And I'd think about it growing up. I'd visit the video store, browse through the limited collection of movies and wish there was more sci-fi stuff that was fun and didn't suck.
Then I came to Texas for college and subscribed to Netflix. I got to see a dvd here and there, sometimes background noise to my homework and other times I'd be sitting down with my dinner laughing at one of Tealc's lines.
Unlike my love for Star Trek Voyager which took the first three seasons to really click, I adored Star Gate from the get go. Jack, Daniel, Teal'c and Sam - those four were like a bunch of friends who I hooked up with at random intervals. Not to mention, at over 100 episodes, the show itself seemed to be a fandom - the weirdest plots, the cliches, the WTF moments and the theories - all backed by logic that seemed to make sense and humor, always humor.
In the last two years, I watched the whole series, the last seasons blending with Star Gate Atlantis - a show which, thanks to its predecessor, kinda knew what worked and what didn't. I watched SGA twice, all the way through. I cannot wait for the two new movies.
I adore the Star Gate universe. It's a love similar to Fullmetal Alchemist wherein the source material seems to satisfy my needs so well that I haven't really immersed myself in the fandom.
The thing is, I know if I really looked, I'd find my niche there. And my love would become more like that of HP, where I would frolics and squee and never really get bored, because there are so many talented individuals present already.
And there's this siren call - not just the fic, but the youtube videos from the conventions - hearing Michael Shanks (link and link), Joe Flanigan (link) and Paul McGillion (link) makes me double over laughing from how much they win at life.
I've read all of two big fics, Written by the Victors by cesperanza (in September) and At The Hour When We Are Trembling by frostfire_17 (which I read today). Both blew me away.
I like my fic slashy or gen - I'm interested in Jack and Daniel and John and Carson and Rodney - you could probably match any of them together and my interest would perk up. A threesome would make me bounce. And the worst thing is discovering the Stargate Lists of Lists for anything and everything when it comes to recs. Not to forget ship_manifesto, idol_reflection and crack_van. So what I'm trying to say is...
The SG fandom is a black hole. I keep dancing around it, checking out stuff now and again but I can't seem to get too close, 'cause I know I'll never come back. So I probably will always be sampling stuff via recs from the f-list instead.
But when it comes to science fiction, Star Gate will always be the love of my life.