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Review: ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ – The Seer

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “The Seer,” the latest episode of “Stargate: Atlantis.” “Never before have I sensed that the future of so many worlds can turn on the actions of so few.” – Davos Desperate to find out what happened to her people, Teyla asks if the Atlantis team can investigate a planet […]

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “The Seer,” the latest episode of “Stargate: Atlantis.”

“Never before have I sensed that the future of so many worlds can turn on the actions of so few.” – Davos

Desperate to find out what happened to her people, Teyla asks if the Atlantis team can investigate a planet led by, if you believe the stories, someone who can see the future. Skeptically, especially McKay, they journey to the world with her.

To their surprise they are welcomed by locals who somehow knew of their arrival.

Meanwhile, Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) gates in for Carter’s 3-month evaluation … just in time for a message that a wraith wants to meet with Sheppard. The same wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl) that helped Sheppard escape from the Genii in “Common Ground.”

Back on the planet, Teyla and the team discover that the seer, Davos (Martin Jarvis), really can see the future and even show his visions to others. But, sadly, Davos is dying. The team offers to help him.

Sheppard and the team go off to meet the Wraith. Warned by a vision from Davos, they bring a couple of cloaked puddle jumpers to ambush the wraith ambush. The captured Wraith wants to join forces to stop the replicators by modifying the Wraith’s original anti-Replicator virus. Not surprisingly, no one is jumping to help the Wraith.

They are told that the Replicator have changed tactics. They have decided to attack the Wraiths food: humans. Planet by planet they are wiping out all human life in the galaxy.

After a number of visions of doom and a few twists and turns with the Wraith (and Woolsey trying to control things), the team learns they can trust this Wraith : for now. So, while the Wraith is allowed to help McKay, Davos dies from a form of lymphatic cancer. He leaves a haunting vision with Carter of Atlantis being destroyed by the Replicators.

What Worked

This episode did a great job blending together storylines from previous weeks into a unified whole that wouldnt confuse new viewers, which is a tricky thing to do. Of course that led to a few uncomfortable lines of exposition and the “Last time on Atlantis : ” introduction, but otherwise they did a great job.

I like this wraith character. Christopher Heyerdahl (John Druitt on “Sanctuary”) plays him so well. The part with shaking hands and wraith humor was priceless. I hope they keep this wraith around as a recurring character, whether as friend or foe.

Having the Replicators decide with their cold logic that killing the Wraith food chain (aka humans) is an excellent chilling twist to bring the Atlantis team into the war.

Im also curious where Teylas pregnancy and the Athosians disappearance is going to take us.

Again I have to say that overall this season is really kicking it up a notch in terms of quality. This wasnt one of their best episodes this season, but it did a good job of moving forward multiple story threads (Replicator-Wraith war, the Athosians disappearing, etc).

What Didnt Work

I found Davos to be almost unnecessary in this episode, which is odd since it is named “The Seer.” His visions didnt really seem to play that important of a role. Although I wonder what his cryptic message about the Athosians being surrounded by darkness could mean and how soon the Replicators will be attacking Atlantis. That vision isnt really that gloomy.

Sure, Atlantis is taking a beaten, but it isnt the first time. We never see it destroyed. Otherwise we didnt see Davos do that much before he died.

I still have mixed feelings about Carter being on Atlantis. Im glad to see a familiar face, but she should be jumping in more often. With her military experience and scientific knowledge, she should be taking on a more hands-on approach than Elizabeth Wier did. Plus, what about the storylines that Carter left? Stuff like the Ori, Cassandra, and her vague relationship with O’Neill.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

“The Seer” was written by co-producer Alan McCullough 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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