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Kill Dr. Weir

Kill Dr Weir, you say?

Kill Dr. Weir

"I am become Death"

Kill Dr Weir, you say?

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Sorry, no, this isn't a fic post; the newest season (the fourth) of Atlantis has begun, and lo! The showrunners just about killed Dr Weir off themselves in their eagerness to haul Sam Carter into the Commander's Chair in Atlantis!  

I know to some/many, no matter how loathesome Weir's command abilties were, she was, at least, Atlantis's loathesomely, badly written female commander. She was the leader whom we loved to hate, but in whom we could see the possibilities.

Carter, though? - Is SG-1's Colonel Mistake, and appears to be transferring all her bad habits of arrogance, bad personal  judgement and blonde superiority to Atlantis. There is no humorous fun in killing Carter off: she is not a love-to-hate kind of character, not anymore. Carter is more of a hate-to-hate character. Where's the fun in that? There's no tongue in cheek. There's no slight roll to the eyeballs. There's little humor in the situation.

Long live Dr Weir, may she be around long enough to be a huge pain in the tuchas to Col. Carter!
  • I don't even want to read anything with Carter in it.
    • Yeah, let alone watch her screw up the team balance on Atlantis.

      It's kind of sad, really. She does have the potential to be a fun character, it's just ruined by the way she's written. Or perhaps by the way Tapping sees Carter, I don't know.
  • She's condescending to absolutely everyone. I can't stand it.
  • I think its partly the way Tapping sees Carter, as a Perflawed (perfectly flawed) human being. Whatever Tapping's attitudes are, it does come through the character, because, let's face it, in an interview a couple of years ago, she said that Carter was now at least 80-90% or more *her*. Which is to be expected after playing a character for so long (this was in the seventh season); but there is a point where the character disappears and the acting fails.

    Tapping may be a nice person, but Carter isn't, no matter how much Tapping and the producers would like to think so: Tapping's personality matrix just is NOT Carter's, if you know what I mean.
    • Yeah. And it's sad, because I actually liked her the first two-three seasons of SG-1. She had this sense of wonder, this excitability. Now she's just kind of jaded and walks around with an air of aloofness I simply can't relate to.

      I am willing to give her a chance, because after all, SGA has allowed for some modicum of character development. I'm just not sure anyone will allow Sam Carter the same character development, be it Tapping or the writers.

      Or even the rest of the cast, David Hewlett right on top of the list.
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