John Sheppard is kidnapped by the Genii and is in the company of a Wraith.



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Sheppard is taken prisoner by his old nemesis, Commander Kolya of the Genii. He finds himself in a dungeon occupying a cell next to a Wraith who says he has been there a very long time. Kolya had expected to become the leader of the Genii but was ousted by Ladon Radim and is now a renegade. He contacts Atlantis and has a simple proposition for Dr. Weir: hand over Ladon Radim, with whom Weir has entered into a truce, and Sheppard will be freed. Weir flatly refuses so Kolya allows the Wraith to feed off Sheppard for a few seconds at a time, and he begins to age dramatically as a result. He broadcasts Sheppard's torture sessions to Atlantis so they can see the result of Weir's decision. While Weir and the others on Atlantis try desperately to find the planet where Kolya is keeping Sheppard prisoner, the Colonel forms a strange bond with the Wraith who work together to escape. The Wraith also shows him a power that no one from Atlantis knew they had. Written by garykmcd

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25 August 2006 (USA)  »

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The tattoo around the left eye of "Todd the Wraith" is a tribute to Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" make-up. Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays Todd, is a huge fan of KISS and Ace Frehley in particular, and requested the tattoo as a tribute. See more »


In the beginning of the episode, after the credits, the Genii people hand over their weapons to the Atlantis team. In this scene, there's a German soldier taking a weapon from one of the Genii soldiers. His flag patch on his left shoulder is upside down. See more »


Commander Acastus Kolya: [over the radio] Kill the Wraith on sight, but I want Sheppard alive.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: Well, we learned two things. One, he likes me better than you.
[Wraith laughs]
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: Two, we probably never would've made it to the stargate anyway.
Male Wraith: Then it is over.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: No. Our people don't leave each other behind. That's three things you've learned.
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Can wraith and human work together?
5 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Shepard is captured by a splinter faction of the Genii and held hostage in order for a prisoner exchange. When Dr. Weir refuses due to the policy she has with dealing with acts of terrorism, the Genii send a video of a wraith feeding on Shepard, and they say that they will continue to allow it to feed until their demands are met. Shepard and the Wraith are placed in neighboring cells and though deeply distrusting each other, they work together to escape. John is weak from the feeding and looks like he is around 85, but after the escape the Wraith returns his vitality, a skill that was not known by the humans to exist.

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