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.”