Today, I finally finished the scripts. Well, not really because a script isn’t technically done until it’s been shot and I still have my most despised stage of the scripting process not to look forward to – the dreaded rewrite. But, for the moment, a much-needed breather. Now, it’s all in the hands of my fellow writer-producers who will read, consider, and give me notes – some time between now and early next month. While I’m waiting, I’ll shift focus to other producerly pursuits – like watching Rob Cooper’s dailies on Human and a Day 2(?) mix of Darkness (a terrific episode that offers all kinds of insight into our various players, big and small). Sitting in with us on the screening was the fab director himself, Peter DeLuise, who was in the office today prepping his next episode, Sabotage.
Wow. It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the home stretch and already eyeing our October 2nd premiere. And, a couple of weeks later, we’ll be wrapped. And, hopefully, starting to think about – dare I say it – a potential season 2?
David Blue dropped by the offices today to chat character development with Carl and I. We talked about Eli as the grounding force who’ll offer the fish-out-of-water perspective many of the viewers can relate to. Despite some early fan suggestions that Eli will be little more than a Junior McKay, the truth is that, aside from the fact that they are both geniuses, the two characters don’t have that much in common. In fact, if one were to compare Eli to past characters from the franchise, the one he lines up closest with – and thank you, Carl, for pointing this out – is O’Neill. Yes, similarities to Jack, certainly in his sense of humor, but more cautious, less sure off himself – charitable, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and extremely loyal. Oh, and incredibly likable. Of course a lot of that (if not all of the aforementioned character attributes) stems from David’s wonderful performance. I knew he was good when we hired him yet he’s managed to even surpass those lofty initial expectations. His turn in Time still leaves me shaking my head in amazement.
I had to cut out early today so that I could bring Jelly to vet’s. Poor gal. She puts on a brave show whenever she walks into the place, then crawls up onto my lap and trembles until it’s time for her appointment at which point she’ll try to make a getaway. She’s not as nimble as she used to be, however, so I can usually head her off at the pass, scoop her up and carry her into the examination room where she doesn’t really put up much of a fuss. She had some bloodwork done in order to follow up on her elevated liver enzymes. Results tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s not mononucleosis!