A Universe’ of possibilities for longtime sci-fi fan Ming-Na
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 1, 2009
By Rick Bentley- McClatchy Newspapers
The Stargate world returns to TV Friday night on Syfy with the third series in the franchise, “Stargate Universe.”
The show puts a new twist on the spacial gate travels. Scientists, soldiers, politicians and civilians find themselves on an ancient spaceship headed at faster-than-light speed away from Earth when they escape – via a stargate – after an alien attack. The group must repair the ancient vessel, which is their only hope of survival.
The show stars Ming-Na, along with Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue and Lou Diamond Phillips.
For Ming-Na, who has been in “ER,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Mulan,” this is her first chance to work in a science-fiction series, something she’s always wanted to do.
“When I was younger I wanted to be in the ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. I have always loved the sci-fi genre because it is such a challenge. One day you might be talking to someone who is a friend and the next day they could be embodied by another being,” Ming-Na says. “It’s even better because I am a part of this amazing franchise.”
Ming-Na plays Camile Wray, a human resources executive. Wray will be a liaison between scientists and soldiers, Earthlings and aliens. Ming-Na only agreed to take the role when executive producer Robert Cooper promised the character would insert herself into the action and make her opinions well known.
Ming-Na knows taking the role comes with a big responsibility because the franchise has a strong fan base – something she got a glimpse of at this summer’s Comic Con in San Diego.
“I was a bit overwhelmed at how strong of a fan base the show has,” she says. “But because I was a sci-fi fan when I was younger, and could recite every line of the ‘Star Wars’ films, I knew exactly where that loyalty comes from.”