As Sheppard is about to carry out a suicide mission against the nearest Wraith hive ship aboard a puddle jumper, another ship signals him and orders him to decloak – the Daedalus has arrived from Earth. And while that helps matters in orbit over Atlantis, there are still Wraith on the loose in Atlantis itself. Daedalus also bears a gift for Dr. McKay – a ZPM that will power Atlantis’ shields. Getting the module into place is enough of a challenge with Wraith warriors stalking the city, but when the last hive ship is destroyed in space, the remaining dart fighters mount a suicide strike on Atlantis. In the course of defending the city from the ground, Lt. Ford is captured by a Wraith, but before it can feed, a grenade blasts Ford and his attacker into the ocean below. When Ford is recovered, he has been subjected to an overdose of an enzyme injected into Wraith victims to prolong their lives for feeding, and when he awakens, he has Wraith-like strength, a temper to match, and – according to Dr. Beckett – a lifelong dependency on the enzyme. After the Wraith advance is beaten back, twelve more hive ships are detected. Sheppard’s strategy to intercept the hive ships ahead of their arrival works only briefly before the Daedalus is forced to fall back to Atlantis for repairs. McKay devises a plan to fool the Wraith into thinking that Atlantis has been destroyed, which could save everyone – unless Ford, unable to control himself, gives the game away.
Season 2 Regular Cast: Joe Flanigan (Major John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla), Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex)
written by Martin Gero
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford), Ellie Harvie (Dr. Novak), Clayton Landey (Colonel Everett), David Nykl (Dr. Zelenka), Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Steven Caldwell), Morris Chapdelaine (Hermiod puppeteer), Chuck Campbell (Technician), Trevor Devall (voice of Hermiod), James Lafaznos (Male Wraith)
LogBook entry by Earl Green