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Executive Producer Robert Cooper dropped me an email this morning, letting me know that he would be delighted to swing by and do an Ark of Truth-related guest blog entry for us. Date yet to be determined, but I’m thinking sometime in late April.

For those newcomers to the blog looking to join in the upcoming book of the month club discussions – pick up the books and start reading! You have approximately a month to read one of the three books we’ll be discussing: Timescape by Gregory Benford (in the scifi category), The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (in the fantasy category), and The Keep by F. Paul Wilson (in the horror category). Do make it a point to participate as, this month, two of the three authors have kindly agreed to swing by and field your questions about their work.

F. Paul Wilson will be joining us the week of April 14th to talk about The Keep ((From Amazon.com: “Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. And when an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find a something that’s both powerful and terrifying. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore–who just happens to be Jewish–to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way–a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny. The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other….the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened.”). Robert Cooper is a huge fan of the novel and will no doubt be dropping by as well.

Jeffrey Ford will be joining us the week of April 21st to talk about his book, The Empire of Ice Cream (From Booklist: “A book that opens with a story about creatures who live their entire existences in sand castles, from when youthful builders abandon them to when the tide destroys them, demands readers possessing a healthy sense of wonder and the willingness to embrace the bizarre and fantastic. The title story beautifully twists the experience and senses of a synesthetic musician to answer the question, what would happen if synesthetic experiences took on physical forms? “The Weight of Words” takes the phrase seriously to explore the sinister potential of print. “Boatman’s Holiday” depicts what Charon, the boatman of Hades, does on vacation. Giants and unidentifiable alien creatures, fairy tales, the intertwining of wonder and terror, and fantastic views of both the strange and the ordinary all appear in this marvelous collection, with Ford’s comments on his inspiration and motivations appended to each story.”). Our office assistant was looking for a new book to read and I suggested Empire of Ice Cream so he could take part in next month’s discussion. He was hesitant at first, admittedly not a big fan of fantasy, but was thoroughly won over by the first story in the collection.

And while I have your attention, I’d like to direct you over to a terrific site for all things scifi (and then some): http://www.sfsignal.com/ Love it!

Oh, and an email found its way into Baron Destructo’s inbox, compliments of a “certified loan officer” wondering whether the Baron would be interested in acquiring a loan. Would he! The Baron wrote back:

“Dearest Human Cretin,

Your offer of a loan is much appreciated as my organization is actively seeking funds to help complete an ongoing project. Here is the information you requested:

1. FULL NAME: Baron Destructo & the League Of Aliens and Mutants for Evil.

2. ADDRESS: Moonbase 1.

3. PURPOSE OF LOAN: Global domination.

4. GENDER: Several and, in some cases, let’s just say “undetermined”.

5. OCCUPATION: Intergalactic supervillains.

6. COUNTRY: N/A

7. STATE: Of relaxation. Even though we’re merciless mass murderers who will stop at nothing to achieve our goal of world conquest and the complete subjugation of the human race, we try not to take ourselves too seriously.

8. CELL PHONE NUMBER: Contact me on my holo-communicator (input code #E422TUG766NUBBIT9-002), preferably after 6:00 p.m. as I’m on a “weekends and nights free” contract.

9. AMOUNT NEEDED AS LOAN: Oh, approximately 1.2 trillion dollars. Give or take. Mostly take. By force if necessary.

10. DURATION: Forever. Unless you actually expect us to pay you back. Hahahahaha! In which case…oh.…forever.”

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the birthday gal = AMZ’s sister Mary.

Today’s pics: Snippets from the set.

Today’s mailbag –

StellaByStargate writes: “Could you clarify something about the blooper/outtake issue…does that relate to the deleted scenes as well?”

Answer: Nope. The deleted scenes are safe.

MysteryMadchen writes: “Have you guys come up with any new episodes past the 9 that have been leaked…?”

Answer: Leaked? I’ve mentioned episodes 1-11 in recent blog entries and even mentioned the back half eppy, Inquisition, that Alex Levine is writing. We have an idea for episode 12 (and are looking for a suitable location), episode 16 (my next script), and episodes 19 (which Rob Cooper will be writing/directing/producing) and 20. There’s also that episode idea that was originally slotted for the first half that is now free-floating but should find a home in one of the remaining four slots.

Cathie writes: “Do you know when the stargate sg1 dvd movies will be available for release internationally?”

Answer: Sorry, I don’t.

Enzo Aquarius writes: “…where did you get ‘Hairless Monkey Porn’ from?”

Answer: I think you have to subscribe to a special site.

Crownglass39 writes: “ Hey Joe, now that you’re writing season five, if you ever find that you have a need for…say…a pole dancing wraith chick let me know.”

Answer: I may write a special episode just for you.

Claire writes: “So what exactly is the problem with the bloopers? Sounds to me like everyone has signed off on them, did I miss someone?”

Answer: Yep, you missed someones.

97 thoughts on “March 22, 2008: Yet another upcoming guest, and the Baron takes out a loan

  1. “Claire writes: “So what exactly is the problem with the bloopers? Sounds to me like everyone has signed off on them, did I miss someone?”
    Answer: Yep, you missed someones.”

    What, someone didn’t agree to it? Who? Why? Bloopers are almost always the best part of any DVD (see A Bug’s Life, very funny bloopers)

  2. Nice pics. They do bring one question to mind though. Have you/the writers tossed around the idea of how the Michael saga is going to play out? Or is he a character you’re planning to keep around until you decide on a fitting fate? Please note I’m trying to avoid asking WHEN we could anticipate seeing his story brought to a close. I am just wondering how far into the future you tentatively plan.

  3. 2.30am my side (yawn) Can’t go to bed, I’m reading the Weather Warden books by Rachel Caine.

    I’m reading them one after the other and I just can’t stop – they’re that good.

    I have another of F. Paul Wilson’s books called Gateways and fully intend to read The Keep. At the rate I am burning through the Weather Watcher series I should be reading it by Monday.

    If it is just as good I will have had a great Easter!

  4. «Lol Pauvre Jacques Cartier, c’est pas sa faute, a l’origine il voulait trouver un passage vers l’asie ou des richesses…HUM je ne suis pas sure qu’il est trouver tout sa….! En tout cas les habitant de ce pays sont vraiment génial et sa, sa vaut toute les richesses du monde =DD»

    Merci Anaïs c’est super gentil, c’est vrai qu’on est fin !!! lol, la France est également un pays qui regorge de richesses et les habitants sont des joyaux inestimables ! 😉
    Morgia

  5. Hey Joe,

    Does it look like there will be any more eps besides the original 5 for the beloved Carson Beckett. You mentioned in your blog earlier that if a script called for it, Carson would be in it. He did such a great job in “The Kindred” and it was truly a success all around. Sorry if this has been asked before. Have a Happy Easter! 🙂

    Best,

    Squall78

  6. Thanks for the blog dedication to my sister Joe, she was really excited and surprised (I didn’t tell her, hehe). You’re the best.

    I have a question about Inquisition. Will there be clips from previous episodes in it?

  7. Alright! The Coopmeister is coming! Finally, I can actually participate in these Q&As, as past events always happened before I had a chance to actually watch the episodes in question.

    Looks like April is going to be mighty exciting! Ah, remember the days when this blog first started, when the only thing that entertained us was Joe, and Joe alone? When neither Cookie Monster, Baron Destructo, nor Rob Cooper existed? When the background was black, the words were white, and the pictures, when they appeared, consisted solely of food? When spam emails were nothing but annoyances cramping our inbox’s style? When the number of comments never rose above 50 unless Joe made an innocent remark that totally imploded fandom because fandom is fandom? When the group of loyal readers consisted only of me and some other people who I didn’t waste efforts on remembering the names of? When the fonts used in the blog entries were shifting daily? When Stargate info was as elusive as the mailbag? Oh, and the mailbag, remember when that didn’t exist?

    Amazing how things have changed, eh Joe? Now every blog entry is filled with callbacks and references to past blog entries, and recurring characters such as Cookie Monster and Baron Destructo make nearly-regular appearences! Mailbag and behind the scenes pictures are normal affair, and so are restaurant reviews and hilarious email scammer replies. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Book of the Month Club! Perhaps you can say that this blog has reached critical mass. As someone who followed this series of blog entries from the beginning, it’s facinating to see the evolution of the characters that make up the words that make up the blog entries themselves.

    Questions:

    1. Who’s getting the great honor of writing the 100th episode of Stargate Atlantis, 520?

    2. When you take pictures on set, do you take them soley for the blog, or for other reasons as well?

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Hello, Joe!

    Today’s my birthday and I log on to find incredible MICHAEL PICTURES! *faint* Oh, have I mentioned I simply love that character? No? Shame on me!

    Please tell the crew who handle lighting of Wraith ships/technology that they have adoring fans, too. Those pictures illustrate their amazing skill at setting a mood. I do not, however, want to take praise away from the set designers/crafters for their amazing works. It’s just that the lighting guys and gals do a fab job of keeping “creepy” realistic. Hmm, perhaps they should give a class to some of those other SciFi Channel productions … *rolleyes*

    KaziWren

  9. Any chance seeing the ‘bugs’ which Michael was creating making a return ? Also will Teyla and the Wraith Queen have a showdown ? Will Teyla bring forth newer and more powerful gifts ?

  10. Mm… S’a pity about the outtakes. I hope they make it through, but if not, I suppose we can always rally for season 5. Actually, speaking of rallying… Am I right in guessing the reason you’re not disclosing ‘who’, despite the multitudes asking, is for privacy? I mean… well meaning though we may be, any ‘rallying’ we may try to do to press anyone strikes me as being less than helpful…

    Cool pictures off the set. Connor Trineer looking as excellent as ever. 🙂 The tech fiddling with the wraith console in the one pic is a nice touch, I must say.

  11. BVD has a cell phone? What no Superdooper telepathic powers???

    Nice pics. The second one remind me of the compactor scene in the first ever Star Wars Movie.. don’t know why though..

    IF one of the actors hasn’t signed off on the bloopers and if they’re reading this blog, can they PLEASE sign off on them? We love bloopers! It doesn’t detract from the character in any way and it shows that the actor has a good sense of humour.. *sniff*.

    HAPPY EASTER JOE. Did you get any chocolate? Do you realise that the question was a totally ridiculous one?

    hehe

  12. Checked out the sfsignal.com site you mentioned and it looked pretty cool.

    Did you see though, that our episode of Star Trek New Voyages (with George Takei) was nominated for the Hugo Award?

    BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

    * Battlestar Galactica “Razor” Written by Michael Taylor Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose (Sci Fi Channel) (televised version, not DVD)
    * Doctor Who “Blink” Written by Stephen Moffat Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
    * Doctor Who “Human Nature’ / “Family of Blood” Written by Paul Cornell Directed by Charles Palmer (BBC)
    * Star Trek New Voyages “World Enough and Time” Written by Michael Reaves & Marc Scott Zicree Directed by Marc Scott Zicree (Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
    * Torchwood “Captain Jack Harkness” Written by Catherine Tregenna Directed by Ashley Way (BBC Wales)

    Unfortunately, it means my loyalties are divided because that particular episode of Torchwood was excellent and I do so love that series (and pretty much anything Russsell T. Davies has been involved in in the last ten or so years).

  13. For the blooper reel can’t you just leave in the ones that have people standing around chuckling good naturedly at their amusing mistakes and take out the ones that have them kicking and/or throwing props/co-workers/rabid tantrums as they storm off set to the trailers to call their agents? Because when you’re punting a small child across the set in frustration at not being able to get out a line I might not be keen on having that out in public view myself.

    Or you wait until they’re in their trailer, lock it, set fire to it, and then slide the waiver form in under the door. Also a handy approach to contract negotiations and choosing a new Pope.

  14. Pursuant to thornyrose’s question about Michael, I think if and when you decide to off Michael, you should let Teyla administer the coup de grace. Perhaps not so gracefully.

  15. Joe,
    1st happy Easter to you and the family!

    Now to my question: I had Tivo’ed (such a great invention) Scifi’s reair of Rising from earlier this month and was watching it a little earlier today. I noticed that a number of sceens had been cut either completely out or shortened. Shepard and Jack’s conversation in the chopper about people not wanting to go through the stargate being whacked, the clips of everyone back home before they leave for Atlantis, Shepard and Ford’s discussion just before they step through the gate and I think there are a few more. Why were these sceens cut down. The orginial airing was 2 hours together the reairing was 2 hours just in different parts why the need to cut out so many sceens?
    Thanks,
    1norriski

  16. It’s always good to find the Baron in good spirits and fine form. His reply to the scammer, while brief, is very, very funny. I wonder if he, like me, is elated that Duke got taken out of the tourney in early rounds. (Unless he has in the past considered Coach Mike Krzhywsfxski for membership in LAME, which I personally would find fitting. Bobby Knight, on the other hand, just lacks a certain panache, while apparently indulging in too much ganache.)

    Thanks as well for the link to sfsignal.com. It looks like a great site for exploration, and I hope to delve further sometime before I become part of Margaret Quibble’s grandchildren’s bingo group. (I’ve only just started Empire of Ice Cream, and I’m nowhere near as fast a reader as you. – And then of course real-life matters occasionally require getting up from wherever I’m reading or websurfing in order to move reality to a back-burner on a metaphysical stove.)

    Highly atmospheric pics. . . They’ll certainly help me remember to tune into your show, whenever it resumes, providing I can recall where to find the television.

  17. The BOTM really has taken off; I find that to be pretty cool although I haven’t had a lot of time for reading these days. Perhaps I shall have to hunt up the Sci-Fi and Fantasy ones to peruse as horror is not my preferred reading choice. Very cool that authors have been willing to drop in like that tho’.

    I will also say I hope the Bloopers can be salvaged. I will admit to having been looking forward to seeing the fun ya’ll have on set. 🙂

    My curiosity today: How do you choose the order in which to shoot an episode? I mean, I know often scenes are shot “out of order,” so I was wondering what the logic is in laying all that out. Are there certain types of scenes that are “always shot last,” for whatever reason, for example? 🙂

  18. Dear Joe,

    I’m really looking forward to S5! You’ll be happy to know that I’ve made some fan converts recently as well, I’m hoping we can really boost up the ratings for S5.

    This is a fairly trivial question, but a dispute arose when I was watching SGA with some firends. Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5’11. I insisted he was taller. The inetrested parties consulted celebheights.com which reported Joe Flanigan in at 5’11. I thought JF said his height was around 6’0 or more if I’m not mistaken. Can you end this dispute?!

    Thanks much,

    Royal

  19. Yes! The library has The Empire of Ice Cream and Timescape, so I can participate in this month’s book club (I didn’t even look for the horror novel, I don’t like those kinds of stories, I have bad/weird enough dreams without anything else adding to them). (I tried to participate once before in the book club (Fast Forward 1, which was actually really good, a bit thought provoking) but I had school and the book was returned accidentally to the library so I couldn’t write the review thing).

    Please answer this question. Have you ever read either of the books from the Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller? (The books are Inside The Shadow City and The Empress’s Tomb) (You probably haven’t but they’re absolutely marvelous and I was wondering if you’ve read them)

  20. Allright, so I am putting my trust in you and reading your selection, The Keep. After 140 pages I am quite interested and happy that I chose to follow along this time. Thank You.

  21. Crownglass39 writes: “ Hey Joe, now that you’re writing season five, if you ever find that you have a need for…say…a pole dancing wraith chick let me know.”

    Answer: I may write a special episode just for you.

    Maybe you could write the ‘crackhead wraith’ into this epi. Might be a good fit. 😀
    Happy Easter!!

  22. I just don’t think it is enough for Rob Cooper to write/direct/produce an episode. I would like to see him challenge himself and add the following job duties to his Eppy Trifecta (E.T.–ooh lookie, I coined some crappy jargon just then):

    Citrus Handler
    Brow Sweat Wiper
    P-90 flashlight battery tester
    Shoelace Tie-er
    Water bottle opener
    Stunt Fight Grunter (voice over work)
    and finally and most importantly,
    Guy Who Types “www.” at the beginning of Executive Producer Joe Mallozzi’s numerous non-work-related-and-time-wasting internet website address entries (that Joe, always running internet searches when he should be writing)

    But if that’s too much to take on, I think he might enjoy Stunt Fight Grunter the best.

  23. Hey Joe!

    “The Keep” sounds like a very intriguing novel. I’ll keep an eye out for it, if not, then “Timescape”. Great to hear that two of the authors will be by, and especially Robert Cooper! 🙂

    Another question after that…erm…Monkey Porn one. How long does it take to construct a Wraith set? They seem very complex, especially after looking at your photos as of lately.

    Thanks, as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  24. royal_nonesuch Said: Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5′11. I insisted he was taller.

    This is where the magic of television comes into play as it’s a little known fact that Mr Flanigan is 4’6 in real life, but with the judicious use of crates tied to his feet, trenches for his fellow cast members to stand in, and $450,000 worth of special effects each episode, he stands before us the 5’11.75 leading man we all know and love.

    Next season after the last rounds of neotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

  25. Brainstorm!!

    Ok, remember that spoiler poem of yours? Well, here are 2 questions I just thought of:

    1. Are the mid-season 2-parter given 2 clues, like The Kindred Part 1 and 2 each getting a line in the poem?

    2. Are they for the first 14 episodes of the season (minus The Queen, since you guys made that up after you wrote the poem), or are they for just 14 episodes within the season? I ask because I have a hunch that “While myriad permutations are viewed from space” refers to the 100th episode.

    Again, thanks in advance!

  26. Thank you for the pics. It looks all dark and creepy. Yummy!

    Also, thank you for the rec to SF Signal. I love that the link to the discussion with Harlan Ellison and Robin Williams was on the first page. He’s the only man on the planet that can talk faster than Mr. Williams. I swear Mr. Ellison talks even faster than he did when I met him 25 years ago in Sydney. He used to type just as fast, too. 120 plus words a minute on a manual typewriter using only 2 fingers! No mistakes, either. I watched him.

  27. Hi Joe,
    Wow, I think I would have to say a very big thank you to you.

    I actually got off my sorry excuses, and actually started to create a blog. Actually two 😀
    The 1st attempt at Blogger. Now I have completed the transfer to this site. Hmm… needs a lot of getting use to, to be honest. Especially the formatting 🙄

    So, now I have 3 point:
    1st. [quote]
    Claire writes: “So what exactly is the problem with the bloopers? Sounds to me like everyone has signed off on them, did I miss someone?”

    Answer: Yep, you missed someones.[/quote]
    I see you answered in plural, so that means more than one person.

    2nd. Is there a contradiction here?
    [quote]Executive Producer Robert Cooper dropped me an email this morning, letting me know that he would be delighted to swing by and do an Ark of Truth-related guest blog entry for us. Date yet to be determined, but I’m thinking sometime in late April.
    .
    .
    .
    F. Paul Wilson will be joining us the week of April 14th to talk about The Keep ..... Robert Cooper is a huge fan of the novel and will no doubt be dropping by as well.[/quote]
    So that means he will either be comming in on the 14th, or he will come by twice? I wonder which one of the two.

    3rd.
    [quote]Jeffrey Ford will be joining us the week of April 21st to talk about his book, The Empire of Ice Cream[/quote]

    Ok, so to sum up, we will have at least 3 guests, two book writers,, and a person from the SG team? April is looking to be pretty awesome already.

    So, um, where can I find your blog about hte book club?

    Now on to something different, geez, what have you transformed me in to Joe? tsk-tsk, a blogger, when I had a nice little peaceful existence, I just had to come across your blogs 🙄 and now I am hooked. What have I become. Sleeping in the wee hours of the morning, and then… pressing refresh on your blog, only to have to remember, that you are 19 hours in to the past, or me in to the future, and by some coincidence, we are all in the same timeframe, no matter what I time zone is. 🙂 😛

    Ok, here is a plug to my new blog here 🙂 It is something different, and I might actually be testing new layouts and formats in the future until I settle on a look that I truly like. After all, I am a neophyte.

    Btw, I love the blogging now. I just wish I could find more time for other things, like eating, socialising, oh hag on, I thought I am doing that right now… etc.

    http://aries1470.wordpress.com

  28. hey Joe,

    thanks for the pics. the set looks dark and creepy, I like it! please tell me you’re not thinking of the pole dancing wraith chick for the 100th episode LOL so only four slots are remaining eh? well actually three since one of them will be Shep whump episode. I’m glad that Robert Cooper decided to make a guest blog entry, I may need to rewatch Ark of Truth – again 😀

  29. Wow.. only 4, well 3 if you include that ‘free floating story’ in there. Sounds like a lot of story progress is coming along. My 2 cents worth: please don’t group 4 stand-alone episodes in a row again like you did in Season 4. Loved Season 4, but for me, it was a bit much after the rest of the season followed a nice arc. Just throwing my opinion in there.

    Go BADGERS!!!!

  30. I’m enjoying re-watching Season 4, and I was wondering about the stunt people, especially in “Midway”. I ask because aside from all the fisticuffs, gun hits and other big stunts, which were absolutely amazing, it’s also the subtle stuff they have down so well too. Kudos to whoever played Rodney dropping into the puddlejumper, because it seemed to me he really had Rodney’s moves lumbering into the cockpit for those brief moments onscreen.

    Do the actors each have their own stunt person who has worked with them over a long period of time?

  31. “dovil Said:
    royal_nonesuch Said: Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5′11. I insisted he was taller.
    This is where the magic of television comes into play as it’s a little known fact that Mr Flanigan is 4′6 in real life, but with the judicious use of crates tied to his feet, trenches for his fellow cast members to stand in, and $450,000 worth of special effects each episode, he stands before us the 5′11.75 leading man we all know and love.
    Next season after the last rounds of neotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!”

    Aha, I knew it! He’s shorter than I am! (Hehe, very funny explanation, Dovil)

  32. Joe, I have a been reading the BOTM’s for sometime now. Although I have not partaken in the discussions of any of them yet. I guess I am a lurker at heart. I did purchase all them and then some that were not picked but had been metioned at sometime. I just keep a wish list going and press buy about once a month. I just finished the two “Keeping it Real” and “Selling Out”. I was wondering if you read them and had any thoughts? Also, I am almost out of reading material and ready for a new order. Do you have any picks for May or June yet? If so, could you list them so I can add them to my order?
    Thanks in advance!

    **Following the white rabbit!** Happy E!

  33. Re the bloopers, I would think (which I am not that good at, to tell the truth) that if it was simply a matter of one actor not signing off on the clips, they could just eliminate those particular scenes. There must be some sort of legal, union, contractual, ownership rights or process reason that “someone” has their panties in a wad over, for the hold up.

  34. Hi Joe

    With a resume like that , the Baron shouldn’t have any problem getting his loan. Has Robert Cooper written any of the Stargate Atlantis episodes? I know he was heavily involved in the Stargate SG1 and what a marvellous job he did with those..

    Take Care

    DOri

  35. I met Mr. Flanigan in 2006. He’s taller than 5’11. A lot taller.

    Joe, does Bubba still love all things water related? You mentioned once that he insists on regular baths. How does Lulu feel about joining him?

    I’ve been sharing with our non-Canadian friends (poor things)on GateWorld, all the cultural differences that make Canadians so unique. I mentioned your comment about the law in Canada that Canadians go sockless on Sundays. Can you recall any of the other ones that our non-Canadian friends (poor things) should know about before they come up to visit Vancouver in a little over a week’s time?

    Thanks for your invaluable help, Joe,

    Patricia (AG)

  36. I really need to remember not to read your blog after my roommate is in bed–I’m always worried I’m going to wake her up with my laughter. Please let me know if that loan application works for the Baron, as I too would be interested in some cold hard cash that I wouldn’t have to pay back. Oh, and if he’s looking for minions (do Evil Overlords hire?), I have experience as the Chief Strategist to the Future Evil and Eco-Friendly Dictator of the World.

  37. Joe;
    Thanks for actually reading the comments posted and for answering mine. Right after I posted the question about the episodes I saw on Gateworld that there was an 11. I didnt get to read that blog where you reveiled it and would love to read all the juicey tid bits. I try to read at least pieces of your blog everday and it’s wonderful, I love the pictures and it just feeds my appetite for the next season. Thanks for taking the time even though you are so preocupied. I am relativly new to your blog. I know that the pugs are very important to you, my cats are my kid’s so I understand the love. As for the alarm clock thing, well my huge grey and white antena ears stray cat who was found in a dump as a kitten, likes to wake me up at three in the morning by pulling my curtins down and the clips holding them up smaking me in the face. Oh how we love our animals. 🙂

  38. Okay, just ordered my copy of The Keep. Now hopefully I remember what day to show up for the Q & A.

    Can you tell us, in case I missed it… which episode title goes with the Sheppard whumping episode you mentioned a few weeks ago? I’ve been watching the blog faithfully since I found it a few months back, but haven’t been able to pinpoint which one it is. Is it Inquisition? That sounds ominous.

  39. Hello Joseph!

    Sa va? Cool les photos =)merci pour le lien vers le site.

    Je ne comprend paq quelque chose…?? pourquoi tout le monde vous appelle “Joe”…..Tout les Joseph s’appelle “Joe”..et vous n’êtes pas tout le monde!
    Vous êtes THE JOSEPH MALLOZZI..à qui personne n’arrive à la cheville!

    Petite question:

    Les membres de votre famille vous appelle Joe ou joseph?

    Voila, Passée une bonne journée =)Kiss Kiss

    ———————-
    Message pour Morgia:

    Ohh Merci Morgia, tu es adorable 🙂 c’est trop trop gentil.

    Vive le Canada!♥
    Vive la france!♥
    Vive la belgique!♥(oui j’aime aussi les bélges lol)

    —————-

  40. Do you find it satisfying to see an episode that you have written in its final form in one of the many showings that you describe? You’ve written about how long the writing and rewriting process for an episode can take. To see something you have spent a lot of time on translated from an idea in the mind to a fully developed episode would certainly be satisfying for me, if I was wielding your pen.

  41. Hi Joe,
    Thanks for some more behind the scenes pic’s there great! Thanks for the SFsignal link I will check it out!

    Happy Easter! Hope you have some fun! Let the chocolate feast begin! Remember dark chocolate is good for you cause it has antioxidants in it! Choccie yummy! Like I need an excuse to eat it! Hahaha

    Thanks for answering my question!

    Take Care & Happiness Always!
    Cathie


  42. On March 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm dovil Said:
    royal_nonesuch Said: Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5′11. I insisted he was taller.

    This is where the magic of television comes into play as it’s a little known fact that Mr Flanigan is 4′6 in real life, but with the judicious use of crates tied to his feet, trenches for his fellow cast members to stand in, and $450,000 worth of special effects each episode, he stands before us the 5′11.75 leading man we all know and love.

    Next season after the last rounds of neotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

    😆

    This had me spewing my cornflakes all over the laptop!

    Dovil, I can’t wait to see the extended JF next season. As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier! 🙂

    Maybe I’m being a bit obtuse here…but, um, does it actually matter how tall JF is? I mean what’s an inch between friends, huh? 😉

    Ok, I’m going now. Great pics, Joe. Thanks! 🙂

  43. *waves*

    On March 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm royal_nonesuch Said:
    Dear Joe,

    This is a fairly trivial question, but a dispute arose when I was watching SGA with some firends. Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5′11. I insisted he was taller. The inetrested parties consulted celebheights.com which reported Joe Flanigan in at 5′11. I thought JF said his height was around 6′0 or more if I’m not mistaken. Can you end this dispute?!

    Well!! I have it on good authority from a friend that spoke with another friend, who heard it from their uncle’s nephew’s great niece, that their grocer met up the a nerd, who was dating this lady who reportedly went to a con with some geeks. And that someone from within their group met Joe F at a convention. Given my completely reliable source, I can confirm with complete accuracy that Joe F is 6’2″ feet tall, 7 feet if you count “The Hair!” [tm]Well, I would have rounded off the inches, but I know how much that extra inch is very important to the guys…. I really don’t know why. 😉

    So a question Mr M, Inquisition! I had a lightbulb moment, could it possibly relate to your spoiler poem of ‘John plays detective’?. Maye a teensy tiny chance? Oh I had another spideysense moment to…. yeah I know my brain is weird, I wondered about the Military regs snafu, and my first thoughts were about shep’s ex coming to Atlantis… So, am I

    a)hot
    b)cold
    C)a muppet and should never ever speculate again? 😉

    I’m going now, eat your chocolate, go to your happy place and then found a home for that elusive script. 😀

    *hugs*

  44. Salut Joe

    Voila je voudrais savoir si il va y avoir un Français sur Atlantis? Je voudrais savoir également si vous aller faire plusieurs Téléfilms aprés ceux que vous avez faits?

    Voila voila

    Salut a+

  45. Hello Jo !

    Today, I became a member of the LIFA, created by Anaïs (atlantisfannew1 !!).

    So I would like to know when the first french man will come on Atlantis ? or woman, as you like ! Please, I beg you, a french person !!
    As wonderful as Rachel Luttrell (that will be difficult but we can try !)

    Thanks !

    Laura

  46. Hi Joe

    What are the chances of an irritatingly polite canadian coming to Atlantis in season 5. Someone like the Mountie in Due South that could really annoy the heck out of McKay.

  47. Happy Easter! LOVE the Michael pix… wishing you could sneak a full face shot next!!!
    SAVE THE BLOOPERS – HARASS THE BALKERS

    D said: Next season after the last rounds of negotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait! speaking about JF:
    LOL already done, I’ve found his height reported as 6’2. But I think it must be the ski boots.
    DD

  48. I would really really hate to see the bloopers go, I was so excited to finally get them! 🙁

    Are some of the actors the problem?

  49. Was there a specific reason why the Phoenix did not have a different design? Did you guys consider changing its design, or size considering the wealth of new asgard technology it had on board. It would have been awesome if you guys had kept the same design but doubled it in size so it could hold twice as many 302s, and twice as many railguns.

  50. “Missed someones”? Oops. Bummer if it’s not worked out.

    Loved the Baron Destructo letter. You’re a nut. But in a good way.

    Have a great Easter!

    Suse

  51. Thanks for the pics – nice and creepy Wraith tech and totally creepy Michael – looks like a good eppy.

    Hehe, love the Baron’s reply to the spammer!! I wonder if said spammer will reply?! Wouldn’t surprise me either way!!!

    A question: If you couldn’t eat chocolate (shock, horror), what would be your preferred candy?

    Me, I’m one of the few in this world who don’t actually like chocolate!! No, it’s true, I don’t like it (well, white chocolate at a pinch). I do love fudge though (don’t know if it has a different name in Canada or not) – vanilla or rum and raisin or, mmm mmmm, mint (which I’ve only ever seen at a place in Moffat, Scotland, but boy was it gorgeous!!).

    Just wondering.

    Leesa Perrie

  52. Salut Mr Mallozzi,
    Est ce que ce serai possible de voir une planete et une ville Wraith dans un épisodes, les voir dans leur maisons, si ils ont une famille…?

  53. Which episode are these Michael pics from ? I could not even tell it was Michael ( I’m embarrassed saying that since I really enjoy the Michael story arc and want to see either Teyla or John bring him down though I’d hate to lose him on the show ) ..

  54. Salut Joe!
    Comment ça va?

    Je voulais savoir *et je sais que je ne suis pas la seule!*, verrons nous un jour un français sur Atlantis??

    O_o
    Bon baisers de France!
    =)

  55. Went to Anime Boston yesterday (See also: Line-Con 2008). I was prepared to tell anyone who asked that I was cosplaying as “Seite” from “Squidbaiters 2”, but the issue never came up… probably because I was wandering around with an enthusiastic trio of cosplayers from “Death Note”. There was a giant scythe involved.
    Well, about 3 hours in to our 5 HOUR WAIT for registration, I look around – and nearly die of heart failure. Oh. My. Gods. It’s a Stargate cosplayer with a Scotland patch – and there’s a Greek one, and a German one!!! Later, when the line for the masquerade (covered 3 floors!) began to pile up, they could be seen handing out fliers that said, “I survived line-con 2008”.
    Then I went home and slept for 11 hours. Am still sore.

  56. Just for the record: I have loved Michael since his first episode. And I DON’T WANT him “offed” or executed. I want redemption for Michael. Please, find a way!

  57. Mr. Mallozzi,
    In season 5 can we expect to see a new class of ancient ship, for instance a transport ship, or a massive war ship, like twice the size of an Aurora?

    In Before I Sleep old-Weir mentioned that the ancients sent a fleet of their bests ships to meet the Wraith, would this not imply that there is something better than an aurora class ship?

    What are the chances that we might see another ancient settlement or base of some kind, like the one from Inferno, or another atlantus outpost?

    Thanks.

  58. Happy Easter Joe!

    I think I’ll be spending a good part of mine at our local “Old Town.” Surprisingly, it actually is old…about 300 years old.

    Have a good day!

  59. La preuve que l’atrologie ne ment pas:

    Balance

    Son caractère

    Il est agréable, curieux et inventif. Il a un grand sens de la justice. Il aime beaucoup être en compagnie des autres et il sait les charmer. Courtois et poli, il est aussi un très bon stratège. En groupe il va de l’un à l’autre et tous l’adorent.

    Ses qualités :
    Il est sociable, imaginatif, drôle et diplomate. C’est un ami agréable.

    Ses défauts :
    Un peu versatile, il peut changer d’amis et d’avis souvent.

    Le conseil :
    Chercher la position la plus juste et apprendre que la fidélité apporte de bonnes surprises.

    Ce que les fées lui ont donné :
    Le charme et le goût des belles choses, il a une âme d’esthète.

    Son rêve :
    Créer une chose belle et parfaite et s’en réjouir avec des amis.

    Tient sa me rapelle quelqu’un…??? =D lol

    Si sa vous intérésse il éxiste aussi une asrtologie pour les chiens:

    http://funastro.skyrock.com/article_782949267.html

    Quelque information sur le caractére des bouledogues francais:

    http://funastro.skyrock.com/article_344042237.html

    abon? il rofle o_O ..lol XD

  60. “Leesa Perrie Said:
    ….Me, I’m one of the few in this world who don’t actually like chocolate!!…”

    Me too! I actually used to work in a store that was a pharmacy/gift shop/ fudge kitchen. It was pretty cool, long hours, hard work, small pay but I really liked it (I worked there from the time I was 8 to the time I was 13, my grandparents owned the store, which just meant that you had to work harder than the other employees). By the time I was 12 I could run the whole store except for the pharmacy (run the cash register, clean the whole store, rearrange merchandise, box fudge, make fudge, make the candy bags, restock supplies, close the store at the end of the day, et cetera). But the store closed down a few years ago so I’m out of a job but I’m almost old enough for a work permit so I can get another job!

  61. Tient je vous est pas dit!! J’ai créer une ascociation! et en une journée j’ai deja eu 20 adhérans !

    sa s’appelle LIFA!!

    ….(Lutte d’insertion des Frenchi sur atlantis)

    .Lol non, je suis tétu je sais, mais je ne lacherais pas l’affaire!!!

    ├> Je voudrais voir votre têtes dérriére votre l’odinateur en ce moment :

    •Soit vous souffler
    • Vous rigoler
    •Vous sauteriez bien sur le 1er francais pour l’étranglé
    •Ou rien du tout, car peut être vous n’avez même pas lu mon commentaire^^!!

    lol ….==DDDDDD♥

  62. Coucou!!

    alors c’est simple moi j’ai une petite question à poser!! ben oui je fait partie du LIFA! et donc comme les lettres veulent bien le dire je voudrai savoir pourquoi il n’y a pas de français sur atlantis et si vous avez l’intention d’en mettre un?! je trouve que c’est une excellente question qui mérite réflexion!!

    voila c’est tout.

    à plus!!

  63. RE salut Joe!
    Je voulais savoir si Evan Lorne, le personnage de Kavan Smith, allait prendre plus d’importance dans la saison 5 et donc apparaitre plus souvent?

    xoxo

  64. HAAAA!!! Trop bonne Anaïs ton association ! lol Chapeau bas pour l’idée ! En fait, j’y pense, pourquoi il n’y a pas de Français dans Atlantis ? 😉
    Bonne journée Joseph
    Morgia (du Québec, mais toujours prête à supporter les cousins français même s’ils ont décidé il y a ben longtemps de venir s’installer dans un pays vraiment trop froid et où il y a trop de neige …)

  65. k thats the second sunday of this weekend just about over, the third and final one is of course tomorrow, thank god I’m finally out of chocolate.

  66. Hey Joe,

    Been following your blog for a while now, it’s pretty cool!

    I have one question though, mainly after just watching the Travellers episode again. Could you ask ..whoever is on charge of these things, to make a Ronon’s Gun replica / prop for sale? I would LOVE to have one.

    Anyway, keep up the good work! I’ll be definately tuning in for season 5.

    Geoffrey.

  67. Happy Easter Joe!

    You really are spoiling me now……Connor Trinneer pics! Yesssss!!!!!! Please keep Michael around forever……love the way Connor plays him.

    LOL at Joe F’s height……I’d guess he’s about 6’2″…..but when I read 7 ft. with “teh hair ™”, I cracked up. Good thing I wasn’t drinking soda or something by the computer!

  68. Still looking for a location for Episode 12? My son’s room on laundry day is scarier than any Wraith hive ship I’ve seen, so let’s talk…
    Going to get Jeffrey Ford’s book now – sounds fascinating and I hope to be able to participate in next month’s book club.

  69. Hm, presumably the blooper problem is one of ego 😉 (Some can take a poll elsewhere so fandom can see who fandom thinks it is 😉

    On another note, how come some of you have a little icon on your post – relatives of mallozzi? 🙂

  70. LOl Morgia! oui tous solidaire!!Lol mince il y’a tout plein d’autre pays que l’on a découvert (tahiti,réunion,Martinique,Guyane) Mais malheuresemnt tu vis dans l’un des seuls pays froid que la France est d’écouvert^^! bah tu avait 1 chance sur 10 lol^^!

    Bon je vous quitte sur cette journée de blog trés frenchi!!! Bonne nuit, Gros Bisou! je vous adore♥♥

    ViVE LA LIFA!!
    VIVE STARGATE!!
    VIVE LES FRANCOPHONE DU MONDE!!^^

  71. dovil Said:
    royal_nonesuch Said: Several commented that Joe Flanigan appeared to be about 5′11. I insisted he was taller.

    This is where the magic of television comes into play as it’s a little known fact that Mr Flanigan is 4′6 in real life, but with the judicious use of crates tied to his feet, trenches for his fellow cast members to stand in, and $450,000 worth of special effects each episode, he stands before us the 5′11.75 leading man we all know and love.

    Next season after the last rounds of neotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

    Dovil..you slay me…as usual! *wink*

    The IMDb says Joe is 6’2″ and Jason Momoa is 6’4″. (yeah…like we believe the IMDb..lol) When I saw that, I thought that there’s no way Joe is only 2 inches shorter than Jason. Then I watched the show and froze it where they both were standing up straight. It really looked like they were only a few inches apart(excluding Jason’s dreads of course). Now…maybe it was the shot of them or maybe our little Shep is standing on a crate as actors have been known to do….or just maybe he really is 6’2″.

    Shall we get out the measuring tape? Hey Joe M.! I want to measure Joe Flanigan…whens a good time? *wink*

    While I’m at it…I want to measure ALL the male actors on the show! hehehe *evil grin*

    Hmmmm….only in my dreams, eh?

    Lasciviously,
    Kimberly

  72. Ah ouai c’est vrai ça, quand verra t’on enfin un français sur Atlantis?

    Au fait, Joyeuses Paques!!

  73. dovil Said:
    This is where the magic of television comes into play as it’s a little known fact that Mr Flanigan is 4′6 in real life, but with the judicious use of crates tied to his feet, trenches for his fellow cast members to stand in, and $450,000 worth of special effects each episode, he stands before us the 5′11.75 leading man we all know and love.

    Next season after the last rounds of neotiations they’ll be spending an extra 20k per episode to get him up to 6 foot. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

    😆

    Brilliant!! Funniest thing since the lisping Wraith!! 😀

    (I am actually surprised that he’s supposedly 6’+ – I though he was about 5’8″ – he doesn’t project very tall at all. Cute li’l bugger either way…but NOT as cute as To…erm…uuh…some other characters… ) 😉

    das

  74. I just spent some more time on the phone with Anne catching her up on all of Mr. M’s entries. She has forbidden me to read her the mailbag posts or comments since she if afraid of spoilers for “Ark Of Truth.” I let her know that many of you responded to my last post. Anne will soon be able to read them for herself as she is out of the hospital and continues her journey back to health in the nursing home/rehab. She looks forward to getting internet access soon. I’m sure this will be her first stop once she is back online. Anne asked me to tell you that she appreciates all of your kind wishes and she wonders if Mr. M. just happens to have a picture or video of the cast (especially Mr. Flanigan, or Mr. Hewlett) holding or saying “Get well Anne.” She figures it is a long shot but thought she would ask anyway. She also wants the Mallozzi rescue brigade to stand ready as she is thinking of setting the space cows loose on her physical therapy torture twins because they keep interrupting Stargate Atlantis. She may need help with a jailbreak. Keep the sporks and puddle jumpers ready!

  75. Hi Joe,

    My laptop is in for repairs so I’m going through withdrawls being away from the only Sci Fi people I know, yes that’s this blog. I need help I know… and a life… and potentially some new friends.

    I just finished reading the four Hitchhikers books and found them a great read (loved the humour element). I was wondering if you (or any other BOTM people out there) can recommend another book of a similar style?

    Thanks!

    ~ Narelle from Aus

  76. I was wondering if you can field a question regarding the new StarGate Worlds game and an episode from back in season 4.
    In the game, there is a world called Agnos that is very similar to the world shown in the episode Entity. I was wondering if those two planets are the same place?

  77. Yea… my guess is that some of the actors or the actors’ union is not signing off. I’m sure if the solution would be as simple as not including a particular scene, then it would be done.

    I also wanted to voice my opinion that continuing the character of Elizabeth Weir as a consciousness (spoiled by GateWorld) in another body is appropriate for the situation. I appreciate not recasting the role… again. For me, the changing (or reuse) of actors really breaks that fine line of disbelief. I’m bothered enough about Aaron Pearl’s cameo in Lockdown and with Garwin Sanford’s prominent roles in SG-1 and SGA. I think its fine if the actor plays multiple roles, so long as only one is without makeup – like Christopher Heyerdahl (well.. never mind – there was Revisions).

  78. I had previously read that you spend about a week shooting an episode, but how quick that is didn’t sink in until you mentioned that you shoot about eight pages a day. Is this standard for most TV shows? Or do you move a bit quicker than most?

    Thanks!

  79. Salut joe

    Sa va aujourd’hui, mis a part sa oui on voufrais bien savoir quand il va y avoir un français sur Atlantis, et oui je fait partie de la Lifa voila voila

    KISS KISS

    BON BAISER DE FRANCE

  80. Bonjour!!! j’aimerais juste savoir si nous aurons la chance de voir des français dans stargate atlantis?? ce serait vraiment une très agréable surprise.

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