I’m a little late to the thread, but I didn’t want to visit and run the risk of being spoilered until I had a chance to see it.
Count me in as another really big fan who was disappointed with the finale. I don’t see too many shows through to the end, but I know that many shows try to intentionally end without a definite conclusion (we all know about the Sopranos) but there’s a big difference between “open-ended” and a forced conclusion. On the one hand, I knew there was no quick and dirty way for this show to prematurely wrap up its many details after it was cancelled. On the other hand, I felt the episode was too farfetched … nice premise, terribly executed, and I don’t just mean the hokey makeup. I don’t think the way to handle saying goodbye to the characters is to have them (as Mitchell said) spending every waking hour of the rest of their lives with each other in order to force them closer together. I also don’t think Thor’s last hurrah would be the equivalent of saying “eh, gotta fly”, then beaming away back his about-to-self-destruct homeworld just because the Ori crashed the party. My head is spinning with the clusterfuckness of that one. I know the Asgard probably did it to prevent their assets from falling into the wrong hands, but it was a terribly rushed and undignified fate for such a unique and pivotal race. Gotta admit though, I loved Shanks’ quip in the beginning to Vala about how he’s able to tell the Asgard apart after she commented that they all look the same. “The voice,” he says. I laughed. For those who don’t know, Shanks plays the voice of Thor.
I was hoping for some hints to be dropped about where the story might go in the next series (Stargate Universe), or at the very least, some clues about the two feature films (‘Ark of Truth’ which will tie up the Ori story, and ‘Continuum’ which is, yes, another time travel story) which are in post-production as we speak, being readied for release next year. There’s even been some speculation that if these two films garner some praise and attention, they won’t be the only ones, and that there is a possibility for other feature-length sequels. Supposedly, production for the new series will begin immediately following the end of production on the films, and won’t involve any of the old cast, but will still be set in same timeline. It’s slated for a late 2008 premiere (and I might be the only Stargate Doper following this, so maybe I’ll post on it when more concrete news is available).
As for Atlantis, I won’t be hatin’ on it like some do. I don’t mind it carrying the torch, even if the Wraith aren’t The Greatest Bad Guys Ever. The characters have a good chemistry and balance which still feels fresh, whereas the chemistry on SG-1 always worked, but felt labored and perhaps a bit wooden in recent years. As much as I love the SG-1 characters, they all became much more deadpan in their delivery, whereas the Atlantis cast seems more animated, diverse, and dynamic. I look forward to seeing how the “relationship” between Carter and McKay goes when she crashes the party at Atlantis … ought to be fun.