I was planning to dedicate today’s blog entry to an explanation of the Japanese term “natsukashii” and the things in my life that make me natsukashii. Unfortunately, I’m incredibly stressed out.  It’s late.  I’m hungry.  And I’m not feeling particularly writey tonight.  Fortunately for you, I did my mailbag before leaving the office today, dropping off my rental car, picking up my newly repaired Q7, driving home, getting inside and realizing I’d forgotten my briefcase, in the trunk, of that rental car, getting back into my Q7 and driving all the way back into Burnaby and retrieving my briefcase, driving back home and almost running out of gas.  It was that kind of evening.

Anyway, I’m back home and somewhat relaxed.  While my salmon roasts, I’ll take a moment to update this blog and let you know I’ve gone to script on episode #16, The Hunt.  I’m blazing along and, after two days, have already hit the bottom of page one!  At this rate, I’ll be finished well before we get a Day 1 Mix of the finished episode.

Speaking of Day 1 mixes, guess what we watched today?  Yes, a Day 1 mix.  That’s the easy part.  What episode?  Correct again.  Episode #2, Awakening. You guys are amazing!  I just phoned Joel Goldsmith to congratulate him on the wonderful job he did scoring the episode.  Congratulations should also go out to director Andy Mikita, the cast and crew, and – oh, boy! – Mark Savela and the VFX team!  I repeat.  Oh, boy!

Also watched Brad’s cut of episode #12, Twin Destinies today.  It’s one of those mindbenders that challenges but leaves you feeling very satisfied.  And a tad dizzy.

Did I already post this pic? If so, please ignore.

Mailbag:

DP writes: “I used to eat a lot of cholesterol to build up my tolerance while I was young.”

Answer: Oh, so did I.  Red meat for lunch and dinner, and nutella-topped powdered doughnuts for breakfast.

Don writes: “SGU does seem to follow in BSG’s footsteps that way as well. Do you believe there is room for more humor in SGU’s future episodes?”

Answer: Like maybe a sassy robot?  Well, Eli and, lately, Greer have been the go-to-guys in this respect – although, admittedly, in many instances we avoid the light touch because the scenarios are so grim the humor would feel misplaced.

snakey writes: “You’ve been to Japan sooo many times (yes, you love it) but wouldn’t it be nice to have a change of pace and, let’s say, go down the Amazon or visit the Swiss Alps for example?”

Answer: I’d be thrilled to go dow the Amazon provided I could stay at a hotel with internet access and you could recommend some good restaurants.

Lewis writes: “What’s the fictional timeline on SGU?”

Answer: Lawren keeps an updated timeline of the series, tracking the number of days that have elapsed during and between episodes.  Last time I checked, ten months will have passed between Air I (#101) and Resurgence (#210).

Annie from Freemantle writes: “Is that the normal way Pugs sit, or is she sitting that way because of her condition?”

Answer: Nope.  That’s Jelly’s patented “I’ve got no cartilege in my hips” sitting position.

Thornyrose writes: “Thanks for the shot of Jelly. I cringed a bit watching her non-movement. I really do hope the treatment works as promised and your grand old dame is able to pick up her activities.”

Answer: Well, we’ll find out in a couple of weeks when she’s scheduled to go in for the treatment.  Will keep you all posted.

Thornyrose also writes: “And what’s going on at the office, besides the World Cup pool?”

Answer: Oh, the Wold Cup pool takes precedence over everything else.  Still, we manage to get around to other tasks as well: eating lunch, organizing our desks, producing a t.v. show.

anthony writes: “I have a few questions regarding SGU. a) Are we ever going to see Dr Franklin in season 2?

b) Are we ever going to get to see Young and Rush play chess against each other with that chess game Rush was making?

c) I was just re-watching sabotage and noticed that when the aliens came to attack, it seemed to me that they came from the wrong direction. Just something that I noticed.

d) Is there any chance that the blue aliens will ever return? I know the cg is expensive to make for those guys, but I feel as though you guys didn’t do enough to give us more info on the aliens. You guys seem to be going the direction of voyager’s aliens where they show up for a few episodes then you move on to the next set of aliens.

e) One thing that would be funny for you guys to do would be a USO show episode. Hey, these guys on the destiny could use a Bob Hope type thing. Finally,

f) are you guys going to give us a good season 2.0 trailer anytime soon like you did with 1.0 and 1.5. The teaser at the end of incursion pt2 just wasn’t enough.”

Answers: a) Possibly.

b) I think we will – eventually – but they have a ways to go before they sit down to that friendly match.

c) I think one of the males was driving and was too embarrassed to stop and ask for directions so their ship ended up overshooting Destiny’s position, forcing them to back track.

d) Oh, possibly.  But if they did, it would be a special case.  Since Destiny is always moving forward, it doesn’t make sense for the crew to encounter familiar faces – unless they were being pursued.

e) We’ll file that one away for “a very special espisode”.

f) One is already in the works, but you’ll have to wait for Comic Con to see it.

Valaur writes: “1. Will the rest of the crew finally realize the potential of Destiny and work alongside Rush? It seems to me that from the beginning Rush knew it would be a long shot to get home once he saw the data, but why is everyone so desperate to leave?
2. For the first half of Season 1, I’ll admit I was a Chloe hater. But as the season developed and the characters came together, Chloe became a hell of alot more appealing to me. She’s doing what she can to make herself useful to the crew, becoming the next ‘Daniel Jackson.’ Will we finally see the crew of the Destiny come together and be a part of a unified group like Atlantis and the SGC?
3. Any new cool rooms of the Destiny that you can’t wait to see in full VFX? A CIC, perhaps? Engine room? The origins of the Zat?
4. What looks like a command structure, similar to an aircraft carrier island tower, looks remotely like a pyramid. Did the Goa’uld find a prototype of the Destiny or perhaps a later model of a similar design which gave us the Ha’Tak? I know the Goa’uld stole technology and primarily used the tech of the Ancients. Is the Ha’Tak a result of this?
5. Why are Space and SyFy not promoting the Kino episodes, let alone not airing them immediately before or after the airing of a new episode to give us a better context?
6. How would you handle the various marketing and advertising tasks to keep SGU afloat? Would it be any different than SyFy/SPACE?”

Answers: 1. They’ll certainly be headed in that direction next season.  As for why they’d be desperate to leave – because they’re trapped and isolated billions of light years from home and miss interacting with their loved ones in any kind of meaningful way.

2. Again, that’s what certain elements will strive toward in season 2: unity looking forward.

3. A couple of kick-ass new sets await in season two.  One will be introduced early, one much later, but both will wow.  As for VFX shots – Mark Savela and co. are still in the process of working on them, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished visuals for Awakening.  Hopefully you’ll get a sneak peek at Comic Con.

4. Unlikely but, hey, it’s possible.

5. Sorry, I can’t answer that one.  It’s a network/studio call.

6. I think that MGM, Space, and SyFy put together some great promos last season and I’m sure they’ll do an equally terrific job in season two.  If I was in their place, I’d promote the hell out of the series, whenever and wherever.  Of course – a) I’m biased and b) It’s not my money I’m spending.

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Any more movement on the Comic launch?”

Answer: The contracts were signed late last week.  Next up – our preliminary discussion on the creative.

Trutch writes: “1. How do you respond to fans who think that including SGA characters in season two is a desperate ratings grab?”

Answer: If that were the case, we would have had them guesting somewhere in the first ten episodes given that those ratings will decide whether or not we get a third season pick-up.  By the time the episode you’re referring to airs, our fate will have already been decided.

Trutch also writes: “2. Can we expect an announcement about the movies or even an update at Comic Con?”

Answer: Don’t get your hopes up.  I guarantee there will be no announcement or update with regard to either movie at Comic Con.

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Randomness

Just wanted to respond to Snakeys comment about Japan, although not aimed at me obviously.

Japan is a big place, Joe could probably speand the rest of his life on yearly trips and still not scratch the surface of stuff to see. Really depending on what you do each trip would yield a unique experience.

Michael
Michael

1) Who in the staff and cast will be on the SGU panel at Comic Con?

2) Are they prepared for someone asking about Furlings?

3) Who has the longest workday among the staff?

JulieAloha
JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

Sorry it was a hard day – you just kick back, enjoy your omega-3’s and relax – I’m sure pg15 would be pleased as punch to pick up the slack in the episode. Seriously, I hate those “D’oh!” days when everything seems to go left turn on you. Remember, we love you – which may seem odd given that most of us have never met you personally, but your blog community does inspire a certain family feeling for you and the other commentators. I know I’ve said this before, but – thanks for that! Now, get thee to a comic book and chill, baby!

Smiles, Julie

Narelle from Aus

You did already post that pic. Kinda hard to forget.

Watch your salmon. Burning dinner after a craptastic day just adds to the suckworthyness and may leave you with going postal tendencies.

I’m looking forward to finishing off this 120 page brain draining, soul destroying document for work so I can get back even the minimal English skills I had prior to starting it.

Don
Don

You’re a funny guy Joe but I wasn’t referring to anything like a “sassy robot”. Just a character who exists outside of the typical power structure. Someone who isn’t desperate to get home. Maybe someone who is native to this part of the universe and doing okay there. I’m thinking a character like Larrin (SGA) Han Solo, or Mal (Firefly). Not a series regular. Just someone to play the unknown quantity. Another example…Capt Jack Harkness.

I’m not saying SGU could ever have the degree of humor that SG1/SGA had. It wouldn’t work but it needs that element in there somewhere. Just like the cat that jumps out of the dark in the horror flick. The one that breaks the tension enough so that when the killer strikes two seconds later it really gets you. Drama works better with just the right amount of humor tossed in.

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

glad to hear you got your car back! How covenient, you forgot your briefcase in the rental grin … Get a chance to test drive your car 2 more time … mrgreen
Nice car by the way, standard or stick shift question

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

I hope Jelly will feel better after her intervention in a few weeks grin
Re: your cholesterol test issue:
if you not known for cholesterol issues, you should be fine with your 2 weeks, but if your known to be a “bordeline case” the 2 weeks might not be enough with what you’ve been endulging lately wink
They say oatmeal is good…. it worked for my mother when she had her last test. Her doctor was shocked!!!! she’s a bordeline case.

Kymm
Kymm

Ooo-ee I bet the air was blue for awhile….

My bad – I didn’t know that you were having a trying day and here I am making you watch figure skating clips…sorry … (it was really short…). It is a cool spin though you have to admit. She’s awfully bendy.

Well, looks like they got rid of some of the World Cup refs.
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/29062010/58/world-cup-2010-england-blunder-ref-cut-loose.html

I’ll skip the cute animal links to try and lighten your mood. Well, just one… RU a Star Wars fan? It’s kind of twofer….
http://cuteoverload.com/2010/06/30/when-i-was-a-kid-there-are-two-things-i-wanted-badly-and-never-got/

It has been so HOT here yesterday and today. I’m meeellllltingggg * a la Wicked Witch of the West* Ohhh I’m such a delicate little flower *snicker*
The AC doesn’t work all that well here. Luckily, I will be moving shortly, so I’ll be able to sleep better. Why is it all winter I wish it was summer and all summer I wish it was winter? Go figure…

Have an excellent one!!
Kymm

yumenoko
yumenoko

I’m interested to read the entry when you do get to things natsukashii. Even better, I’d love if you did a follow up on hazukashii.

E
E

Season 2 already sounds amazing, really. I’m so proud to be a SGU fan. smile

MGM says Universe will return in September and Syfy says in October. Do you happen to know which one is it?

PBMom
PBMom

Happy Canada Day to you and all my Canadian friends. Sorry you had one of those days, Joe. Hope tomorrow is better for you.

SG7
SG7

I feel for ya on the hard day Joe. Just ended the last day of my job today (known for 3 wks) and the reality hasn’t hit me yet. And was it ever the “weirdest” feeling as I was leaving.

Question: Is there any episodes for season 2 that I can be looking out for to see some more of BamBam’s amazing stunt stuff? Thought I’d say that he does some of the most brilliant and amazing stunt co-ordination by the way!

Oh, and also want to say happy Canada Day to all the Canadians around the studio and an early happy July 4th to all our stateside friends around the studio too!

Cheerz,
Heather

Jimmy
Jimmy

Salut Joseph, et merci d’avoir répondu à ma question sur la coupe du monde lundi. J’en ai une toute petite autre si cela ne vous dérange pas:

Avant la saison 1 de SGU la MGM avait annoncé la production de 30 épisodes-kino. Mais sur le site de la MGM il n’y en a que 26. Où sont les 4 derniers ?

HBMC
HBMC

Joe said: “If that were the case, we would have had them guesting somewhere in the first ten episodes given that those ratings will decide whether or not we get a third season pick-up.”

And to add to that, if it really were a ratings grab, you would have done it in Season 1, not in Season 2.

It’s amazing that people actually believe all the anti-SGU nonsense that gets spewed out.

And RE: SyFy’s Promos

In the past you’ve lamented how they give away twists and sometimes even the ending (the beaming building from Season 9 being a good example). Have you noticed that at all this season?

Airelle
Airelle

I hope you are faring better this morning Joe. I do not like it when things go wacko, like I am hungry or I have to pee, seems they all want to happen together and in earnest.. Go to your happy place if you can remember where it is. or grab a quick bite of the chocolate you might have stashed around the house for emergency. You will be writey again in no time, if that fails, looks at the pups smiling adoring faces looking up at daddy saying hey its all about me, feed me, I gotta pee,(back to the pee thing again)(seeing a pattern here) anyway have a grand day and remember to get gas in your vehicle..

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

I shouldn’t read your blog when sleep deprived. When you mentioned days at the studio including eating lunch and organizing desks, I had the vision of Ashleigh sneaking into your office and leaving crumbs on your desk as she switched everything around. And Carl absconding with some of your figurines while Ivon randomly switched books around on the shelf, destroying whatever system you had used to file them.
Sorry to hear your day went less than perfectly. And your foresight in having done the mailbag before events destroyed your mood leaves me in awe of your prescience. (Or maybe not. If you were that foresighted you would have reminded yourself not to forget the briefcase). I hope the rest of the week goes better. I wish you a happy Canada day, and a a fun filled holiday weekend.

Bailey
Bailey

I want to know what the heck is wrong with a “desperate ratings grab?”
You want to stay on the air? You need ratings!
Grab them however you can, desperate or not. It benefits the people who work on SGU and all the fans of the show to do whatever you can to get more viewers tuning in to those first 10 eps!

Gilder
Gilder

Happy Canada Day from here, too.

Woke up at 0600 local… it’s dark… and raining… and my head still is tight as a drum… *sigh* Yep, I’m back in South Texas, not in sunny South Ireland… 

drldeboer
drldeboer

Happy Canada Day to you & all my friends in the Great North!!!!
DD

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Sorry you had a sucky day. I hope today is better for ya.

Narelle: Thanks for the Ralph stories. I get so bogged down with abuse stories here, it’s nice to hear that dogs are being loved out in the world.

PBmom: I hope all goes well with your case.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Trutch also writes: “2. Can we expect an announcement about the movies or even an update at Comic Con?”

Answer: Don’t get your hopes up. I guarantee there will be no announcement or update with regard to either movie at Comic Con.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I was so badly hoping!! sad I mean i love SGU and stuff but these movies have been a huge thorn in my side with the franchise… every time i think about it it gets me frustrated seeing how things turn out….well heres to hoping the upcoming mail campaign will work!!

Well you said there won’t be an announcement at comic con….. but does that mean you know they’re planning to announce something about the movies except not at comic con… maybe before or after comic con?

Ok now for positive stuff YESSS!!! NEW KICK A** MGM trailer!! Can’t wait for comic con!

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*huggles Joey*

Sorry about your evening. I totally understand – your evening sounds like my life. razz lol roll

I hope that salmon turned out well and you were able to relax once you got settled in. I didn’t get in from work until nearly 9 pm (fortunately I grabbed a cheesesteak at work), talked to my neighbors for a while, actually got in the front door around 9:45…it was a loooong day.

Today I go for the test to see where the nerve problems are in my hands/arms (I’m leaning towards a neck problem), then I have to take the office computer to a geek doc because it’s been hijacked – again. I can still use it and I weeded out most of the trojans and stuff, but there’s still something in there tinkering with my settings. Pain in my butt. I have no idea how I pick this stuff up since I try to only go to safe sites, avoid opening forwarded ‘joke’ e-mails and things, and don’t look at porn. The only thing I can think of is that I get it while browsing for pictures of funny cats, albinos, and rugby players. razz

Hope your day is better today, Joe! Take care of yourself! BTW – I’m very curious to know your blood test results considering 1. what you eat, and 2. your exercise routine. I’m wondering if the exercise routine counteracts the rich foods, but I do understand if you prefer to keep the results private.

Cheers!

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – someone posted this on Moorcock’s site. In light of your evening last night, I think it might explain why folks like you and me sympathize with Elric so much…

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smile

das

susiekew
susiekew

Seaking of your Comic Book project …

I realize that you are a very talented man in many areas, Mr. M., but you have never mentioned drawing or painting as one of them.

So how do you decide on an artist(s) for your project? Do you and Paul “audition” them? Do you approach known and liked artists with an offer? Or some other method?

And will you and Paul dictate the “look” of the characters, or do you make suggestions to the artist(s) and then either accept what they bring you, or if you don’t like what’s offered, send him (or her) back to the drawing board?

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Hey Joe..

Sorry you had a bad day. sad Ive been having a lot of those days lately…… I should be happy because its summer.. but im often frustrated IDK why. (probably movie campaign stuff lol)

Oh and you did post that picture before… say, I remember seeing someone wearing that suit in a behind the scenes look at Space…. the return of the smurfs perhaps? wink