I picked up the message this weekend, a reminder from my dentist that I had an appointment, today, at noon. At noon? That was perilously close to lunch and didn’t sound like an appointment I would have made. Still, it was too late to cancel so I went into the office, then cut out at a little after 11:00 a.m. and made the drive down to Yaletown. I arrived in record time and so, with twenty minutes to kill, I figured what better way to treat myself following a trip to the dentist than by purchasing a mess o’ handcrafted chocolates from Chocoatl. I dropped in on my buddy Themis (who gave me a sneak peek of his new chocolate line that will be premiering in about a month), picked up some tasty tidbits for the gang back at work, then headed off to my appointment. It was a follow-up cleaning and check-up. Because I apparently clench my jaw a lot, I was fitted with a night guard during my last visit. “Are you using the nightguard every night?”asked the dental hygenist. “Not every night,”I answered truthfully. In fact, the nightguard was still sitting in the trunk of my car where I tossed it after that last visit, oh, three months ago.

On the dog front, Lulu is settling in quite nicely. She rough-houses with Bubba, snuggles up at night beside her boyfriend Maximus, and is treated with general indifference by Jelly.

Today’s pics: dogs, the making of a rock ‘n roll wraith blaster video, shots from the set, David decribes the new hairdo he envisions for Rodney in season five, we ask Jewel what she’s heard about the big secret finale.

Oh, and thanks to Alipeeps for the exquisite chocolate selection.

Mailbag –

PG15 writes: “When the Daedalus lands at Atlantis for whatever reason, does it land on a pier, or in the water beside a pier?”

Answer: The Daedalus and Apollo usually remain in orbit. On the rare instances where the Daedalus has come down, it landed on a pier.

Thornyrose writes: “One question on the upcoming dvds; is Gary Jones doing any commentaries on season 3?”

Answer: Gary Jones isn’t part of the Atlantis cast so he won’t be doing any commentary on season three.

Anonymous #1 writes: “1. Any attempts on putting classical music in stargate atlantis or not? 2. Have any of the cast or crew ever been, gone or going to Hong Kong?”

Answers: 1. We’ll follow Joel’s lead on this one. 2. Check out my 2006 blog entries.

Moe Jacuzzi writes: “I happen to know that the filmmakers wish to sincerely apologize if any feelings were genuinely hurt by their irreverent sense of humor.”

Answer: Not at all. I thought the parody of Martin Gero sitting in his office answering questions was hilarious (although he only wears a suit and tie on special occasions) and hope he is big enough to laugh off a little friendly needling.

Vikitty writes: “…there’s a new Japanese restaurant no No. 3 and Ackroyd called “Ebisu”. The manager came in and now I’m tempted to go – their menu looked delicious. I think they have a location somewhere in Vancouver too… ever heard of it?”

Answer: Yup. It’s located on Bute and Robson, in the old Hooters location.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Is this by any chance the episode where Ronon goes to Earth?”

Answer: Ronon will be making three trips to Earth this upcoming season.

Alison 9742 writes: “Have you ever tried Kangaroo?”

Answer: Yes. Last year, we ordered from a place that served up exotic burgers (elk, ostrich, bison, and kangaroo). Quote Carl Binder once we began suffering the after-effects of our meal: “I feel like there’s a wildebeast stampade in my stomach.”

LesFez writes: “1. Will Carter take over as military head of Atlantis? 2. Will Sheppard still have as big a say as he does now if she does?”

Answers: Yes and yes.

KMcK writes: “IF there is a season 5, will you have plan to have her for more than 4 episodes ?”

Answer: We have made no plans for season 5 beyond our general thoughts for how the major story arc we have step up will develop beyond the season 4 cliffhanger.

WayBeyondSoccerMom writes: “Have any of the writers thought about a storyline where one of the men on the show becomes a father and the repercussions?”

Answer: Yup. There were plan to make McKay a father.

Dani writes: “What are the top 5 restaurants (in the $20 or less per plate category cause we are poor college students) in Vancouver?”

Answer: In my opinion and in no particular order – Aki Japanese Restaurant 745 Thurlow Street, Anton’s Pasta Bar 4260 E Hastings Street, Go Fish 1504 West 1st Ave., Zakkushi Charcoal Grill 1833 West 4th Ave., Prima Taste Restaurant 570 Robson Street, Peaceful Restaurant #110 – 532 W. Broadway. Okay, that’s six.

PG15 also writes: “…mind telling us the episode order for the second half of Season 4?”

Answer: Be All My Sins Remember’d, Spoils of War, Quarantine, Outcast, Trio, Midway, Harmony, Kindred I, Kindred II, Finale.

Carolina writes: “The complete series will be out in DVD, now, they are mentioning 5 extra DVDs full of special features not included before in any of the previous box sets. Do you have any idea what they are?”

Answer: Sorry, no idea.

BoomerGoodHeart writes: “Have you ever read any of Tuesday Next series by Jasper Fforde?”

Answer: I read the Eyre Affair last year.

Olivia writes: “Any advice for a puppy novice?”

Answer: They’re not like kids. Feed them at least once a day.

MrsB108 writes: “Who would you say has the most surprising character development for Season Four?”

Answer: If you haven’t been spoiled = Teyla.

77 thoughts on “August 13, 2007

  1. I’ve been reading this blog every day, and I *think* I’m up to speed, but please forgive what could still be a stupid question even so: is “Outcast” the Sheppard backstory episode proposed by Joe Flanigan and written by Alan McCullough? If not,
    what is the title of that episode?
    Also, have you read Robert Silverberg’s novella “Sailing to Byzantium”? It struck me that the main character in it would make an excellent role for Mr Flanigan, if it ever gets adapted for the screen (preferably big rather than small) – though there are other reasons for reading it besides that.

  2. Thank you for answering my questions Joe! I thought they might have been a little too…er…instrusive(?), but I guess not.

    One simple question today: “Outcast”, is it the name of the Joe Flanigan pitched episode?

  3. Hmmm…McKay as a father…

    To be honest, the only phrase that comes to mind is in season 2 when Rodney is talking about how he is keeping a tally of all the radiation he’s been exposed too, and comments, “At this rate, I don’t even know if I should procreate!” and Major Lorne answers, “You know, I was just thinking the same thing.”

    For a question, are there some bonding moments between Sam and Ronon/Teyla? I hope so!

  4. Hey Joe,
    Any chance of getting a rhyme like the season 2-3 version for season 4? Oh and counting down to the new episodes only a month and a half, woo hoo!

  5. Ok, change that, I have 2 questions. Is “Finale” the actual name of the Season finale?

    Thanks again Joe.

  6. LesFez writes: “1. Will Carter take over as military head of Atlantis? 2. Will Sheppard still have as big a say as he does now if she does?”

    joe/Answers: Yes and yes.

    ###

    i’ve read amanda’s interview(s) where she says sam’s going to defer a lot to mckay (science) and sheppard (military). my question (and a serious one): is sam going to be walked all over? i’d hope she’d stand by her decisions if she thought her ideas were better suited???

    sally 🙂

  7. *waves*

    Aaaaaarrrggggggghhhhh! Joe! You’re such a tease!! I love it. Hehehe, well, I don’t really, but it’ll keep us guessing for a lil while. 😉

    And you finally named the ep, Outcast. Woohoo. I have to say I was a bit nervous with talk of the ex-wife thing for the eppy. Personally, i’m not really into the whole runing into old flames etc.. It brings up too many bad memories. 😉 But, i’m feeling a bit more confident that it’s going to be one that’s going to pull at our heartstrings. Will we need tissues? For the time being though, i’ll just be an ostrich and stick my head in the sand over the ex-wife thing, lol.

    Thanks for the piccies. :o)

    *hugs*

  8. Hey Joe,

    What days are you going to be at Anime Evolution, if not all 3 days. And also, Uwe Boll has just recently been announced as a guest for the convention, and I was wondering what you felt about his famouse, or rather infamous films.

  9. Hi, Joe.

    I’ve been wearing a night guard now for…yikes, 27 years. I can’t sleep now without it.

    It REALLY helps to cut down on headaches (even migraines), snoring (ahem), and crushing your molars into itty bitty pieces.

    I’m on my fourth one now, but it needs to be replaced soon.

    Better health through Denistry! (Chocolate helps too.)

    Morjana

  10. I was wondering why the powers that be will not let you release a bloopers reel on the DVDs?

  11. Do you like coffee and if so what kind? Also tomorrow is my birthday. Can I get the blog dedicated to me? I read your blog everyday.

  12. How far into the writing process of an ep do you begin casting? For example, have you started the casting process for the ex-Mrs. Sheppard or does that come closer to time to film?

  13. Ok, change that AGAIN. Forget my first question Joe, as “yet another flanigan fan” has already asked it before me.

    But to make it still 2: who’s the one lying on the bed beside Keller in this picture?

  14. Hey Joe:

    First time commenting, been reading for a couple of months. Love the blog, laugh out loud funny! I had a dentist appointment today, too.

    Anyway – love the shows. I watch a lot of sci-fi/fantasy, but not a big reader of it, although I read alot. Read more of it as a kid and kind of got out of it. Which books/authors would you recommend to start with? I have “Ender’s Game” and picked up “Lies of Locke Lamora” today. Looked at George RR Martin, but there were so many to choose from. I actually read alot of kid lit, especially scifi/fantasy, as I am a third grade teacher. Loved “City of Ember,” enjoyed “Eragon” am reading “Dragon Rider” and “Hatching Magic” now and I love the “Wrinkle in Time” series. Course have read all of HP. Thanks, Gracey

  15. I really like the idea of McKay facing fatherhood. Any chance this plotline could be picked back up for a later season?

  16. Hi Joe!

    Longtime reader – First time writer. Love the blog! Thanks for sharing the insider info with us!

    In the pictures from your blog on August 13th, can you tell us who is laying in the infirmary bed?? Please… Pretty please!! 😉 I’m sure I’m not the only one dying to know.

    Thanks!
    Laplug

  17. With Atlantis having a military leader (Carter) instead of a civilian one (Weir), what does this mean for how the expedition will conduct itself, especially when relating to alien peoples/species?

  18. I grind my teeth terribly at night, sometimes it gets bad enough (usually during grad school finals week) that I wake up with headaches. But I have a terrible gag reflex too. So until they come up with a nightguard that doesn’t set off my gag reflex, I’m with you and tossing the nightguard into the trunk of Neon.

  19. Hiya Joe,

    It’s been a while since I commented at your blog – but lovely pics especially of Lulu.

    She’s rather petite and I had no idea till I saw people cuddling her! What a cutie though 😀

    So what is Shepkett meant to be? Are you trying to be funny and use fandom-ish terminology? It sounded like a bird or something!

    Take care,
    M

  20. From the fingers in that picture, it looks like a man. I could be off 🙂

    Mr. M., I think PG15 should be limited to 1 question per blog post 😉
    Alright that was a joke – no one take offense.

    Any chance you are feeling super kind, and be willing to post a picture of Torri on set? If she’s not already done w/ all her filming that is, and is willing to pose.

  21. Lulu is sooooooooo cute. I enjoy your blog everyday, I laugh all the time at them.
    How many episodes will Caldwell have in S4?

  22. Thank you for answering my question! The Tuesday Next series is up to 5 now, and they’ve only gotten better. The other 4 are:

    Lost In A Good Book
    The Well Of Lost Plots
    Something Rotten
    Next Among Sequels

    Maybe you can get to them sometime next year. 😀

  23. Joe-

    I know production order doesn’t reflect air order, but may I ask if there is a certain reason why The Kindreds are airing next to last? Could this be part of the arc you are “pondering” for the season 5 we all are hoping for?

    And I have a theory on who is in that bed onveniently blocked by someone, but why spoil it for everyone? No, thats not true. I just don’t want to look like a fool if I’m wrong! 🙂

  24. Again I have to say, Lulu is adorable. 🙂

    And I also have a question. As a big fan of the Shep and McKay friendship, I was crossing my fingers that Rodney would be going back to earth with Sheppard in Outcast. We’ve seen Shep give a lot of support to Rodney in various episodes, and I was thinking it would be nice to see an episode with the tables turned. Should your news that Ronon will be going to earth three times mean that I should give up hope?

    Thanks! 🙂

  25. *snort* Shepkett? Why do people feel the need to just smash to names together? No seriously, why? It doesn’t sound very… good? Like McShep or McWeir or Sparky or Spanky!
    Oh hey, speaking of McShep. Will we see anything good in season 4? Yes? No? Or was season 3 the highlight for this pairing?

  26. Hi Joe, two questions.

    1. Is Kindred still being filmed?

    2. What episode is going to be filmed next?

  27. Love the idea of one of the guys becoming a father. I feel like it would add so much to a character, and just kind of round out things… It would also be interesting, since so many of the actors have kids and/or are having kids in the near future in real life! 🙂 (also, as an aside: I love that Teyla’s having a baby! 🙂 I think it’s great how you guys are so flexible to include the actress’s pregnancies in the story lines. it’s so awesome.)

    I was wondering, have you guys ever thought of doing an episode from the perspective of someone who’s not on(and/or not from) Atlantis? Or at least, most of the episode. Kind of like “The Other Guys”, except about a person on another planet (or something)? I think it would be interesting to see the SGA team from an outsider’s perspective… could be fun. 🙂

  28. …is hermiad still on the daedalus?

    is he the only living asgard or did he join his brethren in their finale?

  29. Hello! Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Lulu is beyond adorable! 🙂 I recently worked at a doggie daycare, and we had a white French bulldog named Lulu who was there for obedience training.

    I have a chocolate recommendation for you – http://www.pureimaginationchocolatier.com/ – this place is in my hometown and well worth the shipping costs. He makes outstanding truffles! 🙂 And mentioning them makes me NEED to order some!

  30. how much did the mouth guard set you back? do you clench or do you grined them? i use one and it really saves your teeth especially if you find you have sensitive teeth.
    And since your done filming does that mean all the behind the sence funny photos i wish were on the dvds stop??
    Dustin

  31. Salut joseph!!
    =}Merci pour les photos de vos chiens ils sont adorable et les photos de tournage sont génial!!
    =}Olala ne me parler pas de dentiste, j ai rendez vous le 20 Aout! jespert que sa va bien ce passer!^^
    =}Oh vous m avez pas répondu , quand je vous est demander si elle avait accoucher? C est parce que vous ne le savais pas ou vous ne pouvez pas le dire?
    =}Tient il faudrais que vous remtiez des photo de vous! pour que je puisse remplir mon dossier de photo “Joseph Mallozzi”^^!
    =} Voici une petite serie de questions :
    -Toute les scénes de stargate Atlantis ont été tournée sur le térritoire Canadian?(ormi le tournage en antarctique)
    – Dans la saison 4, on reverra des peuples vue dans les saisons précédente?
    quel peuple? (ormi les wraith, les geniis, les réplicateur et les ancien)
    – Il vous reste combient d épisode a tournée pour la saison 4?
    – Vous aimez bien regarder les épisodes de Stargate Atlantis?
    (ormi = sauf)

    Donc voila! gros grso bisou! je vous adore! Merci! Bonne journée et bon reveille ^^!

  32. Will the episode Finale, if the name doesn’t change, be different from all other cliffhangers that came before? Will it be more character centric or the usual team episode? Thanks for reading our sometimes crazy comments.I know I’ve made a few myself.

  33. Ah, yeah, the manager said that the one in Vancouver’s got a bar and everything while the one in Richmond’s more of a family restaurant. Do you recommend it?

    Oh jeez, Lulu’s adorable. I love that she’s Maximus’ girl. Too cute for words!

  34. if I may add my two-cents to Olivia the puppy novice, a puppy crate is invaluable! we have two,well we have two dogs so d’uh. They use them as their own bedrooms, they feel safe and secure and an added bonus is when the chewing phase kicks in and you have to leave them, put them in the crate, it isn’t cruel and avoids all manner of destructive behaviours.

    Lulu is getting more adorable each time I see her, I hope you take care though, if a strong wind happens to catch those ears right she’ll be long gone.
    Nice one for the piccies tho.
    Have you happened to see Surfs Up yet? I watched it with my 12 year old and right now I’m lovin’ the chicken.

  35. Does the reunion between Sheppard and his ex have substantial meaning or is it a means to progress a different storyline?

  36. How funny. My husband was given a night guard, same problem, and oddly enough, we’d both be pressed to figure out just where it *is*. Well, at least I know it’s not in his trunk. *grin*

    Lulu is adorable! I have a 5 lb toy poodle mix that adopted us and a miniature schnauzer (not *that* little!) and they are a lot of fun.

    On a final note, way back when I’d asked if you could post pictures and you have, so thank you so much! Seeing shots from the set has been wonderful and it’s really the major source of season 4 images and information. Thanks to your blog, I am super excited about Atlantis this year. But that infirmary bed shot is such a tease! Please, can you confirm(deny) if that is Joe Flanigan lying there? The GW Shep whump peeps (and me!) would be ever so thankful! Please please please!?

  37. Hi Joe

    The big bad boy is back!! Love those scammer responses of yours.. Might be a good basis for a “How to scam scammers” book…

    Your puppy? Are you sure it’s a puppy? He sort of looks like a little wabbit with those little stuck up ears…

    Have a great day

    Dori

  38. How many episodes was Rachel able to do this season? Is there any chance that Rachel decided to be in the season finale?

  39. Thanks for the pics…Lulu looks cute, ever-so-slightly bewildered and is quite the poser isn’t she.

    Ta muchly for the spammer advice. It has been quiet for a few days…perhaps they took my advice about just where they should put their contract….I am ready with a delightful holiday story involving a Nubian Felucca sailor, some hasheesh, a bonfire and a group of Australian surfers

  40. Just got Season 10 DVD 1 (out in the UK yesterday) and saw Morpheus, which I enjoyed: I see you and Paul wrote it.

    Particularly liked Vala’s response to the tortoise in the desert question! Who thought of that … and do you enjoy brainteasers?

    Keep up the good work

    Pam

  41. majorsal said:
    i’ve read amanda’s interview(s) where she says sam’s going to defer a lot to mckay (science) and sheppard (military). my question (and a serious one): is sam going to be walked all over? i’d hope she’d stand by her decisions if she thought her ideas were better suited???

    Sally, since you’re a fan of Sam and AT, I understand your concerns and your questions.

    However, for some fans who never watched SG-1, and/or fans who love Atlantis as it was, the addition of Sam will only work if those Atlantis characters who were already there before season 4 are still the ones that know things better than Sam. Sam knows more about things in the Milky Way, but John, Rodney and the others know more about things in the Pegasus Galaxy, so Rodney IS the expert in science in Atlantis, not Sam, and as such, Sam needs to defer to him. The same with John and military decisions in Atlantis.

    As I said, I understand your feelings. But think about it: how would you feel the other way around? If Rodney had gone to the SGC as base commander, wouldn’t you prefer him deferring to Sam, since she’s the one that has more experience in the Milky Way? Likewise, if John had gone to the SGC as base commander, wouldn’t you prefer him deferring to Sam, since she’s the one that has more experience in the Milky Way?

    The addition of Sam will only work, in my opinion, if Sam is changed to fit the show and the old characters are still the heroes and the ones that know more than Sam, and not the other way around. I’ve never watched SG-1, but I’ve heard enough complains about how the old characters were wallpapered in favor of the characters played by Ben Browder and Claudia Black, and how the show was changed to fit the new characters and not the other way around. I’m positive about season 4, because all I’ve heard makes me think they’re not making the same mistake twice. Time will tell, of course.

  42. 1)Why this changement of position for The Kindred?
    2)The episodes 13 to 17 are stand alone, or there is a continuity?

  43. So – being a typical female Lulu has Maximus wrapped around her little paw. She really is cute.

    I am McHappy (a Hewlettism) that Mr McGillion is back – even for a short visit. SCB are all McHappy.

    Do you ever read non-fiction? Apart from cookery books of course.

    Greetings from grey and dismal Scotland, McHappyland!

    Susan

  44. I heard the scifi lady who was on the panel in san diego say no tivo, or web casts, but just wondered about commercials??? My general mode is to watch the show then channel surf on commercials. Will this still count as watching the show ratings wise? Or do I have to watch the whole thing commercials included for it to be counted?

  45. Joe. Let me give you a “tsk, tsk” for not wearing your night guard. Honestly. It can prevent SO many problems for you down the road; especially since you’re not a big fan of the dentist.

    Clenching of your teeth can also cause problems in your digestive tract. I’m just sayin’….

    And Lulu! Ugh! So adorable! I love puppy shots when all you see are their little heads. SO cute!

  46. “Anonymous said…
    will there be any… um, racy… scenes in the newer season? can there be?”

    I second that. Can we assume that Shep and Larrin do more than just trade innuendo? Please, oh please.

  47. Joe, you said the pictures were from the set. Was it from the episode you’re currently filming, or from an earlier ep?

  48. hhhheeeeelllllllllloooooooo, comment ça va. Moi je suis aller a paradisio un grand zoo si vous voulez lol. sinon david est trop bo sur la photo serieux mais je n’ai pas trés bien compris il parle de son personnage pour la saison 5?? et aussi question qui reste un mystere pour moi combien d’heure ya t’il entre vancouver et la france???? si tu le sais se serai tro gentil de me le dire. bisous, poutoux.

  49. Joe please don’t write a soap-opera, this is science fiction and pretty dam good science fiction don’t ruin it with the “racy scenes” and stupid love triangles and childish crushes and stupid behaviour that results – that stuff helped ruin SG-1 in later seasons (amongst other bone-headed moves) and we don’t need to see that mistake repeated.

  50. I second that. Can we assume that Shep and Larrin do more than just trade innuendo? Please, oh please.

    Oh yeah, bring back the ShepManHo of season 2. That’s all we need on this show. 😛

  51. Anonymous said…
    I second that. Can we assume that Shep and Larrin do more than just trade innuendo? Please, oh please.

    Oh yeah, bring back the ShepManHo of season 2. That’s all we need on this show. 😛

    Shep was a ‘manho’ in season 2? Hmmm, must have slept through that then…

    On to serious business now.

    Lulu is beautiful. Every time you show her pictures I just smile. She’s a real sweetie and I’m glad she’s settled in well.

    I was wondering, is the season finale linked to Kindred I and II in any way?

    Thanks! 🙂

  52. Anon who is feeling even more cheekier than me lately has said….
    “Oh yeah, bring back the ShepManHo of season 2. That’s all we need on this show. :P”

    Hey, you know what?! If it gets Shep all hot and sweaty and items of clothing require removal. Then bring it on. If that’s what being a manho is all about, then i’m all for it. :o)

    Personally I like all the feisty, flirty stuff. Especially if it leads to the above. :o)

    I mean lets face it, the writers have gone out of their way to give us a bit of erotica, the least we can do it is stand back and admire their handywork. 😉

    Okay i’ll behave now. :o)

    Maybe….. hehehe

  53. “Oh yeah, bring back the ShepManHo of season 2. That’s all we need on this show. 😛 “

    I hate comments like this. Sheppard was stuck on a world for six months with no prospect of ever leaving and as time went by and feeling I’d guess pretty lonely– allowed himself a night of being someone who obviously wanted the same in return.

    The woman from the “Tower’ threw her self at him and yes he kissed her, but I highly doubt he slept with her after finding out she wanted him to have a kid. If the guy is the military commander of Atlantis, I doubt he feels its appropriate to have relations with anyone under his command.

    So the Kirking and manho stuff just irks me. If there’s a spark between him an Larrin I say go for it. The guy deserves something after all these years.

    Kristen

  54. Hello,

    I was wondering if you’d mind telling us what Harmony will be about, if that’s possible. We haven’t heard very much about it, and I was a bit curious.

    Thanks

    Sweet Pea

  55. Since Sam Carter is now on Stargate Atlantis, I plan to start watching it regularly. The only thing is, I don’t know what station its on as a current-run series (i.e., new episodes, not re-runs) in Canada. I believe that the Space channel only shows re-runs. I know that the various CityTV and A-Channels across Canada also show re-runs, but I’m not sure if any of them show new episodes (I believe that they are independent stations in each city, not one consolidated network at the moment, so it would mean emailing each and every CityTV and A-Channel station in each major city to find out if they plan to air season 4 this fall — a rather onerous task). I was hoping you could would know? It doesn’t matter to me if the first-runs air only on Vancouver’s CityTV or Ottawa’s A-Channel, for example, as I have satellite and get all the stations. I just need to know which ones. Thanks so much.

  56. “The woman from the “Tower’ threw her self at him and yes he kissed her, but I highly doubt he slept with her after finding out she wanted him to have a kid. “

    That ole fade to black thing means “they done it” in movie/TV land, sorry to say. My problem was that Shep is a 40 year old Air Force colonel and he couldn’t say NO to a girl who looked like she was 16. It was DISGUSTING!!!!

    Thankfully Shep “grew up” in season 3, and I’m one of those who would love to see him stay that way. No hot and heavy romances- leave that for “Days of Our Lives”!!

  57. Hi Joe!

    1. Will we see much of Dr. Heightmeyer this year?
    2. Now that you are well into the second half of the season storywise, and now that you don’t have to write anymore scripts, any chance of a new poem?
    3. We know that Weir will be in 4 episodes of the first half (first ten) will she be making any appearances in the second half of s4?

    Thanks!

  58. I totally agree with the person who doesnt want SGA to be turned into a soap.

    Babies? And the fact that if Rachel hadn’t been up the duff you would have had RODNEY being a parent? You have to be kidding me. That has shark-jumping written all over it.

    Shep being targeted by a Vala-immitation who insults his manhood? Yeah, that’s Daniel and Vala all over again.

    Carter. Just Carter being there at all when she’s NOT an SGA character and she’s been around long enough for those of us to don’t like her to have made a decision (come on, Joe. Ten years)

    A lot of us are ‘refugees’ for want of a better word from SG1 post season 6 or 7. We bailed when things got too ridiculous, too soapie (I still blame Amanda for the Pete storyline.. afterall, she’s the one who said she wanted her character to have a boyfriend!)

    If you go the same way with SGA, you’ll be lucky to have the show still airing by the end of season four.

    We’ve all been there, done that, and while we may have put up with it to a certain extent the first time around with SG1, there are many who’ll just cut and run if you do the same thing on SGA. There are too many good shows out there to waste time on Scifi that’s become a soap.


  59. Gate Lady said…
    “The woman from the “Tower’ threw her self at him and yes he kissed her, but I highly doubt he slept with her after finding out she wanted him to have a kid. “

    That ole fade to black thing means “they done it” in movie/TV land, sorry to say. My problem was that Shep is a 40 year old Air Force colonel and he couldn’t say NO to a girl who looked like she was 16. It was DISGUSTING!!!!

    Thankfully Shep “grew up” in season 3, and I’m one of those who would love to see him stay that way. No hot and heavy romances- leave that for “Days of Our Lives”!!

    If my memory serves me correctly, Joe, didn’t you say on your old GW ‘Ask Joe’ thread that, in fact, Sheppard gave Mara her marching orders in The Tower after she tried to seduce him, but that it was edited out of the episode we saw on screen?

    My memory usually serves me correctly, and as you co-wrote this episode, perhaps you could confirm that Sheppard didn’t, er, put a big smile on Mara’s face after the scene faded to black?

    Geez, a 40 year old man, and who says Sheppard is 40, having sex with a younger woman? Perish the thought. Everyone knows sex is only for those under 40…yeah, tell my husband that!

    Sorry to hijack your blog, Joe. I think PG’s flocking is having a bad influence on some of us…

  60. Joe, I have 1 more question…

    In his recent interview with Gateworld, Martin Gero said that 1 in every 3 episodes this season was a ‘giant’ episode, that I took to mean in the epic, big special effects sense. I was wondering, kind of more for confirmation, will this season have a more ‘epic’ feel overall, a kind of Rising or First Strike feel if you will, i.e. the kind of thing you expect from a season opener or season finale, but instead carried through out the whole season?

    Thanks!

  61. *waves*

    I think i’m going in for PG15’s record of 3 posts per day. Sorry Joe, i’ve had to bypass the quest for a moment to defend Shep’s honour! 😛

    *cough*

    Gate Lady and my good friend annon are a uptight tonight, but nevertheless, I cannot hog the blog so direct my response to the following who said…

    “That ole fade to black thing means “they done it” in movie/TV land, sorry to say. My problem was that Shep is a 40 year old Air Force colonel and he couldn’t say NO to a girl who looked like she was 16. It was DISGUSTING!!!!”

    Given your post, I have a sense that if we stuck a lump of coal up your ass, two weeks later we’d have a diamond! Either that, or you’re jealous that Shep has a sex life. If you’re feeling stressed about it hon, i’m sure I could reccomend a good 12 step programme for you. :o)

    “Thankfully Shep “grew up” in season 3, and I’m one of those who would love to see him stay that way. No hot and heavy romances- leave that for “Days of Our Lives”!!”

    Grew up? Oh my goodness me. Yes, you’re right. One night of passion in 3 years is definately cause for concern… Joe, I think it’s time to get the old chastity belt out for Shep! 😉 Gate Lady, do you honestly think that the writers are going to write 20, 45 minute episodes of Shep or anyone else on the team for that matter, doing the wild thing? Do you really think that they care more about romance and mushy stuff, along with who is having sex with whom, when the pegasus galaxy and our team are in mortal danger? Really? If you do, then sorry to be blunt… But I will, I think it might be time to get some perspective.

    Sorry Joe, I tried and failed to keep my mouth shut! Needs must and all that. 😉

    *hugs*

  62. In a 3-person household with two computers, you’d think I’d be able to get online once in a while. Instead, last night I watched about 4 hours of SG-1 season 10 commentaries waiting for a chance to check my email. I doubt my email would have been as entertaining, so it turned out fine. I did mean I had to wait until this morning to the latest pics of Lulu, though. So cute!

  63. Anonymous said…

    “Sally, since you’re a fan of Sam and AT, I understand your concerns and your questions.”

    (snipped for space)

    “The addition of Sam will only work, in my opinion, if Sam is changed to fit the show and the old characters are still the heroes and the ones that know more than Sam, and not the other way around. I’ve never watched SG-1, but I’ve heard enough complains about how the old characters were wallpapered in favor of the characters played by Ben Browder and Claudia Black, and how the show was changed to fit the new characters and not the other way around. I’m positive about season 4, because all I’ve heard makes me think they’re not making the same mistake twice. Time will tell, of course.”

    ~~~

    and i understand your feelings totally, but (and you knew there was going to be a but :p)…

    no matter what character was brought over to be leader of atlantis (whether new or an established character), this person would be IN CHARGE. what’s the use of having a leader if this character is basically gagged from making any contributions?

    there’s a balance to things. that’s all i’m asking for. whether mckay or sheppard or the guy that cleans the computer screens knows more because of their (longer) time being there, there still is someone else in charge. so i’m just hoping that with all that deferring, sam actually IS in charge.

    (sam carter was brought over to atlantis, so this *is continuing* her character’s storyline)

    balance.

    with total respect to atlantis,
    sally 🙂

  64. Forget the ShepManHo stuff ….

    😉

    I want some “shirts and skins” 4 X 4 basketball. The fearless Air Force against the Marines … Perhaps Weir’s scientist friend from “Sunday” on the “skins” squad…. perhaps a little rivalry with Major Lorne’s team against Colonel Shepherd’s…..

    Just something to keep the guys busy while Carter, Teyla and Keller save the galaxy.

    In other words a “chick episode”.

  65. Anonymous unknown says: “I still blame Amanda for the Pete storyline.. afterall, she’s the one who said she wanted her character to have a boyfriend!)”

    Sorry but I blame the people who conceived the character pete, the people who wrote it, the people who produced and directed it and the showrunner. Absolute drivel that has had a major damaging impact on the Carter character.

    AT asking for a boyfriend for Carter did not have to result in the immature idiot that was served up by the creative minds in charge who ultimately decided the boyfriend idea would be included. THAT was one of the first of many problems facing SG-1 in seasons 7-10. Its almost as if the people who made the show for seasons 1-6 disappeared and some strangers appeared to take charge in seasons 7-10 – God what a disaster.

    Anony7of9

  66. I don’t really have anything original or witty to say except I love your dogs, and you should post more pics of them.

  67. The second photo of Jewel is absolutely stunning. I comment a lot on just your photos, but it’s because I’ve a love of photography. That’s kind of a jaw dropping photo.

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