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21st-Aug-2006 02:01 pm
Nightmare Bunny
Oh, noes!  It's gone all quiet over here...

Anywho, I have a question.

One of my many projects is a BtVS/Stargate: SG-1 crossover coauthored by moss6886.  It's set in a slightly AU post-S5 (no Buffy death) BtVS/ in-canon post-Evolution SG-1.  I'd like to get Graham in the mix somehow.

I plan to do this by having him injured recently and put on light duty.  Since the Mysterious South American Project  doesn't have light duty positions, he gets transferred to the SGC.  But there's a catch:  as far as I'm aware, in ten seasons of SG-1 the only US military groups to have a presence on base are Air Force and Marines.

And in BtVS canon, Graham is Army.

So.  Can I get away with making him a Marine?

And is there a better way to get him to the SGC, perhaps one that doesn't have "Convenient Plot Device" written on it in neon?
21st-Aug-2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, the SG teams are supposed to be drawn from all branches of the armed forces. I know Hammond mentions that some time in season 1.

Also, would the SGC really be considered light duty, given that it's the front line on Earth of the war with the Goa'uld? Given the tendency for alien viruses, foothold situations, artifacts and alien tech which go horribly awry, as well as the rather generic "unauthorized offworld activation" problems, I don't know if anyone who is injured could, in good conscience, be assigned there.

He could be randomly assigned to the base and/or an SG team. It's certainly conceivable that his psych profile would show enough mental flexibility to be able to handle it and he's had proven experience with oddness.
21st-Aug-2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, the SG teams are supposed to be drawn from all branches of the armed forces.
And yet we've never seen an Army character... I don't know. My main issue is, whenever I read an SG-1 fic that has Army personnel, it doesn't quite feel right to me. I suppose I could do it, but the amount of tooth-gritting required would be astronomical.

Also, would the SGC really be considered light duty
I tend to view the in-episode events as exceptions, rather than routine. So base security (not Gateroom), I think, would be reasonable. I'm thinking something with a long-term recovery, so he'd end up generally okay but unable to handle a deployment in the middle of the jungle.

Honestly, getting Graham assigned to an SG team would be the easiest angle, but it seems fairly unlikely that someone would be randomly reassigned out of the Mysterious South America Project (especially considering the transfer would have to have been only a couple months after "Into the Woods"). It seems OOC for him to have asked for reassignment, as well. And although I'm perfectly happy to read NID!spy!Graham, that's a different person than the one I'd write (plus it adds more baggage to the story than it needs). If it weren't for his importance in "Into the Woods," etc., then I'd just have him transfer in after the Initiative was shut down.

I guess it's AU already, I could tweak a few more things... ::whinges::
23rd-Aug-2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
This is where Canadian shows have the advantage - we aren't split into military branches. Everyone is just Canadian Armed Forces.
25th-Aug-2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Grr. Arg. Darned Canadians, making it easy on your fanfic writers! ;)

::le sigh::

Oh, well. I don't think that Joss has or had a clue about military organizations, so it'll probably be easier to fiddle with Graham than the SGC (because Stargate has an Air Force advisor on set to keep regs & such straight).

Thanks for the heckle. :)
14th-Sep-2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't read everyone else's replies, but he could always be sent there as a consultant because of what he's seen and been through.


Just a thought
14th-Sep-2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
My problem isn't so much getting him into the SGC as it is getting him out of the Mysterious South American Project so soon after "Into the Woods." I have a hard time imagining Graham being quasi-randomly reassigned without turning him into NID!spy!Graham (whom I love to read, I'm just not sure he's quite my Graham). And the story takes place in a very small amount of time (in Sunnydale), so I don't think there's enough room to pull him in for a specific consultation (your suggestion was a good one though; under other circumstances I think it would have worked).

I'll have to review the SGC/Pentagon politics for S7. If there's a budgetary expansion (new SG teams, etc.), maybe I could have it so the MSA got its funding cut and he transferred then... (which also screams CPD, but it may make more sense than the injury thing) ::ponders::
14th-Sep-2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

I hope you come up with something before you make yourself totally crazy!! :o)
14th-Sep-2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm going to need it...

Fortunately, the plot by no means hinges on his presence, and it's going to be a while yet before he shows up. But the world needs more Graham fic!
15th-Sep-2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I can remember the name or the author, but I read a BtVS and Stargate crossever that I love, love, loved!

I think the author was in the process of writing a sequel.

I can't wait for yours.
15th-Sep-2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Probably jedibuttercup, she's done a couple of pretty good ones. "Unexpected Gift" is the most recent, where the SGC gets the amulet after "Chosen," instead of W&H?

lisaroquin has one some decent (very cute and kind of fluffy)stuff, as well. And if you want to get really creeped out, there's also Martha's excellent "http://soulcake.skeeter63.org/slash/slash.html": Lovely is a Gen Sentinel/Stargate, and Tatters is the much longer slash sequel set primarily in AtS Los Angeles.
15th-Sep-2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I seem to have gotten the link markup backwards. Oh, well. You can see the address, the crossovers are set in H.P. Lovecraft-verse. Gotta go, classes starting soon.
15th-Sep-2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks and have fun :o)
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