Wow.  Over the past few days, this blog has averaged a little over 15 000 daily views.  And this without a single gratuitous cute dog picture!

Well, so as to not tempt fate any further –

Okay.  With that out of the way, onto the business of this blog.

Those of you who took part in our book of the month discussion on Marjorie M. Liu’s The Iron Hunt no doubt: a) enjoyed the book and, b) have been wondering “Hey, what happened to the promised author Q&A?”.  Well, as it turns out, our guest authors are busy people – which is why, whenever I send the reader questions their way, I assure them they are free to deliver the responses at their earliest conveniences.  Being a writer, you’re faced with looming deadlines at every turn, so I don’t want these Q&A’s to prove similarly daunting. Instead, I want them to be something to be savored over the course of a few hours spent in the comforting darkness of a den or basement while the sunny outdoors beckon.  It builds character, y’know?

Anyway, after weathering a perfect storm of deadlines, Majorie recently surfaced to complete her Q&A.  Thanks to Marjorie for taking the time. And, also thanks to Marjorie for being such a huge fan of the show (October 2, 2010: Your Affable Host! Tia Carrere! Marjorie M. Liu!).

Antisocialbutterflie writes: “Questions for Marjorie: 1) Where did the inspirations for the demon tattoos come from?”

MML: I watched a documentary on tattoos — specifically, full-body tattoos — and found them eerie and beautiful, and strangely alive.  Boom!  The story was born.  Maxine was there in a moment, and so were the boys.  I knew certain facts about them from the beginning, but much of the series mythology spun out as I wrote, in an organic fashion.  

“2) I’m not sure how to ask this without sounding snotty, so I will just say it. How do you find so many original ideas in a genre flooded with cliche and pandering to audience expectation? Thank you for such a refreshing read.”

MML: Actually, I think there are many original ideas within the urban fantasy genre.  The most any of us can do, as writers, is just reach deep within and tell the story of our hearts, whatever that is.  Told with enough passion and skill, any story becomes new and fresh.  I thought I was done with vampires, for example, but I’m reading Christopher Farnsworth’s ‘Blood Oath’ and loving it.  

Terryb writes: “I noticed that no non-supernatural or non-damaged human characters are in the close circle of people with whom Maxine interacts. (Or if they are, I don’t remember them). Was that a conscious decision? Why not provide one traditional human?”

MML: That was not a conscious decision.  I wrote, and my brain kept presenting one character after another, all with their own particularly odd lives and vibes. There’s a purpose to each of them, however, which is revealed over the course of the series.  Mary, for example, is not at all what she seems.  Neither is Maxine, for that matter.  

“Was this book first conceived as a self-contained story or did you always plan to do a series? In building a world as complex as this one, how far out into the story do you plan the plot? Does the plan change much once you start writing?”

MML: I did not plan on writing a series.  I wrote a novella, ‘Hunter Kiss’, for a paranormal romance anthology — and that was the story that introduced Maxine and Grant, and the boys.  After that was finished, however, I felt strongly that I had only touched the tip of the iceberg, as far as those characters were concerned.  I wrote a brief proposal for a series, and my agent sold it at auction.  

As for the world-building of this series, I did not plan ahead when I first started out.  I had certain ideas in my head, and as I wrote they came alive, gathered momentum, and took on lives of their own.  It has been that way with each of the books — usually, with so much bubbling, I can’t get it all down on the page.

Sometimes I have to hold back parts for upcoming books, otherwise the story-lines would be even more crammed and crazy.  

And yes, the plans always change as I start writing.  In fact, there’s no such thing as a real plan.  Just playing it by ear.

Cherluvya writes: “Marjorie…your book is amazing. I will admit it is my first zombie read…and I thought Joe’s write-up was very reflective of what I felt.

My thoughts would often return to Maxine’s tattoos. How she was endeared to them. Do you have tattoos of special meaning? I kept thinking that there was a connection between this brilliant fresh look at tattoos being more than ink.  Wonderful read..enjoyed much of it on a plane far above the earth. *smiles* Thank you…”

MML: Thank you very much for those kind words.  I don’t have tattoos, actually.  Maybe, if I ever had a message, a personal story that meant enough to me, I might get a tattoo — but otherwise, no.  I think that marking one’s body is a profound statement.  You’ve got something to say that’s so important to you, you’re willing to brand your body with it.  

Ponytail writes: “1. I read you loved reading the Laura Ingalls’ Little House on the Praire books. (Me too!) How did you go from that to Hunter Kiss and The Iron Hunt? Did you think Laura had a dark side or something?”

MML: Ha!  No, I don’t think Laura has a dark side (well, no more than the rest of us).  I’ve always read everything on hand, so moving from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ to ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, and onward to other fantasy novels and mysteries wasn’t so much of a leap.  

“2. I love to ask authors…how old were you when you wrote your first story and  what was it about?”

MML: I was tiny!  I can’t remember the exact age, but maybe around three or four.  My mom gave me a little journal with an orange cat on the cover.  I started writing a story about a kitten, though I didn’t quite finish it.  That was the start, though.  I was telling stories before that, however — out loud, with my dolls.

Most kids do. I guess I had an extreme case that just wouldn’t quit.

“3. I also purchased and will be reading Darkness Calls. What can I expect from this book?”

MML: More answers about Grant and Maxine (along with Mary and Jack).  More mysteries, too, some of which will be answered in the third novel, ‘A Wild Light’.  

“4. Who was/is the biggest influence in your style of writing and choice of subjects?”

MML: Every book I read influences me to some degree — but some influences certainly run deeper than others.  I will say this: I had an English teacher in college, Professor Fritzell, who taught a non-fiction essay writing course that made me look at words in a completely different way.  As a writer, he was very important to me.  Regarding my choice of subjects, there’s no rhyme or reason.  Though I do love to spice my stories with the otherworldly.  

Kellyk writes: “1. Cast the Iron Hunt movie.  Who is playing Maxine?  Grant?  Byron?  And most important of all, who is doing the voice of Zee?”

MML: Oh, so hard!  Rather than give you names of actresses, the woman who plays Maxine would have to give off a vibe that is tough and smart, and secretly tender. For Grant?  So difficult!  Same with Byron.  Again, the ability to express the qualities of the character would matter more than the appearance.  Zee’s voice, though…I imagine it as cross between a whisper and rasp, a scratchy voice that is quiet, commanding, but not deep in pitch.  Medium range.  If someone can pull that off, and give it soul, and personality…

“2. What kind of books did you enjoy reading as a child?  And what kind of books do you enjoy reading now?”

MML: I read everything as a child.  Nothing has really changed.  I will say, though, that I’ve always been partial to stories with a bit of magic in them. 

Sparrow_hawk writes: “Ms. Liu: Reading new books is always an adventure. Sometimes I discover a new world with new characters that I care enough about to read the next book in the series. Sometimes I find a new author who’s writing style I really enjoy. It’s really nice when both of those things happen at the same time – which they did with The Iron Hunt. Thanks for a very entertaining book! I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories.”

MML:Thank you very much for those kind words.

“My questions: 1. It’s fun reading a new twist on old legends. How did you decide to bring The Wild Hunt into your story?”

MML: The original Hunter Kiss novel was heavy with Celtic mythology, but the first draft of the story just wasn’t right.  When I rewrote it, many of those elements were stripped away, but the idea of the hunt, that it’s a force for good or evil — depending on who is leading it — remained a theme, one I’ve carried over into each book.  Maxine is a hunter, but not only that, she is the leader of the hunt — the heart that guides this primal power — which is something that becomes more important as the series continues.  

2. Oturu is very cool in a classically mysterious kind of way: rippling cape, wide-brimmed hat, and all. Was there a particular inspiration for him? For any of the other demons?”

MML: I had a dream, actually, that involved some very odd things.  Oturu was one of them.  Exactly as I described him in the books.  It was an old dream, and I had written that character into another story that never went anywhere. Until ‘The Iron Hunt’.  And suddenly he was perfect.  He was absolutely perfect for the book.

Tim C. writes: “How long have you been a Stargate fan and are the rumors true?  Are you a TJ/Varro shipper?  What was it like to visit the set and what was the high point of the tour?  Do you think The Iron Hunt would make a good television series?”

MML: I’ve been a Stargate fan since the movie, and I watched the television show from the very beginning.  I got my whole family into it, actually.  I’ve enjoyed each of the series (‘enjoyed’ is an understatement, because if I really turned myself loose right now, I’d turn into a crazy screaming fangirl), and I was incredibly disappointed (heartbroken) and saddened (bitter) to learn that Stargate Universe had been cancelled.  

The series finale?  KILLED ME.  That last scene?  Oh, man.  I can’t even tell you.  It was beautiful.  I am going to miss this show like a…a crazy screaming fangirl. 

And yes, I’m a HUGE TJ/Varro shipper, and I wanted to know how they ended up!  I wanted to know what happened with all the characters.  I was so invested in all of them.   

Do I think ‘The Iron Hunt’ would make a good television show?  That would depend on the writers and actors, I suppose!  I’d like to think so, though.

Scott_land writes: “Are there only 3 and is there going to be more to this series?”

MML: There are already three full length novels and two novellas — plus two more novels planned.  I don’t know if there will be more after that.  The next release will be called ‘The Mortal Bone’, out at the end of this year.  It will take place a month after the events of ‘A Wild Light’.  If you want more information, or would like to keep up to date with my novels and comic book work for Marvel, feel free to check out my blog:  http://marjoriemliu.com/blog/

And thank you all for such lovely questions, and for taking the time to read ‘The Iron Hunt’.  

For more on Marjorie, head on over to her blog.  In addition to her many novels, you might also want to check out her past comic book work on such titles as Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, X-23, and NYX: No Way Home.  Oh, and she’s got a mighty awesome short story in the Masked superhero-themed anthology which also features contributions by the likes of Gail Simone, Paul Cornell, Matthew Sturges, Daryl Gregory, James Maxey, Mark Chadbourn, Bill Willingham, Ian McDonald, Peter David & Kathleen David, Chris Roberson, Stephen Baxter, Mike Baron, Mike Carey, and yours truly [“Downfall”]: Amazon.com: Masked (9781439168820): Lou Anders: Books

Reflecting back on Stargate: SG-1’s sixth season, I can honestly say it was a challenging year.  With the departure of Michael Shanks, actor Corin Nemec had some mighty big shoes to fill and, to some fans, it didn’t really matter how successful we were in finding a place for his character, Jonas.  At the end of the day, he wasn’t Daniel Jackson. While I initially sympathized with the fans (I’d enjoyed writing for Daniel Jackson and did feel his loss), it became increasingly difficult to maintain a polite online discussion on the subject.  They were upset because Daniel was no longer a part of the show.  I understood it wasn’t the same for them but, realistically, it was the actor’s decision to leave the show, not ours.  They countered that the actor wouldn’t have left the show had we made more of a concerted effort to focus on his character.  My answer to that I already outlined in a previous entry – we simply saw the show differently.  To them, the show revolved around the relationship between Jack and Daniel.  To me, the team was the heart of the show.  Anyway, I won’t go into the details of the “lively debate” that followed but, suffice it to say, it was always interesting.

And it became even more interesting when, six episodes into the show’s sixth season, actor Michael Shanks returned for a guest spot…

ABYSS (606)

This was a great episode for all sorts of reasons, but chiefest among them was the terrific onscreen dynamic between RDA and Michael.  I know that both of them had a great time, as did Brad Wright who wrote and produced Abyss.  Brad, as the show’s co-creator and longtime show runner, had written some of the best Jack-Daniel scenes in the series, so I was surprised and disappointed when angry fans targeted him.  I thought it immensely unfair given all he had done to build the friendship between the two characters but, this business, it’s often less of “Thanks for what you did for us in the past.” and more of “What have you done for me lately?”.

One issue I had with the script was the idea of Jack being killed, then brought back from the dead.  I thought it opened a can of worms re: memories of the afterlife.  I was told the ship had sailed on that particular subject.  I don’t know if I agree.  I always considered ascension a very different matter, an experience specific to an isolated group.

SHADOWPLAY (607)

When Dean Stockwell came to Vancouver to guest on the show, Brad took advantage of the gorgeous summer weather to treat him to a round of golf. Apparently, they spent their afternoon enjoying the game and chatting about Married to the Mob.  Most of the Stargate producers were avid golfers (Brad, Rob, Paul, John Smith, Michael Greenburg) and so, over the course of my many years on the franchise, I had to put up with endless Monday morning chatter about everything from everyone’s weekend scores to rehashings of recent airings on what I refer to as the Old Golf Channel.  It became so annoying for me that I started to follow Japanese Professional Baseball (Pro Yakyu) just so I could interject equally annoying details about teams like the Orix Blue Wave, the Nippon Ham Fighters, and the Yakult Swallows.

THE OTHER GUYS (608)

This was the script that earned Damian Kindler a spot on the writing staff and it was one of my favorites.  The episode was tons of fun and ur guest stars, John Billingsley and Patrick McKenna, were terrific.

One memory I have connected to this episode doesn’t have anything to do with this episode at all.  While prepping The Other Guys, a couple of guys from the VFX department came by the office.  One was wearing the greatest Stargate t-shirt I’ve ever seen.  It had a finger pointing off to the right and, below it, the text: “I’M WITH SHOL’VA”.

Early in the episode, O’Neill asks Teal’c who he likes for the cup.  Teal’c responds: “I believe the Canucks of Vancouver are superior warriors.” During the Vancouver Canucks playoff run of that year, that clip was played several times on the jumbotron.

ALLEGIANCE (609)

Hmmm.  This one’s a bit of a blur but for two things: 1. The Rambo-esque sequence of O’Neill’s 360 degree machinegun turn that, believe it or not, was at least three times as logn in the director’s cut, and 2.The hokey ending: “This single blade did what we could not. It has brought us together.”  Ouch.

CURE (610)

The thing that drove me nuts about this episode was the big Egeria reveal near episode’s end that comes about as a result of Jonas FINALLY and conveniently coming across the text in the underground chamber.  Whenever I watched that scene in dailies, all I could think was: “Man, if you could’ve just started with that particular section instead of saving it for later, things would’ve gone a whole lot easier.”

PROMETHEUS (611)

Richard Dean Anderson was an Executive Producer on the show and liked to read and provide notes on all of the scripts.  I remember getting a script back from him once and Paul being delighted by how much Rick obviously liked it.  “Look at all the check marks!”he pointed out.  “Check marks are bad,”Rob informed him.  Oh.

Well, let’s just say this script got A LOT of check marks.  Rick greatly objected to the basic premise – that a group could actually steal an Earth ship.   As a result and to spare his character any potential blame, the script was rewritten so that O’Neill wasn’t anywhere near the Prometheus when it was taken.  So passionate was his opinion that, in the scene in which he dresses someone down for allowing the ship to get grabbed, I swore he was actually channeling himself.

Mailbag:

RFVDevil writes: “Frankly, I agree with you Joe. A response from SyFy to the fans was not nessecary and IMO is more of an acknowledgement / justification that they screwed up and that the execs are trying to cover their own arse in explaining why the show was canceled. The Stargate Franchise has been airing on SyFy for 10 years and for the most part served as their bread and butter.”

Answer: Let’s be fair.  Like I said yesterday, television is a business.  It’s unfair to expect the network to pick up a third season of a show if it doesn’t make financial sense to them.  But it’s equally unfair to make a case for cancellation by comparing SGU’s performance unfavorably to shows that had the benefit of airing in the summer or were less impacted by downloads and DVR usage.

Sam/Martouf writes: “Could you please give some details about the characters such as: birthdates, birthplaces, heights, weights, etc”

Answer: Sorry.  We didn’t flesh out each character’s backstory to that detailed extent.  I’ll have Carl Binder get on this.

Sam/Martouf also writes: “What was the “Blueberry’s” plan(s) for Chloe?”

Answer: The plan was to eventually use her to amass as much information about the Destiny’s systems as possible and then, eventually, use her to gain access to the ship.

“What did they do to her body in the first place?”

Answer: They implanted her with an alien virus that slowly mutated, taking over her mind and body and acting as an organic satellite.  Once the mutation was complete, she would have been entirely under their control.

“Why didn’t the crew check out the crates, to see if there were more spare parts for the Destiny?”

Answer: They did check out the crates – and several unexplored sections.  We simply didn’t see them search and come up empty.

“After all these years, why did you just skip over how the gates are made, like it was not that important to anyone?”

Answer: There was never a story point that required us to see the gates being manufactured.  By the time we found the seed ship in Awakening, it was long dormant.

“How come no one ever really did anything about the Furlings?”

Answer: I think part of the reason was their unfortunate name.  We considered doing a story about them just so that we could introduce them as some tall, gaunt, morose alien life forms, totally different from short, furry, lovable creatures that would invariably come to mind.

Mike writes: “By the way, the ship concepts look amazing. Did you give the artist a rough idea about what you wanted and they just went with it, or did they come to you with their thoughts and you approved/disproved them?”

Answer: I gave a fairly vague description in the script and Gary took it from there.  The design is all him.

William Francais writes: “was there ever any intention to have any humanoid races in SGU world?”

Answer: Yes.  As I said in a previous entry, the plan was to encounter more off-shoot civilizations that originated from the crew’s descendants.

max writes: “Joe, do you believe some of the problems is that the 3 SG series catered to an aging audience? […] In hindsight, if this is true, would you have casted even younger actors to make the SG shows more appealing to that younger demographics?”

Answer: I don’t think so, and I don’t know how much younger you could cast without running into problems “not being out late on a school night”.

SZL writes: “1. There would have been a chance that way, that Atlantis going after the Destiny with the star-drive?”

Answer: Nope.  In the movie, Stargate: Extinction, the wormhole drive gets fried and, thus, rendered useless.

“2. If the destiny is the oldest technology, then how’s that he has a rotating gate? :)

Answer: Good question for whoever designed it, either Production Designer James Robbins or the Ancients.

“3. Why did the blue aliens leave the destiny in peace?”

Answer: Because they had retrieved all the information they needed from Chloe when they divested her of the alien virus.

“4. What happens then, if from the home dial, while the destiny is between the two galaxies yet?”

Answer: Sorry.  I don’t understand the question.

“5. Eli’s smile means that there is not everything yet on his end disappearing regarding the continuation?”

Answer: I think it means he’s come to the realization that, despite how dire the situation, he’s where he truly wants to be.

J514 writes: “havnt heard about rob cooper lately… is he still working on the transporter with you and paul?”

Answer: Yes, he is – among many other projects.  Stay tuned!

Elliott writes: “1.) What happened to Franklin’s body? I know that his mind became part of the Destiny AI (or something to that effect, like you said in a previous post), but I was just wondering what happened to his body.”

Answer: His physical being was either absorbed as well or atomized.

“2.) Can you give us any more information on the blue aliens or the Ursini? Where they came from, what they wanted, would we have seen them again and in what capacity?”

Answer: I believe I already covered this in a previous response.  The blue aliens had designs on Destiny and were using Chloe to gather information on the ship’s systems.  The Ursini were the remnants of what we discover is a long-dead race, wiped out by the drones.

“3.) You discussed the planet builders in this post; why were they helping the Destiny crew (creating Eden, sending Caine etc back)? What did they hope to gain from it? And if they weren’t helping us, what were they doing?”

Answer: I believe that they felt some responsibility for the death of the Destiny crew and sought to make amends by restoring them and returning them to the ship.  Given what we know about the planet builders, it’s highly probable that this was also part of an experiment to learn more about humans and Destiny itself.

“4.) I understand not revealing what the ultimate end for the show was, but can you talk about how Destiny played into the CMBR message? How did it gather the data, and what role did it play in understand what it meant?”

Answer: Again, there’s not much I can reveal on the subject.  This is a question for Brad and/or Robert.

“5.) Were there ever any plans to show flashbacks to the building and the launching of Destiny and the seed ships?”

Answer: Yes.  I tossed around a time travel idea that either would have seen the crew shifting back to the past or the Ancients of the past shifting forward to the present.  What was causing the shift, what it influenced, and how the problem was solved were aspects of the story I never got around to figuring out.

John T. Williams writes: “Just wanted to ask if the statis chambers aboard Destiny are different to those found in Atlantis and other ancient outposts?”

Answer: They’re different.

James writes: “Also forgot to ask do you know if a OST (soundtrack) for Stargate Universe is coming out soon?”

Answer: Sorry, no idea.  I’ll drop Joel Goldsmith an email this week and ask him.  Remind me!

Prior_of_the_Ori writes: “I will keep an eye out on Dark Matter. Will there be any information about the setting?”

Answer: Eventually, yes. Keep checking out this blog for more info.

Prior_of_the_Ori also writes: “Going through the old notes you mentioned on AU Season 6, you mentioned that Atlantis was going to get trapped into a bubble universe whereupon there would be a resurgent Wraith threat due to the actions of a mysterious new ally. Who was this ally going to be anyway? Would this have been seen in Extinction in some capacity? Not the bubble universe but the mysterious new allies.”

Answer: Hmmm.  I’m afraid this one is lost to time.  If I get my hands on my old laptop (back in Vancouver), I’ll be able to look up the details for you.

Rhyney writes: “Why is nether SyFy nor MGM interested in Extinction an Revolution as well as the two SGU movies, despite the fact the moves cost money and need good viewer ratings?”

Answer: Uh, I’m going to say the fact that the movies cost money and the show requires good viewer ratings.

Lou Zucaro writes: “Joe, when you say that your idea for the planet builders included that they didn’t evolve from a physical form like ours, can you elaborate on that? Were they energy beings? Mechanical? Or just a lifeform vastly different than humans / humanoids?”

Answer: We never got that far, but I envisioned them as lifeforms vastly different than humans.

mike mcginnis writes: “Isn’t syfy obligated to produce stargate extinction because they promised SGA would be followed by at least 1 2 hour direct to DVD movie? Is there any legal action that can be taken?”

Answer: Afraid not.  For what it’s worth, I think all the parties had every intention of doing a movie.  And then the DVD market collapsed.

Gilder writes: “Joe, just for fun, does WordPress give you stats on your posters’ locations?”

Answer: Nope, but I do receive updates on new subscribers to the blog that offer details.  I’ve been picking up a lot lately and from all over.

Beau O’Brien writes: “My quick question is, Is it a possibility to return SGU in a Novel Series perhaps? Or is it just up to MGM?”

Answer: Again, up to MGM.

sparced writes: “Did aliens really take TJ’s baby and what would have happened with the rest of that baby storyline?”

Answer: We left it purposely vague but, given everything we know, it’s more than likely that Destiny was responsible for T.J.’s vision in the season two premiere.

Donna S writes: “Anyway, I explained that you had blogged about it & I tried to put a link to your blog but it keeps disappearing. Do you know why this is?”

Answer: Sorry, no idea.

Jade writes: “1. Do SyFy count live views from other countries such as the UK?”

Answer: No because the network makes money selling ad time to advertisers who depend on American viewers to watch the show live – and catch the commercials.

“2. Did you have any intention in pursuing TJ’s baby storyline?”

Answer: Aside from the repercussions of the loss, no.

“3. Given that TJ was the only medic onboard destiny why wasnt she making trips to earth to improve her medical knowledge?”

Answer: Yes, she was.  In fact, we were considering doing a story that, at least in part, focused on this.

“4. Would Varro have been a big part of season 3?”

Answer: Yes, he would have found a place as a regular member of the crew.

scottland7 writes: “Who would you suggest the fans could go to read comments by MGM?”

Answer: I would suggest leaving comments on the official Stargate website which is managed by MGM.

Mo Restrepo writes: ” Was the introduction of the Ancients considered at any point during the originally planned 5-year run of the series?”

Answer: Yes, it had been considered.

Bryan M. White writes: “How is the casting for Transporter going? Any chance you could tell us what network or cable channel we can look forward to watching that on?”

Answer: Big announcement coming up.  Watch for it!

Randomness writes: “Or if you’re wanting to do a Scifi type show, aim for something like Planetes, Crest/Banner of the Stars, or Infinite Ryvius.

Or Black Lagoon, any of those would make me happy to see.”

Answer: Loved them all.  Coincidentally, I happen to be wearing my Black Lagoon t-shirt today.

max writes: “In your opinion, is Rush’s character capable of murdering the whole crew just to get to the end of destiny’s exploration mission?”

Answer: In my opinion, no.

Charles Dockham writes: “Not to be just another comment in the crowd and I kind of hope this one actually gets read by one of the writers, but why haven’t you thought of using atlantis?”

Answer: Atlantis would certainly have the capability to dial Destiny (as would most any gate) but it wouldn’t have the power necessary to complete the connection.

Jimbo writes: “However, it’s killing me not knowing. Is there anyway to contact- or have myself contacted by- Brad?”

Answer: I’ve extended an invitation to come by the blog and field fan questions.  Hopefully, once things have settled down and he has some free time…

kimmy writes: “In Common Descent, when Eli plays the kino footage of Young’s speech, did he also show Young the entire set that we saw of TJ giving birth to his son or just the speech? It wasn’t too clear for me. When Young find out that he & TJ did stay together on Novus if he wasn’t show the footage?”

Answer: It’s safe to assume that either Young did see the footage or he was told.

kimmy also writes: “In Twin Destinies, Rush stated that he was trying to buy them some time when crew went through Stargate after Telford. Did that mean Rush modified the wormhole direction to have it run closer to a solar flare? Thus enabling the crew to gate to desert planet 2000 years ”

Answer: No.  It just meant he was trying maintain the stability of the wormhole, allowing them the time to gate through (to Earth presumably).

Gurluas writes: “Would the Ori Supergate be able to dial Destiny due to it drawing power from a black hole? And does it still exist?”

Answer: Hmmm.  Good question.  Given the fact that a ZPM wouldn’t supply enough power, I’m not sure it would – as crazy as it sounds.

Darth Novos writes: “So I do have to ask a very important question, are you going to actually finish something that you start? Or are you just going to continue to disappoint your fans, because that is exactly what you are doing… with everything that has happened and how you have constantly let your fans down, why would any of us watch the next thing you come up with when we can just expect you to do it again? And you cannot sit there and say that it is all MGM’s fault, if you guys really wanted to continue this, then you guys would have put more into the pitch, you would not have taken “no” for an answer.”

Answer: Seriously, dude.  Time for a reality check.  After ten years of a show, in the case of SG-1, you will not get all the loose ends wrapped up, no matter how many movies you do.  In the case of Atlantis and Universe, we didn’t get the chance to wrap anything up because news of the cancellation came too late – and, quite frankly, even if it did come in time for us to rewrite the final episode, again, we’d have been hard-pressed to wrap everything up.  As for not taking no for an answer – what exactly would you have us do?  Stage a sit-in at the MGM offices?  Hijack the sets and produce a movie out of our own pockets and upload it to the internet before the studio catches on?  I look forward to your input.

Ize V. Spielman writes: “If Stargate Universe were to be continued in novel/comic form, is it safe to assume you’d be the first to tell us?”

Answer: Wish I could but it’s more than likely it would be someone else – either someone at MGM or whoever was hired to write the novel/comic book.

Archersangel writes: “now that you’re doing season 6 reminisces, will there be anything on might have happened to jonas if the character had been kept on?”

Answer: Wasn’t planning to but I’ll certainly consider it.

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Randomness

@Loved them all. Coincidentally, I happen to be wearing my Black Lagoon t-shirt today.

That’s great, speaking of which. Black Lagoon is probably one of the most adult and hard hitting stories ever created in the anime world, wouldn’t you agree Joe?

Some of the subjects it covers would be questionable if aired on American tv.

Such as what happened to the twins that went on the killing spree of balalaikas men, what she did to them, and the way that story ended.

Or the way they covered the Lagoon crew boarding the Nazi loyalists boat at the start of Season 1 pretty much wiping them out because they picked a fight with them whilst they were on a salvage mission.

Or the story at the end of Season 2, talking about the Russians vs the Yakuza, the way that big guy with the sword cuts off that trash talking guys hands and holds him down in the water to drown.

I would love so much to see this kinda show on TV in live action form but really, I don’t have a freaking clue what kind of network would want something so adult lol

I hope this was one of ths shows you were speaking about anyhow..

Bailey
Bailey

Yay! Fry the Wormhole Drive! And serve it on toast!

Can’t wait for your Transporter casting announcement!

Lisa R
Lisa R

Loved the dog picture!! And you most certainly don’t want to bring bad luck upon yourself if you can help it. wink

My favorites in the latest bunch of eps were: Abyss, The Other Guys, and Prometheus. Hubby has a couple of favorite lines from The Other Guys.
“I can’t believe that you don’t worship at the altar of Roddenberry.” “Coombs, oh look, it’s Coombs come to rescue us.” (not sure if the last one is an exact quote or not, but probably close enough)

We were cleaning out the garage today in preparation for a possible move and came across some Stargate coffee table books. It was nice to look through and reminicise about the show.

Have a good night!!

Shannon
Shannon

“Answer: We left it purposely vague but, given everything we know, it’s more than likely that Destiny was responsible for T.J.’s vision in the season two premiere.”

Just wondering if you can clarify here. Was it Destiny just trying to help TJ survive/cope or was this Destiny actively doing something (like, since it’s the latest fashion, uploading the baby to the Destiny computer)?

I was so sad that we didn’t get more TJ. She quickly became one of my favorite characters. I had the opportunity to meet Alaina at a convention last summer and that just added a whole new dimension.

Bryan M. White

Hello Joe

Thanks for answering our questions. I look forward to hearing more Transporter news in the coming weeks, as well as your SGA plans.

Also: MORE PUPPY PICS!!!

Best wishes,

Bryan

tidusspear08 (bjoern herzog)
tidusspear08 (bjoern herzog)

Hi Joe,

I have one last question (at least for now) about Stargate: Universe…

Did you have any plans to make Ginn a series regular? I loved the character and I also loved the fact that Eli wasn’t alone any longer.

nm
nm

Hey Joe,

You mentioned that the movies were scraped because of the dvd sales. I believe the two SG1 movies did quite well in sales, though I admit I have no idea how well they would have to do to be considered successful by MGM.
Assuming though that you are referring to the dvd market in general rather than specifically the SG1 sales figures, do you think if the movies could have been made within a year they would have been successful?
I always wondered about the delay and I believe back then the market was doing okay. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for doing this, it must take you ages to answer all the questions!

W

Darth Novos
Darth Novos

JOE WROTE :: Seriously, dude. Time for a reality check. After ten years of a show, in the case of SG-1, you will not get all the loose ends wrapped up, no matter how many movies you do. In the case of Atlantis and Universe, we didn’t get the chance to wrap anything up because news of the cancellation came too late – and, quite frankly, even if it did come in time for us to rewrite the final episode, again, we’d have been hard-pressed to wrap everything up. As for not taking no for an answer – what exactly would you have us do? Stage a sit-in at the MGM offices? Hijack the sets and produce a movie out of our own pockets and upload it to the internet before the studio catches on? I look forward to your input.

REPLY :: I would expect that you do not give up. As I said, if MGM will not finance anymore Stargate that find someone who will, there are hundreds of other studios that would be mad not to jump at this franchise. MGM may own the rights but there is nothing stopping you from talking to other people about possible deals. Lucasarts might even be interested in buying the franchise, and if MGM is desperate enough then they’ll take the deal.

The new studio gets movie and television deals, you guys get to continue with what you have made all of us love and adore for the last two decades, MGM makes a load of cash, the actors never have to chance being out of work and the fans are happy… everybody wins!

detanfy
detanfy

Hey Joe, thanks for all the responses.
I was wondering if you could clarify a few things from the mailbag that still leave me confused.

First of all, what exactly did the Blue Berry aliens want with Destiny. I know you said they are collecting information to try and take over, but what do they actually want with the old gal. Do they even know about Destiny and her ultimate mission?

How did the Blue Berry aliens discover Destiny?

Can you tell us about any of Destiny’s past experiences before the Icarus crew got on board? She seems to have been through a hell of a lot of battles. I would imagine she would have just been in FTL all this time and would only drop out to recharge, so why all the battle scars?

Are the Icarus crew the first to gate to Destiny since its launch?

What was the Ancients original plan when it came to going back to Destiny?

In your opinion, does Destiny belong to us? The Tau’ri, the smartest descendants of the Altereans, or does Destiny belong to the universe as a whole?

Finally, what do you think happened to alternate Rush when he sat in the chair? Did he become a part of Destiny like Franklin? was he able to finally learn everything he ever wanted?

How are things in the Anime front going? Did you ever get to watch Eureka 7, Darker than Black or Baccano?

sparced
sparced

I think i’ve officially run out of major questions for SGU. Thanks again Joe.

Can’t wait to find out your casting choice of Frank on the transporter. That’s got to be tough. Really loved all three movies (except the one time they scripted him to fly the car in roll to remove a bomb off the bottom using a crane).

BTW, darth novus wasn’t even worth replying too. It’s been widely covered how many months later Brad Wright stayed on to try and get something to work. Most of the real fans know how hard you guys worked to keep the show going. smile

max
max

Speaking of Anime, with the on-going nuclear crisis in Japan, are you hearing much talk of projects taking on increasing post-apocalypse themes?

James
James

Darth Novos, give it a break.

mike mcginnis
mike mcginnis

Just out of curiosity who was the moron who wrote the script where Beckett was killed off.

Also I always felt that Beckett should have been the one who finished him off, you know he created him he should finish him.

Also was there ever a plan to bring ford back for another episode?

mike mcginnis
mike mcginnis

My last comment said finish him off, I meant Michael there. Sorry bout that.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

@Darth Novus. Man, talking about the kettle and the pot. Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is? You want the shows that damned badly, finance them yourself. That’s what i’d do if I had the money. And if you are that fixated on the show, go out and make the money. Make the pitches. Heck. buy the rights to the show.
Mr. M. has made it clear that every effort was being made by BW to find a way to keep the franchise going. It didn’t work. If you have any other ideas, or a magic “make the world the way I want it to be” device use it. Meantime, we can’t expect writers, actors, directors,. cinematograhpers, grip boys, Fx specialists, and a few hundred other people to sit around and wait for a miracle. I hate the shows being off the air. But trying to beat up on one of the show’s producers, one who actually communicates with fans and not-admirers alike, isn’t going to change things. And get another clue. I used the word try in the last sentence, because Mr. M. is more than capable of giving you a verbal whipping that would leave you on life support. Just you’re luck he isn’t that easily provoked. So, if you’re for real, contact mission control on directions on how to return to Earth. If you’re a troll, enjoy the attention you’ve gotten cause you won’t get much more.
As for the rest of the post, another great job. Extra points for the Q&A,, which was an extremely pleasant suprise. As was the doggie pic. Thanks for another great post.

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

We always appreciate the dog pics. You should put one on every single entry. If you’re like me, you probably have tons of pics of the dogs. My cats sometimes hate the camera.

Can’t wait for the casting announcement.

Thanks again for the SG-1 reflections. RDA marked up the scripts? Bet that was “fun” to deal with. But hey, he was an executive producer. I’m so glad that many people, including you, considered SG-1 an ensemble show. Sam and Teal’c were just as much a part of that show as Daniel and Jack. I do have to say that Sam is one of my favorite characters in Stargate.

sparced
sparced

pic from James Bamford:

http://yfrog.com/hsk49pxj

(Ivon Bartok’s comment on the pic on that page is pretty funny)

Lou Zucaro

First off, I’d like to say that, although we at first thought “Are we going to like Stargate without Daniel?”, I think it took all of about 1/4 of the first episode with Jonas as a team member before we were like “Hey, this guy’s pretty good.”

I think you all did a great job of making him extremely likeable and relevant within the context of the team and the show.

Second, I’m finding it more and more difficult not to be snarky to some of the other posters on here.

But it’s your blog, so I’m holding my tongue, erm, fingers. With my other fingers.

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

hi Joe,
after reading a few of your recent entries, not sure what to write about.
I could talk about the SGU petition and the signature count that went up to 11184 .
The 2 auditions I have next week .
The fact that some actors have been very quiet since the cancellation of the show.
my opera singing.
Season 2 that is really good. What a shame….

Ponytail
Ponytail

A special Thank You! to the lovely Marjorie M. Liu for answering all those questions! It is always very cool to hear directly from the Author. It adds so much to the experience of reading the book. Thank you so much Joe for setting up these great Q&A’s.

“Question: “4. What happens then, if from the home dial, while the destiny is between the two galaxies yet?”

Answer: Sorry. I don’t understand the question.”

Well duh! What do you mean you don’t understand the question? Everybody knows thaaat! Even I know that one. It’s umm…you know…well…sort of…uhhhh…gosh…what am I trying to say…kinda like…I mean…ohhhh…shoot! I can’t believe you don’t understand! Come on Joe, just don’t let it happen again. smile

Jason
Jason

“As for not taking no for an answer – what exactly would you have us do? Stage a sit-in at the MGM offices? Hijack the sets and produce a movie out of our own pockets and upload it to the internet before the studio catches on? I look forward to your input.”

Yes, actually that would be cool. Hurry up before they tear down all the sets. ok? Thanks.

Andrew Jung
Andrew Jung

May I ask a few SG questions? Thank you in advance for taking the time.

• Being from Vancouver Island, would you have ever considered doing an SG shoot on the island, or other parts of BC outside of the Lower Mainland; like the Okanagan desert? Or was budget always a factor. Just that the scenery in many of the episodes were, well, the same West Coast forests.

• How is Richard Dean Anderson feeling about the end of SG? The rest of the original SG-1 crew?

• Was there ever any talk about having a point where the Stargate actually became public knowledge and start using the gates and ships for colonization? Or was it always to be kept a secret.

• And while where on that subject, and most importantly; in Yaletown, Vancouver; speak truthfully now… Isn’t this really the real Stargate hidden in plain site? http://bit.ly/jhdkQi There’s a DHD hidden in one of those “light” boxes too, right?

Thanks and best regards,
My wife and I really loved the shows and wished it never ended. But if I can figure out that DHD… we can have our own adventures! smile

Andrew & Sunny

C.S. Hander
C.S. Hander

I just finished watching a rerun of Covenant, and I was just wondering if there had ever been any thought of an episode where things start to be revealed to the public? I had this thought of William Devane giving a speech and then the Hammond descending behind him or something cool like that.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Sorry Joe but like Lou Zucaro, all these Stargate questions are starting to make me loopy.

I’m getting very upset because back when they cancelled Bonanza I did not protest. But I was just a little girl!!! What could I do?!! What did I know?!! I didn’t even think to pester the network, producers, or writers. Nobody had personal computers back then! Was there a chance I could have made them uncancel Bonanza? It was my very first favorite show, for gosh sakes! And they cancelled it!!

There were so many loose ends. Would Little Joe ever marry without his wife being immediately killed off? Was it possible she could live to be in the next episode? Would he ever have Little-er Joes? Pa needed grandchildren! Would those damn writers ever allow that?

Would Hoss ever fall in love with someone other than a widow woman, whom he had accidentally killed her husband, and she was planning revenge against him? He was so loveable, why couldn’t the writers reward him for that?

Would Adam, the cute but strange, brooding older brother, ever really fit in? Would Pa marry for the 14th time? Would a 4th son from another marriage suddenly show up one day? Would he ever have to sell off land just to make ends meet? Did they build on to the house so all the boys and their (hopefully) wives and children could live there? So many loose ends! Why didn’t the writers and producers fight for that show? It was on 14 years and could have gone on at least 25 more! Why?! I ask you, a writer, why??!

afg1
afg1

Hey @mike mcginnis

Before you start calling other people names, you might want to learn to read the credits on tv shows, because that was a pretty lame question.