Well, the cast is slowly starting to trickle in. Yesterday, I had the pleasure to meet self-styled t.v. junkie, Guitar Hero aficionado, and fellow gourmand David Blue who is thrilled to be part of the franchise and raring to go. I also met the equally affable Jamil Walker Smith who confided to me that the last time he’d been in Vancouver, he was a thirteen year old guesting on a little show called The X-Files.
On meeting the new cast, I informed everyone that if they had any production concerns or questions about the scripts, then Brad or Robert would be the guys to talk to. If, on the other hand, they were looking or a good restaurant, then I was the guy. Today, I put the finishing touches on my Vancouver Resto Recommendation List and sent it David’s way. Remind me prior to the next con and I’ll post it for all of you out-of-towners.
So this afternoon I was talking to a friend and the topic of conversation turned to childhood misconceptions – you know, those innocent assumptions you make as a kid that you eventually discover are far removed from reality. He told me that, when he was a kid, he assumed his parents grew up in black and white – as evidenced by the movies of that era.
Every time my mother made Pillsbury turnovers, I would insist she smack the package against the table (like in the commercial!) to make Poppin’ Fresh appear. She’d humor me by tapping it against the tabletop and, of course, I’d get all worked up because she wasn’t hitting it hard enough! Eventually, she stopped buying Pillsbury products.
Whenever I watched the old Match Game show, I was convinced regulars Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly were secretly dating.
I thought Phantasm was the scariest movie. EVER!!!
I thought they were called flea markets because the merchandise was so old and filthy that the place attracted fleas.
After my very first visit to my aunt and uncle’s new high-rise apartment, I was convinced I’d actually seen stars BELOW the balcony.
Whenever I used to watch television, I simply assumed the actors made up their dialogue as they went along (note: Sadly, some fans still do.).
I believed sea monkeys actually looked like the pictures in the back of comic books. I sent away for one and was deeply disappointed when it arrived. It looked like a miniscule floating shrimp. I brought it to school and it sat in a fishbowl at the back of the class for the better part of a week, ignored by all. Until one afternoon when I happened to be walking by and bore witness to an amazing sight. “It’s having a baby!”I cried. As my classmates jostled around me, we all watched, wide-eyed, as something floated free of the sea monkey and dropped to the bottom of the bowl. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure it had taken a dump.
I lived in fear of sewer openings because my grandmother would tell me stories about entire families that had fallen inside and disappeared, never to be heard from again.
Those are the few I could remember off the top of my head. Anyone out there have any truly memorable ones?
Luis: “Your dogs are so Kool….they seem happy and content when you walk in the door do they all run right up to you and start yelping??”
Answer: They’re not picky. They’ll pretty much greet anyone who steps through the door – unless they just spent the day at daycare in which case they’ll throw you a “Hey, how ya doin;?“ look from where they’re lying before going right back to sleep.
Apk51 writes: “ I have The Dark Beyond the Stars, The Empire of Ice Cream, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress all sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read. Any suggestions on which one I should dig into first?”
Answer: I’d go The Empire of Ice Cream, The Dark Beyond the Stars, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Caitlyanna writes: “It sounds like my boss will be losing his job because so many of the baristas are upset, but it makes me wonder if I should stick around to see if he gets fired but also at the same time, how much more can I handle before I break down.”
Answer: Well, at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. If you’re very sanity is at stake, then, really, you’re much worse off sticking around. If, on the other hand, there is light at the end of the tunnel – and some positive elements in the mix (ie. your co-workers) – then maybe consider sticking it out. Whatever decision you make, it’ll be the right one.
Shiningwit writes: “Any chance of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban being a BOTM selection?”
Answer: Hmmm. If I were ever to write an entry entitled “The Top 10 Titles Critics Loved That I Couldn’t Get Through”, this would be one of them. While I admire what the author accomplished, I had a very tough time with this book.
Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “I have often thought of you as a “speed reader”. Is this an accurate description? Do you skim or read every word? And, are you a book-elf?”
Answer: I tend to carry a book around with me wherever I go (ie. vacations, meetings, accompanying my wife shopping, etc.). I’m a fairly careful reader – if I’m enjoying the book. If, after the hundred page mark, I find the narrative dragging, I do tend to start skimming passages.
Carl writes: “What news from Carl Binder? How goes the SG1 movie script? Is there a title yet?”
Answer: No title yet. Carl has finished work on his first SGU script, Water, and is moving on to an outline for his second script. Once that is done, he’ll finish his pass on the SG-1 movie and then send it Brad’s way at which point Brad will do his pass.
Lcshepp writes: “What route should a senior in high school take who wants to write and direct?”
Answer: Film school might be the way to go. Although I got my big break by watching a lot of television, writing a spec script, and getting my foot in the door that way. Also, seriously consider the wonderful world of animation.
Banderas writes: “1. You have mentioned before that “a re-imagined SG1 Gate Room, bearing the new stylistic elements of Universe” will be in SGU.
Can you tell us some information about this re-imagined Gate Room?
2. Will the base personnel wear BDUs(like at the SGC), or unique uniforms(like on Atlantis)?
Will we can see some other military uniforms like, ACU(US Army) or MARPAT(USMC, e.g.: on Sergeant Greer)?
3. How many major races will be in a galaxy?”
Answers: 1. Nope. At the moment, my lips are sealed.
2. Which base personnel?
duneknight writes: “–in the upcoming atlantis movie, will Rodney take Keller on ride on a jumper and go to San Fransisco to get married?”
Belouchi writes: “1. I was wondering if ZPMs will play a part in the Stargate Universe Story plot?
2. Also, I was wondering how much time will transpire in the Stargate timeline between Atlantis season Finale and the movie?”
Answers: 1. Nope.
2. Not all that long.