Stargate Atlantis Cancelled

Woah. Just as Stargate Atlantis season 5 begins to air on Sky One in the UK, we have news that Stargate Atlantis will not be renewed for a sixth season.

Gateworld reports that Atlantis will screen it’s final and 100th episode “Enemy At the Gate” in January in the USA. It will then conclude with a two-hour movie with the possibility of more movies if the first is successful.

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At 100 episodes, Atlantis will have screened two more episodes than Star Trek: Enterprise but falls well short of SG-1’s 214 episode run.

It’s not all bad news for Stargate fans. Producer Joseph Mallozzi has said there could be three or four Stargate movies a year based on the SG-1 and Atlantis franchises. And the third Stargate series I’ve mentioned in the past has been given the green light. It’ll premiere in summer 2009 with a two-hour movie.

According to a SCIFI Channel press release:

After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate’s ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by The Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion, but never completed.

What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never ending mission, as the Stargate Universe crew discovers the ship is unable to return to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.

The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny’s original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship’s navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures.

To be honest, I have been getting a bit bored with Atlantis lately so this doesn’t come to me as too much of a disappointment. With Universe, the producers say they will re-invent the format “in a whole new way”. Perhaps this will breathe some new life into the franchise.

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