Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 1

The Siege (3)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 15, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Earth's new battlecruiser Daedalus arrives under the command of Colonel Caldwell and saves Major Sheppard from his suicide run on the Wraith Hive ships. McKay and his team must get the new ZPM installed and raise the city shields to protect Atlantis before the rest of the Wraith fleet arrive to take the city.moreless

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  • Dues Ex Daeadalus

    There's an awful lot going on here. Probabaly too much. But this is still one fast-paced conclusion to the The Siege arc, and although some elements are swept under the carpet a little too neat for my liking, I dug it. With Atlantis under constant attack there was bound to be some form of reset button in place. Or cloaking device, whatever you want to call it. And that came in the form of a new battleship, some new charcaters and a flimsy idea that should have taken a week, but with some lght-hearted banter, is pulled off within hours. Thank you McKay. There's also an out of nowhere arc, which is probably the best decision the show has made in a while, to infect Ford with a personality. Sorry, I mean Wraith DNA. This is a pretty cool idea, I love everything about Wraith mythology, so I'm excited to see where this takes us. Not a bad start to season two at all, and a pretty satisfying and ambitious conclusion to the arc from last season.moreless
  • See Summary

    The Siege part 3 was a good season opening episode. There was a lot going on. After the last hive ship was destroyed, 12 more were hours away, and the team destroyed a few of them offensively, then they faked the Wraith out, Telya relayed that the Atlantis Team was about to destroy the city themselves, so the Wraith halted their attack, and a nuclear weapon went off over the shield, Atlantis Cloaked, the remaining Wraith Hive ships went into hyperspace after scanning and not detecting Atlantis. This episode set up the seasons story lines a little, and we saw more character development, action, and more. It was cool to see the Asgard in this episode, and the way the Colonel asked him to use the beaming technology to deploy weapons, and the relationship seen between the Asgard and the AF woman working with him. Also LT. Ford is now some Wraith Hybrid, but in a he needs to feed on them sort of way, haha, so that should be interesting to see what happens. I'm glad Atlantis is still around for another day, another season!!!!!moreless
  • A great start to season 2.

    This episode takes place moments after the season 1 final. The Wraith are trying to invade Atlantis, and are suceeding until the earth ship arrives with a ZPM to power up the shield and protect the city. But all is not well, when a second wave of hive ships head for Atlantis, so the team cuts them off and take most of them out. But with only one ship they do not suceed and are forced to fake that they self ditructed Atlantis. This plan works and the Warith leave. But Aiden is messed up from the Wraith which attacked him, causing him to flee from the city. So overall i thought this was a great episode and a great start to the second season.moreless
  • An Excellent start to a brand new season!

    The City of Atlantis is under siege by the Wraith Hiveships. Wraith soldiers are being beamed in from darts all over the city. The city's self destruct is armed. Lt. Ford and Teyla are missing. The only way to destroy the terrible fleet is too pilot a puddle jumper carrying a Genii nuke into the heart of the Hive ship. John Sheppard is flying the jumper. But wait! The Deadalus is here! Finally! We might just win!

    Siege Three is one of the most pivotal episodes ever as most season starters are. This episode boasts some of the best visual effects of the entire ship. Seeing the Deadulus fighting the hive ships and the scene where it flys underneath the Hive ship while escaping the battle are simply amazing and visually stunning. Not to mention the audience finally realizes just how big the Wraith Hive ships are in comparison to the Deadalus. I mean those Hive Ships are really big!

    But enough about the effects, lets get to the acting! Finally after a whole season and many adventures of possible romantic tension between Elizabeth Weir and John Sheppard. There is finally some contact between them! (side-note here, I heard that they were going to do a sex scene between those two in Seige Part Two!) Anyway, Ford may become a recurring character but now with the Wraith Enzyme flowing through his veins and his madness due to his addiction to the drug, Lt. Ford is poised to become a much more interesting character.

    I look foward to the rest of the season!moreless
  • Last line of defense...

    Wow.. I hardly thought it can keep the level the last season ending was, but this was up for the same level, if not more as we got our quite positive ending and all the action.

    Visually, impressive, again. I cannot get my eyes off from those sceneries. The shield and bombing it - gorgeous visually looked. And the bomb blast - their artists are doing great job.

    The storyline - all the excitement, motion and action. There was again, no change to get eyes off and the way those events finally came together - Ford's Sheppard's cat-mouse game, mounting thing, the ship getting away and sending bomb. Gorgeous.

    Plus cannot forgot the change that they tried to fight with them.

    Amazing episode.moreless
Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Clayton Landey

Clayton Landey

Colonel Dillon Everett

Guest Star

Ron Blecker

Ron Blecker


Guest Star

Andrew Hedge

Andrew Hedge


Guest Star

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell


Recurring Role

James Lafazanos

James Lafazanos

Male Wraith

Recurring Role

Trevor Devall

Trevor Devall

Hermiod (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The Z.P.M. was acquired in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius (2)."

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Colonel Steven Caldwell (Mitch Pileggi) on the series.

    • This episode is the first time an Asgard is shown on Stargate Atlantis.

    • When Major Sheppard salutes Colonel Everett, his hand is in the correct position but his thumb is sticking out. American military salutes with the fingers all together in a knife-hand position.

    • During the Daedalus's first battle with the Wraith, the studio's source light is visibly flashing in the far background.

    • The bomb in the back of Sheppard's puddle jumper is on a different angle to when it appeared in "The Siege, Part II". This is due to the four-month hiatus between filming the episodes.

    • The Daedalus is the first BC-304 and the second Earth ship after the BC-303 Prometheus. It has several advantages over it predecessor in that the more advanced alien technologies were integrated into the original design rather than tacked on after the fact.

    • In this episode 4 Hive ships were destroyed by nukes. One via delivery form a cloaked Puddle Jumper and 3 from Asgard beaming technology. This brings the total to five since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.

    • When they launch the warhead to trick the Wraith into believing that Atlantis is destroyed, they shut down all the computers to prevent the EMP discharge from damaging them. To actually prevent damage they would need to be completely turned off, but Rodney opens his and immediately reacts, as though data is already on the screen. No computers boot that fast.

    • When Dr. Beckett runs up to tell Sheppard, Weir and Teyla that Ford has escaped, there is a yellow mark visible on the ground at Weir's feet. This is a mark to tell the actors where to stop in a scene.

    • At the first engagement, Colonel Caldwell orders the launch of all fighters. However, no fighters (presumably F-302s) are seen at any point during this episode.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Everett has been fed on by a Wraith)
      Everett: They're shipping me out with the next batch of wounded. I wanted to finish our conversation.
      Sheppard: Yes sir.
      Everett: I owe you an apology.
      Sheppard: No sir, you don't.
      Everett: I think I have a pretty good idea. I would have done the same thing as you did, when you found Colonel Sumner. It's what I wanted to tell you.
      Sheppard: Well, none of that matters right now sir.
      Everett: What I'm trying to say, is I wish you had been there for me.
      Sheppard: You're gonna be fine sir. Once you get back to Earth...
      Everett: I said what I had to say. Get back to work.
      (Sheppard salutes)
      Sheppard: Yes sir.

    • McKay: Yeah, I think I'm ready.
      Weir: You think?!
      McKay: I am definitely ready.

    • Weir: Twenty seconds!
      McKay: OK, snap! That's it! You all happy now?!
      Weir: Rodney!

    • Zelenka: Oh my God. Their approach is ballistic.
      Weir: What exactly does that mean?
      Zelenka: Their impact velocities will be in excess of ten thousand kilometres an hour. No part of the city can withstand that.

    • Voice: I assure you, Doctor McKay, that Major Sheppard is alive and well.
      Weir: Who is this?
      Voice: Colonel Steven Caldwell, commander of the Daedalus. We are ready to assist you.

    • Ford: I could have shot you a couple of times by now.
      Sheppard: Well, I'm glad you didn't.

    • Sheppard: Well, I'm home.
      Weir: Yes you are. I truly thought you....
      Sheppard: Yeah yeah, I thought the same thing about you a minute ago. We've got to stop that.
      Weir: I'd like that.

    • Novak: I've eh...I've set the timer to five seconds. Is that enough time for you?
      Hermiod: Five seconds should be more then ample.
      Novak: Okay look, I know you don't aprove using technology this way, but you have to understand..
      Hermiod: I am ready
      Novak: Colonel, Hermiod is ready and standing by for warhead transport. But I can tell you, he's not happy about this.

    • Sheppard: Atlantis, this is Sheppard.
      Weir: John?
      Sheppard: What other Sheppards do you know?

    • Sheppard: At least the shield is up and running.
      McKay: That only buys us time.
      Sheppard: I like time.

    • McKay (whispering): I don't think they've detected us.
      Weir (whispering too): Why are you whispering?
      McKay (still whispering): I dunno – it just seems like the right thing to do.

    • Weir: How much time do you need?
      McKay: Oh, well ...
      Zelenka: ... a week ...
      McKay: ... a couple of hours.
      Weir: I'll take the second estimate. Go.
      McKay: (to Zelenka) What are you, Union?
      Zelenka: a couple of hours.

    • Sheppard: Well, how about outside the city?
      Zelenka: I don't understand.
      Sheppard: Well, expand the sensors. Maybe he's in the water.
      Zelenka: Even if that was the case, there's no chance that ...
      Sheppard: I'm not asking you to swim out there, I'm asking you to press a few damned buttons.

    • (As McKay lies down on the floor)
      McKay: Oh, I am gonna curl up in bed with the largest sandwich I can find.
      Teyla: Shall I just explain to the rest of the Wraith left on the base that you are unavailable to fight?

    • Teyla: Lead the way.
      Rodney: Yeah, sure. Uh, after you.

    • McKay: (pointing his firearm at two Wraith) You want some of this?
      (The clip falls out onto the ground)

    • Weir: Okay, what are our options?
      McKay: Well, let me see – we have slow death, quick death, painful death, cold lonely death . . .

    • Caldwell: Can we submerge the city again?
      McKay: It's a city, not a yo-yo!

    • McKay: Whoa, whoa, whoa! What is this?? This my security escort?!
      Weir: We are spread a little bit thin right now.
      McKay: Okay, but you need to know that if we come under fire, you're gonna have to put your lives on the line to protect me.
      Weir: Rodney!
      McKay: I mean the ZPM. You protect the ZPM at all costs...and me. Am I wrong?

  • NOTES (10)

    • Ford's transformed eye was originally intended to be white but was changed to black to avoid appearing similar to the Ori Priors from Stargate SG-1.

    • The cup that Ford throws at someone during the infirmary scene is actually a CG model due to safety reasons.

    • In the DVD Commentary for this episode, Director Martin Wood mentioned that he pinched Rainbow Sun Franck's toe as a cue to open his eye at the right time during the scene in the infirmary.

    • The marine who transports in holding the ZPM is actually Rob Fournier, the show's armorer.

    • Rachel Luttrell voiced the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • During the syndicated airing of this episode, the opening credits from Season 1 are shown because Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford) is still a cast member until "Runner," and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) doesn't join the cast until episode 3, "Runner." Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) is not credited because of this.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on July 18, 2005 on The Movie Network and September 12, 2005 on Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on October 19, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on November 16, 2006 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: September 23-24, 2006.

    • Ellie Harvie reprises the role of Dr. Lindsay Novak from the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prometheus Unbound."

    • The opening credits are changed - now the regular actors names are shown across the bottom one at a time during the pre-credits sequence. The credits themselves are a brief ten-second blurb of footage that list the show creators. This would continue for the rest of the first half of season 2. The abridged credits only aired in the US. In Canada and the rest of the world the full credits were aired from the beginning of the season.

    • Kirby Morrow (Captain Kleinman) previously played a Byrsa militia man in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Cor-Ai" and Tara'c in "The Warrior".


    • Hermiod:

      Possibly named for Hermód, the messenger of the Gods. From the Old Norse word, Hermóðr, which translates to "Courage-Battle." He is sometimes said to be the son of Odin, however the text of the Codex Regius refers to him as "Odin's boy" alluding that he is Odin's servant. In the Stargate universe the Asgard are the Norse 'gods' from Earth's legends, however their deceit of their followers is because they do not believe humans to be advanced enough to understand the truth. People of Earth are the exception.