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Review: ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ – Missing

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Missing” episode of “Stargate: Atlantis.” Golan: Youre a doctor, a healer, not a killer. Keller: Youre right. I am a healer. But first I need something to heal. Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) leave Atlantis to visit Teylas people, the Athosians, on New […]

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Missing” episode of “Stargate: Atlantis.”

Golan: Youre a doctor, a healer, not a killer.

Keller: Youre right. I am a healer. But first I need something to heal.

Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) leave Atlantis to visit Teylas people, the Athosians, on New Athos. Dr. Keller is a little nervous and hopes to live up to the memory of Dr. Beckett since they liked him so much, which is funny because she is pretty much in the same situation with the vocal fans that miss Dr. Beckett.

To their shock, they find that everyone is gone. They believe them to either have been attacked or culled by the Wraith. They quickly hide when seeing strange barbarian-like warriors stalking around. Teyla identifies them as the Bola Kai, a tribe that raids worlds via the Stargates.

Discovered and outnumbered, Teyla and Dr. Keller are hunted by the Bola Kai. They try to stay one step ahead while searching for clues as to what happened to Teylas people, hopeful they can survive long enough for help to arrive. The mystery deepens when they discover that the Athosians hidden weapon cache is empty.

They help a bound and injured man dressed as an Athosian, but Teyla knows hes not. After Keller does her doctor stuff, he admits that he isnt Athosian but instead a Genii spy named Nabel Golan. He claims the Bola Kai are Wraith worshippers and they summoned them to cull the Athosians.

It doesnt take long for the Bola Kai to find them with far to many warriors for Teyla to defeat. Golan disappears in the chaos and the ladies are captured. The Bola Kai want information, and they violently deny any allegiance with the Wraith. They demand to know what world they come from. Dr. Keller shows us that she is no coward and gives them a false address to their home world.

Meanwhile back at Atlantis, the team becomes suspicious that Teyla and Dr. Keller may be in trouble. They head off in a puddle jumper to check things out.

Back on the planet, Golan pops up and frees Teyla and Dr. Keller, but he hasnt been honest. He holds them at gunpoint demanding the gate address for Atlantis.

Dr. Keller thinks Golan is actually a Wraith worshipper and is the cause for the Athosians disappearing, but Golan wont admit to anything. Keller manages to wrestle away the gun and shoots Golan in the knee, but the Bola Kai arrive.

Luckily, the rescue team swoops in just in time with superior firepower and saves them. But, alas, the slippery Golan escapes in the chaos.

Back on Atlantis Dr. Keller tends to Teylas injuries. Teyla swears to make whoever took her people pay, but Dr. Keller has some surprising news for her: Did I mention the Athosian she has recently started a romantic relationship with?

What Worked

I really enjoyed this episode. Actually, I have enjoyed this entire season. It seems like the writers are finding a unique voice for Atlantis that is helping it stand on its own. This year has been darker, has had better special effects, more action and is less predictable.

This episode showcased two characters that rarely get much screen time. Dr. Keller is the new character that is trying to sell herself to the fans that miss Dr. Beckett. Teyla is a character that has been there from the beginning, but rarely is the center of a story and often comes off a little two-dimensional.

But in this episode, we see a far darker warrior side that comes out when her people have been taken. We expect to see this grittier side from Ronon, but this is a first for Teyla who is usually the calmer minded warrior.

Im a martial artist, so it was pretty cool to see Teyla go all Espada y Daga with that stick and knife on the Bola Kai.

I had a chance to speak with Luttrell last year. We talked about her martial art training for “Stargate: Atlantis,” and she told me that she wanted more fight scenes. Well, looks like she got her wish in this episode.

Overall, this episode went a long way in developing both of these characters. I still miss Dr. Beckett, but I understand and like Dr. Keller a great deal more after this episode. This kind of episode was noticeably lacking for Dr. Carolyn Lam who replaced the much beloved Dr. Janet Fraiser on “Stargate SG-1.”

Plus, this mystery surrounding the disappearance of Teylas people and the stranger Golan (whose name for some reason keeps reminding me of Gollum of “Lord of the Rings”) has peaked my interest.

The cliffhanger-like ending about Teyla was also surprising. I somehow have managed to avoid this particular spoiler for Atlantis, but it is pretty obvious that she is pregnant.

What Didnt Work

There wasnt much that didnt work in this episode, except for two things.

One, Dr. Kellers uber wussiness started to get on my nerves almost as bad as it was for Teyla. It was realistic for her character and at times funny, but there were a few moments where I almost wanted to slap her for being so loud and endangering them both.

Two, the Bola Kai seemed very menacing at first, but ended up being beaten perhaps a little too easily by the rescue team. The Bola Kai actually remind me of the Reavers from “Firefly.” I wonder if Jewel Staite had a “Firefly” Déjà vu moment when she first saw them.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

The episode “Missing” was written by co-executive producer Carl Binder and directed by Andy Mikita (“Blood Ties”). “Stargate: Atlantis” airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. on the SciFi Channel. The show stars Amanda Tapping, Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and Jason Momoa.

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