This series expands upon
the original “Stargate” movie and its spin-off series, “Stargate: SG-1.” (See the Stargate: SG-1 link for more information.) In this science fiction series, the Ancient’s
secret base on Earth has been revealed in Antarctica. The base points to Atlantis, the famed “lost city” of the Ancients, and
a new galaxy of more worlds beyond that of the original system of Stargates. It
promises a wealth of knowledge that Earth can use to fight against the Goa’uld, and is an opportunity that cannot be missed.
Unfortunately, since the
origin point is in another galaxy, the Pegasus galaxy, there is only enough power
to boot the Stargate up once to send a team through. People are called from over
a dozen nations to go to Atlantis, knowing that there is the possibility they may not come back, and that this may only be
a one way mission.
The designated leader
of the Atlantis team is Dr. Elizabeth Weir,
a woman of vast knowledge and master of five languages. Originally the leader
of Stargate Command, she gave her position to Colonel O’Neill at the
opportunity to travel to Atlantis.
When the team from Earth
arrived in Atlantis, they discovered a wealth of technology far beyond their dreams in a vast, abandoned city. The great city was a fortress underwater, protected from the crushing force of the water by a powerful
shield. Unfortunately, the power that kept the shield activated was depleted
when Atlantis became inhabited once again, and the city automatically rose to the surface of the watery planet it resided
on. As of this point in time, Atlantis is still resting upon the surface of the
water and is exposed to any enemy that might choose to prey upon it.
Upon their arrival to
Atlantis, Weir decided that in the event that they were forced to evacuate the city, they must find an inhabitable planet. Major John Sheppard
and Colonel Sumners were sent on a mission to another world, and a new enemy
was discovered, the wraith, a powerful enemy of the Ancients who were able to overthrow the Ancients thousands of years ago. The wraith captured Colonel Sumners
and a few people of the world the Atlantis team had visited, and Major Sheppard
turned the scouting mission into a rescue mission, unwittingly releasing the entire wraith race from a hibernation-like sleep
by killing their overseer. Unfortunately, Colonel Sumners
was killed by the wraith before Major Sheppard could take action.
The wraith, apparently,
used to rule many worlds where humans resided, and fed off of their life energies, sustaining their own bodies for countless
years. Although they are hard to kill, it is possible to destroy them by dealing
them an instantly mortal blow. The wraith are able to regenerate themselves quickly
from wounds, for their gene structure is so radically different from that of normal living things that they are on an entirely
different level, almost to that of the Ancients themselves.
With the knowledge that
an enemy even more dangerous than the Goa’uld is now loose and looking for more humans to sustain themselves, the Atlantis
team’s goal is now to contact Earth and tell them of this new enemy while also searching for a way to effectively fight
this enemy. While their power has been depleted and they cannot dial the Stargate
across the galaxy back home, Atlantis’ job is to seek out new technology to fight the wraith, make contact with new
civilizations, and explore the new galaxy.
The main Atlantis team
sent out to explore is comprised of the standard four members: Major John Sheppard,
Dr. Rodney McKay,
Lieutenant Aiden Ford, and Teyla
Emmagan. Sheppard, who is new to Stargate Command,
is a gifted pilot with an amazing mathematical ability and a gene structure that enables him to use the Ancient technology. McKay is a brilliant scientist with a dry, yet witty sense of humor. Ford is a promising soldier of the Air Force, with a steadfast loyalty
for his fellow team members. Teyla is an alien to the Earth team, a descendant
of humans taken from Earth. She possesses an uncanny knowledge of the worlds
that the Atlantis team explores. Together, this new team explores the new worlds
the Pegasus galaxy has to offer, using the new Stargate of this galaxy, which spins on a dial of constellations rather than
hieroglyphics. Only time will tell if this team has what it takes to fight the
wraith and master the technology of the Ancients.
As of the time of
this writing, Atlantis has been renewed for another full season, starring its original cast, minus Lieutenant Ford.
Lieutenant Ford, it appears, will return only as a guest. A new member of Atlantis has joined the team, Ronan Dex, who
was rescued by Major Sheppard from the Wraith. More information will follow once I have seen the new season.