I’ve never been a breast man. To be perfectly honest, I’ve always been more of a leg guy. Well, up until that restaurant opened up a couple of blocks from my house, way back when we were living in Montreal. I don’t remember its name or what else was on the menu, but I do remember the reason I loved the place and how it redirected my passion from legs to those fatty little pieces of utter bliss: heavenly garlic-parmesan wings.

Sadly, the restaurant didn’t last long, going out of business within the year, and I mourned its passing like an addict bemoaning the loss of his dealer. In time, I moved on, making due with more mundane substitutes such as buffalo or sweet and sour, resigned to the fact that my garlic-parmesan wing-eating days were behind me. Short of actually making them myself – which, of course, was not going to happen – I was out of luck. I moved on.

So imagine my surprise and utter delight when I walked into Wing Nuts the other night, scanned the posted menu, and had my eyes alight on one stand-out selection under the SAUCE category: Garlic & Parmesan. Ah, just like old times.

Wing Nuts offers some 18 different varieties of wings, sauced and dry, in addition to sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, chili, and various salads. We were four and went with the 48 wings for $29.99 which came with four different flavors. Lots of great choices here but, in the end, we decided to go with the Garlic & Parmesan, the Chili ’N Lime, the Spicy Thai Peanut, and that day’s feature: the Mango & Habanero. We also ordered 6 dry spiced Cajun wings, some japaleno poppers, and a poutine (fries, cheese curds, and gravy) for Fondy.

Overall, good wings but not quite as plump and succulent as I’d hoped. I suspected they’d once belonged to mean street chickens, poultry who had perhaps suffered a difficult upbringing, forced to steel themselves against the harsh hand life had dealt them by adopting tough, uncompromising personas – fighting birds if you will, all lean and sinewy and tatted up.

But tasty nevertheless. We all had our favorites. While I liked the Garlic & Parmesan, everyone else found them a little too sharp. The chili ‘n lime were pretty good, not too spicy, but the mango-habanero was a huge disappointment. It was admittedly tasty but thoroughly lacking in any of the heat one would expect from a habareno-based sauce. My surprise favorite was the spicy thai peanut, especially after the wings had been allowed to sit a while so that the sauce could thicken. As for my fellow diners, they gave top marks to the Cajun wings.

For dessert – a little taste of Scotland in the way of deep-fried Snickers and Mars Bars. This was my first time having these delicious treats – lightly-battered and crispy on the outside, warm and melty-good on the inside – but my friend was a veteran and pronounced them the best he’s ever tasted.

Whoowhee, lotsa questions to get around to today. Let’s see what I can do –

NightSpring writes: “Carter’s a done deal. […] On the other hand, we could possibly handle that if we weren’t also losing Torri. Why is there not room for both of them to do 14 or so episodes??”

Answer: At the risk of repeating myself, it’s not an either or situation. The addition of Carter wasn’t the reason we decided to take Weir in a new direction.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Basically, we’re getting Carter on Atlantis because Scifi wanted a crossover. That is what you’re saying, right?”

Answer: Wrong. That isn’t what I’m saying. If you’re wondering whether the only reason we’re bringing Carter aboard because SciFi requested it, the answer is no. If you’re wondering whether SciFi and the production both support the idea of bringing Carter aboard, the answer is yes.

Anonymous #2 writes: “What kind of ratings numbers do you think the last half of season three needs to get in order for season five to go ahead?”

Answer: No idea.

Kellie writes: “ When writing about a subject matter or culture that isn’t highly familiar to you (excluding made-up aliens for whom you can call all the shots) what sort of research do you do to lend its expression an authentic voice and avoid clichés?”

Answer: Our meticulous research involves hours of online investigation, countless library visits, and the occasional necessity to ship office assistant Lawren Bancroft-Wilson to distant lands so that we can experience exotic, often alarming, customs vicariously through him.

Ankhmutes writes: “According to Hewlett’s blog, the team is wearing leather in S4. He may have been teasing us… but those of us in the shallow end of the pool are hoping he isn’t.”

Answer: He isn’t.

GrapsofWraith writes: “Also, have you ever thought of making lyrics to the Atlantis theme?”

Answer: Paul was working on them. I remember him getting as far as: “Weee’re in Atlaaantis. Wee’re under waaaater….”

Anonymous #3 writes: “Are there any gate stories in the works for Season 4?”

Answers: Gate issues complicate matters in the first two episodes.

Royal-Nonesuch: “Ever tried Kosher cuisine?”

Answer: I have. There are some great Kosher delis in Montreal, but only a few in Vancouver.

Anonymous #4 writes: “What does your sarcastic 8 ball say about the possibility of the Trust/exNID in Atlantis (again)?”

Sarcastic 8 Ball says: Not a chance.

Rebeccasaurus writes: “If there were a Joseph Mallozzi food pyramid, what would be the base food group?”

Answer: Chocolate of course.

Anonymous #5 writes: “Since that was the first any fans had heard of a move of character, and since the Beckett and Weir “going” rumors didn’t surface until fall, everyone pretty much assumed the command to bump the two and replace them came from Skiffy execs (in their infinite wisdom).”

Answer: Right. And, as I pointed out in yesterday’s response, it was an erroneous assumption. Glad I could clear that up for you.

Pati writes: “Joe can you tell Carl that he has fan girls.”

Answer: No way. That guy’s ego is so huge already I’m amazed he can even squeeze into that pimped-out Crown Vic he rolls in.

Anonymous #6 writes: “Will there be any McKay whumping or angst in season 4?”

Answer: No season would be complete without some McKay whumping. And you can count on some McKay angst as well, compliments of Pretty Boy Gero.

Anonymous #7 writes: “So I have to ask if are we going to see Morena Baccarin (Adria) in the first movie? And are there also plans for the Doci appearing in this movie?”

Answer: It’s possible. And – it’s possible. Not necessarily in that order.

Arctic Goddess writes: “Have you ever attended the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal? If so, do you prefer the French or English version?”

Answer: Never attended the Just for Laughs Fest. And my command of the French language isn’t strong enough for me to enjoy its comic stylings, so I would prefer English.

Anonymous #8 writes: “If you don’t know how many episodes Weir will be in because the back half of season 4 hasn’t been written yet, how do you know that Amanda will be in 14 episodes?”

Answer: I know because Amanda has a series deal for season four.

Sox Chica: “Can there possibly be any restaurant you haven’t eaten at yet?”

Answer Crazy as it sounds, there are.

TauriSith writes: “Is Elzabeth going to be horribly injured, ascend, and then be a recurring character?”

Answer: No.

Anonymous #9 writes: “1) Will be seeing more of Michael and 2) Will that Common Ground Wraith be returning?”

Answer: Looking good.

Cel writes: “Shall I send you some vegemite then?”

Answer: No need. Believe it or not, there’s a place in town that sells a lot of unique products from other countries including vegemite.

TheOldOne writes: “Joe, to save you some time I think I have decoded the first few lines of the message from Jenny. If I am right, it seems to be the same message that was decoded in the bathroom scene in the movie “A Christmas Story””

Answer: Thanks. In that case – I’ll remember to eat it. Thanks, Annie.

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vaberella
vaberella

Meh, decided to ask again, like a roll of a die. It’s not like you answer all questions, so I decided to get an early post.

Oh those wings and drumsticks look delish. I almost through my ‘eat healthy’ diet out the window. Maybe I need a salad. grin

Askinga the questions again…

1)Are we going to find out more on Wraith children? I’m just remembering Ellia, I’d just like to see where they are and what they’re like, if possible. It was also interesting that they lived on human food until a certain age.

2) Is it possible that Teyla’s dad was macking a Wraith Queen? grin (I had to ask, since there is never any mention of her; but Teyla appears more human than wraith).

Teyla as Electra? You are my man! A Marvel lover too (which I gathered from all the figures), I’m a Elektra/Psylocke/She-Hulk (she’s naughty! :D)/Storm lover (when she’s not under Hudlin! ugh!).

I always figured the best Electra, physically, when turned to film, would be Jennifer Lopez.

That being said, I have a post on the RL/JL resemblance— http://www.stargateomega.com/forum/showpost.php?p=19936&postcount=27
Take a gander. RL (is so super hot)!
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By the way I’m a McKay fanatic, thanks for the heads up on McKay. I can’t wait to see this. I really am on the edge of my seat in anticipation for S4.

Laters JM.

Jon
Jon

First off those wings look amazing. I was wondering have you ever though of taking your love of food and incorporating it somehow into the show, maybe have teal’c take up the hobby of making ice cream?

Anne
Anne

I may be in the minority but I am glad there won’t be any NID/Trust stories in S4. I never cared for the conspiracy theory storylines as I thought they were too unbelievable.

I have seen a lot of comments and questions here and all over the internet about who is responsible for cast and story decisions, etc. I am curious as to how much mgm, the network and/or any other entities in the food chain interject themselves into the story decision process. I would think it would be self-defeating for them to contract for a show with a good staff and then try to micro-manage them, but I have seen that kind of things in many different businesses and have no reason to think it would be different in television. Is creative control mostly left to the show’s production staff, or is there second-guessing and direction from above? Is this consistent with most of the industry or do you think it is better or worse on this production than others?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe,

How many episodes are you guys going to write before knowing about the future of Atlantis? Ooh, and how many do you have written now?

grapesofwraith
grapesofwraith

Wow Joe, you’ve done it again – upon reading your blog I found myself with a chicken craving. I ended up taking out some frozen wings (though probably no where as good as the ones you had), but sufficed my craving nonetheless.
Question – ever think of compiling a book of your restaurant reviews and other culinary experiences?

Copernicus
Copernicus

Will both Ellis and Caldwell be returning in season four?

kliggs
kliggs

Fried Mars Bars!!! Kill me now!!!!

Shawna
Shawna

I’ve never understood chicken wings. Sure, they’re tasty, but there’s hardly anything to them. Meat, that is. Just lots of skin and bone. I prefer legs. But garlic parmesean sounds fantastic! Must try to make that some time.

Carl has a Crown Vic? Cool! I’ve got a white one…which means I’ve only been pulled over once in my 8 or so years of driving it…and sometimes people slow down around me. (Incidentally, I’ve been thinking of getting a new car, a smaller one, as driving around Vancouver in the Crown Vic feels kind of like manuvering a boat. Or at least downtown it does. Does he not find it awkward?)

So, I’m totally hoping to see more Michael. But pretty please, don’t kill him. He’s just way too cool. Like Ba’al, he needs to stick around for many, many seasons. (Still hoping he’ll turn to the good side, or at least the less evil side. Maybe not so good that he can join the good guys but not so evil that they feel okay killing him?)

Speaking of Michael, this may be my own overanalysis of names (I do love names), but did you guys pick that name for him because it means “Who is like God?” and sort of refers to the “playing God” inherent in the whole gene manipulation thing? (Or even referring to the hippocratic oath, “Above all, I must not play at God.”)

Arctic Goddess
Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

You are keeping us on our toes as you post at different times. I never know when to look.

Anyway, you said: “At the risk of repeating myself, it’s not an either or situation. The addition of Carter wasn’t the reason we decided to take Weir in a new direction.”

What was the reason you decided to take Weir in a new direction?

Have a great day.

Patricia

Emma
Emma

Anonymous #8 writes: “If you don’t know how many episodes Weir will be in because the back half of season 4 hasn’t been written yet, how do you know that Amanda will be in 14 episodes?”

Answer: I know because Amanda has a series deal for season four.

So you’re admitting that Torri’s contract is up. And again,I don’t understand why you people don’t want to fix that! She plays the leader of the mission, for crying out loud. She’s the lead actress.

Elizabeth has a wonderful relationship with each of the other characters, especially Sheppard and McKay.

I can’t imagine how it is that anyone involved with the show can think that she’s expendable.

It’s interesting to note that all the other actors have been saying wonderful things about Torri and Paul at conventions recently — Joe, Jason, David Nykl. I have to wonder how they feel about the decision, and how the loss of two characters in such a short time will affect the feel of the cast as a whole. It would have to be unsettling, and they’d have to wonder who’s next in this game of Russian Roulette.

David Hewlett is the only one I see as being safe, since everyone thinks the sun shines out his butt (and he is fabulous, so I’m not having a bitch about him here) Even Joe would have to know that you originally wanted Browder for his role. I can’t see how any of them can feel particulary secure in their jobs given what’s happened to two strong performers in Paul and Torri.

David McKee
David McKee

No NID or Trust in the next season of “Atlantis”? You’re just doing that to make us send you chocolate, to show our gratitude, right? Sounds like a clever Mallozzian ploy to me.

madmoroccan
madmoroccan

I was wondering if we will be able to see the outcome of three things in atlantis season 4. The first id the outcome of the Tria. The second, will they ever get that full zpm the dagans have from episode 15 in season 1. Finally, if they will salvage the downed wraith cruiser in Submerged. Thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous

1. Will Ronon and Teyla get equal screen time as Rodney and John? Will Ronon have a bigger, 3-4 episode long story arc too? Teal’c had more episode after 3 season than Teyla. We don’t know enough about their skills, feelings, family, religion, culture. Sometimes I feel that they are really Conan and Xena, because they are warriors both, who can only fight. Will we learn more about Teyla’s Wraith abilities through the Michael plot?

Prior_of_the_Ori
Prior_of_the_Ori

Hiya Joe,

Asked this before but didnt get a comment on it. I was wondering whether the creatures of Micheal in Vengeance will make an appearance in season 4?

Also, will we find out the ‘Plan’ the Asurans had in ‘dealing with the Wraith’ that was mentioned when the Atlantis Expedition first encountered them? Or any possible Wraith and Asuran encounters happening?

Take care Joe!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I will never be able to eat chicken again without wondering if it was a mean street chicken!! I can picture those chicken now in their studded leather with those knuckle things on their feet.. strutting along and crowing loud…

YOu have a delightful way of expressing yourself…

Dori

Night Spring
Night Spring

Hi! First, you attributed a question to me that was posted by someone else.

Second, I’ve been wondering about the different uniforms on Atlantis. Who decides when to change them, and is there any rhyme or reason to the changes? And Rodney’s been through several different shades of t-shirts, but Radek, as David Nykl noted in his blog, is still wearing the same blue ones from the first season. Why?

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Anonymous #8 writes: “If you don’t know how many episodes Weir will be in because the back half of season 4 hasn’t been written yet, how do you know that Amanda will be in 14 episodes?”

Answer: I know because Amanda has a series deal for season four.”

Okay, then can you tell us in how many episodes of the first half of season 4 will Weir be in?

Jessica
Jessica

Hi Joe

I was just wondering, will we get to see an episode in S4 in which the team gets to show how much they would do/sacrifice to save Sheppard? I know Sheppard’s the hero, but over the past 3 seasons he’s shown his team how much he’s willing to give up to keep them save. Perhaps now it’s time for the team to return the favor and to show him how much he means to them?

Thanks!

Jessica

Suz
Suz

“Anonymous #8 writes: “If you don’t know how many episodes Weir will be in because the back half of season 4 hasn’t been written yet, how do you know that Amanda will be in 14 episodes?”

Answer: I know because Amanda has a series deal for season four.”

So does this mean that Torri does not have a deal for S4, thus her recurring status?

TheOldOne
TheOldOne

TheOldOne writes: “Joe, to save you some time I think I have decoded the first few lines of the message from Jenny…….

Answer: Thanks. In that case – I’ll remember to eat it. Thanks, Annie.

As to the first part… Interesting.. I usually just add it to milk.

As to the ‘”Annie”.. Since I am male and over 65 (not the demographic most TV shows look for .. sorry) Annie is not my first name. Since you like super heroes/villains I will give you a clue.. My first name is the same as the last name of the alter ego of one of them.

You can delete this message after reading.

Linzi
Linzi

Hi Joe!
Well your latest food piccies made me hungry – again! I always get the munchies when reading your blog. I’ve lost a fair amount of weight recently, so I’m having to keep myself in check, and it’s not easy!!
Another Travelers question. Sorry -just shoot me! Oh no! I got that wrong. Shoot SHEPPARD, not me!LOL!
My question:
Ok, having seen spoilers, presumably from sides, on Stargate Solutions today, I have to say, that Travelers doesn’t seem particularly Shep whumpy, from what little is written on that site. (It looks damn good though, if the spoilers are accurate.)
So, can you put me out of my misery, and perhaps tell me if Travelers is an episode with a little Shep whump in it, or is it a big Shep whumping episode?
I just don’t want to be disappointed, as I have been by the lack of Shep whump in the later season 3 episodes. (I still loved the episodes though. The whump is the icing on the cake, so to speak.)
Thanks!!!

Stillhere
Stillhere

Overall, good wings but not quite as plump and succulent as I’d hoped. I suspected they’d once belonged to mean street chickens, poultry who had perhaps suffered a difficult upbringing, forced to steel themselves against the harsh hand life had dealt them by adopting tough, uncompromising personas – fighting birds if you will, all lean and sinewy and tatted up.

LOL you can tell you’re a write. That had me ROTFLOL. Thanks:)

Marla

foolishpleasure
foolishpleasure

So everyone wanted to bring Carter over to SGA for a long time, so. . .if SG1 had been renewed, what would have happened to Carter? Would she leave SG1 and still do 14 episodes of SGA? That wouldn’t have gone over well. If not, would Weir still be a reg on SGA, or would she have been dumped no matter what?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe, in Damien Kindler’s interview at GateWorld he was reluctant to offer his opinion on Unending. Is there something to be worried about in it, and more importantly, what is you opinion on SG-1’s last episode?

iamza
iamza

Any chance that the next few seasons of SGA could have more than just the twenty episodes apiece? Because twenty episodes just isn’t enough! smile

Also, out of curiosity, how long does it usually take for a script to go from an idea being tossed around in the writers’ room to a final ready-to-shoot package? By which I mean, if the Atlantis cast and crew are just getting set up to shoot season four, how long have the writers and production crew been back, hard at work, getting the first six episode scripts ready to go?