sheppard

question for my sga peeps

He would willingly die for any innocent, but for his team, for Atlantis, he would destroy himself and do it with a smile. --This, for me, is the essential core of John Sheppard. Behind everything he does or says (in my version of things, anyway), this is the main motivation. Oh, there are other bits that are important: he's a flyboy, a not-so-closet geeky goof, more comfortable expressing his feelings with actions than with words, etc. But many of those things are somewhat dependent on circumstance, and are descriptors, not driving forces.

I'm not sure about the other characters. Teyla's is bound up with the preservation of the Athosians, I think, but as I said. *shrugs*

What motivations/core essences do you see driving/defining the various characters? Particularly through season one?

In related matters, I think I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year, but instead of starting yet another novel that won't make it past a couple thousand words, I'm going to work on plowing through Things Already Seen. Which is technically against the rules, but I'm not planning on claiming victory or whatever--I just want to get this thing written, and I'm hoping NaNo might help me stay focused. Give me a writing schedule, that kind of thing. Here's hoping, because I'm tired of having stuff just sit and stare at me.
I'm with you on the mysteriousness of Teyla's motivations - I'm never quite sure how to balance her loyalty to her people and her faith/loyalty in the Atlanteans (and maybe she's just as confused, underneath). She was raised to be a leader, to be strong and a source of wisdom - perhaps there lies the key to her motivations.

Ronon, I think, starts out simple. Having lost everything, his first goals post-runner can be as simple as revenge against the Wraith - the total destruction of their species. But, as time wears on, I like to think that his goals change. He begins to allow himself to think past the next Wraith kill, and in the process, reveals the man he once was, the Satedan. There's an idea floating about fandom that Ronon has taken Sheppard on as his new taskmaster, or whatever the term was, and while I haven't drunk that particular flavour of Kool-aid yet, I think the idea is intriguing. What did Ronon live for on Sateda, and how is that seen in his behavior on Atlantis?

I think Rodney's a lot more like Sheppard than he would like to admit. Sheppard may defend Atlantis, but Rodney protects her (and no, I'm not sure what that distinction means yet). The current eidos of Atlantis, with its people and its purpose, is the healthiest food that Rodney's soul has ever had, and he wants to preserve it, even if it means giving up his academic dreams (I'm thinking of the Last Man in particular here).

That's the distinction I guess I would make between Rodney and John, I guess - John is about people, his team. While Rodney loves his team, he is about something a little less tangible, perhaps the city as a whole; in a way, his burden is broader than John's, though John's is heavier. (again with the distinctions that I can't explicate!)

I hope my rambling helps. And goodness gracious, I love your John, madly and deeply. He just needs huggles, like, all the time.
That's the distinction I guess I would make between Rodney and John, I guess - John is about people, his team. While Rodney loves his team, he is about something a little less tangible, perhaps the city as a whole; in a way, his burden is broader than John's, though John's is heavier.

Hm. I actually think I'd swap that around (maybe? as you say, it's tricky). John cares deeply (perhaps a little too much) for those he considers "his", but when he knows that he has to sacrifice someone for the sake of everyone else, he'll do it. I'm thinking specifically of the whole Elizabeth thing at the beginning of season 4(?), where John makes the call not to use the nanotech to save Elizabeth and Rodney does it anyway, but I think there are a couple other examples of this that I just can't recall at the moment.