ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 11.09.07
SYNDICATION AIR DATE: 10.27.08
DVD DISC: Season 4, Disc 2
WRITTEN BY: Carl Binder
DIRECTED BY: Andy Mikita
- “Congratulations to Carl Binder for writing and producing truly great episode. We watched the Day 2 Mix of ‘Missing’ and all thought it was terrific. Funny, scary, shocking, gross, exciting, and ultimately touching. Great job by everyone involved, especially director Andy Mikita and actresses Rachel Luttrell and Jewel Staite.” (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)
- “I think at the beginning ‘Missing’ was one of my first episodes. And that was with Rachel, and we decided to carpool to the set everyday because we were shooting way out in the woods in the middle of nowhere. So we would drive to work, work 12 hours, side-by-side, and then drive home again together. And we really bonded, to say the least. And I think it really helped on screen. I think you can definitely see some chemistry there and that was really fun for me. I kind of got to let loose and she was just so great to work with.” (Actress Jewel Staite, in a Stargate Atlantis media press conference)
- “Carl envisioned a scene involving a rope bridge and, simple enough, the Art Department came up with a design, it was approved, the bridge was built — and then when we found out the cost, our eyes almost popped out of our skulls. As it turns out, it wasn’t the bridge that was so pricey but the added expense of paying security guards to stand watch, 24/7, to ensure no adventurous teens attempted to cross the damn thing while it was up. It was just one of many surprises that transformed this originally inexpensive episode into a $$$ spectacular.” (Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)
- “That [episode] was a wild and woolly ride, and for so many reasons. Emotionally it was crazy because I was pregnant with my son Caden. At that point I had not told anybody, with the exception of our producers and writers, and this was the very first episode that I told James Bamford, our stunt supervisor, of my condition. So that was going on, and then Jewel Staite and I were carpooling for that entire episode. She would come very, very early in the morning over to my place and then we’d drive together because we were shooting on-location, so she was also one of the first people I told that I was pregnant.
“‘Missing’ was an equally emotional as well as physical episode, and I was dealing with my pregnancy and doing the biggest fight sequence that I had probably done to date. One of the bad guys that I took on was actually my husband [actor/stuntman Loyd Bateman], so there we were trying to pull that off, knowing what was actually transpiring for us on a personal level, which was very interesting.
“This episode was terrific insofar as where it put Teyla in terms of the fact that now her people are all missing. What an incredibly emotional place to find herself, and playing that off Jewel was just lovely. She is a wonderful actress and a riot to work with. Jewel has this wry sense of humor, and I can’t imagine going through that journey with anybody other than her because everything was an hilarious joke. It was pouring rain, freezing cold, there was mud everywhere, we were doing all sorts of strenuous stuff, and yet everything was funny with us, so thank God for that.
“Also, the relationship between our two characters deepened. At the start, Teyla had absolutely no understanding at all of this woman and how inept she thought she was. Then, however, Keller totally rose to the occasion and found this inner strength. Perhaps it came though Teyla, or perhaps it was something that Keller initially had and she just needed it to be brought forth.” (Actress Rachel Luttrell, in an interview with Steve Eramo at SciFiAndTvTalk)