Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 3

Ascension

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 13, 2001 on Syfy
8.4
out of 10
User Rating
242 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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Carter finds romance from an alien who secretly followed her back from his planet.

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  • Friendly advanced alien builds a homemade Stargate

    9.0
    Friendly advanced alien builds a homemade Stargate.



    This episode dragged a bit -- until the friendly advanced alien built a ghetto-rigged Stargate in Sam's basement.



    Now that was great!



    Orlin: This one [stargate] won't dial multiple addresses. It'll only create a wormhole once and then probably burn out.



    Sam: And you ordered the materials online?



    Orlin: Mostly. Sorry, but you're going to have a pretty big credit card bill this month. Oh, and you're going to need a new toaster.moreless
  • bad episode...

    5.0
    An alien follows Carter home and takes an interest in her. Everyone at the SGC thinks she is going crazy when she says an alien contacted her and was named Orlin. In the end, Orlin ascends after being shot when he disabled a weapon. This episode was really really boreing. Orlin was just annoying and all they did was talk about really boreing stuff. The whole weapon story line was unorginal and didn't capture my attention. The whole love thing with Orlin and Sam was pretty annoying also. They've done a lot of love stories with Daniel and it's just annoying to see more pointless love stories. Basically, it was just one big boreing episode that, overall, was bad.moreless
  • I would like to Stick up for this Episode

    9.5
    I have recently been going through from start to finish the Stargate series on DVD once again and I noticed the low score for this episode which shocked me....



    Spoilers for the episodes ahead from this (Stop reading if you care)



    This is one of my favorite episodes. I generally like anything to do with ascended ancients but I especially like the fact, this whole episode was devoted to Carter doing something other than work. A look into her outside life.



    The ancient actor was very good and I find the love story quite a nice touch. I felt the need to give this episode a boost because episodes like this are refreshing intervals between all the action and this one was done very well.



    I agree with another reviewer that the whole building a Stargate was quite cool. My only gripe with this episode which is more a gripe with an inconsistent fact in the Stargate series.



    Why can some ascended ancients touch things and others can't?. Orlin, Daniel and I think Morgan couldn't. Yet Oma could hold the child in an episode before this and Chaya could touch things....



    The episode was a good break from all the fighting, on a side written well and well worth a watch.moreless
  • Home made Stargate, good looking alien

    8.8
    This was a well written episode, Orlin was a cool character, I like the way that he had the hots for Carter from the moment he saw her. It was good character development and showed there was more to Carter than her work. What was silly was how the SGC thought she was crazy, when she is clearly the brightest spark of the bunch and they've believed crazier things before immediately. Loved how ONeil stuck up for herand pretended she was under orders to keep a secret alien in her house!

    The best bit was when Tealc and ONeil showed up at her door with pizza AND sTAR wARS, that was hilarious, "I don't like Sci Fi"

    The whole, "and then we made a weapon and they destoryed their planet with it" has been done before, but overall this was a swell episode, certainly not boring and well executed. I just hope Orlin got away......moreless
  • Building home version of Stargate...

    7.4
    Mmm.. if leave out little bit weird storyline on the side of that alien who without any good reason just started to hit on Carter, it was quite funny episode and after all the "save the world" (or Teal'c) episode, it was quite funny. First O'Neill - he is just always funny. He and Teal'c behind Carter door... and he had not seen Star Wars? How that happened..



    Anyway, the home made version of stargate was the pearl of this episode I think and saved a little. And I think Carter finally realized there is good to have something else than work. It was all her episode, so...moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Ben Wilkinson

Ben Wilkinson

O'Brien

Guest Star

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Orlin

Guest Star

Rob Fournier

Rob Fournier

Special Forces Commander

Guest Star

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Col. Frank Simmons

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Eric Breker

Eric Breker

Col. Reynolds

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Carter's birthday is revealed to be in May. (Orlin gives her an emerald, stating it's her birthstone. Emerald is May's birthstone.) This contradicts the information in "Entity" when they pull up a data file that says Sam's D.O.B. is 10/17/65.

    • After Carter closes the door on O'Neill and Teal'c, she sets the pizza down and opens the door where Orlin is hiding. For one brief moment, you can see someone standing at the outside window of the room looking in from the porch. I believe it is probably Christopher Judge but the image is pretty fleeting.

    • In this episode, General Hammond's skill badges were reversed. The Command Pilot wings were below the Space and Missile badge but in almost all the other episodes, the pilot wings are on top.

    • Jack says he has never seen Star Wars, but in the episode "1969", when they are captured, he identifies himself to his interrogator as "Luke Skywalker". (Editor's note - you don't have to have seen the movie to know about the character and know he has something to do with science fiction, though.)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Sam: Are we done?
      Dr. Fraiser: Yes. Make sure you come back if you start speaking an alien language.
      Sam: I'm sure I'll have no choice.

    • Daniel: I could probably date its construction, compare it to the rest of the structures using some sort of carbon analysis.
      Jack: How long?
      Daniel: For what?
      Jack: All of it. How long?
      Daniel: Uh, days weeks, months of meticulous tedious boring tediousness.

    • Jack: I gotta pee.
      Sam: Yes sir.

    • (Orlin gives Sam an emerald)
      Sam: You made it?
      Orlin: You wouldn't believe the things you can make from the common, simple items lying around your planet. Which reminds me, you're going to need a new microwave.

    • Sam: I'm just saying, if the alien had the ability and desire to show himself only to me, it would probably be better if I gathered as much information as I could, possibly even find a way of isolating it, before I officially mentioned it again, right?
      Jack: Probably. Yes. (both nod heads, Jack points to washroom) I gotta pee.

    • Jack: Carter, any idea what this thing is yet?
      Sam: No, sir, but the technology is very advanced.
      Jack: So what, two hours?
      Sam: Very... advanced.

    • Teal'c: Do you believe Major Carter has become mentally unstable?
      Jack: No more than the rest of us.

    • (discussing their downtime plans)
      Jack: So .. what do you want to do now?
      Teal'c: I have read of a place where humans do battle in a ring of Jello.
      Jack: (tosses him the mobile phone) Call Daniel.

    • Jack: We brought pizza and a movie.
      Teal'c: Star Wars.
      Jack: He's seen it... what eight times?
      Teal'c: Nine.
      Jack: Nine times. If Teal'c likes it, it's gotta be worth watching.
      Sam: What? You've never seen Star Wars?
      Jack: Well, you know me and sci-fi...

    • Sam: Tense? Me? I'm not tense, am I? When did you first notice?
      Jack: As we met.

    • Orlin: This one [stargate] won't dial multiple addresses. It'll only create a wormhole once and then probably burn out.
      Sam: And you ordered the materials online?
      Orlin: Mostly. Sorry, but you're going to have a pretty big credit card bill this month. Oh, and you're going to need a new toaster.

    • Col Simmons: Need I remind you, Doctor Jackson, of the dangers we're trying to defend Earth from?
      Daniel: Oh, could you? I mean - go slow...

    • Daniel: It looks like that thing on 636 is a weapon.
      Jack: I was right?
      Teal'c: It is a weapon of great power, O'Neill.
      Jack: Big and honkin'?

  • NOTES (6)

    • John de Lancie (Frank Simmons) who played Q on The Next Generation is the fifth "Star Trek" regular/recurring role to appear on the show as of this episode. He was preceded by Armin Shimerman (Anteaus) in "The Nox", who played Quark on Deep Space Nine, Dwight Shultz (The Keeper) in "The Gamekeeper", who played Lieutenant Barclay on The Next Generation, Rene Auberjonois (Alar) in "The Other Side", who played Odo on Deep Space Nine, and Marina Sirtis (Dr. Svetlana Markov) in "Watergate", who played Counselor Deanna Troi on The Next Generation.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Colonel Frank Simmons (John de Lancie) on the series.

    • The house shown in this episode was originally going to be Dr. Fraiser's house instead of Carter's.

    • This is the first time in the series that you get to see Major Carter's house

    • Syndication air date: September 29, 2002.

    • Dr. Carter's grey car is a 1961 Volvo P1800.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Teal'c: Star Wars.
      Star Wars is a franchise of science fantasy films created by George Lucas. The six-film series started in 1977 with the release of Star Wars, and has since become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning books, video games, television series, and other merchandise.

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