Who was that masked... man?
Disclaimer: ‘Stargate: SG1’ was created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner and is owned by MGM Television Entertainment and Gekko Productions. Flipper was created by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning for NBC. Rin-Tin-Tin was a real-life dog but the TV series of that name belonged to ABC. The main crossover show (to be revealed at the end of this chapter) was created by Christopher Lillicrap for the BBC Schools service. It's fairly obscure, I'm afraid; Americans and the like may well find this mildly amusing but to really appreciate it you have to be a) British and b) either fairly young or with children of the right age. Crossovers in future chapters include Clangers
, created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, made by their company Smallfilms for the BBC, ‘Dr. Horrible’s’ Sing-Along Blog’, created by Joss Whedon and produced by Timescience Bloodclub, and Wallace and Gromit
, created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations.Who Was That Masked... Man?
Cameron Mitchell couldn’t prevent his lip protruding in a pout as he stared at General Landry. “Sir,” he said, “the reason I requested this post, the reason I worked so hard, was so that I could work with SG-1. Lieutenant-Colonel Carter. Daniel Jackson. Teal’c. Skippy. Without them, well, SG-1 is just two letters, a dash, and a number.”
“Sorry, son, you’re too late,” Landry said. “They’ve gone. Carter’s taken over command of R&D, at Area 51, as of last week. Teal’c left the program over a month ago and is with the Free Jaffa. Daniel Jackson put in for reassignment and he’s going to Atlantis. Skippy went back to Australia to develop a naqadah-powered boomerang.”
Cameron grimaced. “What about Flipper?”
“He’s already departed for Atlantis,” Landry told him, “under his own power. Didn’t even use the Gate. He left a message saying ‘Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish’.”
“I guess that makes sense,” Cameron acknowledged. “Sir, if you say I have to put together a new team, well, I guess I’ll do it, but it won’t be the same.”
“You could ask Rin-Tin-Tin to delay his retirement,” Landry suggested, “although he’s going gray at the muzzle and it takes him several attempts to tear out the throat of a Jaffa these days.”
“He was never more than a temporary replacement for Skippy while she was Ascended,” Cameron said, shaking his head, “and he doesn’t really count. It’s not worth trying to get him to stay on.” He bit his lip. “I don’t know where I’ll find anyone up to the standard of the originals.”
“Displays pessimism when faced with unexpected challenges,” Landry muttered, as if making a mental note, his gaze dropping to the papers on his desk. Cameron winced. Landry looked up again and smiled as he met Cameron’s eyes. “I’m feeling generous, son, so I’ll give you something to get you started. There’s a guy seconded to the SGC from one of our allies who could be just what you need as a replacement for Sam Carter. A mathematical genius.”
Cameron’s heart sank. “It’s not Rodney McKay, is it?”
Landry chuckled. “No, not Dr McKay. Mexican, not Canadian, and not just a lab jockey. He’s considerably more athletic, even acrobatic, than the average scientist.”
“A scholar and an acrobat?” Cameron’s eyebrows climbed. “Don’t tell me the Pink Panther really exists?”
“Don’t be silly,” Landry said. “That’s a cartoon. And he wouldn’t be Mexican anyway. Come with me, son, and I’ll introduce you.”
Cameron followed Landry to the gym. At first it seemed that no-one was there but then a whip hissed through the air and curled around a light fitting. A black-clad figure, with a sombrero on his head and a mask on his face, swung across the room and alighted in front of the two officers. Cameron stared. The mask couldn’t hide the unmistakable fact that the newcomer was a gerbil.
“Greetings, señores,” the gerbil said, sweeping off his sombrero and bowing. “I am… El Nombre!”- - - - -
The crossover character ‘El Nombre’
was created by Christopher Lillicrap for the BBC Schools program ‘Numbertime’ but gained a cult following and his own show. He's even had a hit record