This episode is part 2 of 3; it is preceded by "The Siege, Part 1" and followed by "The Siege, Part 3".
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"The Siege, Part 2" is the twentieth episode of the first season of Stargate: Atlantis.


Earth, having recently found a Zero Point Module, sends reinforcements through the Stargate to defend Atlantis, meanwhile launching their newest ship, the Daedalus, to Atlantis to provide support. Soon, the Wraith fleet arrives to seize the city, launching waves of darts and beaming several soldiers down to the city, forcing the Expedition to launch an epic battle to stop the city from falling into the hands of the Wraith.

Previously on Stargate: Atlantis

Dr. Rodney McKay and Dr. Peter Grodin repair an Ancient Lagrangian Point satellite at the edge of the Lantean system and use it to destroy one Hive ship. Unfortunately, the satellite overloads and is destroyed by the other two Hives with Grodin still on board. Dr. Radek Zelenka creates a computer virus to the install into the Atlantis database to go along with the Self-destruct.


Reinforcements from Stargate Command and led by Colonel Dillon Everett arriving in Atlantis.

Dr. Rodney McKay has returned to Atlantis and Dr. Elizabeth Weir orders the self-destruct activation. As they attempt to dial the Alpha site, the Stargate is suddenly activated; the wormhole was established from Earth. Much to everyone's amazement, a company of Marines come through and Weir and the others are greeted by Colonel Dillon Everett who instantly takes over command. He informs them that they are here to defend Atlantis at all cost, and that they have brought weapons and equipment with which to do so. McKay concludes that Stargate Command found a Zero Point Module and Everett informs him that the Daedalus will arrive in four days with it.

In the conference room, Everett informs the others about their plan, but Weir is only allowed to join after Major John Sheppard insists. They are informed that they will use advanced RG/BBT SG military mounted guns originally intended for use on Prometheus, and eight Naquadah-enhanced 1200-megaton Nuclear warhead as stealth space mines. Along with these, they have brought a Mark II Naquadah generator, which is capable of a 600% power increase over Atlantis' Mark I reactors, and was designed to power the Control chair. After the meeting, the railguns are deployed and the mines are laid in space by cloaked Puddle Jumpers. Meanwhile, Everett visits Teyla Emmagan in the training room and orders her to stay out of the way, cementing the distrust surrounding her.

After considerable tinkering, McKay is able to link the new reactor to the weapons chair, and the platform is activated by Dr. Carson Beckett. McKay subsequently discovers that there are only a few dozen Drone weapons left. The remaining multi-thousand were used during the original siege 10,000 years previously. Without warning, there is an alarm; the Long range sensorss have detected hundreds of asteroids heading straight towards the proximity-activated nuclear bombs. McKay assesses that the rocks were launched by the Wraith, who have somehow discovered the mines. With no way to deactivate the warheads, the locater signals of all eight warheads vanish on the display as the mines detonate, with the Wraith at a safe distance. The radiation causes interference that disables the sensors.


Later, Everett meets with Sheppard in the Holo room and Sheppard grimly plays the history of the galaxy. Everett then informs him that he read the report Sheppard submitted surrounding the events in Rising. He explains that Colonel Marshall Sumner was a personal friend of his and that he is outraged with Sheppard for killing Sumner. Suddenly they are informed that there are approaching Wraith Darts and the battle for the city starts. Marines man the railguns and Sheppard takes the Chair; thanks to the Drone weapons and the railguns the first wave of Darts are destroyed but some parts of the city are hit.

Contemplating strategies, Sheppard suggests that they remotely control the Puddle Jumpers using the Chair and fly them, cloaked, into the hive ships armed with an explosive; he believes they should ask the Genii to use their nuclear weapons. Suddenly Teyla enters and informs them that there are Wraith in the city, who had invaded during the first wave. Together with a group of Athosians, the military starts to search for them.

Meanwhile, Weir gates to the Genii world to begin negotiations, but is captured by them and held hostage. They want to exchange her for the C-4 they have been cheated out of. However, Weir tells them that if they give Atlantis one of their prototypes, Atlantis will test it for them against a real hive ship with no danger to the Genii since the Wraiths will not know that the prototype came from them. And she says if it works Atlantis will give them enough C4 to build dozens more bombs. She tells them this is a take it or leave it deal: accept the offer, or go ahead and kill her.

The Genii finally agree and supply the Atlantis team with two prototype nuclear devices. The hunt for the Wraith is going badly, as the Wraith have begun damaging and destroying the Naqahdah generators powering the City.

Rodney and Zelenka working on the Genii bombs.

To make matters worse, McKay discovers that the Genii A-bombs are incomplete; he and Zelenka are soon in a lab completing the weapons against their fatigue, much to Beckett's disagreement.


At Atlantis the test-run of Sheppard's plan is a success, so McKay and Zelenka start to install the now completed weapons into the Jumpers. Meanwhile, several men are taken out by the Wraith and the wounded are taken to the Alpha site. A second wave of Darts appears without warning; Sheppard mans the control chair to take control of the Jumpers. After several attempts at initializing the Chair, McKay realizes the reactor has depleted its supply of Naqahdah. Desperate, Sheppard decides to fly the Jumper himself in a hive ship, much to the shock of Weir.

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As Weir cannot stop him, Sheppard rushes to the Jumper bay and takes it up. Outside, as Lt. Aiden Ford's team attempt to repel the Darts, a group of Wraith materializes in front of them. Inside, Everett's team is overrun and he is cornered by a Wraith. Out of ammo, the alien begins to feed off him. The final scene of season one sees Sheppard heading undetected into the Hive's Dart Bay, the nuke armed, while back in the control room, McKay counts down until detonation.



Appearances for The Siege, Part 2





Sentient Species



Notable quotes

(The Atlantis base has just activated a self-destruct, only to have several personnel from Stargate Command arrive to help them)
Everett: Good! Now does somebody want to please turn off that self-destruct?

(The Wraith have used asteroids to detonate several mines prematurely.)
McKay: Your mines make one hell of a bang, Colonel, I'm sure the Wraith's ears are ringing.

McKay: Concentrate on powering up the chair. Nothing else, nothing more, nothing but. Don't start thinking about...
Beckett: Don't tell me what not to start thinking about, or I'll start thinking about it!

McKay: I knew this was going to happen.
Everett: Is that a fact?
McKay: Yes, it's a fact! Look, you show up here with your guns and your brush cuts, but when it comes to actually saving the city, you turn to the scientists. And every time, what you ask is impossible.
Everett: When was the last time you slept, Doctor?
McKay: D-d-d-d… shut up, I have an idea

Ford: How about next time you can be the bait?
Sheppard: Yeah, next time. Maybe...

(McKay is trying to get a reluctant Beckett to sit in the Ancient chair)
McKay: It's out of drones; you couldn't do any damage if you wanted to, now SIT DOWN.

Beckett: You wanted to see me Rodney?
McKay: Yes yes. I need something to keep me awake.
Zelenka: Yeah, me too.
Beckett: I've already given you something.
McKay: (irritated) Yeah? Well we're building nuclear bombs here. Staying awake is sort of a prerequisite.
Beckett: Snappy. All right. I'll get you another stimulant. Carry on.
Zelenka: Thank you.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • A deleted scene from this episode showed Sora Tyrus being returned to the Genii as part of their deal for the Genii A-bombs, but this was cut due to time constraints. Being cut, it is unclear if the event occurred or if Sora is still being held. It is likely canon as Sora reappears in the Stargate Atlantis: Legacy series where she mentions being released after three months.
  • While most of the events of the episode appear to take place over a day or so, in truth they appear to have occurred over the period of three to four days. At one point Weir mentions having asked a lot of everybody "the past few days" and the Daedalus appears at the beginning of "The Siege, Part 3" which starts immediately after the episode. Presumably, most of this time passed during the montage of everyone preparing for the Wraith attack before the first wave of Darts was sent.
  • This is the first appearance of the Mark II Naquadah generator, which is capable of a 600% power increase over Atlantis' Mark I reactors. It was designed to power the Atlantis' chair.
  • During the episode, all of the Atlantis personnel are armed with guns, even the science personnel due to the threat. During the montage, they can be seen being given guns, presumably as a precaution in case they encounter the Wraith in the city.
  • At the beginning of the dart attack, Captain Radner says "Remember, short, steady bursts!". This may be a reference to the second film in the Alien franchise's line "Remember, short, controlled bursts."

The dedication to the late Bob Scarabelli.

  • This episode was dedicated to the memory of Bob Scarabelli, a visual effects expert who died of a heart attack at the age of 49 on September 7, 2004.


  • Right before the Wraith Darts beam away the soldiers from the RG/BBT SG military mounted gun position, we can clearly see the manned railgun has not been firing at the darts well before they started taking people.
  • In addition, Marine Colonel Dillon Everett salutes Dr. Elizabeth Weir when relieving her. Marines do not salute when uncovered, and if under arms, are always covered. While it is impossible to tell if Everett is armed (presumably he is wearing a sidearm, but the scene does not show it), he should either not salute or be covered (wearing a cover) when he salutes.
  • When the second wave of Wraith Darts descend on the city, the Control chair had not yet been powered up, and it was established that all the Drone weapons were expended. However, during that scene you can see many drones flying up into the fray.
  • Chuck states there was no way to see the Wraith Darts until they were right on top of them due to the radiation from the exploded mines. It would have been simple to send a cloaked Puddle Jumper to observe the Wriath ships and alert Atlantis when they sent them in.

Other languages

  • Russian: Блокада, часть вторая (Blockade, part two)
  • Hungarian: Az ostrom II. (The Siege II.)
  • German: Die Belagerung (2) (The Siege (2))

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