For the past five years, I’ve hosted an annual chocolate party, a theobroma extravaganza in which I attempt to stuff about forty guests with enough cacao to kill them ten times over (Don’t believe me?  Check out the spread:  And, for the past five years, Carl has thanked me by taking me out to dinner.  Wholly unnecessary, but appreciated nevertheless.  So, last night, on his suggestion, we decided to try somewhere new: Coast Restaurant on Alberni Street.

When I made the reservations, I was informed they could squeeze me in, but that they would need the table back an hour and a half after my 6:15 p.m. reservation.  So popular!  It must be good, right?  Right?!  I’m a fairly fast-eater and told them it wouldn’t be a problem.  Of course, that “not a problem” was assuming service would be prompt which…well, let’s just say it’s a good thing they didn’t hold us to that 90 minute seating.

The place was packed and noisy as hell, a cacophonous duel  of lively conversation fighting to be heard over the annoyingly loud music being piped over the speakers.  We were seated in a prime spot, the high-traffic table by the second floor staircase which afforded us a view of all the other diners being served before us.  Next to being seated right beside the bathroom, it don’t get much better than that.

We started by sharing three signature sashimi plates –

Wild Salmon (extra virgin olive oil, coconut, fried shallots), Yellowtail Hamachi (scallions, Thai basil, sweet and sour marinade), Ahi Tuna (jalapeno, lychee, cilantro, sesame oil).

All good but nothing particularly memorable.  In the interim between appies and our mains, we chatted.  And chatted some more.  If I’d known we’d be waiting that long, I’d have taken the time to watch The Office.  Eventually, Carl caught our waiter’s eye.  A dawning realization seemed to settle upon him.  I almost expected him to say: “Shit, you guys still here?” before he scurried off.  Moments later, he was back with our mains.  I suspect they’d been awaiting pick-up for a while.  Let’s just say we were in no danger of burning our tongues.  Or warming our hands.

Carl had the Yellowfin Ahi Tuna: "caught by Aloha Kai captained by Jeff Rogers". No kidding.

Atlantis Scallops: "havested by divers in the Georgia Bank, Nova Scotia".

The main dishes were fine, unremarkable yet inoffensive, a tepid one-two punch.

In my desire to end the night on a high note, I ordered three desserts –

Chocolate Gianduja Delight - hazelnut chocolate custard, meringue tiles, praline-spearmint reduction. Not a fan but Carl liked it.

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownie: jasmine tea hot chocolate, pistachio cream candied pistachio, roasted vanilla pineapplespecialty coffees and teas. Meh. I wasn't sure if you could actually eat the cup containing the hot chocolate. Even after sampling a piece, I still wasn't altogether convinced it was, in fact, edible.

Molten Banana Coconut Cake: caramelized banana, coconut crème anglaise. My friend Nia's recommendation, and the highlight of the meal.

All in all, a pretty forgettable meal.  That’s what I get for trying somewhere new.


Bryan M. White writes: “Speaking of fan questions, any word on when Elise will be covering the mailbag?”

Answer: She and Jamil are working on their Q&A’s – but season 2 has been keeping them busy.  Still, while we’re waiting, I’ll be announcing a few more guest Q&A’s in the coming days.

GrmnRF writes: “We will meet with Franklin in the future? Or, we can never know where and how he disappeared …?”

Answer: Great question.  What’s up with that?

Kymm writes: “Ashleigh – vanilla? really? Oh please ask for another flavour, as well.”

Answer: I’ll make her vanilla (with shaved milk chocolate and white chocolate chunks, as per her request), but I think I’ll try something new as well.  I’m thinking of incorporating that big of cheddar chips I picked up today.

crayonbaby writes: “Do you use one of those machines or make it manually (I’m thinking the crank handle kind)?”

Answer: I have two machines, but their output is still too modest for my needs.  I really should invest in the Gelato 3000.

Crashbarrier writes: “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?”

Answer: Don’t know.  Not my call.  You might want to throw the suggestion MGM’s way.

Tepring writes: “If you’re making ice cream to satisfy a lost bet, seriously consider liquid nitrogen ice cream.”

Answer: I think I’d rather keep my fingers, thanks.

avabird writes: “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.)”

Answer: They only discovered it because of Google Earth? And it’s larger than the Hoover Dam?!!  P.S. Everyone has linking privileges.  Post away.

dasNdanger writes: “why do Wraith hibernate fully clothed?”

Answer: Why not?  That way, they’re up and about and ready to go.  P.S. Perv.

BJ writes: “If you have the time, there’s one proposal for a 4th series that I think you should check out.”

Answer: Sorry.  We don’t accept unsolicited submissions, especially pitches for new shows.

Tim Lade writes: “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?”

Answer: Even though we’re co-credited on our scripts, we’ve been writing separately for many years now.

Time Lade also writes: “Oh p.s. Russel Hanz is a fool.”

Answer: Couldn’t agree more.  I’m rooting for Parvati (followed closely by Susan).

Zoomeister writes: “Do we just post them in comments section?”

Answer: Yep.

Deni writes: “Hey Joe? If Mandy had died while Camille was in her body, who would have died? Mandy, right?”

Answer: Past experience suggests they would both die.

70 thoughts on “May 7, 2010: Coast Restaurant! Mini mailbag!

  1. Joey how could you?!?! 😥

    I have been nothing but polite on here, supportive of SGU, etc., etc., etc., and what do you do? You have some stinking malware kick in while I’m reading your blog and nuke me! LAST WEEKEND!

    Why, Joey, why? Was it because I said I didn’t believe you folks on the stones/aliens/Rush swiped one issue, or some other thing I said I didn’t buy? Huh? Okay, I take it back. I believe every plot point you make – at least to your face – for now – maybe. 😛

    I never really believed all of your claims of being some sort of evil genius bent on world domination, but, rather, a misguided soul looking for a purpose in life, that purpose being to entertain us through this blog and Stargate. Guess I was wrong, huh? At least I know better now.

    *Ashleigh, when you read this (assuming the personification of evil known as Mr. M, aka Joe Mallozzi, aka Joseph Mallozzi, aka Joey doesn’t delete this part of my comment) please, please, please do something incredibly nasty to him for me – you can even sign my name to the “crime” since I would love to take the credit as a form of payback*

    It’s taken me this long to solve the problem and get back online. Kind of. Got rid of the pestilence pretty quickly, although it took some fast work to get ahead of it, after which my email worked, and I had access to secure websites, but not general browsing – which includes your blog. Just what were you trying to hide, anyway?

    ISP techs were, as usual, useless. Their solution: It sounds like a firewall issue so turn it off. Hmmm, let me think about that. Um, no. Morons.

    Anyway, I come to you now courtesy of Firefox. All hail the Firefox. Had the installer on my computer at work, so I emailed it to myself on the off chance I could install it and solve the problem that way. Guess what, it worked! Immediately told me it was the proxy server, went in, changed the settings, and VOILÁ! I be here to berate you for causing the problem in the first place.

    Off to watch Sabotage again. Yay!

  2. Parvati? Joe, really? Although I must say I bow down to her evilness w/ the 2 idols the other week but I don’t really have respect for her game in general. …..ah Colby…I don’t think he has a chance ‘cos he hasn’t been rocking the challenges like he usually does but he’s my favourite anyway.

    Cheers, Chev

    p.s. I like Russell

  3. Man, I KNEW I should have checked for a new post before hitting submit. In the past, I think you’ve said you read all your comments but don’t respond to commens on the non-current post…

    So…Sabotage was excellent, and I’m very curious about how Chloe, Scott and Eli got back. I’m guessing that — along with angry aliens on the planet, that will come back up in a later episode, right?

    Some of that food looks really good. Some of it, not-so much, but I’m not sure if that’s because it really doesn’t or if it’s I’m very susceptible to the power of suggestion. I’m sure advertisers would love me if I had more money! 🙂

    Wish me luck…I have to be leaving the house at 6 a.m. tomorrow so I can drive two hours to catch a flight to go back home for a wedding Sunday. It’s midnight here, and I’m not packed. Hopefully I can sleep on the plane…and through Saturday (I work nights and am usually going to bed about 4 a.m., so this is kind of topsy turvy for me. It’s worth it, though.

    But — as a side note — I’m sure my friend’s mom might appreciate that my friend is getting married on Mother’s Day for some reason, but I’m pretty sure mine doesn’t. First time I’ll be in the state on that day in years, and I STILL won’t get to see her for more than like, an hour. Which, as you’ve demonstrated here, is not necessarily time for a nice meal.

  4. Will we find out if Franklin ascended or not (and something else happened like beamed to an Ancient cryogenic chamber elsewhere in the ship) by the end of season one?

  5. Ah, I was wondering when this episode would air. The character Camile Wray has been portrayed as another IOA operative, I’m finding it very hard to enjoy any scene with her in it. Its very hard to dislike Ming-Na, so I have to give it to her, she plays a good snake in the grass. But what I’m going at is, the scenes with her on earth or any scene that attempts to effectively humanize her falls on deaf ears, a wasted scene. Then again that could and probably is just me. That being said I did enjoy the portrayal of the struggles of disabled people, and I enjoyed Ming-Na’s portrayal of such.

    Did this episode get rewritten.. From what I understood there were more controversial issues that were to appear. Were those issues removed or just to appear is a later episode?

  6. Sabotage was pretty darn good. Definitely liked Amanda Perry, and the galaxy CGI was beautiful-looking stuff. Props to bringing James to the foreground – she’s a secondary character I’m glad is getting as much screentime as she is. And Franklin… well, there are worse ways to mysteriously disappear… 😀

  7. “Answer: Why not? That way, they’re up and about and ready to go.”

    But, but, but…won’t they get all sweaty and smelly in all that leather after a while? Unless, of course, they have some sort of climate control in their underpants, or something. Even so, wouldn’t their skin like…ya know…start to fuse with their clothes, like that one woman who sat on her sofa for so long her skin grew into it:

    See…this is something stupid that’s gonna drive me nuts until I can find some logical explanation…which, obviously, I’m not going to get here. 🙄

    “P.S. Perv.”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m Kettle, nice to meet you, Pot. Remember…I’m not the one who had a tea party with scantily-clad Japanese girls half my age. So just watch it, ya dirty ol’ man.


    @ avabird – I’ve been reading about that dam. It’s actually more than twice the width of Hoover Dam – mind-boggling! Here’s a couple links:

    Now there ya go, Joe…some eager beavers for ya. 😉


  8. Hi Joe:

    I was just reading that a writer should blog to help promote their work. Have you considered providing a tease here on your blog about your short story for Lou Anders?

    What do you think would be the most powerful and important discovery in human history, in the past or the future?


  9. I haven’t had a chance to watch this week’s show yet, but I wanted to tell you that our Cocker Spaniel, Honey, died on the operating table yesterday. She was just having a growth removed and her heart stopped. It was such a shock. The thing is, it wasn’t an emergency. I can’t help thinking if we had chosen another day, she would have survived. The vets always said she was the sweetest dog they had ever seen. Hyperbolic, but true. She was cute, and sweet, and dumb as a box of rocks, and we loved her. I’ve only posted a couple of times, but I know how you love dogs, so thanks for listening.

  10. Do you ever go back to a restaurant if the first time is bad? I think I would if a usually good restaurant has a bad night but not a new one….1 strike and you’re out 🙂

    Cheers, Chev

  11. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean to disparage Ashleigh’s choice of ice cream flavour. I, too, can appreciate a really fine vanilla ice cream. It’s just that it sounds like you have made some amazing flavours in the past and vanilla ice cream is relatively easy to come by, so I was hoping to hear/see a more exotic/unique flavour. Plus, there is the fact that, well, you LOST the bet. I would think that there needs to be some sort of a pain in the ass factor involved. You know….. the agony of defeat. After all she slaved over a hot. hot oven to make not one, but rather two batches, of cookies for you, with no laxatives, I might add. I just thought Ashleigh was letting you off kind of easy. Lol!

    Ummm cheddar chip ice cream does sound unique….

    @Paceofnature – you do realize why he is getting married on Mother’s Day don’t you? It’s so that in five years time, and the blush has worn off, he will have a trigger to remember his anniversary. *wink*

    Have a good one!

  12. @ spankys – awww…geez…that’s heartbreaking! So very sorry. *hugs* Unfortunately, some things are just beyond our control. Try not to second guess yourself; surgery is a risk in humans and animals alike, there is just no knowing how things will turn out. I know that really doesn’t make it any better, though. Just know that there are a lot of people here who have suffered the loss of a pet, and we certainly do feel for you and what you’re going through. Our thoughts are with you.

    ~ Deirdre

  13. Joe, what was the music in the musical montage tonight??? It sounded like Interpol…almost. Please tell me so I can go buy it now!

  14. 4-Spankys – Sorry to hear of your loss. Don’t try to second guess your decisions and actions. Perhaps consider finding another friend to add to the family?

    Comments on Sabotage:
    Sorry to be redundant, but Sabotage was very good. Ming Na manages to deliver spot on for all her characters. And, this character was most difficult given the situation.

    Robert Carlyle was excellent in this as well as last week’s.

    I loved when Eli handed Rush his glasses. That was priceless. And, also Eli’s comment to Amanda – about the shifting…”…don’t you just hate that.”

    Great character development for all. Props to all for a great episode.

    Now, seen it twice can go night night happy!

  15. Nicole Gustas: That’s Julian Plenti’s Only If You Run. Julian Plenti is an alias for Interpol frontman Paul Banks. It’s a good song.

  16. Hello Joseph!!! la forme? Moi oui ça va .

    HUmmmmm merci pour ces photos, sa me donne trop fin, moi ce midi je mange des médaillon de sol, ça aussi c’est délicieux;)

    Interressant les Q/A, je ‘nai pas encore vue l’épisode “Sabotage” mais je vous direz ce que j’en pense dans la journée 🙂

    Gros gros bisou!!!
    Je vous adore!

  17. I’m leery of anyplace that pipes in music. If they can’t count on the decor and/or food to set the proper mood, I can’t trust their choice in music. Live music is somewhat different, but generally I just want to enjoy the food(and read a nice book. Yes, I am a barbarian who reads while eating dinner, even when eating out, at least at the more plebian restaurants around here). I am sorry to hear that you had a less than perfect meal out. So, how long are you going to use this outing to guilt Carl into doing what you want? How long will he let you do so?
    Due to work, only caught part of last night’s episode, but liked what I saw. I’ll be working on catching a chance to see the whole thing. Speaking of work, folks, PLEASE do not ever trust someone to wave you across into making a left hand turn across two lanes of traffic.
    Anyways, thanks for the food review. They’re often more interesting when you the food fails to meet your standards than they are when you are waxing eloquent over the virtues of the offerings. And here’s hoping your next outing will be more pleasing.

  18. @spankys: I’m so sorry for your loss. I like your description of Honey – it’s obvious she will always be loved and remembered. Please try not to second-guess yourself – it doesn’t change a thing and leaves you exhausted and frustrated. Take care.

  19. Spankys: Sympathies on your loss 🙁 . Even simple anesthesia can be fatal. Try not to blame yourself.

    We had a “thing” last night with son, so I missed SGU. I’ll watch it today. I enjoy spoilers 😀 .

    Dinner looked good but slow service can ruin the experience. It was nice of Carl, though.

    Have you prepared for Mother’s Day?

  20. crayonbaby: we grew up using the hand crank ice cream maker. NEVER AGAIN!

  21. Hi, Joe

    GrmnRF writes: “We will meet with Franklin in the future? Or, we can never know where and how he disappeared …?”
    Answer: Great question. What’s up with that?

    I just know we have met with Franklin? Maybe in the second season? Well, what happened to him after all happened when he sat in a chair?

  22. Hi, Joe.

    Loved Sabotage. What terrific love stories. Sniff.

    What prompted the Greer hair cut?

    Mark Savela and team performed their magical talent with the special effects again. Awesome.

    Just one minor quibble – I guess it’s because I’m an old grumpy woman, but I really don’t like the vocal musical selections [in any of the episodes]. They just bump me right out of “being in the episode” mode.

    Are the vocal musical selections made by Joel Goldsmith or someone else? Just curious…

    Best wishes.

  23. I love ice cream and I’ve wanted to get an ice cream maker for a while… but I just discovered this great little ice cream shop here in Minneapolis. They use all local ingredients based on season. I’m not sure I would be able to get creative enough 😛

    As for Sabotage… I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other episodes in this back half, mostly because I’m not a fan of Camille Wray. I don’t think we’d get along in real life – however it does trade off in that I get to see Reiko! Maybe we can get her to come visit Destiny although I don’t really know why. Long distance book club? I can totally see Scott discussing Jane Eyre…

    I did feel the return of our lost trio seemed a bit easy… and maybe I’m a little paranoid after watching a combined 15 seasons of Stargate – but my first thought was “is it really them?” – I mean we’ve seen Replicators and parasitical aliens, not to mention some pretty powerful brainwashing…

  24. Since early April I have noticing alot of stills from scenes of future epi of sgu and now today on GW they have post mentioning that Ukrainian Tv have already aired the remaining epi for the season. If this is true, is there anyway mgm/space/sfyfi can block streaming of those episodes in north america?

  25. TJ will be shot in the stomach in the last episode of this season. Her child won’t survive that, right? Will TJ even survive that wound without a doctor on the Destiny?

  26. Could we have an episode where someone at the SGC brings a kitten to work, and it touches the communication stone and greer goes in to become a kitten for a day. and meanhile there is like a kitteh in greers body walking around meowing.
    it would be the coolest.

  27. So, I am not sure if you would know the answer to this question or not, but it can’t hurt to ask. Online, syfy has offset the posting of each episode (all but the first five) by a week, which means those of us without TVs are always a week behind? What is the reasoning behind that? And why post the first five episodes the next day?

  28. Congratulations to SGU for receiving 16 LEO Nominations!

    Stargate Universe – 16 nominations
    Direction (2)
    Cinematography (2)
    Picture Editing (3)
    Production Design
    Visual Effects (2)
    Stunt Coordination
    Supporting Performance by a Male
    Supporting Performance by a Female (2)

    Question about last night’s episode titled Sabotage:

    Why was the decision made to so quickly reunite Chloe, Scott & Eli with the Destiny instead of playing out the “lost crew” line a bit longer? Was it determined that the excitement of them playing “catch the ship” was used up somehow? I thought it a very good plot line.

    BTW, immensely enjoyed the last 2 eps of SGU, excellent!

    The Amanda Perry & Rush line was fabulous and very well done. Thanks so much for that.

    in NJ either choking on pollen or shivering/sweating with crazy weather…

  29. Hey Joe –

    Just viewed “Sabotage” for the second time. I agree with Matt Silver (above) that the CGI effects are awesome. He referenced the galaxy CGI, but I really like the special effects for the ship; in particular, the shots of the robotic repairs of the ship, and the shots of the ship flowing through space with the gases providing an aerodynamic effect.

    “Sabotage” is generally another solid episode; however, I have mixed feelings about how the “Lost” storyline was integrated into this episode (Eli, Chloe, and Scott’s return to the ship). In resolving the “lost” storyline, the POV shifted from the lost individuals at the end of the prior episode to the crew dealing with the sabotage/FTL/imminent alien attack issues, making the away-team’s return just one of many unfolding events.

    On the one hand, there is a sense of the multiple crises evolving on the ship. On the other hand, it felt anticlimactic not to show how events unfolded for Scott, Eli, and Chloe from their POV given where “Lost” ended. From my perspective as an avid fan, it appeared that I was led down a rabbit hole with limited payoff given the known dynamics between Scott, Chloe, and Eli. I say either fulfill audience expectations or subvert them, but don’t ignore them.

    On another note, It was great to see Private Becker in the background once more. It would be great to give that character much more to do as the series progresses.

  30. Joe, loved last nights episode. Its taken some time but I’ve grown to to like SGU. I still would love to see more action and more themes from SG1 and SGA, other then that SGU has really grown on me. Just few questions about the show, answer all or just a few if you could please,

    Sorry about the long list.

    1. Will Ellie ever develop a love interest, that feels the same about him?

    2. Could someone die, using the stone keeping a persons connected to the wrong body?

    3. Will Destiny ever become fully operational?

    4. Will we ever come across the the gate seeding ships or any living ancients?

    5. Will the SGU, add more to the ancient’s mythology? i.e. How every day life on Destiny was for the Ancients?

    6. Will the Destiny come across a new form of ascended beings?

    This is more of a request then a question,

    Could you please kill off Camile Wray, and bring in more of the lady that Rush had a thing for, forgot her name, the lady in the wheel chair. Wray’s character bring nothing to the table and her lesbian relationship is just annoying, not that their in anything wrong with being a lesbian. On the topic of relationships please less Earth-Destiny love story arcs. Put more focus on the relationship on the ship. Have the crew on destiny move on with their life’s and accept they most likely will never return to earth. Oh I know, have them form some form of government on the ship, besides a military dictatorship. I think it would be cool if the the crew developed in to some type of space nomads.

  31. Joe, you’ve been talking about that Gelato 3000 for a long time now, just get out there and splurge on the thing . . . then invite all of us up for the Grand Opening Taste Extravaganza! By the way, liquid nitrogen ice-cream is really very easy and fun to make – I’ve made it with my extended care kids – no danger to your fingers, I promise.

    😉 Julie

    @Spankys: So sorry about your friend. The loss of a pet is traumatic enough without coming at a complete surprise. Blessings on you and your family.

    @Stargatefan: Awesome vid clip! I’ve already signed that petition – I’m glad they’re still promoting it.

    @Scott: Too funny! But if Joe writes the episode it will probably be a puppy. 😀

    @Base8: You beat me to the question – same problem here, though I’m sure most people will shudder with horror as they whisper, “What?! No TV?!” I did manage to see “Lost” direct on HULU – wasn’t linked on Stargate.mgm yet (though I notice it is this morning). I don’t mind reading the spoilers, but I do get just the tiniest bit jealous as I wait an extra week to catch up with the rest of North America.

  32. @ 2cats – The pollen doing you in, too?? It’s terrible here, especially with the dry breeze – my throat is raspy and I’m not sure if it’s allergies, or I’m catching something. Pollen is just everywhere – even Wraith-green (aka: teal) car is yellow!

    @ Scott – You mean something like this:



  33. Whats this I hear about the Ukraine airing the remaining eps? I’d be tempted if I knew Ukranian/Russian. Oh well, only have to wait a few weeks.
    Sabotage was very good! I wouldn’t say it was my fav, but I really liked it and all those people worrying/complaining was for naught. Heh. I like it when things work out like that. As for the ep, I didn’t really like how the trio came back so quickly, but I can overlook that since I enjoyed everything else. I really liked that TJ/Young scene; him being overprotected and her not backing down. I also liked how Rush grabbed Young’s arm when he was trying to sit in the chair…they seem to be (for now) getting along. James was awesome and props to Ming-Na too! I like how she even changed her breathing patterns. Anyways, Pain looks excellent too! Can’t wait!

  34. Did you know, that the Ukraine had Broadcast the whole Season 1?? I´m no Ukraine people but i heard about it. Is it not so that the USA have the copyright to Broadcast SGU First??

  35. WOW! All I can say IS WOW. I loved that episode, it was great! I just got done watching it online because I can’t get satellite or cable where I live but OMG.
    So I have a question for you Joe,

    In the next coming episodes will we find out what actually happened to Dr. Franklin?
    Did he ascend like the ancients did?
    Or will he be a spirit wondering the Destiny for the rest of eternity?

    Thank you so much for a wonderful show and I hope to see it continue even with the MGM woes that seem to just keep coming.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  36. “Sabotage” was superb. Can SGU get any better??

    Anyhoo, what happened to the Rush/scientist sex scene? Did you decide to not go through with it? Meh, I was kind of looking forward to it.

  37. …About those “dam” beavers… It got me to pondering – I have this lovely long-hair beaver coat that’s “supposively” been in storage [it just hasn’t been cold enough (below -20C) to wear] for the last 6 years. AND, that I continue to pay for it’s room&board…. You know, if I were the paranoid/conspiracy type, I’d be suspecting that said “furriers” was a money pit for:
    1. – the social upkeep of some megalomaniacal arborist bunch of vampirical-wannabe mutant rodents;
    2. – a Canadian “content” Government grant;
    3. – the next season of Mike Holmes;
    4. – the production financing of the SGA Movie: BOG BABES;
    5. – all and/or some of the above.

    Hmmm… do you think they get Cable…?

    *OMG*!! It just dawned on me — I think we’ve just discovered McKay’s Fort McMoney’s “Beaver” scout troop!!!

  38. BTW, if I don’t get a chance to later… HAPPY M-DAY to all you Female-Parental-Units out there!! And to MOMMALLOZZI too!!


  39. @Das — Thanks for putting in the links. I will not be redundant.

    @spankys — So sorry about the loss of your pet.

    Yes, a bit anti-climatic on the away team return. After dragging us along for two eps wondering if they could get back, then they just stroll through the gate like a walk in the park, “Hi guys! Miss us?”

    Sorry the dinner was not as good as it looked. Always disappointing. Have some bacon chocolate. That will cheer you up.

  40. (((Spankys)))

    @Mel…IMHO, your last comment justified the need for SPOILER warnings or space.

    @GrmnRF…Haben Sie Geduld, mein Freund. (Patience, my friend.)

  41. @Base8

    Yes, thank you for asking that question! I have been known to resort to youtube on occasion. I feel certain the Evil League of Evil is behind it somehow. Or the cable/satellite companies.

  42. @Das: Then Greer could dance around Destiny spraying the ship – spsss, that’s mine . . . spssss, that’s mine . . . that little spot there is yours, but, spsssssssss, all the rest of this is mine! LOL! Love Red Dwarf!

  43. >the topic of relationships please less Earth-Destiny love story arcs

    Makes no sense to me, you ask for less Destiny/Earth romance, yet you want someone who could only possibly have a meaningful relationship practically aboard Destiny in someone elses body back?

    Destiny isn’t really equipped to deal with someone with that kind of disability in person. If she has problems with her breathing stuff, she’d die.

    >Could someone die, using the stone keeping a persons connected to the wrong body?

    Already been explained, if someone dies whilst connected to the stones, they both die, explained in SG1 when Vala/Daniel go on their Ori Galaxy trip.

  44. SpankysSo very sorry sweetie, your wonderful Honey will always be remembered with love. Be strong.

    @ Shannon hm-m-m… considering your suspicions about our “lost” trio, could be they are aliens in disguise. Maybe. I just know their return was surprising and not entirely understandable from the explanation provided. And what in heck happened to Franklin? Did he mind meld with Destiny to such a degree as to be physically absorbed? Inquiring minds want to know Mr. M.

    @das, TammyDixonyes, this is pollen HELL. The wild NJ winds today are slinging the yellow/green crap all about. Had to rinse my car off before driving it to clear the windows. Down half a box of tissues already too. My sinuses have never been so under attack before.

    Hayfever — yay. Nature in her glory — yay.


  45. Hi Joe,

    first of all I’ve to say, that I can’t give any comment to Sabotage, because it will go on air on May 19th here beyond the pond.
    Secondary there is to say, that it’s been something like two or three weeks ago, that I discovered this blog. And it’s really cool, however I sometimes get hungry when I see all those pics of nice meals and the tons of chocolate. 🙂
    Also the pictures from behind the scenes are very interessting. And there we are at my questions, which use to consider me for long time.

    1) In SG-Atlantis in episode “The Prodigal” is the scene, where Sheppard and McKay are in the stairwell of the maintower of Atlantis, and McKay declares, that they’re between the 35th and the 36th floor, so they have to claim up 28 floors to reach the 63th and from there over other stairs 4 more to reach the Gateroom. I took this declaration to think about the height of the Atlantis-maintower and came to nearly 200 meters (655 foot). But this is all more or less speculation, so I’d like to know the real measures of the tower, if it would really exist, and not just being a computer model?

    2) May we also learn the measures (lenght, width, height) of the Destiny?

    3) During the first episodes Chloe is wearing a dress and boots until she tested the Destinys shower in episode 4 (Darkness). After that she wears something like a training suite and sports shoes. But where did she get that from? – I didn’t see, she carried a suitcase with herself when she was beamed down to the Ikarus Base, and so there won’t be one, while they were escaping the planet through the stargate. Also in Episode 13 (Faith) she wears another top again…
    This brings me also to the question, where she and Rush got their old cloth back from after they escaped from the alien space ship? That’s because the aliens put them in this kind of diving suits.

    Well, I think that’s all for the moment. – Oh, and if you think, there is some strange wording in this text, that might be because of the fact, that I’m no native speaker of english.


  46. watched 3 hours of “V” last night. I was sure that show was good and I was glad I was not dissapointed.
    It’s with great pain that around 3h30 in the morning, I decided to call it the night, after all, I was supposed to go to work later in the day.
    Lots of exciting pregnancies going on. Anna laid eggs and an another character is expecting an 1/2 human 1/2 alien baby. I like the beat of the show. Need to see episode 9 and 10 before Tuesday! 😀
    I also have “Tru Blood ” on my list, I hope it’s as good as my sister says it is !!

  47. So let me get this straight. Eli, Chloe and Scott return to Destiny and seem barely surprised that Greer is alive? Not just on the ship itself, but actually alive? They left him for dead in the previous episode and one would think his being there in person when they walked through the gate would have been the dominant focus of the conversation for at least a minute or two. Maybe the three of them would have even had some unnecessary but understandable guilt over the fact that they left him in the first place. But instead we get a quick bromance hug between Scott and Greer and about a five second worded exchange between the two of them. Meanwhile Chloe and Eli barely seem to notice or care. Really? And while I realize there are time constraints on this show, but the writers seem willing to give other characters those moments. It was Greer left for dead but it was Scott, Eli and Chloe who got the semi-eulogy from Young in front of the crew. And this follows the lack of enthusiasm Lt James seem to display in finding Greer in the first place in the previous episode. Are the writers trying to suggest that no one cares about Greer on the ship and therefore his feelings and his situations are not worthy of being explored.

    I rally you had answered my post the previous week, Joe, and eased my fears a bit regarding the treatment of Jamil’s character. Right now it seems to me you guys aren’t too invested in Greer at all.

  48. Loving the new episodes of SGU. I want more space battles damnit [though something tells me the season finale will oblige in that regard].

    Couple questions/comments…

    How did the Blue Aliens find destiny? well… for one didn’t the crashed shuttle have a map of Destiny’s course on it? if they’ve been following it for a while they’ll know where it was heading and will have known roughly where it’ll have dropped out of FTL when the engine blew.

    What was the song playing during the ‘three weeks later’ montage?

    The Blue alien ships always seem to [to me at least] appear in front of destiny if they were [directly] following it wouldn’t they appear behind destiny?

    add the alien shuttle crashing on a planet destiny hadn’t been to yet and I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say that the aliens are from the galaxy that destiny is heading towards and that they stumbled across a seeder ship and learned about destiny from that rather than stumbling across destiny itself.

    Also is it supposed to be the same [group of] alien ship[s] in each encounter?

  49. “BJ writes: “If you have the time, there’s one proposal for a 4th series that I think you should check out.”

    Answer: Sorry. We don’t accept unsolicited submissions, especially pitches for new shows.”

    So my idea for a musical episode would not be welcome?

    David Blue mentioned the musical capability of some members of the cast in his recent Slice of SciFi interview:

  50. I have a question about the SGA ep Sateda. After Ronon is beamed down, we see the Wraith fire on the gate. Is the gate destroyed? If it is, how did Ronon collect all of the Satedan artifacts we see in his room in Reunion. If the gate was not destroyed, why couldn’t Atlantis dial it?

  51. @Spankys – I’m very sorry that you lost Honey so unexpectedly. It’s never easy.

    Going to a new place is always a risk; it’s unfortunate that it didn’t meet expectations. That banana coconut dessert does sound good though.

    O.K. just watched SGU again. I assume that how the Trio returned will be explained in a future episode because it was way too easy and matter of fact. I would have expected a larger reaction from both sides, especially Greer. Rush was all “I knew it was them.” How did he know that for sure?

    They lost another Kino – how many Kino’s do they have?

    I’m still liking the use of the music montage. It was a great song choice. Who chooses the music?

    Although, in the past, I have been a critic of the Camille Wray character, she really took one for the team this episode. Ming-Na did a really great job in this episode. I’m starting to like Rush more and more.

    Ever since she got back from the aliens, there is something off about Chloe. Something is not right there.

    Trust a scientist to have their priorities set right. First, get the still set up, and THEN food, survival and all of that other stuff. As for those people off ship, well they can find their own way home. In a previous post, I mentioned a buddy bonding scene was needed for Scott and Greer, now that they have the cocktails, let the party begin!!

    Have a good one!

  52. All very interesting Mr M. And dontchya hate it when a night out turns to crap? Oh well, better luck next time 😀

    The end of S1 is just seeming to get better and betterer. Very much looking forward to seeing it!

    Oh, and a question… what is YOUR most favourite of ice-cream?

  53. Sabotage…a so-so episode. All the stuff on the ship was great, the stuff on Earth was garbage. Ming-Na did great with what material she had, but I had no interest and did not care in the least for her in the body of the scientist. I thought these stories were gone for good, but I guess I was wrong. And the stuff on the ship was so good…





    Our wayward travelers return!!! We find out the aliens can use the stones as sneaky as we did. We find out that Franklin is missing and probably ascended. We get to see the robot in action. And the aliens return to attack. All great stuff ruined by those unwatchable scenes on Earth. Please for the love of all that is holy keep the scenes on the ship or planets the crew visits. Stop with the stupid body-swapping. Next week sounds like your creepy episode of the season. Will it be as good as Whispers. Bring on Pain.

  54. Sadly the stone thing where one dies if the other didn’t make much sense with Vala and her host. I had hoped you would either explain it or forget it.
    However, sadly this week the rushed fix on getting Eli, Chloe and Scott back was utterly disappointing afterthought feel. Might as well had them wake up in a shower. Oh wait, that might have been more fun.

  55. @sven
    “Did you know, that the Ukraine had Broadcast the whole Season 1?? I´m no Ukraine people but i heard about it. Is it not so that the USA have the copyright to Broadcast SGU First??”

    I watched all the series on-line at K1 Channel (Ukraina), which showed them. I’m not ukrainian, but the entire russian-speaking audience watched broadcast. Almost all. All of us were too surprised by this fact. Until now, there is a debate, it was rightfully or not.

  56. @Holloway

    Like you, I care a lot about the Greer character, and find Jamil’s performance phenomenal. However, I disagree with the line of questioning you’re attempting to open up with Joe. I hope this doesn’t offend you, but I think you are reading more into the situation than is there on the screen.

    Consider the following:

    1. The prior 2 episodes before “Sabotage” contained major story lines featuring the Greer character. His backstory and current predicament were major plot points in both episodes.

    2. While this is an ensemble cast, some character interactions are more pertinent to the unfolding of the plot at various points in time than others. I would say the primary character dynamics at this point are Rush-Young-Wray, Scott-Chloe-Eli, Young-Johansen, and Rush-Eli-Young. At this point, Greer’s character arc is a somewhat of a secondary consideration, but I think they have opened up a number of promising angles to explore with this character.

    For example:
    a.) What is the story behind the animosity between Greer and Wray, and Greer and Telford?

    b.) What’s the meaning behind the picture that Greer was looking at “Human”

    c.) How have things unfolded between Greer and Park?

    These are just a few of the storylines (right off the top of my head) that have been proffered but are currently unexplored with this character. . In short, Greer’s character development (and by extension, Jamil’s contributions) has not been neglected, merely postponed. Storylines aren’t been slanted away from the Greer character in any way.

    Some of the questions you have raised have fairly straightforward answers:

    1. Eli, Chloe, and Scott return to the ship and seem barely surprised that Greer is alive?

    Answer: If you consider that Eli, Chloe, and Scott had just barely made it back to the ship themselves, they were more stunned by their own stroke of good luck than by the fact that Greer was alive and well. Completely appropriate.

    2. Eli and Chloe barely seem to notice or care (about Greer)?

    Answer: Greer is not exactly the most approachable individual – in fact, he’s perceived as a downright unapproachable. This is the same guy who looked like he was going tear into Eli for saying that he was afraid to go underground. The only two people who really understand Greer are Young and Scott. He’s a soldier’s soldier, not Mr. warm and fuzzy. If you’re not convinced of this, then watch “Divided” again, and watch the scene between Greer and Volker.

    3. It was Greer left for dead but it was Scott, Eli and Chloe who got the semi-eulogy from Young in front of the crew.

    Answer: Remember, The crew never knew that Greer was presumed dead at any point before his return. How could they “eulogize” him when they didn’t know there was any event to eulogize?

    4. And this follows the lack of enthusiasm Lt James seem to display in finding Greer in the first place in the previous episode.

    Answer: What you call a lack of enthusiasm I call relief. Lt. James was relieved to find Greer. No, she didn’t go up and hug him. No, she did not say anything to him. She just sighed with relief. Sometimes that speaks volumes, especially when you are dealing with a subordinate colleague in the military.

    5. Are the writers trying to suggest that no one cares about Greer on the ship and therefore his feelings and his situations are not worthy of being explored?

    Answer: Absolutely not. The writers are suggesting that Greer is one of the most misunderstood characters on the ship. I believe that part of Greer’s character arc is the gradual unfolding of just how amazing he is. Right now, only two people truly know. Eventually, the entire crew will come to know. It may be the case that Greer doesn’t realize it, but he’s found his family.
    I hope this helps. It’s obvious that you care very much for the Greer character, as many people do. If Jamil/Greer was being misrepresented, those of us who care about on-screen diversity would be raising hell right alongside you. The writers are doing a great job with the Greer character however. If you watch/listen to interviews with Jamil, he’s so excited to be a part of this show, and happy with the way the Greer character is being developed. Check out the following interview:

  57. You and Paul are writing separately? That’s almost a bummer.

    I had been wondering how writing a script collaboratively could work and out of my mind came this vivid image. You would walk in circles in the middle of a sparsely furnished room, right below the ceiling light and on a small carpet, gesticulating wildy and spouting out ideas while Paul would frantically work a typewriter on a small table in the corner, a burnt down cigarette in his hand and sweat on his forehead. Then, after an hour or so, you two would change places.

    Freaky, no?

  58. “For the past five years, I’ve hosted an annual chocolate party”

    And yet again my invitation seems to have got lost in the mail! I’m withholding
    your Noma invitation *g*

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