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Nowadays, most people spend more time
at the office than they do at home, so it helps if they like their job.
Fortunately, Stargate SG-1 executive producer/writer Brad Wright loves
his! A big Science Fiction fan, he produced and wrote for The Outer
Limits before joining Jonathan
Glassner to develop Stargate for television.
That was back in 1997,
but Wright recalls clearly, and with some amusement, the less-than auspicious
start to the shooting of the shows pilot episode Children of the
Gods in Vancouver.
It was the middle
of February and we were doing exterior shots up in the mountains, he
says. On our first day of filming we had rain on a scale that was
practically a national disaster. I remember going to the set and looking at
Christopher Judge [Tealc], who had shaved his head for the part. You lose
a great deal of body heat through the top of your head, even more so if
youre bald. Well, poor Christopher wasnt used to the cold. There he
was as Tealc trying to keep his voice low and look very imposing while
his lower lip was quivering...
That same day there
was a very rare accident in the film processing that left a gigantic scratch
right down the middle of an entire roll of film, so we ended up with almost no
useful footage. But after that maybe it was good karma or maybe we had
used up all our bad luck it began to get warmer, the rain stopped,
everyone pulled together and we started to make the series. That first day was
the toughest, and if it had been a harbinger of what was to come I think we all
would have shot ourselves, jokes Wright.
The difficult thing
about Stargate is that as a television series its fairly massive
in scope, concedes the executive producer. Its a big concept.
I mean, the Stargate itself is 20 feet high. When we visit another
planet and want to put a Stargate there, which makes sense considering our
heroes arrive through one, that means that the walls of our set have to be at
least 30 feet high.
youre building this huge set just to accommodate the Stargate. The
solution to that is to go outdoors on location. Well, we can do that but there
are only so many areas in and around Vancouver that dont have trees. In
some of our early episodes it was, OK, here we are on this planet with
trees, and then the following week it was, Heres another
planet and, oh, look, it has trees. We had a hard time mixing the stories
up enough (to show that) there are other worlds that have a totally different
look and feel.
Stargates third season finished last October but Wright and the
rest of the production team were already hard at work planning Season Four,
which begins shooting in February. Upcoming episodes include a journey to the
original Goauld homeworld and the return of SG-1s arch enemy
Apophis (Peter Williams). One major change for the fourth season is the
departure of Jonathan Glassner, who is moving on to develop other projects, but
will still be a creative consultant for the series.
Jonathan and I have
been remarkably good at spinning yarns out of thin air while under
duress, jokes Wright. Whenever it seemed as if everything was
falling apart, we could calmly sit down together and dream up an idea that
ended up becoming a pretty good or, sometimes, great story. Hes a
terrific guy and Im going to miss having such a powerful writing machine
across the hall.
Wright is thrilled with
Stargates continued success in first-run cable and worldwide
syndication but does not intend to rest on his laurels when it comes to its
future. We cant get stale, he says. I dont want
to get to a point where the viewers are saying, Isnt this a
variation on one theyve already done? We have to make sure that we
continue to come up with solid, entertaining stories. After all, thats
what us Science Fiction fans want.
Jonathan Glassner talks here
Also in this interview: Brad Wright on sulphur
deserts, writing for Carter and O'Neill, Michael Shanks' appendix crisis and