May. 29th, 2017

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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