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Last night, the transformation was almost completed. A Boston team came very close to becoming that which it has historially despised: the New York Yankees. But as it turned out, it was all for naught. I know, I know. Oh, ye of little faith. Cookie Monster was gloating all night. Despite my pessimism, those Giants came through. I couldn’t have asked for a better game. Or a better outcome. To go undefeated in the regular season, make it all the way to the Superbowl – and lose. How sweet it is! Probably the only ones happier than me, Cookie Monster, and fans of the New York Giants were the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team. Oh, and my sister who doesn’t know anything about football and called me yesterday afternoon on her way to a Superbowl party. “Who should I bet on and what should I say to make it sound like I know what I’m talking about?“ “Bet on the Giants,“I advised. “And say they have the better pass rush.“ She ended up winning $60 in the party pick’em pool.

GREATEST. SUPERBOWL. EVER!

Also, a handful of great commercials. My Top 5 faves:

5. Bud Light – Ability to Fly

4. Bridgestone – Squirrel

3. Tide – Screaming Stain

2. Doritos – Mouse Trap

1. Doritos – Mouse Trap!!!

Check ‘em out here: http://sports.aol.com/nfl/superbowlads

The results are in for the next book of the month club discussions.

In the scifi category, it’ll be Timescape by Gregory Benford. Discussion will begin April 7th.

In the horror category, F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep gets the nod. Discussion on this book will begin April 14th.

Finally, in the fantasy category, Jeffrey Ford’s Empire of Ice Cream wins a hard-fought battle. Discussion on this book will begin April 21st.

Hopefully, that will give everyone plenty of time to read the selection(s) of their choice. Between now and then, I nevertheless intend to read the nominees that didn’t make the cut (Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box, Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, and Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind) and invite you to join me and weigh in with your comments.

Perusing the fan forums this past weekend, I noticed a significant amount of anxious speculation concerning the show’s fifth season. Some of the more outlandish assumptions seem to stem from a SliceofSciFi article that refers to various rumors surrounding Atlantis’s fifth season. Allow me to put some of those rumors to rest. According to the article:

“With the absence of Carter, Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) will pick up more leadership responsibilities. Rumor has it he may even be in for a promotion to Full Bird Colonel, however, nothing along those lines has been confirmed.”

There has never been any discussion about promoting Sheppard and his leadership responsibilities as team leader will remain unchanged.

“We may also be seeing a little less of Rachel Luttrell as Teyla, at least in the early goings of the new season. As every fan of the series knows Rachel spent most of Season 4 being pregnant for real. By the time Season 5 airs she will have delivered her baby and will be spending some quality time with her new addition to the family. She is expected to return in full capacity later in the season, however.”

Rachel remains a series regular and an important part of the team. Two of the first three episodes see some major developments for the character.

“There will be an addition to the Atlantis SG Team named Captain Alison Parker. She is military, tough and ready for action, but frustrated over Colonel Carter’s slowness in making her a permanent part of the team. That will change quickly after the first episode.”

The character’s name is Porter, not Parker, and there are no plans to put her on Sheppard’s team. So, to spell it out for everyone – Porter has NOT been brought in to replace Teyla on the team.

“One of sci-fi fans favorite actresses, Kari Wuhrer (”Sliders”) appeared in Season 4 in the episode “Outcast” (air date Feb. 1, 2008) as Homeland Security agent Nancy Sheppard (Lt. Col. John Sheppard’s ex-wife). It has been rumored that she may be back for a few episodes next season as well.”

Kari is a wonderful actress and we like the character a lot, but there are at present no plans to bring her back. That’s not to say it won’t happen – just not anytime soon.

“Michael, everybody’s favorite Wraith (Connor Trinnear of “Star Trek: Enterprise”), will have a very significant storyline in Season 5,”

A very significant storyline? That’s news to us in the writing department.

“The show will also get to see a lot more from recurring characters like Major Evan Lorne (Kavan Smith) and Dr. Katie Brown (Brenda James), Rodney McKay’s (David Hewlett) love interest.”

Half points on this one.

I’m posting early today to tell everyone to go back to bed. Apparently, Scifi has pushed the press release to tomorrow. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Today’s entry is dedicated marielabbott who sent us two boxes of Midwestern chocolates and Giants wide receiver David Tyree who made the catch that sunk the Pats.

Today’s pics: Dogs and chocolate. Always a dangerous mix!

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Paula

Thanks for letting us know about the delay. I’ve been haunting every website I can think of all day long. (Better than doing work, but still a waste of time.)

Pretty funny about that website. I wonder who was their “source?”

Have you and Marty been playing around online again? smile

sueKay

Thanks for blogging early!

I’ve heard that Daniel Jackson may be part of this announcement…is that just hearsay?

atfan
atfan

thanks for the infomation Joe you are the best source for everything Stargate. Just wanted to compliment you on two episodes I thought I wouldn’t like but really did. Harmony really good child actor and interesting story. Outcast liked the backstory and character interaction Dr. Lee was funny but I just love him paired up with Carter any chance of that happening next season? I wanted to ask you what plans for Carter next season? I hope it does her character justice and is a promotion or equal posting. Any chance of RDA appearing Amanda has put out that she would welcome it but now with the change in her status will it happen? Thanks for all the little tidbits you throw our way. It is much appreciated by the fans.

Camy
Camy

THANK YOU, JOE!!!!

I love Teyla and I don’t want to see her reduce or ever let go!!! I really need to stop reading spoilers!!!!

And yes…keep that team INTACT!!!!

No more newbies for the perfect team!

Damn press!

Off to bed!

JoJoB

Thanks for the word on the announcement. Now I can spend tomorrow sneaking on to gateworld and scifi.com to see what is going on and hope I don’t get a nasty gram from the IT department.

About the superbowl, I have never been so happy to see the Giants win as I was yesterday. What did you think about Beli-cheat leaving the field early? He not only disrespected the Giants, but his own players who had to stand out there and watch the last play. And remember, Tyree doesn’t make that great catch if Eli doesn’t do his Houdini impersonation.

As for me… “Wait til next year!” The battle cry of a Philadelphia sports fan.

julianthered
julianthered

Really? That’s your top 5 best ads? You disappoint me, Joe…
But thank you for letting us know about the delay. Now…any plans for blowing up one of our cute little ships? Maybe the Daedalus, so that Caldwell can take charge of Atlantis? *hint*

Shipperahoy
Shipperahoy

As one of the people who will have to deal with the fallout on GW from the Skiffy press release tomorrow I don’t suppose you could give even a teeny tiny clue as to how big the freakout could be? Just so I can be prepared. grin

Siba

Thank you Joe for telling, I was getting prepared with my bed and tea next to the computer, so that I can click the refresh button every time my alarm clock on my mobile goes off (every half an hour)…
so for now, I can’t even be angry at scifi, but whoever told you about the date of the release, don’t trust this person anymore, please, I won’t survive that Oo

good night

AndreaFWhite
AndreaFWhite

Thanks Joe, I was looking for the press announcement! My husband is a die-hard Giants fan, as he hails from New York. I am just glad a NFC team won. I root for the Eagles every year even though I hate football.
I am so glad to hear that Teyla will be featured in the first three episodes of season five. Please include details of her family line. Thanks.

Lee Whiteside

SciFi apparently decided to release the news about Doctor Who today instead of Stargate. It will be interesting to see how the Sarah Jane Adventures does, it being a show geared towards younger viewers (but still pretty good). To keep an eye out for press releases from SciFi, keep an eye on the NBC/Universal Media Village at http://www.nbcumv.com/scifi

Morjana Coffman

Hi, Joe!

Thanks for the update on the press release.

To assuage my hunger for Stargate Atlantis season five news, I’m going to go have dinner at my favorite Japanese sushi establishment in Sacramento – Taro’s. Yum… a puff daddy (deep fried shrimp with crab, topped with special sauce and roe), a jack roll (crab, scallop, shrimp, avacado, seared tuna, masago, onion and special sauces), and a pimp my roll (tempura shrimp, spicy tunaa, avacado, fresh salmon, crushed macadimia nuts with Japanese Mafia sauce lightly torced and topped with masago and onion) as the appetizers, with a bento box (Japanese style curry and gyoza) for the dinner.

Morjana

Morjana Coffman

Pssstttt…it’s February 4th Joe!

smile

Morjana

susanthetartanturtle

What ‘time’ will the press release be released? It is 20 minutes ’til Tuesday here.

David Nykl?

maggiemayday

I must say I loved Bud’s fire breathing … but then, I’m fond of fire breathers. I know a passel of ’em.

Chocolates? Ever tried See’s?

My, my, there’s a lot of chest clutching going on today. Okay everybody, remember to breathe … one, two, three, it will be tomorrow before you know it.

OHinNJ
OHinNJ

Thanks for the update on the press release – and debunking the Season 5 rumors.

And the dedication to David Tyree is cool. We’re especially ecstatic in our town because he’s an alumni of the high school. Needless to say, not much got done at the high school today beyond celebrating.

Okay, enough football talk…back to SGA and the best season so far.

Morgia
Morgia

Bonsoir Joseph,
Bon j’avais déjà écrit et j’ai tout effacé… Ça m’arrive vraiment souvent sur ton blog, trop énervée d’écrire peut-être… football, mais tu réussis tout de même à venir piquer un peu ma curiosiét… As-tu commencé à lire Dan Simmons ? Moi, j’ai ben hâte d’entrer dans le vif du sujet, chapitre 16 et toujours en attente de rentrer réellement dans l’histoire… Ouais, je suis peut-être un peu chialeuse…
Passes une belle soirée
Morgia

Aquarian
Aquarian

“I’m posting early today to tell everyone to go back to bed. Apparently, Scifi has pushed the press release to tomorrow. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

Now why did they go and do a thing like that? There’s talk of revolt over on the forums at SciFi and GW.

Is the Michael storyline going to be revisited at all in S5? Or have you done everything you’re going to do with that for now?

Morgia
Morgia

Allo,
Y manquait un bout à cette phrase «[J’y connais rien au ]football, mais tu réussis tout de même à venir piquer un peu ma curiosiét…»
Voilà c’est plus clair !
Morgia

Tanna
Tanna

Before I start this, let me say that I’m not an angry Weir fan. I’m a Shep/Team fan, so this is my opinion on things you said recently.

You mentioned the other day something along the lines that Weir was originally supposed to be about the equivalent to General Hammond (I’m pretty sure that’s what you said.) Anyways, it got me thinking and I decided that was the big problem. She was a great character (and still is) but as long as she was the commander, there just wasn’t many places to take her… but when it was attempted to expand her character, through storylines of her own, it made her fan base double and made people almost expect for her to have about the same importance as one of the leads.

So, when it was decided by you all that her character wasn’t going anywhere, it had a larger impact on the audience who had grown much closer to her character than they would have had she just been the commander. (Not that she couldn’t have a character of her own, but be like Hammond was.)

And now, Carter isn’t going to be around as much… My question is are you all planning to emphasize whoever the new commander significantly? To the point that Weir was, that is? Like, we’ll he/she be closer to Hammond, or to Weir?

promogirl

Didn’t get the chance to weigh in last night on the Giant’s win but how sweet it was to see that final touchdown. I almost screamed myself hoarse.

I guess you’ve heard that only the M.A.S.H. finale ranks higher in American TV history than last night’s Super Bowl. Pretty impressive.

And the squirrel ad was my favorite.

Any news from Carl on the status of the strike? Seems like maybe we’re finally seeing some progress on that front…

danielfanforever
danielfanforever

Thanks for blogging early and letting us know. I’ve been checking for the announcement since 6am. Yes, I’m excited to find out. I’m also really hoping that Daniel is mentioned in the press release in some form. I’m really anxious to find out what is going on with Daniel in season 5 along with the rest of the cast. Also, Joe, thank you so much for clearing up the rumors from the ScliceofSciFi article. It’s really appreciated. *Hugs*

I agree with your top 5 commercial faves. Loved them.
Still squeeing over the Giants winning. What a FANTASTIC GAME!!

til tomorrow….

danielfanforever

KaziWren
KaziWren

Posting early? JOE!!!! It’s 6 p.m. in Texas! I’ve been refreshing news sites all day to catch this elusive press release! Argh! I chipped a nail!

*pout*
*pout*

Sadly, I know I’m going to repeat the searching tomorrow!! *hugs Joe*

Aelfgyfu

Thanks for letting us know. I will continue quietly cursing Sci Fi.

If they don’t follow through this time, will you make the announcement yourself? Are you bound by contract to let them make the announcement first?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Actually, Joe, it is February 4th today.

wraithfodder
wraithfodder

Oh dear, do you realize there are probably a handful of fans who are going into sleep deprivation waiting for that press release? wink