So next week is the big Ice Cream Throwdown pitting me against fellow Exec. Producer Rob Cooper.  Four flavors!  Two days!  One champion!  Winner take all (and by “all”, I mean “absolutely nothing of any consequence except for bragging rights to the title Stargate Ice Cream King 2010” – but I’ll take it).  Since Rob will be directing on Wednesday, we’ve decided to make Monday and Tuesday our face-off days.

The first day of competition will see us each presenting two flavors.  In a transparent attempt to win the influential mint vote, Rob has already announced he’ll be serving a Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream.  In a bid to sway the remaining undecided voters, I’m countering with one of my big guns, the flavor that turned me off ice cream for two whole years!  Wait, let me explain.  About two years ago, I was swept up in an ice cream-making frenzy that saw me bringing in a multitude of creations every Friday afternoon for my co-workers to enjoy.  Until, I made “it”, THE flavor, a creation so delectable, so unbelievably tasty, that I ended up eating five bowls at a dinner party I was hosting and made myself physically ill.  I’m, of course, talking about the Advokaat-Laced Vanilla with Crumbled Milk and White Flake Chocolate.  It’s pretty damn killer.

Rob has also let it be known that he’ll be doing a Coconut Ice Cream as well – so I’ve decided to counter with my own coconut creation: specifically, Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream.

Tuesday, round two, will see us clash in Battle Chocolate.  He’s already committed to a Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream, which sounds pretty darn awesome.  I haven’t finalized my flavor yet, but I’m thinking of going with a premium Milk Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Shavings.  I’m considering going chocolate dougnut or chocolate chip as well…

And finally, for the coup de grace, we’ll duke it out in the Wildcard Round where anything goes!  He hasn’t tipped his hand on this one, but I’ve already decided to go with a Burnt Caramel and Sea Salt Ice Cream.

Well, that’ll be my weekend.

I swung by C&L Video this afternoon and picked up a couple of titles including, as per your recommendations…

Eureka Seven

Still not convinced.  The fact that one (or quite possibly more) of the young characters glides around on a flying surfboard contraption is cause for concern (Treasure Planet anyone?) but given my trusting nature, I’m going to go ahead and give you all the benefit of the doubt.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The decision to pick this one up wasn’t so tough.  I enjoyed the first series and expect to enjoy this one as well.

I also picked up a couple of titles you didn’t recommend, but would like you to weigh in on nevertheless…

Nabari no Ou

Ghost Hound. Not to be confused with…

Ghost Hunt

Shigurui. If I'm in the mood for something light...

Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to hit the mailbags between ice creams.

Ask ’em if you got ’em!

48 thoughts on “May 28, 2010: Gearing up for Battle Ice Cream! Soliciting your anime opinions!

  1. Mmmmmm that all sounds so delectable Joe! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. You got my vote! Do you plan on holding a contest for the rest of us to taste these delectable deserts? PPPPLLLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEE…….. 🙂 Thanks Joe, you rock!


  2. Questions For Mailbag

    Will we see SG1 characters in season 2 of SGU?

    Is there any word on the movies?If not, do you have an idea when MGM will make an announcement on this?

    Thanks a lot..

  3. nothing beats food that deals with chocalate on top of chocolate. Someone should video tape the battle and make a video out of it.

  4. I wish a couple of fellow employees would duke it out at my work like you and Robert Cooper are going to do. I’d like a Bar-B-Q cookoff personally. You’re going to have your hands full going up against the show’s creator. His title alone might persuade votes on his side. I love Chocolate Mint but haven’t tasted any ice cream that does not remind me of toothpaste, so you may have an edge there. But on the other hand, I hate white chocolate (it’s not real chocolate!!). So good luck to both of you. Wish I were there!

  5. The thing that struck me about your anime selections, since I’ve never actually read them, is that many of the characters look like Sheppard.

  6. Hey Joe,

    You have made some fine ice cream choices. Personally, I would be most interested in the Burnt Caramel, Advokaat and the Coconut Cream Pie (in that order). The milk chocolate w dark chocolate, may need a little something extra. Although not having tasted it, I could be totally wrong, it’s just my opinion (I knowwww everyone has one….sorry). Good luck in the competition!!

    Have a good weekend and enjoy your anime. *smile*

  7. Burnt caramel and sea salt?!? I don’t suppose you need an impartial observer to come up there and try it…


  8. *reads blog about ice cream and chocolate…*

    Question: How come y’all don’t have asses the size of freakin’ Texas???!

    It’s 1:00 am and I’m reorganizing my spice cabinet…so gotta run. Have a good night, sir!


  9. I don’t know if you would bother with this one but I just watched a series with my little cousin called “Avatar the last Airbender”. It caught my attention while he was watching it because of M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie coming out “The Last Airbender”. It is a cartoon based on anime and you can see the similarities in curtain areas. The story is about a boy who must master control of water, fire, air, earth and if he doesn’t the fire nation will end up taking over the world.

    I just watched the entire series and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. All 3 season’s of it had a great story and the ending wasn’t to bad either. It is geared more towards kids but being a 24 year old who enjoys most types of anime I would actually recommend this. I can give you a better run down of the story if you would like, but if it doesn’t seem like something you would be interested in then disregard this entire message, like it never even happened.

  10. How about posting the winning ice cream recipe once the contest is over ❓ …. just to make sure it’s really a winning recipe 😀

  11. Your subliminal advertising is working…i seem to have this overwhelming need and desire to buy an ice cream maker.

    A few questions

    (1) Just watched ‘subversion’ since i’m a week behind in Canada. There is some talk between Young/Telford about Emily. From what we saw, nothing happened between Telford and Emily, but the dialogue here was a little unclear. Did something happen? or does Young think something happened? (which from his perspective could seem possible).

    (2) Did you consider subjecting R.C or L.D.P to repeated taserings in order to get their acting to the desired ‘beliveability’ for their torture scenes? And would you have enjoyed seeing it had it been done?

    (3) Is the texture in home made ice cream the same as store bought? or is it totally different?

  12. Just finish rewatching Subversion. I personnally think that Louis Ferreira and Lou Diamond Phillips were superb in it!!!!
    Loved the whole interrogation situation. Great improvement in the fight department 😀 , that was a lot of fun to watch. Not sure what is my thing with fight…probably been watching too much hockey lately
    Like the new character Kiva. She’s about to become part of my favorate female character with Chloe.
    That was a great episode. I not too familiar with the “lucian ??!!” alliance. I felt like I was missing a few connections in the episode because of that. Is Kiva alien ?I yes, I thought , from what I had read somewhere ( not sure if it on this site or in web interview you seem to have given a few months ago) that there were not supposed to be any english speaking human looking aliens in SGU?

    nevertheless, looking forward for you end of season “two part-ERS” !!!! 😀

  13. Please ask Joel Goldsmith if he used PVC pipe for perscussion, a la Blue Man Group, in the back half of SGU S1.

    Nothing else comes to mind at the moment…no, wait…would you kindly work my “raccadillo” into S2? I think the DESTINY crew needs a pet. 

  14. Saw the V finale last week. I was a bit disappointed to see that most of Anna’s army was destroyed. I thought it was too easy. She has those screens that allow her to see what is going on at all time, and she was not able to see that several groups were after her army !!!!
    It’s been awhile since the last time I saw V . Can’t remember if in the initial version there were red skies.
    I think Anna is a lovely mean character. This role fits her like a glove. Like the wat th episode ends with the twisted smile on her face.
    I’m currious to see what will happend wiht the baby in the following episode. What will they do with Josua. Glad to see Maurice Chestnut in a TV series 😀

  15. I just want to remind you my question: Is Joel Goldsmith working on SGU soundtrack or not? I love the score. Definitely the best in SG franchise so far.

  16. Coucou =) ça va bien?
    Moi oui !

    Yahhh! J’espere vraiment que vous allez gagner ce concour de Créme glacé!!! Je suis de tout coeur avec vous, vous êtes le meilleur ♥

    La liste des villes où l’on vie le mieux a été établie !! Et Vancouver arrive 4iem!!

    Je ne sais pas pourquoi mais s’a ne m’étonne pas^^!

    Dites, demain pourrai t’on avoir une photo de vous sur le blog??? s’il vous plait 🙂

    gros bisou!
    A demain!

  17. OK, I have some ideas for the contest…First off we need to have teams of supporters – Team Joe vs Team Rob….maybe there could be badges or I could make some twibbons for the Twitter folks. I love Rob but I declare myself on Team Joe.

    Are there gonna be scorecards? There should be scorecards..

    Could Lawren perhaps film each round?

    I think there should be a trophy….like an engraved icecream scoop.

    What do you think of my ideas everyone?

    Cheers, Chev

  18. great decision picking Eureka 7, I can guarantee you will absolutely love it, its nothing like treasure planet though, in the Eureka 7 universe there is this sport called “lifting” or “Reffing” and its basically the most popular sport on the planet, everybody Ref’s.

    Ghost hound seems interesting, I might check it out, I always heard of Nabiri no Ou but never watched it though.

    can’t wait to hear how the Ice cream challenge goes!

  19. Something for Joe’s mailbag:

    (1) Which ice cream maker would you buy now, if you had none?

    (2) You invite your new girlfriend over to your house for her first anime session (she has never seen anything like this, and she may be hard to convince, since the most likely will be in the opinion, that animated series are something for kids, not adults), which anime will you choose to show her, in hope that it will blow her socks off?

    (3) What’s your secret for eating that much ice cream without gaining weight?

    (4) Concerning the loss of too much footage on the cutting flour due to squeezing an episode into a too small timeslot: Who decides, if there will be extended cuts on SGU BDs?

    Greetings from Austria / Europe,


  20. Hi, Joe.

    I had a question that goes back to SGU’s “Sabotage” and ties in with the Tok’ra from SG1 in reference to Dr. Perry.

    Was a Tok’ra symbiote offered to Dr. Perry to repair her body when she became an adult?

    Just curious.

    Waiting patiently for Incursion, Part 1.

    (Is it Friday yet?)

  21. I really want SGU to be a wonderful part 3 in the SG franchise. I enjoyed the episode “Lost” as it reminded me of the Vietnam vets and their experiences while seamlessly melding it with the scifi tech.
    What I don’t like about the show is the depressive sets, the silly /stupid women (I’m a woman), the slow pace, and very few aliens/new tech. I watched the Trek series as a kid and this show is reaaaaaal slooooow.
    If you want realism might I suggest people like Dr. Mae Jemison, Barbara Jordan, or even Hariet Tubman as role models for tough, articulate, life changing women?

    “This is the worse type of drama with antics taken from the Jerry Springfield and Maury Povich shows. I’ve seen the previews of cw’s boy on boy action-not long before it dribbles into this show. OOOh how edgy! With this- No my mama didn’t teach me better-generation everything goes…..except thoughtful, insightful, intelligent writing.
    Wow do we really want to see a Camille character cracked out, or the medic with two or three youngin’s in tow. Would you tune in to see the fresh face Lt and Sgt discovering they have hidden hom.osex.ual tendacies or that Eli is a secrete food addict?
    This is not the kind of realism I want to see.”

    If the only things the characters bring to the story line is the occasional adolescent amateurish humping, pawing and moaning or tittilating lesbian sex scenes…kill the characters!

  22. Hi Joe,

    If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend Macross Frontier. It had some nice characters that one can feel genuinely interested in following and has a mystery that keeps you hooked till the last episode in order to see how it plays out.

    Anyway, my questions for the mailbag:
    1) Is it safe to assume that the Lucian Alliance has managed to get another leader and stabilized when Ventrell came after Netan? Or have they splintered into rival factions? Is Netan even alive or was he killed off?

    2) Will we learn anything more about the Ancients history on the show? Like the time period when they launched Destiny and possibly who sent the plague that nearly wiped them out?

    3) Not an SGU question but more of an SGA one. I read in an earlier post by you about a plotline involving how Micheal got Beckett’s memories from the Wraith. Are there any other plotlines that were discussed before the show ended? Like, were the Lost Tribe and Daedalus Variations race going to appear again?

    4) Do you watch the new V? What are your thoughts on it?

    Anyway, take care Joe!

  23. I love caramels with sea salt! Ditto on caramel covered in dark chocolate and sea salt. Unfortunately they are not easy to find around here. Living out in farm country has some wonderful advantages, but it does limit the availability of some things unless you’re set to make a long drive.

    Ought to just try ordering some online. Any recommendations for an online shop?

  24. After reading your Throwdown descriptions, I’m *this* close to going to the store for some high-end ice cream goodness. Fortunately my local indie ice cream shop isn’t open yet, so I’ll wait until a decent hour to indulge. In the meantime, whole-grain but light-textured pancakes with darkest maple syrup and a large mug of earthy (with herbal finish) coffee. – Hey, it’s a holiday weekend, and I’ve done heavy workout time to compensate for the indulgence. *w*

    Everything sounds SO awesome. The Advokaat mix really piques my interest – okay, it has me salivating uncontrollably – since during Christmas seasons past, a few people have taken my gift of homemade brandied and carefully spice-infused eggnog (the apex of my culinary efforts, and truly a labor of love) – and made ice cream out of it. They’ve been delighted with the results. So, your own well-considered combination of ingredients strikes me as nothing short of fabulous. Normally I don’t care for white chocolate, but in my mind I can taste it (well, close) working extremely well in your recipe. Kudos for a fantastic dessert.

    Thanks much for all the pooch pics from yesterday. They’re always heartwarming, and that’s worth a lot. – Especially lovely and poignant take on Jelly. . . . Not to go all chick-flick on you, but I think almost all of us wish we could keep our pets forever young, or in their admirable prime.

    I hope you enjoy your busy weekend, knowing that your work will be well-appreciated.

  25. Will there be any mention of Teal’c in SGU S02? He’s the only Original SG-1 member that hasn’t been mentioned in SGU yet. Better yet, an appearance? 🙂

  26. I am back from the hiatus cause by my previous desktop’s mobo dying suddenly. Thankfully got a new build in the process of assembly. Will be catch up on all the posts that I missed.

    About the last aired SGU episode. It’s still not as enjoyable as the old SG1 and SGA episodes to watch IMO.

  27. Eric.Stewart, I noticed you said you wern’t familiar with the lucian alliance, they appeared from Season 9 onwards in SG1 with quite a few different storys/events. You could always pick up SG1 S9 – S10 and see. Personally they don’t have an importance as much as the Ori anyway, but with the Ori gone, they’re the bad guys Earth are facing.

    Anyway speaking of FMA Brotherood, I picked this up on Blu Ray too, wasn’t overly keen on buying as Episodes 1 – 13 are essentially 1 – 26 of the orignal FMA. By the way Joe it’s all been confirmed that FMA Brotherhood will be around 63 episodes, which translates to 5 boxsets over the shows lifetime on DVD/Blu Ray, if they stick with 13 eps on a box anyway.

    You should try Blassreiter Joe if you haven’t already, it’s a pretty adult series. Emphasis on despair.

  28. _______________________________________

    Shall have we the chance to see Doctor Mckay on the destiny?
    For a repair of the destiny for example…
    And other characters of stargate atlantis?

    i have another question:

    thinks of you of creating a series in parallel of SGU?

    a series on the origins of stargate. With the creation of stargate.
    The explorations of ancient in the new worlds.

    with alliance of the 4 breeds. And why not, a exploration team with a member of every breed.

    a serie which would answer all questions that they settle since the beginning of stargate.

    thanks you very much



  29. I know the original plan was to talk about what happened with Atlantis in an upcoming movie, but since this has been postponed indefinitely is there any chance of introducing Atlantis and guest appearances of some of its characters into SGU towards the end of Season 2 or Season 3?

  30. Great to hear that you picked up Eureka Seven. Maybe you’ll come to love it as much as I have (and I haven’t even finished it yet, I kinda don’t want it to end :D). I hope It’ll at least surprise you :). And thanks for responding to all our recommendations in your post on Tuesday. I certainly found saw some there that I’ll check out :).

  31. All this anime stuff is great. But the ice-cream stuff is pointless if we cant judge for ourselves. Ill tell you what, send me a sample and ill decide. And Keep it coming if you want to assure victory over your rivals 🙂

  32. Sweet.. Mailbag..

    Oh and by the way I just watched the Road last night. WOW.. is all that I can say.. an amazing movie, but probably the most depressing movie ive seen to date.. It makes other post apocolyptic movies look like Nirvana… I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it though. 🙂

    Sooo.. Questions

    1. Is there any new news on the movies… what happened to the rumblings on the SG-1 movie front? Have they died down or progressed?

    2. Any news on the re cap music?

    3. Is there any plans to include Major Davis in SGU. He said he’d love to do so as he really enjoys SGU’s(In a Gateworld interview).

    4. When Rush broke into Telfords house, why didn’t the alarm go off? His house looked fancy enough that there would be some sort of security system.

    5. Have you guys decided about bringing BAG back yet?

    6. Is Will Waring directing Resurgence?

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  33. On the plus side of no new episode airing last night; I actually went to bed early. Downside. Have to read your blg the next day. Still tasty but just not as fresh…
    speaking of fresh, I will be eagerly awaiting the results of the throw down over the next two days. Some people have really good karma, to be able to be on the judging staff for the event. Even better, there’s alwasy 2011 for the loser to get revenge. Perhaps you should attempt to schedule the next throwdown at the annual chocolate party?
    Mailbags are always appreciated, and I’ll be nice and not pester you with questions, since you’ll have enough of a baglog as it goes.

  34. Hi Joe,

    Have you watched the short stories by Rumiko Takahashi– ? It is a bit old but still interesting…
    Also her Mermaid Saga is a precursor to many Japanese horror genre. Two episodes were too twisted to air on TV…

  35. Hi,

    Thank you for taking time to answer our questions so often 🙂

    I have to disagree (in a non-confrontational way) with a comment on August 28, you talked about the cancellation of Atlantis and said ‘Episode 20, Enemy at the Gate, will mark our 100th episode and, contrary to online speculation, we will not be ending things with a cliffhanger’. It was such a cliff-hanger to me! I feel like so much was left open. They’re on earth. What happens to Atlantis? What about Teyla and Ronon, they made it clear that Atlantis is home, but what about Atlantis on earth (far away from baby…)? And the characters: they’re so real, so amazing and I can’t help thinking that there’s so much left to say. What do they do now?
    Of course you probably can’t tell me exactly what happens (like Kanaan (not sure the spelling is correct is dead or turned evil and Teyla and John end up together by the end…).

  36. I am sat shivering here wearing two thick jerseys and a pair of ski-pants under jeans, but ice-cream actually seems quite a nice idea about now.

    Can I microwave it? 😈

    Why get Lawren to film the Ice Cream Throwdown? Hells Teeth, they have BIG CAMERAS there and the skill to create at least a fine 30 minute episode out of it.

  37. Not one that watches much anime, however I have seen Deathnote and enjoyed it, atleast the first 14 or so episodes before it got a bit strange. But I’m sure you most likely have seen it and even own it.

    Whats this I hear about SGU changing time slots, can you go into that a bit?

  38. My apologies for not combining posts…but I have more of a personal question here. I read (while clicking through wikipedia) that in the past you wrote for such series as “The Busy World of Richard Scarry”; “Paddington the Bear” and even “Lassie” (wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!). Now for the actual question part of this: do you miss doing children’s television/writing or are still involved in it at all?
    Having read you wrote for those: wow! I loved your work on stargate and I find it truly impressive that you can write for such different genre!
    Thanks 🙂

  39. Hey Joe what’s up ?
    Here are my questions to Julia :

    What is your favorite scene/episode from SGU ?
    Can you tell us an anecdote from the set ?
    You seem to have fun on set, what’s your favorite moment ?
    What are your similarities/differences with Lt James ?
    Did you know Stargate before playing in SGU ?
    Did you cast just for Lt James or any other character ?
    In your opinion, how the relation between James and Scott is gonna progress ?
    What was the hardest scene to shoot ? The funnier one ?
    Few words in French ?

    Thank you so much for answering fans questions, and good luck ! =)

    Thanks Joe, bye.

  40. Sorry about the double post from yesterday, but I wasn’t paying attention to the date when I posted it *sigh*

    Oh Joe, the puppies were gorgeous as usual. And speaking of puppies, one of mine got bitten by a spider during the week, woke us up at the ungodly hour of 3.30am, her face was all swollen up and she could barely see. Poor baby! Mr had to take her to the vet as I had to go to school, and she was given a couple of shots of steroids and antihistamines. Most of the swelling went down, but that night all these ‘hives’ came up all over her, so off we trotted to the vet again for another set of injections. She’s fine now, but that was our excitement for the week! 😀

    Seeya next time the merry-go-round stops.

  41. Right, just saw ‘Subversion’ on Hulu. Very cool ep. Annoyed that I have to wait another week to see the second half. I should have remembered that it was a to be continued and waited. Oh well. One of my favorite parts was when Scott lied really badly to explain why Telford was in Rush instead of the other guy. Because he may as well have said, “Yeah, he… something sciencey.” And then when Eli and the other two scientists started talking when Telford walked by, because they may have well have just started saying “Science science science” to each other. It cracked me up a little. I also loved seeing O’Neill and Daniel again. That’s always fun, and I hope we get more in the future. Is it my imagination, or have we seen that one Lucian thug who gave Rush food before? Wasn’t he a bounty hunter on an episode of SG-1?

  42. Oh, also, I know this is probably like the old ‘how can they speak English if they’re from another planet’ question, but… When people swap bodies via the stones, it’s not like they’re mind-melding or something, so wouldn’t their own natural accent move with them? I mean, it’s not like they’re suddenly going to start speaking different than they normally do just because they’re using a different body. So, wouldn’t Telford suddenly acquiring a Scottish accent kinda be a dead giveaway?

  43. deeinsouthafrica: what are the temp. ranges for your area this time of year? How do people go to all those soccer games when it’s so cold?
    I wish I could send you some of our heat. However, I’m not complaining. It was so cold here last winter, that I’m still basking in the warmth.

    Mr. M.: How is the ice cream coming along? I can’t wait to see the pictures!

    We went to see Iron Man 2 today. It was quite a ride!

    When does the new SGU shows start again?

    Have some fun this weekend!

  44. Yay!! He’s doing the caramel and sea salt ! It doesn’t sound so weird, as the salty moments actually enhance the sweetness. It’s unreal..

    Good luck Joe. (I don’t like mint icecream so you’re the winner with me ..)

  45. I think they made a good choice to go back and reboot the Fullmetal Alchemist series. The storylines of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010) and Fullmetal Alchemist (2003-2004) are quite different and I even recommend Brotherhood to those whom didn’t really care for the first series. With the Brotherhood reboot, the writers stuck to the original manga, whereas the first anime adaptation went off in a completely different storyline from the original material.

    Brotherhood skips over the events in Youswell and Lior, but there are many things you’ll catch if you’ve seen those episodes from the first series. Even though they skipped over some of those events, both Yoki and Rose are still characters in Brotherhood. Brotherhood is currently nearing the end of its run in Japan so it won’t be too long before the final volumes are available from Aniplex in the US.

    Based on your top 25 list, another anime I would add as a suggestion is Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (and as a plus, it was done in widescreen).

    The reason Crayon Shin-chan is only available as a dub and not subtitled is that the English adaptations (including the 2005 FUNimation adaptation most people are familiar with) were different from the original 1992 series that aired in Japan. Presumably the reason so much of the dialog and themes were changed for the English adaptations is that some of the Japanese humor wouldn’t translate well or would be considered outdated. I think it will be interesting to see what becomes of the manga and anime in the next year or so since the series will be written by others after Yoshito Usui’s passing last September.

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