With the Superbowl only a day away, I temporarily turn this blog over to its resident football experts, Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster, for their peerless predictions on the big game.

MATCH-UP: NEW YORK GIANTS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

(New England favored by 12)

Cookie Monster: On Sesame Street, only ting bigger den “Superbowl Sunday” be “Shave Snuffleupagus Saturday“. Both big annual events offer thrill of victory and agony of de feet (Smell of Snuffy furry clodhoppers indescrybabble. But Cookie Monster try anyway. You ever have when cleaning out fridge, find what Oscar the Grouch call Civil War cheese? All blue and grey? But you eat anyway and half hour later get sick and going to vomit – but don’t have time to reach toilet so use first ting handy and dat be four year old athletic sock dat fall between washer and dryer day after Cookie Monster run Boston Marathon but beaten by Grover who cheat and take rickshaw to finish line instead? And garbage day still tree days away so have to sneak out in middle of night and slip sock in crazy cat lady neighbor garbage can instead? But when pass by house, Mrs. Epstein spot Cookie Monster and invite him inside where she live with seventy-five indoor cats with no litter box because house BE giant litter box and Mrs. Epstein always keep windows closed to conserve heat even in summer time when dis always happen? And she disappear into kitchen and leave Cookie Monster in sealed hot room with seventy-five cats and four year old athletic sock holding gut scrub Civil War cheese? And den she come out and serve her grandma’s special pumpkin pie? Well, Snuffy feet smell exactly like dat pie. Sweet with just hint of cinamon. Feet smell terrific! But very painful when step on you.) Every year, Grover host big superbowl party. He buy big screen t.v. (and return it next day) and have good old fashioned burgers, hot dogs, and triple sec. Always fun except last year when Teletubbies crash. More like Terrotubbies, chaah! Little mofos lock themselves in Grover tatami room and smoke crystal meth. We kick dem out, but not before one use fruit bowl for toilet. Leave dump bigger den Tinky Winky head! We all very angry, very disgusted and very, very impressed.

Anyhoo, tomorrow de big game. Patriots favorites, undefeeted, better offense, better coach BUT Giants team of destiny like de 1968 Jets, 2005 Red Sox, and 2004 Rob and Amber. Giants win! Giants win! Giants win! FINAL SCORE: GIANTS 27 PATRIOTS 24

Baron Destructo: With Superbowl XLII finally upon us, the most excruciatingly boring NFL season in recent memory draws to its merciful and highly predictable conclusion. Nevertheless, tomorrow, all of the moonbase’s laser death ray targeting systems will be tuned into not Cleveland, Ohio, but the big game as we at the League of Aliens and Mutants for Evil will sit back and watch the New England Patriots steamroll the New York Giants like Dr. Disastro’s mechanical squid ran roughshod over that Big and Tall in Albuquerque last Spring. Evil genius Patriots coach Bill Belichick had two weeks to engineer the Giants’ defeat. Two weeks! It took ME only ten days to plot the successful downfall of Dijibouti! The Patriots shall destroy their opponent to the delight of Bostonians, the chagrin of New Yorkers, and the general apathy of everyone else. FINAL SCORE: Patriots 44 Giants 21.

Today’s video: Behind the scenes on Outcast. Shooting the replicator fall against green screen –

http://s230.photobucket.com/albums/ee164/BaronDestructo/?action=view&current=Replicatorfree-fall.flv

Today’s mailbag:

Teslan writes: “In the original idea that Mr. Flanigan pitched out, did he go to Earth alone, or did Ronon or any other members of the team go with him? And which of the writers was responsible for the scene with Shep’s brother?”

Answer: Joe’s original pitch consisted of Sheppard tracking down a replicator on Earth. We filled in the blanks, coming up with the story and breaking it over the course of a day or two. With regard to the Shep scene, the writers came up with the beat in the room after which Alan wrote the scene.

PG-15 writes: “The many pineapples appearances, despite the fact that I was allergic to it, therefore an obvious attempt to mock me?”

Answer: Hey, I think I’m allergic to pineapple too! Also, yes, we were mocking you.

Squeakiep writes: “ With Martin Wood working on “Sanctuary”, does that mean we will not see him direct any Season 5 episodes??”

Answer: Like Amanda, Martin’s involvement in Atlantis’s fifth season will be dependent on his Sanctuary schedule. If all goes well, he should be swinging by to direct some episodes in the back half.

Sq2830 writes: “In short, could you confirm whether the new commander is or is not another character from SG-1?”

Answer: I cannot.

Inpa writes: “Will details like which writers and producers will return also be announced in Sci-Fi’s press release or will you just fill us in here?”

Answer: Last year’s writing/producing staff will return for the show’s fifth season including Carl Binder who will hopefully join us the second the WGA strike is settled. Also, look for scripts from both Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright.

Wraitfodder writes: “Was there a scene filmed with Sheppard and the horse?”

Answer: No, there wasn’t.

Sarah L. writes: “What is the most expensive thing that has been broken on set?”

Anwer: Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.

123 thoughts on “February 2, 2008: The Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster Selection Show

  1. Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.

    Carl’s heart and mine. There might have been a little tear. After I realized they were gone. It took it a while to sink in.

    The exploding planet, however, was cool enough to distract me for a while.

  2. ROFL! Interesting Super Bowl predictions. Any predictions on how long it’ll take the triple sec to be gone? 😉

  3. So how hard was that last call from Amanda when she told you she was leaving for Sanctuary? That’s a conversation that had to hurt on both sides, I’d imagine.

    I’ll miss Sam next season but I’m glad Amanda will be putting in a few appearances. I do hope, however, that Carter’s reason for leaving isn’t that she or her superiors are questioning her ability to lead. That’s just a nagging fear since I heard the news of the actress’ departure.

    As for the Super Bowl predictions… I’m really hoping Cookie Monster wins this one. Go Eli!

  4. Hey Cookie, I think you are right… it will be the Patriots, but I still like to root for Giants, even if am a born and bread New Englander. Have a nice day Sunday!

    Please post more video of the puppies…maybe they are watching the game with you tomorrow. I’ll bet they are practicing as I write at worshiping at your feet, begging for that chicken wing or a piece of your pig’s in a blanket… (giggles)

    Enjoy,
    Patricia

    Ps… I like everyone else who has posted, loved Outcast! Thanks bunches to the SGA staff who worked so hard on it!

  5. While the superbowl’s fate is somewhat lost on me (poor, disinterested soul that I am), Cookie Monster’s story about the smell of Snuffy’s feet was hilarious, with a twist I didn’t expect and laughed at.

    Joe, I have a couple of unusual questions for you, a bit left of the Stargate Atlantis questions. Hope you can answer…

    Have you ever been to a masquerade or fancy dress party? And what is the coolest costume you’ve ever worn?

    Amz

  6. Hi Joe!

    I quite enjoyed ‘Outcast’ and was pleasantly surprised to see Sgt. Bates again. Any plans to feature him in more Atlantis episodes? (Especially if he’s working for the IOA now.)

  7. I’m not the only one allergic to Pineapple! We should start a club. Do you get the fuzzy/itchy tongue feeling like me? I like pineapple too much to give it up though; it’s all about moderation now.

    Any big plans for the big game tomorrow? I hope you have fun. Please stay away from the Civil War cheese. 😛

  8. Teletubbies crash. More like Terrotubbies, chaah! Little mofos lock themselves in Grover tatami room and smoke crystal meth. We kick dem out, but not before one use fruit bowl for toilet. Leave dump bigger den Tinky Winky head! We all very angry, very disgusted and very, very impressed

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    You must,must make this a series. It’d be hilarious!!(then watch the lawsuits) As a mum of two small boys who had to put up with “EH OH tubby tustard”, this is one lovely image I’m gonna keep in my head.

    http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h313/cdb280/teletubbie.jpg

    Now how did a 40 something year old man with no human children know about the teletubbies? Closet Nickolodeon watcher? Do the pugkids watch it? Who’s Jelly’s favourite?

    Tell cookiemonster and BVD that they’re chickens! Pawk pawk (got that from the movie Stargate lol)
    Too chicken to actually bet that the Patriots might lose. I’m actually going to watch the game because it’s being shown live here ..repeat Aussies! 10am Mon morning on SBS

  9. Joseph Mallozzi said:

    “Let me be clear. Weir’s role was originally envisioned as a parallel to the Hammond role on SG-1. And so, unlike the team, it wasn’t intended that she head off-world every episode. Like it or not, the character of Weir was intended to play a supporting role to that of the team. Still – while Brad was running Atlantis, he was very supportive and protective of the character, working hard to make sure she got her fair share of stories, and to suggest otherwise is not only disingenuous, but a slap in the face to a guy who was the driving force behind episodes like Before I Sleep, The Real World, and The Long Goodbye. The decision to make the change came at the end of season three simply because that’s when we started making plans for season four. No conspiracy. Just simple logic. Finally, as a point of interest, do you know how many actors find out their role on a show has been diminished or done away with? The season wraps, the actor leaves for hiatus, and then his or her contract isn’t picked up. Their agent does the math for them. To many producers, this a much easier and less confrontational way of handling the situation which, obviously, lacks the professional courtesy and respect of a face to face meeting.”

    As a Weir fan, I want to apologize if you have understand any commentaries
    as a some kind of critic. Believe me, It´s not the intention of the Weir fans to criticize to anybody.

    We don´t know what happens inside of the studios, but We are sure that everything happens in an atmosphere of professionalism and politeness.
    We have never thought the opposite,and I don´t believe either that Torri has thought the opposite. I think that this only has been an unfortunate interpretation of her words.

    And of course, we appreciate Brad (like the other Stargate crew) and value all his efforts in favour of our favourite character, Elizabeth Weir.

    As I said before we are not here to criticize anybody, we only want to show our support to the show and to the character of Elizabeth Weir.

    I have read somewhere: The writers have created these characters that we all know and love, and the actors bring the characters to life. It is a symbiotic relationship, so no writers, no characters…

    That´s the philosophy!!

  10. What will you and the pugs be dining on during the Superbowl?…Will you be heading toward the fridge during commercial breaks or actively watching some of the most “brilliant” commercials of the year?

  11. Hey Joe!

    Interesting picks for the Super Bowl tomorrow, but I have to go with 24 Giants-21 Patriots. I think it’ll be a close match.

    Reading PG-15’s question, can we (and I hope we do) expect MANY more pineapples on set over the next while? (just be wary yourself if you are, indeed, allergic to them) 😉

    – Enzo Aquarius

  12. Go Cookie Monster!! Go Giants!! Actually, as an Eagles fan, I really don’t like the Giants, I just dislike the cheating Patriots more.

    Joe,
    Great job on Outcast, another story I had low expectations for but liked anyway.

    My question: Since Ronan and Sheppard were big in this one, and the next episode looks to be all Carter, McKay and (yech) Keller, can you/do you, film these episodes at the same time? Or do the actors just get some time off?

    As for Carter leaving Atlantis, I was someone who wasn’t all that happy about her joining the show, but you, and the other writers, did such a good job with fitting her in, I’m going to miss her.

    Jo

  13. The preview for “Trio” looked great until Keller yelled “…Schwartznegger”. I almost gagged on desert, which would have been a shame since I was enjoying a box of Sees candy. Please consider keeping references to super heroes as cartoon characters, not buffoon chararacters.

  14. Sorry Baron and Cookie, me no lik-ee footballing. Me reading book for Joe’s book club.
    Then tomorrow I think I’ll clean my house, run errands, shop for groceries and anything else to stay away from the Superbowl.

    But if I MUST root for some team, I guess it’s the Giants as I am a native New Yorker. Go rah-rah, um-m, er, is that correct?

    ??!!@@#$?
    Carol Z

  15. After football season officially ends, what does that mean for Cookie Monster and Baron Destructo?!?! 🙂

  16. Anwer: Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.

    It’s spelled ‘answer’ not ‘anwer’ but Unending was awful just because the Asgard were killed off :((

    Is Weir going to be in any episodes in Season Five? Maybe, definitely, no way at all, or I’m so not telling?

  17. At work I’m showing a street date of March 11 on the Ark of Truth DVD. I don’t know if it had yet been mentioned here, but I know many people were wondering.

  18. Sarah L. writes: “What is the most expensive thing that has been broken on set?”

    Anwer: Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.

    Ahhhhh! If it won’t freak out either of you too much, please hug Carl for me! I feel his pain.

    LOL – next time Baron Destructo plans to wipe out Cleveland, please let me know before the Death Ray is activated. I gotta let my bro-in-law know so he can leave town. Oh, and please tell Baron Destructo to start with the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. This will help assuage the anger of many RUSH fans, since the band has been dissed by the RRHOF repeatedly.

    Go Not-the-Patriots!

    eddy

  19. I really enjoyed this week’s episode and the call-back to the virtual reality world came completely unexpectedly.

  20. If there was a fast food fly-in at Pegasus galaxy,
    would they serve special dishes for Wraith like
    a ‘Crispy Colonel’ or a ‘McKay’?

  21. I agree Unending was a great episode other than the fact the asgard were wiped out. I miss Thor and Himdal (sp?). Look forward to Monday and seeing the press release of who all is coming back for season 5. I would like to say that I don’t understand why people don’t like Keller, I love her character, even though she replaced Carson who I also loved seeing.

  22. For those of us keeping score, would you be so kind as to indicate the lines in the poem covered by “Outcast?” Thanks in advance.

  23. 1) Do F-302s have railguns? 2) how come all the daedalus and apollo crew have a different symbol on their flight suit arm than the earth point of origin symbol that the SGC personal have?

  24. I have been rather enjoying the episodes this season that only (or mainly) feature a few of the main cast members such as Travelers, Missing, Harmony and Outcast. Are there any plans to have some more episodes like these in Season Five?

  25. Well, it goes without saying that Cookie Monster is obviously BRILLIANT!! Eli and the Giants for the win!! I’m sooo looking forward to the game.

    I had to laugh last night when I saw a little story on T.V. about a dog that ate a pair of Super Bowl tickets belonging to its owner. The tickets were worth several thousand dollars. The guy had his dog on ‘punishment’ until he was sure the tickets could be replaced. While I thought it was funny, I’m sure the owner was probably having a panic attack. *lol*

    Enjoy the game!

    danielfanforever

    PS: Don’t forget to let us know which line of your poem goes with “Outcast”.

  26. You think your pugs are a little err..hefty.

    Check out this pug at 32 seconds!!

  27. Scripts by Rob Cooper and Brad Wright? Could it be that fans’ dream of a big SG1/Altantis crossover is finally coming true?!! I think it would be awesome if Brad and Rob wrote a big crossover two-parter in season five! Could there be anything bigger in the Stargate universe? Joe, could you please pitch this idea to the guys? Thanks!

    Penegal

  28. I’m going to admit now that I didn’t realise the Asgard were wiped out in Unending until… much later… and then I was very sad. I have a big soft spot for those guys. (how can you not love Thor?)

    Which is why I make it a point to enjoy them so much more anytime I watch another Asgard episode. I’ve been watching SG-1 S4 lately and it’s been good for that…

    Anyway.

    Thank you for posting videos. I’ve really been enjoying them. 🙂 (all of them!)

  29. Outcast was very fantastic, and thanks for the video it’s always pleasant to watch a video from behind the scene….Thanks

  30. Oh no, now I’m worried about season 5! Team! I want the team! You’re not splitting up the team of John, Rodney, Teyla and Ronon are you?! fret, fret, fret!

    Now I’m all panicked about the finale. Ack!

    I was liking how you all were handling Carter in Season 4. She wasn’t taking over, and she had the experience from being on a team to know that sometimes, things went funky and rules just couldn’t be applied. Which has been the biggest problem with some, being inflexable and not understanding that when dealing with alien cultures that they didn’t follow Earth logic.

    Hey – at any point is the Stargate program going to get declassified? So much knowledge they are keeping from people – and so many awards the science team could win 🙂

  31. Hi Joe!
    A quickly question about a book:
    Have you read the Andromeda strain?

    I know there are a lot of people who don´t like Michael Crichton, but I´m studying biology, and I have to say that the science references are good.

    What´s your opinion about the book??

  32. When will we see sny TV ads for the Ark of Truth? Perhaps a sneek peak during the airing of an Atlanis episode. Could you talk to Rob about that.

    Thanks

  33. Points for using Djibouti in a blog! Even if you did spell it slightly off. Thanks to my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, the name forever echoes chant-like in my head, like the sound of distant war drums. Djibouti Djibouti Djibouti *boogies*

    I’m torn. I know the Pats will win but I like rooting for the underdog. And I’ve already got one person per side in my household without me getting in the middle of it!

    By the way, I liked Outcast, despite the appearance of one Kari Woowoo. At least she was very toned down. *disenheartened former Sliders fan. :~( *

  34. Hmmm…..no comment on my comment? I will take that as a resounding, “YES!” And you know which one I mean…don’t you? *thinks to herself: self, which one did I mean?…Um…all of them works for me!* 😉

    Hope you enjoy the Superbowl tomorrow. My husband has already called “Dibs” on the recliner in front of the bigscreen TV….and “Dibs” on the TV, remote and anything to do with any of that stuff during Superbowl. He also told me that he doesn’t care if any Stargate related things are airing tomorrow….the Superbowl will be on the bigscreen. Hehehehe! As if I would challenge Superbowl! Who me???

    Kimberly

  35. Squeakiep writes: “ With Martin Wood working on “Sanctuary”, does that mean we will not see him direct any Season 5 episodes??”

    Answer: Like Amanda, Martin’s involvement in Atlantis’s fifth season will be dependent on his Sanctuary schedule. If all goes well, he should be swinging by to direct some episodes in the back half.

    ~O~

    or me, i’m hoping this will work for amanda too, with her time being open in the back half of the season? maybe?…

    sally 🙂

  36. Joe Flanigan did a great job in “Outcast.” Good episode.

    When the football is over, will you then follow NASCAR? Surely you know the Daytona 500 is only a few weeks away. Or is it to baseball?

    I will miss Carter (though wish Amanda Tapping success) and worry who else could be on the way. I pray it’s not Woolsey or Ellis. Landry?

    Go Patriots! As a native New Englander, I have to say that. Enjoy the big game.

  37. Ahh Cookie Monster, your hilarity knows no bounds. “Outcast” was incredible. I loved Sheppard’s akward reaction to being at the wake. Joe F. did a perfect job of making Sheppard look like he had bugs crawling under his skin during all the old-homestead location shots. Very uncomfortable. Hat’s off to the writers and to Joe F. for a masterful setup and execution!

  38. Joe, I just had a wonderfully evil terrible thought. If there was ever to be an American Idol type show for writers, I swear, you would be Simon Cowell, because you are so snarky. Paul Mullie would be Randy Jackson because he doesn’t get to say much and Martin Gero would be Paula Abdule, because he’d look so cool in a dress.

    Patricia

  39. Most people aren’t actually allergic to pineapple like they think. The fuzzy/itchy tongue and mouth feeling happens to most people when they eat too much pineapple or one that is under ripe. It happens because pineapple is technically a form of nettle and the talons in the fruit can cause small cuts in the mouth which then sting from the acidic juice.

    If you were allergic you would develop a skin rash or have an asthma attack.

    Also Joe I have two words for you about this years Superbowl (which I have to watch from work on Monday morning): GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!

  40. This has been a wild week in SGA land, huh? I’m still very excited at your confirmation that Weir will return next season. But I’m also very disappointed that it looks like she will not have command of the city again. I would love that, and I honestly don’t know what to make of putting yet another person in charge of Atlantis.

    I guess we’ll have more information Monday. Congrats to Amanda Tapping on Sanctuary being picked up by Sci-Fi. I haven’t seen it yet, but I intend to check it out when it airs. I’m always on the look-out for good sci-fi.

    Take care.

  41. I hope Cookie Monster’s prediction is closer to the mark than the Baron’s – it was certainly more entertaining!

    The Food Network had a recent episode of its series “Giada (de Laurentiis)’s Weekend Getaways”:
    Giada visits our neighbors to the North in awe-inspiring Vancouver, Canada.
    She experiences the local cuisine at distinguished restaurant Lumiere, takes a shaky walk across the Capliano Suspension Bridge, visits the Salt Tasting Room and enjoys the Indian cuisine created with homemade spices at Vij’s.

    It all looked great – any comments???

  42. Bless Carl Binder’s Asgard-loving heart. I miss them too.
    Regarding the new Commander: I think I’ll be fine with almost anyone as you shouldn’t be using Action Jackson as you’d have the same ‘civilian in command’ issues you had with Wier. As much as Shanks might be a nice guy to you, I can’t get over his comments:

    “Sam/Jack is a red herring.”
    and
    “I thought the story was about Daniel and Jack and the others were supporting players.”

    added together to read (both to me and his worshippers):

    Sam took over my rightful spot on the show.

    They read it as a bad thing, I read it as all the characters being used. So began the first really bad flame war. Where Rob and Brad needed body guards at a con for ‘forcing’ Shanks to leave. And Amanda was the evil spawn (phrased nicely)who forced her way between the leads. (See the OurStargate forums for details.) <> Whatevah.
    I wouldn’t be so happy with Browder either because of S9 leadership shenanigans. Mitch would be cool.

    Suse

  43. Hey Joe!!

    I have so many questions i would like to ask you, but i know you will not answer them anyway so… i will only try with one!!

    My question is : Is Carter leaving because she wants to be closer to Jack (Personal reason ) ?
    ( like the same way it was done in season 9 when she was not a member of SG1 because she was taking care of Cassandra…)

  44. Hi Joe
    Is the new commander for Atlantis civilian or military? I’m not very happy with Sam leaving Atlantis after only one year – mainly because I can’t think of other positions for her that are not a step back for leading Atlantis – maybe only leading SGC. One more thing – could you please tell me if Sam is still in the AirForce after she leaves Atlantis.

  45. Just run on over here after reading the GATEWORLD reports and the spoilers for Season 5 and the Amanda Interview.

    I am in mixed minds over it all, because I LOVE SGA and i LOVE Sanctuary – so I am excited about the prospect of getting more of Sanctuary but will be sad to see Carter (and of course Amanda) leave SGA- even if its not permanent.

    Does the knowledge that shes now just going to be a “guest” rather than a “regular” change any of the storylines that have been planned- or in the process of being planned for season 5?

    Or did you guys already assume that it would be the case and start planning from there??

    I Wish Amanda all the best! and will definately be watching SGA and Sanctuary.

    Meags

  46. PG-15 writes: “The many pineapples appearances, despite the fact that I was allergic to it, therefore an obvious attempt to mock me?”

    Answer: Hey, I think I’m allergic to pineapple too! Also, yes, we were mocking you.

    I KNEW it!! But…it’s forgiven, because Outcast was awesome…and Cookie Monster just made me laugh so hard that I could barely breath…hmmm…your writing almost made me suffocate…YOU’RE TRYING TO KILL ME, AREN’T YOU?!?!?! I KNEW IT!! AND THAT’S WHY YOU GAVE ME THE FLOCKING, BECAUSE IT’S POISONOUS!!!!

    Ahem, ok, let’s…uh…change the subject.

    So yeah, Outcast…facinating episode. A very subtle, mature study of Shep’s character. Props to Alan and the other writers for the great script; props to Dylan Neal, Kari Wuhrer, Emma Lahana, and especially Joe Flanigan for some wonderful portrayls; props to BamBam for that AWESOME fight near the end; props to Joel for that wonderful and unique score; props to Andy Mikita for the fabulous direction, especially during the first encounter with the replicator, and finally, props to Mark Savela and his team for those great, new shots of the 304 in orbit! Am I leaving anyone out? I hope not!

    As usual, my full review: Link

    You guys are doing a great job! Keep it up!!

  47. Joe Mallozzie said: “Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.”

    I’m right there with Carl, I was a very unhappy ‘Gatefan when I saw “Unending”. *sigh* I miss the Asgard (my favorite alien race from the Stargate franchise), especially Thor!

    As for the future commander of the Atlantis expedition, I’ve got my fingers crossed for COL Dixon. I would love to see Adam Baldwin join the series! COL Caldwell would also be cool and it would be interesting to see how he settles in, considering the initial friction between him and LTC Sheppard at the beginning of season two.

  48. In Outcast, where did you guys film the chase scene? I spotted the lights of Grouse in the background, but couldn’t tell how far over the industrial bits were. The grain elevators by the pne mayhaps? Though I’ll admit that until I saw the water/mountains I thought it must have been filmed from the North Van side looking the other way.

  49. Oh, I forgot, I had 2 questions:

    1. What was the name of the restaurant in which Ava met with Shep and Ronon after the wake?

    2. Was Bill Dow really sunburned, or was all of that makeup just to set up the joke that Dr. Lee got called in from vacation?

  50. Sheppard is often socially awkward – do you think his wealthy upbringing had/has a role in his somewhat stiff behavior?

  51. Oh Cookie…your presentation makes you look so uneducated, but in your simplicity there is truth!

    Go Giants! Hotty Toddy!!

    Oh, and … Outcast was fan-freakin-tastic. I haven’t been so surprised by an ending in a long time. When Shep came out of the pod, I literally went “Whoa!”

    Definitely wasn’t expecting that one.

  52. Joe,
    I’ve got a question I am hoping you’ll be willing to help me with; you see I have been a fan of SG1 from the very beginning and I bought all the seasons on DVD as they became available and now I see in the 10 season box set there are four additional discs full of bonus materials. Can you tell me how I can buy only those 4 additional discs? I’d be ever so grateful…. Blessings abound… or so I have found!

    Thank you

    Patricia Lee

  53. PG-15 writes: “The many pineapples appearances, despite the fact that I was allergic to it, therefore an obvious attempt to mock me?”

    Answer: Hey, I think I’m allergic to pineapple too! Also, yes, we were mocking you.

    And the “Joe Mallozzi Is Actually PG-15 In Disguise” evidence continues to mount…

  54. Hello, Joseph

    Merci pour cette video.

    snif, Vous n’avez pas répondu a mon email, oui c’est vrai vous devez avoir plein d’email important, répondre a une petite franchi serat un perte de temp.

    Sinon Merci pour cette video.

    Oui, ce soir c’est Superbowl, sa va être cool.

    Bon aller j’y vais, Merci (je vous dit pas que je vous adore car je fait la tête, mais bon je vous adore qu’en même—> , je vais aller me réfugiais dans tout les cadeaux sur vous que mon fait mes amis fan de stargate ;_;) a

  55. a oui, j’avais oublier:

    Sa serais super que Carson revienne dans la saison 5!

    Et que le commandant soit Francais! Car les Francais c’est les meilleurs( lol…)

  56. Just a quick question: does it freak you out how obsessed some people are with the actors/characters? I’ve seen some stuff from some of them that would scare the pants off me if I was an actor.

    The real person fiction in which fans insist the actors are gay, the one person who’s found private photos of an actor from your show dating back to his childhood and puts them on her blog…

    One in particular is an extremely obsessive Sam fan. I understand liking her and everything, but this person goes well beyond the boundaries of what’s normal. Talking about Carter like she’s a real person — I mean, what the hell? She’s a TV character.

    Surely some of this freaks you and the actors out.

  57. My choices for the bookclub next month: Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind: The King-Killer Chronicle, Day 1

    Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

    Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box

    Oh and really enjoyed Jason in “Outcast”. Even though Ronon is not my favorite character-with him being written this well as of late-he is really growing on me.

  58. Hope Cookie Monster is right. The fishes don’t want to share the glory for being undefeated. Hope Joe don’t overindulge on snacks. Most people couldn’t help themselves at game time. Was hoping for some predictions from CM and BD about the forthcoming Super Bowl commercials, Will they be dregs or sparkling.

    For people with access to the Showcase Canada cable channel. Joe’s “Student Bodies” show is airing on Saturday at 4:30AM EST and Sunday at 5:00AM EST with double episodes on each day. Apparently Showcase is using the show to fulfill Canadian content requirements. Since the show is for kids. Who should not be watching the show at the current airing times. Never mind why the show is on Showcase Canada, it’s a very adult oriented channel.

    Finally, go Giants in the big show.

  59. Hi Joe!

    I know I’m a little late, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Outcast. There were so many wonderful character moments: Rodney coming to John (great acting by both JF and DH, and I’m really glad you guys wrote in a scene with the two of them, because they’re good friends and it shows how much Rodney cares about John); Ronon unexpectedly accompanying Shep, thereby showing how much he cares; I could go on and on. This ep really showed how far the characters have come and how close they have become, and that’s one of the things I love to see in a show.

    The Replicator plot was tense and exciting, and I loved the action-y ‘Sateda’-like score (kudos to Joel Goldsmith!). Great twist with Ava; I had NOT seen that coming, and it was nice to see that Shep and his ex-wife are still on good terms with each other. Nancy’s reply to Shep’s “You know me” was very telling. She knows he will disregard his own life in a heartbeat if it means saving someone he cares about.

    Also, some wonderfully subtle acting by Joe F. Poor Shep looked so lost and I love how his friends and teammates (Rodney and Ronon) were there for him. So thank you for giving us this awesome episode. It’s one of my favourite eps of the season.

    Love, Jenn

  60. Hey Joe, great job on Outcast to all involved.

    It was great to see Dean Marshall on Atlantis again, I recently met him and he’s a really nice guy. Are there any plans to bring him back again?

  61. Outcast was awesome, it was great to have some backstory and to see some earth action, I just wanted to smack Sheppards brother, the smug SOB! Have I not been paying sufficient attention though? What was the reason that once the replicator had been located in the first instance he couldn’t be beamed up? and also why was Ava not shown up when Dr Lee got the replicator detector thingy online?
    I think the pain meds have seriously slowed my brain cell down, roll on physio tomorrow. Cheers.

  62. Hey Joe,

    Did you know certain more ‘fanatical’ Carter fans are already asking other Atlantis fans on GW to tell them which eps Carter is in, how much of a part she has, etc, so they know if they have to watch it?

    The plan is that those on the East coast tell the ones on the West coast, so the Westies don’t have to ‘waste their time’ watching Atlantis if she’s not on it.

    The wonderful irony in this is that these are some of the same people who attacked the Weir fans for saying they’d only watch the episodes Torri’s in, and told them to give Carter a chance.

    What a difference a year makes.

  63. One of the funniest lines in Outcast was when Ronon said to John, “Nice house” about the Sheppard home. Coming from him, totally out of left field! Next we’ll be finding out that Ronon was a Satedan real estate agent when he wasn’t a soldier and will be selling condos in Atlantis!!
    Looking forward to Trio. Go McKay-inator!
    GO Giants! DD

  64. One more thing, as for the new commander, I’m hoping for Ellis or Caldwell. Just think of the conflict they would bring……oh poor Rodney if it’s Ellis.

  65. Congrats on season five. Im excited to see what is in store for the Atlantis crew. I was shocked about the news of Amanda, shes not completly gone and this will give the writers a chance to write for a new character. Good Luck!

  66. Thanks for answering my question about staff meetings – I know there are a lot of different groups of people that contribute to a given episode so I had been wondering how everyone got on the same page.

    I enjoyed Friday’s episode and thought the backstory you gave Shepperd was compelling.

    I remain uninspired by the Superbowl this year because I’m a Cowboys fan. Additionally, being held at 9pm is just plan lame. Those of us who have work in the morning on Monday are unamused.

  67. Okay, I fee like my question is incredibly trivial, but it’s been stuck in my head for the last week. Sorry.

    I was reviewing “Cold Lazarus” from SG1, season 1 and it dawned on me that the men and women were sharing one locker room. It seemed odd that there wouldn’t be separate female locker room due to the fact that Carter is not the only female on base…

    So how did you end up with only one locker room and is this true for the whole series (like when Teal’c comes to see Carter to comfort her in “Paradise Lost”)?

    I told you my question was trivial. 🙂

  68. If Cookie Monster gets it right, I owe him(or his proxy) 1 bag of his favorite treats. Go Giants! If the Baron is correct, then I will point out that I am rooting for the Giants in order to spy on an anti-Baron group who are rooting for New York. Thus the Baron need not use my application to become a lackey for him as a substitute form of toilet paper down in the mailroom. Hmm, that brings to mind. Any comments on the exact heiarchy of the hired help? We have servitors, servents, lackeys, acolytes, henchmen, syncophants, underlings, and hired thugs to name a few. Surely there is a ranking system to it all. Ah well.
    Panic at home due to the cable being out. For once I’m glad of the 3 hour time difference between the coasts. By the time Sci Fi makes its announcement(pleeeze let them announce on west coast first) I will have time to resolve the issue. Again, your fault my blood pressure is elevated.
    Great news that it looks like Mr. Binder will finally be retaking his rightful place on the staff. Please take a few photos for us as he’s re-chained to his desk to take his duties back up…

  69. I watched Outcast yesterday and I really loved it. I *really* like it when Sheppard and Ronan go to Earth together. They’re a great pairing, and it’s fun to see Ronan interact on this “weird planet”.

    I’m a little confused how they didn’t figure out the girl was a replicator earlier than when they did.. but that was my only bit of “huh?” during the entire show.

    Though I have to say, with references to the Kid Planet being thrown out often enough for me to go “hey…. they go there a lot.” (which I think is two references, but hey. it’s a lot, when they have to point out “it’s the kid planet” each time).. well, Zelenka shouldn’t be the only guy we see in face paint. 😀

  70. woooohoooo superbowl!!!!

    well woohhoooo that they’re showing it LIVE on irish tv!!!!!!!wooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
    so im up for…whoever wins!!!!!

  71. Re hello.

    Oh, Ø_Ø mes parent mon dit quelque chose de vraiment pas gentil aujourd’hui.




    “De tout façon ton joseph s’en fiche de toi, tu croit que la vie d’une gamine de 17 ans l’intérésse? au mieux, la chose que tu arrive a faire, c’est a l’embêté.”

    ;_;…..c’est vrai?←

  72. So, Hasbro the makers of Monopoly are creating a World Monopoly game, which 20 cities will you be voting for? I will assume Vancouver will get your vote!

  73. Oh My Virgin Eyes!!
    Kate Said:
    “Just a quick question: does it freak you out how obsessed some people are with the actors/characters? I’ve seen some stuff from some of them that would scare the pants off me if I was an actor.

    The real person fiction in which fans insist the actors are gay, the one person who’s found private photos of an actor from your show dating back to his childhood and puts them on her blog…

    One in particular is an extremely obsessive Sam fan. I understand liking her and everything, but this person goes well beyond the boundaries of what’s normal. Talking about Carter like she’s a real person — I mean, what the hell? She’s a TV character.

    Surely some of this freaks you and the actors out.”

    I have to agree with Kate, Just the other day I was looking for info on the next SGA book to be released and ran across some WEIRD and FREAKY fan fiction. I am all for reading some rather hot and freaky stuff but after 1 sentence, yes 1! I was rather wigged out. I felt nothing but shame and embarassment for everyone involved…and clearly even those NOT involved.

    Thankfully the writers and such are not allowed to read unsolicited scripts. Does that carry over to fan fiction as well, I would think?!

    I guess you just not visit those sites….

  74. carol said

    Thankfully the writers and such are not allowed to read unsolicited scripts. Does that carry over to fan fiction as well, I would think?!

    No, writers of TV shows are not allowed to read fan fiction, nor should they visit sites/forums which host said fan fiction. And as for the weird and freaky stuff; it’s been around since Star Trek hit the airwaves, and the press has talked about it for decades. So it’s nothing new under the sun.

    And honestly, there’s just as bad stuff out in the ‘normal’ ‘regular’ press 😉

  75. I vote for Colonel Abe Ellis, for the new commander. It seems that the show has been pushing for more of a military presence at the helm of Atlantis, and the migration from Weir to Carter to Ellis would be logical. And, there would be major bonus points for having an African-American in a key role while NOT playing an alien on the show. Plus, it would be great to watch the dynamics between Ellis and McKay. I have always enjoyed watching Michael Beach, first noticing him on ER long ago.

  76. Hey Joe.

    I hope you have fun at your SUPERBOWL PARTY.
    My friends and I are having an ANTI SUPERBOWL PARTY. We have lots of munchies and chick flicks. : )

    My question is that since Carter is only going to be a recurring character in S5 are you planning on having her around when Daniel comes to visit?

    I was hoping for a nice reunion scene between them and maybe they could reminisce about the good old days on SG1 while trying to avoid being killed by Wraith and maybe some replicators too.

  77. Col Dixson was a cool character in SG-1 and I know Adam Baldwin said he was trying to get a role on Atlantis before Atantis started, but I doubt he would be coming to Atlantis anymore since he has another show Chuck on NBC which seems to be doing well.

  78. Ms Carol:

    I just hope the actors, their husbands/wives/significant others, their children, and anyone close to them never sees the sort of stuff you’re talking about. Some of it is downright disgusting. If the actors knew, I’m sure there’d be talk of restraining orders in the very least.

    I’m amazed by some of the freaks that they deal with at conventions. 99 percent of convention people are fine, but the ones who pinch the actors butts, insist on being hugged or kissed, dress in a way that’s obviously aimed at gaining attention. It’s scary.

  79. Sally, why do you care if Sam’s in the back half of season five. You’ve already said on GW that you don’t intend to watch SGA without her. That you don’t actually have any interest in the show. Surely you’d be more interested in seeing her in Sanctuary, which you seem to actually like.

    Though I find that interesting. Everyone I know who’s seen it says it’s average at best.

  80. Scratch that, Sally. You’ve said you’d sit there and watch Amanda read the phone-book, right? Silly me. It’s not about quality. It’s about looking at Amanda.

  81. Okayyy,so no ultimately teleported Carson lost in some locked part in the city. Well….

    What about a ghost image of Carson stored somwhere in a buffer of the city’s teleporters network, just waiting for raw materials and a plexicristal-fumbling Mckay to be rematerialyse ? (with a non up to date memory, of course).

    Beside this,2 questions about Outcast, if you please: where does the VR-pod come from, and what kind of computer do create the virtual world ?

  82. Elizabeth wrote:

    What happened on the ‘Next Week on Stargate Atlantis’ commercial for Trio? Can someone please tell me?

    If you go to SciFi.com, the preview exactly as shown Friday night is there. Click here to — I hope — go directly to the preview. If that doesn’t work, the link for the preview is on on this page.

    There is a longer preview available on the Atlantis front page at the official MGM website. Click here to — I hope — go directly to the preview. If that doesn’t work, the link for the preview is on this page.

    Anne Teldy

  83. Sarah L. writes: “What is the most expensive thing that has been broken on set?”

    Anwer: Clearly, the most precious thing ever broken on set was Carl’s heart the day the Asgard were wiped out.

    OMG, mine too. LOL I am still not over it. I saw that episode while in Moscow (there are NO Stargate episodes aired over there and the fanbase is huge in Moscow) and I admit, there were tears. LOL

  84. Um, I don’t think you Weir fans really want Joe to tell the story of what actually happened with Torri. Better for you all to believe she was horribly slighted than to be faced with an uncomfortable truth. So perhaps you could all lay off the vitriol for TPTB, Amanda Tapping, and anyone else at whom your ire is currently directed.

    Sheesh, even with a roadmap you people get lost.

  85. First off, great job with Outcast. I particularly enjoyed the ending…I figured out early that Ava was not what she seemed, but I was surprised with how they decided to deal with her.

    But there is something I have been wondering about. In Outcast we saw enough in this episode to know that John had a rocky relationship with his father and brother. But what about his mother. Why is that we here so much about our hero’s fathers, but not so much about their mothers?

    As for the football game on tonight? I am rooting for the Giants. I have a soft spot for the underdog…be that a team or a younger brother.

  86. On February 3, 2008 at 10:10 am Kate Said:

    I just hope the actors, their husbands/wives/significant others, their children, and anyone close to them never sees the sort of stuff you’re talking about. Some of it is downright disgusting. If the actors knew, I’m sure there’d be talk of restraining orders in the very least.

    I’m amazed by some of the freaks that they deal with at conventions. 99 percent of convention people are fine, but the ones who pinch the actors butts, insist on being hugged or kissed, dress in a way that’s obviously aimed at gaining attention. It’s scary.

    Most actors tend to stay away from the internet and fan discussion forums, as they probably get enough crap via the postal service. Most actors are aware of fanfiction – not that they know the specifics – but fanfiction isn’t a buried subculture. The mainstream press quite often does articles on it. And no, that doesn’t excuse the weirder fan fiction (such as Real person Slash, which is actually more prevalent among fans of rock stars and such for some reason). But fans are going to write/draw/photomanip what they want. The behavior in Sg fandom is mirrored in many other fandoms and interests (such as sports fans).

    And hmm, out of curiosity, when did this comments section become an outlet for fans to constantly diss other fans?

  87. It was snowing this morning when I woke up before dawn and it is still snowing this afternoon. I hate the world today. If my blog link works when you click on my name, I have a few pics up. For anyone pining for snow, I will give you all of it, just come take it away. Please. All yours for the taking.

    All the neighborhood guys were out moving snow from the driveways and streetside parking, making room for their Superbowl guests to park.

  88. A said…
    “Did you know certain more ‘fanatical’ Carter fans are already asking other Atlantis fans on GW to tell them which eps Carter is in, how much of a part she has, etc, so they know if they have to watch it?”

    I’ve only seen one Carter fan express that she doesn’t intend to watch next season and she has every right not to, just like you had the right to not watch this season without Torri.

    But at least this “fanatical” Carter fan you mentioned does not go around the web spreading slander about your favorite actress and bashing your favorite character. Which is more than I can say for you, A (and yes, I know who you are). It amazes me just how bitter and petty some fans can be that they would resort to attacking Amanda Tapping and her fans just b/c their favorite actress got the boot and AT accepted a job that was offered to her.

    Do you really think Torri would appreciate how you are defending her online? How you are tearing into other actresses and their fans? I choose to believe Torri is much classier than that. I do think she got the short end of the deal in this situation. But I think some of her fans have not done her any favors with their actions.

  89. Send our compliments to the gang at Fuel–we checked out their website (after numerous and overwhelming recommendations), and it was playing my favorite song. I’m sold.

  90. Hi Mr. Mallozzi,

    As a fan of both Stargate shows, I had mixed feelings about Sam coming over to “Atlantis”, but thought you guys did a decent job with her once she arrived. Nice to hear that you guys kept the door open, so she can still show up in a few episodes now and then.

    However, now that she is the second leader to leave, I’m beginning to fear that the desk in the main office of Atlantis has a revolving chair, that has someone new in it every time it spins around. Weir was on the show for three seasons, but that’s still a short time compared to how long Hammond was on SG-1, and, IMHO, the leadership position ought to be more stable. Hope whoever you have next in line is able to stay awhile.

  91. There is no such thing as a bad fan, just as there is no such thing as bad press! For every person one offends, there will always be many more that are willing to watch and listen to them.

    Charactors will come and go on our favourite shows, rather than complain we should be happy for them and wish the actors who portray them the best.

  92. Joe —

    Great job to everyone on “Outcast”. JF was so good in this eppy. Showing the emotion of a stoic character is so hard to do well, but he nailed the confusion and regret of an adult losing a parent. Glad to know Bates is well, although there was a moment of concern when you guys gave him ANOTHER head injury. Great action sequences, great conclusion with the downloaded consciousness. And it’s always good to see Bill Dow. If the third series ever gets off the ground, I hope there will be room for Dr. Lee.

    Getting antsy for tomorrow’s announcement. Could Hammond be taking on Pegasus as a retirement project? Is Caldwell finally getting command? Will Woolsey take an off-world assignment? Or something I haven’t yet imagined?

    No matter what I was happy to read this about Martin Wood:
    “If all goes well, he should be swinging by to direct some episodes in the back half.”

  93. Joe, when someone’s friend/relative is dead/dying… is that episode automatically tossed to Alan McCullough? It seems like he’s the Mr. Mortality of the Stargate writers room.

  94. Um, I don’t think you Weir fans really want Joe to tell the story of what actually happened with Torri. Better for you all to believe she was horribly slighted than to be faced with an uncomfortable truth.

    It’s not our business ‘what actually happened with Torri’. It’s not your business what actually happened with Torri – that’s firmly between her and TPTB – but trying to insinuate that she did something and ‘deserved’ to be removed from the show, which is what it seems like you’re trying to do here, isn’t very dignified (to borrow a word). In fact it’s downright unpleasant. Especially when I suspect you’re as in the dark about the particulars as the rest of us. Thinking you know what happened isn’t, in the end, actually the same as knowing. Personally, I don’t want or need to know the details.

    Torri didn’t indicate that she felt ‘horribly slighted’ either: all she said was that she was a little ‘surprised and upset’, not at the descision or the TPTB (she said she ‘had no issues’ with anybody), just that she was told last minute. She’s only human. Fans will make of that what they will.

    So perhaps you could all lay off the vitriol for TPTB, Amanda Tapping, and anyone else at whom your ire is currently directed.

    From what I’ve read the past few posts, no-one’s pouring vitriol on Amanda Tapping at all. It’s been said enough times: Not all Weir fans are anti-Carter; not all anti-Carter people are Weir fans. The vast majority of Weir fans I’ve seen around the past couple of days have all been very supportive of Tapping and Sanctuary.

    As Ducku said, the majority of us are not here to criticise anyone. We’re not here to pick fights. We’re just here to keep politely reminding Joe that we love the character of Weir, haven’t forgotten her, and are hopeful that we’ll get to see her again next season (and the season after that, Joe! 😉 )So what d’you say: I’ve had a rotten day…any chance of some good news coming the Weir fans’ way soon? 🙂

  95. Mr M,

    The actresses who played Chaya, Larrin, and Nancy all have a very similar look, as shown in this composite of their photos I made. (If prompted for a password, it’s mallozzi. 😀 ) I couldn’t find a photo I liked of Teer (actress Chad Morgan) but she’s not dissimilar. [The odd-woman-out was Mara the airhead daughter of the Lord Protector in “The Tower” but she stalked him, not the other way around.]

    Are we then to assume that Sheppard is not over his ex-wife? Or is this the kind of woman who appeals to the person/s in charge of casting?

    Anne Teldy

  96. So…Sheppard’s father was in business. Humm… So. He and the brother paid for the Replicator, and where plotting to take over the world. Bummer about the heart attack spoiling all their plans. Oh. Maybe it wasn’t really a heart attack. Humm… Perhaps now only brother will take over the world.

    Where are the Asgard when you need them?? They could defeat brother with one of their wierd, limp hands tied behind their wierd rubbery backs. If we can get Carson back from the dead, can we get the Asgard, too??

  97. First, I think the Patriots will win.

    Second, OUTCAST question. Why was Bates, a Marine, honorably discharged from the Air Force ??

  98. Hi Joe,

    I’ve been wondering – what percentage of Stargate fans are crazy, do you think?

    I think you should hire me to be the new base commander. I’m not photogenic and I can’t act, but still – it would get me out of the house, you know? And I’ve long wanted to go to Canada. I hear you’re all very polite.

    Nice job on Outcast, by the way. The backstory was great, it was cool to see Bates up and walking, too (well, until he got beaten up again!) The scene with Rodney was bloody awesome, and Ronon was adorable. The Flan did a really great job. Very nice work by everyone. I empathised heavily with Dr Lee – I’m currently the same colour as him. Ouch. Also, suffering from what my flatmate insists is the plague. Aren’t you glad you can’t transmit disease via the internet? *cough*

  99. JOE…

    I was so bummed to hear that Amanda was not going to be returning as a “regular” cast member. I wish her well in all her future projects. That having been said… would it be too much to ask to please PUUULLEEEESE throw the die-hard Sam/Jack shippers a small bone. Perhaps some offhand comment about her new position giving her more time to devote to “fishing”. What could it hurt? There is no reason it would have to be anything but a tiny part of any specific area of the story line. We see other characters talking as time filler about more ridiculous things. (Superhero parings…e.g.) For the love of the ancients, we’re dying out here.

  100. Über (Mary Beth) Said:

    And the “Joe Mallozzi Is Actually PG-15 In Disguise” evidence continues to mount…

    No, no; the title of the conspiracy is “PG15 is actually Joe Mallozzi in Disguise”. Afterall, I’m fairly certain Joe isn’t a 20-year old Chinese guy posing as an early 30-something Italian TV Executive. More than likely, it’s the other way around.

    Well, that was confusing…and incriminating.

  101. So, while you, Cookie, Baron Desructo et al are watching the Super Bowl, will the dogs be watching the Puppy Bowl?

  102. Hi Joe – Just wanted to add my congratulations to the many others for “Outcast”. What a great episode with really super moments for all of the characters. Excellent story telling and weaving the replicator plot with Shep’s family. The “Shep family” plot hit close to home for me – my parents didn’t like the college I attended, wanted me to be a doctor (not), and totally flipped out when I made the US Air Force a career (20+ years). Life does imitate art!

    Where did you shoot the “family home” scenes? That was a really great location.

  103. Hello Joe!

    I tried to decipher the newspaper which were laying on Avas desk in Outcast, but its difficult.

    Is it possible to get a closeup of the papers? Maybe even close enough to be able to read the texts? I would love to know the reason for granting McKay 600k$ and why the “Leaders Visit drew Protest”.

    Loved the references to “Bounty”!!

    All the best,

    Christina

  104. On February 3, 2008 at 10:19 am A Said:
    Scratch that, Sally. You’ve said you’d sit there and watch Amanda read the phone-book, right? Silly me. It’s not about quality. It’s about looking at Amanda.

    hi alyssa. 😉

    (i pissed her off last night at gateworld, so now *we* get this stuff :p)

    sally 🙂

  105. Okay… here we go… the coin toss!!! Tails.. Giants have the ball! OOOOH Check out the puppy bowl on Animal Plant!!! They are soooooo Cute!

    Enjoy the game!

    Patricia Lee

  106. Loved Outcast, really awesome to see Bates up and around (I wonder if he asked Sheppard off-screen about Ford and Weir??).

    Was the cafe/restaurant and outdoor shots used in this episode places you’ve been to by any chance?

  107. Mr. M, I wasn’t feeling well yesterday so this is a huge post with all the comments I would have made.

    Eric wrote:

    Nice photos with a high ISO rating. Is that sand or sawdust?

    The first comment I ever made here was in October when Mr. M posted video of Sheppard in the sandstorm. I asked if Mr. Flanigan lost any skin during filming. Mr M replied, misspelling my name. (Yep! He answered my frst ever question! Little did he realize he was creating a monster! 😈 )

    AnneTeddy [sic] writes: “Anyone who thinks acting is always a glamorous job should check out yesterday’s video. Did he lose any skin filming that?”

    Answer: No because we didn’t use actual sand. Our special effects team purchased 1000 lbs of cornmeal for that sequence. Cornmeal and something else, I can’t remember what. Maybe oats? Apparently one offers the correct look while the other offers the proper consistency that allows it to fly and swirl.

    jedi43 wrote:

    Question where did the VR pod come from? The Aurora and Orion were blown up so it could not have come from them.

    The Orion wasn’t blown up right away. It would have been very easy during the three weeks they worked on the Orion to have taken one of the pod units for study. I’m sure the Chancellor would have allowed it. After all, he knew his scientists weren’t up to it.

    iamza wrote:

    Hee, well, I’m hoping Monday’s announcement states that Vala is the new commander, because just imagining the fandom implosion this news would generate is enough to make me laugh and laugh.

    What is your mailing address? I’m sending you the drycleaning bill for my sweater because the moment I saw “Vala is the new commander” I spewed soda all over myself laughing.

    Aelfgyfu wrote:

    Doctor Bill Lee! [snip] (John’s right. That man needs some serious sunscreen. SPF 45 or 50 ought to do.)

    Or some of Rodney’s homemade SPF 100 from “Runner”. 😀

    wams352 wrote:

    another comment – just throwing it out there but uh, ever since McKay messed with the kid-planet machine in season 1 [snip] And how do the kids know it’s not working? When the wraith come??

    Sheppard did say they’d check on them, so who ever he sent to do so might have noticed the problem. Or the kids themself might have noticed that the thing stopped glowing.

    Inpa wrote:

    It would have been better to see, does [Sheppard’s ex-wife’s] still care for him, feel bad about the relationship? We don’t know.

    She came to her ex-husband’s father’s wake which was out of town for her. She hugged her ex. She met him when he called the next day and then put her job — and, if she’d been caught, her freedom — on the line for him. She asked him to be careful. I think it’s fairly safe to say she still cares for him even if she isn’t in love with him.

    kdvb1 wrote:

    5.John & Nancy divorced around 4 yrs ago….about 6mths before he went off to Atlantis.

    Actually, Nancy said she hadn’t seen John in 4 years. They could have divorced years before that. Her job with Homeland Security could have brought her into contact with him often. We just don’t have enough information.

    astrumporta wrote:

    Loved Outcast. So did Shep really go to Stanford, or was that juse an “example” of rebellion?

    I believe it was an example of the senior Mr. Sheppard’s idea of rebellion against his own parents.

    Anne Teldy

  108. A Said:

    Sally, why do you care if Sam’s in the back half of season five. You’ve already said on GW that you don’t intend to watch SGA without her. That you don’t actually have any interest in the show. Surely you’d be more interested in seeing her in Sanctuary, which you seem to actually like.

    Though I find that interesting. Everyone I know who’s seen it says it’s average at best.

    Hey “A”…

    Why exactly are you so…erm…enamored with Sal’s feelings about Amanda Tapping, SGA and Sanctuary? Do you have a vested interest in tearing into her or something? Has someone paid you and you’re merely fulfilling the terms of your contract?

    Who cares what she feels. She’s entitled to like or not like whatever she wants just like the rest of us and I’m pretty sure she can decide what to like or not like without your prompting her as to which show she should take an interest in kthx.

    As for the rest of it…look. Like Sanctuary or don’t…that’s up to you. But I would thoroughly appreciate it if folks would retire old fandom gripes and let dozing canines recline in peace. The characterization that Amanda fans are up in arms, that there’s some sort of mass mutiny, that Carter fans feel betrayed, etc. is a pile of rubbish. It’s disingenuous at best is quite frankly, painfully transparent.

    Anyone willing to see for yourself will learn that Amanda/Sam fans are saddened for the loss but excited that A., she will still play a role in Stargate (hopefully more than just a couple) and B., she is moving on to something incredibly exciting and cool.

    See for yourself how Carter fans really feel rather than take the word of someone with obvious “issues” about Amanda and Carter fans.

    I’m truly sorry that some folks are put out by the fact that the majority of Amanda’s supporters aren’t weeping and gnashing of teeth and cursing TPTB for “doing us wrong.” It apparently chaps some people’s backsides that we don’t feel wronged…so much so that you feel the need to “out” a Carter fan to for daring to express her feelings on a public forum…in the hopes of, what, discrediting Amanda fans in general?

    The fact is, the majority of us accept the harsh reality that Amanda Tapping has not consented to be cloned and therefore cannot commit a hellacious amount of time to two major projects.

    As for me, I was an SGA fan before she joined the cast as a fulltime castmember, I’ll be a fan after she leaves her post as leader of the expedition and will quite joyfully watch Amanda in Sanctuary as well.

    MB

  109. kdvb1 wrote:
    5.John & Nancy divorced around 4 yrs ago….about 6mths before he went off to Atlantis.

    anneteldy Said:
    Actually, Nancy said she hadn’t seen John in 4 years. They could have divorced years before that. Her job with Homeland Security could have brought her into contact with him often. We just don’t have enough information.

    Yes, you are right…I was assuming there(and we all know how dangerous that is!).
    So that proves my point even more…we really didn’t get much background info. on Joe. I want some background on my boys! (Shepp and McKay) And I want it NOW! *said in a Veruca Salt voice*

    Saucily,
    Kimberly

  110. All I hear at Joe M’s blog is how fan’s on Gateworld did this or how wonderful fans on Gateworld did that, Gateworld, Gateworld,Gateworld!!!! *said in a Jan Brady voice*

    This is Joe’s blog…most of us don’t care what the heck happened on Gateworld. It’s really quite annoying to keep hearing people bicker back and forth about it. If you want to fight about what’s going on at Gateworld…go to Gateworld please! It’s rude to bring it here.
    *ducking behind the couch, waiting for any flak*
    Kimberly

  111. I’m working from home today with the Superbowl in the background on the TV. Joe, what have you done to me?!
    I was a girlfriend at one of our AFL teams here in Aus for far too many years which meant I had seen enough football to last the rest of my lifetime… but somehow Cookie Monster and Baron Destructo have caused me to have interest again. Evil I say!

    MaggieMayDay – you are welcome to stay in our spare room. It’s warm here in Melbourne and the food and wine festival is on – guaranteed to get rid of those Winter blues. Hang in there!

    And to all who attack others when a character is changed/killed/not written to their liking – please go and get a healthy dose of perspective. At the risk of sounding preachy, go and visit a children’s hospital, palative care ward, homeless shelter, you get the idea. You may feel a little sheepish over how much of your energy you are expending on such a trivial matter – no offense to the importance of your work Joe!

    Joe’s blog has a light heartedness to it. It would be a shame for it to lose that and have it replaced with hostility. Although I’m sure Mr M wouldn’t let that happen if he doesn’t want it to.

    Jumps off soap box.

  112. Doh! Forgot to ask my question. It is actually relating to Joel Goldsmith. Does he have a composer he can say has been most influential in his style of writing?
    I’m struggling to put full sentences together today sorry – I’m at fire bad, tree pretty level of vocabulary competency.

  113. Cookie Monster got it right.

    The New York Giants are the Super Bowl Champs this year. And the Fishes are happy. Most of the pundits got it wrong. Well until the next Super Bowl.

  114. I have to agree with Mary Beth! I too am a Sam/Amanda fan and we are not up in arms about the announcement that she will be guest appearing in the show! Every Sam fan I have talked to understands there is only one AT that has two great opportunities in front of her. We all have difficult decisions in life and I don’t envy her with that tough choice. There is no doubt most Sam fans will miss seeing Sam, but are overjoyed at the prospect of future guest appearances on Atlantis. It could have all ended for the character at the end of s4, but it hasn’t and most of us are very happy about that! So Thank you Joe and Paul! :~)

    Oh and Woot The Giants won!! Great game.. I’m a happy camper :~)
    Ann

  115. I had a feeling we’d get Woolsey. I like the actor, but the character hasn’t displayed any leadership qualities. Just a very stubborn strict adherence to ‘rules’ and not having much flexability.

    So, lets see you improve on his views on offworld actions and antics. Though please don’t fall back into way, way, way too much IOA/political mess. All that red tape, which yes, I know is there, I’d rather not watch.

  116. Eventhough I am excited I wonder what the reason could be that Woolsey got the job. Weir clearly had the political background for the job considering that there would be relations with new alien civilizations. Carter clearly has the experience for the job as well as the leadership skills plus her military abilities. And alsoher astro-stuff is an asset. But Woolsey has none of the mentioned above. What could the reason for Woolsey getting the job be other than the I.O.A. wanting to extend there power which alone would no be reason enough the be appointed commander of Atlantis.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love the actor mister Picardo coming over. Thats major. But I am not too sure about the charachter.

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