10.06 Episode 200
Airdate: August 18, 2006
Martin Lloyd returns to the SGC with the news that his short-lived television series based on SG-1 will become "Wormhole X-treme: The Movie." At the request of General O'Neill, SG-1 grudgingly meets to give notes on the script to be certain that the Air Force is properly represented. However, from the opening sequence in which the homeworld of Ewok-like Furlings explodes, to an implausible escape from swarming Replicators, a Star Trek homage aboard the Prometheus, and the complete destruction of Cheyenne Mountain, the script is jam-packed with every science fiction cliché imaginable, not to mention the premise that explosions make better trailers.
When a gate malfunction prevents the team from embarking on Mitchell's 200th trip through the stargate, SG-1 must remain with Martin, offering scenarios to resolve his budget cuts, cast negotiations, and studio visions of an SG-1 "Mod Squad." The mission in which O'Neill became invisible could provide a solution to a missing lead actor, or puppets could exist in a parallel universe. Mitchell proposes an attack by zombies, Teal'c suggests "Teal'c P.I.," and Vala pitches story ideas from "The Wizard of Oz," "Gilligan's Island," and the more obscure "Farscape." As they contemplate a plot twist that no one will see coming, General O'Neill arrives at the SGC.
Martin needs a new movie ending to appease the focus groups. Vala suggests that everyone loves a wedding, but O'Neill insists that the team should go fishing, since anything after that would seem pointless. However, the script spinning ends when the stargate is repaired, and O'Neill, Landry, and even Sgt. Harriman accompany SG-1 on Mitchell's 200th trip through the gate, where cake, balloons, and streamers await. Meanwhile, Martin receives word from the studio that the movie has been canceled, but the series has been renewed instead, a series that will last for 10 years and 200 episodes before spawning yet another movie. It seems art imitates life.
Written by: Brad Wright & Robert Cooper & Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie & Carl Binder & Martin Gero & Alan McCullough
Directed by: Martin Wood
Guest Starring: Richard Dean Anderson as General Jack O'Neill, Willie Garson as Martin Lloyd, Don S. Davis as General Hammond, Peter DeLuise as Gavin Marlowe, Isaac Hayes as Voiceover for Teal'c PI, Gary Jones as Sergeant Harriman, Jill Teed as Yolanda Reese, Christian Bocher as Raymond Gunne, Herbert Duncanson as Grell, Anwar Hasan as Young Teal'c, Cory Monteith as Young Mitchell, Barbara Kottmeier as Young Vala, Jason Coleman as Young Daniel, Julie Johnson as Young Carter, Martin Wood as Director, Dan Shea as Sergeant Siler, Jonathan Hill as Furling, Shirley Hill as Furling, Trevor Devall as Voice of Asgard
DESTINATIONS & INHABITANTS
NOTES OF INTEREST
- The "Wormhole X-treme" series only lasted for three episodes, but it allegedly performed well on DVD. Martin Lloyd was given the go ahead to write and produce "Wormhole X-treme: The Movie" for television, which was canceled at the last minute, and the series was picked up again. Eventually the series will last for ten seasons, 200 episodes, earning 7 Saturn Awards for best cable or syndication science fiction show, after which the movie is picked up again.
- Raymond Gunne left "Wormhole X-treme" temporarily. His fan campaign included an ad in Variety and savedrlevant.com which got dozens of hits a month.
- Nick Marlowe left "Wormhole X-treme" after eight seasons, after which the part of Colonel Danning was played by Gavin Marlowe.
- When O'Neill was in the engine room of a mothership, standing right next to the cloaking generator as it was turned on, he was bombarded by the particle field being emanated by the cloaking generator. He became invisible, and he liked it.
- There have been 1263 mission files.
- Mitchell was born in 1970.
- Mitchell's 200th trip through the stargate is to P2C-106 where SGs 3 through 18 are waiting with cake, balloons, streamers, the works.
- Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman officially steps through the stargate.
- It's all about the writing:
- I think, first and foremost, it has to do, you know, with the writing. I mean, obviously, we don't take ourselves too seriously. [Martin]
- I mean, seriously, all these writers, and they couldn't come up with anything better? [Carter]
- Writers' techniques:
- Trust me. Jeopardy plus ticking clock is box office. It's the E=mc2 of the entertainment world. Ask any executive. [Martin]
- So show the actual escape. [Daniel]
Oh, no, no, no. You can't give away too much too early. It'll step on the ending. [Martin]
- I'm thinking I can back-sell it and say you were beamed out at the last second. [Martin]
Is that not too convenient? [Teal'c]
Not if you hang a lantern on it. It's a writer's term. Another character points out how convenient it is. That way the audience knows I intended for it to be convenient, and we move on. [Martin]
- Bigger box office:
- The audience isn't going to know the difference. They love "weapons at maximum." [Martin]
- I do not understand why everything in this script must inevitably explode. [Teal'c]
Look, you guys may all know how things really work out there in the galaxy, but I know the film business. Explosions make great trailers. Simple fact. More explosions, better trailer. Better trailer, more viewers. [Martin]
- Writing for women:
- ...and just because my sex organs are on the inside instead of the outside doesn't mean that I can't handle... [Carter puppet]
- Oh, the writers are really great guys, all of them. Men... You know. Yeah, it's a bit of a boys' club. [Yolanda Reese]
- I don't think they know what to do with my character. I probably should have taken up golf a long time ago. [Yolanda Reese]
- Too many clip shows:
- No, I'm not using any shots from the series. It's a movie, not a clip show. [Martin]
- The power is getting to the flux capacitor, but the feedback is not feeding back into the feedback face. This is gold! [Martin]
- Sci-fi clichés:
- Can you reverse the... polarity? [Mitchell in character as Kirk]
- How long can a gate stay open?:
- So, what do you think? 30 seconds? Maybe not such a round number. How about 38? [Martin]
- Running gags:
- Why does this always happen to me?! [Siler, after yet another injury]
- The mysterious shrinking title sequence:
- Okay, for starters, I think you need a strong opening title sequence. [Mitchell]
Are you serious? No one does that anymore. You just throw up the title and get on with it. [Martin]
[cue 5-second title sequence]
- A new regular for season ten:
- Well, at first I thought I just wanted to go home, but now I've decided I'd quite like to be a part of something… a regular part, if you catch my drift. [Vala]
- The fans:
- Never underestimate your audience. They're generally sensitive, intelligent people who respond positively to quality entertainment. [Mitchell]
- Everyone loves a wedding. [Vala]
Yeah, right, if you want to torture the audience on purpose. [Martin]
- You know, if she doesn't show, people are going to think that you and I are... [Daniel]
- Where did Daniel go?:
- SaveDr.Levant.com. Have you seen the site? I mean, it's insane. Apparently they get dozens of hits a month. [Raymond Gunne]
- Where did O'Neill go?:
- Our lead backed out. How am I supposed to tell a story without my lead character? [Martin]
Easy. You just bring in a character to replace him. [Mitchell]
You guys have to help me. I mean, how can I keep the main character in the story without actually having the actor who plays him? [Martin]
Well, you could have the other characters refer to him all the time, maybe get him on the phone once in a while. [Carter]
Oh, yeah, right. I mean something cool, like face-switching or body-swapping? [Martin]
As if anyone would believe that. [Vala]
Maybe it's best just not to mention the guy at all. [Mitchell]
- Where has O'Neill been?:
- What, a guy can't just stop by from Malibu to say hi? [O'Neill]
- How do we forget about O'Neill?:
- I needed something even better to make you forget about the guy that fans loved to watch for the first seven years of the show. I know he was here for eight, but, you know, a lot of people say he just kind of phoned it in that last season. [Gavin Marlowe]
- How do we get O'Neill back?:
- I have to make them think that I re-wrote the script just for them. In this draft, there has to be something that makes them want to do this movie even if it's for scale. [Martin]
- You mean something like this? [O'Neill, surprise entrance]
Wow, I don't think anyone will see that coming. [Vala]
No, but there'll be spoilers. [Daniel]
Are you kidding? It'll be in the commercial. [Carter]
- Maybe it should have ended with season eight:
- They could go fishing. It'd be the perfect ending. I mean, after that, anything else would seem… pointless. [O'Neill]
- Why did it end with season ten?:
- How can something work perfectly fine for 10 years, then all of a sudden it doesn't work anymore? [Mitchell]
- There's always DVD:
- I mean, who makes a movie out of a series that only lasted three episodes? [Daniel]
It allegedly performed well on DVD. [Teal'c]
- The bottom line is I can do more for this planet invisible than I ever could as my own sweet salient self. [O'Neill]
I assume I am staring at you stoically. [Teal'c]
Not buying it, eh? [O'Neill]
No. You are most transparent, O'Neill. [Teal'c]
Oh, I get it. Good one. [O'Neill]
I can see right through you. [Teal'c]
Don't push it. [O'Neill]
- I thought it said "General" on my uniform. [Landry]
- How about this one? We were in a cloaked cargo ship on a simple three hour reconnaissance mission... [Vala]
Gilligan's Island, right? [Martin]
You got that from "three hour reconnaissance mission"? [Vala]
Piece of advice. If you're going to rip something off, think of something a little more obscure. [Martin]
Okay, you got me. I have no idea what that is. [Martin, after Farscape pitch]
- And now what this team needs is a leader, someone who'll laugh in the face of his enemy, even when it's inappropriate. Colonel Jack O'Neill. [Hammond puppet]
- It has to spin. It's round. Spinning is so much cooler than not spinning. I'm the General. I want it to spin! [Hammond puppet]
- To be honest, I wouldn't mind one last jaunt through the old orifice. What? We call it that sometimes, don't we? [O'Neill]
FOR THE RECORD
- For crying out loud - 1 (Martin)
- Zoe (RDA's dog) - Driving O'Neill's truck
- Brad Wright (executive producer) - Scotty in Star Trek sequence
- Martin Wood (director) - Director of Wormhole X-treme episode 200
- John Lenic (producer) - Wedding guest
- Andy Mikita (producer) - Wedding guest
- Jan Newman (makeup) - Wedding guest
- Dan Shea (stunt coordinator) - Wedding guest
- Doug Thar (Air Force advisor) - Wedding guest
- Popular Culture References:
- Storyline pitches for:
- The Wizard of Oz
- Star Trek
- Mod Squad (young Stargate)
- Gilligan's Island
- Team America (puppets)
- Magnum PI & 80's detective shows (Teal'c PI)
- Back to the Future
- The power is getting to the flux capacitor, but the feedback is not feeding back into the feedback face.
- Star Trek
- Can you reverse the... polarity?
- MTV's Punk'd
- I'm being Punk'd, aren't I?
- Happy Days
- Maybe we can have puppet O'Neill jump over a puppet shark on a one-third scale motorcycle.
- Trust me. Jeopardy plus ticking clock is box office. It's the E=mc2 of the entertainment world.
- Storyline pitches for: