10.06 "200" Episode Guide

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Précis

SG-1 teammembers serve as advisors on a television series that bears remarkable similarities to the goings-on at Stargate Command. As they pitch to the producer the many adventures that they have been involved with over the years, the team discovers that truth really is stranger than fiction, but that nothing is stranger than the machinations of Hollywood.

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Martin Lloyd's script for Wormhole X-Treme: The Movie, based on his "inside" knowledge of the Stargate Program, opens with the team enduring an explosive first contact with the mysterious Furlings. It features the total destruction of Cheyenne Mountain, and culminates with a twist ending so spectacularly shocking that Martin hasn't even figured out what it is yet. But the quirky writer-producer — who has finally assimilated to Hollywood following his arrival as an alien exile several years ago — knows it's going to be brilliant. He can't wait to have his old pals, SG-1, review the script for him as the movie's official Air Force advisors.

SG-1 is less enthusiastic about the task. Daniel, for instance, wants to focus on other priorities — such as saving the universe from evil godlike aliens, or taking a nap — but Gen. Landry orders the team to give Martin their thoughts on the script. The Air Force wants this project to succeed, because any future leaks about the Stargate Program can then be passed off as the inventions or delusions of imaginative movie fans.

For her part, Vala seizes her chance to lob wild story ideas at Martin, and Mitchell also warms to the experience, pitching his vision of a zombie horror flick starring a heroic Air Force colonel who just happens to look exactly like Mitchell himself. But after Martin shoots down their ideas with all the faux-sensitivity of a Hollywood exec, Mitchell, Carter, Teal'c and Vala aren't much sorrier than Daniel when the time comes for them to depart on a scheduled off-world recon mission.

This particular mission, in fact, has special importance for Mitchell. It's his 200th trip through the Stargate's event horizon, and he wants everyone to know it. As he prepares to savor his milestone, however, the 'gate malfunctions. The mission is delayed indefinitely.

The team grudgingly returns to the conference room to continue advising Martin. Over the next few hours, he and SG-1 daydream their way through scenarios involving the Wizard of Oz, classic TV, a long-awaited wedding, a shocking revelation about Mitchell's true father, and, perhaps most chilling of all, marionettes. Then life imitates art as SG-1 is greeted with a real-world plot twist: a visit from Gen. Jack O'Neill. He's got a surprise of his own for his former teammates — assuming, that is, that Carter ever gets the 'gate working again….

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  • "Episode 6 will be, of course, our 200th episode and we've tossed around some great, albeit insane, ideas on this one." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, November 28, 2005.
  • "As for the Furlings - how's this for a newsflash - we may finally find out about them in season 10. Don't laugh. We've seriously discussed the possiblity." — Joseph Mallozzi, GateWorld Q&A, December 22, 2005.
  • "No planned cameos [of the writers, producers] for the 200th episode. Not yet anyway." — Joseph Mallozzi, GateWorld Q&A, December 22, 2005.
  • "Brad has been working on the third episode of SG-1 as well as that wild (some will no doubt say "crazy") idea for the 200th episode, getting on it early as it will take some time to prepare for." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, December 28, 2005.
  • "And, of course, there's the big 200th episode that will offer up a little something for everyone. It'll be an episode unlike any we've ever produced, both in terms of format and content." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, January 2, 2006.
  • "Rob suggested we try to break the big 200th episode sometime next week. Brad already has a rough draft of his piece." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, January 14, 2006.
  • "We've got the 200th episode to work on and Alan's heist episode, and the SG-1 mid-season two-parter that already has the visual effects department salivating." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 19 Blog.
  • When asked about whether or not the 200th episode will include an Atlantis crossover, Mallozzi replied, "It will be strictly an SG-1 episode." (GW Q&A, January 21, 2006)
  • As far as the rest of the season, episode 6 is the 200th episode, a reality Michael finds unbelievable. As far as that episode, from what he’s heard, it’s going to be not unlike Wormhole Extreme in that they’ll be taking a few potshots at themselves. But the audience will be in on it, too. And it may involve the appearance of a face we’ve missed for some time. — reported by Solutions from Michael Shanks Interview in SciFi Talk Podcast, early March 2006.
  • SCI FI WIRE, March 30:
The 200th episode will bring back the character of Martin Lloyd (Willy Garson) and his fictional TV show Wormhole X-treme, which was the subject of the 100th episode, “Wormhole X-treme,” and is a parody of SG-1 itself.
“The 200th, … as we’ve all put our heads together on that one, is based on a great idea [executive producer] Robert [C. Cooper] had, and we’ve all written bits and put them all together, and Robert went through it, and then I went through it,” Wright said in an interview on SG-1’s Vancouver, Canada, set earlier this month.
This time around, the SG-1 team helps Lloyd turn Wormhole X-treme into a movie. “Even though the series was canceled after three episodes, it did well on DVD,” Wright said. “It’s a little nod to Serenity, I suppose.” Serenity is based on the failed Fox TV series Firefly, which was canceled in the middle of its first season, but which went on to sell well on DVD, warranting a feature film.
As for Wormhole X-treme, Wright said: “The Air Force loves it, because they love the notion of a television series out there that is ostensibly [based on the] real events in SG-1, in Stargate Command. So plausible deniability. … It’s a series of, I guess you could call them vignettes or flashes, scenes, that are kind of unusual.”
In the episode, which also marks the return of former SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson, viewers can expect the kind of broad, insidery humor that characterized the 100th episode. “‘Wormhole X-treme’ was pushing it,” Wright said. “This is pushing it twice as far. But, you know, it’s the 200th episode.”
  • According to SciFi, this episode will premiere on August 18.
  • Make-up artist Sarah Pickersgill sent a photo from the set of "200" which features three zombies. There are at least 20 zombies in the episode. — Fangoria: STARGATE zombies love Fango!, April 28.
  • Pierre Bernard will be playing an SGC employee who becomes a zombie in one of the pitched stories of this episode. He took cameras from the Conan O'Brien show with him when he did his scene. — Conan O'Brien Show, Solutions Spoiler Blog, May 7, 2006.
  • "This story has absolutely nothing to do with our overall story arc this year. It's very much an island unto itself. Obviously, it was a highlight to do, not necessarily because of anything my character did, but it was just a treat to look around and see the faces of all those people who have been with the series from the very beginning. One of the best parts about this episode is the script itself, which, like our 100th episode, Wormhole X-Treme!, takes potshots at making a Sci-Fi TV series. There's a lot of in-joking that goes on, not just about what it's like to make a Sci-Fi show, but also what it's like behind the scenes in terms of story pitches, discussions that are had, etc., which fans are sure to appreciate. It's all done in jest and as you'll see we had a ball shooting this episode." — Michael Shanks, TV Zone 203, June 2006.
  • This season’s premiere [sic] practically plays like an SNL skit — one series of scenes has SG-1 members portrayed by marionette puppets as they flash back to alternate realities. “There’s been a number of Wizard the Oz references over the years,” says executive producer Robert Cooper. “We have a sequence that pays tribute.” — Entertainment Weekly: Summer TV Special '06, June 9, 2006.

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--DeeKayP 13:26, 28 March 2006 (PST)