Life as an Extreme Sport

geeks in space

From io9, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Spaceship Captains. Click the link for full justification, but here’s a summary of the captain and the lesson: 1. The Prime Directive is just a suggestion. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation) Lesson learned? Rules are made to be broken. 2. Always shoot first. Malcolm Reynolds (Captain, Serenity – Firefly) Lesson learned? Show your crew that you’re willing to take a bullet for them, and they’ll do the same for you. 3. Don’t be afraid to hook up with a cute spaceman. Leela (Futurama) Lesson learned? A good leader has to get laid once in a while, and she shouldn’t be ashamed of it. 4. When you’re about to go genocidal, get a second opinion. Admiral William Adama (Battlestar Galactica) Lesson learned? True leaders do not ever make decisions alone. 5. Just because you have a crappy ship doesn’t

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It’s Stronger Than A Shark

And because it’s come up not once, or even twice, but three times this week, here’s the cold open of Stargate Atlantis that talks about (and pokes delightful fun at) Phillipa Foot’s trolley problem. Also, I’ve determined that Sarah Connor is the ultimate consequentialist. Of what particular type, I haven’t yet decided (although I’m leaning towards ethical altruism). Edited to add: Since the video keeps disappearing from the internet, here’s a transcript. Rodney: Let me ask you a question. Say there’s a runaway train. It’s hurtling out of control towards ten people standing in the middle of the tracks. The only way to save those people is to flip a switch — send the train down another set of tracks. The only problem is there is a baby in the middle of those tracks. Teyla: Why would anyone leave a baby in harm’s way like that? Rodney: I don’t know.

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Stargate Atlantis: Conversion

“I know you have a high threshhold of pain, but this is… …gone.” “What?” “Gone.” Heh. Dr. Beckett gets a lot of the good lines on Atlantis. Geeks abound! Geeks abound! Don’t feel like doing a writeup of this, but I am surprised by how much I really liked this episode. I was expecting it to be relatively trite and irritating. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by an intense and character driven episode. The horror aspects were well done, and I really liked how Rodney reacted to everything. It was obvious how much he cared, and how impotent he felt in the face of something that could only be solved by something outside his field. Also, the interplay between Weir and Sheppard was incredibly thick with emotion; it was nice to see the two play so strongly off one another. I really, really liked this episode. Might just be the

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Stargate Atlantis: Trinity

Random comments: – Aaah, Teyla has a bulldog. How cute! She’s going to kick his ass the minute she gets the chance… – The Daedalus is leaving. Wonder if that will come up on Stargate in the next few weeks, to see Daniel refusing going to the Pegasus galaxy. – Hey! Nice redress of the Ori village! – Oooh, bad Ronan. That’s really gonna piss Teyla off. There goes his chances with her. Okay, now then, to the story. Oh my. Could I possibly love McKay any more? I keep thinking no, it’s not possible, and then I’m proven wrong. David Hewlett is an awesome, incredible actor. This episode highlighted the “best” of Rodney’s incredible arrogance, and finally showed him coming against something he can’t handle, fix, or even get his massive brain around. It’s nice to finally see his comeuppance, even if it had to be a program/weapon that

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