Today was our final day of spinning on Stargate: Universe and we finished in impressive fashion, breaking not one but TWO stories. The first, episode #10 is mine (Carl is especially excited about this one) while #11 falls to Paul. Ticking clocks, twists and turns, alliances, betrayals, and a surprise guest! And, just like that, we have our first 10 stories in play. Now, all that remains to be done is to write the outlines, design and build the sets, design and create the costumes, design and produce the props, nail down the crew, cast the roles of Young, Rush, Scott, Eli, Tamara, Chloe, Stasiak, Wray, and Brody (among others), and everything else that needs to be done before we start shooting in early February. I have a feeling our visual effects department is going to have a blast with this show!
PG15 writes: “In your opinion, is Universe looking more arc-based than Atlantis Season 1? Also, do you share the feeling that Atlantis Season 1 is the most arc-based Stargate season?”
Answers: Yes, SGU will be more arc-driven than Atlantis’s first season which I found no more or less arc-driven than any other season of the show.
Karen MT writes: “Has there ever been a time a character has been created with some sort of flaw/backstory/quirk/characteristic that has caused issues later on that you wish wasn’t there? If so, how did you work around it/get out of it?”
Answer: Off the top of my head, I don’t remember one. If I do, I’ll get back to you.
Waiting (Im) Patiently writes: “Brad’s Q&A?? Before you guys break?”
Answer: Brad has four scripts to work on in addition to a series to prep. The Q&A will have to wait until I get back from Tokyo.
Belouchi writes: “1. How many Wraith Hives can we assume were destroyed due to the brief moment the Attero device was on?
2. Will the Destiny Space craft be comparable to Atlantis city ship or an Aurora class ship?
3. Was Remnants the “a very special stargate episode” you were alluding to in the beginning of season 5?”
Answers: 1. We can make no assumptions at this poin. 2. The ship is still in the design stage. 3. Nope, I was referring to Brain Storm which is our “green” episode. Having done my part for the environment, I can now enjoy my bottled water guilt-free.
Ytimyona writes: “SGU is designed such that it can be enjoyed by those who have never before in their lives seen anything Stargate related, right?”
Answer: Most definitely. And while SGU will be more serialized than its predecessors, it will, like SG-1 and SGA, the show will be accessible to first-time viewers looking to jump on at any point.
Tokiya writes: “I realise you already have your trip to Tokyo pretty much organised, however I thought you might be interested in this link….”
Answer: I have reservations at 5 of the 8 Tokyo restaurants Michelin award 3 stars.
Jerem writes: “Hi Joe, what’s happening to the “lost episode” of season 1 of SGA, “Human Error” ? It’s become an episode of a season 2, 3, 4 or 5, and his title has changed?”
Answer: It’s safe to say that particular story is dead.
Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “How did the commentary go on Whispers Mr M??”
Answer: Will and I had a great time offering insight into prosthetics, visual effects, and Sheppard’s turtleneck.
Sessy writes: “Why can’t you use a PDA with (or without, if you’re really confident) GPS and just upload it with a local version of TomTom?”
Answer: Yes, I’m going to check out my GPS options tomorrow.
Chevron7 writes: “What book are you going to read on the plane?”
Answer: I’m bringing a few with me, but will probably start with David Weber’s On Basilisk Station.
Scary writes: “It would be great to see some set photos from the first day of production. Any chance of that happening?”
Answer: If I’m on set, I may take a few snaps and run them by Brad and Rob. If they approve, I’ll post.
ShardsofGlass writes: “On November 17 you said the SG-1 DVD movie had been greenlighted. Then on the 18th, you said that there was only a plan to produce one SGA movie next year. Does that mean, even though SG-1 was greenlighted, it won’t be made next year?”
Answer: The SG-1 movie and the SGA movie are two different movies. Both will be produced next year.
Heineken writes: “For the love of God, does the Odysey really need the Zpm after the Ori threat? “
Answer: Hey, you’re right! The Odyssey doesn’t really need the ZPM now that the Ori threat has been dealt with. Or does it? Hmmm…
Melissa writes: “Your maps should work….what you might want to try is saving them in your GPS storage to automatically guide you where you want to go.
And Brickbreaker is awesome…though I can’t get passed level 17. Have you!?”
Answer: There is a maps function, but I’m unable to transfer my Google MyMaps to the blackberry. And, yep, brick breaker is addictive. Not sure which level I’ve hit – certainly not 17 – but my best score was 9650.
AnneTeldy writes: “I appreciate the concern. I didn’t get online for a bit because I wasn’t feeling too well, but I’m better now. Just really tired.”
Answer: Welcome back, Anne, and here’s hoping that you’re feeling better.