September 07, 2012

Fictional Fancies: Jonas Quinn

Stargate SG:1 is one of those shows that was on for, like, ever, and yet, not too many people seem to have really watched it. It happens to be one of my favorites, and it introduced me to many a wonderful character and one dreamboat of an alien.

Jonas Quinn and I first met during the end of the show's fifth season. I don't think, at the time, that I knew we were destined to become much closer, but I was in for a treat. During the sixth season, Jonas joined the SG:1 team after an incident on his home planet. In joining, he became a replacement character (a "suspiciously similar substitute," according to TV Tropes) for Dr. Daniel Jackson, the show's resident "nerd." And although it was hard for him to connect with the team's members, as a viewer—and someone who was wholly tired of Daniel Jackson's (and Michael Shanks') self-serving antics, I soon came to consider him an integral part of the show.

Jonas, we soon found out, was actually more nerdy than Daniel in ways; for example, he wanted to know everything he could about his new position with SG:1, so he memorized all of their mission files. He earnestly tried to connect with the team's other alien, Teal'c, too and—to some extent—was successful:
Jonas: You know, I heard the rumor that I only got this assignment because Colonel O'Neill didn't want to have a Russian on the team.

Teal'c: Such rumors are meaningless. O'Neill would not have chosen you if he did not believe that one day you would become an effective member of SG-1.

Jonas: Thanks, Teal'c! I really appreciate that. I mean, those of us who weren't originally from the planet Earth, we gotta stick together, right?

Teal'c: Are you suggesting an alien conspiracy?

Jonas: No.

Teal'c glares.

Jonas: Oh, 'course! Yes, I was warned about your occasional use of humor. It's ... hahaha! Y'got me.

Teal'c glares.

Jonas: No conspiracy! (via)

Jonas was also a much more sympathetic character than Daniel; whereas Daniel had become snarky, self-involved and entitled, Jonas was sweet, helpful and really wanted to make a difference. Jonas was a Steve Rogers (in The Avengers) -type character, someone who we could laugh at with no real offense meant. He was a genuinely nice guy, and he used his smarts for the good of the team rather than for accolades.

When Jonas returned to his home planet at the start of season 7, thereby leaving the show (except for one episode in which he returns—with the semi-ridiculous emo-kid haircut he's pictured with above), I was really sad to see him go.

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  1. He'll always be Parker Lewis to me.

  2. Ah Stargaate,how I adored thee. I like Jonas. I was upset that ppl had their panties in such a bunch about him joining the team. Daniel/Michael wasn't on the show. They needed a replacement, Jonas did his best, it's not his fault Daniel/Michael was no longer on the show, don't take it out on poor Jonas.

    1. I know! And I love that you're such a Stargate fan too. You're the best, H. <3