So I was working on the my blog the other night and the t.v. was on in the background. I believe the station was CITYTV and they were running that Pussycat Dolls reality show – you know, the one my friend refers to as Pussycat Dolls Presents: The Search for the Next Whore. Anyhoo, the show ends and the station announcer comes on to plug the next program – an episode of SG-1 in which the team confronts “the Oree”. Oree? Seriously? I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the station broadcasting the show do enough research to pronounce the name properly. Of course, I’ve heard worse mispronunciations. I remember one audition for the Adria character where an aspirant referred to herself as “the daughter of the Oreo”. Usually, I’m very good at suppressing laughter during auditions (and believe me, it’s no easy feat at times), but in this instance the urge was so great I had to bite my lip and actually look away. Unfortunately, I ended up shifting my gaze to director Andy Mikita who, back to me, was obviously having a hard time himself as evidenced by his heaving shoulders. I looked away yet again and right at Paul who was biting his knuckle so hard he ended up leaving a mark that remained for the better part of a week. Needless to say, the daughter of the Oreo didn’t get the part.
Speaking of television, some quickie comments on the shows I’m still watching –
House: Last week’s episode offered one of the most disgusting moments I’ve ever seen on television – and a lot of hilarity: “We’re going to find out what’s wrong with you, but first we need to know one thing! Have you ever been in a porno?!”
Survivor: This past week‘s episode offered one of the most entertaining challenges to date in the blindfolded whacking puzzle.
The Amazing Race: Since Rob and Amber were eliminated – meh. Who annoys me the least? Hmmm. That’s tough. I guess I’d have to go with Oswald and Danny.
Boston Legal: Loving it. And great to hear the show was picked up for another season.
Friday Night Lights: Terrific episode last week with plenty of surprises and very touching character moments. Who wants to bet they lose the championship?
Earl/The Office/30 Rock: WTF? It’s like they left to go on their Christmas hiatus and never came back.
I went out for sushi today with Irma and Jevon from HiSciFi and did an interview for their SFU radio show. Very nice, very smart interviewers who know both shows and are pretty savvy about anime and scifi literature in general. Some of their recent guests including Cory Doctorow (check out Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom). I returned home to spend some quality time with the dogs – they love to lounge outside on sunny days – and make myself a hot chocolate. Follow the step-by-step method outlined in the pics. You could use hot milk but I prefer water which doesn’t take away from intense flavor of the dark chocolate.
Oh, and before I move on to today’s Q&A, thanks to all the fans weighing in with kind words of support. Much appreciated.
Let’s answer some questions –
Rozey writes: “Do you read anything besides sci-fi? And does Jason Momoa always dress like that?”
Answer: I occasionally read a bit of fantasy and non-fiction. And, yes, Jason Momoa usually dresses like this. Don’t even get me started on his pink Cadillac.
ChevronSeven writes: “I guess it would depend upon what type – whether it be vinegar based (North Carolina – the western part of the state adds tomato sauce) or mustard base (South Carolina). […] We’d love to have you visit.”
Answer: Hey, the next time you guys host a con – I’m there.
Wolfen writes: “I went in specifically to get the “Grape Pocky” I had gotten last time I was there, but today there wasn’t any to be had! *pout* Have you tried it?”
Answer: No, but I have had the chocolate pocky. At Yuji’s on 4th, they usually include a few complimentary sticks when they present you with your bill at meal’s end.
Anonymous #1 writes: “ 1. Are we going to encounter another ancient city ship like Atlantis, Asuras or the one from The Tower episode in the upcoming season 4.
2. What happened to the Asgard Space ships after the destruction of their planet.
3. Any ZPM conquest episodes for season 4, you know like The episode the Brotherhood.
Answer: 1. Possibly. 2. That remains to be seen. 3. Sort of.
Anonymous #2 writes: “I was wondering about the episode the seer; is there any other episode from the past three seasons that is similar or we should refer to to get a hint.”
Answer: No hints on this one yet.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Of the scripts you’ve written, which in your opinion was the bigger disappointment The Tower or Irresponsible?”
Answer: 1) Paul wrote The Tower. 2) Far from being a disappointment, I actually liked The Tower. Granted, it was an atypical episode, but I thought Paul did a great job creating some very entertaining guest characters. 3) Irresponsible.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Can you tell us how many episodes Elizabeth will be in. You have numbers for the others, including Jewel, who’s also recurring. Please give us an indication of how many Torri will get.”
Answer: Jewel and Amanda were contracted for a set number of episode’s at the beginning of the season. For that reason, I can say that Amanda will appear in 14 and Jewel in 8. Torri was not contracted for a set number of episode and so, for that reason, I can’t give a definite number. We’re still coming up for stories for the back half of season four.
Lorr54 writes: “Is there anything left on the cutting room floor that you wish had been in the final product, and what was it?”
Answer: There were some scenes from Ripple Effect and Good to be King that I wish had made the final cut.
Anonymous #5 writes: “When you watch t.v. shows do you find yourself nitpicking the writing and/or the special effects or are you able to actually sit back and enjoy them as a regular viewer?”
Answer: I nitpick everything to death, the writing in particular. Sadly, my career choice makes it very difficult to just sit back, turn off my brain, and enjoy something.
Cindee writes: “It seems that you read many books written by John Scalzi. Did you know that he had his own blog? Check it out. http://www.scalzi.com/whatever
Answer: I have checked out his blog. He’s an equally entertaining blogger who puts in even more time online than I do!
Desiree writes: “Knowing that I am able to get various and sundry interesting packages across the border, I believe I could conceivably get some home-made South Carolina barbeque to you along with hush puppies and maybe even a couple more southern “delicacies”. Interested?”
Answer: Thanks for the offer but I’ll have to pass on the hush puppies because I doubt they’d be at their best after the day(s) spent enroute. You could, however, recommend some great restaurants in the event I’m ever in your neck of the woods – for the South Carolina convention (maybe StarGameCock Con?).
Royal None_such: “Ever run into any poodles up there? I have three, and one is from Vancouver.”
Answer: Run into poodles all the time since Vancouver is a big dog city. My very first dog was a toy poodle.
Lemming86_au writes: “Have you read any of Stephen Baxter’s books? I highly recommend his “Manifold” Series.”
Answer: I’ll check it out. I do have a couple of his books that I’ve been meaning to get around to in time including The Time Ships.
April writes: “I was wondering where do we send these postcards to in order for them to reach her or anyone else?”
Answer: Send them to the production offices. Our crack staff will ensure they end up in the right hands.
MaryB writes: “I was just wondering why you don’t have any female writers?”
Answer: It hasn’t been from lack of trying. In previous years, we’ve invited pitches from new writers, several of them women. For whatever reason however, it didn’t work out.
Arctic Goddess writes: “ 1. Do you prefer to be called Joe or Joseph? 2. If you were invited to Creation’s Vancouver Convention (or any other) would you go? 3. Who is your all time favourite actor/actress? 4. Have you ever tried to get him or her on Atlantis?”
Answer: 1. Joe’s fine. 2. No way. 3. That’s hard to say. I don’t think I have a favorite. I have always enjoyed Forest Whitaker’s work. 4. Haven’t tried to get him on the show as I’m sure he’s far too busy, but I hear he’s a fan.
Anonymous #6 writes: “She says she sees it as the beginning of the end for the series, because about 50 percent of the Atlantis fans don’t actually watch SG1..”
Answer: Interesting findings. I’d love to see the research on that.
Anonymous #6 writes: “She said she feels that Sam will be too central in the series…”
Answer: Based on…a gut feeling? Well, her spidey senses seem to be out of whack.
Anthony writes: “Where would one post a question for you to answer?”
Answer: Right here.
Amanda writes: “Do you have any say in what goes up on iTunes?”
Answer: Nope. But then, it wouldn’t make sense to put the back half of season three on iTunes until it has aired in the U.S.
Kate writes: “With your new important status have you ever thrown a qeeney fit, or asked for something totally unreasonable, just because you could?”
Answer: Would you consider Perrier shampoos and mid-conference knee massages unreasonable? No? Then the answer is no.
Giu writes: “I was just wondering something… do you know if we will see Kavan Smith/Major Lorne in season 4? and if we are going to, how often?”
Answer: Yes, we will see Lorne in season 4. As for how often – that remains to be seen.
Anonymous #7 writes: “What is Lifeline about?”
Answer: Oh, well coming off Adrift it’s about…aaah…tricky!
Lisa writes: “I’ve always wanted to work behind-the-scenes on a TV show. Something Science Fiction related would be awesome. What sort of advice would you give to somebody who wanted to get into that line of work?”
Answer: If you’re looking to work on-set, I’d suggest learning a trade and then joining the local union.
Anonymous #8 writes: “Why would you respond to Prior of the Ori in such a dismissive fashion?”
Answer: It wasn’t intended to be dismissive toward Prior_of_the_Ori who has always weighed in with some great questions and comments – more a reflection of my – I mean, the Sarcastic 8 Ball’s feeling about the Hailey character.
Snitexmarex248 writes: “ 1.) Is Amanda Tapping in any of the first four or so episodes of Season 4? 2.)Has the whole city of Atlantis been explored yet? Or just some of it still? If most of it, will we ever see anything that’s been discovered? 3.)What’s your favorite book or movie?”
Answer: 1) She will be in the first few episodes of the season, yes. 2) We have yet to fully explore Atlantis. 3) Favorite book or movie? Hmmm. I’ll have to give this some thought.
Smiley Face06 writes: “Can you tell us the name of the episode that the pictures are from?”
Anonymous #9 writes: “I was just watching “Conversion” (again) and was thinking about all the stuff Shep has in his quarters….the skateboard, the Johnny Cash poster, that guitar, the pic with Evel Knievel, et al. Here’s my question…..ummm, when did Shep bring all that stuff back from Earth?”
Answer: It is suggested in Intruder that the members of the expedition are able to travel back to Earth on occasion for some R&R. The items in question would have been brought back to Atlantis with him on a return trip.