Stargate Universe + MBTI: meta you never knew you needed
Who wants to know my thoughts about SGU characters? I hope at least one person, because I am about to throw some partially unfounded character interpretations based on imaginary results from a self-report type test your way.
I’ll break down the MBTI further for anyone who wants me to but I encourage you to look it up first, since I’m not an expert. There is a good free sample test at 41q, if you’re not familiar with the test format/your type. I am using the 3rd edition of the MBTI Manual, from 1998.
Bottom line is that your type indicates your preferred methods of dealing with the inner and outer world. You have an energy orientation (E or I, extraversion or introversion), an attitude preference (P or J, perception or judgment, which is basically preferring to process or preferring to conclude), and four functionssorted into two categories: (N or S, intuition or sensing, which deal with perception) and (T or F, thinking or feeling, which deal with judgment).
The way these elements interact with each other can be used as descriptors, which is how I have outlined a lot of things below. If anyone wants me to type up the brief type descriptor of a character from out of the manual, I’d be more than happy to do so.
Character list under the cut:
Interesting :) Total agreement on Rush, but Young I’m not so sure about. You say “Young wants to get them home. He sees no evidence and no reason to carry out Destiny’s mission.” But I don’t think that’s true at all. Not of canon Young, at least. It might be true of FoD Young, but that’s a place in which the two characterizations diverge.
On the show, Young wants to get people home at first only because he doesn’t know what the mission is. As far as he knows at first, they’re risking their lives floating around in a derelict spaceship for no good reason - of course his priority at that stage is to get home. But when he is told what the mission is, he is immediately interested and decides (in Twin Destinies) that he wants to stay and carry it out too. When he says he joined Stargate Command for a reason, I think you’re supposed to infer from the context that that reason was something to do with curiosity about the universe, which means that he’s probably not quite as stolidly unimaginative as he might look.
I would also think that there’s a big element of Feeling involved in Young’s decision making processes - losing his temper and leaving Rush behind was probably not a decision determined by logic. Sleeping with TJ can’t have been something he could ever have thought would turn out well. Not venting the gate room because he couldn’t bear to kill Telford, not leaving Scott behind even though it looked like it was hopeless to stay etc - his pattern of decision making is much more emotional than intellectual. And yes that may make him unsuited for his job - but part of the whole ‘wrong people in the wrong place’ set up of the show is that Young kind of is unsuited for his job, but he’s got to do it anyway.
I also tend to think his command style is typical of an introvert. (Calm, self-effacing, focused on forming groups of proactive people and then letting those groups do their stuff. Much less quickly decisive than an extroverted leader like Telford.) Plus, although he obviously likes people, when he’s hurt or tired he goes away and shuts himself in his room on his own, which is pretty introverted behaviour. So I’m really not so sure about the E.
I had a really hard time deciding on Young, and you bring up some really good points. I still think he’s more of a T than an F type: he doesn’t process his emotions well or make good decisions based on them (though given the show, when does anyone get to make good choices?), which to me suggests that he isn’t using his Feeling in a very developed way.
Deciding on E instead of I was basically flipping a coin: I thought a lot about how he tends to sit alone when he’s stressed out, and you make a good point about the way he leads. I decided E because he expends most of his energy on other people, but that may not be his preference.
I had a very difficult time with Young and Eli both, and it could go either way. Thanks for reading! :D As you can probably tell, it’s been a while since I watched the whole show: I rewatched a good amount of season 1 recently, but I’m shaky on actual evidence, heh.