We spent the better part of the morning spinning Joe F.’s notion into the actual beginnings of a story. Due to a schedule sleight-of-hand, Marty G. will be taking a break from that troubled trio script to tackle this one. We discussed the basic premise, the type of story to tell, and also started hashing out some of the Sheppard backstory. What brings Sheppard back to Earth? Who goes with him? Which individuals from his past will put in an appearance? What’s at issue? How will the action progress? Although we didn’t get around to actually breaking the story, we’re all pretty happy with the direction we’ve taken.

The afternoon was dedicated to notes (Sci Fi on Kindred I and the writers on Alan’s rewrite of Kindred II), and the Day One Mix of Adrift (spectacular visual effets + heartfelt character moments + funny moments = best season premiere ever).

After work, our quest for Vancouver’s Greatest Schnitzel took Carl, Martin and I to Feenie’s where we sampled Iron Chef Vanquisher Ron Feenie’s take on the dish. Thick, tender, a little greasy, but very good nevertheless, it was accompanied by a mound of dark bitter greens (“I think they’re weeds,”hazarded Marty G.). “The darker the green the better they are for you,”Carl admonished us. The two sides we ordered – macaroni and cheese, and poutine (French fries, melted cheese curds and gravy which proved a truly revelatory experience for Carl), though not as leafy or as green, proved infinitely tastier. For dessert, we shared three desserts: Carl’s just-fine blueberry mille-feuille, some good homemade ice cream (comprised of three scoops: roasted banana, honey, and coffee-caramel that proved much heavier on the coffee than the caramel), an equally good liquid-center chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream, and an amazing apple galette (something like an apple pie with thin slices of apple) surrounded by caramel sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Good schnitzel, but our favorite is still the version being served up at Transylvania Flavour. However, TF has changed head chefs since our last visit, so here’s hoping the quality of the schnitzel remains steady.

Let’s catch up on the mailbag –

PG15 writes: “1). How many scenes does a typical episode usually have? 2). That Caldwell-Shep scene; it’s in Kindred Part 1, yes?”

Answers: 1) It really depends on the script. 2) Yup.

E.L. Royalty writes: “Is there really a world wide famous Chinese restaurant in Vancouver?”

Answer: I don’t know. Did he give you the name?

Shawna writes: “I wonder if you could give me a little advice. What would be a good show to write a spec script for if I’m in LA and trying to find an agent?”

Answer: That depends on what kind of writing you want to do: drama, comedy, scifi?

Anonymous #1 writes: “ Just out of curiosity, how do select the posts to which you respond. It seems like, you almost avoid some people, while responding regularly to others.”

Answer: I will dedicate a blog entry to this topic either tomorrow or the day after.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Has that IP turned into a YES or no yet Joe?”

Answer: Huh?

Anonymous #3 writes: “So how does one actually go about auditioning for a tv show? Do you need an agent or something like that?”

Answer: Our casting director, Sean Cossey, puts out the character breakdowns to the various agencies and they will recommend suitable clients for the audition.

Edward4th writes: “What part were you auditioning?”

Answer: We were auditioning for five different roles.

Crh writes: “Have you ever seen an audition and known right off the bat that that was the person you wanted?”

Answer: Sometimes. And sometimes a person does such a great job it ensures they don‘t get the role. More to the point, they are so good that, rather than using them in the smaller role they‘re auditioning for, I prefer to keep them in mind for a much meatier future role. This happened a couple of years ago when we were auditioning for a Nurse. The character had three lines and one of the actresses who came in to audition was excellent. She was so good, in fact, that I thought we’d be crazy to burn her on such a small role when we could bring her back for something bigger down the line. A month later, we were auditioning for that much bigger part and I gave Sean a call. “Hey, Sean, remember that actress who auditioned for the role of the nurse?” “Sorry, she’s unavailable,”Sean informed me. “She’s in Hawaii shooting a pilot.” As it turned out – The pilot: Lost. The actress: Evangeline Lilly.

Cheeky Lil Devil writes: “I’ve just got the new Harry Potter book *squee*. I was wodering if you had bought yours yet?”

Answer: I’m a little over a hundred pages in.

74 thoughts on “July 21, 2007

  1. I’m very excited about the Joe Flanigan pitched script. So when he comes to you with one, is it just a vague idea that all the writers hash out or does he have a more developed plot ?

    I know “Epiphany” changed quite a bit form his original idea that’s why I’ curious. Either way, many of us are happy that we’re finally getting some back story.

    Can’t wait!

    Kristen

  2. Sheppard backstory?! Sweeeet! Finally. I’m sure the hard-core Shep fans are going to love this, so let’s hope it all works out at the end.

    I’m looking forward to reading the what-you-respond-to-and-what-you-don’t dedicated entry.

    No question today Joe, but I do have a request. If it doesn’t trouble you too much, could you please spoil us a little (more) and take a few pics of the set when you go back to work on Monday? And, you know, post them here?

    It’s up to you, obviously, so…uh…yeah, thanks!

  3. by the way if you are looking for new anime to watch, take a look at Ergo Proxy its story is brilliant, the animation is good, and its pretty much a story geared towards adults.

    my question for the day is, when the newest stargate series comes to the public eye, will you have a hand in writing for some of the episodes, if so do you have some stories in mind given the concepts and everything else you all know but we the public don’t 🙂

  4. Joe,

    I have a question regarding the background extras. How are the background actors selected and do you audition them or just say this guys looks like a scientist and that guy looks like a soldier?

    Cheers!

  5. I wasn’t really asking for much just a Harry Potter free zone that’s all. Some where away from the little…tike! I even banned my daughter to her room to read the book and believe me that’s no mean feat she’s nearly twenty-five. The screams were unmerciful and that was from me. All we have heard for weeks is Harry Potter the movie, Harry Potter the book, Harry Potter the breakfast cereal, don’t think I’m joking.
    Another question for you, if you have time in between chapters (sorry), do you think of an actor you would like to appear in SGA, and then create the character for them or does the character come and then an actor fit the roll. If you see what I mean, hey it’s late here and after all I’m only a muggle.

    Pauline

  6. *waves*

    We must be neck and neck then. I’ve got a feeling you’ll finish before I will. I’m up to chapter 9, but really must go to bed. See, this is why I shouldn’t start a book so late in the day, because I don’t want to put it down!

    Sleep or read? Dilemma’s dilemma’s.

    Oh well, slepp is so overated anyway. 😛

    And before I go finish the book, I just need to do this one lil thing, then i’ll go away. :o)

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😀

    *doing my happy dance*

    A word of caution, Joe. You might want to get some ear plugs, especially as word gets our about the potential backstory. As i’ve got a feeling the squee that’s coming your way could potentially overwhelm your senses! A bit like the hinkypunks. 😛

    Thanking you Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man, and i’m sorry for my crap spelling of yesterday’s question. In my defence, it’s usually late at night and my brain is fried.

    *hugs*

    Okay, shutting up now as this was only going to be a quickie. 😀

  7. Answer: “Huh?”

    Squeeeeee!!! What a surprise. I asked that question the other day. Let me refresh your memory. You had said that Daniel was in the IP status for guesting on Atlantis. You had also said that the status hadn’t changed while you were on vacation so now that you are back I thought I would see if anything had changed. I’m super excited to see Sam on Atlantis and I’m crossing my fingers that Daniel will get to pop in too.

  8. Any chance of being told what role you had in mind for the lovey Miss Lilly?

    Was it the Ancient character that Sheppard “Kirked” in the second half of Season 1?

    Thanks in advance. Great blog.

  9. I don’t really get all the comparison to “Kirk” in regards to Sheppard. He’s the military leader of Atlantis therefore it would be frowned upon to date anyone on the expedition. In three years an attractive single guy ‘Shared’ himself Chya, a moment of intimacy more than anything physical.

    I don’t think he ever slept with that chic from the “Tower” I mean having needs aside I think he’d been too honorable to sleep with a girl who admitted she was just trying to get pregnant by him.

    Teer was someone he spent six lonely months with every day and the only woman I think he actually allowed to have some feelings for after thinking he would be stuck there.

    I just don’t get the whole “Kirked” thing. Joe Flan is an attractive guy, let him have a few romantic moments when he can.

    This isn’t really a stab at you Craig I know how things can be misread on blogs, this is just something I’ve noticed in a lot of places.

    On the Shep back story and going to earth, very cool. Its got to be pretty drastic, we’re talking about a guy who didn’t feel the need to send a message home to anyone with everyone else, nor has shown to have any links back on Earth that he wishes to keep.

  10. majorsal said…
    hi, joe,

    does sam get whumped in s4 of atlantis?

    sally 😀

    July 21, 2007 5:27:00 PM PDT

    I’m hoping she gets Wraithed. Maybe they can age her to the point where she looks age appropriate for Jack and they can run off to a retirement home together.

    I can’t believe I used to like the Carter character. i used to be a Sam/Jack shipper. But really, once Jack was gone, the character was boring as hell. Her addition to SGA, and the fact she’s going to be in the opening credits both add up to a huge disappointment to me.

    Once I actually looked at the character without Jack’s witty input and humour, she was just bland. Now, after dumping SG1 to avoid her, she’s going to be on my favourite show.

    Actually make that my FORMER favourite show.

  11. In all probability you will ignore this question. You may consider it insignificant but to me it is a crucial question.

    Why no toilet facilities on the Puddlejumpers? Or is that where the ‘puddle’ really comes from?

    Star Trek was the same with their shuttle crafts.

    “Live Long and Prosper”

    Susan

    You are a writer – is the word that describe a feline hello spelled meow or miaow? Mine actually says “Wah” repeatedly and loudly – it means “I want….”

  12. Why on earth was there a Save Daniel Jackson campaign when the actor himself wanted to go? Explain that to me.

    Ford, Janet, Carson and Elizabeth, I understand. Even Jonas, since he was unceremoniously screwed over in favor of ‘action Jackson’.

    When Michael himself chose to leave, having a SDJ campaign seems pretty stupid.

  13. Hi Joe,

    Love the blog. Is it wrong to be so pleased by appropriate sentence structure and correct grammar?

    But that wasn’t my question…

    I know you guys are gearing up to have Lulu join the pack. 4 dogs, wow! My husband and I are agonising over whether to get a friend for Stanley the wonder beagle. We know it will either be the best or worst thing ever for Stanley. But which will it be??

    How did you and your wife make the jump from one dog to two/three?

    thanks, Mhairi

  14. Anonymous (by the wording I am assuming it is GWOS) said: I am, however, talking about page, after page, after page, of bashing of a certain producer – which I find very sad. One post is bad enough but to post on and on and on *ad nauseum* is inexcusable. Especially on Gateworld.”

    You have got to be kidding me? This is a ridiculous argument when you actually look at the hatred and vitirol posted on thread after thread after thread never mind “page after page after page” of post after post after post directed at a very personal level “bashing” AN ACTRESS, never mind the character she plays (which I believe is open for criticism as it is fictional after all).

    The actress has very little to do with what the writers, producers, showrunner and directors do with a character so the criticism should rightly be levelled at those who write, direct, produce and RUN the show, NOT at the actress. The “bashing” of the actress seems to be for no other reason than she (the actress) is perceived to have “bested” their “gifted” one because the show does not consist of 40 minutes of DJ/MS.

    On GW the producers and writers are “bashed” and criticized for their “work” over the past few seasons, in particular Robert Cooper who was after all the showrunner for the dismantling and cancellation (oh sorry – non-renewal) of SG-1, and what many perceive as the downfall of the show, they are not “bashed” “page after page after page” with personal, derogatory hatred expressed about hair, weight, height, etc. In fact I have seen plenty of posts that say what a wonderful writer and director Cooper is however his skills as showrunner (coincidentally during the downfall of the show) are what he is roundly criticized for.

    Our Stargate (OS) and SaveDanielJackson(SDJ) are puerile playgrounds for a small group of nomads who have waaay too much time on their hands. GW IS held to a higher standard and I have seen some very personal and offensive posts deleted within minutes of posting – shame the same cannot be said of OS/SDJ where the mods will not allow posts that in any way shape or form defend the female character in question or critique Daniel Jackson (a FICTIONAL character) in a deserved negative light (many on that board seem to think DJ is MS and that DJ is a real person that no one dare criticize as he can do no wrong even if the character’s behaviour emulates some of the very same behaviour they rake the female charater over the coals for – talk about hypocritical on top of everything else).

    They (the mods at OS/SDJ) recently started letting some posts that defend a certain female actress that portrays the reviled character and in my mind that is only because they have become universally criticized and reviled for their unbelievably biased and disgusting antics.

    Those forums are a joke and unless you post unending love of MS and DJ you either get modded or, if the mods deign to let a post with a differing opinion through, you get your a$$ kicked by the DJ/MS fanatics.

    Save your outrage for something that matters.

    Anonymous7of9

  15. Anonymous said: “Ford, Janet, Carson, and Elizabeth, I understand.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I was under the impression that Torri wanted to leave. Amanda said in a recent interview that Torri was cool with it and that she didn’t want to be there anymore. I’m only going by what Amanda said, but I remember it was discussed on Gateworld.

  16. Can you share any continuum spoilers with us. Not hearing much about teal’c or daniel in the movie. Most of the spoilers are about sam and mitchell. Will teal’c and daniel be in the movie very much?

  17. I always thought poutine was served with what I at least know as “country” gravy? Or is it up to the discretion of the chef as to what kind of gravy tops the fries?

    Joe’s idea sounds like it’ll be a fascinating episode! I always enjoy a good backstory.

    Also, thanks for the great depiction of how the auditions went the other day.

  18. “Anonymous said…
    Anonymous said: “Ford, Janet, Carson, and Elizabeth, I understand.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I was under the impression that Torri wanted to leave. Amanda said in a recent interview that Torri was cool with it and that she didn’t want to be there anymore. I’m only going by what Amanda said, but I remember it was discussed on Gateworld.

    July 21, 2007 8:06:00 PM PDT “

    Looks like a popular misconception to me. The actress has said in a magazine interview that she had a choice of doing some recurring work or walking. She chose to do recurring work. Doesn’t look like someone who wanted to go to me.

    You might want to actually read some comments from Torri Higginson instead of basing your view on what Amanda Tapping says.

    And I’m sure you won’t unscreen this, JM, because heaven forbid someone should defend Torri.

  19. Anonymous, regarding this comment: I’m only going by what Amanda said, but I remember it was discussed on Gateworld.

    If you remember it being discussed on GW, you should also remember people providing links to an interview with Torri Higginson where she said she was given the option of leaving or doing some recurring work. She’s doing recurring work. Does that sound like someone who wanted to leave?

  20. I’m guessing you’re not getting the same opportunity as us crazies to read HP&tDH in one straight sitting, stopping for things like work, food, and sleep. So… have you managed to finish it yet, or how long d’you think it’ll take you?

    Once you’re through, would you care share thoughts on it? Personally, I think I found a new favorite book (for the time being anyhow), and that has nothing to do with any franchise fanatacism, just one good literary experience.

  21. I bought the Harry Potter book at midnight and read for about four hours. After falling asleep 3 times I decided to go to sleep{it’s not boring…I guess I just am ;-)} Saturday I started reading it again and I was done by 5pm EST. It took a little less than 9 hours to read the book. I love J.K. Rowlings writing style… I just eat HP books up like candy!!!

    No spoilers here….read it yourself!!! Although I joked to my kids that Voldemort turned good and he and Hermione ran off and got married….LOL! Can you believe they thought I was serious??? I fear for them in life…they are too gullible!

  22. I recently read some comments from Claudia Black about Continuum and Joe can you just express to Brad Wright my undying appreciation – I love that man!!! My money is burning a hole in my wallet waiting for Continuum. I’ll have extra to spend on something even more frivilous than Continuum since I won’t be buying Ark of Truth.

  23. Is teyla in Miller’s Crossing? That’s the earth episode that been said Teyla won’t appeared correct or a different episode?

  24. Anonymous wrote:
    Those forums are a joke and unless you post unending love of MS and DJ you either get modded or, if the mods deign to let a post with a differing opinion through, you get your a$$ kicked by the DJ/MS fanatics.

    Not totally true. I guarantee you that if you started posting there right now with negative comments about Carter and her actress, you would be most welcome. You wouldn’t even have to mention Daniel/MS. OS has gone from a place where people loved to talk about Daniel to a place where it seems the core group just wants to talk about their hatred for Carter and her actress. Quite sad.

    It certainly drives them nuts that

  25. One episode, two points of view …

    The real life people I know who have seen Unending (and are not part of the online community) loved it. Online people seem more critical (ie no mention of Jack, Daniel/Vala, etc). (I am having to wait for the DVDs …)

    Do you think the online community can be more judgemental than the fans who simply watch and enjoy?

  26. Dear Joe

    Please can you reassure your Atlantis colleagues that there are certainly those of us out here who are willing to wait for the episodes before judging the changes introduced in Season 4 and who trust the writers to introduce new characters in a stimulating and thought-provoking way that will add to the show, not harm it!

    All the best

    PMR

  27. Salut Joseph!!
    Cette journée a l air de s être bien passer^^!
    =}Trop drôle la tête de Martin ^^!Vous êtes trop beau sur la photo!
    =}Outch je sais deja les personnages qui vont mourir dans Harry Potter 5! c est triste =`(
    =}Je suis présser d être demain car vous aller expliquer comment vous choisissez a qui réponde dans votre boite au lettre^^!
    =}Question:
    Un tournage d un épisode sa dur combient de temp?

    Voila Viola! merci bc! Bisou! Je vous adore! Bonne journée! a demain!

  28. “Looks like a popular misconception to me. The actress has said in a magazine interview that she had a choice of doing some recurring work or walking. She chose to do recurring work. Doesn’t look like someone who wanted to go to me.

    You might want to actually read some comments from Torri Higginson instead of basing your view on
    what Amanda Tapping says. “

    Admittedly, Amanda’s statement in isolation of other known statements can lead to a misconception by some but really your statement seems to suggest you think Amanda was lying.

    Why don’t we give both actresses the benefit of the doubt therefore it wasn’t Torri’s choice to leave but when Amanda spoke with Torri, Torri’s reply was as Amanda relayed.

    After all, its entirely possible other opportunities have opened up for Torri since the initial choice was posed, (or let’s face it, just plain old disappointment in the way we perceive she was treated) that means SGA isn’t a place she wants to be anymore.

    Personally, I’m disappointed about Weir’s reduced role and I hope that it’s reconsidered for the future but I’m not about to start dumping on Amanda for taking a job. If it hadn’t been her, it would have been someone else.

  29. Hi !

    Same questions as yesterday..

    1. Do you or any of the other writers read fanfiction and do you use some parts of it for an episode ?
    2. Are there going to be some Sam/Jack moments in the movie ? Maybe a real kiss ?

    Thanks!

  30. Hello…
    Nous aurions pu vous poser la question en anglais, mais après concertation, nous nous sommes dit que non. Car nous souhaitions vous faire travailler votre français. Donc voici notre question :
    Voulant venir d’ici sous peu à Vancouver, nous nous demandions, si vous seriez d’accord pour que deux françaises, vous cuisinent quelques bons petits plats, pour vous et le reste de l’équipe ?
    En attente d’une réponse de votre part, veuillez agréer nos salutations les plus sincères
    (Oula c’est un peu trop formel tout ça !)

    A bientôt Mélanie et Marine

  31. It’s fab news to hear that Joe F.’s story idea is coming together…and we’re going to get back story to? Yippee!! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with.

    I have to say I do find Mr.F a fascinating actor to watch and thoroughly enjoy his performance on the show, so when I hear he’s going to get an episode that deals specifically with his character, I can’t wait to see it.

    Thanks for this!

  32. Have you been watching what the weather has been up to in teh soggy old UK? We’re fairly dry in Cornwall thankfully but we’d really appreciate the Jet stream being put back where it belongs as I believe that is the problem, failing that how about a houseboat?
    Have a good week Mr M.

  33. *waves*

    Although it’s me, it’s not me. I’ve a message from Linzi, who is alas without access to the internet and has asked me to post this on her behalf

    Take it away Linzi

    Squeeeeee. If you’re looking for a reason to send Shep home, you could whump him so much that he needs to go back to Earth to recover?! :o) I’m so pleased that it looks like we’re getting a back story.

    Cheeky’s note: She’s very bouncy in her text, lol. :o) So job well done Mr M.

  34. Harry Potter was released at 11.01am NZ time. I had been selling copies of Harry Potter for 5 hours and had 1 more hour to go before I finished and could get my paws on my own copy. A girl (14 or 15) walked in the store, opened a copy to the last page and started reading very loudly from the last page.

    Although I could have slapped her, all I could do was take it out of her hands and tell her to buy it or leave. What would you have done?

    (Of course, now I wish that I had yelled over her, “HOLY CRAP! Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s FATHER!?”)

  35. I read Harry Potter yesterday and have to say it was a great read – still thought it could have been 200 pages lighter without losing anything from the plot just like the last few books in the series though.

    Quick question for you – you obviously review restaurants/food, so do you ever read the reviews you get for Stargate either in the magazines or online? And if so, is there any particular reviewer you respect and why?

  36. I’m noticing a theme with every pic you post of Carl Binder and food. He doesn’t look like he’s liking it. I think he needs to stay far, far away from any of your culinary suggestions.

  37. The food looks tasty. I am super excited about finally getting some Shep back story.

    I am looking forward to your revelation about the Q/A.

    What do you think of HP so far? I am taking it slow, because I don’t want it to end just yet.

    Have a great day.

  38. Susan the Tartan Turtle said…

    Is the word that describe a feline hello spelled meow or miaow? Mine actually says “Wah” repeatedly and loudly – it means “I want….”

    Hi Susan. Allow me to translate Catteze.
    Meow – Stroke me
    Miaow – Stroke me, or better yet, feed me.
    Wah – Forget the love, just feed me
    Aah-wah – FEED ME NOW!

  39. Joe,
    If Daniel does get to do an Atlantis episode *happy dance and crossing fingers* can I request having my two favorite guys in a scene together? Shep & Daniel shirtless and lots of whumping. Pleeease!

    Oooh, I almost forgot. Since Shep/Joe and Daniel/Michael were voted on gateworld as having the cutest butts on Stargate………
    I guess that would be pushing it a little huh joe?

  40. Diane said: “Not totally true. I guarantee you that if you started posting there right now with negative comments about Carter and her actress, you would be most welcome. You wouldn’t even have to mention Daniel/MS. OS has gone from a place where people loved to talk about Daniel to a place where it seems the core group just wants to talk about their hatred for Carter and her actress. Quite sad.”

    You may have misunderstood my previous post – they absolutely DO accept and post anything negative about Carter/AT and always have – they thrive off of it, it’s as if it is their manna, it certainly is their mantra to hate Carter and AT.

    It is the positive comments about Carter and AT that are modded or, if the posts manage to get through the biased mods, you are roundly kicked in the a$$, and they get meaner and more personal towards AT, so as to make people who are not DJ/MS worshippers never want to go there again.

    Seems like a little cult has formed and unless you reform and join-up you are not welcome and they do everything they can to get you to go away voluntarily so they can say “hey we are fair, we let pro-Carter and AT comments in you just choose to walk away”, what a sad crowd.

    Anonymous7of9

  41. Answer: That depends on what kind of writing you want to do: drama, comedy, scifi?

    Well, Sci-Fi, ideally, but I don’t want to write something that no one here will understand. I gave a copy of my Atlantis spec to an aquaintance who writes one of those teenage drama type shows, and she said she’s never seen Stargate, so I don’t hold out much hope of her making anything of it. I tend to pretty heavily refer to established canon, as I think building on the continuity that’s already there is more interesting than completely pulling it all out of the air. Stargate fans that have read it have loved it, but my brother, who read it before watching much SG, was just like, WTF?

    I also wonder if it’s even worth trying for sci-fi down here, considering most sci-fi shows are filmed up there?

    On another subject, I just pulled a HP reading marathon to finish Deathly Hallows. I hope you post your views when you finish. Not to spoil anything, I’ll just say the middle half kind of dragged for me. Too much of the “Golden Trio”, not enough of the characters I actually find interesting.

  42. Hi Joe, love the blog! especialy the Cookier Monster 🙂 its nice to get an inside look at what you do, so thanks for that.

    Q:In the Sheppard backstory will there be any new/past love interests?

  43. While I love a good MS/DJ bash as much as the next anyone, I am a little tired of it constant fighting in this fandom. It seems that at any given time a group is taking potshots at another group of fans or a particular actor/actress. Amanda/Sam seems to have more than her fair share of bashers. During the entire run of SG-1, MS/DJ fans bashed her because of what they perceived as Amanda/Sam taking the spotlight off their fair haired boy and coming between Daniel & Jack. Now she is being bashed for taking Tori’s place on the show or because the producer’s choose Amanbda over MS to make the jump to Atlantis.

    ENOUGH already. Amanda does not deserve the crap being heaped on her by these venemous attacks. There is not a nicer or more caring actress out there. Considering the scorn heaped on her it is amazing to me that she still interacts with the fans.

    If you don’t like the changes (even though you haven’t even seen the changes YET) don’t watch. Stop boring the rest of us with your CONSTANT hateful venom.

    Joe, I AM really really looking forward to Season 4, I can’t wait to see the new adventures you have instore for us.

    Becky

  44. One quick question, Bill Hicks, Like or loathe?
    I personally enjoy his dark -edged commentary.

  45. Hi Joe,

    after reading Claudia Black’s interview for the Slice of SciFi’s website I’m less and less certain I want to purchase “Continuum” DVD. Brad Wright obviously doesn’t care about Vala’s character at all since he gave Claudia so little to do in the movie… I don’t like him because of it. “The Ark of Truth” is an absolute “MUST HAVE” purchase for me, of course. I truly love Rob Cooper for his wonderful Vala’s stuff in seasons 9 and 10. Try to convince me to change my mind about “Continuum” now.

  46. Anonymous said…

    Do you think the online community can be more judgemental than the fans who simply watch and enjoy?

    Of course they are. Those who spend time posting on the forums, writing fan fiction, going to cons, buying little toy action figures, reading every interview any Stargate actor gives, etc, are *much* more judgmental than the casual fan. OS fans, for example, take (what they consider the downplaying of Daniel) as a direct, personal insult to them. Several of them have stated that they believe the PTB try to make them angry intentionally as a payback for the SDJ thing. Honestly, it’s a hoot. You should read some of the conspiracy theories abounding there.

    It’s great theatre.

  47. As for why there was an SDJ… it was a lot more complicated than Michael Shanks simply wanting to leave. But maybe it’s best to not rehash it here.

    Joe, I hate to be a fan begging for story-lines, but you threw us a softball this time… I would love it if Rodney and Ronon both go back to Earth with John. Rodney because it would be great to see him and John in a friendship situation outside a mission… and Ronon because it would be fun to see his reaction to Earth culture.

    So how much will you be charging for your autograph at Comic-Con? 🙂

  48. I’ve always wondered how you could read so fast, but I suprised myself yesterday when I started reading Harry Potter at around 4pm and was done at 1:30am, I guess the secret is that you have to really like what you are reading, btw… have you finished yet?

    Carolina

    PS: You seem to have picked up a tan? I thought you didn’t do outdoor 🙂

  49. I stayed up all night when I got Harry Potter, so I could finish it. I think you might like it. As for the Evangeline Lily thing, wow that’s too bad you didn’t get her again! Though, I like having her on LOST. 🙂 Wasn’t she in “Frozen” on SG-1?

  50. i was just watching episode 200 of sg-1 and was wondering, if we ever get to see the furlings on sg-a^^

  51. Loved Deathly Hallows overal myself. Not that I wouldn’t have done some things differently, but even when I would have, I generally still liked what she *did* do. And most importantly, I wasn’t upset by the end itself — I was fairly satisfied. 😀 Hope you were able to enjoy it too!

  52. Wow Joe, Since I’m pretty new to fandom I had no idea that you didn’t like Michael. But judging by all the comments you’re unscreening on your blog about O.S., Daniel/MS fans, and msstargate saying how she enjoys bashing MS as much as the next guy it’s sort of obvious. I apologize for asking you about Daniel doing a guest spot on Atlantis since it probably put you on the spot. I won’t be asking again.

    I wanted to add that reading alot of these comments today really makes me sad. I’ve really enjoyed your blog up until now but after reading alot of the comments today I don’t think any Daniel/Michael fans are welcome here. Even if most of his fans, like myself, are not involved with O.S.

  53. Anon commented:I wanted to add that reading alot of these comments today really makes me sad. I’ve really enjoyed your blog up until now but after reading alot of the comments today I don’t think any Daniel/Michael fans are welcome here. Even if most of his fans, like myself, are not involved with O.S.

    If you’ve read Joe’s blog regularly as you say then you know he has regularly unscreened comments that are not particularly kind to Sam/Amanda, Weir/Torri, Shep/Joe, Rodney/David, not to mention himself and the other producers/writers over the past months/weeks. He has unscreened an equal amount of positive comments about the characters and actors also posted by fans. Unless he comes right out and states he doesn’t welcome Daniel/Michael fans here, I shouldn’t assume that because other people reading and commenting on his blog have made disparaging comments that Joe shares their opinion (and actually I think the complaints have been 99% about the OS/SDJ fan site not about either Daniel or Michael) .

  54. pg15 said

    Sheppard backstory?! Sweeeet! Finally. I’m sure the hard-core Shep fans are going to love this, so let’s hope it all works out at the end.

    As a hard core Shep fan and yessss I’m very excited about Shep back story!!!

    It’s going to be a very long wait for that ep since it’s going to be in the back half of the season. I just know it will be worth it though.

    Can’t wait for Season 4 and I’m even more excited about it now.

    I’m sure it’s going to be the best season yet.

    Jules

  55. Just my two cents here… I’ve been a fan of SG-1 for years but never really got into Atlantis. I would watch occasionally but was far from a regular viewer. After hearing that Sam would be joining the show I went out and rented the first season of SGA. I’ve just finished watching The Eye and now consider myself among the converted. Maybe it was the plan to use an SG-1 member to recruit new fans and maybe it wasn’t… regardless it worked on me. And from all the hints you’re dropping about season 4, Joe, I can’t wait till the premiere. It sounds like a great season… even if Sam weren’t coming onboard!

  56. Joe,
    You mentioned about looking at a mix of “Adrift.” I was wondering if you and the rest of the production team are feeling less pressured about getting episodes completed for airing because you have 2.5 months more time since the episodes won’t start airing until late September? It probably won’t effect how many CGI elements are in each episode because that is determined by budget, but do you think the production quality might be better with the extra time? Will you be able to reshoot anything that doesn’t look like it matches well with the rest of the episode or because of budget, what is done is done and you have to live with it no matter how much time you have?

  57. What kind of notes would Sci Fi generally make on a script? And do you have to include all of the changes they suggest?

  58. Anonymous said…
    Wow Joe, Since I’m pretty new to fandom I had no idea that you didn’t like Michael. But judging by all the comments you’re unscreening on your blog about O.S., Daniel/MS fans, and msstargate saying how she enjoys bashing MS as much as the next guy it’s sort of obvious. ………I don’t think any Daniel/Michael fans are welcome here. Even if most of his fans, like myself, are not involved with OS

    Let me see if I understand this. There haven been more than a few negative statements about GW, Sam Carter/AT, Weir, etc., made on this blog. Joe has let them stand. But now that he’s also let through some negative things about OS and Daniel fans, you interpret that to mean that he *obviously* doesn’t like Michael Shanks and that MS/Daniel fans aren’t welcome here?

    How you got to that conclusion defies understanding. It’s certainly NOT obvious to me that Joe doesn’t like Michael or that Joe dislikes anyone else on the show.

    What seems clear to me is that Joe gets a kick out of the fans who get involved in these ridiculous little petty sentiments and fights. Really, you embarrass yourselves.

  59. slt joe
    je suis une big fan de sg1 et de sga, j’aime c 2 séries sa déchire grave. Bref, je voulais juste vous dire ke je suis super impantiente de voir les changements que vous avez fait, et une grande fan que je suis, je suis sûr que ça va me plaire. Les fan français adorent les scènes john/teyla et on espère en avoir plus dans la saison 4. Nous avons vu des belles choses dans la saison 3. Afin, je vous encourage à continuer et j’espère qu’il y aura une saison 5. Merci pour tout et à bientot.

  60. Hiya!

    Just wanted to say everything I’ve been hearing about Teyla’s character development this season has me on the edge of my seat waiting for S4! I’ve always thought she had the potential to be a really interesting, complex character (well, ever since she decked Bates in S1), and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with her, as well as the rest of the cast.

    Nikki

  61. ComicCon this week…YEAH!!! I can’t wait. This month has been way too exciting.

    HP movie 5, HP book 7 and ComicCon is almost too much for me…

    Let us know what you think about book 7…I loved it!!! And I was crying buckets…though, I do that in books…

  62. Farscapefan said…
    Hi Joe,

    after reading Claudia Black’s interview for the Slice of SciFi’s website I’m less and less certain I want to purchase “Continuum” DVD. Brad Wright obviously doesn’t care about Vala’s character at all since he gave Claudia so little to do in the movie… I don’t like him because of it. “The Ark of Truth” is an absolute “MUST HAVE” purchase for me, of course. I truly love Rob Cooper for his wonderful Vala’s stuff in seasons 9 and 10. Try to convince me to change my mind about “Continuum” now.”

    OMG do you actually know how freakin’ predictable you are??? Neener, neener, neener; tit-for-tat, crapola – oh grow the fu__ up would you please.

    I am however grateful that you told us you would NOT be purshasing Continuum as I am grateful (and I am sure many others will be too) that we will not have to be subject to your harrassing, rude, fan-gurl stuff after Ark of Truth – just go away once Vala is written out ‘kay? Please, pretty please.

  63. “Admittedly, Amanda’s statement in isolation of other known statements can lead to a misconception by some but really your statement seems to suggest you think Amanda was lying.

    Why don’t we give both actresses the benefit of the doubt therefore it wasn’t Torri’s choice to leave but when Amanda spoke with Torri, Torri’s reply was as Amanda relayed. “

    Amanda? Lying? well she was the one who said that she was obligated to do season four. She quickly changed her tune on that when JM revealed that no, she was given the choice. Sounds like she was trying to make people think she had no choice — she HAD to take the job and replace Torri.

    To the matter at hand, though, regardless of whether Torri said it to her or not, Amanda had no place to repeat it and tell others how Torri was feeling.

    Anyone who’s spoken to Torri at a convention recently can tell you how disappointed she was to be dumped.

  64. “One episode, two points of view …

    The real life people I know who have seen Unending (and are not part of the online community) loved it. Online people seem more critical (ie no mention of Jack, Daniel/Vala, etc). (I am having to wait for the DVDs …)

    Do you think the online community can be more judgemental than the fans who simply watch and enjoy?”

    My brother-in-law (who uses the computer but not for tv stuff, about 45 minutes into Unending said that the show was in the running for a worse ending than The Sopranos. 🙂 It won.

    I don’t talk aobut online stuff. That was I see how “regular fans” feel. 🙂 So far *no one* has complained about Carter going to SGA. This from the man who – a few years after Carter was promoted to major – said Carter was still acting like a captain responsibility-wise. He feels the scripts for SG-1 were very weak (exact words: “Called in.”)the last few years. 😀 I was highly amused.

    suse

  65. All you folks that are so obsessed with OS are looking as bad as you think they are. Don’t give them anymore attention. Or to quote anonymous: Save you outrage for something that matters.

    And remember that the majority of Daniel fans are not going on about AT or Sam. And we don’t like being lumped into together.

    And those that are complaining about their fav being bashed, make sure your own hands are clean ’cause there was quite a bit of bashing done by Sam fans about other characters who they felt were pushing Sam out.

  66. All you folks that are so obsessed with OS are looking as bad as you think they are.

    Though one has to wonder at the mentality of those who apparently read all of those “page after pages” that they so disapprove of, so they can um, disapprove of them. Weird.

    Still, while some of the Daniel fans maybe a little overly passionate at least they mostly restrict it to their own forum unlike the charming “shipper” fans who have booed one actors at cons and written hate mail to others because they disapproved of their character daring to come between their belove Sam and Jack. Now that’s just scary.

  67. fans who have booed one actors at cons and written hate mail to others because they disapproved of their character
    Yep that is pretty bad. As bad as the fans who caused an actor to require extra security at a con because their were concerns for his safety.

  68. Yep that is pretty bad. As bad as the fans who caused an actor to require extra security at a con because their were concerns for his safety.

    Certainly bad form on the part of the people who spread the lie that there was a need for more security anyway. Boy, did they look foolish when it came out that one of the very people they were “warned” about turned out to be one of the security people!

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