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The Signal
November 12th, 2005, 02:52 PM
I hadnt notced any difference:D Good episode though

aaobuttons
November 12th, 2005, 03:18 PM
The wormhole sequence is slightly different but it's still greenish blue. My guess was the difference in the wormhole was kind of a hint to show that the reality wasn't real and different.

I have a couple screen caps if you want to compare.

Regular wormhole:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/normworm.jpg

"Home" wormhole:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm.jpg


Great pics!

And I would probably agree with your guess too. Just a hint. :D

GatetheWay
November 12th, 2005, 06:47 PM
They had lots of those little hints, didn't they? ;)

Athenaktt
November 12th, 2005, 07:23 PM
Yeah, I like "Home's" wormhole. Do you have other pictures of "Home's" wormhole?
Did you mean more pictures like the one above?

I have several, since I get screen cap happy sometimes, and the "Home" wormhole makes nice textures for wallpapers. ;) I'll just link you to it. Don't want to spam the thread with pictures of wormholes.

"Home" Wormhole:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Athenaktt/homeworm1.jpg

Lt.Col. Moore (Icarus)
November 13th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Thank you.

Lexa Jayde
November 14th, 2005, 02:23 PM
i LOVE this episode... i love the part when we see Sedge...that is so Torri and not Liz.... i love the emotion Torri gets to play with....

SilverRider
November 17th, 2005, 12:27 AM
I liked it. My only question is, was Hammond in charge of SGC in the "mind reality"?

Lexa Jayde
November 17th, 2005, 03:04 AM
I liked it. My only question is, was Hammond in charge of SGC in the "mind reality"?
*cough* we werent supposed to notice that *cough*.... i actually have no idea, RDA was too expensive maybe..... i dunno

SilverRider
November 18th, 2005, 08:09 PM
*cough* we werent supposed to notice that *cough*.... i actually have no idea, RDA was too expensive maybe..... i dunno

We were suppose to notice it :eek: :eek: All I can say is...er....um.....woops. :p :p ;)

andrelage
February 13th, 2006, 06:26 AM
this was an average episode mainly because i just didnt find it possible for the atlantis team to find a way home. it was just to easy. i did like seeing hammond though.

ussrelativity
March 6th, 2006, 07:43 AM
I just saw "Home" again yesterday, and I was just cracking up during the scene between Weir and McKay. I just burst out laughing when McKay knocked the ZPM off of the table and it broke like a glass bottle. To me, that was just kind of funny. :D :D :D

mckaychick
March 6th, 2006, 01:33 PM
I just saw "Home" again yesterday, and I was just cracking up during the scene between Weir and McKay. I just burst out laughing when McKay knocked the ZPM off of the table and it broke like a glass bottle. To me, that was just kind of funny. :D :D :D


Yeah i also saw that last night and i love that scene. The whole epiosde was pretty good too.

PG15
March 6th, 2006, 03:50 PM
"It's like looking through a microscope at a cell culture and seeing a thousand dancing hamsters, it's impossible!"

I love that line! It's so...random. :D

Mattathias2.0
March 11th, 2006, 03:23 PM
"It's like looking through a microscope at a cell culture and seeing a thousand dancing hamsters, it's impossible!"

I love that line! It's so...random. :D


Agreed... Could they be doing the Hamster Dance?

Mattathias

McClance
April 8th, 2006, 09:14 PM
This was a good episode. I particularly love the editing--especially at the climax when they're all realizing it's all a trick. The rapid shots between the characters and the different dress Weir and McKay as they face the others' counterparts...

Story-wise...

When I first saw this, I was hoping a view appearences by SG-1, if brief.

I also found it interesting that "SGC" tells Weir about the deal with the Asgard hyperdrive on the Prometheus when, during this point in time, the Prometheus WAS in the process of being out-fitted with such a hyperdrive.

captain jake
April 8th, 2006, 10:29 PM
Ya this was a cool episode realy a great twist!!

ussrelativity
April 30th, 2006, 03:27 PM
Agreed... Could they be doing the Hamster Dance?

Mattathias


McKay puts on headphones and looks into microscope:

"Dee-Dee Dee da dee dee dee, do do da deh de do, dee dee da...." You get the idea. :mckayanime07:

captain jake
May 2nd, 2006, 06:58 PM
Im lost??

woody
May 3rd, 2006, 04:06 AM
Great episode, good twist at the end. The bit were they all relised was great esp the scene were McKay and Weir are talking and there expierancing different versions of the other person

ussrelativity
May 3rd, 2006, 10:41 AM
McKay puts on headphones and looks into microscope:

"Dee-Dee Dee da dee dee dee, do do da deh de do, dee dee da...." You get the idea. :mckayanime07:

The little jingle-tune that I wrote out was from the Hamster Dance. :D

captain jake
May 3rd, 2006, 02:48 PM
OK...................haha

cqinz
July 30th, 2006, 03:44 AM
i loved it beause we got a glimpse of their personal lives.But what fascinates me the most is that the ancients built a stargate in the middle of nowhere

Orovingwen
September 28th, 2006, 01:21 PM
nice episode, the beginning is very good looking. I love the fog! (remins me on that Planet in SG-1 with the shrinking town-in-the-bubble)

But what is doing Hammond on the SGCs? that is a huge mistake. Actually Weir and the others have should from that moment on that it's not real. Sure he could get the command back but the he has should have say so. I like DSD but why was he there? And I waited and waited and waited and waited that they explain it, but not even a hint! I mean even people that don't knwo sg-1 know from the Trailer that it's Jack who in in charge because we see that in the Pilot. Not that I wanted to see Jack but it's just not right (and does anybody else had teh feeling the SGC was so empty? like everybody was on holiday)

I mean how the plot is going wasn't too difficult to figure out only that the creatures were the fog/energie was a bit surprising. Liked it :) just why did the ancients installed there a stargate? was there once another culture? and now the fog inhabits the planet or did the fog-people where human-like once?

McKay comment at the end "how do we know that this is real" is very Outer-Limits-like, very good!
Actually he was very good in that episode, like Shep
"you shot me???"
"you're already dead" :lol:

Actually I liked everybody in this episode (for the first time also Teyla :eek: )

But the Johnny Cash poster in Sheps house is a giveaway, he took that with him to Atlantis ;)

meredithchandler73
November 16th, 2006, 10:58 AM
REALLY liked this episode. I got the vibe that all was not as it seemed, but was surprised that they were experiencing different illusions. Nice touch. And I liked the way they intercut Weir's and McKay's realities.

Like most have said, it would have been nice to see SG-1 - or at least Carter. Who would believe that McKay would have returned to Earth and not searched her out?!?! Come on! And even though it's true that Hammond is oversees the SGC from Washington, it would have made sense for us to see O'Neill. Ah well.

Still really liked this episode a lot. Interesting to see what illusions their minds would help create.

Jill_Ion
November 30th, 2006, 03:49 PM
I thought this was an interesting ep--I've watched it three or four times.

One of the big giveaways that things were hinky was Shep's place. I mean, the lemons would've looked like a Lemon Wraith had got them if it was real! I didn't notice the J. Cash poster the first time, but then when I did realize it, that was an obvious giveaway to hinkiness. :)

Actually, my teensy-weensy b*tch is that if Shep is going to put together a wicked awesome bachelor pad, then why have Coors in the fridge, for crying out loud?!

As an affirmed beer-geek (I love craft and micro brews), he could've done a lot better. Teyla didn't seem to mind, but man, to introduce her to beer with Coors?! That's like introducing someone to Earth cuisine by taking them to McDonalds!

BTW, if you really like Coors, then please forgive me. I'm not trying to insult anyone--besides Shep! Heck, even O'Neill has Guinness and Fat Tire on hand--which is at least a start! :jack:

My suggestions, if he wanted to stay with local Coloradan beers, would've been Fat Tire or another less-obvious New Belgium beer, and an amber or pale ale from O'Dells, Breckenridge, Tommyknockers, Avery (might be a bit bold, though), Great Divide, or Flying Dog (might have to explain the name and artwork a bit).

Alipeeps
December 1st, 2006, 03:01 AM
Maybe Shep likes Coors light? :D

Maybe his tastes have been defined by the amount of time he has spent on assignment abroad - or up in Antarctica - where probably nice local micro brews etc weren't readily available..

Jill_Ion
December 1st, 2006, 11:40 AM
But that's...that's...that's just so sad! :wink:

Yeah, I know, I'm projecting and judging. Bad Jill! Bad Jill!

I'm usually a "live and let live" kinda person. And honestly, if Shep were a real person, then I'd say if he likes Coors, then fine. Since he's fictional, I don't mind tweaking him a bit. :sheppard: I'm just sayin' I would have enjoyed seeing him be a little more adventurous in his beverage selection.

(I'm sure there was a practical reason why Coors was actually chosen, but I'm not going to get into that.)

And if I were a fictional character in that 'verse who knew Shep was down in Antarctica with only ACB, I would've sent him a care package, if possible. :)

What beverage people drink on TV or in movies is something I notice. Same goes for people who are into other things - they notice when something is anachronistic or not to their particular liking. No biggie. :)

Angela V
January 8th, 2007, 09:09 PM
"I'm With Genius". 'Nuff said. :mckayanime18:

neurophobic_and_perfect
February 2nd, 2007, 01:04 PM
I really do think that the energy beings are assended ancients. They act a bit weird but 10000 years is a long time and even ancient culture must change. You can't tell anything from their appearance as they are non corporial but I still like to think of them as ancients.

Anubisjackel
March 11th, 2007, 09:53 PM
I like this episode and when I first saw it...it confused me. Cause, I kept seeing General Hammond...and I remember that O'Neill was the General at the SGC. I actually thought that something was wrong when everyone where put in different places. At first I thought that Sheppard was going nuts when he aimed his gun at his friend's from the military. Then I realized what he was saying. That his friend's where already dead. I loved his line: The dead people where a dead give away. I just laughed at that. Teyla was funny to watch at how she acted in the limo and buying clothes. This was a fun episode to watch and everyone did a great job playing different parts. Weir from SGC/Weir from Atlantis...McKay from SGC/McKay from Atlantis. It was almost like watching an episode from SG-1.

teal'c2006
March 11th, 2007, 10:46 PM
This was a very good episode love watching it, have seen this episode at least 4 times so far and enjoyed there acting very much. This is one of my many favorite episodes from season one..

firefly30
July 28th, 2007, 10:25 AM
New to this forum but not to SG. :)

I love this episode!! The moment where Sheppard says that his 2 army buddies died always gives me goosebumps no matter how many times I see it....

DanielleG
January 3rd, 2008, 05:19 AM
Hi! loved the episode! I have to Nitpick for a minute! How does the "Mist People" expect them to know that the "mist" is actually "mist people"? And why put a stargate there if they know that itwould kill them.

garhkal
January 3rd, 2008, 04:03 PM
I never got that part either? Same with the water race from watergate (S4 sg1)..

ijffdrie
January 4th, 2008, 03:33 AM
well, both the mist and water probably didnt cover the entire planet at the time the stargates were built, and the stargate is a superconducter so it doesnt do it on "purpose"

MartianManhunter
January 4th, 2008, 07:33 AM
The mist was weird, I always find myself wondering if they really let us go or if this is all a big dream.

garhkal
January 4th, 2008, 02:59 PM
I think a lot of fans would be real PI**ed if they did make season 1:10-22 and all of seasons 2 and 3 just dreams..

GATEGOD
March 2nd, 2008, 11:50 AM
"Then uh two days later you guys were killed outside kabul(sp)"

Boom everything changes very very good episode! I love watching this one!

garhkal
March 3rd, 2008, 02:46 PM
I am wondering why it seemed only Shepard seemed to understand something was wrong..

leeman15251
April 6th, 2008, 02:30 PM
This episode was hard to follow at first, but at the end it all made sense.

Thor_Enke
April 8th, 2008, 07:42 AM
General Hammond oversees both the SGC and the Prometheus. It would stand to reason that he also Oversees Atlantis as a seperate project related to, but not part of, the SGC. Therefore, O'neill doesn't need to be involved.

Yes but, Hammond is not censed to be general anymore, I mean, general in the SGC, of course :ronan:

sabbon
May 25th, 2008, 04:29 AM
The thing that gave it away for me was the ZPM thing. The mist people could only go on the info they had from the expedition members, therefore for all they knew they still had the ZPM from Antarctica. But in the ep zero hour, we saw that the SGC gave it away to B'aal (as it was empty), therefore making the appearance of the same ZPM a dead give away to reality.

Stargantic
September 1st, 2008, 07:11 AM
Does Sheppard have a cold while filming this?

wm_1987
September 4th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Does Sheppard have a cold while filming this?


Why?

Butlersgate
February 25th, 2009, 10:35 AM
i think it's great that they brought back hammond :D

Starbreaker
April 11th, 2009, 07:54 PM
I'm watching Stargate: Atlantis for the first time, and I had no idea what was going on until Dr. Weir said she wished Sheppard had gone through the gate instead of her. I knew something wasn't quite right when Hammond was overcomplimenting Sheppard, but I couldn't exactly figure out what. This one might be my favorite episode of Season 1. It's very, very good and could've been terrible.

escyos
May 15th, 2009, 03:11 AM
this was ok, i stil think they should have tried to collect the power when they dialled in somewhow

Dinoman
May 31st, 2009, 02:15 AM
I'm new to SGA but quite familiar with SG1, that's why the presence of Gen. Hammond greeting the team at the gate bugged me so much. The team knows that they are calling back to SGC at Cheyenne Mountain, so it's Gen. O'Neill that Weir should be looking for, although she should report to Gen. Hammond.

Nitpicks aside, this is a good episode. Kind of sad to know no one called Rodney while he was away this whole time.

jelgate
May 31st, 2009, 05:23 AM
I'm new to SGA but quite familiar with SG1, that's why the presence of Gen. Hammond greeting the team at the gate bugged me so much. The team knows that they are calling back to SGC at Cheyenne Mountain, so it's Gen. O'Neill that Weir should be looking for, although she should report to Gen. Hammond.

Nitpicks aside, this is a good episode. Kind of sad to know no one called Rodney while he was away this whole time.

I don't know. As O'Neil's boss it wouldn't too uncommon for Hammond to be at the SGC. Or for a logistic approach we know how limitied RDA's schedule was during S8.

MyzteriouZ
June 13th, 2009, 02:25 PM
Just saw this one :)

I had a feeling right from the time they came to "SGC" that something was wrong...

I could only see Weir enter the SGC, the wormhole closed, and the camera showed a pretty big part of the ramp, so I had a hard time believing anyone else had come through with her. So I figured, Weir won the "who gets to go" discussion they had back at the mist world. But then suddenly, a few scenes later, there's McKay beside Weir in the conference room, then Sheppard is there too, with Hammond in the elevator, and I was like, wth, none of them came back, Weir came alone!

It was when McKay got his "friendly" visit by that nice brunette that I knew for certain this was fake earth! :P

gateship15
June 13th, 2009, 05:10 PM
:) i have to watch it again this was a fantastic episode. this time i will watch closer and see what u mean MyzteriouZ about the ramp thing

ktebid
February 9th, 2010, 10:26 PM
I didn't mind this episode. At the beginning when McKay takes off his hazmat mask/helmet, then there is a quick flick back to him with the helmet back on and then the next time it is off again. But besides this, I felt they did a good job of giving hints that something was different without it being obvious. I found it interesting that Sheppard realised the subterfuge first.

Elorendil
June 30th, 2010, 08:41 PM
I liked this episode. It poses an interesting question of what it would be like for the team if they were able to go back. The fact that it was all an illusion was a cool idea, although it has definitely been used by other sci-fi shows before. Still, I thought it was pulled off well. I liked the part where Sheppard pulled out the gun and shoots his friend who is supposed to be dead. Definitely makes it look like Sheppard has gone off the deep end for a minute, there! But everything ends up well and they convince the mist-guys to let them go. Hurray for happy endings. :)

mrscopterdoc
August 6th, 2010, 07:18 PM
I liked this episode. It poses an interesting question of what it would be like for the team if they were able to go back. The fact that it was all an illusion was a cool idea, although it has definitely been used by other sci-fi shows before. Still, I thought it was pulled off well. I liked the part where Sheppard pulled out the gun and shoots his friend who is supposed to be dead. Definitely makes it look like Sheppard has gone off the deep end for a minute, there! But everything ends up well and they convince the mist-guys to let them go. Hurray for happy endings. :)

I agree

maneth
November 11th, 2010, 08:07 PM
A happy ending for once. It was interesting to watch certainly, especially when they first started to realize something was wrong with their reality. But Simon still bugs me, he doesn't act differently enough to the Tollan guy the actor played on SG-1.

StargateAtlantis17
June 3rd, 2011, 11:15 PM
Pretty good episode, I would give it a 7/10

hedwig
June 4th, 2011, 06:36 AM
This was an interesting episode. I think I started getting suspicious when General Hammond greeted Weir at the gate. I know something was said about reporting to General Hammond and the Pentagon, but I still would have expected O'Neill to greet anyone coming back from Pegasus, since he was in command of the SGC at the time.

Then when Weir was the only one shown on the ramp, it seemed rather odd, since I had assumed all four of them had come through.

There were other clues, as well. When Ford told Walter that he had been having a good time visiting his "parents", it seemed odd, since they had never been mentioned prior to this. He said goodbye to his "grandparents" when he left earth, and his message in "Letters from Pegasus" were to his "grandparents" (no mention of "parents").

And it seemed odd that McKay even still had an apartment after so many months in Pegasus. It seemed to me that given how it was assumed the expedition might never return that he would have given up his apartment and put any belongings in storage.

The same thing with Shep, who looked decidedly suspicious when he and Teyla got to "his" apartment. He acted like he wasn't sure it was real (which, of course, it wasn't).

Anyway, it was a good episode.

hlndncr
June 12th, 2012, 01:10 PM
I love this episode. First and foremost it was wonderful to see the redoubtable Don S. Davis again. I almost cried when he faded away with the SGC. I miss them both so much.

Beside that, this is an extremely clever episode. It's entertaining when you don't know what's going on but when you watching knowing what's happening it's just downright brilliant. There are all these subtle cues and miscues that fit together when you actually know what to look for. JM & PM wrote a materful script and Holly Dale (a director I'm not familiar with) did a great job bringing it to life.

I liked that all the little discrepancies were slightly unsettling, but not ominous. So I felt a little like our characters in the story. It's sort of a dark episode when you think about what was really going on, but it has a lightness to it.

Anyway, this one is definitely among my favorite of the first season.

Krisz
June 12th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Another one of the episodes I remembered watching all that time ago!

I loved the opening scene, with the gate just showing above the mist and the clear starry sky above it.

Living in an alien, bug, plant induced illusion seems to be a favourite theme in Stargate, and SGA I recall seems to have most of them! Since I like how they do the variations on the theme these were the types of episodes I tended to pick out when I bought the SGA season sets.

This one is one of the memorable ones due to the wonderful way it leads the viewer all over the place. One minute you believe with the characters they are in a real place and then little things start to build up that tell you otherwise. I liked how we didn't hear the "this is not real, this shouldn't happen." dialogue. Instead we watch with the characters as they work their way through the odd things to the moment when they know something is definitely wrong!

The fleeting moment where Sheppard glances at his Johnny Cash poster in his apartment was a great clue! McKay eating what would be a months old open bag of potato chips and happy they were surprisingly edible was funny, the genius seemed to be the most clueless in this case! :P

Because we didn't know that the characters were realising things were odd, it made the scene where Sheppard shot his friend all the more shocking and unexpected.

Definitely one of the best episodes of season 1 for me.

NowIWillDestroyAbydos
June 12th, 2012, 03:51 PM
Average episode.

That wormhole sequence looked funky.

Here's the thing, you'd expect Weir (or McKay) to think that it was BS from the get go because Hammond's a Major General. They should've known Hammond was a 3-star General.

During the ending part, I heard some music that probably would be repurposed/rearranged for SGU.

Tomorrow, A storm is brewing on Atlantis.

Lythisrose
June 12th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Joe Mallozzi's notes on the episode:
http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/june-12-2012-pirates-days-of-stargate-past-atlantis-home-and-the-storm-pick-your-favorite-stargate-mid-season-two-parter-and-win/

HOME (109)

My favorite episodes to write are the kind that throw the audience a curveball. Things seems straightforward enough but, gradually, things take a turn for the weird and, slowly but surely, one begins to realize that not all is as it seems. I’m talking about episodes like This Mortal Coil, Revelations and, of course, Home in which our heroes are presented with a means of returning to Earth, an opportunity they take only to learn they can’t go back to Atlantis. Or so it would seem… The hints that something is amiss are subtle at first (follow Weir’s appearing/disappearing necklace) but, as the episode progresses, the clues leave no doubt that the team (and audience) are being played.

The original draft of the script had Teyla joining John on an exploration of Earth – a walk in the park, stopping for ice cream. I loved the fish-out-of-water aspects of the sequence and the subtle suggestions of a burgeoning romance, but the network wasn’t as enthusiastic so I ended up losing those scenes in the rewrite.

Torri Higginson’s adorable dog, Sedge, makes a brief cameo in this episode, appearing as Simon’s adorable dog…Sedge.

Well into Atlantis’s fifth year, I kept pitching that we should end a season with Weir, Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, and Ford waking up on the mist planet.

Lieutenant Sparrow
June 14th, 2012, 07:32 PM
As far as earth missions go this one was alright. Saw a lot worse in SG-1.

It's good how at first you don't know that anything is wrong.

I think I say this all the time but it's so great to see Don Davis again. I get pretty upset thinking that he isn't around any more :( I wish I could have met him in person at least once.

Typical of Shep to be the first one to notice something was up.

Jae'a
June 15th, 2012, 07:27 AM
My LiveJournal post (http://jo-r-lee.livejournal.com/59409.html)
Wow, loved it. Very surprising. :)

Matt G
June 19th, 2012, 03:11 PM
Midweek, another ep of Atlantis.

1. I still use my original '04 post as an example of how easy it is to confuse Yanks! ;)

2. Then I remember everyone appearing separately.

3. Hammond showing up...don't think that was ever that obvious a telltale. Atlantis didn't answer to Jack at that point and Hammond could plausibly have ordered Jack to stay out of his way for whatever reason.

Still a decent ep bearing in mind I knew the whole thing was fake even first time round.

Lieutenant Sparrow
June 19th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Hey Matt G you realise you keep saying SG1?

jelgate
June 21st, 2012, 06:56 PM
The first time I watched this I was stumped. Thier are subtle clues that show you that people are experencing different realities. Like the difference in Weir's clothing or the different assignments of Ford. They become less subtle as the episode goes around to the point of very obvious with the meltdown of McKay and Weir. The whole mysteriousness of not catching is why I have always liked this episode. Yes repeated viewings have made me to see the differences but its the fact of the stumping the first time around that I like this episode. I like the concept of aliens tricking the team like this. The only complaint was the resolution is a little deus ex machina

ZRFTS
June 24th, 2012, 12:45 AM
Home

They say that when you're in a faraway place, you begin to feel homesick and that homesickness grows to the point where you're willing to take any opportunity just to return home. Well the crew of Atlantis know the feeling pretty well and when they find a planet that's just seemingly surrounded with mistiful energy that'll allow them to return home to Earth; they can't help but to take the opportunity to return home, even if they can't get back to Atlantis.

This episode is a unique in that it isn't about how the people work diligently to get back to Earth while metaphorical dialog about the desire to go home is sprinkled throughout; no, it's about the people going back to Earth and getting a chance to do what they want to do. Teyla's desire to see Earth and all of it's wonders, Dr. Weir's desire to communicate with the SGC and meet up with her boyfriend (Simon) and Shephard's desire to be with Teyla as she shows her the Earth, all of those things should add up to pure fun right?; well it does. Each of the ones appear in their own story and every one manages to act appropriately, Shephard & Teyla have the night of their lives, Weir is in tears underneath seeing Simon and Rodney is just, Rodney... I don't think there is any character I can single out as the best, Dr. Weir manages to be convincingly Sweet and Charming during her scenes, Shephard manages to show a bit of excitement mixed in with that tensity he's known for and Teyla is excited and plays the outsider role pretty well; each bring something essential to the table and the fact that each of them played an equal part of the episode is nice, it's like they realized they needed to work together in order for the episode to work.


http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1182/sgatogether.jpg
One of many sprinkled throughout.

The slight nods to SG1 are done well, I see General Hammond has a lot of screen time in this episode and his performance is pretty decent; seeing Dr. Weir and General Hammond together could be considered a geek's fantasy come true, I've always seen Dr. Weir as a female version of General Hammond and to finally see them duke it out over issues such as the threat of the wraith and the state of the Atlantis mission, it's exhilarating to say the least. Though General Hammond appears in this episode, we never get to see SG-1; I don't know about you but the SGC feels really empty without them, I would of liked to see Daniel Jackson walking around or at least a small cameo appearance by O'Neill, that would of brought even more life to SGC but I guess they're saving the SGA-SG1 crossover for a later time. Regardless the feeling of SG1 gets across fine and the references to the Asgard and Gou'ald just help to enhance that feeling. There's also another feeling that you get with this episode, a mysterious ulterior feeling; the guys behind Stargate have been known for doing some mysterious stuff so certainly what they have in store should shock and amaze you right? Well it does but...

I just wish they could of kept it a bit oblivious.

I admire what the writers were trying to do, start off an episode about going home as sensibly as it can be and then slowly crank the heat up until it turns out nothing is like it seems; the clothing, the people, the situations, It's amazing really, something that keeps you thinking and on your toes but I really wish that they didn't spoil it so early. For instance, the Stargate animation is different; even in SG1 they didn't have the wormhole animation changed to indicate something different, (Hint: "The Gamekeeper") SGA is supposed to provide the same feeling for me and actually make me believe they're home but instead it just has me focused on the differences at hand. There are even obvious hints in the episode that what they're going through is entirely different; for the general public they won't notice but for the people with a high IQ, they'll be distracted. Sci-fi is supposed to be intelligent and all but TV is also supposed to be entertainment. Additionally the people in the episode realize a bit too quickly the flaws of the world (especially Shephard.), I guess that's the point but I would of liked to see a bit more regarding these people and what they're going through and have it at some point where they realize something is totally off... More so I would of like to see the thing treated as a general surprise rather then as fan service.


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Surprise...

There are moments where it feels like the writers couldn't come up with many entertain scenes to fill the running time so they resort to padding; I'll admit it's not as bad but this is supposed to be an episode which keeps the viewer hooked and intrigued. Even when the transition to a plot where they try to get back to Atlantis still manages to feel like it's padded; why? While there's a sense of tension going on as they try to dial back to Atlantis, there isn't any sort of engagement throughout the plot at hand; which can be a problem since this plot happens around the climax. The ending is decent enough and it adequately wraps up the loose bits of the episode but it kind of feels like a cheap copout, mainly because what is explained afterwards seems like the usual SG1; alien creatures, not leaving anybody behind, not sacrificing lives... One thing I will note is that Atlantis seems to leave and never come back to a lot of the planets they visit, that is obviously something that's very different to SG1 as they're usually welcomed back but here, it seems like they've made more enemies then friends; just something worth noting I guess....

The camera angles, lighting and presentation is exceptionally good. Similar to "Rising", the camera angles present their subjects in a well mannered way; they manage to capture the feeling of any scene regardless of whether or not it's emotional, serious or easygoing and they manage to seem almost professional and feel nearly realistic. I like it when anybody can manage to replicate the experience of going to a movie on the small screen, whether or not it's "Lost" or even this show; not only does it show the respect they have for the genre and the amount of dedication that they have for their craft, it also shows the sheer quality of the series as a whole. A lot of the time these TV series don't bother to achieve for something more, they manage to do well with what they have but they never bother to reach for those levels that the cinematic world have set. To see a series take itself seriously, to strive for those levels of cinematic wonder, it's saying that it doesn't want to be seen as just another TV series, it wants to be seen as something more. Any TV show that aspires to be something more gets high marks from me as they're setting the standards for what TV should be and what people should think about when creating a series of their own.


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Truly a beautiful moment.

Despite the high concept of the episode, it doesn't really manage to stand out as SGA's best. It does make an admirable effort but some of the concept is ruined and the execution isn't consistent throughout; the Atlantis crew does a good job and it manages to be entertaining 90% of the time you're watching so even though it doesn't live up to the sum of it's parts, it's still a pretty good episode regardless.

8.0/10

hedwig
June 24th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Home

Dr. Weir's desire to communicate with the SGC and reunite with her husband

Simon was Elizabeth's boyfriend, not her husband. Nothing was ever said about Simon being her husband.

Besides, how crummy is it that she literally dumped him with a video recording instead of face to face, knowing that she might never come back? If he was her husband, can anyone really see dumping a husband they love that callously?

And then he did move on, as is later shown in Season 2, with the comment that she was gone a very long time.

ZRFTS
June 24th, 2012, 12:16 PM
Simon was Elizabeth's boyfriend, not her husband. Nothing was ever said about Simon being her husband.

Huh, always thought of him as her husband; anyways, corrected. Thanks for noticing.

Cluas
February 13th, 2013, 02:54 AM
I liked this one. But it was a little predictable, good to see Davis again as Hammond

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garhkal
February 19th, 2013, 02:43 PM
Yea.. its always good to see cameo's of the older folk... even if briefly.

myowndrownedworld
October 2nd, 2013, 05:01 AM
I really liked this episode and much more, it made me establish Weir as perhaps my fav character at the moment

I loved seeing General Hammond again as well

Weirdly enough, this episode is classed as episode 8 on my dvd.

mrscopterdoc
August 20th, 2014, 08:14 AM
Joe Mallozzi's notes on the episode:
http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/june-12-2012-pirates-days-of-stargate-past-atlantis-home-and-the-storm-pick-your-favorite-stargate-mid-season-two-parter-and-win/
Well into Atlantis’s fifth year, I kept pitching that we should end a season with Weir, Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, and Ford waking up on the mist planet.


considering how bad season 5 was, I really was this had been done!!!