SF Debris: Stargate SG-1 – Meet the Asgard

SF Debris looks at the Stargate episodes that introduce us to our alien friends: the Asgard, the Ancients, and a naked old man.

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  1. SG-1 has always been inconsistent about what happens when something passes through the event horizon. A canister of naquadah on a stick can be sent in then the stick pulled out minus the canister. O’Neill can wave his arm though it and keep his watch. There’s one episode where Teal’c is stored in a buffer between gates and they need a Dial Home Device to get him out. Another time they need to jump start a sun which the do by closing the wormhole and letting the element they were using spill out along the way. Though it’s left unclear if that plan had failed and the Asgard intervened.

    I think it makes a difference if a DHD is involved and on which side of the wormhole. For the Tantalus episode neither gate had a working DHD.

    Thor’s Chariot: Needing those people as a possible way to make contact with a technologically advanced culture that can match the Goa’uld seems like a better reason to go than their individual involvement in letting the Goa’uld in.

    Was Thor just sitting around all millennia waiting for someone to solve a riddle? Did their replicator problem not start until next Tuesday? Did he just have a device that alerts him when someone starts the trial but nothing that let’s them know if there are Gou’ald attacking? What was stopping the Gou’ald from coming in ships even when the Hammer was protecting the gate?

    Fifth Race:
    O’Neill says something in ancient similar to “new onion queatus” which Daniel translates to “we are the ancients”. Implying that one of those words was what they called themselves and language developed to associate that word with their perceived qualities. Except in later seasons Daniel started calling them Altairans.

  2. Video 1, 6:17 – Vampires hard to kill? Do these guys honestly not know how many weaknesses vampires have that pretty much make them even wimpier than an army of ninjas? James Rolfe has a video explaining how many ways a vampire can be taken out (and, in his words, “That’s Bull$#!7!”).

    Video 2, 4:28 – There is a reason it’s called the X-Bone.

    5:30 – Awww, that’s just “PRECCCIOUSSSSSS!”

    Molybdenum – I saw that one coming. Well played.

    Video 3: is this planet Cimmeria? Then where’s Conan?

    Why are they called the Asgard? Asgard means “home of the Aesir”; they should have just called them the Aesir.

    I had several laugh-out-loud moments watching this series of videos.

    • “Why do they call them the Asgard?”
      The show is not exactly a 1:1 translation of mythology into science fiction. Stuff is jumbled to reflect how things get distorted down thru the ages.

      • That may be true, but if I were going to go through the trouble of adapting a mythology as inspiration for my work of fiction, I would want to show at least a bit of understanding of that mythology’s language.

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