Holy smokes. I’m battling a headache of epic proportions. Those extra three hours of sleep (I woke up at a tardy 9:00 a.m.) did absolutely no good. In fact, they cut into my day, ensuring that I not complete the innumerable things I set out to do. Still, I did manage to accomplish a few things – like, make the custard for three ice creams (vanilla, chocolate, and coconut). The caramel sea salt will have to wait until I get back from dinner later tonight.
I realize it’s only May, but there’s no time like to present to start planning for my annual winter Japan trip – especially when I’m trying to book my flight on points. Looks like I’ve got a wingman this time out. Come December, I’ll be tearing up Tokyo with none other than Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok. I predict that those blog entries are going to be very interesting.
As promised, I’m dedicating today’s entry to catching up the mailbag…
dasNdanger writes: Joe, I asked a couple days ago if you’ve read The Unwritten?”
Answer: Yep. Ready the first couple of issues.
Shawn writes: “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?”
Answer: Oddly, no.
Shawna also writes: “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?”
Answer: Yes. The talented Mike Dopud played a bounty hunter in SG-1, and the wraith quarry, Kiryk, in an episode of Atlantis.
RFVDevil writes: “I loved Subversion, but I have to ask, why the decision to use Daniel over Teal’c to follow Rush?”
Answer: Daniel is in a far better position to blend in, especially if his surveillance required him to follow Rush into public areas and engage in others in conversation as part of his cover.
steph writes: “do you miss doing children’s television/writing or are still involved in it at all?”
Answer: It was a lot of fun (especially shows like George and Martha) but I don’t miss it.
Echelon writes: “Whats this I hear about SGU changing time slots, can you go into that a bit?”
Answer: It was a network decision. Friday is the most DVR’d night on television. Although the competition will be tough Tuesday nights, I think the move will be good for the show.
Brian writes: “Have you watched the short stories by Rumiko Takahash?”
Answer: I did – and really liked the series. I’ve always enjoyed anthologies.
Major D. Davis writes: ”
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?”
Answers: 1. No word on the Atlantis movie but the rumblings on the SG-1 movie front have been consistent, touching upon a variety of possible interesting scenarios.
2. It’s certainly Joel Goldsmith scored, but I don’t have any further details.
3. No plans as of yet.
4. The cleaning lady forgot to turn it on after she was done. She was subsequently fired only because you pointed it out in the comments section. Nice going.
5. It’s been discussed, yes.
6. No. Andy Mikita will be directing Resurgence.
Jim writes: “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?”
Answer: There has been some discussion about this as well.
Lloyd67 writes: “thinks of you of creating a series in parallel of SGU?”
Answer: I can’t speak for Brad and Robert, but three different Stargate incarnations is the perfect number.
Randomness writes: “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.”
Answer: What?!! Screw that. I’m returning the DVD on Monday and scratching the series off my to-view list.
Tothwolf writes: “I think they made a good choice to go back and reboot the Fullmetal Alchemist series…”
Answer: Hmmm. Okay. Maybe I’ll reconsider. Thanks for the info on FMA: Brotherhood, Gundam 00, and Shin-chan. And welcome to the blog.
imadaman writes: “Will there be any mention of Teal’c in SGU S02?”
Answer: No plans to work Teal’c into SGU’s second season as of yet.
Prior_of_the_Ori writes: ”
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?”
Answers: 1) We don’t know either way. The Lucian Alliance is not unlike the mob, with its bosses, sub-bosses, and factions. Kiva is the daughter of an influential boss and runs her own sub-faction (featured in Subversion).
2) We will – over time.
3) The Lost Tribe were going to make a reappearance in season six. We were tossing around ideas for an episode in which they seek revenge on Atlantis when the series was cancelled.
4) Don’t watch the show but was very pleased to hear about the pick-up. I’m a big supporter of genre television, shows like V, Supernatural, Chuck – and Stargate: Universe!
MrS writes: ”
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?”
Answers: 1) A couple of years ago, I was eyeing something called the Gelato 3000. I think I’d like to get something restaurant’s use, a machine that will whip up a batch of ice cream in less than thirty seconds.
2) Grave of the Fireflies. I’ll console her afterwards over flourless chocolate cake and homemade ice cream.
3) Running in the morning, eating a sensible breakfast, and doing weights at night. And, by the way, I’ve put on five pounds since I got back into the ice cream swing of things. I’m thinking this week’s Throwdown may be my swan song.
4) That’s a studio decision – MGM.
Kevin writes: ”
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?”
Answers: 1) Nothing necessarily happen in the physical sense. However, by insinuating himself into Young’s life, he certainly made things uncomfortable for his old friend, feeding Young’s paranoia and even attempting to undermine his marriage by hinting that there was still something going on with T.J.
2) Bobby and Lou? Nah. They’re too lovable to taze.
3) The texture of homemade ice cream tends to be creamier.
Mr stargate writes: “will there be many different types of aliens encountered during universe, or will this new alien be a frequent encounter for a while?”
Answer: Perhaps a bit of both.
Randomness writes: “Speaking of Daniel, I firmly believe he only followed Rush because he is probably one of few people Jack trusts completely without a shadow of a doubt, so in reality when faced with a possible mole from the Lucian Alliance and are unsure how far it spreads, you’d naturally want your best guy right? Correct me if im wrong Joe.”
Answer: Correct. Given that someone as high-ranking as Telford was presumably turned, it made sense for Jack to go with one of his most trusted friends.
Freeman writes: “How do you feel about the progress of Stargate Universe and do you think it will out last Stargate Atlantis?
Do you ever that any ideas from your fans and implement them into any of the scripts for the series?”
Answers: 1. Ideally, I’d love to see SGU do five years and equal Atlantis’s run.
Scary writes: “When the guy drops off Rush, he pulls out a book to read. Was that book OLD MAN’S WAR?”
Answer: Yes, the book was Old Man’s War by SGU Creative Consultant John Scalzi. I read the book years ago, then lent it to David Hewlett who lent it to Brad who lent it to Paul who lent it to Major Davis who lent it to the guy escorting Telford/Rush. Presently, the well worn copy is in the hands of the Lucian Alliance.
Tom Jones writes: “I suppose that’s why I like Nanoha; it may have started as a magical girl genre, but it turned into something different, and something I like to see: Girls kicking ass with well-done fights, while still retaining touching emotions. It turned the entire genre on it’s head, by incorporating other genres.”
Answer: You intrigued me enough to try and track it down. So far, no luck.