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== Précis ==
 
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== MGM/SciFi.com Official Summary ==
 
== MGM/SciFi.com Official Summary ==
  
'''The official summary is not available as this episode has not yet aired in the United States.'''
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Woolsey admits to Teyla, Ronon and Dr. McKay that he’s apprehensive about an upcoming performance evaluation. Later, while en route to his quarters, he encounters Dr. Vanessa Conrad, an engaging scientist recently arrived on the ''Apollo'', and finds himself more than a little attracted to her. But she is quickly forgotten when I.O.A. representative Shen Xiaoyi appears and advises him that he’s been reassigned to a new position back on Earth. Woolsey is shocked by this news but, aided by his new acquaintance, elects to fight the I.O.A.’s decision.
  
===Spoiler Summary===
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Col. John Sheppard, meanwhile, has flown several astrobiologists over to the mainland for a two day research expedition. On his way to make camp he is ambushed and captured by an old foe hellbent on acquiring Sheppard’s identification code.
  
Writer Joseph Mallozzi has stated that this episode has three "A" storylines: "First, there’s Sheppard and his mainland troubles. Then, there’s McKay and his Zelenka-assisted investigation of the mystery find. And, finally, there’s Woolsey and his good news/bad news/bizarre news day."
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Back on Atlantis, McKay and Zelenka investigate a mysterious object discovered at the ocean’s bottom.  
  
'''Sheppard and his mainland troubles:''' Sheppard has flown a Puddle Jumper to the mainland of Atlantis' new home planet and is captured and bound. He begins to try to free himself when he gets one of the biggest surprises of his life when his captor reveals himself. But how could it possibly be him — he's supposed to be dead, shot by Sheppard himself about two years before! What's even worse, Sheppard faces one of the darkest forms of torture that he could have ever imagined.
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== Cast ==
  
'''McKay and his Zelenka-assisted investigation:''' McKay flew a Puddle Jumper out of the underwater bay and recovers a device left behind in the ocean by an ancient alien race.
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'''Woolsey and his good news/bad news/bizarre news day:''' Woolsey is up for his nine-month evaluation from the IOA. He's nervous, but while entering the transporter in the city, he meets Dr. Vanessa Conrad, a scientist in her late 30's or early 40's who just arrived from the ''Apollo''. She is everything he finds attractive in a woman, including her choice of recreation: Yahtzee. Woolsey and Conrad part ways on a first-name basis as he reaches the floor of his quarters, hoping that maybe Vanessa would join him there for ... a meal. The doors close on her instead. The bad news? Richard learns that Vanessa's not exactly his type after all.
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== Guest Stars ==
  
From [http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/features/article_1415529.php/Robert_Picardo_and_Joe_Mallozzi_discuss_command_changes_on_Stargate_Atlantis?page=1 Monsters and Critics: Robert Picardo and Joe Mallozzi discuss command changes on Stargate: Atlantis], published July 7, 2008:
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* [[Robert Davi]] as [[Acastus Kolya]]
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* [[Tamlyn Tomita]] as [[Shen Xiaoyi]]
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* [[David Nykl]] as [[Radek Zelenka|Dr. Radek Zelenka]]
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* [[Anna Galvin]] as [[Vanessa Conrad|Dr. Vanessa Conrad]]
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* [[Sharon Taylor]] as [[Amelia Banks|Technician Banks]]
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* [[Chuck Campbell]] as [[Chuck|Technician Chuck]]
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* [[Jonathon Young]] as [[Parrish|Dr. Parrish]]
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* Dr. Kiang
  
:'''M&C: Is Woolsey going to be loosening up as this character arc and be less by the book as the season goes on?'''
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== Production ==
  
:'''Joseph Mallozzi:''' Well I mean, you kind of answered that question with regard to Episode 2 where - I mean, he comes in and he’s essentially appointed because he is a by the book guy and someone who the IOA feels they can trust to follow protocol.
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* Written by [[Joseph Mallozzi]] and [[Paul Mullie]]
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* Directed by [[William Waring]]
  
:And in his very first, crisis situation in Episode 2 called The Seed, he throws the playbook out the window and quickly realizes that in the Pegasus Galaxy, you can’t just follow protocol in order to save lives and really make the right decision.
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:You really have to react as a situation dictates. You just kind of play it by ear and it’s like a little mini crisis for Woolsey at the episode’s end where he realizes he - rather than following protocol, he went against protocol.
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=== Keywords ===
  
:And even though the situation worked out, that’s not the point because I mean, that he was not sent to the Pegasus Galaxy to just kind of play the cowboy.
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* [[Apollo]]
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* [[Atlantis]]
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* [[International Oversight Advisory (IOA)]]
  
:And then over the course of the ensuing episodes, the lesson becomes even more obvious, when [Ronon] goes missing. And then it’ll eventually culminate in an episode call Remnants ... where over the course of most of the season, I mean, he did come in as an interim leader.
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:Over the course of the scenes they begin to just kind of accept his as a new commander of the base. But then come Episode 15, he’s suddenly up for review and the IOA is not exactly pleased with his performance because he was sent in to, just in a sense, be a pit bull but he wasn’t following procedure and his job is at stake.
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{{SGA Season Five Ep Guide Links}}
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* Previous: [[SGA 5.14 "The Prodigal" Episode Guide]]
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* Next: [[SGA 5.16 "Brain Storm" Episode Guide]]
  
:I kind of liken it to that first - the second episode that Bob referred to, Inauguration, where he played Kinsey’s pit bull and Kinsey sicked him on SG-1.
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:And he was more than happy to do his job so long as he thought he was doing the right thing. And then near the end of the episode, he realized, my gosh, I mean, I’m not doing the right thing.
 
 
 
:And rather than just play along with Kinsey, he actually goes to see the President and comes clean with him. And that was our first step towards, I guess, rehabilitating the character and making him a character that ultimately the audience could sympathize with and grow to like. You can argue back and forth whether he’s leadership material, but I think, over the course of season five you’ll come to realize that he is leadership material even though maybe he doesn’t realize it himself.
 
 
 
:'''&C: Joe, what has been the toughest episode so far for you to write this season, would you say?'''
 
 
 
:'''Joseph Mallozzi:''' Right now, the one I’m working on now, Remnants...which really is three different stories. I mean, there’s a story involving Sheppard on the mainland. There’s a story involving Woolsey and a potential love interest, in the midst of this probationary review that he’s undergoing that clearly is not - looks like it’s not going to go very well.
 
 
 
:And then there’s a third story involving McKay and Zelenka that kind of explores a bit of their friendship or some would say non-existent friendship. But I mean, there’s still that mutual respect between the two.
 
 
 
:When the - and it involves them discovering a device at the bottom of the ocean, just maybe a couple of hundred miles, , way from the city. It’s a script that jumps kind of back and forth between the three stories.
 
 
 
:As things progress, they inevitably come together and you realize that the three seemingly unrelated stories are in fact connected in a very big way.
 
 
 
:There are a couple of instances that- particularly with regard to Sheppard, I don’t want to give too much away. Because I don’t even know what’s going to make it to screen. But it’s very dark with regard to the Sheppard story and there are a couple of instances that a couple of the writers, my fellow writers, balked at but a couple of other writers loved as well.
 
 
 
:And I thought were very important to keep in the script that I’ll be interested to see what the network says when they read the script. Of all the scripts I think this one in particular has been particularly challenging. We’ll see what the network has to say and what the rewrite will look like.
 
 
 
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* [[Robert Davi]] as [[Acastus Kolya]]
 
* [[Jonathon Young]] as [[Parrish|Dr. Parrish]]
 
* [[Anna Galvin]] as [[Vanessa Conrad|Dr. Vanessa Conrad]]
 
* [[Tamlyn Tomita]] as [[Shen Xiaoyi]]
 
* Dr. Kiang
 
  
== Production ==
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== Galleries ==
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===Stills Galleries===
  
* Written by [[Joseph Mallozzi]]
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* [http://stargate.mgm.com/stills.php?series_id=2&season=5&episode=15#anch15 MGM: Episode Stills]
* Directed by [[William Waring]]
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* [http://andreas-ri.livejournal.com/52629.html Andreas as LJ: Episode Stills]
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* [http://dryope.livejournal.com/415814.html Dryope at LJ: Episode Stills]
  
==Production Gallery==
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===Production Galleries===
  
 
The following are links to images (and videos) concerning the production of this episode and were published by Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog:  
 
The following are links to images (and videos) concerning the production of this episode and were published by Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog:  
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* [http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dsc09737.jpg On Set: Chuck Campbell in costume with David Hewlett (July 23, 2008)]
 
* [http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dsc09737.jpg On Set: Chuck Campbell in costume with David Hewlett (July 23, 2008)]
 
* [http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dsc09745.jpg On Set: David Nykl/Zelenka listening in (July 23, 2008)]
 
* [http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dsc09745.jpg On Set: David Nykl/Zelenka listening in (July 23, 2008)]
 
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* [http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/dsc09856.jpg Candid: Is this Robert Davi at his costume fitting? (August 14, 2008)]
== Related Articles ==
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* [http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/november-15-2008-the-remnants-write-up/ November 15 entry has several behind-the-scenes images.]
 
 
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{{SGA Season Five Ep Guide Links}}
 
* Previous: [[SGA 5.14 "The Prodigal" Episode Guide]]
 
* Next: [[SGA 5.16 "Brain Storm" Episode Guide]]
 
 
 
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* "Remnants starts shooting tomorrow [July 22].  Time to recharge my camera batteries." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 21, 2008.
 
* "Remnants starts shooting tomorrow [July 22].  Time to recharge my camera batteries." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 21, 2008.
 
* DAY 1 SHOOT: "I headed back down to the FX Stage where Will Waring and the gang were shooting Day One of Remnants. Will had phoned me up last night to inquire about Dr. Conrad’s patch. “She has a slight accent,” he said. “I think it’s either Australian or New Zealand.” Great! Val had both patches at the ready this morning and, after checking with guest star Anna Galvin (whose name will ring a bell with many SG-1 fans), Aussie won out over Newzie (incidentally, Fondy tried to convince me that people from New Zealand are referred to as Kiwi’s, not Newzies, but I knew she was pulling my leg). ... On deck tomorrow - Remnants, Day #2: The McKay-Zelenka Show." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 22, 2008.
 
* DAY 1 SHOOT: "I headed back down to the FX Stage where Will Waring and the gang were shooting Day One of Remnants. Will had phoned me up last night to inquire about Dr. Conrad’s patch. “She has a slight accent,” he said. “I think it’s either Australian or New Zealand.” Great! Val had both patches at the ready this morning and, after checking with guest star Anna Galvin (whose name will ring a bell with many SG-1 fans), Aussie won out over Newzie (incidentally, Fondy tried to convince me that people from New Zealand are referred to as Kiwi’s, not Newzies, but I knew she was pulling my leg). ... On deck tomorrow - Remnants, Day #2: The McKay-Zelenka Show." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 22, 2008.
* DAY 2 SHOOT: "And, of course, for those of you wondering - I did swing by Stage 6 today and checked out David² in action. Lots of fun." &mdmash; Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 23, 2008.
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* DAY 2 SHOOT: "And, of course, for those of you wondering - I did swing by Stage 6 today and checked out David² in action. Lots of fun." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 23, 2008.
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* Linzi writes: “I too am disappointed Sheppard only gets one episode, right at the end of the season, and is rarely mentioned in spoilers, and so are many Sheppard fans I know.” Answer: "Actually, Sheppard gets one, alongside Beckett, in Whispers and another, alongside Woolsey, in Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2008.
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* Jess writes: “ We see him [Sheppard] willing to sacrifice himself for pretty much anyone, even Keller whom he only knows for a few months, and his almost suicidal tentancies are put into place once more. But still we never get any reason behind his actions.” Answer: "Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2008.
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* "I am anxiously awaiting a director’s cut of Remnants..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 12, 2008.
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* "I was cutting Remnants which clocked in at an astounding +9.20! Trimming out the first four and a half minutes was no problem; losing the next four and a bit of a chore. The last twenty seconds was freaking impossible and, after going over the episode twice, I threw in the towel and decided to it pick things up Monday morning. It’s a great episode (Carl says it’s his favorite among the three I wrote this season) with not one, not two, but three parallel storylines. The David’s are great together, Bob shows off his great comic timing, and our nefarious special guest star puts our helpless hero through some real physical and psychological torment. Even though Remnants is a perfectly appropriate title for the episode, Revelations would have worked as well. But it was already taken." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 15, 2008.
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* "Joe is editing episode 515 "Remnants"..." — Alex Levine in his scifi.com blog, August 18, 2008.
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* MrsB108 writes: “Does “Inquisition” show us the inner workings of Sheppard’s thoughts and well-kept guilt?” Answers: "No. You’ll have to wait until Remnants for that." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 26, 2008.
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* "Another good one was "Remnants," the Joe Mallozzi script. We just finished that one also. Bits and pieces of it last week. Yeah, good ones. ... I think for McKay and Zelenka "Remnants" is probably the best episode this year." — David Nylk in Gateworld interview, September 13, 2008.
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
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* [http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/features/article_1415529.php/Robert_Picardo_and_Joe_Mallozzi_discuss_command_changes_on_Stargate_Atlantis?page=1 Monsters and Critics: Robert Picardo and Joe Mallozzi discuss command changes on Stargate: Atlantis, published July 7, 2008.]
 
* [http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/features/article_1415529.php/Robert_Picardo_and_Joe_Mallozzi_discuss_command_changes_on_Stargate_Atlantis?page=1 Monsters and Critics: Robert Picardo and Joe Mallozzi discuss command changes on Stargate: Atlantis, published July 7, 2008.]
 
* [http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Interview-Stargate-Atlantis-Joseph-Mallozzi-And-Robert-Picardo-Part-3-11224.html Cinema Blend: Interview: Stargate Atlantis Joseph Mallozzi and Robert Picardo, Part 3, posted July 11, 2008.]
 
* [http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Interview-Stargate-Atlantis-Joseph-Mallozzi-And-Robert-Picardo-Part-3-11224.html Cinema Blend: Interview: Stargate Atlantis Joseph Mallozzi and Robert Picardo, Part 3, posted July 11, 2008.]
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* [http://blog.scifi.com/stargate/archives/2008/08/the_heat_of_sum.html Alex Levine's scifi.com blog, August 18, 2008.]
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* [http://www.gateworld.net/interviews/words_of_radek.shtml Gateworld: Words of Radek, interview with David Nykl, September 13, 2008.]
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* [http://blogs.scifi.com/stargate/archives/2008/11/spoilers_remnan.html Alex Levine's scifi.com blog, November 10, 2008.]
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* [http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/?p=2089 Solutions: "Remnants": "Surface Impressions Vs Inner Realities", November 14, 2008.]
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* [http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/november-15-2008-the-remnants-write-up/ Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog: The Remnants Write-Up, November 15, 2008.]
  
 
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Précis

Woolsey faces an uncertain future in the form of a performance evaluation; Zelenka and McKay examine an object discovered on the ocean floor; Sheppard encounters an ambush.

Guide | Transcript

MGM/SciFi.com Official Summary

Woolsey admits to Teyla, Ronon and Dr. McKay that he’s apprehensive about an upcoming performance evaluation. Later, while en route to his quarters, he encounters Dr. Vanessa Conrad, an engaging scientist recently arrived on the Apollo, and finds himself more than a little attracted to her. But she is quickly forgotten when I.O.A. representative Shen Xiaoyi appears and advises him that he’s been reassigned to a new position back on Earth. Woolsey is shocked by this news but, aided by his new acquaintance, elects to fight the I.O.A.’s decision.

Col. John Sheppard, meanwhile, has flown several astrobiologists over to the mainland for a two day research expedition. On his way to make camp he is ambushed and captured by an old foe hellbent on acquiring Sheppard’s identification code.

Back on Atlantis, McKay and Zelenka investigate a mysterious object discovered at the ocean’s bottom.

Cast

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Production

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The following are links to images (and videos) concerning the production of this episode and were published by Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog:

Production Notes

  • "Looking way ahead, I’ve talked myself into the #16 spot with “a very special Stargate Atlantis” (apologies to James Stewart), while we’ve got some other potential stories floating about in search of definitive slot." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, March 4, 2008.
  • "...my “a very special Stargate Atlantis” which quite possibly may see the return of the lovely Kari Wuhrer [Sheppard's ex-wife Nancy]..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, April 29, 2008.
  • "Yes, it feels like not that long ago I was prepping episode #3 and now, here I sit, thinking about thinking about episode #16. Yes, I’ll eventually start making headway but, at this point in a story‘s development, it‘s so easy to get distracted by seemingly more pressing matters..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 7, 2008.
  • "Skip over that big, blank space at the #15 slot and you come to my final episode of the season, tentatively titled Remnants. A little more progress today which took the form of my promising to have a beat sheet ready for Monday. I guess there’s nothing left to do now but write the damn thing." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 8, 2008.
  • This episode is scheduled for start of filming in late July according to Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 8, 2008.
  • "We spun Marty G.’s latest story idea this morning, going back and forth on various notions as the room argued containment fields, points of science, and hot vs. cold air masses. The thematic shift of his story has turned out to be a good new/bad news situation for me. Good news: HE is now writing “A Very Special Stargate: Atlantis”. Bad news: He takes the #16 slot which means I’m writing #15 which will have to be ready to prep on the day we get back from our summer hiatus. It would be great to have a story locked some time before then, but it’s been mighty slow going. And I’m getting mighty anxious." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 12, 2008.
  • "Speaking of scripts - I’ve finally made some headway on episode #15. Sort of. I’ve expanded the story and included throughlines for three separate characters, an A story mystery, and a B story probationary review." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 13, 2008.
  • "While many in the office packed up their golf clubs and headed south, I opted for an extra long weekend of staying put and doing nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. I do have books to read, a blog to update, and a certain outline that, sadly, won’t write itself." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 16, 2008.
  • "I’ve discovered a cure for insomnia! If you’re ever lying wide awake in bed and unable to fall sleep, all you have to do is start thinking about the outline for your upcoming script. I guarantee you’ll be out before the first act break. Amazingly, it seems to work for mid-afternoon naps as well. Yes, the outline is slow going, but I hope to have a rough beat sheet in by end of day Tuesday after which everyone will weigh in and no doubt help me fill in the missing pieces that will send me on my way to script. If I can lock in a structure by early next week, I could probably turn in a first draft before mid-June, leaving my hiatus more or less free and clear for reading, Esperanto lessons, and my beginner’s garroting class." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 18, 2008.
  • "Back at the office today. ... beat out the tease and first two acts of the tentatively titled Remnants ..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 20, 2008.
  • "Well, I’m pleased to report I’ve finally completed a very rough beat sheet for Remnants, formerly a “very special Stargate: Atlantis”, now a “not so special Stargate: Atlantis”. However, I’m sure that once the other writers weigh in with their brilliant ideas, it’ll go from “not so special” to “one of passing interest”. So far, I’ve got the word out to a couple of potential guest stars, discussed the look of the mainland, and have been considering some of the more important character moments I want to explore with Sheppard, McKay, and Woolsey." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 22, 2008.
  • "Well, after receiving some thoughts from the other writers, I’m off and running on Remnants. I hit the 12-page mark today and hope to make some progress this weekend - at least until I hit the top of the third act where one of those blasted TBD place-holder beats awaits. Nevertheless, I hope to have a first draft done before we head off for hiatus (in two weeks)..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 28, 2008.
  • "Whenever I start work on a script, I set modest goals and then always surprise myself by exceeding expectations. I’ve done this so often that you would think I’d know better by now but, no, I continue to amaze myself. Take Remnants for instance. I wanted to have a first draft for mid-July but, after some thought, revised the target date to a month earlier - the second week of June which would allow me to get some feedback from the other writers before I head off for hiatus. It usually takes me about two weeks to write a script, so I figured if I had an outline in place by the beginning of the month, June 13th would be very doable. ... I hit P. 21 today and, as predicted, it’s fairly smooth sailing. So far. ... For instance, just this afternoon a couple of those persistent little notions came together to give me a truly diabolical revelation. The result = a scene that will have all the Shep-whumpers screaming “Yes! Yes!” and then “What?! NO!! NO!! NOOOO!!!” The gloves are off, kiddies. ... Oh, and I came up with that fifth act twist I’ve been agonizing over. This is cause for celebration." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 30, 2008.
  • Kristen writes: “In your opinion which episode for Sheppard is going to be his character driven magnus opus?” Answer: "Right now? Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, May 30, 2008.
  • "And, all the while, running dialogue through my head for the next scene I have to write: McKay, Zelenka, black tea, and a frank admission. I went on a bit of a creative tear last night, hitting the 29 page mark before running out of steam. But much of the night after that was spent lying in bed, tossing and turning as I plotted out the next couple of acts." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 1, 2008.
  • "It's a bit of a challenge sometimes to keep him [Robert Picardo] out of a story but I would love to write a big Woolsey story. Joe's working on one for the back half, no details on that yet, but it's something he's working on which will feature him heavily. That will be great because he's such a great actor. He's really a great actor. He's brought such comic genius moments to a lot of scripts like 'The Seer'." — Alan McCullough in Gateworld interview, published June 4, 2008.
  • "While I’m not exactly blazing through this script, I am advancing at a fairly steady five-page-a-day pace. Still, this one has been atypical in its progression. Usually, it takes me a while to get going but once I’m past those first three acts, the last two go very quickly. In this case, however, it’s been just the opposite: fairly smooth sailing from the get-go with nary a hiccup until I hit the fourth act, at which point things slowed to a crawl. Unlike most episodes which have an A main storyline and B secondary storyline, this one is a triple A and it’s been a bit of a challenge balancing the three. First, there’s Sheppard and his mainland troubles. Then, there’s McKay and his Zelenka-assisted investigation of the mystery find. And, finally, there’s Woolsey and his good news/bad news/bizarre news day. The way it’s looking, this initial draft is going to clock in at a healthy 60+ pages which I’ll, of course, edit down to a much more reasonable 56-58 before putting it out. Given the type of script it is, I’m expecting significant notes and a potentially heavy rewrite - which, in this case, isn’t a problem because I’ll have all of the hiatus to work on it. The important thing is that I put out a first draft that will give the office a fair approximation of how the production schedule will break down. Most of the beats are sound so I don’t expect much scene-shifting. The only one that worries me is what I’ll be doing to Sheppard at the end of the third act. I suspect more than one person in the room will say something to the effect of: “Are you nuts?!” . Should make for an interesting debate." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 4, 2008.
  • "One week after starting work on the script, I have a 63 page rough first draft of Remnants! Not bad, not bad at all. Not great either, which is why I’ll be spending the next three days revising, shifting, polishing, and rethinking things. I’m aiming to get it out to the writing department on Monday." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 5, 2008.
  • "Yes, exhausted but relieved now that I have a completed draft. For a while there, I was feeling a tad frustrated. Interestingly enough, that frustration happened to coincide with my return to the office where my hitherto rapidfire progress on the script ground to a halt. As someone pointed out, the production offices are fraught with distractions. From Lawren’s lunch orders to Carl’s delightful fishing tales, it‘s a wonder anything gets done. Yesterday, between all of the end of season hoopla and episodes 17 and 18 yakkity-yak, I ended up writing all of a page - then went home, had dinner, and stayed up past midnight to write a whopping eight pages (including two of the script’s most challenging scenes). This morning - and, yes, it took me all morning - I wrote the last half-page scene to finish the script. As is tradition on such momentous occasions, the first thing I did immediately after typing FADE OUT and hitting SAVE was to email myself a copy just in the event: a) my laptop is stolen and/or b) I drop dead before I’ve had a chance to distribute it, thereby hopefully saving my co-workers the awkwardness of running a frenzied post-memorial search of my laptop." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 5, 2008.
  • "I phoned up Paul Weber [casting director] this afternoon and discussed casting for the episode. Apparently, the nefarious one’s deal has closed. Next up, we need to get the ball rolling on T.T. Once that’s done, it’s only a matter of finding a Lieberman and a Conrad. Bob has already offered a casting suggestion for the latter." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 5, 2008.
  • "I do save my first drafts. In the past, I have offered up scene-by-scene comparisons between the first drafts and the finished episodes. For season five, I’ll be offering the breakdowns on Broken Ties, Whispers, and Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 5, 2008.
  • "Speaking of scripts, I went over my first draft of Remnants and trimmed it down from 63 to a somewhat more acceptable 58 pages. I’ll spend the weekend shaving another couple of pages off that count and then, we’ll be good to go. As is often the case when I write a script, I like it a lot more on second reading - although it’s not without its problems. ... I’m referring to pages 29, 31, 33, 34, 40, 44-50, 55, and 56. The nice thing about getting the script in early is that I’ll have a whole month to work on the rewrite rather than killing myself to incorporate everyone’s notes during prep week. It also means that my hiatus will be fairly free and clear." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 6, 2008.
  • "Today, I revised my first draft and shaved the script down to a manageable 56 pages." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 7, 2008.
  • "I went over the script one last time, then handed in after lunch. Finally, I’m done. Until, of course, I get the notes and have to begin the rewrite. Alex Levine, who went over the script before distributing it, had some thoughts. He found the Shen imbroglio too subtle (I thought it might be). He bumped on the end of Act IV and its resolution (I figured some would). He felt the reveal needed to be moved up and the big decision needed more of a build (Hey, man. Don’t come to me with problems. Come to me with solutions.). I expect feedback from everyone else in the not too distant future. Hopefully before we all go our separate ways this Friday." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 9, 2008.
  • "We started the day with a morning notes session on my latest, Remnants. As is customary, we kicked things off with a round of “cover notes”. Cover notes, as the name implies, refer to general script notes like “I think you need to do a pass on the villain’s voice to make him less eloquent” or “The episode takes a while to get going so I’d suggest trimming the first few scenes” or, in Carl’s case “Aieeee! This font hurts my eyes to read!”. In the case of Remnants, there were a few, some of which I predicted. Marty G. objected to my brutal treatment of Sheppard while Paul took issue with one particular Holy Shit Moment in that regard. I agreed that the scenes are dark, but I argued they’re necessarily so. No clean and comical this time out for our hero as the chickens come home to roost. Or, in this case, one particularly bad-ass rooster. Alex’s concerns about the subtlety of the Shen imbroglio were echoed and some great suggestions offered with regard to the McKay-Zelenka scenes." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 10, 2008.
  • "From the cover notes, we moved on to the page notes. Some discussion on the mechanics of the transporter scene, the mainland intro, the off-world fooferah, the short list, the “convincing” gloves, the infirmary scene, and the reveal. All very doable and while I’d love to put out a Writer’s Draft for Friday, it seems unlikely I’ll get the chance since it looks like we’ll be very busy spinning and watching cuts and mixes." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 10, 2008.
  • "Well, I can honestly say I have never looked forward to a Friday the 13th like I did this one. It was our last day of shooting before the month-long hiatus- still, the mood was fairly subdued on our side of the production offices. I was working on my Remnants rewrite." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 13, 2008.
  • "I rewrote the tease of Remnants (adding Dr. Kiang as per Martin’s suggestion and replacing the tree limb after Rob warned me it wouldn’t work) and made some changes to the first act (I addressed Paul’s note by including an early time-cut, lost McKay’s “I said good day, sir.” because Martin didn’t like it, included Zelenka in the control room scene as per everyone’s request, and changed the final beat to avoid repeating a visual from Broken Ties)." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 13, 2008.
  • "Suspenseful, character-driven." — Joseph Mallozzi describing this episode in his personal blog, June 13, 2008.
  • McKay's cut line (“I said good day, sir”) was in a scene where McKay talks back at someone and was meant to be sarcastic, according to Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 15, 2008.
  • "I settled in and worked on Remnants, rewriting the last McKay-Zelenka scene." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 18, 2008.
  • Marla writes: “Sounds like you’re pretty much done with Remnats - does that mean the Shep scene you’ve been fighting over with your fellow writers is still in the script?” Answer: "So far. We’ll see what the network has to say." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 19, 2008.
  • "Hmmm. I knew this would happen. I was motoring along on my Remnants rewrite and then got detoured by Wednesday's quadruple episode screening. Nothing ruins the rhythm of a rewrite like a day off not writing. Hopefully I'll be able to recapture the magic this weekend as I want to get this script out to the network before the end of next week." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 20, 2008.
  • "Looking ahead to this week: finishing up the Remnants rewrite..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 22, 2008.
  • "From post, it was back to the office where Brad, Rob, Paul and I gathered to discuss Project Twilight over lunch. We tossed around some notions for a couple of hours and eventually called it a day, vowing to really give it some thought while we were off enjoying our time off. ... Which will begin for me sometime after I deliver this script. I’m thinking Thursday or Friday." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 24, 2008.
  • "It depends what you mean by dark. I think, in some aspects, Remnants is actually darker than Whispers." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 27, 2008.
  • "Yeah, in fact, like I said, in season four we wanted to do an episode where we shined the spotlight on each character. We did pretty much the same thing in season five and the episode I’m writing now, Remnants, is like I mentioned, kind of a dark episode with three different elements. And the Sheppard element kind of delves into his character and kind of asks the question - here’s a guy who basically comes to the Pegasus Galaxy to protect people, and comes all the way over to another galaxy and risks his life sort of protecting people. There are instances where he’s not successful. I mean, he lost Ford and he lost Weir. And you could argue whether it’s really his fault or not. But at the end of the day, what drives a guy like that and frankly is it a healthy thing that drives the guy? And that’s one of the questions that is positive in “Remnants” that is kind of thrown in Sheppard’s face that we kind of explore." — Joseph Mallozzi, Cinema Blend interview, part 3, posted July 11, 2008.
  • "Well - y’know - we’re still on hiatus and I - well, y’know - just got the script in a little while ago so I expect notes - y’know - hopefully sometime before we start shooting." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog (playing off that he said "you know" several times in his conference call interview), July 9, 2008.
  • "Fun time’s over. It’s back to work for me tomorrow. And, by the looks of the prep schedule, it’s going to be a long day: 0900: Concept Meeting for Ep. #515 “Remnants” ... 1030: Prosthetics Meeting for Ep. #515, “Remnants” ... 1100: Art Department Meeting for Ep. #515, “Remnants” ... 1145: Props Meeting for Ep. #515, “Remnants” ... 1330: Costumes Meeting for Ep. #515, “Remnants” ... 1430: Casting Session for Ep. #515, “Remnants” ... The VFX/Playback, Sunts/SPFX, and Extras Meetings are mercifully scheduled for Tuesday. Once they’re done, I’ll have the rest of the week and weekend to address the studio/network notes and any input from the other producers, the department heads, and the actors. After that, I’ll hand things off to multi-talented director Will Waring and it’ll be smoooooooooth sailing…up until I start on Project Twilight." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 13, 2008.
  • "Well, I was back at work today and, despite a full slate of meetings, it wasn’t so bad. Assistant A.D. and official Stargate curmudgeon paid me a rare compliment by telling me he actually liked the script! The Concept Meeting went smoothly and we followed up with a brief Prosthetics Meeting, ultimately deciding to use a combination of visual effects and practical movie magic for the forest sequence. The Art Department Meeting went well - until we got to the scenes in Woolsey’s quarters. Well, the first and only other time we’ve seen his quarters was in episode #3, Broken Ties, and it was a night scene that offered up a magical view of the city outside his bay window. Alas, those magical views don’t look quite as magical in the day time and so, rather than go with a projected image, we’re talking about making the view a visual effect. That would, of course, assure its magical quality - but at potentially great expense. We decided to table the discussion until tomorrow’s visual effects meeting but, in the end, I have a feeling we’ll be going with a combination of visual effects and creative camera angling on the part of wiz director Will Waring. Evil Kenny took us through the Props Meeting. We talked guns, vests, knives, and nasty machetes. The Costumes Meeting was also a breeze. It was t-shirt over long-sleeves, blood and bullet holes over none, and a military look for our guest star over his admittedly suave civilian look. After lunch, we had our casting session and checked out Kiangs, Libermans, soldiers, and Luthor Dovelocks. Which took me to about 3:30 p.m., just in time for a double note session on my final draft of Remnants..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 14, 2008.
  • "It looks like a busy morning tomorrow. We’ll be kicking things off with a location scout (tentatively entitled A Production in Search of a Cliff), following up with the Visual Effects and Playback Meeting, the Stunts and SPFX Meeting and, finally, capping things off with the Extras Meeting." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 14, 2008.
  • "Thankfully, saner heads prevailed and the location scout initially scheduled for 7:15 a.m. this morning was moved to a much more bearable 8:00 a.m. The trip to Stokes Pitt took about 45 minutes and I spent the time chatting food with producer John G. Lenic, and catching up on my emails. ... Like today, for instance, when the ten of us hopped out of the transport mini-van like circus clowns and checked out the site of Sheppard’s day in Hell eppy. We needed someplace to park the jumper, and then someplace that would serve as a proper cliff setting. Check and check. The first one will be easy. The latter will require a bit of imagination, a backhoe, an Art Department extension, and some green screen effects, but the ten foot drop-off we sized up should do the trick. We stood around, discussed, took measurements, stood around, traipsed through the forest, stood around, and then, once everyone was satisfied (for my part, I could have done with a little more standing around), we piled back into the clown car and headed back to the studio. ... The prep schedule was juggled so that we had only one meeting today: Playback and VFX. For the playback portion, we discussed oscillating energy signatures, scrolling alien script (not to be confused with), and scrolling alien text (it scrolls the opposite direction to help differentiate). We moved on to visual effects and some discussion about that damn bay window in Woolsey’s quarters (what the hell was I thinking?), the visual depiction of physical damage, the scenic cafeteria view, stuns, muzzle flashes, beam downs, and the big reveal." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 15, 2008. There are also several pictures and a video to cover his field trip to Stokes Pitt.
  • "Today’s notes session on Remnants was long and involved but went very well. No requests to tone down or lose any of the key beats. Mainly requests for clarity and thematic reinforcement. We followed up with our final meetings of the week - 1) Stunts and SPFX in which we discussed squibs ... , ratchets, and a plethora of punches, 2) Make-Up, and 3) Extras. One more casting session tomorrow afternoon in a bid to find our Kiang. Looks like I’ll be losing Lieberman and bringing back Parrish instead." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 16, 2008.
  • DLK writes: “Parrish coming back?” Answer: "And quite possibly in shorts!" — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal bog, July 17, 2008.
  • "The first thing I did when I got in this morning was go over the changes I’d made to Remnants before handing it off to Alex [Levice, Script Coordinator]. Given that the revisions impacted over half the script, the latest version went out as a full blue draft." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 21, 2008.
  • "Actress Tamlyn Tomita (aka I.O.A. rep Shen Xiaoyi) stopped in to say hi today [picture included]. She is, of course, in town to shoot her scenes for Remnants and seemed genuinely excited about her character’s role in the episode. After the preliminary script talk, we moved on to more pressing issues - namely, food." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 21, 2008.
  • "Remnants starts shooting tomorrow [July 22]. Time to recharge my camera batteries." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 21, 2008.
  • DAY 1 SHOOT: "I headed back down to the FX Stage where Will Waring and the gang were shooting Day One of Remnants. Will had phoned me up last night to inquire about Dr. Conrad’s patch. “She has a slight accent,” he said. “I think it’s either Australian or New Zealand.” Great! Val had both patches at the ready this morning and, after checking with guest star Anna Galvin (whose name will ring a bell with many SG-1 fans), Aussie won out over Newzie (incidentally, Fondy tried to convince me that people from New Zealand are referred to as Kiwi’s, not Newzies, but I knew she was pulling my leg). ... On deck tomorrow - Remnants, Day #2: The McKay-Zelenka Show." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 22, 2008.
  • DAY 2 SHOOT: "And, of course, for those of you wondering - I did swing by Stage 6 today and checked out David² in action. Lots of fun." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, July 23, 2008.
  • Linzi writes: “I too am disappointed Sheppard only gets one episode, right at the end of the season, and is rarely mentioned in spoilers, and so are many Sheppard fans I know.” Answer: "Actually, Sheppard gets one, alongside Beckett, in Whispers and another, alongside Woolsey, in Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2008.
  • Jess writes: “ We see him [Sheppard] willing to sacrifice himself for pretty much anyone, even Keller whom he only knows for a few months, and his almost suicidal tentancies are put into place once more. But still we never get any reason behind his actions.” Answer: "Remnants." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 9, 2008.
  • "I am anxiously awaiting a director’s cut of Remnants..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 12, 2008.
  • "I was cutting Remnants which clocked in at an astounding +9.20! Trimming out the first four and a half minutes was no problem; losing the next four and a bit of a chore. The last twenty seconds was freaking impossible and, after going over the episode twice, I threw in the towel and decided to it pick things up Monday morning. It’s a great episode (Carl says it’s his favorite among the three I wrote this season) with not one, not two, but three parallel storylines. The David’s are great together, Bob shows off his great comic timing, and our nefarious special guest star puts our helpless hero through some real physical and psychological torment. Even though Remnants is a perfectly appropriate title for the episode, Revelations would have worked as well. But it was already taken." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 15, 2008.
  • "Joe is editing episode 515 "Remnants"..." — Alex Levine in his scifi.com blog, August 18, 2008.
  • MrsB108 writes: “Does “Inquisition” show us the inner workings of Sheppard’s thoughts and well-kept guilt?” Answers: "No. You’ll have to wait until Remnants for that." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, August 26, 2008.
  • "Another good one was "Remnants," the Joe Mallozzi script. We just finished that one also. Bits and pieces of it last week. Yeah, good ones. ... I think for McKay and Zelenka "Remnants" is probably the best episode this year." — David Nylk in Gateworld interview, September 13, 2008.

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--DeeKayP 15:42, 8 June 2008 (PDT)