Well, the last few weeks have been bittersweet. Bitter because Atlantis has been cancelled, I face an uncertain future, and, in a matter of days, my wife will be setting off an a two-week Asian excursion without me. Sweet because the corn soup is back on the menu at Fuel. I’ve been so caught up with Stargate news, the book of the month club, and various guest bloggers that I’ve been remiss in updating you on some of my recent culinary exploits, a number of which involved return visits to Fuel for that glorious corn soup (five visits in all so far). Most recently, I was there with my friend Rosemary who is in town overseeing production of a new CBS series called Harper’s Island. Shades of Agatha Christine’s Ten Little Indians! A group of friends and family members gather on a remote island to celebrate a wedding, but the festivities take a macabre turn when people start getting offed. The show sounds intriguing, sort of a cross between a prime time soap and a slasher flick. It’s scheduled as a mid-season replacement.
Anyway, it was Rosemary’s first time at Fuel and she was mightily impressed. We enjoyed that velvety smooth, delightfully rich corn soup (served with crème fraiche, house smoked BC salmon, garlic crisp, and a submarined scoop of corn sorbet), home made cotecchino sausage (a Northern Italian dish my father used to make using pork meat and skin) that Rosemary raved about, and, of course, the crispy duck. On a visit with Fondy, I also enjoyed a wonderfully simple yet incredibly tasty pasta dish with tomato and basil (compliments of sous chef Alvin who just returned from a year in Italy), and an off-OFF-menu special: crispy pig brain and fried green tomato served atop a mustard remoulade and topped with frissee. The latter made today’s installment of the Weird Food Purchase of the Day. Check it out at the bottom of this entry.
Shai writes: “So, what about those *sniff* season 6 scripts you suggested you might divulge?”
Answer: Soon. Soon.
JoJoB writes: “Did you try the ox tail or was it just Carl?”
Answer: That was my lunch Carl sampled from. I love ox tail!
A Honshuu writes: “So… the LA Times said “In fact, the midseason two-part finale (airing at the end of September), features a very smart (very big) surprise.”
Could this surprise be linking in to the Universe?”
Answer: No it could not.
Sachi writes: ““2. Did TPTB ever seriously consider having someone take over military command of Atlantis and having Sheppard just be the leader of the no 1. team (whatever it’s called)?”
Answers: 2. Never.
Isn’t that what Colonel Carter did in season 4?”
Answer: Woops. I misread the question. I assumed I was being asked whether there had ever been thought to making Sheppard the commander of the expedition. To clarify – Colonel Carter was most certainly the military commander during her tenure on Atlantis. She may have deferred to Sheppard on account of his Pegasus expertise but, if things came right down to it, she had the final word.
flygirl writes: “Will you have an active role in the 3rd SG-1 movie and/or the first SGA movie?? “
Answer: Paul and I will be writing and producing the first Atlantis movie. We will probably be asked to read and provide notes on the SG-1 film script as was the case with both Ark of Truth and Continuum.
The Skypig writes: “I love oxtail, especially when it’s extra fatty.”
Answer: You mean “well-marbled”.
Sean writes: “Well here I sit watching all my Tivo’d episodes of Atlantis while awaiting the entry of Gustav.”
Answer: Hey, Sean. Hope you, your wife, and everyone else affected by Gustav is doing alright.
Blaine Nielsen writes: “ since it sounds like you might be getting a new computer, i was wondering what you were thinking of getting??? Does the show pay for any of it or is it out of your pocket???”
Answer: Alas, I pay for my own hardware. I’ll get a PC of some sort. My writing partner recently purchased a Mac and it took an entire afternoon to set up the software that would allow his new computer to sync with the software we used in the office. Also, why not touch pad or right click? Is it just for the sake of being different?
MysteryMadchen writes: “My bad luck just keeps multiplying.”
Answer: Here’s hoping your luck has picked up since you last checked in.
Anais33 a ecrit: “1)Pensez vous que dans le film sur sga, il sera possible de voir des personne disparu dans la série comme Weir ou Ford?
2)Pour quand est prévu votre voyage en Chine?”
Responses: 1) Probablement pas. 2) En hiver.
Translation: It’s unlikely we’ll see Weir or Ford in the Atlantis movie. 2) I’m heading to China this winter.
Mini2z writes: “Will we see more of Larrin?”
Answer: No, we won’t be seeing Larrin this season.
Shiratdeborah writes: “As viewers we´ve only been presented with Woolsey in his role as the IOA´s unpleasant watchdog (wonder how he´d react to being on the receiving end of a watchdog now??? THAT might be interesting to witness).”
Answer: It would indeed. As a matter of fact, his probationary command should be up for review soon – say, Remnants-ish.
Luke Murray writes: “Hey Joe; been reading your blog for ages and I have a few questions about Stargate Universe.”
Answer: Sorry, Luke. I’m the wrong guy to ask about SGU.
Ponytail writes: “As one of the lawyers hired by Suspect #2, I have heard their side of the story and decided to represent all 4 of the accused.”
Answer: Not so fast, Lawly. The lab is in the process of running a dental match of the damage done with the respective bites of your four clients.
Mary writes: “Whats with the fricking Furlings?!!!”
Answer: The Furlings sent an envoy to Earth last year in the hopes of brokering a trade deal with our planet. We promptly had him stuffed and mounted. See here: http://josephmallozzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/img00039.jpg
Shiningwit writes: “About french food, do you like frogs and ” escargots”.”
Answer: Butter-fried garlic frogs legs will be an upcoming Weird Food of the Day Purchase.
T writes: “There were so many wonderful performances, and some really great episodes strongly critically received in season 4, where any others submitted for consideration?”
Answer: Noop. We only had enough money for only one submission so the producers unanimously decided to go with Jewel Staite for Missing.