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Exciting stuff today! The Belmont Stakes was run, the third leg in the Triple Crown. Now, normally, I’m not into horse racing but today’s event offered potential history in the making. Big Brown, an American thoroughbred, had a shot to be the first horse in thirty years to win the Triple Crown. That’s the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont! Would history be made? Would the seemingly unstoppable favorite win the race? Or would he be denied by some upset-minded dark horse? I settled in, turned on the t.v., and watched – not the Belmont Stakes, but an onscreen message that read “Please stand by for the satellite signal. Thank You for your patience”. Sure, I’ll admit it was more entertaining than America’s Got Talent, but I kind of had my heart set on watching something else. I phoned up my local cable provider and after spending a good ten minutes negotiating their automated response service, I finally got a real human being. I explained the situation and she ran me through a number of trouble-shooting tips that ranged from restarting my receiver to going outside to make sure someone hadn’t made off with my satellite dish. Nothing worked. Finally, she instructed me to turn on every t.v. in the house. She would send a software update to my receivers within the next fifteen minutes to an hour. “That solves the problem ninety-five percent of the time,”she assured me. “So, is there anything else I can help you with today?” I paused. Anything else? What the hell else could she help me with? We’re getting the floors done on Wednesday. Could she come by and help me move the night tables out of the master bedroom? No? Well, she couldn’t really help me get my satellite up and running either. Three hours later, and it’s still not working. What are the chances? Oh, I’d say about 5%.

Today, I revised my first draft and shaved the script down to a manageable 56 pages. I celebrated by getting online in the mistaken belief that I would be able to book our Asia trip. I juggled schedules, flights, and hotels before finally giving up and making myself a bowl of oatmeal instead. That I can do. I’ll leave the vacation planning to the professionals. Either a travel agent or my wife.

Today’s pics and video: Since I received a number of requests…

 

 

 

Mailbag:

PG15 writes: “1. Do shelved stories actually see the light of day ever again? Have there been shelved stories that have been picked up later on?

2. Is Todd still slated for 3 episodes this season?

3. Is Halling going to appear this season?”

Answers: 1. Occasionally although, off the top of my head, I can’t remember one. There’s always a very good reason why a story is shelved. 2. Maybe one more. 3. Nope.

Shawna Bunchanan writes: “I’ve got another casting question for you. When you (or whoever does it) go through the headshots that agents send, how important is the resume?”

Answer: Unless we’re casting for a particular skill (ie. An actor who can juggle chainsaws), it’s not important at all. We hire the best actor.

Shawna Buchanan also writes: “If an actor has little to no experience, or if their resume is comprised largely of school experience, what are the chances of getting called for an audition?”

Answer: We use a casting director who is contact with various talent agencies around town. She’ll send out the call for a certain type and they’ll send back a list of clients who they deem appropriate.

TBA writes: “I noticed you already decided on the stories of episodes 519 and 520 before doing the other ones – does this mean ep 519 and 520 are somewhat linked?”

Answer: Two very different stories, but they’re linked.

Tim the Technician writes: “After reading about the initial outlines of most of season 5, is ‘Monkey in the Control Room’ as you put before us the original title of Ghost in the Machine, The Prodigal or another episode of season 5?”

Answer: Monkey in the Control Room = Ghost in the Machine.

David writes: “Hey Joe…I know I said I wouldn’t ask any question today, but I sent you another e-mail, could you please respond to it!”

Answer: If you’re looking for a quick response, ask your question here. Sometimes, it takes weeks for me to get around to my yahoo account.

Kaite writes: “Will Sheppard not have a focused eppy like the rest of the cast this year?”

Answer: CSI: Atlantis will be Sheppard-focused.

Apk51 writes: “When you type up a script on your laptop, do you use any special software?”

Answer: We use MovieMagic Screenwriter.

Jon K. writes: “How come nobody understands Zelenka then?”

Answer: Because he’s not really Czech. He’s just speaking gibberish.

Narelle from Aus writes: “I see you are reading Ian Watson. I have a few of his books on my Reader but haven’t started any yet. Worthwhile?”

Answer: Too early to tell.

Silian Martreb writes: “That being said: if Teyla is speaking Athosian and understanding what people on planet 123-XYZ are saying (because of the translator nanites), what allows the people on planet 123-XYZ to understand Teyla, if they’ve never stepped through the gate?”

Answer: The fact that Teyla has gone through the gate to meet them.

MysteryMadchen writes: “In a post a few months ago you mentioned that Shep, Mckay and, one other, Ronon I think, would be an equal split for infirmary time, without the Shep whump epi will that still hold true?”

Answer: Yes.

AscendedTauri writes: “Is the Carl episode that takes a dark turn you’re referring to “Prodigal”?”

Answer: No.

RangerOne writes: “I thought you or Paul Mullie had final say on casting decisions as showrunners which now I have seen may not be the case.”

Answer: If we really wanted to undermine a casting decision that Carl or Martin had made we could certainly do so. But Carl and Martin are perfectly capable of running their own episodes and while Paul and I will certainly weigh in with our opinions, there has never been a time when we have forced the issue.

RangerOne also writes: “I guess I am more disturbed why a position of importance like the captain of a Travelers’ ship has now been twice portrayed by a young, very attractive female?”

Answer: Truthfully? Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard. We told him we’d be happy to set up such a character given the right circumstances. The Travelers gave us that opportunity .

RangerOne also writes: “ In regards to my subjective comment about acting, I have seen large differences of opinion by “fans” on the acting skill (or lack there of) of performers. While it may be easy for most people to distinguish between great and terrible performers (Tom Hanks and Pauly Shore, respectively,) there is a lot of ground in the middle that some fans may not be skilled enough to determine nor may not be objective enough to separate between the actor and the role they are portraying.”

Answer: True, however, when you bring someone in for an audition, they are on an even playing field with the other actors. Having worked in this industry long enough, you can’t help but become aware of the tricks used to disguise a poor performance. For instance, if much of an actor’s dialogue is played over another’s reaction, then you know something is up. If the camera can’t sit on an actor for more than five seconds without cutting over to someone else, that’s another bad sign. In the audition room, it’s a straight-up performance with nowhere to hide. Trust me when I say that it’s not that hard to tell the talented performers from the not-so-talented ones.

 

88 thoughts on “June 7, 2008: Paris named “Frenchest City”. Philadelphia a close second.

  1. Hey Joe. Do you decide ahead of time how long a certain character is going to be around? For example, did you already decide that Carter would only stay on Atlantis for one season?

    Thanks Joe.

  2. Joe

    Big Brown was slated to have a chance to win the triple crown and he came in last!! What’s with that.. Seems sort of fishy to me.. Too bad he failed so miserably for the run for the roses!! Oh well… nothing we can do about it.. Love your Title intros..

    Dori

  3. Mr. M. posted:

    RangerOne writes: “I guess I am more disturbed why a position of importance like the captain of a Travelers’ ship has now been twice portrayed by a young, very attractive female?”

    Answer: Truthfully? Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard. We told him we’d be happy to set up such a character given the right circumstances. The Travelers gave us that opportunity .

    I believe the question was why couldn’t she have been closer to Sheppard’s age? You didn’t answer that. It would have made sense, based on the rank held by the two characters (commanders of ships), for the women to be over over 40. How did you describe the roles when you sent out the casting call?

    Anne Teldy

  4. What a coincidence about you trying to watch the Belmont Stakes. My husband and I sat down to watch after we DVR’d it and it won’t play for more than a few seconds at a time without stopping. No amount of resetting the dvr will get it to work, either. Fortunately it’s going to replay tonight so I can try to get it then.

  5. The pups look happily dazed. And glad to hear you’re going to have a vacation with some travel and real down time during hiatus. Also hope that Big Brown will be ok.

    And I feel your pain when it comes to technical problems. I’m in agony, I can’t view your video’s! For me, Photobucket has never worked. It just flutters helplessly like a heart in V-fib. No images, nada, just useless spasming. It might be cool to watch if I was on drugs back in the ‘60’s, but all I’m getting now is a headache. I can’t find anyplace on the site or my computer to poke at. And that’s as technical as I get. Any suggestions?

  6. Hey Joe,

    I’m online planning our Asia holiday as we speak too. So many choices! We’re heading to Thailand. Flights are going fast! It’ll be 2-3 weeks with no internet connection. Eeeek yet mmmmmm.

    In relation to the translator nanites. When broached with such a difficult question by non-watchers of the show I have to resort to the most logical answer… “It’s TV – make something up”. Stops the conversation quickly, but leaves me not having to make up some special way as to how it all works. I’m lazy.

    Chev! Good to see you back! Thanks for the link 🙂
    I was watching Sci Fi on Friday too and saw that. I had this creepy feeling when they said it was audio downloads. It reminded me of the old days when at the impressionable age of 5 or 6 it would be Daddy/Daughter time…

    Dad would search through his LP’s for his favourite; War of the Worlds.

    Silently he would slip the LP from the cover and carefully place it on the turntable.

    He’d hand me the album cover so I could follow the pictures with the story. Bloodied faces, red weed, alien machines with green glowing eyes. And then he would act out some of it. “Imagine, those machines walking down our street now”. I’d look outside and imagine that.

    Each time I heard that “No one would have believed…” introduction my stomach turned to butterflies. And the sound of that lid turning on the alien craft and the creepy da da da da dadum music and the … WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING DAD?!

    It explains so much. *gazes into distance*

  7. I’m a big fan of Martin Wood. Will he be directing, producing, starring in or have any other connection with SGA in S5?

  8. Thanks for the puppy pictures!!! Do they have puppy friends over to play often?

    And thanks also for explaining how you cast people (so you have to have an agent… dang!). Just out of curiosity, are all the background extras cast in the same way?

  9. I guess I don’t really care whether my scifi has too much “reality” in it, as long as the stories are good. If I wanted reality, I wouldn’t be watching scifi, I figure. I don’t even watch the news, because reality sucks a lot of the time! If I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for life-sucking space vampires, I can accept that other planets are populated primarily by attractive young woman who often show a lot of cleavage, or at least never wear loose-fitting clothing. I’m not being sarcastic, and I’m certainly not painting either Stargate series as more guilty of that than any other TV show. At least on Stargate shows those lovely ladies are quite often very smart or very courageous, or both. Teyla may show a lot of midriff, but she’s not going on missions in stilettos, and she’s more likely to be doing the rescuing than being rescued. I can live with that. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy seeing Sheppard interested in someone who doesn’t shop in the “petite” section, because that would be good, too. I just want a good story.

    Trust me when I say that it’s not that hard to tell the talented performers from the not-so-talented ones.

    I like to watch old movies, but sometimes the acting makes me cringe. I know there was a style that was required, and I always wonder how anyone could tell through the required overacting whether those actors and actresses actually had any talent!

  10. First of all, thank you for all of the behind-the-scenes videos and pictures. Can’t wait for season 5! Next, I was able to watch the race, and I can tell you that Da’Tara won, and the jockey said he wasn’t sure what was wrong with Big Brown, but he just wasn’t running. Apparently some races are decided beforehand…

    This is random, but I found the “With A Little Stargate Anything is Possible” ads on youtube, and I was wondering if more were going to have been made, what would have been the ads for Daniel, Mitchell, Vala, Teyla, and Ronon?

  11. Hey Joe!

    Tried replugging the power cord to your satelite receiver? 🙂

    Also, this is a VERY VERY random question. What kind of oatmeal do you like? Do you like it just plain, with cinnamon, fruit? 😛

    Love the photos of the dogs, heck, they are computer background worthy! They are so cute!

    Thanks as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  12. Loves the videos–who is Lulu chasing around the yard? I love how the pugs are just wandering around, having none of it.

  13. “Jon K. writes: “How come nobody understands Zelenka then?”

    Answer: Because he’s not really Czech. He’s just speaking gibberish.”

    So that’s why I can understand some of what he says! I’ve got three nieces under the age of six; I know gibberish and whine.

    That’s a relief. I thought I was spontaneously understanding Czech. Again.

    “Unless we’re casting for a particular skill (ie. An actor who can juggle chainsaws)…”

    Does that happen often? Not the specific skill of juggling chainsaws, but being in need of hiring an actor with a specific skill of some sort. I would imagine you couldn’t get too far out with it (like needing someone who can horseback ride while playing the spoons and singing “Hit Me Baby One More Time” backwards in Yiddish), but I imagine it might be difficult finding someone who can do what you want while playing the part the way you like it.

  14. If its any condolence, your attempts to get your cable coverage were far more entertaining than the race. I’ve my own suspicions as to why Big Brown failed so miserably (and they don’t involve gambling conspiracies), but the fact is that it was a lackluster race. And I’m not sure I understand why BB was pulled up, given he showed no actual sign of injury. The owners no doubt are content with their 50 million dollar payoff, and the horse will no doubt not complain about his future “career”.
    Great pics and videos, as usual. I continue to be amazed at how varied your duties on the show are, as well as how you handle both your job and manage to keep this blog going. I do hope that the PTB above you appreciate the (mostly) goodwill and attention you bring to the show, and that they express it in a manner that permits you to indulge in Fuel visits more frequently.
    Just a stray question for the day. Do you know about when you will be going on season hiatus, and/or when the back half of season 5 will start showing? I’m just trying to lay out some plans for an Atlantis party timed around that time, and trying to figure out how big a bash I can afford to make it. As always, many thanks for the time and effort you put into this blog, and at your job.

  15. Answer: Truthfully? Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard. We told him we’d be happy to set up such a character given the right circumstances.

    But the Shep romantic interests get younger and younger, while Shep gets older. Gettin’ pretty lame dude.

  16. Thanks for answering my questions, and the ones from RangerOne, too. There’s so many things being said about the way tv making works, it’s good to get some straight answers from someone who actually does it.

    Anne Teldy brings up a good point, though. Were the Travelers hard up for take-charge types to make someone so young a captian of one of their few ships, or is she just like a female Kirk (in the ‘a bit too young to be captaining a starship’ way)?

    Adorable pics/vids, by the way. Lulu is just darling.

  17. Hey Joe,
    Why is cable so annoying? Its cut out on me numerous times when Ive just sat down to watch an ep of Stargate, I live in Australia though so luckily there not new eps. New eps are shown on free to air tv first.

  18. anneteldy said:

    I believe the question was why couldn’t she have been closer to Sheppard’s age? You didn’t answer that. It would have made sense, based on the rank held by the two characters (commanders of ships), for the women to be over over 40. How did you describe the roles when you sent out the casting call?

    Why would you assume that their command system works the same way as ours? Netan, the guy in command of the the Lucian Alliance looked reasonably young. Perhaps Larrin killed the previous commander and took his place.

    I haven’t seen Season 4 yet, but I think I’m going to enjoy Larrin. I agree with Joe F. Shep needs a female foil.

    Cheers, Chev

  19. Dori said:

    Big Brown was slated to have a chance to win the triple crown and he came in last!! What’s with that.. Seems sort of fishy to me..

    Wasn’t he injured going into the race? That would be a good reason to come in last. I’m sure the jockey felt he wasn’t right and eased him up a bit. If I was betting on the race I wouldn’t have put any money on him. I hope he’s OK though.

    Cheers, Chev

  20. Love the puppy pics!
    I think I share Anne Teldy’s question regarding the age-appropriateness of the Traveler’s captain. One of the reasons that I liked the actress who was hired to play Nancy in Outcast was that, not only was she beautiful and talented, she was a reasonable age to be Shep’s ex.
    I have a bit of a problem with someone in her 20’s or early 30’s being the captain of a huge space ship anyway, a more experienced person would make quite a lot
    more sense. (to me anyway)
    I have a similar problem with the Keller/McKay pairing; the age and maturity difference is just too great for me to be comfortable with.
    I would be very happy if romantic involvement was kept out of the show altogether, in fact, and left to our fertile imaginations. Hints and suggestions are OK, but if I wanted to watch this kind of stuff I’d be watching the soaps or the ridiculous dramas the mainstream networks provide in abundance.
    I am looking forward to the rest of what seems to be a great season of Atlantis though, and will just try to ignore the “ships”.

  21. LOL. I hate getting past the automated systems on the phone. They are such a pain. I just immediately dial 0 for customer service.

    You are too funny!

  22. 1) If you nothing about racing, why do you bother with stupid comments? Big Brown was pulled up. A horseman can tell by watching the race that the horse was not his normal happy self. My friend and I were watching and discussing. He may have bled, they’ll find out scoping him. He may have an infection from the quarter crack that hadn’t shown up yet, but made a huge differance in his performance. If a jockey can tell that there is something wrong with the horse and he can’t win, why should he punish the horse? Isn’t that what the animal cruelty people protest? If a horse is whipped to the wire and still badly beaten, it can ruin him or her. It can break their competitive nature. And then there is racing “luck” which is essentially why you can never 100% know who will win a race. I’m very sad we didn’t have a triple crown winner. One of the announcers said Americans have been breeding for speed for the last 30 years. Maybe they should change the race dates, spread them out. N-o-o. Maybe they should breed for endurance more. My education is equine studies. I’ve worked on horse farms and at the track, among other horse related endevors. I actually know what I’m talking about. Just like Joe M knows about his industry.

    2) I happen to Like Dr. Keller. A character needs flaws to be interesting. What some see as horrible character issues, I see as inexperience. I mean, how would you react in her place? She is learning from her experiences in the Pegasus Galaxay, growing the same as the other characters have done in the SG universe. Who wants to watch perfect stagnant characters? Boring.

    3) And come on. Get off the freakin’ womens lib thing. Just because a woman is beautiful doesn’t mean she’s a moron. That’s reverse discrimination. You don’t complain because Sam is pretty. You accept her as intelligent. What about Dr. Fraser? She was a short little cutie. Yet everyone mourned her loss. Just so you know, I’m female, so don’t say I don’t understand.

    3) I’m 51 closing fast on 52. You don’t have to be over 40 to be in a command position. Hell, at work I’m older than my director. Half the people I work with could be my kids. And, this is not earth. Maybe her people don’t live to 90. She may be middle age in her world.

    Sorry. I get tired of all of the bitchin’ and moaning that goes on everywhere. Grow up. I’m just totally amazed that Joe even bothers.

    That said, I’m really sorry you missed the race Joe. Seems like the cable and satelite always go out at the worst possible moment. Usually just when the mystery is about to be solved, or the first or second part of a two parter. Very frustrating.

  23. I said:

    …“That being said: if Teyla is speaking Athosian and understanding what people on planet 123-XYZ are saying (because of the translator nanites), what allows the people on planet 123-XYZ to understand Teyla, if they’ve never stepped through the gate?”

    You said: Answer: The fact that Teyla has gone through the gate to meet them.

    Maybe I asked the question wrong or am not understanding your answer. Are you saying that despite the fact that a native to planet 123-XYZ has never gone through the gate (and therefor has no translator nanites) they can understand Teyla simply because she did?

    I don’t understand the logic.

    Slian

  24. I forgot to mention, the KY Derby is the “run for the roses”, not the Belmont. The Triple Crown is a race for three year olds, only a three year old, colt or filly, winning first the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville KY, Second the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Maryland, and third the Belmont at Belmont Race Course in New York.

  25. Hi Joe, just wondering if you had any further insight into the definative start date of season five. Also what is the new thread of stargate that I have heard rumors of?

    Best of luck with the script,
    -ZPB

  26. Building on Anne Teldy’s comment about potential love interests for Sheppard being closer to his age… why not Elizabeth Weir? If I recall correctly, she was supposed to be about the same age as Sheppard. It’s obvious from watching the series over the past four years that Torri Higginson had much better chemistry with Flanigan than any other actress (regular, recurring, or one-shot) who’s shared screen time with him on SGA, and it really showed in their performances, in how they portrayed Weir and Sheppard as more comfortable letting their guard down and confiding in each other rather than with the other characters. Such ease in personal interaction is a major cornerstone for a realistic romantic relationship, and it is sorely lacking in any of the other potential pairings for Sheppard that have been seriously suggested (notably Teyla and Larrin). It’s very unfortunate that it was decided to get rid of Weir instead of capitalizing on this obvious prospect for further developing her character as well as Sheppard.

    Just imagine: Joe could have gotten his wish for a romantic interest for Sheppard. Torri would have been able to stay on the show full time instead of being inexplicably cut out of the action. You and the other writers would have a new opening to explore for both Sheppard and Weir (not to mention the other characters in how they would respond to this new development). The fans wouldn’t have been put through the wringer over this past year. Everyone would have been happy. But it didn’t turn out that way, and there is simply no denying that the show has been greatly diminished by the needless squandering of that opportunity.

  27. Drat. Can’t watch the videos these past couple of days because of my dial-crap. Will have to wait until Monday. 🙁

    In the meantime, I’ll just keep admiring that lovely Todd pic from a couple days ago…that’ll keep me for a while. Also good to hear he may make one more appearance…that will at least get me through the mid-season two parter…but then it’ll make me worry about his next (possible) appearance. Ugh. I worry too much. I have issues with death – too much of it in the real world, so I hate it the fictional world since that – supposedly – is my escape from reality. I hate making an emotional investment in a character that is going to die – so Joe, just don’t mind me. It’s my problem – I’ll deal with it…so if I get a bit panicky, just ignore me.

    For now, I’ll just have fun with this bit of eye candy (besides, he’s already dead anyway) 😆

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/dasNdanger/eddee1.jpg

    Sometimes I just don’t understand the attraction … 😛 [Mr. Das just rolled his eyes at me. He’s just afraid I’m gonna paint him green one of these days. 😀 ]

    das

  28. How do those dogs survive? THey’re so cute I’d eat them I’d eat them alive or kiss them to death! As my late mother would say “What a punim!!!” (yiddish for cute face)

  29. Joe;

    Thanks for the answer, I’m getting super excited about the up coming season five of Atlantis as well as the next SG-1 Movie. I love to watch Joe Flanigan’s Sheppard, but the show wouldn’t be the same without Teyla, Ronin, and of course Mckay. If Jason Mamoa doesn’t stick around for the rest of the season’s as it was hinted that he wanted to do other things, would you consider bringing back Rainbow? I know I’m a pest and just don’t stop with the questions, it’s just that while the show is on hiatus it gives me something to hold onto while I wait. I’m not some over obsessed fan with no life, but I do love the show and look forward to each and every new episode. I work at a medical clinic, although not as the doctor I was going to be, I have a family that I try very hard to take care of and protect, and want to finish my book, but I am a huge Sci Fi fan and Atlantis is my favorite right now.

    There are very few shows that I really get excited to watch , even with episodes that don’t center their entire script around Sheppard. Although that’d be nice. 🙂 Too many “reality shows” these days, it’s like nobody wants to put any effort into their shows any more. They just expect us to be sheep or lemmings and kowtow to there lazy, cheap, easy outs, leaving people who actually want to be entertained with something original in the dust.

    A lot of people criticize TV and say our culture is to involved in it, but it’s something to look forward too, to suspend the real life tragedies that take place around us everyday, to dull the ache of reality and give us an outlet with which to immerse in. For me, to be transported somewhere else for 45 minutes, gives me the opportunity to forget how many troubles I may have and look forward to something I enjoy, so thanks to you, to the actors, and to the other writers that understand telling a story actually does make things better for others.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    Thanks Nicole.

  30. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for answering my question from the other day! Hope your TV is fixed soon! 🙂

    -apk51

  31. I can see Shep with Elizabeth, or Teyla, or Nancy, even with Vala (cause she’s his alternate universe female self) and Carter, if you pushed it. But with the young little gals like Keller and potentially Katana (sp?) or the bimbettes like Larrin I just don’t get where the chemistry and attraction would come in. Shep is just too goodand deep a character for that, please I would like a serious, real woman to be his love interest, if you have to do it at all…

  32. I feel for you Joe…I too missed the Belmont. But rather than having difficulties with my cable, I was having difficulties with a flooding magazine section and harrying customers at the bookstore I work at. A huge storm came through, almost cut our power, and we ‘sprung a leak’! Only found out when I got home that Big Brown didn’t win. I was disappointed, even more so because we had a t.v. in the store and if I would have remembered I would have changed the channel and watched it. Thats actually what I did for the Preakness, got a few odd looks from people browsing their magazines, but I didn’t care. Anyway, just wanted to pass on that anecdote. I’ll go to sleep now…

  33. Thanks for the puppy pixies and vids.
    Too cute, Lulu sleeps or naps or pretends to nap with very alert ears. Ready for anything on the Lulu radar!
    They are adorable!!

  34. Hi Joe,
    sorry to hear the problems you have with your dish. Usually when I don’t receive a signal one of the various cables has slipped out of the LNB’s socket and / or the receiver sockets. I use one Quad and one Double. Good idea then to mark the cables with colours. 😉

    If the weather was bad, i.e. storm, the dish might have moved a bit to the left or the right.

    The LNB might be defective.

    The receiver might be defective.

    No 12V signal reaches the LNB to switch from horizontal to vertical. Scratch the latter then you would receive at least something.

    One of the really not so easy to find causes is a slightly sliced cable in which water came a long time ago and the metal inside has corroded since then. Solution for that: Exchange the cable.

    I hope the problem can be solved soon.

    Your friendly tech geek.

    Stephanie

  35. [em]“You’re turning this show into a soap. Why don’t you change the name to Days of our Stargate and be done with it.”[/em]

    [b]Answer: [/b] [em]Days of our Stargate! Hey, that’s pretty…no, now that I think about it, kinda lame. Days of Our Hives would have, frankly, been a better effort. Also, as the Gate Turns was one I read that I thought was pretty clever. Might I also suggest All My Children of the Gods.[/em]

    LOL! I love your response Joe.

    I have seen this complaint here and there over the years SG-1 and SGA have aired, and it just totally amazes me. Do the people that make these comments actually watch soap operas? I have to admit I do watch the ABC soaps here and there (I used to be addicted in my teens and 20’s) and the small amount of romance in the Stargate shows is SO far from soap opera romance that the comparison is absurd.

    I actually would like MORE romance…not less. *big sigh* But, that is like wishing for world peace. *wink*

    Kimberly

  36. June 6, 2008: Mime trapped in invisible box for 11 days. Bystanders assumed it was part of act.

    OMGosh! I read this and was tricked for a few moments into thinking I actually was going to read about a trapped mime! lol

    I forgot for a second there about your outlandish blog titles being used to attract more hits to your page! So, have you seen more traffic with the crazy titles? Have certain ones garnered more interest?

    Kimberly

  37. condolences on your cable problems but at least you can GET cable(when it works) Here in deepest cornwall we can’t get diddly-squat, no cable services so no cheap or free broadband unlike most of the rest of this vast country in which we live, we also don’t have any mains gas either but the council has promised to get on with indoor plumbing in the near future so we can look forward to less digging.

    Great videos and photos, thanks muchly just the ticket for a sunday morning.

    I guess its coffee time and then gardening (and I use that term very loosely)

    Doctor Who was pretty brilliant too.

  38. I always just assumed that most people in the Pegasus Galaxy were able to speak more than one language and that for trading purposes the most common language for everyone was English. You don’t have to like it for it to be true. I was taught and speak the English language but I’m not English. The same thing could have happened in the Pegasus Galaxy. Maybe its how the Ancient language evolved.

  39. Joe, will you ever be able to tell us why Hexed was shelved? Maybe after Season 5? Maybe now? Or is it a secret?

  40. Hey there Mr. Mallozzi, couple of questions:

    What happened to Hermiod, and will you be bringing him back?
    It’d seem kinda cheap that he dies in another galaxy by this strange disease the asgard caught.

  41. Hello Joe.

    So, is Larin out and Katana is in as Sheppard’s “love interest” this season? Or will be subjected to Larin once again?

    About the age difference I kind of have to agreet. The actors who portray Sheppard and McKay are both forty years old, although Flanigan looks amazing for his age. It might have been better to cast an actress who was at least 35. However if Daniella Alonso, Katana, is the new gal for Shep and Larin is out, she’s nearer to 31, so that makes a bit more sense.

    The McKay and Keller pairing on the other hand is downright uncomfortable – but that’s just my opinion.

    On another note, wow, I never heard people complain like we do about the Sam/Jack thing and that age difference was STAGGERING!

  42. It’s funny how this whole shipping thing gets people worked up. While I may have my own ideas of things I’d like to see, I’d rather there be no shipping at all, including Shep’s Kirking. But it seems like there always has to be one regular guy to ship guest/recurring characters with in meaningless relationships. Why, I don’t know, but that’s what it seems like. It’s something I tolerate in sci-fi rather than like it for. (Which isn’t to say that the idea of a female foil for Sheppard isn’t interesting, but I’d like it a lot better without the “sexual tension”.)

    Anyway, the “translator nanites” thing got me thinking. Obviously there are things that aren’t meticulously explained and viewers are just meant to go with it. In the case of the whole English-speaking aliens thing, it seems to have worked just fine. But I wonder, where is the line? How do you guys know whether something (particularly science-related) needs a detailed explanation and when such an explanation would only slow down the story and get in the way, and figure that viewers will be able to just go with it?

  43. Mr. Mallozzi, I love your blog. To get an inside look at SGA is great! I have a question though… Why did you write the Åsgard (what we norwegians call the Asgard) out of the show? I loved those little gray guys! And it was nice to see a show that managed to get so much historical information into a “fictional” race. And I felt I could relate to them, as they were “scandinavian” :D!

    But anyways, takk skal du ha for et så knallbra tv-program!
    (Thank you for such an awsome tv-show!)

  44. Joe,

    Can you give us a reason why Sheppard’s character-focused episode (CSI Atlantis) was shoved to the back half of the second half of the season while every other major character’s pivotal episode falls in the first half of the season?

    Oh, and a couple of days ago you posted …the return of that guest star will have the boards abuzz

    Any hints who this will be?

    Thanks.

  45. …Movie Magic Screenwriter…

    Yay, its such a good little program 🙂

    Speaking of typing, you never seem to use smilies, are you aware of what they are or do you think all that extraneous punctuation is a peculiarity of internet writers?

    Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard.

    Couldn’t he just get a girlfriend in real life? 😉

    I think he (the character) should get back with his wife, then we’d see more of original Tanya. Two thumbs up.

    Trust me when I say that it’s not that hard to tell the talented performers from the not-so-talented ones.

    The question then becomes, why are so many non talented performers given work all the time… not necessarily on these shows, but in general – I’d say that few have been really bad in the SG universe.

    Oh and “Charlie Jade” started on the SciFi Channel, I wonder if any of the blog regulars gave it a shot (and have now decided to run in fear back to Atlantis *g*)

  46. It was a Friday in summer, several years ago. I descended to my basement living room, The Pit, cold drink and munchies in hand. I settled onto the comfy couch with the kitties. Outside, the sun was blazing, easily over a hundred degrees, but The Pit is always cool, literally and metaphorically speaking. I turn on the cable, it is Friday! Friday the season premier of SG-1! I punched the buttons … I see … digital crap. ARGH! I call Comcast. I talk to a guy who is a StarGate fan and who feels my pain. He does all the usual stuff. I throw things. I wait up and when the night cools, catch the second viewing. Not long after, I sign up for their DVR. Aha! A plot!

    I used to be an electronics tech in the Navy, I know a heat-induced problem when I see one. Somewhere out on the lines there’s a junction box or filters that crap out on the high end signals when the temperatures outdoors get up over a hundred. But will Comcast listen to me? Oh hell no, they try to sell me better services ($), warranties ($$) plans ($$$) fancyscmancy gear ($$$K). I inquired about their robot and AI services. Alas, they’re dropping the ball there too. I have a perfectly good guest room in the basement, I want them to send their tech to dwell beside the Pit and tend my cable during premier season. They won’t do it, so unreasonable.

    I could just Not Watch TV. I have friends who haven’t seen a TV outside a bar in decades. I am going mad.

  47. Keep us posted on the cable situation, hopefully it will resolve soon. If not, I find complaining can work wonders with companies. Whenever I get asked that ever-irritating “can I do anything else for you today?” question, I counter with a “yes, I’d like to make an official complaint” statement, which tends to get them listening. Most of the time.

    Otherwise I’d set the Baron onto them.

    Amz

  48. How does planning work when your writing episodes…
    Do you have a outline on paper or pc?

  49. Answer: CSI: Atlantis will be Sheppard-focused.
    YEEEAAHHH!! good story I hope.

    Answer: Truthfully? Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard. We told him we’d be happy to set up such a character given the right circumstances. The Travelers gave us that opportunity
    I’m sure he did. The Kirk jokes are getting old. Speaking of, I seem to recall a few young attractive female Starfleet captains, so I don’t see anything odd. Larrin came off as being in her early 30’s to me. Not that big a stretch in age difference. Her “age” wasn’t my problem with her. Actually, Larrin would’ve done well as an Abercrombie character.

    potential love interests for Sheppard being closer to his age… why not Elizabeth Weir?
    While I think Sheppard was secretly in love with Weir on a certain level, an overt pursuit of this would’ve been inappropriate mainly because of command… though she civilian and John military John was still subordinate to her orders/discipline. Same with Teyla, John was attracted to her as well, but there again she placed herself within the command chain and became off limits. IMO
    DD

  50. That video is the first time that I realized that Lulu isn’t all black. Is it normal for her breed to have brindle? Or is it just funky lighting in the video?

  51. What ever happened to the accended ancient that Sheppard had a “relationship” with? She was a hottie AND while she looked somewhat younger was actually thousands of years older. 😉

  52. To M: “But it didn’t turn out that way, and there is simply no denying that the show has been greatly diminished by the needless squandering of that opportunity.” Yes I can. I think the combination of Sheppard/Weir wouldn’t have worked for many reasons. Also, I think that the show has done quite well despite of the loss of Weir. I would have liked to have seen her back; I would have loved to have seen Higginson playing the role in the new direction the Weir character is taking, but I’m satisfied at how thing are going. And time will tell, but the adding of Woolsey looks to make for the most interesting dynamics among the command staff yet.

    To gatemedic: I’m not sure you were addressing your comments about Big Brown to me, but let me state that I in no way want to see a horse that is injured forced to run. I simply pointed out that there were no indications BB was in fact hurt. I would posit a suggestion; he was running fine towards the first turn, when he had to check up and do some bumping to get outside and place himself. Perhaps he was simply throwing a tantrum and refused to respond? or the ligher workouts due to the hoof problem played a part. But since you have the experience, here is a serious question. Why pull up a horse that is running smoothly, even if obviously off the pace? If that were the norm, I’d expect to see the last place, or several last place finishers of every race pulling up. Though again, I do understand the move in context of guarding a multimillion dollar investment.
    (apologies to Mr. M. for going on a tangent in your forum).

  53. Ah yes, the joys of sat TV tech support. My favorite is when there’s an abrupt, unexplained loss of signal and the tech folks ask me if there might be a tree that’s grown up to block the dish. What, within the past half hour? I guess I can go look to be sure…

    Support for the satellite internet is even more interesting.

  54. If my 25 year old daughter was in a relationship with a 40 year old man, my automatic, maternal instinct would be to want him taken out and shot! I’d be suspicious of his intent and feel like he was either taking advantage of her or being very immature himself. I would dislike him on principal. That is why I don’t like the McKay/Keller pairing. Rodney is one of my favorite characters and it diminishes and cheapens him in my eyes to see them in a relationship. Just feels wrong at a visceral level to me.

  55. Awwww, more pictures of your pups!!! Thank you for posting them.

    Sorry to hear that you won’t be attending Comic Con this year. I really enjoyed all of the pictures that you posted last year, especially the ones of Amanda and Michael on the red carpet together. It’s great that Marty G. is going; it’s just too bad that you won’t be going with him.

    I was watching “Jaws” the other day and immediately thought of Rob. *lol* I soooo agree with him. Since several weeks have passed, will Rob still be stopping by your blog to answer questions and read comments regarding “Ark of Truth”? I know that he’s really busy, so if he can’t I certainly understand.

    Hope you enjoy what’s left of your weekend, Joe.

    dff

  56. M said “Building on Anne Teldy’s comment about potential love interests for Sheppard being closer to his age… why not Elizabeth Weir? If I recall correctly, she was supposed to be about the same age as Sheppard. It’s obvious from watching the series over the past four years that Torri Higginson had much better chemistry with Flanigan than any other actress (regular, recurring, or one-shot) who’s shared screen time with him on SGA, and it really showed in their performances, in how they portrayed Weir and Sheppard as more comfortable letting their guard down and confiding in each other rather than with the other characters. Such ease in personal interaction is a major cornerstone for a realistic romantic relationship, and it is sorely lacking in any of the other potential pairings for Sheppard that have been seriously suggested (notably Teyla and Larrin). It’s very unfortunate that it was decided to get rid of Weir instead of capitalizing on this obvious prospect for further developing her character as well as Sheppard.

    Just imagine: Joe could have gotten his wish for a romantic interest for Sheppard. Torri would have been able to stay on the show full time instead of being inexplicably cut out of the action. You and the other writers would have a new opening to explore for both Sheppard and Weir (not to mention the other characters in how they would respond to this new development). The fans wouldn’t have been put through the wringer over this past year. Everyone would have been happy. But it didn’t turn out that way, and there is simply no denying that the show has been greatly diminished by the needless squandering of that opportunity.”

    This is your opinion and you’re entitled to it. But… “there is simply no denying that the show has been greatly diminished (…)”. Really? How about expressing it as what it is (i.e.: your opinion, and not a fact)? Because I certainly disagree with your opinion, and mine is as valid as yours.

    1) I neither ship or slash anyone. I like both Elizabeth and Teyla, and I think both have great chemistry with John, in either a friendship or romantic way. I prefer to see all of them as friends and co-workers, but I don’t see one pairing having more chemistry that the other. Had the writers decided to go on that ship route, I wouldn’t have minded whether they chose John/Elizabeth or John/Teyla.

    2) I’m a woman in my late 30s (closer to the 40s now), and I really liked Larrin a lot and I’m sorry to hear the actress will be unavailable for season 5. I loved Travelers and I thought the banter between John and Larrin was great. I have no problem with young women being ship commanders.

    3) I’ve been watching the show since its premiere in 2004 and I love all the seasons, especially seasons 3 and 4. I think the show has gotten better with each season. So, back to your statement “there is simply no denying that the show has been greatly diminished by the needless squandering of that opportunity”. Well, here, I do not agree. I see your John/Elizabeth path just as one of the possible roads taken, not the worst, not the best, not better than the ones taken or the ones to come.

  57. RangerOne also writes: “I guess I am more disturbed why a position of importance like the captain of a Travelers’ ship has now been twice portrayed by a young, very attractive female?”

    Answer: Truthfully? Joe has long requested a recurring female foil/potential romantic interest for Sheppard. We told him we’d be happy to set up such a character given the right circumstances. The Travelers gave us that opportunity .

    LOL well I take that as so there Sheyla and Sparky I am a Sparky shipper but that ship lives on my own AU where you and the rest TPTB can’t hurt it 😛

    I have question about Vala again I have read Brad’s comments and it seems like he doesn’t like Vala like the rest of you do. Do you think Vala will be movies after Continuum because it seems like Brad only values the Jack character above everyone else and that is a little depressing for me Jack is not what brought me to the fandom in 2006 that would be Daniel.

  58. Hi Joe

    Just finished The Name of the WInd by patrick Rothfuss.. What a lovely book.. Thoroughly enjoyed the story telling. It flowed so beautifully.. Only trouble is I have to wait until 2009 to continue the story.. I guess that is a sign of a good book.. makes you want more..

    Take care

    Dori

  59. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for answering my question a few days back. Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

    I envy your time off coming up. I won’t be having any time off before later this fall – I’m involved in building a new lab in a recently purchased building that will be an extension of our hospital. The details, processes and even access to the space are neverendingly up in the air (they haven’t even started the renovations in the lab) and we’re supposed to be ready to open sometime in August. Oh, and they haven’t found a replacement for my old job yet so I’m actually doing two jobs.

    I’m trying to think of intelligient relevant questions but I’m coming up with nothing. Brain overload.

    I feel the same as [b]MysteryMadchen who wrote:[/b] [blockquote][i]…to be transported somewhere else for 45 minutes, gives me the opportunity to forget how many troubles I may have and look forward to something I enjoy…[/i][/blockquote].

    -Tammy

    Thanks again to you and everyone involved for creating Stargate Atlantis.

  60. Baily wrote:
    “If my 25 year old daughter was in a relationship with a 40 year old man, my automatic, maternal instinct would be to want him taken out and shot! I’d be suspicious of his intent and feel like he was either taking advantage of her or being very immature himself”

    So an immature 40 year old man should just kill himself to please you perhaps? Or settle for someone his own age where he may have nothing in common.

    “That is why I don’t like the McKay/Keller pairing. Rodney is one of my favorite characters and it diminishes and cheapens him in my eyes to see them in a relationship. Just feels wrong at a visceral level to me.”

    That’s just your prejudice. Age has nothing to do with relationships, that’s just ageism.

  61. I’m trying to post more consistently. But as always I usually come late to the party.

    It doesn’t surprise me with satellite, we have satellite because I will never go with cable again…major Ontario cable company—not so much.
    I thought I would send these silly links along. Based on what you write on your blogs I though you might find these funny. I won’t spam you but, these ARE real pictures (I’m not joking). Don’t ask where I get them –I live with computer geeks…need I say more?

    I love it when the dishes are out in bloom
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm26/WraithCake/Ilovewhenthedishesareoutinbloom.jpg

    You could always have this with your oatmeal
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm26/WraithCake/SumYungThaiorSumDumGuy.jpg

    Pretty *LARGE* pressure system
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm26/WraithCake/PrettyLargehighpressuresystem.jpg

    😉 WK

  62. Shadow Step wrote
    “So an immature 40 year old man should just kill himself to please you perhaps? Or settle for someone his own age where he may have nothing in common.”

    If he’s after my daughter, YES!

    and
    “That’s just your prejudice. Age has nothing to do with relationships, that’s just ageism.”

    And that’s just ignorance of basic psychology and the power relationships and differentials in human interactions.

  63. To Shadow step,
    I choose to see you as a hopeless romantic, which can be a good thing. At least you have a positive attitude about life and love.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    Bailey 🙂

  64. A friend of mine married a man 15 years her junior, who was promptly dubbed by another friend as “Young Buck,” since he couldn’t remember the new groom’s first name. The name stuck, and we’ve been calling him Buck for almost 10 years now. When someone asked him if he minded the nickname, he said it was fine, and besides, he enjoyed hanging out with his wife’s old friends.

  65. I wonder if someone could tell me, when mr Heyerdahl was born? There’s so little information about him. Thx : )

  66. Okay – more time now, so a little more on the blog and other comments –

    1. Always love the puppies! *smushes ’em all* They’re ALMOST as good as Wraith pictures. 😉

    2. I’m confused – you have satellite, but you called the cable company? Isn’t that your problem right there? 😉

    3. Larrin – I liked her, and her ball-busting. I prefer female characters like that – no nonsense, tough – none of this ‘oh, I broke a nail! Now I have to buy new shoes to feel better!’ Ugh. Ugh. UGH. I am not a fan of female characters – and the few that I have liked have been women who can hold their own in any situation. If I had to pick the most perfect example of this, it would be Streep’s character in The River Wild.

    4. Age has nothing to do with it. I’m nearly 6 years older than my husband, and we’ve been married 18 years now. When we met, his parents freaked right out, thought I was a desperate old harlot trying to corrupt their baby 😆 (I was 26, he was 20). My sister married a guy 11 years older, and they’ve been married 30 years now. So…I have no problem with older men/younger women, and visa versa…as long as it isn’t a distracting match.

    For instance, as he aged, Cary Grant was uncomfortable with his role as leading man cast opposite a 20-something starlet. He tried to switch over to character actor roles (Father Goose – one of my absolute favorites), but fans hated it. He only did one movie after that, and retired. So, if someone like Grant found the lopsided pairings unbelievable, eventually audiences will too.

    5. Romantic interest for Sheppard (or any character, for that matter): I watch sci fi to avoid romance. I hate soaps and nighttime dramas and all the ‘relationship’ stuff. I actually prefer the Kirk style – love ’em and leave ’em – no angsty romance to burden down the show. However, romance is great if you wish to create a humorous situation (Duet is a good example). But an on-going relationship just becomes…distracting.

    But I speak only for myself. My husband LOVES romance in his shows. He watches Smallville, a show I have no interest in because I am not a fan of Superman. But I’m in the same room as the tv, and can’t help but see the show out of the corner of my eye. I’m only interested when the action starts (or when CH graced the show with his presence) – but hubby? It’s HIS soap opera, and he’s all worried about who’s going to hook up, or break up – and I’m just like, ‘when do they start blowing stuff up?’

    Bottom line, I suppose, is you’ll never make everyone happy. A little romance will thrill some, enrage others. Test the waters is all you can do – introduce a romantic interest, see how fans respond. But if you do, please, o please do not make the romance a central issue in the show unless it’s for comic relief. Ronon jealous over Keller’s interest in Rodney…Shep hooking up with some psycho chick who won’t let go…Teyla taking a fancy to Todd…lol. Yeah, scratch that last one…

    🙂

    das

  67. Played “audience” for Ronny Cox today at a “house concert”. Gee, is there any way to send Kinsey to Atlantis? *heeheehee*

  68. Hey Joe, Brad said ‘Continuum’ is the template for future Stargate stand-alone movies. With so few Jack scenes in it and virtually no Sam/Jack, does this mean that Brad thinks future movies should have no Sam/Jack and as few Jack scenes as possible? Also Michael Shanks said in an interview that Continuum brings the characters closer – since there’s no Sam/Jack does this mean Sam and Cam will get even closer – now she’ll kiss him for real not just a peck on the cheek, maybe they’ll share a bed in the Arctic to stay warm? I’m sick and tired to have you, Amanda and Ben deny Sam/Cam only to be smacked with infirmary macaroons scenes and kisses. It’s obvious that there’s no unitary vision on Sam’s love-life among TPTB; while you seem to be mildly pro-ship, BW and especially RCC is vehemently against it and against RDA/Jack and pro Sam/Cam ship. Don’t they get that the regs still apply to them as well as they are on the same team, well I guess this just proves that the regs were merely an excuse to keep Sam and Jack apart. From a business point of view I can understand your switch from Sam/Jack to Sam/Cam –
    1. the hewo always gets the girl and it’s not Jack anymore, 2. most Jack fans have probably quit watching the show
    3. if the franchise moves forward with SG movies for the next 5-10 years Ben is much more marketable and docile than RDA (who’s got nothing to lose), not to mention younger and more attractive
    What I don’t understand is why you drag on SJ ship with pictures and little hints when you know you’ll never provide proper resolution, is it because you haven’t decided yet if Sam/Cam is feasible? On the other hand if you want to solve SJ ship eventually why not do it in Continuum, ’cause there was no guarantee there’ll be more movies? This ship stinks more and more like Picard/Crusher from Star Trek (which never got resolved) or like Riker/Troy which when it finally got resolved the actors were too old and the fans were too bored to pay it any attention. What you probably don’t realize is the damage you do to characters in this process by dragging it too long. Why did Sam break up with Pete??? (One could argue she didn’t love him enough to marry – then simply postpone the marriage not break up altogether) If Sam and Jack are together (as you JM hinted in Atlantis S4), why does she flirt with Cam, kisses him, in fact Sam is closest to Cam these last 2 seasons and they’re constantly paired up shippy or not (as they were in AoT and I expect them to be in Continuum) What I don’t get is why Sam looks so bored in the scene where Jack dies, yet so concerned when Cam’s experiencing timeline tremors? A casual/new viewer would probably think there’s nothing between Sam and Jack not even friendship…Why can’t Jack hold back Baa’l for more than 3 seconds when Sam was able to deck him in ‘Quest 2’?
    Last but not least, RDA’s not getting any younger, please give us a resolution while you can…
    Hope you’ll read/approve this lenghty rant

  69. With the age differences that are shown on tv I think it’s important to remember that this isn’t a May/December relationship that has happend in real life, this is the deliberate casting of twenty something year old actresses paired off with middle aged actors that happens again, and again, and again in film and tv. It’s not done to overthrow ageism, it’s done because putting a younger women in the mix is seen as sexier and putting an older woman in a pairing is seen as ageing to the male lead, imo.

    While going all meta on this sort of thing might seem like a bit of a killjoy when you just want to kick up your heels and watch some tv, I also think if you scratch you head and go ‘hang on a moment’ about issues such as gender and race, that it IS important to raise it, because considering the amount of time that the average person spends sitting in front of the tv I can not believe that it isn’t to some extent part of what socialises us, even if it does just reinforce pre-existing stereotypes. Television can’t help but contain meta because of the context of when and where it’s produced – there are always going to be unintended messages contained within it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in discussing what they might be – even if we’re wrong I think it’s worse to stay silent and do nothing.

    And before Joe paper cuts himself to death while screaming ‘what do you people WANT from me?!’, SGA isn’t about to bring down Western Civilisation any time soon and while we can comment on what ends up on our screen (or hasn’t even done so yet, another reason for you to sob over your keyboard in frustration and drink twink), we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. At least not since they took down all the cameras I had stashed about the place. But I don’t think questioning things is a terrible crime either. Hell, if we can start doing it for a tv programme, maybe we can start doing it for real life. <- that’s my patronising Jerry Springer closing

    But on a sidenote: well done on the script. That must be a huge weight of your shoulders to get so much done already.

  70. Asking a favor from Fondy, please. I’m looking for crochet patterns, preferably online and free, for dog collars, leashes, and toys. Starting to work up some of my scrap yarn for the Animal Defense League kennels.

  71. I don’t care for the Larrin-Sheppard relationship at all. I find it a little disturbing to think John would fall for someone who has him kidnapped, badly beaten, throws in a few good punches of her own for good measure, then when they do seem to have a moment of truce sucker stuns him and locks him up again. If that had been reversed – a man captain doing the same to Teyla – we would all hate him and the Atlantis team would have him on their personal hit list. Sheppard deserves someone better.

  72. you mentioned an upcoming trip to asia in today’s post. can we expect blog entries from “on the road?” or will we have to wait untill you return?

  73. I would agree that putting middle aged guys with younger women is a common theme in television. And it happens in real life too. But I just happen not to like it. CSI was one of my favorite shows. When they shipped Grissom with that younger gal I never watched the show again.
    And don’t think that people don’t talk about it behind your back, if you are in one of these relationships. Sad but true. I must say, though, Sam and Jack never bothered me, so I think I am a hypocrite somewhere down deep in my soul!

  74. To Montrealer:
    Thank you! It worked. I’m such a dolt when it comes to tech stuff. Thanks for taking the time to help out!

  75. Hello Joe !!

    Thank you fo all the cute dog pics !!
    Concerning the whole Larrin mention and that Joe was pushing for it per se – I respect JF alot and if I saw any spark between Sheppard/Larrin I could get into it but try as I might these two aren’t clicking for me romantically speaking . I see plenty of chemistry between Sheppard/Teyla, Sheppard/Nancy ( who I would be happy seeing return ) , Sheppard/Keller, and yes even Sheppard/McKay than anything I’ve seen between Sheppard/Larrin no matter how much JF wants it to happen between Sheppard/Larrin it is not working for me . One thing I hate is how much Sheppard changes around her and the whole teen crush aspect is not entertaining to watch but annoying .

  76. This whole language thing is getting overworked. *I* think there’s just something about going through a Gate that adjusts your brain so that everything either spoken to you translates automatically or whatever you say comes out in the appropriate language. Kind of like getting a quantum Babel-fish along the way…

  77. ” “That’s just your prejudice. Age has nothing to do with relationships, that’s just ageism.”

    And that’s just ignorance of basic psychology and the power relationships and differentials in human interactions.”

    All discrimination always rationalizes that their discrimination is right. Doesn’t make it so.

    And while i may be romantic in real life, I agree with dasNdanger, I don’t want it my scifi (unless it’s Mal and Inara! *g*)

  78. Re: the “can I help you with anything else” part of the script:

    I usually ask, “Since you haven’t helped me with the reason I called yet…I doubt it.”

  79. O, for the love of puppies!! I finally can see all the pictures (full size) and videos. I gotta say that second one of Bubba is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.!! I so need snatch it, can I??

    Videos were fun – I take it Lulu is the trouble-maker? She just seems like the little devil in the bunch. And what was going on in that second one? Did I get a glimpse of puppy porn in the background? Didn’t know you made those kinds of vids, too… 😉

    das

  80. Gatemedic:

    And come on. Get off the freakin’ womens lib thing. Just because a woman is beautiful doesn’t mean she’s a moron. That’s reverse discrimination. You don’t complain because Sam is pretty. You accept her as intelligent. What about Dr. Fraser? She was a short little cutie.

    I don’t think Sam is pretty nor that Fraiser was cute – (though she was short *g*)

    Of course I weren’t complain either, so presumably you weren’t talking to me 😉

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