Yes, it’s that time of year. The time of year when thoughts turn to home, family, and lovable Directors of Photography bearing gifts! Thanks for the vino, boys. Your work continues to amaze and here’s hoping we get a chance to do it all over again next year!
In addition to home, family, and Directors of Photography, my thoughts have also turned to the seven days when mom and sis will be visiting during the Christmas holidays and what, exactly, I’ll be cooking for them while they’re in town. Rather than take the easy out and hit some restaurants, I’ve decided to handle all dinner duties during their stay. As a result, I’ve been spending a lot of time testing various recipes, finding what works, what doesn’t, and what makes the holiday line-up. Last night, it was pork belly two ways…
Both very good but, alas, not good enough to unseed stronger candidates like Chicken with Morels and Metaxa, Bacon-Fried Pork Chops, and Costa Brava Fish Stew. Tonight, I tried my hand at two more dishes…
This weekend, I may tackle one of three desserts, either a Tarte Tatin, Maple Pecan Pie, or Chocolate Stout Cake.
This weekend, I finalize the short-list for the “I Make the Best Whatever…” contest. It’s going to be tough because there are a lot of great-looking/sounding candidates to choose from!
Thanks to everyone who sent Jelly well-wishes and helpful links. She’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of you personally. Oh, and Maximus says thanks too…
Bryan M. White writes: “A while back, you had mentioned a recent secret development that you were going to fill is in on (possibly movie/comic book project/season 3). Any news???”
Answer: Yep. It’s the comic book project I’ve been referring to over the past month or so. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, we delivered the scripts for the first two issues (of the opening four-issue arc) last week and hope to reach a decision on the artist soon. Hopefully, I’ll be able to reveal more in the coming days.
Randomness writes: “What’s the lowest SGU can do and still get renewed?”
Answer: There is no set rating that will guarantee a show a pick-up or doom it. As a rule of thumb, however, higher is better. Still, a number of other considerations will figure into a broadcaster’s decision-making process. It’s not as straightforward as simply looking at the ratings.
Jermaine writes: “Sorry, Joe, but if you have to try and explain the events that occurred in Visitation to many people here on the blog then the episode must have failed to a large extent.”
Answer: My prefacing my response with “One could draw the following conclusion from having watched the episode –” was intended to suggest this is a theory. You may choose to interpret things differently although, presumably, you’d settle on the explanation that makes the most sense given the evidence provided.
PJR writes: “Does SGU, instead, approach its world by look more at what makes each species tick, and so is more about comparative ‘good’ and ‘bad’ among species? There is no simple white hat, black hat play in this telling?”
Answer: Yes, and I think that’s very apparent in the way we’ve written the characters and their relationships. Elements of the show (particularly characters) aren’t as black or white as in previous Stargate incarnations.
Gilder writes: “Somehow I missed any/all references to a neural link and to confirmation of Franklin’s continued “existence”. You say this happened in “Trial and Error”?”
Answer: Nope. There is mention of Destiny getting into Young’s head (the aforementioned neural link), so if the ship made Young have visions, it’s quite possible that it is also responsible for what T.J. experienced in Intervention and the visions/avatars Rush interacted with on the bridge. Again, I’m offering up a potential theory based on the evidence provided (note the use of the term “what appears to be” in my response). Your mileage may vary.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Do writers get residuals?”
Answer: Some do.
VB writes: “Was curious as to how the seed ships are manufacturing the gates. Aren’t the gates constructed out of some very rare material called naquahdah? I would doubt if the seed ships are carrying this material with them since launch time.”
Answer: They would definitely have to locate and source the materials for the gate-building process. They certainly weren’t stocked with a limitless naquadah supply.
PoorOldEdgarDerby writes: “It’s been awhile since I’ve lurked, so I thought I’d stop by again, mainly to tell you that Nielsen finally wanted my opinion. So that top pixely line in viewership last week among males 25 to 34?”
dioxholster writes: “let me see if I understand you correctly, you are saying that the method the powerful aliens used to bring back those people only works with aliens but fails to do the same for humans?”
Answer: What has lead you to conclude that these powerful aliens have used this method of resurrection before?
Answer: I was just saying the other day: “You know who I haven’t seen in a while? PoorOldEdgarDerby. I love that guy!”.
Eliminster writes: “Hey Joe, It’s yer mom. You take the pups for a walk yet? You got the yard cleaned up? Whatcha waiting for? ”
Answer: Quit nagging me!