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Who knew Woolsey could do such a good job?

Updated on September 25, 2009

Stargate Atlantis Season 5 on dvd

Robert Picardo is one talented, versatile actor. I loved his character portrayal of The Doctor on "Star Trek:Voyager." An actor playing a hologram who wanted to be "real." A challenge Picardo met well. When he first appeared in Stargate SG1 as International Oversight Committee rep Richard Woolsey, I wasn't that fond of him. He was a stickler for rules and regulations and there were times when you weren't sure he was a good guy or a bad guy. But by the time his character of Woolsey appeared in season five of Stargate Atlantis, you knew on which side of his bread the butter appeared. He not only was a good guy, he turned out to be a good leader.Of course, anyone familiar with the series Stargate Atlantis or Stargate SG1 hardly needs an indepth profile about this character.

Season Five of Stargate Atlantis completes a great story arc which began in Stargate SG1. The idea that the lost city of Atlantis, a story that has sparked the imagination of humankind for centuries, is actually a city-ship and located in another gallaxy is a great one. The ancient philosopher and storyteller Plato introduced the story of a fantastic island-city habited by half-god/half-human citizens. Would that it were true.

The final season opened with discovering Atlantis and ended with bringing Atlantis home to earth. It's one of the wonderful things about science fiction that is so much fun - imagining what could be. Atlantis could be real. Atlantis might be located somewhere in the universe. The human race might have been seeded by beings more evolved...rather than evolving up, we evolved down. I like that the Ancients weren't perfect. The character of Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG1 had more interaction with them than most of the others and the writers of the show let us see that even "superior" beings have flaws. Because certainly the people I know in this real world are flawed...not perfect...and who would want them to be?

The character of Captain James T. Kirk in the motion picture, "Star Trek: The Final Frontier," has a great line about being flawed; he says, when invited to have his pain taken away, responds with: "...Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!..."

Of course Stargate Atlantis Fifth Season wraps up the flaws of the Wraith and Michael - the Wraith-who-would-be-human and the Replicators [another story arc brought over from Stargate SG1]. We get to see how the character of Tayla will handle being a warrior-mother and we get a hint that the character of Ronan might finally find romance. All said, all done, it's a satisfactory season.

So many good characters, such a good season, it was a shame to see it over. This is one fan who is sorry to see it concluded but is now looking forward to Stargate Universe.

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      liquidvortex 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed season 4 with Amanda Tapping and the commander of the Atlantis expedition. I believe in this season there was an arc with the Asgard who were rogues in the Pegasus galaxy.