Friday, January 9, 2009

Re-telling the basics.

I'm in my thirties. Many other sci-fi fans are also, and older. There is a generation of young sci-fi fans who have not read or viewed what we have read.

I was reminded of this while watching another Stargate: SG1 episode where the team is thrust back in time. Immediately following their "arrest", they are seen sitting around a table discussing the issues that involve changing past events to prevent future atrocities.

This is very old science theory for many of us. I found myself sighing and wondering why the writers bothered. That's when it dawned on me that not every episode of every sci-fi story is for the veteran fans. Sometimes the writers and producers have to keep the novice members of the community in mind. They don't even have to be young viewers, just people who haven't bothered to keep up with science or sci-fi.

It's an important step towards information the younger generations. A step that seems to be frowned upon more than it should. On the other hand, let's not fall back on this style of story-telling just because we can't think of anything else to say.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Stargat SG1 Weapons

So, I'm almost done watching the second season of this oddly popular and long-running show for the first time. I've seen some episodes over the years, but I'm not much of T.V. viewer. I prefer long "movie marathon" sessions without the commercials. As an added bonus I get to pause the picture at any time.

Anyway, here it is near the end of the second season and the humans on the team are still using machine guns.


I have seen them disarm dozens of aliens. I've seen each of them use the weapons so I know they can at least do that much. So why aren't they strapped to the teeth with as much alien hardware as they can carry?

I can understand that maybe the government is storing it away for study and reverse engineering, but they don't need 50 energy staffs to do that. There's only going to be one or two teams of scientists/engineers on that kind of secret project.

I like sci-fi. I can suspend my disbelief for almost anything, but sometimes, you just gotta stop and ask, "Why?"