Tomorrow night is the big night: the return of SciFi Friday, and Stargates Atlantis and SG-1! So if you haven’t already seen them in the U.K., or watched them in Canada, or caught them anywhere else in the world, or screened dubs sent to you by friends or family living outside the United States, or illegally downloaded them off the internet, or viewed the clips on youtube, or read the episode transcripts on some fan site, or searched out the spoilers online, or overhead any fellow fans discussing what happened – then welcome back to civilization and get ready for the U.S. Television Premieres of the back half of season 3 of Stargate: Atlantis and the final 10 episodes of Stargate: SG-1. What will happen? How will it all end? The only way to find out (besides asking anyone who has already watched the episodes or getting the information online) is to tune in and watch!

Seriously.

So, okay, we admittedly head into this premiere with a certain amount of trepidation. Because of the way the scheduling is shaping up, Atlantis’s fifth season pick-up could be almost wholly dependent on how the back half of season three fares. And just how will it fare? Well, it’s hard to say and there is some wildly divergent opinion within the production offices. On the one hand, the fact that the episodes have aired elsewhere will hurt us, but probably not as much as the seemingly endless six month lay-off (When did Return I air? 2004?). When Lost began bleeding viewers last season, most pointed the finger at the loooong two month wait between original episodes. Two months?! In retrospect, those Lost fans were spoiled. So, yes, that could hurt. As could the fact that cable numbers are down across the board as evidenced by the ratings of the network’s other programming. On the other hand, scifi fans are incredibly loyal – Stargate fans even more so – and we have that going for us. And these will be the last ten episodes of SG-1 and that should engender a little more interest. But at the end of the day, it’s very hard to predict what kind of numbers we’ll do when we return because there are some many intangibles to consider. For instance, is the word out there? Do people know we’re coming back? You would think “Yes, of course they do if they’re fans of the show.” but this isn’t necessarily true. Last year at Comicon, Chris Judge had a number of Stargate fans ask him when the SG-1’s tenth season was set to premiere. His response: “Last week.” The premiere ended up pulling in around a 1.4, our lowest number ever. And although the ratings eventually picked up so that we leveled off at a very respectable 1.7 for both shows, the slow start did hurt us. So, to reiterate: has word gotten out? Well, MGM has certainly done a big push and the network has run their promos – but was it enough? More to the point: did the Nielsen Families get the message? Do the Nielsen Families feel passionate enough about the show that they will tune in after such an extended break? And if the answer to the aforementioned questions is yes, then have these same Nielsen Families already seen the episodes through whatever alternate means at their disposal. And if so, will they watch them again?

Hard to say and, like I said, difficult to predict – but that hasn’t stopped everyone in the writers’ room from joining the Stargate: Atlantis Season Premiere Prediction Pool. I won’t tell you who guessed what, but I will tell you who wins on Monday. And let’s just say that I’m taking the over.

Oh, and if you’re among many who have placed a wager in the When the Hell will Joe Finally Finish that Script Pool, I’m on page forty, top of the fourth act. To those who had “one week” – looking good. To those who had “never” – shame on you, and you’ve still got an outside shot. Looking over what I have so far, I’m not totally satisfied with the way some of the scenes play out, I’m a little uncertain about some of the dialogue, and not wholly sold on a couple of the scene transitions. Still, despite the existing flaws, like a parent facing the prospect of raising a child, I’m sure I’ll learn to love it in time but certainly not as much as some of my favored past efforts.

Pics: more me (check out the pug cufflinks), today’s lunch which included very good curry prawn, Singapore noodles, grilled eggplant, barbecue chicken (somewhere under there), and a chocolate cupcake for dessert, and requested snaps of the pugs impatiently awaiting their treats.

Holy crap! 115 comments to yesterday’s blog. I guess I have some questions to field –

Anonymous #1 writes: “For the rest of us, can you tell us if the four episodes Torri will be in are all in the first half of season four? Is there a chance Torri could appear in more episodes in the back of the season (hopefully a lot more)?”

Answer: Yes and yes.

Brian Aalders writes: “I know that you’re a big comic book and anime fan, but what about video games?”

Answer: I haven’t played in a while but my wife and I enjoy the Japanese horror games.

SMB Books writes: “What do you think of the Iron Chef series? Corny or cool?”

Answer: The original Japanese version = cool. The new American version = not bad.

Miss H writes: “But I’ve been dubious of this whole “announcement”. You have said time and time again that fans don’t affect the direction of the show or the creative process. So either the show runners have gone back on a fundamental claim (which according to some on GW, it seems, would make parties “incompetant”) or this was all planned in advance.”

Answer: I’ve always been very clear that we don’t take dictation. We have not and will never make decisions based on whatever faction of fandom makes the most noise. On the other hand, we are aware that we’re writing for a very loyal audience and we would obviously like to keep them happy. When our creative vision and fan wishes dovetail, then we have the best of both worlds: which is exactly what happened with regard to Carson’s return. We didn’t bring him back simply because a group of fans requested it, but the fact that he did have an impressive amount of support certainly went a long way toward convincing us to pull the trigger.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Is 2 episodes the max possible available for Paul/Carson […]?
– How late is ‘late in season 4’? – You said we get THE Carson back, but will what happened to the character effect/change him in any way? – Will we FINALLY get to see any personal repurcussions for the character’s ethical flaws in reguards to the retrovirus? – And seeing as SCB like challenges, what would it take to secure Carson back fulltime in S5?”

Answers: It’s looking like three episodes now. Not sure when they will air – one a little after the mid-season two-parter, the next two not that much later. There may be repercussions of his time away and the circumstances of his return. As for season 5 – we’re not even thinking ahead that far.

Kristen writes: “With the emphasis on character driven episodes will we see more layers to Sheppard this season?”

Answer: Hopefully, we’ll see more layers to all of our characters.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Ugh, not a Sheppard’s wife story.”

Answer: Ah, that’s the spirit. Immediately assume the worst lest you end up disappointed.

Lorr54 writes: “A question regarding the idea Mr. Flanigan pitched and Mr. Binder is writing. When something like that happens, how involved is the person that came up with the idea involved once the writer has it?”

Answer: That’s entirely dependent on how much input the first person wants to have.

Anonymous #4 writes: “ 1:what ways do you think I could do if I wanted to increase readership of my blog”

Answer: Routinely make outrageous and controversial statements regarding sections of fandom.

Hannah writes: “What did you think of Friday Night Lights last night?”

Answer: I liked it a lot simply because I was expecting it to go another way. The fact that it ended the way it did gives me a sneaking suspicion that NBC doesn’t intend to pick it up for a second season. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s the feeling I get.

Anonymous #4 writes: “What can David “awesome” Hewlett fans look forward to in McKay’s arc?”

Answer: Martin’s top secret script, Miller’s Crossing, offers a glimpse at a much more sympathetic, vulnerable McKay.

Crazymom writes: “GeekBoy says yes, he’d be interested in some fantasy title recommendations from you.”

Answer: Have him check out Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamorra, then Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.

Tenikal writes: “Out of all the movies you’ve seen in the last 12 months?? what would be your top five?”

Answer: Hmmm. That’s tough. I haven’t really seen all that many. Off the top of my head only three come to mind: Oldboy, Maria Full of Grace, and Hard Candy.

Nichole writes: “Have you ever read anything by Raymond Feist?”

Answer: I haven’t but I’m not a big fan of the high fantasy (elves, dwarves, magicians, and magic, etc.) preferring more grounded stories like the book I’m reading now – Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.

Karen writes: “…and staying away from dairy products for a few days (there’s a couple components in milk that contribute to mucus build-up -seriously).”

Answer: I did not know that. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous #5 writes: “ “On the production schedule, Rob is first up with ‘Doppelganger,’ a.k.a. N.O.A.S., assuming both writing and directing duties on this one.”
What does NOAS stand for?”

Answer: When you find out what the episode is about, it will become obvious. I think. Alternately, knowing what it stands for will pretty much tell you what the episode is about.

Anonymous #6 writes: “Gotta wonder whats your hit counts these days?”

Answer: Around 1600. But when you factor in the rabid fans who check in on average, say, 10 times a day, that brings it down to 160. And conservatively half of those are mine, so let’s say 80. And then there are those who really just stumbled across my blog by accident, having done a search for, say, “kooky pug pics” or misspelled Mazola corn oil. That would bring it down to about 40. Discount friends and family and you have the true number. So, thank you to all five of you for continuing to support me.

Nichole writes: “What kind of novel would you write?”

Answer: It would be scifi. I have a broad outline and a handful of eccentric characters. Now, I just need the time.

Cara writes: “And what exactly do you have against Wales?”

Answer: I love Wales – which is why I want it all for myself.

101 thoughts on “April 12, 2007

  1. What determines ratings? I’ve always been confused about this. Do some network people really know if I turned on my tv to watch a show or not? (I will be tuning in, or atleast taping to watch for later, does taping still count for ratings?)

  2. Hey Joe
    Have you ever read Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon? It’s a classic in my house and well worth the read.
    Quick question, will be see more of the exploration of Atlantis? I’d love to see if there is a place that the Ancients used for recreation..

  3. Ratings (in America) are determined by the number of Nielson families who watch the show. A Nielson family have a box (a Nielson box) plugged into their TV that notes down what they watch

  4. Thank you so much for answering the questions about Torri. Those of us who are loyal supporters of both the actress and the character are thrilled that you haven’t closed the door on her.

    Is there a chance that we will see any good strong scenes, i.e. longer than 15 seconds, between Weir and Carter? The possibility of two such dynamic women interacting dramatically ought to boost your ratings, at least with the mature female viewers.

    Sure wish we were a Nielsen family.

  5. Very snazzzy outfit! Which leads to my question: are we going to see any of the main cast out of their uniforms in season 4? Not nikked (though, actually, that could be okay) but in civvies?

  6. I’m in the US and haven’t done anything to see/read the episodes before they air tomorrow. (I have been victim to stumbling across some spoilers though.) I’m very much looking forward to my night of SciFi Friday after six and a half months!

    Congrats on 115 comments!

    Question: Assuming you had the time, which country would you want to visit and why?

  7. The most ardent of fans, I would suspect, are ones that download, and as far as I know, watching a download on a computer monitor does NOT compare to watchinng on a TV. What will effect teh ratings will be Skiffy – their advertising for both gates has been, well, abysmal. I saw an ad for SGA on the marathon today – they spelled Ronon’s name wrong. I mean, they’re their own worst enemy.

    Plus the six month hiatus makes some people (we’re talking Nielsen folk, not die-hard fans) forget the show was even on. I haven’t seen a single show on network have their ratings INCREASE by cutting viewers off for months at a time.

    I dare say the SCB people did the advertising work that Skiffy should have… but tomorrow’s internet will show if the critics are doing more than saying the shows return and actually review copies given to them.

  8. Oh, and if you’re among many who have placed a wager in the When the Hell will Joe Finally Finish that Script Pool, I’m on page forty, top of the fourth act. To those who had “one week” – looking good. To those who had “never” – shame on you, and you’ve still got an outside shot. Looking over what I have so far, I’m not totally satisfied with the way some of the scenes play out, I’m a little uncertain about some of the dialogue, and not wholly sold on a couple of the scene transitions. Still, despite the existing flaws, like a parent facing the prospect of raising a child, I’m sure I’ll learn to love it in time but certainly not as much as some of my favored past efforts.

    Is this script the one for the first part of the mid-season two-parter? Have you named it yet? Are you going to write the second part of the mid-season two-parter? Or, is Carl Binder writing the second part?

    Thanks. 🙂

    P.S. I’ve also been told to stay away from dairy products during a cold.

  9. Anonymous #4 writes: “ 1:what ways do you think I could do if I wanted to increase readership of my blog”

    Answer: Routinely make outrageous and controversial statements regarding sections of fandom.

    Yes this is true, but on lj, it makes you part of fandom_wank. Oh SGA I think has been part of it a few times.

  10. Vulnerable McKay! You have no idea how happy that makes me! Having to share a namesake with the guy (what? you thought I was just being fanatical with the ‘McKay’ attached to my name? By the way, you guys’ve been pronouncing it wrong since the beginning, you can let the lovely Mr. Hewlett know that – it rhymes with “eye”, you see) has sort of attached me to him.

    Speaking of McKay, (oh, the wonder of the segue) I was just wondering if you’d heard about the Doctors Without Borders fundraiser Hewlett’s squirrelly minions put together for him and Jane? if not: http://www.firstgiving.com/HewlettWedding

    we’re all rather proud of what we’ve done so far. ^__^ I think you should be proud of the Stargate Fandom. We tend to be a rather organized bunch of fans, eh?

    Do you guys ever film anywhere but BC? I mean, I know BC has great locations for filming and whatnot, but anywhere else at all, ever?

    Also, I was wondering if you’d noticed that a lot of the planets SG1 and SGA1 have traveled to seem to have a lot of topographical similarities… to each other, and BC.

    And on the milk thing, it also feeds bacteria and other ickies when you’re sick, so I definitely agree, best to stay away from – that includes ice cream.

    Lovin’ the cufflinks, 😀

    Ayla McKay
    Nova Scotia

  11. Do you ever go to cast members or other writers to ‘bounce’ ideas off them if you get stuck on a script?

  12. I’ve been wondering why the writers/producers/whoever decided that letting Torri/Weir go was a *good* idea? Was it the fact that suddenly there were two very strong, intelligent and independent female characters on the show and that scared the males behind the scenes? Women make up a majority of the viewers, what, exactly, were you guys thinking?? If it was Torri Higginson’s choice to leave, that would be one thing, but no one is getting that impression.

  13. “Anonymous #1 writes: “For the rest of us, can you tell us if the four episodes Torri will be in are all in the first half of season four? Is there a chance Torri could appear in more episodes in the back of the season (hopefully a lot more)?”

    Answer: Yes and yes.”

    Okay, this is where we’re getting mixed messages. Cooper says in an interview that she had to go and there’s nothing he can say to make her fans feel better, and now you’re saying there is hope…

    This confusion is why people are so upset. I’m hoping you’re being honest with us and that Cooper is just stirring the pot. Because his interview basically said the opposite to what you’ve said.

    The more episodes for Torri the better. Her fans would be thrilled to see her in as many episodes as Amanda. That would be only fair to this brilliant character and actress.

  14. Hi Joe.

    I must say all the talk of ratings makes me a bit nervous. I understand that using Tivo to record programs (which I do so I don’t miss an episode, or simply so I can watch the shows repeatedly until DVDs come out) doesn’t count towards ratings.

    Should we fans start a SOS for SGA now (Save Our Show)? If so, should we direct most of the attention towards MGM or Sci-Fi Channel?

    A side note on promotions for SGA: Have you seen the ones on Sci-Fi Channel? They spell Sheppard’s name wrong (example: “Shepherd on the team.” WTF? It’s happened twice so far). I believe that’s inexcusable! It gives me the impression our beloved show is treated like the bastard love-child of Battlestar Galactica and SG1. *sigh*

    Love you in Texas,
    Trish

  15. So I have been out of the loop for awhile and I finally had time to go to gateworld.net, where I must say that I have read some mighty great things. First a big “Wahoo!!” about Carson being back in a few eps!! 🙂
    Also what I think has made me even happier was the article about season tens extra features…”deleted scenes from the show, with an introduction by executive producer Joseph Mallozzi.”

    Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Hi there Joe!

    Thanks for responding to me again, I couldn’t respond back today because I was at a funeral in Port Perry all day, but I have do have to say this..

    I personally don’t see the difference, but I am TOTALLY and 100% glad that you and the other writers left this loophole in the back half of season 3 to bring Beckett back- I don’t know what it is, but I have an inkling and it will totally make all those tears from Sunday worth it. ^_^ And believe me, I was totally sobbing by the end (tell whoever wrote it that they did a GREAT job evoking the emotions). I am also totally glad that the Save Carson Beckett campaign helped. So, from me (and many others I’m sure) a very hearty and thrilled ‘thank you!’

    One question on that front- is there anyway the Save Elizabeth Weir campaign can hope for a success like the SCB one had? And if so what would we have to do?? What do you want to see from us to help get Elizabeth to be written into more episodes in the back half of season 4??

    Oh- and one last question– that big announcement being released Wed or later- that was about Carson being in 3 episodes right? You guys don’t have anything else up your sleeves do you??? Cause if you do– I SO want to know!

    Other than that- hope that the S3.5 premiere went well tonight– I’m betting that the rating will be the same if not better from the first half- ‘specially since you broke the wonderful news about Carson and Lizzie. ^_^

    THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

  17. A side note on promotions for SGA: Have you seen the ones on Sci-Fi Channel? They spell Sheppard’s name wrong (example: “Shepherd on the team.” WTF? It’s happened twice so far).

    I saw that too today during the Atlantis marathon! How sad that SciFi (or the ad agency that made the commercial) can’t spell the name of the lead character!

    Have you been able to sign that guest star you were working on? Any success in getting Goran Visjnic?

  18. Joe,

    Four questions today:
    As for season 4, will we see Colonel Caldwell? What about Novak? Bates? or Hermoid (as a hologram because of what happens to the Asgard in Unending)?

    Two more things Joe, Is Earth ever going to make another X-303 (it’s stupid that Prometheus was the only 303 made)? and Do you watch Scrubs?

  19. Unlike the premiere of S10, this back half of episodes have been promoted ad nauseum on the SciFi network, for both SG-1 and SGA (in fact the little half Stargate on the bottom third of the screen every fifteen minutes for either show is a bit obnoxious.)

    SciFi is milking the last bit of SG-1 by telling us it’s the last ten episodes of SG-1 “EVER”. It kind of rubs salt in the wounds.

    BTW, you mentioned SG-1 airing tomorrow night on SciFi. You know Space is starting up SG-1’s second half tonight, right? You could’ve watched it. 😉

    As um, someone who may *whistles innocently* be involved in transcripts (it’s all for love of the show, honest!–and a bit of anal retentiveness), obviously they don’t take the place of watching it in full screen *cough*legal and ratings helpful*cough* broadcast.

    Oh, and thanks for holding the door open for Carson’s return…hopefully for him to hang out in S5 on a more permanent basis! *crosses fingers*

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  20. Hi Joe,

    First, I don’t know if anyone’s going to fight me for the spot, but I’m calling dibs on one of the five people reading on a regular basis.

    SG-1’s theme, I heard stated somewhere a long time ago, was the examination of what a god is and what one needs to do to be deserving of worship. Admittedly, after a while the show developed a life of its own that forced the theme to take a back-seat in some episodes, but I don’t consider that better or worse, merely different.

    Here are my questions for the day:

    In your mind, does Atlantis have a theme? Would you like it to have a theme? If so, what would that theme be? Blah blah blah blah, blah blah theme?

  21. I’ve really been pleased at seeing Sci-Fi actually promoting SG1 and SGA returning,even to the point of advertising it on the Spike network.I wish they would have publicized it like that at the beginning of the season, seems a little bit like “too little, too late”. I also have a sneaking feeling they’re trying to get viewers to tune in that night that might also stay tuned for their new show, “Painkiller Jane” that comes on immediately afterwards. It’s funny that they realize they can use the Stargate shows to help promote their new shows. I guess you guys can take that as a kind of compliment to the draw of Stargate. Best wishes for the USA premiere of both shows!

  22. Being a TV viewer whose opinions don’t matter (meaning no Neilson box), I’m afraid it doesn’t matter whether I watch the new eps live or not. Which kind of annoys me. So, any suggestions for what people like myself can do to show our support and perhaps help to off-set any potential low ratings due to the lag time and other viewing sources?

  23. I have to thank you for the fantastic novel refs — waaay over here in my corner of Cape Breton our one bookstore doesn’t really have a decent selection of…well, anything. Your taste in reading material is right up my alley.

    Now that I have something to look for, I thought I’d ask if you’re a fan of the more “old school” sci-fi like HG Wells and Mary Shelley or are you more inclined to go for the more contemporary stuff?
    (Personally, I can never get enough of The Time Machine!)

  24. Joe,

    Do you guys even watch to see how the show is being advertised? For weeks now Scifi has been running an ad for Atlantis’ second half about how “the team must now face each other” and such, based very heavily on images from Phantoms. Phantoms. You know, the one that already aired last fall. The episode that everyone has already seen.

    Why would fans think that Scifi is going to show new episodes when all they see are promos that seem to be advertising old episodes? This has been going on for weeks now. Why has no one tried to fix this? Does no one at Bridge or MGM know this is going on? Doesn’t anyone talk to Scifi?

  25. I must say thanks again to the anonymous poster who directed me towards all the Uberwank that goes on over at Our Stargate. My favorite tidbit from today is that Brad Wright told fans that Michael Shanks is more popular that Richard Dean Anderson. HA!! That’s awesome. Talk about pyscho!

    Let me state that I love all of the SG-1 actors and am very proud of all of their achievements. That being said, the notion that anyone involved with Stargate is more “popular” or “famous” or “well known” than Richard Dean Anderson is preposterous. But I love it. I live for fandom wank like that. It’s why I’m here.

    So, thanks.

  26. the rabid fans who check in on average, say, 10 times a day

    Ow. Yep, I need to get a life.

    Incidentally, GeekBoy has already started The Lies of Locke Lamora, which he says is going to give him nightmares, thanks to his vivid imagination. Something about water turning red?

  27. My boyfriend and I are very much looking forward to sitting down Friday night with a nice dinner, some wine and the Stargates. I have been worried about how the extended break was/is going to affect the ratings. My opinion of the decision makers at Sci-Fi is not very good because of that extended break. But, I am going to believe that the ratings will be fine. **Crossing fingers**

    And I am late in saying this (haven’t been on the computer much the last few days), but I am so sad to hear about Fondy’s aunt. My thoughts to her and the whole family. Sorry to be late in sending that message. My bad.

  28. As another fan suggested, any chance you could somehow bring Lorelai Gilmore to SGA? Sure she and Rodney would have some interesting scenes!

  29. “Daniel/Vala Fans got there Ship in Unending and Beckett is coming back in Season 4.What can Sam/Jack Fans do to get a resolution in the Movies?

    Answer: Write to the movie’s writer-producers – Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, c/o The Bridge Studios.”

    Will do, Joe. But since you probably see those guys everyday, could you maybe stick your head in their offices and give’em a little nudge from all of us who would like to see some resolution. Thanks.

  30. The annoying part of your blog is it’s exhausting, and REALLY induces hunger pains. I’m having trouble reading it at work as I keep laughing out loud and giving myself away. Wading through the archives is truly some work.
    But, onto why I called.

    A couple of bits of business:

    SGA: a more vulnerable McKay. I don’t know. Strikes me that compared to Ronen, this guy is REALLY vulnerable, which makes him jumpy (he’s not an idiot) 8-)}. Actually, I’ve seen some other things David Hewlett has done, and though strange, I wouldn’t have thought a piece where he sits up a tree for three days would be that entertaining. This should be interesting for his character to jump a bit past his geek-ubber’alles and see some more human side.

    And, Since you’re not just a foodie, but more particularly a Hottee…
    (Ok, maybe not quite right. We’ll get that on the 5th rewrite, or let the network notes detail a fix.) You might like to try(if you haven’t) a place that actually is not too bashful about their HOT. Solid food, nice treatment, clean if austere restaurant, BUT…If they say 3 peppers, it’s strong, and 5 peppers is a promise they keep, without you having to annoy the chef!
    Szechuan Chili Restaurant: 804 6th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1A6 Telephone : 604-874-3737
    http://mytelus.yellowpages.ca/business/BC/Vancouver/szechuan/1%2C1/2566737.html?src%3Dypca&adid=&stype%3Dpr
    Willow and 6th, SouthWest Corner(need to enter from Northbound Willow or Eastbound 6th)
    Nope, don’t work there, just a pain to get into the place otherwise!

    Hopefully let you know that you enhance the local flavour, and I’m recommending your blog to friends of mine who couldn’t tell a carter/o’neill ship from a partnership (Thank you G&S)BUT they do love their food.

    On the reading front: I noticed you had on your to-do list of reading:
    Piers Anthony: Bio of a Space Tyrant.- My split loonie on that is ….
    Good but not great. Medium inspiring, and really quite dated. In it’s favour, it gets MUCH better later. Read 6th book as well as the base series, if you’re going to wade through this beast.(like reading Master’s of the Vortex with Lensman, or Skylark Dequesne with Skylark series.)

    As a replacement, same author, more topical, and frankly a LOT more fun….If you haven’t read the following, then I’m as envious as can be. You get to discover it for your First Time:
    Piers Anthony: Incarnations of Immortality.
    7 books dealing with: Death, Time, Fate, War, Earth, Evil, Good.
    Each office is inhabited by a mortal for a period of time, in a world that is relatively balanced between fantasy/magic and science. Lovely part is is all centres on the different viewpoints and affects of each of the main characters on the same set of events. REALLY well written, lotsa of fun and a fair mount of ‘meatball’ philosophy to play with.

    As a matter of curiosity, have you ever met J. Michael Straczynski(jms)? I may read it wrong, but his experiences B5-ish, and beyond would make a fascinating conversation with yourself. You both have seem to have a philosophy I’ve come to really appreciate: It’s a Business, and Quality Will Tell. Some part of my head is having flashbacks to Steve Allen’s PBS series years ago “Meeting of Minds”. Oh, well, I guess you can smell the fanboy. (and while double checking the spelling of his name, THIS…. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960798.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 (imagine signing up for a project to get to work with Ron Howard and getting Clint Eastwood instead. Not a bad day, and second best to RH is very few)

    Greatly enjoying wading through archives. Discovered this Monday and I’m up to February. Keep up the efforts on the food and writing front.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    LWO

  31. “Anonymous said…
    I’ve been wondering why the writers/producers/whoever decided that letting Torri/Weir go was a *good* idea? Was it the fact that suddenly there were two very strong, intelligent and independent female characters on the show and that scared the males behind the scenes? Women make up a majority of the viewers, what, exactly, were you guys thinking?? If it was Torri Higginson’s choice to leave, that would be one thing, but no one is getting that impression.

    April 12, 2007 7:57:00 PM PDT “

    Amen to that, anonymous!

    It was a big shock to most fans because when it was brought up last year that Torri was rumoured to be about to be dumped they said “Don’t be stupid. She’s the lead. She Sheppard and McKay are the big three. As if they’ll dump her.”

    I think most fans were shocked as hell at this news that TPTB didn’t see her as being as important to the lineup as so many of us do.

    We’d love as much Elizabeth as possible. Please, please pass on to Torri how much her fans love her work.

    I watched an ep last night and was so impressed with her, especially her interactions with Beckett, McKay and Shep.

    On another note, what do you think of Channel 7 in Australia showing SGA at 11.30pm, and only showing it after the season two DVDs have come out? It’s almost like they’re setting it up not to rate.

    Interestingly enough, they did the same thing with the final season of SG1, and the DVDs were the number one sellers at one of our major Music/DVD chains… while the show was being shown, taken off, shown, taken off, usually any time from 11.30 to 12.30am.

    This from a show that used to be on at 8.30 on a Thursday night…

    It’s a ridiculous situation.

  32. As much as I am happy for Carson fans to have him back for a few eps, bringing Carson back from the dead seems to belittle everything that happened in Sunday. I wasn’t that happy about seeing Carson die but it happened, it was a great ep and now a lot have moved on since then. So I wonder why tpb come to their decisions only to backtrack as soon as a few fans start complaining.
    I would rather see the tpb stick to their decisions because otherwise it demonstrates a lack of faith in their own actions. Any major change or even some minor ones will get people shouting and ranting and demanding the change be reversed – but where does that leave the direction of the show. How can we have faith in the ptb if they don’t seem to have faith in their own decisions. Saying a character has a following is enough of a reason to bring them back, or plays in the decison to bring them back seems very wishy washy. All the characters have a following – I would have thought this would be obvious to the tpb and would be considered before they make their decisions. But shouldn’t the decisions be based sorely on what is good for the show not pleasing a few fans who folllow just one character. If Carson or Weir fans choose to stop watching it will make no differene to ratings and this could be said for all the other characters, besides Sheppard and probably McKay. They IMO are the only two that may garner a drop in ratings.

    A lot of fans are looking forward to season four because of the changes and some may even tune in because certain characters are NOT there. The tptb should stick to decisions they have made, because I’m assuming they made them for the good of the show, and a lot of thought was put into them – so reversing them just to please a few fans who post over and over for the same thing, indicates that they are now not so confident that they made the right choices.

    I would rather see the ptb confident in their decisions and stand by them, because ultimately it instills confidence in the viewers that tptb know what they are doing.

    Thank you.

  33. Hi, Joe!

    Thank you(and whoever is responsible) for the “deleted scenes from the show, with an introduction by executive producer Joseph Mallozzi”!

    And best wishes for the premiers tonight. All that rating-talk, and especially coming from you, is making me a little bit nervous, so please tell us how were the ratings, if you can.

  34. “Martin’s top secret script, Miller’s Crossing, offers a glimpse at a much more sympathetic, vulnerable McKay.”

    🙂

  35. Okay, being in Canada, we can’t help you much regarding the ratings but I was wondering if you can tell us approximately when the decision for SGA to continue for a 5th season will be made.

    Thnxs

  36. I’m not sure if you’re aware Joe but there is a big election taking place in Scotland next month with independence for the Scots at the heart of the campaign.

    If the late Dr Beckett was still alive where do you think his proxy vote would be heading? I’m thinking he was a nationalist in favour of secession from the UK.

    Your thoughts?

    P.S. Best of luck with the viewing figures for the back half of the seasons. As a Scot its frustrating knowing that a show enjoyed worldwide is wholly reliant on the support of one nation’s viewers. Those Americans better not let us down.

  37. I am wishing to see the new adventures of Stargate Atlantis team and to see what happens with the last SG1 episodes…

    More than a question I want to tell you that I am grateful that you can dedicate us a little time of your busy time for let us to know about Stargate news and to share with us your opinions about food.

    Also I want to congratulate to all the actors (SGA and SG1) and creative team for their great task and for let us to fly our imagination. Thanks!

    But indeed I have some questions:

    Did you ever eat catalan food?
    When we have news about Stargate Univers? Excuse me, I am curious…

  38. I think that’s a great question to ask as to how those of us without Nielson boxes can add our voices to show Sciffy that we’re watching and want to keep the show going.

    I know this has been a controversy for some time, but is there no way to count cable box tune-ins? I’d be surprised if the cable companies can’t track that type of information for people who have boxes. And I know they can count TiVo viewings, since networks have been talking about how they can’t use that with advertisers since people with TiVo’s tend to skip the commercials.

    Either way, I think Sciffy shows a deplorable lack of respect for its viewers. To not even have a process to check the official spelling of character names? To be using confusing imagery from already-aired shows? Unreal. I wish the US could come up with a challenger for the sci-fi broadcasting that would actually have some love for the programming.

  39. Copernicus was wondering about the theme for Atlantis — to me, it seems as if the theme is home and family. What makes a home, who is family?

    John refers to the city as home in ‘Return Pt 1’; Rodney talks about the people there being a surrogate family to him (in ‘Letters’), and he is learning how to be part of a family; Ronon didn’t have a home anymore and is making one in the city…

    It seems to pop up constantly. Even the concept that “we don’t leave people behind” that gets reinforced so often is a part of that, because families are like that.

    It’s one of the things I love about the characters, the way they have grown so close.

    It’s also part of the reason the loss of one of those characters hits us so hard. Emotionally, it is like losing a family member, even experiencing that loss vicariously through the other characters is difficult.

    And yes, I’ve seen *some* of the late S3 eps already. But I’ll still be stuck to my TV on Friday nights, enjoying them again — and again and again. Just as I sat and watched the recap yesterday during the day and enjoyed M&MM, Phantoms, Real World, etc.

    Hmmm… my lil comment turned into a damned essay.

  40. You think 6 months is a long time to wait – try nearly 12 months! I swear it is that long since Channel 7 (Sydney, Aust) deemed to show any SG1 or Atlantis Eps. Atlantis only returned last night with “The Hive” . You’d think they’d have the decency to refresh our memories by showing “Lost Boys” again!!

    We haven’t seen any of season 9 of SG1 and they wonder why people download! YouTube has become my best friend.

    End of rant.

  41. The big question is did the Save Carson campaign have anything to do with bringing him back – because if it did then it kinda makes a mockery of saying that Fans don’t influence tpb in creative decisions. You have said that it played a part – so does that mean that any group of disgruntled fans can start a campaign, and if they are vigilent enough – get a band and stand out in the rain – it will sway tptb decision making process. What happened to making a decision and sticking with it. Why kill him off in the first place – did tpb think Carson has no fans and would just sit back and say nothing. Of course there were going to be upset Carson fans – and no one is mocking the Carson fans or their campaign, but the tpb ability to be so inconsistant when it comes to making decisons. Why make a decision and say they are doing it for the benifit of the show – but then reverse them a few months later.

    The next question is the whole Weir situation. I was actually getting excited at the prospect of season four as season two killed my interest in the show, and that had a lot to do with the terrible portrayal of the Weir character. The show went from tense and exciting to bland and blander – and the characterization of Weir even impacted on the other characters. Sheppard went from being a strong minded soldier to some sort of yes man. So to hear that Weir was out made me think there was some hope for SGA and got me all excited about the show again. I even watched First Strike and apart from cringing at Weir once again, the rest of the show was awesome. So whatever decision has been made about Weir or why it was made in the first place I hope tptb stick to it – because obviously they thought she needed to go, and I hope they don’t reverse that decision anytime soon.

  42. Hi Joe,

    Have you seen this website?

    http://www.dogbreed-gifts.com/pug/christmas/index.html

    They have a Christmas card (“Santa’s Chair”) which I think would be perfect for you and Fondy to use!!

    Though with your sense of humour, I’d say Nothing Butt Pugs may appeal?

    The Bah HumPug T Shirt is Kinda cute too.

    I can imagine that there are Pug owner’s out there somewhere with a house “full” of Pug merchandise – a frightening thought really! I suppose the trick is to know when to STOP!!!!

  43. Speaking of needing a life, I was just checking in for my 10th time and thought this bit of info would be interesting to add to the ratings/advertising discussion.

    My local paper, The Washington Post, made no mention of tonight’s premier but had a blurb about Painkiller Jane. Sounds like they may already have written off the ‘gates as they used to inform readers about the upcoming season or mid-season premiers.

    As for advertising on the SciFi channel, that seems largely a waste to me. Advertise there yes, but the bulk of their advertising dollars should go toward bringing the shows to the attention of people who might not ordinarily watch. SG-1/SGA are shows that are not hardcore SciFi and clever advertising could bring in people who’ve never watched SciFi before. Even a first year marketing major should know that.

    Is there anything the fans can do to help?

  44. Amazing that the pick-up for Season 5 depends on what the US audience is viewing, as if the worldwide popularity of the show was meaningless.

    The very long wait for the end of S3 is a huge concern, as are the cast changes. Viewer continuity probably depends on momentum, which these many months has slowed. Sci-Fi makes some crazy decisions, and waiting 6 or 7 months for the back half of S3…they may have shot the show and themselves in the foot.

    Losing major characters also impacts whether someone wishes to devote time to watching a show.

    The news that Carson will return has given me–and the fandom–new hope. Your announcement was well timed. Maybe those Nielson families will feel like tuning in, knowing that Beckett isn’t gone forever.

  45. Dedicating so much time to Stargate, it must surly enter into your subconscious mind. Have you ever had any crazy Stargate dreams?

  46. What are your feelings towards Skiffy putting shows on the shelf for months, allowing fans to forget they even exist? The huge gap for SG1 and SGA was insane, and I loved Eureka last summer, but its been almost a year so I feel like I don’t even know the show anymore. The kicker was the BSG finale in March when Skiffy announced, “Returning in 2008”. Why do they do this? It completely ruins fan anticipation, and all we get is almost unwatchable fare like the upcoming “Painkiller Jane” which just got a blistering in the Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/television/reviews/article_display.jsp?&rid=9034). Anyone remember “Black Scorpion”? Didn’t think so. I’m not even gonna touch on the totally unwatchable horror films Skiffy stacks on their schedule, and the “top notch” wrestling they broadcast.

    Why is the SciFi Channel so gung ho on getting rid of science fiction?

  47. The Lies of Locke Lamora! I read that recently! I really enjoyed it.

    I prefer Fantasy with some original edge to it, as opposed to cheap knock-offs of Lord of the Rings.

  48. Morning Joe,

    The new season began shooting in March, correct? So…..by this time, how many episodes for season 4 are “ready for air”? Do you shoot 10, then take a break, then shoot the back 10, or do you shoot all 20 together? How does the schedule work? Just curious!

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    About time SGA’s returning! Seriously…(I know….too much Grey’s Anatomy!!)….SciFi puts too much of a break between season halves!

    Thanks!

  49. Just wanted to apologize for a comment I left a few weeks ago asking when the second half of Season 3 would be on iTunes. Being new to the SG world, and not having cable, I had no idea it had not been seen in the US.

  50. The menu for the big TV night: cold spiced shrimp and wine (Velvet White) for me, buffalo wings and Czech beer for my husband, and garlic-butter tilapia and root beer for GeekBoy. Everybody gets their favorite.

  51. hey joe.

    i have a question:
    i have seen unending the final episode of SG-1.

    my question is what we got in that episode will we ever hear or see anything from it in atlantis it brings a big evolution in technology and new ways to fight.

    or will it be lost or never hear from it again.

    ps love the show and see much ways it can go and praise to you and the rest of your team good work.

  52. So, considering how important ratings are in the run up to the premiere, does it drive you batty that the SciFi misspelled Sheppard’s name in the promo during the Atlantis marathon yesterday? Not that I didn’t like it, the promo I mean…

    Used to work for Disney, so I’m certainly sympathetic to all that is insanity. We used to say that Disney’s “synergy” strategy actually meant “resistance is futile, you will be assimilated…”. Hmm, maybe that should be “We don’t require our food to agree with us.” Still the best job and the most fun I’ve ever had, though!

    Got friends coming over, the premiere party is on!

  53. What is your opinion on women characters in Atlantis? How do you see them and what kind of role should they play in the show?

  54. Hi!

    Okay no high fantasy recommendations.

    Have you read Margaret Weiss? She has series with her co-writer Tracy Hickman called Dragonlance which I couldn’t get into BUT the series she wrote by herself, Star of the Guardians series—its way more sci-fi with space ships and aliens.

    In nutshell a galactic revolution has toppled the Starfire dynasty and now an evil Republic has control. Supporting the dead king is punishable by death but the rightful heir is alive (he’s a teenager) and it’s the story of his attempt to rise to power and those helping and hindering him. There is a decidedly religious overtones in these and there is a woo-hoo factor, but it’s based more on the fact the overthrown ruling class of the galaxy were bred to be charismatic leaders, literally—marriages were based on genetic matches(not politics nor love). The first book is called the Lost King.

    Have a good weekend!

  55. As far as TiVo viewings, apparently the data are collected of who watched live versus on playback, and for playback it’s assumed they skipped the commercials. I believe it’s not a formal part of the Nielsens but it’s reported. So if you have Tivo, watch it live!

    I’ll take the over on 1.6. I actually heard an ad for the premieres on the radio! Of course it was aimed at winning backstage passes to a rock band, but still, some fans might have heard it and learned the shows were back. Maybe.

    As for your script Joe, c’mon, don’t give up until you love it!

    In Miller’s Crossing, will we see vulnerable Rodney being comforted by sympathetic John? 🙂

    On that note, will Rodney every call Sheppard “John”?

  56. Joe, I know you have a certain amount of folks begging and pleading with you to bring Weir back for numerous episdoes in Season 4 and for her to be full time again in Season 5, but as a voice for the opposing side, I must also beg you to *please* leave the number small for her episodes. There are plenty of us who think it’s a great idea that Weir is being reduced to recurring and we hope you and the other PTB’s won’t go back on that.

    Now question for you. The Expedition has been in search of ZPMs since day one on Atlantis, and that’s always been an ongong issue for them. Might there be instructions in the Ancient database somewhere to make one of their own? I’ve always thought that would make far more sense than looking all over the Pegasus galaxy for one. (or more)

  57. Great to see a producer post regularly on a blog. I was wondering, during the Ancient’s war with the Wraith over 100 years, how many types of warships were used in battle, along with defenses during the siege? Extra little details would go a long way towards improving my fanfic efforts. And also, how many different Ancient warships have been produced by the VFX crew?

  58. Hi Joe,

    Thank you so much for the info on an upcoming Shep angsty episode.

    You say that it has to do with an issue raised during the late half of season three – so I have been involved in endless convos trying to think what this may be. But as my head is about to expload I thought that I might turn to you for some help.

    1. Will it have anything to do with Shep’s comment about his failed marriage.

    2. Will it have anything to do with the Michael situation and the nasty little bugs (or big bugs).

    3.If its neither of the above is it possible to divulge any teeny weeny morsel of info on it.

    Many thanks.

  59. Hi Joe,

    I just feel the need to say, that alot of the ‘anonymous’ posters who are claiming to be “Weir fans” may not be Weir fans at all. We’ve had problems on other boards with “certain fans” who support a “certain character” pretending to be Weir fans, just to give Weir fans a bad name. So please be careful.

    And while there are others who do not like Weir, I do not believe them to be in the majority. The Save Elizabeth Weir thread at Gateworld has just as many posts and views as Save Carson. So people are interested.

    I just wish that fans who support other characters would be a little more understanding regarding those of us who like the character of Weir. Because if the shoe was on the other foot, I’m sure they would be trying their hardest to save their favorite character.

    And a quick question before I go: Any thoughts of the rest of S3 premiering on Friday the 13th? Are you superstitious?

    Thanks for your time!

    Susan

  60. Spoilers and photos were hard to avoid during the six month hiatus. Fortunately, I don’t mind them, but I do feel that a six month hiatus to tinker with programming is an abuse of US fanbase loyalty by SciFi and MGM. If fans are lost and the ratings are low for the back half, they have only themselves to blame.

  61. Tokiya2 a dit…

    We haven’t seen any of season 9 of SG1 and they wonder why people download! YouTube has become my best friend.

    Same here : we download in France because M6 shows both Stargate shows months after the US, Canada and the UK. With all the spoilers available on the internet nowadays it’s hard to wait. Plus they always show the Stargates on friday nights of the spring season, when everybody is enjoying a night out (we have daylight until 10:00 pm during spring & summer, hardly encouraging us to stay in front of the TV). No wonder the ratings are dropping.

  62. Anonymous said…
    “I’ve been wondering why the writers/producers/whoever decided that letting Torri/Weir go was a *good* idea? Was it the fact that suddenly there were two very strong, intelligent and independent female characters on the show and that scared the males behind the scenes? Women make up a majority of the viewers, what, exactly, were you guys thinking?? If it was Torri Higginson’s choice to leave, that would be one thing, but no one is getting that impression.”

    How many times does he say that Torri/Weir going has nothing to do with Amanda joining the show! As for the whole two strong women thing does the name Tayla ring a bell? If she is not a strong women I don’t know who is. It sounds to me *You* are one being sexist if you are asumeing that the MALE writers/producers had a problem with Torri because she is a women. I love Torri/Weir and am sorry to see her go but really get a grip people!

  63. It’s the pug pictures I am supposed to be checking on; I thought it was you and the writers and directors. 😉

    Seriously, would it be fair to say that an actor that has left the series, be it their choice or yours, would have the opportunity to come back in the right circumstances.

  64. Eh, I think more people want Weir back. I’ve seen people say why can’t we have both Carter and Weir, that would be awesome or something like that. The thing is that Weir has been part of the team for 3 years, it’s not like Ford who was hardly developed in s1. People have grown attached to the characters and are going to be a little eh, disappointed.

    Do I want Weir back. YES.
    Do I want Carter in SGA. I don’t watch SG1 so really I don’t care, as long as she doesn’t take over. But for some people it feels that she is since Weir will no longer be a main character. It’s understandable, I mean just remove Weir and insert your favorite character and see if you’ll like it.

    It’s all very confusing.

    Sheppard went from being a strong minded soldier to some sort of yes man.
    I’ve seen this exact words at GW somewhere, ahh, it’s killing me that I can’t remember who said it. Well waves to you.

  65. Since:
    – The US ratings are vitally important to the success of this show, and
    – Since the show is part of SciFi’s vitally important SciFi Fridays, and
    – Since the show has already aired everywhere else, and
    – Since dowloads are readily available, and
    – SciFi fans, and SG fans in particular, tend to be a bit enthusiastic, and would likely download asap, and
    – SciFi knew that, going in, and
    – As I understand it, SciFi has a stake in the production, then

    Why in the world did SciFi not get right of first airing for the US? I just. don’t. get it.

  66. If I decided to drive from my home in Cape Town to Cairo Egypt there is a very good chance that I would never reach there alive.

    Why?
    Landmines.

    Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess that drew attention to the horror of having something deadly hidden under the sand God knows where, but she’s long gone now, and the world has looked elsewhere for their daily slice of tragic moments.

    You, as a writer, can help us – even in the most oblique of ways – by writing something into an episide. Have Sheppard happily step through the gate and right onto something that activates with an ominous cl-i-ck.

    I bet you he will handle it a lot more sucessfully than most people in Africa do.

  67. Kristen writes: “With the emphasis on character driven episodes will we see more layers to Sheppard this season?”

    Joe says: Hopefully, we’ll see more layers to all of our characters.

    Hi Joe 😀

    Let’s talk layers 😀

    Just to clarify. Some of us don’t want to see more layers on Sheppard we tend to find it gets in the way of him being semi nekkid 😀 Didn’t you know that less is more?

    The less clothing he has on the more we like it 😉

  68. Dear Joe,

    Will the city of Atlantis return to Lantia after the ordeal is done and fix or will they make M12-578 a permanent new home. If so will the changes affect the overall relations of allies and friends they established in the previous seasons whom know the old adress and won’t be able to contact Atlantis.

    Also, I have very much enjoyed the books THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu and Candide by Voltaire; I recommend you read them in your free time. Heck, might even inspire you for future episodes… tell me what you think.

    sincerely,

    The Lantian philosopher

  69. Joe: Several people have asked a similar question but I have seen no answer (if there was an answer sorry for the duplication) so here goes in the hopes of a little clarification/direction: since Carter will likely be in charge of Atlantis (good move by the way) will she have an active role or will she just be basically behind the desk as a presence you can say is there? Will we see some action – I guess like others have said – Carter-whump or Carter with her P-90 showing her kick-ass mode or will it just be more like Hammond?

  70. Honestly joe, which of the two shows draws the biggest crowd present days ( since the conception of Sga): SGA or SG1. I strongly hypothesis that Atlantis, being a spin-off and all, is the big one. This show gives out so much more and offers better stories that really make you escape the real world which is exactly the main goal of a science fiction tv show, not to mention the incredible visual effects. It shows that you guys work with the best and really do manage the budget well…but I don’t know too much about your culinary taste though. Nothing is perfect in this world, so I personally think that you can improve on some aspects. The little details are the following:

    1. The right balance between despair and glory…. it seems the atlantis team are almost always bending over for the bad guys to poke if they don’t run away. I suggest you and the guys need to portray a little stronger image of them. How bout them being the big guys in pegasus for a while knocking heads around. ( If you don’t understand what I just said, let me know and I can elaborate on the next blog tomorrow)

    2. The show is more popular than you think, and is growing fans like mushrooms or starbuck coffee shops for that matter, maybe at the start of season 5 you and the atlantis staff should orgainize a fan contest for a fan episode. Where the lucky winner would appear in a future episode as an extra or something. Or even better write an episode based on a fans idea as the season bounus eppy… something to put some nitrous in the fans engines.

    Finally, I just want to let you know that I respect what you do, that is the courteous interactions with the fans and all. I hope one day before I die to be invited to come visit the Atlantis set…. that is if its not too much asking I promise to be on my good behavior and I will ring Totosh, my little black pug for you to play with.

    Thank you

    George

  71. i loved ‘hard candy!!!!’
    what in your opinion would be the hardest thing to write in atlantis..angst,humour ,drama..do you have a specific character that you can *snaps fingers* get directly into their head and just write and write dialog for them??

  72. What do you think about people downloading the episodes? Personally I download them for the following reasons (in no particular order):-

    my computer monitor is bigger than my TV, and the sound system is better.

    They don’t air on a channel that i have.

    When episodes used to be on a TV station that i had, they would air them in the wrong order, at random times and with random breaks. For some shows this totally wrecked any story arks that the writers had intended.

    I used to download Sg1 at 78mb (I used to have to squint at the 2″ picture) but now you can download at 610mb which is better than my TV reception!

    I cant wait the 2 years it seems to take for the DVDs to come out …. only just got season 2 a couple of weeks ago!

    There is no way that i wouldn’t see spoilers on the internet unless i stopped reading your blog and going to gate world etc.

    I would quite happily pay to download the episodes, in fact this would be my preferred option, and then hopefully the downloading would count to the ratings! But UK itunes would not let me do it when i tried a few months ago for another show (because of not being in US I think??).

    Anywho…… I do buy the DVDs as soon as they come out as a box set which makes me feel a little less guilty! I LOVE the audio commentaries they are fantastic. My favorite person is Martin Gero, especially when it is him, David Hewlett, and Joe F. VVVVV Funny. Is Martin Gero funny in real life, or is it just in front of the camera/microphone?

    Martin Wood does excellent commentaries as he gives you way more technical info about camera angles and such like. Although he apologizes for doing it! I think it is interesting and he shouldn’t feel like he has to apologise!

    I cant wait to see the S10 extras!!!!

    Keep going on your script….. I’m sure it will be fantastic!!!

  73. Hi Joe!

    I’ve been here twice today – so far. I figure that makes me sadly obsessive – not quite rabid – YET!!!! I can live with that!

    I just want to say Cheeky Lil Devil’s comments have been making me chuckle every day! She’s so naughty!

    There has been much debate between myself and my chums about Tabula Rasa and The Seer. Can you give us any clues about those eppies? Are they character centric eppies, or team eppies?

    Thank you!

  74. Your pugs are very good at posing for photos.. or is it that they are just accustomed to being photographed by now? 😉

    Will we ever get to see a picture of your seldom-referenced cat? As a cat-lover, I feel your poor feline is being sorely neglected in comparison to the photogenic pooches and I really must take you to task over it and demand that you include the cat in at least 4 episodes of season 4.. oh wait. Sorry, got a bit carried away there… 😉

    Anyway, for your furry enjoyment, here’s a picture of my little horrors:

    Ali cats Geddit? 😉

  75. Joe-

    I tend to think S5 will be a go for SGA for many reasons, and I won’t bore anyone by listing them. Now I know I am certainly not in a position to reassure you and the rest of the crew up there, but thought I would say something positive as the “big night” draws close.

    Oh, and I too am one of those “5 fans” who checks your blog a few times a day. These comments can be quite entertaining!

  76. Joe, Susan is right. There are people out there who like to give Weir fans a bad rep, and in a lot of cases (not all, but a lot) their motives are ship related. They’d rather see Torri out of a job if it means Elizabeth isn’t there, because they’re all about the Sheyla. (BUT I will say that I do know some wonderful Sheyla fans who are actually friends of mine. Even they have issues with a couple of their fellow shippers)

    It’s quite pathetic, really, and you’ve unscreened a comment from one of the worst offenders here.. I’m sure you know who it is. You can tell which one it is. It’s all about how Weir shouldn’t have more than four eps.

    Bottom line, I think you’ll find there are more fans who love Elizabeth than hate her. The character’s like a bridge between the military and the scientists, and she handles Rodney so wonderfully. Is there any possibility that their friendship will be explored? I’ve always thought that it would be interesting to know how they originally met, since they’ve known each other the longest.

    Another thing I thought would have been wonderful for the character was an insight into her relationship with Carson. The two of them were so similar in their ethics and their views of things… and being the only two who didn’t go off world all the time…. I’m missing Carson already and I haven’t even seen Sunday. And Elizabeth? Losing her is to horrible to imagine!

  77. “Alipeeps said…
    Your pugs are very good at posing for photos.. or is it that they are just accustomed to being photographed by now? 😉

    Will we ever get to see a picture of your seldom-referenced cat?”

    I think the pugs need to speak to their agent. The lighting isn’t up to scratch in their latest shots.

    And yes, what’s the story with the cat? I know you mentioned at least one cat before. Show us the pretty! Or pretties, as the case may be!

  78. Hey Joe.

    I have heard that Shep will be getting quite the whumping in S4. My question is what about poor Rodney? Will we get to see some serious McKay Whumping as well? : )

  79. I have to admit, not living in the U.S. and not having a Nielson’s ratings box there’s not much I can do to affect the ratings for tonight’s episodes. That said, while I’m not a big SG-1 fan, I love Atlantis, and I’ve seen all of season three here in Canada on The Movie Network. Here’s hoping the shows get great ratings and we see Atlantis through season 4 and beyond.

  80. Suzotchka said…

    I just feel the need to say, that alot of the ‘anonymous’ posters who are claiming to be “Weir fans” may not be Weir fans at all. We’ve had problems on other boards with “certain fans” who support a “certain character” pretending to be Weir fans, just to give Weir fans a bad name. So please be careful.”,

    How DARE you accuse other fans of posting things posing as other fans. You have no proof that this is happening and no proof that these people aren’t the Weir supporters they say they are. You need to be very careful before accusing anyone of something like that.

  81. Nice to see that SciFi can’t spell their own character names. Unless you’ve changed it I always thought Ronon was spelt with an ‘o’ not Ronin as they have just done so 😉

  82. A few posts back you said that you were unable to check out FanFiction because of legal reasons. I’m curious…what are those legal reasons, if you can tell us? I write a bit myself (not professionally…yet), and I always find reading other peoples work to inspire me. Not to steal their ideas or anything, but it gets the creative juices flowing.

  83. Anonymous said: “Honestly joe, which of the two shows draws the biggest crowd present days ( since the conception of Sga): SGA or SG1.”

    I’m subscribed to Google news alerts for Stargate Atlantis, and last year (around September or October) I got an alert for an article at http://www.broadcastnewsroom.com. It was an interview with an MGM executive. I don’t remember the name. It was a general interview about the entertainment business, not about Stargate, but it popped up in my Google news alerts because it did mention Atlantis. According to this executive from MGM, they do better with SGA than with SG-1 in the international market. However, the interview didn’t say if they are taking into account international ratings only or they are adding incomes from merchandise and other stuff.

  84. Joe,

    Just saw the Mythology special on Sci-Fi. It wasn’t what I was expecting actually, but I really enjoyed it.

    Sanssong said:
    “How DARE you accuse other fans of posting things posing as other fans. You have no proof that this is happening and no proof that these people aren’t the Weir supporters they say they are. You need to be very careful before accusing anyone of something like that.”

    This seems like a very overly agressive and defensive response to what someone said MIGHT be happening. But if you honestly believe “people” are not posting multiple times under anonymous and pretending to be more than one person then I applaud the firm choke hold you’ve managed to keep on naivete. The form starts on Google/blogger, you have to pass right over “Other” where you can type in a name to hit anonymous. The only reason anyone would have to post anonymously is because they lack the courage of the convictions they are typing.

  85. Purp said….

    This seems like a very overly agressive and defensive response to what someone said MIGHT be happening.

    Well, that may be your opinion, but I got the message loud and clear. And the person who posted later to agree with them pretty much confirmed it. This was stated as something that WAS definitely happening.

    You Weir supporters claim to be as pure as the driven snow, but you’re the only ones being rude and slinging around accusations at your fellow fans. I was offended by what was said, becuase it is supposedly by vuture of the ship that I support that I am guilty of making Weir supporters look bad. If any of you can prove to me that’s what’s happening and WHO’S doing it, I’ll gladly tender an apology, but in the mean time, I think I’m entitled to one.

    And for the record, I’ve never hidden behind the infamous Anonymous. If I have an opinion, you’ll know that I said it.

    Are other people multiple posting? Probably, but to say they’re espousing opinions that are not their own to make others look bad is nothing more than unfounded nonsense.

  86. So let’s lay it out… the annoying daily pro-Weir posts that plagued this blog until Joe answered about the number of episodes were really posted by Teyla fans wanting to make Weir fans look bad, because Shep can’t do the nasty with Teyla as long as Lizzie is around c-blocking him? Darn, talk about mythology!

    Well I don’t want romance of any kind and I don’t like Weir. 4 eps sounds like too many to me. And sorry, but the number of posts on a thread on gateworld is not a scientific indication of her popularity. For any argument, there’s a counter to it.

  87. I know this is an older post, I decided to back read your blog to catch up. I felt obligated to comment on the “Nielsen Families” mention, since I am part of one. Of course I watch Stargate (both) whenever I can, but things change that can affect ratings/viewership. For the last two years, I could only watch it when I was in school, since I don’t have cable at home. And now being out of college, that’s not possible at all. I only got seriously interested in Stargate after I was able to watch it regularly (and because of my roommate). Though I can’t get it any longer, I do the really old re-runs and iTunes downloads. Unfortunately those don’t translate over to the data picked up by those annoying (but oddly empowering) little black tv boxes. And it’s probably giving a little too much credit to those Nielsen families who hitting Stargate to say they’re doing it another way. In fact, we’re not allowed to have time-delayed viewing devices like DVD recorders. (A huge drawback if I might say). So for some reason they’re just not tuning in at all. :/

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