Atlantis cloaks before the arrival of the hive ship, which is still en route, unaccompanied by any other Wraith ships. Daedalus and the newly-christened Ancient ship Orion lay in wait just beyond the Wraith’s sensor range. Despite the measures taken to hide Atlantis, the Wraith ship hails the city anyway, asking for Dr. Weir by name and proposing an alliance. It seems that the revival of Atlantis awakened too many Wraith, too early – and even in Atlantis there aren’t enough humans to sustain the entire species. The proposal is simple: in return for continuing to conceal Atlantis’ continued existence, Michael’s Wraith faction wants the retrovirus created by Dr. Beckett to revert Wraiths into humans – humans which the Wraith who possess the virus will then feed upon, leaving Dr. Weir and her crew alone. Weir and Beckett wrestle with the ethical implications of creating a new races of humans in the Pegasus Galaxy, only to sacrifice them to the Wraith, but as the uneasy alliance progresses, it seems that the Wraith do indeed have a larger source of food in mind…but not in Atlantis’ galaxy.
written by Martin Gero
directed by Andy Mikita
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Brent Stait (Wraith Michael), Connor Trinneer (Michael), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell), James Lafaznos (Male Wraith), Andee Frizzell (Hive Queen), Sherry Noel (Lab Assistant), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Kirby Morrow (Daedalus Technician), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod)
Notes: Despite receiving a guest starring credit, Connor Trinneer only appeared in “flashback” footage from Michael; Trinneer was unavailable to reprise his role for this episode. Taking over for him was Brent Stait, who played Rev Bem during the early seasons of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.
LogBook entry by Earl Green