Fan reaction to Carson’s death, and Sci Fi Channel’s publicity regarding his two-episode arc in Season 4, continue to resonate through the press. In a lovely new article on the costume design for the show, Monsters and Critics writer April MacIntyre spoke about our campaign and had this to say about Carson’s return:
The return of Paul McGillion as the beloved Dr. Carson Beckett will be the most anticipated episode for the series that counts millions as loyal fans, from every country, age demographic and walk of life.
Slice of Sci Fi had a similarly positive take:
The good news for fans of the show is the return of Dr. Beckett (played by Paul McGillion). His character will the the center-piece of a 2 episode story-arc. Beckett, who was killed last season was one of the most popular characters on the show that was a spawn of “Stargate: SG1.” Beckett’s return is a special showing, and the position of chief physician, as we have reported earlier, has been filled by “Firefly”/”Serenity” actress Jewel Staite who plays Dr. Jennifer Keller.
David Hewlett had some very kind words about Paul’s return to set in his recent interviews with Sci Fi Wire:
David Hewlett, last year the unexpected demise of Dr. Carson Beckett [Paul McGillion] left a gap in Atlantis‘ core ensemble. How did you feel about that?
Hewlett: For me, there was a big hole there, because Paul, my friend, was no longer on set with me all the time. As it turns out, in sci-fi nobody dies””we’ve actually had him on set again recently, which was kind of fun. And I hope that we’ll be seeing more of him. Well, that’s just my hope. I wouldn’t be surprised.
What can you tell me about Beckett’s return?
Hewlett: Well, it’s certainly unexpected. Not unexpected, perhaps, from the fan standpoint, but it’s complicated [laughs]. Let’s just say that Beckett becomes a product of his own genius, to some extent. And we see not only old friends but old enemies. It’s a pretty neat two-parter, and it’s going to be pretty intense. The ending of the two-parter is wonderful, too. I think the fans are going to love where it goes, shall I say. We had a lot of fun shooting it. He was back in fine form. And McGillion is a real gentleman””or, as I would say, a suck-up. He bought pizza for the crew. And it was just really, really fun to have him back; everyone really enjoyed having him around. It’s like life, except they get to come back. He’s one of those actors who’s always going to land on his feet, but I’m hoping that those feet then take him back to our little galaxy, too.
It’s certain the fans, the press, and the cast appreciate how important Carson’s return is to the show. Now let’s hope that translate to a full-time return if there is a Season 5!
Thanks to GW Forum’s ‘Watcher652’ for the wonderful picture of Paul at this year’s Dragon*Con.