I put the day to good use: sleeping in, working out, reading up, hanging out, and generally lolly-gagging, dilly-dallying, shilly-shallying, dawdling, frittering, and toddling. No, strike that. There was no toddling. Still, it was a fairly relaxing day marked by little of note with the exception of that makeover segment on Oprah. In fact, I accomplished so little today that I began to feel a little guilty (I mean, technically it is Labor Day after all) Well, what better way to assuage said guilt and experience a fine sense of accomplishment than by doing a little writing. Specifically, a little letter-writing to those emailing con artists.

Well, con artist – one Martin Holme who has his hands full trying to scam both my alter ego Baron Destructo AND the not-quite-widowed Margaret Quibble.

When last Baron Destructo heard from Martin, Mr. Holme sounded mighty fed up. “I think we have tried enough for you to comply over this issue!”he wrote. Well, I did a little tinkering with his response and transformed his angry reprimand to “This is to acknowledged the receipt of the rocket boots” complete with Mr. Holmes’ fancy yellow script and letterhead. Above this purported response, Baron Destructo wrote back:

“Dearest Human Refuse,

I sincerely hope you are enjoying the use of the rocket boots. But don’t have too much fun as you may end up unwilling to part with them when the times comes – ha ha ha! Although, in all seriousness, when the time comes, reluctant or not, I‘m sure we‘ll have no problem detaching them from your barbecued clodhoppers.

Speaking of barbecuing – would you be so kind as to re-confirm your address for me. I sent two of my associates to the address you provided in one of your previous emails. They decimated the building only to later discover they had unwittingly destroyed Cotonou’s only orthopedic center. Dr. Catastro and the Purple Lamprey were understandably mortified.

In any case, if you would be so kind as to forward me the correct address at your earliest convenience, it would be much appreciated.

As always, thank you for keeping the dream alive.

Sincerely,

Baron Destructo

Cc: Calamitous Jane, Glaxnor the Miscreant, Sinderella Washington, Xxxaptak’qul, Dr. Catastro, Dr. Disastro, Dr. Quinn Meddlesome Woman, Ray Mephistopheles, Archfiend Animus, Brutus Badly, the Plague Zombies, Vorzik the Planet Squisher, the Malevolater, Count Sinister, Kugal Baruth, Death Knell, Star Father Celestio, Shatterdam, Princess Arcana, the Mystifier, the Procrastinator, the Soul Emancipator, Quickstrike, Professor Frosty, Flamer the Flaming Man, the Pummeler, the Purple Lamprey, and John Tesh.”

Margaret Quibble’s request to have the $950 000 promised her delivered directly to her husband’s kidnappers was met with some expected resistance on the part of Mr. Holmes. He explained that since she was the designated winner of the $950 000, she was the only one who could legally receive the cash. Undaunted, Margaret Quibble wrote back:

“Dear Martin,

Margaret Quibble here. Again, thank you for your help in dealing with my husband’s kidnappers. I’ve informed the FBI of your intended participation and they would like to speak with you. What would be the best way for them to contact you, via email or phone?

Thank you,

Margaret Quibble”

Copying and pasting the seemingly official F.B.I. logo embedded into the email sent me by another email scammer, I sent an impressive-looking message to Mr. Holmes from veteran Federal agent Felix Wexler:

“Dear Mr. Holme,

Agent Felix Wexler of the F.B.I. here. I’d like to thank you for agreeing to assist in the Quibble investigation. Since you have volunteered to meet with the kidnappers when the time comes, the bureau will require some personal information from you, specifically:

1. Your shoe size.
2. Any food allergies that may affect your field performance (ie. peanuts, persimmons, Dijon mustard)
3. Date of last haircut.
4. Passport number (if traveling in from a foreign location).
5. Approximate annual income.
6. Detailed job description.
7. Religious affiliation.
8. Bellybutton positioning (ie. Inny? Outy?).
9. Do you own your own teeth?
10. Next of kin (in the vent things go horribly awry).

Again, thank you for helping us out and potentially putting your life at risk. For your protection, the F.B.I. has run a back-trace on your email and account and is dispatching agents to your home in the event the kidnappers seek payback of any sort (as they are usually wont to do).

Sincerely,

Agent Felix Wexler
Federal Bureau of Investigation”

I’ll keep you updated as the investigation progresses.

Today’s pics: Yep. More Harmony.

Today’s video: Director Will Waring sizes up the day (click on the date).

Mailbag –

Boring Dull is ROFLMAO writes: “Joe, next time you decide to spam my blog with an “anonymous” comment about me being a thickhead it might be an idea if you, you know, PUBLISH my comment first so other people apart from you might know about this blog and “anonymously” post comments there…Enjoy posting anonymous comments on your own blog. It seems to be the only way you can generate attention and controversy.”

Answer: You flatter yourself. For starters, I have never used (or, for that matter, never seen or heard anyone else use) the noun “thickhead” as in “you are a thickhead”. Nevertheless, knowing what little about you I do, I can see how you could inspire someone to feats of linguistic ingenuity. Second, if I was to give anyone a verbal smackdown, I’d do it here on my blog where others can decry.exult in my outre witticisms. Third, have your read Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks? It’s a little confusing at first but, ultimately, a very rewarding read. I highly recommend it. Fourth, your previous comments weren’t published because they were obnoxious and critical of the cast on a personal level. Fifth, no offense but if I wanted to generate controversy, the last thing I’d do is make an anonymous post to your blog.

PG15 writes: “Can we expect extreme damage for one of the Atlantis vehicles in the near future?”

Answer: Extreme to say the least. Yep.

Jedi writes: “Will we find out if Sheppard has any siblings in S4?”

Answer: We will in Outcast.

Kath in Baltimore writes: “Is it common for a producer to go along on every location shoot?”

Answer: Some productions have on-set producers but, in the case of Stargate, our experienced directors are de facto on-set producers. Still, with my script work and editing duties complete, I am now free to go out on location and answer script-related questions or badger the director.

Majorsal writes: “How much chocolate would i have to bribe you with to insure those 12 outtakes of the ‘grace’ kiss would make it to a video?”

Answer: Sorry. SG-1 outtakes are out of my hands.

Redtwin writes: “Why is “Outcast” being rewritten?”

Answer: No script is perfect in its first draft so, yes, all scripts are rewritten to various degrees.

Anonymous #1 writes: “Do you think the kidnappers would take my gekko houdini in exchange for Sid”s fuzzy little life?”

Answer: You could email them and ask.

Michelle writes: “Fondy’s store looks so bright and inviting, I’m sure it will do well. I’d somehow thought it was going to be a doggy spa, as in grooming, pedicures or whatever else is chic these days. Will that be offered as well?”

Answer: Eventually, yes.

Anna writes: “Do you happen to know if Jonas was killed in season 9 when Kelowna fell to the Ori?”

Answer: We never explored this but, in my mind, Jonas went underground and is still alive somewhere, resisting the Ori army.

Fishbaum writes: “So, as I understand it, you and Paul Mullie are the show-runners. How come we almost never hear you talk about Paul in this blog? We hear and see lots on Gero, Binder, and all the directors…. “

Answer: Paul prefers to keep a low profile unlike the other clowns, so you don’t hear from his as much.

Charles Schneider writes: “When you first started working in televisin did you begin as a full writer or as a PA? How did you break into the business?”

Answer: I broke into the business as an animation writer. I sold my first pitch and script to The Busy World of Richard Scarry, a 7 minute episode titled Patrick Pig Learn to Talk. After working in animation for a number of years (developing, writing, and story-editing) I eventually made the move to live-action – half-hour teen sitcoms, one hour action-adventures, and, finally, Stargate.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Which season 4 episode are you most proud of so far?”

Answer: So far? Our season premiere, Adrift, is pretty damn impressive.

Sanura writes: “Are the scripts exclusively writer-edited and tweaked by performers, or is there somebody who does a copy pass for proofing errors?”

Answer: That would be Alex Levine.

Anonymous #3 writes: “When an actor pitches a script like Joe Flan did for “Outcast” once he makes a suggestion, is that all the input he has?”

Answer: That depends on how busy they are, how involved they choose to be and, more importantly, how quickly we have to get the script out.

Susan W. writes: “Are there any official channels by which fans or other members of the public might submit an idea or even a script that you *could* read it and/or use it if it has merit? Is there a particular address or person to whom such could be sent, or a way of disclaiming ownership that would make it possible for you?”

Answer: I’m sure there are a lot of great ideas out there but, at present, we aren’t seeking outside submissions.

Supreme Commander Thor writes: “Could I link the odd blog photo on our Facebook SG:A group?”

Answer: Sure.

Anon Y. Mous writes: “Can you tell us if any episodes are fully complete and ready for airing? How far in advance of airing are the episodes due at Sci-Fi? How do you determine if an episode needs a “previously on” segment and who makes that decision the producers or the writers?”

Answers: Yes, a number of episodes are complete (Adrift, Lifeline, Missing, Doppelganger, and Travelers come to mind). As for how far in advance of airing the episodes “are due” at Sci-Fi – it varies. This year, we had plenty of time to deliver as our premiere was pushed back to late September. Re: the previously on. The producers are the writers and we make the call although we’ll honor specific SciFi requests.

Martine a ecrit: “1) Quelle scène ou cascade a été la plus difficile a réaliser ? 2) Quelle séquence a nécessité plusieurs prises avant d’obtenir le résultat voulu ? 3) Est ce que vous appréciez les pâtisseries françaises ?”

Reponses: 1) Trio sera le plus difficile. 2) Il y avait plusieurs séquences compliqués cette année. 3) J’adore les pâtisseries françaises.

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Yasmin
Yasmin

I don’t know Joe, all these lovely pictures is making me more greedy. But please don’t stop. Loving the videos just as much as the pictures.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can you make anonymous comments on my blog? All publicity is good publicity. To make it extra hard I’m not even going to link my blog – then when you do leave the comments it’ll be like ‘whoa’ MacGyver impressive.

firefly827347
firefly827347

Brilliant pics today Joe (and every other day, but especially today) and fantastic to see Chuck. In shorts. Made my day. *fans self*

Is he there as David Hewlett’s stand-in or is he there in character?

Please keep the pics coming, you’re making a lot of fangirls very, very happy grin

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are any of the episodes in the back half of season 4 of Atlantis going to give even the slightest hint towards the upcoming 3rd series? (Like SG-1’s The Lost City did for Atlantis)

If not, Has there been any news yet about Stargate Universe which you picked up from Brad and Robert which you might be willing to share with us, Without risking a horrible death threat on you from said individuals?

Friendly greetings,
Michaël

Lady Dulcinea
Lady Dulcinea

Hey Joe,

I posted this a few days ago. I’m only posting again b/c I was SOOOOO hoping for an answer. I won’t bother with it again if its too annoying. Husband and I LOVED the Gary video. PS Do you happen to watch “After Hours”/”I’m a Marvel/I’m a DC on You Tube”? I recommended it once, but now apparently it really has a following. The guy that makes them was even at ComiCon. So cool for him. ANYWAY, back to my deja vu comment from the other day:

So I’m performing in this show called “HerStory”. It is actually an official production for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown (that would be Virginia). Its kinda a cool opportunity for me:) It follows the story of prominent Virginia women from Jamestown then later in Central Virginia. Aaaaanyway. The three “narrators” are from the three main cultural groups in the area at the time (Indian, African, and English). We call them the “spirits”. I am playing the Engish Spirit. But I digress. My director/show author has explained the spirits as Etherial beings who watch over the progress of history, and while they can have a calming influence—of course—-can do nothing to alter it. And I think to myself, “OH MY GOD! I HAVE TOTALLY ASCENDED!!! I’m an ANCIENT!!” So then being the quirky actress I am, “I need a name!”

So that is my question. Any ancient names you have floating around in your head you’d be obliged to let me use in my own little world. Of course it would only be known to the English Spirit/Ancient b/c no one else wants to play along, but it will certainly help me get in to character! This is going to be better than that time I played Fifi the french foreign exchange student in the chorus of “Grease!”

Susan the Tartan Turtle
Susan the Tartan Turtle

Hello Joe

Did you have a nice day at work?

Can we have more doggy photographs – your doggies and other Atlantis people’s doggies.

It is almost time for Atlantis series 4 to be shown here in Scotland. Can’t wait – even if Carson is only in 2 episodes. sad

Susan

Susan the Tartan Turtle
Susan the Tartan Turtle

Me again….

Would Will Waring not be better to buy a watch instead of using the sun to work out the time? I think that it would be MUCH simpler.

majorsal
majorsal

hi, joe,

since you published pics (and vids) during the shooting of ‘harmony’, will you be doing that with ‘trio’ as well? *hopes*

sally smile

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you thank you thank you thank you for all the pics of Joe Flanigan!!
Will Sheppard ever use his stick- fighting skills off Atlantis? (ie actual stick fighting or sword/knife fighting).

Flying Fig
Flying Fig

As usual, great shots of the scenary, and the trees ain’t bad either wink

From spoilers so far, it doens’t sound like it, but (fingers crossed) there’s a season 5, do you think you’ll write an episode where the team is in a desert? Or in snow?

And while I can’t get enough shots of Joe F and David, any chance for shots of other cast members too?

Thanks!

PG15
PG15

Yessss!!! Thankee muchly Joe! As I said before, I love it when the hero ships get damaged, like Voyager in Star Trek Voyager’s “Year of Hell” and Enterprise in Star Trek Enterprise’s “Azati Prime”.

I hope I didn’t spoil those shows for you…nahhh, I probably didn’t.

Man, Outcast is sounding better and better! Siblings, Parents, Bates (maybe), Earth, ex-wife…can we expect some major Emotional-Shep-Whump (ESW) in this episode? More than ever before?

In fact, would you say that Season 4 has more Shep Whumping than the other seasons? Combined?

Anyway…a question for “The Last Man”: Would you call the 3 episodes of “The Kindred” and “The Last Man” a 3-parter? If so, would it be as connected as the mid-season 3-parter?

Oh, and I’ve noticed that there hasn’t been a lot of Carson questions lately, so I’ll ask one: After confirming that Carson will be back for 2 eps in May, has that number changed in the 4 months follow that?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How often will Teyla go offworld since she’s pregnant? Will the team have a replacement?

kodiak bear
kodiak bear

Richard Scarry! My children back in the day loved that program. Now it’s all Dr. Who and Spongebob, but people do grow up I guess. Occasionally I even get vaguely nostalgic over Barney.

If there’s a season 5, and I sincerely hope there is, what are the odds about an episode centered around Atlantis and Sheppard’s Super-Duper, Turn-It-On Gene?

Zabadoo
Zabadoo

1.)When someone asked if Jonas was still alive or if he was dead, you claimed you never explored it and then gave your insight-How come that when SG-1 found out that Kelowna fell to the Ori, they didn’t attempt a rescue mission? I mean, Jonas saved their rear-ends several times, why not give a rescue a try?
2.)Any mention at all of Daniel Jackson, Mitchell, Vala or O’Neill in the fourth season of Atlantis?
3.)Should we be expecting a humorous appearance by O’Neill in Continuum or is it more serious?
4.)Will Beckett’s return be sad/heartbreaking or aggressive/action-packed?

WayBeyondSoccerMom
WayBeyondSoccerMom

Dear Joe,

Thanks for the photos and stories.

Just got back from DragonCon in Atlanta. When you see Jason, ask him about: Christopher Judge, Bananas, Beer, and Furries.

Oh my.

And, speaking of DragonCon and Christopher Judge, are the “sexual harassment laws” different in Canada?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Completely forgot the Canadians don’t “celebrate” Labor Day by not laboring. What a pleasant surprise to see your blog today. Seriously, where do you find the time for everything? Keep up the good work.

Danielle
Danielle

I have a few questions ^^
1)Which episode has the most special effects in the new season? 2)How is Weir going to go from being the leader of Atlantis to being a recurring character? 3) Please say hi to david for me?

~Danielle

Jill_Ion
Jill_Ion

Thank-you very, very much, Joe, for the great pics and video!!!

Ooooooh, the ‘FBI’ is getting involved with your spammers? I’d love to see Mr. Holmes’ face when he reads that e-mail! LOL!

I’ve always thought the Purple Lamprey was the most sensitive of Evil World-Dominating Villains. Thanks for confirming my viewpoint.

I think Commenter Anonymously Commenting Allegations (CACA), aka Boring Dull from the mailbag, should find a new reason to live. Knowmesayin’?

*happy dances at Jonas Lives*

Take care!

eddy

Marian
Marian

Hi Joe, thanks again for the pictures and video.

Is it okay to copy the pics of Joe F to JoeFlaniganOnline?? You didnt answer me last week, so I am hoping that I didn’t annoy you too much by copying before asking. Was a bit rude of me.

Susan the tartan turtle – It is almost time for Atlantis series 4 to be shown here in Scotland. Can’t wait – even if Carson is only in 2 episodes. sad

:S I am still waiting for part 2 of Season 3 to be braodcast here in NZ sad I am getting withdrawal symptoms – esp as my dvd player has thrown a hissy fit and not working anymore.

Charles Schneider
Charles Schneider

Are you still experimenting with your creative ice cream flavors? Any recommendations for others with similar culinary aspirations?

allison
allison

Joe,
You spoil us so,
Whenever you are near,
We all go ‘Oh*’,
Joe.
*[swoon/sigh]
My poem for yo…u.
>_>
I think Sept. 18 should be declared a national holiday so that I can spend the whole day watching ‘A.D.B.’. Do you think that you could use your awesome powers of sway and flux to grant your humble minion this tiny wish? grin

And although I am happy for a post today, I am not surprised. Evil never takes a day off. Bwahahahahahaa!!!
[cue wind machines and lightning effects]

Jonas…I miss Jonas. *sniffles* I can see it now: Suddenly, there was a loud fracture-of-space-time-ness sound behind them and as Sheppard turned, he found himself face-to-face with a young man snacking on a jell-O pudding cup.
CARTER: …Jonas?

Brilliant! >D

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi Joe!

Excited about the future (24 days and counting!)…but thinking about the past (sort of…). Freud once said, sometimes a banana is just a banana…. Was wondering, in your humble opinion, if fishing was just fishing?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Joe,
Seeing as you’ve wrapped Harmony (or I assume that you did before the long weekend) can you share a bit more about Widgeon Park? Paradise Lost was shot there as well, wasn’t it?
Do you access it via Pitt Meadows/Pitt Lake or the Coquitlam area?
I’ve been around Pitt Lake numerous times, but it just doesn’t quite match to the episode. Thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do the actors (and crew) like going to locations, especially if it’s in a wilderness area? Or during a long day(s) shoot, do they feel they just have endure it?

Jedi
Jedi

Hi Joe more great location pics.

Just one quick question
Will we ever get to see Sheppard use the stick fighting skills he’s acquired from Teyla, other then just sparring? Some sort of real life/life or death situation where he has to fight to survive?