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Feature: Stargate SG-1

In charge

As the series takes a pause in the States for a few months, we have a look at what’s in store at the end of this seventh season…

The hills of Vancouver are alive with the sounds of explosions, gunfire and assorted other loud noises. It’s just your average day on location with the cast and crew of Stargate SG-1. On this August morning, they are shooting a number of scenes in which Colonel O’Neill and the SG-1 team are on an alien world in search of a repository of knowledge left by the Ancients. Their mission, however, is interrupted by the arrival of Anubis and his minions, who are intent on stopping the team. The scenes are part of the series’ two-part Season Seven finale Lost City. In it, Anubis launches an attack on Earth at a time when the future of Stargate Command is in question. Because of the massive forest fires then raging in British Columbia, getting the above scenes shot took quite a bit of prep work.

“Over the years, Stargate has built up a great deal of trust with the lower BC mainland,” notes co-executive producer John Smith. “Lynn Smith [locations manager] is terrific at organizing locations, and Wray Douglas [SFX co-ordinator] and his team do an amazing job with the explosions, fires, etc. As such, we haven’t had any incidents in terms of burning locations and things of that nature. So the regional district manager of the Maple Ridge fire department felt we were responsible enough to do what we had planned for Lost City. We beefed up the fire department’s trucks with two big water tankers. In fact, one morning we sprayed 10,000 gallons of water over one side of the grassy field we’d be shooting on. Happily, we pulled it all off without a hitch.”

Given its epic scope, it’s not surprising that the script for this episode, which is sure to please even the most discerning of Stargate SG-1 fans, was a long time in the making.

“It was almost two years ago that Brad Wright [series co-creator/former executive producer and now creative consultant] and I began writing the script for Lost City,” says executive producer Robert C Cooper. “It was originally meant to be the Stargate SG-1 feature film, which was slated to come between the sixth season and the spin-off. As first written, the script was a huge pay-off to what we have been building up to for a number of years on the TV show. Although fans of the series would’ve been really thrilled by it, the story itself was a little too ‘inside’. By that I mean it wouldn’t draw an audience that wasn’t familiar with the Stargate series. That’s important when you’re spending the kind of money that you do on a feature film.”

by Steven Eramo

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