I downloaded the ridiculous amount of 324 MB of Stargate music vids today.
Did I mention that my internet connection works???
Anyway, one of the vids I watched made me think about Jack and Daniel, and why, no matter how cute CC can be, it is and will be my OTP in this fandom.
First of all, nothing against other ships. I am all for Paul/Daniel, Jack/Harry, Harry/Teal'C, Jonas/Jack, whatever. They are all good for fun and distraction, and if you are a real Teal'C/Makepeace shipper... whatever floats your boat, I don't
Here's the but.
For me, Jack/Daniel is the only slash pairing that has a real background in the show.
The reason for that is not the amount of slashy scenes, or the indecent touching of private body parts. If you ever watched Sentinel, you know that the touching in Stargate is innocent enough to be shown in a catholic kindergarden in the middle if (insert country/city of your choice).
I think the reason lies in their characters, in their personality, in who and what they are.
Think about what these two men have done:
Daniel has found out the "truth" about the history of earth against all odds, against the professional opinions of the whole world. He has defended this opinion at the cost of his career and his professional credibility. And this is not just some funny anecdote to look back and tell your kids about.
Seeing his fancy apartement and all the books and stuff in his office, it is easy to forget what it meant to him: when we first get to know Daniel in the movie, he virtually owns only what he can carry. He has lost his apartement, his job, and on top of this, any chance to get another job.
Of course, at this point it would have been a bigger risk NOT to accept Catherine's offer, but the real risk is what he takes afterwards.
He goes through an active Stargate, one of the first humans to do so in a few thousand years. Without knowing if it will work.
Without knowing if he will ever return. Sure, he said he could make it work again. But the Daniel we know would probably have said that just to satisfy his curiosity. He is brilliant, and the chance that he could make the gate work again were high, but he must have known that there was a risk of not returning and of having to stay there.
Okay, he made it work, but then he did exactly that: he stayed on another planet.
He. Stayed. On. Another. Planet.
Most of the people I know are afraid of going to another countr all by themselves.
But Daniel stayed on another planet, knowing that he would never return. At the time of the movie, he didn't know that there were more gates. To his knowledge, he would be on Abydos for the rest of his life.
And, contrary to popular opinion, I don't hink he did this because of his overwhelming love for Sha're, or because he had no friends left on earth, or because he couldn't be on the same planet with Jack without being with him...)don't comment on the last one)
No. He did this, because he is such an incredibly brave person, because it was his one chance at doing something no one esle had done before, and he took it even tough he knew he could never go back.
I sometimes have to go back home in the morning after walking the fifty meteres to my car, because I already regret the choice of shoes I decided to wear, so you can see how I admire someone who is capable of making such a decision.
I could go on and tell you all the other things that make Daniel so special, so extraordinary, things he died for (repeatedly). But you've seen the eps.
Fact is, he is a hero in every sense of the word.
Which is why he has to be with Jack.
Jack, who was also part of this first group of men who took the risk to travel through the Stargate.
We all know it was a suicide mission for him, yada yada. So maybe for Jack going through the Stargate wasn't the big risk, but going back to earth was.
Because he decided he would give his life another try, he wanted to work things out. And I admire him for that.
I admire him even more for not giving up after realizing that Sarah had already left him.
And then for coming back from retirement (though I am not too sure how much of a choice this is for a retire military officer), for going back to the program and for, well, for being him. I admit that I admire Jack just for being him. Because I can't begin to understand how it must be to lose your child, and to lose your wife and to start it all over again at his age. Which makes him sound terribly old (or me terribly young), but what I mean is that he did all that at a time where the majority of people has already settled.
Jack has made decisions that he regrets. And he knows that he will have to make decisions like that again. And he will make them, because when he does, they will be the right ones.
Like the time in "Scorched Earth", where he fires the bomb evne though to his knowledge it will kill Daniel. It WAS the right decision. You can't seriously expect him to kill hundreds of people only to save one life. The life of someone who endangered himself.
So I know t was the right decision, but I don't know if I could have made it if I had been in his place. And if I could live with that decision.
Jack could do it, and he does live with it.
I think this is enough of shameless Jack and Daniel advertising. I just wanted you to see them the way I see them, so that maybe you can understand why they are my OTP.
Fact is that both of them are strong, independent men (yes, even Daniel ;-) ), who have learned to live alone. But I don't think the have learned to live with loneliness.
And because of what they are, they need an equal partner. A match, so to speak.
I don't think that Paul could ever be enough for Daniel. Not intellectually, but especially not emotionally. He does not have the same strength. And I really like Paul, but compared to Jack and Daniel he is nothing special. I don't think he could satisfy Daniel on any level.
Saying that Jack could satisfy Daniel intellectually may be a risky statement, but I think he could. (Who says I can't take risks?)
Jack isn't stupid. He may not be the genius that Daniel is, but he is definitely more intelligent than the average "flyboy". What counts is that he could understand Daniel if he had to. I don't think Daniel needs Jack to discuss theories about ancient egyptian harvesting rituals, but if he ever did, Jack is capable of understanding and discussing these things. And that is all that counts.
Personally, I think Daniel needs Jack to show him that there is absolutely no need to discuss harvesting rituals of any culture, when you can practise their mating behaviour, but that's just me....
I think it will be hard for Daniel and Jack to find an equal partner anywhere on earth.
Teal'C is definitely a very strong man, in every sense of the word. But by leaving Apophis, his "God", he has done somehing that we can only understand intellectually. I don't hink anyone can imagine what it means emotionally to do something like that, because none of us ever served a living god. (If you ever did, you might have a slight Goa'uld problem.)
Jack and Daniel are connected in a way they won't ever be connnected with someone else.
I am not sure if sex is the only outlet for this connection, but it seems to be the most obvious one. Sex can bring you very close on every level, not just the physical one. But I admit that there is a possibility that there connection won't lead to sex, just to an extraordinary friendship. Even without sex, they will be my OTP.
But with sex, it is a lot more fun!
I think that's it for today. Enough about Jack and Daniel. I am not sure if I got my point across, but it felt like something I wanted to say.
Tell me if you agree.
Convince me that Jack/Jonas is a much better pairing.
Argue that all Stargate Slash from now on should be Thor/Simmons.
Just talk to me.
(You can also do so by using AIM, which I downloaded today, and where you can reach me under the name Oceana2602. Be warned, I never used such a program before, and I never chatted in my life. But it sounds like fun!)