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SGA 1x12 The Defiant One: Discussion

This post opens discussion of Stargate: Atlantis episode 1x12: "The Defiant One".

This episode first aired in the US 28 January 2005. This episode is parallel to Stargate: SG-1 episode 8x12 "Prometheus Unbound", by original US airdate.

US DVDset summary: Investigating an Ancient weapons platform in space, Sheppard and McKay discover the wreckage of a downed Wraith ship on a nearby planet. On the planet's surface, they learn that it is a supply ship, transporting humans for food. What they don't know is that a single Wraith has survived the crash — and has stayed alive by feeding off the cargo!

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Please engage in unrestricted discussion about SGA 1x12 The Defiant One as replies to this entry or its subthreads. "Unrestricted" means all seasons of Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: SG-1 may be referenced without warning. References to Stargate: Universe content or plotlines still require "spoiler" warnings.
Want discussion prompts? Want an unspoiled thread? Let me know!
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The next discussion, of 1x13 Hot Zone, will open approximately 11am US EDT Saturday 20 February (When is that for me?).

Spoiled discussion of the previous episode, "The Eye", is ongoing here.
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Fic recs: The Storm/The Eye

Our fanworks coordinator has been waylaid by RL, so if anyone wants to start a drabble tree or propose some prompts, please feel free! We have open posting; if you have trouble, please let me know.

Meanwhile: This was a great ep for tags! I haven't read everything at the two entries over at sga_episodefic, but I can recommend a few great episode-related stories off the top of my head. All have a more serious or somber tone than the episode ending did.

From Domenika Marzione (miss_porcupine), we have Elizabeth pondering John's actions and their likely repercussions in Jack of Spades. Gen.

esteefee considers what John must be thinking afterwards in Ache. McShep.

ellex42 gives us John and Elizabeth fixing Rodney's questionable self-bandaging in First Aid for Sleeping Scientists (alt link here). Gen.

frith_in_thorns takes a different angle, supposing that Rodney might be more deeply affected than the show suggests by his wound and its origin, in Sunlight on Broken Things. Gen.

I know I've read many other good tags, but these are all I find at the moment. Anyone else have recs to share?
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SGA 1x11 The Eye: Discussion

This post opens discussion of Stargate: Atlantis episode 1x11: "The Eye".

This episode first aired in the US 21 January 2005. This episode is parallel to Stargate: SG-1 episode 8x11 "Gemini", by original US airdate.

US DVDset summary: With Atlantis under the control of the Genii and the team scattered, Sheppard must play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the soldiers to save the remaining members of the Stargate team, as the city faces imminent distruction.

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Please engage in unrestricted discussion about SGA 1x11 The Eye as replies to this entry or its subthreads. "Unrestricted" means all seasons of Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: SG-1 may be referenced without warning. References to Stargate: Universe content or plotlines still require "spoiler" warnings. (The "unspoiled" threads weren't getting traffic, so I'm not posting one; if you would prefer an unspoiled discussion environment, please let me know — or feel free to start one!)
Since I'm posting late, and since they weren't provoking much discussion, no prompts this time. If you find the prompts valuable, leave a comment and I'll add some.

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The next discussion, of 1x12 The Defiant One, will open approximately 11am US EDT Saturday 13 February (When is that for me?).

Spoiled discussion of the previous episode, "The Storm", is ongoing here.
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SGA 1x10 The Storm: Discussion

This post opens discussion of Stargate: Atlantis episode 1x10: "The Storm".

This episode first aired in the US 17 September 2004. This episode is parallel to Stargate: SG-1 episode 8x10 "Endgame", by original US airdate.

US DVDset summary: With a monstrous storm that occurs only once every 20 or 30 years bearing down on Atlantis, Sheppard requests temporary refuge for the Atlantians on Manara. Meanwhile, McKay and Zalenka [sic] hatch a plan to use the electricity from the storm to raise Atlantis' protective force field.

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Next episode: 1x10 The Storm | Call for prompts

Reminder: Discussion of our next episode, 1x10 The Storm, will open approximately 11am EST on Saturday 30 January.

We'll still watch this episode and "The Eye" separately. We can discuss both parts under "The Eye", but it's been noted here before that the first parts of two-parters are easily slighted, so take the chance to really dig into the details of this one!

As you watch, please make note of any questions or discussion topics that occur to you and then post them here. What questions or observations would you like other watchers to ponder and discuss? I will collect any that have been added to this post as of the opening of the discussion and incorporate them into the discussion posts.

Enjoy!
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SGA 1x09 Home: Discussion

This post opens discussion of Stargate: Atlantis episode 1x09: "Home".

This episode first aired in the US 10 September 2004. This episode is parallel to Stargate: SG-1 episode 8x09 "Sacrifices", by original US airdate.

US DVDset summary: When Dr. McKay discovers a way to open a wormhole back to Earth, the team is overjoyed to learn that they can return to Atlantis within a month. But when the hyperdrive of the ship Prometheus is accidentally destroyed, so too are their hopes of returning to Atlantis!

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The next discussion, of 1x10 The Storm, will open approximately 11am US EDT Saturday 30 January (When is that for me?).

Spoiled discussion of the previous episode, "Underground", is ongoing here.
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Next episode: 1x09 Home | Call for prompts

Reminder: Discussion of our next episode, 1x09 Home, will open approximately 11am EST on Saturday 23 January.

As you watch, please make note of any questions or discussion topics that occur to you and then post them here. What questions or observations would you like other watchers to ponder and discuss? I will collect any that have been added to this post as of the opening of the discussion and incorporate them into the discussion posts.

Enjoy!
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SGA 1x08 Underground: Discussion

This post opens discussion of Stargate: Atlantis episode 1x08: "Underground".

This episode first aired in the US 27 August 2004. This episode is parallel to Stargate: SG-1 episode 8x08 "Covenant", by original US airdate.

US DVDset summary: When Atlantis' rations begin to dwindle, Dr. Weir concentrates on trading with other worlds for food. Sheppard, McKay, Ford and Teyla undertake a trading mission with the Genii, a simple farming people. But beneath their crops, the Genii hide both a secret defense system ... and their desire for war!

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Please engage in unrestricted discussion about SGA 1x08 Underground as replies to this entry or its subthreads. "Unrestricted" means all seasons of Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: SG-1 may be referenced without warning. References to Stargate: Universe content or plotlines still require "spoiler" warnings. (The "unspoiled" threads weren't getting traffic, so I'm not posting one; if you would prefer an unspoiled discussion environment, please let me know — or feel free to start one!)
Questions to consider:
- The expedition is running short of food, and the opening sequence suggests they haven't actively been trading for food yet. They've known all along they might never see Earth again. What's going on?

- Teyla has earned the (surface) trust of the Genii, but John takes the lead in negotiations, from possibly flirting with Sora in front of her father to an ever-degrading trade position. Cowen knows readily that the expedition needs a trade more than the Genii do. What does this say about John, about the team, about Elizabeth, about the expedition?

- Aiden and C4: OTP?

- John's shortcut: The moment that launched a thousand fanfic jokes about John's sense of direction on the ground?

- What giant underground bunker?

- If you've seen the parallel SG-1 episode: Both episodes focus on keeping vast secrets from outside populations, but they take very different approaches. Are secrets good only when they're kept by "the heroes"?

- Rodney gets to show off mad science skillz ... and a regrettable lack of discretion. How does this fit with his having worked on classified progams for years? We also get some backstory for him here: the grade six atomic bomb, questioning by the CIA, and his first ... what? He's also nervous about lemon in the food but is told gruffly to eat anyway; is that just belief that he's exaggerating, or is something else going on?

- Teyla easily reaches understanding with Tyrus and Sora about the secret they've kept from her, and they all seem reasonable and mature; yet Tyrus demands they leave the screaming prisoner or shoot him, making noise either way, rather than taking him along to be quieter, and Sora — understandably grieved — readily blames her on Cowen's accusation. Is that all a matter of different levels of trust, or is more going on there?

- Cowen is the antagonist considered against the Atlantis expedition, but was he acting in the interests of his people? Was he effective?

Please don't limit yourself to these questions, though — what's on your mind?
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The next discussion, of 1x09 Home, will open approximately 11am US EDT Saturday 23 January (When is that for me?).

Spoiled discussion of the previous episode, "Poisoning the Well", is ongoing here.
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Next episode: 1x08 Underground | Call for prompts

Reminder: Discussion of our next episode, 1x08 Underground, will open approximately 11am EST on Saturday 16 January.

As you watch, please make note of any questions or discussion topics that occur to you and then post them here. What questions or observations would you like other watchers to ponder and discuss? I will collect any that have been added to this post as of the opening of the discussion and incorporate them into the discussion posts.

Enjoy!
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Discussion: 1x07 Poisoning the Well

Today reopens discussion of episode 1x07: Poisoning the Well. This discussion will be active for one week.

For unspoiled discussion (referencing only this episode and only the first seven seasons of SG-1), please join the comment threads at this post.

For spoiled/retrospective discussion (referencing content from any season or episode of SGA or SG-1), please join the comment threads at this post.

If you've previously commented, please feel free to update or amend your comments, as well as to engage in new discussions. The "pushpin" notifications functionality can be used to track new comments for your preferred spoiled/unspoiled entry.

Please be sure to add your comments at one of those two discussions rather than here, so that folks tracking updates will see your commentary and so that you can find other discussion topics to engage. If you have any navigational or operational questions, feel free to comment here or contact me (through LJ or email).


Please note: This episode wraps up the re-rewatch; the next discussion (of 1x08 "Underground") will be new to this community. We're also shaking things up a bit to try to encourage participation. The current tentative plan is to return to a one week schedule; I will be posting mid-week entries to remind everyone about the next episode and to collect prompt questions to include in the Saturday discussion-opening posts; and we may have a new recap writer/coordinator in octoberdreaming. Questions, problems, complaints, ideas, suggestions, or any other feedback can be added to recent "!admin"-tagged posts or messaged to me at any time.