I can’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep. Even though I’m exhausted by the time I turn off the lights, I’m so wound up that it takes me forever to actually doze off. And, when I finally, I’m only out for an hour or two before I’m awake again. I’ll eventually drift off again and wake up an hour later. Drift off. Wake up. Drift off. Wake up. And so it goes throughout the night. Surprisingly, I get out of bed feeling fairly well-rested – but it eventually catches up with me. Right around, oh, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., about the time I settle down to work on my blog. Which is a shame since, earlier today, I was all fired up to deliver a rant certain to make Lemming-Gate pale in comparison.
Oh well. I’ll get around to it eventually. In the meantime…
Today was the last day for everyone else – Alaina Huffman, David Blue, Brian J. Smith, Patrick Glimore, Jennifer Spence, Peter Kelamis, Haig Sutherland, and Julia Benson – all incredibly talented and wonderful people. I advise them to rest up well this hiatus because, based on what we’ve come up with so far, they’ll be VERY busy in season 2.
Well, those who survive the season finale anyway.
This morning, Robert Cooper was on Stage 5, directing some scenes owing from Lost. Then, this afternoon, Ivon Bartok was on Stages 2 and 4 directing the last of the kino scenes. For those of you who weren’t there (Where were you?!), here are some of the highlights:
Ytimynona writes: “But then Young asks him if her knew that the lottery was pointless anyways, and Rush doesn’t answer him. So now I’m wondering if Rush is as evil as I thought he was in the first three episodes.”
Answer: Or, at the very least, wants to have everyone entertain the possibility that he is.
Chad writes: “The Ori/Ancient Home Galaxy..does it have a name? How far away is it from the Milky Way? And do you guys ever plan to revisit it in a new SG-1 movie?”
Answer: I believe Ark of Truth was the final chapter in the Ori storyline so, no, I don’t think we’ll ever be revisiting it in a future movie.
Chad also writes: “And have you ever heard word that they may finally answer that question about humanity’s origin or creation and why exactly we are called the “Second Evolution” of the Ancients when we seem to be less evolved really…except the subconscious?”
Answer: This is another matter – that we may or may not be touching upon in the new series.
Me writes: “Not really, but I think the stories of both SG1 and SGA were more about what they experienced, what happened wherever they went, rather than ‘will they survive?’.”
Answer: Which is ultimately what this series is about – the experiences of these characters and this microcosm of society in the heat of adversity and the struggle for survival.
MaggieMayDay writes: “How is Mom? Any updates?”
Answer: Still undergoing tests. Thanks for asking.
Thornyrose writes: “The only redeeming fact for her is that Young was the only one to witness this. But he is also the highest authority on the ship, and I can’t imagine him giving her some of that authority after her attempt to sway him.”
Answer: Well, that really depends on Young. As the ranking military officer on board Destiny, he is the logical choice to lead. That said, there are plenty of civilians on board who may chafe under military rule and they may look to someone who best represents their interests – and, at first blush, this may well be Wray. If this does turn out to be the case, what does Young do? Does he dismiss Wray based on their experience in Light or does he take the high road and honor the choice made by a rival and potentially hostile faction?
Erik writes: “will we be finding out a lot of information about the Ancient/Alteran timeline in SG-U? Or will they eventually fade into the background and new alien races pop up to take the forefront?”
Answer: While we do touch on the Ancient/Alteran timeline, the greater part of this series will focus on the exploration of new alien encounters.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Chicken or fish? Should I take a coat or not? Do I avenge the death of my pet rabbit from when I was 10 by holding the culprits hostage in a cage for weeks and see how they like being made into stew?”
Answer: Chicken, yes, and without a doubt.
Skye writes: “I was wondering if u can dedicate your posts on Nov.1 to my dad Rodger for his 62nd birthday and Nov. 3 to my Mom Toni for her 60th birthday please. They have been married for 36 years and counting.”
Answer: Sure, but please remind me on the day.
DasnDanger writes: “Scott shined in Air III. Maybe I was the only one, but I was very moved by Brian’s performance in that episode.”
Answer: Brian J. Smith is equally amazing in tomorrow night’s episode, Water.
DasNdanger also writes: “It seems to me that Eli is like this – am I right in seeing it that way, Joe, that he has purposely been written as socially awkward?”
Herbertsommerfeld writes: “Today was my last day of extra work on season 1 of SGU. I feel blessed to have been one of the few to have been on the Destiny all year.”
Answer: And it was great having you aboard, Herb!
Pastrygirl writes: “Loved the shuttle model – any chance of getting pics of the Destiny model? I’m assuming there is one, or is it all CGI?”
Answer: We talked about building a model but, for now, it’s all CG.
Cody writes: “I have a question, to take advantage of your culinary expertise Joe. Are there wine/chocolate pairings?”
Answer: Alas, I’m not a wine guy.
Flappo writes: “Something I also want to ask, are we going to see more of TJ?”
Answer: Yes, definitely.
K-Man writes: “1. When you wrote your first script for SG-1 were you a fan of the show first, or was it just a job opportunity for you and Paul?
2. If there is a 2nd season will Marty Gero be contributing a script, or is he officially done?”
Answers: 1. No. I’d watched a season one episode, Emancipation, and it – uh – “didn’t do it for me”. Fortunately, I did get to read some much better episodes and scripts prior to pitching. 2. Marty G. is busy on the second season of HBO’s Bored To Death. If he does find the time, however, we’d love to hear any ideas he may have for SGU.
Logan writes: “My criticism of this episode is that the solar powered stuff was fairly obvious, and despite your explanation that they had to approach it as a life or death scenario, it seems that someone (Rush/Eli) should have broached this possibility, only to be told that it was a possibility they couldn’t afford to entertain.”
Answer: It appears that Rush DID consider the possibility but chose not to share his find with the others.
Amac251 writes: “Did you and the other writers/producers ever think/wonder (before this episode aired) that the scene would get a big response like this from the fans?”
Answer: Oh, we expected (and continue to expect) wackier.
Matthew Stoner writes: “Is there only one Stargate-dropping ship ahead of Destiny, or were other ships also launched before Destiny?”
Answer: There were several seed ships.
DasNDanger writes: “When did you start reading Wolverine?”
Answer: I picked up every title about a year ago and dropped titles as I lost interest. Still loving Aaron’s work.
Rednor writes: “ But if so many people are saying that they find certain characters to be shallow or self-centered or immature, you need to listen to how they are being received, especially if it’s not how they are intended.”
Answer: I disagree. With all due respect, it may seem like “so many people” but, in truth, this the opinion of a tiny portion of online fandom which is, in turn, a tiny portion of overall viewership. It’s food for thought in many cases but certainly not a reason to rethink or change direction.
Rednor also writes: “The Stargate world, to this point, has been populated with very smart, very disciplined, very interesting people. They have not all been perfect.”
Answer: Actually, they were pretty damn close to perfect and were generally beyond reproach.
Montrealer writes: “Was wondering if the Destiny is organic in the same way like the Wraith Hives and ships so that worn out parts gets replaced over time.”
Gilder writes: “…do you know of any situations where an actor auditioned well but could not deliver in production?”
Answer: It’s been a while but, yes, I have. Thank goodness for great editors.
Abby writes: “Okay, another question. Is there a set amount of time between each episode or does the amount vary depending on the episode?”
Answer: It really depends on the individual episodes. In the past, a season has roughly equaled one full year. However, this first season of SGU will cover a significantly shorter stretch.
Dakota writes: “When do we get to see a good ol’ fashion firefight on an alien planet?”
Answer: Soon, soon.
Shadow Step writes: “Do you keep a bible of all things said on your blog, and the individual developments the posters go through, so that you might later catch them in a slice of humanity and snicker at them?”
Answer: No need. It’s often the same people who seize on preliminary character or story descriptions, imagine the worst, scream bloody murder, and then conveniently disappear once they’re proven wrong – only to reappear later with some other axe to grind. You say “humanity”. I say “idiocy”. You also say “snicker at them” while I say “Call them on their bullshit histrionics”. J
Simon writes: “1) Can you give us a list of which actors will be doing audio commentaries for the split season(?) DVD?
2) Still no word on the SG-1/SGA movies?
Answers: 1) I can’t give you a list because I haven’t been keeping track. So far, I’ve seen David Blue, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, Ming-Na, and Louis Ferreira.
Airwolf writes: “I’ve noticed many people stating “this is not Stargate” and wonder to myself why it wasn’t simply named “Destiny?” […] Rather than having Stargate in the name. Some people are downright irate about this!”
Answer: Who cares? While it’s admittedly very different from the previous shows, it’s still Stargate – whether certain fans like it or not. And, for the most part, they DO seem to like it. Yeah, even those fans who claim NOT to like it. In fact, I’d say especially those fans.
Shadow Step writes: “Not to make you paranoid but I guarantee that there are people in your life who have done much, much worse than have sex out of wedlock. ”
Yeah – but she didn’t have to see it.”
Answer: Uh, yeah, nice try, but we weren’t talking about being affronted by the sex scene. We were discussing pigeon-holing characters on the basis of blanket moral convictions.
Shadow Step also writes: ”
“Hooking up with two people does make you a horn-dog. It makes you a perfectly normal twenty-something male.”
That presupposes that the avertage twenty-something male isn’t a horn-dog.”
Answer: I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you’re neither male nor twenty-something.
Shadow Step also writes: ”
“Basically, we’re not nearly far enough into this series to have the audacity to think that we know the ins and outs of all these characters.”
What I fear is the audacity of soap – “who will sleep with whom! All new SGU!”
Answer: I know! It’s taken up almost a whole minute of the 225 minutes aired so far! I’m surprised you haven’t already been driven mad by the experience.
Shadow Step also writes: ”
“I can’t believe so many people had problems with the Chloe/Eli/Scott thing. The end of Air, Part 3 was all I needed to know those two were attracted to each other,”
Yeah, well some of us were asleep by then.”
Answer: Well thank goodness you were able to wake up in time to watch the subsequent episodes otherwise I would really miss out on this insightful input.