Holy Smack! So there I was this morning, minding my own business, perusing the internet for cornish game hen recipes when I came across THIS article in which a religious group alert us to the possible end of the world May 21. The evidence is mighty convincing. According to the article, the group’s elderly leader claims he arrived at the May 21st date through “a mathematical calculation that would probably crash Google’s computers. It involves, among other things, the dates of floods, the signals of numbers in the Bible, multiplication, addition and subtraction thereof.” Multiplication, addition AND subtraction! Usually, you get one, maybe two of the aforementioned in your average doomsday calculation, but the fact that this guy made use of all three (division is for losers by the way) suggests a mind-boggling thoroughness and attention to detail. If that’s not enough to convince the skeptics, the group’s leader also points to the many obvious signs that the apocalypse approacheth. According to the story in the Washington Post, he “mentioned the massive earthquakes in Chile, Haiti and Japan, as well as the recent tornadoes in the South. And to top that off, gay people are thriving.” Yes to the earthquakes in Chile, Haiti and Japan. Another yes to the tornadoes in the South. And, the last time I visited my favorite cupcake shop in Vancouver, owned by a really nice same-sex couple, business was booming which seems to be confirm the final piece of the prophecy.
I’m of two minds here. On the one hand, I’m horrified at the prospect that, in a matter of days, everything I know will cease to be. On the other hand, this means I don’t have to kill myself to complete that pesky script rewrite.
Hell, I’m taking the rest of the week off!
Steve Eramo interviews actor Louis Ferreira (Colonel Young) here: http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2011/05/stargate-universes-louis-ferreira-forever-young.html
Thanks to all those who have taken the time to weigh in with their comments and questions. I do read them all and, hopefully, will get around to addressing most. Eventually. In the meantime, my trip down memory lane continues with more Stargate: SG-1 reminiscences…
UNNATURAL SELECTION (612)
Although I liked the replicators when they were first introduced, I felt a little of them went a long way – which was why I loved their evolution into human form. Same villain but new, improved, and far more dangerous. What made this very good episode great was O’Neill’s double-cross of the all-too-trusting Fifth. Was he right to do it? Sure, an argue could be made for the fact that his actions do contain the replicator threat. Of course, the double-cross comes back to bite us in the ass down the line when Fifth escapes the time dilation bubble. So, would we have been better served taking him with us. Again, hard to say. And that’s one of the things I loved about SG-1. Sometimes, amid the high adventure and humor, there were situations that offered no easy answers.
SIGHT UNSEEN (613)
Boy, did I NOT like this episode, this despite actor Jodi Racicot’s brilliant turn as the beleaguered Vernon Sharpe. My note at the script stage was: So what?. I mean, okay, people started glimpsing interdimensional creatures that caused them to “Freak out, man!” but, when it came down to it, those alien centipedes really weren’t much of a threat.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS (614)
See if you can spot Peter Kelamis (SGU’s Adam Brody) in one of his first guest spots on the franchise. Yep, that young little guy who gets clotheslined by Teal’c. That’s him! This episode also marked the return of one of my favorite characters you love to hate: Senator Kinsey played by the brilliant Ronny Cox. It was always a pleasure to have him on the show.
The hotel at the beginning of the episode where Kinsey gets shot is actually located right across from The Bridge Studios where the show’s production offices are located. Apparently, back in SG-1′s early days, a new writer joined the staff and was offered accommodations in town. Instead, the writer elected to move into The Accent Inn! I mean, sure, it was convenient in that all you had to do was walk across the street to get to work but there is nothing of interest in the neighborhood outside of the ABC Country Restaurant. Sorry. Strike that. Nothing of interest in the neighborhood.
PARADISE LOST (615)
Robert Cooper’s long-standing distaste for arugula is finally revealed. The mysterious plant Jack and Maybourne eat in order to survive apparently tastes horrible – not unlike arugula. Not only that but, at episode’s end, we realize it’s the cause of the frightening hallucinations that almost get them killed. Rob’s aversion to spicy leaf plants isn’t restricted to arugula alone. Back in the day, we used do our annual trips to Vegas to celebrate our respective birthdays that all used to fall in the same month (Rob, Chris Judge, John G. Lenic, and myself). I remember going to The Cheesecake Factory with him once and, when our two orders of corn tamales arrived, having him look down at the heavily cilantro-topped tamale he’d received and lamenting: “Hey, why do I get to have all the cilantro?” as if to imply I’d been left out because my tamale was relatively cilantro-less. A clever bit of reverse psychology.
And the award for Most Awkward Seduction scene in an episode of Stargate goes to… Whenever I see the Nirrti’s Bedchamber scene, I vacillate between squirming and laughing out loud. “Mrs. Nirrti, you’re trying to seduce me!”. Poor, simple, innocent Jonas.
Another thing I recall about this episode was the gratuitously gory shot of the mutant exploding on the hospital gurney that ended up being cut.
Darth Novos writes: “MGM may own the rights but there is nothing stopping you from talking to other people about possible deals.”
Answer: Actually there is – believe it or not, MGM, who own the rights.
Marius writes: “I think your unwillingness to “wrap up loose ends” is what has driven the Stargate franchise down the toilet. [...] It is obvious you´ve “gone with the flow” on both Atlantis (which also sucked) and Universe. [...] I also want to add, that I have some genuine good ideas for an alternatively new Stargate series concept. [...] I´m positive my ideas could generate a show that gathered good viewer ratings. If you believe in me, contact me via email.”
Answer: Clearly, you know what makes for a successful t.v. show better than any of us who were involved in Stargate’s 14-year run. I’m forwarding your email to the Grand Councilor of Awesome Programming at MGM’s moonbase headquarters. Good luck!
glennh73 writes: “1. Your comic Dark Matter, does it have any connection to the book Dark Matter written by S. W. Ahmed. Great Read!”
“2. You stated Atlantis couldnt connect to Destiny with 3 zpm’s nor with the Ori Supergate. Well if the Anicents were still around, how would they of going back aboard?”
Answer: That’s a questions for the Ancients. Or Brad and Robert.
“Honestly wouldnt a black hole powered ORI Supergate have more power than a Icarus type planet?”
“3. Oldie but goody. Daniels grandfather Nicholas Ballard. Those aliens he is with, were they the Furlings or even the Faith Aliens or something else and why didnt we get another story about him.”
Answer: Definitely not furlings. We never did another story about him because, alas, no one came up with a good story idea that would have included him.
“4. From SG1, is there any storylines you wished you could of expanded on. Ex Daniels grandfather, the Aschen, Re’tu, ORi?”
Answer: While there were no specific stories I’d want to revisit, I would certainly love to revisit every one of those characters.
Shannon writes: “Just wondering if you can clarify here. Was it Destiny just trying to help TJ survive/cope or was this Destiny actively doing something (like, since it’s the latest fashion, uploading the baby to the Destiny computer)?”
Answer: It was the former – Destiny reaching out to T.J. and creating a scenario which would have made it easier for her to accept the loss.
tidusspear08 writes: “Did you have any plans to make Ginn a series regular?”
Answer: As much as we all absolutely loved Julie McNiven, there were no plans to make Ginn a series regular.
nm writes: “Assuming though that you are referring to the dvd market in general rather than specifically the SG1 sales figures, do you think if the movies could have been made within a year they would have been successful?”
Answer: Don’t recall the timing of the collapse in dvd sales (and, yes, I’m referring to the general marketplace) so it’s hard to say. Back when Atlantis’s fifth season was drawing to an end, Robert Cooper floated the idea of rolling right into a production of a two-hour event (I dubbed “Project Twilight”) that, once completed, could have delivered as either a movie (in the case we didn’t receive the sixth season pick-up) or the first two episodes of season six (if we did receive the pick-up). For whatever reason, we weren’t able to move forward on this idea which, in hindsight, probably would have been the best way to proceed.
detanfy writes: “First of all, what exactly did the Blue Berry aliens want with Destiny. I know you said they are collecting information to try and take over, but what do they actually want with the old gal. Do they even know about Destiny and her ultimate mission?”
Answer: This is something we would have discussed and detailed in time but the idea was that the Blueberry aliens had been aware of Destiny for quite some time. It’s doubtful they would have been aware of her ultimate mission, but they certainly would have been impressed with her capabilities both offensive and defensive.
detanfy also writes: “How did the Blue Berry aliens discover Destiny?”
Answer: I imagine they encountered Destiny during one of her many refueling stops, attempted communications and, receiving no response, scanned the ship. Their interest pique and assuming their prize was unmanned, they attempted to board Destiny – only to be rebuffed by the ship’s automated defenses.
detanfy also writes: “Can you tell us about any of Destiny’s past experiences before the Icarus crew got on board? She seems to have been through a hell of a lot of battles. I would imagine she would have just been in FTL all this time and would only drop out to recharge, so why all the battle scars?”
Answer: A lot of the damage could be attributed to attempts by the Blueberry aliens to capture the ship. Of course I’m sure they weren’t the only alien life forms to attempt as much.
detanfy also writes: “Are the Icarus crew the first to gate to Destiny since its launch?”
Answer: As far as we know, yes, but I loved the idea of discovering some humanoid corpses during a search of the ships unexplored sections. Along with those corpses, we would also discover a recorded account of what happened to them when they gated aboard. Of course, the experience of the long-dead explorers would somehow help or hinder our crew (preferably both, first hinder, then help). Again, one of those stories that never developed beyond that germ of an idea.
mike mcginnis writes: “Also was there ever a plan to bring ford back for another episode?”
Answer: Yes. I believe the story is included as part of my AU Season 6 post.
Andrew Jung writes: “Being from Vancouver Island, would you have ever considered doing an SG shoot on the island, or other parts of BC outside of the Lower Mainland; like the Okanagan desert?”
Answer: Sure. We considered all possibilities. What it ultimately came down to was budgetary constraints, what we would really gain from shooting so far out of the zone and whether it would be worth the extra costs.
Andrew Jung also writes: “Was there ever any talk about having a point where the Stargate actually became public knowledge and start using the gates and ships for colonization?”
Answer: The possibility of the Stargate program going public was going to be the premise of the next SG-1 movie, Stargate: Revolution.
Don Matthews writes: “…was the idea of Destiny going into the past and creating a civilization that would stretch into the present partially designed to allow SGU to showcase human type aliens ALA SG1/SGA?”
Answer: Yes, it would offered us a plausible scenario by which humans would have colonized that section of space.
Don Matthew also writes: “Oh and frying the Wormhole drive, that was kind of a “this tech is too powerful/deux ex machina and we have to get rid of it” decision?”
Answer: Over the course of Stargate’s run, there have been several technologies the show introduced that I felt undermined drama or handcuffed the storytelling. Off the top of my head, in particular order: beaming technology, the Asgard core, and the wormhole drive.
Don Matthews also writes: “And was there a big payoff to come with the “franklin getting absorbed by the ship” thing? We saw him but it was kind of ambiguous.”
Answer: Purposely so. It was something we could have explored more in the show’s third season.
Don Matthews also writes: “Was the “disappearing fetus” story just a way of dispensing with a pregnancy that you didnt feel fit with the rest of what you had planned for season 2?”
Answer: Over the course of Stargate’s long run, the production has had been faced with a number of pregnancies. In a couple of cases, we were able to ignore the pregnancies by shooting around them. In another case – Rachel on SGA – the pregnancy became part of the storyline, as did the subsequent birth and associated motherhood issues. Ultimately, we decided that, while Atlantis was a hopeful enough environment to raise a child, Destiny was not. We wrestled with how we wanted to proceed, none more so than Paul who faced the challenge of scripting the season two opener and, eventually, came up with the ambiguous/mysterious solution. It’s interesting to note that, even though it’s more or less stated that Destiny was responsible for T.J.’s vision, many in the writing department refused to confirm it one way or the other.
Don Matthews also writes: “Oh and any gate that was powered by a blackhole should have been able to contact Destiny since they were able to keep the supergate blocked indefinitely (Pegesus Project).”
Answer: Having slept on it, I’m now firmly uncertain as to whether or not it would have been possible.
ben writes: “Regarding your new series The Transporter, have you already cast the lead roles? I’m eager to find out who you will cast as Inspector Tarconi, since you both share an affinity for haute cuisine.”
Answer: Oooh, you’re in for a treat on the casting front. Stay tuned.
Shiny writes: “Finally got to see a marathon of SGU on Hulu; was there a caveman lurking in background of Common Descent?”
Answer: Peter DeLuise loves unique-looking extras. The producers, not so much so. There was plenty more of him but Paul succeeded in cutting around him. For the most part.
paloosa writes: “You mentioned something about another series in the works? And are you still looking for a more permanent home?”
Answer: Everything I mentioned in my previous post is all I’ve got on the go. And, yes, still looking for an actual house here in Toronto.
Dustin writes: “Judging by how far Destiny is away from earth could it be the gates left by the seed ships are sending back info to the other gate networks in the Pegasus and Milky way? “
Answer: Theoretically possible, but not something we considered.
Spectrefire writes: “I read up on Netflix’s intentions on possibly footing the bill for shows and series that are about to be cancelled, and was thinking that Stargate Universe, or at the very least, a couple of movies might be right up the service’s alley.”
Answer: Agree. I suggested this option to the studio. The fact that it didn’t pan out suggests it wasn’t a viable option.
Arctic Goddess writes: “I have a question about Torri Higginson and something that Joe Flanigan said at the Creation Convention. I’m paraphrasing, but Joe said how good and serious an actress Torri was and how she fought for every word she got and was concerned that she only worked two days out of five, but that she got quite a lot of screen time in spite of that.
Then Joe said that the writers were all aiming for the young adult male demographic and did not write a lot of strong women parts. That the writers did not come to the conventions and see the wide audience that Stargate was reaching. and that the writers were not very receptive to Torri’s concerns.
Eventually when you keep getting that kind of reception, you stop going upstairs to talk to them. He said it would probably have been better if there had been a few women writers writing it.” What is your opinion of Joe’s comments?”
Answer: Between seasons, we always made a concerted effort to bring in new writers by inviting them to pitch and, hopefully, sell a story that would allow them the opportunity prove themselves and land a staff position on the show. No easy feat. Many of the writers, while very good, simply weren’t able to offer us stories that we felt were right for the show. Others did manage to sell us pitches but, for whatever reason (and, again, I have to stress that it often had less to do with talent than it did with their inability to “get” the show’s tone), were unable to get past the outline or script stage. If you check the credits on past shows (particularly in the first half of each season), you’ll note that quite a few writers, both male and female, were given a shot. Ultimately, what it came down to was the fact that the show (be it SG-1, Atlantis, or Universe) was tough to write for because, after so many years, it was backstory and mythology heavy.
I can’t speak to claims that the writers weren’t receptive to Torri’s concerns as I was never privy to any such conversations. I do know, however, that Brad and Robert always maintained an “open door” policy with regard to the scripts and the actors (something Paul and I maintained when we took over as show runners in Atlantis’s fourth season). I’m aware of many shows that simply ignore actor input, so I do take exception to the suggestion the writers weren’t receptive to any serious issues the cast may have had – especially since I would often see the actors in discussion with either Brad or Robert. To be fair, there is a difference between “not being receptive” and “disagreeing with a take on a particular scene. Simply drawing from personal experience, I can tell you I had great conversations with Bob Picardo, Beau Bridges, and the late Don Davis about their respective characters and was always receptive to any input they might have had. The same was true for other actors like Jason Momoa (whose desire to go darkside resulted in my writing Reunion and Broken Ties) or Jamil Walker-Smith (who’s crisis of confidence story in The Hunt came about as a result of a visit he paid me one afternoon).
William Francais writes: “I wish you would have brought Jack’s clone back, did anyone in the writing room want to bring him back years later?”
Answer: Yes, revisiting Young Jack was suggested on a couple of occasions but we were never able to find the write story for the character.
scottland7 writes: “… why did Hammond get reassigned? I think I read because of Don Davis’ health problems started around this point. Is this really the reason he was written as being reassigned?”
Answer: I don’t recall the circumstances. There was a point in the series when Rick was scaling down his appearances on SG-1, resulting in quite a challenge for the writing department. I remember Don coming up to the production offices one day and volunteering to have his character retire so that O’Neill could take over as the commander of the SGC and thus make things easier from a creative standpoint. That was typical Don. Incredibly generous. We didn’t take him up on his kind offer but, later on down the line, that more or less became the scenario that was adopted. To my recollection (again, I wasn’t privy to these discussions), the call to have Hammond reassigned was a mutual decision on the part of Don and the show’s Exec. Producers. He enjoyed a semi-retirement of sorts, focusing on his art but still finding the time to do the occasional guest spot for us.
MNP writes: “Also, what did Jonas do during the Ori invasion? Did he lead a resistance movement? Go into hiding?”
Answer: In my mind, he led an underground resistance movement. Following the defeat of the Ori, he retired from public office.
Lance W. writes: “1. What does Eli do for those two weeks when he’s not fixing his stasis pod? Did he even attempt to fix it, or did he know it couldn’t be fixed? Does destiny come across problems that he alone must fix? Does he take a final trip back with the stones?”
Answer: Presumably when he’s not working on the problem, he’s eating and sleeping. I assume if it was the 11th hour and he realized he wouldn’t be able to fix the problem, he would use the stones to pay his mother one final visit – but that’s awful pessimistic.
“2. Did Rush volunteer, knowing that Young would deny him and instead choose himself? Was Rush hoping to get rid of Young, despite how well they’ve been getting along?”
Answer: I think Rush volunteered because he wanted to be the one to stay and fix the problem, but there’s no doubt he suspected that Young might disagree and insist he be the one to stay.
“3. What year and month did they enter the pods? I wish to make a note on when the three years is meant to be up.”
Answer: I suppose whenever the episode aired: May 9, 2011.
“Finally, I’m grasping at my last straw here, but this episode seemingly left it open to a film after three years, is that even a possibility any more?”
Answer: It’s a nice thought but, given the fact that the sets are about to be struck, very unlikely.
Lisa R writes: “When you planned your original five-year arc, was it planned for the Destiny to be in a different galaxy each season as they got closer to their goal or would there be more time spent in one particular galaxy?”
Answer: That’s was the original plan – but plans change.
Phillip writes: “Were the mindless drones in SGU a metaphor for the unsupportive fans that wanted to see SGU the show end?”
Answer: Ha. Apt but no. Reminds me of a similar theory way back in early SG-1. During a warehouse shootout, a bullet ricochets off a fan. The following days, some fans were claiming this was wish fulfillment on the part of the producers = shooting a fan. No kidding. Well, I’ll say the same thing to you now as I told fans back then – you’re reading too much into it. Entertaining theory though.
zakhar writes: “I was wondering if there was every any plan to further explore Alan McCullough’s unknown aliens from The Daedalus Variations episode in Atlantis.”
Answer: Another idea that was floated but ultimately shelved.
Greg writes: “Why would the blue aliens have to transform Chloe when they had access to Destiny ? I make that conclusion based on their ship detaching at the end of the one episode.”
Answer: That assumption is incorrect. They were able to attach a scout ship to Destiny’s hull, but that doesn’t mean they were able to gain entry to the ship. And the only reason they were able to do so in Space was because the inexperienced crew was running the show (cutting off power to a section of the ship, thereby bringing the shield down and allowing the alien ship to attach and penetrate the hull) instead of Destiny’s automated defenses.
Greg also writes: “How did Chloe suddenly become Bruce Lee by changing into a blue alien when Rush was able to take one out with a metal bar ?”
Answer: Chloe wasn’t transforming into a Blueberry alien but mutating into a hybrid alien form with similarities to them – and another species they had experimented upon.
Elliott writes: “1.) Did you ever discuss who built the ruins from “Human” and “Lost”?”
Answer: Not to any significant length, no (and by significant, I mean to the point where it would offer us a kernel of an idea we could use as a springboard for another story).
“2.) Who is your favourite character from each of the Stargate shows?”
Answer: Which ones did I have the most fun writing for? SG:1 – Vala, SGA – Ronon and Woolsey, SGU – T.J. and Greer.
“3.) Why didn’t you mention that the Odyssey’s secret mission in “Enemy at the Gate” was the search for an Icarus planet? I think many assumed that it was “Revolution”.”
Answer: I didn’t write the SGU premiere so I can’t answer that. I assume Brad and/or Robert changed their minds and did, in fact, shift Odyssey’s mission to Revolution.
“4.) If you could change anything about each of the Stargate shows (besides cancellation, greenlighting movies etc.), what would it be?”
Answer: Probably the aforementioned tech. I’d have lost the beaming tech, Asgard core, the Earth fleet, and wormhole drive. I’d have maintained Atlantis’s isolation from the Milky Way.
“5.) Any idea when “Dark Matter” will be released?”
Answer: January of 2012. Will have a firm date shortly.
John T. Williams writes: “So how’re the two types of statis chambers different? Do the Destiny type freeze completely so that the occupants don’t actually age whatsoever?”
Answer: Yes, that’s the way they were designed to operate.
Airelle writes: “How are the pups doing in day care, have they taken over the place yet?”
Answer: They’ve been attending two different daycares. Lulu and Bubba passed the rigorous screening process and are now attending St. Roch’s Academy for Gifted Canines where they are learning arts & crafts, proper table manners, and elementary Latin. Jelly and Maximus, meanwhile, are occasional attendees at a more downscale every-dog institution.
Lloyd writes: “How did you get into the world of Stargate?”
Answer: Our Canadian agent got us the opportunity to pitch. We came up with five story ideas, two of which we sold. One, Scorched Earth, was the script that landed us a position on staff.
“Have you watched before Season 4 Stargate SG-1 before coming to the team?”
Answer: No. In fact, I had only seen one episode of the series – Emancipation – and hated it. It wasn’t until we got the opportunity to pitch that we started watching episodes and realized – hey, this show is pretty good!
“When you watch an episode of Stargate (SG1, SGA, SGU), you have the eyes of a fan (or viewer) or a critical eye on your work?”
As with every film or television series, I view it through the eyes of a writer first and the eyes of a producer second. My ex used to hate going to see movies with me because I’d spend most of my time sighing and muttering angrily to myself in the dark.
“If the MGM offers to return to something new: about Stargate, Will you join in?”
Answer: I’m committed to other projects and, unfortunately, would be unable to participate. Provided Brad Wright was in charge, any new project would be in excellent hands.
“Is there some episode you remember most? and why?”
Answer: A few. Harmony, Whispers, 200, Ripple Effect, The Hunt to name a few. As for why – well, you’ll find out when I get around to reminiscing about their particular seasons.
“Today you have another project (the series “The Transporter”), how would you like your job, compared to Stargate?”
Answer: To be honest, Toronto has been a major adjustment (still ongoing), but I can’t say enough great things about Transporter: The Series. I can honestly say that I enjoy going into work and that speaks to the show and the people involved.
“If you had to summarize in one word, all your work on Stargate, which one? ? and why this word?”
Answer: Fun. That’s what I set out to do (have fun) every time I envisioned a story and sat down to write a script. If the viewers at home had fun watching, then mission accomplished.
“Finally, what do you think about the cancellation of ALL projects Stargate? (“Extinction”, “Revolution”, a film SGU) Why all of a sudden?”
Answer: I think .
Jeff writes: “obviously the ancients had to create a ZPM to power their ships, bases, and atlantis, so i guess my question is, didnt they leave directions in the ancient database on atlantis on how to actually create a ZPM?”
Answer: You would presume so but the fact that this was never discovered suggests that either: a) it wasn’t uploaded to the Atlantis database, or b) is there somewhere but is so top secret it will take a while before scientists uncover it. Ideally, they could have uncovered it in time to come up with an alternate power source capable of dialing Destiny and sending a retrieval team to the rescue – but that’s a story for another fan fiction.
Jeff writes: “btw, the wedding is october 29, where should i send your invite?”
Answer: Just tell me where in Vegas you’ll be.
Alex writes: “in your mind was the earth Stargate still at the SGC in Colorado or was it moved to Homeworld Command?”
Answer: In my mind, it would make sense to have moved it to Homeworld Command – but the nostalgic part of me says it’s still inside Cheyenne Mountain.
C-Verse writes: “1. Given that Atlantis was more family friendly, do you think the darker tone of Universe might have discouraged people from watching it?”
Answer: I’m sure it turned off some people. On the other hand, I’m sure it attracted new viewers as well. It’s a double-edged sword, just like the word Stargate in the title.
“2. Again concerning the darker tone, do you think Universe would have had better luck, if it taped more in the Battlestar Galactica fanbase, than the old Stargate fanbase?”
Answer: Sorry. Don’t understand the question.
“3. Do you think Universe could have survived if it had a smaller budget?”
Answer: I don’t think it would have made any difference.
“4. Given that more people are now downloading shows instead of watching them, do you think Sfy-Fy should put in more effort in advertising it shows online, rather than traditional media?”
Answer: Eventually, we’ll all be going that way.
Michelle writes: “ fans reacted more to how Daniel was treated than to his screen time, anyway: Jack didn’t seem to give a crap about Daniel going off undercover with the system lords; in fact, he seemed irritated at him when he made it back alive. Seriously? And on and on.”
Answer: Again, because I wasn’t privy to any discussions Michael may have had concerning his character, I didn’t realize there was an issue. In fact, having written episodes like Scorched Earth, The Curse, and Summit (and looking at season 5 episodes like Beast of Burden and Menace), I still have a hard time seeing it. In the case of Jack seemingly not giving a crap, being irritated with him, or not even broaching the subject that he almost killed him (Scorched Earth), I can see it but this was a source of frustration because these reactions (or lack thereof) were not scripted.
Michelle also writes: “As far as it being Michael’s decision, there was a rumor he changed his mind after filming Meridian, but Brad and/or MGM told him to get lost, they’d already found another 6′ actor to fill his role. Any truth to that?”
Answer: Again, I was out of the loop but I’d bet my last dollar that Brad and/or MGM did not tell a guy they had worked with for the last five years to “get lost” or any variation thereof. If there was an issue, it would have been with the fact that they’d already signed an actor to a one year deal that made it difficult for Michael to come back as a series regular. I stress again, I was out of the loop and don’t know what happened, but I’m quit certain all parties discussed the decision at length before taking the next step.
Michelle also writes: “And I know it is hard to accept, but, just as with SGU vs SGA, not liking Jonas was not solely a reflection of missing Daniel. Convenient to blame it on that, but also inadequate.”
Answer: True. There were fans who simply felt Jonas didn’t work. But there were also fans who, quite clearly, had not intention of ever giving the character a chance. Some of the arguments made against him at times felt a little suspect. For instance, the fact that he turned his back on his people led some fans to brand him a traitor and untrustworthy, yet these same fans had no problem with Teal’c who did the same – and also had the deaths of hundreds of innocents weighing upon him.
Joe Cooper writes: “At risk of sounding harsh about something that happened like a million years ago, Jonas was written as a bit of a “mary sue”; his only real flaw was that others around him (namely Jack) wouldn’t accept how ridiculously awesome he was. Over and over again everyone would be shitting bricks and then Jonas would come along and fix everything.”
Answer: That’s fair. In an effort to make his inclusion and eventual (necessary) acceptance as part of SG-1, we built up the character in such a way that he came across as a little straight and one-note. In retrospect, given the time, we would have been better served adding a little more depth to the character by taking our time and not worrying so much about making him an instantly beloved and accepted teammate.
Dave writes: “I’ve always wondered, was any thought given to which SG unit Young commanded before being assigned to Icarus base? Was he on an SG team back in the days Jack led SG-1 or was it more likely during the Mitchell years?”
Answer: We never got into this but I think it’s more than likely, given their respective ages, that Young and Mitchell crossed paths at some point. Hell, it’s likely that Young and O’Neill crossed paths at some point as well.
Rachel Grizzot writes: “I was looking through the old notes about what could’ve been the Season 6 of SGA and one of the topics were ‘Carls replicator story’
can i assume that maybe that was a attempt to bring back Elizabeth Weir ? or not?”
Answer: Yep. That was the plan.
DeanGrr writes: “With a a reputation earned by years on Stargate, why not try it to support a new or cancelled production? “
Answer: Again, you’re approaching the wrong guy. The only entity that can make this happen is MGM.
DeanGRR also writes: “What is Dr. Rush’s true motivation, given that even with all the power of the Ancients, he cannot bring his wife back?”
Answer: The answer to this is tied to the conclusion Brad and Robert imagined for the series.