The Ties That Bind
By Joseph Mallozzi
Writer and Executive Producer, Stargate SG-1
Paul was finishing work on "The Intruder" and I was itching to start my first script of the new season, which I assumed would be "Ex Deus Machina." However, when "Ex Deus" was pushed back in the production schedule, I had the opportunity write for the Vala character and took it.
The idea for "The Ties That Bind" came from Rob, who wanted to do a fun romp. He gave me some broad-stroke notions of where he wanted the story to go, then set me loose. I broke the story with Martin, Carl, and Damian, after which Paul came in to tighten up the structure. Finally, the working title of "Treasure!Treasure!Treasure!" was changed to the official title of "The Ties That Bind" (compliments of Brad) and I immediately started work on the script.
I wrote the first draft in a little over a week and, I have to say, it was the most fun I've had writing on Stargate.
- #Tenat eyes Mitchell.
TENAT: Your name?
MITCHELL: Cam Mitchell, bounty hunter.
TENAT: Never heard of you.
MITCHELL: I try to keep a low profile, let my work speak for itself. Don't like to brag, but I've captured some of the most dangerous criminals around.
TENAT: Such as?
MITCHELL: Well ... Grabthar the Hammer.
TENAT: Never heard of him.
MITCHELL: The Olsen Twins of Omega 3? Moesha the Vile?
MITCHELL: Trebek the Destroyer?
Jup pipes up -
JUP: Him I've heard of.
We were familiar with Bruce Gray's work on the Toronto-shot Traders, and knew he would be perfect for the role of Senator Fisher. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Bruce requested a conference call with Paul and I so that he could get a better understanding of his character. To that end, he wanted a quick overview of the elements referred to in his scene: the Ori, the Goa'uld, the Jaffa ... It was quite a conversation during which Paul and I tag-teamed to sum up the last eight and half years of Stargate in a nutshell.