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I answered my cell phone today to a low, southern drawled: “Ah luuv yoou tooo.“ What the hell? It took me a couple of seconds to realize who it was – none other than Don S. Davis, General Hammond himself. He‘d been tipped off (by blog regular Gilder) to what I’d said about him in my previous blog entry and wanted to touch base. It’s always great hearing from my fellow gourmand. Apparently, 2007 was a busy year for him (which is great to hear), and he’s now enjoying some much-needed downtime. Hopefully, once things settle down for both Fondy and I, we’ll be able to get together with him and Ruby for another culinary excursion.

Hey, check out who also dropped by the offices today (pictured above). As with most people, turns out he’s a lot shorter in real life. And stickier.

Well, given the stats at both my wordpress and blogger sites, it looks like this blog will welcome its one millionth visitor some time this weekend (I‘m guessing late Sunday). As with previous milestones, I’d like to do something special to commemorate the event. Past landmark winners have enjoyed such memorable prizes as Ark of Truth flocking, Last Man sand, SG-1dvd’s, and a virtual dinner. So how to top that? Well, after giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to award the next fortuitous fan (the first person to comment after the one millionth visit) not one but TWO special prizes. For starters, the lucky winner will be immortalized onscreen by having a character named after them in an upcoming episode. Whether it’s the frazzled technician manning the console, the irritating off-world ambassador with the hidden agenda, or the wraith with the heart of gold – it will be a momentous addition to the Stargate canon; one that will surely be savored, from the character’s awkward introduction to his/her bizarre and untimely demise at show’s end. And, in addition to making Stargate history, the lucky winner will also receive a Stargate 10th Anniversary Watch (pictured being displayed by the consistently photogenic Marty G.). Not only does it tell time, but it is a snazzy accessory AND bludgeoning weapon.

Hey, we had butter chicken for lunch today. “Who cares?”you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you who cares – Carl Binder. He’d cares. A lot. And so, I’ve included a snap of the aforementioned dish for our buddy in L.A.. Carl, eat your heart out (which, I’m sure you’ll bitterly admit, is no substitute for butter chicken).

Today’s blog is dedicated to everyone who instructed me on how to disable snap previews.

Today’s mailbag:

Jenny R. writes: “Do your dogs like wearing sweaters, halloween costumes, etc., or do they run around desperately trying to get it off of them?”

Answer: The pugs are miserable dressed up, but Lulu seems to enjoy modeling some of those ridiculous outfits. She’s a bit of a diva I guess.

Amyfo writes: “Just picked up “The Traveler” by John Twelve Hawks today. So far I’m loving it, have you read it?”

Answer: It’s funny you should mention John Twelve Hawks. I’ve had a couple of his books catch my eye but I haven’t invested in any because this is one of those rare occasions where the marketing machine behind an author actually steered me clear of his work. Nothing personal. I can’t judge him as a writer (because I haven’t read his stuff) and I don’t know what kind of person he is. However, I’m pretty sure he’s not the “off the grid” isolationist who only communicates via the internet and untraceable satellite phones – which is what his publisher would have us believe. Rumors of his true identity range from Stephen Hawking to a contemporary Elephant Man. Ultimately, the mysterious persona fabricated for John Twelve Hawks (who, by the way, has purportedly admitted he isn’t an American Indian) reads like a humorless version of Lemony Snicket, so it’s kind of hard to take him all that seriously.

Emily writes: “But I had been wondering how you’d handle critiquing this book if you didn’t like it–same goes with Future Fiction…does it make you uncomfortable to know the editor will read your thoughts on it? Will you censor your critique (if you dislike it, that is), or do you not really care?”

Answer: No, I won’t censor myself. However, as someone who is dealt their fair share of criticism every day, I do recognize the difference between offering an informed opinion and just being a dick. The Crooked Letter, for instance, was clearly not my cup of tea and I confess it had more to do with the sub-genre than any shortcomings in Williams’s abilities as a writer. I found the characters thin but, on the other hand, recognized his skill in creating a complex and colorful world. The Future Fiction collection should be very interesting as I’m sure there will be some stories I’ll love, some that will may to impress and, quite possibly, some I’ll downright hate.

Astrumporta writes: “By the way, I’m Michelle of SCB — using a different name over here.”

Answer: Ah, that makes sense. And who were you on the old blogger site?

Deena writes: “Back to SGA, if you had to pick one episode out of the second half of season 4 as your favorite, which would it be?”

Answer: Probably The Last Man. I enjoy this type of story.

PG15 writes: “One last thing…and this is kind of awkward, because I don’t want to be a nag, but, uh, remember that thing that I won? You know the, uh, Stargate SG1 things? The, you know…DVDs and such? Any news on that?”

Answer: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Ha ha! Just kidding! As I mentioned way back when, I only had seasons 1-9. I may be able to get my hands on 10, but not before the start of production. So expect your package in early March.

RangerOne writes: “All I have seen so far is Larrin. A cliched, comedic relief, eye candy of a character that has shown not one bit of leadership skill and only been used to make Sheppard look bad. I have to say this is by far the biggest disappointment so far this season…”

Answer: Hey, if that’s been your biggest disappointment this year, then I’d say we’re doing pretty well!

RangerOne also writes: “ I also am waiting for the long story-arcs that are developed intelligently and logically instead of a brief mention here and a brief mention there and all of a sudden trying to tie it up in one episode.”

Answer: Neither Stargate has ever been a space opera, so while we do develop arcs over the course of a season, you won’t see us telling long, multi-episode stories. Also, story-arcs are generally tied up in one episode. The last one.

RangerOne also writes: “It is unbelievable to me that an alliance just majically appears in the span of a day or so.”

Answer: The alliance was created for the purposes of attacking the replicator home world, so time was of the essence. Atlantis already had a pre-established relationship with both Todd and the travelers, so it isn’t that hard to believe that they were able to convince them to participate in the op.

Alipeeps writes: “Sooo.. Against a Dark Background. What did you think?”

Answer: I’ve enjoyed all four of the Iain M. Banks books I have read. Against A Dark Background was great but, given the fact that he surprised me with Consider Phlebas, Use of Weapons, and Player of Games, I was able to predict the ending.

Himawari writes: “Todd told Sheppard that it was known among the Wraith that Dr McKay had fiddled with the replicator’s base code. Does it means that the Wraith know about McKay’s mastery of it?”

Answer: It means that some of them certainly do.

Shiningwit writes: “Just watching SG1 episode “Revision”. was it shot on set or on location? and is it the same as Atlantis episode “Irresponsible”?”

Answer: Yep.

Yasmin writes: “I have a question for you, does Fondy watch SG1/SGA? Is she interested in sci-fi? Do you ever run ideas past her or reserve it for your work mates?”

Answer: Fondy does enjoy scifi but hasn’t watched either SG1 or SGA. When it comes to story ideas or impasses, I usually defer to my fellow writers.

Joe Abercrombie writes: “Nice post, Paul. I wonder what Joe would think of it? Interested to see what you make of Name of the Wind, by the way, as commercially Rothfuss seems to have knocked the arse out of me and Lynch put together, at least in the US.”

Answer: But I’m sure you have the upper hand on your home turf. What we need is a neutral location for the tie-breaker. How are sales in Kuala Lumpur?

Shelsfc writes: “I’m trying to get into anime, but I know absolutely nothing about it!! Have you got any recommendations for a newbie?”

Answer: Cowboy Bebop.

Elizabeth writes: “I just read Fast Forward 1 in four hours! When do I leave the review?”

Answer: In a little over a month.

Vduchess writes: “I was wondering what you thought of German cuisine and if you had a favorite dish?”

Answer: Carl Binder and I went on a schnitzel tour of Vancouver last year so, yeah, I’d have to go with schnitzel.

Elizabeth also writes: “ Through a time anomaly, Sheppard winds up 10,000 years in the future and finds both a solar-blasted Earth…”

Answer: A solar-blasted Earth? He does?

AnneTeldy writes: “ Since you didn’t like my last contest idea, I’ve come up with another one: the winner gets his/her name — not a walk-on role; just the name — used for an off-camera character on the show.”

Answer: I’ve done you one better…

248 thoughts on “January 15, 2008: A Southern Caller, A Viscous Visitor, A Peachy Prize, and Butter Chicken.

  1. Ooooh, very exciting prize! Although I’m not sure I’d be able to lift my arm while wearing that watch and my last name can be a bit of a mouthful. But alas, what are the odds of winning twice? Seriously, someone who reads this blog should be able to figure that out. And PG15, you winning twice doesn’t really count as your 2nd prize was won not out of luck, but out of a freakish knowledge of Joe’s blog. 😉

    -Emily

  2. Good choice on recommending Cowboy Bebop to an anime newbie. That was the first anime my boyfriend (and now husband) got me to watch when we first started dating in college. Still remains one of the few anime that I do watch. Have you ever seen a series called Orphen? It was pretty short lived, I think only two seasons. The second season varies vastly from the first and really, only the first one is worth watching, but it’s still an entertaining show nonetheless.

  3. Thanks for answering my question. One WHOLE month? Oh.

    The solar-blasted Earth is from a TV Guide article (which I had typed out and posted). They probably got it wrong (like how they put that there were Nazi’s in Continuum) but I was just posting the article in case somebody didn’t get the magazine.

    The millionth visitor prizes sounds really cool. I bet I’ll miss it again. Yes, I’m a pessimist. Last time I was out of town so I didn’t have a computer.

  4. Oh boy! Am I first? the blog count is usually so far off, i’m probably not …

    Anyway, re: that first photo of poor Thor. Did Dr. Fraiser reincarnate and stop by the production offices? ‘Cause it sure looks like Thor has been catheterized … and who knew the Asgard even had urethras? :-0

    Just got started on ‘Children of the Night’. I’ll have to read fast to get all three books in this month …

  5. I am excited about the millionth visitor contest. It occurred to me the other day that I don’t think I have ever seen a cook on Atlantis. People walk around with trays of food and eat, but where is the person who makes it? Or maybe I have just missed this, probably because the person isn’t important.

    Perhaps a story about some food borne pathogen that affects Atlantis personnel in some weird and dangerous way that, unfortunately, causes the untimely death of said cook, but fortunately gives the team a heads up in time to solve the problem.

    Just a thought in case I should win, I think my name is suitable for a cook character, or perhaps a harried scientist as a second choice.

  6. They might have meant ‘a solar-blasted -insert name of Atlantis’ new home planet-‘, in the TV guide article.

  7. Glad you got the situation of snap preview sorted!

    Well thanks to your recommendation Joe, I’ve watched ‘Grave of the fireflies’. I’ve never ventured into anime but this was a very intriguing film. As a mother I found that the portrayal of little Setsuko amazing, she had all the mannerisms of a child that most animation films do not portray. He was very precise, his attention to detal extraordinary. (loved the sound of the fruitdrop in her mouth). Each frame of the animation was a piece of art in itself. Ironically two days later SBS showed it on television with dubbed American voices. Awful… thank God I got it with subtitles.

    Ok.. nice watch but how does one tell the time with it?

  8. OK – I’ll bite. What the hell is “butter chicken”? Some restaurants around these parts (north Alabama/south central TN) feature “butter roll” which is essentially a very yeasty sweet ‘n greasy dessert item. “Butter chicken” has to be that and more…

    PS The Asgard looks a little under the weather.

  9. //Elizabeth also writes: “ Through a time anomaly, Sheppard winds up 10,000 years in the future and finds both a solar-blasted Earth…”

    Answer: A solar-blasted Earth? He does?//

    That was from the latest edition of TV Guide (US) – dont’ know if the canuck edition has the same scifi cover or not.

  10. 1. [sigh] I just can’t win! [perks up] Did you maybe get the idea from me or [sad again] was it the prize you always had in mind?

    2. As to the first 3 pictures: I’m sorry, but that looks like an Asgard sex doll which makes Mr. Gero’s expression rather… uhm… creepy.

    Anne Teldy

  11. How many eps will Rachel Luttrell be in during the back half of season 4 (not including BAMSR, or SoW)?

  12. Hey guys… I’m sure that what you’re doing to Thor is actually illegal in ten of the fifty states.

    Thor doesn’t go to first base on the first date, so put the little guy back in his box and leave him alone. Or at least buy him dinner first.

    But can this mean…the Asgard are having a reunion?

    Hell if the Spice Girls can why not the Asgard?

    See I asked a sensible…ish question.

    Pauline

  13. Aww man, those are actually really exciting prizes! (not that virtual dinner with you isn’t 😉 ) Alas, I’m leaving for the Bahamas quite early tomorrow morning and won’t be back until late Saturday night. Hopefully your awesome prizes won’t entice too too many extra comments because I definitely want to try my hand at winning that. Expect lots of asinine comments over the next few days…you know, ones not unlike this.

    Wish me luck at the Bahamian casinos!

    -Seren

  14. I have to wonder if I was the only person who read “A Viscous Visitor” and thought, “He’s got typos in his blog header!” Then I found out that you really did mean viscous, which I guess is good, because I suppose a vicious visitor would be bad (although it depends on how you feel about viciousness versus viscosity).

    As with most people, turns out he’s a lot shorter in real life.
    Actually, I find that most people are taller in real life. That might have something to do with my height (shorter than Rachel Luttrell–that’s all I’ll say).

    Now here’s a contest I really want to win: one that will surely be savored, from the character’s awkward introduction to his/her bizarre and untimely demise at show’s end!

    When I win, you’d better spell my name correctly and make sure the cast say it right!

  15. Wow! This prize sounds pretty darn awesome! Can’t wait to see who’s the millionth visitor!

    I did have a question though. Have you ever seen Hogan’s Heroes? My friend, who loves shows that are old or british (and if they’re old and british, that’s just a bonus) recently got me hooked. Care to offer an opinion?

  16. I’m going to just hide here for a little while. Mr. Crazymom has decided to remodel the master bathroom…starting with using a power saw to cut the drywall out around the tile. Being the wise wife I am, I’m just going to bite my tongue and stay away from that room for a while. I did remind him (nicely) that the other bathroom is just on the other side of that wall. He just rolled his eyes.

    I meant to say I really like the new look here, by the way. Very nice. Tasteful, even!

  17. My sister had a pug years ago. At the time we had a pool in the back yard. Poor Bianca “thought” she could swim. She was wrong. She was top heavy and always sank to the bottom pretty fast. Do your dogs have this “top heavy” problem too? Or was my sister’s pug a unique version of the breed?

  18. Ooh, I love the prizes! *crosses fingers*

    As for John Twelve Hawks, I hadn’t heard anything about the author. I just meandered around the store looking at random books until I found one that peaked my interest. I find that when I know too much about a book or the author my excitement for the story dwindles.

  19. Thats a really great price package you have there I wish everyone the best of luck!

    I watched the preview of Quarantine I was freaking out when Shepard was dangling from the outside of Atlantis I was clawing my seat wondering how he got there cant wait to find out.

  20. Joe,

    A fun fact for Wednesday, January 16th….

    January 16th is Appreciate A Dragon Day!

    Nope, not kidding.

    http://www.dragonkeeper.us/author/events/aadd/main.shtml (This is the website of an author I read).

    and, one more…
    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/wftwarch.pl?011606

    Oh, and while I’m here – Joe – would you please dp everything you can to bring Torri back as the real Elizabeth Weir in Season 5? Regular cast member – ally, not enemy.

    Hmmmm, okay I think that’s it.

    Thank you,
    SMB_BOOKS
    SEW Crew Member
    http://www.saveelizabethweir.com

  21. A character named after the winner….that is a great idea! I guess I am going to have to come up with enough questions to post thru Sunday.

    Becky

  22. Best. Prize. Ever! I’m officially changing my name by deed poll to Lady Regina Gertrude McTwaddleson on the one in a gazillion chance I win.

    I hope you mean the person’s actual name and not their internet handle though, because if someone has to yell for Major WeirSheppardLovers4Eva, it may seem…odd.

  23. Dear Joe,

    Are we going to see the tria, the wraith cruiser from Submersion, or Ori ships in the back half of season four or early season 5?

    thanks buddy

  24. I was wondering that last picture was. And here I thought it was some werid alien-type disks you guys had laid out on the table.

  25. Thor’s eyes–they don’t really follow me everywhere I go. It must be some strange Åsgard trait.

    And for PG15…I don’t think you should have to wait until March to get your DVDs. Perhaps if you were to come up with a persuasive poem or song, Joe might be coerced into steppin’ up the pace a notch.

    Even if he is not persuaded, you would still be providing me with free entertainment. What do you say?

  26. *tries not to laugh*

    Um, Thor (or Heimdall or Freyr or whatever his name is) looks like a blow-up doll. The wires and straps look like a dog-collar and leash.

    And I should probably stop there…

    Got any recs for good Vietnamese in Vancouver? I’m partial to the Pho – the beef noodle soup – myself.

  27. I’m sorely tempted to ask what Hermiod is doing with a urinary catheter; but, umm … nevermind. – Wow, did you see the blue duck that just walked across your homepage? Weird!

    Mr. Davis sounds like a really nice person with a good sense of humor, which is probably obligatory for being a regular on a Stargate show. I always enjoyed when Gen. Hammond got the chance to subtly but unmistakably put the ever-opinionated O’Neill in his place. (I like O’Neill, too, but those scenes are still funny.)- Always nice to hear from friends you haven’t talked to in a while.

    – A snazzy accessory *and* bludgeoning weapon?! Fantastic! But that band looks guy-sized… (guess a jeweler could take care of that if necessary, right?) It wouldn’t be so cool to be just about to bludgeon someone, only to have the watch do a 180 on your wrist. Still, the Stargate symbol on the face is very nifty; and it’s exceptionally nice that with the character-naming concept, you’ve put together a couple of very memorable prizes for the lucky winner. 😀

  28. So, Asgard in the office… Care to enlighten us on this close encounter with one of our favorite (Yet sadly passed on) little grey friends?

  29. I hope I win the contest! I want a character named after me. If I do win, can she be a love interest for someone? I think that would rock! I’m gonna keep posting!

  30. Ok, why was Thor hanging around. Would there be any plans afoot to have the him return in even a short cameo? Here’s hoping!

  31. It’s been a long time since I commented. Just wanted to say hi. Also, I loved Spoils of War, and I loved the quiet little scene between Lorne and Teyla. It was really understated and sweet, and gave insight into Teyla’s state of mind regarding her feelings toward being pregnant, and into Lorne’s solid, steady character. Why did the writer choose Lorne for that conversation, when they seem to have had so little interaction in the past?

    Also, I’ve been watching pirated on the web TV lately (I refuse to go to nbc.com, cbs.com etc. as long as they keep calling playing tv on the web “promotions” while making me watch viagra ads. But I watch SGA live. Because I like your blog so much. I digress.) I hope those jerks who put up Ark of Truth get sued. Oh man, I’m such a hypocrite. Anyways, do you think there’s any chance the culprits will be found? And how pissed are the producers writers etc. about it?

  32. Nice prize, Joe. Although for a second there I thought you were going to award Thor. That is Thor, right? That would be some serious shipping charges, I’d imagine. 😉

    Any idea when we can expect Sci-Fi’s official press release on the season 5 cast?

  33. So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I’m a relatively new fan of SG-1 and SGA (watched all 10 seasons of SG-1 from start to finish in a four week period). I live in Seattle but travel to Vancouver occasionally & will definitely try some of your culinary & dining recommendations. Do you have any favorite places to eat in the Emerald City?

  34. Yesterday, Emily said:

    I blame it on the rain. ‘Cause the rain don’t mind. [No, I will not admit to owning that cassette…it was my sister’s!!! Honest!!!!]

    Emily, you must overcome denial if you’re to progress. It’s all for your own good … honest… *hehe*

    anon, good nurse

  35. Ooh, spectacular prize! I’m gonna have stop lurking so much and comment like crazy. I really wanna get my hands on one of those watches…but even moreso would absolutely LOVE to have a character with my name! Totally cool.

    Great pics today, although I wasn’t sure if that was Thor and pumpkin pie or if butter chicken looked suspiciously like an Asgard.

  36. You know, you could swap those pics of Marty and the little grey guy over for the Roswell autopsy ones, and the conspiracy theory dudes will never know the difference!!!

    I’m gonna congratulate the millionth visitor now, as I guarantee I won’t be the one.

    Butter chicken is delish, but I like spicier Indian curries like Madras or Korma. Vindaloo is great, but you do pay for it next day!

    two days to go…happy happy joy joy!

  37. Ok those prizes are officially very cool. That watch though, I am unsure I would be able to wear it and still walk upright 😀

    Just a question:

    With the alliance, among other things won’t it have been a complete confirmation of the continued existence of Atlantis and therefore the gate to the new feeding ground? Or did I miss the episode where they told the wraith the city was still around and received a pat on the back in return. Also how safe is it to have a Wraith out there that knows the location of the city? I like Todd quite a bit but they cannot possibly be taking it on faith that he won’t share the information and the team did not seem to have done anything to ensure its secrecy. Did they have some sort of contingency that we just did not hear of on screen?

    So yes two (many) questions. But actually I’m just in it for the prize 😀

    Have a good day,

    -Liamar13

  38. Joe

    What an excellent idea.. To be immortalized in Science Fiction.. To have one’s name in an actual episode .. Wow man you are cool. Great idea. Another example of your brillance coming forward`again.. Love it..

    Dori

  39. That Asgard doll, did anyone violate it?
    Hahah.. the picture looks so wrong

    Martin Gero probably cuddles up to it every night 😀

  40. Hey Joe!

    Wait a tick, Thor…visiting you in a box? What did he do, sneak into Mitchell’s suitcase on the Odyssey and smuggle himself to Earth? I never thought Thor would go by such means. 🙂

    But seriously, why is Thor in your possession, if it doesn’t create spoilers? 😛

    – Enzo Aquarius

    PS – Will definitely be coming by this weekend! The ‘contest’ sounds great!

  41. I love the new look, almost as much as the old blog. Spoils of War was fantastic, can’t wait to see more.
    Have you ever read The First Immortal? Not my favorite novel, but it has stuck with me for years.

  42. I just wanted to give you some praise — I was among the many who hated the idea of Samantha Carter coming to Atlantis. I wanted to like her (hello? a smart woman in a man’s world!) but I just couldn’t do it — everything about her annoyed me and I actually stopped watching SG-1 for a time because I disliked her character *so* much….

    I have to admit now that I was wrong — I’m not finding Sam as annoying as I did when she was on SG-1, and I’ve even had moments of gleeful love for the character — when she put the smackdown on Ellis for treating Rodney badly, I actually cheered out loud!

    Thank you for making me like Carter — I’ve wanted to for so long, and I think she’s making a nice addition to the team. 😉

  43. heee! don davis sounds like fun!

    i see i am not the only one to think the cables on that first picture make it look a little too much like catheterization…

    oh, that sounds like a fun prize! my last name would be pretty silly on the show, but a bludgeoning watch!!! wheeee!

    here’s hoping carl has a source for butter chicken in lalaland…

  44. Wow! You’re really making the prizes better each 250,00th visit! (Not that any prize was bad. PG15 seemed to love that flocking!)

    You said yesterday that people get you and Paul mixed up. I’m a twin, so we’re always mixed up. You get used to it. 🙂

  45. re on the southerners being on Atlantis!! I forsee a great idea in the making!!! ok on a more serious note! I think Michael Shanks did the voice overs for the Asgard? right? do you use the voice overs for the Asgard on Atlantis? thanks for listening.

  46. Ooh, nice prize Joe, I can’t wait to see who wins and how the name is incorporated. Will it be the name they comment with, or one of the winners choosing?

    I was also wondering, could you tell me who the actor was in Spoils of War who played the main male Wraith (the one who reported directly to the Queen and had some gill-like things on his neck)?

  47. I meant to do this for a really long time, but I read in the Toronto Sun that Martin Gero’s movie “Young People Fucking” was named one of the top ten best Canadian movies in 2007. Tell him congrats from us, please.

  48. {snip}
    For starters, the lucky winner will be immortalized onscreen by having a character named after them in an upcoming episode. Whether it’s the frazzled technician manning the console, the irritating off-world ambassador with the hidden agenda, or the wraith with the heart of gold – it will be a momentous addition to the Stargate canon; one that will surely be savored, from the character’s awkward introduction to his/her bizarre and untimely demise at show’s end.
    {snip}

    that’s beyond cool! i guess that this will be the persons real name?

  49. Well, since the Red Wings are losing to Atlanta right now (BIG TIME), I decided to stop by your blog earlier than I usually do. *sigh* I can’t believe how bad they’re losing. Anyway……

    That’s so cool that Don called you. Nice of Gilder to tip him off. Don seems like the nicest guy. He and Michael Shanks are going to be at a convention together that’s not that far away from us. I’d love to go. I’ve heard that both Michael and Don are really fun at cons. *crossing fingers* that I can make it.

    I had a feeling Lulu was enjoying herself. She seemed to have this proud (look what I just got) look about her. Very cute!

    Love the pictures of the short and sticky gray guy. Makes me miss Thor – a lot!

    Take care,
    danielfanforever

  50. Have you seen the anime “Samurai Champloo”? If you liked Cowboy Bebop, you’d like Samurai Champloo – it’s done by the same creator/director. It’s pretty awesome because a) artistically it’s beautiful, b) interesting plot, and b) there are some really funny scenes.

  51. Fantastic prize Joe! would the named character be from the winners country of origin? would be good to see some flags from Down Under….
    Speaking of which – who decides on which flag patches to use on an Extra’s uniform? Have any been vetoed/changed by yourself or your fellow producers?

    What is the one thing you would change about any of your episodes (dialogue/production/location etc)that you wish had never been done/done differently to the way they were?

  52. I looked up butter chicken and Sweet Lord, it looks tasty! I’m making it my homework to prepare it for dinner tomorrow night. We’ll see how that goes…

    anon, good nurse said:
    Emily, you must overcome denial if you’re to progress. It’s all for your own good … honest… *hehe*

    Girl, you know it’s true. 🙂

    -Emily

  53. That’s the best prize ever. Really and truly. Too bad I never win anything. Ah, well. We will all covet the prize from afar and then cheer when the winner’s character appears onscreen.

    Maybe a half-hearted cheer, but a cheer nonetheless.

    Okay, okay. We’ll all cheer. 😀

    Actually, I’ve always thought that naming characters would be awesome. When I was little I kind of wanted to be the person who named all the streets in new subdivisions. They would be themed, you know? I once lived on Scarlett O’Hara, with Rhett Butler the next street over. It was inconsequential, but oddly fun. Now I name inanimate ojects in my position, like my car (Bertie). It’s a fun way to use all those names you like but would never inflict on a child.

  54. and yuuuuummmmmmm! butter chicken! I’m with Carl, I love that stuff!! now I know just what I will be having for dinner tonight ….. I think I’ve got some chicken in the freezer …..

  55. No Fair! I came in ready to give my 3 cents worth on Crooked Letter, only to be jolted by the photos of a tortured Asgard, a watch that would have looked big on Andre the Giant, and finally what you claim is a chicken dish. I could cope with that, but then you brought up the matter of prizes. I have to admit, my higher brain functions have pretty much shut off, I’m drooling in envy of the eventual winner, and I’m forcing myself to promise not to post more than twice a day, and then only if someone makes a comment I feel I need to respond to. Though with the weekend off, I could just stay online…
    Sorry for that. About the Crooked Letter. It’s not a book I’d have picked up normally, especially in hardback. And I found the opening chapters dull reading. There wasnt anything about the characters, especially Hadrian, that made me empathise with them, or even feel as if they were real. Things started improving once the perspective switched over to Seth though. I guess a peak into even a fictional afterlife has a certain fascination. And it was a bit easier to feel something for someone who had just been murdered and found himself in literally hellish conditions.
    The reading was easier as explanations were finally given to what was happening to the characters, and the world. I give the author credit for his ambitous scope. Literally apocolpytic in scope, and with a heavy infusion of mythological and legendary references. I also found the descriptons of places and things (the Megacity, boat ride to Abbadon) vivid enough for me to visualize, which made it easier to keep reading.
    I did find the ending of the book less than satisfying. After seeming chapters of trying to find a way to stop Yod, going for what seems to be a stalemate solution wasnt very satisfying as a payoff for finishing the book.
    I did find the characters to be rather shallow, and never fleshed out enough for me to become engaged with on any emotional level. I also found the various denizens of the Realms to be confusing at first. Naturally, I didnt check for an appendix which might have helped me keep track better. I also found the “mirror twin” concept less than compelling. Intellectually it seems like a good idea, but I never got a “wow cool” sense from the concept. All in all, an ok read, but I would put reading a sequel on the back burner to a number of other books still sitting on my shelf.
    A quick question. You’ve posted the mailing address to Bridge Studio before. Would you please do so one more time? Thank you.

  56. If I say my name is Rod McKay and win, can we have another episode involving that ‘verse?

  57. Oh, I dare you to actually use someones internet name for your character 😀

    Also, also you guys seem to be doing a variety of very creepy things to that doll. Leave poor Thor alone!

    And for the person who asked what butter chicken was, I can only assume you are joking (you are joking, right?) and I say good on you for running up Joe’s comment meter 😀

    As you can see I too am doing it. So Joe, hows your day been in the couple of hours since you posted this blog? (LOL)

    -Liamar13

  58. Hi Joe,
    Interesting background. While I enjoy it, I’m not sure it gives off the “evil persona” feel like the black back on blogger. Actually, it reminds me of a menu design. Did you find a way to turn off those photo snap things? They aren’t showing up any more (for me at least). I found them really annoying too, so I’m not complaining!
    Nice to see Thor, and it’s good to hear Don Davis is doing well. The picture of butter chicken has me wondering though – what is it exactly? From the picture, it looks somewhat like curry chicken.

    ~Rich

  59. Definitely an awesome-sounding prize! 😀

    Unfortunatley, thinking about how cool it would be to have a character named Dr (Capt? Lt?) Wolfen reminded me of your blog entry where you talked about the special effects of This Mortal Coil, and described Werewolf!McKay, which, of course, I realise now didn’t really exist. (Gods, I can be gullible.) So now I am heart-broken — do you know how much that would have rocked my world if Rodney, my fave character, *had* been a werewolf, even temporarily? *Sigh* 🙁

    And you’re in cahoots with my rabbit, Evil Alice, aren’t you? She just stole my headphones while I was distracted with reading your blog …

    ~WolfenM

  60. I must say, that prize is an excellent one.

    Oh, and a question… Have you stopped making ice cream, or have you stopped mentioning it? Just curious.

  61. Hey Joe,

    Since I know you guys are gearing up for production this year, can you tell us if there’s been any word on whether or not another SG1 movie will be filmed along with Atlantis’ production? Since you guys always talk about how producing both SG1 and Atlantis together is so worthwhile, I was wondering if the talked about third movie might be filmed during Atlantis’ production, most likely in the back half of the year?

  62. I came for the Stargate feed, stayed for the foodie love, and was pulled out of lurking by this: “it will be a momentous addition to the Stargate canon; one that will surely be savored, from the character’s awkward introduction to his/her bizarre and untimely demise at show’s end.”

    Seriously? A character named after a fan meeting a bizarre and untimely demise?? Made of huge, plot-rocks of awesome!!

    Lastly, chicken makhani = tasty tasty love.

  63. Now why do I get the feeling that there were some inappropriate jokes being made about the Asgard in those pictures?

    Actually, my real question is: How have things changed since you became the SGA show-runner? Do you find it more enjoyable to be the big-shot with all of the power, or is it just all the more stressful because now you hold more of the responsibility? Afterall, you’d probably get attacked less by fans if you weren’t in charge. Oh, who am I kidding…that’s not true!

  64. Wait a minute………some people are assuming the Asgard in the box is Thor, and some are calling him Hermiod. Who is he(?) really? Or is there just one puppet? Am I being racist to say all Asgard look the same?

  65. Yesterday, iamza said:

    Editors miss so much these days that it read more like the author messed up which character’s POV he was writing and the editors just never caught it.

    Actually, these days it’s quite common among some publishing houses to spend very little time or money to edit a book. A bookseller I know who’s been in the industry for almost 50 years told me that the industry standard – which would include an average publishing house or label – is to spend substantially less time on the editing process than was the custom back in, say, the 50s or 60s. Even since the late 80s (when I started reading adult-level books), I’ve noticed a decline in standards for works of fiction in particular. (Nonfiction usually fares somewhat better.)

    Many competent people are out there who would love to take care of a lot of errors, large or small, that crop up in current publications. They’re having a hard time getting hired, though, since so many publishing firms noticeably tightened their budgets throughout the 90s, as did many other businesses. For all I know, the process continues.

    The author usually has the right of “final approval” before his/her book is published, so in most cases it’s likely that the deadline-pressured author also misses some large goofs, ones left by an editor working under high pressure to make the major changes – that is, if a professional editor works on the manuscript at all.

    Ultimately it’s up to the author to insure there’s a tighter rein on quality control. Literary-minded fans can also help by refusing to buy from publishing houses/labels that are known for turning out a sloppy product. – Books, movies, TV shows: if people are willing to pay to read or watch substandard fare, we’ll keep getting it.

    anon, good nurse

  66. What a fantastic prize. No matter who wins, it will be great to dust off the old DVD player in 20 years (while the kids wrinkle up their noses and exclaim “What’s that?”), show them the episode and say “I remember when Joe announced this as a prize”. I’m sure they will walk off and not ask, What is Stargate? Who is Joe? Why is the cook called Susanthetartanturtle? But it will allow a moment to put your hand to your chin, nod a little and go to a happy place.

    Joe, I was wondering, will we be seeing any new more passive aliens on Atlantis? Most seem to be rather confrontational so far. I realised last night while watching SG1 on Sci Fi that I really miss the Asgard… but not in the same way that you guys do, judging by those photos.

  67. Right,if I win the millionth visitor to your blog, I’m changing my name to Kylie now to implement it. Please name a wraith after me. Wraith Kylie has a great ring to it.

  68. PS: I thought the pic of the butter chicken was what happens to Asgard when they start to get a little demanding.. then cruelly left out on the table as a warning to the others.

  69. Apparently the water pipes were located in a place Mr. Crazymom was not expecting. Luckily the guy who lives across the street is a plumber. Luckily he was home.

    I did not laugh (well, okay, not right away) and I did not say “I told you so” even once!

  70. Joe- My mum told me about your prize and I gotta say, it sounds very exciting. I hope that I’m the lucky winner—although I’m sure that that sentiment is shared by almost everyone else in the stargate fandom!

    And speaking of the fandom, I loved BAMSR as well as SOW and I look forward to the remaining episodes this season! ^_^

  71. I love the idea for the prize Joe, and what luck (if I win that is) I have played a dead person in a HS play.

  72. Bonsoir Joseph,
    Houlala, quel beau prix intéressant, mais je suis pas certaine d’avoir compris la façon que tu vas décider du gagnant: tu vas fonctionner avec les commentaires seulement de ce blog (wordpress) ou également de ceux de bloggers ?

    I dont know why some of you dont understand what is butter chicken, I mean is easy: butter+chicken ! lol

    Morgia

    P.S Tu vois Anaïs je ne te laisse pas tombé, j’écris dans les deux langues officielles de mon pays !! lol

  73. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’m waaaaaaaaaaaay behind on episodes (but catching up rapidly). That said, I want to let you know how much I’m enjoying S4, especially the character and team development. One of my quibbles with S3 was the frequency with which Rodney was treated as a buffoon or the butt of jokes, but this year all of the team members seem closer to one another and more emotionally nuanced in general. Even when they’re fighting or mocking one another I never doubt that they care about one another.

    And this may be blasphemy, but I really like Sam and Keller – Sam in particular is growing into her command in fascinating ways. I loved her interactions with Woolsey, but then I always love Robert Picard. Well played indeed – thank you!

  74. Alas, alack, I ordered Fast Forward from Amazon, and made the mistake of bundling it together with another book and Consider Phlebas in order to get free shipping. They tell me Consider Phlebas is a pre-order (??) and my books won’t ship until March 31. That means I’ll get to read the book, but too late to participate in the discussion. I’m very disappointed.

  75. Any news about cast for season 5 yet? I really hope weir comes back for at least 10 episodes.

  76. Wow, that’s an awesome prize! What if your name happens to be the same as one of the main characters? As you can probably guess from what I go by on the blog, my name is Elizabeth. So say, for discussion sake, that I won the prize, would you really bring in a new character named Elizabeth just to give her an “untimely demise” so close after what has happened with Elizabeth Weir? I realize this wouldn’t appear until season 5, but I still consider that close. Or would you instead have me pick my favorite name or favorite nickname or something? I’m just curious what you would do in that situation.

  77. Butter chicken? Does that have a side of long grain rice? We used to get morgh polo in the caravanserai in Shiraz, wonder if it is similar?

    Nifty prizes, very cool. I rarely win anything, so that’s alright; I’ll be busy as heck Saturday anyway, The Seven Deadly White Elephants and Bad Movie Review (aka my birthday party) is that evening. I do not expect to be conscious Sunday until the proper amount of mimosas have been administered during the Optional Sunday Post-Party Brunch. One hopes I am not allowed to post that weekend. I may give Drunken Shep a run for his money.

    I haven’t worn a watch in over twenty years, I think I’ve forgotten how they work. I cast off the Slave Bracelets of Time long ago. Still, if I needed to bludgeon an intruder or troll, that would definitely be a Weapon of Class Destruction.

    Hogan’s Heroes? Are you kidding me? One of my favorite shows when I was a kid! Yes!

    I don’t know what you’ve done to Thor, but he looks a little blissed out. Must like the leash thingy too much, hmmm?

  78. Joe,
    What gives… if you don’t have time to answer the Q’s do you email answers? I’ll try again…Will you be at April’s STARGATE SG-1/ATLANTIS 2008, VANCOUVER, BC CONVENTION?

    I was so hoping to see my Q in your mailbag answers?

    ;-(

    Patricia

  79. Wow, Joe, what a great prize! What a lucky person. Though I have to say, the way you’re stepping up the prizes here, by your 2 millionth visitor, you’ll have to name a full time character after someone!

    Also, kind of loving the what appears to be duct-taped nerf basketball hoop on the wall behind Martin. Any rousing games lately? Writers verses camera crew, perhaps?

  80. I read Simmons Children of the Night some years ago. At the time at least, he was a local writer, so his book was specially promoted. I’ll be interested to read what you think of it.

    I’ll have to give being 1,000,000 at shot, since I have a very unusual first name. Not unheard of, but rare.

  81. Wow Joe, those are amazing prizes. Good luck to everyone hoping to win! Oh, and would our Asgard friend be visiting for any specific show-related reason? I hope so…I do occasionally miss those little guys.

  82. The turkey sandwich I had today all of a sudden seems much less special. I haven’t had Butter Chicken in ages. Must remedy that.

  83. love the new layout btw. not too much colour to make it obvious to others that I’m reading your blog and not working like I should be…..

  84. Good prize, one that will have everyone who even vaguely finds Stargates north or south of Sunday and east or west of 2010 coming here to comment so I predict you reach the mark sooner.
    DD

  85. I am currently staying at a friend’s house and I’ve been told that we’re having schnitzel for dinner tomorrow, so I am excited!

    You may have answered this before, but are you at all interested in hockey?

    Mary

  86. However, as someone who is dealt their fair share of criticism every day, I do recognize the difference between offering an informed opinion and just being a dick. Heh. You sure do have experience!

    Wow, those prizes are awesome! Excellent choices. It’s a shame I’ll never win, because Riley is a brilliant name (worth every penny I spent on it). I’m very tempted to spam you mercilessly for the next week to try to win, but I’m currently off work sick and haven’t got the strength. Even sitting up to type this is making me sore all over – damn virus.

    Oh, Don S Davis – I love that guy! He was so cool in Twin Peaks … now I’m feeling my age (as well as feverish). I’m gonna go lie down now (and probably have nightmares about sticky, naked Asgards. Thanks.).

  87. Now that’s an interesting set-o-prizes! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. I’ve love to be able to see all the psychic waves of energy being poured into this place as we all vie for positions…
    Oh, and does the watch come in a pocketwatch version so I can have a flail instead of a mace? 😉

    And what’s up with the seemingly Japanese motif on the Asgard container-padding? Is that their secret to remaining calm all the time?

  88. I think there’s going to be a lot of spam on your blog in light of the millionth vistor contest. But what a cool prize! Certainly discouraging my lurking habits. 🙂

  89. Wow that’s one heck of a prize!

    I’ve only been to an Indian restaurant once and I had butter chicken and it was one of the most marvelous things I’ve ever eaten!! Now I want it again…

  90. THOR! BUDDY!!

    So why is he lounging around the offices today? Any big plans coming up for which he is required? A hint of upcoming plot developments?! Spill it Muddy Mae!

    Oh, and I got that oh-so-precious flocking from the Continuum set, as I recall, not Ark of Truth.

    Who cares? Carl Binder…and ME. Yes Joe, I care, deeply, for the Butter Chicken. The stories it could tell, the interesting life it lived before it was murdered for food and buttered. So before you jump to conclusions and think that only Carl Binder cares, remember: PG15 cares about the Butter Chicken…as well, deeply.

    As for the Peachy Prize…WOW!! That’s awesome! I can just imagine it now…”Sir! We’re coming up on grid PG-15! Shall I drop out of hyperspace?” Or “Dr. Gao is waiting for you in the lab” “Peter?” “Yeah, that’s the one.” Doesn’t it just flow out so easily? The story practically writes itself!!

    Ahem, but, I’ve reached my decision. If, by the grace of God, I win this (hey, I’ve won half of the last 4 prize-giving events), then I think it’s best if you gave it to someone else. It’s only fair. Besides the fact that it’ll look tacky for me to win so many times, it will also no doubt fuel those rumors that I am actually you, which landed me in jail due to those IOUs at Fuel. But anyway, I hope, for your sake, that that lucky winner who-is-not-me will have a good name. We don’t need a “Seven” or a “Soda” at the helm of the Daedalus, or whatever.

    Oh, and March is good for me. I’ve got very little time to watch DVDs at the moment anyway.

  91. It would be cool to win, then I could say I had a character named after me in two of my favorite series, first in “The X-Files” and then “Atlantis.” I feel motivated to give it a try.

    By the way, what do you have against the poor Patriots? As a New Englander, and non-football fan, I hate them simply because I’m tired of hearing about them. What did the poor things ever do to you?

  92. Astrumporta writes: “By the way, I’m Michelle of SCB — using a different name over here.”

    Answer: Ah, that makes sense. And who were you on the old blogger site?

    I was the very imaginatively named “Michelle” on the old site. You know it’s very weird to know who you are, and expect others to know who you are in all the various internet contexts, then find out they don’t. Strange.

    Butter chicken is my fav Indian dish, because it’s very flavorful without being too spicy. My Indian friends tell me it’s not authentic, but they let me order it anyway. Hmm, I think we’ll be visiting the Indian Chinese fusion place for lunch tomorrow. 🙂

  93. Can anybody direct me to a good recipe for Butter Chicken? Based on the rave reviews, I feel that I should try it. Or at least know what it is! Thanks in advance!

  94. “it will be a momentous addition to the Stargate canon; one that will surely be savored, from the character’s awkward introduction to his/her bizarre and untimely demise at show’s end.”

    I love the prize….. one thing, would it be possible for the winner to chose the means of their bizarre and untimely demise?
    Eg: Sucked out of a ship through a hole the size of your hand into the vacuum of space… or maybe the character can be standing in the wrong place when a fellow character hits an ignition switch and becomes BBQ, or maybe a boring old heart attack is the way to go.

  95. Do you know if there were other plans for Jack than the one where he heads for Washington to command HomeWorld Security? Like retire, die a heroic death sacrificing himself once again to save Earth? I’m asking you this because in The Return Jack says ” O’NEILL: Well, I was planning to retire … (he laughs) … but, man, is that over-rated. I mean, It’s not like I’m a workaholic or anything, but, you know, I like to stay active … with the community. It’s … it’s a health maintenance sort of thing … you know?”

  96. I’m a Jackrabbit wrote:

    Can anybody direct me to a good recipe for Butter Chicken? Based on the rave reviews, I feel that I should try it. Or at least know what it is! Thanks in advance!

    I had just looked it up myself as I had never heard of Butter Chicken. I found one here and the people who left reviews seem to think it’s a good one.

    Anne Teldy

  97. Emily Said:
    And PG15, you winning twice doesn’t really count as your 2nd prize was won not out of luck, but out of a freakish knowledge of Joe’s blog.

    Ah, but is it not luck that I was the FIRST to get the right answers, that nobody else had gotten it right before me? Is it also not luck that I just happened to have nothing to do on that night?

    No, wait, on second thought, that second one is completely normal for me. 😀

    Jenny Robin Said:

    And for PG15…I don’t think you should have to wait until March to get your DVDs. Perhaps if you were to come up with a persuasive poem or song, Joe might be coerced into steppin’ up the pace a notch.

    Even if he is not persuaded, you would still be providing me with free entertainment. What do you say?

    Oops, looks like I already accepted the terms before I read your comment. Hmm…maybe I can just make up something on the spot?

    Ahem.

    I look up, and see nothing.
    A Void, between Atlantis and Enterprise
    Wouldst thou not give the blue
    A grey companion of Naquadah true?

    10 seasons, but all but 9 you have
    Hark! The SG1 calleth me from the depths
    Of the Bridge or Joe’s home, I know of not.
    But how can you leave them to rot?

    I crave thee, Oh SG1. Your 10 years
    Are my life thus halved.
    Until March, I shan’t wait.
    The age of DVD, ended by BlueRay

    So pleaseeth, Joe of Mallozzi.
    I, like your Pugmalion Lulu, who love bony dogs
    Love the SG1 DVDs in like kind.
    Would you not give me a peace of mind?

    Bridge is opened, mail system slowing up
    The parcels of DVDs are waiting at the Gates
    Open the iris, and let them through
    So they may please PG15, and give him a good mood.

    The troubling thought, clear as Horizoning Event
    That the hand of SG1 be missing a digit
    A thumb be Unending? No fingering for Family Ties?
    Even 200 will be 180, and 1 finger be cut by Bad Guys?

    Flesh and Blood, Quest and Shroud
    Just like that, they end up in the Company of Thieves
    Disappearing, the 10th Season has,
    Could it have been eaten by Max?

    A Line in the Sand, Talion and Futtock,
    Did the DVD take the Road Not Taken?
    Morpheus, appear to Joe in his dreams
    And show him the 10th location, and into which let him beam.

    Yes yes, only 3-by-3 are present
    But by those game of numbers, 9 > 0
    If I should suffer the absence of binary 2,
    Then, Joe, let all of their absense be suffering for you.

    (10th stanza is missing)

    Pheh! Poetry isn’t so hard! But seriously, March is fine for me. 😉

    smiley_face06 Said:
    Wow! You’re really making the prizes better each 250,00th visit! (Not that any prize was bad. PG15 seemed to love that flocking!)

    And how! 😀

  98. Emily said:

    I looked up butter chicken and Sweet Lord, it looks tasty! I’m making it my homework to prepare it for dinner tomorrow night.

    [anon, good nurse said:
    Emily, you must overcome denial if you’re to progress. It’s all for your own good … honest… *hehe*]

    Girl, you know it’s true. 🙂

    LOL. – Hey, we could increase our chances of one of us being the one-millionth visitor by spamming Joe’s blog with all those vapid 80s songs/lyrics that all the other kids used to listen to *coughs*, and maybe … maybe get banned from ever posting here again. – Okay, back to the drawing board. But thanks for the chuckle. And more inspiration to make butter chicken.

    maggiemayday: If I needed to bludgeon an intruder or troll, that would definitely be a Weapon of Class Destruction.

    I don’t know what you’ve done to Thor, but he looks a little blissed out. Must like the leash thingy too much, hmmm?

    “Weapon of Class Destruction” – ohhhh, that’s good. The kind of pun that makes you smile and groan at the same time. That goes on my “lines to remember” list, along with Joe and Fondy’s Christmas tree that was “all decked out like David Arquette ready for a night on the town.” (IIRC, and wish I’d gotten it right on my own blog.)

    About Thor (or Hermiod, since I loved the snarky little slimebag) and looking blissed out: A strange friend in college (which makes most of them, but anyway) loaned me a copy of some book whose title I would tell you if I could possibly remember it – a worn-out, dog-eared, falling-apart paperback that apparently had been a sci-fi cult classic. Pathetically enough, I don’t even remember the plot or any of the characters *except for one*: the ship’s female power source/computer, who had an agenda different from that of the male crew, and who gained control over them via a multi-tentacled “pleasure device” which, of course, made addicts out of every single human onboard and allowed the ship to do as she pleased. Again IIRC, the author referred to a “semi-vegetative state” that some of the crew had fallen into from hitting the “on” switch over and over again, until their minds could perform only the most basic functions. It was hysterical in its own sinister way – much like one could imagine Baron Destructo after knocking back a few dozen shots of “Hot Damn” Schnapps. (The Baron, not you or me. *g*)

  99. This looks like a good recipe for Butter Chicken (aka Makhani Chicken): Butter Chicken Recipe. Looks like a lot of trouble, though!

    Poor Carl; I hope there’s a good Indian restaurant close to Disney. 🙁

  100. JM said: Answer: Neither Stargate has ever been a space opera, so while we do develop arcs over the course of a season, you won’t see us telling long, multi-episode stories. Also, story-arcs are generally tied up in one episode. The last one.
    I wrote that part about tying up in one episode incorrectly. What I meant to write was the set-up and the tie-up both being in the same episode. I guess I misunderstood comments made by you in the spring and early summer about one of the things you wanted to bring to SGA as a showrunner were more story-arcs. One of the weaknesses to me is the lack of long, involved story-arcs and I thought that is what was changing this year.
    JM also said: Answer: The alliance was created for the purposes of attacking the replicator home world, so time was of the essence. Atlantis already had a pre-established relationship with both Todd and the travelers, so it isn’t that hard to believe that they were able to convince them to participate in the op.
    While I will somewhat agree that Atlantis had a “relationship” with Todd and that he has influence over the other Wraith who have a direct reason for getting rid of the Replicators, the one with the Travelers was weak in my opinion. It was built only on the Wraith as the enemy, not the Replicators and on only one person from each group (neither of them being the overall leader of their people) saying they should work together. That to me is a big jump from knowing one person to say they have a pre-established relationship between the races. The magical part was Larrin’s ship just happening to be in the area where Sheppard was meeting the Wraith. What she was doing there trying to get “intel” from seven Hive ships with a damaged ship that had an unknown weapons capabilty (since Sheppard was used in the battle) is a huge question that is not addressed because it is an inconvenient detail that happens way too often in SGA. A more plausible scenario would have been him out looking to contact Larrin via one of the satellites around a space gate. But because you tried to have the set-up and the tie-up all in one episode, all this stuff is usually left to happen off-screen and creates questions that should not have to be answered by one of the writers later on in a blog like yours or in a DVD commentary.
    That is why I feel the episode is too rushed and while Martin Gero said there was not enough for two episodes, I disagree and think it could have been made into two with moving around of some plots from previous episodes and adding pertenient scenes. That is why I think TMC was a bad start to this supposed mid-season three-parter, not because of the way it was written, but because of the make-up of the story. The only connection with BAMSR is the Replicator Aurora-class ship tracking device. TMC would have been better as the ninth episode leading into the mid-season two/three parter in my opinion and then the addition of seeing what motivates the Traveler race to agree to letting their existance be known to the Wraith by working with them against the Replicators. To have their secrecy revealed is a huge decision that does not happen quickly with a bureaucratic society that has a Governing Council. Just look at how much time the IOA took during No Man’s Land and the formation of the Jaffa High Council. Just because your POV says that it isn’t hard to believe, it doesn’t mean that the audience knows that the same sense of urgency is conveyed to the Travelers within the episode because it is off-screen. A bigger motivator to me for the Travelers would have been if one of the worlds they trade with came under attack while one of their ships was there. By causing the ship to have to leave some of the crew to die on the ground, there would be more of an incentative to attack the Replicators than the one world that they trade with that was mentioned by Larrin.
    Another addition to make the story into a two-parter would have been a deeper look into the ethics of sending FRAN to her death. I think the notion that TMC, BAMSR, and SoW were a three-part story is a misnomer when compared to a true three-part story like First Strike, Adrift, and Lifeline. The former were more like three episodes that had to air in a certain sequence, while the latter definitely had the feeling of one large story shown over three episodes.
    So I think that the way the storylines for the middle of the season episodes were laid out could have been done better to give a sense of the threat that the Replicators were to all the humans in the Pegasus Galaxy after they determined that the best way to fight the Wraith was to remove their food source. I guess the biggest weakness to me about SGA is that you don’t have better conceived story-arcs that last more than a few episodes and I thought that this was going to change this year. 🙁 I don’t consider having year-long arcs as the definition of a space opera like you seem to do, so I will go back to just watching the eps and hope there is a good story here and there. That is until someone brings out a new space science fiction show that is more to my liking and I don’t mean the space science fiction farce that is BSG. To me that is not science fiction, but drama based in space that perverted an earlier sci-fi show into something that is barely recognizable as being based on the previous show.

  101. Do the people who create the “drunken” and “distorted” action figures actually look at the actors they are attempting to recreate or just throw caution to the wind, dial up the closest sketch artist, and hope for the best? seriously. Also, any luck on that local nanny agency/pet sitter?

  102. In an effort to contribute to the post count here is a recipe for spam (from spam.com):

    A“SPAM”AGUS™ Risotto If this is wrong, we don’t wanna be right.

    2006 Alabama National Fair Winner Hannah Ford

    Stir fry SPAM, asparagus, and chopped peppers in 2 tablespoons of butter for 5-10 minutes. Mix together the above with rice, sun dried tomatoes, Romano cheese, salt and 3 tablespoons butter.

    Ingredients4 cups of cooked rice
    1 can of Turkey SPAM, diced
    4 tablespoons of sun dried tomatoes
    1 whole red bell pepper chopped
    1 whole orange bell pepper chopped
    1 pound of asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
    2 cups grated Romano cheese
    5 tablespoons of butter, divided into 3 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons
    2 teaspoons of salt

  103. Oh god, has anyone won yet? The suspense is killing me! Which nicely links to…

    …obviously I didn’t want to burden you with the fact that I’m really an adorable 12 year old orphan, but now that I’m in the last days of terminal urchin puppy cancer, I *cough, cough* just wanted to say thank you not only for being such a great blogger, but also for being such a devastatingly handsome man and all round wonderful human being.

    *cough, splutter, hack* Is…is that my name I hear on the show giving me reason to live and bringing a spark back to my huge childlike pleading eyes, or is that the sound of the baby jesus calling me to a dimming light? So very weak…

    *cough*

  104. So Anne Teldy

    Wanna post a link to that butter chicken recipe? I love chicken and will cook it up once I’ve reached a ten kilo lost milestone.. just to treat myself.

    Watch the post count of this blog skyrocket ;).
    Oh and whoever thought the blog title said ‘vicious’, you’re not alone.

    Anyone found the solution to get comment previews on this blog? I noted a typo in my first comment which irks this grammar Nazi no end.

    Oh poor Thor, he (it) lacks genitalia…

  105. I’m a Jackrabbit said:
    Can anybody direct me to a good recipe for Butter Chicken?

    Anne Teldy said: I had just looked it up myself as I had never heard of Butter Chicken. I found one here and the people who left reviews seem to think it’s a good one.

    Wow, Cook/Dr./Lt./General/Repli Teldy–I was all set to answer Jackrabbit’s question with the link to the recipe I found when I saw that you’d already provided it! The exact same page/recipe…what are the odds?? Great minds think alike, eh? And wow–links are hard to see with this new blog layout.

    Anon, good nurse said:
    Hey, we could increase our chances of one of us being the one-millionth visitor by spamming Joe’s blog with all those vapid 80s songs/lyrics that all the other kids used to listen to *coughs*

    No, you may NOT look through my iTunes library! Trust me; nary a cheesy 80s pop song is to be found there… 😉

    -Emily (dear god, this is already my 3rd post. I promise it has nothing to do with the contest. Honest!!)

  106. I’m sadly not looking forward to Quarantine. I really don’t understand why the push for Rodney to marry Katie, and it was the one thing that really spoiled an otherwise excellent Miller’s Crossing.

    Since you are working on Season 5 now – I’d really love to see TEAM episodes off Atlantis. Just the 4 (John, Rodney, Teyla, Ronon).

  107. Joe,

    I know that you said that you were Tim Tammed out – however just picked up a new packet of “biscuits” from Arnotts and they have released a new “Tim Tam Crush” called Mocha Hazelnut – interested?

    Maybe I could mail you a packet? (not wasting my money if your absolutely sick to death of the sight of them!!)

    There were some other new varieties, but this is the one which caught my eye. I just know your gonna ask what other ones where – I’ll check tomorrow……..

    They also a

  108. All this talk about Butter Chicken… makes me what to cook… so here is the recipe for you all to get out your pots and pans…… enjoy!!!

    Butter chicken or murgh makhani is an Indian dish popular in countries all over the world where Indian restaurants are found. The dish was invented by accident at Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj, New Delhi. While the dish’s general recipe is well known, the actual flavor can vary from restaurant to restaurant even within Delhi.

    It is a dish made by marinating a chicken overnight in a yoghurt and spice mixture. The chicken is then roasted or baked.

    A sauce is made from butter, tomatoes, almonds and various spices, usually including the famous tandoori masala spice mix, and sometimes cream. Once the sauce is prepared, the marinated and roasted chicken is chopped and added to it.

    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons of butter
    1 large onion
    ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
    2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
    2 teaspoons of grated ginger
    1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
    1 tablespoon of ground coriander
    2-3 teaspoons of chilli powder
    50g tandoori masala powder
    400-500 grams of skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts (chicken on the bone, this will probably be 800 g)
    100-200g tomato paste
    100g full cream
    1 small lemon or lime
    ½ cup of unsweetened yoghurt
    Procedure
    Trim and cut the chicken into small cubes. (Cooks who prefer chicken on the bone, put long thin slices laterally into the chicken)
    In a big bowl add Tandoori powder, yogurt and squeeze in lemon juice. Massage this well with your hands so that all the chicken is evenly covered in the Tandoori powder. Cover and put aside for at least ½ an hour.
    With a clean knife or electric chopper slice the onions very finely.
    Heat a large saucepan or frying pan for 5 minutes or until evenly hot (whichever is first).
    In the pan melt 2 tablespoons of butter until it is frothy. Add the onions and the cinnamon to the pan and fry lightly. When the onions are soft and starting to brown, stir in the crushed garlic and ginger. Then add the turmeric, chili and coriander, and sauté over a medium heat.
    Add the cubed chicken and sauté, stirring constantly until the chicken has turned white. This doesn’t take long so make sure you don’t overcook the chicken.
    Pour in the tomato paste. Mix thoroughly. Add the cream and heat through. After adding the cream and stirring, you may add additional tandoori masala. About 3-5 tablespoons full is generally sufficient.
    Cover and simmer for just over 10 minutes.

    Hmmmmm GooooD

  109. Hi, does the Asgard doll mean an Asgard is making a reappearance, or rather an appearance in Atlantis? Was there a particular reason why we never saw an Asgard in Atlantis? I always thought it would be quite cool to see a pair of asgard walking around the city, not to mention to see Ronon’s reaction to it would be unusual
    Thanks

  110. On January 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm Angry JackFan Said:
    Do you know if there were other plans for Jack than the one where he heads for Washington to command HomeWorld Security? Like retire, die a heroic death sacrificing himself once again to save Earth? I’m asking you this because in The Return Jack says ” O’NEILL: Well, I was planning to retire … (he laughs) … but, man, is that over-rated. I mean, It’s not like I’m a workaholic or anything, but, you know, I like to stay active … with the community. It’s … it’s a health maintenance sort of thing … you know?”

    I thought that was a hilarious line as it was mirroring what RDA was doing with his own life!!!LOL

  111. Oh. My. God!

    I just opened the packet and could smell the coffee in the Mocha Hazelnut Tim Tam Crush!!

    Selling pitch “A delicious biscuit base topped with velvety mocha cream, sprinkled with crushed roasted hazelnuts. All smothered in smooth Tim Tam chocolate”

    I wonder if I could feel ill if I ate all 8 (yes measly) biscuits? Probably…………….

  112. *waves*

    What’s a girl to do if her posts don’t come through? *sniff* I’ve tried and tried… I know i’m very trying. 😉 But, *sniff* I write these long posts and they disappear into cyberspace. 🙁

    So lets see if I can get this to work again! I posted this on the whump thread, so think of it as a tester. 🙂

    *cough*

    We’d like some shumpydoodles,
    to really make us squee,
    to tie shep up and have him whipped,
    would make the whumpers happ-y.

    I implore you know TPTB,
    can we have lots of eps, where he’s in the infirmary.
    For Sheppy, Sheppy he’s our man,
    and no one can whump him like the writers can!

    You can tie him in chains, until he’s on deaths door,
    or just whump him a bit until he falls on the floor.
    We’re not choosey you see, you can even have him faint,
    but our fondest wish is the good old intubate! 😉

    What can I say, my brain is warped. 🙂

    Oooh Mr M, you know you said we would need 3 tissues for the Last man, hehehe, I think after reading the spoilers I might need a box. 🙂

    Love the pics! And my goodness nudey pics, see, I’d have never been so brazen to ask for nudey pics, so thanks for that. 😉

    *hugs*

  113. This is the recipe I use when I made Butter Chicken. It’s super easy, and comes with a how-to video for the culinary-inept. Minimal chopping and whatnot required. Can be made in 30min or less (the website says 20min, but it took me 30 :P).

    Apparently Murgh Makhni is the “proper” way to make it. I’ve never tried that recipe, but it looks considerably more involved.

  114. Great prizes! Oh, to be immortalized by having one’s name on an Atlantis episode and receiving a paper weight for one’s wrist too. Just kidding (about the paper weight that is). Loved BAMSR and SoW. This has been a great season so far with more goodies yet to come. May I be 1,000,001.

  115. I picked up my ordered first law: book one, The Blade Itself, and I absolutely love the first few pages about those guys, that axe and that guy who goes in the water. What can I expect from Chapter one?…No wait don’t tell me, I’m saving the read for my plane ride.

  116. Since the Athosian people’s fate is currently unknown…may I ask: What of Jinto’s fate?
    I always pictured him as a Scare` type of character, with a great bond with Sheppard…guess not ha?
    The way that Atlantis has turned out, it seems there’s not a whole lot of room for him. Is that at all accurate?

  117. Thank you for your answer! 🙂

    Wow, you do want to have a lot of comments in next few days… A beautiful watch AND a name in the show. That’s a very, veeery good bait!

    And yet, as for me, I can’t really see my really-french name in Atlantis, since there is no French in it (It’s discrimination! They drink a french-water – yes, Evian is in France – but there is no French in Atlantis, though.) except in a very stupid and stereotyped episode in which they find the only french-like people in Pegasus, with (good) bread, cheese, wine, a miniature Eiffel tower and accordion. 😀 (please, do not take that seriously…)

    Anyway, have a good week reading all your comments M. Mallozzi!

  118. If the Athosian people mean that much to Teyla, then why not include them more in ATLANTIS? It’s like making a movie about a heroin addict and never showing him/her ‘jacking up.’

  119. So many pageviews, wow. You say, Sunday night? Monday early morning then, how I hate the time zones… I’m hoping to have a Hungarian character with a Hungarian armpatch *g*

  120. Wow Joe! What and AMAZING prize!

    Remind me, is it the 1000000th post that takes the glory? (Just so I’m sure on how to enter 😀 )

    I still find is incredible and pretty much entirely unique that everyone involved in Stargate is so fan friendly.
    Being able to comment on your blog and get answers to our questions is truly a privilege.
    Stargate really feels like it belongs to the fans.
    Thank you for what you do 😉

    My question this week is: Do you own either a Nintendo Wii or an Xbox 360?
    If so any favourite games?

  121. Butter Chicken sounded so good that I googled and found a recipe. Looks like we’ll be trying it out later in the week.

    Any dishes you’ve had in restaurants that you’ve attempted to recreate at home?

  122. Anon, good nurse wrote:

    Yesterday, iamza said:

    Editors miss so much these days that it read more like the author messed up which character’s POV he was writing and the editors just never caught it.

    Um, no, I said nothing like that. I personally thought the switching of Seth and Hadrian’s names in the latter half of the book was done intentionally by the author to further emphasize the impending collision of the First and Second Realms, and to add to the sense of chaos and confusion.

    Anon, good nurse, writes: “Actually, these days it’s quite common among some publishing houses to spend very little time or money to edit a book. A bookseller I know who’s been in the industry for almost 50 years told me that the industry standard – which would include an average publishing house or label – is to spend substantially less time on the editing process than was the custom back in, say, the 50s or 60s. Even since the late 80s (when I started reading adult-level books), I’ve noticed a decline in standards for works of fiction in particular. (Nonfiction usually fares somewhat better.)

    Be that as it may, for me, the switches happened too often to be a simple editorial mistake. I’m willing to concede that copy editors might miss one or two things in the course of getting a book ready for publication, but Seth’s name being switched with Hadrian’s six or seven times?

    Anon, good nurse also writes: “The author usually has the right of “final approval” before his/her book is published, so in most cases it’s likely that the deadline-pressured author also misses some large goofs, ones left by an editor working under high pressure to make the major changes – that is, if a professional editor works on the manuscript at all.

    In this instance, I really don’t think Sean Williams’ book was rushed to publication, nor do I think the author and/or editors did a poor job of ensuring the book was fit for publication before it was released. As I have said before, both today and in my comments on the book yesterday, I think the name switches were an intentional and stylistic choice on the part of the author, and such were left unchanged in the final manuscript.

    I could very well be wrong–only the editors and the author know the truth about this one. But I personally am not ready to ascribe the name switches in the latter half of the book to a lack of care on the part of either the author or the editors.

    Best regards,
    iamza

  123. (Joe, I screwed up the html formatting the first time I sent this comment. Could you approve this comment instead, and reject/delete the previous version?

    Many thanks! iamza)

    Anon, good nurse wrote:

    Yesterday, iamza said:

    Editors miss so much these days that it read more like the author messed up which character’s POV he was writing and the editors just never caught it.

    Um, no, I said nothing like that. I personally thought the switching of Seth and Hadrian’s names in the latter half of the book was done intentionally by the author to further emphasize the impending collision of the First and Second Realms, and to add to the sense of chaos and confusion.

    Anon, good nurse, writes: “Actually, these days it’s quite common among some publishing houses to spend very little time or money to edit a book. A bookseller I know who’s been in the industry for almost 50 years told me that the industry standard – which would include an average publishing house or label – is to spend substantially less time on the editing process than was the custom back in, say, the 50s or 60s. Even since the late 80s (when I started reading adult-level books), I’ve noticed a decline in standards for works of fiction in particular. (Nonfiction usually fares somewhat better.)

    Be that as it may, for me, the switches happened too often to be a simple editorial mistake. I’m willing to concede that copy editors might miss one or two things in the course of getting a book ready for publication, but Seth’s name being switched with Hadrian’s six or seven times?

    Anon, good nurse also writes: “The author usually has the right of “final approval” before his/her book is published, so in most cases it’s likely that the deadline-pressured author also misses some large goofs, ones left by an editor working under high pressure to make the major changes – that is, if a professional editor works on the manuscript at all.

    In this instance, I really don’t think Sean Williams’ book was rushed to publication, nor do I think the author and/or editors did a poor job of ensuring the book was fit for publication before it was released. As I have said before, both today and in my comments on the book yesterday, I think the name switches were an intentional and stylistic choice on the part of the author, and such were left unchanged in the final manuscript.

    I could very well be wrong–only the editors and the author know the truth about this one. But I personally am not ready to ascribe the name switches in the latter half of the book to a lack of care on the part of either the author or the editors.

    Best regards,
    iamza

  124. Also, Joe, Sunday night? You think you’ll only give those prizes away Sunday night? Want to bet on that? 🙂

  125. Imortalized in an episode of Stargate! I can’t think of a more fitting way to be remembered on this earth or in the Pegasus Galaxy! Good thinking Batman (Sorry wrong show).

    Your vister not only looks shorter in person he look more Beige. I always though he would look more Grey!

    Big Grin!
    Deb

    PS I have tried several times on the other blog to comment with out any sucess so hopefully this will work! Oh and I could do with a new watch!

  126. Hey Joe!

    I was wondering if you could clear something up for me because it wasn’t totally clear when i watched it. When we see the lovely Dr Weir at the end of BAMSR is that the original human Weir that we had come to think was dead at the hands of Oberoth or one of those duplicate Replicators? If this falls into a spoiler category then no sweat.

    Also, what do you think of the BBC show ‘Life on Mars’? Ever seen it?

    Cheers.

  127. Hi Joe!!

    How’s it going? Haven’t heard anything in awhile about the other Stargate series. What is the latest on that front??

    Jen D.

    PS Say “Hi” to Cookie Monster for my kids! 🙂

  128. Hello Joseph =)
    Jespert que vous avez passer une bonne journée =)

    Lol Les photo, elles sont super^^!!Merci

    J’adore Don S. Davis, en plus il est née le 4 aout,comme moi^^!

    Yééé Bravo pour les 1000 visite^^!! Waou super se qu’il y’a gagner..! humm je suis présque sur de ne pas gagner. Mais jespert que vous n’avez pas oublier se que je vous avez demander? si??? ( Une frenchi sur atlantis!!!..)

    Voici un cadeaux rien que pour vous:

    Sa

  129. Mince j’ai encors validé mon commentaire sans le vouloir 🙁

    Je recomence:

    ——————————–
    Hello Joseph =)
    Jespert que vous avez passer une bonne journée =)

    Lol Les photo, elles sont super^^!!Merci

    J’adore Don S. Davis, en plus il est née le 4 aout,comme moi^^!

    Yééé Bravo pour les 1000 visite^^!! Waou super se qu’il y’a gagner..! humm je suis présque sur de ne pas gagner. Mais jespert que vous n’avez pas oublier se que je vous avez demander? si??? ( Une frenchi sur atlantis!!!..)

    Voici un cadeaux rien que pour vous:

    http://images2.photomania.com/191568/1/radF20AE.png

    Sa vous plait? je le pense vous savez!?

    Bon aller gros kisou, je vous adore fort! a demain, Merci♥

  130. hi joe,
    just a quick note to tell yeah how much i enjoy reading your blog each day. i have be come hooked on your daily words

    barb

  131. Oh cool prize Joe!! Whats the count at the moment? Long to go? …

    Loved “Spoils of war” by the way – I only saw it last night (I’m on UK scheduling). It was fantastic, I really liked the John and Teyla moment at the end and the Wraith queen scenes. I liked how it was Teyla who ultimatley rescued them (and McKay from getting wraithified)using her baby and her’s power and then how she came to the conclusion on her own about what John was trying to protect her from about how she can’t risk putting her sons life in danger.

    How does she know its a boy though? Did I miss that bit?

  132. WOW! Great Price! Do people with long and ugly German names get to win, too? Maybe You could use it for an Atlantis Schnitzel-cook (only complete with upside-down flag!!)
    T

  133. If the person who wins name is Rodney/John/Sam what are you going to do? Middle name? Last name for a soldier?

    -Kamilla

  134. Hello again Mr M.
    Greetings from Tipperary…Good luck to whoever is the 1Mth Visitor…What a fantastic prize!!! Lucky blogee!! Thank you for answering my previous question re: Fuel, and I am awaiting a response from their very trendy web-site re: a reservation in April (love the music on their website…maybe a Vancouver band??) Anyway, have also sent an email to the Creation folks to see if by any chance they may even point to That Hallowed Hallway where the magic happens ie the Writers’ Rooms during the Bridge Tour?
    Take care Mr M.,

    Shirt’n’Tie

    PS Is that Sunday night Vancouver time that you expect the virtual visitor? Also if Mr Davis is a regular (or a buddy of his) please ask him nicely if he is appearing at Creation this April…He’s not listed but perhaps he might???

  135. Okay, I’ll not repeat the same lines over and over about how Thor looks and how trully *awesome* is the prize (that I won’t win because I never won even a teddy at a park).

    Instead I’ll ask my question right away: Will there ever be a Brazilian in Atlantis? You know, we have lot’s of smart people here. And is Brazil even a part of the expedition?

    Also Spoilers of War was really awesome.

  136. oooh. butter chicken. The best butter chicken i have ever had outside of home cooked is at a small Bangladesh restaurant in Kitchener. Damn good food.

    Speaking of disabling snap previews, how do you get them to disappear all the time? I can get it to disable once and they keep coming back!

  137. Nice!

    Oh, and since someone commented that they weren’t seeing the arc-based stuff so much, I’m just gonna shove in and say that I LOVE the way you’ve been setting things up this season! Todd was a great addition (who I hope to see again, at some point!), some of the foreshadowing in The Seer was pretty nice, and everything just feels like it’s building up to something… can’t wait to find out what. 🙂 I hope season 5 is this good!

  138. “Shelsfc writes: “Have you got any recommendations for a newbie?”
    Answer: Cowboy Bebop.”

    Thanks Joe 😀

  139. I thought it was very humorous when you explained how you and Paul are often lumped into “one” entity. What are the differences between you and Paul? (i.e. What are your strengths? How do you complement each other? What makes you a good “team”?)

  140. LOVE butter chicken – they serve it in the food court here every Thursday – I never miss. Here we can buy PATAK butter chicken sauce – just add cream (or milk) and chicken! My husband and I were in Vancouver last summer for a wedding and ate at a restaurant called “C”. It was unbelievably great – the best seafood I’ve had. Have you ever tried it? Are you a seafood fan?

  141. Hi Joe- I was watchng Miller’s Crossing yesterday (thank god for Amazon) and in the scene where Rodney is brought into the lab where Jeannie is being held, did you notice that he calls her Katie? He says “Oh Katie, thank god you’re alive!” I have watched the episode several times and never noticed until now.

  142. Oooooooh, so very excited about the 1 million contest thing!!!!!!!!!
    You could scream at the tv THATS ME!!….but I dont think anyone would believe XD Perhaps a signed cerificate or letter would be appropriate?
    Such and such was featured in such and such episode, sincerely Joe ^^ *dances*
    Anywho great prize, best so far ^^
    Also very excited for the upcoming “Quarantine”, cant wait! Looks like a great ep!

  143. Hi Joe,

    I get that scenes in dark rooms, etc. are supposed to convey a sense of mystery, danger, gravitas, but it’s sometimes too hard to actually “see” what is going on if there is poor lighting. The best example I can think of is the fight scene in “Reunion.” I couldn’t see a thing. A lot of Atlantis is shot this way. Can we have a scene or two in a well-lit space? Please?

    I personally don’t think more light bulbs will drain a ZPM. More lights, please.

  144. susiekew makes an interesting point in her earlier comment. I was going to make some witty comment about trying to make Thor feel like “one of the guys” by making up for his obvious anatomical shortfalls, but now I’m curious. If the Asgard have no external orifices through which to expel waste food, how do they get rid of it? Is it secreted through the skin, or something like that? If so, no wonder he’s stickier than you expected…

    On a slightly more pleasant note, I spotted some of the early release photos from Continuum over on Gateworld, and spotted that the awesome Don S. Davis is back again for another appearance. Since I’m impatient and can’t wait until the summer to find out: is that “real world” Hammond, or “alternate” Hammond? Or will Don be making an appearance in both parts of the timeline?

  145. Oooh, oooh, ooh Anon, Good Nurse … the back of my brain tells me I have read the book with the dream device and the enslaved male crew. Too bad my information retrieval system isn’t firing on all cylinders, I can’t remember anything else about it.

    Thor will never be able to hold his head up and look another Asgard in the eye once his nekkid internet adventures on Earth reach the homeworld. You’d think at his age he’d know better than to pass out where those Earthlings could get at him. Studio 54 can be as dangerous as Area 51!

  146. Hi Joe,

    Two things. While watching the show with my eleven year old son Nicoli, who is a really big fan, during “Spoils of War” when Teyla said she was much stronger with the mind control Nicoli popped out with “Wraith Baby!!” any comment?

    I have not really been keeping a close eye on the ratings numbers but my impression is that they are on a slow but somewhat steady climb upwards. Is this correct and if so that means you are gaining audience every week most likely due to the shows changes. Any comments?

    Have a great lunch!! LOL

    Lance

  147. You know, having my name immortalized would be great, but I think I will have to refrain from posting until we can win a virtual dinner with Thor. I just LOVE the yellow ones…

  148. Bonjour bonjour !!!

    Voilà, j’aurais une question, c’est juste pour voir si vous allez me répondre (non, je plaisante, c’est seulement pour vérifier quelquechose) ; est-ce que vous comprenez bien le Français ou avez-vous besoin d’un traducteur en ligne ? Parce que je ne suis pas super douée en Anglais et je voulais savoir si je pouvais vous parler dans ma langue natale par soucis de compréhension ! XD

    Quels études avez-vous faites pour devenir scénariste ? Je sais que le cursus n’est pas le même aux USA … C’est parce que je voudrais être scénariste …

    [D’où ma première question … Si vous n’avez rien compris c’est pas grave ! J’ai la langue bien pendue (I’ve a big mouth comme on dit chez vous)]

    Bonne journée !!! (Chez nous il est 17h18 !)

  149. Désolée pour le double post, je voulais dire que les études n’étaient pas les mêmes au Canada … XD

    Encore une question (je suis emcombrante, je sais) comment s’y prendre pour avoir un autographe ? (parce que Vancouver ce n’est pas la porte d’à-côté.)

  150. Was the jumper they used to return to Atlantis in The Return part 2 the time travelling one they used in SG1?

    If so, will it be used in a future story?

    If not, where did they get that jumper from?

  151. What happens if the person who wins has the same name as someone already on the show? Are you going to use the whole name, first name, blog posting comment name, middle name, only last name, or something else? Is it still saturday night that someone will win (or is it sooner now)?

  152. Don Davis is so funny!
    I haven’t commented in a while because I went to look at colleges in Providence, Boston & Concord. In Providence, Rhode Island I had a reuben sandwich and my cousin an italian burger at a restaurant called Joe’s! I travelled by train which was neat. Anyways after going to all the places, I’ve concluded that new york city is still the best & so i’ll probably stay here.

    I remember a post while back you had some Korean banchan (side dishes) at home. Do you enjoy eating korean food? If you do I can recommend some. I hope there are some good Korean restaurants in Vancouver.

    The prize is great! If i was the winner, you can just bring up my name as McKay craving sara lee cheesecakes.

    On Atlantis what happens if somebody breaks the law, like if somebody gets caught stealing…?

    bye ;]

  153. Hallo
    I´m from Germany and a big Stargate fan.
    Today there comes a new episode Atlantis Season 3.
    I hope the today´s episode is so good as the last ones.

  154. Hi Jo’ !

    Cool…it will be great to see a wraith or technician in dark room with my name ( Yazid ). Thanks for the contest !

    The photos are great, especially the Asgard ! Don’t leave the Asguard with your dogs !!! He maybe die…and a crazy men in the street says to me ” Asguard meat is like chicken “…do you think ?^^

    So, i’ve question : do you like arabic, arab patisseries ? Because friends and neighboors say that my mother does arab patisseries wonderfuly ! ( It’s right, and she does light patisseries !!! Can you believe it ? No much flour and sugar and it’s even delicious ! Quel régal ! )

  155. Hi Joe!

    Making a brief comment about the previous blog where you and Paul are made into the Gestalt JoePaul. Been there myself. My friend Phred & I worked together on a project and came to be known as Phreddy (Phred + eddy). Confused people even more that we’re both women. 🙂

    THOR!!! or [INSERT APPROPRIATE ASGARD NAME]!!!

    So nice to see the li’l grey guy, despite what’s being done to him. (sniff) I miss the Asgard.

    Oooooh, I like your prizes for the 1 millionth visitor! IF I should win such a wonderful prize and meet my unfortunate end on SGA, I would be very, very happy! 🙂 I don’t know if you’d want to use my real full name, as it is both similar to an SGA character and the same as one from a defunct sci-fi show. Oh well, I think we can all deal – IF I would even win!

    I was hoping to participate in this month’s BotM club selections, but with work/taxes/volunteerism/life/SGA shows, I won’t have time to read one of them. 🙁 Next time?

    How about a Joe Mallozzi Presents Recipes from the Blog cookbook?

    Take care!

    eddy

  156. My sister is convinced that The Last Man is based on the Jonas Brother’s song Year 3000. Is it? I personally think she’s heard SOS (that’s one of the Jonas Brothers songs, unfortunately she likes some of their songs, so she tells me all the names and blares the music all the time, ugh) one too many times.

  157. Hi, Joe!

    This is the first time I have posted and I only began reading your blog about 2 weeks ago so I’m new around these parts. I enjoy reading everything that goes on with SGA and I’m interested in the BOTM club. I’m hoping to participate in February. I wanted to say that I think the blog is great and keep up the good work.

    I also had a question pertaining to bloopers. Both my wife and I (she is a huge fan as well) are really interested in seeing bloopers from both SG-1 and SGA. When watching the special features in SG-1 Season 10 you mentioned that there was a great dark force keeping the bloopers under wraps. What exactly is keeping the bloopers from being released? Is is some sort of inter-galactic hex?

  158. Hi. I have been reading your blog for a few months and have been remiss in not commenting.

    I watched Spoils of War yesterday (I live in land of Sky, Guinness and more rain than Vancouver!) and just wanted to say I thought it was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed that small quiet scene between Teyla and Lorne. It was very sweet. I’ve been really enjoying this season so far. I’ve grown very fond of Todd.

    Any chance you could smuggle me some chocolate, most your favourites don’t seem to deliver outside of the North American continent. I could smuggle you some Butlers Irish Chocolates, Celtic or maybe just Cadburys? Pretty please? 🙂

  159. Okay, I’m trying to determine if I am losing my mind. TV.com says that Berndan Penny also played Todd in SoW, not just BaMSR, but I could swear that looked like Heyerdahl to me. I know Penney’s name was in the credits, but I assumed that was just for that snippet on the hive ship in the beginning. So am I going blind, then — was it really Penny in the whole ep, and Heyerdahl only did the voice once again? Or did someone at TV.com jump to conclusions just because Penny’s name was in the credits? (*Hopes her eyes don’t need checking*)

  160. Cool prize! My name on the show – what are the chances? Pretty slim… oh well. And poor Asgard, he looks so undignified – and you guys look rather, erm, voyeuristic!

    You know I had a question that came to me whilst reading the comments, but twenty comments later I’d forgotten it! I should have written it down – my memory’s going!

    Hmm, okay, not coming back to me.

    Maybe later…

  161. I have 3 questions I hope you can answer.

    1. Which galaxy did SG-1 and Jacob end up in “Exodus”? People say it was the Asgard galaxy but I don’t think it was.

    2. Back when season 2 of Atlantis was airing, people were fighting over rather it takes 18 days or 21 to get to Pegasus, can you clear this up?

    3. What is the reasoning behind each Earth ship having a different colored map on the bridge?

    Thanks,

  162. Ugh, again it didn’t work! My typing is awful! And I even took a typing class! Let me try again: How many comments can you post in a day? Is it ‘post as many comments as you have the time to type’ or ‘you can not post more than ten comments a day, eleventh commandment sort of thing’?

  163. At this time, Stargate Atlantis is losing to Supernatural by 2% at the TV.com “Best of 2007” contest. You can vote by going to this page and clicking Stargate Atlantis as many times as your little heart desires.

    Anne Teldy

  164. igotmyburningmanticketsigotmyburningmanticketsigotmyburn
    ingmanticketsigotmyburningmanticketsigotmytickets

    Don’t mind me, I’m just giddy.

    Oh wait, no one here even knows about Burning Man. Sorry!

  165. I thought for a moment that your short little visitor was going to be the prize, as well. For the record: I don’t care how much shipping would cost, I’d be all over Thor/Hermiod being the prize. I’d cough up for shipping in a heartbeat.

    And I almost hate to admit it, but you made my day by using one of my favorite words–viscous–and even spelling it correctly. You rock. ^_^

    Last thing: I really don’t understand everyone’s obsession with Cowboy Bebop. True, the mushroom episode was hilarious, but I found the rest of the show pretty dull. Some anime I’d recommend: Vision of Escaflowne (watch the subtitled version–the dub is painful and massacres the plot), Full Metal Alchemist (ditto with the subtitle rec), Nadesico, and Vandread are all really good somewhat-serious shows with a great balance of drama and humor. For outrageous silliness, try Azumanga Daioh or the short-lived Master of Mosquiton. If you’re after an angst-fest, look up Vampire Princess Miyu, X/1999 (the series, not the movie), or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Almost anything by CLAMP is good, too–they write some of the most complicated plots!

  166. Hi,
    When Daniel Jackson descended in the episode Fallen, would that have started his life line back at 1? Meaning he would be able to live another 30 years or so? I know, corny Q;)

  167. First off Joe, i just wanted to say thanks for doing this blog. I don’t know of someone involved at such a high level with a TV show keeping up with a blog with such consistency and aplomb. Plus we get so many interesting insights into the show, and its always a pleasure to read.

    My question pertains to the thematic basis for SGA as compared to SG1. For the better part of its 10 years, SG1 seemed to thematically deal largely with social and political issues, human rights issues, and exploration of cultural development. It seems, from these first four years, that SGA has a much more metaphysical underpinning, addressing what it means to be human (particularly in the Asuran vs. Human juxtaposition, and has further delved into the concepts of ascension, human legacy, and life and death. Would you make this thematic differentation, and is it something that goes into the planning of episodes?

  168. I can’t wait for school to start again. It doesn’t start until next monday and right now that seems like forever.

  169. Now that we all know Sheppard is not the father…does it means that he and Teyla never had something (romantic) each other and that they would never been any closer again?
    When Teyla and Sheppard have those little but intense conversations in the last two episodes, he never really reveals anything about his own feelings about her, (except for the consternation about the danger for her and the baby of being in the field). Why he never answer Teyla’s questions about how did he feel about? i mean, about being angry for not knowing before of her pregnancy…..?

  170. Hi, I am from Germany and i wish you all a Happy New Year and nice Episodes from the actually SGA Season. In Germany we must wait a long time to can watch it… 🙁

    Ok, Good Bye all together.

  171. maggiemayday said:
    Oh wait, no one here even knows about Burning Man. Sorry!

    Isn’t it somewhere in the SW…like AZ or Nevada or something? And people get together and…burn things? Culminating in setting fire to a giant wooden man? I can’t say that I know the philosophy/meaning behind it, however!

    Joe, didn’t anyone ever tell you to always avoid alliteration? I’ve noticed that you like alliteration in your post titles. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    -Emily

  172. Have you ever heard this joke?

    The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick one day. Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main computers resolved, he dialed the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper. ” Hello ? ”

    “Is your daddy home?” he asked.

    ” Yes ,” whispered the small voice.
    May I talk with him?”

    The child whispered, ” No .”

    Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, “Is your Mommy there?” ” Yes ”

    “May I talk with her?” Again the small voice whispered, ” No ”

    Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, “Is anybody else there?”

    ” Yes ,” whispered the child, ” a policeman. ”

    Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, “May I speak with the policeman?”

    ” No, he’s busy , ” whispered the child.

    “Busy doing what?”

    ” Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman , ” came the whispered answer.

    Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, “What is that noise?”

    ” A helicopter ” answered the whispering voice.

    “What is going on there?” demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
    Again, whispering, the child answered,

    ” The search team just landed a helicopter ”

    Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, “What are they searching for?”

    Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle…

    ” ME . “

  173. Oh my, you poor, poor man…
    See what you have wrought: mention millionth post and prizes and flash watches with irises and dear me… there are 195 comments to this blog entry! Shazzam!

    You read every one of them, don’t you Joe? Poor, poor man…

    Carol Z
    New Jersey, USA, Earth

  174. Okay, so the dyslexia kicked in, it’s 166 comments.

    Carol Z
    New Jersey, USA, Earth
    Proud purveyor of vanilla custard, mm-m-m…

  175. wolfenm Said:
    @pg15 ~ Wonderful poem, bravo! *Claps*

    Thanks!!

    Wow, there are so many comments…I guess everyone’s trying to cash in on the prize. But, don’t they just realize that they’re making it easier for blog regulars to win? Bwahahahah!!

    Speaking of which, I’ve changed my mind. If I do win this, I want the prizes. Screw it, I’m selfish. I mean, come on Joe, “Sector PG-15”?! PG even stands for Pegasus Galaxy! It’s perfect!

  176. Hey Joe,

    Say Carson Beckett does happen to return for next season. Do you see Atlantis have two medical doctors. I think Keller has been great this season but I do miss Carson. I guess I’m just being a little greedy and would like to see both characters for a recurring role next season. 🙂 Is this realistic to have 2 medical doctors or is this totally off the charts?

    Best,

    Squall78

  177. Vous savez QUOI,? je vient de vous écrire un teste énorme….mais tout c’est effacer….tout les ordinateurs me détéste ou quoi?? de toute façon je suis trop fatiguer pour m’énérvé. Demain je ne pourrais pas venir sur le blog, car j’ai une dure journée ..:( snif et si j’ai pas ma dose de Joseph chaque jours je suis snif =(.

    Je voulais aussi vous prévenir que bientot on sera envahi de singe robot vangeur (bah, oui c’est les Japoné qui éxpérimente sa..)sa fait peur ….

    Bon bah gros poutou, je vous adore de tout mon coeur, vous êtes le best des best!! Merci pour tout, a Vendredi, je vais beaucoup pensée a vous. Bonne nuit♥♥♥

  178. Carol Z. Said:
    Oh my, you poor, poor man…
    See what you have wrought: mention millionth post and prizes and flash watches with irises and dear me… there are 195 comments to this blog entry! Shazzam!

    He shouldn’t have mentioned prizes! (Especially the shiny watch!)

  179. First, will there be an honorable mention for the person who spends the most time posting in the hopes they’ll win the contest (but who will probably lose out to that one person who’s never been here before but decides to post a question)??

    Second, when will Carl Binder be returning to the show, since the WGA strike shows no sign of folding.

  180. We need to start a Joe’s Blog Convention.
    Judging by today’s comments we have more than enough attendees. I’m happing to put up my decking as a venue if you don’t mind a trip to Australia.
    And I have a feeling there would be a hell of a lot of laughing going on.
    Who’s in?

  181. hi!

    what have you done to the asgard?
    they can’t ascend? you can’t be serious!

    but…
    great blog, no one was ever nearer o the fans.
    my english sucks, right? =)

    greatings from germany!

  182. wraithfodder Said:
    First, will there be an honorable mention for the person who spends the most time posting in the hopes they’ll win the contest…?

    Oh, oh! Or an honourable mention for the first person to commit the morally bankrupt act of pretending to be an ailing child in order to win? Because only a true fan would go to such deplorable lengths.

    If you want someone killed just let me know. See! True fan!

  183. Liamar13 wrote:
    Oh, I dare you to actually use someones internet name for your character 😀

    many internet names, such as mine, are only suitable for a dream sequence.

    my last name is also somewhat of a mouth-full, but i think actors at routinely spout technobable can handle it.

    and another thing won’t someone look the person up or something? maybe you should just use the first name.

  184. Ohhhh, what an enticing prize! To be immortalized for all of time on Atlantis! But, wait, what happens if the character named after the winning fan ends up on the cutting room floor? I mean, heck, you guys callously cut that “subtle hint at Sam’s love life” and consequently sent Sam/Jack shippers all over the globe into such tailspin, no one will ever recover!!! How can we trust your word that such malicious disregard will not also be applied to this poor minor character? Build up all that anticipation and then just squash it like a little bug beneath your shoe… Oh, Mr. Mallozzi, will you never learn?!? 🙂

  185. Emily wrote:

    Joe, didn’t anyone ever tell you to always avoid alliteration? I’ve noticed that you like alliteration in your post titles. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    Why avoid it? Back when I was in school — and dinosaurs roamed the earth — we were taught to use alliteration, especially in titles, as it was always more memorable.

    So is it the current theory alliteration is old-fashioned?

    Anne Teldy (who stopped trying to keep up with the ‘new ways of thinking’ years ago)

  186. Emily … oh, that’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull, but Joe’s blog comments is not the place to get into Burning Man. Although it might be. Where? Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, north of Reno. Yes, there’s a wooden man burned at the end of the week. But so much more goes on … a cross between Mad Max and Dr. Seuss and down Alice’s rabbithole into a landscape by Dali and, and, and … yeah, this will be my 8th year. I am thoroughly addicted to art, the desert and fire. Even moreso, blasphemesously enough, than Stargate.

    Don’t worry Carol, he’s not the only one who reads them all.

  187. Jace said: If the Asgard have no external orifices through which to expel waste food, how do they get rid of it? Is it secreted through the skin, or something like that? If so, no wonder he’s stickier than you expected…

    Oh, eeeewwwwww. Urgh. Thanks, Jace, for taking my mind there. Argh.

  188. What exceptional prizes!! Love the watch…does it kawoosh?

    Here’s a riddle/question for ya-

    What do you have that other people use more than you?

  189. 200+ comments!?

    All best Asguard jokes have already been posted.

    Do your dogs like cats?

    My late dog was a cat chaser, until one cat turned and chased him – what did he do? He ran for his mummy and tried to hide behind me. Moron!

  190. Wow Joe, thats some prize. I bet you hit your million mark before your estimate date and time. You’re gonna have people re-loading and commenting over and over and over…… 🙂

  191. Oh, YUM! Butter chicken is the best. If you are in the San Francisco area, try Amber India in Mountain View. The butter chicken is superb.

    Wow, I eat lunch in Mt. View every day! I love the B.C. at Temptations on Castro. I’ll have to try Amber India too.

  192. You know. When I saw your photos in my reader today, it took me a moment to realize what I was looking at with the that first photo.

    Then I found myself wondering: what are doing the poor thing! XD;;

    (Did you guys just pull him off to dust him off? Or is there something even more sinister planned with our old friend?)

  193. Oooh, the Stargate watch even has its own iris! Of course, I’m easily distracted by such shiny things. And such prizes! Enough to make a fan drool…which I’m totally not doing.

    Keep up the great work! I watch Stargate Atlantis live every Friday on the single TV that has cable at my college residence hall. The episodes always entertain while I’m far away from home. And I’m working on turning my suitemates into Stargate fans. Thank goodness for DVDs! Well, I’ll stop blabbing now.

    Congrats on your upcoming visitor milestone! I plan to keep reading of course. And no questions…this time.

  194. I have a question. Are all comments made eligible for the contests or just the ones you decide to approve. That’s not fair if the approved comments are the only ones eligible because other people are leaving comments and not having a chance because you don’t like what they have to say. Just something to think about!

  195. «Francois Said:
    Are we eligible if we live in Québec :s ?»

    Why not ? I could be very proud if one the character name be Tremblay for a episode !! lol

  196. <>

    Ah, back to the concept of the 2002 “Get in the Gate” contest! Should I be the lucky one, I’d rather you named the character “Francis”, for both my father and father-in-law, who were USAAC pilots in WWII.

    And that reminds me…time to enter GitG again!

    For those who were wondering, YES, Don Davis and his wife Ruby are VERY nice people.

  197. I used to work in a building that could see into the back area (including the toilets) of an Indian Restaurant. I have not eaten Indian since. No matter how good Butter Chicken sounds.

  198. Just posting in the vain hope, as are many others, in winning the grand prize 😉

    Why is Ish Kabibble (who died in ’94) listed in the production information over at the BC Film Commission site? Did somebody slip that through as a joke?

    It’s at http://www.bcfilmcommission.com under ‘Pilots,” of all places 😉

  199. Been far to long since I’ve seen your blog… most probably because I had a Type I UCL injury and my thumb was in a cast for a month… (Note to anyone: just because you are a Class II skier does not mean you are invincible.) At least I didn’t have to get surgery. Do you ski at all? It’s plenty of fun!

    Question: Have you ever been to the United Kingdom? I’m going in April and need some historical touristal attractions near Edinburgh. (BTW, if you have gone, do you know any good restaurants? I’m traveling with my da, who’s foodie sort of person.)

  200. OK, I can see I will have to look up ‘butter chicken’ at recipes.com (or some such website …)

  201. Wow Joe, thats some prize. I bet you hit your million mark before your estimate date and time. You’re gonna have people re-loading and commenting over and over and over……

    Oh hell yeah!

  202. >Patricia said: All this talk about Butter Chicken… makes me what to cook… so here is the recipe for you all to get out your pots and pans…… enjoy!!!<

    Note to self: Read ALL the comments before writing your post …

  203. Hi Joe,

    Does the Iris on that watch open to reveal hands or is a non-functioning watch?

    Oh if by some miracle this is the winning post, can I donate the prize to charity instead of keeping it myself? I’m sure there is an unwell person out there that would love to have to a Stargate character named after them.

  204. Amber Said:
    What exceptional prizes!! Love the watch…does it kawoosh?

    Oh, that could be dangerous! *You stick your face right next to the watch to check the time. It kawooshes and takes off the end of your nose!*

  205. wraithfodder Said:
    Just posting in the vain hope, as are many others, in winning the grand prize 🙂

    Same here. I’ve never won a contest that required luck, so I probably don’t have a chance here. (Essay contests don’t count, since for both contests I had to write an essay and I only got second place in one and third place in the other).

  206. Hey there Joe!

    Cool photos of the Asguard! You are very photogenic too!
    The piccies of the food you take always makes my mouth water & try something new! I really like the new look of your blog! Its very cool!
    Cathie

  207. Prizes again?? Well, I never win anything, but maybe my post will help someone after me attain the coveted prize.

    We are in the grips of another snowstorm here which means I can watch Atlantis all day as my boss told me not to risk coming into work. So… if you had spend all day to watching nothing but Atlantis, of the episodes that aired since S1, which ones would you most sit and watch?

  208. Is Marty G really, really tiny or is the watch the largest time piece in the whole of Christendom? It’d be like having the moon strapped to your wrist.

    What will you do if the comment is from someone called Ben Dover, Gay Boys or Suzanne Fux for example? Those are real people by the way.

  209. “Now that we all know Sheppard is not the father…does it means that he and Teyla never had something (romantic) each other and that they would never been any closer again?”

    I’ve never seen anything romantic between Sheppard and Teyla, nor do I want to. They are team mates and friends. Nothing more, hopefully.

  210. Wow, the watch is really cool. I like the iris part in the middle. Does the watch has a connection to the stargate network 😉

  211. Okay… for those of you who want to know more about the latest E-Scams & Warnings visit the FBI’s Programs Cyber Investigations page.

    http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm

    It has a wealth of info that helps educate the uninitiated. Not that Joe Mallozzi is uninitiated… oh contrer monsieur! He is the most initiated of them all and he has a better way to deal with these pesky pests; which in my humble opinion is most effective, even more so than the methods employed by Interpol and the FBI combined. Enjoy! 😀

    Patricia

  212. Just popping in to say I really liked Quarantine. It isn’t one of my favourite season 4 episodes, Tabula Rasa, Doppelganger and BAMSR are at the moment, with many other season 4 episodes snapping at their heels, but I liked the majority of it very much.

    So, what I really liked:

    The Sheppard/Teyla scenes. Especially the explanation of Rodney’s password, and the significance of the number 42. Sheppard feeling Teyla’s baby kick, and his concern she was going to go into labour! Also his reassuring Teyla her baby would have a family. That was very well written and performed, IMO.

    Sheppard climbing the tower. The vis effects were breathtaking, and Joel Goldsmith’s score as effective as ever. Joe F. did a great job with those scenes. My arms ached in sympathy watching him haul himself upwards!

    I’m not a shipper and generally can’t stand it, as I’m sure I may have mention in the past. However, the scenes between Keller and Ronon were very well done and sweet. So I actually liked that they nearly shared a kiss. Yes, I’m surprised I feel that way too! (How do I blush on this blog?) I actually warmed more towards Keller in this episode. I also liked that both Sheppard and Teyla saw that Ronon has a crush on Keller and vice versa at the end of the episode. This is the sort of relationship stuff I’m ok with.

    I liked that Zelenka saved the day, and laughed so hard when he was staring at Carter’s chest. I liked Carter’s pigeon joke too. Shame Zelenka didn’t quite get it!!

    What didn’t quite work quite so well for me:

    I struggled to appreciate some of the McKay/Katie scenes though. They dragged a little for me, and I did surprisingly find myself being irritated with Rodney’s behaviour. Normally I adore Rodney’s whining and pessimistic outlook, as well as his hypochondria, but, I don’t know why, but it didn’t quite sit well with me here. I hope the relationship has ended, because I can’t see how they could really continue now.

    I did laugh at the cactus scene though. Seriously, has Rodney reached second base with Katie, because it doesn’t look like it!? Poor devil. Lol!

    So, I thought there were some great lines in Quarantine and some nice character moments, but I didn’t feel it was a great episode for McKay, and that may just be me here, but hopefully he’ll be back to usual for me in Harmony.

  213. Hi Joe, me and a few mates are coming over to Vancouver for the *cough* Creation Con in April. Looking at the date’s you should have started filming the fifth series by then. Do the set tours in anyway halt production in any shape or form?
    Oh and Kudos to all cast and crew on such a fantastic season so far, can’t wait for Harmony. Will be in London next weekend for Pegasus 3 meeting Torri, Paul, Kavan, Dean and Kate. Any chance you would do a convention over in the UK?

  214. Congrats on a million visits… count me as one because i am here for the first time, but i have followed the show for many years now … i am sad to see the original stargate, i call it ‘stargate clasic’, leave but i understand all good things must come to an end … i am sorry but i have to ask, i bet you know the question already … is another stargate series in the works? … thanks for the movies, by the way … just watching one stargate on friday night is not the same! … God bless

  215. I just wanted to say that SG-1 and SGA are fantastic shows. Can’t wait for Universe – although you might want to reconsider the name. I’ve heard that an “X” in the title increases ratings..

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