ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
The aim to make your tv series appear "dark" or "edgy" or "gritty" or whatever does not mean that the screen has to be literally too dark to make out anything. I get that there are mood lighting choices, and atmosphere through colors and so on, but it completely defeats any kind of purpose if your viewer can't see or follow what's going on. It is not all that sinister if you have to squint and guess what is happening. Seriously, things can be dark and edgy even if there is a lightsource somewhere! (This was brought on by me trying to watch SGU, but really it applies to a lot of series.)
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Untitled Highlander AU/Andromeda, by [livejournal.com profile] basingstoke. Het and slash (though there's no romantic focus, so it feels quite gen), Richie/Amanda, Duncan/Methos. (ca. 2,900 words)
These are more glimpses at a universe than a fully realized story, but the setup is just very cool.

Necessary Changes, by [livejournal.com profile] devilc. Slash, Jason Street/Scott Summers, also Logan/Jean and some other pairings, both het and slash are implied. (ca. 24,000 words)
Friday Night Lights/X-Men
Jason discovers he's a mutant on top of everything else and is invited to attend the Xavier Institute. I'm really liking Jason here so far, and also his friendship with Tim, and of course I always have a soft spot for stories with Scott.
(It's still being posted, one part a day it seems, but the author's notes indicated it's finished and the total length, so in two days or so it should be completely posted.)

Days Like This, by [livejournal.com profile] killabeez. Gen, Angel, Dean Winchester. (ca. 9,200 words)
Dean and Angel meet on a hunt, and fight a gross, tentacled monster, but really the best thing in this story is the banter and the many great lines.

Untitled SGA/SPN snippets, by [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_tsuki WIP
So far more an enticing glimpse at a backstory and an opening snippet than a single story, but I thought the premise that Sheppard grew up as a hunter like Sam and Dean, and now encounters creepy supernatural stuff in Pegasus was cool.

To Conquer Fear, by [livejournal.com profile] marag. Gen, Gil Grissom, Batman and their teams. (ca. 2,800 words)
They work together to catch the Scarecrow in Las Vegas. The story is told mostly in emails and more on the fun than on the angst side of things.

Hailing From Parts Unknown, by [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf. Slash, Logan (Wolverine)/Alec (X5-494). (ca. 3,500 words)
X-Men Movieverse/Dark Angel
Alec and Logan and cage fights. Why wouldn't you read this?

Office Hours (ca. 10,000 words) and the sequel The Wisdom to Know the Difference (ca. 30,000 words), by [livejournal.com profile] tartanshell. Gen, Peter Parker, Hank McCoy, Matt Murdock, and Scott Summers.
Peter meets Hank (at first not yet blue) as one of his biochemistry professors in college. This is just an awesome and very entertaining crossover, that has a great blend of humor and angst.

Floodlights on the Highway, by [livejournal.com profile] thassalia. Gen, Dean, Cam, Vala.
Stargate: SG-1/Supernatural
How could you not enjoy Cam and Vala meeting Dean at a car show?

Riggins & Winchester, by [livejournal.com profile] thisisbone. Slash, Tim Riggins/Dean Winchester, also Billy Riggins, Sam Winchester. (ca. 4,800 words)
Friday Night Lights/Supernatural
The Winchesters are passing through Dillon. This gives a great look at the characters, also of course it's hot.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Wraith. (wraith)
I think I mentioned before that when watching SG-1 I keep thinking how much of an easier time the Ori would have getting more worshippers if they just expanded into the Pegasus Galaxy with an "accept Origin and we'll protect you from the Wraith" deal rather than trying in the Milky Way with their "worship us or we'll smite you!" threat. Sure threats probably work as well, but IMO for enduring popularity protection against an external foe would work much better.

I mean, personally I'm not fond of being smited by Priors so I certainly wouldn't object to the daily Ori worship in any case, but I'd be much happier (and less likely to look for some relatively safe way to maybe support some anti-Ori resistance after all) if it came in the guise of being a trade off for not being eaten. They could even be totally honest about the fact that the worship gives them additional power, or at least wouldn't need to worry much about heretics like SG-1 trying to convince the populace that they trick them, after all they could justify needing the people's support to hold off the Wraith or something. Especially during an active Wraith period the trade off of worshipping a group of some energy beings so that they in turn protected me from being culled isn't that bad all things considered, at least as long as the Ori don't happen to draft you into one of their crusades, and even then it's certainly not worse than some of the desperate things Pegasus civilizations are willing to try.

Anyway, with that thought it occurred to me that if the Ancients had wanted to secure worship in the past (and we know that at least some weren't adverse to being worshipped) creating an external threat like that would have been the natural way to go about it. I'm not sure how many Ancients were already ascended then and how many still experimenting with becoming energy back when the Wraith first emerged, but if ascended beings can somehow use power they get from worship, it's not so far fetched that for example a few already ascended Ancients could have wanted to use that kind of boost to help the others of their kind to also ascend for example, like that Oma(?) guy did with Daniel. So I wondered if the Wraith (which IIRC were the end result of one of the Ancients unfortunate experiments gone wrong, weren't they?) couldn't have been originally designed by some Ancient faction with that in mind, only to then reproduce faster than expected or be better with technology and somehow got out of control and were more trouble than they were worth.
ratcreature: RatCreature is enraged, swinging an axe: Kill! Kill! Kill! (rage)
The Stargate Fan Awards site has to be one of the worst designed sites I've seen in a while. Having seen a bunch of buttons for that award recently I figured I might check the site out, looking whether I maybe missed some cool story. But when I went there it was impossible to navigate the site.

First, it displayed all wrong, and none of the links worked. Relatively quickly it became apparent that you can only navigate it with Javascript turned on. So okay, that sucks, but whatever, I turned it on for the site and at least the links and navigation then worked. But I couldn't figure out where I ought to go to see the list of stories from the main menu. Clicking on "categories" and it's many submenus only leads to explanations for those, clicking on "Award Areas" is similarly fruitless as it also explains the award, clicking on help explains to me at length issues of the voting process or whatever in which I have no interest since I don't intend to participate, clicking on "archives" only leads to story lists for previous years...

I mean, WTF?! I'm not usually bad at navigating websites, not even badly designed ones, but I've looked through their navigation menu and its submenus for almost ten minutes now and still couldn't find any list of nominated stories.

ETA: I have now found long lists of ineligible stories, and really, I think it says something profound about the site that it is easier (for relative values of easy) to find the lists of stories that people can't vote on than the list of nominated stories...

ETA 2: Success at last! There was a button that you could click to get to the nominee listings on the main page, only it was in an older news update from August some news entries down and thus "below the fold" on my screen so I didn't see it at first, as I hadn't scrolled down two pages to examine old updates (before utter desperation and stubbornness to beat the obnoxious site led me to it, that is), having stupidly assumed I could find the relevant things in the actual navigation area...
ratcreature: (stargate)
Does anyone know what's up with Heliopolis, the SG-1 gen archive? I was following a link there and got to an "account suspended" page. Is this a temporary glitch (like some bandwidth or hosting problem or whatever), or has something happened to the archive recently?
ratcreature: (stargate)
Having watched both SG-1 and SGA the past season I sometimes wondered how I would decide if I had to choose between living on a Wraith or on an Ori controlled planet. I'm really waffling, because with the Wraith the chance of an early death because you'd be eaten is significant, and while the Ori are said to somehow profit from their subjects' energy and worship, we haven't seen them suck the life out of people. Also, while, as I understand it, the Ori somehow actually limit their subjects' chances for ascension while claiming to do the opposite, I doubt my personal chances to escape death by becoming all glowy would be that high even in the SG universe, so that wouldn't concern me too much.

OTOH the Ori are really, really controlling and you apparently have to spend hours every day worshiping them or risk death by torture, and they pretty much decide what you can do with your life as well, at least when they're mobilizing for a crusade, whereas the Wraith pretty much let you do what you want until they cull you. Besides while Wraith are hard to kill you can still fight them better than ascended Oris and their superpowered lackeys. And who knows, you could get lucky and be born in one of their hibernation periods, increasing your chances for survival probably by several magnitudes, while the Ori are consistently there once they got hold of a planet.

[Poll #693831]

Totally unrelated to this, I had a really nice, if somewhat bizarre, crossover dream, in which Ray Kowalski and John Sheppard were trying to solve some crime involving a nostalgic, old-school traveling circus. I have no idea how the two ended up being a crime-solving team. I guess my subconscious isn't that concerned with consistent background stories for crossovers. It was very pretty, however.
ratcreature: (stargate)
Because half of my f-list seems to be talking about Stargate: Atlantis recently, I thought I'd give the series a try too. I mean, a lot of authors I like write SG:A nowadays, and I just don't read fanfic without having seen at least a couple of episodes first.

I'm not yet fully caught up, but I watched most of season one and the first three (I think) episodes of season two. Overall SG:A is fun to watch, however I'm not quite full of squee. Like, there's the plots. It may be because after watching a whole bunch of episodes they kind of blurred together, but they seem to do "race against time" eps a lot, don't they? It's not that I don't get that for some shows the plots aren't the primary attraction (I am a Sentinel fan after all *grin*), still I was vaguely dissatisfied. The Wraith as bad guys work for me, but I actually find the Wraith, who basically just eat humans, even if they do so by sucking out human life energy with their hands, less creepy than the Goa'uld and their mental subjugation/symbiont thing. And somehow the Wraith's look is even cheesier than the faux-Egyptian theme that seemed most popular among the Goa'uld. I mostly like Atlantis as a city of the Ancient and the Ancient tech angle when they remember to do stuff with it, though.

Also, while watching I was aware that McKay/Sheppard is the most popular slash pairing, so I tried to see them with a slashy mindset, and...eh. I don't really see it. I mean, it's not that surprising, because, while I'm usually open to be convinced of a variety of pairings when reading fic, for me to notice UST, or slashy vibes, or whatever on screen, it needs to be fairly obvious. I guess, I'm just not much of a "subtext" person. Still, subtext or not, I like most of the characters in the ensemble as a whole. BTW, is Zelenka-centric fic popular? If not, it definitely ought to be.

Last but not least, notice my new Stargate icon:
[livejournal.com profile] ane suggested I ought to a draw a SG icon, when I asked for ideas on how to fill my remaining 69 (now 68) icon slots in my last gip post. I was a bit at a loss how to give my avatar a typical Stargate look, and settled finally on that motif of vest-wearing character in front of a Stargate, that's fairly wide-spread on the official site, even though I don't like that look all that much. BTW, I'm still open for further icon ideas.
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
I haven't watched Stargate in quite a while, i.e. I think I have watched up to somewhere in the middle of season seven, though I've always watched SG-1 somewhat casually, so I don't recall the exact place. Anyway, since it has come to my attention that Ben Browder is in the current season, I thought I might give SG-1 a try again.

Now I'm wondering whether I can simply start watching again, or have missed too much crucial stuff to follow (like that whole spin-off thing with Stargate: Atlantis -- I have no idea what that's about). So I'm asking those of you more into SG-1 for advice: Do I need to find an episode guide or season overview or the like to follow the current season?

I'm not really interested right now in procuring and watching the one and a half seasons of episodes I missed, but nevertheless I dislike being confused by backstories I'm clueless about. I mean, I still remember missing out on only about half of season four of the X-Files way back when they first aired, and I didn't have easy internet access then, so there weren't any resources I could consult. I ended up quite confused about the myth arc -- despite being able to follow individual eps -- until I truly found my way into online fandom in 1998. Well, I still stayed somewhat confused then, but I mainly attribute that to the myth arc becoming ever more convoluted over time, and me being significantly behind the US schedule in those times before broadband.

So were there any momentous events in late season seven and season eight of SG-1? Do the storylines of SG-1 and SG:A overlap and I need to know about Atlantis, too?

BTW, what happened to tvtome.com?! I used to look there to check for US airdates and episode lists, but when I tried that just now I was redirected to tv.com, who apparently have taken over the former? What's worse, however, is that the site doesn't even work for me anymore. I got a mostly blank page and a redirection link, and not even allowing javascript for the site helped, then it just displayed an obnoxious flash ad, that continually reloaded once I clicked on the redirection link. WTF? At that point I was fed up with the site, and not in the mood to fiddle with cookie settings or whatever is required by them to show me their content. If there even is still content under all that flash advertising.
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Thoughts on the season seven premiere of Stargate...

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