With word from producer John G. Lenic that the deals have been closed on those Atlantis alums, we can now move forward on the script, secure in the knowledge that both extra-special guest stars will actually be on hand to say the dialogue written for specifically for them.  Great news for fans of the old series.  There was a reluctance to move ahead with an SGA crossover, particularly on my part, because the feeling was it would step on the timing of the SGA movie, Stargate: Extinction, the events of which directly proceed the Atlantis series finale, Enemy at the Gate.  But given the delay on the movie front and the ideal premise pitched out by Remi Aubuchon and Brad Wright, it was decided to go ahead with the crossover.  Not a big deal, but it will require some changes to the Stargate: Extinction timeline which, in turn, will beg a host of questions, some of which will be answered in episode #15, some of which won’t…at least not right away:

1. Where the hell is Atlantis?

Who wants to take the ferry over to Sausalito?

When last we saw our fair city, it was parked in the waters of San Francisco.  Of course logic would dictate it couldn’t sit there for very long without rousing some suspicion or, at the very least, creating some inconvenience for boaters.  Obviously it can’t remain there for long, so where would you move it?  Okay, besides your back yard?

2. If Atlantis is on Earth, does this mean Earth-based off-world ops are being conducted from the city?

It's SG-1's IDC! Drop the shield!

Shifting operations to Atlantis makes sense for a number of reasons – and could prove problematic for a host of others.  And that’s assuming that NORAD’s decision to place Cheyenne Mountain on warm stand-by has, in fact, impacted Stargate Command.  So, Cheyenne Mountain, Homeworld Command, or Atlantis?  Which is it?  Stay tuned.

3. If Atlantis has taken up permanent residence in the Milky Way, then it’s unlikely the Daedalus will be making a return trip to Pegasus anytime soon, meaning characters like Teyla, Kanaan (Yep, he made the trip.), Ronon, and Todd will be taking up permanent residence on Earth.  Or are they?  And if so, what the hell are they doing?

What is this Wal-Mart of which you speak?

Talk about fish out of water.  While it’s unlikely Kanaan will be getting a job at Dairy Queen, it’s certain that the proper authorities will ensure their guests are properly looked after and, whenever possible, permitted to adjust to their new environment.  Ronon’s learning curve may prove a little more. uh, curvier than, say, Teyla and Kanaan, but that’s what having a buddy like Sheppard is for – to keep you out of trouble, back you up in bar room brawls, and help you prepare your audition so that you can snag the lead in that upcoming warrior pic:

Saaateeeeeeedaaaaaaaaaaa!

4. All well and good for Ronon, Teyla, and Kanaan who chose to come along for the ride, but what about Todd who is now a prisoner on Earth?  And, hey, how the heck are the authorities going to see to his unique dietary requirements?

I've got these neighbors who party 'til all hours of the night. I need you to pay them a visit.

This one’s a particularly intriguing question (aint it, Das?).  Now this was never an issue before given the Extinction timeline (incidentally, as I mentioned previously, Todd plays a key role in the movie, complicating AND facilitating matters for our heroes, and just thinking about that final scene between him and John…well, I get ahead of myself.) but if they have remained on Earth then one of two things has to have happened: a) Todd starved to death or, b) seeking to make use of Todd and his vast knowledge with regard to Pegasus, the Ancients, and alien technology, the authorities have found a way to keep him hale and hardy by feeding him (preferably cranky fans).

5. IF Atlantis has remained in the Milky Way, does this mean that all of the members of the Atlantis expedition last scene in the series finale are still working as Atlantis staff?

Sorry, I'd love to dial, but 5:00 p.m. is quittin' time!

Well, it would make sense given that these individuals were chosen for their expertise and now find themselves in the even more attractive position of being able to go home every night (provided it’s not too busy).  In fact, I can see the I.O.A. assigning to Atlantis, but I can’t believe we’ll see many defections.

6. And what about the personal lives of our crew?  IF Atlantis has been on Earth since the events of Enemy at the Gate (What is that?  Almost a year?), how have the lives of our main characters progressed?

Are Sheppard and Nancy rekindling their relationship?  Are McKay and Keller married yet?  Has Carson completely adjusted to the life he left behind?  Are Rodney and Radek still having it out on a daily basis?  Is Torren teaching his fellow pre-schoolers how to stick fight?  What’s going on with Ronon and Amelia?  Was Woolsey happily reunited with his yorkie?  Did Major Lorne come out with any personal revelations?  Again, stay tuned.

Hey, I just noticed that even though I mentioned the deals had been closed, I didn’t reveal which characters would be putting in an appearance.

That’s because SyFy will be making the grand announcement when the time comes.  Watch for it!

Which is a perfect segue into my next big guest blogger announcement.  Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce that kick-ass Erika Kennair, SyFy’s Director of Development, has agreed to swing by and field your questions.  Ask away!

Let me answer the first one for her: Yes, she's married. Sorry.

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airelle
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airelle

Yea!!, good news, on the Atlantis front, Hope Jelly has equally as much good news.
And another bit of good news, Amazon tells me your book (MASKED) I preordered is in the mail,,Yea!! hoping I will have it b4 I go out of town, wanting something great to read.
Thanks for the picture reminders and a new Q&A, best get the wheels of the brain turning, need chocolate first.
Enjoy your evening!!

Joan001
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Joan001

I am so happy to hear this news. Is that where Robert Cooper went? :))))

Penny
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Penny

My head is spinning with wild theories and speculation…. COOL!!

Trish aka whovian
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Trish aka whovian

Hey Joe,

Fantastic news on the crossover!!!

Sent you an email.

Trish

crazymom1
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crazymom1

I think it’s funny that every time I hear Donna Summer sing “Hot Stuff” I think of Robert Carlyle.

Gen
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Gen

Joe – read the blog today with a grin that wouldn’t quit. Thanks for taking us back to Atlantis, if only in our imaginations for the moment. My brain is busy with possible scenes of the Atlantis team on Earth…

Good timing, too. It’s a dark, storm-filled night so far. TV is out, I’m between books, may as well let the mind wander.

Soon as I put the iPhone down. smile

Gen
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Gen

Oh! Love the captions. Hehe.

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Yay!

morjana
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morjana

Hi, Joe.

Awesome news about the SGU/SGA crossover! smile

Michael
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Michael

Questions for Erika Kennair

1) How did you come to be SyFy’s Director of Development?

2) On a typical day from start to finish, what is your workload like?

3) What do you look forward to the most in working with the Stargate staff?

Stryse
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Stryse

Answers:

(Of course, you would know better than we.)

1) I think the IOA would have a hard time letting Atlantis leave Earth. I’m thinking Homeworld Command would probably agree with them. We did lose our chair to control the ancients weapons platform. Atlantis does kind of give us back that assett… even if the drones are fired from Atlantis instead. Seems like parking Atlantis where it was before it left to the Pegasus galaxy would be good. We’ve been keeping ops in Antarctica secret enough.

As a fan though, its perposterous to think the IOA would have their way and Atlantis would stay on Earth. When has anything in the startgate universe gone the way of such logic?

Something that only a wormhole drive could fix will likely see Atlantis leaving Earth. My guess, presumably leaving on a mission, upon the conclusion of which, Atantis is scheduled to wormhole back to Earth… except they end up stuck out there again… that wormhole drive gives out upon arrival and Atlantis sets down on some obscure planet.

2) Based on our experiences with the Midway station… I would say maybe its being done out of Atlantis. On the other hand, we figured out a way to get Milky Way gates to still work in the presnces of Pegasus gates.

3) I think the Air Force has demonstrated a willingness to help a friend out, so I’m sure one of our battle cruisers would be sent back to Pegasus to return any residents home (assuming they wanted to leave… Earth does have its perks). Shepperd was rather clear he’d make sure they got home and I wouldn’t put it past him to ‘borrow’ military assets to make good on his promise.

4) Todd I doubt would be let go, unless he had some new scheme to ensure the Wraith never could get to Earth. Still, his track record is spotty at best and I figure they’d use him as a guniea pig to further refine their capacity to turn wraith into humans.

5) I would be surprised if they were. Some probably were reassigned, while others may have had their roles shifted a bit. I should think question 1 would influence this question.

6) Why the natural progression of their lives of course. Granted they can pop in for those family bbq’s on a more frequent basis, but they’ve not had to deal with being cut off from Earth for some time now. I figure they all know they could be stranded across the universe by one simple trip through a stargate… so my guess is they aren’t really doing anything they wouldn’t have done if Atlantis was still in Pegasus and they had less frequent visits home.

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I’m very curious to see how you talented folks blend in a pair of characters from one of the earlier, campier series while maintaining the tone and style established for SGU.

As for Todd: Didn’t he successfully complete the gene therapy which allows a wraith to eat “normal” food?

JulieAloha
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JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

OMGOSH, *jumping up and down and clapping gleefully* you’ve just made my day with the SGA news and ruined it at the same time because we have to wait for sooooooo long, not ’til ep 15?! *closing eyes, breathing slowly, checking heartrate* Oh, I can hardly wait!! Love, love, LOVE the pics and captions, especially Todd and John, yummy!

Does Jelly have to stay overnight again today or did she get to come home right away? How did things go? Saying prayers for her quick recovery.

Big, BIG Smiles, Julie

Bryan M. White
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Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

GREAT NEWS on the Atlantis front!!! I would bet that we went a ship to get some Iradus bugs to feed on Todd.

As I recall, Ronon made three visits to Earth. Once to stop a Replicator, once to stop the Wraith from taking control of the SGC, and once for Beckett’s funeral. Stop me if I am wrong, but Tela has only been to Earth (really: Home was a dream) once for her IOA interview.

Seriously though, I would bet that McKay would be the one to appear on SGU. Can’t wait to see what happens next season.

By the way, how did Jelly’s procedure go?

Best wishes,
Bryan

Sheryl
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Sheryl

It’s about FRELLING time!! YEA!!!! God , I can’t wait for this!! Now, more crossover with more SG-1 people…Ben Browder, Claudia Black, and such!! Chop,chop Joe, get to work!!

Tammy Dixon
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Tammy Dixon

Todd’s food source: How about Death Row inmates?

Thanks for the good news!

Scratch Jelly’s ears for all of us! Any rooms destroyed today?

riley
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riley

I’ve been getting my (newish) flatmate hooked on Atlantis. At first she just watched it to perve on Ronon, but she has come to love Rodney, laugh hysterically at Sheppard’s twelve-year-old boy behaviour and thinks that Teyla rules.

She was dismayed to announce to me, though, that she thinks that in our friendship she is McKay and I am Sheppard – because she’s very high-strung and I’m very laidback.

@Annie from Freemantle: Your dog has an awesome name, and I hope he’s doing better.

Did Major Lorne come out with any personal revelations? *snort*

I have no faith the film will ever get made, so it would be nice to see my team again … or even just a couple of them.

Bryan M. White
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Bryan M. White

BTW, sorry for the bad grammar. I need to get used to a touch screen. Darned Storm. Sorry Joe, no Iphone yet.

Best Wishes,

Bryan

brian mcgee
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brian mcgee

So it WAS Lorne! I KNEW he was the one you’ve been hinting at! It’s too late to deny it, it’s on record.

wraithfodder
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wraithfodder

I think TOdd could be kept alive by tossing him bankers who caused the financial meltdowns, followed by a dessert of oily oil execs wink

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OMG!!!!!!! Thank-you Remi and Brad and TPTB….hope it all ends up working out for your script Joe…this is awesome news!! Thanks for posting it early Joe – you rock today my friend!!!!

SG-freaking-A!!!!

Cheers, Chev

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p.s. any news on Jelly?

cheers, chev

Joan001
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Joan001

Excellent seque to introduce Vala to the situation… I think that she, of all the characters, would fit in.

If the numbers go up for this cross-over, there might be more of a chance for a SGA movie. Strange things do happen sometimes.

avabird
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avabird

YAY! How awesome is that! A really bright spot in a crazy week.

Hope Jelly is doing well and feeling much better.

DP
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DP

I just assumed Atlantis would be sunk or hang in the sky and be and accessed with transporters.

If sunk, submersibles could go into the lower hatches, concealing their entry into and out of the water by passing through boats on the surface and ports elsewhere.

Put it in Loch Ness – not for any good technical reason, just because that would be cool. Who’s going to believe anyone claiming Atlantis is in Lock Ness? Or the Bermuda Triangle?