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Ascension (miniseries) – Wikipedia

Ascension is a 2014 Canadian/American science fiction mystery drama television miniseries which aired on CBC in Canada and Syfy in the United States. It consists of six 43 minute episodes. The show was created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. The pilot was written and executive produced by Philip Levens, who served as the showrunner.

On July 9, 2014, CBC added Ascension to its fall programming roster. It was originally scheduled to premiere in November 2014.[1] In October 2014, CBC announced that the premiere date had been moved to January 2015.[2] It started airing on CBC on Monday nights starting February 9, 2015.[3] Syfy had originally announced plans to debut the show on November 24, 2014, airing one episode per week for six weeks.[4] Instead the series premiered on December 15, 2014, and aired two episodes each night for three consecutive nights.[5]

The story takes place aboard a generation ship originally launched in the 1960s and now half-way into its 100-year journey to Proxima Centauri. A murder onboard sparks off a series of events that leads the crew to begin second-guessing their real mission.

The opening premise of the show is that in 1963 President John F. Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will escalate and lead to the destruction of Earth, launched the Ascension, an Orion class spaceship, to colonize a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, assuring the survival of the human race.

The USS Ascension is a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. The journey will take 100 years, so only the children and grandchildren of the original crew of 600 volunteers will be alive when they arrive.[6] The story begins 51 years into their journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return. The action begins with the mysterious murder of a young woman the first homicide since the Ascension was launched.[7] The investigation causes the ship’s crew to question the true nature of their mission.[8]

It is revealed that the Ascension never left Earth, a fact hidden from its crew. In truth the purpose is a genetics experiment being carried out in a fake spaceship constructed inside a secret underground facility. The current director of the project, Dr. Harris Enzmann, is attempting to use the experiment to evolve a superhuman. This appears to be successful in the form of Christa, a young girl born onboard who displays a number of telekinetic powers. Enzmann’s mission is opposed by others in the organization, and the murder sparks off a series of events that lead to Enzmann’s position being put in jeopardy, and the entire experiment falling apart.[9] The crew is successful in staving off catastrophe due to environmental system failure. The crisis precipitates events that lead to Christa successfully teleporting one of the crewmembers to an alien planet, fulfilling Ascension’s true goal of interstellar travel.

On March 13, 2014, came the official announcement that Syfy had ordered Ascension as a 6-part miniseries.[24] Syfy billed Ascension as a “6-hour event series”.[10]

Ascension is an original sci-fi mystery drama created and written by Philip Levens who serves as executive producer and showrunner.[25] The series is produced in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, by Canada-based Sea to Sky Studios in association with U.S.-based Blumhouse Productions. It is co-financed and distributed by U.S.-based Universal Cable Productions and Canada-based Lionsgate Television.[26]

Jason Blum and Mark Stern are executive producers on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, and Brett Burlock.

On April 30, 2014, Syfy announced that Tricia Helfer would star as Viondra Denninger.[27] On June 3, 2014, Brian Van Holt was announced to star as Captain William Denninger.[28]

On June 24, 2014, Brandon P. Bell, Tiffany Lonsdale, and Jacqueline Byers were announced to co-star alongside Helfer and Van Holt, as First Officer Oren Gault, Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, and Nora Bryce respectively,[29] and two days later, Andrea Roth and P.J. Boudousque joined the main cast as Dr. Juliet Bryce and James Toback respectively.[30]

On July 7, 2014, Ryan Robbins joined the main cast[25] as Safety Officer Duke Vanderhaus,[31] and two days later, Gil Bellows joined the main cast[25] as Harris Enzmann.[32] Later the same day, Wendy Crewson was announced to guest star in an as yet unspecified role (which was ultimately that of Director Katherine Warren).[31]

The series began shooting on July 7, 2014, in Montreal.[17] Canadian director Stephen Williams directed the first two episodes.[33]

The first promotional teaser-trailer was released on May 15, 2014, at the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Upfront Presentation.[34] The trailer is available for viewing on the official page of Ascension on Syfy’s website.[10]

On July 14, 2014, executive producer and showrunner Phil Levens and executive producer Jason Blum appeared at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour to talk about the new series bringing along the principal stars of the show, Brian Van Holt and Tricia Helfer, to field questions from the ballroom of critics.[35] (see below: Comments by the cast and crew)

On October 13, 2014, the network announced that instead of airing as a weekly series for six weeks, Ascension would air as a three-night “event” starting on December 15, 2014, with two of the six episodes airing each of three consecutive nights.[5]

Although the show was ordered as a miniseries, it could have potentially run for multiple seasons,[36] similar to the network’s popular series Battlestar Galactica.

On March 10, 2015, Syfy announced that they would not be producing any further episodes or seasons of the show, explaining, “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series.”[37]

Tricia Helfer (top) and Brian Van Holt at NBCUniversal’s 2014 Summer TCA Tour on July 14, 2014

Upon the official announcement, on March 13, 2014, that Syfy had picked up the miniseries, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President of Original Content for Syfy stated: “Phil Levens has crafted a bold and surprising spin on the space opera. We are equally excited to embark on this journey with our partners at UCP, Sea to Sky, Lionsgate, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions and also with Mark Stern who shepherded this project while at Syfy”.[24]

On July 14, 2014, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Jason Blum, Tricia Helfer, Philip Levens, and Brian Van Holt commented on the upcoming show.[35]

Executive producer Jason Blum said that:

What piqued [his] interest was the originality of EP Philip Levens’ story idea, which was inspired by the Orion military project under JFK. Levens pointed out that Kennedy squashed the development of Orion soon after Bay of Pigs as the military began equipping the spaceship with weapons. He was terrified that they were turning it into a Death Star.[4]

About the starship he said that “it feels like a cruise ship. Essentially the ship is like a time capsule, another civilization that continued for 50 years parallel to our civilization.”[38] Blum added that:

The people on the ship, only some of their children, but most of their grandchildren, are the only people who are going to arrive at this new world. A lot of the people who started on this ship have died. It’s their children, their children’s children, who are going to get to where they’re going. And there are a lot of conflicts going on. Should they turn around and go back to Earth, which they’ve lost touch with? So they have no idea of what Earth even looks like now. Should they continue? Also there’s been a murder on the ship, which never happened before. So that’s kind of what starts it.[35]

Tricia Helfer said about Viondra that her “manipulative” character considers herself the “mother of the people on the ship, the mother of humanity in one way if Earth did blow itself up”.[35] “Brian [Van Holt] and I play a married couple and as the wife, I’m definitely the woman behind the man more than we would see in our society here on Earth today”, Helfer added.[38] She explained about the ship’s crew that:

Their morals and the values that they’re dealing with are still from the ’60s. The society on the ship is very hierarchical and uses genetic linking-arranged marriages, basically to sustain human life (three generations will be born during the trip to Proxima). [My] character Viondra started out on the lower decks but rose through the ranks, as did her husband. They’re a power couple. Viondra will do anything to stay in power.[7]

Creator Philip Levens said that:

Ascension will explore how technology has evolved on the ship and the way morality is still rooted in an early ’60s, pre-Civil Rights Act view [of] humanity. Issues of class the ship is divided into decks, with people in positions of power living on the upper ones will also come into play. There’s much more of a sense of obeying your parents because, you know, for the ship to really work, everybody has to cooperate. The murder is kind of the starting of the unravelling, so to speak. And kids start to question choices made by their grandparents. There’s a thing on board the ship called “the crisis”. It’s this existential dilemma that everyone has to go through when they realize that, you know, their life has been circumscribed for them. You know, everybody they ever know or ever will know is already around them. So there’s lots of issues like that kind of play [as] a coming of age thing with the kids and their parents.[35]

“Because the series is set on a ship that is self-contained and self-sustained, the people have evolved and developed differently than they would have if they’d remained on Earth. Not only is the technology different, but they think differently, too”.[7]

Brian Van Holt described his character as “a man caught in the middle, aware that his legacy as the ship’s ‘middle route’ captain won’t probably go down in the record books. The one who launches the ship and the one who lands it will be remembered. No one in the now will be remembered. So he struggles with that”.[39] He concluded by saying that “he’s a very ambitious character who sought out a leadership role, which was presented to him after an act of heroism on the ship”.[7]

Ascension has been met with mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 65%, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site’s critical consensus states, “The characters in Ascension lacks the depth necessary for its dramatic elements, but its premise may be smart enough to hold the interest of sci-fi fans.”[40] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[41]

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This article is about the the process of Ascension. for the episode see Ascension”When the mind is enlightened, the spirit is freed, and the body matters not.”Oma Desala[src]

Daniel Jackson ascends to a higher plane of existence

Ascension is a process that allows beings to be able to separate from their physical bodies and to live eternally as pure energy in a superior plane with agreater amount of knowledge and power. It can be a mental, spiritual or evolutionary processa direct result of obtaining a certain level of wisdom and knowledge as a civilization.

The Ancients were the first known race to ascend and some of them, such as Oma Desala, attempted to teach the “lowers” to ascend without the use of technology. Dr. Daniel Jackson speculated that this is what the Earth religion of Buddhism is based on, and that Oma is Mother Nature along with the other Ancients as spirits.

According to research by Dr. Rodney McKay, once the brain achieves 90% synaptic activity, they must achieve an EEG of 0.1 to 0.9 hertz, during which they will learn how to convert their body into energy. If they do not achieve ascension before 96% synaptic activity is achieved, the lower functions of the brain will shut down. Ascension can happen in two ways: spiritually or evolutionary. Both cases, the physical body of a mortal being will become energy (leaving a heap of empty clothes), and a glowing light being will raise up through the ceiling. From then on the ascended being tends to take the form of the glowing light being. (SG1: “Meridian”) (SGA: “Tao of Rodney”)

Oma Desala in ascended form

A being previously or currently Ascended can help a mortal Ascend. The Ancient Oma Desala, found in Earth myths of Mother Nature, helped to Ascend many beings of this form, most significantly Dr. Daniel Jackson, and the entire population of Abydos. In this case, a being does not need to be morally good in the first place, although most Ascended beings would never promote a morally bad person. This happened to Anubis when Oma Ascended him and later realized what a horrible mistake it was. (SG1: “Maternal Instinct”, “Meridian”, “Full Circle”, “Threads”)

An Ori in ascended form

Ascension can also be a physical process, because, essentially, Ascended beings are still “strictly physical”. A human who has the ability to use approximately 90% of their cerebral capacity can learn to Ascend without much problem, gaining more and more power as a mortal (including telekinesis) until the person reaches this point (see Near ascension.) This is related to the myth of which the people only use 10% of their brains, with no real justification. Again, this form of Ascension does not require the being to be good of heart.

Some of the Ancients that Ascended naturally like Mesha reached this point without the aid of technology. Nevertheless, they also developed the DNA resequencer, a device able to make humans so advanced that they could obtain abilities like telekinesis, telepathy, healing, and more. They also created an Ascension machine to hasten the process. (SG1: “Prototype”) (SGA: “Tao of Rodney”)

An Asuran digitally ascending

Since the Atlantis expedition’s first contact with the Asurans, they’ve known that a splinter faction of the Replicators, led by Niam, had the aspiration to ascend, just as their creators the Ancients had done. However, this goal is impossible to achieve because they are machines, not humans.

After the rest of the Asurans and their home world were destroyed, Niam’s faction, now led by Dr. Elizabeth Weir, was able to pursue ascension without worry of any hindrance or fear of reprisal for not conforming. An individual named Koracen discovered a way to “ascend” into subspace as a means of reaching a higher plane. However, that plan didn’t work, as they were trapped in subspace. The experience is described as rather unpleasant, as they were constantly subjected to the background noise and transmissions sent through it. They were eventually forced to abandon that plan and retake corporeal form. (SGA: “Ghost in the Machine”)

Note that this is not technically ascension, as they did not gain any of the abilities of the ascended or move to a higher plane. Instead, those so ascended became, almost literally, ghosts in the machine; that is, a consciousness existing as electrical energy which can control technology. In this state, they could travel through subspace and take control of any machine after a short acclimation period.

According to what Dr. Daniel Jackson was told by Anubis/Jim, “There are many planes of existence between human existence and ascension.” When one exists in any of these planes beyond the corporeal, he is referred to as an Ascended Being because he has “ascended” to a higher plane as a form of intelligent energy. (SG1: “Threads”)

Oma Desala ascends Daniel

It appears that the various planes of existence not only dictate the powers an Ascended Being has, but also his level of understanding of the universe, or his degree of “enlightenment”. The higher level of ascension at which a being exists, the more power, knowledge, and understanding of the universe he possesses. When Dr. Daniel Jackson was helped to ascend by Oma Desala, he was only exposed to certain knowledge and understanding that Oma gave him. He told Colonel Jack O’Neill that all he knew was what Oma told him. She educated him at the “beginning of the journey” until he had managed to acquire all of the knowledge and power that an Ascended Being at Oma’s level could have. Oma had the power to take that knowledge away, but chose instead to bury it along with his memories into his subconscious mind upon returning him to human form. Daniel, during the early days of his ascension, told Jack, “I see things, I understand things, in a way I never could have before.” Near the end of Daniel’s year of ascension, he still did not know everything because he constantly insisted, “All I know is what Oma has taught me. Ascension doesn’t make you all knowing or all powerful. It is just the beginning of the journey.” This journey was Daniel’s Path to Enlightenment, the one on the road to the Great Path, which is most likely the ultimate level of ascension a being can reach. This ultimate level, however, Daniel has implied can never get a being to the level of being complete omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, but is something that Ascended Beings still endeavor to achieve. Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell stated it this way, “Look, just because we know there is some beings on a higher plane of existence than ourselves does not mean there’s not an order of being higher than them.” (SG1: “Abyss”, “Full Circle”, “Origin”)

How far up the planes of existence Daniel reached during his first ascension remains unanswered, but he demonstrated limited capabilities and knowledge during that period. The true extent of his powers were never revealed due to interference from the Others. During his second ascension, however, he was brought into one of the lowest planes of existence where he was self-aware, but did not possess any extraordinary powers or become any further enlightened. Oma described this low level as a “stop along the way” to ascension where Daniel could make the choice as to whether or not he’d like to give ascension another chance but be forbidden from interacting in the corporeal plane or end his life because his body was already dead. Daniel rephrased this choice as to “contemplate my own enlightenment.”

Oma Desala engages Anubis in eternal struggle

Anubis reached a high plane of existence when he tricked Oma into helping him to ascend. Although Anubis held a high degree of enlightenment as to what ascension was, his soul was not pure. The fact that Oma could be deceived proves that ascension doesn’t make one all-knowing, just as Daniel said. The Others sent Anubis down a few planes of existence, what Daniel described as “stuck somewhere between human existence and ascension.” Anubis was still left as a being of energy, but his powers were limited. The Others instructed him that he could only use the knowledge and power he would normally gain as a regular Goa’uld, and Anubis amazingly followed that rule without waver. He gained eternal life through ascension, but now this eternal life is being spent in a never-ending battle with Oma. Oma engaged him in order to prevent him from destroying all life in the Milky Way Galaxy and to take responsibility for breaking the rule, “No lone ascended being shall help a lower ascend.” Although higher ascended beings have the power to kill lower ones, the Others would have stopped her from destroying a lower being, especially as Anubis’s evil was her punishment. She was forced to fully ascend him to the same level as her in order to stop him, but this meant that neither one could win. (SG1: “Threads”)

The City of Celestis on the Plains of Celestis

When the original Ancients, the Alterans, were forced to flee their home galaxy for fear of their lives because of philosophical differences between them and the others of their society known as the Ori, they were on the evolutionary path toward ascension. The Ori, like the Altera, eventually ascended after this separation. The Ori’s galaxy is home to a second evolution of humanity, just as the Milky Way Galaxy is. When Daniel met the Ori through a psychic link with one of these humans, he found out that the Ori claimed that they were humanity’s creators. It is possible that the Ori did in fact create humanity in their home galaxy through the use of technology similar to what the Ancients used in the Milky Way Galaxy after life was nearly wiped out by the Ancient contagion that occurred five to ten million years ago. Anubis/Jim told Daniel that the Ancients used the advanced device on the planet Dakara to reseed life in the galaxy after the plague “some million odd years” ago. The circumstances of the Ori’s re-creation of humanity in their home galaxy is not known, but Daniel assumed that this occurred after all of the Ori had ascended. The Ori manifest themselves in a wall of fire near the temple in the City of Celestis on the Plains of Celestis. (SG1: “Origin”)

Followers of origin prostrating to the Ori

The Ori created a religion with which to interact and manipulate the second evolution of man in their home galaxy. This religion, called Origin, forced a human to relinquish their free will to the Ori with the promise of ascension. The Ori were manipulating humanity because they actually gained power through man’s worship, but were not intending to share that power with their worshipers, so the promise of ascension was a lie. The mechanism of this is unknown, but is apparently illustrative of the interrelation and interdependance of all living things in the universe. (SG1: “Origin”)

The Ascended Alterans kept the existence of humanity in the Milky Way Galaxy a secret from the Ori because they feared that the Ori would become too powerful and disturb the balance in their planes of existence. Additionally, they feared that they themselves could become corrupted by the temptation of this power in order to achieve higher levels of enlightenment. Because of this fear, the Ascended Alterans established their non-interference policy. They were not certain what the outcome would be if they were to directly confront the Ori, so they decided that the best way to achieve the balance was through the actions of those opposing the Ori in the lowest plane of existence, the corporeal plane. (SG1: “The Pegasus Project”)

For their part, this work included permitting one of their own to sacrifice his ascension and the chance at further enlightenment to retake human form to help humanity any way he could. Daniel Jackson had decided this was the course of action he was willing to take by retaking human form from both his times as an Ascended Being, but his advanced knowledge was not accessible to him. (SG1: “Full Circle”, “Meridian”, “Threads”) Orlin was given the opportunity to keep some of his advanced knowledge as a human, but that knowledge was not permanent and was life-threatening because the human brain is not physically designed to harbor or use such knowledge. Any of the Ascended Beings who have selected to return to human form are aware that their trip is most likely one-way and that they will not be able to ascend again. (SG1: “Ascension”, “The Fourth Horseman, Part 1”, “The Fourth Horseman, Part 2”)

However, the Ascended are not against interfering in the lower planes if they feel there is a significant enough threat caused by one of their own descended beings. One example is when they sent Morgan Le Fay to stop Merlin’s creation of the Sangraal that could kill Ascended Beings. While Morgan did this as she essentially had no choice, she skirted her orders as she came to believe that Merlin was right and preserved him in stasis so he could one day rebuild the weapon which he and Daniel Jackson did. The only time an Ascended Ancient managed to ever directly interfere in the lower planes is when Morgan herself secretly aided SG-1 against Adria, the last remaining Ori and her followers. As they were in another galaxy with no Ancients, The Others were unable to interfere and Morgan used the free rein on her powers to aid as best she could, ultimately sacrificing herself to destroy Adria after SG-1 reduced her power. (SG1: “The Quest, Part 1”, “The Quest, Part 2”, “The Ark of Truth”)

A group of Ascended beings in the Astral Diner

The superior plane of existence in which the Ascended reside is inhabited by several different Ascended races, but is inhabited in large part by the Ancients, and was also inhabited by the Ori, until they were killed. These two foreign races were in fact of the same species, that is to say, “the first evolution” of humans (Alterans), but they differ due to their opposing beliefs and method of Ascension.

The ascended plane of existence seems to have several “levels” and “ranks”, evident because some Ascended beings must have more abilities than others. Those that have been Ascended for a long time, or who Ascended of their own wisdom, obtain a “higher Ascension”.

The Atlantis expedition stumbled upon a being that was being studied by the Ancients for the purpose of learning how to ascend. This creature seemed to be on a level of existence close to that of Anubis because its physical form was that of a large, nebulous black cloud. This creature is the only evidence that beings on a higher plane of existence does not necessitate greater intelligence since this creature seemed only capable of the most basic reasoning. (SGA: “Hide and Seek”)

The rules of the Ascended are that one cannot interfere in the mortal affairs, a rule that is sometimes broken, causing the one who broke the rule to be punished by the other Ascended beings (“The Others”); often, this punishment hurts the mortal world instead of the responsible being, so as to show the transgressor the effects of his actions. The only time someone managed to directly interfere without being stopped was when Morgan Le Fay aided SG-1 against Adria and the Ori followers in the Alteran Home Galaxy, using her powers more freely as The Others were not there and were unable to stop her. She clearly broke the rule of non-interference and while some of what she did The Others could possibly have let her do, such as send visions to Dr. Daniel Jackson to steer him towards the Ark of Truth, the rest was clearly in violation of the rules, such as when she healed a mortally wounded Teal’c so he could aid his friends.(SG1: “The Ark of Truth”)

Daniel later suggests to the Vanir that the rules are more flexible than they think. Daniel suggests that the Others only interfere if direct interference is committed but not if indirect interference is done. As examples, Daniel notes how the Others did not stop Oma Desala from ascending worthy mortals or Morgan Le Fay from giving them the Stargate addresses they were looking for (although he does not mention his own experience of providing comfort to Jack and Teal’c or warning the SGC about Anubis heading to Abydos). The Others have only been seen to interfere when an Ascended being tries to do something directly such as Daniel attacking Anubis or Morgan trying to give out the correct address. Further supporting this is that when Ran’s help is requested by the Vanir, the Others discussed the idea rather than outright rejecting it. However, Ran chose to return to mortal form so their ultimate choice is unknown. (SGA: “The Third Path”)

Replicator Carter processes Daniel’s ascended knowledge

Ascended beings are described as having “all the knowledge and power of the universe”, which is essentially an infinite knowledge (and, possibly, power). However, this does not equate to omniscience, as there are a few means by which Ascended beings can be deceived. The Ancients, for example, apparently hid the existence of the entire Milky Way from their Ori brethren, at least until the Tau’ri made themselves known to the Ori. While ascended, Dr. Daniel Jackson stated that Ascension “doesn’t make one all-knowing,” but rather the individual’s talent in tapping into and understanding the infinite knowledge of the universe at any given moment is substantially increased. This can be done because there are no neurons required to store memory for ascended beings. Replicator Carter tried to download the Ascended knowledge from Daniel Jackson’s subconscious mind, but found that there wasn’t enough memory in the entire Replicator army to hold it. RepliCarter claimed that she and her brethren just needed time to process the information and create more of themselves to house it, but Daniel argued that the knowledge was more than information, but being able to understand on a level that she could never reach due to her corporeal machine status. Unfortunately for RepliCarter, her attempt to access this from Daniel’s mind also gave him access to some of the information which showed him how to enter her mind, overpower her and freeze her army, turning the tide of a losing battle his friends were fighting. (SG1: “Reckoning, Part 1”, “Reckoning, Part 2”, “Origin”)

Daniel Jackson fights Anubis with his Ascended powers

The Ascended plane offers many powers to its inhabitants. Ascended beings have been seen to be capable of miraculous things. Some of these powers include but aren’t limited to:

Morgan confronting Adria on equal strength levels.

Cassandra Fraiser levitating a chess piece

Chaya Sar uses her ascended powers to destroy Wraith Darts

Healing power of near ascended beings at work.

They also have power over other beings like themselves:

Morgan Le Fay talks with Daniel Jackson in Atlantis

With all of these great powers, Ascended Beings might appear to be invincible. Ascended beings have been known to destroy each other. As mentioned above, when Dr. Daniel Jackson was an Ascended Being, he gathered powerful energy orbs to direct at Anubis, and Anubis admits that he would not have survived such an attack. This is further corroborated by Replicator Carter, then Oma herself after she saved Daniel.

Merlin building the Sangraal

The possibility of overpowering an Ascended Being led SG-1 to search for a weapon developed by Merlin, a former Ascended Being who feared the Ori and knew that the Others wouldn’t directly confront them in their plane of existence. The Others claimed that they don’t know what the true outcome would have been if they were to have confronted the Ori directly, but concluded that it could have been very detrimental to all planes of existence. Based on Merlin’s notes, the weapon, called the Sangraal, didn’t actually destroy Ascended Beings, but channeled energy from subspace to interfere with the energy form of the Ascended in their dimension (plane of existence). Daniel stated, “Well, technically, Merlin’s research didn’t refer to killing. A better translation would be ‘neutralizing’ or ‘canceling out’.” In later conversations concerning the operation of Merlin’s weapon, however, the effect of the device was equated with killing the Ascended Beings in the scope of the galaxy wherein the Sangraal was detonated. SG-1 found Merlin, built another weapon, and sent that weapon through the Ori’s Supergate to their home galaxy on board one of their warships. The actual success of this attack was not immediately known, however it was later found to have worked.

Ascended beings can increase their power substantially over other ascended beings by having people in the physical plane worship them. This empowers the worshiped ascended being to such degree that they would be many times stronger than any othernormally ascended being. The Ori have capitalized upon this fact and created the religion of Origin centering around Ori worship with the promise of ascension of the faithful upon death.

This type of empowerment has its weakness, as the ascended being becomes dependent on such a power boost. After a long period of time, they would be substantially weaker than normal when or if this power boost is removed. This was demonstrated when the Ori Priors and Doci were turned from Origin, having been revealed the truth by the Ark of Truth. Adria was instantly weakened to a normal ascended being equal and potentially weaker than her Ancient counterpart Morgan Le Fay, and reduced to making threats instead of before being able to met out instant retribution. Notably, while Adria had lost most of her worshippers at this point, she did not lose them all and was still weakened to the point where Morgan was a match for her. (SG1: “The Ark of Truth”)

The Sangraal being constructed

In 2006, Dr. Daniel Jackson deciphered the writings left by the Ancient Myrrdin that correspond to the Arthurian legend of Merlin. He was an Ascended Ancient who was investigating how to defeat the Ori, but the Others wanted him to stop. In order to continue without their knowledge, he de-ascended himself again to be human, and continued his investigation in an alternate dimension where Ascended beings could not see (showing again that they are limited and physical beings).

Merlin created a weapon that could ‘neutralize’ an Ascended being. This weapon in itself turns out to correspond to the myths of the Sangraal (Holy Grail). This has opened many more possibilities to defeat to the Ori, and also it suggests much on the nature of an Ascended beingAscension does not make you a god; it merely enhances your ability. Most beings in the universe, nevertheless, still believe all ascended beings to be immortal and invincible. Although the device can only be created by a former ascended being who retains the specific knowledge needed to build it. (SG1: “Arthur’s Mantle”)

The Vanir, a group of Asgard that were based in the Pegasus Galaxy, had possession of a device that could force an Ascended being back into mortal form so that they could obtain the eggs of the Ascended Asgard Ran and save their species, but they did not use it for they feared it would damage the eggs.

Several Pegasus galaxy humans following in the path of the Ancients and trying to ascend

The Ancients in the Milky Way and the Pegasus galaxy had different reasons to Ascend. In the Milky Way, the Ancients were knocked down by a plague that they, with all their technological advances, could not cure; the only way they could avoid death was to Ascend. In the Pegasus Galaxy, they were at war with the Wraith. Once they began to lose the war, many were forced to Ascend to prevent capture. Those that did not Ascend died or escaped through the Stargate to the Milky Way.

In general, Ascension can be used as large-scale ways of escape. When Colonel Jack O’Neill was captured by Ba’al in 2002, Dr. Daniel Jackson tried to persuade him to ascend as it was his only form of escape (at the time). (SG1: “Abyss”)

Cosmically, Ascension seems to be the final goal of all life; at least, this is the idea that is beginning to be considered in the Milky Way. The Free Jaffa Nation attempted to unite with the Ori in its search for Ascension.

Daniel and Bra’tac meditate with a monk in a temple on Kheb.

The first known Tau’ri encounter with Ascension was when SG-1 arrived at Kheb, a legendary planet where they found the Harcesis. There, they also found a Buddhist monk in the temple not responding directly to questions, instead quoting Zen Koans. Dr. Daniel Jackson decides to sit with the monk and to learn about Oma Desala, a.k.a. Mother Nature. He learns how the monk can stoke a fire with his mind, and Daniel imitates this effect, only to realize later that it was actually Oma performing this action for him.

When the Goa’uld found the temple, they killed the monk, whom Oma then ascended. As SG-1 left, Oma created lightning and struck down the Jaffa. The storm then disappeared and Oma left through the Stargate. (SG1: “Maternal Instinct”)

A few years later Major Samantha Carter met Orlin, an Ascended being who fell in love with her. Orlin was punished for making a weapon for a foreign race that was under attack. Orlin de-ascended himself so he could be with Carter. He later re-ascended, presumably with help from the other Ancients, when he died. He de-ascended again later to use the knowledge of the Ancients to help Carter to cure an Ori plague on Earth. (SG1: “Ascension”, “The Fourth Horseman, Part 1”, “The Fourth Horseman, Part 2”)

Dr. Daniel Jackson, after ascending, became mortal again after failing to fulfill the non-interference rule by trying to destroy Anubis, a “half-ascended” being who lacked the power of his fully ascended brethren but was still immune to conventional weapons. Having returned to his human form, Daniel was initially totally amnesic, but eventually regained his memories of his human life, although he only remembered brief moments of his time as an Ascended being, and all of his regained memories from this time occurred while he was operating on the lower planes rather than while he was interacting with other Ascended. Despite his conscious loss of memory, Daniel was able to use Ascended knowledge still locked away in his mind to help destroy the Replicators and convinced Oma Desala to take on Anubis in an eternal struggle in order to stop him before he was apparently sent back by The Others, this time retaining his full memories of the experience. (SG1: “Full Circle”, “Fallen”, “Homecoming”, “Orpheus”, “Reckoning, Part 1”, “Reckoning, Part 2”, “Threads”)

Another transgressor was Chaya Sar, an ascended Lantean living in the Pegasus Galaxy. She used the ‘Destructive Energy’ form to defend Proculus from a large Wraith fleet. She was punished in a similar way, protecting Proculus forever without being able to offer aid to anybody else. (SGA: “Sanctuary”)

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In 2006, an Ancient Ascension machine genetically modified Dr. Rodney McKay’s DNA putting him on the path of Ascension. However, these changes meant that he either needed to release his burdens or die from the changes wrought on his body. Ultimately, Dr. Carson Beckett was given the necessary information by McKay on reversing the machine’s effects, which removed the modifications. (SGA: “Tao of Rodney”)

After being turned into an Asuran, Doctor Elizabeth Weir led a faction searching for a way to Ascend. They eventually tried digital ascension, but instead got trapped in subspace. After returning to physical form, the surviving Asurans were lured into space through a Spacegate and deactivated. However, this was not the end for Weir who was Ascended for real by Ascended Asgard Ran. Weir later guided Teyla Emmagan towards the truth of the Wraith in dreams and saved Rodney McKay’s life from a suicide mission into a sun. For this, she was returned to mortal form, human once more but with no memory. Like Doctor Daniel Jackson, she eventually regained it. (SGA: “Ghost in the Machine”, “The Furies”, “Inheritors”, “Unascended”, “The Third Path”)

An Asgard that managed to Ascend before the Asgard began their process of cloning and thus started to suffer genetic degradation. After Doctor Elizabeth Weir was trapped in space as a Replicator, having lured the others through a Spacegate, Ran helped her Ascend, but after she broke the rules to save a friend, had to descend her. However, like Oma Desala and Doctor Daniel Jackson, she made it so that Weir could be found by her friends and regain her memory. The Vanir, a rogue faction of Asgard and the last of the race began hunting for Ran to force her to descend as they believed that her uncorrupted DNA and eggs could be used to reverse the genetic degradation and save the Asgard race. At the suggestion of Weir, Vanir leader Dis traveled to Earth on an old Asgard scoutship where he visited a shrine made by the Ancients where they could be communicated with. Dis made a plea for Ran’s help in saving their race. Even though the Others were unsure of what to do, Ran felt that the extinction of a race was more important than the Ascended rules and returned to mortal form to help, aware that she may not be able to Ascend again. She warns though that even though she has returned to help, it may not be enough to reverse the extensive damage done to the Vanir by their centuries of cloning. (SGA: “Unascended”, “The Third Path”)

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Ascension – definition of ascension by The Free Dictionary

On Ascension Day we left Baylur, having procured some camels and asses to carry our baggage.Thus the difficulty of ascension, in the present case, lay more in semblance than in reality.Bagnet quite fresh and collected–as she would be if her next point, with no new equipage and outfit, were the Cape of Good Hope, the Island of Ascension, Hong Kong, or any other military station.So it is that I can see her and hear her now on a hundred separate occasions beneath the awning beneath the stars on deck below at noon or night but plainest of all in the evening of the day we signalled the Island of Ascension, at the close of that last concert on the quarter-deck.Twenty-five years ago, a multitude of people in America put on their ascension robes, took a tearful leave of their friends, and made ready to fly up into heaven at the first blast of the trumpet.But nature has a higher end, in the production of New individuals, than security, namely ascension, or the passage of the soul into higher forms.The lava clinker, over which we must drag ourselves, though smooth compared with some clinker I have heard of, such as that on the Island of Ascension, for instance, was yet rough enough to make our feet very sore, and this, together with our other miseries, had pretty well finished us.There were portraits of men with large, melancholy eyes which seemed to say you knew not what; there were long monks in the Franciscan habit or in the Dominican, with distraught faces, making gestures whose sense escaped you; there was an Assumption of the Virgin; there was a Crucifixion in which the painter by some magic of feeling had been able to suggest that the flesh of Christ’s dead body was not human flesh only but divine; and there was an Ascension in which the Saviour seemed to surge up towards the empyrean and yet to stand upon the air as steadily as though it were solid ground: the uplifted arms of the Apostles, the sweep of their draperies, their ecstatic gestures, gave an impression of exultation and of holy joy.The same Providence which has willed that the concluding step in the geometrical calculation I have had the honor of describing to your royal highness should be your ascension to the throne, and the destruction of him who is hurtful to you, has also determined that the conquered one shall soon end both his own and your sufferings.Why, if a week should pass without some one telling me that I am doing easy work for big pay I would conclude that I might as well order my ascension robe `immediately and to onct.When the Tuesday before the Ascension of our Lord came, he began to suffer still more in his health.We have evidence that the barren island of Ascension aboriginally possessed under half-a-dozen flowering plants; yet many have become naturalised on it, as they have on New Zealand and on every other oceanic island which can be named.

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Ascension Parish, Louisiana – Official Site

At its October 19 meeting, the Ascension Parish Council recognized Shell Chemical Geismar on its 50th Anniversary in Ascension Parish, declaring October 19, 2017 as Shell Chemical Geismar Day. Shell has been in continuous operation in Ascension Parish since 1967, has never changed ownership, and has remained a safe and profitable Shell facility for its entire half-century of existence, according to the proclamation read by Council Chairman Bill Dawson.

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Ascension – definition of ascension by The Free Dictionary

On Ascension Day we left Baylur, having procured some camels and asses to carry our baggage.Thus the difficulty of ascension, in the present case, lay more in semblance than in reality.Bagnet quite fresh and collected–as she would be if her next point, with no new equipage and outfit, were the Cape of Good Hope, the Island of Ascension, Hong Kong, or any other military station.So it is that I can see her and hear her now on a hundred separate occasions beneath the awning beneath the stars on deck below at noon or night but plainest of all in the evening of the day we signalled the Island of Ascension, at the close of that last concert on the quarter-deck.Twenty-five years ago, a multitude of people in America put on their ascension robes, took a tearful leave of their friends, and made ready to fly up into heaven at the first blast of the trumpet.But nature has a higher end, in the production of New individuals, than security, namely ascension, or the passage of the soul into higher forms.The lava clinker, over which we must drag ourselves, though smooth compared with some clinker I have heard of, such as that on the Island of Ascension, for instance, was yet rough enough to make our feet very sore, and this, together with our other miseries, had pretty well finished us.There were portraits of men with large, melancholy eyes which seemed to say you knew not what; there were long monks in the Franciscan habit or in the Dominican, with distraught faces, making gestures whose sense escaped you; there was an Assumption of the Virgin; there was a Crucifixion in which the painter by some magic of feeling had been able to suggest that the flesh of Christ’s dead body was not human flesh only but divine; and there was an Ascension in which the Saviour seemed to surge up towards the empyrean and yet to stand upon the air as steadily as though it were solid ground: the uplifted arms of the Apostles, the sweep of their draperies, their ecstatic gestures, gave an impression of exultation and of holy joy.The same Providence which has willed that the concluding step in the geometrical calculation I have had the honor of describing to your royal highness should be your ascension to the throne, and the destruction of him who is hurtful to you, has also determined that the conquered one shall soon end both his own and your sufferings.Why, if a week should pass without some one telling me that I am doing easy work for big pay I would conclude that I might as well order my ascension robe `immediately and to onct.When the Tuesday before the Ascension of our Lord came, he began to suffer still more in his health.We have evidence that the barren island of Ascension aboriginally possessed under half-a-dozen flowering plants; yet many have become naturalised on it, as they have on New Zealand and on every other oceanic island which can be named.

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News Karen Springer takes new role as President, Healthcare Operations; Tim Adams to lead Ascension Tennessee December 18, 2017

Karen Springer is taking on a new operations leadership role within the Healthcare Division of Ascension, the nations largest nonprofit and largest Catholic health system, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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Welcome to our faith community, loving and serving God and neighbor in Boca Raton, Florida. In the conviction that the church cannot grow without the active participation of its members, all age groups at Ascension parish are invited to take part in our parish life. Our website provides information on the variety of ways our parishioners serve others, study our Catholic faith and build a stronger faith community. We look forward to seeing you at our weekend liturgies. Our greeters wearing their brightgreenAscend @ Ascensionshirts will be on hand to welcome you!

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The weekend homilies from our parish priests and deacons are available for you to listen to and reflect on. Just click on the link on the left to view a list of audio selections from previous weekend Masses.

Daily Reflection (2-5-18):HOLY SPIRIT, PREPARE MY HEART FOR LENT He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit Whom He lavished on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. [TITUS 3:5-6] Human beings were created when God breathed His Spirit into Adam. We were renewed when Jesus breathed His Spirit into His disciples. This breath is renewed in each of our hearts when we turn to the Lord and reject what keeps us from Him. With only a few days before we enter Lent, we turn to the Holy Spirit to prepare us for a time of sacrifice and self-examination. Breathe Your Spirit into my heart Lord, that I will draw closer to You and share Your Way with others. Prepare my heart Holy Spirit.

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At its October 19 meeting, the Ascension Parish Council recognized Shell Chemical Geismar on its 50th Anniversary in Ascension Parish, declaring October 19, 2017 as Shell Chemical Geismar Day. Shell has been in continuous operation in Ascension Parish since 1967, has never changed ownership, and has remained a safe and profitable Shell facility for its entire half-century of existence, according to the proclamation read by Council Chairman Bill Dawson.

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Ascension – definition of ascension by The Free Dictionary

On Ascension Day we left Baylur, having procured some camels and asses to carry our baggage.Thus the difficulty of ascension, in the present case, lay more in semblance than in reality.Bagnet quite fresh and collected–as she would be if her next point, with no new equipage and outfit, were the Cape of Good Hope, the Island of Ascension, Hong Kong, or any other military station.So it is that I can see her and hear her now on a hundred separate occasions beneath the awning beneath the stars on deck below at noon or night but plainest of all in the evening of the day we signalled the Island of Ascension, at the close of that last concert on the quarter-deck.Twenty-five years ago, a multitude of people in America put on their ascension robes, took a tearful leave of their friends, and made ready to fly up into heaven at the first blast of the trumpet.But nature has a higher end, in the production of New individuals, than security, namely ascension, or the passage of the soul into higher forms.The lava clinker, over which we must drag ourselves, though smooth compared with some clinker I have heard of, such as that on the Island of Ascension, for instance, was yet rough enough to make our feet very sore, and this, together with our other miseries, had pretty well finished us.There were portraits of men with large, melancholy eyes which seemed to say you knew not what; there were long monks in the Franciscan habit or in the Dominican, with distraught faces, making gestures whose sense escaped you; there was an Assumption of the Virgin; there was a Crucifixion in which the painter by some magic of feeling had been able to suggest that the flesh of Christ’s dead body was not human flesh only but divine; and there was an Ascension in which the Saviour seemed to surge up towards the empyrean and yet to stand upon the air as steadily as though it were solid ground: the uplifted arms of the Apostles, the sweep of their draperies, their ecstatic gestures, gave an impression of exultation and of holy joy.The same Providence which has willed that the concluding step in the geometrical calculation I have had the honor of describing to your royal highness should be your ascension to the throne, and the destruction of him who is hurtful to you, has also determined that the conquered one shall soon end both his own and your sufferings.Why, if a week should pass without some one telling me that I am doing easy work for big pay I would conclude that I might as well order my ascension robe `immediately and to onct.When the Tuesday before the Ascension of our Lord came, he began to suffer still more in his health.We have evidence that the barren island of Ascension aboriginally possessed under half-a-dozen flowering plants; yet many have become naturalised on it, as they have on New Zealand and on every other oceanic island which can be named.

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Litecoin Price Forecast: LTC Prices Tumble, Recovery Seems Inevitable

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At times, the cryptocurrency market can seem like a dream. Prices shoot for the moon, everybody gets rich, everyone is happy.

But then you have days like today, when reality arrives like a giant punch to the gut…

The story you’ll read everywhere is that Bitcoin crashed by double digits.

“Bitcoin falls below $10,000” is the headline everyone is running. It is a 180-degree reversal from the same news outlets that, earlier in the week, told the story of Bitcoin’s relentless ascension.

Things aren’t looking much better for Litecoin.

LTC crashed 17.48% against the U.S. dollar, bringing the Litecoin to USD exchange rate to $84.23. The.

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At times, the cryptocurrency market can seem like a dream. Prices shoot for the moon, everybody gets rich, everyone is happy.

But then you have days like today, when reality arrives like a giant punch to the gut…

The story you’ll read everywhere is that Bitcoin crashed by double digits.

“Bitcoin falls below $10,000” is the headline everyone is running. It is a 180-degree reversal from the same news outlets that, earlier in the week, told the story of Bitcoin’s relentless ascension.

Things aren’t looking much better for Litecoin.

LTC crashed 17.48% against the U.S. dollar, bringing the Litecoin to USD exchange rate to $84.23. The.

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Ascension: "Night Three" Review – IGN

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Warning: Fullspoilersfrom Ascension’s “Night Three” event to follow.

Going back to the old-school ’60s vibe, Ascension’s final two-hour block kicked off with the Birth List ceremony — or the “Ostara” — which included a few surprises right off the bat. After seeing Christa’s display of power in the last two episodes, it wasn’t all that surprising that communicating with the dead was also one of her abilities. Here, we heard Enzmann refer to this as “morphic resonance” (the idea thatmemory is inherent in nature), which would make sense given what we’ve seen of Christa’s powers so far. This also happened to dovetail with a humiliating video of Denninger and Lorelei popping up at the celebration, which marked a major setback for Denninger and Viondra’s plans –seemingly, anyway.

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It was pretty cool to see the star couple’s back-door dealings finally pay off. The video was obviously a step backwards, and it was interesting to get hints about what happened in the past — for example, Viondra falling in love with Denninger in light of their “bargain.” From this we saw a loyalty between them that went far beyond love and into a deep, mutual trust. While it was kind of obvious that Denninger was setting Jackie up to report back to Rose with false info, it was still great to see Rose have the rug pulled out from under him at the Council hearing, revealing one of Rose’s own colleagues to be the father of the unclaimed.

That said, the first half of tonight’s episodes was a bit slow in other parts. James and Nora’s continued conversations over fate and love were a little more tolerable than in the last two episodes — if only because they were more forthright in the way they talked to each other. But again, their scenes were a little too “Attack of the Clones-y” for my taste, and featured the episodes’ worst dialogue. I admit, though, I was intrigued by James’ line about destroying the Birth Computer to incite change on the ship. A storyline about that could be neat, should Ascension go to series. (Plus, it would give James something useful to do.)

There was also the stuff between Emily and Duke, who I’d almost forgotten were characters. Since Gault and Emily’s affair had been so downplayed in previous episodes — they’d had, what, two scenes together? — it was hard for me to get invested in their storyline. Theoretically, that could change, especially if Emily continued her affair with Gault, but the two guys’ bro-down at the beach wasn’t exactly the climax I was hoping for. Really, it’s only significance was that it happened at the same time Christa let out that surge of energy, disabling the ship. And that’s when things really kicked into high gear on-board the ship.

Conversely, things heated up pretty quickly on the outside. These episodes did a good job of making Enzmann seem a little more sympathetic than the last go-round, emphasizing his desperation to see the project through. Admittedly, Warren and Enzmann’s back-and-forth slowed the pace a little bit, but Krueger working with Stokes was a pretty rad storyline. Brad Carter’s acting here was particularly strong, as he was met with revelation after revelation: seeing the ship’s exterior for the first time, seeing the sun and moon with his own eyes, and being overwhelmed by the sheer convenience of a convenience store. It was all really well played. I also liked the dynamic between Stokes and Krueger, specifically their scene at the motel when Krueger said she wanted balance, and Stokes posited the idea that one action doesn’t make up for another. This I think was a reference to his own misgivings early on and maybe even shaping his future in potential episodes to come.

Of course, one of the big moments to come out of that storyline was the return of Eva Marceau, the conspiracy theorist Krueger briefly encountered in the last two episodes. It was such a bummer when Eva betrayed and killed Krueger, leaving Stokes on his own — I was really starting to like the idea of the three of them going “full Snowden” and working to expose the project from the outside. At the same time, I was caught completely off guard by the twist, so in that sense I guess it was effective. I only wonder how long Stokes can last on his own.

As for the surge, I thought it was a great way to give the last half-hour a real sense of urgency. (Never underestimate the value of alarms and blinking lights!) Here, we got some of the episodes’ finest moments, including Gault and Denninger going back down to the lower levels to get the air systems running again. It was a nice touch having Enzmann explain that the star field outside had been hardwired into Ascension’s design, so as not to shatter the illusion. This in turn solely left it up to the crew to save themselves, which helped make the situation feel more dire, despite the fact they weren’t actually in space. (Also, those shots of the crew experiencing rain for the first time? Good stuff.)

However, the real payoff for Viondra came when she was promoted to captain, which was a huge moment for her character. Granted, her power brokering had been somewhateffective already, but only to the extent that it kept her husband in the captain’s chair. Honestly, it wasn’t until she assumed the role of captain herself that Viondrareally came into her own (and, frankly, gave Tricia Helfer a reason to stick around). By far the most awesome scene here was Rose trying to take over and Viondra yelling back at him, “Get the hell off my bridge!” (Right on!) The question is, now that Viondra’s frozen the chain of command, do you think she’ll let Denninger take back his rank? Hmm…

Leading up to the final moments, during the fight with Globus and Gault (dude gets his ass kickeda lot, doesn’t he?), we again saw that giant orb of light — which I suspect is the “Star Child” Eva was referring to right after she shot Krueger. (Goofy 2001 name, but let’s roll with it.) More importantly, Christa seemed to have some control over the orb, or she was at least able to communicate with it. In any case, Christa now pretty much knows that Ascension is a hoax, which begs the question: will she let everyone else know on the ship? I feel like she can’t really yet, as that would pretty much end the show as we know it.

Gault also seemed to have a connection with the orb, as he was seemingly guided by its cosmic energy. (Heis presumably of that third generation, like Christa.) And that final shot of him teleported to the alien planet was pretty wild! Especially for viewers who were disappointed with the end of the first episode — i.e., no space exploration — it looks like interstellar travel is still very much in the cards. In fact, going off of Enzmann’s comment at the very end, FTL travel seems to be the exact endgame. Now, it’s just a matter of whether Ascension will get more episodes from Syfy…

The Verdict

Ascension’s two-part finale offered a rousing conclusion to the Syfy miniseries, while also opening up the doors to new possibilities. While the show still has a few kinks to work out — particularly with some of the less important characters — these last two episodes were entertaining in their own right and had plenty of fun reveals to keep things interesting.

Ascension: “Night Three” debuts Wednesday, December 17 at 9:00pm ET/PT on Syfy as part three of a three-night event.

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110 Photos of a Heavenly Ascension in Asbury Park – Advocate.com

The legendary festival came home to the States and landed in New Jersey for three days of dancing, pool parties, cocktails, and men. Read more below.

Thousands of men, all worked up and ready to go, descended on this years Ascension Party in Asbury Park on the beach in New Jersey.

We are thrilled to bring Ascension back to the States, party founder Eric von Kuersteiner told HuffPost. The party previously took place in Greece and occasionally Fire Island.

But wait, theres more than a party going on here. Money raised here goes to charitable causes. The Facebook mission statement says, The Fund in the Sun Foundation was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to Fire Island Pines. The foundations mission is twofold: First, to provide funding for projects and initiatives designed to protect, enhance, and maintain the environment, culturallife, health and infrastructure of the Fire Island Pines community.

“Since its inception, the Fund in the Sun Foundation has offered financial assistance and underwriting to The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Friends in Deed, Camp Heartland, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Live out Loud, The Nature Conservancy of Long Island, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dress for Success, The Trevor Project, The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore, Standing Tall, and Answer.”

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Small plane crashes in Ascension Parish field; Baton Rouge, Prairieville pilots uninjured – The Advocate

BURNSIDE Two men survived an emergency landing Thursday morning in southern Ascension Parish after their single-engine plane lost power shortly after takeoff, sheriff’s deputies said.

Pilot Brad Arton,of Prairieville,was able to fly the Beechcraft Bonanza into a hay field north of La. 22 about 9:40 a.m. after lifting off from nearby Louisiana Regional Airport. The general aviation airport is in Ascension Parish off Loosemore Road northwest of La. 22.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said the landing was a good one, if not for a ditch in the field that caused the plane to nose forward after touching down.

Deputies said the landing left 314 feet of tire marks across the field, which is between the Pelican Point subdivision to the north, the Ascension Trace subdivision to the south and between the La. 22/La. 44 intersection and the Word of Life Church.

The crash site also happened to be just down the road from the Fifth Ward fire station. Deputies and firefighters responded to the crash, Webre said.

Webre said the pilot, later identified as Arton, who turns 43 Friday, and co-pilot Michael Graham, 58, of Baton Rouge, suffered no injuries. The crash also sparked no fires nor leaks of fuel or other hazardous materials, Webre said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was waiting Thursday afternoon for an aircraft damage assessment to determine what role to take, said Keith Holloway, agency spokesman.

What caused the plane to lose power was not known Thursday.

Webre said the plane had damage to its propeller and engine cowling.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes north of Ascension Island: USGS – Reuters

(Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck on Friday in the South Atlantic Ocean about 790 km (490 miles) north of Ascension Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center after the quake, which hit at a depth of about 19 km (12 miles).

Reporting by Paul Tait; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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Ascension Partners with Tech Accelerator for Greater Healthcare Innovation – Healthcare Informatics

Ascension, said to be the world’s largest Catholic health system, has begun a collaboration with Plug and Play Tech Center, a global innovation, investor and technology accelerator that supports innovative startups across various sectors, including healthcare.

The St. Louis, Mo.-headquartered health system has been looking for innovative solutions and ideas to help the national health system deliver compassionate, personalized care, and this collaboration offers a new way to connect with the best new ideas as they emerge, its officials said in a press release.

Specifically, Plug and Play Tech Centers Health and Wellness Technology Accelerator aims to connect forward-thinking organizations, corporations and investors with startups in the health and wellness industry around such broad topics as wellness, longevity and digital health. Each year, the accelerator provides two 12-week intensive programs for some 40 health-related companies, culled from thousands of applicants. These young companies then are connected with sponsoring organizations like Ascension for coaching, mentoring and testing ideas.

This collaboration gives Ascension new opportunities to support our efforts to lead the transformation of healthcare. Plug and Play Tech Center offers us a defined, targeted method of spotting innovation in healthcare and wellness early on to solve problems and meet evolving consumer needs where, when and how they prefer, said Jim Beckmann, chief operating officer of Ascension Holdings, part of Ascensions Solutions division, said in a statement. We know the future of healthcare lies in offering greater value and in empowering consumers, and teaming with Plug and Play gives us another tool in the toolbox to achieve that goal.

Chris Young, Ascension vice president of innovation, further added that the health system looked at various accelerators before making a decision. These startups may be two or three people creating a new technology or method in their garage, or they may be further along as a budding business, he said.

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Ascension Partners with Tech Accelerator for Greater Healthcare Innovation – Healthcare Informatics


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