When Paul and I became show runners on Atlantis’s fourth season, one of my first executive decisions was to place a moratorium on hats.  I vowed that, under my watch, neither series lead nor supporting player nor lowly extra would be made to parade around in one of those silly, scene-stealing, scalp-warmers.  Back in the day, Director Peter DeLuise was particularly vociferous about the offending headpieces.  “Now it’s a scene about a hat!”he’d cry out in outrage while watching the dailies.  And he was right.  I mean, how can you take someone seriously when they’re delivering dialogue looking like –


Or this!

Or - Good Lord - THIS!

I have to admit, my hatred of headwear extends far beyond the show.  I am of the firm opinion that, with few exceptions, people look like complete dorks when they’re wearing hats.  Baseball caps are inoffensive insofar as I don’t really classify them as hats, while cowboy hats are perfectly acceptable – so long as you’re an actual cowboy (ie. have ridden a horse and wear chaps for non-recreational purposes).  Of course, there are rare exceptions such as –

Perfectly acceptable

People in uniform or who are required to wear regulation headgear as part of their profession – like policemen, firemen, the gals at my local doughnut shop, or individuals who pilot dust croppers – are exempt, unless said headgear is part of some stage performance.  Otherwise, please refrain from wearing any of the following:

1) Ascot caps, boaters, bowlers, deerstalkers – unless you’re sixty-five or older and/or motor about in a vintage convertible you’ve christened with a female named and make use of words like “toodles” or “corking” as part of daily conversation.

2)  Bucket hats – unless you’re six or younger, either physically or mentally.  OR, you’re the first mate on the S.S. Minnow.

3) Chullo and various other wool hats – unless you’re Chilean or braving a a blustery winter and desperately need to keep your ears warm.

4) Fedora – unless you honestly believe it’s sixty years ago.  Trust me, it doesn’t make you look cool.  It just makes you look like someone who thinks they look cool.

5) Pork pie – unless…no.  No unless.  Just don’t.

As for those hats I’ve failed to mention – don’t wear them either.

Now, I know  that many of you think I’m being inordinately harsh here, but anyone with an ounce of sense would agree.  You can take your average good looking fellow, slap a hat on him, and he’ll end up looking like a total dork.

Don’t believe me?

Yeah, I think I’ve made my point.

Got my script notes on Resurgence today.  Some great input.  Sadly, I had to lose the Megatron gag.  🙁


Bryan M. White writes: “By the way, any news on the movie?”

Answer: Nope.

crayonbaby writes: “Are they going to make you bake some cookies too?”

Answer: I lost a bet and will have to make ice cream.  Ashleigh requested something simple, like vanilla, so I’ll probably make a batch over the weekend.

belouchi writes: “1. Will it be revealed how fast Destiny travels ?
2.how many galaxies its traveled prior to the arrival of the icarus team?”

Answers: 1. No plans to do so.  2. We haven’t said and will remain vague on this.

Chevron 7 writes: “Now it may be a stupid question but how did they get the sand in the corridor..some sort of blower? Was wondering how they got no footprints on it…it looks undisturbed.”

Answer: They trucked it in, shoveled it over, then touched it up between takes to ensure it look undisturbed.

Chevron7 writes: “Congrats on the early reviews of your first draft…were you worried?”

Answer: I don’t know if I’d go so far as to call it worry, but I certainly want to do a good job and thereby make everyone else’s life a whole lot easier.

dasNdanger writes: “I’ve come to the conclusion that you suffer from a persecution complex, influenced by a negative anima complex, with overtones of a martyr complex verging on masochism.”

Answer: Is there a pill I can take?

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Updates on your Mother? How is she?

Also any news on *cough cough* DVD commentaries?

Oh, and girls here asked…Did Felix win that photo competition we all voted for, some months back?”

Answers: Mom is doing much better and has her last physio session this week.  What news on the DVD commentaries?  And, sadly, Felix didn’t win.  He’s presently in search of a new dog-in-funny-outfit contest.

paceofnature writes: “Do you guys still feel like you’re getting a lot of criticism for the different feel of SGU compared to SG1/SGA or has all that bile kind of simmered down?”

Answer: Fans are passionate, SF fans even more so, so it’s not at all surprising to have certain factions raise the hue and cry whenever a change is made or a creative decision taken that they don’t agree with.  Fan criticism, infighting, and occasional belligerency have been a part of this franchise as long as I can remember.

Deni writes: “How did the laxative taste with the peanut butter and chocolate?”

Answer: Don’t think I didn’t consider the possibility.

JulieAloha writes: “We never get Ashleigh’s side of things – does she read your blog or are you counting on the fact that she doesn’t?”

Answer: Oh, she reads it alright.

Chevron7 writes: “…that Stargate plate – where is it now?”

Answer: It was carved ice so I imagine it’s long-since dissipated.

103 thoughts on “May 6, 2010: If you’re wearing a hat right now, there’s a 95% chance you look like a dork! Mailbag!

  1. Hello Joe.

    Personally I disagree with your stance on hats. Then again, as a Baseball fan, I find any excuse I can to show my support for my teams.

    That said, some of the Goa’uld headgear was pretty bad in the early seasons. Now that you mention it… I didn’t start watching till Ben joined the cast, and don’t recall seeing too much of those hats.

    By the way… (also) Thank you once again for taking the time to answer our questions. Speaking of fan questions, any word on when Elise will be covering the mailbag? Thanks again. Best wishes…


  2. OMG – I love and heartily agree with the anti-hat brigade! Though I have to say, I think John Payne, George Clooney and Capt. Jack Sparrow look rather fetching in hats and Shanks looked great in his dew-rag, but it probably doesn’t qualify as a hat. Sadly, Carl does not fit the bill – perhaps he should try a cowboy hat, just please, not the chaps.

  3. Granted, the fedora doesn’t work for most. But there are always exceptions. Harrison Ford looks damn fine in a fedora. (Forgetting for a moment — or preferably longer — that last Indy movie: He still looked good but the film itself… Yikes.)

    And as for Carl… I don’t know — For some reason when I see him in that hat I think “M*A*S*H”. But in a good way. 😉

    – KB

  4. While I too am generally against the wearing of hats I would have to say that Adam Baldwin’s hats in Firefly/Serenity were particularly good. And he and the fans of the show tend to agree that his orange and yellow hat was particularly cunning.

    What is not cunning is the military fast food hat. I’m sorry but seriously what’s up with that hat. It’s the US military not a fast food chain. Equally bad, or worse in my opinion is the beret fad that most military organizations are in to that the moment. Totally not cool. I’d want a uniform military hat that looks either traditional or impressive or both. No disrespect to the military folk intended, just a suggestion to those who decide what the uniform is.

  5. In geoscience, a hat is an essential part of field gear, but without a uniform we all pick our own style. It’s part of the culture to keep the same hat forever, and to pick one that’s durable yet distinct (as the one concession to fashion when knee-deep in mud, and so we have better odds of IDing each other through binoculars). “Dorky” is a massive understatement.

    No comment on Kentucky Derby hats, fascination, and other elaborate constructions, and no comment on women in hats — do the rules still apply?

  6. Caught Patrick Gilmore “Dale Volker” on Fringe tonight, always nice to see Stargate actors in more things.

    How long would you say it takes you to write a episode from start to finish?

    Also when you’re writing an synopsis what points in the story do you take into account for the best result? And is there any large differences between writing a book synopsis and a episode synopsis, other then the volume?

  7. that Gaould lawyer was totally awesome. i used to be in a school where they forced us to wear the same hat carl is wearing.

  8. LOL…the hats worn by Tuplo(sp), and Zipacna were totally contrived. And the Dwight Schultz one was not that much better, but it looked more like a cover rather than a decoration like the other two.

    Carl did not look too bad, agree with sorry kb that it was kinda “M*A*S*H like – similar to the ones worn by Daniel Jackson – or even Rush had one with his fatigues.

    Regard the garrison caps (fast food hats) used by the military – these seemed to be preferred because they were easy to “carry” when not on the head. Meaning they folded flat and could be tucked unter the belt. But, they offer no shade for the eyes or protection for the head.

    Thanks for update on Mamma Mallozzi. Glad to hear!

  9. I’ve noticed that the incidence of hat-wearing people increases in the follicle-challenged population.

    We do have very nice real cowboys in real cowboy hats out here though 🙂

  10. I am with you 95% of the way with hats. Don’t like ’em. HATE to wear them (I swear I have little hands under my hair that push hats off my head – they just won’t stay on). But I also hate baseball caps, and have quite a negative opinion of men who insist on wearing them indoors. You are INDOORS, be a gentleman and take off the stupid hat, ya freakin’ redneck! I don’t care if you’re bald, or have hat hair – it’s just rude as hell to be sitting there with a hat/cap on. There. I said it. I hope you guys out there are paying attention…all three of you.

    That said, I do love Johnny Depp in a hat, I mean…come on! How isn’t this sexy??!:


    Clint also looked damn good in his spaghetti western hat. And Charlie Chan…loved Charlie Chan in his Panama. But those are, for the most part, exceptions.

    @ Shirt ‘n Tie – Good to see you back among us! Hope the family’s well!

    @ Tammy Dixon & JulieAloha – And I didn’t even begin to touch on his God Complex…

    @ Joe – You still speaking to me?? 😉 It’s great to hear mom’s doing so good! And as far as your condition goes…I thought – according to you – Ashleigh WAS the pill. 😉

    @ Ashleigh – Whatever you’re doing, keep it up! You ARE our hero! You’re our person on the inside, and we’re rooting for you all the way! Now – if you can just figure out a way to put a python in Joe’s desk drawer, or itching power in his shorts…something like that might earn you a medal!


  11. We will meet with Franklin in the future? Or, we can never know where and how he disappeared …? (chair)

  12. Joe,

    I may not have a hat on, but I got something even more powerful: a mullet.


  13. This post cracks me up. And I agree. Except about those cowboy hats. If you’re not a rancher or other form of actual cowboy, you shouldn’t wear a cowboy hat at all.

  14. Where do you stand on the classic winter Toque? I personally don’t wear one, don’t like the whole hat head thang, but sometimes it’s warmth over fashion….

    Ummm Carl although I did ask where you had disappeared to, I had no idea Joe would make you put on the ‘hat.’ (sorry).

    Have a good one!!

  15. P.S. You seem to do a lot of betting. Gamblers Anonymous anyone?

    …and ice cream isn’t a baked good.

    Ashleigh – vanilla? really? Oh please ask for another flavour, as well. Something that will make us all drool.


  16. I agree that those Stargate hats were silly. O’Neill’s hat was not silly. Daniel’s was definitely silly. As is Carl’s. My husband has one almost like it. He looks like a dork in it. Of course, he is a dork. Not that Carl is though. Don’t tell him I said that.

    Oooh, ice cream. I love homemade ice cream. Do you use one of those machines or make it manually (I’m thinking the crank handle kind)? I thought at one point you had made some, but I can’t remember your method. It just tastes better than store bought.

  17. Joe-
    LMAO about the hats. Who knew?

    @ Cody-

    None of us in the military like those hats either! We would all much more prefer to wear the BDU “baseball cap” style hats, sadly you can’t mix nice blues/greens with BDU caps.

  18. Why did they make you cut a joke about Megatron?

    And given that it’s no longer in the script, can you tell us what it was? 🙂


  19. Are winter hats allowed when it’s, you know, winter?

    Can you add trucker hat to the list? Especially if it’s being worn at an angle. Also, red hat ladies should be banned. Not their hats, but the women themselves. They’re so friggin grumpy all the time. Though it could be because of the hideous hats they wear, I suppose.

  20. the weird thing about SGU is that it makes other shows unwatchable for me, nothing comes close.

  21. Since he snipped his locks, Momoa looks absolutely *HOT* in just about *any* hat he wears!! Especially that Stetson and poorboy cap he wears to the odd convention… And don’t get me started on his Clark Kent-esque eyeglasses — Clark looks like a nerd, Jason is sooo Superman in them! 😀

    Whatever… don’t mind me… just having a “moment” — blame it on Mom’s freshly baked chocolate/chocolate-chip/oatmeal misshaped cookies!!
    😀 😀 😀

  22. Noting your normal work attire I imagine you yourself would cut a rakish figure in a fedora…..

  23. Oh for a time machine. Just the thought of sending you back 70 years or so, when hats were part of the proper attire of every gentleman makes me giggle. Though I think you’re being to harsh on headware. Traditionally men’s hats have struck me as not all that bad looking, and sometimes quite attractive. As opposed to women’s hats, which all too often seek to find new limits in defining outragious. And I think that Flanigan could have pulled off looking quite good in a fedora, without having the scene stolen by it.
    Thanks for all pictures, which I conceed did strengthen your arguments(though I saw nothing wrong with Carl’s look). Mailbag is always appreciated. Now, here’s hoping work wont be too hectic, so that I can watch this week’s offering.

  24. @duneknight: That Goa’uld lawyer, Kevin Durand, went on to play a bad guy on “Lost”, Little John in the new “Robin Hood”, and is booked to appear in two Dreamworks features. I think that head gear may have been his lucky hat.

    Personally, I don’t really care what people wear on their heads. What bothers me is they don’t take it off when entering a building or sitting down to a meal in a restaurant. That used to be considered rude. To me, it still is.

  25. @ Base8

    True the “baseball style” BDU hat is better looking. Also true is that it wouldn’t go with the nice service uniforms. Maybe someday someone will think of something better. Saddly all the hats I know are not practical for military usage.

    TRICORNES!!! Back to tricornes! Just kidding.

    Anyways… now that I think of it regarding the case of Jayne Cobb of Firefly’s hat (Adam Baldwin) they actually had a moment dedicated to the hat… so literally there was a scene about that hat. I referenced my own comment… that’s not good… is that like talking to yourself.

    So perhaps Joe that can be the solution to the hat problem. When a really bad hat must be worn for some reason, call attention to it. Or as some might be inclined to say “hang a lantern on it.”

  26. Hi Joe

    What can I say I sort of agree with the hat thing, Although I would like to place on the table the proposal that Hats are okay if they are modeled to the wearer and the situation. If they don’t suit the wearer or the situation then they just don’t work.. i refer to your example photo’s. But if the hat is correctly matched to wearer and situation then it should’t stand out like a sore thumb. 🙂

    I have a question I have wanted to ask production type people for a long time.

    You published previously some of therather fantastic production designs for sets, costumes and the like for the different SG series. Given that these are things that fans fall on as treasures from the Ark of the Covenant itself why are these not collated and published?

    I mean I myself would give major body parts for a portfolio of the costume designs, breakdown photgraphs of costume construction and guidance on what basic patterns are used to make the finals clothes.

    Would you guys consider creating books of a more technical nature regarding production. In a similar vein to the Industrial Light and Magic books and the Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars by Trisha Biggar for us uber geek nerds who like to know more about the production side of things.

  27. “JulieAloha writes: “We never get Ashleigh’s side of things – does she read your blog or are you counting on the fact that she doesn’t?”

    Answer: Oh, she reads it alright.

    Dear Ashleigh,
    I love you.
    If you ever come to Calgary, to enjoy our lovely winter, give me a call. My number is 555 XXXX. (Censured by Joe)

    President of the Calgarian Ashleigh Fan Club.
    *Support Ashleigh for Governor General*

  28. No hats huh?

    I guess that explains why you killed off Palmer in Air Part 3.

    Now I wonder if wearing hats on Stargate is going to be the equivalent of wearing the red shirt on Star Trek.

    Kidding ofcourse… (insert smiley)

  29. hmmm I know someone who wears hats and makes em look realllllllllly cool

    I only need two words (names atch)



    that is all.

  30. Hi Joe, love your take on hats! I agree with Das about the baseball caps, too, and one of things that really irks me is when I go to a convention and one of the guys comes up on stage looking somewhat dirty and wearing a baseball cap. Never mind that they look like they slept in their clothes and haven’t shaved, but with a baseball cap on, it just looks like they didn’t care enough to even shower or brush their hair for the fans. Of course, some of the fans show up looking the same way, so maybe it’s just me showing my age. Except for Shanks. He can show up any way he wants. And yeah, he looked damned fine in that dewrag. Is it hot in here? 😉

    Cowboy hats around this town are, apparently, compulsory. Any redneck with a truck fancies himself a cowboy and lemme tell ya, they are everywhere. Cowboy hats at the bank, the movies and in restaurants.

    Many years ago, Mr. Deni, the kids and I were flying back to Miami from Los Angeles. I had the window seat, Mr. Deni had the center seat and the children were in the row behind us. Next to Mr. Deni was this woman (Palm Beach Bitch was her name if I remember correctly…) wearing a huge red hat. The thing took up half the frickin’ aisle and was constantly in Mr. Deni’s face. Thing was, he wasn’t complaining (and believe me, that’s not like him). She was young and gorgeous, and apparently had nothing better to do than to hit on my husband right in front of me. My son was really young and was asking his dad to please take him to the bathroom. The poor kid was, quite frankly, pissing up a rope because Dad was otherwise engaged in conversation with PBB and didn’t hear a word the kid was saying. She was chatting him up right and left – ha ha this, ha ha that – so I finally got up, “tripped” by Mr. Deni and damn, stepped on her toes. I was “mortified” when I tripped again (“turbulence”) and had to brace myself on, you got it, her big ugly red hat. Then, I just pretended not to speak English and said “Hijole! Ejcuse me, ejcuse me, meesees.” She got off the plane in Palm Beach, looking a bit like she’d been a SF star at a convention. 🙂 Dork.

  31. I give a pass on the hats to Matt Bomer (“White Collar”), who can actually wear a fedora well. Come to think of it, Christian Kane managed one as well in an episode of “Leverage”. But that’s all I can come up with off the top of my head.

    Er…no pun intended.

  32. Hey Joe, any word on when we’ll be getting the Q&A from Elyse you were asking for questions for a while ago?

    Loved SGU so far, especially some of the VFX. You guys are doing an amazing job, keep it up 🙂

  33. @Das: Your Johnny Depp “sexy” pic reminds me of the guy that used to wash my car in Guatemala. LMAO here. 🙂

  34. @Das: The car washing/Johnny Depp lookalike guy I told you about? We used to call him “Don Mary” (Mr. Mary). I wonder why.

  35. Hi Mr M!

    Glad to hear your Mom is doing good! Give her our very best wishes from Ireland.

    RE: DVD Commentary, just to remind you….some time back I mentioned that you might give a SHOUT OUT to a Blog Regular on the DVD Commentary of an Ep, thus sealing their immortality for the Legions of Stargate Fans for Time Immemorial…You reckoned it might be a good prize for a contest…..(or indeed you could award that honour to the Blog regular who suggested it….*cough cough*)

    In any case, just thought I’d mention it…..

    Aside from the Japan trip later this year, any further plans for hols/trips…..The Cliffs of Insanity look fetching this time of year you know!!

    Best to all….oh and I think Carl looks kinda cool in the hat!


  36. Note: you can make cookies with a flamethower. Also ice cream, if you’re careful.

  37. A hat rant? Seriously?

    OK, here’s where I’m going to disagree with you. All my life I’ve worn hats, and they have in fact looked really good on me. It’s not just me saying so; friends, co-workers, neighbors and others have complimented me on my hats.

    Here’s a few of the types of hats I tend to wear:

    Deerstalkers. I love these, because the flaps come down and can keep your ears warm in the cold weather. (I’m surprised that you, as a Canadian, hadn’t thought of that.) The only issue with wearing them is dealing with the Sherlock Holmes jokes.

    Ivy caps. I love the style of the Ivy cap, and I have about eight of these from Kangol in all different colors, to match my mood or the weather. For example, in the spring I break out the light blue one; when it rains, I wear the slate one; and so on.

    Fedoras. I can’t believe you took a swipe at fedoras! Nomi and I have matching fedoras, and they make us look fedorable. 🙂

    Why am I going on like this? Yesterday I got a nice, lightweight trilby, and I look great in it.

    Maybe I’ll put some pictures of myself in hats up on my blog to prove you wrong.

    I think, Joe, that you just haven’t found the right hat yet. 🙂

  38. LOL….

    Disagree with your thumbs-up for the “come-hither” hotties, though. Carl looks good; those chicks just look like they’re hoping a Vancouver writer/producer will notice them. AND give them parts in the “Destiny crew switches with Irving Cowboys” episode.

    I’m betting the second half of that little ploy just ain’t gonna happen. Sure hope not – my *much* older bro was already highly traumatized by Jessica Simpson’s attempt at acting in the remake of Dukes of Hazzard. He says he bought a poster of her as Daisy Duke just to remind himself not to watch cheesy flicks. The phone convo was cut short when my normally tolerant sis-in-law gave him a solid right jab to the shoulder. It’s good to know she’s stepped up and taken over my former responsibility.

  39. Should we expect a “WTF” or some suprise of sorts in today’s episode?

  40. If you’re making ice cream to satisfy a lost bet, seriously consider liquid nitrogen ice cream. No, you don’t eat the liquid nitrogen, you pour it into your cream to get it to freeze REALLY fast. (some protective gear required) It’s freaky cool (pun intended) and makes awesome ice cream because the cream freezes really fast – no ice crystals. But you kind of have to make it an event. It’s more fun to make in front of an audience. (just no frozen fingers, please…)

  41. I predict this post will be linked from a lot of blogs by 3 days from now.

    I gots to wear me a hat. Sunscreen just doesn’t look right on a part line. I still have scars from that trip to Boston where I just couldn’t pay the money they were asking for hats. Ain’t saying I don’t look like a dork in one (or without one, for that matter). Just sayin’.

  42. My eyes! My eyes!

    Had just finished watching the RDJ video from yesterday posted by MyNameIsScott, then arrived at today’s post only to discover bad hats!

    Women have bad hair days; perhaps the guy equivalent is a *Bad Hat Day*.

    Some men wear hats very well; some don’t. I think you are jealous of Carl’s ability to pull off hat-wearing. Shanks even looked good wearing a hockey puck.

    @Das — Thanks for the Johnny Depp picture. I think my eyes will be able to recover now.

    Does bother me when guys don’t remove hats indoors. I even remove it when I have to wear one. Most of the time I only wear one when I am going to be outside a while, mostly baseball-style, and I seek dorky hats.

    Found an interesting story today — Canadian beavers are apparently the hardest working. The biggest beaver dam in the world is at Wood Buffalo Park in Alberta. It’s larger than Hoover Dam. Scientists discovered this by seeing it on Google Earth. (Didn’t put a link, cause don’t think I have linking privileges yet.)

  43. OMG, you made me snarf my ice tea when I flipped windows back and scrolled down after a particularly irritating phone call from a customer to see that your example of hats making otherwise handsome folks look like to dorks to Carl.

    Thank you for making my day a little more bearable.

  44. @ annie from Fremantle – I assume you clicked on the link I provided in my earlier post… 😉

    @ Deni – You wrote: “…one of things that really irks me is when I go to a convention and one of the guys comes up on stage looking somewhat dirty and wearing a baseball cap. Never mind that they look like they slept in their clothes and haven’t shaved…”

    I hear what you’re saying, but perhaps they do that because it gives them an opportunity to feel somewhat normal (the unkempt look, not the baseball cap 😉 ). It may be a reflection of how comfortable they are with their fans – they don’t feel as if they have to ‘perform’, but can dress down and be on the same level as regular folks – a chance to be themselves, and not a character. And, who knows – maybe they do sleep in their clothes – hell, Wraith do!

    @ Joe – That raises a question – why do Wraith hibernate fully clothed? No pervy intentions here on my part in asking the question since nudity can easily be suggested without being shown, so it’s nothing to do with wanting to see if Wraith are natural blonds, or anything. 😉 But just in a practical sense – if they’re hibernating for perhaps hundreds of years at a time (as suggested in the show), wouldn’t it just make more sense for them to do so out of uniform?

    Granted, I DO understand the real life practicality of keeping your actors in costume, especially considering the amount of make-up Wraith require in the first place, the filming time constraints, and an episode’s budget – but didn’t anyone in the writer’s room just once stand up and say, “Hey! Why are these guys sleeping with their clothes on! Are they really THAT modest?!”

    The Wraith penchant for wearing chin to toe clothing 24/7 is one reason I’m convinced they’re all really just a bunch of frustrated, angry virgins…like 40-year old comic book fanboys who live in their mom’s basement, spending hours just pecking at a keyboard, trolling away on Newsarama forums.

    @ Deni – again Hey, I’d take Mr. Mary, too! I’ve probably mentioned here before that I love Native American features (on thing that draws me to Depp and his Cherokee cheekbones 😀 ). Most Indians/native peoples from the Americas have these amazing cheekbones, and full lips, and dark, piercing eyes, and beautiful browlines, and…*sigh*…oh, you get my drift. In our area there are a lot of people from Oaxaca – most, if not all, of full native blood. Just beautiful people, especially the men. 😉 I had a landscaper do a little work for me a couple weeks ago, and his helper – Max – was from Oaxaca. GORGEOUS! This dark, perfect skin and a beautiful, knock-’em-dead smile…just guuuuh! Gorgeous. Did I mention the long black hair, too?? I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him. The poor fella was probably afreared I was gonna report him to INS, or something, while I’m just thinking how damn hot he was…lol.

    Reminds me – just the other day I was discussing my love of Native American culture and history (the real deal, NOT the new age hokey-pokey mystical Indian crap, but the warrior nations as they once lived, and as they live today), and I posted this picture of one of my favorites, Naiche, son of Cochise [ Chiricahua Apache]:


    Yup. Truly a beautiful race. Pretty much I hate what America did to him, Goyaałé (Geronimo), and the rest of their surviving band of people…not quite as bad as Wounded Knee was for the Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), but still…completely dehumanizing…JUST like putting Todd in a jumpsuit…that kind of dehumanizing. Only…in Todd’s case it would be dewraithizing, I suppose. 😛

    And YES…once again I have managed to make my post all about the Wraith, in one way or another. Thanks, Joe – and everyone – for putting up with me.


  45. In the south, it is a matter of public health to wear a hat. Every other person I know here has had skin cancer. Carl is just ahead of the curve up there!

    I’m glad your mom is feeling better. Sorry, Felix didn’t win the contest. He WAS the cutest dog on that site!!!

    Das: I’m eagerly awaiting Part 2; diagnosis of Mr. M. Will this invlove the J. F. aversion? The cure for that will be interesting 😉 .

    I’m off work today. Kid is at school until 8 p. m.. So I’m catching up “home” work. I bathed/dipped three cats, planted flowers, did laps at the pool, doing laundry now. Later, cookies to bake for neighbor (yes, they will be ugly because they will taste great) and a spanish lesson. It’s going to be a good, headache free day! Maybe, I’ll even sneak in a nap!

  46. Beauty hat wearing is in the eye of the beholder…as we see in you choice of posted pics. As others have said, put any hat on Johnny Depp and he still looks good. But I did enjoy your take and got a few chuckles out of it 🙂
    Carl on the other hand….gotta love the boonie, unless it’s on you Joe :p

  47. *whistling tunelessly*

    …..Walkin’ along aimlessly……

    *trips* oooops what’s this? http://www.mytartelette.com/2009/05/recipe-cherry-rose-and-coconut-ice.html

    Why it looks like I tripped over a link……..

    Why it’s a link to Tartelette, one of my favourite food porn blogs. I wonder what she’s making today?

    I wonder who would need a link like that…..

    …..Continues walking…… *whistling*


    (Mailbag question – Do you follow any food porn blogs?)

  48. @Das: Oh come on! The rest of us can get up and sh**, shower and shave, why can’t they? Dirty hair covered by a baseball cap is just gross. I’m not saying everybody has to dress like Robert Picardo (or Joeycakes), but clean and hatless would be nice! Normal shnormal, they’re obviously there because they’re making some money and enjoy the adoration of the fans, so shape up or ship out or ship up and shape out! *Cracks whip”

    Great pic of Naiche. If you’re interested in native American culture, you’d like my living room walls. I’ll send you some photos later. Now I’m going to have a delicious nap for at least two hours. I am turning off all the phones, and if anybody dares come to my front door, I’ll introduce them to Molly (scared of everybody, very shy Cocker). Better not be FedEx with more frickin’ flowers, either.

  49. Apologies in case I offend anyone. But I had to make a comment if Joe approves it.

    The Red Hat Society is a group of “mature” women who have chosen to live and enjoy life with friends and acquaintances and activities through the group rather than sit on the couch and perhaps be ALONE/lonely and grow old and the last consequence of ageing.

    Granted not all may behave in a manner that is politically or socially correct (depending on one’s view). Look at any age group with its share of individuals that are impolite or worse.

    But if one were to compare the Red Hats to other group behaviors. They are no worse than some others I have observed as worse – meaning rude, sometimes crude, many times uncouth, and at times “in your face” because they may be unrespectful of your individual space and personal belongings, etc.

    LOL…I think the RHS may have adopted the option to enjoy life with a glass of wine in one hand and chocolate in the other, red hat on head and purple shirt – yelling woooohoooo, what a ride. This instead of the other option.

    climbing off soapbox…dusting and wiping off dust and prints.

  50. if I disagree on the hats it is not because I thought any of them were actually nice (they certainly were not), but that I think they are part of what made those two shows as good as they were. One of the best aspects of Stargate (especially SG1) was that you liked to make fun and didn’t take yourselves too seriously. The hats are an extension of that practice. Somehow I think the costumers might take issue with me here, but hey….
    Why is it the dude in pic #1 reminds me of Scorpius from Farscape? Dunno must be lunch coming back to get me.
    I’m with @Cody – the hat Adam Baldwin wore made that character that much better in Firefly.

  51. Tammy Dixon: Yeah, we came up with it when we were buying the hats. The store owner put it on a sign: “You’ll look fedorable!”

    Of course, in my new trilby, what do I look like? A trill?

  52. Is it just me or do the blue aliens look share a resemblance with ‘Nem’ from Season 1 of SG-1; blue skin, facial tentacles, water-based, technology to probe the mind?

  53. Given that SGU uses so many contemporary songs and has had some great scores even without them (thinking of the music at the end of Air pt. 3 where Greer and Scott were running for the gate) are there any plans for a Stargate: Universe soundtrack?

  54. “What news on the DVD commentaries? ”

    Obviously, how many of the DVD commentaries will Ashleigh be doing, and with whom?

    I suggest Peter DeLuise, he always goes of on unrelated tangents and could happily talk dope cookies for 42 minutes!

  55. Another question, how is it that a Ukrainian K1 channel showed the first season until the end completely? Is officially he still should not show SyFy channel until the end of May?

  56. Coucou Joseph! ça va bien?

    Désolé de ne pas être passée hier mais j’avais pas mal de travail et j’étais fatigué. En plus aujourdh’ui j’ai passée l’aprés midi à essayer de changer mon forfait de téléphone -_-” et dés que j’ai eu finis l’éléctricité c’est coupée pendant 1h30..mais me voila enfin!!

    Lol les photo, c’est vrai que certain chapeaux ne sont pas très esthétique mais d’autres sont pas mal:) ..j’ai une préférance pour le dernier 😉

    Merci pour ces Q/A

    gros bisou bisou!!
    A demain!

  57. @ Tammy Dixon – I’m thinking it probably has something to do with Flanigan and Mallozzi fighting over their chance to preen in front of the restroom mirror.

    @ Deni – I hate The Joker Rachel Ray, too.

    And Deni, if you show me yours, I’ll show you mine! 😀 That’s my bad girl trying to get out, btw. 😉


  58. I am betting one Toffee & Almond chocolate bar that there is no way Joe will make just plain vanilla ice cream. I’m betting some delicious yummy things will hop into that mix and it will be delicious.

    Update: the bet will be one half eateh Toffee & Almond chocolate bar. Ahem.

  59. @avabird – you can do links right away, there is no delay. You mentioned Canadian beavers and it reminded me of one of my favourite songs right now. (we love our beavers)

    Check it out – it’s too funny… Oh Canada! By Classified (with semi-correct lyrics)

    Have a good one!

    P.S. SGU is on tonight yeah!!!!! Can’t wait………..

  60. >technology to probe the mind

    Probably worth noting that Anubis had the same technology almost when he uploaded Thors *Mind* to his ship, that technology was loosely based off the Ancients work if I remember right.

    Basically you could hazzard a guess and say any race advanced enough could potentially develop the ability to read your mind.

  61. On second look, I actually think Carl’s kinda sexy in that hat… 😳


  62. OMG, I’m getting so much work done today with my son gone. Somehow, I don’t believe I’ll end up with “empty nest syndrome” when my son leaves for college. He is a good kid but a lot of trouble!

    Das: That I would like to see!
    I had a boss once that was very narcissistic. He WOULD pause in front of every mirror. Dr. T. loved it when a female client would compare him to Rock Hudson (before scandal 😉 ). Dr. T. could be such an insensitive jerk and then, rarely, he would do something so kind, I would be floored! People can surprise you.

    Michael A. Burstein: fedorable is excellent. Trilldorable just doesn’t have the same cadence.

  63. @DAS

    So. *WHY* is it that *all* of the really cute guys are either born waaay too long ago OR waaay too recent!??! That Naiche sure is a looker! 😀 BTW, that blanket he’s sporting… betcha even money that thing is actually black & white and if it’s “still” around somewhere, is conservatively in the upper 6-digit value. As it’s of one of the older Apache designs I believe.

  64. Not too many hat-wearing people pounding the streets of Perth.

    Not too many kilt wearers either – haven’t seen anyone wearing a kilt for months.

    Sort of makes my little bit of the planet seem boring but I prefer to think of it as peaceful.

    My late father had some really, really ugly hats that he used when gardening. They were almost falling apart he had worn them so often and over such a long period of time. He used to wear them to annoy my mother – which he did. They were like two bickering kids. I miss them.

    I think that it is bed time – I will toddle off up the stairs with the two felines in tow. They let me have a small bit of the bed to sleep on if I am good. 😉

  65. historical factoid IIRC you must wear a hat of some sort at about the start of the Industrial Revolution. Since a lot of dirty coal & wood was use for fuel. There is always ash floating down from the air. Most of urban Europe is grimy like in most of the Dickens stories if not grimier.

  66. What happens to the Stargate Franchise after SGU? The ‘new direction’ doesn’t seem lent to more than the one series, and with the fanbase split over SGU, what happens to Stargate a few years from now when SGU runs to completion?

    If you have the time, there’s one proposal for a 4th series that I think you should check out. It will reunite the fanbase and open up even more storywriting potential for multiple future spinoffs.

    It’s called “Stargate: Return of the Ancients”.

    If you’re bored or brain cramped browse through the pilot episode. It does a good job of tying together the loose ends you guys left and sealing up most of the plot holes.

    In fact, it makes you guys look like genius writers who had everything planned out from day one of SG-1 and Atlantis! Not that I’m saying you’re not good, for you are. We wouldn’t be stargate fans if you weren’t, but your storywriting skill is, IMO, what’s coming back to bite you in the ass with the SGU split. You did so well on Atlantis and SG-1 that the fans expect more out of you guys and, not to put it too bluntly, your well of imagination seems to be running a little dry.

    Take a read of the aforementioned proposal and it might give you some ideas to help out SGU. Long live stargate!

  67. Whoops…forgot to say you can just google it. There’s also a discussion forum on gateworld in the fanfic section.

    Sorry about that!

  68. @BJ:

    It will never get made. Legal reasons prevent them using ideas from other people. In fact, I’d bet there’s even a rule about them not being able to read fanfics and the like, for worry that someone claims an idea was stolen and sues for compensation.

  69. Tell Volker he did a great job on FRINGE this week…which is really a show you should be watching sir.

    On an unrelated note you always say that Paul is your writing partner and yet you wrote…Resurgance on your own it seems…do you divide the work or how does your partnership work exactly?

    Thanks Joe…

    Oh p.s. Russel Hanz is a fool and a french bakery just opened up in Edmonton. I’ll mail you some macaroons.


  70. daniel looked fine in that boonie hat (some say he looked better with the bandanna) on the other hand jack & sam looked silly with a boonie. i guess it depends on who’s wearing the hat & what kind it is. harrison ford looked good in a fedora, but you’re right, it has no place in modern fashion.

  71. @ Ganymede – I know, I KNOW!!! It’s just not fair! Of course, I shouldn’t complain – Mr. Das is a great guy. But still…he has those handsome boy next door looks, while I always preferred those slippery boy on the wrong side of the tracks looks. 😛 Of course, he always preferred leggy blondes with big boobies, so I guess when it comes to physical preferences, we’re square. 🙂


  72. I’m kind of fuzzy on where to ask mailbag questions.

    Do we just post them in comments section?

  73. Hey Joe? If Mandy had died while Camille was in her body, who would have died? Mandy, right? Mr. Deni asked me and I have no clue. One would suppose the body would die and not the person inhabiting the body, but then again, I’ve been wrong about everything all day. Would have liked to see Sam Carter come on board for this one! 🙂

  74. @ Cap’n Blubber – I need my eyes checked, because earlier I read your name as ‘Carl Binder’. 😛


    @ Joe – Who knew Rush would be the moralist! Overall a decent episode – a little heavy on the drama for me, but I didn’t hate it…though there were a few things I’m not too clear on (how the Three Musketeers got back on board, and the ending, and the letters…I think that’s it).

    Gonna go read some comics. Later, sir!


  75. Great show tonight. I’m beginning to dislike the endings and the – HANG ON for answers situation.
    But after that whine….I can’t wait for nect week.
    Now to get some real wine for the second showing…

  76. I don’t agree that we all look like dorks when we wear hats….I mean just look at all these folks rocking Aretha’s hat. If I had some time today I’d jump on Photoshop and add a few of my own…oh well you’re safe for now Joe.

    But may I add some pix of SG folks wearing hats and looking cool:

    Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

    Jamil Walker Smith

    Ivon Bartok

    Alaina Huffman

    Jamil & Elyse

    I’m sure I could find heaps more….seems to be some attraction between SG people and hats.

    Cheers, Chev

  77. Hey Joe, be a sport and answer my question tonight, would you please? These are the stupid things that keep me up at night 🙂

  78. Did you know that Ben Mulroney (Canadian Idol and son of former Canadian Priminister Brian Mulroney) is a fan of SGU? He was on Space’s Inner Space show discussing SGU in depth. I thought that was really cool.

  79. I would say the skirt was more discracting, but what what do I know? Keamy totally had the legs for it.

  80. Just watched “Sabotage.” Where is the controversial scene we were promised?

  81. 94 comments?!

    Oh, yeah, it’s Friday night. Good ep, BTW. Nice to see an unrequited attraction become, well, semi-requited.

  82. @Deni,

    If one dies, they both die. For reference see SG1 Avalon part 2,

    Best wishes.


  83. Regarding hats: Don’t wear them daily or even weekly, but I DO like my looks in my striped straw…see avatar photo. I live even further south than Tammy D., am prone to sunburn, and so light-sensitive that I wear sunglasses AND shady headgear on cloudless days.

    As for actors and headgear, I think Colin Cunningham and Peter Williams can rock any style.

  84. Oh, Zipacna. You and your crazy headwear. Hee. Thanks for the old-school photos!

    Just watched “Sabotage” and wow that was good. That’s even the reaction I’m seeing from a lot of the more passionately critical fans online. 🙂 Just like you predicted*.

    Oh, and is it safe to assume that later episodes will explain how Scott, Chloe and Eli were able to dial back to the ship, or was it just that the FTL drive broke down at a VERY opportune time?

    *I hope the link code works…

  85. Hi Joe,

    Just catching up on you’re blog as I haven’t read it for a while.
    Isn’t it time you planned a cunning and big prank on you’re nemesis?

    I think a good one is in order :o)

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