This episode is part 3 of 3; it is preceded by "Allies" and "No Man's Land".
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"Misbegotten" is the second episode of season three of Stargate: Atlantis.


The Atlantis expedition stopped the Wraith from reaching Earth, and now that they turned Human, they send them to an isolated world to teach them to administer the Iratus bug retrovirus themselves. However, some of them, including Michael Kenmore, are starting to remember their past.

Previously on Stargate: Atlantis[]

With two Wraith Hive ships on their way to Earth, Dr. Elizabeth Weir sends the Daedalus and the Orion to intercept them. The Queen and the Wraith view Michael Kenmore as unclean. The International Oversight Advisory questions Weir's decisions. Michael helps Lt. Colonel John Sheppard, Dr. Rodney McKay and Ronon Dex escape the Hive and beam to the Daedalus. During the battle, the Daedalus is badly damaged and loses life support. The crew beam the Iratus bug retrovirus to the Hive and board the ship to find the Wraith transformed into humans.


International Oversight Advisory agent Richard Woolsey is assigned to review whether or not Dr. Elizabeth Weir should maintain her command of Atlantis.

Nightwind's hive ship

The Tau'ri-controlled Hive Ship over Atlantis.

Having successfully used the Iratus bug retrovirus to turn an entire Hive ship of Wraith into humans, the team returns to Atlantis with their prisoners in stasis. Meanwhile, Weir continues to defend her leadership in the face of an independent review being conducted by Woolsey.

Examining the Hive ship that the team hijacked in an attempt to restore it to full working condition, Dr. Rodney McKay determines that the Wraith prisoners cannot continue to be held in stasis indefinitely. The team decides the best thing to do is to set them free on the planet M8G-352 under the guise that they were exposed to a viral outbreak.

Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and Dr. Carson Beckett remain on the planet to manage the Human-form Wraith, including a re-humanized Michael Kenmore. But when Sheppard returns to Atlantis they discover a Wraith ship approaching the planet and the team must act fast to keep the existence of Atlantis a secret.

Meanwhile, Woolsey has arrived at Atlantis, and is conducting interviews so that he can prepare a report on Weir's fitness to lead the Atlantis expedition.

McKay is trying to find out how to control the captured hive ship, but having little success. The controls require a neural interface with a wraith, much as Atlantean technology like the puddle jumper and the chair require someone with the Ancient Gene. Since Teyla has some Wraith DNA, they let her try. She has limited success, but cannot operate the weapons systems. McKay continues to try to build an override.

On the planet, Lathan, one of the Wraith prisoners, begins to suspect something is wrong but is subsequently killed by Michael and a group of humanized Wraith. They cover up this murder by setting up an accident site, where Lathan supposedly fell from a cliff. When Beckett discovers that something is amiss with the presumed accident, he finds that the Wraith are already reverting and that Michael didn't take kindly to this second betrayal.

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Michael disarms Nuclear warhead

As Beckett is returned to the camp, he learns that the soldiers have been killed and that the reverted Wraith intend to offer the remaining humanized Wraith as an offering to the coming Wraith Hive ship. Michael proceeds to strap Beckett to the operating room table, preparing him for something. He believes Sheppard must have left some kind of failsafe defense on the planet in case the Wraith reverted and he believes Beckett must know what it is. Meanwhile, Atlantis cannot send Daedalus to the far off planet as their hyperdrive is still in repair.

Sheppard returns at the head of the stolen Wraith ship with Teyla piloting and McKay still trying to bring weapons online. Their goal is to save the prisoners and engage the fail-safe Nuclear warhead, hoping to kill all Wraith on the planet before they can relate what they know to the coming Wraith ship. When they arrive at the planet, a number of the ship's systems come online, having detected Wraith lifesignss on the planet below. McKay confirms that the planet now holds both Wraiths and humans, but they can't distinguish their people from the Wraith humanize by the virus. So Sheppard, Teyla, and Ronin beam down to rescue the Atlantis team.

On the planet, they kill several Wraith and discover that the security team was fed upon. Teyla finds Beckett strapped to the table in the medical tent, weak but apparently unharmed. They bring Beckett back to the hive ship. As Beckett is rescued they find that they cannot set off the nuke, correctly assuming that the Wraith have found and disabled the device.

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Nightwind's hive ship under attack

Sheppard's team decides they have to use the hive ship weapons to destroy the settlement. Beckett argues that they have to try to save the humanized Wraiths, but Ronon says they will be casualties of war, there's just no time. Just as they begin firing on the campsite from orbit, the other Wraith hive ship drops out of hyperspace and immediately begins attacking Sheppard's ship. Sheppard orders the area around the camp blanketed with fire even as the captured hive ship nears destruction.

At the same time, Hermiod finishes repairing the Daedalus Asgard hyperdrive and Colonel Caldwell decides to take the Daedalus to M8G-352 in case Sheppard needs help. Upon arrival in orbit, the Daedalus finds only a debris field from the destroyed hive ship and no life signs in orbit or on the planet. To the crew's surprise, they are contacted by Sheppard and the team who were able to escape the destruction of the hive ship in a cloaked Puddle Jumper. The team are relieved to see the Daedalus as with the hive ship destroyed, they had no way back to Atlantis.

Afterwards, Weir reports to Woolsey that they can't be sure if all of the Wraith were killed or not and expects Woolsey to use that against her in his report. Instead, Woolsey states that he will put in his report that Weir gave the order to fire on the camp, stating that the IOA doesn't need to know the unnecessary details and only care about the greater truth. Woolsey feels that the greater truth is that Weir belongs in command of Atlantis and his report will reflect that. Woolsey then departs for Earth.


Appearances for Misbegotten





Sentient Species



Notable quotes[]

Woolsey: Nothing renews your appreciation for the military like the threat of invasion from life-sucking aliens.

Woolsey: I've never met an Asgard.
Weir: You, I think, will love them. They have a great sense of humor.
Woolsey: Really?
Weir: No.

Sheppard: Just out of political curiosity, how much trouble is it going to cause you if I knock this Woolsey guy in the head?
Weir: May I ask why you'd like to do that?
Sheppard: It's just an impulse I had, really, one I suspect I'm going to have again next time I see him. He may not even have to say anything.
(Weir looks amused)
Weir: I've never seen you like this. What did Woolsey say to you?
Sheppard: Besides judging every damn decision you've ever made?
Weir: John Sheppard, are you defending my honor?!
(Sheppard hesitates a moment)
Sheppard: And judging me for agreeing with you.
Weir: Well, don't be too hard on him. I think of all the circling wolves, he's the least likely to actually bite. In fact, he might even convince the others to leave us alone.
Sheppard: Alright, so... no head knocking.
Weir: It's the thought that counts.

Sheppard: You're a genius Rodney.
McKay: Yes, I know... but I didn't do anything.

Sheppard: How're you doing with the weapons?
McKay: We couldn't hit the side of a barn.
Sheppard: Hive ships are a hundred times bigger—
McKay: A giant flying barn, we couldn't hit that.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • This episode was originally named "The Begotten" then "The Misbegotten" before receiving its final name, "Misbegotten".
  • This episode reveals that Wraith Hive ships are flown using a mental interface, much in the same way Ancient ships are.
  • The Wraith can join together and increase the power of their telepathy to communicate between the stars.
  • In this episode, a Hive ship is destroyed by another Hive. Furthermore, the events of the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Pegasus Project", in which part of the SG-1 team destroy a Hive ship using Asgard Beaming technology on the Odyssey, occur shortly after this episode. This brings the total to ten since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.
  • It is revealed that Michael Kenmore survived this confrontation in the later episode "Vengeance", but remains exiled and despised by his fellow Wraith until he was killed by Teyla Emmagan in "The Prodigal". It is unknown if any other Human-form Wraith survived. However, given that Michael was forced to flee, it is likely that any other survivors were killed. It is also unlikely that few if any other Human-form Wraith survived as they were all last seen in the camp shortly before it was fired upon. While Michael was there as well, he could've anticipated Lt. Colonel John Sheppard's move and fled.
  • In the Season Four episode "The Kindred, Part 2", it is revealed that, while he held Dr. Carson Beckett prisoner, Michael took DNA samples from him, subsequently using them to create a clone of Beckett whom he was able to blackmail into forcing him to develop the Hoffan drug on a larger scale as part of his campaign against the Wraith.


  • Shortly after the fail-safe bomb fails to detonate and Michael Kenmore is talking to the other Wraith, Lathan can clearly be seen near the back of the crowd, despite his death earlier in the episode.
  • Michael somehow probed Dr. Carson Beckett's mind although it has been said that no Wraith can do this unless the Human has Wraith DNA and initiates contact first. Only a Hive queen has been shown to have enough telepathic capabilities to read a Human's thoughts when they do not have Wraith DNA. It's not explicitly mentioned but this may be a side-effect of the retrovirus.
  • Despite rescuing the Wraith survivors none of them seem to have alerted their rescuers that Atlantis still existed.

Other languages[]

  • Russian: Незаконнорожденный (Illegitimate)
  • Hungarian: Kirekesztettek (Excluded Ones)
  • German: Ein schlechter Plan (A bad Plan)
  • French: Transformation (Transformation)

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