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The Powers That Screw You, Revisited (D*C Panel Proposal #3)

Years ago, selenak wrote a nice summary describing some of the ways in which distrust of benevolent parental figures has filtered into current-day science fiction and fantasy. Well, my dear friend, we can add one more show to the list: Stargate SG1, which begins to de-throne Oma Desala and the Ascended Ancients as superior mentor figures in the sixth season and finishes the process quite conclusively with Threads in the eighth. Again, the Vorlonic motif repeats itself - the Ascended care more for rules and order than for the fate of actual living beings on the lower plane.

(Yes, I know I'm way behind on Gate matters. Shut up.)

We've reached critical mass. It's time for a Dragon*Con panel on these wayward powers that be, I think. See me nod decisively.


So, yes, in case you haven't caught on by now, sabr_matt has brought home more DVD's, which, along with the holiday prep, explains my absence of late. In the Christmas run-up, we shopped, I made cookies between watching SG1 DVD's, HobsonphileMom decorated the house, and kitty lounged about the living room like the spoiled fur-baby she is.

I hope everyone else is enjoying the holidays. I won't brag about my Christmas loot except to say that I am now better equipped to write about BtVS should the fic/meta muse strike me. And I finally have nice socks for work, which - and try not to faint, fellow fangirls - is even more important. *g*


Pretty! And cute cat! She's beautiful. What's she staring at so intently while looking otherwise so mellow?
You know, I don't really know what Smidget is staring at. But she is adorable. *g*
BTW, just wanted to let you know that I got Vir's Christmas card. :)
You're welcome! *g*
Yay for JK Rowling for refusing to do the "manipulative elders" cliché with Dumbledore, in spite of the suggestions from umpteen-squinchy fans.
On the other hand, I think Harry (and the reader) does come to realize that Dumbledore, the primary father figure, is human and thus subject to fallibility. And that's a realization that's necessarily a part of growing up.
Yes. The great scene of Harry screaming his own anger and despair in Dumbledore's room, and then actually falling silent as he realizes that his mentor has failed him in a much deeper way than even he realized, is one of the best things in her entire work, and one of many reasons why I call her a genius. On the other hand, Harry does come to understand Dumbledore's human errors, and to accept again his authority, on a more adult, more responsible and understanding level, in the sixth book. It is a real step forward when, having annoyed Dumbledore by failing to make an effort to recover Slughorn's memories, he lets go of his own anger and admits that Dumbledore's views are to be taken seriously. IN all this, however, there is not one shred of the usual cliches about manipulative and insensitive authorities.
Absolutely. And this is probably one of the (many) reasons why Harry Potter has struck a chord culturally. I think a significant number of people are tired of questioning authority merely because it is authority - they want to recognize what our elders have done right as well as what they've done wrong.

At least, that's where I am after a quarter-century of living.
And I after 43 years.

By the way, I just got the holiday card, and Stark thinks it's beautiful. He says to ask you to tell Vir thank you for him. :)
Vir says that Stark is more than welcome. *g*