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FAN QUESTIONS FROM GATEWORLD FORUM
hlndncr: I love The Big Bang Theory and they have had many cameos from well-known sci-fi actors. What better fit for a show about geeky physicists than the actress who brought us the ultimate gorgeous geeky physicist Sam Carter! How would [Amanda] feel about making a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, or better yet starring in a comedy of [her] own?
Amanda Tapping: I would do it in a heartbeat! In a heartbeat. I’m in! Do you know anyone? [laughs]
hlndncr: How do you think Sam would get along with Sheldon?
Who wins a Sam Carter/Sheldon Cooper grudge match? Carter would 'crush him like a bug', says Tapping.
AT: Crush him like a bug! [laughs]
I think there would be a sense of amusement, at first. And then he’d frustrate the hell out of her. I think it would be a very fun dynamic to play. I’m starting to get back into doing comedy. So that would be awesome. Because he’s just got this pompousness. It would be fun. It would be like David Hewlett twice over. Like a young, really dorky Rodney McKay. [laughs]
Gamul1: There is still a pretty large following of Stargate fans out there. Many dream of a time when a new Stargate series comes out. What new frontier’s would you see a potential fourth series being able to cover that brought in a fresh new feel to the Stargate theme?
Martin Wood: Stargate Origins. And set it back when Ra was still alive.
The idea that Universe had in that Destiny was a seeder ship for Stargates was an interesting approach to what could happen. Kind of along the lines of Voyager, but not quite. They have a mission, and the ship becomes a huge character within it. From all the time I spend looking at forums, and it isn’t a huge amount but I do do it … what I think the fans miss the most is the original SG-1 series concept. Because it never ended. They never stopped their missions. We just focused solely on what was going on in Atlantis. And then solely on Universe.
The fact is, it would be nice to have a Stargate looking at SG-1 again. Not necessarily that team, though. I think the idea of Stargate Command is not done. And I’d like to see something done with that. Rather than take it into a planet and do this and this, keep it Earth-based and deal with that. And how that affects the world around it. Because it was never out there. It wasn’t public knowledge.
A format like that would allow you to occasionally bring in cast members from all three other shows to guest-star, which would make things easier with their possible current commitments. It’s something that really hasn’t been done in terms of spin-off series. They don’t usually go back to the origins of what it was, unless it was way prior to when it was born. But if you go back to the origins of the series, what you end up doing is folding other people from the other two series into it. And you have this massive group of people that you can draw back into it.
Wood likes the idea of another series set at Stargate Command ... be it Cheyenne Mountain or elsewhere.
It’s like what happens at conventions. What happens at conventions is these huge groups of fans stay around forever and ever and ever because they are hungry for that group of people. They are hungry for that team that they loved. They are hungry for these groups that brought them all that joy. It’s not hard to put that back together.
And what’s funny is, when you see what studios are moving right now … they go with what is safe. They go with what they know is going to pay off. That’s why there keeps being Pirates of the Caribbean movies. That’s why movies keep being re-made. A new Spider-Man movie? How come? Because they like what’s familiar and they know what has an audience.
Stargate has an audience. It has a huge audience right now. And as Amanda said, there’s a whole new generation coming up underneath it. Because when you start playing things at four in the afternoon, you get that audience.
That’s what I’d like to see …
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