First, a quick personal update- Had a great time yesterday, even with the Children’s Fall Festival being canceled. The Youngest has gotten the short end lately- First the school and now the city canceling her chances of going out and being a kid at Halloween w/o us worrying too much. Great. But she still got dressed up and had a blast anyway! And her sister and the Marching Band made fifth overall at State yesterday! Yay! Very proud of the whole band, but especially of the Oldest. She has come along way and it certainly has not been easy for her, but she has proven that she can succeed!
Now for the rest of this entry, if you have no interest in fandoms and Stargate in particular, you may not want to venture much further. It’s not territory for those unfamiliar or don’t care how a Fandom for a show/movie/book works, especially in regards to the internet. You have been warned.
Before I go further though, check out this link to Joe Mallozzi’s blog. He is a Producer and Writer for the Stargate Franchise. I believe it was in and around seasons 3-4 of SG-1 that he started working with the franchise. I’ve been following his blog on and off for several years now and have come to enjoy it, and like him as a person. He’s a great guy and does something he doesn’t have to: Allows the fans an inside look into the creation process of their favorite show(s). Back to his recent blog post… It appears the supreme ugliness of fandom has reared its head. And this time a few of the actors in the show are being treated VERY unfairly for actions that their characters have made.
You may not care for the current version of Stargate, which is fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I know I was extremely unhappy with the latter part of season 5 of Atlantis. That is no secret, and it did start coloring my thoughts on the new series, Universe. I was high on that fence, distraught over how a few of my favorite characters were being treated, and seriously debating on whether or not I really wanted to be apart of the franchise anymore. I’d never felt that way in any other fandom, including Harry Potter, with that travesty of an epilogue. But I did. I kind of took a break for a little while, somewhat keeping up with everything, but nothing like I had been doing. Even let my busy real life take over and not really have anything to do with the forums. Then I discovered that Ming Na and Lou Diamond Phillips were cast on the new show, and I started to think maybe I’d give it a chance. It was that combined with the fact that I’d been missing my Stargate. For the longest time the show had been apart of my Friday nights and it felt wierd to not have it around. So, even though I did call it Stargate: 90210 and other lovely names, I watched it. I watched “Air” and was blown away. It was very much how I pictured Atlantis should have been. Dark and gritty, overall a survivor’s story. You are trapped in an alien place with people you barely know and placed in situations you have never dealt with before. SGU gets it. I still love and adore Atlantis, don’t get me wrong. Always will. But Universe takes Stargate as a whole, to a new level.
There are two actors in particular that have been facing the bashing, recently. Notice I said actors and not characters. One more so than another, I believe, but she has been feeling it too. I’ve been browsing over the forums and websites for Universe, and I must say that even with the infamous love triangle from Atlantis, I’ve never seen anything even remotely similar to this. In any fandom. Normally the fans are pretty good at separating the characters from the actors and leave the actors alone. Once in a while the comments on the characters can get out of hand, but no harm or ill will would be directed at the actor. Goodness knows the McKay/Keller/Ronon triangle stirred up A LOT of noise on all sides and everyone was guilty of stepping out of line. Even me. But I never attacked the actors. I may have said one or two things about the writers and producers (especially Martian Gero) but again, no intent of ill will or malice on their person. Just a venting session and expressing my need as a fan for the creators to wake up and smell the coffee. I even posted a comment on Joe’s blog asking him WTF were they all thinking! To me, I never got offensive about it. I was honestly reasoning things out and wondering what happened to my show! Yes, as a fan I consider it my show. Not ‘my’ as in I own it, but ‘my’ as in something I really enjoy and love/like/adore. There are some that take it waaaaayyyyy too personally and consider a show, etc. as wholly theirs and the creators have to bow down to their every whim. Yeah. Good luck with that one.
Brain J. Smith and Elyse Levesque have been getting more than the short end of the stick from several fans. I haven’t run across massive amounts of it for Elyse yet, but some of the comments would make me want to curl up in a ball and cry. Brian on the other hand, you could say he’s been harassed by the fandom. Not all of it, but the minority that can’t leave well enough alone and have to be complete dicks and assholes about it all. Originally he decided to leave Twitter all together (something fellow cast mate David Blue got him and the others into) because people were being VERY mean and disrespectful to him because of what his character, Lt. Matthew Scott, was doing on the show. First of all, it saddens me that there are people out there who cannot tell the difference between the character and the actor who plays them. They are not the same person. Seriously. From what I have been exposed to about Brain J. Smith, he is a very intelligent human being and a big sweetheart. I loved following him on Twitter and reading and watching his interviews. A very well-rounded person, especially for being so young. That and it helped with his open adoration of Cassy :), an adorable puppy he decided to adopt. Then we have Lt. Matthew Scott. I can’t say a whole lot on him, since we haven’t seen all there is to about him. What I have been able to discern about the character is that he is a leader, even if he is fresh out of Officer’s School. The SGC wont let just anybody in, military wise. I believe they have learned their lesson in the past. Besides that, Col Young wouldn’t have placed him in charge had he believed that Scott would have failed. He’d have stuck with TJ, his other Lt. on the ship, someone he has KNOWN for sometime (according to spoilers) and obviously trusts. I know, I know. They brought religion into the show with making Scott a fairly die-hard Catholic. How dare they huh? Frankly I think it’s a nice addition to the character. And guess what, I’m not Christian, yet I can relate to Scott and his spirituality. Yes, I know, they also made him a ladies man in the regards that he and Lt. James were fuck buddies (or something similar, maybe something more), and then all of a sudden he’s sleeping with Chloe! THE HORROR! How could that happen! It’s not realistic and things like that never happen, in the military or in the civilian world!
And I hope you all realize that I was being sarcastic in those last few sentences. I think that many people are trying to just find something to nitpick at because they have nothing better to do. My only beef with the show so far has to do with the ship’s shields and how, if they could barely contain the hull breaches, then how could they with stand the energy from a star? As far as Scott being an unrealistic person and totally not true to Catholics or the military, I say this. Shut up, sit down and reflect on a few things. (I had to do something similar to the Atlantis Love Triangle.) First, Scott isn’t a real person. Second, though he is not representing ALL catholics and military personnel, he is human. Everyone has their flaws. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone looses their way at times. I’ve known many Catholics, some stellar citizens and others complete douchebags. Same with the military. And as far as it’s unrealistic for him and Chloe to hit the sheets as soon as they did, can you explain to me how the hell we have so many men and women getting married to each other within minutes of meeting each other? I need more than both hands to count the number of people I know (personally and otherwise) that have done that. Yes, Scott and Chloe didn’t get married, but they slept together. HELLO, big stressful situation and it has been shown that LT. Scott is a fan of sex, and I imagine he (like other men AND women) uses it as a stress reliever, besides the fact they all believed they were going to die. That doesn’t make Chloe (or the actress who plays her) a whore. Nor does it make her easy, a slut or anything else like that. I bet if things were different, that they would have taken more time to flesh things out, and started slowly. Thing is, circumstances didn’t allow for it, and they got swept up in the moment. Completely normal and natural, AT ANY AGE. True, it’s more common for the younger ones to do it, but I’ve seen it with us older folks too. And as far as the Frat regs for the military go, I don’t normally go for any characters that break them. But, as I realize it does happen in the real world, I am ok with Scott (to a degree) breaking the rules with the 2nd Lt. It seems that relationship went nowhere anyway, so unlike with all the Sam and Jack stuff from SG-1, I can deal with it.
If you don’t like the show because you believe the characters all suck, sleep around too much, and wear too much make up for a space drama/adventure show, then go away. Why bother watching it? There is no point in degrading the actors who play these characters. They just bring them to life and that’s it. They are not responsible for their actions. They are not evil. Hell, I can’t stand Dr. Rush, and am not a huge fan of Robert Carlyle, but I’m not sitting here bashing him into the ground. Dr. Rush is the character you are supposed to love to hate, very similar to Dr. Baltar in BSG and other characters on other show. He is an antagonist. He helps to keep the fans guessing and the other characters wondering WTF?! But I don’t want to see him off the show. Hell, my favorite character on the show so far, Col. Telford has been, for the most part, an asshole. But I still adore him and bear Lou Diamond Phillips no ill will for portraying him.
I do have to state this though. And this is of no fault of the creators behind the Stargate Franchise. I think a lot of fans became pre-disposed to hating SGU ( I was heading down that road) because A LOT felt Atlantis was getting the shaft to make room for the show. I don’t know how much truth there is in Atlantis being cancelled for that reason, and when you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I know that when Atlantis was canceled I felt betrayed by the franchise. I didn’t want it to go away. I didn’t care that there would be the promise of a movie, I wanted my show. Even with the whole McKeller relationship. I couldn’t have my SG-1 anymore, so I needed something. And Atlantis had the potential, IMO, to be even better than it was. I would have loved to have seen certain things be resolved and what not. Instead I was left feeling like I’d been shit on. I believe it was Sci Fi (still not doing it, folks, get over it) that created the end for the show. And I do have agree with a comment Joe M. made in his blog about the time that SG-1 ended. It was hard having the production staff working on two shows, at the same time. I bet that drove everybody nuts. I still wish Atlantis hadn’t been canceled, but I no longer begrudge Universe for it.
There are a few things coming up on the show, however, that are raising warning bells with me. Not in the same way that things went with Atlantis. And be warned, there are MAJOR SPOILERS on their way here. If you don’t want to know, read, no further…
In this next weeks episode, entitled “Earth” there is something that I think will happen. And I think this due to pictures I’ve seen from the official MGM website for Stargate. Now, Col. Young was having some problems with his marriage before taking command at the Icarus Base. I will not go into those details as of yet, but they mostly stem from him spending more time with his job than his wife. Now, during the episode of “Darkness”, Young uses the Ancient Communication Stones to go to Earth to report in. Since it didn’t take long at all for him to tell the higher-ups “We’re screwed”, he decided to take Col. Telford’s body (who he swapped with) to go see his wife, Emily. She was distraught, yadda, yadda, etc. Things didn’t go well. Fast forward time a little and apparently during “Earth” Young, Eli and Chloe leave the Pentagon, in the bodies of the people they swapped with and enjoy some time to themselves. Now granted, they just learned that the people they swapped with are going to be getting everybody off of Destiny and back to Earth, and I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is this, and I hope that TPTB treat it right, and show the consequences like they promise they will for many of the actions these people are making. Young goes to see Emily, and they end up making love while Young is in Telford’s body. I do have a problem with that. To me, that is akin to rape, and like I said, I hope TPTB show the consequences of those actions. Does it make for good drama- yes it does really. Do I hate the actors for going along? Hell no. Do I think less of the characters? Maybe. Haven’t decided yet.
Now, this is pure speculation on my part here, some rooted in spoilers that I’ve stumbled across from fairly reliable sources, but spoilers can still be wrong. I feel that when episode 15 “Lost” airs, that we will see the consequences of Young’s actions in the episode of “Earth”. A description of the episode mainly talks about Greer, but the B plot of the episode is about Col. Young and TJ having some personal issues come up. It most likely has to do with the “affair” these two had once upon a time, but I have a sneaking suspicion that something big will go down between Young, Telford and Emily due to Young using Telford’s body like that. A baby, perhaps? We all know Alania Huffman, who plays TJ, is pregnant in real life. There is a chance that the writers put that in the show, and it is very likely. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Emily ends up preggers or even wanting to run off with Telford after “Earth”. Wouldn’t that be something? Young wakes up one morning to find TJ is expecting his kid because of their affair, and Emily is now pregnant with Telford’s baby all because hubby had to get him some. LOL. Yup, a soap opera that does make. But I could be wrong, and they are just random thoughts that spring to mind. But I can imagine that Telford’s wife (he has to have one, or had one, the character is wearing a ring) wouldn’t be so hot about the usage of her husband’s body in that manner. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Ok, I think I’m done for now. To the people behind SGU, writers, actors, producers, etc, you all are doing a wonderful job! I thank you again for bringing my Friday nights back! I love you all for it!