Stargate: Atlantis Producer Shares the Top 4 Scripts that Never Made It to the Screen

Monday, 02 May 2016 - 12:55PM
Monday, 02 May 2016 - 12:55PM
Stargate: Atlantis may not have been as long-running or well-known as its parent series, but it has an incredibly passionate fanbase, and with good reason. It alternated between fun sci-fi adventure and complex cultural critique with ease, and had one of the best villains of all time (and definitely the best of the Stargate franchise). Now, producer Joseph Mallozzi has shared the four best Stargate: Atlantis scripts he never got to write, via Reddit, and it includes several ideas that we desperately wish had made it to the screen.

The first is arguably the most high-stakes when it comes to changing the status quo, as it involves a huge coup from the hybrid Wraith, Michael. In this episode, Sheppard and his team would have gone on a routine two-day mission, only to find that some kind of time dilation occurred, and they had actually been gone for months. In that time, Michael had taken over Atlantis and used a weaponized version of the Wraith virus to turn everyone into hybrids, including Weir, Zelenka, and Lorne.

The second is my personal favorite, since, like some of the best Stargate episodes, it involved a difficult ethical dilemma. In this episode, the Genii try to trick Sheppard and co. into destroying a Wraith facility that turns out to contain twelve Wraith children who will ultimately become the queens. Killing them might stop the Wraith threat to the human race once and for all, but then again, they're still children, and Wraith were humanlike enough that this would have been a tough call. Mallozzi said that it didn't make it out of the writers' room because either decision would have been "unheroic," but Atlantis often tackled similarly difficult decisions, so it's a little disappointing that they drew a hard line here.

The third and fourth are more typical one-offs, one involving a society that feeds on youth to avoid the Wraith cullings and a variant of the "creepy little kid" trope, which is always fun. Any of these sound like they would have been great episodes, but I think the second might have been my favorite episode of all time (with the possible exception of "Childhood's End"), so that stings a little. Since MGM has the rights to the franchise, Mallozzi says there are no plans to release any of the scripts in book form, but there's still a slight possibility that he could incorporate these ideas into the upcoming comic series. Fingers crossed!
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