This is not an
and as such the information provided isn't necessarily in
chronological order or set in context. In other
will need to know the general plot for much of this to make sense.
In some cases
I have quoted extensively from the transcripts
(especially so in the Science section).
This is usually when I feel the
character(s) say it better
than I could, and paraphrasing might lose some of the details.
I have four sections: Timing, Personal Character Information, General
Information, and Techno-Babble and Science.
- Atlantis left Earth ‘several million
(Weir says between 5 and 10 million years ago in her recorded message
- Beckett has ATA gene; McKay doesn’t;
Sheppard has ATA gene
(Weir says that the others with the gene have to concentrate and be
trained to use the technology, but Sheppard
does it naturally).
- Sheppard has flown,
“Apache, Blackhawk, Cobra,
Osprey”. He has set foot on every continent,
being the last one for him to do so. He disobeyed a direct order in
Afghanistan trying to save the lives of 3 servicemen, and got a black
mark on his record for it (and presumably why he is in Antarctica).
- Elizabeth leaves a video message for Simon;
boyfriend (or man friend if you prefer).
- We see McKay leave his tabby cat with a lady
(his neighbour we find out later).
- Beckett tells Sumner that he doesn't
answer to him (meaning he isn't military).
- Teyla Emmagan is leader (of the Athosian people)
and daughter of Tughan.
- Sheppard likes,
“Ferris wheels, college football, anything that goes more
than 200 miles per hour.”
- McKay says planet atmosphere is breathable and
adds, “well, notwithstanding the inevitable
- Sheppard surprises
McKay by knowing that there are 720 possible
permutations of the symbols they have to form an address. An
early hint of his math skills.
- Sheppard thinks about a
turkey sandwich while in the jumper.
- McKay worries whether the food he's
eating at the end of Part 2 contains lemon or
- A terrible enemy spread through the galaxy and
besieged Atlantis, the survivors returned to Earth and left the city to
- Sheppard finds a necklace that Teyla lost as a
child and hands it to her.
- The days are short on Athos.
- Wraith make you see things that aren’t
shadows. See Wraith darts for the first time.
exerts telepathic pressure on Sumner; reading his mind despite his
struggles to stop her (though he manages to hold back Earth’s
location). Sheppard wakes
the Wraith (all of them) when he kills the
- “The zero point module…it
generates it's power from vacuum
energy derived from a self contained region of subspace
- “They think the gene was used as a
sort of genetic key if
you will. So that only their kind could operate certain dangerous and
- The gate has a shield; they use the GDO and IDC
on Earth (GDO – unofficially known as Garage Door Opener, no
explanation for what the letters stand for.
IDC – a person’s identification
- The puddle jumpers are named by Sheppard (McKay
ship – which is Ford’s suggestion - but goes with
can cloak. Discover
the life sign detectors (not named
- The city starts lighting up as they enter it,
their presence. It
is underwater – a
force field is holding back the water (and which is failing). We find out that the city
is powered by
three ZPMs (two are depleted, third becomes depleted during episode). City has a failsafe that
sends it to the
surface as the final shield is about to collapse.
Naquadah generators aren’t enough to run the
- “These cells have none of the normal
proteins whatsoever. That gives them an incredible ability to
“As long as these cells are properly nourished, I
don’t see a life form like
this ever dying of natural ageing the way we do, and they’d
be bloody hard to
kill.” (Beckett about Wraith arm that was brought back from
- A couple of days after Rising
- McKay volunteers for the ATA gene therapy (he is
the first human trial) and it works on him.
- Sheppard has
invited Teyla to be a part of his team by this episode.
- Each expedition member was allowed to bring one
(official one) is a football game. (We later see two
more personal items for him; War and Peace and a Johnny Cash poster
– make of this what you will!)
- Sheppard has
seen a 20 kiloton nuclear explosion (but not up
close). He mentions he likes Ferris wheels again, as a way of
getting out of explaining to Teyla the origins of the term
- The energy creature is a black cloud that feeds
and give anyone it comes into contact with an electrical shock; the
bigger it grows the more dangerous the zap. Intelligent, but only on an
animal level. It is sent to a barren wasteland: M4X-337
- They sacrifice one of their naquadah generators;
we don't know how many they brought with them.
- “We believe ATA or Ancient technology
caused by a single gene that's always on, instructing various cells in
the body to produce a series of proteins and enzymes that interact with
the skin, the nerves system and the brain. In this case we're using a
mouse retrovirus to deliver the missing gene to your cells.”
(Beckett – goes on to mention that the retrovirus has been
- “…desalinizing the sea
water and storing them
into tanks big enough to supply the whole city,” and,
seems some ancient technology requires the use of the active gene,
other things merely require initialization. Once
activated…anyone who pushes the buttons to make it
and “Some ancient technology uses a metal component for
- “It's a personal shield acts like a
and it must have inertial dampening features too...”
(McKay) The shield imprints on the user, meaning only McKay
use it. By the end of the episode the shield’s
- The self destruct system is based on overloading
naquadah generators and requires two separate codes to activate
it. Each code in unique and it takes 30 seconds for the
- They discover the transporters in this episode
(McKay names them); they also act as elevators.
- The containment vessel for
the energy creature has its own power source, like the jumpers, and
traps the creature in subspace. It was being studied by the
Ancients who were researching into ascension, when Sheppard asks what
that is, McKay answers, “Well, at some point in their
the Ancients reached an advance stage of being where they were able to
rid themselves of their physical bodies and rise to a higher plane of
existence. One in which they live in as pure energy...this is the first
indication that there may have been evolutionary intervention to get
No information given.
- First time we meet Dr Zelenka.
- First time we meet Dr Kavanagh.
- First and only appearence of Dr Simpson.
- The Wraith base in Rising turns out to be a
hiveship and is no longer on the planet.
- The alien bug (iratus – not named in
this episode but
later), sucks life from its victim in a manner similar to the
Wraith. The victim is incapacitated by pain and then
paralysed during the feeding (but not aged). It is very
to remove, everything they try fails except the extreme measure of
killing (and then reviving) Sheppard.
It hates salt water, and they
believe that the Wraith evolved from these bugs.
- “It's about two feet in length,
including the tail.
That's right down under his armpit. It's got two sharp, spiny things in
his neck near the Major's carotid artery,” and
forelegs, I guess you’d call them that, they're wrapped
the Major's throat. I can't see any eyes. It's got a real hard shell,
but there's a soft leechy part underneath.” (Ford describing
- “…that’s the
maximum amount of time a
Stargate can remain open in non-relativistic conditions. It’s
of the more immutable laws of wormhole physics…”
(McKay). The wormhole will shut down after 38 minutes
established fact in SG1, exception is when gate is powered by massive
power source such as a black hole).
- There is a way to manually retract drive pods in
the cockpit (on the left, according to Sheppard).
- “The Stargate transmits matter in
discrete units. The
front half of the ship cannot re-materialize until the whole ship has
crossed into the event horizon. The Stargate is essentially waiting for
the contiguous components, meaning the jumper and everyone inside, to
enter completely before it can transport them,” and also,
“Unfortunately, the outgoing Stargate won’t
matter stream until the demolecularization is complete. When it shuts
down, the entire forward section, along with the men inside, will cease
to exist. “ (Grodin)
- Apparently, the rear section of the ship (with
bulkhead doors) will ‘leak atmosphere like a
doesn’t fit with events in Grace Under Pressure in Season 2,
could be put down to them not fully understanding the jumpers at this
point in time.
- This is first time Zelenka mentions that there
is much redundancy in Ancient technology.
- “If the creature reacted that
violently to a few drops
of water, who knows how it would react to Stargate travel?”
(Beckett) and in reply: “You’re telling me Major
can’t come through the gate while that thing is on
(Weir). I’ve never quite understood these lines as
wormhole isn’t watery; the event horizon just looks like water.
- Three months after Rising (Weir says) and takes
place over a week
- Zelenka is fed up with eating the same meals day
but McKay likes military rations and hospital food. The only
reason he doesn’t like airplane food is that you
- A turkey sandwich is mentioned again, this time
by Ford as a
‘bribe’ to join Sheppard on the flight around the
- Sheppard mentions the “sweet breakers
on the south table” which look good for surfing.
- First and only appearence of the anthropologist, Dr Corrigan, in this
- Both McKay and Sheppard get hit by stunners -
McKay gets hit in the face.
- They discover that the roof of the jumper bay
Sheppard and Ford take a trip over the planet and discover one large
(approx 15 million square miles) continent which is the only land mass
on the planet (becomes known as the mainland). It is a 25
flight from Atlantis (from ground to ground).
- Ford calls the planet
‘Atlantica’, however later
episodes suggest that name was never used. (Lantea is mentioned
- The Athosians elect to move to the mainland,
unwelcome in the city due to the suspicion being placed in
Teyla chooses to remain on Atlantis.
- The Wraith stunners cause the victim’s
body to suffer
a “full overload to its sensory and motor nervous
Also, “the Wraith weapon impedes a fire of
neurons…”(quotes from Beckett). The
temporary paralysis upon waking.
- The stargate on Atlantis is the only one in the
Pegasus galaxy capable of dialling Earth.
- Teyla’s locket (necklace) from Rising
transmitter; Wraith technology that was made to detect an Ancient and
start transmitting (Sheppard’s
gene activated it). It had not
been active before, and the Athosians would not have been aware its
purpose, presumably merely thinking it would make a pretty necklace.
(They use the locket to capture a Wraith at the end of the episode.)
No information given.
- McKay mentions Carter and gets distracted from
what he is saying – suggesting he still has a crush on her.
- McKay mentions he has had a flying lesson;
Sheppard says it
was a ‘five minute lesson’ and is reluctant to let
take the jumper back, but McKay persuades him. This is the
time he flies a jumper in an episode, pity we don’t get to
- McKay does NOT get on well with children.
- There are twelve villages on the planet (M7G-677)
- The people sacrifice themselves on the eve of
birthday in the mistaken belief that this keeps the Wraith away, when
in fact it is the EM field that keeps them away and the suicide pact
was brought in as a form of population control at the time the field
- McKay says that there is a remarkable similarity
worlds that support life; he is then going on to explain this when the
jumper shudders and he has other things to deal with.
- The EM field generator uses a ZPM to power it,
almost depleted (would run Atlantis’ shield for a few hours
most). Also, “the bad news it looks like the device
harnesses M7G-677's unique electromagnetic field. It probably wouldn't
work for us.” (McKay). McKay is able to boost the
field covers by 50% without much power increase, allowing for a sizable
growth in population.
- We see a Wraith probe for the first time in this
episode – it flies through the air and is circular like a
- Two weeks after capturing the Wraith in
- They are on Hoff for two days (“one
and a half, really” Sheppard states) before finding out about
- Beckett doesn’t like travelling
through the wormhole
(he is compared to Dr McCoy by Sheppard). “Converting a human
body into energy and sending it millions of light years through a
wormhole is bloody insanity.” (Beckett). He also
Sheppard that he isn’t military and Sheppard finishes that he
can’t give Beckett orders (suggesting Beckett has said this
him more than once).
- The Hoffans are not expecting the Wraith for
another 50 years or so (at start of episode).
- The Hoffans store the knowledge of each
they are wiped out in underground libraries (duplicating the
information in each library in case one is destroyed).
- Sheppard gives the Wraith they captured in
Suspicion (two weeks previously) the name Steve in this episode.
- The serum kills approximately 50% of the people
who take it;
the Hoffans take a vote and decide to immunise any way (96% vote in
- “His journals tell of one man who
encounter with the Wraith. Farrol and his team discovered that this man
possessed a unique protein, one that enabled him to be able to resist
the chemical released by the Wraith to precipitate draining of life
from their victims.” (Perna) Farrol found the protein after
work. “He was eventually able to create a prototype of a drug
designed to interfere with the Wraith feeding process.”
Farrol was culled before the drug could be used to immunise the Hoffans.
- “From what I can tell, your biggest
problem is that
the test inoculations fail to show enough of a presence in human cells
to be effective.” (Beckett) - They need a better delivery
- “...the best place to start is to recreate the
protein in the serum and work our way up from there. Now if we can
avoid having to reengineer it form a natural source and make an
entirely synthetic version it should ultimately increase the
- “Perna's formula was right on track.
It was just a
matter of changing its molecular design, so it could be better absorbed
by the body.” (Beckett).
- To Sheppard’s question of what killed
“I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it was all
his vital organs shutting down almost simultaneously.”
(Beckett). He continues to say, “Initial test
significant amount of Hoffan serum in his blood stream. I'm guessing
we'll find similar trace amounts in each of his organs once we analyze
those as well,” and, “From the Hoffan's research,
that when the Wraith feed. They release a chemical into their victim's
bodies. What it actually does we don't yet understand, but I can only
assumed that it prepares the human body in someway to be drained of
life. The serum is designed to shield the victim from that initial
chemical released, blocking it.” (This chemical is later
Wraith enzyme.) “I think the serum protein may have
when it was exposed to the Wraith chemical, triggering some sort of
toxic reaction,” and, “He was poisoned. So if the
this, it's more than just a defence against the Wraith.”
No information given.
- Sheppard says that McKay drinks eleven cups of
coffee a day;
McKay doesn’t deny it and says he is, “just making
get my fair share before it's all gone”.
- Rodney worries about the food containing lemon
and mentions anaphylactic shock.
- McKay thinks they are lost when they are
returning to the
village; Sheppard maintains he was just getting his bearings and that
they are not lost (this has sparked the idea that Sheppard’s
sense of direction is not good).
- “I've built an atomic bomb for my
grade six science
fair exhibit… (Ford asks if they let people do that in
Canada)… It wasn't a working model. Still I was questioned
six hours by the CIA who believed I was part of the secret preteen
organization. Actually, it led to my first job...”
He mentions later that he didn’t win the science fair.
- “We're still months away from
crops in the mainland, and we're heading towards a food
- Tava beans are mentioned for the first time; the
Genii grow them, amongst other things.
- “The Genii were once a great
confederation of planets.
A millennia ago the Wraith had driven us to the brink of total
annihilation. Our forefathers sought the protection of bunkers such as
these, originally created for wars long forgotten. And it was here, a
small number of our people managed to survive undetected. Over the
course of many, many years, generation after generation we have made
technologically developments here in secret.” (Cowen).
- The Genii have a data storage device from a
Wraith dart they
were able to shoot down many generations ago. Sheppard takes
to Atlantis as the end of the episode and they discover that there are
about 21 hive ships in their quadrant of the galaxy, 60 or more
throughout the entire galaxy – and some of them are on the
- This it the second time for Ford, Sheppard and
Teyla to be on a hive ship; first time for McKay.
- Sergeant Bates manages to broker a small food
deal with the
Manarians (appear again in The Storm) while Sheppard and team were
dealing with the Genii.
- McKay warns them that their shielding is
inadequate and the
radiation is dangerous, Cowen says his scientists believe there is no
danger and dismisses his concern. McKay says the team will be
okay so long as they don’t stay for days or weeks (though he
says he hopes they weren’t planning on having children; not
how serious this comment is meant to be taken).
- “…you're on the right
track. We are about sixty
years ahead of you. That is if you survive. This shielding is woefully
inadequate. Now, uranium... How much do you have?” (McKay)
- “Much more.” (Cowen) –
“ But it's
nowhere near weapons grade.” (McKay) –
“We have had
problems in our purifying efforts. The molecular structure of unwanted
materials is very similar to that of the desired materials.”
(Cowen) – “Diffusion. We need to separate the two
five from the two thirty eight. When you remove the barrier between two
substances the slight difference in their mass cause them to separate
at difference rates.” (McKay)
- “What method did your people use to
reaction in your prototype devices?” (Cowen) –
there's two different approaches, actually. Implosion and gun-type
bomb. Both are designed to create a supercritical mass
obviously… Either way you go, you need an amount of refined
thirty five roughly equivalent to the size of my fist...”
- “The spiracle encasement directs the
inward in the resulting implosion creates an extreme compression.
Sub-critical mass becomes supercritical…
- So the practical adaptation of available
equipment and resources will be the real challenge.” (McKay).
No information given.
- McKay states that he would only go back to Earth
if he could
be assured of a way back to Atlantis. Sheppard and Weir also
not intend to return without a way back (stated in a later scene).
- This is the episode that we see Sheppard reading
Peace; he’s only on page 17, but claims he is right on
though we know they have been there for over two months at least (see
timeline for previous episode).
- McKay says that he is invaluable on Atlantis as
well as Earth.
- Ford would like to visit his grandma.
- “…then there's all those
cool Earth things I
talked about: Football, Ferris wheels. Oh, do you remember the last of
the popcorn we ate? We can get more.” (Sheppard to Teyla,
going to Earth if there was a way back).
- In the dream-Earth, Elizabeth goes to see Simon
and we see
Sedge, who we find out in Season 3 is her dog, not his. Also,
when she is talking to not-McKay he slips up by mentioning Simon and
that he is important to her, and she says she doesn’t
ever mentioning that to McKay before.
- In the dream-Earth, McKay has no messages on his
machine, when he switches on the TV, Outer Limits is on, his attractive
brunette neighbour he left his cat with in Rising fancies him, when
previously she didn’t, and we get to see one of his T-shirts;
has an arrow pointing upwards with the words ‘I’m
genius’ on it.
- In the dream-Earth, we find out that two of
friends Mitch and Dex died in Afghanistan, just outside of Kabul,
“Their chopper took an RPG when it touched down for med-evac.
There was barely enough left to bring back for a military
funeral.” We also find out that he was in
Antarctica for 11
- In the dream-Earth, Ford mentions visiting his
parents. I’m not totally sure if this is real-Ford,
but I think so.
- The planet with the fog-people is designated
M5S-224. There is no water vapour in the
- It would take 840 years by puddle jumper to
reach M5S-224 from Atlantis
- When they believe they have made a connection to
are told that the Prometheus has been fitted with engines capable of
reaching other galaxies, courtesy of the Asgard.
- “When the wormhole connected, there
was a wild
fluctuation in the energy field. I mean, if I'm reading these numbers
right, it looks like the gate is actually drawing power from the
atmosphere,” and “So? I mean, to the best of my
this field goes on for miles. I mean, for all we know it envelopes the
entire planet. We're talking about a lot of energy here.”
(McKay). There is enough energy for them to open a wormhole
- The Atlantis gate is the only one in Pegasus
dialling Earth (mentioned in a previous episode) because, “it
the only one with the additional control crystal that allows the eighth
chevron to lock… As long as we have the control crystal, I
make the other gate work.” (McKay).
- Back on dream-Earth, when McKay is told that
there was an
accident of the Prometheus and they can’t go back to
says, “I have figured out how to establish a wormhole
back to the Pegasus Galaxy, but I'm going to need the ZedPM.”
Hammond says it is depleted and of no use; “Actually, that is
entirely true. You see the last time we used it the ZedPM had to
establish and maintain a wormhole back to Atlantis. This time around
all we need it to do is to have enough energy to establish the briefest
of connections. By my calculations, approximately what? Three point
five microseconds… when we set foot on M5S-224, before the
wormhole shut down, I picked up fluctuations in the energy field. Now
at the time, I just assumed that was an effect of gate's residual
energy signature. But having giving it some thought, I realized that
can't account for such sizable variances, which only leave one possible
explanation. The gate must have been energized on our arrival. Meaning
it doesn't just draw power on outgoing wormholes, but on incoming
wormholes as well. All we have to do is make a connection. Three point
five microseconds that's the minimal amount of time it requires to
confirm a lock before the gate automatically kicks in, drawing power
from the atmosphere to maintain the wormhole.”
- “Unlike you, we exist in a
susceptible to the destructive effects of the Stargate on our home
world.” (Fake Hammond) - “So the energy
picked up. They were life signs. You were in the mist.”
(McKay) - “We are the mist. Every time the gate is
activated lives are lost. Over time explorers have come and gone.
Completely unaware of our existence. Sacrifices are made to ensure our
secrecy. But when you came back, we grew concerned. To learn your
intentions, we had no choice but to enter your minds. When we
discovered what you were about to do, we were forced to take preventive
measures… You're desire to return to your home world was too
strong. The amount of energy required to gate to another galaxy would
have killed millions of our kind.” (Fake Hammond).
the time of the
conference that happens once Sheppard and Teyla return to Atlantis,
there are 12 hours before the storm hits the city, so most of the two
episodes takes place over that time.
are 4 ½
hours to the storm hitting when the last of the people gate off world,
leaving just Beckett, Teyla, Ford and the Athosian hunters on the
mainland in a jumper, and Weir, Sheppard and McKay plus two marines on
- McKay pronounces Zelenka’s name
incorrectly in this episode yet again, much to the annoyance of Radek.
- The Athosians are settling in on the mainland,
is still talk of returning to Athos, even though the Wraith scorched
Athos bare in revenge for their resistance.
- The planet is basically the same size as Earth.
- The storm will affect over 70% of the mainland.
- The mainland is the size of North America.
- Kolya starts by demanding, “All of
your stores of the
C-4 explosives, all of your medical supplies, the Wraith data device
you stole from my people, and one of your ships.”
wants to know where Sheppard is.
- McKay is tortured by Kolya for information (off
screen); it is unclear just how bad the cut(s) on his right arm may be.
- The storm covers 20% of the planet, according to
Sheppard when he flies above it to take a look.
- “This planet is basically the same
Earth…hurricanes on Earth never get as big as
this…because once they hit shore, the brakes get put on
Without as much land mass to slow it down here it's just... gaining
momentum.” (McKay) It is pointed out that there are
hurricanes. “…according to the Ancient
every twenty or thirty years the sea gets unseasonably warm. Now
that…means that hurricanes are much more likely to
basically, if you have a situation where there are a bunch of
hurricanes out there. The likelihood of two colliding is greatly
increased…” (McKay) –
like a merger than a collision. They are intersecting and combining
their power.” (Zelenka). They mention that a storm
inevitable and, “Not to mention the fact that by moving over
mass just before hitting us, the likelihood of tornados and electrical
activity is greater increased.” (McKay)
- “…yes, the naquadah
generators could be used to
power selected section of the city, but when you subtract the area that
needs to be secure just to protect themselves, it doesn't leave much
power to shield anything else. And the city breaks apart from the tidal
stress.” (McKay). There is no time to move the
closer together, as Zelenka suggests.
- We find out that Atlantis is designed to
substantial lightning strikes by use of lightning rods all over the
city and the rods are channelled into 4 grounding stations, which send
the electricity into the ocean. Many hallways “are
with a superconductive material that allows a safe low voltage transfer
of power throughout the city.” (McKay). If the
stations weren’t there the lightning would cause those halls
be supercharged and if channelled correctly “could
used to charge up the shield generator. Now, the more severe the storm,
the more energy is produced. The longer it will keep the shield
running.” (McKay). However, they would not be able to store
energy, so once the lightning stopped they would be “back to
square one.” (McKay). The only safe place to be
lightning is striking would be the control room (and the jumper bay,
which is part of Stargate operations, we are told in The Eye).
- The Eye episode starts about 2 ½
hours before the storm is due to hit.
- There is less than an hour before the storm hits
gives his ultimatum to Sheppard to replace the part he has taken from
the generator powering grounding station 3 (the one that is damaged) or
he will kill Weir and McKay. He gives him 10 minutes before
dies and another 10 before McKay dies.
- After Kolya and the Genii have left, McKay says
that a tsunami will hit the city in approximately 2 ½
- McKay says he’s no good at bluffing;
terrible bluffer. I've lost small fortunes at poker. Look, my eyes
twitches. I laugh inappropriately. It's not pretty.”
- McKay claims he is liable to “catch a
cold like that” and snaps his fingers.
- “You know how you’re always
saying you're not
military. You don't have to take orders?…Now you
(Ford). “So as long as it's temporary.”
- McKay steps in front of the Weir and
Kolya’s gun and lies to save her life.
- Atlantis is powered by five naquadah generators
it is mentioned how many are used). Each generator powers a separate
section of the city. Disabling the one for the control tower takes out
secondary systems, but most of the primary systems remain.
internal detectors are secondary, the gate, gate shield and city shield
- The Genii reinforcements comprise of a full
“60 or more.” (Sora). Only 5 men make it
gate before Sheppard activates the gate shield. Kolya asks is
Athor’s son, Idos, made it through and is upset when he is
no. It would take about an hour to organise sending more
reinforcements through to them.
- McKay mentions after the storm that the lower
levels of the
east pier were flooded and they are pumping them out, and that there
was some structural damage, “but nothing serious”.
- If even one grounding station remains
operational, too much
electricity will escape into the ocean and the shield won’t
- “Now, I need to run the subroutine
that will convince
the input buffers in the shield generator to attenuate the raw
electricity into useable power. I can only do that from the control
room. That's where Doctor Weir's codes come in.” (McKay,
grounding station 3 is finally taken offline).
- The storms occur about every 20 years.
The Defiant One
- The journey to the planet via puddle jumper is
- McKay can’t fly the jumper in a
- McKay says he is
allergic to bee stings.
- McKay shoots the Wraith with his 9 mil, every
it square in the chest, but Sheppard has to remind him to reload it
when the clip runs out.
- Brendan Gall was the one who discovered the
satellite, which has no power when they scan it. The flight
Atlantis to the satellite is 15 hours.
- The planet that the Wraith distress beacon is
has an atmosphere that is extremely ionized and which would interfere
with radio communications
- The ship is a supply vessel, filled with the
humans. They also discover a Wraith that has been fed on by
of its own kind.
- This is the first episode where McKay refers to
Captain Kirk, but in this instance he is referring to
need to get the Wraith off ‘his ship’ not his way
- The Wraith refers to the ship as being Lantean.
- Sheppard nearly blows himself up with a Wraith
hand grenade, the first time he (and we) have seen one of these.
- When Sheppard mentions that he put more than 20
the Wraith and it survived, when he’s seen others go down
less than that, McKay states, “Doctor Beckett has theorized
Wraith's ability to heal itself is directly proportional to how
recently the Wraith has fed. And he's...fed pretty
recently...” Sheppard thinks there is more to it
- Wagner and Johnson “were only down
there for twelve
hours. Even if they were infected right away, that's an alarmingly
short incubation period.” (McKay)
- Lieutenant Ford is no good a Prime/Not Prime,
and even beats
the statistics that say just by guessing he should be getting half of
- Ford asks Zelenka, “Is this some sort
of payback for
guys like me beating up guys like you in high school, right?”
– Can be taken either way; he did beat up guys like Z; he
didn’t, but thinks Z is getting pay back for those
Ford’ who did.
- This is the first time we see Sheppard and Teyla
with sticks – and Sheppard is getting his butt kicked quite
easily by Teyla (she literally hits him on his backside with her sticks
at one point).
- McKay mentions that he has a sister;
close. I don't even know how you'd find her… She's
only family I really have, so someone should tell her what happened.
And, uh, make it sound good, okay? Tell her I died saving someone.
Kids, I died saving kids, a bunch of them.” He also
Zelenka some of his ideas to recharge a ZPM (which probably
work) and how to save energy when the generators start to run
low. Also, “…tell everyone that I was, I
away from a theory of unifications, but…the notes, they were
- They are checking out the east pier after
flooding caused by
the storm two episodes earlier. McKay says that he pier is
“in relatively good shape,” other than the
“upper-level storage room, which the lovely and talented
informs me is in no immediate danger.” He goes on
“…it's dark, it's damp, and it smells terrible,
an engineering standpoint we're good.”
- They institute a Level 4 quarantine after Wagner
die, which means a “self-regulated quarantine in all
sections of the city.” (Grodin), and a suspension of gate
- McKay says that Peterson knows “almost
as much about Ancient technology as I do.”
- Sheppard goes against Weir’s orders to
remain in the
gym and puts Sergeant Bates in a difficult position as to who to obey;
he obeys Sheppard. They don Haz-Mat suits and Elizabeth
reluctantly gives them Peterson’s location,
“…section E-19, level three.”
- The gym is nearly a mile away on the east pier
from McKay and his team.
- Wagner and Johnson “were only down
there for twelve
hours. Even if they were infected right away, that's an alarmingly
short incubation period.” (McKay)
- They find Ancient viral lab with broken test
database is not networked to the rest of Atlantis’ systems
only contains information relating to the experiments in that lab.
- “…I have the preliminary
autopsy results on the
first two victims here… They both died of a ruptured
brain aneurysm, which, in and of itself, isn't all that
remarkable… I mean, sure, the chances of two people standing
next to each other and dying of it is statistically improbable,
yes…. What is truly interesting is that both ruptures
in exactly the same place - right above the visual cortex.”
– this is the first episode she appears in; she’s a
- McKay finds the virus in the database,
“…six-hour hibernation, reoccurring visions, and
…brain haemorrhage or aneurysms.”
- “…the position of the
rupture could explain the
visions. Swelling in that area before the breakage could absolutely
account for the hallucinations.” (Beckett) –
“…but wouldn't brain swelling on the visual cortex
mean that we experience washes of colour and weird visual
anomalies?” (McKay) – “It would depend on
person.” (Beckett) – “…that's
my point. All of
our visions are so similar. If they're the result of arterial swelling,
wouldn't the visions we experience be more random?…well, the
things we're seeing are pretty damn identical!” (McKay)
- McKay realises that the symptoms are too
suggests it could be due to being in another galaxy,
“…just because it's out of the ordinary for us
mean it's not commonplace here.” –
buy that. Most of the habitable planets we've encountered thus far are,
are, are carbon copies of Earth in terms of environmental
conditions…. Incubation to completion is exactly six hours.
visions are identical for all the infected and the location of the
aneurysm is the same for every single
- “…they're microscopic
machines that are able to
carry out very specific tasks suited for their size.”
about the nanites) – “You're all infected with
machines?” (Weir) – “…they're
no bigger than a
single-celled organism. Although instead of having the sole purpose of
curing a disease or mending a blood vessel…”
– “The virus is programmed to terrorize its victims
tapping into the visual cortex, and then rupturing an artery in the
brain… There's one good thing. I doubt they can multiply. I
don't know how many nanites it takes to kill a human, but eventually I
imagine they'll spread themselves too thin.” (Beckett)
- McKay isn’t killed by the virus
because he has the ATA
gene; it is designed to kill humans not Ancients. The gene
therapy is only effective in 48% of the people who receive it
it didn’t take with Zelenka – and takes a minimum
hours to work even when it does take.
- The nanites are deactivated by a large
pulse (EMP) by detonating a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere;
“…if the Major was able to overload a naquadah
twenty miles above the city, we'd be perfectly safe from a radiological
standpoint, and the ensuing blast would be capable of creating a
devastating electromagnetic shock wave.” (McKay).
- The nanites were not created by the Wraith, and
not by the Ancients, leaving them wondering who did create them and are
they still around.
- Lockdown: “Atlantis must be designed
to respond to
outbreaks automatically. The city initiated a lockdown when Peterson
transported out of the east side… The city's detection
might have been affected by the flooding in those areas. But once
Peterson entered the mess hall, the pathogen was almost instantly
detected by automated systems and the city protected itself…
we're completely locked out of the mainframe.” (Grodin)
and Teyla can move about the city despite the lockdown because they are
wearing Haz-Mat suits.
No information given.
- When Sheppard and McKay meet later and McKay
asks him why he
is up late, he says that he’s always up late. McKay
refers to him as Captain Kirk and that “Romancing the alien
priestess. It's very 1967 of you”.
- Athar, or Chaya Sar, protects the people of
Proculus from the Wraith.
- I think this is the first time the term
‘Atlantean’ is used for the Ancients (Beckett uses
talking to Chaya).
- When Chaya asks how many of them there are,
“Counting all the Athosians on the mainland we might get a
hundred, which leaves a very large empty city. Right now we're living
in one section because we don't have the power to spread out more than
- Sheppard tells Teyla that he believes the best
view of the city is the top of the southwest pier.
- Sheppard tells Chaya that the Athosian people
make the wine
on the mainland; says something about trading grapes. Also
that the food they’re eating is “the last of what
have,” and also, “When McKay finds out, he's gonna
- Chaya is an ascended Ancient, she tells Sheppard
when they are back on Proculus: “When I was a mortal, I lived
here... When those of us you call the Ancients ascended, we were
supposed to leave behind us all human ties. Some of us found that
difficult… When their (Wraith) terrible fleet approached, I
lashed out with my mind and with a single thought destroyed them all.
The others of my kind did not approve of such interference of corporeal
matters. And so I was exiled. My punishment was the unending protection
of this world.” John asks why she takes the form of a human
she answers: “So that time to time I may walk among the
For thousands of years, I have come and gone through the villages never
staying too long to get attached to anyone… I am permitted
safeguard my people, but my people only. Now this is my punishment.
This is what makes it punishment. If your people came here for my
protection, the others would stop me…I can never help your
people… It's there highest law: Never to interfere. I am
by those laws. However much I wish to help you.”
- Beckett about Chaya; “Blood work shows
bacterial, or parasitic infection. MRI reveals no tumor or cancers. No
heart defects of any kind. Blood pressure 130 over 70. Total
Cholesterol 107. She's in perfect health…she's too
healthy…There's no trace of any diseases or congenital
conditions that you typically find in pre-technological societies. No
rickets, no fungi, STDs...and from what she told me, this maybe the
norm among her people…human life…is more fragile
that. I don't care what galaxy we're in. It's unnatural.”
- Grodin is looking at a new piece of equipment
they found in
another section of the city and have moved to the control room; Chaya
activates it. Later, McKay asks Grodin if he knows what it
“It would appear to be an internal/external biometric sensor
array... [Points to laptop screen] These seem to be the biosignatures
of everyone in Atlantis… I've been working on deciphering
Ancient logarithms. I suspect this was designed primarily as an early
warning system. To signal any alien presences in the city, like the
- Old Weir went back in time approximately 10,000
years. Janus says that he is "...inputting commands to the
to revive you twice at intervals of approximately three point three
thousand years so that you can rotate the ZPMs."
- While checking out an unexplored area of
asks Sheppard about the quarters there, saying that he is looking for,
“a one bedroom with den preferably with a balcony, but I'm
married to it.”
- Sheppard mentions needing a DeLorean for time
which McKay says not to get him started on that film (Back to the
Future). Sheppard liked the film. Later, McKay says
jumper must have had an added component so that it could travel in time
and Sheppard calls it a flux capacitor (from the film). McKay
says yeah in a sarcastic manner.
- One of the five gate addresses is M7G-677; McKay
they have been to that planet (it is the kids’ planet in
Childhood’s End). The addresses are outposts with a
- The first time: There was no failsafe to rise
the city and
there was no time to evacuate. McKay drowned in the control room (as
did Grodin), while trying to open the jumper bay roof.
Sheppard and Weir go back in time on the jumper, but are shot down by
the Wraith and only Weir survives. Janus (who invented the
machine) healed her wounds and goes on to program in the
failsafe. He then leaves Weir in the stasis chamber, setting
so that she wakes twice (approx 3.3 thousand years between each waking)
to rotate the ZPMs, as they can extend their life by using them in
sequence rather than in parallel (he does this against the Atlantean
- Old Weir tells us that: “The
Atlanteans sent a
delegation protected by their most powerful warships in a faint hope of
negotiating a truce. One on one the Atlantean ships were more powerful.
The Wraiths were so many. After that great battle, it was only a matter
of time”. Also, that they were awaiting the arrival of an off
world transport and then returning to Earth through the stargate; the
transport is shot down by the Wraith.
- McKay about the stasis chamber and occupant,
“…she's in a state of metabolic stasis. Aging
considerably, yes, but not entirely suspended…life signs
indicates viability. According to the initial data I've been able to
access; she's been in that chamber for 10,000 years…She'll
continue to age at a very slow rate until she dies, which judging by
the looks of her seems more likely to occur more sooner rather than
- To Ford’s question about whether time
possible, McKay answers; “Well according to Einstein's
Theory of relativity there is nothing in the laws of physics that is to
prevent it. Extremely difficult to achieve, mind you. You need to the
technology to manipulate black holes to create wormholes not only
through points in space but time.”
- McKay to Weir: “I know what
you're thinking. If
she's been waiting in that stasis chamber all these millennia for us to
arrive, why didn't the system automatically attempt to revive her the
moment we got here? The answer: It did. I've been going over the data
from our arrival. One of the first things we noticed was as sudden
power surge in the section of the city where the stasis lab was. It was
trying to revive her. Only we didn't know that. All we saw was more
power draining from an already depleted ZedPM so we shut down all
secondary systems. Almost killed her... you...”
mentions how weird it is looking at how she will be, to which McKay
points out; “Actually, how you will be will be different from
she is right now…the moment she went back in time, she
separate reality, a second you living in a parallel world, according to
one of many interpretations of quantum theory. I mean, simply put: This
interpretation states that the universe is in fact split into infinite
numbers of copies of itself. In which, every possible outcome in every
decision ever made all would exists in this infinitely layered
- Weir says at the end of the episode that the
team were out of radio contact for 12 hours.
- The 3 Wraith hive ships are 2 weeks out from
Atlantis (more or less) at the end of the episode.
- Beckett does not want to fly a jumper into
the Wraith dart, but does anyway: “I can barely make it to
mainland and back without crashing. For the last time, I'm a Doctor not
a bloody fighter pilot!” This occurs 10 minutes
dart reaches Atlantis, according to Bates who is in the
- Sheppard took and passed a Mensa test but
join. McKay mentions that there is a chapter on Atlantis and
Sheppard could become a honorary…we don’t get the
the sentence due to Sheppard interrupting him.
- This is the first time we see the Canadian Gate
(it’s not until the last episode in Season 3 that his first
is given as Chuck, no surname as yet; the actor’s name is
Campbell, just to confuse matters, and he was a stand-in on Hide
Seek before this).
- “…according to legend, an
Atlantis, came through the Stargate and entrusted a sect of Sudarian
Priest with a ‘rare’ treasure or a Potentia as they
it. This Atlantean told them to keep it hidden from the Wraith at all
costs...the Sudarian people worshiped the Ancients and considered the
Potentia their most sacred artefact….predictably, they did
exactly the Ancient requested... after 10,000 years of Wraith culling,
Sudarian society is essentially extinct. I mean, the planet's
inhabitants are only at Renaissance level of development.”
(McKay). The Potentia is a ZPM, and because it was only
out on high holidays it is likely to be fully charged.
- “The Brotherhood of the Fifteen
consisted of a master
handler, five protectors, and nine stone carriers.”
(Allina) They hoped to be rewarded for hiding the Potentia by
Ancestors when they returned.
- This is the episode that they discover the deep
sensors/long range sensors (both terms are used, I think they are the
same thing though I’m not 100% sure) that have apparently
running in the background up until now. The sensors have
a Wraith dart heading for the city – by the time Zelenka has
worked out what the sensors are trying to tell them, the dart is only
27 minutes away (even though it has been trying to tell them for days).
- The dart scans them, transmits data and then
they turn the long range sensors to the area that the data was sent and
discover 3 Wraith hive ships heading their way, that will arrive in 2
weeks if they hold the same speed and direction.
- Flash-Bangs (Ford explaining to Teyla):
“Work kind of
like of grenades. Pull the pin; press the trigger, once you let the
spoon pop you've got 1.5 seconds before the room is filled with 2.4
million candlepower and a bang that is rated at 175
Sheppard adds: “It will stun anyone with their eyes and ears
for about ten seconds.”
- The opening scene takes place fairly close (the
exact timing is not stated) to the last scene in The Brotherhood.
- The world the Wraith are stopping to cull is
known to Teyla,
and Orin (one of the villagers) was a close friend of her
father’s and is as family to her.
- Ford sends a message to his grandma and grandpa.
- Beckett sends a message to his mum (and gets
very emotional the first time, starts sniffling and chokes up).
- Zelenka’s message talks of Atlantis
rising from the
ocean. For a translation (and in fact, translations for him
other episodes as well) check out Abydos
- Bates sends a message to his little brother
(don’t know age).
- Elizabeth sends video messages to the next of
kin of those
who have died (except Sumner) and to Simon: “Not a day goes
that I don't think of you, Simon. There is so much I want to tell you
and share with you. But I can't. I know this is unfair. So much you
don't know, and putting your life on hold for me. So don't. All I ask
of you is you take care of yourself, and know that wherever you are my
heart is looking after you.”
- Miko admires McKay (even though he
her name). Some think she has a crush on him, but it may be a
Japanese cultural thing; showing respect to your superiors. This is the only time we see her.
- Kavanagh sends a message to General
“serious errors in judgment of the leaders in this
most notably, Doctor Elizabeth Weir.”
- Sheppard records a message to Sumner’s
family, but doesn’t send a message to anyone else.
- McKay has only slept for 6 hours in the last few
message is to humanity, but he wanders off his speech on leadership to
mention other things:
- “I once caught mono kissing a girl
club. Missed an entire month of school. Still the kiss was...
something…April Bingham, cute blond…I love
especially with the...short hair…Samantha Carter, if you're
watching, the torch is still burning. Sadly, soon to be extinguished,
but you should know. You are just so... great…I would go so
as saying that you're the hottest scientist that I've ever worked with.
In fact, there's not a night that goes by that I don't find
myself…” he asks Ford to lose that bit.
- Then: “Never cared for
dogs…too needy, too
unpredictable. I mean, you leave one door open. The tiniest little
cracks and their gone. You look for them. You put up fliers. There's no
use. And since your father refuse to pay for a license the animal
shelter has no way of tracking you…knows what happen to that
little guy. [sighs] Now cats, now that's a whole different story. Cats
are self-sufficient, they're dependable, you shake the box, they coming
running. Cynics would say it was the food, but my cat. See, I truly
believe he enjoys my company. There's something very comforting about
coming home from work at the end of the day and having a familiar face
waiting for you, you know?”
- Then: “That's another site I'll
die without having
seen. See, to be fair when you've travelled as much as I've travelled,
you think that missing Niagara Falls would be no big deal, but you know
what? It gnaws at you. A lot of movies I wish I'd seen now. Won't see
now. Let me see. Never saw Grease
even though I had a thing for Olivia Newton John when I was a kid.
Always wanted to see Gandhi.
I only saw he first half of the Sixth
I always wondered how that ended. [stops and remember something] My
sister. [sits up straight] Ford, if you cut everything else just...
um... keep this part. Okay? Jeannie, it’s your brother,
Obviously. I want to say... um... I want to say something. Uh... Family
is important. I've come to realize that because the people here have
become a sort of kind of a surrogate family to me. I know what you're
thinking. I've never really been the poster child for that kind of
sentiment, but when one's contemplating one's own demise one tends to
see things more clearly. I really do wish you the best. You know, and
I'm sorry we weren't closer. Perhaps, if by chance, I make it out of
this, perhaps one day we can. And I would like that. Now if there's
time I would like to go back to the subject of: Leadership. [Tape
- The Wraith ships are stopping at regular
intervals on their
way, Zelenka says that either their hyperspace technology is limited
or, as Sheppard says, they’re stopping to feed.
- Teyla has never seen a culling take so many
before; they are able to save Orin, his family and a handful of others.
- McKay believes they can send a message to Earth
they don’t have enough power to send a person:
think if we were able to tie together all of our power generating
capabilities, we might and I emphasize might be able to establish a
wormhole long enough to send a message…(for) approximately
seconds give or take.” When Ford says that’s enough
SOS, McKay responds: “Don't be so analogue. 1.3 seconds is
than enough time for a message if it's in the form of a high
compression data burst…I helped refine the encoding for the
Air Force a few years back. Colonel Carter should be able to decipher
it on the other side.” He didn’t suggest
it before as
“there’s a very good chance it could overload our
generators in the process…(but he has)…spent the
days working out ways of minimizing the risks.”
send, “Everything. I mean mission reports from all the senior
staff. A ton of stuff on Atlantis, things we've learned on
Pegasus…if I can finesse the decompression ratios, you'll be
looking for things to add.” In fact, they end up with a
fill, hence the video messages.
- At start of episode, they have less than 1 week
before the hive ships arrive.
- The bug from 38 Minutes is mentioned and
Sheppard protests that he thought they weren’t going to
mention that anymore.
- We see Sheppard and Teyla sparring again; Teyla
is struggling because she has not slept much in 3 days.
- We meet the psychologist, Kate Heightmeyer, for
time. McKay is caught by Teyla leaving her office and he
make out that Kate and he are romantically involved rather than admit
to seeing her professionally.
- We also meet Charin for the first time, she
tells Teyla that
there is a story told that some who were taken in a culling came
back. Teyla explains to Weir: “Some believes that
ancestors have returned their loved ones to them. That they had been
blessed with the gift that made them unwanted by the Wraith. Others
even told tales of how the taken had somehow vanquished the Wraith. But
soon the taken began to be feared… They spoke of hearing
Many began to behave strangely. Some became violent even
murderous… The villagers turned on the taken. It was a
All but a few were killed. The rest were ostracized and sent away.
After that, no others that were taken from that village ever returned
again, but those few who survived. They are the ones who Charin
believes passed on the gift.”
- McKay and Zelenka are working on the control
chair and bully Beckett into it against his will.
- They retrieve data from a Wraith lab off
realises that the Wraith language is a derivative of Ancient,
suggesting Beckett’s theory that they evolved after the
arrived is true.
- Dr Kusanagi is mentioned but not seen; she has
gene. Many assume that this is Miko’s surname, but
no proof of this either way.
- Teyla finds out that the Wraith have all
awakened early and
there is not enough food for them all. They are not coming
to destroy them, but are coming to find a way to Earth.
- They find out that one Wraith was conducting
Teyla’s ancestors to try and make the food source more
compatible. He was doing in it secret because the other
were against it. He states: “It was very easy to
fact, I couldn't even make the kind of comparison necessary to isolate
the specific strand. We needed Wraith cells which we eventually got.
But then we needed a full mapping of the genetic code contained within
those cells, which wasn't even fifty percent complete… You
some Wraith DNA in your genetic make up.” The
were stopped because some humans linked into the Wraith telepathic
network (this is when they discover such a thing exists), others like
Teyla are able to sense their presence. The people on that
were wiped out by the other Wraith, but not before some had been forced
to leave by their own people. Teyla discovers she can read
minds, though this can also leave her open to being possessed.
- Beckett: “My theory is that the
allowed humans to evolve on a planet with a insect species on it. At
some points the insects, fed on humans and somehow incorporated our DNA
into theirs. The Wraith are an evolution of that
combination…Ultimately, the more we know about Wraith
the closer we get to a biological weapon that can attack the Wraith and
leave humans unharmed.”
- At the start of the episode, the hive ships are
away from the Lagrangian Point satellite, which is 15 hours away (by
jumper) from Atlantis.
- The scene on the satellite that occurs straight
scene with Bates in the infirmary is 29 hours before the Wraith arrive
at the satellite.
- Bates accuses Teyla of unconsciously giving
the Wraith because of her Wraith DNA and the telepathic link.
Being accused of helping the Wraith is the greatest insult amongst her
people, and she punches him in the face when he says (in an insulting
way) that he knows that.
- McKay mentions feeling a little claustrophobic
in the spacesuit, and worries about how much air they hold (8 hours
- Bates is seriously injured by a Wraith in this
- Grodin dies when the satellite he is on is
- Bates, Weir and Sheppard are discussing
site; MA5-393 is a no-go as it gets “ridiculously hot during
day...” (Sheppard); M4H-212 is a no-go as it is
with Genii spies,” (Bates); M1M-316,
reported lush surroundings and as far as his team could tell it seemed
uninhabited,” (Weir). Sheppard, Ford and Teyla go to
and this is the planet with the T-Rex like creature. Later, Ford and
Sheppard are looking for potential sites; M1K-439 is the planet with
the waterfalls that Ford says they should call Planet Waterfall
(suggests naming planets instead of using designations).
- Halling is not happy about the plan to destroy
“I understand that you're fearing for the well being of your
people. But it is not reason to destroy the city of the ancestors.
Atlantis is a sacred place. To even consider destroying it merely for
self preservation…This place is all that remains of greatest
race to ever to inhabit the stars.” He holds to the
that that they cannot know the plans of the Ancestors and that the
Ancestors would not let the city fall to the Wraith.
- Grodin turns the gravity on before McKay is able
something, causing him to fall several feet to the ground (Grodin
thought it would come on more slowly). McKay complains of vertebrae
damage, even though he is able to get up and start work on the
- Sheppard gets stunned in this episode; he is
remains conscious. (This is the second time he has been
by a Wraith).
- The satellite only takes out 1 hive ship, but
2 pause as if rethinking their plans. The satellite and
Grodin’s sacrifice have at least brought them some time.
- The Lagrangian Point Satellite:
- They return to the Lagrangian Point satellite
(from The Defiant One episodes), the last of what they assume are
dozens of satellites destroyed by the Wraith in the last siege (10,000
years ago). They think they know enough about the satellites
to be able to get it working. The control chair and defence
systems on Atlantis were designed to be used with a ZPM and the
naquadah generators aren’t enough to power them, but the
satellite wasn’t designed that way and so should be able to
with just one of them.
- All systems come online except the
Grodin says that the naquadah generator “is pumping out more
enough juice.” McKay says that it is a
energy beam weapon; runs off of relatively low yield charge like our
naquadah generator. That means that it's gotta be continually building
up a charge of some kind of a buffer or capacitor until it's
discharged.” Grodin finds the buffer and it is 90%
charged; McKay finds the schematics and works out that the
satellite took a hit that “disrupted the main power
conduits”. They need to reroute the power from the
to the weapon by bypassing the damaged circuits, which are on the
outside. McKay ends up going outside and rerouting via secondary
circuits as the primary ones are beyond repair.
- “When we rerouted power from the
the weapon, it looks like we inadvertently routed power away from the
docking station in the airlock. That's going to be a
(Grodin). He doesn’t have a spacesuit and the
isn’t pressurized. There isn’t time to
try to reroute
the power. Grodin tells them to leave him and come back after
hive ships are destroyed and that “this way I can power down
satellite, until they're well within range. Then they'll be no way for
the Wraith to realize we brought it back online.” After the
strike the “circuit we rerouted has overloaded. The weapon
fire again.” (Grodin). He is unable to find another
to reroute the power before the Wraith destroy the satellite. His last
words are “I’m sorry”.
- Zelenka tells Weir that their self-destruct plan
effective enough now that they know the Wraith are trying to get to
Earth. The city is an intergalactic spacecraft and it is
the Wraith could salvage the and “reverse engineer their own
intergalactic engine from the wreckage from the sea bottom,”
(Zelenka). A bigger explosion to break the city into smaller
pieces is not the complete answer, “the Ancient database.
ability to back up data. It's incredibly redundant…if the
recover even the smallest part of the Ancient database...”
(Zelenka). He develops a virus to wipe out the database and
incorporates it into the self-destruct sequence, but even using all of
their hard drives and McKay’s compression ratio, they can
save between 7 and 8 % of it (later suggests, when pressed,
9%). He works on trying to improve on McKay’s
ratios but even if he can they’ll still lose most of the data.
- Bates’ injuries; “He's got
five broken ribs.
Fractured collar bone and his concussion was quite severe.”
(Beckett). He goes on to say, “I put him under a
induced coma until the subdural haematoma can be dealt with.”
Beckett runs a scan on some DNA found on Bates and discovers that it is
Wraith. It turns out that the Wraith pilot from the dart that
scanned them in The Brotherhood must have beamed into the city before
the dart self-destructed (exactly the time Teyla started sensing the
Wraith). They realise that the technology used to scoop up victims can
be used both.
- Zelenka; “This is a biometric sensor
we've had online
for the past month or so. It detects irregularities in biometric
rhythms and reports them... Now it requires significant about of power
so we narrowed its field of focused to scan solely in the gateroom.
Figuring that was the only place that the Wraith or any other alien for
that matter would enter the city from,” and, “It
much like the life signs detector, but it's able to distinguish
different life forms” (Beckett). It works in real
making it easy to track the Wraith
- Approximately 15 hours since the end of the last
McKay has just returned from the remains of the Lagrangian Point
satellite (which we know is 15 hours away from Atlantis by jumper).
- Between Everett turning up and the end of the
ends just before the arrival of the Daedalus), about fours days have
- When McKay has finished checking out the Genii
weapons, he says he needs a day to complete them and Everett says that
they don’t have a day.
- Everett was a good friend of Colonel Sumner and
doesn’t believe that Sumner would have wanted Sheppard to
him. Sheppard tries to explain, but is interrupted by a radio
- The hive ships have started moving again, but at
a considerably slower pace, by the time McKay returns to from the
- Colonel Dillon Everett (United States Marine
several marines arrive from Earth via the gate and bring a lot of
weaponry with them, including rail guns and nuclear warheads.
ZPM was found in Egypt and as soon as the wormhole closes it will be
transferred to the Daedalus (the Prometheus’ sister ship) to
bring it here. With the ZPM to boost her engines, she should
there within four days.
- They discover that the chair only has a few
left; the rest were presumably used up in the first siege by the
- Sheppard mentions to Everett that they
don’t use the hologram room much “because of the
- Ancient versus Wraith 101: Sheppard explains
Everett in the hologram room; [He steps to the control podium. The
doors close, the lights dim, and a map of the galaxy appear.]
“This is the status of the Pegasus galaxy, before the
encountered the Wraith. The blue stars represent systems either
inhabited by or protected by the Ancients. [He turns his attention to
the controls, and the map is quickly engulfed with red.] Then, this is
how it looked after they fought for almost a hundred years.”
that stage all that was left was Atlantis. “That's
siege began. [The display changes to the solar system and a model of
the planet drops down between them.] For several more years, the
Atlanteans were able to hold of their attackers, relying on the city
shield and superior weaponry, including the weapons satellite system.
[Wraith ships begin flying toward the hologram planet.] No matter how
many Wraith ships they destroyed, more kept coming. They could win
almost every battle, but they saw no way to win the war. So, they
submerged the city, and left.”
- Between 20 and 30 darts crashed during the first
wave; many of the pilots beamed into the city.
- The Genii that Weir deals with is called
states, “The Wraith have come… Six days ago.
we detected their approach, and we were able to shut down our reactors
in time. Hundreds of lives were lost on the surface, but thousands more
were saved because our underground complex went undetected. So you see,
the threat to the Genii has come and gone. So far as the Wraith are
concerned, this planet is no longer of interest to them. We have the
design that Doctor McKay provided for us, and our prototype bombs are
- When McKay and Zelenka are working on the Genii
weapons he ask Beckett for “something to keep me
– Zelenka adds, “…me too” and
that he’s already given them something, to which McKay points
what they are working on; Beckett reluctantly agrees to get them
- Rail Guns: “They will deliver an
impact velocity of
mach-five at fifty miles; a standard magazine will hold ten thousand
- Nuclear Warheads: “Six
warheads, twelve hundred megatons apiece. They emit almost zero EM and
are otherwise invisible to radar. Once deployed, they will detonate by
proximity fuse” (Everett) – Ford calls them space
- Mark II Naquadah Generator: “We found
a way to
increase the power output by six hundred percent. It won't last nearly
as long, but should be able to power the chair for as long as we need
it to” (Marine).