If you were at the SGU Comic Con panel – or followed the fallout on twitter – you by now already know the identity of the two Stargate: Atlantis vets who will be putting in an appearance on Stargate: Universe.  Yes, it’s true.  Robert Picardo and David Hewlett will be reprising their roles as Richard Woolsey and Dr. Rodney McKay for a late season two episode titled Seizure.  As for who is experiencing the seizure and/or what is being seized – stay tuned!

Yes, times are tough – but I never expected to see this: Darth Vader robbing banks to help make ends meet http://gothamist.com/2010/07/22/darth_vader_robs_bank_photos_oh_yes.php.  Next step: Celebrity Rehab.

And you guys say I’m crazy for stocking up on canned food and bottled water: http://www.howstuffworks.com/hacker-crash-country-network.htm Okay, maybe you don’t say it, but you certainly think it.

Cracked.com offer up 6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly: http://www.cracked.com/article_18627_6-things-from-history-everyone-pictures-incorrectly.html Like, for instance, Swarzenegger.  I imagined him taller.

This heart-warming.  Jennifer Aniston just adopted a 33 year old boyfriend from Africa: http://www.theonion.com/video/jennifer-aniston-adopts-33yearold-boyfriend-from-a,17768/ While I’m happy for Negasi, I can’t help but feel for all the other unadopted potential boyfriends out there.


Thornyrose writes: “Sounds like Ivon is getting in shape for his share of the Tokyo trip. So when do we hear about the drinking sessions to toughen you up for your share?”

Answer: I had one cocktail with dinner and was out like a light at 11:00 p.m.  Doesn’t bode well for the Tokyo trip.

Zackary writes: “If you were a betting man, would you place money on Stargate Universe getting a 3rd season?”

Answer: See, the thing is I’m not a betting man.  And every single time I’ve guessed at the outcome for a potential pick-up, I’ve guessed wrong.  I figured season 5 was going to be SG-1’s last, but we ended up getting picked up.  I thought the same thing about seasons 6 through 9, each time assuming it would be our last, and each time being proven wrong.   Then, finally, in SG-1’s tenth season, I actually felt confident about an eleventh season pick up –  which was when the show was cancelled.  I was also expecting a sixth season pick-up for Atlantis – and we all know how that turned out.  So I think I’ll limit my prognosticating to office pools.  Although, if you really want to know, you might want to ask that octopus in Germany.  He hasn’t been wrong yet!

Zackary also writes: “Could you see the Stargate franchise dying for a few years then coming back? Like how Star Trek did with the new JJ Abrams movie? Many people say that that franchise needed a break, would you say the same could be said in some reguards about Stargate?”

Answer: I wouldn’t.  I’d say Universe IS a break from the Stargate that came before it.

Paul Moody writes: “At the office or around the house, a nice SLR camera for blog photos wouldn’t be out of place – but your out and about pictures and food photos always look good. What camera are you using – is it from a camera phone?”

Answer: A simple Canon Power Shot SD1200 IS.

Narelle from Aus writes: “Akemi is feeding you a lot of oysters ;)

Answer: Yeah.  She must figure that, sooner or later, I’m going to land a tainted one.:(

dioxholster writes: “would you agree to sign that wavier and swap with someone?”

Answer: No but, then again, I wouldn’t volunteer to do third world relief work.  Body-swapping is fraught with ethical issues that I do agree need to be explored.  And it’s not just the obvious issues either.  Carl has been wanting to do a story that asks: What do you do when someone uses your body to commit a serious crime?  What are the consequences for both individuals?  Hopefully, he’ll get the chance to tell that story and we’ll have the opportunity to explore these issues in the not too distant future.

Major D. Davis writes: “Couple questions for the next mailbag if thats cool.

1. http://twitter.com/scifitv/status/16986381584

So will there be SG-1 characters in season 2?”

Answer: It’s news to me.

Major D. Davi also writes: “2. When you write a music montage into a script how does it work? Do you guys first find the song, and then film it to fit the song.. or do you just film all the little cutaways, and then once you find a good song you assemble fitting segments into the montage? And when is the first montage in season 2?”

Answer: It depends on who is writing/producing the episode.  I know that there have been times when Carl has had a certain song in mind prior to sitting down and scripting a montage.  We have someone who provides us with samples from various artists, many up and coming, for consideration.  I know that Paul has scoured this list and made use of at least one song from the selection after writing his montage.  For my part, I prefer to write the montage and leave it to the song choice to the director – in both instances, Andy Mikita has come up with some great selections.

Major D. Davis also writes”3. Just curious, has this SGU/SGA crossover renewed discussion of Extinction with MGM. Because you guys must have talked with the studio about the crossover episode and the movie must have come up in that discussion.”

Answer: No, there has been no discussion related to the movie.

Major D. Davis also writes: “4. Will characters faith, personal beliefs, or religion be furthered explored in SGU season 2?”

Answer: As a matter of fact, yes.  Visitation, episode 9, comes to mind.

Major D. Davis also writes: “5. How long does post for a movie take? Say best case scenario Revolution and Extinction filmed end of this year. When do you think they would be out? Doesn’t MGM want a couple months to market the movie(s) after post is finished?”

Answer: It all depends on how many visual effects Mark Savela and co. would have to contend with.  I’d say about five months for post, then whatever time would be required for the studio to market the movies.

Simon writes: “Have you already seen the trailer for Season 2?”

Answer: Nope.

otros ojos writes: “Love your comments about Akemi’s remark to Mike Banas.”

Answer: Yeah, she’ll often come out with some interesting statements.  A recent favorite: “I think yogurt very mysterious because there is always likids on the tops.”

link 022 writes: “I had an idea, why don’t we send an affected ship to create a bridge of stargate to go to the destiny”

Answer: That would take even longer than sending a ship out to retrace Destiny’s route given that it would have to stop and drop gates along the way.

Liz writes: “Joe, something you’re probably not aware of – did you know there are maximum recommended intakes on fish and sea products from the ocean?”

Answer: I’m aware.  I tend to stick to salmon and save tuna for sushi outings.

Lspacediva writes: “Only read 14 of the 100, and will likely never complete the list because I could never get through any Ayn Rand!”

Answer: Yep, there are a bunch of titles on that list that I could never bring myself to read.

nate writes: “On another note, as the food expert that you are, have you ever had a Baumkuchen?”

Answer: I had some in Tokyo.  It was very good, but it paled in comparison to a lot of the city’s other dessert offerings.

steph writes: “Do you know of a good top 100 fantasy list? I found this one:http://www.fantasybooksandmovies.com/best-fantasy-books.html
on which I scored a somewhat better 40, though I disagree with a lot of the choices (Twilight over Wheel of Time, not to mention 92 other fantasy novels? And a Harry Potter book as number 1?).”

Answer: 36 for me, and I agree with your disagreement.

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I’m glad David Hewlett gets to be Rodney again.

Major D. Davis

Yep…. Im definitely psyched for the crossover episode. If there are atlantis people willing to do SGU then im confident you could reunite the cast for Extinction. smile

Thanks for the answer on the montages. So I guess there will be a montage in Awakening! smile Looking forward to it. The montage is Space was beautiful, so ill be excited to see Andy’s pick.

5 months for post. Thats pretty good. If all goes well then maybe we can see the movies end of next year. Still.. we should have been seeing them in a couple months if MGM followed through movies but the past is the past. smile As long as we EVENTUALLY get the movies im happy. Preferable sooner rather then later. :p wink

Speaking of the movies, are there any updates, or rumblings on the movies?

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis


YESSSSS!!! I called it. McKay on SGU. So happy. SO happy.


So, I guess you didn’t read Earthblood then. wink

Just a quickie – hubby and I finally sat down and watched Hot Fuzz, and what a hoot! I loved it! Most fun I’ve had watching a movie in a long time.

That’s about it – it’s still hot, I’m still miserable. Take care, Joe – watch out for those tainted oysters – and enjoy your evening!



riley wrote:


Why would you want to fuss around with a SLR camera when any mid range point & shoot digital cameras is over-qualified for the task.

There are some things a point & shoot just can’t do. I can’t really afford a digital SLR at the moment, but I learnt photography on an analogue SLR, and I love mine to pieces. The control it gives over the image just can’t be achieved with my digital (non-SLR).

I agree with you as the owner of a fully kitted Canon A-1 SLR.

But it’s much easier to handle a sub-compact digital camera. You can always play with the image afterwards. The task I refer to is Mr M taking gourmet snaps.


It’s about time for Rodney McKay to appear. Will we get any hints on Rodney’s current status with Keller. He is not the easiest to get along with over the long term.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Any news on bonus features for the season 1.5 blu-ray?

Glad to hear that David Hewlett is returning to play McKay.

Is Rob Cooper appearing on the G4 network’s coverage in San Diego during Comic Con?

So, how has Jelly been doing. I hope the rest of the dogs aren’t too jealous that she is getting all our attention. wink

As always, best wishes, and thanks for taking the time to fill us in on everything!!!

Best wishes,


Major D. Davis

Oh and for you guys who have the the video “Double Rainbow” thats gone viral in the past few weeks you will LOVE this.


Takes a little while to load.. but its worth it. smile

Major D. Davis


Wow, that’s a very broad definition of fantasy to include all of those science fictions, paranormal romances, literary fiction novels and children’s books. wink (YA I can agree with, but Roald Dahl? Okay…)

I scored 39, mostly because there were only single entries for most of the fantasy series I own.

Also: The Hobbit beats Lord of the Rings? Seriously? o_O


Joe – now that you have an assistant to hold the camera, can we get some more weird food purchases of the day segments??? Pretty please?? smile



Very interesting news on the casting for late season SGU episodes! Always enjoyed seeing David Hewlett. Will love to see what happens in that episode.

Never did get to that particular restaurant when I was in Gas Town. However I did get to a new one that opened up about three weeks ago. It was called “131 Water” And here was the meal I ate there.


I know I’ve asked already but you weren’t doing mail bag at the time. But is it ok to send stuff to the cast and if so where can we send it?

And another question. Does the studio ever do any events where they do set tours of any kind? I have often seen contests run where someone can win a chance to see the set for example but they have always been limited to those in the U.S. only.

Anyway great news on David Hewlett and Robert Picardo making an appearance on SGU!


Hewlett and Picardo – hallelujah! I love these two talents. I would love to see the rest, but nevermind, for now…


>And you guys say I’m crazy for stocking up on canned food
>and bottled water:

Actually, I’m just trying to picture you actually eating *canned* food (except as part of a WFPOTD segment).

Speaking of which, I second Das’s request for a return of that particular feature. smile

– KB

P.S. For a counterpoint on the “cyberwar”:


Probably best if you and Ivon stick to Perrier and virgin drinks in Tokyo; with the time difference you’ll be sleepy enough. Can’t imagine navigating Tokyo, which is like being in Tron, while the least bit buzzed. Sorry, that came out like, Haiku.

Plus a man being tipsy in a foreign country is like a girl being tipsy at a meat market bar; the bums they come a callin’, ‘cept in the case of men it usually means wallets will be lifted and cabbies will overcharge, not pretty.

Safest is to booze up at your hotel bar once you’re safely home for the night, so that at the very least you can wave your room key about and have a kindly bellhop load you on the luggage cart and deliver you to your bed. And I don’t speak from experience, ahem.

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Funny photo from Entertainment Weekly’s photo shoot at Comic Con:

Major D. Davis

Oh and in regards to that Jennifer Aniston thing….. that’s just WRONG. She’s like a kid in the candy shop.

And she’s so selfish too. The man already has a family (wife and 2 kids), and when he didn’t want to go with her she had sex with him till he did. That’s just sick! sad I actually feel sorry for the kids. If some Bollywood star came and seduced my dad till he ran away with her to India leaving me and my mom with money for compensation I’d be ticked. I mean I know my Dad wouldn’t do it, but just using it as an example.

I hope this ends badly and she realizes how much her actions have messed up others lived. I just lost all respect for Jennifer Aniston. sad

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis


Been reading the past few days worth of blogs here. Patrick is sleeping off another seizure in the room next to me and I want to make sure he is okay before I feel comfortable enough to go to sleep. What better thing to do to lift my spirits than to come here.

Joe, I cried watching Jelly go up the stairs. That truly is remarkable. I can’t wait to see her progress in the weeks ahead. She also seems to have the ‘wag in her tail’ back.

@Maggiemayday — My sympathies on the death of your father. Even though it sounds like he lived a wonderful life and left this life on the terms I would like to leave on (in my sleep), it doesn’t diminish the depth of your loss and how much you will miss him. I send you and your family and friends many hugs.

To all: Asking for some good positive energy and/or prayers (whatever is your thing, respectful of that) on something we are about to do for Patrick. I can’t go into it yet. Can you believe my school district was actually monitoring my Twitter account? I’m not even joking. Long story. But I don’t want to go into any detail about it until things actually happen in case they are Googling me and it leads them here.


I’m excited about the news although not surprised. I had a feeling McKay and Woolsey would be the guest appearances. They are the most obvious choices given there roles. Of course McKay was going to end up on Destiny, considering the situation the SGU crew is in and him being the fore most expert on everything ancient. I’ve liked the Woolsey character from the beginning and felt he was an obvious fit for SGU’s style. Even though I was hoping it would be Sheppard I just knew it wouldn’t be. That leads me to a few questions.

1.) As a writer how difficult would it be to write a character like Col. Sheppard into a show like SGU? Unless there’s a bad guy to shoot, a guy like Sheppard would go crazy on Destiny.
2.) Has the idea ever been kicked around?
3.) Who wrote seizure?
Last one…promise
4.) Will we ever see a bridge on destiny? I know you have said we will see a lot more of Destiny, but the first thing every SG team does when they get on a ship is they find the bridge and I can’t remember even hearing the word mentioned on SGU. It wouldn’t be that big of a spoiler would it? (I know that was five, sorry)


wow thanks Joe for the honest answer. I tried not to think too much about it before, because I know not every TV show character has to share my values. So I just dismissed it as a Canadian thing smile


When I read that David hewlett and Robert Picardo were going to be on SGU, I smiled from ear to ear and yelled, “Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!” My husband came in from the other room and asked, “What is going on in here?” “David Hewlett is going to be on SGU!” His response: “Oh, ok. I wish you got so excited to see me!” (He was joking). I am really excited to see this. I was hoping for Paul McGillion but Robert Picardo is great too. That will be so super. I know it will be a great two-parter.

My advice: lay off the booze. Your wallet will be fatter, and your liver will thank you. but what a great sleeping aid.


Hi Mr M!

That’s great news re: Mr H and Mr P, can’t wait to see McKay and Woolsey back in action!

I hear tell that Jason M and Joe F are heading to Ireland (as posted by David Hewlett on his twitter). Does anyone know where? We so rarely (hen’s teeth) get to see any SG peeps on this island….I’d be kicking myself if I had the chance to say hello. Any regulars know where they are? I think Jason might be shooting an ep of Game of Thrones in the North of Ireland….but Joe F?
All suggestions welcome guys. Many thanks.

Also Mr M. hate to impose, but it’s that time of year again. It’s my birthday tomorrow. Any chance of a blog dedication?
And I also want to wish Bam Bam a speedy recovery from his second hip op…which went well according to his twitter feed.

Thank you (as always) Mr M


PS: You may recall a couple of days back I said *that guy* would ask about furlings to RCC…I also had a joke/bet with Whovian that poor Rob Coop would get asked the “Any chance we’ll see the Furlings in Season 2 of SGU?” at Comic-Con……Guess what the FIRST question for the panel was????
*Love it when a plan comes together*…

Best to all


Oh, and Carl…get back on Twitter!! We miss your thoughts!


Alright, since everyone’s skirting around the issue with their skirts, I’ll just say it: perhaps Akemi is binge feeding you oysters not because she wishes you to die a horribly poisoned death, nor is it because she wants you to poop out some pearls, but because it’s an aphrodisiac? I mean, sure, Akemi and her gal pals think Maverick Mike is handsome, but how about good ole’ Joker Joe? wink

Ha! Totally called McKay and Woolsey! This is going to be pretty hilarious. I can’t wait to see McKay interacting with Eli and Rush, and Woosley with Young and Wray. It’ll be interesting to see the differences, if any, between their characters on SGU and their characters on SGA.

On a separate note, Nickelodeon is making a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender!! It’s called Avatar: The Legend of Korra and it revolves around the Avatar after Aang. See, all of that would make sense if you watched the original series! razz But anyway, it’s new Avatar stuff so that’s Awesome, but it’s also only a 12-episode miniseries, so that’s kind of depressing. Hopefully, if the first 12 episodes do well, they will give it a full series-order.


Question. On your July 19th blog posting from the last days of Atlantis there is a picture of Kavan Smith hugging someone. Who was he hugging?


Um…Major D? theonion.com is a comedy website that creates fake news stories. Seems like you took it seriously…?

PBMom, hoping for the best for your family.


Bit late to the party but I just ordered Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns and Revelation Space.

Also, great news re: David Hewlett appearing on SGU. McKay was my favourite character from SGA. grin


@Major Davis: I couldn’t agree more! Jennifer Aniston is a horrible woman.

ROTFLMAO here. No, really, tears…