Robert Picardo by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Robert Picardo by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel

One of the best parts of Stargate Atlantis' (Fridays, 9pm/ET, Sci Fi) fifth season has been the unlikely ascent of Robert Picardo's uptight Richard Woolsey to team leader. Woolsey is a stick-in-the-mud, but Picardo's good humor about his eclectic career ( China Beach, The Wonder Years, Star Trek: Voyager, etc.) proves he's quite the opposite. - G J Donnelly

TV Guide: Describe Woolsey.
Robert Picardo:
He's a bureaucrat trying to reinvent himself as a leader. We've seen examples in various governments where that hasn't always succeeded. He's a Monday-morning quarterback who is now on the field.

TV Guide: How does Atlantis compare to Voyager?
Trek is probably more cerebral and philosophical. Stargate does seat-of-the-pants adventure and humor better. Having done both, it's great to be a part of more freewheeling storytelling.

TV Guide: Any pet peeves about space?
[On Trek], my pet peeve was there were no zippers. Or pockets! On Stargate, I not only have pockets, but I have four or even six! [ Laughs]

TV Guide: You have a great series track record. A favorite?
China Beach. It was a tremendous responsibility to try and heal some of those Vietnam wounds.