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Jun. 7th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Were there really just never that many SG1 "the program goes public" fics, or is it just that I can't find them because of lack of standard keywords/tags? There are a handful that I know I've read, and some of those are wonderful, but it feels like somebody somewhere ought to have written the long, mostly gen version about all the fallout, and I have a sneaking suspicion that maybe they did and I just don't know where it is. That feeling always makes me twitchy.

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My haphazard revisiting of the Stargate universe has landed me on, well, Stargate Universe, which I bailed on fairly early in its original run. It's not really any better the second time around: they tried too hard to be edgy and non-Stargate-like, and they forgot to make the characters likable. The story isn't bad, I just find myself not caring very much. HOWEVER, I just got to the episode where Jack needs a super stealthy surveillance expert to help catch a traitor, and so he calls... Daniel. Which actually ends up being Daniel's last real appearance in canon, skulking around with a camera, failing to capture the bad guys, and then hanging out in Jack's office. Is he supposed to be living in DC at this point? Was this a shady excuse to get him to come visit? It doesn't really make a ton of sense. Jack and Sam's last appearances are in the following episode, where Jack yells at another colonel for not being able to make command decisions as well as Sam can. I feel like this is probably a common scene in General O'Neill's life: griping at everyone else about how they should be more like SG-1. That, at least, is charming, even if Colonel Young makes terrible choices.

Anyway, I'll try to stick it out through the second season, even if that just means leaving the episodes on in the background while I do other things. My next ambition is to catch up with the SyFy summer shows (Killjoys, Dark Matter, and maybe Wynonna Earp) and then actually watch them as they air, which I've gotten increasingly terrible at in the streaming era. It might work, at least for the month until Game of Thrones comes back and eats my brain.
elz: (offworld)
Life: a vast nothingness, a howling vortex of despair.

TV: I'm rewatching Stargate SG-1, as you do when life is a howling vortex of despair - although this is the first time I've rewatched it since the end, I think, and probably the first time since the original airing that I've seen a bunch of the later episodes and the movies. It's 10 years since the show ended and 20 since it began, which is kind of mind-boggling. I came to the series pretty late, and I liked the Mitchell-Vala years, so it took some poking around in journal histories to remember that this was a fandom that mostly died before the show did. It was good fodder for fanfic for the same reasons it was frustrating to watch at times - the richness of the universe and the general lack of emotional payoff to just about anything - and then of course Jack left and took his ships with him and fans moved on to SGA and Supernatural and other things.

But despite being... never the most ambitious show, there's something about it that just really works for me. The friendships, primarily - the found-family teaminess that only gets stronger as the years go on. The fact that it is episodic and less of an emotional commitment to watch. The groundedness of a sci-fi show with one foot in a very prosaic world of concrete bunkers and drab military uniforms. The fundamental earnestness and optimism that underlies all the layers of sarcasm and meta. The general sense of things left unsaid and undone and all the unrealized possibilities of both the main universe and the many canon AUs, clones, and fractured timelines. And damn, there was some great fic of all varieties.

The one thing I wish existed or that I could find is that ultimate teamy, gen-ish, all-eras retrospective vid. I recognize that fannish burnout doesn't usually inspire people to want to vid literally hundreds of hours of source material, but I kind of wish I'd finished the one I started a decade ago. Maybe if I think about it hard enough, it will miraculously come into existence on its own. Or maybe not.

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