teacake does Stargate: punch it

Discussion in 'Stargate' started by teacake, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. The Wormhole

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    Which IMO, this episode fails at. It tries to tell the classic story of religious fanatics intrepreting their holy words as an excuse to brutalize their unbelieving enemies, even though there is nothing in said holy text condoning murdering and being nasty. Indeed, Tomin seems conflicted when the Prior uses the passage as about the line in the sand to justify eradicating the village, which sickens him to think the Prior can pervert the good words of the gods as an excuse to do something so horrible.

    That's all well and good and they're obviously making commentary on similar incidents on Earth where great tragedies have ocurred due to religious fanatics re-interpreting their teachings. But it has no real relevance here. We know the Ori are evil and would condone the brutal murder of inoccents who don't believe in them. It just so happens the Book of Origin is worded in a way that leaves things open to intrepretation.
     
  2. gturner

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    Perhaps The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon? They would open doors and the doors would lead to a new location in the city, and it also involved a chase through such doors.

    Wormhole, I agree with your take on that. It's like the writers were a bit confused about whether they were portraying an evil religion with evil gods or a religion which was evil because it had been corrupted, both common themes in Stargate but ones which shouldn't be mashed together because it doesn't work. Perhaps they needed Origin to have some good elements to explain why some like Tobin wouldn't see how evil it was and would argue that it's <i>supposed</i> to be good and just.
     
  3. AJ86

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    I'm not sure what you mean. From the perspective of Tomin or any modern day monotheists it's the same situation, the only difference being that his "Gods" actually exist. The Ori aren't 'evil', they actually started out with the best intentions according to Merlin, which is of course when Origin would have been created.
     
  4. gturner

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    It would've been more interesting if they weren't "evil", just wrong from our perspective. For example, suppose they needed worshippers to maintain their powers (as was given) but really were using their powers to help and patiently advance their followers towards eventual ascension?

    That would've given us a look into what our galaxy might be like if the Ascended Ancients had acted as shepherds for humanity, while presenting a nice contrast to the Goa'uld as evil false gods, showing that good "true" gods might be worse, which reminds me of this C.S. Lewis quote:

    It raises the question of why we'd resort to war instead of having Daniel convince them that they're wrong. But the established plot would serve there, too. We're just as primitive (evolutionarily) as their followers, and obviously the humans in our galaxy need guidance just as much as those in the Ori galaxy, so the Ori would "benevolently" extend their guidance and protection here once our existence became known to them. I'd liken it to a Soviet invasion by people who really are convinced that Stalinism is what you need, or Spanish armies trying to save your soul.

    Remove a few of the more brutal aspects of the Ori religion, give the followers a slightly more comfortable existence (perhaps even as sophisticated as the Tolan), and converts would be much more plausible, as would strong dissent over our war against them. The plots would probably be richer as a result, supporting a bit more speculation and introspection depending on the downsides to their path of Origin.

    Perhaps this hypothetical, alternate Origin is too rigid, with all of a follower's actions and stations mapped out for them for life. Perhaps star travel is deemed unnecessary. Perhaps disorder and debate is forbidden (because the Ori actually know the correct answers), thus their insistence on universal agreement. All of this is very close to what was actually portrayed, so maybe making the Ori such obvious bad guys (lying to their followers, who were merely being used to maintain the Ori's power) was actually unnecessary and even detrimental to the story. Having our heroes have to reluctantly kill "gods" who are advanced, wise, powerful, and good to preserve us as we are would be pretty interesting, like having to wack Thor over a difference in our perspectives.
     
  5. The Wormhole

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    Well, then we get into the whole debate of how do you define "evil?" Obviously, the Ori don't think of themselves as evil, and the Priors are responsible for justifying their actions as the necessary will of the gods and so on.

    But the Ori are evil, or at the very least villainous. They essentially planets, whole galaxies, and force the people they conquer to worship them as gods and leach of their life force as a means of staying alive, or however that works with their power coming from their worshippers. Those who don't submit are to be executed, in fact the Ori themselves rewarded the Village Administrator in S9 for executing the people Daniel and Vala stone swapped into by making him a Prior.

    Maybe they did have the best of intentions starting off, but these actions are still evil. And let's be honest, though Tomin seems to believe the Book of Origin condemns destroying the village, if the Ori themselves were aware of it, they'd have no problems and would probably insist on it. Making the whole message of this episode a rather empty one.
     
  6. AJ86

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    I still don't understand what you mean. What difference does it make that the Ori are now evil and would now not mind the message? Or hell, even if they would have endorsed it from the start? The social commentary is that this sort of scripture can (and will) be interpreted to suit the agenda of the person interpreting it, the motives of the Ori, or even whether they exist or not isn't really relevant. The point they're making isn't that religion is essentially good until it's corrupted or warped, it's that religioun is a powerful tool you can use to justify just about anything.
     
  7. The Wormhole

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    Exactly, although in this case, the evil motives which the Priors want to justify really is in line with what their gods the Ori want. So all those scenes in which Vala tries to convince Tomin the Book of Origin doesn't actually say anything about murdering people and being nasty are kind of pointless. Even if Origin doesn't outright say anything about killing unbelievers, we (the audience) know that is what the Ori want. For that matter, Vala was with Daniel when he communicated directly with the Ori, not to mention her own daughter is an Ori incarnate, so she should know the Ori really don't have a problem with being a douchebag, even if their scripture leaves things open to intrepretation. So while I get the message the episode is trying to convey, it's one that has no real relevance to the Ori storyline. It really doesn't matter how you intrepret the worrd of the Book of Origin, the Ori are villains and encourage their followers to do villainous things.
     
  8. AJ86

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    What really doesn't matter is whether the Ori endorse what the Prior is doing or not. It's irrelevant. Social commentary aside, the scene isn't about them, it's about Tomin.
     
  9. bigdaddy

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    I completely agree. I remember watching the Ori storyline thinking "If they just made them more than 2D new Goulds this would be a lot better".
     
  10. teacake

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    I think they (they being the writers or perhaps just me) were getting off on the visual of ascended beings being absolute shits rather than noble yet removed spiritual beings.
     
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    The Road Not Taken: I never met an AU episode I didn't like. I love this stuff.

    This happens so rarely so I must rejoice that we saw a whole lot of Carter..

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    I thought it was an interesting touch that the SGC, that concrete bunker, was full of ponderous portraits and historical renderings. A good way to highlight this being a different world.

    Hilarious that in 200 we got everyone's favorite fantasy marriage and in this one we got Carter's worst nightmare!

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    I really loved Rodney's house, it is MASSIVE.

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    I thought it was kind of odd how Carter wore this (very nice) coat through most of the episode. She wears it outside, she wears it when she's talking to Rodney, she wears it when she's in the SGC.. I was studying Tapping's stomach to see if this coat was covering something.

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    The resolution was too abrupt, as much as we'd like to think Carter's speech about her universe's Landry got through to this universe's president Landry it seems very silly they let her go. I would have liked to have seen her escape instead however that is really only a minor quibble. Great episode!

    I enjoyed a very different Mitchell too.

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  12. bigdaddy

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    She might have been pregnant during the episode, I don't remember. Otherwise wearing a coat is rather weird.

    AU episodes are always fun. Can i just pretend the last two seasons are an AU, or at least that Continuum movie is? :lol:
     
  13. The Wormhole

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    Amanda Tapping definitely was not pregnant when the episode was filmed. Her real life maternity leave from the show was why she was absent for the first five episodes or so in season 9.
     
  14. Skywalker

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    I know you're just trying to be funny, but most of Continuum was an AU. :p

    I think I actually liked that one better than The Ark of Truth; though I won't get into that right now, better to wait until teacake gets to them.
     
  15. bigdaddy

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    My bad! I found Continuum t be fine, Ark of Truth is the one I hate with a passion. Mainly for one plot point that is so lame I nearly turned the TV off.

    People who have watched can guess what it was easily. Teacake probably will go "must be this part" when he gets there. :lol:
     
  16. teacake

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    I've had a lot of trouble with flickr so though I've been watching eps I haven't been getting my screenshots so haven't been posting. I must have my screenshots LOL. It seems to have somewhat righted itself.

    The Shroud: That was kind of awkward, the whole "has Daniel converted" didn't work at all. However we do get to see Baccarin looking very Inara-esque.

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    And Daniel manages to be 1000 times better looking than any other pryor!

    Not enough decay I guess..

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  17. teacake

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    Bounty: This was full of WTF moments!

    DOPUD again!! I didn't expect that, this man is just addictive. I think it's his voice, the higher register in contrast to the muscles and the big guns :D

    Very nice to see him one (last?) time. I think my favorite was seeing him in SG:U so far.

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    And then there's these incredible scenes with Vala dressed as Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I mean seriously, they dressed her like this deliberately as some kind of joke right?

    Did she pick out these clothes after her tv marathons of earth culture?

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    You can see in this one she has been studying hard at what it means to be in the heartland..

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    A very entertaining episode with some lip service paid to actual Stargate plots about the Lucian Alliance.

    And then there's the scene which ends in the most fantastical Mean Girls moment.. :eek: REALLY?!

    And that road was so empty and dinky..

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    And that's how Regina George died.
     
  18. AJ86

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    Gateworld has shit loads of screencaps for every episode. You could just use those ;)
     
  19. The Wormhole

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    Well, he is younger than the other Priors. In fact, don't hold me to this, but I think Shanks is the youngest actor to wear Prior make-up.
     
  20. gturner

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    Well, after 10 seasons it was about time they did a high-school reunion episode. I think more sci-fi shows could toss one of those in just because it's something the fans can relate to, a situation that bounces around in the back of your mind when you watch characters whose lives have become totally bizarre and unbelievable.