“I just read the script on the plane ride here.”
Those were the first words David Hewlett spoke to GateWorld in regards to Stargate Universe‘s highly anticipated crossover episode with characters from sister series Atlantis. GateWorld sat down for an exclusive chat with the actor during his appearance at Creation Entertainment’s Official Stargate Convention in Chicago, Illinois last month.
The episode, “Seizure,” is currently scheduled as the fifteenth episode of SGU Season Two, and will air sometime in the first half of 2011. In addition to Hewlett’s reprisal of Dr. Rodney McKay, the episode will also feature an appearance by Robert Picardo as Atlantis expedition leader (at least up through “Enemy At The Gate”) Richard Woolsey.
“I was told not to tell anyone I was in it!” Hewlett said. “And then literally a day later, it was announced at Comic-Con!”
For fans of Atlantis wondering exactly how McKay and his personality will fit into the tone and pacing that has been established on Universe, Hewlett states that they weren’t the only ones.
“I was sitting there going, ‘How does McKay fit into this world?’ He’s such a different character, and Atlantis is so different from SGU,” he said. “I was a little nervous about that. But I think they’ve done a really good job of getting them in there.
“It’s not a McKay episode. It’s not all about McKay and it’s not all about Robert [Picardo]. It’s an episode of SGU. But I think they’ve nicely melded the worlds together.”
All that being said, expect for some of McKay’s personality traits and eccentricities to be reigned in a bit for the new series.
“You cannot have McKay in an episode — just like you can’t have Jack [O'Neill] in an episode of Stargate — without a certain personality, or at least aspects of that personality, coming through,” Hewlett told GateWorld. “But I think they’ve done a really good job of getting just enough of it in there. But not so much that it takes away from what they are doing on SGU.”
Could the appearance of Woolsey and McKay on Universe open up the door for other Atlantis characters to make appearances in the future? It’s a question only the writers can answer, but Hewlett remains hopeful.
“Secretly in my heart, I hope it means we will see more of the Atlantis crew come in,” he said. “And selfishly, for me, I miss playing McKay. And I just felt so happy and honored that Robert and I were asked to come in. It’s Stargate. It’s family. It’s home.”
Keep watching GateWorld in the weeks to come for more from our chat with David Hewlett. A full-length interview with the actor is coming soon, plus much more!