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STARGATE: ATLANTIS - FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 - 10/9C, SCIFI
Q & A Robert Picardo
"I [still] remember that TV Guide cover that said, 'Forget Star Trek. Now Stargate is the Most Popular Sci-Fi Show on TV!"
One of the best parts of Stargate Atlantis' fifth season has been the unlikely ascent of Robert Picardo's uptight Richard Woolsey to team leader. Woolsey is a stick-in-the-mud, but Picardo's good humor about his eclectic career (China Beach, The Wonder Years, Star Trek: Voyager, etc.) proves he's quite the opposite. - GJ Donnelly
He's a bureaucrat trying to reinvent himself as a leader. We've seen examples in various governments where that hasn't always succeeded. He's a Monday-morning quarterback who is now on the field.
How does Atlantis compare to Voyager?
Trek is probably more cerebral and philosophical. Stargate does seat-of-the-pants adventure and humor better. Having done both, it's great to be a part of more freewheeling storytelling.
Any pet peeves about space?
[On Trek], my pet peeve was there were no zippers. Or pockets! On Stargate, I not only have pockets, but I have four or even six! [Laughs]
You have a great series track record. A favorite?
China Beach. It was a tremendous responsibility to try and heal some of those Vietnam wounds.