Okay.  Weigh in with your opinions on the following…

The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer:

On the one hand, I’m thinking the visual effects will probably be great.  On the other hand, the gags in this trailer feel mighty stale.  

Now this sounds interesting: Company to Launch Tiny Satellites That ‘Bypass’ Internet Censorship…  Why do I have a feeling certain authorities, working in conjunction with big service providers, will come up with some suspect reason to deep-six this?

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the story of an elderly couple in Tennessee whose dog was allegedly stolen by Penny Jekot, the director of a local animal rescue.  Well, having gotten nowhere with Ms. Jekot, the couple has finally decided to sue to get their dog back…


Considering Ms. Jekot admitted to a reporter that she had the Haddix’s sign “a blank sheet of paper”, considering that a perfectly legal transfer of ownership, AND told a local animal welfare rep that she “decided the Haddix’s were elderly and did not need the dog” I don’t see how she expects to win this.

Of course, I was also surprised that the local authorities didn’t consider this a case of property theft.  What gives?  Are dogs not considered something as basic as property in Tennessee?  Anyone care to enlighten me?

Thanks to everyone who took the time to post their favorite veggie recipes.  I feel healthier already!  Check out tonight’s side dish..

Fried Greenish Tomatoes
Fried Greenish Tomatoes

Inspired by JeffW.’s recipe for fried green tomatoes, Akemi and I made this version – which is a twist on a recipe by Montreal chef Chuck Hughes.  Unable to find any green tomatoes, we decided to go with the kumatos as a  affair comprise because their brownish hue was closer to green than their red counterparts.  As per Jeff’s instructions, we first dipped them in milk, then covered them in cornmeal – although I did have a batch with Italian breadcrumbs.  We fried them up in peanut oil, then topped them with clotted cream, crisp prosciutto, and chopped green onions.  

Verdict: Delicious!  Not quite as delicious as the pork and duck rillette it accompanied, but still pretty damn good.

Our Stargate: Atlantis rewatch continues with…Letters from Pegasus!

1I offered my thoughts on this episode back when I was doing my Trip Down Memory Lane entries: June 16, 2012: An early start to the day! Days of Stargate Atlantis Past! Letters from Pegasus! The Gift!

As for Akemi – she liked it well enough, but it was no Before I Sleep in her books.  Still: “Good episode.”

Next to the visual effects, her highlights are always the show’s more humorous moments.  In this case: Beckett’s message to his mother, Zelenka’s impassioned description of the city rising up out of the water, McKay’s long-winded entry.  Regarding the latter, she had immense respect for actor David Hewlett’s memory skills: “I’m amazed he can remember such long lines!”

Low points were the extended wraith attack (“I didn’t like so many wraith attacking and taking so long.”) and Sheppard’s impromptu intel-gathering op (“Sheppard went to find out what it was and didn’t find out.”)

Which brought up the BIG question of the episode: “What was the big light from the sky?”  

Stay tuned to find out!

Or, maybe not.

So, what did you all think of Letters from Pegasus?

42 thoughts on “February 20, 2014: Thoughts? Our Stargate: Atlantis rewatch continues with…Letters from Pegasus!

  1. Oh, so I see…you’re looking for UNhealthy veggie recipes. 😉 Love fried tomatoes! As far as I know, the green are used not for their color, but because they’re less mushy than ripe red ones. However, with so many tomatoes now grown in hothouses and such it’s easy to find firm red tomatoes which can hold up well for frying. As a Jersey gal, I prefer field-ripened tomatoes, and NOTHING beats a fresh-off-the-vine-still-warm-from-the-sun Jersey tomato – for frying, for slicing, for ANYthing! I believe it’s something to do with our soil…it’s more acidic and therefore makes for a tastier tomato…or something. I don’t feel like doing the research so sticking to Jersey folklore for now. 🙂

    A few weeks back I made really good sauteed cabbage, I just forget how. I know I started with a pound of bacon 😀 , cooked that up, saved some of the fat and sauteed onion and cabbage…maybe garlic? Ugh. I can’t remember! I should have written it down! We couldn’t stop eating the stuff – it was like cabbage candy! I wonder if I posted it here? Did I, Joey? Do you have the ability to search the comments section, or just the blog section? I really need to start writing stuff down ’cause my ol’ memory just ain’t what it used to be. 😛

    Great. Now I’m craving fried tomatoes and sauteed cabbage with bacon! At midnight!

    I’ll check out the trailer…eventually. I’m kinda superheroed-out. Heck, I’m kinda movied-out. Losing interest in this stuff (along with tv) because there’s just TOO much, and after a while you realize it’s all just one big distraction from more important things. There’s an old saying – less is more – and I agree. The market is glutted, and everything now just blurs together in one big unappetizing mega buffet. You know the kind: All sorts of fried crap and stuff covered in gray gravy, and while there may be one or two entrees worthy of praise everyone passes on them in favor of the french fries smothered in cheez whiz and kid boogers because those snotty little buggers are small enough to fit under the sneeze guard. Still, folks gobble ’em up, despite knowing that they’ll be up half the night with indigestion and explosive diarrhea.

    Ugh. I just lost my appetite. 😛


  2. Joe, the use of Komatoes is inspired! I’m currently “green tomato deprived” and that looks like a great alternative. And my local Trader Joes carries Komatoes, so there we go. Actually, the Midwest as a whole is “green tomato deprived” unless I grow my own or beg my neighbors for some when they grow theirs. If the Komatoes turn out to be a good substitute, then I’ll be visiting Trader Joes a lot more often. Thanks for that!

    What did you think or the Italian bread crumbs versus the corn-meal?

    On letters to Pegasus, I’ve always enjoyed McKay’s dialog…especially when he was talking to himself, which in effect, most of this episode he was.

    Kavanagh was being shown to be a real jerk (was this intentional so he could be setup to be the fall-guy for a goa’uld in season two’s Critical Mass?) He was still whiney but not as obnoxious by the Midway Station episode.

    And the end scene with Walter and Sam in the gate-room was a perfect transition to the Siege 1&2.

  3. Letters From Pegasus is one of the best clip shows I’ve ever seen. I particularly love Radek’s (???classified???) description of the city rising. Beautiful.
    The personalities and quirks of each character were showcased so it just wasn’t a rehash of old scenes. I felt sad for Sheppard that he had no one, of course Rodney had a great deal to say (for posterity), liked Beckett’s message to mom and even Kavanaugh did his thing. Poor Ford… Great ep. 🙂

  4. Guardians trailer looks ok. Definitely not a home run. I wanted to love it, but something just seemed missing with the characters. Special effects looked solid though. Hopefully the storyline overcomes any deficiencies, but i’m a little skeptical.

  5. I watched the episode again just now to have it very fresh in my mind. But before I jump into my comments/opinions/tirades/rants, I want to encourage even more folks to post their comments. If you have been reading Joe’s posts and our comments and have never commented before, I bet you have some insights and opinions the rest of us wordy people haven’t thought of yet. Please, do share your thoughts with us. I realize it can sometimes feel like you are ‘putting yourself out there’, but make this the one brave thing that we each of us are supposed to do every day.

    And here goes:

    I’m not a huge fan of flashback shows, in a general sense, but I think this was well played. The flashback montages are short, to the point, and support what is being said at the time.

    I am still trying to determine whose side I am on, Teyla’s or Sheppard’s when they initially fight over saving/not saving Orin’s family. I will have to think about it more to see if I can land on a side or not. But ugh, Orin’s line when he turns to his family and says, “Children, we must prepare,” or something close to it. Sooo aggravating! Again, you know the Wraith are coming, you just don’t know exactly when. You should already BE prepared, Orin. But wait, Orin and his family still don’t heed the warnings, because they are caught unprepared when the Wraith do arrive a very short time later! Why did you not run for your lives the very moment you heard the warning?

    While it is super creepy when the faceless Wraith unknowingly stumbles upon the puddlejumper, I found myself wondering where he came from, where his dart was, and why he was the only one walking about. And totally off topic, every time I see a faceless Wraith, I try to see if I can determine which part of their facelessness they can see through. Then that reminds me of my very first job when I was 15…I was the Easter Bunny at a local mall…and how I could only see out of a very small portion of the bunny head. Perhaps most people don’t think of the Easter Bunny when they see a faceless Wraith, but those two are inextricably intertwined in my head now. Fun times.

    This is the episode where we finally see that Bates has a heart. He loves his kid brother, and I really enjoyed seeing that. To be honest, he was a bit of a lost cause up to that point.

    Oh McKay…where to begin? When the young lady scientist is talking about her work and her boss…well, every single moment of that is pure gold. I do think McKay wanting to talk about Leadership, though good for laughs, is not something he would really care to talk about. He is not interested in Leadership or in being a great Leader in the slightest. I don’t think he even thinks of himself as a good leader. As I sit here, I’m trying to think of an appropriate substitute topic for him, and I can’t. It just should be a topic that we can believe is important to him, that he feels he is really great at, yet really isn’t….maybe communication? maybe connecting with people? Hmmm, I don’t really know. I like the symbolism, whether intentional or not, of his peeling back his layers the further into the tape we get. In the beginning, he is standing, in full jacket and vest, talking about sciency stuff, and by the end he is just in his shirt and appears to be sitting very low in a chair. This is when he is his most vulnerable, physically and emotionally. And this is when he finally ‘remembers’ to leave a message for his sister. Kudos to whomever was responsible for that evolution on screen. Your efforts are appreciated.

    My final comment is regarding Weir’s messages to the families of the fallen. I don’t know that I have a full understanding of how difficult that must be for someone to do in real life. I don’t know how the military handles informing the families these days…if it is still by telegram, or is it now a phone call? in person visit? video message? I just don’t know. But for Weir to sit there and record goodness knows how many messages, to make them individualized and meaningful. That was weighty and well done.

    That is all I have for now.

  6. Mmmm. Cabbage. My mom had two ways of cooking cabbage. Both started with roughly shredded cabbage, then, either sauteed with a couple of strips of minced bacon, or sauteed with half of a shredded carrot in canola oil and finished with toasted sesame seed oil.

    Last Christmas my sister made stuffed mushrooms, she had extra stuffing that she put into halved mini yellow or red bell peppers, then baked in the oven. The stuffing was made of the mushroom stems, bread crumbs, a bit of minced onion, and herbs, maybe a bit of parmasan cheese.

  7. @ rissabby – Hmmmm…your cabbage recipe is reminding me of the one I made. I didn’t use a whole pound of bacon, but 6 strips, I think. I don’t think I used carrots, but that sounds good, too. I really need to go back and find that. It had to be since the beginning of the year – not that long ago. If I find it I better write it down! Not that I ‘need’ a written recipe, but sometimes when I go from memory I miss some detail that makes – or breaks – the dish. At least when I write it down I can note my changes and keep improving the recipe.

    My grandmother had all her recipes in her head. Shame, because she made a terrific German potato salad she learned from her PA Dutch mother-in-law. Neither my grandmom or mom ever wrote it down, and now mom laments that she’s never been able to make it quite the same way as her mother did. I don’t even try. 😛


  8. Uh, do potatoes count as a vegetable? My family, consisting of 4 males, insist that they are. So they choose Poutine as their vegetable side dish of choice. I’ve told them that if it isn’t green, orange or yellow, it isn’t a vegetable. So, they came up with Yukon Gold potatoes. There is a reason why I prefer to eat out.

  9. Regarding the episode under discussion, was the strange beam that Sheppard wanted a closer look at, ever explained? This episode was one of the creepiest for me because the Wraith were still new, making them more frightening.When they got a bit more humanized later in the series, they lost much of their creepiness.

  10. When I saw the “Excerpts written by . . .” credits appear on the screen I groaned, “Urgh, not a clip show!” Thankfully the clips were short and relatively unobtrusive.

    I found the B story with the Wraith culling pretty unnecessary but enjoyed the video messages from everyone. Zelenka’s message is the highlight. Did David Nykl do his own translation and do you know if he stayed in character or just said any old crap he wanted?

    I’d love to get my hands on McKay’s compression algorithm! Imagine being able to download hours of movies in one second!

  11. hey joe and company! i really enjoy those blog entries! and find out Akemi”s verdict is almost as good as watching a new episode of SGA! 🙂 lol.. well.. almost 🙂
    ahha! it happens that we watched this one 3 days ago on sky.
    I did enjoy it, although Weir”s speech along with some members of the team who also think that they will die really made me tear up. (well.. not in a dramatic way, no worries!)… humm. anyway, it made me wonder if there are humans in similar situation, stuck in some part of the galaxy and unable to share their thoughts, experiences, feelings with their loved ones.. and some who died in the line of duty… if not in evil alien attacks, here on Earth in some meaningless war to make profits rise and maintain control over our planet… so yeah.. this part touched me..
    always when i watch SGA, SG1 and SGU, I can’t stop myself thinking and feeling that all of this could really be taking place if not here and now, in some of Earth’s parallel universes .

    have a good weekend everybody!

  12. Back when I could eat eggplant, we used to split them lengthwise, scoop out the seedy part, and stuff them full of other veggies… onions, mushroom and pepper chunks. Tip it with marinara sauce and bake, maybe throw a little cheese on top. Yummy meal.

  13. @Jenny Horn
    I appreciate your words a lot about the bravest thing of the day. But I understand that for some of us is difficult to maintain a presence here when it seems no one really reads your comments (except Joey off course).
    Much more when old lurkers as I are foreigners and just haven´t a decent English (it’s my third language only) I often do not understand my jokes when translated. I like your episode feedback. 😆

    Im with you in the superheroed-out.The studios make this for youngest people in mind and the expectations of a good story are few.

    My favorite parts ara too Zelenka, Rodney and Beckett’s Mother but i like too
    the Japanese scientific Kusanagi Miko talking about Rodney. “Question? Why it does not appear more in the series the character promised much?

  14. Those tomatoes look excellent! Here is my contribution. I really like the combination of cinnamon and cayenne with squash:

    Spicy Maple Butternut squash:

    • 4 cups cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded), about 1.5 lbs of peeled 1 inch cubes
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 pinch cayenne

     Preheat oven to 425 degrees.. Line a baking sheets with foil (a good idea since the squash tends to stick). Put the cubes in a bowl and toss with the maple syrup then the olive oil.
     Spread out the cubes on the baking sheets.
     Sprinkle each baking sheet evenly with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne.
     Bake for 15 minutes then stir them around and bake another 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through.

    Aaaand, brussel sprouts (borrowed from Food Network). You can do them without the bacon and just use olive oil instead, but unless you are feeding vegetarians, I recommend the bacon :

    Roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts and bacon
    1 (10-ounce) packages Brussels sprouts
    1 ounce piece slab bacon cut into 3/4 inch cubes
    1/2 cup walnut pieces
    Dash salt
    Freshly ground black pepper

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Wash and then peel off any loose or damaged leaves from the sprouts. Trim the root end and cut each sprout in half.

    Spread the walnuts on your baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn)

    Cook the bacon over medium heat until bacon just begins to crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon pieces to a bowl and set aside. Toss the Brussels sprouts in the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Spread the sprouts on a jelly roll pan or baking sheet with sides, cut side down.

    Put the pan in the oven and roast the Brussels sprouts for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the sprouts onto the other side and continue to roast until the sprouts are cooked through and golden,Turn and cook about 10 to 15 minutes more. Put in a serving bowl and add the bacon and walnuts.

  15. My version of fried green tomatoes (hillbilly version) is to slice them thick enough to hold up, dip in self-rising flour, dip in a whipped mixture of egg with a touch of milk, dip in cornmeal or sometimes a cornmeal, self-rising flour mixture. Fry them on each side in a thick layer of oil, salt them generously while the oil is very hot.

    I can’t imagine it without truly unripe tomatoes. It wouldn’t have that same tang to it.

    That breading is also my hillbilly version for frying freshwater fish, innards but I forget which kind, and poke stalk (don’t eat poke).

  16. I like the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer mostly. If I wanted to learn their backgrounds in the format they were presented in the trailer, I’d just read the wiki, so it seems like a lazy way to tell a story. I can imagine the presentation would be more tedious for someone who already knows those factoids. I’m interested enough to watch more trailers to figure out if the project will also involve more interesting storytelling.

  17. I agree with you, I wasn’t thrilled with the trailer. But I’ll need to see another before I can really pass judgement. The first trailer had a clear purpose – to introduce the unfamiliar characters. And because of that I felt like their hands were a little tied for showing much beyond those two early exposition all scenes. Perhaps once the second trailer dives into the story more and we see more of the movie it will impress more? That’s my thought as hope.

    In any case, I’m a sucker for Marvel. I’ll still watch it.

  18. Are dogs not considered something as basic as property in Tennessee? I looked up Tennessee law about animal rights and it’s mainly about vaccination compliance and animal cruelty. I would be surprised if they didn’t count pets as property but it might up to the city?

    Murfreesboro is a small college town near Nashville, TN. They’ve probably never had a case like this come up. They’ve been in the news lately about trying to blocking a mosque from being built. They won’t succeed but it’s stirred up a hornets nest of protestors.

    I’m not worried about this couple getting their dog back. I’m more worried about how it is being treated and the other pets in this “rescue center”. It doesn’t sound like they aren’t being treated well. If this “rescue group” is corrupt, what kind of homes are they placing these pets in?

    Anyway, did you see the part about the 501c? Jekot doesn’t appear to be using her Humane Alliance shelter on Bridge Avenue. Campbell says, “This is just unheard of for a 501c3 to be doing this.” With any luck, this attention will bring the IRS to Jekot’s door!

    I love Fried Green Tomatoes too! They are great as sandwiches with a slathering of spicy mustard/slice of cheese, yum. There seems to be some controversy on whether to use flour or cornmeal, so I use a mixture of both to coat them. JeffW: Is Georgia a cornmeal only place? (catfish/tomatoes/okra)

    I totally agree with Akemi “I’m amazed he can remember such long lines!” Hewlett is great with the technobabble. Kudos to the writers for coming up with that babble too!!!!

  19. Regarding the movie, as of right now I have this one slotted for a DVD rental. It has a definite Spaceballs vibe to it, but I have my doubts it will be as good. Although the Lego Movie trailer left me wanting and I had no plans to watch it. Fortunately I had a co-worker who raved about it and a group of friends who talked me into going. I really rather enjoyed it. So if I hear good things I may end up going to GotG.

  20. Guardians of the Galaxy
    I like the raccoon. Special effects look good. Which is what the raccoon is, I suppose.

    Stolen dog:
    lazy police. If the couple had been someone important there would be no question of the police going after the woman. The police do this a lot, I think to keep the workload down. “Oh, that’s a civil matter, you need to see a lawyer…”. What it really means is “Were too damn busy or just don’t give a damn about your dog.”

    Seems like theft by fraud to me.

    And never ever sign a blank sheet of paper. When I sign contracts, I draw a box then cross out and initial any blank spots. People have been known to leave blank spots before the signature and fill it in later. Some people are real jerks.

    Letters From Pegasus
    I’ve never been a big fan of clip episodes, but this episode isn’t entirely clips and does have some interesting scenes besides setting up the series for the next two episodes. I especially enjoyed the scene of the young female Asian scientist who seems somewhat besotted with McKay.

  21. @ Sparrowhawk – The Brussels sprouts recipe sounds really good – I may try that, along with Jeffy‘s fried tomatoes. Never thought of cornmeal (though I usually dip mine in an egg/milk wash first).

    @ Tam Dixon – Yes! Watched it Sunday night! Really liked it a lot, and kinda sad that I had to delete it to make room on the ol’ DVR for this weekend’s rugby. I thought it was a lot of fun, though, and would really like to see more mysteries like that (I love Foyle’s War, too). The only period mystery I really haven’t been able to get into is Father Brown – modern themes seem just too forced, and Brown actually annoys me quite a bit. I didn’t care for the Alec Guinness movie – The Detective – based on the same character.

    @ arcticgoddess – I think potatoes get a bad rap due to their high carb content. They have lots of nutrition (though maybe not on the same level as broccoli), and are a good source of potassium, and have a considerable amount of fibre. Of course, it does depend on how they are prepared, and even what variety you eat. Darker-fleshed potatoes, for instance (like Yukon Gold or the blue varieties) are healthier than white potatoes because they’re rich in carotenoids and/or flavonoids. And certainly baked is healthier than fried.

    Now I wanna eat a whole plate of unhealthy fries smothered in ketchup and French’s yellow mustard!!! 😛

    Condiments are healthy, right??

    ACK! Thunderboomers! Gotta run!!!!


  22. Did you get the chance to catch up on any anime shows Joe? I had to laugh recently, in Kill La Kill, Senketsu(Ryukos Kamui) narrates the start of the episode and tells the audience it’ll be a recap episode, then suddenly he recaps over 15 episodes(Well the important bits) speaking super fast, he then cracks a joke about how he bet everyone was disappointed when they heard it was a recap and that given Kill La Kills lightning fast pace, he did a recap in just a few minutes basically lol(Cue opening and resumption of the story).

  23. Totally agreed on the staleness of that trailer. If it was supposed to be funny, I didn’t crack the slightest grin even once. I did feel annoyed, though. Probably not what they were going for. Maybe Netflix material if I’m home sick some day with a really, really bad cold.

    Most points about Letters from Pegasus have already been well made, but now you really having me wondering what the heck WAS that beam from the sky about? I didn’t even remember it from watching it before. Was it some plot point that got lost in editing? Or some idea for future episode Wraith tech that was never really followed up? Weird.

    @skua: I always read everyone’s posts! Well, mostly. 🙂

    @arcticgoddess: I believe that botanically, potatoes are indeed a vegetable. However, nutritionally they are considered a carbohydrate (starch). So… you’re both right.

  24. I don’t know anything about the source material for Guardians of the Galaxy, so I have no expectations. I thought the trailer looked funny. I’ll probably see it, though probably not at a first-run theater.

  25. Thank you, Jenny Horn, for voicing what a lot of lurkers feel. The comments section DOES feel like a “cool kids” club sometimes.

  26. @skua: I try to read everyone’s comments but I understand what you mean. Because of the limitations of the comment system it’s not easy to reply to people and have your replies appear in the same “conversation”. New comments appear at the end and not connected with the post you’re replying to. Also, because Joe needs to approve every comment and he’s a very busy man it can be many hours before posts are approved. That makes it hard to have a conversation.

    Your English is pretty good! Better than several native English speakers I know! 🙂

  27. @ skua – I’ve been thinking about your comment regarding superhero movies. For me I don’t mind that the studios aim for a young audience (afterall, I DO have the hots for Loki… 😉 ), but what I find overwhelming is the sheer amount of hero movies they put out each year. I just don’t have the capacity to care about soooo many characters, and I also don’t see a point to just watching movies for the sake of watching movies, without investing something in the characters (besides my money).

    Maybe it’s the way I mentally/emotionally process stuff. For me, watching a movie (or tv show) is like getting to know new people. In the case of a tv series or movie franchise where you see the same characters over and over, it’s almost like growing a one-sided friendship. I can’t just go each weekend and ‘meet’ new people, forgetting and not caring about the people I ‘met’ the weekend before. I need time to actually process the characters from one movie (not to mention the plots and subplots) before I can move onto another.

    I have the same problem with books, though not quite as bad. It’s probably why I prefer to read a book series featuring a main character throughout, or why I like certain types of tv shows (ones with a strong main character, or two, and a few secondary ones – not these huge ensemble casts with more characters than I could ever hope to keep track of). I was just talking with my husband about this regarding my new ‘addiction’, Murdoch Mysteries – a.k.a. The Artful Detective here in the States. One watch and I immediately connected to and understood the characters, and everything felt familiar and comfortable.

    It reminded me of something Naoki Higashida – a young autistic boy – said in his book, The Reason I Jump. On what types of tv shows he enjoys, he said:

    …we tend to prefer simpler, more straightforward stories, not because of childishness, but because we can more easily guess what’s going to happen next. This allows us to stay more relaxed and more engaged. Plus simpler stories tend to repeat themselves a lot, so when we get to a familiar scene we can get all excited and make a happy fuss.

    People with autism get quite a kick out of repetition. If I was asked how come, my reply would be this: “When you’re in a strange new place, aren’t you relieved too if you run into a friendly, familiar face?”

    I could totally relate to that because I think it sums up what I have trouble expressing in all my wordy words here. I love the ‘familiar face’, and it’s why I tend to be drawn to the same sort of stories and characters, and why I can watch old episodes of Columbo, or movies like Pirates of the Caribbean (the GOOD one!) over and over and over again, and never get bored. And it’s also probably why I have trouble adjusting to new characters and new stories all the time, and why I rarely go to the theater anymore – I just prefer the ‘friendly, familiar faces’ over the strange new ones.


  28. @ gforce
    Thnxs for read. I dont expect everybody read every single comment but many people here ignoring direct address. In fact, it made me think about the futility of doing it.
    That is the club effect that @ Melinda said just like a conversation between a few. But perhaps its that Im still a lurker and should shut up.
    @ shana
    Thnxs for rember me the Lego Movie. I have to take my nephews to see it (the excuse is very good indeed) 😆

  29. @melinda ward: Except unlike some cool kids clubs, we actually ARE cool! 😉 And very welcoming. I for one would love to hear more from other folks, even if I don’t always get a chance to interact with everyone.

  30. @Tam Dixon:

    JeffW: Is Georgia a cornmeal only place? (catfish/tomatoes/okra)

    The fried chicken uses flour, so not everything uses corn meal. 😉

    But I do like my corn bread!

  31. And I couldn’t find Kumatoes today at Trader Joes. 🙁

    Guess I’ll have to wait for spring and grown my own green tomatoes.

  32. @ melinda ward – What’s nice about the comments section here (as opposed to many blogs) is that we try to interact as much as possible with one another. It’s not always possible due to hectic schedules and such, but people do try. In the past there were times I felt like I was talking to a wall here, but then I figured I was really here to talk to Joe and if possible make comments on other posts that spark a thought. I don’t always comment on the blog topic – just whatever happens to be on my mind. That’s something nice about this blog, too – Joe lets us all have a voice here, even if we’re not discussing his topic du jour. Right from the get-go Joe has always made me – and I’m sure others – feel right at home. It’s a good blog…run by a great (and VERY patient and long-suffering) guy! 🙂


  33. I came up with an answer to that beam weapon in my Season Six story “The Ruins”. I figure that the bad guy Asgard use cullings as cover for their taking of humans in order to conduct their own Loki-like experiments (rather than using clones like Loki did with abductions as his cover) and I also hypothesize that the Wraith keep track of how many people they cull so as not to over cull their human populations. The Wraith noticed that the numbers of how many they’d taken and how many were on the planet weren’t matching up, some how found out that it was the Asgard but couldn’t (like the Goa’uld) defend themselves against the Asgard’s advanced technology, and created an EM beam weapon to deploy when they detect the Asgard poaching their culls.

    I hope this explanation sounds good to you, Joe, and is worthy of an Atlantis story.

  34. gforce wrote: –

    Except unlike some cool kids clubs, we actually ARE cool! 😉

    Speak for yourself!! I’m as uncool as they come. Kinda like Marilyn Manson without makeup, waiting tables… (google it!). 😛


  35. Review: I liked this episode but I usually like clip shows because they’re like remembering the best and most important moments.

    I feel one special moment was when John greeted Orin and gave his hand to shake hands and John realizing he’s not on earth and they don’t shake hands to greet each other thereby making John a fish out of water.

    I also saw the fear on Johns face as he was the first person from earth to witness the power of the Wraith in a full scale attack and culling.

    @Jenny Horn I agree that if I was Orin and I knew the Wraith were coming for sure I definitely would have gated to some other planet because the possibility of Wraith is better than a certainty of the Wraith.

  36. @skua:

    I wouldn’t worry about your English…it’s very good compared to my Spanish! The fact that it is the third language you speak makes it all the more impressive!

    And I also wonder what happened to Kusanagi…I don’t remember seeing her character after this episode (although in watching The Gift tonight, she was referred to by McKay and Zelenka).


    You called me Jeffy??? No one has ever called me Jeffy, not even my mom. Characterwise, the only Jeffy I can remember is the kid in Family Circus. So I’m just wondering, who else do you know called Jeffy?

  37. @das
    I can understand your point perfetly. Sometimes is the same for me i refuse to see some series in the way not invest much of my interest capital an dilute the effect of the series i really like.

    😆 thanks.

  38. Those tomatoes/whatever look delicious!

    I’ve been very annoyed that Guardians was getting a movie before a female-lead movie, but I have to say, this trailer changed my mind. While I still wish we had a female-lead superhero movie, I thought this looked pretty sharply done and fun. I’m also very excited to see Zoe Saldana as Gamora.

    For a clip show, Letters from Pegasus is pretty decent. I liked the emotional aspect of it. McKay’s was my favorite. His false bravado and general rant-ness combined with him talking about his sister for the first time…great character development.

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