Pairing: background Ancient!John/Rodney,
Warnings: set anytime during S2/S3 to date in the Ancient!John 'Verse
Summary: Iohannes' thoughts on Wormhole X-treme
Notes: Because silvershadowkit commented in my quest for prompts yesterday: Something about Wormhole X-Treme, regular or Pegasus. I know that Iohannes seems to like it, but I kinda want to know what the rest of the cast thinks. I haven't seen much SG-1, so I don't know all that much about it canonically. I'm interested to see what your take on it it. IDK if this is what she had in mind, but it's what happened. Oh, and my meta'ish thoughts on both "series" can be found here.
An Ancient!John Story
"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all."
Iohannes loves Star Trek for it's bad special effects and it's ability to ask hard questions – the ones that need to be asked - in ways that aren't immediately obvious. And if "Where No Man Has Gone Before" reminded him of the morality plays written during the Major Diaspora, well, he's not telling, if only because that involves sharing more of his people's history with the Terrans than he thinks he'll ever be comfortable with.
He loves the spin-offs too: The Next Generation for it's simplistic belief that all a world's problems could be solved in a single episode; Deep Space Nine for it's willingness to tackle the darker side of things; Voyager for its willingness to break the mould, and Enterprise for all its potential.
And that's just one franchise.
He loves Doctor Who – the new and the original – because, well, it's good to see someone who's lost his entire species and found reasons to go on, even if he is just a fiction character in a fictional universe that probably would have given Father nightmares with it's inability to follow the rules of logic or physics. Andromeda too, for that matter, though he's not as big a fan.
He can appreciate Battlestar Galactica – the remake – for what it is, even if a group of humanoids fleeing through space after the genocide of their people hits a little too close to home (he'd heard enough stories about the Migration Period growing up that he'd not been able to watch the nuclear bombings of the Colonies without becoming ill, even if he'd given Rodney other excuses for why he'd fled the room). After a few episodes, he even finds its treatment of AIs more amusing than absurd.
And don't even get Iohannes started on how much he adores Firefly.
But his favourite – his absolute favourite – is Wormhole X-treme and (no matter how many times the Terrans mock him for it) it always will be. At first it was simply because watching the show could get him out of reading SGC mission reports and trying to figure out how on Lantea a group of humanoid hunter/gathers had managed to evolve to the point of having microprocessors and nuclear weapons, but before long he genuinely comes to like the show. Because, despite its campiness in the earlier seasons, its real. It's not just a fun way to spend forty-five minutes, it's the best window he has to understanding the Terrans' Stargate Program without actually having been there. It certainly puts Thor's relationship with the Terrans in a lot better perspective, even if they call him Tlaloc on the show, to say nothing of illustrating for Iohannes just why the Terrans revere his race so, even if if its not gotten to the point of actual worship.
(And if season five has the added bonus of showing what Rodney – or, at least, his Wormhole X-treme analogue, Doctor Andrew Winters – was like before he met him, well, Iohannes isn't telling any tales.)
Even if this wasn't the case, Iohannes thinks he'd like the show anyway. Even if it wasn't just a cover story for some Air Force project, it's real in a way the other shows don't quite manage. It's about real people...
It's is the story of the Terrans' progression from a somewhat stumbling, young race into the intergalactic powerhouse he sees now (and even if it were just a story, he thinks it would be a great one to watch). It's the story of how the Terrans came to take up the mantel Thor has granted them as the Fifth Race of the old Alliance. More than that, it's honest in how they came by that title, those powers: by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Even in its worst moments, Wormhole X-treme shows how the Terrans learned from other races' mistakes. It gives him hope that they'll continue to learn and survive to build something far grander than any of the old Alliance could ever imagine.