“It’s been crazy since we started shooting
season seven in February,
but that’s fine with me,” actor Michael Shanks says, who has played Dr.
for the past five years on SG-1.
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“I don’t regret my decision to leave the show when I did. But I also
I made the right decision to come back. It’s always wonderful to be
with a schedule rather than waiting for a casting call. Sometimes it’s
to feel like it’s too crazy, but work is good. Time always flies when
busy. I like to be busy, so it’s turned out to be a good year for me.
very happy about that.
Shanks pauses for a moment and adds, “In a lot of ways, he’s [Daniel
more enthusiastic, but he’s also more stubborn, more of a soldier. He’s
confident and he knows he has a clear duty to his people. He’s had to
tough decisions, and those decisions led to his return. In an episode
‘Orpheus’, he realizes he’s come back to do something proactive, to
forward their cause, not just be the passive observer all the time. He
that his journey is not the end. It’s just the beginning.“
The relationship between Jackson and the headstrong Jack O’Neil (series
Richard Dean Anderson) has taken off from the conflicting dynamic
in the film to become one of the most popular elements of the series.
“The Jack and Daniel relationship is at more of a crucible,” Shanks
“Daniel is getting his memories back, and the love/hate relationship
back on them. There’s a lot more gentleness and appreciation for one
Less bantering will happen this year between the two. They’ll be trying
put things back in proper perspective. They are like good brothers,
a father and a son, and you know, also like an old married couple. I
that it’s getting much tighter, stronger, and closer in every way than
According to the actor, star Richard Dean Anderson’s availability is a
major factor in the show’s production.
“He only works three days a week, so they are finding a way to spread
out over the episodes,” Shanks explains. “As a result, there’s a lot
interaction with the other cast members of the show, too. Usually the
are satellites of the O’Neill character, but this year they’re having
spend a lot more time together to solve their problems. That gives the
characters a lot more independence and authority for themselves so that
to more challenges. Also, you’re going to see more of Daniel’s