I returned to work to find not one but two director’s cuts AND a final mix awaiting me. Kudos to Joel Goldsmith on his terrific score for This Mortal Coil. This one is really special. Andy’s director’s cut of Midway is a lot of fun and chock full of action. Watch the big guys throw down and mete out some serious punishment with the big guns (and their equally big fists). Meanwhile, Will did a masterful job on Harmony. I LOVE this episode. I can’t say enough great things about Jodelle Ferland’s performance. Her interactions with the boys is both hilarious and touching.
Concerning the leaked episodes debacle… Yeah, sending out the rough cuts was a “major oversight” but, to be fair, SciFi was sending out those press kits as part of their ongoing efforts to promote the show’s upcoming premiere. Also, Mark Stern and co. have been nothing short of great this year, showing us a lot of creative support throughout a sometimes bumpy run. So, regardless of how thing shake out in the end, we really do appreciate all of the time and effort they put into helping make this Atlantis‘s best season yet. Also, to all those who don’t know yet – SciFi Channel will be broadcasting season 4 in HD! Trust me – the show will look that much better this year!
As for Lulu – well, when the doctor told us to keep her as inactive as possible (to avoid tearing her stitches), I really hadn’t factored in one key fact: she’s a three and a half month old puppy who wants to play ALL THE TIME! Fortunately, the Elizabethan collar she’s now wearing helps a lot in that it keeps her from bumping into things and reaching toys that could get her worked up, plus offers the added bonus of creeping out the other dogs to the extent that they steer well clear of her whenever she ambles into the room. Unfortunately, the collars are a bit of pain because, by denying her access to her doggy bowl, they have forced us to hand feed her as the only viable alternative. Yep, she’s (even more) spoiled. Also, since we can’t have her running around at night with the other pugs, she gets to sleep on the bed with us. And the only way to keep her from wandering around on the bed is to cradle her until she eventually falls asleep. That’s my job. For the next four weeks, I get to spoon a French bulldog given to stretching out her razor-sharp paws in the middle of the night. Can’t wait until next week when Fondy heads to Vegas for the pet show and I get to bring conehead to work with me.
Today’s pics: Goodies from the Art Department.
Today’s video: Click on the date for a video of quick clip of one of the aforepictured goodies in action.
Today’s mailbag –
Tess writes: “Will there be an Atlantis panel at the 2008 Comic Con in New York?”
Answer: Not that I know of. To be honest, the San Diego Comic Con is easier for us because it takes place on the West coast. New York is a little trickier.
Charles Schneider writes: “Did you ever get to read the Dr.’s stand alone TPB “Doom”?”
Answer: Have it. Have yet to read it.
MajorSamFan writes: “If there’s a season five, do you foresee the Nox ever deciding to visit the Pegasus Galaxy?”
Answer: It’s unlikely.
Vaberella writes: “Have you ever read anything from Octavia Butler?”
Answer: Yes. In my mind, she was one of the most accomplished of science fiction writers and definitely in my top 5.
ZoniDuck writes: “Hypothetically speaking, if a person had… access to the leaked episodes, but had not downloaded them yet, and said imaginary person (who allegedly does not have a Nielsen box) were trying to be strong and wait until 9/28 (despite the fact that everyone and their mother is squeeing and flinging spoilers around), could you offer some words of encouragement, and explain the reasons why watching a rough cut of the episodes is a horrible, awful idea?”
Answer: Well, if this hypothetical person was, hypothetically speaking, going to hypothetically watch the downloaded version anyway, I would suggest they watch the September 28th premiere on SciFi so that they can be surprised and blown away by the unexpected – story, revelations, visual effects – and then check out the rough cut in their possession as a sort of behind-the-scenes/in-the-making featurette to give them a better appreciation of what goes into the making of a given episode.
Anonymous #1 writes: “ever read the works of Harry Turtledove or any alternate history novels?”
Answer: I started Sentry Peak earlier this year.
Elizabeth writes: “1) Any Jack and Sam moments in Stargate Continuum? 2) What happened to the little girl in Sateda? Did she survive? Does Ronon have any children? 3) Who is going to be in season five? Is O’Neill going to be in season five?”
Answers: 1) Yes, they are in scenes together. 2) She survived and was placed with another off-world community the Satedans did trade with. Ronon has no children. 3) No idea.
Horse N. Buggy writes: “Obviously, Nielson ratings are the big ticket item determining ratings. But for those of us without a magic box, does it help for us to buy episodes on iTunes?”
Answer: Good iTunes sales would certainly go a long way toward confirming to MGM that a fifth season would be a great idea.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Will love be a factor this season?”
Answer: I’m not sure what you mean by “a factor” but certainly love will influence a story or two this upcoming season.
Jenny Robin writes: “I have ordered extra copies of Hogfather and Excession for the store. If it’s ok with you, I’m going to place them on one of our “Staff Recommends” displays with a little snippet on how you are recommending these for your blog book club.”
Answer: Sure thing although, technically, I’m not recommended the books because I have yet to read them myself. Wouldn’t want to get angry readers beating down our doors.