How I think writers could have handled the Sam and Jack situation….
I believe with my heart and soul that Samantha Carter and Jack O’neill were destined to be in each other’s lives and save the world together. When the show ended and their relationship was never confirmed it cooked up a shit storm man, thank god there wasn’t tumblr back then. Anyway, I understand that Stargate SG.1 was not a drama and it was not about their relationship but all I ever wanted was closure, one scene that confirmed that they both recognised their feelings and they were happy together. I would have settled for Jack getting an urgent early morning phone call about the Destiny in Stargate Universe and Sam waking up beside him asking who it was. That’s all I would have needed, that it. It is one of the most inexpensive scenes to shoot! it would literally been under thirty seconds of screen time! I would settle for anything :(
it just makes me sad you know.
MAKE ANOTHER MOVIE AND LET ME DIE HAPPILY YOU STUPIDLY AMAZING AND TALENTED STARGATE PRODUCERS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE YOU REALLY REALLY DON’T WANT CONFIRMATION FROM THE SHOWRUNNERS. Trust me on this.
Please allow me to explain.
"Stupidly amazing" is more accurate than you even know, because The Boys at the Bridge (Brad Wright, Jonathan Glassner, Rob Cooper, Joe Mallozzi, Paul Mullie et alia) were pretty much incapable of writing positive depictions of committed long-term life partnerships. Action sequences, extreme violence & gnarly plot twists they could handle, but romantic relationships? (Heck, the USAF was so "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" + against Sam/Jack that RDA & Shanks injected as much homoerotic subtext into Jack & Daniel’s dialog as they could get away with, bless em.)
Having the Boys at the Bridge “confirm” any relationship as canon rarely ends well. Look at all the opportunities the writers had in canon for depicting healthy intimate relationships (whether in flashbacks or active story arcs) but failed in various ways for the sake of “plot conflict” or just not giving any f*cks:
INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS in CANON*
Jack O’Neill/Sara O’Neill = divorced, no followup beyond 1x06 “Cold Lazarus”
Sam Carter/Jonas Hanson = broke up, He Dead
Catherine Langford/Ernest Littlefield = lifetime separation, reunion, no followup, maybe She Dead
Daniel’s parents = violent deaths in front of their CHILD
George Hammond/Mrs. Hammond = we never saw her
Janet Fraiser/unnamed ex-husband = acrimonious divorce
Daniel Jackson/Sha’re = She Dead
Teal’c/Drey’auc = She Dead
Teal’c/Shau’nac = She Dead
Teal’c/Ishta = separated by circumstance, no followup
Daniel Jackson/Sara Gardner = reunited maybe, no followup
Sam Carter/Pete Shanahan = broke up, but HE SURVIVED OMG
Hank Landry/Kim Lam = divorced, reunited maybe, no followup
Vala Mal Doran/unnamed fiancé = maybe interrupted by Qetesh taking possession
Cam Mitchell/Amy Vandenberg = reunited maybe, no followup
Tomin/Vala Mal Doran = coerced marriage, attempted murder, domestic abuse, divorce
HOOKUPS/NEAR HOOKUPS IN CANON*
Jack O’Neill/Kynthia = dubious consent: he under the influence
Hathor/Daniel Jackson = she raped him
Princess Shyla/Daniel Jackson = dubious consent: he under the influence
Jack O’Neill/Laira = together then separated by circumstance, possible pregnancy, no followup
Daniel Jackson/Ke’ra = sex during her amnesia
Jonas Quinn/Lt. Evans = chickenshit
Jonas Quinn/Kianna Cyr = unknowingly fell for the Goa’uld (She Dead), not the host
Teal’c/Krista = comfort sex, no followup
Sam Carter/Narim = separated by circumstance, maybe He Dead
Sam Carter/Martouf = He Dead
Sam Carter/Orlin = man became a child then suffered progressive brain damage, no followup
Cam Mitchell/Dr. Varrick = drunk hookup, She Dead, he framed for it
Vala Mal Doran/various Lucian Alliance dudes = playaz be playin
Adria/Daniel Jackson = MAYBE dubious consent under the influence of mind!Merlin
Basically the only relationships shown in a remotely positive light were Jack/Sara, which is over; Teal/Ishta, which is unresolved; and Sam/Pete which ended amiably (yet ironically is hated more than Jonas Hanson, who was far more of a tool than Pete ever was).
The writers lacked the vocabulary & imagination to portray ANY happy, stable, healthy, intimate relationship.
As for wanting Sam (the commanding officer of the USS Hammond) to be background relationship decoration during a phone call Jack takes from the Destiny, that would be a gross underutilization of AT’s talent & schedule.
Most fans of the various Stargate pairings (straight or gay) crave “confirmation”; we just need to get it from canonical subtext & fanfic BECAUSE CANONICAL CONFIRMATION = FAIL. QED above lists.
*in the Original Timeline, not referencing Alternate Timelines or holy crap this post would be 3 times longer & still be sitting in my Drafts with an incoherent rant about the showrunners creating relationships as a plot convenience, without character development…
I noticed some stuff while watching GotG, and when I thought about it more my hand slipped
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