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'Rescue Me' and 'Stargate' - two shows that have nothing in common!

Just realized it's been awhile since I posted anything. You can tell how exciting my life has been. ;) There was some work drama and some mother drama, but it's all been rectified. I think.

I split my Flist into two reading groups - people and communities. Why didn't I do that sooner? It makes managing my LJ reading so much easier and I don't feel as if I'm missing anything now.

I haven't written a word of fan fic in...checks calendar...a loooong time. I have ideas, but can't seem to commit anything to the computer. Someone light a fire under me, OK?

I've still been watching old skool SG1 on SciFi, assuming I'm home by 6, and I caught a Season 3 episode, 'Learning Curve', that I somehow missed the first time around. I was actually impressed by this episode. It tackled a pretty huge issue. Do we have the right to dictate change to a society that operates, even thrives, in a manner that we find objectionable? The Urrones use their children as incubators for knowledge and, unlike any culture found here on earth, pass along what they have learned to the adults who go on to build a better society. The downside, and something that we cannot help but find abhorrent, is that the children not only lose their childhood, but their intelligence and personality in the transition. These children are helping their people, they are revered, they are even well taken care of after they have done their duty, but is it right? I have to admit that as much as it pained me to see the kids left barely able to function, I didn't believe the team or anyone had a right to tell these people how to run their society.

Such a powerful topic to tackle, but as usual, the show failed to really capitalize on the foundation it laid (though it didn't screw up as badly as I feared). The first thing that struck me as off is that it seemed to cross no one's mind that Jack's powerful desire to 'save' Merrin may have had something to do with the death of his own son and inability to save him. Charlie was robbed of a childhood and a life because of a horrific accident. Jack is now watching Merrin have her life systematically taken from her. In later seasons, Charlie has basically been forgotten so I really hoped to see in this episode an acknowledgment from the team on how hard it must be for Jack to go on every day past the facade he puts up. But, no.

The other missed opportunity, again involving Jack, is not having him realize that by teaching Merrin how to be creative, to have fun, and to just be a kid that that knowledge, along with everything else she learned, would be passed on. Too often It seems that the writers choose to forget how smart SG1 is in order to have a pat or sappy ending. Though, I have to admit, I got a little teary during that last scene between Merrin and Jack.

OK, can we kill Janet? Pleeeeeaaaassssse. God I hate that woman. And if the baby hates her already he's one smart kid. I'm with Tommy, if he's the moral center of the family, they've got trouble. Janet should realize that just because they did stupid stuff at Colleen's age and are still paying for it it doesn't mean you just let her screw up her life. Tommy is an alcoholic. Their son was killed by a drunk driver. Gee, think Tommy has a right to be concerned that their seventeen year old is out drinking and drugging and doing who knows what else? Seriously, why does ANYONE want to be with Janet?

Pretty much everyone else I loved in the ep. Well, Franco kind of bored me. I appreciate that he isn't sleeping with every woman he meets now (it got old), but I can't figure out why his committed to the current girlfriend.

The chief was great. I was actually proud of him. Not just for getting in shape, but working at rebuilding the relationship with his son. The way they are coming together has been both gradual and believable. They were first brought together by his wife's deteriorating health, now the near death experience has made him reexamine what's important to him. And the son knows this is not easy, but you could see how happy it made him just to know his father loves him and that he's trying to accept it all.

I didn't know Tatum O'Neal was bing bumped to regular status, but I'm glad. She should be the least likable female on the show, yet she's my favorite. She knows she's a selfish bitch, embraces it, and you can take her or leave her, but she is who she is, no excuses. Also, nice role reversal with the porn interest.

I applaud the show for showing that Probie (who is NOT the sharpest knife in the drawer) chose to get a colonoscopy because of a family history of colon cancer. If just a few people watching with similar family histories thought it might be something they should do, the show did a public service. And I really hope he finds someone to love this season, because he looks like he's going to need the support.

The hot former nun latching on to Lou? I just don't get it. But I also don't get every woman that Tommy meets finding him attractive. Yeah, Denis is nice enough looking, but Tommy's personality and emotional baggage would send most women running...and screaming.
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I love "Learning Curve"! It's actually pretty meaty, conceptual sci fi, and the ending is bittersweet rather than being a magical save--perhaps it's a matter of low expectations saving the day, but I liked that Jack just wanted to give Merrin a childhood, and accidentally ended up passing it along to the whole society without meaning to, simply because he was determined to give her that one day, that it was an unintended consequence of a desperate and hopeless gesture. And the child actress who played Merrin was really very good. In the earlier seasons, they did a lot of hinting about Jack's Lost Child Issues without bringing them to the surface (because that would be too arc-y, probably); I could kind of buy that as time went on and the battles got harder and the losses started piling up, Charlie receded into the background, not forgotten but less immediate of a pain, but it's something you basically have to read into the show, since it's never overtly addressed.
I thought you would be with me on this one. :)

I was so relieved there was no magical save or ending that did not mesh with everything that came before. I had a fear that when they were called back to the planet that we would discover Merrin had reasoned with people and had made them see the light. I did appreciate that they went through with the procedure and that the people didn't just change overnight after years of, really, not being able to think for themselves. I also liked that they implied that Merrin knew what would happen and she made a huge sacrifice for the greater good, but it was a different good, a gift, that she would pass along to her people.

Perhaps it shouldn't have been Jack that saw there may be other benefits to his day with Merrin, but Sam or Daniel instead. It just struck me as odd that no one at least thought *maybe* the socialization and creative skills that she picked up would be transferred along with the technical knowledge. It's probably less of a frustration with this episode (because I did adore seeing Jack's desperation at wanting to make just this one life better and willingness to sacrifice everything to give her a chance) than the series which too often makes their characters conveniently dumb in order to serve a plot point.

And I enjoyed seeing the paternal side of Jack. I don't expect Charlie to be brought up on a regular basis, but it was significantly addressed early on and now I can't recall when he was last mentioned. I've thankfully never had to experience the pain of losing a child, but there's always triggers to memories and it would be nice if the show had shown he had not been forgotten. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's 'Stargate'. ;)
I loved learning curve. I thought it was poignant and sad. Coupled with the fact that the actress playing Merrin both looked and acted exactly like my SIL whom I've known since she was that age. She was overly serious, rarely smiled (still rarely smiles!) and very technically inclined. I'm glad they went with the meatier ending with no easy out. Yeah, it's not BSG deep, but this was definitely one of the most substantial stand alones that they pulled off, and I am still touched by it every time I see it.
Oh, and as for the subtext of Charlie, I think it's still obviously there without them having to beat it into our heads again. For those familiar with the backstory, it had additional resonance. For those that didn't, it was still a poignant story.
If this was another show, like BSG, I would have thought that the writers were just being subtle in regards to Charlie and Jack's loss and Merrin being a representation of all that. But 'Stargate' sometimes forgets the past for conveniences sake so there is a little voice in my head that tells me they missed something here. You are correct though that, if we choose to, we can see how the tragedy with Charlie effects Jack's decision making.

Considering Shanks is going to be at Dragon*Con your icon is cracking me up. ;)
Considering Shanks is going to be at Dragon*Con your icon is cracking me up. ;)

Then you really ought to like this one ;)

I hope I'll be able to come to Dragon*Con this year. Everyone both fandom and fan-wise that I want to see will be there.

::pouts over all the responsibilities that might keep me away::
Cool. I hope you can make it. I'd love to meet you and talk BSG and SG1 in person. :)
Yeah, it's not BSG deep, but this was definitely one of the most substantial stand alones that they pulled off, and I am still touched by it every time I see it.

This ep was definitely digging deep by SG1 standards. And often when they tackle complex cultural issues they do so with all the subtlety of a charging rhino so I was surprised when the rhino failed to make an appearance.