Well, I’ve almost finished clearing out my office.  This –

– was my second carload of books.  One more trip (some time next week when I’ll head in to watch Day 2 mixes of The Hunt and Common Descent) and I should be done.

Well today, in addition to doing a little spring cleaning, I also took in a Day 1 mix of Epilogue.  Kudos to writer/producer Carl Binder on this one.  It has a it of everything: humor, charm, dramatic developments, and a couple of truly heartbreaking moments.  A great episode that, once over, had me really excited for season three – until I remembered: Oh, right.  We’re not making a season three.  It’s really a shame because the back half of season two sets up a lot of terrific story elements. You’ll see what I mean when Stargate: Universe returns for its final ten episodes TUESDAY, MARCH 8th on SPACE (http://www.spacecast.com/article/The-Journeys-End-Draws-Near-for-SPACEe28099s-Acclaimed-and-Beloved-STARGATE-UNIVERSE)

And since we’re on the subject, here are a couple of behind the scene clips from an upcoming episode –

What the hell is going on in this scene?  Not sure, but I suspect that THIS suspicious character –

– may figure into the mix.

Speaking of the above-depicted suspicious character, he was in today, as were other production types like John G. Lenic, Ivon Bartok, and Lawren Bacroft-Wilson.

After lunch, we headed down to post where I spent some quality time with Kerry –

– approving episode credits.  Yes to Paul and my “written by” credit on The Hunt.  Yes to Paul and my producer end-card at the conclusion of Common Descent.  Sadly, no on Carl’s “Executive Producer” credit at the beginning of Epilogue.  It can now be found at the end of Act III.

To make it up to him, I joined him for dinner (I wanted to say “I took him out to dinner” but that would be inaccurate since he paid after I pulled the old left-my-wallet-in-my-other-suit gag).  Tonight, we feasted!

 

What's this?

Who's the hungry Executive Producer?

A great dinner at Danube.  And then, it was time to hit the road…

Goodbye for now.  But I have a feeling we’ll be reconnecting real soon.

 

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Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

You mentioned that SGU returns on SPACE, what about SyFy? Will American audiences get to see the backhalf of the season, or should I wait for the Blu-rays?

Best Wishes,

Bryan

woody woodward

I am trying so hard to locate a SGU Ball cap for my bald head. Is there some place I can order,buy,steal …well, not steal one? I thank you for any help you can offer.
Have a great weekend
woody

Chris

Wow, I wonder what’s going on there.

Chris

Bryan, Syfy will show the final ten episodes starting March 7th.

IggyMing
IggyMing

Aw, you’re going to make me cry! Poor Carl; he looks so sad.

BTW, I love how Space/CTV was such a great supporter of SGU and the Stargate franchise in general. They really pulled out all the stops to market it, and it paid off big time. Too bad the Canadian market doesn’t count, though. Oh well, guess I’ll have to settle for watching SG1 reruns and hope to see SGU come back in some form (movie? miniseries?) after this season ends. Another SG1 movie would be good, too!

Good luck with the packing. You sure keep a lot of stuff in your office. I keep personal items to a bare minimum at my own office.

Sparrow_hawk

Awwwwww. Carl looks so sad. sad

Hurray! SGU returns soon! grin

KevinInNS
KevinInNS

Ooohhh, the video is intriguing.

The office looks alot like what a Senate office might look like. It’s been revealed that a Senator is in the episode, and some kind of attack on Earth takes place.

I thought at first this was going to be another attack on Earth that is miraculously missed by the 24-hour news media or is covered up somehow. An attack on Washington would be hard to cover up (although I suppose they could try to say it was Al Qaeda unless there are lasers shooting downward from the sky).

Finally…are we at long last going to see the reveal of aliens to the general population? After so, so, so many years, it is long overdue.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joey – I’m not sure WHAT’S on that plate, but it’s either a heart attack waiting to happen, or obscene. unamused

@ Sparrowhawk – In case you don’t get back to the Miscellany, I made a comment in that thread suggesting Todd as Elric. Exactly – not Todd. STEVE as Elric, however… wink It’s not the appearance so much, it’s the personality. Todd has a superior air, yes, but he’s affable. Steve, on the other hand, is pure arrogance, full of himself and the superiority of his race, just the way I see Elric. Of course, there are many ways in which they are different (Elric, of course, having what we’ll call a ‘chivalrous’ side), but I can totally see Elric standing there facing some godawful demonic foe, Stormbringer in hand, sneering out the words, “I am your death. That is all you need to know.”

And about that Rolls. Any idea of the style? I’ve seen two different ones for the 1959 model – the one I posted, and one with a more sweeping curved line along the body (though I suspect that may be the ’47). Also have seen it in black, and a silver/gray? combo. I’ve asked D&L, but not sure they’ll reply.

Have you started Ghosts yet? I think once you get into it, you will be pleased with certain character interactions that become manifest about halfway through. wink

Oh, well…better try to get some sleep. Fell asleep at 9, woke up at 12, and now…now I’m watching rugby. Not really the most relaxing thing to be doing right now. razz

Have a good night, Joe! I hope things go smoothly for you over the next few weeks. I’m finding it hard to read and really enjoy your blog posts these last couple weeks because they are making me rather blue. I much rather ones where you’re bitching and moaning over your tv service, or your garage door, or Ashleigh. I guess I just don’t like change, or maybe it’s not the change that bothers me but the transition. I’m NOT good with ‘limbo’. Right now there is much in my own life that’s in limbo, so I guess seeing your life in the same state unsettles me more than it should. So please bear with me if I seem a bit disinterested in your moving process and such – it’s not disinterest as much as it just makes me sad.

das

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Oh, man… IggyMing, you said it. Empty offices, photos of the packed car, familiar Stargate faces in the writers’ room, in videos with fave actors, and dinner with Carl….
It looks like the franchise’s farewell.

Please, Carl, will you blog?

You’re part of theBlogFamily, and you help us put the fun in dysfunctional! smile

Aw, Joe. This is just sad, this pathos of departure. And you’ve taught us that until you and Paul sign your contracts, it’s too soon to celebrate. Where does that leave us?

A song’s playing in my head while reading the blog. It’s one of my aunt’s old-school favorites.
My bags are packed.
I’m ready to go. [snip]
The taxi’s waiting.
He’s blowing his horn.
I hate…to say good-bye.
Already I’m so lonesome
I could cry .
[snip]
‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane.
Don’t know when I’ll be back again…

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

I think Joe did not mention SYFY for a reason…They are the ones that cancelled the show.
Space did not! Neither did all of the other networks around the world, but SYFY paid the most money for the show!
He must be pretty upset with them,, along with all of the other Stargate people!

Kymm
Kymm

Awwwww bye Carl *sniff*

Don’t be a stranger!!

Kymm

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

On a sorta related-not-related note. My cousin and her husband (and daughter) are in Dubai. They’re both architects who have worked for major projects out in Vegas, and were in Dubai working on an MGM project. Needless to say, the project has been shut down (financial reasons), and everyone was sent home, except my cousin and her family and a couple others. Not sure if that means the project has hopes of starting up again, or what…but right now with all the unrest in that part of the world, I really wish they had been the ones coming back home.

das

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Sorry, I don’t mean to stir up negative emotions about the network. Just curious about the back half of the season. I have too much time invested in watching this franchise, and want to know what will happen to the characters. Incidentally, I hope that means a “proper” wrap-up with a Blu-ray movie if the current market permits.

And if I have to say goodbye to Atlantis, I for one feel that the series ended perfectly with everyone looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mckay’s to Keller.

If this is the end, I want to thank you for the memories, and look forward to your future endeavors. Anything that you work on with Rob is definitely worth checking out. Just tell me one thing (if you can, of course…). Is Rob planning on doing any directing for the new project? -or is it too early to tell?

Best Wishes,

Bryan

Jason
Jason

I know you said you were going to remain silent on SGU until you heard something definite but it’s brought me hope when I read your SGU updates about clearing hurdles and stuff. I do realize it’s a long shot, especially the longer it takes but that little bit of hope you provide helps. I know the saying “you should get your hopes up…” but I would much rather be hopeful then wallow in despair. So please reconsider about SGU’s hurdle clearing….or if it trips and face plants…would be good to know when to stop hoping as well.

As a side note: Reading your blog has encouraged me to start reading, haven’t picked up a book since I was forced to read in high school 11 years ago. My first book will be Lady in the Maze based on your post it should be right up my ally being a SF junkie.

Jason
Jason

Correction to my last post in CAPS :
So please reconsider TELLING US about SGU’s hurdle clearing….or if it trips and face plants…would be good to know when to stop hoping as well.

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

McKay’s last line… That didn’t type the first time. I blame my BlackBerry. wink

And to clarify: I was referring to a Blu-ray movie for SGU!!!
I hope the studio permits everyone to move quickly on that. I thought they waited too long o follow up on other recent franchises like Dead Like Me and The X-Files. Five years was a long time to wait, and after a while, I feel like the interest wasn’t there when the movies finally came out.

I DON’T want that to happen to Stargate as well. I was too impressed with the original film, and as I have said many times on your blog, feel that SGU came closest of all the spinoffs to recapturing the feel of Roland Emmerich’s film.

-Bunch of people stranded with no way home,
-very dark look,
-Eli reminds me of Spader in the film (expert in EVERYTHING, and very funny),
-Rush reminds me of O’Neill

I know I am going to get some flack for that last comment, but in the original feature, Jack had just lost his son, and had his own agenda outside of researching Abydos. Kurt Russell portrayed the character as a loner who had his own mission and didn’t care about anyone else. Eventually, Jackson and the kids softened him up and humanized him a little. I get that same feeling from how Robert Carlyle plays Rush!!! wink

-That said, RDA ROCKS!!! Not saying I didn’t enjoy what he brought to the table. Just saying Rush reminds me that character from the movie. I will miss the show.

Best wishes,

Bryan

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Not to mention that Rush was (especially in Season 1) ready to sacrifice people (see episode 2 – perfect example) to achieve his goals. How about risking everyone’s life aboard Destiny so he could kill Simeon in Season 2: tell me that wasn’t like O’Neill in the movie?

Remember that this character was willing to kill himself and his men by detonating an atomic bomb that he kept secret from his team.

Just saying…

Best Wishes,

Bryan

Randomness
Randomness

@We’re not making a season three.

No justice in the world, No justice! D:

@hal ehrlich

Must be kinda annoying knowing that if the show was renewed they’d have networks around the world willing to drop money on a Season 3 as they have done with 1 and 2.

Just the show has one Amazing Race type roadblock that is impossible to complete!

E
E

*sniffles*

Last night I managed to watch SGU. Doesn’t sound very important, does it. Usually I do a few re-watches during those loooong hiatuses. This time I couldn’t, just couldn’t. It’s hard to watch episodes, see how much work you’ve all put into it, notice how much I enjoy everything happening on my screen; and all for no season 3.

At least now I know I’ll be able to watch new episodes in the beginning of March. How I manage this bittersweet feeling is another matter.

Once SGU’s fate is determined, will you share with us an AU season 3, like you did with SGA S6? Not sure even if I want to know what we’re missing out. sad

Sad to see your loaded truck and Carl’s sad face. But I guess life goes on. I, for one, am hoping that SGU will get picked up, somewhere somehow. Or at least a few miniseries to complete the amazing story.

*kicks ratings*

Lisa R
Lisa R

Joe, you always eat such good food, and it was great seeing Carl too. And the videos—well, they’re making me drool in anticipation of March 7.

@for the love of Beckett: I loved your Leaving on a Jet Plane video. I do think it’s appropo (sp) here.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!!!

Randomness
Randomness

@IggyMing

Every market counts, however as Syfy only licenses for America, they only care about the American viewing audience. Space only cares about the Canadian, And Sky1 only care about the UK.

Imagine every new SGU season as a house, a house that only the big 3 can build if they work together.

Now imagine Syfy picking up their stuff and going home leaving Sky and Space without the means to complete the house!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

But I have a feeling we’ll be reconnecting real soon. Intriguing…….

I agree with Das, a heart attack on a plate!

Das: thanks for the videos the other day. I love ships! Sailing would be a dream vacation for me. I did notice the accents weren’t as “Jersey Shore” but they still sounded like yanks to me wink .

Anyone willing to share yummy quinoa recipes? I’m cutting out most of my meat intake (not quite vegetarian) and quinoa would be a great substitute.

DP
DP

“It can now be found at the end of Act III.” Is that a cryptic hint about what the “suspicious character” talk is all about? Just being silly?

Joan001
Joan001

Well, gee… I just found a question/answer session with Mike Dopud on this blog – I never saw it – must have been before I started reading your blog, Joe. In any case, thanks for having Mike answer questions, way back when. I’m reading hints that Mike has a new job coming up – good for him – I’m really looking forward to seeing him again.

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/january-28-2009-actor-mike-dopud-answers-your-questions/

I wish all good things for the decent people in the entertainment business. While I haven’t been so aware of the travails of the actors and the many hoops they have to jump through, it is mainly through your blog, Joe, that I see the business with with fresh eyes. Through the Stargate franchise, I’ve become aware of the talent that it takes to put together a quality show, specifically, space Sci-Fi. I’ve also become aware how easy it seems to be for “SOMEONE” to throw a show away abruptly without any thought of future marketing. Could poor decisions be the reason why some lose money?

Anyway, you are all thought of, at least by me, and I wish everyone the best in finding their feet again – preferably in Canada… Sorry to hear that David Hewlett moved to the States, but one does what one has to. Love you all.

DALLAS MARSHALL
DALLAS MARSHALL

Sir, Is there any truth to this rumor?

“There was a report over here in the UK last week saying that Robert Carlyle asked to be let out of his contract and that the new head of scyfy was not a fan of the series.”

Thank you for your time.