Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1
This Friday night, the members of Stargate SG-1
(8 pm/ET, on Sci Fi Channel)
get a shock when they discover that one of their own has been brainwashed by the evil Ori. Amanda Tapping
, who plays gutsy astrophysicist Samantha Carter on the long-running series, spoke with us about SG-1
's final tales and her transfer to Stargate Atlantis
TV Guide: What's this about Daniel Jackson becoming a Prior of the Ori?
I could tell you but then I would have to kill you. [Laughs
] Poor Daniel has really been through it. He's ascended, and now he's a Prior. The Ori is a fundamentalist religious group, and Daniel gets tortured into their ways. It's a good team episode about us trying to save our friend.
TV Guide: What can we expect in the last six TV episodes?
We gear up to wrapping
the Ori story line. It's a buildup
to [the 2008 made-for-video release
, Arc of Truth
] we're shooting now.
In the final SG-1
stuck in a time-dilation field and we
grow old together. That's pretty cool.TV Guide: Sam Carter is joining Stargate Atlantis next season. What will her function be?
She comes over initially
to help out with a situation and then
ends up being brought back as the
commander. She takes Weir's place.
TV Guide: There has been some fan controversy over that.
Whenever a character
who people love leaves, it's always difficult. It's completely
amicable and I think the fans need to know that. There's no ill will
in terms of me coming over, or Torri [Higginson
, aka Dr. Elizabeth Weir] leaving.
TV Guide: What's it like to be part of a show that attracts such devotion?
I'm amazed that before SG-1
even aired we had a fan base talking about potential episodes. And now when I meet the
fans, they know more about the show than I do. This encyclopedic
knowledge is interesting — a lot of fans have been
there since the
beginning. It's an intense fan base, that's for sure!
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