In the 1994 Stargate feature film, audiences get to experience the power of a matchup between a super being's minions and a small group of rebels (commanded by none other than some awesome U.S. soldiers!). It is a beautiful journey into an alternative ancient Egyptian universe (just scintillating for fans of ancient Egypt like myself). No doubt, it was a step into an amazing series.
After recently setting down to watch the film (again) I questioned why Ra's opposition were able to defeat him and his technologically superior forces.
Ra (the super being and main antagonist of the story) has super soldiers under his command--soldiers (Jaffa guards) that use electric/laser/plasma? weapons and wear hulking Horus masks. These masks (or Horus helmets), I argue, enhanced the vision of Ra's soldiers. Otherwise, it made his soldiers slower on the battlefield (or, in small arms/CQ combat). What other purposes could they serve? One could suggest they protected the soldier from certain projectiles or other related things. However, by design, the Horus helmets suggest their only utility to be vision enhancement.
In the gripping final battle of the film, Ra's forces take to the skies dawning these Horus helmets. As Ra's pilots ignite the battlefield in a blaze of slaughter, the audience can clearly see the pilots in their Horus gear. Therefore, vision enhancement (targeting augmentations--some sort of internal HUD possibly linked with realtime feedback and observers on Ra's pyramid fortress--and, scan technology: possibly using light and/or sonar to make the battlefield less daunting and more controlled) was the reason Ra's forces utilized these big, incredible helmets.
Ultimately, the inherent weakness in Ra's vision enhancing Horus helmets were aesthetics. Ra himself was obsessed with aesthetics (as evident by the amount of sculptures and similar artistic embellishments seen around his fortress' portal, healing chamber, and throne room). Ra desired his troops to appear as gods, sacrificing mobility for intimidation. I argue that if Ra's forces had lacked the aesthetics and the vision enhancing helmets had been more pragmatic in design, the good guys would have had a much more difficult time defeating Ra than they already did.
The result of Ra's flawed helmet designs were (to a large degree) the reason for his subsequent defeat by rebel forces. The rebels were able to outmaneuver and overwhelm Ra's soldiers (esp. in CQC and using small arms fire/tactics). By no means were the rebels able to tackle the problem of dealing with Ra's air force. The rebels were outgunned when it came to Ra's air force; but, the rebels successfully held their own in CQC--able to outmaneuver and outsmart their seemingly superior opponents.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your ideas? What other flaws in Ra's army allowed the underdog rebels to win?
I was talking to a friend about this and I was wondering what all of you think of this question.
In your opinion, what is the most beautiful scene in the Stargate franchise?
Personally, I love all the shots of Destiny going faster-than-light.
I was mostly brought up on Star Trek, watched TNG and DS9, and always pretty much wrote off Stargate SG1 as a cheap knock off. But I decided to give it a shot since it's all on Hulu, and boy am I glad I did.
I just finished S3e11 "Past and Present" and loved the originality of the concept of the episode.
The lore of the show is so good, and nicely exlplains why there are humans across the galaxy mixed with awesome alien races.
I also really love the "first contact" aspect of the show, with a budding SGC trying to figure out the universe and growing as compared to the slightly holier than thou persona of the already well established Federation in Star Trek. Not to mention I love that there is no Prime Directive, giving the SGC more ways to be involved with the civilizations they encounter.
I'm really loving the show so far and am so glad I gave it a shot. I haven't really read up on how well the show's quality keeps up in the later seasons, but I'm excited for Ben Browder and Claudia Black to join the show far later on, since I also really loved Farscape.
I'm also planning on watching Stargate: Atlantis once this wild ride is over.
The fact that the Asgard exists in their current form really ruins this gate idea somewhat but here goes:
What if there's a nordic stargate type? I mean, the nine realms thing really fits with the idea (and physical makeup) of a stargate.
It'd problably be a hybrid between the proto-gate and the og stargate with Nordic influences instead of Egyptian. It'd also problably operate exactly like a hybrid between the two gate types with glowy runes and such, and two distinct rings.
As far as the story behind the gate may entail, i'm kinda torn between a whatif-reboot or having it be the gate of another galaxy. I would draw it but i don't really have the tools to do so, so if someone wants to take this idea and run with it with fanfic... nothing's stopping ye.
Was inspired by God of War 4's whole realm travel room sphiel.
If I recall correctly, in the first episode of Atlantis, we find out a few things:
-Atlantis left earth for the Pegasus galaxy 10,000 years ago -The hologram the team encounters when they arrive states that the Ancients “seeded” all the worlds in that galaxy with people and stargates. -On Athos, Tayla’s world, they reference an ancient city of the ancestors that looks abandoned but not necessarily technologically advanced.
What do you think the history is here? Did the ancients colonize those worlds with their own citizens? If so, why did they become so primitive by comparison? We have seen that there are ancient outposts in both Pegasus and the Milky Way where ancient colonies clearly were just as advanced as Atlantis. Did the colonizers of Pegasus purposely choose to start colonies from scratch with no technology just....cus? As a path to ascension? Or perhaps they all started out as advanced like Atlantis but the wraith cullings forced them to revert to primitive societies. That explanation makes the most sense to me.
But then there is also that episode where the ancients observed a primitive culture of humans with a system that shepherd and McKay thought was a game. How does that timeline work??
I've seen novels(like legacy series) and comics(hearts and mins) as canon, but the Janus showed totally different personality in two series. In novel, he was a kind rogue scientist with compassion and always able to create all sorts of amazing devices that helped the tauri to turn the tide and he ascended at last, it is warm, like Merlin. In comic, he was merely a mad scientist who shot everyone he saw and didn't ascended at all! Well that was 10 times worse than Vanir. So why were two Janus different? Is it because the novels and comics are two seperate universes?
Man. This episode wrecks me everytime. When Ely goes to Col. Young and says "Col, give me a gun" with tears in his eyes and a shake in his voice, coupled with Rush freaking out in the hallway over news that Doctor Perry is dead, it rips my heart out.
While Gin wasn't very fleshed out as a character, you feel the loss the crew experiences from losing not just Gin, but also Perry and the others in the crew.
Its second only to Doctor Fraser's death in SG1.
Think about it for a second:
Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark; the Ark could very well be a booby trap bomb from Ra.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; The Sankara stones could have been Nirrti's attempt at a ZPM.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; the Cup of Christ and the traps have all the makings of a device from Merlin and Ancient technology.
Lastly, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull; I have two theories:
The skull is identical to the skull found by Dr. Jackson's mentor, but this skull is for knowledge, not transportation/communication.
The Skull was an Asgard device similar to the Repository of Knowledge.
Here is a fun YouTube link that attempts to link the two.
I love SGU!
I think it was a brilliant show that stumbled early on and wasn’t quite able to catch back up.
The four or five episodes after Air were overly dramatised, soap opera stories doing a bad Battlestar Galactica impression. They do such a terrible job of setting the tone of the show and ultimately turned off most of the viewers.
It picks up immediately after that and gets consistently better until the end. So much so that I’d argue that Season 2 is one of the best ever seasons of Stargate.
Hopefully, fans who were initially turned off go back and see what a brilliant series it actually was.
EDIT: The soundtrack was amazing! They need to do a rerelease!
Starts Monday 24th at 5pm on Pick (and obviously 6pm on Pick+1) for the next 8 weeks airing 1 episode each weekday.
My first Stargate post. I just re-watched the entire season and finished the final ep. The very ending scene isn't anything glamorous or high tech, just plain ol' Stargate fashion..... that really resonated with me. So I had to come here and share because no one I know in real life would ever understand hah.
So, I'm paying for Hulu but I only watch Stargate on it, so I am thinking about just switching over to Stargate Command Access to save money. I haven't had All Access in the past, and I'm thinking about signing up for the subscription. I have a few questions however if someone would like to answer them.
First off, I have heard the quality on some of the episodes aren't that great, like they've been "compressed", is this true?
Second, if I pay now, will my subscription be good for an entire year, or until the end of this year's period? I believe this year's pass ends September 19th, so should I wait?
I've just reached the end of season 7 of SG-1, and I noticed that the first episode of Atlantis originally aired around the same time as S08E01 of SG-1.
I want to try to watch both series in the chronological (in-universe that is) order that makes most sense. So would this be a good time to start watching Atlantis (concurrently with SG-1 starting with season 8)? Or does it really not matter at all?
Common sense tells me that I should watch based on the original air dates, but just wanted to get confirmation from this sub. Thanks!
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