I just love this show!
I'll start with the things that were a bit puzzling and/or felt a little out of place, since the rest of my post will probably be dedicated to as much praize as I can give without getting TOO exuberant about it. Probably.
- McKay's reaction to Sheppard, Teyla and Ford's laughing at the beginning felt a bit overdone in terms of the writing. I seriously doubt that they would need to be reminded of how important the ZPM is to them. They know this already.
- I also felt that Kolya didn't act as angry and as thirsty for revenge towards Sheppard and McKay as I would have expected, considering the events that took place in The Eye. Of course, he wasn't all heart either, considering he was more than willing to sacrifice the four of them, to get his hands on the ZPM. Still, I'm sure we've not seen the last of him, and that next time he shows up, he may skip over the banter all together and go directly for the kill. (No spoilers, just speculation on my part ).
So. The banter. Gotta love that.
Rodney's "My eyes? I need my eyes for seeing!" and the MENSA thing, in particular, was very amusing. Both JF and DH have such great comical timing together. They really are so much fun to watch.
Zelenka was a joy in this episode as well. His reactions to New Guy Whose Name I Don't Yet Know But Whom I Nonetheless Like, were pretty funny. Even funnier still, when knowing what those lines translates into (thanks veneticuss ).
I liked the special effects in this one a lot, too. The murky skies and the Wraith ships in the opener; and the Wraith dart flying over the city. Pretty nice.
The fact that we lost Markham was surprising and made the threat all the more realistic. I'm of the firm belief that Atlantis is a much (well, relatively) darker show than SG-1 and I believe we've only scratched the surface on what kind of impact this darker element will have on the characters as the show moves into the next season. And the one after that. And so on.
I did not mind one bit that they didn't end up with the ZPM. The twist with Alina was a welcome one; and a nice detour from the predictable storyline of "everything will work out fine here, just you wait and see". I LIKE that things aren't all tied up neatly in a bow by episode's end.