figs_sg1_rec: (daniel fron freeze)
Rec Category: Jack and Daniel friendship
Categories: angst, character study, horror
Warnings: major character deaths
Author's Journal: [personal profile] agentotter
Author's Website: [archiveofourown.org profile] otter
Link: The Standard of Comparison

Why This Must Be Read: Oldskool classic fic! This is intense Jack and Daniel friendship, with a typically Otterish twist that you will not see coming... even if, upon rereading, you realize that all the clues were right there.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Character Study
Categories: ep related, pre-series, Nick Ballard, Daniel, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] ivorygates
Author's Website: ivorygates at AO3
Link: K is for Kinship

Why This Must Be Read: This is a fascinating exploration of Nick's backstory, including a history that spans decades and too many griefs. I love how a person that so many fans perceive as a shallow, cookie-cutter character suddenly becomes very human and very real!


Looking down at Claire’s son, Kaatje’s grandson, he knew he couldn’t face another love, another loss. He made his voice harsh as he told Daniel there was no place in his life for him. That someone – someone else -- would care for him. About him.

And he left.
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel mortal peril)
Rec Category: Drama
Categories: Jack, Daniel, Teal'c, Sam, Bill Lee, Jack and Daniel friendship, Teal'c and Jack friendship, team, angst, hurt/comfort
Warnings: language, serious whumpage
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sg1jb
Author's Website: Jb at AO3
Link: Rebound

Why This Must Be Read: This glorious, intense story is long. And incredibly teamy. Full of Jack and Daniel friendship, and scientific puzzles, and Teal'c sheer stubbornness, and Sam doing her best (and beyond) for her team, and Daniel taking his usual flying leaps of logic, and courage, and drama...

I love each and every one of them here. Bill Lee shines, Janet has a great cameo, and the comfort of the final scene is an absolute joy. Make sure you've got the time to read this all in one sitting, because you won't be able to stop!

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Rec Category: Jonas and Vala friendship
Categories: Sam and Jonas friendship, angst, hurt/comfort, post-series
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] gingasaur
Author's Website: Gingasaur at AO3
Link: Wherever We Go

Why This Must Be Read: I could try to be pithy and summarize this as "Vala and Jonas bond over being tortured by the Ori," but this story has much greater depth than that. It's an honest, clear-eyed look at a long, painful recovery from abandonment, pain, and loss of hope. This is a perfect Vala and an excellent Jonas, with bonus well-characterized Sam, dealing with the fallout of Langara's fall to the Ori. It feels very real, and very well done.

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figs_sg1_rec: (team patch by paxm)
Rec Category: Team
Categories: Teal'c, Jack, Daniel, Sam, Jonas, angst, friendship, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] settiai
Author's Website: Settiai at AO3
Link: Time Marches Onward

Why This Must Be Read: In that nebulous time of transition between the end of S8 and the beginning of S9, all of SG-1 - Jack, Sam, Teal'c, Daniel, and Jonas - achieve a rare moment of togetherness to contemplate their uncertain future.

I like the friendships, the reluctance to drift away, the tentative anticipation of where they might find themselves going. Add the bittersweet coda of a certain throwaway line from S10, and you'll find yourself wishing that the teaminess they share would have a way to last forever.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Five Things
Categories: Sam, ep related, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: jedibuttercup
Author's Website:Jedibuttercup at AO3
Link: Five Planets Sam Carter Wishes She'd Never Visited

Why This Must Be Read: Exactly what it says on the tin: five canon planets that Sam wishes they'd never visited, with an extra dash of angst in the last one for good measure. Good, solid characterization that fits Sam perfectly! Too short to excerpt, so just click and read. :)
figs_sg1_rec: (fic rec)
Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Categories: Jack and Daniel friendship, character study, episode related, agnst
Warnings: "not really character death" (the perfect tag for SG-1, eh?)
Author on LJ: [personal profile] butterfly
Author's Website: Butterfly at AO3
Link: Playing Possum

Why This Must Be Read: This is the third time Jack has had to take charge of not-actually-dead Daniel's belongings, and it never gets easier.

...Yes, this is post-Meridian, why do you ask?

I love character sketches that reflect canonical history and relationships, and this story is bleakly pictch-perfect.


Jack knew how to handle gone.

Note: I just discovered that I recced this already four years ago. Ah well. :)
figs_sg1_rec: (team patch by paxm)
Rec Category: Outsider POV
Categories: Bill Lee, Daniel, drama, angst, hurt/comfort, team, friendship, Janet
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sg1jb
Author's Website: Jb at AO3
Link: Getting to Know You

Why This Must Be Read: This fantastic exploration of the Bill Lee's first encounter with SG-1 - and, particularly, Daniel - is not only a gripping story, but also a wonderful outsider POV of team friendship. I love the way Bill tries to understand the dynamics of Sam and Jack and Daniel's interactions with one another, and how so much goes over his head even as the reader comprehends SG-1's unique closeness. Add typical Jb drama and tension, and you've got a long, engrossing story of SG-1 at its best.

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Rec Category: Teal'c
Categories: pre-series, angst, character study
Warnings: Jaffa battles
Author on LJ: [personal profile] skieswideopen
Author's Website: Skieswideopen at AO3
Link: In Battle's Fury, Silence (The Pale Battalions Remix)

Why This Must Be Read: Powerful and painful, this is a stark, vivid painting of Teal'c's life as First Prime to Apophis. Canon tells us that Teal'c's rejection of the Goa'uld was a long, struggling process; this bleak character study is another step along the way.


There was nothing remarkable about the battle. Nothing at all.
figs_sg1_rec: (fic rec)
Rec Category: Apocafic
Categories: Cam, crossover, angst, team, AU, hurt/comfort, friendship, Sam, Jack, Daniel, Teal'c, SGA characters
Warnings: it's apocafic! :) Includes major character deaths/permanent injuries (mental and physical)
Author on LJ: [profile] abyssinia4077
Author's Website: Abyssinia at AO3
Link: Drfiting Out at Sea

Why This Must Be Read: The hardest part about the apocalypse isn't losing Earth. The hardest part is holding everything together afterwards.

Here is solid, aching Cam perspective as the Earth is lost and the survivors scrabble to find new footing on a cut-off Atlantis. Characterization all-round is moving, powerful, and poignant. This is a long, gripping story that ends, despite everything, with Cam's eternal optimism offering hope.

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figs_sg1_rec: (daniel fron freeze)
Rec Category: Episode Related
Categories: AU, angst, character study, Daniel
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: unknown
Author's Website: catalysticskies at AO3
Link: anomia; antipodes

Why This Must Be Read: I have a massive soft spot for Fallen AUs that allow us a deeper exploration into the enigma that is Arrom. This version eventually gets us back into canon, but diverges into a longer time for amnesiac!Daniel with the nomads, including a side-trip to a lost Abydos and the search for himself when he doesn't quite understand what he's seeking. It's a sort of outside perspective of Daniel, with Daniel himself serving as the outside POV, and an interesting read.


They tell him they found him in the outskirts of the city, tell him he must have fallen from the sky. They tell him a lot of things, and he has little else to believe.
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel fron freeze)
Rec Category: Sam and Daniel friendship
Categories: angst, character study, (emotional) hurt/comfort
Warnings: typical Ori atrocities
Author on LJ: [profile] tarimanveri
Author's Website: Tarimanver at AO3
Link: And Leaves the World to Darkness

Why This Must Be Read: Sometimes SG-1 loses, and sometimes it's the fault of individual choices. Luckily, Daniel has Sam to help pick up the pieces afterwards.

This is bleak and bittersweet, as Sam and Daniel, with perfect characterization, face their failures and the desperate need to just keep going. It's not a happy fic, but it rings all too true and is well worth the read.


Sam is too tired to think that far ahead. When she gets back to earth she’s going to hug Cassie extra hard for the little girl she couldn’t save, and she’ll think of the grave she and Daniel covered with grass in its green and quiet clearing, and she’ll appreciate the closure it’s given her. Then she’ll get on with the fight, whatever it brings.
figs_sg1_rec: (Default)
Rec Category: Angst
Categories: Cassie, Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal'c, Bill Lee, Siler, Walter the Chevron Guy, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: unknown
Author's Website: Vicki Turner at FF.net
Link: Triggers

Why This Must Be Read: Twelve short ficlets about the team and other characters, unexpectedly waylaid by routine matters on Earth that trigger powerful reactions to anyone involved with the Stargate. My favorite ones are Bill's and Walter's (excerpted below), but these are all so powerful: the recognition that once you know what's out there, even the most mundane events can never be quite the same.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam is reading)
Rec Category: Samantha Carter
Categories: drama, hurt/comfort, AU, angst, ep related, Sam and Janet friendship, character study, original characters
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] gunhilda
Author's Website: SG-1 Fanfiction by Strix varia
Link: The Knife's Edge of Madness or at FF.net

Why This Must Be Read: In this powerful piece, Sam manages to escape the hospital in Desperate Measures on her own... but she doesn't get away unscathed.

Take Sam Carter and strip away her memories, her physical health, her very sense of self. Plague her with memories that make no sense and give her no resource to discover the truth. Then sit back and watch as she still is strongly, powerfully Sam, and finds her own way back to her old self and her old life.

I love her determination, her courage, and driving need for discovery. No matter what the circumstances, that aspect of Sam never changes.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam teal'c stalking fic)
Rec Category: Sam and Teal'c friendship
Categories: ep related, drama, character study, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] stringertheory
Author's Website: fic list
Link: To Stand in the Sun

Why This Must Be Read: This is a fantastic look at two missing scenes from Changeling from Sam's perspective, first when the team discovers Teal'c and Bra'tac and then a conversation in the infirmary afterward. I love the implications of Jolinar's legacy for their friendship, the sensations lost and the new hopes found, and the warm connection between Sam and Teal'c. This is thoughtful, warming, and moving, all at once.

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Rec Category: Jack and Sam friendship
Categories: Sam, Jack, angst, ep related, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] elumish
Author's Website: elumish at AO3
Link: Hail Dorothy

Why This Must Be Read: Here is Sam in the immediate aftermath of the killing Seth, struggling just a little with who she is; and Jack with his leadership qualities, offering just the right comfort even from a distance. Beautifully, perfectly them.


“Carter, you’re the least snake-like person I know."
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Categories: Sam and Daniel friendship, Daniel and Vala friendship, character study, episode related, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] unabashedbird
Author's Website: Unabashed Bird on AO3
Link: Remind Me of Swimming

Why This Must Be Read: This is a beautiful exploration of Daniel's relationship with music and people over the years, arcing from pre-series to post-series. From Sha're to Sam to Sarah Gardener to Cassie to Vala, Daniel's musical skills and his willingness to play are deeply affected by the people and events in his life. I especially like how the author leaves the color of the goggles to the reader's discretion, especially with Vala: read this as friendship or pre-ship, and it all works wonderfully!

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Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Categories: Jack and Daniel friendship, team, ep related, angst, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] gategremlyn
Author's Website: Master Post
Link: J is for Jeopardy

Why This Must Be Read: Daniel, in the aftermath of Need... not quite as alone and isolated as he thinks he is.

This is a beautiful, teamy friendship piece that showcases the sensitivity and caring the members of SG-1 have for one another. Just lovely!


“No, Daniel. You're a member of this team.”

“But what I did--”

“What you did, you'll have to live with. That's a sad truth. But you live with it here with us.”
figs_sg1_rec: (team patch by paxm)
This rec marks 1,000 recs I have made over the last nine years. Fandom, you are fantastic for supplying me with such wonderful material. Keep it up. :)

Rec Category: Drama
Categories: Jack, team, hurt/comfort, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] magibrain
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Dark Places

Why This Must Be Read: It's always fun to go back and read a story written long ago, for the different flavor and emphasis. In this case, treat yourself to a gripping, Jack-centric drama where he is forced to struggle for survival, desperate to care for his team in the worst of circumstances.

Complete with twistiness, teaminess, and a fabulous Jack voice, this story is sure to leave you well satisfied.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam is reading)
Rec Category: Samantha Carter
Categories: Jack and Sam friendship, Sam and Daniel friendship, angst, drama, character study
Warnings: adult themes
Author on LJ: [personal profile] isawet
Author's Website: isawet at AO3
Link: the cold hard equation

Why This Must Be Read: I love best the episodes when SG-1 has to grapple with difficult, shades-of-grey situations. In this heartbreaking story, Sam has to deal with a problem with an impossible solution which she nonetheless needs to make.

I love Sam's courage here, Jack's unremitting strength, Daniel's gentle support, the general competence of just about everyone, and the inevitable choice. Painfully, powerfully good.

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figs_sg1_rec: (team patch by paxm)
Rec Category: Crossover
Categories: Jack, Sam, Teal'c, Daniel, Dixon, drama, team, angst, apocafic, AU
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] tielan
Author's Website: tielan at AO3
Link: Storm Front

Why This Must Be Read: Out of necessity, this is a mystery crossover. What makes it so gripping is the characterization: Jack as the competent, intelligent general of the SGC, his rapport and trust in his people (especially Sam), the reactions of the various characters, and the realistic fusion of SG-1 with a certain movie series that you needn't have actually watched (I haven't, personally) in order to recognize. Great apocafic, and a really good read.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fic rec)
Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Categories: time travel, angst, character study, Jack and Teal'c friendship
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] thothmes
Author's Website: fic tag
Link: Just a Little Pocket Change

Why This Must Be Read: This is Jack, in the year 1969, struggling with what he can't do. Powerfully and ouchingly good.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Episode Related
Categories: Jack and Daniel friendship, angst, drama, horror, character study
Warnings: detailed descriptions of canon torture
Author on LJ: [personal profile] katie_m
Author's Website: Katie M at AO3
Link: Soul May Look and Body Touch

Why This Must Be Read: Here is an exquisitely wincing exploration of Daniel helplessly watching Jack's very self disintegrate, both physically and mentally, during Abyss. Powerfully, painfully good.

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figs_sg1_rec: (cassie)
Rec Category: Cassandra Frasier
Categories: episode related, multiple eras, character study, angst, time travel
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] ivorygates
Author's Website: ivorygates at AO3
Link: Countdown, Causality, and Close Enough

Why This Must Be Read: This is a powerful, poignant exploration of Cassie's life, beginning on Hanka, through Janet's death, Jack's prolonged MIA status at the beginning of S7, and the initially-unwanted quest to get SG-1 safely back home from the far future in 1969. I love the way Ivorygates gives Cassie a different mindset and different perspectives, and the sheer hard work and challenges involved in getting the team back to the right time. Those missing loops of time are so intriguing, and this story treats us to a fascinating look at what might have been.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Categories: episode related, Nicholas Ballard, angst, kidfic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] campylobacter
Author's Website: Campylobacter at AO3
Link: Ready When You Get Back

Why This Must Be Read: Enjoy a fascinating, angsty exploration of Daniel's waffle breakfast with his grandfather after his parents' funeral, with a bonus time-twisty handwaving of certain discrepancies in Threads and a nod to Crystal Skull. I love stories that focus on tiny details and make it all make sense... or possibly not. :)


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