Wow. My childhood reminiscences so resonated with fans that my blog has been inundated with posts from individuals undoubtedly touched by the fond memories I shared in yesterday’s blog entry. That and the fact that I would be announcing the winner of the first ever 2500 000th Blog Visit Celebratory Flocking Give-Away today. And so, without further ado, allow me to congratulate…

…drum roll, please…

PG-15 for being the first person to post a comment following the 250 000th visit at exactly 5:24 p.m. late yesterday afternoon. As the winner of this contest, PG-15 will receive the super-special one-of-a-kind chunk of discarded flocking from the set of Stargate: Continuum IN ADDITION TO a gorgeous machine-crafted cardboard carrying case AND a secret hidden cryptic Atlantis season four spoiler that PG-15 can feel free to share, torch (but nowhere near the flocking please as it is highly flammable), or keep to her/his/its little self. Again, congratulations to PG-15 and Bon Appetit! (Please do not consume the flocking as it is probably highly toxic as well. Enjoy!)

Well, after my one day off, I was back in the production offices today for the big Digital Media tour. Representatives from various media outlets (UGO, IGN, TeeVee, Shakefire, TV.com, TV Gasm, TV Squad, SyFy Portal, GateWorld, TVAholic, CHUD, Video Detective, ACED Magazine, Twitch film, DVD Verdict, Sci fi Meshes, Monsters and Critics, Media Blvd., Eclipse Magazine, The Movie Reporter, Yahoo, AOL, Below the Line, The TV Addict, and Zap2It – a few of the scheduled guests) were invited to the set to take part in a special Atlantis Q&A panel and crappy lunch. Four of us made up the panel: David, Rachel, Paul and myself. Brad was at the studio cutting Continuum (He invited us to a special producer’s cut screening for this Thursday morning. I‘ll be bringing the popcorn I won‘t eat as I don‘t like popcorn.) and although I invited him to join us (he has, after all, contributed his fair share to the Stargate franchise over the years), Brad respectfully declined, preferring a more spectatorial role in the proceedings.

I got to the office a little after 9:00 a.m.the lovely Rachel Luttrell already there, the equally lovely Leah Ehman (our Atlantis make-up department head) on hand to give Rachel the approving nod and then turn her proficient skills to salvaging what she could of the boys. David, who arrived soon after, was greeted by our publicist with an: “Are you going to change?” “Should I?”asked David. Nah. I thought he looked roguish. Paul rode in on his bike soon after. “What do you need?”asked Leah as I hopped onto the chair. “Make me look like her,”I requested, pointing at Rachel. Well, Leah is an accomplished make-up artist, but she can’t work miracles. Still, a little sponging here, a little brushing there, the application of some of that copper cream and I was camera-ready.

As we headed downstairs, the media began to file in. They were followed by the gang from Sci Fi: Bonnie Hammer, Mark Stern, David Howe, Lana Kim and many, many more. We made our way to Stage 6, the main Atlantis standing set, where the gate room had been magically transformed: media on one side, our foursome panel directly in front of the lit-up gate and flanked by event moderator Mark Stern.

The panel went very well, both Rachel and David offering up some very funny anecdotes – that I won’t go into here, instead allowing you to read all about them when the stories are filed. While Mars, David’s dog, ambled up and around (“Please, God, don’t let this dog sniff my crotch while the cameras are rolling?”), we fielded a bevy of Stargate-related questions.

Afterwards, we enjoyed (?) a catered lunch where I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with April MacIntyre of Monsters & Critics (whose 70 year-old father is a dedicated reader of this blog. Hiya!) and Michael Stailey of DVD Verdict. Over the course of our meal, we talked about everything from the rigors of producing a television show to that Sopranos season finale. And then, it was time for them to get back on the bus. They were heading to the set of BSG and I was heading home to write up today’s blog installment, maybe work on my script (but doubtful at this point), and read a little more of Consider Phlebas (more on my reading and t.v. watching tomorrow).

I also hear that we’ve more or less finalized the SG-1 and Atlantis panels for this year’s Comic Con. The panels will take place Friday afternoon and the traditional Sci Fi party will be held on Saturday night. The party, I’ve been told will be a co-hosted by one of our most ambivalent critics, none other than Entertainment Weekly, who are no doubt delighted by the opportunity to fest BSG even at the prospect of suffering our incidental but annoyingly necessary presence. We’ll try not to crowd the bar, guys.

Oh yeah – the ratings. They were great! Here’s hoping that the all-new episodes of Atlantis (premiering only on Sci Fi this September) perform just as well.

Today’s pics: that sassy Rachel, the new Catwoman? Meeeow!, the lovely Leah, veteran producer-panelist Brad Wright offers us sage advice: “Try to make sense when you talk.”, David enjoying a pre-panel coffee, the gang from Sci Fi arrive, David all smiles, Producer John G. Lenic there to keep us out of trouble, Mars – the fifth panelist, the media.

Hmmm. 177 comments and counting. Let’s see what I can do about fielding a few of these questions…

Propagandor writes: “Are those Becketts turtles in McKay’s room?”

Answer: They be them.

Emma writes: “Deep fried mars bars….like ’em, hate ’em, not fussed?”

Answer: Put me down for “love ‘em”.

Imitation Tofu writes: “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?”

Answer: The article in question seems to reinforce this assumption. Of course we’re caught in a bit of a squeeze between the entrenched system of gathering ratings numbers and our fast-developing technology that should be forcing us to rethink said system. Throw into the mix the fact that while Tivo and DVR seems to influence ratings, it isn’t a simple matter of factoring in this recorded programming because most viewers fast forward through the commercials, something they can’t do while watching something live.

Anonymous #1 writes: “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?”

Answer: That falls under the IP (It’s Possible) category.

Ltcolshepjumper writes: “Will we EVER see bathrooms, showers, or sinks in Atlantis?”

Answer: I mentioned in an earlier post that Carl Binder was working on the big Atlantis Toilet three-parter. According to Carl, however, he’s “having trouble with part two”.

Bugguy writes: “Any veggies you could see putting in a “stand alone” ice cream?”

Answer: Eeww. None.

Knightowl writes: “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?”

Answer: Yes. Also, he was taking to dying his cat for special occasions (like, for instance, the day that particular picture was taken).

PAT writes: “Ant Music or Prince Charming ?”

Answer: Ant Music.

Koreanturtle87 writes: “Have you evern been to Insadong? It’s a korean bbq place on the Coquitlam/Buranby border.”

Answer: I haven’t. Any good?

Dajaje writes: “So how come McKay gets a patio and Sheppard doesn’t?”

Answer: He likes to barbecue.

Cole j writes: “I guess my Man from U.N.C.L.E. photo album got pitched out years ago”

Answer: Both Paul and I loved Napoleon Solo!

IB writes: “Which country would you like to visit, but you never get the chance?”

Answer: I hear Singapore is nice.

Joseph writes: “I know you make ice cream, but what’s the strangest combination you’ve tried that actually works?”

Answer: Vanilla-caramel popcorn.

Anonymous #2 writes: “I found a fabulous post on the TWoP forum that sums up what a lot of Weir fans…”

Answer: With all due respect, all that post does is sum up with said fan feels based on his/her assumptions of what went on behind-the-scenes, nothing more.

Ming writes: “ Have you had the opportunity to visit the Theo Chocolate Factory and take the factory tour in Seattle?”

Answer: No, but I do love their Bread & Chocolate bar.

Andrew writes: “Will iTunes sales have any effect on whether or not we get a season 5?”

Answer: Not form a network standpoint.

Anonymous #3 writes: “And the reason for the 25 year old CMO? Work experience week perhaps?”

Answer: First of all, when we were looking to cast the new CMO, we knew we wanted to cast a woman because we wanted another strong female character on the show. Secondly, when it came time to cast the part, we chose based on talent – and based on everything we’d seen of Jewel, we knew she was extremely talented (and has even exceeded our expectations in season four). As for her age – the entire Atlantis expedition is made up of geniuses, those at the top of their respective fields, yet those with the physical capability and mindset to be able to travel to another galaxy and leave everything they knew behind. Face it. At the end of the day, any casting decision we made (male, female, young or old) would have been met with derision by certain fans. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you for one.

73 thoughts on “June 26, 2007

  1. Do I get first comment? 🙂

    Any congradulations to PG-15 (if you want to let me know the secret, I’m Steve_the_Wraith on Gateworld ;))

    Joe is there any question your supprised hasn’t been asked yet? Something you were sure would come up.

    If so what would your answer be?

  2. Rachel is so beautiful with her natural hair. Whose decision was it to wig her? It washes her out.

  3. Don’t you just love working during “time off”? Spring Break’s like that… You get this promise of a whole week of time off… just so you can study the whole time for midterms… oh wait… you mean I’m one of the fools who actually studies during spring break? Oh, my bad…

    I’ve managed to find a company that ships Matouk’s hot sauce, so I’ll see what I can do about getting a bottle to you.

    Love the pictures! 🙂

    Take care,
    Ayla McKay
    Nova Scotia

  4. Rachel Luttrell would indeed be a beautiful and kickass Catwoman. 🙂 Being that she is a beautiful and kickass person, IMHO.

    Kinda scary how many of us relived our 80’s scifi/pop/rock past in your blog, eh?

    Wishing I still had a turntable to play my 45s,

    Jill_Ion

  5. Joe, are you planning on photographing any of your ice cream creations this summer?

    What do you think that Jewel Strait and her character will bring to the CMO position that Paul McGillion and Carson Beckett could not? Outside of the obvious physical differences, of course.

    Congrads on the ratings boost! I wish more Stargate:SG1 viewers had stuck around to watch Atlantis though.

  6. Hi,

    For the record, I think Jewel Staite’s an excellent choice. I’m looking forward to seeing her in Season 4.

    I also think it was a gutsy move to leave Teal’c fifty years older at the end of the SG-1 finale. Will we see any changes in him (beyond the gray hair) because of his experience? What exactly did Teal’c do on a starship for fifty years with no one to fight?

  7. Joe, good day!

    Can we get an update on the pug you are ‘definantly not getting’? Have you/or are you going to visit it soon?

  8. Hi Joe:

    Three comments and a question:

    1) Congratulations to PG-15 on winning. I’m glad it went to a struggling student. Please come to my fan party during Creation Con next April and show it off.

    2) Joe, you said: “I mentioned in an earlier post that Carl Binder was working on the big Atlantis Toilet three-parter. According to Carl, however, he’s “having trouble with part two”. That is hilarious! You sure know how to turn a phrase.

    3) When you said that the Sci-Fi execs were at the digital media panel, I could almost hear all of the SG-1 fans booing them. Where are all the whacked out cream pie throwers when you need them?

    Now my question: Do you get as much of a chuckle out of what the fans write to you as you blog to us? Is there anything that really stands out as a question that you really enjoyed?

    Patricia

  9. I was just contemplating yesterday about McKay’s quarters because I noticed the turtle terrarium and was saying how happy it would make me if Rodney was indeed caring for Carsons’s wee baby turtles. I think that’s the best fourth season spoiler so far 😀

  10. What can I say except…THANK YOU!! I suppose I’m just that much more timely than everybody else. For once, Lady luck was on my side. Of course, I should also thank causality, and in effect, everything else in the universe, for being in the perfect arrangements in time and space that allowed me to post my comment at the exact, necessary moment in time.

    So…about that prize Joe. I do live very close to Bridge Studios (around Metrotown), perhaps I should come down personally tomorrow to receive my prize?

  11. Wow. My childhood reminiscences so resonated with fans that my blog has been inundated with posts from individuals undoubtedly touched by the fond memories I shared in yesterday’s blog entry.

    I was trying to remember what possessed me to go and see Star Wars in the first place – given that I was not so much a child at the time. Finally it hit me – my community had had a tornado a day before leaving us completely without power for several days. Injuries and damage was otherwise minimal so people didn’t feel bad about heading to the nearby town where power was plentiful and they could eat out and see a movie.

    Thanks to the person who explained CMO. I am more used to the business aspect of acronyms, but was pretty sure it wasn’t “Chief Maintenance Officer”.

    And congratulations to PG-15 on the win!

  12. Mars does NOT look happy! Did you break your rule of not photographing those who wish not to have their photo taken? 😉

  13. I believe you mentioned a while back that you had picked up season one of Veronica Mars. Have you watched it yet? I’m curious to know your thoughts. It is one of my favorite (and I think one of the best) season’s of tv I have seen to date. Hope you’re enjoying your holidays.

  14. Who is going to there for the panel at Comic Con that you know of? I’m already counting downt he days…

  15. Kudos to the rating boost! I tried to get/am going to get as many people corrupted with Atlantis as a I can in order to boost the ratings. Hope it helped even the slightest bit.

    I’m headed of to the suburbs of Toronto in order to visit the family tomorrow. I’ll be sure to tip my hat to McKay and the other natives of Canada. 😉

    Now for a question…hmmm…oh! In your opinion, what’s the worst book to movie translation and why?

  16. Yeah Congratulations !
    I’ve found how to post a comment !^^
    I don’t understand your posts every day but I do what I can !

    Hi Joe, my name is Yazid, i’m a french boy ( 16 ) and I visit your blog everyday ! It’s always a pleasure to discover photos of the sets, of actors of Stargate SG1 & Atlantis !
    Hum today…good photos ( sweet Rachel ! )
    Bye it’s 2:47 a.m in France ! I go to my bed bye bye !

    Yazid…

  17. Insadong’s got good reviews. I like it. I remember when I went with my friends(4 of them) for my bday party, we ordered a $100 platter, and we couldn’t finish it ^^; If you go, go with a group of 4 or so (and get a bbq combo), unless you can eat as much as Teal’c. By the way, are you going to AE07?

  18. For one, I second Propagandor’s question. 😀

    Two, could you tell us what the ratings were, or where we can find them? I’ve been tearing the internet apart tonight and can’t find them.

  19. hmmmm….well yet another intriguing blog.

    You should have taken a picture of yourself before and after to see the transformation for the “Camera” ready look. 🙂

    So, then, what was your best subject in school?

    -JJ

  20. Answer: That falls under the IP (It’s Possible) category.

    Thank you for answering Joe. You just gave me some hope that we will get to see Daniel Jackson in Atlantis next season. I hope IP turns into a Yes.

  21. Thank you for wanting the CMO to be female on SGA. As a woman, I am always noticing the male/female ratio on TV shows, along with the supposed necesarry “hotness” factor associated with said females. Heroes is particularly irksome for me, despite enjoying the show. When Entertainment Weekly put the cast of Heroes on multiple covers, it highlighted the dearth of high profile actresses on the show. My son has no problem finding characters on TV he can relate to (or professions he can aspire to become) but my daughter definitely struggles. SGA provides strong female characters, and as a mom, thanks.

  22. Why are the beds in Atlantis single beds?

    Why aren’t there any double beds?

    I mean the ancients who used to live there must have had some couples among them who were together.

  23. So the Weir people are attacking Sam?

    That would be the same as the Daniel people attacking Jonas, the Jack fans attacking Mitchell and… oh lookie here, the Sam fans attacking Vala.

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Remember that. The Sam fans are far from innocent.

  24. Congratulations to PG15!

    Whoa! Mars looks kinda unhappy in that photo. How did you manage to catch him in such a mood?

    I forgot to ask yesterday – Are the personal quarters shown supposed to be that whole hexagonal area? Or is that for the cameras? We’ve only seen the corner of the room with their beds. From what we’ve seen of everyone’s personal quarters, the doors open right into the space where their beds are, so it appears they only have the corner. Teyla and Cadman did seem to have more room.

    Given the lack of personal space, did the Ancients believe in communal dining, recreation and bathing? Or did they live further out in the city than the expedition and the expedition is using rooms meant for other functions as personal quarters? For example, since it seems they all live in the central tower, are they all really living in office spaces?

  25. Looking at the pictures, is your office really across from the women’s restroom? Or is that a general meeting room?

  26. How’s it going JM?

    “Make me look like her,”I requested, pointing at Rachel.
    I said something similar before I saw your blog in the RL/Teyla WOW thread, mine was more “I want to look like RL when I grow up!!”

    PG15 beats everyone to your blog. He’s a beast when it comes to the “possibility” of spoilers. Got to love him!! ^_^

    So JM, since we’re looking at Teyla and Athosian backstory, I forgot to ask if we’d be revisiting original Athos? We still don’t know if that was a destroyed Atlantis sister ship in Rising II, as seen in The Tower. Or at least confirm if it was a sistership? I’ve been wondering that for a while.

    By the way on an off SGA question, I was watching Top Chef and was introduced to black chicken. Have you ever had it?

  27. Answer: I mentioned in an earlier post that Carl Binder was working on the big Atlantis Toilet three-parter. According to Carl, however, he’s “having trouble with part two”.

    I’m suprised you passed up a chance to write “he’s ‘having trouble with number two'”

  28. Joe,

    You said…”First of all, when we were looking to cast the new CMO, we knew we wanted to cast a woman because we wanted another strong female character on the show.”

    GREAT! I love the fact the producers and writers seek out strong female characters for SGA.

    Although I am still sad that Beckett is gone, and I hope he comes back for more than 2 episodes.

    Considering your stated preference when casting the CMO, I’m curious as to why the decision was made to reduce another strong female character (Elizabeth) to recurring? Seems to be a disconnect there…..or did you not feel she was a strong character?

    Cheers!
    SMB_BOOKS

  29. So, I’ve got a question that you probably won’t answer. You say that you base your casting on talent, as it should be. But let’s be honest, image is also very important in the entertainment biz. In all honesty, how much does an actor’s image play into the casting decision? I know it’s a part, but I just wonder how much a part. My theater prof in college tried to tell me looks had nothing to do with it, but I know that’s a load of BS. I’m trying to get into acting a bit, so I’m wondering how an actor’s look factors into casting. And for you guys personally, do you try to go for people with more unique looks as opposed to cookie-cutter beautiful people, or does it just work out that way? (Personally, I think shows where the actors are all generically beautiful tend to be unwatchable.)

  30. I love how we SGA fans can get a twitter from Mr. Hewlett regarding the SGA press conference then you feed our fandom with photos from the actual twittered conference. Did the two of you plan this? 🙂

  31. Has the third Hewlett been written into Atlantis as well? (aka David’s stubble).

    I’m glad to hear ratings were stable, though I have to wonder where everyone was for the finale… *goes to probe some Gaters*

  32. Well, since you’ve answered an Adam Ant question. Puss N Boots, Strip or Goody Two Shoes?

  33. Regarding the blueprints of McKay’s quarters: it would seem that instead of giving him a proper bathroom, you simply requested that he have patio plants to, er… water

    🙂

  34. Wow! You’ve been busy for someone who’s supposed to be on vacation!

    And, by the way, are you absolutely sure that Rachel Luttrell is expecting? She looked AMAZING! I don’t recall looking that good when I was expecting!

    I didn’t post yesterday – but want to thank you for your blog. Oh for the simpler times of the 70’s and 80’s (ha ha). I was watching (on ION network in DC) the original BSG last night, and laughing my butt off over the acting/special effects. I cannot believe how much the SciFi genre has grown! What’s it really like to be a part of that?

  35. Answer: Both Paul and I loved Napoleon Solo!

    I’m an Illya Kuryakin gal myself. Did you ever pretend to be Napoleon Solo or any other tv character when you were a kid? Is this where you developed your fondness for suits?

  36. Have really enjoyed reading your blog, and not just the Stargate stuff! (Got any recs for chocolate or restaurants in Denver?)

    I’ll be attending ComiCon this year – can you tell us who’ll be on the panels? Also, how do fans get an invite to the SciFi party?

    Thanks for the great pictures and all the wonderful Stargate info you share with us.

  37. “Joe is there any question your surprised hasn’t been asked yet? Something you were sure would come up.

    If so what would your answer be?”

    Cop out.

    Hey Mr. Mallozzi,

    I don’t have a lot to say today, but I hope things are going well for you. Also, be honest, can I take some credit for the turtles in McKay’s room with my spiffy petition (http://forum.gateworld.net/showthread.php?p=6825258#post6825258) or was it more of an invention of calculus kind of thing with two great minds working and neither one knowing about the other until after it happened? Either way, I think it was an excellent idea, though I’m admittedly biased.

    See you tomorrow, and by you I mean your blog,
    Copernicus

  38. It was cruel of you to photograph superstar Mars whilst he was still chewing his back leg.

    Did he get to answer all the questions that nobody else wanted to?

    Is he a serial crotch sniffer? Better that than a small dog with a fascination for procreating with legs.

    Are those “wee baby turtles” Tartan Turtles ie SCB members. 😉

  39. Anonymous #3 writes: “And the reason for the 25 year old CMO? Work experience week perhaps?”

    Answer: First of all, when we were looking to cast the new CMO, we knew we wanted to cast a woman because we wanted another strong female character on the show. Secondly, when it came time to cast the part, we chose based on talent – and based on everything we’d seen of Jewel, we knew she was extremely talented (and has even exceeded our expectations in season four). As for her age – the entire Atlantis expedition is made up of geniuses, those at the top of their respective fields, yet those with the physical capability and mindset to be able to travel to another galaxy and leave everything they knew behind. Face it. At the end of the day, any casting decision we made (male, female, young or old) would have been met with derision by certain fans. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you for one.

    Snarky Joe strikes again. Just say Keller is a few years older than Jewel’s real age and be done with it. But I guess that doesn’t match your “supervillain” persona. You should cast the best person available, but it doesn’t mean the character has to be the SAME age!!

  40. “Oh yeah – the ratings. They were great! Here’s hoping that the all-new episodes of Atlantis (premiering only on Sci Fi this September) perform just as well.”

    That’s great!!! It was about time, too. Do you have the exact number? It always takes weeks until they’re released to the public (last weeks too if you’re at it?)

  41. I don’t understand the objection to Jewel based on her age. CHARACTERS aren’t always the same age as the ACTORS who play them– look at Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and RDA, for instance.

  42. Dear Joe,

    Glad you mentioned Singapore as I happen to reside there. If you do decide to visit our (perpetually hot) sunny tropical island, I will be more than happy to roll out the red carpet and take you around to the various eating places. I personally am looking forward to the coming season 4 episodes (I am a faithful customer of Amazon by purchasing the DVDs…don’t skewer me for not waiting to get my stargate fix…LOL…besides Atlantis hasn’t graced our fair islands even by way of cable, so that’s my justification, my line, and i’m sticking to it!).

    Do let me know if you do drop by Singapore, there’s lots to sample and try, food-wise.

    SteveInSingapore

    PS – Singapore fried noodles don’t actually exist in Singapore. We have fried noodles prepared in different styles based on the different chinese dialect groups tradition.

  43. Joe,
    What is the first episode to be shot after the break? Are all the first half episodes done now with shooting non-sfx scenes or are there little bits here and there to finish? Did you get a chance to push the Sci-Fi execs who make (dumb, IMO) scheduling decisions and were present at the media day through the gate onto another planet?? 🙂

  44. Hi,

    If the ring technology is that of the ancients, and I base that solely on there being rings in lost city part 2 then may I ask how come we haven’t seen rings in Atlantis?

    Thanks

  45. Heh, just a wee bit of makeup… you lucky thing. As a dancer for 10 years, I still have a thing about people coming near me with eyeliner or mascara. You would think I would have gotten used to it… I still shudder at the thought.

  46. Hey Joe,I have a book recommendation for you. You should check out Rodney’s 500-page book about Elizabeth. 😉

    “You’ve taken a lot of crap as the leader of this expedition and I thought someone should leave a record of all the good things you’ve done, everything you’ve done right.”

    I know what’s in it and I’m amazed of what this leader of Atlantis has accomplished. An interesting read indeed!

    http://www.saveelizabethweir.com

  47. Okay. Rachel looks entirely too good for someone who’s pregnant. So unfair! 🙂

    What was the winner for weirdest question of the day at the media event?

  48. yéééé!! Félicitation PG-15!!Bravo!!

    2500000 visite!!! C est allucinant!! ba dit donc vous êtes le roi des blog!^^
    Merci pour toute ces joli photo aujourd hui!!
    Je vous souhaite d avoir autant de commentaires sur cette article que le derneir!!
    J ai encors une question…:
    Es que les anciens font du sport?? On pourra un jour en voir dans un épisode??

    Voila merci! Bonne journée! a plus tard! 😉

  49. Hey, Joe. You keep telling us that we will see more character aspects. May I ask if we will see some friendship moments/episode for McKay and Sheppard? I think their friendship was forgotten a little during last two years, it changed only in teasing and it missed some seriousness. And are you going to discover some friendly relationship between Rodney/Teyla or Ronon/Rodney? I mean mixing of unusual pairs. Even maybe more Sheppard/Dex friendship. Thanks

  50. I agree that Rachel’s dark hair is much nicer than those terrible WalMart wigs she has to wear. Come on Joe, Teyla can be exposed to something that changes her hair. It was done back in the old Dr. Who when the character who played the companion Leela couldn’t tolerate the contacts she had to wear. A flash injury in one episode resulted in the character’s eyes changing color, and the actress could toss the contacts. Come on, Teyla would be much prettier with Rachel’s real hair.

  51. hey joe! Long time no post for me, sorry, been busy with kids! Sci-Fi.com has just posted (well as far as I saw when posting this) that Window of Opportunity was voted best episode ever (My personal favorite too, and one reason why I like you!) How does that make you feel?

  52. Chalk up one vote of praise regarding your decision to cast Jewel S. in the role of CMO. Can’t wait to see her more in Season 4. Thanks!

  53. Morning Joe!

    Congratulations to PG-15 on the win!

    As usual, your blog’s started off my day with a chuckle and a smile. The 3-parter toilet chronicle had me laughing so hard my cat came from his window perch to find out what was so funny.

    So, what’s happening on the puglet front? Did you get another pup?

    I saw an interview with Joe Flanigan from that Los Angeles station (KTLA maybe?), and he was wearing a pink shirt. I was wondering if you had any pink in your wardrobe, Joe. Pink for men rocks!

    Have a great day!

  54. Thank-you for the David & Mars pics!!! I go to the cancer specialist later today and I’m a little freaked, so those brightened my morning considerably! 🙂 (Oh, and thanks for the Miller’s Crossing cover pic yesterday!)

  55. Is there friendship growth between Teyla and Rodney this season? I’d like seeing more friendship for them.

  56. I’m sure that Jewel Stait will do a marvelous job as the CMO. Just as I’m sure that my neighbor, Tom, would make a great second husband should my first one divorce me. Still, I’d rather keep the husband that I have. And I’d rather that Carson Beckett had not died, even if he will be returning in some shape or form next season.

    But let’s not dwell. I want to share with you an interesting item I noticed at the Lord & Taylor Website:

    http://www.lordandtaylor.com/gifts/OnlineShopping/LT?DSP=4&PCR=21:200028:200106&IID=2000478

    Remember: Christmas is coming and who wouldn’t want this? I can’t vouch for the smell. Eau de le chien, perhaps?

  57. Joe,

    With the increase in TiVo and DVR, would you consider product placement to be a viable alternative? (Unless you’re already doing it…)

    Heroes did it with the Nissan Versa last season, and the Sony Vaio laptops on SGA were featured rather prominently.

  58. Hi Joe,

    Congratulations on the ratings. I was especially excited to see SG1 do so well since it was it’s last episode. I also hope this bodes well for an Atlantis season 5.

    Now that SG1 (the series) is over, I was curious if you have a favorite episode for Jack, for Sam, for Daniel and for Teal’c over the last 10 years?

    Oh, and since Sam and Daniel are my favorites, I was extremely excited that you said it’s possible that Daniel might do an Atlantis episode. I can’t wait until you can let us know for sure.

  59. Hi Joe,

    My co-worker and I are both big Stargate fans so we were talking about the series ender this Monday, and I thought of something: what happened to Hermiod? Did he go back to his home planet to die with the rest of the Asgard, or is he slowly dying on the Daedalus?

    And if he did die with the rest of his people (which was the saddest part of the series ender, IMO — my favorite SG-1 episode is “The Fifth Race” and I’ve always loved those little guys), will Rodney at least mention it, or ask where he is, or something? I’m assuming that the Daedalus hasn’t been decommissioned or destroyed or anything and will return to Atlantis.

    Again, the destruction of the Asgard and the “passing of the torch” to the humans on Earth was really emotional and sad. Kudos to Brad and Rob for that.

  60. …traditional Sci Fi party will be held on Saturday night. The party, I’ve been told will be a co-hosted by one of our most ambivalent critics, none other than Entertainment Weekly…
    Good luck with that, the positive side is since they are such idiots at EW they probably will not realize if you are extra snarky to them.

    Wow. My childhood reminiscences so resonated with fans that my blog has been inundated with posts from individuals undoubtedly touched by the fond memories I shared in yesterday’s blog entry.

    I was five when I saw Stars Wars; my parents went to Charleston and saw it. Mom told Dad she thought I’d like it. When it finally came to Cook’s Theatre in good old Walterboro, SC, my parents took me. It’s the first movie going experience I remember—Whoppers and Junior Mints. I was such a scrawny child the theatre seats folded up on me when I tried to sit on it! I remember screaming “The seat’s eating me.”(Dad has since then made sure to remind me of this at every movie we’ve attended together.) I sat on Dad’s lap and while Mom leaned over and read the words on the screen to me. They told me any blood I saw was ketchup and the fighting was not real and that no-one was really hurt. Mom knew I was completely pulled in when she leaned over to check on me during the cantina scene and I informed Obi-Wan should cut off the bad man’s arm and not waste the ketchup—‘cause who’d want it on their fries now. (The logic when you’re five) It was the beginning of my life long love of science fiction.

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

    Answer: No yet.
    Is that because you’re waiting to hear if Atlantis is renewed?

  62. watcher652 said…
    For example, since it seems they all live in the central tower, are they all really living in office spaces?

    I got a HUGE kick out of this. It made me imagine the ancients in an office setting. Might be a nice spin-off for you guys, like “Ugly Ayiana”, “Suddenly Oma”, or an “Apprentice” like show called “The Ascended.” Wow, imagine getting fired from THAT office!

  63. OMG Joe, you get to watch the producer’s cut of Continuum Thursday morning. Does this mean that Thursday’s blog will consist of juicy little tidbits? It’s probably best not to indulge in any snacks while viewing. We don’t want you to miss any important details that you need to come back and tell us about. If Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal’c are all still alive at the end of Continuum and Daniel still has all of his ‘body parts’ then please give Brad a hug from me for a job well done.

  64. David Hewlett apears to have a limited wardrobe… he seems to wear the same thing in a lot of the publicity … either that or they do all the photos on the same day! Not complaining though… i think recently he has had prety good style…do we think this is due to Jane choseing his wardrobe? :o)

  65. Interesting you said the other day that 2010 was a good episode to get into SG-1 with. This was the first episode that I watched and it sold me on the show!

  66. Joe,

    Please tell me (and mean it) that the Carter/McKay “thing” is not going to be evident in SGA.

    That has just gotten so old and frankly, just isn’t amusing anymore.

    Thank you

  67. Hi Joe!
    Can we hope that Brad Wright or Robert C. Cooper will make major announcement about the third SG series at the Comic Con in July? What are the chances to begin the SG:U in 2008?

  68. *waves*

    Just popped in before bed to say congrats to PG15. He deserves it, bless him. You know those 250,000 blog visits. You’re actually only on about 100,000 as the rest is PG15 using the ‘refresh’ key like it’s going out of fasion. *luffs ya really PG15* 😀 And i’m not bitter *cough*much*cough* 😉 Hehehe, maybe as a bonus thankyou for all his hard work, you could throw in a spare ‘refresher button’ to put in with the flocking. 😛

    *runs out the blog*

    PS I think your blog has got hiccups, so this may come through a couple of times. Sorry. Can you delete it for me, please and thank you.

    *hugs*

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