I find the season 5 casting announcements to be...rather funny, really. I half thought it was an April Fool's Day joke and then I realized it was the wrong month. [I'm on holiday, I forget what day of week it is all the time] Which wouldn't stop JM and co, who seem to live in an alternate universe than the rest of us most of the time, but seriously, if I couldn't make fun of them right now, I'd be crying.
It got so bad that when the check-out chick at KFC asked me if my day had been good so far, I was tempted to answer, 'Well, it was going well until I discovered that my dreams of Weir, my favorite character in the history of tv, returning to lead Atlantis were trashed by sexist, egotistical male writers who are intimidated by a quietly gorgeous woman with maturity and wisdom and a three-dimensional personality rather than operating on default 1: bimbo, brainless and sex-mad. Sure, she's supposed to return for an 'arc' but considering how Teyla, their former favorite female, has been treated this season- barely a word in all her eps combined...interesting, it was after her pregnancy too, more proof that the male writers only care about their weird stereotype of sexy women- it's unlikely they'd pay any attention to her now. And it's such a useless waste of Weir's departure because she was booted out to make way for Carter, this blond military scientist who saved the world on numerous occasions, yet was strangely absent for many of the critical decision-making scenes in season 4, when Weir used to be an integral part of the briefing in her seasons. And to end up with some short, balding, old guy who will probably get a radical character overhaul to justify him being appointed the leader of Atlantis. They just want to stick in someone that no one will notice so that they can be lazy and hardly give him any scenes and ignore him without fans calling for character depth and group interaction'.
Of course, I refrained from venting at the poor girl and merely made a general comment on the weather. Rainy. Uncomfortable. Hmm.
So, my ideas on who should've been leader, and why the one chosen is rubbish.