|Date(s):||01 March 2006|
|External Links:||MVP (Speranza's Fiction)|
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Summary: "All right, all right, nothing to see here," he heard Sheppard say. "You've seen one giant snake, you've seen 'em all."
This fic was podficced by Zoetrope.
Reactions and Reviews
Someone mentioned MVP from cesperanza as one of their favorite John characterizations in a sort of meme thing that was going around and all I could think was 'there's Speranza fic I haven't read???' ??? It was a surreal moment. Anyway, MVP is marvelous. John/Rodney, stemming from Rodney's obsession with hacking the system to read his own personel file, then reading other people's too, and isn't that just a very Rodney set up? The characterization of both of them is of strong, different, flawed, interesting people. NC-17, S2, if I remember correctly. 
The One in Which John Sheppard Racks up More Near-Death Experiences Than All the Other Characters in This Recs Set Combined, and No One Is Really Surprised. MVP, by cesperanza. Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
Lately, I've been trying to avoid the, "But everyone already knows about that one" line of reasoning. I mean, I assumed that everyone on earth knew about the vid Atlantis!, and it turned out several poor unfortunate souls did not. Imagine if I hadn't recommended it. They'd be condemned to a wretched, tragic existence, endlessly searching for something to fill the gaping hole in their lives, sort of like those ghosts that wander around sucking people's lifeforces and wailing and rattling chains. And in those situations, do people ever think of systematically watching all the vids in the world until they find the problem? No. They turn to drugs and sex and then, in the fullness of time, therapy. So, really, I was saving souls when I recommended that vid. Or at least a lot mental health co-pays.
And that's what I'm attempting to do here. Because it is just possible - just barely within the margins of possibility - that someone has not read this story, and, well. Did anyone ever read "The Little Match Girl"? Yeah. It could turn out like that. I can't take that risk.
Because, see, I think that maybe, just maybe, this is my favorite of all Speranza's SGA stories to date. (I know, I know, tough call. And I'll probably make a different decision tomorrow. But at the moment of typing it, that was a true statement.) It has a simple plot, really. Rodney is tempted by forbidden knowledge and then learns that snooping doesn't pay. No, wait, wrong - I think Milton wrote that one. In this one, Rodney learns that snooping totally does pay, in hot gay sex. And, frankly, I think we're all better people for observing his learning process.John, on the other hand, once again demonstrates his amazing abilities to defy death and confuse the fuck out of everyone. (And I don't just mean everyone on Atlantis. Half the attraction of this canon, I suspect, is that the fans can stare at John, totally mesmerized by his intensely weird suite of behaviors, and then try to make up explanations for them. The current leading explanation, I believe, is that he's the reincarnation of Elvis, but it's neck-and-neck with the shapechanging robot from the future theory.) And did I mention the hot gay sex? (I find, upon review, that I did. But, hey, it's worth a second mention, right?) 
According to his personnel file, John has a death wish. Shocking. And of course, Rodney being the nosy man he is, reads said file and the subsequent miscommunication leads to sex. Heh. Post-nookie, Rodney's even more bothered by John's suicidal streak, but what is driving him up the wall is how everyone else on base caters to that tendecy... Speranza always writes good fic, and MVP is no exception. John is reliably angsty, Rodney manages to be sympathetic and, well, Rodney, and the sex between the two of them is surprisingly hot to a jaded girl like me. A little more length would have been great, but as is the story is definitely a must read for SGA fans.
This is one of those magical stories in a fandom that I read and immediately take everything in the story and incorporate it into my personal headcanon. All of John’s backstory is beautifully, carefully laid out, and his personality is flayed open gorgeously in a way very few authors can even come close to managing. 
- cesperanza in sga_flashfic: MVP by Speranza, 01 March 2006. (Accessed 06 March 2015)
- Stargate Atlantis Recs, minxy, November 21, 2005
- rec by thefourthvine at Slashy Awards 151: Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?, September 18, 2006
- jane_elliot in epic_recs: MVP by Speranza (NC-17), 17 November 2007 (Accessed 06 March 2015)
- Author Appreciation Week: Speranza, May 10, 2015