Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 12

Epiphany

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 13, 2006 on Syfy
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Colonel Sheppard is separated from his team while investigating an Ancient device; he finds himself in a domain where time is dilated, progressing faster than normal. Doctor McKay frantically looks for a way to save Sheppard before time runs out!

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Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • McKay: What is it with you and ascended women?

      Rodney was referring to some romantic feelings between Sheppard and the ascended Ancient women Chaya Sar/Athar in "Sanctuary".

    • Goof: In any Stargate SG-1 episodes featuring someone ascending (including Orlin in "Ascension", Daniel in "Meridian", and Skarra in "Full Circle") when the person ascended their clothing was left behind in the same position their bodies were last. No trace of the people from the time dilation field remained after they ascended.

    • Goof: When Sheppard is being pulled through he door way Teyla's lips can be seen moving, but she doesn't say anything.

    • Goof: When John is taping the camera to a stick he covers the lens with the tape.

    • This episode bears comparison to the Stargate SG-1 episode "A Hundred Days" in which Jack O'Neill is stranded on another planet for three months and becomes part of the local society.

    • Goof: McKay tells Dr. Weir and Dr. Beckett that if it takes up to ten days to solve the problem, Sheppard will have died of old age. However, since time for him was passing at 250 times normal, ten days would be approximately 6.8 years. By that stage, Sheppard would only be in his mid-forties.

    • This is the first episode of the series not to feature a Stargate.

    • Goof: In the earlier part of the show, they come up with a time-dilation estimate of 250:1. Later, Sheppard complains that they took 6 months to get to him, where they say that it only took a couple of hours. At a time-dilation of 250:1, 6 months converts to about 17 hours, not "a couple".

    • Goof: When McKay states that they held the camera in the portal for 3 seconds and that they have twelve minutes of tape, Teyla says it's a ratio of 250 to 1. It should be 240 to 1.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sheppard: Thank you.
      Teer: It is we who should thank you for saving our brother from The Beast.
      Sheppard: That's funny, I don't remember winning.

    • Ronon: Ascension?
      McKay: To a higher plane of existence. The race of people who built the Stargates -- they eventually evolved to a point where they ascended to a state of pure energy.
      Ronon: That'd be great!
      McKay: Yeah, well, sadly it's a matter of, uh, evolution. Anyway ... I'm sure we've got more than enough now. (He pulls the camera back through the doorway.) There we go. And ... have a look, shall we?

    • Ronon: Looks like a door.
      McKay: (looking back at him) Yes, it is remarkably door-like!

    • McKay: Why do you have to park SO far away?
      Sheppard: This ridge is a little farther away that it looked. You can't just land a Jumper anywhere Rodney.
      McKay: It doesn't matter now, I think we're almost there.
      Teyla: Rodney, do you even know what it is we are looking for?
      McKay: Yeah, well whatever it is, it's around here somewhere.
      Ronon: What's around here?
      McKay: Whatever it was that was causing the energy spike we detected from the Puddle Jumper.
      Sheppard: Any idea what that looks like?
      McKay: I'll know it when I see it...and I see it.

    • Ronon: You wanna pick up the pace, McKay?
      McKay: Hey, he's waited for months, another half-hour isn't gonna kill him.
      Weir: Well, we don't know how long it's gonna take to find him.
      Beckett: Aye, and besides I have a date planned with Lieutenant Cadman for tomorrow night.
      McKay: Oh no, so we've only got twelve years in here.

    • McKay: Just back out if you encounter anything problematic.
      Sheppard: Problematic?
      McKay: Yeah, like poisonous atmosphere, acid atmosphere, no atmosphere - hey, it's MALP on a stick, only shows you so much.

    • Weir: And why not assume that he'll make his own way back through the portal?
      McKay: Because Colonel Sheppard would have already had hours to try to make it back through the portal in the time I wasted explaining the situation to Conan and Xena!

    • (after all the villagers flee the beast)
      Sheppard: Hey people! I'm starting to develop some serious abandonment issues here!

    • Sheppard: Never thought I'd see any of you again. Kind of even … missed you a little.
      Ronon: Yeah, well, it was only a couple of hours for us, so …
      Teyla: Ronon!

    • Weir: Well, the beard is interesting.
      Sheppard: First thing to go when we get home.

    • Teer: I was the one who sent Avrid to find you.
      Sheppard: You did?
      Teer: Because I knew you were coming that night, and I knew where you would be in the field; and I have known since I was a child that you would sit here with me as you do now. I've been able to close my eyes and see your face my entire life, John. You are the one.
      Sheppard: The one what?
      Teer: The one who will lead us to ascension.
      Sheppard: Oh!
      Teer: What is it?
      Sheppard: Nothin'. I just was hoping you were going in a different direction with that.
      Teer: I've seen that as well. That's why I waited for you.
      Sheppard: Really?
      Teer: Tonight.
      Sheppard: Tonight?! I … I wish you woulda told me – I wouldn't have gone on a ten-hour run.

    • Sheppard: (Teer is bringing him breakfast) You know, you don't have to do this for me every morning.
      Teer: You saved my brother's life.
      Sheppard: Then shouldn't he be the one bringing me breakfast?!

    • Sheppard: (Looking down and seeing that he isn't wearing his old clothes) Which one of you got me out of my clothes and into these?
      Teer: I did. Is that alright?
      Sheppard: Yeah. I just usually like to meet a woman before she sees me naked.

    • Sheppard: (still a little groggy from sleep) Hi.
      Hedda: He's awake again!
      Sheppard: I am now!

    • Weir: What is this probe of yours supposed to do?
      McKay: Well, it's supposed to descend slowly into the atmosphere of a gas giant. The chute opens, the probe separates into two components joined by a tether hundreds of metres long.
      Weir: So we should be able to receive telemetry from inside the time dilation field while the other half of the probe is still outside.
      McKay: Right. And depending on the variance, we might be able to fly right into the field and rescue Sheppard.
      Beckett: Very clever, Rodney!
      McKay: Uh, yes, it is. It was actually Zelenka's idea.

    • Sheppard: (Hearing a ferocious roar and being very hungry) Well, you're either gonna eat me, or I'm gonna eat you.

    • McKay: Yeah – I would just like to be able to explain these readings better before we step through. Get me a branch. You got tape? Because I got a camera! (Ronon gives him a huge branch) I didn't ask for a log! (Teyla brings him a better on) Thank you! Okay, so tape it to the stick, we extend the camera through, record for a few minutes, pull it back, play the recorder.
      Sheppard: Yeah! MALP on a stick!
      McKay: Yes, MALP on a stick. Very clever. Are we done?

    • Teyla: It disappeared.
      Sheppard: Or it went right through a cloak.
      McKay: (looking at his device) It has many of the same properties as a cloaking field.
      Sheppard: Yeah, and the Ancients did tend to hide all the really cool stuff.

    • Sheppard: (speaking into walkie talkie) This is Sheppard. I'm pretty sure you can't hear me, but I don't have a volleyball to talk to so what the hell...

    • McKay: (to Sheppard) What is it with you and ascended women?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Joe Flanigan originally pitched a story where Sheppard and McKay find themselves being treated like kings while on a mission. That idea was rejected because the plot had been used for the Stargate SG-1 episode "It's Good To Be King." His second pitch was spun into "Epiphany."

    • David McNally (Avrid) has previously appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episodes "Cor-Ai" and "Demons".

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 28, 2005 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on January 18, 2006 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on April 19, 2007 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 25-26, 2006.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Sheppard: Can you hear me now?

      With that line said over and over into his radio, Sheppard is referencing the phrase used in the commercials for the cellular phone company Verizon.

    • The Village/Predator:

      This episode echoes M. Night Shyalaman's movie The Village in which a secluded community is terrified by a more audible than visible beast. The visual design of the beast brings to mind the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator, featuring a mainly invisible alien hunting other beings for sport.

    • Forbidden Planet:

      There are echoes of the classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet in this episode. First, the "beast" in the time-dilated domain is somewhat visually similar to the "Id Monster" from the film that is, when both are visible. Furthermore, the beast in this episode was created by the fear of those trying to ascend, whereas the "Id Monster" was created from the unconscious mind of those who had been connected to a machine intending to increase their mental capabilities namely the "Krell," the race that created the machine, who were destroyed by their monsters 2000 years before the actual plot of the film, and specifically the character Dr. Morbius, whose unconscious creates the monster we actually see in the film. And last, the reason the "Krell" created their machine was to help them gain freedom what they called "instrumentality", freedom from corporeal existence, very much like those in the path of ascension, and both with unintended consequences.

    • McKay: Because Colonel Sheppard would have already had hours to try to make it back through the portal in the time I wasted explaining the situation to Conan and Xena!

      These are references to the movie Conan the Barbarian and the television show Xena, Warrior Princess when McKay makes insulting remarks about Ronon and Teyla's lack of understanding of Sheppard's situation. Update: McKay must have precognitive abilities, because he referred to Ronan as Conan, and Jason Momoa will be playing Conan in the 2011 remake of the classic Schwarzenegger-movies.

    • Sheppard: This is Sheppard. I'm pretty sure you can't hear me, but I don't have a volleyball to talk to so what the hell.

      He was referring to Tom Hank's imaginary volleyball friend, Wilson in the film Cast Away.

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