Because McKay is helping the Wraith Hive with the implementation of the retrovirus, Ronan also stays on board. Appearing later on, the Hive betrays the Atlantis Team and the as they try to ... See full summary »



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Because McKay is helping the Wraith Hive with the implementation of the retrovirus, Ronan also stays on board. Appearing later on, the Hive betrays the Atlantis Team and the as they try to take out the Daedalus, they both deploy their fighters. Sheppard takes an X302 and hooks onto the hull of the Hive. Weir orders the Daedalus and the Orion to engage the Hive fleet and is being recalled to Cheyenne Mountain to brief the Internal Oversight Advisor's. Back in Pegasus, Sheppard tries to contact McKay and Ronan over the COM but Michael picks up and elaborates on his current status within the Hive and start working together to bring down the Wraith Hives. Written by Mark Ernst

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The title refers to the blank spaces of hyperspace, where there are no planets or stars for huge distances. See more »


Unless there had been a serious fire, a ship that size, with a complement of 200 people, would have air for weeks, before carbon dioxide levels would become dangerous - or oxygen levels low enough. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: Their operating system is a mess. Thank goodness I remember DOS.
[Ronan doesn't react]
Dr. Rodney McKay: Trust me, that was hilarious.
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Featured in Stargate: Atlantis: Inquisition (2008) See more »


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23 August 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Having tricked the humans of Atlantis into revealing the location of Earth, the two Wraith hive ships immediately set course for this rich new feeding ground, carrying Dr. McKay and Ronon with them as prisoners. Although they don't know it, they've also got a third human passenger: John Sheppard has managed to piggyback his small F-302 fighter onto the underbelly of the first hive ship.

Back in Atlantis, Dr. Weir realizes that just one chance remains to stop the Wraith from reaching Earth. After the first stage of their intergalactic journey, the two hive ships will have to drop out of hyperspace briefly at a desolate site just outside the Pegasus galaxy. Weir orders Col. Caldwell to lead the Daedalus and the ancient Atlantean warship Orion to a dangerous deep-space ambush at that location.

At this critical moment, three ambassadors from the International Oversight Advisory demand that Weir return to Earth through the stargate to meet them in person. Once she arrives, their bureaucratic dithering almost delays Caldwell's mission, but Weir stands strong. Soon Caldwell's small fleet is underway.

As the Wraith ships drop out of hyperspace, Sheppard seizes his chance to do some damage before he's captured or killed. He manages to blow up one hive ship's ventral hyperdrive generators. Then he's seized by a swarm of Wraith. His salvation comes from an unexpected source: Michael, who has been rejected by his fellow Wraith for being contaminated by humanity, decides to free Sheppard and help him rescue McKay and Ronon.

As the two make their way toward the cocoons where McKay and Ronon are imprisoned, the Daedalus and the Orion arrive with guns blazing. The Orion obliterates the second hive ship with a barrage of Atlantean drone weapons. But the time-ravaged Ancient warship can't last long in the fight. With its systems failing, its crew beams to the Daedalus for safety.

Sheppard and Michael find the cocoons empty — Ronon and McKay have already escaped. Sheppard guesses that they'll head for the nearest control station to sabotage the ship. Sure enough, McKay and Ronon are doing just that. Reunited, the four escape to the Daedalus aboard a transport craft.

Alas, the badly damaged Daedalus is hardly a reliable lifeboat. Even if it survives the next Wraith assault, its life-support systems are already beyond repair. Stranded in deep space and outnumbered by the enemy, the crew must now also face the imminent threat of asphyxiation.

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