of publishing: 22nd September 2006
The Scifi World got the opportunity to meet and speak
with Peter Deluise while he was directing the episode
"Bad Guys" from Stargate SG-1. The interview
was done on an external location in the area of Coquitlam,
in the neighborhoods of Vancouver.
We were in a school transformed into a museum where
we could see a lot of Goa'uld artifacts. We did that
interview in several parts between several shots.
The audio file is available and has been reworked
to be listened all in once. The file is 5 minutes
long, we had not much time for the interview as Peter
was very busy directing the episode but we had some
fun outside of it!
the audio interview by clicking here (Zipped MP3 file)
do not direct link to this file, link to the page
Peter DeLuise: I think the concept
of Stargate SG-1 is very strong because it in its
original inception the idea would be able to travel
to other planets without being on spaceships so in
essence it was in fact, Star Trek without spaceships,
where we were going to these other planets and break
the prime directive on purpose because we were messing
with these people’s cultures and their ideas,
because they were based on false ideas. We were actually
saving them from their bleeps and giving them the
science and facts versus their religious inaccuracies.
So from the beginning I always thought it was a very
strong idea and that the idea of a stargate as a set
piece was always very strong as well because all you
need to do is just walk over to the thing and anything
was possible that’s what I like the infinite
possibilities. I think that’s probably why the
fans continue to watch because they know that anything
can happen as long as it cost less than our budget.
Gilles Nuytens: How
do you feel about the cancellation of the show?
Peter DeLuise: I’m sadden by
the idea this show is going to end but every show
ends, I was on 21 jump street and it ended after 5
years, Seaquest ended after 3 seasons, all shows ultimately
end, but I’m sad for the fans because I know
there’s a lot of people that wanted the show
to continue and that they would like to see more stories
come out of it, and I think that there will be other
incarnations of it and perhaps they’ll figure
out a way of selling it somewhere else but I know
that the fan base is there and I’m sad for the
people who want to continue to watch the show.
Nuytens: What does
the 200th episode represents to you?
Peter DeLuise: The 200th episode
was an enormous milestone, in most shows even Star
Trek in every single incarnation only went 7 seasons
so the fact that we went 10 seasons and 200 episodes,
I think it's going to end being about 208 episodes,
is just such an accomplishment in fact, I think it
qualified as a genius book of world records at one
point so to me the 200th is just a confirmation that
the show was well made having good balance and that
ultimately was very entertaining.
Gilles Nuytens: Dean
Devlin wants a sequel to the original movie, with
the original actors, what's your opinion about that?
Peter DeLuise: I think Dean Devlin
is a very smart man, very savvy writer, producer,
he created the original idea from which our series
is based on. If he has a strong movie ideas for sequels
to his original, I think he should go for it.
Gilles Nuytens: You
wrote the script for the video game "Stargate
SG-1: The Alliance", now it has been cancelled,
how do you feel about that?
Peter DeLuise: Was it cancelled??
Gilles Nuytens: Yes,
you didn't know?
Peter DeLuise: I thought it was being
postponed, I didn’t think it was completely
Gilles Nuytens: Postponed,
postponed and finally cancelled ...
Peter DeLuise: Did they say why???
Gilles Nuytens: No
... well it was something about that conflict between
Jowood (the publisher) and Perception (the developper).
Peter DeLuise: The stargate video
game was... I spent a lot of time working on the stargate
video game. I mostly was involved in the audio portion
of it and the dialogue and so the fact that it is
cancelled is very disappointing because I think the
fans would have really, really enjoyed that game.
Gilles Nuytens: What
is the story you are the most proud of?
Peter DeLuise: The story I am the
most proud of? (Long pause) ... I don’t know.
Gilles Nuytens: Ok
... Which episode was the most challenging to direct?
Peter DeLuise: The most challenging
episode for me was probably “Ripple Effect”
which we had the twin hero character many times over
but it was a welcomed challenge and I enjoyed doing
it very much.
Peter DeLuise: What I’d really
like to see in the upcoming seasons of Atlantis is
a French scientist with a French flag on his French
shoulder because they don’t have enough French
people on their show. They’ve got Germans, they’ve
got Czechs, and they have French background extras
but they don’t talk, someone with a realistic
accent, a realistic French accent whose an expert
at something French.
Gilles Nuytens: Me!!
Peter DeLuise: Are you available?
Gilles Nuytens: Yeah!!
Peter DeLuise: You should be the
Gilles Nuytens: Great!!
Peter DeLuise: Ok!
this interview on the forum