As I was walking into the Production Office this morning (after waiting some twenty minutes for the recycling guy to move his truck out from in front of my parking space), I ran into actor Peter Kelamis (SGU’s Adam Brody) who had just dropped off the cast’s crew gifts.

Check ’em out –

SGU dog tags.
Peter models them in action.

Cool, no?  A big thanks to the cast.  Every time I have to remove the dog tags before taking a shower, I’ll think of them.

Speaking of the cast, yesterday marked the final (until, hopefully, next season) shooting day Mike and Julia.  Today, we bid a fond farewell to Peter and Patrick.

 

Patrick Gilmore in wardrobe for his winter hiatus gig playing the role of Tevye in The Vancouver Art Club's Fiddler on the Roof.

I visited the set with Ashleigh and Lawren.  I know, I know.  I always get them confused too.

THIS one’s Lawren.
And THIS one’s Ashleigh.

Anyway, as is tradition this time of year, both Ashleigh and Lawren head down to stage 4 to set up squatting rights to the various areas they intend to occupy during the hiatus.

Look at them, all comfy in their new living room.

The living arrangements are perfect of course.  The kitchen only has prop food and the bathtub is actually an old crate that used to store a repair robot, but they call it home.

Following our set visit, we grabbed lunch at the truck.  There, I witnessed something so shocking, so unbelievable, that I had to capture it on digital…

Check out eco-friendly, environmental know-it-all Ashleigh using a STYROFOAM CONTAINER for her lunch!!!

She claims she only went styrofoam because she didn’t bring her plate with her to set, but I believe that if she truly loved this planet, she would have walked all the way back to the office, picked up her plate, and walked all the way back to the catering truck (before walking all the way back to the office to eat).  Shameful, really.  Rumor has it she also requested extra styrofoam that she used to stuff her boots because they had a comfortable two inches of height.

This afternoon, I went to post where I had a visual effects spotting with Rick, Mark and Bones, then did the cut notes for The Hunt.  As often happens when it comes time to lock my cut, the challenge isn’t how to implement the various notes but how to make sense of them.  Specifically, my handwritten scrawl.  1. My handwriting is atrocious.  2. My handwriting is atrocious when I’m scribbling down notes quickly so I can continue watching my cut.  3. My handwriting is atrocious when I’m scribbling down notes quickly in the dark so I can continue watching my cut.  Anyway, I was able to decipher most of what I’d written.  And I’m sure you’ll have no problem doing the same.  So here you go, the cut notes for The Hunt.

Spoiler warning!

Here’s an early review of tonight’s episode of SGU, Malice, from the gang at popculturezoo: http://popculturezoo.com/2010/11/malice-and-revenge-on-the-next-stargate-universe/

Today’s blog entry is dedicated Riley.  Very sorry to hear about Moochie.

Mailbag:

Gen writes: “Does Lulu have food allergies? I’m having trouble remembering if you’ve said so already or not. Anyway, an elderly Cocker Spaniel who we adopted into our family some years ago had a habit of chewing on her paws, along with occasional digestive ailments. The vet told us it was likely a food allergy, and suggested we either change her diet to a special dog food or that we start cooking her meals for her.  We started off with the special food, but one night when she was feeling under the weather I ended up cooking for her. That was that. I cooked that goofy dog dinner every night for the rest of her life.”

Answer: What a great dog mom (or dad)!  Lulu is certainly very particular about her food.  She won’t eat raw and I have her on a special canned food for hypoallergenic dogs. Might try cooking for her.  How do you think she’d like her foie gras?  With a rhubarb compote?

BA writes: “Also, took your advice and bought a copy of “Revelation Space.” I LOVE THESE BOOKS! Reynolds is an amazing writer. I’ve burned through every one of his books, even his short stories.”

Answer: Hey, Brad, pleased to hear you’re enjoying the show (Tell your friends!) and equally pleased to hear you’re enjoying Alastair Reynolds.  He’s a recent discovery and I love the fact that I still have several of his books to read.  Show co-creator and Exec. Producer Brad Wright is also a recent Reynolds convert.

Viv writes: “If you are already working on the season two finale, when the mid-season finale has yet to air, how does this allow the writing team time to react to something that doesn’t air well? […] The only show I know definite production info about is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I think had more sets, actors, locations, and maybe special effects that an SGU episode, and by the end of each season, they were shooting the episodes a bare three weeks prior to airing.”

Answer: It takes us about six months from shooting to final and Buffy was a show that made use of visual effects as well, so I find it highly unlikely that they would have been shooting episodes three weeks prior to their airing.  The realities of production simply don’t allow for that type of creative shifting.

Llyod67 writes: “I want your opinion : does Wraith feed on pregnant women?”

Answer: Don’t see why they wouldn’t.

Renegard writes: “Joe, could you provide some information on the Destiny’s FTL drive? Is the intergalactic hyperdrive in Daedalus-class ships faster?”

Answer: Ivon Bartok is putting together a special feature that will focus on SGU’s various tech elements, from FTL to shields.  Watch for it!

Debra writes: “As for Bubba… do me a big favor? Bitch slap your vet. Do it now, do it hard. Eyelashes cause horrific pain to the eyes. They should have fixed the eyelash problem LONG ago with entropic type surgery to prevent rubbing.”

Answer: Jelly had the procedure done long ago.  Your comment spurred me to bring Bubba in this weekend for a check-up and referral to a specialist.  Thanks.

Deena writes: “On a related note, are we going to see Varro pop up anytime soon?”

Answer: Varro…Varro…hmmm….doesn’t ring a bell…

Holloway writes: “However one issue that I can’t overlook, one that’s been agitating me since season one, is the handling and under usage of Greer.”

Answer: In season one, we set the groundwork for the series and tried to give each of our main players a spotlight episode (in Greer’s case, it was Lost).  As we headed into season two, we broke down our stories and ensured that each main character would have one (or more) spotlight episodes.  When it comes time to lining these episodes up in the production schedule, their placement is dictated by the overall season arc and ongoing storylines, so even if one character may seem light in the first half of the season, that won’t be the case for the second half.  In the case of Greer, he’s got two big episodes in season 2 (in addition to a lot of terrific beats and throughlines in other episodes), but you’ll have to wait until the back half to see them: episode #213, Alliances, and episode #216, The Hunt.  In fact, one of the things SyFy’s Erika Kennair remarked on during her last visit to the Stargate set was the significant development in both the Greer and T.J. characters this season.

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xxxevilgrinxxx

I’m envious of those dog tags!

Alexander of Houston
Alexander of Houston

Dear Joe
about the picture, I think we now know what the blueberry’s written language is based off of. o_O XD

Deni
Deni

I still say it’s Pittman (or very bad Gregg) shorthand smile At least some of it!

Lisa R
Lisa R

Yes, those dog tags were cool! Any chance of those ever being sold to fans? I would buy them. Off to watch Malice!!

detanfy
detanfy

Hey Joe

I’ve got some questions for the mailbag

1) Is it possible that Destiny and not the Stargates is actually the ancients most important invention?

2) hows the anime going? Did you finally finish or at least watch Eureka 7? I remember you having some trouble getting into it, besides the slow start it picks up and really is an amazing series

3) when are we going to see more Destiny specific tech? like the repair drone for example

4) Is “Ursini” the official name of the Awakening aliens? if so what compelled you to reveal it on here

5) is your comic project going to be Marvel/DC or Image?

6) I really enjoy the supporting characters, Brody, Volkner, James, park and co. Please tell me you are keeping them around and they won’t suffer the same fate as Riley
also will we be seeing more of them? not centric episodes, just more awesomeness in general and learning more about them

7) Does Destiny have any secrets you aren’t telling us tech-wise, specifically in the weapons department, maybe version 1 drone weapons?

thanks for the time Joe

DP
DP

I made out the word “Volker”. My 5 yr. old called out “t – h – e spells the.” So, there you go, even a 5 yr. old can read your writing.

I had a friend in high school who would interpret my handwriting for me.

Gen
Gen

Oh, I’m a dog mom. Forgot that I hadn’t really specified before. And thank you. She’d be so thrilled about cooked food that it didn’t seem like much of a chore to make dinner for her. The fact that she wasn’t terribly fussy about presentation or originality helped. (“Chicken and brown rice again? YAAAAAY!”)

Given that Lulu has more refined tastes, however, I’d say that the foie gras and rhubarb compote sounds lovely. Have you given thought to an amuse bouche? grin

Jordan
Jordan

Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

When you started in the entertainment business, obviously you probably wanted to get any job you could but creatively did you want to work on a certain genre? Like science fiction, or drama, or comedy? I know any job you could get you had to do but did you start writing to work on something specific?

I was curious, because I’m very interested to work on Stargate Universe in some way, but not if I can’t really put my best work forward. Obviously you probably have a favorite kind of writing to work on, but is just having one favorite enough to try getting a job or try to get a degree?

Just something I’ve been trying to figure out for myself, was curious what it’s like for you.

Thanks,
Jordan

P.S. Just went crazy spell checking this.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

I just have a quick question: where do you find these locations? This locations fits sooooo perfect!!! wink

Best wishes,

Bryan

riley

Thanks, Joe. For such a little munchkin she’s sure left a big hole.

Thanks also to Penny, PBMom & Tammy Dixon. She had a great life, and mine was sure as hell the better for having her around. She was a very cool cat.

And a little general advice for those who haven’t thought it through: if someone tells you their cat is dying/has died, do not: a) offer them one of the kittens you’re desperately trying to rehome because you didn’t get your cat spayed; or b) ask them if they’re going to get another cat soon. They are living creatures, not socks or DVDs that can be replaced without thought if they wear out. Give it a little time. Jeez.

Now, back to the grindstone. I hate Wednesdays.

Lisa R
Lisa R

So I won’t spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen Malice yet, I will just say this about it.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

And double wow!!

And triple wow!!!

Nice job to SGU cast and crew!!!!!!!!!!!

Holloway
Holloway

Answer: In season one, we set the groundwork for the series and tried to give each of our main players a spotlight episode (in Greer’s case, it was Lost). As we headed into season two, we broke down our stories and ensured that each main character would have one (or more) spotlight episodes. When it comes time to lining these episodes up in the production schedule, their placement is dictated by the overall season arc and ongoing storylines, so even if one character may seem light in the first half of the season, that won’t be the case for the second half. In the case of Greer, he’s got two big episodes in season 2 (in addition to a lot of terrific beats and throughlines in other episodes), but you’ll have to wait until the back half to see them: episode #213, Alliances, and episode #216, The Hunt. In fact, one of the things SyFy’s Erika Kennair remarked on during her last visit to the Stargate set was the significant development in both the Greer and T.J. characters this season.

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Alright, Joe. Fair enough. Although its strange that for two straight seasons anything focusing on Greer must always come in the back ten episodes. But that’s a quibble I suppose. I simply hope whatever storyline Greer gets is something of importance to the major storylines.

As for my prediction about what would go down in “Malice”, I was on the money. Excellent episode and that’s what counts. But just like I guessed Rush ended up taking out the crafty, dangerous warrior. You guys might as well make him in charge of security of Destiny too since he did something Greer couldn’t (wasn’t allowed to do). Don’t know why you guys even set up Greer’s conflict with Simeon in the first place since in the end it went nowhere and it all came down to Rush being his true worthy nemesis. And why was Greer written as if this was like the 8th episode of season one rather than season two? That whole line about his not still trusting Rush seems silly and out of place considering everyone else on the ship appear to be trying to get beyond the whole Rush-Young divide. But, I’ll like I mentioned earlier it was a GREAT episode so I guess my point ultimately is moot. I hope the ratings are equal to the quality of the episode.

Last of all as for Ms. Kennair’s remarks doesn’t that simply confirm in part what I was saying last season in that Greer was underdeveloped compared to most (or all) of the main cast?

Thanks for addressing my post.

Ponytail
Ponytail

*****DON’T WORRY – CONTAINS NO SPOILERS*****

Joe, your TV show is really different this season. Full of very interesting stuff. Take Malice for example. I couldn’t believe you know who went you know where. I was hoping that other guy would get let out to take care of the issue. Where were they? I couldn’t believe I saw you know what! Who thought of that?! Your special effects were great but you didn’t show too much of the you know whats. Poor you know who. And wasn’t you know who acting sneaky. I guess all the others don’t trust that person very much any more. Yet they trust the other person…humm. Why? Doesn’t that person got “it” too? You know who kicked butt tonight! That person sure does have an evil streak. I felt that touch by you know who to the shoulder of you know who. You should have showed that longer. A tender moment. Anyway, just like last week, another great show! If you know what I mean. smile

SAS
SAS

3 damn good episodes in a row. Tonights was great. My favorite episodes of the series are now Time, Human, and Malice. Weird.

Dave
Dave

Joe, tonight’s episode was absolutely fabulous. One of the most gripping episodes of anything i’ve seen in a while.

Dave

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Oh My God! That was the best episode so far of SGU. Just when you think that R. Caryle has given his best performance, he just outdoes himself. Guess that is why he won the Gemini Award. Kudos to R. Knepper as well. We knew how bad Simeon could be, and he showed that he could be ten times worse. Can’t say any more without: Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers From beginning to end, a perfect episode. I was cursing the commercial breaks, wanting to see what happened next. The body count was brutal. We know some died during the initial L.A. siege, but seeing Simeon do it up close and personal, and with that look, made it seem so much worse. As deranged as he seems, he is so intelligent and methodical that he is one of the most dangerous foes we have seen so far. Too bad he had to die, but it was inevitable. But his use of the clamores, first on Park and then on the rocks, you guys certainly got your bang for the buck. Rush showed so much range in this episode. First the rage, then his grief, then he used his superior intellect to construct the perfect weapon against Simeon. I doubt that any of the military would have thought of it. I loved the scene of all those animals trampling that thug. It’s too bad that Rush returned to the rage phase though, it is likely that the crew could have gotten the info on the attack on Earth at that point. Scott’s words to him at the end of the episode appeared to make him think about the weight of his actions, not just on the planet but since he got control of the ship. Poor Eli, he finally finds someone who is smart and understands and likes him and she is killed. I really wish you hadn’t done that. I would have liked to see her stay on for the rest of the season. I think Young’s words about how he is not the only one to lose someone were what Young needed to get Eli back in some frame of mind to try to stop the ship, but it came across to me as kind of meanspirited. Eli isn’t military, he can’t just set his grief aside as easily as the others. I loved the scene where he is “gearing up” and thinks he can just go to the planet and go all Rambo on Simeon. I also liked how Young took the time to go see T.J. and try to comfort her when she couldn’t save everyone who was hurt. Now that we know that if one person who uses the stones dies, the other person connected does too, will that make people more hesitant to use them? And Chloe looked like Data for a minute there, going thru files with lightning speed. The fact that she doesn’t know what she did shows that she is losing… Read more »

PBMom
PBMom

EPIC. No spoilers (at least until Friday night) then watch out.

This is Stargate at its best, really. I just couldn’t tell who was going to live and die and every time someone got hurt I wondered if they were going to be another dead crew member (our main and supporting cast). Then after watching it live in my office, I went to our bedroom where our 42 inch high-definition beauty machine is, and it was 1000% times more clear, crisp and awe-inspiring.

Love the visual effects, too. You know the one down on the planet especially.

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ riley – Very sorry about your 21 year old “baby” Dion aka “Moochie”. My first thought was, wow, that must be equivalent to a person dying at 100 years old. Obviously your cat had a long and well cared for life. I bet it was a great life. I know you miss her terribly. Don’t take it to heart what other people say during this sad time in your life They are not being callous. Everyone is different and cope differently. Some told me to get another dog before my dog died because “the loss will be easier if you already have another dog”. Some wanted to hand me a dog the next day after my dog died. It took me 3 years before I was ready and brave enough to get another one. Some people never want to go through the heartache again of losing a pet again and never get another one. (I think that is sad, yet I understand.) Sometimes it can be the same with human lives. I’ve known some to have another baby to fill the void left when a child dies. Or have another baby to fill the depression that sets in when your kids all grow up and go away to college leaving a very quiet and lonely house (the empty nest syndrome). So Riley, don’t be too hard on others with different ideas. Your next cat (I hope you get one) won’t care how or when you got him. I just hope he realizes he just won the lottery when he gets you as an owner. A very lucky cat – just like Moochie was!

MyNameIsNada
MyNameIsNada

Great episode, loved it.

Realized I just missed a few mailbags, but figured I’d throw out some questions anyway.

How much longer until the cast revolts and starts burning their wardrobes? I can only imagine as you (hopefully) head into season three that some of them are simply going to just fall apart, especially those who regularly head off world. I keep waiting for somebody to stumble across a random storehouse of ancient clothes to raid.

Was it wrong for me to be surprised to see Park jump right back in after returning to Destiny?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Trying to catch up…

@ riley – So very sorry about your Moochie. sad *hugs*

@ Joe – Thanks for the puppy updates. Sad to see our babies getting older. Yesterday my Big Girl Kitty vomited blood. The vet thinks she broke a blood vessel in her throat while throwing up (he said it’s not uncommon). Still it was frightening. We have no idea how old she is – we’ve had her indoors since Jan. ’07, but she lived in our yard for nearly a year before that. She was probably old then. She has bad teeth, she might be developing diabetes, and who knows what else. In the meantime, my old lady kitty, Marbles, is wobbly and thin, and I really didn’t expect her to make it through the summer. The least of my worries is China, my hermit cat – she’s living in the garage and seems as healthy and happy as can be!

My wake/sleep cycle is all kaflooey. I fell asleep at the beginning of NCIS (about 8:15), woke up at 11:30 – missed both NCIS and SGU. I have them DVR’d, but it’s not the same as watching live, especially since I have no idea when I can find time to watch 2 hours of shows now. I think Mr. Das (who is asleep now) watched SGU, so maybe I can just watch it by myself tomorrow morning. Ugh. It’s been like this all week – fall asleep early in the evening, wake up and putter around until about 2 am, then back to bed. I really need to reset my cycle, but…

okay,betweenyouandme…

Obsession alert!

The reason I’ve ‘let’ myself fall asleep early, is so that I can wake up and – while the house is all quiet-like – read these Preston/Child Agent Pendergast stories. razz Guh. These books are SO indulgent! I know it’ll wear off soon enough, but for now I’m enjoying the ride. smile

Off to read!

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ PBMom – Hey! Good luck on your upcoming kidney stone surgery in a truck! I hope you don’t wake up in Mexico! Will they be using seat belts to strap you down? Is the recovery room in the SUV parked out back?! I guess instead of a diploma hanging on the wall, the doctor has his drivers license and proof of insurance framed! Well, thats all I got! God bless and take care. I’ll be thinking about you.

@ JeffW – I carefully read through your cheesecake recipe. That ain’t so scary after all. You do a lot of explaining. Exactly what I need. I’ve got to get me one of those special pans first, then I’ve got to make that cake! Thanks for posting it!

Debra
Debra

Poor Jelly. I had to have the surgery done FOUR TIMES on my Chow Bridget. Sutures, acid, they did it all. sad Give him kisses for me.

Chad
Chad

In ‘Awakening’, was the Destiny using an 8 or 9 Chevron address to dial Earth?

Nicole Gustas
Nicole Gustas

I clearly don’t agree with anyone else here. Really hated this episode. The moment Ginn and Perry were fridged, I stopped emotionally engaging. Great – now Eli and Rush have manpain. Giving Eli a girlfriend briefly JUST to kill her off so he can have manpain is LAME.

Jim
Jim

Since we have control of Destiny now, why aren’t they going back for Telford? Yes the aliens may have chopped him into a million pieces by now but don’t you think Young and the crew would at least try? Is this related to Lou Diamond Phillip not coming back for future appearances. You have said you really like the actor, but that implies to me you like the actor but he won’t be coming back…….