Well, given the flash hailstorm that pounded Burnaby today (catching Marty G. and I on our way to post to finish cutting Harmony) I think I’ll declare Summer officially over. Though, to be fair, it seems as though it slipped out the back several weeks ago when no one was looking. Now, we can look forward to rainy days, early nights, and that great grey limbo known as the end of season hiatus. Atlantis premieres in less than two weeks and despite the fact that the latest research suggests DVR use is impacting our ratings by as much as 22%, I’m feeling confident. Both SciFi and MGM are gearing up their promotion machines and the episodes we‘ve finished are looking great. Yep. Confident. Not overly, but quietly so. Still, just in case, I’d like each of you to find a friend with a Nielsen box and go watch the show at their place. Make it worth their while. Bring cookies (preferably the chewy kind without raisins)!
Oh, and speaking of promotions, I see by my site meter stats that this blog is slowly inching toward its 500 000th visit. Wow, we’ve come a long way from last December when I would average 25-50 visits a day, most of them me checking in to find out whether anyone had left me a comment. Now, it’s more like 4 000+. And I’d like to thank the following for making it happen: Aloysius P. Hazzencockle, Percival H. Lintmuffin, Baron Destructo, Margaret Quibble, Agent Wexler, Merton Castrati, Helena Krumpett Fullbottom, and, of course, Cookie Monster for their tireless work and significant contributions. Oh, and the fans. To mark the 250 000th visit, I gave away a box of unofficial flocking from the set of Stargate Continuum. That’ll be hard to top that, but I’ll see what I can come up with in the coming week. Damn. I now regret throwing out those gelatinous red stick-on pustules that Colonel Vaselov was stricken with in Lockdown. Hmmm. Maybe a vial of sand from the season finale, The Last Man, would be appropriate. Or maybe a French Bulldog.
Yeah, Lulu was back at work today to everyone’s delight (except mine). She tends to wander so I have to keep my office door shut, effectively assuming a self-imposed exile for the duration of her stay. On the occasions I do step out to, say, grab lunch, she will wait at the door and bat at the glass to elicit sympathy from passers-by, making noises eerily similar to the gremlins in that gremlin movie with all of the gremlins. What was it called? I left her with Tanya, our production coordinator, while I was down at post and returned an hour later only to find out that the gals from accounting had absconded with her. I tracked them back to their trailer where Lulu had spent the past half hour endearing herself to the team, and subsequently squandered that goodwill by taking a dump in their office. Only three more days!
Today’s blog is dedicated to the late Robert Jordan, Pam’s son Steven, and Martin Gero who complained because I dedicated yesterday’s blog entry to editor Rick Martin for putting up with a gassy French bulldog but overlooked him even though he was in the room as well.
In closing, I’d like to echo Paul’s sentiments and sincerely hope O.J. can hunt down the real Casino robber.
Today’s pics: What pics?
Today’s video: Click on the date for a video of a Genii under fire.
Over to the Q&A –
Tanya writes: “Is there any moments where she will feel vulnerable…or guilty?”
Dani writes: “Hopefully I will still have enough time to finish before you start your discussion on it. When do you plan on that being exactly (so I know how quickly I need to read)?”
Answer: Next week, but you can chime in any time after Monday.
Morjana writes: “Would you happen to know how many episodes Dr. Z will be in this year?”
Answer: Sorry, I don’t have the exact episode count. However, episode count aside, Zelenka will be featured more this season than any other.
Joshua Meyers writes: “If i had a spec script or a pitch on a ‘Stargate movie’- not entirely related to either sg-1 or sga, would i be allowed to pitch the idea or would that still be prohibited?”
Answer: Sorry. Still prohibited.
Paula writes: “I had to laugh in sympathy to your Lulu clean-up duties as that’s what I got to do yesterday. Except mine was of the non-pee variety and not very easy to clean up, either.”
Answer: Mine was the, uh, non-pee variety as well.
Atlantisfannew1 a ecrit: “ 1)Vous �tes triste que le tournage de la saison 4 va bientot se terminer? 2)Quel son vos bonbon pr�f�r�s? 3)Pourquoi avoir appell� votre chi�nne Lulu?”
Reponses: 1) Pas vraiment. 2) Chocolat noir (Amedei Chuao). 3) C’est le nom que Fondy a choisi.
FargateOne writes: “Les chaînes de tv me semble produire de plus en plus de séries tv fondées sur des histoires de paranormal, de spritisme,de revenants et de vampires au lieu de bons scénarios de science-fiction? Est-ce purement une question d’argent, la sci-fi coûte-elle trop chère à créer?”
Answer: I’ll respond in English. The reason why you see more “spec” fiction than science fiction on television is because, yes, science fiction is prohibitively more expensive. It is also considered a very narrow genre that only appeals to a certain audience whereas speculative fiction shows (like Heroes and the upcoming Moonlight) offer a broader audience appeal.
Cheeky Lil Devil writes: “Have you ever had a fanboy moment?”
Answer: Back at my first Comic Con, I met and chatted with comic book writer Mark Waid. That was pretty cool.
Anonymous #1 writes: “As much as you might dis like Creation versus GateCon. Would you show up to the con for the Fans sake? or the Gate World dinner?”
Answer: GateCon? Sure.