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  • Each gets the best of the other, a silly game started by McKay

    • by Orrymain
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      Stargate Atlantis: First Contact is the reason I’m reviewing this fifth and final season of this science fiction series. The series itself is not a favorite at all, but I adore guest star Michael Shanks so was able to get the fifth season set of the series. This is actually the first of two parts, and with Michael in it, it’s a sure bet to entertain.

      Shanks’ Dr. Daniel Jackson of Stargate SG-1 arrives at Atlantis with a special purpose, to find the secret lab of Janus. Poor Rodney McKay isn’t happy about it. After all, McKay is a Daniel wannabe without


      the goods to be a Daniel.

      There’s some good interaction between the two characters. Each gets the best of the other, a silly game started by McKay. It’s amusing, but it’s also what I call very snarky by both of them.

      One of the things I actually get a kick out of in this first part is that there is a discussion between these two scientists where it’s pretty much acknowledged that Daniel is the number one. I was a little surprised to see this on this show, but I was also glad to hear it.

      Another fun aspect of this episode, or maybe it’s ...


      • a humorous annoyance, is that Shanks is known to be an incredibly fast talker. It’s often difficult to understand his dialog, and those who transcribe shows he’s in will attest to the difficulty. By the same token, David Hewlett (McKay) is also a pretty fast talker. Together, these two were like rapid fire rockets in their speech. There was a bunch of additional dialog inserted or else the show would have been short. That’s because so much of the storyline is focused on these two characters.

        In the course of First Contact, Daniel and Rodney end up kidnapped by an unknown

        race and forced to complete a weapon that might be capable of destroying the wraith. So, there’s plenty of drama to go along with the more humorous aspects of the story.

        My one negative comment is just that it makes no sense that Daniel beams into Atlantis wearing street clothes and not his SG-1 uniform. There’s no explanation for this strange choice of wardrobe.

        For me, this is the best episode of the entire Stargate Atlantis series. True, I haven’t seen them all, but I’ve seen enough to know my feelings about this series. Shanks made the difference. This episode is a winner.




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