Stargate Atlantis

The Queen

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 9/12/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Sheppard's team accompanies Todd the Wraith on a mission to negotiate an alliance with another Hive with Teyla playing a key role when she's surgically altered to be a Wraith Queen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Flanigan

    Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

  • Apollonia Vanova

    Wraith Queen

  • Richard Zeman

    Commander Wraith

  • Rachel Luttrell

    Teyla Emmagan

  • Tyler McClendon

    Kenny the Wraith

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Imperfection makes for a strong episode

    By entil2001, Sep 16, 2008

  • See Summary

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 08, 2010

  • Queen, the hive, mothership

    By Tontsa83, Oct 28, 2008

  • Exciting and different

    By Parricida, Oct 22, 2008

  • Not a believable plot line, when did the Wraith become so timid?

    By clahoda, Sep 14, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • (after Teyla talks with a Wraith queen) Sheppard: How'd it go? Teyla: Apparently quite well. They are preparing the shuttle to take me over to the other Hive. Sheppard: Hell, we can pull the plug any time you want. You just give us the word. Teyla (shaking her head): No. We've come this far. I intend to go through with this. McKay: Well, we'll be right here. Anything goes wrong...we'll get you out. Sheppard: But nothing's going to. McKay: Well, of course not, but I'm just saying, if it does ... Sheppard: (firmly) Rodney. McKay: ...which it won't.

    • Todd: Word of your success against him spread rapidly among my kind. We are very grateful. Sheppard: Trust me, we didn't do it for you.

    • McKay: Apparently. I'm receiving a transmission. Sheppard: Docking instructions. McKay: What, no "Hello, greetings weary travelers"?! Sheppard: Guess not. So much for the red carpet. (the Jumper heads into the docking bay and lands.) Keller:: So, what happens now? McKay: If history's taught us anything, this is the part where we get double crossed and taken prisoner.

    • (a Wraith hive ship comes into view.) Keller: My God! How big is that thing? Sheppard: Never seen a hive in space, huh? Keller: I've never seen one, period. I mean, I've seen video logs but never in person. McKay: Ah, you never forget your first.

    • (Dr. Keller and Sheppard walk into the Infirmary.) Sheppard: (with a shocked look on his face) What have you done to her, Doc? (Teyla is in bed, restored to her human look, rolls her eyes and smiles at him.) Teyla: Very funny! Keller: How are you feeling? Teyla: Better. There's still some soreness, but for the most part it's gone. Keller: Good. Well, I have rounds but I'll come and check on you later. Make sure he doesn't give you a hard time. (Teyla laughs as Dr. Keller walks away. Sheppard frowns after her, then strolls to Teyla's bedside.) Sheppard: Sure you're feeling OK? Teyla: Yes, thank you. Sheppard: No lingering desires to feed on anything? Teyla: Only on solid food. The blended concoctions given to me by Doctor Keller are not very satisfying.

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    Notes (10)

    • The shot of the Puddle Jumper exiting the Stargate on the planet is a re-use from the season two episode, "Condemned".

    • After filming his first scene, Richard Zeman (Commander Wraith) discovered that he was allergic to the type of contact lense used for the Wraith eyes and so could not wear them for his remaining scenes. Instead, a visual effect was created for his eyes and was added in post production.

    • The first shot of "Kenny" the Wraith was actually flipped horizontally in editing as there wasn't a shot of him looking the right way. This is evidenced on screen with his tattoos being on the opposite side of his face for the rest of the episode.

    • This is the first time a Wraith queen is played by someone other than Andee Frizzell.

    • Robert Picardo does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Sheppard and the team are on the way to meet with Todd on the Hive Ship. The Puddle Jumper docks and a knock can be heard on the rear hatch. Sheppard walks into the rear compartment and opens the hatch to reveal several Wraith drones with weapons Sheppard: This looks a little familiar. Sheppard and the team were faced with a similar situation in the season four episode, "Be All My Sins Remember'd".

    • Todd's Wraith Alliance includes many Queens but they fall under the command of a Primary Queen. This Queen also had a yet unseen piece of technology, a pendant to be used in case of emergency to sound an alarm throughout the ship.

    • Dr. Keller has found the formula Michael used to alter his DNA so he no longer needs to feed. It was discovered in the database obtained on M2S-445 in the episode "Search and Rescue."

    • McKay: Seriously, the next time we have to name one of these guys, we should take a vote. McKay is referring to the fact that Sheppard has named many Wraith without conferring with anyone first. In "Poisoning the Well" he named the captured wraith Steve, in "The Siege (1)" he named the Wraith intruder Bob, in "Michael" he named the Wraith "guinea pig" Mike, in "Spoils of War (3)" he named the Wraith ally Todd, and in this episode he named the second in command Kenny.

    • In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed by Teyla. This brings the total to fifteen since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

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