Stargate Fans should like this show...Rating: 6 likes, 6 dislikes
If you've read the other reviews, you may be thinking to yourself, wow it must really stink! So here's my take (much like the others that liked the new series, I am a fan of all of the series however, I felt that Atlantis lacked new ideas, so it wore me out a bit. In my opinion Atlantis contained no new theories or innovations like the original series and the movie introduced. From a social side, Atlantis was stronger on the theatrical front. It contained a stronger balance and less "forced" emotion than the original series. The movies were also guilty of trying to force emotion onto unemotional characters. SGU capitalizes on both series and uses the best of all the prior series and movies with a dark and issolationist undertone. I actually was going to recommend that everyone give it a shot, if you liked the original movie and/or book, but that doesn't seem to fly with some groups from reading the other reviews here. Apparently the attempt to provide some insight into what it might be like to be stuck on a ship with only the stuff you had on was overplayed. I don't totally disagree or agree with that point. The character development issues that people mentioned a couple of times, I didn't understand since it has not been more in-depth than any of the preceding series (although it is more adult-oriented.)
So, here's the suggestions that I would give my friends.
found that you wished there were more cool weapons in the original series and movies....You will hate it.
have never had to make hard life decisions....You will likely not like it.
wish that they had battled more aliens and shot more stuff, you will not like it.
believe that a Sci-Fi has to be like Avatar or [insert any mainly action and/or vividly-colored flick] here, you will likely not like it.
are and act like you are under 18ish, you are questionable to like it.
wish they could have somehow involved the SG-1 folks in Atlantis a little more or pulled more themes (and cast ocassionally) up for recycling, you won't really enjoy the creativity of it, but they do through in some throwbacks periodically.
OK, enough of the NOTS. Here's the groups that would likely enjoy it.
are a fan of Battlestar Gallatica, H.P. Lovecraft books or basically any "darker or more mysterious" fiction, you will likely enjoy it.
enjoyed the science, theory or creativity of the original movie, series, book, etc. you will not be disappointed.
enjoyed the crazy landscapes of different worlds and would enjoy the contrast compared to the ship, you will like this series.
liked the longer multi-part episodes from the other series, this series has several multi-parters and some elements of the story are forever ongoing (such as the battle between military and civilians for who is in charge, the emotional side-stories, paranoia and the ship's smarter than they all are combined.) Of course most of these "carryover" types of show were king a while back (think more than a decade), but in today's short attention span world, shows can't normally do that anymore. People want to be able to pick up a show midstream and still figure it out quickly.
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are drawn to shows with emotional (read: toned down soap opera-like) reactions, it contains several of those, but they do a good job of building the backstory to make it believable and less "in-your-face." If you don't want the college kid to hook up with the senator's daughter, you need psychiatric help to deal with your emotional issues. With the two polar opposite guys going after her most of the series so far, I found myself rooting for both of them at different times.
I do have to applaud the creators for taking the requests of the average female Sci-Fi fans into consideration. They are an ever-growing segment of our Sci-Fi community. They deserve some respect since we've made them watch hours of Vigo Mortenson and Keanu Reeves fighting people (and computers) to get to the parts they really wanted included (if that wasn't it :) )
All in all, I still think you should give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can go back to watching your porn while your mom is still asleep. (Sorry, had to make one last jab.)
Review posted on Monday, April 26th 2010 at 10:19 pm