I think you are both right, they have been cutting out those moments to make room for story, and losing the very essence of the show in the process. Either that, or they have been taking a heck of a lot for granted with the viewership. They seem to expect us viewers to accept what they TELL us about the relationships, instead of showing us the very interactions that make the relationships so valuable. It IS the small things that matter most, and it's those small things that have been so lacking.Originally Posted by Nem2k
For me the BEST example of doing this correctly was the scene (I think it was in Avalon) where Mitchell is talking to Sam via the viewscreen (!) about her coming back and re-joining SG-1. No plot advancement there, no story arc groundwork, no cheesy wisecracks, but plain character development: one old-timer having a discussion with one newcomer, and I think we learned more about the character of Cam, and Sam's relationship with him, in those 45 seconds of screen time than we have in 10 subsequent episodes. It just goes to show what they can do with good writing.