When I was a kid, I was a huge Star Wars fan. So much so that I must have seen the movie about twelve times during its first month in release. I also had a Star Wars scrapbook in which I collected all of the interviews, articles, and pictures I’d happened to come across. It was a big, fat green duotang replete with reflections and images of what I, at the time, considered to be the greatest movie ever made, and it still sits somewhere in my parents’ garage, no doubt sandwiched between my old handwritten short stories and my Adam and the Ants LP’s. Yes, at one time I was a fervent Star Wars fan. Fortunately, Return of the Jedi and the Ewoks came along to divest me of my obsessive passion. Still, in those early years, I would collect anything and everything related to Star Wars because I was that big a fan.

Nowadays, although I’m no longer driven by the same single-minded enthusiasm, I still consider myself a fan of certain shows, books, even authors. And while I won’t be scouring the various color publications for interesting photos to add to my Sopranos scrapbook, I still love coming across the occasional behind-the-scenes snippets that shed light on aspects of the creative process or offer up tiny but complimentary pieces to the ever-evolving puzzle that is the show/book/author.

In short, I can empathize with the fans. I often think to myself “If I was a fan of X, what would I like to see? What would I like to know about?” Well, a lot of the time, what I’d like to see and know about are things I know I’ll never be privy to. On the other hand, I’m always delighted whenever I come across an unexpected little tidbit that helps round out my overall appreciation for something.

Which is why, when it comes to this blog, I do try to include a variety of Stargate-related items for interested and obsessed. I try to mix it up – a few photos here, a few anecdotes there – always striving to reward the fans while ensuring they don’t become overwhelmed. I ask myself “If I was a fan of the show, what would I like to see?”

Well, how about a peek at the Art Department design package for Miller’s Crossing for starters? A look at the layouts for both Sheppard and McKay’s quarters perhaps? Yes? No? For all those itching to build their own Atlantis dioramas, here’s the goods.

Or how about a semi-regular Q&A section where fans can receive vague and often purposely confusing responses to their burning Stargate-related queries…

Dustin writes: “You forgot to post what we have to do to be submitted into the contest.”

Answer: Absolutely nothing. Everyone who drops by to say hi, compliment and/or complain is automatically entered. Winner will be announced in tomorrow’s blog entry.

Arctic Goddess writes: “If I ask a question and want to pursue more detail in your answer, or want to discuss, oh, say, film studies in universities, would you continue to answer that question in an over all discussion, or do you only want to answer one-off questions, like the lightning round in a game show?”

Answer: I’ll consider any and all questions, and try to answer most. As for the ones I skip, it’s usually because they’ve Already Been Answered (ABA), I Can’t Answer at the risk of releasing a major spoiler (CA), or simply Won’t Answer (WA) because although I may be a little wacky, but I‘m not outright insane. For example…

Anonymous #1 writes: “…since you’ve only mentioned the names of three eps for Torri, does that mean she’ll only be in three?”

Answer: ABA.

Anonymous #2 writes: “…will we see bloopers and outtakes on the season 3 dvds?”

Answer: ABA.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Hey Joe, ok Torri is in Adrift, Lifeline, This Mortal Coil…and which other, cause u said she was in four episodes.”

Answer: CA.

Anonymous #4 writes: “Can we expect some extra angsty sexual tension between Shep and Teyla this season?”

Answer: WA.

Anonymous #5 a ecrit: “Qui choisiriez vous shep/weir ou shep/teyla ou shep/mckay ou sheppard tout seul?”

Reponse: WA.

PG15 writes: “Has that last episode place in Season 4 been filled yet?”

Answer: No yet.

Ayla writes: “How’s hiatus treating you? Writing going well?”

Answer: Reading and writing. I’m into Act the Third of The Kindred Part I. So far, so good.

Desi writes: “…chocolate & amaretto cheesecake topped with chocolate sauce…”

Answer: I’m intrigued. I’m enjoying an Amaro con Ameretti chocolate as I write this.

Amy writes: “Is there anything we can do to let TPTB know season 5 will be a smart move for them?”

Answer: The show’s producers and studio already know a fifth season would be a smart move for us. It’s the network that will need the convincing. But I have a feeling they already know. Seriously. What’s not to love?

Jen Kirk writes: “You seem to really dislike the “It was all a dream” solution on bringing Bobby Ewing back on Dallas. Since it’s a non sci fi show (so there are some limitations) how would you have brought him back?”

Answer: He faked his own death. Granted, it’s a bit of a stretch, but at least they wouldn’t have had to discount an entire season. Hmmm. I wonder how that season sells on DVD?

Hannah writes: “If you were to introduce someone to SGA and SG-1, which episode(s) would you pick to get them hooked?”

Answer: SG-1 (2010, Heroes I and II, Window of Opportunity). Atlantis (Rising, Duet, Phantoms, Be All My Sins Remember‘d).

Imitation Tofu writes: “Downloading doesn’t explain why the ratings started at 1.5 and have dropped since then.”

Answer: But according to a recent study, Tivo and DVR use does account for the drop.

Anonymous #6 writes: “How much say do female Guest Stars have in their wardrobe? If they are uncomfortable in a revealing outfit, will the costume department make it more conservative? Or will TPTB say “we need that male 18 to 25 year old demographic,” get another actress?”

Answer: The costume department designs and makes the wardrobe for a given episode and will make whatever necessary alterations to ensure the actor or actress is comfortable. We have never made any costume decisions based on any desire to appeal to a certain demographic, nor have we ever replaced a performer for as silly a reason as you’ve suggested.

Jim from Jersey writes: “Are you a fan of hot or do you enjoy it mostly as an accompaniment?”

Answer: I love spicy foods. The entire first shelf of my refrigerator is dedicated to my hot sauce collection.

Alipeeps writes: “Dans le cas des contracts des acteurs, c’est parce qu’ils sont privés! Est-ce que vous aimieriez que votre chef discute les détails de votre contrat avec n’importe qui?”

Answer: What an impressive command of the French language! You put me to shame.

183 thoughts on “June 25, 2007

  1. Millions of light years from Earth and no bathrooms! I do hope Sheppard and McKay have good bladder control.
    Have a good day Pauline

  2. Hey joe thanks for the awesome snippets of pics today!

    Question for the day- Chocolate do you ever like it frozen?

  3. I ask myself “If I was a fan of the show, what would I like to see?”

    Vikitty says: Flocking!!

    Just kidding! But it’s great that you’re able to empathize with the fans.

    Thanks for answering my questions about Hong Kong by the way! Been busy and haven’t been able to stop on by these couple of days. Hope you’re enjoying your break!

  4. Thanks for the pics! Is the turtle terrarium for Carson’s wee baby turtles? If so, it’s good to know they survived and someone is looking out for them.

    Just let us know if we need to send encouraging letters to the network for a fifth season. 🙂

  5. You own.. indeed, still own.. Adam and the Ants LPs. That’s it. It’s over. Your supervillain reputation lies in tatters.. all is lost…

    Seriously, the pics are fab (though hey, how come McKay gets a patio with his room?!!) and thank you for the care and precision with which you dispense snippets and anecdotes and teases… and misinformation! 🙂 It is all greatly appreciated.

    P.S. Ummmm.. what on earth is a duotang?

  6. Wow, what rock have you been hiding under? Mininova passed the 2 billion downloads mark the other day. Literally millions of people have been routinely downloading their television for a couple of years now.

    Lol, apparently, a nice cozy one. I don’t even know what Mininova is. That’s what I mean, though. People who never thought about downloading before (me included) got a, uh, crash course … and then some. Wasn’t all that great, to tell the truth. Not really my cup of tea.

    EC

  7. Hey Joe, thanks for the pics/ sneak peeks as per usual.

    Deep fried mars bars….like ’em, hate ’em, not fussed? enquiring minds and all that

  8. *waves*

    Ahhh *sniff* Carson’s wee baby turtles.

    Thank you for the concept art, but no beds? Are they not planning on sleeping in season 4? Mind you if I went to bed and dreamed of evil Shep…. *think PG thoughts, think PG thooughts* 😛

    Ah Star Wars, first film I ever saw! I remember standing in lie to watch it when it first came out, and us kids each got a Star Wars pillowcase. If memory serves me right, i’ve still got it hidden away somewhere! Oooh wonder how much i’d get for it on Ebay… oh and I think I have an E.T figure with the glow heart and finger somewhere and the Millenium Falcon…

    As a parting goodnight, thank you for taking the time out to give us some goodies, it is appreciated.

  9. Joe,

    I like that quirky behind the scenes stuff. Keep it coming. Next time include a shot of Weir’s room for when she returns in Season 5. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

    On to the question of the day…
    Frozen Snickers Bars – Yay or Nay?

    I always seem to like my chocolate cold for some reason…..

    Cheers!
    SMB_BOOKS

  10. Awww…x2 turtles for Rodney? That’s so…freaking awesome. I love this kind of attention detail! I really hope you guys made good use of it, like starting the scene by panning from the turtle terranium to where the action is at, or something.

    Freaking sweet. I can’t overemphasize this.

    Ok, let’s see…is the hint for Carson’s return in Vengeance?

  11. You’re not the only one that had made a scapbook for something. I had started making one for “Ghostbusters 2”, but that only lasted for about 3 pages when I realized there wasn’t that much info on the movie. So I filled the rest of the scapbook with New Kids stuff. Can’t you tell that I’m a teenager of the late ’80s ?!

    Anyway, just dropping in to say thanks for the sneak peeks of the backstage doings. Even if they are not much, its still enjoyable to see and/or read about.

    Don’t have any questions..everyone else asks them before I even think of them! 🙂

  12. Imitation Tofu writes: “Downloading doesn’t explain why the ratings started at 1.5 and have dropped since then.”

    Answer: But according to a recent study, Tivo and DVR use does account for the drop.

    Joe, do you have access to those numbers? If that’s true then the reported ratings + tivo and dvr later run ratings should = higher, more stable numbers throughout the season. Is that the case or are you going on assumption?

  13. Dropping a “hi.” Anything for the chance to get fake snow (as if I don’t get enough of the real ones in Calgary). Congratulations on 250000 visits on your most entertaining blog! Here’s to 250000 more: could we hope for an upgrade to a “fake rain” contest?

  14. You know, that piece of flocking would go great next to my “I was an extra on ‘The Sixth Man'” purple foam Dawg paw. I believe Gary Jones even played a sports writer in that movie. 🙂

  15. I love how Beckett’s turtles are in McKays room. Beckett’s line about his “Wee baby turtles” is one of my favorite of the series, it came out of nowhere and that made it great. I am glad to see the turtles have a new home.

  16. Love the quarters layout. Stuff like this always fascinates me.

    When I write, I tend to sketch out room/building layouts so I get the “feel” right. I found myself laying out an entire mortuary for my first book. I think part of me always wanted to be an architect, so I geek out at blueprint and set sketches. ::g::

    Question: Have you ever tried Gearhart’s Chocolates? It’s a tiny Virginia chocolatier and they make a fabulous product. I only discovered them a few years ago when I attended Virginia Festival of the Book and ate lunch in a brilliant little cafe that served 4 chocolates as dessert. Gorgeous!

  17. PG15 said…
    Oh, and Alipeeps, Duotangs

    Okay. Thanks for that. I wasn’t aware there was a specific name for such things! 😆

    I’ve just realised.. Joe, not only has the whole “Antmusicgate” thing done irreperable damage to your evil notoriety but.. you’ve also just publicly outed yourself as a latent scrapbooker! Is this the beginning of the end for our plucky hero… *ahem* villain? Will future blog entries be filled with descriptions of stash stroking and rapturous reviews of the new line of papers from Basic Grey? Tune in next week.. *ahem* errr… tomorrow to find out….!!

  18. I’m glad to know that im not the only one who (shall we say obsessivley) made scrapbooks when younger.
    Granted mine were of the football team i supported but the underlying principle was the same.

    Have you ever had Butlers irish chocolate?

  19. oh and i totally forgot to say.

    season 4 sounds great so far.

    i for one can’t wait.

    keep up the great work.

  20. Those blueprints for Sheppard and McKay’s quarters are just COOL!!!

    OMG Rodney has adopted Carson’s turtles. *snif*. I love my show!

    spike21

  21. First of all, I just wanted to say that I think it’s really awesome that you post EVERDAY in your blog. My friend(mackenziesmomma) told me about your blog about a week ago and I was hooked from the very first read. I think it’s really cool that you try to connect with the fans like this. My friend Meagan and I are going to Vancouver this August and reading your blog has given us some really good ideas for places to go to. Your talk of Monde Chocolat and the best sushi place have us even more excited for our trip than before! Thanx and looking forward to future entries!

    Cheers, Dani

  22. I ask myself “If I was a fan of the show, what would I like to see?”

    T.A.M. says :It’s not really what I would like to see, but what i would like to know from Carter:
    I would like to know that O’neill has FINALLY bought a dog!! 😀 Shippy moment!!YAY!

  23. Just so you know one fan’s perceptions — none of those episodes you mentioned, with the exception of Rising would have attracted me to either show. Nor were they or would they be the episodes I used to hook my friends on either show.

    Thanks for all the little behind the scenes tidbits you give us — you are right in that we are interested in whatever you feel you can share.

  24. Hey!

    Does that count?

    If I win though, I don’t want fluff. I just want a tour of your office. I’ve read that it is quit interesting.

    J

  25. Hello Joe,

    So the possibility of Daniel doing a guest spot on Atlantis in season 4 – is that an ABA question, a CA question or a we’re not sure yet question?

  26. “Millions of light years from Earth and no bathrooms! I do hope Sheppard and McKay have good bladder control.”

    Will we EVER see bathrooms, showers, or sinks in Atlantis? PLEEEASE don’t say they do #2 in the ocean!

  27. Hey Joe,
    Since hiatus has started shouldn’t you get to making ice cream? I had parsnip ice cream when I was in Toronto recently, given it was on top of caramel pudding. Any veggies you could see putting in a “stand alone” ice cream?

  28. Oh, nice! Great images— I’d definitely say that’s the kind of thing that keeps us going. Uh… isn’t that the Milky Way gate, though, surrounding the front page picture of McKay and Jeannie?

    Anyways. Speaking of ‘fan-insight’… If you were in our position, what would -you- want to know? I mean… what’s the kind of stuff you’d be asking?

  29. Aw, that’s so sweet to see that McKay’s going to have turtles. And I’m assuming they’re Carson’s, so that makes it even more special.

    Just don’t let Sheppard near them or he’ll be having soup!

  30. So, what recycling do you have on Atlantis> The water and the sandwiches from the mess are now plastic wrapped and even branded. I can understand product placement from a production element, but please, at least give us an in-story reason why plastic water bottles are shipped all the way between galaxies – and that they are not just thrown away after.

  31. No bathrooms Joe?!! I’d think out of all the cast those two could possibly have a private loo.

    So are you sleeping in late now that you’re on break? I find myself unable to sleep in even when I am on vacation. Days are lazier, but it’s hard to break the 5:00 AM wake-up habit.

  32. Points to you for the turtles. But really, these poor people need a bathroom, ya know? Or maybe they just plant shrubs on their balconies and ……. hey, wait a minute!

  33. “Sanssong said…
    Anjirika said… Question 2) Will Rachell be taking time off for her baby and if so what are the chances of brining back Elizabeth?

    *headdesk* Why oh why do some of you always think that if Rachel or some other actor on the show were gone, it would mean Torri could come back?!! The two are NOT related.

    I would imagine if Rachel, Amanda and David all left at the same time, they STILL wouldn’t bring Torri back. She’s being written out of the show, and from what I understand she will be in “Ford-land” and we won’t know what became of her.

    The decision’s been made they decided to go in a different direction with the cast of Atlantis and that’s not going to change. “

    For crying out loud. SANSSONG and ALIPEEPS need to stop playing posting police, both here and on GW, and let people ask whatever the hell they want.

    Believe it or not, neither one of you is the person the initial poster wanted an answer from. My guess is that (shock horror) she wanted to hear something from JM.

    Get off your high horses and stop patrolling around like you’re somone’s mother, or like you have to put people in their place.

    Now a joke:

    How many self-righteous, forum patrolling SGA fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

    One. She holds on and the world revolves around her….

    If anyone takes offense to that, then you obviously have a guilty conscience.

  34. Joe,

    Maybe you could help me answer this for a Stargate RPG game we’re involved in – In “Bad Guys”, Mitchell suggests that Landry could simply send them a laptop with the dialing program to replace the damaged DHD. Obviously, a power source is also required.

    What would be the feasibility of the SGC giving each SG team a small laptop (say, a Vaio) and a liquid naquadah cell from a staff weapon, which used in conjunction could become an “emergency DHD”? We’ve seen SG1 and Sheppard’s team stranded enough times that surely there is precedent. My character is a tech sergeant working under Dr. Lee, (season 4 timeline) and would like to impress General Hammond with his invention.

  35. SG-1 (2010, Heroes I and II, Window of Opportunity). Atlantis (Rising, Duet, Phantoms, Be All My Sins Remember‘d).

    I completely agree with your SG-1 recommendations. I have already hooked two different people–and myself lol–with “Window of Opportunity” which brings me to my question.

    What in the world was Daniel asking O’Neill about at the beginning of each loop? Poor Jack couldn’t remember, and the more times I see it, the more I need to know!

    Thanks for the room diagrams that’s very interesting.

    Royal

  36. Aww Turtles! That’s so cute. I assume it’s a homage to Beckett? And wow I didn’t think you were been serious about the fake snow! Good on you! Giveing back to the fans

  37. Joe-

    Never actually watched Dallas, but I would assume “I faked my death” would work quite well, it being a glorified soap opera (night-time drama my ass!)

    The “dream season” was Season 7, which goes on sale on Amazon on July 31 (yeah, sad, I looked it up). It was the cliffhanger season finale of Season 8 that saw him come back.

    My aunt is a rabid Dallas fan, so here is some useless knowledge on the famous “shower scene”:

    Pam (Victoria Principal) wakes up to someone in the shower. They filmed that scene last, with her opening the door to an empty shower. She, nor the rest of the cast (minus Larry Hagman), had no clue what was going on. They all found out when it aired that it was Bobby (Patrick Duffy)was in the shower.

    I know you will sleep better tonight knowing that piece of TV trivia.

  38. Sheppard has no chemistry with Teyla. None. It just isn’t there. Never has been and never will be. They have never been an appealing ship to the main fanbase.

    Shep and Teyla have all the appeal together of watching paint dry.

  39. Not sure if you got this question yet…but have you guys got the ratings for First Strike and Unending??

  40. Well, a lot of the time, what I’d like to see and know about are things I know I’ll never be privy to. On the other hand, I’m always delighted whenever I come across an unexpected little tidbit that helps round out my overall appreciation for something.

    Which is why we enjoy this blog so much.

  41. I’m such a sap but I have to be honest: I welled-up a bit when I saw the turtle-terrarium in McKay’s quarters. Thank you for making this fangirl’s day!

  42. So the possibility of Daniel doing a guest spot on Atlantis in season 4 – is that an ABA question, a CA question or a we’re not sure yet question?

    ABA.

  43. Crystal said…
    Just so you know one fan’s perceptions — none of those episodes you mentioned, with the exception of Rising would have attracted me to either show. Nor were they or would they be the episodes I used to hook my friends on either show.

    Your point? Joe mentioned episodes *he* thought would be a good attraction for new viewers. I’m sure he realizes other people have different perceptions.

  44. You were a Star Wars collector too, eh? Due to the fact that my family was very poor growing up, I couldn’t buy all the toys, props, books, posters, models, action figures etc. but I still have my ‘Welcome to the Fan Club’ note signed by Geroge Lucas (I’m still a member of the official fan club, started in 1978). Your art department drawings reminded me that I also have first edition schematic blueprints of the M. Falcon, the Death Star, the Mos Eisley Cantina and a few other sets/places. The one thing I treasured above all else was a 1977 first edition/hot off the presses copy of the official Star Wars comic book, which told the entire movie from start to finish. I made the mistake of lending it to a friend who, like the trusting idiot she was, lent it to someone else (someone I hated) and I never saw the comic book again. Do you know how much that would be worth now? I just Googled it. $39 to &45. Ugh, I could kill her!

    KJC

    Goody-twos, goody-twos, goody-goody two-shoes, don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do ya do…

  45. “nor have we ever replaced a performer for as silly a reason as you’ve suggested.”

    Sorry, don’t know how to make it do the italics thingy. For what reasons would you replace a performer (besides the obvious scheduling conflict issues)?

  46. Well, in honor of you having a good writing day, I made walnut prawns (aka mayonaise shrimp). Turned out pretty well.

    Do you find it easier to write at home (and if so how do you tune out distractions, resist the urge to check email every ten minutes or so, play with the pugs, stay out of the kitchen) or at the studio?

  47. Joe’s quarters are so… bare! Good to see the turtles are coming to set. 🙂

    Picture of McKay’s cat – in Duet, there is a picture of the cat, but its a completely different cat than the one McKay gave to his neighbour. Has he had more than one?

    Have you been to Mink chocolate cafe? It opened a few months ago. Off Hastings and Hornby. Apparently one flavour tastes like pumpkin pie! They serve “drinkable chocolate”!

  48. Hi Joe,
    Love your blog.
    Love Torri/Elizabeth.
    Very sad that she is gone.
    I for one think shes a fantastic actress!!

  49. If the movies are very successful, do you have plans on making the next couple of movies like an arc? Or just stand alone movies?

  50. How many self-righteous, forum patrolling SGA fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

    One. She holds on and the world revolves around her….

    That is the seriously the funniest thing I’ve read all day. 😀

  51. Thank you! I was wondering what their quarters looked like… You use the same set for both, don’t you?

  52. hi, joe,

    what do you think the chances are of mitchell being included in the new stargate series ‘stargate: universe’?

    it would be a good idea to have someone familiar brought over, but with mitchell, we’ve barely scratched the surface of who he is. so he’s old and new.

    one of my fave scenes in ‘unending’ is when mitchell loses it and trashes him room. ben’s a good actor.

    sally 🙂

  53. Thank you for giving the behind the scenes information and pics. I check your blog daily and get a good laugh at your responses to some of the questions. Do you know the ratings for “Unending” and “First Strike” yet?

  54. The person who wins this beautiful and marvelous piece of flocking will officially be ‘flocked’.

  55. It’s My City – or – McKay’s Atlantis Theme Song

    (sung to the tune of ‘I Feel Pretty’ from West Side Story) with severest apologies to Bernstein and Sondheim.

    It’s My City
    It’s so Pretty
    It’s not itty nor bitty I say
    And I pity any schlub who isn’t named McKay

    Who’s that svelte genius in the lab right there
    What genius where?
    Who can that astrophysicist be?
    Geez, I’m so smart

    Such a pretty brain
    Such a witty charm
    Such a ditty song
    Such a giddy me………………

    I’m so brainy
    And complainy
    But my City will bow unto me
    For Atlantis will always belong to Rodney.
    ———————
    That was for Alipeeps, Caroline, Joe, and anyone else who humors me.

    Thanks, y’all!

  56. Joe, thank you for sharing the drawings of Rodney and John’s quarters. Is there a reason they both get bigger quarters and not Ronon and Teyla? Just wondering.
    And since Rodney has a patio does that mean maybe Katie will be having meal with him out there, something romantic? Also,in Doppleganger, was it hard to get JF to be so mean since he’s so nice? Thanks

  57. Speaking of spicy foods, have you ever tried cinnamon chicken with jerk sauce? Also, there’s this hot sauce from Trinidad that is a seriously hot hot sauce, called Matook’s. Ever tried it? While not a spicy food person myself (it makes me cry, and then I can’t enjoy the food!), my Mom is the type of person who’ll eat a banana pepper by itself, and she adored the Matook’s, and says cinnamon jerk chicken is incredible. She wonders if you’ve ever had a truly good jerk sauce? We have friends from Trinidad who spoil her with this stuff.

    If I can manage to get my hands on a bottle of Matook’s (which may be difficult – I don’t know where it might be available in Nova Scotia, since we got ours from our friend when he came back from Trinidad)., I will attempt to get a bottle to you.

    Take care,
    Ayla McKay
    Nova Scotia

  58. Hello,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and I am so impressed because 1) you’ve managed to write something every day, 2) you generally take pictures of some fabulous food 3) you’re a dog person – what’s not to love? Thanks for updating us on SGA happenings. As a fan, I do appreciate it.

    -p

  59. WOW WEE BABY TURTLES…….

    Maybe Shep get jealous and go collect wee baby iratus bugs.

  60. Regarding introducing someone to the show, I see that my usual choices are in your short lists. I find that the humor eps usually work best. For SG-1, I almost always show “Window of Opportunity” first, or near first. It is, after all, probably the overall fan-favorite. For SGA, I tend to go with “Duet”. I actually just showed “Duet” to my roommate last week and she was squealing with laughter through much of it, especially the end (ah, the cheap laughs). I will continue working on her. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so regularly at converting people to a show. So far I’ve got my cousin, his wife, her sister, my parents (to a degree), and I’m working on my brother and his family. He tells me they’ve started watching SGA after he finally found the first season on DVD (which for some reason he had a hard time finding in Vancouver). He thinks it’s sort of cheesy (we certainly disagree on some points), but he likes McKay and Beckett (so I know there’s hope for him). Must continue to work on my roommate, though. I think I can get to her, if we’re ever home at the same time.

  61. Hey Joe, have you evern been to Insadong? It’s a korean bbq place on the Coquitlam/Buranby border.

    If you weren’t writing for Stargate, what tevelision series would you want to worite for if you could write for any series of your choice?

  62. Hey Joe,

    So, is Millers Crossing going to be a happy or sad reunion between the two siblings? Or maybe that’s too much of a spoiler for the episode. If so, sorry.

  63. Sorry for the double-comment, but I just looked at the layout for McKay’s room. I love that he’s got the turtles right by his bed. It makes me all weepy. (Not really, but it’s very sweet.) Speaking of the turtles, are you going to use red-eared turtles? I had a couple of those when I was little and they’re just adorable little things.

  64. Intriguing. I am a huge fan of behind the scenes tidbits. Attention to detail is always a fascinating topic, I enjoy behind the scenes photos(thanks by the way) and snippets from various actors/producers/writers/directors/etc.

    Are you serious about the fake snow, really giving it away??? This should be interesting no doubt lol.

    Talk about tension in the comments world. 🙂

    -JJ

  65. Answer: The show’s producers and studio already know a fifth season would be a smart move for us.

    Or else, you would have to find another job. I think it goes without saying a fifth season would be in your best interest. 🙂

    It’s the network that will need the convincing. But I have a feeling they already know. Seriously. What’s not to love?

    Some of the, at times, seemingly rudderless direction of Season 2 & 3. Although it looks like with some of the spoiler information out there that you and Paul have noticed also and are trying to correct the mistakes of the past. By incorporating multiple episode and even season-long story arcs, I think things are looking up for Season 4. The execution of that change remains to be seen.

    Or will TPTB say “we need that male 18 to 25 year old demographic,” get another actress?”
    We have never made any costume decisions based on any desire to appeal to a certain demographic, nor have we ever replaced a performer for as silly a reason as you’ve suggested.

    Sorry, Joe. That last remark was supposed to be in jest, but I didn’t state it properly. I know you would never replace someone for something as silly as that. It just seems that a lot of the actresses you hire must like to show it off.
    Adam Ant?? No wonder why you didn’t answer my Rush question, do you even know they are?

  66. HI …

    Consider this my “official” entry into your Flocking raffle.

    I mentioned the contest to my son and he said if he could have any prop at all, he’d want an Ancient chair. So, if you’re considering offering any consolation prizes … this is something you might want to think about.

    Question for the day – Do the turtles have names?

    SueS

  67. So how come McKay gets a patio and Sheppard doesn’t? Can’t the head of military at least get an exercise bike or something?

  68. I remember the first time I saw Star Wars. I couldn’t understand it, and asked my dad so many questions we kept having to put it on rewind. After that, it was one of my favorite movies ever. So when they came out with the new ones, I nearly had a joy attack.
    Along the same lines, I think its’ astounding how much you give back t the fans. Merely acknowledging our presence is fantastic. The pictures make it good as Christmas!

    If those turtles belong to who I think they do…that’s sad and sweet at the same time. 🙂

  69. Alipeeps said…

    ‘I’ve just realised.. Joe, not only has the whole “Antmusicgate” thing done irreperable damage to your evil notoriety but.. you’ve also just publicly outed yourself as a latent scrapbooker! Is this the beginning of the end for our plucky hero… *ahem* villain? “

    Sure, he started out all cute and innocent , and now he’s hell bent on domination of the galaxy. What do you expect with a hero like Darth Vader ?

    I’m thrilled to hear about the scrapbook. I don’t know what kind of chocolate to get for Joe. Maybe I can send him some of those decorative edged scissors.

  70. How many cross-over have you planned this season? If I counted well, we will get 3 already: Reunion, Miller’s Crossing and Midway.

  71. I started reading your post and thought ‘wait, I’m in an alternate universe or the mushrooms I had on that salad earlier were of the magic kind’. Further I read, wondering were the poetic waxing about Star Wars and fandom would take me.

    Oh, the relief! Time for the Q&As, and the Joe we know and love was here after all. ABA, CA and WA. Maybe you are adding to the internet acronym dictionary.

    Thanks for the pics!

    I think I hear a truffle calling my name. I need to go rescue it.

  72. Have you tried deep fried oreos? They are surprisingly rich and delicious–kind of cakey and chocolaty and really, really decadent….

    –warmbeachbrat

  73. Joe,

    Maybe you could get the two headed turtle that I saw on Letterman last week for McKay’s quarters.

  74. I’m so pleased to know that I’m not the only one compiling scrapbooks full of nifty info. (BTW, thanks for today’s entry.) Yup…I guess my Man from U.N.C.L.E. photo album got pitched out years ago (and by mentioning that, I’ve given you a giant hint as to my age), but just thinking about it brings back fond memories. Thanks for all you do to make the SG fandom so much fun!!!

  75. Is Torri’s story count still four episodes? I know you’ve said you’ve answered some of these questions before, but a lot of people are new to your blog, and there seems to be conflicting info coming out.

    To the anti-Weir people, don’t give me grief. I have as much right to ask a question as you do.

  76. Star Wars. . . I remember the first time I saw that movie, sitting on the floor in the aisle of the theater because there was no seating left(I have no idea why a fire marshal didn’t come in and kick us out). I remember wanting to stay sitting right there when it ended so I could watch the second showing.

    And very glad you try to approach things Stargatish from a fannish pov at times and feed us a few nibbles and tidbits. I love that stuff!

    I’m curious, do you find that the female fans and male fans want to know pretty much the same things about SG1 and SGA, or not so much?

    And what do you tend to think are the big demographic groups for SG1 and SGA? Only that beloved network 18-34 group (which I sadly left behind a while back) or do you think there are other significant demographic groups the networks that air SG1 and SGA ought to be playing up to? Personally, I think the networks need to revise some of their thinking of what the demographics are for some shows and that it’s not always that 18-34 male demographic that has the purchasing power.

    Thanks for today’s tidbits! They were tasty. Not as good a chocolate but . . . tasty. 🙂

    Kim–delurk #2 . . hey, I’m on a roll now. 😉

  77. My eldest has introduced our family to anime (in its best form he will say)… not translated but subtitled.

    I know you are a big fan of it.. what are some of your favorites? Right now – Naruto seems to top the list of what they are watching.

    Hope you get a lot of reading done during hiatus.

  78. Pauline said…
    Millions of light years from Earth and no bathrooms! I do hope Sheppard and McKay have good bladder control.
    Have a good day Pauline

    Oh dear, I’m embarrassed to admit that I thought exactly the same thing as Pauline when I looked at the plans for Shep and McKay’s quarters! I’ve never asked why we’ve never seen any bathrooms on Atlantis, and I won’t ask now, because that’s just sad…but I’m intrigued to know where they are!

    Maybe it’s because I’ve had three kids, and my body isn’t what it used to be, or possibly I just like to be prepared for the call of nature when it arises, but I just always need to know where the bathroom is!

    As an obviously obsessed fan of the show, I feel your blog gives me generally what this fan wants to read. I’m grateful for any little tidbit of spoilery, (is there such a word?), information and picture I can get my grubby paws on, and without this blog I would feel bereft of SGA in times of hiatus!

  79. Thank you so much for the John and Rodney room blueprints! You’ve given thousands of fanfic writers and readers some concrete stuff to work with, bathrooms or no. The next question is where are the rooms located in Atlantis? Has that ever been established?

    Your blog is one of the few things keeping this quiet fandom alive right now, I have to say. That and David’s rants about how MGM and Fox are handling his movie release. 🙂

  80. Hiya,

    I’m not sure if you’ve already answered this or not but, what can people who don’t live in the United States do to let the networks know we’d be more than estatic to see a fifth season?

    Thanks, and enjoy your break. 🙂

    Annie

  81. Hello Joe!

    Well what I would love to know is why Gary Jones can’t be the prize? 🙁
    On another note, a bit of a thinking question if you like thinking that is…
    Do you believe that right now you are standing in a straight line with some one in Germany?

  82. Ah yes, the summer of ’77. I remember it well… Got heatstroke one of the times I was waiting in line to get in the theater. The line wrapped all the way around the building and the place was a big concrete block completely surrounded by more concrete.

    The managers learned their lesson, though. They had someone walking up and down that line selling bottled water.

    When, I was back later that week.

    Again.

    Doctor Who was my big teenage obsession. Our fan group helped answer phones at our local PBS station to raise the money needed to get it.

    Had all the books once, even the side novels, up through the Sylvester McCoy years.

    H-mm, I think I’d better not bring up my pencil scratchings.

    Then, there’s Blake’s 7, Farscape, Babylon 5, etc., etc.

  83. Ooo! Thanks for those room layouts!

    Are you ever going to explain why the photo on McKay’s nightstand in “Duet” was of a different cat than the cat he left behind with his neighbor in “Rising”? Or who Rodney had to bribe to have “Meredith” left off his diplomas? Has he legally changed his name? And Rodney still has those silver cases in his room? What in the world is he hiding in them? Chocolate and coffee?

    Thanks for giving Rodney the balcony he asked for in “Before I Sleep.”

    Too late to ask, I know, you already filmed the episode. But really, Sheppard and McKay deserve larger beds than the ones we’ve previously seen.

  84. I don’t comment much, but your blog is on my must read before I head into work in the morning. It does my heart good to know that there is at least one other gastronut who takes picture when they go out for meals of the food and likes science fiction out there.

  85. *g*
    I got that typical *awwww*-feeling when I saw the note about ‘turtle terrarium’ in the plans for McKay’s room …

    in Duet we saw a photo of a white cat in McKay’s room, while he had a tabby in Rising … erm ?!
    the cat canon question rises again 😉

  86. Hi Joe!!!

    I had to collect everything Starsky and Hutch ( and I must admit I still have it all – including a T-Shirt that I had when I was about 12 !)

    I have a question about Jewel – is there any chance that she will be in more epsiodes than she was originally contracted for?

    I had never watched Firefly until I knew that she was going to be in SGA and have watched it and think that she will be an awesome addition ….of course hoping for more of her may also have something to do with my desire to see Sheppy in the infirmary in scrubs LOL!!!!

    SheppyD 🙂

  87. Out of curiosity, are all the Atlantis personnel still living in the gate tower? Or have they spread out in the city a bit more?

    If I were there, I’d hold out for an apartment with a kitchen. And a bathroom. 🙂

  88. Hello Joe,

    I don’t remember exactly if it was you, but somebody talked about Goran Visnjic being a big fan of Stargate a few months ago. Didn’t you even try to get him a guest spot, but it didn’t work out with his schedule??? Any progress on that?

  89. Hi Mr Mallozzi

    Hope your anjoying your time off.

    Just finished Old Man’s War and thouroghly enjoyed it thanks for the reccomendation.

    We all know of your chocolate addiction, but what of the savoury side of life, any savoury addictions?

    Take care, J.

  90. Anonymous said:
    For crying out loud. SANSSONG and ALIPEEPS need to stop playing posting police, both here and on GW, and let people ask whatever the hell they want. etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc…

    Uh.. what? *looks around in bewilderment* Umm.. was I even involved in this “conversation”? What does it have to do with me? You’re quoting Sanssong’s post but including me in your hissy fit? I do sincerely hope that the irony is not lost on you that your entire post complaining about people (in your perception) trying to tell you what you can and can’t say… is effectively doing exactly what you despise – telling Sanssong and I what we should or shouldn’t be saying/doing. Isn’t hypocrisy fun? 🙂

    Btw, my compliments on a foolproof excuse for being as rude as you like… anyone who gets offended by a deliberate insult “obviously [has] a guilty conscience”. Awesome! I’m gonna try that one out next time my boss annoys me! 😆

  91. Joe, thanks for the pics.. 😀
    Okay my queeestion. Which country would you like to visit, but you never get the chance?

    Lg..

  92. Lol, is your contest an attempt at breaking some kind of blog comment record?

    As crazy as it may sound, that “NOAS” clue was fun to try and figure out. Could you give us another juicy SGA spoiler in a similar fashion?

  93. Have I mentioned how hungry your food pictures make me? I’m inspired to bring a camera to dinner. If you’re ever in Eugene, Oregon, I’d recommend Willies on 7th street. Their Beef Diane is to die for and the service is impressive.

    Okay, so I’m only commenting because really just want that piece of fake snow. But the bit about Willie’s is true. Really.

  94. Aba,CA,WA..!lol euh sa veux dire quoi?^^!

    alors demain vous annoncé le nom du grand chanceux(enfin si j ai tout compris)
    Dite moi vous avez deja remarquer que je faisais des faute en francais??
    Alala être fan!! c est beau mais dur quelque foix!Je passe 10 heures par jour a chercher des new er des videos, faire mon blog et aller voir les autres et faire des gif et anim! c est vrai que defois c est fatiguant, mais j aime sa^^!
    J aurais voulu vous voir comme avant, quand vous étiez un trés grand fan.A mon avie si vous serez plus jeune vous seriez sans doute fan de Stargate!!
    Je vais vraiment m ennuyier quand cette serie s arrétera.

    Alipeeps est francais ou anglais??
    Tient en parlant sa! Fait exéptionnel je vais bientot envoyer un commentaire en anglais^^! avec l aide d un amis biensure…

    Bon je vais encors vous posez une question et jespert que cette foix la reponse ne sera pas ..peut être peut être ou oui oui! Je sais que le suspence c est bien, mais defois il faut ce lancer!^^

    Quel est votre épisode préféré de la saison 4 dans ce qui son deja tourner?

    Bon je ne pensse pas que vous allez me répondre. Mais qui ne tente rien n’a rien!

    Bon aller enrevoir! a demian!

  95. Hi Joe just a quick question the wraith queen in Allies is she the same wraith queen that appears in no man’s land?

  96. I’m still a big ol’ Star Wars geek. Even though the Ewoks sent you scurrying, I would highly recommend the book “The Making of Star Wars” by JW Rinzler. It’s really fascinating.

    And Ali, you dare to disparage the Great Adam Ant?! Not to put down Duran Duran in any way, but he truly took the 80’s pretty boy thing to a whole new level. He must be given his due respect (even though he ended up having mental issues). 🙂

    Thanks for the fun diagrams. It’s cool to see their quarters from that perspective.

  97. Fallen hooked me.

    After hearing the commentary on the DVD, I can honestly say that I noticed some of the things mentioned as having been sacrificed because of time, but still didn’t care because the episode (and the one that followed) was fun.

    In fact, I loved virtually all the episodes of Season 7. Finding ways to be creative around RDA’s work schedule contriibuted to some pretty creative story telling.

    BTW, had a dream about Iron Chef. The secret ingredient:

    FLOCKING

  98. It’s great that you run this blog, Joe, and are so interactive with the fans.

    I know you make ice cream, but what’s the strangest combination you’ve tried that actually works? This weekend I had a go at maple-flavoured ice cream with bacon bits mixed in. Wonderful!

  99. Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

    I understand that, due to no answers to my questions, I am freezing, not merely destroying, my idea. Whatever reasons about your reluctance to answer, I don’t care. It would have been nice for me to play my own character. But now, it seems impossible. Thank you anyway for reading. Because at the end of my post, since I believe you dislike my questions, I will cease the flow of questions at the full stop. And if I have offended you in any of the posts, I am sorry.
    Before I go, there are still three last questions I must answers to:

    1: How did you get to be a writer for Stargate?
    2: How do you handle answering fans questions every day?
    3: Is there anything new for “Universe?”

    Well, I hope I get at least one answer back.
    I’ll be in Cairns in the 3rd week of July, and I will be at the Mandarin Oriental on my 21st in November. If you are, indeed, still having ideas about my character, Dr. Nykl will tell you. I have just posted him before you. I won’t be heartbroken if you don’t reply.
    Sorry about my random nonsense but it is the least.

    I wish you well for the future.

    Your questionable stranger,

    Forrest/”The Manhunter”

  100. Hi Joe,

    I had to smile at your choices of what episodes to watch to help someone get hooked on SG1. “Window Of Opportunity” and “Heroes 1 & 2” are the exact episodes that got me hooked.

    My husband and I never watched much television except for the news or sports. One night we were changing channels during a commercial and we saw an advertisement for Stargate SG1. It showed someone I thought I recognised. It was for “Heroes 1” showing Jack being hit by a staff blast hitting the ground. I looked at my husband and said that looks like RDA. Believe it or not before “Heroes 1” aired I caught “Window Of Opportunity”, since SciFi was running older episodes every night, first and LOVED IT! So for me, “Window Of Opportunity” got me hooked and the second episode I watched “Heroes 1” clenched the deal.

    By the time I finished watching
    “Heroes 2” I was not only hooked on Stargate but I loved the characters of Daniel and Sam. I have to laugh at my husband though because sometimes I think he wishes we had never changed the channel. I now own most of the seasons, would never miss an episode, and will always follow Michael and Amanda’s careers wherever it takes them…….
    Really looking forward to the SG1 movies now, Sam on Atlantis, and really hoping to see Daniel in some Atlantis episodes too.

  101. I assume this has already been asked, but I can’t seem to find the answer, when does the SG1 movies take place in correlation to the SGA season 4? I noticed that they’re all slated to come out this fall, but with Sam, will she be searching for the “Ark of Truth” and then head over to command Atlantis?

    By the way, I did the exact same thing when Star Wars ep 1 came out in 1999 when I was 14. I collected a ton of random junk 🙂

  102. “But according to a recent study, Tivo and DVR use does account for the drop.”

    So just wondering….with advancements in technology such as these, wouldn’t it make sense for Ratings companies (whoever they are and whatever they call themselves) and networks to consider these and adjust or come up with an alternative means of measuring viewing numbers?
    Just a thought

    Oh and i enjoy your blogs…hilarious..

    Since you have a sweet tooth…ever tried Pavlova? mmm….delicious!

  103. *sniffle*

    Wee baby tutrles!

    *cries*

    Joe, thank you for the sketches. You’re correct, fans love the little inside peeks. I read your blog every day (although I don’t post much) because it starts my day off right.

    Teyla’s room on the show is filled with beautiful colors, textures, and candles. Please let the set designer know the little touches are admired and appreciated. I’d love for my house to be like that. It looks serene.

    *kisses Joe*
    *kisses Fondy*

    Bye!

  104. What are your favorite types of cakes? Also the series finale of Newhart was probably the best use of a dream sequence.

  105. If you’re so against the “it’s a dream” bit in TV, then why’ve I heard that you’ve written the eventual series finale of Atlantis to end with O’Neill waking up on a snowbank in the Arctic right after the drone hit his helicopter, and realizing that the entire Atlantis series was just an elaborate dream of his? 😉

  106. Hi, Joe.

    Thanks for the pics of the set designs. I just love to see stuff like that, it helps me picture the world so much easier in my mind. Are those new quarters for McKay? He didn’t have a patio before, did he? And oh, Beckett’s turtles! That’s so sweet! =)

  107. “Answer: I love spicy foods. The entire first shelf of my refrigerator is dedicated to my hot sauce collection.”

    Excellent! (Mine too) I’ll have to send you samples of my homemade jalapeno, chipotle and habanero sauces. I’ll wait until after hiatus so they’re not fermenting at Bridge for weeks on end.

  108. Joe writes: “If I was a fan of the show, what would I like to see?”

    Answer: Those pics of cast members lounging, having lunch, goofing around, making faces at your camera, these always make me very happy. You had pictures up of the stargate, that I still consider treasures in my sga folder. And those pics today of McKay’s & Sheppard’s quarters made me bounce happily. Your blog is often a right/click/save fest as far as I’m concerned.

  109. I found a fabulous post on the TWoP forum that sums up what a lot of Weir fans (and some who aren’t even big fans) feel about what’s going on. I thought I’d post it here, so you know that GW isn’t the only forum that has angry fans:

    “RCC and Mallozzi make cryptic noises about how it “had to be done” and was long in the works, seeming to imply that there was some problem with the character that mandated pushing her aside. Hey, memo to Bridge: You guys are freaking showrunners, dammit!. If — and I mean, IF — there’s a problem with the character, it’s on you. You’d have been the ones who created it. Don’t act like innocent bystanders who are trying to sort out some bad, incomprehensible predicament with which you’ve been saddled.

    As bad as I feel for the character, I feel far worse than the actress. TH was brought in b/c she projected “inner strength” that TPTB apparently felt was lacking in Jessica Steen. (YMMV) To then pull the rug out from under your hand-picked Weir and make the character look bad in the process is ungracious, at best. “Shameful” or “shoddy” would be more like it. “

  110. Hi Joe,

    What’s an X2 (from the blueprint)? Is that a prop term, or a turtle term? Speaking of turtles, they’re the “wee” ones that Carson mentioned, right? See, these bits of unexpected moments are why I love the show so much. Carson is still in Atlantis, so to speak, and we learn that Rodney didn’t forget about his friend. *sniff* Thanks for that!

  111. atlantisfannew1 said… Alipeeps est francais ou anglais??

    Anglais. Ou.. pour être plus spécifique, gallois. 🙂

    Paul said…
    And Ali, you dare to disparage the Great Adam Ant?! Not to put down Duran Duran in any way, but he truly took the 80’s pretty boy thing to a whole new level. He must be given his due respect (even though he ended up having mental issues). 🙂

    And, during his comeback years, combing his hair weirdly sideways to try and disguise his receding hairline! 😆

  112. Argh! I really love your mix of snark, teasing and actually giving away little tidbits. It’s so fun!

    My friend avoids spoilers, but I told her it was a wee baby spoiler so she just had to look. My turtles are huge… you would probably try to eat them.

    Do you try and avoid major spoilers for the shows you watch?

    Oooooh… everyone’s entering the competition. Of course. I logged on and was amazed at the number of comments.

  113. Nice nod to Carson with the turtles in Rodney’s room….that’s what I love about SG-A–our favorite characters are never really forgotten!

  114. I sort of had a scrapbook for The Lord of the Rings. It was mainly magazine pictures. I never thought to keep the article… Plus, I just put mine in a folder.

    This fan wants to know if the SG-1 cast/crew kept anything from the set. Do you know what anyone kept, if anything? Did you keep anything?

  115. Mr. Joe

    What do you do with all the scripts after they’re done? Also, thanks for the cool scematics pics.

  116. You know I don’t remember the question of Daniel doing a guest spot in Atlantis in season 4 being an ABA question. I remember awhile back someone asking if we would see Cam,Daniel or Vala in season 4 and Joe said possibly. Later someone asked if Ben or Claudia would make an appearance and Joe said no. I also remember Joe saying that if the right story came along and Michael was available that he would love Daniel to stop by.

    Color me confused but I don’t remember Joe ever stating one way or the other whether Daniel would be doing a guest spot in season 4 the way he has about Jack, Cam or Vala. If Joe can’t answer the question than I think it’s because it’s a CA question at the moment.

  117. Joe,

    You know your question to yourself about what you as fan would love to see is an interesting one.

    I personally would like to see the personal side of the characters.
    What their hobbies are, their families =heck even their food allergies. It makes the characters a little more real for me.

    That being said-is there any possibility of having more of the personal side of the characters peeking through. Like Teyla collects Unicorns or things like that. I know we saw some of that stuff this past season, just was wondering if there would be more.

    Thank you.

  118. What are your favorite TV-Characters or- pairs in the moment? Do you still watch “Lost”?

  119. waou!! ba di donc 129 commentaire sur cette article!!et ce n est pas finit!! félicitation!!

  120. ALAS!!!! If you like HOT then you like Thai food….If I win the contest instead of the fluff can I have a villian???

  121. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

    Those are my favourite lines from The Princess Bridge without the bridge.

    If Atlantis ever does get a season 5 and reaches its hundredth episode I think you should do a rip off *cough* I mean homage to The Princess Bridge. Sheppard could be Westley, Teyla could be Buttercup and although Ronan is obvious for Andre the giant I think he’d be good at Montoya. I think his delivery of those lines to the wraith would be perfect, and I can just see McKay and Zelenka as Miracle Max and his wife.

    Maybe you should pitch that to the network then season 5 would be in the bag for sure!

  122. Have you ever considered having McKay et al attempt to exploit the type of energy sources used by the wraith to power their ships? I’m guessing they might use something superior to the naquedah generators but not as powerful as a ZPM.

  123. I personally would like to see the personal side of the characters.
    What their hobbies are, their families =heck even their food allergies. It makes the characters a little more real for me.

    If I was an actor this would totally freak me out! What they share with us on screen should be enough!! GAH – I have trouble w/ my mother asking me what I do everyday… at some point something s in your life should be private. I think you asked this innocently – I am not attacking – just that it really made me feel weired, so had to address it. No offense meant.

  124. Hello, i have been reading your blog for quite some time and i must say am very entertained by it. Thank you for your time and effort, and many laughs.

  125. It would be wonderful if there could be a DVD extra by the art dept. or whoever put together McKay’s “Wall of Self-Congratulation”. So far, our dedicated researchers have been able to read:

    1) the picture of the Canadarm, signed “Thanks for the hand with the arm!”

    2) the PhD from Northeastern University in Mechanical Engineering, awarded to Rodney Ingram McKay

    but the quest for knowledge is never-ending.

  126. ‘Will Daniel be in Atlantis, will Teal’c be in Atlantis, will O’Neill be in Atlantis, will Vala be in Atlantis, will Walter have more scenes in Atlantis…’

    Question: Will Sheppard, McKay, Ronon and Teyla be in Atlantis??? Actually?

    SG-1 is over! Yes, that’s very sad, and I didn’t want it to end. But as it’s definitely over now, can we please go back now to the show that’s called Stargate Atlantis?

    A crossover every now and then is ok, but now we already have a constant crossover (=Carter), and a planned crossover episode, and planned crossovers from single SG-1 characters – enough already! Give Atlantis a chance! The show has wonderful characters and can stand on its own, and it deserves to be treated like that and get a chance to shine! Let’s face it, even if it hurts, SGA’s the show that got another season, not SG-1.

    Understandable that SG1 fans are sad that the show ended and still want to see their fav characters, so they hope they can see them in SGA, but really, there are enough crossovers by now! There are many SGA fans who would like to see more of their fav SGA character and they actually thought they could do that in a show that’s called SGA! And I think that’s the way it should be.

  127. *laughs* Oh man. My big fannish obsession was MacGyver. I wrote my first and only fan letter when I was nine, and raced home from school for months, hoping for a reply. Alas and woe, when it finally came, it was a form letter and a bent publicity photo with a stamped signature. My fannish little heart was crushed.

    That’s right, RDA crushes little girls beneath his iron heel!

    In other news: awwww, Carson’s wee babbie turtles! And yay, more Kate Hewlett!

  128. I have a theory. I think that Torri’s fourth episode will be the series finale. I think that because though Sam’s in charge for a year, do does in fact need to go back to the SGC because of the events of the movies. At which point Elizabeth will make a wonderful and brilliant return.

    But again, just a theory.

    If it turns out I’m right, can I a “Dr. McKay knows he’s right” impersonation?

    Just kidding. I do want to thank you for empathizing with us fans though. It really is nice to know that you’re willing to part with information to give us our Stargate high. Now for my question: Do the Hewlett siblings banter off-screen at all?

  129. est-ce que les sénaristes ont imaginés les personneages de SGA en fonction de leurs propres personnalités?

  130. Anonymous said…
    I found a fabulous post on the TWoP forum that sums up what a lot of Weir fans (and some who aren’t even big fans) feel about what’s going on. I thought I’d post it here, so you know that GW isn’t the only forum that has angry fans:

    That must be the “Teens WithOut Parents” forum

    …Don’t act like innocent bystanders who are trying to sort out some bad, incomprehensible predicament with which you’ve been saddled.

    Sometimes the actor is not up to the demands of the script. Imagine one of your favorite actors reading the lines of Tony from one of the Soprano’s scripts.

    As bad as I feel for the character, I feel far worse than the actress. TH was brought in b/c she projected “inner strength” that TPTB apparently felt was lacking in Jessica Steen. (YMMV) To then pull the rug out from under your hand-picked Weir and make the character look bad in the process is ungracious, at best. “Shameful” or “shoddy” would be more like it.

    YMMV = “your mileage may vary” which really means this statement is not based on any real facts but rather opinion and /or emotion.

    “Shameful” or “shoddy” ???

    I really don’t understand this attitude.

    No one has a “lifetime” job. The contract was for three years. The contract ended. They chose not to renew it and go in a different direction.

    Seems to me they were true to their word and she had a job for three years.

  131. First time poster here.
    I began watching SG-1, just as it was canceled. So I have 10 years plus 3 seasons of Atlantis to catch up on.

    So thanks for the inside scoop.

    Fd

  132. I’ve decided Joe that you might as well save your breath when it comes to answering questions about Amanda/Sam going to Atlantis. I was just lurking on a thread on Gateworld and a Sam fan said that Amanda was contractually obligated and this is what you guys ‘made’ her do. Considering that this person should know better I wonder if they realize that this isn’t just an insult to you but also to Amanda. To think that after ten years Amanda hadn’t earned enough respect from you that you would treat her that way…*HEADDESK*…

  133. “If I was a fan of the show, what would I like to see?”
    ..I`d like to see pictures of making SGA – behind scenes, cuts, more photos of David, Joe, Jason and Rachel “in action”, bloppers and of course spoilers. :))
    So, use the force Jozeph! 😉

  134. *waves*

    Only me again, Joe. This won’t take a moment. 😀

    *cough*

    Sheppard’s Delight who has lost all logic reasoning has said…
    Hi Joe!!!

    *snippedydoodah for non important stuff* 😛

    …of course hoping for more of her may also have something to do with my desire to see Sheppy in the infirmary in scrubs LOL!!!!

    SheppyD 🙂

    *cough*

    *reads SD’s post* I’m sorry SD, but after reading your post, I just have to say this one thing. Shep IN scrubs, are you nuts? Shep wearing clothing and not nekkid under the infrmary blanket. Oh SD…what happened? Have you become… Normal?! Joe, I thought the force was strong with this one… *shakes head* Help me, Joe, you’re my only hope! 😛

    Before I depart and get into more trouble. Ali, Sanssong we really need to find a place for our high horses! Joe, as blog moderators.. 😛 Are there any perks to this position? 😛 Maybe a bit of hay for our trusty steads, and a place to stay? We wouldn’t want them escaping and riding roughshod over people now would we?

    *puts on her most innocent expression*

    *hugs*

    I promise to be good now. *adjusts her halo* 😀

  135. Have you had the opportunity to visit the Theo Chocolate Factory and take the factory tour in Seattle? I highly recommend it, and you get to sample all the bars they make.

  136. This might be an ABA question, but I’ll ask anyway. “Will iTunes sales have any effect on whether or not we get a season 5?”

  137. What is the significance of the wall of plastic water bottles that Gary Jones is standing in front of?
    SG1’s last line of defence against the Ori?

  138. See, now this is a prize worth winning, something that’s in a box that may have been touched by Gary, that was touched by Joe, that may or may not have been touched by a cast member!

    Definately better than a lousy DVD Box Set signed by a cast member.

    And as opposed to the other contest, this one is open to everyone as opposed to just the yanks! =D

  139. I know these questions weren’t for me but urgh to the deep fried Mars and Woo Hoo! to the Snickers ice cream.

    I know not what this Mininova thing is either. Taken me 10 minutes just to work out how to say it. Remove a space to confuzzle me, yes.

    What I really want to ask is – does McKay know he could catch salmonella from Carson’s “wee babby turtles”? And if he’s not careful they could grow to the size of dinner plates. I suspect not…Shoulda stuck with the rodents, Rodney.

    I don’t know if I would want to win the flocking. On one hand, cool. But on the other… Don’t I have enough useless junk as it is? But also cool…

  140. Private for Joe,

    I noticed that you “approve” your posts so I am taking the chance of sending you a private note.

    I stared in a film recently called Taffy Was Born. And I was wondering if you would look at the trailer and give me an opinion of what you thought of it. It is not in the Sci-Fi Genre so I don’t believe that there would be any conflict of interest.

    It is posted on You Tube.

    I value your opinion.

    Thank you for your time.

    Have a great hiatus may it be filled with good eats and plenty of chocolate.

    Best,

    Madalyn
    Personal e-mail: Madalyn@madalynmckay.com
    Website: http://www.madalynmckay.com

  141. Vos blogs m’ont fait prendre mieux conscience de l’importance d’être un scénariste, scripteur ou écrivain de talent pour assurer le succès d’un film ou d’une émission. De mauvais dialogues ne peuvent que nuire aux acteurs si talentueux soient-ils.
    Merci pour toutes ces années, merci pour m’avoir fait découvrir les Tapping, Hewlett,Flanigan et surtout Ben Browder et Claudia Black.

  142. Hi, (that means I’m in the drawing right?)

    “Answer: SG-1 (2010, Heroes I and II, Window of Opportunity).”

    Truly some classic episodes.

    “nor have we ever replaced a performer for as silly a reason as you’ve suggested.”

    Wasn’t there an actress playing as a Tok’ra that was taken out of the show because she was too attractive? The Tok’ra from “upgrades” I believe is the one I’m thinking of. I could be way off base here but that is the rumor I heard.

  143. Thanks for the pics

    I think you mentioned somewhere that you still have an episode of season 4 unplanned as yet. Is there any chance of us having an ancient episode, where it’s just
    ancients with minimal present day interaction? Like it could be about anything; the Wraith, ZPMs, city-ships, war-ships, building Stargates.

    Or if not in season 4, if there is a season 5 can we please have something that follows the builders of the city more than Before I Sleep did because as much as I really liked that episode, it just left me wanting to see more about the Ancients.

    If you’ve got 20 episodes, what’s the harm with giving one up for the Ancients?!

    Thanks

  144. Wow–we’re a talky bunch today! And here I was feeling guilty for being away and not keeping the visitor count up for your. I spent the day with the companion to the giant wrench–a giant screwdriver. Honestly, the thing was almost as long as my arm! It was a prop in a role-playing scenario, meant to make me look more like the reported prowler than the innocent person just out for a walk. While I was lounging in a chair between possible-prowler impersonations, my nephew called and said he missed the SG-1 finale Friday, and could I tell him everything that happened?

  145. Joe,

    How funny about childhood collections (I’m afraid as a girl I was mostly into Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Bright). My husband and I still love Star Wars. (I played the online game for a while…twi’leks are so kick ass)! We just wish Steven Spielberg would stage an intervention to stop George from changing everything. While Ep III was alright…I’d definately like to erase Eppys I & II from my memory (maybe we can keep Liam Neeson). Although I suppose George could put out a “Special Edition” George Lucas. One where the guy isn’t slowly turning into an ewok. Seriously take a look—

    Do you ever watch Robot Chicken? They had a pretty good “Star Wars” homage episode recently.

  146. nor have we ever replaced a performer for as silly a reason as you’ve suggested……..

    And the reason for the 25 year old CMO? Work experience week perhaps?

  147. An Amaro con Ameretti chocolate eh?? If I could get my hands on such right now I would truly be a happy chocoholic. But sadly…

    You’re intrigued eh? Well, I’ve just gotten back from buying DiSarrono Amaretto and spending a small fortune on Godiva chocolate (that’s pretty much the best chocolate that can be had without having to special order it here) as well as buying the best cream cheese and picking up fresh vanilla and assorted other goodies for the chocolate & amaretto cheesecake. If my Dad holds true to form, the amaretto will be just strong enough to compliment the chocolate such that the richness of both is still preserved. And the cheesecake will be all the better for it. 🙂 Whenever I get that Star Gamecock Con together, not only will you have good ol’ South Carolina BBQ but I’ll make sure you get atleast a small chocolate and amaretto cheesecake.

    (The chocolate strawberry shortcake was last night. Homemade chocolate shortcake with fresh strawberries and freshly made chocolate whipped cream…yeah none of that lasted long around here…)

    Love the drawings for Shep’s and McKay’s rooms. 🙂 And the wee baby turtle terrarium…excellent touch!!

    Desiree

  148. Oh Joe!!!

    I forgot to mention in my earlier post – dont you think that your prize should go to the biggest contributor to your blog…anonymous???? I mean winning may just give them the confidence to put a name to the lovely posts that they make every day! 🙂

    SheppyD

  149. Me again Joe!

    Just saw the ratings! A 1.7 for SG1 and a 1.5 for SGA. About damn time! Congratulations to all!

    I’m really pleased at the increase in ratings. It’s good news!

  150. I apologize for my 3rd post today — but I am w/ SheppyD… anonymous should definitely get the snow!

    *** Bow out. ***

  151. You’re obsessive? I wallpapered my room with Bon Jovi pictures that I cut out of magazines that I most likely spent the total equivalent of a college tuition on.
    There wasn’t one inch of wall not covered by those men. And just for the record, they still rock my socks.
    Speaking of socks…… oh never mind, you’re not really going to tell us anything anyway are you?

    163 comments Joe, ya think a few people want this little piece of SG1 history? Well, put my name in the tumbler but do me a favor and give it to someone who will truly appreciate it, I really don’t want to see it up on Ebay by Friday

  152. So… do you think the absurd number of posts on this entry have anything to do with wanting to get a beloved piece of flocking? lol. There ARE about 60 more posts than usual…

    anywho… I just wanted to say thanks for putting up the stuff that you do. I am one of those crazily obsessed people and really love seeing all the little behind the scenes things. I don’t suppose the turtles in McKay’s room have anything to do with Beckett’s turtles from THE RETURN?

  153. Joe, if this comes through twice, I apologize. I was trying to edit the story and hit the wrong button the first time (I think).

    Congratulations to everyone at Stargate!

    From a NBC/Universal Press Release:

    http://www.nbcumv.com/release_detail.nbc/scifi-20070626000000-
    stargatesg4510.html

    STARGATE SG-1’S SERIES FINALE TRIUMPHS
    Published: June 26, 2007

    2 Million+ Viewers Tune In To Say Farewell

    SG-1 Delivers more P18-49 and P25-54 than ABC

    NEW YORK – June 26, 2007 – America’s longest running sci-fi
    television series ended with a bang, delivering more viewers in key demos than even its broadcast competition. The series finale of
    Stargate SG-1 (Friday, June 22, 2007 @ 8pm) delivered a 1.7 HH
    rating, 1.2 million P25-54s, 1.1 million P18-49s and 2.2 million
    total viewers P2+.

    This is the best performance on all measures for SG-1 since the
    September 22, 2006 mid-season finale.

    The show drove SCI FI to the number 1 spot in the 8pm hour for both P18-49s and P25-54 cable viewers, and delivered more P18-49s and P25-54s in the hour than ABC.

    Among M25-54 and M18-49 in the 8pm hour, SCI FI outdelivered all
    cable competitors, and surpassed Fox, CBS and ABC. Overall, Stargate SG-1 was the number 3 cable program for the day for
    P25-54 viewers.

    Also on Friday night, the season 3 finale of Stargate Atlantis at 9pm
    delivered a 1.5 HH rating, 1.1 million P25-54s, 986,000 P18-49s and nearly 2 million total viewers P2+.

    This is the best performance in HH ratings and P2+ for Atlantis since
    the September 22, 2006 midseason finale, and the best performance in
    P18-49s and P25-54s since the April 13, 2007 midseason premiere.
    In the 9pm hour, SCI FI ranked number 2 in cable for P25-54s,
    trailing only TBS. Atlantis ranked number 5 in cable for the day for P25-54 viewers.

    At 10pm, Painkiller Jane delivered a 1.0 HH rating, 668,000 P18-49s
    and 751,000 P25-54s – the best performances for the program in each demo since its April 13, 2007 series debut.

    For the night, in 8pm-11pm prime, SCI FI was ranked number 3 for P25-
    54s and P18-49s.

    Stargate Atlantis is currently in production on a fourth original
    season, with an eye toward a fall premiere.

  154. Ångie said…
    You’re obsessive? I wallpapered my room with Bon Jovi pictures that I cut out of magazines that I most likely spent the total equivalent of a college tuition on.
    There wasn’t one inch of wall not covered by those men.

    Oh my… you’ve just reminded me of what my half of my (shared with my sister) bedroom looked like when I was 14. Every inch of wallspace around the bed (and the side and cupboard doors of the cabin bed itself) was taken up with posters of a-ha and the spaces inbetween the posters were filled in with smaller pictures cut out from magazines (including many from Italian magazines that my Italian penfriend would cut out and send to me!). I seem to recall there may also have been a LARGE Morten Harket poster on the ceiling over the bed.. and possibly even a heart-shaped a-ha pillow. *gags* There was definitely an a-ha annual… and I seem to recall wearing leather thongs tied around my wrists a la Mr Harket. *dies of shame*

    Ah the 80s. Just pray they never find the photos… 😀

  155. I LOVE the art department stuff!!! My 1:25 scale model of atlantis is almost complete …. now to make 1:25 actors, camera men, and producer/writers!

    In theatre we work mostly off models which the designers provide of the set (and from that we draw plans etc) Are there models of the Atlantis set, or do you work mainly from drawings and concept art? Also we get designs for large shows often a year in advance, how much notice does your team get for building new scenery (especially a new standing set)?

    I love the mixture of stuff in your blog… YOU ARE GREAT!

    P.S. I like it that you have Becketts turtles in Mckays room!

  156. And the reason for the 25 year old CMO? Work experience week perhaps?

    OK, I’m clueless.

    What’s a CMO?

  157. Runs into JM’s blog reads Linzi’s post about the SGA ratings – does a happy dance and runs out squeeing!!!!

  158. Joe,

    Flocking is the closest thing to snow many of us will see. We could probably pass it off as the real thing.
    Perhaps everyone else can receive one of those bottled water jugs, so we can make our own ice.

    Everytime I watch Star Wars , I’m taken back to the first viewing & how it opend a new world to me. I didn’t have the finances or transportion to see it much in the beginning. Eventually, it showed at the dollar theatre about 3 miles from my house. I was able to bike there and watch it many times, each time drinking in new details. It’s the first time I seriously noticed or considered things like sound effects .The anticipation and release of the following films were such a big deal. I came out of Return of the Jedi, stunned. It had never crossed my mind, I would be disapointed in the film. I was still appalled by the ewoks. No surprise when that showed up at the budget theatre, the audience was full of 5 year olds.

    My interest in fictional characters – I want know their reading & music preference. I love scenes that go to their homes or quarters.

    As far as behind the scenes, I like what you do in your blog. Seeing concepts slowly evolve, learning about the challenges faced , how difficult certain scenes were to accomplish. I love the blog with everyone literally voicing their opinion of what a certain sound should be.

    I’m not interested in anyone’s bathroom or what they do in them – unless it includes a Shep shower scene.

    Silver

  159. Any thoughts about having Melissa Peregrym guest star on Atlantis? Shes an amazing actress with exceptional skills. Would be a great fit for Atlantis. Did inspiration of ‘Inferno’ possibly come from the Discovery channel’s faux documentary about Yellowstone erupting (amazingly had the same actor)? And finally, food question… TexMex, CaliMex or neither?

  160. There are adverts in the UK for Orange mobile phones, and when i see see them i always imagin that you would be like the main guy in the advert … here is a link to the advert on youtube…. am i close, or are you nothing like this?

  161. Ooops – I need to send an apology to the GW Shep whumpers! In my post earlier today I mentioned the infirmary and Shep in scrubs!!! Sorry guys (especially cheeky lil devil) of course this was an error on my part…I dont know what I was thinking and of course meant to write ‘nekkid under the infirmary sheet’. Am I forgiven?

  162. CMO = cheif medical officer.

    I gues just becasue the actress is young doesn’t mean she is playing a charicter of the same age? Personally i think her playing age could be fairly flaxable…. she doesn’t look particlarly young or old.

    I am going to wait and see her in more eppisodes before i decide if i like the charicter or not… she seems pretty good so far.

  163. Alipeeps said…

    “Oh my… you’ve just reminded me of what my half of my (shared with my sister) bedroom looked like when I was 14.”

    I also shared a ‘split personality’ room with my sister . Her half was feminine ,neat & ultra organized., the perfect environment for study. Mine looked lived in, to put it kindly. I was a tomboy. posters from surfer and skateboard magazine . The Starsky & Hutch poster with the Torino & CB radio station taking up my desk.

  164. Just a quick “Hello!” and “Thanks!” for the pics of Shep’s and McKay’s quarters. I hope the terrarium has UV lighting – turtles need natural lighting for their shells – until the turtles can be ‘accidentally’ released to wreak havoc on the Lantean native species! Gamera 2008!

    Also a Star Wars fan and a child of the ’80s,

    Jill_Ion

  165. Anonymous said…I’ve decided Joe that you might as well save your breath when it comes to answering questions about Amanda/Sam going to Atlantis. I was just lurking on a thread on Gateworld and a Sam fan said that Amanda was contractually obligated and this is what you guys ‘made’ her do.

    As it was Amanda herself who first came out with the “contractually obliged” comment I’d say Joe is a little handicapped in convincing her more ardent fans otherwise.

  166. lea said…Understandable that SG1 fans are sad that the show ended and still want to see their fav characters, so they hope they can see them in SGA

    Please don’t generalise about SG1 fans. Many of us have no wish at all to see actors we admired still shackled to the same roles after 10 long years. I’d happily pass up the opportunity for more Daniel or Teal’c in favour of seeing their own new project get a green light. They’re both far too talented to keep playing the same characters forever.

  167. I love Star Wars too! Sorry I haven’t dropped by lately, I was in a remote area of southern England on something called a “holiday” with my parents and nephew. No internet, no phone, nada. Eugh.

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