Then we have the episode where the wormhole affects a planets star. They then have to pull a clever trick with the wormhole to fix it.
Then we have the episode where the wormhole affects a planets star. They then have to pull a clever trick with the wormhole to fix it.
True the wormhole has a physical (or at least energy) aspect, but those going through it are in pure energy form.. so i doubt anyone sees anything.
Ok so it doesnt tax the gate to store the data of a person nor does the gate need to remain open also a wormhole has a mana stream similar to the rings however it is a lot faster so u could think of it as Rings V2 storing himself in the gate buffer would be the most logical option, i also thought that maybe he would upload himself into Destiny and to fix the body issue he may be able to use the pods to borrow someone elses body when need be like switch consciousness assuming that the pods store the consciousness in a buffer
it would also be possible that Elai would be able to ascend and return similar to daniel jackson maybe he disappears from the ship in this way for a few episodes and they find him on a planet , also i cant see my post i made so ill just make another one with a brief overview of what it said. Stargates make wormholes, the wormhole is similar to that of the datastream caused by the ring transports and due to the gate not needing power just to store elai in the buffer 1 dial to wouldnt cut into the 2 weeks he had
I don't see Eli being anywhere close to being able to Ascend unless someone helped him, and since Oma is out of the picture, only the 'planet builders' if they are also ascended might be able to do so.
The simplest solution is the the interface chair.
Thinking about it, I realized in the episode that Franklin disappeared and Destiny locked the others out of the room, that the room itself was one large stasis pod.
Fist the chair connects to the mind, then freezes the body (this is so the computer can read the bodies state without Brownian motion interfering) while it uploads the mind. Once the mind is upload it deconstructs the body for digital storage.
In this light, Eli could do one of two things figure out how to get his body back out, and his mind downloaded back into his body, or figure out how to stop the upload of his mind and body and just use the stasis function of the room.
Eli could also release Ginn and Perry from quarantine, to aid him in finding the solution. Aslo as far as anyone knows Franklin is still present and loose in the computer system.
You could have a bit of fun and say that he used the chair and was integrated with Destiny, then he downloaded himself in to a repair robot to give him more time to try and repair the pod at which point he would then use the gate to bring himself back to human form and get in the pod, but he failed and when everyone wakes up they see a little Eli-d2 roaming around haha
Strictly speaking, so long as it took less than a single sleep pod... [not that I think uploading his body would!]
I dont think we can keep calling the Destiny operating system a computer tbh, its shown semi sentience itself and has the sentient personalities of 3 maybe 4 people jumbling around inside of it.
Hell, maybe it/they if its operating as a gestalt, will figure it out either for Eli or with him.
Since at least 2 of them are in "quarantine" (ginn and mandy) that just leaves franklin, and MAYBE rush's wife if she somehow got uploaded from his mind..
Wish I had read this thread back when I started to write my fanfic and had to ponder much these same questions!
But first allow me to list the few known in-universe facts about Destiny's FTL engines:
* Just 1 of 'em stopping drops the whole circus out of FTL. The way it happened could point to safety concerns, tho. Their efficiency also affects overall speed.
* Their continuous glow plus the "cooldown" window hint at the engines working all the time while in FTL, and needing some rest, or at least an elaborate "shutdown" procedure. Could be construed as time spent on an elaborate "restart" procedure, but that doesn't quite jibe with all the "lets jump to FTL now" scenes. Plus, those in the know have told us that no energy for FTL means no FTL. Thus, the chances of "coasting" in FTL after an initial "push" look slim.
* Big enough masses/gravities disrupt FTL "magic" enough to force a stop. Could be changes in the math of it, or the amount of fuel spent per ly, or just a safety measure. But means there must be a minimum not-so-small unavoidable distance when approaching a star for recharge (rats, I liked that idea). Also that "ramming" things while in FTL would have consequences proportional to their mass. Bearable for a drone, or perhaps a small asteroid, not so much for a big MotherShip. It would have been too awesome if it worked.
* Also, the distance between stars in a typical galaxy is big enough (unless near its core) that it shouldn't be hard to thread an FTL route avoiding their gravity. There's a whole lot more void space than stars out there. In some cases it might be preferable to "hop" above the galactic plane to skip dense regions, but the height of such a hop would always be small compared to its length, thus minimizing fuel expenditures.
* Destiny can be steered to some extent while in FTL? Yay!
* Realspace speed doesn't seem to be related to FTL speed. Ouch!
* Anything not firmly clamped to the hull and shielded risks being atomized (quark-ized?) by the FTL "field". Same for anything caught inside its volume while it forms, or attempting to enter it. Add to that the "FTL lights" effect, as if some distortion or lensing is at play, and it looks like something happens to spacetime in there. Yet sensors, comms, the Stones, and everything work as if the ship is still "connected" to normal spacetime.
Warp drives match the data. Not the Star Trek ones, but rather an Ancient version of an Alcubierre drive. Thus Destiny would actually be surfing a spacetime "FTL wave", all cozy inside an almost-impregnable "warp bubble"... as long as the engines and the shields work. P-}
As a side note, I get the impression Destiny doesn't slow down when skimming a star. If the star's gravity is allowed to work all the way in, there'd be no trouble achieving escape velocity afterwards, either. Also, hydrogen might be easier to grab, and could be a handy fallback (haven't the Ancients learnt nothing from their many other overconfidence-fueled mistakes? hmmm), but hot plasma is what the game is about, likely using some novel Ancient procedures we Tau'ri have yet to fathom. Subspace Quantum Mashup, maybe? Who knows!?
The show's writers, that's who. None of the above, nor concerns about actual energy constraints, for that matter, precludes 'em from crafting whatever solution is best for Eli's predicament. They could get away with almost anything they dared throw at us, and all we'd say would be "please can I have another?"
Which leads me to ponder the criterions they'd use for choosing one of the many available options: shuttle, buffer, pod, chair, the AI, engine trickstery, stowaways, Gaters, boarders, Builders, et al.
I'd hazard anything the crew (and SGC) knows and should have been already tried would be too lame. I.e: Rush wouldn't hesitate to try "buffering" Young, I bet. If Young refused, Rush would choose the Chair for himself, without a doubt. Same goes for any insufficiently foreshadowed deus-ex-machinas.
That leaves the Gate. The shuttle, too, in theory, but the "result" would be pretty much the same. And the Gate is cooler.
What result, you ask? Well, anything short of a riveting awesome Season-3 opener would be a sadly wasted opportunity, wouldn't it?
"Solutions" easily explained in a few words/scenes wouldn't fit that bill, not really. Eli somehow uploaded and trapped inside Destiny's systems/robots could allow for some interesting developments, provided there's hope of his being returned to normal someday. Same with his being "magically" teleported somewhere else. Alas, SGC managing to send people/supplies on time has been practically ruled out.
But it's been said the only alternative to the pod is death. He still volunteered. That's a powerful clue that it needs to be his choice. Keep up or else! And we want to know what he'd do, don't we? Else we'd always wonder...
Luckily, he has a handy "else", provided he's willing to sacrifice most everything: he can just abandon ship, try his luck adventuring (as David Blue suggested) along the Gate Network, perhaps hoping to find a way to safely return, or an undestroyed Novan city, or something/someone who helps him jump to the next galaxy, maybe. Anything -- literally -- is possible!
Eli will be "dead" to his friends, his family, his mother, his love... but still alive and kicking/Gating. There's worse destinies! And the clincher IMHO is that we know (with 99.99% certainty) neither Young nor Rush would be able to choose that. Only Eli, our everyday hero.
If I can choose between him fixing that inopportune pod, or some fascinating new Stargate-powered adventures, I know what I'd rather watch.
Last edited by plumber; March 28th, 2018 at 07:12 PM.
The idea I've had in my head for years that I quite like (and if I ever had time to fully flesh it out would write as a story) is that the broken pod was a ruse; Eli fake-sabotaged it to be the last one awake on the ship.
The reason he does this would be that when he went to Earth to check the math on his plan with Homeworld Command, they told him they had a plan to reverse engineer Destiny's star power system and use it to connect with Destiny but needed his help to do it. Since everyone would be asleep for 3 years they could have the time to develop the system.
I pictured it that once Eli was the only one awake, he would use the communication stones to swap bodies so he could be on Earth for the three years while someone else (Telford makes the most sense to me, as a penance for his past actions) slept in his place. Based on the episode where Homeworld Command was attacked by the Lucian Alliance we know the stone feed can be manipulated, so I would have them doing that to make the connection more permanent while Eli's body is in stasis.
OK, new theory; Eli alters the FTL drive to travel at exactly the speed of light and disables the ancient tech that controls time at FTL and sets the ship computer to automatically slow down on arrival in the next galaxy.
Whilst it will take longer to get to the next galaxy time will stand still for Eli during the voyage. For Eli it would be as if he had stepped through a gate and instantly arrived however time is relative and time elsewhere would have continued for many years not knowing what had happened to Destiny.
This plays nicely into the big gap since the last episode if anyone wanted to start it up again. Any aging of the characters other than Eli could be put down to something to do with the pods.
Why does this work?:
As far as our present level of science we believe that it is not possible to travel faster than light. In SGU we accept for plot reasons that ancient technology allows this and also that time continues to progress on a ship in FTL. However this is not what science tells us can happen. Science tells us that the speed of light is the maximum speed possible and that at that speed time will stand still on-board. To reconcile these things we must assume that the ancient FTL drive is also able to manipulate time on board the ship whilst in FTL.
Since this is a feature of the technology it can be disabled and if anyone can do this it's Eli (or Rush but he's in stasis). Once disabled the laws of physics as we know them mean that time will stand still for Eli at light speed.
No need for Eli to fix the stasis pod.
It's also possible they could tweak this to let Eli travel faster than light but have control of time onboard by hacking the system so he could maybe do some stuff investigating the ship till the supplies run out.
I think this is a nice solution because we do not have to just abandon the real physics that we know. We can say that perhaps our understanding of this is not completely right and there is a possibility that an advanced alien race could have proved that travelling faster than light is possible but that there is a plausible reason as to why time is not behaving as we would expect in the series due to this tech, but when the tech is switched off we can then see what we expect to happen to time.
There have been other ancient time devices so not such a big leap that the ancients could posses such technology and use in the FTL drive.
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I just know that someone is going to ask why the stasis pods are there then.
I guess there are a few possible reasons for this.
Destiny will not spend all time in FTL so on a long journey you don't really know what might happen to time if the ship is dropping out to refuel/explore etc...
There may be other people on board who are not in stasis and the time effect would need to be countered for them using technology which may mean time progressing normally across the whole ship.
It's also plausible that at FTL speeds time actually travels backwards without time modification technology.
Yes, You are right. It may be a step to far for physics as we understand it to say backwards time travel is possible in this circumstance.
However, in the show we have seen backwards time travel before. I guess there is a bit of a leap of faith required but backward time travel is canon because they have already done it in the show by other means. The question of if this method of attaining backward time travel is possible in show would be up to the artistic licence of the show creators I guess.