Got a call from the lovely Maureen Ryan over at the Chicago Tribune today. The SciFi press release on season 4 went out and, naturally, she had a few questions. Unfortunately, I find myself in a bit of a bind. While news is already out regarding certain aspects of the show’s fourth season, the back half of the third season has yet to air – on SciFi – and so, I find myself having to walk a fine line – clarifying points that have already become public knowledge while avoiding direct commentary on major developments from episodes that have yet to air. On SciFi. Poor Maureen. As a result, her interview had a lot of: “Mallozzi didn’t want to be specific”, “Mallozzi would not confirm”, and “Mallozzi would neither confirm nor deny”. All in all, suitably vague although I’m sure the more determined of anti-season 4 fans will find something in it to grouse about.
Well, we’re finally in prep. Rob is up first – writing, directing, and producing Doppleganger. I also hear he’ll be working the catering truck every second day while the episode is in production. Doppleganger shoots first but will air sometime after the opening Adrift-Lifeline-Reunion triumvirate. Once he’s done, he’ll be moving over to SG-1 and start prepping Ark of Truth which, incidentally, he’ll again be writing/directing/producing. Show off. Brad, meanwhile, got the scenes written for the “location” shoot later in March. The rest of us started tossing around ideas for the mid-season two-parter. Big happenings in the Pegasus Galaxy ahead.
Oh, and Carl swung by my office this afternoon and I gave him notes on his script – while Alex snapped some pics. Yeah, I have a feeling this year is going to be a lot of fun.
Okay, playing catch-up with the mail –
Ses110 writes: “What does the magic 8 ball say regarding RDA appearing on Atlantis in Season 4?”
Answer: I feel I can speak for the Magic 8 Ball in replying “Anything is possible.”
Stargate writes: “ An entry today in our forums has wagered a $10.00 bet that Elizabeth Weir will meet an untimely end, ie she’ll be killed, others have heard the same thing. We wonder if you could confirm or deny the ‘rumour’.”
Answer: No problem. What I’ll do is write up a detailed list of everything that will happen in season 4 and save everyone the trouble of having to actually watch. I’m on it!
Pattirose4 writes: “ Any chance of including some out-takes on the season sets?”
Answer: Provided Ivon Bartok is willing to organize the special feature, I have no objections to providing outtakes in a future DVD release.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Is there any chance that there’ll be another Earth-based scenario simliar to what we saw with Return Part 1?”
Magic 8 Ball says: Signs point to yes.
ChaosIsBeauty writes: “Will the sets, secondary characters, and props from SG-1 still be available for the 4th season of Atlantis?”
Answer: For now, we’re keeping them. But that could change once the movies wrap.
Anonymous #2 writes: “I’m wondering with all the food talk what do you like to wash it all down with? Do you have a favourite drink?”
Answer: To be honest, I’m not much of a drinker – although I do like to top my ice cream with Advokaat. I usually accompany my meal with a fine bottle of Evian or a similar spring water.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Have there been any scripts in the air involving Ford?”
Magic 8 Ball says: Not as of yet.
Jenny Robin: “Regarding grape soda, which you mentioned some time in the past, what is your preferred brand?”
Answer: I’ve always been partial to Crush.
Llyrellin writes: “How do you all come up with the titles for the episodes?”
Answer: We’ll throw out crappy ideas until, hours later, we’re so mentally exhausted that we’ll agree to anything.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Upon episodes you have written : which one you like the most ? The less ? Why?”
Answer: My favorite is probably Ripple Effect – a nice mix of humor, action, science, and back-references. My least favorite is Irresponsible – an episode where anything that could have gone wrong did.