Rumors of Gatecon’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. By me it would seem. I’ve been told that Gatecon is far from dead, having split into two different incarnations – Gatecon U.K. and Timeless Destinations (here in Vancouver) – way back when and developing separate entities ever since. So, apparently, with a 2008 con planned for Vancouver, Gatecon is alive and well. Hurray! But Timeless Destinations (now The Timeless Gathering of Etc.) has found the going rough. Boo! The truth is, I’m a little confused but I trust that when I arrive for the event, someone will be on hand to tell me where to stand and in which direction to face. That’s all I ask.

Well, back at it. Today’s prep schedule looked like this:

1400: Concept Meeting for Atl. Ep. #414 “The Kindred Pt. 1”

1530: Art Department Meeting for Atl. Ep. #414 “The Kindred Pt. 1”

1630: Costume Meeting for Atl Ep. #414 “The Kindred Pt. 1”

1715: Props Meeting for Atl. Ep. #414 “The Kindred Pt. 1”

The morning was mercifully free and clear, allowing the writers plenty of time to debrief one another on our respective vacations. We watched the director’s cut of Spoils of War (I’m so glad I ate my breakfast before sitting down to watch that wraith birthing scene), then gave/got notes on The Kindred Pt. 1 (just a few page notes and a suggestion for a Caldwell scene), which took us to lunch. On the menu today: coconut prawn, barbecued steak, veggie daal, coca cola wings, and bumble berry pie (“What’s a bumble berry?“Paul asked. I enlightened him: “Pie crust, bees, and LOTS of sugar.”).

The concept meeting was fabulous – as far as concept meetings go. First A.D. Bill Mizel was at his curmudgeony best, leading us through the narrative masterpiece, occasionally stopping to interject his misgivings about fire gags, background extras, and the confusing misuse of the term “CG wraith” which it turns out does NOT stand for Computer Generated.

The Art Department meeting was rescheduled to tomorrow morning and the Props meeting moved up. As usual, Evil Kenny did the honors promising knives, bantos rods, and plenty of bling.

We took a break so that I could sign off on the new opening credit sequence (everyone else had already given Zoic the thumbs up), and then it was back to the boardroom for the Costume meeting. Val brought in photos of Rachel modeling Teyla’s new off-world outfit. Unfortunately, the lighting downstairs is terrible and made the long coat look like a garish pink and purple crocodile skin. “Geez,”he muttered, “this looks like something David Arquette would wear!” But I’m pleased to say that, by meeting’s end, we’d got it all sorted out.

Preparations for Comic Con are still ongoing. Last I heard, Jewel may be making an appearance as well which is great news. Martin Wood also dropped by my office to tell me Orson Scott Card will be putting in an appearance at the con. Who knows, maybe he’ll be at the Sci Fi/Entertainment Weakly party.

Between all of the first-day-back madness, I did manage to get some mailing done (PG15, your package is on its way) and did find time to unpack the gift awaiting me: one plush pug compliments of Kath from Baltimore. Thanks Kat from Baltimore.

Mailbag –

Patricia writes: “Glad to see you read “The Road”. What did you think of it?”

Answer: It reminded me a lot of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents which I liked a lot.

Zabadoo writes: “1.)Will we ever see Jack O’Neill retire? 2.)Are there any plans to bring Maybourne back into the picture in any of the SG-1 movies? 3.)Are we going to see any crazy awesome x-302/wraith dart fights in the near future? 4.)Do the Asurans have small ships like Wraith darts or X-302’s?”

Answers: 1) Not any time soon. 2) Not at present. 3) That remains to be seen. 4) Possibly.

Keirberos writes: “Are there any projects you’ve worked on over the years and looked back on as being decidedly odd? The kind that might leave SG fans blinking a few times as your name pops up?”

Answer: Paul and I wrote a couple of episodes for a show called The Lost World. I remember reading years ago that producers of the show had planned a third season of the show, a third season which would be comprised of “the best of seasons one and two”. I found that to be a very interesting marketing spin. I didn’t hear anything about a season four, but I suspect it was comprised of “the best of season three and whatever was leftover from season’s one and two”.

Desertrose writes: “I don’t understand how you people, TPTB of Stargate, don’t love all the characters you write for and were created by you equally. Everybody always says Rodney McKay is their favorite (…) know other show creators/producers/writers who love all the characters they’ve created equally, show respect to every one of them (…) Maybe you people could bond with producers of other shows to see how it’s done.”

Answer: Um, someone asked me who MY WIFE’s favorite character was. She said Rodney McKay. But thanks for playing.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Have tried to talk to him about my concerns and why you can’t write like that, but the considered answer I received was summed up as “Everybody else does it”…”

Answer: I think it may be best if he just finds out for himself. It will be a humbling but very valuable experience.

Anonymous #2 writes: “ I had a question about how much leeway, in terms of time, do you give a guest star to be able arrange their schedule in order to be in an episode?”

Answer: We try to be as flexible as possible given the fairly tight production schedule we have to work with. In instances where the actor will simply be unavailable to us, we rewrite the script.

Cel writes: “Are you a big HP fan?”

Answer: I wouldn’t classify myself as a “big fan”. I read the previous books in the series, so I’ll be reading the last when it’s released.

Siba writes: “Who bestows the titles upon the episodes? Who has the last word??
and: Do you watch Sanctuary?”

Answer: The writer comes up with the title for the episode he is writing. Occasionally, if he has a hard time, we all chip in. And – haven’t seen it.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Will this change Rodney’s relationship with Katie?”

Answer: Rodney’s relationship with Kate will evolve in season four.

Uber writes: “I apologize for causing you problems on your blog. I enjoy confronting people who I see as being fairly rude with a reasoned response, seasoned with a little snark…”

Answer: No apology necessary. I try to include a variety of opinions on my blog but all too often it’s a slippery slope. Fans criticize characters causing other fans to criticize the critics causing the critics to criticize a certain fan base causing members of that fan base to criticize members of the other fan base causing members of the other fan base to criticize certain posters causing certain posters to defend themselves and take shots at their critics who take shots back. After a while, it just gets tiresome so I ended up deleting a bunch of posts making up part of that general debate.

59 thoughts on “July 16, 2007

  1. Zabadoo writes: “1.)Will we ever see Jack O’Neill retire?

    Answers: 1) Not any time soon.

    hi, joe,

    well, i sure hope that’s not going to stall a sam-and-jack-getting-together thinger, because if you wait until jack retires… did you see the last star trek next generation movie? troi and riker FINALLY got together, but… the ptb waited too long and finally bringing them together was just a last ditch effort to save their movie franchise. it didn’t work, because i think most of the troi/riker shippers (and fans in general) moved on. *i* moved on to SAM/JACK 😀

    but it’s an awfully sad thing when something that wonderful ends up feeling ho-hum because the gift was given after most of the party goers left the party. i’d rather have ppl griping about my work than not giving a damn anymore. :/

    (climbs off shaky soapbox)

    sally 🙂

  2. Answer: No apology necessary.

    Good to know and thank you. 🙂

    We took a break so that I could sign off on the new opening credit sequence (everyone else had already given Zoic the thumbs up)…

    I remember you saying awhile back that you believed the credits would be similar stylistically to the one used the last two years. Were there any surprises (pleasant ones, of course) or did it turn out pretty much like you expected?

    And I know I’m probably pushing it but is there a chance that we’ll be able to see it prior to the new season?

    Thank you,
    Mary Beth

  3. “Entertainment Weakly”? Freudian slip, Joe?

    Oh, and I can’t wait for that package!! Just a note though…how poisonous is it, exactly? I mean, the actors would have to act near them, so I’m thinking breathing a lot near it is not a problem?

    Just want to make sure.

    So, the birthing scene is in Spoils of War eh? Ok, gotta make sure to prepare to close my eyes during that episode; I’m kinda squeamish, you see. That dissection scene in “Uninvited” also grossed me out.

    Lastly, a question: As you said, Season 4 is more arc-based (ok, you may not have said that, but it was implied); how arc-based is it? For instance, if I miss an episode, would I be lost come the next one?

  4. Joe,
    There has been some discussion about the actual “level of technology” the Travelers have. Some of the writers from the Press Tour three weeks ago have said that the Travelers are far more advanced than the Atlantis expediton. Was this just a bad interpretation on the part of the article writers? Everything else I have seen points to them having just about the same level of tech as our expedition/Earth before we got the Asgard tech. Also, will the Travelers appear in a third episode near the end of the season? Or does their Ancient warship not survive the BASMR space battle like almost all the other Ancient stuff you writers dangle in front of us for an episode or two and then take away?

    Thanks!

  5. A new opening sequence, huh? Yet another cool thing to look forward to in season 4.

    I’ve been re-watching all my Stargate DVDs and listening to the commentary in each. Many times the directors talk about the difficulty in keeping scenes in the briefing room fresh (from a shooting perspective). Was there ever any talk of replacing it with a new set? Any chance it was replaced for the movies? Just curious…

  6. Welcome back to work! Are we going to see the gate malfuction anytime soon,I always enjoyed those episodes.

  7. Hey Joe,

    How’s your first day back at work going? I feel as if you’re always working – maybe because you update your blog regularly and you write even in the holidays.

    I’ve always wondered: do the actors/cast of SGA ever have clauses that say that they should 1) avoid certain strenous exercise 2) keep certain appearances (eg hair length etc)?

    I guess I’ve just been curious since Mr Flanigan has hinted that he’s not supposed to do extreme sports etc and I notice Mr Nykl often sporting longish hair towards the new season.

    Take care,
    M

  8. Hi Joe, looking back on SG1, is there any story you wished could of been told that wasnt or any storyline you wish you could of added too? Like Daniels Grandpap or the Ashen?

  9. Hey Joe I said I would give the results of the other contests as they finish here are Vala’s and Cam’s
    Voted by GW Top 5 Vala episodes

    1st Place: Crusade (50)
    2nd Place: Memento Mori (50)
    3rd Place: The Powers That Be (50)
    4th Place: Unending (50)
    5th Place: Dominion (50)

    My personal Top 5 Vala episodes
    1. Dominion
    2. The Powers That Be
    3. Memento Mori
    4. Crusade
    5. The Ties That Bind

    Voted by GW Top 5 Cam episodes

    1st Place- Bounty (50)
    2nd Place – Line in the Sand (50)
    3rd Place – Unending (50)
    4th Place – The Quest Pt.2 (50)
    5th Place – Ripple Effect (50)

    My personal Top 5 Cam episodes
    1. Arthur’s Mantle
    2. Ripple Effect
    3. The Quest 2
    4. Camelot
    5. Bad Guys

    Do you like that I am doing this because if you don’t like them I will stop. I have kinda of a stupid question for you Kinsey was one of my least favorite characters he was too over the top for me in the ep Full Alert did he die I thought he did when I watched the first time to which I started singing Ding Dong the Witch Dead but I watched it again and saw he went for the wrist devise and wasn’t there when the other guys came up why did you let him escape why that’s a character I never want to see again.

  10. Have you seen the promo for the next Eureka epsiode?

    Green device that emits a personal shield and once activated the wearer thinks he’s going to die.

    Sound familiar? lol I’m not one for bashing or anything but i just really dont like that show.

  11. 1.)What was the worst thing about working in children’s television?
    2.)Are there any drawbacks on writing for Stargate?
    3.)Will there be even any mention of Ford in the next season? It just seems that not only is he in any other episodes, but he also isn’t spoken of.
    4.)Will fourth season episodes dealing with the Wraith or the Asurans be mainly dialogue-based or action-based? Any “Reckoning” style episodes in the near future for Atlantis?

  12. Joe! Leave you alone for a few weeks and you’re getting a baby bulldog? Say it ain’t so! [sigh]

    Ok so Lulu is adorable, I’ll grant her that. She’s got fantastic ears and loveable eyes. And the Frenchie’s temperament is pretty similar to a pug’s. I’m sure she’ll fit in just swimmingly with the other guys.

    Poor little Kobe though. Sure you can’t get him also??? He needs a loving family, too! C’mon… he’s so sweet and it’s not like he’d take up that much more space. He’ll be good, and bring you his toys, and cuddle during movies, and smell like tacos and lick your toes (ok ew, nevermind those parts). The point is, he’s gonna be so sad when he finds out. And besides. You know you want to.

    Start a chant for you? Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, Kobe… 🙂

  13. You might have mentioned it, but I can’t find the posts –

    Whats Fondy’s Dog Grooming business called?

  14. Welcome back to work Joe!
    Good to hear you will be attending Timeless Destinations. I wish I could afford to go this year. I am saving my money for the 10th
    Anniversary of Gatecon in 2008. I hope you will make it next year.

    Which episode will Amanda be making her debut?

    Becky

  15. did find time to unpack the gift awaiting me: one plush pug compliments of Kath from Baltimore. Thanks Kath from Baltimore.

    You’re very welcome. Maybe you can name him Kobe. 😉

    I’m excited that you guys are back to work. Next season is sounding more and more awesome every day! A couple of questions:

    1. I know John Smith’s dogs are regular fixtures around the production offices, and think I’ve heard several cast members bring their dogs to the set as well. Have you ever brought the pugs to work?

    2. How long have you and Paul been writing partners, and how did you meet?

    Thanks!
    Kath

  16. Hi Joe:

    I was curious why Brad isn’t joining Rob at Comic Con, or having a separate Continuum panel? I’ve been so excited about the Arc of Truth and Atlantis panels, that (believe it or not), this just now occured to me. If this has already been asked, and answered, then I apologize in advance.

  17. Hi… AmyCat here.
    I’ll be working Registration for “TD-Lite” (a.k.a. Gathering Of Fans, yadda…). I understand your confusion over GateCon/TD because so many of us involved do both, and last year GateCon wasn’t in Vancouver, but TD was.
    Anyway, I’ll probably be the one at the Reg. Desk when you arrive, just look for the woman with the stuffed Daniel Jackson cat (you’ve met “DannyCat” before; got a pic of you dressed as Ba’al and meeting him at a GateCon)… and with luck I’ll know where you should stand and which direction to face. 🙂
    Thanks again for joining us at the Gathering!

  18. Sorry if someone did ask you this question before, but are you a S/J shipper?

    If so, when do you think they will end up together?

  19. Joe-

    According to tv.com (I know, not always reliable!) a very special someone will be appearing in The Kindred 1 & 2. I don’t want to be accused of spoilers, so I won’t mention names here (but I have a feeling you know who I mean, or you could check out the accuracy at tv.com). Since it looks like you will be shooting this ep in the fairly near future, I am gonna ask for photos to be posted on the blog if this person obliges and if you of course feel inclined to do so.

    And welcome back from hiatus. Don’t work too hard 🙂

  20. well, i sure hope that’s not going to stall a sam-and-jack-getting-together thinger, because if you wait until jack retires…

    But Sally, haven’t you seen Tapping’s interview in the Official Magazine year book? She says that Jack and Sam will never get together. Seems “ship” is off again this week…

  21. What do you think of Jack McDevitt’s books? (If you’ve read any of them, that is.) I started Seeker earlier this summer, right before my online science fiction class through Duke started (but hey, there’s still a lot of great reading. At the moment, it’s Ben Bova’s Mars, which I read sometime last year, actually.) Alas, I’ve had no time to finish it. I’ve also got Old Man’s War sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. Sigh. If only summer weren’t almost over…

  22. I am slightly terrified to watch season 4’s wraith birthing scene, yet I still cannot tell if you are joking about it. Is there a real wraith birthing scene and should we be preparing ourselves for the creepiness of it?

  23. Gatecon is definitely not dead. In fact, it has split into Three incarnations; UK, Vancouver, and now one in Australia. It’s great to see Oz finally getting some of the big name conventions, and stars down our way.

  24. Hey Joe,
    Just curious as to why Carter wears an Atlantis expedition uniforms rather than her Air Force dress uniform?

  25. Anonymous said…

    But Sally, haven’t you seen Tapping’s interview in the Official Magazine year book? She says that Jack and Sam will never get together. Seems “ship” is off again this week…

    Sorry…but that’s a misquote. This is what Amanda actually said:

    “Her feelings for O’Neill will always be there, but they were never going to be realized, unless we do some final thing at the very end of it all.”

    Your statement attributes a finality that simply isn’t supported by the context of the full quote, which includes the qualifier “unless,” making her response an open-ended one.

    This, by the way, is not unlike what we’ve seen her, RDA and even Joe say in the past. And it makes complete sense. She’s still needed…still has a job to do…and duty comes before personal gratification.

    This isn’t to say however that the romantic in me isn’t hoping for a happy ending when all is said and done.

    I’m just sayin’. 😉

    MB

  26. I am wanting to bring to your attention a grave and utterly alarming copyright infringment.
    A television show, on the ABC of australia on the 17/7//07 @ app. 17:00 est called a batman like superhero, a ‘wraith’.
    It makes my stomach turn.

    Is this a copyright infringment???

  27. Salut, salut joesph!!

    Bah dit donc, cette journée a l aire de s être bien passer!!
    Waou vous avez vu un accouchement de wraith!!Sa du êtres génial!!
    Vous ne vous êtes pas ennuyé hier alors^^! bah c est cool!
    =}moi j ai été voir Harry potter 5, il était vraiment cool!!
    =}j ai une question:
    Dans la saison 4 ont verra beaucoup les geniis??

    Donc voila, je vous souhaite encors de passer une superbe journée, gros gros bisou,je vous adore, a demain!

  28. Sally, ever thought that maybe after 10 years Jack’s a little on the old side for Sam? He ain’t exactly in his prime anymore.

    She’ll probably get over to Atlantis, see how pretty Sheppard really is, and say “Jack? Jack who??”

  29. After a while, it just gets tiresome so I ended up deleting a bunch of posts making up part of that general debate

    This sounds strangely familiar…. 😉

    Does it feel weird not having SG1 up and running around you now that you’re back from hiatus?

    I’m sure someone else has asked this before, but I’ve become strangely addicted to Dr Who while waiting for new SG – have you ever gotten into it? If so, the obligatory “who’s your favourite Doctor” question applies 😀

  30. minigeek’s right!! Take Kobe too! Please, it would be easier for both of them, otherwise Lulu’ll be the Newbie…You can’t do this to her! Would iPetitions have an influence on your choice ;)?

  31. Hi Joe

    Of the 18 books read during your
    break (good on you) which would rank as the favorite? Am reading Stephen ERikson’s Reapers Gale now and I must say I really like the way he writes.. the ways he hooks you in to the characters.. Anyway did you know he lives in Victoria, B.C.? I look forward to the day when I can read one of your novels.. I know that there will be a great deal of quirkiness and fun in it..

    Take Care

    Dori

  32. You say your not a big HP fan, but do you have a ship? Like Ron/Hermione Harry/Hermione, Harry/Ginny Harry/Luna Ron/Luna?

  33. Greetings and Salutations.
    How is your day progressing? Mine started early with a cracking thunderstorm at 5am accompanied by raindrops from hell.
    A little note regarding “ships” thats what FANFIC is for.
    Speaking of which are you aware of anyone actually being prosecuted or threatened with prosecution for writing/publishing fanfiction and do you object to it?

  34. Good morning Mr. M,

    Do you ever have the normal woes of a workplace that plagues many of us? Such as power struggle, general snarkiness or the utter boredom that can occasionally set in after doing the same sequence of things over and over?

    I would like to second the sentiment of getting a sneak peak at the new opening credits. You give us so many tasty morsels, why not another little one?

    Can’t wait to watch the new extended trailer tonight. Have my dvr ready & p-diddy shall be banished to his laz-boy, lest he tries to distract me. 🙂

    Have a great day.
    y

  35. Hi!

    I’m just catching up on your posts. I know, I know, bad Stargate fan/foodie for getting behind. Any back to the reason I was posting, Lulu is very cute. I hope the pugs handle her coming home well. I got to dog sit for my boss over the weekend. Molly is the most laid back golden retriever I have ever seen, and usually I’m not a huge fan of retrievers. The only stunt she would pull was to try and look pitiful when I wouldn’t give her a treat every time I went into the kitchen. The boss’s wife warned me about Molly’s tricks and not to feel guilty for saying no. The only bad thing was it rained all weekend so I had to play chase in the house with Molly since I couldn’t take her on walks. Here’s a link to some pictures I took of Molly. She has a major “pitiful” look for when she’s not getting treats when she wants them. She looks like Vampire dog in one where her mouth is open.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/NicholeNettles/UntitledAlbum03?authkey=BIFKSO8W2Oo

  36. This may sound like a silly question but I have to ask. Is the Sam Carter that’s going to be on Atlantis in season 4 an AU Sam? That would explain why the timeline for the movies doesn’t matter, she has long hair, and isn’t wearing an Air Force uniform.

    Thanks

  37. Anonymous #3 writes: “Will this change Rodney’s relationship with Katie?”

    Answer: Rodney’s relationship with Kate will evolve in season four.

    Thanks for answering! (Just to be sure, I meant Katie Brown. You responded with Kate, but I assume you meant Katie Brown too, and not Kate Heightmeyer, right?)

    Oh, and one more question, when will you know for sure if Atlantis will have a season 5?

  38. I’m curious what you’d write about if you did have enough time to write a novel. Would you go more Sci-fi or Fantasty?

  39. Hi,joe
    Are the sg-1 films complete? If they are will Brad and Robert start working on the new stargate series?
    Thanks for your answers

  40. This is actually a question for anyone who may have been able to hear it. Do you all remember in Sunday when Sheppard and Ronon were in Sheppard’s quarters and he was listening to some “tunes” and Ronon asked him, “You like this music?” I was trying to figure out what Sheppard was playing, but I couldn’t make it out. Anyone figure it out?

  41. *waves*

    Short and sweet today, the dentist whumped me and i’m feeling sorry for myself. 🙁

    With the CG Wraith *tries to contain her squee* are we going to see some nice juicy stuff for Shep or the team as a consequence of ‘All bets are off’?

    Thanks for the yummies Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man. 😀

    *hugs*

  42. Mr. Joe

    First, I hope you’re having a good second day back.

    Second, in an answer to one of the comments yesterday, you said that your little doggy Lulu was gonna get a microchip, and her shots. You know, sooner than we think, their gonna start implanting microchips under people’s skin. It’s totally true. Scary comic book stuff come to life!

  43. I can’t help myself…

    Joshua Meyers said…
    I am wanting to bring to your attention a grave and utterly alarming copyright infringment.
    A television show, on the ABC of australia on the 17/7//07 @ app. 17:00 est called a batman like superhero, a ‘wraith’.
    It makes my stomach turn.
    Is this a copyright infringment???

    The term wraith has been used way before it was used on SGA. Don’t forget the forgettable Charlie Sheen movie of the same name 😉 Just check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wraith for all the various meanings (the term is as old as the hills)

    M asked
    I’ve always wondered: do the actors/cast of SGA ever have clauses that say that they should 1) avoid certain strenous exercise 2) keep certain appearances (eg hair length etc)?

    Actors are commonly contractually obligated not to indulge in what the studios might consider dangerous activities (like rock climbing – if Joe F fell off the side of a cliff and broke himself up or worse, it would really mess up (to say the least) the production of the show. As for appearances, well, yeah, I still remember when Keri Russell (think that’s her name) cut her very long hair to a short cut on that CW or whatever show. Don’t know if it’s contractual but I’m sure if David Hewlett came back from hiatus with purple hair it might be frowned upon 😉 As I recall, Jason Momoa came back with some big tatoo on his arm which the writers worked into his character (however, same said tattoo on Sheppard or McKay would be totally out of character).

  44. “The morning was mercifully free and clear, allowing the writers plenty of time to debrief one another on our respective vacations.”

    Who had the most interesting vacation? How so?

  45. A quick question – What time do you clock in and what time do you stagger home?

  46. With this being a more character driven season, I’m very excited about learning new things about our Team. I enjoy the little moments just as much as the more focused eppys since its all part of the whole of a season. I know we are getting some much needed Teyla development in a story arc that will involve her pregnancy.

    It seems from the snippets I’ve gleamed, that we’ll see Rodney’s with the interaction with his sister and his growing relationship with Katie.

    A)What in terms of an over all arc can we expect from Ronon? B)Will the things in “Reunion” cascade throughout the season or will there be other facets of his character explored?

    C)I’m also very curious about Sheppard in terms of any type of arc in season 4. Can you give us any hints as what to expect to see as an overall theme for his character this season or which episodes may have moments/ scenes?

    Thank you for your time,

    Kristen

  47. Hello Joe,

    firstly your new Pug Lulu looks absolutely adorable! Give her a hug for me? And secondly I’ve looked at all these pictures of meals that you’ve had and I’m wondering do you ever have a simple meal? Because all of them look so fancy and complicated. And they sound absolutely delicious and complicated to make when you say what it is. But seriously do you ever just have pasta with tomato sauce? Just a simple, quick meal.

  48. I’m glad that Rodney and Katie’s relationship will “develop” next season since as it stands it seems like a fangirl and a guy who’s just happy someone likes him… 🙂

    How many episodes will Katie be in next season?

  49. Hey Joe… (where you going with that.. no, hang on. That’s Jimi Hendrix..)

    I’m feeling stressed and tired and fed up at the moment and had some crummy news at the weekend – if I beg really pitifully could you cheer me up with some enticing Season 4 gossip? Maybe something Sheppard-related? Or maybe a fun backstage photo or two? Doesn’t have to be anything big, just a hint to brighten my day?

    *Picture Puss-in-Boots from Shrek 2 doing his big-eyed, pitiful face – that’s my expression right now*

    Pwease?

  50. Hi Joe: Been reading and enjoying your blog for awhile. First time I’ve commented. Is it difficult for all the “behind” the scenes people to find new work, now that SG-1 is over. Did they work on the movies? I’m a fan of Peter Deluise (actually have been since Jumpstreet)and curious about what he’ll be doing. Also was gonna go to the con for Timeless Destinations, even got my passport, but other things came up and many of the people booked I did not know. I don’t necessaarily need the main actors, but it was along way to go and alot of money to see people I didn’t know. (I live in Connecticut) I would love to go to Comic-con, but this year I am taking a road trip to Florida instead. Maybe next year.

  51. Über said…
    Anonymous said…

    But Sally, haven’t you seen Tapping’s interview in the Official Magazine year book? She says that Jack and Sam will never get together. Seems “ship” is off again this week…

    Sorry…but that’s a misquote. This is what Amanda actually said:

    “Her feelings for O’Neill will always be there, but they were never going to be realized, unless we do some final thing at the very end of it all.”

    Uber, given the fact she said AT THE VERY END OF IT ALL makes it look like it’s not any time soon. She’s on Atlantis now. The end won’t arrive until she leaves. There’s another reason for her to go. So the shippers can get what they want, and Atlantis can live or die on its merits, not because someone wants to keep SG1 alive.

  52. Anonymous said…
    “This may sound like a silly question but I have to ask. Is the Sam Carter that’s going to be on Atlantis in season 4 an AU Sam? That would explain why the timeline for the movies doesn’t matter, she has long hair, and isn’t wearing an Air Force uniform.”

    that reminds me of a question i have for you. (but, no, this sam is *the* sam.)

    how is it explained that sam has long hair now? are you guys going for some time passing that she grew it out, or that she tells those who ask that she has hair extensions?

    sally 😀

  53. Hi Joe,

    I’m not sure if you remember me, My name is Allan Gowen and I am one of the owners of Gatecon. You may remember me as the Aussie MC at Gatecon, but I will forgive you if you don’t. 🙂

    Firstly, I want to thank you for your very kind words about Gatecon on your blog. I am so glad you enjoyed your times at Gatecon, and we have certainly enjoyed the times you have come along (especially your first visit when you came along in the Baal costume).

    I know there has been some confusion lately about the connection between Gatecon and Timeless Destinations, and I thought that the official word would be best coming from the Gatecon owners. You mentioned that you may have been part of that cause, but please don’t think on that for a second. It was a simple case of other not passing the correct information on to you.

    Gatecon is still, as you mention in your Monday blog, alive and well – with events planned over the next 18 months for the UK, Australia and back in Vancouver next year. Timeless Destinations is not, and had never been, an incarnation of Gatecon.

    After our convention in 2005 a few of our attendees and one of our primary helpers decided to stage their own convention. In its basic form they wanted Gatecon to turn to a multi-show format, but we weren’t interested as we really wanted to stay dedicated to Stargate, so they started their own independent convention. It was then that we also wanted to try the UK market and took a break from Vancouver, and I think most of the confusion between the two came about because Timeless marketed themselves as the Gatecon replacement, and played on that fact because most of the key team were volunteers at Gatecon.

    You are totally right in saying though that Gatecon was and always will be the one true event organised by the fans for the fans and when time comes to start approaching guests for out 10th event Family Reunion in Vancouver in 2008 we would love to approach you as a guest as you have been such a staunch supporter in the past.

    I hope this helps clears things up for you.

    All the best
    Allan

  54. To Joe and all of his blog readers.
    As you all know Gilder arranged for me to contact Joe and for that I am extremely greatful. I sent a private update to Joe to explain the difference between Gatecon and Timeless. In fact that note mirrors the information Allan provided. Thanks, Allan for the corroboration.

    Please know that it is the fans who are stuck in Vancouver with nonrefundable travel that I am now representing in salvaging this event.

    Let me state that I am NOT now representing Timeless Destinations.

    The contact with Joe was NOT in the context of Timeless but rather the Gathering of fans and friends. Thus, our somewhat “strange” name for the Gathering.

    And, I am sure this contributed to the appearance of not providing full information. But this gathering is a purely a fan organized and run event; not a TD one.

    My apologies to any and all who feel Joe was mis-lead, but often quick emails do not convey all details.

    To Joe,
    Thank you very much for your support of the fans; your visit will very much make their experience a grand one.

    Best Regards
    Sylvia

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