Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 8

The Queen

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 12, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Sheppard and the team are on the way to meet with Todd on the Hive Ship. The Puddle Jumper docks and a knock can be heard on the rear hatch. Sheppard walks into the rear compartment and opens the hatch to reveal several Wraith drones with weapons
      Sheppard: This looks a little familiar.

      Sheppard and the team were faced with a similar situation in the season four episode, "Be All My Sins Remember'd".

    • Todd's Wraith Alliance includes many Queens but they fall under the command of a Primary Queen. This Queen also had a yet unseen piece of technology, a pendant to be used in case of emergency to sound an alarm throughout the ship.

    • Dr. Keller has found the formula Michael used to alter his DNA so he no longer needs to feed. It was discovered in the database obtained on M2S-445 in the episode "Search and Rescue."

    • McKay: Seriously, the next time we have to name one of these guys, we should take a vote.

      McKay is referring to the fact that Sheppard has named many Wraith without conferring with anyone first. In "Poisoning the Well" he named the captured wraith Steve, in "The Siege (1)" he named the Wraith intruder Bob, in "Michael" he named the Wraith "guinea pig" Mike, in "Spoils of War (3)" he named the Wraith ally Todd, and in this episode he named the second in command Kenny.

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

    • Todd: She will only speak with another Queen.
      Teyla: And your Queen was killed last year in the skies above Atlantis.

      Teyla is referring to the events of the season 4 episode "The Seer."

  • Quotes

    • (after Teyla talks with a Wraith queen)
      Sheppard: How'd it go?
      Teyla: Apparently quite well. They are preparing the shuttle to take me over to the other Hive.
      Sheppard: Hell, we can pull the plug any time you want. You just give us the word.
      Teyla (shaking her head): No. We've come this far. I intend to go through with this.
      McKay: Well, we'll be right here. Anything goes wrong...we'll get you out.
      Sheppard: But nothing's going to.
      McKay: Well, of course not, but I'm just saying, if it does ...
      Sheppard: (firmly) Rodney.
      McKay: ...which it won't.

    • Todd: Word of your success against him spread rapidly among my kind. We are very grateful.
      Sheppard: Trust me, we didn't do it for you.

    • McKay: Apparently. I'm receiving a transmission.
      Sheppard: Docking instructions.
      McKay: What, no "Hello, greetings weary travelers"?!
      Sheppard: Guess not. So much for the red carpet.
      (the Jumper heads into the docking bay and lands.)
      Keller:: So, what happens now?
      McKay: If history's taught us anything, this is the part where we get double crossed and taken prisoner.

    • (a Wraith hive ship comes into view.)
      Keller: My God! How big is that thing?
      Sheppard: Never seen a hive in space, huh?
      Keller: I've never seen one, period. I mean, I've seen video logs but never in person.
      McKay: Ah, you never forget your first.

    • (Dr. Keller and Sheppard walk into the Infirmary.)
      Sheppard: (with a shocked look on his face) What have you done to her, Doc?
      (Teyla is in bed, restored to her human look, rolls her eyes and smiles at him.)
      Teyla: Very funny!
      Keller: How are you feeling?
      Teyla: Better. There's still some soreness, but for the most part it's gone.
      Keller: Good. Well, I have rounds but I'll come and check on you later. Make sure he doesn't give you a hard time.
      (Teyla laughs as Dr. Keller walks away. Sheppard frowns after her, then strolls to Teyla's bedside.)
      Sheppard: Sure you're feeling OK?
      Teyla: Yes, thank you.
      Sheppard: No lingering desires to feed on anything?
      Teyla: Only on solid food. The blended concoctions given to me by Doctor Keller are not very satisfying.

    • (Teyla is in sitting position on the floor. Wraith leader kneels down behind her, wraps one arm around her neck and holds the edge of the sword against her throat.)
      Wraith leader: I'm afraid your reign is over, my Queen.
      (Two stunner blasts hit him in the back, which knock him unconscious on the floor. Teyla scrambles to her feet as Todd walks in, kneels down to the Wraith leader, snaps his neck and gets up.)
      Todd: He will not be bothering you any further.
      Teyla: (sighing in relief) Thank you.

    • Teyla: (smiles at them) John, Ronon, Rodney. It is good to see you, but you should not have come for me.
      Sheppard: Why? What's going on?
      Teyla: I will explain later, but you must not attempt to escape. You are in no danger. I am now Queen of this Hive.
      McKay: Wait, what?!
      Teyla: It is a long story.

    • (Sheppard, McKay and Ronon have been put into a cell. McKay is standing at the door staring out anxiously.)
      McKay: Now what?
      Sheppard: Well, if I had to guess, I'd say we'll be taken in front of the Queen who will demand answers and threaten to feed on us…at which time, I hope to have a plan to get us out of here.
      McKay: Very reassuring.
      (A door opens a short distance away.)

    • (Sheppard, McKay and Ronon are on board of the Primary Hive and lurking around a corner as guards walk past. McKay is checking a life signs detector.)
      Sheppard: Where do we go?
      McKay: (plaintively) I don't know.
      Sheppard: What do you mean, you don't know?
      McKay: It's hard to tell. I think we're on the wrong level, plus the signal keeps moving around.
      Sheppard: That's a good sign Todd survived.
      Ronon: Still doesn't tell us anything about Teyla.
      McKay: All right. (points a direction) It's this way...I think.
      (They reach a corridor blocked by two Wraith guards. Sheppard ducks back into cover and whispers to the other two.)
      Sheppard: Whoa. We're gonna have to circle back.
      McKay: Oh great! (looks down at the detector) I've gotta figure this out all over again!
      (Ronon turns to go back the way they came, but sees two more guards approaching.)
      Ronon: Another patrol coming this way.
      McKay: So what are we gonna do?

    • Sheppard: All right. Everybody hold on. We're going in.
      McKay: What are you doing?
      Sheppard: Trying to tip the scales a little.
      (The Jumper races towards the enemy Hive and decloaks as it reaches its underside.)
      McKay: Are you nuts?! They can see us!
      (As the Jumper soars underneath the Hive, Sheppard fires four drones which impact with the ship. He fires another volley for good measure before racing away, recloaking the Jumper as he goes.)
      Ronon: Think that did it?
      Sheppard: We're about to find out.
      (Behind them, as another barrage of shots from the Primary Hive impacts the ship, it explodes. Darts soar in all directions to get away from the shock wave. On the Primary Hive, the Wraith Leader stares in disbelief.)

    • McKay: You know, just last week I was talking to Zelenka about trying to reverse-engineer a Daedalus beaming system for the Jumpers.
      Sheppard: (hopefully) And?
      McKay: Oh, well, no. No, we're nowhere near close.
      (Sheppard closes his eyes and grimaces.)
      McKay: I mean, the Asgard technology's incredibly complicated.
      Sheppard: Well, what the hell are you bringing this up for now?
      McKay: I'm just saying that this would be the perfect situation for something...
      (Sheppard groans in annoyance.)

    • (Sheppard, McKay and Ronon are talking just outside the Bridge.)
      Ronon: I still say this was a setup.
      Sheppard: I don't know. Kenny seemed pretty surprised when that ship disappeared.
      McKay: Who?
      Sheppard: Kenny...the second in command.
      McKay: Well, since when did we start calling him that?
      Ronon: Maybe he wasn't in on it.
      Sheppard: I don't know. If Todd wanted to kidnap Teyla, he would have done it the second we arrived. Doesn't add up.
      McKay: Seriously, the next time we have to name one of these guys, we should take a vote.

    • Todd: Our alliance has recently been dealt a number of setbacks.
      Ronon: (smiling smugly) You're getting your asses kicked.
      Todd: Indeed, although the Primary would never admit it out loud. But the one thing stronger than her pride is her instinct for survival.

    • (Sheppard, McKay and Ronon are waiting in a room next to the Isolation Room. Rodney is pacing anxiously.)
      McKay: When are we gonna get to see her?
      Sheppard: Give it some time. Just relax.
      McKay: I can't. I had like three cups of coffee and I'm completely wired.
      Ronon: (sarcastically) Really? I hadn't noticed.
      (The doors open and Jennifer comes out.)

    • McKay: Wait a minute. I thought you worked with a whole group of Hives.
      Todd: I do, but I may have...exaggerated my position within the alliance.
      Sheppard: He doesn't have the clout!
      Ronon: (smugly) Then he's no good to us.
      Todd: There is only one you need to convince. Among all the Queens in the alliance, one sits above the rest. We call her the Primary.
      McKay: The uber-Queen?
      Todd: Convince her, and the rest will fall into line.
      Sheppard: Then convince her.
      Todd: She will only speak with another Queen.
      Teyla: And your Queen was killed last year in the skies above Atlantis.
      Todd: Regrettably, yes. But the Primary does not know this.
      Sheppard: You bluffed your way into the alliance and convinced them you still have a Queen?!
      Todd: They would not have accepted me otherwise. Up 'til now I've been able to maintain this subterfuge, but a face-to-face meeting…that would be difficult. In fact, there is only one person who could help me.

    • Keller: We've come up with a gene therapy that alters Wraith D.N.A. in a small, but significant way. In a nutshell, we think we can make it so that you and any other Wraith we treat will never need to feed on humans again.
      (Todd and Kenny exchange a glance.)
      Kenny: This is absurd.

    • (The team walks into the room, with a wooden table with several chairs, candles, drinking cups and a couple of bowls of fruit.)
      Sheppard: Hmmm. Fruit bowl. Nice touch.
      (Sheppard and the others sit down. Rodney picks up a pear from one of the bowls.)
      Todd: Well, we picked them up on our travels. I thought it would make our discussions more comfortable. I hope they prove as delicious as the farmers who grew them.
      (Todd smiles wickedly at Rodney, who looks awkward and lowers the pear.)

  • Notes

    • The shot of the Puddle Jumper exiting the Stargate on the planet is a re-use from the season two episode, "Condemned".

    • After filming his first scene, Richard Zeman (Commander Wraith) discovered that he was allergic to the type of contact lense used for the Wraith eyes and so could not wear them for his remaining scenes. Instead, a visual effect was created for his eyes and was added in post production.

    • The first shot of "Kenny" the Wraith was actually flipped horizontally in editing as there wasn't a shot of him looking the right way. This is evidenced on screen with his tattoos being on the opposite side of his face for the rest of the episode.

    • This is the first time a Wraith queen is played by someone other than Andee Frizzell.

    • Robert Picardo does not appear in this episode.

    • As of this episode the opening credits are changed back to the way they were during the first half of season 2. Now the regular actors names are shown across the bottom one at a time during the teaser. The credits themselves are a brief ten-second wormhole effect that lists the show creators.

    • Joe Flanigan voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on September 15, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on October 7, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on November 14, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 29, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 7-8, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 11, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Richard Zeman (Wraith) previously played Lourdes Maylay in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Bad Guys."

    • Apollonia Vanova (Wraith Queen) previously played a Russian Weapons Officer on the Korolev in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Flesh and Blood."

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