Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 19

The Siege (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2005 on Syfy
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With a group of Wraith Hive ships on the way to Atlantis, the team searches for a place to flee and a way to destroy the city. McKay leads a team to try and activate the Ancients' orbital weapons platform.

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    The Siege was a good episode but it was not as big and grand as you would expect from the end of the first season. Some of the Expedition Teams memebers believed Teyla was revealing vital information to the Wraith, even unknowingly, and she was upset about it, which makes sense. It was interesting to watch it all play out. We learn there was a Wraith, the one from a previous episode where he challenged Sheppard. He has been in Atlantis for a while now, and when captured, Sheppard shoots him and questions him, and The Wraith are very adamant about getting to Earth and to a new galaxy. I wonder what would happen if a Goa'uld took control of a Wraith Queen. There was a casualty, but one of the Wraith ships was destroyed, and the others are pausing to consider next course of action. Can't wait to see what happens!moreless
  • As the Wraith continue to approach the people of Atlantis prepare to evacuate, auto-destruct the city, and see if they can get the satellite defensive system up and running. Also they discover Bob the Wraith has beamed aboard from the destroyed Dart.moreless

    It has begun, the season ending three part thriller to the first year of Stargate Atlantis. Dr. Weir has an interesting problem. Can she really in good conscious destroy a city over ten thousand years old and its vast knowledge base? Many times in our own history civilization and advancements have been lost because of war and destruction. I sight the loss of the Buddhist shrines in Afghanistan destroyed by the Taliban because of there perceived negative influence on the general population. Humans as a race seem to be adept at destroying what is most precious to us in the end for what may be short term gains. The satellite story line was interesting with Dr. Peter Grodin played by Craig Veroni making his last appearance in the series. The special effects of destroying that hive ship were tremendous. Also it would cause the Wraith to pause to wonder what else is out there for them to deal with. That one shot dropped there force by a third.

    Bob the Wraith was a bit of a surprise but the story was a little superfluous as we really didn't learn anything other than Sheppard can be a little barbaric at times. Overall a strong first part to basically the three part movie completing the first season and starting the second. It will be fun to see how or if everyone gets out of this. I am fascinated by the structure of these shows and how the SciFi Channel really put this series into production. During this first season we have seen basically three or four made for TV movies within the first season of Stargate Atlantis. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Things are not as thought..

    First the tension, between Teyla and the security chief and soon the security chief is found on bad condition what leads from worst thought scenario (Teyla did this) to even worser - there is wraith on Atlantis and have been for last two weeks. What he have done that time? Oh..

    McKay with some scientist are trying to fix the Ancient platform. With that they manage to take down one ship but then the relay is overload and Wraiths destroy it while one scientist on board. One member lost, again.

    Teyla managed to capture the wraith on Atlantis. Bob, as he is named (I liked Steve better - he looked better and acted better), has no intention to talk what he has done and it all ends with very Sheppard like scene - killing Bob.

    Panic.. Cannot wait to see next episode.moreless
  • As the Wraith approach, the team prepares.

    Knowing that the Wraith are coming soon, the team at Atlantis start discussing their options. While Sheppard tries to find a place for everyone to escape to when the Wraith arrive, McKay and two others are working on a weapon that can possibly destroy the Wraith ships. This episode is mainly just leading up to the big fight in the next episode. So, a lot of talk is going on, but it is crucial to the story line of the next parts. You know that a big battle is about to occur, but only the next episodes let you really see how big it is going to get!moreless
  • The battle has begun.

    This was the episode I was waiting for and finally it has come! What a belter of a episode. the war is on! It's been buidling up to this and it did not dissapoint. Extremely well written and super visual effects. There were casualities, there was infighting, it had it all. Atlantis has official stepped up a gear and gone into turbo! Oh and yes die BOB die! I like the fact that Major Sheppard didn't take any crap from BOB the Wraith.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Rob Avery

Rob Avery

Lt. Miller

Guest Star

Craig Fraser

Craig Fraser

Atlantis Security Officer

Guest Star

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni

Dr. Peter Grodin

Recurring Role

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • This episode marks the first Hive ship to be destroyed since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

    • Nitpick: When McKay and his team are getting near the Ancient Defense Platform he asks to be sealed off in the rear section of the ship with the helmet to his space suit still off. Those suits are ridiculously hard to get into, even just to get the helmet on would require another person. He would not have been able to get ready for his spacewalk alone.

    • Sgt. Stackhouse is mentioned, but not seen in this episode. He is off leading a team to find a suitable Alpha Site before the Wraith ships arrive. This is the last mention of him in the series.

    • We learn Dr. Zelenka's first name is Radek.

    • Gate planets named as rejected for the Alpha Site:
      M85-393 (Ridiculously hot in the daytime).
      M4H-212 (Genii spies).

      Other gate planet named:
      M1K-439 (Lots of waterfalls).
      M1M-316 (Lush surroundings).

    • Despite McKay's impressive data compression algorithm (first seen in "Letters from Pegasus") and using all available hard drives, Dr. Zelenka estimated only 7 to 8% of the Ancients' database can be saved.

    • Goof: The low-gravity scenes in this episode were well done, with one exception. When McKay drifts into the satellite, he is towing a Naquadah generator behind him. When he comes to a stop, the Naquadah generator should continue to drift in the same direction until something stops it.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Regarding the Ancient database)
      Dr. Weir: No matter what we choose here, invaluable information is going to be lost, and that is just the information we've deciphered! Now, we all know, we have barely even begun to scratch the surface. What if we destroy the cure for all disease? Or even some piece of information that could lead to the downfall of the Wraith?
      Zelenka: I don't know what I can tell you. I will try to improve on McKay's compression ratios, but... We are at war, Elizabeth. In war, there are casualties.

    • Grodin: When we re-routed power from the buffer to the weapon, it looks like we inadvertently routed power away from the docking station and the airlock... That's going to be a problem.

    • Wraith: I will tell you this: no matter where you flee, we will find you -- just as surely as we will find Earth. And when we do, we will feast.

    • McKay: If it seems like we can't fix it, we'll just turn round and come back. Now I realise I am invaluable everywhere ...
      Zelenka: You know what? Forget about it. I take it back.
      McKay: Sorry...
      Zelenka: No!
      McKay: You can't take it back because you've just admitted that I am smarter than you are!
      Zelenka: I admitted no such thing!
      McKay: It was hard for you to say but the truth shone through and you were compelled to speak!
      Zelenka: You are a miserable little man!
      McKay: Hey-hey-hey-hey-hey, let's not ruin the moment here, eh?

    • Zelenka: This simulation I've put together: it shows how the city will be destroyed once we trigger the self-destruct.
      Weir: So glad you felt I needed to see this. I was just thinking how my nightmares need to be more vivid.

    • Zelenka: ...But I'm more concerned about the Ancient database. Its ability to back up data is incredibly redundant.
      Weir: 'Incredibly redundant'.
      Zelenka: Yeah, that one never gets old. But seriously...

    • Grodin: If we can do that, it will arm.
      McKay: You know, your masterful grip on the blatantly obvious continues to impress me, Peter.
      Grodin: Thank you.

    • McKay: This is bad! Very bad! I'm not sure I can fix this.
      Grodin: You can fix anything.
      McKay: Who told you that?
      Grodin: You did, on several occasions.
      McKay: Well, you're right. It's probably a good thing I drew the short straw.
      Grodin: That's more like it!

    • Grodin: Rodney? Rodney, did you make it?
      McKay: Haven't quite left the rear of the Jumper yet.
      Grodin: Do I need to remind you of the time?
      McKay: Yes, please do – remind me. Are we on a tight schedule?
      Grodin: Just 'pointing out the obvious'.
      McKay: Okay, thank you.

    • Miller: You're the best qualified to fix it anyway, sir.
      McKay: Mmm. Flatter of the dead man. Good.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Sheppard: You know that for a fact, Sergeant, or is your spidey sense just tingling?

      He was referring to Spider-Man and his legendary spider-sense, which detects danger.