is among the cast and crew of Stargate Atlantis
mourning the loss of their television series. After five seasons of adventures it feels we are saying goodbye to a friend far too soon.
However, there is still a great ray of hope in the form of DVD movies. The first is currently being written by Executive Producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and will make an appearance on the SCI FI Channel some time next year. Still, this transition is still very much a shake-up, both for the crew and for the fans.
In this interview, David updates us on production of the final episodes of the series. We discuss episodes we would loved to have seen, as well as the first Atlantis
television movie. We also consider the popularity of the franchise, as well as Stargate Universe
and the team who will soon follow in Atlantis
For more comments from Nykl, be sure to check out the actor's blog
GateWorld: For GateWorld.net, I'm David Read, and I'm talking with David Nykl. David, what episode are you shooting right now?
DN: We are shooting "Identity" right now. The third to last ever.
GW: So let's talk about that. Last time we talked with you it was April and things were good. You actually were in the middle of filming "Ghost In the Machine."
DN: I haven't seen it yet.
GW: Which ones have you seen?
DN: Believe it or not for Season Five, zero. Not yet because the schedule has been such, I just finally got the first four about two days ago and I'm going to be watching them all at once. I'm off to Chicago tomorrow for the Creation Con, and then Atlantis the weekend afterwards. It's just been a busy summer. No reason [not] to fit in a couple hours of TV but it's just been the way it's been going. Hard to explain but it's been busy.
I'm really looking forward to seeing it because I haven't seen any of them and I'm really curious as to how they're turning out.
GW: Bob Picardo is great.
DN: Yeah, he's great. He's a terrific guy. We were just joking with him. We said, "Yeah, thanks for coming on our show. Now you've killed it." [Laughter] I said "You did that to Star Trek. You did that to Stargate. What's next? Star Wars?"
Changes in command have marked the show's course for Nykl.
GW: So fandom just got word a few days ago that Atlantis has been killed. But, a quick turn-around, we've got an Atlantis TV movie that will polish off "Enemy At the Gate," and then Stargate Universe. Thoughts?
DN: Well, wow. How do you put this into words? It's almost like a grieving process in some ways. I just found out yesterday for one, and I was away the day the announcement was made, and [the producers] came on to set. I thought, "Wow." I wasn't really expecting it.
Once you go "Wow, I can't believe it's over," I think what happened is they must've known that this was going to be the case and they were -- this is speculation -- they were waiting to get approval for Universe and the movie so they could say "Well, we're ending this but we have this to go to." So that kind of tempers it, obviously. There's great hope that there will be something obviously for my character and for everybody we know and love to do on the movie. Who knows?
I noticed on the GateWorld link the 'Nykl: I love this job' thing. I do! I still do, so I'd love to continue, but it's the reality of TV. We move on.
GW: Yeah. We're going to have to do another news story: "Nykl: 'I loved this job.'"
DN: [Laughter] No kidding!
GW: So it was a shock and now you're in the middle of the grieving process?
DN: In some ways, yeah. It's disbelief, then it's anger, then it's loss, then it's sadness. It's compacted. I've had a day now to absorb it and consider what's next. It's no different for an actor than it's always been. In some ways this is the exception that proves the rule. To actually have a gig to go on this long. You have to look at it from the point of view that that's a stroke of luck to be able to do that.
So yeah, of course. I'm open. Hey, if anyone has a job out there! [Laughter]
GW: Hey, nothing wrong with that! These shows, like Atlantis, these are the shows where this is the exception rather than the rule, to have a gig like this that lasts so long and has such a huge passionate following while it's on the air. Not after the fact like Firefly. Poor Firefly.
David says it only feels like yesterday when he first came to set. From "Thirty Eight Minutes."
DN: Yeah, it's insane flipping through some of the Web sites. There's so much going on. So much dialogue and discussion going on as to speculation as to what's going to happen, and what has happened, attests to the fandom out there. That's fantastic.
GW: Does it feel like just yesterday you guys started Season One?
DN: It does. Especially since not too much has changed physically in the location. Like, we're in the same studios. I mean, the cast of course has changed around a bit. But this environment is exactly like it was in day one in Season One. You might have heard it from actors that sometimes the episodes tend to blend together. So you're going through the days after days. And here we go, four years later.
GW: What were your favorite episodes from last year? Zelenka episodes and episodes overall?
DN: I loved "Adrift." That was a lot of fun floating through space. And the way that shot turned out was just amazing. It was just a really cool shot. The jump with me and Joe [Flanigan.] I have some fun scenes with "Lorne" this year in the Puddle Jumper. A lot of actors don't like doing the Puddle Jumper scenes, but I love them. I think Puddle Jumpers are fun.
The control room is bread and butter for me. I'm up there a lot! And we're back to some more classic McKay-Zelenka heated exchanges this year, which I'm very happy to see.
GW: Now that you've had time, even though you haven't seen them but have had a chance to film some of the stories, what have been some of your favorite stories you guys have told?
DN: Oh, my goodness. "Ghost in the Machine," I remember that. That's an awesome one. I'm really looking forward to seeing this. Jeez, I should've brought those DVDs in last night. I got them the other day to see them. That was a terrific one. The two-parter, "First Contact" and "[The] Lost Tribe," the Gero extravaganzas, were once again extravaganzas. They were really cool.
The new bad guy that's been discovered is really cool.
" The control room is bread and butter for me. I'm up there a lot!"
I've read the last two. I've read the season ender, basically the series ender, already. "Vegas" looks to be really good, too. I'm looking forward to those.
GW: Was Michael Shanks a refreshing pleasure to have on set?
DN: Oh, really nice, yeah. I talked with him a couple times when I was on set. I didn't unfortunately have any scenes with him. He had most of his scenes with David Hewlett. We hung out on set a lot together and kibitzed around. Man, it would've been cool to have been on the series with him and worked with him more. I'll probably see him at conventions and stuff like that but it's really nice to get to know him.
GW: What other episodes? The back half is full of interesting surprises. We know about an old foe who returns in one, a great story.
DN: Yeah, well these ones that we're doing right now, "Identity," right now, is a pretty interesting Zelenka episode. I'm not wearing my regular clothes!
GW: No, you're in a hospital gown.
DN: Am I?
GW: The last person we saw in a hospital gown was Beckett.
DN: I don't know ... I'm not supposed to give it away. Another good one was "Remnants," the Joe Mallozzi script. We just finished that one also. Bits and pieces of it last week. Yeah, good ones. Pretty good for the back half. I think I've counted, I've got 11 episodes this year. Pretty much the Zelenka average.
GW: Yeah. It was 11 in Season Four, I think it was 11 in Season Four, but one year you got 12 or 13. Show's been really good to you.
DN: It has.