Yeeeeeessssssss. I mean different people like different characters and that’s fine, but Daniel is crueler to Vala later than she ever is to him. I love both of them to death, but they’re also both FLAWED CHARACTERS, which is WHY I love them. Vala’s not trying to kill or enslave him, she teases him, and that’s the biggest draw of their relationship for me. It’s fun. Watching her journey as a character is one of the best parts of this show for me, we see her grow SO MUCH.
Let’s unpack this a little more: Most objections to Vala are based on:
- slut-shaming her for unapologetically expressing her sexuality or using flirtation as a form of socializing;
- condemning her for her past without acknowledging her character growth over 2 seasons;
- seeing Daniel as some delicate woobie in need of mother-henning (effectively infantilizing him) every time Vala pushes his buttons; or
- denying the covert misogyny inherent in an imagined threat that Vala somehow cockblocks a cherished BroTP with Jack — although she of all characters would be the most likely to write Col. Danning/Dr. Levant Wornhole X-Treme slash fanfic or photoshop them into a porn meme.
I consider Vala just as worthy a mate for Daniel as Sha’re or Sarah was, or as Jack would be.
Because she totally understands bisexuality and I’d be more than OK if Vala & Sam hooked up too.
The biggest one is the ‘cockblocking’ for sure. Many Jack/Daniel fans are notorious for hating the female characters on the show who ‘get in the way’ of Jack and Daniel and their twu secret gay love. Sam, Vala, Sha’re…all of them were subjected to the wrath of the Jack/Daniel slasher.
(Note: Not that the other shippers have been much kinder to characters. A lot of Jack/Sam shippers horribly mischaracterize Daniel and Teal’c in order to progress their ship, and I’m sure numerous examples of the other big ships in the fandom being complete assholes to other characters are out there.
And then there’s the “double standard” argument… “OMG people if Vala was a guy and Daniel was a girl and ‘Volo’ was all coming on to ‘Danielle’ that strong you’d all be like ‘OMG, sexual harassment!’”
Which it is, but Daniel handles it well (mostly), and we can be sure that a female Danielle would too. And we’d still be cheering on Danielle outwitting Volo and Volo’s persistence in tracking down Danielle and trying to win her over, and Volo’s growth as a person into someone Danielle COULD learn to trust despite the fact that CLEARLY Danielle was being a terrible bitch to Volo that he TOTALLY didn’t deserve because he’s so charming and handsome and is like this hot James Bond type who finally fell for the smart chick and is ditching his wild side and isn’t that so NOBLE and AWESOME of him?!
Wait… what were we saying about double standards?