Pairing: Samantha Carter/Jack O'Neill
Based on the feature film Stargate, the show first started on Showtime in 1997. Little did anyone know that this fantastic adventure would last 10 seasons and two direct-to-DVD movies. It follows one of the team of Stargate Command, SG1, as they travel to different planets, meet new cultures, make friends and enemies, thanks to the Stargate. Action, drama, sci-fi, and even romance and humor made up this tv-show.
I'm an Air Force officer just like you are, Colonel. And just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of the outside, doesn't mean I can't handle whatever you can handle.
Colonel Samantha Carter is not only part of the USAF, but also a theoretical astrophysicist (it means that "she is smarter than you are"). She arrives at the SGC and on the team as a Captain, and slowly climbed her way up the ranks. She shares a strong bond with the rest of her team, and also with Janet Fraiser, the CMO of the base, and her daughter Cassandra. As both an Air Force officer and a scientist, she's an invaluable member of the team and the SGC.
I just woke up, haven't had coffee, let alone a pee in seven days, and I find out you stole my ass and made a... mini me.
Major General Jack O'Neill was part of the first mission to Abydos, and retired from the Air Force soon after he came back. He was reinstated when the threat of the Goa'uld became a real problem for Earth, and was put in charge of the flagship team, SG1. He's known throughout the galaxy to use humor as a deflection. After having been a Colonel for the first seven seasons of the show, he is promoted to Brigadier General in the season 8 premiere and became 'The Man'. He is promoted again between season 8 and 9, and left the SGC to become the Head of Homeworld Security.
I could just shut up now, and let the GIFs speak for themselves, as they are more than enough to show the evolution of the relationship between Sam and Jack. But I won't! :P
You know, you really will like me when you get to know me.
Sam and Jack were teammates and friends first, up until they both realized, at different moments, that the other meant a lot for them. For Sam, we know for sure that it was during the whole Edora incident, when she worked for three months straight to bring him back. For Jack, there's no precise moment, but it happened either as early as during the Jolinar incident, or around the end of season 2/beginning of season 3.
Because I care about her. A lot more than I'm supposed to.
Then, came the turning point of their relationship. They had to admit to each other, and to other people, that there was more to them than just friendship. Of course, they had to leave it in the room as their duty to Earth came first. Their relationship was tense for a while after that, especially after Thera and Jonah. But it never affected their working relationship, as Jack even went as far as to kill Sam to protect the SGC. But then she got better.
Sir... I... I just wanted to say. When you were lying there I... I'm really glad you're okay.
Sam and Jack offers us beautiful moments, often full of angst. Angst is a part of their relationship, because it's only in these moments when they're hurting, either emotionally or physically, that not only do they allow the other to see their weaknesses, but also they allow their feelings for each other to show.
Alright, wait a minute, let me get something straight. Engaged?
They are meant to be. Of course, every shipper would say that about their OTPs, but for these two, it's true. We've seen two different alternate realities (three if you count the one in 'Moebius'), and in each and every single one of them, Sam and Jack were together. Not to mention those few alternate realities we got a glimpse of in 'Ripple Effect', where one Sam was married, and the other on maternity leave.
Resigning, what for?"
There are a lot of kisses between these two, though there was always a reason for them. Either Sam suffered from the Touched virus, or Jack kissed her during a time loop and she doesn't remember, or Sam hallucinated kissing him. But all these kisses have something in common: they are hot. If you don't believe me, watch the episodes!
Towards the end of season 8, Sam faced personal drama, but it's not her then fiancé who was there for her, but Jack. It shows that despite everything and everyone keeping them apart, they never stopped loving each other, and they never will. With one word, Jack ensured that. Though it was never shown in the show, it's an understanding that they were finally together after Jack transferred to DC.
To conclude this manifesto, I'll just say that Sam and Jack was my first OTP, even before I knew what this word meant, and that I'll never stop loving them.
Fic Rec #1: Don't ever let it end
Why This Must Be Read: This is what could have happened after Season One episode 'Solitude'. This is how Sam and Jack could have got closer after Antartica. It's beautifully written, and even though it's early in the show for them, it totally works.
Fic Rec #2 Not your typical perfection
Why This Must Be Read: Post-series fluff at his best. If you just want some happy Sam/Jack fic, this is what you should read.
Fic Rec #3: Eight Easy Steps
Author: Angel Leviathan
Why This Must Be Read: This is one of the first fics I've read in English for Sam/Jack, and it's one I often go back to with fondness. I love everything in that fic, the angst, the established relationship between Sam&Jack, everything.
Fic Rec #4: A pond with no fish
Author: Rachel 500
Why This Must Be Read: Ok, first this is a epic fic. Be sure to have a few hours ahead of you because once you've started reading it, you just can't stop. It goes AU at the end of s8 with Jack staying at the SGC. The author captured the characters so well.
Fic Rec #5: The way we were
Why This Must Be Read: After an incident off-world, Sam remembers everything, but Jack. This leads to beautiful, angsty, embarrassed, moments between those two.
Fic Rec #6: All the Way
Author: Jackie W
Why This Must Be Read: I love Jackie W.'s fics, but this one is by far my favourite. I can read it again and again, and never grow tired of it. This is set during season 8 but with some minor changes. It shows the slow progression of Sam and Jack from friends to something more.
Fic Rec #7: Need you know
Author: Rose Stetson
Why This Must Be Read: This is set during 'Threads', and it shows how much Sam had come to rely on her friends, and Jack in particular. And you know he's always there for her, whenever she needed him.
Fic Rec #8: The little red engine that could
Why This Must Be Read: It's a fic from firemanverse, and who doesn't like to read Sam/Jack fics set in this universe? Plus, it's lyssie. This is how Sam and Jack's relationship evolves in this universe.
Fic Rec #9: I love it when a plan comes together
Why This Must Be Read: Fluff at its best. This is set in s9 and SG1 plus Jack are stranded on a planet. I don't really need to say anything else.
Fic Rec #10: The Plan C series
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/R (for the last fic in the series)
Why This Must Be Read: This is a beautiful series of fic. Sam and Jack find themselves stuck in the infirmary at the same time, and circumstances brought them slowly closer and closer together.
BONUS Fic Rec: Even after the thrill of living is gone
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, some bad language, adult situations
Why This Must Be Read: I've listed this as a bonus fic, because it's a mini!otp fic. If you want to read a fic about mini!Jack, being joined by mini!Sam, this fic is for you. It's really well written, and it doesn't rush them into a relationship, despite the absence of regs. And really, it's just funny to see Jack and Sam's personalities in teenage bodies. See miniotp for more fics.
* I do not remember who made all these gifs, as I saved them a long time ago, so if you know, tell me, so I can credit the creators. Thank you.