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|Stargate Atlantis: Meltdown|
October 30 2009
60 min, approx
Stargate: Atlantis (Big Finish)
“I am a scientist, not a soldier. I always wanted to make things, and discover things, and find out important stuff about the universe and our place in it. I never wanted to end things. I especially never wanted to end the lives of people.”
An off-world mission goes awry for Dr Radek Zelenka when he finds himself trapped in a decrepit Genii power station. Cut off from the rest of his team and from communication with Atlantis, his only hope for survival is opening a dialogue with the enemy. But will he be able to do that before a catastrophic nuclear meltdown?
Why a Zelenka story? Cos he's cool.
No, really; so many of the scientist characters in SF are really one-note characters. They have brains, knowledge of absolutely everything, and a quirk that tends to define the character, and that's it.
Zelenka doesn't, because he worked his way up from the ranks. Up from a bit-part player for McKay to be snarky with, to a scene-stealing, always surprising and watchable, support. And finally to a character who can hold a show together.
His background's a bit of an interesting mystery, he doesn't always get everything right, and that makes him more real. And being more real makes him more interesting.
A lot of this - given that the role was very small to start with - is down to David Nykl, who has taken this bit-part character and stolen scenes, made him watchable and brought him to the point where he can carry a show on his own and make it fabulous...
That's why a Zelenka story.
- Behind-the-scenes interview Aiden J. David
- Big Finish Productions website. on the