantis Goes to Vegas – (20:26) An featurette about filming the episode “Vegas” on location in Las Vegas.
  • Deleted Scenes (Part Two) – (8:42) The second half of the Season 5 deleted scenes for “Stargate Atlantis” introduced by Martin Gero.

EXTRAS:

“Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series” comes with a slipcase with season 1-2, season 3-4 and season 5 in their own clamshell case.

“Stargate Atlantis” was a very good sci-fi series that did a wonderful job in bringing together space exploration, adventure, dangerous alien races and core group of characters that you feel good about and feel entertained each week with each episode.

Unlike”Stargate SG-1″, what I enjoyed about the series is that it wasn’t like its predecessor.  Sure, there are the Stargates but the series writers were given the opportunity to step away from SG-1’s shadows and develop its own identity.  To take risks each season and find ways to bring people into the series, even if it meant killing off a main cast member and bringing in familiar faces.

If anything, I felt the series had to live up to high expectations and be much different than “Battlestar Galactica” which was also airing on the Sci-Fi Channel at the time and try to not have much similarity to each other.  While I enjoyed both, there is no denying that the production value for “Battlestar Galactica” was evident, what I enjoyed about “Stargate Atlantis” was its characters and the vibe that the crew was like family.  Everyone was in it together, while in “Battlestar Galactica”, there was just too much backstabbing and not knowing who were really humans and who were not.

But still, compared to its predecessor, “Stargate SG-1”, there was chemistry between characters, while “Atlantis”…had chemistry but not in the same page as “Stargate SG-1”.  In some way, I tend to compare the series in how “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was the the ultimate for me, but while I watched “ST: DS9” and “ST: Voyager”, while I enjoyed each of the two, it didn’t have the cohesiveness, the chemistry as the predecessor.  But by no means is this a major knockdown for “Stargate Atlantis” because I did enjoy the series a lot, it just took awhile for the writers to get there.  I feel that by season three, the writers found their groove and found ways to improve and get better and away from SG-1’s shadow.  For SG-1, they had 10-years to play, experiment and even cap things off with two films.

Fortunately,”Stargate Atlantis” had five seasons but unfortunately due to the problems because of MGM’s bankruptcy and the new direction that SyFy was headed, chances for the “Stargate Atlantis” film is nil.

Another thing is that it appeared that writers wanted to find complex storylines and also storylines that would bring in the ratings and unfortunately, it was to the detriment of some of the characters of the series.  There are characters that you followed and enjoyed watching but unlike “SG-1”, “Stargate Atlantis” wanted to be different and where “SG-1” focused on the the fanbase committing to the characters, not so much with Atlantis.  In other words, because life on Atlantis was volatile, bad things were going to happen and in the case of Atlantis, quite simply… “sh*t happened”.

But I do enjoy the creepy feeling of “Stargate Atlantis” when it came to their adversary, “The Wraith”.  Incorporating these aliens that look like vampires was quite intriguing and different. They definitely looked like the menacing race and you knew these guys were badass.

As mentioned, there is a family bonding that I liked about “Stargate Atlantis” and every character were just a joy to watch.  In fact, the talent seemed to gel as seasons went on and  you can feel that everyone is much more comfortable playing the character, especially seeing the characters put into a variety of intense situations.

But it is bittersweet for me to see how everything has played out for the “Stargate” franchise.  First, season five of “Stargate Atlantis” and how it ended was not all that great.  I figured that they were trying to save some of that story for the future movies that were announced MGM and SyFy back in 2008.

The reason why this series ended was not only due to the ratings but because execs wanted to focus on the films and not make the films when the show would be in decline.  There was a plan for a “Stargate Atlantis” movie titled “Stargate: Extinction” that would have involved a pretty intriguing story of the Ancients putting a self-destruct device on the Lost Cit of Atlantis if Atlantis was ever taken out of Pegasus according to a blog posting by “Stargate Atlantis” producer Joseph Mallozzi.

With the release of “Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series”, I really enjoyed revisiting a lot of the episodes that I watched and really enjoyed before but also watching episodes that I missed.  Personally, I feel that this is a wonderful boxset release as you get all five seasons and the fact that its jam packed with special features is a plus and each season nearly has audio commentary for every episode. That’s pretty awesome!  Also, the addition of the many special features on each disc was also a pretty cool to see.

And really, it’s hard to even say anything bad about this box set because it comes with so much and for fans of the series, what more can you ask as it is pretty jam-packed with commentary and features.  If anything, If had to be nitpicky, I figured if they have commentary for nearly all episodes, why didn’t they provide commentary for all episodes.  Granted, I’m sure it would be time consuming but that was the only nitpick thing that came to mind.

Overall, I am grateful to the producers, directors, writers and cast of “Stargate Atlantis” for entertaining us for so many years.  Sure, its a bittersweet feeling to know that “Stargate Atlantis” will not be able to have the closure for a film that was originally planned similar to SG-1 but the fact that “Stargate” has lasted a longtime and was given a chance to expand past the original film is incredible.

This is a wonderful DVD set and the fact that it’s on Blu-ray is awesome!  So, if you are a fan of the series, this is a must-buy, a must-own release.  All five seasons in one collection with tons of special features.  How awesome is that?

Highly recommended!

 

 

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