Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 17


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.