time I have some questions about the Season 2 Stargate
Atlantis episodes The
Hive and Epiphany for you.
1. In The Hive, some of the Atlantis crew are held
prisoner onboard a Wraith hive ship. But what is with that
Wraith prison door? It is an organic design that leaves big
holes in the door. I have examined the holes on freeze-frame
and zoom, and some of them are easily big enough for a person
to get through. You can't argue that they are hooked up to
electricity or something and would shock any attempted escapees,
because in this story two of the crew put their hands through
the holes in order to throw knives.
2. In Epiphany, can you explain why the Ancients made
the doorway to the other time zone look like a door? I know
that the other realm is designed specifically for those preparing
to ascend, and the inability to travel back through the doorway
is intentional, but what about innocent people who stumble
upon it (like the Atlantis crew)? Isn't it a little stupid
to have the doorway look like a doorway?
3. Also, why have those people been waiting so long to ascend?
We are led to believe that they were led there by the Ancients
and we know that time on that side of the portal travels much
faster than on "our" side. It seems that they've been there
for thousands of years and many of them are in fact the descendents
of others who tried to ascend. How crap is that? And then
Sheppard comes along and says "fight the monster" and they
Finally, what is going on with Sheppard's facial hair in Epiphany?
When he is rescued at the end of the episode, he moans that
he can't wait to have a shave. Why didn't he have one before
he was rescued? All the men there are clean-shaven and we
know that they have facial hair because one of the men he
chats to has a little triangle of hair on his chin and a very
obvious 12-o'clock shadow. Couldn't Sheppard have borrowed
a razor? Yes, I know this is used as a plot device to signify
the passage of time, but even so...
what you can do with these!
Those doors are indeed a very odd design, but they open and
close in an organic manner, like growing vines that connect
in the middle. It could well be that they are also intelligent
technology and that if they were to detect anyone attempting
to slip through them, they would squeeze shut in order to
deter, injure or kill any attempted escapees.
I must also say that, having examined the positions of the
gaps, I think you'd have to be some kind of acrobat or contortionist
to try and get through them.
2. No, not really. The only people likely to travel to that
planet are the Ancients and those who deliberately follow
in their footsteps, for whom the doorway was left to be found.
It was also hidden away under foliage, so the Atlantis crew
were only able to detect its presence with their scanning
equipment. Onscreen evidence suggests that the Atlantis crew
are the only people to have stumbled upon it to date, apart
from those seeking ascension.
Actually, those people weren't led there by the Ancients,
but rather followed in the Ancients' footsteps of their own
volition. And who ever said that ascension was guaranteed?
Is enrolling at a military academy any guarantee of becoming
a general? Is going to university any guarantee of getting
a first-class degree? Is joining a monastery any guarantee
of becoming a monk? I don't think so. You have to work at
it, it takes time, and you might not succeed. Maybe some of
the Ancient writing outside actually reads: "We would like
to point out that crossing this barrier does not constitute
a guarantee of ascension. The Ancients can accept no responsibility
for failure to ascend or any resulting disappointment or loss
for Sheppard's intervention, bear in mind that it was foretold
that he would come and help the final few to ascend, so maybe
this became a self-fulfilling prophecy: the people became
complacent knowing that help would arrive one day.
4. How do we know that the locals have razors? Perhaps one
of their mental disciplines is the ability to control the
rate of growth of their hair. Alternatively, maybe Sheppard
usually uses an electric razor, whereas the locals only possess
low-tech razor blades, which Sheppard dislikes because he
always cuts himself to ribbons with them.
I'll cut it at that point!