Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 20

The Siege (2)

7
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 25, 2005 on Syfy
9.6
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A new military contingent from Earth is sent through the Stargate to take command of Atlantis and defend it from the impending Wraith attack.

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  • Atlantis is under attack by Wraith hive ships in a nearly hopeless battle.

    2.0
    This show was painful to watch, but probably not in the sense that most people mean it. It was one of the most disgustingly terrible episodes of any television show I have ever seen in my life.



    Let's begin with Colonel Everett. Besides starting off one of the dumbest character arcs in the history of Stargate, this episode firmly establishes that the people on Atlantis have problems finding guest stars who can play a character. Everett starts off as an asshole. That's his entire character. He's the asshole, and he adds to the show exactly what it doesn't need in this episode: another bad guy. Every single line he said, every single action he took, every single expression on his face was trite and uninteresting. And, of course, by the end of the episode, he has completely come around to the main character's way of thinking with no realistic steps on the way to it. Great character arc, thank you.



    And then there's this whole thing between Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Major John Sheppard. It's ridiculous. The dialogue between them is so completely flat I can barely listen to it. On top of it, neither of the actors have any chemistry with each other at all. They might as well be acting to an empty room for all the connection I felt with them. Maybe the creators will get the message and stop trying to pair up these two romantically.



    Speaking of Major Sheppard, his character was incredibly spastic during this episode. His function was as the stereotype of the 'incredibly stupid heroic type', which, of course, meant that he ran off immediately at the end of the episode to put his life in danger.



    Teyla Emmagen was also quite spastic in this episode. As a telepath, she's next to useless. Also, she can't act. At all. Not to mention there is no character definition there--she's just the token female on Sheppard's team. She never even acts like a leader to her people, just like another subordinate to Major Sheppard.



    There were a couple positive points about this episode. The banter between Zelenka and McKay was fun, for the most part. And the special effects were incredible. Beyond that, though, this episode was painful--very painful--to watch.moreless
  • Wow.. this was incredible..

    10
    The last episode was good, but this - this is the best episode on this season and so worth the ending. I totally understand why people now say that Atlantis is better than SG-1. It has something incredible on it. All the army thing from Earth - just what they needed. All the action and running, no second of rest - it kept my eyes fixed on screen and the energy, motion, nerve wracking moment this had. Incredible.



    And the way we get to the end - almost hopeless situation, Sheppard going in. And Carson - that voice - it can drive me mad. And Wraiths all around...



    Incredible views and visually super impressive, all those battle scenes, and Atlantis vies.



    Superb episode!moreless
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    10
    The Siege, Stargate Atlantis's 1st Season Finale was action packed, character driven, and fun to watch. The Atlantis Team was about to pack it up, pack it in, and move out and self destruct the city when an inbound wormhole connected, and it was from Earth. A Team of Marines came through and revoked the Retreat and Self Destruct Commands, new orders to Defend the city at all costs. We learned a little bit about how the Wraith beat the Ancients, essentially anyhow, in the past, and the true scope of their numbers. Wraith were all over the city as well, and they were scary looking, like a mix of clown (those creepy smiles) and vampires, mixed with the things from The Time Machine. Anyhow it was fun to see them and learn more about them. The chair was activated, for a short time, and we were left with a suspensful ending, leading into the second seasons 1st episode.moreless
  • This episode is about Atalantis being held by some people from one of the worlds that visited and they managed to get the city back from them.

    10
    The review is that it is about a lost city called atalantis and they are being held by an enemy. that wants to take over the city and they holding them so they can try to get some more help. Their help comes in the form of Sheppard,and four other people. no less while there is a huge storm going on a tsunami comes and they have to try tp get the sheild up before they loose the city. they get the sheild u but not in time for some of the city. some of the city gets flooded by the tsunami.moreless
  • The Marines arrive to save the day. Colonel Everett leads a team from Earth to defend Atlantis from the Wraith attack long enough for the Daedalus to arrive and finish them off. Dr. Weir must deal with the Genii and Sheppard may be on a suicide mission.moreless

    10
    A triumphant second part to the three part season finale/second season beginning. When we leave our trusty crew they are all in grave danger and are at risk of being captured or killed.



    Colonel Everett played by Clayton Landey really does not understand what he is up against. If Earth command really did they would have sent more reinforcements. It may take a suicide mission to save the day. At the time we didn't know if Sheppard would succeed but we now know as it is five years later he does somehow. I am really intrigued to see the first episode of next season now to see how he gets out of this one.



    Wonderful special effects and the battle sequences are marvelous. The Wraith are certainly masters of the art of war and the fact they will sacrifice themselves makes them all the more dangerous. I believe it is the feeling of ultimate superiority which drives them based on the series information. Also the use of an obvious hive type mentality. It must have been a lot of fun putting this all together.



    Great entertainment! Thanks for reading...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

Clayton Landey

Clayton Landey

Colonel Dillon Everett

Guest Star

Chris Britton

Chris Britton

Prenum

Guest Star

David Orth

David Orth

Captain Radner

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

David Nykl

David Nykl

Dr. Radek Zelenka

Recurring Role

James Lafazanos

James Lafazanos

Wraith

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Nitpick: When the second wave of Wraith Darts descend on the city, the chair had not yet been powered up, and it was established that all the drones were expended. However, during that scene you can see many drones flying up into the fray.

    • This episode marks the first time Atlantis' Ancient Control Chair is used. It was only able to be activated once the Mark II Naquadah Generators, brought by Colonel Everett's men, were hooked up. Unfortunately the city was down to only a few dozen drones.

    • This is the first appearance of the Mark II Naquadah generator, which is capable of a 600% power increase over Atlantis' Mark I reactors. It was designed to power the City's Weapons Chair.

    • When the first wave of Wraith-Darts Close up on the city one of the soldiers says "Remember: Short and Steady Bursts." First of all every soldier knows that you fire a weapon with short bursts (3 to 10 shots at a time) since this gives a more controlled and steady shot. Also when they start shooting, either the soldiers have a poor discipline or they just weren't listening, because they just keep the trigger pressed.

    • Goof: The Atlantis staff knew from a previous experience that the Wraith beamed into the city. This should have been mentioned to Col. Everett.

    • Goof: In this episode, we learn that the lifesigns detector can not determine what type of life it detects. However, in the episode "Rising (2)", we can clearly see humans as white dots and Wraith as red dots. This capability has apparently stopped functioning.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ford: How about next time you can be the bait?
      Sheppard: Yeah, maybe. Next time. OK -- this way.

    • Everett: Is that a yes?
      McKay: No, it's a possibly.
      Everett: I'll take it.

    • Sheppard: They haven't detected my approach. Weapon is armed and ready. I'm goin' in.

    • Zelenka: I don't think they need us.
      McKay: Yeah, they don't think they need us, right up until the point that they need us, and then, they need us.

    • McKay: Well. That's that. Your mines make one hell of a bang, Colonel, I'm sure the Wraith's ears are ringing.

    • McKay: Concentrate on powering up the chair. Nothing else, nothing more, nothing but. Don't start thinking about...
      Beckett: Don't tell me what not to start thinking about, or I'll start thinking about it!

    • McKay: I knew this was going to happen.
      Everett: Is that a fact?
      McKay: Yes, it's a fact! Look, you show up here with your guns and your brush cuts, but when it comes to actually saving the city, you turn to the scientists. And every time, what you ask is impossible.
      Everett: When was the last time you slept, Doctor?
      McKay: Duhhhhh, shut up, I have an idea!

    • Beckett: You want to see me, Rodney?
      McKay: Yes, yes, I need something to keep me awake.
      Beckett: I've already given you something.
      McKay: Yeah, well, we're building nuclear bombs here. Staying awake is sort of a prerequisite.
      Beckett: Snappy. All right. I'll get you another stimulant. Carry on.

    • Everett: You have three Wraith Hive ships bearing down on your position and precious little to defend yourselves with. That about sum it up?

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