With 9 of the 32 first round games complete, Baron Destructo is looking pretty good in the inter-office NCAA March Madness pool. While he and his fellow aliens and mutants for evil are enjoying the games from the high-tech comfort of their moonbase headquarters, I hosted a little get-together at my place. Special features producer Ivon Bartok was the first to arrive, bearing troubling news on the bloopers front. The directors printed the amusing outtakes, the editors marked them for quick reference, Ivon went through them all and created a terrific piece, the producers signed off on it, and now there’s a bit of a hold up. If it doesn’t get resolved by the end of next week, I’m afraid this particular special feature may end up D.O.A. Tobias Slezak, a.k.a. Tech Sergeant Dale James in Heroes I and II, a.k.a. Alex Levine’s brother, arrived a little later, immediately plunking himself down on theater chair at which point Lulu immediately plunked herself down on him. Alex Levine, who clearly enjoys sleeping in, arrived in time to catch the end of the Xavier-Georgia match-up. Alex has been hard at work on his very first Atlantis script, Inquisition, that will address an issue a number of you have brought up of late.
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Today’s pics: Everyone enjoys sushi and basketball – with the exception of Lulu who is bummed at the Georgia Bulldogs first round exit.
Let’s do some mailbag –
Caitlyanna writes: “Have you ever eaten anything gluten-free?”
Answer: I might have once. By accident. I also accidentally swallowed a bug once too.
Patricia writes: “Are you and Marty Gero still on for Dinner at Fuel April 1st & 3rd.”
Answer: You bet.
Masterchief writes: “ I read an article about Amanda Tapping’s involvement in season 5. remember a few weeks ago when I asked you about her? you said she’ll definitely be back. according to this interview she “returns to Atlantis to film at least part of the end of season 5″. “
Answer: Carter will be in Search and Rescue and is definitely slated for an episode in the back half. Any further appearances will be wholly dependent on Amanda’s schedule.
PG15 writes: “1. Would you say that there are hints/foreshadowing in any of the first 9 episodes of the season of the new race/enemy introduced during the Mid-season 2 parter?
2. I know how ideas are thrown out at the writers’ table during spin sessions, and sometimes a writer gets to write his own idea, while at other times he scripts anothers’ idea. Of the scripts you write, are more of them from your own ideas, or the other writers’ ideas?”
Answers: 1. I would not. 2. In the case of both Broken Ties and Whispers, the ideas were mine.
Bex writes: “…in unending there is a scene where vala is crying and daniel is comforting her. Can you tell us why she was crying?”
Answer: That’s a question for Robert Cooper. If you’re nice, once the rest of the world has had the chance to watch the dvd, I’ll ask Rob if he’d like to do another special guest blog entry dedicated to The Ark of Truth.
Teslan writes: “Finally saw Gankutsuou, and can you really say it is as good as the book?”
Answer: They were completely different. I thought Gankutsuou was a beautiful series, artfully conceived and cleverly executed. Definitely one of my top ten faves.
Sulien writes: “Do you think that your early RPing, especially DMing, helped make you a better writer?”
Answer: Definitely. Gaming was an incredible creative outlet that, crazy as it sounds, allowed me to hone my storytelling skills.
LostCityGuardian writes: “ You realise that speculation is going to run wild now that Zelenka will be killed off.”
LL writes: “I’d like to send them to you. What’s the best address to send them to?”
Zabadoo writes: “When you wrote the Michael/Teyla/Beckett arc for the end of season 4, did you plan on stretching it out to season 5?”
Answer: We did not plan to resolve the storyline in season 4.
Elizabeth S. writes: “When are you going to say when the season four DVD set is coming out?”
Answer: Um, never. I have no idea.
Kath writes: “I was just referred to your web site by someone who writes for various Sci-Fi publications and am enjoying exploring it.”
Answer: Who, pray tell?
Kath also writes: “ I was going to ask you what you thought of Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box.”
Answer: Although I was somewhat reluctant to embrace the rock ‘n roll theme at first, I found the story effectively creepy.