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Boom

The subject of this fanlisting is the Stargate Atlantis episode 206 Trinity.  Rodney blows up three quarters of a solar system, John gets pouty, Ronon gets drunk and Teyla gets mad.

This was a character driven episode, and I loved it.  I loved watching all of the scientists have the geek-out of all geeks-outs.  John's team find an exciting scientific experiment on a deserted planet surrounded by the debris of a fleet of space vessels.  Rodney's excitement and sheer force of will result in a field trip for the science team.  But things go wrong and one of the science team is killed.  Rodney wants to go back and try again but Elizabeth won't let him.  Rodney is convinced he knows what went wrong and that he can fix it; he finds John and tells him this and asks John to trust him.  John in turn convinces Elizabeth to let them go back and so back they go.  But things go wrong again.  Rodney doesn't want to leave, he's so convinced that he can do it and that the deaths won't have been in vain; but eventually John manages to convince Rodney to leave, and they flee, just in time.  Back on Atlantis, Elizabeth tells Rodney off rather loudly and Rodney, in his typical Rodney fashion, snarks right back.  But when Rodney goes to find John to apologise for betraying his trust, Rodney is not snarky at all, but unsure and sincere.  I particularly loved this scene: the strained bonds of friendship, stretched bewteen them but not quite snapping; Rodney's vulnerability plain on his face and John's vulnerability evident in his crossed arms and forced lightness of tone and good humour.

Away from Atlantis and all the excitement, Teyla goes offworld to trade with some old friends and Ronon asks to accompany her.  Ronon screws up Teyla's trading deal by being too overprotective and Teyla's not pleased.  They find out that some of Ronon's people escaped extinction and are scattered throughout the galaxy, some of them are in the same town; so Ronon meets them and they reminisce and get a bit drunk.  The following morning Ronon goes to meet an old friend of his, a mentor, pulls a gun and kills him.  Once he and Teyla escape, Teyla gets very angry and tells him in no uncertain terms to never pull something like that again.  I really loved watching these two complex characters get to know each other and adjust to each other.  This was an interesting insight into both Ronon and Teyla and a great start to a very interesting friendship.

The name Boom comes from the fact that Rodney blows up three quarters of a solar system.  It also echoes the harsh words spoken which strain the bonds of friendship formed and tested in this episode.

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