Monday, May 18, 2009

Sci-Fi Hyperbole: SG-1 Style

My newest cousin (will that ever get old?) and I have been discussing the relationship between Jack O'Neil and Samantha Carter(characters on the now discontinued series, Stargate SG-1). For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Jack and Sam always had a healthy attraction for one other, however he was her boss, and they never could get together. My opinion is that they settled into a comfortable, perhaps monogamous, relationship that allowed them to work around the difficulties of the chain of command. Her opinion is that they never consummated their relationship, and as such, their love was buried. So we were left with their relationship 'unsettled'.

My theory is based upon the Season 8 episode 'threads'. At the end of the episode Sam loses her father to cancer. Her and Jack are sitting in the observation room when he passes. It is a sad moment, but the acceptance is there, and life will continue. This is not important, what is important is what happens next. She places her head upon his shoulder. It was a small gesture, completely un military like, but it was loving. You could see all the pent up emotion of every season get released. Of course, you have the other problems, Jacks CIA girlfriend(who I thought was HOT!), Sam's cop fiance. But none of that mattered, they loved each other, and accepted that fact.

Research showed me that there was alot more to it that never made the show:
Taken from Wikipedia:
Over the course of the two series, a number of men are in love with, infatuated with, or attracted to, Carter. This includes Jack O'Neill, the Tok'ra Martouf, Dr. Rodney McKay, Fifth, Orlin, Agent Malcolm Barrett, Narim, Pete Shanahan, Dr. Jay Felger, her former fiancé Jonas Hanson, and her husband of a possible future Joseph Faxon. (Surprisingly, never Daniel Jackson, despite their obvious compatibility.) Many of these individuals have since died, including: Martouf (and symbiote Lantash); Fifth; Narim; Hanson; Faxon; and two alternate versions of Jack O'Neill. This has led many of the cast and crew of Stargate SG-1 to humorously nickname her character Samantha "the Black Widow" Carter.[16]

Asked why the series never confirmed a relationship between Carter and O'Neill, producer Joseph Mallozzi stated in his blog,[17]

"The Sam/Jack relationship was fraught with complications given that he was her commanding officer. Pursuing any sort of relationship would have been inappropriate for both and would only have really been possible late in the series after Jack’s retirement. [...] Jack and Sam could have gotten together after Jack’s retirement, but it was never made canon because, quite frankly, it wasn’t my call. Still, despite the lack of official confirmation, it was only natural that they should get together after the events of Threads and, in my mind, they have been together ever since. An attempt to suggest as much in season 4's Trio unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor when the episode ran long."

When Carter joins Stargate Atlantis as commanding officer, a framed photo of O'Neill is seen on top of a box of belongings she brings with her to the base.

As stated above, a scene was cut from the Stargate Atlantis Season 4 episode 'Trio' in which Carter and Dr Keller discuss their love lives. Carter says "It's complicated", then "He's in Washington, I'm here" and "He's gonna retire soon, so who knows?". From this it can be reasonably extrapolated that she is talking about O'Neill.

So, after all this, I think they ended up happily ever after, just in two galaxies.

Thats enough SCi-Fi for now. No more hyperbole for a while.

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