Stargate Atlantis: The Seer
(S04E08) One of the good things about shows like Stargate Atlantis is that they can mold episodes around events that took place a few episodes or a few seasons ago in order to tie up loose ends or progress the season further. This is what we saw in this week's episode as many plotlines that were left up in the air over the past season and a half merged into one story that furthered both the Wraith and the Replicator stories.
Gallery: Stargate Atlantis
As a whole, these plotlines melded well to make the episode compelling but not utterly confusing. This is a good trait for a semi-serialized show like Atlantis. As I've probably said in many other reviews television shows really need to be accessible by new viewers at any point in a season run. If the show is so insular that only rabid fans would understand what is going on, then the fan base will remain stagnant.
Atlantis doesn't have that problem from what I can see. Viewers can tune into pretty much any episode and get a sense of what the show is all about fairly quickly. Take this week's episode which featured a return appearance of
The Doctor Richard Woolsey, the appearance of a Wraith that Sheppard met last season while imprisoned by the Genii, and the consequences of McKay's actions on the Replicators from the beginning of the season. Even with all of that past history coming to roost a new viewer would have probably felt fairly comfortable in understanding what was going on.
For us regular viewers all of this just moved the story of the Wraith-Replicator war in a new direction. That's because the Replicators are now attacking human settlements. That is not sitting well with McKay, who reprogrammed a virus early in the season to have the Replicators focus their attention not on the citizens of Atlantis but on the Wraith. The question now is whether they end up working with a member of the Wraith to reverse the programming or do they just let the destruction continue.
They really had no choice but to work with the Wraith to resolve the issue. In my opinion it was one of those "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" type of cases that really wasn't satisfying for either party. It looks like the Atlantis team eventually came out ahead, though, as two Wraith ships that didn't trust one another blew each other out of space.
This makes me wonder what will happen with the Wraith that remained in Atlantis. Once they all work out the Replicator virus together do they send him back home, or keep him locked up in a cell, or does he become a reluctant member of Sheppard's team. It would certainly change the dynamic of his group if the Wraith was to go on further adventures with the team.
Besides the continuing story of the Wraith-Replication situation there were other things going on in this week's Atlantis. One was the discovery of a Seer who could glimpse into the future. While this portion of the story was over-hyped in the previews it only played a small part in the episode. Yet, it did have a significant impact, especially to Colonel Carter, who had a vision of a Replicator attack on the city. Unlike the other visions that McKay and Teyla had, Sam's vision did not come to fruition this time around. Which means that the Replicator attack could happen at any time.
Then there was the appearance of Woolsey, who was in the city for Carter's three-month evaluation. I enjoyed his appearance because it gave Sam a chance to show what type of administrator she was. The best part was when she berated Woolsey in front of her people after he told Colonel Sheppard that he was taking over control of the city. The man had it coming to him. And, I may be wrong here, but it seems like Woolsey was channeling Star Trek:Voyager's Doctor when he asked Dr. Keller about the Seer's condition. When he muttered 'Sorry, force of habit' that could have either been a take on the Doctor or Woolsey's ability to butt into everything.
Next week -- A Star Trek Enterprise marathon lets Atlantis take a break. When it comes back in two weeks McKay and his sister are reunited due to some unfortunate circumstances.
|He should be kept in a cell and used as an advisor to Wraith actions.||91 (34.2%)|
|They should return him back to one of the Wraith hives.||61 (22.9%)|
|He should become a part of Sheppard's team.||114 (42.9%)|