‘Atlantis’ expedition ends — in more ways than one (spoilers)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

Col. Carter and Maj. Davis in Stargate Atlantis finale

With last week’s series finale of Stargate Atlantis bringing the show full circle and dropping the Ancient city right off the coast of California, it’s pretty obvious there was meant to be more. In fact, producer Joseph Mallozzi’s blog reveals what would have been in a sixth season, and what might still be in the promised TV movie.

[Update: Between the series finale of Atlantis and the first season finale of alumna Amanda Tapping’s (pictured above) new series Sanctuary, Sci Fi channel had a strong showing in Friday nights ratings.]

Another season, if granted, would have explored the city’s role on Earth and the likelihood that the governments overseeing the Stargate project and Pegasus Galaxy expedition would refuse to let it return to Wraith-infested space. Indeed, with the Ancient chair device destroyed by the recent Wraith attack on Earth that drew Atlantis there, it would be foolish to let such a resource turn around and go back to a distant galaxy.

Other stories in planning included the old sci-fi staple of time travel, the return of the Replicators and revenge, sweet revenge, from the lost tribe of Asgard who had their plans foiled by the intervention of Daniel Jackson and Rodney McKay.

Stargate Lost TribeThe Asgard angle potentially interests me the most, as the reappearance of their little grey butts after their sudden mass extinction the series finale of Stargate SG-1 — and their reinvention as ruthless adversaries after 10 seasons of benevolent nonintervention, and in cool new battle suits (left) — was one of the most delicious twists in the history of the franchise.

The mention of Replicator and Asgard trouble in Pegasus of course means that the city would eventually return there — which would be true to the show’s formula but is also a shame, in a way. It would be interesting to see the extended effects of Atlantis’ presence on Earth unfold.

The finale was full of salutes to the fans: the return of Col. Carter and of Major Davis, a longtime supporting character on SG-1 (both pictured above) and the naming of a new starship after SG-1’s Gen. Hammond who, like the actor who portrayed him, recently left us without warning. But it also left some little nagging questions: Did Teyla’s infant son and his father make the trip to Earth or remain on Atlantis’ host planet in Pegasus? What was the top secret mission that kept the Odyssey from joining in the assault on the Wraith super-hiveship?

Finally, there was a brief but flashy promo of the upcoming spinoff Stargate Universebut let’s hope that we get that Atlantis movie soon. The finale was epic and gripping, but not very big in the closure department.

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