In the MakingEPISODE #901
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 07.15.2005
SYNDICATION AIR DATE: 09.18.2006
DVD DISC: Season 9, Disc 1
WRITTEN BY: Robert C. Cooper
DIRECTED BY: Andy Mikita
EXCERPTS WRITTEN BY: Brad Wright & Robert C. Cooper
By Joseph Mallozzi
Writer and Executive Producer, Stargate SG-1
We were all in agreement. The back half of Season Eight was a perfect lead-up and conclusion to the series. Anubis had been dealt with, the Goa'uld and Replicators defeated, and the Jaffa were finally free. Granted, we had been wrapping up storylines since Season Five but in this case, we're talking major storylines.
So, what next? That was the question that presented us as we geared up for SG-1's ninth season. Well, it so happened that Robert Cooper had been toying with an idea for quite some time: a powerful new enemy that ... I can't tell you anything about at the moment.
Anyway, the lead-up to discovering this new enemy had to involve our main characters. Only we had to ask ourselves, what were our main characters doing after the events of Season Eight? They had finally succeeded in ending the threats that had loomed over this galaxy for so long. Teal'c had already made clear his intention to go help his fellow Jaffa build a free nation. And O'Neill ... well, O'Neill had moved on. And Carter ... would be "out-of-the-mix" for the show's first six episodes. And, well, Daniel had always wanted to go to Atlantis ...
We needed the team back -- but it didn't make sense for the SG-1 we knew to exist anymore. So that became new SG-1 team leader Cameron Mitchell's first mission: to get the band back together. Easier said than done, of course, because complicating matters is the return of an old friend with a hidden agenda.