February 23rd, 2007

gazing at the gate

Canon equipment question about the Stargate's iris

This isn't for a fic or anything, it's just been bugging me as I read various Stargate fics lately. It's not even something I see as a canon problem, just something I'm trying to resolve in my own mind.

The Stargate' iris, iirc, is some kind of really strong titanium alloy. It covers the 'Gate opening a few millimeters from the event horizon, preventing any matter from re-integrating upon passage through the wormhole. It is, of course, retractable (and very cool-looking).

Here's my question: do we know what SGC protocol about the iris is? Ie, do they often or usually put up the iris when there is an unscheduled off-world activation?

The one thing I'm pretty sure they don't do is keep the iris closed at all times (we always see the 'Gate standing "open" when we get shots from the control or briefing rooms). For one thing, if the iris was closed when a wormhole activates, that expensive piece of equipment would be vaporized just like any other piece of matter.

Thoughts? Input? Episode/scene references?
Eppes brothers!

I love my Numb3rs.

I've been doing most of my squeeing and discussing about this show on my community real_numb3rs, this season, but this episode deserves some praise on my own journal as well.

Tonight's episode, "One Hour," wasn't strictly a real-time episode (close, though). It didn't need to be. The pacing was fast, the case intricate and intense; the setting was fun (especially for us LA dwellers; Disney Hall for the win!); and there was awesome teamwork and character insights, to boot.

As a solid episode, this is right up there with "Sniper Zero," "Uncertainty Principle," or "Rampage." Imho. :-)

I thumb my nose at all the wet blankets on the forums who were whining about "not enough Don" lately. This was Don's episode, through and through, even if he didn't get in on the action. It was all about how Don sees his team, and himself.

So much love for this show.

(and three cheers for Ken Sanzel, writer of this elegantly constructed episode.)