Originally Posted by Liebestraume
That's the problem, IMO. SG-1 can appear to be so perfect... to me Laira is one of the few very real characters. She wrestled with her conscience for a while, and eventually came to the "right" conclusion. She couldn't know that Teal'c was risking her life - but then, having spent a lot of time with Jack she might have made a guess that they were taking a big risk (she's not stupid and she's not a spring chicken, she can work this stuff out for herself)
If she hadn't mentioned the radio, and Jack had stayed on Edora, then how would that have made her a bad person? The likelihood of them having children would have enhanced the very small gene pool. He is obviously a handy guy to have around (he didn't baulk at making his own nails to build a house) and we know that he is sensible and a good leader. That would have been good for her village, and Jack would have been able to live there.
Well, yes. That is the morally right answer. But every day all over this planet (and others) people are making that type of decision every day. And keeping quiet. And their partner never ever finds out.Originally Posted by Liebestraume
Her inaction would have kept those families apart - but she had no idea if any rescue would have been successful. The village had split in two - that was its best chance for the maximum number of them to survive. Those who went through the Stargate wouldn't have known that they might some day have been able to go back: in the moment when they went through survival at that time must have been uppermost in their minds, nothing else.
I don't actually like Laira that much, but I think she is demonised and held up to an unfair standard. On a scale of one to ten my marks for this ep would probably put it among my least liked Stargate eps, but not because of Laira.