Tao of Rodney

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After an Ancient device gives Rodney superhuman powers, his enhanced brilliance is checked only by his impending death -- unless he can learn how to ascend.

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EPISODE #314
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 05.04.07
SYNDICATION AIR DATE: 02.04.08
DVD DISC: Season 3, Disc 4
WRITTEN BY: Damian Kindler
DIRECTED BY: Martin Wood
GUEST STARS:

Kavan Smith (Major Lorne), David Nykl (Radek Zelenka), Leela Savasta (Esposito), Donna Soares (Coleman), Chuck Campbell (Technician)

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ANALYSIS

  • Sheppard mentions having spent six months with a group of ascension wannabes — a reference to his time with an isolated community living inside a time dilation bubble a year earlier (“Epiphany”). It was here that he learned techniques for reaching (or attempting to) ascension to a higher plane.

    Though six months passed for him, for the rest of the team on the outside it was only a few hours.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

  • Will Rodney experience any lasting effects from his exposure to the Ancient ascension device?
  • Will Rodney and his team be able to make use of any of the groundbreaking science he tried to record during his time of evolutionary advancement?
  • Will Atlantis (or Earth) conduct any further tests of the device, perhaps even with human subjects — now that they know (in theory) how to reverse the process?