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Review: ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ – Harmony

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

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Harmony” episode of “Stargate: Atlantis.” “Its okay sweetie, sometimes he makes me cry, too.” — Sheppard referring to McKay

This weeks Atlantis is a Sheppard & McKay adventure. Visiting one of their favorite planets and chatting with two beautiful princesses, Sheppard and McKay are asked a favor. Now that their mother has died, a new Queen must be chosen. After a ritual, it was decided that the princesses14-year old sister Harmony (Jodelle Ferland) should be the new Queen. But first, she must go on a dangerous journey through the forest.

Sheppard and McKay reluctantly agree to help. Of course, things get complicated. Harmony has an ego as big as McKays and keeps trying to boss everyone around. Oh, and they forgot to mention the monster (yikes). Plus, there are Genii trying to kill them.

It turns out that one of Harmonys sisters wants the throne and agrees to work with the Genii, but only if they kill Harmony. Luckily with some quick thinking, some quick jiggering by McKay, good shooting by Sheppard and Harmonys necklace that controls the monster (which turns out to be a swarm of miniature drones), they manage to defeat the Genii and reveal the traitor.

What Worked

This was a very, very funny episode. There were some classic Sheppard and McKay moments, the laugh-out-loud moment being the big portrait reveal at the end showing Harmonys view of what had happened in that final battle with Genii. It was really funny to see Harmony go from hating McKay and wanting to propose to Sheppard, to thinking McKay is her hero.

Normally, child actors are a big danger. They usually just arent very good. But I was impressed by Ferlands performance, enough so that I actually hope we see Harmony again someday down the road.

The Ancients’ drone technology was an interesting explanation for the monster. It reminds me of one of the theories for the island monster on “Lost.”

What Didnt Work

I was a little disappointed not to see the rest of the team, but Sheppard and McKay usually make for a good story since they play so well off each other.

I was a little disappointed in seeing the return of the Genii turn out just being a group of mercenaries. The Genii have often been one of the most troubling enemies that Atlantis has faced, besides the Replicators and the Wraith, of course. I was hoping for a little more when I saw them pop up. Honestly, they could have stuck any old mercenaries in there and it wouldnt have made much difference.

Overall, this was a filler episode that should have been dull but turned out to be an entertaining hour. I think the strong performance by Ferland, the great dynamics of Sheppard and McKay, and the truly hilarious portrait at the end turned what could have been an easily forgettable episode into a fun and memorable episode.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

“Harmony” was written by Martin Gero and directed by William Waring. “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.

Marx Pyle is a staff writer for Airlock Alpha, writing out of Vancouver, B.C. He can be reached at mpyle@airlockalpha.com.

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