Comic-Con ’08: Stargate Atlantis Panel

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 29th, 2008 at 9:21 am,

comic con 2008 stargate atlantis01 Comic Con 08: Stargate Atlantis Panel

The panel for Stargate: Atlantis was lighthearted and fun to watch.  The actors in the panel were Joe Flanigan, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo and show scribe Brad Wright and Chris Sanagustin, the VP of Original Programming from the Sci-Fi Channel.

The crowd was pretty animated with the introductions and when Jewel Staite was introduced the energy of the crowd easily tripled.  The Firefly demographic was well represented.

From the question and answer session I picked up the following snippets:

Atlantis will be hitting it’s 100th episode this, their fifth season.

comic con 2008 stargate atlantis02 Comic Con 08: Stargate Atlantis PanelJoe Flanigan is the only castmember on the panel that has been on the show for the full five seasons.

Robert Picardo’s humorous observation on the change of Atlantis commanders, to go from the nice-to-look-at Col. Carter (Amanda Tapping) to the bald, middle-aged male demographic alternative.

Jewel quietly grumbled about always being kidnapped in the woods.  The message being sent is that she’d rather be kidnapped where there are more public amenities I guess.

Robert Picardo noted that he likes the fact his character is called Richard Woolsey and not Dick.  He made the observation that his character is a little bit of a dick and he said his career plans involved being like another dick and be the spokesman for  (This is not the first time I’ve heard William Shatner get slammed in a panel.  Is it open season on Shatner this year?)

Brad Wright touched on Stargate Universe being real close to happening, and there’s a new Stargate movie in development…

The Sheppard / Teyla relationship will see some screen time but it’s more of a special relationship with a lot of gray area.

comic con 2008 stargate atlantis03 jewel staite Comic Con 08: Stargate Atlantis PanelJewel was asked what’s it like playing a medical nerd vs. mechanical nerd.  She said there was more shiny stuff in Firefly and it was easier to be a mechanic than learning medical jargon.  The audience erupted into a frenzy of applause with the Firefly reference.  I almost went deaf it got so loud.

Jewel will have a little bit more control over where her character develops.

When Jewel was asked how this show compares to other sci fi shows… she replied, “This one doesn’t get canceled!

We were given some insight into Jason Momoa (Ronon) and his decorating tastes.  Jewel tossed out for some reason that I can’t remember how Jason’s dressing room / trailer “looks like a pirate ship meets Clan of the Cave Bear” and keeps trying to “help out” with her interior decorating in her trailer.

There are no plans on the horizon for Ben Browder to make any guest appearances on Stargate Atlantis.  (As Ben observed in another panel, he’s one of the few SG cast members to not pass through Atlantis.)

We’ve been told that cut scenes will be added to the season 4 boxed set.

At the end, they showed a preview clip of Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary and it didn’t really get my attention even though I’ve been looking forward to it.  It didn’t come across with a lot of energy and did not get me excited about it.  We initially touched on Sancutary in January here on Screen Rant.

We’ll see how this web-to-TV show does after it falls into the time slot Stargate Atlantis will vacate when their latest season ends.

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  1. Morjana, thanks for pointing that out. Didn’t seem right to me when I read it either so I corrected the post for Bruce.


  2. that’s pretty cool stuff.

    I have alot of catching up to do with this series, all I’ve seen in season 1 :( I love how Stargate always grabs characters from all the other sci-fi universes, we saw it alot with SG-1 and the obvious ben coming over to take the team and then a plethora of characters in Atlantis.

    Here’s a simple idea…why doesn’t Whedon go to Sci-Fi channel to make firefly rather than those tards at Fox? Am I dumb or is that a real simple idea…how could Sci-Fi not want a show and fanfare like that? It’s right up there with BSG and Stargate…

  3. Thanks Morjana… appreciate that…
    Thanks boss…

  4. Joe’s name is actually spelled Flanigan, not Flannigan.

  5. Thanks Sue.

  6. Yea, I’m playing catch up to what I didn’t get to also Kate… sigh… this is the longest few days I’ve ever had fun with!

  7. I am sad that Stargate Atlantis will not have a continuing season. I did not think it was becoming stagnant.