With the July 11 Season 5 premiere of Sci Fi Channels Stargate Atlantis just a week-and-a-half away we thought it a good time to reveal exec producer Joseph Mallozzis answers to many of your questions posted to the TVGuidecom Asks blog Will Lt Ford return Is a new alien race on the horizon Will the Midway station be rebuilt Read on for those answers and moreId like to know if there is any chance of seeing another hot SheppardTeyla kiss And will these two get together romantically TheUnitLoverJoseph Mallozzi Romance blossoms in Season 5 of Atlantis but alas not between Sheppard and Teyla Last we left our favorite Athosian back in Season 4 she had a man in her life or more accurately a half-man half-iratus bug with very conflicted feelings My question is about Lt Ford from the beginning of the series I enjoyed his character and was wondering if they will ever do a show where he is located and maybe healed or should we assume he is gone for good
Question: What is your take on the cast changes on Stargate Atlantis? I'm personally pretty happy that SG-1's Amanda Tapping is making the trip to Atlantis. It seemed pretty inevitable: Someone was going to cross over after Torri Higginson's role was minimized. Anyway, as an objective party who's never been all that entrenched in the series, what is your opinion? Also, have you heard the theory that Higginson wanted out of her contract?
Answer: I honestly don't know the circumstances of this cast change, but churn like this is inevitable on just about any long-running show — although experience has told me that any time a major change happens on a cult sci-fi/fantasy series, there will be some outcry. (Remember the fuss when Michael Shanks left SG-1 for a season? I certainly do!) From where I sit, as a detached observer who never got deeply involved in either series (they're enjoyable but, to me, not habit-forming), this all makes perfect sense. I think of Worf migrating from Star Trek:
Speaking of homages, somebody has been watching The Fly (or cramming some Kafka). Poor Sheppard caught a bug that nearly turned him into a bug after he was bit by a crazy lady under the influence of Beckett's retrovirus. First he outhustles Ronon in the corridors of the city, then he turns a sparring match with the sticks into an excuse to make a pass at Teyla (although why it took Beckett's virus strain to get Sheppard interested has yet to be explained). Once again, it's personality-change time in Atlantis. Weir tries to cheer up the manic Sheppard, but comforting words aren't her forte. "'We're going to beat this'?" Sheppard mimics incredulously. "You really suck at this whole bedside manner thing, but I appreciate the effort." (I would've been cheered just by the sight of Torri Higginson in a T-shirt, but then I've never morphed into an insect.) To be fair to Elizabeth, she doesn't have much to work with. Later on in the story, Sheppard greets her with "My