This strange episode gave me pause for thought and deserves closer scrutiny! As a indirect result of SG team activity an entire planetary population is wiped out by the Wraith and _no one_ mentions it!
The SG team are usually quite judgemental about societies they come into contact with and so visiting Olesia, a planet of similar technological development to ours is interesting. Let's score both groups on their Bad Morality through the episode!
Olesia is a planet which we discover has been allowed to flourish because they sacrifice their criminals to the Wraith. This is Bad so 1-0 to the Olesians.
When challenged about this, the Olesian magistrate asks if there is a death penalty on the team's home planet and they are forced to admit that we do indeed have our own 'cruel and unusual' punishments. Morally Neutral: both sides are now all square. 1-1
We find out the Olesians over several generations have done a protectionist deal with a fine- dining Wraith. Interesting! Now how do we score this Food for Peace deal? Is this betrayal or protection? The writers want us to think this is BAD, but surely an argument can be made that this terrible decision weighs the needs of the many over the needs of the few?
Morally ambiguous? Not sure about this one! No score!
However, this deal has corrupted Olesian society and now innocent people and those convicted of trivial offences are sent to the penal colony. This is Morally Bad so 2-1 to Olesians. Marin, the Olesian whistleblower gets hauled off to the penal colony for betraying her people. BAD! So 3-1 to the Olesians.
Dr Weir and her team do nothing to save Marin, even after she helped them. She is never heard from again. BAD! 3-2 to the Olesians!
The SG Team help prisoners including _at least_ one murderer (Torell- killer of 8 people) escape to an alpha site. Morally ambiguous? No score! HOWEVER, because of this when the Wraith Cruisers turn up there is no food and so they head for the mainland. This is without doubt the start of a genocidal massacre of the entire population.
The 2 SG teams escape to Atlantis. They dont return with the Daedalus and big guns to help out the Olesians. These people are left to their Fate.
Morally reprehensible! How do you score turning your back on people in desperate need? The SG Team indirectly cause and then run away from genocide!
Final Morality Score:
Olesia: 3 SG Team: the culling of the entire population of Olesia +2!