He's full of praise for the producers and crew, many of whom are veterans of Battlestar Galactica, as well as for the visual aesthetic of the series. He's equally complimentary of Parriott and his small writing staff (who include at least one Canadian).
Given the Antares' six year mission, it's no surprise the plan is for a six-year series. "Jim has the whole first three seasons — if not written in some form, certainly the plots for each episode for the season already in his book. He's planning for it to be a six-year run, so each episodic year will coincide with a year of the mission."
That kind of planning might come as a relief to audiences wary of elaborate serialization that doesn't add up as a series goes along. "As each script came along during the season I'd say, 'What? Really? This much this soon? That's great!' I'm not a fan of the genre that teases you for too long with a plot, or makes it too byzantine and you never know where the thing is going," Airlie said, laughingly declining to name names.
"You're delivering every week, you give a bit more every week, you don't feel like the rug's going to be pulled out and there's going to be some bizarre explanation that you never could have contemplated," he said of this series he's obviously proud of. "You don't feel like they're making things up. Jim's got a really tight plan for the storyline and he's executing it."