What if Alar had been allowed to come to earth? What would we have done with him? Chances are, we'd wait until we were able to, then send him back to his own people to be tried and executed (assuming the rebels won, which was what was implied would happen at the end of the episode). So anyway you look at it, Alar was on borrowed time.Originally Posted by Metarock Sam
Truth be told, I was never bothered by what Jack did. I know some were disappointed with Jack. In fact I had always read the expression Sam gives him at the end as being that of "what a tragic waste"...but according to Amanda Tapping, she was expressing Sam's disappointment in Jack for "playing God" as it were.
I however didn't see it that way at all.
I would have been really disappointed had he not warned Alar very pointedly by specifically telling him NOT to follow them. Alar disregarded the warning and met his fate.
And you know Alar understood what Jack meant, too, because he had lost people who came through the gate to earth at the beginning of the episode and it was in fact a major point in their dealings with each other...that it was unfortunate that those men were lost...so Alar knew about the iris.
But as most despots are, he was a coward...no longer able to rely on the safety of his bunker to indiscriminately kill those he didn't approve of, apparently unable to further poison and murder the population above and knowing that he'd either be arrested or killed by those topside, he chose the "easy way out."
I also like the fact that Jack was able to admit that Daniel and Sam were right...actually it was mostly Daniel but Sam agreed with his reasoning. Perhaps he realized that to go ahead and ally with a questionable people for the benefits of getting better technology was frighteningly similar to the NID's philosophy that acquiring technology should be done by any means necessary, regardless of moral implications.