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Unascended -- Elizabeth's past

So a question for the people who have already finished Unascended -- how did you unravel Elizabeth's past?



Where do you think she grew up? Where do you think she went to college? What do you think of her background, her work, her life? I'm very interested in what you think, as I put a lot of work into it.

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hiveshipmist
Jul. 13th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not savvy with places and politics in the news; but, from a plot standpoint, I can see her skills will be valuable in the changes in the Pegasus setting, with cultures coming into contact with one another more and more as a result of sharing and gaining technology.
jo_graham
Jul. 15th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think her skills will be. I think she's got the background for the task that sorely needs to be done!
Shawn Edwards
Jul. 15th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Now I am rereading the book to find these answers-especially where she was born! Nothing like a trivia hunt to motivate me! Or maybe I was just looking for an excuse to reread the book...
jo_graham
Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Heh. So what did you decide?
Erick Brockway
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
I can totally see her on the ground in Bosnia and other war zones, and it makes sense that she doesn't get overly rattled when things go south in Pegasus. I loved learning more abou her past.
As an aside, also love seeing Daniel finally getting to spend more time in Atlantis. If anyone can figure out how ZPMs were made, it's him. Keeping him on track I thought would be a problem, but Teyla seems to have his number!
Back to Elizabeth, nothing like seeing an attack copter that's about to kill you turned back by something other than hope and positive feelings to make a realist out of an anti-war idealist. Without her seeing the fine line where the use of force is sometimes necessary, Atlantis would never have survived year one.
That said, her former ideology will help them where they are today more than any military skill, as the political situation has fast become front and center.
I can't wait till she gets more time to sit down with John's crew and finally hear how things actually went down. She's gonna freak!
Of course, there's the whole matter of actually re-finding her and Ronan. Hearing the story from him is going to be awkward at best. I actually think if anybody can bring him around to the new normal in the galaxy, she can.

Edited at 2014-07-16 01:57 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
I think Elizabeth had to have extensive experience in order to be where she is when we meet her in SG-1. Bosnia made sense, given her age. I'm glad that worked for you.

Teyla is so irritated with Daniel! But she is keeping him on track.

That's one of the things I love and respect about Elizabeth -- she's an idealistic pragmatist. She has the ideals, and she is willing to put her life on the line to serve them, but she also knows when you have to be practical. That's leadership, in my opinion.

She's going to be pleased with the treaty with the Wraith, I think. It's not a perfect solution, but it's a little closer to one.
Corbin Laitipaya
Jul. 21st, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
This is kind of unrelated to her past as per your questions but, are you thinking of giving a reason as to why she dyed her hair blond (assuming her natural hair color is brown/slightly red?)? Just a little funny backround joke about them switching her actresses. But seriously the question still stands.

I loved the part when her boss told her to get on the ground and actually see whats happening, that one scene shows her innocence in her younger years that we didn't see in the show. That gaining of experience in the Bosnia flash backs, and maturation were some of the best Elizabeth scenes.
jo_graham
Jul. 23rd, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm just kind of ignoring that they started with a different actress! :)

I'm glad you liked the part with Senator Nunn. He's a real person, and it was definitely fun to write him. That's the kind of thing he would have said.
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