Today was a production holiday, so I took advantage of the extra day off to work on my quarterly tax installments. Yes, sir, nothing says holiday like sitting hunched over a calculator for four hours, crunching numbers and assiduously documenting the results for future reward (a.k.a. the installment payment I’ll be making this weekend).
On the bright side, I did manage to get out of the house, do a little grocery shopping, and pick up a few things. My haul pictured above. I’ve heard great things about the Spanish language time travel film Time Crimes (Los Cronocrimenes) so I decided to pick it up. Check out the creepy trailer –
Apparently, there’s an English language remake already in the works for those illiterate move-goer incapable of reading subtitles.
I also picked up a movie I saw the trailer for last year when I was in Tokyo that has finally made its way to dvd. The intriguingly named Assault Girls –
Girls, big guns, and cheezy-looking monsters. How can this NOT be good?
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Also picked up the anime version of the movie Casshern which I picked up in Tokyo two years ago but have yet to watch because its coded for Asia.
On the book front – some graphic novels! The Mark Waid-penned Irredeemable and one of my fave DC titles, The Secret Six, scripted by the wonderful Gail Simone.
They’ll have to wait of course as I am presently reading Joe Abercrombie’s The Heroes and China Mieville’s City and the City.
On the t.v. front – Top Chef, F Word, The Office, 30 Rock, Survivor, and The Amazing Race. And…that’s about it. I have a slew of House and Detroit 1-8-7 recorded that I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to given my schedule of late.
I did a little podcast with the gang at SFSignal the other day. That dog you hear barking throughout is Jelly, angrily reminding me that my little interview is cutting into her dinner time: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/10/the-sf-signal-podcast-episode-013-interview-with-joseph-mallozzi-the-best-genre-shows-on-the-air/#comments
Hey, blog (somewhat) regular Kellie has produced a short film. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtL8Bm4eTAw
Looks like my Snow Monkeys are about to go down again tonight, bringing their record to a lowly 2-5. Can I just say that I’m very VERY disappointed in both the Saints offense and Marshawn Lynch.
Sylvia writes: “Opps, meant to ask the name of the Korean restaurant please.”
Answer: Apgujung on Robson. When they say “It’s spicy!” believe them!
Michael writes: “1) The show is primarily from the Icarus Base crew’s POV but will we see a POV from any of the aliens or see their homeworld(s)?”
Answers: At present, no such stories planned.
“2) Are we going to see more stand alone gate missions soon? With the run of the latest episodes, it felt like the Stargate was left out a lot aside from the the premiere and “Aftermath”.
Answer: Off-world hijinks abound in the next episode, Cloverdale.
“3) How many Lucians are on Destiny. It looks like 7-9 but I can never tell since some are red shirts/leather heads.”
Answer: About a dozen. Give or take.
Paloosa writes: “How many more weeks of filming do you have left? How long after will you still have to be working? Do you know when the second half of Season 2 will air? And this has been bugging me – did Telford have a gun when he was left alone with the aliens?”
Answer: We wrap production on season two in about a month. After that, there’ll be several months of post-production work (edits, mixes, visual effect approvals, etc.). No idea when the second half of the season will air. That’s a question for SyFy. And, yes, Telford did have a gun with him on the seeder ship. You could actually see it in a couple of the search beats.
E writes: “Are the TJ flashbacks from “The Hunt” already gone?”
Answer: Nope. About five more minutes of footage have to be shot for The Hunt. Once those have been assembled, I’ll edit them and then decide what I’m going to have to lose to ensure the episode is to time.
Simon writes: “1) You mentioned in the last mailbag that Brad and Rob may have something for a 4th Stargate series in case SGU doesn’t come back (which I hope it does come back!). Can you further inquire Brad or Rob about this?”
Answer: Uh, you’re reading way too much into what I said. I said I had no idea if Brad and Rob had any notions for future Stargate projects. I think it’s highly unlikely.
“2) How many episodes is Mike Duopd contracted for?”
Answer: Oh, like all guest stars Mike is only contracted when we need him – a.k.a. When Varro appears in an episode. Provided he hasn’t been killed off.
“3) Will we see a Varro centered episode? Loving this character”
Answer: No Varro-centered episode planned. Sorry. But his story will get very interesting…
Thornyrose writes: “Do you get more or fewer dining companions with Ivon in tow? Will you two double your number of afficiandos, or will you be mistaken for a couple?”
Answer: Hmm, I wondered about the couple thing. And, I don’t know whether I’ll have more or fewer dining companions with Ivon in tow. To be honest, I’m thinking fewer. 🙁
JonmusE writes: “Just rewatched Awakening (love On Demand!) Did I detect a few bars of the Sg-1 theme during the gate factory scene?”
Answer: In fact, you did. Nice catch.
Anais a ecrit: “Si la saison 2 était la dernière de sgu, seriez vous encore prés à travail sur d’autres projets de la franchise stargate? Hormis ça, quelle serait vos autres projets?”
Reponse: Non, quant SGU sera finit, j’aimerai concentrer sur mes propres projects.
Translation: No plans to work on future Stargate projects if and when SGU ends. I’d like to focus on some personal projects I’ve had percolating for quite some time.
maggiemayday writes: “So you never venture far from Tokyo proper? No Daibutsu at Kamakura? No Nikko? Those are day trips. I understand why not Miyajima, and Fuji is a summer thing after all. Not even a trip up to Hakone for the osen? I guess temples and shrines are more my thing than *gasp* food. Although the food in Japan is indeed, trip-worthy in itself.”
Answer: Ivon expressed an interest in doing some temples and a day trip from Tokyo isn’t out of the question. This trip will be a lot looser than the lost one where I’d booked every lunch and dinner well in advance.
dasNdanger writes: “Considering all the odd things you consume, if worse ever comes to worse do you think you could possibly eat another human being?”
Answer: Cooked or not?
hvn writes: “One question: can we expect another stargate centered episode like e.g. Lost ?”
Answer: The stargates will become a BIG issue in the back half of this season.
Rex Carter writes: “1) Does Atlantis have its own set of Earth made Ancient communication stones issued to them in the event they need them if they should leave Earth maybe?”
Answer: Given Atlantis’s present location – no.
“2) When Woolsey and McKay appear on SGU will we see a bit of Atlantis as they leave to go to the Pentagon maybe a shot of Atlantis floting in Sf Bay?”
Answer: Nope, sorry. No flashes of Atlantis.
“3) Is Atlantis parked at the Treasure Island Naval Base or next to it now? i was thinking they are also so they can tap into the usa power grid if needed.”
Answer: Atlantis is parked in an out of the way place, somewhere the average citizen wouldn’t be likely to stumble over (or into) it.
“4) Is Rodney going to mention zpm power in any capacity while visiting Destiny?”
“5) I think Destiny should be sent a puddle jumper to replace the lost shuttles if a power source can be found just for that and have it loaded with some basic supplies or at least takeout pizza for the Destiny crew?”
Answer: Yes, ideally a supply line from Earth would be much appreciated. And will be a point of discussion later this season.
“6) Why is General Oneill wearing the black Icarus type uniform at the Pentagon or is the black uniform the new uniform for the sg teams as well also for Atlantis?”
Answer: Question for the costume department, but I believe it’s because that is the uniform of Homeworld Command.
“7) I loved seeing the Atlantis,Daedalus,SGC and other patches in Jacks office at the Pentagon had to zoom in to see them on the wall nice touch.”
“ I want to thank you for gating Telford to the Destiny very pleased to see him on board as himself in person at last hope he can come back to Destiny or with the Seeder ship later.”
Answer: I hope so too. I’m a big fan of Lou Diamond Phillips.
“9) Can Dr.Rush now that hes learning to control the ship fly Destiny to meet up with the working Seeder ships and dock with them to power the Stargate to at least send anyone back to Earth that wants to go?”
Answer: Theoretically, he probably could use the power from the seeder ships to dial Earth, but realistically there is no way he’d be able to catch up with them. They are WELL ahead of Destiny. It’s the same answer I give those who ask: “Now that Rush has control of the ship, couldn’t he just turn Destiny around and fly it back to Earth?” Again, theoretically, yes. If they flew non-stop in FTL without stopping for food or water, they could probably make it back in approximately 50 000 years.