Stargate Atlantis 1.8 – Underground

This episode introduces another recurring enemy for the series: a bunch of military greedheads called the Genii, who pose as a small colony of simple farmers, but who actually have a massive underground city and are on the verge of perfecting their first atomic bomb. I like the reveal. It reminds me of the reveal of the Silurian city at the end of the Doctor Who story “The Hungry Earth” a few years later. Later on, they’re creeping around a dormant Wraith ship whose crew is still in hibernation. That reminded me of “Follow That Dinosaur” from Land of the Lost!

Various Genii will become semi-regular pests in the days to come, and this installment introduces us to two, played by Erin Chambers and Colm Meaney. He’s yet another Star Trek cast member to make his way to Canada for this series, and he’s quite entertaining. I really don’t know much about Meaney, but he always struck me as so incredibly likeable before he played this character. Pretty sure most viewers will end this one wanting to slug him, which is how a good villain should make you feel.

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