First Stargate: SG-1 went down after 10 years. Now, Stargate: Atlantis has hit the wall after five years. That’s all she (they) wrote. Next up… another spin-off (in the fall, I believe).
Not to knock what they did there in the finale, but… I don’t know… it felt a bit… rushed, maybe. Then again, it also felt like it took a while.
I think maybe the scheduling had something to do with it. We were getting some good action and interesting stories before the Christmas break. It felt like it was going somewhere, anyway. Then we come back to the alternate reality story “Vegas” that, while fine on its own, was really a poor choice to get you back into the action. It would have been much better (aside from the last few minutes) placed mid-way through a season. If this series finale had been a mid-season finale, I don’t think it would have been a problem. Coming into this finale with that as a lead-in, though, hurt the finale a bit, I think. This finale should have been a part 2 or 3 of a longer story.
I have to say that the finale did surprise me in one or two spots, though. A death was a bit surprising (it’s a shame how they handled it), and then a girlfriend outta nowhere… what? I know they made a quick reference before, but come on… she gets to be in the final goodbye shot?
There’s a bit left undone in the Pegasus galaxy, of course, and they are making at least one SGA movie in 2009. So there’s hope that they have a bit more of a satisfying ending in the film… but then they also want to leave it open for multiple movies, so they’ll probably never completely tie it up.
I thought it was a good story, it just didn’t pull me in the way I was hoping it would. It’s a shame, because I really like the show.