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Wass
May 16th, 2004, 07:21 AM
According to Chevronine, samandjack_sg1 website and Dreamwatch Issue No. 116 Joseph Mallozzi is Interviewed about the production on 'Atlantis'.

Joseph Mallozzi: The early footage looks great. It’s a young and enthusiastic cast – and we have the added bonus of a cross-over character in Doctor McKay, who was a great character in the ‘SG-1 verse’. It’s just great having him to write for, and the other characters are great as well.

Paul Mullie: I think Atlantis is going to be great. It’s weird, because the casting process was difficult. They looked at a lot of people. This is the first time I’ve been part of casting a new show, and it’s hard! It’s about finding this really indefinable quality – and you’re not just looking for it in an individual, but you’re looking for it in a team. They have to play off each other and have a chemistry. Sometimes you’ll get an actor who does a great audition but just isn’t right for the part based on who he or she has to play against. It was so crazy in the end, so last-minute.

Joseph Mallozzi: Bits and pieces were falling into place, and there was one final little piece – Dr Ingram. We found some very good actors out there, but we just didn’t find anyone who really responded to the role or really gave us what we were looking for in the character that Brad [Wright] and Robert [C. Cooper] had created. And when it looked like we weren’t going to find anyone, I remember someone mentioning, “It’s too bad we don’t have someone like McKay on the team!” And we thought, well, why not? So we contacted [former Stargate SG-1 guest star] David Hewlett.

Paul Mullie: It’s early days, and we’re just getting the dailies from the first couple of weeks’ shooting. There is always going to be some elements of finding the characters and they’re going to change at first. I’m looking forward to seeing a cut, because dailies are so disjointed. But I think the show’s going to be fun. The set is awesome, a monumental thing and beautifully decorated. I think it’s going to be pretty cool.

What does everyone else think.

ShadowMaat
May 16th, 2004, 08:01 AM
What does everyone else think.

What does everyone think about what? The decision to drop Ingram and bring in McKay instead? I have a mixed reaction. The negative is that the loss of Ingram is one more in a line of things that TPTB have changed or failed to follow through with in the development of the show and it gives me a strong sense that they don't really know what they're doing and that despite the fact that Atlantis has supposedly been in development for years, they STILL haven't figured it out.

However, I can also see how they could fail to find the "right" person for the role. Sometimes it just happens that way, whether it's because of TPTB, or the auditioners, or the role itself, it doesn't matter. It just happens. ;)

With that in mind, I also have to say I'm relieved they've brought in McKay and I consider it one of the few signs thus far that Atlantis could actually be good. Granted, I have strong concerns about whether or not they'll give him the sort of character development he needs, but at least he's there.

Since we don't know anything about Ingram other than a couple of lines of character description, it's hard to develop any real feelings about him.

How come this isn't part of the McKay thread?

Wass
May 16th, 2004, 08:22 AM
How come this isn't part of the McKay thread?

Sorry thought it was better if put it here.

Whitster
May 16th, 2004, 09:18 AM
I think it's gonna be a bit weird having McKay in every episode. After he's been built up as quite a jerk in SG1 I dunno if it'll be hard adjusting to him. Maybe it's be cool if they brought Sam in in an episode and represtented her as McKay was in SG1 so we can see the relationship from his point of view.

ShadowMaat
May 16th, 2004, 09:25 AM
Maybe it's be cool if they brought Sam in in an episode and represtented her as McKay was in SG1 so we can see the relationship from his point of view.

That would be a bit out of character for Sam, I think. Although maybe after we get to know McKay better to have Sam come in and be automatically hostile towards McKay and shoot him down at every opportunity... it could look a little different. Or is that what you meant? ;)

Nolamom
May 16th, 2004, 09:40 AM
It would seem that TPTB will have to flesh out his character - being a jerk week after week would be very wearing. Besides, he probably has many fine characteristics when he's not trying to show off for Sam :D
Nmom

tera'ngan
May 16th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Personally, I am impressed that TPTB decided to drop the Ingram character rather than force-feed us someone who wasn't exactly what they envisioned. Who knows, maybe they'll find the right fit later on in the series. I would much rather be "missing" a character than have a character be "replaced" (such as Dr. Weir) mid-story because the original actor isn't working out, for whatever reason. That has happened in other series' and is a real pet peeve of mine. I think the fact that production staff has the ability to "morph" the cast shows the amount of control they have over final say on important aspects of the show - how many times have we heard the story about producers having to write in or cast the cute blonde because the network is demanding it in order to air the show?
That having been said, I am not a big McKay fan, although he was better the second time than the first episode he was on. I am looking forward to meeting the new team and being told a new story . . .

-tera'ngan

petzke_42
May 16th, 2004, 10:55 AM
I'm glad, besides being an "interesting" (if that's the word) character, it will add another interesting dimension if Sam ever guest stars.

the_fours
May 16th, 2004, 01:09 PM
it was a good call, because we know Mckay from sg-1 and since he is a familiar character it can help entice people too cross-over

Teal'c
May 16th, 2004, 03:01 PM
it was a good call, because we know Mckay from sg-1 and since he is a familiar character it can help entice people too cross-over
Plus, he's already a gate expert and perfect for being annoyed about not having the Ancient gene :P

the_fours
May 16th, 2004, 03:11 PM
Plus, he's already a gate expert and perfect for being annoyed about not having the Ancient gene :P

i cant wait to see how that gets played out :D

ShadowMaat
May 16th, 2004, 03:59 PM
i cant wait to see how that gets played out :D

"It amazes me that a Neanderthal like yourself could possess the gene when I don't. I have a doctorate, dammit! You probably can't even tie your own shoes."

hehe

the_fours
May 16th, 2004, 04:05 PM
"It amazes me that a Neanderthal like yourself could possess the gene when I don't. I have a doctorate, dammit! You probably can't even tie your own shoes."

hehe

*careful what you say mckay i may just have to send those orange thingies after you*

SGSlugger
May 16th, 2004, 05:02 PM
Perhaps McKay getting sent over to Atlantis is a smaller version of the Carter Curse?

Think about it: everyone who's dated Carter has well....died. McKay flirted with Carter, didn't quite go out with her, so maybe banishment is a step below death on the Carter Curse scale. :cool:

ShadowMaat
May 16th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Think about it: everyone who's dated Carter has well....died. McKay flirted with Carter, didn't quite go out with her, so maybe banishment is a step below death on the Carter Curse scale. :cool:

I'm trying to make Luke responsible (since he's technically responsible for the Curse, anyway) but we'll see how it works. ;)

Livi2Jack
May 16th, 2004, 09:42 PM
LMAO !!! Good one...banishment for looking longingly at Carter...excellent.

But I really like the character. He does not suffer fools gladly. He is flawed. I like flawed characters who are also smart. He can grow.

the_fours
May 17th, 2004, 03:37 AM
LMAO !!! Good one...banishment for looking longingly at Carter...excellent.

But I really like the character. He does not suffer fools gladly. He is flawed. I like flawed characters who are also smart. He can grow.


i agree with this flaws are always good because they undoubtably leave room for development

Whitster
May 17th, 2004, 03:48 AM
That would be a bit out of character for Sam, I think. Although maybe after we get to know McKay better to have Sam come in and be automatically hostile towards McKay and shoot him down at every opportunity... it could look a little different. Or is that what you meant? ;)

Errr yeah that must be what I ment. :rolleyes:

the_fours
May 17th, 2004, 05:32 AM
in a way its a shame it isnt ingram, then i could crack a joke here and there every time he coughed :D

KorbenDirewolf
May 17th, 2004, 01:00 PM
Just have to wait and see how they make it play out.

Darren
May 18th, 2004, 09:36 AM
McKay was the sort of personality the producers wanted for Dr. Ingram. After the casting process had been going and going with no luck, they finally said to themselves, "We want someone like McKay ... why don't we just get McKay?!"

Ironically, David Hewlett even auditioned for the role of Ingram, and said he was thinking the whole time that it would be great if the character was actually McKay.

GhostPoet
May 18th, 2004, 10:12 AM
I have no doubt the show will be incredible.

The fact that they are caring about the relationship between the characters, as well as working on the character alone shows they are earning their pay...and already the first season episodes sound great.

There is no reason to have doubt.

kateoftexas
May 18th, 2004, 01:42 PM
It should be interesting! My first reaction when I heard that McKay would be an Atlantis regular was, Oh boy! He'll be another Dr. Smith, the doctor you love to hate ;-) Danger Will Robinson!!!! And now that Sam has a boyfriend, will McKay get a love interest? The Queen Wraith, perhaps? Oh I'm feeling mean today }:)

Odens återkomst
May 18th, 2004, 02:09 PM
It is odd! McKay was always wrong in his appearences on SG-1. Will he suddenly be right... atleast once? :eek: :p

Teal'c
May 18th, 2004, 02:43 PM
It is odd! McKay was always wrong in his appearences on SG-1. Will he suddenly be right... atleast once? :eek: :p
Actually he was right about the Goa'uld trying to kill them all (Well, not with the gate, but he tried in Prometheus :P), he was right to go to orders and stay with the Air Force, which kept him out of the range of Luke's criminal ring :P, he was right about the Naquadria hyperdrive not working (And he was so happy about it too :D) and he was right when he finally agreed with Sam about opening the small hyperspace window.

ShadowMaat
May 18th, 2004, 03:10 PM
Actually he was right about the Goa'uld trying to kill them all (Well, not with the gate, but he tried in Prometheus :P), he was right to go to orders and stay with the Air Force, which kept him out of the range of Luke's criminal ring :P, he was right about the Naquadria hyperdrive not working (And he was so happy about it too :D) and he was right when he finally agreed with Sam about opening the small hyperspace window.
Yeppers. And did you read that snippet on the MGM site with David Hewlett? hehe. McKay isn't allowed to be right becaused it'd interfere with Sam's perfectness. ;)