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As expected, I spent most of the day in editing working on my producer’s cut of Broken Ties. I trimmed the Previously On segment, made some changes to the opening walk and talk, and was making good progress – until I was stymied by the conference room scene. I considered my options, tried to formulate a game plan, suggested playing part of the scene on Sheppard (which didn’t really work), tried to stay in the wide (which didn’t really work either), tried to stay off Woolsey’s right shoulder (which proved impossible). Eventually, I gave up and moved on, reasoning I’d probably have more success tomorrow because tomorrow is Tuesday and, historically, Tuesday’s have always been good editing days. I skipped the scene and forged ahead, putting back the reference to Sarif Sur, losing the foibles gag, adding head here, tail trimming there –

“Wait, Joe!”I can hear you shouting. “Back up! What the hell does adding head and tail trimming mean? Is it just me or do those sound like naughty euphemisms.” To answer your question – Yes, it’s just you. In the editing room, “head” refers to the head/top of a shot and when you “add head”, you are cutting in a little sooner, adding a few frames or seconds to the beginning of said shot. When you “trim the head”, you are doing the opposite, cutting in a little later, perhaps shaving a few seconds or frames off the top of that shot. Given the preceding explanation, it’s not that hard to figure out what “adding a little tail” or “tail trimming” means. When you “add tail“, you’re adding a few seconds or frames to the end of a shot (if, for instance, you want to linger on a reaction for another half-beat to really drive home the point). Alternately, when you “tail trim”, you are losing a couple of seconds or frames from the end of a shot (if, say, you feel we hang on a reaction too long). It may seem like small stuff, but you’d be amazed at how a couple of frames here and there can make the difference between a well-timed dramatic moment and a beat that just falls flat.

Anyway, I managed to almost reach the end of Act II before breaking for lunch, then made some headway into Act III (the parallel montage sequence proved trickier than I expected) before time ran out on me.

I returned to the production offices where director Pete Woeste and I did the dvd commentary for Kindred I, covering everything from the mispronunciation of the name “Caldwell” to Chris Judge‘s run-in with a fearsome deer. Oh, yeah, and we also talked about the episode. A big thank you to the office guy for organizing the session in Rob Cooper’s office which, I don’t mind admitting, is a hell of a lot closer than the Sharpe Sound studios in North Van.

Oh, I also found time to join with the other writers in giving Marty G. notes on the (still untitled) first part of the mid-season two-parter and watch half of Paul‘s producer‘s cut of The Seed before the dvd froze on us (Ah, the wonders of modern technology!). Between giving Alex notes on his revised version of Inquisition and reading Alan’s first draft of The Queen, I’ll no doubt be in editing all day tomorrow as well. But not before heading down to stage 5 for the new and improved creepy creature test.

Today’s pics: Carl and I enjoy a late-afternoon producer’s cut. Hey, kid! Build your own death trap!

Hey, lookit what I found! The mailbag –

PJ writes: “Do people get paid for doing DVD commentaries?”

Answer: We don’t.

Jeunas writes: “Any chance we could see Aris Boch ever again?”

Answer: Sorry, no plans to revisit Mr. Boch.

MysteryMadchen writes: “Is there any hope that we will get to see more of sheppard’s past in season 5?“

Answer: Possibly.

Dovil writes: “Now to be fair what about that time when I got caught in that rip tide and I asked you for advice? Because you did in fact tell me to go with the flow…”

Answer: Actually, I said “Hey, there’s J. Lo!” as I spotted the diva sunning herself not some twenty feet away. I apologize for the confusion.

Trevor writes: “Your first demand that I find examples of “the producers” telling fans to go with the flow is also taken out of context as that exact sentiment was attributed to both the producers and the “megafans” that post here hoping to silence the criticism in a din of praise and adulation.”

Answer: Ah, I totally misinterpreted your earlier statement. When you wrote: “Yeah, that’s usual lame response that megafans and often producers give when faced with criticism. “Oh, come on, just forget about it and go with the flow.”” I erroneously assumed you meant: “Yeah, that’s usual lame response that megafans and often producers give when faced with criticism. “Oh, come on, just forget about it and go with the flow.”” What the hell was I thinking?

Trevor also writes: “And please, try to move past the laughably baseless notion that “all opinions are equally valid” or that “my interpretation is just as right as yours”.

Answer: Ah, my mistake. Everyone is entitled to an opinion – but yours is just slightly better than everyone else’s. Happy?

Trevor also writes: “As for the assertion that Scifi didn’t demand Ben, well, you’re going to have to excuse me for thinking that’s bull. Rob Cooper’s interview pretty clearly states otherwise…”

Answer: Hey, feel free to interpret his words as you wish, but I’m quite clearly stating that “I was the one who suggested we cast Ben Browder”. No room for misinterpretation in that quote. But if you really feel that riled up about this issue and are seeking some kind of closure, then I urge you to question Rob about it.

Sally writes: “You’ve said that rob cooper is going to stop by and answer questions from fans concerning ‘ark of truth’, but is there a chance of brad wright doing the same for ‘continuum’?”

Answer: I could ask him when the time comes.

Wolf359 writes: “If you give Joe an opportunity to avoid the question, especially controversial ones, he’ll take it.”

Answer: Actually, I’ve already covered this particular topic (about a year and a half ago). Feel free to do a search and look up my response if you feel inclined to rehashing the subject. Otherwise, here‘s a novel idea: try not to be obnoxious or, in your case, post using one of various alternate screen names all hailing from the same IP address in Virginia.

SusantheTartanTurtle writes: “ Where are the ‘facilities’ on the puddlejumper?”

Answer: I believe I’ve already explained this. Okay. One more time. Whenever someone needs to go to the bathroom while in a puddle jumper, everyone else moves into the cockpit and the rear compartment is sealed for privacy. Then, when the individual has finished their business, they knock three times on bulkhead and hold on tight. The jumper’s back ramp is dropped, the rear compartment depressurized, and anything not nailed down is whisked away. The ramp is then raised, the internal pressure stabilized, and the journey continues. Simple, no? Much more problematic are the toilets on Atlantis which, unlike a lot of Ancient technology, cannot be initiated and can only be flushed by someone with the Ancient gene.

Rosie writes: “How’s that affect your Final Four bracket?”

Answer: Not looking too good, but I’ll know more tomorrow. I think I still have an outside shot provided Kansas upsets North Carolina and Memphis wins it all.

Ruffles writes: “Any chance on seeing Nancy or David Sheppard in S5?”

Answer: Nancy – quite possible. David – unlikely.

Inpa writes: “Oh and any word on the bloopers yet?”

Answer: There is one final stumbling block that hopefully will be dealt with before day’s end. Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.

Tba writes: “1) What happened to the Wraith’s ability to regenerate from bullet impacts very fast, and to create hallucinations? 2) When you are writing a script, at which point in the story you usually begin writing? Beginning, middle, end, or does that differ each time?

3) What’s the general direction s5 is heading? (i.e. in s4 it was allying with the wraith to fight a common enemy, the asurans) 4) Any Traveler or Genii stories in s5?”

Answers: 1) They are still capable of regenerating, but we’re using different ordnance. They’re also still capable of creating hallucinations. 2) Always at the beginning. 3) S5 will focus on the changes in a post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy. 4) We’ll be seeing the Travelers again. As for the Genii…their presence will be felt as well.

Shirt ’n Tie writes: “Any news on Lt Col Anne Teldy?”

Answer: Still waiting for word on MAJOR Teldy. Oh, and I can no longer recommend C Restaurant. I’d advise taking it off your “to visit” list.

Anais33 a ecrit: “1)Il est prévu que vous commentiez combient d’épisode de la saison 4 dans les dvd? 2)Aimez vous le catch?”

Responses: 1) Seulement les trois episodes que j’ai ecrit. 2) C’est quoi le “catch”?

Cherish4 writes: “Do you know if any of the Atlantis Cast Members are taking part in the Episode Commentaries for the Season 4 DVD Boxset?”

Answer: To the best of my knowledge, no actors will be taking part in the episode commentaries for the show’s fourth season.

Rebekah writes: “How is the decision made who among your recurring characters get added as regular cast members?”

Answer: That’s a decision made by the producer and it’s based on the screen time a character is expected to see. In Jewel’s case, for instance, we envisioned more screen time for Keller and, after her first season on the show, promoted her to regular. Michael, on the other hand, is not a character we envision appearing in more than a handful of episodes and, so, will remain a guest star.

Light writes: “I’d like to encourage people to forego ordering from amazon if possible, in light of their strong-arm tactics against print-on-demand publishers…”

Answer: Thanks for the link. What would you suggest as an alternative to Amazon for my online shopping? Barnes & Noble? Yes? No?

MajorSal writes: “argh, i’m really coming off anti mitchell and i’m not!”

Answer: Hey, it‘s obvious that a lot of Carter fans feel the same way and you have every right to express your frustration for what you perceive as a sleight to your favorite character. And, quite frankly, even if you were anti-Mitchell, I’d approve your posts so long as you made your case in a respectful manner.

Suse writes: “You seemed to have missed the bit where he did ask “like an adult” and was ignored.”

Answer: Actually, if you’ll refer to the first post, it was only slightly less obnoxious.

130 thoughts on “March 31, 2008: Adding Head and Trimming Tail!

  1. Enjoy your two dinners – lucky boy.

    I hope the furry bairns are all well – I don’t know why people insist on having children when they can have little furries instead.

    Susan…the crazy cat lady.

    🙂

  2. Dang…I thought ‘adding head’ referred to installing a john in the jumper… 😕

    das

  3. OK, that “facilites” explanation is REALLY gross!
    There’d be pee and poo splashed over the walls, the seats and everything. I’d hate to be the maintainence personnel after a good long flight. And how does that work if there is only one person in the jumper?

  4. ‘Inpa writes: “Oh and any word on the bloopers yet?”

    Answer: There is one final stumbling block that hopefully will be dealt with before day’s end. Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.’

    Hmmmm……that idea has great possibility. I think that may possibly be even better than the real bloopers.

    Mandy

  5. Ahh, nice. So who’s the “lucky” character who falls into that viscious little trap? Thanks for the minilesson on editing, and letting us know how it is going. The mailbag was nice, though Trevor seems to have some for of ADD. And I’d like it known, for the record, that though I’m from Virginia, that I do not have any other SNs that I post under here, so please do not associate me with that “other” Virginian. Just one silly question for the night. At what point will Mr. G. be forced to come up with a name for the two parter? Or in worst case situation will you simply film the episode and christen it with a title post production?

  6. Joe, I would encourage you to use Borders.com for your online book purchases. Borders is relaunching its dot com on April 11 and will no longer be linked through Amazon at that point.

    and

    Regarding the adding tail and long holds on reactions at the end of scenes: Just cut or fade to black already. I find it annoying when it goes on too long, but that’s just me and my pert opinions talking.

  7. hachi Said:
    OK, that “facilites” explanation is REALLY gross!
    There’d be pee and poo splashed over the walls, the seats and everything. I’d hate to be the maintainence personnel after a good long flight. And how does that work if there is only one person in the jumper?

    Yeah, can’t they just have one of those suction toilets like on a plane? Suck-o-John…right under the last cushion on the right.

    On to more important things…Mr. M – Will we ever learn how/when/why Todd was captured by the Genii in the first place?

    das

  8. Oh Thank you… Joe’s back and as funny as ever. Loved this post and the mailbag responces too! BRAVO!

    Did you get my email?

    Patricia

  9. Answers: 3) S5 will focus on the changes in a post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy.

    Wait! What the hell does THAT mean??!

    das

  10. “Much more problematic are the toilets on Atlantis which, unlike a lot of Ancient technology, cannot be initiated and can only be flushed by someone with the Ancient gene.”

    Well, that explains why Rodney wanted the gene so badly.

    As for the Puddlejumper facilities, it’s not unlike how a redneck cleans out the bed of his pick-up truck, is it? There’s no decompression, but you drive real fast in reverse and then stomp on the brake. Physics does the rest.

  11. Really enjoyed the description of the editing process. You see, this blog can be very educational.
    Thanks and enjoy your upcoming dinners!

  12. Hi Joe!

    I just wanted to ask how much time is usually spent in video editing with an episode? I know that some contain way more SFX than others but in general, how much time is usually slotted?

    Thanks for the awesome updates!

    I’m going to work on my foot-trap as soon as the ground thaws.

    Nika

  13. Have you heard about plotbog.com? If so, what kind of script would you join?

    Already typing up my questions and comments for F. Paul Wilson. Can’t wait to be part of the discussion.

    Can you recommend a good Anime to watch?

    Have you seen the Dark Portals:The Chronicles of Vidoq? Loved that movie.
    Gotta run, my kitties YODA and Shanks, are being chased by my only girl cat (named GUS…my sister named her)…it is almost as funny as Lake Placid 2…oh wait, that was more scary than funny…why the heck does the SCIFI channel waste its money on that crap instead of investing in the shows we actually want to watch.

  14. Hi Joe,
    I loved the bathroom descriptions (and needing to have the gene to flush on Atlantis, that would be a great DVD extra, we could see extra duties for Shepard, Rodney and Carson running around flushing for everyone…)

    Does the fact that Keller (Jewel) has been moved to “regular” for season 5 limit the chances to use Beckett (Paul) as a recurring character? Actually more so does it rule out the chance of ever getting Paul McGillion back as a “regular” say should SGA get a 6th season pick up? – I would like to say that it’s not that I can’t stand Keller, (but I don’t particularly like her either) but I, as many others just love Carson and feel (me personally at least) that something has been missing since “Sunday”; and that missing aspect was present in Kindred II.

    Thanks Joe, have fun editing Tuesday!

  15. To das,
    I think I am going to wipe from my mind Joe’s “facilities” explanation and go with the Suck-O-John – so very much more hygienic! Did you ever see Lexx? The tongue-toilets were hilarious!

  16. I think people should be paid for DVD commentaries. It adds to the DVD – it’s a feature – money should exchange hands. Or maybe payment in chocolate might be considered…

  17. Hi Joe!

    YEAH! Maybe more Shep(?) and his ex, creepy creatures, and people falling into a trap! S5 is gonna so totally rock! 🙂

    Still hoping for the bloopers, but I’ll take you up on your offer of you and Ivon reenacting them. That would be hilarious!

    Thanks for all of your tiring work – it’s appreciated. Do you have pillows and blankets so you can nap more comfortably than is shown in your pic?

    Hmmm…someone who possibly posts as several different people? Lame.

    I was at the Memphis/UT game on Sunday. Not a big BB fan (basketball, not Ben Browder – I don’t not like him!), but I had some fun, despite UT losing. Since UT did lose, I don’t want Memphis to win.

    Have a lovely night!

    eddy

  18. Much more problematic are the toilets on Atlantis which, unlike a lot of Ancient technology, cannot be initiated and can only be flushed by someone with the Ancient gene.

    Heehee. Now I’m wondering how many times per week Shep gets put on “flush duty”.

    Oh, and as regards the “regular vs. recurring” question, I know Michael’s a villain, but I would love to see him as a regular. A regular and maybe just more roguish than evil. Ah, I do like to dream.

    Any chance of a good Michael/Todd scene sometime in the future? (Which is to say, a scene between those two characters…not Michael/Todd in the fanfic sense…which I’m sure exists somewhere.)

  19. hi Joe,
    le “catch” = la lutte = wrestling
    And the toilets in Atlantis…nice one !! LOL

  20. Joe,
    Not sure if you’re a Doctor Who fan, but I saw an episode of the new Doctor Who series this weekend that made me think of you and the Whispers episode…only because this Who episode, called “Blink”, was a spooky episode of a scifi show. The storyline revolved around “quantum beings” – creatures that only exist when you’re not looking at them. The moment you see them, they turn into stone statues. But if you look away, even to blink, they come into existence and can attack you incredibly fast. This ep was one of the creepier Doctor Who shows I’ve seen – even in the new series the monsters and aliens are more odd or even funny rather than scary. But this episode did a good job of playing on that fear of something creeping up on you when you’re not looking – and the whole seemingly-innocent-inanimate-objects-coming-alive-and-killing-you thing. All this to say that I like spooky episodes on scifi shows, so I’m looking forward to Whispers.

    On a not really related tangent, my husband got a letter today from his alma mater, Northwestern University, thanking him for making a contribution. The letter was from “Chris”, a student, who gushed about how alumni contributions (even one’s as miniscule as ours!) make it possible for students like him to get a great education at a school where he could study theatre and physics at the same time. Theatre and physics?! Interesting combination. Maybe you should contact Northwestern the next time you’re casting for SGA. Looks like they’ve got just the talent you’re looking for. 🙂

  21. Hey Joe!

    Really wish I could attend the Fuel dinners, but I’m just a tad too far away. Enjoy them nonetheless, I’m sure they’ll be fun. 🙂

    Keep up the good work, judging from your comments, “Broken Ties” sounds like a definite episode to watch out for. 🙂

    Thanks as always,

    – Enzo Aquarius

  22. Does your experience as a screenwriter make it easier or harder for you to edit (like you are doing on your producer’s cut)???

    I would think that it would make it harder, since, as a writer, you have a very distinct idea of what it will look like, and then you are handed the director’s interpretation of what you wrote, and have to work off of that.

  23. Wow, the mailbag is huge today; it must have filled up on all that milk!

    Oh, and have fun at the dinner tomorrow! Unfortunately, I won’t be there (or the one on Thursday) due to studying for finals and other responsibilities, but I will no doubt experience it vicariously through the pics that will sure to be posted on Wednesday and Friday. It’s just as well; I find that my idiotic behavior skyrockets when I’m nervious; and I’m sure to be nervous if I did show up.

    Here’s a question: Why didn’t the Wraith attempt to farm humans to increase their food supply instead of waiting for their population to increase naturally after cullings?

  24. R.e. suggesting Ben Browder to Sci Fi: thank you! I came to the Stargate universe via Stargate Atlantis, but once SGA had me ensnared I was kind of reluctant to get into SG-1. It was already a few episodes into season 9 at that point and I wasn’t really looking forward to having to catch up.

    But I watched a season 9 ep one night, since it was paired with SGA, and I really enjoyed it. Part of the reason for that was Colonel Mitchell. He had a really interesting relationship with his team – apparently in charge, and yet obviously…not. It was clear that there was some awkwardness, some not in on the in-jokes thing going on with him, but that he was an incredibly nice guy and really good at what he did… There was just a lot going on there; it was subtle, but really interesting. Plus Ben Browder was really charismatic in general, in a fantastic understated way.

    Obviously I was sucked in by the other characters as well – Sam, Daniel, Teal’c were all just fabulous characters. And of course I fell in love with Jack too when I eventually made my way through the previous seasons. But the first thing I did after seeing that one season 9 ep was get online to find out Mitchell’s story, because I wanted to understand what was going on there, I wanted to know more about the character.

    (And then I wanted to see this Farscape thing I kept seeing mentioned whenever I read anything about Ben Browder. And wow, was THAT a trip!)

    Anyway, on a similar subject, after seeing The Ark of Truth, can I just say “WOO!” to the very kick ass and awesome Mitchell in that? Dude totally had his groove on! The Sam-and-Cameron team was completely fabulous, too. I loved the whole movie; many thanks to you guys for it!

    R.e. SGA, I’m really, really looking forward to the new season! Can I ask if we’ll get to see any more great team-ups between John and Ronon a la ‘Outcast’? I’d also love to see John and Teyla spend some quality adventure time together; the scenes with them chatting and working together in ‘Quarantine’ are my favorite scenes from that episode. Teyla and Lorne also make a really great team and have a really nice dynamic… Um, I’m doing a very unskilled job of fishing for more info on what Teyla will be up to next season, aren’t I. You’ve dropped a few tasty hints, am left hoping for more!

  25. dasNdanger Said:
    Answers: 3) S5 will focus on the changes in a post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy.

    Wait! What the hell does THAT mean??!

    I don’t know if this is what Joe meant, but according to a recent interview in SciFi Magazine, due to the weakening of the Wraith thanks to the Asurans and Michael, relatively technolgically-advanced races that were in hiding previously (like the Genii) will come out of hiding, and things will evolve from there.

    So the Wraith won’t be that dominant anymore. I can’t wait!!

  26. @ hachi – Tongue-toilets??! 😆 Missed that one! Sounds hilarious!

    For now…I better get to bed before I worry myself to death about ‘a post-Wraith ascendant PG’ – damn that Joe!! He really knows how to make Wraith fans crazy!

    I’m SO hoping this isn’t a rehash of the Ori storyline…but wondering if it has something to do with the energy feeding cloud-thingy from Hide and Seek in S1. Or I’m just misunderstanding what JM meant by his comment.

    JM – do you mean the Wraith are ascending, or do you mean they are just no longer the superior power in the galaxy? (Be careful what you say around Wraith-obsessed ‘over-thinkers’… 😛 )

    das

  27. Sorry Suse, It is your opinion he asked like an adult. It is my opinion after reading his question he whined like a four year. A very rude four year old. All that was needed was him holding his breath and stomping his feet. Good thing there was not any video.

  28. A bookstore with a good online presence is Powells (www.powells.com), which is a religious experience as well as a bookstore. The main store is a city block big and three stories tall. They carry both new and used books.

    You can also find local bookstores by using Booksense (Booksense.com). They have listing for indies in BC as well as the US.

    Do you read other genres aside from Sci-Fi and Horror?

    kath

  29. “There is one final stumbling block that hopefully will be dealt with before day’s end. Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.”

    I totally agree with Mandy on this one, I would love to see this more then the real bloopers…if only so we can see Ivon infront of the camera for once, he is so wasted behind it!!!lol

  30. Hey joe! Just curious if it was just a timing issue or something else entirely that has made it so that(as far as you know) no actors are doing commentaries?

    I look forward to dinner thursday night! See you then!

  31. pg15 Said: I don’t know if this is what Joe meant, but according to a recent interview in SciFi Magazine, due to the weakening of the Wraith thanks to the Asurans and Michael, relatively technolgically-advanced races that were in hiding previously (like the Genii) will come out of hiding, and things will evolve from there.

    So the Wraith won’t be that dominant anymore. I can’t wait!!

    Yeah – after I put the chocolate down… 😉 …I got to thinking that this is what JM meant – that they won’t be the dominant race anymore – which is fine by me. First, they do need to introduce new races/species. Second, it could allow Todd to have a continuing role as a Lantean ally, which is the only reason I started watching the show in the first place. I just LOVE the concept of being pals with someone who can eat you…lol. Just makes for interesting relationships, not to mention the whole quandary over what to give your creepy green buddy for din-din (Genii Chow! Hill’s Ancient Diet! Travellers ‘n Bits!).

    Thanks for allaying my fears. I tell ya, there would have been a Worshipper uprising the likes of which have never been seen before if the Wraith were eliminated from the show. Either that, or we’d all just stop watching, and resort to fan fic… *hangs self* (PLEASE, Joe – do NOT force me to go that route…)

    das

  32. For the mail bag –
    I live with severe chronic pain and have been in a massive flare for four days. At this point, I’m sad beyond words, mentally and physically exhausted and not above using the pity that I typically engender to try to get what I want, which in this case is for you to post a more recent photo of the so-cute-he-cheers-me-up Jason Momoa.

    I don’t think that’s much to ask and with 32 fast approching for me, I don’t make the cut for the Make A Wish foundation =P So help a sister out, Joe! Give us a tortured Ronon shot that I know you have somewhere on that camera from ‘Broken Ties’

    Take pity on the invalid from Wisconsin. She may even send you cheese (cheddar isn’t worth eating unless its 10 years old) as a thank you.

    Yeah, its all pretty desperate, begging you for updates of the Lantean men and storylines and manically refreshing the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee for kitten pic updates. C’est la vie.

  33. Hey Joe,

    This is your personal blog (which means no contractual obligation to deal with complaints or just plain annoying people, right?), so when you get confrontational people commenting do you sometimes wonder if it is all worth it?

    We’d love you to say that you keep doing this not just for practice but because you will miss all of us, but hey, what we don’t know won’t hurt us – except for not knowing about the white tail spider lying patiently in your jeans just waiting for your left leg to appear. That hurts.

    Chev – thanks for the link! Didn’t realise its origins date back so far. I’ll add that to the section of my brain full of useless (yet great for dinner parties when awkward silence kicks in) facts.

    Unfortunately this section of my brain is expanding at an exponential rate and any useful information is sadly being overwritten. Thus describes the brain life cycle which is now colloquially known as “being blonde”.

    So Chev, you are also from the land of water tanks and mowing dirt…

    I was at the book store yesterday attempting to get even 1 of the BOTM books – no luck unfortunately. While standing in the Sci Fi section I often glance next to me and think “I wonder if this person is from Joe’s blog?”. Much stranger small world incidences have happened… besides, there’s only 20 million of us.

    Sulien said: “the US Military utilizes date of rank in determining command of a unit between two individuals of the same rank/pay grade”

    Uuuum, for some reason when skimming through the comments I read that as “between two individuals of the same gay parade”. Yup, a psychologists field day in that somewhere.

    Enough of my ramblings. Back to work.
    Have a great dinner guys. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes.

    Joe, taking any personal protection (and I mean a weapon of some sort for anyone with their minds in the gutter still from just reading the title of Joe’s entry today – tsk, tsk) just in case Trevor, Kate, Grace or same IP from Virginia show up?

    A scen from when fan dinners go bad: “You can insult my blog, my mail bag, my stories, my character positioning decisions but do not, I repeat, DO NOT insult my pan-fried foie gras”

  34. Hey Joe,

    Thanks for all the tidbits on season 5 – lots of stuff to look forward to! Sounds like the balance of power is shifting (hey – isn’t there a line in the poem about status quo shifts??)

    What happened at C restaurant? My husband and I ate there when we were in Vancouver last summer and it was very nice. Did you have a bad experience?

    Jean

  35. On the Trevor Debacle:

    Golly Gosh Joe, what were you thinking? Can’t you tell that this person obviously knows better than you what goes on in Sci-fi and Stargate HQ, despite your years of experience working there and on the show he watches!

    You should be ashamed of yourself, truly. What would your mother think?

  36. Hi Joe,
    Ah, post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy?? I too say “What the hell does that mean??!!.” Let’s hope the Wraith aren’t eliminated from the Pegasus Galaxy. If they are you will undoubtedly piss off a lot of Wraith Fans.:(

    LS

  37. Hello Joe, how come you no longer translate the French questions? Also, can you give me some scoop on Teyla, like hy does she continue to stay with the SG team, do they pay her like the other members?

  38. While I was out in NYC filming some interviews relating to post-production stuff, I heard a rather good idea. It would give episodic television directors and editors a guide to getting a working cut quickly – based entirely around the screenplay. The downside? Requires proprietary software and a digital camera system which generates metadata. The idea being that the metadata helps the crew get the shots that’s needed and then imported into an editing system which can read all of that data and make a very rough cut automatically without any human intervention.

    That, or you do away with all the digital editing systems and edit entirely by 35mm film on something like a Steinbeck. Some editors have said that they have to concentrate and make harsher decisions if they have to manually cut film rather than simply click a few buttons and drag a mouse around. Makes sense to me having seen them in action.

    M.

    What you need is metadata, and high-definition digital cameras. Take your script, then feed it through special software that generates metadata for the camera. As you shoot,

  39. Haha, today’s title was bound to grab some, ahh, attention. And I’d bet my bank account that those who originated the editing terms weren’t complete naïfs. -Thanks for the info, and especially for pointing out how much difference one beat can make. I’m a big fan of perfect timing – or, actually, since I’m a layman, maybe I don’t notice until the timing is off in my opinion; and depending on how many gallons of coffee I’ve had that day, those little things can be rather irritating.

    Good luck with another day in the dimly lit editors’ room. (Since you’re working with hard copy, doesn’t that bother your eyes after a while? I’d bring my own lamps, with post-it notes affixed saying, “Move this, die a painful death.” Sometimes the notes work, and so far the only mortality has been a chia pet.)

    Hey, have a fabulous time Tuesday and Thursday evening, all of you!

  40. Regarding the season 4 DVD commentaries, i remember David H. twittering about having recorded a commentary for Miller’s Crossing if i recall correctly…

    “Atlantis commentary for Miller’s Crossing tomorrow…today I organize my life! 09:40 AM November 25, 2007 from web”

    Yea that’s it there. Perhaps there are a few actor commentaries? Or were ones made and not being used? Or did i misinterpret David’s post? Ok, i’ve done enough chattering for now :). Have a good day!

    Logic

  41. Thanks to Jenny Robin and Kath for the info about Borders and Powell’s.

    PS: For another alternative to Amazon.com in used books, you could check out http://www.abebooks.com. The prices and selection aren’t quite as good, but anything to send The Man a message. (And you can often find books that are new, or maybe have just tiny scuffmarks on the back, etc.) – Some of Joe’s BOTM selections come from small publishing houses that could be helped by public resistance to Amazonian arm-twisting.

    http://www.biblio.com also carries both used and rare books. So far I’ve found their prices and selection not as good as Abebooks.

  42. last post, promise. . .

    pg15 asked:

    Why didn’t the Wraith attempt to farm humans to increase their food supply instead of waiting for their population to increase naturally after cullings?

    I would also like to hear Joe’s response to that. In the meantime, my own observation is that some farmed animals aren’t quite as tasty as specimens raised in natural conditions.

  43. Thanks Joe for answering one of my questions, I am so full of them it’s not even funny. I am grateful for all the time you put into this blog to appease and inform the fans, therefore no questions out of me today, tomorrow, however, open season once again. 😉

    Oh yes and as for Trevor; please man put a sock in it! Take a laxative and try a valium or a thorozine or here’s a thought quit being such a pain in the ass and turn the show off if it irritates you so darn much. Channel your wind bag into something productive like say regenerating power to the 3rd world countries with out electricity…

    Thanks again Joe for the info I can’t wait for season 5, happy editing Nicole. 🙂

  44. So, if on the PJ’s all waste matter is blown out in space, that didn’t sound nice, did it? Then, um, are there a stack of suitable receptacles hidden somewhere on the Jumper? Sorry, I had to ask! 😳

    Thanks for the trap plans from Tracker. They look awesome! Is Tracker a team episode, or is it centred around a character, and if so, which one? Thanks! 🙂

  45. I don’t really care whose idea it was to bring Ben Browder on board, I’m just glad it was someone’s because he is an excellent addition to the group. I just wish it had been suggested earlier when RDA was reducing his involvement so we could have had Mitchell take over SG1 in season 8 and have had more time with his character. Carter never really convinced me as a “leader” and was always better used in her science support role. I really hope the fantastic sales of Ark of Truth has MGM clamoring for more ASAP because I’m looking forward to further adventures of Daniel, Vala, Mitchell and Teal’c as soon as we can have them.

  46. What others said about dealing with the nitwits who comment here. (well, maybe, this nitwit excepting. *maybe*) There’s an old Internet Adage: Ignore The Trolls. Some people get their jollies baiting people, just to get a rise out of them. The rest of us (ie. those with half a clue) aren’t going to think less of you because you don’t respond to idjit attacks.

    Meanwhile, your fans still obsess about potties…

    Tomorrow I’m visiting the Ann Arbor area’s biggest Asian grocery, which is built in a former car dealership. I’m told it has tanks of frogs and turtles for purchase (for cooking, apparently). I’d ask if you know any good turtle recipes, but I still haven’t worked up to cooking a live crab. (with or without knife-wielding choked ex-waiters.)

  47. Barnes & Nobles? Hmm. I’d recommend Borders. Perhaps I’m biased, since I work there. Also, I’ll admit that our website is sub-par… still, when in person, Borders is better than Barnes & Nobles in both selection and service, at least here in Springfield, MO.

  48. narellefromaus Said:

    Chev – thanks for the link! Didn’t realise its origins date back so far. I’ll add that to the section of my brain full of useless (yet great for dinner parties when awkward silence kicks in) facts.

    Unfortunately this section of my brain is expanding at an exponential rate and any useful information is sadly being overwritten. Thus describes the brain life cycle which is now colloquially known as “being blonde”.

    Hi Narelle……glad I could help. It’s scary how much useful information I’m unable to take in because I have the lyrics to the Gilligan’s Island theme (and other such trivia) in my head. 🙂

    So Chev, you are also from the land of water tanks and mowing dirt…

    I was at the book store yesterday attempting to get even 1 of the BOTM books – no luck unfortunately. While standing in the Sci Fi section I often glance next to me and think “I wonder if this person is from Joe’s blog?”. Much stranger small world incidences have happened… besides, there’s only 20 million of us.

    Well you’ll have to be in Melbourne to bump into me at the book store but you never know.

    I must say that I was considering ditching the community aspect of this site to just swing by to read the articles. I must have been on here for about 9 months and asked Joe over 70 questions (lost count) – all ignored. I was thinking, what’s the point, seems like a closed community. But recently there have been some nice people like yourself and Pauline that I think I might stick it out a little longer.

    Anyhoo :-D, sorry couldn’t resist, if anyone’s over at Stargate Community…say hi.

    Cheers, Chev

  49. Hey Joe,
    I’d have to agree with you entirely when it comes to editing. You can have the greatest footage in the world but if the film is put together terribably and the edits are totally wrong then the film just comes out looking crap.
    I study film and television and new media as one of my subjects in school. At the moment we’re making a documentary.

    Also thought id let you know that senior camp is on, so im going to miss all your blogs until i get back on saturday.
    Early morning start as well….4am…:(

    Goodluck with all the editing and writing your doing at the moment….

    Netty

  50. means. When you “add tail“, you’re adding a few seconds or frames to the end of a shot (if, for instance, you want to linger on a reaction for another half-beat to really drive home the point)

    The soapies are expert at those add tails…

    Wouldn’t it be fun if you did one ep of SGA like a soapy…

  51. Ahh, smile Joe, you sound a wee bit like you’ve had a long day.

    I’m a first time comment-er (sure it’s a word) here so thanks for all the work you do to give us a show that we love and umm, how do you pronounce Caldwell then?

    Lannie.xx.

  52. *giggles*

    Perhaps you and Ivon can act out the bloopers even if they make the boxset (which I REALLY hope they do).
    Or maybe…you could just post loads more photos of Ivon. Yes?

    And you should do all of your ordering from indigo.ca *nods nods* The fact that I work for the company has nothing to do with that at all. 🙂 Okay, maybe it does, but…..hey! Buy Canadian!

  53. Ruffles writes: “Any chance on seeing Nancy or David Sheppard in S5?”
    Answer: Nancy – quite possible. David – unlikely.

    I confess to having been a little worried when I learned we would be meeting the former Mrs Sheppard in Outcast but Alan McCullough and Kari Wuhrer created an interesting and likeable character in what was really very little screen time. So I for one would be very happy to see her again.

    David? Not so much. He was just too 2-dimensional and there was nothing engaging or particularly interesting about the character at all. Though it’d be nice if we got a mention of him just to let us know if the Sheppard siblings are on better terms – or not as the case may be.

  54. No fooling here, and cheering about a few things: ass-kicking post-Wraith ascendant people in the Pegasus Galaxy, possibly more Sheppard’s past, Nancy Sheppard, plenty of guesting Michael and our S4 BLOOPERS!

    I was dead opposed to SG1 becoming “Fargate” = Ben & Claudia. And I was right I thought their SG1 characters came off too close to their previous roles. But gee, despite characters I didn’t care for I continued to watch SG1 out of loyalty and love for Michael S, Amanda & Chris all of whom I’ve adored from Day 1 (along with Ricky Dean), and I will buy any Stargate movies that have them in it. I don’t care for Jewel either yet because of Joe F, DH etc I will absolutely continue to watch Atlantis!!!

    Have fun & enjoy your dinner
    DD

  55. Thanks for the technical info on editing, I didn’t know there was jargon for adding and removing frames.

    I have few questions for you today, so I might do something really unusual and list them out…

    1. Will you and Ivon REALLY re-enact the bloopers if they don’t make it?

    2. Will you re-enact the bloopers if they do make it? Please?

    3. If the BOTM books I’ve ordered (The Keep and Empire of Ice Cream) don’t get here in time for the relevant discussions (which is highly likely), can I share my thoughts at a later date?

    Amy/Amz

  56. …and more!

    My sister, Mary, who you recently wished a happy birthday said to let you know she thinks you’re great and really respects your work. Talk about timing with some of the questions you’ve been answering. She doesn’t read your blog for fear of spoilers (trust me, knowing an actor is in a specific episode is a spoiler to her), but she watched Stargate long before me.

    On another note, you’ll be pleased (I hope) to hear that I have taken on an email spammer. Wish me luck!

  57. Okay I can’t be at the meal tonight, but I can still have a cyber meal.

    So as I sidle in between Shirt ‘n’ Tie and Joe. Come on fellers move over…..little bit more elbow room if you please.

    So S‘n’T how was Terminal 5?

    I think I’ll start with a drink a Margarita please thank you.

    Oh food I’ll have the Caramelized Onion Consommé. What’s in that? Onions as the name implies…hey snarky!

    Main course ‘Sloping Hills’ Organic Pork whoa that’s a bit expensive don’t you think? So what you’re telling me is that I’m paying more because the pig had a nice life living in the countryside while I on the other hand live in the city…okay then, well that makes sense.

    Wine bottle of red a bottle of white just keep pouring it.

    I’ll leave the conversation up to you guys but can I suggest some topics for discussion

    What would happen if the Olympic torch went out on its way around the world? Would they have to start all over again?

    35 people in a small cave in Russia waiting for the end of the world. Is it really worth ordering that book from Amazon.com in the hope that it might get to you before the all consuming end?

    The Wraith are they just very anaemic vampires with no sense of humour?

    Roasted Nutmeg pound cake sorbet what the hell! Oh well go on then I’m sure sorbet has no calories that will balance the cake part.

    Oh my god look at the time got to go. How much do you think a taxi home will cost…how far am I going only 4,524 miles…do you think I should tip?

    Enjoy the meal.

    Pauline

  58. Hey Joe,

    Will we see those Wraith Keepers mentioned back in “Allies”? The Wraith scientist made them sound like an important and powerful caste in Wraith society. Speaking of Wraith society, will we see anymore of it? How they managed to rise from insects to a race that challenged the Ancients?

    Take care Joe!

  59. Hi Joe,

    Are you looking at possible story ideas for the second half of season 5? Is there any chance for Daniel to visit again beyond the mid season two parter? (thank you, thank you, thank you! for that by the way :))

  60. “S5 will focus on the changes in a post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy.”

    If the Wraith won’t be as dominant in the galaxy like they used to, will be get a really cool ‘Reckoning’ type episode like the Goa’uld had in SG-1 when they fell from power, or like the Asurans had in the form of BAMSR? I hope so, because they have been a very good enemy IMO.

  61. Hi again Mr M!
    Greetings from…VANCOUVER!
    Yes, I can now personally confirm that Tipperary is indeed a very long way…
    Time zone distortion / jet lag has me typing at this crazy hour. Looking forward to seeing you at Fuel with Mr G., this evening….I’ll be the wide-eyed nodding Irishman… Hsve amended my list of restaurants as suggested…and added Lumiere.

    See you later

    Shirt’n’Tie

  62. HA! The description of the facilities on both he puddlejumper and Atlantis made me giggle, a lot, and made starting the day in the office a little bearable! 🙂

  63. Much more problematic are the toilets on Atlantis which, unlike a lot of Ancient technology, cannot be initiated and can only be flushed by someone with the Ancient gene.

    How embarrassing for those others. lol

    I believe tonight is the first of the fan dinners, yes? Have fun!

  64. I’m finding it really amusing that the toilet is the topic of conversation in the comments 🙂

    I look forward to the DVDs – I want to hear the commentary!

  65. Wow the spike pit looks nasty and cool!! Nice construction plan there.

    I am well aware of “adding head and trimming tail” unfortunately in my case (for adding vids to youtube) it’s more a case of trimming everything to just the important stuff and straight in and out of lines – which sucks! Reactions; oh how I miss them! lol

    Enjoy the dinners!!

    Oh, have you ever read the Vampire Earth books? Or at least just Way of the Wolf. My flatmate and I have conflicting views and you might be the one to help us settle it. lol.

  66. Answer: There is one final stumbling block that hopefully will be dealt with before day’s end. Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.

    Cool. So who’s going to have the honour of re-enacting the surprise ratchet pull from Doppelganger? 😀

  67. Love looking at these little technical details and insights into writing and casting, though I’m curious why David Nykl/Radek Zelenka hasn’t been upgraded to regular cast, considering the number of episodes he’s in.

    I’ve really, really tried to like Keller, because I loved Jewel in Firefly/Serenity and even in her small bits of Da Vinci’s Inquest, but, dude, she’s such a *whiner* and it’s such socially clueless whining, too– “My entire people have disappeared.” “Oh, yeah, well I haven’t talked to my dad lately.” “I watched the love of my life die when my whole civilisation was destroyed.” “I didn’t go to prom!” I just… Gah! I mean, I like characters to have foibles and not be perfect, but there’s a fine line between imperfect and unlikeable that she too often crosses, which is probably strange because I love McKay and Beckett, both of whom have whiny and socially clueless moments.

    As to alternate booksites, the suggestions above are excellent. I myself am probably going with Barnes & Noble since it’s the store we most often shop when we go to a brick and mortar store, has free shipping on select items totalling over $25 just like amazon and a decent selection, and, heck, I might just renew my B&N card while I’m at it. Of course, many publishers have websites where they do direct sales. That’s another option and gives them a bigger chunk of the profits.

  68. Thankyouthankyou, Joe, for taking the time out of your day to do this. It is so spectacularly cool to get to learn a little bit of what it’s like for the writers, and about the processes and everything. Never dreamed we’d get a little window like this, but here we are, so thank you very much!

  69. Hi Joe:

    I’m getting really excited for Season Five! I have two questions to ask, what Season Five episode will Woosley be making his first appearance in and what is your favourite brand of wine? I’m looking to try something new and I’m sure anything you recommend would be awesome! Have a great day!

    Sabina 🙂

  70. Joe, I thought that Amanda was doing the commentary for “Trio”. Has that changed? I was really looking forward to her input on the episode.

    I really appreciate the fact that you allow fans to give their honest opinion of something that bothers them (like a certain ‘new and improved’ poster) as long as it’s done in a respectful manner. ((Hugs))

    danielfanforever

    PS: Enjoy your dinner tonight at Fuel

  71. In Jewel’s case, for instance, we envisioned more screen time for Keller and, after her first season on the show, promoted her to regular.

    Whiney Keller got more time than she deserved last season, at the expense of characters we actually LIKE. Are you aware of the huge anti-Keller backlash going on? Most fans want to see Todd have a nice lunch. . .with her as the main course!

  72. Oh, missed this. In yesterday’s comments, Leesa Perrie said:

    Light: Is the amazon thing only US or all the sites? Should I consider boycotting them in the UK? I’ve signed the petition and am quite willing to move my business elsewhere – but only if this will help the cause! I hate it when companies get so big they think they can bully the smaller companies and get away with it.

    At this point, it’s unclear how far-reaching this is. One publisher who has had their ‘Buy’ bottons turned off on the .com site still retain them on .uk but there’s no way of knowing if that’s an oversight/ slowness/ disagreement on the part of the .uk folks or an indication of future policy. I can’t tell you what to do, of course, but I’d think since it’s all one big company that pressure from the UK and elsewhere couldn’t hurt and might even avoid other arms of the company following suit.

    Amazon has issued a statement that they’re doing this “for the customers” and to save on shipping when needing to marry a POD book to other items, which is entirely specious given that they don’t carry all their product in each of their 24 fulfillment centers nor do they have POD facilities at all of them. Even without ordering any POD books, I’ve ordered 3 things and had them arrive in 3 separate boxes from 3 separate return addresses. And their alternate arrangements for POD customers make their claims even more silly. They must think their customers are very stupid.

  73. About actors doing commentaries for the season 4 DVDs, I thought Amanda, David and Jewel were all doing some.

  74. Just a quick drop in as I have a lot to do today. Joe, may you, Martin, and everyone attending them have great times at the Fuel dinners. ENJOY!

  75. Pauline Said:The Wraith are they just very anaemic vampires with no sense of humour?

    It’s those anal Ancients that have no sense of humor – the Wraith are quite amusing…I mean, afterall, they have Toddney Dangerfield to entertain them! “Take my hand…please!” 😛

    As far as being ‘vampires’, funny thing is, I don’t see them that way. I see them more in the terms of tigers or lions or other preditory mammals, only with a very specialized diet.

    For instance, domestic cats cannot be turned into vegetarians (dogs can). Cats MUST have animal protein in order to survive – they must eat meat, or they will die. So, it’s very easy for me to see Wraith in those terms – as a preditor that CAN eat other things, but will eventually wither and die if kept on a diet void of the one thing that will make them thrive – for housecats, it’s meat – for Wraith, it’s human life-force. So, yeah – I never really go into the whole space ‘vampire’ thing, though I understand why most people do.

    Les Fez Said:
    If the Wraith won’t be as dominant in the galaxy like they used to, will be get a really cool ‘Reckoning’ type episode like the Goa’uld had in SG-1 when they fell from power, or like the Asurans had in the form of BAMSR? I hope so, because they have been a very good enemy IMO.

    Yes, they have been a good enemy, but I think they make a far more interesting ‘ally’. For that reason, I would HATE it if TPTB followed the ho-hum already done rid-the-galaxy-of-the-bad-guy formula that was done in SG1 with the Ori, and others, and now in SGA with the Replicators. Destroying an enemy is NOT always the answer – learning to coexist is by far the more challenging, and in my opinion, the more interesting way to go. I think it’s what makes both the show, and the characters, iconic. Star Trek will always be great because it kept its enemies alive…made alliances with them, fought them, interacted with them. It made characters like the Klingons as beloved as the regular team – made enemies like the Borg icons overnight – because you never knew when those ‘baddies’ would show up, and what they would do. And the very best episodes were always the ones were two enemies learned to work together instead killing each other off.

    But, eh…that’s just me, and my selfish desire to see the Wraith as a permanent presence in the PG, albeit a diminished one at present. I mean, they ARE the PG…they are what makes it different. In some ways, I think by making them too easy to kill, and not allowing any Wraith to be developed fully before Michael and Todd (and can’t count Michael now because he’s not Wraith anymore), many golden opportunities have been missed. Steve, for one – an excellent character – and wonderfully portrayed. I can just watch his scenes over and over, amazed at the range of emotion and expression JL manages to get across from under that make-up. Great character, so full of himself…a guy like that would have been an excellent foil now for Todd, just to see how different Wraith personalities get along…or not. I can imagine Todd slapping Steve upside his pretty little conceited head and telling him to shut the hell up before he pisses Sheppard off and gets himself killed. 😀 That sort of interaction within the Wraith is what helps round them out, just like we saw with the Klingons in ST. Best moments were seeing Worf deal with his Klingon brethern – especially his own brother (my favorite, because he still had his stones!!). Best parts of NG and DS9? Klingon cultural exposé – the drinking songs, the opera, the overall interaction among their own kind – something we’ve only seen in limited amounts with the Wraith.

    So, instead of a ‘been there, done that’ moment of ‘reckoning’, as a Wraith fan I’d much rather see some sort of arm’s length alliance take place – nothing too close or wussified, but much like we already have with Todd. Borderline trust, skepicism, deals based on mutual benefit, and shades of gray coloring both sides of the table – with many twists along the way. The whole ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’ type thing. It just makes for better entertainment, in my humble, than eliminating one foe to make room for another, etc…etc…etc…

    Oh god…I am so rambling again. Forgive me…

    das

  76. Um, after reading some of the comments, I’d like to also put in a good word for Keller. I like her. I like Beckett too, but also Keller. She’s not a retread of Beckett; she’s a unique character, and I like the way she fits in with the other characters.

    In addition, I like Jewel Staite’s presence a lot, and her chemistry with the established cast. I think she adds a lot to the episodes she’s in, just as Paul McGillion did. I’m looking forward to her being a regular.

    (…okay, with one qualifier: speaking as someone who generally doesn’t give a damn one way or another about romance in my sci fi shows, I think I might be a little O_o if Keller and Rodney actually hooked up. That stuff in Last Man was just…bizarre, and made my brain hurt. Flee, Jennifer, flee! :P)

    – Mahoney

  77. Thanks for the pics! Any chance of getting some of Mr Flanigan? We’ve only gotten a couple since s5 started shooting *puppy eyes* 😀

    I’m glad to hear it’s possible that we get more Shep backstory and that Nancy makes an appearance in s5. I would’ve liked to see David Sheppard too, but a fan can’t get everything 🙂 But could we get maybe a tiny mention? Just a line here or there that let us viewers know whether they’ve been keeping in touch or not after the events in Outcast, for example.

    Given Nancy’s position in Outcast, a director of Homelnd Security, it wouldn’t seem too far fetched that she switches jobs and starts working for Homeworld Security and finds out about the Stargate program… Nancy made some research in Outcast about John’s job and the info John asked her about. That could’ve triggered some alert in Homeworld Security…

    You said something about a court room months ago. Could that have something to do with Inquisition? If not, is it in another episode or isn’t happening at all? I guess I could ask if it’ll be a court martial or a civilian court, but I don’t think you would answer that 😀

    I agree with those that feel it’d be nice to learn more about John and let the character have its own story arc.

    I love the show as a whole and I love having a mix of different stuff within a season. I love all kinds of episodes: story arcs, stand-alones, character-centric, team-centric. I would’ve loved to see more team episodes in s4, but I understand that due to the actors’ family lives, having everybody available at the same time in the second half of the season wasn’t possible. I hope we can get a bit more of team goodness in s5. I enjoy a mix of stand-alones and mini story-arcs. I know some people seem to regard stand-alones as fillers in a derogatory way. But I think stand-alones can be great. Some of my top favorite episodes are stand-alones 🙂 And besides, any episode initially considered a stand-alone can potentially lunch a future story arc…

    I love the friendship between all the characters, so I’ve been enjoying the scenes between characters that don’t get teamed up often enough, such as Lorne and Teyla in Spoils of War and The Kindred I, the little scene between Rodney and Teyla in The Kindred I, etc. I’m a huge fan of the friendship between John and Ronon and between John and Rodney, so I’m glad we had suff with them too. I also loved the scenes between John and Teyla (and, please, shippers and slashers of other pairings, don’t jump at me. I don’t ship/slash anyone. I loved Rodney and Jennifer as a couple in The Last Man, thought they were great together, so I kinda hope we get to see more of Rodney/Jennifer in the present timeline, but I won’t have a fit if TPTB choose another pairing. I’m OK with whatever pairing becomes canon in the future as long as the story is interesting). Any chance we could see John and Teyla sparring again? I love the stick fights between them as much as I love the ones between John and Ronon, and Ronon and Teyla. However, it’s been a while since the last time we’ve seen a stick fight between John and Teyla and, in my opinion, it’d be nice to see one again. Loved those fights in Hot Zone, The Gift and Conversion.

    But back to John… Yes, I’ve also wondered if we’d learn more about his ATA gene, what makes it stronger, how he could potentially connect with the city in ways we haven’t seen yet. Could he “feel” something’s wrong with the city or a particular system just like Teyla senses the Wraith? Could he be exposed and affected by something only because he’s a natural ATA gene carrier (something that doesn’t affect those who got the gene therapy)? I’m sure there are many other possibilities out there…

    I love the character as it is, with both his strengths and weaknesses. One of the things I love about the SGA characters is that they are flawed. They seem real, not greater than life.

    I’d love to see what makes John tick. And he always has problems expressing his emotions. So, what would make him lower that imaginary barrier for a bit? What would make him, say, hug a team mate? (and I mean it in a friendship way…) I’m not saying that he should start being emotional all of the sudden. Just that it’d be interesting to see what would shake John so badly that makes him lower that emotional barrier for a brief moment.

    Anyway, enough ramblings 😀

  78. I was reading an online review of season 1 yesterday, wrote by someone a couple of days ago. Her least favorite character? Carson. Why? Because she couldn’t stand how whiney he was through out the season. And some people can’t stand Jennifer because, according to them, she’s a whiney? Ah, talk about irony and double standards.

    Foolishpleasure said: “Whiney Keller got more time than she deserved last season, at the expense of characters we actually LIKE. Are you aware of the huge anti-Keller backlash going on? Most fans want to see Todd have a nice lunch. . .with her as the main course!”

    Would it be too difficult to avoid stating YOUR opinion as what it is, just your individual opinion, and not a fact? Would be also too difficult to stop implying that most fans agree with you?

    I like Jennifer as much as Carson, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the majority of the fans like and dislike. For every person who loves character X, there’s another person who hates character Y and viceversa. Just because you go to places online who like one character and dislike the other it doesn’t mean you can say most fans feel that way. Neither you or me know how most of the viewers feel. Or have you talked to all those millions of people who watch Atlantis worldwide? Knowing 10, 50, 100 or even 5000 fans online in website Y or blog Z who like/dislike a character isn’t very representative.

    I have no problem with people expressing their different views (as long as they are expressed in a respectful way and not like 4 years-olds having a tantrum). I do have a problem with people stating their opinions as facts and people who claim the majority of fans/viewers agrees with them. What’s the point? To feel their opinions are the ones that are valid and they have the whole truth?

  79. Re: the Ben Browder stuff – I do not see many people, very few as a matter of fact, bashing Ben Browder, it is the character he plays that offends and the way TPTB demoted the leader of SG1, a seasoned, battle-ready, battle-tested leader with 8 years of experience, in favor of a guy that had never seen the Gate, never been off-world and never dealt with alien races friendly or enemy. Whoever brougth him in and whoever had the idea really doesn’t matter – what matters is the way it was handled and that is what is still unclear – why was it decided to demote Carter for a guy with absolutely no experience?

    This is the stuff that ruined the show for many fans and they equate it with Ben Browder because it was his character that had the most negative impact on them. I personally stopped watching because of both Mitchell and Vala and the way their characters were introduced and handled.

    I think Ben Browder would have been a fine addition to the cast if TPTB had honored the history and canon of the show and the leader of SG1 at that time (Sam Carter) by treating the Mitchell character as the kind of character they had him say he was — one who was there “to LEARN from the best”. They did not do this and instead demoted Carter, the leader of SG1, and it had a lasting negative impact on the whole dynamic of the show for many fans and led to the still bad feelings towards the Mitchell character and to TPTB and to the show in general.

    I am still to this day wondering what possessed TPTB to remove an 8 year veteran of the SGC and 2IC of SG1 for 7 years and leader of SG1 for 1 year in favor of a guy like Mitchell who had no SGC experience at all.

    I was never and am still unsure as to what his role was supposed to be anyway – SG1 had a leader (Carter — and everyone knew she would be back so the options for the back story on where Carter was for a few episodes had dozens of viable options that would have allowed her to return to her position as leader of SG1 as opposed to the somewhat flimsy backstory that was chosen in order to remove her from the leadership role she had earned over 8 years), an archeologist and moral voice (Daniel) and a resident alien warrior (Teal’c). I am still left to try and decipher this depsite the fact that I stopped watching the show because I still hold the first 6-7 years of Stargate SG1 as in my top 5 of TV shows and am still sad that it took the course it did to basically ruin the show for me.

    Based on what RCooper said in an interview I recently saw and what BBrowder said in a interview it seems the “place” Mitchell found on SG1 was the guy who gets beat up a lot, seems like a funny place for the guy that was supposedly a leader/co-leader to find his place.

  80. The new ordinance intrigues me… Are they using hollowtips or something explosive that’s more affective? I know it would be extremely dry reading, but I always wanted to see some sort of technical manual for Stargate like they have for Star Trek, with all those little random details people get curious about. 🙂

  81. Joe Thanks for the editing info – always interesting to hear about behind the scenes stuff. Hope that pesky conference room scene works out better for you tomorrow.

    Also thanks for the schematics of that dangerous looking trap – curiosity has definitely been peaked here!

    Hope you have a good time tonight and Thursday at Fuel. If the fans get dangerous, you could always throw them Marty G while you make a fast escape!! I’m sure he’d understand…!

    Light Thanks for answering the question re: Amazon. I think I’ll buy new books elsewhere for the time being.

    Leesa Perrie

  82. Hello Joseph !!!

    AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…Rolala que vous êtes tous beau sur la photo ♥_♥ trop mignon 🙂
    Je pense avoir trouver ma nouvelle photo de fond d’écran 😀

    Ohhhhhh en plus vous avez répondu a mes questions (quel belle journée^^) Merciii!!! Et bien en fait je ne savais pas que le catch s’apeller au Canada “lutte professionnelle” et dans les pays anglophones “professional wrestling ” =)!
    Olala je suis impatiente de voir les 3 épisodes que vous allez commenter.

    Question:

    1)Connaisez vous Lance Armstrong, vous l’aimez bien?

    C’est mon sportif préféré =)

    Bon aller énorme BISOU BISOU, je vous adddoooreeee!!!!!

  83. Je vient de lire une new sur un site francais que j’avais raté sur votre blog:

    Concernant l’endroit ou vous aller tournée le 100iem épisode !!

    UN MOT:

    JE VOUS AAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMEEEEEEEE!!!!!!♥

  84. Re Keller, if Jewel had come onto the show as any other character than that of CMO of Atlantis I think that there would have been less controversy and dislike. She could have been a scientist, a medic, another native of Pegasus, anything but a direct, in-your-face replacement of a beloved character. It put her at a disadvantage immediately. Jewel is a great actress, I loved Elia, Repli!Keller and Kaylee on Firefly. She could do so much with an edgier role. How bout making the character more interesting, take a dark turn, make her a spy, an enemy agent who questions her original mission, a replicator, one of Michael’s mutants who still works in Atlantis, victim of the Hoffan drug, anything to give her a bit of edge.
    Just my 2 cents, worth even less with inflation.

  85. What is Stargate Continuum rated? Like G, PG, PG-13, or R and for what (language, violence, suggestive situations, et cetera)? Thanks.

  86. Gee, the blog and comments are even more entertaining read through the fog of OTC cold medicines. Now if I could only stop dripping on the keyboard … Euw. This is one nasty bug, Dearest Husband brought it home on the semi for me. Just love a man bearing viruses.

    Nice deathtrap, Hillbilly Hubby is jus’ gonna luv that thar contrapshun!

    PG-15: free range humans. Farmed humans are full of antibiotics and steroids and crud. The Wraith must be on a health kick.

  87. Fin juin je vous invite tous a venir prendre un french apéritif a la maison lol!!

    Mais, vous savez dans quel endroit de la france vous allez tournée??

    Sa ne vous direz pas une planet replis de vigne? lol

  88. Hey Joe. Three questions:

    1) I noticed in the Kindred II that two young boys in the Athosian rescue scene both turned and looked at Sheppard and he looked at them before running off. Were the boys Joe Flanigan’s sons or was that just a coincidence?

    2) Get out your Magic 8 Ball…will Sheppard, his ex-wife Nancy, and Larrin ever be in the same scene together? Wouldn’t that be fun?

    3) Did anyone play a particularly successful April Fool’s joke on you? Or you on anyone? Please share.

  89. foolishpleasure Said:
    Whiney Keller got more time than she deserved last season, at the expense of characters we actually LIKE. Are you aware of the huge anti-Keller backlash going on? Most fans want to see Todd have a nice lunch. . .with her as the main course!

    Heee! Oh man, I love it when folks try to tell the world what “most fans” want. Please, by all means, do share with us the empirical data of your exhaustive research of what every single Stargate Atlantis fan in the world thinks of Keller.

    *waits patiently*

    OHinNJ Said:
    Joe,
    Not sure if you’re a Doctor Who fan, but I saw an episode of the new Doctor Who series this weekend that made me think of you and the Whispers episode…only because this Who episode, called “Blink”, was a spooky episode of a scifi show.

    Ooooh I just rewatched this episode the other night – it’s incredible! Those angels are so damn freaky!! Probably the first episode of “new Who” that, as an adult, I found really spooky and scary the way I found Doctor Who as a child. 😀 What was also amazing about it is that this was the “Doctor-lite” episode in which the Doctor only briefly appears (to allow for the concurrent filming of the previous two-parter episode) – the story was just so darned good and the characters so engaging and well-written, that even with the show’s central character mostly absent, this is felt by many to be one of the best episodes of the new Doctor Who.

    P.S. Can’t WAIT for Season 4 starting on the BBC on Saturday!! 😀

  90. First Lily said

    …I like Jennifer as much as Carson, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the majority of the fans like and dislike. For every person who loves character X, there’s another person who hates character Y and viceversa. Just because you go to places online who like one character and dislike the other it doesn’t mean you can say most fans feel that way. Neither you or me know how most of the viewers feel. Or have you talked to all those millions of people who watch Atlantis worldwide? Knowing 10, 50, 100 or even 5000 fans online in website Y or blog Z who like/dislike a character isn’t very representative.

    I have no problem with people expressing their different views (as long as they are expressed in a respectful way and not like 4 years-olds having a tantrum). I do have a problem with people stating their opinions as facts and people who claim the majority of fans/viewers agrees with them. What’s the point? To feel their opinions are the ones that are valid and they have the whole truth?

    I agree. At the end of the day, even what the supposed majority of the fandom may or may not like doesn’t represent what the viewing public as a whole feel. How can any of us know how they feel?

    For example, my parents are viewers because I go over to hi-jack their HD TV. Shep in 40 inches of HD, come on, how could I resist? 😉 They do enjoy the show, however. Their reactions to cast changes? Didn’t bat an eyelid. Just accepted it and didn’t see what all the fuss was about after I explained what had been going on in the fandom. What do they think of Keller? They like her, like they liked Carson, and don’t really mind who the doctor is. It’s so strange getting people’s views of things outside this sometimes very obsessive fandom. It can also be quite enlightening too. It makes me realise how insular we can be sometimes, and also how we can sometimes perhaps get things out of proportion. I know I’ve been guilty of that.

    I’m not one hundred percent sure about Keller yet. I like the character, think Jewel is a good actress, but am not yet quite convinced about her as CMO. I’m hoping I’ll feel more like she’s part of the show and a more caring and perhaps self-assured CMO in season 5. It is early days for me. I took a while to warm to Ronon, even though I wasn’t that keen on Ford and wasn’t displeased when he was written out of the show. How do I feel about Ronon now? I love him to bits – mainly because of season 4. I thought season 4 was wonderful for him. 🙂

    The difference between Keller and Carson for me so far, is that I loved Carson when he was on screen being CMO, and got mightily irritated by him when he wasn’t. Keller is almost the opposite – though I’m not irritated by her. As a character, I like her – though I wasn’t keen on her at times in Missing. I did however really like her with Ronon in Quarantine, and enjoyed her scenes with McKay in TLM, even though I’m most definitely not a shipper! But as CMO, she’s got a way to go yet before I feel the same way as I did about Beckett. She doesn’t quite exude his self-confidence yet in a medical environment for me, and though she’s a genius, she’s so very young. Hopefully she’ll prove her worth on that front in season 5

    As a whumper the role of CMO is an important one for me. Maybe it’s because Keller has spent so little time with my favourite character, Sheppard, that I don’t feel as attached to her as I do some of the other characters? Maybe that will be resolved in season 5 too?

    One thing I do find strange in this fandom though. If people really ‘hate’ a character, why do they feel the need to keep posting everywhere, non-stop about their dislike for them? I can’t understand how it’s fun to just get so annoyed and upset all the time, stamping feet, having tantrums, spreading vitriol etc… Why not just forget about the characters who annoy? Why not ignore them? Isn’t being a part of this fandom about having fun? It is for me.

    In the end, I often see the same old people spouting the same old nastiness over and over again, (and yes, of course it’s their right to do that if they so wish), but I just end up shaking my head and feeling sorry for them.

    For example: ‘I want *insert character’s name* fed to a wraith, or to die a horrible death’. Nice, really mature behaviour. I worry for some people, because to constantly lobby for a character’s death just isn’t normal behaviour, that I can see.

    Sorry, I’ve done a Cheeky and rambled 😳

  91. On March 31, 2008 at 7:53 pm dasNdanger Said:
    Answers: 3) S5 will focus on the changes in a post-Wraith ascendant Pegasus Galaxy.
    Wait! What the hell does THAT mean??!

    That I would like to know, too… 😯 . *nearly got a heart attack*

  92. According to this report, some of the actors did do some S4 commentaries. Everyone but Joe F, in fact. Can’t wait to hear David’s especially, and Joe, very glad to hear you’re doing your eps as well. I like it when the writer is on the commentary, so there is some attention paid to the actual story and not just the production aspects (no offense!).

  93. Ouiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnn!!!!!!!!! C’était un poisson d’avril, j’avais zapper qu’on fesait des blagues ce jour là. Mais pensez-y, un tournage en France ce serait pas mal, hein ? (Come there to see: Gateship-one.net).

  94. Je me pose un question?

    L’article sur le lien que je vous est laisser serais t’il un sénario possible? si non,pourquoi?

    Car franchement j’y croyer totalement!!

  95. Hi Joe
    SO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE BEN BROWDER ISSUE. WHO CARES THE GUY IS CUTE, A VERY WELL TRAINED ACTOR, AND I THINK DID A REALLY GOOD JOB ON STARGATE. I GRANT YOU HE IS NOT RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON AND I DID MISS RICK ALOT ON THE SHOW BUT BEN DID GREAT. SO COULD WE PLEASE GET PAST THE WHOLE “we had to use him”.

    and on another note….it sounds like some one had a rough day…..more chocolate please

    Take Care
    Jean :~)

  96. Hey Joe!

    Thanks so much for this blog. It’s fun to feel like I’ve got a backstage pass to SGA.

    You can stop defending yourself against Trevor because you can’t win him over. It’s the price you pay. We’re megafans – mega-opinionated but mostly diehards until the end. I am mega-grateful to whoever thought Ben Browder was the man for the job (and it sounds like I should be grateful to you). I was ready to abandon the show come Season 9 and felt very huffy and self-righteous about my decision. However, Browder won me over and saved the show for me. I’m now also mega Farscape fan as a result. He was a great choice. Everyone involved made Mitchell a very interesting and endearing character.

    Okay, in regards to my question: Do certain writers “write” better for the different characters? In other words, do you ever ask another writer’s advice about what so-and-so would say or how they would react in a situation?

    Thanks for your time. Cheers.

  97. *waves*

    Isn’t it Fuel night tonight? Have a great time. 😀

    Thanks for the heads up… no pun intended on the editing. I thought it was about the toilet facilities to. 😳

    So anyway, it’s been at least 3 days since i’ve talked whump, and i’m feeling a bit meh. Too much RL stuff is interrupting with S5 squee. *growls* and a friend passed along this. http://www.stargate-project.de/starg…e=news&ID=3663

    Given the date we’re not sure if it’s true or not. Being the man in power… how’s the flattery, I know you’d be in a position to quash the rumours and given how you know how exciteable we get…. Can you give us the nod to squee our little hearts out and run rampage over the GW forum. 😀 Or at least tell us that this is an elaborate practical April Fool’s.

    Thanks for the concept art…. i’m intrigued, time to let my overactive imagination run rampant once more. 😀

    Have a good night.

    *hugs*

  98. @ Foolishpleasure – – as a fan of Todd’s, I can honestly say that Keller is the last one I’d want Todd to feast upon. I already have a good list of snacks for him, starting with a resurrected Kolya, closely followed by each and every snobby, self-righteous Ancient they stumble across, and finishing off with Kavanaugh (but not all the way – I’d want him to live as a partially drained human to see how it would affect him. Humble him? Make him even more pissy?). There are others, of course, but those are the ones topping my personal list. 😀

    As far as Keller goes – well, I was indifferent towards her until Trio, when her ‘Come on, Schwarzenegger, start swinging’ line kinda won me over. Something about that line just tickled me, and I realized she did have a bit of a personality hidden behind previously unimpressive dialogue.

    Thing is – a character needs an arc – if that arc happens too fast, it goes unnoticed by viewers – too slow, and the character stagnates. Have to find the right pace, and I think there has been a gradual development of the character that will probably continue over into the next season, and perhaps blossom from there. Give her time, give her time…

    If anything…instead of Todd feeding on Keller, I’d LOVE to see a role reversal, where Todd (or someone under his command) has to render Keller medical assistance. Imagine her – as a doctor – having to undergo surgery or treatment on a Wraith hive ship – probably under less than hygienic conditions by human standards. To see Wraith medical practices from a human standpoint would be very enlightening …and a great way to use Keller’s character – both to see what she’s made of, and to explore another aspect of the Wraith. Besides, it should be fun since she scares awful easy… 😉

    das

  99. Bon, aller a demain Joseph.

    Dommage que la new du 1 avril de soit qu’une farce, il faut dire que sa aurais été trop beau pour êtres vrai…

    Bon aller Bisou Bisou, je vous adore =)

  100. “The jumper’s back ramp is dropped, the rear compartment depressurized, and anything not nailed down is whisked away.”

    Ugh. This give a whole new meaning to the phrase “space debris”…

  101. Hey Joe, THANKYOU for taking the time to answer my question, you’ve made my day! 🙂

    Have to say though, I think it’s a real shame that none of the actors are doing commentaries as I would have loved to have heard their opinons and andecdotes.

  102. >>>Linzi said:

    “I agree. At the end of the day, even what the supposed majority of the fandom may or may not like doesn’t represent what the viewing public as a whole feel. How can any of us know how they feel?”

    >>>> I totally agree. As someone who’s worked in network television for years, and had to answer (gasp) thousands of fan emails 😛 it is completely awesome to see the various opinions stated by one person as an opinion for the masses. It’s called an “opinion” for a reason.

    I once had a woman who cc’d just about everyone from CSIS (Canada’s version of the CIA as Rodney McKay once put it) to every politically governing body she could think of – because she swore up and down that a saturday morning kids show she saw was talking about frogs having sex. What she DIDN’T hear, was the word SNACKS. Frogs like to sit on a log and have SNACKS.

    So there you go, frogs. Sit back. Relax, and have some snacks.

    PS – I think Keller’s character rocks and you should too. 😛

    Nika

  103. Is it too late for Sam to get married(to that man in Washington) and have children? It’s really a shame to think that her awesome genes(as well as his) wouldn’t get passed on. Seems like such a waste. 🙁

  104. 1)Will any of the team undergo any drastic personality changes in Season 5(if only temporarily)?

    2)Do Woolsey and Ronon have any harsh exchanges?

  105. I was wondering if the writers specifically (as a joke/reference) wrote Mitchell as having read all the SG1 reports because before he/BEN got to the set he watched every episode (grew a slight beard if I remember the quote correctly) and did watch every ep…just wondering if that was a little inside joke or if that was an intentional character trait.

  106. Dear Sir,

    j’aurais aimé me joindre à vous ce soir. Ce sera un souper mémorable pour ceux qui y seront.

    Pour chaque fan perdu à cause de Ben et Claudia, il y a un nouveau fan de SG à cause de Ben et Claudia. Grâce à leur arrivée dans SG1 j’ai découvert une série fantastique Farscape sans m’enlever le plaisir de suivre SG1 et SGA. J’ai gagné sur tous les tableaux. Ark of truth est un bon épisode mais j’espère que Continuum sera encore meilleur

    Merci pour vos infos sur les aspects techniques de votre métier.

  107. Hey Joe, gots a question for the mailbag.

    So the thought occurred to me the other night that bringing SG1 characters over enabled the audience to know what we were in for with that character. (That is, for those who watched SG1.) And as much as I am irked at character bashing, I thought it would be possible that Woolsey could have the opportunity to have his shining moment. Point being, will there be any Woolsey-centered episodes in season 5?

  108. Hello Joe,

    I hope the dinner tonight goes well and that everyone behaves themselves… I hate to think that you might cancel the second dinner if something happens to piss you off. No I don’t think you’d would. But just in case, I hope to see you Thursday. If not, I guess I’ll have to give the gift I got for you to Martin Gero during the CON Q&A… *shakes head*… bribery! You bet ya!

    Also, I echo some else’s post and ask for details of any jokes played on this April fools day at the office or set… especially if they happened on set!

    TTFN!

  109. Will Larrin shave Sheppard’s head in one of those bondage rituals of hers next season?

  110. Chev said: “It’s scary how much useful information I’m unable to take in because I have the lyrics to the Gilligan’s Island theme (and other such trivia) in my head.”

    Ditto… just ask my business partner 🙂
    Although I met a friends new girlfriend a couple of weeks ago and she had more useless facts than I did. Commendable indeed. The strange thing is they were so wrong. I was waiting for her to tell me the world was flat, and if I didn’t agree she was going to yell at me until I agreed. My husband just pretended there was something in his glass that needed his undivided attention while I was being hounded – thanks buddy! It was a very strange experience.

    Chev also said: “Well you’ll have to be in Melbourne to bump into me at the book store but you never know.”

    Ahah! So it was you!

    I found Joe’s blog early December (hey Joe!). I’ve never been involved in the Sci Fi community AT ALL! Just always enjoyed watching some of it.

    All of my non-virtual friends are in fashion, law and prefer to discuss Grey’s Anatomy than the possibility harnessing zero point energy. So here is a good space to have a laugh (positive), get an insight into a show that also makes me laugh and think (positive), virtually meet some amusing thinkers (positive except for the virtual part – I much prefer to be consuming liquids of some sort while having a laugh) and get rather dumbfounded by how nasty some people can get over a TV Show (big negative).

    My two cents worth but here’s hoping you hang around.
    PS: Thanks for the kind words 😉

  111. So we saw Mrs. Weir in The Real World, but I never found any info on her. I was wondering if you knew Elizabeth’s Mom’s name?

  112. “Blink” was an excellent DW episode – one of my favorites so far.

    As for this:

    “Answer: There is one final stumbling block that hopefully will be dealt with before day’s end. Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.”

    I ask – Sock puppets? Kabuki? Mumenschantz?

  113. “Otherwise, Ivon and I will just re-enact them for you.”

    please, please – yes! I mean, it will make me really sad if the bloopers end up not working (though I understand these things happen sometimes), but if such an occurance must occur, this is an *awesome* consolation prize.

  114. [quote=”Joe”]Otherwise, here‘s a novel idea: try not to be obnoxious or, in your case, post using one of various alternate screen names all hailing from the same IP address in Virginia.[/quote]

    I know of a certain ‘actress’ (in quote marks cos she cant act) who does this on a message board on imdb.com that is for her husband. Over the last year she has posted under 7 different names. Sadly for her, one of the other posters is a bit more internet savvy and keeps outing her.

    Shirt ’n Tie writes: “Any news on Lt Col Anne Teldy?”
    Answer: Still waiting for word on MAJOR Teldy. Oh, and I can no longer recommend C Restaurant. I’d advise taking it off your “to visit” list.

    Oh, the Major is ill/injured?? I have been on active service at the midway station (housekeeping) and missed the news.

    I see Vancouver had snow of Fri 28/03. I am so jealous. The nearest I have been to ‘white stuff’ was a week of frost last June – a verry good excuse to ear my ugg boots but it wasnt enough.

    As for Earth Hour – did you know that Christchurch, NZ had the highest electricity saving out of the 27 cities participating?? 12.8% savingss for 1 hour. Awesome 🙂

  115. I have a question Joe about the producers. I understand the function of an ‘Executive Producer’. And SGA has several. What confuses me are the functions of the ‘Supervising Producer’ and ‘Co Producer’. Also it almost seems, no disrespect intended, that who ever isn’t writing that certain episode, all of sudden is a producer. It’s almost like this show is Martin G.’s turn, next Carl Binder’s, next Alan M.’s. What qualifies a person to be a ‘non-executive producer’, what is their function, and what is the rational for who it is?

    Thanks, KC.

  116. Hi Joe,

    Was wondering who does the design/concept drawings? They are very good! Is this person/team trained architects?

    Secondly, what happens to the concept drawings after an episode has been shot? Does MGM own them or do they end up in the trash?

    Is it possible to purchase any used concept drawings/death trap assembly schematics?

  117. To Chev: I hope you hang around for a while. While I love Mr. M’s posts. I also come to this site to keep up with the responces to his daily blog. As for questions, well, its always a hit and miss proposition on getting an answer. Part of the challenge is to ask something Mr. Mallozzi finds interesting, or is in the mood to answer. Also, if someone has asked a similiar question its harder to get a responce. So have patience, and enjoy the crowe.

  118. As far as Keller goes – well, I was indifferent towards her until Trio, when her ‘Come on, Schwarzenegger, start swinging’ line kinda won me over.

    See, my take on that was Keller was just dumb. My thoughts in that scene were of Indiana Jones using his bullwhip to swing across a chasm (Raiders of the Lost Ark), not Arnie. The Schwarzenegger comment was just flat, as is most of Keller’s scenes.

    If one scans reviews on other sites, Keller is NOT a fave at all. I have yet to see a reviewer who likes her. If I’ve missed one, someone please post a link because all I’ve seen are slams, especially at SyFyPortal, TWoP, and IGN.

    I want to see less, much less of Keller, and lots more Teyla, who has actually become a bit of an interesting person. Expand her, please.

  119. Ditraveler Said:
    have you ever eaten a dagoba chocolate bar?

    I love Dagoba – it’s about the only specialty chocolate I can get readily in my area. My favorite is ‘xocolatl’ – with the chilies and nibs…in fact…*chomp*…I’m eating some now…

    Yum!

    On my previous comment about wanting Keller in a Wraith medical ‘situation’ so the viewer can see Wraith surgical/medical procedures through human eyes, I forgot about Michael and his creepy delivery room. However, I no longer consider Michael Wraith, even though he still uses their tech, so it’s hard for me to see him as a representative of the species. But maybe it’s all we will ever see of Wraith medical procedures, though I would still like to see REAL Wraith practicing medicine or performing surgery on a human (the brief scenes in The Runner and Sateda were just too brief, and vague).

    das

  120. I see people are remembering old Internet Adages, but there is an even older one: Don’t assume malice. I know from myself that i have written something which i consider harmless and someone is totally pissed off and think I’m the most rude person on the planet, then they attack me and I get pissed off and then its all about sides and who has the biggest nukes (hello, this blog just got the attention of the FBI! *g*)

    A DVD recording session in Coopers office? How are the acoustics? They actually had the nerve to do a DVD commentary for 24 in what sounded like the lavatory (thankfully nobody flushed) – bet Deluise had stayed if you promised him that.

    No pay eh, I suspected as much (nobody seems to prepare for them; “I’ve never seen this before”, “I had a good story about this but I forgot it”) – this the raises the question why actors don’t and producers do – in lieu of facts we can speculate that the actors are greedy and the producers are scared of Brad Wright 😉

    I say, how about some fan commentaries – many of the current commentaries are dissing the show anyway (the legendary nose of Bozo indeed), I could do that – I volunteer. I’m sure trevor is up for it as well (he can do his own though).

  121. Okay. You may never have gotten this question but will we ever see any Air Force personnel who are Greeks or Greek-Cypriots on Atlantis?

    Thanks.

  122. While I really enjoyed the Carter character in Star Gate (Amanda Tapping did a fantastic job) I found that her role on Atlantis just was not the right fit. On Star Gate she was the “brain”, the “troubleshooter”, the one to come up with a solution just in the nick of time. On Atlantis, that role is played by Rodney McKay and rightly so. While I was never crazy about the Woolsy character, I am a big fan of Robert Picardo. His work on Voyager was excellent and if you guys can transition his role properly I envision a very successful season!

  123. Hi Joe,
    As a librarian, I just have to thank you for promoting reading–especially Sci-Fi. I’ve been a SF fan all my life, read most of the books you talk about. Also enjoy SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. Tell your readers to ask for the books at the local library–if they don’t have them–speak up!! Sci-Fi needs lots of support–at our library, it’s a constant struggle to get the “boss” to buy the new copies. Keep up the great work on the blog–look forward to reading it everyday.

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