In the MakingEPISODE #806
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 08.13.2004
SYNDICATION AIR DATE: 10.24.2005
DVD DISC: Season 8, Disc 2
WRITTEN BY: Damian Kindler
DIRECTED BY: Martin Wood
By Joseph Mallozzi
Writer and Executive Producer, Stargate SG-1
When I first heard the pitch for this episode -- Teal'c trapped in a virtual reality game -- I cringed. I was admittedly underwhelmed by the notion of doing a sci-fi story that was as old as, well, sci-fi itself. Of course, as Paul [Mullie] is always quick to point out, science fiction is possessed of a certain vocabulary -- concepts like cloning, time travel, alternate realities, and, yes, virtual reality, make up the language of the genre. The challenge of any sci-fi writer is to take those tried and true concepts, and find a way to give them a fresh spin, in essence making them intrinsic to their characters, their worlds.
The writers broke the story, then Damian Kindler wrote the first draft. Robert Cooper, this episode's producer, did a pass on the script, threading in Teal'c's emotional arc and coming up with the "2-second solution" that gets Daniel into the story.
Enter the super soldiers in "Evolution" parts one and two. Not only were they soulless, merciless killing machines, but their buffed codpieces are sure to inspire fear in all those foolish enough to cross their path.