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August 28, 2006

Jumping the Gate


This is one of those good news, bad news posts. The good news is that Morena Baccarin is stellar as problem child Adria on Stargate SG-1. The bad news is that her "Counterstrike" appearance follows hard on the heels of the series' cancellation by Sci Fi Channel; this despite a recent ratings bump from instant classic, "200". While Sci Fi has re-ordered Stargate Atlantis for a fourth season only ten more episodes of SG-1 are scheduled to air next year, ending with episode 215. Now MGM is scrambling for alternatives to save the franchise as Sci Fi claims their contract prevents MGM from producing the show for another U.S. network.* Additional episodes, a feature film, tv movies, a mini-series or a third Stargate series are all possibilities. Sci Fi Channel's attitude seems churlish. I imagine continuity issues with Stargate Atlantis might present a problem but present little excuse to prevent MGM from continuing to produce a show two million viewers a week want to watch, albeit for another network.

Save Stargate SG-1!

It is true the series had been flagging. With season ten, Stargate SG-1 is cable television's longest running drama and longest running sf series.** After such a run, fresh ideas are inevitably going to be thin on the ground; perhaps particularly by contrast with the new-model Stargate Atlantis. But an odd and unsatisfying shift in the writing half-way through Atlantis Season 2, and an infusion of new blood for "Fargate SG-1", has made the older show seem new by comparison. Adding Firefly*** to the Gate travel experience with Morena Baccarin enlivens off-world British Columbia scenery nicely.

"I love the character she is truly evil," the native Brazilian told an interviewer at The Scifi World website. "The worst kinds of people are the ones with no acceptance and she is one of those. What she believes is the word of God. And I get to wear really cool contacts!"

*MGM claims Stargate is second in importance only to James Bond in its franchise ensemble.
**This according to the linked Variety article. I expect they mean continuous series. Or possibly this is limited to cable. Dr. Who has, of course, been running for decades longer on British broadcast television; albeit intermittently.
***"Inara" is the third Firefly alum to make a Stargate appearance. Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb) appeared in Stargate SG-1 Series 7 episode(s), "Heroes" while Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye) appeared as a lovable Wraith in Stargate Atlantis Season 2 episode, "Instinct".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 28, 2006 07:23 AM