Well, even if it isn’t officially summer, my dogs seem to think it is…

Fondy left us this synthetic grass box for the dogs to relieve themselves on rainy days. On sunny days, Lulu likes to lie in it.

Jelly doing the usual: sitting down to watch the action.

Maximus doesn’t like the look of you.

Jelly surveys the scene.

For some reason, guests just seem to looooove goofy Bubba.

Maximus does his best Clint Eastwood.

Lulu stares you down.

Bubba ponders life's mysteries.

Jelly strikes a pose.

Hey, how did you guys end up doing what you’re doing?  Back when I was in elementary school, I had my heart set on being a writer.  And not just any writer.  I wanted to write short stories for a living!  When I hit high school, I revised my aspirations.  Clearly, I’d be hard-pressed to make a living writing short stories, so I set my sights on the far more lucrative career, that of the novelist.  Much to my mother’s horror.  She always made it a point to tell me that writing, while wonderful, was not a career.  It was more a hobby that people did to pass the time when they weren’t busy with real jobs like those held by doctors, lawyers, and parking lot attendants.  After much arguing back and forth, mom and I reached a compromise career, one that was both half-legitimate AND allowed me to continue my writerly pursuit.  It was decided that I would be a journalist.  Until I actually spent time with some journalists and decided against it.  I got off easy.  During one of those career day field trips, one of the girls in my class who wanted to be a vet was made to take part in a cat spaying procedure.  I believe she’s an accountant now.  But I digress.  Anyway, after much short story writing and soul searching, I finally decided what I wanted to be – or, more to the point, what I didn’t want to be much less than other things I didn’t want to be: a lawyer.  For about two months after which I realized most real lawyers didn’t make the type of money t.v. and movie lawyers made and if that was the case, what was the point?  No, I know, there would be the satisfaction of a job well done but, at the end of the day, if I wasn’t going to make any money doing what I was doing, why didn’t I, at the very least, do something I enjoyed.  And teaching was it!  Until I actually did some teaching.

Eventually, I wrote a terrible novel that a friend suggested would make a great movie.  So I picked up a book, learned the craft and, in a few short months, transformed that terrible novel into an equally terrible script.  Which was followed my another terrible script.  And another one after that.  Then, a good one I co-wrote with a friend and fellow creative writing classmate, Paul Mullie.  We went to L.A. and pitched it around town.  Many people loved the script.  Not enough to actually produce it, mind you, but the positive reinforcement fueled us.  Like would-be suicides emboldened by supportive “Jump! Jump!” chant of lookers-on, we took the plunge – into the wonderful world of television.

Actually, it was less of a plunge and more of a toe-dipping.  I went first.  Using our feature and a couple of t.v. spec scripts as my calling card, I secured my first paid writing gig, scripting for animation.  I’d found my calling.  Finally, a career that allowed me to write AND be immature.  I went from freelancing to an actual staff position at what was then Canada’s premiere animation house: Cinar (which took a mighty and spectacular tumble not long after I’d moved on.  But that’s a story for another blog entry.).  I was their Manager of Animation Development and, in addition to tracking down potential properties, developing shows, writing bibles and pilots, I also wrote scripts and, eventually, story-edited several series.  It was stable work, but it wasn’t exactly lucrative – certainly not in comparison to what some of the freelance story editors were making, freelance story editors who, on many occasions, I’d be rewriting for a third of their salary.

So, I quit and became a freelancer.  Needless to say, mom and dad were less than thrilled.  Their conservative upbringing dictated that the security of a job, no matter how menial, trumped the uncertainty of the unknown.  And there was no bigger unknown the wild and wonderfully frightening world of freelance writing, where you could be inundated with work one month, then go years without.  Fortunately, I was able to swing a deal with the company I had left, swapping out my full-time office position for that of a writer-for-hire.  I store and story-edited for them.  And wrote and story-edited for many other animation studios (Toronto’s Nelvana was one of my favorites for the type of shows produced and the people I dealt with on a daily basis).  My father wasn’t buying it, until I told him how much I would be making, roughly four times my previous salary.  He still didn’t buy it.  “You’ll be making more than the Prime Minister?”he challenged.  I shrugged back and honestly responded: “It’s not my fault the Prime Minister is underpaid.”

Using those spec scripts and animation work as a stepping stone, Paul and I ended up as writer-producers on a couple of teen sitcoms, then parlayed that into a couple of writing assignments on one hour adventure shows, one featuring mysticism and dinosaurs, another, far more bizarre, featuring strongly-accented foreign actors pretending to be Americans.  We used our one hour drama experience to get us an opportunity to pitch for Stargate, wowed ’em (or, maybe I should say “didn’t disappoint ’em!”) with out first script, Scorched Earth, were offered positions on the writing staff, adopted a siege mentality and have been entrenched in the far corner offices ever since.  I want to say it’s because we do good work but I suspect it could be because no one knows we’re back there.

Anyway, a two year gig (“The Stargate series will wrap after season five.”) turned into an eleven year run…and counting.

Mailbag:

Annie from Freemantle writes: “What do you think of Michael Crichton’s books?”

Answer: Haven’t read any.  No particular reason why not.  I’m simply inundated with books.  Rob Cooper is a big fan though.

Kelsey writes: “So after seeing “Lost” and a close up the Kino Remote, has any consideration bin put in to making a Kino Remote iphone app?”

Answer: It certainly would be cool.  Someone at MGM needs to get on that!

Jeremy writes: “Has the idea been discussed of keeping a copy of any long cuts of the show which the director is happy with before it has to be cut down to fit the allotted running time and the DVD being those long versions and not the broadcast ones? Or what are your thoughts about that if it hasn’t?”

Answer: My thought is that the director’s cut, like the subsequent producer’s cut, is one very important part of the overall process.

Tim Lade writes: “Any word on the re-cap music friend?”

Answer: Damn.  Remind me on Tuesday.

Arctic Goddess writes: “Please, Joe, photos of bouncing Carl? Can he do air somersaults yet?”

Answer: Can he!  During hiatus, Carl attends several Renaissance fairs.  His medieval persona is a circus tumbler!

aaroNIGHTS writes: “How was a standard Stargate located at Icarus Base able to locate and dial Destiny? […] How was it possible for a standard Stargate to make these calculations in order to connect to the Stargate aboard Destiny? How could the standard Stargate used possibly begin to know where Destiny could be?”

Answer: Given he fact that Destiny has been on the move for as long as it has, dropping in and out of FTL over the course of its lengthy journey, a MUCH greater distance than the effects of stellar drift, it’s clear that the onus on recalibrating the destination gate rests with Destiny once its particular address is dialed.  While the address dialed may remain consistent the gates location is not.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Where do the strange looking glyphs for the ‘prototype’ Stargates come from? Are they a purely abstract symbol? Do these Stargates communicate with each other over subspace to give their position out before dialing? In one of the most recent episodes (UNI:‘Lost’) a dialing remote were shown to know all of the valid Stargates in range – including Destiny. Why do these prototype Stargates have the ability to determine what addresses are viable before dialing? It seems unfeasible that these prototype Stargates would have such advanced features yet subsequent Stargate networks constructed several million years later do not.”

Answer: We’ll be learning more about the gates as the series progresses but to answer your second question – yes, the gates communicate with Destiny. While the remote has the ability to determine what addresses are viable before dialing (those we are capable of securing a connection to), Destiny is also able to determine whether those viable gates should be locked out.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Why do these prototype Stargates use relatively small handheld touch screen dialing devices, yet the far more modern Stargates in the Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies require far larger ‘Dial Home Devices’?”

Answer: Unlike the Milk Way and Pegasus galaxies, the Ancients weren’t looking to – for lack of a better way of putting it – “set up shop in the neighborhood”.  It would appear they weren’t interested in fostering a gate network similar to the Milky Way and Pegasus where DHD’s allow for interplanetary travel.  Also, the puddle jumpers were fitted with DHD’s, and I’d say that’s more advanced than any handheld remote.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Why were Destiny and the seeder ships launched with prototype Stargates? Why would such a great and long mission be placing possibly millions of Stargates that are an inferior, prototype model?”

Answer: Because, clearly, that’s what they were working with at the time.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “It is a fact, then, that the majority of Destiny’s lifetime has existed before the Ancients ascended to a higher plane of existence. So much so that much less than 1% of Destiny’s life has been without the Ancients. If this is the case, then why is Destiny so far out and incapable of dialing home? Has that last 1% of its journey put it past the threshold of a viable solar powered Gate trip home? More over, if Destiny is such an important ship in the Ancients plans, why is it still running outdated technology? Atlantis had been around for Millions of years, but no Ancient ever thought of upgrading the technology aboard Destiny? Did they just abandon it?”

Answer: Yes, they did just abandon it.  Destiny was part of a very long-term project that was put in play millions of years ago.  What its mission way and why the Ancients abandoned it remains a mystery.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Do these seeder ships fly into Stars and almost magically construct Stargates out of solar power?”

Answer: It’s safe to assume that they replenish their capacitors in much the same that Destiny does.  As for how it constructs Stargates – we’ll have to wait and find out, but it certainly would make sense that the ships possess the capability to source material from the planets it passes.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Why didn’t the database have any information at all on what Destiny is? Did the Ancients in all their intelligence and glory just not bother to write anything down about it?”

Answer: Either that or the mission was of such a highly sensitive nature that its true aim was a closely guarded secret.

AaronNiGHTS writes: “Why would a race of people so heavily devoted to Science and “The systematic understanding of the physical world through observation and experimentation…[and] most of all, freedom of will” (‘Stargate: The Ark of Truth’) name something ‘Destiny’?”

Answer: Great question – which you’ll have to wait to find out the answer to.

Kevin writes: “I just realized that “Subversion” is airing on SyFy tonight but isn’t running on Space in Canada..we have to wait another week to see it when all along we’ve been watching it at the same time…”

Answer: Since SyFy is taking next week off for Memorial Weekend, I’m guessing Space decided to pre-empt a week early since, here in Canada, we’re celebrating St. Ignatius of Coca-Cola Day.  Two weeks from now, I’m sure they’ll all be back on track to simultaneously air the first part of the season one finale.

Joan0001 writes: “If the Destiny is a seeder ship, then presumably it reaches planets that don’t have stargates.”

Answer: Randomness already answered the question but, just in case you missed it – Destiny is not a seed ship.  Multiple seed ships were launched well ahead of Destiny and have been seeding planets with stargate in preparation for Destiny’s trailing journey.

ancarofl writes: “where do they get all the stuff that couldn’t have been on board of Destiny? Like leather couches, trainers, make-up, baby clothes?”

Answer: The furniture came with the place.  They look like leather but they’re of a highly advanced material that withstands breakdown.  Also, Destiny was featured in season two of Home Makeover and the entire place was redesigned.  As for the baby jumper Chloe gave T.J. – she made that out of shipboard material.  I snapped a pic of it – and the truck Riley made, also out of pieces from the ship.  I’ll scour the archives and upload pics of both in the coming days.

BoltBait writes: “When Eli and Chloe are looking at the wrecked ships computer and she points to the symbol that leads to the map, Eli asks her why she chose that symbol and she basically says, “I don’t know.”  Why?”

Answer: Why indeed?   There’s a reason – and you won’t have to wait quite as long for the answer…

dasNdanger writes: “Since the Wraith don’t dismember their victims or anything (that we know of), why does the Commander’s sword have a serrated edge?”

Answer: It’s more a weapon of incapacitation than a feeding utensil.

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Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, only halfway into it, but this is the best episode EVER of SGU so far. Holy shit! Oh yeah, my Daniel aint too bad, either smile Too many commercials, as usual, and that shaky camera stuff is getting on my nerves big time, but great stuff nevertheless. Back to watching! Thanks!

Greg
Greg

“Hey, how did you guys end up doing what you’re doing?”

I’m still working on that… always liked writing, tried taking English Literature in University. I learned that if you say what the teacher likes you received good marks. Essentially you become a parrot.

I dropped out and got a job in the steel industry for seven years smile

Recession arrives and the steel industry craps out. Now I’m back in school working on getting a trade. All those night shifts I worked while everyone else was asleep I’d be writing. Never made anything of my stories and I’ve shown almost nobody. Perhaps they suck for all I know.

Anyways, I’d like to recommend the book “Stranger Suns” by George Zebrowski.

Deni
Deni

Arrggh, another commercial, gimme a break! You know something I’d love to see gone from Stargate? The “my people” bit! Enough already! I love that you brought the alliance into this one, feels a little like the good ol’ days! Oh yeah, my Daniel aint too bad, either smile

Zoomeister
Zoomeister

Hey, Joe.

I just want to thank you and Alaina for answering my questions and I’m also looking forward to the answers from Mike Banas.

I have a couple of questions:

1.) Are we going to get a Ben Browder (Cameron Micthell) appearance on SGU or in ANYTHING Stargete-verse related in the near future? I happen to be a huge fan of the character and actor and I was pretty disappointed to learn that he’s apparently not going to be appearing in Stargate: Revolution. Will we be seeing any more Browder/Cam any time soon?

2.) Are we going to get a fun, Riley-based episode any time soon? Sgt. Riley is AWESOME. He’s my favorite nerd character next to Eli and tied with McKay. Are we going to see a full Riley-centered episode where he does something epic and hilarious? It would be cool to see you or Robert Cooper write it (hell, why not BOTH of you write it?). You know, something in the vein of ‘Window of Opportunity.’

Airelle
Airelle

Joe thanks sooooo much for the puppy fix, I vote for Bubba ponders life’s mysteries. I know, there was no contest and really they are all winners. So give them all a hug from me please.(the indoor/outdoor fake carpet works,) It is summer-like here in Fl, better than the chilly winter of last. I do like the sunshine (warm).
Glad to know you are doing the job you really like, dad would have surely been proud.
I believe I was happy with my chosen career.
and thanks for mailbag..
Have a great weekend!

Lou Zucaro

Great “how you got started in the biz” story, Joe…thanks!

After college, I was looking for a job. I was driving around Chicago and happend to drive past a place called the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. I kinda thought “WTF?” to myself even before knowing what “WTF?” meant.

I went inside and asked them what it was all about (you can look up CUFOS if you want to know). I told the guy I’d just graduated college and was looking for work, when the phone rang. It was a woman calling from a small production house looking for consultants for a documentary about alien abductees. The guy at CUFOS connected me to the woman on the phone and that ended up being my first job, co-producing the documentary.

She eventually quit, having convinced herself I was in fact an alien (I’m not making this up) and I took over that project, then started a multimedia division there to leverage the company’s vast stock footage archives into CD-ROM titles, mostly for educational use.

A meeting with a client there led to my next job producing video games for a small studio in the area.

While there, I built the company’s web site and had a lot of fun with it, so I started a web company in ’98 with a co-worker.

I met my wife in ’99 (although we didn’t get married til a few years ago) and she introduced me to a high school friend of hers who had just helped get a small toy company off the ground, and I got involved in that for a while too.

(the toy company was a lot of fun, save for a very unfortunate experience involving…Stargate)

The web company specializes in Content Management Systems and portal development, and that’s still my full-time gig, and I also started voice acting professionally about 6 years ago through a friend of a friend.

So pretty much all of my professional career has been a string of good luck, timing and right-place-right-time circumstances. And of course hard work. smile

Deni
Deni

Fantastic episode, the stuff that Stargate is made of. Can’t wait to see the next one, but bummed because it’ll be the end of the season. Not that I’m blowing sunshine up your bum, but damn Joe, this was good! Thanks again!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

“Answer: It’s more a weapon of incapacitation than a feeding utensil.” Ooooooo…like…for hamstringing??! How deliciously nasty! … .. . Do you REALLY wanna know how I got to where I’m at??? Okay, long story not-so-short… I hated school. H.A.T.E.D. Graduated 4th in my class, but hated school from kindergarten through 12th grade – there wasn’t a year that wasn’t an ordeal for me…in my head. Mostly I hated the social aspect and the ‘beautiful people’ – the jocks and cheerleaders and other popular kids – but I also hated the tests, hated the structure, hated gym. I only like the learning part, and lunch…especially the pizza. I hated peer pressure and bullies and so avoided most of the other students, and hung out with the ‘outcasts’ – the gay guys, nerdy chicks, and ‘greasers’ (I think in today’s terms they would be the emos and goths…and gay guys ). Despite the pressure from teachers and guidance counselors, I decided I was not going to college. I mean, WHY would I want to take more tests and plunge myself into a social environment that was totally contrary to my nature? Soooo…after graduation I took a job at my high school as a library assistant – and lo and behold – I loved it! Best 4 years of ‘school’. However, during my 4th year I started getting sick – like a constant upset stomach from nerves, or something. I figured the social aspect of the job had finally caught up with me, and so I quit. WHAT A FREAKIN’ MISTAKE!!! It wasn’t ‘nerves’, it was caffeine. I can’t have caffeine. I quit my job because of tea and Coke and coffee. I took a year off, and then slowly – but surely – got sucked into the family business. I never wanted to work full time – I’ve always wanted to be a domestic goddess and do volunteer work – the stuff I like – gardening, art, decorating, helping the community and environment. I also never wanted to work for my dad. We – for lack of a better word – butt heads (to put it mildly). My brother was out of the house before I was even in school, my sister was the golden child, and I … I was the millstone around my father’s neck. According to him, everything that’s wrong in the world is my fault. Yeah. We have a great relationship. Don’t get me wrong – he’s a GREAT guy…generous, funny, loved by all…but I still cannot do anything right in his eyes. And so I’ve worked for him for 25 years, 20 of those years fulltime. My sister was smart, she moved away, but I stay – and stay with him – because I have this really screwed up sense of loyalty. I can’t leave the job, because I don’t want my mom to worry. So, I stay. Now…WHERE do I work? I work in an old trailer, on the edge of wetlands. We get snakes in… Read more »

funnypeople
funnypeople

wow…..a baby shower……why………..why…..who writes this stuff. Good thing they brought i-pod docks and electric shavers in their survival gear!

Lisa R.
Lisa R.

Fantastic ep!!!!!! We were on the edge of our seats the entire time. Liked how the plot was so well-knit together and really looking forward to Incursion in two weeks.

Chem_Is_Try
Chem_Is_Try

An excellent job by everyone involved with tonight’s SGU! I was riveted!

***

I always loved science. I read every science-related book in my elementary school library by 4th grade. I became a medical technologist and worked in hospital chemistry labs for 10 years. After moving from S. Florida to Kentucky I started working in university research labs. Immuno-chemistry labs kept me busy for the next 10 years with short breaks to birth my 3 kids. After the 3rd was born I returned to college and got my master’s in education. I wanted a more flexible work schedule with little kids. I became a high-school chemistry teacher. My kids are all grown now, but I’m still teaching chemistry (and other sciences).

I’m not sure what my next career will be.

JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

Hmm, how did I end up doing what I do? This is long – get comfortable.

Well, I majored in Music, vocal performance, specialty in opera – I’m a coloratura soprano. But I already knew I didn’t want to do that for a career – those women are MEAN! And what else can you do with a music degree – teach? Oh, no – much of my family were teachers and they said, no, don’t be a teacher. So I graduated and began my Five Year Plan (read with an echo effect) of working wherever I could just to get job experience.

As it happens, my aunt was a realtor and there was an opening at her office for a weekend receptionist (nepotism is great, ain’t it?). Within one month I went from weekend, to weekday to Office Administrative Asst. I pretty much stayed within the related fields of real estate, escrow and lending for the five years and then the markets turned sour and I was back where I started; unemployed.

Someone suggested working for a school district; I was wary – this was close to the dreaded teaching career. I started in 1996 as a playground instructional assistant for my home district and gained the official title (given by the children) of Mrs. Recess Teacher. I found that my previous job experience stood me in good stead in many ways; realtors are a lot like children. I only worked 3.75 hours a day; not enough to get benefits and not enough to live on, so I kept applying within the district for additional hours and took an assistant position with an in-district program for before- and after-school care – the Shoreline Children’s Center. The following year my lead teacher left and I moved into the lead postition and became, of course, a Teacher. Hadn’t I been trying to avoid this eventuality?

Fourteen years later I find myself wondering why I ever did anything else – I’ve seen hundreds of children come through my classroom and I delight in bringing new experiences to them, watching them discover the world around them and seeing them blossom and grow year by year. For seven years of their lives, K-6th grade, I get to be parent and friend, guide and student – the only thing that’s really hard (and is coming up very soon, again) is saying good-bye when they graduate 6th grade and are gone – with the promise of the occasional visit, of course. Understand, no one gets into education to make money and things have been tight over the years, but in the long run, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Thanks, Julie

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Sooo…

..

.

Why does it have to be Telford who makes the ‘what gives us the right’ speech? And…ya know…that speech of his sounds a lot like the pro-Wraith arguments I’ve made here. So…what gives YOU guys the right to steal my ideas??! mad

wink

das

Kevman7987
Kevman7987

So I guess next season (I know there are still two eps left) Telford will end up stuck on Destiny with the main crew, and a bunch of Lucian Alliance members?

Tim Lade
Tim Lade

Talk to you on Tuesday Joe.

I became a Residence Life Coordinator because I couldn’t think of anything else to do and I enjoyed being an RA. I went to film school at Western and realized I sucked at making movies so when I graduated I got into student affairs. Good. Times.

Jean
Jean

Hey Joe,

I’ve been enjoying the second half of the season, great stories, although I’ll have to wait until next week for Subversion (and avoid spoilers here!).

I hope you don’t mind answering a question about “Sabotage” – Colonel Young says that if they don’t get the FTL fixed, they’ll all be going back to the planet where Scott, Chloe and Eli were stranded. Then, when they use the kino and find the alien ships there, he says that they’re cut off and have to fix Destiny. That seems to imply that the only planet they could dial to was that particular planet, but aren’t there usually several planets within range whenever Destiny stops? When Scott, Chloe and Eli were on the planet, there were several addresses that showed up on Eli’s remote. I guess it’s possible that this planet was right at the edge of the galaxy and no other planets were close enough to Destiny to dial, but that means Destiny’s gate must be really short-range. Can you shed any light?

Have a great long weekend,
Jean

sylvia
sylvia

awwww, thanks for the puppie pix.

No spoilers.
Subversion = awesome! And, arrrgh, wait for “conclusion” next epi. Then, the last 2 epis and wait, wait, wait.
We gots lots of practice waiting, and waiting…did I mention waiting? LOL.

Deni
Deni

@funnypeople: Why not a baby shower? Considering everything else they’re going through, it was nice. Geez, any woman in that situation would love it. Who writes this stuff? Joe does.

@Das: Ok, you and I need a vacation. I’ll come get you and we’ll head somewhere tropical for a couple of weeks. Just not Florida. smile

Kymm
Kymm

I’m hopin’ you hose off that little patch o’ grass, every once in awhile. *pee ewe (sp?) hahaha* The dogs are so cute and funny, although I guess the humour is yours, isn’t it? They are just the little hams.

I thought Eli & Chloe were making it up (that she had been studying Daniel’s Ancients’ work). I figured she just wanted to go off-ship, so she and Eli were spinning tales, they were like two little kids (hence Young’s indulgent smile after they left). I presumed she knew about the symbol because it was abduction related. As I have said before, something is not right with her.

Joe writes: “Hey, how did you guys end up doing what you’re doing?”

Answer: I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. That’s why adults keep asking children what they want to do/be when they grow up. They are looking for ideas………..

It’s funny you should be asking this question, as I am experiencing career angst right now. In my area, the corporation where I work is considered to be somewhat akin to winning the lotto (not the jackpot, but rather The Plus), but I hate it. In fact, I call it my gilded cage…… So I can understand your earlier dilemma of job you like/love for less pay, or one you hate strictly for the money. I’m currently living it, although I have found that there have been some unforeseen ramifications of doing it long term. Vague, I know, but that’s about as detailed as I can get. Perhaps my reaction to conflict may explain it a little better.

I think it has a lot to do with being a risk taker or being risk adverse. You were able to take that leap of faith. It remains to be seen whether I can or not………

Have a good one!
Kymm

anon
anon

@Subversion: Was the tel’tak taking off not shown to save money? That looked horrible.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Deni – Uuuum…uh…I like you, Deni…really. But…erm…I am really NOT quite ready for the whole Thelma and Louise thing just yet. wink Unless, of course, we head to Vancouver, and drive our car right through the Stargate! Wooo!!

das

Shawna
Shawna

I wanted to be a writer since some time in high school. I’m still working on it. (That is, I’m still working on being able to make a living writing. I don’t think I could stop being a writer if I tried, even if I never again got paid for it.) I’ve got one screenwriting thing in the works (and it’s been ‘in the works’ for a while), but I think my time in LA somewhat disillusioned me from wanting to be a screenwriter as my primary goal. Not that I wouldn’t jump at the chance to do a screenplay or, even better, get a staff job on a great show, but it seems most of my ideas lately have been for novels, so that’s what I’m working on now. If I succeed and get published, I might have to send you a copy in celebration.

In the mean time, I’m working a desk job in a completely uncreative field.

Dustin Owens
Dustin Owens

Loved Subversion and two questions

1. Is that the same actor that played the bounty hunter that went after SG1 a few years ago? Is he the same character?

2. If I recall right in the “human” ep the flashback Jackson said their contact in the LA found a good planet for the base. Was that Telford then?

Jon K.
Jon K.

Nice little nod to john scalzi having Rush’s escort reading Old Man’s War. Guess it doesn’t hurt to be a creative consultant. smile

Shiny
Shiny

A big cliffhanger, Shanks, LDP and RDA? Very cool episode, congrats to all. Was literally at the edge of my seat at the end. I liked that although SG1 guest stars were featured it still felt like a SGU episode.

One of my fave moments was Eli and his band of techies doing the “busy babble” when Telford went by, and Rush’s “I was stalling!” was priceless.

Oh and cheers to Mike Dopud, it was great to see him on Stargate again, he did an excellent job.