Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stargate Atlantis--"The Prodigal"

I might have been disappointed by the inclusion of a clip show this late into the final season, but “The Prodigal” more than makes up for it.  Stargate Atlantis wraps on loose ends in spectacular fashion here.  More specifically, Michael meets his final fate after challenging our heroes with every skill at his disposal.

Michael lays seige to atlantis, cutting off power by way of a stolen jumper, in a plot to kidnap teyla’s baby for experimentation.  The episode is good, not only because it is action packed and exciting, but because each of the main characters contributes to Michael’s defeat by doing what he or she does best.  Rodney and Zalenka are the scientists attempting to regain control of Atlantis.  Ronon engages in a brutal fistfight with Michael.  Sheppard is ready to sacrifice himself in a suicide mission to prevent Michael’s escape.  It all flows beautifully.

The best part is that Teyla is the one to put an end to Michael.  Granted, she kills him in cold blood, which is not very heroic, but you know what they say about a woman scorned.  Never try to kidnap a mother’s newborn. 

I have to give major credit to writer Carl Binder for placing every character in his or her exact element.  Binder has been my favorite writer for the series.  ’The Prodigal” is a fine example why.  There are some implausible bits.  For one, Ronon falls off a balcony and endures a backbreaker on a handrail. But winds up perfectly fine.  Torren also sleeps through the entire ordeal, including during a fight in which Teyla is holding him!  Talk about a heavy sleeper, no?

“The Prodigal” is one of my favorite episodes of the season based purely on its entertainment value.  That Michael, who is as good a villain as Kolya, gets a worthy send off is icing on the cake.

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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