Robert Picardo is known to many of us as The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager. Not "The Doctor" from any other sci-fi show, just Voyager. However, Picardo, like many Star Trek alumni, has gone on to feature or star in many different science fiction shows. And while there may be other sci-fi shows that are better than the one that Picardo starred in after Voyager, it's hard to argue that there are any with a more star-studded cast.
Inverse recently did a look at that show, Stargate: Atlantis. It was a show that had its time in its day, but as the years turned into decades, the Stargate franchise isn't nearly as talked about as it once was. But while Inverse talking about the show, it became pretty clear to us just how stacked this show was. Now, so we're clear, we're not talking major name after major name like your Tom Cruise's and Timothee Chalamet's of the world. No, we're talking about the heaviest of hitters in the world of sci-fi. Or, in this case, SyFy.
The show aired on the Sci-Fi cable channel, later changed to SyFy, and featured a who's who of science fiction superstars. Of course, Picardo was part of the cast as Richard Woolsey, a character that would join in the third season of the show. Joining him was Julie Staite, of course, a star in her own right thanks to her time on the critically acclaimed show Firefly and its follow-up film, Serenity, where she played Kaylee Frye.
Joining them were long-running actors in the world of science fiction, Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Supernatural, Killjoys), Joe Flannigan (Warehouse 13, Fringe, See), David Hewlett (Splice, Scanners II, Cube), and Paul McGgillion (Replicant, Star Trek 2009, Tomorrowland).
But easily the biggest name on the show wasn't any of these veterans of sci-fi, but a relative newcomer, trying to break away from his Baywatch roots, a young upstart named Jason Momoa. He played Ronon Dex, a character introduced in season two, and one who helped define the series.
To see him go from a show on SyFy to being one of the most in-demand leading men in Hollywood is impressive and it just goes to show that you really don't know who's going to break out of any show at any given time. We may have just seen the next major name to take over the world of acting 10 years from now and don't know it yet.