TV Review: Stargate Atlantis 5.18 – Identity

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate: Atlantis, SciFi, Airs Friday 9/8c

Episode: “Identity” (Season Five, Episode 18)

Synopsis: A mysterious woman named Neeva (Dawn Olivieri) suddenly finds herself in the body of Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) on Atlantis. She stabs Dr. Zalenka (David Nykl) and tries to escape. However, soon Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), Rodney (David Hewlett) and Ronon (Jason Momoa) suspect she is not really Dr. Keller. After interrogating the woman inside Keller’s body, they discover that their consciousness have been switched by an Ancient device similar to the one that transferred SG-1 team members to another galaxy and introduced them to the Ori.

Review: Were this episode just a stand-alone story within the confines of any other season, it would have been fine. However, having very little apparent relevance to the overall Atlantis storyline, it makes for a lackluster spot as one of the last three episodes of the series.

It was nice to see the return of the consciousness-switching communication device that was previously used on Daniel Jackson and Val Mal Doran in the SG-1 series. However, there wasn’t much more of a connection to the rest of the series. That was a bit disappointing.

Still, there may be some elements of this episode that will show up again in the series finale or the forthcoming movie for the Stargate: Atlantis team. Not only is Dawn Olivieri easy on the eyes (although noticeably taller and bustier than Jewel Staite), she has some spunk. I wouldn’t mind seeing her show up again. Additionally, having an identical Ancient device as was found in the SG-1 series might be planting a seed for something cool.

I didn’t dislike the episode. After all, we have about half of the shows each season devoted to these stand-alone stories, and it was nice to see Dr. Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion) again. I was just hoping for more on the overall plotline of the Atlantis series. After coming off several weeks where we wrapped up the Michael storyline, furthered the Todd storyline and seen the return of Daniel Jackson, I felt a bit cheated by not having an episode driving to the end of the show.

Sigh… I am sad to see Stargate: Atlantis coming to an end. And while I’m excited to see the last two final episodes, it’s bittersweet as there won’t be a season six. Just keep your fingers crossed for Stargate: Universe.

Up Next: Fans have to wait until next year (as in a couple weeks when 2009 starts) to catch the new episode featuring an alternate reality and where our favorite characters may have ended up without the Stargate.

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Did you watch Stargate: Atlantis this week? If so, feel free to discuss below.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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