To celebrate the return of the second half of Stargate: Atlantis
(Season Four), I give you the happiest McShep vid ever
: Four Years (Of a "Life Extraordinary")
My favorite episodes of the first half of the season, the ones my mind has lingered on the most, were all about John's darkness: his fears, and what he will do (who he is capable of being, of becoming) to prevent them from being realized. John's worst and deepest fear--Rodney dying--was laid bare in the harsh illusion of Doppelganger
and then again in the ugly reality of Miller's Crossing
, where he takes a long stride in the direction of his nightmare vision of himself: cold, calm, and utterly implacable. We usually see Sheppard through a carefully constructed haze of lazy charm; I am glad to see--and to read--this dark!John again.
we were born to fuck each other one way or another
(vid by HollywoodGrrl)Even Atlas only had to carry the weight of a world; John is responsible for an entire galaxy at war, and he is no Titan.
Behold: John, his many masks, and the spaces between them.
(This is the diametrical opposite of Four Years
, which is part of my glee at reccing them together.) "Brother to the Executioner"
by XParrot (Miller's Crossing
There is no John anywhere in all the multiverse who said yes to Rodney when he offered to give himself to the Wraith.
Short and sweet. Well, not sweet. But incisive. "5 People JS Did NOT Kill on P9W(ever)TF"
by SardonicSmiley (hard R for violence; gen, perhaps preslash)
Exactly what the title suggests. This is John at his scariest, and now I can see him--or rather, the possibility of (for) him--in canon; this John is only a few steps away from the one we saw in MC
. Have I mentioned that I love this season? I am also terribly tempted to write a coda following the state-mandated group therapy sessions for these five OCs, who have nothing in common but chance and fear. you want me? fucking well come and get me
(vid also by HollywoodGrrl)I'll be waiting with a gun... / and nothing--nothing--nothing.
HWG's two vids are a matched set, a portrait diptych of a feral and frightening John (very like the John in Smiley's fic); this panel is taken from The Storm
and The Eye,
in which John ruthlessly kills a battalion of Genii who threaten his people and his City. I LOVE THIS JOHN.
But then there's the other John--and his other Atlantis--whom I also love: the one who never sees it coming, the one with the skateboard and the Johnny Cash poster in his room, the one who manages to look bewildered all the way up to his silly hair. Here are a few of his
stories. "Zelenka's Still"
by AuburnNotHenna (gen)
A day in the very strange--and mostly funny--life of John Sheppard.
The acronym SNAFU became common currency for a reason, and days like this are part of why. "The Beatings Will Continue Unti Morale Improves"
(John and Lorne at USAFA; semiexplicit McShep and Lorne in Atlantis)
Why you should never feed your alien cat-thing powerbars, and other lifelessons learned in the Pegasus Galaxy.
Nothing I could tell you about this fic would be anything like as good as the fic itself, so just read it. I defy anyone to not laugh at the final stunt with the goat. "Cohesion"
by Stillane (explicit McShep, with a splash of estabished Lorne/Parrish)
John and Rodney fight over an Ancient tech toy like children: an accidentally-in-love story which warms my heart every time.
Major Lorne's supporting role in Smitty and Stillane's fics is the perfect segue into my new favorite (and ridiculously obscure, even for me) SGA pairing: Lorne/Parrish. For at least a year Major Lorne had no canon first name--fandom seems to have mostly called him Nick until TPTB settled on Evan--and Dr David Parrish was in only one episode; but there was chemistry (I know, I know
: my slash goggles, let me show you them
), and if Sheppard can have a pet scientist why shouldn't his 2IC have one too?
So, another of my "love's progress" sets, this one following Lorne and Parrish through Season Two: a ficlet, "Clue"
(by Tuuli: preslash, Lorne POV), during Runner--
the first and only episode in which we see Parrish; "Perimeter"
(by CassPeach: preslash, Parrish POV)--an adorably awkward tag to Runner
; "Sky from Sea"
(by PackMentality: gen, Lorne POV)--mission to the sushi planet
; "Day In, Day Out"
(by AnaGrrl: preslash and offscreen first time, Lorne POV)--one hundred and one days in the Pegasus galaxy
; "Pit Traps, Not So Much"
(by WickedWords: preslash, Lorne POV)--the one with the rope; "The Sincerest Form of Flattery"
(by ZoeRayne: explicit AMTDI first-time, Lorne POV)--the road to Hell is paved with possibilities;
a ficlet during Coup D'Etat, "Sweep Up The Wood"
(established relationship and offscreen sex, Parrish POV), and its coda "Parum"
(both by CassPeach)--they brought the bodies back, burned beyond recognition, with only the dogtags to identify them
; an alternate tag to Coup
(by Lamardeuse: explicit first-time, Parrish POV)--David's fingers clenched on the charred and twisted metal
; "Icarus by Choice"
(by SpaceBabe; established and explicit, Lorne POV)--after a mission goes wrong, the Major takes care of his botanist
(by VileSeagulls: explicit, Lorne POV)--sometimes a mission goes right, and they take care of each other
; and, finally, "Unsingeable Name"
(by 30toSeoul; established, Lorne POV), in which Sheppard finds out.
And now, bed!