Last night, we celebrated the end of another production year with a wrap party at Vancouver’s Gotham Steakhouse. But before we hit Gotham, a bunch of us met for dinner at Market in the Shangri-la Hotel…
I ended up seated between Brad’s wife, Debbie, and Paul’s wife, Michelle, who spent much of the dinner discussing potty training. Check that. LOUDLY discussing potty training in an effort to be heard over the restaurant’s accoustics. For some reason, they elected turned down my offer to switch seats, preferring instead to shout through me.
Eventually, we finished up and walked down to Gotham for food, fun, and frightfully horrible DJ tunes (Seriously. It’s been ages since the last time I heard Funky Town).
Julia and Peter…
A quickie mailbag:
Judy in SATX writes: “I’ve always wondered, is ‘Furling’ the real spelling? When I first saw the episode I thought it was ‘Ferling’, maybe because it’s not so Ewok-evocative.”
Answer: Nope. The far more Ewok evocative “Furling” is, in fact, the correct spelling.
Randomness writes: “Speaking of the Gate network the seederships are laying. It’s reasonable to think that any alien species with enough knowledge could use the gates even without a remote right? Kinda like how Earth used the gate without a DHD by making a dialing program.”
Answer: Yes, that is another reasonable assumption.
Ponytail writes: “What is that building in the first picture? Garage, guest house, pool house, dog house, maid’s quarters, playhouse, neighbor’s house, detached office?”
Answer: Garage/guest room for visiting in-laws.
Freeman writes: “Also i have one last quick question for you Joe, I’m not sure if you read all of these or not but I was wondering if you get requests for people wanting to send you a “new idea” or a “partial script” that they have made up as something to spark a new path in the stargate story.”
Answer: I don’t receive as many as I used to. I suppose most know by now that I can’t read or accept unsolicited scripts or story ideas.
JJA writes: “Have you read the Lost Fleet series of Jack Campbell??”
Answer: Nope. You can check my (approximate) read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/384915-barondestructo?shelf=read
JJA also writes: “Also about Destiny: Does it have its own manufacturing section of the ship?”
Answer: No, it doesn’t. Only the seed ships have been outfitted with that capability.
BTW writes: “…who’s job is it to choose the typeface used in the opening/closing credits?”
Answer: SGU co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper had the final say on everything from the Destiny design to the typeface used in the opening/closing credits. THAT is hands-on producing.
Mika writes: “As your resident scientist who has worked for a few years in a research laboratory focused on the cosmic microwave background radiation, I’m obliged to point out that seeing circles is like finding patterns in the static of old sk00l tvs. (Literally, just like it — a percentage of that static IS the Cosmic Microwave Background!)”
Answer: Hey, Mika! I think I saw you at the bar last night, then when I turned around you had disappeared like two protons colliding at high energy.
Lloyd67 writes: “A new Stargate spin-off ? by Robert C. Cooper? Seriously?”
Answer: No. Not seriously.
Major D. Davis writes: “Given recent developments, are you still confident about a renewal. I know theres a lot more to it then numbers, so fingers crossed!”
Answer: Neither confident nor pessimistic. We produced a terrific second season and, at the end of the day, that’s all we can do. Things like what night we air, what segment of our audience records or downloads, are elements beyond our control.