Beware of SPOILERS for the final two episodes of Stargate Atlantis in the report below.
While we do know the basic framework for episode 19, the story behind the final episode has remained a mystery until now. Last week, TV Guide reported the first bit of news — that “a rogue Wraith leads an invasion of Earth.”
Here’s how the SCI FI Channel describes “Vegas,” airing on January 2:
| Police find a desiccated corpse on a desert road outside Las Vegas, Nevada, the seventh victim of a bizarre serial killer. Detective John Sheppard, called in to assist, is baffled by these murders. Then a clue, traces of radiation found on the bodies, leads him to a strange looking man with super human attributes who easily evades capture.
Some time later, Sheppard is detained and driven to Area 51. There he meets Dr. Rodney McKay who reveals that the suspect is, in fact, an alien — a Wraith — who feeds on human energy. What’s more, McKay and his team have traveled to Earth from the Pegasus Galaxy, by way of a Stargate, to prevent this Wraith from compromising the security of the planet. But so far, Sheppard is the only one who’s been able to get close to him.
And the network’s description for “Enemy At the Gate:”
| Todd contacts Atlantis and reveals that a Wraith subordinate has managed to acquire several Zero Point Modules that he has used to power a formidable new hive ship. He urges Woolsey to attack and destroy before it becomes a threat to Atlantis.
On board the Daedalus, Colonel Caldwell, Colonel Sheppard and the rest of the team, rush to engage the new hive ship. But the Z.P.M. powered vessel proves itself an impressive opponent, crippling the Daedalus before making a sudden and inexplicable jump into hyperspace.
Puzzled over the Wraith’s sudden departure, the team picks up a weak subspace signal in Wraith code. McKay is quick to recognize that the communique was sent, through subspace, from another reality. Once deciphered, their worst fears are realized. The Wraith message contains a familiar set of coordinates. The hive ship is on its way to Earth!
Are the two episodes connected? How did a Wraith get to Earth in “Vegas,” and why is John Sheppard not a part of the Atlantis expedition? If that episode is set entirely within an alternate reality, it could end with a warning transmission into our own — the one picked up by the team in “Enemy At the Gate.”
This is all speculation of course, but it would parallel Daniel Jackson‘s return from a parallel reality with news of the impending Goa’uld attack in the SG-1 first season episode “There But For the Grace of God.”
The final two episodes of Atlantis return after the holiday break, with the series finale airing on January 9. Visit GateWorld’s Season Five episode guide to learn more, and check out pictures in the Stargate Image Gallery!