Jason serenades our guest star...
Jason serenades our guest star...
...while Dawn feigns interest in the script.
...while Dawn feigns interest in the script.
"Zoink!"
Actress Dawn Olivieri. To quote Shaggy from the old Scooby Doo series: "Zoinks, Scoob!"
It's a good old-fashioned Stargate sing-along
It's a good old-fashioned Stargate sing-along
Is she for real?!!
Is she for real?!!
Hey, her time is limited...
Hey, her time is limited...
Dawn prefers not to share the spotlight
Dawn prefers not to share the spotlight
Actors are encouraged to criticize each other's performances in an open and constructive manner.
Actors are encouraged to criticize each other in an open and constructive manner.
Of course, if there's a lesson to be learned here, it's..
Of course, if there's a lesson to be learned here, it's "Don't mess with Momoa!"

"Don't mess with Momoa!"

Well, not surprisingly, you guys have more than a few queries concerning recent developments. I’ve received about 650 comments over the past two days and, while I can’t address them all, rest assured I have read them. Still, many of you bring up some very interesting questions that I’m going to try to respond to in this entry.

I’d like to start off by recognizing your anger and disappointment. Hey, many of us wish it could have gone another way too, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to give up on the franchise. Like SG-1, Atlantis will love on in a different format. Now, at present, a lot of you aren’t exactly feeling charitable toward the forthcoming spin-off, Stargate: Universe, and I understand. But the premiere is a long way off and I’m hoping that, when the time comes, you’ll at least consider giving the series a shot.

There’s been a fair amount of talk about SGU being little more than a shallow space romp based on the preliminary buzz. Well, given that the series has been created by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper who will assume co-show running duties once SGU goes into prep, one can expect a certain level of quality. After all, these are the guys who, between them, have written such episodes as Sateda, Beachhead, Unending, Abyss, Meridian, 2010, Torment of Tantalus, and, most recently, The Shrine. They are adept at crafting stories that are fast-paced and entertaining yet resonate with the humanity and spirit of the characters at their core. A better example of their talents can be found in Stargate: Atlantis, a series they created and helped build over the past five years. There’s no doubt in my mind that SGU is in infinitely capable hands and that viewers who tune in to check out the latest Stargate incarnation will not be disappointed.

Also, keep in mind that most of the people who worked hard to bring you Atlantis will be working equally hard to bring you the new series (and, if we can steal some of them away – the Atlantis movie). That includes the directors, most of the staff and crew, in addition to our kick-ass VFX team who were kind enough to post a much-appreciated thank you note in yesterday‘s comment section that I have copied and pasted for anyone who might have missed it…

“Official Memo From The VFX Department of SGA:

As we near shooting of the fifth season of SGA, we at the Stargate : Atlantis VFX Department would like to collectively give our thanks to all the people involved in an amazing five year run of a wonderful series:

To the fans: So many thanks, for all your continued support, appreciation, critiques, well wishes, love and appreciation for a television show we really, really, really have loved to make and be a part of. The SGA fans will always be the best.

To our Writers/Producers: Thank you so much to Brad, Robert, Joe, Paul, Martin, Carl, Alan, Alex for giving us the best and most challenging/interesting material to work with in all of television. We would never have any fun if it wasn’t for you.

To our cast: Joe, David, Jason, Rachel, Jewel, Robert, Amanda, David, Paul, Kavan. You guys are the best. Thank you for your confidence and belief that something was going to be there at that big screen you were looking at. Without your conviction, we would never get the accolades we do.

Our amazing crew: Thank you for experiencing five amazing years with us, it have been a blast.

Sincerely:

Department of Monkey-Headed Waffle Trumpets (TV Division)”

Well, as promised, here are some of the fun photos I took on set the other day. Guest star Dawn Olivieri is, to use Costume Designer Val Halverson’s words, “a hoot”! The native Floridian and former Deal or No Deal Model #14 is possessed of a quick wit and sharp tongue. Oh, and she also happens to be doing a kick-ass job as Identity’s Neeva. Don’t mess with Dawn! A couple of our actors learned the hard way.

To those of you asking – the Book of the Month Club guests and discussions will continue as planned. Catherynne M. Valente will be dropping by and we begin discussion of Stephen Dobyns’ The Church of Dead Girls on Monday.

We’ll also be moving ahead with actress Sharon Taylor’s Q&A. Thanks to all those who submitted questions for Sharon. I hope to hear back from her this week. Next up in our continuing line of special guest bloggers will be Stargate Atlantis props master “Evil” Kenny Gibbs. If you have any questions for Evil, start posting them.

Finally, re: the unclickable photo situation. I did click “File url”, but this only serves to lead to a dead end. I assume I’m supposed to actually add the URL in the space provided, but if I’m uploading directly off my computer rather photobucket or flickr, how does that work?

Today’s pics: Blowing off steam on set!

Mailbag:

DasNdanger writes: “ Wait…you’re not moving over to SGU… Are any of the writers?”

Answer: It’s still to early to say who will be involved and in what capacity.

Missy writes: “Just a quick question, Are you planning on wrapping up the wraith story line between now and the movie, or are you gonna save them for other movies?”

Answer: Some storylines will be wrapped up by series end, but the wraith will continue to be a presence beyond our 100th episode.

Thornyrose writes: “I’m really looking forward to your Stargate version of a horrror story, not to mention seeing Mr. McGillion back on the show.”

Answer: It’s a fun little episode. More edge-of-your-seat popcorn fare than last night’s character-driven drama, but that’s what I love about the show, its ability to tell wildly different stories. I’ll be posting more behind-the-scenes Whispers pics in the lead-up to its airing.

Kimberly writes: “Also, does this affect Creation’s con in April…the one with the Bridge studios tour?”

Answer: I don’t believe it will.

DasNdanger also writes: “Is it possible that this movie is merely a ‘bone’ tossed to both fans and crew/cast alike to appease them, with no intention of making a second or third movie down the line?”

Answer: Definitely not. Much will depend on how it performs but we’re confident that this will be the first of many Atlantis movies.

DasNdanger also writes: “If the first movie is well-supported and successful, then how often do you see SGA movies being produced? Once a year? Twice? More – less?”

Answer: This is a scheduling issue. I think that we could produce as many as three Stargate (either SG-1 or Atlantis) movies a year. Four is a longshot but very possible.

DasNdanger writes: “If all goes well, what do you foresee as the earliest possible release ‘date’ (i.e. beginning/middle/end of a particular year) for the first movie? Latest date?”

Answer: No idea. This would be a question for MGM and Sci Fi.

Laura writes: “…was the Arthur line ad-libbed?”

Answer: Nope. It was scripted.

Tardishart writes: “Stand alone? What? To me that just says filler, no connections emotionally to what has gone before.”

Answer: I disagree. Last night’s episode, for instance, was what I would consider a standalone. The story was self-contained and yet it contained instances that paid off past episodes and developed elements for future stories.

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MELorne-Süper-Fän
MELorne-Süper-Fän

sad SGU won’t give me back SGA!
And I won’t watch it as some kind of Surrogate!
Also… I am still upset! I hope to wake up from this bad dream every moment.

Sandy
Sandy

The Shrine was awesome. David was AWESOME! The entire team plus Kate were outstanding. There is no argument that Wright/Cooper are talented writers, and have crafted two excellent shows in SG-1 and SGA. However, after reading a rather giddy interview given by Mr. Wright to Gateworld, it appears that he’s only interested in “younger, fresher” viewers. Sorry I’m so old and stale what with having been around since day one on Showtime. I’ll support all the SG-1 movies, the rest of SGA’s season and whatever movies we get. My support of SGU – the new trophy wife on the block, all young and pretty with big boobs – is less than assured, since I don’t want to hose up those shiny young and fresh demographics.

chevron7

Joe, When you click on the File URL does a web address appear in the box immediately above? It should be the address for the location of the image you have just uploaded to your wordpress files storage. Then you select the size of what you want shown e.g. thumbnail or 300 pixels etc and click on the insert into post button. It will go back to the create post page and you just publish from there. I’ll go in and create some screen dumps today as it’s easier to demonstrate like that.

Cheers, Chev

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Alas, no. No web address appears in the box immediately above it. I’ve tried copy and pasting from file properties but it still leads to a dead end.

Airelle
Airelle

“Evil” Kenny Gibbs— what is the evil in your name referring to?
How do you make those amazing props>? I know its not all smoke and mirrors, but a little magic? Have you had to fashion any prop that you scratched your head and said, #$%^&*$…?
How does the stargate turn)(if thats your dept)?
Whats your favorite power tool to use?
— thanks Kenny

q-ball-er
q-ball-er

I have only one quesion for you, Joe, will Elizabeth Weir ever return(now that SGA is cancelled)? Now that there are going to be movies, will she return, maybe they will need her help or something. I loved “Ghost in the Machine”, it made me believe there coud be more and a great end to the storyline, but not to the character, I believe that she deserves more than that epsode. I love this show and will continue to watch without her, but will you please answer my question to if she will ever return.

Alfredo De La Fe

First- The Shrine was AWESOME! David did a phenomenol job.

As for the end of SGA:

I understand that all good things eventually come to an end, but with SGA doing so well I was expecting at least another year. It is not fair that SciFi and MGM are treating their fans and of course the cast and crew so poorly.

I will not be watching SGU nor will I continue watching Eureka, Battlestar or any of the other shows my wife and I watch on SciFi.

As for the DVD’s, I purchased them to show my support for the franchise in the hopes that it would keep it going for another few years. Now I feel as if the fact that the SG DVD’s did so well helped SciFi and MGM make their decision to kill the series and go to the DVD movie format.

The last movie was nothing more than a good episode. I was expecting them to deal with the Asgard, among other things.

Cyndi Freeman
Cyndi Freeman

Well I hope for the best for SGU. I really liked SGA though, but hey you never know until you give it a try right? I had a question for MR. Joe Mallozzi though, how do I send you a question in the ‘Mailbag’?Or send idea’s directly to you?
Thanks and hope everyone has a great day.

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josephmallozzi said:

Alas, no. No web address appears in the box immediately above it. I’ve tried copy and pasting from file properties but it still leads to a dead end.

Well that’s why it isn’t working. I’m going to try troubleshooting today. I wonder if it doesn’t work with this theme for some strange reason (sorry thinking out loud). I’ll get back to you.

Have a great weekend, I’m off to see Dark Knight at Gold Class.

Cheers, chev

noir

JM wrote:
Finally, re: the unclickable photo situation. I did click “File url”, but this only serves to lead to a dead end. I assume I’m supposed to actually add the URL in the space provided, but if I’m uploading directly off my computer rather photobucket or flickr, how does that work?

No problem. WordPress seems to have a lot of intelligent people and they have made an instruction video how to upload pictures from the computer (sound is not the best, but it’s understandable). Despite shown in the video you should also click on “file URL”. Otherwise the picture appears in it’s full size.

http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/how-do-i-upload-pictures/

Hope it works.

Steph2
Steph2

I admit I was a little worried as I read the press release. But then I thought of another Sci-fi series that I think was geared to a “younger” audience: Firefly. And that turned out pretty well, (besides the fact that it was canceled, but it was trying to find a much bigger audience than Sci-fi is looking for).

I also remembered who was creating the series, and in that regard, I wanted to thank you for your post about SGU today. I was thinking the same thing. I have faith in Brad and Rob and I will definitely be giving the new series a try.

I also want to say here, here, to PG15’s comment yesterday. One of my daily rituals is reading this blog, and I hope you are involved with SGU because you have great interaction with the fans. Thank you for everything. (How many visitors are you at now?)

I’m sad SGA is ending, it was a great show. Congratulations and thanks to the cast and crew for all their hard work. Looking forward to the rest of the season and many movies to come.

Steph2 (I added the 2 because there’s another Steph, and I think she was first.)

noir

You ARE uploading from your computer – right? Or did I Missunderstood you….?

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Nope. I am uploading from my computer – as I’ve always done. It’s just that, for some reason, the images are suddenly no longer clickable.

Well, thanks for the link on the instructional video. I’m going to check it out.

JoJoB

Joe,
I rewatched “The Shrine” and now that my attention was more on the show, and less on the cancellation news, a couple of comments, questions.

I was again blown away by everyone’s performance, particularly David’s. I had heard so much in the way of build up for this episode that I was prepared to be disappointed. This show not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. The scene on the pier was pure excellence.

A great big THANK YOU from this McKeller fan. I was not expecting the “I love you” at the end and positively screamed at the TV. Was hoping to see this relationship really take off this season and into next year. Well, there’s always the movies.

Kate Hewlett always does such a great job with Jeannie. I have a brother who I have had quite the combative relationship with over the years. I can describe it as saying that while we love each other, we don’t always like each other. It is for this reason that I can empathize with Jeannie in her relationship with Rodney.

Questions:
Was David Nykl supposed to have a role in this that was cut? His name was in the credits, but other than seeing him walk by and Rodney’s mention of him, he wasn’t in it.

When does Jason start wearing the $10,000 wig? I hope that wasn’t what he was wearing last night. For the first time this season, I thought it looked totally horrible, worse than in other episodes.

As for SGU, like I said this morning, I will try it. I’m just not liking what’s being said. Brad Wright just seems so disrespectful of the feelings of the Atlantis fans. To me, he just doesn’t give a damn about us.

chevron7

Joe, just a thought. What happens when you upload to Photobucket and link to there?

Cheers, Chev

Adam
Adam

Hey Joseph,
First off, thank you for your role in five wonderful years of Atlantis and ten years of SG-1. The future will be wonderful with more SG-1, Atlantis and more Stargate content.

Secondly, last night’s episode, is, in my mind, the best episode of Stargate Atlantis to date. My compliments to Brad and the rest of the team for making such a wonderful episode. However, I think it would’ve been better if Rodney died. Him surviving felt like a cheat, and watching the episode, I knew he wouldn’t die, so I felt as if the episode didn’t have the weight it should have had.

Just one fan’s opinion,
Adam

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

I don’t want to start having to upload my pictures to another hosting site. Too time consuming. If it comes to that, I’d rather just leave the photos as is – unclickable but large.

LadyConure

Alas, the end of a chapter but I dare say, with all the talent and smarts around there, not the end of the book.

For all your time, talent and willingness to entertain, I thank you and look forward to seeing much more of you and your Stargate family in the future.

I thank you Joe for all you do and most importantly, who you are to a lot of people.

God bless,
LadyConure

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

More than a movie a year? Hmmm. Still not enough but…all that’s for another venue. Can you ask the Monkey Headed Waffle Trumpets to provide a picture, either of the MJWT(so I can compare my mental image) or better yet, a group shot, with names, so we can better appreciate those who have provided us so much entertainment for so long.
Ack. what with letter writing, I’ve been remiss on reading Church of Dead Girls. But I think I can finish it on time. Even though Abercrombie’s Last Argument of Kings is waving at me, tempting me… ok. Maybe its time for bed. Thanks for the great pictures and for keeping the book club going. (glancing at calender and muttering about stupid holidays messing up Friday night scheduling)

Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

See that scheduling thing is always mentioned cause now of course the actors are gonna look elsewhere for work and well if the main characters are not there then it is not the same. If they all come back and the max movies can be made it is something, but not the same as a weekly show.

I just found out today how upset I was. When appearing tired at a NH plumbers convention that I organized today, people speculated that it was because I was still bummed that Stargate Atlantis was canceled. It was in fact because I had 2 hours sleep, but I didn’t realize how many people I vented too about this horrible news.

Unfortunately, I still feel like TPTB threw us fans to the wolves. It was doing good, so, why not do one more year then go to movies. I understand business and realize they probably figured that going to movies while it was doing good would make them a lot of money and allow them at the same time to begin a new show making even more money. Probably a show geared to younger audiences which of course I would not relate to (not that I am old). I am thinking that more than MGM and SCFI are involved in this crappy decision.

What I don’t understand is that they knew the fans were upset about the happenings of the last few days and yet they bring up this SU show, do they not think that we are smart enough to associate the two decisions?

On a happier note, I loved the Shrine. I always loved the relationship with sheppard and McKay. All the actors did a great job! That is why I love the show so much, the actors give 100 percent at all times or at least it seems that way.

noir

It still don’t work? sad

antisocialbutterflie
antisocialbutterflie

Thanks for the BoTM update. I have very little free time to have fun and the books are pretty much it. I’d stick around just for that. By the way “Keeping It Real” is amazing.

My questions for Evil Kenny…

1) How much do you have to creatively recycle the same props over again?

2) Did you always like building things? What did you want to do when you were a kid?

jake
jake

Joe,

Thanks for answer some of our questions, I know it´s too soon to know some things for sure.

I have seen The Shrine, very god episode. Mackay is always the best, and it´s nice to see the two Hewlets together.

I´m enjoying Woolsey and Keller this season.
I have never hated them, but when I see the entire team working together I feel that could be better if we have had Becket and Weir too.

PD. Thanks for the photos, I´m anxious to see Dawn in Atlantis

q-ball-er
q-ball-er

I was just wondering if Elizabeth would ever return or is her character not even being thought of anymore…is she done with? I’ve been a fan of her from the beggining and want to know if that’s it, she’s gone from SGA forever. “The Shrine” was awesome a very great character episode, loved the scene with Sheppard and Rodney. Very shocking with the “I love you” from Rodney. The best episode since “Ghost in the Machine”.

*~erika~*
*~erika~*

Those pics of great! grin

First off thank you Joe, the cast, and crew for giving us 5 great seasons. (The Shrine was awesome!) I will forever love and enjoy SGA. SGA give me such joy. True, I am sad of not having SGA on weekly basis, but I am looking forward to seeing the Atlantis movies. Also, I will give SGU a chance. I won’t knock it til I try it. grin