So I was strolling across the lot today, on my way to snap a pic of Jason Momoa’s bitchin’ ride, when I happened to notice a guy in a funny suit having his face smeared with gel. I suspected something was up. I suppose the guy standing off to the side clutching the flamethrower tipped me off. SG-1 Stunt Coordinator Dan Shea waved me over and explained they were about to test a fire-retardant gel for Ark of Truth. As I looked on, everyone took a giant step back and the guy with the flamethrower opened up, torching the test subject. Happily, the stunt man was not reduced to a crispy chicken wing despite enduring temperatures of 300 degrees Celsius (that‘s 572 Fahrenheit!).

After snapping a couple of shots of Jason’s pink Cadillac, I dropped by the Ark of Truth set in time to catch director Robert Cooper giving Chris Judge some “constructive criticism” (note the look of sheer terror in the actor’s eyes).

My rewrite of This Mortal Coil went out and, approximately one hour later, more notes came in. This script is really taking its toll. How to describe the feeling? Well, you know how when you’re taking a shortcut home one night and you get turned around in the woods and realize you’re lost and then, in trying to find your way out of the bitterly cold and darkened forest, you are chased down by a vampire who manages to sink his teeth into you so that between the blustery night air that has chilled you to the bone and the sense of futility that comes with being hopelessly lost in unfamiliar surroundings, you also have to deal with the fact that your very life essence is being drained from you as you struggle to hold onto that last remaining shred of your soul? It’s sort of like that.

I did receive a pick-me-up in the form of some chocolate compliments of Amy Lynn. My soul may be exhausted but, thankfully, my taste buds are operating at 100% efficiency.

Spent the afternoon watching dailies for Reunion (some good blooper material here) and, before going home, dropped by Jason’s Airstream to tell him I thought he did a great job in the mess hall scene with Joe. I knocked and poked my head inside. Jason was sitting, shirtless, on his bed, playing guitar, belting out a tune (Sorry, ladies. No pics). I swear, the guy is even more an endearing character than his television counterpart.

Let’s do mail –

M writes: “…those pugs of yours and Fondy’s are just gorgeous. Do they all have very separate personalities???”

Answer: Yup. Jelly is the bossy one. Maximus is the easy-going one. And Bubba is the troublemaker.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Hope all is going well, I’m off to Jamaica tomorrow for vacation.. […] Have a good summer, talk to you in September.”

Answer: September?! Come on, they must have internet capability in Jamaica.

Anonymous #2 writes: “1)Have you read anything by Greg Bear? I’ve been reading ‘Darwin’s Radio’ and I recommend it. 2)Have you read any of the Fandemonium SGA books? Are they considered cannon?”

Answers: 1) I have a number of Greg Bear books including Darwin’s Radio and Darwin’s Children but have yet to read them. Martin Wood is a big fan. 2) Haven’t read any and, no, we are not constrained by anything that is established in their worlds.

Firefly827347 writes: “You mentioned that SG books are property of MGM. Do you get some sort of input or say as to what goes in each story?”

Answer: Nope. That is up to the individual authors.

Rhyss writes: “1) Any chance of seeing Lt. Ford in season 4/ever? or has his time passed? 2) Besides SG-1 what was your favourite sci-fi show that was cancelled too soon? 3) Have you ever visited Australia?”

Answers: 1) It’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Ford in season 4. 2) Firefly. 3) Nope.

Carolina writes: “Hi Joe, I’m curious about something, by now we know your pet peeves, we know your passions, but what about your guilty pleasures? I have a feeling that the fans of the SG shows is up there on the list… you do love the fans, don’t you? but what else?”

Answer: Of course I love the fans. That goes without saying. As for my guilty pleasures: decadent desserts, horror movies, and Japanese game shows.

Mags writes: “Have you heard the conspiracy theory that flouride is unnecessary and is only given to us to prevent some sort of evolutionary change to our body?”

Answer: True. My cousin has never used fluoride. He can fly.

Crazymom writes: “GeekBoy says if you want, he’ll send you his Pratchett paperbacks.”

Answer: Thank GeekBoy for me but I’m already planning to add them to my growing library.

Cel writes: “How was the dentist?”

Answer: I survived. This time.

63
Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
majorsal
majorsal

(((joe)))

sorry to hear about your lost/freezing/vampire experiences. i had half the staff quit the department i work in last week, so… yes, i felt the vampires scratching at my windows. :p

sally grin

Anonymous
Anonymous

1.) I’m wondering something about being a Showrunner. It was my understanding that a Showrunner doles out the notes and makes passes to his/her liking on everyone else’s script. So how is it then that you’re getting notes on your own script? 2.) Will Carter every find out that McKay named a whale after her?

smiley_face06
smiley_face06

Thanks for the pictures of Jason Momoa’s car! Jason’s parking isn’t all that grand though. smile

Vikitty
Vikitty

Thanks for the pic of Jason’s smexy ride! My friend thinks it looks pretty.

Sorry to hear about This Mortal Coil… My guess is, that in the end it will turn out to be an extremely wicked episode.

Have you seen David Hewlett’s rap video? I think the writers should do one too.

Karen
Karen

Feel free to pass along to Jason he has a very sweet ride.

Hannah
Hannah

how is your life different now that you’re a showrunner? is it?

also, i have a feeling carter in atlantis is going to rock my face off. oh, and i watched 24 with shanks last night and stargate’s ratings might have gone up if you had him walking around in boxers more often. DAMN.

Lorr54
Lorr54

Hey, I work in that forest! Stop by my cube sometime. Watch out for management, though, they’re real bloodsuckers.

Thanks for posting the pics of Jason’s ride. Very cool. I’d bet no one ever teases him about it, unless they can run very fast.

I’m looking forward to Tao this Friday. I’ve read that Mr. Hewlett says he sometimes has trouble leaving work at the door. Did y’all have a problem with him letting the power trip go to his head?

Purp
Purp

Joe,

You can feel free to tell the lady in the first picture (the one holding her camera up to presumably take a picture of you) that Purp says hello, and needs to know if she’s into college football. wink

The first Lily ;)
The first Lily ;)

Thanks for the pics of Jason’s car. Loved them!

Oh, please please please *insert as much begging as necessary* Please, consider releasing the blooper material from Reunion. And any other bloopers and deleted scenes from past and future episodes too grin

I always enjoy watching that tiny scene in the s1 DVDs extras (The Siege – Mission Directive) with David, Torri and Paul, where David keeps stumbling.
And in the audio commentary for s2 Critical Mass, Rachel talks about a sweet scene where she kisses Carson (in a friendly way, people!).

It would be so great to have all those scenes that were filmed but then deleted in a DVD, or available for downloading from MGM’s site or something.

*inserts more begging*

Now back to Reunion. A mess hall scene with Joe? I love the friendship between all the characters, and in particular one of the friendships I love more is the one between John and Ronon (I’m also a huge fan of John/Rodney friendship, team friendship, etc). Can’t wait to see this scene! Hope it makes the final cut!

M
M

Cool pics again. I really like Jason’s pink cadillac.

Uh, your vampire story should be a novel – I have pet peeves and things that sometimes happen at work where I have to redo and redo, but I never liken anything to vampires and lost woods.

Pity about not having pics of Jason… *cough* nothing wrong with showing a man playing his guitar!

For some odd reason I had this idea that Maximus would be bossier because of his name, but hey, I like the name Jelly and Bubba! Jelly is such a cute name to have!

Also – that looks like a pretty crazy stunt. I’m glad the man is ok but I’d be shitscared of those extreme heat despite the protective garment.

Oh yeah, any chance that David Nykl aka Radek Zelenka will get a new uniform that isn’t a space suit or hazmat suit?

Thank you!

Anonymous
Anonymous

1)Will we be seeing a bloopers reel sometime on the dvds? 2)Is Mortal Coil giving you so much trouble because of tangles in the story or is it more just work to write?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe, do you expect lower ratings for Tao of Rodney due to the Spiderman 3 premiere on Friday May 4th?

Yvette
Yvette

Any chance of getting some younger script writers and/or characters for SGA? The generation gap created by having characters that only 30+ can relate to might be an explaination for ratings issues as it would limit audience. I love the show and the characters but am finding it hard as a 25yo to relate to a 35+ age group (it’s almost like a clique). Any chance of adding another main character who is in the early to mid twenties to reconnect the younger fandom?

Joshua Meyers
Joshua Meyers

Hey Joe,have you/network/mgm ever considered having sg on another night
because more people would be home on other nights like wednesday or thursday?
What day did they show sg1 on showtime?
Have you ever considered yourself as a excecutive producer before the promotion and would you ever consider
having a sg show on the same platform as Sanctuary?
thanx

expendable crewman
expendable crewman

… you also have to deal with the fact that your very life essence is being drained from you as you struggle to hold onto that last remaining shred of your soul?

I can relate.

Hot damn, a pink Cadillac. That’s pretty cool.

Jason Momoa shirtless and no picture? That’s as cruel as saying I have to wait for the fall to see season 4 Atlantis.

Chris Judge: nice. I never thought I’d write this, but I think the swath of gray looks good on him.

I told someone about Mark Dacascos being in Reunion. He reminded how much I got into the character Mani in Brotherhood of the Wolf. I remember MD from The Crow, too. Will I recognize him in the ep or is he in some sort of costume?

EC

firefly827347
firefly827347

Oh yay, you like Firefly too!
Thanks for answering yet another of my questions, I feel special smile
I cannot believe that a guy who plays a character like Ronon drives THAT car. You gotta get a pic of him driving it sometime. Or, you know, shirtless guitar-playing wouldn’t go amiss either…Glad to hear you survived the dentist, but I think it’s time you shoved the This Mortal coil script on Rob’s desk and be done with it. smile

Anonymous
Anonymous

if Stargate Atlantis for whatever reason doesnt get a 5th of 6th season, will you find a way to bring back any “lost” characters like “ford” for one final episode, sorta like giving the fans, one last treat..?

My Name is Scott
My Name is Scott

Hey there. What kind of music are you into? If you ever decide to brave orchestral music (or perhaps you already have!), I’d recommend Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony. It’s great. The first movement can be a little tedious, but if you can get through it, the second movement is worth it. The sense of nostalgia you’ll get will make you want to cry. It might remind you of something Williams or Goldsmith-ish, since a lot of modern sci-fi music is rooted deeply in Mahler.

Oh yeah, and you can get it from iTunes… Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the only good recording I’ve come across.

Tell me what you think!

I’m excited about the live orchestra that Joel Goldsmith is going to get to use. Woohah.

Little Raven-Hawk
Little Raven-Hawk

I am SOOOO jealous of that car. I usually do not go for pink anything…but that is a GREAT car.

And it is a horrid shame you didn’t get a shot of Jason…but hey, I’m sure you didn’t want to hog all the female internet users…that had to be the case…hehe…

Captain Slackbladder
Captain Slackbladder

Things I have learned from your pictures –

(1) Jason Momoa parks like a girl and drives a girls car.

(2) Rob Cooper is actually quite tall. I had him down as a Hobbit.

I aim to learn something new every day so keep the pictures coming.

Jeopardy Wilm
Jeopardy Wilm

Re the big plot hole in “Hide and Seek” – see, I didn’t think *that* was the big plot hole. I thought it was that although John could push Rodney off the balcony with ease, when Peter tried to punch him it rebounded…

I still love the ep though and don’t care in the least – I’m sure everything can be explained!

pilgrim
pilgrim

A while back you answered a question where you told us who you thought the SGA team would be if they were comic book supervillains.

So I was wondering, who would they be if they were superheroes? Other than The Fantastic Four of course.

Paula
Paula

That pink Cadillac is so very Jason. He’s a very interesting guy. Too bad we couldn’t score pictures of him playing the guitar without his shirt on. You would have made the day of more than one of your readers!

Glad to hear you survived the trip to the dentist. I trust no more flouride trays were used.

Good luck with the script. I think it might be the full moon. I can’t manage to get any projects accomplished this week, either.

Granted, it might have something to do with the fact that I’m a bureaucrat. (Does anything get done when you’re a bureaucrat?) But this week has been particularly challenging.

Hang in there. You can do it!

Chez
Chez

Really Joe.. What is with tough, muscly men (and Jason) doing with pink cadalacs!

Mary
Mary

Do you actually believe in Vampires? Just curious.

~Az.