Browder appears as Wright’s guest on his new podcast, hosted by The Companion. The two talk about everything from the relationship between a writer and an actor to Stargate’s cast and directors, Ben’s own son becoming an Air Force pilot, and the joys and trials of filming Stargate: Continuum — from travel and polar bears to F-15s, submarines, and Richard Dean Anderson learning his lines at 3 a.m.
Browder played Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell on the series. Wright started off by telling him that he is currently working to get a new Stargate project picked up, and Mitchell is in it.
“When we spoke more recently I hinted to you that I’m trying to get another one going — another Stargate going, with MGM,” Wright told him. “And nothing has happened yet because COVID put a big hole in Los Angeles (as you may well know). … We had plans that have been slowed. Let’s put it that way.”
“But it was fun typing Mitchell again, I have to say. … There’s no guarantee that anything I’ve written will even happen. But it was fun to do. And it’s fun to play in that sandbox again.”
Wright later responded to a fan question about whether Ben’s character would appear in a future Stargate production. “I’ve written the character Mitchell in a script,” Wright said. “Whether that sees the light of day or not, I have no idea. I would love it to happen and I hope it still does. … If we could get some of the band (or most of the band) back together that would be a good thing!”
Just a few other highlights from their conversation:
- The Navy intel guy in the Arctic took Richard Dean Anderson’s movie script, because it was marked “TOP SECRET” on the cover.
- When Ben was hired he spent two and a half weeks binge-watching the entirety of Seasons One through Eight. He wanted to see not just the highlights but all of SG-1, “warts and all.” (It not only got him familiar with the series and its mythology, but empowered him to call out the writers on continuity issues later.)
- Ben praises Brad for the mind-boggling lift of working as a showrunner, and producing two different shows at the same time (with Robert C. Cooper and the rest of the team) when SG-1 and Atlantis were airing together.
- After producing 40 hours of television for three years, Wright said that he likes the current streaming model of 10-episode seasons for storytelling. “I like 10 episodes. You can really concentrate on 10 episodes,” he said. “It feels like a breeze.”
- The advantages (and constraints) of filming Farscape in Sydney, Australia — and how a creature shop-heavy series like that could benefit from contemporary filming technologies such as the Volume.
- Ben talks through the two Farscape episodes that he wrote, Season Three’s “Green Eyed Monster” and Season Four’s bonkers “John Quixote.”
Wright’s new podcast launched in March, with guest Michael Shanks (“Daniel Jackson”). Next up is SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping (“Samantha Carter”), who recorded her conversation with Wright this week (notably, prior to today’s confirmation of Amazon’s purchase of MGM and the Stargate franchise).
Listen to the full conversation now at The Companion. There’s a shorter, 30-minute version available for free, and the full 91-minute podcast is exclusive to subscribers.
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