When I was invited along for last week’s technical survey, I jumped at the chance to go door to door, querying local fans about the show’s mechanical and scientific aspects. Dear Sir and/or Madam – Could you spare a few moments to answer some questions about Destiny’s Faster Than Light drive?  How satisfied are you with the ship’s capacitors?  Very satisfied?  Satisfied?  Somewhat satisfied?  Somewhat dissatisfied?  Dissatisfied?  Or very dissatisfied?  Rate the shield’s efficiency on a scale of one to ten. Well, to my disappointment, the survey didn’t involve any canvassing or solicitation of opinions.  Hell, it wasn’t particularly technical either.  It was just a road trip out to a forested area in North Vancouver where we finalized the locations for episode 16, The Hunt.

Heather Vedan, our Locations Manager, makes sure we've all gone to the bathroom before giving the bus driver the go-ahead.

The buddy system is a must for all Stargate field trips. Unfortunately, I was odd man out and ended up being paired with the snack basket.

Director Andy Mikita and Stunt Coordinator James "Bam Bam" Bamford discuss the first big action sequence.

We gather at what will be base camp - only to learn Andy Mikita forgot the smores. Instead, we split a pack of Trident gum and roasted that.

Eventually, we end up back on the lot, Stage 6, to check out the cave set - a work in progress.

A piece of the rock face.

Two boxes of rocks.

What will be the cave exterior.

Off for takoyaki bombs.  Will have a full report tomorrow!

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maggiemayday
maggiemayday

Takoyaki… you do know how to get a girl to shed her lurker cloak.

Lewis
Lewis

Joe, you may have stumbled on to a new truffle…. Trident flavored! (the truffle you can keep chewing all day)

Thanks for the sneek peek pics!

I’ve heard the saying, “worthless as a box of rocks” so how much would 2 boxes be??

Randomness
Randomness

Takoyaki Bombs? Never heard of them.
They had Wasabi Bombs on The Amazing Race, seemed rather pleasant to eat.

Something like Taiyaki or simply home made Red Bean paste in something like Daifuku would be kinda neat.

Anpan is something everyone should try, basically a sweet bun with Red Bean Paste inside.

Notice a theme here?

Lisa R
Lisa R

Loved the pictures. I do have to ask a question though. Were you ever a Boy Scout? wink You know, that be prepared motto and all. smile

Have a good night.

otros ojos
otros ojos

Day camp! How much fun! NOT! (I didn’t much like Girl Scouts. I know the feeling was 100% mutual. Oh well. I did my time, and left with an honorable discharge two years after signin’ up.)

LOL re. roasting a pack of Trident. If we’d gotten to do cool and weird stuff like that . . . Well, in fact, starting several years later I went to a few pretty awesome camps. But that was with a completely different group — Junior S&M, or something that sounds similar but doesn’t have the bizarre (and illegal) connotations, but was fun anyway.

I’m going to go ahead and wish you Happy Birthday almost a month early, because who knows what I might or might not remember by then? An overripe gorgonzola somewhere in the house is one thing, but birthdays are something else, you know? I wouldn’t remember my own except for — oh, right, I was talking about your birthday. Best wishes for mirth and friendship and some cool stuff for the 16th, after which I expect that things will return to normal. *w*

Condolences to Rob Cooper and Brian Smith upon the Cowbots starting the season by going 0 for 2. grin (Things could be worse. It’s always good news in Irving when Romo doesn’t throw an INT.)

PBMom

Field trip! Love field trips. Thank you for the pictures. Getting super excited here. It is now showing up in my DVR scheduler. (As is Dexter, Glee, and Fringe).

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

You have too much fun with your job. Don’t you realize there are suffering people out there agonizing about having to work a job they loathe? And you just have to rub salt in their wounds. Love the pics and love the captioning even more. Keep up the good work.

Patricia
Patricia

So is HUNT Earth based? If not, what happened to TPTB deisre not to make the other plants looking like Vancouver woods???

Cheers

Jenks
Jenks

@Patricia

$$$

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

Which means there were no snacks left by the time you arrived at your destination.

Ian Z.

@ Patricia, after they film it they make it look different, filters, adding in trees, etc.

Trident! Was it new TRIDENT LAYERS!!! smile Do they pay you in trident layers?

^i would laugh out loud if this made it to the mailbag *hint* haha

Tim Lade
Tim Lade

Joe, by chance, and I am thinking this is a long shot, but do you take in science-fiction film, and if so, did you happen to see Pandorum? I feel that I didn’t enjoy it even in the slightest.

jreeths
jreeths

I’m going to try to be more honest and forthcoming about things in life. So here is the first thought I had after reading this post: The box of rocks should be a Christmas gift for Charlie Brown.

I never said they were going to be deep thoughts.

E
E

TJ backstory, alien-looking planet (eventually, right?), alienS (plural!, has SG ever had different alien species living on the same planet?) – looks like “The Hunt” will be one extremely awesome episode.

Yeah, I have a way with words, especially adjectives. razz

Lewis
Lewis

NBC should have at least aired one commercial for SGU during their Sunday night football game. They used to air commercials for SG-1 back in the day. I don’t watch a whole lot of tv these days, but when I do have it on, I haven’t seen any commercials for the new season of SGU at all.. not on SyFy, or any of their sister channels (NBC, USA, etc.). Has anyone else seen any commercials??

You would think w/ moving Stargate to Tueday nights from its (what is it now, like 8) years of Friday nights airing on SyFy would warrant some air time to remind people about the change. Thankfully DVRs automatically record first run episodes regardless of their air date/time… but I thought SyFy/NBC were more interested in the live audience viewing numbers and not so much so the recorded numbers. USA used to have Stargate commercials all the time (especially during shows such as Psych which have a slight Stargate connection).

I have a feeling that this season of SGU (***which starts TUESDAY, SEPT. 28TH on SYFY***) will actually end up being one of the best overall seasons of a Stargate series when it is all said and done, but worry cuz it seems like the Network isn’t really getting the word out all that much about the new season on a new night. If I am wrong though, then I apologize for even bringing the subject up. I just really want to see SGU get a positive upswing in the numbers (on a consistent basis) during Season 2.0! In fact I even starting advertising SGU’s premiere in my Ebay auctions, along with the Season 2 trailer from ComicCon. Sure, a few people will see it (not to mention that its totally free advertising for SyFy) but imagine how many people would see a commercial during a nationally broadcast live NFL game. C’mon, SyFy, buy a 30 second spot on next Sunday night’s game that’s on NBC… I’m sure NBC would give you a discount if you ask, you’re owned by the same conglomerate. In fact, it could be said that you are all one big family, ..and that’s what family is for right? Well, that and noogies.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4rOPzbhPI

Saw the location pics and thought of this song razz

Did you sing on the bus?

Lewis
Lewis

Oops! The html inserted a smiley face where I typed the number “eight.” Oh well. It just reminds me that there was one more thing I wanted to say:

***Tuesday, Sept. 28th***
***SGU season 2***
***starts on SyFy***

Susan
Susan

Hi Joe,

A question totally unrelated to your latest post, but something dear to your heart nonetheless – food!

I have just watched a story on Susur Lee and was wondering if you had been to either of his restaurants
(Susur or Lee) in Toronto? And, if so, what you thought it/them?

dave198421
dave198421

Hey Jo,

Will you be puuting a pic of mr Hewlett aka Mccay up on your site?

Thanks

Dave

feanor
feanor

Just read your blog and

Stargate: Universe returns Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 p.m. on SyFy!

Stargate: Universe returns Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 p.m. on SyFy!

Stargate: Universe returns Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 p.m. on SyFy!

Tell your friends!

But why not our enemies? They might like SGU too!!!

Why is the cave neccesery? Is somebody going to get lost in it?

Luis
Luis

Joe,
Curios where is the location shoot at???? Im in the U.S. so i wont show up.

E
E

An urgent question, sort of. Can you tell me what kind of money was used during the Ronon/Teal’c fight scene in “Midway”?? Is it possible they were copies of some European money? There’s a thread at one movie forum about movies/series that mention Estonia, and someone thought the blue banknote Sheppard is holding could be, in fact, Estonian kroon?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxgpYP2RHkM

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I know you don’t deal with details like that, and it was a long time ago, but maybe you happen to know.

drldeboer
drldeboer

More lurk than quirk. Hewlett/McKay pic please? Only reason I’m giving SGU another shot.
DD

Shiny
Shiny

Had to google Takoyaki bombs. Homeland Security will be knocking on my cubicle any minute.

That is one big comfy bus you guys ride around on. I just got off of a packed city bus, an intimate affair in which I was manhandled by several dozen strangers in a dimly lit space while clutching a rubber strap. Not as sexy as it sounds.

Anais33
Anais33

Hello =) ça va bien? Moi oui,

désolé mais j’ai était absente ce week end et vendredi car j’ai été à Paris en promenade, j’ai mangé quelques macarons chez Laduré (framboise, noix de coco, mes parfums pref;) et ensuite j’ai été manger un délicieux confit de canard et un fondant au chocolat! =P

J’ai aussi bien acheté votre cadeau en espérant qu’il vous plaise, je l’envoie cette semaine!!

Merci pour ces photos!!
Pleins de gros bisous!