I noticed Rachel was on-board, so it spurred my post with some of the other actors.
The thing about SG:U was that it wasn’t Stargate, but Battlestar Galatica in the SG universe. Much more dark tone, and not the same theme at all that characterized SG-1 and SG:A. Not to mention there wasn’t a specific reason for the mission, so the end-result was very nebulous in contrast to SG-1 and SG:A that had a recognizable story-arc. B5 is a prime example of how things are done.
There was talk about a movie version of SG:A, but it fell thru the cracks, unfortunately.
SG:U definitely an experiment that didn’t work! You’re right, it did have the “cinema verite” look of Battlestar, which they *thankfully* toned down in later episode on BS.
J. Michael Straczynski is one of the best TV writers (Sci-Fi or otherwise) out there. Alfred Bester (“Walter Koenig”) was my favorite bad guys! Loved that character more than Checkov. (The real Alfred Bester was also a Sci-Fi writer, (“Domolished Man”, a story about committing murder in a world were Psy-cops could read your mind before you though about committing it. Homage to his story.) was a good friend of JMS, so used his name for Koenig’s role.
My eye doctor actually worked on the eye prosthetics for G’Kar and the other Narns on the show. Told me the actors were real “wooses” when it came to inserting the special contact lens they had to wear!
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