Disclaimer: I do not own Stargate Atlantis. If I did, Carson and Zelenka would have much bigger parts.

This is the fourth entry into my Alternative Perspectives series, but it is not necessary to read the other parts for this to make sense. Also, this is from Season One.

Markham's POV

I'm no genius, but don't get me wrong. I'm no moron either. I chose not to finish college. I chose to join the military instead, to serve my country.

Still, that doesn't mean I'm an idiot.

Obviously, I had to have something going for me to get here, to make it to Atlantis. No, it wasn't because I have the gene either. For your information, I got mine through Doctor Beckett's gene therapy, thank you very much.

Despite that, I still managed to make it here, and I remember the anticipation before we dialed the Gate.

Would it connect? Was Doctor Jackson correct? Would we make it there alive? What would we find when we got there?

Of course, there were all sorts of speculation.

Campbell hoped we'd discover the Ancients themselves, that we'd actually get to meet them. Bates told everyone who would listen that we'd come across weapons to use against the Goa'uld. Stackhouse and most of the marines expected to see holodecks and replicators like from Star Trek. And who the hell knows what the scientists believed we'd find.

Me… well, I had no idea what to expect.

And then, we got here. It was both far more and much less than we expected. We knew that the city was old, that it had been abandoned. But the Ancients built things to last, and Atlantis was no exception. She was in remarkably good condition all things considered.

Still, I can't help but shake my head at most of the stuff we've found. I mean, they have gadgets that will pick your nose for you. But why would anyone ever need this kind of thing?

There are gizmos and gadgets and whatisit's for just about everything. Automatic floor cleaners, automatic hair dryers, automatic bedmakers, automatic this, and automatic that. And we still don't know what half of this stuff does!

The Ancients obviously believed that technology was the answer to everything. At least, that's what Major Sheppard says, and most of us agree. Ford thinks that they must have been compensating for something, and it doesn't take a McKay-level intellect to figure out what he means.

Stackhouse says that the Ancients believed in science and learning. Bates states that they were fighters at heart. Campbell thinks that they focused completely on enlightenment and ascension.

As for me… well, I'm just glad that the Ancients believed in indoor plumbing.

Ever Hopeful,