Sometimes, restaurants amaze me. And not it a good way. Case in point – Oji, the new restaurant next door to Chapters on Robson Street. Truth be told, it wasn’t our first choice for lunch. Nor was it our second choice. Or third choice for that matter. We had headed out early, hoping to beat the rush at Feenie’s, only to discover that it wouldn’t be open for another half hour. So we headed downtown, planning to hit Prima Taste. But it being Victoria Day, they too were closed. Admitting defeat, I suggested we just go to “that crepe place”, only to have Fondy point out it was more of a take-out spot. And so, after much discussion, we finally decided on chicken shawarmas from The Babylon Cafe, even though we’d had chicken shawarmas for dinner last night. Alas, there were no free stools. Frustrated and more than a little hungry, we started the hike up to the heart of Robson when we noticed the sign outside a new restaurant: Oji. “Let’s try something new,”I foolishly suggested.

Now you’ll be excused for assuming Oji is a Japanese restaurant. It’s not. Nor is it a Chinese restaurant. Or a Vietnamese restaurant for that matter. It is, in fact, a bit of everything. Feel like barbecued pork and spicy wontons? Well, you‘re in luck. Feel like udon? You can order that too. How about some pho? Bingo! Past experience tells me that these types of restaurants tend to fall under the “Jack of all trades, master of none” category. And sadly (for me on this day) Oji is no exception.

We sat through: fried desiccated chicken satay, unremarkable pan-fried dumplings, a bland chicken chow mein, passable radish pancakes, and barbecued pork so cloying it effectively appeased any desire I had to go grab a post-lunch dessert. On the bright side, service was good. Granted, we were the only ones in the place (the only other potential customer leaving immediately after perusing the menu) but still, our waitress was prompt and courteous.

Which brings me to what I was referring to earlier, the source of my amazement. I find it truly incredible that someone would go through all the trouble of finding a suitable location, gutting and refurnishing the place, establishing a new restaurant – and then not even giving the menu more than a passing thought.

Restaurants live and die by the quality of the food they serve and given Oji‘s offerings, the place will be lucky to survive the year. I’m setting the over/under on this place at six months.

On a potentially more interesting note – Marty G. and I toured the up-and-coming sets of the second SG-1 movie: Continuum. Check out what’s in the works (including Martin’s post-Stargate luxury yacht).

Let’s get to your questions –

Karen writes: “Are you suggesting that pugs replace white cats as supervillan pets?”

Answer: Only in the case of this supervillain.

Anonymous #1 writes: “I was wondering if you could recommend a restaurant. I live on the North Shore and getting married this fall.”

Answer: Hmmm. I don’t get over to the North Shore much and when I do, it’s usually to have dinner at one restaurant in particular: La Regalade. I don’t know if it would be large enough to accommodate a wedding party, but the food – hearty French cuisine – is excellent.

Zannah writes: “Ever tried any Lowcountry (Charleston, SC-area) food?”

Answer: Would love to but, unfortunately, there are no Lowcountry eateries in the area.

Lorr54 writes: “Do y’all ever plan which episodes would play well together, or is the order they air based purely on the indivdual series?”

Answer: Whenever possible, we do try to have episodes play off one another. We’ll be seeing more of this in season four.

Amy writes: “What would the perfect dessert consist of for you?”

Answer: Chocolate, crème anglaise, marscapone cream, and vanilla ice cream.

Mags writes: “Do you read all the comments yourself or have somebody pre-screen them for you?”

Answer: I read most of the comments myself. Occasionally, I’ll only need to read as far as the first couple of sentences to realize I should hit the reject button. All other comments do get read even though I may not respond to all.

Wolfen writes: “Does Canada use a different kind of glucose meter or something?”

Answer: I don’t know. I’m new to the world of glucose meters.

Little Raven-Hawk writes: “ Besides Harry Potter, have you read any other youth fiction?”

Answer: I did read (and loved) the entire Series of Unfortunate Events.

Sarah writes: “What did you think of “The Handmaids Tale”?”

Answer: I liked it as much as I enjoyed the other two Atwood books I read for a Canadian Lit. course I took.

Bebop writes: “Ae we looking at the return of Kolya later in this season or next?”

Answer: Probably not this season.

Kiwigater writes: “It’d be nice, if, on occasion, I felt like you had even some iota of respect for us as well.”

Answer: Sorry, Kiwigater. I thought it was clear from my response that I was referring to fans who make up their minds about a creative decision before they’ve seen a given episode (for instance, all the angry posts about Vala joining the team that seemed to die down considerably when the episodes in question actually aired). Honestly, if I didn’t respect the fans, I wouldn’t be taking the time to interact with them.

Flying Fig writes: “Once this book (http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2007/05/billiondollar_k.html) is out, will you read it?”

Answer: It does look like an interesting read, doesn’t it?

Jafacakes writes: “Have you ever tried Portuguese food?”

Answer: I have (back when I was in Montreal) and really enjoyed it.

Nichole writes: “ This is the publisher write up of The Dosadi Experiment…”

Answer: Another one I have that I’ve been meaning to get around to.

Anonymous #2 writes: “You mentioned the Wraith goggles the other day! My friends and I are always on about “Where did he get those goggles?”

Answer: He picked them up at The Vancouver Public Pool’s lost and found along with a spear gun and an all too tighty-whitey speedo. Wraith have no shame.

Arctic Goddess writes: “What does a Creative Consultant do?”

Answer: It really depends on the person and the production. They can do everything from earn their keep by weighing in on all creative decisions to simply swing by a production office every second week and collect a pay check for having their name on the credits.

Jenn writes: “We found this place while visiting Victoria BC on Friday, but didn’t get a chance to go back and try it out. Have you been here?”

Answer: I haven’t although, in all honest, I’ve never been a fan of the mishmash creations of fusion cuisine.

Josh D. writes: “First time poster, long time reader of your blog.”

Answer: Welcome aboard and thanks for the kind words.

Michelle writes: “So The Sopranos continues to shock and amaze me each week. Do you think Tony’s recent behavior is justified and believable in the context of the show? Do you think he’ll survive the finale?”

Answer: I have a very bad feeling about these next two episodes. To begin with, I find Tony’s recent behavior justified and believable in the context of the show. It’s Phil’s heavy-handedness that I find a little hard to buy. As for who will survive the finale – I’m in the minority of fans who think the most satisfying conclusion to the series would be to have Tony and his family, to survive the finale alive and well.

62 thoughts on “May 21, 2007

  1. Hmm…looks like Homer is getting an upgrade there.

    Joe, you’ve mentioned that you don’t like the Ancient storyline (or something like that). Why not?

  2. I cut my teeth on Amber and Gene Wolf’s Shadow of the Torturer.

    You’ve been turned on to Corwin, you’re reading about Severian, and you write Stargate eps.

    If you read Tanith Lee, too, I’d have to call you, um, my hero.

    You don’t, do you?

    EC

  3. Hi Joe,

    Really enjoy the blog.

    In the first few episodes of the back half of Season 3 it seems you’ve used, for want of a better or technical term, ‘non-linear’ story telling. I am thinking of the flashback to the off screen planning of in The Return Part 2, the open of The Ark (with Shepard in the shuttle) and I think there was another example in one of the other episodes in between.

    I was just wondering if this was a conscious decision and if so why?

    All the best.

  4. Hey!

    Would is stand to reason that Lantean culture and architecture is vastly different from Ancient in the Milky Way? I mean, there was a few million years of social evolution to consider.

    Also, I’ve always wondered if you or any of the producers have ever had a confrontation/awkward moment with either Roland Emmerich or Dean Devlin concerning their desires to finish their trilogy. Your opinions?

    Thanks, and keep on truckin’.

  5. Hi Joe,

    Just wanted to stop by to say that I read the other day about you acquiring some Pratchett novels. How’s that going?

    I hope you like his style – he’s got a quirky sense of humour and I love his novels. Once I got past one quarter of the novel, the story would fall in place. My favourite novel is the Thief of Time and any of the ones with Death as a protagonist. To be honest, they’re all fantastic!

    I’ve noticed that others have asked you for food recommndations, eateries and what nots… I’m curious, what is your favourite Asian food dish? Or do you have a favourite in every culture so it’s hard to pin point one?

    I also must compliment you – you looked very good (the man in black) on G4tv’s attack of the show! I saw a segment of their SGA visit recently.

    Thanks and have a nice day/night!

  6. I want to see Tony and his family survive, alive and well, too. I actually was surprised to read a feature article in the LA Times Calendar section that talked about Tony should get killed to be consistent with the show’s thematic content. It actually never even occured to me he wouldn’t survive it… after all, this is American television, not British…

  7. Leading on from that question on creative consultants; how involved was Jonathon Glassner as Executive Consultant from Seasons 4 to 10?

  8. Dear Joe,
    Regarding season 4 I seem to be on a cycle of really excited for it, not even thinking about it, really worried about it, and back to really excited again. Any helpful tips on how to level out this roller coaster while I wait for fall?

  9. Hi, I am going to be persistant and ask again. Which episodes will Torri be in…I know for sure that you said she would be in ‘This Mortal Coil’ but with a big role or a small role? And like specifically which episodes will she be in?

    Thanks tons, I love your blog and reading about your food adventures as well! Very cute dogs!

  10. Joe–

    There is a lot of talk going on right now about both the recent history and future of the Stargate franchise. So, I figured I’d ask, what do you, personally, think happened to all of the viewers who have left the shows? Do you think that the ratings could ever go back up from here?

  11. hi, joe,

    i’ve got an usual question for you…

    if you were a casual viewer (not a ptb and not online) and you had watched ‘threads’, and then saw how seasons 9 and 10 progressed, would you have thought that sam and jack had gotten together?

    sally 🙂

  12. Re: a couple of posts back, I’m very happy that your meter reading was in the normal range (although, like Wolfen, I don’t understand that meter numbering system). However, one reading is not sufficient. A month’s worth of readings, taken randomly, would ensure that you’re okay. Just a small word of advice from a concerned fan who must endure the pin pricks (you do get used to it, believe it or not).

  13. Thanks for answering questions on your blog.

    Will Sam be going out in the field with the team in the second half of season 4?

    Thanks!

  14. Sorry to post twice. This showed up as posted to an older blog, I wasn’t sure if you would see it.

    As an RDA fan I was worried about what season 9 would be like & if I would still watch the show. No offense to everyone else related to the show. I initially tuned in because of the actor. The main appeal of the show ,for me , was his character & dialogue .
    The appeal of the new cast was immediate and I have really enjoyed seasons 9 & 10. It has actually been refreshing to have new characters , to see the various relationships develop between team members. The Daniel / Vala, Mitchell / Vala scenes have provided the humor & emotional depth that I enjoyed in the Jack/ Daniel relationship. What I like is that Mitchell did not replace Jack. He acts different, He commands differerently. His relationship w/ the each team member is unique.
    I think seasons 9 & 10 have provided some of the most dramatic & comedic scenes of the series (as well as great explosions ). I’m into the storyline much more than before.

    re Fridays episode : I enjoyed Vala in Bad Guys. She seemed more like the sexy, smart,capable Vala of Prometheus Bound. Funny without being a goof.

    I have a couple of questions about season 9.

    How long were Daniel & Vala linked by the bracelets ? I’ve searched online but answers range from a few weeks to 4 months, the average being “I don’t know”.

    In Ties that Bind, where Vala shows up in Daniels’ bedroom. Daniel turns her down then psycho-analyzes her. She becomes upset & talks about being engaged once.
    Theres a debate whether one or more of these is true.

    A) Daniel’s assessment of her is accurate
    B) she blurts out the truth, then tries to cover it up .
    C ) She’s pretending to be upset & lying.
    D ) She is actually interested in Daniel

    I’d appreciate any comments. I’m new here so I apologize if this has already been addressed.
    Thank you

  15. So, with all the food talk I feel I’ve gotta ask…

    When it comes to Chinese food, what is your favorite dish?

  16. It surprises me when I read on here that you’ve been taking heat. People are so immature and rude sometimes. What have you done wrong? Nothing. Talk about biting the hands that feeds you, these people are doing just that.

    P.S. Those set pictures make me unable to wait for the new season!

  17. Having read the Series of Unfortunate Events, which of the children was your favourite? And did you enjoy The End as an ending to the series, seeing as Mr Snicket left behind a plethora of unanswered questions?

  18. “majorsal said…
    hi, joe,

    i’ve got an usual question for you…

    if you were a casual viewer (not a ptb and not online) and you had watched ‘threads’, and then saw how seasons 9 and 10 progressed, would you have thought that sam and jack had gotten together?

    sally 🙂

    May 21, 2007 7:45:00 PM PDT “

    OMG. Enough already of the Sam/Jack sickliness.

  19. You said: Sorry, Kiwigater. I thought it was clear from my response that I was referring to fans who make up their minds about a creative decision before they’ve seen a given episode (for instance, all the angry posts about Vala joining the team that seemed to die down considerably when the episodes in question actually aired). Honestly, if I didn’t respect the fans, I wouldn’t be taking the time to interact with them.

    My reply: Thank you for the clarification 🙂 This blog must be a substantial commitment, I don’t envy you the task of dealing with all of us!
    Re Vala: well, to continue this honesty streak :p I wasn’t much taken with her at first – although from everything that came from the set (interviews etc) it seemed clear Claudia had gotten on with everyone like a house on fire. It’s great to have that sort of cast chemistry – for me, it took a while for that to translate on screen. I much prefer the latter Vala, someone who contributes as part of the team rather than being a “mechanism” to throw snarky comments and add sexiness etc. I love the hints of a really great friendship with Sam – they’re such strong characters, it’s so much more fun to watch them interact rather than simply dismiss each other!

  20. Hi Joe:

    If you got sucked into some kind of alternate reality that allowed you to hang out with a Stargate Hero and a Stargate Baddie for a day, which ones would you pick and why? My picks would be Sheppard and Baal.

    Thanks! 🙂

  21. I must tip my hat to you sir. The food you post is incredible. I must ask, with all this food you post (and I assume eat) you must workout to keep slim and fit, right? Also, have you ever experienced the joy that is Cajun Food. If not, come down to Lafayette, LA, and I will hook you up!

  22. anonymous said:

    “Well, I believe this latest Rodney-centric ep got the lowest ratings in the history of SGA. Maybe TPTB should blame McKay, since it’s his ep, and dump Hewlett.

    Would you still be saying “live with it”??”

    Considering that episode aired the Friday Spidey 3, with the highest-grossing opening of all-time at that point, was released … well, I would hope the sci-fi execs would be a least a *little* lenient under those circumstances 😉 So I don’t know that that example really works …

    Suffice to say, I feel really sorry for any fans who missed Tao of Rodney entirely and didn’t record it (much love to Kindler!!)– I wasn’t really that big an SGA fan until that ep (as in I didn’t look to the next ep every week with great anticipation, and as often as not just half-watched while working, if I watched at all — sorry, Joe), but Hewlett hook me in solid with it, and now I’m hunting down all the SGA repeats on Sci Fi! (Eh, the same thing happened with me and DS9, for that matter ….)

    Speaking of ratings, really, I wish all TVs/VCRs/DVRs had an option to send what one is watching to Neilsen if one wished. I don’t know any Neilsen families, and don’t know of anyone who knows one. I have to wonder just how representative those numbers truly are … Especially since it goes by age and sex, as if all people the same age and sex liked all the same things. They should divide into audience genere via questionairre, like “20% of those who marked that they love sci fi watched this show”. I mean, how does it really matter if a show wins the coveted demographic if the people in that demographic are only watching because “there’s nothing else on”, or the show happens to be the *one* show of that genre they actually like, if they wouldn’t actually be interested in buying the products being advertised?

    Anyway, me, I’m *excited* about Carter coming to the series! 🙂

    And Silver — great post, I feel the same way about Daniel/ Vala/ Cameron! I think the final ep answers those qs about the bedroom scene in “Ties that Bind”, albeit indirectly — Cooper did a great job sort of revisiting that scene. If you want to read my analysis on it and don’t mind spoilers, go here

  23. I haven’t watched the “new SG-1 show” so basically my only connection with the franchise was Atlantis for the last two years! I hope that the changes are done tactfully otherwise I’ll be Stargateless next year ! And a quick qs: Are we ever going to see Atlantis Ancient toilets ?

  24. After reading about Wen Chocolates in your blog, I had to order some. Thanks for creating an addict! 🙂 You should ask Chef William to give you free truffles!

    Thanks for wonderful episodes week after week. Even though I was trying not to be spoiled (well not very hard anyway)I am disappointed by the prospect of Elizabeth not being on the show full time. Hopefully we will still get enough Shep & Weir.

  25. Hi Joe,

    Thank you for the pictures . I am really looking forward to both movies. I have a question about Atlantis season 4. If Daniel does not make a guest appearance in season 4 will it be explained? In other words,since it is cannon that Daniel discovered Atlantis and has always wanted to go there,will it be explained on screen where he is and why he doesn’t go? I know that Daniel got to go in the “Pegasus Project” but he really didn’t get to explore the city.

    My main problem would be if Mitchell and/or Vala show up. For me,it doesn’t make since for everyone except Daniel to show up on Atlantis. It goes against the canon that has been established for the character since he discovered Atlantis.

    Gateworld,after talking to Michael at the Vancouver convention,said that Michael would do a guest spot if asked. Could you please touch on this Joe?

  26. Bebop writes: “Ae we looking at the return of Kolya later in this season or next?”

    Koyla survived his wounds from his last SGA incounter?

  27. After seeing the ratings for the lastest Atlantis and SG1 episodes, I was wondering if you think that the downswing is economic or possibly a backlash from fan disapproval?

    Personally, my monthly cable bill would pay for a tank and half of gas a month. But luckily I’ve been able to afford to keep it. And I’m looking forward to the darker Atlantis episodes in the 4th season.

    Thanks!
    Annie O

  28. salut =)me revoila^^!

    Donc voila ma question:

    Si Teyla est enceinte dans la saison 4 on la verra moin?

    voila Merci!^^!

  29. Bebop writes: “Ae we looking at the return of Kolya later in this season or next?”

    Answer: Probably not this season.

    Didn’t Sheppard kill Koyla in Irresponsible? According to GateWorld transcript he was shot through the heart.

  30. Hi Joe

    Do you have a new number yet, regarding how many episodes Torri is in?

    Perhaps even the name of all those episodes?

    Thanks

  31. Hey Joe, 4 questions

    1) What do you think of the slipping ratings?
    2) Do you think that it has to do with the cast changes, or the downloading of episodes or the lack of promotion on Scifi’s part?
    3)Can we know the titles of the four episodes that Torri is slated to appear in?
    4) Is there any chance that Torri will be appearing in more than four episodes?

    Thanks- hope you answer my questions.

  32. from kiwigater: **My reply: snipiity doo-dah for space:Re Vala: well, to continue this honesty streak :p I wasn’t much taken with her at first – although from everything that came from the set (interviews etc) it seemed clear Claudia had gotten on with everyone like a house on fire. It’s great to have that sort of cast chemistry – for me, it took a while for that to translate on screen. I much prefer the latter Vala, someone who contributes as part of the team rather than being a “mechanism” to throw snarky comments and add sexiness etc. I love the hints of a really great friendship with Sam – they’re such strong characters, it’s so much more fun to watch them interact rather than simply dismiss each other!**

    Intersting. As noted previously, there are “two-sides to every coin” though. Have you seen the ratings? Maybe the Vala detractors have died down simply because they have stopped watching the show and/or just don’t care anymore?

    Diane

  33. Hey Joe
    Everyone keeps talking about this “soft reset” but I don’t get it. What about the show is being reset? The characters? The setting? The mission? Can you enlighten me a bit?
    Thanks!

  34. I love SGA and want it continue for years to come; however, two major SGA characters are gone/going, an established SG1 character is arriving to take command of Atlantis, and Teyla is pregnant — by whom/what we do not know. (After, all she does have some Wraith DNA…?) These are major changes fans have to deal with in a fairly short time. You as one of TPTB know how these events will be dealt with, but fans do not, so it should not come as a surprise that they may be upset and nervous about all these changes.

    Question: If Carter is now to be in charge of Atlantis, is Sheppard being demoted to her second-in-command and no longer head of the Atlantis military contingent?

  35. You very kindly hinted that Travelers and Doppleganger would have some Sheppy whump, are there any other episodes that you could mention that we could add to our Shep whump squee list? We have already penciled Be all ours sins remember’d onto our list due to rumours of him being stunned (okay so getting excited about being stunned is a little sad…I guess it must be due to us feeling deprived (or is that depraved)!

    Also any chance of us seeing Shep in the infirmary in scrubs in s4?? *looks hopefully* 🙂

  36. What do you think of posted fanfiction or vids on youtube that use characters from created shows? I understand that people with programs are not to read fanfiction, but as a general idea, do they aid in the promotion of programs, or looked upon as free publicity?

    Are the authors/creators guilty of copyright infringement? Or are they two separate entities to be looked at that one uses the characters but not actual images, where as the other manipulates actual work paid for by the studios?

    Thanks, Jen

  37. Have to say that I love this blog and love your work on Stargate.

    I would like to ask, Please could you tell me/the Carson fans what is the outlook on Carson’s third episode?

    Cheers

    Si

  38. Please,please answer us a couple of questions !
    1. Is “Continuum” going to be available only in 2008 ?
    2. Do the actions of the movies happen before Atlantis season 4 (before Sam arrives in Atlantis) ?
    3. Is RDA/Jack going to have a big part in “Continuum” ?

  39. Sigh. Once again, some people seem to think that lower ratings is fan backslash, viewers not liking the changes, etc. If it was something happening only to the Stargate shows, I would agree, but most of the TV shows from all the networks and cable channels have seen their ratings suffer. I don’t see how someone could think that these lower ratings are caused by something related to Stargate. Anyone can search the web and find several articles about the general lower ratings. And I’m not talking about articles written by fans, but by people who are in the industry.

    So, I guess that the general lower ratings across the networks and cable channels are due to the changes in the Stargate shows. Just by making changes in Stargate we made show X lost their audience too. Congratulations, I didn’t know Stargate had so much power over the audience of show X on network Z.

  40. Anonymous said…
    “OMG. Enough already of the Sam/Jack sickliness.”

    no. i’m here to stay and i’ll ask and comment on what i like. if you don’t like it, you can ignore it. if joe doesn’t like it, he can just not unscreen it.

    you’ll just have to put up with me. 🙂

    sally 🙂

  41. Since we now know that you are a Daniel/Vala shipper,can you tell us if Brad and Rob are D/V shippers too?

    *Hugs for “Momento Mori” Joe*

  42. *waves*

    Sorry Joe, won’t be a sec. There’s just some serious and important business I have to attend to.

    The sicko formerly known as SLC! said…

    Also any chance of us seeing Shep in the infirmary in scrubs in s4?? *looks hopefully* 🙂

    *cough*

    I hate to break it to you, but hon… You are still sick. 😛 Shep in scrubs? Are you nuts? How many times do I have to tell you people. Semi Nekkid or Shirtless Shep! 😛 Scrubs means clothing, and clothing means NOT nekkid. *shakes head in disbelief* And you call yourself a whumper, you should be ashamed of yourself you’ve not even asked Joe if Shep will be fevered or restrained in S4… 😛 And what I find most appalling is that you didn’t even mention the medically induced coma of S2 (Conversion). So, because i’m a nice person i’ll sk for you 😀

    Joe, any chance the next time you have Shep getting the crap kicked out of him.. sorry whumped, please could you have him intubated as the whumpers feel slightly robbed in S2’s conversion when Shep was placed in a medically induced coma… the whumping crew and I feel that it is vital to the plot, thus making the episode more believable. 😀

    Thank you Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man.

  43. I’m having a *meh* day and feeling bored and fed up. Tell me something interesting/exciting/entertaining to cheer me up? Pretty please? :S

  44. Random question: Was “pain in the mik’ta” derived from Andy Mikita’s last name?
    Hope you’re doing well, as well as Fondy:)

  45. Replying to a comment directed at me: Intersting. As noted previously, there are “two-sides to every coin” though. Have you seen the ratings? Maybe the Vala detractors have died down simply because they have stopped watching the show and/or just don’t care anymore?

    Diane

    My reply: It’s entirely possible Diane. My thoughts regarding Vala are solely my personal opinion, and given the spectrum of feelings regarding both her character and the other major changes I’m quite sure my views represent only a fraction of the (past and present) audience.

  46. **kiwigater said…
    Replying to a comment directed at me:**

    Sorry for confusion Kiwigater – this was not directed at you. Joe understands.
    Diane

  47. Joe, when you read the words, “All the chevrons lock,” what number does that bring to mind?

  48. I heard a radio interview today with Steven Van Zandt, who plays Silvio on The Sopranos. (I had no idea he is Bruce Springsteen’s E-street guitarist!) Anyway he said they shoot 16 hours/day for 17 or 18 days per episode of the show. Would you like 17 days to shoot each episode of Stargate? 🙂

    By the way, I really want Tony and his family to survive, too. Sure Tony’s a sociopath, but hey, no one’s perfect.

  49. MajorSal,

    When you already know what he’s going to say in response to most of the shippy questions, why bother??

    Commenting three or four times on an entry, asking three or four Sam/Jack questions…

    the OMG! Sam! Jack! I’m so cute with my smiley faces at the end of every comment, even the not so happy ones, is just irritating.

    take it to the shipper thread, for crying out loud!

    Jack’s not on the show. Sam’s moving to another galaxy, and she’s already going to get enough screen time from the Atlantis characters without people like you wanting more shippiness over there. Don’t pretend you haven’t said it, we all know you have.

  50. Anonymous anti sj shipper/sam/amanda fan… i’m not going away. deal with it. 🙂

    sally 🙂

  51. Anonymous #I’ve-lost-count said:

    Jack’s not on the show. Sam’s moving to another galaxy, and she’s already going to get enough screen time from the Atlantis characters *blah blah blah*

    Just as a point of reference, Carter will be an Atlantis character now so this notion that “she’ll steal screen time away from Atlantis characters” is moot. She’ll be in the main cast on that show…not as a guest character like she has been in the past. And as a character on the show, she’ll contribute as needed and will fill whatever roll she’s given, just like Shep or Radek or McKay or…well, you get it.

    Now I confess I do ship Jack/Sam but I’m also a pragmatist. I don’t expect to see too much in the way of follow through on Atlantis for that particular character arc.

    It’d be nice to have some sort of conclusive “whatever” on the topic though Joe, especially after the buildup through season 8 and then…nada.

    It was like a drumroll without a finale, you know?

    So, Joe, if you’re in the mood and are so inclined, feel free to pass it on to the movie folks that there still exists a large group of die hard old timers that wouldn’t mind seeing a little onscreen resolve for them in one form or another.

    Muchas gracias,
    Mary Beth 🙂

  52. “Ha ha to the anonymous above. LOL b/c Sam pwns teh noobs. Sam > All Others “

    What the hell? Do you even speak English? Because those of us who can construct a sentence most likely don’t understand a word you just said.

    Question for Joe: Does it irritate the hell out of you when people do text speech or “I think I’m a gansta” speech on your blog? Because if I was you, I’d be tempted not to unscreen any of them!

    As for the Sam fans, yes, we get that you’re happy about her being on Atlantis. It remains to be seen how many people will tune in because she’s there, and how many people will switch off.

    It’s not like she’s a new character like Vala, who people had to watch to form an opinion about. Most of us have seen 10 years of her on SG1, and have an already formed idea.

    For me, I can’t stand the character, and I’ll probably only watch the six eps she’s not in. That’s my perogative. If it had been Daniel, I would have remained a viewer. But Sam? I like my characters to be flawed, have a bit of personality.

  53. Anonymous #7128 said…

    …As for the Sam fans, yes, we get that you’re happy about her being on Atlantis. It remains to be seen how many people will tune in because she’s there, and how many people will switch off.

    I know this notion might be foreign to you…but there are Atlantis fans who are also Carter fans.

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive concepts.

    It’s not like she’s a new character like Vala, who people had to watch to form an opinion about. Most of us have seen 10 years of her on SG1, and have an already formed idea.

    So for viewers like you, they the writers don’t have to spend a whole lot of time establishing and developing a new character, which of course would “take away time from Atlantis characters”, right? And for those who only know her from Atlantis, she’s not a completely unknown entity dropped out of thin air.

    For me, I can’t stand the character, and I’ll probably only watch the six eps she’s not in.

    We’ll all mourn the loss.

    That’s my perogative. If it had been Daniel, I would have remained a viewer.

    So, following up on your above comment, you haven’t formed an opinion of Daniel after 10 years?

    But Sam? I like my characters to be flawed, have a bit of personality.

    Yes. It’s a shame that everything she does is perfect, her family, her love life, her career. Practically perfect in every way…except of course when she’s being lambasted for being such a royal screw up.

    MB (who’s feeling snarky tonight)

  54. Anonymous #7128 said…

    …As for the Sam fans, yes, we get that you’re happy about her being on Atlantis. It remains to be seen how many people will tune in because she’s there, and how many people will switch off.

    I know this notion might be foreign to you…but there are Atlantis fans who are also Carter fans.

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive concepts.

    It’s not like she’s a new character like Vala, who people had to watch to form an opinion about. Most of us have seen 10 years of her on SG1, and have an already formed idea.

    So for viewers like you, they the writers don’t have to spend a whole lot of time establishing and developing a new character, which of course would “take away time from Atlantis characters”, right? And for those who only know her from Atlantis, she’s not a completely unknown entity dropped out of thin air.

    For me, I can’t stand the character, and I’ll probably only watch the six eps she’s not in.

    We’ll all mourn the loss.

    That’s my perogative. If it had been Daniel, I would have remained a viewer.

    So, following up on your above comment, you haven’t formed an opinion of Daniel after 10 years?

    But Sam? I like my characters to be flawed, have a bit of personality.

    Yes. It’s a shame that everything she does is perfect, her family, her love life, her career. Practically perfect in every way…except of course when she’s being lambasted for being such a royal screw up.

    MB (who’s feeling snarky tonight)

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