Jamil Walker Smith (Sgt. Greer)
Jamil Walker Smith (Sgt. Greer)

Well, after several weeks of talking about it, we finally sat down and did it – the writers set aside their other work (editing, outlines, autobiographies) and their differences (the Binder-Gero feud is legendary) to gather and break Episode #19. And, in under two and a half hours, we were done. Not only did we have a terrific story with not three, not four, but five FULL acts, but Robert Cooper had come up with an episode title none of us hated (which, trust me, is a major achievement). Can’t reveal the name yet but, as Carl noted, if you switched out a single letter, it would have the same title as an episode of Atlantis.

Now if all goes according to plan, we’ll break Episode #20 on Wednesday, discuss Brad’s story, and ensure everyone is poised to go to script before our lengthy hiatus.

So Jamil Walker Smith dropped by the office the other day to kick back, chat, and regale us with tales of his latest cycling escapades. I recall, in those first few weeks of production, being struck by the contrast between the actor and the character he played. Onscreen, Sgt. Ronald Greer is a smoldering powder keg, tough, threatening, incessantly ominous. Off screen, however, Jamil is one of the happiest, most gregarious individuals one could ever hope to meet. On the surface, the two seem to be polar opposites but, getting to know Jamil over these past few months, I can’t help but note he shares one major attribute with his character: a quiet intensity that drives everything from personal philosophy to performance. He’s hilarious, a hell of a lot of fun, but when it’s time to get down to business, I’ve rarely seen anyone so inwardly focused. I told him he was doing a terrific job and that his character was really popping. Ever gracious, he likened our working relationship to a tennis match, his performance an inspired response to the material we were serving. “Keep smashing it our way,”he said, “and we’ll keep hitting it back.” And, so far, eleven episodes in, they all have.

Anyway, while Jamil was in the office, I had him sign off on some pics for the blog. As he was looking through my vast collection, he zeroed in on one in particular and announced: “That’s it! That’s the one for the blog!” I studied the photo and considered, not entirely convinced. Oh, it was certainly a handsome pic. Perhaps too handsome. I told him I feared that putting it up on the blog would win him the attention of female fans, potentially distracting him from the work ahead. No, no. Better to post an alternate pic. Maybe the one with his eyes half-closed and rolled up like some fearsome zombie? While he appreciated the logic of my argument, he nevertheless preferred the less-crazed photo. Fine.

Oh, thanks to everyone who weighed in with their disquieting, occasionally revolting accounts of the countless unpleasant surprises found in your meals. Keep ’em coming!

Today’s entry is dedicated to Deni. Condolences on your loss.

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NZNeep
NZNeep

Woah! Hot! Is that the quiet intensity you were talking about, or does he just have sun in his eyes?

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Wahoo! Early post today! Yeah, I could not agree more, Jamil is very handsome indeed! Can’t wait for the show to start!

BTW is the episode named Tabula Rasa or Coup D’Etat

Cheers

Jinx
Jinx

I suspect Jamil would win over the female fans even with the fearsome zombie-esque pic!

smile

Bailey
Bailey

He’s a very handsome man – beautiful, sensuous lips and smolderingly intense eyes!
I’m smitten.

pg15

I am so, so, SO very glad that I don’t eat out very often. Yikes.

Thank you for the production update!! Not quite sure what “switched out” means; it’s those weird grammer phrases that doesn’t seem very intuitive. So does it mean that one letter in the title is replaced by another one, and the rest of the word stays the same? I hope so. It seems to make the most sense.

Ok then, the title would still have to be one-word long. Assuming you guys count “The” as a word, the 1-word titles of Atlantis are:

Rising
Suspicion
Underground
Home
Suspicion
Runner
Duet
Condemned
Trinity
Instinct
Conversion
Aurora
Epiphany
Michael
Inferno
Allies
Misbegotten
Irresistable
Sateda
Progeny
Phantoms
Echoes
Irresponsible
Sunday
Submersion
Vengeance
Adrift
Lifeline
Reunion
Doppleganger
Travelers
Missing
Quarantine
Harmony
Outcast
Trio
Midway
Whispers
Tracker
Outsiders
Inquisition
Remnants
Infection
Identity
Vegas

Dammit, that’s a lot. Also, I suck at word puzzles. I wonder if I can make up a computer program to analyze this. That’s it then; this is why I took that computer course last year; it was made for this! Yes! Java programming for beginners!

It’s a simple replacement algorithm. For each letter in each word, it will be replaced by every letter of the alphabet in succession. There are 26 letters, so for something like Doppleganger, which has 12 letters, there will be 26^12, or approximately 9.54 x 10^16 results!

Screw this. I’m guessing…Duel.

Alright, more info on JWS! Out of all the cast members, he seemed to have recieved the least fanfare early on in the production, so it’s good to get to know him better. He seems like a swell guy. Gotta be honest here: his character description did sound a tad one-dimensional, the big bruting warrior and all that; of course, we all know those description are full of crap, but still, they were eyebrow-raising, let’s just say.

I’m looking forward to Jamil and you writers adding layers to this fascinating character!

@ Nadine: Thanks for the words about my Dad; yeah, it’s really sad seeing him do all these odd jobs when he was such a great doctor. However, he and my Mom made the sacrifice so I can get a better future here in the west, and I’m gonna make sure they didn’t do it in vain.

*Heroic music plays*

Yeah, I still don’t know where Swing is. Sorry. razz Nice going with the scheduling though; I love those long breaks between classes; perfect time to goof off or work without stuff at home distracting you.

Narelle from Aus

Yeah, he’s not bad. **thud**

Deni
Deni

Joe, thank you so much, that was really lovely of you. Have a good night wink

pg15

Oops, I put Suspicion twice. That 2nd one is supposed to be Sanctuary.

2 more guesses: Hope and Outlast (derivatives of Home and Outcast, respectively).

“Hope” sounds pretty good, actually; especially as the penultimate episode.

Hey, maybe it’s “Kissing” or “Whiskers” or “Cracker” or “Sundae” or “Trip” or “Midday” or…uh, that’s all I got so far.

It is a real word, right? Not a random made-up name like “Cor’Ai” or something?

Airelle
Airelle

@deni, sorry about the kitty..
Yes, thats a nice picture of Jamil. Looking forward to SGU. Glad to hear you are making progress on episodes.

sheryl
sheryl

@ Deni, sorry to hear about kitty!! I huged my 2 cats for you. I’ll call tomorrow-Tues. Sheryl

pg15

@ Deni: I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Take comfort in the fact that, though Martok was a stray, his last days were spent with a loving family who cared for him deeply.

specter177
specter177

Is the episode named “Duel”?

specter177
specter177

Or maybe “Tria” you know, in reference to the long forgotten ancient battleship stranded between galaxies.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Hmmmm…Jamil is a handsome fella, isn’t he…

Wonder what he’d look like in a flowing, white wig. grin

VERY tired – just a neat little story to tell. Today in a local store one of the managers noticed my Steve the Wraith keychain, and commented on it. Turns out he’s a fellow Stargate fan who lurks here and at Gateworld. *waves* I think we were both excited to meet a fellow fan in real life…we talked about the show, and the horrors of fan fic and ‘ships. grin It was great!

das

OHinNJ
OHinNJ

Yeah, glad Jamal got to pick the photo he wanted….

Episode #19 – Be All My Gins Remembered?

Ponytail
Ponytail

Yes! Jamil is a very good looking guy! Cute, cute. @ Deni – sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I thought everything would be okay once you caught him. The news has been sad for our feline friends lately. I am a day behind reading. My puppy beagle Maggie won’t let me on the computer when she is awake, and she has been chasing me and my laptop around the house. I am now using it at the dinning room table – away from her. She is 12 weeks old now and is still a biting, chewing, tinkling, poop machine! Just a bigger one. Here are my things found in dinner: Once I heated up a Swanson frozen chicken TV dinner. It had 3 small pieces of chicken in it. A leg, a thigh (or something like that), and a NECK! Who the hell serves chicken necks?! I thought that was ridiculous, so I froze the neck and was going to write them a letter saying I’m sure that was a mistake. I imaged I would get an apology and a bunch of coupons for more dinners. I got over my outrage pretty quickly and never wrote or called them. I later threw that frozen neck away. I don’t eat too many Swanson chicken dinners anymore. At my last job, there was this nearby mom & pop small, hole in the wall mexican restaurant. They served outstanding! nachos with guacamole. Once (maybe twice) I saw a roach crawling on the wall beside our table. But I swear, those nachos were so good, I would have fought that roach for them, or anything else that tried to distract me from my nachos. They were that good! And here is a don’t mess with my dog story. A few years ago, with my golden retriever/border collie I kept her bag of dry dog food out in the garage. One night I went out to get her dinner and noticed what looked like a rat dropping in it. I called the 1-800 customer service number on the bag and told the girl that answered, their dog food has rat droppings in it. She very nicely said, “that’s impossible”. I said well it isn’t because I found some. She asked me where I keep the food. I said garage and she said a mouse or rat must be in my garage. I very nicely said, “that’s impossible”. She was not convinced it was coming from them and told me to put it into a air-tight container. Well, just about 2 nights later, I made a late night, rare visit to the garage (it was after midnight) to get something. While I was standing there, I heard this little rustling. I look over in time to see a tiny mouse making it’s way out of the dog food bag! She was right, I was wrong! I fixed the problem. Loading...

Frostwolf
Frostwolf

Hmm I’m betting PG15 and Major Davis will be all over guessing the episode title and that it will have been guessed by tomorrow knowing those 2.

Sparrow_hawk

I think Jamil made the right choice – nice picture!

@Deni: *hug* I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I hope you and your hubby and kids are o.k.
And belated condolences to das and maggiemayday.

Good heavens, but there have been a lot of pet tragedies recently. I’m going to give my dog an extra snuggle tonight.

I’m way behind in reading the blog (I was on vacation cruising down the Rhine in Germany – drinking lots of those lovely Rieslings! – with a brief visit to Basel and Lucerne, Switzerland), but I did read a bit of Ashleigh’s Q&A. Looks like you may have met your match, Joe *evil grin*

I’m sorry that I missed the Q&A with Michael Moorcock, but I’m pleased to see that das did her share and mine of the discussion!

I should be ready for next month’s discussion of “Blood of Ambrose”, even though I had to take a brief detour to read John Scalzi’s “Zoe’s Tale” while I was traveling. I loved it, as I have all of the previous books, and it made me even more eager to see the new Stargate:Universe series.

Caryn
Caryn

Thank you so much for writing your blog everyday and entertaining us Stargate/Foodie/Pug fans.

Oh, is the episode named Hope? that is my guess.

Have a great week!

Caryn

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Change one letter to get an Atlantis title…I got it! The team encounters a planet of evil PETAns, and the episode title is Vegan (Vegas). How good am I?

otros ojos
otros ojos

Jamil is looking fiiiiine. Yowee!!

Your description of the difference between his on- and off-screen personae makes me think of Nathan Fillion, naturally in the role of Mal Reynolds. Another fine-looking man, with a lot of smolder goin’ on when onscreen. I love that. So I’m *definitely* looking forward to seeing Jamil in action.

Man, am I glad there’s a fan nearby.

Eternal Density
Eternal Density

Okay, there’s 100 Atlantis Episodes. Assumably, we only need to consider those with a single word. they are:
Rising, Suspicion, Underground, Home, Sanctuary, Runner, Duet, Condemned, Trinity, Instinct, Conversion, Aurora, Epiphany, Michael, Inferno, Sateda, Progeny, Phantoms, Echoes, Irresponsible, Sunday, Submersion, Vengeance, Adrift, Lifeline, Reunion, Doppelganger, Travelers, Missing, Quarantine, Harmony, Outcast, Trio, Midway, Whispers, Tracker, Outsiders, Inquisition, Remnants, Infection, Identity, and Vegas.

Some possibilities:
Riding, Riving, Hope, Dome, Some, Rome, Tome, Hole, Hone, Hose, Hove, Howe, Duel, Dissing, Hissing, Kissing, (Plus another *issing I needn’t list), Messing, Trip, Trig, Tris, Trit (trinary digit), Brio, Orio (not a word, but vaguely relevant), NIDway (ha!), Whiskers, Trucker, Tricker, Fracker (ahem), Tracked, Wracker, Cracker, Putsiders (Okay, I’m reaching), Rev’nants (really reaching!) Inflection (really bending the rules because I neglected to switch a letter in), Identify, Vegan, Veges, Degas.
What have I missed?

Hope was the first I thought of and my personal pick. Duel could work alright, and Tome could even be possible. None of the others really catch my serious attention.

for the love of Beckett

@ Deni & Mr. Deni

Am so sorry for your loss of Martok. And now there is another hubby mourning a kitty. I’m sure you already have, but please tell him this is NOT his fault. Animals will be animals, and they are unpredictable by nature. They dart at will. They camp out in the strangest places. It can’t be helped. And it’s *still* not his fault. It’s okay for him to be “a mess” for a while. (Everyone else, too.)

My Dad still hasn’t gotten over the death of Manna, my 15-year-old Samoyed. We just lost her on May the eighth. Even though she was my baby grrrl, my immediate family (and friends also) felt her to be “theirs,” too. Dad couldn’t sleep after we lost her. When he had leftover bits of Sunday brunch on his dinnerplate, normally her “treat,” he had to step outside very quickly. Even yesterday when we were missing her, suddenly yardwork called him away.

I couldn’t tell the blog family about her because I’m still a mess, too. Didn’t mention it last week because Deirdre/Das, David, and Maggiemayday were going through their own sorrow. Am only mentioning it now because I feel for your whole family, and especially your hubby. It won’t ever feel “all right.” When your heart breaks in a million pieces it just doesn’t. We never “get over” losing one of our babies, but we can carry their love with us forever. What’s written on our hearts can never be unwritten.

Hugs to you and the family,

~Lise

pg15

Frostwolf is correct. wink

Oh hey, I gots me a question:

Is Brad Wright writing episode 17? Is this the episode you refered to today with “Brad’s story”?

sunstonetal
sunstonetal

@pg15 and Nadine: (this is sort of a belated ‘chiming-in’ to your discussion) i don’t go to UBC but i’m also a post-secondary student in vancouver. i’m working on a classical studies degree, which involves learning latin. i’ve taken 2 semesters of it, and i love the challenge. i’m heading into 2 more semesters of it in this next fall and spring.