Indeed we were at the Inner Space SGU Live event, which took place on Friday, November 12 in Toronto and are now here bring you the highlights
The exciting event began with lead actor, Robert Carlyle who commented on the developments of his character. Carlyle commented on how , although Rush would have liked for the discovery of the bridge to remain a secret from the fellow crew members, he believes that ultimately Rush’s goal is to ascend. Carlyle adds that this is because Rush does not have anything left behind in this world and this option, of pursuing higher power would be the most likely option for him.
Carlyle also commented on producing his first episode, Pathogen. He said he thought it was appropriate that he was assigned to direct this episode as he could work at helping to convey the emotions in the character relationships which needed to be strongly featured ,between Eli Wallace and his mother as well Camille Wray and her girlfriend, Sharon.
Actor Louis Ferria also appeared on the show. The actor recalled his initial interactions with lead actor, Robert Carlyle commenting on the humorous miscommunications between them, due to Carlyle’s accent. He then commented on how he was proud that both he and Carlyle were like the mother and father of the cast as a result of their distinguished careers.
When asked about the possibility of how the ship may have given TJ the visions of her baby being safe similar to the way in which it gave visions to Colonel Young, actress Alaina Huffman had some interesting insights. She said that the characters often have two lives aboard the ship – their personal lives and work lives. For TJ, this difference has been blurred and given the amount of stress she was under for her responsibilities as medic, the ship just may have given her these visions as a way for her to move forward.
Actor, Brian J Smith was asked why his character, Lt Mathew Scott did not take the chance to rise up the ranks in the recent episode, Trial and Error. Smith gave some great insights on this saying that it would have been both selfish and stupid for Scott do this. The information we had was that Destiny needed Young, said Smith and the ship shut down because of him. Scott did what he had to, by getting Young back up as leader.
Actor Jamil Walker Smith was also asked about her character. After having the chance to joke with Innerspace host , Teddy Wilson about whether or not he would use the strength of Greer to defend him, Smith offered some insightful l comments on playing the role of Greer. He particularly commented on how the crew has been on Destiny for an extended period of time and Greer is therefore showing more of his personality as opposed to just displaying the traits of a warrior. When he told Smith that he was slowly coming around to his character, the actor responded by saying that now that they have been on the ship for sometime we are able to see the military show more of their personal lives aboard of the ships and that we can therefore see Greer’s lighter side.
Actor David Blue and Elyse Levesque made a comment on how they were dating. It was, however, unclear to many if they were joking or not, when actress Ming Na added that all three of them were dating!
Actress Elyse Levesque gave her opinions on how Chloe was taking the current issue of mutation. She indicated that she is happy with how her character has greatly developed in the series 1.5 seasons. She notes that Chloe feels “alienated”[ laughs at the pun!] behaves very maturely about her situation, by accepting it. The actress reports, how it is a very mature response given the extraordinary events which are happening to her and in contrast to the what the character’s previous reaction would have been.
When asked about portraying her character, Ming Na indicated that it was one of the most challenging roles she ever played. She noted that when fans come up to her and tell her that they love to hate her character’s she feels as though she has done her job well. The actress , however, added that she loves how Camille is such a complex character and because of her many layers , her intentions are often misunderstood. Na also stated that despite Camille’s many vulnerabilities, she does have to wear a mask which is quite different from that of the military personal, but this is slowly being taken off as time aboard the ship progresses for those on board.
Actress Julia Benson had the chance to comment on her role as Lt, Venessa James.She noted that she was pleased with how her character had developed.
Actress, Jennifer Spence , who plays the intelligent, Lisa Park was asked about her character’s romance with Jamil Walker ‘s character, Ronald Greer. She simply responded jokingly, indicating that she does not know if Greer is capable of intense romance but she is sure that Jamil is [ although not from any personal experience, of course!]She then added that the audience would have to wait and see what develops from this relationship.
Actor Patrick Gilmore ,who plays Volker said he always wanted a love interest for his character. Wright was quick to suggest that this would not happen.
Producers, Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper also had the chance to exclusively discuss SGU on the show. The two discussed issues regarding the serialized nature of the series . Wright indicated that they to tend to have a general idea of what is going to happen as the start of each half of the season as the seasons are shown in television into two halves. However, Wright adds that, this is not only from a production perspective but also from a storytelling one in that they what to know where the storyline will end up at the end off each half, so that each episode can be used to help reach this outcome. They also discussed how in Science Fiction in any concept, to which there is merit, can be considered for the series.
When Teddy Wilson ,discussed the Gemini nominations with the producers, they both indicated that they were happy that not only was this a Canadian series that was doing so well, but also that it is a science fiction series. Copper, specifically noted that this was because of the fact that although other genres such as comedy had their own categories in the ceremonies, Sci Fi did not. For Stargate to be one of the shows acknowledged, spoke volumes about the series.
Cooper , who was stepping back from the franchise after 17 years left fans with a farewell message. He indicated that while it was ideal to have such a great cast and crew to work with, one does not enter the industry to work in the same thing for 17 years. He wants to explore other opportunities, but noted that he has not completely stepped back from the production and he is as much of a fan as anybody who was gathered in the massive studio audience.
The event ended with a sneak peak at the next week’s episode of Stargate Universe followed by a autograph session with the main cast members[ excluding Robert Carlyle]For a view at our cast photograph, please visit the home page at www.abbaskarimjee.wordpress.com. Be sure to let us know what you think of the photo!
Also, we are proud to inform readers that the cast of Stargate Universe were invited to our blog by senior producer of Canada AM, Tina Dengrez. Thank you to Tina for supporting our blog and for working with us to promote the event on Canada AM.We sincerely hope that all of the cast members enjoy this blog and are impressed by the community.