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Jack and Sam

A reader asks, "If you're allowed to move people around and get couples together in the (Legacy) books, why don't you get Jack and Sam together?"

Jack and Sam are already together. They're a canon pairing as far as we know. It seems pretty clear to all of us that they got together at the end of SG-1 season eight, in the episode Threads, and that they were an established couple when Sam came to Atlantis. After all, she had a big silver framed 8x10 of Jack in her bedroom! It's not like people keep big framed pictures of their former bosses in their bedrooms! And in the deleted scenes for SGA's fourth season episode Trio, Sam says she's dating an older guy in DC who is thinking about retiring.

We've been writing them an established couple, as that's certainly what the SGA canon suggests. I think they're reasonably quiet about their relationship for the sake of Sam's career, as it would do her a lot of harm to have her promotion chalked down to favoritism. We haven't seen much of Jack so far in the Legacy series, though there is more of him in The Avengers, and also more from Sam's point of view, so I think it's very clear in that book that they are an established couple.

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lc59
Jan. 17th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
So do you actually have something that does more than just hint at it(and I don't mean blatant sex scenes) or is MGM still not approving of anything that could be offensive to fans that don't like Jack and Sam together.
And since we're on the topic of canon 'ship'...can you give us any clue as to how you're dealing with Daniel and Vala in Moebius Squared.
Please don't have written post-S10 Vala as if she's still the Vala from S8 & early S9.
jo_graham
Jan. 18th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine how parts of The Avengers would make any sense if Jack and Sam weren't together! They're not in the same place in the book, but the way they talk about each other and the realities of their lives make it very plain, I think.

Vala isn't in the Legacy series, and Daniel only has a couple of scenes, so really there's not much for them in Legacy. Sorry. :(

Moebius Squared takes place five days after Continuum, so they're in the same place they were there -- unresolved. Vala is fully committed to the team and is not early season 9 Vala at all. If anything, I think she's flirting with Daniel less than she was, which I think has a lot to do with where she is. Vala is taking care of business, not having fun, and she can be deadly serious when the stakes are high. I don't think Vala is a puff at all, and I certainly haven't written her as one. She does tell Landry that she's totally over Daniel now, but I don't think either Landry or the reader believes her!
lc59
Jan. 18th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well thanks for that reassurance.
I appreciate knowing that I'm not likely to be pitching the book against the wall in disgust because a post-S10 story has a S8-S9 Vala.
jo_graham
Jan. 18th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
No, Vala is very focused. Because of the way things shake out, Vala winds up with two missions where she's either alone or in charge, and she's got to take care of business and be very cool and collected. So there's not a lot of camp. Vala gets down to it. I especially love the long fight and sneak sequence Melissa did with Vala, Carolyn and AU Jack. It's an interesting combination to take Vala out of her usual contexts and put her in a very different role.
lc59
Jan. 19th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Well,I'm looking forward to this a little more now...given that I haven't read your other SG work because Atlantis doesn't interest me and I was a little taken aback at the timing you're using in regards to Daniel's injury in Atlantis, I was apprehensive that I wasn't going to be happy with your portrayal of Vala, but I'm glad you can see her strengths.
I've never understood how viewers could think her an incompetent ditz...she would've never survived in the line-of-work she was in, for as long as she did, if she'd been incompetent.
jo_graham
Jan. 19th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I think Vala is very competent! She knows how to work it, how to use the leather and the camp to get what she wants, but it's an effective act. I don't think she's actually a ditz. I think she's very good at keeping people off balance and from getting too close. Someday I'd love to do a Vala-centric book. This one's a big ensemble, so she has her moments, but I'd love to be able to concentrate more on her at greater length.
lc59
Jan. 19th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Vala-centric would be interesting, expecially if you could suss out a backstory for her that made the most sense, but would MGM go for it...seems to me there's a large amount of the buying public that don't like Vala.
jo_graham
Jan. 19th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know -- it might be possible. I'll have to think about a story....
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