Check it out.  It’s an advance trailer for Persons Unknown, a delightfully creepy-looking mini-series that premieres on NBC June 7th.  And its Executive Produced by SGU’s very own Remi Aubuchon!  In addition to his show running duties, Remi also wrote a bunch of scripts for the series – as did SGU’s Linda McGibney – so I’m more than a little eager to check it out.  The premise is intriguing and, quite frankly, it looks pretty damn cool.  Circle the date on your calendars!

Slow progress on the script.  Hit the 37 page mark of Resurgence (episode #10) and I still feel like I’m running in water.  Complicating matters is the fact that I have two more production days on Awakening and will be entertaining my friend Cynthia (in from London) for the week.  And I hear that both Remi and Brad will be putting out their scripts early next week, episodes #9 and #13.  I really think there should be a rule that prevents a writer from putting out a script until all of the preceding scripts in air order have been released.  I’m going to try to regain my writing mojo tonight by having a couple of drinks and forcing the issue.

Ashleigh is getting sneaky sneakier.  Today, while I was in her office, she helpfully pointed out that I had a stain on my shirt.  Fortunately, she keeps one of those Tide, stain-removing sticks by her computer and was more than happy to allow me to make liberal use of the stuff.  Except that THIS –

Is NOT a Tide stick.

THIS –

Is a Tide stick.

While THIS –

Is a highlighter that would have marked my shirt a permanent day-glo yellow if I hadn’t noticed in time.  She, of course, feigned ignorance.

And this comes only hours after she tried to kill me by attempting to induce a heart attack.  I was sitting at my desk, innocently doing a google search for anecdotal evidence that would prove my point that the cutesy local weather girl is, in fact, a real bitch when – suddenly – Ashleigh kicked kicked my chair from behind.  “You were scared!”she cackled triumphantly.  I wasn’t scared, I pointed out, merely startled – but I can see how it would be easy to confuse the two.  Children and 19th C governesses of delicate disposition get “scared”.  Guys get “startled”.  I was startled.

About an hour later, I stopped by Lawren’s office to remind him to print something up – when Ashleigh suddenly leaped out from around the corner and startled me again (although this time, to the uninitiated, I may have appeared scared – but I can assure you I wasn’t).

Anyway, the aforementioned incidents apparently made her day.  For the rest of the afternoon, she was all gloaty, blusteresque, and swaggersome.

Ashleigh points out it's 2-0 for her.

Well, far be it for me to vow revenge.  So rather than vow, I’ll just go ahead and do.  Some ideas I’m entertaining include: placing a mummified head (on loan from the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology) in her next take-out order, filling her car with live crows, or sneaking into her apartment and hiding in her bedroom closet until 3:00 a.m. before sauntering out dressed like this –

I’m taking suggestions.

Ooooh, scary! I mean startly!

Other office happenings today included this –

This –

And this –

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Chem_Is_Try
Chem_Is_Try

You never have a dull day at work, do you?

tatianajb
tatianajb

As an archaeology student, I love you all for ruins.

you have no idea…

gordon

Just finished watching this evening’s episode. While I really like the episode as a whole, I have to say that the nod to the HHGTTG was a nice touch. smile

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

I HATE you! Hate, hate, HATE!!!!!!!

mad

*sassinfrassinbloodyfriggingiantassspiderfrassinsassin*

And for the record, I was only scartled. razz

I don’t care who wrote the episode, I just KNOW it was YOUR idea! mad

Ashleigh, you out there??!! If so, SIC ‘IM!!!! Oh, and btw, I hear Joey is afraid of snakes… twisted

grin

das

vvv0472
vvv0472

I LOVED IT! Kinda reminded me of the Sopranos, I don’t really know why. I think it was all the dreamy sequences that had hidden meanings. High praise for Robert Carlyle!

Elminster
Elminster

And things keep getting better and better. My God, Joe, you guys have got a hit, not sure how anyone could hate this series.

Elminster

Kevin
Kevin

An ex-gf of mine and I used to like going to pet stores together. She always like looking at the puppies, while I liked to look at some of the reptiles and arachnids.

It was not because I liked reptiles or arachnids.

It was because she was scared silly of them.

For the longest time, I played around with the idea of buying one of the larger arachnids as a present for her.

Since she was generous enough to give me a key to her apartment, my plan was simple. Buy the present. Leave the container of said present open in her apartment. And leave the receipt for said present on the floor at the front door of her apartment.

Yes…there is a reason I am single now.

Now the beauty of this, is that you don’t really have to leave a big honking spider in the apartment in the first place. If you convinced a store clerk to just make up a dummy receipt or something, it’ll have the same results.

If you played a trick like this on Ashleigh, there are lots of places you could try. Her office space, her car. Your a creative person, I’m sure you can come up with quite a few.

Spiders, snakes, reptiles…there are lots of choices and you can tailor it to the phobias of your target.

Have fun smile

anon
anon

46 in base 8 is 38 in decimal. Coincidence? I think not!

cat4444
cat4444

To: Jeff Vlaming Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How could you leave it there???!!!!?!?!

Ack!

cat4444
cat4444

Re: Persons Unknown

Looks very interesting in a Hotel California kind of way (You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave).

And, look, it’s BOSCO!

cat4444
cat4444

Moving on: Robert Carlyle hit it out of the ballpark again. Superb performance.

You’re old enough that you should remember that Chad Everett commercial. You know the one: I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.

In that same vein, Robert Carlyle is not Nicholas Rush, but he plays him on TV, and Nicholas Rush needs a slap upside the head if he really treated his wife that way while she was dying . . . so, can we expect you to report back on Monday that you gave “Nicholas Rush” that well-deserved slap?

drldeboer
drldeboer

Bloody big. And only one??

Spartacus? I’m never gonna get done watching TV, dammit.
DD

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Oh yeah, I was watching with a friend who is all caught up with SGU but hasn’t seen SG1 or SGA. I was explaining more thoroughly the concept of the ATA gene, and thought of a question to ask you.

The Asgard, at some point in SG1, identified O’Neill as being, in terms of evolution, somewhat advanced, and was naturally able to use Ancient technology. Later, we find out about the ATA gene. The assumption then (to me) was that people who naturally had the ATA gene developed it naturally through evolution, being on the “front” so to speak of evolutionary advancement. Then the concept was introduced that Ancients returning from Atlantis integrated themselves into society, seemingly implying that the people who naturally have the ATA gene inherited it from an Ancient ancestor.

Did the second explanation “debunk” the first one? Did I read too much into one or both of those explanations and they weren’t so much explanations at all as much as guesses? Could both be the case, and there are two known ways to naturally possess the ATA gene?

And this is random, “what-if”ish and inconsequential, but: what are the odds that O’Neill and Sheppard are as adept as they are with Ancient technology because they have the gene as a result of BOTH options, thus compounding whatever level of skill they would have had with only one option?

Kevin
Kevin

Oh…and on tonight’s episode…

Intriguing and more questions raised of course.

The reference to the Lucian Alliance was interesting. I have always been bothered by their entire involvement in SGU so far, I hope to see my questions about them answered by season’s end. (I know they come back, but i’m still skeptical as to how your going to pull it all off.)

Another thing that bothers me too…is the Icarus planet itself.

A reference is made in the episode that a Lucian Alliance contact gave the info about the Icarus planet to an Earth contact.

Icarus in “Air”, is said to be 21 light years from Earth.

Sorry…but that is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Earth in Stargate terms. Even if it didn’t have a gate, it is kind of hard to believe that once Daedalus ships became available, that a planet that was so close, and was so unique, could be missed somehow…either by Earth, or the Jaffa, Asgard, Gouald, Tollan…or any other space faring civilization in the SG universe.

Just another item i’m hoping to see some resolution to by season’s end smile

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Definitely worth a look. and we don’t have to wait for 6 or more seaons for the payoff.
Ideas? Shrink wrap. Car. Winner. Alternately if Ashleigh drives a sufficiently eco-friendly(i.e. tiny) car, simply get some folks to bodily lift and move it. You can also try to have someone send her official looking emails claiming she’s being audited by the Canadian version of the IRS. Then there is the low scale warfare. saran wrap on the toilet, fake flies in her salads, (or real worms, available at any bait shop) and doggie poop, fake or real, on the floor around her desk.
One very effective weapon I’ve discovered is shredded squid. It’s rather pungent smell puts off most people. and the smallest piece will leave an odor that has people wondering who has the foot condition. Place in some out of the way corner, her entire office can be made to smell like the locker room of a pro hockey team that has no water for the showers.
There are also chemicals that will turn someone’s urnin blue. Which is a great way to freak people out. Slipped into her next lunch, by dinnertime you should have satisfying horrified screams echoeing down the halls.
On that note, thanks for the daily post, and looking forward to you channelling your inner Baron Destructo to even the score with the demigoddess Ashleigh.

iamza
iamza

Wow, Human was a great episode. I mean I liked last week’s episode well enough, but Robert Carlyle just knocked this week’s episode out of the park (or the water, or the sky, or whatever). Loved the insight into Rush’s brain, and the impatient, “Yes, yes!” made me laugh a bit. Are all geniuses really so…grumpy?

I also liked the moment between Eli and Greer. Despite not much caring for Greer, that moment made me laugh, especially when Scott stepped in to calm things down. I was waiting for the, “Easy, Chewy,” reference. smile

Still wish Camile and TJ were taking a more front and center role, but it was great to see James step up. The more I see of the character, the more I like her…unless she’s shown weeping alone in her cabin because blah. It’s just such a stereotypical strong woman, weak moment thing — every strong woman needs her man or she’ll wither away sadly. Just, no.

Anyway, glad that so far the hints and promises for the second half of the season are coming true. I’m really enjoying this half of the season. And to think I was contemplating walking away just a few short months ago…

AscendedTauri
AscendedTauri

BRAVO on “Human”

Writing, acting, and definitely the directing.

One of the strongest philosophical episodes ever. Loving the direction – MORE EPISODES LIKE THIS, please!

~also….. awesome job including the Bach “Chaconne” as the backdrop for Rush and his wife – gorgeous music~

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Tried to comment twice, it looks like they got swallowed by a black hole.

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Let’s try this a third time:
Human…I am torn about this episode. On the one hand, an epic performance by Robert Carlyle. He really hit it out of the park. It shows why you wanted him on board in the first place. It showed some interesting insight into his character. On the other hand, I don’t want to go backwards, I want to go forward with the characters and with Destiny. After the great first three episodes of the second half, this seemed like a bit of a letdown. So I don’t know quite what to think. It was certainly better than going to Earth using the stones, but I still would have prefered no flashbacks. There were some great moments:
Michael Shanks!
“Please don’t kill me!”
Finally using C-4.
The fact that next weeks episode seems to continue right from this episode.
Can’t wait until next week…bring on Lost!

Echelon
Echelon

I really enjoyed the locations in this episode, the style of the film. However the ruins I wasn’t too much a fan of, it seems no matter how much treatment goes into foam rocks it still looks like foam to me, but then again that’s just me.

Are there any plans to have Louise Lombard return as Rush’s wife in flashbacks/hallucinations in future episodes?

Margaret Clayton

Oooooh … tonight was tasty.

Random spider story:

My brother rented the bottom floor of a small house, while a couple rented the upstairs. The interior stairwell was blocked off, so the upstairs neighbors had to walk directly in front of his picture window to reach the exterior stairs. This couple were not the ideal folks to have upstairs, loud, lots of drugs, and a tendency to steal anything not tied down. Also, deathly afraid of spiders. So my brother bought a nice little red legged tarantula which he kept in an aquarium in the front window. After a week, he returned the spider to the pet shop. He did leave the tank in the window with the lid ajar. “Have you seen my spider? She gout out.” When the couple was suitably freaked out, he’d spend evenings scratching the insides of the heating ducts with a wire hanger. Splendid.

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Wow. Remi’s got a most interesting thing going on there.

Haven’t watched the newest episode yet (just got back from a friend’s birthday, and a mild adventure with me locking my keys in the car), but I’m sure it’s top notch.

Logan
Logan

Hey Joe –

Seems like machinations abound at the production office. As far as taking down Ashleigh, I recommend waiting a good long while before undertaking any action. I think the uncertainty alone will freak her out. Then, just when she thinks it’s safe to go back in the water…

Reporting back on SGU.

In some ways, this is one of the most sophisticated episodes so far; definitely on par with “Time”. Having the main storyline take place in Rush’s mind was both well conceived and executed. I am a bit surprised that the writing team decided to undertake such an in-depth character study of Dr. Rush so early in the series. Rush is the guy we love to hate…I think you could have milked that cow a bit longer. Unfortunately, now I have to contextualize his behavior.

Other things I enjoyed.

The music selection was fantastic, especially that song about the “English Rose”. This was in stark contrast to that discordant selection in “Divided” which ‘startled’ me.

The scene where Rush’s wife tell him that she was never his conscience. Amazing. I wish I had written that line – my highest compliment.

Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) makes an appearance without resorting to the stones. Way to use the noggin guys.

What I didn’t appreciate.

Chloe’s apparent betrayal of Eli was epic, and yet Eli blithely accepts her apology. Her cavalier last words to Eli on the matter was, “believe me or don’t believe me; it doesn’t matter”. This implies that Chloe was ready to sacrifice Eli’s friendship for the “cause”. Eli’s just a little too forgiving: Hey, let’s go off-ship and bond immediately! Definitely not a proxy for the viewer in this episode.

The convenient cave-in. Too obvious as a plot device. Chloe, Scott, and Eli trapped together? What better way to work through those thorny betrayal issues. I’m taking bets that Chloe will be having a heart-to-heart talk with her two men in next week’s episode, and Chloe will be back in bed with Scott by the end of the episode. As usual, Eli will be left to his own devices – the kinos.

Seemed like there was a Greer story line that will come to fruition in next week’s episode. More Greer is always good. Less Greer is always bad.

suziesbluefeather

Joe I had the best piece of sushi tonight and thought… I need to tell Joe. It was your average Nigiri but it was just so good. The Hariami was my favorite cause it just melted into your mouth when you went to eat it. And the Sake Rolls where so good we had a 2nd order brought to the table.

Oh and have you ever tried a Sake` cocktail? I had 3 different carafes tonight (Passion fruit, citrus, and a blue raspberry) The Raspberry was my favorite. Apparently they make it just like you would lemon aid but instead of water they use Sake` and it’s served chilled.

otros ojos
otros ojos

– spoilers –

*Brilliant* episode. I’m still stoked about the consistently superior acting, writing, production values, and every element of the show: this time, the character-capturing photography throughout really got my attention. A creative take on the “dream sequence” concept, with cool fx, and the action/dialogue with the away team had a well-done progression from somewhat light, to tense, to dismal, to stoic resignation. The parallel storylines were nicely cohesive – something I saw as a bit of a weak spot in the ep of 4/16. And, once again, a masterful outing is highlighted again and again by a very compelling score, especially the poignant solo violin passages that act as a theme for Rush’s wife, and for their story. I really was enthralled, and can’t wait until next week.

It was nice to see Col. Young smile – twice! Also, it was gratifying to see Lt. James take her turn at bat.

– Speaking of. . . Carl with a weapon in hand is startling, but not scary – not with that goofy look in pic #2, anyway. (LOL.) What *is* scary is that possibly identity-challenged former [b]UCLA[/b] switch-hitters are going around at work without supervision – unless the intrepid Ashleigh has selflessly taken on that task, in addition to keeping you in line.

Now, this made me break out in a cold sweat: [i]For the rest of the afternoon, she was all gloaty, blusteresque, and swaggersome.[/i] ‘Course, I’m powerful partial to SGU an’ all, but that don’t mean I gotta give up bein’ a Browncoat. We’re out here, and we know where to find ya. . . and them Reavers are still hungry, I reckon. And I guarantee ya they’re mighty scary.