Wednesday, January 21, 2009


In the 'Stargate SG-1' episode "Full Alert", three members of "The Trust" revealed themselves to be controlled by the Goa'uld. The names they were using could have been aliases, or they have been their real names. But they presented themselves as Mr. Parker, Mr. Wayne, and Mr. Kent.

For us viewing at home, this was an in-joke reference to three of the best-known superheroes: Spiderman (Peter Parker), Batman (Bruce Wayne), and Superman (Clark Kent).

But within the reality of Toobworld, there may not have been any intention to make such a reference; they could have been three surnames chosen at random. And I don't think The Trust would have known about the secret identities of those heroes. Well, maybe Superman's, as he passed away back in the early 60's according to established Toobworld conjecture.

Unlike their original comic book counterparts, none of these three super-heroes were at their prime at the same time as the others. Peter Parker made his mark during the 1970's ('The Amazing Spiderman'); 'Batman' protected Gotham City during the 1960's, and Metropolis was under the auspices of Superman back in the 1950's ('The Adventures Of Superman').

Both Spiderman and Batman - well, at least Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne - are still around in Toobworld. Whether they're still swinging away on their webs and bat-ropes after all these years, I have no idea.

Toby O'B

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