Exclusive: Season 9 Cast Changes

So, will Don Davis be in Season 9? At the L3 convention this weekend Peter DeLuise was surprised I even asked. “That’s no secret,” he said, and confirmed that Don would definitely be in the next season if it happens. However, Peter says negotiations are still taking place on how many episodes he will appear in. Will General Hammond command the SGC or simply keep an eye on things? Either way, his return is most welcome.

Meanwhile, Martin Wood invited the audience at L3 to ask him if Stargate Atlantis was the only Stargate spin-off they’d been discussing or whether there was something else. When the audience asked if there was, he pulled a wouldn’t-you-like-to-know-but-the-answer-is-yes face, and told us nothing! Martin also said we could expect “cast changes” in Season 9.

Later, I asked Martin Wood if Claudia Black’s Season 8 appearance was a one-off or whether we could expect to see her again in Season 9. He didn’t answer, but he pulled that face again. As with Don, there is no knowing how much Claudia will be in the show but judging solely on Martin’s expression, I would not be at all surprised if Vala became a recurring character. That said, I’m no judge of face-pulling so keep your eyes open for more news as we get it. Perhaps TPTB are waiting to see how fans feel about Vala before a final decision is made.

While I’m spinning out wild theories – if spin-offs are being considered, perhaps Daniel and Vala have a future beyond Stargate? Or maybe the Egyptians didn’t build the pyramids and it was really aliens…no, that’s going too far.

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CLAUDIA BLACK TO GUEST IN S8

Claudia BlackFarscape star Claudia Black, who played the Peacekeeper Officer Aeryn Sun in the SCI FI Channel original series, is to guest star in Stargate SG-1’s Season 8 episode “Prometheus Unbound“. The news was reported in a post at Gateworld Forum by Stargate writer and Co-Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi.

Mallozzi told fans that Black will play Vala, the alien woman who steals the Earth’s only starship Prometheus, and with it, Dr. Daniel Jackson.

Vala, dryly humorous, challenging and cynical, uses her looks to try to distract Daniel from preventing completion of her mission, which is to deliver the Prometheus to her people, whom she alleges to be rebels fleeing from Ba’al. Vala herself was once the host to a Goa’uld symbiote.

Farscape’s Aeryn Sun is one of the strongest and smartest female characters to ever grace the screen, with Black taking a coveted TV Guide cover as one of the sexiest stars in the universe. Farscape fans are fortunate to be able to welcome Claudia Black back to her most famous role in the mini-series “Farscape: Peacekeeper War” which finished filming in March of this year and is currently in post-production. Also starring Ben Browder [reprising his role of John Crichton], “Peacekeeper War” wraps up the loose ends left dangling when the series came to its abrupt and much lamented end last year after it was cancelled by SCI FI Channel because of disappointing ratings. Ironically, its spot in SCI FI’s Friday night line-up was taken by Stargate SG-1.

Stargate fans are sure to welcome Claudia Black to the SG-1 universe and will keenly anticipate the entanglement of her character Vala with series favourite Daniel Jackson, played by star Michael Shanks, in Season 8’s “Prometheus Unbound”. Black’s appearance in the show is sure to excite media and genre interest.

Claudia Black Online

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