Two days to my Tokyo departure and I already have the nagging notion I’ve forgotten something.  I’m sure I’ll realize what it is once I get to Japan.

Hey, thanks for the input on Resurgence, the first part of the big mid-season two-parter.  I had a somewhat easier time writing this one than Awakening (#214).  Anyway, some random thoughts on the episode –

I particularly enjoyed this one because it allowed for opportunities for humor.  When Volker says “Are you kidding?  That’s exactly how you judge a neighborhood.”, he’s actually channeling yours truly.  I’m really enjoying writing for some of the supporting players (specifically, the geek squad of Brody, Park, and Volker) and they really shined in this episode.  More terrific little moments for them to come in the back half (see #216, The Hunt).

Paul complained it was too subtle, but did anyone else catch the the 2001 reference in Eli’s “big black monolith orbiting a planet” line?

We’ve established a burgeoning friendship between Wray and Eli (Faith, Pathogen), so I figured Wray would be the best person to approach Eli about his recent loss.  It was an issue that needed to be addressed, one that would, no doubt, deeply affect someone like Eli.  I thought it was particularly interesting to imagine the scenario he refers to, his whole world being distilled down to less than a hundred people in a confined space, and how any change in said scenario would be greatly magnified.  In retrospect, even though he avoids talking about his true feelings, Eli demonstrates incredible emotional strength in the face of tragedy.

Scott is his own worst enemy, something we came to learn in Cloverdale, and as much as he may want to do the right thing, his own subconscious may betray him – as is this case here where he outwardly insists he’ll support Chloe only to have her point out that he’s already started pulling away from her.  When the time comes to make the hard decision, will he be able to step up and be honest with both her and himself?

Loved exploiting the interplay between these two very different characters, the uptight Brody and the calm and collected Greer.  Love the look on Brody’s face when Greer throws him the ominous “Too quiet” line.

Also, love the obvious chemistry between Varro and T.J.  As much as I love Young as a character, I think he’s bad for her.  But, of course, Everett disagrees – which will make for some interesting dramatic developments later this season.

“Either that or pie’s done.  Nope.  Simulation.”  Seriously, love the plethora of dings, bleeps, beeps, and whistles that pepper SF shows.

This onscreen battle sequence was incredibly tricky to pull off, but the boys in playback did an amazing job creating a simulation that helped tell the story.  Some (aka my writing partner Paul) didn’t think it could be done!

Awesome space battle courtesy Mark Savela and his uber-talented VFX team.

I was toying with various ultimately unsatisfactory scenarios for how Destiny manages to shake the drones, but it was only after exchanging emails with our Creative Consultant, John Scalzi, that the solution presented itself.  I wrote John: “I was sitting at my desk agonizing over my latest Stargate outline when it suddenly hit me.  Hey, why don’t I share the love and have John agonize over it as well. [I explain the premise].  Thoughts?  And, no we can’t have space dolphins magically appear and surround Destiny.  I already pitched that out and, for some reason, Brad wasn’t enthused.  I think maybe Battlestar already did it.”  To which John replied: “First, this show’s bias against space dolphins SICKENS me and always has.  […]   But I did think of something along that might work for your purposes; Destiny, as you know, has the singular ability to dive into a star. Why not have it attacked and then take refuge inside the local star?”  I imagined the cool visual of those pursuing drones flaming out and was immediately sold.

Rush’s Darth Vader speech to Eli.  Things come to a bit of an emotional head for Eli here and he receives a boost from, of all people, Rush.  What’s Rush’s game?  Clearly, he needs Eli to be on his game and he sees a lot of exploitable potential in the boy – yet the advice he offers Eli is as much an insight into his character as Eli’s.  When he says “I’m sure you were so blinded by rage you imagined getting revenge on the man who killed her, besting the bully on his terms.  But even if you had, it wouldn’t have changed a damn thing.  You’d wake up every morning and she’d still be dead.”, he’s not only dousing Eli with cold reality, but offering a glimpse into his own vulnerabilities.  It wouldn’t have changed a damn thing and he should know because he did best the bully and it didn’t change a damn thing.  I love writing Rush when he’s indirect, unfathomable in his motivations.  Is he motivated by empathy here or is his motivation self-serving?  Check out a parallel bridge scene in episode #214, The Hunt, and get back to me.

Chloe’s lightning quick and painful looking take-down of the Corporal Baras courtesy of James “Bam Bam” Bamford.

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to PBMom’s Patrick!

Mailbag:

Deni writes: “Please, please, please let us know as soon as you can when she’s out of surgery.”

Answer: She goes in at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning which will around 1:00 a.m. in Tokyo.  It’ll be a sleepless night and I’m sure I’ll be awake bright and early for the update. As soon as I hear, I’ll definitely post the mini update.

Sparrow_hawk writes: “Hey! Reading Maus at a time like this? What are you thinking?! Find yourself some lighter reading!”

Answer: Finished up last night and am switching gears to lighter zombie fare: the latest volume of The Walking Dead.

Chy Clayton writes: “Instead I would like to thank you for electronically visiting my house every day and sharing a bit of yourself.”

Answer: My pleasure.  For my future visits, you might want to consider leaving out some milk and cookies.  Oh, and keeping that back door unlocked.

Lewis writes: “1) Have you heard through the grapevine if a Season 2.0 dvd is going to be released like 1.0 was released during last year’s mid season hiatus?”

Answer: Hey, Lewis.  Sorry, I haven’t heard anything about the timing of the season 2.0 release.

“2) The other night I was eating chili and came across a Tostitos Scoops chip that was a spot on replica of the Destiny. Unfortunately I was hungry, so after taking a moment to marvel at the likeness I ended up eating the chip. My question is, if I ever come across another Destiny-like chip should I…”

Answer: Create a shrine and charge fans 50 cents a head to visit.

EllieV writes: “Have you not considered delaying your trip to take care of Jelly?”

Answer: Yes, I considered it, but my flight and hotel are non-refundable.  Still, if I was traveling alone I’d be more likely to consider it, but I’ll be going with Ivon who would be flying solo if I bailed.  In the end, the fact that my dog-sitter Christine will be taking care of her made the decision somewhat easier.  It’s unlikely I would have gone ahead with the early surgery if I would have had to board Jelly at the vet clinic for two weeks.

Zac writes: “Is destiny capable of entering the atmosphere of life supporting planets and landing?”

Answer: Probably – although we’ve yet to see it do so.

Sean D. writes: “What’s the most number of pages that you’ve ever written?”

Answer: One of several 120 page feature scripts.

Shawna writes: “I notice from your ‘currently reading’ list that you seem to read a lot of stand-alone novels. How much do you read books that are part of a series of some kind?”

Answer: I try to mix things up.  I have read several excellent series (Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, David Anthony Durham’s Acacia trilogy, George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series) but do tend to prefer my stand-alones.

Chev writes: “Who is looking after the dogs while you’re away or are they going to a kennel?”

Answer: My regular dog-sitter, Christine, will be staying at the house with the dogs.  Akemi, who will be in Vancouver while I’m in Tokyo, will only be a short bus ride away.

maggiemayday writes: “How did your kitchen chairs lose their backs? You’re not a lean-backer are you?”

Answer: Apparently so.

Roger Hagensen writes: “Besides, three vets suggested surgery right?, and one even suggested it ASAP.”

Answer: Actually, two suggested surgery ASAP.

“If you are still in doubt, what would you have written for a similar scenario on the Destiny?”

Answer: Well, from a dramatic standpoint, I’d have had the character opt for surgery.  Funny you should mention this because Carl was faced with a similar creative decision in Hope, episode #214.

DP writes: “Anyone else got a vanilla ice cream recipe for Joe?”

Answer: Yeah, I got one.

KEK writes: “The 2.0 in-house trailer was brilliant. Should we expect one for 2.5?”

Anwer: Probably not.  Sorry.

Etagrats writes: “It’s seems that destiny had originally 3 Shuttles based on the picture bellow! Although the crew only found two of them, So will we ever know what happen to the missing one if no, have you some theory about that ?”

Answer: My guess is it was probably damaged, disabled, and lost during an attack.

Mercy writes: “Are we ever going to meet aliens that are actually human or decendants of humans from Earth?”

Answer: Oooh, there would have to be a damn good reason for why we’d encounter humans this far out.  Yep.  A damn good SF reason…

Brian M. White writes: “How’s Jelly today?”

Answer: The same.  She’s in obvious pain, having trouble getting around, but is extremely happy to a) eat and b) sit on my lap and snooze away.  Thanks for asking.

 

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Bah I asked on the wrong day lol

Any idea if a 4th Stargate series will be made Joe? You and BW are smart guys, surely you could come up with something exciting and refreshing to help get people back watching Stargate live again on Syfy?

It’s kinda clear that the audience for the Syfy channel has shifted to a more casual Scifi loving, reality show loving, family croud, something in the vein of SG1/SGA would likely appeal to these people.

You shouldn’t take SGUs lower ratings to heart, as I said before, not the show, more the audience of the channel not liking the more serious stuff. SGU is great and whatever happens it was a great effort by everyone.

Lewis
Lewis

Hey, Joe!

Only 50 cents a head??

We’re talking Tostitos… a name brand quality chip here!

Does 55 cents sound too high?

Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

I thought Eli’s line was a reference to 2010: the Year We Make Contact… wink

Did you know: in the original 2001 novel, the monolith orbited Saturn, not Jupiter?

I read the book many years ago for school, then read all three sequels. I liked 2010 best, and 3001 was a close second.

Glad to hear today was a better day for Jelly. Please continue to pass on my best wishes!

Bryan

GILDER
GILDER

Joe said:

Paul complained it was too subtle, but did anyone else catch the the 2001 reference in Eli’s “big black monolith orbiting a planet” line?

HELL, YEAH!

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Chev writes: “Who is looking after the dogs while you’re away or are they going to a kennel?”

Answer: My regular dog-sitter, Christine, will be staying at the house with the dogs. Akemi, who will be in Vancouver while I’m in Tokyo, will only be a short bus ride away.

Yay!!! I’m out of the dog house and have cracked the mailbag…thank-you Joe.

I hope Christine or Akemi have their camera handy. It would be nice to have a dog photo while you’re away. I wonder if they behave differently for Christine?

Will you and Akemi go on the next Japan trip together? I’m sure she’d love to play tour guide.

Mata ashita …..I think that’s right

Cheers, Chev

Shawna
Shawna

I just saw a trailer for A Game of Thrones, the show they’re making, and it makes me want to read the book. I don’t do a lot of epic fantasy, but it sounds like I’ll have to check that one out.

I am way behind in watching Universe, so sorry about this coming late, but I just watched Pathogen and I wanted to say I thought it was great. The stuff on the ship was interesting because it’s good to see Chloe finally being useful and interesting in some way (and Rush’s manipulativeness is hilarious), and because Greer is just continually awesome and badass. But the stuff with Eli and his mom was just fantastic. Now there’s a good way to really address the personal issues involved with this situation. Much better than the whole booze-and-sex thing that home visits seemed to be all about early in season 1. This was just sweet and heart-wrenching and wonderful.

GILDER
GILDER

Joe said: cool visual of those pursuing drones flaming out

I got the impression from that visual that DESTINY crew did not see or sense those flameouts, and that all of the pursuing drones were destroyed.

*reads GW transcript* Oh, guess I misinterpreted the visual. I was therefore confused by Volker’s first line after the energy harvest.
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G’nite, more estate-house decluttering tomorrow.

GILDER
GILDER

Last but not least:

19 card-mailing days until Gilder’s 54th birthday! (That’s about 7.7 in dog years.)

Shannon
Shannon

Joe –

How is the big black monolith reference vague?! I got it. Even though I hated both the book and the movie. Yup. Those are hours I will never get back. On the plus side, I was able to get a reference in a show that I do enjoy smile

TJ/Varro/Young triangle – I’m with you, I don’t think there can be the happy ending with Young and TJ (but I love the angst and the drama because I love both those characters). Not sure I buy the chemistry with Varro though…hmmm…

I have my fingers crossed for Jelly sad

Lewis
Lewis

Idea for a 4th Stargate series- STARGATE COMMAND (the ANIMATED ADVENTURES)

[And no, I am not talking about Stargate Infinity… that only exists in an alternate reality… a really, really bad alternate reality]

Since it’s animation it would be cheaper production costs w/o need for props, sets, wardrobes, locations, insurance, etc.. Plus it could be like the old Star Trek cartoon where the original actors are brought back to lay the audio tracks for their characters (which can even be done over the phone if needed, so you don’t have the expense of bringing the actors in studio). Also since we’re talking animation here, it would be possible to use various characters from various Stargate shows at the same time, just think of the possibilities. You wouldn’t even have to be restricted to timelines in that it could be about various events/missions that happened at (or to the employees of) the SGC over the years which would allow stories on Atlantis, the Icarus Base, Destiny, Prometheus, the Alpha site, and various other worlds as they interact w/ the SGC (plus it would allow the ability to bring back fan-favorite characters who had previously died for an episode or two). You wouldn’t even need a regular cast… each episode could be a hodgepodge of various Stargate characters, which would keep the stories and settings fluid. Maybe have someone like Walter (Gary Jones) narrate each episode like he is going through the SGC files and recalls what really happened instead of what was reported on the file.

It’s just a thought. A way of creating a cost-friendly Stargate show, but also still have those amazing characters and stories that we all love. If God forbids the network pulls the plug on SGU before season 5, it would at least allow for a way to keep telling the Destiny story-line, plus other great Stargate stories with an amazing cast of characters.

DP
DP

Joe said, “Answer: Yeah, I got one.”

Awesome, I’ll split the prize with you.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

“Paul complained it was too subtle, but did anyone else catch the the 2001 reference in Eli’s “big black monolith orbiting a planet” line?” Mr. Das did – immediately. First he chuckled, and when I asked what that was about he said it was from 2001. He’s really good at remembering stuff like that. “When Volker says “Are you kidding? That’s exactly how you judge a neighborhood.”, he’s actually channeling yours truly.” That line made me lol…it was just too perfect! Like I said in an earlier post, the humor popped in this episode for me. Also loved the ‘pie’s done’ comment…mainly because when I hear a bell or something go off, I usually say, ‘pie’s done!’. Hey, have you been eavesdropping??! Sometimes the humor in the show is a bit too…I dunno…cynical, or sarcastic, or something, but in this one it really hit the mark. I would really love to discuss this some more – but it’s past midnight, and I’m supposed to be up by 6 am or so, and gone all day tomorrow…so I really should call it a night. A few things first, though…just little things in case I don’t get back to this discussion. There was much about this episode I liked, much that you have mentioned above. I’ve actually come to like Chloe, and Rush is just…just… fantastic. I hope if the show does continue – and if they are not killed off – that we’ll see more of Greer, and more of the Scott we saw a couple episodes back where it seemed he finally started to grow a pair. That said, I really want to tell you about an encounter I had today. I saw a guy in a store – I think he used to work at my local butcher’s shop – and he said, “So, how about that Stargate?” I looked at him all bewildered like because I haven’t seen him in a while (thus my bad memory about where I knew him from), and I thought he was talking about Atlantis. So, I said, “Stargate?” And he said, “Yeah, that was some finale, eh?” And I said, “OH! Universe! Yes, it was! The last ten episodes have been great!” And he said (and I have to chuckle about this), he said, “The show’s come a long way from all that steamy stuff in the beginning. I remember how you said you were going to complain about it to the producers. When they toned it down, I kept saying to myself, ‘Wow, I guess they listened to her.'” Yeah, I’m chuckling. NOT because I think you listened to me (HA!), but because I sometimes go on about things very passionately to complete strangers, thinking that they will forget the conversation the moment I walk away…just like I do. Obviously, they do not. @ Sparrowhawk – Not sure I’ll make it through Still Life With Crows without fainting. God, it’s intense!! Well, intense for me. I don’t like horror movies, and… Read more »

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ JeffW – The funny thing is when I tell people how great Mexican Coke is they look at me funny until I clarify, ‘Mexican Coke…a-Cola!!!’ razz

Yeah, people will argue that corn syrup Coke tastes just like sugar Coke, but it doesn’t. I don’t know how to describe it other than to say that the corn syrup Coke has this ‘sticky’ sweet aftertaste that sort of sours in your mouth after a bit, while sugar Coke is crisp and clean, without that underlying sourness.

AND now I really have to get to bed!! (Just trying to come down after reading that blasted book!)

@ Sparrowhawk – Hee…found this on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgoP5wzVrOk

Yes, I AM obsessing again. Poor Todd…poor Zenith… poor Elric… they all have to scoot over a bit and make room for a new pallid heinie on my seesaw of…um… ‘diversions’. Considerable ones, I may add. wink

grin

das

mamasue9
mamasue9

Paul complained it was too subtle, but did anyone else catch the the 2001 reference in Eli’s “big black monolith orbiting a planet” line?

Yep…..classic!! smile

I particularly enjoyed this one because it allowed for opportunities for humor. When Volker says “Are you kidding? That’s exactly how you judge a neighborhood.”, he’s actually channeling yours truly.

Not only some humor, but I thought it led to assessing their situation and figuring out a strategic plan of action.

PBMom

Patrick now reaches superstar status — a blog dedicated to him. I’ll explain the significance of such honor when he wakes up in the morning. You are too sweet.

Of course you forgot something for Tokyo. Me! Just drop me off at the local Disney establishment. I would make a lousy dinner companion with such a foodie such as yourself.

Any self-respecting science-fiction fan would get the monolith reference (translation–I hadn’t googled it yet).

I thought there was some channeling of you going on there in that Vollker scene. Sometimes I see bits of you in a lot of the lines. I’m in the process of writing my review and there are going to be many “favorite lines” in that section.

I’ve been a fan of Varro and then a fan of pairing Varro/TJ since the beginning. Hope we see him back in season 3. I was glad to see Telford didn’t wind up being eaten. Never so glad to have been so wrong.

But I just woke up the boy, so I’m going to sign off. Geez, he is a light sleeper. If you head off before I get to post again, have a wonderful flight. Don’t forget the embassy numbers (I’m serious).

PBMom

Just a quick note: The autism charity that LDP is on the board of directors is taking part in the Pepsi Refresh Project and is in the running for $50,000 to provide treatment for military children with autism. It doesn’t take any time whatsoever but to go click to vote:

http://www.refresheverything.com/helpmilitaryautism

Thanks.

Hitmanjr
Hitmanjr

How long has Paul been writing this show? And he still hasn’t figured out that nerds retain tons of useless movie facts! I was lmao at Elli’s line about the monolith. Keep them coming.

asms
asms

@ das,
I can’t believe all these people who can’t tell different cokes apart.

There is so much difference in taste just between the various containers used. Small bottle to Can to bigger bottle to large bottle. Let alone the difference from state to state – even here in Australia.

Joe,
More terrific little moments for them to come in the back half (see #216, The Hunt).

I’d love to check out #216 – unfortunately some of us have to wait 6 months to do that! sad
But I’m sure the wait will be worth it!

Ponytail
Ponytail

Joe! You forgot to give us the number where you can be reached. (In case we need to call and check on your welfare.)

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Here is something to make you smile. The SGU Curly Tops. Starring David Blue, Patrick Gilmore and Peter Kelamis.

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/DfNNuFVq1qKzpYzS

It takes a second to load…just for you…no need to post.

Best to you Joe,
Always,
Cheryl

Zac
Zac

Joseph, thank you for the answer to my question. In the episode Resurgence we get to see more action involving destiny’s weapon systems. I noticed the cogs used to turn the anti-fighter turrets and then I started noticing the doors and even the repair robot. Is destiny the ancients version of steam-punk? It would explain why destiny has survived the ages… you know how things built at the turn of the previous century are sturdier than most things built now.

Jacque

“Paul complained it was too subtle, but did anyone else catch the the 2001 reference in Eli’s “big black monolith orbiting a planet” line?”

To SUBTLE!? What rock has he been living under, the last thirty years?

Um. Yes. We got it. Heh.

Jacque

Speaking of “calm, collected Greer,” I really wanna see Greer and Rush locked in a closet together for half an ep or so. Hee hee. (Yes, I’m mean, I admit it.)

Jacque

“I’m sure you were so blinded by rage you imagined getting revenge on the man who killed her, besting the bully on his terms. But even if you had, it wouldn’t have changed a damn thing. You’d wake up every morning and she’d still be dead.”

I really loved this scene. Okay, I’m a hopeless Rush fangirl, what can I say? (Note this is not inconsistent with being a hopeless Eli fangirl, too.)

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Airelle said:

Chevron7, now you will have those guys wanting you to do their photo layouts for GQ, nice job.

Haha…wouldn’t that be awesome…thanks for that image. Ivon’s my muse and he’s pretty cool with letting me photoshop him and practice different Photoshop techniques…here’s a trip down memory lane for y’all

I gave him his first Emmy

I made him a black jack dealer – OK so he was supposed to be a high roller but I couldn’t get a good pic from the other side of the table….LOL…sorry Ivon

I set him up in a fantasy hockey game – with his fave hockey player of all time, Wendel Clark.

I zombified him twice!! Zombie 1 – scary!! Zombie 2 – sexy!!

plus I’ve done some posters – SGU Vancouver

Bullet filmography poster

In addition, thanks as always go to Joe for snapping so many wonderful photos and always being accommodating with me using them in my little projects. Looking forward to all of the Tokyo pics. I might need to clear some space on my portable hard drive.

The pièce de résistance wasn’t actually a photoshop job at all. It was a super secret project where I compiled BTS photos of Ivon’s work on Stargate as well as fun times he’s had with the guys and made them into a book. Ivon’s got a copy and I’ve been taking my copy to cons to get it signed. It’s been a massive hit. Here’s a photo of Michael Shanks when I showed him the book and Michael, Ben and Torri have signed it so far:

Ben’s auto – I freaking love Ben Browder!!!
Michael’s auto
I haven’t got a pic of Torri’s but she said – “Amazing job! Great Collection. A pleasure. Peace and Love signs

I’m off to the Gate to the Sanctuary convention next weekend so I’ll be taking the book along there.

I’ve uploaded some screendumps to show people as I’ve had a few people ask about it.

Screendump 1
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Screendump 3
Screendump 4
Screendump 5

Cheers, Chev
@imwebgurl