Thursday, July 31, 2008

Deus ex machine, sci-fi style

Our hero, in attempting to rescue a kidnapped team member, has found himself trapped under the debris of a collapsed building that was booby trapped. His trusty sidekick, who has repeatedly tried to free him without success—that junk is heavy, man!—refuses to abandon him. They are about to be confronted with enemy engineers who have come both to free them and to capture them, and have raised their weapons to keep firing as long as possible, when—on cue—the “spiritual descendants” of Star Trek’s Scotty beam them up directly into their ship’s sickbay. Okay, to keep some semblance of realism, the ship suffers major damage when the shields are lowered to allow the beam-up, but still . . .Yeah, it does get a bit predictable after literally decades of watching science fiction television and movies. But let’s face, who wants to see the good guys captured by the bad guys?


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Funny that you don't want to see the good guys captured by the bad guys considering the recent plot threads in the same show featuring the capture of Tayla and Ronin.

Tue Aug 05, 05:26:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Larry, I'm sorry to say that my DVR was, apparently, full, so it didn't record the most recent episode of Stargate: Atlantis. Are those two in trouble *again*?

Tue Aug 05, 11:00:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Well, the whole reason they were in the booby trapped building was to rescue Tayla. And Ronin was captured (and recovered) in the most recent episode, IIRC.

Tue Aug 05, 11:14:00 PM 2008  

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