By Joseph Mallozzi
Writer and Executive Producer, Stargate SG-1
Robert C. Cooper was a busy guy in the lead-up to the start of principal photography on SG-1's ninth season and Atlantis's second season. Not only did he script the SG-1 opening three-parter, but he also wrote Atlantis's "Runner," which introduced new series regular Ronon Dex. In the case of the latter, it was most fitting that Rob write the script since he was the one who pitched out the Ronon character to begin with. In the case of the former -- well, Rob had no one to blame but himself because the story was originally slated to be a mere two-parter.
In the end, we couldn't have been happier with the results. Rob wrote a great intro to the new SG-1, establishing some terrific new characters, a fearsome new villain, and setting the groundwork for the season(s) to come.
One in particular comes to mind. In one dramatic scene, the Prior turns and says: "Amos played his flute and could not stop." Amos? Flute? Perhaps weary of the laughter it engendered from Paul and I whenever we read the line during script meetings, it was dropped.