Brad tests the floors
A sneak peek at one of three possible Destiny floors!

A sneak peek at what we're working on for the big season 1 finale.
A sneak peek at what we have planned for the big season finale.
T (as in Tokyo) minus 2 days and counting! And I just realized I’ve still got a crapload of things to do before I leave for my eleven glorious days of hitori travel. I need to pick up dry-cleaning, transfer all relevant data to my travel laptop, look into a portable GPS, recharge everything, send mail, and, oh yeah, pack. I should be done by 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning – just in time to head to the airport and catch my flight.

Today was our final day of spinning on Stargate: Universe and we finished in impressive fashion, breaking not one but TWO stories. The first, episode #10 is mine (Carl is especially excited about this one) while #11 falls to Paul. Ticking clocks, twists and turns, alliances, betrayals, and a surprise guest! And, just like that, we have our first 10 stories in play. Now, all that remains to be done is to write the outlines, design and build the sets, design and create the costumes, design and produce the props, nail down the crew, cast the roles of Young, Rush, Scott, Eli, Tamara, Chloe, Stasiak, Wray, and Brody (among others), and everything else that needs to be done before we start shooting in early February. I have a feeling our visual effects department is going to have a blast with this show!

 

Mailbag:

PG15 writes: “In your opinion, is Universe looking more arc-based than Atlantis Season 1? Also, do you share the feeling that Atlantis Season 1 is the most arc-based Stargate season?”

Answers: Yes, SGU will be more arc-driven than Atlantis’s first season which I found no more or less arc-driven than any other season of the show.

Karen MT writes: “Has there ever been a time a character has been created with some sort of flaw/backstory/quirk/characteristic that has caused issues later on that you wish wasn’t there? If so, how did you work around it/get out of it?”

Answer: Off the top of my head, I don’t remember one. If I do, I’ll get back to you.

Waiting (Im) Patiently writes: “Brad’s Q&A?? Before you guys break?”

Answer: Brad has four scripts to work on in addition to a series to prep. The Q&A will have to wait until I get back from Tokyo.

Belouchi writes: “1. How many Wraith Hives can we assume were destroyed due to the brief moment the Attero device was on?

2. Will the Destiny Space craft be comparable to Atlantis city ship or an Aurora class ship?

3. Was Remnants the “a very special stargate episode” you were alluding to in the beginning of season 5?”

Answers: 1. We can make no assumptions at this poin. 2. The ship is still in the design stage. 3. Nope, I was referring to Brain Storm which is our “green” episode. Having done my part for the environment, I can now enjoy my bottled water guilt-free.

Ytimyona writes: “SGU is designed such that it can be enjoyed by those who have never before in their lives seen anything Stargate related, right?”

Answer: Most definitely. And while SGU will be more serialized than its predecessors, it will, like SG-1 and SGA, the show will be accessible to first-time viewers looking to jump on at any point.

Tokiya writes: “I realise you already have your trip to Tokyo pretty much organised, however I thought you might be interested in this link….”

Answer: I have reservations at 5 of the 8 Tokyo restaurants Michelin award 3 stars.

Jerem writes: “Hi Joe, what’s happening to the “lost episode” of season 1 of SGA, “Human Error” ? It’s become an episode of a season 2, 3, 4 or 5, and his title has changed?”

Answer: It’s safe to say that particular story is dead.

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “How did the commentary go on Whispers Mr M??”

Answer: Will and I had a great time offering insight into prosthetics, visual effects, and Sheppard’s turtleneck.

Sessy writes: “Why can’t you use a PDA with (or without, if you’re really confident) GPS and just upload it with a local version of TomTom?”

Answer: Yes, I’m going to check out my GPS options tomorrow.

Chevron7 writes: “What book are you going to read on the plane?”

Answer: I’m bringing a few with me, but will probably start with David Weber’s On Basilisk Station.

Scary writes: “It would be great to see some set photos from the first day of production. Any chance of that happening?”

Answer: If I’m on set, I may take a few snaps and run them by Brad and Rob. If they approve, I’ll post.

ShardsofGlass writes: “On November 17 you said the SG-1 DVD movie had been greenlighted. Then on the 18th, you said that there was only a plan to produce one SGA movie next year. Does that mean, even though SG-1 was greenlighted, it won’t be made next year?”

Answer: The SG-1 movie and the SGA movie are two different movies. Both will be produced next year.

Heineken writes: “For the love of God, does the Odysey really need the Zpm after the Ori threat? “

Answer: Hey, you’re right! The Odyssey doesn’t really need the ZPM now that the Ori threat has been dealt with. Or does it? Hmmm…

Melissa writes: “Your maps should work….what you might want to try is saving them in your GPS storage to automatically guide you where you want to go.

And Brickbreaker is awesome…though I can’t get passed level 17. Have you!?”

Answer: There is a maps function, but I’m unable to transfer my Google MyMaps to the blackberry. And, yep, brick breaker is addictive. Not sure which level I’ve hit – certainly not 17 – but my best score was 9650.

AnneTeldy writes: “I appreciate the concern. I didn’t get online for a bit because I wasn’t feeling too well, but I’m better now. Just really tired.”

Answer: Welcome back, Anne, and here’s hoping that you’re feeling better.

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Delynn

Yay mailbag! Can’t wait for pix and movies from Tokyo… have fun!!!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Ok. Your daily reports are getting me a little more interested in Universe. But we’re(ok, you-all) are still over two months out from shooting the show, much less airing the episodes. I’m scared to get too excited, for fear of a let down once seeing the final product. But I will watch it, at least for the first few episodes. But thank you anyways for the reports on its progress.
Well, Fed Ex and UPS do ship world-wide, so if you do forget to pack something, you should be able to get someone to ship it to you, albiet at some cost. But then,the last minute planning/packing/rechecking is one of the minor joys of travelling, especially abroad. At least you’re taking threads that you will presumably have dry cleaned while over there. If you want an added adventure, plan on spending a few hours finding and using a local laundrymat/laundrette. Always a fascinating experience, and it gives you a new perspective on the local culture. But from the sounds of it you’ll be too busy dashing about from meal to meal. Which is good. All the dashing should help you avoid needing the services of a tayler to let out your waistline after all that dining.
Have a good, safe trip and know your postings about the journey will be eagerly anticipated and read over.

Alexandria
Alexandria

I hope you have a fabulous trip! I look forward to hearing about the interesting and delicious food that you’ll be sampling. =)

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joe – When dealing with an ongoing series – one that may last years – how hard is it to write characters, or even develop plots, when you’re not sure who’s portraying those characters? Is it easier to write after you have the full cast set, and have seen and heard them in action – knowing best how to use their strengths, and avoid their weaknesses – or do you just write, and assume the actor can handle whatever is given him or her?

Thankies.

das

ishshahpat
ishshahpat

Hey Joe,
WoHoo! Glad you are okay… Was wondering why so late a post, but you probably were out to dinner with Fondy!

How are the puppies doing…are they all feeling better?

Cheers,

Patricia Lee

Ps. Hey Anne,
Glad you are back. We missed you! What did you think of The Prodigal and Remnants?

Ganymede
Ganymede

So have a great and SAFE trip Joe! And don’t forget to set the DVD recorder or TIVO [whatever you have] – I’m thinking, after tonight’s ep, LIFE ON MARS should be interesting next week!

Speaking of things E.T…. did ya catch the vid on that meteorite in Edmonton? Very cool! — Even money, says it was a distraction by the Asgard…

Whatever… Hugs!

willyskilly
willyskilly

1.)Will there be significant amounts of stargate travel in SGU?
2.)What about space battles?
3.)How much humor will there be?

iamjohn
iamjohn

Do you think you’ll be posting much in the way of pictures when shooting starts, or will that be too spoilerish?

Trish (aka whovian)

Hey Joe,

What a massive mailbag!

It sounds like you have your hands full with SGU. All that needs to be done is everything. wink

While in Tokyo say *hi* to the Harajuku girls. I’m sure you could get some very interesting pictures in their section of town. Sort of up there with your photos from the greek festival this summer.

I hope all the doggies are healthy now.

@Anne: Glad you are back. I hope YOU feel better soon.

@Das: Oh! I’m so sorry. I need to keep up, for sure. And I just saw that Hellboy II was out on DVD. What was I thinking?

Trish

SS
SS

in SGU, will the stargate be used around as much as it was used on SG-1, and as much as it is currently being used in SGA?

Pam
Pam

Quote:
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Ytimyona writes: “SGU is designed such that it can be enjoyed by those who have never before in their lives seen anything Stargate related, right?”

Answer: Most definitely. And while SGU will be more serialized than its predecessors, it will, like SG-1 and SGA, the show will be accessible to first-time viewers looking to jump on at any point.
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Hi Joe

I must disagree with the assessment that viewers to SG-1 and SGA can jump in at any point.

The first SG-1 episode I was was 2010. I thought it was brilliant and made a point of watchng Stargate again the next week.

The next two stories were hard work. “The Light” included references to the Goa’uld – who on earth were they? – in the context of the Goa’uld palace, and “Absolute Power” depended extensively on knowledge of previous events. “Prodigy” and “Entity”, which were more stand-alone episodes, kept me interested, but there was the same problem with “Double Jeopardy” and “Exodus”: appreciating the story depended on knowledge of the series so far.

As a result, I wasn’t that bothered when I could not see the first episodes of Season Five, “Enemies” and “Threshold”, due to other commitments. I was able to watch the third episode, “Ascension” (guest starring John de Lancie) and it was this episode that hooked me on the Stargate universe (pun not intended).

So the ability of a first time viewer to “jump in” depends on whether the story follows on closely from previous stories, or if it is “stand alone” (giving you a chance to get caught up in the characters and story-telling and eventually be able to catch up on the back story). If the first story I had seen had been “The Light”, “Absolute Power”, “Double Jeopardy” or “Exodus”, I would not have come back. As it is, I am glad I stuck with the series, and look forward to what you will come up with for Universe.

All the best

Pam

General Yogi Bear

Answer: The SG-1 movie and the SGA movie are two different movies. Both will be produced next year.

Great! Two movies will be made next year. Thanks for the good news.

General Yogi Bear

Flooring looks good. The flooring can make or break a show. The first few episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation had a pink floor and their ratings went down. But than in season 1 episode 7 Picard ordered new carpeting and it all worked out. It was a good episode.

That Carl Binder is one strange guy. I’m going to guess the crew of the Destiny makes Christmas presents out of nanites which somehow become self-conscience and evil and must be destroyed. Carl’s a replicator isn’t he.
Just kidding- I’m just a fan of Carl’s episodes.

ytimynona
ytimynona

“And while SGU will be more serialized than its predecessors, it will, like SG-1 and SGA, the show will be accessible to first-time viewers looking to jump on at any point.”
Glad to hear it!
Thanks for answering my random middle-of-the-night question grin

“Brad has four scripts to work on in addition to a series to prep. The Q&A will have to wait until I get back from Tokyo.”
Would it help to have someone sort the questions by category (like Mika did with hers) and/or eliminate the repeats (and maybe complaints)? I would totally volunteer!!! Or… **shooting hopeful looks at SG-1 movie** I could help him write one of those scripts!!!

sector24
sector24

Hey Joe,

since Bulgaria is 11 hours ahead of Vancouver in time, I want to wish you safe flight and great start of your Tokyo trip. I was wondering, since you all are spinning stories for SGU, can we assume it’s official that you and the rest of the gang are part of the SGU and you will be involved in the show on daily basis?

paloosa
paloosa

@ Anne – Sending happy thoughts your way. Hope you continue to get better. I’m missing your staff thumping updates.

Madwelshboy
Madwelshboy

“Today was our final day of spinning on Stargate: Universe and we finished in impressive fashion, breaking not one but TWO stories. The first, episode #10 is mine (Carl is especially excited about this one) while #11 falls to Paul. Ticking clocks, twists and turns, alliances, betrayals, and a surprise guest”

Will the suprise guest be a cast member from atlantis or SG1??

pg15

Welcome back Anne! It’s good to know that you’re feeling better. Do drop by more often now, y’hear? wink

@ ishshahpat: Hey, thanks! That was just plain fun to write. Glad to know that someone enjoyed it.

“Answers: Yes, SGU will be more arc-driven than Atlantis’s first season which I found no more or less arc-driven than any other season of the show.”

First…YES!!! Serialness is seriously cool. Looking forward to how Stargate pulls it off.

It seems we disagree on Atlantis’s first season’s arc-ness. I think I understand why. If I look at the stories themselves, they do seem to be as arc-y as the other episodes (you basically have setup episodes separated from pay-off episodes by a few standalone; fairly normal Stargate stuff); the last 5 episodes notwithstanding. However, I think the reason I see it as more arc-driven is that, the same feeling was kept throughout the episodes, namely that of loneliness and desperation that I talked about yesterday. The plots may change on a weekly basis, but that general mood, that atmosphere was kept over pretty much every episode, and that made it feel like everything was connected, even if it’s not.

I think that makes sense. Maybe.

Thanks for answering my question, Joe!

Oh, and the surprise guest? I’m betting on Rodney McKay. Yep, I’m putting my money down on that.

shiningwit
shiningwit

Dry cleaners? you have clothes that need dry cleaning? well of course you do, you’re a guy, you have to wear suits. I don’t think I’ve bought anything dry cleanable in a millenia or so, if it can’t be machine washed and tumble dried it aint going in the basket! (Psssst! I only do ironing when we all run out of serviceable clobber)
Have a fantastic trip, looking forward to reading all about it and seeing the photos.
Tell me, are you going to miss the puppies? will you bring them all pressies back?

susanthetartanturtle

I’m confused – have you written the SGA script or is that to be actioned in the new year?

SGU – can you mention to your buddies that any small craft will need to have ‘facilities’ for longer journeys.

SGU – maybe the crew can have a pet? A cat or a dog would be nice.

Enjoy Tokyo – avoid indigestion.

Becky L.
Becky L.

Hope you have a very safe and enjoyable trip Joe. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi there Mr M!

With regard to packing….Less is more!

Go! Go! Sheppard Turtleneck!!

And, good to “see” you Anne Teldy! Hope you are still making a progressive recovery.

Glad to see you will be reading “On Basilisk Station” en route to Tokyo… Have just started reading it today!

Best to all! And safe trip to Tokyo!! Will be off line for a couple of days, so will catch up with the fabulous Joseph Mallozzi Live from Japan…Reminds me of that song by Alphaville sometime in the 1980’s…

S’n’T

JJ
JJ

Brad Wright will write the SG1 3rd movie and now he is busy writing SGU.
Does that mean he will finish writing SGU and then write SG1 3rd movie? Or he is writing both?

Paula

Bon voyage, and all that jazz.

And I kinda like the middle selection. More depth to the “grout” lines.

heartsmeneko
heartsmeneko

Shooting begins in Feb, big month for you guys good luck. Big month for me too its my first surgery as in assisting in not having lol