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From:troyswann
Date:June 1st, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Ah very cool. The thing that strikes me most is the lovely description of movement, bodies in space. I love that. And also the way that the details about what happened are played out just enough to give us the picture but not heavy-handedly, and with the gaps in just the right places so we don't get confused, but we also understand Sam's and Cam's own sense of not-knowing.

And Sam "salvaging" the wires. Makes one wonder whether she's "drinking with the locals" there, a little, the way that the "salvaging" the wires, that is, making the 302 work again, is juxtaposed with the discussion of the shortage of necessary wire for the village mill. How close is she to giving in to the place? Cam's invitation to the big bed and her "maybe later" sort of leaves her poised there.... nice.
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From:_minxy_
Date:June 1st, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Movement and placement in space is a lovely compliment; if I've done that, truly, I think I shall have to blush a little bit. The details of the story... oh my gracious I did have to think and possibly overthink that. RW, the world's greatest beta, deserves a lot of the credit for just enough/not too much detail on the story. I have a the backstory in my head, I know the plot, I know the details, I know what happened in North America, I know who was unaffected, but ultimately the story was about isolation, so none of that plot was relevant, despite my best intentions to write a plotty sort of fic. I liked the ambiguity, though, so it wasn't too hard to let go the bigger picture.

I think the 'drinking with the locals' admonishment is partly her way of distancing herself from the possibility that she would ever give up, in her absolutist sort of way; I don't think Sam would really ever be terribly inclined to go 'get drunk' anyway, so she can be self-rightous about it. Then she can go and lobotomize the 302 and not even place it in the same category, maybe it eases the sting of it, or maybe it's another apology she'll make.

Something I think is interesting is that Sam seems to be really black and white: committed to getting back to the SGC and world community or committed to a project for the little village she finds herself in, so it takes her longer to get there, and it might hurt a little bit more because she gives up so completely on the possibilty of fixing it. She'll say her good-byes, make her apologies, and make a new start, whereas Cam expected the worst, was pleasantly surprised, and made the best of it, all while leaving open the possibility that Teal'c would walk into town one day and announce that he had found them after a long and difficult search. Much more grey area, with Cam.

In a new start sense, though, where they take it is a totally different story, how they contribute to the community, if they reexamine their senses of self or hold to the same rules, cling to each other or make new places in the community. Very interesting jumping-off point.

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From:agent_dark
Date:June 2nd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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Something I think is interesting is that Sam seems to be really black and white
Ooo, I'm glad you mentioned that because its one of the reasons why I find Sam such an interesting character :)
I think she tends to view things in a very black and white kind of world. She doesn't like grey, because that makes things complicated and she doesn't like complications, but by not acknowledging the grey she's making things complicated for herself anyway. The whole Pete thing, and the RepliCarter thing too are good examples of that. It makes me <3 her even more :D

Nice read btw :D
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From:_minxy_
Date:June 3rd, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks, and I think perhaps the black and white thing may be the characteristic I find most perplexing, I mean, she goes to other planets!

Thanks for reading.
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