We had our second read-through today. Jason was feeling under the weather and unable to attend, so I had my sights set on playing the part of Ronon. Unfortunately, I was called out of the room just as everybody was settling and, by the time I returned, director Martin Wood had stolen the role. All in all, I thought he did an alright job but lacked some of the rough passion and underlying pathos I would have undoubtedly brought to the role. Best impromptu line during the read came from Jewel who, in response to David Hewlett’s “You’re not a real doctor”taunt, countered: “I’m a mechanic, not a doctor.”
Paul and I received personalized gifts from the gang at SciFi today – a box of chocolates from Chocoatl for me and a bottle of ten year old scotch for him (which is perfect timing since Paul just polished off his third bottle of “office scotch“ just last week). The gifts arrived just as we were heading into our notes call on Missing. While Paul and Carl discussed the script with Nora, Claire, and Debra, I quietly retreated to my little chocolate nirvana. Truly, they are the best chocolates in Vancouver.
And speaking of chocolates, our casting director, Sean Cossey, swung by the offices yesterday to chat about our plans for season four – and happened to bring along a box of Godiva blacks. Great meeting and chocolates which are pictured above. I would have snapped a pic of the Chocoatl chocolates but, alas, they were pretty much cleaned out by the time the notes call ended.
On the lunch menu today: a bit of everything. Tortellini in a tomato herb sauce, spicy Italian sausage, grilled eggplant, cucumber and cherry tomato salad, baked garlic, and Anthea’s tiramisu for dessert. Compare this to Martin Gero’s healthy, home-delivery lunch – what I believe was boiled chicken and broccoli – and you can understand our contrasting dispositions (also pictured above).
By the way, I finished Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin the other day and would definitely put it on my recommended list. A beautifully written novel. I started another book soon after but, try as I might, after 100+ pages, I found it so unengaging that I had to set it aside. So I started another book, Michael Marshall Smith’s Only Forward, and this one I am truly loving. Speaking of loving – David loved John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War which I lent him last month, and is about to start on Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog.
Finally, got my own Bridge Studio pace card today (thanks Lawren). So, seriously, what do you think? Does the green of the body suit bring out the opaque or my fishbowl helmet?
John Treman writes: “Will Vala be used to the exclusion of everyone else in the movies? I’ve really grown tired of seeing her front and center so much these last two years. No one else even has any story or part in the show.”
Answer: You’re right. With the exception Morpheus, Pegasus Project, Insiders, Uninvited, 200, Counterstrike, Company of Thieves, Quest I and II, Line in the Sand, Road Not Taken, The Shroud, Bad Guys, Bounty, and significant chunks of Flesh and Blood, season 10 was all about Vala. Expect more of the same in the movies.
Vaberella writes: “1)Are we going to find out more on Wraith children? 2) Is it possible that Teyla’s dad was macking a Wraith Queen?”
Answer: 1) We may. 2) Unlikely.
Anne writes: “Is creative control mostly left to the show’s production staff?”
Prior_of_the_Ori: “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?”
French 8 Ball says: C’est possible.
Night Spring writes: “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?”
Answer: First – sorry about that. Second – they are simply streamlined versions of the existing uniforms.
The OldOne writes: “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.”
Answer: Actually, the “Annie” was in reference to who was sending the coded message in A Christmas Story. As for your name, I’m guessing: Wayne.
Foolishpleasure writes: “If SG1 had been renewed, what would have happened to Carter? […]Would Weir still be a reg on SGA, or would she have been dumped no matter what?”
Answer: Re: Carter – not sure. Re: Weir – we would have made the same decision.
Anonymous #1 writes: “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?”
Answer: I don’t think there’s anything to be particular “worried” about. As for my opinion – I liked it a lot.
Iamza writes: “Any chance that the next few seasons of SGA could have more than just the twenty episodes apiece?”
Answer: Nope. That’s SciFi’s call.
MaryBeth writes: “You’ve pretty much confirmed that Torri is without a contract for season four. So why doesn’t someone with the guts to make a decision do something about that?”
Answer: Uh, we did make a decision. You simply disagree with it.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Rob Cooper is coming to the Vancouver Creation Con in a couple weeks. Any chance you’ll stop by as well?”
Answer: No. The other writers and I are very busy with the show and couldn‘t possibly find the time to attend. Also, we weren’t invited.
Anonymous #2 also writes: “Will he be able to spill the beans on RDA being in the movies?”
Answer: If he has any information to relay, I’m sure he will.
Ryu Gaia writes: “Got bored and finished the lyrics for Paul. What do you think?”
Magic 8 Ball says: C’est magnifique!
Anonymous #3 writes: “She knows that sex sells, and she has no problem using that to her advantage.”
Answer: Actually, question: Seriously, what planet are you from?