Patrick Gilmore (Volker) checks out the latest script.
Patrick Gilmore (Volker) checks out the latest script.
His incredulous reaction draws the attention of a passing Mark Burgess (Franklin).
His incredulous reaction draws the attention of a passing Mark Burgess (Franklin).
Oh no they di'int!
Oh no they di’int!
Oh, yeah, they - uh - di'id.
Oh, yeah, they – uh – di’id.
Mark assures Patrick he'll make a wonderful alien drag queen.  On the outside, Patrick is smiling.  On the inside, he's already calling his agent.
Mark assures Patrick he’ll make a wonderful alien drag queen. On the outside, Patrick is smiling. On the inside, he’s already calling his agent.

Geez. Between Carl at work and my wife on the home front, I’m headed for a massive schnitzel overload. Tonight will make the sixth time in two weeks I’ve eaten at Danube, the restaurant formerly known as Budapest and presently located just a two minute drive from the studio. So, if we’re not ordering it in for lunch at the office, I’m driving down to have it for dinner. Tonight, I was just polishing off the last of my meal when I received a text message from the gang at Fuel. It read “Foie protesters at DB on their way to Fuel! Cheers!”. Sigh. I was stuffed (yes, like a goose), but nevertheless jumped into my car and drove down to show my support. The dozen or so protesters, most of their faces concealed behind bandanas in keeping with their faux-rebel personas, shouted and waved their placards. “Shame! Shame!”one of them shouted with Hitler Youthish gusto.

I grabbed a seat at the bar, last one right by the window, so I could have a front row seat of the action. Understand, I don’t have a problem with their opinion (which is erroneous by the way), but their grandstanding, myopic theatrics intended to bully anyone who doesn’t see things their way. Of course they’ll argue that ducks are being mistreated (although I’d guess none of them have ever visited a foie gras farm in their lives whereas those I know who have gone reported the ducks were not mistreated and actually lined up to be fed), and cite their handy pictures and videos as proof (which is akin to showing pictures and a video of a policeman beating a citizen and thereby extrapolating that all policemen beat citizens). You could try to counter their hysterics with logic, but a reasoned discussion is the last thing they want, so utterly wrapped up as they are in the downy soft and soundproof ethical purity of their opinions. Truth be told, protesting does nothing to help their cause and actually does the opposite as sales of foie gras actually increase significantly when these food bullies come out on parade. They’re well aware of the fact but, at the end of the day, they don’t care. They don’t demonstrate for ducks. They demonstrate for the glorious attention.

Anyway, I sat at the bar and was soon joined by a fellow foodie who is also, apparently, on the foie gras protester hotline. He had the panseared foie while I enjoyed the foie gras pate. As I ate, the protest leader, an adorably sickly-looking fellow eyed me (Or it might have been my pate. Yes, it was that good.) through the window. I looked back. He glared. I stared. He blew me a kiss. I snatched the invisible kiss out of the air and slipped it into my back pocket for safe keeping. Eventually, the shouting and placard-waving petered out (Hey, they’re vegans. They have to nap a lot.) and they headed off. But not before one of the badanda-sporting greasy-haired young ladies flipped me the bird and yelled “Pervert!”. Pervert? Well, I guess in retrospect I could be accused of being a very lascivious eater. I tend to lick my lips along between bites. I wonder if that’s what she meant.

I paid the bill and headed out, disappointed that they’d left so soon. I was meaning to ask them whether they’d be back tomorrow night so I could plan accordingly. Don‘t want to fill up too much if I‘m headed back for another round of foie.

Oh, hey, we have a winner! Congratulations to Madwelshboy who correctly guessed the three upcoming titles: Lucid, Lost, and Sabotage. The episode numbers and titles are subject to change, so nobody get too attached. Meanwhile, Madwelshboy, I knight thee Sir Mizo, Guesser of Titles!

Everybody finish up Elric: The Stealer of Souls yet? That’s okay. Plenty of time. You have until tomorrow when I post by thoughts on the book, then open things up to your questions and comments for author Michael Moorcock who will be dropping by to answer your queries regarding everyone’s favorite sword-toting albino.

Today’s photos: Actors Patrick Gilmore and Mark Burgess react to the latest script. You can practically chart the five stages of grief in their reactions: shock, denial, bargaining, fear, anger, despair, acceptance, and Smirnoff.

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to – who else? – Madwelshboy, Sir Mizo, Guesser of Titles.

Today’s mailbag:

Daniel Willis writes: “Do you think there will be a chance you will be able to show the opening credits, or in the very least, the theme for SGU? Or do you think we’ll have to wait patiently for it?”

Answer: It’s not my call but I would hope they release the opening credit sequence we watched the other day prior to the premiere. It’s amazing.

Nadine writes: “Have you ever been to West?”

Answer: Yep. Great restaurant. I used to go for the oxtail back when it was spelled Ouest.

Sealurk writes: “…is SGU somewhat made up of the “wish list” from doing SG-1 and SGA, or was it more a case of setting out to do something new and different from the start?”

Answer: “The latter. Brad and Robert are very proud of both SG-1 and Atlantis but wanted to strike out in a different direction with Universe. That said, and as I’ve said more than once, fans of the franchise will find many familiar elements in the new series, from the thrill of exploration and discovery to the strong bonds between the characters to the sense of humor that typified the previous two shows.

Colonel Swede writes: “When you answer the mailbag where do you get the questions from? From these comments or from your E-Mail?”

Answer: From right here on this blog.

Quade1 writes: “SGU has been referred to as an “ensemble” cast several times. When I think “ensemble”, shows come to mind like ER, and Third Watch. Where there was 6+ main characters who shared the screen time in each episode. I once heard Atlantis be referred to as an “ensemble” show. Sure it had 5-6 main characters and several supporting roles, but it nevered seemed that more than 3 of them to be heavily involved in the episode, barring premieres, two parters and finales. Will this also be the case in SGU, or will we be seeing more major players per episode? Can you specify on average how many main characters take part in the episodes?”

Answer: SGU will definitely be showcasing more players, both major and minor. Characters like Rush, Young, Scott, Greer, Eli, Chloe, T.J., and Wray will drive the stories, sometimes individually but more often than not alongside their fellow crew members.

EH-T writes: “ Stargate sure seems to luck out when it comes to having genuinely nice cast members or is it something that is actually taken into account in the casting process?”

Answer: This is definitely something that every producer takes into account when casting. We look for talent, but we also want individuals who have proven themselves professional and easy to work with in the past. In this business, reputations precede you and if there’s ever any uncertainty, a call to a former producer is all it takes.

Randomness writes: “ Maybe you both could work together and write both episodes together before branching off and improving a certain episodes script?

I think you should do episode 20, because you’re a better writer.”

Answer: I disagree. I’m certainly faster, but a more emotional writer while Paul is very meticulous I his approach, addressing every issue before sitting down to write. As a result, his scripts tend to be much tighter.

Riley writes: “While you’re in a question-answering mood (or did you use it all up with the above efforts?) – my flatmate will be house-sitting next month, and she’ll be looking after a pug named Mr Darcy. Do you have any words of advice for her, as PugMeister Extraordinaire?”

Answer: Limber up those massage fingers. They’ll be busy.

52 thoughts on “June 7, 2009: I Approach Schnitzel Brink. Foie Gras Protesters Sell More Foie Gras. Patrick Gilmore and Mark Burgess Check Out the New Script. Madwelshboy Gets Knighted. And the Mailbag.

  1. I’m amazed you didn’t eat it out the front of Fuel. Congrats to Madwelshboy, I got 2 out of 3 – not bad, how did I miss Lost?

    Cheers, Chev

  2. OK, since I’ve got you here, what did you think of the idea of the separate pages linked at the top for the dogs and your reading recommendations? Oh and changing the banner image?

    Cheers, Chev

  3. hi there Joe
    couple of quick random questions for you if that’s ok.

    1. Are there any other wraith charaters in the Atlantis movie besides Todd, faced speaking characters? (Crosses fingers and hopes for Kenny)

    2. Haven’t been paying much attention to all the SGU talk so sorry if you’ve answered already. SG-1 had the Goa’uld, SGA had the wraith, is SGU going to have a main ‘bad’ race?

    Everyone can answer these two.

    3. Top 5 movies

    4. Top 5 movie characters

    Perhaps the sickly looking fellow was her boyfriend and she didn’t like you (or the pate) as competition.

    later Joe

  4. What kind of food do they serve at Danube/Budapest? Central European/Hungarian? I’ve lived in Budapest and am not too impressed with Hungarian cuisine, but maybe they can do it better?

  5. Hey Joe,

    I enjoyed West – I had the sablefish. I think so far (I’ve had it at West, Bishops, and Market), the best was at Market. Does Fuel ever do a sablefish dish that you’ve tried?

    Well, today my little brother graduated from high school, and it was pretty awesome. He got a standing ovation from his entire grad class… I’m really proud of him 😀


  6. Oh! I just read Chev’s comment up top: please don’t change the image! I love that pic of Maximus..

  7. Oh, I sooooo hope that those protesters have the stamina to last a couple more months. It would absolutely make my day to not only eat at Fuel, but to try foie gras for the first time as they are ranting. Kudos for you for your selfless dedication for standing up to your views, even at the expense of a distended abdomon for the night. Love the pics; glad to see the actors on the new show getting into the spirit of things by allowing themsleves to be photographed by you. And double thank you for announcing that Madwelshboy has figured out the titles. I was braced for another round of clues, and determined to google the night away to find the answers, despite a hectic schedule tomorrow. Only one question for the evening. Do we have a date for the premiere of Universe set yet?

  8. @ Blue Jay – Okay…before I go to bed, I can’t resist answering your questions. The movie one is almost too hard, because it really depends on my mood at the moment. Normally, my top 5 would all be 1940s film noir & Hitchcock flicks…but I’ll just list my favorites of each (film noir & Hitchcock) to represent them all. This way I can add some newer favorites.

    Top 5 movies

    Double Indemnity
    Pirates of the Caribbean: CotBP
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Shadow of a Doubt
    Galaxy Quest

    Top 5 movie characters

    Mad Max
    John McClane
    Dirty Harry
    Charlie Chan
    Captain Jack Sparrow

    An easier list for me would be to ask who my Top 5 movie actors (inc. actresses) are, since these I know by heart – don’t even have to think about it:

    Cary Grant (ALWAYS #1)
    Humphrey Bogart
    Johnny Depp
    Myrna Loy
    Clint Eastwood

    NOW, I’m off to bedsies!


  9. Top 5 Movies (always changing)

    While you were sleeping
    Die Hard
    Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
    Undercover Blues

    Honorable mentions: The Razor’s Edge, The Big Chill, Clueless, Flying High, The Pelican Brief

    Top 5 Movie Characters (again, it changes)

    John McClane
    Indiana Jones
    Luke Skywalker
    Ferris Bueller (Bueller?)
    Muerte – My name is Muerte (from Undercover Blues)

    Honorable mentions: Han Solo, Darth Vader, Lucy Moderatz, Hannibal Lector, Forrest Gump

    Cheers, Chev

  10. Nadine said

    Oh! I just read Chev’s comment up top: please don’t change the image! I love that pic of Maximus..

    It’s a lovely photo, but it’s been up here for soooo long and there are other gorgeous photos of the other cute dogs that I think deserve to get some attention. It’s only fair.

    Perhaps we need a poll. Of course, really it’s up to Joe.

    Cheers, Chev

  11. @ Chev: Yeah, I guess I can understand that. I’ve only been reading the blog since sept/oct-ish… I just love seeing that pic every time the page loads… Such big eyes for such a little dog 😀

  12. Speaking of food, I’ve always wondered. For the Wraith, do humans come in different flavors?

  13. You can practically chart the five stages of grief in their reactions: shock, denial, bargaining, fear, anger, despair, acceptance, and Smirnoff.

    Haha, that’s good. 😀 Smirnoff (with or without a twist of lime) also enhances one’s ability to count with extreme accuracy, as you’ve so aptly demonstrated. That’s why servers always smile so much when I calculate the tip. — I also loved your caption that referred to playing an alien drag queen. Sort of like the Wraith named Steve, not? Have you hired “Guyliner Dude” from American Idol as backup just in case? (I can see the centerfold from the next issue of Sci-Fi Woman. “The Men of SGU: Metrosexual Still HOTTT.”)

    I showed hubs your pic of Alaina in the new uniform, and he gave an enthusiastic thumb up while using the other hand to see how good a close-up he could get of her cleavage. Oddly enough, however, his gut landed right on my fist while he was oblivious to all but Alaina, so he could barely say anything except “WHOA! (ooauhhhf)” I think it’s a safe bet, though, that his next words would’ve been, “They need to have an episode where the chicks get into a mudfight.” *rolls eyes* But since he couldn’t talk and because I really am fond of him (go figure), I did let him know that he can read about Naked Women Coated with Satin-Finish Paint in yesterday’s blog comments.

    @Trish: I thought that story was hysterical 😀 and I hope you don’t mind my adding the “satin-finish” bit. Hubs likes satin. On women.

    Today’s blog ensures that this weekend we’ll be going to a restaurant where we can get excellent schnitzel along with a good foie pate. Without father-in-law. (Some things about eating out are worse than sophomoric protesters.)

  14. You’ve changed it to the eight stages of grief. I like Smirnoff the best. At least SyFy is letting you put up pics now!

    One question tonight. I’ve always liked Carl Binder’s episodes. They always seem to be character-driven (at least to me, that is). I just rewatched Ghost in the Machine, which to me was character-driven, i.e., Elizabeth Weir comes back from the dead. That ending he wrote was terrific. Here’s my question: As a writer, do you think that Carl’s style is going to fit SGU better than most of the other writers on staff? Just your opinion. Maybe you don’t have one.

    Pervert? You? How does eating make you a pervert? Maybe she thought you were making eyes to that guy?

  15. God, I can’t believe I missed “Lost” either! Gunsmoke? Why do I always have to be such a smart ass?
    In my defense, I still think Quicken would make a good episode title.

    I need help.

    @Riley Don’t take umbrage if Mr. Darcy is at first stand-offish. He’s got a good heart.


  16. Oh, I can never resist the chance to list.

    5 favorite movies
    The Philadelphia Story
    StarWars (the original)
    Beauty and the Beast (animated Disney version)

    5 favorite characters
    C. K. Dexter Haven (The Philadelphia Story)
    Han Solo
    Rick Blaine
    Dorothy Gale
    Sarah Connor

  17. @ BlueJay – I’ve understood that SGU isn’t going to have a main bad guy like the previous shows had.

    It’s not my call but I would hope they release the opening credit sequence we watched the other day prior to the premiere. It’s amazing.

    I’m sure it’s amazing… But before we get to see it (hopefully before the premiere!) can you tell us if you really have ditched the Earth’s point of origin logo what was a symbol in SG-1’s and SGA’s title?

  18. Could it be possible that maybe the gang at Fuel got these weirdos to come protest when there is a slow night at Fuel? The goal would be so Fuel can get attention and potential customers and then management would have a reason to speed dial you loyal customers to come on down and at the same time these protesters can give you some entertainment? They don’t seem very committed to their cause as they give up so easily. Maybe watching you guys eat makes them hungry so they have to knock off and go grab a bite.

    It always amazes me how people will take one isolated incident and make that to be the example of what goes on everywhere. Or how I can say I know for sure that the idea one person has is not commonplace; they say to me that is only my isolated experience. Yet they have no experience at all, so how do they think they know any more than I do?

  19. Dang! I was just 1 title off! Oh well, the flocking and the SG1 DVDs will have to suffice in comforting me through this rough patch of not-winning-something-on-Joe’s-blog.


    Congratulations, Madwelshboy! Do we have to, like, bow down to you now, what with you being a Knight and everything? 😉

    You know, I’m worried again. These protestors are extremists; who knows what they are capable of. What if that leader guy wasn’t just eyeing you and/or the pate, but he was also burning your face into his memory? Then, when he next spots you, when you least suspects it, he ATTACKS!! Better start wearing armor, Joe, just to make sure. It might help if you paint duckies on it, so that the protestors will think twice before attacking you.

    By the way, I’m right now a part of a stimulating discussion on Gateworld about the portrayals of women in Stargate and television in general, and some interesting points have been raised. Let me put you to the test.


    1. What do you think about the quality of the portrayal of women in Stargate? How does it compare to the quality of the portrayal of the male characters?

    2. About Teyla; quite a few people raised the criticism of her wearing particularly skimpy costumes in order to appeal to the male viewers. Do you have comments on this?

    3. Another interesting point raised was how you guys tend to write mostly just specific kinds of female characters, namely those who are a love interest for a male character; those who are permissive, maternal, and caring; or your typical “alien chick of the week” (whatever that means; their words, not mine). Comments?

    4. About leadership, some complained that, while the male leaders were portrayed as mostly authoritative (Hammond, O’Neill, Landry, Woolsey), the female leaders (Weir, Carter) were portrayed as non-confrontational and having to defer to the men around them. Again, comments?

    I know these are controversial, but…well, I can’t always just ask about SGU spoilers now, can I? 😉

  20. Oh, and one more question, for the road:

    5. There was also criticism of how Carter was rarely personally invested in the series’s main plots (she was kind of just “along for the ride”, while the male characters had personal storylines; i.e. Daniel and Sha’re, and later Daniel and his connection to Anubis, and his guilt at bringing in the Ori; Jack and Skarra; Teal’c and his people), and when she is, the fact that she was female was integral to the plot, i.e. Fifth loved her and she betrayed him, and that started the whole human replicator plot; Martouf and Carter during the Jolinar plot. Her gender was the focus of her stories, while the same does not hold true for the male characters. So, uh…comment?

    Why do I feel like I’m about to be struck down by something? 😉

  21. Hi Joe! Long time reader, first time commenter.
    I sent an email to moorsyum at yahoo dot com a few weeks ago regarding a BC Film internship, but haven’t heard back. I understand that your inbox is probably stuffed and takes a while to get through, but I was also wondering if perhaps I have the wrong email or my message got lost. I wrote to you from tallycola at gmail dot com. (With the “at” and “dot” replaced with appropriate symbols, obvs.)



  22. There are some unscrupulous types who do terrible things to fatten up the critters for foie gras. Hopefully that doesn’t exist with Fuel’s source. But my objection is that it’s so friggin’ fatty that I get sick for days afterward. (They don’t call it “crises de foie” for nothin’ in French – apologies for the horrible misspelling there.)

    What boggles my mind, though, is why the protestors are covering their faces? If you truly believe in a cause, why wouldn’t you stand up for it by fully facing the world?

    Is there some Foie Gras Mafia that would hunt them down if their identities became known?

    I think there’s a story idea in here, somewhere….

  23. Never met a protester yet who didn’t steadfastly believe that they were right.

    Also never met one that was actually properly informed of the topic.

    I applaud your “in your face” consumption of Foie!

  24. Hi Joe. I know you probably can’t give a specific answer but Since the SG1 movie has been greenlit I’m guessing the budget is known. Is it a little higher or a little lower than the previous 2 SG1 movies?

  25. Hey Joe, cute pics and loved the captioning, as usual.

    Read a random grab off my library’s new release shelf and was happily surprised that I couldn’t put it down and sacrificed nearly all my sleep last night running on an hour and a half to get me through the droll Monday, “The Warded Man” by Peter V Brett.

    Looking forward with relish to SGU, keep the hints and tidbits coming.

  26. bonjour joseph! Vous allez bien?

    Moi trés ce n’est que le debut de la semaine.

    merci pour ces photos et les questions/réponse , c’est trés gentil!!

    Voici mes questions:

    1)Quel sera la prochaines grande annonce concernant sgu?
    2) Toujour pas de feu vert pour la production du film de sga?
    3)Avez vous deja gouter des macarons au foie gras?

    Voila=) Merci, bisou

  27. Watcher writes: “The Britney Spears song you’re referring to might be a tad bit cleverer than you think, actually. The chorus contains a nice little double entendre that went undetected for a few weeks.”

    Answer: For a few WEEKS?! Where? In a remote area of Afghanistan where nobody understands English?

    LOL! Nope, it’s called, no one cared until some sheltered mother walked into her daughter’s room and caught the chorus and decided to organize against it at the local PTA meeting. And then it went from there.

    Thanks for answering my question the other day. I can’t wait for the premiere!

    The actors featured today looked quite funny.

    I can’t believe you ate more after a whole dinner. Well, ok, I can. But I can’t understand how you had room!! Also, where all those schnitzel calories go…

  28. Have you changed how we put up comments?…usually we get to see the comment but with awaiting moderation come up?

    Kriss 🙂

  29. Congrats to Madwelshboy!

    I’m disappointed, though. I was really hoping one of the epis would be called *A-Team*. But Lost is still a good epi name.

    Joe, I’m wondering if you were called a pervert because you tucked the kiss into your back pocket? Other than that… I dunno. I do agree with you about people who protest like that. Not only does it not help their cause but it does usually work against it. Lame.

    @Chevron7, Tammy, Das and Arielle (did I miss anyone) thanks for the kind comments about my painting story. The paint was white. I think I still feel fear ripple through my body at the site of a full gallon of white paint. Primer is a bit scary, too.

    And yes, it is a hilarious story. 😀 Now. Especially since the mess has long since been cleaned up and the crappy vinyl floor has been replaced.

    Jeremy is a keeper. He loves to remind me of that story. Especially every time we use the ladder. It’s awesome. 🙄 But he wasn’t mad and I’m thankful for that.

    Trish 🙂

  30. Hi Joe

    Have tried to post twice now about Michael’s website’s charity auction with a link on it to the page and it has disappeared everytime.

    So will now try without the link….one of the items is the infamous piccie that you took with Michael and David with some great comments on it.

    Kriss 🙂

  31. First, it should be said that there are many who feel that killing animals – by any means – for human consumption is cruel, as are some of the conditions in which they are raised until the time comes for them to be slaughtered. I understand this, and I am not necessarily in disagreement, however it is my choice to consume animal products, though I do so with complete respect for the life given to sustain mine.

    However, when I learn that animals are either endangered because of their harvesting, or that their suffering is to the extreme, I will refrain from consuming them. For instance, because of the wanton waste and cruelty to the animal, I will not eat shark fin soup, and now, upon learning that the southern bluefin tuna is endangered, I’ve struck it from my acceptable things to eat list.

    So, Joe…all kidding and snark aside…would you continue to support the consumption of an animal if you were to learn that the very survival of the species was at stake, or if the suffering of the animal was beyond that with which you are comfortable?


  32. Congrats Madwelshboy! You are now number one on the stargate online fandom world!!!!


    Dang, thats hard but I will try


    Terminator Salvation… kinda
    Both Direct to DVD Stargate Movies


    Jack Bauer
    John McClane
    Michael Weston
    Shawn Spencer

    Oh and thanks for the pics Joe!!

    And the next questions for the next mailbag..

    1. What average neilsen rating do you think it will take to renew Universe. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3………?

    2. I watched the new SGU trailer and saw quite a bit of bsgish movement/mild shaking of the camera during the talking scenes that made it feel like I was watching bsg(minus the dark ship). This is just for that scene right, cause it was too bsgish and annoying.(I know you said you wouldn’t use shaky cam often but I just want to make sure)?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  33. Hi Mr M!!

    Thanks for all the updates, the extended mailbag and (as always) your very honest answers to some searching questions re: personalities within your industry. Many thanks.

    Congratulations to MadWelshBoy….*kneels*

    re: top 5 movies (also constantly changing)
    (1) Cinema Paradiso
    (2) Amelie
    (3) The Five Fingers
    (4) Mr Smith goes to Washington
    (5) SG: Continuum

    Top 5 Movie Characters

    Aslo changing and in no particular order:

    (1) Toto from Cinema Paradiso
    (2) Hans Solo (for the the swagger)
    (3) Any Anthony Quinn role (particularly Shoes of the Fisherman)
    (4) Lassiter (played by the ‘tash himself)
    (5) The Natural (played by Robert Redford)

    Best to all at the Bridge. I long for Autumn only for the chance to see SGU…


  34. Top 5 actors (there are so many that it hard to pick just five)

    Liam Neeson
    Will Smith
    Morgan Freeman
    Denzel Washington
    Meryl Streep

    Top 5 movies (again there are so many)

    Lord of the Rings triology
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Shindler’s list

    Mr. M,

    I’ve never seen/eaten Foie Gras but it sounds very fattening for people. Do you ever have to work at keeping your weight down? The pictures of yourself make you seem very slim. How do you do it when you eat… everything 😀 ?

    I’m ready for the Moorcock Q & A. Finished it yesterday.


  35. “Everyone can answer these two.

    3. Top 5 movies

    4. Top 5 movie characters”

    Top 5 movies:
    Citizen Kane
    Star Wars
    The American President
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  36. For the mailbag, if you please … 🙂

    Do you think the writers and producers of SGU will be utilizing one of the same budget-saving techniques I remember from SG1 in which only two or three of the characters are in some scripts in order to allow a second-unit shoot of another episode at the same time? I only ask because the show started to lose a bit of the ensemble feel in some seasons (IMHO) in which that happened more frequently. But of course … if you folks hadn’t done the second unit shoots and had had to budget things more tightly, I probably would have been here complaining that the weren’t enough special effects in the episodes … Que sera sera, eh?

  37. Just a detail, for the mailbag :

    On the new sneak peak of Syfy, Robert Carlyle is DAVID Rush, but I tought he was NICHOLAS Rush ? isn’t is ?

    And thank you so much to keep us inform about the production of SGU !

  38. Top 5 movies:

    Star Wars (A New Hope)
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Lethal Weapon 2 (With the South African baddies LOL)
    Jaws (The scene of Jaws attacking Quint’s boat…? Yeah!)
    Gladiator (Ridley Scott at his best)

  39. I just might give Universe a go after all and all it took was Lou Diamond Phillips eating a tarantula on I’m a celebrity. That guy deserves a chocolate party all of his own. I am now a member of the LDP fan club.

  40. Joe…been looking at your doggie pics on Twitter, and know what? I think when your career as a writer/producer is over, you should become a pet photog. You take some of the best doggie pictures I’ve ever seen! They’re just so natural – and more than just ‘cute’ – they’re amusing. (Or maybe it’s just the mental image of you lying on your belly to get some of these shots that I find so amusing… 🙂 )


  41. I think a sample platter full of bite-sized goosey goodness would have changed their minds. Yum. At Burning Man, a vegan camp had little signs in a row; pictures of animals with captions: “I am someone’s mother”, “I am someone’s sister” “I am someone’s friend.” We desperately hope they will be back again next year so we can sneak in a few of our own: “I am someone’s cheeseburger,” “I am someone’s bacon,” “I am someone’s breakfast meats.”

    Movies, includes some double features:

    Phantom of the Paradise
    Rocky Horror Picture Show/Shock Treatment
    Animal House/Blues Brothers
    Lady Jane
    Blazing Saddles/Young Frankenstein

    Tim Curry
    Johnny Depp
    Michael York
    John Belushi
    Katherine Hepburn

    I’m trying to participate in order to cheer up, distract myself. It mostly is not working. We had to take our poor old schnauzer Cricket to the vet and have her put down on Saturday. She wasn’t comfortable or happy, it was time, better place, all that, but it still hurts. She knew we were up to no good, she clung and shook. Crap.

  42. @ maggiemayday – So very sorry. 🙁 I think that’s one of the worst things we sometimes have to do…and yet…sometimes we just have to – for their sakes, not ours. You did it out of love…and that’s all that matters. *hugs*


  43. At risk of being lumped in with the protesters, let me ask:

    Does Chef Rob prepare non-liver pate if requested? Sorry to say I’ve always detested liver.

  44. Hi Joe,

    I know I could just look this up on the Internet, but I would love your take on this question.

    1. What is foie gras exactly? You mentioned duck and somebody said “very fat”, but what is it really?

    Just wanted to let you know that I am looking forward to anything “Stargate” that is in production or soon (please soon!) will be. SG1 and SGA are 2 of my favorite shows and the SG1 movies have been very well done, so I am sure that the quality of SGU and the upcoming SG1 and SGA movies will continue to be outstanding.

    In the pet department, I sure miss having dogs. Reading and watching your dogs makes me miss them even more. Cats are great because they are independent. I work and have a lot of school work so I don’t have much time for dogs. Aw, another question.

    2. You seem so busy with all you have going on. How do you get in time to be with your dogs? Do they ever come to the office with you?

    As I sit writing this, I am flanked by my 2 siamese snowshoe and my black polydactyl – all strays that found their way to my door.

    Thanks for a very interesting and entertaining blog.


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