Let\'s hit the luau!

A huge cast-iron season five spoiler.

Like the sign says, keep off the zagnarr!

Never leave your wraith stunner unattended.

Director Will Waring gives hiatus the double thumbs up!

Where\'d I park?

Are you serious?!

Uh oh.

N. John Smith on set 

Our agent contacted us with the good news. A one hour action series had just been greenlit and the production was looking for writers. The timing couldn’t have been better as Paul and I had just finished work on another show and were looking for a steady gig. Of course there was that possibility of landing a job on Stargate but, in all honesty, it was a long shot. This series, on the other hand, looked very promising. Plus, it was going to shoot in our hometown of Montreal which meant we wouldn’t have to pack up and move to the other side of the country.

We went in and met with the showrunner, an affable fellow who was, himself, part of a writing team. Unfortunately, his partner had opted out of the show just as it was going to camera for reasons unknown. I suppose in hindsight that should have been a warning but, at the time, we were just too darn keen to give it a second thought. Sure, the series was a U.S./Canada/France/Belgium/German co-production (I suspect Albania and Swaziland were unable to meet their financial commitments to the project and had to back out), but that only ensured that the quality control would be that much higher what with so many different players weighing in. Still, the showrunner was a great guy and, judging from the pilot script he and his M.I.A. partner had written, it was going to be a fun show.

Except that one of the partners (it may have been either the German or the French) didn’t want fun. They wanted serious action. This we found out after handing in the first draft of our first freelance script. Everything that had been received with much enthusiasm twenty-four hours earlier was suddenly problematic and we were looking at a page one rewrite. But no big deal. We went back to it and had the revised version out within the week. Again, congratulations all around. Until one of the partners (it may have been either the French or the Germans) decided the show needed to have more emphasis on espionage. Less guns, more gadgets and savvy. “No problem,”I told the showrunner, eager to give it another go. To his credit, however, the showrunner held off. It became very clear early that the producing partners had drastically different visions of what they wanted the show to be. Rather than address this minor quibble in the development stage, they had apparently elected to work it out once the show was actually in production.

While the French and Germans slugged it out over creative issues, we were offered the opportunity to do a pass on somebody else’s script. This somebody else was a gruff, opinionated, bear of a man who was often given to dropping cryptic hints about his every-changing mysterious past during story meetings. One day, he was a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who still did undercover work for the force. The next, he was an ex-outlaw biker with connections to the C.I.A. He was a self-proclaimed expert on any subject and would happily muscle his way into a conversation to remind everyone of the fact. Now my writing partner, Paul, is an infinitely patient guy (he’d have to be, having worked with me for going on 12 years now), not easily pushed to the breaking point. But if there’s one thing he can’t stand, it’s an arrogant know-it-all who doesn’t know when to shut up. In the many years I’ve known him, I’ve only been witness to three individuals who managed to engender Paul’s loathing. One was our former boss at the student bar we worked at. Another was an actor. A third was this guy. Let’s call him Oswald.

“It just needs a polish, nothing serious,”Oswald assured us after sending me the script. “Give it a pass and get it back to me as soon as you can.”

All well and good until Paul and I read the script. It needed a little more than a polish. It needed a fourth and fifth act that made sense. I emailed Oswald, detailing the plot holes that needed to be addressed. His response: “These kind of notes are really counter-productive at this point.”

And I suppose it would have been equally counter-productive for Paul and I to have accepted staff positions on the production – especially after that Stargate longshot came through. On the one hand, we sincerely did like the showrunner and the series was being filmed in our hometown which made things very convenient for us; but on the other hand the weekly salary we’d been offered was equivalent to the weekly per diem we’d be receiving should we decide to take our chances out west.

We did.

And last I heard, the French and the Germans are still going at it.

Today’s pics: Snaps from work.

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AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Great puppy and people pics. Hmmm…who’s that getting his face sucked by a Wraith? Paul? Connor? Angel?!

Paul M. and I have something in common. I can’t stand arrogant know-it-alls. I’ve had to deal with the same person, housed in different bodies, for several years in one of my non-SG fandoms. Every time this asshole implodes in his own self-delusions, he reappears a short time later with a new name and face. What?! It’s not the same guy?! Go figure.

The dead giveaway is the pathetically obvious “hinting” they are more important and connected than they are. In fact, maybe your Oswald has been reincarnated as the current incarnation of Important (to Self) Guy. He’s making claims of being a C.I.A. agent too.

(As someone who’s actually known someone who actually worked for the C.I.A., agents do NOT tell anyone or even hint they are agents while they are agents.)

As a long-time SG fan, I’m glad you and Paul joined Stargate. smile

Rock on!

eddy

Shawna

Thanks for the story. I’m sure we’re all glad you guys went the Stargate way, as well.

So, does Carson become some wraith’s new pet or something? What’s the deal with that pic?

Sheesh, when does the new season start again? All these teasers are killing me.

Mackenzie's Momma

Oh sounds like a job I currently work at. I won’t say which one as I sort of like working there and its only temporary. That is if I pass my re-hire interview(yes I work for them already and they MUST re-interview me weird eh?)

Soooo since again no mailbag, I’ll copy the question from yesterday.

So after much research and debate several of us are curious as to when we might see Lorne’s character promoted. We’d LOVE to have more opportunity to see him in his dress blues.

See, we *cough*me*cough* did some digging into promotion’s and the Air Force. Seems that a Captain, is eligible to become a Major after 9-11 cumulative years in service. A major is then eligible to be promoted to Lt. Colonel after an additional 2-5 years as a Major(13-16 years cumulative service).

Now we are assuming that Lorne became a Major shortly before “Enemy Mine”. Say he was on the ‘low end’ of the range so, 9 years of service. He transfered out to Pegasus and Atlantis back in 2005, with 11 years of service under his belt. Lorne’s now been stationed on Atlantis for 3 years(or so), thus bringing his total years of service as an officer to 15. See our logic?

a. loquita
a. loquita

Does “Project Twilight” have to do with planning for a possible SAG strike?

Ohulan

Well we are all lucky it worked out that way!

Serendipity!

Thanks for the story.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe…you so gotta stop teasing me with Tyler Wraith…

Unless, of course – one of his characters survives the season. Otherwise, I don’t know if I can deal with watching him die over and over again, like poor James…

(But thanks for the pictures anyway!! ALWAYS a delight!! And dang, now I want a Wraith finger thingy, and a stunner…and, well…a Wraith. Got any extras hanging around? wink )

das

Morjana

Hi, Joe!

Uh oh?

Uh oh is right — whose face is behind that Wraith hand?

New NBCU Stargate Atlantis 5 promotional photos are out — I have reduced sizes at my blog:

http://morjana-subductionleadstoorogeny.blogspot.com/

17 days until the premiere!

smile

Morjana

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Oh my. A cast iron season five spoiler, Wraith, and a familiar hairline beneath the Wraith hand. gods, its still three weeks before the show starts up! And I refuse to even look for an illegal copy. Though I’m getting impatient with both Amazon and itunes. I want to hurry up and pay for my season subscription to ensure my downloads are legally on time.
An intriguing story of your earlier career. Any particular event trigger this memory? And oh, but to know what actor could annoy Paul Mullie so much as to make the “short list”.
Thanks for the pictures, however much they are likely to keep me too hyped up to go to sleep promptly. Enjoy the luau, or whatever passes for one in the offices in BC.

anneteldy
anneteldy

Mr. M wrote:

A huge cast-iron season five spoiler.

The Expedition is doing Macbeth? grin

Anne Teldy

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Hey Joe, What’s with no mailbag for the last few days… I thought you promised to catch up on the mail bag while on your semi-break from work? Are our questions that bad?

And will you tell us what show that was that you turned down! Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad you did turn it down. Stargate is great because of you and Paul.

Thanks for all you do.

Patricia

muddypiddypop
muddypiddypop

Joe, Today I went and bought a copy of Androids Dream. I only got a chance to read the first chapter before I had to go to work, but it was great and kind of WTF. Can’t wait to finish it.

Charles Schneider

Awesome pictures! I love tonight’s story. I doesn’t seem like you and Paul have been working together for that long. Do you think that people who work in animated television end up participating in a much greater number of projects than people in other genres of television? Just looking at a typical voice actors imdb profile yields tons of results versus a live action tv actor of a similar age/status.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Yeah…couldn’t resist…sorry for my lame-o ‘jokes’…

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das

sylvia
sylvia

Great pictures. The cauldron – hope no one gets cooked!

Please 2 mai tais, some kahlua pork, poi, and lomi salmon with the umbrellaed table….coool! You guys know how to furnish/decorate.

Started reading Scalzi’s Old Man’s War – and the first few pages could have been writen by you in your inimitable style. It was great. Have to get back to it.

Love all the pictures you give us.

laynie
laynie

Hi Joe,

Just had a real quick question for you. Just watched Ark of Truth for the millionth time and wanted to know, especially with Continuum weeks away, where in SG canon does Ark of Truth and Continuum? It’s driving me and several friends of mine nuts….

Thanks for all you do, the updates and the food reqs. If i ever get out of the desert that is the Southwest, I’ll be sure to look these places up!

pg15

Ouch. That CANNOT be good for the complexion. And I thought zits were bad.

Thanks for the prequel of your Stargate adventures. I guess you made the right choice after all. Thank goodness.

Here are some questions:

1. Are you currently accepting pitches from freelance writers?

2. Will the Wraith be involved in Episode 100? Will Episode 100 end on a cliffhanger?

Thanks in advance!

The Stargate marathon reviews will return in 3 days.

MELorne-Süper-Fän
MELorne-Süper-Fän

Look, don’t listen to these people here, while I would love a promotion for Lorne, I bet there won’t be two Lt. Colonels on Atlantis. So, nope, definitely no promo for him, I want my Major on the Show. Thanks!!!

The Game on Wednesday will be much better. Germany against Turkey. The Turks are gorgeous this Year and really for once make me proud. grin

Jade

Well I am certainly glad that the other job didn’t work out cause I can’t imagine Stargate without you now.

One quick question. I know that you said that you critique the writing of other shows while watching them, so my question is, who is your favourite non Stargate writer? or perhaps a group of writers?

Jade

Lt.Col.Errandboy
Lt.Col.Errandboy

So much for mulitnational productions, huh? Sounded like World War 3 was about to be tabled, based on whether the Germans or French claimed their idea was best….

Got a question…who does SciFi’s promotional photos for SGA? Would you please shoot the designer for the most atrocious Photoshopping exercise I’ve ever seen? High school kids using GIMP have done better! And who ‘poses’ the actors for those shots? I had a good laugh on someone’s LJ when they suggested Sheppard looked like he should have been photographed on a big game safari with his boot on the kill.

something I ran with, by the way…

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Isn’t it fun what you can do with half an hour, Google images, Photoshop and creative ideas!

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Oops! Delete the first post of mine (sorry!)

Hmm that spoiler pic Joe… reminds me of a Bugs cartoon.

I hate know it alls too. Usually they’re Jerk of all trades, master of none.

Luis
Luis

Writing and Why it’s amazing:

People who are blessed with the ability to write have the great responsibility and opportunity to deliver information of all kinds. Depending on the type of writing you specialize in, writers are able to educate, inform, enlighten and entertain — all through the written word.

Luis
Luis

Writing and Why its amazing:

People who are blessed with the ability to write have the great responsibility and opportunity to deliver information of all kinds. Depending on the type of writing you specialize in, writers are able to educate, inform, enlighten and entertain — all through the written word.

Read this in a magazine and it was labeled as one of the top 5 most Amazing Jobs.

Anais33

Coucou Joseph!!!

Sa va bien?? Moi super bien^^! je me repose!!
Merci pour toutes ces photos!!

Allemagne vs France??? aller la france biensure^^!!

bon aller gros bisou joseph, passez une bonne journée, je voud adore♥

sector24
sector24

We should really thank the French and the German!! They have send you throught the Stargate and the show only gained from your imagination. smile

Rebecca
Rebecca

Stargate without you? Now there’s a parallel universe story idea. Glad it worked in our favour.

Very intrigued about the screen shot of someone with a wraith’s hand over their face.