Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 20

Enemy at the Gate

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 09, 2009 on Syfy
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Todd informs Atlantis that a rogue Wraith has acquired several Z.P.M.'s to power a formidable new Hive ship. When the Daedalus engages it in battle but is unable to defeat it, the team gets a message indicating it is headed to Earth.

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  • seams flawed

    i find it seems flawed seaming as the atlanteans held up for months under siege but 1 supper ship nearly killed the city and it was fully powered i find they have rushed the last episode way to much they should have just made it longer ie ran out of drones and all that crap rather than contradict themselves that the city's shields can't withstand a few mins of fire when it can hold up to months when its normal hive ships bombarded the city and was a a lot more than 1 like hundreds of hive ships cant be less than 1 super hive in fire powermoreless
  • An interesting ending but a way too rushed episode.

    I feel like most others that this episode was WAY too rushed. They pushed to get it all together. Felt like too many open things in the episode. Yeah, leaves room for another series. But to be perfectly honest, if they had better scripts this season, this series would still be going, there is SOOOO much more they could have done and it felt like the ball was dropped. Overall its not a bad episode. the WORMHOLE drive, wow. But again, WAY too rushed and just things were surreal, too fakey, no power. It just lacked so much in this episode.

    I didnt know the series was ending, i download the episodes to watch them. But i could tell by watching this episode that it was a series ender. But again, way too rushed. It was like i was watching one of the recaps. just not good.moreless
  • Should have been a two-parter but exciting nonetheless.

    "Enemy at the Gate" wasn't the best ending to a series I have seen but it did deliver. The visual effects were awesome, with the plot being simple yet exciting. However, the whole episode felt slight rushed and contrived. In retrospect I would have enjoyed it if the writers had paced it a bit more over the course of two episodes.

    We meet Todd again which is always a pleasure, but he brings with him some bad news; a former "underling" of his (had to laugh at that!) has used an Asuran ZPM to power a Wraith Hive Ship making it almost invincible, and after receiving the signal from "Vegas", it begins to head for Earth.

    I'll begin with the good points. As is usual with Atlantis, the episode is full of brilliant visual effects of the "Uber" Hive aswell as the battle over Earth - something alone which makes the episod worth watching - and the story is a simple one, but exciting nonetheless.

    I do have a couple of problems with this episode though. Firstly, Todd's "underling" creates the Uber-Hive just before they receive the message from Earth? It would have been entirely more convincing and interesting if the Uber-Hive had been created as a result of receiving the message, not the other way around.

    Secondly, why haven't we heard about this "wormhole drive" before? If there's one thing I hate, it's when writers invent some magical piece of technology for one episode that hasn't been seen or mentioned previously. Suprisingly, this is something that Stargate is usually good at avoiding. Perhaps they decided there was nothing to lose with this being the last episode? Still, it would have been nice for McKay or Zalenka to have at least mentioned the "wormhole drive" a couple of episodes prior.

    Overall, aside from those minor criticisms, this is an excellent episode of Atlantis which combines the usual mix of eye-candy and storyline. And hopefully we will get to see more of the team in the planned future movie.moreless
  • See Summary

    Enemy at the Gate was a great episode of Stargate Atlantis, however as the season finale I feel it could have been a little better, or had better endings to each characters outcome. Despite that opinion the episode was excellent, full of action that kept a quick pace, drama that kept me on the edge of my seat, and character driven moments. I like how Atlantis "returned home" so to speak. I wonder if the Government in that universe will finally reveal what they know about space, and ET Life. I would love to be the exclusive broker to sell the real estate of Atlantis! Imagine how awesome it would be to live there, with those views. I think the price would be too high though. I hope to see more of Atlantis, maybe a surprise season, or movie, whatever. Great Series!!!!moreless
  • Atlantis goes home.

    A fitting conclusion to the series - Atlantis returns home!

    Well, this episode had everything in it - I think it had crammed in too much and it would definitely have been better as a two or even a three parter. Still, it was done pretty well, combining action with some nice, touching moments. Here are some other thoughts:

    Besides the stars, it tried to get everyone involved: Lorne, Banks, Zelenka, Caldwell, Ellis, Carter, Carson, Chuck, Marks, Kavanagh(!), and Davis (who's still a major!). And also Todd and Kenny.

    So General Hammond did die as sad!

    Wormhole drive - is that a convenience or what!? With that, Atlantis can go anywhere in the Universe. Add the alternate reality drive from "The Daedalus Variations" and a time machine, and...

    Ronon + Banks - woohoo! Somewhat expected.

    So the Odyssey is in some secret mission? I wonder if this is timed concurrently with the next stargate movie, even though Carter's at the SGC.

    With all the battles and explosions, I'd think they have to make up an incredible cover story for the public and the uninformed governments.

    I would have liked the ending scene to be just the four principle characters sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other. I certainly don't know why Banks had to be there.

    And so, it's the end of the series. With Atlantis on Earth, it leaves everything open for the upcoming movie(s). Until then, au revoir, Stargate Atlantis, and thank you!moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Major Paul Davis

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Colonel Samantha Carter

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Nitpick: The clip of Woolsey saying "Keep firing, Dr. Beckett!" is used twice, once immediately after the hive returns fire on Atlantis and once when the battle pushes Atlantis into Earth's atmosphere.

    • Nitpick: Why were any of the SGC amazed to find out the darts would kamikaze into area 51 when that has been the Wraith's main strategy in lots of other episodes?

    • Goof: Kavanagh's name is misspelled "Kavanaugh" in the end credits.

    • General George Hammond is said to have died from a heart attack. The actor who portrayed him (Don S. Davis) died June 29, 2008 also from a heart attack.

    • Nitpick: When the Atlantis team members are looking out onto the Golden Gate Bridge, Woolsey welcomes Ronon to Earth and no one else. Ronon has previously been to Earth before in the Season 3 episode "Sunday", Season 4 episodes "Miller's Crossing", "Outcast" and "Midway". If he was only welcoming alien visitors to Earth, he'd welcome only Teyla and Ronon, but at that point Teyla was already looking out to the bridge and Ronon had just walked up.

    • In a tactic used often by the Goa'uld, the Wraith have a Stargate on board their ship to prevent Earth from Dialing out. In this case as it's a Pegasus Gate it takes precedence over the Earth Gate as the dominant Gate to prevent Earth's gate from working at all.

    • Atlantis has returned to Earth and is floating off the entrance to the San Francisco Harbor, in a military exclusion zone and is cloaked.

    • The Ancient Chair from Antarctic Outpost, now in Area 51, was destroyed by the Wraith.

    • In the previous episode, it was shown that in the alternate reality the Ancient Chair from the Antarctic outpost had been moved to Area 51. This information was included in the sub-space message by the stranded Wraith, which is why the Wraith target it in this reality. Unfortunately in this reality it has also been moved to Area 51 just one month earlier. It was moved due to it being in violation of the non-proliferation arms act of the Antarctic.

    • The Odyssey was unable to help in the battle against the Super-Hive Ship as it is off on a secret mission somewhere.

    • In this episode, another Hive ship is destroyed by Atlantis. This brings the total to 29 since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

    • Although it is not seen, this episode introduces a new Earth ship, the Sun Tzu, a Chinese ship. It is the fifth Daedalus-class ship to enter service. The other four Deep Space Cruisers are the Daedalus, first seen in the Season 2 Stargate Atlantis episode "Siege 3"; the Odyssey, first seen in the Season 9 Stargate SG-1 episode "Off the Grid"; the Korolev, first seen in the Season 9 SG-1 episode "Camelot"; and the Apollo, first seen in the season 3 Atlantis episode "First Strike". Carter reveals to Sheppard that she is leaving the SGC to command the next ship in the line, formally named the Phoenix in the alternate timeline in "The Last Man", which has been renamed to the General Hammond in honor of the General who has recently died (in a homage to actor Don S. Davis, who passed away shortly before filming of this episode).

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Woolsey: Well, here we are again.
      Todd: Indeed. This city has become… quite familiar to me. Almost a respite from daily life. It would be a shame to see it destroyed.

    • Todd: I may have acquired a few more then I let on.
      Woolsey: How many more?
      Todd: Let's not get caught up in unnecessary details.
      Woolsey: I'd like… details.

    • McKay: Kavanagh. What the hell are you doing here?
      Kavanagh: Reassignment. More fun and adventure in the Pegasus galaxy.

    • Harriman: We've been trying to dial up the Alpha site, to send through those IOA dignitaries.
      Major Davis: Good old IOA. Courageous to the end.

    • Wraith: I restored your life, human, and bound your wound.
      Ronon: That was real nice of you.

    • (about Todd's credibility for the ZPMs)
      Woolsey: He actually came through for us.
      Sheppard: Maybe he's turning over a new leaf.
      Woolsey: Get those down to Zelenka immediately.
      Lorne: Yes, sir.
      (Lorne starts to leave.)
      Sheppard: Or maybe they're going to blow up when you plug them in.
      Woolsey: (changing his mind) Have Doctor McKay check them first.
      Lorne: Right...

    • (after Sheppard comes back for Ronon who died but was brought back to life)
      Sheppard: How ya doing, Chewy?

    • (last words after being back on Earth)
      Sheppard: Nice view.
      Woolsey: Yes. Yes, it is.

    • Keller: (to Rodney) You okay?
      McKay: (dryly) I'm alive.
      (Jennifer laughs. McKay puts his arm around her, pulling her close.)
      McKay: And I've got you. What else do I need?

    • (Sheppard goes to the infirmary to see Ronon)
      Sheppard: Well, how you feelin'?
      Ronon: I'm ready to get out of here.
      Sheppard: Take your time. The city's pretty banged up. Even with the ZPMs, we're not going anywhere for a while.
      Ronon: And when they fix it? Do you really think they're going to let us take it back to Pegasus?
      Sheppard: I'll make sure you get home.
      Ronon: This is my home.

    • Carter: Walter, you'd better get me the President. It looks like Atlantis is coming home.

    • (McKay makes some final adjustments on a control panel.)
      McKay: (into radio) All right. I've finished recalibration on the chair. Radek, how are things at your end?
      Zelenka: (over radio) ZPMs are online and functioning one hundred percent. We're good to go.
      McKay: Okay! Who's flying this puppy?
      (Beckett quickly enters the room.)
      Beckett: That would be me.
      McKay: (confused) Carson?
      Beckett: Rodney.
      McKay: What, they called you in for this?
      Beckett: Aye.
      McKay: You must have a higher CIA than I thought.
      Beckett: Excuse me?
      McKay: Chair Interface Aptitude. We have a... we have a ranking system.
      Beckett: Well, apparently, after Colonel Sheppard, I'm number two.
      McKay: (skeptical) Really? I'll have a look into that.

    • Banks: Incoming wormhole. Signal's coming in now.
      (They look on a monitor to see a video transmission of Todd)
      Sheppard: (taken aback) Todd.
      Todd: No doubt you're surprised to see me, John Sheppard.
      Sheppard: Well, you weren't looking so good last time I saw you.
      Todd: Yes. Well, you'll be pleased to know the treatment was successful, although excruciatingly painful.
      Sheppard: You're just saying that to make me feel good.

    • Sheppard: The other ZPMs you talked to Woolsey about? Tell us where to get 'em, and maybe it'll improve your situation.
      Todd: Am I supposed to be enticed by this offer?
      Sheppard: No. I'll probably kill you anyway. But, don't forget, this Wraith betrayed you and got away with it. For no other reason, you might want to do it out of pure spite.
      (Todd leans back, studying Sheppard.)
      Todd: You...know how to talk to me, John Sheppard.

    • (while talking to Todd)
      Sheppard: Here's the problem. Every time we get involved with you, I feel like I'm walking around with a live grenade in my pocket, just waiting for it to all go wrong, for that one thing you forgot to mention.

    • Sheppard: Question is, what will happen next time.
      Todd: Is there going to be a next time?

    • Sheppard: Do me a favor, when Atlantis shows up, tell them I said goodbye.

    • Woolsey: Ronon, welcome to Earth
      (Everyone looking out at the bridge)
      Keller: No one can see us, right?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett are the only ones to appear in every single episode of the series.

    • Amanda Tapping is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • This episode was leaked onto the internet as a pre-air screening on December 22, 2008.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 12, 2009 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on January 13, 2009 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Germany on December 2, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on December 10, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 22-23, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 26, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • This is the 100th episode of Stargate Atlantis.


    • Sun Tzu:

      The ship is named after the famous Chinese General and author of The Art of War, an ancient book on military strategy.