Masters of War (Pegasus Rising Remix)

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Title: Masters of War (Pegasus Rising Remix)
Creator: bironic
Date: 12.8.2012
Format: digital
Length: 4:02
Music: "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Footage: all five seasons
URL: vid announcement post

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Masters of War (Pegasus Rising Remix) is a SGA vid by bironic that premiered at Vividcon 2012. It explores the imperialism of the Atlantis expedition in Pegasus from the natives' POV. "I've seen this argument before (hell, I've made this argument before), but man, watching it in vid form is just brutal."[1]

(reaction at VVC?)

Summary: The Atlanteans came, they explored, they destroyed lives and families and whole civilizations. The people of Pegasus have had enough.

Recs and Reviews

This is amazing. What a gorgeous, sharp, perfect vid. I am so glad that you didn't abandon the project, because it's an incredibly valuable piece of art and commentary to have. I've really been waiting for someone to make this vid for ages (a pal of mine was working on a similar concept once) and I'm happy that it was you and you did it so beautifully and mercilessly. By the end I was right there with the Pegasans, cheering for the deaths of the interlopers, cheering for the homemade guns that bring down the fancy spaceships, calling out for their blood. Beautiful and stark and just gorgeous. I love it forever. [2]
Yes, yes, yes and yes. Some people thought it could've done without the last line; I thought it was perfect. It's a line I've heard so many times, from the mouths of fictional characters and real people both, and every single time it makes me so furious that I can't breathe.[3]
Awesome look at the SGA that TPTB didn't realize they were showing us. Another fine offering to go with fiercelydreamed's fic Pegasus Ethics and yevgenie's vid Open Secrets of the Pegasus Galaxy (streaming here), in the "not quite the heroes they thought they were/wanted to be" genre.

(As someone else recently said, "Why did it take me this long to understand that SGA is the story of technologically advanced alien invaders told from the point of view of the alien invaders?")

bironic makes great use of close-up shots, effectively uses SGA's candy-colored palette to show the contrast between intent and reality, and tells an intimate and immediate story of suffering caused by supposedly good intentions.[4]


  1. 12.8.2012, comment by anonymous in stargate_anon, accessed 6.9.2012
  2. August 12, 2012, comment by thingswithwings, accessed 6.9.2012
  3. August 17, 2012, Vid rec: Masters of War (Pegasus Rising Remix) by tevere, accessed 6.9.2012
  4. August 12,2012: Random Mini Recs Post by skaredykat, accessed 6.9.2012