The teams discovers a ridge that can only be entered through a door. Sheppard gets pulled in by a field. McKay discovers time goes very fast behind it.


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The team is investigating an energy spike that they picked up in space with the jumper. On the surface they discover an entrance to the inside of a ridge. McKay detects a field is protecting it. Sheppard throws in a stone that disappears. McKay puts a camera on a stick and after viewing the footage concludes it look safe behind the field. Sheppard volunteers to step in, but can't step out anymore. He's pulled in. McKay takes a look at the camera again, he notices the memory is full. Almost two hours of footage was recorded and the battery is dead. Time is going very fast inside the field. He must think of a solution quickly. Meanwhile Sheppard has given up hope of being rescued and starts exploring. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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13 January 2006 (USA)  »

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McKay refers to Ronon and Teyla as "Conan and Xena" respectively. Jason Momoa, who plays Ronon, stars as Conan in Conan the Barbarian (2011). See more »


Teyla and Dr. McKay's discussion places the time dilation at 250:1. Later, Dr. Beckett states that he has "a date planned for tomorrow night." To which, Dr. McKay replies "Oh no, so we've only got 12 years in here." If they spent 12 years in the time dilation field, that's over 17 days outside of it. Assuming "tomorrow night" is in 36 hours, if they left the field on their first anniversary of entering it, Carson wouldn't even have an hour to get back in time for the date. See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: [as he turns towards Shepard] What is it with you and Ascended women?
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References Cast Away (2000) See more »


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Ascension for Dummies
16 August 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is a clever plot, based on another piece of Ancient technology which is both really astonishing and quite easy to understand; as a result, the plot develops without a bump. Oddly enough, however, a bump or too might have been nice, because Sheppard's holidays at the Ascension B&B get a bit boring after a while. Granted, he has one horrible monster to fight, apparently on his own at that, but since he is unable to deal it any damage, his part of the story doesn't seem that essential to the episode. I like that the monster is invisible and partially intangible (which is meaningful since it embodies Fear), but I tend to think that this particular plot is a bit childish (so basically, what prevented those people from Ascending was the thought of a big bad monster under their bed?)

In fact, the most interesting moment in the episode is when Sheppard's stuck in the cave and we slowly realise that despite appearances, what is happening on his side, and what McKay and the rest of the team are going through, simply doesn't take place in the same time frame at all. That's an interesting conundrum, and I appreciate the various obstacles and solutions that Atlantis has to deal with. On the other hand, it also means that Ronon and Teyla once again don't get much to do, even though Teyla can be rather resourceful.

So intellectually speaking, this is a really good episode. It also has good moments, and once again we meet two of the shows's gimmicks: one, that Sheppard will seduce anything female in the Pegasus galaxy, whether he tries to or not. Second, that any Ancient the team comes across is bound to leave early and without helping any. Also, Ascending is clearly not all that and a bag of energy bars. But on the whole, I think the episode lacks a bit of action, and a lot of teamwork, to be really memorable.

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