Well, this is interesting…
Another reason why it was a good idea to drink six cups of hot chocolate yesterday:
Finally! My terrible memory may well pay off down the line. Scientists posit the theory that brains are like hard drives, capable of running out of storage space with time:
If there’s one film series I love as much today as I did when I was a kid, it’s Planet of the Apes. Check out actor Roddy McDowall’s amazing home movies from the set of Apes (compliments of the gang at SF Signal):
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this sets a foreboding precedent:
May I direct your attention to the sidebar and the constant reminder that our Book of the Month Club will reconvene (for the first time in years!) to discuss Mark Kloos’ Terms of Enlistment on Monday, March 3rd. That should give you all plenty of time to read the book and come up with some brilliant insights.
Answering your questions…
arcticgoddess writes: “This is off topic, but can you tell us more about this (From Bell Media)?
A serialized drama about a woman with the perfect life – and a dark secret that could change everything.”
Answer: This one is that “rare non-genre project” I’ve mentioned over the course of the past year or so. No spaceships or aliens or time travel. The details are super secret, only because the pilot episode is chock full o’ surprises. If our sources are to be believed, we’ll be hearing word on a decision sometime within the next month. A green light to go to series, hopefully. If not, our friends Robert Cooper and Mark Savela are in the mix and I would be equally (well, almost equally) happy to see their shows get picked up if ours doesn’t. In the case of Echoes, it would be an interesting role reversal as Mark Savela would be the Executive Producer while I would take over his role as Visual Effects Supervisor.
DP writes: “How long of a read is Sandman?”
Answer: 1034 pages. Keep in mind, this is only volume 1.
SGW1 writes: “You once wrote Kiva’s death “allowed for an unnerving scenario in the season 3 premiere” – what did you mean by that? Was it actually planned to include the aftermath of Kiva’s death in the season 3 premiere or did you just mistype there?”
Answer: Hmmm. I don’t recall. I suppose that could have been a reference to the fact that Kiva’s death put the unstable Dannic in charge.
SGW1 writes: “Joe, which episodes got the working titles “Turn of Events”, “Dark Gambit”, “Flowers for McKay”, “Ad Infinitum” (Unending?), “Remember When” (Inquisition?) and was “Beckett Returns” Kindred, Part 2?”
Answer: Turn of Events = Fallout, Flowers for McKay = The Shrine, Remember When = 200, Beckett Returns = Kindred II, Dark Gambit = Almost every episode I ever wrote.
SGW1 writes: “Joe, now that it’s sadly more than just unlikely that you’ll get to tell the story you originally envisioned for SG1′s “Revisions” (7×05) in a new Stargate episode – could you please tell us what you intended as that “shocking conclusion”?
Answer: You know, I was writing it out and suddenly realized it would make a great one-off episode for Dark Matter when that is ordered to series – hopefully sometime this year.
Mark writes: “How about pitching SGU Season 3 to Net Flicks? Its been 2 years since cancellation and that is about the time for the trip to the next galaxy.”
Answer: We don’t need netflix to step in and help get a season 3 made. The decision rests entirely with the studio, MGM.
JeffW writes: “Where did you all get all of the aviation models at “Colson Industries”? I especially loved the large scale Lockheed P-38J that was hanging in the main area. Was someone in props an aviation buff?”
Answer: That’s a question for our former set dec department.
Sara writes: “Rewatching Stargate Universe and Stargate Atlantis (both pilot episodes), it reminds me like the new project of “Mars One” who are selecting people from all countries for to travel to planet Mars, what do you think about this project?”
Answer: It’s…ambitious. If they can actually pull it off, I think it’s great.
dasndanger writes: “My only question atm is one I asked a couple/few days ago – When making hot chocolate at home, do you have a favorite cocoa that you use? Something special, or just regular Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa (or whatever they have in Canada)?”
Answer: Akemi uses a variety of pure dark chocolate couverture, from 65% Madirofolo to Venezuelan 72%. She buys them in bulk, in pistole (chip-like) form and melts them in a double boiler.
DP writes: “Have you watched Once Upon a Time? Do you see any resemblance between Rumpelstiltskin and the 1967 Spiderman animated series version of the Green Goblin?”
Answer: Alas, no, I haven’t seen Once Upon a Time. But I have seen every episode of the 1967 Spiderman animated series and thought it contained the most fearsome depiction of the Green Goblin ever seen – and that includes the live action movie.
Tam Dixon writes: “Do you have a favorite Hot Chocolate yet?”
Answer: So far, my favorite is Chocolate Arts’ A Snowball’s Chance in Hell = Spicy Mexican hot chocolate poured over chocolate ice cream.
Marsha R. writes: “Forgive me if you’ve answered this before – Is it anything like other tastings where you need a palate cleanser in between? What works between chocolates?”
Answer: For me, more chocolate.
Mike A. writes: “Do you do “keepers” in either of your fantasy leagues?”
Answer: Nope. We start fresh every season (since the participants in our league are always changing). If I was in a keeper league, I would keep most if not all of my team. They just picked the wrong week to underperform.
Mike A. writes: “If one of your projects goes to pilot, who has the say on where it gets filmed? Is it based on where the production house’s offices are located? Or is it based on some form of secondary research(monetary savings, future shooting location requirements, etc.)?”
Answer: It depends on a lot of things and, sometimes, nothing at all. Sometimes, a broadcaster will need a show for a fixed date. Other times, the money to make the show is not going to be available to you until a set date. Still other times, other factors (ie. you really have your heart set on actor x but he won’t be available until the spring).
JeffW writes: “So who’s your pick for the Superbowl? Broncos or Seahawks?”
Answer: Hmmm, tough. The Seahawks D has been great all season but looked positively ordinary for most of the NFC Championship game. I’m leaning toward the Broncos.
kathode writes: “I’m in as Akemi’s replacement! Where do I sign up?”
Answer: Contact BaronDestructo on Facebook!
kathode writes: “Hey Joe, what do I have to do to get invited to your Superbowl party?”
Answer: That depends on who is hosting the Superbowl party. I’m easy but Robert Cooper requires a $500 damage deposit and a fresh human kidney.
Mike A. writes: “Finally, I may just be a little forgetful this morning, but have you ever done a rundown of the top five sushi restaurants in Vancouver?”
Answer: My favorites = Minami, Miku, Aki, and Tojo’s. Let’s say top four.
bambamfans writes: “1. What’s special workout do you do to work of the hot chocolates?”
Answer: I’m keeping to my regular routine – 45 minutes of weights in the morning; 45 minutes of cardio at night. And, of course, one full hour of heavy reading.
2. Did you see warren Buffet is going to put up $1 million if someone picks a perfect bracket in March madness. Do you think we have a Hope in hell?
Answer: I did and no. I couldn’t even win our office pool.
3. What do you think of the Norway Curling Team?
Answer: Why are they dressed up as golfers?