I finally have time to come up for air, so I’m making today’s post a dedicated mailbag entry. It’s a brief respite since it looks like I’m looking ahead to a crazy-busy few months to end 2010 chock full of Stargately excitement, holiday planning, a Tokyo trip, and not one, not two, but three super secret projects (including that comic book series I’ve been talking about for what seems like forever). On to your questions…
But first, check out the snooze time photos –
Tim Gaffney writes: “If they are 73% better with the +7 numbers, does SyFy take that into consideration when they decide on renewal? That has to be the highest addition of viewers to a shows ratings of any show. To me, it doesn’t matter when or how a show is watched. Just count the total number of viewers and use that to make your decision.”
Answer: Ah, if it were only that easy. At present, there is no system in place that will provide an accurate assessment of how many viewers a show actually commands across the various viewing platforms. The +7 numbers are good news in that we know there are far more viewers out there but, on the other hand, they are frustrating because networks generally don’t place as much stock in those numbers. Knowing that our audience could be three times as large if everyone watched the show live or same day is interesting to note, but it isn’t as impressive to a network that generates ad revenue by selling to advertisers interested in reaching an audience that will actually sit through their commercials.
My Name Is Scott writes: “One question… what did Simeon say to Dr. Park?”
Answer: In the scene you’re referring to, Simeon walks up to Dr. Park and whispers something in her ears, eliciting a horrified respond from her and causing everyone around her to leap up and confront Simeon. The script never specified what, exactly, he whispers to her so we were curious to see what Robert Knepper would come up with. Would he mumble something incomprehensible or would he actually offer up something offensive and egregious in a bid to remain in loathsome character? Which would it be? As it turned out, neither. On the day, the director yelled “Action!”. Simeon spots Park sitting a table, walks up, leans in and silently whispers: “Try the carrots!”.
amychr writes: “I’ve noticed you link to Goodreads for your book posts and I wanted to invite you to claim your Goodreads author page. I’m a librarian for the site, so inviting authors is kind of my thing ”
Answer: Done and done. Thanks for the invite!
whiterose64 writes: “Will there be anymore of the Q & A with Louis Ferreira?”
Answer: I’ll definitely try to track down Louis for another round of questions soon.
Alfredo De La Fe writes: “Is there ever a time when you go over time and rather than cut something you have a scene shot over again to save time?”
Answer: To save time? Never.
Gilder writes: “What are the Snow Monkey’s team colors, please?”
Answer: Grey and white with select pink bits.
maggiemayday writes: “Is it me, or is “first annual” just plain wrong?”
Answer: Not if you’re trying to strongly hint at something.
Major D. Davis writes: “Will the Aliens/Telford/Seedership story be further explored later this season?”
Answer: At some point in the season, yes, we will learn the fate of Colonel Telford.
“2. The mystical elements have been so well done on season 2 so far. That said, will we see/learn more about Franklin and the faith planet this season?”
“4. Besides the atlantis alums and Dr. Brightman, will there be any more characters from the older shows in season 2? I heard a rumor that Daniel might show up again? Could you comment on that?”
Answer: Daniel Jackson will not be making an appearance in season three.
“5. SPOILERS for UK! When exactly in awakening was that VFX extravaganza you were talking about? Was it at the end where the 30 aliens are closing in on Telford?”
Answer: You’re getting your episodes mixed up. The VFX extravaganza was a reference to episode 10, Resurgence.
MyNameIsNada writes: “Quick question, and I apologize if it has been asked before-when can we expect new Kino videos?”
Answer: Alas, no plans to produce new Kino-sodes.
nate writes: “Is there a working gate on the seeder ship?”
Answer: Presumably, yes.
“IS there a reason for the bridge of the Destiny rising from the hull other than being cool?”
Answer: It’s a defensive measure.
Renegard writes: “What is the powder stuff the crew is eating on Destiny in reality?”
Answer: It’s exactly what it’s intended to be in the reality of the show – protein powder.
Kaleb writes: “Aside from the typical ‘do your best, kid’ segment, what advice could you give a student looking at getting into screenwriting?”
Answer: Read a lot. Write a lot. Watch a lot of film and television. Try to get your foot in the door by writing for animation.
Audrey writes: “So I really liked that scene between TJ and Simeon in the infirmary in Awakening, and was wondering if we’re going to see that sort of ass kicking/military side of her again?”
Answer: One of the things I loved about T.J. in season one were those flashes of the ass kicking/military side of her. As a result, I wanted to do an episode that highlighted this aspect of her character. We see a little of it in the scene you’re referring to, but will see more of it later this season.
Nbkbauer writes: “Quick question….some of us over at gateworld are latching on to this little theory about these brown fellas having been former residents of the Milky Way…should we continue to hold out hope for this or forget about it right now?”
Answer: Abandon hope. Sorry.
dasNdanger writes: “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?”
Answer: The need to feed is a physiological drive, so Rodney in Todd’s body would have the desire to feed but his mind would undoubtedly be revolted at the prospect.
ytimynona writes: “Hey Joe, did you happen to see any of these while you were last in Japan?
Answer: Answer brought me two uniquely Japanese flavors of KitKat – green tea and wasabi. Meh.
nate80 writes: “Another non-related question…are you a basketball fan? If so NBA or college?”
Answer: I love college basketball. And the NBA just as passionately.