Carter out, Woolsey in for fifth season of Stargate Atlantis
For those of you who were gnashing their teeth over Samantha Carter's (lack of) administrative abilities on this season's Stargate Atlantis you can relax your jaws. Well, only for a moment, because you may not like who will be replacing her in the show's fifth season.
According to a press statement released today by MGM and the SciFi Channel, the newest administrator of Atlantis will be: I.O.A representative Richard Woolsey, played by science fiction veteran Robert Picardo. Ah, I see you're gnashing your teeth again. No surprise there, since the members of the Atlantis team aren't too fond of him, either. In fact, the SciFi release mentions that Colonel Sheppard and his team must adjust to Woolsey's leadership style. Look for some friction between the two sides as the season progresses.
The promotion of Woolsey to regular cast member status is just one of the many cast changes taking place during the fifth season of Atlantis. Current administrator Samantha Carter, played by Amanda Tapping, will be stepping down as a regular cast member (if she could be called that this season) but will still guest star in several episodes, including the season premiere. Her former SG1 teammate, Daniel Jackson, will also be showing up on Atlantis for an unspecified number of episodes.
Dr. Carson Beckett, who was killed off in the third season to the disappointment of many fans, will be appearing in five episodes. How he returns to life will be covered in the upcoming two-part episode "The Kindred" (and this was reported back in August, so it really isn't a spoiler). Meanwhile, Beckett's replacement, Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) looks to be promoted from a recurring to a regular character.
My opinions on this: I think making Woolsey the administrator of Atlantis is a good move to shake the series up a bit. Shep and the rest of the team have had pretty decent relations with the past administrators and we could use some conflict, as long as it isn't too heavy-handed. I also think moving Dr. Keller up to a regular is a good choice as she has shown some considerable growth in character since being introduced. Plus, if will give the Keller-Ronon romance a chance to bud (if it actually comes to fruition).