You could own this!
You could own this!
Or these!
Or these!
Or this!
Or this!
Or this!
Or this!

 

Or this!
Or this!
But not this.  This one's my dog Jelly.
But not this. This one's my dog Jelly.

Own a piece of Stargate history! My co-workers Lawren and Tanya have organized an auction of props, set dec, and costumes from SG-1, Atlantis, and both SG-1 movies. According to Lawren, they’ll be putting up over a 100 items. Every auction starts at 0.01 and there’s no reserve so if you’ve been dying to get your hands on Zipacna’s crazy hat from Pretense, this is your chance! Pictured above are some of the items that may one day adorn your workspace, vestibule, or fancy bathroom. And where will you be able to get your hot little hands on the likes of ARG (anti-replicator gun) or GDO (garage door opener)? Great question! Unfortunately, Lawren didn’t tell me. In addition to the aforementioned info, all he said was that they had branded the sale: “Stargate Legacy Auctions”. Hopefully, he’ll be able to provide more information tomorrow.

Back at it today, spinning Stargate: Universe. With a first draft of episode #1 in hand and episodes #2-4 mapped out, we turned our attention to episode #5, Carl’s baby. After much heated debate on the motivating factors that “complicate things for our gang“, we ended up breaking the story in a little less than two hours. We took a break from the brainstorming to watch a Day 2 mix of Infection. A very interesting episode for you wraith-fans out there as Todd crosses paths with our heroes for the first time since the events of our mid-season two-parter (And one particular event comes immediately to mind. Todd setting the Daedalus on a collision course.). Some interesting scenes in which we learn where the different members of our crew line up with regard to the wraith.

We ended the day with a general discussion of SGU: some future storylines, a couple of surprises, yes there will be a mid-season two-parter, and the types of individuals who will make up the Destiny’s extended crew.

Well, just dropped off Jelly at the vet’s. She’ll be spending the night there for observation after a bout of vomiting and diarrhea and a refusal to eat anything (not even her favorite liver treats!). According to the blood tests, her kidneys and liver are fine. Of course, the tests also revealed she had no white blood cells – a result the vet attributed to possibly faulty equipment. They’re sending the samples out to an independent lab to run a full blood panel. The poor gal (my pug, not the vet) is on an IV and getting some rest. Hopefully, she’ll be on the mend soon and humping Maximus in no time.

Mailbag:

Sessy writes: “If I remember correctly you also said a significant character was gonna die in the movie?”

Answer: Actually, I said that there would be a significant character death in the series. And there was – in The Prodigal.

Ponytail writes: “Are we starting to get on your nerves? Are you getting a little sick of all the moaning?”

Answer: Not really. People are well within their rights to watch (and not watch) what they want. Hell, they’re perfectly within their rights to not even give a show chance if they don’t feel inclined. What I have a problem with is people: a) making assumptions about a show they haven’t seen and spinning them as fact and, b) whining about the fact that they’re sick of hearing about something when it’s painfully obvious that they go out of their way to track down every morsel of information just so that they can have something else to whine about.

Trekkiegirlt writes: “When one of the residents of Atlantis uses their little earbuds to call another person in Atlantis can’t everyone hear them and the subsequent conversation to follow?”

Answer: Unless they switch to a private channel, yes.

Freidag writes: “Now, it’s probably just my oversensitive nature, but since the original question didn’t mention any Stargate characters, I’m curious why you felt the need to mention all of them (and Amanda Tapping, not fictional!) and only one Atlantis character, McKay, in your response.”

Answer: Oops. I meant to say Samantha Carter, not Amada Tapping (although Amanda is quite the lovable character in her own right). As for the other characters – when I said “ SG-1 and Atlantis owe much of their success to great characters like…” I think it was pretty clear that I was not speaking exclusively of those characters. Ben Browder and Claudia Black brought new life to SG-1 with their portrayals of Mitchell and Vala. Similarly, Bob Picardo and Jewel Staite, two of the most accomplished actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with, did much the same for SGA with their characters: Woolsey and Keller. Jason Momoa and Rachel Luttrell brought a depth to the characters of Ronon and Teyla that made them a joy to watch. And, yes, the Sheppard character has many fans as well.

Katya writes: “The characters on the audition call sheet seemed very two-dimensional, which makes me worry that the show is going to be more character-based. If the show were more action/plot based, it could help cover for the weaknesses of the characters. A character-driven show has to have interesting, realistic, three-dimensional characters in order to be successful in my opinion.”

Answer: Right. Which is where the script comes in. Fact is you’re not going to find three-dimensional fully realized characters in a breakdown for a show that has yet to be written.

Thornyrose writes: “With the core group of writers currently working on SGU, have any measures been taken to bring in some new writers to the series? If so, do they come in as “one shot” writers, with the Execs looking at that trial to decide to bring them on board full time?”

Answer: As I said yesterday, an effort is made every year to audition new writers. The quality of their script (if they get that far) decides whether or not they are offered a staff position. Occasionally, however, a writer may not be interested in committing to a full season and prefer to either consult or simply write an episode or two.

Thornyrose also writes: “ Are there any folks from other parts of the crew who might be eyeing taking a shot at writing? I’m thinking specifically of directors, though I know you’ve said in the past that your directors…”

Answer: Nope, no director has ever expressed an interest in writing a script since Peter DeLuise.

AmILeo writes: “Do you know if earth plays a role Stargate:Universe, besides that that’s where our main characters (I assume) are from?”

Answer: It will play a part in SGU – but in a very unique way.

PG15 writes: “Here’s a question: since you guys were discussing cosmology today, I wonder who amongst you is the best at science?”

Answer: Brad Wright and Paul Mullie are our resident science wizards.

Shawna writes: “Do you guys put out the notice to agents saying that you’re looking for pitches for freelance eps? Does this usually always happen at the beginning of the season?”

Answer: Yes and yes. Although, often, WE are approached by agents at the beginning of each season.

Shawna writes: “How would a writer show that they “get” the show when it’s just starting out and no episodes have been aired yet? Doesn’t that make it harder to find the right writers?”

Answer: It does make it hard but if a show has yet to air, we’ll look at things like: the ideas they pitch out, their ability to structure a story, their ability to write believable dialogue and characters, their ability to tell an engaging and entertaining story.

PL writes: “Since it seems like the characters in SGU will be much more isolated than those in SG-1 or even Atlantis, do you think the show will be more “serialized” than the others?”

Answer: It’s looking that way.

Das writes: “So, Joe – is there ANY chance that this crew will be sequestered with a tyrant of some sort…”

Answer: Chances are good that with a bunch of strangers thrown together by circumstance, several of them may not get along.

Chelle DeBoer writes: “Do you find that sometimes the actor doesn’t look the part of the character name you have chosen?”

Answer: Sometimes, but over time they grow into their name. For instance, the name Rodney was not exactly a favorite of ours when Atlantis kicked off – but it grew on us.

Amy writes: “As a producer of a show, I’m guessing you’re given a budget. Who gives you the bugdet? I’m guessing it’s the studio… but is Scifi involved at all in those decisions? Or do they simply purchase rights?”

Answer: Yes, the studio (ie. MGM) gives us the budget. It off-sets some of the costs of the production by acquiring a licensing fee from the network (ie. SciFi) for the right to air the show.

Ganymede writes: “Need some clarity Joe… You mentioned Feb 4 as the currently scheduled date for principal shooting… IS this for the SGA movie?”

Answer: Nope. The movies probably won’t shoot until Summer of 2009.

Ian cai writes: “Just wondered if Brad Wright has gotten round to reading Questions yet?”

Answer: He’s still working on them.

Anais33 a ecrit: “Allons nous revoir des personnes connues de sg1 dans sgu?”

Reponse: Peut -etre.

Translation: It’s possible we may see some familiar SG1 faces in SGU.

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tinypenny
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tinypenny

Get well soon Jelly!

Tammy
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Tammy

You said: Answer: As I said yesterday, an effort is made every year to audition new writers. The quality of their script (if they get that far) decides whether or not they are offered a staff position. Occasionally, however, a writer may not be interested in committing to a full season and prefer to either consult or simply write an episode or two.

I’m glad to hear you folks are willing to look at new writers. To whom would one send a query letter if they’re interested in getting a script read? MGM directly? Sci-fi? You? One of the other showrunners?

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

I wish I could be excited about Todd…or the possibility of owning something Wraithy nabbed from the auction…or the possibility of a tyrant aboard in SGU…but I’m way too worried about Jelly… sad

I hope she gets better soon…nothing else really matters.

Deirdre

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Poor Jelly. Hope all is ok.

What did Carl’s episode ever do to you to require you to “break” it? Are you worried you may be sued for bullying in the workplace? My heart breaks when I see an episode cry. There needs to be a foundation setup to protect episodes from people like you.

Das – If it makes you feel better, I’m researching to try and find a country that accepts provocation as a reason for getting rid of your in-laws without any gaol time.
Can anyone save me some research time? Please? My sanity will be forever in your debt.

BlueJay
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BlueJay

hope Jelly is ok

Thornyrose
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Thornyrose

(wiping drool from keyboard). Well, Canada’s economy should soon be enjoying a influx of money, looking at the items being offered up. I do rather hope that the auction will start after Christmas though. I would feel terribly guilty about spending all that money on a staff weapon, and not having anything left over for other folks….seriously, I’m going to have to see how much I can realistically bit. About the only good thing about SGA shutting down, is that you’re doing the housecleaning on all the stuff.
So, SGU goes apace. How’s the Atlantis movie looking, and any word on another SG 1 movie? I know you tend to pass on the info as soon as you’re permitted too, but I’ve never counted patience as a virtue. Thanks for the pics, and here’s hoping Jelly enjoys a quick and complete recovery.

AmILeo
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AmILeo

Hey Mr. M.,

Thanks for answering my question (about if earth plays a role in SGU). Now you’ve made me even more curious about the show.

It’s always concerning when your dogs throw up, more usual that is. Poor Jelly looks particularly miserable in that picture. I hope she can come home tomorrow! I’m sure her buddies miss teasing her — erm, her company I mean.

Deni B.
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Deni B.

I hope Jelly feels better soon! Elway, Flannery, Dinky, Molly and Gumbo say so too smile We spent the day at the emergency vets with Elway (90 lb of Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer/Cute) a couple of weeks ago (no overnight patients at the vets in this town), but happily, he’s fine (other than his epilepsy).

I started out pretty pissed off about the cancellation (there’s that word again) of SGA, but now I’m actually looking forward to SGU. What time frame are you looking at with no new Stargate at all for us to watch?

AV eddy
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AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Awesome pics of stuff I really, really, really want! Well, maybe just really want. But I am willing to pay some, but not tons or tonnes, of money to get it.

Y’see, I’ve been wanting to make a zombie army, and as we all know, zombie armies need weapons. Also, I don’t want any li’l electric critters bugging my zombie army (zombies get sooo cranky).

Another of my projects is to create an actual Sheppard clone, versus my GW virtual Shep Clone, who is very nice and rubs my neck after a hard day’s work, but is not quite real enough, knowm’sayin’?

Finally…uh…is that last pic (before Jelly) the Electric Smoke Catcher from Hot Zone? Whatever it is, I’m sure I could put it to good use.

I look forward to the bidding wars. smile

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Ahhhh….Jelly’s sick?! I hope she feels better soon. She looks like she doesn’t feel well. Poor li’l puppy. sad I’ll keep healthy dog thoughts flowing her way!

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Thanks for ‘splaining that there’s love for all of the SGA characters. I knew it! I just knew it!

Also, thanks for more background info on SGU.

Does the shooting of SGA movie in Summer ’09 mean a DVD release in early 2010?

Thanks, take care, and hugs to Jelly.

eddy

Marsha
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Marsha

Will you be finishing or fleshing out several scripts for SGU before casting begins? Is there any writing for SGA movie going on yet, or is that on hold til a few SGU scripts are written first?
Just thought Paul might want to know that my husband still has his Commodore 64 in the attic (can’t let that baby go) and Carl should know I still have my IBM Selectric (a high school graduation present that you can’t find cartridges for anywhere). So why are we saving them? Never know when someone might need one of those for a play or an antiques exhibit.

cf100
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cf100

Turns out the auctions are on Ebay; they have, I think, 7 different items for sale, so far, though not all of the ones you mentioned. More to come later, I guess.

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/stargate_legacy

Have been enjoying your updates about the beginnings of Stargate:Universe. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. I for one am looking forward to the series, despite the un-informed naysayers here and elsewhere…. I hope to hear about whatever you can share when things get going for the SG movies.

Oh, and good luck with Jelly. I hope it isn’t anything serious.

Sark
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Sark

Im not sure if you have already answerd this but are you going to be writing any episodes for SGU?

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Oh, forgot to ask, who gets the proceeds from the sale of the props? Sci Fi? MGM? Lawren? A charity?

riley
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riley

Poor Jelly. Hope she’s back to business soon!

Steve
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Steve

Sorry, Joe, but reading between the lines it seems like Universe is going to have exactly ZERO new writers. That’s a real disappointment. It’s not that anyone is calling the current crop of writers bad. But the fact is that shows need fresh blood and fresh ideas in order to stay interesting and engaging. Fans of all different aspects of Stargate have rather universally been saying that the shows need some new writers with different perspectives for a couple of years. Like it or not, the prevailing notion is that the quality of scripts for Atlantis has been decreasing for a while now. You all read online often; you know what fans are saying. Can you really continue to justify it to yourselves that hiring new writers isn’t the way to go, that it would dilute or rob you of the great production capabilities that Atlantis enjoyed? The constant excuse that new writers just don’t “get” Stargate or scifi has always been a thin one. If one of your mottoes is to always treat the fans like they’re intelligent people and not a bunch of brainless dupes, then why do you continue to act as though fans are totally ignorant to the intricacies and politics of what is just another office workplace? We get that no one wants to lose a job and that friends/coworkers don’t want to see each other go. But at some point it has to be recognized that employee turnover isn’t always a bad thing, that it’s often inherently healthy. Hire a couple of new writers. Cut back on the work of the lesser scribes. You guys can want Universe to be as different and fresh as you want, but without some original outside ideas and scripts floating around things will only change in the most superficial of ways.

ishshahpat
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ishshahpat

Oh Jelly, you are in my prayers! Get well soon!

God Bless

Patricia Lee

cat4444
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cat4444

. . . Infection. A very interesting episode for you wraith-fans out there as Todd crosses paths with our heroes for the first time since the events of our mid-season two-parter (And one particular event comes immediately to mind. Todd setting the Daedalus on a collision course.). Some interesting scenes in which we learn where the different members of our crew line up with regard to the wraith.

Speaking of, did Todd & Co., figuring that the Daedalus was toast anyway, will we be finding out whether they took along some “snacks” from the Daedalus for the trip back to their hive ship?

ytimynona
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ytimynona

I’ll be praying for Jelly… hopefully she’ll get better in no time!!!
(and hopefully the vet’s equipment is faulty: no white blood cells=badness)

Has Paul Mullie done a guest blog yet? I’m sure we can come up with a couple of questions for him wink

ytimynona
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ytimynona

Oh, and the auction is on eBay. At least, I’ve found a couple of items there! Hopefully there will be more to come!!!

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/stargate_legacy_W0QQ_nkwZQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ

Lawren's Alias
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Lawren's Alias

Whoops..

http://www.stargatelegacy.com

I think the whiteboard cleaner is effecting my brainocules, and I’m constantly tasting purple as of late…

Jami
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Jami

I hope Jelly is feeling better, and humping Maximus real soon.

Hachi
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Hachi

Hope Jelly feels better and can come home soon to her family.

for the love of Beckett!
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for the love of Beckett!

Aw… Jelly! Get better soon! Am sending good thoughts and puppy prayers her way.

My “baby” grrl, a 14-yr-old Samoyed, had the same scary thing happen to her this past spring. Every fluid in her body was hollering “abandon ship!” and she would not even look at her water dish. She didn’t want to stand up. The vet sent us to the animal emergency hospital, on the suspicion that it was pancreatitus, either acute or chronic. Which has to be treated immediatement (pronto!!!), if not sooner. Be sure to tell the vet about the pugsies’ refrigerator gorge-fest. That may have everything to do with what she is going through now. Bashfulness be darned. This is your baby. When mine was in the hospital, they wanted to know if she had eaten a lot of rich food recently. Luckily not. They also wanted to know if she had been sniffing around any wild animal “puddles,” in which case giardia, an intestinal bug, could be the culprit. We did have a flotilla of wild ducks in the temporarily flooded backyard at that time, but she tested negative for that. (I’m thinking about your raccoons….) Still, they had to keep her for an entire weekend, on IV fluids and major antibiotics, and she still wouldn’t eat, not for them, and not even for me when I visited twice a day. Finally on a Sunday evening she started eating when I hand-fed her boiled chicken and rice. Then they released her. They were able to rule out pancreatitus, and decided it was some unknown massive gastro distress. She was on more anitibiotics for at least two weeks afterward. It was a close call, even so.

Hopefully this is not the case with your Jelly Grrl. Am posting this now, in case you can call whoever is watching Jelly tonight. The more info you give them, the more quickly they can help her.

Hang in there, Jelly, and Daddy Joe.

Morjana
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Morjana

Hi, Joe.

Hope Jelly is feeling better soon.

Thank you for all the updates. Much appreciated.

Best wishes.

Ganymede
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Ganymede

Thanks for clearing up that Feb date thing Joe! If you hear something strange later, it’ll just be a global collective sigh of relief!!

BTW, didn’t you have your munchkins at the office the other day? Did Jelly’s prob start after…? If so, recheck that auction list or find out where Todd was… Then again, sometimes the cleaning crew doesn’t always get those pesky nanites out of the carpets…