My sleep patterns are all wonky while I’m in Montreal so last night, I was up until 2:00 a.m. working on my script for episode 20, Gauntlet, the season two finale. I hit the 16 page mark and, if all goes as planned, should have it half completed for my return to the office on Wednesday – by which time I’ll have to set it aside for a couple of days while I tackle my producer’s edit of The Hunt. I’m feeling the pressure because, at this point, it’s the only script outstanding – and the episode begins prepping October 26th. That new set should be built by then and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Today, the Mallozzi side of the family threw a surprise retirement party for my cousin Marilyn…
Also in attendance was a friend of my cousin Carol, a Scottish woman who used quaint expressions like “ye wee tribble” and “youse a right choob”. Adorable.
I’m looking to check out more foreign films and I need your recommendations. Blog regular Shiny, in particular, sounds like my guy (er, gal?) given the recent South Korean movies he (she?) mentioned in one of his (her?) recent comments. Big fan of the J-horror and the over-the-top likes of Fudoh: The New Generation, but have also greatly enjoyed South Korean offerings like Old Boy and J.S.A. No need to limit yourself to Asian cinema and, all in all, would prefer something a little more contemporary. Fire away!
Bailey writes: “If, and only if, SGU gets cancelled due to low ratings, how does it make any sense to make movies of that show and not the higher rated ones like SGA and SG1? If the DVD market is no good, I can’t see selling very many copies.”
Answer: Again, this is an educated guess on my part but, in the event of a worst case scenario, then it would make more sense to move forward with an SGU movie because: a) we have the actors, sets, and crew on hand and b) dvd may be suffering but the download market continues to grow.
Jason967060 writes: “If the movie doesen’t get made perhaps you could ask MGM if you could make Stargate Atlantis: Extinction into a book. Just an idea.”
Answer: Not a bad idea. If it came to that, yes, I’d love to have the story out there rather than in a desk gathering dust.
hal ehrlrich writes: “In your opinion what kind of numbers do you think the show SGU will need to get a 3rd season ? And about what time do you think they are going to make it ?”
Answer: The pick-up decision is in the network’s hands, so I don’t really know what number they’re looking for and what, exactly, they’ll be taking into account. As for when we expect to hear the news – end of this year, perhaps the beginning of next.
Jaso967060 writes: “Heck I think alot of people from “that other site” could be won back if some changes are made. (Finding out the Destinys Mission and the crew working together more instead of tearing each other down…and having more action…changes like that.)”
Answer: Disagree. Given that their deluded mission statement is to see SGU cancelled in order to pave the way for an SGA return, I doubt that very much.
dasNdanger writes: “Geez, Joe – I asked you to ask Akemi about eating sushi with ‘sticks or fingers. ONE little thing, Joey, and you let me down.”
Answer: Akemi is back in Japan but I can answer this one for you. At several of the sushi-ya’s I dined at while in Tokyo, I was instructed to eschew the chopsticks in favor of my fingers. So there ya go.
Jason writes: “As a writer, when you guys decide to destroy rare resources for dramatic effect, do you play out the long term effect, or is that something that you worry about later, when a future episode’s story presents a need for something?”
Answer: There’s always a discussion. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, we were tracking/debating the ammo issue.
RFVDevil writes: “Do you have any feed back or input from the network on why SyFy has moved Stargate to the fall/winter schedule it’s been on, rather than airing it in the broadcast off season like SG1, Eureka and Warehouse 13? As summer series, these shows seem to do well when there is less competition.”
Answer: Alas, only the network is privy to the decision-making process.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Would you continue writing this blog if SGU gets cancelled?”
Answer: Don’t know. I didn’t start this blog for the show and, while the series certainly is heavily featured, it’s not the only thing I spotlight here. I don’t make any money off the blog so traffic isn’t a concern. I update this blog daily because it forces me to write and I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about if and when the show is cancelled. But as to whether I’d quit – hell, there isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t think about it.
Nani writes: “…why do you keep insisting that that the fans who don’t appreciate and watch SGU are an insignificant, ignorant, dumb, juvenile fringe minority???”
Answer: Please do us all a big favor and actually read the Q&A you’re referring to before posting a comment like this. You come across as ignorant at best; transparently manipulative at worst. I was asked about the members of a specific forum. I was not referring to fans in general.
Nani also writes: “Also, I don’t understand your blaming low SGU ratings on DVRs and downloads – other shows, such as Chuck, Castle, House M.D. (all in seasons 3 or beyond) have very high and respectable ratings without having to compensate for these new technologies “diminishing” numbers of their live viewers.”
Answer: Actually, the House recently suffered a 20% tumble in its ratings. Not familiar with Castle. Chuck, on the other hand, is a genre show that has sometimes struggled in the ratings. Its young, tech-savvy audience is the type of audience most likely to download. Coincidence? I don’t think so either.
nate writes: “How is it Louis F. can be such a clown on set (always a huge grin in your photos) and so intense on camera? Other than good actor!”
Answer: He is that good – and the polar opposite of the dour, restrained Colonel Young.
nat also wries: “Will they be taking anything from the other ship next week? like a couple of shuttles”
Answer: The type of ship they’ll encounter doesn’t have shuttles. Doesn’t need ’em.