In the event I’m ever in the passenger seat of your car and you happen to lose your way, do not count on me to render any sort of practical assistance. Get me to recommend a good restaurant or to reach back and grab that Kleenex box sitting on the back seat, but do not, under any circumstances, ask me to read a map, or consult the written directions, or even venture a guess as to which way is North. Granted, I’m not as bad as that guy we used to know who would stick post-it note directions onto his NAV screen for quick and easy reference (That’s what it’s for, isn’t it?), but I am the type of person who can actually do more harm than good in such situations. If “more lost” is a hypothetical possibility, I can get you there. And so it was, yesterday, as we were driving to Port Moody, a journey that took us through parts unknown, up derelict alleyways, down winding back country-like roads, across two-lane traffic, past a local strip mall not once but twice, and, finally, to our destination: one of Vancouver’s top breeders of French Bulldogs.

A couple actually – very friendly, very informative, eager to educate us about the breed regardless of whether we eventually purchased from them or not. All their dogs are show material, with bloodlines traced back to European champions. And they’re darn cute (check out the pics). Ultimately, however, I don’t think we’re ready for a new addition to the household. More to the point, I don’t think Maximus, Bubba, and especially Jelly are ready for a sidekick. They’re already mighty needy as it is, and extremely jealous of one another. Today, for instance, our dog walker came by to take them for an outing. Because Maximus can only walk half as long as Bubba, and Jelly can only walk half as long as Maximus, she decided to walk Bubba and Jelly first, then drop off Jelly and take Maximus and Bubba for a second walk. As I later learned from Fondy, Maximus was so outraged at being left out that he howled and barked in protest, then marched over to the landing outside our bedroom and promptly took a dump. How’s that for a temper tantrum? Reminds me of one of our former freelance writers.

Let’s catch up on your mail –

Anonymous writes: “Yeah, but we’re not going to see Lorne or Zelenka in a massive 14 episodes next season, nor are either one of them the huge, franchise behemoth that is Sam Carter. (…) It’s her show now, and everyone knows it.”

Answer: Everyone knows it? And you base this on what exactly? The time machine you used to pop into the future to actually watch season four so that you could base your bold statement on actual fact? Massive 14 episodes? Really? Zelenka was in a massive 10 episodes last year. Sick of him yet?

Anonymous #2 writes: “… why did you get rid of Carson. I’ve heard that Sunday wasn’t supposed to be Carsons end that the episode had to be rewritten. Canadians aired his death. So does that mean that there are more Sg1 and Atlantis episodes that have never been aired ?”

Answer: I won’t go into the reasoning behind certain decisions, but I will say that the nice thing about scifi is that it offers an out for pretty much any situation no matter how dire – even death. As for the rumor that ending to Sunday was changed or rewritten – untrue.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Just *what* will Carter be doing on Atlantis that McKay or Zelenka can’t do, or any of the other scientists, for that matter?”

Answer: You’ll have to tune in to find out. Or ask a friend to tune in and, if you like what you hear, tune in yourself.

Sprinkles writes: “Is there anything more you can tell fans about the 6 episode Daniel prior arc that was cut to one?”

Answer: Since The Shroud has yet to air, I can’t shed too much light on this arc. However, I can say that there was some early discussion of making it a fairly lengthy arc – having things kick off with the end of Quest II, a two episode disappearance, and then three subsequent episodes that would build to a climax and hopefully satisfying conclusion. In the end, it was decided to roll the three-episode story into one: The Shroud.

Stillhere writes: “So who is your favorite comic book character?”

Answer: Doctor Doom. I’m thinking of getting myself a cape for the start of production.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Since you had dinner with Carl, I was hoping you could tell us which writers will be writing for season 4 of Atlantis.”

Answer: Sure. Rob Cooper, Martin Gero, Carl Binder, Alan McCullough, Paul Mullie, and yours truly.

Whew. I think I’ll let my Magic 8 Ball answer the next few questions…

Stillhere also writes: “Any possiblility that Daniel Jackson will make a guest appearance in Atlantis season 4.”

The Magic 8 Ball says: “Cannot predict now.”

Schweinsty writes: “…just popped in to ask if we’ll be seeing more of Lorne next season?”

The Magic 8 Ball says: “Outlook good.”

Anonymous #4 writes: “So when you say “the last time I checked McKay was already in a happy relationship” does that mean that we’ll be seeing Katie Brown again in the future?”

The Magic 8 Ball says: “Signs points to yes.”.

Anonymous #5 writes: “Should Sheppard be with Teyla or with Weir?”

The Magic 8 Ball says: “Reply hazy, try again.”

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windshieldbug

Ah finally signed in!

Lol, first blog entry so far (I think) without food. But, in having the complete inability to give/read/understand directions you are much like my husband.

Aren’t temper-tantrums just awful? Dog’s do have a sense of humor about the whole thing though. I doubt you leave him next time.

Love the Magic 8ball replys. I believe, reading back, you’ve answered many of those questions…mulitple times.

Your Mail:
Oh, and I don’t anyone even that anon is tired of Zelenka. D. Nykl is quite the character!

Doc Doom! Good one! Favorite here was always (Hank McCoy) Beast from X-Men.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe,

Sounds like you are directionally challenged just like Sheppard, is that modeled after you?

Thanks for answering my question regarding the writers. I noticed that Damian Kindler is not among the writers for season 4, do you know what he will be doing in the future?

Also, do you know who will be directing next year? I am a fan of all the directors but especially Martin Wood, Peter Deluise and Andy Mikita. I heard from Martin’s and Andy’s interviews that they will be back but what about Peter?

Thanks for the info.

Cheers!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Magc 8 ball told me to try again wink

So what do you thik Joe? Should Sheppard be with Teyla or with Weir?

schweinsty
schweinsty

Hi! No questions this time, just wanted to say I’m glad to hear that Lorne and Katie Brown (:)!) are going to get more time onscreen, and thanks for coming online and answering fan questions; I’m sure plenty of us appreciate it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Did you guys ever consider having SG-1 be Carter, Teal’c, Daniel, and Lorne? I think he fit really well in The ROad Not Taken, and I sort of wish that that’s how season nine had played out.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Aww, how come Teal’c never gets any love? Joe, what does your magic 8-ball say about Chris Judge’s chances of guest starring on Atlantis in season four?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi!!

Will we know soon in how many episodes Torri will appear in season 4 ? (at least approximately?)

(it’s killing me not to know because I’m scared for my favorite character)

PS : the dogs are really cute !!

Marion
Marion

French Bull !!! YEAH !!!!! best dogs ever !! very friendly and affectionate…ok, I have to admit they can be…smelly at times so I don’t recommend staying in the same room with them after they eat ;)they loose hair and look like ugly little pigs when they’re puppies but they are so worth it…
uh by the way you’re sure your dogs don’t need therapy or something ?!!

(I had to delurk for this one…been reading your blog since almost the beginning and have been enjoying every little pic wink )

ps: has Carl called you yet ??

Suz
Suz

Hey Joe!

So if no-one ever dies in Sci Fi, what are the chances of us seeing Carson Beckett in s4, cos I’m really gonna miss him and it’s been said that there may be a way to bring him back!

Thank you smile

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hello Joe,

I was wondering with the current enemy arc in SGA being Earth Vs. Pegasus Replicators, is there any chance that we may see Wraith Vs. Replicators?

foodfan in Denver
foodfan in Denver

Ask that 8 ball if I’ll ever win the lottery so I can retire in a hut with a glass floor over the lagoon in Bora Bora. wink

Anonymous
Anonymous

Should Sheppard be with McKay or with Ronon, Magic 8 Ball?

Craig
Craig

Will there be any episodes written by Ken Cuperus next year? I realise he is no longer part of the team because of the surplus of writers that was created with SG-1’s cancellation but i thoroughly enjoyed 2 of his episodes in Season 3. I think that “Common Ground” and “Submersion” are 2 of the best Atlantis episodes since the show started.

Stillhere
Stillhere

Those little faces are so cute. what adorable dogs. I admire your powers of resistance to cute puppy faces.

My dog has separation anxiety disorder and he shreds things. On the bright side it makes him the perfect way to destroy sensitive documents which cuts down on the possibility of identity theft from stuff in the trash.

My friends have this saying about me, ‘Marla’s sense of direction is so bad she could get lost going out her own driveway.’

I just tell them my daddy was Jedi Knight, not a navigator on a spice freighter.

Dr Doom is cool, he is the father of Wanda The Scarlet Witch and her brother Pietro. I got really upset when after it taking so long for Wanda and The Vison to finally get together, the writers went and ruined it:(

Well when that Magic 8 Ball can predict, you’ll let me know right:)

Speaking of things that get cut out of episodes, imagine my disappointment upon finding out that the scene in Line In The Sand that I saw being filmed was not aired in the episode (or at least when it was shown in the UK). I asked some UK Fans if they saw the scene and they said no:(

Who knows, maybe on the extended DVD director’s cut someday!

Marla

Anonymous
Anonymous

As for the question as to whether Sheppard should be with Teyla or Weir, just go watch the “ship” mess that is ruining BSG. No shippy stuff, ever on SGA!

Chemp
Chemp

Is there a possibility that one of the characters will be form Slovenia? A Slovenian flag on the uniform of one of the extras would be enough. grin
I also wondering, do you have any plans on stories happening on the Atlantis mainland?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh wise and magic eight ball, oracle of things to come, will the Asgaard be seen in Atlantis’ season four?

And why have they been ignored on SG-1 since RDA left?

Anonymous
Anonymous

OK, Joe, I know you don’t like to answer questions about creative decisions, and I understand. But I just asw The Road Not Taken, um, a friend sent to me, and I can’t figure out why you didn’t have Sam ask about Jack. When Lorne asks her if there’s anyone else she would liek to take a crack at, whynot have her say Jack?

THis isnt’ a ship thing, its an SG-1 thing. RDA is even going to be in the next episode. I don’t understnad why you guys are so afraid of mentioning Jack…you’ll never excise him out of the Sg1 universe no matter regardless of how hard you try to. So, why? What was the thinking there? I know it must have come up b/c you’re not studpid. Why no Jack ask?

Maska

Melantha
Melantha

It must have taken a lot of will to walk away from those cute as hell puppies! The white one is especially adorable *wants* Don’t think my puss cat would appreciate it though.

Melantha
Melantha

Bwaa aha haa! Maximus sure knows how to make his feelings clear.

Anonymous
Anonymous

As far as comparing SGA to BSG and ship stuff goes, I think that’s a ludacris comparison. Different show, different feel, different characters. I like what I see as I see it on SGA. Please, don’t change a thing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you ever get bored of writing for Stargate you could always publish your own cook book. Your food reviews are excellent, everyone’s going to flock to Vancouver to start sampling restaurants.

When does the weather gets better in Vancouver, so that you can feel like writing about ice cream again ?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hello, Do you tell us if Elizabeth Weir will has a relation ship in the next season ?

flo
flo

Let’s talk about something important: when will we see your new ice cream creations? smile
And has Carl called you yet??? Please tell us, the suspense is unbearable!

PalmerEldritch
PalmerEldritch

stillhere,

Wanda and Pietro are the daughter and son of Magneto, not Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom did raise Kristoff Vernard though.

Joe,

Will our SG:A heroes still get to utilize the sets of SG-1 thanks to the Midway Station? Will we still get to see old friends like Dr. Lee, Siler, and Walter from time to time?

And will the SG:A characters be stirring up some trouble in the Milky Way galaxy this year or will it all be Pegasus based?