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Gater Confession: I Keep Defunct Stargate Sites Bookmarked

There are a few bookmark links I can’t bring myself to delete, partly in protest at their being gone and partly in reminiscence. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Long-time Wraith fans, who all remembers these excellent sites?

*Official Stargate Website: Character: Todd

Todd’s official character page from the old Stargate website which was up for at least 10 years and contained dozens of high-resolution behind-the-scenes photos for each Stargate episode, interviews, extra video features, and more. The franchise and all the characters and races were treated with dignity as they should be. All free, no geoblocking. (Link now redirects to a newer, smaller page that only people in 6 countries who can afford to pay can access to see the features.)

*Hiveship : fan club des Wraiths

A fan site in the French language which did a great job preserving some of the first rotated backstage photos on Andee’s website and an older layout of the MastersFX site. There were also character and tattoo photos which inspired this site’s cataloguing. (Site is gone.)

*T0dd N4ti0n

A fan site dedicated to Todd with a lot of fan artwork which has been lost through the years, including some from an artist whose work inspired and influenced me. (Site is frozen and inaccessible for some reason, but may be able to be unlocked if the site owner comes back. Website title written in L33t, because this page title is apparently someone’s real name and I wonder if that is why the site got frozen. Better safe than sorry.)

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One Really Clever Troll Tactic

Saw this in a certain Stargate forum recently: two sneaky trollings in one troll post!

How does this work? The instigator replies to one forum member’s post he wants to insult “through” a reply to a different person’s post.

I saw it in action, because someone tried to use my posts this way to get to another person. Tried. 3x. Possibly 4, but I can’t find the source quote in one of the posts to know who he is even misquoting. I called him out on it. Multiple times.

In one instance, the instigator even went so far as to doctor-up the quotation text boxes, to make it seem as if I had written the text the original poster wrote. He erased the OP’s name and rolled the OP’s post into a reply to me.

That’s a no.

He picked the wrong scifi fan to try it. I was already sick of his bad analogies, making up scenes that never happened on the show, alt-right armchair warrior fixation on war being the only solution, passing off rudeness as “jokes,” mixing up peoples’ quotes as it is, and repeating the same stuff over and over (and called him out on these too). This guy’s posts are such a mega waste of time.

This is a rather inventive troll tactic though, even if cowardly. Odds are, a lot of people would not pay attention to the names in the quotation boxes or reply to defend something that wasn’t theirs. And, because the OP is not being replied to directly, the OP is less likely to see the insulting post to be able respond to it. Thus, the instigator gets away with talking down to the OP in public.

Sneaky, but, “Someone is always paying attention, Mr. Mulder.” 😉 The OP did also catch and respond to instance #3.

Passing this along so others can be on the lookout for it, because he keeps doing it. For someone who is supposed to be a newer user on the site, he sure has his political agendas and knows a lot about the controls on the forum. I theorize this person was banned and came back with a new account. I did report him to the mods, but the site doesn’t have the number of mods it used to. I have curtailed my time there, because even if and when mods eventually take action, people such as this guy will just keep creating new accounts (he talks a lot about using VPNs). When a person openly gets away with doctoring-up text boxes like that, it means the site is not in a reliable or pleasant state. The site needs more mods! Another Stargate site has already wisely modded his posts and that site lets people get away with enough as it is.

On a related note to about making up scenes that never happened: those bad wiki articles don’t just write themselves. People such as this write them. 😛

Pitfalls of Comparing Science Fiction to Real Life Events

It is important to recognize how all oppressions are interrelated. Messages in science fiction should be socially responsible. But, comparing fictional characters with real life people can backfire and come across as trivializing real life suffering. This includes both sympathetic and antagonistic comparison attempts.

Here are some examples from Stargate:

*Comparing the Balarians being turned in with Ann Frank’s family

Do you really want to compare an ethic group historically blamed for poisoning wells with fictional people who are actually poisonous? Poisonous to the Wraith (who are ironically the ones being genocided) and also the majority of humans, as even Keller caught the Hoffan plague in an AU timeline, from apparently merely breathing in too many respiration water particles while on bedside duty? Probably not a good idea. Besides, everyone in this Stargate situation is a victim who just wants to live and has no choice, whereas the Nazis chose to be violent for no good reason.

*Comparing Peace with the Wraith to Native American “Assimilation”

Yes, the Wraith are natives of Pegasus who are being decimated and some sites estimate half of their hives were lost by the end of season 5. But, if the Wraith could find a better energy source to meet their needs, they could leave the galaxy and never have to look at another human again if they didn’t want to, keeping their culture and homes regardless if they stayed or left. The Native Americans, by contrast, were stuck, with settlers who continually forced them to move to increasingly barren land, broke treaties, took away children and did forced sterilizations and slave labor, tried to stamp out their language and culture, etc. This comparison whitewashes the misdeeds of settlers in the Americas.

*Comparing the Goa’uld to the Nazis

The Goa’uld want hosts and they take on identities of mythological figures representing all of humanity. They seem not to discriminate among human races. True, they don’t grant free will to their hosts, as the Tok’ra do, nor do they do rule with democracy, but they are not genociding any human groups or showing signs of racism.

Lesson learned:

Spend a lot of time thinking through if you really want to compare scifi cultures with real world cultures… especially if they are not a part of your own nation or culture and you might not know the full details or miss something. This will help to avoid sending a message you did not intend.

What Color of Blood Do Iratus Bugs Have?

As addressed in the previous post, Wraith have red blood and appear to be warm-blooded.

So, what about Iratus bugs?

That’s kind of complicated, due to the lighting. Looks kind of purplish-blue? Hmmmmmm.

Oh no, not another white or blue dress fiasco. 😉 Definitely not Fandy black or green they attribute to Wraith though. 😛

 

Wraith are Warm-Blooded and Bleed Red

In “Vegas” Todd’s warm breath fogs up the clear panel when he approaches it and says John’s name. This suggests Wraith do not have cold blood.

Also: in “Broken Ties” Rhys’ blood is red and the special effects on the costumes, as photographed in the auctions under normal lighting, are also red.

Not that it matters morally the color or temperature, but for on-screen canon for our favorite human hybrids. 🙂

Why Vincent Should Have Returned in a Future SGA Season

In “Travellers,” Vincent gets to go free after restoring Larrin’s lifeforce. Before leaving the room and the ship, Vincent turns around and gets a clear look at John to know exactly who he is. (John’s hair is pretty easy to identify in a galaxy without much hair gel.)

What adventure could come of the encounter in the future?

Vincent is a potential Todd 2.0, a new Wraith ally now that the two of them kept a bargain. John let Vincent go and Vincent went on his way without doubling back and trying to take the ship.

This sows seeds for future alliances, especially if Todd and the New Lanteans can help the Wraith so that their energy needs can be met in a new way. The more Wraith who trust the New Lanteans in bargains, the better. Such an alliance would also be satisfying, because it would be the fruition of good deeds being rewarded.

Even if Vincent would not have negotiated with the New Lanteans directly, seeing him in Todd’s alliance, as a Commander in a hive affiliated with Todd’s, would be fun. And, John would give them plenty to talk about. 😀

Optimists, Pessimists, and Wraith Fans

Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Wraith fan: The glass can be refilled. And, refilled with something else next time too. Maybe some vintage Olesian wine. Commander Shawn likes that style. I want a set of silver goblets like the ones he was using. Where can I buy some of those? ^_^