Browder’s SG-1 Role Revealed
Robert C. Cooper, executive producer of SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1, told SCI FI Wire that new regular cast member Ben Browder (Farscape) will play a new military member of the SG-1 team. “Ben is playing a military guy, a lieutenant colonel,” Cooper said in an interview. “And I can’t tell you his name yet. It hasn’t been legally cleared yet, so it could still change.”
Browder’s character, who joins the show in the upcoming ninth season, has a past history with the Stargate program, Cooper said. “The audience just hasn’t met him yet,” he said. “He’s actually played a key role in some major events that went on … in the Stargate universe and was in fact very instrumental in helping SG-1 succeed in one of their more important missions. And as a result of that, he was given … his choice posting. And he ultimately chooses to join SG-1. So when he first appears on the show, SG-1 will already know who he is. And we’ll see some of those scenes and how he was basically woven into the tapestry of the show through flashbacks.”
Cooper said that Stargate SG-1 will embark on a new direction in the upcoming ninth season. “One of the things we’ve always done with Stargate … [is] to reinvent ourselves all the time, and … bring in new villains and anything we needed to do to keep the show fresh,” he said. “And yet we still I think stuck to the core concept and the core team that started out at the beginning. And so fans of the show will still feel as though things are very comfortable and familiar, you know?
We’re still going to see Daniel Jackson and Teal’c and Carter and our new colonel going through the Stargate to alien worlds and getting into adventures. But there’s going to be some big new dangers as well.
We [will wrap] up a lot of storylines in season eight. And I think that, hopefully, fans are going to be very satisfied by the conclusion of season eight, and feel like we’ve really paid off a lot of the stories we’ve been building up over the last couple of years. And we’re looking at season nine to start fresh with some new stories and a new take on the Stargate universe.”
The remaining new season of Stargate SG-1’s eighth season kick off Jan. 21, 2005, in a new Friday 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, followed by the new episodes of Stargate Atlantis at 9 p.m. and the new original series Battlestar Galactica at 10 p.m. The ninth season of SG-1 will begin airing in the summer.