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morjana
June 17th, 2008, 02:47 PM
Total SciFi: Review Vols. 1 & 2 SGA Season 4 DVDs:

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http://www.dwscifi.com/admin/articles/show/2114

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Posted on Tuesday 17 June 2008

Stargate: Atlantis Season 4 - Volumes 1 & 2

DVD review (region 2)

Starring Joe Flanigan, Tori Higginson, Amanda Tapping, Jason Momoa

Release date Out now

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It’s a case of out with the new and in with the old as Stargate kicks off its fourth season. With SG-1 now only dialling into TV movies, Amanda Tapping joins the Atlantis team as the new base commander. But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, it’s time for a major character change for Doctor Weir (Tori Higginson) and an exit stage left as she tangles with the Replicators.

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As for the episodes, the CG-heavy opener steals the show, but regular foes are never far away in most of what’s on offer here. That makes two standouts: Travelers, which introduces feisty good girl/bad girl Jill Wagner (Blade); and Missing, which sees the primitive Bola Kai tribe’s first appearance.

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VERDICT: 7/10

A solid start that shows this series still has places to go after essentially 14 years on the air.

morjana
June 17th, 2008, 02:56 PM
From SciFi Online:

http://www.sci-fi-online.com/2008_reviews/dvd/08-06-02_atlantis41.htm

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Stargate: Atlantis Volume 16 (Season 4 - Vol 1)

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Adrift is an incredibly tense opening episode for Atlantis' fourth season. There's so much going on, and so much jeopardy, that fans will be kept glued to their seats for the duration. There's also plenty of humour with McKay getting increasingly annoyed that after every time he solves a problem another one emerges.

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A good, solid start to the show's fourth season.

The review author rated this episode with a: 9


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Lifeline sees Weir, Sheppard, McKay and Ronon head off to the Replicator homeworld in order to attempt to steal a ZPM to help restore power to Atlantis. As you'd expect, it's not going to be an easy mission, but the team has a slight edge in that they are able to tap into the Replicator collective and stay one step ahead of their enemy.

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Overall an enjoyable episode that also sets up the drama for future episodes, by changing the dynamics of the Stargate universe.

The review author rated this episode with a: 8

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Reunion is a Ronon based episode that sees him being reunited with three of his old friends from his homeworld. With the change of command at Atlantis, Ronon feels alienated and, now his old friends are back, he is torn between rejoining them in their quest or staying on Atlantis with his new friends.

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This is an interesting episode which allows Momoa to stretch his acting abilities a little more than usual.

The review author rated this episode with a: 8

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Doppelganger takes its cue from Stargate: SG-1's first season episode Cold Lazarus in which O'Neill touches a blue crystal-like entity on a desert planet and a double of him appears and heads back to Stargate command. In Doppelganger it's Sheppard who touches the crystal on a jungle planet.

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While this isn't a terrible episode, the fact that it reuses one of the first season's lamest plots (in my opinion) may turn a lot of fans off.

The review author rated this episode with a: 4


Extras include the aforementioned audio commentaries on each episode; Mission Directive: Doppelganger With Robert C. Cooper (14 min, 47 sec behind-the-scenes look at the episode Doppelganger); A New Leader: Amanda Tapping Joins Atlantis (15 min, 16 sec look at the arrival of Amanda Tapping's character and what she gets up to in this season); Photo Gallery and Production Design Gallery.

morjana
June 17th, 2008, 03:02 PM
SGA - SciFi Online: Season 4 DVD Reviews - Vol. 2:

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http://www.sci-fi-online.com/2008_reviews/dvd/08-06-16_atlantis42.htm

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Stargate: Atlantis Volume 17 (Season 4 - Vol 2)

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Travelers sees Sheppard captured by a Nomadic band of warriors who for years have lived onboard spaceships in order to stay one step ahead of the Wraith. Their leader, has made it her quest to search down Sheppard and his team, after hearing tales of their success in controlling Lantean technology. This race has found a damaged Lantean ship which they want Sheppard to fix in order to guarantee the future of their species.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 7



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Tabula Rasa borrows heavily from the movie Memento. The episode opens with Rodney handcuffed to a chair, with no memory of who he is or where he is. In front of him is a laptop with a post-it note that directs him to push a button. When he does, a message from himself appears on the screen telling him that he must find Teyla or everyone onboard Atlantis will die. The rest of the episode alternates between the past and the present, as the audience is slowly shown what has happened to everyone.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 6



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Missing is the first episode where Jewel Staite's Jennifer Keller takes centre stage, as she and Teyla are trapped off-world. This episode sees the two travelling to Teyla's home world. However, when they get there Teyla's people are nowhere to be seen, and it's uncertain whether they have been slaughtered, taken by the Wraith, or abandoned the settlement. This episode is the start of a change for Teyla - which will see her become a lot darker through out the course of this season.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 6



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The Seer stars Martin Jarvis as a mystical figure who is able to see the future - and, more importantly, by touching another he is able to let them experience the vision also. We also discover that the Atlantis team has a new threat. When they rewrote the Relicator base code - so that their main objective was to hunt down and destroy the Wraith - they didn't foresee just how far the Replicators would go to complete this mission. It appears that the Replicators are targeting the Wraith's food supply in a bid to starve them to death, which means that the Replicators have taken to destroying entire planets that are colonised by humanoids.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 7



Extras include the aforementioned audio commentaries; The Doctor Is In: The Return of Paul McGillion (14 min, 11 sec really silly addition for this disc as it provides a huge spoiler that you can't escape as the feature's title gives it away. As McGillion doesn't turn up on this disc's episodes I'm baffled as to why this extra is here); Stargate Atlantis Bloopers (7 min, 09 sec outtakes with introductory segments by Martin Gero. However, be warned, as this also spoils a lot of the mystery surrounding McGillion's return); Photo Gallery and Design Gallery.

While the episodes are entertaining enough, I was a little surprised at the featurettes that were chosen for his release. Those that were unaware that McGillion was returning, or those that were unsure as to whether he'd be back as a regular, will have their enjoyment of future episodes totally ruined.

Pete Boomer

morjana
June 17th, 2008, 03:07 PM
SGA - SciFi Online: Season 4 DVD Reviews - Vol. 3:

From SciFi Online:

http://www.sci-fi-online.com/2008_reviews/dvd/08-06-30_atlantis43.htm

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Stargate: Atlantis Volume 18 (Season 4 - Vol 3)

Available 30 June 2008 (Region 2)

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Miller's Crossing features David Hewlett's real life sister Kate as his onscreen sister Jeanie Miller. As with last season's McKay and Mrs Miller, the chemistry is already there, but the interaction between the two siblings is incredibly funny.


The review author rated this episode with a: 9


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This Mortal Coil will present quite a few problems for hard-core fans. There seem to be quite a few inexplicable issues within the first couple of acts: Lorne acting out of character; Sheppard wanting to pool all their resources into checking out the probe, rather than trying to get the gate operational; and doctor Keller not taking Sheppard's concerns about his health seriously enough. But, as the episode unfolds, it soon becomes apparent that these are all intentional scenes.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 8



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Be All My Sins Remeber'd finally sees the payoff to all of the previous story arc threads that have slowly been building. This makes for a very enjoyable and immensely satisfying episode - or two episodes I suppose you could say, as this is really the first part of a two-parter.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 10



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Spoils Of War has an interesting opening scene. We see the end of the last episode once again, but this time from the Wraith's perspective. Here we learn that a ZPM has been stolen from the Replicator's home world.

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The review author rated this episode with a: 8



Extras include the aforementioned audio commentaries; Mission Directive: This Mortal Coil with William Waring (12 min, 27 sec behind the scenes look at This Mortal Coil. There's a great segment with Momoa playing guitar and Hewlett doing some awful singing); Photo Gallery and Design Gallery.

Pete Boomer