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Stargate Atlantis: Harmony

by Brett Love, posted Jan 26th 2008 12:31PM

Stargate Atlantis - McKay, Sheppard, and Harmony

(S04E14) Well now, wasn't that interesting? The fine folks over at Stargate HQ decided to follow up an episode that took place entirely in Atlantis with one that never sets foot in the city. It's actually a tough sell as far as episodes go. For one, most of the team is absent, so you run the risk of annoying anyone with a favorite character that didn't get to come out and play. It also gets counted in the 'filler episode' column, something that always draws its own brand of ire. And finally, it heavily features a child actor, which is just asking for trouble.

Personally, none of those things were negatives for me. Because of that, I thought it was another very good episode. Yes, it's always good to see the whole team working together, but the Sheppard/McKay relationship is one of my favorite things about the show. Along similar lines, while the big mythology episodes are what carry the series through the seasons, these one-off episodes are always welcome because they give the characters a chance to goof off.

It's much harder to work in Rodney matching wits with an 13 year old if he's in the middle of a battle with the Replicators. And even though I understand where the cautiousness around featured child actors comes from, Jodelle Ferland has long since won me over. After interesting turns in Silent Hill and Supernatural, as young Adria on SG-1, as well as another 30-odd credits to her name, she's proven to be more than your average child actor.

That's something that I thought came out here as she held her own pretty well bantering with Hewlett and Flanigan. Rodney's frustration with Harmony as she outwitted him with the power bar, and continued to berate his every action, was all very amusing. As was Sheppard's somewhat reluctant fatherly guidance and the rather uncomfortable proposal that followed. The whole journey offered up a good bit of comedy. And the way Sheppard and McKay's status flip flopped in the eyes of Harmony was very fitting for the impressionable mind of a thirteen year old queen to be. The big reveal of the painting at the end was the icing on the cake:

Stargate Atlantis

The plot of the episode wasn't especially clever. I thought they gave away that is was Mardola (Crystal Lowe, Nya from SG-1's "Emancipation") plotting to kill her sister a little soon. Up to that point I was still guessing, and actually considering the possibility that they were planning on offering Sheppard and McKay up as a sacrifice to the beast. The involvement of the Genii has the potential to be an interesting point going forward, but I'm guessing this is the last we'll hear of it. The fact that this group of Genii were mercenaries, as we saw with Mardola discussing their pay, leads me to believe that they were operating as a rogue group and it wasn't any kind of official mission.

There is probably a better chance that we will hear more about the mini-drones. Although, the fact that Rodney has been looking for the testing ground for two years and we've never heard of it before could make that chance a slim one. One would hope that his new found hero status will enable him to return for further research. Either way, it was an interesting bit of the ancient tech to toss in there.

All things considered, no real complaints from me. Season four is cruising right along and even the filler episodes are entertaining. Next week, Sheppard is headed back to earth for "Outcast" with guest star Kari Wuhrer.

It's the Sheppard & McKay show! Is that a deal breaker?
Heck no. Sheppard and McKay are great together.372 (87.5%)
Yep, they need the whole team.37 (8.7%)
Yes it is, but solo eps for my favorite character would be just fine.16 (3.8%)

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I just need to know who the heck Nolar lumsbrit is??...oh and loved the episode....thanks

February 05 2008 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wasn't sure about this one, but I learned long ago that even "boring appearing" episodes of the Stargate franchise tend to have redeeming moments. This one was no different, however the dibs thing was outta character for Rodney, thankfully it was put to rest quickly. I'd like to see Rodney actually have a one-night-stand or at least go bar hopping before we are asked to believe that he is ready to cruise for chicks with Sheppard.

January 28 2008 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

Brad: According to J Mallozzi, we are supposed to assume after last week that Katie and Rodney are no more. The "door closing" shot was convincing enough for me of that fact. As for moving on so quickly trying to hook up with the "hot chick" this is Rodney we are talking about. Growth would have been nice and it looked like we were getting it but his actions last week showed me that he is no where near growing up at all.

Nickie: Asleep at the wheel? Surely you must be joking. After "Be All My Sins Remember'd" and "Spoils of War" (two stellar episodes) it is perfectly acceptable to have some basic episodes. Cliche and predictable? Sure, but that has been one of my favorite aspects of the Stargate universe. They have always been able to take well known sci-fi stories and add a new spin to them. For anyone who is so bitter about the show I really wonder why one even watches.

January 27 2008 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Horse N. Buggy

The only thing that bothered me about this episode was Rodney calling dibs on the third sister. It felt kinda creepy that he would go from almost proposing marriage to Katie one week and jokingly try to "hook up with a hot alien chick" the next. However, I love these bottle episodes and want more of them. I think these kinds of episodes were the strength of SG-1 in its first 5 seasons.

January 27 2008 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Im so with you there about the dibs thing. I was trying to figure out what was going on.

I mean come on, aren't they still technically going out? I mean, he just said he wasn't ready to get married yet, but they never said anything about a break up anywhere in last weeks episode.

January 27 2008 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate how McKay is back to be super annoying after he showed some growth.

I don't mind episodes that never take foot on Atlantis if the episode is decent, this one was not. Next week's look fun, I just hope we get all three of the team (The woman alien will probably not be around) hunting the Rep.

January 26 2008 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Come on guys the producers aren't reading this so you can be honest, the episode was a predictable cliché from start to finish, (with the exception of the picture which was very funny).

Its still shocking to me that even now with only one show being produced that Atlantis seems to be getting worse rather than better with each episode, look back at sg1 season 10 and compare it with this season of Atlantis, surely you can see that the creative minds behind Atlantis are asleep at the wheel and don't seem to want to wake up.

January 26 2008 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

I was a bit apprehensive about this episode based on the synopsis, but trust the Stargate folks to put a spin (actually, several) on it that made this episode quite entertaining and enjoyable to watch.

The painting at the end of the episode was wonderful. Whoever thought of that idea (Martin Gero?) deserves a bonus. (Chocolate)

I was afraid the beast (when Harmony said she was safe from it early on in the episode) was going to be something similar to the ID monster from "Forbidden Planet" and was pleasantly pleased when it turned out to be mini-drones.

Fun episode. Thanks, Stargate Atlantis, for all the fish (and the laughter)!


January 26 2008 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Aw crap, you're both right. I read a quote talking about Jodelle Ferland where they said how difficult it is to find an eleven year old actor (an odd quote now that I think about it because she is twelve) and that number stuck in my head. I'll go about fixing it now.

January 26 2008 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also thought this might be kind of a lame episode, like last weeks which was kind of boring but I really enjoyed this episode it was very entertaining. The banter between the three was very funny.

Brad is correct she was 13 going on 14

January 26 2008 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The queens 13 years old if I'm not mistaken (14 in 5 lunar cycles), not 11

But yeah really, the Sheppard/McKay relationship, hilarious. It shines through when there is a team, or apparently even when there is no team to be seen.

And I so saw that ending coming, and I had to hold in the laughter before I actually saw it.
"Thats how I remember it." Hahahaha

January 26 2008 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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