Well, we were all back at work today following the Victoria Day long weekend – Victoria Day, of course, being a recently adopted Canadian holiday commemorating one of history’s most remarkable pioneering female Brits. Yes, I refer to none other than Ms. Victoria Beckham. Looking back, I suspect the vote to bestow the honor on the former Posh Spice may have had more to do with a desire to have an extra holiday in May than anything else. All the same, this is the third year the country has marked the occasion with songs, dance, and goat kebobs in a vast nation-wide celebration that brings together peoples of all races and religions. Except, of course, for the Irish who are prohibited from participating and have to go to work instead. It was a great three-day break and now, Canadians have to wait a whole month for their next big holiday when the Emeril Legasse Day long weekend rolls around in late June.

Today, the SGA movie script, Stargate: Extinction, went out to the writing department. No one has gotten around to reading it yet but I imagine it’s just a matter of time before the accolades start rolling in. Carl, however, did read my short story over the weekend and, to my delight, enjoyed it. So 3 down and 2 356 689 to go!

Before lunch, Carl, Paul, and I headed down to Stage 1 where work is ongoing on the jungle set for Time. It’s looking mighty damn impressive. I took plenty of snaps, including a couple of shots of Carl posing beside a giant alien fern. From there, we headed over to the Destiny set where Peter DeLuise was directing Bobby, Louis, and David in scenes for Darkness and Light.

After lunch, we sat down to watch the director’s cut of Life. I can’t say enough good things about this episode, from Carl Binder’s script to the individual performances to Alex Chapple’s direction. Some incredibly poignant moments delivered by Brian J. Smith, Ming Na, and a couple of wonderful guest stars. I LOVED this episode.

Later, I was sitting in my office when I heard a familiar voice ask: “Is Mallozzi here?” I glanced up and, sure enough, it was Michael Shanks – with his lovely wife Lexa. I was mortified. Had I known he’d be bringing her by, I’d have cleaned the place up. My desk is a drop-zone. They stopped in and we spent a good half hour talking about exorcists, chiropractors, and exorcist-chiropractors. On their own, they’re very funny people but together, these two are absolutely hilarious. A terrific couple – who, conveniently enough, had to rush off to buy some roast chicken after I suggested my office would be clean in no time if we all pitched in.

I Remember the Future discussion:

Michael A. Burstein writes: ““Like “I Remember the Future”, this one resonated with me on a personal level, reminding me of the day I came across the webpage of Thomas M. Disch only days after his passing.”

Wow. You probably had the same thoughts I had when I came across Charles Sheffield’s webpage after he died (which, as I noted in the afterword, was the genesis of the story).”

Answer: Camp Concentration is one of my favorite SF novels. In fact, just the other day Paul returned a whack of books I’d lent him over the past year and he singled CC out (alongside Frederik Pohl’s Gateway) as his favorites. I considered making the book a Book of the Month Club selection and inviting Disch to take part in a Q&A but, sadly, never got the chance. While surfing for news about his sudden passing, I came across his website and was surprised to see that he kept a fairly active online presence. Sadder still to learn that, late in life, he suffered depression for his failure to gain recognition for his work. Too late to post a comment and let him know his work was appreciated by this reader at least.

Sylvia writes: “Re the old ending and the new ending. I loved the new ending as it gave Sarah the choice and the rite of decision – to take action – to get the tattoo. She did not have to prove her love and devotion. She chose to take a stand to make progress in the struggle that we learn from the lessons of the past. I rather liked that posture of doing the right thing and because one wanted to do the right thing.”

Answer: Yes, it’s a tough call because both endings offer up two very different but very positive elements. In the end, I think Michael’s editor (and his wife) echoed your sentiments – which is why he decided to go with that particular ending.

Sylvia also writes: “Was a bit surprised but gladdened to discover that Miss Ellis also resorted to changing appearance.”

Answer: I kind of suspected the surprise but loved it nevertheless. It cemented her relationship with Tony and offered up the most touching beat in the ensuing story, TelePresence, in which we learn of her dedication and eventual passing.

Thornyrose writes: “TeleAbsence was the best of the stories in combining emotion and sci fi elements. “

Answer: I would agree. All of these elements were nicely balanced and despite the future setting, the depth of the characters grounded the story in the here and now.

Thornyrose also writes: “It’s all too easy to look at technology as the solution to all social ills, but Mr. Burnstein rightly points out that economics and human nature will prevent an even distribution of such technologies.”

Answer: Which is something the author goes on to discuss in the afterword, making reference to someone who predicted that everyone would have a computer by the years 2001 (I believe it was). Well, not quite. While the technology is there, the means to acquire said technology remains problematic for many.

Thornyrose also writes: “With Spaceships, we’re given a slightly melencholy view of immortality. ( Can one say Ascension?). It seems even in the far future, eccentricity is frowned upon, and Kel is victimized by those who are not actually harmed by his peculiar obsession. I did have a minor quibble here; how did Kel get possession of the actual originals?”

Answer: I assumed that, in time, as humanity shed their corporeal forms, they gave up on what they considered physical affectations – like spaceships. Kel collected the abandoned ships, amassing them into a personal collection.

Thornyrose also writes: “While I found it a bit suprising that the Church would rule aliens as soulless, and thus ineligable to become members, the device works well enough here.”

Answer: That was curious – but not altogether surprising. By the way, if you’re looking for a terrific novel that explores the issues of faith and alien visitation, I strongly urge you to pick up Michael Flynn’s Eifelheim. From Booklist: “In the fourteenth century, the Black Death ravaged Europe. Most towns decimated by it were eventually resettled, except for Eifelheim, despite its ideal location. Mathematical historian Tom discovers this anomaly and an unexpected connection to his domestic partner Sharon’s research in theoretical physics, which seems to be leading to a method of interdimensional travel. In fact, as Eifelheim’s priest back then, Father Dietrich, relates, before the plague’s arrival, an interstellar ship crashed nearby. The encounters between its passengers and the people of Oberhochwald, as Eifelheim was first called, reflect the panoply of attitudes of the time, from fear of the foreign to love and charity for one’s neighbors to the ideas of nascent natural philosophy (science), and the aliens’ reactions are equally fascinating.”

Thornyrose also writes: “ Decisions was a story that had me waiting for Rod Serling’s voice to speak out of the ether.”

Answer: It had a definite The Outer Limits feel for me.

Thornyrose also writes: “As soon as Reverend Haas mentioned a steamboat excursion, I recognised that the tale was centered on the tragedy of the General Slocum. […]. But the “instant romance” of Schmidt and Adele just didn’t ring true.”

Answer: Agreed. This was the one element in the story that felt awkward and forced. I could see Adele being smitten with Schmidt, but to have the two of them suddenly profess their love for one another, in spite of the circumstances, seemed all to quick.

Thornyrose also writes: “Of all the stories, Absent Friends is definitely my least least favorite. Levinson’s obsession over his dead friend goes beyond any sane level of grief. There is something more than a little creepy about his insistance at seeking out his friend’s alternate self.”

Answer: This is something I agree with as well. It seemed a single-minded obsession one would reserve for the love of one’s life rather than a friend, no matter how close.

Sparrow_hawk writes: “ Many of the stories just felt flat to me. When I tried to analyze what was missing (for me) in the stories I realized that although the premises of many of the stories were interesting, the settings were weak or non-existent. I’m a very visual person, and just couldn’t “see” where the story was taking place.”

Answer: Are you saying that you would have benefited from a more descriptive narrative?

Mailbag:

Morticae writes: “You know, there was an episode of SG-1 with a guy that used toothpicks and whatnot to booby trap his doors. Something like that!”

Answer: I know. Paul and I wrote it. Point of No Return.

DasNdanger writes: “1. We know that the Iratus bug that attacked Sheppard was in a sort of web, and in The Defiant One the Wraith webbed up his victim, suggesting that – perhaps – he produced the web/silk from his own body. So, in your mind (or had it ever been discussed), do Wraith have the ability to produce ’silk’ from their bodies, and if so…from where?

2. Since a Wraith – by definition – is a doppelganger, has this ever been taken into consideration in how Sheppard and Todd deal with each other? Todd, the ‘harbinger of bad luck’, ‘haunting’ his double – Sheppard – always present, reminding John of his darker side? Or am I just thinking too hard about this…lol.”

Answers: 1. In my mind, the webbing/cocoon is a byproduct of the ship, itself an organic construct.

2. While the wraith warrior class are clones, queens and the other males are not. They are unique.

O6untouchable writes: “1. In “Misbegotten”, Weir and Woolsey travelled to Atlantis on an Asgard ship, and got there nearly two weeks faster. That’s in roughly the same ballpark as the Daedalus’ 4-day trip from “The Siege”. Since the Asgard designed the Daedalus’ hyperdrive anyway, are their ships faster only because they’ve got a better power source?

2. If it is an issue of the power source, do the Daedalus, Apollo, et al now have better generators (to power the Asgard beam weapons and what-not)? Are they capable of making the trip to Atlantis faster?

3. After “The Return”, the ZPMs that the Asurans put in Atlantis were split up; one of them went to the Drone Chair. When the chair was moved to Area 51, was it still powered by that ZPM, or by some Asgard Core-inspired alternative? If the former, what happened to that ZPM?

4. The other ZPM from “The Return” went to the Odyssey. Between the Asgard Core and the fact that the Ori aren’t a threat anymore, did the ZPM get removed at some point? Was it depleted during “The Ark of Truth”, or is it still alive and kicking somewhere?”

Answers: 1. That’s a safe assumption to make.

2. No. Again, it comes down to the power source not the engine design.

3. Yes, the ZPM went with the chair.

4. More on exactly what is up with the Odyssey upcoming.

Scifan writes: “When it comes to guest actors, do you know who you want for the roles while your doing the script or do they have to ask? I remember someone told me that Goran Visnjic aka Dr. Luca Kovac from E.R. is a big fan of SGA. Do you look for those types of actors?”

Answer: We generally write the script and then look to cast. There have been occasions when we have sought out actors who have turned out to be fans of the show – Isaac Hayes for one, Wayne Brady for another. Goran Visnjic was a big fan of SG-1 and actually visited the set while in town working on Elektra. He and the cast really hit it off. We even offered him a guest spot but, unfortunately, he was unable to make it work schedule-wise.

Jim from WVa writes: “Will Stargate Universe employ shaky camera techniques like the movie Cloverfield?”

Answer: The camera work will certainly be more dynamic, but not to a jumpy, nausea-inducing extent.

T’loc writes: “I have a question, I am watching the Shrine from this past season, what would happen if the team had flown to that planet instead of walking could they have dialed a space-gate to escape? Would the water flown out into space? Would love to know the answer.”

Answer: The planet was only accessible via the planet gate. However, had they traveled their through a space gate, then escape would have been much easier – yes, them along with an enormous amount of water.

SebiMeyer writes: “what software is this? I either use Final Draft or Celtx for scripts, but this is new to me.”

Answer: Movie Magic Screenwriter.

O6untouchable also writes: “On a Movie-related note… you’ve already hinted that an Earth Battlecruiser might crop up in Universe somewhere, but what about the Atlantis and SG-1 movies? Are we going to find out what happened to the Sun Tzu, or see the Apollo and/or Daedalus again? (My girlfriend is particularly eager for more Caldwell!) And what about the Odyssey – will we ever find out what that secret mission was, or was that just an excuse to write her out so that she didn’t kick Hive Ship ass before Atlantis got there?”

Answer: Several of these ships will be making future appearances in the, uh, Stargate franchise.

Major D. Davis writes: “1. Would you like to edit my 5 page script (a script for the FBI files part 2?

2. Can I please send you a link to my best video I made(the script I was telling you about is part two of the FBI files. The link I want to send you is part for part 1)?

3. So there are a few stargate suprises for MGM’s 85th b-day. So what day is MGM’s 85th?

4. How is time going? Almost done?

5. Do you guys have a email address I can email(Instead of physically mailing something)?

6. How is the music and visual effects coming for Air?”

Answers: 1. Thanks but no.

2. Sure.

3. Not sure. Carl knows as he’s ordered the cake.

4. Stage 1 is looking awesome ahead of production. The episode is still in prep.

5. Trust me, you’re better off posting a comment here.

6. Great. Brad and Rob had a spotting session with Joel late last week.

Dovil writes: “I’m bitterly disappointed that Stargate Altantis: Glitter Ponies of Hope didn’t jump the last hurdle to be selected, though a two hour movie on SGA-1’s attempts to save the Spotted Owl from the brink of extinction does somewhat make up for it.”

Answer: Glitter Ponies of Hope was our first choice, but it was already taken for the SG-1 movie.

Georgia writes: “I came across ostrich eggs ($29.99 ea) and Vosges bacon chocolate. Ever try either?”

Answer: Haven’t tried ostrich eggs but have tried the Vosges applewood smoked bacon truffles (which, in my opinion, are better than the bars).

Chevron7 writes: “Joe, can you please give us a hint whether you’ve finished judging the Fans Choice bluray DVD cover contest?”

Answer: Sorry, I don’t even know what that is.

Davidd writes: “So, now that you have joined the Twitter masses, do you think you will ever get a Facebook account again?”

Answer: Correction. My dogs joined the twitter masses. They have no plans to get on Facebook however.

David Blue writes: “You know, in my defense:

I ran into Rob at work and told him about the party. He said he couldn’t go because he was having you over for dinner. So I decided not to tempt you to stand him up because you were so interested in coming to my tiny, small apartment instead.”

Answer: Well I feel doubly bad because I returned your apartment-warming gift on Sunday = a home theater system complete with reclining chairs and big screen. And before you complain that it wouldn’t have fit in your small apartment, you should know that it was the second part of your gift. The first part was an all-expenses paid rental of a mansion in Shaugnessy for the show’s entire run. Oh well.

Ytimyona writes: “Wow, Rob Cooper is truly a man of many talents… writer, director, cook! Is there anything RC can’t do?”

Answer: Brain surgery. At least not yet. We’ll find out for sure tomorrow when he removes Lawren’s basal ganglia.

Quade1 writes: “I heard that SGU Pilot was to air during summer followed by the rest of the season in the fall. Is this still the plan?”

Answer: Sorry, no. That was never the plan.

 

Recycled Funk writes: “I found this very enlightening blog post by Neil Gaiman, writer of the brilliant Sandman comics, where he discusses the relationship of blogging writers and their fans and the entitlement issues that sometimes develop (http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html). I’m not sure if you had come across it as well but I was wondering what your thoughts were on the subject. Since you are so visible on the web, do you think that sometimes fans can feel a little too entitled to your time and the next project, especially when it’s Stargate related?”Answer: I don’t think any fan is going to be pestering me for a release date on that short story – or any non Stargate-related project – anytime soon. Realistically, most of my blog regulars come for the Stargate, but stay for the snark, dog pics, and videos of me sampling strange food products. That said, I certainly do notice a sense of entitlement from certain fans who feel that online interaction should translate into some sort of working relationship. They bitterly complain when their hopes or desires regarding character or story aren’t realized, or adopt the attitude of a petulant child (Hello, Gate world’s Falcon Horus and G.O.D.) sulkily hating on anything and everything because they feel they’ve been personally sleighted by some creative decision made. Maintaining an internet presence has its rewards (as evidenced by the many, many wonderful people who frequent this blog) but it also makes you a convenient target for those terminal grumps seeking an outlet for their pent up aggression. And what better place than the arena of anonymity offered by the worldwide web.

 

Rachael writes: “ With the changes in the writer’s room in the past few months, I was wondering a) which writers were in the room for spinning the story for the movie, and b) if there were writers there at the time who are no longer on the SG writing team, would their departure affect the storyline at all (eg can’t use their ideas any more)?”

Answer: Back in November, Paul and I spun a general idea of what we wanted the SGA movie to be with Brad and Robert. Then, Paul and I went off and worked on the outline, pitching it back and forth between us until we had a pretty solid template. Paul wrote the first sixty pages and I wrote the last forty, although we did tweak one another’s passes.

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I gotta say, Joe, you are a good guy for giving your time to this blog. I think too many people think that you are somehow bound to put up with their shit and forget that you could say goodbye to the blog without any consequences. So I guess this is a thank you from someone who does recognize that you do this because you want to.

That was very sentimental. I can go back to raging at my university lecturers now.

dasNdanger
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Whew…I’ve been way busy the last 24 or so…both in reading, trying to get finished with Elric before the 8th of June, and in office work, and family visits…and other stuff. Just plain ol’ wore out, I am! Fell asleep on the sofa at 10 last night, and only awake now because…hmmm… really don’t know why. Was out with friends, so maybe I’m just still hyper from that…

Anyway…

Thanks for answering my questions, although I would much prefer to think that Wraith produced webbing from their bodies somehow – just because it’s creepy. smile Well…as long as it’s not from their butts, like spiders…’cause that would just be weird. razz

As far as my second question goes – you totally didn’t get what I was talking about. lol I was referring to the similarities between Shep and Todd (‘you’re more like Wraith than you know’), and whether or not that idea is carried over into how the characters are written… are they considered to be doppelgangers – is Todd Sheppard’s ‘twin’ – and if so, is his presence an omen that something bad is going to happen?

You really need to watch Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt

REALLY.

Like…yesterday.

wink

das

dasNdanger
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Wait…I just read your answer to Recycled Funk – it got lost because it wasn’t separated from the question…

And now I feel I must straighten up and fly right, lest I be lumped in with those who feel they have some sort of working relationship with you…so…

Stargate: Extinction! What a WONDERFUL title!! I LOVE it!!! grin

wink

das

PoorOldEdgarDerby
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@Recycled Funk Thanks for the link, he makes some damn good points.

Mackenzie's Momma
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Mackenzie's Momma

Just thought I’d pop by and say hello, since I’ve been being run ragged by the sick toddler all week(apparently she has the sinus infection from H E double hockey sticks) and school.

I finally recovered from the LOL moment I had the other day when meeting with my college adviser to discuss my new major(hello, English degree) that I am thinking of pursuing as she suggested that I become an English major with a drama emphasis. I pointed out that she had obviously never seen me walk and talk while on a hill or attempt to eat quietly in a restaurant.

So how is Lulu doing any better? The meds working? (And did she have kennel cough?)

majorsal
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“Answer: Glitter Ponies of Hope was our first choice, but it was already taken for the SG-1 movie.”

and

Answer: “Brain surgery. At least not yet. We’ll find out for sure tomorrow when he removes Lawren’s basal ganglia.”

lol

Bailey
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Bailey

Hi, I don’t feel at all entitled to anything, but do appreciate the opportunity to vent some frustrations about your shows on occassion.
I apologize if it ever comes across rudely or presumptious.

It is a strange and wonderous thing about this new era of internet and blogging that the “masses” (by which I mean me) are able to interact with a “famous” person as easily as they might talk with their mother or sister. In fact, I communicate with you more than with my sister…
It makes for a strange feeling of thinking you know someone when you actually don’t.

Lexa, who you entertained tonight, tweets quite a bit. I think I know more about her life than I do many people I personally interact with at work as coworkers. But I don’t know her at all, really, and she wouldn’t know me from a hole in the wall.

Not sure if all this is good or bad?

PBMom
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I tweeted Lexa, when she tweeted that she visited you today, that your dogs were now tweeting and they were hoping to get 1000 followers by the end of the month. She put a link to them in a message she tweeted so I hope the dogs get a jump in followers. Lexa has a LOT of followers.

pg15
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“I don’t think any fan is going to be pestering me for a release date on that short story”

I’m pretty sure some people already have. wink

In fact, I distinctly remember at least one occasion where someone asked about the release date in the mailbag. Don’t sell yourself short, Joe.

Ohhh, naming names, eh? I sense a Gateworld Shit Storm brewing in 3…2…4, I mean 1…ah, who am I kidding, it’s always a Shit Storm there. Let’s just say that I pretty much agree about one of those two.

Oh, and unless I’m woefully mistaken, the sometimes-blog-commenter Heightmeyer’s Lemming is probably Falcon Horus.

*Waves*

Anyways, the entitlement is disgusting sometimes. Some of them just can’t seem to realize that sitting on their butts for an hour and be entertained (or not; whatever) =/= effort to be rewarded; especially when you look at how much work the cast and crew and TPTB put into the product. It’s the standard customer/supplier relationship; we get the entertainment, you guys get the money. If we don’t get the entertainment, you won’t get money from us. Nothing’s owed in either direction.

That said, I do think that all the effort us blog regulars put into reading this blog while sitting on our butts deserve some kind of reward, right?

Right?!

Right. Ok, cool. I’ll settle for a tour of Bridge Studios. Thanks.

And thank you for the SGU info! A jungle planet for Time? Hmmm…I don’t know what that means. Is Jumanji involved? There was kind of a time travel thing in that.

Questions:

1. What episode number is Darkness?
2. What episode number is Light?
3. You once said that Stargate Extinction won’t focus on the Wraith. I just wonder how you qualify “focus”. Is there an episode of SGA that has about the same amount of focus on the Wraith as SGE? If so, which one is it?
4. What’s the office’s take on the new Star Trek movie?

Thanks!

PBMom
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If you ever get any of that crap from me, please tell me to leave. I never want to be “that person.” I will be the first to say that when I first heard of the idea, I said Stargate Voyager (I was the first to comment on Gateworld that night), but I always react first and then take in all the information. The New Yorker in me perhaps. Or perhaps the Irish. The more I heard about it, the more I’ve gotten excited. That negativity lasted maybe a week or so. Then seeing David Blue was on Twitter, that is why I joined, and then a few other SGU people are on Twitter. Now Brian J. Smith’s mom is on there. It adds to the excitement when you see the comments about how much they love their jobs and how much fun they are having (without giving details away). It is infectious. Now MGM needs to do a 60-minute special on the show and the ensemble cast (and the peripheral people). Now I’m catching David Blue on Moonlight, a show I never watched to see his acting. Shortly before the show starts, I’ll start writing about it on the Fox 26 Houston blog to get others to watch. I’ve already posted some, and I emailed a blogger friend about the show having a character who happens to be gay (as he is gay) and that was exciting to him so I may have a convert…to Stargate…LOL. He liked what Robert Cooper and Brad Wright (?) had to say about doing that and the reasons behind it.

I read every day all these quality shows who are getting axed way before their time. It makes you appreciate that you did get 5 full years out of SGA.

SpencerSchleicher
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SpencerSchleicher

Alien jungle! Sounds awesome.

otros ojos
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otros ojos

I see that Rob (and whoever else took part in the decision) tossed out my suggestion of performing a reversible frontal lobotomy — newly discovered procedure of the Ancients; great, huh? — before removing Lawren’s basal ganglia. Especially since . . . well, that’s a very remote complication. You’ll all have enough on your hands dealing with the immediate consequences.

The Drowned Life is coming to me from Texas (yes, the entire state chipped in and sprung for it!) sometime next week. I don’t want to rush through it, but hope to get it done before summer session starts. I’m very much looking forward to reading it, so thank you for pointing it out in an earlier entry.

Eifelheim has been on my list ever since I read about it here, as well. Who knows where the time goes?

pg15
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Ok, should’ve read Neil Gaiman’s entry before writing my comment, as he wrote pretty much what I wanted to say, except better, because he’s a professional writer. That sounded slightly sarcastic. It is not. There’s something I want to get off of my chest. Joe, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done with this blog, and with Stargate. A while ago Lou Anders said in a podcast both he and you were in that you were doing something extraordinary with this blog, and specifically with the bookclub. Though I don’t get involved in the bookclub because I suck at reading, I still agree that you are doing something extraordinary. Through you, I learned to appreciate the hard work the writers, the cast, and above all the crew put into the show. From the perspective of a fan, it is far too easy to fall in love with the actors and attribute all the warm, fuzzy feelings one gets when one watches the show to them. Though of course they play a big part and are Awesome, this creates a blinders effect. I know a few fans who say that they only love the character because of the actor’s portrayl, and not only do I find that perplexing, I also find it insulting. Your exposure of the various unsung heroes of the Production to us was an extremely valuable learning experience. Not only did we find out what they did, it also gave us a chance to assign a face and a personality to a name that shows up for a second or less at the end credits. Furthermore, to know the mind of a writer and why he write what he does is incredibly valuable, and you’ve given us that in spades. You’ve humanized the production. You turned a faceless conglomerate that is Stargate Productions into a group of lovely people who pours their hearts and souls into making a show that millions of us love, and for some, it even changes our lives. All that work for you guys, and 20 43-minute long pieces of entertainment a year for us. All this to say: I wished every fan read this blog. If they KNEW the effort put into the show, if they KNEW how many people’s work they’re debasing by bashing the show mindlessly (not that everyone does that, of course; only a few), would they be so careless in throwing out insults? I mean, like or dislike the show all you want, but there is respect in delivering that judgement. Thanks to your blog, I learned about that. No matter how I feel about an episode, respect for the show and the people behind it will always be #1 in the list of things guiding what I post, and whom I defend. And on a personal note, thanks to your dissections of your scripts and the various behind the scenes info, I’ve managed to get myself a little hobby writing fan screenplays. It’s like a creative… Read more »

pg15
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pg15

Boy, that sounded sappy.

Oh well, I try.

otros ojos
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otros ojos

PS: Maybe when the whole unified-field thing is at the buffing and polishing stage, someone really will be able to figure out where the time goes. I’m all but totally ignorant when it comes to physics, so am counting on your blog to keep me advised.

Arctic Goddess
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Hi Joe:

My little Rusty (orange tabby adopted stray) has disappeared on me. He’s been gone two weeks and I fear that he’s not coming back. I really do miss the little guy. We have some neighbors who think nothing of doing nasty things to cats. So, I’m pretty sure that he has met his end. But, I can’t prove anything. I do not understand people who want to harm animals. By the way, he got out when a carpenter was here working on our bathroom reno.

Question: Did you ever watch “Les Belles Histoires des Pays d’en haut” ? If so, any comments about it?

Patricia

Dankriss
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Dankriss

Wish I could see Lexa having seen Michael last year…I love the pair of them and to see them together would make my year….such a lovely couple and so lucky as well…me jealous?..what makes you think so? grin

Kriss smile

Luis
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Luis

I recently watched the episode “FULL Alert” SG-1 The truck That O’Niell is taking the beer out of is that his personnel or a prop???

Lexa Shanks
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Lexa Shanks

Aw Joe! I would’ve loved to help you clean up your office, but alas the siren song of Chalet Suisse was calling. Although, the discussion of poltergeists and chiropractors was enlightening, and frightening. Great to see your charming smile and hear your rapier wit again – we did miss you so at the Leos.

Oh, and I’m now officially following your dogs on Twitter – they’re far more erudite than you give them credit for.

Love and kisses,
Lexa

Bristow1941
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Bristow1941

Care to comment on the reports that MGM is having major financial difficulties ($3.7 billion in debt coming due in 14 months that will require major restructuring from both stockholders and the bondholders) and how this might affect plans to film the SG-1 and SGA movies as well as SGU in the next year (all capital-intensive projects that will require time to become cash-flow positive)?

Too bad the cash crunch has made floating this size of corporate bond extremely difficult, but as my father the bankruptcy trustee and workout specialist puts it, “If you owe $10 million and can’t pay, it’s your problem. If you owe $100 million, it’s the bank’s problem.” And as the past 9 months have shown us, if you owe a couple billion and your default will pose a systematic risk to the US economy, it’s the Federal Reserve and US Treasury’s problem that you can’t pay. Is it time to start an grass roots campaign to show that MGM is as worthy of a bail-out as AIG, Chrysler, GM, and Citibank?

paloosa
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paloosa

Without getting sappy about this, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your world with us. It’s great to see the struggles and fun that go on behind-the-scenes, and the wonderful respect that you have shown for the actors and crew. And equally important is the community that’s been created here. I don’t have time for the books, but I do read everyone’s comments, and have laughed my ass off more times than I can count. Plus I can’t resist the pup pics, and have been evilly lured into twittering them.

I love to see how you develop the stories, and I have a question. In the beginning of writing SGU it would seem that the episodes out of necessity would have to be completely plot driven. Now that there are several episodes under everyone’s belts, are the actors and their characters nuancing where the stories are going?

Wandering Wolf
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Wandering Wolf

Hi Mr Mallozzi,
Long time reader, First time questioning

Could you please settle an argument between a few friends of mine and let us know what episode number Earth is now in SGU?
Thank you
Wander Wolf (AKA Matt)

Shirt'n'Tie
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Shirt'n'Tie

Hi again Mr M!

Greetings from an unseasonally fine Tipperary!

Keep meaning to ask…Any Summer hols planned? I think you mentioned you are going to Tokyo later in the year…but any down-time during Summer or is it flat out with SGU?

Best wishes to all

Shirt’n’Tie

Jinx
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Jinx

How come everyone needs chicken when it comes time to clean?

Trish (aka whovian)
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Trish (aka whovian)

Hey Joe,

Wow! That was quite a blog today! It had everything. Including insulting my people. The Irish. It’s okay… we Irish don’t need no stinkin’ Victoria Day anyway! razz

May I suggest you leave your camera with all the SGU pics right next to the dogs’ beds? I’m sure it’s safe there. grin

@Dovil: So you get Glitter Ponies of Hope after all. At least you and I are happy. lol

Trish