I am having trouble with some things that were said in the season finale of SG-1 Season 7. Before entering the Ancient outpost on Earth, the team was wondering how they would get down from the ship. Then, someone on the team said that they could get there by using the rings. After all, if the Ancients had built the outpost then there "had to be rings down there" (paraphrasing).
Now, I consider the rings to be an inferior piece of technology. The Asgard have great teleport abilities. With this in mind, I am forced to conclude that the Asgard are NOW more powerful than the Ancients were. Yes, the Ancients originally built the stargates, but they ascended and the Asguard continued to progress.
This seems to make sense so far. So, the Ancients were very powerful, but the Asgard eventually become more powerful. This would explain the apparents inconsistency in teleport technology. However, there is another episode where Thor is taken captive (Epsiode 522). In this episode, the Goa'uld have shields that stopped even the Asgard's weapons. One can only assume that this technology must have come from Anubis's knowledge of the Ancients's technology. This seems to contradict the idea that the Asgard are now more powerful than the Ancients were.
So who was more powerful....the preascended Ancients or the present day Asgard, and how do you resolve the troubles between the teleport technology and the shields that stopped Asgard weapons?
There is another issue that I have noticed. Review Scorched Earth (episode 409). The representative to the Enkarans said that the Gadmeer were an extinct and highly advanced race that was 10,000 years old. The Gadmeer were VERY advanced. They even seemed to be on par with the Asgard and certainly they were more powerful than the Tollans. How is such an advanced civilization possible in only 10,000 years? The impression I had was that the pyramids on Earth were built a very long time ago. The impression I had was that the Ancients had ascended a very long time ago. In fact, in "Lost City II" Carter estimated that SG-1 was 'probably more' than 1,000,000 years late in their arrival to the first outpost. Also, when Jack was showing the location of 'Atlantis' on Earth, Antartica was shown to be in a 'warm' spot on the planet. Daniel said that the picture didn't take into account 30 million years of continental drift. Anyway, there seems to be convince evidence that the Ancients ascended much, much more than 10,000 years ago. The Asgard have continued to live since the ascension, and yet, the Gadmeer appear to be as advanced. How does that work?
Also, does anyone have any theories were the Tollans came from. I was wondering if their were ancestors of some of the ancients who did not ascend. I am having trouble resolving their advanced technology. Where did it come from? If earth was where the Tau'ri were discovered, we should be quite an advanced human civilization. Yet the Tollans and the Aschen are more powerful humans. Did they get technology from the Goa'uld and then change it to their own? Doubtful...neither race seemed to be aware of the Goa'uld. If not the Goa'uld from where did these races arise and where did they get their technology?
Finally, the four great races were the Ancients, Asgard, Nox, and the Furlings. Will we ever meet the Furlings? Does anyone think that the Mayans might be the Furlings? I am waiting for the Mayans to come back. Clearly they are an advanced (perhaps ancient) race of beings who are more powerful than the Goa'uld.
Finally again, the Replicators had technology more advanced than the Asgard...any ideas were that technology was 'assimilated' from?
Just some thoughts.