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Stargate Atlantis: The Kindred, Part 1

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2008 11:22AM

Teyla lays her baby's father to rest. Or does she?

(S04E18) Michael, Michael, Michael. If there is anyone out in the Pegasus galaxy that needs a hug and some serious medication it's him. He's angry at the Wraith for finding him an unclean representative of the race, and he isn't too fond of humans, either. So, what does he decide to do, then? He goes ahead and starts poisoning various human populations so the Wraith will be feeding on spoiled goods rather than fresh meat. But that's just the start of his plan. His main goal is to gather an army that will destroy his race and make him the strongest being in the Pegasus galaxy.

Like I said, man needs a hug.

Actually, everyone in Atlantis needed a hug this week after all they went through. What with a mystery virus plaguing the colonies of the Pegasus galaxy, the return of Todd, Teyla's visions of her baby daddy, and the 'un'surprising appearance of one Carson Beckett. It was quite a lot to take in during 44 minutes of television. In fact, after I had time to digest the episode as a whole, I came to the belief that there was too much going on in this week's program. True, all of the individual stories came together at the end, but to get there required a good deal of concentration on the viewer's part. And, at 10 pm on a Friday night there isn't much energy left for concentration.

Despite the pacing, this week's episode of Stargate Atlantis was entertaining and did what the show is good at: bringing in elements from past episodes for new story threads. Also, after several weeks of shows that focused on individuals, we had an installment featuring most of the major and secondary characters (except Zelenka. More on that in a moment.). Yes, a good portion of Atlantis was devoted to Teyla and her visions (I wonder if her and Eli Stone know each other); however, everyone had some type of moment. For example, Samantha's one-on-one discussion with Teyla, or Teyla's conversation with McKay about her visions, or Major Lorne talking to Teyla about flea markets.

Well, maybe it was a Teyla episode after all. It was good to see our favorite Athosian back this week, especially in her new role of 'angry, pregnant woman with a cause'. Man, the trader didn't know what he was getting into after he was discovered selling Athosian goods to the street vendor. Really, don't people know not to mess with a pregnant warrior woman?

I wasn't too surprised that Teyla was the last puzzle piece in Michael's plan since they've had a connection ever since they first met. Turns out they have more of a connection now, thanks to Teyla's unborn son. I'm thinking that this kid is going to be something powerful when it kicks out of the womb. It could be that he will be the next evolutionary link for the Wraith. He has already shown great strength in assisting mommy from being taken over by a Wraith queen. Of course, the birth of the son will probably be Michael's downfall rather than his salvation.

By the end of the episode we got to learn who was reluctantly assisting Michael in generating the virus wreaking havoc over the galaxy -- Carson. Fans of the show already knew that Dr. Beckett was returning this season...it was news way back in August of last year. I think that put a bit of a damper on the last two minutes of the show (that, and the 'Next time on...' preview as well). They could have given this more of a 'Oh Crap' value by not saying anything. They did this when we got a glimpse of Dr. Weir on the bridge of a Replicator ship a few weeks ago and it worked out quite well (Unfortunately, we won't be seeing that story come to fruition any time soon.). Now the question is if this Beckett is the real one or just another stinkin' Replicant. I guess we'll see next week. Or maybe not.

As I mentioned earlier, most of the Atlantis team was featured this week except one Radek Zelenka. Truth be told, he's been a bit absent during the second half of the season. I like Radek and, as I have mentioned previously, I don't know why he hasn't been promoted to a major player on Atlantis. I'm a bit worried about this because, if they can't find any good stories for him to be in, other than being stuck in a lift with Colonel Carter, then we could be seeing even less of the character.

Next week -- More on Carson, Michael and Teyla.

Is Carson Beckett a Replicant?
Yes.79 (22.1%)
No.133 (37.2%)
Can't tell at this time.67 (18.7%)
Hey, isn't this like the episode where Worf find Bashir on a prison planet?79 (22.1%)

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Chuck

Believe it or not, people, it is possible to not have things spoiled for you. I don't watch previews for shows, I tend to skip the last paragraph of reviews here, and I don't read stuff that will potentially give things away. See, I LIKE to be surprised.

Having said that, I "holy Crap"'d

February 24 2008 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

Having been spoiler-free, the ending blew my mind. My friend and I practically cheered when we saw it was Beckett...

February 24 2008 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vadude804

and did anyone notice that the Sci-Fi promo said Teyla was being led into a REPLICATOR trap?

February 24 2008 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mack Swift

Excellent episode in my opinion. Lots of action, lot's of tension.

Although I would have transported Major Lorne's team from the surface the Michael's Wraith ship so they can do a little snooping around.

February 24 2008 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

Radek Zelenka (note the correct spelling of the character's name) and actor David Nykl have been on my favorites's list for several years now.

I also hope that we will see more of Zelenka in Season Five, especially with the news of the casting changes recently.

David has a blog at:

http://lettersfrompegasus.blogspot.com/

where David quite often posts photos from the SGA set.

Morjana

February 23 2008 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4ham

That DS9 episode where Worf finds Bashir was a good one.

February 23 2008 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

'With an ending you won't believe......" - Sci-fi Ad

*Shows you the ending*

February 23 2008 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

I Holy Crap'd

February 23 2008 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jay

I would have "Holy Crap"ped if they hadn't shown the preview for this episode with him in it every day!

February 23 2008 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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