As I pulled up to the gate and skimmed my pace card, Bill poked his head out of the guard shack and asked: “Did you hear about the Scottish people?”. Indeed I had heard about “the Scottish people” although, in reality, I doubted many of them would be actual Scots. Still, I knew what he was referring to and smiled, nodded: “Yeah. Should be interesting.” What Bill was referring to, of course, was the big fan demonstration planned for next week. Timed to coincide with the Whatsis Con, it will bring together fans of Carson Beckett who’ll be outside the Bridge Studios expressing their support for the lovable character by exercising their constitutional right to free speech. Sadly for them, that right is solely entrenched in the U.S. constitution and since the Canadian constitution, as many non-Canadian may be unaware, affords individuals no such indulgences, Paul has informed me that we’ll be shipping in South Korean riot police for the event. Just in case things get out of hand. I imagined the scenario perfectly: the writers peering out Paul’s office window during lunch, snacking and watching as Robert Cooper’s car rolls through the exit only to be surrounded by placard-waving demonstrators. We look on with mild interest as the car door is forced open and Rob is pulled out of the car by his flailing arms. But wait! He’s managed to hook the steering wheel with his ankles! He’s holding on for dear life! “Geez,”I murmur between mouthfuls of my dark and white chocolate tuxedo bar, “He’s determined. I’ll give him that.” Unfortunately, Rob’s ankles are no match for the sheer, unbridled fury of the mob that eventually detaches him from his vehicle and then tears him apart like a pack of wild dingoes. “That’s the damndest thing,”remarks Martin Gero as the carnage subsides. “I think his shoes are still wedged into the steering wheel.” We all lean in to verify. “Oh yeah,”confirms Alex. “Cool.”
Of course, I exaggerate. I’m not actually worried about meeting my grisly fate on the appointed day because: A) Despite being intensely passionate about the show, Stargate fans are decent, non-violent people at heart, and B) I’ll be sending Lawren out in my car through the front gate while I slip out the back.
Of more pressing concern is the fact that I’m having trouble posting pics via my blogger tools, forcing me to download via flickr. So, as a trial run on today’s pics: check out me and Martin whooping it up at the 200th episode party and fab director Martin Wood and 1st Assistant Director Alex Pappas burning the midnight (well, 5:20 p.m.) oil.
And before I get to the questions, many thanks to Amy Lynn for sending me my favorite Michel Cluizel chocolate bars (pictured). The writers greatly enjoyed them and so, as per your request, we’ll be shipping Sheppard with a wraith queen later this season.
Now, on to the questions –
Royal Nonesuch writes: “Have you ever seen “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery channel? […]
Lastly, have you ever seen “Sledge Hammer!”?”
Answer: No on both counts. I’ll keep an eye out though.
Jason writes: “With Vancouver being a big haven for TV and Film productions, I was wondering if you guys (Stargate production staff) ever interact with any of the other productions staffs in the city?”
Answer: No, we’re an introverted bunch. We usually keep to ourselves.
Peter writes: “Do you ever watch Fan-made music videos?”
Answer: Another no I’m afraid.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Is it possible that you would continue some season one story arcs in season 4; for example the exploration of weir’s list, the other planets on the list in before I sleep, or the follow-up on the brotherhood of the fifteen?”
Answer: Funny you should bring this up. We were discussing a possible story re: one of the three you mentioned just yesterday.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Do you get any preferential treatment/free food, now that your reputation as on-line food critic is growing?”
Answer: Not really. Although once I start snapping pics, there have been occasions when the chef has come out to introduce himself.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Can I ask, what was it that made you stop watching Lost?”
Answer: To be honest, it’s hard to say. We were watching an episode and, suddenly, I got distracted by my dog and left the room. Then, Fondy got distracted and left the room. By the time we made it back, the show was ending. Even though I’d recorded it, we never did go back and re-watch what we’d missed.
Shawna writes: “Would you mind sharing with us your time travel story that didn’t get made?”
Answer: It was a crazy, complex adventure which charted the progress of three different versions of the team in the past, present, and future. Events from the past would effect the present and future while events in the present affected the future. Eventually, events in the present and future began to effect the past and events in the future effect the present. I still have the outline somewhere.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Sora — is she coming back?”
Answer: Alas, no.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Have you seen ‘300’ yet?”
Answer: Not yet, but I’ve heard good things.
Vaberella writes: “Any chance of Chaya in the future, if not in S4, any hopes of bringing the actress back on some level. Magic 8 ball me.”
Magic 8 Ball says: My sources say no.
GateGipsy: “Have you had a chance to see the BBC series Life on Mars?”
Answer: Have not but am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival on DVD.
Adron writes: “Are involved in the development of the third Stargate show? If yes, when will it start production? I read sometime in 2008. If not, who is developping the show?
A chocolate question. Do you know Camille Bloch chocolate?”
Answer: Brad and Robert are developing the third series. As for the timeline – it’s up in the air. Re: Camille Bloch chocolate – Never tried them. I don’t think I’ve even seen them around Vancouver.
Redtwin writes: “I am wondering if the Ancients will ever decide that enough is enough and help the millions of humans in the galaxy fight off the Orii? Will we ever see Morgan Le Fay again?”
Answer: For the answers to these and many other questions, check out Stargate SG-1: The Ark of Truth.
Anonymous #5 writes: “Do you know an actress called Amy Acker?”
Answer: Yes, she’s a terrific actress. Would love to have her on the show if the right stars aligned.