of publishing: 20th June 2005
Mallozzi is a very popular Writer/executive producer on
Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. In this interview he
talks about his job and the new seasons of Stargate.
This interview may contains some minor
spoilers for season 9 of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis season
Gilles Nuytens: For
the (few) fans who would not still know you, could you describe
your daily work on Stargate?
Joseph Mallozzi: It really depends. Some days I will
be in my office writing. Other days I may be in the writers
room spinning ideas, or in editing cutting an episode, or
in meetings prepping an episode, or watching mixes - or
all of these things.
Gilles Nuytens: So you are
Executive Producer on Stargate, can you tell us how you
came in the movie / television circle?
Joseph Mallozzi: I got my start writing
for animation, then moved on to show development, producing,
and eventually made the leap to live-action televison.
Gilles Nuytens: Can you
tell us which are your dreams, your passions?
Joseph Mallozzi: Down the line, I would
love to create my own show.
Gilles Nuytens: Which is
the dream for your career, which would be THE job of your
Joseph Mallozzi: The one I'm doing now.
Gilles Nuytens: You're a
writer on Stargate SG-1; On season nine the crew change
a lot, can you say some words about that, how do you, and
the rest of the crew, live all those changes?
Joseph Mallozzi: There is a new energy
on set and in the offices. Its hard to describe, but you
notice it the second you start talking to people, everyone
from the actors and the producers to the crew.
Gilles Nuytens: Many fans
have a negative a priori on the season 9, what would you
say to convince them to continue watching the show?
Joseph Mallozzi: I'm not sure why fans
would have a negative opinion of season 9 - without even
having watched an episode. True, there will be changes,
but they will be more additions to the show they know and
love. The goa'uld will still be there as will the many other
story elements we've explored over the past 8 years (the
Jaffa, the Tok'ra, etc.), and Sam, Daniel, and Teal'c will
return. The only difference next year is that O'Neill won't
be around - but, in all fairness, he hasn't been around
all that much in the past couple of seasons.
Gilles Nuytens: Richard
Dean Anderson's departure must have a very big impact on
the scripts writing, have you scenarios specially written
for him, or have you already think up scenarios in case
he would come back? The scenarios that you would have written,
did you abandon them or did you adapt them?
Joseph Mallozzi: In truth, RDA's departure
had no impact on the script writing given that we already
knew he wasn't going to be coming back when we started writing
scripts for the show's ninth season.
Gilles Nuytens: The ninth
season seems to be essentially focussed on the Ancients,
I presume that we will learn a lot about them and their
backgrounds, but will we get "loners" exploration episode
just like in the earlier seasons?
Joseph Mallozzi: We will get both. We will
definitely be exploring the Ancient backstory in season
9, but there will also be stand-alone episodes as well.
Episodes like The Ties That Bind, Ex Deux Machina, Collateral
Damage, Babylon, and Ripple Effect (formerly convergence)
are examples of the latter.
Gilles Nuytens: Have you
planned real crossover with Stargate Atlantis during this
season? In an earlier interview Michael Shanks said that
he'd like to play in a couple of episodes on SGA, so do
you plan that sort of "exchanges" between SG-1 and SGA?
Joseph Mallozzi: Yup. Martin is working
on "Grace Under Pressure" as I write this.
Gilles Nuytens: Do you have
a scoop for us?
Joseph Mallozzi: Hmmm. A scoop. Well, you'll
get to check out Rachel's singing voice in Atlantis season
2's "Epiphany" (edit: It appears to be in "Critical
Mass" instead of "Epiphany").
Gilles Nuytens: During the
Spaceys award show we saw Chris Judge and Ben Browder joked
about the "rivalry" between Stargate and Farscape, are they
doing it often?
Joseph Mallozzi: There really is no rivalry.
I loved Farscape (I own the entire series on DVD) and hope
that, somewhere down the line (if he's not busy on Stargate)
Ben gets the chance to work on another Farscape mini-series.
Gilles Nuytens: We know
that an Asgard will be a crew member aboard the Daedalus
could you tell us a bit more about him?
Joseph Mallozzi: Sure. His name is Hermiod
and he's very different from Thor in terms of personality.
Gilles Nuytens: You know
that the fans analyze (sometimes over analyze) every single
episode, these analyses have an influence on the way you
Joseph Mallozzi: Not really.
Gilles Nuytens: When you
create a character how and/or on which bases do you determine
its psychological profile?
Joseph Mallozzi: If you're referring to
our main characters, we have a sense of the character before
we write the story. If you're asking about supporting players
- the script usually dictates what type of character we
create for a given episode and then allow the writing process
to shape that character.
Gilles Nuytens: Thanks very
much for the time you give us. Could you say a little word
for the French speaking fans?
Joseph Mallozzi: [In french]
Eh bien, je n'ai pas beaucoup d'occasion pour pratiquer
mon français, mais je veux dire a tous nos amis Français
que j'espère que vous ameriez la 9ieme saison de SG-1, et
la deuxieme saison d'Atlantis.
English translation: Well, I haven't many occasions
to practise my french, but I want to say to all our french
friends that I hope you will like the 9nth season of SG-1
and the second of Atlantis.