First Aired: May 7, 2010
When problems with the F.T.L. drive threaten to leave Destiny stranded, the crew calls upon an expert from Earth to help — a quadriplegic woman who temporarily takes over Wray’s body.
- This episode introduced actress Kathleen Munroe as Dr. Amanda Perry, an old acquaintance of Nicholas Rush. The actress has continued to act in the sci-fi genre, with recurring roles on Syfy’s Haven and Alphas, and currently on ABC’s Resurrection.
- The writers were forced to scrap a bit of planned backstory for Lt. Vanessa James (Julia Benson): she had a younger brother who was paralyzed, which contributed to her freak-out in trading bodies with Dr. Perry on Earth.
- Perry’s first name was originally scripted as “Eleanor.” It’s not uncommon for character names to change during the production process when they fail to “clear” — i.e. when a real person with the same name and similar-enough circumstances is found, who might bring a legal claim that a TV character is based on them without compensation.
- More infamously, this episode brought Stargate some unwanted publicity in the form of criticisms over the portrayal of a person with a disability, and the idea of a character being intimate with someone currently occupying a body not their own. Criticisms were based primarily on casting documents released before the episode filmed (Rush and Perry ended up not consummating their relationship in the episode), prompting the show’s producers to release an official statement.
- Read more on the “Sabotage” controversy here. We’ve also published an editorial on the subject, which includes extensive discussion on the issues from other fans.
“Sabotage” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Episode Transcript
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Fan Reviews
- Discussion Thread
- “Sabotage” Podcast
- SGU Season One Podcast
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