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Catching Up On Stargate Atlantis

I’m a Stargate fan all the way back to the original movie (even though the end got seriously weird), but I was never able to watch Stargate Atlantis (SA) with any regularity when it was first run. My newly minted Netflix subscription has given me the power to go back and watch the series in its entirety.  I’ve finished the first season and a few episodes from season two.

Here are five things I’ve learned:

  • Zero Point Modules look surprisingly similar to Tiffany lampshades.
  • Shepherd is a babe magnet for ascended women.
  • Living in a Wraith infested galaxy leads to fanatical cultures.
  • Even if you design your spaceships to be cylinders so they will fit through the Stargate, you can still get them stuck in the ring.
  • Even on a floating city that has to have tons of walkways with great views, Shepherd would rather go jogging on the catwalk bridge in the city’s vast basement.

Five things I’m hoping will be explained in upcoming episodes:

  • Why does the city of Atlantis have a vast basement with a catwalk bridge?
  • Why did people in a city surrounded by water feel the need to put boxes of bubbling water all through the city?
  • In a city that has technology that senses the Atlantis gene and activates systems based on that AND was under siege and at war with aliens forever, why would they have biosensors that can’t tell the difference between types of life forms?
  • Why doesn’t the Atlantis super-duper database have instructions on how to recharge or build new Zero Point Modules?
  • Why doesn’t anyone on Atlantis ever go swimming?

Questions for SA fans:

    • Which SA character would you most like to be?
    • Which SA character would you most like to spend a day with and why?
    • Which SA character would you least like to spend a day with and why?

Looking forward to your insights on this version of the Stargate franchise!

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11 thoughts on “Catching Up On Stargate Atlantis

  1. i think the tanks of bubbling water are for when atlantis sinks, a boyancy thing i guess.
    as for the lifesigns thing, they had big ass sheilds and lots of ships, no one was really getting in so they never developed it.
    i am curious about the swimming thing now…
    oh and the basement thing is probably because they haven’t accessed the entire city and the outside bits are mostly balconies.

    😀 i love all of the SG franchise

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  2. I actually have some answers!

    • Zero Point Modules look surprisingly similar to Tiffany lampshades.

    Actually, Tiffany Lampshades ARE Zero Point Modules. They were uncovered in the Edwardian period in association with Pyramids, and nobody knew what they were so the Tiffany Co. started selling them.

    As for the five things you’re hoping to be explained in upcoming episodes. Arhcaeology has already come up with perfectly good answers:

    •Why does the city of Atlantis have a vast basement with a catwalk bridge?
    Plumbing access. I mean, really, have you ever tried working in the crawlspaces under a house? The designers just went a little overboard. Either that or its ritual.

    •Why did people in a city surrounded by water feel the need to put boxes of bubbling water all through the city?

    Ritual purposes. I know. I’m a pro. Whenever you get those weird unexplainable things, it’s always due to ritual.

    • In a city that has technology that senses the Atlantis gene and activates systems based on that AND was under siege and at war with aliens forever, why would they have biosensors that can’t tell the difference between types of life forms?

    Religious taboo.

    • Why doesn’t the Atlantis super-duper database have instructions on how to recharge or build new Zero Point Modules?

    More religious taboo.

    • Why doesn’t anyone on Atlantis ever go swimming?

    See above answers. Either that or they simply forgot their trunks.

    Questions for SA fans:
    • Which SA character would you most like to be?
    Ross. No wait. Wrong show.

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  3. Know what’s odd, Charlie? Atlantis was the only SG I *could* watch. I’m going back on Netflix now to try and watch SG-1 and I’m finding it a bit annoying. SGU is rather too melodramtic most of the time for my tastes. Atlantis just hit the right note with me. But as hot as Shepherd is… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE McKay. His intellectual arrogance is incredibly appealing.

    And loving the ‘religious taboo’, Thomas! Hilarious!

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    • I know what you mean. I love them all, but they are all different in tone, from light to dark.

      McKay, hands down, my favorite character on SGA.

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  4. I loved the movie, liked SG1 and I love SGA! I was disappointed when it was axed. Wish I could answer all your questions. I can’t. I always thought either that the bubbles were part of the drinking water filtration system or they were decoration since the city can sit anywhere, not just on water. The Earth people just found it there. In other eps they find duplicates of the city that are on land.

    Who would I want to be? Hmm. Teyla maybe. Kicking butt with the bantos sticks? Or someone who can fly the Jumpers. That’d be fun.

    I’d hang out with Shep and Rodney of course. They’d keep me laughing.

    After you watch, keep in mind the new six book series, Legacy, picks up from where the show stopped and was approved by MGM. So really, when you get to the end of the show it doesn’t have to completely end. (They also come in ebook form. Yay!) I just read the first two and they’re pretty good.

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