This is one of the episodes that brakes suspension of disbelief for me.
Assuming there is same there is same fossils record of human evolution in the Stargate universe as the real world how can Janet Fraiser say that humans potentially did not evolve on this earth? And Jack saying that Darwin was wrong?
I personally don't like that the Ancients are basically humans.
In fact I have developed a totally non-canon headcanon that the Alterans are descended from time traveling humans from earth back in time some + 50 millions of years ago across the galaxies.
Last edited by Ascended Jonas; January 4th, 2020 at 11:04 AM.
Later in the episode, Carter and Jonas have an exchange where they're speculating about how there could be a human who predated human evolution on earth, and it's treated as a given that humans evolved on earth:
As far as we knew up until now, all human life in the galaxy was transplanted to other planets from Earth by the Goa'uld. Now, the odds of a totally alien life form evolving to look exactly like us are…are astronomical.
Actually, if she's as old as we think she is, wouldn't it be us evolving to look like her?
What they're trying to figure out is how humans could have evolved on earth and also evolved elsewhere. This is clarified by Fraiser herself even later in the episode:
Yes. We think this woman might predate human evolution on Earth by 50 million years.
Yeah, but that would put her behind us on the evolutionary timeline, not way ahead.
Unless…our evolution isn't the first time it's happened. That's not big, Janet, that's huge!
Okay, look, it's just a theory and we certainly don't have any hard evidence, yet.
Yeah, yeah, but if you're right! This woman could be part of the race that first invented the Gate.
One stage of their development, anyway.
A living Ancient.
And we look just like her.
That could mean that…that our evolution wasn't just some biological accident.
Later episodes confirmed her theory that humans were the second evolution of this form and that humans evolved on earth because the Ancients caused it to.
Jack said Darwin would be crushed. He was being flip; I wouldn't read too much into it.And Jack saying that Darwin was wrong?
Stargate is usually good about creating believable reasons to use human actors in place of realistic aliens (as required by their budget), but I agree that this was a misstep. Somehow, the Ancients caused humans to evolve within an animal population that was alien to them and although humans are genetically similar to all other animal life on earth, they are also genetically identical to Ancients, minus a single gene. Also, to establish that the Ancient technology caused humans to evolve a second time on earth, this forced them to make the Ancients impossibly old. There's no way humans would look physically the same (while only evolving mentally) for 5-10 million years, let alone 50 million years.I personally don't like that the Ancients are basically humans.
The writers seemed to later regret this, so in Stargate Universe, they referred to the Destiny in terms of "hundreds of thousands of years old" and, at one point, "a" million, but in doing so they forgot the reason why they made them so ancient (as it were), which enabled the Ancients to cause human evolution on earth. And even then, apes and monkeys diverged from a common ancestor 25-30 million years ago, so there's a long fossil record showing the progression to human that predates the activation of the Dakara device 5-10 million years ago.
The Ancients still intervened to cause humans to evolve on earth. This has been confirmed by actual Ancients, so if the Ancients were future humans who traveled back in time, human evolution on earth still did not happen naturally.In fact I have developed a totally non-canon headcanon that the Alterans are descended from time traveling humans from earth back in time some + 50 millions of years ago across the galaxies.
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And the Ancients are mistaken about causing human evolution on Earth not the first time that they made a mistake.
I'm starting to ponder if I should write a totally non-canon fanfiction about a deascended Ancient in modern times. Discovering evidence that the Ancients are somehow descended from modern humans an example is that he discovers same Neanderthals genes in modern human and the Ancients population.
Last edited by Xaeden; January 5th, 2020 at 09:39 PM.
What do you think about that premise? that the de-ascended Ancient discovers some intriguing clues that the Ancients/Alterans are somehow descended from modern humans.
It would be full circle... and also, better have an excellent timeline of that head-canon cause time is wibbly-wobbly.
And how the Alterans manged to not know that they are descendent from humans from Earth considering they's extensive database and how they got to believe that they evolved on Celestis.
The idea behind Ayiana was such a good idea and i applaud the actress for the depth the was able to give the character given the few words she had to speak. At first i didn't like that she dies at the end of the episode but it does send a strong message to the audience that even the mighty Alterans/Ancients were vulnerable/their technology couldn't save them from everything (something also stated in Window of Opportunity). This episode really set up a lot of the backstory for the Ancients (they lived on Earth, had advanced abilities, were super smart/learned fast, suffered from a plague). If you are re-watching the episode it helps the viewer to put the whole Ancient arc in perspective and one can see how/why the Ancients started looking into ascension/living without a physical body.