Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 12


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 13, 2006 on Syfy



  • Allusions

    • 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.

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