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THE KINDRED, PART 1
 
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GATEWORLD - * *
FAN POLL - 9.14
SCI FI RATING - 1.2

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EPISODE NUMBER - 418
DVD DISC - Season 4, Disc 5
ORIGINAL U.S. AIR DATE - 02.22.08
SYNDICATION AIR DATE - 03.23.09
WRITTEN BY - Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
DIRECTED BY - Peter Woeste
GUEST STARRING - Connor Trinneer (Michael), Christopher Heyerdahl (Wraith), Jewel Staite (Jennifer Keller), Mitch Pileggi (Steven Caldwell), Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett), Patrick Sabongui (Kanaan), Artine Brown (Trader), David Beairsto (Merchant), BJ Harrison (Female Merchant), Heather Doerksen (Captain Pat Meyers), John Sampson (Human Guard), Igor Hudacek Jr. (Scavenger), Chuck Campbell (Technician)
As a mysterious new illness sweeps through the Pegasus Galaxy, Teyla is convinced by a vision that the father of her child is trying to communicate with her.

PRODUCTION
  • The early working title for this two-part episode was "Rise of the Googlions," invented by Atlantis writer Carl Binder and meaning nothing in particular.

  • "Oh, dear. This is what happens when you hang on to a gag title a little too long. Sooner or later, it makes it onto the schedule, the Art Department starts using it in their design updates, and producer John N. Smith can be heard uttering the words: 'We should check out that location. We might be up there for Googlions.' For all of you who have been racking your brains trying to come up with the hidden meaning behind the 'Rise of the Googlions' title, allow me to reveal it for you. ... 'Rise of the Googlions' was nothing more than an inane title Carl came up with off the top of his head. To all those who wasted any amount of time searching the Internet for clues about the googlions, blame Mr. Binder who unwittingly sent you all out on a wild goose chase." (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)

  • "Well, spent most of the early afternoon writing the outline for 'Rise of the Googlions, Part 1.' A number of pieces fall into place as many of the things we've been building toward come to fruition (and not in a sweet apple sort of way either). Surprises in store; revelations galore." (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)

  • "Paul [Mullie], meanwhile, phoned me up to discuss some of the changes he wants to make to 'Kindred I.' The fact that Wraith ships don't possess shields certainly complicates matters, but I've always loved Paul's idea of giving them limited regenerative capabilities. And, if it survives the polish, we get to find out where Lorne grew up." (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)

  • On the return of Carson Beckett: "We wanted to do it in a way that would feel organic with what we were doing for the rest of the season. ... All I'm going to say is we planned how we were going to bring him back at the end of Season Three, and no one caught it. And that's how we would like it to stay. And that story doesn't come to a boil until the end of Season Four, and that's when we're going to bring him back." (Writer/producer Martin Gero, in an interview with Slice of SciFi)

  • "Michael is still a threat out there and we haven't heard from him in Season Four -- yet. He's another character we like with personality, and Connor is terrific. He's a character that will probably be back and is always nice to have, the big baddie which will always be the Wraith. But it's also nice to have these sort of rouge elements like Michael, like this Todd character who you don't know what to expect from them." (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in an interview with Slice of SciFi)

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