Hey, guess who I heard from today? Er, that’s right. Martin Gero. How did you guess? As most of you know, Marty G. now resides in The Big Apple where he works for HBO on its new show: Bored To Death. All is well on his end. His series is going swimmingly and he’s overindulging on New York’s famed restaurant scene. He just got back from a trip to Vegas and promised me a special guest blog restaurant review. Can’t wait. Alas, not all good news. He won’t be able to make this year’s Chocolate Party. He will, however, be able to FedEx me select truffles from some NY chocolatiers who have proven reluctant to ship to Canada in the past. Still, it won’t be the same without him. I’ll have to eat twice as much Vosges Smoked Applewood Bacon milk chocolate truffles in his honor. I filled him in on developments on the SGU front and told him about the latest addition to our little inner circle, Ashleigh the new office assistant. “In spite of the fact that she’s a vegetarian, I like her,”I told him. To which he replied: “Wow! She must really be special!”
Well, I had assumed this whole New York City/working for HBO was just a phase he was going through but it looks like this move is a lot more serious than it first appeared. As a result, I’m looking for a new culinary wingman (or woman). You know, someone with an adventurous palate who’ll feel as comfortable chowing down on a hardy pig head terrine as they would a velvety foie gras torchon. Someone who can handle a seven course menu with ease. Someone who will pass on the light fruit-based dessert in favor of the heavy chocolate creation. AND order a double scoop of ice cream for good measure. Kindly submit your resumes to this blog.
Rob swung by my office today and asked how those kino scenes were coming along. Errr, kino scenes… Coming along… Slowly? To be honest, I’d shifted gears in order to come up with a solid episode idea to fill one of the final two remaining slots I mean, it would be nice to write two scripts this year since I do have the time. After some discussion, however, I agreed to switch gears back to coming up with some kino scenes. I’m on it!
Today’s entry is dedicated to Mackenzie’s Momma.
Yumenoko writes: “Oh snap, you did not just randomly mention Tekkonkinkreet the same day I wore my TK T-shirt (the totally cool one I bought last year in Shibuya) to the gym (which was long before I read this post). And Miike is brilliant and amazing and yet Yatterman is just so wacked, even for him.”
Answer: For me, Miike’s stuff is love it or hate it – and because he’s so prolific, there’s a lot to both love and hate. I despised Ichii the Killer. On the other hand, Fudoh: The New Generation is one of my top ten movies of all time. I’m also a big fan of Audition and Ernest was saying good things about Agitator, his latest.
Kennythewraith writes: “so are any of the free lance writers going to be added as staff writers?”
Answer: Still too early to tell.
Martyn Drake writes: “Ernest Dickerson, former cinematographer and award winning director?”
Answer: One and the same. I’ve particularly enjoyed his wore on The Wire.
Karen writes: “Are fan mail still accepted for the SGA cast? Joe Flanigan for example, does his fan mail go to him?”
Answer: Yep. As far as I know, fan mail continues to be redirected to the appropriate actors.
Jay Lewis writes: “However, I can see why people wouldn’t like tAR14…there aren’t any villains to root against.”
Answer: I thought their yielding of their fellow contestants a few weeks back pretty – um – is “jerky” a word?
Gen writes: “Hey, kind of on the subject, I wanted to ask: how much does everyone DVR their favorites?”
Answer: There’s not a favorite I don’t DVR.
Quade1 writes: “isn’t reality television considered blasphemy to writers?”
Answer: Uh, yes, it is. Please disregard yesterday’s blog entry.
Justin writes: “I know you’re an expert on Vancouver dining, any suggestions for vegan dining in Vancouver?”
Answer: Hmmmm. There’s a place called The Naan that’s fairly popular. I’ll have to ask Ashleigh. Just this morning, she mentioned some restaurant that makes a delicious lentil whatsis.
Major D. Davis writes: “1. I might come visit Canada sometime soon, would it be too much to drop by Bridge Studios and finally meet you in person?
2. Are you done with filming Air yet?
3. I had a dream that you were mad at me for asking the budget of the Universe episodes and the Atlantis movie. Is that true?
4. I want to make a career in the film industry, hopefully acting or writing. Any tips on how to get started?”
Answers: 1. Alas, yes. The production is very strict about on-lot visits, especially in SGU’s first season.
2. Moving on to Fire.
3. Is it true you had the dream? I take you at your word so, yes.
4. If you want to be an actor – write. A lot! If you want to act, I’d suggest taking a few acting courses.
Trish writes: “Joe, my mom watches the Amazing Race. She says she agrees with you. I don’t watch it so I don’t know. But hey, you ever want a partner for being on that show I’d be happy to try it!”
Answer: Done! You do the bungee jumps and fire walk, and I’ll eat the five pounds of beef.
Michelle writes: “ Hey Joe, have you heard about the “miracle fruit” that makes sour stuff taste sweet? It would open up a whole new world of weird food possibilities.”
Answer: I’m a fan –
LowRiders95s10 writes: “Can you give us an update on some of other SGA crew? Like what their position is on SGU or if they have moved on what they are up to lately? I am interested in Will Waring, Lawren, Bam Bam, Evil Kenny, Mark Savela, James Robbins, and John Lenic”
Answer: All are on board for SGU.
Michelle writes: “1) Apparently, Stargate SG-1 The Ark of Truth was created to wrap up loose ends in season ten. What about loose ends in seasons 1-9? No one thought to chase them up, now I’m left cold.
2)An example of the above: What happened to Aris Boch? Did Sam ever find a cure for the drug he was on?
3)In the episode where SG-1 find that mirror to other realities, when SG-1 are looking for Daniel, who’s the other man in the shot?
4) Did the Tollan die out? The obvious answer would be yes, but it’s only sort of implied.
5) Will Shifu ever come back? Again, the answer is only an implied yes, but he never came back. Perhaps he can come back to help SG-1 fight Adria? I have a story idea for that, but it’s too detailed to go into here.
6) Will Jack and Sam ever get married? Yet again, the implied answer is yes (we assume that’s why she grew her hair out).
7) Stargate Atlantis hasn’t been airing long enough for it to finish now- again, I have several story ideas. Won’t you consider keeping the series running?”
Answers: 1) After 10 seasons on the air, a show is bound to leave a few questions unanswered. 2) Like this one. Aris Boch is still out there somewhere – uncured. 3) Don’t recall. 4) Yep, they were wiped out. 5) No plans to have Shifu return. 6) That remains to be seen. 7) Sorry. Not my call.