Bubba discovers those doggy toys are damn hard to grip.

Jelly looking ten years younger.

Maximus senses food.

Bubba wonders "What's up?"

Jelly playing it cool.

Bubba hanging out for the afternoon.

Lulu's ready for her close-up.

Today, we sat down to watch Andy Mikita’s director’s cut of Trial and Error, one of my favorite episodes of SGU’s second season.  And that’s saying someting given that I wasn’t initially onboard with the story when it was first pitched.  Well, one terrific script and a solid week of production behind us, and we’ve got ourselves an amazing episode – t hat, once second unit shoots that final missing scene next week, will come in at seven minutes over.  Even with the expected tightening, Paul will be hard-pressed not to lose some scenes (the first two off the top, the discussion that may find a home in Carl’s episode) and Mr. Sparkle.  Poor, Mr. Sparkles :(.

Meanwhile, Paul has started work on the second part of the mid-season two-parter and he’s elected to abandon all three place-holder titles “Resurgence II: The Heretic”, “Resurgence II: Electric Boogaloo”, and “Still Resurging” in favor of the much more understated “Deliverance”.  Brad is working on his rewrite of Twin Destinies following our marathon morning mind-bending discussion.  Carl’s on set hanging with the guest stars for his episode, The Greater Good. Linda is working on her rewrite of Alliances while Remi has started fleshing out one of his new arenas.  Rob should be in post, working on his director/producer’s cut of Malice.  And, with my revised draft of Resurgence out, I am looking ahead to my next story…whatever that may be.  I’m thinking musical.

I have a little over two weeks before our June 14th book of the month club discussion of Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint (hint, hint!  Pick it up!), so I’ve started three new books.  The first, Infected, by Scott Sigler, has been sitting on my to-read shelf for a while.  The second, Earth Strike: Star Carrier, by Ian Douglas, was recommended to me by Brad Wright who is a big fan of hard, military SF.  The third comes compliments of our friend and editor John Joseph Adams who was kind enough to send me an advance copy – official release date September, 2010 – of The Living Dead 2 which boasts an intriguing line-up of zombie fiction from the likes of Robert Kirkman (he of my fave comic book series, The Walking Dead), Adam-Troy Castro (another friend to this blog), Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide), Cherie Priest (yet another friend to this blog), and Sarah Langan (yet one more friend to our little online community).  Should be fun!

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Sparrow_hawk
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Sparrow_hawk

I’m reading! I’m reading! Sheesh. Give a girl a break, would ya? But I’m really enjoying Swordspoint and may actually some questions for the author this time.

Joseph
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Joseph

1. Have you guys ever considered bringing Major Davis back in a recurring or even guest role? Cunningham said in Gateworld’s latest column that he’d be interested, but as always, it’s up to the writers.

2. This question might be answered for me after viewing Incursion 1 & 2, but why was Mike Dopud cast as an entirely new character when he already had a perfectly good character, Odai Ventrell, in the Lucian Alliance that could have worked just as well as a new one? I’ve never had a problem with reusing actors in minor roles in Stargate in the past, but this goes a little past my comfort zone.

BStearns
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BStearns

Awww man Deliverance? I think Resurgence II: Electric Boogaloo should’ve been the title. But, if you guys want to go for the meaningful title, that’s fine to, I’ll just sit by and mope. I might check out the book Brad Wright gave to you, I’m also a huge fan of military SF, so it might be exciting. Hope everything is progressing smoothly on set, and if you need any help, I live in Vancouver so don’t hesitate to ask (hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink, and anything else that falls under subtle hint giving).

-Bryan
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Mike Lorrey
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Mike Lorrey

BTW: WHAT is the deal with Cheyenne totally pooching the building of Stargate Worlds virtual world/MMO? The one Eli is supposed to have won at the start of SGU but has never gone live.

I’m a virtual worlds developer, and if you guys are frustrated at their lack of performance, I’d be happy to do the project in house for you guys.

Lis
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Lis

Damn. I was really looking forward to Electric Boogaloo.

Major D. Davis
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Major D. Davis

Dang it!!!!!!!!! Seven minutes over. I hate when you have to loose great scenes for time. :(. Just like with Intervention…., Oh well.., guess that’s just how the games played sad

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

Oooooo…Deliverance???! Will it have banjos and piggies in it???! grin

Thanks for the doggie pics! Always a treat! Not sure if you can see this video or not – but I saw it, and – at about :57 seconds in – I immediately thought of you, Joe!! grin Enjoy!!!

das

Major D. Davis
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Major D. Davis

Yes!!! I agree. Please bring back Major Davis to SGU! I miss him so much. It would be great to see him as a chapperone for personel visits or just hanging at homeworld command!

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

Were you able to see the video, Joe?? I hope so!

das

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

CRAP…It would help if I posted the link, eh?? razz

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=weather&id=7465871

das

Ponytail
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Ponytail

Wow, did Jelly get a face lift? She looks 10 years younger is right! That’s a puppy picture, right! She is a sweetie. Both your girls are. Those boys are cuties too!

I’ve been thinking of Cherie Priest’s book lately. I live in Texas and it seems like we have are own Boneshaker nightmare going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Those yahoos have drilled a hole into the earth and enstead of gas, it is gushing oil. Soon the Gulf will be uninhabitable, everything will die, and only Zoombies covered in brown glob and other “interesting” people will dwell there.

conniepoint
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conniepoint

Shame on Paul for abandoning such great classics as “Resurgence II: The Heretic”, “Resurgence II: Electric Boogaloo”. I was really looking forward to watching the crew of the Destiny engage in a dance battle with aliens…Please tell me that’s still in the cards!

Anywho, keep up the awesome work. Lovin’ every minute of SGU. Though if you could include Brody and his kick arse distillery more, I would greatly appreciate it. I love me a drinking scientist..

JulieAloha
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JulieAloha

Joe,

Thanks for the puppy pics – I needed a fix today. I am tres bummed – *sob* My car is terminal – the engine is bleeding out and I’m in shock. Is it silly to cry for a car? 16 years we’ve been together – he’s had a long and wonderful life – but I can’t bear to even look at another car right now. I’m going to make myself something chocolatey now.

*sniffle*, Julie

PoorOldEdgarDerby
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PoorOldEdgarDerby

And now for A Joke That’s Probably Already Occured to Many People:

Too bad Kinsey isn’t around anymore, he could have been inexplicably playing a banjo in “Deliverance.”

This has been A Joke That’s Probably Already Occured to Many People.

mamasue9
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mamasue9

Hi Joe. I got to meet John Scalzi briefly during the preview night at Phoenix ComicCon today. He’s a very nice man, and I look forward to his SGU talks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Thornyrose
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Thornyrose

The first picture of Bubba is proof you are some sort of Evil Overlord, and/or Bubba is demonically possessed. Loved all the pictures but have to admit that was my favorite. My next favorite was Maximus doing his best winsome look.
Thanks for the reminder on the BotM. Still got to get hold of it, but once it’s in my grubby paws I’ll move it to the front of the list.
Thanks also for the peeks into the title changes and show progress. Here’s hoping everyone who ventures out on the Memorial Day holidays take extra care. Out this way at least the insanity is already starting on the highways.

Kymm
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Kymm

@ Das – At first, I thought your video got moderated. Made me curious as to what exactly was on it. I was ohhh bad Das *giggle* But no fear eh!!

Thanks for the puppy pics!! That first picture of Jelly is a particularly good shot.

Joe – is this something you would eat? Just curious…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2010/mar/09/breast-milk-cheese-new-york

Kymm’s New Word of the Day: Manther
“The male version of a cougar, an older man who preys on younger women.”
Hmmm I couldn’t possibly think of anyone who this would currently apply to… *plink plink* I would just like to have it available in my vocabulary, in case I ever hear of one. *whistles tunelessly and looks up to the ceiling and around*

Have a good one!!
Kymm

Sean D.
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Sean D.

Hey Joe,

In addition to having the King of SG Ice Cream-etc., ya should include a Champion Taster for the people who are voting on the best ice cream…

…the ice cream -making contestants (one or both of ya) prepare your own unique “suicide” flavor ice cream…

(“suicide” meaning it includes a *whole bunch* of flavors)

…but don’t let anyone know what those flavors are.

Whichever ice cream taster is able to guess the most correct flavors wins.

Silly but fun. And probably gross considering what all kinds of flavors might taste like together. Or perhaps it’ll actually taste good?

smile

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

@ JulieAloha – Sorry about your car…that’s a bummer. Interesting that you think of your car in the masculine. I tend to think of vehicles (of any kind) in the feminine…that way I understand when it’s being cranky and stuff. smile

@ Kymm – I are an idiot. razz

das

Escyos
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Escyos

have you seen this?
comment image
that is definitely a gate in the background

imadaman
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imadaman

Don’t kick my ass! sad
Uhm… How is it to act with space dolphins without seeing them?

raoul castro
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raoul castro

>Resurgence II: Electric Boogaloo”,

made me smile.

>the much more understated “Deliverance”.

made me cringe.

Thank god there was no piggie reference along with this,
or you would have creeped out a whole over 40 demographic.

maggiemayday
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maggiemayday

Electric Boogaloo would have been the perfect occasion to serve my Electric Kool-Aid. A shame. Deliverance is alright though. But then, I always hear banjos faintly in the background of the soundtrack of my life. Comes of being married to a hillbilly.

Ah, c’mon people, the 70s were very good to me.

JulieAloha
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JulieAloha

@ Das – Thanks – he’s always taken care of me, no matter how moody I’ve been with him; maybe that’s why I’ve thought of him as masculine – I dunno, just gonna miss him. I know – Owha, Tagee, Kiam – I have no shame in it. :j

-Julie

annie from Fremantle
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annie from Fremantle

dang missed out by thaaaaaat much for the deliverance banjo line!! Coyses!!!

Gorgeous piccies of the pugkids.. of course!

Lulu’s not doing her staredown.. has she mellowed somewhat?