A short and early blog entry today as I’m heading off to the first stop in Robert C. Cooper’s farewell victory tour.  “What’s that?” you say.  You didn’t know hew was leaving?  Well, yes.  Sad but true.  His appearance at this year’s Comic Con panel will mark his final Stargate-related contribution, so if you happen to be in the San Diego area in late July, make sure to say goodbye and thank him for fourteen years and countless hours of gate-tastic entertainment.  But, please – no tears.  If you start crying it’ll only be a matter of time before he starts crying as well (the ole softy) and that’ll just embarrass him.

To all those wondering – roughly zero of you – after predicting the results of all three of today’s matches, I find myself in first place in our Office World Cup pool.  Alas, I’m not alone.  Carl, my writing partner Paul, and the ever low-key Louis Ferreira (SGU’s Colonel Young who, by the way, is looking forward to fielding your questions – provided you remember to post them), are also at the top looking down on every one else (ie. Ashleigh currently wallowing in third spot alongside Remi, Lawren, and the production mascot, a chimpanzee named Kerwick, who picked his selections out of a hat).  Anyway, if Paraguay and Italy come through tomorrow as expected, and pesky Cote D’Ivoire manages to tie those overrated Brazilians, I’ll have the top spot all to myself come Monday morning.  Just like old times.

Got an email from actress Janina Gavanker, Leigh Turner from The Gates, Papi from The L Word, and, most importantly, Sgt. “Dusty” Mehra from Stargate: Atlantis’s “Whispers” who pass along a link to a music video she recently completed.  You can check it out here:

And comment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjzaJ3mw_uw

Okay, got my iPhone Maps function set and I’m heading out.  If you don’t hear from me by Monday, start organizing search teams.

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Lewis
Lewis

It’s hard to imagine Stargate w/o Rob! He’ll be missed.

RedFlames
RedFlames

So who do you predict will make it through the group stages of the World Cup then? Where would your 10 Pounds/Dollars/Yen/whatever go if you had to bet on a winner?

France are as good as on the plane home, after Friday’s non-effort I think England will be joining them. My gut feeling is it’ll be one of the ‘Lesser Known’ teams that wins it this time, all the usual favourites have been a bit pants.

And buy Robert C Cooper a *drink of choice* on my behalf to say thanks for all the time and effort he’s put into making Stargate what it is. Good Luck to him in whatever he’s doing next.

Copypasta from yesterdays post in case you missed it [you’d posted this one by the time I’d finished typing]:

Just finished watching the first part of the Dr. Who finale and it got me thinking. I remember a post of your from a while ago saying what TV you and your friends/colleagues watched and I was wondering do you watch much British/International stuff [i.e. stuff not made in the US/Canada] and if so, what?

@Louis Ferreira:

couple of questions –

If you were in Young’s position how do you reckon you’d cope? Is there anything you’d have done differently?

This one can be aimed at anyone – Do you watch yourself on TV or do you find it a bit weird seeing yourself playing someone else [essentially ‘do you watch SGU’]?

And thanks [to you, joe and everyone else who does these] for taking the time out to answer people’s questions.

Josh
Josh

Wow. Robs leaving, I know brad said he’s looking at leaving onc. Universe has settled down and steadied herself, probably in 1~2 yrs time. Who will take over as showrunners? Joe and Paul probably, but Carl Binder looks like sneaking in as well. Any thoughts Joe?

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

/me raises a glass to Robert Cookie Cooper – with him goes the Starwars references.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Wait. What??

Dammit. I am so confused.

razz

das

Joe

Farewell, Mr. Cooper, as you ‘gate out to the next phase of your career/life. Thanks for the memories.

Shannon
Shannon

Okay so I’ve been racking my brain for Louis Ferreira… hoping your still taking questions (I read all of your blog entries in google reader and I tend to read several at a time).

So! Here we go:

First, I love Colonel Young smile My question is – what is your favorite novel and why?

**

Thanks Joe for getting the Q&As put together smile

libkat
libkat

Wow, the man who gave us Torment of Tantalus and The Fifth Race (the best Stargate ep. of all the shows, IMO) is leaving. That’s a shocker. I hope he is going on to wonderful things.

For Louis Ferreira: The sole reason I stuck with the show Missing was because I enjoyed your character so much. What did you think of the changes they made to your character (divorce, etc.) in the second season? How difficult is it for an actor when you have established a character one way (hardass at the office, loving family guy at home) to have the Powers That Be make such a drastic change?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe…thought you might find this interesting…especially one mention in particular…

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/architecture/strangest-military-bases-gallery

das

PBMom
PBMom

Robert Cooper leaving? (Mascara is running down my face; note to self–wear waterproof mascara from now on before reading Joe’s blogs). Traitor. (Just kidding). On a serious note, I wish Mr. Cooper all the best in the world and hope that the road ahead of him after Stargate is filled with success and happiness.

Love this song! Love this video! She has an awesome voice.

Questions for Louis coming later tonight. This is my weekend to work.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of Stargate! Happy Father’s Day to you, too, Joe because your pack of dogs are your kids.

gforce
gforce

Do you mean to say that Rob is leaving Stargate? Or just the convention circuit?

Alfredo De La Fe

Damn, Janina is so hot I had to watch the video twice.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Farewell to Rob and good luck

vvv0472
vvv0472

Rob Cooper is leaving!?! Since when?

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Holy crap nooooooooooooo. sad Rob. sad

Well, I wish him the best of luck on whatever he has planed next. Thanks for 14 great years. smile

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

Why is he leaving ? is this a joke ? is he working on another project ?

DP
DP

Farewell Robert Cooper! No tears, I promise, a little shaky-lipped maybe.

Sean D.

Hello Joe,

A question for Robert C. Cooper:

May we have a Q&A with you?

Ya know, like a “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” kind of Q&A, a thank-you-for-everything-now-whats-the-meaning-of-life-the-universe-and-everything kind of thing. Okay, that’s a bit too DouglasAdamsian sounding but I think ya know what I mean. smile

I’m sure many of the long-time (and even newcomer) viewers of the Stargate shows/movies would agree with me, that a very special Cooper Q&A will be, well, very special to us. smile

Sincerely,

Sean D.

JulieAloha
JulieAloha

Oh nooooooo! Not the Coop?! Why oh why oh why? Now I’m sad sad So very sad :.(

Kevin
Kevin

1. Who’s taking over for Rob?

2. What other productions also film at Bridge?

majorsal
majorsal

joe, are you being serious about rob leaving stargate???

Jim S.
Jim S.

Stargate without Robert Cooper???? Sad sad day. He will be sorley missed.

Your going to have to work extra hard now Joe!

Bailey
Bailey

Tell Rob Congrats and Good Luck!
He was responsible for my favorite Stargate episode ever – Vegas@
Thanks!!!!

pg15

WHAT?!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!

Rob Cooper, the man who’s been with Stargate from the beginning; Rob Cooper, the man who wrote The Torment of Tantalus, The Fifth Race, Maternal Instinct, Nemesis, Small Victories, Meridian, Redemption, Full Circle, Heroes (HEROES!!!), Threads, Avalon/Origin, The Shroud, Unending, Sateda, Vegas, and Time – probably the best the franchise has to offer; Rob Cooper, the man who pushed Stargate towards a darker, and more realistic form of storytelling that resulted in the Awesome SGU in the first place…is leaving?!

No!

NO!!

NOOO!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

That’s quite a bombshell you dropped there. Sorry to see Mr. Cooper leave. Who will you have an ice cream throwdown with next year? We expect you to make cure mr. C. has a memorable send-off. Better yet. a send off so bad he will only have the police blotter to make him aware of what happened/happens tonight. Any pictures would be appreciated no matter how tame or wild the evening turns out to be.
Couple of questions for Mr. Ferreira. What do you enjoy the most about playing Col. Young? What aspect of the character would you like to see emphasized? What would you consider to be your dream role? Finally, you play a very complicated character, a military man in an extreme position of command. the scripts make you walk a very thin line between command presence and competence, and flawed humanity. What do you draw upon to walk that tightrope so effectively? thank you for taking the time to participate in Mr. M.’s blog, and thanks to Mr. M. for making these Q&As possible.