All too often, we allow our passions to overtake us. We become caught up in the heat of the moment, saying, sometimes writing things we honestly believe to be true at the time – only to later sit back and realize no, I was wrong. I should have taken a deep breath and thought long and hard before posting. This is, after all, the internet and once you’ve voiced something as fact, it’s almost impossible to take back. Still, I’m going to try. It takes a big man to realize he has made a mistake, and an even bigger man to apologize for that mistake. And so… I made a mistake. And I’d like to apologize for something I posted on this blog.
Specifically, I’d like to say sorry to Martin Gero for stating he owned an X-Box game console. In fact, Martin owns BOTH a Wii AND an X-Box game console.
Okay, okay. Sometimes, I use humor to deflect from the seriousness of a situation. Obviously, Martin is not the only one who’s owed an apology.
I’m referring, of course, to Bob Picardo’s wife Linda and her mother. As it turns out, what I assumed to be fruit cake was, in fact, date and nut bread. High praise to Linda’s mother for the truly fantastic creation, and, again, equally high praise to Linda for her incredible creations.
Well, I feel better already. Of course, it could have something to do with the final mix we watched today. First Strike, the Atlantis season three finale, is one of the biggest and most ambitious episodes we’ve ever produced. A big congratulations to everyone involved, especially our visual effects team, director Martin Wood, and pretty-boy Martin Gero.
Some of you have complained about the recent dearth of food pics. To be fair, it has been two long food photo free days. Alas, my wife is taking some evening fitness classes which have seriously cut into our dine-out time. Nevertheless, a guy has got to eat – even if it means grilling up some barley-fed pork from Niku-ya Meats compliments of David Nykl who also dropped off a box of sour candy for the writers with the note: “Whenever you eat one, think of Radek”. Far be it for me to criticize a gift but, in the future, David may want to consider having his character associated with something sweet and pleasant rather than something sour and distressing.
And while I’m discussing sweet gifts, a belated thanks to my accountant, Al, and the gang at his office for the magnificent gift basket.
Finally, and on a genuinely serious note, I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to “foodfan in Denver” on her recent loss.
Anonymous writes: “Can you tell us anything more about Richard Dean Anderson being in the movies?”
Answer: At the moment, no.
Anonymous also writes: “… do you think there’s any chance that Scifi will ask for more SG-1…?”
Answer: It’s very hard to say at this point. The fact that we’re one of their top-ranked shows gives me hope. Then again, I’m the guy who thought SG-1 would get picked up for an eleventh season.
Another Anonymous writes: “Have any stories that involved series attempts at suicide for any of the characters ever come up?”
Answer: Sure. Check out a SG-1 season 4’s “The Light”.
Ivona writes: “…how do you in between all that work you succeed to write blog every day! and have something interesting to write!”
Answer: I suppose it really depends on how you define “interesting”.
Grace writes: “…do you ever go vegetarian, or is that an insult to your culinary sensibilities?”
Answer: I have no problems with vegetarian food in principle. But, like pogs and Baltic fashion, it isn’t something I usually seek out.
Sarahzilla writes: “What kind of advice would you give a current ‘student who was interested in pursuing a career in screen writing? Would a degree that focuses on primarily producing scripts for television be better in the long run, or would a degree in English or theater be more valuable?”
Answer: If I had to choose, I’d go with the former since it would teach you the basic mechanics, force you to write, and hopefully help you improve your craft. But, ultimately, genuine talent trumps a degree any day.