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Published:June 28th, 2007 12:36 EST
Stargate Atlantis Hits a Sophomore Run on DVD

Stargate Atlantis Hits a Sophomore Run on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

The fight to protect Atlantis continues in Stargate Atlantis: Season Two, available on DVD.


The spin-off from Stargate SG-1 finds the Atlantis team continuing their fight against the Wraith while dealing with the loss of one member that has gone rogue.  After being attacked by the Wraith during the climactic battle to defend the City of the Ancients, Lt. Aiden Ford (Rainbow Sun Francks) was never the same as he receives supplies of enzymes from their enemy that makes him stronger and faster -- yet deadlier, and a threat to those closest to him, especially newly promoted Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan).  Though now a recurring character, Ford becomes more interesting as he walks a thin line between ally and enemy.


Introduce in season two's "Runner" is his replacement Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa), a highly skilled warrior-- good at tracking the Wraith-- who joins the Atlantis team.  Mitch Pileggi joins the series in a recurring role as Col. Steven Caldwell, head of the spaceship Daedalus, who butts heads with Sheppard and Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson).  Also joining the series full-time is Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett.


Atlantis' sophomore year finds the Wraith believing that Atlantis has been destroyed, as the team finally have enough power to return to Earth. 


Episode highlights of season two includes "Duet" and "Grace Under Pressure", both which centered on Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), with the latter having SG-1's Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) crossing over to Atlantis. "The Long Goodbye", another highlight, finds Sheppard and Weir being possessed by aliens settling an old rivalry in Atlantis.


Series lead Flanigan scripted "Epiphany", in which his character is trapped in a village where everything is the same -- except he finds out that time moves a lot faster than he realizes.


"Instinct", "Conversion", and "Michael" involves the introduction of the Wraith retro-virus that deals with ethical dilemmas and consequences, with the middle involving Sheppard turning into a Wraith and the team finding a cure for him before it is too late, and the end transforming a Wraith into a human.


Featuring all 20 episodes, the DVD features audio commentaries of all episodes from cast and crew, cast member profiles, and much more.


Continue to explore a new city and new adventures with Stargate Atlantis: Season Two, available on DVD.