First there was the Save Daniel Jackson campaign. Then, there was the Save Elizabeth Weir Campaign. Then there was the Save Carson Beckett Campaign followed by the Save Stargate: SG-1, Save Stargate: Atlantis and Save the Stargate Movies campaigns. But those campaigns paled in comparison to the biggest fan campaign of all: the campaign to save THIS character…
When last we saw him, Vince Kwan and a handful of his fellow crewmates had elected to abandon Destiny in favor of the paradise-like environment of a mysterious planet. We all assumed we’d seen the last of him but soon after the episode aired, the production offices were inundated with phone calls, emails, letters, and postcards demanding we change our minds. Fan campaigns to save Vince popped up all over the internet as mass demonstrations (most notably during a live broadcast of game seven of the NBA finals) made everyone take notice. Both the studio and network were so overwhelmed with calls for Vince’s return that all of the show’s major players assembled at a hastily convened meeting to discuss this unprecedented groundswell of fan support. I can’t reveal what we talked about in that six hour meeting attended by the likes of Montel Shapiro the Prime Minister of SyFy, Father O’Flannery the Archbishop of MGM, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the cool dude from the Mac commercials, but I can say that steps were taken to quell fan unrest. And, the first of these steps, was the decision to announce the following guest Q&A on this blog…
It gives me great pleasure to announce I am accepted questions for Bill Y.W. Butt (aka the briefcase-hugging Vince Kwan), last seen being left behind on a planet way back in the twelfth episode of Stargate: Universe’s first season. Bill has worked twelve years a background performer, putting in recurring appearances on a host of shows including Dead Like Me, Stargate: Atlantis, Defying Gravity, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, and Eureka. And now, he wants to work on YOUR questions! So start posting!
I was chatting with Carl and Ashleigh this morning when the conversation suddenly shifted to So You Think You Can Dance. I retreated to my office where I had my breakfast, then returned some twenty minutes later to find them still yakking away. “Are you still talking about So You Think You Can Dance?”I innocently inquired, “or have you moved on to the Sex and the City movie?”. Carl responded quite rudely. I won’t repeat what he said, but suffice it to say it was shocking. Maybe not as shocking as Jamil Walker Smith’s new look –
– but shocking nevertheless. I’m not sure what’s gotten into the guy, but I suspect it may be all that rock ‘n roll he’s been listening to – the devil’s music! One minute he’s listening to Chicago and the next he’s slamming an office door in my face for questioning his masculinity. What gives? I think it’s time for one of those interventions or deprogrammings, whatever you call ’em (or whichever one sticks better).
dasNdanger writes: “So, Joe – can you guess which of the Secret Six so far is my favorite?? Can ya, huh, huh???”
Answer: For some reason I’ve got you pegged as the Ragdoll type.
antonio chavez writes: “hey joseph,can you provide me a way to contact you i have lots of ideas for SGU.”
Answer: Sorry, Antonio, but the show doesn’t accept fan pitches.
antonio chavez also writes: “can you give me a clue of destiny’s destination”
Answer: Check out Stargate: Universe’s second season (premiering Tuesday, September 28th on SyFy) for surprising revelations about Destiny’s mission.
Kymm writes: “Who are you most like Joe?”
Answer: Hmmm. Even though I possess characteristics of all four (Jelly’s stubborness, Maximus’s enjoyment of the finer things in life, Bubba’s propensity for worry, and Lulu’s strong sense of pride) I think I’m more of a Lulu because of my knack for getting into trouble.
Nathan writes: “Are you guys ever going to address the “weakness in wraith technology” mentioned in “Aurora” (Season 2 episode 9) in any of the future movies of Stargate Atlantis?”
Answer: No plans to address this in Stargate: Extinction.
SG7 writes: “Just curious, if you have ever read Roger Zelazney’s “The Amber Series”? If so what did you think of it?”
Answer: Yep. Read and enjoyed the first book in the series. Have yet to move on to the second. Loved Lord of Light. It had a real early SG-1 mythology feel to it.
Zoomeister writes: “Even though he’s busy with Sanctuary, could you guys have Martin Wood (and sadly, now Coop) come back and freelance for SGU once in a while, like you had Martin Gero do for Earth and Lost last season (in fact, it would be cool to see him back once in a while too)?”
Answer: It’s extremely unlikely the ultra-talented Martin Wood will be doing any guest directing for us any time soon. As much as we love the guy, he is way too busy on Sanctuary. And the door is always open for both Rob and Martin to tackle a script or two should they have a terrific idea that begs to be written.
Zoomeister also writes: “Do you have any thoughts on why Lost (the TV show) won the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series and Battlestar Galactica didn’t?”
Answer: Sorry. I didn’t watch either show so I can’t offer an informed opinion outside “more people who voted preferred Lost”.
Gabriele writes: “1. My favorite character in the entire STARGATE franchise is Samantha Carter. Is there a chance to see Brigadier General Samantha Carter in the future?”
Answer: The possibility hasn’t been discussed.
“2. Is there a chance to have the Goa’uld coming back, maybe on STARGATE UNIVERSE? I would love to see them again.”
Answer: Extremely unlikely.
“3. Can you please give us a very little clue about the movies’ general plot?”
Answer: The action starts on Earth, then shifts to Atlantis, then shifts to a planet, then back to Atlantis.
BackStJoe writes: “After I finished I got a bit bummed out. Atlantis ends so abruptly (couldn’t they have at least done a 90 minute finale?)”
Answer: No because Enemy at the Gate was never intended to be a series finale.
Serenity writes: “Has there been any changes in the camerawork from the first to the second season of SGU?”
Sean D. writes: “Heyerdahl’s website lists “Stargate: Extinction”, saying it’ll be made in 2011 and is in pre-production. Is that accurate information?”
Answer: Not in production, no. Unless they’re keeping it a secret from me.