The diecast models of the Doctor Who 40th Anniversary Gift Set received an lowly 6/10 while the Lost promotional towel fared much better, garnering an impressive 9/10. So any guesses as to what Dreamwatch will award the Swiss-made, aluminum Young People F*cking: promotional water bottle for young Martin Gero’s upcoming first feature foray? Personally, I’d give it an 8. It’s certainly lightweight and practical, but it doesn’t afford much leeway as a possible re-gift (my measuring rod for promotional material) unlike, say, the Doctor Who 40th Anniversary diecast models that mom really adored. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful memento of Martin’s labor of love that will hopefully be hitting the festival circuit sometime soon.
Speaking of labors of love hitting the fest circuit, I finally checked out David’s Hewlett’s directorial debut, A Dog’s Breakfast, and greatly enjoyed it. Lots of laugh out loud moments in this one and if you didn’t manage to snag a ticket for the London premiere, don’t fret. I’m sure it too will find it’s way to a theater (and eventually DVD store) near you.
It’s been a grueling couple of days at work as I set up the new office. Al…most…there. This year, in keeping with my online personality, I’m going with a villain theme.
Well, Fondy informs me that she’s made an appointment for us to visit a local breeder of French Bulldogs tomorrow. Coincidentally, the other day Marty G. was discussing the possibility of getting a dog of his own and mentioned an online quiz he had taken that selected the perfect breed for participants based on their particular lifestyles. Apparently, the Frenchie is the idea dog for him – a pooch that doesn’t like to get out much and exercise, preferring more laidback pursuits like lounging around the house and snacking all day. Yes, a dog after my own heart as well, but I’ve already got three of them. Well, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to just go take a look…
Catching up on some of the mail…
Skully writes: “Joe, its been a long time since BHS. I really enjoy your work and am so happy to see the success you have had. Well deserved.”
Answer: J.V.? That wouldn’t happen to stand for John V., would it?
Anonymous writes: “I think what has a lot of people worried (and maybe we don’t need to be) is the fear that [Carter] will TAKE OVER and be in charge while Sheppard and Rodney get shoved to the sidelines because she thinks she is “better” than they are in both military and science areas. Yeah probably won’t happen since she is a guest character but I think a little reassurance is needed for some of us.”
Answer: Consider yourself reassured.
Trini writes: “…many SGA fans fear that the enormous growth Rodney has shown over the seasons will be nullified; they fear that, since Rodney is rather smitten with Sam, he would have eyes only for her and care only about her, instead of about Sheppard and his team. Are there any reassurances you could offer us? Will the friendship between the members of Sheppard’s team still be developed once Carter has joined Atlantis?”
Answer: Carter’s entering the mix will certainly make for some fun interactions between the two, but the last time I checked McKay was already in a happy relationship. As for the friendship between Sheppard’s team – we already have some stories in the works.
GateGipsy: “ On the flipside, doesn’t the character of Sam actually duplicate many of the skills and special attributes of existing characters?”
Answer: If you look at it that way, Zelenka duplicates many of McKay’s skills and special attributes and the same could be said with regard to Lorne vis-à-vis Sheppard.
Anonymous writes: “Can you at least tell us if Carter being on Atlantis is going to reduce her participation in the SG-1 movies?”
Answer: Nope. Carter will be a very active participant in both SG-1 movies.
Anonymous writes: “ Is there any chance of Jack O’neill visiting Atlantis again in season four?”
Answer: There’s a chance, sure.
Anonymous writes: “Sometimes one line comes out of a movie or series that brings the whole episode/series back to one’s memory. (…) When you are writing the script do you ever think that this is line that will live in the jargon long after the episode has played?”
Answer: Never, except for this latest script. But, ultimately, I was voted down and had to lose the line: “Who’s Hootie now?!”
Arctic Goddess writes: “What is the hardest part about writing a script for Stargate?”
Answer: Hmmm. I’d say the most unpleasant part about writing a script is definitely the rewrite – which is what I’m working on now.
UberSG-1Fan writes: “What makes the chocolate cake “molten”?”
Answer: Its liquid center.
UberSG-1Fan also writes: “Will we get to see much or any of Jeannie Miller, Colonel Caldwell and Radek Zelenka?”
Probably, hopefully, and for sure.
Anonymous writes: “Joe, on the subject of books, who is your favorite writer, and what is your all-time favorite novel? On a side note, it looks like you’ve got some competition in the blog department. Rob Cooper is starting one on the MGM Stargate site.”
Answer: Favorite writer? Hmmm. I’ll have to give this some thought and get back to you. As for the news about Rob – well, let the blog wars begin!