I’m in Montreal for the long weekend, here to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, attend a surprise party for a family member (if any family members happen to be reading this blog, I’m just kidding of course – ha ha – no, seriously, forget what you just read), and go to a friend’s wedding with. Fun, fun, and FUN! The flight over was unmemorable. Both the guy sitting to my right and the other guy sitting across the aisle to my left watched Knight and Day. Everywhere I turned, it was Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz pretending to have chemistry. A couple of rows up ahead, someone else was watching a documentary on The Door’s Jim Morrison. Don’t know anything about him but, from what little I watched, it would appear he tended to fall down a lot more than your average rock star.
By the way, I managed to get a whole page and a half done on Gauntlet, bringing the total count to a whopping 12 pages!
Anyway, got in just in time for dinner…
Michael Jones writes: “Regarding the ratings. If the current trend continues, do you think SyFy will be willing to try a new night, away from the uber-crowded Tuesday night and the NCIS juggernaut that dwells within, or will they just drop the hammer?”
Answer: That would be a network decision. Alas, I have no idea what they have planned.
Michael Jones also writes: “As far as storyline goes, I was wondering if there might be a Goa’uld in the Lucian Alliance mix.”
Answer: Definitely not.
Hans writes: “Can you tell us something about the meassures of the ship as it is seen in the series, hence length, height & width?”
Answer: Sorry, I don’t have any of the specific numbers on the size of the ship and its technical aspects. This would be a question for our Production Designer James Robbins.
Hans also writes: “During the first episodes of Univers Chloe is wearing a dress and boots until she tested the Destinys shower in episode 4 (Darkness). After that she wears something like a training suite and sports shoes. But where did she get these cloths from?”
Answer: Chloe was hauling a couple of bags to her tour of the Icarus Base. At least one of these made it through to Destiny.
KEK writes: “Assuming the season finale is a cliffhanger, do the producers have any plan as to what they might try to do to resolve the story if the series is cancelled?”
Answer: So pessimistic! Gauntlet, episode 20, the script I’m working on will be a satisfying and surprising season finale.
JJ writes: “Any SG1/SGA movie update?”
Michael writes: “1) Was that I.O.A. report Wray relayed to Young about a Lucian Alliance attack on Earth the basis for the story arc of the final episodes of the season?”
Answer: It will definitely figure in to several episodes later in the season.
Michael also writes: “2) Are those aliens that built that solar system, in an ascended form akin to the Ancients or are they still flesh and blood aliens?”
Answer: Stay tuned.
Michael also writes: “3) Considering the Ancients were explorers foremost, is Destiny’s true purpose related to helping them expedite their studies in a practical manner?”
Answer: Again, stay tuned.
PBMom writes: “Was the baby in Intervention a professional actor baby or actually Alaina’s baby. Too cute!”
Answer: Not Alaina’s baby.
DP writes: “Is Gauntlet a placeholder title or final?”
Jim writes: “Kiva felt like a letdown as a villain, especially since she was not brought back for S2. Was this always the plan for Kiva to die, or because Rhona Mitra moved on to other projects and couldn’t come back?”
Answer: The decision on Kiva’s fate was made at the end of season 1.
MyNameIsNada writes: “Can we expect any more development into the Dr. Park character?”
Answer: Yes, definitely.
Simon writes: “Will there be an SGU movie or two?”
Answer: My guess is yes.
Simon also writes: “Were you as shocked as I was when Rob killed off Riley?”
Answer: Not really. The story was discussed in the room with the other writers so everyone knew. Well, everyone except Carl who is very sensitive. He found out when he watched the episode on Tuesday. And cried.
felt writes: What do you have against ? These are fans of SG1 and SGA. They respect the cast of both shows and love both shows. These are your vocal fans that will make their thoughts known.”
Answer: They may be respectful to the cast of the first two shows, but they’re incredibly disrespectful to the cast of SGU. Their comments aren’t in the least constructive, merely spiteful and immature. But hey, far be it for me to keep them from convening and complaining amongst each other ad nausem. Freedom speech allows everyone the opportunity to speak their mind, regardless of how fringe their little group.
“Do you not realise sites like  exist because of the extreme amount of censorship going on at Gateworld? You cant even express an opinion without worrying your post will get deleted.”
Answer: Awww, that’s terrible. You should cancel your subscription. Wait. What? There is no subscription? It’s free? Well, of course, it’s publicly owned. In that case, you should write your congressman. No, wait! What? Gateworld is privately owned. Then the way I see it, when individuals such as yourself take advantage of the forums to post incendiary comments intended to provoke, the moderators have every right to tell you to get lost.
“The fanbase has spoken. SGU has failed. Why can you not accept this? You cant keep your head in the sand forever whilst the ratings go down the toilet.”
Answer: By that logic, Atlantis was a colossal failure as well. Compare its numbers to the numbers SG-1 was doing in its tenth and final season. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there has been a steady decline in t.v. viewership across the board while, not so coincidentally, DVR, internet, and download viewership continues to rise.
“SGA was pulling the numbers for renewal. Why didnt you.Paul. Carl and Gero fight for a new season. Whats with the blind following to BW?”
Answer: Why haven’t you stopped your government from raising taxes, you lazy good-for-nothing? And why aren’t you doing more to help the homeless and feed the hungry in third world countries? The fact that you have yet to donate all of your possessions to a worthy cause and dedicate your remaining days to helping spay and neuter the wild lemurs of Kohatz Mattat shows what a truly uncaring individual you are. You should be ashamed of yourself.
“Are there any plans to return to the classic Stargate formula fans WANT?”
Answer: Actually, you mean the formula you and your friends want? No. SGU is a different show. For what it’s worth, I’m still thinking positive thoughts about the SG-1 movie.
Zoomeister writes: “You said you lost one of your visual effects guys recently.”
Zoomeister writes: “Why not get funding distribution to the point where that won’t matter for Syfy nor for MGM? Could you at least discuss this with the rest of the producers and with MGM, and with Syfy (way) before they make a decision on renewal?”
Answer: Let’s see how things play out before hitting the panic button. We’re only two episodes in.
Paddy writes: “On a SG related topic, unsure weather its been posted before, what is your reception to the Fandominum books series?”
Answer: I have the utmost respect for writers of prose fiction and, while I’ve never read any of the published Stargate novels, I’ve heard very good things. If the Atlantis movie doesn’t get made, I can’t think of a better way for the fans to continue enjoying the adventures of the Pegasus crew.