June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

Join me next week – Tuesday, June 14th at 10 pm EST/7 pm PST – as I guest on the GeekSoulBrother podcast.  Topics of discussions will include this, that, and much more!  Also, probably Dark Matter and Stargate.  So, swing on by!

Who is Geek Soul Brother and what’s his site all about?  Well, why don’t you check out here:


And who is our affable host?  Well, I think it’s fairly self-evident, but Henry is a HUGE scifi fan.  Check out his list of 15 Sci Fi Shows That Shouldn’t Have Been Cancelled:

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

So, as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, my new show pilot is military scifi – not unlike Stargate: SG-1.  Unlike Stargate: SG-1, however, I don’t have easy access to a military tech who I can ask questions, run stuff by, and generally vet my script.  Or do I?  Yes, that’s where you military vets come in.  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – make yourself known or remind me again and I’ll drop you an email.  Help me out.  I may ever name a character after you!

One aspect of the pilot I’m undecided about is who rules the space ways.  I could take a page out of Stargate’s playbook and put the Air Force in charge.  Or follow David Weber’s lead and give it to the Navy.  Then again, Space: Above and Beyond were on to something with those space Marines.  Or do we want to go Starship Troopers?  Or maybe create a future mix’n match version of all four? Let do this!

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

Hey!  Head on over to Syfy.com for some behind the scenes pics of Dark Matter season 2.

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

And while we’re on the topic of Dark Matter’s second season, here’s our Screen Shot of the Day:

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

Well, unlike yesterday’s instalment, today’s offering is a little more…discernible. Whaddya think?

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

Meanwhile, I continue to go through the Stargate archives and offer a few natsukashii tidbits from my time on the franchise.  Pictured above, onscreen playback elements for the Jaffa ship.

June 7, 2016: Requesting Military Assistance!  Dark Matter!  Stargate!

And a little onscreen playback elements from another familiar alien race.  Any guesses?

And, finally, a little Puddle Jumper playback…

22 thoughts on “June 7, 2016: Requesting military assistance! Dark Matter! Stargate!

  1. I always loved the name ‘puddle jumper.” 😀

    Can’t help you out with the military stuff, sorry. 🙁

    I see lots of Android!

  2. Air Force, due to the fact that is who has is incharge of space operations in the government today. Though for purely sci-fi standards can go navy for tradition.

  3. Once mankind makes space part of our daily domain, I would think all branches of military would branch out into the final frontier as well. And just as we do on Earth, I’d think there’d also be police forces established in planetary colonies, space stations.

    But since Space: Above and Beyond didn’t get the chance to be the incredible, long-running series it deserved to be, I’d defer to the Marines as a nod to the show. Could you maybe get Tucker Smallwood as a regular or at least recurring character? I’ll buy you whiskey.

  4. I am not a veteran but I suggest that maybe you make up a new branch, similar to when they split the Army Air Corp from the Army to make the Air Force, perhaps a combination of portions of the Navy and Air Force. Or perhaps NASA gets militarized through funding deals from some “defense” contractors. Whatever you end up doing, I am excited just thinking about the possibilities. Thank you for bringing us some quality science fiction/space fantasy.

  5. I have to admit, I love sci fi based on humans of Earth moving into space, and not too far in the future. Very relatable, which I think made SG-1 all the more appealing. I’m sure someone here will be able to help with the military aspects. Good luck!

  6. Depending on how you’re spinning this you could form a new intraplanetary task force from all the military branches “the best of the best” and call it the United Armed Forces or ARF. Or Earth Defense Force, the EDF. I believe the United Federation is taken. Though I agree with Thogar, Marines do have a nice ring to it. Loved Space: Above and Beyond. Frequently find myself quoting “Hey, Ho, Let’s Go”. That was a great show!

    Today’s Screen Shot has me thinking that Three is going to have a field day with 2 Zobots.

    My space languages are a little rusty but is that Asgardian I see?

    What’s up the the facial tats on H-8? Prison gangs or is the more PC term “group”? Looks like a tough crowd.

  7. I say keep it as it is now say the Navy patrols deep space in ships and the Air Force does planetary defense with bases on different planets all over galaxy.

  8. Looking at the types of missions the different forces do, long term space travel is much closer to the Navy/Marines (remember the Marines travel on Navy ships) than any other force, hence the traditional use of those terms in SF. The Air Force handles US military space use today, but that works out because there are no actual ships and travel beyond orbit involved.

    I’m guessing that if the US ever gets a large force that actually operates farther out than earth orbit, it will get it’s own department. Other countries may do things differently.

    No matter what you call it, it’s going to end up looking like a navy, because a navy has the structure and institutions set up to handle months long missions in a self contained vessel, the others don’t.

  9. Wish i could tune in live, but that is like 4am where i live. But good thing i can watch it later. 🙂
    I don’t know much about military, but i hope you will find people that can help you out. I am excited about this new show.
    Love the new Dark Matter pictures… 23 days until season 2! :O

  10. I’m a Navy vet. I once worked on “top secret encrypted communications systems, worth millions of dollars, vital to national and world security”. LOL, that’s true, but in recruiter speak. I did a lot of com checks and maintenance, although when the gear was down, I worked until it was not.

    I have a relative who is a nuke (propulsion, not weapons) on subs. I actually cannot tell you what he does precisely. One, I don’t know, and two, it is classified to hell and back. Which is why I don’t know.

  11. Sorry, but I can’t help out with the tech. 🙁 Military Sci-fi=Awesome!

  12. My uncle is a retired Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force. He has spent plenty of time socially around Hollywood types because of his wife’s profession. He has a great line for parties, “at ease, I’ll be on base all day.”

  13. An alternative route for space exploration might be an Elon Musk type organization. So, the security might be a private organization modeled after a security firm or minute men who have other primary professions or whichever branch of the government takes over that organization if they can catch them. Minute men are tougher but richer to write because they need far more motivation than orders.

  14. Stargate Universe and Firefly – Absolutely!

    I don’t know if I can be much help. I was in the Air Force, Base Supply. I had nothing to do with combat and was never deployed to an active war zone. But if you ever want some tips on warehousing and delivery, I’m here for you. 🙂

  15. I’m ex-Army, albeit a few years ago! Had a great time ‘playing’ with surface-to-air missiles!

    I like the idea of a future mix ‘n’ match version of all four 👍

    Three and more than one Android – looking forward to seeing this photo in context!

  16. I have a great friend who’s based in Seattle who is exactly like maggiemayday’s relative: a nuke tech on a sub. While the sub he’s assigned to isn’t necessarily classified, it’s whereabouts and what they do always are. I figure it can’t be TOO highly classified since his sub even has a Facebook page….Either way, I’m not gonna say who he is or what sub he’s on. I’m not going to take that chance. 😉

    What’s really funny is, I’ve got an interview TODAY with a guy that does background checks for the Navy. Apparently my friend is applying for Top Secret clearance. I asked his wife on the “down low” as to what he’s trying to do, or if he’s getting a promotion, and she couldn’t really tell me.

    With him being up in Seattle(Port Orchard area), if the info you need is something he can provide, I’m sure he’d be more than happy to do it. He gets out after two more deployments, too, so probably within the year. Might just work out pretty well, timing-wise.

    -Mike A.

  17. Great to see so many military folks on the blog!

    In geology they say the way things are now is probably the way things were in the past, so whoever rules the skies now will rule in the future. Gotta have money to run an airline, but governments (the people) control the airports (space stations). The super wealthy corporations would need to hire seasoned military pilots, while the engineering and admin staff are a mix of ex military and civilian braniacs.

    The WGA has a Veterans Writing Project, you could do a Skype lecture with their writers or recruit tech advisors:


  18. You know what’s going to suck for me? Watching the new season, then asking what was this and what was that, and you’re gonna be all like, “Too bad, missy…you should’ve been paying attention to my blog when I posted all that information months ago! You snooze, you lose!”

    And I’ll totally deserve it. 😛


  19. I was in the U.S. Air Force for a little over 9 years. I was actually lucky enough to be Inside Cheyenne Mountain, and was able to see the door painted up to look like the entrance to SG-1. I was almost shaking with anticipation as I opened it, but alas… It was just a broom closet, with 2 brooms, a mop, a bucket and a sink.

  20. Joe, you know I am here if you ever need me… 20 years Naval aviation on 7 different aircraft and life support equipment! You already have my resume! Plus I am driving distance to Toronto, would love chance to tour the set and meet everyone and geek our with costume designers and prop department! I miss being on set! http://www.stitchsloft.com/about/

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