Joe Flanigan came by the office today and, over the course of our conversation, happened to mention his desire to travel to outerspace. No, I’m not referring to Atlantis character John Sheppard exploring the uncharted regions of the Pegasus Galaxy but actor Joe Flanigan actually flying off into the cosmic unknown on the Virgin Galactic. Personally, I would love to see it happen for many reasons, not the least of which being the terrific potential for publicity. SciFi Celebrity Sails the Stars! Given the buzz it would engender, I would personally pack him a picnic lunch and then light the fuse on the rocket ship that would blast him out to the farthest reaches of our solar system.
Sadly, every dream comes with a price. In this case, it’s about $200 USD (oops, I mean $200 000 USD – apologies to all those who read my earlier blog entry and rushed off to buy yourselves a seat), the cost of ticket for an orbital flight on the Virgin Galactic (scheduled to set sail on in 2009 which will coincide nicely with the show‘s 100th episode celebrations!). $200 USD may seem like a lot, but it’s really a small price to pay for one actor’s dream (and all that resultant press). WE can make it happen! WE can make a difference! Yes, WE can make Joe Flanigan’s dream a reality! And by WE, I mean you the fans (unfortunately, I’m not liquid as all my money is tied up in long-term investments). We’ve got two years to do it so let’s start the drive to Put Us in Space. Yes, the P.U.S. campaign starts here and now!
Besides chatting with Joe for the most of the day, I did get down to editing and get to work on This Mortal Coil, doing a little act end shifting while I was down there. The end of the Tease is no longer the end of scene one but the end of scene four. The first act end shifts to several scenes later, more definite in its ominosity (Yeah, it’ll become a word eventually. After all, “hoodies” did). The end of act two also shifts, from the surprise entrance to the revelation. Third act end shifts as well, causing the fourth act to shift leaving us with a thirty-three second fifth act. Hmmmm. I may have to rethink this tomorrow.
Today’s pics: DOP Jim Menard checks to make sure the coast is clear, setting up the next office shot, Director Andy Mikita presides, and a fuzzy picture tells a thousand words don’t it?.
Maiz writes: “Are you a cake person? what kind of cake is your favorite?”
Answer: Believe it or not – carrot cake, please.
Maiz also writes: “If presented with the chance, would you try a huhu grub? I hear they taste like peanut butter and chicken.”
Answer: Peanut butter and chicken?! Gross! So probably not.
Tom Foolery writes: “Does this mean you don’t think Atlantis will get another year??”
Answer: I’ve ceased making predictions and/or worrying about a prospective next season.
Stargate Groupie: “Have you ever had a guest star come on to the show and just blow away your expectations by taking a character you created to a level that you didn’t expect with their amazing acting abilities?”
Answer: Bob Picardo did such a terrific job as Richard Woolsey in Heroes I and II that he was invited back. And keeps getting invited back.
Patricia writes: “When you have guest stars in Vancouver and they have to be there for a while, do you generally look after them over a weekend, or do they do what ever they want?”
Answer: I’ll usually provide them with a list of my restaurant recommendations and send them on their way.
Yasmin writes: “Do you pay any attention to fan fiction?”
Phil writes: “Do you ever read any of the stargate books, and wonder can be adapted to the TV series?”
Answer: And never read a Stargate book either.
Ben writes: “Is there ever going to be an explination behind the history of the 5th member of the SGA team, Ronan’s gun?”
Answer: Check out an early season four episode for a reference to this.
Ben also writes: “Have you ever tried Peking Duck?”
Answer: Yup. Love it!
Johnny E! writes: “Not that they would be as good as yours, but does anybody else on the show blog?”
Answer: I believe David and David blog as well.