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PIGGY'S USELESS OPINION
Good episode! But... It's been three months since our heroes came to Atlantis. And they've been on nine missions. How come we haven't seen any of them? I suppose it is logical to conclude that nothing of particular interest happened on these trips, but I thought that Stargate Atlantis would, by "starting from scratch", be going back to the kind of "exploring the galaxy" type of stories SG-1 used to tell. Yet, after five episodes we have yet to get even one "regular" exploration episode. I'm not complaining - I've loved the series so far - it's just an observation.
Anyway - I enjoyed the show. Teyla finally gets significant screentime, and I actually liked her this time. With the disgruntled Athosians and the suspicion and everything I had expected her to play the part that Halling ended up playing. I was pleasantly surprised by her understanding attitude towards Weir, and her lack of complaining.
As for the rest of the characters: It appears the team members must have been growing closer to each other over the three months in Atlantis. They show concern for each other (Felt kind of strange to see McKay so passionately sticking up for his team mates, rather than just complaining and making sarcastic comments - of which there were unusually few this time, by the way) and they all seemed genuinely certain of Teyla's innocence. However there still hasn't been much for Ford to do. Loved him bringing along a "nice turkey sandwich" this time, though. Guess they learned in 'Rising' that the Puddle Jumper can only do so much.
One thing kind of bothered me: Weir hesitating to lower the shield for Teyla. Hello! She's a member of the team! You don't risk her life like that just because someone started suspecting her three seconds ago!
- So, Teyla's necklace was the culprit. I remember someone guessing that on the forum sometime earlier this week... Good call, whoever it was! I knew that scene of Sheppard finding it in 'Rising' was there for a reason. Now it turns out, that reason wasn't Sheppard/Teyla ship being built up after all. Still no sign of the "playful sexual tension" between those two characters. Just as well.
- The Wraith weapon is only designed to stun. I wouldn't have guessed... But it makes sense. They need their victims to be alive in order to be able to feed upon their life force. (Heh... I was dissapointed when McKay went numb in the face in the beginning. McKay can't talk? Where's the fun in that? Good thing he recovered quickly. Oh, and speaking of him getting hit by the Wraith stunner - when the team came through the gate in the beginning I fully expected them to just stop and stand there as if they were safe right in front of it, as SG-1 have done several times. Hello?! How about getting the heck out of the way in case they fire on the gate on the other side?? And then, of course, McKay did get hit. Nice touch.)
- The Athosians moved to the main land! Presumably this means we won't have to see them again in every episode. Yay!
- The captured Wraith! I so didn't see that one coming! Enjoyed the brief interrogation scene by Sheppard. I wonder where this plot thread will go in the future. They took a big risk in bringing him to Atlantis, though - if he escapes, the Wraith as a whole will know for sure where the humans from Earth are. Trouble.
Oh, and one more good thing about the episode: The outdoors balcony scene. I've been missing outdoors scenes in Atlantis, and hope to see more in future episodes. I mean there's gotta be streets in the city, right? Not just insides of big buildings? The sets are great, but let's see more of the city!
And... We get the very first Atlantis "previously-on"! Now we know whose voice we will be hearing in every two-parter for the next eight years...
That's it, I'm done.