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.

The many faces of Director Peter DeLuise.
The many faces of Director Peter DeLuise.
Well, maybe not "many".
Well, maybe not "many".
Just these three for now.  But, hey, he's here all next week!
Just these three for now. But, hey, he's here all next week!

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.

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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!

Apprehensive as she awaits her appointment.
Apprehensive as she awaits her appointment.
Holy crap!  It's the vet!
Holy crap! It’s the vet!
False alarm.  Phew.
False alarm. Phew.
Let's check those tonsils!
Let’s check those tonsils!

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Margaret Clayton

Poor Jelly, hope all is well.

Still, I’d rather take a dog to the vet than a cat. Our Siamese yowls the entire car trip and bites the metal grate. But Harry ButtLicker, he’s nearly 20 pounds of Dun Wanna Do Dat … first you assemble the tag team. Then you sneak the carrier into the room. Harry runs. You trap him under the bed and send the nimble half of the tag team in to pull him out. Harry does not cooperate. The tagger on the floor finally pulls Harry from below the dust ruffle. You try to shove him into the carrier. He resists. Finally, after much manipulation, Harry is in the carrier. Once you are at the vet, they weigh the carrier with Harry in it because there is no way he’s going to stand on a scale. In the exam room, you disassemble the carrier because Harry is not going through the carrier door again. They weigh the carrier, and figure out his shots. He’s pretty calm as the vet handles him, but you bet you have to put him in the bottom of the carrier and assemble it around him. Too bad that doesn’t work at home. At least he doesn’t scratch or bite, but his growls and hisses are fierce. Harry, not the vet.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Oh Poor Jelly, I hope the test results are good! But the pictures are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

The pictures of Peter Deluise are cute and funny too! I hope he does the commentary on his episodes! He is my favorite Director. Glad he is back!

Cheers!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Poor Jelly. sad Hope all will be well. I have a cat with elevated liver enzymes…it just seems to be how she is. Of course, she once had to be operated on for a bladder stone…a type of stone only Dalmatians get. Leave it to one of my cats to have a dog problem. roll

We have a friend who has a condition usually only seen in dogs, too…she had torsion of the stomach and a wandering spleen, causing extreme pain. It’s a condition rarely seen in humans, and at the time she was being treated, the doctors only knew of a couple cases, and so they had to try a lot of experimental ideas, especially since she was just a little girl and still growing. They were able to fasten down her stomach, but she eventually had to have her spleen removed. She’s all grown up and doing well now.

And why I’m telling you this, I really don’t know…

Looking forward to David Blue’s Eli – I’m really avoiding spoilers, but from the little I’ve seen, I’m guessing he’s going to be the most engaging one in the bunch. Too bad he’s not a little paler… wink

das

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dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Doh! I stuttered!! razz

das

Cheryl Gunter

Loved hearing the description of Eli…it’s nice to have something to paint a more clear picture of who he is. You are the absolute best. I look forward everyday, even if I am new….to being here, drinking in what is always a surprise. You never let me down. Thank you. :o)

Hi Jelly, pat pat, kiss kiss, squish squish squish, pat pat, kiss, squish squish squish, pat pat pat, squuuuiiiissshhhh,
hhhhuuuuugggggg, kiss kiss, pat pat. Bye Jelly :o)

C.

Aww, Jelly is so cute. Best of luck to her.

I’ve been away for so long that I have several questions for the mailbag.

1. It’s quite likely that my google-fu just failed me in the brief amount of time I spent looking, but I can’t seem to find schedule info for SGU. I know it starts Oct. 2 (the day after my birthday!) but I can’t find a time. Help me out? There are 3 shows I want to watch Friday nights…but I also work Friday nights, so I’m hoping none of them conflict (for the record, I’d totally choose SGU over Dollhouse if it comes to that).

2. When the SG-1 episode 2010 aired in 2001, the future seemed so far away (and I suppose 9 years is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to television). Did you ever imagine new Stargate would still be on TV when the actual 2010 hit? Also, kudos to the prop department. *I* never would have guessed that those glasses of Daniel’s would be making a comeback. (gosh, I hope that link works.)

3. I just heard that the SG1 and SGA movies have been moved to the back burner because of the economy. I’m trying to be ever hopeful, but I have this sinking feeling that we won’t be seeing them again. Part of that is economics-based but I can’t shake the feeling that there might be some cast members (not naming names) who would be less receptive to coming back the farther out those series got.

So I guess I’m wondering if that, in your opinion, is a legitimate fear or if its an incredibly silly assumption or if there are still contractual obligations for the main players regardless of feelings.

And if anyone could send good thoughts to my family, I’d appreciate it. In January there was a fire and my parents and sister lost three of their four cats and the one that survived died a couple days ago from an unrelated thing. My mom is 55 and this is the first time in her life she can remember not having a cat, so she’s very distraught and sad right now.

Luis
Luis

Joe,
Had Pekin Duck yesterday do say it was Delicious…will be visiting that Chinese rest. more often.

otros ojos
otros ojos

It’s good to hear you’ve got a respite of sorts. Images retrieved from the kino indicated that you could use it. But then, those could just still be in the system from the last time someone offered you candied lemon peel tart for dessert.

Here’s hoping that Jelly doesn’t have anything that can’t be easily treated. She looks like a sweet, loveable pooch. Your account of the trip to the vet’s reminds me sharply of multiple vet visits with my dog CeCe, who had a degenerative hip disorder that I was clueless about until she started wanting to be carried halfway through our long power-walks. I wish so much that pets could tell us when something’s not right.

Thanks for giving another look into Eli’s character. Carl’s insight re. the similarity to O’Neill is very helpful. These mini-profiles are enjoyable to read, and especially to think about in combination with what we know about the other characters. – October 2nd isn’t so far off, as you noted. I’ve set up an online reminder for myself. – Nice pics of a moody-looking Peter DeLuise; also enjoyed yesterday’s vid of Ivon taking care of business.

sylvia
sylvia

Jelly is realy too cute with her very real expressions of apprehension (Twitter) to the pix above with the relaxed look of “I have the world by the pistachios.”

David Blue is “real” and cute too!! Can’t wait for the SGU start. We have to put all the puzzle pieces you have left around together so we can finally enjoy the show.

anneteldy
anneteldy

Poor Jelly! I can sympathize.

I had my check in with the doctor Tuesday during which he won “The Worst Thing a Doctor Can Say” Award. I had commented that I was feeling better, yadda, yadda, yadda, and, as to the future, I was trying to keep my hopes up. He then said “It never hurts to hope.” I know he didn’t mean it as it sounded – his subsequent comments proved that – but still not what you want to hear!

Anne Teldy

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Hope all goes well with Jelly. The pictures were great. Some day you’ll have to write a Stargate script using the pooches as the actors. Or heck, just any script. They are all are as photogenic as any actor ‘ve ever seen.
Glad to see Mr.DeLouise back doing Stargate episodes. Though with his continued mugging, perhaps he is comptemplating a career in front of the camera? I can just see it now. Him, the dogs, AND Carl all in their own show. It would be the biggest hit on television since Quark.Thanks for the daily dose. Now to see if I can put about a thousand miles of road behind me today….

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, hope Jelly’s better in no time smile We’ve been dealing with the same thing with Elway for a couple of years, although in his case, it’s his anti-seizure meds causing the problem. Nothing’s off the charts or anything, but still a concern. That said, Flannery (the Greyhound) had her 15th birthday on the 3rd – this from a dog we thought had had it a few months ago. Vanilla cupcakes were had by all, frosting was everywhere (baths ensued), and thankfully, no stomach upsets. Flannery’s been piss and vinegar lately, really enjoying life. As I’m writing, I’m watching her sleep in her very cushy doggie bed, chasing after that elusive rabbit, tail wagging, all four legs going like crazy. Elway’s snoring away right next to me, Molly’s on top of him, sound asleep, and Summer’s at the foot of the bed, giving me dirty looks every so often. It’s hard to believe that Molly’s been here over a year and will be going to England in October; no idea what I’m supposed to do without her. Don’t know where I was going with this, but did want to mention that for the most part, when I take one of these guys to the vet (which is pretty often with all these geriatrics), it’s usually the pet moms that have taken time off work (or whatever they’re doing) to care for the animals. When I see a guy there, waiting in some little room comforting his dog, it never fails to touch me. You’re a good guy, Joe Mallozzi. Have a great day smile

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Mr. M, I hope Jelly’s checkup results are good. I worked as a Vet Tech for 15 years and I’ve never heard of Mono in dogs. Not TOO surprising because dogs seem to get most things people can get. Interesting though. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Also, Jelly doesn’t look like she has a problem with the drink wink I hope the vet CAN pinpoint the cause. Sometimes, it will remain a mystery.

My MIL passed away early this morning, so I’m waiting to find out the funeral plans. What is it about 2009? The world lost so many loved ones.

Well, anyway, I hope everyone is doing well today. Exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke!

Tam

2cats

I echo good outcomes for Jelly and her tests. You certainly take good care of your furry charges Joe.

@maggiemayday… ah yes, the dreaded “Dun Wanna Do Dat” syndrome, I know it well. None of my cats like the carrier, the stroll to the car, the loading into the car with seatbelt, the drive to the vet, and the arrival. Howls of piteous protest always ensue, along with a side of solid deposits. Yes, I have cats that poop in the carrier, even if they already went before leaving home. It’s a mystery how they manufacture it so quickly.

No amount of consoling, distracting or cajoling seems to help either. I’ve always kept cats strictly indoors due to my home location next to a parkway, so I guess not being acclimatized to car trips is my fault. But it’s for their safety and well being.

The return ride back home is calm, subdued and behaved. They all know the next stop is familiar turf and peace. wink

2cats

drldeboer
drldeboer

Sorry your dog is vet apprehensive. You need to just explain it to him straight out, the vet is there to help and anything with needles is just for a moment. What helped even more was I started slipping a lil treat (“vet special”, something they don’t get at home) after vet or nurse does bits of unpleasantness, Cat not so much but Dogs much more relaxed now, looking for the treat after.

If there’s one thing about SGU that I want to see, it’s David Blue. I’ve liked all his stuff so far.
DD

Jay Lewis

Hey Joe, this may be old news but I saw on Canada AM this morning that Jodelle Ferland is joining the cast of the 2nd Twlight movie.

The Bald Soprano
The Bald Soprano

Damn! Another mailbagless entry the day after I ask a question.

Oh well.

Best of luck with Jelly’s results — here’s hoping that it’s nothing serious!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ 2cats – Cats are pathetic in the car. PA-THE-TIC! Big babies. I’ve tried everything – soothing music, no music, calm talk, normal talk, windows up, windows down, carrier covered, carrier not covered…and basically what I find works best is the shock treatment. First, I make like everything’s normal, then I quick grab ’em and stuff ’em in the carrier. The whole ‘leave the carrier on the floor and let them get acquainted with it’ usually ends up with someone pooping in the thing roll “Oh…Look! Mommy bought us a covered poopy box! Let’s try it out! TWICE!”

After the snatch and stuff, I drive like a mad[wo]man to the vet – get in – get out – get home as quick as possible. Bam-bam-BAM! No time to think about it kitty! The more gentle I am, the longer I take in an attempt to keep them calm, the more spooked they get. I think they can’t handle the suspense. smile

However, I do love how – after an hour or so of sheer panic – once back in the house the cat comes out of the carrier like Fonzie strolling out of Arnold’s Drive-In. “Ayyy! I’m cool! I’m cool!”

Kitties do NOT like to look silly.

Joe, I hope you have a great day! I just finished another Elric story – The Fortress of the Pearl – and loved it lots. What scares me, however, is that I love Elric best when he’s at his cruelest – in this story he does a couple things that are very Melnibonean of him…very twisted…and I loved it. Not sure what that says about me… razz

das

quade1
quade1

I just picked up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and was excited that I finally found a book in the store that was on your list!! But its not the side bar? is it gonna be a BOTM? If I start now I should be able to get it done by say November?

Deni
Deni

@drldeboaer and everyone else with pets: I usually promise a visit to Starbucks, some madeleines, and that does the trick. I get some coffee, the dog gets a treat. Ok, that’s for Elway. The others, not so much. Summer, who on any given day hates my guts, will claw at me, desperately trying to sit in my lap. She’ll even call me “Mommy” when we’re at the vet’s office. She’d offer me a bribe to get outta there if she could. She hates car rides, as well, so she sees the vet only when absolutely necessary. Then, when we get home, like das’s kitties, will breeze in like nothing happened, looking over her shoulder to make sure we’re all paying attention at how brave she was wink I once had the bright idea of taking all 4 of them (before Molly was here, when I had my huge Lab, Jake) together. They all had diarrhea and lemme tell ya, I wanted it over with. NEVER again. smile That little trip aged me, big time. Be well, all!

Bailey
Bailey

I am so bummed about the SG1 and SGA movies!
I’ve really been trying to be optimistic but that interview with Cooper is just depressing beyond words.
I hope you will someday be able to publish the script you wrote, or at least give us the plot details so we know how things turned out on Atlantis…
Meanwhile, in other news, the kerfluffle over the Eleanor Perry character continues on the net and I see several disability organizations have been contacted about the episode.
I just wonder how issues such as this impact the episodes we see. Would the SGU writers/producers ever consider changing a script or rewriting the ending (so that they didn’t actually do the nasty)? I order to satisfy advocacy groups that get wind of a theme or scene? Is that something y’all take into consideration when you write?

Jenazz
Jenazz

So glad I’m not the only one flummoxed by getting my cats to the vet…The thing I’m still trying to figure out is, how do they grow those extra limbs the minute I try to get them in the carrier? One second they’re four-legged, the next there are limbs everywhere in all directions, each one clawed, braced and dedicated to keeping the cat out of that thing. [sigh…unhappily contemplates upcoming vet visit]

Hope Jelly does well.

Nolalib
Nolalib

I’m going to echo the warm & fuzzy thoughts for Jelly. My dog Worm is just like Jelly re: lean into me and tremble when we walk into the vet’s office (she hates it there). I took my Worm to the vet yesterday to have her teeth cleaned and to have a fatty tumor removed. Instead they discovered a kidney problem! So…no teeth cleaning or fatty tumor removal but, change the diet (no more of those yummy treats!) and leave her there all day to have IV fluids, bring her back today for more IV fluids & tomorrow more fluids & hopefully home for good…

I guess once we get all this under control, she can have her teeth cleaned and the tumor removed.

Libby

Thunder
Thunder

Poor Jelly, I hope all goes well for her. My cat sympathizes with her. He is so terrorized at the vets I have to now wear work gloves when I take him. Earlier this year for his regular check up the poor thing got loose and when I tried to catch him he bit my hand very hard. I had to get a tetanus shot and go on antibiotics. I still have a scar.

thor94
thor94

idea of intro for webisode:

[humoristic ON]

Bienvenu sur le Destiny:
150 personnes, enfermé dans un vaisseau de 10 000m carré pour plusieurs années. filmés 24h sur 24h et 7 jours sur 7 par de nombreux KINOs, des mini caméras espions volantes ultra-sofistiqué.

Chaque mois vous pourrez eliminer 2 candidats qui seront ejecté dans l’espace.

Amour, conflits, bagarres, bataille spatiales.
Quels sont leurs secrets??qui survivra?quel sera le meilleur couple et qui gagnera le ticket de retour pour la Terre??

vous le saurez en regardant notre tout nouveau show de télé-réalité en direct du fin fond de l’univers:
DESTINY STORY!!!! a partir du 2 octobre 2009 21h00 EMT

translation:
Welcome to the destiny:
150 peoples, locked on a 10000 square meters spaceship for many years.
Screened 24h per day and 7 days per week by several very-sofisticated flying spies camera called KINO.

each month you can eliminate 2 contenders.
The losers will be ejected into space.

conflict, love, fight, space battle.
What are their secrets??Who will survive?? who will be the best duo??who will win the ticket to return on earth??

You will know to seeing our new TV-show in directly to the end of universe:
DESTINY STORY!!!!! on october 2, 2009 21h00 EMT (earth mean time)

grin grin grin
humoristic [OFF]

Questions:
salut joe, j’ai plein de questions:

1)parlez vous courrament le français (bilingue)???

2) A quoi sert le chevron se trouvant au sol (ground chevron)???

3)Quel sera la durée des webisodes???

4)Aurons nous un extra-terrestre allié comme teal’c ou ronon?

5)Pourquoi ne pas mettre un animal domestique dans le vaisseau? (comme le chien d’Archer dans startrek enterprise)

6)Y aura t’il des ennemis reccurent technologiquement avancé?

7)peut on voir des photos de bonne qualité?:
-du DHD des portes planétaires??
-des shuttlepods du destiny???
-du KINO en action

Merci!!!!