|Atlantis Season 2|
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- This episode is part 1 of 2; it is followed by "The Hive".
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team is ambushed and captured by a coalition of people, led by Aiden Ford, who captures Wraith so they can have access to the enzyme. They also have a plan to steal C-4 from the Genii, so that they can destroy a Hive Ship.
Previously on Stargate: AtlantisEdit
During the fighting with the Wraith, Lt. Aiden Ford is fed on by a Wraith warrior and falls into Lantea's ocean. He survives but becomes addicted to the Wraith enzyme and escapes in a Puddle Jumper. Major John Sheppard catches up to Ford on P3M-736 but Ford refuses help and allows himself to be beamed into a Wraith Dart.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's team slog through woods on an unnamed planet, pursuing a tip from Teyla Emmagan's contacts. Dr. Rodney McKay whines as usual. The team is suddenly stunned by Wraith weapons wielded by humans, and awake sitting at a table on another planet. There they are greeted by the former Lt. Aiden Ford.
He invites them to eat, and tells them what happened to him after he was culled by a Wraith Dart (see "Runner"): he reveals how he was rematerialized on a Wraith cruiser, escaped, met some men in a tavern, told them of the Wraith enzyme and organized them into an enzyme-powered strike team. They even captured some Wraith warriors whom they keep stunned inside their base to get more enzymes.
Afterwards, Ford tells them that he wants to show Sheppard's team how good they have become as a result of the enzyme. Later, he reveals that he put some enzyme into the team's meal, which makes McKay especially angry. Sheppard then talks to Ford privately, who tells him that his food was clean so that he can convince Dr. Elizabeth Weir that his team became better because of the enzyme. He allows them to go around freely but when they check the Stargate they find that Ford removed the control crystals from the Dial Home Device so they can't escape. Sheppard then decides to play along with Ford's plan.
Back at Atlantis Weir tells Major Evan Lorne that Sheppard's team hasn't made contact, so they decide to search for them. Ford orders Teyla and Sheppard to accompanying his people on an off-world mission. On the planet they find a base of the Genii from whom they plan to steal the weapons which the Genii stole from Atlantis. Meanwhile Ford's lab man, Jace, reveals to McKay that the Wraith are intensely territorial and working on a system to prevent inter-ship communication. Elsewhere, Ford trains with his men then talks with Ronon Dex about the enzyme.
On the off-world mission, one man of the team is killed but the team still manages to retrieve the stolen Atlantis C-4. After the mission, Kanayo reveals to Sheppard and Teyla that they want to destroy a Wraith Hive Ship. Back in the base Ford shows them a Wraith data storage device from which they retrieved the course of a Hive ship which they want to destroy. McKay thinks this is crazy even when Ford shows them a damaged Wraith Dart which McKay has to repair and Sheppard to fly. Sheppard convinces McKay to do it, so they can escape back to Atlantis. Afterwards Sheppard coerces Ford into accepting some conditions.
Lorne's team meanwhile finds out that Sheppard's team isn't on the planet anymore. Dr. Radek Zelenka then checks the Dial Home Device whence they get 50 gate addresses which makes it nearly impossible to find the team. Lorne then talks with Weir and tells her what they found out.
Back at Ford's base McKay repairs the dart while Teyla and Ronon train with Ford's team and get more of the enzyme. Sheppard talks with Ford, who tells him that he wants to return home, but not before completing the mission. Afterwards he talks with Ronon and Teyla who become more aggressive because of the enzyme. McKay comes, tells them the dart is ready, and then shows Sheppard how its new Earth-people controls work. But then Ford reveals that his homesickness was merely a trick and he knows about Sheppard's plan to escape back to Atlantis and thus leaves McKay on the planet as a hostage. He also tells him that the Dart's DHD can only be set to the intended planet where the Hive ship will be. Sheppard has no other option but to follow Ford's orders. He then activates the dart and collects Ford's team with the culling beam.
He then flies with the dart to the planet and from there to the Hive ship. But when they approach it the Autopilot activates and the ship becomes automated. Inside the ship he rematerializes the team but a few of them fall from a cliff because Sheppard rematerialized them while flying blind. Sheppard then lands and attacks some Wraith, triggering an alarm and a big fight against hordes of defending Wraith occurs. They are overwhelmed and stunned.
They wake up in a cell where Ford accuses Sheppard of sabotaging his mission. Some Wraith then enter and want to know who flew the dart. When Sheppard reveals that it was him, he is taken away. He is brought into a large room where he is confronted by the Queen of the ship.
Autopilot; Battle of Edowin; Carson Beckett; C-4; Control crystal; Daedalus; Dial Home Device; Digital recorder; FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon; Ford's Coalition; Ford's planet; Genii; Genii homeworld; Genii pistol; Genii shotgun; Heads up display; Hive ship; Jenev; Lara; Marijuana; MIA; Particle magnum; Pilation solar cell; Planet (The Lost Boys); Sparring; Special Operations; Star Wars; Telepathy; Telnorran generator; Unnamed planet (The Lost Boys); World (The Lost Boys); Wraith; Wraith beaming device; Wraith civil war; Wraith cruiser; Wraith Dart; Wraith data storage device; Wraith enzyme; Wraith handblaster; Wraith language; Wraith spear gun; Wraith warrior; Zero Point Module
McKay: Well, couldn't we have met these people on a tropical beach planet, populated by tall, blonde women? Hmm?
McKay: (upon realizing he'd unwittingly ingested the enzyme) I'm itchy. I'm itchy all over. This is exactly what happened when I toked pot once in college!
Weir: Colonel Sheppard's team is three hours overdue.
Lorne: It wouldn't be the first time. Any radio contact?
Weir: None since they left.
Lorne: Well, you know those guys.
Weir: What do I know about those guys?
Lorne: Just that they tend to get caught up in whatever it is they're doing, and sometimes they don't check in. They forget how much you worry.... that we worry. Collectively, I mean.
Weir: Yes, we do.
Lorne: Yeah... we do. Okay guys, it looks like we're heading back out!
Weir: Thank you, Major.
Lorne: You're welcome.
McKay: .... I ate my face off and I can tell you I feel it working.
Sheppard: There's a good possibility that everything you're feeling right now is psychosomatic.
McKay: Oh, is that right Professor Science? Is that your expert opinion?
Sheppard: Yes, it is.
Ford: We have a spaceship.
McKay: Oh, yeah? Really. What's that made out of, huh? Bark?
Sheppard: R2 I need you to turn the auto-pilot off. Now. (pause. nothing happens.) Worth a try.
Teyla: (to Sheppard as he awakes) You all right?
Sheppard: We're in a holding cell....
Sheppard: ...on a hive ship?
Teyla: (nods) uh-huh.
Sheppard: Then, no, I'm not doing so good. (sits up)
- Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan) voiced the "previously on Stargate: Atlantis" line.
- One of the exotic black & white computer displays in Lt. Aiden Ford's headquarters is actually a Philco Predicta TV set.
- While Lt. Colonel John Sheppard is flying the Wraith Dart in Autopilot he says, "R2, I need you to turn the auto pilot off. Now!" This is a clear reference to Star Wars The Phantom Menace, in which Anakin Skywalker makes a similar request R2-D2. In Anakin's case it actually worked.
- It is revealed that the Dial Home Device stores gate addresses on its crystals but there is no way to tell which order they were dialed in. However in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Quest, Part 2", the Ori Adria was able to distinguish the last address dialed by SG-1 and follow them. Of course, Adria has the knowledge of the Ori and thus a much better understanding of how Ancient technology works. In addition, it may be possible for the Ori to communicate with her similarly to how Ancients occasionally communicate with SG-1, especially given Ori lack the law against interference with the lower planes.
- All of the scenes that take place on the Hive ship were filmed during production of the next episode, "The Hive" and directed by Martin Wood. All the scenes on Ford's planet in "The Hive" were directed by Brad Turner.
- The premise for this episode is like that of the movie Independence Day. In both, an alien ship piloted by humans flies into a mother ship to plant explosives. There are various other similarities between the two such as the human pilot being exposed to the aliens and the mission going wrong. Also, the interior of the hive ship's docking area is very reminiscent of the interior of the alien mothership in the film.
- Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) does not appear in this episode.
- Paul Anthony (Jace) previously played Ba'al's lo'taur in the Stargate SG-1 episodes "Summit" and "Last Stand".
- Woody Jeffreys (Guard) previously played SF Guard in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Enigma" and "In the Line of Duty".
- Andee Frizzell (Hive Queen) previously played the Wraith Keeper in the Stargate: Atlantis episode "Rising".
- James Lafazanos (Wraith Commander) previously played Jimmy in the Stargate: Atlantis episode "Rising", Steve in the episodes "Suspicion" and "Poisoning the Well", Mister Hooper in the episode "The Defiant One", Gordon in the episodes "The Gift", "The Siege, Part 2" and "The Siege, Part 3", Bob in the episode "The Siege, Part 1", Wraith Commander in the episode "Runner", Wraith Commander in the episode "Condemned" and Wraith Commander in the episode "Aurora".
- In order to go to off-world missions, the DHD control crystals must have been returned to the device by Ford's men, but this is not shown. Even if they did return them, then this way Sheppard's team could have many opportunities to escape home from that point - or to raid the strike team at some point.
- Although only Teyla and Sheppard were present with the strike team plus the fact that Fords' men were both armed, on enzyme and outnumbered them.
- In the scene where Lt. Colonel John Sheppard throws a grenade toward a Wraith warrior, the Wraith reacts to the explosion slightly before the explosion occurs. In the same scene, there are little bits of digital corruption around the edges of the explosion effects.
- The captured Wraiths in the cavern (around minute 8) can easily pull out their wrists from the shackles. With room to spare.
- Teyla is surprised to discover that there are live Wraith in the cavern despite her ability to sense them.
- While the Dart's DHD was programed only to dial the planet with the hive ship and Ford's planet, Sheppard could've landed the Dart on the planet with the hive ship and used that DHD to dial Atlantis. As he had to be able to bring the team back after the mission, he would've known the address to Ford's planet to lead a rescue team from Atlantis for McKay.
- Ford states that the Wraith can only communicate telepathically within the same solar system. However, Teyla was able to reach out to them in "The Gift" when they were still quite a distance away from Atlantis.
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