Stargate Atlantis season 3 episode 6: Life is but a Dream

There must be very few sci-fi fans who haven’t seen that episode where a character wakes up in a reality where their lives have been entirely dull and mundane and everyone around them claims the events of their respective sci-fi series never happened. Well, this time around, it’s Elizabeth’s turn to suffer that fate.

Elizabeth’s Worst Nightmare
As far as Elizabeth Weir is concerned, she has just spent the last two years on Atlantis, so it comes as no small surprise when she wakes up in a mental institution, having apparently collapsed after the death of her fiancé and a stressful treaty negotiation. Weir tries to insist that Atlantis is real, but the doctors insist that her experience was all a dream created when her mind tried to escape a harsh reality. Continue reading

Stargate Atlantis season 3 episode 5: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

Yes, it’s back to the long delayed and probably largely pointless Stargate Atlantis posts, and who says being a few many months behind is such a bad thing?

Atlantis Mark II
Upon dialling up a new gate address, the team is surprised to find an Atlantis look-alike on the other side, with surprise turning to wonder when they realise that not only is this place far more complex than Atlantis, but that it also seems to be inhabited by a surviving faction of Ancients, the Asurans.

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Stargate Atlantis season 3 episodes 3-4

It’s actually been a while since I saw episode three, but it was so underwhelming that I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about it. The episode in question sees a dislikeable male one-shot character charm the Atlantis crew with use of his special pheromone-based ‘love potion’, in the most ridiculous and over the top sequence to grace the series so far. Naturally, one character is left unaffected to save the day, but you have to wonder at the lax security measures, or the fact that it took everyone so long to work out that the love potion was responsible- any science fiction viewers on the Atlantis crew should have realised what was going on long ago. Continue reading