Not All Heroes Die…
Yes, it’s true! Atlantis showrunner Joseph Mallozzi has confirmed exclusively to SaveCarsonBeckett.com that Carson Beckett will be returning for some episodes of Season 4 of Stargate Atlantis! Click the link below to read our Q&A with Joe on this fantastic news for all Carson fans!
Here is our exclusive Q&A with Joe Mallozzi in which he makes Carson’s return official! We’re very grateful to Joe for seeing the value Carson and for taking the time to tell us about bringing him back. All answers below are verbatim. Read to the end for some final thoughts from us.
Q: Now that the SCB Campaign has generated so much press coverage, and on a national scale in the US, will you hold true to your word and bring back Carson Beckett in S4?
A: I’m a man of my word. The SCB Campaign upheld their end of the bargain, so I’m upholding mine. I am pleased to announce that Carson Beckett will be returning to Atlantis for a two-part story in the back half of season four.
Q: How many episodes will Carson Beckett appear in, in Season 4?
A: At present, he is signed for two episodes and we are working on a third story.
Q: Will it be Carson Beckett in the flesh, or in non-corporeal form?
A: When he returns for the two-parter, it will be Carson Beckett in the flesh. Late in season three, we discussed the manner in which the character had been written out and the possible ways in which he could be brought back. I threw out an idea that not only brought Carson back, but answered a very big question I had concerning a late-season arc. In order to lay the groundwork for his possible return, we threaded a subtle hint into one of the late season three episodes. So, if fans want to know how we plan on bringing the good doctor back from the dead, they should seek out the hidden clue when the back half of season three returns to SciFi this Friday, April 13th.
Q: Will it be “our” Carson Beckett or an alternate version?
A: Well, I don’t want to give too much away but I can say it won’t be an AU version of Carson – or a time-hopping Dr. Beckett either.
Q: At the end of his Season 4 appearances, will he be alive? In other words, will the door be left open for more appearances?
A: Yes, that door will be left open.
Q: If yes, what is the outlook for Season 5 regarding his character, assuming there is a Season 5?
A: At this point, it’s hard to make any predictions regarding the show’s fifth season as we’ve yet to premiere the back half of season three and are wholly focused on season four.
Q: What is your opinion of fan reactions to the decision to kill of Carson; what is your opinion of the Save Carson Beckett Campaign on the whole?
A: I thought it was an inventive, well-organized campaign that did a terrific job in conveying the passion (and occasional outrage) of many fans over the loss of a beloved character.
Q: Can you give any insight as to why the decision was made to kill Carson in Season 3?
A: If I told you now, you wouldn’t buy the tell-all book I’m going to write when (if) Stargate ends.
Q: Why did you decide to bring him back at all? Are Sci Fi and MGM supportive of your decision?
A: Both SciFi and MGM are fully supportive of our decision to bring Carson back. They love both Paul and the Beckett character. As for why we brought him back – you mean besides the deal I made with the SCB campaign? – we’ve said it time and again: “No one ever stays dead in science fiction.”
Q: Regarding the amount of press coverage, are you pleased the show has attracted so much attention, despite the reasons?
A: Absolutely. If this has taught us anything, it’s that nothing motivates fandom like a good controversy. So get ready for next season when Sheppard moves in with a Wraith Queen and then both must keep her fiercely religious parents from finding out. Hilarity ensues.
Q: How are you finding it being the co-show-runner? Is it a far different experience from being executive producer? What things have surprised you most in your new job?
A: So far, so good. The fact that we’re producing 20 episodes of television instead of 40 has certainly helped take a bit of the heat off – as does the support of an incredibly well-oiled production machine compliments of Brad Wright and Robert Cooper. Having talented producers like Carl Binder and Martin Gero there (in addition to Alan McCullough who is gaining a lot of hands-on experience) has also made this a dream season. That said, as co-show-runners, Paul and I have become the point men for any and all studio and network issues, and potential production crisis situations that may develop. At the end of the day, the buck stops at either of our offices.
Q: Besides Carson’s return, what should fans look forward to most in Season 4 of Atlantis?
A: Fans can look forward to some major developments and revelations regarding the wraith, the replicators, and our characters. Year four is going to be a little darker than past seasons as a lot of elements we have put in play since the premiere being to gel and pay off.
Please join us in a world-wide “Woo-hoo!!” at your convenience. This is a great start to returning Carson full time to where he belongs, in Season 5 if not before. We’re very grateful to The Powers That Be and Joe in particular for listening to fans. We’re very grateful to fans for fighting so hard and making our voices heard in a clear, fun, and inventive way.
And we’re not done! Our next activity will be an E-bay auction to raise funds for our next “event”. Stay tuned, but take a moment to savor a small but crucial victory!