Allow me to weigh in on The Sopranos series finale that aired last night. It was controversial to say the least. So much so that irate fans crashed the HBO website server and were reportedly cancelling their subscriptions en masse. Now, if you haven’t watched the finale yet, be warned that what I’m about to write will contain spoilers.

So, stop reading.

That means you Carl.

Okay. Robert Cooper is of the opinion that the ending was brilliant, an inconclusive closing that, like life itself, leaves us wondering what is to come. For my part, I agree with Marty G. who felt the ending was a cop-out. The inconclusive, “life goes on” finish that Rob is pushing could have been achieved by simply fading out on the family at the restaurant, having dinner. There were plenty of questions that remained unanswered after all. Instead, the scene suddenly cut to black. Beat. Roll credits. In my humble opinion, this was little more than a parlor trick designed to provoke controversy and discussion. Instead of discussing the merits of the episode itself or the series as a whole, fans have fixated on the directorial decision to cut to black, leaving most to wonder: “WTF?”

So what did happen?

Well, throughout the scene, there is tension aplenty as one shady character after another strolls into the restaurant. And so, some are of the opinion that Tony gets whacked at episode’s end. In a conversation with his brother-in-law Bobby earlier this season, Tony discusses the possibility of getting capped. One of them says something along the lines of: “you never hear it and then there’s nothing”. This, coupled with the fact that the scene suddenly cuts to black, is reason enough for some to speculate that Tony is killed. But this doesn’t make sense to me for several reasons, the chiefest being that if it was Chase’s intent, he would have cut out of Tony’s POV (maybe Meadow coming through the door toward him) rather than a shot OF Tony. I’m sorry, but to argue otherwise would be to accuse Chase of sloppy direction and I just don‘t buy it given how meticulous he‘s been. It wasn’t Tony and his perspective that was experiencing “never hear it and then there’s nothing” but the perspective of the viewer. In other words, it was we the viewers who got whacked in those last few seconds. And in a big way. Instead getting a conclusion, fans were given the option to make up their own ending. You know, sort of like those junior adventure books where the story progresses according to the choices you make as a reader. “You’re making your way through the forest when you encounter a goblin guarding a treasure chest. If you choose to fight the goblin, turn to page 17. If you choose to befriend the goblin, turn to page 21. If you choose to run away, turn to page 25.” In retrospect, why bother producing a series-ending episode at all when you could just have the fans make up their own finale, pocket the savings and throw yourself a big party?

Hmmmm. I suddenly have another idea for episode #20…

My final thoughts on the subject: Six Feet Under = Best Series Finale Ever!

I’m in trouble. Big trouble. We went to visit the lady with the pug puppies yesterday and Fondy fell in love with one. Actually, two. Don’t get me wrong. I think they’re adorable and would be perfectly happy to adopt one more – except for the fact that we already have three pugs. Three incredibly needy, attention-seeking pugs who will crawl over one another to be the first one in your lap. Fondy argues that getting another pug – she’s eyeing a pudgy fawn female that she’s already named Uni – will actually be better for our trio, giving them another playmate to spend quality time with. I’m not buying it. But, chances are good I may be buying that pug.

After the pug visit, we stopped by the deserted Henderson Mall in beautiful Coquitlam where I snapped this pic of Teal’c’s new retail venture on our way to dinner at the Kirin. Lobster with ginger and green onion, pork belly in sweet and sour sauce, and my favorite vegetable of all time: tong choy (served with chili and bean curd)! We ended the meal with fortune cookies. As is customary (I believe the tradition dates back to the Han dynasty), one must read aloud the fortune and add the line “In bed.” in order to make true sense of the hidden maxim. Interesting.

Catching up on the Q&A –

PG 15 writes: “Is Miller’s Crossing still airing 9th?”

Answer: Most definitely.

Smiley_face06 writes: “Where do you keep your camera? I ask because you seem to have it on you quite often.”

Answer: Actually, my eye is bionic and possesses a camera/coupon scanner function.

Little Raven-Hawk writes: “Will the ratings in other countries be looked at when they are deciding on season 5?”

Answer: Sadly, no.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Who’s next? Dump Teyla for Vala, maybe?? Get rid of Shep and bring in Mitchell??”

Answer: I hear they’re thinking of trading Zelenka and Chuck for Siler and a third round draft pick.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Where do you go to get a quick but cheap chocolate fix?”

Answer: I like Chocoatl in Yale town a lot. Trafalgar’s isn’t a terrible inexpensive alternative.

Johnny E writes: “Any outdoor scenes you shoot for SG1 or SGA, do you guys have to get a permit for it, or are you just running around the woods?”

Answer: All location shoots are cleared with the city and any other necessary authorities.

Arlessiar writes: “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”

Answer: Actually, it leaves plenty of room for interpretation. It’s like a Sopranos finale. Whatever makes you happy.

Someday Scientist writes: “ Are you a fan of other European cuisine? Saurkraut, blood sausage, oliebollen, others?”

Answer: Put me down for others. Not sure what oliebollen is.

Rosie writes: “Which do you find more difficult, writing the actual script, or choosing the name for said script?”

Answer: They’re equally frustrating. So to all of you who aren’t crazy about the Rise of the Googlions title, here’s your chance to come up with an alternative title. I can’t tell you what the episode is about but if you come up with a good enough title, I promise to use it.

Cd writes: “Tony, alive or dead?”

Answer: I’m going with “alive”.

Cd also writes: “Somebody said since this scene was shot “third person limited” Tony is gone.”

Answer: As I stated above, the fact that the scene was shot “third person” leads me to assume quite the opposite.

M writes: “Regarding late running guests, well you should have told them 6pm!”

Answer: Next time, I’m just going to go ahead and eat. When they arrive, I’ll tell ’em: “Yeah, the leftovers are in the fridge. Help yourselves.”

Saddy writes: “ Liz didn’t HAVE TO be stuck behind her desk. She has a political and linguist background, she could have done everything that Daniel Jackson is doing in SG1”

Answer: Actually, Daniel’s background as an anthropologist and archaeologist makes him uniquely qualified to travel off-world with SG-1.

Jim from Jersey: “I’m the “mysterious Jim” of whom you speak.”

Answer: Thanks. Your block of chocolate proved both delicious and menacing.

Foolishpleasure writes: “So, I’ve seen the MGM preview and have to wonder why it seems you writers think the way to improve and develop Teyla is to have her romance one of the leads.”

Answer: She’s romancing one o the leads? Really? You have a better inside scoop than I do and I work on the show. So what else is going to happen in season four? Dish!

Anonymous #2 writes: “Why hasn’t there been any featurette on Joe F.?”

Answer: Ivon Bartok puts together the special features and relies on actors to make themselves available to him. If they are unable to make themselves available to him for whatever reason, then he can’t produce special features dedicated to them.

LogicSequence writes: “There are no commentaries with the actors for the season 3 DVD box set?”

Answer: No idea.

93 thoughts on “June 11, 2007

  1. Rule of thumb regarding animals: Once it has a name, you are hooked. Get ready for a new puppy in the house – congrats!! They are adorable!

  2. Answer: Actually, my eye is bionic and possesses a camera/coupon scanner function.

    Which one? 😉

    Just wanted to say congrats to the team in front of and behind the camera and to a very high-pitched Hewlett on winning Spaceys for Favourite Show and Favourite Character respectively (seriously, how does he get his voice to go that high?!). Oh and thanks to the cast for making me laugh out loud with their acceptance “speech”. I’m putting my money on Jason having triumphed ultimately in the fracas, having beaten his opponents down using the very award they clamoured for. 🙂

    P.S. Why on earth did you let Fondy even go and look at pug puppies? From an armchair psychologist viewpoint, I suspect this means that, subconsciously, you too want that pup puppy… otherwise you would never have done something so foolish! 😉

  3. i don’t know if this has been answered yet, either in the blog or on the show but i thought atlantis was supposed to be civilian run, but with Carter as acting expedition leader wouldn’t that make it military?

  4. Ha, ha, Siler would be totally worth the trade. Please, please make it happen. THAT GUY is classic Stargate.

  5. Has there been any word from Sci-Fi on a possible season 5? Or at least are you getting any kind of feedback from them one way or another? With Battlestar exiting stage left Atlantis remains their only recognizable show. Fingers crossed that they realize that and give you guys another season. Especially since season 4 sounds so good.

    And if we are so lucky as to have a 5th season, will Amanda Tapping be onboard for that as well?

    And congrats on your new puppy – because you so know that you’re getting one… 😉

  6. “but if you come up with a good enough title, I promise to use it”

    The Compatriot would be a good title, or The Patron.

  7. You’re right about Six Feet Under. I play “Breathe Me” whenever I can and then play it over and over.

    But the pugs – OMG, they are the cutest things ever. How can you not take them home????

  8. Just wanted to let you know, I read your Soprano entry to hubby and he kept going “that’s it! that’s right!”

    And oh my goodness, you are never going to be able to not adopt another pug. My in-laws have one and his name is Spike – he sports a spikey metal collar and lost an eye 3 months ago, nosing in a bush. So I stiched him a skull shaped eye patch. He looks very cute!

  9. Answer: She’s romancing one o the leads? Really? You have a better inside scoop than I do and I work on the show. So what else is going to happen in season four? Dish!

    So this means Teyla won’t be hooked up with Sheppard? YAY!!

    Shep and Larrin kissing – I’m looking forward to that.

  10. Hi Mr. Mallozzi,

    1.) In how many episodes of season 4 is Zelenka so far?
    2.) Will there be some particular episode for him to shine, or develop his background a little?

    Thanks from Czech Republic for your answer.

  11. I think that Season 3 has been the strongest season to date but are you at all worried that with that with the vocal fan backlash regarding Carson and Elizabeth and the overall decline in ratings (for whatever reason as one can argue many points of view there) that season 5 might seriously not come about?

  12. hi, joe,

    i appreciate your views on writing that *makes* the viewer come up with their own ending. it just comes off as chicken-shit writing to me. is it fear of offending fans? fear of not making the majority happy? not knowing who the majority is, so make everyone miserable so no one can claim happiness?

    i’m glad i didn’t watch sopranos now. but most shows endings end up disappointing me… basically because the writing is usually what made the show end in the first place. (x-files, star trek next gen, xena, buffy, angel, etc.)

    sally 🙂

  13. Episode 20 Title Idea:

    Bastion of Terror

    This is based on an assumption that “Googlions” is the equivalent of something really bad, and that if they are to “Rise”, then they are bad things forming a force to do other bad things. So a “Bastion”, which is normally a good force defending against a bad force would, in this case, refer to a bad force wreaking havok.

    Hmmm, all that and I just wanted an opportunity to use the word ‘bastion’.

    But wait! Perhaps Googlions is a combination of Google and Lions, which of course would mean that ep 20 is all about an enormous pride of wraithified lions found on planet PUN666. McKay, as a cat lover, must have brought one of the wee baby lions back to Atlantis where it got into all sorts of trouble. Sort of like a Lassie meets Mr. Ed, with all the danger and none of the jokes. Or perhaps it’s more like Flipper. After all, Atlantis is a “World Full of Wonder”. Just sing the song and you’ll get that one.

  14. pg15, ethereal, & edward4th ~ thank you for your well-wishes!

    Joe ~ thanks for your kind letter, it meant a lot to me. And omedeto to you and the rest of the crew on the Spacey!! 🙂

    Awwwww @ puppies! ^^

  15. So this means Teyla won’t be hooked up with Sheppard? YAY!!

    Shep and Larrin kissing – I’m looking forward to that.

    Ahem….I don’t think that’s *exactly* what he said. I wouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

  16. Dear Joe, Well I guess I didn’t cross my fingers good enough or maybe you’re still mad I accidently called you John. I guess I’m gonna have to stop asking SGA questions for furture eps. LOL. I heard about the weird ending for Sopranos. Sorry.

  17. Mr. Mallozzi,

    A year ago, I convinced Mr. Camy that a mini poodle would be a great playmate for our schnoodle. Right now Abbey and Bella wrestle for attention. I honestly believe that getting a third one, like the Yorkie that I fell in love with this past week, would really help them get along better. I named her Calypso. However, like you, Mr. Camy is not convinced it’s a great idea. So, I”m with Fondy. Besides, once you name her, she’s yours.

    Regarding SGA, how were the ratings for Submersion? Great episode!

    The short clip of John and Teyla in a Season 4 episode looks intense and very emotional. Season 3 really developed the team as a family and this hug is a continuation of what we’ve seen on screen between John and Teyla. I can’t wait to see the cause for it and how everything will unfold during the season.

    And btw, for those reading this, Teyla romances no one!

    Question: it’s unfortunate, but I read that Teyla won’t be going to Earth for Miller’s Crossing. Since I would imagine that most of the episode will take place on Earth, will Teyla be feature at all in this episode, a plot B perhaps?

    Thank you,
    Camy

  18. Those pugs are absolutely adorable! Is the one that Fondy liked the one right in the middle of the first pic, ’cause that’s the one that jumped out at me.

    I’ve never got around to watching The Sopranos, but that’s a pretty infuriating ending. Kind of reminds me of the ending of Angel, actually, which did sort of irritate me. I’ve heard they might have made an actual ending for the Sopranos which will only appear on the DVD.

  19. Hiya Joe,

    Just very things:

    1) Yeah, you know you’ll get the pup! My god, I had no idea that baby pugs are so adorable… :DDD

    2) Pls relay to the Hewlett that his spacey award girly squeal is commendable. I think the man has a genuine career as a falsetto – he should have gone into the singing business (and I’m not kidding here).

    Take care and… more pics of pugs next time maybe with that bionic eye of yours?

    M

  20. One of the most defining things about the season 5 helpings you said would be the fact that if you got better ratiing for SGA in the last few episodes.

    SO how the ratings treating you?.

  21. Back in season one you tried to sell Shep and Teyla as a potential duo.

    I take it you had no idea more fans would prefer Shep and Weir by far and Teyla would end up the least popular character.

    Even you admitted yourself the Shep/Weir was more popular than Shep/Teyla so you obviously never counted on that.

  22. Hey Joe,
    I am am a huge Sopranos fan and i didn’t mind the ending. First episode of the season Tony & Bobby on the lake having a discussion about death. I think I remember that they said when you die it just goes black and there is no sound. So, was the ending then Tony getting whacked or was it us the viewer whacked. I enjoyed the episode.
    John V.

  23. You know you want the pup… so cute!

    My family were all really into pugs before I was born. Although, mum reckons they were serial monopuggists, not polypuggists like you guys.

    Come on… you know you want her!

  24. If Rise of the Googlions is an ironic title for a spoof episode by all means stick with it! I would be more then happy to watch it. If however it is serious, menacing, and generally ominous I suggest you find another title before half of the people who contribute to your ratings can’t watch because they are on the floor laughing at the absurdity of the title. “Lusus Naturae”? It means freak of nature. Or cooler still “Cassus ab Anima” which translated into Latin means ‘Devoid of Souls’. Or “Inanis” which again in Latin means soulless or empty void. As for Sopranos I have never actually watched it. My dear old father won’t let me. So tender is my age. And the pugs are adorable. I myself own a newfy and therefore favor large dogs. But I still am a general dog lover.

    Living Death to Its Fullest
    Fi

  25. So McKay episode perhaps we’ll see him paying the piano? The magic of television can have him delivering a masterful performance. I’d take this art over the overdone sticks fighting anyday. 😉

  26. Mr. Mallozzi,

    I just started watching SG-1 with a good friend from the start (watched Stargate the movie last week). What an amazing show. I am excited to watch every episode ever, and the to watch it in conjunction with SGA when the shows converge/diverge. I think I have gone through both series at least 3 times completely, and for some episodes maybe 10 times. Yes, the show is that good. Do not doubt! Keep up the awesome work. No need to reply to this.

  27. How about “Grapes of Wrath” for “Rise of the Googlions?” You mentioned it was a title you’d like to use at some point.

  28. Well, it is a bit difficult to come up with a title with no info on the story except that it involves somehow the rise of something called the Googlians…still, how about ‘Whatever happened to the Furlings?’

  29. Thank you for answering my question yesterday !

    Answer: Actually, Daniel’s background as an anthropologist and archaeologist makes him uniquely qualified to travel off-world with SG-1.

    Of course, and it was only logical after the movie but what I mean to say is that he didn’t always used his skills as anthropologist and archeologist over the 10 seasons, he is often the one who calms situations with natives on other worlds and makes translations useful for the team. Things that Elizabeth can do, and did in very few occasions.
    I just don’t understand why you chose to get rid of her instead of improving her character.

    Sorry, it’s just I have a hard time accepting that change because I really don’t understand.
    And for now I think I won’t be able to watch Sam in the role of Elizabeth !!

    C. a long time fan !

  30. I knew that shot of John hugging Teyla (or the other way around) was going to get everyone up in a dither. It’s just so easy to get everyone worked up.

    I have never seen an episode of The Soprano’s and I think that Tony was whacked. An overly-gimmicky ending.

    And congrats on the new addition to the family. You are so getting a new baby.

  31. I’ve no idea why people refer to “adopting” animals. Sponsoring, yes, perhaps. But not adopting.

    As someone in the process of adopting a child, it is an incredibly long (and expensive) process. During that time you’re entire life is put under the microscope and it is terribly intrusive. The same simply cannot be said about buying puppies, rabbits, or any other family pet.

  32. Dear Joe,
    Thanks for this beautiful show that stargate atlantis is.

    pensez vous que les audiences de la saison 3 sont préoccupantes??

    I think that it’s the result of bumping Weir and Carson. What do you think??
    Are there some possibilities to see again Weir in season 4 as main character??

  33. Since people seem to complain about ships no matter what you do, do you ever think about pairing up two random characters just for the hell of it? I’m rather fond of the Sheppard/Vala pairing, or maybe a little Sam/Ronon action.

  34. Mr. Mallozzi:

    I’m not sure I entirely agree with your take on the final episode of Sopranos — that it was a cop-out. A ploy, I think, is a more appropriate word to describe what Chase did. Yes, Chase sought to create controversy by ending the episode in that manner. However, in so doing, maybe he sealed just a little bit of immortality for himself. I’m reminded of what James Joyce said in discussing the method to his madness in creating both Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake. He said that the ultimate goal of any writer is to render him/herself immortal – and the best way to do that is create a work so controversial that people will be talking about it for decades after the writer is dead. I don’t know if Chase has achieved a decades-long discussion of his work, but … we’ll at least be talking about it for a few weeks. Mission accomplished.

    Re pug puppies. I let my three year old see the pictures (big mistake!). She’s obsessed with pug dogs and has been lobbying for a puppy for about a year now. All I can say is, how did you not bring ALL of them home with you? they are beyond adorable!

    And a final note – Ba’al!!!!!

  35. Hi Joe,

    Adorable Puppies! I think you should let Fondy adopt at least two if not three.

    More spoilers have come out for Continuum in TV Guide. Now that we know more about what Jack, Sam, and Cam are doing in the movie and what Daniel was suppose to be doing if Michael wasn’t filming 24, could you please sneak over to the Continuum set and take a picture of Daniel in costume. Michael said that he was excited about the new storyline that Brad wrote for him but is very tight-lipped about it. So I’m counting on you Joe. Could you please *cough* up a tiny little detail.

    I know you can be sneaky. Just tiptoe over to the set, snap a picture of Daniel and run real fast. Martin and Brad will never catch you….Hopefully!

  36. Hi Joe you said
    Rise of the Googlions, here’s your chance to come up with an alternative title.????

    I love games like this. How about….’Ockham’s razor’ also spelt , ‘Occam’s razor’ or
    ‘I think therefore!’ as an alternative.
    It sounds like you just picked Googlions out of no where but your far too smart for that. Oh well just have to wait for the episode to air.
    Best wishes Pauline

  37. Do you find that when you watch a TV show, you’re thinking about how scenes should be filmed, or better ways to have shown something? In other words, can you just sit back and enjoy a show for pure entertainment rather than analyzing production stuff?

    BTW, thanks again for the Anton’s Pasta recommendation. The meal was excellent!!

  38. Is the Season FOUR Finale one of Amanda’s fourteen episodes?

    And one more question, what episode is it where you showed us Carter on Atlantis – in that in iterview with you and Paul? And she will have different hairstyle each episode, right?

  39. I love the puppies! Cute, cute, cute. We just got two dogs ourselves. We spend more money on them than we do on ourselves. Love, love, love my pups, except when they poop and chew on everything.

    Anyway, I do have one question –

    What’s worse whimpering puppies or whimpering Stargate fans?

    This is the first time I’ve read you’re thread and I’m sorry to say but some of your fans are annoying. I don’t know where all this Teyla and Sheppard angst comes from. It’s fiction people.

    I happen to really like the Teyla character and I would love to see more Teyla-centered shows in season 4.

    –Raina

  40. Answer: She’s romancing one o the leads? Really? You have a better inside scoop than I do and I work on the show. So what else is going to happen in season four? Dish!
    You better be serious about this lol.
    However hearing that Sanssong has gotten quite a few spoilers correct in the past makes me kind of worried. =S *please be wrong*
    ————————
    Question:: D0 you like South-Eastern European(Balkan) cuisine? =] If you haven’t ever had some you should try it. ^_~

  41. Hey Joe, FYI:

    I’m not sure what the person quoted below is talking about. I don’t consider myself to be a shipper, in any way, but I’m on the boards–a lot, and Teyla is a very popular/likable character, especially with the guys. She’s also very popular w/ the ladies.

    For the most part people are pleased with the show shifting its focus, in season 4, to John and Teyla. And most people are happy about the addition of Carter.

    I think what you have here is a small group of crazed, obsessed, romance-novel-reading fans who are really embarrassing themselves.

    Sorry, IMO.

    Sincerely,
    Ron.


    Anonymous said…
    Back in season one you tried to sell Shep and Teyla as a potential duo. I take it you had no idea more fans would prefer Shep and Weir by far and Teyla would end up the least popular character.

    Even you admitted yourself the Shep/Weir was more popular than Shep/Teyla so you obviously never counted on that.

  42. Aaawww the babies! I guess it’s a good thing we have five cats now, I might be very tempted by the pugs otherwise. Some friends of ours have a pug who is, unfortunately, very sick and they don’t expet him to be with them much longer. But until then, they are giving Murray all kinds of attention.

    Congrats on the Spacey! Haven’t seen the acceptance (yet). And congrats on the new member of the family – ’cause…well yeah… it’s going to happen.

  43. Oh my, those pups are just beyond adorable! Almost as cute as the pics of a certain Marty G that you post from time to time!

    Adopt them all!

    Huge round of applause for the Spacey wins! Very much deserved all round!

  44. Hi Joe!

    I told my Mom (who’s a Soprano’s fan) about your reaction to the Soprano’s. With which she agreed and then I made the mistake of mentioning the “Hmmmm. I suddenly have another idea for episode #20…” After I explained which executive producer you were (“Mom, the one in the Stargate: Beyond the Mythology that had on the suit, you know the one you said didn’t look sloppy”—sorry to Rob & Brad, but she though you looked the sharpest) she said “He looked young enough that if he ever ends Atlantis like that I’ll ground him.” Not sure how she plans on doing that, especially since she doesn’t know you and really couldn’t do anything if the series was going off the air, but, it cracked me up, so I thought I’d share. I know, I know, you’re now quaking in terror. It’s Tuesday and she’s still a little fired up about the Soprano’s ending, can you tell?

    Have a good one!

    Nichole

  45. and here was me thinking the first couple of pics were the menu for your next gastronomic adventure LOL…no seriously if you’re not getting one I’ll have it, they look snugglicious. Of course you could always breed your own and have them as extras in Atlantis, the new Wraith Nemesis, once the wraith see them they’ll turn to mush…ok bad idea, look its tuesday and my brain is fried this near to the end of term, how much can a person TEACH FCOL???

  46. . . .You’re not getting what you want so you deliberately try and make trouble for someone you’ve never met . .

    I don’t see anyone here complaining about not getting anything. Releasing spoilers is very serious and if there is someone at the studio giving info to fans, they should be canned. Its bad for the studio, the network, especially the fans.

  47. and now for some really annoying season four questions.
    1, will any of the cast be in season four?
    2, will season four feature Atlantis?
    3, do all the audience peek at their christmas presents before the big day?
    4, am I in need of a frontal lobotomy or will a bottle in front of me suffice?
    5, will someone PLEASE loosen the straps, I can’t type much more with my teeth….

  48. …sort of like those junior adventure books where the story progresses according to the choices you make as a reader

    Wow, does that ever bring back memories! One of my very first forays into fan-fic was a ‘choose your own adventure’ novel I did based on ‘V: The Series’. The one with the aliens in disguise taking over the Earth en mass. Remember that show, Joe? I used a typwriter to write up the pages exactly as they would appear in a 5×7″ novel, hand drew my own artwork in a comic book fashion — I even hand-made the book jacket. It’s kinda funny to think back at how my current career in showbiz was shaped by the silly little things I did as a kid.

    As for script titles to replace “Rise of the Googlions”. Hmmm, I have absolutely no idea what the episode is about, so I’m just going to throw stuff out there:

    Net-E-scape
    Web of Deception
    SkyeNet Rising
    Revenge of the Search Engine (my personal fave)

    KJC

  49. Resisting the puppy lure is always very hard, although my dog’s were matted and “ugly” when I first brought them home. I love my dog to death, but I would really like another one too.

    If you really want to avoid another dog, perhaps you could encourage Fondy to volunteer at an animal shelter. Then she gets to play with puppies all the time, without the commitment. Heck, you could even foster a puppy or two, but then give them back. It’s quite a win-win situation.

  50. Hello, Mr. Mallozzi.
    In a recent interview, you did: “One of the nice things the Carter character gives us is she’s so multifaceted. She doesn’t have to be stuck behind a desk even though she’s the leader of Atlantis. She has a military background so she can go out on ops and on the other hand, she’s got the science background so when McKay and Zelenka are sort of trading gobbledygook, she can get right in there with them.”
    Well, you want to scary us again, poor Atlantis fan’s, don’t you ;)? Well, seriously, thanks for the pics of “Miller´s Crossing”. The lab looks great…
    I don’t know than is too early, but you could say if “Repliweir” would look very different of the real Weir or, better, you can pull a pic of her?

  51. I’m suprised that Fondy only picked one puppy, such restraint! I think you’re getting off easy Joe.

    Kudo’s to the cast and crew of SGA for winning the Spacey Award, and also to that wild and crazy DH.

    I agree, the ending of Six Feet Under was superb. I some how feel cheated with the Soprano’s ending.

  52. foolishpleasure said…
    Ali – there has been a huge problem with “leaks” at Bridge and fans have discussed this at length everywhere. Its no different anywhere else. Just look at “LOST” where the entire season ending script ended up on the net a few days before airing. ABC is out to hang the person who did that!

    Uh, it’s rare that entire scripts get leaked. If you don’t want any more leaks on Stargate, then JM shouldn’t post anything to his blog as he is, after all, the main source of spoilers on SG. I’m not sure what the “huge” problem is, especially not after reading TV Guide who gives away so many spoilers on so many shows perhaps they should become the “TV Spoiler Guide” instead…

  53. Alipeeps said…
    foolishpleasure said…
    Maybe its time to tighten security, or fire blabbing employees.

    Wow. How incredibly spiteful. You’re not getting what you want so you deliberately try and make trouble for someone you’ve never met and who may not even exist!

    I have to ask myself… if this source does exist and if Joe took your advice and had a witch-hunt and made a few strategic sackings, would you feel even remotely responsible? Or does stuff like that not matter as long as you get to “win” the argument?

    Well said.

    Good grief, all of this over a hug and one group of shippers being happy because they interpret it one way, so a few nut cases from a different ship group have to post something at the show runners blog which could result in someone losing their job?

    Wow, fandom has sunk to a new low.

    I came here to say how pleased I was about the Spacey awards, and how well deserved I thought they were. But now I’m leaving here feeling irritated and angry at the stupidity and vindictive behaviour of a poster who really needs to grow up and get a life.

    I hope you feel better now Foolish Pleasure, you certainly live up to your name, don’t you? Well certainly the foolish part of it.

  54. Joe, I’m sorry to post again, but I can’t believe what I’m reading on your blog comments.

    I love coming here to read your blog, your food reviews and spoilers, people’s comments to your posts, and to see all the questions answered, addressed or ignored, but seriously, this ship thing is getting out of control.

    I understand if you don’t unscreen this, really I do, but I hate reading posters attacking other posters, and some having a vendetta against posters who follow a different ship. I just don’t understand how things can turn so personally nasty when we’re talking about a fictional show and fictional romances that aren’t even canon!

    How did it all sink this low?

    I know some Shep/Weir shippers and Weir fans are sore about the spoilers for season 4 and the loss of Weir as a regular character, and I understand their pain, but enough is enough. I, for one, am sick to death of the nastiness and hostility from a vitriolic and vocal minority towards anyone who shares a different opinion or ship to them.

    I dont’ follow any ship on SGA, in fact I’m beginning to hate it now.

    So,I was wondering if you can explain to me, as you’ve been involved in the fandom for a long time, why it is that the two main shipping groups from Atlantis have to dismiss the other one, and in the case of a few Shep/Weir shippers, name Shep/Teyla shippers insulting them? I have never seen a Shep/Teyla one do the same thing to a Shep/Weir shipper here, so why is it that this one group of shippers, or should I say, a vocal and vitriolic minority of them, have to do this? Or is it that the Shep/Teyla shippers can’t do the same because so many Shep/Weir shippers post anonymously?

    I’m puzzled as to why this minority of vocal shippers can’t accept others have different tastes and see different things to them?

    Have your years in the fandom given you any insight into why this could be happening now?

    If someone says to me they don’t like Shep whumping, I understand and don’t care. Why should I? I’m secure enough in what I enjoy not to be bothered whether others like my likes or not. So why isn’t it the same with some vocal shippers? So what if others like a different ship pairing, what does it matter? Do we all need to be the same, and enjoy similar things?

    I’m trying so hard to be hyped about season 4, which looks so fantastic to me, that I literally am counting down the days till the Fall when it’s due to air, but this constant bickering is really getting me down!

    I supppose I need to get a thicker skin, or just post in friendly places, where others accept those who have different perspectives to mine, and vice versa.

    Sorry to take up your blogspace, but I really did wonder if you had any ideas as to the cause of this anger going around the net at the moment?

    Feel free to ignore my ramblings! 🙂

  55. Salut Joe,
    Si Carter prend la place de Sheppard à la tête d’Atlantis, cela veut-il dire qu’ils ne seront plus 2 désormais à commander la cité ?

  56. hi Joe is there any chance that we will see Lucy Lawless or Claudia Christian in an episode of Atlantis?

  57. Wow. Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed, eh?

    I keep imagining you reading through all the snarling and spitting and hair-pulling and laughing your socks off. 🙂

    Here’s an utterly non-ship related question, just for a bit of variety in today’s comments:

    Can you tell us what episode is up next in the production order?

    Thanks 🙂

  58. I agree about Six Feet Under. That was a spectacular end to/salute to the series. Very nicely wrapped up each characters story, and managed to make me cry tears of sadness and joy at the same time.

  59. Hey Mr. Mallozzi,

    I’m back!

    Anyway, regarding:
    “In retrospect, why bother producing a series-ending episode at all when you could just have the fans make up their own finale, pocket the savings and throw yourself a big party?

    Hmmmm. I suddenly have another idea for episode #20…”

    I’m definitely feeling the need for a wikiscript of a season five episode. Never mind that at the last moment someone will add in a purple dinosaur getting loose in the control room. I think it would be fun anyway.

  60. I’m not normally geeky like this, but I was watching an old repeat of Stargate SG-1 where the Prometheus and SG-1 helped the Asgard with the Replicators and the human form replicators were introduced. Thor said that they sent out a frequency in subspace throughout the known universe, which surely includes Pegasus, telling all of hte replicators to come together, so should not the asurans have been brought to the Asgard homeworld as well?

  61. I really like the show and I love Teyla, Ronon and Sheppard. Those are my favorite 3 characters!

    I am super excited about Carter too!

    But, I don’t understand what most of these people are saying?

    Question – What is a Shep wump?

    Comment- Also, some of these Weir/Sheppard people are acting crazy. It’s a show, not your life. Go on match.com or something

    Seriously, stop trying whining already.

    :)Lisa Martin

  62. Hi Joe.

    Rather than beg you to put Weir back in charge, dump Sam in a dark corner of the galaxy (or put her bright and shiny centerstage), beg to/not to make all a shipper’s dreams come true, confirm down to the minutes, seconds, and frames that Carson is on screen, how to renew the show, or even ask what on Earth/Atlantis/Pegasus a googlion could be (I suspect it either has something to do with 10^100 Nanites or Evil Search Engines)…

    I ask you: How much fun would it be to have Scooby Doo themed Atlantis episode? Imagine, the puddle jumper breaks down in front of an abandoned Ancient outpost, costumed monster hijinks ensue, McKay raids a fridge, Sheppard tells everyone to split up, and someone loses their sunglasses. Fun for the whole family?

    Okay, waste of a comment, but I figured you needed a break from the negativity.

    (Seriously, you could bring Bates back to to fill the part of Scrappy on the team… all right fine. Stopping now.)

  63. Hey, I’m with Edward4th…
    Finally, some intelligent questions for Joe to answer!

    Ooh, Pugs! Any chance of FedExing one my way?

  64. Hi Mr Mallozzi

    half way through ‘Old Mans War’ and loving it, any other rec’s?

    Congratulations on the Spacey award, hope this helps with the bid for the fifth season (and sixth ^^).

    And further congratulations on the new puppy (you know you are going to get it).

    How about ‘Insurrection’ or ‘Puissance’ for a title?

    A food question now, ever had banana flautas?

    Take care, J.

  65. Lexxye said…
    I should have made popcorn before reading the comments.

    Oh I Absotively posilutely agree with Lexxye, I haven’t laughed this much in ages but its WAY past some people’s bedtimes, better give them their rattles and pacifiers. *chortling*

  66. Ok been a fan of your blog for a while, and wow all your pictures of food look so delicious. It makes me hungry to read this thing.

    Anyhoo, I do have a question. So there are lyrics to the SG-1 main title out there and I wondered if maybe someone has or is going to write lyrics to the Atlantis main title ’cause that would be freakin’ hilarious. Yep sincerely an sga addict.

  67. Hey Joe,

    How are you? I hope you’re well. I’ve got two SGA questions.

    1. What is involved in the sport of Running (if you could call it that)? Is it catch and release or is it just run until I catch and kill you?

    2. In the US, all scripts (at least for film) dealing with a branch of the military must be cleared by that branch before they’re greenlit (they have to reflect something good about the military if they also show something bad). Is the same process undergone for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis since they portray the US Air Force and Marines?

    Also, (forgive me if I am repeating someone else – I don’t regularly read your blog) since you have so many readers here I’m sure it would be a great help to your show to share the information about the video contests on YouTube. The more people who enter, the more the show is shown to have support.

    Here are the contest promos:

    McKay Contest:

    My contest is the response to the McKay challenge – but you certainly don’t have to promote that!

    Greenscreen Contest:

    Thank you kindly, as always, for your time and for reaching out to the fans. Thanks for my favorite TV show and may we all work together to keep it on the air as long as possible. :o)

    Wishing you much love, laughter and light!

    ~ Kellie

  68. Howdy!

    Puppies are sooo cute! So much like babies – eat, sleep & poop.

    I’ve handled Irish Wolf Hounds in the past. They’re pretty needy too and just a little bit bigger. Not sure how similar dogs are as far as group behavior, but I’ve always experienced that the more you have the less reliant they were on people.

    I can just immagine you and your wife with a pack of pugs on a leash….. (LOL) I want a picture.

  69. Hi Joe!

    I just scanned through the comments—my goodness people have gone extra nutty today. And speaking nutty have you ever had benne seed wafers? It’s a cookie made with sesame seeds that’s pretty traditional here in Charleston. I’m a bit of freak—I don’t like them because I don’t care for sesame seeds that much. I’ve been looking at the some places that sell Lowcountry/Charleston foods trying to find stuff that wouldn’t require you to cook it and hopefully wouldn’t be an expensive nightmare to get to Canada. I mean shrimp and grits are awesome, but if I have one of the stores send you a bag of grits and a recipe and you prepare it wrong the first time you’ll hate it. (Grits are like polenta but from white corn and coarser texture—actually Mom refers to polenta as Italian grits.)

    Oh yeah have you read Johns Scalzi’s Agent to the Stars? Mom’s got that and something by him called The Sagan Diary or Diaries (can’t remember which) on order since she’s burned through the four that I had.

  70. Side note- Has the show turned into a shipping debate or what?

    Weir shippers, please, you’re just making yourselves look bad. Let it go.

    Congrats on the puppies–they’re adorable.

    Question: Recently in Submersion Teyla was controlled by the wraith queen. Teyla was also controlled by a wraith in season 1 in the Gift. I remember in the Gift that it was said that Wraith couldn’t control Teyla at will. Teyla’s mind had to open to theirs first.

    However, in season 2, how did Michael gain control over Teyla and cause her to untie his restraints, without her opening up her mind to him.

    Does Michael have a different power b/c he has been transformed into a human previously?

    The reason I ask is b/c I’m a new fan. I started watching during season 3 and I am currently watching seasons 1 & 2.

    I am also excited about the new Michael episode this week.

    Thanks.
    Leslie

  71. Hi,

    I just saw Submersion. I really liked the episode (PLEASE MORE TEYLA!!!)

    Question

    When I first saw Submersion there were some tones in the episode that reminded me of the Exorcist.

    Someone later told me that, that was in fact the tone you were going for. If so, you really nailed it.

    thx, Maddy

  72. LogicSequence writes: “There are no commentaries with the actors for the season 3 DVD box set?”

    Answer: No idea.

    Ok. Thanks for the response. If you happen to find out later maybe you can post a quick yes or no for us, that would be great. Thanks again.

  73. I was re-watching the Return part 2 last night and Weir hugged Jack O’Neill, now does that mean we have to have Weir/O’Neill ships!!

    All this fuss over a hug that could have meant anything between Teyla and John and between Shep and Weir.

    The nuts over at Gateworld are a tiny minority of fandom and I for one ignore them. They certainly seem to be a spiteful lot and if you don’t agree with them watch out!

    I love Atlantis and am very much looking forward to Season 4. I’ll miss Carson but from what I’ve read so far the season sounds like it’s going to be very exciting.

    I wish I had one of those little boxes so that my viewing would count.

    Love the blog too Joe.

    Atlantis fan from downunder.

  74. *waves*

    I’ve gone off one again, Joe, sorry in advance. you might want to make yourself a cup of tea or go pee, I’ll try not to be too long. 🙂

    Lexxye said…
    I should have made popcorn before reading the comments.

    Ah luckily I made some earlier and i’m happy to share my stash. 😉

    *passes popcorn to Lexxye and Joe*

    So, Joe, let’s talk ‘rise of the googlians’. I have a few suggestions. 🙂

    You could name it..
    “The Quest for Shirtless Shep. (It’s a great concept, honest.) You could devote part one to having Shep semi nekkid throughout the ep while wooing all the women in Atlantis (thus pleasing all shippers/slashers/thunkers) and by the end of Part one, we could actually have him shirtless.

    Then part II could relate to the *cough* De-briefing of Shirtless Shep. 🙂

    Of course by ‘debrief’ I mean in the military sense… not in the ‘disrobement of Lt Col. John Sheppard’ Sorry, Joe felt the need to clarify as apparently some people have dirty minds. 😛

    Or if you want to go with a less slutty title, might I suggest;

    Sea of troubles (following on the Hamlet theme)

    or

    The next one needs to be said in a French accent to get the full effect 😛

    Unquietest

    Well that’s my brain fried for the night. I just really popped in to say please send my congrats to the cast and David *giggles* I’d like whatever he was on when he accepted the award. 😀

    Anyway heading off now, i’ve gone off on a tangent again. Sorry. i’d hug ya, but right now I don’t want to start the whole *whispers* hugging saga again.

    *cough* But you know what, I like to live on the edge, so with that..

    Thank you Mr M you’re a very wise and tolerant man.. your patience astounds me. however do you manage it?

    *lots of huggles to you, Fondy and Uni*

    Hehehe, so when can you take Uni home?

  75. Hey Joe.

    Can’t be bothered to get anymore involved in the crazy rants because it’s just silly. So, straight on with some questions:

    1) We heard that Connor Trinneer has been signed up for a couple of episodes in the back half of season 4…Any truth in that?

    2) If it is true then how about the mysterious ‘Rise of the Googlions’ being a Michael story? It just sounds very bug like.

    3) And just wondered, we know 3 of the episodes that we’ll be seeing Elizabeth. Can you tell us what the 4th unknown one is?

    4) Could Carson’s return be something to do with his ATA gene?

    Thanks for reading. I asked a few today, but that’s only because I didn’t want to forget them later.

  76. “Little Raven-Hawk writes: “Will the ratings in other countries be looked at when they are deciding on season 5?”

    Answer: Sadly, no.”

    That’s ridiculous. There’s probably just as many, but probably more, people that love and watch SG in other countries as there is in the U.S. I’ve met so many people from other countries at conventions it’s crazy. If it is cancelled after season 4, what is Scifi going to have…no SG-1, no SGA, and no BSG. 3 of the biggest shows in science fiction…what are they gonna come up with to take their place? (Besides of course Stargate: Universe)

  77. Hey Joe, few questions from Czech fan.
    Will Zelenka have at least B-story in some of the episodes? And is there any chance for David Nykl to get into the opening credits (when Amanda is there, why not David?)
    And did you sometimes taste some Czech food? 😉
    Thanks for answer

  78. Hi Joe, you seem not to answer too many qeustions about character of Rodney McKay. So here is mine. Can we expect some “dark turn” at his character, too? I think it could be very interesting.
    Thank you for your answer

  79. Dear Mr Mallozzi,

    Regarding the new spin-off currently named Stargate Universe, Are you planning on writing or producing for said show or will you stick to only working on Atlantis?

    And if any info, Whats the news on the new series, Any interesting rumours going around the studio lot yet?

    With Kind Regards,
    Tony

  80. OK. So I am looking at your lobster dinner plate there and wondering… Where do you start with that? That lobster is very… whats the word for it.. not aggressive but kind of has that “you stab me with a fork and I’ll have your eye with my antennae.” With a normal lobster the tail is split and and there are invisible neon signs saying “START HERE!” wich is when I normally grab a claw. But this lobster is just amazing looking.. I bet once you wrestled it down it tasted great. Glad it didn’t get you with its antennae.

  81. I’m so excited about all of the upcoming stuff. I have to say, although I thought the episode Sunday was incredibly well done (I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, because it made sense…totally in character for Carson!) I’m even happier now that he’s coming back! I’ve been trying to get as many people to watch Atlantis as I can, because I am DYING to see a 5th season! This show is fabulous. Anywyas.

    About the title issue. As a total impartial party who knows nothing about the plotline, may I suggest the title “Rhyme and Reason”? From the title, I somehow get the sense that there is little Rhyme or Reason to the attack.

    Or I could be so totally off you laugh at this. Who knows? Anyways, kudos to the fortune cookie thing! I’ll have to try it next time I get Chinese…

  82. Question: Recently in Submersion Teyla was controlled by the wraith queen. Teyla was also controlled by a wraith in season 1 in the Gift. I remember in the Gift that it was said that Wraith couldn’t control Teyla at will. Teyla’s mind had to open to theirs first.

    However, in season 2, how did Michael gain control over Teyla and cause her to untie his restraints, without her opening up her mind to him.

    That’s actually a good question.

    Also will Teyla ever stop being a lame character used by Wraiths at will?

  83. Wow…a lot of hate for certain ships here. I have to agree with this poster below. Why are people so apt at attacking each other over a fictional pairing? The attack is going both ways by the way. I’ve seen just as much blood drawn from one ship as I have from the other, and it is completely ridiculous. Why not just respect each others’ opinions without stooping so low as to have a personal vendetta with anyone who happens to disagree with you? I am not speaking about one specific ship here, but of all of them that are involved in the matter. Please, try to respect other fans. It is horrible to see this fanbase so ready to tear itself apart.

    “Linzi said:

    I love coming here to read your blog, your food reviews and spoilers, people’s comments to your posts, and to see all the questions answered, addressed or ignored, but seriously, this ship thing is getting out of control.

    I understand if you don’t unscreen this, really I do, but I hate reading posters attacking other posters, and some having a vendetta against posters who follow a different ship. I just don’t understand how things can turn so personally nasty when we’re talking about a fictional show and fictional romances that aren’t even canon!”

  84. The Pug puppies are ADORABLE!! Of course you want to get two. Pugs are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. or two. or three. or four. 🙂

    This comes from a person who is own by two Pugs herself.

    virginia
    Pugsley and Tyson

  85. Hi; I am designing and wanting to create an atlantean control pedestal. More info can be found at my website:

    http://chevronx.com/comput3r-case-creation-atlantean-control-panel

    Would you be able to supply me with a few more photos and measurements and anything else you think i might be interested in?

    Also I was wondering; in season 1 episode Hotzone; McKay mentioned he had a theory about charging the ZPM using the stargate, will that be mentioned at all in the future?

    Also another thought; a hyperdrive allows the ships to enter and exit subspace, almost like a ZPM. So why dont they make a modified hyperdrive to give them the power they need?

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

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