Stargate Atlantis: Sunday
i no! n did u hear bout teyla n shep!?!
Good grief. I'm just not sure what all of that even was. The one thing that has been nagging at me a little bit regarding Atlantis is that there have been too many unrelated, stand-alone, episodes. It's a problem that big brother SG-1 shares. It's a minor complaint though, because a lot of these episodes have actually been pretty good. "The Tao of Rodney" and "The Game" were both very fun. And "The Ark" had an interesting story behind it. With the season winding down though, it's high time for a multiple episode arc with a little more meat to it.
This wasn't it. A lot of this just left me scratching my head. From Teyla hinting about some mystery guy, to Dr. Weir and her When Harry Met Sally flirtation with Mike, to Rodney's bumbling marriage discussion with Katie. I think that there is room for some kind of a romantic story in Atlantis, but this was too much too fast. Especially when you consider what was the big story of the episode.
The death of Beckett is a big deal. I thought it deserved more than just a goofy side story about a day off and love in the air. He did go out a hero, as he saved Watson and his staff. It just seems like something as important as killing off one of your main characters is worth more than that. There should have been an enemy, some outside threat.
Instead, he died because of bungling by the Atlantis staff. Sure, those things happen. People make mistakes and there are consequences. But that's what red-shirts were invented for. Our characters are fallible and they get people killed. But the big deaths, like Beckett, should be handled with more care. It could have served as motivation for something much bigger.
Of all the stories leading up to the explosion, Sheppard and Ronon was my favorite. I liked his whole cocky explanation about playing for years, making it look easy, and Ronon's devastating one handed swing. Their discussion about past relationships was interesting as well, giving a little more back story for the characters.
I also liked the final scene with Beckett and Rodney. While I didn't really care for the story they used, that was a nice final scene for Beckett. Added to the thoughts about his sister that he shared with Katie, it also points to the possibility that we will be seeing a changed Rodney as we move along.
It was a big episode, and losing Beckett is sad, but I just can't shake the feeling that Atlantis could be so much more. The show is just kind of coasting right now. I am still optimistic that there are better things to come. For now though, I'm giving this one a 4, out of 7.