Okay, let’s make it official. Actor Brian J. Smith – SGU’s Lieutenant Matthew Scott – is eager to take part in his very first fan Q&A, so if you have any questions for the Julliard grad, start posting them. One thing that was fairly evident from my chat with him on Friday night – Brian has been touched and overwhelmed by the fan response to both his character and the show as a whole. So let’s give him a big fandom welcome here on this blog…by being extremely nosey.

Brian J. Smith researching his role.
Brian J. Smith researching his role.

Hey, you ever have that sudden anxiety kick in, sort of that panicked sensation you’d feel if, say, you realized you’d forgotten the steel cut Irish oatmeal on the stove that was by now undoubtedly burnt beyond recognition and on its way to triggering the smoke alarm? Well, I had that happen to me this morning – after I realized I’d forgotten the steel cut Irish oatmeal on the stove that was burnt beyond recognition and very close to triggering the smoke alarm. Needless to say the oatmeal was D.O.A. It’s touch and go for the pot. I opened all the doors and windows to air out the place and thought I’d done a pretty good job, until I returned from a trip to Granville Island to discover the house still smelled like burnt oatmeal which, strangely enough, possesses an odor akin to lingering fish. I’d light one of those scented candles but for fear that I’d probably burn the house down.

As it turns out, it’s great fire weather here in Vancouver. Yep, the rainy season is upon us and, for those who don’t know, it goes from now until about a month from now next year. To be honest, I don’t really mind the rain as it stirs distant memories of my youth. But, then again, so does the smell of skunk.

More pics from the MGM Atlantis vault: Sick sick sick…

Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Ol' Blue Eyes checks out an ailing Dr. Z - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Ol’ Blue Eyes checks out an ailing Dr. Z – Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, The Seed (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

Finally, I conclude today’s entry with the return of the Food Purchase of the Day video installment. Enjoy. I know I didn’t.

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Sparrow_hawk

Irish oatmeal is a tricksey thing. It takes a while to cook, so it’s easy to forget about it. Unless you’re really hungry and checking it every 5 minutes.

So did you promptly throw out the preserved bean curd?

Deni
Deni

Oi, that McGillion is a hunk and a half…you should bring him back for another Q&A!

Laughing my ass off with your WFP!

Hope your weekend was a good one smile

JJ
JJ

Hi, Joe
It’s call pickled tofu. Usually as a condiment to accompany rice porridge. It’s most seen on chinese breakfast.

Brian
Brian

Joe evidently someone had been eating the bean curd since the bottle looked only a quarter full. You been sleep eating?

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

You’re a better man than I, Gunga Mallozzi! I don’t think I’ve ever had the courage to taste something from the back of the fridge, expiry date or not. Especially if it’s something I didn’t remember was there!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

lol A fantastic return of the weird food purchase of the day! (You still have to eat haggis, and a hundred-year old egg, though…)

And Joe, the problem with your oatmeal isn’t that you burned it, it’s that you were eating Irish oats (what is it with you and Irish stuff??), and not:

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It’s what gets us through the winter – cooked up in milk with raisins or dried berries, and served with honey. It’s. To. Die. For.

I haven’t burned the oats, but I am FAMOUS for making ‘pop-eggs’. Have you ever made pop eggs, Joe? Pop eggs are when you put the eggs on to hard-boil them, then get busy in the other room doing stuff, until you hear ‘Pop, pop, BOOM!’ from the kitchen, at which time you say a few choice words and rush to the stove, only to find that water boiled out of the pot, and hard boiled egg yoke on the ceiling…and the floor…and the wall…and 10 feet across the kitchen. Joy of joys…and it’s a biatch to clean up, since pop eggs turn instantly into super glue upon contact with any hard, clean surface.

As far as the pot goes, if it’s stainless steel, then scrub it (Barkeeper’s Friend works wonders), get as much black as you can out, then try cooking Campbell’s Tomato Soup in it for a bit. The acid in the soup can help clean up the remaining residue (vinegar may work, too). But it all depends on how badly burned the pot is…and how much grease you have in that artsy-fartsy elbow o’ yours. wink

Oh, and while I’m in my PB account, LOOK! It’s Elric, the Albino Lifeguard!:

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I really must find a better use of my time… razz

On that note, I take my leave. Thanks for the early post. Have a good evening, sir!! grin

das

2cats

Thanks for the memories (SGA pics), never enough of Sheppard and Beckett says I.

I agree with RebeccaH, under no circumstances should you eat anything from the back environs of anyone’s frig. But, I guess it’s too late to warn you Joe as you already have done. Tsk, tsk…

Q’s for Brian:
1) Are you happily anticipating a Lt. Matthew Scott action figure? Would you faithfully play with “you”? Welcome to the Stargate family!
I understand Rachel Luttrell’s son and David Hewlett’s son each enjoy playing with their respective parents’ dollies.
2) Will you dine with Joe M again and partake of more gourmet entrees?

Q for David Blue:
Can you tell us if your character, Eli, gets a shot a romance on board the Destiny, or is it science all-the-time for him?
I greatly anticipate your portrayal. Welcome to the Stargate family!

2cats

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

WELCOME BRIAN TO JOES BLOG AND STARGATE FANDOM!!

As for questions, when is the deadline? I kinda need to think of some good questions so Brian can be challenged, not some whimpy questions that I would force of the top of my head.

Well psyched about SGU, even got my friend who is a mediocre stargate fan psyched about SGU(well lets just say he saw the 5 minute clip from syfy), so psyched about my friends being psyched. They were asking me questions and using big words like 9th chevron, and wormhole. Some of the questions I couldn’t even answer.

Well I couldn’t answer most of their questions because I hadn’t seen air yet.

Ok so I will stop my rambling and leave to go think of some good BJS questions.

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Cat

I feel the best part of the WFP video is the moment where you realise that you have just put something into your mouth that really should never have been there in the first place.

Q for Brian:
What is your favourite movie quote?

Narelle from Aus

Back of fridge = almost guaranteed disaster. Add another dangerous ingredient, the assumption of “There’s no expiry date in English so there probably isn’t one” = You know what they say about assumption. I always wonder who “they” are. You know, the “they” that people always quote when saying something like, “They say that these weather patterns are short term.”

The Thai local markets would be a great place to do a Weird Food Purchase of the Day. Refrigeration? Pft, what’s that? Expiry dates? For woosbags. Knowing what animal that piece of meat came from? The person selling it to you probably doesn’t know either. All they know is that it was already flat when they found it.

chevron7
chevron7

Yay! Weird Food Unknown When Purchased of the Day! That was awesome…..thanks for going where we wouldn’t.

I’ve killed many a pot and microwave with cooking misadventures. Apparently you’re supposed to watch them. However it was actually my sister that got the fire brigade visiting on our last vacation. Who had to stick around to greet the firemen? Yeah, me.

Getting rid of the smell? Er….maybe you’ll have to move. We had to throw out the spare microwave at work because we could get the smell of burnt bread roll and plastic out of it. Tried bicarb & vinegar, lemon juice etc. Didn’t work. Enjoy the new house.

Cheers, Chev

p.s. thanks, I’ve now already got one of my questions answered. I hope it had pop-ups.

chevron7
chevron7

Oh yeah and thanks for the infirmary pics. Why were the infirmary beds sooo small? Are the Destiny ones gonna be that small?

Cheers, Chev

Luvnjack
Luvnjack

Joe, I’m not sure why watching you ingest food of a questionable nature brings me so much joy, but I must admit, it DOES! I’m sure years of therapy could bring me some answers, but…I don’t wanna’ go! Thanks for the hilarious WFPOTD!! Dare we hope for some installments from Japan?

Fangirling you from afar,
LJ

Narelle from Aus

das – I had a hard boiled egg explode in my face. The funniest part, or my friend’s Husband said this was the funniest part, there was a Narelle shaped egg outline on the roof. The egg had exploded into my face (so yeah, egg on my face literally) and the rest had hit the roof creating a lovely silhouette, or maybe more of a bust. Head and shoulders. My friend’s Husband kept breaking out into spontaneous laughter during the night each time he thought of it.

2cats

Joe, please confirm…
@chevron7… it looks like they used hospital guerneys, not beds, so they are easier to roll about on set. Throw on some sheets & blankies and you’re set to go!

guerney: a flat, padded table or stretcher with legs and wheels, for transporting patients or bodies

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Narelle – lol You have the funniest experiences!! lol That’s priceless! Glad you didn’t get burned, though…

@ 2cats – Inspector Lewis…Inspector Lewis…9 pm…PBS…

Yes, yes…I’m obsessed.

grin

das

Liz
Liz

If you wanna ever clean out the pot again, put half/half or maybe third/two thirds mixture of pure undeluted all-purpose-cleaning-lliquid into the pot with water, and warm it up (not to cooking, as it will smell the place up a bit of cleaning fluid but as long as you’re not breathing it in too much and there’s no bleach in it, you should be fine). Let it soak for a bit, scrub it with a sponge, repeat until pot is clean.

Works much better than soda or any other tricks I”ve heard. The sort of cleaning fluid I’m talking about is stuff like Cif, Ajax, Andy… Not sure of the English name for that exact stuff but here’s what it should look like:comment image

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joe – This is one of my favorite one-shot Wolverine stories. Might not be your cuppa, but I love the atmosphere of it, especially in the beginning:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1899110.Wolverine_Killing

I liked the entire story, actually…it was a bit different.

das

Liz
Liz

Hey Joe, mailbag Q (if possible) –
when filming medical scenes with a drip or a syringe or something, do you actually put the needles in/inject a saline solution?

What about the movie world in general, there’s films where you see them making an injection, do they do that for real or are there some sort of needles that retract as you push on them or something?

And thanks for the pics. Our two favourite january capricorns in hospital gowns looking good enough to… well, lick. Eating them, I’ll leave that to Das and the Wraith company she keeps…

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joe, again – Here’s another one – NOT the main arc (Guggenheim) which was so-so, but the one-shot at the end by Jason Aaron – one of my recent favorites:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2421124.Wolverine_The_Death_Of_Wolverine_Premiere_HC

das

artdogspot

Joe – were you hurling in the sink? Thanks for the unsavory sacrifice – sheer, unadulterated entertainment for us all.

Questions for Brian:

Really looking forward to seeing you -very soon- in SGU.

1. What was your experience like moving to and living in NYC? Which neighborhood(s) did you hang out in? And, how was the whole Julliard experience?

2. If you go back to do stage work in the future, will it be Broadway or off-Broadway?

3. How does it feel to be in Vancouver now and working with the Stargate team?

Bon chance!

Liz
Liz

Das – have you ever popped a can of condensed, sweetened milk while trying to cook it into fudge? Until you have, you don’t know what scrubbing is, girl… :p

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Liz – No…can’t say that I have. But I’ll keep the warning in mind…

So, Joe – watcha doin’??! Hubby and I are getting ready to have a little backyard — get your mind outta the gutter — campfire. Weather is lovely – in the 60s, with a light breeze. Just good campfire weather. smile

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joe – (Yeah, I have too much time on my hands! Hubby better get that fire going!) I see you’re reading Cerebus – lemme know how it is, especially when you get to the Elrod parts. smile

das

Narelle from Aus

das – Have to say I did look back and realise how lucky I was. It was strange as it exploded after I’d peeled it. I was putting the fork in it to mash up for the potato salad.
Not sure why I’m a magnet for strange experiences. I think it’s hereditary. Just had a few experiences run through my head of other family members. Yep, hereditary.