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Top 5 Stargate Atlantis episodes

Another top 5, this time it’s Stargate Atlantis turn to get the top 5 treatment.

Before that, if you missed my top 5 SG1 episodes a couple of months ago you can view it here. https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/top-5-stargate-sg1-episodes/

At the number 5 is; Rising Pt 1

The City Of Atlantis

First up and in a nice turn of events it, happens to be the first episode of Stargate Atlantis. Rising shows the (re) discovery of the lost the City of Atlantis. If you reading this you most likely know what happened in the episode. This episodes captures what Stargate is really all about; exploring. The crew go on a voyage through the Stargate to another galaxy, knowing full well they probably won’t be able to get home. I know that little situation on lasted a season, but it does not take away from the fact, that these people are willing to risk their life’s at least as they know it to explore. It gives you instant connect to the people, and you see the characters form an instant bond because of it. This episode is followed by a second part and view together it makes a great little self contained movie, that also spring bored in to the start of a great show.

Coming in at number 4 is; Midway

We never did find out who would win, in a fight between the two.

It starts off, Teal’c comes to Atlantis. Guess what the Ronon who is used to being the team mussel does not like some who is equally strong being there. There on the same side so they can’t have a proper a fight but a hell of a long sparing session ensues; with no winner. A wraith attack on earth brings the two together. It’s light hearted episode and a treat for fans of both shows. It’s got lots of action in it, it feels almost like fan fiction of an episode, the situation seems that impossible. Implausibility aside i love this episode, a real popcorn episode that you can watch over and over again.

And now their Friends :)

In at the third spot is; Vegas

Shepard at Crime Scene

The fact that the working title of this one was “CSI Stargate” should tell you everything you need to know about this one. A real departure for Atlantis and for the whole of Stargate. It’s not a parody of CSI just they stole the style of it for an episode. One of the episodes where you put it in an alternate realty so you can do pretty much anything you want. Neil Jackson (who also in an episode of SG1) does a great job as the silent Wraith who is a tad mental. It also is one of the few episode (till SGU came along) that played contempery music, which was great touch to make it feel like a different show .

My second favorite episodes is; Be all My Sins Remember’d


The best episode to feature the Pegasus Replicator, really while there is one more episode to feature the Pegasus Replicators, it is the ending of that main arc. There is a lot of confrontation in this one, you see friends fighting between them self, (we see a little of the civilians vs military; which is so prominent in SGU) and of course the fighting between us and the Replicators. The highlight of the episode however is; the moral dilemma. Fran a replicator that we created, is wiling to destroy herself because it’s her duty. Throughout the episode she shows some signs that she could be have real emotions. They still let her kill her self though :'(.

Now time for my number 1!; The Shrine

David Hewlett stole the show

A Brad Wright episode, basically it’s a Sci-Fi Twist on alzheimer’s. It’s a touchy subject but it is done in lovely and sweet way. Emotion run high, as the team see the smartest man on Atlantis lose his mind. We see a real friendship between Shepard and McKay. That relationship that reminds me O’Neill and Jackson relationship from SG1. David Hewlett is such great actor, and he get’s to show acting chops in this one.
All great episodes, just go watch one of these episode and i’m sure you will become hooked on Stargate.

I’m watching Apprentice at the moment……. just saying.

My thought on Stargate and it’s future

Is the gate closed for good?

With the recent news that there will be no Stargate movies of any of the series’s ( linky http://a91.eu/eWMBl ), i thought that there is no better of a time to talk about the franchise that has effected my life in such a huge way. In 8 episode’s time it will be the 354th episode of the Stargate franchise but not only that it will be the last ever episode Stargate universe and very likely the last ever episode (at least for a hell of a long time).

Stargate has been a huge part of my life. From a very young age Stargate has been there in my life. My mother favorite movie happened to be the original Stargate movie, she loved it, and i must have seen it 4 or 5 times before i even reached 6. Neither of us knew that in 1997 Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner decided to make the movie, in a genius move in to a TV series. The TV show which was only being shown on SKy1, and at 7 or 8 we did not have cabal or sky to watch the show not that i didn’t know existed. My neighbors did have sky and i was good friends with their grandkids, who just so happen to like this show called “Stargate SG1”. Maybe it’s a fake memory that i have created but i remember watching my first episode of Stargate it was a season 2 episode called “Need” other the next few months and must have watched the show at least every week other there.
Then we got cable, it was amazing, every day a episode was being shown. I watched it all the time it was my first real show that i watched religiously (other than Pokemon). I watched them out of order but slowly i figured out the story and found it was much more than an adventure of the week show. It was funny had action, aliens that i was not scared of and great story’s, with one of the best mythology of any show. I watched new episodes and once i got my tiny TV with an inbuilt DVD player i bought them on DVD. It was my favorite show, but it was more than that; i loved it. Every year since i have been watching i have at least 20 episode’s some time’s 40 episode’s to look forward to. I loved nothing better than on day of a new episode, to turn off the light’s off, move the sofa closer to the TV and maybe even get some popcorn and watch the new adventure.

Now however with no movies on the horizon and other than some Stargate books, there is nothing planned. Brad Wright had left the franchise. Brad Wright the creator of all three shows and the person who has come up with some of the best episode of the franchise, yesterday new episode Twin Destines is a perfect example that. He has got a lot stick recently from so called fans but i for one want to thank him for creating the best franchise in TV history. I have no doubt that he fought tooth and nail to get all the movies made. Wright said “the franchise is now in the hands of MGM” and given the recent history of MGM that not entirely comforting.
I am of the opinion that the Stargate is to big to die. Sure it looks bad it maybe 20 years before we get new Stargate, and that really frustrates me. You know what the real sad fact of this is though, not that it will be a long time before we get new Stargate, but because it won’t our Stargate. Those character who i grew up watching won’t be there, who know who’s hands will be at the helm of this “new Stargate”. It certinely won’t be Brad Wrights Stargate and that’s the show i love. JJ Abrams recently rebooted the Startrek franchise and i liked it but i was never a huge fan of the original TV show, i may have felt differently seeing another take on a show i loved.

I don’t know what is in store for Stargate in the future, i sure hope that whoever takes on the task of rebooting this great franchise, does it with the care and attention it really does deserve.

I love the recent twitter hash tag that David Hewlett recently used #stargatewontdie. It won’t die because i have 14 years with 17 season and two movies to look back on with happy memories. I still have the DVDs and they will getting a lot of use….. and hey i still have 8 new episode still to watch.

Stargate is dead, long live stargate.

I was going to post on my thoughts that it is the fans fault why Stargate was canceled, but i still visit Gateworld from time to time and i don’t want the hassle that comes with that.

6 days from now…….

A bittersweet moment will happen, the slightly delayed returned of Stargate Universe. Bitter as it is the last 10 episodes of the season and the show, and a good chance that last Stargate we will see for a long time. Sweat because is fricking Stargate; best show in the land.

Take a quick look at the short trailer for the 2.5 season.

Not only can’t i wait to find out how they get out of the little pickle that they found them self in at the end of the first half of the season. I’m also massively looking forward to the return of my favorite character from Stargate Atlantis Dr McKay, in the episode “seizure”. A episode that according to folks on http://www.gateworld.net/ is one of best of the entire show.

You can catch the return of Stargate Universe next Monday (11th) at 8:00 (A time i feel is a little to early for a show like Stargate universe) on sky1 and sky1 HD.

The return of Dr Rodney McKay

I’m going to have a nice long post soon(ish) on what my thought’s on what the future of Stargate franchise is. Not sure when it will be son don’t lose to much sleep getting excited about it.

Top 5 TV programs.

First up, I am really gutted that Leeds Rhinos season is over now, not much i can say about it just hope next season is better. UPDATE: It was.

Following last months post about my top 5 Sci-fi Books, I thought I would follow it up with another Top  5 this month. So this month is my favorite TV shows past and present.
But before the main list, another list of shows that just missed out on that most important of accolades, my personal top 5.

  • Fringe – A super cool Sci-fi mystery program, the reason it missed out was because there is so far only two seasons. If it keep up the standard in the next few season I could see it sneak in to the top 5.
  • Blackadder – Amazingly funny, well written and witty.
  • Firefly – Another one that came close, if there was just a few more season of it I’m sure it would have made it in. DAM YOU FOX.
  • X-files (seasons 1-5)- Yes another Sci-fi, the reason it’s season 1 to 5 is because I have yet to watch 6 to 9, but i have them on DVD so i will be watching them. A really good program, very solid and similar to Fringe.
  • Rome – Not normally in to the historical drama’s, the HBO style it makes very enjoyable, sexy and violent.
  • Family guy – Do i need to say anything?
  • Heroes – The first season was amazing, it failed to deliver after that.
  • Chuck – Comedy spy program, would recommend to anyone. Easy watching.
  • House – Love Hugh Laurie he really makes this show tick with his fantastic character. Every episode is very enjoyable.
  • True Blood – Not in to the whole twilight and vampire thing,  this show while very graphic is a great drama, another HBO hit.
  • Lie to me – Like House another show that has a British lead and a super character that makes the show.

I think that is everything but I am sure I have missed something out I have watched so many TV shows.

Right on to the list.

5) – Lost


Bad ending

Was really not sure whether to put lost in my top 5. After the ending which I don’t want to spoil for anybody, I really wanted to forget I ever watched lost. Was it that bad, yes, it was not awful by any means. Just poorly done, it was so predictable. Everybody said it would be something to do with the afterlife (sorry for the spoiler). I bet that after the first season when everybody said it was to do with the afterlife the producers shat themselves, so they say it’s not to do with that and it’s all hunky dory. They should have just kept there mouth shuts. But in fairness to Lost you can’t just judge the whole series on the ending and it was a great program, sure they made the series a little slow paced in season 2 and 3. The show had great mystery, writing, pace (after 2 and 3) and acting. That first season still rates with me as perhaps the greatest first season of any show, i suppose it could only go down from there.

4) – 24


He is so cool

Not a super smart spy but fucking cool. Jack Bauer maybe the toughest, bad ass TV character of all time.  The show builds tension like no other. Some shows might never let the hero lose, but 24 never lets the hero win sure he saves the day… some times (Lot of people will die on the way good and bad) but his life is never better for it. He normally has to go in to hiding at the end of every day because he beat the crap out of some witness or politician OR maybe he has to do some bad things to save his family.

One of the unique things about 24 is that it’s in real time 24 episodes, an hour each, all set in the same day. It’s a very clever idea.  My life got a lot less tense when they stopped making 24.

3) – Life on Mars

Life on mars

"You great... soft... sissy... girlie... nancy... french... bender... Man-United supporting POOF!"

The only English entry in to the top 5. Unlike 24 this is a very smart show. The story like Lost introduced a mystery and the ending was very similar but it was done right (Not just given 5 min at the end of 6 seasons :@).  While I was not alive in the 1970’s everybody I have spoken to that was alive during that period, does compliment how accurate it is, while sometime exaggerated. Lots of people credit the show success to Gene Hunt but i think the character of Sam Tyler is more interesting . A very enjoyable show that has given us some amazing quotes, some that I use more than I should.

2) – Farscape


Sexy in space

The most obscure show on my list. Anyone that has watched Farscape, will know that there is no other show like it. The show takes a present day human and puts him through a wormhole that takes him across to the other side of the universe where strange looking aliens live and human like aliens but they are cold blooded. You really have to watch the show to get it. It also has a great use of puppets which you expect with it being made the Jim Henson company (Muppet’s fame). A must watch for all Sci-fi fans, and even if your not a Sci-Fi I would still recommend it.

and at number 1 is ………………

1) – The Stargates


Universe Just one of the three stargate shows

I have a feeling that to my friends this is not going to be a huge surprise.
I really had to put all three stargate show in to one spot, it would not be fair on the other shows to have the top 3 spots taken up before they even started. It is a show i have watched since i was 7. The first show stargate SG1 took place after that blockbuster movie of the same name staring Kurt Russel. I am not going to go and on (Do i here cheers?) because being honest i’m a heavily biased stargate fan boy, that thinks the show can do no wrong, well it can’t. It really does have a mix of everything comedy (less so in new Stargate universe), action and hard science (more so in stargate Universe). While i am sure not everybody will like it as much as me, I am confident that if you try it you will enjoy it….. honestly.

Be sure to watch the second season of Stargate universe on SKY 1 on Tuesday Oct 5th at 8pm. You can watch the trailer for the second season in my last post.

Now a little quick life update

Looks like I am getting a cold again, most likely from being out in the cold for the Leeds match yesterday. Not been up to loads lately, anybody got any ideas for something to do? I am up for anything. Job Hunt is on going but no luck so far and again I am up for anything.

My stargate fan videos

When i was around 14/15 i made a habit of making stupid fan videos for stargate and the other night I happened to watch a few of them, so i decided to upload them on to youtube (again they got removed once for violating copyright or something). So i am gonna share a few, I did have a couple more but for some reason youtube won’t let me upload them at the moment.
So without further ado.

The first is a stargate Atlantis video using clips from just the first two seasons.

The next was a video i made when stargate SG1 was canceled, maybe i thought this video would single handedly save the show alas it failed but you can’t be to disappointed with 10 seasons.

The last one that i can show you is a bit of a random one its Leeds rhinos doing there stuff but to the stargate theme tune.

In other news Danny McGuire got the well deserved player of the year award for Leeds Rhinos. You can watch some of McGuire magic on the highlight video here http://www.therhinos.co.uk/news/14859.php