Well, I’m still battling this bug and while I am feeling under the weather, I’ve certainly felt worse. In fact, off the top of my head, I can think of six times over the course of my life when I have felt worse. The culprits on those six occasions were, in no specific order:
1) A bad kebab.
2) A couple of beers, six tequila shots, three lollipops, and a cigar.
3) An order of snake soup purchased at the Hong Kong International Airport.
4) A half bottle of white rum with a can of Coke chaser.
5) Thirteen different flavors of homemade ice cream in one sitting.
6) The iffy sprouts that adorned my sunchoke soup with white truffle oil.
I’ve always considered myself someone with a fairly strong constitution. I rarely get sick and when I do, it’s usually because of something I’ve done like drink a half a bottle of white rum or not exercise enough common sense to discard the decorative sprouts sitting atop my soup. Unlike my sickly fellow producers, I’m usually the picture of health, so it’s kind of frustrating to have to spend the greater part of my day clearing my ravaged throat and feasting on Cepacol tablets. Gargling every night before bedtime has helped. I’m not exactly sure which of the gargling ingredient is responsible as I’ve taken many a friend and family member’s and tried: salt water, tea, warm water and honey, mouthwash, and Jack Daniels (the latter from my buddy Nigel in Montreal who claims it’s a cure-all for everything from joint pain to hangovers), but whatever it is it seems to be working. Of course it may not be any of the aforementioned and I should really be thanking you, dear readers, whose positive thoughts and well-wishes have forced a recalibration of the universal bio-waves affecting my throat, transforming them from harmful fluctuations to a healing vibrato. So thanks to everyone. And, just in case, thanks to Nigel for the Jack Daniels suggestions. Also, if it is fandom’s collective mind-power influencing my well-being, could I humbly request you shift your thought patterns over to my winning our local lottery. I promise to use the money to build my very own batmobile, get an extra bookshelf for my office, and finally track down that Randy Bowen Juggernaut bust.
Oh, and help the children.
Hey, if you’re interested in this sort of thing, episode 4, The Daedalus Variations, showed a nice little uptick, pulling in an early 1.3.
Finally, a quick reminder that Stargate Atlantis Director of Photography Jim Menard is waiting in the wings, ready to pounce on your question. You have one more day to submit them before I send ‘em his way.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday girl Rose.
Today’s pic: Another snap from Whispers.
Today’s video: Another Weird Food Purchase of the Day installment. This segment: Wasabi Peas.
PG15 writes: “These little strange food reviews are hilarious! They’re also getting longer with each new one. Before you know it, we’ll be getting cliffhangers and stuff, and story arcs! And guest stars!”
Answer: I’ve already lined up Carl for a guest spot. Now it’s just a matter of finding a suitably disgusting food item for him to sample.
PG15 writes: “So Joe, how’s about revealing the spoiler poem line for The Daedalus Variations?”
Answer: Sure. “While myriad permutations are viewed from space.”Lee writes: “I was wondering if you have any suggestions in terms of your top three or four Vancouver-based restaurants that a person must absolutely eat at when in town.”
Answer: What type of cuisine would you like to check out?
AmyFo writes: “Any flavors or Italian cuisine you can recommend for this sorry excuse for an Italian?”
Answer: I’m a fan of zabaglione ice cream.
Erin Anderson writes: “Is investigating weird and interesting things to make you gag something you have always done, or is this a new habit precisely for our amusement?”
Answer: Like most everything else in my life, I do it all for the fans.
Tim the Technician writes: “Where did you get the NERV shirt? I’ve been trying to find one for ages.”
Answer: Try Tokyo. That’s where I picked up my Gundam shirts as well.
Alexandra writes: “How would you characterize Sheppard’s respective relationships with the SGC, IOA and Air Force currently? Are they still hostile and disapproving? Is he still on the USAF naughty list or has he redeemed himself in their eyes at this point?”
Answer: Sheppard has come a long way since Rising. Given his many years of service in the Pegasus Galaxy and all he has accomplished, I’d say he has redeemed himself in the eyes of the military. Of course there are still some who won’t be so quick to forget his past transgressions.
Sandra Lee writes: “Was there something being hinted at between Ronon and Keller during ‘Quarantine’?”
Answer: There was definitely a suggestion there of a mutual attraction.
Muddpiddypop writes: “Joe, do the Wraith Queens have to touch someone to get them to submit or is it like my kids who play with their food.”
Answer: Physical contact is not required for a Wraith Queen to wield her influence over a human mind.
Freidag writes: “Well, we as viewers certainly don’t know Kanaan so that point is mute. Tell me, why is McKay the only major character allowed to interact with other characters that we know on a romantic level? Katie Brown in seasons 2 and 3 and now, unbelievably, Keller in seasons 4 and 5.”
Answer: Actually, the character of Katie Brown only became a character of any significance as a result of the romantic storyline as opposed to being a pre-established character that became involved in a romantic storyline.
Kamilla writes: “So Paul is now writing episode 100? I thought Brad was doing that one.”
Answer: Nope. Brad is busy working on Project Terzo.
Cherish4 writes: “I’m very much looking forward to the Lexa Doig guest blog, any rough idea of when hers will be Joe?”
Answer: I’ll probably start gathering questions for Lexa this weekend.
Mrs.B108 writes: “1)Will Sheppard continue to feel guilt over things long past?
2)Do Todd and Michael have any scenes together this year?”
Answer: 1) Sheppard’s residual guilt will play a big part in a late season episode. 2) Not in season 5, sorry.
Cathie writes: “When do you find out whether Stargate Atlantis will get a 6th season?”
Answer: Like past seasons, we may not find out until late fall.
Smiley_face06 writes: “I’ve got a question about Sam leaving to Earth in Search & Rescue. Was the Ba’al she was referring to the one who was in the beginning of Continuum?”