Feb 132016
 

First Contact

In First Contact the mid-season finale of the final season of Stargate Atlantis the city is visited by Daniel Jackson. He is convinced that the ancient named Janus had a secret lab within the city, together he and Rodney discover it and it’s treasure trove of technology. One device begins to emit a signal which is picked up by a piece of ancient technology overseen by an unidentified alien species who then raid Atlantis stealing technology and kidnapping Daniel and Rodney. Meanwhile a diplomatic party onboard the Daedalus have met with a Todd and a small fleet of Wraith and discussions are ongoing to the use of the new retrovirus. The aliens holding the boys threaten their lives if they do not activate the ancient technology which Rodney has been able to identify as a means to negate hyperspace drives based on their specific energy signatures. Turning the systems on would mean the Wraith ships would be limited to sublight but a previous test over ten thousand years ago indicated a serious side effect which was probably responsible for the system not being deployed during the war. Rodney turns the machine on and two Wraith cruisers vaporise as they enter hyperspace, Todd recognises the technology being used and incapacitates the crew of the Deadalus and takes over the ship. It’s only later that Rodney discovers the side effect of the device, while it prevents the use of hyperspace it also causes a power build up in any Stargate attempting to access wormholes and Atlantis unaware of the threat begins to dial out. Radek sees the energy build up but can not prevent it so he wraps the gate in the cities shield but it can not dissipate the energy from the destroyed Stargate and a minimal amount breaches causing serious damage to the gate room and the tower.

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First Contact is geared up to provide a cliffhanger for the break over the holidays and more importantly introduce a highly advanced species from within Pegasus, the existence of such has been referred to by a number of space faring races and like the Asurans before them remained in the shadows. Of course at this point the Atlanteans are unaware of who they are dealing with and the technology presented offers no clue apart from being able to sidestep much of Ancient technology from ten thousand years ago. Interesting to note the Wraith who have continued to develop their sciences have found solutions to many of the threats offered by the Ancients which indicates this new race have not kept pace, the question is why.

First Contact even judged as a single episode is excellent, we have Daniel making it back to Atlantis again and of course things go wrong, Rodney is all upset as he sees Daniel as a rival more so than many others and we get award winning CGI/VFX in the episode, the sequence in the gateroom as the stargate is destroyed was truly gorgeous. I think it’s safe to say we were all on tenterhooks awaiting the second half of this story and in 2016 that means recording our take on it the same night as this episode and releasing the finished podcast a week later. This weeks podcast promo is for the Scifi Movie Podcast and next week we are going to be discussing The Lost Tribe and Thomas will be with us once again.

Thanks to Mack and Levi for the feedback and feel free to let us know what you think of Stargate and our coverage of the episodes:)

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Feb 142016
 

Reviews

Here is the current collection of my reviews for the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series of novels, all highly recommended. I purchased the current eight book series for my Kindle, other ebook formats and paperbacks are offered so jump right in :)

Stargate Novels

Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming (SGA, #16)Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Homecoming is a strong start to the ongoing Stargate Atlantis “Legacy” series of novels which will continue the story of the city and it’s people after the tv series was cancelled after the fifth season. In many ways this novel will have the hardest time of all as many fans were never really pleased with the dealings of the IOA and other government bodies when the interfered with the grand adventures. Homecoming had to create a narrative to get Atlantis off of Earth and back to Pegasus with most of the known characters intact and acknowledge that many may not want or could not return and thus introduce new characters into an established mix. Jo Graham and Melissa Scott did a wonderful job of getting this series off to a fine start and I’m kicking myself I waited so long to read the Stargate Atlantis novels from Fandemonium aka StargateNovels.
I’m not going into any details of the plot apart from yeah Atlantis returns to Pegasus but come on you all want to know what hoops had to be jumped through and the compromises made with Earth governments salivating and/or shuddering at the thought of the tech/weaponry sitting off the coast of the USA.

Stargate Atlantis: The Lost (SGA, #17)Stargate Atlantis: The Lost by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lost is the second book in the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series and the story quickly picks up from the first novel where McKay was captured by the Wraith. The fate of McKay was unexpected but in hindsight perfectly in sync with events as seen in the television series. The complexity of dealing with Todd and the Genii added some depth to the novel which did feel a little like a staging story, moving pieces into places ready for a more hard hitting events to come.
That said I am loving how the Wraith are being written and the creation and expansion of their world is one reason why this Legacy series needed to exist and while I’ve never been a fan of the Genii their presence in this story certainly gave counterpoint to dealing with Todd and the threat of the uber Wraith Queen. Overall a good addition to the series, not every book is going to be all action and suspense and the series will need to balance things out but so far the first two novels are proving well worth the time to read.

SGA-18 AllegianceSGA-18 Allegiance by Melissa Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewing the Legacy series is tricky, I was fortunate I read it well after the fact but was totally unaware of the major plot points but I never went looking for reviews either.
So here we go, Allegiance is the third novel in the series and Rodney is still very much missing and unaware he is helping to bring down his friends and family in Pegasus and after the failure of the first retrieval mission things look bleak. Atlantis greets some old and new friends from Earth but before anyone can get settled the city is attacked by forces loyal to Queen Death, the city survives mainly intact for all but one critical element. However we also see that Sateda in a small way is rising from among the ashes of it’s former civilisation offering hope to Ronon but there are always other worlds and groups looking to exploit the resources of worlds unable to protect themselves. It seems diplomacy will be the tool of the day to protect and nurture alliances within the humans of Pegasus but the consequences of the bargaining being done could be severe…
Allegiance is another fine addition to the Legacy series, Melissa and Amy have done a great job incorporating new and previously seen aspects of the Atlantis tv show into this series and maintained the pacing and entertainment value while holding true to the spirit.

Stargate Atlantis: The Furies (Stargate Atlantis, #19)Stargate Atlantis: The Furies by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The threat of Queen Death escalates not only to every human in Pegasus but also to the factions of Wraith who she is alienating thanks to her scorched earth policy and together they face a stark truth. There is no help or salvation but from themselves and they all know in their hearts that the current dynamic within Pegasus has been shattered forever, for Pegasus to survive will take not only a military alliance but a fundamental shift in attitudes from everyone. This is the situation which has Teyla once again embracing the part of her which is Wraith and taking her place as a Queen for only a Queen can influence and manipulate the events in the direction which could mean a future for all.
The Furies by Jo Graham once again gives its all to lovers of Stargate Atlantis while enhancing and massaging the established canon from the tv series, some may see this as a bad thing but Legacy has to evolve the characters, it would have happened on the tv show and maybe in a similar direction. I still adore diving deep into the Wraith culture and the introduction of Waterlight was beautiful as is how the Wraith see the humans. The overlay of their worldview on the Atlantis command structure and personnel is inspired and makes so much sense and as is often the case it’s the lack of understanding and insight which blocks potential solutions from being seen.
With the revelations and events in The Furies we can only look forward to their consequences in the next Legacy novel “Secrets”, can’t wait.

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Feb 132016
 

Johann Helf
Johann appeared on two episodes of Stargate Atlantis (Missing and The Kindred Part 2) playing Nabel Golan. He has also appeared on Young Blades, The Dead Zone, Last Flight, Angels and The Scorpion King 3. IMDB Twitter
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Feb 122016
 

Heather Doerksen
Heather played Captain Pat Meyers in six episodes of Stargate Atlantis. She has also guest starred on The L Word, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Pacific Rim, BSG, Eternals and Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. She also voices animated productions such as Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. Official IMDB Twitter Official Behind The Voice
Michael Ironside
Michael appeared in a single episode of Stargate as Seevis in SG1 Crusade. His resume is filled with genre work including the V, Seaquest, Smallville as well as features such as Total Recall and Starship Trooper plus voice work. IMDB Behind The Voice Official
Michael Lenic
Michael made brief appearances in the Stargate SG1 episode Family Ties and Stargate Universe episode Air Part 1, he has also been in the movie Paradox and A Dog’s Breakfast. He has also produced and directed. IMDB

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In Memory of…
Bruce Robert Campbell (February 12th 1967 to April 24th 2005)
Bruce played one of the workers on the Stargate SG1 episode Beneath The Surface and also appeared on Double Jeopardy, The Outer Limits and Ship to Shore as well as stunt work on I Robot.
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Feb 112016
 

Raoul Ganeev 
Raoul appeared in two episodes of Stargate SG1 the first as a Russian Soldier in Desperate Measures and then as Lt. Colonel Sergei Evanov in Metamorphosis. He has also guest starred on Touching Evil, Cold Squad and has appeared in Underworld Evolution, The X-Files, The Dead Zone, The Chronicles of Riddick, Highlander and productions in his native language. IMDB
Lee Tockar 
Lee voiced characters on Stargate Infinity and has a long resume which includes Dinosaur Train, Max Steel, My Little Pony, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Nerds and Monsters, George of the Jungle and Pucca. Behind The Voice IMDB Twitter

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Feb 092016
 

Jason George 
Jason appeared as Jolan in two episodes of Stargate SG1 (Babylon and The Fourth Horseman part 2). He recently starred in Eli Stone, Witches of  East End, Mistresses, The Closer, Off The Map and Greys Anatomy and made his name on Sunset Beach. IMDB Twitter
Charles Shaughnessy 
Charles played Alec Coulson in the SG1 episode Covenant. He also starred in 147 episodes of The Nanny and has gone onto be very successful on US television with roles on Days Of Our Lives, Revenge, The Magicians, Mad Men and The Mentalist. IMDB Twitter Official
Simon Longmore 
Simon played Tathal in the Stargate Atlantis episode the Brotherhood and also guest starred on Psych, Dead Like Me,  Special Unit 2, Hell On Wheels and Red Widow. IMDB Twitter Vada
Bridget McGuire
Bridget was the Art Director for 80 episodes of Stargate SG1 and Supervising Art Director for a further 20. She has also worked on Psych, Doctor Who, Profit and Arrow. IMDB

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Feb 082016
 

Dawn Olivieri
Dawn appeared as Neeva Casol in the Stargate Atlantis episode Identity. She’s also had recurring roles on Heroes and The Vampire Diaries and is now guest starring as Monica Talbot in House Of Lies. IMDB Official Twitter
Alex Diakun
Alex played Tarek Solamon in the Stargate SG1 episode Memento and has appeared on The Outer Limits, Sanctuary, Motive, Andromeda, Supernatural, The X-Files and Reaper. IMDB
Elizabeth Hoffman
Elizabeth played Catherine Langford in two episodes of Stargate SG1 (There But for the Grace of God and The Torment of Tantalus). She has also appeared in the movie Dante’s Peak and starred in Sisters. IMDB
Jeffrey A. Okun
Jeffrey was the digital effects supervisor on the theatrical feature Stargate and has also worked on Sphere, Red Planet, Blood Diamond, Lolita and The Day the Earth Stood Still. He has also produced, directed, edited and been the cinematographer on tv and movie productions. IMDB Twitter

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Feb 072016
 

Supernatural

Ben Cotten (Atlantis) & Veena Sood (SG1) guest starred on Supernatural S11E12 Don’t You Forget About Me playing Mr Wheeler and Principal Ramirez respectively.

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Feb 072016
 

David Nykl
David played Radek Zelenka on Stargate Atlantis and appeared once on SG1 in the episode The Pegasus Project. He has also appeared on Arrow, Seven Days, Cold Squad, Psych, Sanctuary and recently Supernatural. IMDB Twitter
James Spader
James was the original Daniel Jackson in the theatrical Stargate movie. He made his name in features but has had huge success on television with The Practice, Boston Legal and now the hit show The Blacklist. IMDB
Frank Cassini
Frank played Colonel Sean Grieves in the Stargate SG1 episode The Sentinel and has also appeared on Wolf Lake, Dead Like Me, The Bridge, Blackstone and Supernatural. IMDB Twitter

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Feb 072016
 

On becoming a mum: “It’s the best thing in the world”
Morena

Morena Baccarin was used to more sedate roles, but that didn’t stop her playing a superhero in her new sci-fi film Deadpool.

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Source: Deadpool actress Morena Baccarin on her Hollywood career | Life | Life & Style | Daily Express

Feb 062016
 

Tracker

In the ninth episode of the season “Tracker” we meet a new runner named Kiryk played by Mike Dopud. Dr Keller is going to visit a world where the local village is in need of some basic treatment, Rodney decides to tag along and to his annoyance so does Ronon. As Jennifer examines a native woman the boys go to the local tavern and when they return Jennifer is missing and Ronon attempts to track her movements. He discovers she was taken by a single individual and the pursue but are foiled by some clever traps being set. Keeler learns that she has been taken to provide treatment for a young girl who the Runner is protecting but the Wraith turn up and now it’s a question who will get to their quarry first.

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There isn’t a lot to say about Tracker since the story is fairly basic but it is an episode that focuses on character and we get that in spades with the performance of Mike and Jewel, the dynamic is well written and performed especially when we compare the portrayal of Keller in the earlier episode Missing, lots of character growth for the doctor. It’s not to say there isn’t plenty going on, the added impetus provided by the arrival of the Wraith sets up some good set piece action sequences and it’s interesting to see another Runner and his particular skill set aided by the alien transportation device. It also goes without saying that the woodland used to film the episode looked spectacular with some great shots captured and the commentary track for the episode goes into detail the issues which they had to overcome on this location shoot.

Tracker overall is an above average episode, not quite in the top tier but well worth a rewatch and of course we get to see Mike return the Stargate franchise in the second season of Universe.

This weeks podcast promo is for Nutty Bites the ever entertaining chat themed roundtable which discusses all things geek. Next week we are joined by Thomas for “First Contact” the first episode in a two parter where a new to the Pegasus alien species is introduced and who seriously shake things up, well whenever Daniel visits things happen :)

Thanks to Levi, Mack and Steve for the feedback, always appreciated and we’d love to get more so don’t be shy if you have something to say, you can email us or use this sites contact forms and we are also on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter so plenty of options.

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Feb 062016
 

Ivy Isenberg
Ivy was a casting associate on 116 episodes of Stargate SG1 and 58 episodes of Stargate Atlantis including taking the role of casting director for the premiere “Rising”. She has also worked on Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Titan Maximum, Robot Chicken, Bullet in the Face and Dead Like Me. IMDB Twitter
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Feb 052016
 

Primo Allon
Primo guest starred on six episodes of Stargate Universe as Koz. He has also appeared on Smallville, Fringe, Once Upon A Time, The 100, Arrow and Motive. IMDB
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Feb 042016
 

Brandy Ledford
Brandy made her name in the modelling and the glamour side of show business before going more mainstream with acting roles on Andromeda, Baywatch, NCIS: Los Angeles and Whistler. She guest starred as Norina in the Stargate Atlantis episode Inferno and Zaren in the Stargate SG1 episode Endgame. IMDB Official
John P Jumper
John is a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as a General in the US Air Force played himself in the memorable Stargate SG1 episode Lost City. Wiki
Mitchell Kosterman
Mitchell played Colonel Tom Rundell in the Stargate SG1 episodes Heroes Part 1 and 2 and Special Agent James Hamner in the episode Seth. He has also guest starred on Smallville, John Doe, White Noise , MacGyver and Millennium. IMDB Twitter
Robert Weiss
Robert played a Scientist in the Stargate Atlantis episode “Home” and has appeared on Arrow, Motive, The X-Files and Hell On Wheels. IMDB

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Feb 032016
 

Get ready for young, sexy MacGyver

Source: James Wan’s Young ‘MacGyver’ Reboot Gets A Pilot Order From CBS