The people who write the storyline for Stargate are dumb

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by w1z4rd, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. origin Heading towards oblivion Valued Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum.
    I guess my opinion is who the hell cares. It is a television show that has been off the air for God knows how long and it based on fictional propositions that are nonsense. Just sit back and enjoy the show, anytime you closely inspect a science fiction television show too closely you will see it is built on a multitude of absurd assumptions.
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  3. trgedz2 Registered Member

    True, people take this stuff to serious, its just a show xD
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    They always make the same error when writing science-fiction shows. They write to the lowest common denominator.
    They assume the audience won't know or care about the scicnce, yet it's the science buffs that watch it.
    Of course, they're trying to case as wide a net as possible, or the show will tank...

    Reminds me of the errors in Orville.

    "Hey, we've created a time accelerating field! A hundred years can pass inside the field for every one second outside the field!"
    Okay, cool.
    "Oh no, we're being attacked! Quick, put this acorn in the field then send it over to the other ship!"
    Poof! : hundred foot tall, century-old oak tree appears out of nowhere and hulls the bad guys :

    Wait. What was that acorn doing for a hundred years in there?
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Err... growing into a hundred-foot tall, century-old oak tree?
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    On what?? Where did the 10 tons of nutrients come from?

    (The field was only a foot or two in diameter, and it sat on a pristine lab bench. They placed an acorn in it.)
  9. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Oh, I see.

    I guess if you're willing to suspend your disbelief about the time field thingy, it maybe shouldn't be a huge leap to forget about the need for nutrients and water.
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Those are qualitatively different.

    By coinky-dink I'm in the middle of discussion on another board about assumptions in sci-fi shows.

    I'm calling out the difference between Suspension of Disbelief and Suspension of Reason.

    It's OK to lie in sci-fi - but you must state the lie explicitly, and that lie has boundaries - once you make that lie, you must be self-consistent.

    "We have a machine that accelerates time inside a bubble".
    (Given sufficiently-advanced technology, sure. time accelerates within the bubble.)

    "A tree grew from an acorn inside that bubble with no visible resources or even implied resources".
    (No. There is nothing in the lie or in the fiction at all that suggests this is anything more than a grade school kid's poor conception about acorn+time=giant-oak. The 100-foot oak was quite literally pulled out of thin air.)

    I guess that's the diff between sci-fi and fantasy.
  11. sweetpea Valued Senior Member

    Worm holes?? The space kind.
  12. w1z4rd Valued Senior Member


    I come back to this post over a decade later, I really regret that I got so emotive over a storyline. I also regret the choice of wording.

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