The special on the chalkboard read: “Half a roast goose with pan-fried…” And then, what could have been “potatoes” but, strangely, looked more like “poison”. “Gosh, I hope it’s potatoes,”I confided in Fondy since I had already placed my order. For her part, Fondy had a hankering for chicken paprikas and would not be denied.

We were at The Budapest, a quaint little Hungarian restaurant on Main and 16th Ave. that serves up the best homemade Hungarian food in town. Whenever me and the guys head over, we always split a couple of Transylvania Platters between us – huge plates offering up enormous portions of three kids of schnitzel (pork, veal, and chicken), cabbage rolls, sausage, bull’s blood cabbage, and pan-fried potatoes and spaetzle (tiny little noodle-like dumplings made of eggs, flour, and salt). I’ve also had occasion to sample their terrific langos, a deep-fried flat bread served with garlic (for rubbing) and sour cream (for dipping). They do hearty east-European food well here – and this night was no exception. My huge half goose was delightfully crispy-skinned yet moist and meaty, Fondy’s chicken paprikas as consistently good as she’s ever had it. There were a lot of great-looking home made desserts on display including Carl’s favorite poppy-seed strudel, kremes, and the truly awesome somloi galuska (sponge dumplings with chocolate sauce, rum, and whipped cream), but I was stuffed and took a rain check.

The Budapest isn’t the place to go for a quickie meal. The place is a small, family-run establishment that offers friendly but admittedly leisurely service. And, of course, great Hungarian cuisine.

Well, spent most of the early afternoon writing the outline for Rise of the Googlions Part I. A number of pieces fall into place as many of the things we’ve been building toward come to fruition (and not in a sweet apple sort of way either). Surprises in store; revelations galore.

Fondy, meanwhile, spent the day shopping. We’re having company over for dinner tonight and she’s making ribs. You can read my review tomorrow.

Let’s field some questions –

Anonymous #1 writes: “ 1: Since the Rainbow was on the enzyme, what happens if he was injected with the retrovirus? 2: About Ronon’s rank of Specialist, is it a commissioned rank or not, and is there a Earth equivalent? 3: When was the last time Jason went to NZ?”

Answers: 1. Rainbow was on the enzyme? 2. It’s commissioned. Not sure about the Earth equivalent. 3. No idea.

PG 15 writes: “In your opinion, how different would Seasons 2 and 3 of Atlantis be if SG1 ended at the end of Season 8 (and Stargate Command never started)?”

Answer: I’ve never really thought about it. We would have had more time to concentrate on less scripts. On the other hand, we would have had less opportunities to take advantage of the simultaneous productions. It’s very hard to speculate.

Anonymous #2 writes: “YOU ARE SOOO BAD!! To insinuate that Martin is not making a significant contribution to society.”

Answer: Come on. He’s a television producer. They’re worse than spam distributors.

Anonymous #3 writes: “A Sheyla hug? Reason for me not to watch.”

Answer: And if you’re anti-slash – beware! There’s an episode in which Zelenka and Sheppard share a smile!

Yin writes: “Have you ever had a chance to try cava, a Catalonia sparkling wine?”

Answer: I haven’t. I’m not a big fan of champagnes or sparkling wines.

Lizzyshoe writes: “Rise of the Googlions? You’re kidding right?”

Answer: When have you ever known me to kid? What’s wrong with Rise of the Googlions? Is it the “Rise of” you object to?

Lughtigern writes: “Have you read any books by Barry Hughart?”

Answer: Haven’t. Any good?

Scifan writes: “Dear John…”

Answer: Who’s John?

Diana writes: “First, Do you know if any of the actors are doing commentaries for season 3? Second, while I plan to watch the airings of SGA regardless, how does that help the ratings?”

Answers: Don’t know and getting the word out about the show will hopefully bringing in new viewers who will hopefully like the show enough to bring even more viewers into the fold. And if a couple of them are Nielsen families, all the better.

Alanna writes: “That rec also led me to Jeff Long’s “The Descent” and my if-I-could-marry-a-book-it-would-be-this-one read, “Year Zero”.”

Answer: Okay. Based on your recommendation, I’ll track Year Zero down.

Jenny Robin writes: “I remember one season when there was a contest for submitting story ideas to the show. I was convinced I had the best idea EVER, so I mailed it off to the given address. Alas, no episode was ever made involving Punky and her friends finding treasure in the hollow of a tree trunk.”

Answer: So that’s where Paul got the idea for the season finale!

Kristine writes: “What does bulgar mean?”

Answer: Sorry. The correct spelling is bulgur. It’s a whole wheat grain that’s been parboiled, dried, ground, and sifted. It can be used as a rice or couscous substitute. One cup has about 500 calories. Still, it’s more nutritious than rice.

Nicolas a ecrit: “1°) Est-ce que vous pensez que la série va battre le record de SG1 qui est de 10 saisons? 2°) Est ce que Elisabeth Weir va faire son grand retour dans la saison 5?”

Reponses: 1) Non, je ne croix pas que SGA va battre le record. 2) Nous n’avons pas meme commencé a penser a la cinquieme saison.

Silver writes: “I enjoyed Family ties […]. I was wondering how much fun the set designers had furnishing Vala’s father’s apartment.”

Answer: A little too much fun. I had to swing by set and have them tone down the look of the apartment. The filmed version was relatively tasteful in comparison.

Anonymous #4 writes: “Is Rodney’s character going to change in anyway now that Carter has joined the team?”

Answer: You mean “Will Rodney turn into a sniveling, love-struck puppy dog around Carter?”. The answer is no.

Farscape Fan writes: “Is it possible that Vala’s father didn’t know that his daughter was taken a host to Goau’ld? Where was he when that happened? And how long exactly Vala was the host to Qetesh?”

Answers: It’s possible. He was away for a lot of the time she was growing up and it’s more than likely they’ve lost touch for a while. As for how long Vala had been a host to Qetesh – clearly not that long in comparison to other goa’uld hosts.

Anonymous #5 writes: “Rodney’s allergy to citrus – real and deathly, or part of his hypochondria and he only THINKS it’s a deathly allergy? Or maybe somewhere in the middle – he is allergic but it’s not as serious as he thinks it is.”

Answer: Let me put it this way. Rodney’s citrus allergy was based on someone Brad and Robert knew who insisted he had a terrible citrus allergy. Whenever they would go out, he would make it a point to inform the waitress that “a single drop could kill me!”. They later learned that, unbeknownst to him, he had been unwittingly consuming plenty of citrus all along. Make of that what you will.

Ruffles writes: “Do you write a bio when you create a character or do you decide on general characteristics and flesh out the rest as opportunity permits?”

Answer: We don’t write anything down. We have a general idea of who or what we want the character to be and then find and develop them in the writing.

Anonymous #6 writes: “From where the Queens and the Keeper find these wonderful clothes?!”

Answer: They cull Winners.

Rebekah writes: “I love SGA. But I am so worried that it’s going to become a sci-fi soap opera of who’s sleeping with whom.”

Answer: Based on what?

My Name Is Scott writes: “What’s the most miserable sacrifice you’ve ever had to make in regards to a plot element or effect you or a fellow writer has written that had to be given up?”

Answer: A producer’s life is filled with sacrifices. Take a look at Irresponsible for a great example. Often, the budget dictates what one can and cannot do. One sacrifice that comes to mind was the opening scene in Lockdown. I had written a sequence that would take place entirely on the international space station. Because it proved too pricey, we had to infer most of the action by having most of it take place via video-link in the SGC. Not quite as satisfying.

Anonymous #7 writes: “If the worst should come to the worst and Atlantis doesn’t get a fifth season and there’s no chance of continuing the series in a movie format would you let the fans know what you guys had planned for how you wanted the series to be resolved?”

Answer: If worse comes to worse, I’m sure MGM will find a way to have the Atlantis team continue its adventures in one way or another.

99 thoughts on “June 9, 2007

  1. Thanks for the answer Joe; I had imagined that it’d be a good thing if SG1 never kept going since you’ll get to spend more time on Atlantis, but I never thought about that simultaneous production thing.

    Since “The Return” was the 50th episode of Atlantis, were there any elements of that episode that was consciously added because of that milestone?

    Oh, and is Miller’s Crossing still airing 9th? Because it seems to be filmed quite out of order at this point.

  2. Answer: Let me put it this way. Rodney’s citrus allergy was based on someone Brad and Robert knew who insisted he had a terrible citrus allergy. Whenever they would go out, he would make it a point to inform the waitress that “a single drop could kill me!”. They later learned that, unbeknownst to him, he had been unwittingly consuming plenty of citrus all along. Make of that what you will.

    Thanks for the reply Joe. I had feeling it might be something like that. Unfortunately, I think you’ve got a situation where a lot of people think that Rodney’s allergies ARE real and they are finding any jokes about it offensive…

    Also this response as the unfortunate reaction of causing Rodney to look bad … he already makes a fool of himself on a regular bases in other ways, and now it’s confirmed his citrus allergy doesn’t actually exist…

  3. Winners? Who on earth or any galaxy would want to cull Winners?
    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I only get Space and am at the end of Season 2 of SGA. I have not seen every episode nor do I watch SG1. What species is the Roswell looking alien on the Daedelus (hope I got the ships name right)?

  4. You inspired me to take a picture of my meal when I went out to lunch today. I have to admit, I felt strange doing so.

    I actually already had my camera on me, which was in a pouch attached to my belt. Where do you keep your camera? I ask because you seem to have it on you quite often.

  5. Will the ratings in other countries be looked at when they are deciding on season 5?

  6. I’ll second the part about watching the show if weir returns.. I’ll watch then, and no sooner. She’s my favourite character.

    As for the Sheylas who keep assuming that it’s only the Shep/Weir people who don’t like the hug, have you considered the fact that maybe it’s the Ronon/Teyla fans who are annoyed as well?

    A recent poll I saw on favourite ship on Atlantis had Shep/Weir at 64 percent, followed by Ronon/Teyla at 23. No Sheyla mention at all.. You want your two ships that people actually see without having to make things up as they go along, those are the two.

    IMO, Teyla’s boring as hell with John. But she actually becomes an interesting character when paired with Ronon.

  7. Answer: And if you’re anti-slash – beware! There’s an episode in which Zelenka and Sheppard share a smile!

    JM say it ain’t so, say it ain’t so. I thought you were a Zex follower…you know it’s all about Zelenka/Ronon. What’s this talk of Shepherd?!

    Don’t make me come up to that tundra of doom, also known as Canada. ^_^ I’ll start a whole Save Zex drive…you know you don’t want another one of those!! ^_^

    As for a question, any chance that Ronon learns a bit of science? Any chance Ronon shares a kiss? Or gets one at gun point?

    I wanted to let you know I love your characterization of Ronon. Early on I had felt he was like a pretty boy who liked to play with big toys. But overlooking the superficial and seeing just his character in the first ep of Runner, it was amazing. JsM is a great actor and he’s done well and your team of writers are exceptional. Not one is better than the other, their all just bloody great and I’m appreciating that you guys are writing our entertainment. The attention to John and Teyla this season is much welcomed and needed. I felt out of the team, they were the ones underdeveloped most. While Ronon and Rodney were given more flesh to them. I like the fact you’d be fleshing everyone though, even with a bit more focus with the ones who were lacking. Great job on that. I can’t wait for the action, for the drama. I can’t wait for Jeannie and McKay—-you do realize next to Jewel Staites inception Jeannie was another great well developed character.

    Kind of makes one wonder where all this talk that the male writers can’t write women. You’ve established that this is not the case and never had been. Those two ladies are as you put it charming and engaging on screen. I can’t wait for me.

    I’m not too familiar with Carter, but I saw your clip of her office and I loved the decorations. It made her character seem warm and inviting so I can’t wait to be given the opportunity to see her and her interacting with my fave cast.

    Thanks.

  8. Alright Mr. M., I’ve been working overtime trying to be optimistic about Shep & Weir. I love me my Sparky. I’m not saying that seeing the hug did it in, but for the first time I’m feeling down in the dumps. My positive thinking mojo is just not working. I understand we will never see direct ship in the SG world, but come on, can we at least get a bit of real Weir & Shep?

    “Carter as the leader of Atlantis understands what Radek & McKay are talking about, and can join in?” You make the Weir character sound like a total figure head!! Wow. That is sad. Come on – bring Weir back and let us have the real leader of Atlantis. I loved Carter in SG1 — she’s had her time in the spotlight long enough, let’s let someone Weir have her spot back.

    So Mr. M., I say to you “nuts”.

    Goodnight.

  9. Come on let’s have our Weir back! I’m looking forward to more Shep’s character development. Let’s have more Weir too. As much I like McKay, he’s like sugar, a little goes a long way. Need more Ronon & Radek. As long as we get Shep/Weir, I am all for whatever other pairings you can come up with…. w/in reason please, I don’t want to loose my dinner looking at some AU of Carter/Shep.

  10. Um… anonymous, regarding this comment: “I do recognize you want to start an argument here from your entire tone. You people are all from the same sect, once again. Can’t you people just give it a rest and stop wanting to start a fight. “

    I think stating that it’s MY OPINION shows that I’m not trying to start an argument. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. for me, teyla is my least favourite character. all she does is stand around and show her belly. And her other bits that start with a b… that’s about it. She’s boring TO ME. With Ronon (who I also find boring as hell) she actually livens up a bit. The two of them are my least favourite characters, but I can handle them together. If that makes any sense.

    But yes, weir is my favourite. I will not watch the show without her or beckett. I love Flanigan. I think he’s great. But I’m not going to waste an hour on a show just to see him. There are plenty of his movies out there if I want to watch him in something I might actually like.

  11. On the poll, since it’s run by the official site, I think they obviously have their ideas about what people like. Maybe MGM is a bit more aware than Scifi and the boys at Bridge.

    For them to think that Beckett and Weir are so expendable just shows complete ignorance to what the fans actually like. Who’s next? Dump Teyla for Vala, maybe?? Get rid of Shep and bring in Mitchell??

  12. “Answers: As for how long Vala had been a host to Qetesh – clearly not that long in comparison to other goa’uld hosts.

    Joe – you have my gratitude now maybe we can move beyond this inane repetitive question.

  13. Mr. Joe,

    Have you guys added any new recurring characters to the Atlantis staff like new scientists or soldiers? If so, could we get a hint about their character and who plays them?

    Cheers!

  14. Joe have you ever had Tamarind? If so what did you think of it?

    I think stating that it’s MY OPINION shows that I’m not trying to start an argument. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. for me, teyla is my least favourite character. all she does is stand around and show her belly. And her other bits that start with a b… that’s about it. She’s boring TO ME. With Ronon (who I also find boring as hell) she actually livens up a bit. The two of them are my least favourite characters, but I can handle them together. If that makes any sense.

    Technically, I was refering to your entire post not just the final statement.

    In response to your statement on Ronon/Teyla pairing. No it doesn’t make sense, but my purpose is not to make sense out of nonsense.

  15. A season without much Weir and with a Gate-team focus is a great season as far as I’m concerned. Weir was boring, self-righteous, and a completely incompetent leader. She made horrible decisions that put Atlantis in harms way on more than one occasion. The expedition is far better off without her. Give me a unique, interesting character like Teyla any day over her.

    And for the people who are annoyed by a beautiful moment between two people who have cared about each other since the moment they met, I say, too bad. Those of us who have been watching John and Teyla fall in love over the last three seasons are overjoyed!

    Lastly, if internet polls meant anything at all, we’d all be having a very different conversation about season 4 now wouldn’t we? So forgive me if I see the MGM poll and all the others as irrelevant.

  16. hi, joe,

    do you guys ever wish you hadn’t had sheppard like both weir and teyla? maybe you guys should have them get together in a three-way. then, after some time, weir and teyla dump sheppard but keep each other. :p

    sally 😀

  17. Hi Joe,

    Could you confirm if there is going to be an Atlantis episode with a member of SG1 crossing over besides the episode that Teal’c is in? I thought in one of your previous blogs you talked about a crossover that was going to be a lot of fun. I’m really confused.

    Thanks

  18. Anonymous said:
    “As for the Sheylas who keep assuming that it’s only the Shep/Weir people who don’t like the hug, have you considered the fact that maybe it’s the Ronon/Teyla fans who are annoyed as well?”

    Funny, because I’m a Shep/Weir and Ronon/Teyla shipper and I LOVED the tidbit of Teyla hugging John. Why? because I love the friendship between John and Teyla, and I didn’t see anything romantic in that hug. Just close friends.

    So, please, do not generalize. Many of us can be Shep/Weir and Ronon/Teyla shippers, and at the same time love a friendly hug between John and Teyla.

    Likewise, many John/Teyla shippers can love the friendship moment between John and Elizabeth, when Elizabeth hugged John in The Siege III. For some it means friendship, for others ship, depending on the pairing of preference. Many of us love all the characters and like a friendly hug no matter what characters are involved.

  19. hi, joe,

    i think it’s grossly unfair of the scifi channel to base a season 5 potential on how well season 3’s last eps do. what if season 4 does great in the ratings but scifi already decided to cancel atlantis… do you think they’d change their minds if s4 does well (enough)?

    sally 🙂

  20. Dear Joe,

    I have seen your video on the MGM Atlantis sight, and I’m so excited for season 4!

    I don’t know the circumstances in which that John and Teyla hug takes place, or whether it’s meant to be romantic or not, but it looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to see that episode. I also think Amanda looked wonderful, and I can’t wait to see her on Atlantis. Jill Wagner as Larin is super hot, too, and I can’t wait to see how she stirs things up.

    I also want to say I won’t miss Weir at all. I know that’ll surely piss off some of her fans, but it’s a free country. I’m glad for the change.

    I can’t wait to see the second part of that interview.

    Thanks.

  21. I watch Atlantis for escapism and relaxing entertainment.

    Ship/slash etc is out there in the “real” world and should be banned from TV.

    I want humour and lots of action and adventure.

    The programme is brilliant and for that I thank you.

    I only have one ‘complaint’….:-)

    Susan, SCB, Scotland

  22. Hi Joe!

    Quick question from a fellow choco-holic and Lower Mainland resident. Where do you go to get a quick but cheap chocolate fix? I don’t mean just bars, but actual good chocolate deserts.

    And I just wanted to say thanks for always taking the time to answer my other questions. I hope the ‘Googlions’ are doing well. *snort*

  23. Hi again,

    Jill Wagner looks smoking hot in the clip we’ve seen so far. Please tell us if there will be a Larrin/Sheppard thing because it would be great.

    Shepparin or something.

  24. I’m curious too. TVShowsOnDVD.com lists Season 3 of Atlantis as being available on Sept. 18 (region 1 i suppose). It listed the audio commentaries for the episodes, but it appeared as if none of the actors have made commentaries for season 3. Is that correct? There are no commentaries with the actors for the season 3 DVD box set?

  25. A recent poll I saw on favourite ship on Atlantis had Shep/Weir at 64 percent, followed by Ronon/Teyla at 23. No Sheyla mention at all..

    It’s obvious there is no general interest in Sheyla. Even at GW the Sheyla thread received way less posts and views than the Sheppard/Weir thread. I don’t mind Teyla in general but she is dreadful with Sheppard. If there is no Weir then I want him with Jill Wagner or to stay single and flirty with no permanent woman at all.

  26. Dear Joe, Sorry about the John thing. I had just finish watching the vid with the Sheyla hug. YEAH!I never seen such a jump in the J/T forum before, within hours.
    Plus, it was pointed out by someone on GW forum.
    Could you forgive me and answer my question? LOL.
    The hug, can you say which ep it’s from? And maybe why? Most are thinking early season ep. like Doppleganger or Missing. We can’t wait for season 4. Again sorry for calling you John.

  27. I think you should not let “Anonymous” post anymore. Seems to me that when people are allowed to hide behind anonymity, they feel like they can say whatever they want, no matter how dumb, mean, thoughtless or assclown-like it sounds.

    I might ask dumb questions (and make up words like ‘assclown-like’), but at least by signing in you have to make some sort of effort, instead of writing whatever comes out of your ass and hitting publish.

    Your blog rocks my face off.

  28. Sorry, I should have elaborated. Well, Sunday did really focus a lot on the apparent/implied romantic relationships of the characters. Maybe I’m really responding to all the speculation on the blog about the various relationships. I just sort of like the focus you currently have and hope it doesn’t shift with the story arc of Teyla’s pregnancy.

  29. Anonymous said:
    “It’s obvious there is no general interest in Sheyla. Even at GW the Sheyla thread received way less posts and views than the Sheppard/Weir thread.”

    Sigh. You know, I’m a John/Elizabeth shipper, but sometimes statements like this (from fans of any pairing), makes me want to switch sides and become anti ship. Are you saying that because a certain thread in a certain website has more viewers/posters that pairing is the most popular? Firstly, the number of people who participate in these threads and polls is tiny, not even a 0.00001% of the total audience. Secondly, not all the people who visit a pairing thread likes that pairing. Many just read them for fun. Thirdly, unless that forum has a feature that allows you to see how many of those viewers are unique, the number of viewers per thread is useless (meaning that you can have 100 people clicking on the thread 500 times a day, the thread would show 50000 viewers, but you would actually have just 100, not 50000). It could just mean that some fans have more time in their hands to spend posting and reading stuff there than others. The same with the number of posts. You can have 50 people posting 100 a day in a thread (5000 posts from just 50 fans) or 1000 people posting once a day (1000 posts from 1000 fans). Really, claiming popularity based on the pairing threads at GW is completely ridiculous.

    The same with online polls. I don’t know how the number of votes are counted at MGM’s site. Even if it was by IP address, nothing prevents dedicated fans from voting several times from different computers. You could have 10 fans voting for pairing X from 10 different computers so you get 100 votes when there are only 10 of them. Once again, claiming popularity based on online polls is completely laughable.

    Even though I have my pairing of preference, I don’t delude myself thinking that just because I like that pairing and I know let’s say 300 people in fandom who like it, my pairing is the only one that counts or the one that should be canon.

    As I said, all this childish behavior about “pairing Z is the one that has more fans and pairing X has no chemistry” is annoying, even for some fans of said pairing Z.

  30. hanna wrote:I think you should not let “Anonymous” post anymore. Seems to me that when people are allowed to hide behind anonymity, they feel like they can say whatever they want, no matter how dumb, mean, thoughtless or assclown-like it sounds.

    I don’t think that would help. Anyone can sign in with any name. What’s the difference between posting as anonymous and posting as fan64809 or Liz8569 or whatever? What makes it less anonymous in your eyes? Just curious.

  31. Giu said…
    Just one little question: what is your OTP (“One True Pairing”) in SGA?

    June 9, 2007 9:03:00 PM PDT

    McKay/Lemon!

  32. Anonymous said…

    It’s obvious there is no general interest in Sheyla. Even at GW the Sheyla thread received way less posts and views than the Sheppard/Weir thread. I don’t mind Teyla in general but she is dreadful with Sheppard.

    Bwahahahahah…… Can I have some of what you’re smoking please?

    No general interest in John/Teyla? You’ve got to be kidding me? There’s far more interest on the net for JT than there is for sweir. The sweir thread at GW is the internet home of all sweirs everywhere and that thread was started a long time before the John/Teyla thread. So does it have more posts, yes. Is the JT thread catching up fast? Yes. No offense to the McWeir’s here or even the Ronon/Teyla’s, but by your forumlua, those two ship pairing shouldn’t even be mentioned on the MGM poll as they rank FAR lower in numbers on GW threads than John/Teyla. It’s time you people woke up and realized that GW doesn’t represent the entire SGA fandom. The arrogance that we should all fall in lock step with that is truly astounding.

  33. Hey Joe,
    I have just experienced the true meaning of quantity over quality, although the quality wasn’t that bad. I did the buffet at the Ballagio in Vegas. Dear lord! Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Kobe brisket on the red meat side and for dessert believe it or not, real honest to goodness creme brulee made while you watch. I feel like Mr. Creosote from “The Meaning of Life”. I couldn’t eat that wafer thin mint… ok maybe just one…BOOM!

  34. Hey Joe, we have some examples of “engrish” here in the DFDUB of Texas. One resturant I like to frequent, a Thai place, has on it’s menu in some spots “crap” instead of “crab”. The worst part, sometimes “crab” is spelled correctly. Any other instances like this for you? Also, any outdoor scences you shoot for SG1 or SGA, do you guys have to get a permit for it, or are you just running around the woods? Thanks Joe.

  35. “Lastly, if internet polls meant anything at all, we’d all be having a very different conversation about season 4 now wouldn’t we? So forgive me if I see the MGM poll and all the others as irrelevant.

    June 9, 2007 7:06:00 PM PDT “

    Yes, Sanssong. It would be different. Ford would probably be there, and Teyla would probably not. Weir and Beckett would definitely still be part of the cast.

    As for your assertion that Sheyla is popular? I’d like to know what you’re smoking. If it was so popular your head Sheyla at GW, Pam wouldn’t have to keep so many ‘socks’ in her drawer. We all know she’s talking to herself in there half the time!

    My ship of choice is Ronon/Teyla. I can tell you they’re a hell of a lot hotter than Shep/Teyla. That’s a laughable combination.

  36. I don’t understand how it is possible for shippers, and fans in general, to be so antagonistic over a TV SHOW! Now, I understand the whole fandom thing, I was raised on Star Trek and I consider myself a member a many fandoms. And I understand being a great fan and becoming obsessed with a TV show and falling in love with it’s characters. But there is a line between being obsessive and having it take up every aspect of your life. There is a line between being upset at a decision made on the show and going on a verbal rampage because of it. There is a fine line between supporting a ship and hating everyone who happens to disagree with you. And you know what? It’s not even a fine line.

    I mean, I can go on and on about how the whole Sheyla/Shweir argument has been completely blown out of proportion and how the stupidest, most ridiculous things have been said those participating in this hyped up argument. Sometimes I don’t want to even mention who I support for fear that I’m going to get my head ripped off by some crazy shipper. And when I sometimes see a fellow shipper ripping someone else’s head off for happening to ship the other way I get so annoyed, because frankly it’s not helping anything.

    I understand opinion, I’m fine with opinion, I am filled to the brim with them, but come people, I mean really, COME ON! What is name-calling and bitterness really going to do, I mean, really. It’s probably going to do nothing but anger someone and start a full out war.

    People, I’m sorry, but you are taking this WAY too seriously. It isn’t life or death, it’s a t.v. show, with people who may seem real, but are not. Now, I love Stargate: Atlantis. It’s entertaining and I enjoy watching these characters. Am I going to start war because of my love for it… uh, no. I don’t understand how someone can justify actually being hateful to someone who happens to like a ship different then the one they support or write a scathingly mean comment to a writer or producer who happens to make a creative decision they don’t agree with. I mean think about it, they’re doing YOU a service. And again, it’s not as though they’re saving lives. It’s a just a TV show people, can’t anyone put it in perspective?

    Do I agree with every choice that has been made on the show? No. Am I going to be so bitter and angry over it to the point where I lash out at the executive producers? Uh, no, I’m sorry I don’t see what that will do.

    People, please, grow up. Some of us are acting like children, and frankly, it’s embarrassing. Most of us are grown adults, or like me, near adults. What sort of environment are we creating for our fandom. Fandoms are suppose to be fun and open, a place for people who happen to love the same thing to come together and discuss it reasonably and logically and have open minds about it. Not for people to go looking for innocent targets for their misplaced rage.

    So, here’s my message to those who are taking this to a whole new level:

    Come on! There’s way more to life than some petty argument. Can we just get over ourselves?

    *sigh* that was long.

    I’m sorry Joe, for putting this here, but I just kinda got fed up with the places where I come to have fun be turned into a place where I want to scream every time I read something.

  37. Rise of the Googlions?:D That IS funny. But you´re right, Wreith realy need new Internet search engine… And I have one question/suggestion. Since Atlantis is international, I miss there more of those other nations. I love Zelenka, that was realy great to bring character actualy speaking in other language, but that is the only one. It would be funny to see room of scientist babbling/fighting many different languages, or in case of fatal danger praying, or stuff like that.

  38. Hey Joe how you doing?
    does Peter Deluise have a Blog Site?.. Is Pete not Directing any more SG-1/Atlantis Episodes?..is he out of the picture for good?

  39. Answer: And if you’re anti-slash – beware! There’s an episode in which Zelenka and Sheppard share a smile!

    That made me laugh out loud!

    Everyone bitching about ships and such, just watch the damn show!

  40. Thank you Joe! I’ll try cooking something with bulgur after my exams finish. I think I tried bulgur once when I was in Turkey, it was good, was in some kind of salad. Got any recipes? 🙂

  41. So, from what you told us about McKay’s allergy the “make of that what you want” doesn’t leave much room for interpretations anymore – it sems TPTB decided that he’s a hypochondriac, or worse, a liar who just wants attention. That makes me sad. Many people believe tha Rodney has this allergy to citrus, and that it is the one thing he truly has a right to get paranoid about. The way he always secretly checks his food when they eat/drink off-world (is that a David Hewlett thing or is it in he script?) suggests that there is at least something for him to worry about. Same with his hypoglycemia. Do you want to tell me he just claims he has that condition so that he can eat all the time and has an excuse for that? Another thing that would make me sad. Rodney’s the butt of the joke often enough, screwed things up enough and gets teased or treated harshly enough. Granted, he gives others enough reasons for that. He whines a lot, and yes, he might be too arrogant or annoying sometimes. But he’s also pretty brilliant, saves lots of lives, and he learnt and knows what friendship is. He wants praise, but maybe that’s because he never got any although he deserved it, and that’s why he developed this attitude to praise himself all the time. Ok, now one can say that it’s the same with his medical conditions: He ‘has’ them so that he gets the attention he probably deserves but doesn’t get. Yet I thought it would be so much cooler if he really had these medical conditions and people just don’t belive it anymore (the ‘boy cried wolf’ thing).

    I mean, he did faint in Hide&Seek after all when he couldn’t eat regularly. And he does check his food and seems to be genuinely afraid of citrus. So my take on things has always been that he IS allergic to citrus and IS hypoglycemic, but that no-one believes him because he’s generally whining and complaining a lot, so that they don’t take him seriously anymore. I always hoped for an ep in which that would be addressed, so that the others see that he was serious for once.

    I think Rodney deserves to be taken seriously despite his arrogance. Tell him off every once in a while, tease him a bit, maybe even yell at him to shut up sometimes, but take him seriously, please.

  42. Dear Joe..

    Thanks for this blog!!! Do you know how much I enjoy reading it? Well, it’s 8 in the morning have to learn some, well hmm, stuff and that makes me depressive, but now I read your blog and I’m fine 😀
    Can’t wait on your review tomorrow..

    Baba

    “Rise of the Googlions” Hehe, great title.. I love it

  43. Hi Joe!!!

    Just wanted to say that season 4 looks like it is going to be totally awesome!!!! (Sheppard beaten and bound *jumps up and down in excitement*)

    Keller looks like she is going to be an interesting character – looking forward to seeing more from her (hopefully tending to Sheppard in the infirmary ;))

    Liked the hug between Sheppy & Teyla (and I do not ship at all)- just can wait to see what has made Sheppy look so sad!!

    I just wish we knew the date when it will start being shown as the wait is killing me? *cries*

    SheppyD (full of squee)

  44. Hi Joe

    Thanks for doing a great job, season 4 sounds like it is going to be the best yet.

    I am looking forward to Carter coming to Atlantis, and it will be interesting to see how she interacts with the rest of the team.

    Hope there is season 5!

  45. Hi,

    I’m amused by some comments here !

    People criticize Elizabeth Weir character by saying she was a bad leader making bad decisions like she was a real person !
    I mean that’s up to the writers to make good characters.
    But apparently you chose to replace her instead of making her better !
    That’s pretty convenient, isn’t it ?

  46. Hi Joe Mallozzi !

    Why on the video Carter is wearing a jacket with RED stripes ?
    Isn’t she military ?

  47. From Sanssong “No offense to the McWeir’s here or even the Ronon/Teyla’s, but by your forumlua, those two ship pairing shouldn’t even be mentioned on the MGM poll as they rank FAR lower in numbers on GW threads than John/Teyla. It’s time you people woke up and realized that GW doesn’t represent the entire SGA fandom. The arrogance that we should all fall in lock step with that is truly astounding.

    June 9, 2007 9:46:00 PM PDT “

    The fact that Shep/Weir shippers are often also Ronon/Teyla shippers means that your ship would be blown out of the water if it was up against just one of them. They’re splitting the vote, and if one of those ships was taken out of the equation, yours would flounder against it.

  48. “What’s wrong with Rise of the Googlions? Is it the “Rise of” you object to?” – It does conjure more images of 2 things that dangle. EYES. I’m talking about eyes.

    Why don’t all the fans who live in America get out the phone book for their area, look up all the people called Nielsen, phone them up and ask them to watch? Problem solved.

  49. I only started liking Teyla after I saw her interact with Ronon in Runner. Before that I found her kind of dull…now she is one of my favorite characters, & that is all I will say. Sheppard never brought out ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE in Teyla that I saw Ronon bring out.
    ———– Now I’m done with my opinion.—
    Look..maybe we should stop bringing ANY SHIPPY thoughts or questions into this blogg.. because it causes me TO HAVE TO DEFEND my Shipping views… =/
    —————

  50. Good Morning Joe!

    I spent yesterday consuming lots of delicious Cold Stone ice cream. “Chocolate Devotion”, “Peanut Butter Cup Perfection”, “Our Strawberry blonde”, and my kids favorite “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some”. After tasting every brand of cookie dough on the market my kids swear that the “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” is the best.

    Unfortunately today will be spent consuming fresh fruit, fresh vegies, and lots of water to make up for all of the ice cream from yesterday…. but it was sooo worth it!!

  51. salut!! me revoila! je suis dsl pour cette absence, mais il c est passée quelque chose d horrible! mon internet ne marche plus et le réparateur vient lundi, la je suis chez une amis!

    il y a des rumeurs qui court et qui me font peur! c est que Stargate Atlantis pourrait s arrêter a la fin de la saison 4 ! pour l instant j essaye de ne pas trop y prété attention car sa serais la chose la plus ‘effroyable qu il pourrait arrivée!!je ne préfére pas y penssée! enfin bon voila! jespert que mon internet seras réparer demain!
    salut a demain jespert!

    ps:j adore les photos de vous trop trop belle!

  52. Joe,

    Enjoying reading your blog. Sorry for the negative comments for Season 4 (Carter, Weir, Shep/Teyla Ship). Really excited about the upcoming season and the stories you’ve shared.

    Back to Joe Flanigan’s desire to go to space…

    Instead of the Virgin Galactic, why not the Space Shuttle “Atlantis” (in the news since it launched just a couple of days ago). Better promotion instead. Isn’t the Air Force part of NASA? He can go during the hiatus.

  53. I’m amused by the soap-opera comment, seeing as I can think of only three (?) suggested relationships, none of them between major characters. I mean, there’s, what, Elizabeth and Simon (over), Rodney and Katie (deep background, barring Sunday), Carson and Cadman (seems to be over). Throw in John sleeping with maybe two aliens, and that’s all she (well, you guys) wrote, far as I can recall.
    Now, if we find out Ronon’s the secret father of Teyla’s quadruplets and also secretly sleeping with John in order to get Lorne to bring DADT charges against him so they can take over military command of Atlantis (after holding Weir for ransom, which the SGC refuses to pay, so they space-gate her–OR DID THEY?!?!?!) and then Rodney saves the day, only to be attacked by lemon and nursed back to health (with love) by Dr. Biro, and then she leaves Carson (who’s secretly her brother) for him, only to have Carson try to inject her with a gene therapy that will make her hate anyone who’s had the ATA injection (but not the real thing!), and then Teyla is reported to Child Services of Atlantis and the quadruplets are given to Ronon, which was part of the master plan all along …
    Then it might be a soap opera.

  54. Mr. Mallozzi:

    Have y’all considered introducing the Pegasus Galaxy to the wonders of Ba’al? He is by far one of the more formidable, humorous and, dare I say, interesting villains introduced to the SG world in a very long time. I heard somewhere that one of the movies will have a Ba’al focus. However, if anyone can find a way to the Pegasus Galaxy on his own, it’s Ba’al. I’m thinking he could somehow rig the gate bridge and find his way to Pegasus. Something like that. Or maybe more collaboration between the SG team and Ba’al – he could help rig something to fight the Replicators. I’d love to see his interaction with Dr. McKay. That would be hilarious! I just think we shouldn’t drop the ball on Ba’al (really bad pun intended!).

  55. Poor Poor Carl! Shame on you! I thought we never leave someone behind! You should have helped him eat!

  56. “It’s obvious there is no general interest in Sheyla. Even at GW the Sheyla thread received way less posts and views than the Sheppard/Weir thread.”

    Well, I see it’s attack of the anons again!

    Actually, when the SW thread at GW hit 1M views, the JT thread had 90K, or thereabouts. Since then, the JT thread has had about 55K MORE views than SW, so someone’s tuning in. And before you wail about views and stats not meaning anything, I’d remind you that certain vitriolic SW supporters were spouting just such stats only a few short months ago in this very blog to support their own views.

    I think it’s all quite convoluted, but what comes around goes around, eh? Don’t like it? I’d remind people to think before they type and grow up and out of the generalisations.

    Clearly there’s some sort of disconnect between what certain factions of fandom wants and what TPTB are giving them and we all just have to live with it or move on.

  57. Since people are worried about ships on SGA, why not completely throw them off with one that will come out of nowhere. I’m thinking Sheppard. I’m thinking Vala. Come on, you can see it right? They’re both shameless flirts and have great hair. At least they would look pretty together.

  58. Anonymous said…

    Giu said…
    Just one little question: what is your OTP (“One True Pairing”) in SGA?

    June 9, 2007 9:03:00 PM PDT

    McKay/Lemon!

    Oh, puhLEEZE. There may be some chemistry between McKay/Lemon, but it should be totally obvious that the OTP is Sheppard/Puddlejumper! Just watch their scenes together, the way he touches her, the way she reads his mind. How can you not see this???

  59. Thanks, Joe, for the interview on the MGM site.

    Please tell whoever is responsible for Submersion that they’ve won a couple of new viewers for next week’s ep, as the folks were highly impressed with the visuals, the story and its execution. I know it’s only a few, but on the bright side, for me it’s a few more folks who will understand what it is I’m going on about.

    Thanks, anonymous, for some badly needed perspective on fan wars.

    Although I’m still not clear why it’s necessary to get ugly about fictional characters in a fictional universe for any reason, but that’s me.

    EC

  60. it sems TPTB decided that he’s a hypochondriac, or worse, a liar who just wants attention. That makes me sad. Many people believe tha Rodney has this allergy to citrus, and that it is the one thing he truly has a right to get paranoid about. The way he always secretly checks his food when they eat/drink off-world (is that a David Hewlett thing or is it in he script?) suggests that there is at least something for him to worry about.

    The problem is he DOESN’T always ask. In fact I can’t remember a single time he’s asked anything during season three! Season 2 I’m not so sure about.

    This doesn’t HAVE to mean he is a lier. It just means that for whatever reason he THINKS he’s allergic. Personally I think it makes much more sense that he doesn’t actually have an allergy. It makes it much more realistic that he was able to go to Atlantis.

    What I hope is that as the seasons go on he brings it up less and less and it just gets dropped. The less he brings it up the less of an issue it has to be. He hasn’t even really talked about needing to eat all that much either. Yeah a few times but not as often as he used to in the first season.

  61. Well Joe, since your blog is obviously ready to implode anyway let me add to the hug conversation. Lets talk SG1 and hugs that have been missed. The last time we had a hug between Daniel and Sam was in season 3. Yes that’s 7 years ago Joe. Since Daniel and Sam have a brother and sister relationship I don’t think it would be a threat to Sam/Jack ship or to Daniel/Vala ship. Why do we get a Teal’c and Sam hug and a, forced according to some fans, Cam and Sam hug, but no Daniel and Sam hug?

    Seriously Joe, Jack and Vala don’t care if Daniel and Sam share a hug. At the end of the day Jack knows that Sam will come home to him and Vala knows that Daniel will come home to her. Of course Daniel could always go home to Jack and Sam could always go home to Vala…..

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  63. First: Kristine said…
    Thank you Joe! I’ll try cooking something with bulgur after my exams finish. I think I tried bulgur once when I was in Turkey, it was good, was in some kind of salad. Got any recipes? 🙂

    … I have a really good recipe vegetarian with bulgar … I’ll look for it and post it here.

    Second – Molly, I see what you are saying about my soap opera comment possibly being over-the-top. I guess all the ship speculation had me a bit nervous. And, the pregnancy story line is a delicate matter, and it will take a lot to do it well, that’s all. I guess I started freaking out – because there are so few shows I feel are worth watching, and SGA/SG-1 are two of my only shows (SG and Criminal Minds are the only shows I watch regularly.) Maybe in my old age, I just don’t deal with change very well.

    Thanks!

  64. *waves*

    Who would have thought that one little hug could become so controversial? If I may hijack your blog for a moment..

    So, to those that are upset by the hugging.. Have you never hugged a co-worker or a friend when they were upset or looked like they needed a hug? Or been on the receiving end of a hug? Did it have any further meaning other than comforting that person in their time of need? Or someone letting you know they care about you? If you haven’t, then let me be the first to hug you.

    *virtual hugs for the anti-huggers*

    See how warm and fuzzy it makes you feel? 😀

    For those that are not convinced… Can I just say that I do hug my co-workers, does that mean that i’m going to go off and have an affair with them? Of course it doesn’t. Heck, if a simple hug meant as much you think it does, then I guess i’ll have to start apologizing to everyone i’ve hugged. Because by some of the meanings on here it obviously must mean that I’m after their body!

    So with that. Joe, i’m very sorry as lovely as your body is, my gesture was ‘just a hug’. Fondy, my apologies to you also, just in case you may have misconstrueded my hug as being a sexual flirtation on your husband. I’d hug you as way of an apology, but then I might upset your hubby. 😉

    Joe, I may be here for some time apologizing to all the people i’ve hugged.. so please feel free to snip if you feel i’ve gone off on a tangent..

    Once more Mr M, my sincere and heartfelt apologies for causing you undue pain and harrassment at my hugging you all these times. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.. *sniff* Tissue anyone?

    So I’ve prepared a list of those to apologise to, grab a coffee I might be a while…

    *snip*

  65. I don’t get it. Why can’t people just appreciate two team members sharing a hug? I mean, Shep and Teyla are friends, and as team mates they’ve been through a lot together. I loved seeing them hug, because to me it means that they care about each other and that they are there for one another.

    My male friends give me a hug whenever I happen to be going through a rough spot. Does that mean we’re hopelessly in love? No. It just means that they care and that they’re there for me.

    And that’s what I see in the Shep/Teyla hug. Nothing more than deep friendship. Having said that, it’s all a matter of interpretation. I have nothing against shippers, in fact, I like both Shep/Weir and Shep/Teyla, but I personally prefer to see the hug as a friendship moment.

    So can’t we all just stop arguing about it and just enjoy the show? I mean, who cares which ship is more popular? Just enjoy whatever it is you like on the show, and be grateful for it.

    I’m grateful to the writers for giving us more team moments, because I do so enjoy seeing the strong bond they share. Whether it’s Shep and Rodney, Teyla and Ronon or Shep and Ronon. I love me my friendships 🙂

    Thanks, Joe!

    Jenn

  66. Ships: I want to see Ronon with a crush on Novak! The quiet looming, the stammering, the hiccuping….

  67. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the interview and the MGM video clips of season four were awesome. They have made me even more eager to see the new season. Bound and whumped Shep is always good and the John/Teyla scene looked so touching. I will be waiting in anticipation to see why they both look so upset. I love all the characters but have to say that John and Teyla stand out as favourites.

    Delighted to hear that all the characters will be getting more focus and I’m looking forward to seeing what will be in store for them. I think I am excited about all the eps so far.. season four is looking good.

  68. My perspective on McKay’s lemon allergy has always been that if he truly had a deadly allergy he would be a *lot* more careful than we see him being. As auntie to a niece with a very serious peanut allergy, no-one with that kind of condition would ever (to use Rising Part II as an example) start eating something and only then think to ask/worry, “Is there lemon in this?”

    I find it an endearing character quirk and I fear people are taking it perhaps a little too seriously if they see this as a major issue? :S

    As for the whole shipper debate? Yeeesh. It’s enough to put me off any form of ship EVER. Here’s a wild and controversial suggestion: how about you ALL learn to accept that you all have different opinions and preferences and interpretations and that no one *opinion* is any more “right” than any other.

    Spitting and fighting and whingeing about it is not big and it’s not clever. You do your “cause” far more damage than good.

  69. If you want to get a recipe for any of your favourite Hungarian dishes, just tell me, I can send it to you.

  70. Oh, my, schnitzel and spaetzle. Now I’m craving both. My mother and my Oma used to make both all the time… definitely time for some pork schnitzel, I think… the wonder of German heritage. Yum. (Though, I’ll pass on the cabbage rolls, thanks.)

    Are you a fan of other European cuisine? Saurkraut, blood sausage, oliebollen, others?

    I find some of it’s really good, but too much of it and you get a serious case of the mouth blahs. Happens a lot when my Oma comes to stay. She creams EVERYTHING. Honestly, you can only eat so much creamed purple cabbage before you feel like you want to kill yourself. Or eat a raw carrot.

    I look forward to hearing about your meal tonight.

    Take care,
    Ayla McKay
    Nova Scotia

  71. I, for one, have certainly been turned off shipping for all eternity by recent events. I refuse to let disappointment that I may not be getting what I’d like to see on SGA in season 4 spoil a great show for me. I plan to watch and enjoy every episode.

    It would be nice, however if certain people who seem to be gloating before even knowing why they are gloating, could manage to be a little gracious.

    Personally, I’m excited about the kiss between John and Larrin. I was reminded of that great scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid between Sundance and Etta. Only he was the one with the gun. Nice turn around. Now when does Shep strip?

  72. Can you give us any more juicy details about Continuum? Is it still filming? Is everything running smoothly? Will Brad let you post anymore pictures?

  73. You know it makes a great deal of sense having Carter takeover command of Atlantis because as I see it the teams REALLY need a diplomat to make first contact with the many civilisations still to be discovered. Get Weir out of the office and in the field I say.

  74. “When have you ever known me to kid?”

    You? Never! *panics*

    *goes to start a letter-writing campaign: SOSFBET (Save Our Show From Bad Ep Titles)*

  75. Dear (insert your worshipped deity here)!

    Look at the controversy one hug can cause… Sheesh… I’m sure if Joe had known it would stir things up this much he would have had the entire team go around and hug each other in the latter half of Season 3… Seriously Joe, maybe you should be putting more hugs in, heh.

    We can have the huggidy huggy show, Sheppard hugs Teyla, Sheppard hugs Ronon (and runs away from him), and Sheppard hugs Rodney (his OTP of course). Tune in next week to see who Ronon hugs!

    For that matter, I mean, obviously the only OTP on Atlantis is John and Rodney… I mean really, who are they fooling? Elizabeth knows, Teyla knows, the fans know… Hell even Zelenka knows! If you’re going to get shippy/slashy, why not do it right eh!?

    *rolls eyes* Seriously people… it’s a hug, not a make out session.

  76. Hi Joe!

    Still ecstatic about that wonderful season 4 interview vid up at MGM. I can’t express how excited I am without resorting to immature monosyllabic expressions of sheer delight… so I’ll just say I’m really excited and desperate to see the new episodes.

    Ship? Meh. I’ve had enough of certain factions of it on GW and here. Goodness, can’t people live and let live? Ok, that’s not fair. Can’t a few pathetic members of one very angry and vitriolic group of shippers leave the other alone?

    Fortunately I’ve discovered that those few angry posters don’t represent the whole shipping group and I hope others can see that too.

    I think when Sheppard and Zelenka share a smile it will be full of UST, and put any other ship in perspective…;)

    I really hope the viewing figures for Submersion were better. I feel so totally helpless here in the UK not being able to contribute in any way to the ratings.

    I look forward to reading more of season 4, and seeing part 2 of the interview on MGM.

    Thanks Joe. You’re a real trooper!

  77. Googlions. Good god have you people gone insane? Even Goglions would be better. One freaking letter! *shakes head sadly complete with exaggerated sigh*

  78. crazymom said…
    Ships: I want to see Ronon with a crush on Novak! The quiet looming, the stammering, the hiccuping….

    Marsha_R said…

    Oh, puhLEEZE. There may be some chemistry between McKay/Lemon, but it should be totally obvious that the OTP is Sheppard/Puddlejumper! Just watch their scenes together, the way he touches her, the way she reads his mind. How can you not see this???

    LOL!

    The mental pictures that both of those comment created …. 😉

  79. A hug means Ship?

    I am surprised then that the Jack/Sam shippers didn’t go ballistic when Weir hugged Jack.

  80. Since people are worried about ships on SGA, why not completely throw them off with one that will come out of nowhere. I’m thinking Sheppard. I’m thinking Vala. Come on, you can see it right? They’re both shameless flirts and have great hair. At least they would look pretty together.

    Haha, actually we don’t need Vala now that Jill Wagner is recurring. She is the new ship with Sheppard, I bet. A hot, competitive female leader of a rival group she sounds like everything interesting that the character of Teyla should have been but isn’t.

    Also there is Jewel Staite who is gorgeous and who would make a cute duo with Sheppard too. If I can’t have Shweir, then Larrin or Jewel would be ok.

  81. “Sanssong said…
    A season without much Weir and with a Gate-team focus is a great season as far as I’m concerned. Weir was boring, self-righteous, and a completely incompetent leader. She made horrible decisions that put Atlantis in harms way on more than one occasion. The expedition is far better off without her. Give me a unique, interesting character like Teyla any day over her.

    And for the people who are annoyed by a beautiful moment between two people who have cared about each other since the moment they met, I say, too bad. Those of us who have been watching John and Teyla fall in love over the last three seasons are overjoyed!

    Lastly, if internet polls meant anything at all, we’d all be having a very different conversation about season 4 now wouldn’t we? So forgive me if I see the MGM poll and all the others as irrelevant.”

    If Teyla’s so interesting, why did it take 4 seasons for her to get a storyline? And she’s only getting that because Weir is being reduced. Doesn’t say too much about Teyla now does it?

    Who’s been watching John/Teyla fall in love? All 4 people who post over at the Shep/Teyla GW thread?

    It’s funny how Weir beats out Teyla in EVERY poll – not just online but in magazines too. In the Official SG-1/Atlantis magazine, Weir beat out Teyla. Guess people just like Weir better. And I guess that’s why you see all polls as ‘irrevelant’. You just don’t like to hear the truth. Weir is more interesting then Teyla.

  82. Hey Joe thanks for answering our questions i know speaking for most of us we are glad to have someone to ask… anyway… here’s one for ya that me and my friend who i just got into Stargate

    Are there any Genii stories being discussed amongst the writters for Season Four

  83. Just wanted to say Congrats on winning the Spaceys (an award given by Canada’s version of the Sci-Fi Channel) for Best Character (for McKay) and Best TV Show for Stargate: Atlantis.

    I was sooooo happy to see you guys get those, and David’s “In your face, Jack Bauer” is now my favorite acceptance speech ever!

  84. Kristie: I’m sorry – I meant I have a great recipe for vegetarian chili with bulgar. Evidently, I didn’t proof that post very well. I’m still trying to find the written recipe. I usually cook from instinct, and write it down when I have a chance. If you’re interested, let me know.

  85. Hi Joe,

    I remember you saying that you like horror movies. Do you have a favorite?

    Susan

  86. Here is your promotional slogan for season 4:

    Stargate Atlantis–It Decreases WorldSuck

    Joe, thanks for working to decrease WorldSuck. You’re doing a mighty fine job.

  87. Which do you find more difficult, writing the actual script, or choosing the name for said script? Or does one of them lead to the other, etc., etc.

  88. Hi Joe,

    I’m worried about the 2nd Movie containing AU. I feel AU has been overused on Stargate and Scifi as a whole. What is your take on AU?

    Thank You

  89. Atlantis won a Spacey for favorite tv show… McKay won a spacey for favorite tv character. First, YAYY!! YAYYY!! YAYYYYYY!!! ^_____^

    Second, this should help in the ratings department, right?

    Thirdly, is tv ratings the only thing that counts as far as getting a fifth season?

    PS: If you do post this, can you put it as Anonymous #42? Just because 😀

  90. Actually, when the SW thread at GW hit 1M views, the JT thread had 90K, or thereabouts.

    Let us be realistic. The Gateworld Shep/Teyla thread currently has (as of June 10, 2007) a bit over 25,000 posts, with 397,000 views. The Shep/Weir thread has 44,700 posts, and 1,150,000 views. Anyone can go look for themselves.

    And if Shep/Teyla comes to pass, I’m dumping this show and taking my 5,000 friends with me. The whole idea is yucky!

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