News of note:
Save Lennox: Time Runs Out For ‘Death Row’ Dog In Belfast (PICTURES, VIDEO). From heartless to heartless AND spiteful. Belfast Council has even ignored offers to ” to pay the expenses to relocate Lennox from Northern Ireland and bring him to the US to a sanctuary and freedom”. Shame on Belfast City Council. And there’s a handy “complaints” option on their website here: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/index.asp
Scientists believe they’ve found ‘God Particle’ . I didn’t even know they’d misplaced it. (And, just in case: ‘God particle’ for dummies or this: If you were thinking, “What’s the deal with this Higgs Boson? And can somebody explain it to me in cartoon form?” well… you’re welcome [PSA]).
OMG! Chocolate?! 8 commodities you didn’t know were scarce – Yahoo! Finance Canada
This pretty much confirms everything I feel about this industry: 6 Terrible Decisions That Gave Us Great Movie Moments
And because they’re cool: Top 10 Fascinating Samurai
Resuming our merry jaunt down Stargate: Atlantis memory lane…
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE (214)
Back in SG-1’s seventh season, we did an episode in which Carter is stranded aboard the Earth ship Prometheus. Injured and alone, she begins to hallucinate as she struggles to figure a way out of a seemingly impossible situation. Her visions culminate in a visit by an imagined O’Neill – and a hot and heavy make-out session. The episode was called Grace. In Atlantis’s second season, we did an episode in which McKay is stranded inside a submerged/sinking jumper. Injured and alone, he begins to hallucinate as he struggles to figure a way out of a seemingly impossible situation. His vision takes the form of an imagined Carter – and culminates in a hot and heavy make-out session. We decided to call this episode Grace Under Pressure. The title works on so many levels.
When we were in production, we would look for ways to maximize the money we had to make the best and most spectacular-looking show possible. One of the ways we did this was by redressing certain sets (The village set, for instance, was shot countless different ways, its cost amortized over the course of many seasons). Another way we did this was by, every so often, shooting episodes simultaneously. This provided us with a huge saving that could, in turn, be put toward bigger episodes later in the season (or pay for those big episodes we’d already shot). Of course, pulling something like this off required heavy preparation, intricate schedule juggling, and a cast and crew who knew exactly what they were doing (ie. which stage they should be showing up at on the day). Most importantly, an actor couldn’t be at two places at once so we had to ensure both scripts could be shot simultaneously by minimizing certain characters in one episode while maximizing them in others. Oh, and it also helped to work with a brilliant, well-prepared actor. Like David Hewlett.
And then, of course, there are the great performances by Amanda Tapping as the illusory Sam and David Nykl as the anxious Radek Zelenka who steps up and figures out a way to save the day – and his irritating rival. There were other very good performances in this episode, but I thought that these three really stood out because they were not only engaging but memorable in offering insight into their respective characters (Yes, even though Sam was a figment of McKay’s imagination!).
Grace Under Pressure was “All McKay Almost All the Time!” and it worked beautifully. Martin Gero delivered one of his strongest scripts of the season, a script that is not only wildly entertaining for one-man show, but clearly demonstrates a love and respect for the Rodney McKay character. For his part, the ever-watchable David Hewlett is at his best, reminding us what we, as viewers, love and respect about Rodney McKay. As if we could forget.
Favorite line: “
By the time Zelenka comes up with a plan, I’ll have died of old age!”