Yesterday, we sat down and watched the director’s cut of Air I and II. Even without the visual effects and the music, it was mighty damn impressive. MIGHTY damn impressive! A big congratulations to show creators/runners Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the entire cast and crew, and go-to-guy Andy Mikita who directed his big ol’ heart out in treating us to one hell of a spectacular premiere. Later in the afternoon, we sat down to watch the director’s cut of Fire. Now I usually dread watching cuts after 4:00 p.m. as, late in the day, my mind tends to wander while my eyelids seem to put on about six pounds a piece, but this episode was absolutely riveting. GREAT – except for the fact that it’s about twenty minutes too long, and this isn’t even taking into consideration a bunch of scenes that Brad actually wrote but had to cut at the script stage for fear that the episode would run long – which it has anyway. And yet even though the running time is long, the episode is tight, moving along at a surprisingly brisk pace. So congrats to Director Peter DeLuise on his triumphant return to the Stargate franchise.

Now allow me to clarify a few things about the Stargate: Atlantis movie. Back in the 2008, we floated the possibility of shooting a two-hour Atlantis movie. The idea was to roll right into it right after episode 20 and then play it by ear. If the show got picked up for a sixth season, those two hours would form the first two episodes. In the event the show was not picked up, then we’d already have a movie in the can. Alas, Project Twilight (which is what I dubbed the two hour event at the time) didn’t come to pass. The series ended and focus shifted to Stargate: Universe. But not ALL of the focus because the intention has always been to make a movie. Actually, the focus has been to make two movies: an SG-1 movie, and an Atlantis movie. Now many of you are asking: “Hey, we hear that production on the Atlantis movie is being held up by the economy and yet, you have the money to make a new series and that SG-1 movie. What gives?” Well, first of all, it’s not a simple matter of us getting a whack of money and being able to pick and choose the projects we want to apply it to. Each production whether it be SGU, SG-1, or SGA, is contingent on their respective deals. And no two deals are alike. Furthermore, part of a project’s production budget is made up of licensing fees from various broadcasters, sales to various territories both domestic and international. Now these entities are a fickle bunch and won’t just buy anything. If they want product A, you can’t just replace it with product B. And that’s just one aspect of the many elements that go into any given deal. The bottom line is that the deal in place for Stargate: Universe has different components than the deal for the SG-1 movie which has different components than the deal for the SGA movie (yes, in spite of the fact that they are both Stargate movies, the deals are different).

So even though the SG-1 movie has been greenlit, I can assure you that plans are still in place to move forward on the Atlantis movie as well. Brad is working on the SG-1 script while Paul and I hope to have a first draft of the Atlantis script by month’s end (we’re already past the halfway mark). No firm production dates for either movies, but if I was a betting man, I’d be looking at this fall. All this to say – there’s no need to get all negative. When there is a need, I’ll let you all know but, at present, we’re making progress on all fronts: SGU, SG-1, AND SGA.

As for that new episode title I promised: Divided.

Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? Discussion:

Sparrow_hawk writes: “. I wasn’t as impressed by Deena Pilgrim – she seemed to be there more as a foil for Walker. I thought that her reasons for working with Walker were well stated in the beginning, but then she became a mere sidekick.”

Answer: I quite liked Deena’s portrayal. Clearly, he has a bit of a chip on her shoulder which suggests significantly more going on beneath the surface. I also enjoyed her single-minded determination to confirm her suspicions about Walker. She surprises him with a kick, asks him point blank, and then resorts to snooping to learn the trust. She had her own little investigation going on and, in the end, closed the case to her satisfaction. She’s tough. And, in subsequent stories, we get to learn a lot more about her.

Sparrow_hawk also writes: “. I know that I’m not supposed to ask questions like this because it is fantasy and I’m supposed to suspend my disbelief, but I’ll ask anyway because things like this bug me: If the police used “drainers” to keep criminals with superpowers under control in prison, why didn’t the forensic pathologist just use one to conduct his examination?”

Answer: I’ll include this question in the batch I’ll be sending Brian’s way. However, I simply assumed that the “drainers” kept superpowers in check (ie. Enhanced strength, speed, flying ability, etc.). Other physical attributes (ie. A third eye, impervious skin, etc.) weren’t “superpowers” per se and, thus, not affected.

Dasndanger writes: “… wondering what the conversation between Walker and Calista was all about. I had a few suspicions, but eventually I had to ask some folks who have read the entire series what the ending meant, and they explained that all is revealed in later issues.”

Answer: I thought it was fairly self-explanatory that Calista, like Retro Girl, is the next in a long line of powerful women throughout history, the eternal champion Sparrow-hawk refers to in her post. I guess you could liken it to the Buffy Summers character who is the recent incarnation of a long line of female slayers, no?

Dasndanger also writes: “However, not so much love for Walker. Perhaps – if I read the entire series – he’d grow on me, especially once his demons are revealed. But, basically – and pardon my French – he was a bit of a prick. Then again, I guess that’s what he’s supposed to be, but I have a lot of trouble warming to that sort of character…a bit like how I’ve never been able to like Scott Summers/Cyclops.”

Answer: Walker struck me as more of a lovable goof. What was it about him that you considered prickish? The only moment that comes to mind is when he snaps at Deena after she’s invaded his privacy but, in that instant, he has every right to be upset. The fact that he takes care of Calista in his albeit awkward way suggests a lot about the man’s character. Finally, as for Scott Summers – we are in total agreement. I always find him bland as white bread. And the big screen version is even more boring!

Dasndanger also writes: “I found Calista’s dialogue too mature and unnatural in the beginning for a kid her age, and it threw me off at first.”

Answer: I found her precociousness hilarious. Her asking Walker “What’s a clitoris?” is one of the funniest moments in the book.

Michael A. Burstein writes: “For me, the juxtaposition of the artwork with the more adult themes just didn’t work for me. I kept expecting a more PG-rated kind of story, and the first use of adult language kind of threw me for a loop.”

Answer: I was unsure at first but, eventually, the contrast in styles between the gritty noir storytelling and the illustrations that I found quite atmospheric despite being a tad cartoonish.

Lisa S. writes: “ I did have a few problems with this book; I’ll try to go in order in which they appear:

1. Highly cliched small child already mentioned.”

Answer: She may have seemed cliché at first but surely the revelation at book’s end changed your mind in this regard? No?

“2. Pilgrim’s clothing. This was the major WTF? thing for me in this book. I didn’t see Johnny Depp anywhere so this can’t be 21 Jump Street so, why is she dressed as though she just went shopping with the high school senior class?”

Answer: Ha, okay, I’ll give you that. Of course keep in mind that at the time of its publication, that look may have been all the rage. Probably not department issue, but stylin’.

“3. Zora and her ‘there is no God I am my own God’ deal. I get tired of anti-religion digs.”

Answer: I didn’t see this as anti-religion and thought the philosophy behind it was quite clever. It’s not unlike a lot of contemporary motivational groups that focus on the individual ability’s to influence their environment through the power of positive thinking – to the nth degree.

“4. To skip to the end the interrogation scene really got my hackles up. The whole ‘He’s intimidated by boobies. Pilgrim, you have boobies, go stick your scary boobies in his face and he’ll tell us everything’.”

Answer: That’s an extreme interpretation. The victim is intimidated by women, so why not send a woman in to intimidate him?

“5. Oh, and Triphammer felt a little too much like a poor-man’s Tony Stark.”

Answer: I immediately seized on the parallels and assumed Bendis was doing a little iconic subversion here. Also, keep in mind that Triphammer’s dozen or so pages in Powers pale significantly in comparison to the innumerable issues Marvel has dedicated to detailing the Tony Stark character.

Lisa S. also writes: “They didn’t send Pilgrim in there with the suspect because she’s a good detective. They sent her in there strictly because she’s a woman.”

Answer: “Well, no. They sent her in because she is a female detective.”

Mailbag:

Daniel Willis writes: “I live in Australia and I am currently studying Film and Television production. I am only in my first year of a two year course, but I would like to see if it would be possible to do work experience/volunteer work for SGU next year?”

Answer: Sorry, Daniel. The production isn’t looking to bring in new people at present.

Luis writes: “Joe!!! I dont see the Flash you dont like Barry Allen????”

Answer: Already picked it up. Check my April 4th entry.

James writes: “I’m curious Joe if you read green lantern?”

Answer: I will be.

Shiningwit writes: “Brie is VERY photogenic, to whom does she belong? any video of her mingling with your crowd?”

Answer: Yep. I’ll be posting some this weekend.

Tuskin writes: “I have a question, what year does SGU take place? How close is it to the finale of SGA?”

Answer: It picks up where the Atlantis finale left off. Ish.

Becketts Patient writes: “The wraith came into being because the iratus bug turned slowly into a more human form after feeding again and again on humans over thounsands of years. So I wondered now if that was an ongoing process. Whether the wraith are still becoming more and more humanlike by feeding on humans.”

Answer: Like humans, they have attained a point a plateau in their evolution – though that’s not to say that, like humans, they won’t undergo future developments.

Silversi writes: “But question…we watched ‘Irresponsible’ with Lucius last night, and his ancient shield device seemed very strange compared to McKay’s back in the first season. How were the Genii able to dunk his head under water, whereas when McKay had the shield it wouldn’t allow him to even drink?”

Answer: A) Different shield, and B) Air would have to pass through the shield to allow the wearer to breathe so, in Lucius’s case, he was “breathing” water.

Michael A. Burstein writes: “Spider-Man revealed his secret identity during the Civil War series, but that was retconned too.”

Answer: I believe that was one of the last few comics I checked out during my last comic-reading phase. So, what happened with the whole Iron Man killing Giant Man thing? Did that get retconned too? Also wasn’t Aunt May killed off and brought back to life once before?

Deni B. writes: “Does Joel bring the orchestra to Canada or is this done in the U.S.?”

Answer: Brad and Rob usually head down to Seattle for the recording.

Deni B. also writes: “ Elway’s doing ok this morning, although I think it’ll still be a long day because it usually takes 24 -36 hours for the episodes to be over.”

Answer: Give him a recuperative kiss on the nose from all of us.

Dasndanger writeS: “ It’s one reason I’ve considered switching to TPBs for certain books since their stories read better all in one shot, than when they’re dragged out over 4-6 months.”

Answer: Trade paperbacks also collect the crossovers to other titles as well. Crossovers, by the way, are what pretty much killed my interest in reading comic books.

Anne-Marie Sloan writes: “While out and about this weekend, we ate at Horzions up on Burnaby Mountain and ABC Country Restaurant across from Bridge (love the SGU signs we saw). Have you eaten at either place and what did you think???”

Answer: I’ve eaten at both. As for what I thought…not much.

Dreams-of-Skies writes: “Speaking of writing, I notice that you’re playing around with various writing ideas at the moment. Is there anything in particular right now that has you really excited?”

Answer: Well, I’m very excited about this short story I’m working on.

 

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AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Thanks for the heads up on all of the cool SG news. Glad to know things are still progressing for SG-1 and SGA movies. smile I haven’t been able to watch SG at all cuz I was feeling sad over SGA’s cancellation, but was able to enjoy The Kindred Part 2 this weekend on syndication and hope to get back into my DVDs over the summer.

Although I did express some doubts and concerns (and a few sniffles and shaking fists) towards SGU when the news broke, I’m feeling pretty happy with what I’ve seen from the trailers, your blogs, cast news, etc. I hope it’s a smash for you guys.

You said: “…sales to various territories both domestic and international.”

I read: “…sales to various terrorists both domestic and international.”

LOL! Yup, I amuse myself.

If it’s OK, I’d like to ask the kind folks here to keep some prayers and positive vibes flowing towards my Black Lab, Simon. He’s not doing well due to diabetes and degenerative myelopathy (it’s like MS for dogs). We’re getting on a schedule for all of his pills, shots, food, ointments, etc., and he’s feeling good enough right now. Just need a little psychic and spiritual push, eh?

I am looking forward to more BotM discussions. Picked up Land of Laughs and Multireal (for myself cuz Infoquake was so good!).

Take care!

eddy

Lisa S.

Crossovers, by the way, are what pretty much killed my interest in reading comic books.

I could kiss you for writing that! It’s the least enjoyable thing about reading comics. I hate having to buy titles (like I have all that much extra cash to burn) that I wouldn’t normally buy just to get the entire story. Le Marvel is notorious crossover territory… I don’t know about the other publishers.

Lisa S.

oops, forgot to add:

She may have seemed cliché at first but surely the revelation at book’s end changed your mind in this regard? No?

Not really. It made a bit more sense for her character to be involved with Walker but Bendis was too fuzzy with the execution. I had to read the final pages a couple times to get the gist of what he was getting at.

Morjana

Hi, Joe.

Thank you for all the update news on the SGA movie, and on SGU.

Congratulations to Stargate once again. The TCON 2009 Constellation Awards Nominees were announced, and Stargate scored some nominations:

http://constellations.tcon.ca/v.shtml

(Please follow the link for the complete list of nominees.)

1) Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode (include)

David Hewlett – Stargate Atlantis – The Shrine

3) Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2008. (include)

Stargate Atlantis

4) Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series. (include)

Richard Dean Anderson – Stargate Continuum

5) Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series. (include)

Amanda Tapping – Stargate: Continuum

Claudia Black – Stargate: Continuum

6) Best Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series of 2008. (include)

Stargate: Continuum

7) Best Technical Accomplishment in a 2008 Science Fiction Film or Television Production. (include)

Stargate: Continuum, Special Effects – (Rainmaker Digital Pictures)

8) Best Overall 2008 Science Fiction Film or Television Script. (include)

Stargate: Continuum – (Brad Wright)

9)Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2008. (include)

Amanda Tapping – Canadian Actress/Producer

The Stargate Franchise – Canadian Produced Series/Films

Best wishes!

Sparrow_hawk

Joe said (in reply to why the “drainer” wasn’t used for the autopsy:

I’ll include this question in the batch I’ll be sending Brian’s way. However, I simply assumed that the “drainers” kept superpowers in check (ie. Enhanced strength, speed, flying ability, etc.). Other physical attributes (ie. A third eye, impervious skin, etc.) weren’t “superpowers” per se and, thus, not affected.

Hmmm. Maybe. Although I would consider a third eye or 6 fingers or extra arms mere physical variants, in my mind impervious skin would be in the same category as enhanced strength. My own take on the “drainer” not being used was simply that the author did not want to introduce the concept so early in the story. I think it might have shifted the focus away from other superheroes and supervillains as suspects. I’ve got to admit that I really wondered how the heck someone could cut the throat of a woman with impervious skin – it seemed that only someone else with superpowers would be able to manage it.

As for liking or not liking various characters, well, it’s all a matter of personal taste. And that’s as it should be.

And I liked the Triphammer/Tony Stark character, too.

Sparrow_hawk

dang. forgot to close the blasted bold bracket again. Sorry everyone.

Rose
Rose

Joe,

If they want product A, you can’t just replace it with product B.

Well put. I feel the same way about SGU replacing Atlantis.

Best,

Rose

susan malcolm
susan malcolm

I have just dropped by to say hello.

“Hello”.

Susan – in a cold and yucky Scotland and 0456 hrs.

Davidd
Davidd

HEEYY JOE!

Wow….it’s been over a month since I’ve had time to write a comment on here. But, I’m back now……..anyone miss me?

Joe, I wanted to know what you think of the Vancouver Film School……good? Not-so-good? I’m thinking of going there when I’m finished high school.

Thanks Joe!

Iamjohn
Iamjohn

Any idea if you’ll be able to share the deleted scenes with us light you did for Atlantis? That was really cool when you were able to do that…

thornyrose01
thornyrose01

Can’t say I’m thrilled that the SGA movie still inhabits a bit of a limbo, but I’ll take the reassurance you offer. Given a new show in production, and trying to shoehorn in the SG-1 movie, it seems reasonable to put off the Atlantis movie for a bit. And unless your superiors are playing an unusually duplicitious game, the fact that the script is still being worked on bodes well. And given that Universe doesn’t come out until September, there’s plenty of time to see how the situation develops. My admiration and sympathies for putting yourself up in front of the shooting gallery as people interpret and misinterpret your post in whichever way their biases incline them.

ytimynona
ytimynona

I figured that the music can’t have been recorded in BC, otherwise I would have been outraged that Joel wasn’t nominated for a Leo!

Hooray for updates. Thanks =)

Any chance Fire might turn into a 90 minute episode? If it’s a tight script, why not? I hate to see significant parts of the story disappear because of a time limit! If all 20 minutes end up being cut, any chance it’ll be put on the special features of the DVD (like with Morpheus in SG-1)?

ytimynona
ytimynona

AV eddy says: If it’s OK, I’d like to ask the kind folks here to keep some prayers and positive vibes flowing towards my Black Lab, Simon.

Will do!!!

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Thanks for the updates! Guess you finally got tired of answering my questions. LOL

Thanks so much,
Major d. Davis

Shawna
Shawna

das —

Yeah, I see what you mean about the Wolverine movie. Much as I like Jackman, he doesn’t have the right build at all. I mean, do those people even know what a wolverine is? Sheesh. But it actually wouldn’t surprise me if they made Sabertooth his half brother. I mean, for a long time they were sort of going with the theory that Sabertooth was his father, without actually saying it, then I guess they decided against that at some point. There’s definitely a sense of some family relation between those two, so it’s almost natural they’d do something with that in the movie (although it does bother me a bit that they recast Sabertooth from the X-Men movies; I hate it when they recast). But Gambit? I was so excited when I heard they’d finally put him in a movie (though giving him his own would have been even better), but if they’ve screwed him up, I’ll be annoyed. I may just have to watch this movie with the same mindset that I watched X3: that it’s all just some completely alternate universe. I can deal with that. Guess I’ll just have to see how it turns out when I watch it.

Bailey
Bailey

Well….
You haven’t sold me yet on there actually being an SGA movie, but keep trying!
I’m listening and remain vaguely hopeful.
Thanks for the update.

Ponytail
Ponytail

So translating what you said about The Atlantis movie: Don’t hold your breath. I hate to see something I loved treated like the neighbor’s stinky evil step-child. You just keep gushing over the new toy (SGU) and your total admiration for the past pet (SG-1) while SGA gets shovled into obscurity. And with all the SG-1 alumni cameos appearing on SGU, all your favorites are on screen again. No room for any SGA actors on this ship – right?

Sorry, I shouldn’t complain since it falls on deaf ears anyway. I am just so broken hearted with all the empty SGA movie teasing. I bet it will never happen.

Signed,
Just another cranky pants.
(a VERY cranky pants)

Nathaniel
Nathaniel

Since you kind of started talking about it a little in this post could you please explain why the different series are “run” by different production houses? While actually being run by the same people. I saw on the tour that even accounting was split up between the respective production houses. To me this seems a horribly hard way to secure funding. Instead of being the production company that brought you SG-1 (aka a proven track record) your a whole new company.. How does this all work out for you in the end? Do you get paid from the different accounts depending on which show your writing the episode for? Does it cost more making sure that each account is separate? Ever have any mistakes where one shows company accidentally funded the other? Is this question so long and boring for everyone else that you won’t touch it with a ten foot pole? Only time will tell…

PBMom

@AV Eddy spiritual and psychic push coming your ways, a few prayers as well. I hope Simon feels better soon. Sounds like he has people who care very much about him. There is nothing like a dog in your life (or many dogs in Mr. Mallozzi’s case!). My golden retriever brings so many smiles and laughs to my life that can get overwhelmed quite easily with my child with autism. And Patrick (my son) is like the center of her universe. She makes this really funny noise whenever she sees him (first thing in the morning — loud enough that my son puts his hands on his ears), when he comes home from school, when he leaves the livingroom to go to the bathroom. I may be playing with her on my bed, but if she sees Patrick whip by going into the livingroom, she is out of there. And my son pretends to hate her, but I catch him secretly smiling at her and loves when she runs around, especially retrieving a tennis ball, or jumping in and out of the pool. I keep telling my husband I would like to try getting another retriever, but he is just into having 1 dog at a time.

My Initials Are RDA Too
My Initials Are RDA Too

So glad to hear the heads-up on the SGU episodes. If someone with such a discriminating eye as you enjoys “Air” that much, I can’t wait until the fall.

I do have a question, though. I popped in the SG1 Season 1 DVDs the other day, and I heard Joel Goldsmith’s fantastic Goa’uld musical cue. The high-pitched, minor-key string glissando (I’m not sure how musically-inclined you are). It made me wonder if there was a chance of having Joel on a Q&A someday? And, if there is, could you ask him how he came up with such a fantastic, visceral, memorable musical cue?

Thanks for writing. It’s a lot of fun to read.

sylvia
sylvia

Thanks, Joe, for the insight to the movie situation etc., good to know so we don’t wonder and jump to conclusions.

A belated congratulations to all involved with the Stargate Franchise on the Leo Nominations – this is an awesome testament to a great franchise.

paloosa
paloosa

I’ve never been a cheerleader for promoting a show to a network or studio. But for whatever reason, Atlantis is a show I just can’t seem to let go.

Would a campaign of emails, letters, etc. to the powers that be help to convince them that the Atlantis fan base is large enough that is would be as lucrative an endeavor as the SG1 movies have been?

Rich S
Rich S

Hi Joe

Have something for Peter DeLouise if its not too late smile

Peter

I would like to thank you for your work on SG1 over the years and for your irreverant commentaries on the dvd releases. I always found them to be a lot of fun (especially where you made Joe and Paul sing the Stargate theme!).

My favourite episode of Stargate is Urgo, (I am a fan of your dad as well), I regret you not being able to do a commentary with him very much. Did you have a lot of fun making that epsiode?

DId you ever find it a problem getting yourself your cameo in each episode you did? “Sokar is attacking!” and the PD in candles from Threshold come to mind smile

Thanks for your work on Stargate

Rich

Davus
Davus

Well, what you said about Air part I and II and Fire is greatly encouraging. You have seen tons of SG episodes so if you said those were riveting then I definitely trust you.
About the extra 20 mins in Fire, could you place those in the next episode? Or maybe make them a web or DVD exclusive?

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

@AV Eddy, sending prayers/thoughts/positive vibes and a big hug your way for Simon.

I’m looking forward to seeing puppy vids this weekend, it may not be a total loss after all. Could finish up with a big family schism tho after the stunt my daughter (the married one) just pulled.Man is SHE going to get her pedigree read to her!