GW: Let’s talk about the evolution of Lt. Scott, briefly. You’ve shot over a full season already. How has he changed in your mind since the pilot? He just kind of had this leadership role. Where will we see him go? What would you like to see?
BS: There’s sort of a backtrack in the leadership role, because you have to have someone who’s able to stand up to Rush, which Scott can’t quite do. Rush is much smarter …
GW: Out of all the military personnel I’ve seen in the season, he is the one that is giving Rush the longest leash.
BS: Oh, yeah. I mean, he told him in the beginning — you know there’s that whole scene in the gate room, when Scott says, “You know what, I could take you out right now. I’m not going to because you’re useful. But the minute you get out of line, I will not hesitate to take you out.”
GW: His loyalties are never divided; he’s clearly on Young’s side. But he’s still willing to give that certain amount of whatever to Rush in order — because he feels like Rush is the key to getting home.
BS: Scott is an emotional leader. I think his leadership style is much more emotional, so he’s much more bound to be loyal. He may also be more impulsive in a way, tend to get a little more hot-headed.
But he’s learning. And even seeing where they’re taking him in the second season is really, really exciting, because there’s some qualities that are coming out in him that I really, really like and I’m glad to see explored. Because right now, him and Greer — they get the dirty work done for Young. Young makes the decision and Scott and Greer [execute it], along with the rest of the military personnel. It’s like Young is the director and Greer and Scott are the assistant directors. We’re the ones that go out and try to make the vision a reality.
So it’s going to be interesting to see if Scott gets to a place where decisions that he makes start to affect storylines, and if he’s able to change the course of an episode or how things turn out. That’ll be exciting to see.
GW: There is a natural chemistry between Scott and Eli and it’s a chemistry I assume that you and David share. Do you guys hang out off set?
BS: Yeah, I would say, out of the cast, me and David …
GW: Was that scripted, the chemistry between you two? David was talking about the scene in the pilot where Eli asks if there is any aspirin. It’s the impetus and it’s just gone from there.
BS: The thing that’s interesting about their dynamic is that they’re both fish out of water. Maybe Eli more than Scott, but they’re very much new to all this, and they’re out of their element. They’re out of their safety box.
But they still come from such different such worlds. Scott is definitely not a sci-fi kind of guy and he thinks Eli is kind of bizarre and weird, and doesn’t quite know what to make of him. They have this kind of, I think, respect for each other; Eli respects what Scott has to do as a military guy and realizes he wouldn’t be able to do that.
Scott respects the pure brain power and curiosity and also friendliness of Eli. Of course it’s a little bit complicated by the whole thing with Chloe, but I don’t think there’s any kind of angst between them over that. I think they both understand the place that each of them have in Chloe’s life, for Scott I don’t think there’s a sense of threat. I don’t think there’s a sense of competition there.
NEXT: Scott’s growth, and adding depth
Thank you, Chad, for such a interesting and insightful interview. Brian is a fine young actor with, in my opinion, a long and successful career ahead of him. In re-watching season 1.0 on the current DVDs, I am now seeing the nuances of many of the wonderful performances by much of the cast. Brian, in particular, has made many really good choices on things past the print on the script page. I believe that he will be more than capable of “holding his own” with exceptional actors such as Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira. Brian definitely has a screen presence… Read more »
The link to this page on twitter actually points to https://www.gateworld.net/news/2010/06/leader-in-training/ which is of course a dead link.
Hey Chad, great interview, Brian seems like a very down to earth guy :). Just wanted to point out, your caption on the first picture on Page 2 says he gives “Young” warning, when I’m pretty sure it should be “Rush”. Thanks again for the great interview, and I hope to see him at future cons!
I must respectfully disagree with the title and premise of the interview. Lt. Scott is not a good leader at all and he has certainly failed leadership training. He has slept with a direct subordinate and then dumped her without even facing her. He has directly disobeyed or questioned Young’s orders constantly (Space, Faith, and Subversion/Incursion Pt. 1 for example). He cannot lead if he cannot effectively serve.
Sorry BS, wrong again. I’d repeat anything I’ve written on the net about the show to your face at a convention and stand behind it.
Love this show, keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see season 2.
Ditto, Mentat. It must be some sort of defense mechanism to label all online critics as basement dwelling insincere cowards. Smith has some gall to speak out against personal attacks on the internet when both he and his mother have been smearing everyone from fans to the owners of gateworld.
“You more than anyone know that there is a very vocal, partial section of fans of Stargate who are critical of SGU. If they haven’t already made up their minds, the ones that are on the fence that are actually going to keep watching, what would you say to keep them watching? Or come back and sample it again — the ones that aren’t aware of the good things that are going to come?”
This question was not answered in a satisfactory manner, I have to say.
Leader in training? Sure, you are following on the footsteps of your leader. Col Young. He cheated on his wife and was sleaping around, and made a direct subordinate pregnant. You are sleaping around, and now only have to make Lt. James Pregnant. leader in the making, my backside!
Scott is not a leader, nor is he a character I can admire or like. Memo to BJS: not everyone is going to like you, your work, or the characters you play. Not everyone who dislikes you, your work, or the characters you play are basement dwelling trolls. Some of us just don’t like you, your work, or the characters you play. Accept that fact.
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I understand that at a recent con BJS wasn’t too happy about having someone face him with complaints about his show/acting… a little over-sensitive maybe?
Brian I’m sure your a great guy but the best way to handle people who hate the show is just to say “Sorry you don’t like the show.” And than just move on.
Brian, Brian, Brian, sorry pal, but many of us who are critical of the show here on the internet would be more than happy to tell you to your face that we think the show is bad. I am not in my “basement” and I am not a hateful person. I have legitimate complaints and concerns about what has been done to the Stargate franchise. I dislike your character and the way he is portrayed as a poor military leader who lacks judgment and common sense. I’m more than qualified to comment on this matter having led troops at an… Read more »
I always liked the premise of SG, but could never bring myself to watch it regularly until SGU came along. Despite it’s flaws, season 1 had some great moments! I think a lot of the cast (including Brian) does a great job! My only complaint is that the writers and directors need to understand their characters, and make them more consistent. Yes they are “all the wrong people”, but lets see some learn from their mistakes, grow, and emerge as leaders. Lets see some consistency in how they act and react. Lets not make them over-react at every turn just… Read more »