Cannelini bean soup with salsa verde

PatriciaAllie

Trish

Smoked albacore tuna with scallion, crisp shallot and crisp-crumbled ham

Shrimp with rocket, guanciale, and onion puree

Mackenzie\'s Momma

Aged goat cheese agnolotti with lardo, squash and hazelnuts

Finglering potato agnolotti with stessa and chives

Silverback salmon with radish, lemon butter, and capers

Sablefish belly with swiss chard and hollandaise

Fan having fun and enjoying her creme brulee II

Fan having fun and enjoying her creme brulee II

Roast saddle of lamb

An Atlantis fan 

Saddle of lamb with cornmeal spinach, long pepper, and kidney

Frozen organic Granny Smith apple partfait with nutella, chocolate genoise and hot crème anglaise

Last night, I was so frustrated with the New Coke version of the WordPress Dashboard that I feared I’d go all Naomi Campbell on someone. Well, today, things are improved. And by improved, I don‘t mean improved over the original version of Dashboard which was, in my opinion, far superior in its appearance and functionality (but has, it seems, gone the way of Bennifer, GM’s electric car, and Hogan Knows Best). No, it is a huge improvement over last night in that I am finally able to post pics.

Thanks to everyone who offered me advice. For now, I think I’m going to stick it out. WordPress has been a terrific host so far. This new version of dashboard apparently offers several interesting additional functions (which I no doubt will never use much less figure out). Also, I’m very, very lazy and fear change.

So, before this blog was interrupted by a technical glitch, I was going to tell you about…

Thursday night, we were back for round two of Fan Fuel Dinner 2008. As we walked into the restaurant, Martin confided: “Tonight is IT. Starting tomorrow, I’m on the program!” On the program?! Hmmm. I wasn’t exactly sure what had precipitated my buddy’s shocking decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle. It could have been the four year old picture of a younger, slimmer him that a fan had gifted him the previous night. Or the fact that speedo season fast approaches. Or, upon further reflection, that foie gras terrine for two we enjoyed way too much on Tuesday night. Well, whatever the reason, I respected my Martin’s decision to take better care of himself and supported him 100%. But that didn’t stop me from slipping away from the table at one point to relay the information to Chef Belcham. “It’s his last night, so you’ve got to go all-out.” But Chef Belcham was way ahead of me, having prepared a very special five course menu – just for us.

Martin and I settled in and, like the previous night, worked the room between courses. A smaller turnout on this night (as we were competing with the Gateworld charity dinner) meant more time for us to chat with the different attendees. It was less of the frantic table to table quick hops that typified Tuesday night’s meal and had some of the restaurant regulars wondering whether Fuel was hosting some sort of speed-dating event. We chatted, posed for pics, revealed enormous spoilers (but only after swearing everyone to secrecy) and ate.

And ate.

And ate.

We started off with Rob’s charcuterie – a savory selection of cured meats. A great way to start a meal. The house chorizo is spectacular.

Fuel has given me a whole new appreciation of the wonderful world of soup. No insipid consommés here. Instead, on this night, two fabulous new creations: a smoothly textured but surprisingly hearty Cannelini bean soup with salsa verde, and an exquisite truffle broth with a hen yolk, root vegetables, and chives.

For the next course we enjoyed Marty G.‘s fave smoked albacore tuna with scallion, crisp shallot and crisp-crumbled ham(!), and tasty shrimp with rocket, guanciale, and onion puree.

The pasta course was comprised of a To-Die-For aged goat cheese agnolotti with lardo, squash and hazelnuts, and a finglering potato agnolotti with stessa and chives that set Martin aswoon.

Next up was a delicious silverback salmon with radish, lemon butter, and capers, and what Martin proclaimed “the best fish dish I’ve ever eaten” (I’ve noticed a number of “best of” proclamations from the various guests I‘ve taken to Fuel) – the sablefish belly with swiss chard and hollandaise. It was exceptional. I showed Fondy the pic the next day and she was extremely jealous.

Our final main was a fantastic saddle of lamb – cooked medium-rare, natch – with cornmeal spinach, long pepper, and kidney.

We finished with the Dolce de leche pound cake with pumpkin confit and cinnamon cocoa sorbet, and the new dessert – the Frozen organic Granny Smith apple partfait with nutella, chocolate genoise and hot crème anglaise.

An incredible meal, and one that Martin will no doubt reflect back on fondly in the coming weeks when he struggles to enjoy his steamed chicken and boiled veggies. Bon Appetit, Marty!

Thanks to Chef Rob Belcham and his incredible kitchen staff for being so damn great at what they do.

And thanks to everyone who attended last night‘s dinner. Martin and I had a lovely time.

And, by the way, Patricia, Lulu is having an even lovelier time with her new duck toy.

Today’s pics: Hopefully the captioning feature worked so I won’t have to tell you.   Unfortunately, not all of the pics I snapped turned out so apologies to certain fans, the truffle broth, the charcuterie, and the Dolce de Leche poundcake.

Let’s do some mailbag:

Madtricks writes: “Will we be lucky enough to see new battleships in season 5?”

Answer: We will definitely see some new alien ships in season 5.

Gilder writes: “So, which team do you like? North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas or Memphis?”

Answer: I like Memphis, don’t mind UCLA, am ambivalent about Kansas, and hate North Carolina.

Lily writes: “I just read an article at Gateworld about Stargate Universe. From what I understand from that article, the idea is not to make both Atlantis and this new show simultaneously. Does it mean that if this show gets a go, Atlantis will be canceled just to have this new show?”

Answer: It’s far too early to say how things will develop. As Brad pointed out, producing 40 episodes of television a year aint exactly a picnic. It‘s an exhaustive schedule and one that isn’t made all that much by simply hiring more writers. Still, it’s a classy problem and if that’s the scenario we’re faced with, I’ve no doubt we’ll make it work. One show? Two shoes? At the end of the day, the ball is in SciFi and MGM’s court.
Charles Schneider writes: “Will you guys have any representatives at this year’s New York Comic Con?”

Answer: I don’t believe we will. However, both there will be an Atlantis and Continuum panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The Atlantis panel will be moderated by none other than our very own Marty G.

DasNdanger writes: “Is there any chance we can have the best of both Wraith worlds – discover a way for them to gain nourishment from regular food, without taking away their ability, or desire, to feed on humans (much like a reformed alcoholic still craves a drink)?”

Answer: Let’s just say there are some very interesting developments on the wraith front this season – and one that will be of particular interest to you…

Mackenzie’s Momma writes: “I was just wondering where you want me to email the link to the pictures we snapped?”

Answer: Hey, it was great finally meeting you! Baron Destructo would love to check out the pics.

Lily writes: “My concerns about “First Contact”, based on the info available:

1) I hope this is a team episode, with all the cast […] and not a Rodney and Dr Jackson centric episode. 2) I hope Rodney is written as the Rodney we know in Atlantis, and not the “SG-1 version of McKay”, just to please the SG-1 fans who might watch the episode because of Michael Shanks.”

Answers: 1) The mid-season two-parter will include various other team members as well. 2) Since it is being written by Martin Gero, a guy who has written more McKay than anyone on staff, I don’t think you have to worry on this count.

Rebekah writes: “Do you have any episodes in the can – or are they all still in varying stages of production? More importantly, my husband heard a rumor – which I know you will not confirm – but he was telling me that he heard that you all are killing off a “major” character.”

Answer: There are no finished episodes (we are still several months away from finals). At present, we are shooting episode 5 (Ghost in the Machine) and prepping episode 6 (The Shrine of Talus). As for that rumor…hunh.  Interesting.

102 thoughts on “April 5, 2008: Fans Feeling Fuelish 2: Electric Boogaloo

  1. “As for that rumor…hunh. Interesting.” -That. Is just. Not. Right.
    Hopefully adapting to the new webpress will be unpainful.
    Good luck to Marty G! For a food enjoyer with great taste, I imagine limiting oneself to veggies or something is going to be difficult. But best wishes.
    About every single post of yours gets me more excited about the upcoming season of Atlantis. Sounds likes it’s going to be crazy awesome!

  2. Hey Joe,

    That food looks amazing.. and I’m not really one that gets excited over food. Must make it to Fuel one day. Can they do tapas sized dishes so I get to eat more than just an entrée? If I beg them? And still pay normal dish price? Come on I’m desperate here? Oh well, McDonald’s happy meal it is.

    Carol Z – just saw your comment on the April 2 entry. You are too kind 🙂

  3. *big sigh* And, I’m so eloquent too! LOL 😛

    Trish(Whovian), Allie and Kassandra(mackenziesmomma) had a wonderful time at your dinner. I’ve gotten emails and pictures of the event. I almost feel like I was there. Maybe, next year?

    Kimberly

  4. Yes! The pics are back! And they look…better? Or maybe just bigger? Who knows. Well, definitely bigger.

    Oh hey, and I gotta thank Noir for the Wraith farming break down he/she (sorry, I’m not sure) wrote a few days back. Very enlightening!

    Hmm, let’s see if I have a question today…how about:

    Who are the directors for Tracker, The Queen, First Contact, the 2nd part of the mid-season 2-parter, and Inquisition?

    Thanks a bunch!

  5. Wow, love the captioning feature. As for a “major” character, if I remember right that’s what the character is there for. Right?

  6. I know I thought I was first, darn that refreshing.. What is the program Martin is going with or better yet, if it works please share it, always want to be healthier.

  7. Props on picking Memphis Joe… I had them losing in the Elite 8.

    As with tons of fans, I’ve read the released premise for Universe. I’m all for a 3rd Series, but 1. I don’t want Atlantis to end, and if MGM calls for that to start Universe, FIGHT JOE FIGHT FOR YOUR SHOW!! lol and 2. I’d love more SG-1 movies! and am in FULL support of a theatrical Stargate movie…. hmmmm, even S:U as a pilot theatrical release???????? ????????

  8. I respected my Martin’s decision to take better care of himself and supported him 100%.

    You guys are so silly. 😀

    As happy as I was to find that I could finally get an image into my own blog, I was absolutely ecstatic to log on here and find a wonderful array of pics of fans clearly enjoying themselves – and how not, with such a superb meal to savor? – Oh, and apparently you and Martin make a pretty good “room-working” team, too. 😉 It’s good to hear you both enjoyed yourselves very much, especially since Martin is taking the pledge. Best of luck to him – and please, no Speedo pics until he reaches his goal.

    I’m intrigued by your reply to das’s question. She often voices what I think and/or wonder about the Wraith (some more than others), although I know I will never attain her impressive standards of absolute obsession with the subject. (More important, given her zeal, I realize I wouldn’t be a match for her in hand-to-hand combat over Todd.) Now, it’ll be very interesting to read her response to your teaser.

    The pic captions are a nice addition – thank you!

    – As to the WordPress situation: I agree that the prior format was preferable. But with your blog restored to its normal, admirable self, it seems good that you’ve decided on riding the storm out.

  9. FYI since I’m an idiot – if you hover over the photo, you can see the caption. I thought you meant they’d be on the photo somewhere. Still, when I figured it out – kewl 🙂 thanks.

    Still quite jealous of fan dinners! Still waiting impatiently for either S5 to start or the S4 dvds to go on sale. We just spent NINE hours with a less than stellar directv installer getting the HD set up and DVR. We made it into the 21st century. Yipppeee. 😉

    Question…how’s Fondy? Haven’t seen a photo of her lately. Is she avoiding you? Or us?

    wams352

  10. Hmmm, maybe you should skip a meal and buy a flash – its a bit dark out there *g*

    And yay, new alien ships (Would it be terribly rude of me to hopee they don’t look like toilet seats or other parts of the bathroom 😉

    As for 40 episodes: Think of all the extra filthy lucre you could rake in! No more *going* to restaurants: You could buy your own!

  11. Hi Joe –

    Glad you were able to upload the pix – the food looks sinfully delish, and the fans are obviously having a good time! I know others have said this, but I think I need to say it again – Thank you , Joe, for for taking the time to share yourself with us!!
    (oh my – that didn’t come out quite right, did it?:-P)
    Anyway, you know what I mean …

    BTW – I like the new captioning on the pictures 🙂

  12. Looks like another fun dinner. I look forward to the San Diego Comic Con panels!! I’m there every year, though I’ve never come up with a question that I could ask. I’m always ashamed of the totally inane ones that get asked :sigh:

    I hope Atlantis goes 10 seasons at the minimum! It’s my favorite show, the only one I go all fan-crazy over and I don’t want it to end. I’d like to see some more SG1 movies though. I miss SG1, for different reasons that I like in Atlantis.

    Ack! NO MORE KILLING MAIN CHARACTERS! No, no, no. :sigh: I hope you are just teasing.

    hmm… I hope you are keeping the team out exploring in Season 5. I like the friendship between them. It seems several episodes already have less involvement from some.

  13. Rebekah writes:

    “Do you have any episodes in the can – or are they all still in varying stages of production? More importantly, my husband heard a rumor – which I know you will not confirm – but he was telling me that he heard that you all are killing off a “major” character.”

    Uh oh, we’re getting a little nervous. Hope “major” isn’t a certain witty, loyal, gorgeous guy by that same rank. Or our laconic, handsome, heroic Lieutenant-Colonel. Or a snarky, brilliant, hypochondriac scientist. Or……..you get the idea. Not leaving much room am I? Will watch with interest.

    Do we acquire any cool alien weaponry in Season 5? I’d love to see that.

    I’d also love to see some secret rooms in Atlantis – accessible only with activating a particular Ancient device. They could be found by accident and lead to more information about the Ancients.

    Cheers, Chev

  14. Here’s wishing Mr. G. luck on his new health craze. Do remind him though, that there is no reason he can’t indulge at least occasionally in some of the more calorie rich meals. You could just continue to post regular pics of him here, and we solicitious fans would be more than happy to indicate when he’s earned a treat…
    Barbaro, thanks for pointing out the “major character” bit. I’d almost forgotten about that. Speaking of which, any word on Anne Teldy? It doesnt seem right to be talking about her namesake without the priciple being around.
    I’m almost glad I wasnt at Fuel after reading you’d sworn people to secrecy about “enormous spoilers”. I can keep a secret but ohh, how hard it would be to keep those kinds of secrets. Once again the Baron Destructo in you comes out. You torture the dinner attendees by swearing them to silence, AND the rest of us by letting us know those secrets are out there. Well played.
    Finally, when SG-U starts production, what effect is that going to have on the writers/directors/producers? Have any names been submitted to “go over” to the new show, or is putting together the Universe Team still ongoing? I will say that I both dread the potential loss to Atlantis of some production staff, but I’m also excited at what newcomers might bring in. As always, I trust that it will work out well.

  15. Hey! I see Trish and Allie!

    Glad you had a great time and glad that WordPress is still working for ya!

  16. On April 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm pg15 Said:
    Oh hey, and I gotta thank Noir for the Wraith farming break down he/she (sorry, I’m not sure) wrote a few days back. Very enlightening!

    I’m female – as most of the Wraithfans. 🙂

    DasNdanger writes: “Is there any chance we can have the best of both Wraith worlds – discover a way for them to gain nourishment from regular food, without taking away their ability, or desire, to feed on humans (much like a reformed alcoholic still craves a drink)?”

    Answer: Let’s just say there are some very interesting developments on the wraith front this season – and one that will be of particular interest to you…

    Mr. Mallozzi – you are killing me. You know that curiosity can be deadly. 😉

  17. mmmmm. Everything looks and sounds so good. I wish I had enough money to fly up to boogie down at Fuel! Thanks for continuing to be so damn cool, My Tartan Army Lord ;). By the way, if you see David Nykl running about anywhere, would you mind telling him that he’s sorely missed at his LFPeg blog? We’re all getting a bit teary-eyed. ;_;

  18. Hmmm so you have given spoilers to fans there and made them swear to secrecy.. ok anyone here know some subtle torture techniques to make em spill the beans?

    Oh and as for speedos.. they’re a big no no for anyone. I hoped they’d be banned since the 70s.

    Martin, good luck with your weight loss regime.

    Oh and that pic of the frozen granny smith parfait rather looks like an eyeball sitting on top of a cheesecake.

    Allie, you’re such a pretty girl!!!

  19. Glad to see a) you worked out the picture problem! and b) that the second Fuel night was great as well. Those dishes look spectacular and I find just about everything involving Nutella is good. Those Fuel chefs are amazing!

    I’m looking forward to the Timescape talk. I suspect I’ll be spending most of tomorrow reading to finish it up in time.

  20. Ok Joe just one question….

    Where the Hell do you put all the food you eat?? Your not chubby, overweight, fat, by any means and yet every time you eat at fuel you eat enough to feed me for a week!! 🙂

    Have a great night.
    Penny

  21. That’s too bad you won’t be here for NYCC. I’ll be a press member at this years San Diego Con, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to offer my praises to you in person.

    It looks like everybody had an awesome time this week between all the Fuel fan dinners and the Gateworld festivities. Great pictures!

  22. Joe!

    ….ahem! Let me first start out by saying that I am glad the posting problems you had yesterday have been conquered. And I am certainly happy you had a good time at dinner.

    Now that the niceties are out of the way, let me just say: AAAAAAAGH! (gasps) I just got rid of the icy-cold-hand-of-dread-clenched-around-your-heart feeling from the season finale. Now this?! “…hunh. Interesting.” Thanks, Joe, the feeling’s back.

    Sigh!

    Ahem. Now, Thank you, again, for the blog…I’m going to go make myself a drink now. Have a wonderful evening and a great Sunday. Best Wishes to Fondy.

    MA

  23. you put me on pins and needles when you say things like “interesting” in reference to killing characters.. Hmph.

  24. Do you snack at all during the day? The pictures that I’ve seen of you show you as being quite fit, and after seeing all the pictures you post in your blog of the delicious, but sinfully high caloric food you eat, I wonder how you are not enormous. Do you stick to 3 meals a day without snacks? You must have good genes. I am envious!
    On a sidenote:GO MEMPHIS!

  25. WOW. How ’bout those Jayhawks? That had to be the best birthday gift EVER. 🙂

    Can’t wait until the championship Monday night!!!

    The rumor among the KU faculty is that if we win on Monday, classes will be cancelled Tuesday. Now THAT’S dedication!

  26. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, KU! See you Monday, Memphis.

    Lawrence is going crazy right about now. I’m extremely grateful that I’m not downtown, because even in our neighborhood, people are honking and screaming and setting off fireworks. Sometimes I do love living here!

  27. Hmm I use Firefox and the captions don’t appear to be working. So nice seeing more fans but can’t put any names. Or identify food.

    As for that rumor…hunh. Interesting.
    my vote would be for another med doc to kick it.

    AND I would vote to keep Atlantis and make more SG-1 stuff, if another new series meant having to kill one of those.
    DD

  28. Answer “Let’s just say there are some very interesting developments on the wraith front this season – and one that will be of particular interest to you…”

    1. AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    2. *counts days ’til S5 season premiere…*

    3. *counts days between episodes 501 and 510…*

    4. *calculates estimated time between first and second halves of the season*

    5. *calculates time between 511 and 520…*

    6. *Based on today’s date, extrapolates the date of the season finale, offset by the timing of the season premiere, adding in the risk factors of 1. life expectancy based on present age and health and 2. the possibility of series cancellation* (*see answer to Lily RE: SGU), then multiplying by the dismal, nail-biting prospect of Wraith annihilation, compounded by the Michael Factor, and divided by the square root of Todd =

    AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    Yup. I’m right back to where I started…. 😛

    But I thank you VERY much for addressing my question, Mr. M…I truly appreciate it, even though it now leaves me with even more questions…which I (kinda-sorta) promise not to bombard you with…

    yet.

    😉

    @ tiger’s eyes – WOT??! ME? OBSESSED??! 😛

    I’d rather think of it as a passionate interest in a fictional species that represents – in some way, shape or form – the will to live that all creatures (human and otherwise) share in common, just as their individual natures dictate, without threat of extermination or genocide. In fiction it would be nice to see achieved that which people seem incapable of doing in real life. (It really has nothing to do with their beautiful hair, wry humor and spiffy leather coats…honestly…

    I… I… think…)

    das

    PS: Todd’s mine. Don’t even think about touching him. *Pops claws…Grrr…fftt! fftt!…hiss!*

    😉

  29. I know you have been a very, very busy man making all those lucky fans happy, both with the shared meals and with the writing, but if you have a small moment, could you answer CrazyNephew’s question about how the MALPs move on set? By motor, or by pretend motor? I’m really trying to impress him with my knowledge of cool things in a desperate attempt to distract him from remembering that I promised to ride the RipCord with him at Worlds of Fun this summer. They hook you to a cable and pull you up 180 feet in the air and drop you. You free-fall about 100 feet and then swing 80 miles an hour at the end of a cable. I did it once. Years ago. The swinging part was awesome! The hanging 180 feet in the air and then falling was NOT so awesome. But CrazyNephew desperately wants to ride it, but not alone, and I am apparently the only relative crazy enough to say yes. Does that make me selfless, brave, or stupid? I’m just not sure.

    I’m thinking that if I demonstrate the ability to pass on some cool Stargate info from my cool Stargate contacts, and then if I can get Sarge to take him into the Tactical Team office and show him all the big guns and the APC, he might let me back out of the falling-from-the-sky ride. Maybe. So, MALPs by motor, or by manual?

  30. I just thought that you should know that the odds of correctly selecting every winner in the 64-team field in the March Madness tournament bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. So don’t feel bad that you aren’t doing so hot.

  31. The food looks delicious and very artistic. I don’t know if I’m classy enough to eat food that pretty.

    Sounds like the Fuel dinners were a success. Glad to hear everyone had a good time.

    Good luck to Martin on his program. I hope he’s careful. Don’t want him to starve his brain for a speedo.

  32. Mr. M, et al…my apologies. When one is enthusiastically typing in the little box, one fails to realize how obnoxious a long string of ‘aarrgghhs’ looks until one hits the self-destruct…erm, I mean…the submit button, and sees for oneself.

    One also fails to realize how much one tends to ramble…

    😛

    das

  33. Because I finished my studies early tonight, I got to thinking about Stargate Universe.

    I know it’s in the early stages, and us fans don’t know everything, but after some thought, it really struck me how this new show can be the perfect place to vastly expand the scifi genre. Like Brad Wright said on Gateworld, they will need a big budget, and it’s not unexpected. Without Ancients seeding life, you can encounter pretty much ANY form of life (and even the definition of life gets complicated), creating ANY form of civilization, on virtually ANY kind of landscape and environment. The sheer number of possibilites astounds me.

    This is me, talking to you guys, the masterminds behind this franchise. I know I’m a nobody, but I really do wonder if you guys fully appreciate how HUGE this concept can lend itself. Actually, I think you do, given the name you’ve…given it. Yes.

    But I think the notion of a series based on this is kind of faulty. Either you guys go for broke and really imagine this crazy universe with things so extraordinary that it leaves the characters and viewers in awe (as it should; we are soooo insignificant compared to everything else that’s out there), thereby destroying your budget in the process…or you tone it down and loose credibility. Creatively, I don’t think you can afford to make this series any less than truly epic and mindblowing, in terms of alien concepts. The character stuff can stay the same, obviously (in fact, it’s prefered so as to keep that special Stargate feeling), but what they are exposed to pretty much has to differ from what the SG1 and SGA guys were exposed to.

    By that, I mean that some of the most traditional scifi concepts will have to be abandoned. I.e. disease episodes: without humans around to infect, any form of disease in these far-away galaxies would probably pose us no threat since they aren’t adapted to infecting us. In fact, any humanoid life in this series would be laughed at. That alone will cost mucho $$$. The most basic concepts will have to be reimagined. These new forms of life may have no eyes. They may live off dark matter or something, who knows. Their very ways of interaction will have to change. Talking? Language? Are they universal or do they just apply to us?

    As I said, life is hard to define. In my mind, life is just anything that’s self-replicating. Sentience gets even more convoluted, of course.

    I was thinking that maybe it’s best to have it be a miniseries and/or a short series, maybe only a few seasons with 10-13 episodes per season, but then you get fewer returns. So…yeah, not sure about this.

    I think, for this series to work (again, I’m working on very little info; just my gut feeling), there has to be a few sacrifices and changes in production. No more forest scenes. At least, none in Vancouver. Heck, none on Earth, more like. Trees in a distant galaxy untouched by humanoid life? That makes no sense. Also, I think it’ll be beneficial to have scifi writers pitch you their ideas about other worlds, besides the ones you come up with yourselves. Nothing against you guys, but like I said, the number of scifi concepts will need to be increased to keep the series from stagnating. I have no problems with you guys writing their ideas, for example. You guys would know the characters best.

    In the same way that BSG was said to push the boundaries of what space operas can be, I think Stargate Universe can really push the boundaries of what Sci-Fi can be. You are out there, in the completely unknown. Human thought is but another simple concept, and it’s nothing special. We are insignificant, and whatever we see will be so alien to us, that we may not even recognize it as anything worth looking at.

    This…this can be HUGE. I anxiously await any further developments (while also waiting for Atlantis Season 5 and Continuum, natch). 😀

  34. For those of you who use the Firefox browser, and are possibly confused about the supposed photo captions (as I was), it seems as it this function doesn’t work with Firefox. At least it didn’t for me; I had to view the site via Internet Explorer in order to see them.

    Fyi.

    Glad to hear you hate UNC. Although, to be honest, I don’t hate UNC so much as I hate Roy Williams.

    Madison is hosting the Wisconsin Film Festival this weekend (I’m seeing 10 movies in 2 days…yoinks) and I went to a documentary today called “The Linguists.” I was reminded of Daniel Jackson because, well, he’s a linguist. Then I was mildly weirded out that one of the titled linguists looked A LOT like Corin Nemec (imo). Fwiw. Fyi.

    -Emily

  35. Any chance of finding out who is who in the Fuel photos? It would be great to put names with all the faces.

    And please, can we have a season where none of the characters get knocked off! Painful injuries, okay. But even if Atlantis is cancelled next year, there will still be Atlantis movies, right? We need them all to survive.

  36. Good luck to Martin with his program… though with you as a friend, I’m not so sure he’ll get that far.

    I don’t think I could ever have a five course meal. I was full after my salad on Tuesday night.

    And see! I’m not the only one who thinks you’re rather fit for someone who practices fine dining so often. I seriously believe you when you told me about your “diet” – I know two people who experienced the beginnings of your diet… and both times happened when they were in Hong Kong (this is going to give HK a bad rep, isn’t it?).

  37. Do the producers specifically plan out when spoilers will be released to Gateworld and other sites (such as the SG Universe scoop that Gateworld just posted), or is it more of an individual decision among the bigwigs?

  38. Hello. Finally got wifi back.

    Thank you again for taking the time to meet with us at Fuel. I’m sorry I had to rush out. Please also pass my thanks to Martin Gero. Thoroughly enjoyed his panel today at the con. Hope to see you both in San Diego for ComicCon.

  39. I’m glad to hear (and to see) that you got the pictures up. And thanks for the frightning image of Martin in a speedo. He’s a gorgeous man, don’t get me wrong, but I’m sorry speedos aren’t sexy… on anyone.

    I was telling one of my regular customers the other day that I would love to have the opportunity to decorate a cake for Atlantis’s 100th episode. I think it would be so much fun. Just thought I would throw that out there for you. I’m thinking about decorating one for my city’s fair in September. I’ll send you the pics if I do.

  40. PS – forgot to ask you that night as well, but what day will you be at Comic Con? Friday like last year? Thanks!

  41. There are days when I curse myself for not living in BC. This would be one of those days.

    *drools over the food and the mention of spoilers*

    -Sheena

  42. YIPPY!!! HORRAY!!!! Our pictures are up! Now people will BELIEVE me when I say I’ve met the great and powerful Joe and Martin “the hero” Gero!

    I take back all the horrible things I said about wordpress.

    Bless you for working hard and figuring it all out. I guess you’re not as lazy as you thought. ;D

    BTW, Do you have a magic camera? You make us all look really good.

    Well, Allie doesn’t need help. How can I be her mother?! But still, Allie’s picture is good, too.

    (And thank you, Annie, for saying so about my daughter! That’s very sweet and it put a smile on Allie’s face. That’s my 13 year old baby!)

    Can you thank Marty for me for saying he’ll try to put an Irish person on the Atlantis team? It would seriously make my century if that happened!

    I spoke with Jason M. today and said Allie would make a great little sister for Ronon. Don’t you agree? After all, she’s a skyscraper like Jason.

    Jason loved the idea. Or maybe he was trying to get the scary fan with the beautiful daughter away from him? Jason’s a difficult person to read since he’s so mellow. Plus my face hits him at about belly-button level which makes eye-contact with him next to impossible.

    The other comments about you being oddly fit when you eat at places like Fuel is quite true! How do you do it?

    I gained 15 pounds after that ONE dinner. And I didn’t even clear my plate. Have you any idea how many hours of pilates I will have to do when I get home now?

    So worth it, though. I’m not complaining but merely making an observation.

    At any rate, this has been THE BEST WEEKEND OF MY LIFE! Again, massive, many, multitudinous thanks!

  43. Hello Joseph =)

    Sa va good? Moi oui sa va ..quelque petit probléme d’ordre privée, même si sa me démangerais de vous le dire..mais bon presque personne n’est au courant et je pense que vous, vous en fichez^^!
    Oki, bah contente de voire que wordpress remarche =)…mais cependant n’oublier pas ma proposition^^
    Waaou! que ces femme ont de la chance, moi je ne pourrais pas manger, je serais trop occuper a vous admirez^^!
    Ohhhhhhhh vous n’allez pas au Comic Con cette année, au mince=(

    Question:

    1)Il y’aura un relation amoureuse entre Alicia Vegas et John sheppard ou un autre membre de l’équipe?
    2) Avez vous prévu un voyage à l’étranger cette année?

    Voila, Bisouuun je vous adore fort!!!♥Bonne journée

  44. OMG, I live in New Zealand so I am freaking out, (in a good way) about Marty G being at Comic Con!! It will be my first year at CC…I know you’re busy but…

    Any chance of you being there, at Comic Con in San Diego??

    NZJ

  45. And just a note, if SGA and SGU could somehow be made at the same time, to save SGA from the cutting sword, I would LOVE YOU FOREVER!! (without the stalking and sending of dead roses to you via Bridge Studios)

    NZJ

  46. I echo Shadow Steps sentiments about bedpan shaped ships. *shudders* those Ori ships were frighteningly reminiscent of the bedpan duties we fledgling nurses had to do when we first started! NAsty stuff dude truly naasty stuff!

    On a lighter note it looks like you guys once again had a cracking time and my colour has just achieved a really cool shade of fluorescent green and may even be glow in the dark by sundown!

    Unfortunately I don’t frequent other known fannish hideouts so am pretty much on my lonesome over here, I kinda wore out the whole fannish scene three series of Star Trek ago after finding it somewhat intense so here is pretty much the only place I hang out these days, its great to see other fans having such a blast and I think its fantastic of you and Marty to make yourselves so accessible to us fans, a far cry from the pre-internet days when I was a rabid fan clamouring for news and spoilers just hadn’t been invented. so much has changed for the better and I’m glad I’m around to be a part (albeit peripherally) of it.

  47. For Firefox users on getting the photo captions. Well you couldn’t, but right click on the photo and select properties from the drop down menu will get you the photo caption as “alternate text” in a pop up dialog box.

    Have casting for the ‘Whispers’ episode girls being done yet? I want to see spectacular Space Cow fodder. Hope for some news on the real Anne Teldy. Or who will be playing Major Anne Teldy.

  48. Das – you crack me up, I just went back and re-read your posts and PMSL AGAIN! you are positively certifiable, all the best ones are!

    cheers for making me laugh

  49. Chev – With all my angst over the changes at WordPress, once I regained my sanity I realized I’d forgotten to say thanks for your most recent link to cool stuff at Google. I really enjoyed looking through all the pics of their facility. The room with the cubicles that look like a Swiss gondola restaurant and skiing first-aid station (with the huge screen of the Matterhorn on one wall) really caught my fancy. And the fireman’s pole, slides, etc. … has to be a lot of fun. – Just a few modifications, and they’d practically be Chuck E. Cheese’s. I’ll bet Zuricher schoolkids love going on field-trips there.

    @das:

    (It really has nothing to do with their beautiful hair, wry humor and spiffy leather coats…honestly…)

    PS: Todd’s mine. Don’t even think about touching him. *Pops claws…Grrr…fftt! fftt!…hiss!*

    Das, you can rationalize all you want; but let you get within a few feet of a Wraith like Todd, and the completely visceral nature of your attraction will burst out like Goa’uld spawn from Hathor’s belly. (Eww, I can’t believe I just typed that. Sorry. 😉 )

    Ummm. . . Perhaps you could be Martin G.’s virtual buddy, and start weaning yourself from human life-force to that of, say, large herds of Angus cattle on the hoof? Not that I normally object to a good fight *has delusions of being Han Solo* but I’ve noticed that we women just don’t fight fair, and, well. . . *checks boots for long-handled claw trimmers*

  50. As I might have mentioned before, I’m going through season 9 (and just bought 10 so we can move right on to that) with my roommate, and I have to say, I think I like Mitchell and Landry even more than I did the first time through. They’re really quite entertaining characters (though, naturally, when I first watched it I was dubious and missed the old characters). Although I do have to say, I’m still not thrilled with Lam and even my roomate (who has seen little Stargate besides what I’m showing her) says “bi-atch” whenever she comes on screen. But anyway…

    I actually brought home two kittens today and am so faced with the daunting task of naming them. Given our recent DVD viewing, I like the idea of finding good Stargate names for them. Unfortunately, “Jack” and “John” are too common and “Daniel” I’m saving for if I ever actually have a human child. My roommate already has a cat named Rodney, so I can’t really use that one. “Teal’c” is good, but doesn’t really fit either of their personalities. At this moment, I’m leaning toward “Cameron” (which is a name I’ve always liked, anyway), and maybe “Jonas”. Of course, my roommate knew a guy named Jonas who worked in porn, so the name is somewhat tainted for her, but I may just have to overrule her.

    Of course, I’m also considering calling them Severus and Sirius, and the names fit rather well, but I’m concerned that the similarity of sounds would be confusing. (I have the same concern about naming them Cameron and Carson.)

    Not that you cared about any of that, but I just felt like rambling. And see if anyone else reading this feels like weighing in for me with their thoughts (they’re black and white twins).

  51. Hey Joe,

    Will we see that Wraith Queen that Michael axed in “The Last Man”? Also, any other forgotten Wraith experiments like the Wraith telepathic generator coming in Season 5? Oh and what about the Wraith Keepers?

    Take care Joe!

  52. drldeboer Said: Hmm I use Firefox and the captions don’t appear to be working. So nice seeing more fans but can’t put any names. Or identify food.
    OK Foxie fans if you use that browser and a PC you can right click, select Properties, and there in that window is the Alternate Text. a pain to do it but now I know who and what the pix are!

    again I would NOT be happy to see SGA killed for Universe, as the premise to that show appears to be something not human and not in our time, which would suggest a completely new cast and NO chance of guest crossovers from either SG1 or SGA.
    Also, not much interested in yet another ship-based sci fi show.
    DD

  53. Ok so who let baron destructo loose with the snow machine and whats it gonna take to turn it off? BTW my internet traffic is like, really slow, must be the snow on the phone lines.

  54. Hmm, are you on the payroll of the Vancouver tourist board? It’s just that every time I read this blog I suddenly get very hungry and have an overwhelming urge to travel 5000 miles just to eat at a certain resturant 🙂

  55. As a Connor Trinneer fan (he was sooo well cast for Michael!), I’d like to ask if he’ll appear in a few episodes in season 5? Any idea on how many, so far?

    Thank you!

  56. Martin shouldn’t worry too much. No one looks good in a speedo; even Mr. Universe.

    Frozen organic Granny Smith apple partfait with nutella, chocolate genoise and hot crème anglaise.

    Now that would just about send me to happy dessert heaven. This chef is awe-inspiring!

  57. pg15 said:

    I think, for this series to work (again, I’m working on very little info; just my gut feeling), there has to be a few sacrifices and changes in production. No more forest scenes. At least, none in Vancouver. Heck, none on Earth, more like. Trees in a distant galaxy untouched by humanoid life? That makes no sense.

    Why do you have to have humans for there to be trees? You just need an environment conducive for them to evolve. The right temperature, light, carbon dioxide etc. They may look different to the trees and other plant life we have here on Earth. You may be interested in the following article speculating on the colour of plants in other galaxies.

    Cheers, Chev

  58. drldeboer Said:

    Hmm I use Firefox and the captions don’t appear to be working. So nice seeing more fans but can’t put any names. Or identify food.

    Yeah I use Firefox too and no captions. I looked at the code and they’re just alt tags. No reason why they wouldn’t show in Firefox. Anyhoo the names in order are Patricia, Trish, Mackenzie’s Momma. The other fans aren’t named.

    Cheers, Chev

  59. Could you post some more pictures of Jason Momoa? His fans would really, really like it!

  60. Anyone looking good in a speedo? Not so much! Erm…make that..NOT AT ALL! No speedos please. I had hoped those died back in the 70’s! Um…or 80’s…*blushes* I maybe, sort of, might have had a poster of David Hasselhoff in a black speedo in the late 80’s. Or maybe that was just a bed-spin hallucination after a late night out? Yeah…that’s the ticket! *whistles innocently*

    Hard to believe Trish’s daughter Allie is just 13! I heard Joe asked her if she had declared a major yet….*giggle…snort* She is really a beautiful girl…and really fun and nice too! My son Justin was really impressed with her. He said she’s not like the girls at his school…..”She’s nice!”

    *foreheadsmack* Just what kind of girls are at my son’s school??? Well good, maybe he’ll just stay away from girls a bit longer then! *winks*

    I will get those spoilers out of Trish, Allie and Kassandra! *rubs hands together evilly* One of them will have to break under the tortu…um…gentle prodding. *innocent look* Mwahahahaha! *slaps hand over mouth….crap…did I say that out loud?*

    Most wickedly,
    Kimberly

  61. Can you tell us which of the current episodes you guys writing so far will be A) very dramatic and B) very funny?

  62. Shawna Said:
    I actually brought home two kittens today and am so faced with the daunting task of naming them.

    …And see if anyone else reading this feels like weighing in for me with their thoughts (they’re black and white twins).

    I take it they are both males? I like McKay and Sheppard. I’m just a little partial to them! *wink* Or even McKay and Zelenka. You can call Zelenka “Dr.Z” for a nickname…lol. McKay and Sam works…um…Sam IS a guys name too!

    Think I’m a wee bit partial to McKay? Naaaawwww!
    Well, Rodney is already taken by the roommates cat you can’t name them McKay and Rodney..*whistles innocently* How about Rodney and Meredith…hehehe?

    Kimberly

  63. Hi Joe,

    Gateworld is saying that Brad Wright has plans to re-edit the SG1 pilot Children of the Gods. Do you know if we will get any extra Jack/Daniel scenes added, or existing scenes expanded? The scene in Jacks house where they are talking together is my favourite scene from the pilot.

    I love the friendship chemistry between Jack and Daniel. Its the heart of Stargate SG1 for me.

    I already own two DVD’s of CoTG, so I would only be interested in buying the new version if there is more Jack and Daniel.

    Thanks

    JJ

  64. Pleased to see the pictures back Joe and glad that the 2nd Fuel Dinner went well. 🙂

    However….NO GETTING RID OF SGA IN FAVOUR OF SGU OR THERE WILL BE SOME KILLING, ALRIGHT!

    PLUS…no more beloved characters dying either. I don’t think my poor little heart could take it. 🙁

  65. shiningwit Said:

    Ori ships were frighteningly reminiscent of the bedpan duties we fledgling nurses had to do

    OMG they do look like bedpans don’t they! I was always told by my tutor to carry a bedpan as if it were a ‘platter of duck’….put me off duck for ages.

    Shiningwit also said:

    Unfortunately I don’t frequent other known fannish hideouts so am pretty much on my lonesome over here.

    If you mean in the UK, I think you’ll find there are a lot more certifiable SG1 fans than you realize, me for one. I to only frequent this site, I steer clear of the other fan bases they can be a bit waspish at times.

    I seemed to miss all the kerfuffle you had with wordpress I’m useless at technical things like that so I couldn’t have given you any help anyway.

    I went to Yorkshire for the weekend. No wonder the Bronte sisters wrote such haunting books the Yorkshire moors are breathtaking.

    Pauline

  66. Glad you’ve got the WordPress problems sorted.

    Montrealer Said:
    ‘For Firefox users on getting the photo captions. Well you couldn’t, but right click on the photo and select properties from the drop down menu will get you the photo caption as “alternate text” in a pop up dialog box.’

    Thanks for that 🙂 I’m glad I don’t have to go back to using IE as I get swamped with pop ups which Spybot,
    Adware and my virus removers etc. can’t shift.

  67. You eat the most interesting of foods.
    I wish I knew the names of half of those foods in the pictures hahah

  68. Hi Joe;
    Just wanted to know if you could give us any new info on the shep whump episode? Anything new to offer in the story line or when in the schedule it might pop up? I know you said before there is a 3 way tie for the infirmary and Sheppard is one of those, but could you give us any tid bits as to why or what ep’s he’s infirmed in?? Maybe even why he’s there in the first place? Also, I don’t write fan fiction but, I was wondering if you ever read them or maybe even post something on a site for a story you’re considering to see how the plot works with the fans with out letting anybody know who you really are? You know the beauty of the anonymous Internet.

    Thanks once again, Nicole. 😉

  69. shiningwit Said:
    Das… you are positively certifiable…

    Yeah, I know. Hubby’s filling out the paperwork even as we speak… 😛

    (In my defense, it does NOT help that hubby does very good impersonations, and has – for the last few months – gone around the house talking like Todd. 🙂 I just overlook the fact that he keeps callin’ me ‘Sheppard’… 😐 )

    tiger’s eyes Said: Das, you can rationalize all you want; but let you get within a few feet of a Wraith like Todd, and the completely visceral nature of your attraction will burst out like Goa’uld spawn from Hathor’s belly. (Eww, I can’t believe I just typed that. Sorry. )

    Too late! The image is burned into my brain. 😛

    Still…and again in my defense…I love Todd for his…erm…mind… (oh, alright…and for his swishy walk – k?). That whole visceral nature thingy of which you speak would probably only come into play around Steve…that is, if he was still alive…and didn’t mind getting his hair mussed up. 😉

    …Not that I normally object to a good fight *has delusions of being Han Solo* but I’ve noticed that we women just don’t fight fair, and, well. . . *checks boots for long-handled claw trimmers*

    Adamantium claws, baby! Adamantium claws!! 😀

    das

  70. I’m sitting here eating my pork sausage and cheese roll for supper listening to my next door neighbour yodel karaoke in a loud drunken voice.

    Sheesh. I could close the window and put on some music but I’m too masochistic (or sadistic) for that. Let everyone suffer equally, that’s my motto. Besides, he’s weirdly good – even when very, very drunk.

    Hate you for the photos, even though I knew they were gonna be posted some day soon. Only kidding – but my poor supper pales in comparison.

    I use Firefox mostly, but forced myself to click that dreaded blue e icon as well – just so I could see the captions. I then placed the two windows next to each other and matched up food descriptions with photos.

    Whimper! Ah well, I still consider myself lucky – I could be in Zimbabwe right now…

  71. Hi Joe, first of all congratulations for the team and yourself for the amazing fourth season you’ve done !
    Then, I would like to know if you really are going to put some production arts of the Prometheus and of past episode of SG1 and Atlantis ? because one of the things I enjoy the most is to see production arts ! Like the ones on the MGM official site of Stargate ! and those you put on your blog !! So I would really love to see more and more and more of them here 🙂

    Thanks !

    Bye

  72. I’m glad you are back in the picture posting business,*g*.

    Today’s my birthday and I might have re-enacted one of your famous chocolate parties.*is feeling sick*

    Dedicate April 6th blog to me?*bats eyelashes* Please?

  73. Bon Joseph, je vais au lit, Voila encors une lomgue et dure semaine qui commence.
    Je vous dit bon courage et jespert que votre semaine se passera trés bien. =)♥

    Je pense trés fort a vous, gros bisou bisou, a demain.

    France:12:11am/Vancouver:03:11pm

  74. <Kimberly said…

    I take it they are both males? I like McKay and Sheppard. I’m just a little partial to them! *wink* Or even McKay and Zelenka. You can call Zelenka “Dr.Z” for a nickname…lol. McKay and Sam works…um…Sam IS a guys name too!

    Think I’m a wee bit partial to McKay? Naaaawwww!
    Well, Rodney is already taken by the roommates cat you can’t name them McKay and Rodney..*whistles innocently* How about Rodney and Meredith…hehehe?

    Thanks for the suggestions, Kim. 🙂 Yep, both males. I like the idea of McKay and Sheppard, except my family has a history of having German Shepherds (my parents have two now), so that might be confusing (and one of the shepherds is named Sam 😉 ). Hm…this is tough.

  75. Please Joe…..We haven’t heard that much about Teyla next season apart from the ep the Queen,is she gonna be in S5 alot more than she was in S4….I miss my Teyla 🙁

    Also what about some decent whump for my favourite Alien hmmmmm *hopeful look* *puppydog pout*

    Oh and i would be so against the third Stargate show if it meant getting rid of Atlantis,i need my Atlantis in my life!!!

    I am sorry if this gets posted twice,my computer went all wonky on me!!:s

  76. Thanks for sharing these pics. I’m green with envy. Wish I had been there! 😀
    Any chance of some Joe Flanigan pics? *begging on my knees*
    Thanks for commenting on my concerns regarding “First Contact” and Atlantis vs SGU. I appreciate it a lot.

    Regarding Atlantis and SGU, I guess I’ll just cross my fingers and wish for Atlantis to continue despite SGU. It’s not like I can do much else about it anyway…

    Regarding “First Contact”, well, I either loved or liked most of the episodes written by Martin Gero. Wasn’t crazy about Grace Under Pressure (but I wouldn’t say I dislike it either) and didn’t like Trio. My main problem is that I don’t like how Rodney is written around SG-1 characters. I don’t know if it’s a decision made on purpose or not, but every time Rodney interacts with one of the main SG-1 characters, he seems too out of character for me. Or maybe it’s me. I don’t know. But, once again, it’s not like I can do much about it, so I’ll cross my fingers and wish this episode works for me.

  77. One quick question.. Can you please tell us if the “new race” in the mid season 5 2 parter is actually a new race or just another group of humans? FYI Humans, Asgard, Wraith are different races..Tauri Tollans ect… are all humans along the genetic chain.

  78. Montrealer Said: For Firefox users on getting the photo captions. Well you couldn’t, but right click on the photo and select properties from the drop down menu will get you the photo caption as “alternate text” in a pop up dialog box.
    I figgered it out, thanks 🙂

    We were talking about Stargate stuff today (er, when do we not?), I really would like more than 5 seasons out of Atlantis and I really *DO NOT* want to lose the Wraith as either bad guys or good guys. I haven’t said it here before but one of the things I think is coolest about the Wraith is that they look like live action Japanese anime. If only they were blue meanies.

    Joe I also think it was really great of you & Martin to agree to do not one but two Fan dinners. Class act in my book.
    DD

  79. chev Said:

    Why do you have to have humans for there to be trees? You just need an environment conducive for them to evolve. The right temperature, light, carbon dioxide etc. They may look different to the trees and other plant life we have here on Earth. You may be interested in the following article speculating on the colour of plants in other galaxies.

    You’re right, I misspoke. I think what I tried to get across is not that trees need us to live, but that the galaxies were so far out that even we haven’t gotten there yet. That was just something I used to really point out how far away these things are, and thus it is unlikely that we’re going to see anything remotely similar to Earth forests.

    Thanks for the link!

  80. Joe,
    Hearing more about Continuum has got me excited to see it. When will you be having your screening up there in Vancouver, and do you know which of the cast will be coming to watch?

  81. “Answer: There are no finished episodes (we are still several months away from finals). At present, we are shooting episode 5 (Ghost in the Machine) and prepping episode 6 (The Shrine of Talus). As for that rumor…hunh. Interesting.”

    Well if you are killing someone off and you’re taking votes for who, I vote Sheppard (he’s just not a favorite character of mine, I’m not trying to offend people who like the character).

  82. 1) Will any team members keep any profound secrets this year?

    2)Do any Atlantis personnel push themselves to a breaking point in the season to come?

  83. Hi Joe,

    I hope your doing fine and not too busy, I have two quick questions for you my friend:
    1. Which Michel Cluziel chocolate is your favorite?
    2. Is the statement true, the new race that will be introduced in season 5 mid-season episode first contact will have equal significance as the ancients and wraith or will they have smaller influence such as the Genii or the Travellers for that matter

    Thnanks buddy and I really can’t wait for that first week of July

  84. Okay, first of all, you do know that you are evil and must eventually be destroyed – right 🙂 Now, I too am on pins and needles. I thought my husband had heard incorrectly – and maybe he did – maybe you are toying with me – maybe this is a Vissini-esque mindgame and you have built up an immunity to Iocane powder!

    I think my biggest problem is that I am one of those people who reads the last page of a book before starting it, because I don’t like surprises. Moreover, I get too attached to the characters – even the recurring characters – in my very few TV shows (I only watch 3 shows total – and no one is going to get killed off in Big Bang or How I Met Your Mother) – so SGA must be the source of my high blood pressure! I mean, I LOVE Zalenka, and Lorne, and yes, even Caldwell!

    Okay, so I’m rambling, and I’ve been thinking too much. I was re-watching Coup d’Etat (or however it is spelled) and when the Atlantis team decided to do a raid to steal the ZPM – I was wondering, why did they take McKay along with them? McKay cannot even hit the broad side of a barn, and he seems always to accompany Sheppard on raids and other seemingly strictly military maneuvers. It’s a bit of a stretch, and I was wondering the logic behind that. Thoughts? Comic relief maybe?

    It looks like a good time was had by all at the dinner. Any chance more will be planed for the week of July 7th – as I will be in BC during that week? A girl can hope, can’t she!

  85. Hi again Mr M

    Greetings from…..The First Screening for Cast and Crew of Continuum!!!!

    My idea of the Uber Stargate SG1 Experience is as follows:
    A guided set tour with one of the Producers, say…mm..Mr N. John Smith followed by…A private screening of an, as yet, unreleased SG1 Movie, introduced by the Director and Producer…in the company of just about everyone of the Who’s Who of the Stargate World….Brad Wright, Martin Wood, Joe Mallozzi, Martin Gero, Amanda Tapping, Chris Judge, Bam BAm, Jan Newman, Ivan Bartok, John Lenic, Robert Picardo, Allan McCullough etc etc etc….and then I wake up and get ready for work…..
    Suddenly BING! I’m in Vancouver and the above happens!!! How great it was to see the reaction of cast and crew to the movie!!! WOW!
    Fab movie and hats off to all involved! Look forward to its release and purchase.
    I was one of the lucky 20 who had won the ticket to a Michael Shanks and Lexa Doig lunch, which grew into the above. Included in our company were the blog commentators L-Jade (pictured by your good self with me) and Arctic Goddess.
    What a wonderful treat and a memory I will treasure.
    How great it was also to talk Atlantis with Mr McCullough!

    Look forward to seeing Brad Wright swing by for his thoughts later on, via your blog. THank you again Mr M for meeting us at Fuel and for taking a pic at the “premier”!

    Talk again soon

    Off to Vij’s tomorrow night!

    Shirt’n’Tie

    PS Have signed a NDA for the movie, so I feel part of the Stargate Family!!

  86. Hi Joe – The Creme Brulee girls (puddlejumper and flygirl)want to thank you and Martin for a wonderful evening. Fuel is a superb restaurant – a definite 5-star dining experience. Thank you so much for sharing your evening with us, for posing for photographs and answering our many questions. We hope you enjoyed the Theo Chocolates from Seattle (Martin was “quality controling” the chocolates when your back was turned).

    Much success with Season 5!!

    Deb & Evelyn

  87. Please, Mr. M, please stop doing this to me. I’m going to end up in the hospital if the rumors I keep hearing are true. I know you won’t give out spoilers here, but I’m begging you, don’t kill off “Major” Lorne. My poor heart can’t take any more loss…

    I can’t even come up with a clever quip, my stomach is tied in so many knots. I’m really hoping it’s another “Major” that is being discussed here (and elsewhere) and that you didn’t give Evan his first name just so Shep could read it at during his eulogy.

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