Oh, boy. Here we go. Just checked my flight status. Delayed by 15 minutes.
Since I’ll be traveling all day today and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get around to posting something tonight, I leave you all with an all-mailbag blog entry…
Andrea FWhite writes: “I saw on IMDB that StarGate:Extinction moved from pre-production to production status, is that correct? Any good news for us?”
Answer: Sorry to say that’s incorrect, and I’ve received no news, either good or bad, on the Stargate: Extintion front for quite some time.
Susan the tartan turtle writes: “But how do they remember screeds of data? It would take a person of exceptional memory to store all that info.”
Susan the tartan turtle also writes: “Does your sister have a dog too?”
Answer: Two actually. A husky named Aspen and a mixed equally big dog named Roxy.
DasNdanger writes: “Just one thing I need to know – when you’re feeling this way, does my snarky overfamiliarity annoy you?”
Answer: Nah. I consider it one of your more endearing qualities.
Answer: True. Which is why it’s a long and laborious process. Sort of like having a meeting with the network and then trying to remember everyone’s names when you get back to the office.
Thornyrose writes: “….. the most undeserved victory in Survivor in the history of their show. absolutely disgusting.”
Answer: Agree. For the first time since I’ve started watching the show, the best player did NOT win. Rather than take the high road and pick the most deserving candidate – a guy who outwitted and outplayed them all, the jury members proved themselves petty and spiteful by rewarding an individual who did nothing more than ride his coattails. What a bunch of cry-baby losers.
Ytimynona writes: “I didn’t have a cute nickname growing up, either: mine was (and still is, unfortunately) Doo.”
Answer: I was YoYo. Later, The Spider. Now, J-Motz – but only by Carl Binder.
PoorOldEdgarDerby writes: “CheeChee Bean?”
Answer: Hits a little too close to home, don’t it?
Narelle from Aus writes: “My passport must be with your outline. Can you let me know when you’ve found them?”
Answer: Still looking.
Anais33 a ecrit: “1) Je ne comprend pas pourquoi il faut attendre jusqu’a Avril pour revoir SGU sur les écrans? Croyez vous que cette second partie de la saison 1 aura de meilleurs audiences? 2) Quels fromage préférez vous? que pensez vous du camembert?”
Answer: 1) C’est la decision du diffuseur. 2) Je prefere les fromages moelleux.
Translation: 1) The decision to air in April was a network call. 2) I prefer soft cheeses.
Simon writes: “Question that follows the same as the above. How many scenes go into each act of an SG script?”
Answer: The scene counts vary depending on the type of story your telling. On average, however, I’d say about 5 beats (scenes) per act.
Joebags writes: “Are we every going to discover why certain planets were selected for gates? Why there are no DHD’s? How are these gates supposed to work and interact with each other? What is Destiny’s purpose? Make sure the gates work? Why? For whom? Destiny is huge, so what was its crew like? What happened to them?”
Answers: Planets were selected on the basis of their ability to sustain life. No DHD’s because the Ancients planned to use remote DHD’s instead. Destiny’s purpose was to explore the planets seeded by the advance seeder ships. Destiny never had a crew. The Ancients ascended before they could board it.
Eric.Stewart writes: “Between the very long Camille reunion who goes see her parents for 3 sec 1/2, Scott’s ex-girlfriend who’s a go-go dancer, the very unoriginal gun planted in an air vent, 1 fake fight with Telford, 1 embarrassing one with Rush…”
Answer: Camille saw her parents for all of 3.5 seconds because, as hinted, she is estranged from them. Also, she didn’t reveal who she was, instead posing as a friend to relay some information. Scott’s ex-girlfriend is a stripper, not a go-go dancer. I know a couple of go-go dancers who’d have your head for that. The “unoriginal gun planted in the air vent” was intended to be discovered – thus the less-than-genius hiding place. As for the fight scenes – well, they were both fake. This is t.v. after all. Less choreographed to be sure, but certainly more realistic than we’ve done in the past.
Lex Brown writes: “Also can destiny self repair itself like asgard ships can asuming that they fly into another sun and power up some more and start auto repairs.”
Answer: I’d say that is a pretty fair assumption.
Annie from Freemantle writes: “Hey Joe..ever experienced a Southern Hemisphere Christmas?”
Answer: I haven’t. But it sounds like something I could get used to.
maggiemayday writes: “Hey, I’m catching up… went to Vegas last minute. Miss me?”
Answer: Of course. I sent the police by your place to check up on you.
dasNdanger writes: “Do you have a male Japanese tutor?”
Answer: Oh, Das. Why would I want to do that?
Chris U writes: ”
I just got finished taking an online market research study which, after the initial catagorizing questions of which networks and genre of shows I enjoy, became very heavily SGU related. […] As I was answering many of the questions I thought more than once that these questions, in the wrong hands, could make for some very interesting network notes to the writers and producers.”
Answer: What’s interesting is that these research studies can yield surprising results – often the opposite of online opinion with regard to creative direction and characters in particular. I think you have to take both with a grain of salt.
Kevin writes: “The Destiny crew is trying desperately to figure out how to access the main computer. […] But seriously…why couldn’t they just look it up?”
Answer: Alas, if it was that simple, they would have done it already.
Desti(N/A)tio(N/A)lly writes: “Is every actor that plays a person aboard Destiny accounted for such as in the scenes where they show the group of people meeting in the gate room, or do they bring in different actors for each group scene?”
Answer: We try to maintain consistency with our background players in particular, coordinating with our extras casting director and keeping a tally of all speaking characters introduced to date.
Dasndanger writes: “Anyhoo – guess what I learned today? Well, see…my favorite pasta sauce is puttanesca, and you know what ‘alla puttanesca’ means? It means ‘in the style of a prostitute’. Figgers. Of course, now I can’t wait to go out for a nice Italian dinner, just so I can order me up some whore’s spaghetti!”
Answer: I believe the culinary term is “whore-getti”.
Pol writes: “Check it out, I made a gingerbread version of the USS George Hammond.”
Answer: Wow! And – Tasty-looking!