As most of you probably already know, Stargate SG-1’s 200th episode has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form, up against a Battlestar Galactica and about a half-dozen episodes of Dr. Who. While checking out the various other categories, I noticed that a number of the nominees vying for Best Short Story are available online. A terrific bunch of candidates. And being the film buff I am, I found Timothy Pratt’s Twilight Zone-esque “Impossible Dream” a particularly enjoyable read. If you have the time, why not swing by and check out the stories yourselves – and if you like what you read, maybe think about picking up further readings by the respective authors (I’ve included some suggestions):

Neil Gaiman’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” –
http://www.neilgaiman.com/exclusive/shortstories/partiesstory
Pick up: the Sandman series (graphic novels), Fragile Things, Neverwhere, American Gods.

Bruce McAllister’s “Kin” –
http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0704/Kin.shtml
Pick up: Dream Baby

Timothy Pratt’s “Impossible Dreams” –
http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0704/Impossibledreams.shtml

Robert Reed’s “Eight Episodes” –
http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0704/8episodes.shtml
Pick up: The Cuckoo’s Boys, The Well of Stars, Marrow.

Benjamin Rosenbaum’s “The House Beyond Your Sky” –
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2006/20060904/house-f.shtml
Check out: “Embracing-the-New”, “Start the Clock” – available online.

Paul finished his pass on This Mortal Coil and did a great job. The script is much clearer and cleaner. We celebrated in the grand writer tradition, lunching on chicken pot pie and avocado salad, then swung by the conference room where we picked up our very own Ark of Truth t-shirts to go with our Ark of Truth caps and Ark of Truth boxers (coming soon). And then, look at who dropped by the office today: none other than Bob Picardo who is in town filming an episode of Stargate: Atlantis (The Seer).

Fondy is on a cooking tear – two dinners in a row! To mark the occasion, I have included pics of last night’s roast beef dinner.

Q&A –

Anonymous #1 writes: “Okra for or against?”

Answer: The first time I tried it, I was decidedly against. But there’s a Malaysian restaurant in town, Banana Leaf, that makes a great sambal okra – so I’ve changed my vote to “For”.

Anonymous #2 writes: “All the “oh they don’t advertise enough” and “the fans just won’t accept what we’re giving them” won’t fly if the series fails.”

Answer: Yet the fact is that after a six month lay-off, lack of any significant promotion, and previous airings throughout the world and on the internet, both Stargates have seen their numbers dip. It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.

M writes: “Are all your pugs boys?”

Answer: Maximus and Bubba are boys. Jelly is the little lady.

Haliyah writes: “How do you get a concept/story/script solicited so that it becomes legitimate and legal in the eyes of the show executives?”

Answer: It would have to be submitted through an agent. But in the case of Atlantis, we’re not currently looking for outside submissions as we have the back half of season four pretty much thought out.

Anonymous #3 writes: “On average, how many hits a day did u get in the past week?”

Answer: I average a little over 2000 visits a day.

Paula writes: “So what are you going to watch now that Amazing Race is over?”

Answer: The end of Survivor.

Edward4th writes: “I was driving through a cornish village this morning when an elderly gentleman wearing a flat cap and escorting three pugs on a leash crossed the road in front of me. Any relation?”

Answer: That was me.

Namiko writes: “I know you get on the treadmill every (is it EVERY?) morning for at least 30 minutes, but do you do strength training as well as cardio? And if so, what do you do? What about yoga?”

Answer: No yoga. I run every other day. On the days I don’t run, I work out with weights exercising two muscle groups, 3 exercises each, 3 sets of 8-10 reps, followed by some ab work.

Alipeeps writes: “Have you guys started work on the back 10 episodes yet?”

Answer: Yup. Martin is finishing up work on the second part of the mid-season two-parter. Alan is working on what like to call “the third part of the mid-season two-parter”. And Carl has started work on the relationships episode. He’ll be moving onto the cross-over episode once he’s done. Then there’s the two-part return of THAT character. Which brings us to episodes 17.

Carolina writes: “I started watching Iron Chef America thanks to your blog and I have a question, imagine yourself as a judge, sitting in your chair, waiting for the secret ingredient to be revelead, what ingredients would you be crosing your fingers over for a)Please let it be…? and b)Please let it not be…?”

Answer: Please let it be Battle Chocolate! Please let is not be Battle Garbanzo Beans! Thankfully they’ve already done the latter. And, come to think of it, I think they’ve already done the former as well.

Anjirika writes: “I personally think that you should pay more attention to the hard core fans- they are your loyal viewer-ship and probably make up most of the numbers.”

Answer: First of all, the number of hardcore fans are actually dwarfed by the multitude of casual viewers. As for listening to the hardcore fans, which hardcore fans would you be referring to? The hardcore fans that want the Shep-Weir ship or the ones that want to Shep-Teyla ship? The ones that want to see more Rodney or the ones that want to see less McKay? The ones that want to see more crossover or the ones that don’t want to see any crossover?

Anonymous #r writes: “Since you used focus groups to off Dr. Weir…”

Answer: We did?

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Haliyah
Haliyah

Oh. Well. Thank you for answering my question! I mostly lurk, because sometimes I’m a little afraid of your answers. wink

Okay, so, here’s another one very closely related to my last question, and I’m sorry if I’m quickly becoming irritating: How do you get an agent? What do you even Google or search for in the Yellow Pages? I wouldn’t even know where to start…

Jenny Robin
Jenny Robin

A reminder to all of the 2,000+ clicks you get here, and the people behind them, to check my comment yesterday and submit their ratings to mallozziblogeval@aol.com.

We’re off to a slow start. Ok, fine, we’re off to a no-start, as no responses have yet been received.

Actually, to make it easier, I’ll go cut and paste the 10 areas to be rated in a new comment in just a moment.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“The hardcore fans that want the Shep-Weir ship or the ones that want to Shep-Teyla ship? The ones that want to see more Rodney or the ones that want to see less McKay? The ones that want to see more crossover or the ones that don’t want to see any crossover?”

HAHA! Brilliant! But, of course, the fan was refering to whatever little group she belongs to. Everytime I visit this blog, I’m more and more amazed at how fans of stargate are somewhat like hardcore members of political parties! They all think THEY are right and that EVERYONE will want what they want. I, for one, think you give ALL OF US a nice mix.

Jenny Robin
Jenny Robin

…here are the items, categories, etc. to rate.

1. Quality of post narrative
2. Pictures
3. Interaction with commenters
4. Snark/sass
5. Book Recommendations
6. Food/restaurant reviews
7. Work/life content balance
8. Creativity
9. Overall blog design
10. Suffering fools

Rate them on a 1-5 scale, 5 being highest. And add a comment or two at the end for flavor.

Email to mallozziblogeval@aol.com and stay tuned for the results to be posted this coming Sunday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

To Anonymous: All of us get a nice mix? Sure, unless you’re a fan of Carson or Elizabeth.

So Joe, any final number on how many episodes they’ll get each?

allison
allison

I think Martin just likes writing scenes for Beckett ;D. When do you think Paul will begin shooting?

Rebecca
Rebecca

Somehow, everything you wrote in this entry sounded in my mind’s ear as if you were speaking while running on a treadmill. Possibly the power of suggestion, since you mentioned your workout regimen?

Okra: Best breaded with egg/harina, quick-fried in canola, and served hot with a little dollop of Red Devil. Not possible, otherwise.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m wondering how many of the anonymous comments about “Weir whingers” are fromm Shep whumpers, and how they’d feel if Shep was going, to be replaced by Browder.

The day that happens, Joe, you’d better take out life insurance, and lock yourself in your office, because they would be the most theatening and vocal of all fans.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe,

Can you tell us how many episodes of Carter’s 14 that will be in the first half? Will she be in Missing? Maybe even offworld?

Anonymous
Anonymous

All the people who are telling unhappy fans to get over it need to think outside the square. If enough people are pissed off for various reasons:
**no Beckett
**no Weir
**rehashed SG1 scripts
**Shep kirking..

Whatever.

And ratings drop to the point where the show’s cancelled, you may not have a show to watch. Having Elizabeth or Carson in on a more regular basis is a small price to pay for that, don’t you think? And don’t think that their fans will just go okay, they’re gone, we’re over it, we’ll watch it anyway. They won’t. If there are enough of them, you may not have anything to watch at all when it comes to SGA.

Neep
Neep

That isn’t very efficient, having separate photos of a t-shirt and of Bob.

Bob on a T-shirt. Yay!

Shawna
Shawna

I think you should listen to the hard-core fans that want more McKay, more Michael, much less of everyone else, and would like to see the show turned into a 70’s style sitcom, where Michael and McKay move to Philidelphia, get an apartment, and start a catering business. You could even change the show’s name to “Rodney and the Wraith”.

CmS1977
CmS1977

Joe,

Sci-Fi has announced “Ani-Monday”, where they’ll be running a block of anime which they’re calling “original programming.” Any thoughts? Good move, bad move? Creative? Desperate? Personally, I think it’s just a further dilution of the network’s image and brand, much in the same vein as A&E’s downgrade. They went from Biography and Spooks to Dogg the Bounty Hunter and Gene Simmons. How do you feel about the changing face of Atlantis’ home?

CmS1977

Arctic Goddess
Arctic Goddess

Joe, we will fight just as hard to keep SGA on the air as we did with Stargate. I know, the thought, “We’re doomed”, just went through your head. But, I am sure that if you have any suggestions for us, that might work, we will be happy to do what we can.

Patricia

SAVE SGA!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Anonymous said…

Hey Joe, what do these translate to?

SG-1
– 1.402 million viewers
– 0.9/2 HH
– 0.6/2 A18-49

Atlantis
– 1.392 million viewers
– 0.9/2 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49

It translates to –

After almost three seasons Atlantis has been unable to beat the numbers of a ten year old show that has had significant cast changes in the last two years (and the loss of all the people who posted on GW at the beginning of season nine that they would never watch SG1 again).

Changes have to be made. No matter how many “we love her” posts are written, Wier is out as leader.

She just doesn’t make viewers care enough about her or her team to make then come back week after week and bring some friends along too. The numbers prove it.

And in the end it’s the ratings that matter.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’ll reiterate my qs !
Any chance of seeing Jack in Atlantis next season ?
How were the ratings for “Tao of Rodney” and “Shroud”

NorthCarolinaFan
NorthCarolinaFan

How do the ratings of SG-1 and SGA in non-US locations impact/affect the success of the shows? Another way to ask this is: if the two shows are popular outside the US, does that play any kind of role in whether the shows are successes? Are there more than 1 million non-US viewers?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe is there any chance of seeing an atlantis recon team that doesnt have its members from the North American Region such as the British SAS etc? Also is there chance of seeing the New Zealand flag on an atlantis uniform?

Hannah
Hannah

You’ve probably already answered this, but what’s your favorite scene in 200? Is there a scene the cast or crew particularly liked? Did everyone have as much fun writing/directing/acting in it as it seemed?
I freakin’ love the whole thing, no matter how many times I watch it. I’m suffering through finals right now, and I just watched it during a study break and laughed my ass off. So thanks for some great finals procrastination TV!

Rossy
Rossy

Haliyah said: How do you get an agent?
Try http://www.wga.org to find an agent.

I’m sorry I must be really confused. I thought this comment section was to write comments based upon the authors entry and experience, not debate own personal SGA character preference between each other. Joe’s blog is about JOE and while SGA makes up some of who he is – it is not the begin all and end all.

Joe, have you ever tried an affrogato with pistachio ice cream? Yum!

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Changes have to be made. No matter how many “we love her” posts are written, Wier is out as leader.

She just doesn’t make viewers care enough about her or her team to make then come back week after week and bring some friends along too. The numbers prove it.

And in the end it’s the ratings that matter. “

In the end it’s the ratings that matter, yes, and the ratings of AT and co without RDA weren’t enough to keep SG1 going. People were annoyed enough to stop watching when it was HIS CHOICE to go. What makes you think adding Tapping to SGA is going to boost ratings?

Why everyone’s seeing Weir as the weak link is beyond me. It’s all personal perspective. For me, Teyla’s boring. Ronon’s boring. Rodney’s annoying. Shep, Weir and Beckett were the ones who kept me watching, and without two of the three, what’s there to watch for anymore?

It’s also very amusing that you’re reading this as changes have to be made because of the ratings, while Joe’s blaming downloading and bad advertising.

Ratings will tell in the end. However I can’t for the life of me see how the fans of one character (Carter) can make up for the loss of two characters (Beckett and Weir) EXPECIALLY when a lot of Atlantis fans moved over to the show from SG1 because they were sick of the lineup on SG1.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“She just doesn’t make viewers care enough about her or her team to make then come back week after week and bring some friends along too. “

She doesn’t make us care enough about her or her team? So you’re admitting people don’t care about the team, either? Gee, maybe JM and his cronies should dump Rodney or Shep. They are, of course, front and center in the team. They must be responsible for it too. Why don’t we just get rid of all of them and replace them with the SG1 cast? That’s going to get people watching. NOT!

Kristine
Kristine

Joe writes: “I have eaten a Norwegian cheese. What other dishes are typically Norwegian?”

Really? What cheese did you try? Was is a goat cheese? Was it white or brown?

Lots of fish is Norwegian. My favourite would be gravlaks (my dictionary translate it with cured salmon, basically it’s half rotten salmon with some spices), I put that on a lefse (that’s sort of a tortilla made from potato) and put some sour cream, onion and beetroot on it. And voila, yummy! And smoked salmon is yummy. And fresh codfish with it’s liver and roe. And we have have a salted and dried ham that we eat with a 1 mm thin crispy bread and a porridge made from sour cream. You can eat whale-meat, personally, I don’t. I think the national dish is fårikål, that’s lamb boiled with cabbage, tastes much less boring than it sounds. Oooh, and lutefisk, that is codfish that have been soked in lye for a while, also better than it sounds. razz Yes, we have lots of food, Norwegian things are too little known out there in the big world! But come, come to our beautiful country, walk in our mountains and go on a cruise in our fjords, see the whales swim in the water, see the midnight sun, visit some stave churches and old Viking stuff, climb a glacier or two and eat lots of fish! And please do try to convince some Norwegian TV-channel to start sending Stargate so that we will be more than a handful Stargatefans in Norway?? smile

Anonymous
Anonymous

Anonymous said…
I’m wondering how many of the anonymous comments about “Weir whingers” are fromm Shep whumpers, and how they’d feel if Shep was going, to be replaced by Browder.

The day that happens, Joe, you’d better take out life insurance, and lock yourself in your office, because they would be the most theatening and vocal of all fans.

Well, as this Shep whumper, among other things, signs her name and doesn’t go anonymous, not this one. Why bring other groups into this? Do you feel, in some way, that by hitting out at other fans that it makes you look better? Because it doesn’t. It makes you look desperate and a trouble maker. Most people don’t respect poster like that, especially, when yet again, they go anonymous while naming another group.

After a thread at GW was opened by a poster trying to sort out and understand the fan divisions, I’d personally hoped this fandom division could end. With posters such as yourself posting posts like the above, that’s just not going to happen.

As for BB replacing JF? Well, several things come to mind. JF appears to be incredibly popular as Sheppard. To lose the leading man on any show is problematic. If Joe wanted to leave, he’d have my support. If he was given the boot, I’d be upset, but I sure as hell wouldnt come whining and moaning here every five minutes.

Firstly, that’d be annoying, secondly it’d make me look desperate, and thirdly some things are out of my control and I can’t hope to change such things.

Finally, at the end of the day, Stargate:Atlantis is a television show. If, it no longer entertained me, I simply wouldn’t watch. I’d give it a try with BB instead of JF, if it didn’t hold my interest, or was too painful to watched without Joe, I’d move on.

Linzi
Linzi

Hi Joe, the last post was from me. I stupidly pressed the wrong option before I’d signed my name. So, the post answering the brave and corageous anonymous was from Linzi, if you could add my name, that’d be great, if it’s too much trouble, then please allow this post. I’d hate to go anonymous and not put a name to my post. I also didn’t get a chance to edit or
check my post, so apologies if there are any errors in the spelling or grammer. Thanks!