By the time I touch down in Vancouver, those of you on the east coast of the U.S. will be settling down to take in the third episode of Stargate: Universe’s second season. Tonight?  That’s right!  9:00 p.m.!  SyFy!  Tune in!

Last season, I got more than a few fans asking about the possibility of Destiny running into one of the Ancient seed ships, those trailblazing vessels launched well in advance of Destiny, charged with the task of seeding suitable planets with stargates and establishing the path to follow.  My response to those who asked has always been to point out that, short of some sort of mechanical or system failure stranding a seed ship, it’s highly unlikely the Destiny would cross paths with one. Yep, HIGHLY unlikely.

Anyway, tune in for tonight’s episode of Stargate: Universe in which the Destiny crew investigates a mysterious object on the heels of a highly unlikely encounter.

The slightest of sneak peeks at the behind-the-scenes action on this one.  Setting up one of this episode’s many “discovery” sequences –

Well, another Montreal visit is a wrap.  I spent time with family, hit a few so-so restaurants, and attended my buddy’s wedding (see last issue – ed.).  Yesterday was my last full day in town, so I did the rounds.  One of my stops was Lawrence and Mel’s place where the newlyweds were hosting a little wine and cheese.  Holy crap!  You learn a lot about someone from checking out their living space.  For instance, I didn’t realize my buddy has the picture perfect serial killer profile. Allow me to set the scene: The crazed killer is finally arrested.  Turns out he’s a fairly nondescript fellow living a quiet, middle-class existence.  The neighbors describe him as the type that kept to himself.  But when the investigators enter the premises in their search for clues they discover obvious signs of alarming obsessive compulsive behavior like –

 

The fridge magnet collection!

 

 

The sand collection!

 

The box containing his collection of wet naps (sorry, "moist towelettes"). For real.

 

I won’t even bother documenting the selection of champagne bottles lining the top shelves of his kitchen or that enormous glass container in the front room overflowing with corks.  Perhaps more shocking of all was what I learned from some of his co-workers who made the trip over from London.  Lawrence, it turns out, is a diehard Coronation Street fan.  So diehard, in fact, that he’s been trying to swing a studio tour for well over a year.  Coronation Street!

Well, closet serial killer or not, it was great to see my old buddy (and new budette).  Still, just to be on the safe side, I contacted the authorities and suggested they keep an eye on him.

Hey, speaking of collections, my mother has a pretty extensive collection of my early writings including this little gem from my stay at summer camp –

Which goes a long way to explaining my life-long love of the great outdoors.

Some other highlights from this trip…

 

Sis and her bag of birthday swag.
My birthday haul from mom and sis.
Also, a fantastic cream of pistachio and a very god almond cream I’m unable to bring back to Vancouver with me because they are both over the 100 ml restriction for carry-on articles. I’ll have to track them down in Vancouver.
Hot peppers!
Felix
And Baby.

Dinner tonight with Bob Picardo who is in town to film a super secret guest appearance on another series.  I’m hoping there’ll be a slew of Awakening comments awaiting me on my return!   Let’s hear from you!

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Lou Zucaro

REALLY looking forward to tonight’s episode!

You all seem to have found a really nice groove. The show’s pacing is working really well, and last week’s episode was a pretty sweet kind of intense in terms of us knowing what nobody else (other than Rush) knows, and then there was the tease of whatever’s “out there”.

Now I have to try to forget about looking forward to it until after work.

Debra
Debra

OMG I am howling over your note home. Not sure about great outdoors, but definitely your ability to express yourself was clear even then. Just think though, the bad food may have been part of starting you on your foodies journey!!

Okay where are the wedding pics with you dressed up? HMMM?

Also, you didn’t post on the 11th so we are due a LONG one tomorrow.

LOL lets hope your friend’s wife curbs those collections. Oy.

Debra
Debra

OOPS just saw you DID post the 11th.. going to read. I swear I checked last night before bed!

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Can’t wait to see Awakenings tonight!!! I’ll post my thoughts later after it airs, but it looks like a great episode, although Aftermath will be a tough act to follow. I am still tripping about that shocker of a controversial ending!!! smile

Best wishes,

Bryan

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Just a quickie…

I, too, have a sand and soil collection from all the places I’ve visited.

razz

das

Kuro Syamito
Kuro Syamito

can’t wait for tonite!

PBMom
PBMom

What a riot (the letter from camp). You were already a food critic. But your handwriting was MUCH better. What happened? smile And the start of the crossing out of words on a card.

Interesting collections. I was into collecting mini snowglobes for awhile. Last one I bought, though, was on my trip to Vancouver back in 2001. I also collect anything with golden retrievers on it. And dolphins.

I can see why you both are great friends. Safe journey back home.

I am psyched for a new SGU tonight. Then after SGU and Caprica, I must get back to my tax return. It’s due on Friday. Talk about getting it down to the wire here. Hopefully with me not having to spend Jan-May working on strategy every weekend to battle the school district, I’ll finally be able to get caught up and when 2010 tax time comes around, actually file on time. That would be great since I get money back from the government.

snakey
snakey

Ya know, whenever you mention something or someone being involved in a super secret project all that does is stir up more questions and create anxiety. Well it does in me razz
I’d like to submit a request, for what it’s worth, that this annoyance be halted. Didn’t your mama teach you if you can’t say anything secretive, then don’t say anything at all? wink

dioxholster

“the food at camp isnt that good except for the chicken”

—- how typical of you Mr. Mallozzi!

Julie Merritt
Julie Merritt

Cute dogs and cat. I no longer watch SyFy. I watch NCIS and NCIS LA. I hope that MGM will use their heads and vote for Spyglass to bail them out since the Creditors are all for it.

ZoSoAir
ZoSoAir

Joe,

Noticed you have had some discussions with change haters as of late. I just wanted to say that I in fact enjoy the change of pace SGU has taken. As with everyone, TV is a short term escape from their real lives. If all TV were the same, no one would want to escape. Changing the format was the only logical way to proceed with a great story line.

This is funny, but as I stood in my yard a few nights ago waiting on my dogs to do their business I looked up at the sky and saw many stars (and a few planes). I thought…hmmm Destiny could be out there some where. For that moment I escaped my reality and jumped into the shows.

I just wanted to say good job to you and everyone else who put in their creative contribution to the show.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Wait a stinkin’ minute!!!!! You actually DO go by ‘Joey’??! lol And here I thought I was being all pesky-like. wink Too funny that you were complaining about the food. smile

das

Rex Carter
Rex Carter

Hi ,
1) will we see any of the Atlantis set in the episode with McKay and Woolsey?

2) Does Atlantis have a set of Ancient Communication Stones in case they ever need them if they get cut off from Earth again if they leave Earth.

3) Will anybody find anymore zero point modules or is that all there is?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – question as far as communication stones go…

If, say…Todd and Rodney… switched using the communication stones, would Todd (in Rodney’s body) chow down in the cafeteria all day, while Rodney (in Todd’s body) threatens to suck on the first human ‘snack’ he stumbles upon? In other words, both have strong appetites, but would their food cravings be influenced by the bodies (and the needs of those bodies) their consciousness is in at the time?

Thankies.

das

Shiny
Shiny

I can’t blame Lawrence for keeping that Goa sand; it’s gorgeous there.

My nephew is also a burgeoning collector; he filled my purse with a succession of beach pebbles at Sandy Point (because there’s nothing I like more in my purse than sand and rocks).

Seed ships; sounds so wholesome and salt of the earth-ish. They would have cool names like “The Appleseed,” “The Husker” or “The Burpee.”

DP
DP

So …. something about a seeder ship. Reading between the lines is my strong suit.

My take on the camp writing:

You already had a distinctive writing voice and didn’t appreciate Tony the Tiger putting words in your mouth.

maggiemayday

Hi Baby! My neighbor’s cat is named Baby and she hangs out in my backyard, a real sweetie. Wanna introduction?

very god almond cream…. a religious experience?

Mmmm, new episode. I need the distraction. I might even watch it twice… at least it doesn’t conflict with Dancing with the Stars, and NCISes are On Demand.

How about that Florence? One hot TV mama!

Craig
Craig

I realize that you have no control over this, but I really hate that the U.S. gets to see new episodes first and we here in Canada have to wait an extra 3 days before we can get in on the discussion.

That said, I’m really excited for “Awakening” as I’ve been waiting since season 1 for a look at the seeder ships and just why they put Stargates on some of those planets which are (at least at this point) uninhabitable. Exactly how many years/months/days were the seeder ships sent out before Destiny? And how many seeder ships are there in total? I hope at least some of this gets answered in this episode.

Also, looks like we’ll have some new aliens showing up this week, which is always fun.

Deni
Deni

@Das: The minute I saw the note with “Joey” on it, I wondered how long it would take you…:)

ytimynona

Hey Joe, did you happen to see any of these while you were last in Japan?
http://www.mikesblender.com/indexblog88.htm

Cody
Cody

I missed the spectacular wedding installment of the Mallozzi blog! It looked like a fun time. And see kids aren’t all that bad, sometimes they can be down right funny.

Also apparently you were a food critic at camp. I can certainly say that the camp that I attended and another camp that I volunteered at many many years later always had pretty decent food.

Ahhh camp. I have such fond memories. I was always in to the kayaking, archery, and horse riding. Interestingly they had a horse named Cody there. Every time I went to camp I ended up with him… very weird. Ahh then there was the kayaking… that was fun, peacefully paddling around our man made lake, away from the other kids. Then there was my best friend of many years, Nick… I wonder whatever became of him.

Yikes what a magnet collection… and sand… that’d be a mess if ever dropped.
Continuing to enjoy Masked, and will be enjoying SGU tonight!!!

Cody

Sam
Sam

Will there be a third season of SGU?

nate80
nate80

So, did you know last season that in fact they would encounter a seeder ship and didn’t want to give a spoiler to an episode you were writing? Or had the events for Destiny not been planned this far when you were asked? Another non-related question…are you a basketball fan? If so NBA or college?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Deni – I’ma bit slow sometimes. razz

@ Joey – Nice to see Sis, Felix and Baby…hope mom is well, too.

Also, I have a fridge magnet collection something like your buddy’s – magnets from where I’ve been, but I prefer ones with images or something on them. Some are lighthouses, some are animals, some are purty pictures…but this is my favorite (blurry, sorry): comment image

grin

das

Montrealer
Montrealer

You posted early today. So I re-posting my entry from yesterday’s post.

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What bad timing. We got the biggest real life reality show happening with the evacuation of the trapped Chilean miners. So expect a slump with all TV shows tonight. Truly an Act of God for ratings for everyone.