Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.

Thanks for all the awesome feedback on last nights’ episode, Subversion.  It was scripted by my writing partner, Paul Mullie (he of episode #11, Divided, fame) and, as I mentioned in a previous post, he’s been firing on all creative cylinders of late.  He’s in fine form in season two as well with two equally fantastic episodes, Intervention and Trial and Error – but you won’t get to see those until the fall.  In the meantime, we close out Stragate: Universe’s first season with a runnin’ gunnin’s two-parter, Incursion I and II, written by yours truly.  As for those who have yet to see Subversion – I promise not to let slip any spoilers within the body of these entries.  But, just in case, steer clear of the comments section.

Photo courtesy and copyright MGM Television.

Wow.  I realized I’d finally made the shift back to bachelorhood the other day when I found myself standing in the supermarket aisle, thrilled at the prospect of adding a half-dozen tupperware containers to my paltry mismatched collection.  In that instant, there was no feeling more luxurious than the prospect of surplus lunch containers.

Which reminds me.  Although I make mention of wanting to date those gorgeous actresses from Japanese SF flicks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klJemp7p-Xw&feature=related), I’m a realist.  If experience has taught me anything, it’s that the best connections are made through simple introductions, ideally through friends.  So, friends, somebody introduce me to this girl: http://blog.vampbeauty.com/?p=180.

Which also reminds me.  On the anime front, finished Code Geass R2 last night and plan to finish off Black Lagoon tonight.  What’s next?  I dunno.  Any suggestions?

Some interesting links you should check out:

Mike Moody has a terrific Q&A with actress Alaina Huffman, SGU’s Lieutenant Tamara Johansen, over at TVSquad: http://i.tvsquad.com/2010/05/21/alaina-huffman-on-the-stargate-universe-season-finale-season/.  Alaina talks about T.J., the pregnancy, and fan reaction to the new show.

Writer Jason Sanford discusses whether online magazines can help bridge the divide between the literary and genre camps: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/05/will-online-fiction-end-the-eternal-slugfest-between-genre-and-literary-fiction/.  He also provides a link to a fascinating article he wrote a few years back in which he tackles the issue of the U.S. literary establishment’s need-hate relationship with speculative fiction: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/books/features/article_1386271.php

Editor Lou Anders joins The Functional Nerds (Patrick Hester & John Anealio) for a podcast covering “the history of the Pyr imprint from Prometheus books, the branding of Pyr that stands out on the bookshelves thanks to artwork from great artists like John Picacio, upcoming projects from Pyr, two new anthologies from Lou titled ‘Swords & Dark magic’ due in June and ‘Masked’ due in July”, Stargate Universe, our humble little book club, John Scalzi, FlashForward and Batman comics: http://functionalnerds.com/2010/05/episode-010/.

Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited offers up 400 completed series: http://marvel.com/news/comicstories.12586.read_400_completed_series_now~excl~. Thanks to the gang at SFSignal.com for the tip.

Hey, check out google’s new ad-supported service: http://www.theonion.com/video/new-google-phone-service-whispers-targeted-ads-dir,17470/.

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Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Shit! I missed a day?!?

What was I doing?

Robert L martin
Robert L martin

all im gonna say if somebody doesn’t mention naquada generator or ZPM in the next couple episodes im going to SCREAM!!

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello.

Just saw Subversion. Great job!!! I thought it was a great episode! Can’t wait to see how everything with Telford plays out next week.

Best Wishes,

Bryan

BurnZ

Hey Joe,

Have you tried the anime Gantz? It’s full of gore and crazy weapons.

Shawna
Shawna

The only anime series I’ve actually seen, and I liked it, is called I My Me Strawberry Eggs. I don’t understand this titling system at all. It’s about a male teacher who has to dress as a female to work at an all-girls’ school, then ends up falling in love with one of his students. I think it would have been funnier as a live action (my suspension of disbelief regarding males looking like females only goes so far, I’m afraid, and animation makes it too easy for them to fudge it). It doesn’t really sound like your thing, though. Maybe if he was some kind of demon robot monster pretending to be a woman…

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Subversion…probably the best episode of the season! If you have to do an Earth based episode with the stones, this is how you do it!.

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I never would have pegged Telford as a traitor. He just seemed so straight-laced that the fact that he wasn’t brainwashed and was really doing this of his own free will was very surprising. Almost as surprising as letting Rush go on the mission. He is a scientist, not a spy. How could Young allow it, and then how could O’neill then also allow it. Nice to see Daniel, although briefly. Once Rush learned what the Alliance was doing, how could he possibly help them succeed. He wants the ship to himself, the Alliance will kill him once they took over the ship. Young really showed something in giving Telford the beating he deserved. And the baby shower was a very cute moment in an otherwise tense episode. I was surprised Scott went over Young’s head and told Wray what was happening. How much trouble is he in now. One nitpick…you have to assume Telford had a transponder implanted into his body. Why couldn’t a SGC ship in orbit beam up Telford/Rush before the Swat team arrived. So now we have to wait two weeks for the next episoded because SciFi doesn’t want to air new shows on holiday weekends. But at least we get to see Sam!!!! Bring on Incursion!!!!

me
me

The anime I recommend (if you haven’t already seen it) is Vandred, Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid, and Gungrave.

Did you like Code Geass R2?

Dave D.
Dave D.

Anime you haven’t seen… tough one. My faves are ones most people have seen like Macross and Space Battleship Yamato. Other than those I recommend Patlabor, Urusei Yatsura, Planetes, and a short ova series called Crusher Joe.

Sean D.

Hi Joe,

Regarding:
“Recommend me an anime series I haven’t watched yet (and I’ve watched plenty)!”

Have you seen “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”?

Check it out if not. smile

Also, my Matcha arrived today! VERY GOOD stuff! Prepared exactly as it is meant to be prepared, well according to the instructions wink haha… very good!

-Sean D.

HBMC
HBMC

Something is puzzling me:

Why would you hire Mike Dopud to play someone in the Lucian Alliance who isn’t Olodai Ventrell? IMDB has him listed as someone called Varro.

Now I know you’ve hired actors from previous episodes to play different roles in the past, and Mike has himself played three different roles on SG-1/SGA in the past – but he played someone linked with the Lucian Alliance before, so why not just re-use that?

Just seemed like an odd choice to me.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Oh no. Serious loss of macho/man points for admitting to rhapsodising over tupperware. You could blame Ashleigh for it. Perhaps something she put into the cookies is affecting your hormonal balance? Sometimes honesty is not the best policy, even if you’re simply confessing to friends. I fear that the tupperwear thing will haunt you at work.
Sorry I can’t recommend any anime. I’ve still to seek out some of those that you have recommended at some time or another. Work, podcasts, books, doggie, and other real world intrusions into my time and pocketbook have so far kept me seeking out some of the titles.
Looking forward to Incursion. You’ve given kudos to your writing partner, but you should take a small bow for yourself. You’re definitely hitting some doubles and triples, and Im fully expecting a grand slam home run by the end of the last scene of the season finale.
Thanks for the daily post, and hope you and the doggies enjoy the rest of the weekend.

duneknight
duneknight

its so wrong what you guys did leaving us to wait another week! wtf is up with that?!

Deni
Deni

Hey Joe, thank you, thank you, thank you! wink

Jacque

I realize it’s “good drama,” but I wish TV would stop perpetuating the torture. meme.

Otherwise, great episode.

Gilder
Gilder

Speaking of character actors, I hope you have cast Brent Stait, David Palffy, Doug Arthurs in SGU S2. I think enough time has passed to dim memories of their previous franchise characters.

Has anyone else in USA noticed the NASCAR ads on TNT? The CGI features a familiar-looking giant metal circle… :-O

Gilder
Gilder

Canadians: Enjoy your Victoria Day on Monday!

RebeccaH
RebeccaH

I contend that the U.S. literary establishment won’t embrace genre literature until the last gray-pony-tailed academic with pretensions to intellectual Marxism retires and/or dies.

But a younger generation that grew up on Star Trek, Star Wars, and subsequent actual, literary speculative fiction, is coming up, and genre fiction will at last take a respected place in the body of literature.

Greg
Greg

I don’t know what you’ve watched but I’d like to recommend some “anime” movies, and t.v. shows.

Movies; (you’ve prob seen these?)

Akira
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film)

Steamboy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboy

Warriors of the Wind/Nausicaa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausica%C3%A4_of_the_Valley_of_the_Wind_(film)

Princess Mononoke http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mononoke

Spirited Away
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away

T.V. series;

Full Metal Alchemist – Seemed childish but this show had very dark, adult themes, very good storyline & characters, animation. The movies that accompany the t.v. show are pretty good too, especially this scene (Wrath vs Gluttony);

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tweGY7s1r3w&feature=related

I really liked Inuyasha for awhile. At first glance it looked childish with a dog eared guy with big white hair. The animation and dynamic between Inuyasha & his brother Sesshomaru drew me in. I especially like how Sesshomaru the ultimate bad ass slowly and reluctantly becomes a good guy in the long run & his interactions with Rin (although he’d never admit to it) some clips of Sesshomaru’s power;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y5eFFJeNKA

Also, one that I overlooked but turned out great, Justice League Unlimited. My favorite part is when Darkseid makes a surprise appearance… and the fight between him & superman A+

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pneBDGPgD30&feature=related (goto around 8 min)

Pepper Smith

Re: Literary vs. Genre

What’s amusing is that so much of what’s considered classic literature would be classified as genre if it were published today.

Sometimes folks get fascinated by the theories of what makes good literature, and forget their storytelling roots.

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

@ Gilder – just watched that ad on youtube and wow, the similarity is a bit toooooo uh similar.

Looked at the link Joe for the google ad phone. Apparently there was a 911 call made from the phone and the ads got in the way.

I dunno about you but that phone would end up being part of the wall before too long!!

Enjoy your holiday (if you do take a break which is highly unlikely haha)

How’s mumma Joe ??? She doing marathons yet?

netty
netty

For anime I recommend checking out Kemono no Souja Erin (Beast player Erin)
It’s a slow paced story but very good and the animation is unique.
If you can buy the DVD where you are, great. If not, like me, try
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Erin
Also Tegami Bachi is a great anime to watch. Darker than Black, Honey and Clover, Eden of the East, Spice and Wolf, Skip Beat and xxxHolic off the top of my head.

Audrey
Audrey

I couldn’t wait a week to watch it so I bought it off of iTunes instead. Excellent! Might be my new favourite ep!
Was awesome seeing Jack and Daniel again and their bantering. I was glad that Jack still has his sense of humour and all his Jack-isms, even if they’re sometimes at inappropriate times (and yet, that’s what makes him awesome). I noticed with that scene, that his humour seems almost out of place, but I guess that just goes to show how much grittier SGU is compared to SG1.

Everyone, especially LDP and RC were phenomonal! Props to them. It seems Telford forgot about one of my favourite commandments of the “thou shalt not be a dick” variety, but perhaps thats just the brainwashing talking as Young and him may have sorta been friends, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, before it all hit the fan.

I won’t go into details about the whole torture thing as I have too much to say on that, but what I will say is that I think Young was justified in what he was doing (saving loads of people, etc); Kiva not so much, as she was only furthering her own agenda. But damn, she’s a cold bitch. I love it!

Do you, by chance have any piccies of RDA when he was on set? I’ve missed him. All in all, a great ep, and can’t wait to see how these last 2 play out!

Sparrow_hawk

Anime recommendations?

There is a series that has been running for a long time in Japan that is FINALLY being released here. It is subtitle only and just the first 13 episodes have been released. I highly recommend it for a good time:

GINTAMA

Hans
Hans

Hi Joe,

About Universe: Just saw Sabotage last Wednesday. Really cool episode, but what happend to Franklin on the Chair? (Subversion will go on air here in something like 10 days.)

Other things: Did Elyse Levesque finish answering the questions once told for her here? – If not, then it would be nice, if you add another one. I just discovered there is singer/actress named Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque. So the question to Elyse is:
Is there any relationship between you and Joanna?

Also I’d like to know if I won’t get answers to the questions I asked here: http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/may-7-2010-coast-restaurant-mini-mailbag/#comment-95754

Hans

Jenny Robin
Jenny Robin

I haven’t been a very faithful reader for the past several months, so I somehow missed your return to bachelorhood.

I would say I’m sorry, but maybe that would be the wrong thing to say.

I would say congratulations, but that also seems insensitive.

I would say I’m here for you, but I don’t know you and you don’t know me, so that would be untrue and unoriginal.

So, I guess I’ll simply say I hope the best for you. That’s very unoriginal as well, but it’s sincere. Sincerity trumps all in this case.

And you don’t have to post this comment. I’m perfectly fine with that.