Came across this message in the production office kitchen the other day:

Seriously?  Flicking the switch kills the lights in King Henry VIII’s court?  Are the torches and braziers in the royal palace all on the same power grid?

And then there was this message that flashed up onscreen during a recent episode of Top Chef Canada:

Not sure what the controversial ingredient may have been but I’m guessing they were barbecuing placentas.  At least the show can take solace from the fact that, given its poor lighting, bland judges, and uninspired contestants, it’s unlikely all that many people were offended.

Stargate: SG-1’s seventh season was one of change.  Well, actually, season six was one of change.  Season seven saw a return to the status quo with the return of the recently deceased Daniel Jackson and the departure of Jonas Quinn.  I remember Rob calling me into his office to tell me that he was planning to reinstate DJ as a series regular.  All online flack aside, it made sense to me.  With Richard Dean Anderson scaling back his appearances on the show, bringing back Daniel would help ease long-time fans into the change.  For my part, even though I’d disagreed with Michael on several aspects of the show’s creative (we’d long since buried the hatchet over Jack Daniel shots at actor Chris Judge’s behest), I had nothing but respect for the guy as passionate, committed, and immensely talented actor.

FALLEN (701)

Before work began on the show’s seventh season, I emailed Rob Cooper a notion I had of an angel cast down from heaven, stripped of his memories and left to start a new life on Earth.  Rob ended up taking the whole “stripped” thing literally – much to the delight of Michael’s fans.

Paul flagged an exchange at the script stage.  One off-worlder notes Teal’c’s presence with: “He is Jaffa.” to which O’Neill replies: “No, but he plays one on t.v.”.  Paul felt it broke the fourth wall but was ultimately overruled.  When the episode aired, many fans loved the exchange – while many others followed suit and waved their own red flags.

Following the scene in which O’Neill appeals to an amnesiac Daniel, DJ refer to Jack as “Jim”.  It’s a gag that Brad calls back to in SGA’s The Shrine.

HOMECOMING (702)

Even though the Jonas Quinn character never found firm footing on the show, I was nevertheless sad to see him go.  Actor Corin Nemec was a good guy and we got along well so I wanted to make sure he got  a proper, respectful send-off that left the door open for a possible return.  And I think we accomplished that in Homecoming.  Corin returned later in the season seven to guest in an episode for which he received a story credit: Fallout.

FRAGILE BALANCE (703)

Actor Michael Welch delivers one of the show’s most impressive guest performances in the role of a young, cloned Jack O’Neill.  He captures (Rick as) Jack’s mannerisms and rhythms perfectly and so wowed us that, in the following months, we tried to spin several different stories that would have seen Young Jack make a return.  Unfortunately, none of these stories panned out.  I did end up running into Michael Welch at the that year’s Saturn Awards (Best Award Show Ever!).  He told me how much he’d enjoyed his experience on the show while I told him how much we’d enjoyed having him.  Interestingly enough, it was the same night I first met actor Ben Browder.  We discussed Farscape, scifi, and the possibility of him doing a guest spot on the show.  I ended up writing a part for him as a potential recurring character on Atlantis but a scheduling conflict prevented him from accepting the role – which, in the long run, was a good thing because it allowed him to accept the more substantial role of SG-1’s Cameron Mitchell two years later.

This episode also sees an appearance by the beautiful Theresa Lee, a friend and huge film and t.v. star in Hong Kong and China (where she recently headlined their version of Dancing With the Stars).  Whenever Theresa comes into town, we try to grab dim sum and rare is the occasion when she is not recognized by someone at a neighboring table.  The last time we grabbed a bite, I glanced up from my sticky rice purse to catch her on the restaurant’s t.v. screen, starring in some Hong Kong comedy.  Loved in Big Bullet!

ORPHEUS (704)

Not to be confused with season 9’s Morpheus, Orpheus is another Peter DeLuise extravaganza.  You can always recognize Peter’s episode because they always contained one of three things: Unas, noble Jaffa, and/or explosions.

Loved Carter’s review of Signs in the gym scene.  Other movies I would have liked to see receive the onscreen review treatment: The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening.

REVISIONS (705)

This story started out as a pitch about a town living within a hermetically sealed bubble surrounded by a toxic atmosphere.  SG-1 happens upon the scene and discovers its inhabitants are hiding a terrible secret.  I hesitate to reveal the shocking conclusion I originally envisioned because the story we ended up with was so different that I’d love to repurpose it given some future opportunity.  Anyway, even though the episode ended up quite different from the way I’d originally envisioned it, I loved it nevertheless.  And I wasn’t the only one.  Then VFX Supervisor James Tichenor really enjoyed the script.  It’s a great SF standalone episode.  And the location we found for the town was perfect in its bizarre cross-cultural architectural weirdness.  It is, in reality, a former amusement park, Fantasy Gardens, with a fairly interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Gardens.  We would return here years later to shoot SGA’s Irresponsible.

Carl Binder gets into town today.  Tonight we check out Toronto schnitizel!

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dioxholster

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/apple-causes-religious-reaction-in-brains-of-fans-say-neuroscientists/

no comment. okay maybe one comment:

“For my part, even though I’d disagreed with Michael on several aspects of the show’s creative (we’d long since buried the hatchet over Jack Daniel shots at actor Chris Judge’s behest), I had nothing but respect for the guy as passionate, committed, and immensely talented actor.”

What happened back then? why did you disagree with Michael? He didnt like the script? I don’t get it, hes an actor, you a writer, what possible disagreement could happen?

maggiemayday

Schnitzel! YUM!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I missed Jonas but I was never really a Daniel fan.

Ben Browder was so good in Farscape! I’m glad you worked him in the show. I’ve never met him but he comes across in interviews as a really nice guy.

Thanks for the memories!!!

Lou Zucaro

Heh, remember when I said (and others echoes) that ‘Wormhole X-Treme!’ was great because it made us think “Hey, what if what’s going on in Stargate is really happening, and…and…” etc.?

Well ‘Orpheus’, and specifically that review of ‘Signs’ by Carter, played into that as well, with her comment about whether or not they get it close to right.

Loved it.

Michel Cardoso Teixeira
Michel Cardoso Teixeira

Got a million questions, but mostly I just wanted to thank you for a great blog!

Really appreciate you taking your time to answer to continue to answer questions about Stargate and letting us all take part in selected portions of your life.

I’m gonna follow the Transporter series as soon as it arrives in Sweden. I don’t think that particular type of TV-show would be something I’d ordinary watch if it wasn’t for you and your dedication to the fans (and the fact that you’re somewhat talented as well…:) ).

Thank you again Mr. Mallozzi, every time I watch a Stargate episode and your name shows up in the credits, I cannot help but to smile.

Best of luck with the Transporter, be safe and keep being awesome (and pet the dogs from me!)

Michel Cardoso Teixeira
Michel Cardoso Teixeira

*Correction:

Really appreciate you taking your time and continue to answer questions about Stargate and letting us all take part in selected portions of your life.

Explanation:
It’s late in Sweden and I have to keep focus on not being eaten by all of the zombie polar bears that roam the night streets of Malmö.

Cheers!

archersangel

i, for one, was sorry to see jonas go. i loved some of the exchanges between him and daniel in homecoming.

i liked fragile balance, but a lot of people were/are weirded out buy the ending; a teen clone with an adult’s mind set loose among high schoolers.

Lewis
Lewis

Hey, Joe
-an intriguing Stargate mailbag question-

I remember reading an interview w/ Dean Devlin in one of the British sci fi magazines about a year ago that he & Roland Emmerich were in talks w/ MGM about filming 2 sequels to the original Stargate movie (from 1994) once the tv series had finished. I don’t remember it all now, but he said something like they had to wait until the tv shows ended since the storylines for their sequels were very different in concept using different mythology/ideas. The other thing I remember it saying was that they had the ideas for the other 2 movies at the time of the original movie w/ MGM, but that the story line takes place many years after the original (12 or 15 years maybe?) so they were waiting for that time frame to pass first before making the sequels, and that Kurt Russell & James Spader had planned to reprise their roles for both movies. Not to sound like a conspiracy theory freak or anything, but do you think if any of that is true that it could be part of the reason why MGM shut down all things Stargate tv related?

I wish I could remember the name of the magazine. It was one (in a stack of Sci Fi related magazines) I picked up and read during one of the times I was in a Barnes & Noble store last year. I remember reading that article and thinking, “Oh, no. I hope they don’t cancel the tv series just to make a totally unrelated movie… all the while still not making ‘Extinction’ and ‘Revolution’ which were promised to the fans.”

kimmy
kimmy

I’ll admit it. I had to look up Homecoming to refresh my memory. I enjoyed that send off of Jonas. He was always naively funny with his one liners. Loved Nightwalkers too. Also, Michael Adamthwaite as Herek I enjoyed for his scene chewing since The Other Guys. Always a hoot.

I wondered if you could convince Carl to do a spot on your blog to fill in questions about some of his episodes on Universe. I know he has Twitter but I’m a bit of a dinosaur and haven’t jumped the social media bandwagon.

If he doesn’t have time (okay, I’m surprised you have time) can you explain aside from character development why did writers: 1) choose such a devastating disease (ALS) for TJ; 2) why didn’t Young allow any of the descendants to stay aboard Destiny as crew replenishment; 3) Since the Novans knew there planet was dying, wouldn’t they have managed to take copies of their history over time to their new ‘expedition’ planet? Aside from on the ships I mean.

Penny
Penny

It’s May 19th no?

Also lived Michael Welch as young O’Neil was always hoping he would make a return. Did you ever have a story idea as to how that might have happened?

Lisa R
Lisa R

Okay, Joe, I have to ask you something. Do you go out to try and find these strange messages or do they just drop into your lap? They’re great blog material anyway.

My favorite eps in this bunch were Fallen, Homecoming, and Fragile Balance. I thought Michael Welch’s portrayal was spot on.

Have a good evening checking out the schnitzel!!

majorsal
majorsal

hi, joe,

you’ve stated recently that when mgm decides to continue the stargate franchise, you don’t believe it’ll include our sg1/atlantis/sgu mythology.

is this still true?

you know, you KNOW how many fans are wanting just *that*, to see a continuation of their beloved characters. there’s also quite a few loose ends that need closure.

so, joe, is there any hope? might mgm decide to revisit these characters, just to, at the very least, tie up those loose ends and provide closure?

there’s some shows that you just know is ready to go (i’m there with ‘house’ right now), but this is not the case with sg1/atlantis/sgu. their stories are not finished. they need closure. we need closure.

please, what’s your opinion?

Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

@Lewis. Sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to hear what Joe has to say.

Loved Fallen/Homecoming! smile I have to admit that my eyes were quite glued to the TV when they revealed Daniel/Michael completely ‘stripped’ on the ground. wink Definitely not bad way to bring back Daniel. grin I also loved how Daniel and Jonas worked together. They were definitely kindred spirits. Also, loved the whole team effortness to stop Anubis. It was a very good 2-parter.

Fragile Balance is great episode! smile Michael Welch was just spectacular in playing younger version of Jack O’Neill. It’s like RDA had shrunk or something. He even picked up RDA’s humor, and quirkiness. I laughed everytime. Very funny episode. grin

Thank you, Joe, for this stroll down Stargate memory lane. smile

libkat
libkat

Hi, Joe,

What was the part you were going to write for Ben Browder on Atlantis? (I had read gossip somewhere that he was the original frontrunner to play Sheppard, but the Farscape mini-series intervened.)

Did you ever wish that out DJ’s return and JQ’s departure could have been played out over a longer arc, like maybe 2 2hour episodes? It’s always felt a bit rushed to me.

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

For those who use Mac computers:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13453497

“A fake security program for Apple computers called MACDefender has racked up a significant number of victims.”

This is just the beginning. Hackers have preferred going after Windows users because Windows’ security has been so easy to compromise, while Mac computers’ security is better. However hackers would of course one day take advantage of the untapped market they have been missing out on.

Think about it: Most things sold by Apple are generally more expensive than regular electronics that other manufacturers sell. Generally speaking, if you can afford Apple products, either you have money or you saved up your money to buy those higher priced products.

If you are a saver, then maybe you have money saved up in your bank account. If you did not have to save up money, then you are well-off enough to buy the more expensive things you want any time you desire. This increases the chance that you also are more likely to have money in the bank. And that is what hackers are after, your money.

Your best defence against hackers is to continually educate yourself about all options available to help keep all of you personal/financial data safe in your computer.

Just look at what the CEO of Sony recently said, that he could not guarantee the security of their online gaming network. That is a mind-boggling admission for a CEO to make, when referring to the what, something like 100 Million Sony PS3 video game users who are now at risk since a hacker hacked Sony’s network?

Back on topic: I did get the feeling from various reports that Michael Shanks was not happy with the scripts, or his allotted time on camera, or whatever was going on that resulted in him leaving the show. Also wondered why he agreed to come back. Maybe he learned that a lot of past actors and actresses who leave a series before it is over, end up without having much of an acting future? Wesley Crusher comes to mind.

noelm
noelm

Any idea when the final three SGU eps will be released on hulu?

Dr. D.

Joe,

Do you know of anyone at MGM who might have a blog or offers Q&A?

Any word yet on if/when Brad and Robert will offer a Q&A?

If you earned a doctorate, what would be the topic of your dissertation?

I deposited my dissertation about a month ago, finished the doctorate about a week ago, and while life is no different today than it was in the pre-doctor days, there’s definitely a huge weight that has been lifted. It’s quite refreshing! Now, let’s hope the job search doesn’t land me a position somewhere like Toronto. razz Those winters? Yikes. Maybe something will come up in an area with a bit more of a warmer climate.

Anyway, you’re (and anyone else) welcome to stop by my new blog.

Ah, almost forgot:

Any recommendations on blogs to visit?

dioxholster

i thought of Stargate Universe when i saw this, even the logo looks familiar:
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/19/new-logo-trademark-lend-credence-to-bungie-destiny-project/

Gen
Gen

Michael Welch! He was fantastic. Another young actor might have come off as just imitating Jack, but Michael Welch *was* a young Jack.

Checking out IMDB, it looks like he’s had a fair amount of work since. I’m glad for him.

And…Ben Browder! (I’m just in an exclamation point frame of mind tonight I guess.) Really enjoyed his work on SG1. But I guess we’ll get more into that in seasons 9 and 10.

Randomness
Randomness

Revisions was a really enjoyable episode, liked the way people randomly vanished, so when SG1 was like, where did so and so go, the people are like who? Then the real story starts with SG1 realising something was wrong.

Thought it in a sense, was a great little filler episode.

Best story out the bunch being Homecoming.

chris
chris
James
James

Hey Joe,

Your love of anime is well documented; what series are you following at present?

avabird
avabird

One of the stations I worked for had a sign on the frig saying: Do not freeze sodas. The offenders were mostly the production guys.

I have been enjoying all your trips down Stargate memory lane and the new adventures in Toronto. So two of the “kids” get to go to private school and the others had to stay public, huh? I’m sure they will thrive in their respective environments. Got a kick out of the Max puppy pics. He was so tiny.

Loved Gauntlet. Thought it was a brilliant episode, but then most of yours always were. wink

I liked both Jonas and Corin and was sad when they had to go. I met Ben B. at Dragon Con last year and he was quite lovely — came across as kind, considerate and humble and very funny. His attitude turned me from a somewhat fan to a total fan of his.

DP
DP

AHHH!

Report Says Apple Triggers Religious Reaction in Fans

And I would totally put up a sign like that “Tudors’ Lights” sign if I ever planned to work in an office again.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Lisa R wrote: I wonder if Joe will ever comment on that one.

Obviously, not. wink

@ Tammy Dixon – Thanks. Sweet dreams of Joey fondling his chest hairs! grin

das