Stargate SG-1 began its ninth season last night. Ben Browder has joined the cast. Yes, Ben Browder.
This is good news because -- well, it's Ben Browder. (And I feel strangely compelled to always use first and last names). He's a good actor; does action well; and is funny, both with one liners and with reactions to others. And he's very easy on the eyes. Ben Browder was on the late, lamented, so good it hurts that its gone Farscape.
Farscape fans are so loyal and dedicated that after cancellation, they rallied, organized and used the Internet, resulting in the creation of a wrap-up movie that was nominated for an Emmy.
Why the casting of Ben Browder (and yes, I am smiling every time I type the name....what was I saying?) Oh yeah. The casting of Ben Browder is brilliant because he is replacing an extremely well loved actor and character on Stargate SG-1 (Richard Dean Anderson), and replacements usually get a lot of grief from fans.
Don't believe me? Just Google some of the Stargate SG-1 fan reaction when Corin Nemec joined the cast. Corin is a good actor. But Ben Browder is not just a good actor: he is someone with a strong fanbase within science fiction watchers.
I have spoken to several people who had stopped watching Stargate SG-1 and will be watching again just because of Ben Browder. Many existing fans either watched Farscape or know enough about Farscape that they already like Ben Browder. I'm not sure the last time a "new guy on the block" in an established TV series got such a warm welcome.
At least, he has a warm welcome from me. For more info about Stargate SG-1's new season, as well as info about other science fiction/ fantasy shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Smallville, check out GateWorld.