Love her or hate her, Vala Mal Doran on Stargate SG-1 was introduced as a strong and vibrant character who was able to take advantage of great numbers of people or any situation. She used sex and sexual innuendo to keep people off guard, but she was also clever, intelligent, and shrewd. Her relationship with Daniel was adversarial, but also one of equals.
Now that she’s on the show full-time, in the latest episode (Morpheus) she’s suddenly acting childlike, mischievous, eagerly helpful, and vulnerable-even to the point of wearing two pigtails and being almost in tears twice in one episode over small things. Daniel and Landry were both treating her with a condescending affection as though she were an annoying little sister. In the case of Daniel and Vala, this put their relationship off balance, unequal.
Does this childlike behavior make her a more acceptable woman to have around: childlike, subordinate, more submissive, vulnerable?