Tok'ra Hostess replied to most of this but a few other points...We WATCHED him condemn a woman...we saw it happen. And just because there would be a kangaroo court to determine her guilt or innocence, it was made clear her fate was predetermined. By whom? The magistrate.Originally Posted by derrickh
Further, the idea of leaving even those you would deem the worst of the worst on an island to have their life sucked out is what I'd call cruel and unusual punishment. There's nothing civilized about a people that sacrifice others to protect themselves...especially when, as the woman was telling Weir, that more and more people are being taken to the island for lesser and lesser offenses. Did their society want to execute the murderers? Fine...that's their prerogative. But leaving them to have their life sucked out of them just as a buffer to protect the rest of their society is morally indefensible.
I thought about the issue of the drone but as TH pointed out, I'm fairly sure the crashed puddlejumper was a big enough clue for the Wraith.
And as for abandoning the people on that island to the Wraith, that clearly was not an option as they were all held at gunpoint. As you may or may not recall, Sheppard was trying to spirit his team off that island but got stopped by the natives. So abandoning them was simply not an option. Then with the wraith attacking, he had no choice...he had to help them.
He did protect Atlantis...and his team and as many people as he could.
So as far as those deemed guilty and innocent, you then agree with the idea of sacrificing people to the Wraith to protect others? It's ironic that the magistrate is the same guy from Demons as his role was nearly identical for a while.
And again, the point is that the society continued on and grew and thrived...because of this deal with the devil he made. They were on borrowed time for the getgo.
Is it a tragedy? No doubt. But countless worlds have been left in ruin by the Wraith.
Could anything have been done to prevent it? No.