Kerry and Kerry
Kerry and Kerry

 

Qu'est ce que c'est ce prop?  Good question.
Qu’est ce que c’est ce prop? Good question.
Military presence.
Military presence.
Sharing the spotlight with the delightfully delightful Jennifer Spence.  Rock on!
Sharing the spotlight with the delightfully delightful Jennifer Spence. Rock on!

We were standing in the hallway, making plans for that night’s outing, when I threw a glance to Ashleigh and asked whether she’d be joining us. No, she explained, she was meeting a friend for dinner.

“Hey, maybe you can bring her along,”I suggested.

“Yeah,”she replied as though I’d suggested she should compete in the Olympic decathlon. “Me and my four dads.”

Dads?

“Wait a minute!”Lawren piped up, looking back and forth between me and Carl, then back to Ashleigh. “Who’s the fourth?”

“The other guy,”she replied, motioning back down the hall.

“Uh, you mean Paul?”I asked. The guy you’ve been working with for the past few months?

“Yeah,”she said, all smiles.

“But I’m younger than you!”protested Lawren. “I’m, at best, an older step-brother!”

For his part, Carl seemed to find this hilarious. In all fairness, however, he’s used to fielding gags about his age. I mean seriously. Last time he told someone how old he was, they assumed he was talking in “dog years“. My response, however, was less than amused. I believe it was something along the lines of “Hunh.” as I turned and headed back to my office.

Now I’ve never considered myself as old.  Until now of course.  Generally, I’ve dealt with people as personalities rather than age groups although I realize that that isn’t the norm.  And I usually wouldn’t give the ageistic realities of our society a second thought – except that, now that the subject has been broached, I’m forced to admit that it’s only a matter of time before I’m headed into that twilight territory where “fun” gives way to “charming” and the best one can score is the inoffensively neuteral (sic) “distinguished”.  All at once, the inter-office hilarity becomes somewhat less so because, in the back of your mind, you imagine the person you’re sharing a laugh with heading back home, stepping through their front door, and loudly proclaiming: “You’ll never guess what that adorable old coot said today!”.   Suddenly, you’re the crazy uncle, ole so-and-so whose antics liven up the workplace much to the delight of your fellow employees who can’t quite tell whether you’ve been gifted with a wonderful sense of humor or simply surendered to the eccentricity that, years down the line, will see you leaping through the aisles of your local supermarket wrapped in toilet paper screaming “Squeeze the Charmin!  Squeeze the Charmin!”         

Anyway – the next morning, when I rolled in, I was asked what I’d done the previous night. “After dinner, I stopped by to watch some commercial construction for an hour,”I answered. “Then I got home, had a glass of Metamucil, soaked my feet in Epson salts, and fell asleep in front of the t.v. watching some nature show.” Yep, it’s all downhill from here.

Yesterday, we watched the latest cut of Life. A brilliant episode (written by Carl Binder, directed by Alex Chapple) with some great performances – and here I must make mention of two guest starts in particular: Sarah Smyth, who delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance as the struggling Annie Balic, and Reiko Aylesworth (Hey, eagle-eyed Lost fans!) whose touching turn as Sharon proves alternately uplifting and heart-rending. Great casting.

Speaking of which – actress Jennifer Spence plays the role of Dr. Lisa Park in Stargate Universe, a character who has developed quite nicely since the pilot. Here’s a classic case of a supporting player who, over the course of several episodes, catches the attention of the writer/producers on the basis of an impressive initial performance. Based on that initial performance, the actor is given more to do – and hits it out of the park, which gives rise to more interest and meatier scenes. Jennifer‘s growing role on SG:U is just one example of the many such instances I‘m seeing develop as we make our way past the season one midway mark.

Received an email from writer-producer Rafael Jordan who tells me his latest SciFi original movie, Star Runners, premieres tomorrow night. All you Connor Trinneer fans may want to check out (http://www.youtube.com/user/rafael607).

Mailbag:

Belouchi writes: “I have a quick question regarding the Stargate Universe upcoming series: you mentioned on an earlier blog entry that you were waiting for the opportune time to release to us fans some cool concept arts of the Destiny and other tech related props. Any idea when that time will be, if you can post them that will be great.”

Answer: Alas, still waiting for the okay from the studio with regard to much of the behind-the-scenes pics I’ve taken. I’m hoping things will relax after Comic Con.

Louis writes: “Joe I was just wondering if you have ever read any books by Stephen Baxter?”

Answer: Not yet. I have The Time Ships sitting on my to-read pile.

Nadine writes: “Loved the pic of Lulu today.. Will she actually chase the ball, or does she prefer tug-of-war type games?”

Answer: Oh, she’ll chase it, chew it, then nudge it into some inaccessible spot (ie under the couch) and bark until I rescue it for her. Then she’ll repeat the process.

Nadine also writes: “ I seem to recall reading that the pictures on the sidebar are randomly generated, but have you read them all? I swear I saw a pic of Mary Doria Russell’s “The Sparrow”.

If so, have you read it? Did you enjoy it? Was there ever a BotM discussion for it?”

Answer: It wasn’t a book of the month club selection, but I did read and enjoy it.

Major D. Davis writes: “Almost one year ago, Brad had an interview in which he said the Atlantis movie would be made in the near future(Also, he already knew you guys were doing Universe, so I am assuming he had that in mind during the interview). Almost 10 months later the actors haven’t even been contacted yet. I mean how can this not be considered a delay?”

Answer: Ah, if only it were as simple as simply picking a date and making a movie. Unfortunately, it’s a process complicated by deal aspects I’ve already enumerated in a previous entry (look it up, ed.) in addition to the stark realities of a suffering DVD market (the victim of a perfect storm of circumstances – the evolution of alternate media platforms, the recession, and – my #1 suspect – Blu-ray). In order to set an official date for the commencement of principal photography, the studio – which is taking the lion’s share of the risk by bankrolling the production – must first sort out a number of issues. Still, as I’ve been saying all along, we all want to make this movie (me most of all as, from a purely mercenary standpoint, I’ll be producing it – and not for free), and we now have a first draft script in place.

ZeroPointBatteries writes: “How does the filming of sgu work while Lou is on a supposedly ‘live’ television show at the moment?”

Answer: No differently than when we have to shoot around the commitments of other actors. Happens all the time.

Nicole writes: “ I’ll be driving out to the east coast (Canada) this summer with stops in Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City – a day or two per city. Could you recommend some must try restaurants – and maybe chocolate shops?”

Answer: Sorry, I know nothing about the Ottawa and Quebec City dining scene and, quite frankly, very little about the Montreal dining scene. If you like foie gras, I definitely recommend Au Pied de Cochon (I go for dinner every time I’m in town). As for some Montreal chocolate shops, I’d suggest checking out Les Chocolats de Chloe located, conveniently, practically right across the street from Au Pied de Cochon.

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Craig MD
Craig MD

I thought Alaina Huffman’s character (name escapes me) was the only one with a medical background. Does this mean that “Doctor” Lisa Park is trained in something else? Physics, perhaps? Psychology?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

As a person a few years ahead of you on the geezer scale, don’t sweat it. There is an added freedom associated with age in terms of behavior. After all, younger people are more than a little terrified that you may be suffering early senility or dementia, and run them over the next time you are driving around. And experience gives you a greater knowledge base to strike back with. That said, you are falling down on the job. Ashleigh has instilled in you the terror and awe she should be heaping on you. Embrace your age and wield it as the weapon it is. The only rule is never ever actually act your chronological age.
I understand that the economic situation is slowing the process of bringing Atlantis to the dvd movie scene. I do hope though that we have a firm production date before the start of Universe. I’m looking forward to the new series, but if the movie is cancelled, I will not be able to bring myself to watch the show. I hope MGM has the courage and foresight to invest further into the franchise in the form of the two movies, and more after that.
As a final comment, thank you to Sci Fi network for actually airing an Atlantis “mini marathon” that was not season one or two. It was nice to watch some of the last season’s offerings as I procrastinated in doing housework.
thanks for the mailbag and pics. And if you will post your height, I’ll start looking for a nice lightly used walker for your future use….

Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

I’m not sure what the “four dads” means… Little confused…

The series sounds like it is shaping up really well. Looking forward to seeing it even more…

Any news on when the show will premier? You say “fall”, but that is an American term… Does that mean the change of seasons of Aug/Sept? It will be great to get back in to Sanctuary as well…

Dan

IggyMing
IggyMing

Joe, I hope you don’t mind if I hijack your blog to respond to Nicole.

Restaurant recommendations for Ottawa:
– Domus Cafe (locally sourced ingredients for Canadian cuisine)
– Beckta Dining and Wine
– Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro (I haven’t been to this one, but I’ve heard good things about it)
– Signatures (run by the Cordon Bleu cooking school)
– Manx Pub
– Eighteen
– The Works (gourmet burgers; excellent onion rings)
– Luxe Bistro
– L’Oree du Bois (in Chelsea, Quebec, about 15 min from downtown Ottawa; excellent traditional Quebecois cuisine)
– Stoneface Dolly’s (great brunches)

Restaurant recommendations for Halifax, N.S.:
– daMaurizio
– Il Mercato
– Phil’s (modest restaurant with great fish and chips)
– King’s Palace (good dim sum; mix of authentic and Canadianized Chinese cuisine)
– Cafe Chianti (very good pizza)

Sorry I can’t provide links to their websites, but you can find out more if you Google them.

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

Now I’ve never considered myself as old. Until now of course. Generally, I’ve dealt with people as personalities rather than age groups although I realize that that isn’t the norm.

Why should this not be the norm? I think, considering your subsequent paragraphs, that you have a distinct fear of aging, possibly because you don’t understand what’s coming next. And that’s probably because you’ve never had a comprehensive conversation with an aging person about aging. Most families dealing with a beloved, but failing, grand-relative had had to deal with this. You call yourself a writer (okay, amend that, you actually ARE a writer), but could you write a compelling story about this kind of human agony?

Newsflash: you’re going to get old, if you’re lucky and and don’t die young and dumb. There are drawbacks: the muscles and joints hurt more. But the brain remains young, despite all (and once again, if you’re lucky).

Sorry for the rant. I recently lost my last uncle to Alzheimer’s, and as I am not young myself, I have to face the possibility that this syndrome is in my future.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Wow! I missed a whole lot. We got visited by astronomers and authors and the picture fairy, oh my!!! Hooray for awesome guest blogs and pictures and awesomeness!!!

I know I say this like every day, but I absolutely CANNOT wait for October, because SGU is going to rock everyone’s socks off, and the anticipation is almost too much to bear!!!

crazymom
crazymom

You’re not old until you have to hire a diver to retrieve your false teeth from the lake because you sneezed suddenly.

I hope he never finds out I’ve told that story to pretty much EVERYBODY I KNOW. It’s just too hilarious not to share!

ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

You are definitely not old, not in my book anyway! And I think that prop looks like the switch to some kind of torture device, probably some version of the electric chair. Is it in the show? If so why can we see it and nothing else??

Thanks for answering my question from yesterday,

-ZPB

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Hi Joe,

Thank you for the insight on the issues surrounding the SGA movie. Could you comment on whether the same factors are having an impact on the SG1 movie as well?

Thanks.

SBS

Nicole
Nicole

Thank you, Joe, and thank you to IggyMing. I don’t think I’ll get to visit them all, but I’ll definitely enjoy trying!

herbertsommerfeld
herbertsommerfeld

Wow, all the choices…which picture from today’s blog will I make my new desktop. Perhaps a collage.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – if it makes you feel any better, the only reason some of the guys on Bendis’ forum ‘allow’ me to play there is because I’m ‘old lady crazy’ – here’s a quote from one of the guys there:

“The best part about Das is the fact that she’s got the “old lady crazy” going on without in fact being old. That means that shit’s got years to stew and eventually boil over in a magma of extreme old lady crazy before it’s all said and done.”

razz

das

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

Can I compare you to Alfred Hitchcock? Maybe not in stature, but there is something about your persona that reminds me of the Master of the Macabre. Maybe you need to remind Ashleigh that you have special abilities that she should fear. Or as Lulu would do, put the run on her! That Ashleigh is getting far too big for her britches, by golly!

My kids keep telling me I’m headed for an old folks home. I’ve informed them that, at that point, I intend to drive my car up and down am airport runway. When I’m finally caught by the police, I’ll tell the police officer, “Sonny, your mother would be proud of you, helping an old lady find the entrance to the mall.” Then I’ll spend their inheritance defending my sanity in court.

Patricia

Nadine
Nadine

Hey Joe,

I’ve never considered you “old”, but I doubt that means much. grin
I definitely had a “laugh-out-loud” moment at the image of a wild-eyed Joe swathed in toilet paper screaming about Charmin.

When I read The Sparrow it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. As in, I would read it under my desk at school. I loved the way the story was told simultaneously from the end and the beginning. And the way the different sciences, etc., were all woven together. And how Emilio was so different and you had to wonder what could possibly have changed him so drastically…

Well, my little sis and I are having a “girl’s night” ’cause our parents are out with my little brother at his grad. banquet and she’s yelling at me to come watch Stargate (we’re such party animals) otherwise this would be a bit longer…

Just a question: in the episode “Arthur’s Mantle” (season 9) who came up with Bill Lee’s “miniaturization” line?

Thanks!
Nadine

Hiho
Hiho

….perhaps a doctor of urban land economics

Ponytail
Ponytail

Take heart Joe. Forties is not old. Neither is 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s. Now 80’s is damn old!! I am the 4th of 5 children and the first one to make it to 48 years old. That is why I will never complain about my age or getting old. I am busy enjoying every day. You have a great life. Live it! I’ll meet you in the nursing home in about 40 years.

Kyle
Kyle

If I may ask, is Reiko’s role just for this episode or is it recurring? I assume she is not attached as a main cast member since it would be known by now and she was attached to an ABC series until a couple of weeks ago.

If you can’t really answer, it’s understandable.

Thanks,

Kyle

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup Champions!!!!!

Ann-Marie Sloan
Ann-Marie Sloan

StarRunner looks awesome!! Big fan of Connor (got a chance to meet him at Creation Vancouver in April. Such a sweetie) Unforuntly unless they show it on SPACE. I won’t be able to watch it.

pg15

Oh come on Joe, don’t worry about that. You’re still very young at heart. So young, that a lot of fans think you’re immature.

Thank you everybody, I’ll be here all night!

Seriously though, my Uncle is 73, and he’s probably younger at heart than I am, and I’m 21! He drives like a teenager and I have to stop him from going near cliffs whenever we go on road trips, seriously. Once, we visited Glacier Point, and afterwards he told me he had crossed a fence and basically stood on the edge of the freaking dome (with a 3000 feet drop in front of him) just so he can enjoy the view better. I’m pretty much the Straight man vs. his…funny man?

Oh wait, that kind of feeds your “Crazy Uncle” fear. Um…well, it ain’t so bad.

Dammit Joe, when are you going to fight back against Ashleigh?!

By the way, when I look at that last photo, I think of Love Shack. Take that however you want.

The Love Shack is a little old place where, we can get to-ge-ther-er-er. Love shack baaaaa-byyyyy. LOVE SHACK BA-ABY.

Thank you for the SGU pics and info!

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Joe!

Your next blog entry will be my last for the summer. On Sunday morning, I ship out to Army basic training. I decided to join the MO National Guard so as to take advantage of the free tuition. Wish me luck?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Oh, PERRAGRIN!!

It’s 3:40 am here….and guess what I’m doing??? (Well, besides being wide awake ’cause I feel asleep too early, then didn’t stay asleep when I should have known better, but jumped on the computer instead… razz )

Anyhoo…I’m watching NZ v France – and just had my first long-overdue glimpse of Chabal! Looks like he’s not starting…but it was well worth it just to see him snarl at the kiwis after the haka. lol.

Yeah…I should be in bed.

das

otros ojos
otros ojos

Fun pics! Do you still always remember to take off the lens cap before you click away, or is that something Ashleigh helps you with? *g* — Aww, c’mon, if Carl can laugh about all that stuff, I’ll bet you’ll eventually be chuckling just as much over those universal and innocuous issues of age. When I think about him, I don’t think about his age, but about how cool it is that he writes and produces Stargate shows. And, really, everyone has an interesting story to tell. You’ll probably have a coupla thousand by the time you’re 60 or so. Also, you’ll be able to call 30-year-olds “greenhorn punks” (unless you do that already wink ).

The last photo is very cool. You have this sort of Gallic attitude, like Jean-Claude Van Damme striking a self-spoofing pose. Chick magnet, and all that. (But not taking it too seriously, since you’re married — mais, la différence, elle vive encore, n’est-ce pas?) It would be fantastically fun to see a vid of you being a stereotypical Hollywood producer.

Anais33

Coucou Joseph!!!

ça va ? Moi oui trés bien =)!

Ahhhh une nouvelle photo de vous!!! …a ajouter à ma colléction! ….roh je voudrais être à la place de jennifer.

Merci pour ces Q/A =D

bisou, je vous adore!

Nadine
Nadine

Oh, meant to say earlier: I know Reiko Aylesworth from 24. Another alumnus I suppose, since we’ll see Carlo Rota (who was also excellent in 24), and Connor Trinneer was also in 24… Hmm, bit of a pattern. And I’ve recognized a couple others as well: Jonathon Young, Peter Wingfield, and John Billingsley (and I’m sure there have/will be others)…

And I’ve gotten off-topic, which was just that I look forward to seeing Ms. Aylesworth’s performances. She was great in 24: I was *very* upset when they killed Michelle Dessler – still a little bitter about it actually :D..