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21 March 2008 @ 09:36 pm
Because one post cannot contain the tragic hotness...

Image intensive, peeps.

Part 2

En route to Netu, Martouf explains about the memory device to our heroine.

Sam first has a vision of her mother dying, and then tries again and we finally get our first view of Rosha.
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And not just Rosha, but of Rosha and Martouf kissing:
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Sam seems kind of into it...
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In fact she's so into it, she wants some more. So she wakes up Martouf, while everyone else is sleeping, so she can do it again.
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Martouf agrees.
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It's not fully successful, since Sam doesn't remember how Jolinar escapes. So Martouf puts the device on LOW so Sam can still get Jolinar's help as they head down to Netu.
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Just because I like this one:
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He tries his best to get the ring platform to work without the key, but to no avail: Apophis has them. DUN!
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Jacob's doing poorly, so Martouf and Sam tend him in between interrogation sessions with Apophis.
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Sam tells Martouf exactly how Rosha/Jolinar escaped, and he's upset.
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Apophis tries to get the Tok'ra base coordinates out of Martouf by threatening Sam (and Rosha - he seems to see both). He totally caves when Apophis threatens to kill Sam with a staff weapon. Except not. He lies. Because he loves her, but he's also not a complete idiot.

Aw, post-interrogation family portrait...
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Jack approves.
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Divide and Conquer. Okay, first, I will say that I hate this episode with a fiery passion. I have always hated the za'tarc plot device. I hate that it was used to kill off Martouf, I hate that it disappeared completely, and I hate that even in the episode it doesn't make any sense. I hate that this episode killed my liking for Sam/Jack. I hate that the PTB weren't going to kill Martouf, but thought the audience didn't care about him so why not?

BUT, it's not every day that a character gets a Shakespearean death scene, so at least there's that.

However, we'll start more toward the beginning. At the SGC, Sam is one of the za'tarc suspects.

"OMG, my girlfriend might be a za'tarc Say it isn't so, Doctor."
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He goes to visit Sam in her 'exile'. But this is pretty much the last happy time they get. :(
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Here's Martouf BEFORE:
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And here's Za'tarc!Martouf:
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Then they all shoot at him.
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He's desperate, trying not to blow himself up, realizing what's happened:
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Sam shoots him again, and it's just killing her.
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And she TELEPORTS across fifteen feet of empty gateroom in order to catch him as he falls and cradles him as he dies.
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Fade to black.

I'm not going to cap Summit/Last Stand even though they're part of the Ship canon, but I will note for the record that Lantash still loves Sam, even in Elliot. And Sam is VERY pissed off and grief-stricken about Martouf being dead. But I'm still too busy crying because Lantash is dead, and Martouf might have come back here. *sniff* In some alternate universe, both Martouf and Lantash were in stasis and survived Last Stand.

So then... yadda, yadda, seasons pass. Martouf and Jolinar are forgotten, the Tok'ra practically disappear altogether except for occasional Convenient Expository Devices, and... along comes Ripple Effect.

Martouf is alive! So, okay, he's not quite "our" Martouf, but close enough (so close apparently despite both his and Janet's survival, Desert Camo Mitchell doesn't have to worry about ECF -- which really does seem to show the realities are closely parallel). So he enters the room where ALL the Sams are working.

Martouf thinks: "I have died and gone to heaven. Except for Bill Lee."

Our Sam is so happy to see him!
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They spend some quality time together, talking and reminiscing and being generally happy. And we find out that 'his" Sam and him used to be together and even though they're not anymore, he obviously misses her as much as she TELLS HIM that she missed him.
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They work together in the lab and Sam commits some more touching, because SHE CAN'T HELP HERSELF.
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And he says that his Sam stopped being his a long time ago. And Sam is overcome -- she leans forward to kiss him. And he's totally leaning in to kiss back...

THEN, Asgardius interruptus! Damn Asgard.
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But *sigh* he has to go back and save his own Earth. She's sad but resigned, because our Sam knows from sacrifice and doing the right thing. (and in one of my fics, she asks him to stay and he does, because he wants Sam back. Fanfic is awesome and people who say it's not have clearly never felt the urge to write fix-it fic - I pity them.) He kisses her cheek.
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They share a sad but resigned look.
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He leaves. Sam is sad, and so am I. We don't see Martouf again. :(

They could've been together. It could've worked (it also could've been weird and fraught, but that's part of the appeal). It did work in one AU, at least for awhile. Heck, it worked well enough that Martouf stayed on Earth, even after they parted. They're just both so sweet and smart, and they have a lot in common. They deserve to be happy together in at least ONE universe!

Plus their kids would have the most freakin' beautiful blue eyes on the entire planet. And I don't need any better reason than that. :)

Rigel: sam and skyrigel_7 on March 22nd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
*shippy shippy sigh*

And yep, "Divide and Conquer" pretty much killed the S/J ship for me. It's taken me a loooong while to get over that episode - but thank goodness for the multiverse and "Ripple Effect".

Oddly though, the fic I most connect with (and the fic I tend to write myself) deal with the aftermath of Martouf's death, with a healthy dose of the Tok'ra aren't all sweetness and delight thrown in as well. I think it's because I like to think that his death had a real and lasting impact, and that she did love him a little, and not just because of Jolinar.

I really have to finish my by_hand ficathon entry... as it's all about the Martouf hawtness... hehee
lizardbeth: Martouf-Samlizardbeth_j on March 22nd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh good, someone who agrees! it's not even that I was all that into Sam/Martouf; it was like "you expect me to get on board this 'ship, when she's going to connect Martouf's death to confessing her feelings? yeah, no guilt there AT ALL." Plus, it was tacky and just... mean. overall, I just try to forget that D&C happened at all.

And definitely there's a lot of fic possibilities in how she deals with his death, and I've read many over the years. Plus a whole slew of various ways to bring him back and how that might change things. Although I have to say, from the perspective of a Tok'ra fan, there's a whole lot more fic that treats the Tok'ra as slightly-less-evil-Goa'uld (and sometimes you'd have to squint to see any difference at all) rather than the good intentioned and complex, if arrogant, race I believe them to be.

GO, finish! The world can always use more Martouf-hawt fic. :)
Abyssis: SG1 - math makes Sam happyabyssinia4077 on March 22nd, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)

I love them so and was so sad how not-long he lasted. (and, really, for so few episodes - he made quite an impact!)

They could have been so fascinating together.

*squishes picspam*
lizardbeth: Martouf-Samlizardbeth_j on March 22nd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
I know! I always think he must have been in more episodes. Part of that is Summit, I guess, keeping him in our minds, but definitely a character with way more presence than his few appearances suggest. I'm so glad he came back for RE.

*squishes them* At least there is fic!
green_grrl: SG1_JDAngstgreen_grrl on March 22nd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I love Sam/Martouf!!! Thanks so much for this. I was upset, too, with the way the Sam/Martouf relationship that had been building was shoved to the background and S/J completely overshadowed Martouf's death. Argh! Those bastards!
lizardbeth: Martouf-Samlizardbeth_j on March 22nd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
*loves her ship*

I didn't explain it well, but I didn't really "ship" either S/M or S/J before Divide and Conquer (I'm not an OTP person, in general). But yeah, I hated that one ship came at the expense of another. And that Sam was supposed to just shrug off KILLING Martouf and not connecting the two events and be filled with guilt about it. Anyhoo, many aspects of the episode fill me with rage, and I usually try to forget it ever happened.
green_grrl: SG1_RDAgreen_grrl on March 25th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't take them as your OTP (that would be pretty hard the last several seasons other than Ripple Effect!). But they were wonderful together, and cheated at the last moment. D&C has so many small great moments, I hate that the tinkly piano music and slo-mos of luuurve ruin it. *gag*
Quarryquestquarryquest on March 22nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
and very timeful - I have hit writer's block in a crossover story where Sam and Martouf have a bit role as visiting characters. I must stick this in memories so I can refer to it.
lizardbeth: Martouf-Samlizardbeth_j on March 22nd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovely
They're a couple in your story? YAY! :D
Kynanjanto_x_naomily on December 21st, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
This is so late lol...
But I started watching Stargate, SG1 and Atlantis back in May, then stopped for awhile back in August as I started Uni.. but I started shipping Sam/Martouf/Lantash straight away..
I try to read some decent stuff but it's really hard as I started with probably arguably one of the best written Sam/Martouf/Lantash stories of all time - it was a fix-it where Jolinar survived in Sam.. It's hard to find stuff after that as I get put off when they don't treat Lantash like he's there.. or it just isn't written well enough..
Do you have any good fic recs?
I am the kind who has OTPs straight away.. in Torchwood I started shipping Janto straight away, and in Glee as soon as Blaine was introduced Klaine became my Glee OTP :P