I was in the office today to watch the Day 1 mix of episode #220, Gauntlet.  And what a mix it was!  We had a grand total of two notes, and they were mere looping issues. Carl, who also had two notes, emailed them our way this morning.  They were: “31:00  Music cue over this montage is awesome.  40:40  Music cue over end of show montage is awesome.”  A terrific job by all involved, and an extra special thank you to composer Joel Goldsmith for his always excellent work.  The visual effects for this episode are almost complete (kudos to Mark Savela and co.) and they are incredible.  It’s a spectacular yet poignant season ender.  Hopefully, by the time its airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two. If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny’s mission, then Gauntlet will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion.  If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and Gauntlet does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken – and left to wonder what could have been.

And Imagine Greater.

On our way out, Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela re-enacts the final outstanding VFX sequence from The Hunt.

Look at what I received in the mail today…

No, not HER.  The card she’s holding.

It’s a “looking forward to your dining with us” from E by Jose Andres, the intimate, super-secret restaurant we’ll be visiting in Vegas next week.  How super-secret?  Well, in order to get a reservation, you must contact them through a secret email address which is apparently known to only two dozen people at any one time.  Well, I’ve heard that whenever someone new learns the address, one of the versed insiders develops a sudden case of limited amnesia or disappears under mysterious circumstances.  Still, even knowledge of the secret email address does not guarantee a reservation UNLESS a very specific procedure is followed, a series of steps too complicated to go into but comprised of (among other things): a secret knock, a coded message, a cryptic ad in the Livestock section of the New York Post classifieds, two seemingly chance encounters, and a random alias derived from an approved list of 19th female authors (Harriet Beecher Stowe at your service).

This is gonna be fun!

Today, we hit Refuel for a marvelous lunch –

crispy pork cheek terrine with broccoli, roasted almonds, and a fried egg
bucatini all'amatriciana with cured pork and tomato sauce.
bc spot prawns with butternut squash ravioli, brown butter, and lemon.

Tonight, my farewell tour continues as I head out for dinner with my longtime nemesis, Ashleigh.

warm sugar pie with pear purée and vanilla ice cream

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Don
Don

This might seem like a given but I’ll ask anyway.

Do you think that a decision on SGU movies being made
will largely be decided by the ratings on the back half of season 2?

Lisa R
Lisa R

Ok, let’s see if I can be the first reply tonight. Good to know that Gauntlet has turned out well. I will be looking forward to hearing whether a movie is a go or not. Hubby and I watched Resurgence this afternoon. He reminded me that he had never seen it because he had still been in the hospital from his surgery. He really enjoyed it, and we are both very much looking forward to Monday evening.

Loved your food pictures. I told hubby that when we can go to regular restaurants again, I want to try some new foods. Yes, Joe, you have inspired me. smile

Have fun on the next part of your farewell tour.

pg15

I almost busted a gut laughing at the fact that, after mentioning Ashleigh, instead of showing a picture of her, you show a picture of a pie. It’s like, Joe’s nemesis is a pie. Of course! LOL.

But…*sigh* reading the stuff about Gauntlet is just depressing. Given the hints dropped about the last 10 episodes, it’s already looking more amazing than the previous 10 and the 20 before that, with this season/series ender potentially topping them all, and then…nothing? Sure, there may be movies, but, to be blunt, that’s what we heard after Atlantis. The show ending on a high note may be pretty Awesome, but it would also remind us of what could be.

Like I said before, I hope, hope, hope that Brad scores a victory on this, for all of us.

Sparrow_hawk

Ooooooh! I’m looking forward to hearing about your dining experience at the super secret restaurant!

Thanks to Akemi for sharing the recipe: I think I’m going to try it this weekend!

Joe: you keep taunting us with images of sugar pies with ice cream. What the heck is a sugar pie?

Ponytail
Ponytail

Maybe Ashleigh could coordinate your move to Toronto. She is an Executive Assistant, correct? They can usually get anything done. Has she found another job yet?

Debra
Debra

Gosh going to miss all the people you worked with, especially Ashleigh. Sure you can’t take her with you?

Hope you are making headway on the housing.

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, I thought I’d posted a thank you to all of you, but can’t seem to find it. To you, as always, thanks for the dedication, so sweet of you to care for all of us. To everyone else who commented, thanks so much for your kind words and virtual hugs – they mean a lot. smile

PBMom

SGU news — possible movie options. That would be cool. Have a great time tonight. In 2 hours no more food or water for me. It’s then that I will suddenly get very thirsty and hungry. The games the mind can play.

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

WE WANT MOVIES!!! WE WANT MOVIES!!!
I don’t know if you know this or not but today they had a marathon of season 2.0 on SYFY. Thisis the second time in about a month that they have done an SGU marathon..
I have also seen quite a few ads running on SYFY about the season starting back up.
I wish they would have put this much effort into advertising SGU in the past.
I don’t understand that now that they decided to cancel, why are they advertising the show more than they ever have ?
I wonder….
I bet this second half of the season is going to be awesome!
I already can’t wait until Monday!!!!
I already made plans to get out of school early so I can watch it at 10 pm.
Take Care!

Stentor
Stentor

Hey Joe, any idea what time the Thomas Haas store on Broadway closes on a Wednesday night?

Airelle
Airelle

Joe I hope you know the secret handshake and have your decoder ring at the ready. Sounds really special for them to actually send you a looking forward to… How cool is that!. I hope it is everything you imagined it will be. Akemi is a cutie. oh and Mark also, and food pictures, thanks. Will you have an assistant to help you out in TO.? Won’t be an ASHLEIGH, but what can I say.. Wonder if they will look at you funny or even let you take pictures at the restaurants in Vegas.. The adventure continues…

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Yep, what “pg15” said. smile

Ponytail
Ponytail

Are you sure that’s not a picture of a distraught Mark Savela saying, “Joe, I’m gonna miss you so much! Come here and give me a hug!”

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

A Question for the mailbag:
I was wondering if you guys have thrown any ideas around for another incarnation of Stargate ?
just curious becuase I bet that SGU was not the last version of Stargate that you guys were going to do.
Hopefully after SGU somehow gets completed we can look forward to another show.

DP
DP

Guess what I made.

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jreeths

Thanks for making me look insane. I laughed so hard at your ‘Imagine Greater’ dig I got strange looks. My roommates thought I had a mental breakdown due to midterms. I tried explaining it, but that made me look even crazier.

Luckily, my last class of the week is a sci-fi/fantasy english class. They’ll understand there; it’s a room full of nerds.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Hate to start thinking about the end, but the 2nd half of SGU starts airing Monday in the U.S. Watching will be hard, but you can’t not watch, right? *sniff!* Am glad that we all will be watching these episodes “together.” Joe, we’re going to need those broad shoulders of yours. smile

All these scrumptious food pictures (and recipes) to look at, and darling doggies pics, too. They’ve been a big treat. Does Jelly have her modeling contract ready?

Things have been a little sketchy here this week. Sassy Dad is having scary eye problems. He called the eye surgeon at home tonight, and we’re going to try to get him in for an appt. somewhere Friday, before the weekend starts. There’s a brown fog clouding the vision in his “distance eye.” Vertical and horizontal surfaces are also wavy. We’re hoping it isn’t a wet/bleeding problem inside the eye, as Dad also takes blood thinners to prevent blood clots. Staying positive and keeping our fingers crossed…

RFVdevil
RFVdevil

Hey Joe,

Did Syfy hint at the “cliff hanger” in their 2.5 press release by stating Destiny will be left adrift at season’s end? Thus leaving things open with fans left wondering how they’re going to get out of this one, but also serving as a conclusion should the movies not get made?

At least, that’s the impression I was left with upon reading the presser.

Glad to hear we might not get one, but two movies!

smile

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Your blog is sooOOoooOoo much better than ANY magazine. I so LOVE your show-n-tell. Thank you for the picture of Mark (he always ROCKS) and the food is to die for. Where I live…there isn’t one place that delivers food…BUT…there is ONE place…that has a real chef. I’ve eaten there once…and it was as good as your’s looks. The chef grew up here and after training in Europe returned to this tiny town.

My QUESTION for the Mail Bag: I read a tweet from @Syfy on March 1st that said:

@Syfy Theoretically a huge, consistent rating for the final 10 might open discussions for some kind of continuation.

Is that what the movie decision is waiting on? I was shocked that they even made a statement of the possibility of doing something! They so confuse me.

Thought maybe it was a mistake…because I never have seen anyone talk about the tweet…I guess I could have missed reading you or someone else talking about it. Well Patrick Gilmore did RT it..I guess he is someone…but he back-tracks and deletes half of what he tweets…so it probably isn’t there to see. *goes to look* Yep…he did delete it…so HE doesn’t count.

I promise NOT to be nudge about SGU…but I was wondering.

Oh…do we get a “weird food” video from when you clean out your fridge and cupboards for the move? You haven’t done one for awhile AND if you move…you won’t be taking the weird stuff with..or will you? hmmmm

Best to you Joe,
Always,
Cheryl smile

P.S. Yes…I know…I am Chatty Cathy today. *smiles*

Simon
Simon

You tease!

Counting down the days until SGU’s return – can’t wait to see some more Destiny!

E
E

I just can’t bring myself to get hyped. It’s a bittersweet feeling already, unfortunately more bitter than sweet…

A two-part movie doesn’t sound that bad. Sure, it wouldn’t top a season or three, but three hours might just be enough to tell an awesome ending without rushing things too much.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Well, a movie would be a nice consolation prize. But honestly, I would rather see SGA Extinction go into production before a SGU movie. Ideally we’d see all three of the franchise shows live on in movie form, with my preferred order SGA, SGU, then SG-1. But I’m not counting on syfy to step up and ask for the movies, so I can only hope ther is a sci fi fan in a position of power in another network who would be interested.
I hope the secret restaurant will at least let you take pictures of the dishes, if not of the decor. With all that hype, I doubt the food can live up to expectations. Even if that’s the case, you can still have fun with the experience of going there.
Food looks delicious as usual. My thanks, and enjoy the Vegas outing. I’ll be counting on you for a list of places to check out the next time I get out that way.

Randomness
Randomness

@Did Syfy hint at the “cliff hanger” in their 2.5 press release by stating Destiny will be left adrift at season’s end?

That could mean anything. It could mean Destiny has a huge battle between Galaxies and is left without the power to jump to FTL thus the crew goes into stasis.

Or it could mean the crew decide once and for all to follow Destinys mission, and Destiny does more than drift around in space for all eternity till she reaches the end of her journey.

2 Definitions of Adrift

-Drifting or floating freely; not anchored.
-Without direction or purpose

Sparrow_hawk

Wait a second….. Monday? They moved it to Monday? And put it at 9 p.m. opposite Castle, one of the only shows I still watch on a regular basis? (what can I say? I’m a sucker for Nathan Fillion) *sigh* Don’t know who is in change of SyFy scheduling, but they sabotaged me again!

Well, at least HBO has cooperated so far by putting “A Game of Thrones” on Sunday night. Beginning April 17th. w00t!

And, for the record, I agree with pg15; I get all melancholic just thinking about the last SGU episodes.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Will you have to sign a non-disclosure before dining at the super-secret restaurant?