Stargate Atlantis Panel - Comic-Con Report
When it comes to science fiction conventions you can always tell the difference between those panelists who are newbies and those who are veterans. As soon as the panelists for Stargate Atlantis took their seats you could tell that they were all seasoned veterans of the convention universe. They were relaxed, had fun with each other, and had fun with the audience. Combine those elements together and it makes for an entertaining hour and gives you a sense that they are talking to you...despite the 4000 other people in the hall.
There weren't many new bits of information that came from this panel that hadn't already been mentioned during the Robert Picardo phone conference a few weeks ago. Yet, there were still some interesting pieces of information about the stars, the writers, and some behind the scenes items. You can read some of these after the jump.
One of the interesting items was about Joe Flanigan, who was the only original cast member of Atlantis on Friday's panel. Flanigan said that his character, Colonel John Sheppard, had evolved over the last five seasons. Where he tended to do many things solo in the beginning he has now become a team player. Plus, he added, his character can fly space ships better now than he did in the beginning.
As I mentioned, there was plenty of humor. When asked about filling Amanda Tapping's shoes as administrator of Atlantis, Robert Picardo jokingly said that, after he saw her at the Stargate Continuum premiere the night before, he would rather watch her than himself on Atlantis. Flanigan responded that Picardo would make a hot, new female lead, to which Robert said his character Richard Woolsey would be wearing women's clothes by episode 16. "He's a lonely man, and he's a leader." He added that he wasn't replacing her. Rather, he was giving the audience a bald, middle-aged alternative.
When asked about the most difficult show they filmed to date, Jewel Staite said it was the season four episode "Tracker", where she ended up being kidnapped in the woods. She continued, saying she just read another script where her character ends up being kidnapped in the woods. For Picardo, the upcoming episode "Inquisition" was the hardest because his character ended up with nearly 10 pages of straight dialogue to go through.
During the audience Q&A session a question was asked about what characters they would be if they could swap. Moderator Martin Gero first said Ronon, but then said he would be Joe's character. Joe said he would probably want to be Robert Picardo "kidnapped, big forest. With Jewel." Speaking about being kidnapped in the forest, Martin mentioned the fact that filming in Vancouver didn't leave too many places to be kidnapped.
Another audience member asked if there was going to be any romance between Sheppard and Teyla in the upcoming season. Writer Brad Wright mentioned that they have a unique relationship and it will be explored more this year. Sheppard has risked that life for this woman, said Martin.
Another audience member asked Jewel the main differences between her character on Atlantis and her character Kaylee on Firefly. "There's a lot less shiny," said Staite, "I miss the shiny." She didn't miss the frilly dresses, though, and she hopes never to see that dress again.