you please answer the following questions, which arose from
my viewing of Morpheus, the second episode of Season
of Stargate SG-1...?
the team arrive on yet another unexplored planet, they find
that there are no humanoids there, but plenty of evidence
that there used to be, including deserted buildings and some
skeletal bodies. While walking through the woods, Tealc
points out how odd it is that there are no birds, and that
he hasnt seen any other life forms either.
does he know about it? Firstly, does every planet have birds
on it?! Even if that were so, as a keen birdwatcher I have
noticed that at certain times of the day birds seem less active.
I feed birds in my garden, and some afternoons there wont
be any for hours and then there will be loads. Secondly, how
does he know there are no signs of life? He wasnt really
looking, was he?
when he and Mitchell do find a life form, a lizard, it is
living in a cave behind a secret door that has been sealed
for ages (we assume). Because they discover that the virus
that is killing everyone is a parasite that sucks the life
out of everything, why do they assume that the lizard is immune?
Surely it is more likely that the virus just hasnt penetrated
the depths of the cave, behind the secret door.
course, if that were the case then SG-1 would all die and
the series would end, wouldnt it?! But whats the
Johnny Fanboy explanation?
does seem unlikely that every habitable planet would have
birds living on it. However, previous episodes have stated
that the Ancients distributed Earth-like flora and fauna throughout
the galaxy (thus explaining why so many planets have the same
old sorts of tree on them) so we can assume that birds are
usually common on this type of planet. Tealc does add
that he has detected no signs of animal life whatsoever.
(And how gratified I am that the writers specify animal
life. Many a time I have shook my head in despair at
screen sci-fi when characters talk about planets being lifeless
when there is plant life all around!)
But what makes Tealc such an expert on the signs of
animal life, I hear you ask? Well, he is a former Jaffa, a
proficient hunter and tracker. He can follow the tell-tale
traces of a hunted fugitive and hear the subtle approach of
a would-be attacker, so Im confident that he would be
able to hear or otherwise detect the presence of local wildlife,
even if he cannot see it.
As for the teams belief that the lizard is immune to
the sleeping sickness (not actually a virus but a tiny bug
that thrives on the brain chemical melatonin), well, its
not an assumption as such, but rather the only hope theyve
got. Its not an unreasonable theory, though: since the
cave is not airtight (otherwise the lizard would surely have
suffocated), the bugs can probably get down there even though
larger creatures, such as humanoids, cannot access it without
first getting past the secret door.
[Yawn!] Im tired after all that hard thinking. Maybe
Ill get some shut-eye...