The truth of the matter is, I don’t actually hate Vala. I wouldn’t say that I adore her, but I don’t think she’s evil and must be slain. She was certainly entertaining…at first. My problems with Vala stem more from a feasibility standpoint, though since she departed I have had time to think of all the reasons why Vala is NOT a good thing for Stargate (and its fandom) and why she’s not really an example of a female role model. In no particular order:
10. She’s a thief. We’ve known this from the start. Maybe she’s had a rough existence and that’s the reason for the manner in which she chose to live her life. Yeah, that’s right. She chose. The members of SG-1 have gone through their own shit, yet they have managed to avoid blatant thievery for their own selfish gain. (I don’t say they’re innocent, I say they’ve chosen a bit of a higher path to walk…)
9. She’s a liar. We’ve also known this from the start, and the instant she walked through the Stargate at the beginning of S9 she was already lying. She is a deceiver…and it’s been demonstrated that SG-1 already view her this way. Had she not continuously lied to them, they might have actually listened to her in the episode Beachhead. Why would they take time to listen to someone who’s proven herself untrustworthy?
8. She brings out the worst in Daniel. Say you love the banter all you want, do you really enjoy seeing Daniel so miserable? REALLY? Because I don’t. I like Daniel, and I don’t like him to be constantly aggravated. Now that they’ve very firmly established this aggravation, how am I supposed to believe Daniel’s going to be A-OK with Vala at the SGC permanently? Not saying it can’t be done”¦just saying TPTB have to prove it and we all know how good they are at that.
7. She’s got no morals I can relate to. She’s a user. She uses people to get what she wants, and sometimes (probably very often) she uses her body to do it. Not someone I consider a role model. No, she’s closer to being someone I consider a prostitute.
6. She’s “˜fun’ (aka annoying). I admit, this one isn’t really a hate against her so much as me not understanding how people who continually wail for the drama to return to Stargate think that bringing Vala back full-time”¦because she’s fun”¦expect that to ever happen with her around, at least the way they like her. I was bored to tears by the latest episode, which was All About Vala in a more subdued fashion.
5. She’s a scene-stealer. Think about it. Every single episode she’s been in has ultimately revolved around her. Sure, Daniel had a goodly chunk of the first bit of S9, but the episodes were just as much, if not more, about her. I don’t want to watch a show about her. I want to watch a show about Daniel, Teal’c and Sam.
4. She’s bearing the clichÃ©d alien baby. How many actresses become pregnant and they manage to write around it, disguise it? Oh, no. The TPTB thought it would be smashing to let her be pregnant”¦with a baby that’s apparently going to be key in upcoming arcs. See #5.
3. The romance factor. People are free to see Daniel and Vala as their one true pairing all they want. I don’t see what they see (frankly, I find the pairing JUST as offensive as Jack and Sam), but they can enjoy it. What concerns me about it is, once again, TPTB. Look what happened when they hopped right on the Jack and Sam bandwagon. Just like I can’t trust Vala to be anything more than a lying thief, I can’t trust TPTB not to meddle with romance and the mere thought of it makes me shudder.
2. Fargate. Mitchell has fairly well been crowned the king of Stargate. It’s shaping up to be his adventure”¦with those other sad sacks who’ve been on the show for 8-9 years, yawn, who’d find them interesting anymore anyway? Add Vala, who’s got everyone saying things like “˜she’s fresh and real and blah blah’ and I can’t help but worry TPTB are going to be so excited to have “˜fresh, new’ toys to play with, they’ll start ignoring the core of the show even more. The core should be Daniel and Teal’c and Sam,not the new blood. If only because the show started with them, it should end with them and not the newbies.
1. Equal and opposite. Perhaps this ties back to the scene-stealing hate, but it bears repeating. Vala provokes reactions from everyone around her, which means they aren’t being themselves so much as they’re simply players in her game. They lose themselves in reacting to her, and the show then become All About Vala. Example: Crusade was an hour of Vala talking and everyone else just sitting there, reacting to her.
I don’t want to watch a show that’s all about Vala, and my greatest fear is that is precisely what we’ll get. I don’t find Vala a particularly strong character or, for that matter, a great example of a female character.