Nah, I don’t want to get into it today either. Soon though.
Despite another sleepless night, I was able to contribute to a fairly productive afternoon spin session in which we cemented the first half of season 2 and worked out further details on those initial five stories. Looks like I won’t be doing episode 2 after all which is a shame as I was really looking forward to tackling what will be a wonderfully multi-character-centric story with a tough ethical dilemma at its core. Instead, I’ll be switching over to 3 which, to be perfectly honest, would have been number five on my list of choices only because of the tech component of this particular story (techy scripts are on my personal No Fly list, coming in somewhere between Ancient storylines and anything involving replicator duplicates of our team reaching out to Atlantis). Still, the late addition of another story element (which I initially pitched out for another episode) has certainly made 3 far more intriguing.
Hey, look who dropped by the other day to pick up his crew gift. It’s Director Peter DeLuise!
One of the great things about working on the lot is that you never know what you may stumble upon. One day, it could be a someone torching a stuntman with a flamethrower (http://josephmallozzi.com/2007/05/02/may-1-2007/), and another it could be something entirely different…
Hey, check out this terrific take on SGU by Curt Wagner over at Chicago Now: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2009/10/defending-my-series-stargate-universe.html
Debra writes: “I don’t care about Chloe and who she has sex with… but your blowing off criticisms points out again that when it comes to any type of romantic relationship, the SG writers miss far more than they hit.”
Answer: I’m not blowing off criticism, merely pointing out that it doesn’t make sense to take the opinions of one small group as representative of general viewership. Sure, it’s great to receive feedback and fan response does give us food for thought, but that doesn’t mean we need to start second-guessing the creative every time someone posts a critique. To be brutally honest, there are there is the occasional fan input that does make us stop and consider while, on the flip side, you’ll have opinion that says more about the critic’s frame of mind or agenda than the actual episode.
Sylvia writes: “Heya Joe, mystery man is David Blue. And, since you showed it to us, enquiring minds want to know – please, what’s in the bag?”
Answer: Correct! The mystery man WAS David Blue – who gifted me a nice bottle of wine. Super guy. And nicely done. Now I’ll have to seriously argue for Eli’s survival.
DasNdanger writes: “And, finally – so then did you read the Old Man Logan arc, or not?”
Answer: I picked up the last half-dozen issues and did enjoy it. I’ll pick up the trade paperback when it comes out. My list of titles I’m reading has dwindled to a mere half dozen, not counting Scalped and The Walking Dead which I pick up as collected volumes.
Shadow Step writes: “Answer: There were several seed ships.”
Can you seed something of metal? Shouldn’t it be construction ships?”
Answer: Actually, we refer to them as seeder ships or, as my writing partner prefers, cedar ships – big honking ships made out of wood!
Shadow Step also writes: “ “You say “humanity”. I say “idiocy”. ”
I say humanity, because I assumed humans are flawed, I forgot there are exceptions.”
Answer: Oh, we are flawed – some a lot more than others. Still, there’s a difference between having an opinion and being willfully obnoxious.
DasNdanger writes: “Usually if I read before bed, or distract my mind with some kind of mental puzzle (sudoku, for instance), I find it easier to come down and fall asleep.”
Answer: I read anywhere from 1-2 hours in bed every night. Maybe I should be watching t.v. instead.
Simon writes: “1) Did the aliens that attacked Shepp and co. in ”The Daedalus Variations” have a name?
2) Were there going to be any episodes of SGA that involved Alternat Realities? Not counting ”The Last Man” and other previous eps.”
Answers: 1) No, they didn’t. 2) I don’t recall. Just do a search of this blog for my entry titled An AU Season 6 in which I break down the story ideas we were considering for Atlantis’s sixth season.
36:9=4Symbols writes: “Hey Joe is there a full length “Opening Credits” Scene existing for SGU?”
Answer: Nope. Sorry.
Cat writes: “Have you ever had the chance to check out the Cannery Restaurant?”
Answer: As a matter of fact, yes. My wife took me there for my birthday. We had a wonderful time and a terrific meal. The late Don Davis loved The Cannery.
Ravenfur writes: “Why are the Kino scenes split apart from the main direction? Not that I don’t love what Ivon is doing (I think the Kino scenes are some of the best parts of these episodes) but I’m confused at the division of labor. Is it because they’re just too different from the main action? Wouldn’t it have been easier just to lump everything under the main director? With they way things are right now, does the episode’s main director have a lot of say in how the Kino scenes are created?”
Answer: The kinos are not considered part of the standing episodes so it doesn’t make sense to have our regular directors direct them within the body of a scheduled main unit production.
Boookal writes: “Joe the CG in Universe is freaking awesome. Is there a new team that was brought in or has the existing team just stepped up a lot?”
Answer: With the exception of the cast it’s been, for the most part, the same team.
Chair writes: “I LOVE the dog in your header, is it yours?”
Answer: Yep. That’s Maximus – who was in the office today recuperating following minor surgery.
Col. Mustard writes: “Since the Destiny has just been recharged, does it now have enough power to dial earth?”
Answer: No, it doesn’t. If it did, they certainly would have tried.
Gilder writes: “Ever seen an actor replaced during rehearsal?(on any production, not just SG)”
Answer: I’ve heard it happen on other productions.
Otros Ojos writes: “Could you be induced to take a couple of days off from doing your blog entry, or at least from modding mega-comments like mine?”
Answer: And break my streak of consecutive days blogged? Never!
Ponytail writes: “If that doesn’t work, do what I did when I was 10 years old. I would pretend a burglar was in my room. I had to act like I was asleep and lay very still or he might kill me. It worked for me!”
Answer: Replace burglar with monitoring aliens and that was me at 10.
Milmer writes: “Are there any plans for you to explain how Earth managed to create it’s own version of the ancient long range communication device, or should we just accept that they did in the interests of making the show accessible?”
Answer: This is one of those givens that we have no plans to explore or elaborate upon, the conceit being that over the years, Stargate R&D has made technological inroads based on its many off-world discoveries. Of course some have been easier to replicate than others, which is why you can’t hop online and order yourself up a working goa’uld sarcophagus.
Shadow Step writes: ““If Brian Smith is getting the Wil Wheaton treatment, ” As far as I can see he’s just a bit too sensitive.”
Answer: Right. As far as you can see. You haven’t been privy to the idiotic messages he’s received from fans who have decided to take their displeasure with the show out on him.