It’s been a little over a year since the final episode of Stargate Atlantis aired in the United States … and just like with any other series, the cast has moved on to other projects. But that doesn’t mean they don’t like to look back at the past, either.
Recently, Atlantis actor David Hewlett (“Rodney McKay”) sat down with SciFiAndTvTalk’s Blog to discuss the final year of the series and his character, which got its start back in Season Five of SG-1 in the episode “48 Hours.”
“That was a lot of hair ago on SG-1. I don’t know if I actually lost the hair or if I’ve just expanded so that it looks like I’ve got less hair,” said the actor. “It’s weird because McKay seems like a different guy now.”
“I think what happened in Atlantis was that we began to see the cracks in the character’s armor,” Hewlett continued. “He came into SG-1, I feel, fully protected. McKay had inch-thick armor around him, which made him incredibly prickly from the very beginning. And it’s not so much that he warmed on Atlantis, but rather he cracked a bit.”
Hewlett also made note of the differences between McKay and the other characters on the show — and how he felt that may be a reason that the character resonated with fans as much as it did.
“He’s unlike the other characters. You’re learning about them as you go along, whereas with my character it’s as if you’re deconstructing him,” Hewlett said. “We already knew what McKay was like, and later on we got figure out why he’s like that. After five seasons, we’d deconstructed him enough to roughly know what his deep dark secrets are, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a few more. So as a character he did evolve. McKay’s own personality finally began to shine though, which was a real joy for me to play.”
For more from Hewlett, including his thoughts on some of the final season’s more McKay-centric episodes, check out the full interview. And keep your browser locked to GateWorld for more Stargate news as it happens!