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Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

During a mission, Sheppard and his team learn that a lone Wraith -- whose dart had crashed leaving him unable to get to the spacegate -- has been terrorizing a village for some ten years. They offer to help, but soon after they begin to hunt, Teyla senses that something is different about this Wraith.moreless

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  • Sheppard's team is investigating a new world and go to a town inn to meet the locals. There they hear a story about a daemon who lives in the forest and sucks the life out of you. They investigate and make an interesting discovery.moreless

    Psychological study of how people react under different situations. This man Zaddick has taken the girl Wraith Ellia in as his own. His family had died of an illness right before this ship crashed. It is amazing what people will do to protect there own even to the point of giving there life literally as we learned later in the episode.

    Ellia played by Jewel Staite does an excellent job as the Wraith girl. Somehow watching this you knew she had to be feeding on humans sometime. I personally thought she was just doing it without her fathers knowledge. It turns out she fed on her father as well as other times before when she first had the hunger and then without telling her father.

    It was interesting the side effect of the retrovirus making her stronger than an average Wraith. I guess totally stripping the human DNA from the subject might do that. She snapped that Wraith's neck like a twig.

    There was something different about Ellia though as Teyla didn't seem to read her as readily. Dr. Beckett's idea is very interesting. Now they will at least know they need to go in a different direction with their research.

    Not a bad filler episode and pretty enjoyable in general. I thought it had a reasonable amount of action and I also wondered why the Wraith had never returned to the world for a few centuries. The ships beacon must have been destroyed and the personal signals lost as well. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A nice enough exposition dump, but not as interesting as it could have been...

    After the character development in the previous epsiode, the writers seem to have slipped into less-complicated territory this time around. At first, I thought it was just an example of measured pacing. The story seemed rather simple, so some stylistic progression was certainly in order. Unfortunately, it never really took hold, and the episode just never seemed to want to go anywhere. Most of the plot twists were highly predictable, and while the producers promised an in-depth look at the development of a young Wraith, it didn’t go very deeply into the topic.

    Was anyone really surprised when Wraith Girl turned out to be feeding off her “father”, or when she admitted that she was using the other Wraith to cover her own killings? I know I wasn’t, because I saw it coming a mile away. It was also clear that nothing was going to save Wraith Girl, because that would require Beckett’s treatment to work perfectly and eliminate any sign of her Wraith heritage. Otherwise, the town would still tear her to pieces.

    What this episode did feel like, in the end, was a thinly-veiled example of exposition. The writers would do this sort of thing all the time in the first season. Beckett’s treatment to eliminate Wraith DNA is central to the plot thread for Lt. Ford, but it also has larger implications. This episode establishes the fact that the treatment is still in development, and that it doesn’t work yet. More importantly, it actually seems to have accelerated the effect of the genetic imperatives of the Wraith DNA.

    That, in turn, leads into what I assume was the entire point of the episode: making sure that Sheppard was “injected” with the Beckett Treatment Cocktail that was running around in Wraith Girl’s unstable biology. Without seeing spoilers or even the promo (which my TiVo cut off, damn it!), I can safely predict that this will lead to problems with Sheppard in the near future. From there, of course, I expect that Sheppard will get a better feel for Ford’s psychology and that Beckett’s ability to trace Sheppard’s reaction to the treatment will lead to a more successful version later in the season.

    I just wish that there was more to the actual episode, and that it didn’t feel like one big exposition dump. Granted, there were some good points. Teyla was more than just another very pretty face for once, and her rapport with Wraith Girl was nice to see. I also feel like Ronon’s psychology is getting a bit easier to understand: he finds a certain comfort in following orders, as he gains a sense of the chain of command and its pure intentions. His bad-ass moment worked for me (my wife made a comment on how she likes his gun; take that as you will).

    Jewel Staite did a great job as Wraith Girl, even if I wish we could have seem that gorgeous smile now and again. (I guess I’ll have to wait a few weeks for “Serenity”!) McKay was mostly in a support role this time, and that served to give the writers a chance to reveal his post-“Trinity” attitude. Sheppard also seemed to be recovering, because his sense of humor wasn’t entirely back in action.

    Underneath the episode is a relatively safe discussion on nature vs. nurture and the Wraith. This time, nature wins, hands down. Ironically, as much as this should make the Wraith seem that much more dangerous and daunting an enemy, the revitalized “SG-1” has developed an enemy so much more disturbing that the Wraith look minor in comparison. It’s hard, sometimes, to remember how overwhelming they were during “The Siege”. Hopefully, the writers won’t wait long to remind us why the Wraith were so cool in the first place.

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    This was a good episode. There was a lot of character development, and action, and a little bit of horror perhaps, haha. We definitely saw a different side of the Wraith once again, in the form of a young female Wraith who was taken in by one of the villagers after the dart she was aboard crashed nearby. He raised her as his own, feeding her like a human, but perhaps it wasn't good enough. This episode makes me wonder how different the Wraith can be, and if we will see other variations down the road. This episode was entertaining and the female Wraith at the end was kind of scary, but well done.moreless
  • Other side of Wraiths...

    I loved this episode - the emotional bound what they showed between that man and his "daughter", the Wraith. And the reasons he was ready to give up his years and life for her to feed. Many would not understand that.

    This episode, really showed us the other side of Wraith - so far they have been always evil. First time we saw someone who tried to be different but as it came out - there is no easy way out and denying will not help it.

    All the hunting on the forest, McKay and Carson on their own trying to fight with the Wraith...

    Beautiful episode.moreless
  • good episode...

    The team goes off -world and find a village that is plagued by a lone wraith. The team eventually finds out that there is a wraith girl that is tame and seems sincere and kind. The villagers are pretty primative, like most cilizations plagued by the wraith. I really like the idea of this episode. A wraith that can be taught to be good...cool. It shows that they are not all bad and it brings a whole nother aspect to the wraith characters. Overall, great story and a good start to a two-parter, though it was a little slow at times.moreless
Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The inhabitants of this planet refer to the Wraith as the Daimos.

    • The incomplete retrovirus has the reverse effect on Ellia, transforming her into a creature closer to the Iratus bug.

    • This is the first appearance of the Wraith retrovirus. When complete it should be capable of striping the Iratus bug genes from the Wraith leaving only the Human genes.

    • Beckett: Right now our best guess is that the Wraith evolved from the Iratus bug.
      Sheppard: Like the one that attached itself to my neck a year ago?

      Sheppard is referring to events in the Season 1 episode "38 Minutes."

    • We learn in this episode that the Wraith have children, and that they start out more human than Wraith. We learn the children can survive on food till later in life, when their hunger for human life force becomes predominate.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Callup: In that case, drinks are on me.
      McKay: Uh, well... let's not forget the food!

    • McKay: We're talking about a hundred square miles of forest here.
      Sheppard: Be patient. Ronon's been going up against the Wraith one-on-one for the last seven years. If anyone can track this thing, it's him.
      McKay: And exactly how is he going to do that, huh?
      Ronon: (from afar) It helps to have good hearing.

    • Ronon: That's it? One Wraith, in the forest?
      Goran: Yes.
      Ronon: I'll be done by morning.

    • Child: (about the Wraith) My uncle says it'll come and take me if I don't do my chores.
      McKay: He said that, huh? Well then if we get rid of it you've got nothing to worry about and you'll never have to do chores again.

    • McKay: You know, I thought it was pretty nuts when Ronan was trying to track a Wraith through this forest.
      Beckett: Now that it's just us, do you feel any better?
      McKay: Oh, yeah. Supremely confident.

    • Sheppard: So it's a teenage thing. Pimples, rebellion, life sucking.
      Beckett: Something like that.

    • McKay: I could never get into Biology. It's too much information about the human body. Once, as an undergraduate, I diagnosed myself with half a dozen separate medical conditions before I had to drop the class.
      Beckett: Really?
      McKay: Yeah, believe it or not, back then I was a bit of a hypochondriac.
      Beckett: You know, this does require a bit of concentration.
      McKay: What? Am I bothering you?

    • Sheppard: McKay, stay here and help Beckett.
      McKay: Medical research is really not my thing.
      Sheppard: And hunting the Wraith?
      McKay: I meant I could stay and help Beckett.

    • Zaddik: This equipment is remarkable! Where did you get it?
      Beckett: Oh… here and there.

    • Weir: Is she dangerous?
      Sheppard: She's a Wraith! Although, I have to admit she does seem a little different.

    • Zaddik: Are you interested in science?
      McKay: I'm not sure that's what I would call this, but yes.

    • (on killing the Wraith before it feeds)
      Ronon: We'll kill it before that happens.
      Sheppard: You must be great at parties.

    • Ronon: Aren't we supposed to follow [Sheppard's] orders?
      Teyla: Sometimes we are allowed to make exceptions.
      Ronon: And who decides if it's one of those times?
      Teyla: We do.
      Ronon: That's good enough. (leaves)

    • McKay: The villagers are on the move and it doesn't look like they're going on a picnic.

    • Beckett: Right now our best guess is that the Wraith evolved from the iratus bug.
      Sheppard: Like the one that attached itself to my neck a year ago?
      Beckett: That's right.
      Sheppard: I hate those bugs!

    • Sheppard: Another great vacation getaway in the Pegasus galaxy.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In Dr. Zaddik's lab, a tank from the Stargate SG-1 season 6 episode "Cure" can be seen, along with some worm like props used in the season 1 episode "Hathor".

    • Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee Frye on the cult Sci-Fi show Firefly, is the second member of that cast to guest star on a Stargate series. The first was Adam Baldwin in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Heroes." She will later be cast as Dr. Keller in the 4th and 5th Seasons.

    • The outdoors parts were filmed on location at Lynn Valley Canyon, North Vancouver.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 29, 2005 on The Movie Network and October 24, 2005 on Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 30, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 8, 2007 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 4-5, 2006.


    • Frankenstein

      As confirmed by Andy Mikita and Paul Mullie on the DVD commentary, this episode was intended as a homage to Frankenstein and as such has a creepier feel to it.