The Breaking of SG-1 (Season 4)

  • Dec. 11th, 2016 at 11:32 AM
theemdash: SG-1 classic team (SG-1 Team)
Currently watching SG-1 and alternating all-caps text about Daniel Jackson to [personal profile] sopdetly, [personal profile] imthelobster, and [livejournal.com profile] getaway_machine. A quarter of the texts are about how snarky or pretty he is, half of the texts are about him being pure and loyal and persistent, and the last quarter usually relate to Jack in some way (because I am predictable). I'm not quite sure what year it is, but I'm enjoying the hell out of my rewatch and rekindling my obsession.


I have a lot of love for Season 4 even though Jack and Daniel are (arguably) the most at odds during this season. In fact, the season literally starts with Daniel separated from the rest of the team ("Small Victories") and there are a good many episodes in which Daniel is pulled away from the team and operating largely outside of the team dynamic ("The First Ones," "Scorched Earth," "Beneath the Surface," "Prodigy"...). And even if Daniel is with the team, there are a bunch of episodes in which he's separated from Jack ("Watergate," "Tangent," "The Curse," "Chain Reaction"...). It puts a lot of stress on the "solid foundation" of friendship the viewers have seen in the first three seasons and is probably why all the slashers freak out when Jack pushes Daniel's glasses up in "The Serpent's Venom." (Oh yes, years removed from SG-1 fandom, but you'd better believe I still remember that moment.)

I always thought "2010" was odd because of how detached the team seems in the future—and not just Jack, because Daniel seems oddly "shut off" as well. But seeing how "2010" is a conjectured future from the status quo of Season 4, yeah, that makes sense because the team is an utter mess during Season 4. Daniel gets loaned out to other SG teams more and more often—that's what he's doing in "The First Ones," and then he doesn't even appear in "Prodigy" because he's off with SG-11, which is basically his other team (and now I want to write fic about that, someone remind me of that later)—and that's the crack that allows—or pushes—Daniel to accept Ascension at the end of Season 5. It's odd that one of my favorite seasons is the season that pushes my favorite character to the side of the team dynamic. (My other favorite season—and I can't really choose a favorite between the two—is Season 7, which is the exact opposite of Season 4, melding the team into a unit as solid and co-dependent as it was in the two seasons.) Admittedly, I like tension and angst, so maybe that's part of what I enjoy about Season 4, but I do think its odd because as the season goes on it feels more and more like Daniel is estranged from SG-1. He fits in occasionally, but there are many times when his odd-shaped piece doesn't fit snuggly with the rest of the puzzle.

So, uh, yeah. I've been having some thoughts about SG-1 and story structure. Apparently. >.> What year is it?


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