It was a chilly minus five degrees Celsius/23 degree Fahrenheit and my ears were getting numb. In my modest suit and dress shirt, I wasn’t exactly dressed for the weather but, in all fairness, when I left the house this morning I wasn’t expecting to experience the deep freeze. It is June 13th after all. “This is nothing compared to the Arctic,”offered cold-weather veteran Director Martin Wood…no doubt cozy warm in the winter coat and gloves he was sporting.

They were shooting a scene from Continuum on stage 2 which had been refrigerated for the occasion. While Michael and Amanda were outside thawing out, Martin was setting up his next shot which required Ben to make his way through the dark and frozen ship with only a flashlight to lead him. I had goosebumps and I could barely keep my teeth from chattering. It was that creepy. And cold.

Minutes later, Martin had his shot and called lunch. As the crew filed out, no doubt headed for warmer climes, Lawren and I hopped aboard and checked out the frosted boat. I was very careful to watch where I stepped, remembering all too well my experience with the Quest II faux snow that ended up stuck to the bottom of my shoes and just refused to come off despite my best hammer-and-chisel efforts. I snapped a few pics and then realized – we were the only ones left on set. Suddenly, I was struck by a horrible thought. “I hope they didn’t lock up the stage for lunch.” I imagined myself trying in vain to free myself from the giant meat locker environment and then, slowly but surely, succumbing to the cold and blacking out. I would awaken who knows how long later to a post-apocalyptic world where cavemen and chaos ruled, and guys wearing football helmet rode around on dinosaurs.

As it turns out, reality was far less exciting. The door was unlocked and I eventually returned to my office where we discussed Alan’s beat sheet for Rise of the Googlions Part Two.

Q&A –

M writes: “I wonder, are there any plans for you to “guest star” perhaps in a small role in SGA?”

Answer: Eventually, but I’m holding out for a bigger part.

Promogirl writes: “Did Amanda Tapping have to lobby you guys to let her keep the longer hair?”

Answer: She did come in at the beginning of the season and make the pitch for longer hair. Paul and I reserved judgment until we could see what the hair department had in mind. She’ll be mixing it up – lots of pig tails and beehive dos.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Back in May 4’s blog you were confronted about the same thing and you didn’t deny it. Your answer was you’re just not interested.”

Answer: You mistook my complete lack of interest for tacit approval. Happens to me all the time.

Patricia writes: “1)What year were you born? 2)Does Bam Bam have pugs because you talked him into them? 3)Have you ever traveled across Canada by car? 4)Have you ever done your own home renovations or are you stuck paying for them like I am?”

Answers: 1) 1965. 2) Don’t think so. 3) Nope. I’m not a road trip kind of guy although Lawren and I had a great time on our recent road trip to Norco Studios. 4) I get Fondy to do them. She’s quite the handiwoman.

JoshuaMeyers writes: “if you could put Tony Soprano in any other ending what would it be?”

Answer: The exact same ending except instead of an abrupt cut to black, we simply fade out.

Camy writes: “Not much has been mentioned for Ronon besides his big role in Reunion, can you share any additional tidbits or developments for Ronon’s character in Season 4?”

Answer: There are some nice character moments for Ronon throughout the season, but Reunion and Quarantine stand out in particular in this regard.

Bugguy writes: “ I’m going for Thai food this weekend. Any suggestions?”

Answer: Hmmm. Depends what you like. Fondy and I enjoy pad thai and chicken in yellow curry. Duck in red curry is also great but, really, it all depends on where you’re eating. There is also a terrific appetizer – flower-shaped pink dumplings stuffed with minced pork – that makes the occasional menu appearance. If they’re available, order them.

Anonymous #2 writes: “When Carter goes out on missions with the team, Sheppard will have to take orders from her. Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

Answer: Her history of disobeying the chain of command? Ah, please do tell. What hilariously creative reinterpretation of past events do you have to offer?

Anonymous #3 writes: “Ever had canard à la rouennaise?”

Answer: Not to the best of my knowledge.

Anonymous #4 writes: “Will Jack make an appearance in S4 ?”

Answer: Probably not.

Anonymous #5 writes: “So, has the “hidden clue” aired yet or is it coming up?”

Answer: The clue is in one of the final three episodes.

Anonymous #6 writes: “If the Ori storyline is rapped up in the first movie then will you explain why Daniel wouldn’t permanently take off for Atlantis?”

Answer: It would make sense for Daniel to visit Atlantis. If the right story comes along and Michael Shanks is game and available to make an appearance, we’d love to have him stop by.

Lisa Gabi Marie writes: “When the shows are all over and done with,(I hope some day not soon) what one piece from the show will you want to keep, and why?”

Answer: I can’t decide between Carl and Marty G. Either would look great in my living room.

80 thoughts on “June 13, 2007

  1. “Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    Answer: Her history of disobeying the chain of command? Ah, please do tell. What hilariously creative reinterpretation of past events do you have to offer? “

    I think you misread the question.

  2. Joe can you please refresh our memories on the time line for the movies in connection with SGA. This has already been answered by others so it is not a spoiler you would be giving away and I am too lazy to go looking for the quotes.

    I recall that either BW or RC (I think it was on those MGM interviews that were pulled) and AT have mentioned the time line and if I have it right it was that both movies come before SGA in the timeline allowing for the fact that Carter is now on SGA so it’s not like Carter bounces back and forth from SGA to SG-1 (even though AT has to do it in real life). Can you please confirm or correct. Thank you.

  3. Aw, Joe, the SG-1 pics just made my day. =)

    They could have come here to shoot–the past few days the temperature has been hovering around the 5-6 degree mark; sure, no -5 (hey, that’s just sweater weather! =P), but what the heck kind of place do we live in where it’s so friggin’ fall-ish in the middle of June?

    Maybe I should be ranting about this at the Weather Network or something…

    Did you happen to catch any of the Spacey awards on Sunday night? David Hewlett is something else–not sure what, exactly, but something. =P Very exuberant. *grin*

  4. Joe, love the blog, it keeps me laughing daily. Pugs are the greatest I grew up with one.

    I was wondering what your favorite chocolate is? Also how do you feel about buttercream caramels?

  5. It would make sense for Carter to VISIT Atlantis, too, but that hasn’t stopped you from plucking her away from her logical environment/home/friends/life and planting her on Atlantis. Have Earth’s two leading scientists (Carter and Mckay) both stationed in the field in an entirely remote galaxy? Sure, Earth’s all about misappropriation of assets. Pull Carter out of the field and off SG-1 instead of leading the team as she deserves? Sure. The character has to single-handedly bear the burden of trying to get Atlantis to another season. Almost every single fan who is unhappy with season four isn’t unhappy because Carter will show up. They’re unhappy because she’s on permanently. It makes no sense for Carter. It makes no sense for Atlantis. No one has a problem with Carter making a number of guest appearances. It was to be expected. But having her in 14 episodes is overkill. She is a hugely dominating character. You know how RDA was The Show in SG-1’s early years? That’s how Amanda Tapping is perceived nowadays by SG-1 fans. She’s huge, and the minute Carter steps foot on Atlantis she’s going to be the most important character there; the audience will gravitate towards her perspective and very much of what happens will be pinned under the “Carter’s Experiences” list that is already immense from SG-1. You’ve already seen the evidence yourself. Season four is, for many fans, already all about Carter. It’s not like it can be helped, and it’s not like the way you try to tell the story will matter all that much. Daniel, Teal’c, and Sam are just very dominating characters. Mitchell fell into the same boondoggle. You guys tried to make him into the focus of the show, a la O’neill, but he was quickly rejected because of the way he curtailed and marginalized Daniel, Teal’c, and especially Carter. Atlantis is Carter’s now. And it didn’t have to be.


  6. Anonymous #2 writes: “When Carter goes out on missions with the team, Sheppard will have to take orders from her. Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    Answer: Her history of disobeying the chain of command? Ah, please do tell. What hilariously creative reinterpretation of past events do you have to offer?

    Joe…

    I hate to throw a wrench into things when you’re in such fine snarky form…but I believe the poster was referring to Shep’s history of disobeying the chain of command, not Carter’s.

    With that in mind, how do you respond?

    MB 🙂

  7. Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions. Since we know that McKay will experience a few ‘dark moments’ and we’ll see some nice development for Teyla.

    Can you share with us anything about what to expect from Sheppard this season? Are their any particular episodes that stand out where we might see some nice or emotional moments? Anything vague or specific you’re willing to share?

  8. “Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    “Answer: Her history of disobeying the chain of command? Ah, please do tell. What hilariously creative reinterpretation of past events do you have to offer?”

    Aha ha ha wow, don’t yell at the poor guy when you totally misread what he was saying.

  9. Joe, I believe you misunderstood this question: “When Carter goes out on missions with the team, Sheppard will have to take orders from her. Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    The person was asking if Sheppard would disobey Carter’s orders, because it he who has the history of disobeying the chain of command. And if you can’t answer this exactly, can you at least give us a hint on who dishes out the orders when both Carter and Sheppard go off world for the same mission. DOes he say “yes ma’am” at least once?

  10. The refrigerated set and the costumes don’t seem to match up! When I see SG-1 in the desert camos, I think of sand and heat, not ice and cold. Interesting…

    I’m glad to hear that you weren’t stuck on Stage 2.

    So, have you been to Costco lately? And speaking of wholesale, does Vancouver have Sam’s Clubs as well?

  11. Anonymous #2 writes: “When Carter goes out on missions with the team, Sheppard will have to take orders from her. Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    Answer: Her history of disobeying the chain of command? Ah, please do tell. What hilariously creative reinterpretation of past events do you have to offer?

    I think you missread… maybe? Or is it part of something I’m obviously not getting?

  12. Hi Joe,

    YES!!!!! ….. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You did sneak over to the Continuum set and get a picture of Daniel/Michael in costume and what’s even better is Michael’s with Amanda!!!!!! Thank you so much Joe for braving the cold and getting some pictures for us fans. I’m even more excited now then I was before. I was really hoping that Daniel and Sam would have some scenes together….. I’ve
    sooo missed the science twins.

    (((((Thank you so much)))))

  13. “They were shooting a scene from Continuum on stage 2 which had been refrigerated for the occasion.”

    How do they do that ?
    Do you rent a stage that gets super cold or do you bring in equipment for that ? The stage looks pretty big.
    Thank you for the pictures.

  14. Well, I was going to point out that you’d misread that question, but… I think that’s been covered. LOL. Don’t worry–I’ve been having linguistic problems today, as well! I called a lady “Sir”!!!

    Thanks for the pictures–I can’t wait to see the movies and season four!! Any chances of snapping a few pics of a certain actor with the initials RDA?

  15. The clue is in one of the final three episodes.

    Does the clue have to do with how Michael was able to genetically engineer the “bugs” that he had in Vengeance? Did he learn what he knows about genetics from Carson somehow?

  16. Would it be right to assume that the reason you can’t give the name of Torri’s fourth episode because she’s only in three, not the four you said she was in?

    And ditto on everything to Anonymous with the great big rant about Carter.

    We don’t HATE the character. We just have issues with her coming in and taking over what is rightly Elizabeth’s position.

    If there’s a problem with the Weir character, that’s down to the writers, not the actress. How about you fire some of them, if they’re not up to the task of writing her to her full potential. The actress has done nothing wrong.

  17. Hey Joe,

    Couple of qq’s for you. 1. What is your favorite Soprano’s moment? Mine was the dream Tony had after whacking his buddy on the boat. The talking fish I will never forget! 2. I saw on gateworld you metiontioned Stargate Universe as a possible spinoff. Care to share any details so far, nothing like super secret, just like a base summary? Thanks man, keep up the great work, and nice look on the season 4 preview video, and I loved Mysterio and Rhino statues!

  18. Thank you so much for the pictures of the set, Amanda, and Michael.

    Could you take pictures of the new Gear Room set on Atlantis? David mentioned it in one of his postings and I’m curious. Thanks!

  19. Oh and another thing.

    I loved that preview on the MGM site. Keller is looking to be a delightful character and I can’t wait to get to see how she and Carter get along with the gang and help form a new dynamic.

    I’m also psyched about Carter in this role in general…but that’s a given. 😉 I think there’s a lot of potential there if you make use of it.

    I do have one big ol’ gripe though. Who do I yell at over there for them misspelling your name? I mean, they got it right in the first bit but later on screwed it up by leaving out a “z”.

    :\

  20. Hi Joe!
    If the “Midway” is the big cross-over episode, than which SG-1 character will be there? You said earlier Vala, Cameron and Jack won’t appear in season4. Can we expect to see Daniel, Teal’c or Hank in this episode?

  21. does it piss you off people telling you what does or doesn’t make sense in a universe you created?

  22. I was wondering why everyone looked so cold on a June day. Even in Canada, that’s a little unusual!

    Could you please send Fondy over to take care of some things at my house?

  23. Dear Joe,
    Thanks so much for the great pics on the Continuum set. What a treat. Please thank those who let you post their pics . Let them how much it means to us.
    It is 90 degrees here. I actually envied your ‘near death’ experience in the cooler . In this sweltering heat, it seemed you were bragging.
    Regarding the pups. I’d take as many dogs as money , space and quality time will allow. I’ve wanted a puppy for years but with a baby it wasn’t practical. Luckily we were able to rescue an older . large puppy. Be grateful that you favor small dogs. I’m drawn to X-large furry ones. We have to consider the dogs when we buy our vehicles.
    I assume that was Fondy in the pic preparing dinner. She’s cute!
    Is Uni for ‘the one ” ? Or does it mean something else. ?
    I agree with the poster about you making an appearance. I’d love you to have a significant part but a Stephen King type appearance would suffice . Perhaps Fondy or the pugs could get in a background shot somehow? Pleeeeeze We would love it.

  24. “When Carter goes out on missions with the team, Sheppard will have to take orders from her. Will there be any clashes between them considering his history of disobeying the chain of command?”

    Easy fix, don’t have it go on a lot of missions. I’m of a wait and see about Carter on SGA, and not going on missions would make most of us pretty happy since our big fear is of her taking over the show.

    Weir went on how many missions in three seasons? Maybe 3 or 4?

  25. You know how RDA was The Show in SG-1’s early years? That’s how Amanda Tapping is perceived nowadays by SG-1 fans. She’s huge, and the minute Carter steps foot on Atlantis she’s going to be the most important character there; the audience will gravitate towards her perspective and very much of what happens will be pinned under the “Carter’s Experiences” list that is already immense from SG-1.

    With all due respect, Atlantis fans – certainly the majority I know – gravitate more to the McKay/Sheppard POVs regardless of who is around them. Whilst I like the character of Weir, she does not hold as much weight in decision making as she would like and having Carter there will make for a better dynamic – somebody to challenge both adds for better drama.

    Season 4 is only about Carter because that is who the fans are becoming fixated on. Personally? I’m more interested in the Wraith births and plot than who may or may not be getting the final say in missions.

  26. Thank you so much for the pictures, especially of Amanda and Michael (and I think I spy Ben in one of them) – they make my day 🙂

  27. “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.”

    Rise of the Googlions…Beckett… does it have to do with Asuran nanites? the hint from the last three episodes , I mean. Does the two-parter have to do with the rise of a new race?

  28. Joe,

    Thanks for the behind the scenes pics from Continuum!

    Now for a behind the scenes question: Are the “hero prop” military weapons used on the show complete mock-ups or modified versions of the originals?

    Thanks,
    Jim

  29. Hi,
    Just saw the Spaceys, Congratulations to the show and to David.
    As I’m off work with the flu, I’v just caught up on the whole of your June Blogs.

    I’m quite happy to see Carter and any new characters in Season 4 as long as they add something to the show.(Just please not Lucian again, those two episode, Blegh!)

    I’m also quite intrigued as to the Carter/Sheppard chain of command dynamic(non ship). That should be quite different to the Weir/Sheppard work relationship.

    I specifically mean work relationships not the other implied ships, not that I don’t like ships, they can be very entertaining but I don’t have the restricted viewpoint that some people have regarding them.

    And to flip to another subject, what’s your view on Tofu and do you have any good receipes you would care to share?

  30. Joe,

    Having just watched “Sunday” for the second time, I’m prompted to ask this question:

    Just how many labs are there on Atlantis, devoted to abandoned Ancient experiments? Didn’t these people believe in recycling?

  31. I am so tired of your snarkiness, yet I can’t stop myself from reading 😉

    I am watching Season 1 on DVD right now, and I miss Torri already even though she’s not gone yet. You are sacrificing her in order to bring Amanda on. I am tired of Carter’s cutesy looks – she’s a good actress but really belongs on SG1.

    How can you the set people (you and co)who see the actors everyday, miss out on the great chemistry between Shep & Weir? I am not talking romantic chemistry, I am talking from a working POV. These two have working relationship & communication down to a science, and I for one enjoy watching them. Did you ever watch X-files? Did you ever see how Chris C. butchered the show in the later years? Really look to the past to prevent yourself from making the same mistakes.

    Carter will pout and do her techie babble like she always does. Yes she will be put in a leadership position, but she was in a leadership position w/ SG1 also. She is so very single dimensional even when there are great materials to work with. Her emotional expression only leaves me feeling “next”. Daniel would’ve been such a better addition to SGA, heck even Teal’c. Yes it’s one person’s opinion, but I felt the need to share.

    Oh well. Ultimately, you might not get your 5000/10000 extra viewers to tune in and show might be canceled (not what I want to see), in that event we will be left w/ DVDs and that’s ok.

  32. Answer: “It would make sense for Daniel to visit Atlantis. If the right story comes along and Michael Shanks is game and available to make an appearance, we’d love to have him stop by.”

    Thanks for answering my question about Daniel regarding Atlantis. Maybe the right story will come along in season 5. I would love to see him stop by.

    I love the pictures you posted from the Continuum set. Amanda and Mike look really cold. I think Amanda looks really nice with the longer hair and although I liked Mike’s “24” haircut, I’m glad he’s sporting his Daniel hair again.

    Thanks again for answering my question. Have a great day and try not to work too hard.

  33. Joe,

    I just wanted to say that I love you (in that totally plutonic, non-stalkerish way). My husband is totally cool with it, so Fondy need not worry. After reading your blogs comments everyday I am worried for your sanity. People can be downright petty and hateful. Here are some words of wisdom that I think all of your true supporters will back me up on…
    “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”
    …On second thought, I got nothin’…

  34. Speaking of Thai, have you ever tried Tom Kha Gai – it’s a wonderful coconut milk soup with galanga and lemon grass. Pretty tasty. There’s a restaurant in Chicago that makes the best I’ve ever had.

    Question, will our team face any new foes in the Pegasus Galaxy over the next couple of seasons (yes, I said couple of because I have faith!) – any new and exciting villains, alliances? Will we see anything more of the Nox or the Asgaard – maybe they’ll make an appearance in Pegasus?

  35. Hi Joe!

    Congratulations to you and the cast and crew on the Spacey awards. You all deserve it. Please pass on liberal amounts of congrats to everyone for us?

    anonymous said…
    If there’s a problem with the Weir character, that’s down to the writers, not the actress. How about you fire some of them, if they’re not up to the task of writing her to her full potential. The actress has done nothing wrong.

    Stop and think for a moment anonymous. If someone wrote to you and suggested that you fire some of your workmates – your friends – for whatever reason, valid or not, what would your reaction be? And just because you disagree with the way they’ve written the character doesn’t give you the right to suggest that they lose their job, thus subjecting them and their families to financial hardship, and if someone suggested the same thing about you you’d be incensed. Such comments are rude and thoughtless.

  36. Oh, and Lauriel, it’s okay for you to be all fired up about the writers. Consider the fact that Paul was dumped because they wanted to “shake things up”. They guy loved his job. He no longer has a job. Are you worried about his ability to support himself, or does that only extend to the people who were involved in his demise?

  37. My Solutions/SDJ/OurStargate alarm is going off – I think I detect the actress bashing of one of their members. Really Joe why do you give them a forum for their personal nastiness? Character nastiness fine but it’s the personal stuff (even if they try to disguise it which they are not very good at) that you should not tolerate and give credence to by making it public on your forum.

  38. Great pictures! I love Amanda’s new hair <3

    Does it get annoying when all everyone wants to moan at you about is Carter? I for one am totally excited about her going over to Atlantis for a season, I don’t usually watch, but with Carter there I will be tunning in.

  39. Thumbs-up on long-haired Carter. She’s looking great!

    I’m looking forward to both DVD movies, the rest of SG-1 and Atlantis this season, and next season or Atlantis.

    Great job to you guys and love the blog.

    Rich

  40. Since Carter will be heading Atlantis, does this mean she was promoted to Colonel?

    Nice pictures by the way 😉

  41. Season 4 is only about Carter because that is who the fans are becoming fixated on.

    Agreed.

    It’s interesting how differently the Beckett fans and the Weir fans react. The former had a positive campaign that they forcibly steered away from personal insults and unecessary abuse to support something they truly believed in.

    Whilst I understand the Weir fans are unable to do this now as the series is all but wrapped up writing-wise, might it not be a better idea for them to stop slating a series they haven’t seen and start promoting it?

    Yes, you may not like Carter and yes, you may want to boycott it on some weird principles based on actress loyalty.. BUT, if you don’t suuport the show as a WHOLE, there won’t even be a Season 5 for you to have Weir return in.

  42. That’s right, Joe. It’s all about Carter. For just about everyone. It’s the Carter show now, for good or ill.

  43. Anonymous said: My Solutions/SDJ/OurStargate alarm is going off -……

    Cool! You have an alarm that tells you who is posting and what forum they belong to. I bet Joe would love to know your secret. Care to share your secret? What forum do you think that I post on? Better yet, who’s my favorite character, am I an Sg1 fan or an Atlantis fan?

    Since I doubt that you’re the incredible Kreskin let me help you.
    I’m an SG1 fan, I’m a huge fan of the original team – Sam and Daniel are my favorites, and there’s not enough money in the world to get me to post on any forum right now with all the anger.

    I know that your post was not directed at me because I love Sam and I’m very excited for her to be on Atlantis, but it’s hard for me to understand why you would think that all anti-Sam comes from one forum. Joe does his research and I’m sure he’s aware of all the anger on lots of forums about Sam coming to Atlantis. If you think it is a tiny group of Daniel fans on one board then you need to set your alarm for a wakeup call!!

  44. *waves*

    Sorry Joe, i’ve got too much time on my hands today…

    anonymous who has no sense of decorum said…
    If there’s a problem with the Weir character, that’s down to the writers, not the actress. How about you fire some of them, if they’re not up to the task of writing her to her full potential. The actress has done nothing wrong.

    In response Lauriel said…
    Stop and think for a moment anonymous. If someone wrote to you and suggested that you fire some of your workmates – your friends – for whatever reason, valid or not, what would your reaction be? And just because you disagree with the way they’ve written the character doesn’t give you the right to suggest that they lose their job, thus subjecting them and their families to financial hardship, and if someone suggested the same thing about you you’d be incensed. Such comments are rude and thoughtless.

    Not sure if this is the same anon but Anonymous said…
    Oh, and Lauriel, it’s okay for you to be all fired up about the writers. Consider the fact that Paul was dumped because they wanted to “shake things up”. They guy loved his job. He no longer has a job. Are you worried about his ability to support himself, or does that only extend to the people who were involved in his demise?

    Cheeky who loves a good debate says

    I’ll reply to the ‘no sense of decorum Anon’ and i’m assuming the follow up Anon! Okay hon, let’s talk sense here.. firstly have the courage of your convictions and post under a name… or areyour arguments so pathetic that you have to post as anon? Secondly that dig was not a dig at the Weir fans,the majority are very well behaved. But why not go back and read your post.Was that a good way to put your arguments forward as to why you think Weir is a good leader and should be back? Might I suggest you do something constructive with your time in the Save Dr Weir campaigne instead of posting comments that are laughable and damaging to your cause… And just where have the writers/execs/producers said that the actress has done anything wrong and that’s the reason for her reocurring status? What you seem to fail to understand isthat It’s buisness, it’s not personal. So why don’t you get off your high horse and do something constructive instead of being nasty and rude. Is there really any need for it?

    The acting world is a fickle business. Paul and Torri don’t appear to have any grudges, so why have you got such a big chip on your shoulders? If they did feel as badly as you seem to be,(which I don’t believe), do you really think they’d want to work in such a hostile environment where they were apparently shafted and hard done to?

    So if they aren’t up in arms over the whole ‘shake up’ then might I suggest that you take a leaf out of their book by showing a bit of respect in your posts. You can always put a good argument forward without resorting to…being rude.

    Didn’t mean to go off on one, sorry again. I’m going now..but might be back later. 😛

    Oooh while i’m here. Title for ‘Rise of the googlions’ What about Ragnarok? You know, it would be easier to come up with a title if you gave us a lil iddy bitty clue. 🙂

    *hugs*

  45. So much negativity… *sigh*

    Since I think more positive posts are also needed, I’m going to say AGAIN what I’ve said before – Yes I’m nervous about a few of the changes but I’m also very curious to see what is going to happen in Season 4!

    Everything I’ve read so far from you and the other producers has me interested in seeing what will happen in season 4. Yes I realize many are having the opposite reaction, but not me! I think a lot of what has been said has been interesting and it sounds like you all are working hard to make the fourth season the best yet!

    Thanks for the awesome show and know that at least one fan is excited about what is to come.

  46. “Yes, you may not like Carter and yes, you may want to boycott it on some weird principles based on actress loyalty.. BUT, if you don’t suuport the show as a WHOLE, there won’t even be a Season 5 for you to have Weir return in.”

    Do you honestly think there will be a season 5 and that Weir will miraculously appear in it? Hey I am all for Season 5 – honestly I am, but not w/ Carter in it. Don’t point to the fans for making it Carter’s show, point to the writers/producers. They are the ones promoting it as such in their blogs/video documentary. What they hey – honestly, I just want some more eye candy Joe. So gimme some Shep Thunk (hopefully shirtless Shep) – and I am all happy.

  47. My Solutions/SDJ/OurStargate alarm is going off – I think I detect the actress bashing of one of their members. Really Joe why do you give them a forum for their personal nastiness? Character nastiness fine but it’s the personal stuff (even if they try to disguise it which they are not very good at) that you should not tolerate and give credence to by making it public on your forum.

    …. me thinks someone hides. Last time I checked we all lived in a free world (well ok, for the most part) and are able to express our opinions freely. It’s up to the “blog authors” discretion to post/not post. Don’t babysit.

  48. Carter, Carter, Carter, how kool is that!!!!! I’ll be watching fer sure now yes because it is all about Carter.

  49. Eeee Gaads! Who doesn’t like Carter? She’s awesome. I love Weir too. Can’t we love both of them simultaneously?

  50. anonymous said…
    Oh, and Lauriel, it’s okay for you to be all fired up about the writers. Consider the fact that Paul was dumped because they wanted to “shake things up”. They guy loved his job. He no longer has a job. Are you worried about his ability to support himself, or does that only extend to the people who were involved in his demise?

    I rather think you miss the point – it being that it is not polite or appropriate to suggest that anyone should be fired.. and, IMHO, particularly not out of childish spite that you are not getting what you want out of something you don’t control.

    Much as I am sorry to see Paul go and Torri’s role to reduce, they are very talented people who work in an industry where this is the nature of the business. Roles change, parts end. They are aware of this and I’m sure they would be disappointed to think that because of thistheir fans would direct spite and acrimony at the show and their friends on cast and crew with whom they have worked for 3+ years.

  51. “She’ll be mixing it up – lots of pig tails and beehive dos. “

    LOL! Beehive? Gawd.

    Gilder

  52. Sorry joe, i’m feeling rather opinionated today. See this is why I never have days off, as I tend to get myself into mischief!

    *cough*

    rebekah said…
    Eeee Gaads! Who doesn’t like Carter? She’s awesome. I love Weir too. Can’t we love both of them simultaneously?

    —————-

    You like Carter and Weir *iz shocked and appalled* Didn’t you know Rebekah? You’re not allowed to like two characters. My goodness young lady, has the fandom not taught you anything at all? You’re only supposed to like one character and then you have to bash all the other characters to make sure people know your character is the best of the bunch. So i’m very sorry Rebekah to have to tell you this, but you’re going to have to make a choice. Heartbreaking though it is, you can’t possibly like the fact that both women have strengths and weakness, nor could you possibly like the fact that both those characters are a role model to women, and both will do a fantastic job, whatever role they do in S4. But forget all that, you have to abide by those rules of the fandom. The whole ‘I like two characters’, verges on the ridiculous! So in the words of Kolya, “Chose and go.” 😀

    Okay, i’ll behave now, I promise. 😛

    Thank you for the pix Mr M, I promise to restrain myself from commenting any further.

    *kicks herself off Joe’s blog*

  53. So is Atlantis supposed to be an ensemble show? Because a lot of the time McKay and Sheppard have been getting the most screen time and story lines. Atlantis is my favorite show, and I’ll keep watching no matter what, but I’d like to see a lot more of Teyla and Ronon. They seem like they’re just supporting roles (maybe they’re meant to be but I just assumed it was an ensemble show). They have scenes in almost every episode then take a step back to let McKay and Sheppard save the day, bickering with the same jokes that we’ve heard a little too often over the past episodes. I mean, I love McKay, but screen time is wasted showing him in yet another suit, struggling to open a door, and doing so very slowly since he’s in some sort of space or water environment. That’s probably an editor’s call, but I’d rather see the panicked people he’s trying to get to or the like.

    I’ll leave this open for you to twist to derive whatever meaning you like, but it would be nice to see a change from the white man show of McKay and Sheppard.

    The last episode aired – “Submersion” – was, though it involved McKay and Sheppard bickering in suits yet again, interesting to me because of the utilization of Teyla and her skills. Both aliens are so rich in possibilities for their character but we haven’t seen much of their unique abilities yet.

    I hope that changes soon. I love their quirks (like Teal’c’s!). Thanks for a great show!

  54. I guess Claudia Black’s fans cannot count on at least one pic of her on “Continuum” set?

  55. As for the “Rise of the Googlions” challenge, how’s this:

    “Gilderans Ascendant”

    “Racadillos Rising”

    “The Satex Supremacy”

    On second thought, “Satex” (Texas backward) WOULD be a good alien name…!

    G.

  56. This is probably a dumb question but I’m going to ask anyway. You guys created all of the characters from both shows except Jack and Daniel. Because Jack and Daniel are the characters from the original movie does that mean that you guys are restricted in anyway on how the characters are used?

    BTW Love the pics of Michael and Amanda.

  57. Why was Jack not in Unending??? I think this is wrong. I did not enjoy the episode at all because Landry didn’t deserve to be in it instead of Jack. Terrible showmaking.

  58. Dee in South Africa said…

    Oh, it’s turning out to be another one of those nights.
    Pass the popcorn…

    Heh. Who needs shipper wars when Carter can create a frenzy all by herself. 😉

  59. I thought I would change the tone of today’s comments and ask a rare question about the show. Were most or all of the Wraith in Pegasus hibernating when the events of Rising 1 and 2 happened? I mean besides the “caretakers” for the others. Some people have said that every hive ship had/has its own Hibernating cycle depending on their “feeding grounds.” So that at any given time there were some Hive ships awake and culling their feeding grounds. Or is there no definate info on this because a show bible was never created at the beginning of the show.
    Thanks for your time!!

  60. i’m really glad there are ppl that speak up and say they like carter and are glad she’s going to be on atlantis. i really have no idea how many ppl are behind these obnoxious remarks, but i’d sure take your opinions more seriously if you weren’t so hell-bent on being a behind while saying it.

    (((amanda and sam fans)))

    sally 🙂

  61. anonymous said…
    Oh, and Lauriel, it’s okay for you to be all fired up about the writers. Consider the fact that Paul was dumped because they wanted to “shake things up”. They guy loved his job. He no longer has a job. Are you worried about his ability to support himself, or does that only extend to the people who were involved in his demise?
    ]

    I would be sad personally at the loss of a character I loved, and I would be sad for Paul that he no longer has a job that he obviously loved, but it is the nature of the business. The actors are fully aware of the longevity of the roles they undertake. And Paul losing his job through the nature of a creative/executive decision is in no way comparable to someone writing in and suggesting he get sacked purely because they didn’t like a creative decision he made.

    I ask again, how would you feel if someone wrote in to you and suggested you fire your friends for a decision they made at work – a decision that was well within their job description, for that matter. Feel free to dislike what they write, but asking for them to be sacked solely to accommodate your personal likes or dislikes is rude and narcissistic.

  62. Since Carter is in season four of SGA and the SG-1 movies, how dos the time line work to explain Carter in both of them?

  63. According to a report on IMDb, Boston Legal has gotten rid of four cast members: Julie Bowen, Rene Auberjonois, Constance Zimmer, and Mark Valley, although it looks like “Hands” will be a regular now. Thoughts? Personally, I’m especially upset about Rene and Mark leaving, though I’m hopeful about the Jerry Espensen character being more prominent and John Larroquette joining the cast.

  64. When people write they tend to follow a certain style. Makes it easy to pick them out if you pay attention when you read. Just sayin’.

  65. Hi Joe! Awesome pics 🙂

    Quick question though….you’ve said that Sam will be a fully-fledged Colonel in both the two movies, AND in the S4 of Atlantis. Not sure if you can answer this, but we’ll see…..

    Is Cameron be a fully-fledged Colonel also, or does Sam now out-rank him?

    Thanks so much!!

  66. Gosh how much negativity around here. How is SGA becoming the Carter show?! I remember reading she is in 14 out 0f 20 episodes. She will be more of a supporting character. She will take help and listen to advice from the people around her (AT own words about S4). She will also film fewer hours than the rest of the cast. I can understand that some would still want Weir around, I enjoy her character too but I’m still interested in the changes and will give S4 a go before I say anything bad about it.

    Untill I see otherwise I think Carter will be just that, a supporting character…sort of like Hammond or Landry and no more than Weir! The people that say that she will take over the show, is simply overreacting cause you are to focused on her coming to SGA, nothing more.

    I’m looking forward to next season of SGA and will be interested to watch the two SG1 movies.

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