What the – ?! Almost June already?! It feels like only days ago we were spinning stories for the new show and, in a blink, we’re suddenly poised to prep the first part of the mid-season two-parter. Before you know it, we’ll have sailed past the premiere and started – hopefully – spinning stories for a second season of dangers, discoveries, and deceptions aboard the Destiny. I feel like I’ve unwittingly meandering into one of those time distortions fields my grandmother always warned me about. If any of you are trapped in here with me, let me know your location as I’d like to have a sense of how large an area has been effected.

About a month before we head into our summer hiatus. Between then and now, we’re going to need to break the last remaining stories…

Director Will Waring continues to shoot episode 9, Justice this week.

Rob heads into prep on episode 10 (Space, the episode I wrote).

Brad makes final tweaks to episode 11 (Divide, the episode Paul wrote) as he readies for prep.

Carl continues his pass on Faith.

Marty G. hammers out an outline for his second script.

Our freelancer works on his next draft.

Which leaves us with…what?…six stories to break? Really? Is it that many? Have I missed one? Let’s see…Brad will eventually shift gears to rescue that story in limbo, Carl will move from Faith to that story Brad pitched out, Brad will probably write the story Rob pitched out (Given the premise, it’s right up his alley), I’ll start thinking about 19 – which dovetails nicely into 20, our thrilling season finale…and…Help me out here, what am I missing?

Mailbag:

PG15 writes: “1. This amending of scripts to connect stories better, are you guys doing it more with SGU stories than with past SG1 and SGA stories?

2. Is Andy Mikita also directing “Divided”?

3. What do you mean when you say that Rob is “doing the pass” on your script? Does it mean that he’s producing it, or just reading it to give it notes?”

Answers: 1. Yes, there is more of a definitive episode to episode link between the various stories and character relationships in SGU.

2. No.

3. Rob will be producing the episode, doing the script polish, taking the network notes, overseeing prep, and doing the producer’s cut.

JoanieC writes: “I took my 11yr old westie to the vet as he had ear trouble and as well as giving him drops the vet suggested I give him an evening primrose oil tablet every day to keep his skin in good condition.”

Answer: Interesting.

GateFanSamJack writes: “ How soon after an SGU episode is shown on SyFy will it turn up on Hulu/SyFy.com?”

Answer: Your guess is as good as mine.

Kathi writes: “In season 2 – conversion, was it only John’ s emergency situation or were there true feelings, witch made John kiss teyla?”

Answer: I believe the process he was undergoing stripped him of certain inhibitions, causing him to respond to some deep-seeded instincts.

TBA writes: “Do you think it’s ultimately better or worse for the ratings when the pilot leaks?”

Answer: In my opinion, leaks actually hurt a show’s ratings. It’s like being treated to a piece of cake before dinner. Will eating that piece make you more or less likely to have another piece for dessert? Some may argue that that the sneak taste (supposing it’s good) will make someone more likely to have another piece later (especially if they are fans of that particular type of cake). Other will argue that once they’ve had a piece of cake, they’d probably be inclined to skip on dessert – or try something different. Take the leaking Wolverine as an example. There are those who will argue that the movie did very well so the leak may have helped and certainly didn’t hurt. However, this is a fallacious argument given that we have no standard against which to measure the movie’s succes. How are we to know that it couldn’t have performed even better at the box office if it hadn’t been leaked?

Like I said, people can argue both sides of the issue, but I have always been of the opinion that leaks hinder rather than help – ESPECIALLY if it’s a leak of an unfinished version (missing things like music, sound effects, and visual effects). In the case of the latter, I’ll go back to my dessert analogy and liken it to giving someone a piece of cake before dinner – except that the cake is minus some key ingredients, namely sugar, eggs, and frosting – and expect them to have another piece to end their meal.

Davidd writes: “I’m sure you know who Susan Boyle is from Britain’s Got Talent. Well, the results for the show just came in….do you think she should have won rather than come in at second place?”

Answer: Don’t watch the show so I have no idea what the competition was like.

 

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PL
PL

Hi Joe,

Back in October of 2007 (I did a search), you mentioned that Pushing Daisies was one of the few new shows you liked enough to keep watching (and, sadly enough, seemingly predicted the show’s inevitable demise). With the last few episodes just now airing on TV in the US, are you still watching the show, or did you give up on it at some point along the way?

(If you haven’t been watching it, Season 2 is just as good as, if not better than, Season 1, in my opinion. It’s absolutely brilliant and a shame it didn’t get renewed.)

–PL

chevron7

It’s the 31st for you isn’t it?

Cheers, Chev

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Help me out here, what am I missing?

What about that very special episode where Lt. Scott meets his long lost sister who was abducted by aliens when she was 8?

Cheers, Chev

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Cool. Sgu is really taking shape. Wait huh. Do you take a break after divided or faith. Anyways, can’t wait for the fall(hopefully summer, if ya know what I mean).

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Joe,
About that calendar…

Should I send you one?

Check the date!

Quade1
Quade1

This year has been flying by, it felt like weeks ago it was still snowing. Which may be the reason I stayed outside so long without thinking to put on sunscreen sad

I agree “leaks” hurt productions. Wolverine is a prime example, I don’t think there is any question it would have done better in the box office had it not been leaked. But then again it would have done even better if the theatres didn’t charge you out your ass.

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There you go…it’s the 1st June for me, my niece’s 9th birthday tomorrow (better go finish the birthday shopping). Man it’ll be Christmas soon.

Cheers, Chev

Narelle from Aus

I’m raising my hand to be included as being part of the time distortion. I’ve got no idea at the moment where or when the hell I am. But then again, I’m still blonde.

pg15

Oh boy, major updates on the remaining stories I see; I gotta go update my SGU Episode Update document.

No really, I keep track of these. It’s Summer, what else am I going to do? There’s no school, there’s no other form of note-keeping or number crunching for me to obsess over; this is perfect! PERFECT!!

Lately, I’ve been unable to figure out what day of the month it is; I know it’s around the end of May though. I suppose that means your Time Dilation effect (the Asgard’s revenge for you guys killing most of them off, no doubt) is centered near you, but still has some effect for me here on the border between Burnaby and New Westminster.

That, or the field is much bigger, and both you and me are just feeling the outer effects. For all we know it’s centered in Alaska and people there don’t know what epoch this is.

Which explains some things, actually.

(No offense to any Alaskans here)

Anyways, thank you for answering my questions!

More:

1. Is the freelancer-written episode, episode 14?

2. Let me bring out this old chestnut again, from March 16th:

Brad then pytched out hys revysed notion for an ydea he’s been battyng around for a whyle now. A great premyse wyth an yntryguing mystery at yts core, a wonderful opportunyty for one of our characters, all wrapped up in a an ultymately touchyng theme.

Is this the episode that you referenced when you said today that “Carl will move from Faith to that story Brad pitched out“?

3. Who’s writing the thrilling Season finale?

Thanks!

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I’m looking at Wikipedia – SGU article and Life is at 9, Justice 10 and so on. Is that article up the creek?

Cheers, Chev

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Oh and can someone update sgu on wiki cause there is some seriously wrong info up there.( I don’t have an account , otherwise I would do it myself).

Marsha_R

There’s a time distortion here in not-so-sunny Southern California too. The time I’ve had to get ready for a trip this week has suddenly been compressed to 24 hours. Wonder if it’s one big anomaly or many small ones?

Nadine
Nadine

First off, just one thing: it’s still May 31 here (Vancouver) – at least it was when I just saw this posted grin

Joe,

That time distortion thing makes a lot of sense actually: I find it hard to believe it’s almost june… My little brother graduates next weekend, which only adds to the sense of time distortion (how is it that my *little* brother is old enought to graduate?!?!)… But that won’t tell you much about the size of the disturbance given that I too am a Vancouverite.

I was actually a little disappointed when you segued from the cake analogy to Wolverine: I was curious as to just how far you could take that dessert analogy! Then you went back to the cake, so it’s all good.

How are the dogs doing? I saw that pic of Maximus (so cute!) – they’re all doing well? Jelly’s endocarditis is under control? Is she on meds for it?

unegawaya
unegawaya

I do believe there’s a bit of time distortion (can there be a bit, or is it just ‘time distortion’?) here in NC. Everything just happens so fast! Classes end for summer and we pick up foster puppies from the shelter. Our month with them ended up being just a week because they contracted parvovirus while at the shelter, and we had to bring them back and the shelter had to euthanize them. *sob* This happened Saturday. Just to think, that was practically just yesterday. *sigh* Time does fly…

And I can’t believe it’s June already. It seems like just last year I was graduating high school because..well, I was. And to think, in a day or so (on June 2) I’ll be 19. Yikes..

Yep, definitely a time distortion field in NC. How many affected areas does that make now?

Anyhoo, I’m excited for Universe and it really does look like it’s coming along well! I can’t wait until it airs.

Narelle from Aus

I don’t know why Joe, but I saw this street sign in Singapore and thought of your dogs.

Margaret Clayton

My old-fashioned wind-up Japanese clock says it is the 38th. I let it run down last month and never reset the days from April to May, it just keeps racking up days after the 30th until it circles back to the 1st. It stopped on the 38th. Hubby set it last time and the days have been off by 12 hours anyway, so time distortion has been a way of life lately. I haven’t felt like climbing up on the table to wind it and set the day right again. And I usually have to wait for a Sunday, because I’ve forgotten my day of the week Kanji.

It is Sunday, isn’t it? Crap.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

I’ve been fortunate enough to never run afoul a time distortion field, only to become unstuck in time on three occasions. Although, I’m pretty sure the second one was a dream.

I agree with leaking an unfinished product, especially one with integral visuals or musical cues. But I do believe that the love of many fans to search high and low for tidbits like that are a good time to intentionally release alternate endings to throw off the incessant attempts to come by true footage on one’s own.

But that’s about undermining the quality of something for a sneak peek. Ratings systems are another beast entirely, and one they shoulda Old Yellered long ago.

paloosa
paloosa

You’re missing Destiny’s encounter with Ed Begley, Jr. in his self-sustaining life module puttering around the Universe using dark energy converter panels, and turning off non-essential energy output one galaxy at a time.

I got a chance to visit his house yesterday with other Park Service volunteers. He’s involved with conservancy groups here in SoCal, and very kindly allowed several of us to stampede through his home to discover new ways to be more energy efficient. (We all resisted the urge to snag souvenirs.)

He’s a super nice and funny guy, and someone who truly walks his talk, which makes him a 2-fer. If he ever gets on SGU, you’ll get a wonderful actor, and hilarious stories of what to do, and not to do, in the quest to save energy, and along the way, some serious dinero.

When’s Ashleigh’s Q&A? I don’t think you have much time left.

otros ojos
otros ojos

I don’t understand a thing you’re saying about the Destiny and SGU. I’m stuck in a friend’s apartment in NYC on 1/1/2000, thoroughly hungover, still hearing the strains of that song by Prince that I always hated, and morosely taking in the fact that coming here to ring in Y2K is one of the stoopider things I’ve done in my life. And I’ve lost count of those. College life has run up the tally exponentially.

We’re half-watching a Friends marathon on VCR, thinking about taking the Metro up to north Westchester tomorrow to clear out the city madness, and later we’ll do a Stargate SG-1 marathon while eating as much pizza as my stomach can tolerate. (Just what did I drink last night??)

So now it’s pretty awesome to know that SG-1 will have a spinoff. I wonder if O’Neill will be in it. He’s sort of like my dad, but a little younger and a lot cooler.

Good luck in finding your way out of the time-distortion field. (Your grandmother was a smart woman.) Maybe in your day, NASA and related agencies know how to run rescue missions for people who’ve gotten too close to an event horizon. If not, some say eating the center of a manticore’s heart can make things better. Dunno.

Mika

Count me in as a victim of that time-distortion field. It feels like only weeks ago I was planning for my epic half-year journey, yet somehow I’ve already gone and come back! I thought it was just me being hopelessly confused from my recent traversal of the dateline; I’m reassured the effects are more widespread than that.

From the other comments, I’m thinking it’s a basic anomaly with a 1/r fall-off (the farther from the source you are, the smaller the effect), centered somewhere in Vancouver. In Vancouver proper, half a year flies by in no time at all. Farther out in the lower mainland, it’s the months whipping past. By the time you get all the way down to the southern states, it’s a low-impact anomaly compressing weeks into days. In a seasonally-appropriate coincidence, that means the folks down under are feeling the hours speed up and the days getting shorter and shorter…

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

I know how you feel, Joe. Time is just flying by, and as it does, I have this niggling feeling in the back of my brain somewhere that I’m forgetting something. Sometimes it’s a vague concern that – perhaps – I forgot to pay a bill, and other times it’s this feeling of ‘loss’, as if I’ve lost something (like my keys) and can’t find them…though – as far as I know – I haven’t lost anything. I think it’s because with domestic responsibilities, finances, work, social and religious activities, forums, family, doctors…the list can go on…I just can’t keep track of anything, not even my own thoughts.

The busier we are, the faster time seems to pass…and the more we feel like there’s something we’ve forgotten to do. At least that’s how it is for me.

das

Alipeeps
Alipeeps

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The time distortion stretches all the way to the UK at least. Seems like only yesterday my little Shep-whumper-in-training surprised the heck out of us by turning up 5 weeks early and all of a sudden she’s 8 weeks old… how the heck did that happen?! (And, perhaps more importantly, why is it that my over-riding memory of the past 8 weeks is of sterilising bottles? Am I stuck in a time loop too? Doomed to sterilise bottles and make up batches of formula forever?!)

Anyhoo… time dilation aside, thought I’d share with you and interesting (to me) piece of chocolate-related news… I’ve found a chilli chocolate that I like… a *milk chocolate* chilli chocolate bar! grin I love the idea of chilli chocolate and even went out and bought some based on your recommendation… but, heretic as I am, I’m just not a fan of dark chocolate. And all the chilli chocolate available in the shops is dark chocolate.

No so, however, in the wilds of Lincolnshire! Found a lovely range of handmade chocolate bars on sale in a farm shop near Lincoln, all milk chocolate and offering flavours including chilli (with real chilli seeds embedded in the chocolate) and pink grapefruit (also surprisingly nice). Hurrah! I can now enjoy chilli chocolate along with the rest of the chocolate-eating world. smile

AussieSGFan
AussieSGFan

Australia seems to have been effected to, Mr. Mallozi…It’s the 1st June here already! First day of Winter!

JoanieC
JoanieC

Hi Joe,

In response to Kathi’s question to you about the kiss between John & Teyla in Conversion. I agreed with your answer but I also felt that the attraction was on his part only. The give away was when he said “interesting” and at the end when he apologised and Teyla told him to forget it had happened…Well I think that he was probably hoping that she was going to respond a different way. A case of unrequited love me thinks!

Anais33

Bonjour Joseph! Vous allez bien? Moi torp, hier la plage c’etait génial, j’ai atraper de trés gros coup de soleil mais j’ai qu’en même bien dormie!

Tient pour une fois moi aussi je vais posé des questions:

1) Dans sga, allons nous revoir peut être un personnage mort ou disparu?
2)Dans sgu de quel couleur sera le vortex de la porte?
3)Vous aimez aller à la plage?

voila =) Merci ^^!