Stargate Atlantis 5.7: "Whispers"

Previous episodes have felt like transparent homages (or blatant ripoffs) of other shows or popular genre plot devices, so it’s no surprise that “SGA” finally comes around to its inevitable “zombie” installment. In fact, right from the beginning, this felt like “Stargate: Resident Evil”, right down to the high female population.


I’ll be honest; I find the zombie-esque subgenre to be rather boring in most cases. The plot is always the same, and it all comes down to the quality of execution. Right now, of course, zombies are all the rage, so why wouldn’t the Stargate producers want to throw their brainpans in the ring? The benefit of the current status quo is that the zombie concept was easily tied to Michael’s genetic experiments. Since I actually like the Michael plot thread when it appears, I was intrigued.


I was a bit annoyed at first when I noticed that Sheppard and Beckett were the only regulars. Instead, the supporting cast was populated by an all-female team. How remarkably convenient that the team to be victimized in the “horror” episode is, sure enough, a quartet of hot young women. Not that I’m complaining, but it does seem to fit into the tropes of the zombie genre just a bit too snugly!


Even so, I liked the interplay between Beckett and Porter. It’s always a treat to see Nicole de Boer on my screen, and I’ve missed her since “The Dead Zone” ended. I wonder if she’ll reappear with Beckett in the future. I also liked Dusty’s relative disdain for their attraction. It may have been an inside joke; Janina Gavankar played a role on “The L Word”. (Yes, it’s probably reading into things, but it’s more fun that way!)


Visually, I thought the premise was sold well, especially after remembering the show’s budget is smaller than it used to be. I liked the creature design, and the mood was well-maintained throughout the episode. Considering the fact that I’m usually not entertained by zombie stories, I was surprised to find this episode enjoyable. It’s nothing more than derivative, but I suppose that made it easy to sit back and enjoy it.

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Sep 9, 2008 4:01AM EDT

Haha I thought the exact same thing - Stargate: Resident Evil. Not only was the mainly female cast consistent, but so was the whole feel of the episode. What with the tough, slightly butch Dusty... the skeptical woman dying first. It all fitted. And for a split second, I really did forget it was Stargate Atlantis. Saying that, I did like the Dusty character, she made me laugh more than once so I hope that wasn't a one off show for her. I still enjoyed it, but it was what it was... a homage to Resident Evil - no doubt.

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Sep 10, 2008 5:20PM EDT

This episode felt like an introduction to a new Stargate team (for a spinoff...?) Stargate Universe anyone? The whole episode was pointless except for the only all woman SG Team...please. I guess with SGA winding down, it's now all about the new series. Sigh.

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Sep 10, 2008 9:00PM EDT

my detailed and expert view of this episode is as follows
its was poo, episode = fail, worst episode ever!
im a man of few words
maybe there trying to justify killing it

i re-edited this post to make it less offensive no points for guessing what word i changed

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Sep 11, 2008 8:31AM EDT

Darrenthedarron:
Even worse than "The Tower"? Or the Lucius episodes?

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Sep 13, 2008 12:56AM EDT

Yeah, Atlantis never had the cream of the crop of episodes in the first place, but that last one was terrible. Thumbs up for The Shrine though, Rodney is pretty much the only reason I watch the show anymore.

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