One incredible actress played all the different Wraith Queens throughout the first four seasons of Stargate Atlantis, from the Keeper in the pilot episode to the white-haired Queen who captured the team in “The Hive,” and from the Queen on Michael’s hive ship to the Queen he beheads in the fourth season finale.
Actress Andee Frizzell always appeared under prosthetics, of course, and the artists on Atlantis gave her a very different look every time she returned. That’s because she was playing different characters — Queens who shared the same original gene pool.
With more time to explore the Wraith in additional seasons of the show, Frizzell said that she would have loved to explore the evolution of the Wraith as a species as they found common ground with humans (a story element explored to some degree through the character of Todd).
“I don’t think the race was explored in its totality,” she said. “They were the ‘enemy,’ and so through the episodes … they had that function. What I would have liked to have explored is the commonalities — they had human DNA — the commonalities of them exploring that about themselves. I thought it would be very interesting to explore them as they explored themselves, as they evolved.”
In this short clip from “Dial the Gate” Frizzell talks about her work on the show, challenges with makeup and prosthetics, and approaching each different version of the Wraith Queens as its own unique character. Take a look!