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GRACE
 
RATINGS SCORECARD
GATEWORLD - * *
FAN POLL - 6.84
SCI FI RATING - 1.8
SYNDICATION RATING - 2.5

Season Ratings
EPISODE NUMBER - 713
DVD DISC - Season 7, Disc 4
ORIGINAL U.S. AIR DATE - 01.16.04
SYNDICATION AIR DATE - 01.17.05
WRITTEN BY - Damian Kindler
DIRECTED BY - Peter F. Woeste
GUEST STARRING - Carmen Argenziano (Jacob), Ingrid Kavelaars (Major Erin Gant), John Novak (Colonel William Ronson), Sasha Pieterse (Grace), Craig Veroni (Weapons Officer)
Carter is injured when the Prometheus is attacked by an unknown ship, and awakens to find herself stranded alone in deep space.

PRODUCTION
  • Actor Craig Veroni plays the Prometheus weapons officer. He would go on to play the recurring character of Dr. Peter Grodin on Stargate Atlantis.

  • Will there be any explanation of which race created the ships that Replicators used in "Enemies" or "Unnatural Selection?" "Maybe. We are discussing an episode called 'Crossfire' that may do just that."
    (GateWorld online chat with co-executive producer Joseph Mallozzi)

  • "It's a race against time for her to try and bring the ship online and try and figure out what the heck are these visions that she's seeing. It's kind of a fun episode, and there's potential there for some shippiness, but it's kind of early to tell."
    (Co-executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in an interview with the Stargate SG-1 Explorer Unit)

  • "Damian is doing a second pass on late-season episode and Carter character piece 'Grace,' a lovely little story that will no doubt show off Amanda's acting talents (in much the same way [Michael Shanks] got to highlight his in 'Lifeboat,' and [Christopher Judge] in 'Orpheus'). Carter gets trapped on a ship ... Did someone say 'ship'?"
    (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in his GateWorld blog

  • "Damian finished his polish of 'Grace,' an episode which promises to reignite the whole [Sam/Jack] shipper debate. The offices are receiving mail on the issue on a daily basis now."
    (Co-executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in his GateWorld blog)

  • "['Grace'] was such an intense experience. We shot a lot of it second unit. In fact I think we shot most of the show second unit, so it took us over a month to complete it. But it was just -- as an actor, it was just a real challenge. ... Just because you spend so much time alone, so much time inside your head. How to play the head injury without making it over the top, you know what I mean? And it was just an emotional struggle, and I think because we shot it second unit it was jumping back into that and jumping out of that and jumping back into it. It was a challenge, but it was fun."

    Did we ever find out who Grace actually was, or is that left open to the fan's interpretation? "It's left open for interpretation -- it's left open for my own interpretation too. I mean, Grace could be Sam's child within. Grace could be Sam's hopes and dreams for having a child. Grace could be the child Sam left behind when she, you know, focused all her energy on, you know, becoming Astrophysicist Woman and forgot how to be a kid, forgot how to enjoy life. So she's a bunch of different things. In my mind I chose to make her Sam's potential future. Is she giving up family -- which is what 'Grace' deals with, what Sam struggles with -- is she giving up any chance for a family or a 'normal life,' because she focuses all her energy on the S.G.C. and what she's missing out on in life and if she were to have more of a life could she bring more to her work?

    "I had sat down with Rob Cooper at the beginning of the season and said, 'I think we need to do a show where Sam struggles with her demons and where she questions her life choices and questions what she's missing, you know, as a woman and as a contributing member of society. Has she focused too much energy on work? You know, when she lays her head on her pillow at night what does she think about?' And Rob said, 'Well, interestingly enough, there is a show coming up that will deal with that.' 'Oh, OK!'"
    (Actress Amanda Tapping, in an interview with GateWorld)

  • "While I, admittedly, would have liked to see the Sam-Jack arc culminate in their finally settling down together, I wasn't a fan of the dream flash in this episode in which the two lock lips. My problem with it was not so much the content of the sequence as the fact that it was confusing -- a hallucination within a greater hallucination. That said, I quite liked the episode that, in its early outlining, jumped back and forth between Carter actually boarding the alien vessel and coming face to face with its crew. In the end, it was decided the story would work better as a self-contained narrative."
    (Writer / producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)

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