Well, so much for best intentions.  The plan was to start beating out the big season finale this morning, but with Brad on Stage 6 overseeing the first day of main unit on Seizure and Carl down on Stage 5 overseeing the icky second unit action on Hope, we never did get around to gathering.  Then, after lunch, I was in casting for two hours, checking out potential Corporal Reynolds, Sara Johansens, Steven Johansens, 12 year old TJ’s, and Tasia’s.  By the time I got back upstairs, it was too late and now we’re eyeing Monday as a potential target of opportunity.

I was enroute to the breakfast truck this morning and ended up stopping to talk to actor Patrick Gilmore (SGU’s Dale Volker).  Then, actress Jennifer Spence came by (SGU’s Lisa Park) to apologize for taking so long with her Q&A.  I told her not to worry about it, that I was in no rush – although certain fans were growing restless.  She assured me she’d have the Q&A completed soon.  Soon!  Actor’s Bob Picardo and David Hewlett also came by to say hi, both styling in their suits.  And, speaking of styling, check out Lou Diamond Phillips (SGU’s Colonel David Telford) in his dress blues –

Fans are still buzzing about LDP’s greatest interview ever!  If you missed it, check it out here: http://josephmallozzi.com/2010/08/30/august-30-2010-the-greatest-lou-diamond-phillips-interview-ever/

Today, we said goodbye to Special Efffects Wiz Wray Douglas who rides off into the sunset after a dozen+ years spent sparking, flaming, dropping, ratcheting, and generally blowing all manner of shit up here on Stargate.  You’ll be missed, buddy.

Another  chocolate day tomorrow.  I’m going to attempt maple-milk chocolate truffles.  And, if I can get a hold of some more yuzu, another round of those yuzu-plum sake white chocolate truffles enrobed in toasted coconut flakes.  Wish me luck!


Reminder #1: Start posting your questions for Supervising Producer Linda McGibney!  You have until Monday after which you’ll just have to phone her up and ask her directly.

Reminder #2: Finish up this month’s Book of the Month Club pick: Masked!  Discussion begins Monday!

Reminder #3: My birthday is a little over a month away!  If you’re planning something elaborate, it’s best to get started now!

Reminder #4: My Georgia Bulldogs play the South Carolina Gamecocks in a huge SEC match-up tomorrow!  Wish us luck!

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Wray’s leaving sad Thanks for such great special effects for so many years. You will definitely be missed. Good luck in whatever comes next.


Hello again everyone! This time I’m coming to you from Klamath Falls, Oregon. We just spent an epic day at Crater Lake. Much joy and fun were had!

Those are Awesome playbacks! Very, um, shiny!

Wray is leaving? Darn. His work on the shows have been incredible and it’s always enjoyable seeing him in behind the scenes DVD clips blowing stuff up and having fun while doing it! Oh well. All my best to his future endeavours!

So, onto some of those specific video comments:

@B.A.G: As soon as I get my bearings in California, the Great BAG shall be enshrined in Version 1.2 of the trailer! I will post the link here and all will bask in thy glory! In other words, thank you so much for the compliments and I will make sure to add you into the next version of the trailer! grin

@for the love of Beckett: WOW! Thank you for all that positive feedback! grin YAG eh? I can get used to that. Haha. I would love to have the chance to do this “officially”, at least in what little spare time I have during my studies; I mean, I would get to see the episode before it airs, right? wink Seriously though, I’ll be living near Hollywood, so who knows? Maybe I’ll give it a try; it’ll be fun! As for time…well, it took me about 10 hours of work to do this one, and episode trailers are 30 seconds long, so…maybe a few hours given enough “inspiration”? I just need to remember not to spoil the ending! LOL.

Also, 100% agree about the importance of music. My favorite SG episodes have usually been those with a strong score; they just carry so much emotion with them. For instance, I much prefer Ark of Truth to Continuum (though both were pretty Awesome) because of the way the score is weaved through the former; it just became so much more powerful. I wasn’t surprised to read on the score booklet that Rob Cooper directed the movie with the music in mind and specifically cut it to include long scenes where Joel’s masterpieces can shine through. Another example is Doctor Who, where the bombastic music is allowed to thrive in full in the episodes. They just give everything such an emotional and epic scope. I love it!

@E: Thank you! Yeah, I love that ending too. I’m just lucky David Blue decided to swing his arm down after his line – it fits the final “bang” of the music perfectly.

@Rob: WHAT?! WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT THE GUN-oh, you’re joking. Ha. Haha. Hahaha. wink

Seriously though, thank you for the compliments! grin

@noelm: Thank you! Joe posted the trailer on the Sept. 7th blog entry.

To everyone else: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE COMPLIMENTS!! It was an honour to entertain you all!


LDP rocks on this picture! smile

As for your birthday I’m sure we, the fans, will come up with something awesome.

J. Chris
J. Chris

First off, good luck on the chocolate making!

“Sayonara, Wray!” was just cruel. With salutes to Wray Douglas, I’m glad it’s not Ming-Na that you’re farewelling! Way to give me (and most likely others) a mini heart-attack tho.


LDP *is* styling in that suit! Such a handsome, awesome man! smile

Questions for Linda McGibney:

0) What has been the most fun part of working on Stargate?

1) What has been the most challenging part of being a Supervising Producer on SGU? Did you ever fight to get or keep something you thought was important?

2) Which SGU character was your favorite to write for?

3) Do you do any social networking with fans (Twitter/Facebook/blog)?


@Das – I haven’t done one of these in a while –

What do you get when you cross a Dart with Rush Hour Traffic?
Road Wraith!

hee hee!

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

So for the whole summer run of Warehouse 13 and Eureka there has not been one advertisement for SGU or Sanctuary. Now one day after they announce that Caprica has moved to Tuesday and will air in October there were not one but two advertisements during the Eureka summer finale for Caprica. What is so special about Caprica. From what I saw their ratings were pretty crummy. Where’s the love for SGU?


Best of luck to Wray Douglas in his future! I remember the first time I found out about him was in the SG1 season 6 DVDs, when he blew up the scale model pyramid! I love all the practical explosions that he has helped to do over the years and wish him the best in his future!


Hello Mr. Mallozi,

I really should come by here more often, but have been trapped in a Wormhole at convention after Stargate convention including having the privilege of our team at WHR interviewing the wonderful MingNa, David Blue, Robert Carlyle and Robert Cooper.

Your cool videos of the Destiny consoles are most apprecaited! As the world records holder of watching the same SGU episode 22 times in 24 hours (ask Mark Savela, he knows)!

I can therefore honestly say WHR will be able watch these wonderful videos approximately 19,432 more times before the return of Stargate Universe on September 28, 2010. I would shoot for an even 20,000 but I will be forced (twist my arm please) to watch the season two premiere at 6 PM on SyFy East! I hope you can forgive the WHR Team Leader for coming up 568 viewing short? *snirk*

In all seriousness, your RSS feed has been embedded on our news blog from the day it opened and I often (almost daily) scan your summary when posting news stories at WHR.

Now as for the chocolates, please do not let Colonel Telford have any as they may stain those lovely dress blues.

In closing and in all sincerity, WHR is confident about the new guest stars which should get certain factions in teh Stargat efandom to behave themelves if you know what I mean. I alwasy remember when WHR asked Martin Gero about such last November in Los Angeles “Will there be guest stars in SGU’s future from both Stargate Franchises?” Martin in his usual crisp fashion said “Yes”, but many did not believe!

Well I for one did and believe not only in Martin, but the entire Stargate family for bringing the franchise the wonderful Stargate Universe. Thank you.

Best Regards

WR_Systems (Kenn)


@ JulieAloha – lol

Hey, did you hear Todd decided to open a winery while he’s out there in California? He’s calling it The Grapes of Wraith. wink


Tim Lade
Tim Lade

It’s my 30th birthday in 8 days Joe! Does that mean I get something awesome?

Sean D.


Dang it, Joe, sad those videos – just like the Pineapple Diaries – won’t play. sad

I know it’s my computer but if they were on youtube or something then they’d work.


Oh, Joe, you underestimate the gift-givers! Some have been preparing for…dare I say it…YEARS.

Um, well, I’m only speaking for myself…and I may never finish your gift..,


Yay for more little information about “The Hunt”. grin

Very cool videos, I really like to style of, uh, Destiny’s computer system. They’re detailed, and plain pretty.

The title scared me that something might have happened to Camile Wray, but it’s just as sad to see someone from the special effects team leaving. They’ve done an amazing job, SG series are beautiful to look at, especially SGU. Best of luck to him.


It is officially 9/11. Everything seems to be okay in the “blowing up part”. Someone put a muzzel in that extremist Christian Rev. Jones. No hurricane bearing down upon us in the gulf, I think it is safe to go have some fun, after a prayer morning of remembrance of those who not only died that day, but of those who helped clean up who are now sick and being denied medical treatment and some of those people have died, our troops and the sacrifices they and they families make to follow the orders of the commander in chief whether they are right or wrong. I just want to scream to all of these people — GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.


Best of luck to you Mr. Wray Douglas for whatever your future may hold. We will miss you on the Stargate franchise, but keep in touch with what you are doing so we can follow you along.


And Happy Birthday Elyse Levesque (On 9/10).


Give a big hug to Wray for us…he is really going to be missed…great effects for all the shows…

Kriss smile

James Gamble

Never really noticed the detail before, but I love the way the UI fits snuggly inside the screen’s shape. Looks fantastic like that.
I’m gonna start rewatching all the episodes, now, watching for those!


1 the priors of oris used stargate to go to our galaxy
Was it due to their powers ?
Did they use a power source like ZPM ?

2 There is a big difference of size between a supergate and a stargate.
Is it a problem if we send a traveler without ship by this one to contact a stargate ?

3 Why atlantis would vaporize if we used the engine with whirlpool?
Is it possible to mitigate this problem?

4 is the crystal skulls could be usefull to contact the destiny if we had one of them in the ship ?
We don’t know how to use them, but our allies could show us how to use these ones


You gave me quite a scare when I first read “Sayonara, Wray!” I was totally thinking of Camille Wray, and that would be terrible smile


Good luck to special effects wiz Wray Douglas, hope you get to blow up lots more pyramids! Hee hee hee. The Destiny console vids are so very cool, I’ve always been fond of the “Stargate Idle” at the SGC myself. As for the maple-milk chocolate truffles, all I can think of is that you know how to make your blog readers as hungry as a starved Wraith Mr Mallozzi.
Question for Linda McGibney,
How often when you’re in the middle of a script at a critical point (e.g. you don’t want to be disturbed by anybody for any reason) will Mr Mallozzi pop around with some grub (particularly of the chocolate variety), making you completely forget what you’d wrote?


Ok, seeing LDP in his dress uniform has me baffled. Not quite sure how he survived the whole Incursion process, let alone makes it back to Earth for what appears to be some kinda formal meet, but i’m sure it’ll all make sense in a few weeks.

So I was deep frying some french fries yesterday when I realized I wanted some meat with it. The only thing handy were hot dogs, but I was particularly lazy and didn’t feel like bbq’ing, boiling, or nuking them.

So I deep fried them too.

Not really a big different between boiling them in water or in oil I found, except they get a bit more golden brown on the outside.

Anyways….this brings me to the point of my entry here. I looked up deep fried hot dog recipes later and found one, and knowing your culinary curiousity for new things I thought I’d post it here.

Cheese-Filled-Bacon-Wrapped-Deep-Fried Hot Dogs


They look good, but then again, you can wrap almost anything in bacon and it’ll turn out okay.



Hey Joe,

Hope all is well. Do you think with MGM starting to reform and get themselves out of debt, which was announced on Variety the other day, SGA continuing in Syndication, SGA continuing to rerun on SyFy, and SGA characters crossovering to SGU, will have any impact on getting the SGA movie greenlighted? Do you think that the wait will soon be over, and are you more optimistic now?