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STARGATE ATLANTIS The Complete Season Three
DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 871 minutes, audio commentaries, featurettes, photo galleries
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1, French 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, french (only on select episodes)
STUDIO: MGM/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 9-18-2007

DISC 1- NO MAN'S LAND/ MISBEGOTTEN/ IRRESISTABLE/ SATEDA
DISC 2- PROGENY/ THE REAL WORLD/ COMMON GROUND/ McKAY AND MRS. MILLER
DISC 3- PHANTOMS/ THE RETURN PART 1 & 2/ ECHOES
DISC 4- IRRESPONSIBLE/ TAO OF RODNEY/ THE GAME/ THE ARK
DISC 5- SUNDAY/ SUBMERSION/ VENGEANCE/ FIRST STRIKE

PREMISE: Stargate Command send a team to another galaxy to take control of Atlantis as an outpost for Earth. The team lead by Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Lt. Colonel Sheppard face an ancient threat that has been awaken- The Wraith (an old enemy of the Ancients). The end of season one brought assistance from Earth in the form of the starship Daedalus. Season 2 leaves off where Atlantis being betrayed by an alliance they set up with some of the Wraith.

ANALYSIS: STARGATE ATLANTIS exploded with season 3. After the uneven writing of season 2, season 3 features an old foe stepping into the world of STARGATE ATLANTIS for the first time- the Replicators (who feature in four episodes during the season). Also the season finale, FIRST STRIKE, sets up the fourth season with one hell of a cliffhanger. By the casting news for season 4 and a character death in season 3 (do main characters ever stay dead in sci-fi shows?), season 4 gears up to be as interesting and great as season 3. The third season develops the characters even more and features a few characters from STARGATE SG-1 (General O'Neill, Colonel Carter).

FAVORITE EPISODES:

SPECIAL FEATURES:
The STARGATE ATLANTIS DVD set doesn't disppoint again with another wealth of extras. Too bad they don't have any deleted scenes or a gag reel. Audio commentaries were recorded for every episode except for THE REAL WORLD. Members of the crew contribute to the commentaries (directors, producers, VFX supervisors), but the cast are absent from the tracks this time. Featurttes-
INSIDE STARGATE ATLANTIS VISUAL FX DEPARTMENT (DISC 1)- an inside look at the work that the in-house VFX team does for the third season with pre-viz and clean plate footage compared to the final shots.
PROFILE ON RACHELL LUTTREL (DISC 2)- all about the actor who plays Teyla.
GENERAL O'NEILL GOES TO ATLANTIS (DISC 3)- the writers and Richard Dean Anderson chat about General O'Neill's appearances in three episodes (THE REAL WORLD and THE RETURN Part 1 & 2) with behind-the-scenes footage from THE RETURN.
MASTERS OF THE ALIEN (DISC 4)- a look at the work that the vIsual FX Makeup team working on the show. It mostly focus on makeup effects from Wraith episodes in season 3 (SATEDA, COMMON GROUND).
STARGATE ATLANTIS: A LOOK BACK AT SEASON 3 WITH MARTIN GERO (DISC 5)- Martin Gero reflects on the various episodes and changes for season 3 in addition to one character detah and setting things up fro season 4.

MISSION DIRECTIVE featurettes for SATEDA, PROGENY, PHANTOMS, THE GAME, and FIRST STRIKE have the director from each episode take the fans into the making of each episode.

Photo and production design galleries are on each disc.

FINAL ANALYSIS: STARGATE ATLANTIS Season 3 has load of extras for fans on DVD in a season that is an improvement over season 2.

RELATED DVD Reviews:
STARGATE ATLANTIS Season 2- http://enterline2.tripod.com/stargate_atlantis_season2.html
STARGATE SG-1 Season 9- http://enterline2.tripod.com/stargatesg1_season9.html
STARGATE SG-1 Season 10- http://enterline2.tripod.com/stargatesg1_season10.html

this DVD review is (c)9-19-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  

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