Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Sunday, 16 March 2008

Rocky bought "The Ark of Truth" and we watched it Friday night.  I enjoyed it very much.  I chuckled a wry chuckle over the idea of a box full of ancient technology containing the Truth that the Orii (whose religion is modeled on Calvanism) are false Gods...and referred to as an "ark".

I love that the ancient's misguided egalitarianism WAS their undoing, and the evil Morgan LaFey was right:  There is no "right" to force your destructive self-delusion upon others; and when it comes down to you being forced to worship false Gods, or force others to see the gotta do what you gotta do.  And I think that they did a good job of showing the conditions under which such force becomes necessary.  Also, I think it was clear from the narrative that there was a clear distiction between something being NECESSARY, and something being RIGHT. 

On the other side of the very fine line...

It showed the cost of believeing something enough to believe it is right to commit atrocities.  Belief that can over-ride all of the human instinct about what is right.

Teal'c's monologue to Tomin was extremely powerful:  You alone have to live with what you have done.  You can blame the false Gods and the false doctrine, but it's a lie.  When you were doing wrong, you KNEW it was wrong.  But you did it anyway.  You're never going to be able to excuse it.  The Gods who gave you dispensation for your sins were a lie, give up any desperate hope that you may have for dispensation in the will only lead you into more error.  Now, the only thing you can do is face the truth, suck it up, be a mench, and go and sin no more. 

I don't like replicators, and I strenuously objected to their presence in this movie.  However. I have to admit, in retrospect, that it was the right thing to do.  Old enemies are never fully defeated.  Evil knowledge can never be erased.  There will always be some misguided Eddie-Haskell-esque putz trying to dredge them up for their own purposes.  Even if you win the big "final battle", you will always have to deal with those enemies going forward, and have to re-defeat them again and again.  It's just the way of reality.  Final solutions are not only immoral, they are impossible.

I have to say that is is a good thing that they released this directly to DVD.  As such, it was merely a special 2-hour episode, and the perfect thing for us fans to enjoy without trying to pander to the general population, or put it before them to have them mystified and frustrated by it.  I hope it makes enough money for there to be more of them.

Sunday, 16 March 2008 08:17:32 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Monday, 17 March 2008 05:07:02 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Shesh, I guess I'm not up on my SG-1. I averted my eyes and ran to Netflix after the first paragraph! I'll read the post later in a few days... ;-)
Monday, 31 March 2008 06:19:50 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
We caught up with the Ark of Truth this weekend and really enjoyed it. It's conclusion made us realize how much we miss SG-1. Sigh.

Great points T, but I don't object to the replicators as much as you do. And it seemed like a decent stop-gap plan in a desparite situation.

Now the real question, is where can I get myself one of those Ark's...
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