Alaina Huffman (T.J) and Julia Anderson (James) are dispatched to deal with the bear that wandered onto the lot this morning.
Alaina Huffman (T.J) and Julia Anderson (James) are dispatched to deal with the bear that wandered onto the lot this morning.

Hey, everybody! It’s time to play “Guess the Upcoming Episode Names!”

Episode #14 shares a title with a song by God Module.

Episode #15 shares a title with a song by The Beastie Boys.

Episode #16 shares a title with a song by Coldplay.

Another round of clues tomorrow. In the meantime, knock yourselves out.

Well, damn. Even though we’re a couple of weeks away from the beginning of summer, you wouldn’t know it by the beautiful weather. Sunny and HOT! At lunch, the circus is transformed into party central with the actors and crew members lounging outside the trailers, chatting, laughing, and listening to the booming tunes compliments of Mr. Robert Carlyle. It’s like Woodstock North, a laidback and fun atmosphere. I bet if Jason Momoa were around, he’d have his guitar out and be strumming right along. At least actress Elyse Levesque got to cool off in the dunk tank.

After lunch, Paul and I had the big conference call in which we pitched out our vision for the comic book series. They’ve already read the pilot (which I pitched out as a double-issue because I think that final WTF?! revelation is key), so I gave them a rundown of how the opening story wraps up and sets the stage for the rest of the series. We discussed thematic elements, the moral conflict at the heart of the story, the search for answers, and the surprises in store, then moved onto a brief overview of the seven main characters, their stories, relationships, and respective journeys. It seemed to go very well but I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

Exec. Producer Brad Wright came into my office this afternoon and started scanning the shelves in search of a good hiatus read. I recommended Charlie Stross’ Glasshouse, one of my fave reads of 2009.

Speaking of reading – Okay, readers, let’s finish up Elric: The Stealer of Souls. Discussion begins Monday and, later in the week, we’ll be joined by legendary author Michael Moorcock for a little Q&A.

55 thoughts on “June 4, 2009: New Episode Titles! -Ish! It’s Party Time! What Does The Future Hold? A Comic Book Series Perhaps.

  1. You have made a fatal mistake with regards to the episode title challenge, my friend, for you have right here someone who may be the greatest Coldplay fan who is also a regular of this blog.

    Oh, and I think you messed up the titles again; #13 is Faith, is it not? So I think you mean the episodes 14, 15, and 16.

    More later. I just wanted to get that little typo out of the way so you can edit your blog entry, lest your silly, silly mistake is made known to the masses.

  2. Sabotage came to mind first as the Beastie Boys reference.

    Congrats on the comic book feedback once more.

    Stop talking about being warm. I’ve gone from 39 degrees Celsius last week (Singapore) to 6 degrees Celsius (Melbourne) and dang I’m cold.

    das – Oh, no broken ribs at the moment. Just going from numerous past experiences. Broken sternum laugh goes, “He, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”.

  3. #14 Most definitely Sabotage. Or Girls.

    I posted a comment a few minutes ago for yesterday. Just as another reminder, because I think the Donutella Versace is rather worth mentioning again. She could pose on the packaging!

  4. @ Narelle – WHEW! I know your track record… 😉

    @ Joe – About that comic…any pale types in it, perchance??? 😉 If not…how about one dude with long hair? At this point, color matters not. I’m desperate! 😀


  5. das – I got called accident prone once. I would like to say there is a difference between falling over while walking, ie: accident prone, and trying to jump a fence on a motorbike even though you’ve never ridden one before, ie: stupid.

  6. So I actually been taking a crack out little puzzles.

    I have taken the assumption that you are still limiting yourselfs to 1 word titles.
    The Beasties Boys
    Sabotage and Intergalatic are my two choices. Favourite being Intergalactic, some story around our first trip to a new galaxy perhaps.
    God Module got a lot of choices.
    Telekinetic not exactly snatchy uh and probably to scifi for scyfy and

    Corpes zombie love song okay this my choice a nice murder mystery, for one read on one site death will be a big part of the story, and second there nothing you like doing that telling halfs truths and so you could of ignored the zobie long song bit, and there probably not to many bands out there with corpses for the name of a song. So corpes in my choice here.

    Coldplay got a lot of options for likely titles, yellow, yes, trouble, talk, spies, shiver, Lost, politik, Gravity. Daylight, clocks.

    Well the I am going to rule out the ones I do not think would attract audience attention or one that would not really fit at this time of the season. So rule out Lost if they worrying about that by now then they really are doomed. Yes unlikely not original enough and would not stand out. Clocks just do not see how this could relate to a story. Talk, there not a lot more you could do to put fans off than called a episode Talk. If it Yellow then you are just getting desperate for names.

    So the choices we are left with are shiver, Lost, Politik, Gravity, Trouble, Spies, Shiver , Daylight. They are all possible targets.
    So now I am going to take into consideration that this series is more story arcs. I am going to connect the obvious ones which could connect togeather into a single storyline spread over a few episodes.

    Episode 14: Corpses: Random killings of crew members.

    Episode 15: Sabotage : the villain has an escape plan and he does not care if he takes the ship with him.

    Episode 16: Politik , politicans all way chocse big incidents to make there play for power, nothing like a murder spree to cause that to happen.

    And I am probably nowhere near.

  7. Hmmm…Coldplay song that’s a single word? There are many possibilities. Could it be Daylight? Gravity? Lost??? …or perhaps 42? – you know, the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

  8. Wow alaina is SOOOO pretty. Arg. Now I have to look up the million songs by these artists and guess. Oh and glad to hear updates on the comic front.

    Say, when do you think your comics will be in stores?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  9. @das

    I know someone who broke both wrists and his nose like one day apart (mabye it was one wrist, well I am pretty sure it was both but can’t remember). Everything wrong happens to him. Like randomly, his fast food bags bottom end rips open and all his food falls out, and the time he was getting in a moving car and I jumped on the hood of the car from nowhere, scared the crap out of the driver(who was from England and didn’t have a lisence) who jumped on the brakes which immediately stopped the car so the door smashed tony (the accident prone dude getting in the car) right in the face.

    Cool story (and run on sentence) huh?

  10. First one word Coldplay song that comes to mind is Yellow… but that doesn’t seem like the greatest title… but I’m always open to unique titles.


    When is the secret coming out who Brie belongs to? You said she wasn’t yours.. you may have been clever in your wording… does Brie belong to your wife? haha

  11. All entries minused one, Chief.

    Hey, remember that time when I asked you about Coldplay…Coldplay…Coldplay…




    Huh, that’s odd. I swore I asked you once whether you liked them or not. Maybe you didn’t answer it? I guess it doesn’t matter, because YOU DON’T KNOW WHOM YOU’RE MESSING WITH!!

    I have in my posession EVERY Coldplay song released on the 4 LPs, along with various versions of them, including live versions, and a leaked demo of “Talk”. I also have most, if not ALL of the B-sides, along with covers, and even their original demo, “Ode to Deodorant”; I shit you not. It was actually pretty good. For a demo.

    Now, not many can claim to have knowledge of all the Coldplay songs like I do, so you’ll excuse me if I assume I know more about Coldplay than you do.

    *Laughs a pompous laugh*

    Thus, I will only tackle the 4 LPs: Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X & Y, and Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends:


    Don’t Panic
    High Speed
    We Never Change
    Everything’s Not Lost
    Life is for Living (hidden track)

    A Rush of Blood to the Head

    In My Place
    God Put a Smile Upon My Face
    The Scientist
    Green Eyes
    Warning Sign
    A Whisper
    A Rush of Blood to the Head

    X & Y

    Square One
    What If
    White Shadows
    Fix You
    X & Y
    Speed of Sound
    A Message
    The Hardest Part
    Swallowed in the Sea
    Twisted Logic
    Till Kingdom Come

    Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

    Life in Technicolor
    Cemeteries of London
    Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love
    Yes!/Chinese Sleep Chant
    Viva La Vida
    Violet Hill
    Strawberry Swing
    Death and All his Friends/The Escapist

    Just to show how HARDCORE I am, I easily sung at least one line from every song I listed the moment I typed them down. OH YEAH.

    So, we know SGU’s 1st season only has 1-word titles. Getting rid of all the multiple-word titles leaves us:


    Time to put my sleuthing skills to work!

    Shiver: Uh…doubt it. Just, doubt it. Besides, we’ve already been to Hoth in an earlier episode.

    Spies: Too blatant. It’s like naming an episode “Murder” or something – also a Coldplay song, actually.

    Sparks: Finally, SGU tackles the age-long SciFi cliche of sparking bridge consoles when the ship is attacked? Yeah, right. VETO.

    Yellow: The team explores a planet that is…yellow? Nope.

    Trouble: Same problem as with “Turn of Events”, if you know what I mean.

    Parachutes: And maybe the next episode can be called Calculator, or some other mundane noun. NO.

    Politik: It’s a word Coldplay made up (well, it’s German-inspired), so chances are you’ll get sued by them if you use it.

    Clocks: See Parachutes.

    Daylight: sounds nice, but there’s already an episode called “Light”, so it’s kinda confusing. Like Morpheus and Orpheus.

    Amsterdam: Let the drug jokes fly! But not here.

    Talk: Eh…unless the episode is focused on talking (the last time that happened, Carson died), I doubt it.

    Low: Hmmm…this is somewhat promising; even better if paired with “High”, though the problem with Amsterdam may apply. In the Maybe pile.

    Lost: Most promising, since they are technically lost…but it takes to episode 16 for them to figure that out?

    42: As hilarious as it would be…it’s not a word.

    Yes: Let the sex jokes fly! But not here. Maybe later.

    So, Low and Lost are my guesses. You know what? I’ll put my money on…Lost. For now.

    But wait, Joe may know how to use the Internet…oh crap, that means he could have found out all about the B-sides and all those other songs that Coldplay never put on their major records! This requires more research!

    To be Continued…

  12. Hi Joe,
    I’ll take a crack at those episodes. Assuming you’re going with the 1 word names (don’t pull a 2 word trick out of your hat now!), my first picks..
    14 -“Denial”
    15 – “Gratitude”
    16 – Life in Technicolor II!! Haha, not really, I guess – “Trouble”

  13. Let me borrow Chris Judge for a moment. Alright Chris, do your thing.

    Previously, on PG15’s blog comments:

    “Hey, remember that time when I asked you about Coldplay…Coldplay…Coldplay…”


    “I shit you not. It was actually pretty good. ”

    “*Laughs a pompous laugh*”

    “OH YEAH.”

    “Time to put my sleuthing skills to work!”


    “Carson died”

    “Let the sex jokes fly!”

    “Joe may know how to use the Internet”

    “To be Continued…”

    And now, the conclusion.

    Thank you, Chris. Cheque’s in the mail.

    Right, so there are a TON of Coldplay songs that are not part of the LPs; and they are:

    A Ghost
    A Spell A Rebel Yell
    Bigger Stronger
    Brothers and Sisters
    Careful Where You Stand
    Crest of Waves
    Death Will Never Conquer
    Easy to Please
    For You
    Glass of Water
    Help is Just Around the Corner
    How You See the World (I made a Sheppard fan video set to this song. Just saying)
    Hunting High and Low
    I Bloom Blaum
    I Ran Away
    Ladder to the Sun
    Life in Technicolor II
    No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground
    Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground
    Ode to Deodorant
    One I love
    Only Superstition
    Postcards from Far Away
    Pour Me
    Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields
    Rainy Day
    See You Soon
    Sleeping Sun
    Such a Rush
    The Goldrush
    The World Turned Upside Down
    Things I Don’t Understand (I made a general SGA fan video set to this song. Just saying)
    Where is my Boy

    Ok…not many promising cuts from this; really should’ve thought things through before typing all of that out. Huh.

    Well, the one-word titles are:



    1:36: Same problem as with “42”.

    Animals: On the other side of the Universe? PUH-LEEZE.

    Gravity: Hmmm…interesting. This could work. It’s also a Star Trek Voyager episode title, so that fits with a lot of other Stargate episode titles.

    Harmless: Boooooring episode.

    Idiot: Somehow, I doubt this.

    Lhuna: Not a real word according to Google. That would be some major sue-age.

    Oh my God, I think I just…coined a term. That is brilliant! Sueage! Like Shrinkage, but better because it’s a homophone! Moving on.

    Moses: I could understand if this came after “Faith”, but not in this case. Hey, that rhymes kinda.

    Murder: Too blatant. It’s like naming an episode “Spies” or something – also a Coldplay song, actually.

    Proof: With talk of crimes and divisions and what not, why not? Maybe.

    Poppyfields: I don’t think so.

    So, my guesses are now: Low, Lost, Gravity, and Proof. Let’s see more of them clues!

  14. Ok, I’m posting this separately since it’s more serious.

    Tomorrow is morjana‘s birthday; I’ve never asked for this, but I’ll do it now. Joe, please dedicate tomorrow’s blog entry to her.

    She has been a source of Stargate news for the fandom for AGES, and is a great person; she’s been involved in fandoms as far back as the sixties! She’s met pretty much all of the original Star Trek cast. Very cool.

    Anyways, she’s kinda dropped off of the radar the last few weeks and nobody knows what happened to her; hopefully it’s just a computer problem though. Whatever it is, I hope she is alright.

  15. Oops, I see that pg15 already came up with the in-depth analysis. *even more sheepish, now*

  16. Re: Episode #16. I’m quite sure that Coldplay’s numero uno fan and noted Stargate enthusiast, pg15, will use both the dogs’ Twitter clues and his knowledge of Chris Martin’s lyrics to come up with the correct answer. My own guess is “Yellow,” which describes McKay and Beckett snarking each other about who’s most scared to approach a very peculiar feature on a new planet. But the color itself will have a deeper significance when — uhhh, nevermind. *sheepish*

    “Woodstock North”? Get real. Unless you’re talking about Woodstock 2, which I read was nuthin’ like the real thing, baby. (For 100 points, who first came out with that song?) What you described sounds like SoCal North. The Woodstock documentary gives the impression of some pretty tough slogging, especially with not enough Fritos to go around for those with the munchies, which I guess was everyone who wasn’t high on stuff besides weed. And were you “bleeding inside each others’ wounds,” as the lyrics by, umm, that one chick put it? Not likely!

    Anyway . . . . This is like Firefly all over again for me. Two of the best shows of any genre ever; two of the best theme songs ever — really got me stoked for the show; and, well, I guess I should end here, and go watch “Rising” on DVD, for the high of starting it all again. And look forward to the movie and a new series. *sniffles*

  17. And your blog is in a time-distortion field, because my comments are in the wrong order. – Okay, I’m done. *bleats*

  18. So while looking at today’s picture i noticed that Aliana Huffman had a Lieutenant’s bar on her uniform, so is T.J gonna be a Lieutenant? Or is that just something else then a silver bar?? 😀 thanks

  19. WOW! get stuck into real life for a bit, lose your PC access and end up stuck with a crappy lappy for internet access, miss a couple of blog posts and apparently the world falls apart.
    So whats this about Joe Flanigan?
    Whose got broken ribs? Das or Narelle. Why does my browser keep crashing? I’m driving it very carefully :((
    When is SGU set to air? when will we get it in the UK? Why can’t it be made available online to satisfy everyone without having to download illegally?
    Gee I’m all questions today, must be the weather.

    Great video yesterday BTW, Brie and Lulu are too cute together thanks for the laugh.
    Its Friday here so have a great weekend everyone 🙂

  20. I think the Coldplay song for the episode title of 16 is ‘Daylight’. Am I correct? I must say that Alaina Huffman is looking very nice in the picture you posted! What is it like working with her?

  21. Yeah, I’m clueless. I’ll have to wait til the titles are actually announced.

    If summer ever gets to the Midwest, I suppose I’ll finish up my winter reading stash that I never got around to.

  22. Hi Mr M!!

    I LOVE this type of guessing game…because I am totally useless at it. However, knowing how Mr W and RCC love the idea of opposites and and one-word descriptions..I am hazarding the following:

    # 14: Dark (as in Lets Go Dark) : The Destiny finds itself adrift without power..our heroes fear that their cunning and persistent foe has struck within their ranks. A deep forboding spreads amongst the crew as a MAJOR plot point becomes evident in…
    # 15: Saboutage…(without the exclamation point)..finally Character XXX is revealed as the villain of the piece..Incontrovertable proof is exposed and our heroes face an ethical dilemma as to whether or not to AIRLOCK this character….leading to…
    # 16 :Daylight…Decision is made…no room for moral ambiguity here..the end did justify the means and tho’ the crew of the Destiny are not ALL entirely happy, they can at least move on..

    CUE: Panic in The Bridge…How did he get his hands on the as yet unwritten eps???

    Best to all


    PS: @ PG15: nice mention on this weeks GW podcast re: your sleuthing skills!

  23. Ahhh! The gentle sounds of raindrops tip-toeing through the spring-green leaves…so soothing…I had a great night’s sleep! JOE, you’re gonna be SOR-REEEEEE! 🙂

    Okay – here goes…

    A couple days ago you said of the new SGU cast: “Of course, it’ll be up to you, the fans, to form your opinion on this new cast. But take it from someone who has been working with them since February – every one of them is not only great at what they do, but incredibly down to earth. Not an inflated ego or demanding grandstander in the bunch.”

    From things I’ve heard in my 30+ years of sentient tv viewing, it seems that actors often start off with small egos, only to explode into megalomaniacs the longer the show goes on. Since you have first-hand experience with the industry, I’d like to hear your take on this.

    So – here is my questions:

    1. Is there anything that can be done to help keep the actors grounded, especially if a show is a hit?

    2. Have you ever been disappointed by an actor who you admired in the beginning for their down-to-earth humility, only to later discover that they had turned into the biggest prima donna on the set? (ANY actor – tv or movies – not just SG, and no names necessary.)

    3. What role do more mature, experienced actors play in helping younger actors keep their heads so that they don’t get drunk on self-importance with their first taste of fame?

    4. How important is it to the show for actors to set aside their own self-importance, especially when it comes to the chemisty between them, both behind the scenes and on the screen?

    5. Though you cannot foresee the future, how hopeful are you that the new SGU cast will continue to stay grounded?

    Any insights would be appreciated…just hope that wasn’t too much thinking for ya first thing in the morning! 😀


  24. >Episode #14 shares a title with a song by God Module.

    >Episode #15 shares a title with a song by The Beastie Boys.

    >Episode #16 shares a title with a song by Coldplay.

  25. Oh, a challenge. Here’s my picks. I’m listing three for each band, with the first listed as my “official” choice, if you will..
    God Module:Lunacy
    Beastie Boys: Intergalactic
    Coldplay: Daylight

    What are the odds of the comic coming out before the start of SGU? At this point I’m actually more exicited about the comic than I am Universe. Your project, after all, is something we’re witnessing unfolding before our eyes. Ok, so the same can be said of Universe. But in Universe, we’re in effect seeing a third generation birth. With your and Mr. Mullie’s comic, we get to see not only a different mythology unfold, but in a different genre. Just plain cool. Thanks for sharing the pics.

  26. @pg15
    Really, ok then

    Happy birthday morjana.

    Yeah I notices she hasn’t been commenting lately, but I remember this has happened once before( where she has not been on joe’s blog or gateworld for days). But still, mabye just a computer problem or mabye she is on a trip or vacation. Still
    I hope she is ok, she is so nice and kind and dedicated to stargate fandom. I do believe, however, she is ok.

  27. Coucou ça va joseph? Moi oui..enfin maintenant car je sentais car ma tutrice de stage devenait de plus en plus méchante enver moi, mais peut importe enfin en week end!

    Merci pour cette photo et pour les titre de sgu!! Vous êtes un ange!

    gros bisou!

  28. I have the album with that Intergalactic Planetary song on it. The cover has the Beastie Boys in a sardine can.

  29. @ Narelle – Now I know why I love you – you’re the exact opposite of ME! While your middle name is ‘Woo! This looks like fun, let’s go for it!’, my middle name is ‘Whoa, Wait a sec…is it safe?’. 😛

    I’m thinking this might be why I like Perragrin, too. My lily-livered self lives vicariously through throwers of caution to the wind.

    @ Major D. Davis – I know a guy JUST like that!



    I married him. 😛


  30. Episode 15? “Intergalactic”, from the ‘Hello Nasty’ album.

    Personally I was hoping for “Super Disco Breakin.” I’d love to see the ep that generates that title.

  31. Hey Joe,

    Glad to hear it’s HOT in Vancouver, as we begin our trek up there this week. We’ll be at the Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival where my brother-in-law and his band will be playing.

    I’ll be looking for my hand-painted welcome banner (complete with you beneath, waving merrily) as I enter the city itself. I’m sure you’ll have time to paint it between spinning stories, plotting comic books and the other tiny tasks you have going on!

    When does your summer hiatus begin?

  32. Hi Joe just a few questions.

    1. Will Carlo Rota appear in Stargate Extinction as Mr. Strom?

    2. Is the Uniform Julia is wearing in the picture the Icarus Base uniforms you have been praising?

    3. If both the SG-1 and Atlantis movies are shot in the fall, is there enough time between fall and summer of 2010 to complete the movies post production cycle, or is more time needed?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  33. @das,
    You did,
    I didn’t know your husband was accident prone. LOL,
    Have you become accident prone as well or is it just him.

    LOL, I hate it cause everything bad happens to me when I am around my friends, like whenever I try to be cool, I always fail.

  34. Definitely have to go with “Sabotage” for the Beastie Boys.

    Maybe “A Night Like This” from God Module and…

    “Lost” or “Warning Sign” for Coldplay.

    ooooh so I got to use a Sony HD cam for the first time and oooooh. Is it weird that I get all happy about that?

  35. Hello Joe!

    Has Joel Goldsmith completed the SG:U main theme? Have you heard it already? I cannot wait to hear it myself, that man’s a genius.

    Happy Saturday,

  36. Alaina and Julia make military gear look fashionable.

    It’s not THAT hot if the temp is under 100 (F) degrees!


  37. @ Das: Soo… I’ll try to remember your adrenaline needs, next time I take the right breaker and decide to mash myself against the rocky side of the beach, huh? Even better.. why don’t I take you out on the long board? You can sit with Jenks and either paddle, or keep the French Trawlers at bay 😀

    You know, in my defence.. if I can’t see it, then it can’t possibly hurt me. I think I just misplaced my sense of self-preservation when I started wearing dark shades and asking a Labby to help me cross the road 😛

  38. So, Joe, the Royal Canadian Mint is missing some precious metals. Did your dogs take a short trip to the nation’s capital recently?


  39. Major D Davis: I love you. How cool is the new clip? The fall can’t come soon enough (and not just because my kiddo will be back in school. LOL).

  40. @ Perragrin – Did you mention…French Trawlers??! 🙂

    And I’m glad you’re seeing (figuratively speaking) things my way. Now…go do something I’ve always wanted to do…go drive that truck from Road Warrior. 😀

    Wait. Can you drive? If not…maybe I better get Narelle to drive the truck, and you can… *thinks*…AAAAHHH!! I got it! Chase the giant cheese wheel down the hill. That looks like such fun! (Crazyass Brits… 😉 )

    If I’m not making sense, blame it on the full tummy I have right now. Just got back from a de-lish-US dinner – I had three small filets, all topped with a different sauce (don’t ask me what they were…I’m slightly sauced myself right now 😛 ). But the best was dessert – rich chocolate ‘cake’ (more like fudge)…and wine. MMmmmm! Was yum! I’m off to read Elric now…but I’ll probably fall asleep, then wake up at 2 am, and stay awake until 5. It’s been known to happen after heavy dinners like this…

    Have a good one!


  41. Hi Joe!

    Love the pic and caption from today’s blog. (Yesterday’s blog to me, but whatever.)

    Missed the discussion and Q&A of The Land of Laughs due to a crappy crappy cold, but hope to toss my thoughts into the appropriate comments section because it was such an interesting book. I’ll definitely check out the author’s blog.

    Love the doggie pics on Twitter!


  42. That photo boosted my anticipation levels by 20%… and then the video tripled them! Yipes!

    Also, good luck with the comicbook series 😀

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