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    STARGATE ATLANTIS - SEASON TWO
    EPISODE NUMBER - 219

    Sheppard's team meets a civilization about to be destroyed by a super-volcano, and is trapped there when the Stargate is destroyed during the evacuation.

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    Last edited by GateWorld; February 4, 2021, 08:21 PM.

    #2
    Did everyone in Canada go to bed? I want spoilers. Please...anyone?

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      #3
      Woohoo!!! Second post!!!

      Summary below:

      Sheppard and team find an Ancient warship in an Ancient base built inside an Ancient super volcano on some Ancient planet (yes... they're all ancient). McKay discovers that the local hot blonde has upset the geothermic pressure by running the base shield continuously and the entire continent will soon erupt. Weir convinces their leader to evacuate, but his eruption, err I mean a volcanic eruption engulfs the stargate trapping many on the planet.

      The Deadalus arrives to take the survivors, but cannot evacuate all the settlers in a single trip because they don't have enough toilets. McKay and company now race against time to fix the newly branded "Orion" in order to escape certain death.

      Back in Atlantis, Zelenka made the discovery that an icon in the shape of a Wraith hive ship has appeared on the computer screen. He then realizes that it is a Wraith hive ship and it is on its way and will reach Atlantis within three weeks, just before his ebay biddings arrive.

      As molten rock starts to flow McKay realizes it's not possible to fix the engine in time so he enables the shield and engages hyper drive allowing Orion (with the settlers inside) to jump to the planet's orbit with only seconds to spare.

      Sheppard meanwhile, is busy screwing yet another "hot" (quoting Weir) Pegasus chick. As for Ronan and Teyla, they were sweating and panting until the Deadalus beamed them up.
      Last edited by Zamboni; March 2, 2006, 10:04 PM.

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        #4
        SCORE!!!
        They got a an ancient ship intact (needs engine work but not a lemon) and it wasn't destroyed!!!!
        And plus the people on the planet with the volcano that blows up aren't evil backstabbers. They let us use the ship in return for saving them. The new ship is called the Orion (guess who names it) and there is one hive ship headed for atlantis currently.

        This ep totally makes up for Aurora IMHO. It has good chemistry and is a boon for season two. Now on to The Siege part 4! err I mean Allies, yah!

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          #5
          There are a few more posts regarding the ep in the season 2 folder.

          Just finished watching it.

          Very good episode. This is what Atlantis is all about, In my opinion ranks alongside 'The Siege III' as the best so far in season 2.

          I didn't like the overall look of the Ancient ship though, Daedalus class & Asgard ships are far nicer looking on the eye.

          Though at the end when the ship is launched into space, it looks like it has two energy cannons on the side that you can see. So since both sides look equal to each other. I'm assuming that it has two big space guns on each side. They have also said it has an armoury full of Drones. The shields are temporarily drained, having been used to ride the volcano to help blast it off the ground. However it'll simply be a matter of recharging those. The sublight engines are currently down, however McKay is taking a repair team to get them fixed. He just didn't have enough time in the episode to do it. Other than that, so far it seems in pretty good shape. A lot better than was told in the other 'Inferno' thread.

          They also detected a single Hive ship on approach half way through the episode. They have estimated it to be at least 3 weeks away. So that should be plenty of time to get the 'Orion' fixed up like new. It took Daedalus 12 hours trip from Tarranis to Atlantis & back. So assuming McKay gets the engines patched up. Then it should be able to make it back before or shortly after the Hive ships have reached Atlantis. My bet is it'll be used to help take them out in the S3 opener.

          Right at the end, Weir says that they have been allowed to use the ship in return for helping their peple by the chancellor. So it doesn't seem that it's actually been given to them, just a loner for the time being.

          Hopefully it does have them big honkin space guns!

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            #6
            Here's a summary:

            Atlantis expedition has responded to overtures from a planet called Taranis which possesses Ancient shield technology. However, the shield has been malfunctioning and the Taranians have requested help to repair it because their understanding of Ancient tech is very limited. The shield is powered, not by a ZPM, but by the planet's plentiful geothermal energy.

            While McKay starts analyzing the shield generator at the Ancient base with the beautiful Taranian scientist Norina, the rest of the team are given a tour of the facility by the Chancellor of Taranis. McKay postulates the base was built during the height of war (with the Wraith, no doubt).

            The Chancellor guides Sheppard, Teyla and Ronon deep underground into the base where he shows them an Ancient spaceship. Along the way, they experience some strong earthquake-like tremors.

            Sheppard reports to Weir that it is an Aurora-class warship but it's damaged, likely from battle with the Wraith. The Taranians have been examining it for years but can only turn some things on and off; they have insufficient expertise to fix any malfunction. Weir returns to Taranis with Sheppard to start a diplomatic dialogue with the Chancellor.

            McKay discovers the Taranians have been running the shield continuously for over a year. Norina states they increased the shield strength when long range sensors detected increased Wraith activity. They had to over-ride alarms in order to do that. It was around this time that the tremors started increasing in frequency. McKay then realizes the shield generator facility was built on top of the caldera of a dormant super-volcano. However, it's no longer dormant due to the generator drawing so much more power than intended, for so long. McKay informs the Taranians that the volcano is building up to a catastrophic eruption that will destroy half of the continent and the resulting dust cloud will cover the entire planet, killing every living thing on the surface.

            McKay advises the Chancellor to evacuate everyone from the planet and Weir offers the Taranians sanctuary at Atlantis. The Chancellor reluctantly agrees though he is suspicious that Weir et al conveniently come up with this plan when they find out there is an Ancient warship on the base. Weir and the Chancellor lead the first group of Taranians through the stargate to Atlantis but a fissure opening near the gate disrupts further gate use. Soon after, the Taranian gate sinks into a pool of molten lava, stranding all the remaining inhabitants and Sheppard's team.

            On its way back from Earth, the Daedalus is diverted to Taranis where it begins to pick up people to shuttle to Atlantis. Unfortunately, finite life support resources on the Daedalus only permit it to transport one-quarter of the refugees at a time, with each trip taking 12 hours. As the first group is being taken back to Atlantis, Sheppard decides a plan B is needed, namely, having McKay get the Ancient ship operational to transport the remaining people, should there not be enough time for the Daedalus to make all four trips. His instincts are correct as the volcano becomes increasingly unstable with progressively more violent eruptions.

            McKay races against time and comes up with a crazy plan to use the volcano's explosion under the Ancient ship to propel it upwards from the base. The ship's shields can protect it briefly from incineration - just enough time to engage the hyperspace drive for a short jump into orbit over the planet.

            The plan is a success and now Atlantis has an Ancient warship at its disposal.

            Meanwhile, back in Atlantis, long range sensors detect a lone Wraith hiveship...
            To Infinity And Beyond!

            O'Neill: "Do we know this... shrub?"

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              #7
              woooo for the orion.... the fact that atlantis has an ancient war ship.. hopefully fully operational by the next episode is... well the greatest thing that has happened this entire season

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                #8
                Thank you, thank you and Oooh a Ship of our very own. OK I'm slow who got to name it?

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                  #9
                  McKay discovers the Taranians have been running the shield continuously for over a year. Norina states they increased the shield strength when long range sensors detected increased Wraith activity. They had to over-ride alarms in order to do that. It was around this time that the tremors started increasing in frequency. McKay then realizes the shield generator facility was built on top of the caldera of a dormant super-volcano. However, it's no longer dormant due to the generator drawing so much more power than intended, for so long.
                  Once again, the writers get the science completely backwards. If they're drawing their power from geothermal energy, they'd be removing energy from the planet, not adding to it.

                  Oh, but wait! A shiney ancient ship! Oooo, look at the ship...
                  Jarnin's Law of StarGate:

                  1. As a StarGate discussion grows longer, the probability of someone mentioning the Furlings approaches one.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jarnin
                    Once again, the writers get the science completely backwards. If they're drawing their power from geothermal energy, they'd be removing energy from the planet, not adding to it.

                    Oh, but wait! A shiney ancient ship! Oooo, look at the ship...
                    I think the amount of power the shield generator is drawing from the planet is a drop in the bucket, so to speak - and irrelevant. However, the process of doing so is de-stabilizing the previously dormant super-volcano.
                    To Infinity And Beyond!

                    O'Neill: "Do we know this... shrub?"

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                      #11
                      Shep got to name it.

                      Well, it seems backwards, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on the volcano thing.

                      However, they should have taken everyone to the other side of the planet (where the danger is less immediate) before they made their four trips. Then there would have been plenty of time to save everyone, and only the ship would have been in jeopardy.

                      Pretty good episode, though, fun explosions and the like, and the ship offers some good potential. And perhaps they'll come up with a new plan for what to do about the hive ship, rather than just a firefight.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Jarnin
                        Once again, the writers get the science completely backwards. If they're drawing their power from geothermal energy, they'd be removing energy from the planet, not adding to it.

                        Oh, but wait! A shiney ancient ship! Oooo, look at the ship...
                        The withdrawl of the ancient shield was most likely miniscule compared to the total geothermal energy of the planet. The aformentioned synopsis was probably referring to the instability the shield caused due to the ever increasing energy consumption.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Buzz Lightyear
                          I think the amount of power the shield generator is drawing from the planet is a drop in the bucket, so to speak - and irrelevant. However, the process of doing so is de-stabilizing the previously dormant super-volcano.
                          We're talking thermodynamics here folks, you can't add energy to something you're extracting energy from.

                          If the volcano was dormant, it would continue to be dormant unless the planet became unstable, which would have nothing to do with the shield extracting energy from a dormant volcano.

                          It's a plot device, and a pretty shady one. You can explain it with as much technobabble as you want, it doesn't negate the fact that the writers got the science wrong again.
                          Jarnin's Law of StarGate:

                          1. As a StarGate discussion grows longer, the probability of someone mentioning the Furlings approaches one.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Jarnin
                            We're talking thermodynamics here folks, you can't add energy to something you're extracting energy from.

                            If the volcano was dormant, it would continue to be dormant unless the planet became unstable, which would have nothing to do with the shield extracting energy from a dormant volcano.

                            It's a plot device, and a pretty shady one. You can explain it with as much technobabble as you want, it doesn't negate the fact that the writers got the science wrong again.
                            When did they add energy?

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                              #15
                              wow, we got to keep it? great

                              now bring on the hive!

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