I jumped the gun. As it turns out, yesterday’s celebration of the planet’s survival was a little premature given that, at the time of posting, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider had yet to be turned on. Well, the switch WAS finally flipped and, thankfully, the world didn’t end. I say thankfully because, if it had, I certainly would have looked mighty foolish. Mighty foolish indeed.
Anyway, since my last blog entry wasn’t really applicable to yesterday’s events, I’d appreciate it if you would all consider yesterday’s post today’s entry. Thus, today’s post should be considered tomorrow’s entry, tomorrow’s post this following day’s entry and so on and so forth. Thanks.
Well, things are winding down here for us at The Bridge Studios. In a little over a week, we’ll be wrapping up production in Vancouver before shifting focus to our location shoot in Vegas for a few days. After that, we’ll strike the sets, say our goodbyes, put the production assistants to sleep, and mark the end of a glorious five year run with a special Milestone Episode/End Of Series Wrap Party – our second in three years! Before then, however, some familiar faces will be dropping by. Actor Michael Beach was on set yesterday. Today, it was Mitch Pileggi. Amanda Tapping and Christopher Heyerdahl will be joining us in the days to come. As will a few fans…
If rumors are to be believed (and, really, isn’t that the whole point?), this Friday, The Bridge Studios will be the site of a fan demonstration protesting the show’s cancellation. While it’s always nice to see the fans, I can honestly think of two or three more suitable locations. I was recently contacted by TV Guide’s Matt Mitovich who asked me to comment on the reasoning for the cancellation. My response: “I didn’t make the call on the Atlantis decision. If I had, instead of fielding this query, I’d probably be answering questions about my plans for the show’s sixth season.”
Hey, I received a gift yesterday compliments of Jen K. at VIZ MEDIA. The box, so heavy David in the front office almost put his back out lugging it down the hall to my office, was chock full o’ anime fun. Oooh, Death Note. Thanks, Jen.
A reminder that I’ll be taking questions for Stargate Atlantis Production Designer James Robbins (he is responsible for the look of the ship, buildings, weapons, and sundry monstrosities that have graced our show over the years) until Friday.
Today’s entry is dedicated to all of those affected by Hurricane Ike.
Haina writes: “These tour videos are so much fun. They make me miss Atlantis even more. You guys are not getting rid of the sets are you?”
Answer: We’ll definitely be keeping our SG-1 and Atlantis standing sets for the time being. The sets in the FX Stage (we’re touring now) will either be moved, packed away, or taken down.
PG15 writes: “I wonder who could’ve possibly made that, drove to Bridge Studios on Friday morning, talked to the security guard so as to let him/her plant it into the ground, only to have it moved to the security gates themselves when he/she checked the scene after his/her day at UBC, making him/her extremely joyful, and stuff.”
Anwer: Well, whoever he was, thank him for taking time off from his studies to make the sign and drop it off. It’s not on the other side of the guard shack so that everyone involved in the production can see it as they drive by on their way home.
Dyginc writes: “ Well two weeks after they were saying that Gus was on her way to being cured she looked at me and said that she needed to go.”
Answer: Saddened and sorry to hear about Gus.
Nika writes: “When the offworld teams dial Atlantis (unscheduled) and they use their IDC’s to identify themselves before the control room lowers the shield, how do they know when the sheild has been lowered and it’s safe to cross? Do the IDC’s receive some kind of green light to let them know the shield is down?”
Answer: Yes. Their IDC’s receive a signal from Atlantis letting them know it is safe to proceed.
Shiny writes: “How long did it take you to write The Traveler? Did you write it all at once or over a long course of time? And did you always plan to write a trilogy or are you developing the trilogy as you go, finishing one book before developing ideas for the next installment?”
Answer: Hey, Shiny, I’ll be gathering questions for John Twelve Hawks the week of October 27th.
ElisaD writes: “Is anyone whispering in your ear that you should not be saying that SGAs ratings are better in first half of season 5 than the last part of season 4 and so you were surprised that SGA was canceled?”
Answer: No. Is that what you’re doing here?
Michelle writes: “Joe is it too late for Will Waring questions??”
Answer: Alas, it is. But it’s not too late to post questions for James Robbins.