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The Great SyFy Rewatch: Day 22 - 27

Days 22 - 27

So, yeah. I kinda got behind on "reporting" on this. But today brings me thru "The Intruder."



Well, first, to be blunt, the first time I set out to watch Stargate: Atlantis, I wasn't expecting much. All I really knew about it at the time was that 1) Rodney McKay was in it - and I'd hated the character from what I'd seen of him in SG1 - and that 2) It had been on around the same time that Star Trek: Enterprise was on, and had stolen a lot of it's veiwers - and I was kinda bitter about that. Especially in light that Battlestar Galactica had apparently done the same.

But immediately I was drawn in. I mean, SGA, unlike SG1, has this amazing consistancy about the high-powered intensity of it's episodes. Yes, there's still humour, but somehow, despite the fact that their enemies are space vampires (a correlation I didn't make the first time around until S2, that's how well done it was), it's not campy. At least, not as camp as SG1.

And plus the characters. Like I said, I was extremely... prejusticed towards Rodney at first, but he quickly became one of my fav characters (obviously). And then his relationship with John, and John himself, and the wide cast of supporting characters that you just have to love....

As for the episodes themselves, "Home" is the only one I really dislike, even though I'm not too much a fan of the clip episode "Letters from Pegasus" either. And "The Siege" trio is one of the best multi-parters in the entire franchise. I only hesitate at saying the best because "First Strike" thru "Lifeline" represents, for me, the best of the best in the Stargate 'verse.

Random thoughts include: 1) John and Elizabeth argue a lot more than I seem to remember in S1. Seriously, I had thought I'd been getting overly out-of-character with all their arguing of late in the Ancient!John 'verse, but now I'm begining to wonder if all their not fighting was what was out-of-character. 2) Oh, Rodney. How I love you and your manic love of all things ZedPM. 3) There is a brief scene in "Underground" where Sora and Ford look at each other just before the mission to the Wraith hive that almosts makes me think they could've been an interesting ship, had the Genii not turned out to be evil. Or, you know, Ford hadn't gone crazy. 4) As much as I wanted to like Ford, I never really could, even though his love of explosives is endearing. 5) "The Storm"/"The Eye" would probably have been a better story if condensed into 1 episode. Trying to strech it into 2 only detracts from the story. But, God, is John a BAMF. Though, if my (retired Army Special Forces) father is to be believed, an Air Force officer would never have been given the kind of training nessicary to do what he did then. After all, the Air Force operates primarily in the air. 6) 'Lantis may be a spaceship, but she spends most of her time in the water. Why no Navy people? 7) Though there are a couple of petty officers aboard the Daedalus during "The Intruder." 8) The city probably could've saved more power if old!Elizabeth hadn't gone back into stasis after rotating the final ZPM. Just saying. 9) I dislike Heightmeyer, but cannot objectively deside if that's b/c of her profession or the personality. 10) Ford's escape at the end of "The Siege, Pt 3" is a total cop-out on the part of everyone involved.

Also, there may be an offer for the house on the table soon, so my rewatch may end as soon as 1 August - at least, the intense parts of it.

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I think it's because it's not so strickly military in structure. There's a civilian in charge, so there's that tension, but also because the characters are more *real* than the ones in SG1 seem to be in the first few seasons. Less cliched, at least.

1) I think it's definately banding together that keeps them from fighting so much later on. (Though, in coming to this desision, I've come to the idea that it's for the exact same reason that they're fighting so much in the Ancient!John 'verse. S1, it was to protect Atlantis at all costs. S2 brings in Earth's interests too.)

4) I love sunchips.

5) IDK where he would've gotten the training, but BAMF!John is major league hot. That last bit in "The Siege, Pt1," where he's interogating Bob the Wraith? Hotness personified.

6) SEALs only operate within 10 miles or so of the ocean, which most gates aren't, so I get that part. But the day-to-day operation of spaceships and floating cities has always struck me as more Navy than Air Force.

8) My logic is logical.

9) Is it an actual condition, or a side effect of the mascara they for some reason brought with them to an alien galaxy?
That very well could be it. Or perhaps I just clicked with their personalities and such.

1. *nod* That's what I've always thought. Things very much get easier between the two of them after that. Actually, after S1 I don't recall them really fighting at all.

4. The chips or the nickname? lol

5. I have a very, very, VERY huge love for growly John. When he's yelling at his team to do as he orders or interrogating a wraith prisoner - it's all hot. Yeaaah.

6. I don't know that much about the military, and especially not the specifics of each section of it - so I'm just going to nod along :P You'd think they'd at least have *some* Navy on Atlantis.

8. Indeed.

9. That's a good point - it might be their mascara. Either way it's very distracting for me, and in most scenes with those two women I'm too busy staring at their eyes to pay much attention to their words. It amuses me when they get "serious" because they widen their eyes, so you can see the whites of their eyes all around the iris.
1) I think there are minor squabbles, but nothing of anything along the lines of "Hot Zone."

4) The chips. Though the nickname is good. (I've been looking up RL call signs all evening in attempts to find something that might fit, but I haven't found one I like yet. I'm half-temped to have Cadman start calling him "Namor," after Marvel's Atlantean prince, but that's just too silly, even for me.)

5) *fans self in agreement*

6) Oh, believe me, I plan on putting a little bit of everyone on Atlantis. Except maybe not Army. Let Army have Earth. Everyone else can have... everything else.

9) It kinda works with Elizabeth. Or, at least, I've incorperated it into my understanding of her charactor. With Heightmeyer, it's just creepy. Plus, people who want to talk about feelings? Ick.
4) The chips. Though the nickname is good. (I've been looking up RL call signs all evening in attempts to find something that might fit, but I haven't found one I like yet. I'm half-temped to have Cadman start calling him "Namor," after Marvel's Atlantean prince, but that's just too silly, even for me.)

I always thought that John's call-sign should be 'Sonic' both for the hedgehog and for his love of speed.
You could be on to something there. Especially if someone points out the meaning of "Licinus" at this little gathering...
1. Hmm...entirely possible. All the examples I can currently think of have one eventually agreeing with the other.

4. I do like the chips XD (Have you decided between "Namor" or "Sonic"?)

6. Yes, let the Army have Earth :P I'm excited about your plans to put a little bit of everyone on Atlantis XD That seems more true to life then just marines and a couple air force officers.

9. In some scenes I do think Elizabeth looks pretty. In others...not so much. I agree though, on Heightmeyer it's pretty creepy. Imagine her staring intently at you during a session D:
4. "Sonic" is the best. "Namor" was only out of aboslute desperation and too much wikiepedia.

6. So very true.

9. I kinda love that about Elizabeth. Her ability to look very pretty one minute and then no so much the next is, while odd, more true to life than the always-pretty of some actresses. Very weird though.
9. Definitely more true to life XD Though I don't think I'll ever completely understand those people who talk about how gorgeous Torri Higginson is and those fics that write Elizabeth as "a beautiful woman", but hey - people find different things attractive *shrug* Makes the world more interesting.