In ancient times, we worshiped them as gods, building monuments to honor them, even beseeching them to return. Perhaps the Anunnaki knew we wouldnt view them as gods upon their return knew that we had advanced too far and could never see them the same way again. Maybe thats why they came instead as conquerors. The Reptilians paved the way for them, ensuring that there would be only minimal resistance.
And here we are. Utterly subservient to the Anunnaki, serving their every whim. Enslaved. They live as kings. No, they live as gods, no matter what we think. We have to treat them like gods we have no choice.
—"The Brotherhood Of Babylon - Post-Apocalypse," The End of the World: Alien Invasion
Alternate!Jack: You remember what we were like centuries before the Scarrans conquered us. Weak genes, disease, death... I think our health and longevity outweigh some personal freedoms, don't you, son?
John Crichton: No.