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.