I’d like to kick off today’s entry by congratulating our visual effects department on their well-deserved Emmy nomination in the category of “Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series” for last year’s season premiere, Adrift. Mark Savela and the gang outdid themselves in season 4 and they’re managing to top that effort with the work they’ve done so far in season 5. Speaking of Mark – he’ll be dropping by next week to field your questions. I’ll start collecting your queries this weekend so think about what you’d like to ask our resident Czar of Visual Effects.
One more day to get your questions in for award-winning artist/illustrator/designer/professional fire-eater John Picacio (check out his blog here: http://johnpicacio.com/blog.html). He’ll be swinging by this weekend to chat with us about his work.
Well, the subject of this year’s crew gift came up again and we spent lunch wracking our brains for the perfect end-of-season thank you present for our hard-working cast and crew. In previous years, we’ve done things like jackets, coats, iPods, and dvd players. But this season, what with it being our 100th episode celebration and all, I really feel we should do something different. I’ve narrowed it down to the following:
1) Stargate Atlantis kites.
2) A case of mangosteen juice.
3) A Ninja weapon of your choice (ie. nunchuks, throwing stars, one of those iron fans suitable for cooling AND decapitation).
4) A pet ferret.
5) Stargate tattoo.
6) Ugg boots.
7) Merengue lessons.
8) A full body wax.
9) A tarot card reading from a licensed psychic.
10) Take all the money we would spend on gifts for the entire crew, put it in a big envelope, and have a winner-take-all draw.
I’m leaning toward the latter.
One of the books I read over my summer hiatus was Jeff Carlson’s Plague Year, an SF thriller focusing on the mountain-top survivors of a nanotech plague. Well, the sequel, Plague War, will be out July 29th and Jeff has just released a trailer, 4 Minutes Above 10,000 Feet that was shot in the Sierra mountains. You can check it out here –
or watch a hi-res version on Jeff’s web site here: www.jverse.com
Masterchief writes: “1. Will Sam’s current job, after leaving Atlantis, (SG team, head of some facility, R&D at Area 51 etc) be mentioned in the 100th ep?
2. I was looking for something Stargate related on wikipedia (yes I know not the best source) and sometimes besides “Writer” and “Director” it says “Teleplay by”. For example for The Shroud it says “Story: Brad Wright&Robert C. Cooper, Teleplay:Robert C. Cooper”. What does that mean?”
Answers: 1) Yes – provided Amanda is available to appear in the episode. 2) When you see Teleplay By in the credits, it means that the writer has written a script based on somebody else’s story. This credit is usually preceded by a Story By credit.
Leila Philips writes: “How do you sleep with the puppies snoring like that??!!”
Answer: I’m used to the snoring. It’s the bed-hogging that’s the problem.
DLK writes: “Parrish coming back?”
Answer: And quite possibly in shorts!
Fsmn36 writes: “So, in light of The X-Files movie coming out in about a week…is it one you’ll rent? Any thoughts?”
Answer: I’ll wait on the reviews.
Anais33 a ecrit: “1) Dans cette saison 5 mise à part Carson, allons nous voir des personnnes mortes ou disparus? 2) Selon vous qu’elle épisode sera le plus comique?”
Answer: 1) Peut-etre. 2) Brain Storm.
Jess writes: “In the episodes finished thus far, could you name any particular incident or preformance that you would call outstanding, and why, and from which episode.”
Answer: Definitely Jason in Broken Ties and Rachel in The Queen.
AMZ writes: “Just checking…do the questions I (eagerly) posted for John Picacio last week count for his q&a? Should I post them again?”
Answer: Already got ‘em filed away. Fear not.
Lincbink writes: “Is there a possibility that the character of Cassie Frasier will be part of the new series?”
Answer: Most unlikely.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Did Robert C Cooper end up getting a Sony Reader?”
Answer: Don’t think so.
Muddypiddypop writes: “How long before an episode airs do you have it completey finished.”
Answer: Usually a few weeks before the scheduled airdate.