September 11th, 2007

shep B&W

Open question: with cast changes in Stargate Atlantis, what are you going to write/read?

With the SciFi interview snippets with various cast members (Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping and Rachel Luttrell) as well as Multichannel's article on Weir's (Torri Higginson) departure and heck, who doesn't know that Paul McGillion's Dr. Beckett got toasted in season 3? it got me thinking...

How does this affect you fannishly?

There are many of us who have stories just perculating away, half-written (heck, I've even got one or two season 1 stories with Ford in 'em that remain undone). Season 4 has stripped away two key characters - Beckett and Weir. Will you continue to write in season 3 if you adored Beckett and/or Weir? Or will you 'go with the flow' and write season 4 fiction and just live with the loss?  Will Sheppard/Weir fanfic will continue despite her loss (from the show) or will it wither? While stories which feature Ford are few and far between, Weir was an integral part of the show - heck, she was on SG1 before SGA even came about. It stands to reason that the feel of the show will change as well as Atlantis will now be under a military commander (Carter) instead of civilian (Weir). Or will it just be easier to have the team spend as much time off Atlantis as possible to avoid that?

And Beckett features so prominently in many stories (particularly those of a hurt/comfort (aka whump) persuasion) that how will fans add in Keller, who is the new kid on the block with basically no backstory with Sheppard's team??

Feel free to comment away. Myself, I haven't decided what to do, but have too many pre-season 4 stories to finish that I'm not altering them to fit season 4.
shep B&W

Stargate Atlantis promotional shots for Season 4

Some Stargate Atlantis season 4 promotional shots have leaked out, and courtesy of a  very nice fan at this GW thread we get to see them (since we're still waiting for SciFi to actually release or do any publicity for the show, sigh sigh). 

My critical assessment: Sheppard has the best uniform, even with untied boots ;) ...thank God Ronon and Teyla are basically the same, and I can only envision that they're sexing up Sam in roller derby/leather/biker/dominatrix garb to lure in the fanboys, and what the hell happened to McKay? Did they leave him too long in the dryer? He's shrunk! Did nobody notice this after they took the photo? Ack. ;)

Anyway, click on link above for three more photos (one of Carter, then Carter and Sheppard, then Carter and Teyla)

UPDATE: GW has just put up some new images (along with the ones this fan put up) and can be found here .

You'll see one of Sheppard by himself (but pretty small and dark), Teyla, McKay and Ronon. Hoping to find larger images of these shots eventually.