First off, I’d like to congratulate everyone who has put forth excellent arguments on both side of the wraith debate. As much as I agree that the wraith are an interesting, multi-faceted species, I would still argue that they are an enemy and should be dealt with as such. The same can be said for Michael who demonstrated incredible ruthlessness in disseminating the Hoffan virus, killing hundreds of thousands. I’d weigh in but Thornyrose‘s post effectively covers everything I could hope to say on the subject.

Second – I’m a little late in weighing in on my Top Readings Picks for the month of October. The truth is that while I did read a goodly amount last month, there were few books that really impressed. Only two actually.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Charmingly intimate yet impressive in scope, this book traces the multi-generational history of the Buendia family, inhabitants of the fictional town of Mocando, with a warmth and familiarity reminiscent of the tales my grandmother used to tell. Majestic in its realism, subtle in its magical undertones, it’s a captivating novel that helped the author secure the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Last Colony

by John Scalzi. I’ve never met a Scalzi novel I haven’t liked, and this one keeps the string intact. Former soldiers John Perry and Jane Sagan (the hero/ine of Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades) are enjoying retirement, raising their teenage daughter Zoe, when they are asked to head up a new colony on the outskirts of Colonial Union territory. Things, however, take a turn for the bizarre when it becomes evident that the world they’ve been dropped off on isn’t the planet they were told they’d be inhabiting. Threatened by forces both within and without the fledgling community, John and Jane struggle to maintain unity, ultimately discovering that they have become pawns in an intergalactic struggle between an alien federation known as The Conclave and their own Earth-centered Colonial Union.

To those of you asking, I’m not scheduled to leave for Japan for another two weeks. STOP RUSHING ME!!! Between now and then, I’ll be heading into the office to spin stories for SGU’s inaugural season, working on that super, secret project (Holy Moly! Almost 8 full pages now!), and, most importantly, work on my Tokyo itinerary. With regard to the latter, Carl Binder was kind enough to forward me the following link in an email titled “A possible side trip when you go to Japan…”

 http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22249/59401-eerie-amusement-parks-north-korea

 

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Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

It is no wonder carls’ emails go to your spam, Yikes! What a friend (lol).

As for Japan, I guess some people can’t wait for the excitement to begin. I am sure you will have some pretty interesting stories.

Davidd
Davidd

Hey Joe.

I followed that link and looked at the pics and the video. You know, for something called the Roller Coaster of Death, the only thing intimidating about it was the fact that there were no side-rails…..aside from that, not to scary-looking IMO.

Alton Towers in England is more like my kind of amusement park!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Ok, ok, I’ll quit trying to rush you. Was just worried you’d try to pull a fast one and sneak off without waving goodbye. Besides, harrassing you about when you leave seems only fair play given your tormenting us about the Super Secret Project. Glad to see Mr. Binder is offering able assistance…
It’s bad enough I’ve added horror to the genres I read. Now you’re trying to sell us on Nobel literature? And with so many other books still backed up. Ah well. I’ll at least put One Hundred Years of Solitude on the back burner list. So far you’ve shown reasonably good taste in your reading selections.
Here’s to a productive week for you. I’m looking forward to a week of classes and partying, and a break from the usual routine.

Jinx

Um, North Korea would be one heck of a side trip!!! You do realize we are all travelling vicariously with you…watcha gonna bring us?

Can you pick up Last Colony without having read previous novels?

smile

Ada Caley

I don’t remember if I suggested this already (short term memory loss? Who knows..). I think you might like Germ by Robert Liparulo. I love his writing, and I don’t usually love books like that. It’s a good long book that’ll keep you intrigued through all the pages. So if you ever run short on books to read, try this one! (I feel like a Reading Rainbow for Adults commercial..Although I doubt there’s such a thing).

Weird Person
Weird Person

I know I’m a little late, but I’ve got to say that I loved the Progidel. I loved everything about it! Micheal’s little ‘Come with me, Teyla’ speech was so awkward and sweet and yet so evil, it thrilled me! It was close enough to a declaration of love for her. And then she kills him. That’s the ending I’ve been wanting to the Micheal storyline ever since she was the one he recognised. I loved, loved, loved it! In fact, I could probably rant for hours how much I loved it. I especially loved the fact that if Teyla hadn’t shown up at th end, John would be one dead puppy! Again, I loved this episode, especially the Teyla/Micheal scenes!

portlandbound
portlandbound

wow, Carl sending you a side trip like that, you have to wonder the inbetween the lines here. Maybe you may have to sleep with one eye open from now on. I have a question and I don’t know if anyone has asked this question before for not. When an episode script is finished how soon does the actor’s get it before filming begans? Looking forward to hearing about your trip whenever you decide to leave.. smile

Wraith Cake
Wraith Cake

I had no idea the wraith were the enemy? Did you write that? Who wrote that? wink

The point is are they , as my husband is fond of saying ;), a “swoosh swoosh (space ships go down; space ships go up), blam blam” enemy

Or are they interesting.

Well, I WOULD ARGUE, they have been interesting–have been interesting–have been.

I get so tired of hearing the catch all phrase “art is subjective; there’s no such thing as bad art” Whine, whine whine. I hear this from my students, and their parents all the time when they get their English marks. The implication is that English (which primarily studies narrative art), because it is not math has no evaluative criteria with which to judge good writing art from bad schlock plup. And what can I say? “this is rubbish”. Of course you can.

Good art speaks to generation of people, appealing across intellectual, socio-economic, cultural climates etc.

Schlock is temporary, finite, appealing only to a select group of people and primarily appeals to baser desires–nothing elevated, nothing thought related. Hence, although it is committed to film, porn will never be art.

WK

Margaret Clayton

When I was stationed in Yokosuka, everyone I knew who went to Korea, whether for shopping trips or temporary duty, came back with nasty colds. No exceptions in twelve years.

No, you want Fujiku Highlands … the critters are scarier than any rollercoaster. Of Death is no match for Of Cute.

http://www.fujikyu.co.jp/amusement/index.html

And for a really weird, trippy experience, try Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland. In Japanese of course. I despise the Kingdom of the Mouse, but we went to the one in Tokyo often, given the military discount and the strangeness of it all. Opening Day, Fifth and Tenth Year anniversaries in addition to trips now and then with visitors from home. Yeah, I was there a long time. Took me three years to stop bowing once I returned stateside.

Deni B.
Deni B.

EVERYONE should read One Hundred Years of Solitude – it was excellent!

AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Just watched The Prodigal. LOVED IT!! grin grin grin

eddy

Shado
Shado

Hey Joe,

Someone reported from a con in Jersey this weekend that David Nykl has signed for the SGA movie(s) but that Kavan hasn’t been signed yet. Are there any plans for our favorite Major to appear in the Atlantis movies? Please say it’s so.

Shado

Deni B.
Deni B.

The name of the town in One Hundred Years of Solitude is “Macondo”, not “Mocando”. In Spanish, “Mocando” sounds like a very runny nose smile

flygirl
flygirl

Hi Joe – Prodigal was another stunning Carl episode with humor, kick-ass fights and a very surprising, but not shocking ending. Teyla finally rid herself of that thorn in her side!

Are we sure Michael is dead? I could imagine him surviving the fall into the ocean (without Chuck’s help) and living in the lower levels of Atlantis doing a “Phantom of the Opera” number. That’s a story for another day.

I think you can do without Carl’s travel tips. After all, we do want you to come back from Japan in one piece, so you can finally tell us what the super secret project is!

Good luck buying a new refrigerator. Check out Consumer Reports before you buy.

majorsal
majorsal

hi, joe,

in the s7 sg1 episode ‘grace’, do you think grace was one of the aliens from the ship?

sally =)

crazymom1

I still haven’t been able to watch “Prodigal,” but what the heck, I’ll throw in my opinion.

There’s no way to negotiate with an enemy whose only food source is you. No matter what you do to try to make them not the enemy, they still have to eat you. So to save yourself, you can try to kill them all, or you can try to change their diet. While Michael’s objections to being forced to take the retrovirus were valid, the objective was to find a way to not need to kill him. The plan was flawed, yes, but the aim was to stop humans AND wraith from dying, not to help humans gain power.

And that’s even before you bring the whole tormenting-your-livestock angle into it.

“We” clearly had a hand in Michael’s path, although unintended, and everyone involved has had to accept some responsibility for shoving him off onto the fork leading to evil. But that doesn’t mean that they have to allow him to continue mass murder. Teyla will probably never second-guess her final action, but that doesn’t mean the whole Michael tragedy doesn’t or won’t weigh on her.

Todd, though devious, has made it difficult to see the Wraith as just monsters. There’s still that pesky food source problem, and it’s pretty clear there will always be a competition for dominance in the galaxy, but do you think Teyla is ready to push Todd off a cliff? I don’t think so. He’s a wraith, and he really, really wants power, but he’s not like Michael.

Becky
Becky

The pictures you posted a few days ago from the last day of filming … what episode were those from?

ytimynona
ytimynona

Re: The Last Colony: Have you read Zoe’s Tale yet? Apparently it goes well with OMW/TLC.

fsmn36

As if I wasn’t scared enough of amusement parks!!

crazymom1

My previous post sounded a little weird in that first line, so I wanted to clarify: I haven’t been able to watch “Prodigal” because we bought a new TV and it wasn’t hooked up, and now I’m working nights the next four days (nights)…whine, whine, whine, I know. My post made it sound like I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. In fairness to the family, we have to wait until Thursday night so we can watch it together, even though it’s killing me!

Sunday night at the police station…boring…but we have a chicken over at the animal shelter. A chicken! It’s in the cat room, which seems like a sick joke. Someone stuck a broom handle through the chain link in the kennel so it has a place to roost. I took a stray cat over there earlier and just about fell over when I saw that chicken giving me the beady eye.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ noir – I’m torn about the alternative feeding idea. I do want some sort of ‘option’, but without taking away the Wraith’s desire and ability to feed on humans. Afterall, that IS their nature, it’s what makes them Wraith, and what makes their interaction with humans all the more complex. As I once said many moons ago, I wouldn’t mind if Wraith used an alternative food source when they want to play nice-nice with humans, but only if they sneak off now and again to suck on a stray Genii or two – ya know, like an alcoholic falling off the wagon. I want Wraith to be WRAITH…I want them to keep their edge, their advantage. It’s like this – I don’t want pussycats, I want tigers. But even if that tiger turns, I want the humans to understand that it turned – not because it’s evil, but because it was acting upon instinct. I think an event a couple years back in Vegas sums up my feelings quite well…even if the cat attacks, it doesn’t mean the cat should be destroyed. @ Joe – You just took away all my hope, especially since you’re writing the movie. You have a fascinating sci fi species in the palm of your hand, and yet you can only see them as monsters that need to be destroyed? I guess that’s what ‘sells’, but it breaks my heart. Anything is possible – these characters can be taken in any number of directions if you just want to, if you just think outside of the enemy=exterminate box. I once had hope that this show was about finding a way to live with a species whose very nature will always make them a danger to humans (much as we have found ways to live on this planet with potential maneaters in the animal kingdom). That is what makes the human/Wraith relationship so complex and interesting…and challenging. There is so much potenial here that is wasted, and for what? Because it’s fun to kill Wraith? You once said that everything is written for the fans, and yet the Wraith have fans, too. Though we may all see something a bit different in them, we all share one common opinion – they have as much of a right to life as the humans do. Wraith fans are a very empathetic bunch – we feel very deeply for these characters. It can even be said that what happens to them happens to us. When you stomp on the Wraith it’s as if you are stomping on us. I know a lot of people just don’t ‘get it’, and I don’t expect them to. Just know that how we feel is real…not because we confuse fantasy with reality, but simply because we can relate in some way to these beautiful creatures. Perhaps that wasn’t the intention when the Wraith were created, but that is the effect it has had on many fans, and so it shouldn’t be taken… Read more »

shiningwit
shiningwit

See! This is why I love coming here. Great conversation (if a little one sided) amusement parks and healthy debate. If I may just weigh in for once I’d like to have seen in season 6 an actual vegetarian Wraith Hive, you know one that felt a moral obligation to not eat food you can have a conversation with. I think it would’ve been a great sidestory dealing with the angst of realisation then leading to the complete swearing off of food with a face starting by maybe giving up humans on a friday to only eating humans for special occasions like christmas and birthdays and such to eventually becoming vegan. I think it would make a potential new spin-off.

shiningwit
shiningwit

*off to take her medication*

Kellie

If the writers aren’t permitted to read fan fiction, then why are they permitted to watch fan films?

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi there Mr M!

While reading Focus Magazine, I came across this:

http://www.hexbug.com/index.html

“Intelligent” motor sensor robots that scuttle along sensing borders….Mmmm…reminds me of something……Break out the ARGs!!!!!!!!!!

Best to all

Shirt’n’Tie