Stargate SG-1 star
Michael Shanks told SCI FI Wire that he will make another appearance in
the syndicated TV series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, playing opposite
his real-life girlfriend, Lexa Doig, who is a series regular. Shanks will
guest-star in the episode "Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath."
"My girlfriend and I got to
beat the crap out of each other, and what better way to spend time with
your significant other when you're just back from a long shoot somewhere?"
Shanks asked in an interview. "[Stargate co-star] Christopher Judge [Teal'c]
is in it as well, and we play opposing Avatars, which are physical embodiments
of the ship's A.I. system."
Shanks added that he and Judge
are playing "different generations" of android characters they introduced
in previous Andromeda episodes. Shanks portrayed Gabriel in the first-season
episode "Star-Crossed." Judge played the Achilles Avatar in "The Knight,
Death and the Devil." "Basically, their core systems come from the same
place, but they're not exactly the same physical bodies," Shanks said.
"Of course, Andromeda [Doig] is the same."
Shanks likened shooting of the
episode to sitting around in a living room with friends and loved ones,
except that they were gathered on a set. "There's some great wire work
that they do on that show, and so we had a lot of fun with the action stuff,"
Shanks said. "I've seen a cut of it, and I think that it turned out well."
"Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath" airs this week in first-run syndication.
New episodes of Stargate SG-1, featuring the return of Shanks' character,
Dr. Daniel Jackson, begin with the seventh-season premiere on the SCI FI
Channel June 13.