Friday night was the final episode of Stargate Atlantis, one of my favorite shows—great cast chemistry and often humorous writing combined with some solid science fiction made it fun for casual viewers, and a commitment to character development and continuity rewarded long-term fans (a commitment to continuity not shared by certain, other, science fiction shows). Unfortunately, the series ended just as new show regulars Robert Picardo and Jewel Staite were really hitting their stride, moving their characters in interesting directions, and their presence gave the established cast something new to bounce off as well. The show’s resident villains, the Wraith, were also beginning to display considerably more depth and complexity than the previous bad guys in the franchise’s history.
Stargate Solutions interviewed Joe Mallozzi, showrunner for the recently cancelled Stargate Atlantis, where he talks about the reaction of the cast to the news and his thoughts on the plans to continue the Stargate franchise.
One of Science Not Fiction’s favorite shows, Stargate Atlantis has been cancelled — the currently showing 5th season will be the last. But the Stargate franchise lives on — the SciFi channel has ordered a new series called Stargate Universe that will be more space-based than the 5-season Atlantis and its forerunner, the 10-Season Stargate SG-1. Atlantis fans can also look forward to at least one movie that continues the storylines of that show, much as SG-1 has done.