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I watch it for the big round thing, mostly

Okay, a couple things:

1. This is a legitimate question, not a complaint, because I maybe am just overlooking the obvious (or looked away for a second) - but how did Teyla, Lorne & co. get onto the jumper?

2. Am I to understand that Sheppard, completely of his own accord, decided to not only take his team out on a mission into enemy territory, but also Lorne's, and their newly acquired (and, I imagine, scientifically very valuable) wraith ship which he proceeds to blow up, without, say... checking in with Sam first? At all? Shouldn't that maybe be a first step? How is this okay?

3. I was so, so on board with the Teyla storyline up until about the last 15 minutes of this episode. I really was. John was being a dick, and making an okay point in a spectacularly bad way, and Teyla was not suddenly overwrought or irrational or a liability because she's pregnant. And John was absolutely within his rights to pull her off of missions, and she was absolutely within her rights to be pissed as hell about it, and - yay! You tell'm, Teyla! And hurrah for John, in a very warped kind of way, because I'm so happy when writers let characters be wrong once in a while and get a little verbal smack down for it and for a minute, I really thought it was coming.

...except apparently that's not how this story goes, and Teyla is suddenly an irrational liability and incapable of accurately assessing what she can and can't do. Because, as we know, being pregnant makes you weak and stupid. Thank God she has all these men in her life to tell her what to do and hug her when she cries over her terrible decisions. Get this woman a tissue and some ice cream!

Seriously, really, writers? Because while I get the point, and Teyla not being in the field seems completely rational to me, this was not the way to do it. Teyla could have wrestled with the issue herself. She could have talked to Keller, or Sam, or John, or Ronon, or anyone about it and come to her own conclusions. She could have been benched by John and been pissed as hell for a really long time. Or anything else. But tonight read to be as Teyla defying the wisdom of cooler and more rational (male, I am looking at you John and also kinda Ronon) heads and being punished for it with a near miscarriage and no. Fail. Do not want, ever again, thank you very much.

4. Lorne is cute. If we can now progress directly to the Lorne & Zelenka show, that would be lovely.

I really do want to like this show but... gah!



Jan. 12th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Right - while I appreciate the notion of authorial intent, and I consider it when I'm watching the episodes, I still kind of feel like there's somewhat of a responsibility to look beyond what you're writing and at what's actually being said. And in this case, what was being said was a big pile of no for me. It seems like a lot of people are very squeeful about the episode, so I dunno if maybe I'm looking at it from a weird angle or what but...glad to know I'm not the only one. :)

How cool, on the medieval lit teaching. At what level...college?
Jan. 12th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Nope! There are at least three of us who were not squeeful, because my husband thought the episode rated about a "meh".

Yes, I'm an English prof. Medieval lit is fun! I do both Old and Middle English (and I sneak in a little Old French, and I've been teaching myself Old Norse lately, at a very slow pace). I also teach History of the English Language, which is fascinating--I had no idea how much until I started to teach it!


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