Well, I’m pleased to see that many of you enjoyed last night’s episode of Stargate: Universe and I look forward to hearing from fans in other parts of the world after Space premieres in their neck of the woods.  Thanks to everyone who weighed in with their thoughts.  Also, thanks to everyone who worked extremely hard to produce the fantastic episode you watched: the cast, the crew, fabulous director Andy Mikita, Mark Savela and his VFX team, James Robbins for the alien and ship designs, the entire Art Department, Construction, Costumes, the SFX crew, Hair, Make-Up, and the hundreds of individuals who put in those long, loooong days.  Special mention should be made of the writing department who beat out the story and Brad Wright and Robert Cooper in particular who led the creative charge and did a pass on every script of the show’s first season.  Rob Cooper produced Space and did a bang-up job.

Now, as promised, you have questions and I have answers.  Well, some answers…

t’lock writes: “How does the fact that Col Young told Dr Rush, that the kino kept recording so he (col Young) knew that Rush was behind the gun being in his quarters, affects dr Rush and Eli relationship going forward?”

Answer: I’d say Eli is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  On the one hand, he’s got Rush who framed Young in order to undermine his leadership.  On the other hand, he’s got Young who Eli strongly suspects of trying to kill Rush by stranding him on that planet.  I’d say his working and personal relationships with both have been complicated by recent events.

Bryan M. White writes: “Throw in a mutiny, the only thing missing is what happened to Franklin.”

Answer: A mutiny, you say?  Tune in next week.  As for Franklin…oh, we haven’t forgotten about him.

dasNdanger writes: “Liked the aliens a lot. I was a bit annoyed with the use of English in the beginning, but then understood later on how they knew the language.”

Answer: Most fans were smart enough to figure it out.  One reviewer didn’t. smile

Kevin writes: “Who is James crying for in bed?”

Answer: The fact that this scene of James, alone in bed, came on the heels of the scene of Scott and Chloe in bed together was intended to suggest a connection.  James is crying because she’s lost Scott to Chloe.  A scene that didn’t make the cut (actually the final draft) that could have shed a little more light on this took place after Chloe’s capture.  Scott is marching down the hall from the shuttle when James approaches and asks if he’s alright.  He curtly dismisses her, more interested in pressing Young about Chloe.  It was a quick scene we had to lose due to the domino effect of a changed storyline (you’ll find out about that in the coming episodes).

Craig writes: “BTW, how long after the events of “Justice” does “Space” take place? A day or two? A week?”

Answer: Although it’s never specified, it’s safe to assume that it could have been about a week.

Craig also writes: “Also, is there an official name for the alien species?”

Answer: Nope.  We refer to them as “the Space aliens”.  Creative, no?

PBMom writes: “Surely they didn’t have time to bring razors with them when escaping from Icarus.”

Answer: They were evacuating and had time to grab whatever was handy – and that certainly may have included pre-packed survival kits.

Fred writes: “One thing I didn’t get though was after Rush killed the alien and Col. Young attempted to use the communication stones to get back, why didn’t he just connect to Earth? Were the aliens blocking the communication? If that’s the case, why was it that specific alien individual that Young inhabited? Do they have a set of communication stones onboard?”

Answer: We’ll find out more about why Young ended up connecting with the alien in a future episode.

Cat4444 writes: “It also appears that some connection may have developed between Chloe and Rush.”

Answer: Hmmm.  Now that you mention it…yes.  More on that next week.

Paloosa writes: “At the end of “Justice”, Rush said that Young “didn’t believe in the mission”. Was Rush’s belief about Young based more in a general sense of his perceived lack of Young’s commitment to the Stargate program? If so, how does that relate to their current situation on Destiny? I thought the mission was to get back to earth.”

Answer: While there is certainly a desire on the part of Young and almost everyone else on board to get back to Earth, the “mission” Rush refers to is actually Destiny’s mission, the very reason it was built and launched by the Ancients.  As to what that mission is…more on that in the coming episodes.

Michael writes: “Among the staff, who came up with the water motif with the aliens’ looks and those chambers Chloe and Rush were kept in?”

Answer: Brad had an idea for the water motif from very early on, but the look of the ship and its aliens developed out of input provided by Brad, Rob, James Robbins, Mark Savela, and the VFX and Art Department.

KEK writes: “All in all a great episode, I was disappointed that the aliens were in fact humanoid though, even though the producers said they wouldn’t be…”

Answer: Don’t remember the producers ever saying the aliens wouldn’t be humanoid.  Do remember saying we didn’t want to do humanoid English-speaking aliens.

Major D. Davis writes: “In the end, when Rush is talking with Wray, Rush tells Wray he tried something to get Young out of the way and Young nearly killed him. Does that mean Rush told Wray that he tried to frame Young for murder.”

Answer: Nope.  Given Wray’s response to unfolding events in Justice, it’s fairly clear that she didn’t know what was really going on.

Parallax writes: “Quick question, now that we’ve had justice (which became the mid season finale) and space which was going to be the original finale, how much did you have to change both episodes after splitting fire into “Light” and “Darkness”, did you add/remove or just leave every thing as it was?”

Answer: Not at all.

Shoeboogie writes: “You only gave us a brief bit of exposition about what happened to Rush alone on the planet. Will there be flashbacks to that time or do you consider more details on that story of little interest?”

Answer: The brief overview of events Rush offers at episode’s end will have to suffice.

dasNdanger writes: “When you get good feedback like you’ve had for Space, do you feel a bit of relief? And do you feel a little anxious before the episode airs, wondering how viewers will react?”

Answer: While it’s always nice to receive positive feedback, I’m really passed the point where I feel any anxiety prior to one of my episode’s airing (as opposed to say, the very real anxiety I experience every time I deliver a script).  Fact is there will always be people out there who will love it, and there will always be people out there who’ll hate it.  There is never a 100% score either way.  Rather than concern myself with the general consensus, I prefer to zero in on what only a handful of individuals think.  Like, for instance you.  I ask myself: “Did Das like it?”.  If “Yes”, then I can sleep better tonight.

jeremsg1 writes: “I would like to know if these Aliens are introduced in Air only for this episode (Space) or it’s plannified that they will come back in the future?”

Answer: Oh, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see them again.

Off to watch the West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Duke Blue Devils and put me one step closer to winning the office NCAA tourney pool and, more importantly, beat Ashleigh.  But, before I go, more answers to other questions…

Mailbag:

Chem_Is-Try writes: “Do you just sample the desserts at each shop and purchase some for later, or eat an entire dessert at each?

And if the latter, how much time between each stop?”

Answer: We sampled a bit at each stop, then saved the rest of our haul for the long trip home.  I ended up having chocolate for breakfast. smile

Amz writes: “I can’t wait to hear about your (assumed?) visit to Au Pied de Cochon.”

Answer: Sunday night!  I’m having the tarragon bison tongue!

Amz also writes: “How did you find the taste of your “old fashioned” dark hot chocolate from Juliette & Chocolat? I liked the texture (I found it thick enough), but it could have been a bit more bitter for my liking.”

Answer: I agree.  It was a little sweet (which was why I went with the dark over milk).  I still prefer the Denso I used to get at Chocoatl: more bitter and somewhat thicker.

dasNdanger writes: “…stopped to say hi to a friend who has been in a pickle since all the snow and rain we’ve had here in Jersey… well… here, take a look for yourself…”

Answer: Seriously?  That’s terrible.  How did she get back inside her house?  By crawling through an upper floor window?!  How’s she doing?

Teal’c_PI writes: “I remember someone else asking if you had any pictures of yourself as a child. Any chance you could find some now, if you don’t mind and aren’t too busy?”

Answer: I have a few but, alas, they’re not digital pics so I can’t upload ’em.

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Deni
Deni

Joe, re your baby pics, why just not scan them and then post ’em?

Elway’s STILL sick, spiking a temp again now, totally listless. Looks like another long night of worry for me, and probably back to the ER sad

Amz

Well I avoided most of this post lest I read the spoilers for SGU. I’ll have to play catch up when I finally get to my place in Vancouver.

As for the Juliette & Chocolat hot chocolate, I went for the dark for the same reason and was so glad I had. My sister had the milk and it was sickly sweet. Really, I think there might have been more sugar in it that cocoa.

Can’t wait to hear about Sunday night. I hope for lots of pictures. Now tongue is another thing I’ve never tried. That will have to wait til Vancouver now, but when I get there I trust that I can call on you for a restaurant recommendation??

Cheers,

Amz/Amy

RobertLTux
RobertLTux

as to the pics of you as a kid

three words for you

Flat Bed Scanner

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Oh my gosh Deni! I feel so bad for you, Mr. Deni and Elway! Do they have a list of possible causes for his condition? Hang in there! I’m sending good health vibes his way. (and prayers too)

I haven’t seen the show yet. We don’t have New Jersey weather (Thank God) but it’s been kind of crazy here, too. It’s the first nice day in a while, so I’ve been catching up with outside projects. If I can stay awake tonight, I’ll treat myself and watch SGU. Sounds like everyone loved it! Congratulations to all involved in the show!!!!

I’m glad you are having a good time. Chocolate for breakfast sounds good but I would pay the price later. Eat some fiber, Mr. M. wink

RedFlames
RedFlames

Just seen Space and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I must admit I hadn’t noticed the alien fighter at the end of Air until a friend mentioned it.

Couple of questions:

Is it just me [or coincidence] or do the Destiny’s guns [the shots at least] look and sound like those from the Hatak?

and

I get the feeling Rush is pulling a ‘Scotty’, making things seem more complicated than they are so he looks like a miracle worker when he gets… whatever… working. It’s been mentioned several times he’s in no rush to leave. Your thoughts?

Anyway bring on the 10th and the next SGU… can’t wait…

P.S. I wish we had half the stuff you posted up here food wise where I live… reading your blog usually makes me feel hungry…

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Love the mailbag but aren’t you on holiday? Go enjoy yourself! Thanks for putting up with all our questions and taking the time to respond.

Montrealer
Montrealer

Sorry to throw a damper on all the SGU cheer leading. But I don’t see too much improvement from first demi season. There is still that dark gloomy BSG look with the annoying shaky cam. Really not interested in any of the characters. The thin story lines for each episode and the season.

Will give SGU a few more episodes for improvements. Not likely, since the entire season 1 was in the can before any feedback from the fans.

As posted previously. TPTB should seriously think of winding up the SGU experiment as soon as possible. Then relaunch the franchise with some continuation SG1/SGA story lines.

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

aaaaaaaaaah Joe… do you have a scanner?

Or a macro function on your digital camera??

I manage to take pretty good pictures of pictures lol

HAPPY EASTER Joe, Mama, your sis + Felix and the pugkids

No choccie for the dogs!!

PBMom
PBMom

Hmm…a battery-powered/electric razor in a survival kit…Hmmm.

BTW, your mom looked great in the pic yesterday as did your sister. I hope you are having a lovely time and in case I do not get a case, have a great Easter. Are you going to get to say hello to Brie while you are there?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

“Like, for instance you. I ask myself: “Did Das like it?”. If “Yes”, then I can sleep better tonight.”

Wow. My past Wraith rants traumatized you THAT much?? lol

“I ended up having chocolate for breakfast.”

Wow. So did I! grin (And eggs, and home fries, and scrapple… oink! razz )

“Seriously? That’s terrible. How did she get back inside her house? By crawling through an upper floor window?! How’s she doing?”

Wow. You need your eyes checked. It’s only a single story house. wink Their yard has been flooded since Feb. 27th…over three feet deep in the back yard. They’re trying to pump the water away from the house, but they’re surrounded by much higher ground and the roadway drains into their yard, so they’re really not making any headway. It’s just her and her dad and – needless to say – they’re having a bit of a time right now, but they’ve kept their spirits up, preferring to joke about their situation instead of crying over it. And friends, of course, are helping out.

Have a good night, sir! Sleep well knowing that I not only approve of Space, but of this blog entry, as well! wink

das

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For that…..

GO DUKE!!!!!!

Cheers, Chev

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

WHOOPSIES!!! razz

grin

das

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

Well, another Star Gate Vancouver convention is nearly upon us. Elyse Levesque, David Blue and Brian J. Smith have been invited as well as some of the very favorite people from Star Gates Past that we all know and love. So, my questions to you are:

– Are there any questions that you think I should ask David, Brian or Elyse while they are on stage?

– I’m holding my anual fan party on April 14th at 8:00PM at the Metrotown Holiday Inn and would love you to come and hang out for a bit with our other celebs, even for just a short while. I’m inviting you publicly so everyone else on your blog can encourage (i.e. browbeat) you to go. I also invited Jamil W. Smith to attend. He needs a ride.

Thanks, Joe. wink

Patricia

Alfredo De La Fe

I really only have one question- How did Rush happen to get his clothes back at the end? He was in a fancy alien space wet suit and I assume that like everyone else he had only the clothes on his back when he went through the gate.

Alfred

Shawna
Shawna

I just have to say, overall, this episode was a vast improvement from previous episodes and I’m looking forward to seeing it progress from here. I think my favorite part was the scene where Young saved Rush and Rush didn’t know who he was, and trying to get that sorted. I do like Rush the more I see of him. He’s quite interesting.

But oh my goodness, Chloe is such an idiot! Could she have acted any more stupid in this ep at all? I really, really hope she either dies soon or finds some way to be useful, rather than just as a damsel who needs saving and provides angst for male characters.

The English bit ended up making sense, which was nice, but I had to laugh at Eli’s surprise that they communicated in English. Because it’s not as if aliens speaking English is at all a new thing for the people of the Stargate universe (although Eli, not being a veteran of previous expeditions, wouldn’t know that).

It also seemed odd to me that there wasn’t even a moment’s pause when Young found himself trying to maneuver an alien body so different than his own. Seems like even learning to walk with those legs would have taken a few steps at least.

Harold
Harold

should totaly call that main gun the sun beam.

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Ahh, interesting tidbit about James. When I watched it, I thought she was crying because she was just in general alone… she’d lost Scott to Chloe, but also, more recently, she’d expressed an attraction to that one guy T.J. was talking to at the end, and the fact that the guy was being kinda flirty with T.J. seems to point out that James has horrible luck, and remains lonely.

Honestly, I always saw, waaaay down the line, James and Eli would get together. Don’t know why, just seems like a likely kind of irony.

DP
DP

I enjoyed the episode Space. Uh, I can’t quite conjure up the fervent voice to convey that like I can when I’m being a smart aleck so, uh, just take my word for it. I really, really enjoyed the episode Space. Aliens, space battles – you know how I feel about those things. I gotta’ go before I choke up.

I finally got to see some space cuttlefish to go with the land squids – aw, it’s getting hard to stifle it now.

Deni
Deni

@Tammy Dixon: Prayers and good thoughts much needed and appreciated, so thank you! No idea yet what’s going on, but he’s been on antibiotics (both IV and oral at different stages) and that’s not working, so right about now we’re thinking either radiographs or ultrasound of his abdomen (spleen still enlarged but not painful), just trying to find out the cause of the anemia, etc. We’ve done a bunch of tests, including tick titers, all negative, so I think everybody’s baffled. If nothing else pans out by Monday morning, we’ll be off to UF to see somebody there to try to figure this out. I’m starting to feel a bit “off”, probably way too much stress this week, so I just need Elway to get better and everything will be ok! smile

Hey Joe, saw that “Space” is on again on Tuesday, so hopefully by then I’ll be able to sit and watch! I’ve been avoiding reading posts because I don’t want to know what I’ve missed, but the bits I’ve read (and the part I saw) have intrigued me. Have a good night!

duneknight
duneknight

oh man i loved the episode!

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Haha, well if it makes you sleep better….., SPACE WAS BLOODY DARN FRACKIN amazing. Best SGU ep by far. I’ve already rewatched it multiple times. smile

Ohh, wait, that was assuming I was on you list of peoples opinions you cared about. wink

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

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OMG!! BRILLIANT GAME DUKE! SIMPLY BRILLIANT.

A well deserved win….now onto the Championship game.

Cheers, Chev

cat4444
cat4444

From April 2/10 post: [ . . . ] AND announce yet another big SGU guest Q&A! Who, Joe? Who?

Speaking of Chloe and Rush and a possible connection between them, I was thinking about this some more earlier, and I’m now wondering if they’ve been compromised or subverted in some way, whether they know it or not. The “bad-ass” aliens left mighty quickly once the two of them escaped, seemingly making no attempt to stop or recover them, despite Rush having killed one of the aliens, but, perhaps, that was the intention all along, and the one that died was merely a sacrifice for the good of the plan. The aliens “introduced” themselves when they were ready to put their diabolical plan into motion, grabbed Chloe because they needed two halves of the whole (i.e., male and female) to make the plan work, did whatever it was they needed to do to them, and “arranged” for their escape.

It seems a little odd that Young would single-mindedly set out to free Rush from the tank, then essentially try to kill him when he couldn’t reconnect with the alien. After all, he didn’t tell anyone that Rush was aboard the alien ship. Were his actions in freeing Rush in some way controlled through the link with the alien?

After being freed, Rush went straight for Chloe and freed her, using information gained through the neural link, then went for the shuttle bay to steal a ship and escape, again using information gleaned from the link. Fed to him maybe?

And just why did Destiny drop out of FTL when it did? It didn’t dial anywhere, nor did there seem to be any particular reason for it to drop out. Was it because its systems detected the alien ship up ahead and stopped so that the crew could investigate it? Would the people monitoring Destiny’s systems have known why it dropped out of FTL if they were more familiar with how the systems worked and/or had greater access to them rather than having to rely on the information being provided to them by way of a visual detection of the alien ship?

Also, is it just because of the lighting or is there another reason why the aliens seem to appear more translucent on their ship than the one inhabiting Young’s body did on Destiny? Something to do with body density? Young’s body being more solid and bulkier than that of the aliens making the one inhabiting his body seem more substantial as a result?

Speaking of diabolical plans, what have the Baron and LAME been up to lately? They’ve been suspiciously quiet for some time now.

HBMC
HBMC

I thought Space was loads of fun. Lots of stuff I didn’t expect, and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

I did have /one/ small issue though, and this isn’t really specific to Space or even SGU as a whole, but it came up in Space.

Spaceship shields that are powered by ‘plot’. We’ve seen Destiny descend into a star – a *star* for crying out loud – yet after a few blasts from Mr. Bad Alien ship the ‘shields are about to fail!’. I say again that this isn’t specific to Space, and you can hand-wave the whole thing about the weapons draining power and whatnot, but too many times we have ships surviving relentless pounding from something one week, and then next week consoles all over the ship are exploding from a few shots.

If Destiny can survive flying into a friggin’ star, then it should be able to take more than a few whacks without shaking around and things exploding.

I just hate plot-driven shields…

BYE

Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

Space was awesome! Great mid-season opener! Nice way to use the comm stones. Just promise me the stones won’t be used to call home (Earth) anymore. Love the aliens! Can’t wait to see them again! When will we see them again? I hope we get to see other different races of aliens.