I'm watching Stargate Atlantis preparatory to watching BSG second time around (rotten social committments) and I don't get the appeal. It's probably not fair to judge from one viewing (though I've seen snippets at other points) but compared to the original Stargate it does seem to have some issues with acting. People give each other highly meaningful glances and not much more. It's like they only have one mode: the highly meaningful moment o'doom, otherwise it's nada, zilch, nothing and shots of machinery. Did I just get a bad episode? If I'm going to invest in SciFi Friday I'd like to watch more of the shows they offer, but this didn't seem very interesting or even well-acted. At least the other Stargate gets actors who overcome the sometimes very cheesy scripts they are asked to mouth.