Stargate Atlantis

Season 4 Episode 12

Spoils of War (3)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 2008 on Syfy
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The team obtains a Wraith Hive ship after the battle with the Replicators and learn something new about their enemy.

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  • Another solid episode for the fourth season

    If there's one thing I've been looking for over the course of the past couple of seasons, it's more depth for the Wraith. The first two seasons explored the origins of the Wraith and their unique physiology relatively well, but since then, advances have been sporadic at best. Most of the progression has come from Michael and the recently captured Wraith scientist.

    This episode helps to change that, as the reproductive aspects of the Wraith are explored in grim detail. The writers manage to avoid too many exposition-heavy scenes, letting the brief glimpses of the process speak for themselves. This episode also explains how the Wraith managed to overwhelm the Ancients, despite the gaps in technology and evolution. All in all, it's a heaping plate of Wraith goodness.

    The end result appears to resolve any possibility that the Wraith will quickly expand to take control of the Pegasus Galaxy in the wake of the Asuran defeat. The Wraith will continue to operate as competing factions, giving Team Atlantis the opportunity to counter them as effectively as they have to this point. This takes some of the pressure off the writers, in a sense, because they can't be accused of ignoring the latest shift in interstellar state of play.

    This episode also addresses Teyla and her situation, which is a bit more mundane. She resents the thought of being handled with kid gloves by Sheppard, which is understandable, but this encounter with the Wraith forces her to acknowledge her role as the salvation for her people. Logically, she and her child won't be able to restore the Ethosian race alone, but they are vital until her people can (hopefully) be found. This realization is hardly surprising, but the writers made it work within the context of the Wraith conflict.

    I found it interesting, from a character perspective, that Sheppard was upset with Teyla over lack of disclosure. I've felt, since the first stirrings of an impending Weir exit, that Teyla and Sheppard were being pushed towards each other. While this is an admittedly subjective interpretation, I can't help but wonder if part of Sheppard's annoyance comes from learning about Teyla's hidden relationship.

    This has been a surprising season for "Stargate: Atlantis". After a quick start, the momentum seemed to diminish, but the last few episodes have been well above average for the series. Considering that the series has already been renewed for a fifth season, there's reason to believe that the rest of the fourth season will continue on the same path.moreless
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    Spoils of War was a good follow up to the two previous episodes. It was nice to see how everything got wrapped up, and now there are some new questions. This episode has carried on with a tone of darkness. Teyla once again attempts to control the mind of a Queen Wraith. This almost cost her babies life, but she managed to do it. It was also fun to see Todd the Wraith, he is honorable, and some what likeable for a Wraith. It was neat to see how the Wraith multiply so quickly. I wonder how many more of these facilities exist. I was surprised we didn't see more of Replicator created Human Weir. I look forward to the rest of the season!moreless
  • Todd again...

    The aftermath of last episodes events - the wraith are now happy again and making their war against human, so their new plan with three zpm-s they got from Replicator homeworld and now they are starting to clowning themselves an army.

    And ofcourse, Sheppard and his team get there, by flying a wraith ship by Teyla as she manages to make them take her with them. A lot of problems on the cloning base, no zpm-s collected in the end, nothing good coming out.. only managing to save Todd and putting Teyla and her unborn child into a great danger when she tries to take over the Queen mind to save her team...

    Beautiful concept around Teyla and her baby and Todd starts looking more and more sympathetic if wraith can do thatmoreless
  • good end to the three-parter....

    I was getting tired of this story arc, but I really like how they ended it. I love how they started out the episode from the wraith's point of view. The story was interesting and we finally find out how the wraith were able to get so many numbers and defeat the ancients. I was getting really annoyed with Teyla and her baby issue. I just don't like her and now with the baby story line she's just getting more annoying. I love seeing the Tod wraith again. Overall, good story and more great character development, along with some annoying characters...moreless
  • Conclusion of the 3 episode storyline

    Another great episode! But the again i'm a big fan so i'm suspicious to say that!

    A good conclusion for this triology of episodes. We've learned some new things about the Wraith and how did they turned the tide of the war against the Ancients and how they plan to grow powerful again. I've though they've been stoped this time i think we will still see mora bases of operation from the wraith

    It's seems Teyla has some groing powers because of her pregnancy, and i think there will be more surprises around the subject.

    The wraith "friend" continues to escape certain death but he looks like that he's always being tricked and never forfilling his plans.I think that we will some new developments in this strange "friendship" in the future.moreless
David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Morris Chapdelaine

Morris Chapdelaine

Birthing Wraith

Guest Star

Brendan Penny

Brendan Penny

Wraith Scientist

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Andee Frizzell

Andee Frizzell

Wraith Queen

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The Wraith used cloning technology in their war against the Lanteans. The Hive Queen would create several warriors naturally to be used as templates then the machines would duplicate the gene patterns of those Wraith several thousand times creating an instant army.

    • Queen: I don't believe that I have ever encountered such resistance from a human before.
      Sheppard: I've had a lot of practice.

      Sheppard encountered Wraith Queens and their control tactics in the Season 1 episode "Rising 2", Season 2's "The Hive", and Season 3's "Submersion".

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

    • The Wraith use the Z.P.M. to power their cloning facility. This shows that the Wraith have a firm grasp of Ancient technology and the ability to integrate with their own.

    • Teyla is having a boy.

    • In this episode, the Wraith first seen in Season 3's "Common Ground" and who returned in "The Seer" earlier in Season 4, is given the name 'Todd'. Sheppard picked the name because his college friend Todd was pale.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lorne: No sign of the rest of the crew. Whoever attacked the ship must have taken them prisoner.
      McKay: Including our friend.
      Sheppard: Stop calling him that. It's weird.
      Ronon: Then what do we call him?
      Sheppard: I don't know. Let's go with ... Todd.
      (Rodney grimaces at him.)
      Sheppard: It's a guy I knew in college. He was very pale.
      McKay: Todd's a terrible name!
      Sheppard: You got a better one?
      McKay: As a matter of fact, I do ...
      Sheppard: (interrupting) You know what? Forget I asked.

    • Sheppard: How big is this place?
      McKay: Don't worry, I got an excellent sense of direction.
      Sheppard: Didn't you say you got lost in a garden maze once?
      McKay: I was ten, plus I was running from a bee.

    • Teyla: I exposed my unborn child to the mind of a killer. Even before he's opened his eyes on the world.
      Sheppard: He?
      Teyla: It's a boy.
      Sheppard: Really? I thought you didn't want Keller to tell you anything.
      Teyla: She didn't.
      Sheppard: Okay.
      Teyla: You were right to question my involvement in this mission. There was a time I would have laid down my life for you, or Ronon, or Rodney, without hesitation. But, I have other considerations now.
      Sheppard: That's understandable.
      Teyla: You have no idea how close she came to extinguishing his life. If you had hesitated, for even a moment...

    • Queen: I don't believe that I have ever encountered such resistance from a human before.
      Sheppard: I've had a lot of practice.

    • Lorne: Listen, I never got the chance to congratulate you. It's really great. I didn't even know you were dating anyone. My sister has a couple of kids, two boys, five and seven. I miss being around them.
      Teyla: I'm not really sure what to expect.
      Lorne: Nobody ever is. At least not with the first one. But you get through it. You're going to make a great mom.
      Teyla: Thank you. I wish I could be so sure.

    • Teyla: I wanted to tell you sooner. But I found out shortly after Dr. Keller and I returned from New Athos. It was a difficult time.
      Sheppard: It's okay. I get it.
      Teyla: Now, along with everything else, I'm burdened with the thought that this child may be the last of my people.
      Sheppard: We don't know that yet.
      Teyla: But you understand why I cannot just stay in Atlantis and do nothing. My best hope in learning their fate is to be out here with you.

    • (McKay and the Wraith "Todd" are holding back while Sheppard and Ronon clear the way)
      McKay: There's on thing I don't understand - back when you defeated the Ancients, how'd you get your hands on the ZPM?
      Todd: The Lanteans were powerful but careless. Believing their ship's were unbeatable, they sent them deeper and deeper in Wraith controlled territory, trying to weed us out. It took month's but eventually we were able to capture three of them; each one, powered by a ZPM.
      McKay: At which point, you brought them back here.
      Todd: Within weeks, our army had grown to hundreds of times its original size. From that point on, the tide of war turned in our favor and there was nothing the Lanteans could do.
      (Sheppard returns)
      Sheppard: Save the history lesson for later, let's go.
      McKay: Right

    • (Sheppard, Ronon, and McKay are in a Wraith holding cell, after witnessing the Queen's apparent lapse)
      Ronon: That was weird.
      McKay: Weird?! Did you have see how close I was to becoming Wraith food? I don't think "weired" quite cuts it! Like, maybe paralyzing...or sickening...or heart-stopping
      Ronon: (To Sheppard) What do you think happened to her?
      Sheppard: I'm not sure.
      (The Queen shoots the Wraith guarding the cell and let's them escape)
      McKay: Oh great, she's back!
      Queen: Here are your weapon's.
      (They all look confused)
      Queen: It's me, John.
      Sheppard: Teyla?
      Queen: Yes.

    • (Ronon touches a panel on the wall. A display lights up)
      McKay: What did you do?
      Ronon: Nothing.
      McKay: You touched something, didn't you?
      Ronon: No...maybe just a little.
      Lorne: What is it?
      Ronon: Looks like a map.
      McKay: Thank you, Captain Obvious - of course it's a map! The question is, a map to what?

    • (The team investigate one of the Wraith cloning sacks)
      McKay: Oh, that is just revolting!

    • (The team are walking around the Cloning Facility when they see the Queen)
      Sheppard: What's that?
      McKay: It's a Queen.
      Sheppard: Nice work, Sherlock, but what's she doing?
      McKay: I have no idea.

    • (The team are in a Jumper approaching the Wraith Hive Ship)
      McKay: I've got it dead ahead. Looks like it's been shot up pretty bad.
      Ronon: From the Replicator battle?
      McKay: I'm picking up residual radiation from Wraith weapon's fire.
      Lorne: Were they attacked by another Hive?
      McKay: (Sarcastically) Well, it looks that way.
      Sheppard: Any lifesigns?
      McKay: I'm not picking up anything.
      Sheppard: Maybe they're hibernating?
      McKay: Seems like an odd thing to do after being attacked. Plus, they usually land the ship.
      Sheppard: Alright, well we haven't come all this way to turn back, so, er, we're going in.

    • (The team are in the locker room, getting ready for the next mission, when Teyla enters. She tries to convince Sheppard to allow her to go on the mission)
      Teyla: ...I would like to accompany you on this mission.
      Sheppard: (With his back to Teyla) Well, we got it covered
      Teyla: John, I understand what you are trying to do but I assure you, it is not necessary.
      (Everyone in the room looks at Teyla and Sheppard)
      Teyla: My skills have not diminished, and I still have much to offer the team.
      (Sheppard motions Major Lorne to leave)
      Lorne: Alright guys, let's head out.(To Sheppard) We'll wait for you in the Jumper Bay, sir.
      (Everyone leaves except McKay, who stays to listen to the conversation. Ronon grabs him and drags him out)
      McKay: Wah, I'm not even...
      Sheppard:(To Teyla) I'm not having this conversation again.
      Teyla: We have not had it yet. In fact, we've barely spoken since I told you I was pregnant.
      Sheppard: It's been a little busy around here.
      Teyla: I understand why you did not want me to join the attack on the Replicator world, but that was a special circumstance.
      Sheppard: Look, even the simplest op can become dangerous.
      Teyla: And I accept that.
      Sheppard: You think it's that simple?
      Teyla: Is this about you trying to protect me, or are you still angry because I did not tell you sooner?!
      Sheppard: This is about your people missing, this is about the father of your child missing - you wanna go out, you wanna tear it up, you wanna kick ass, but you can't! And the sooner you realise that ,the better!
      (Sheppard walks away)

    • Rodney: (After a wraith comes out of the egg-sack) Oh. I'm going to have nightmares about that.

  • NOTES (5)