Stargate Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 14

Sanctuary

6
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2005 on Syfy
8.6
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The Atlantis team encounters a pre-technological world strangely untouched by the Wraith. They hope to negotiate with the local population to provide a home for the refugees of Wraith attacks, currently living in Atlantis.

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  • Enter the Ascended Beings!

    10
    Well this episode has done it's part for me, i really loved it, which i don't say too often. Finally we get to meet an ascended being in Atlantis not just SG1, and oh boy what an Ancient. This looks like the beginning for something, both for Atlantis and on a more personal matter for Shepard, just not sure what. Although i was almost sure she IS an ascended being even from the first moments you gotta love the whole things building up. This tends to be inclined on the romantic side, and those feelings are sent through screen, add some wraiths, a rather brief action and well that alone is quite enough. I just hope the show turns on a more adventurous type from here on, regardless, this episode just...rocks!moreless
  • See Summary

    8.5
    A very interesting episode. It has a good opening where Sheppard's Team is being attacked by the Wraith and out of nowhere comes a powerful burst of energy similar to lightning, which wipes out all of the Wraith Darts, but leaves the Atlantean ship entact. The team investigates on the planet and encounter an untouched civilization who live in peace and know know fear or hate, and they are led by a high priestess of Athar. This episode was similar to SG1's episodes Ascension, where Carter encounters a being who falls in love with her, and Maternal Instinct. So in this episode of Atlantis they finally encounter an Ancient Ascended Being, who was exiled by the others and left to protect her planet forever as punishment for interfering with the corporeal planes of existence. Overall a good episode, makes viewers feel like we are getting closer to learning more about the Ancients, but left wanting more!moreless
  • This was a review written by cheekysu on the episode "Sanctuary."

    10
    [This review was written by cheekysu and rescued from TV Tome before it disappeared]



    The team is being attacked by the Wraith, only to be saved by an energy burst (which to me looked like a tornado, albeit a very large one) from the planet below them. They land and encounter a love interest (Chaya) for John. Chaya regrets that she is unable to take care of the entire galaxy, but agrees to go back to Atlantis on the off chance they can talk her into it. Once there, Chaya and John have to cope with Rodney being a jerk (he may have had well-founded suspicions, but he could at least be discreet about it). Chaya, it turns out, is an ancient in exile. And John turns out to have been flirting with someone from another species.





    There are a few sugary romantic scenes in this episode. All those who want John to hook up with someone on the team were no doubt dismayed that he found someone from another planet. I was dismayed because I had already had dessert, and it was a bit too much sweetness for me. I'm all for the fun romantic tension and not so much for the moonlight picnics.



    Rodney's reaction to Chaya was just funny. He was being rude, and being a jerk, and was both spot on and way off at the same time regarding her identity. Although he does get credit for the best line of the episode, by telling John not to go "all Captain Kirk." Hee! I think that ship has already sailed, Rodney. Anyway, choosing to run scans on Chaya was just silly, I thought; he thinks she has sinister intent and is hiding her true identity, but it never occurs to him that she would figure out what he was doing?



    I'm bothered by the fact that this show can appear to both honour the religious beliefs of others, while actually mocking them. The team is not at all convinced that Athar was the one who protected the planet, and Rodney and John were pretty obvious with their skepticism, leaving Teyla to smooth things over. I've noticed before that the beliefs of the Athosians are also not taken very seriously. However, I've also noticed a similar honour/mock tendency on the Star Trek series, so it may be a recurring theme in the sci-fi genre.



    I have to say that Chaya's consequences for trying to save her people are pretty lousy. Not only is she alone most of the time, but it must be quite a bit of guilt to carry, that you have the ability to save more people but are not permitted to do so. So I have sympathy with her in the end.

    Written by: cheekysumoreless
  • They may have found the one safe planet in the galaxy.

    9.0
    The team is being attacked by the Wraith, only to be saved by an energy burst (which to me looked like a tornado, albeit a very large one) from the planet below them. They land and encounter a love interest (Chaya) for John. Chaya regrets that she is unable to take care of the entire galaxy, but agrees to go back to Atlantis on the off chance they can talk her into it. Once there, Chaya and John have to cope with Rodney being a jerk (he may have had well-founded suspicions, but he could at least be discreet about it). Chaya, it turns out, is an ancient in exile. And John turns out to have been flirting with someone from another species.



    There are a few sugary romantic scenes in this episode. All those who want John to hook up with someone on the team were no doubt dismayed that he found someone from another planet. I was dismayed because I had already had dessert, and it was a bit too much sweetness for me. I'm all for the fun romantic tension and not so much for the moonlight picnics. However, they are both lonely and probably needed some flirting with someone just to break up the monotony. Cute, but not as much fun as Teyla and John fighting in the gym last week.



    Rodney's reaction to Chaya was just funny. He was being rude, and being a jerk, and was both spot on and way off at the same time regarding her identity. Although he does get credit for the best line of the episode, by telling John not to go "all Captain Kirk." Hee! I think that ship has already sailed, Rodney. Anyway, choosing to run scans on Chaya was just silly, I thought; he thinks she has sinister intent and is hiding her true identity, but it never occurs to him that she would figure out what he was doing?



    I'm bothered by the fact that this show can appear to honour the religious beliefs of others, while actually mocking them. The team is not at all convinced that Athar was the one who protected the planet, and Rodney and John were pretty obvious with their skepticism, leaving Teyla to smooth things over. I've noticed before that the beliefs of the Athosians are also not taken very seriously. However, I've also noticed a similar honour/mock tendency on the Star Trek series, so it may be a recurring theme in the sci-fi genre.



    I have to say that Chaya's consequences for trying to save her people are pretty lousy. Not only is she alone most of the time, but it must be quite a bit of guilt to carry, that you have the ability to save more people but are not permitted to do so. So I have sympathy with her in the end.moreless
  • The team from Atlantis discover a world untouched by the wraith (again). This time, it isn't protected just by an Ancient defense system.... it's protected by an Ancient!

    9.5
    When the team from Atlantis discover a world untouched by the wraith (again), they are suspect another relic of Ancient technology, and perhaps a ZPM energy source. This time, it isn't protected just by an Ancient defense system.... it's protected by an Ancient!



    They meet with the planet's high priestess, Chaya, to discuss making the planet a sanctury for refugees. When she refuses, the team tries to persuade her to lend aid (whether it be shelter, or a look at the planet's defense system). The only one who seems to make any impression on her is Major Sheppard, who ends up befriending her and inviting her back on Atlantis.



    Eventually, they work out that she isn't who she appears to be, and is more than a primitive from that world. She is an ascended Ancient, and protector of that planet -- but isn't permitted to intervene in the earthly affairs of humans.



    Yes, a little predictable, but still a good story nonetheless. Hopefully we'll see more of her later, though she may just be forgotten about. It's too early for the Atlanteans to meet up with the Ancients and resolve their conflict with the wraith, being still Season 1.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Robert Thurston

Robert Thurston

Zarah

Guest Star

Leonor Varela

Leonor Varela

Chaya Sar/Athar

Guest Star

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Recurring Role

Craig Veroni

Craig Veroni

Dr. Peter Grodin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • On the behind the scenes for this episode it says the director was Andy Mikita when in fact the director is James Head.

    • Goof: The equipment pack seen behind John in the Puddle Jumper when he comes to help with the orbital battle displays the "Atlantis" logo of the television series' promotional titles, rather than the 'Pegasus & chevron' symbol of the fictional Atlantis expedition.

    • At the end of the episode Chaya and Sheppard "share each other." This is the same thing that the Ancient Orlin and Samantha Carter did in the Stargate SG-1 season 5 episode "Ascension."

    • Goof: While Chaya and Major Sheppard are talking at the porch, she is sitting on the floor and he is standing up, while they are having the conversation, he is correctly looking straight down at her while she is wrongfully looking straight forward in a hard 'eye contact' manner when she was supposed to be looking up, considering he is in an upper position.

    • This episode marks the first direct contact between the Stargate Atlantis team and 'The Ancients'.

    • When he first arrives on the planet, Sheppard's jacket bears the usual Atlantis and US flag patches on the arms, however by the time he talks to Chaya the patches are gone. Later, as Weir welcome Chaya to Atlantis, the patches are back. It seems odd that after displaying them to an entire village, he'd remove them for a meeting with only one person, then replace them for that same person to see.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • McKay: (about Chaya refusing to harbor fugitives) You are hiding behind your religion to justify your complete and utter selfishness.
      Sheppard: Rodney!
      McKay: If Athar existed, she would be ashamed of herself.

    • McKay: More importantly, it is protected by that weapon of yours.
      Chaya: Weapon? I'm aware of no such thing on Proculus.
      Sheppard: You sure about that?
      Chaya: Yes.
      McKay: Oh, please.
      Sheppard: Rodney, best behavior.
      McKay: This is as good as it gets, Major.

    • Chaya: Your words are most compelling, Major Sheppard.
      Sheppard: Thank you. You know, I was going for compelling.

    • Sheppard: We knew going into it that it was probably going to be a one-way trip, but we thought what we would find here would be worth the risk.
      Chaya: And is it?
      Sheppard: So far. Ask me again when the Wraith show up.

    • McKay: You got it working.
      Grodin: Yeah.
      McKay: Well, do we know what it does?
      Grodin: It would appear to be an internal-external biometric sensor array.
      McKay: See, now, sadly, I understood that. Where did all those Saturday nights go?

    • McKay: Alright, there may be a way to find out. You're opening negotiations with her this morning, right? (After Elizabeth nods) OK, well let me sit in. I'll pretend to be taking notes on the laptop when really I'll be scanning her for anomalies: radiation, EM scans, energy signatures. That way, if I am crazy, you and I are the only ones who need to know. What's the harm?
      Weir: Alright, but be discreet.
      McKay: I'm Mr. Discreet!

    • Sheppard: Well, I mean... nothing. It's just that this is the first time I've been in a romantic situation with a woman from another planet, and it just strikes me as really, um…
      Chaya: Wrong?
      Sheppard: No! God, no! Just, just funny. I'm sorry. I… I just thought that I would, uh...
      Chaya: You said it yourself. We're both human.
      Sheppard: Yes, we are. And I'm really glad you didn't say 'family', otherwise I'd have to leave.

    • Chaya:(Eating strawberries) Mmmm, this is delicious.
      Sheppard: Well enjoy it while you can because it's the last of what we have.
      Chaya: Then I am honored.
      Sheppard: When McKay finds out he's gonna kill me.
      Chaya: Athar will save you.
      Sheppard:(Laughing) Oh, good.

    • Weir: I asked Major Sheppard to keep an eye on her.
      McKay:(laughing) Well, which is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.
      Weir: What?

    • Sheppard: Doctor Weir wanted me to make sure that Chaya saw everything.
      Teyla: Everything?
      Sheppard: Well, not everything. Uh... Chaya mentioned she wanted to see the best view of the city at night which I think is at the top of the south west pier and... and since it's such a long walk I thought I'd... bring along a few provisions.
      Teyla: Continuing our efforts to secure a treaty.
      Sheppard: Exactly. Yeah.
      Teyla: As our ambassador.
      Sheppard(nodding): I'm an ambassador and she is a diplomat.
      Teyla: On a late night... picnic?
      Sheppard: Yes.

    • McKay: Look, someone should be keeping an eye on her.
      Grodin: Major Sheppard is.
      McKay: Oh... I'm sure he is.
      Grodin: Not entirely for the reasons you think. Doctor Weir asked him to.
      McKay: I'm sure she did.

    • Sheppard: Atlanteans are good at lots of things, but writing instruction manuals wasn't one of them. We should probably wrap this tour up. I know Doctor Weir is anxious to talk to you.
      Chaya: Will I see you after that?
      Sheppard:(smiling a little) And during.

    • Beckett: Well, my dear. It seems you are just as lovely on the inside as you are on the out. If health is synonymous with beauty...

    • Chaya: Sanctuary... For so many?
      Sheppard: Well... We're not talking about everybody in the galaxy showing up at your doorstep.

    • Teyla: What Doctor McKay means is that we wish to offer our thanks. We were attacked by the Wraith and would have been killed had it not been for Athar's intervention.
      Zarah: Wraith?
      Sheppard: Pale skin, sunken eyes, suck the life out of you with their hands.

    • Zarah: Well then glory to Athar for bringing you here safely.
      Ford: Athar?
      Zarah: The provider and protector of all. Surely you know.
      Teyla: Athar is known by many names among the stars.
      McKay: Is... Athar around? We'd love to talk to him. We're friends.
      Zarah: Athar is friend to all. And with us always. Even now.
      McKay: Of course. (Putting his hands up) Hi Athar.

    • McKay: So just to confirm we're all still definitely not dead.
      Teyla: I feel very much alive.
      McKay: Good. Same here.
      Sheppard: Wish I knew what that was.
      Ford: Looked like lightning.
      Sheppard: Space lightning?
      McKay: It's some sort of energy weapon, one that apparently destroys Wraith darts.
      Ford: Nice, but why them and not us?
      McKay: Well, assuming that we're still alive and there doesn't appear to be damage as a result of the pulse, I think we can safely conclude that uh, um...I got nothin'. I got nothing to conclude. I'm just talkin' for the sake of talkin'.
      Shepaprd: You sure you're okay?
      McKay: You know how much I hate certain death?
      Sheppard: You're alive.

    • McKay: Okay. You should have weapons now.
      Sheppard: Negative.
      McKay: You sure?
      Sheppard: Positive.
      McKay: I'm pretty sure I fixed it.
      Sheppard: Well, obviously you didn't!

    • Ford:(About Sheppard's flying) The Stargate is the other way, sir. On the other side of the planet.
      Sheppard: Yeah, now, we're taking the scenic route.

    • Weir: I hope you don't mind but our doctors do require a medical exam of all offworld team members and our visitors, but after that perhaps you would like a full tour.
      Chaya: I would love that.
      Teyla: Major Sheppard has already promised to do so.
      Weir: Of course he has.
      Sheppard: Of course I have.

    • Teyla: The Stargate is in orbit, Major. My people could never have ventured here.
      Sheppard: Right. What say we 'venture'?

    • Weir: Did you find anything abnormal? Something that would suggest they are more advanced than we think?
      McKay: No. They're either pathetically pre-technological, or brilliantly post-technological.
      Weir: And there's no way this could be a natural phenomenon?
      McKay: Come on, a perfectly timed directional energy burst that only affected the Wraith ships?
      Weir: That's a no?
      McKay: That's a no.

    • McKay: What, I'm not allowed to have intuition?
      Weir: You? No.

    • McKay: Word of caution. The whole Captain Kirk routine is problematic, to say the least, let alone morally dubious.
      Sheppard: What routine?
      McKay: Romancing the alien priestess… it's very 1967 of you.

    • Sheppard: Why did you come here?
      Chaya: You, John.
      Sheppard: Me?
      Chaya: I have lived in solitude for so long that when you asked my to come to Atlantis, I...
      McKay: Oh my god, he is Kirk.

    • (On sharing each other)
      Chaya: We will know each other as well as anyone ever can.
      Sheppard: Ok… if I get the car back by midnight, though.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The planet Proculus was originally called "Procul-Arum" in an early draft of the script.

    • Leonor Varela receives the "And" credit.

    • Paul McGillion voices the "previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • Robert Thurston (Zarah) previously played a Scientist in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Redemption Part 2".

    • Promo pictures of this episode released in late October on www.gateworld.net showed two scenes involving Chaya and a young boy of about six or seven (who was clearly supposed to be one of her people). However, neither of these scenes were included in the finished episode.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 29, 2004 on The Movie Network and Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on January 18, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on June 16, 2005 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: February 12-13, 2005.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Sheppard: Space Lightning?

      In the long running Doctor Who show on British television, during the Jon Pertwee era, Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart would constantly dumb down scientific terms made by the Doctor. Many times he referred to things as "Space Lightning".

    • McKay: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

      This is a reference to the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz.

    • McKay: Word of caution. The whole Captain Kirk routine is problematic, to say the least; let alone morally dubious.

      Captain Kirk from Star Trek had a habit of romancing alien women.

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