LJ 2009-01-14 05:42:00
So, in random news, I watched the last episode of Stargate Atlantis..
Uh, tma, what the hell were you on about? That was not a good episode, unless your measure of “good” relates to the proportion of the season’s special effects budget that gets spent on something.
The main threat (and therefore the plot) was wrapped up by halfway into the episode when John got his nuke onboard the hive ship.. The others coming to the hive was entirely unnecessary except to save John, and Atlantis joining the fight was entirely unnecessary except to save the other characters.
But surely the peril in the episode comes from the “o noes, earth is fukt!” thing.. It’s like the Star Trek movies, right..? Some of them (Generations, Insurrection) involve just standard missions but no threat to like the whole universe or something, maybe a threat to some random planet.. Others of them (First Contact, Nemesis) involve a threat to Earth, and to the Federation itself.
In this case, it started off looking like it was an episode in which the point was to save Earth from destruction, but actually they pulled that off really quickly, and it just became about saving a few characters from having to die in order to save the planet. So really it was quite a small plot episode.
That’s not to say that it was bad, of course, but the sudden transition from a big plot to a small plot and the realisation that they could have saved Earth any time they wanted by just, y’know, allowing a main character to just die, kind of takes some of the shine off…