We kicked off the day with a four hour meeting followed, after a thirty minute lunch break, by another three hour meeting. Over the course of these seven some hours, we discussed scripts and stories with our four broadcasters, covering everything from page notes on episodes #1 and #2 to big picture arc for the first season of Transporter: The Series. I’m pleased to report it all went very well. I’ve been in similar meetings in which I’ve actually had to pinch myself to keep from dozing off but today’s session was informative, amiable, and spirited. There was no insane input. No one made any outrageous creative demands, offered bizarre story suggestions, or proposed the addition of an adorable mascot to drive shotgun with Frank on his various missions. It went, as they say (and by “they” I mean “I”), swimmingly. The room had a nice, positive vibe and there was never a moment where I wanted to throw anything, burst into tears, or quietly pack up my laptop, stroll down to my car, and drive all the way back to Vancouver. There was one moment when Alexander exited the room, leading me to assume he had left to jump out the nearest window, but it turned out he only gone to the bathroom. Regardless, Rob was quick to point out (when I suggested someone try to talk him down) that we were on the second floor and he probably wouldn’t do himself much damage anyway.
Tomorrow = more back to back meetings as we shift focus from the creative to casting! A lot of familiar faces so far in the audition process.
A final round of behind-the-scene pics of Stargate: Universe’s “The Hunt” as the episode airs in Canada tonight. Tomorrow, I start weighing in with my thoughts on the episode. Tune in tomorrow to find out:
– Why I think this episode goes a long way toward, not only rehabilitating Rush, but making him downright lovable.
– Why Varro is a better match for T.J. than Young.
– How I channeled fellow writer/Executive Producer Carl Binder to write one particular scene.
– What happened to those planned T.J. flashbacks and what did you miss?