Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 17


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 05, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When a Wraith Hive Ship arrives in orbit above Atlantis and sends a distress message, Sheppard takes a team to investigate and discovers that the Wraith have been infected with a strange disease.

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    Infection, Episode 17 of Season 5 of Stargate Atlantis, was very good. It was an episode with old friends, or foes? It also had a lot of action, drama, and mysteries to be solved. This episode saw the continuation of the relationship between the Wraith known as Todd and Colonel Sheppard. They are both honorable, and have built trust once again. I am glad to see that Todd is still around and that we will most likely see him again. I also thought that the story it self was excellent. I wonder what will happen now, with this new information at hand.moreless
  • Wrapping up the loose ends

    The writers may not have been aware that these would be the final episodes of the series, but they are turning out to be a reasonable (if temporary) end to ongoing plot threads. First there was the apparent resolution of Michael's arc, and then the culmination of McKay's relationship with Keller. Now it's a return to Keller's "Wraith cure" and Todd's relationship with Team Atlantis, which was left ambiguous at best after the mid-season two-part epic.

    Apparently, despite his misgivings earlier in the season regarding the genetic therapy and its potential side effects, Todd decided to proceed with the experiments without Dr. Keller to help ensure its success. Things went wrong, to say the least. The result was an episode that wasn't quite what I was expecting from the initial setup.

    The writers already went for a "Resident Evil"-esque episode earlier in the season, so another "zombie" installment felt like overkill. After the first act or so, I was resigned to the notion that the team would spend most of its time bemoaning the apparent failure of the gene therapy and fighting off zombie-Wraith. I've mentioned before that the zombie genre is more fun in theory than actuality for me, so I wasn't thrilled.

    By the end of the episode, however, it was more about Todd, his reaction to the loss of his people and his vessel, and his future. His conversations with Keller were enlightening, and it's interesting to consider what might have happened if Sheppard hadn't put Todd on the defensive. Not that Sheppard was wrong in confronting Todd about his past choices, but they certainly didn't need the additional conflict at the time!

    Although it wasn't my favorite kind of storyline, I must give credit to the writers for making an effort to give Todd and his related plot threads a proper rest. I'm sure (or I can hope) all of that will come back in one of the telefilms next year.moreless
  • Finally, we are seeing the Wraith again in the very classic SG-A manner. It's how the series began, its the way it should finally close out.

    I was stuck on whether to label this as a "Fine Installment", "Well written" or "Series classic". I finally decided on a Series Classic because finally, I thought, Stargate Atlantis is returning to its early plots with the original Antagonist still at large. It would be too discontinuous and disjointed to leave the series at the end of the 5th season without finding a resolve of some kind with the Wraith. This is exactly why I enjoyed this. This episode brings together elements from all seasons. We see the formerly weaponized retrovirus developed by Dr. Carson Beckett referenced, the former Human/Wraith Hybrid Michael and his bastardized version of the vaccine also referenced; Importantly a very significant species is brought back from a now dead plot line, the Aratis bug. All of these elements and ideas along with the "Todd" story line really are written and weaved together quite nicely. It makes for a very good "The Wraith in a nut-shell" story. Back to the episode. As soon as we saw the Marine report a bulk-head (wall) "melt" I knew that the ship was re-configuring itself and that slumbering Wraith waking up would be part of this plot. Not to say that the plot was transparrent or predictable, but it had a well written logical direction. Dr. Jennifer Keller speaks of compassion, a quality that Todd finds as weakness, and yet, it is compassion from the Atlantis expedition that grants Todd his request to seek his destiny on an Aratis bug infested planet. All in all, I gave this episode a 9. I wanted to give it a 9.5 just for the series returning back to its classic series episodes involving the Wraith. But I stuck to my drones (guns) and gave a nice 9.moreless
  • OMG!!! That was sooooo good! Yay! Finally a good episode! Loved every minute of it!

    That was a creepy one too. Man....those Wraith soldiers without the masks are pretty creepy. When John, Teyla, Ronon, and Rodney walked onto the Hive ship while the Wraith were hibernating....I was totally on the edge of my seat. It had that haunted house feel to it. Then.....when that guy was attacked by that Wraith soldier...I jumped. Even though....I knew he was gonna get attacked by something....I still jumped. When that one Wraith soldier jumped out to attack John and Ronon.....I jumped and screamed. I just hope I didn't wake my dad. I love Todd. I just love how you don't know if you should trust him or not. They wanna shoot him, but they need him as Wraith intel. It's such a grey situation.

    It is official. I have converted to Anti-Kellerism. I now find her annoying. Her holier-than-thou attitude is no better than McKay. I loved it when she told Todd that they whole no-feeding thing would better for all of us...that Todd laughed at her. How dare she think she knows what better for the Wraith? You can only save those whoe want to be saved. Todd is blaming Keller for their condition like Michael was blaming Beckett for his. I was've got another Michael (Todd). I wish they would stop trying to save the Wraith if they don't want to be "saved."moreless
  • Wrapping up loose ends as this is the final season

    I thought Todd would have died in this episode. But I guess we have to wait for the finale to see what happens to Todd and Wraith. This episode dealt quite nicely on all characters. I was hoping the Asgard would make an appearance. It was revealing to see them as bad guys with self preservation. Unpleasant to see teeth on the wraith but it is a valid point. They have only known how to feed and no one gave a training manual on how to eat. So I guess they went all cannibalistic. Who can blame them! As always whiny Macay comes to his form. Under the threat of death he works well. Macay - Keller romance was muted. But I wanted to see fireworks between Ronon and Macay. I guess since the series is ending, there is no point in have a plot line on that subject.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Christopher Pearce

Christopher Pearce

Marine Williams

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl

Todd the Wraith

Recurring Role

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)

Technician/Amelia Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the hive arrives to Atlantis and sends the video message to the city, Woolsey orders the video to be received to a "firewalled computer". In an early episode Dr Weir in a similar situation ordered a message to be received to a "non-networked computer". It seems weird that IOA has loosened their regulations in dealing with the Wraith or in regard with computer security. As a twist, being a former member of the IOA and a man very fond of regulations, Woolsey doesn't seem to blink twice about it.

    • Todd reveals that if a terminally ill Wraith could occasionally restore himself to perfect health if he allowed an Iratus bug queen to feed on him. The process was abandoned as the Wraith would usually die in the process.

    • The formula that Dr. Keller found in Michael's database on M2S-445 worked to eliminate the need to feed in Todd but it caused a cancer like disease that also spread into the Hive.

    • Teyla: Do you not find it odd that Todd would leave himself and his entire crew to our mercy? Especially after our last encounter.

      Teyla is referring to the episode "The Lost Tribe."

    • Ronon: This better not be a Wraith ship from another reality.
      McKay: We've been tracking their approach for a few days now, remember? They didn't just pop into our space like that other Daedalus did.

      McKay is referring to the episode "The Daedalus Variations."

    • In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed. This brings the total to 28 since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Woolsey: You were lucky. By the time Major Kersey and his team were able to blast their way down to your position, the Hive, what remained of it, was already half full of water. It sank minutes after they extracted you.
      Sheppard: Hmm. Wish I was awake to see that.

    • Sheppard: How's it going, Rodney?
      McKay: Aside from the fact that every time I try to fix something, something else breaks...fine!

    • Keller: The disease is in the ship?
      Todd: It is the only explanation that makes sense.
      Sheppard: All right, if you say so.
      Keller: How is that even possible?
      Todd: During the process of hibernation, there is a continuous exchange of fluid between Wraith and Hive.
      (John looks disgusted.)
      Todd: The disease must have been transmitted in this manner.
      Sheppard: Great, so we're flyin' around in a giant tumor.

    • McKay: He was just a warrior drone. Look, we've long suspected that they spend the majority of their life under the controlling mental influence of the other Wraith. It's not surprising that if you remove that influence, they revert to an animal state. Look, that shouldn't happen with Todd – theoretically.
      Keller: You're forgetting one thing: I haven't found a cure for the disease that was killing them. I mean, we take him out and he might not last long.
      Sheppard: Well, that's the one thing I like about the plan.

    • Teyla: Is there any way to determine if any of the other pods have been compromised?
      McKay: Well, I don't know! Maybe! Might as well go down and look.
      Sheppard: I've got a better idea. Let's get the hell out of here.
      Keller: Except I haven't finished sorting through the relevant data. I mean, the I.O.A...
      Sheppard: The I.O.A. can sue me. Let's go.

    • McKay: Why is it that I find empty Hives even creepier than ones that are full of Wraith?

    • Sheppard: Get up.
      Todd: You can't quite leave me be.
      Sheppard: I don't have time to play games, you know what that shaking is?
      Todd: Oh I can guess.
      Sheppard: We've lost orbit. We're entering the atmosphere which means in a few minutes we're going to slam into that Planet
      Todd: A quick death will be a welcome reprieve!
      Sheppard: Oh I didn't think you were such a quitter.

    • Todd: Sheppard.
      Sheppard: How are you feeling?
      Todd: I dared not think you would come.
      Ronon: What are friends for?

    • (Todd is working on a console. Rodney walks over.)
      McKay: No, I did ... I tried that already.
      (Todd turns his head and snarls at him.)
      McKay: Ok, all right, you know what? Just go ahead.
      (He turns away and walks over to the others.)
      McKay: Someone woke up on the wrong side of the pod this morning.

    • Sheppard: What's our status, Rodney?
      McKay: I'd say "screwed" is an apt description.

    • Sheppard: Well, the Wraith have thrown us a little curve ball here. We've got no life signs on board. We think they're hibernating.
      Woolsey: Why would they do that.
      Sheppard: Well, that's what we'd like to find out, but it means boarding the ship.
      Woolsey: Are you sure that's wise? What if it's a trap?
      Sheppard: Well, if it is, it's a pretty lousy one. If they ambush us, you can still take 'em out from down there.
      Woolsey: Sacrificing your lives.
      Sheppard: I'm flattered you think Todd would go to so much trouble to kill me. Look, taking out a hive ship is always a good idea as far as I'm concerned, but we did come all this way, and … got all dressed up.

    • McKay: The weird thing is, though, if I'm reading this right, they haven't given themselves a wakeup call.
      Ronon: What are you talking about?
      McKay: Well, the normal operating procedure would be to leave a few crew members awake so that they could monitor the pods and bring the others out when it's time, but, since they all went in I would assume there'd be some kind of a automatic or timed shut-down protocol, but I can't find one.
      Teyla: So if we do not wake them …
      McKay: Then they never will.
      Ronon: Sounds good to me.

    • Dr. Keller: I just feel like I'm in over my head.
      McKay: What are you talking about?
      Dr. Keller: I look at you, and Colonel Sheppard, the rest of the team … and you guys are so used to making decisions that affect the lives of thousands, and even millions, of people. I'm not so used to having the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.
      McKay: Oh, that. You get used to it. Helps to have a massive ego.

    • Woolsey: You realize this is the kind of decision that could cost me my job?
      Sheppard: Aren't they all?

    • Todd: I appreciate your decision to let me go.
      Sheppard: A deal's a deal.
      Todd: I will remember this, John Sheppard.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Christopher Pearce (Marine Williams) previously played Senior Airman Jake Bosworth in several episodes of Stargate SG-1.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 8, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 9, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on January 16, 2009 on TV6.
      -This episode aired on Germany on November 11, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on December 1, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: May 1-2, 2010.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 12, 2010 on 7TWO.


    • Star Wars Episode 3:

      The scene where Todd lands the front half of the Hive ship on the ocean is similar to the movie Star Wars Episode 3 where Anakin Skywalker lands the front half of a Trade Federation Battle cruiser on Corusant after the ship breaks in half.