Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | FAQ | RSS RSS
Stargate News
Gero reveals original 'Grace Under Pressure'

Tuesday - March 28, 2006 | by Darren Sumner

Martin Gero
Martin jokes with fans as he answers those nagging questions about Stargate Atlantis.
One of the highlights of Saturday's day full of events at The Official Stargate SG-1 / Stargate Atlantis Convention in Vancouver, B.C. was, without a doubt, the stage talk given by Atlantis writer Martin Gero. The young phenom has penned such episodes as "The Storm" and "The Eye," "Duet," "Grace Under Pressure," and SG-1 "The Powers That Be." One story he told that fans won't hear anywhere else: the original idea behind the hit Season Two episode "Grace Under Pressure," which saw Rodney McKay sinking in the ocean alone in the back of a Puddle Jumper. (Beware of spoilers for that episode!)Martin knew for months that he wanted to do an underwater episode, but it took the right story to make "Grace Under Pressure" work. In his original pitch, Lt. Laura Cadman (Jaime Ray Newman) was in the episode."It was originally going to be like a one-act play with McKay in the back of a Jumper. And that was one of the hardest episodes I've written because so much of it is just David Hewlett [alone on screen].""It was originally going to be Cadman -- we were going to kill Cadman in the front where we killed Griffin," he revealed. "And she was going to appear to [McKay]. And then someone said, 'You know what? Carter would be better.' I jumped at the chance because the one SG-1 I did write was before Amanda came back."Instead, the Lieutenant who was trapped in Rodney's body in "Duet" returned for a non-fatal appearance in "Critical Mass."
Martin Gero
Martin also talked about getting into writing for television, and how he landed a job on the Stargate team after pitching and writing Season One's "Childhood's End" -- despite the fact that he had never written science fiction. "Thankfully, I was hired at a time where we were kind of understaffed, and I wrote a lot, and started producing," he said. "And it's been a whirlwind three years."Martin also shared his opinion on the show's loss of Rainbow Sun Francks ("Aiden Ford") as a regular character, noting that there was shared blame between the writers and the actor for why the show "in some way wasn't working" in Season One. "But he's going to land on his feet," Martin said of his friend. "I have no worries about Rainbow."He also talked about Atlantis's new villains, making their debut early in Season Three. The new race is a big part of Atlantis striking out on its own this year, after having been accused of duplicating ideas from its sister show on more than one occasion.He told the audience not to expect Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) to appear on SG-1 again.Finally, Martin hinted at an episode he is writing that will introduce Rodney McKay's estranged sister (story), and shared details on his duties as a producer on the show.Martin also gave lucky fans a guided tour of the sets of SG-1 and Atlantis on Saturday morning.Season Three of Stargate Atlantis is now in production in Vancouver, and will premiere this July on The SCI FI Channel in the U.S.!Photos by kiwigater. Special thanks to blingaway.



COMMENTS (0):Comment Rules | Report Comment


< BACK | RSS FEED | DISCUSS AT GATEWORLD FORUM >

2006-2008 GateWorld.net. All rights reserved. This material may not be reprinted without written consent from GateWorld. Click here to learn more.


Apple iTunes

News by Category


Stargate News

Episode of the Week: Kolya Strikes Back In ‘Common Ground’

SGU Season 2

Stargate News
Episode of the Week: Kolya Strikes Back In ‘Common Ground’
MacGyver Set For Fridays – Watch The Trailer!
Episode of the Week: Coup Tears Apart The Genii
CBS Reboots MacGyver For Next Season
Episode of the Week: The Genii Invade Atlantis!
Episode of the Week: The Atlantis Team Goes ‘Underground’
Independence Day Trailer #2: A Sign of Stargates To Come?
Episode of the Week: ‘Metamorphosis’ Is Nirrti’s Last Stand
Damian Kindler Joins Syfy Pilot Krypton
Netflix Greenlights New Time-Travel Drama Travelers From Brad Wright
Episode of the Week: Cassandra Gets Superpowers In ‘Rite of Passage’
Episode of the Week: Nirrti Rises In ‘Fair Game’

On the Web...
Interview with JR Bourne (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Jason Momoa Talks Game of Thrones, Conan (Ottawa Citizen)
Ming-Na Wen Talks Melinda May and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Crave)
Watch Rachel Luttrell and Connor Trinneer In Short Film Zarg Attack!




Add GateWorld Headlines To Your Site!

"Stargate" and all related characters and images are the property of MGM
Television Entertainment. Please read the site's copyright notice.

©1999-2016 GateWorld. All rights reserved.
Add GateWorld Headlines To Your Site!

"Stargate" and all related characters and images are the property of MGM
Television Entertainment. Please read the site's copyright notice.

©1999-2016 GateWorld. All rights reserved.

Store