Looking forward to hearing everyone’s comments on the latest (and one of the last remaining) episode of Stargate: Universe, Epilogue.  In retrospect, it would have been a nice way to conclude the show but, alas, at the time, we were looking at Gauntlet as the season ender, not a series ender (more on that when the finale airs).  Executive Producer Carl Binder’s crowning achievement on the franchise, Epilogue also includes a little cameo by the man himself.  Well, not a physical cameo; more of a cameo in spirit.  That snippet of the elderly Brody complaining about those damn dancing kids?  He’s actually channeling Carl Binder.  Come on!  Don’t tell me the mustache didn’t give it away!

Why does it take so damn long to drive anywhere in Toronto?  The biggest culprit is not the number of cars on the road but the ridiculous number of closures and single lane detours as a result of the presumed ongoing construction.  I say presumed because, even though I’ve been snailing past the same blocked off sections of roadway for weeks now, I have yet to see a single person actually working at the scene.  Akemi suggests they probably work nights, the better to inconvenience a wider range of people.

Oh and now it seems I’m coming down with something.  Sigh.  Since arriving in Toronto, I’ve suddenly become the protagonist in a Lemony Snicket book.

Check out this great interview with the screenwriter of the new The Fast and Furious installment, Fast Five.  It’s true what they say.  Hollywood IS a young man’s game.  Thanks to Carl for the tip:

http://www.theonion.com/video/today-now-interviews-the-5yearold-screenwriter-of,20188/

Exciting news!  The official script color code for Transporter: The Series has been released.  It breaks down as follows:

original: white
1st revision: blue
2nd revision: pink
3rd revision: yellow
4th revision: green
5th: Goldenrod
6th: Salmon
7th: taupe
8th: cyan
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Isn’t taupe a mole?  What color are they?  And wasn’t Cyan the former name of the Kingdom of Thailand?
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Wait!  Breaking news!  As I was writing this entry, I received an email informing me that had a change had been made.  Apparently someone took exception to cyan and a decision was made to replace it with double-white.  Seriously.  I defy anyone to be able to distinguish between white and double-white (even triple-white for that matter!).  In the interest of clarity and working within a system agreeable to all participants, I would like to suggest the following alternatives to the proposed Transporter: The Series official script color code:
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original: white
1st revision: fallow
2nd revision: feldgrau
3rd revision: malachite
4th revision: rain
5th: metallic sunburst
6th: gristle
7th: two month old fig discovered in the back of the refrigerator’s vegetable  crisper
8th: ennui grey
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Great.  Now that we got that sorted out, let’s shift focus to those SG-1 season memories…
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One of my many, many fond memories of that first year on the franchise were the number of dogs that could would sniff and scamper the corridors of the Production Offices, whether it was N. John Smith’s black labs, Molly and Tugboat, Rick’s Australian shepherd, Zoe, Rob’s multi-shit(?) Oscar, Amanda’s bouvier Abby, or Don’s lab, Midnight Lady.  It was a very relaxed, dog-friendly environment and, back then, I would spend much of the day in my office, typing away on my laptop, my pug, Jelly, perched on the headrest of the couch behind me, surveying the passing hall traffic and occasionally venturing out for a little stroll/adventure.  I remember one time when Michael Shanks poked his head into my office and, as delicately as possible informed me: “Uh, Jelly ate my tuna sandwich.”  Apparently, he’d set it aside to deal with some script issue and Jelly, no doubt assuming it had been abandoned, helped herself.  Another time, Jelly had managed to escape the production offices and I spent a good twenty minutes trying to corra herl.  Back then, she was quite nimble and enjoyed nothing better than a good chase.  I was at wit’s end, exhausted, when Richard Dean Anderson stepped out of Stage 5 and called to her.  She immediately jumped into his arms and he handed her over, problem solved.  And Rick cemented the title of Dog Whisperer.
ABSOLUTE POWER (417)
…corrupts absolutely.  Actors love to play bad guys and, in this episode, Michael Shanks delivers a terrific portrayal of our Daniel gone dark side.  Destroying Moscow is pretty bad, but one of the most unsettling acts he commits never found its way into the finished version of the episode.  In an earlier version, there is mention of the fact that Teal’c inexplicably vanished years ago.  The truth about his mysterious disappearance is revealed when Jack stumbles upon his old friend, a prisoner of Daniel who has been experimenting on him, transfusing blood from the Jaffa in an effort to master control of goa’uld technology.
THE LIGHT (418)
While the final quarter of the show’s fourth season delivers some great hits (Entity, Exodus) it also offers up a few misses, this episode being a big one in my books.  The beat of Jack rushing Daniel back to the planet aside, the episode never really delivers – surprising given what was, up to this point, a fairly strong season.  In similar fashion…
PRODIGY (418)
This one was another disappointment.  I believe I’ve already mentioned elsewhere how the character of Jennifer Hailey was originally conceived as a younger version of Carter (Samantha Jr.) but, in the end, came across as petulant and unlikable.  Without a doubt, our weakest script of the fourth season, but an episode notable for the very first onscreen appearance of Ivon Bartok who plays the cadet, in opening tease, who asks: “Did you say TEN dimensions?”. Brilliant.  The role of Hailey came down to two extras, Elizabeth (who eventually won the part) and an actress named Jennifer Halley.  It stuck in my head because, in my first draft of the script, the character had been named Jennifer Halley before Paul changed her last name to Hailey.  Anyway, Elizabeth was better suited to the role of the young ingenue, but Jennifer would later land the role of Lieutenant Tolinev in season 5’s The Tomb.  The seemingly distant cousins of the alien life forms (zapping bugs) that complicate matters in this episode put in an appearance in Stargate: Atlantis’s The Defiant One and Stargate: Universe’s Water.

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Lisa R
Lisa R

Sorry to hear of your troubles, Joe. I have some of my own right now.

I am listening to the entire musical selection of an ice cream truck outside my window. Eeek!! The boy next door can’t make up his mind, and the truck is parked out front.

Okay, onto more positive thoughts. Funny, you should say that about Epilogue concluding SGU. Those were hubby’s exact words last night at the end of the ep during which both of us had continually said, “Damn, that’s good! SGU rocks! Best episode ever!”

I agree with you about Prodigy. I think the other ep the character was in in the fifth season was better.

**sigh of relief** The ice cream truck finally left, and of course, it’s now pouring down rain.

Have a good evening!!

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

“one of the most unsettling acts he commits never found its way into the finished version of the episode. In an earlier version, there is mention of the fact that Teal’c inexplicably vanished years ago. The truth about his mysterious disappearance is revealed when Jack stumbles upon his old friend, a prisoner of Daniel who has been experimenting on him, transfusing blood from the Jaffa in an effort to master control of goa’uld technology.”

Bummer, that really Should have been in there! Of course 19 minutes of commercials in today’s tv hour long shows, does prevent such great parts from being told… at least until now. smile Thanks again for all of these behind the scenes.

DF
DF

Epilogue was such a GREAT episode. From beginning to end, the writing, acting, everything was just perfect. I like the whole alternate timeline thing (that actually happened!) and the revelation about T.J. was shocking. Man. Syfy & MGM are STUPID for not wanting to do more episodes or a movie/mini-series of this. SGU is just an amazing series thats gotten better & better with each episode. I’m going to miss it a lot. *sigh*

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Are you sure Brody wasn’t channelling you, Joe? wink

And, yeah…I know…you have had a lot of troubles lately. Same here. Found a dead cat in my neighbor’s yard today (not the one that was sick a couple weeks ago – this one has been there for a while – hard to identify because it was in an advanced stage of decomp – mostly just tail left). It’s bad when finding a dead cat is the ‘highlight’ of the week. razz I think it’s something in the water. In fact, most everyone I know is being bombarded with troubles of some sort. Hope things brighten up for you, and for everyone else who’s been having problems lately.

Thanks for the info on the bugs. I never watched SG-1, so the bugs in The Defiant One really didn’t make much sense to me (of course, the fact that a couple upstarts from the Milky Way galaxy could just waltz in and take out a Wraith who had survived 10,000 years didn’t make much sense, either…but I digress… wink ).

das

Carol
Carol

Much rather have The Light than Prodigy….LOVED the Jack and Daniel scenes in The Light…loathed the whole storyline of Prodigy…

As for Absolute Power…Michael Shanks delivering as always!….in my top 10 Stargate episodes for sure!…

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

For you, Joey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVKKRzemX_w

smile

das

majorsal
majorsal

sam + jack = confirmation on sgu?

reveal they’re on their honeymoon in an sgu ep?

Randomness
Randomness

@Carl Binder

Epilogue was a great episode. It deserves the praise, you singlehandedly set up the perfect Stargate series with that one episode. Shame it’l never come to be but really, well done.

Color me impressed.

Randomness
Randomness

By this I mean, you could easily set up a Stargate series based on Novus by this episode alone, dunno if I’m the only one that thinks so, but it’s easily the perfect concept, as I said on the entry from the day before.

Humans + Stargate being common knowledge + potential exploration of that Galaxy = gold.

Pol

Hey Joe,

In April 21st’s Mailbag you wrote: “… In the coming weeks, I’ll offer a little insight into the [novelization of future movie scripts] (since Carl and Brad were working on Revolution, I defer to them on providing details on the SG-1 movie)…”

Just keeping it on your rader! Thanks, as always, for the fantastic memories of SG1 that you’re sharing with us.

As you know, I’m firmly in the S/J got together post-Threads camp.

Best,
Pol

SteveG1
SteveG1

Joe,

SGU s2e18 again was awesome last night.

I just don’t get it with MGM, SYFY(realityTV, wresteling, cooking) Channel, this show is obivously on the wrong channel in the states

Over here in Scotland we have SGU on our leading entertainment satelite channel as is where Stargate’s always been. Stargate is huge over here although again with the veiwing figures you would never have guessed, Torrents, DVR, DVD recording, all modern tech that totally gives you no-idea how many people actually watch the show, untill you speak to folks online or in the street, so to speak. SGU is massive with a massive following, I don’t really care what anyone says, MGM’s DVD figures prove how big it is.

I remember when Syfy was Sci-fi channel(in more ways than just name), it was a piddly little outfit that the best they could put out was outer-limits, it was a crap channel, now, thanks to you guys at Stargate, Syfy is a global brand that is surely at it’s current pace is going backwards too becoming a piddly little outfit again.

I read Craig Engler from Syfy on Twitter and I quote “we at Syfy love Stargate”. Bloody funny way of showing it.

Anyway lovin the memory lane stuff. It’s good to see and read about your early Stargate days.

No-Luck with that car eh? Parking meters are well placed, it’s like a militry planny startegy to maximise income. Pay up or your getting it 1 way or another.

I’m going to miss you guys I’ve been watching Stargate from day 1 when I was 22yrs old nearly my whole adult life

SaveSGU

Randomness
Randomness

Mondays ratings.
See Sanctuarys.

Stargate Universe (SYFY, 9pm)
– 1.092 million viewers
– 0.7/1 HH
– 0.4/1 A18-49

Sanctuary (SYFY)
– 0.868 million viewers
– 0.6/1 HH
– 0.2/1 A18-49

Oh dear, Syfy is having a hard time of it arent they? Virtually all their shows are failing on multiple days besides Eureka and Warehouse 13.

But Yay for a rise in the numbers for SGU.

*Dies a little inside for Sanctuary.. sucks for them*

Ultracurious
Ultracurious

I like The Light…I thought Shanks put in a pretty great preformance. And I loved the scene with Sam and Jack walking on the beach when she ripped him a new one – a short, but super-funny scene.

As for traffic – I thought the “Construction Season” was local to Alberta wink

Penny
Penny

@Das: dead cat with advance decomp = ewww!! Is your neighbour going to take care of that problem?? YUCK!!

@Joe: I haven’t been watching the last episodes… Sad that it’s ending so i’m waiting for the season to come to Blu-Ray so I can buy both seasons and have a marathon weekend and watch all episodes smile

Susan TTT

More doggie stories please – the antics of dogs and cats (and other non-humans) amuse me.

Being regularly manipulated and bullied by two cats perhaps I need to know that others suffer from this problem. However maybe the fact that my two are siblings might explain why the are currently trying to kill each other.

wink

MNP
MNP

One of the things that always bothered me was the Prodigy episode and its sequel but I’ll say more about that if/when it’s covered.

Anyhow, specific to Hailey in particular, I always thought this was a missed opportunity. I don’t know if it would have been highly unorthodox to do this, but from the perspective of an ensemble show, if would have been nice if Hailey (or say a more likeable version) had progressed from this episode and eventually replaced Carter in the later seasons. Not that I have anything bad to say about Amanda Tapping it’s just for a story perspective Carter is too valuable to risk on missions after Season 8.

Since I would always hope SG-1 would go on forever, I would have liked to see an interchanging cast. First Jonas replaces Daniel completely, then a few years later, Mitchell for Jack and then Hailey for Carter so that eventually you have a whole new team but they’ve come on gradually and the audience has liked them. I mean obviously for contractual reasons and such you couldn’t do that. But I think such a thing would have been more realistic. It’s not really something that is anyone’s fault though.

Lou Zucaro

We REALLY loved this week’s episode! I’m usually a fan of “what if” episodes in sci-fi, that show potential or alternate timelines / existences for the characters, and this two parter was one of the best I can remember from any show.

In part, because of how you balanced the “other them” stuff with what was going on right now and the stuff with T.J., which Alaina Huffman played in brilliantly heartbreaking fashion. Ouch.

Such a strong couple of eps, really.

Joe, if you’re annoyed with the construction / traffic in Toronto, do yourself a favor and don’t visit us here in Chicago. Not that you wouldn’t love the food, etc., but the old saying about Chicago is that we have two seasons: Winter and Construction. And that saying is fairly accurate. Miles and miles and miles of highway with 75% of the lanes closed off and not a soul in sight working on anything.

And this from a state that collects well over $1 million / day just from toll money.

The script colors are ridiculous. I know that my colorblindness means that I could never have joined the Air Force, but, really?! I could never work on a TV show as a writer, either?!

Lame.

shiloh
shiloh

Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the trip back in time with the memories of SG1. Brining up a lot of good times. It makes me want to dig out my DVDs.

You’re so right about how nice a final episode Epilogue would have made. That ran through my mind last night. Ah, well. Great episode, though. The scenes with Eli, so lonely, just tore at my heart – but not nearly so much as the two scenes when he had to tell TJ first that there was only a one-in-three chance of downloading the cure, and then that it didn’t happen. And TJ’s scenes, too. Both actors did an amazing job. Also amazing was the old age makeup. The craft has come a long way since Season 1 and old Jack. Great epi all around.

Daniel

I guess I have to throw in the season 4 DVD that has Prodigy, and re-watch it. I remember liking that episode. One of the things that stood out was seeing Carter outside of the SGC and the respect/admiration she got from other Air Force officers. I thought it was a cool chance to see her outside of her normal surroundings which gave a bigger picture of who she was. And the arguments (especially at the end) with Hailey were great. The fact that either one of them could be right, yet we’ll never know… I don’t know, I dug it. Guess I’m weird.

DALLAS MARSHALL
DALLAS MARSHALL

Say, for example, that SGU continues in comic book form. Would one million readers be enough to keep a comic book alive? We were told that 2.5 million was the number needed to get SyFy to give us a season 3, but what about other mediums? A TV cartoon format, for example. What kind of numbers would that require? Thank you.

alan
alan

Joe – SGU is such an artistically great show and my hat goes off to you and the team for the writing. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching every single episode of Stargate ever. This last season of SGU is so well written and both me and my wife are sad to see it end. I really hope you can pull a mini-series together and get it done. Better still, wait 2 years and make a series of block buster movies like the old Star Treks.. JJ Abraham style. Stargate has sooo much more to offer.

I know SYFY is trying to re-invent themselves, but killing the Friday spot of great SYFY shows has got to be one of the biggest mistakes. Remember the days of SGU and Atlantis back to back! Wow.. this is really premature to end SGU. It should have gone on at least one more season.

No more shows there for me to watch there now. Best of luck.

Kimmy
Kimmy

Kudos to Carl for a tremendous episode. Everyone deserves much praise for Epilogue. These last two episodes have been brilliant. I’ve watched them multiple times, crying & laughing on the edge of my seat.

TJ’s illness – didn’t see that coming. Young going back for Varro – great character moment. Brody’s fear of being stuck on planet and anger with Eli. I had great fun trying to figure out who connected with whom for baby time. Eli & Corp Barnes – not a combo that sprouted to mind. Lovely episode. I’ll miss SGU terribly.

Carole
Carole

Hi Joe, loved Prodigy. Lots of truth in the behavior of Hailey’s immature female genius. Adolescents that bright frequently aren’t people-persons, so the storyline and portrayal really rang true to me. Pleasantly, she definitely wasn’t a Mary Sue character either

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Penny – No worries – Animal Control came out and picked up the cat. The cat was inside a cat house under some bushes around my neighbor’s house. I could only see the tail, and didn’t want to disturb the remains until animal control came out. When the guy came he wouldn’t let me see it, which sort makes me mad (it’s not like I haven’t seen dead animals in advanced stages of decomposition before – hell, I’ve bleached skulls and stuff – no biggie). I really wanted to know which cat it was, and I can only guess it was the one we called ‘Front Yard’, because he hung out in the front yard. razz Poor kitty…I guess maybe he was hit by a car or something, ran into the little shelter, and died.

Speaking of death, I just learned that my favorite shantyman – Johnny Collins – died a couple years ago. sad The man had a magnificent voice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ce2ZR_dTyQ

Here’s a group lip-synching to Johnny’s Fire Marengo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voYnAuh7Yhs

I say they are lip-synching because I have that song by Johnny on two different CDs, and it sounds exactly the same as what those guys are ‘singing’. Anyway, I just love his voice in that song, but he could also do a very soft, lilting voice if the song called for it. His rendition of The Wild Goose is just beautiful – you can hear a sample of it here: http://www.amazon.com/Shanties-Songs-Sea-Johnny-Collins/dp/B00001OHA5/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_2

Oh well, no one lives forever.

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

It sounds like you are working on material for the second book already. the first of course being the compilation of these SG memories into a photo-heavy volume for we, your faithful readers.At a reasonable profit margin. The second will be about your Transporter years. I figure if the show makes it five seasons you’ll have about 17 chapters on life and living in Toronto, and chapters 18-22 on the show. I can only guess you are balancing some karmic scale with your current travails. Or accruing good karma for the future.
As far as siffy channel, I think I’m going to just put a parental block on them. Their continued programming decisions have just shown they have no interest in viewers fitting my own demographics, so I’ll save them the bother. I will wait until SGU finishes airing, but anything else worthwhile they might produce I’ll just wait to see on dvd. Perhaps others here will decide to take the same course of action.
Anyways, thanks for the latest installment, and wishing everyone in storm/flood ravaged areas the best.