The Stargate Atlantis movie promised thrills, outer space adventure, and … a time-traveling Wraith?!?
Another batch of pages is out from the script for Stargate: Extinction, thanks to writer (and former Atlantis executive producer) Joseph Mallozzi. After our previous report on the first four pages we’re now up to eight, doled out in no particular order, thanks to Joe’s blog.
MGM and Syfy Channel originally green-lit the film in 2008. It was meant to air on Syfy and see a home video release — the first of what was to be an ongoing series of Atlantis movies. But after the studio entered bankruptcy and the sets were struck, Extinction was shelved at the end of 2010.
In the years that followed Mallozzi has revealed some plot details about the cancelled project. But now we have a direct look at several pages, with some fun character beats and tantalizing plot points.
Take a look at the first pages here. What follows is our analysis of the second batch of pages:
The team’s biggest frienemy, Todd the Wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl), looks to be heavily featured in the Extinction script. The Atlantis team tangles not only with the sinister alien whom they are holding prisoner, but also with Todd’s doppelganger from the future.
In the first new page released, Future Todd leads Rodney McKay to a hanger where they find the time ship that Todd piloted back to our time.
The location is interesting: it’s an alien science facility. Here the action is evidently not set on Atlantis, adrift in space after its wormhole drive burned out during the return trip to the Pegasus Galaxy. The team has found a populated world, which may be where they meet the scientist Kara.
Also of interest here is the ship itself. Is this a time-traveling Puddle Jumper, akin to the time ship that SG-1 found in the Milky Way Galaxy (“It’s Good To Be King”)? Or it is a vessel not of Ancient design?
Speculation on social media last week leaned toward the former, which Mallozzi appeared to play into. That leaves us with one more, giant question: How can Todd pilot a Jumper without the Ancient gene? Did he manage to take the gene therapy? Did he hack the ship’s controls? Or did someone else come back in time with him?
Atlantis is in space, evidently trying to reach the Pegasus Galaxy over the course of the film. While John Sheppard leads the military contingent into combat, Mr. Woolsey remains in command of the great city ship.
Now, Atlantis finds itself in the heat of combat.
The alien mothership staring them down isn’t described in any detail on this page, but there are a couple of clues that point to it perhaps being a powerful Wraith hive. The first is that Future Todd seems to be in command of it. He orders someone to open fire, after which Woolsey witnesses the volley of fire heading toward Atlantis.
The second clue is that, when the ship launches fighters to take on the Jumpers headed its way, they launch from its side. This is precisely how Wraith Darts stream out of a hive ship.
It is a bit strange, though, that the script is using the word “mothership” rather than “hive” — and “fighters” instead of “Darts.” Perhaps Todd has commandeered a vessel built by Kara’s people?
IRON MAN SHEPPARD
A scene sure to be a crowd-pleaser sees Colonel Sheppard take on a squad of soldiers using a powerful battle suit. Ronon is also here toting a big-ass stun gun.
The suit looks to have powerful weapons, a personal forceshield, and a heads-up display inside the helmet. It might also give the user enhanced strength. Can’t you just see John blowing upon a door with his fists?
This page also suggests that the action is not taking place on a Wraith hive. The script references “soldiers” and “guards” (rather than Wraith warriors).
It may also be that the suit tech belongs to this race of people. It’s not likely to be the modified Ancient space suit worn by an Asgard when he invaded Atlantis back in Season Five’s “First Contact”. Remember, that suit was blown to hell by a self-destruct mechanism.
TODD vs. TODD
Finally, the eighth script page to the hit the Internet takes us back into the heat of space combat. Future Todd commands the alien mothership, which looks to be moving in for the kill.
Then, a familiar face steps onto the bridge and stuns the crew — a very familiar face. It’s our own present-day Todd, who stares down his future self.
It’s a remarkable turn for the character. While Todd has always been out for himself, he has also viewed Atlantis as a resource he can make use of. And our alliances with the Wraith leader have often aligned. It was Todd, remember, who volunteered himself and his people to be test subjects for Dr. Keller’s retrovirus therapy.
From the scale of these scenes of action and of confrontation, it looks as though Future Todd might have been the movie’s Big Bad. Todd of the Future — however far he comes from — isn’t interested in forging alliances or leaving Atlantis to one day help him against a common enemy. He’s prepared to annihilate the city, and to rule the galaxy himself!
Are there more pages to come? We’ll keep our eyes open and bring you the latest!