If you were at the SGU Comic Con panel – or followed the fallout on twitter – you by now already know the identity of the two Stargate: Atlantis vets who will be putting in an appearance on Stargate: Universe. Yes, it’s true. Robert Picardo and David Hewlett will be reprising their roles as Richard Woolsey and Dr. Rodney McKay for a late season two episode titled Seizure. As for who is experiencing the seizure and/or what is being seized – stay tuned!
Yes, times are tough – but I never expected to see this: Darth Vader robbing banks to help make ends meet http://gothamist.com/2010/07/22/darth_vader_robs_bank_photos_oh_yes.php. Next step: Celebrity Rehab.
And you guys say I’m crazy for stocking up on canned food and bottled water: http://www.howstuffworks.com/hacker-crash-country-network.htm Okay, maybe you don’t say it, but you certainly think it.
Cracked.com offer up 6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly: http://www.cracked.com/article_18627_6-things-from-history-everyone-pictures-incorrectly.html Like, for instance, Swarzenegger. I imagined him taller.
This heart-warming. Jennifer Aniston just adopted a 33 year old boyfriend from Africa: http://www.theonion.com/video/jennifer-aniston-adopts-33yearold-boyfriend-from-a,17768/ While I’m happy for Negasi, I can’t help but feel for all the other unadopted potential boyfriends out there.
Thornyrose writes: “Sounds like Ivon is getting in shape for his share of the Tokyo trip. So when do we hear about the drinking sessions to toughen you up for your share?”
Answer: I had one cocktail with dinner and was out like a light at 11:00 p.m. Doesn’t bode well for the Tokyo trip.
Zackary writes: “If you were a betting man, would you place money on Stargate Universe getting a 3rd season?”
Answer: See, the thing is I’m not a betting man. And every single time I’ve guessed at the outcome for a potential pick-up, I’ve guessed wrong. I figured season 5 was going to be SG-1′s last, but we ended up getting picked up. I thought the same thing about seasons 6 through 9, each time assuming it would be our last, and each time being proven wrong. Then, finally, in SG-1′s tenth season, I actually felt confident about an eleventh season pick up – which was when the show was cancelled. I was also expecting a sixth season pick-up for Atlantis – and we all know how that turned out. So I think I’ll limit my prognosticating to office pools. Although, if you really want to know, you might want to ask that octopus in Germany. He hasn’t been wrong yet!
Zackary also writes: “Could you see the Stargate franchise dying for a few years then coming back? Like how Star Trek did with the new JJ Abrams movie? Many people say that that franchise needed a break, would you say the same could be said in some reguards about Stargate?”
Answer: I wouldn’t. I’d say Universe IS a break from the Stargate that came before it.
Paul Moody writes: “At the office or around the house, a nice SLR camera for blog photos wouldn’t be out of place – but your out and about pictures and food photos always look good. What camera are you using – is it from a camera phone?”
Answer: A simple Canon Power Shot SD1200 IS.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Akemi is feeding you a lot of oysters “
Answer: Yeah. She must figure that, sooner or later, I’m going to land a tainted one.:(
dioxholster writes: “would you agree to sign that wavier and swap with someone?”
Answer: No but, then again, I wouldn’t volunteer to do third world relief work. Body-swapping is fraught with ethical issues that I do agree need to be explored. And it’s not just the obvious issues either. Carl has been wanting to do a story that asks: What do you do when someone uses your body to commit a serious crime? What are the consequences for both individuals? Hopefully, he’ll get the chance to tell that story and we’ll have the opportunity to explore these issues in the not too distant future.
Major D. Davis writes: “Couple questions for the next mailbag if thats cool.
So will there be SG-1 characters in season 2?”
Answer: It’s news to me.
Major D. Davi also writes: “2. When you write a music montage into a script how does it work? Do you guys first find the song, and then film it to fit the song.. or do you just film all the little cutaways, and then once you find a good song you assemble fitting segments into the montage? And when is the first montage in season 2?”
Answer: It depends on who is writing/producing the episode. I know that there have been times when Carl has had a certain song in mind prior to sitting down and scripting a montage. We have someone who provides us with samples from various artists, many up and coming, for consideration. I know that Paul has scoured this list and made use of at least one song from the selection after writing his montage. For my part, I prefer to write the montage and leave it to the song choice to the director – in both instances, Andy Mikita has come up with some great selections.
Major D. Davis also writes”3. Just curious, has this SGU/SGA crossover renewed discussion of Extinction with MGM. Because you guys must have talked with the studio about the crossover episode and the movie must have come up in that discussion.”
Answer: No, there has been no discussion related to the movie.
Major D. Davis also writes: “4. Will characters faith, personal beliefs, or religion be furthered explored in SGU season 2?”
Answer: As a matter of fact, yes. Visitation, episode 9, comes to mind.
Major D. Davis also writes: “5. How long does post for a movie take? Say best case scenario Revolution and Extinction filmed end of this year. When do you think they would be out? Doesn’t MGM want a couple months to market the movie(s) after post is finished?”
Answer: It all depends on how many visual effects Mark Savela and co. would have to contend with. I’d say about five months for post, then whatever time would be required for the studio to market the movies.
Simon writes: “Have you already seen the trailer for Season 2?”
otros ojos writes: “Love your comments about Akemi’s remark to Mike Banas.”
Answer: Yeah, she’ll often come out with some interesting statements. A recent favorite: “I think yogurt very mysterious because there is always likids on the tops.”
link 022 writes: “I had an idea, why don’t we send an affected ship to create a bridge of stargate to go to the destiny”
Answer: That would take even longer than sending a ship out to retrace Destiny’s route given that it would have to stop and drop gates along the way.
Liz writes: “Joe, something you’re probably not aware of – did you know there are maximum recommended intakes on fish and sea products from the ocean?”
Answer: I’m aware. I tend to stick to salmon and save tuna for sushi outings.
Lspacediva writes: “Only read 14 of the 100, and will likely never complete the list because I could never get through any Ayn Rand!”
Answer: Yep, there are a bunch of titles on that list that I could never bring myself to read.
nate writes: “On another note, as the food expert that you are, have you ever had a Baumkuchen?”
Answer: I had some in Tokyo. It was very good, but it paled in comparison to a lot of the city’s other dessert offerings.
steph writes: “Do you know of a good top 100 fantasy list? I found this one:http://www.fantasybooksandmovies.com/best-fantasy-books.html
on which I scored a somewhat better 40, though I disagree with a lot of the choices (Twilight over Wheel of Time, not to mention 92 other fantasy novels? And a Harry Potter book as number 1?).”
Answer: 36 for me, and I agree with your disagreement.