Caution: Most of these have detailed spoilers for "Trinity"; some also make references to BSG and/or SG-1.
1. A fairly old (April) discussion by merryish of the differences between what you might call the genre of SG-1 and SG:A.
OMG my slacker ex-boyfriend and that dork from the debate club are supposed to save the world?? We are SO DOOMED!!!
It's not directly relevant to this week's episode, clearly, but some of the ideas from it seem to be bouncing around fandom at the moment.
2. A brief and thought-provoking look at the history of the Trinity atom bomb test Rodney talks about, with some detailed analysis of the episode, all by scalesandfins. Go and read this *right now* if you haven't already. If you have, then go and read it again.
the title of the ep-- "Trinity"-- refers to the 1945 test not as a parallel to the events of the episode, but as a lesson of history that the Atlantis expedition members-- and McKay in particular-- should have learned, but haven't.
3. Some talk by sjkasabi about SG:A, BSG and attitudes to foreign policy in these fictional universes. Spoilers for general storylines on both shows up to the end of S1 but not episode specific.
...it's kind of interesting to see that now we're both post Cold War and post 9/11 we can tell ourselves stories about The Bomb again.
4. A short post by bethbethbeth about the subtext in this episode, and the way our attitudes to fanfic spill over into the canon
I think I've actually come to expect that certain set-ups are always going to lead to a physical (usually sexual) resolution.
Then a couple of alternative perspectives on the episode:
5. Race, assimilation and power: Ronon and Teyla dealing with the Atlanteans by jennyo. I'm not at all convinced that what she is talking about is something that was intentionally built into the episode, but it's certainly interesting.
Ronon and Teyla don't have to integrate or become tokens to interact with that culture, because they have a different view of Otherness
6. Government on Atlantis - nostalgia_lj talking about power structures within Atlantis, and how what the show tells us is true doesn't always match what it shows us.
Within the terms of Atlantis itself, Sheppard is The Man and is supportive of The Man.
Any thoughts? More good meta about the episode? I'm not looking for fandom / fanfic meta, although goodness knows there's plenty of that around just now, so much as actual *show* discussion.