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Still not that interested in SGU

On account of most of the characters just don't do it for me. However...

Around episode 2 or 3, I started wondering if Destiny isn't a penal transport. I had sort of forgotten it until a little while back in the ep they're currently rerunning, when TJ was attempting to do psych evals and the one guy complains about the beds being rock-hard. For some reason it strikes me as a weird thing for an Ancient ship, unless it's specifically designed to be no more comfortable than necessary.

It seems more and more like it isn't a matter of unlocking core controls in the computer, but that it is not designed to be controlled by actual crew at all. The ship is entirely automated. It stops for a strictly limited time at ports of call where necessities can be replenished, and the passengers (or, in my hypothetical scenario, inmates... or maybe telephone sanitizers?) are responsible for the restocking. None of the ports of call are places they'd choose to stay permanently. And if they did... Well, no great loss, and they're still out of our hair.

Except for the automation, all of the above would be familiar to a late 18th/early 19th-century convict en route from Britain to Australia. And the automation would be a tidy solution for an advanced culture that (a) has the technology to do so, and (b) doesn't consider sailors basically expendable to exile along with the criminal element for an extended period (if not permanently -- there was no guarantee of a berth on a returning ship).

Precisely because I'm not that invested in the show, I'm not tuning in as much to details as I do for some others. So I'm curious... Have we seen anything that weighs against this hypothesis? I won't be devastated or anything if it doesn't turn out to be the case, but I'm kind of fond of the notion.

In other news, conjugal visits in someone else's body are still skeevetastic.

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cybertardis
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
In other news, conjugal visits in someone else's body are still skeevetastic.

Word. I find that aspect of the show so distasteful I'm not sure I will even watch the new season.
wiliqueen
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I'm curious about a couple things, but at this point I can take it or leave it. Every time that comes up, though, I just cringe.
cybertardis
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I will probably watch as well. I'd actually be OK with the show if

I wouldn't be fine, per se, with the body swap stuff, but I would like them to at least address the ethics of it. Part of my problem with it is the fact that nobody seems to care what they do with someone else's body.

Also, leave Chloe on a planet somewhere. Eli could stay with her and it would make the show better. I can't stand either of them. She's whiney and annoying, he's Wesley Crusher.
wiliqueen
Apr. 3rd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I actually have no problem with Chloe, but I'm well aware of just how unpopular an opinion that is. Which makes it lucky that I'm not invested in either the show or the fandom.

As for Eli, they are just trying WAY too hard.
seldearslj
Apr. 3rd, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Eli's the self-insert character of the show. Worse than McKay x1000.

Sadly so, IMO. David Blue is a lovely guy and deserves somewhat better than the writers' mannequin.
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