Friday, February 1, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Season 5 - A Recurring Character Returns!

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for February 1, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and the full sized photos from behind-the-scenes making of the Stargate Atlantis episode, "The Last Stand.")

February 1, 2008:

My only note on your script is…What the hell were you thinking?!


...In truth, Mark [Stern] has been a big advocate of the show and his input and support have been instrumental in Atlantis's continuing success, not to mention much-
appreciated by the production. Oh, and just so you know, once that press release comes out on Monday - Mark played a big part in ensuring a certain character's return to the ranks of the recurring.

[Morjana - the question remains, though: which character? Carter? Weir? Beckett?]

On the subject of Stargate Atlantis - a lot of you have commented and left questions about Amanda Tapping's new project: Sanctuary. Were we surprised by the decision? How do we feel about said decision? How will this decision affect Atlantis? Well, we at Stargate have always supported our large, extended family - both on the set of our show and off. We realize that Amanda was faced with a very difficult decision and respect her desire to strike out on her own. A lot of the people involved in the Sanctuary project are Stargate alumni, and we sincerely wish them nothing but the best. As stated in the SciFi press release, Amanda will guest star on Atlantis's fifth season - but the exact number of appearances by Colonel Carter will be wholly dependant on Amanda's availability and the types of stories we have in the works. Still, Carter will be one of a number of familiar faces that will be popping up in the Pegasus Galaxy in season 5 - including a new commander. Remember way back, when I said we had considered a handful of possible candidates for the command position at the beginning of season 4? Well this person made that short list then, and we're VERY excited about his/her/its(?) addition to our cast of regulars. As for who it is and what other little surprises we have in store…head on over to the SciFi site Monday morning and start refreshing.

Finally, at the end of season 4, assistant props master Sean McGee was kind enough to make me a copy of some of the snaps he took of Atlantis's fourth season finale. Check 'em out and thank Sean the next time you see him.


Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: First details on Atlantis's Season Five premiere!

From GateWorld:

(Please follow the link for the complete GateWorld article.)

First details on Atlantis's Season Five premiere!


The first info has arrived at GateWorld for "Search and Rescue," which introduces a new character to the Stargate universe.


Stargate Atlantis - NEW Video Q&A - Jewel Staite Part 3

From the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis site:

Feb. 1, 2007

In the last segment of her video Q&A series, Jewel Staite (Jennifer Keller) answers a selection of choice questions from SCIFI.COM's Stargate Atlantis Forum.



Stargate Atlantis / Sanctuary - GateWorld: Tapping talks Sanctuary, Atlantis

From GateWorld:

(Please follow the link for the complete part one of GateWorld's text interview.)

Tapping talks Sanctuary, Atlantis


EXCLUSIVE: GateWorld gets the lowdown from Amanda Tapping concerning her professional plans for 2008. (Part One)

Keep your browser locked in on GateWorld for the rest of the interview! In the second half of our discussion, Amanda talks about her mixed feelings regarding fan reaction to her decision, what will become of Carter in Season Five, and her opinions on what sells a truly good television show.

Part Two premieres tomorrow!

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - Big Finish: Audio Dramas

The UK web site, Big Finish, now has two web pages up for the first of the two SG1 Audio Dramas:

Gift of the Gods

(Please follow the link for the complete detailed information)

CD Extras

Behind-the-scenes interview with Michael Shanks

Technical Details

Featuring: Michael Shanks and John Schwab
Writer: Sally Malcolm


This story takes place during season three, before Fair Game.

"Years ago, I'd have felt uncomfortable with a Beretta in my hands. But not now..."

Doctor Daniel Jackson wakes up on the floor of his SGC lab, with no memory of what happened or how he got there. With him is Lt. Hunter of SG-12 – the team that should have accompanied SG-1 on their mission to P2K-797. But now, here they are, back on Earth with the whole of Stargate Command incapacitated around them.

So what happened? Why can no one remember? And why is the Stargate apparently connected to an alternate reality?

A Neccessary Evil

(Please follow the link for the complete detailed information)

CD Extras

Behind-the-scenes interview with Torri Higginson

Technical Details

Featuring: Torri Higginson and Timothy Watson
Writer: Sharon Gosling


This story assumes that Doctor Weir was mind-probed by the Asurans following her capture at the beginning of season four. During the probe, the incident she recalls is set during season three, after Common Ground and prior to First Strike.


"This planet that you love so much... If you were not hidden, it would not exist, or at least not like this."

When Sheppard's team encounter a culture with phase shift technology that keeps their entire population invisible - and immaterial - to the outside world, it looks like Atlantis might have found the perfect protection from the Wraith. Eager to make a trade for the technology, Doctor Weir embarks on a diplomatic mission to negotiate
with the people of Lannavulin. But once there, it becomes apparent that not everyone is happy with the planet's status quo...


You have the option of purchasing from Big Finish or Amazon.UK, and can also download the dramas from Big Finish. More information at the website.


Stargate Atlantis - Contest for Signed Photos - Higginson/Smith/Frizell

From The SciFi Guys:

Heard this announcement at the end of the Torri Higginson interview.

The SciFi Guys are offering a competition, the prize is a set of signed photos from:

Andee Frizell (The Wraith Queen)

Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir)

Kavan Smith (Major Evan Lorne)

To enter, send an e-mail answering this question:

What would you do to win a set of signed photos?

To: competitions [at]

Also: The SciFi Guys interview actor Kavan Smith next week!

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Audio Interview with Torri Higginson

From The SciFi Guys:

Torri Higginson Audio Interview

(Torri's portion of The SciFi Guys broadcast shows up in the second hour.)