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My March entry into the WOTG's 11 in 11 challenge and yes, it is another meta piece!  Having covered by favourite female character of SG1, I thought I'd turn my attention to my favourite female character in Stargate Atlantis: Teyla. 

Teyla is hands down my favourite – and it has nothing to do with the fact that she's the only female character to survive the various cast changes! Introduced as the leader of the Athosians, Teyla was a formidable warrior and skilled negotiator with a compassionate heart and zen-like calm. She also displayed a wicked sense of humour, a willingness to learn and a fierce loyalty to those she loved.

Year 1: Getting to Know You

Teyla earned her a place on the premier Atlantis reconnaissance team primarily due to her Pegasus knowledge and her friendship with John Sheppard. Treated with suspicion by Sergeant Bates among others and separated from her people who opted to colonise the mainland, Teyla still believed that she could do more working with the Atlanteans. However, Teyla herself began to question her beliefs when it was revealed that her ability to sense the Wraith was because she had a small amount of Wraith DNA. Nevertheless, she and her people continued to fight beside the Atlantis expedition as they attempted to hold the city against the Wraith. Year 1 Teyla is best captured for me in The Gift; seeking comfort and knowledge with Charin yet fierce and determined to help find the answers to her questions and protect her people and Atlantis.

Year 2: The Mentor and Friend

Teyla settled into her role within the team and the expedition, providing Sheppard with solid back-up in the field while supporting the newest team member Ronon as he became part of the expedition. She also balanced her time with the Atlanteans with her responsibilities to her people, leading the funeral rites for Charin. Year 2 Teyla for me is highlighted in Trinity: performing a mission with her team before transferring her attention to trading for her people and helping Ronon. But when the latter leads to Ronon killing a Satedan traitor, being fiercely clear to him about the boundaries of their friendship, demonstrating an understanding of the mores of the Atlantis expedition, and yet still showing compassion and understanding of his position.

Year 3: Becoming More

Although interrupted by the Atlantis expedition's return to Earth during a brief period when Ancients returned to the city, Teyla continued to become more comfortable with her place among them, returning to Atlantis despite her people's move to New Athos. She continued to develop close friendships with her team, Weir and Beckett. Her Wraith abilities also enabled her to fly the Hive ship they acquired briefly, sense the whale communication before anyone else, and turn a Wraith Queen's telepathy into a strategic advantage. But it's Phantoms which encapsulates Year 3 Teyla for me; her friendships with her team shining through in her understanding of them while she uses the protection her Wraith DNA gives her to save them all despite being injured.

Year 4: Change and Loss

Teyla faced her greatest challenges as she dealt with the loss of her people while at the same time finding out she was pregnant by an Athosian friend, Kanaan, who she had started to see romantically. Her situation led to conflict with Sheppard as she kept the latter quiet in order to continue searching for her people. Ultimately her continuing search led to her kidnapping by Michael which enabled the team to find and rescue some of her people and a clone of Beckett, but Teyla herself remained in his evil grasp. For me, Year 4 Teyla is best shown in Spoils of War: fierce and determined about her rights as a woman and to keep searching for her people, using her Wraith abilities to fly the Hive and take over the Queen to save her team, and yet adjusting to the changes that her pregnancy had forced upon her.

Year 5: Maternal Instincts

Teyla was rescued along with her newborn son, Torren John, and Kanaan. She initially debated returning to the team weighing her role as a mother against helping to make the galaxy safer for her son. She did eventually return to the team and further allowed herself to be transformed into a Wraith Queen for a time to enable an alliance with Todd's Hive. However, an attack on Atlantis by Michael led to his death at Teyla's hands in order to protect her son. For me, Year 5 Teyla is best shown in The Prodigal; a fierce protective mother defending the friends that had become like family to her and the city that had become a home.

And that is why I love Teyla.

 

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foxyinthecity
Mar. 25th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
I love this! This was my lunch time treat. Teyla is also my favorite SGA female character. I think you did a wonderful job of highlighting the evolution of Teyla during the past five seasons. I think you were spot on with the episodes as well as those elements of her character that were touched upon in some way such throughout these episodes as well each seasons. And yes, she does have a wicked sense of humor. I think this is often overlooked by some fans and fan fiction writers sometimes.

It was a pleasure to read this!

Thank you.
rachel500
Mar. 25th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. I think Echoes and Sunday show Teyla's sense of humour wonderfully but you're right it's something that a lot of fanfic writers don't highlight or don't highlight enough.
springwoof
Mar. 25th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
yay, Teyla! great meta; all wonderful reasons to love the Awesome that is Teyla.
rachel500
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
tielan
Mar. 26th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done!

Teyla's my favourite character, too, and I love the simplicity, and yet the completeness of the overview you've done!
rachel500
Mar. 27th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'd hoped I'd managed to capture everything in the overview!
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