Is the word "Goa'uld" just a screenwriter's fancy expansion of the term "god"? I mean, it feels like some producer may have wanted to avoid pissing off his minister on a Sunday, so they added four characters to the word 'god', to make it less wrath worthy... Just saying.
So I wanted to start a conversation about how Goa'uld are described in the "Gender" section on their pages. I don't think "Agender" is the correct descriptor and I say this as an agender person myself. I also think that "Male" or "Female" personality isn't correct either.
From what we know the Goa'uld don't really have sexual characteristics because the symbiotes don't reproduce sexually. This would mean they can't be male or female. Hermaphroditic or intersex wouldn't be appropriate either because both those labels require the presence of sexual characteristics. The best descriptor for their sex is in fact "sexless".
As for their gender it's clear that when they inhabit hosts they choose to present their gender in specific ways.
Jolinar was said to take mostly female, women, human hosts. She was also described with she/her pronouns and other terms associated with women. So I would say that her gender would be "Woman".
Selmak I would describe as gender-fluid, as they performed the gender of the host that they took. This is likely in part that Selmak's relationship with their host was consensual and allowing the host to maintain their gender presentation was probably a part of this agreement.
Osiris is an interesting case. While Osiris as a historical god was a man and took male hosts, he took Sarah, a woman, as a host. They were still referred to as "he" in the series yet his clothing was arguably quite feminine. If I had to put a label on it I would say that Osiris is a gender-non-conforming man.
I was just musing on this as I continue my rewatch of SG-1. It's interesting to look back on all the missed opportunities to tell queer and trans stories in such an adventurous show. It doesn't dampen my nostalgia though.
[edit: obviously I know the meta reasons of why they weren't seen as trans or nonbinary in the show given the lack of awareness during the show's run. this post is more referring to how we look back on them and refer to them]
My personal opinion is that the goa'uld will be fine in taking a Wraith as host, now say this wraith is one that's been alive since the time of when they were at war with the Atlantians 10,000 years prior.
And lets also say the goa'uld obtains an queen Wraith.
My idea in how a goa'uld would possibly get into an Wraith is during an feeding as the symbote leaves the body, and embeds itself within an Wraith.
Then there is the blending that takes place, of course this isn't the first time that a Goa'uld has taken another creature as host. as we know the Unas were the first ones, so the Goa'uld say.
Anyway while this Goa'uld takes the wraith as host, the Goa'uld extracts all the knowledge of it's host, this includes everything from their tech to their Physiology, then what intel they have on Atlantian weapons and tech.
The Wraith are probably a superior species for any Goa'uld as they not only have a rich history with the Atlantians, but they also have a rich history of their own and the obvious boost in their physical strength and resilience over any Human body the goa'uld have ever been apart of. and are probably comparative to the Unas in strength and resilience, but because we know an Atlantis scientist created the Wraith with the use of human DNA and that eratus bug DNA, this is also probably due to how the Wraith were so advanced in their tech.
The Atlantian scientist was probably trying to create a human body that had all these traits so he could transform the rest of Atlantian DNA to be resistant to the plague at home, and i have to admit it's quite brilliant, but of course something went wrong with his experiments, perhaps he gave them too high of an intelligence and because of their physical strength they killed him and fed on him and that was that.
Anyway, going back to the Goa'uld, this would be an superior host for the Goa'uld if they ever wanted an comeback or gain a foothold ever again.
Imagine what their style of tech would represent after the blending and taking over the mass of the Wraith armies after a generation of this Goa'uld, i believe his ultimate Goal would be one in the same as the Wraith was.
To feed and enslave and to be as gods like the Goa'uld have been doing for thousands of years. and they know where to go to find more humans because of their genetic memory.
The lifespan of a Goa'uld was already pretty long, but if within an wraith body, they would boost that life span by 10,000 fold because of the Wraith's natural physiology provides it.
I think it was Dr. Beckett who was inspecting an Wraith arm that was severed, that an creature such as this so long as it was properly nourished meaning as long as they feed, they could probably never die, then boost that with how long a Goa'uld's natural physiology lasts as well as their natural resilience within the host they are within.
Anyway, what do you guys think of how this scenario could pan out?
Note i started this as an what if question, but in my head i was thinking that the folks on earth didn't know about any of it until generations later, as it was too late as the Wraith started to take over the milky way galaxy with their new found power and army.
And if it wasn't just some random Goa'uld behind the steering wheel, what Goa'uld do you personally think would be daring enough to try and attempt blending with an Wraith?
Cliff Simon, the actor for Ba'al, has died on Tuesday, March 9th 2021 in a tragic kiteboarding accident at Topanga Beach, California. He played the character Ba'al in the Stargate franchise who was one of the most iconic Goa'uld System Lords in later seasons. Gateworld has confirmed his death as has his family in a Facebook post. He was an amazing actor and person. My deepest condolences to his family and friends in this time and the Stargate community will deeply mourn his loss.
Does anyone else wish SG1 seasons 9 and 10 didn't happen? I'm not a fan of the Ori storyline. Or at least made it another series like they did with SGA?
Just after watching 8 seasons, literally hundreds of episodes, just to suddenly have the entire enemy and several main characters completely change makes it feel like another series entirely.
It seems like there is a discrepancy in the number of Goa'ual.
Millions of Jaffa are suppose to have symbiotes, yet we only ever hear of a few dozen, maybe 100 Goa'ual between the system lords, Tok'ra, etc. Plus, they can and often do live for thousands of years!
So what happens to the rest? Is there some civilization of Goa'ual somewhere where millions, even billions of them exist? Or do a massive percentage die between adolescents and maturity?
Maybe this has been explained in the series and I missed it, or maybe I'm just overthinking a TV show.
Hi! I am new to the stargate series and I just watched it a while just as background noise. But then an episode came on, it was after Danial jackson died and "asended" and I've been hooked from that point on, I've had so many questions and figured this would be the place to ask!
The unas, why would the goul'd stop using them? They have regenerative properties as well as already being tough as nails, they are also stronger than humans, so why must they choose humans?
Another thing, tielcs mentioned a lot about how the jafah are prisinors to the goul'd, but don't they incubate their symbiotes to become goul'd? So, couldn't they influence the thoughts of their symbiotes in order to turn them against everyone? I know that's kinda what the tokra are, but the tokra seem a little scetchy to me, I'm talking about a stargate team of their own goul'd! Wouldn't that make sense?