Robert C. Cooper welcomes you to his guest blog and reminds you that tips aren't included in the price of your dvd purchase.
Robert C. Cooper welcomes you to his guest blog and reminds you that tips aren't included in the price of your dvd purchase.
Most productions simply fire troublesome extras.  At Stargate, we prefer to burn them.
Most productions simply fire troublesome extras. At Stargate, we prefer to burn them.
Resting up now so that he can yell at an actor later.  Somebody find me Chris Judge!
Resting up now so that he can yell at an actor later. Somebody find me Chris Judge!
Chris Judge seems to know something you don't.
Chris Judge seems to know something you don't.
The boss is on set!  Everybody, look busy!
The boss is on set! Everybody, look busy!
Steve Eramo gives Ben Browder a good old-fashioned ass-kicking.
Steve Eramo gives Ben Browder a good old-fashioned ass-kicking.

Five minutes to lunch and everyone is happy!
Five minutes to lunch and everyone is happy!

Hey, look who’s here!  It’s writer/director/executive producer/show creator/golfer/expert barbecuer Robert C. Cooper – and he’s got answers to all of your burning questions (provided, of course, you took the time to post said questions last week).  Before handing things over to Rob, I’d like to dedicate today’s blog entry to birthday girl Rebecca T. who, I’m sure more than anything, wants to know what was up with those replicators.  Rob…?

 

 

Archersangel writes: “1. how much of an effort was made to work in o’neill or hammond? or did you decide to save them for continuum?

It was never really a question of effort. AoT was always meant to be a conclusion to the Ori storyline. I felt there was already a lot of stuff to jam into two hours and I wanted to give the regulars from seasons 9 and 10 the screen time I thought they were due. I know this has upset certain fans but those fans obviously had issues from the beginning of season nine. To me, Mitchell, Landry, Vala, Carter, Daniel and Teal’c were the current incarnation of SG-1 and the last chapter of their story as a team should be about them. If you put O’Neill in, the story would need to revolve around him in some way. However, this decision was made in light of the fact that we knew there were going to be two movies and that many fans would love the chance to see O’Neill and Hammond again. We decided rather than split RDA’s time in cameos, it was better spent on a bigger role in Continuum. Especially, because the story called for it. I realize you are being very careful in the way you’ve asked this question but others have been less subtle. I owe my career on Stargate to a few people and one of them is RDA. Without his support I never would have become showrunner in season seven. I wrote O’Neill for eight years and then RDA chose to leave the show for personal reasons. Personally, I did whatever I could to bring his character back into the mix at the beginning of season nine and none of us could have imagined doing the 200th episode without him. I also wrote The Shroud in season ten in which I think the O’Neill character was well used. It was a pivotal role that called for O’Neill and recaptured his relationship with Daniel.

Furthermore, I know fans don’t like to hear the business side of things but I would have liked to have RDA in Unending. Unfortunately, we were over budget as it was and when it comes down to it, what justifies the salary overage from a studio perspective is a potential ratings bump that might help get us picked-up. We were already canceled at that point.

 

2. was the story any different in the movie than it would’ve been for an 11th season?

It was certainly shorter. We did not have season eleven mapped out. Remember we were canceled in August ‘06 before we had even finished shooting season 10. I did have a notion I wanted to set up in the last episode if season 11 had been ordered. That notion was the search for an artifact that might be a peaceful solution to the conflict with the Ori warriors. That became the framework for AoT.

 

3. regarding teal’c vs. tomin as to who did more to feel guilty about, i.e. who caused more pain, suffering and death, some say teal’c did worse things than tomin. what’s your opinion?

I don’t know if guilt of that depth can really be measured on any stick or scale. I think Teal’c and Tomin both did equally terrible things. However, Teal’c did them for a much longer period of time. Still, you’re essentially talking about the distinction between killing one person or two. You can’t undo either.

 

4. were the replicators always going to be included? if there would’ve been an 11th season, would they have made an appearance? in the same way?”

Yes and yes.

 

Michelle writes: “Do you see any danger in being producer, writer, and director on an episode or movie? That is, might there be a lack of checks and balances on your creative decisions? For example, did anyone try to tell you you were nuts for reintroducing old-fashioned Replicators in AoT, or did they just salute and press on? It must take a large pair of ‘em to do all 3 jobs with the future of the franchise hanging on your decisions. Thank heavens it turned out well and made someone a boatload of cash.

As a fan myself, one of my favorite behind the scenes clips is on the Star Wars: Attack of The Clones DVD. Speilberg visits Lucas on the set and questions the more modern looking stormtroopers being put into a prequel. The exchange is memorable.

Sure there is danger in taking on all three roles. It’s a minefield where the mines are very close together. But there are also benefits. I can see the big picture as far as the production goes. I understand every facet of what is going on screen. For example, I can limit the budget by writing a scene in a set I know we already have thus saving the money for a big shot I have planned with a helicopter. Or I can tell the production designer to only build three walls of a new set instead of four because I already know how I’m going to shoot the scene. A director hopefully tries to achieve the vision of the writer with the time and money allotted. As producer, I can put money where I think the director really needs it. And on set, I know exactly what I mean as a writer but may not have conveyed properly on paper. It saves a lot of phone calls. I think the crew and cast will tell you its a lot more convenient having the writer/producer there to clear up any issues they might have with the director. Also, if the director gets behind, the writer might be able to cut some scenes by re-writing a few lines. Now, it’s always helpful to have more brains. I have benefited greatly over the years from creative collaboration with many people. That’s why I try to listen to my fellow writers/producer’s opinions and talk endlessly with other more experienced and talented directors. Yes, I suppose it does take guts to take on all three jobs. But let’s say I only wrote and produced AoT. Could a different director really have overcome the issues you have with the script? If it’s bad, I still bear a lot of the responsibility.

As far as the replicators, I do feel like I’ve answered this before but I’ll give it one last shot. Please understand, that I respect your opinion. But thankfully, opinions vary and your distaste for the replicators is not universal. I always kind of liked them myself. It’s funny to me that people complain because they don’t like the new SG-1, they want the old SG-1. Then others complain when old-fashioned elements come into play in new storylines. Fact is, you can’t please all of the people. I thought the re-introduction of the replicators was a natural evolution of the Asgard core being given to us in Unending. I felt this was a big event in the history of SG-1 and I wanted the Asgard knowledge to play into the movie in some way. One of the re-occurring themes in the series is the concept of humans using technology that is far beyond us. We get into trouble because we mess with things we don’t understand. The problem is, after a while you start to wonder, won’t those people just learn already? So, you try not to have your heroes making the same mistakes over and over. Still, I thought, if I was in a desperate battle and I thought I could control the replicators and use them as a weapon, I might give it a shot. Thus, the IOA plan was born and Mitchell gets to fight a repli-monster. I certainly remember being called crazy a lot over the years and thinking I had lost my mind even more. But not for bringing back the replicators. For example, there were those (I believe one J. Mallozzi) who at the script stage thought flipping over the crystal was too easy a solution to the problem but I wanted Mitchell’s fight to have been worth the beating he took. I also wanted the answer to be simple to communicate at that point in the movie. Maybe I was crazy.

 

Aurora Novarum writes: “1. One of the best things about this movie (and S10) was the development of Tomin’s character. Did you have this arc in mind from “Crusade” or was it something that developed over the course of figuring out the stories?

In television, things evolve. I would like to say we had it all planned from the beginning but anyone who says that they did is lying or way smarter than me. Certainly, I hoped Tomin would be an interesting character but I had no idea he would be as compelling as he turned out to be. A large part of that is due to the brilliance of Tim Guinee. He’s a great actor and a dream to work with. You don’t always get that. I wanted to tell a story about the other side. The people who believed in Origin. I felt that if you saw them as real, understood their unflappable belief, it might do two things: Make the war more tragic and the enemy more fearsome. I personally liked a lot of things about the episode Line in the Sand. One was Tim’s performance and the way that story put major cracks in Tomin’s reality. (The other was the bond created between Sam and Mitchell but that’s another answer later.) I always knew there were similarities between Teal’c and Tomin. It seems obvious now but you might be surprised to learn it was major revelation for me when I realized that the commonality should be highlighted in a scene between the two. At first, as I thought about it, I was actually surprised that Teal’c had never really articulated his feelings about his past to anyone like that before. Not to draw any direct comparison but Schindler’s List was a powerful movie for me. It made me wonder if there were Nazi soldiers who had followed orders and then later went to heroic lengths to make up for the atrocities after the war. If so, I think that might make an interesting story.

 

2. Are we to assume Adria & Morgan are in the same limbo as Oma & Anubis? Or was the battle a bit more favorable to Ganos this time around?

Adria and Morgan are in a similar but different limbo. But they do call a truce every now and then and get together for a game of Bridge.

 

3. Was the Replicator storyline a Season 11 episode idea? It seemed…disconnected from the rest of the storyline of wrapping up the Ori/Ancient saga.

I do not believe they were disconnected. I think the reason the replicators were unleashed in AoT is because the IOA believed they were a viable way to attack the Ori. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And I wanted an obstacle in the movie that could be introduced and resolved in a somewhat self-contained way. Another factor I considered was that I knew the Ark/Ori story line would come down to a face-off between Daniel, Vala, Adria and Morgan. I really didn’t want Mitchell and Carter standing around watching. It’s hard to put twelve people in one room and give them all something to do – unless they’re all really angry. Amanda also had a heavy schedule working on Atlantis and I knew I had to isolate her scenes to a certain extent. Unfortunately, with a TV budget you really don’t start by thinking about the coolest most imaginative idea you can some up with. You look at the sets you own and think of the coolest most imaginative scenes you can write for that space. I’ve had a lot of ideas we couldn’t afford to do. Creatively though, I really enjoyed Enemies and thought it upped the ante to have two bad guys to deal with. We’ve done that a lot on both series. See also the wraith and the human form replicators.

 

4. General question: What is your favorite story arc/secondary character/type of tale to write?”

I really have no favorites. If I write one thing for too long I tend to get bored. That’s how Vala happened. Doesn’t mean I don’t like the old stuff. I loved it at the time. I still love the old SG-1 characters but when things start to get stale it always helps to mix in a new personality. Vala for example. Daniel has always been a great character. Early on, it was his passion for finding Share that drove him. But eventually that was resolved. I think Michael Shanks would agree, Vala reinvigorated the character of Daniel. In general, I do love writing the bantering dynamic of two characters at odds. Like Daniel/O’Neill or Daniel/Vala. Two people who always agree might as well be one.

 

Skye writes: “What did the Cast think of the Script when the first read it?”

You got the money to do all this and you can’t pay me more? Actually, that was just Chris.

 

Amac251 writes: “Regarding the scene where Mitchell fought to his “almost” death:

Was this scene purposely longer than a usual “whumping” scene in order to make the viewer cringe a lot? (If so, it worked with me!)
(2) Was the scene originally longer and edited down to what we saw?
(3) Has anyone else told you that halfway through that scene they yelled at their TV, “Make it stop! Make it stop!!” (I’m not saying *I* did! Or, at least there is no proof I did!)

The scene is roughly as long as it was intended to be and pretty much as it was shot. I wanted it to be as much of a “movie” fight as we could afford and was meant to showcase what a hero Mitchell is. How much he could take without making him overly superhuman. In that respect, I know a few doctors who agree I went too far.

 

Also, what was your favorite scene in the Ark of Truth?”

Probably, going through the supergate. But I love Joel’s music for Teal’c’s journey.

 

Ruffles writes: “In Ark of Truth, the priors are exposed to the truth and suddenly Morgan Le Fey is able to fight Adria. My assumption is Adria was weakened because of the priors’ exposure. My question is why? Just because the priors stopped worshiping, did the humans stop? What made that happen? I thought the Ori needed human worship for their power. If a pastor falls from his faith, that doesn’t stop the people in his congregation from believing. Why would it work in this instance?”

The means by which the Ori sapped power from their human followers was never established and certainly open for debate. Based on AoT, you could assume the Priors acted as conduits. Morgan said it would work and it did. After all she is an ascended being and should know.

 

Trish writes: “OH!! My question to Robert Cooper: How are you so awesome?”

How are you so awesome?

 

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “In all the time of producing Stargate since 1997, what has been the single most defining change (technology wise) to affect the day to day production? I know in the commentary of AoT you mention about changing film type (with Peter Woeste)..is that it? or more green screen?”

HD has definitely had a huge impact. Mostly good. We can see what we’re getting on the spot. We can cut in HD. It changed how we shoot, how we light, and the bottom line. There are image quality differences from film but it’s getting closer every day.

Also, incredible increases in computer processor speed and lower costs have meant much better and higher volume of VFX per episode for the money. As you know, we now have our own in house department.

 

Katie Menard writes: “I wanted to ask Mark Savela a question because I am a fan of Stargate’s visual effects and I am thinking of going into that area, so I thought he be a good person to ask. I want to know how he started out and what type of schooling did he need?”

Schooling is important but so is having the gene that makes you a VFX supervising genius like Mark. It certainly helps to know the technical side like the software but it really comes down to looking at a shot and knowing when it’s good or more importantly, how to fix it when it’s not. And while they have a variety of backgrounds most supervisors start as co-ordinators or assistants on set to gain experience. It is as much a managerial position as artistic. You need to be good at both to be a supervisor.

 

Chevron 7 writes: “1. In Ark of Truth, when Teal’c went on his journey to Celestis, how did he know which direction to go? Did Morgan le Fay direct him?

Yes, I believe she did. Also, he went down. Because it was cold. Ask Chris.

 

2. Cam and Sam have always had a “sibling relationship” to me. Is this how you see them? Was the scene between them in the infirmary (AoT) supposed to be so flirty or was that a direction the actors took it?

As I mentioned earlier, I think Sam and Cam’s relationship was cemented nicely in Line in the Sand. That is why I recalled the macaroon scene written by Alan McCullough. I meant for it to demonstrate the bond they had formed. Sometimes the actors take things in certain directions and it works. In this case, I think the scene walked the line between flirty and genuine affection for a close friend.

 

3. Do you find it difficult to stop writing once you’re “in a zone”?”

The only thing harder is starting.

 

DanielFanForever writes: “1. My favorite scene is the one in the cell between Morgan and Daniel. There was a long gap where Daniel wasn’t on screen leading up to that scene. I was curious if there was a deleted scene, or if you wrote it that way so that the scene would be even more powerful?

Thank-you. Yes, I wanted you to start wondering what had happened to Daniel. No there wasn’t a deleted scene.

 

2. As a director, which scene did you find the most challenging to film and why?”

The helicopter stuff was certainly challenging. Our pilot and camera operator were awesome. The Dakara ruins days were heavy but the most challenging was the Celestis fire room. We had to get that day because of actor availability and we shot long into the night. I ended up doing much more simple shots than I wanted too. It’s always difficult to shoot on a tv schedule though. You learn to compromise a lot.

 

DanJack writes: In “Counterstrike” there is a line mentioning that Langara had fallen to the Ori, but Jonas is not mentioned by name. Was there a plan to have an episode in season 11 that would feature Jonas and a battle for Langara? If so, I think that would have been a sweet episode that could have united the whole team. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part (a lot of us would love to see Jonas in a Stargate movie, series, or story again), but I was curious if that was the plan since Langara was mentioned by name.

If not, is there a chance that if enough fans beg, we could see Jonas make an appearence in a future SG project? I don’t know if you guys know, but Jonas had a huge fan following.”

 

Sorry, no current plans to bring Jonas back.

 

Anne Teldy writes: “Did you have an idea where you wanted to take the series once the Ori were defeated? Was there to be one new main villain? If so, can you tell us about him/her/them or are you holding him/her/them in reserve for another movie?”

Believe me, in most cases, if someone has a good idea, it usually goes into the show immediately. Although, I think we have saved a few for Universe and more movies.

 

A loquita writes: “What was the reasoning behind the decision to promote Carter to a higher rank? And why does Mitchell get command of the ship even though he’s at a lower rank than Carter?”

Actually, they both got promoted and are of equal rank. Mitchell is still team leader and gets command for that reason. Despite the technicality, Mitchell and Carter both regard each other with respect and give each other fair weight when it comes to decision making. Certainly, Mitchell defers to Carter on all science related issues.

 

When Teal’c is talking to Tomin in the Odyssey’s mess hall, Teal’c talks about not being able to forgive himself for the atrocities done in the name of Apophis, that Teal’c has to just try to do good for others. It’s a very dark take on his situation I hadn’t considered before seeing AoT. Was this concept always present in the writing of Teal’c during the series – that he carries a very, very heavy burden forever – or was it first really created/developed for AoT? It was a beyond brilliant scene by Chris and Tim.”

Thanks. As I said earlier, it was only during the writing of AoT that I thought of the scene highlighting Teal’c’s background. I always believed Teal’c carried this burden though – that was the fuel that makes him so heroic now.

 

JoJoB writes: “This is a negative post so I understand if you skip it.

I was extremely disappointed in Ark of Truth, so much so that I felt like I wasted my money buying it (not a total waste, I put it in the unwanted DVD box at church to donate the next time they send videos to the troops in Iraq.)

Why were the characters we’ve known and loved for 10 years (Sam, Daniel, Teal’c) relegated to supporting characters in favor of the Cam Mitchell show? Guess it should not have been a surprise as most of seasons 9 and 10 were like this.

There were so many questions left unanswered and so many parts of the story that were rushed just so we could get back to Mitchell and his ridiculously long fight at the end. Even my mom, who loves Mitchell, was laughing at the fight sequences after a while. Would have been believable if it were Teal’c or Ronan fighting, totally over the top with Mitchell.

The greatness of SG-1 has always been its balance of characters. Even when RDA was in the show, the other characters got their time to shine. Since the introduction of Mitchell in season 9 it became clear that he was the focal point and the others were pushed to the side (even Vala who is a much better character). I hope the mistakes made in this movie are not repeated in any subsequent ones, but I’m not confident.

Oh, and I am not making the same mistake twice. Continuum is the number 1 selection on my Netflix Queue. We’ll decide whether to buy it after we’ve seen it.”

Sorry you didn’t like AoT or seasons nine and ten. I’ve already tried to address some of my thinking on your issues. Hey, we thought we ended SG-1 several times. For me, the last chapter was Moebius. It was a new story after that. The show just happened to have the same name and some of the same great characters and I was happy to have a job. I don’t ignore criticism but at the same time, I can’t obsess about the fact that some people don’t like everything I do. If I did, I would be paralyzed to the point of inaction. I’m not always happy with everything either. Or the circumstances under which things unfold. Or the way they ultimately turn out. But I do the best I can at the time, try to understand what I can do better and make choices that will hopefully satisfy me when I look back in the future.

Bet you buy Continuum though.

Thanks to everyone who keeps watching.

 

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Sean
Sean

That was by far the best show I have seen yet. Not only was I on the edge of my seat but my emotions were pulled from one extreme to the other. The humanization of the characters was wonderful. Woolsey stole the show.

Great job Joe and Thanks!

Sean

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

Funny, I thought RDA *had* a cameo in Continuum…

Linzi - apprentice demon
Linzi - apprentice demon

Hi Joe!

I meant to say, as someone who has been a long time SG1 fan, who didn’t think season 9 and 10, at times, were quite her cup of tea… well, I LOVED AOT. I really enjoyed it. For me, I sit down and watch what’s in front of me with an open mind. I watched AOT on Sky One and loved it. It was pure entertainment, and believe me, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. I meant to comment before and say to RCC that this Stargate fan really enjoyed it. Sorry, RL got in the way and I was a bad fan and forgot to comment about it:oops:

But I really loved AOT and so did my family. So please pass on my belated congrats to RCC and all those involved!

PS I’m absolutely thrilled with Broken Ties – it was so good, and the final scenes still make me all teary – after 4 viewings! oops

Ok, going now. smile

centurywinter
centurywinter

That was a fantastic Q and A. Thank you Mr. Cooper and Mr. Mallozzi. Who’s next?

ShardsofGlass
ShardsofGlass

I’m sorry to see so many negative questions for RCC! If he’s still reading, tell him that I, personally, really enjoyed Ark of Truth. I didn’t find Mitchell’s battle too long and I really liked the replicators. I thought their introduction totally made sense in the story and I didn’t see it as a distraction at all. I’m really glad we didn’t have a cast of thousands (like in The Quest) watching Daniel trying to solve the riddle of the Ark. I much prefer that Mitchell and Carter had their own storyline.

A lot of these opinions come down to personal preference, imo. If you like Mitchell, you’ll like his story, if you’re resentful because he joined the cast, it won’t matter what kind of story RCC writes for him. Nothing will quench that resentment.

Ark of Truth worked for me. And no, not everything does! But I enjoyed this movie.

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

“Adria and Morgan are in a similar but different limbo. But they do call a truce every now and then and get together for a game of Bridge.”

What are the chances of them taking human form and waking up naked in the Pegasus galaxy? smile

Narelle from Aus

Thanks for another great Q&A.

I enjoyed Season 9 and 10. Like all change, it took a little bit to get used to, but once settled into the new groove it was great.

Continuum comes out while I’m away.
**cries into coffee**

thisstupidworld
thisstupidworld

This was great to read! smile

As a note to Mr Cooper (who I’m sure will be reading these comments) I absolutely LOVED AoT. (And I thought the replicators were a great idea) I had to watch it twice to follow everything, which is my favourite way to watch Stargate. smile

MrsB108

1)Do any of the team members display overly strong expressions of violence this year?

2)Will we see any disturbing apparitions or unexplained phenomena during the course of the season?

Morjana

Hi, Joe.

Thank you, and RCC, for the AoT question and answers.

However (you know fandom) one answer has already stirred up more questions — regarding Carter’s and Mitchell’s ranks.

The way I’m reading the answer, is that Carter and Mitchell were the same rank at the time of AoT.

However, Carter was promoted to a full-bird Colonel at the beginning of SGA’s season four – AFTER AoT.

Which leaves the question — is that what RCC meant to type? Or did Mitchell get a promotion as well to a full-bird Colonel?

Thank you!

Morjana

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Well, it’s my own fault a near perfect weekend was ruined by today’s blog. Namely, my own stupidity in forgetting to submit my questions for Mr. Cooper. Still, I found most of the questions offered, and their answers, very informative. In some cases thought-provoking. Overall I was very happy with Ark of Truth, and a copy of both it and Continuum will be door prizes and gifts for future parties I’m planning. I appreciate Mr. Cooper’s straightforward acknowledgement of criticisms sent his way, and respect his unapologetic stance. It IS impossible to make everyone happy all the time. Overall, I think that both the later seasons of SG1 and the movies(ok, so I haven’t seen Continuum yet, but I’m an optimist) have delivered a quality product to the fans. Many thanks for all your labors over the years, Mr. Cooper.
And Mr. Mallozzi, thanks for the photo explaining the fate of unwanted extras. My only question for the day revolves around that picture. Do you place marshmallows, bacon, burgers, or other food on the extras before the process? It would seem to me an efficient way to prepare lunches, especially when shooting on location. Thanks for bringing us such great guest bloggers, as well as photos, teasers, and updates on your latest culinary adventures.

green
green

I STILL need to buy this DVD. Then I shall read this orgy of an interview.

va fan
va fan

3 things
1. was curious about the stargate sg1 bag for sale on ebay and followed the link. i think they might want to change where they have listed it. its in the trading card section, and its the only thing there that isnt a trading card.
Collectibles * > Trading Cards * > Sci-Fi, Fantasy * > Stargate

2. the ending to :broken ties. wow. just wow. unexpected, beautiful, poignant (can i use that word?). its amazing how satisfying it was to see even just small glimpses of the stargate people ‘in real life’. and, oh yeah, unlike StarTrek, i guess there are bathrooms in scifi.

3. was it just me, or was sheppard not wearing dogtags, but some odd green necklace? i see it at least 2x. and when they are running out of the wraith lab, you can see it bouncing around. i guess there’s no rule about jewelry in the AF, just thought he’d also be wearing the tags.

GoSpikey
GoSpikey

Hey Joe,

I’d like to say that, at the first viewing, I didn’t like season 9 and 10 so much, but I guess it’s because it’s so religious, and creepy, because Origin was really something people believe in and are willing to fight for. After I got my S1-10 DVD pack, I rewatched practically every ep, and it felt much better already. And then I bought AoT, and man, it was great! I even had the music from the menu play continuously because it was so great! *g*

So brilliantly done, that Ark of Truth movie! Keep up that good work, Coop! (And the rest of the team!)

On Broken Ties: was it just me, or did Tyler have a bit of trouble pronouncing his words with those teeth? (Can’t blame him!) He looked great, though!

Spikey

archersangel

centurywinter wrote:

That was a fantastic Q and A. Thank you Mr. Cooper and Mr. Mallozzi. Who’s next?

i agree.

i for one liked AoT. the replicators were a surprise, but i understand the “desperate times/desperate measures” thought. as well as the need for a B-story. i don’t think it was the “mitchell show” at all, in fact i think there was a good balance between the 2 stories.

thanks to mr. cooper for answering the questions & mr. mallozzi for providing the forum.

Bailey
Bailey

to Mr. Cooper, AoT was GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEAT!

maggiemayday

Thank you Mr. Cooper … very interesting. I loved AoT, but then, I tend to love all things StarGate fairly unconditionally. Except the days I’d love to see Vala become replicator chow. hehehe.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

A huge THANK YOU to Robert C. Cooper! Wonderfully informative and I loved the tongue in cheek answers as well. You guys take our crazy fan questions all in stride and that is a testament to your personal/professional greatness and humility! I for one LOVED AoT and anything Stargate related and I am grateful for all we get!

I can just see the YouTube video now, “tongue firmly in cheek” of Trish (a.k.a. Whoivan), David Hewlett and Robert C. Cooper all stating in various ways… how AWESOME each other are and why… let the mutual admiration society begin!!!

Thank you Joe for providing the forum for these exchanges!

Cheers,
Patricia Lee

Charlie's Angel
Charlie's Angel

Thanks to Rob Cooper for his insight into AoT. My husband and I recently rewatched SG-1 including Seasons 9 & 10 and AoT. I’ll have to admit that the Ori were not my favorite bad guys. No personality and extremely creepy. Introducing Tomin put a very human face on the Ori (at least their followers). I loved that character, and the scene in AoT with Tomin and Teal’c was very powerful.

I also liked the return of the replicators. I can imagine some idiot analyst in the IOA convincing TPTB that it would work. And the “repli-monster” was cool, especially in skeleton form.

Airelle
Airelle

I am sorry not to have asked any ?’s of Mr Cooper. like my husbands mothers last name was Cooper and I named my son Cooper, I know,,, not questions,,.
–I loved AOT and just got an email for amazon that Continuum is on its way.. whoopee!! Keep up the great work Mr C., I have not been disappointed in any of your work so far. You deserve that paycheck and more. wink

Gen
Gen

Mr. Cooper,

Count me among those who really enjoyed season 9 &10, and AoT. I agree that the addition of Vala really brought new life to the Daniel character. The addition of Ben Browder was likewise great for the series. No, he wasn’t Jack. He was Cameron, and I came to like him just as much, though for different reasons.

I would have liked to see SG1 continue as a series (I miss my Friday night SG1 fix!). Still, I’m glad that the people behind the show didn’t give up, and went with the movie option. AoT has a home on my DVD shelf, and is frequently viewed by the family. We’re looking forward to Continuum, and future SG1 movies.

Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

I absolutely loved Joel’s music in the chris’s journey down the mountain.

Loved AOT watched it may times over. I came into Stargate just this year for Atlantis and then diverted back to other Stargate episodes (Atlantis and SG-1). I loved season 9 and 10, I also love RDA and what he brought to the show. Everyone has something to offer, but I guess it is harder if you were a fan since the beginning. That said, if something ever happened to sheppard or McKay, I think I would die (not literally, but figuratively). So, I guess I understand where some of the people are coming from. Great job Mr. Cooper.

Can’t wait til Tuesday!

Question for Mark D. What was the most fulfilling scene in Broken Ties for you? What was the most difficult for you (physically and/or emotionally)?

wolfenm

Thanks very much for answering our qs, Mr Cooper, especialy the Adria/Morgan one. grin

Joe, have you seen the “Cake Wrecks site? Someone linked to it over at Hewlett’s board, and I’ve been laughing myself silly over for the last ten minutes! XD

Yes, I’m procrastinating — back to work on the column I go ….

wm
wm

Joe, can you help us settle a debate? Real World was on the other day (and why the heck is CityTV’s HD not 16:9?!). We’re trying to figure out where it was shot, especially the scene at Weir’s place when Jack comes to visit and you can see the background. I say New West, my friend says False Creek. Which is it? Or somewhere else?

majorsal
majorsal

hi, joe,

you are invited to the annual s/j ‘ship day’ celebration that takes place at gateworld forum. ‘ship day’ is monday, july 28th. we hope you’ll come by for a visit.

sally =D