Just a few quotes from the latest issue of SciFi magazine.
"...Amanda Tapping and her character, Col. Samantha Carter, who'll be taking over as the new leader now that the TV series SG1 is coming to an end."
Cooper said "It's about time she [Carter] got a command, and we had to keep that from happening to SG1 becuase we wanted her to be part of the team."
Bad news for Weir fans: "I can't make people feel better who just love Torri and Dr. Weir and want to see her on the show," sighs [Robert C] Cooper. "Unfortunately, that's just not going to happen. All I can say is that Sam Carter is a wonderful character, and Amanda Tapping is a wonderful actress, and i think she will fill the role on Atlantis admirably. I'm excited about seeing the evolution of her character. Brad and I created the character Dr. Weir and we love the character and torri, but the change needed to be made."
Why not just cancel Atlantis, and make the third series and put Carter in command? The people at Bridge seem obsessed with having Tapping in every project they do (SG1, SGA, Sanctuary, etc.) I have nothing against the actress, but the "change needed to be made" comment is just pure crap. The people who created the show didn't know how to write Weir, so, hey, let's bring over technobabble Carter from SG1 to take her slot. The article says what TPTB have been denying - that Carter IS going to be in command of Atlantis. Sucks. Sucks. Sucks.
WHY did the change need to be made? Do they explain that? Nope.
This is going to change the dynamic of the show. Weir is out, Carter is in charge, McKay will act like an idiot around her. God, I can only hope that Shep's team gets stranded offworld for most of the season just to avoid Atlantis.
This is just my kneejerk reaction from reading the article (posted over at http://ailurophile6.livejournal.com/29013.html)