One of the great things about doing this daily blog is that it affords me the opportunity to head off rumors and fan concerns before. Today, for example, I see many a panicked reaction to a recent Vancouver Sun article that states: “Heavy machines are smashing the Stargate Atlantis TV series’ set in Bridge Studios’ 40,000-square-foot effects stage.” Well – yes, it’s true and, no, it’s not a big deal. We’re not talking about Stage 2 (that houses the wraith hive/facilities) or stage 3 (that houses the Daedalus/Apollo) or, more importantly, stage 6 (where the Atlantis gate room, control room, infirmary, Woolsey’s office, and various corridors are located). We’re talking about the FX Stage, the location of the (well played-out) village set, cave sets, catacombs, and one of our cafeteria views. No big loss. Hell, Stage 5 (which holds the SGC gate room, control room, briefing room, and several corridors) is still up despite the fact that SG-1 was cancelled two years ago! So, fear not. The movie will not be take place entirely on some forested planet.
I also see that many of you have reacted negatively to a recent SciFi promo that has given away a huge spoiler to an upcoming episode. Now, initial anger aside, I have to ask: Is this promo really the big slap in the face you’re all claiming it is? Will it actually spoil your enjoyment of The Lost Tribe?
My answer to that is yes and yes. In much the same way that the promo for The Curse, which gave away the identity of the goa’uld, spoiled that particular episode. Or the promo for Ex Deus Machina, which gave away the location the bomb, spoiled that particular episode. Or the promo for Kindred I, which gave away the surprising final reveal, spoiled that episode. Truth be told, I’ve complained in the past but even the people I spoke to expressed frustration at their inability to change the prevailing marketing strategy. It would appear as SciFi’s own promo department has gone rogue, operating as an independent entity within the network proper. Like Colonel Kurtz and his renegade troops running roughshod through the jungles of Cambodia, they must be stopped! Today, they’re offering sneak peeks at suited aliens and long-dead characters. Tomorrow, they’ll be hacking up cows and dropping severed heads in our laps. Yep, it’s a drag but, at the end of the day, whatcha you gonna do? Avoid all SciFi programming until 10:00 p.m. Friday night? Rather, I’m going to fight fire with fire and offer some spoilers of my own…
NYC: Tornado Terror, October 4th: Torn from the headlines! A twister touches down on NYC, tossing around cars and people. New York weathers the storm.
Extreme Championship Wrestling, October 7th: The ref fucks up, turning his back during a key moment, allowing the cheating bad guy to steal the match.
Ghost Hunters, October 8th: The team visits a plantation in search of ghosts. They come up empty.
Destination Truth, October 8th: Host Josh Gates travels to Iceland in search of elves. He doesn’t find any.
Swamp Devil, October 12th: After a series of gruesome murders, suspicious turns to a local resident. His daughter clears his name by finding the real guilty party: the guy in the rubber suit!
Ghost Hunters, October 15th: The team searches for more ghosts. No dice, baby.
Destination Truth, October 15th: Host Josh Gates travels to West Africa in search of Ninki Nanka, a legendary dragon. He doesn’t find it. But, while he’s there, he also keeps an eye out for the Kikiyaon. Unfortunately, the soul cannibal is also a no show.
Finally, to those of you asking about that super, secret project I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry – Nope, it’s not Stargate-related.
Well, that’s it for now. Here, enjoy some non-spoilery pics from our series finale.