Director Martin Gero welcomes all

Superfan prepares for stardom

S-s-s-s-s-so c-c-c-c-c-cold!

DOP Jim Menard enjoys the rain

Kurt shows off the guns

Shhh.  Don\'t tell the actors.

The gate and the DHD

The cannon

The event horizon

Final prep

Kurt entertains all with his Robot Waiter routine

Blast protection

Blast protection

“Hey, Gero’s about to blow something up!”I was informed. “Five minutes!” I set aside my work, grabbed my camera, and made my way down to the far end of the lot where Marty G. was directing this year’s trio of Superfan Promos. In the pouring rain. I found him umbrella-less and standing by while the FX crew ran through their final preparations for the stunt – measuring, discussing, adjusting. The ambulance idling by the Viz building was no doubt meant to be reassuring, but it ended up having the opposite effect.

“Clear the area!”came the call. We scrambled back, beyond the safety perimeter and behind the big plexi-glass shield and watched the monitor as Scott from the SFX department scurried up behind the cannon as if he were sneaking up on it, lit the fuse, then bolted for cover.

The flame burned all the way down and…petered out. Great, I thought. Now who the hell are they going to convince to go out there and re-light the damn thing? I heard Carl give a nervous chuckle and then – KABLAM!!! A chorus of car alarms rose up to fill the post-explosive silence.

I poked my head around the corner as the other producers came out of hiding. Crew members were already on the scene, putting out the spot fires with their handy extinguishers. “That was great!”enthused Carl, ever a fan of careful planning, skillful execution and blowing shit up.

A great time was had by all (especially Carl), and the promos turned out great. I’m just sorry I wasn’t around later that afternoon when they set BamBam on fire. Interestingly enough, James was voted “Most Flammable” in his graduating year.

Oh, and more big news on the BOTMC front. K.J. Bishop got back to me this morning (I believe she resides in Bangkok) to say: a) She’d love to come by and do a guest blog when we discuss The Etched City in July, and b) She’s an SG-1 fan (I can only assume that Atlantis has yet to make it’s way to Thailand). So, 3 for 3 on July’s book of the month club discussion: Jennifer Pelland, Kage Baker, and K.J. Bishop. Start your reading engines!

Today’s blog is dedicated to Chris Ashcroft for finishing what he started. Namely – his exams.

Mailbag:

Amy writes: “Do you listen to music when you write?”

Answer: I don’t.

Patricia writes: “Hey are you ever going to get that new Male Pug and name him Kobe?”

Answer: Don’t give my wife any ideas. She’s already making noise about a second frenchie

Dori writes: “Have you read any of the Wheel of Time books Robert Jordan?”

Answer: I haven’t.

Paloosa writes: “As you wrote “Whispers”, were you also thinking as an editor, or were you able to completely separate those creative processes?”

Answer: As I wrote Whispers, I was thinking as both a director and an editor as well.

Nika writes: “Do you have the opportunity to keep the longer version for the future DVD releases?”

Answer: Nope. The version released will be the version that airs.

Nika also writes: “Have you ever read The Big Eye by Max Ehrlich?”

Answer: I haven’t.

Fsmn36 writes: “Is 45 minutes your absolute most, so that Whispers is 45 minutes exact (with that 35 seconds down)? Or does SGA have a different time limit?”

Answer: “All of our episodes clock in at exactly the same length. Last year, it was 44:47.”

Gilder writes: “Here’s a photo of the first dog I walked at Animal Defense League. Finally followed through on the pledge to volunteer.”

Answer: You are a good person. It breaks my heart to see all of those little faces in desperate need of a home.

Demon Hunter writes: “Is there any particular chocolate that Carl Binder likes??”

Answer: Christopher Elbow Café chocolate bar.

Tina writes: “On a chocolatey note……what chocolate has Paul got in that pic?”

Answer: Christopher Elbow White Harvest chocolate bar.

Pilgrim writes: “If I recall correctly a while ago you said that Martin Gero would be directing an episode in the second half, is that still the case? And, if so, which episode will it be?”

Answer: He’ll be directing episode #15.

TBA writes: “Is the extreme Sheppard-whumpage episode still scheduled for season 5?”

Answer: It’s still floating around.

A.A. writes: “Sorry if this is sorta old news, but just read why Torri Higgison declined to participate in season five. This is her answer…[…]”

Answer: As I already mentioned, the last time Torri was on the show late in season four, she seemed genuinely excited at the prospect of the new storyline (and the fact that we hadn’t closed the door on Weir). Based on that reaction, we went ahead and wrote Ghost in the Machine. In the interview cited, Torri states she didn’t want to commit to a guest appearance because “it was very unclear as to what it was going to be, what they’re going to ask you to do, and it was unclear as to if it was going to be a tidying up of her or if it was gonna to continue to be a vague ‘is she here, is she not there.” Surprising given that she did receive a copy of the script. She followed up with a request for some sort of closure for the Weir character. After some discussion, we let her know we would accommodate that request. But, in the end, she decided to pass anyway.

Ptarmigan writes: “Have you read The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach (SF)?”

Answer: I haven’t.

06untouchable writes: “Is any explanation given in Whispers as to how the all-female team came about within the context of the story?”

Answer: Yes, there is.

LadyConure writes: “It’s been a L O N G time since I’ve been able to do anything more than a quick “read through” of your (or anybody else’s!) blog.”

Answer: Welcome back, Alice. You’ve been missed.

Jenn writes: “1. Will there be any sort of epic episodes in S5 with big (space) battles, explosions and the like? Like BAMSR and The Return and such?  2. What’s the outlook on Shep whump for the back half of the season? Any word on Hexed yet?”

Answer: 1. Daedaus Variations will be big.  2. As I said, still floating around.

84 thoughts on “May 15, 2008: Marty G. blows something up

  1. Hey Joe. For the Super Fan videos, do you use the same Stargate for the videos every year?

    Really cool pictures by the way.

  2. Are any of you Stargate people gamers?

    If so, Will any of you be checking out this little upcoming online game called “Stargate Worlds”?

  3. I finished my exams today as well. Can I get a blog dedication too? 😉

    I look forward to seeing those fan promos, the ones on Marty’s MySpace are great.

  4. Ah Joe,
    Awesome Post & Pic’s…. thank you soooooo much!

    Go Fondy! A new puppy…that is what is needed to add to the brood and to increase the floating hair count in the household! Besides Joe, you did get all those link rollers the other day, so how bad could it be… ha…chew! God bless you!

    Giggles,
    Patricia

  5. Wait…Marty G is directing 515? Oh…I guess that’s the “Martin Gero Spectacular” you mentioned…Hmmm…

    Ok, I’m confused now. Do you mind clarifying something for me?

    So far, after the mid-season 2-parter, thanks to you, we know that:

    Outsiders (512) = written by Alan McCullough
    Inquisition = written by Alex Levine
    Prodigal = written by Carl Binder
    Episode 15 = now written by you, directed + pitched by Martin Gero
    Remnants (516) = now written by Martin Gero, used to be written by you
    Episode 17 = unknown
    Episode 18 = unknown
    “CSI Atlantis” (519) = written/directed by Rob Cooper
    100th Episode = written by Paul Mullie

    Is that list correct? If not, do you mind telling me where I’ve got it wrong?

    Thanks in advance. This is…er…relatively very important. In fact, if you have the time, do you mind emailing me the answer? I want to straighten something out at Gateworld as soon as I can.

  6. Hello, Mr. Mallozzi! I don’t comment often, but I always enjoy your blog, and the wonderful pictures you include. Now, for my point: do you happen to know any classy, well-priced Japanese restaurants with fantastic food in Toronto?

  7. Just a quick drop in to say… I love u! Too bad you’re so far away and we’re both so married 😉 har har. My work has been he((ishly busy, somewhat in a good way, so I’ve missed all the cool comments to your posts 🙁 for the last oh, few weeks. But I really enjoy just checking into the blog to see what you’re up to and what’s going on in Atlantis. Maybe things will calm down (instead of up, as Teal’c knows) soon and I’ll be back into reading all the posts. Until then… keep at it Joe!! It’s a highlight of my day.

  8. G’day Joe
    It is always fun blowing stuff up.
    Looks cold, everybody is rugged up in their woolies.
    Have a nice day.

    Janet

  9. Hi… delurking to say that I think you’re doing a fantastic thing with the BOTMC. As a teacher (of 10 year olds), I get to fully appreciate the importance of instilling a love of reading, and nurturing that enthusiasm. So thank you. 🙂

    Thanks also for SGA… I’m a recent, um… convert… addict… having just finished catching up with the past seasons while trying to catch Season 4 in between bouncing back and forth between the UK and the US – which actually makes watching TV quite an art form reliant on DVD recorders and the like. I’m still trying to figure out how to get SGA into my classroom. (I’m currently thinking the unit of study on ‘Dramatic Conventions).

    Recently caught up with Paul in the UK, (Connor Trinneer too as a matter of fact – but don’t worry, neither of them would say anything that hasn’t already been said elsewhere, despite my machinations to the contrary). Paul spoke very highly of you, and your generosity on the chocolate front after I gave him his ‘Carson-Care Package’ of chocolate fromt he UK.

    Guess that makes you pretty much an all round good guy… hoping to be able to participate in BOTMC once the workload for school slows down toward summer… thanks again.

  10. Hey Joe!

    Sounds like you guys had a Mythbuster’s-esque day today. An explosive set-up behind the plexi-glass….with a delayed fuse. Sounds like something Jamie and Adam Savage would love, you should send them the photos and story. 😛

    Well, glad to see you folks are having a ball while taping, and it’s great to see and hear. Keep it up!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  11. A bedraggled Martin G. Bam Bam about to go pyro, a Stargate and booms. We owe you for braving the elements on such short notice to bring us those great pics. And even more fantastic news on you batting 1.000 now on authors participating in the blog book reviews. I’m looking foward to Daedalus Variations, the moreso since we have the promise of space battles. I hope we get some nice Caldwell scenes. Of course, I’m looking forward to the bloody trailers for season five at this point. Your blog is helping, but withdrawal sypmtoms are starting to surface. The only bad thing about the season premiere is its timing. I’ll have to make arrangements at Shore Leave to ensure that I don’t miss it. Hopefully the Klingon Feast won’t last too late. If it does, I will have to risk the ire of drunken warriors to watch the premiere. Thanks for the fun, informative, and EARLY post tonight..

  12. If you don’t mind me asking, why do the pictures look like an anime version of the Stargate?

    And on the question (which was brought up a while ago, but only really read it recently) as for Richard Woolsey or Robert Picardo, why was the decision made to only include him in 14 episodes of the season, was it a actor issue or a productive one to keep it the same as Carter in season 4?

  13. My RSS reader was open in a small window, so the title of this post showed up as “Marty G. blows”. Here I was hoping for Stargate producer infighting, and it turned out to be mundane explosions.

  14. I’ve been re-watching some old episodes and every time I come across Weir I get a little bit sad. Not that I dislike how season 4 happened, “but…..”

  15. Doesn’t everyone love to blow shit up?!! Thx fer update

    Any word on Hexed yet? As I said, still floating around.
    Please rescue! Dry off with Turkish towel then start engine, full steam ahead…
    DD

  16. Thailand has to get SGA!! That’s where I’m going to move to in a few years. Ah well, I guess Australia is two seasons behind anyway. I’ll take some DVD’s for KJ Bishop 🙂

    Great about getting K.J Bishop on too. You must have some amazing powers of persuasion.

    Another Frenchie! The terrible two they would be. Would you consider adopting? Although can’t imagine French Bulldogs being abandoned too often.

    Did everyone do the little school boy snigger when it went KABLAM?!

  17. Hi Joe!

    Marty G. goes BOOM!? Cooool. 🙂

    Hmmm….question, question. Should I have a question? Is that the kind of question that functions well as a question here? Hmmmm….

    Do you like goat cheese?

    Have you ever had jerky, and if so, did you like it?

    Did the main Atlantis set get a new paint job for S5?

    Have a lovely evening!

    eddy
    *recovering from Supernatural season finale*

  18. “But, in the end, she decided to pass anyway.”

    For a moment there I thought you wrote “pass away” *g*

    Have they decided on a premier date for season 5?

  19. While searching for K.J Bishop’s book on ebook first (waiting for delivery of Sony Reader) I found an ebook site and it says that if I am from Bhutan I can purchase it, but Australia is a no go.

    I would love to travel to Bhutan one day. And not because of the massive reading population. Let alone the ebook reading population. It’s the last place on Earth where everything is still in balance with nature, the residing monks share the land and their temples with the animals, complete harmony, peace, quiet, devoid of any signs of the modern world …. so in other words the Internet download rate would be a real PIA for so many reasons; firstly no electricity!

    I know it all comes down to Copyright laws but I did have a chuckle at the list of countries that were able to download… especially when I pictured the locals standing in their deer skins and guinea pig fur shoes, Tibetan prayer flags flapping in the background, reading the latest Harry Potter, on an electronic device.

    Guess you had to be there.

  20. Hey again Joe, sorry I know I’m maing a habit of asking 2 questions everyday. However, I would like your advice. What do you suggest I say or do when people at my High School tease me because I like Stargate? I brought it u one day and needless to say, no one has forgotten.

  21. Are you a fan of Mexican food? I’m heading to San Francisco tomorrow and will be sampling the fish tacos at Mijita Cocina Mexicana – Traci des Jardin’s place, along with some soul food at The Front Porch. Will try to provide reviews and pics.

  22. Woohoo! Blowing things up! Fire! Car alarms from the shock wave!!!

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

    Marty a burner perchance? Some of the staff/crew must be!

  23. Awww….I am so glad they’re doing more of the Superfan promos! Those are HILARIOUS!!! Can’t wait to see the final product.

    Apparently the BEAUTIFUL weather today in Seattle didn’t make it as far north as Vancouver. We’re in for a nice weekend as well….hope it starts to look the same for you too! That rain stuff is really getting old.

  24. I’ve been reading the blog for sometime, and finally decided to comment. I just wanted to say that you have me feeling like a little kid waiting for Christmas to arrive. I am soooo looking forward to seeing “Whispers.”

  25. I think Martin Gero had a lot of fun 😀 and blowing something up is always great! why 44:47? I always thought it was more or less 42 minutes. regarding Torri’s decision to not appear in season 5 and your answer: I really think we (as in “fans”) should move on, as you and the other writers/producers etc most certainly already have. I enjoyed s1-3, thought season 4 was awesome and am really looking forward to season 5! oh by the way I’m not sure if this is a mistake but according to your answer she did in fact reveive a copy of the script. however a few months ago you claimed she didn’t. anyway will you be shooting the whole second half in june/july/august or only the remaining episodes (how many would that be?)?

  26. Oh how I love those superfan ads. They crack me up Every time I see them on TV. I was wondering however, will they be released on any DVD’s in the future? I think it would be great to see them and be able to watch over and over again.

  27. “Apparently the BEAUTIFUL weather today in Seattle didn’t make it as far north as Vancouver. We’re in for a nice weekend as well….hope it starts to look the same for you too! That rain stuff is really getting old.”

    It was a little ugly in the morning, but since then it has been a very beautiful day here in Vancouver. It’s been Sunny and hot, and the weekend is supposed to get even Hotter, predicted to be around 30 Degrees Celsuis, or around 85 Fahrenheit which is almost unheard of around here. I for one am Dreading it because We don’t have Air Conditioning in my house.

  28. Once again I find myself bemoaning the fact that I do not have a job that requires me to blow things up. This could only enhance my world, I feel.

  29. It looks like you were having some absolutely gorgeous weather up there today 😉

    It’s all hot and humid here… it makes for terrible running weather!!!

  30. TBA writes: “Is the extreme Sheppard-whumpage episode still scheduled for season 5?”

    Answer: It’s still floating around.

    But is there any chance of it being thrown a life preserver or is it more likely to be going down for the third time?

  31. Marty G. blows something up

    “Naturally.” 🙄

    Quick question – do any of the SGA actors ever get booked on late night shows like Leno, Conan, or Letterman? It would be great to see them out there pitching the show before the new season starts up.

    das

  32. @Angelus – I’m not a gamer but I’ll definately be making an exception for Stargate Worlds

    @Narelle from Aus – Yeah sux we are so far behind. Last episode I saw on DVD was Sunday.. I got real choked up..

    Look forward to seeing the new superfan vid.. eventually..

    Joe, do you know what they made the cannon out of?

  33. Hey Joe! I haven’t been able to keep up with your blog too much recently, just got done with final exams a week ago, and I’ve been even more busy since school let out… but I’m planning on joining in on the book discussions this month, and I’m excited about that!

    One question: what’s the status of BamBam being on American Gladiators? is that still in the works? anything we can do to help it along? 🙂

  34. OMG I love the Superfan spots – they make me laugh every time.

    I had a friend who use to stuff firecrackers into potatoes and toss them off his back porch like mini-grenades. Worked pretty well too. Er… except for all the potato guts strewn across the yard. Not that I’m suggesting anyone else make any potato bombs, but it was kinda fun. 😛

    And having a job where people specifically come find you so you can watch someone blowing something up… now that just rocks in any universe.

    July is waaay to far away, Joe!

    Nika

  35. Answer: “All of our episodes clock in at exactly the same length. Last year, it was 44:47.”

    Does that imply the length was different in prior years? How has the length changed over the life of the franchise? Are there actually more commercials, or am I just more annoyed by them?

  36. Joe ==

    I’m envious of your weather. It was almost 100F in San Francisco today. We just aren’t prepared for this.

    I saw at a gourmet grocery store today that Vosges has mass produced several of their ice creams. Have you tried any of them? Do you have a recommendation?

    When you decided to make next months BOTM all female authors, did you consider any books by Lois McMaster Bujold? She is a fabulous writer and has won the Hugo and Nebula multiple times.

  37. Joe

    YOU have one great job.. An explosion here, a hike there, chocolate here ,there and everywhere.. Eating out, clowning around, excitement every day.. Your boredom threshold’s got to be very high.. or is it low Anyway You are one lucky dude..

    Dori

  38. @David. We’ve all been there, mine was Star Trek 30 years ago. I decided to wear my fandom with pride because it takes guts to be different. I think in retrospect with some it was jealousy that I had the balls to be different while they were just following the current trend lemming-like. Just be yourself and laugh with them at yourself, there isn’t much anyone can do in the face of that level of maturity.

    Well THAT was a big fat waste of time, i see two count ’em TWO pictures and the rest are blank! *mutters, cusses and kicks stupid computer*

  39. HA! got’em! opened another page instead.
    Are those mutant butterflies attacking that gate thingy? LOL
    and I wondered who stole my metal dustbins, it was you guys and look what you did with them! wish I’d thought of that. its good therapy blowing shit up. we should all do it twice a day.

  40. Hi Joe,

    Marty G looks like he’s having fun! Bam Bam gets set on fire!
    “BOOM!” Sounds like that day was really great!
    Cool pic’s too!
    The weather here in Sydney is cold as we are heading into winter in the next few weeks!

    Take Care & happiness always!

    Cathie

  41. Those car alarms going off were almost as surprising as the explosion preceding them! you should have seen us poor trafic lockers jump and hear the officer laughing out loud…like he’s doing that everyday…right ! but at least it was distracting us from the pouring rain 😉
    Thankfully today was a lot better on this side!
    With the pleasure of eventually meeting you next week on set or another time, thanks again for reviewing my resume and giving advices.
    Enjoy your long weekend.

  42. I cant WAIT for Martin’s new trailers. I loved the first 3 soooo much. There such a good idea!
    Also Im glad you’ve finally finished ‘Whispers’ and I cant wait for the ep. Oh one more thing, great turtle names I thought they were VERY appropriate, your so nice ^^

  43. @ McWraith (kool name ^^)
    “Yeah sux we are so far behind. Last episode I saw on DVD was Sunday.. I got real choked up..”

    Yes Prime SUX! lol I gave up and now just buy the dvds too. Season 4 is released here on sep 3rd. Im excited ^^

  44. Looks like Marty G had a lot of fun apart from shivering in the cold and wet. LOL I havent been around for a while cos I have been sick but hopefully can keep up to date now.

    Can you dedicate your next blog to all the kids in the UK who are doing their GCSE exams, my son had his first yesterday.
    hugs
    Siberian Squirell.

  45. “Clear the area!”came the call. We scrambled back, beyond the safety perimeter and behind the big plexi-glass shield and watched the monitor as Scott from the SFX department scurried up behind the cannon as if he were sneaking up on it, lit the fuse, then bolted for cover.

    Ooh sounds like Mythbusters.

    The flame burned all the way down and…petered out.

    Definitely like Mythbusters!

    Looks and sounds like you had a blast. **groans**

    I love the Superfan promos, especially the Joe ones.

    Cheers, Chev

  46. Okay! I’m almost set for July. I just ordered my copy of Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland. I didn’t get a chance to finish The Keep in time to put any worthwhile comments or questions to the last discussion… and I really wanted to…. but maybe this time real life will work with me. See you then if not before. *grin*

  47. Have you tried anything from Lake Champlain Chocolate? They are based in Vermont (I live there for a time) and their 5 Star Bars are amazing, especially the caramel. God how I miss them.

  48. Hello Joe.

    Here again, time for a good long ramble down the street of wishful thinking with the possibility of a slight detour off into insanity lane.
    Here goes,

    Question the first, will there be any new recurring wraith characters in season five? Possibly played by Brendan Penny who did such a good job of filling in for Chris?

    Question the second, when wraith cull what do they do if they sweep up young children? Eat them, send them back, train them to be worshippers when they grow up? what?

    Question the third, are there any hand to hand wraith fights to look forward to next season? Like the one between Teyla and Steve or Ronon and the bald wraith.

    Question the fourth, (we’re detouring here) what are the chances of us ever getting a half naked male wraith on our screens? (yes, i am serious). There would of course be a completely logical reason why this was. The above mentioned fight scene would look very good. More likely though is a medical reason. An injured wraith, *coughtoddcough* having trouble healing needing medical attention. I’m sure you could convince one of the actors to spend some extra time in the makeup chair. It’s only fair, Shep, Ronon even Sam have showed off, their fans had some fun now what about the wraith fans?
    It would also get us one step closer to answering that burning question, ‘are wraith really green ALL over.’ Enquiring minds wish to know.

    Question the fifth, did you read wraithies story about you and us? (I’m going to keep asking.)

    DAS. Don’t clean Shawn the condemned wraiths goblet, we can clone him from the drool!

    And now having throughly creeped you all out (and hogged the page) i shall slink away.

    Waves.

  49. I love explosions! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Were anyone’s cars damaged or did the alarms just go off because of the shockwave or whatever? Great pics!

    Jessica

  50. That’s great news about the June BOTMC authors. I’m really looking forward to it. So for this month I’ve had luck with The Blade Itself, but not the others. So I’ll be making the most of next week’s discussion then working on finding the June selections.

    Hey, that kind of exploding looks fun! It kinda reminds me of the time my sister had a stove incident which almost lead to an explosion of sorts. She was freaking out because the stove spontaneously set on fire while she was in the kitchen. I came in to see what was wrong, took one look at the fire licking up the wall, grabbed a saucepan and put it over the fire. Sometimes you gotta be creative.

    Narelle, if I have luck finding The Etched City in print for Australia, would you like me to let you know? I know I can get really frustrated with finding books in Australia, or that will come to Australia in time, so if you’d like me to pass on any details if I have luck, I’m happy to do so.

  51. I just can’t stay away from a good explosion.

    Plexi-glass shield? Wimps.

    Sigh. I just deleted a wildly funny and inappropriate explosion story because one doesn’t post felonious activities on an open forum, does one? Car alarms for two blocks, sledgehammers and shrapnel, I’m a cheap date.

    Theoretically speaking.

  52. What?!?! You’re blowing up someone from the medical department on Atlantis!? (The yellow jacket tipped me off) So who will take care of them when they’re hurt? Of was it just a jacket that was grabbed?

  53. I don’t think we get those super fan ads here (England), I could be wrong, but the last ones I saw were on youtube. It’s unfair because I like seeing stuff blown up as much as the next person! 🙂 Oh well. It’s nice to know that you have time for such restful activities in between all the work you do. All work and no play makes Joe a pyromaniac.

    Is it hard for the props team to make things for these adverts that are supposed to look so much more substanderd to what they usually produce or to you think that they find it a nice change?

  54. I too can’t wait for july to be over, that will mean my daughter is married and….wait what am I saying???I’m not OLD enough to have a married daughter!!! Shit I AM that old.*hangs head dejectedly and wonders where the time went* I guess that means grandkids will be next then. Does this mean I’m going to have to grow up? cuz I can tell you. Never happen!!

  55. Coucou *=) sa va Joseph??

    ici aussi il y’a plue aujourd’huii! Yéééé!!!!! Je suis impatiente de voir “Superfan Promos” sa va être encore trés drole^^!!

    Enfin le week end!!!
    Super toute ces questions.
    Kissou Kissou!!
    A bientot =)

  56. Hello, Mr. Mallozzi!

    We know Rodney has a sister. We know Sheppard has a brother. But when it comes to Ronon and Teyla we don’t know if they had or have any siblings. We will ever learn any back story for these two characters?

    Also, will there be any conflicts, confrontations, etc. between the team-mates, team and/or team-mates with the new management as in Reunion or Spoils in Season 4 – in the coming Season 5 of SGA.

    Thank you.

  57. @NeKo – Thanks for the info on season 4. That would have been my next question to you all.

    BTW, my nickname McWraith is like my surname but with a stargate twist. Thought I’d better clarify in case some people are thinking I’m promoting some kind of fanfic kink i.e. mckay/wraith.. I’m not – although I’m sure someone has already thought of it :\

  58. Long-time lurker who finally decided to comment. My cousin and I read your blog everyday (she wanted me to mention that she loves your dogs!) Have you ever thought about getting a French bulldog/pug mix?

    Molly

  59. I’m a bit confused by some contradictory seeming statements on your blog. On February 10th, you said

    “Aquarian writes: “Hey, Mister M. I was wondering if it’s possible to find out why Ms Higginson declined.”

    Answer: I understand the fans’ desire to support Torri, but I don’t find it fair or helpful to speculate on the reasons for her declining the offer. As I wrote in yesterday’s entry, we fully respect and support Torri’s decision and wish her all the best. For the record, however, it wasn’t a specific script issue. The content of the script (which has yet to be delivered) was never even discussed.”

    But you answered a question above with

    “A.A. writes: “Sorry if this is sorta old news, but just read why Torri Higgison declined to participate in season five. This is her answer…[…]”

    Answer: As I already mentioned, the last time Torri was on the show late in season four, she seemed genuinely excited at the prospect of the new storyline (and the fact that we hadn’t closed the door on Weir). Based on that reaction, we went ahead and wrote Ghost in the Machine. In the interview cited, Torri states she didn’t want to commit to a guest appearance because “it was very unclear as to what it was going to be, what they’re going to ask you to do, and it was unclear as to if it was going to be a tidying up of her or if it was gonna to continue to be a vague ‘is she here, is she not there.” Surprising given that she did receive a copy of the script. She followed up with a request for some sort of closure for the Weir character. After some discussion, we let her know we would accommodate that request. But, in the end, she decided to pass anyway.”

    I was confused because in the first answer you said the script wasn’t discussed, but in the later answer you mentioned she was given a copy of the script. What happened?

    Take care.

  60. Hello, I keep asking for status and storyline outline for Tyela but you never respons. Are you personally not writing any stories for this character?

  61. Bit late to the party as not able to get online much these days, just wanted to say to Narelle from Aus – I just finished reading Matter, the latest Iain M Banks book, and it’s another really good one. It’s a Culture novel but deals not only with the Culture (and Contact/Special Circumstances) but also the other races, and levels of races, in the universe and how they interact. Really good characters and a gripping storyline that follows separate threads which slowly all start to intermingle to build to a dramatic finale. As ever, his wordlbuilding is just incredible – detailed and vivid and imaginative.

    It took me a while to get into the story (it’s a BIG book!) but I’ve had a lot of time to read this week and got really into it and hooked by the story and just whizzed through it. Give it a go.

  62. H
    Can you clear something up please, there have been some leaked spoilers about “The Lost Tribe” with mention of the Asgard reappearing can you confirm if they are the bad guys you mentioned or is that another alien race.

    Many Thanks,

    Wass

  63. Joe,
    Thanks for the information on the book discusion. I hope to participate, I have a few questions that I would like to ask Mr. Abercrombie. It is also great that you were able to get all three authors to do BOTMC. Leave it to Martin G. to blow things up. Im glad it went well and I hope to see the superfan videos soon. And just one last question…do you ever get tired of people asking about Torri Higginson? I know I would be if i was constantly asked about her. Take care and have a great weekend.
    Lindsay

  64. @ BlueJay – I asked Bam Bam about the ‘half-naked’ thing…only I said ‘shirtless’… *wonders what gutter BlueJay’s mind is in…* 😉

    I’m thinking along the lines of old kung fu movies, with the fighter stripped to the waist, long hair flowing as he moves. It’s just a stunning visual, and would be cool to see with the Wraith simply because they have that whole ‘martial artist’ thing going on anyway. And it would be a challenge, perhaps, for the make-up/fx department…especially since we’ve never seen a shirtless Wraith before. Who knows, maybe they have six nipples, or something… 😕

    das

  65. Hey Joe!

    I’ve been busy plotting and planning both of my girls’ birthday parties. And NOW I’m all caught up on the blog.

    I think it’s great you are having a BOTMC “Girl Power Spectacular” in July. And all three authors are going to join us cool folk here! What a treat! 😀

    I have a confession to make. Every time I hear about having to edit the epis to fit the correct time limit I get this icky feeling. The kind of feeling most kids get when their mom tells them to clean their room INCLUDING under the bed and in the closet. *shudder* And then to hear about all the minutes you had to cut… it breaks my heart. I would TOTALLY love a director’s cut of EVERY epi!!! 😀 Director’s cuts RULE! Usually. *cough*Peter Jackson’s King Kong*cough* Any chance we could see director’s cuts of Stargate epis? Even though I have bought all the shows, I’d buy them again if it means a couple extra minutes per epi. To prove I mean business I have TWO sets of LOTRs. Yup, TWO (2)!

    Okay, I have goodie bags to fill.

    You enjoy your weekend, too! 🙂

    Trish

  66. Quote

    Answer: You are a good person. It breaks my heart to see all of those little faces in desperate need of a home

    End Quote

    Breaks my heart that I can’t have animals at home due the allergies. This will go a long way towards easing that pain. Hope to see a few go to “forever homes” at adoption event tomorrow.

    Gilder

  67. Marty G is a handsome devil!! Do you think he’ll ever get a blog? I know I’d read it every day. Right after I read yours of course. =) Thanks as always, for the great pictures.

  68. Question: Super Fan promos? Can’t recall that I’ve ever seen one…unless that’s another name for the Get In the Gate contest promos.

    Gilder

  69. Gilder says: Hope to see a few go to “forever homes” at adoption event tomorrow.

    In my spare time (ha like who has any these days) I foster animals for the local Humane Society or SPCA. They’re just at the stage where they’re trashing my house. 😛 I’ve bottle fed day old kittens to 8 weeks old and let me tell you, that’s an awesome feeling to see them do so well, but the 2 hour feedings is hard. Right now I have a mother cat who was skin and bones when I got her and nicely plump now… and five incredibly cute, fluffy kittens.

    Right now the 5 kittens have been aptly named Johnny, Ronon, Teyla, Keller, and McKay. ^_^ And surprisingly enough… the personalities almost seem to match. McKay has already tried to chew through my network cable, and spends most of his time trying to figure out how to get inside my DVD player. Ronon beats everyone up except Teyla, who kicks his furry little butt. John’s the ham who spends most of the time swinging from my curtains, and Keller’s a sweetie who just likes to cuddle.

    It’s all good in the SGA household.

    Nika

  70. Really neat you can get those authors to participate!. you are so popular, how cool, I never cease to be amazed at the internet and its far reaching ability! And enjoyed the blow-up pictures, that cannon really worked!, is there anything left of it? Glad you all didn’t need the ambulance. 😉 I have to put my reading hat on, I love a challenge, hope I am up to it. What brand of camera is yours,? Do pixels really matter in what you shoot? Thanks for sharing.

  71. I have been wondering why there are no pictures of the main cast when you have posted pictures. Is there some new look they all have other than ronans shorter hair?

  72. wow!!!
    I from Israel and I really love stargate sg1 and atlantis(I was so sad that sg1 cancelled…!)
    So this is rocks!!!
    the stargate that you made with the water is cool!!!
    And 1 more thing…:
    Amanda Tapping!!! I-LOVE-YOU!!!YOU SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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