Yesterday, production shifted from Norco to the Bridge Studios, leaving the dark and sinister confines of the wraith sets for the clean sleek environs of the Earth ship Daedalus. Almost the entire cast was on the lot in addition to a few familiar faces (pictured). And I’m pleased to report that Search and Rescue is coming along nicely. It will continue the tradition of big Atlantis season openers.
On the script end, the past couple of days on Whispers have proven a breeze as I approach the end of Act III. I’m finally into the fun and fog and it’s utterly creeptastic. I’m hoping to complete a first draft before Thursday – when prep begins on Broken Ties. Jason came in and we discussed the big sword fight (Enough with the sparring! Let’s see some real clashing steel!), hair issues, and redemption. You know, the usual.
Yes, the extreme Shep-whump episode has been moved to the back half, leaving a big yawning empty space in the #9 slot. But we sat down for a couple of hours this afternoon and spun out a fantastic Teyla story. It’s one of those stories that, after you’ve finishing throwing out ideas and putting together a rough structure, you sit back and say: “Damn, I wish I was writing this one.” And with that, we have our first half mapped out. Much like last year, it’s a nice mix of individual and team episodes.
Another big thanks to Lou Anders who was kind enough to assume guest blogging duties and deliver an interesting, informative and, above all, entertaining entry for all of us scifi fans.
A big weekend awaits. As with my previous scripts, I’ll be providing a blow-by-blow recap of Kindred I. So be sure to swing by tomorrow for the usual behind-the-scenes insights, hidden meanings, and wild ramblings. And Sunday, Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster will be weighing in with their Oscar picks! Oh and, time permitting, I suppose I should take down the Christmas tree.
Reading: Crossover: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel, by Joel Shepherd
On deck: Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn
On deck: South Park, The Complete 10th Season