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.
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.