Patrick Gilmore (Dale Volker).  Yeah, he coulda been a reiki master too.  Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.
Patrick Gilmore (Dale Volker). Yeah, he coulda been a reiki master too. Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.

Patrick Gilmore (SGU’s Dale Volker) dropped by my office this morning to request permission to use some of the photos I’d taken of him for an upcoming newspaper feature (I suggest going with “Flight of the Volkery“ or “You‘ve Got Dale!”). I was, of course, more than happy to oblige, offering up free use of any of the pics in my archive including a couple of extra shots of yours truly to really round out the article. Eventually, we got to talking about tweeting, blogging, and the lulling effects of internet surfing. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. One second you’re logging in to check your email and the next thing you know it’s next Tuesday and you’re the subject of an amber alert. Time flies when you’re having fun, but flies even faster when you’re online. Truly, I can’t even begin to imagine the many, many things I could have been doing instead. Why, I could have taken up golf, learned to play the castanets, understood a half dozen David Lynch movies, produced my first spoken word CD, become a reiki master, or taken up World of Warcraft. Instead, here I am. Anyway, internet addiction is apparently a bigger problem than many realize. It’s a serious subject that requires serious discussion. But, unfortunately, not here because I’m far too busy working on this blog, frequenting the various foodie forums, and surfing YouTube for hilarious videos of bug-eyed woodland creatures.

Hey, you know what’s a pretty damn good show? Besides Stargate:Universe. Glee! And I’m not the only one in the writers’ room who was pleasantly surprised by the show. Carl, Paul, and Brad also give it the big thumbs up. To be honest, I had no interest in the premise, envisioning it as a High School Musical for adults, but after Carl’s strong recommendation, I checked it out – and was mightily impressed with the quick, clever, and very funny writing, direction, and performances. My only quibble is the all-too-slick musical numbers, but it’s a minor one. If you haven’t checked the show out yet, I heartily recommend you do so. And Stargate: Universe.

I poked my head into Carl Binder’s office this afternoon and discovered he was in the process of receiving notes from actor Jamil Walker Smith. It’s always amazing to watch the creative process unfold, the give and take between performer and writer, and I was fortunate enough to be able to snap a few pics of the magic happening. Check it out –

Jamil and Carl discuss Sgt. Greer's character arc in an upcoming episode.
Jamil and Carl discuss Sgt. Greer's character arc in an upcoming episode.

Then offers some helpful suggestions for the rewrite.
Jamil follows up by offering some helpful suggestions for the rewrite.

Last day to get your questions in for actor Brian J. Smith (SGU’s Lieutenant Matthew Scott).

Brian J. Smith, poised to answer your questions (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)
Brian J. Smith, poised to answer your questions (photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television)

Last day to get your questions in for author Matthew Woodring Stover (Heroes Die).

Finally, I’d like to make mention of yet another member of our terrific cast. Mark Burgess plays the role of SGU’s oft put-upon Jeremy Franklin and, dare I say, he is perfect for the role.

Mark Burgess (Jeremy Franklin).  Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.
Mark Burgess (Jeremy Franklin). Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.

Stargate fans will, of course, remember Mark from his appearance in Stargate: Atlantis’s AU episode Vegas which had him puking his guts up in a seedy motel room before a wraith eventually put him out of his misery. Well, he parlayed that sickly guest shot into a much healthier recurring role on Stargate: Universe where he finds himself considerably less nauseous but significantly more harried. His character puts up with so much with such resigned weariness that, every time I see Mark on the lot, I actually feel like apologizing to him.

HUH?!!  WHATWASTHAT?!!  (Mark Burgess as a seriously spooked Jeremy Franklin).  Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.
HUH?!! WHATWASTHAT?!! (Mark Burgess as a seriously spooked Jeremy Franklin). Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.

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Echelon
Echelon

Since you’re quite the food fan, I thought you might get a kick out of http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

Some things good, some things horrifying, you never know what to expect.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Ah, I love Glee as well! But I hate how the music is pre-recorded and the actors are lip-syncing. Even though it is very well matched, somehow it just doesn’t feel right.

Haha Jamil is always so laid back, it’s tough for me to even imagine him yelling at Carl. And poor Carl, always getting the short end of the stick! wink

You may have had time to take up World of Warcraft, but WoW would have sucked up wayyy more time than you wasted while you could have been learning to play it. Haven’t you seen The Guild?

dasndanger
dasndanger

Joe – thought you might like to check out this blog…it’s just one of the guys on the Bendis forum, who happens to love to cook and eat: http://beachcitycooking.blogspot.com/

OH GOD!!!!! JOE…whatever it takes…I’ll pay you ANYthing…but I NEED Carl’s light (if it’s a 300 w halogen). I had one, and it died (the switch went). sad I bought a new one, but they won’t let them go highter than 80 w now, which is nothing better than mood-lighting. Thing is, I am blind at night, and I relied very much on that bright light to clean, draw, read, etc.

PLEEEEASE! I need it!! *grovels* Name your price!

das

dasndanger
dasndanger

PS: Besides…Carl’s office is a mess. He could do with one less thing in there…

das

Juralas
Juralas

Hey Joe,

Glee is great. The comment about not having a gag reflex in the last episode had me laughing for a while. I agree about the overly polished musical numbers (and voices – there seems to be a choir of people singing backup when there’s only 4 or 5), but I, too, was surprised by how funny the show is.

What I didn’t understand is how/why they were billing two separate episodes as the series premiere.

I watch too much TV.

Cheers,
-J

sylvia
sylvia

@ Das – The lamp in Carl’s office in the corner looks like a “typical” torchiere (sp) (floor lamp). Normal and even energy efficient light bulbs and I bought 3 or 4 from a Wal-Mart near me. ALso sold at Home Depot. As another sight challenged person, 100 W work nicely if you only want 1 bulb. And, the 3 fer – 40 – 100-2xx whatever the 3 way bulbs are even better, specially on the high setting – except their life expectancy seems a bit short and have to buy new ones. Costco used to have multipacks of the 3 strength bulbs, but don’t see them any more.

Joe, thanks for the pixies.

You could have also considered Starcraft or Command and Conquer if you want playtime diversion that is also very addictive.

sylvia
sylvia

@Sherry Harris – WOW – that poster of Brian on the building is something. Now that is a great portrait

pg15

Haha! Are those the save-SGA lemons on Carl’s desk? That is pretty Awesome. What’s even more awesome is that blurry production art sitting upon Carl’s desk in the lower left corner of the first pic. Very interesting. Hmmm….

Glee is getting praise put upon it from all over the place these days; it’s been trending on Twitter for a while now. I guess now with your recommendation added to the mix, I should check it out. I’ll try to remember this. Is it anything like Arrested Development? All this talk of good writing and directing is reminding me of it.

Re: Garmin, we used a Garmin GPS for our summer trip this year. 9 days, and we didn’t even use the voice that came with the thing; I basically just read off of it and looked at a map. It told us of a few shortcuts that really livened up the trip. Overall, I loved using it and can’t imagine going on another trip without it.

On the other hand, our trip basically involved us driving around the western United States; if you’re going to foreign countries, I expect the service may not be that good; who knows. Also, it was a little bit out of date; it tried to send us onto a closed-off road, not recognizing that there was a newer road that went in the same direction nearby that we should’ve took. It also gave us addresses to restaurants that were completely wrong.

Still, I love it.

dasndanger
dasndanger

@ sylvia – Those lights used to be 300 w halogens back a few years ago. It’s what I need – desperately. The fluorescent torchieres are crap. All I use are energy-saving bulbs as it is, but they give off a different sort of light – it’s not as ‘clean’, or something…too shadowy. The halogen was just perfect! I have tried everything – but I need the halogen quality light to see detail at night. In my case it’s not about the ‘environment’ – but about the ability to see and do things in the evening. I don’t bother cleaning anymore at night because I just can’t see – I need the sunlight (and all the house lights) on to do it in the daytime. I miss my bright, happy light so much. sad

And I really hate getting old. razz

das

Gilder
Gilder

@das…Try an Ott-Lite. Various models are sold at craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics. They’re pricey, but I used a half-off Michaels coupon for mine.

@ytimynona…You said it! Isn’t WoW a sub-category of Net addiction? (said the iPhone addict)

@Joe and TPTB: Good to see that the SGU ensemble includes some average, non-buff men. So are there any average-looking, normal-sized women wearing minimal makeup, ie, someone like me?

sylvia
sylvia

Too cool! Carl is wearing a “Kauai” shirt.

ytimynona
ytimynona

@Das Have you tried CFLs (those twisty energy-efficient bulbs)? The lumens are high, but the wattage is low! My mother recently discovered them, and loves them!

ytimynona
ytimynona

OMG I just clicked on the picture to see a close-up of the lemons (which are awesome!) and I saw that Carl has a copy of “The Truth About the Pyramids” on his desk!!! Is that the one from Continuum? AWESOMEEEE!!!!

for the love of Beckett

Das, let there be light…LOL. We have one of those lamps at home, complete with 300 watt halogen bulb. Yeah baby, they’re bright. It’s Dad’s favorite lamp, and when it’s turned all the way up, I say the light is set at “STUN.” Just asked Dad about replacement bulbs and switches. He’s got three 300 watt bulbs, and cheekily smarted off, “Tell her I’m not mailing them off to the east coast,” and giggled. Then I told him I think the *light switch* is really the problem. Boy have we gone through switches. Both parts can be gotten from a Midwestern hardware chain called Menards, but they don’t have one near you. So sassy Dad says, “Oh, sure. We’ll get her a new switch and mail it to her.” He believes in good light, does Dad.

So, D, do you still have your old lamp that takes 300 watt bulbs? This weekend, we’ll get you a replacement switch and bulbs, too, if you need them. You have my e-mail already that you sent to Sparrow_hawk. Let us know where to sling ‘em.

Now Carl won’t have to ask Jamil Walker to guard his lamp. grin

herbertsommerfeld
herbertsommerfeld

Enjoy the Goldman interviews. You can get those from the Vancouver Public Library and about 8 hours more from various screenwriters. The Jamil pics today are hilarious!

Ponytail
Ponytail

Coincidently, I just finished watching Vegas. Didn’t recognize Mark Burgess without his sweaty faced, bloodly nose, I’m-fixing-to-die-from-food-poisoning-and-vomiting look about him.

Question: Is that Jason Momoa’s Silver Airstream Trailer in Vegas? (Of course not the one you blew up.)

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Stray thought for the night. It’s a good thing you’re Canadian. I don’t think Americans are allowed to have as much fun at work as you do(though many of us do break that law down here). Talking to authors, wandering around snapping photos, and even the odd script or three.
Loved your internet addiction comments. Alas, I’ve fallen prey to the WoW bug. I strive mightily to restrict my time playing, given the other basic functions of life, like working, eating, maintaining enough social contact with folks around me that I won’t be the first candidate for the next “Let’s burn a Witch” contest. If only I could condition my body to get by on 30 minutes of sleep a night, I might manage to do all I want to do. Anyways, thanks for the nightly laughs, and enjoy your upcoming long weekend.

iamza
iamza

Questions for Brian:

1) you mentioned on Twitter how much you were enjoying BSG. What aspect of the show was it that most appealed to you? There has been some comparisons drawn between SGU and BSG, based in part on some of the early trailers — if it’s possible to do without giving too much away, may I ask what you think most distinguishes SGU from BSG?

2) SGU has drawn a fair amount of flack over the past year. What do you think is the biggest misconception about the show that you’d like to set straight?

3) what’s the best thing you’ve found so far about being Scott?Do you find it hard to shake the character when you’re done shooting for the day? If you had to pick one thing about Scott that you most admire, what would it be?

4) favourite last book that was read purely for pleasure (rather than research)?

Many thanks for your time. I look forward to watching you in action on SGU in October!

otros ojos
otros ojos

“Flight of the Volkery” — Okay, that is officially the worst/best pun I’ve heard all week. (Weird how that works.) Shakespeare would be proud. Wagner, not so much. And now every time I see Patrick Gilmore’s image, I’ll picture him with long blonde braids, one of those horned helmets, and wearing an ample bustier. Not my fault.

Jamil Walker is giving Carl notes in those pics?? Oh, okay, for a few seconds there I was worried — especially since Carl looks like he’s trying to remain calm while wondering if Jamil is going to go all Brando on him, get completely into the role, and practice MSgt. Greer’s martial-arts repertoire on the nearest subject. (Maybe you really should have become a reiki master. Although I can picture you playing castanets, in a women’s extra-tiny flamenco dress. Either would enable you to break up any sort of tense situation.) – Bridge Studios takes on more complexity with each of your entries. I think someone may already have suggested this; but after such a long run for SG1, SGA, and now SGU, maybe someone should do a docudrama on The Stargate Saga. If you did it, you could make sure you’d be in almost every frame, like the Banff Park Pop-Up Squirrel.

I’ll try to check out Glee, but will probably forget. I’m going to be very busy finding all the right mechanisms for your birthday present. Still, I will see it at some point because you and the guys recommend it. Thanks!

otros ojos
otros ojos

Shirt ‘n’ Tie – Thanks for the link to Ming-Na,
Alaina, and Elyse doing the Wookie mating call. Very funny!

shiningwit

Great pix, just on my second infusion of caffeine before tackling the youngest’s bedroom………dig through the detritus to get in the door, bung it all in a skip, remove shelves from wall, fill in holes, decorate, lay carpet, install new bed and furniture……collapse in a heap!

Way to go! Any tips for detritus that reappears two days after you make it disappear somewhere?

Montrealer
Montrealer

@Das

Have a hold bunch of dead 300W halogen lamps here. Found them to be energy hogs and dangerous. But some people find the emitted light is better than compact fluorescent bulbs.

Decided several years back to try a regular light bulb tri-lite torchiere with tri-lite CFL that’s triple the cost of the torchiere. That first CFL bulb got maximum light output equal to 135W, works great. They stop making that CFL model and replaced it with a maximum 150W output equivalent. Even brighter using only 34W.

It’s a Philips brand that’s available in Home Depot.

Madwelshboy
Madwelshboy

Questions for Brian J. Smith:

1)What was your first reaction to the character of Matthew Scott and how has it changed as the season’s gone on?
2)The MGM site recently updated the character bio’s, with some pretty interesting stuff about Matthew Scott. How much of that back-story was in place when you were first cast?
3)Out of the episodes you’ve read and/or shot so far, which do you think shows Matthew Scott at his best and at his worst?
4)Who do you get to work with the most and least on set? Who would you like to work with more?
5)Your Mom has said that she’s speechless after seeing the huge SGU poster on the side of a building. How dose it make you feel knowing that your face is literally everywhere?
6)What effect has the fan reaction (if any) via Twitter had on you? What was your reaction to having your first very own fansite?
7)What’s it like working with Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na and Lou Diamond Phillips, who have had successfully long careers? Have you learnt anything from them?
8)What one word would you use to describe each of your cast mates?
9)You’re trained as a stage actor, but you’ve done film and now TV. What are the key differences between them for you and which do you prefer?
10)One of the films you’ve worked on was “Hate Crime”, which has a powerful message behind it. What attracted you to this part?
11)You’ve played a few gay characters, both on stage in “Three Changes” and in film in “Hate Crime” and “The War Boys”. Some actors have spoken about the difficulties in playing gay characters, in particularly when it comes to intimate scenes with male co-stars. How did you approach these parts and did you experience difficulty with them? Did you have any fear of maybe becoming type cast?

duneknight
duneknight

LOL@ “understood a half dozen David Lynch movies”

duneknight
duneknight

the most addictive game is Call of Duty 4. its hard to stop when you’re killing so many people. MW2 should come out in november so i dont see how thats gonna help me. and omg i noticed the “The Truth About the Pyramids” too.

fsmn36

Hmmm. If YOU like Glee…I guess I’ll have to check it out. I figured it’d be High School Musical-ish, too.

Love Carl looking frightened! Very funny pictures.

Speaking of losing time on the internet (which happens to me coincidentally every day), did the dogs catch wind of the big hullabaloo on Twitter today? The season 5 premiere of Supernatural aired today and the fans used the tag (or whatever Twitter calls them) #luciferiscoming to promote it. Apparently, some people got all up in arms and thought Satanists were taking over Twitter so responded with things like #Godishere. It got to a point where Twitter took them off. I must admit, I spent a good chunk of my day reading the blogs and AP things that came out (within the hour, nonetheless) concerning the drama. Even the actors who tweet got involved! Hilarious.