Citizen. Joe. RRRAARGH

  • Jun. 27th, 2017 at 9:01 AM
theemdash: (M Annoyed)
I stalled in my SG-1 rewatch for a bit (my Season 8 discs are janky), but finally picked it up again. I'm on "Citizen Joe" this morning. I hate this episode but it's been a long time since I watched it, so I thought I'd try to give it a chance.



Everything I used to hate about this episode I still hate. It's basically the writers giving the finger to all the fans while also introducing one of The Dumbest Ideas that changes the make up of the last six and a half years of the show. I'm pretty chill about ret-cons that add something to the mythology or characterization, but this conflicts with Jack's characterization and I just do not buy that Jack "There's Nothing Cruvus With Me" O'Neill was totally sanguine when he started getting flashes of the life of an Indiana barber. Especially not Season-2-era O'Neill who fucking flipped out every time an alien shoved something weird in his head. No. No no no no no.

And Charlene, Joe's wife? OH. MY. GOD. I had forgotten she was the Female Fan Surrogate and uttered the line, "It's just that personally I like stories that are more about inter-personal relations and a little less to do with things blowing up." It's such a passive-aggressive, childish swipe at the female fanbase of SG-1. There's one thing about poking fun at yourself and another thing about not only poking fun at your fanbase, but taking their legitimate commentary and turning it into a dismissible joke. I mean, it's not like SG-1 doesn't have episodes about inter-personal relations, what else would you call an episode like "Abyss"? Or "The Gamekeeper"? How about "Grace"? Or what about "Meridian"? (Also, please note that by the time we're seeing season 3 recaps—season 3—Joe is all romanticizing Jack's relationship with Laira, which is to say THEIR MALE FAN SURROGATE WANTS INTER-PERSONAL STORIES TOO.)


I really hate this episode.

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