Today, it gives me great pleasure to kick off my No Fan Left Behind campaign, a campaign designed to get all Stargate fans – past, present, and future – ready for the big October 2nd world premiere of Stargate: Universe. Whether you’re fans of SG-1, Atlantis, or a complete newbies to the franchise, you’re all welcome aboard Destiny as it prepares for its first manned voyage through distant galaxies fraught with riddles, revelations, action, and adventure.
First up, a big guest blogger announcement. Actor David Blue – who some of you will recognize as Ugly Betty’s Cliff St. Paul or Moonlight‘s Logan Griffen, but most of you will no doubt come to know as SGU’s lovable Eli Wallace – will be swinging by this blog to tell us about his character, the show, spill some behind-the-scenes secrets, and regale us with amusing anecdotes of his life in the t.v. business and love of scifi and genre television (trivia tidbit: he’s a big fan of one Rodney McKay). Got a question for David? Well, start posting! You have until the end of next week! Begin prepping now by heading on over to the official Stargate site and checking out the Eli Wallace profile: http://stargate.mgm.com/view/character/167/index.html
Also, as part of the No Fan Left Behind campaign, I’m in discussions with MGM about accessing some of the 10 gig worth of behind-the-scenes never-before-seen photos from the SG-1 and Atlantis archive – that I’ll be posting alongside the top secret sneak peeks of Stargate: Universe in the coming weeks.
But wait! There’s more! As part of the ramp up to the premiere and follow-through SGU’s first season, I’ll be hosting Stargate-related trivia contests covering all three shows. Brush up on your Stargate lore and pay close attention when Stargate: Universe airs for your shot at winning some very cool prizes.
And that’s not all! Over the month of September expect more guest bloggers, more Stargate exclusives, and plenty of surprises!
DeeinSouthAfrica writes: “What did you eat? Or did you go hungry?”
Answer: I went hungry at the fair, then went to one of those hot pot places that combines the pleasure of going out with the hassle of cooking your own food.
Laura Richter writes: “As a buffer, I am interested in learning how I can be brought into the Stargate Universe and brought up to speed.”
Answer: Well, you could pick up the box sets of both SG-1 and Atlantis for a thorough and detailed understanding of the world of Stargate. But those tuning into SGU for the first time with little or no prior knowledge of Stargate won’t have any trouble following the fun.
Emmster writes: “I really like the corn on the cob, though. Did they have that at yours?”
Answer: Yep. At $4 each ear.
DP writes: “Does treating us to a visual essay have anything to do with practicing your still-shot storytelling for an upcoming comic book?”
Crayonbaby writes: “I saw that you mentioned humor in SGU. Do you think it’ll be a little more serious than SGA and SG-1 or will it have it’s own brand of humor?”
Answer: SGU will be a little darker, a little more serious than the previous Stargate incarnations – but, it will still contain that trademark Stargate humor.
Mary A. Milan writes: “So, can you set my fears at ease? Are there any Jack/John-style, sarcastic/snarky characters on SGU?”
Answer: Rest easy. The show will have its fair share of snark as well.
Mary A. Milan also writes: “DD Jennifer’s birthday is coming soon. She’ll be eleven on 9/25. Do you think you could mention it when the day comes?”
Answer: Please remind me closer to the date and I’ll be happy to oblige.
Iamza writes: “Joe, are we going to get an SGU trailer with the women of SGU playing a prominent role?”
Answer: Funny you should mention this. I had a phone conversation with Erika from SyFy the other day on this very subject. Stay tuned.
Iamza also writes: “Who comes up with the ideas for the trailers? Do the writers get a say, or is it mostly down to marketing at Syfy? Or MGM? Or some combination of the three?”
Answer: MGM and SyFy put together their own trailers. They run them by the producers who may or may not make some suggestions. MGM’s Grey Munford and his team are the ones responsible for the kick-ass trailer that premiered at Comic Con as well as the trailer now playing in theaters.
Iamza also writes: “When you say Sabotage has just wrapped, was that the script, or the actual episode shoot? Because if the latter, wow! Things move fast!”
Answer: Things DO move fast. We wrapped the episode and Pain started shooting on Friday.
Apollo_031 writes: “If I recall correctly, the U.S. is capable of building one ship per year, and if the other IOA nations are also building ships, why are there only a total of five ships? Wouldn’t the other nations built ships as fast as possible to defend Earth and keep the balance of power on Earth?”
Answer: These ships are expensive to build and require immense resources. Also, China only has one ship officially. Officially.
Pol writes: “One last item, I hope it makes it to the mailbag. I guess Amanda had to cancel an upcoming appearance in down under this fall because Sanctuary’s production schedule has moved up. Do you know if that move-up is a result of good news for a new SG-1 movie?”
Answer: Sorry. It’s unrelated to the SG-1 movie.
DasNDanger writes: “Glad you liked Blood Debt. Have you ever read Wolverine: Origin (the one where he’s a kid)?”
Answer: Not yet but I do have it sitting on my to-read pile. To be honest, most of the trade paperbacks I’ve read have ranged from okay to downright awful. A couple of gems in the mix though.