Lani and Lexa.
Lani and Lexa.
Lexa, Aleks, and Ian display their footwear.
Lexa, Aleks, and Ian display their footwear.
On-set mayhem!
On-set mayhem!
The lovely view outside Lexa's trailer.
The beatuiful view from Lexa's trailer.
Rakai is looking buff!
Rakai is looking buff!
Hey, it's young Hammond!
Hey, it's young Hammond!

Here’s a tip. If the Stargate event you’re attending is turning into a bit of a bore, track down Lexa Doig and hang with her for a while. She is freaking hilarious. Smart, no-nonsense, and gifted with a razor-sharp acerbity capable of keeping you entertained for hours or cutting you to shreds if you step out of line, Lexa is a far cry from the staid Dr. Carolyn Lam she played on SG-1. So when I ran into her a couple of weeks ago, I thought she’d make the perfect guest blogger. Despite her busy schedule (she’s a working mom after all), she happily agreed to swing by and answer some fan questions.

A big thank you to Lexa who joins us from the set of Fireball on which she is working alongside Ian Somherhalder (Lost’s ill-fated Boone), Aleks Paunovic (Ronon’s late great Satedan friend Rakai), Aaron Pearl (who played the young Hammond in 1969) and Lani Gelera (Rachel’s stunt double).  Over to Lexa…

 

“What’s it like trying to fill the shoes of a popular character as you had to do when replacing Dr. Fraiser in SG-1?”

Impossible! Teryl Rothery is a goddess, and an enormously likable person; qualities that read on camera. So I opted to go a very different direction. The character was very different from Frasier as well, so I was supported by the writing.

Tamijb writes: “I saw you on Eureka last summer and I thought you were great. What was it like to work with the cast? Do you think they will bring your character back again or was that just to fit the story line? I do hope they bring you back on Eureka.”

Thank you, it was a ton of fun. The cast was great, everybody was so generous and very friendly… they did bring my character back briefly this season in an episode called “Best in Faux” — I think it may have aired already…

Shawna writes: “ Questions for Lexa:
– Do you enjoy watching sci-fi?

When it’s good…

– Was it ever confusing playing two characters who were sort of the same but sort of different? (Admittely, I never really understood the Andromeda/Romy thing.)

Not for me, but then that was my job 😉

– Is there anything you would have liked to see happen regarding Lam’s relationships with other characters that they just never got around to doing?”

Not specifically…

Chelle Too writes: “Are you currently working on any projects or have plans to work on anything?”

I am currently shooting a Sci Fi movie with Ian Somerhalder, who may be best known for “Lost” — although he’s done quite a bit more than that…

Muddypiddypop writes: “Quetion for Lexa, As an actor did you seek out Sci-Fi or just get lucky. It seems that many actors stick with the genre. Is it more of a challenge to do Sci-Fi then say a regular drama. Thanks for your time.”

I don’t actively stick with sci fi, it’s just that I live in Vancouver and there seems to be a lot of that shot here… I don’t know that sci-fi is more of a challenge than regular drama… there is drama (and even humour) in sci-fi… it all depends on the script quite frankly…

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Dear Ms Doig, thank you for dropping by to do the Guest Blog! Thanks also from me for your kindness on the”Continuum Bus” in April for that very special screening of Continuum. It was a pleasure to meet you!!
My question is this, I read somewhere that your Dad has some Irish ancestry? Is this true? Have you visited Ireland or is this on the to-do list?”

My paternal grandmother was of Irish descent, and technically I’ve been to Ireland, I spent a day there with Michael in Dublin. It’s a beautiful city. I’d actually love to spend a good vacation exploring both Scotland and Ireland…

Chevron7 writes: “Do you get offered more SciFi scripts than dramas or comedies because of previous roles or do you prefer to do SciFi?”

Yes, and that is probably because of the work I’ve done in the genre. I’d love to do more comedy — I think I’m hilarious.

NeKo writes: ““Whats it like being married to Micheal Shanks? In my opinion hes gods gift to man! Lol”

Good grief — you don’t expect to answer that question honestly do you?

Sprinkles writes: “I have some questions for the lovely Lexa Doig:

I enjoyed your portrayal as the SGC’s new Medical chief in seasons 9 +10 and would love to learn more about that:

1) Can you tell us something we don’t know about Dr Carolyn Lam? Did you imagine an exteneded back story for her?

A little of an extended back story… Beau and I discussed his back story before we started filming, and that informed mine a bit. Here’s something you don’t know about Carolyn Lam: she paid her way through her extensive Doogie Howser-esque schooling by table dancing in Lithuania.

2) The scene between Dr Lam and General Landry through the observation window in The Forth Horseman was very emotionally powerful, did you find that difficult to prepare for? What was it like acting with Beau Bridges in scenes like that?

Thank you very much for agreeing to answer our questions.”

Difficult because he was so far away! Thank you for feeling that it was “emotionally powerful” — I wasn’t happy with what I did, and would love another go at it (welcome to the life of an actor)… Beau is awesome, and it’s very easy to feel like he’s a dad. He’s a truly lovely and generous actor.

Anais33 a ecrit: “Question pour Lexa :

1)Quel est pour vous la scéne la plus drôle que vous avez eu a tournée sur stargate?

Quoi? My french sucks.

2) Sa fait quoi de vivre avec l’Archéologue le plus sexy de la planete^^ ?”

All I got from this is: Sexiest Archeologist on the Planet — I assume you mean Michael? He’s an actor… you do know that right? *grin*

LibKat writes: “Thanks so much for taking time to answer fan questions. I got to see you at Creation Con last fall and you were both lovely and gracious to all of us.

1. Will you be returning to Eureka? I thought your character worked well there, and, from what your hubby said about his experience on Eureka, everybody on the set loved you.

Did they really? I mean really really love me? Because Colin Ferguson bitch slapped me a couple of times, and it may just be his way of showing affection, but I wasn’t sure… Seriously though folks… I had fun doing the show, and did go back this season for a scene in “Best in Faux” ( and no Colin Ferguson didn’t REALLY bitch slap me — let’s not be too literal)

2. What didn’t you get to do as Dr. Lam that you would have wanted to do?

Dance like nobody’s watching.

3. How much did you and Beau Bridges work on your characters’ dynamic throughout the 2 seasons. (I loved the restaurant scene where Lam’s parents finally met again.)

Not as much as I would have liked… I can’t speak for Beau, but I would’ve liked to play more with him, and find some more dynamics in the relationship.

4. Any chance we’ll be seeing you on Rage of Angels when it finally gets before the cameras?”

I have no idea…

Space Monkey writes: “Lexa: First off, I really loved your role in the last two seasons of Stargate SG-1, especially the way you and Beau Bridges acted together. =]

My questions are, how do or did you juggle work and being a parent at the same time? And do you enjoy conventions, and would you consider going to anymore in the future?

Thank you in advance.”

a) Work and parenting… you know that expression “it takes a villiage to raise a child”? Michael and I have a village on the payroll, and that’s how we manage to work and parent. I don’t really work all that much because Michael usually is, but right now I’m working and he’s at home with the kids.

b) I do like conventions… they’re a hoot.

MaggieMayDay writes: “For Lexa: I don’t have a question, just wanted to thank you for all the good work you’ve done, I’ve enjoyed everything you’ve been in quite a bit.”

Gosh, thanks.

Bethella writes: “Question for Ms. Doig: If you could have played any other character in the franchise (regular/guest/whatever) who would you have been? If anyone. And how would you have played that character differently?”

I think I’ve said this before, but I’d love to have played one of the  Nox — they have cool hair. Or one of the Goa’uld… they have fancy costumes.

Erika writes: “I really liked the character Dr. Carolyn Lam I thought she was edgy and guarded and I wanted to get to know her more. Did you research Army Brats and Air Force Brats because you reminded me of some I knew. Are you still opposed to linking Carolyn with Cam because I think it would’ve been interesting. I also want to add that I am buying Andromeda when I have money and the episode that made me want to see more was All Too Human I believe it was from season 2 I loved your character Rommy. I had not seen Andromeda prior to watching SG-1 so I am looking forward to watching the whole series.”

Thanks, I did not research Army or Air Force “brats”, I just went with the idea that she was very young to be in the position that she was in, and had to have sacrificed something in order to accomplish that — namely social graces. “All Too Human” was probably my favorite episode to shoot. We were able to take a bit of time with the fight sequences and I was pretty proud (and bruised) with how they turned out.

DanielFanForever writes: “For Lexa Doig:

1) I love the way that you portrayed the character of Dr. Lam. What are the chances that we might see Dr. Lam show up on “Atlantis”, or in the third SG1 movie?

Ask Joe… or Brad Wright.

2) I know that Vancouver is home (and gorgeous), but have you and Michael considered moving to the states now that SG1, as a series, has ended?

Very possible, if not probable.

Enjoyed “Second Sight”. Looking forward to your new movie, “Ba’al”, next month.”

I’m not in “Ba’al” that much — just a warning…

Michelle writes: “ Thanks for joining Joe’s Blogging Extravaganza, Lexa! Here are my questions, which I hope aren’t too irreverent. If they are, you can ignore them.

I looooove me some irreverence…

1. In the pictures taken at the Sci Fi party in San Diego, you seem to have a new tattoo on your shoulder (you looked awesome, by the way). Can you tell us about the tattoo, what it says, what it means to you, and how you handle it for acting jobs?

It’s part of my father’s coat of arms… It’s from the Doig crest, it’s a hand holding a thistle, with our family motto above it. I added the dates of my children’s birthdays (in latin numerals) underneath. It’s new, and the first job I’ve had since I’ve gotten it, the director opted to have my character have my tattoos… so, so far so good.

2. How has life changed for you since SG-1 ended as a series?

I get to see my husband.

3. Do you think you’ll stay in Vancouver indefinitely, or might you have to re-locate to LA for yours and Michael’s careers? Do you like the LA scene?

We’ll always have a home here (we hope), but yeah, LA is in our future. I’ve never been in the LA scene, so I don’t have an opinion about it. I’m not really a “scene” kinda gal though…

4. What do you think of all the funds the MSOL site has raised, via auctions, to fight Multiple Sclerosis? I think it’s amazing!

Isn’t it?! My goodness, Monica and Dana have worked so hard to do that, and I am SO grateful… it’s awesome that there has been so much support. It’s a cause very close to my heart, as my father and 1st cousin both have MS, so I’m THRILLED that the MS Society is getting all of your contributions and can put them toward helping those with MS.

5. You and Michael are both so damn good-looking… Do you get into arguments like “normal” couples or do you just look at each other and go find something more fun to do with your energy?”

No. We don’t argue like normal couples do — we have our “people” do our arguing for us. We just stare at ourselves in the mirror all day long, sighing, and fixing our hair.

Karen writes: “What was your most embarrassing moment on Stargate and how did you recover?”

I didn’t really have anything all that embarrassing happen on Stargate — I don’t really get embarrassed by too much. I gave up a long time ago on trying to be cool… I’m so NOT cool.

Arctic Goddess writes: “I chatted with you on board the aircraft carrier at the Continuum Premiere regarding the Women of Sci-fi calendars. Thanks for being so gracious. I really enjoyed our conversation. Do you do any script writing or writing in general? And, what do you find to be the most effective way to connect with your fans?”

It was nice chatting with you too… this is a pretty effective way to connect with fans… so are conventions.

Ytimyona writes: “If you could have dinner with any of the characters you have portrayed, which one would you choose and why?”

Carolyn Lam… so I could smack her upside the head. Just kidding… no seriously… wait huh?

Stormy writes: “Did you find it difficult integrating yourself into a cast who have been together so long especially with your husband having been on the show since the start?Did you find it hard or a little awkward to work with him?”

Not at all… I knew so many people from the show (cast, crew, and producers) socially, so it was very easy. It’s not awkward to work with Michael… Living with him though…

Kathleen writes: “How would you compare the working atmosphere and creative approach on Stargate to your experience on Andromeda?”

Pretty similar in some ways. Both family environments where people get along well, and have fun.

Archersangel writes: “1. do you wish more back story would’ve been given for dr. lam? like why she became a doctor? or why she was distanced from her father? was it more than the usual “child of divorce” thing? did the writers tell you anything? or did you have something mind while playing her?

See above…

2. and now that your husband has his own official site
http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml
could you ask that he blog there once in a while. or send in a note like richard dean anderson does for his site?”

Sure… but he never listens to me, I’m his wife.

Ne writes: “How are you so awesome. This I wish to know.”

I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.

Shawna Buchanan writes: “Does Michael Shanks have any weird scars we don’t know about?”

Like I would tell you?!

SueS writes: “Hi Lexa! First, I’m looking forward to seeing you and Michael at the Creation Con in Chicago later this month. Chicago is a great city … okay I’m not just saying that because I’ve lived here all my life … okay, I am, but it is a great city. Anyways, my questions – 1) are you working on any projects right now? 2) Is there any character (doesn’t have to be scifi) that you would love to play?”

Sorry I missed Chicago… I was working nights… on “Fireball” (title may be changed) with Ian Somerhalder, and as far as a character I’d love to play… not really.

Dankriss writes: “Would you have liked to have seen the relationship between Mitchell and Lam realised? I loved your part in Tekwar…did you enjoy playing cowgirl?”

What relationship between Mitchell and Lam? It never made it on screen… I liked playing Cowgirl, but that was so long ago I barely remember it…

Emily writes: “Does your husband kiss and tell? I was just wondering how he rates Ben Browder as a kisser.”

HE KISSED BEN?! What?! Oh wait, I was there… I think he thought Ben was a little too butch to be honest…

Pauline writes: “How easy (or hard) is it for you to juggle a demanding acting career and still maintain a ‘normal’ home life?”

I’ll get back to you when I figure out HOW to do that, let alone whether it’s easy or hard…

Ariel writes: “I discovered you in SG1 and I absolutely loved your performance. Dr Lam wasn’t on board for long but she left a good impression on me and that was because of you. So thank you and keep up the excellent work!”

Thanks.

T writes: “If you could have dinner with any 5 famous people (living or dead) who would they be and why???”

Gandhi, Richard III, Eleanor of Aquitane, Jesus (for obvious reasons), and my maternal grandparents. The first four should be self evident, and as for the fifth, I know they’re not famous but, I didn’t get to know them when they were alive.

Airelle writes: “Loved you in Andromeda and SG1 and Eureka and everything!. How do you make it seem so easy to do this so well, acting I mean,? You do a great job.! thank you.”

Thanks… It’s hard work, but someone’s gotta do it…

Kelvin writes: “When is there going to be another Women of Scifi calender and if soon, can we please have more of you and Laura Bertram?”

There will be no more “Women of Sci Fi” calendars… at least not by Michael and Christopher… and Laura is pretty great isn’t she?

Cyndy writes: “As a girl of half-Filipino/half-Caucasian descent I grew up with practically no Filipino role models in western movies and t.v. I’m so thankful to you for really being one of my first Filipina role models and for being a real inspiration to me. Acting has always been my greatest passion but I worry that my “minority status” might impede on my ability to be successful. What would your advice be to those of the Filipino community, or really anyone who is part of the minority, that wish to be successful at acting? Thank you so much for your time and for providing young Filipina girls with our own wonderful role model to look up to.

Work hard, and keep trying. You have to be a better actor than the more mainstream looking folks, because you have to change people’s minds about what they’re looking for in a character. Thank you, I, in turn would like to give a shout out to Nia Peeples for being a beige face on TV when I was growing up…

P.S. Looking forward to seeing you in this week’s Eureka!”

Thanks.

Etta writes: “Thank you for making the time to come here and answer our questions!
1.What happened to the Women of Sci-Fi calendar? Will there ever be another one?

No, see above.
2.What is the next thing you will be working on?”

Fireball” for Sci Fi with Ian Somerhalder and Aleks Paunovic.

NZJackie writes: “What was the best thing about working on Andromeda compared to Stargate SG1?? and What would have to be your Favorite Episode you filmed from Andromeda??”

They gave me a chair back with my name on it on Andromeda… My favorite episodes were: All Too Human, Star Crossed, Day of Judgment Day of Wrath for starters…

LibKat writes: “At the beginning of season 9, was it difficult to work out the Mitchell-Dr. Lam-Daniel-Vala dynamics? Claudia and Ben had so much chemistry as Chrichton and Aeryn and you and Michael, besides your personal relationship, scorched the screen in Andromeda. How did you work around all that past history and redirect you acting energies towards the new character interactions?”

Seriously? It’s our job.

Scary writes: “I really like Dr. Lam and her relationship with General Landry. It would have great to have gotten to know her better. Even tho I thought it was a bit rushed (probably because of the cancellation) I am glad we got some closure on her relationship with her father.

It did feel a bit rushed, but the writers were dealing with galactic annihilation so I think they might have wanted to spend more screen time on saving the universe than on me and dear old Dad… 😉

Of all the cast I think you spent most of your time with Beau Bridges. What was it like to work with him and do you have any amusing antedotes?”

He’s a wonderful person who is generous and paternal. No amusing anecdotes, but I can say he’s very lovely.

Mercie writes: “I’ve enjoyed all the shows I’ve seen you in and am looking forward to seeing you and your husband at the convention later this month. Just one question: Since the cancellation of SG-1, have you and Michael been enjoying the extra time you and your children can spend with each other? I know that you are both still working, but it must be a lot less time consuming than having a husband being a main cast member of a TV show.”

Yes.

Enzo Aquarius writes: “In Andromeda, as you portrayed two different character sets: the non-physical avatar Andromeda and the android-form Rommie, was it difficult/challenging in having to perform as two characters that are the same, yet have different personalities?”

No. It’s my job… 😉

Gwen writes: “I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your appearance at the Vancouver CreationCon in April. I was there primarily for Michael, but your lively humour and wit were a big hit. I guess my question for you would be: How do you handle all the public adulation of your husband? When your family goes out, are you bothered by swarms of crazy fangirls?”

ROTFLMAO… no…

Barbara writes: “What one memory will you carry with you from the show. (besides working with micheal lol) Have a great day and thanks for your time.”

Working with Beau… and hanging out with Claudia Black (one of my dearest friends… it was a treasure to be in the same city with her and her family)

Sherwood Forest Maiden writes: “Is is difficult to only accept local productions and not to be able to travel to other countries for filming??

Sometimes… I miss the travel, but I’d miss my babies and and husband even more.

Presuming that Michael is coming to NZ for the Armegeddon Expo, are you planning to come too??”

Not that I’m aware of…

AlainaRoss writes: “What was your first reaction after hearing you got the part as Dr. Lam?”

Yippee.

Caitlyanna writes: “Did you and Michael ever run lines together at home if you had a scene coming up together? By the way I have to tell you that I loved both your episode and Michael’s in Eureka. I have seen those episodes about five times or more. Whenever I think about the episode Maneater, I immediately think of your line, “I’m embarrased because I just frenched the sherrif in front of my boss.” Just thought I’d let you know.”

Thanks, yes we ran lines together all the time… we’re actors, that’s what we do ;-)… I had fun on Eureka, a lot of fun.

Luis811 writes: “Lexa do you and your mom speak in Tegali when you get together???”

Ummm what’s Tegali? Is that a dialect I don’t know about? There are about a million in the Philippines… my mother speaks Cebuano, and no I don’t really know any.

Eugene from Aus writes: “Questions for Lexa/Spark : (some of the information is according to IMDB)
1]According to IMDB, where it states your mother is Filipino and father in English-Scottish (whereas wikipedia provides that it is actually Irish/Scottish, which is it?) , I’m wondering, what type food did you eat while growing up?

The IMDB isn’t always accurate, just FYI… my ancestry is Filipino on my mom’s side and Scots-Irish on my dad’s. I ate a lot of rice and filipino food if that’s what you want to know — but NOT BALUT… ewww.

2]Also according to IMDB, it states that you enjoy reading(like the generous host for your guest-blog), roller-blading and playing RPG games, from that, i’m wondering do you still roller-blade, and if so, with Michael? For RPG’s, have you ever tried out the somewhat popular and criticised RuneScape?(If so, would you spare your thoughts on it?)

Don’t get to roller blade that much anymore, and no I haven’t played RuneScape… I don’t really have time for RPGs sadly, I spend time playing with my kids instead…

3]Are you following the Beijing Olympics? If so, would you tend to analyse the gymnastics? (seeing as IMDB [i]also[/i] states that you were one yourself as a child)

Yes, I watched the gymnastics… I think the judging was a little dodgy to be honest, but yay for Nastia Liukin!

4]At home, who cooks, and more importantly, what is cooked?

Michael and Grace our nanny do most of the cooking… I don’t like to cook — I’m pretty good when I do, I make a mean adobo…

5]Also, for cooking, what seems to be your 5 favourite and most used ingredients?

Chicken, salmon, rice (white and brown), broccoli, asparagus and peppers…

6]Have you seen the current reproduction of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?”

No.

Shiny writes: “Hi Lexa, it was great seeing you and your hubby on guesting on Eureka last season. Will we be seeing you on Eureka again this season? And what would be your dream show to guest on?”

See above, and dream show… any one that will hire me.

Moose writes: “In your career can you tell us what has been the most emotional moment to film?”

I had a scene with an actor playing my dad in “Second Sight” that was pretty emotional for me, and when Beau’s character was dying was a tough one too…

Tamijb writes: “I saw you on Eureka again tonight. This is the second episode I saw you on. Does that mean that you are a recurring guest character? Which I hope it is. And will your husband be on it again as well? What was it like to work with the cast of Eureka?”

Technically, if I’m on a show more than once, I guess it’s be considered recurring, as far as Michael being on it — no plans to. It was fun, the cast was great, and we’d both be happy to return to the show…

67 thoughts on “August 28, 2008: Lexa Doig Answers Your Questions And We Complete A Tour of Stage 6.

  1. Hi Joe.. Do you know if they are going to use the SG-1 or Atlantis cast to kick off Stargate: Universe like they did for Atlantis???? Thanks

  2. 1. Will Elizabeth ever return?
    2. How many movies do you think you’ll do, if you do a series of them?
    3. Will the Ronan and Keller almost-kiss come to play ever?
    4. Are they just going to leave Elizabeth out there forever?
    5. Is it true that the third Sg-1 movie will center on Jack?
    6. Could Rainbow Sun Francks ever return?
    7. Will the first SGA movie be stand alone?
    8. When it says SGU 2-hour movie, does that mean pilot episode or an actual movie?
    9. Will Jason Momoa return for the movies?
    10. Will there be an SGA/SG1 movie?
    11. Was the end of “Ghost in the Machine” meant to show possibility of Weir returning or show that it is the end of her?
    12. Will there be any more episodes of just going to a planet and interacting with aliens?
    13. Will shippers be getting anything this season?
    14. What’s your favorite food?
    15.Will Michael’s story arc be resolved by the series’ end?
    16. What does it mean that SGU will be set for a younger audience?
    17. Is there a point to fight for Elizabeth or is she already gone?
    18. Will the series end with some closure?
    19. Will things from “The Shrine” come to play in the latter half of the series?
    20. Can we expect new storyline for the SGA movies (if there is a series of them)?

  3. Joe,

    LOL loving these videos, and the David & Joe switching their patches…classic fun stuff!

    And you do not want to spoil the show for yourself…so does that mean you watch the episodes every Friday night like the rest of us or do you get a pre-screening finished product? :o)

    Thank you Lexa Doig. She was wonderful on Andromeda and SG-1 and Eureka and several other things. thank you for bring her to us on your blog :o)

    *peace*
    Michele Blue

  4. Joe thanks for the videos and pictures. Also tell Lexa Doig for being a guest blogger. I see what you mean Joe about Lexa’s sense of humor.

    After seeing all the pictures yesterday of the storage with the props I know now why production cost are high. STORAGE.

  5. Ms. Doig, like so many of the Stargate regular and recurring actors, comes across as the kind of person we all would like to know and have as friends. Her taking the time to answer questions is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to seeing her in other roles in the future. Thank you Mr. M. for making her guest appearance possible, and to Ms. Doig for participating.
    Another great video. Have you considered compiling these into your own dvd offering? I for one would pay up, and while you might not make enough to retire on, I don’t think you’d be in danger of losing money out of pocket. Just a thought…

  6. Thanks for the tour! it’s been pretty fun to see all that.

    What actually is used for the puddle jumper room? Or is that
    in stage 5?

  7. “Despite her busy schedule (she’s a working mom after all), she happily agreed to swing by and answer some fan”

    Come now, surely she just swang over to her computer? *g*

    Btw, Quelqu’un dira Lexa vous pouvez utiliser Google pour traduire langues (after a fashion 😉

  8. Watching these tour videos makes me realise why they have boom operators, gaffers, clappers, best boys, grips and lots of other weird sounding job titles.

    Thanks for the tour Joe. It seems as though it would be a very creepy set visit at night when there’s no one there.

    I still remember from when I was younger, being in the hundred year old theatres before and after a performance. Very, very creepy.

  9. Please extend my thanks to Lexa. She is truely a wonderfully actor and person in general!

  10. much thanks to ms. lexa doig for answering all our questions. even my lame one :p
    my favorite answer was the one about the “screaming fangirls” 😆

  11. Hi Joe, I know I have asked a similar question last year, but I cant remember your answer, and, today, I dont have a lot of time to use the search function, but in series 10 (I think), in the episode where Vala’s father comes to ‘town’, there was a lovely lamp in the background in his Earth apartment. I remember asking where it had come from and you told me that the props dept had found it in a junk store.

    Well, if it is still in the props store, I would gladly make a donation for it. AND I have a friend who lives in Vancouver who could pick it up for me. *wink*

    Thanks also to Lexa for taking time out of her busy day to answer our questions.

  12. Haha…didn’t mean for you to actually send her that last question…as if she’d say…

    Annoyingly, I just now thought of one I’d like to ask, if she happened to know anything about the Men of Sci-Fi calender that was supposedly in the works a while back.

    So Joe, if we wanted to send you something random, how much longer are we going to be able to use the Bridge address? Or will they send it along even once y’all wrap?

  13. Hey Joe.

    Thanks Lexa for answering some fan questions…but you must have missed mine. Did I post it to early? I know it wasn’t to late.

    Oh, well…………

    Thanks Joe for the Stage 6 tour.

  14. Hello,

    I loved the set tours but it’s too bad you didn’t give the spoilers away 🙂

    I’m watching/listening to your season 6 commentary of SG-1 Disclosure and was wondering, are clip shows easier or harder to write than a regular episode?

  15. Hey you haven’t blogged about chocolate in a really really long time!

    Can you give something away from the set to the fans. Something better than sand…? I’m going to miss SGA a lot.

  16. Awww – great having Lexa on the blog!! Hope she’s coming down to Aussie with Michael for Armageddon…she’s so lovely!!

    @shadow step
    Unless you know an actor can actually speak French, why not write your questions in English?

  17. Okay I’ve worked out how the last ever episode ends.

    Camera pulls back revealing our intrepid team saying there last goodbyes at the gate.

    Ronon sobbing uncontrollably into his hanky.

    John Sheppard, ever the stalwart fighting against the trembling lip that threatens to unhinge his lantern jaw.

    Teyla holding her baby cute little tyke looks just like daddy!

    And poor Rodders, who recently made the 2008 New Scientists list of experimental astrophysicist *you would do, given half a chance*.

    What can I say it was a very short list, but what a blow to his ego, beaten into second place by Professor Stephen Hawkins.

    Then we come to the heart stopping moment as all is revealed.
    Yes you guessed it the domed force field protected city of Atlantis is in reality……a snow globe sitting on one Joe Mallozzi’s desk, deep in the bowels of Vancouver Public Library (Sci-Fi section of course).

    Yes folks the last five years have all been a dream or a nightmare depending on whose post you happen to have read recently.

    Joseph Mallozzi, wannabe Kreskin impersonator and sometime McDonald’s restaurant critic, sits alone once more, fingering his globe.

    Would you say I was close in my musings Joe? 

    Pauline

  18. Too funny. Lexa Doig is a hoot!

    And in other news, we turned around on the road to Baton Rouge and returned home, as it appears that Gustav will perpetrate some nastiness ashore, and all of New Orleans will most likely need to evacuate again.

    Those poor people. They were evacuating all the way here to Dallas when Katrina hit 3 years ago. I shall hold out hope that somehow, someway, perhaps through the fictional machinations of Drs. McKay, Lee, or Carter, that the hurricane dissipates.

    After all, hope costs nothing.

  19. Big thanks to Lexa and a big thanks to yourself and Carl for the tour.

    Were the lights on in stage 5?

    Can you remember/share any other pranks or opps moments like Joe and David swapping their patches?

    As a fan, on set antics are the stuff I want to see/hear about more so than ‘bloopers’. Atlantis bloopers aren’t that interesting as you all demonstrated in the season four boxset.

  20. Hope you plan on posting the stage 5 tour because I sure enjoyed stage 6. Thanks for thinking about us and giving us the behind the scenes of the sets. A nice present during this transition time. Will any of the Atlantis sets remain standing once you wrap for the series?

  21. Lexa was great. She seems like the kinda gal we want on our girls weekend to the casinos in Conneticutt in October. We are titling this years’ adventure “Mama Mia” after a day of drinking and gambling we will sing and probably almost get thrown out of the hotel like last year (those old people don’t appreciate talent, not. lol).

    I love the practical joke stories.

  22. Thank you to Lexa for chatting with us.
    Big Happy Birthday to Amanda Tapping today!
    And I call dibs on the ancient control chair. I have a place in mind for it already.

  23. Hey Joe!

    Thanks for allowing us this opportunity to ask questions towards Lexa Doig. She is such a great actress and it’s always a delight seeing her act, she does an amazing job. 🙂

    And again, thanks for the set tour, it’s great to see how one of my favorite shows works out. 😀

    Thanks as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  24. So the tour videos have been pretty awesome. Kudos to you and Carl for doing them. However, I must complain about a glitch that I stumbled upon on Gateworld where I accidently clicked on Carl’s name. Suddenly I’m innundated with about 20 or so new windows that are all Carl’s page on IMBD. It was frustrating to say the least. And slightly comical now that I finally closed all of them.

    Anyway, thanks again to you guys and to Lexa for answering questions that might have been a tad ridiculous at times.

  25. What? You’re auctioning off McKay’s bathtub with David in it? Where do I bid?

    Love the set tours. And the bit about Joe & David switching patches (what are they taped on?) Jewel had mentioned it on her blog but wouldn’t name names. Didn’t think of Joe as being one of the ones but funny how I knew David would be.

    And speaking of blogs…dgeek is back up! Woo Hoo!!!

  26. Hey Joe,

    How are the dogs? Haven’t heard much from them lately.

    What are your hits at per day now?

    I love Atlantis but I don’t like to know too much about the actors. Nothing against the actors, it just means I start to see someone acting like a character rather than being completely drawn in to the show.

    This point can definitely be proven by my audible exclamation upon reading today’s entry of “Dr Lam is Daniel Jackson’s wife?!”.

    Lexa sounds like a charming and beautiful person. I’ll enjoy re-watching her episodes even more after reading today’s entry.

  27. I would like to thank Lexa for taking her time to answer out questions.

    Well Joe I told you that I would let you know tonight how I did at our local Fair and I am proud to say that I recieved awards for seven of my nine entries. I recieved two 1st place ribbons, four 3rd place ribbons and one Honorable Mention. I have pictures up on my blog (http://caitlyanna.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/seven-awards-at-the-tri-county-fair/) if you’re interested. With your love of food I thought I’d share.

    I probably should keep this relatively short since it’s 10:48 pm and I haven’t had a full meal yet today with my nerves and all. Have a good night and I can’t believe I have to wait one more week for Whispers.

  28. Ah, thank you Lexa for answering my questions, they made me laugh out loud! =D

    I’m going to have to catch up on these tour of the set videos over the weekend, that is, if the internet decides to work at my Dad’s house this time.

  29. Bonjours Joseph.

    Merci d’avoir donner mes questions a Lexa, elle est vraiment très gentil! En plus elle ma répondu en français, c’est sympa!!

    aller bisou, a plus tard

  30. Heya Joe,
    Thanks for inviting and thanks to Lexa Doig for her entertaining questions. So very cool.

    Cannot recall if you have ever stated your preference regard cliff hangers…but you have left us with one as we now anticipate – Stage 5.

    Thanks for all that you do for us.

  31. Nice, thanks again Joe for another great guest blogger – they’ve all been incredibly inspiring.

  32. Lexa Doig wrote: Here’s something you don’t know about Carolyn Lam: she paid her way through her extensive Doogie Howser-esque schooling by table dancing in Lithuania.

    LMAO!! I think I like the character even more now 😉 Thank you again for answering our questions and being so entertaining at the same time 🙂

    Thanks Joe for the behind the scenes tours, will miss Atlantis very much but looking forward to the movie.

  33. Hi Joe,
    great VR Tour of Stage 6 with Carl. I was wondering, can you upload those clips somewhere, so we can download them.

  34. Mornin’, Joe,

    And a little later this morning.. although, I have my coffee and the tea’s been relegated once more to where it belongs; in the darkest corner of the Kitchen cupboard. I kinda got caught up in some childhood favs today and actually sat down to a tub of popcorn, whilst watching an episode of Bod. Looove the little bald guy.. and Aunt Flo’s a hoot. Tomorrow, I set off on my search of my alltime favourite Bear from Peru, Paddington. And once i’m completely sated there, it’ll be a hightailing to locate Bagpuss, Mr Ben, Camberwick Green and those incessantly inventive furry guys, The Wombles.

    And who said adulthood was losing touch with one’s inner child?

    Tys for the Vid Tours. They’ve been insightful, entertaining, wistfully reminiscent of the times I played around Pinewood Studios as a kid.. And who needs a sixth season of Atlantis, when we’ve got all we’ll ever need, right here on your back doorstep ; )

  35. Thanks for all the treasurehouse pix & more video. I’m really torn on how I’m seeing it… tons of great memories or tons of wasted potential financing for s6…

    Thanks Lexa, Joe & fans for a great Q&A!!! always a pleasure to hear from you Lexa! and best wishes in L.A., it ain’t like it usta.

    For anyone keeping track of my obsession with the phrase since DH’s movie, this came to me via synchronicity:
    http://www.alexcox.com/dir_repoman.htm
    Alex: Sometimes, for television and aeroplane screening, or for a film to play in prisons or at children’s tea-parties, changes need to be made. It is always better for the filmmaker to be invited to participate than to be excluded. Excluding the filmmaker results in what in Liverpool is called a dog’s breakfast.

    All I need now is to prove a Grand Unification Theory. I’ve definitely been hanging out with too many physicists.
    DD

  36. Hey Joe!

    Say thanks to Lexa for guest-blogging, and thanks to you for video tour. I’m really enjoying it.

    So, for guest bloggers, don’t know if this has been brought up or not, but any chance of your writing partner Paul coming on and answering a few questions, or and this is probably a long shot … how about Dave Howe, president of SciFi?

    Take care?

    SueS

  37. Hey Joe, just heard on a local radio here in lil ol’ Britain, apparently a business in London has started some new ice cream flavors. The two most noticeable being Yorkshire Pudding and Bangers & Mash flavors. I’ll leave the rest to the professional (i.e you). Have fun!

  38. Hi Mr M!

    A big THANK YOU to Ms Doig. It’s a pleasure to read her responses!

    Just a thought by the way Mr M., it’s been AGES since you’ve had any competition eg 1 Millionth visitor (*doffs cap to Anne Teldy)….Or the other competition (*Bows to PG15*)

    How about another? with a little piece of Atlantis booty as a prize?? Just a thought!

    Keep up the tours!!

    S’n’T

  39. Joe,

    This is from SyFyPortal.com. It seems that negative publicity or news can bring a lot of eyes to Stargate. I hope it translates into more season five viewers and maybe the Atlantis movies. Just maybe, since I am assuming torrent users would be younger and hipper than those of us older people who buy dvds and use itunes, this will bring the new desired demographic to SGU.

    In the week following the announcement that MGM and SciFi Channel were pulling the plug on “Stargate: Atlantis,” those who choose to illegally download television programs thought it would give it a nod.

    TorrentFreak is reporting that “Atlantis” was the most pirated television show for the week of of Aug. 17-24, unseating the Olympics opening ceremony and “Weeds” as the most popular show downloaded by BitTorrent users. It previously filled the No. 6 position, which was taken over by USA Network’s “Burn Notice” instead.

  40. Joe,
    thanks for having Lexa as guest blogger….For real Joe you have never been down to the sets that you toured us on???Why not???By way those 6 telephone booths you said you guys got rid of were they actual phone booths??and what episodes were they used on.

  41. Quote Marenamoo

    ‘TorrentFreak is reporting that “Atlantis” was the most pirated television show for the week of of Aug. 17-24, unseating the Olympics opening ceremony and “Weeds” as the most popular show downloaded by BitTorrent users. It previously filled the No. 6 position, which was taken over by USA Network’s “Burn Notice” instead.’

    I wonder why Burn Notice took over its old spot. 😀

    Thankfully Burn Notice is finally coming to the UK…yippee

    Kriss 🙂

  42. Please thank Lexa for dropping by. It was fun to read her answers especially the one to my question. : )

    Thanks for the tour vids. It is almost like being there and alot cheaper too. ; )

    I hope you don’t mind this little PSA. : )

    who post here in. Just in case you haven’t heard already. DGEEK is back up. : ) : )

    http://www.dgeek.com/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=68

    It looks like David is still working out some of the bugs so there still might be some problems so don’t go and overwhelm the site. ; ) It is so nice to have it back.

    Joe next time you see DH please thank him for all his hard work on the site. : )

  43. for some reason part of my post was cut off. It is supposed to say:

    For the Squirrels who posts on here.

    Oh well. the important part came thru. DGEEK is back. : )

  44. Joe, please pass on to Lexa a HUGE thank you for answering my questions. I had a blast reading all of her answers. A very lovely lady with a great sense of humor. Also, a HUGE thank you to you too, Joe, for inviting Lexa to do a guest blog – really, really enjoyed it.

    Love the pictures. I’ll definitely be checking out the movie ‘Fireball’ when it comes out.

    dff

  45. Please extend a big THANK YOU to Lexa for answering our questions, really enjoyed reading her resposnses and glad to have the chance to know her more.

    And,Joe, have you ever taught? or thought about teaching? You have a memorable voice, you seem like you would be good at teaching, personable and humorous. And if all else fails after Atlantis, and you need work, you can always put on your resume you have had experience as a tour guide. Love the tours!!! Thanks

  46. 1)In “The Prodigal”, do we get further explanation into Michael’s ultimate plan for Teyla’s child and/or his personal feelings for Teyla?

    2) In “Tracker” does Keller have a definitive preference between Ronon/McKay by the end of the episode?

  47. Hi Joe.

    1). In the second half of this series, which is your favourite episode, for any reason?

    2). How much can you tell us about “Remnants”?

    3). How much can you tell us about “Hexed” now that there won’t be another series and the episode won’t be used? I’m very curious as to what was planned and what would have happened.

    Thanks a lot! =)

  48. You can tell she is a mom, each repeated question was answered, cheerfully.

    Does the 100 mark mean the show hits syndication? Do all of you get a check with your name on it every time one airs, or no.

  49. Joe,

    Will Teyla appear in the rest of the second half of the season and especially the finale?

    Will Teyla have to make a difficult choice in something that will change her life significantly?

    Are there any talks of any of the Atlantis characters possibly appearing or moving onto the new series? I’ve always wanted to see John as leader of Atlantis or leader in general, is that a possibility, a general maybe?

    Will the finale bring about some surprises, sadness, tragedy, and/or leave things open to interpretations?

    Do you think the main cast of Atlantis will be available for the movies or is it too soon to tell?

    Thanks,
    Camy

  50. Hey Joe,

    Can you describe a typical day for a writer’s assistant? What are some absolute do’s and horrible don’t’s a newbie should have when coming on to a new show? What things might a new writer and/or writer’s assistant be expected to do on a show? Would they even write at all?

    I know each show is different, but there are some things that I’m sure are endemic to the profession in general.

    Thanks, I really appreciate your insights and the glimpses you give us wanna-be’s at story-breaking and parts of the process.

    Best,
    Polly

  51. A huge thankyou to Lexa for taking the time to answer all those questions – what a really nice, funny, down-to-earth person she seems to be! 🙂

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