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Stargate: Extinction/Atlantis Season 6

  • 03-05-2013 7:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,091 ✭✭✭
    Mallozzi wrote:
    Sadly, we never got the go-ahead and, although we did end up eventually writing the script for the Atlantis movie (Stargate: Extinction), in hindsight, that window of opportunity at the end of the show’s sixth season was our last, best shot at seeing it made. The bottom fell out of the dvd market, the script was shelved and, well, here we are today.

    As I already mentioned in past entries, the movie would have opened on a shot that revealed Atlantis’s new home on the lunar surface. We learn that the gate has been offline since its return to Earth but, under pressure from the IOA, the decision is made to bring it back online, have it supersede the Earth gate, and make it a permanent lunar base. The decision isn’t embraced by everyone. Woolsey and McKay, for instance, point out that they still have a responsibility to the people of the Pegasus galaxy. Of course the IOA are hardly moved.

    Unfortunately, when the gate is finally brought back online, Zelenka reports a build up of energy in the capacitors. Too late they realize that the Ancients put a failsafe in place in the event Atlantis was moved. McKay realizes – the city will self-destruct unless it returns to the Pegasus galaxy.

    Woolsey gets the band back together, transporting John and Ronon up from the hospital emergency room where they are getting fixed up following a bar room brawl (an opportunity to write in the scar actor Jason Momoa had received at the time). John, in turn, pays a visit to Area 51 and, again under the heavy protests of the IOA, springs his buddy, Todd.

    The plan is to use the wormhole drive to execute a series of jumps to Pegasus – however, the drive burns out partway through their journey, stranding them in the Triangulum Galaxy, some 300 000 light years from home. They manage to muster up enough power for one, final short range jump, putting them within range of a subspace anomaly they detected.

    What follows is a high-flying adventure involving a mysterious civilization tapping the limitless potential of the accretion streams between two stars, time travel, and a race against time to avert not only the destruction of Atlantis but the extinction of an entire race.

    Some of the standout sequences that come to mind include one in which Sheppard ends up trapped on an enemy mothership, falling back to a room holding some of the tech the enemy has stolen from Atlantis. Enemy soldiers surround the locked chamber, preparing to storm it when – the door shakes, buckles, and blows outward to reveal Sheppard in one of the Asgard exo-suits. Cue kickass Iron Man sequence.

    Another involves Todd risking all to ambush a future version of himself aboard the bridge of the enemy mothership, saving Atlantis from a final, devastating attack. The two battle. “So young and impetuous,”remarks Future Todd. ”So old and foolish,”counters ours. Eventually, Future Todd gets the upper hand and pins his opponent. He raises his dagger for the finishing blow – only to have someone reach in and grab his wrist. Rodney McKay to the rescue. Allowing our Todd seizes the opportunity to turn the tables.

    John and Todd make the most unlikeliest of odd couples in this one, forced to work together for the greater good. ”If I had to pick one thing I like best about you,”says Sheppard during one hair-raising moment, “I’d have to say it’s your sense of humor.” A stone-faced Todd informs him: “Yes, back on the hive, I was known as “the funny one”.”

    Enemy fighters are scrambled, Beckett takes the chair, the mother ship faces off against Atlantis, the city takes significant damage, Teyla suffers a terrible loss, some wonderful heroic moments for Ronon, McKay, and Teyla as well.

    Atlantis ultimately returns to the Pegasus galaxy where Todd is granted his freedom. ”You did save the city after all,”explains Woolsey. ”Of course I did,”says Todd. ”How else would I have gotten home?”. And, in a moment that demonstrates how far things have come, John gives his former enemy a parting handshake. Woolsey hopes that, some day, their paths will cross under better circumstances. Todd agrees. ”It would be wonderful to have you for dinner sometime,”he says before heading through the gate.

    Atlantis re-establishes itself, Beckett gets his turtles back from Rodney and assumes a permanent position as Atlantis’s new head of medical R&D, and John comforts a grieving Teyla now aware – via the revelations of time travel – that they are destined to be together.

    And we fade out on a night shot of Atlantis, a jewel on the water…

    Of all the raw deals Stargate was dealt in it's latter years I think the cancellation of Atlantis was probably the worst. Reading through the plans for the proposed film however it's seems that they were quickly running out of ideas (they'd already done the city adrift story, this just sounds like a longer version) and certainly by Season 5 Atlantis was on the downward trend so maybe it was for the best. It still would have been nice to see it though.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 33,733 ✭✭✭✭Myrddin

    Great read, would have loved to see moar Atlantis :(

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,259 ✭✭✭downwithpeace

    More Atlantis would have been very nice but looking at the ideas for that movie I get the feeling they didn't want to make this at all and let the board turn it down for them. The first bit is basically a past Atlantis episode done with a bit of Universe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 937 ✭✭✭Diddy Kong

    Interesting concept for season 6, and would have left it open for the possibility of more. For closure I actually bought the 6 Legacy books, very enjoyable read.

  • Site Banned Posts: 256 ✭✭Dr Silly Bollox MD

    Happy with the way it ended myself.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,091 ✭✭✭Antar Bolaeisk

    Happy with the way it ended myself.

    It didn't really end though, it just stopped. The Wraith were still a threat to the Pegasus Galaxy, though now much smaller, and one of the Pegasus Asgard ships got away so there was definite forshadowing of a new threat there.

    It was also just a bit crap that the ending abandons the Pegasus Galaxy.

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