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'Resistance Reexamined: Gender, Fan Practices, and Science Fiction Television'
Unformatted Document Text:  14 entirely and/or assuming his “entitlement” to feminine comfort while Aeryn is working through her qualms and her grief. Much aversion to the coupling or to parallelism in terms of each partner’s romantic autonomy appears to have slash and/or Mary Sue impetuses. Stargate SG-1 is similarly situated as a program popular with both men and women that includes a principal female character. In June of 2002 it began airing before Farscape on the Sci Fi Channel, but prior to that it was shown in the U.S. on Showtime pay cable and, a season behind, in syndication. Based on the 1994 film Stargate, the MGM series, created by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright and produced by them along with Michael Greenburg and star Richard Dean Anderson, debuted in 1997. It involves a secret stargate– a space portal discovered on Earth by the U.S. military and used by special Air Force units to keep galactic peace and explore other planets, whose denizens often share with humans a common lineage thanks to an evil, parasitic race called the Goa’uld which infested earthlings eons ago and thereby spread human DNA across the cosmos. Colonel Jack O’Neill (Anderson) commands the unit SG-1, assisted by Major Samantha “Sam” Carter (Amanda Tapping), archeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal’c (Christopher Judge), an extraterrestrial of human ancestry. The analysis centers on a controversy that erupted early in 2002 as a result of the season five exit of Daniel Jackson in an episode that had not yet aired in the U.S. O’Neill and Jackson were the only two regular characters retained from the film, and many fans consider them the “Kirk and Spock,” respectively, of Stargate SG-1. A piece in the online magazine Salon (McNamara, 2002) brought the strife to the attention of this researcher. Its author adopts a sympathetic tone toward the female “rebellion” against Jackson’s exit and cites fans who insist that the actor, Michael Shanks, asked to leave only because his character had been squandered. 6 It implicates MGM’s desire for a younger male audience and reports that female viewership declined in the wake of changes made to the show due to demographic imperatives. However, it is unclear whether the ratings data relate to the fourth or fifth season. Also, the insinuation that Jackson’s elimination will entice young

Authors: Scodari, Christine.
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entirely and/or assuming his “entitlement” to feminine comfort while Aeryn is working
through her qualms and her grief. Much aversion to the coupling or to parallelism in terms
of each partner’s romantic autonomy appears to have slash and/or Mary Sue impetuses.
Stargate SG-1 is similarly situated as a program popular with both men and women
that includes a principal female character. In June of 2002 it began airing before Farscape
on the Sci Fi Channel, but prior to that it was shown in the U.S. on Showtime pay cable
and, a season behind, in syndication. Based on the 1994 film Stargate, the MGM series,
created by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright and produced by them along with Michael
Greenburg and star Richard Dean Anderson, debuted in 1997. It involves a secret stargate–
a space portal discovered on Earth by the U.S. military and used by special Air Force units
to keep galactic peace and explore other planets, whose denizens often share with humans a
common lineage thanks to an evil, parasitic race called the Goa’uld which infested
earthlings eons ago and thereby spread human DNA across the cosmos. Colonel Jack
O’Neill (Anderson) commands the unit SG-1, assisted by Major Samantha “Sam” Carter
(Amanda Tapping), archeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal’c
(Christopher Judge), an extraterrestrial of human ancestry.
The analysis centers on a controversy that erupted early in 2002 as a result of the
season five exit of Daniel Jackson in an episode that had not yet aired in the U.S. O’Neill
and Jackson were the only two regular characters retained from the film, and many fans
consider them the “Kirk and Spock,” respectively, of Stargate SG-1. A piece in the online
magazine Salon (McNamara, 2002) brought the strife to the attention of this researcher. Its
author adopts a sympathetic tone toward the female “rebellion” against Jackson’s exit and
cites fans who insist that the actor, Michael Shanks, asked to leave only because his
character had been squandered.
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It implicates MGM’s desire for a younger male audience
and reports that female viewership declined in the wake of changes made to the show due
to demographic imperatives. However, it is unclear whether the ratings data relate to the
fourth or fifth season. Also, the insinuation that Jackson’s elimination will entice young


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