I begin today’s entry with another BIG guest blogger announcement. As you all know, Jamil Walker Smith and Elyse Levesque have your questions and are furiously working away on them, also managing to squeeze in time for their full-time jobs on Stargate: Universe. So to those of you asking – yes, they’re working on ’em and should have their answers back our way…soon-ish. In the meantime, while we’re waiting, let’s put another Q&A into play…
Actress Alaina Huffman (SGU’s Tamara “TJ” Johansen) wants to hear from YOU. Yes, YOU. NOT that other guy or gal, but YOU. So if you have a question for Alain, post away. I’ll be gathering them up over the course of the next few days and will be sending them her way by week’s end – after which I’ll start collecting questions for yet another guest blogger!
Today was Ice Cream Day. I made two batches. The first, Vanilla with Shaved White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Flakes, is for Ashleigh. The second, Sweet Corn with Cheddar Chips is for whoever is brave enough to sample it tomorrow. I’m sure the first will be very good, but I have high hopes for the latter. Now, all I have to do is remember to bring them to work tomorrow.
Sure, last Friday’s episode of SGU was chock full of cool elements: alien ships, robots, body switching, and, best of all, Mr. Brody’s contribution to future parties, hilarity, and interminable stories…
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Paloosa.
Let’s field some questions –
Bryan M. White writes: “Seriously though, I was watching the SGA episode Adrift tonight on DVD and was wondering if the background plate of the two galaxies was taken from the shot of Midway, replacing the station w/ Destiny?”
Answer: Can’t recall for certain, but it sure sounds like something we would do. If we didn’t – you’re hired!
Craig writes: “1) Does the robot have a name?
2) How are the show’s ratings? I don’t think I’ve heard anything since Justice about how well the show is performing. Has it been doing better since season 1.5 started? Or about the same?”
Answers: 1) Ludwig Honenberger the Third.
2) The show came back with a 1.18 , maintained, dipped a little, then came back last week to match the 1.18. Internally, we’re referring to it as the “Knepper Bounce” because, last week, Carl found himself on a return flight to L.A. with guest star Robert Knepper. As they were disembarking, a passenger recognized Robert and called out to him: “Loved you in Prison Break!” Robert responded: “Then you should check out Stargate: Universe!”
dasNdanger writes: “Joe – just wondering (since you mentioned things catching up with you) if your aches and pains have gone away, or are you still having troubles? If they’ve gone away, just curious as to what you did to feel better (as long as it’s clean and legal, that is ).”
Answer: I did what any grown man would do when faced with a mysterious ache and/or pain. I ignored it until it went away.
Scott writes: “is the robot going to be doing like fixing up the broken parts of the ship now? so that like the crew can start exploring more of the ship?”
Answer: That’s the idea.
PG15 writes: “1. Since you’re back to being an Executive Producer for Season 2, does that mean that you can give us episode rundowns for Awakening and Resurgence, like you did with those SGA episodes you wrote?
2. Is there any significance to the fact that the only 2 non-one-word SGU episode titles so far are right next to each other? Are they a 2-parter perhaps?
3. Now that Young and TJ are kinda joined at the chromosomes, how will Emily feel about this? Are you guys going to touch on Young’s wife again soon?
4. How far are you guys along on coming up with stories for the 2nd season? Got an idea for the season finale yet?
5. Has anyone in the production seen Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series?
6. Did you actually read this entire, extremely long comment?”
Answers: 1. Possibly, if I find the time.
2. Nope, no significance. They were simply more suitable titles.
3. Yes, we will be touching on his relationship with Emily some time in the near future.
4. We still have a few open slots, but we do know where we’re headed for our second season finale.
5. Of course.
6. Of course.
duneknight writes: “did you guys chicken out? because of the contriversy regarding the sex scene or did you plan it like that all along?”
Answer: There were some minor changes, but no more than would be made on any script as it advances from outline to and through its various drafts. The one change that stood out for me was a little character backstory we had planned for the Lieutenant James character. Initially, she volunteers, makes the switch, panics, and backs out. Rather than being a simple freak out, we learn that her reason for backing out stems from a personal issue – specifically, the circumstances surrounding her younger brother’s paralysis. Even though it was a positive depiction of the bond between siblings, Standards and Practices felt that it cast a physical disability in a negative light because James displays grief for her brother’s condition. As a result, we had to lose it.
imadaman writes: “No hints about when the premiere took place? Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years after EatG?”
Answer: It would have to have taken place not too long after the events of EatG (days, maybe weeks perhaps) since the events of the Atlantis movie, Stargate: Extinction, follow very son after EatG as well (and helps explain why Dr. McKay wasn’t drafted to body switch during the show’s first season).
E writes: “I thought that’s going to happen in “Sabotage”, but it didn’t… Can we still expect clawing-eyes-out-worthy sex scenes in 1.5?”
Answer: Enjoy the teaser of Pain.
RedFlames writes: “If each dive into a star isn’t fully recharging the zpms/batteries/hamsters-on-wheels or whatever powers Destiny why doesn’t destiny stay inside the star until it is fully charged?”
Answer: Damage to the ship’s systems make it incapable of fully recharging. Presently, Destiny’s capacitors are only able to charge to about 40% capacity.
Curiositykitty writes: “Theres also a bunch of gripes online about the music montages in episodes lately. Ive been beginning to think its just one of those sgu things now thats a stylistic thing for the series.”