The creators of Stargate SG-1 wanted Skaara to be a regular on the show, according to actor Alexis Cruz. Cruz talked about that important transition from the Stargate feature film to the TV show in an interview with SciFiAndTvTalk’s Steve Eramo.
“Originally, there was supposed to be three Stargate features, but then MGM bought the rights to the film and decided to turn it into a series,” Cruz said. “The producers [Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner] asked me if I’d like to be a series regular but I declined. I didn’t want to be tied down to playing the same role week-after-week, plus I didn’t know how they planned to develop Skaara.
“However, I still wanted to be involved in the series, so they very kindly offered to make my character a recurring one.”
(The recently published “Blast from the Past” interview was conducted some time after Cruz’s appearance in the Season Three episode “Pretense,” but this isn’t info we remember seeing all those years ago.)
Cruz was the only actor from the original feature film to cross over to the television series in 1997. He was later followed by Erick Avari (Kasuf), and by two actors who played different roles from their film personae — Richard Kind (Gary Meyers, Lucius Lavin) and, most recently, French Stewart (Ferretti, Dr. Andrew Covel in “Alliances”).
He later tried his hand at series television with Shark, which ran for two seasons on CBS (2006-2008). (His character was killed off halfway through the first season.)
Skaara, a series regular? Maybe even a member of SG-1, helping Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson try to rescue his sister Sha’re from the Goa’uld? What do you think? How might it have changed the course of the show?