Why did they not use a DJI Phantom drone to probe new worlds?

sg1-droneDo you remember when the SG1 team would find a new planet through the stargate and they would send that big honkin’, tank looking thing that had cameras and whatnot through first to get an idea of what was on the other side? I remember. And given that these guys had access to the top technology in the damn universe to do their jobs, it’s a wonder they would use something so unwieldy. I mean, that robot tank thing on wheels must have weighed like a thousand pounds and it was slow as all hell.

Quadcopter drones anyone?

Today, it seems that everybody and their mother owns a personal drone, like the all new DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus quadcopter. They’ve got cameras and gimbals and all these crazy features that would have been perfect, in my eyes, for what the SG1 team needed. I mean, all they wanted to do is see what was on the other side, right?

Well, then, why not use something a bit more practical? I mean the whole idea behind SG1 was to have  a small team. And the reason for having a small team is for easy mobility and nimbleness in all situations so that if they get into trouble, they can get out of dodge as soon as possible. But with the big robot tank thingy, it kind of makes it hard on them, right?

Would probably have been expensive, but who cares?

Nowadays, quadcopter drones can be bought for a pretty darn reasonable price. You can easily get one off of Amazon for under a thousand dollars and that’s for a pretty high end device. Now, of course, back then, there wasn’t really this kind of technology readily available everywhere and who even knows if these things were around back then. They were probably in their infancy stages and probably cost a whole lot for something that is pretty bad for today’s standards.

But who cares? This is SG1 we’re talking about. Think they got a lot of government funding? Yeah. And how much did that dinosaur thing cost you think? I bet the tank thing wasn’t cheap in any way shape or form. In fact, I bet it was pretty darn expensive and if I recall correctly, it got destroyed on more than one occasion.

But it probably did other things too…

But despite all my ranting, I bet that their tank thing did a whole lot more than just give them a video feed of what was on the other side. I’m sure it took a slew of interesting and important measurements that the SG1 team needed to know before stepping through the gate. I bet it took measurements like atmosphere composition, temperature, air pressure and whatnot to make sure that they were stepping into a viable environment for human beings. And I guess that putting all those measuring devices onto a tiny flying drone would have been pretty damn hard, all things considered. But at the end of the day, they still pulled through and completed all their missions. Because hey, this is SG1 after all.

Saving Stargate is a pretty stressful endeavour…

As it turns out, spending so much time trying to save Stargate SG1 is a pretty stressful ordeal. In fact, since I’ve been on this mission, I’ve been experiencing progressively more severe back pain and neck pain than I’ve ever had. And this includes any job I’ve held in my life. Some of those were hard but the stress levels just weren’t there.

But what am I to do? It’s not like I can just quit because of a little stress, right? Well, I decided it might be time to get some treatment. But where to look? It’s not like I have access to Janet Fraiser at the SGC complex. I’m sure if I did, I wouldn’t have any stress at all and would get the best treatment ever. Come to think of it, if she was still “practicing”, there would be no purpose to this site and my stress levels wouldn’t have been affected in any way shape or form.

So I’ve been looking around at other professionals, albeit none seem to have  the extended resume that Dr Fraiser had, unfortunately. However, in my area there seems to be a few promising looking professionals that could help me get the job done and help me get rid of my back pain.

The first I’ve been looking at is Massage Trois-Rivieres. It seems that they have massage therapy as well as kinisetherapy (whatever that is) on offer and that might do the trick. I’ll definitely have to give the lady who runs the website a call soon. Maybe even go in for a session or two, see how things go.

Next up there is a chiropractor near where I live that is, well a chiropractor. I’m not a big fan of getting my bones cracked and whatnot but if the results are there, who am I to argue? That’s another option that I’ll willingly explore.

Then there are more holistic approaches that I’m willing to try. One is a Japanese woman who has been doing acupuncture for what is probably the better half of a century. Now I’m not a big fan of needles, but a friend of mine actually managed to get rid of a nagging shoulder problem that he’d been dragging for years. Nowadays, as soon as there is a problem, he swears only by her.

There’s also a herborist near my place that well, I’m not sure what she does. She sells herbs obviously, but how that relates to back pain, I don’t know. How can eating a flower and whatnot cure back pain? I guess that there might be some compounds in some herbs that can numb the pain or help me relax and eliminate the source of the pain, but this is the one that I’m most skeptical about.

So that’s pretty much it in terms of my options. It’s not like I have an unlimited budget either so I want to find the best deal on getting better, or at leat the one that makes me feel the best without requiring me to get a second mortgage on my house.

 

Stargate will have to live on in our hearts

stargate-castAfter about 10 years on TV, the iris has finally shut forever. There will be no more travelling to distant galaxies. There will be no more “remember me I was MacGyver” moments from O’Neil. Sam Carter will not be there to fill us with hope. Daniel Jackson won’t be there to teach us all about weird languages and the practices of alien civilizations. And perhaps more saddening, there will be no more Teal’C. Instead, these actors will move on and probably be working on putting all the money they’ve earned into their gold IRA accounts.

More the end of an era

I don’t think that in the history of telivision science fiction has there ever been such a great show. Sure, the trekkies will claim that nothing beats Star Trek. But that would be missing the point of Stargate and the mission SG1 were sent on.

The reason why SG1 was so special is that the adventures the team went on were direct and they had no idea if they were getting thrown into the heat of a battle or if they would encounter friendly societies. The enterprise could scan planets and area of space before investigating them. But SG1 were always dropped somewhere they had absolutely no prior knowledge of. Top that off with the fact that the Stargate is inherently a two way street, and you’ve got a recipe where Earth’s prosperity could at any moment it was opened be threatened. Oh, and O’Neil over Kirk ANY day of the week. I mean, you can’t out MacGyver MacGyver.

The timing was right

Now I’m not talking about the timing of the show ending. Nobody actually wanted that. But throughout the years it was running, there wasn’t really a science fiction show that could really rival it. Star Trek was kind of in a slump after the fantastic Voyager, and all the Battlestars and Babylons just couldn’t compare.

But ultimately it was the characters that made the show. I, know, I know, duh right? The interactions between the snide O’Neil and the impassable Teal’C were quite possibly some of the best in television history.

You will be sorely missed

Not since Firefly ended have I been so saddened by the end of a show. The fact that Firefly managed to give me that feeling after just one season is impressive, but that might be due to the “dead hero” effect. On the other hand, SG1 lasted an impressive 9 or 10 seasons and it seems that it just never slumped. Most shows get repetitive and lose what ever made them great to begin with after a few seasons. But not SG1.

Now it’s off to figuring out what will I replace this show with. I don’t think I’ll be able to. I will have to grieve and move on to other things. The hard part will be expecting that same warm fuzzy feeling that Stargate left me with.