The tower
The tower
The tower
The tower
James Robbins shows off some of his work
James Robbins shows off some of his work

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.

OR

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

Some mailbag:

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.

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Mackenzie's Momma

Oooh nice pics, congrats to Mark Savela and crew.

My ankle is faring much better today after yesterday’s incident. I’m considering in investing in either a bubble wrap suit or a space suit for future incidents.

No QOTD as I’m saving all my annoying questions for my re-orientation tomorrow.

ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

Hey Joe,

I just saw a Mercury car comercial and could swear that Laryn was the womon doing the comercial. I was just wondering if you could confirm this or if anyone else has seen the same thing.

Thanks always,

-ZPB

ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

small typo i put an ‘o’ instead of ‘a’ in woman

Shawna

Heh. I’d say the envelope would be a bad idea. Sure, one person’s ecstatic, but several dozen are angry and depressed. You could always go the Oprah route and give them all new cars. Or HD TVs. Or vacation packages with a selection of destinations to choose from. Or maybe just a brick of solid gold with the SGA logo stamped into it.

Jenni (aka LilFerret)

“4) A pet ferret.”

I’m loving you more every day, Joe. *sniggle*

majorsal
majorsal

thank you, joe, for answering the sam-amanda questions. smile

sally =)

Lorr54
Lorr54

My heartfelt congratulations on the Emmy nod for Adrift. The effects in that episode were amongst the best I have seen. Absolutely beautiful, and a most deserved nomination.

HiddenSky
HiddenSky

I know you’ve referenced many on staff being Firefly/Serenity fans. Have you seen Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” yet? Any thoughts?

Nolamom
Nolamom

Project Terzo – as in Third (party)?

Terry
Terry

Thank you, Joe, for pointing us to John’s artwork. I don’t know if these were already asked, but here are a few questions for John Picacio. How much of a story does he read before he does the artwork? Does he instead rely on a story summary and if so, does that come from the publisher or the author? Does he ever confer with an author on a cover? Has he ever received feedback from an author that surprised him? Finally, I was astounded by some of the artwork on his website. Does he sell original artwork to indvidual buyers?

nell
nell

Hi Joe,
I’m one of your lurkers surfacing to say that viewing Season 5’s premiere episode, Search and Rescue, was particularly thrilling for myself and other fans because David Hewlett and Jewel Staite were present at the Shore Leave Con in Baltimore, Maryland last weekend. The fans gave David and Jewel a rousing applause at their respective Q & As. David mentioned Las Vegas during his panel. Hmmm, whatever can that mean? Please be on the lookout for a written invitation to join a group of us for dinner during the week of August 18 when the Vancouver Gate Con is in town.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Answer: I’ll wait on the reviews.

I always do that too..
Have you ever watched a movie that in the end you didn’t expect to be what you thought it to be? Like a movie you’d think was droll, only to LOVE it? Or vice versa?

maggiemayday

Hmmm. I’d say the Stargate Tattoo, but only if it follows the full body wax. Clean slate, blank canvas, fresh palette, and so on. Nothing like a little ink to keep precious memories alive and kicking and screaming.

Or perhaps piercings, can’t go wrong with an eyebrow ring, or one of those nipple shields, or a barbell through the belly button. I could be mistaken, but ask around. I bet you’ll get some wonderful responses!

Or perhaps a GPS micro-chip embedded in a tasteful location. That way you could track any of the cast and crew down in the future for specials and reunions and conventions …. oh wait. That’s my inner fangrrrl going into stalker mode. Best take the medications, hmmmm? (Damn, I just thoroughly creeped myself out!)

Jason
Jason

Any good Lorne Highlights coming up in Season 5 like the barefoot scene in Doppleganger? Will he ever be addressed by his first name?

DisplacedDanny
DisplacedDanny

Hey Joe, a few questions for you today, fairly on a one-track mind:

1)Since the events of Ark of Truth, Is the Ori Supergate still out there?

2)Did the armies/priors/ships just…pack up and leave? Are there any plans to revisit the aftereffects of this in either galaxy?

3) More of an observation here but while I enjoyed the premiere, I thought there were interesting parallels between the candlelight scene here and the dinner scene from Angel’s “Deep Down” (which, come to think of it was also a season premiere).

Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

Once again, Joseph, you are hilarious or at least I hope you are just kidding with your gift ideas. Should be a trip somewhere. What would really be interesting is to have a group camping trip. Now that would most likely be hilarious. I know my family ones usually are imagine one with your co-workers (oops my co workers are mostly my 4 brothers, sisters and father). Come to think of it, that may be more torture than a gift.

What did you give to SG-1 for their milestone episode?

Emily

Totally go with the Stargate Atlantis kites. Then you can all go out and fly them together in a big field on windy days. And then post pictures of the smiles, laughs, frolics, and general revelry that would (obviously) be had by all.

How many people are a part of the cast and crew? ‘Cause a crate full of 50 ferrets could get ugly. I’m just sayin’.

Pol

Sweet! Questions for the VFX crew. Off to think up good questions for Mark…

Thanks, Joe, for the update. As for crew gifts, there’s always action figures. I’m sure they can never get enough of those.

riley

Awesome – I love the way the blog read your usage of ‘8’ and ‘)’ as an emoticon!

(Although – the contents of number 8? – EWWWWWW. And OWWWWWW.)

Personally, I’d go the tatt. Nothing tells someone you appreciate them more than an agonizing session under the needle. Plus, there’s scabs and blood. Make sure they have to get it on a bony part of their body, too, to maximise the pain. smile

NZ_Jackie
NZ_Jackie

Congrats to the Viz effects Team on the Nom! :D:D

How come no one told me about Plague Year/War!! Totally my kind of Book!! *goes off and Buys it*

NZJ

Enzo Aquarius
Enzo Aquarius

Hey Joe!

I also would like to congratulate your VFX crew on the Emmy nomination. It is well deserved, the effects in “Adrift” were amazing, and judging from what we saw in “Search & Rescue”, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were nominated again next year. Congrats!

That tower set looks neat. As I said previously a few days ago, your set designers can do an amazing amount of work in little time.

You truely have an amazing crew…along with great writers. wink

Thanks as always!

– Enzo Aquarius

Karen
Karen

Congrats to the visual effects people! Crew gifts, hum, how about pugs??

Masterchief
Masterchief

hey Joe, I just wanted to thank you for answering my questions. also congrats on the Emmy nomination wink

Scifan
Scifan

Dear Joe,

In Search and Rescue, Teyla says that Torren is her father’s name. Could you tell us then, who is Tagan?

BoomerGoodheart
BoomerGoodheart

Ok, Joe…

Just one more time. Could you please tell me how many stars General Hammond had when he retired? Best as I could find in my reseach, he topped out at 3 (Major General). Am I even close?

Thanks!
BoomerGoodheart