Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3, Episode 2

Misbegotten (21 Jul. 2006)

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Because of the earlier battle, Daedalus has been severely damaged and life-support is minimal at best, they decide to transport everyone onto the Wraith Hive after they've deployed the ... See full summary »



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Merrick / Wraith
Brahm Taylor ...
Male Wraith


Because of the earlier battle, Daedalus has been severely damaged and life-support is minimal at best, they decide to transport everyone onto the Wraith Hive after they've deployed the Retrovirus and all the Wraith has been converted into Humanoids again. Tayla contacts Cayenne through the gate and briefs Weir of their current status. It appears that a Hive is approaching, which later on appears that it's controlled by Sheppard and Michael. While Weir struggles with the IOA, Richard Woolsey, they've re-deployed the retrovirus on Michael and once again, put the earlier converted Wraith on a planet and monitor their status. Suddenly, a former Wraith gets murdered and the situation escalates further from there on out. Written by Mark Ernst

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During close-ups of the male wraiths who were turned into humans, it is obvious many of them are wearing wigs or hair pieces attached to latex caps. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Weir: We've all logged more than a few miles these past few weeks. I'd just like to say that... seeing you now, sitting across from me... looking at your faces... It makes me feel very...
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: You don't have to say it.
Teyla Emmagan: We feel the same way you do.
Dr. Rodney McKay: Oh, she feels hungry, too?
[smiles at Elizabeth]
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Treading on slippery ground
4 August 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Misbegotten picks up right after the unexpected events in No Man's Land, and takes a lot of time to ask all the embarrassing questions that this raised. What do you do with a bunch of innocent humans that may revert to life-sucking monsters at any time? What about the ally who saved you but could also destroy you if he chose to? There is no easy answer and the plot fortunately doesn't try to offer one, so we're left exploring very grey and murky areas of morals and politics for most of the episode. I wish we had more time to explore the characters' reactions to what they are forced to do. (Though Ronon looks as if he's just *praying* for something to go wrong, allowing him to kill some Wraiths).

With such a philosophical episode, the pace is rather slow. Especially since a good part of it is devoted to Eizabeth's continued examination by Woolsey, who is turning out to be a good guy despite his difficult debut on SG-1. That particular subplot is not very interesting, but I appreciate that at the end of the day Elizabeth is saved because of a rather debatable bit of manipulation. It fits right in with the rest of the episode.

There are a few other noticeable things here: the team learns to fly a hive-ship (or to make it crawl anyway), and Carson's "brief" captivity at Michael's hands is going to be crucial in later seasons (I won't spoil that). Finally, there's Michael, who is becoming a much stronger character than he was when we first met him. He is a fascinating character with his inner conflict and arresting interrogations, and I really find myself siding with him during the first half of the episode. I also like to think that, had the humans trusted him that one time, he might have become a neutral entity, maybe even a tentative ally. However you look at it, they made him a monster far worse than any Wraith had ever been.

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