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Sunday Circle: Cycle

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esteefee
Aug. 14th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
The Storm/The Eye
when I think cycle, I think of The Storm/The Eye (every 20 years? vacation?) so I went to get some snaps and ended up watching the entire second half all over again. the episode really is quite violent, (there's blood all over Rodney's hands when he's cut) especially the scene with the three dots and Sheppard hanging over the smoky room where he's laid his trap. it's even more graphic *because* they don't show the gunfire, just Ladon's expression when the four dots fade to the one remaining in the center.

anyway, in an effort to lighten myself up, I made a lolcat:

lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: The Storm/The Eye
I think one of my favorite parts of those episodes are at the beginning when Rodney and Elizabeth and John are doing the last few fix its before gating off--the interaction between the three of them is so adorable. It's such a funny episode too, because unlike so many of them, they are have a crazy problem and totally have a simple solution.....but it's outside forces that end up giving us plot.

Also, have you seen the icon hoktauri made for McShep Match? Go here and search for hoktauri's icons, and then it's the second to last row, second icon to the right. I kind of want to print it out and put it above my desk.

stella_pegasi
Aug. 14th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Love the LOLcat!!! Gone to get waterproof ammo, just for him!!! He can haz it!!!

Love The Storm/The Eye; what an amazing episode. We were able to see bits of the characters as they would later evolve...Sheppard always protective of his people, willing to turn to his dark demons to save them; Rodney, never realizing how brave he really is, yet willing to give his life to protect Weir. Beckett scared of the gene, yet using his ability to get help to Sheppard. The one scene of Teyla sending the young hunters back into the jumper to keep them safe was reflective of how she protects her people.

I so agree about the scene with Ladon; the expression on his face as the three blips faded was so intense and fearful as he realized who the Genii were up up against. Great, great scene. Stargate Atlantis at its best.

Ah...cycles...pretty open prompt. Among the first stories I wrote about SGA was one called Cycles. It's a really good prompt because it can do in many directions, which means right now, I'm going around in circles...uh...cycles...trying to decide on just one!

ummmm...got my idea from a post last Sunday...maybe I'll get lucky again this week!

sheafrotherdon
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
How about the cycle of how often John got beat down with sticks? :D

lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
I've never seen this picture! Goofy goofy Joe! Confusing Teyla-not-Teyla! God, now I do want this story. Maybe a 5 times? Hmmmmmmm!!!!!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I have something like 700 SGA pictures already uploaded. SO GLAD TO SHARE THE LOVE :D
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
wow. thank you for this, it rocked my socks.

a 5X Teyla Beat John With Sticks (and the One Time She Let Him Win) fic is a brilliant, sexy idea. eep!
squidgiepdx
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh my god, those ears!!!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Life cycle

esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
I wouldn't have thought of this one.

(I can't help but think it's unfortunate he cleans up so damned pretty for his father's wake.)
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
It kills me that John Sheppard has a pocket square :D I guess it's more evidence of the kind of lifestyle he left behind, but pocket square! Bless :D
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
and it matches!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
News cycle

esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
what is this from??
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's behind the scenes from 4x01, where he and Radek have to space walk to repair . . . something. I forget what it was they were repairing :D
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I seriously have to re-watch that episode! um. ::is totally bamboozled:: IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT THOUGH.
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Bicycle

esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
eeeeee!!!!! ::dies of happy:: such a cool bike!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
\o/ I wish I knew who was perched on the handlebars :D
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Life Cycle (II)



Edited at 2011-08-14 10:50 pm (UTC)
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh god, the ovary 'sploder!
sheafrotherdon
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
I do not understand what it is about men with babies that makes me aflutter, since I have no desire to have children of my own. But it's KRYPTONITE. Guh.
lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, no, I'm totally with you. The logic makes no sense, but SDFLKMASD:LASD. (And honestly, I think the cut on his head makes it all the better. Sometimes those fool writers/directors got it so right.)
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
IT MAKES NO SENSE! just... als;kdf;alskdfklsal;kfsaklj!!!111!
gategrrl560
Aug. 14th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I loved the Storm/Eye. I think it was one of the strongest stories of the first season. It was an incredibly violent story. I think everybody got an ass-kicking except Ford; he was too busy dishing them out on Beckett, pushing him to fly the Jumper, follow orders and such.

When I first saw the prompt 'cycles' the first thing that came to mind was the cycle of time and how we are enslaved to this idea that certain things have to happen at certain times. We have to stay 'on schedule' but where do these schedules come from? Why are we so driven to follow what is essentially an amorphous abstract concept. I wonder if the cycle is the human attempt to bring order to something that is at its essence disorder.

Now, with the first Sunday circle post I'm thinking about weather cycles and how they can be gentle one second and violent the next and that they pass from one to the next and back in a seamless matter.

And now I'm thinking about the original comment about the violence inflicted on the characters and how that violence is mirrored in the setting with the storm itself. The thunder, lighting, winds, heavy rain, heaving waves, crashing trees, the pitching of the Jumper as Carson pilots it back to Atlantis are all powerful images that underscores the sense of danger in a subtle but substantial way. This is a very well-done episode and now I want to go watch it again.
lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
I wonder if the cycle is the human attempt to bring order to something that is at its essence disorder. Or it's like creating a common language or set of rules that we all agree to so we can work collectively? Hmm, interesting question for sure.

violence is mirrored in the setting with the storm itself. yes, totally! Now I want to rewatch that episode....
stella_pegasi
Aug. 15th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
What an accurate description of the episodes; they were both powerful and very metaphor driven. I agree with you about Ford; in fact, I didn't like Ford much after this episode. I really didn't think his treatment of Beckett seemed to be in character, unless you considered that he was worried about Sheppard.

"I wonder if the cycle is the human attempt to bring order to something that is at its essence disorder."

Such an astute observation on humans, and how we managed the chaos around us.
gategrrl560
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, stella. I've been thinking about this for a while. A friend wrote something a few weeks ago regarding time and how most people only seem to measure it in the passing of minutes to hours to days to weeks and so on. She mentioned that it is not a simple linear measurement; that time is more cyclic, looping back and forth on itself with no definable measurement.

It got me thinking about how that could be and I realized that a big part of it lies within our memories. Our memories are a measurement of time past; things that we did or said or experienced. Our recall of the memory is affected by our removal from the event that generated it. Some memories get sweeter, others more bitter and still others more poignant in their context with current events.

If memories are a measurement of the past, then hopes, dreams, plans and visions are measurements of the future. What do we want from life? How do we cope when things don't go according to our plans? How do we adapt to the changes in the world.

Memories, hopes and dreams, wind themselves into our very being, making us the people we are. We linearize time to put things in context. We like straight lines because we like knowing where we are from and where we are going. Chaos is bent lines and blind curves, neither of which is comfortable.

And yes, Ford was worried about Sheppard, but he seemed to completely forget that Carson is a civilian and that you can't treat civilians the same way you'd treat military.
sherry57
Aug. 20th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
I love reading your thoughts on time and memories.

Sometimes I just like to sit and find precious memories and if I could I would escape into them. I remember reading somewhere that today we are creating our memories for tomorrow. If only we could appreciate today more before it becomes a precious memory tomorrow.
esteefee
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
how that violence is mirrored in the setting with the storm itself

good point. as the weather escalates so does the violence. it really reaches a pitch with Kolya shoving Rodney almost over the balcony in the pouring rain, with the thunder and lightning, after John puts up the gate shield. ::shivers::
mific
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
I keep thinking of the John!Farr verse. Cycles. Mmmmm.
lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
OMG, I haven't thought of those in forever. GOOD TIMES. So angsty and wonderful.
ceitie
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Hah, me too! I might actually finish one of my stories from that 'verse for this prompt.
lilyfarfalla
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Yessssssssssssssssssssss. *offers cookies*
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