Finished up the script for the second issue of the comic book.  It was a little tricky getting used to the format – and, truth be told, there are still elements that don’t make sense to me. It took me about a week to write the script for issue #1 (which is comprised of the tease and first two acts of the pilot), then, having got the hang of it, about a day and a half to write the script for issue #2 (comprised of the final three acts of the pilot including the big reveal).  Paul will go over them this weekend and they’ll hopefully be in our editor’s hands by late next week – at which point the search for a suitable artist will kick into high gear.  I’ll also send off to an email to Kevin and Dave and get the official okay to release the details on the future comic/graphic novel/t.v. series and/or movie.

Other interesting projects loom including one that – if all falls into place – will see us re-teamed with an old friend who’ll be BEHIND the camera this time.

On the SGU side, we’re all focused on episode #20, Gauntlet, which starts shooting next week.  This one’ll raise (and singe) a few eyebrows – and set the stage for some major season 3 developments.

I think Ashleigh may be losing her mind.  Today, she insisted Rhianna was better than The Prodigy.  With a straight face no less!  Puleeeze.  The trifecta of Invaders Must Die, Stand Up, and Breathe alone blows away the entire career output of Rhianna, Beyonce, Celine, and those other four clones combined.    I mean, seriously.

Over the past few days, several of you have asked me to dish on some of the stories we had in mind for Stargate: Atlantis’s sixth season.  I actually covered this in a blog entry not long after the show’s cancellation.  In it, I list not one, not two, but twenty of the ideas we had in store: http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/09/30/september-30-2008-an-au-season-6/

My Snow Monkeys just completed their first trade, sending WR Lance Moore to the Ken Ga Roo Colts in exchange for RB Brandon Jackson. With Marshawn Lynch floundering behind that weak Seahawk OL, I’ll happily take the Packer running back hosting the woeful Cowboys in Green Bay.  Having Robert Meachem made the trade all that easier. Who needs two Saints receivers anyway?  Especially this season.

Art Department work for episode 203, Awakening.

Destiny docks with the seed ship.

In the room, we kept alternating between calling it a “seed” ship and a “seeder” ship until Paul got fed up with everyone  suggesting this spaceship may actually have been made out of cedar (as opposed to, say, pine) and requested  we stick to “seed ship”.

The lovely Julie McNiven kickin’ back between set-ups for episode…well, an episode you haven’t seen yet.

A wonderful actress and an incredible sweetheart.

That’s what you call a “hull breach”.

They don’t get much breachier.

What secrets lie beyond these doors?

Tune in to next week’s episode to find out.

And if you’re going to bring snacks, make sure you have enough for everyone.

Hey!  HEY!  Where the hell does Atlantis think IT’S going?!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Wednesday afternoon and that means…

 

It’s Carl’s turn to play in the magic circle!!!

 

 

 

And more from my sit-down with actor Louis Ferreira, Stargate: Universe’s Colonel Everett Young.

Today’s question: What is your favorite genre to work in and why?

His answer will no doubt surprise.

And confuse.

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annie from fremantle
annie from fremantle

Portuguese?

Michael
Michael

Did Atlantis just become the Moon Base Carter alluded to in Continuum?!

I love Ferreira. He is hilarious.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Louis Ferreira is absolutely hysterical. Thanks for that, the pictures, and yesterday’s blog dedication. It meant a lot.

Thanks to everyone who sent well-wishes to my husband. Things went well with his surgery today although there were some complications so it took longer than we thought. (When your husband tells the person on the phone at the hospital that something is bleeding before he tells you, you tend to move pretty fast. LOL) I was at the hospital for almost ten hours. Because they ended up having to open him up, he will be a guest there for a few days. I went and picked up my kids and brought them home.

Hubby and I thought the ep was great last night. Hopefully, he will be home in time to watch next Tuesday’s ep.

Thanks again.

carmencatalina
carmencatalina

“foreign film”

“is too sexy”

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I love him!

Simon
Simon

haha! Louis Ferreira’s soooooooo different to Young it;s scary!

Sean D.

Interesting… the video interview is like 0.05 second long. wink

Torrijos
Torrijos

Hi,
first of all, no more alcohol for Colonel Young, for the sake of Luis “method actor” Ferreira ^^.

I don’t know if people asked then, but who came with the basic concept of the alien race in Awakening? Do the writers (^^) get to chose (describe) what they feel an alien race should look like or do they leave the artists implement freely?

Bailey
Bailey

David Hewlett has been directing lately, could you be talking about him? smile

Nadj
Nadj

It was not the moon base, it is concept art for ‘Lost City’, Atlantis was replaced with the outpost.

I was in stitches after Loius’ answer!

Elminster
Elminster

Hi Joe

Love that art of Atlantis. Season 7even of SG-1 – “Lost City”

Anyway, after seeing the latest SG:U, it brought to mind a saying my Dad has about the wine he makes. He says “You can filter it until you’re blue in the face, you can’t filter out the headache”. I think Brody has found something he can’t filter out also… hallucinations.

Elminster

Don
Don

I saw “Trial and Error” last night. Lots of good stuff in the episode. Liked it alot. Greer and Eli bonding. Eli getting a girl (not sure I trust her though) The ship showing signs of sentience. Lt Scott stepping up and being a better second to Young. Asserting himself. The crew relaxing enough to kid with one another.

Except.

The whole thing at the end…with Rush saying he was the reason the ship took off again. I can see how someone might have thought that was a good ending. And if it hadnt become the “go to” thing for SGU already, it might have been. But the thing about this episode that was so great was the chance it gave us to see Col. Young in a truly positive light for once. He’s been so tortured throughout the series, now we get a chance to believe that he has turned a corner and gotten his groove back. (That’s assuming he had one at some point before the series started). So we have that moment at the end where the ship takes off and we infer that the ship has acknowledged his renewed commitment to the job.

And then we get dragged back into the dark by Rush playing his games again.

Another problem with Rush always stealing away to the bridge is that it reduces all the other characters to the role of puppets. When the audience knows more about what’s going on than almost everyone on the show, it makes them seem kind of stupid.

Rush broods, Rush yells, Rush plots in secret. That’s always at the core of any given episode.

He’s kind of like House that way, except without a single ounce of fun. It would be far more plausible that he could pull off all of this if he didn’t ooze contempt for everyone around him.

One thing I would just freakin love to see is Eli actually figuring out alot of what Rush is up to and creating a contingency plan to contain Rush if necessary. Holmes is never as brilliant as he is when pitted against an equal intellect.

Shadow Step
Shadow Step

Drinking early, eh? wink

Julie Merritt
Julie Merritt

Joe

Since you revealed the plot for season 6. If you had done SGA Extinction, I hope you weren’t going to have Shepperd die. Without him there would be no movie or show. I read on another blog that you and gang were pairing him with Todd. That would have been a good ending where you had them leave together. Since there appearantly is no movie. I wish you would cross them over to SGU to finish the pairing or the pairing of Shepperd with maybe Teyla. If you can cross over David Hewett to reprise his role you could do that. That would draw my interest and the rest of SGA fans who are not already watching to SGU. Also I wish you would put Joe Flanigan on another one of your shows as a regular. He is my favorite actor. Shepperd fan forever.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Can’t wait to hear that upcoming news… Whatever it may be… (Come on movie… …but probably comic book deal). wink

Last night’s SGU was good. I agree w/ another blogger that it borrowed a bit from Star Trek TNG… But the character moments involving David, Julie, and Jamil were GREAT, and that confrontation between… (Spoilers…)
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Scott and Young? Wow!!! The story was familiar. But the characters won me over, and I really enjoyed the episode.

Can’t wait to see what happens next week!!!

Best wishes,

Bryan

@Lisa R: best wishes. I hope your Hubby’s surgery went okay.

Julie Merritt
Julie Merritt

Bring back Shepperd and put Joe Flanigan as a regular on another tv show.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

You sound pretty sure about a season 3…. The ratings are pretty dismal…. Hope your right!!!!

t'loc
t'loc

I don’t know if Joe will allow this post below, but after reading it, now GW, I think it speaks to how I feel about the friction in the Stargate fandom: * @Natasha (and everybody really) – Perhaps the live ratings are down because people REALLY ARE watching the show using alternate methods at different times? There are so many ways to watch television shows nowadays – DVR, on repeat, I-Tunes, etc… – that it’s impossible to account for them all within the framework of the current ratings system. Perhaps Syfy’s decision to move the show to Tuesday nights REALLY IS affecting people’s viewing choices? It’s obvious why the network decided to take the plunge and move the show into a more commercial time slot, but it’s a gamble that clearly isn’t paying dividends. Bring back SyFy Friday! Perhaps SG1 and Atlantis REALLY WERE cancelled because they had become too expensive to produce? It has been stated many times (by the producers of Stargate and other, unrelated shows), that a simple fact of the television industry is that salaries for actors and other production costs rise as a show gets older. SG1 after 10 years and SGA after five years became unsustainable. Especially since the latter came to an end right around the time MGM started to buckle under the weight of its financial difficulties, and the world entered a still ongoing economic recession. A brand new series (SGU) certainly made sense from a business perspective. And perhaps the only other logical way to continue Stargate (the franchise AS A WHOLE that we know and love) was to re-invent the wheel (no pun intended) and put a fresh spin on the formula? After 15 combined seasons of SG1 and Atlantis and several movies, I was very open to the idea of a familiar yet fresh interpretation that wasn’t afraid to take risks. It baffles me that even just a small minority of the Stargate FANBASE continues to be so bitter about SGU’s ongoing existence! So convinced are they that its creation killed of Atlantis, so determined at every turn (the comments thread of a ratings news article, for example) to point out that its not the same show “we” (speaking for everybody, apparently) know and love, that they are by their very nature hypocritical by posting as “fans” of Stargate as a whole on a Stargate fansite! Stargate is still on the air. Despite everything. Despite poor advertising. Despite poor scheduling. Despite the recurring bitterness of a few inconsolable “fans” that are too closed minded to see the silver lining that SGU represents… Stargate lives on! Be happy! Klinjon | November 3 @ 8:13 pm * I feel I should point out that my above comment is NOT a personal attack against anyone, fan of SGU or otherwise. It is merely a response to the ratings debate and an observation of, and response to, opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of SGU. A point for discussion, and NOT intended as a personal… Read more »

Ponytail
Ponytail

I think I heard Louis Ferreira say “I’m too sexy for my shirt”. Prove it mister. Next video question – no shirt!

Ponytail
Ponytail

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…!

Bring back Ronon and put Jason Momoa as a regular on another tv show.

Kymm
Kymm

LDP mentioned he would like to try directing…..

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Julie Merritt
Julie Merritt

Good luck with SGU. I hope you will have Joe Flanigan on one of your movies in a lead role and will put him in one of your shows as a regular. I hope you and gang do not let him slip through your fingers.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

psst it’s ‘Rihanna’ aka 5head. I love the Prodigy..

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

The Prodigy? Meh…not bad on the surface, but it’s the same beat over and over…gets boring after a bit. However, I must admit to it being better than “Rhianna, Beyonce, Celine,” etc., etc., etc…I’d rather stick an icepick in my ear than listen to those screech owls!

I much prefer the male voice, and more bass in my music…for their music alone, I love Tool. I mean, you just can’t beat this bass!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tja6_h4lT6A

(I picked a song with inoffensive lyrics. smile )

Also love the entire Queen of the Damned soundtrack (never saw the movie, but love the music!). Korn’s Jonathan Davis wrote many of the songs, which might explain why I love the music. If I could explain my brain waves using music (not lyrics) as an example, outside of some classical music from the Baroque and Classical eras, Korn’s music comes closest, especially their multi-layered stuff. Anyway, I particularly love this song from the soundtrack…’touching you makes me feel alive…touching you makes me die inside’…it so reminds me of poor, beautiful Steve (there may be a raw word, or two):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRto-zyOvGQ

Enjoy!

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Kymm
Kymm

@Julie Merritt

Joe Flanigan has stated on numerous occasions that he doesn’t watch SGU and has indicated that he doesn’t WANT to appear on SGU. If you have a concern with that, you should take it up directly with Flanigan, he’s on Twitter. I’m sure he would love to hear from such a devoted fan.

If you are asking Syfy to put him on another show, then this is the wrong forum to be doing that. For the most beneficial results you should contact Syfy directly. Joe Mallozzi has nothing to do with Syfy casting or programming, as he has indicated on numerous occasions.

Have a good one!!
Kymm

Lewis
Lewis

SPOILERS
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Last night’s ep was great, Joe!
Why is it that you & Paul always have your names on the best episodes?
The whole concept about Destiny & Young is a great idea! I’ve read a few places where some people questioned the idea of the ship being able to read his mind.. but as Atlantis fans know the Ancients built ships able to read the mind (i.e.- how are Puddle Jumpers are able to operate? ..by the pilot w/ the Ancient gene using their mind).
All in all great episode, can’t wait for next week’s! Things are really heating up! Thanks for such a great story!