Well, damn.  This pilot script simply refuses to be completed.  I’m thinking I may just have to set it aside and come back at it with fresh eyes in a  couple of months.

Time to shift creative gears and start reviewing some alternate materials: pilot script, series overview, special “character secrets” document, and the 13 episode first season breakdown.  Thinking it may be a good idea to simply start work on episode #2 (The Corrupted).


Jen Draves writes: “How are the dogs doing?”

Answer: The dogs are well.  Bubba is beginning to slow down, no longer jumping like he used to, but he is 12 so I suppose it’s to be expected.

Line Noise writes: “I can confirm the existence of chip butties. My girlfriend introduced them to me (it’s not a thing in Australia) and they’re OK if you want to cargo-load.”

Answer: Like, you mean, before you run a marathon?  Carb up on chip butties?

Tam Dixon writes: “Is your project the one Brain Smith has been talking about?”

Answer: It isn’t, but it’s great to hear about Brian’s new show.  He’s incredibly talented – and genuinely good guy.  Very happy for him.

JimfromJersey writes: “Good luck Joe! When can you tell us the name of the project?”

Answer: I assume the official announcement will come sometime next week.

baterista9 writes: “Wonder if my local library has DVDs or the James Blish anthologies?”

Answer: I have the photo novels back home in Montreal!

June 21, 2014: Mailbag!
They’re in mom’s garage somewhere.

Chris L writes: “Whatever happened to 24 Episode seasons?”

Answer: It depends on the series and where it lands.  Cable shows usually run 10-13 episodes per season while network shows tend to be 20+.  I prefer the former as both a viewer and a writer/producer.

Ponytail writes: “Well let’s go Joe. We’re ready. Where are we flying to?”

Answer: Toronto for a few days after which we need to get the writers’ room started.  At some point in July, I’m going to have to visit L.A. for a few days.

JeffW writes: “I did make up some Carolina BBQ sauce…”

Question: What distinguishes a Carolina BBQ sauce from any other BBQ sauce?

katydid writes: “Also, for all those Star Trek TOS series geeks that are coming out of the woodwork (YES!!) have a listen here:

It’s the sound FX from the original series!! I may just listen to it later while cleaning the house :D”

Answer: Awesome.  I’m going to have to download these to my iPhone.

katydid also writes: “There’s also another fan made film with Nichelle Nichols, Walter Keonig from TOS plus numerous other ST cast members. Exciting stuff!


Answer: I stumbled upon this series the other day and, I must admit, I’m very impressed.  I fully intend to check the out once we’ve completed our re-watch.  In fact, it might be fun to include these three episodes at the end of our re-watch.

16 thoughts on “June 21, 2014: Mailbag!

  1. Obviously, I don’t ask you enough questions. 😛

    Perhaps I should start with something like this…

    Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation – like being stuck in a public bathroom without any toilet paper or locked out of the house in your underwear (or worse) – and if so, what was the situation and how did you get out of it?


  2. @I’m going to have to visit L.A. for a few days.

    And then smooth sailing I hope. Hopefully things fall into place nicely for you Joe, and you get off to a great start with the show.

  3. I look forward to hearing which show got picked up.

    I’m going to try to get my kids to watch TOS with me. I was a big fan back in the day. I even picked up a novel here and there. I even refused to watch TNG at first because I was just so stuck up about how much more awesome I thought TOS must be.

    I was soooo young. Now I’m afraid I’m too old and cynical. I remember my brother pointing out to me that if a gorn could throw a rock heavier than himself up a cliff at Kirk, he could easily just jump up there, too. Young mind=blown. I can’t wait to see the plot-holes my kids note.

  4. I’m quite excited by this new Steins Gate book, It will likely get an anime at some point. It’s called Steins;Gate -The Committee of Antimatter- and it takes place 6 years after the end of the series, some of the character designs look pretty good, and there’s a small update on the characters lives in this article.


    I’m happy they don’t want to let this universe go, it’s such a great series.

  5. So, you are just going to Toronto and LA on short business? Will you be able to work on this show in Vancouver? If so, that is awesome that you do not have to move.

    @das- I avoid public bathrooms like the plague. Always check stall for paper before going in. And I never go outside unless fully dressed. You? 🙂

    @JeffW- For a while, I was able to get Carolina BBQ potato chips at the grocery store. They became my favorite! Then they disappeared. I guess Texas didn’t take lightly to Carolina BBQ and ran it out of town… 🙂

  6. Question: What distinguishes a Carolina BBQ sauce from any other BBQ sauce?

    Memphis and Kansas City style BBQ sauce (which is probably what you’re used to) are tomato based sauces, while Carolina-style BBQ sauce uses a mustard and vinegar base. The ratio of mustard to vinegar varies quite a bit from an almost clear, mostly vinegar sauce to a thick mostly mustard sauce.

    The ratio I use is 1:1, 1 cup of yellow mustard to 1 cup of cider vinegar. I also add 2 tbsp of Chilli Powder, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2 tsp of black pepper and 1/4 cup of sugar, and I simmer it for about 30-minutes and then cool and refrigerate overnight. I’ll post a picture of the sauce on my blog tomorrow.

    As for the Graduation Party, it will certainly be memorable. About an hour before the party was to start, and about 30 minutes before the Picnic Butt was due out of the smoker, I took a shower to freshen up and get the smoke smell off of me, only to be told by my son (banging on the door) that the kitchen sink was stopped up. When I went to the basement to clear the clog, I didn’t know the dish washer was running and had filled up the sinks, so when I cleared the clog, it all let go and showered me with 10 gallons of fetid garbage disposal water. Barb took the rug cleaner machine to the basement while I took my second shower in 20 minutes (well actually my third if you count the 2nd fetid water shower).

    Then the thunder storm hit (more showers while cooking on the grill).

    Then the power went out…and stayed out.

    At 9pm, after almost everyone had left, the power came back on.

    Still, we had a great time and everyone loved the pulled pork. We even got a great sunset to close out the evening.

    I’ll post a full write up with pictures tomorrow.

  7. The things that I have that are Trek related… actually managed to get to go to the Star Trek Experience when it toured in the UK… went on my birthday as well… Must have to admit I was not impressed…. ONLY because everything was so much smaller than you thought and everything is made of wood! 😀

    The best bit was though going through the set and the ‘crew’ pretend that we are being attacked and you started in the engine room and then into the turbolift that jolted and lights flickered. Which did freak out a couple of people… bless em. and then the doors open onto the bridge! I was stood right in front of the doors as it opened and WOW one of those things you never forget! I supposed I should have mentioned it was the Next Gen ship.

    Boy is this topic bringing back loads of memories of cons and collecting stuff! Thank you!

    Kriss 🙂

  8. Like, you mean, before you run a marathon? Carb up on chip butties?

    Of course! Beats a bowl of pasta any day! Deep fried potatoes sandwiched in bread. How could you go wrong?

  9. I’m happy that Brian got a new show also. He seems like a very nice guy. Too bad you’re not working on the Same show though. 🙁 “Break a leg?” That still feels like a weird thing to wish on someone. 😉

    How are you going to do everything? You have the books, the blogs, the beautiful girl friend, the pups, etc, etc, and etc. Can you give seminars on time management? I could use it. You make me feel like a sloth. 😛

    JeffW: Wow, after all the problems you had, it still sounded like a great time! I prefer tomato based but really ANY BBQ is good.

  10. Can’t wait to hear of what’s going on…your teases are intriguing.

    JeffW – wondered how your event was affected. I was at another event and there was heavy rain, strong wind, and a Tornado warning – really welcomed things at an “outside” gathering. Oh, and I got drenched, but at least it was rain water…lol.

  11. @das… being stuck without toilet paper is why I try to always have a packet of tissues in my purse. And then find myself without a purse. I suppose it is a different technical issue for girls than boys though.

    I would never go outside in just my underwear because you can end up as a registered sex offender in Utah if a child sees you. I wish I were joking. this from a woman who has no trouble with casual nudity at Burner events.

  12. Hey Joe
    Congrats! As @ponytail asks, is this a Vancouver show or are you coming back to Toronto?


  13. Hi all

    Thanks for the welcome back! I promise to visit more regularly!
    Loving the ST re watch – great idea. And also good to see the Book of the month club back – I’m in!!
    Best from the Emerald Isle.

  14. Okay, here is the graduation party update post:



    @JeffW: what an adventure!!

    That’s one word for it… 😉


    Were the Carolina BBQ Chips from Utz? I found this:


    And, ooh, they have crab chips!


    I would have preferred a rain shower to the second one I received!

    @Tam Dixon:

    I tend to gravitate to the sour vinegar tastes, so for me, Carolina style is perfect.

  15. So good to hear you’re going to watch “Of Gods and Men”. I was dually impressed with the writing and some of the VFX. It honestly wouldn’t take much to make this movie truly great. Like you say, it’s really impressive what they were able to do with so little. While there are a few superfluous shots and cameos in it, I think it stands up quite well as a great Trek story.

    -Mike A.

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