"Ascension" is the third episode of the fifth season of Stargate SG-1.


After a mission to Velona, where they find a weapon capable of defeating the Goa'uld, Major Samantha Carter is followed by an ascended being named Orlin, who warns her not to use the weapon.


SG-1 are on the planet Velona with Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c exploring the planet. They meet up with their teammates, Major Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson who are busy examining a device and some ancient writings respectively.

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Sam unconscious.

In the process of investigating a device, Sam is attacked by some mysterious spirit. When Daniel goes to investigate, he finds Sam lying on the ground, unconscious which prompts Daniel to summon Jack.

In the Stargate Command infirmary, Carter and Dr. Janet Fraiser are talking about what happened. Sam then leaves to attend the briefing and reveals that the device is significantly more advanced than any other technology on this planet.

Despite requesting that she join SG-16, Sam is denied permission, much to her dismay, with Major General George S. Hammond giving most of the SG-1 team some time off.

Daniel, being the expert linguist, stays on the planet to help SG-16, who will be analyzing the alien device. After a short time home Carter begins to see a strange man who appears to be invisible to everyone else. She informs her superiors at Stargate Command, who then place cameras and microphones in her home. The strange man does not appear again until the cameras are removed. It turns out that the man is an ascended being who goes by the name of Orlin. He gives up ascension to be with Carter and begins to create many different things in her home.

While Orlin was ascended he helped the people of the alien planet to develop the alien device that SG-1 discovered. As it turns out, it is a powerful weapon that protected the planet from the Goa'uld and the civilization eventually attempted to use this weapon to conquer other planets. Because Orlin interfered with the lower planes of existence, the Others wiped out the alien civilization and ordered Orlin to destroy the weapon. Carter is working to create a link between a Naquadah generator and the weapon. Orlin knows what the device can do and convinces Carter to stop her research. They then attempt to stop anyone from activating the device.

Colonel Frank Simmons learns that Orlin is not a delusion brought on by Carter's stress but a human from the alien world. When the government attempts to capture Orlin, Carter is sent in to convince him to come peacefully. Orlin then leads her to a Mini Stargate that he has built in her basement. The two of them travel to the planet and Orlin sacrifices himself to stop Colonel Albert Reynolds and SG-16 from activating the weapon. The other ascended beings allow Orlin to ascend once more and destroy the weapon so that it can no longer be used.


Appearances for Ascension





Sentient Species




Notable quotes[]

O'Neill: How long?
Jackson: For what?
O'Neill: All of it. How long?
Jackson: Uh well. Days. Weeks. Months, maybe, of meticulous, tedious boring... you know, tediousness. (Jack and Teal'c walk away) Uh... I could just keeping working now. By lunch at least.

Carter: There's nothing wrong with me.
Fraiser: Okay. At least consider what you've been through in the last few years. You have had a Tok'ra symbiote die in your brain. Your memory has been stamped. And your entire consciousness has been transferred out of your body into a computer and then back again. And that is just for starters. Eventually it has to take its toll.
Carter: Are we done?
Fraiser: Yes. Make sure you come back if you start speaking an alien language.
Carter: I'm sure I'll have no choice.

(Discussing what the device on 636 is)
Hammond: I'm sorry, but I haven't heard anyone say exactly what the device is.
Jackson: Uh, well, we're still just speculating, I mean it could be a deep space observatory for all I know.
O'Neill: Or a big honkin' space gun, sir.
Jackson: Most likely the Goa'uld would have taken that.

Hammond: Until Dr. Fraiser advises otherwise, I'm ordering you to take it easy.
Carter: Take it easy?
O'Neill: Yeah. You've been a little tense.
Carter: Tense? Me? I'm not tense. Am I? When did you first notice?
O'Neill: As we met.

O'Neill: Look Carter, here's the bottom line. No-one is seeing what you've seen, and until that happens we're all gonna to think you're nuts.

Carter: Hey guys. What are you doing here?
O'Neill: We brought pizza, and a movie.
Teal'c: Star Wars.
O'Neill: He's seen it... what... eight times?
Teal'c: Nine.
O'Neill: Nine times. If Teal'c likes it, its gotta be ok.
Carter: You've never seen Star Wars?
O'Neill: Ah, you know me and... "sci-fi."

(O'Neill and Teal'c have been thwarted in their plan to enjoy pizza and Star Wars with Carter)
O'Neill: So, now what?
Teal'c: I have read of a place where humans do battle in a ring of Jell-O.
(O'Neill tosses his cellphone to Teal'c.)
O'Neill: Call Daniel.

O'Neill: What have you guys got?
Jackson: Well, it looks like that thing on 636 is a weapon.
O'Neill: I was right?
Teal'c: It is a weapon of great power, O'Neill.
O'Neill: Big and honkin'.

Orlin: I read about how humans associate certain materials with their birth month. Yours is emerald, right?
Carter: It's huge.
Orlin: Oh. Is it? It was difficult to tell the common size from the pictures in the book.
Carter: You made it?
Orlin: You wouldn't believe the things that you can make from the common, simple items lying around your planet. Which reminds me, you're going to need a new Microwave.

Carter: You've been busy.
Orlin: I didn't think they'd let me go back to Velona through their Stargate.
Carter: So you built one?
Orlin: Sort of. This one won't dial multiple addresses. It'll only create a wormhole once and then probably burn out.
Carter: And you ordered the materials online?
Orlin: Mostly. Sorry, but you're going to have a pretty good credit card bill this month. Oh. And you're going to need a new toaster.


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Guest Stars


  • Major General George S. Hammond says that the red phone in his office "only takes calls from one man", referring to President William Jefferson Clinton. However, he is seen in various episodes having several conversations with different people over the red telephone, including his grandchildren Tessa and Kayla. Hammond was presumably just trying to make a point, rather than speaking of the literal capabilities of his office phone.
  • Colonel Albert Reynolds transferred from Area 51 and takes command of SG-16. This is the first mention of SG-16. It's also the only appearance of this team in the whole series.
  • Many of the photos and items found in Major Samantha Carter's home are actual belongings of Amanda Tapping. The photos are real photos of her and her twin brother, of her grandmother and of her grandfather for example. There is also a photo of Jacob Carter and Samantha when she was a child. That is a photo of Jacob's actor Carmen Argenziano and his step daughter Mia. Other items are gifts from fans that she chose to add as a thanks to them, such as a couple of quilts, some statuettes and a carving of a Bouvier, which is the breed of dog Amanda has.


  • Orlin gives Major Samantha Carter an emerald as her birthstone suggesting she was born in May. However, Carter was actually born in December.
  • Colonel Jack O'Neill claims not to have seen Star Wars, yet he made a reference to Luke Skywalker in "1969". (Note: Watching Star Wars is not necessarily required to make a Luke Skywalker reference.)


  • Won Leo for "Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance - Female" (Amanda Tapping)

Other languages[]

  • French: Ascension (dubbed in English)
  • Italian: Ascensione (Ascension)
  • Spanish: Ascensión (Ascension)
  • Czech: Povznesení (Ascension)
  • German: Das Opfer (The Sacrifice)
  • Catalan: Ascenció (Ascension)

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