I love The Sopranos. It’s a show that not only offers valuable life lessons (ie. If your driver starts running AWAY from your car at breakneck speed, follow suit lest you catch a bullet in the eye), but wonderful insight into the Italian psyche (Blame it all on our mothers). Watching the show always gives me a hankering for pasta so, today, we hit one of Vancouver’s many primo Italian eateries: Don Francesco Ristorante. As usual, I had one of the city’s best pasta plates – the squash agnolotti in black truffle butter. For dinner, I went with the sea bass, which was good but a little too lemony, and turfed the veggies and rice in favor of some excellent penne carbonara. For dessert – are you kidding? – we came back home and had some leftover chocolate.
Zach Selwyn was on the lot today. For those of you not familiar with the larger-than-life host of G4’s Attack of the Show, he is the star of a SGA rap video that took youtube by storm. In fact, Zach rapped and danced his way into a guest-starring role as episode linchpin Scientist #2 in season four’s Tabula Rasa. His big scene is tomorrow, first up! I wished him luck and assured him that, as much as I would love to watch his early morning performance, I’m the victim of a rare medical condition that necessitates my sleeping in past 7:30 a.m. every morning. Despite the fact that he was celebrating his birthday, he did come in to interview cast members for his show and, God knows why, thought it might be a good idea to interview me as well (a decision, I’m certain, he now deeply regrets). Still, since we were shooting the interview on Stage 3, I did manage to snap some pics of the Daedalus. Check out the captain’s chair. I need one of those for my office.
Alas, the news on the ratings front was not good for last Friday‘s Line in the Sand and Echoes one-two punch. On the bright side, next week offers the hilarious return of fan favorite Lucius Lavin! And on the even brighter side, check out the arcade machine Martin Gero bought for the writer’s room. Now I not only get to listen to my fellow producers talk ad nauseum about their golf game (“I used a nine iron to chip out of the bunker flats.”), I’ll be able to watch them play the simulated game as well – or at least hear them play in the likely event I choose to turn my back to them.
Karen writes: “Since you are an avid science fiction reader, have you read any of the ‘cyberpunk’ genre like Gibson or Stephenson?”
Answer: I haven’t read Gibson or Stephenson but the cyberpunk I have read hasn’t been my cup of tea.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Do you ever take in the adventures of Dog River? What is your opinion of Corner Gas?”
Answer: I don’t watch the show but have heard many, many good things about it.
Anonymous #1 writes: “1. Hypothetically, if Teal’c and Ronon were to fight one on one, on whom would you put your money on to win. 2. Will we get see McKay getting slapped or something of that nature by Carter in season 4. 3. By the end of season 4 will the asurans or wraith be dealt with.”
Answers: 1. Maybe we’ll get to find out. 2. No plans. 3. Hmmmmmmmm.
Farscapefan writes: “In one of her interviews, Claudia Black said that she wasn’t your first choice for Vala in “Prometheus Unbound” episode, but the actress you had in mind writing that episode, wasn’t available at that time, so you offered it to her. Do you remember who that actress was?”
Answer: That’s very strange because if I remember correctly she was our first choice.
Anonymous #2 writes: “You do realize that they complain about the show because they care about it, right?”
Answer: Most people who criticize the show do so because, at the end of the day when all is said and done, they do love it. However, people who complain constantly about every aspect, demonstrating a complete and utter disdain for the series, do so because they apparently have nothing better to do with their time.
Alyssa writes: “Torri, if you happen to read this, thank you for three wonderful years. You’ve helped to create a beautiful, realistic character with strenghts, weaknesses and something that so many of us can related to, despite some dubious writing at times.”
Answer: Holy crap, yes. Thank God for the actors and their ability to improvise their own dialogue and storylines. Why bother with writers at all?