I don’t know whether it was the glass of wine I had with dinner, the shot of Nyquil I downed before bed, or simply sheer exhaustion, but I slept like a dogless baby last night. Out at 1:00 p.m. and up at 8:30 a.m. No tossing and/or turning. No lying awake, watching the clock. No mad scramble to get Lulu off the bed so that she can vomit on the hardwood as opposed to my pillow. Just seven and a half hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. I woke up refreshed and raring to go and so spent the greater part of the day lounging about watching football, saving my strength for the viewing of tonight‘s two hour Survivor season finale and reunion show. Sadly, I’m out of the running in this year’s dark horse and reverse dark horse picks. The Bills were not as good as I’d hoped they’d be, the Bucs nowhere near as bad. Had I won, my winnings would, of course, have gone to a worthy cause (ie. the local center for homeless weevils for one) but, alas, the money will go to someone like Ivon (Jets), Paul (Panthers), or Carl (Browns) who will no doubt blow the money on shoes or baby food.
Oh, and of course I did find time to read the scripts that Lawren sent my way: the first two episodes of the upcoming Stargate: Universe. Those of you looking for a more character-centered scifi series need look no further. While Rush is still my fave, I also think Wray has a lot of potential for getting under Young and co.’s skin. She’s a definite love her or hate her type of character, one who’ll prove the bane to many a series regular, and probably some viewers as well. At present, a lot of the supporting players (James, Brody, Henry, Riley, Grearson, Volker, and dear, dear Franklin) hold a lot of promise as well. I’m reminded of Atlantis’s Zelenka and SG-1’s Lorne (hell, even McKay), secondary characters who, over time, developed into fully fleshed-out personalities and fan favorites.
Hey, maybe it’s time to test out wordpress’s poll function…
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday gal Mazeykins. Hey, where are the pics from the birthday bash?
Sylvia writes: “Cool vids from Indentity. […] Hmmm, although the visual suggestions of the bady’s demise were rather strong, will we ever learn of what happened or at least what your vision was for her?”
Answer: In Carl’s first draft, Neeva’s fate was a lot less open to interpretation. I suggested leaving it a little more open-ended because I quite liked the character that he had created and thought it might be fun to see her come back to cause some problems for the team (thus the prospective episode titled “Payback” that made up part of that AU Season Six episode list I posted a while back, not to be confused with “Revenge” which would have seen a return visit by the dark Asgard.)
Ponytail writes: “Will Ronon get a hair cut for the movie? Just answer a) yes, b) no, c) I’ll see what I can do.”
Answer: Barring a surprising change of heart on Jason’s part, Ronon will be sporting a new do in the movie.
Ytimyona writes: “Was just rewatching Ripple Effect (one of the SG-1 episodes I picked out of my iTunes queue to watch with my little sister when I get home for break on Thursday) and saw that you and Paul wrote it. Can you ask Brad if he plans to include a reference to Mitchell’s “Cut the green one” hint in the next movie? “
Answer: No, we won’t see a reference to cutting “the green one” in the upcoming SG-1 movie. Like the open-ended Neeva scene, the “cut the green one” reference was something I was hoping to pay off down the line if the opportunity ever presented itself.
Ytimyona also writes: “I get that alt-Mitchell would be angry with the real SG-1 for foiling alt-SG-1’s plans, but I believe that they really did have their hearts in the right place and that alt-Mitchell was really trying to help (perhaps because he felt guilty about what they had just done?).”
Answer: Yes, their hearts were in the right place and, in my mind, alt-Mitchell was offering our Mitchell some sound advice…should the situation ever present itself.
Dori writes: “Do you do any test for likeable quoitent before you sign a new actor?”
Answer: If you could come up with a scientifically sound means of arriving at a “likeable quotient”, we’d be happy to use it!
Shiningwit writes: “ Ok I’m thirty minutes in and I’ve had to restart my computer so I could take you guys to task over this but I couldn’t help but notice AGAIN that the anti-good guy Magistrate seems to be channeling Tim Curry. another bloody brit accent, do you guys dislke us THAT much?”
Answer: What can I say? The best actor for the part happened to British. Also, recent findings have shown that a disproportionate number of villains happen to be British. Go figure.
Montrealer writes: “Don’t really think anime is suitable for complex story telling.”
Answer: Oh, disagree. Check out Cowboy Bebop or Now and Then, Here and There and get back to me on that.
2cats writes: “Of course, just being laid off from my job doesn’t help either. And during a really severe recession. And amongst the highest unemployment in 27 years. And just in time for Christmas…grumble…”
Answer: Hey, Carol. Here’s hoping for a brighter 2009.
JoJoB writes: “In seasons 1 and 2 McKay usually went off world with only a 9 mm. By seasons 3 and 4 he usually had a P90. This season he was back to the 9mm most of the time. Whose decision is it what, or rather how many, weapons he carries? Also, why the change?”
Answer: Much depends on the type of mission the team is going out on. Usually, if it’s an op, they’ll be packing P90’s. If it’s a simple planetary investigation, McKay will usually make do with a 9mm. Still other times, it may come down to Rodney’s personal preference. Does he really feel like lugging around a P-90 on the day? Or does he wake up feeling particularly vulnerable that morning and opt for the big gun?
DasNdanger writes: “I know I mentioned it here before, but I was wondering if you ever read Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone series?”
Answer: In fact, yes, I read the entire series back in college. Very dark but terrific nevertheless.
Shaddry writes: “Have you ever been to Restaurant Connor Butler?”
Answer: I have. Do a search for Connor Butler in the right sidebar to find my review.