On today's prison menu...
On today's prison menu...

 

Who ordered the chicken medium-rare?  Not me!
Who ordered the chicken medium-rare? Not me!
Carl enjoying prep week on his episode.
Carl enjoying prep week on his episode.
Lawren coming down from his chocolate high.
Lawren coming down from his chocolate high.
Paul reflects on rotisserie chicken.
Paul reflects on rotisserie chicken.
Ashleigh is full of chocolate.
Ashleigh is full of chocolate.
Birthday gal Kerry and Hiro
Birthday gal Kerry and Hiro

Some solidifying developments on the Atlantis movie front. I refuse to call it “good news” because it’s only good news insofar as the naysaying, sky-is-falling, that-movie-aint-getting-made contingent is concerned – of which I am not a part of. Instead, I welcomed the update with a resounding “meh”. Sure, to the average outsider, it may look like my unbridled optimism has been validated but nothing could be further from the truth. I’m actually dubious by nature and it was, in fact, my smug, deep-seeded cynicism that essentially confirmed what I already expected. It’s not about being optimistic or pessimistic, but about being optimistic and pessimistic about the right things.

On the script front, I’m past the climax and staring down a fairly chunky and heartfelt denouement. I’ve approached this movie as a special event and not just another big-budget episode of the show. No longer working within the more restrictive parameters of an ongoing series, we’re finally free to rattle some cages, upend established norms, and take some chances. We want to reward longtime fans with an outing that pays proper tribute to five years of Atlantis history while, at the same time, pursuing avenues that wouldn’t have been open to us a year ago. Could this be SGA’s last adventure? I very much doubt it but, in a way, you want to attack this script like it may well be. Truly impact the lives of these characters and have viewers come away with a sense of significance and satisfaction. Whether we can accomplish all this AND keep everyone happy is a daunting task but, hey, we’re up to the challenge.

Hey, guess what I had for lunch today. Chocolate! I received a chocolate shipment from the heavenly JP Hevin (what was essentially a briefcase full of chocolate – I shit you not) and set it down in the writers’ room, intending to sample a few selections after lunch. While most everyone else went with rotisserie chicken, I went with the front office and ordered Indian from a place called Palki Restaurant. My “murgh tikka” was an offering of boneless paste white chicken with a spackle-like consistency, disquietingly pink at its center. Although the inedible charred edges suggested grilling, the dish’s overwhelming blandness and pulpy texture hinted at either a half-ass boiling or disinterested steaming. Authentic? Maybe – if the guy who prepared my meal worked his last job cooking for convicts in Mumbai.

Figuring our construction department could always use some extra stucco, I set it aside and had twenty pieces of incredible chocolate instead. I did, of course, share with my friends. George Horie came by and took one, refusing my offer to grab another – then returned seconds later, his mind magically changed, pronouncing the Hevin creations “silky” and “amazing”. They’re sublimely delicate, perfect little masterpieces to be savored and appreciated. Also, to be part a critical element in my bet with Ashleigh that she couldn’t shove twenty into her mouth. She barely managed five which surprised my considerably. I thought her mouth was a lot bigger.

Oh, speaking of mouthy, we went out for Kerry (I’ll be making you dinner once my Vancouver Canucks are eliminated in the first round) McDowall’s birthday dinner last night. We hit Tojo’s where we enjoyed a fantastic sake lemonade cocktail, a bottle of equally delectable chilled sake, and a shot of some 38%-proof sake. Oh, and some mouth-meltingly-terrific sushi, green tea crème brulees, and my man Hiro’s delightfully full-out off-key rendition of Happy Birthday. Good times. Good times.

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Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

Your post made me laugh!!! Chocolate for lunch!!! grin

Maybe I missed it, but what were they “solidifying developments” of the Stargate Atlantis script – that Joe has passed the climax point?

Daniel

Bailey
Bailey

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!
Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
– from one of the sky-falling contingent
Thanks

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Thanks, Joe…I think. wink

Have a good evening, and a great weekend!

das

Bailey
Bailey

PS – when you say “outing” do you mean you will finally reveal who the gay character in SGA is?
razz

JJ
JJ

Hi, Joe
You said days ago that TPTB will allow you to post some SGU set pics this week. How’s that going?

Rose
Rose

Joe,

Ah ha! So I was proven right. Or wrong? I’m confused now.

Rose

Sulien
Sulien

“Some solidifying developments on the Atlantis movie front. I refuse to call it “good news” because it’s only good news insofar as the naysaying, sky-is-falling, that-movie-aint-getting-made contingent is concerned – of which I am not a part of.”

As a member of the cynical, doom and gloom, nay-saying contingent, I would really rather not be proven correct in my cynicism and doom-saying. sad *unhappy sigh*

I don’t know if I’ll be able to get my paddy fingers on Poe before the discussion, but I’m looking forward to reading it when I can get it and to seeing what everyone has to say. I love Poe and it’s going to be interesting to see what modern writers have come up with in the same vein.

*re-engaging cloaking device*

Ganymede
Ganymede

@ BAILEY

I’m putting [Lantean] money on Chuck! You know, with that deep Canadian *lumberjack* radio voice… ;] Besides, that “Bay” reference of artist Lorne’s wayback when is just so red herring. — but then again, Joe can be sneaky evil with that chocolate smeared on goatee…

Laura
Laura

Joe,

I think you got screwed on the bet. Montreal is gonna need a whole lot of luck just to make it interesting. I’m rooting for Vancouver since the Oilers once again suck too much to make it in (on the plus side, we will have a new coach next year!). And the Flames need to lose – I enjoyed their overtime loss last night.

Do you ever go to games, either in Vancouver or back in Montreal?

Ponytail
Ponytail

Just spit it out man! Whats the “solidifying developements” that have you so smug?

Your lunch reminded me that a few months ago I accidentally ate some raw chicken. I’m sure you’re asking, like everyone else did, how could I accidentally eat raw chicken? I bought a new frozen kind that was breaded. I put it in the microwave to heat it up, never reading the package that said it was uncooked and had to go into the oven only.

As I was eating the first few bites, I noticed the different taste and texture of the chicken. I thought it was because it was breaded. But when I actually looked at what I was eating (hot, but very raw chicken) I almost died right then!

I called my mom to tell her what happened and to say goodbye. I suggested she and my dad might want to drop by my house the next day and pick up my body. She just laughed. (How rude!) So, I got on the internet to see how long I had to live. I typed into Google “I ate raw chicken”, and up popped tons of advice. It ranged from “you’ll be dead within hours” to “it was probably harmless and you will be just fine”. But either way, it was the most hilarious and entertaining reading. The most commen comment was, “it will pass”. It did, and I survived.

YOU ATE TWENTY (20?) PIECES OF CHOCOLATE FOR LUNCH!!! TWENTY??!!
OMG!!!!

Davidd
Davidd

Hey Joe.

I don’t usually analyze the pictures you post for behind-the-scenes stuff, but I couldn’t help but notice the white board behind behind Lawren…..are those episode titles for the latter half of SGU?

Thanks Joe!

herbertsommerfeld
herbertsommerfeld

Hoo boy, I saw some of the dailies of SGU for the first time. It’s going to rock! As well…hmmm, I can’t really say anything more online, but there was some other super cool stuff as well today!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

the news you are still working on the script is enough to keep me happy. Your hints of shakeups and more daring directions are actually welcome. If i can’t have my series, at least I can have a turbo-charged movie(s) instead.
@DasNDanger. I can see your point about Todd and Woolsey. But I rather picture him as ‘the other man” who threatens the relationship between our Common Ground companions. Sheppard will turn to Rodney for support, and more….
Ok, my apologies for the slip into multi-character shipping there. The sooner TPTB allow the release of the pictures, the sooner I and some others can be distracted from such thoughts. Yeah. Well, I don’t believe it either…

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Bailey said:

PS – when you say “outing” do you mean you will finally reveal who the gay character in SGA is?

Great minds think alike. I jumped in to say, “there’s gonna be an outing?”

Ha!

Cheers, Chev

MaryD

Joe, now you got me craving chocolate.

Thanks for the SGA script update smile

Incase you haven’t heard Christopher Heyerdahl has been cast as Marcus, one of the Volturi vampire leaders in the “Twilight” sequel New Moon.

Hopefully, Chris will be back as Todd in the SGA movie.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Mmm. I think 20 pieces of chocolate is a perfectly acceptable lunch! Plenty enough calories, and probably enough nutrition as well! (Although, aside from the pinkness, the chicken looks like I’d actually like it… I’m a fan of plain white, non-burnt chicken.)

Gotta love the whiteboard behind Lawren! grin Lol I can’t believe that’s still up!

I donated my hair today to make wigs for people going through chemo!!! It made me happy! smile

AndreaFWhite
AndreaFWhite

Thanks Joe for keeping us SGA fans sated on SGA news and chocolate.

pg15

I”m baaaaaack! Again!

2 final exams down, 3 to go. Wish me luck.

Anyway, I signed back in just to point out that Justin Louis’s face seems to be on the monitor behind Ashleigh. I am unsure on whether the shot composition is satisfactory, however. The shot of Mr. Louis has his head slanted, and while that usually means he’s talking to/looking at something/one to bottom left, I feel that, in order to truly grasp his emotional state, you guys should’ve pressed the camera closer to his face. A close up, so I hear, is much more impactful for viewers.

Besides, we might’ve gotten a better look that way. grin

I’m surprised you didn’t say that the Hevin chocolates were…hevinly. Get it? GET IT? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ashleigh’s hot. Tell her I typed that. Do it not-creepily. Thank you.

Ok, back to studying…

Shawna Buchanan

I spent this week being an extra on the 100th episode of The Office. As a fan of the show, it was quite a treat (aside from the freezing cold and the constant fight to protect my pale Celtic skin from the sunlight). Really, being on that set is a pleasure, and I think all the extras noticed it. The cast and crew were all really cool and nice, and no one was a diva or anything (not that we could tell, at least). It was great seeing the process, the ad libbing, even the rehearsals. One of the funniest things to me was how after five years, they’re still constantly calling each other by their real names rather than their characters’ names. Also, that cast is surprisingly tall. Like, really tall (and I’m saying that as a tall person myself) — except for Angela, who’s a about the tiniest thing ever.

I really had no point to that, just wanted to share. It was just ridiculously fun.

Morticae
Morticae

Hi Joe,

I couldn’t help but notice the whiteboard in your picture. You are quite sneaky! Clearly giving us some hints there…

15. Havoc
16. Sordid
17. Penumbra
18. Marriage
19. Death of T.C. (What/who is T.C.?)
20. Reveal team bac(kup?) all along. Destiny is only (just getting started?)

Oooh what fun! Anybody else care to speculate? Of course I had to take a guess on #20.

Thank you for this. Next time, zoom the camera out just a tad bit more please. wink

Dustin
Dustin

Hey Joe, have a few questions sorry if they already been asked.

Just wondering on the time line between the series finale of Atlantis, and the start of Universe.

In the last ep of Atlantis its said one of the ships is on a classified mission and they cant get a hold of it to help against the Wraith. Would that have anything to do with the first eps of Universe?

If not can we know the time line of when Universe starts?

Also when the people are trapped on the Ancient ship… will it be brought up that the people from Atlantis were thought lost and that they couldn’t get home for over a year? I mean that would put hope in some would it not? Atlantis cant get home, now 5 years later the city is on Earth.

edgarderby
edgarderby

On commentaries and featurettes for SG1 in the early years, they always talked about how they didn’t know if they were being picked up until the end of each season. Personally, I thought that always made for some really terrific episodes (Full Circle being a good example). So I’m thinking that while I would love to see many Atlantis movies in the future, the amount of effort and detail that would go into a project that’s taken as the last would only encourage more projects to be greenlit.

I’m sorry your Indian food sucked, Joe. As it happens I enjoyed some quality lamb saag just a bit ago.

Sulien
Sulien

MaryD said: In case you haven’t heard Christopher Heyerdahl has been cast as Marcus, one of the Volturi vampire leaders in the “Twilight” sequel New Moon.

o_0 As much as I love Chris Heyerdahl, there isn’t an actor, living or dead, whom I love enough to go and see that dren. I agree wholeheartedly with hoping he’s available to reprise Todd in the SGA movie. *crosses fingers the SGA movie is still going to go ahead*

Sulien
Sulien

Drat Word Press’ lack of an edit function! I wanted to add that even Richard Boone wouldn’t be enough to make me go and see a Twilight movie.

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Chocloate for lunch is SO yesterday, chocolate for breakfast is the thing.
So I take it that we’re finally going to see some form of disability in the Atlantis crew. After all one of the greatest minds on this planet happens to reside within the body of Professor Stephen Hawking!
I’m not anti-gay by any means, anyone who knows mre will tell you that but how on earth does sexual preference have a bearing within science fiction without turning it into a bloody soap opera?