What if Todd, his scientists, and the New Lanteans found the perfect retrovirus, stable and permanent as Michael’s and even better? The Queens would be covered, all memories and Wraith culture and telepathy would be intact, and Wraith would still have their abilities to regenerate, live nearly immortal, and to heal their young and one another (because their feeding hands could be there too, as there is nothing to say one has to use their handmouth any more than one has to use a hand to make a fist). The Wraith would even be free to move to another galaxy and never have to look at a human again.
In spite of this, what if some Wraith would still not want to change? For reasons of racism against humans, enjoyment of privilege and power, stubbornness, thrill-seeking of culls and runner hunts, genuine fear, mental illness, or whatever?
Wraith who would have the choice, but who would refuse to change, would be needlessly and recklessly putting themselves and others in danger. They would eventually be killed by humans, some sooner than later.
Should their friends and family try to save them? Should the Wraith who want to take the retrovirus conspire with the New Lanteans against their resistant friends and family and forcefully administer the retrovirus to them? Some sites estimate nearly half of the Wraith hives have already been lost and that could further motivate Wraith survivors to act to save as many others as possible.
Is this the forced evolution of a race, creating additional races/hybrids/subspecies/whatever term you want to call the biological label, and eliminating the other branch? Or, is it just gene therapy, as some humans have Wraith and Ancient DNA and abilities and they are not classed any differently?
Is this moral, for either the New Lanteans or the Wraith to do?
Could this create a Michael 2.0? Michael was all alone, but the Wraith in this scenario would still have their homes and families. Would the dissenters be angry at their friends and family for betraying them and altering their bodies against their will, even slightly, even if trying to save them? Would they eventually get over it? Would most of them fall in line and go along with everyone else?
Might a few take it upon themselves to try to add Iratus bug DNA back into themselves to undo the change or accidentally go too far and turn into someone such as Bug Shep 2.0? How about runner hunting anyhow, even if they don’t feed on the runner? Would they have to be imprisoned? How would life in prison be for a near immortal being? Are they better off angry and alive than dead at the hands of a human?
Many of these questions are still relevant to writers who come up with other solutions than a retrovirus for the Wraith. Every group has its troublesome members and even violent criminals. What can be morally done about them?
***These questions are based on a what-if scenario someone asked me. This person’s scenario involved possibly also erasing the culling memories of just dissenting Wraith, but I am not sure such a secret could be kept in a telepathic race. A dream or a stray thought might slip from a non-mind-wiped Wraith, such as memories of past cullings, battles, or runner hunts, leaving the mind-wiped Wraith to question their brothers. Also, if the Wraith stay in Pegasus, someone in the galaxy, if even a third party such as a Pegasus human or a rouge Asgard, is going to blab, deliberately or accidentally. There are also past signs of cullings, such as the human-made carvings Teyla showed John, of which similar writings or depictions could be anywhere.
***The place where the other SGA fan asked me is so clogged up with off-topic, xenophobic garbage that is nearly impossible to have a thoughtful conversation of any kind, so I collected my questions and thoughts here. It was a diamond question in the rough. Typical though. 😉