February 1, 2014: The Hot Chocolate Tour Continues with Rounds #12 and #13! Twisted Romance vs. Beyond the Milky Way! Winter Citrus vs. Chocolat Glacé a la Cardamome! Our Stargate Atlantis Rewatch Begins with Rising 1!

"You must be so sick of hot chocolate by now,"said my buddy Ivon.  Sick of hot chocolate?!  I can't afford to be sick!  I've only reached the halfway mark of my hot chocolate marathon, my bid to sample all 62-ish flavors being offered as part of this year's Hot Chocolate Festival. Round #12... Twisted Romance: You'll…

January 31, 2014: Hot Chocolate Festival Rounds #10 and #11! The Proposition vs. Phaun’s Fancy vs. Passionista! The Brunette Bangle vs. The Intimate Act vs. The Campfire! Kicking off the Stargate: Atlantis Rewatch!

Catching up on our tour of the ongoing Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.  Today, a couple of three-way throwdowns and a few surprises. Round #10... The Proposition: Eggnog and Rum Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon.  Served with your choice of cookie. Available at: Koko Monk,  1849 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver LevniKokoMonk Ah, one sip and I was instantly transported.…

January 30, 2014: Upcoming Under-the-Radar Movies to Look Forward to! Or not! Join our Stargate: Atlantis Re-watch! And take part in our Book of the Month Club!

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING Release Date: February 7, 2014 What it’s about: A former children's author seemingly loses his mind. What it’s got working for it: It's certainly unique and inventive-looking. What’s it’s got going against it: Pegg's movies are hit or miss.  Even going off the trailer, it's hard to say what to…

January 29, 2014: Upcoming Movie Releases to Look Forward to! Or not! All Aboard the Stargate: Atlantis Re-watch Express!

THE MONUMENTS MEN Release Date: February 7, 2014 What it’s about: The true story of a special platoon entrusted with the task of safeguarding art during WWII. What it’s got working for it: Based on a  true story.  And the trailer looks very promising. What’s it’s got going against it: These "all star cast" affairs…

December 14, 2013: Planning the Fan Campaign! And next year’s Group Holiday!

Okay.  Pursuant to yesterday's blog entry, some careful strategy is required. I think that, rather than striking out now as everyone - especially those in a position to make the decisions - prepares for the holidays or, in some cases, is already off on holidays, the campaign should hold off in order to maximize its…

December 13, 2013: Stargate: Extinction! The comic book?!

StellaByStargate writes: "I’m curious as to who (person or organization) “owns”–for lack of a better word–the scripts for the SGA and SG-1 movies? So many of us would love to see those novelized and made part of the Stargate canon…is there any way we could launch a campaign to make that happen? Who would we…

September 21, 2013: Now what?! Stargate: Atlantis! The Remnants Art Department Package!

Seriously.  No sooner do I recover from my pulled solar plexus (see previous issues, ed.) than I am now battling a lower back "thing". Specifically, a lower right hip ache that flares up whenever I shift my weight a certain way - or not.  I don't remember doing anything that could have caused it -…

May 1, 2013: Excerpts from the Trio Art Department package!

A little something from the "How'd they do that?" section of the Stargate vault.  Here are some pages from the Trio Art Department package that break down a couple of the episode's more ambitious stunt sequences... The episode made use of the gimboled set that was built for Stargate: Continuum:  

April 12, 2013: Insight in SGA’s Quarantine! News of Note!

Let's kick things off with a little something from a far flung prep week on Stargate: Atlantis's Quarantine... Remember the scene?  We require a steel for throwing, a tempered glass for breaking.  The existing wall has to be re-finished so that it looks convincing on camera and, of course, we need to add the climbing…

April 2, 2013: From guest stars to recurring favorites! My Top 10! And 1 for good luck!

Television, like life, is just full of surprises.  Shows you expect to be huge hits tank while apparent duds become breakout hits.  Seemingly average episodes on the page magically come together onscreen while guest characters envisioned for a single episode appearance will pop, surpassing all expectations to develop into fan - if not writer -…

March 31, 2013: Days of Stargate Atlantis past concludes! Stargate: Extinction! And beyond!

Looking back over my 11+ years with the Stargate franchise, I have one giant regret - the missed opportunity of bringing you that Atlantis movie.  We came close...so close... Late in Atlantis's fifth year, when we were working on the final few scripts of the season, we had no way of knowing what the future…

March 29, 2013: Build your own wraith facility! Here’s how!

So, how's everyone doing?  Good, good.  Enjoying the long weekend? Great.  Here in Vancouver, it looks like we've finally put winter behind us.  The sun is out, the temperature has risen, and my french bulldog, Lulu, is in full spring mode - As for me - well, I'm taking the long weekend off.  I plan…

March 26, 2013: You asked for it! Atlantis floor plans! The Control Room! The ZPM Room! Weir’s Office! The Adrift & Lifeline Art Department Package!

This week feels like the calm before the storm.  Of course, I could be wrong and it may actually be the calm before the calm before the storm.  Or, worse, the calm before the storm that never comes.  Paul and I are closing on several writing assignments (an action feature, an SF pilot, another SF…

March 14, 2013: Veronica Mars fans are finally getting their movie! So when are Stargate fans getting THEIR movie?

This was the question many Stargate fans were asking themselves yesterday after news broke of the astounding success of the Veronica Mars kickstarter campaign. For those of you who haven't heard, series creator Rob Thomas approached Warner Bros. about making a Veronica Mars movie. According to Thomas: "Their reaction was, if you can show there's…