Telepathic Does Not Mean Superior


Yes, I say this as a Wraith fan. Because ableism is ableism, even when applied to fictional abilities. Innate abilities do not make anyone “better.” Being stronger, faster, or having the ability to heal quickly, to live longer, to see in the dark, or send and receive telepathic projections would be fun and useful, but these are abilities, accidents of birth, which we do not get to choose, and do not define self-worth or grant the right to dominate. No power or ability of any individual or species means the right to rule. I say it here again: might does not make right.

Michael, his human-to-hybrid crew, and the Wraith-to-human crew from “Misbegotten” are not more morally significant than other versions of themselves, in any stage of their transformation from Wraith, from human, or in-between, no matter what the Iratus bug(insect) to human(mammal) ratio is. (That said, no one has the right to alter someone’s form without their permission.)

Of course, within the show’s settings, a good number of Wraith probably would think their abilities make them the best. That view is detrimental, causing missed opportunities and ignored dangers, and can be changed with thought and experience.

Todd does not seem to act under this illusion, at least not from what we could see after meeting and working with John. When he worked with John, Rodney, Jennifer, and others, at separate times, what they had to say to him was more important than how they said it (spoken word, written word, and nonverbal cues vs. Wraith-style telepathic transmissions) or what their species was. When he made upgrades to his hive, he did not reject Lantean-made power supplies. He benchmarked from other races, rather than fall for the reactive devaluation bias.

Instead of looking to innate physical abilities, to choose to work for the Wraith and to adopt elements of their culture, it would be better to look at earned merits (such as environmentally clean technology, no wasteful fads, and capability of sustaining 10,000 years without war) and cooperative behaviors of specific hives (such as how each treats the humans and others with whom they work).