So with Akemi out of town (freezing her cute little butt off in Yellowknife), I thought it would be a good a idea to do a little cleaning up around the house. Truth is I have so much “stuff” in boxes, on shelves, in closets, and squirreled away in the darkest recesses of my crawlspace that I’d need at least a month to do a proper job of it. Still, every little bit helps. Thus I dedicated a significant part of my afternoon today to tidying up. In all honesty, I didn’t really clear anything out as much as I moved things around – but, in so doing, I did come across THESE:
And what, pray tell, are THESE? you are no doubt wondering. Well, THESE are Art Department handouts from Stargate: Atlantis’s fourth and fifth seasons covering everything from wall panels to sconces and buttress designs. I was about to recycle them when I stopped myself and thought: “Hey, you know who might like these? NOT me!”. But, maybe, a diehard fan might be interested in perusing the details that went into the making of an Atlantian Ship North Corridor Light Pillar or a Lantian Chair Room Weapons Chair Gak Box. Hell, these sketches, schematics, floor plans and blueprints are so comprehensive you could actually recreate your own Atlantis set if you so choose (and have the time, money, and manpower). And, hey, it’s not all minutiae. Amid the Core Room Console Base Brackets and Athosian Tent Placements are the occasional genuinely interesting finds: the Core Room Core Unit & Console, Aurora Pods, even the Midway Station!
So, interested? The amount of supporting material varies from episode to episode, but I’m sure there’s still plenty to thrill most discerning Stargate fans. Give me a little time to figure out the best way to award and distribute the swag. Unless you have some suggestions…
Meanwhile, let’s continue our trip down SGA memory lane with season 5’s second episode -
In her first appearance on Stargate, actress Jewel Staite was unrecognizable underneath all that prosthetics and make-up in season 2’s Instinct. She did such a terrific job in the role of Elia, the tortured wraith, that we ended up casting her as a completely different prosthetic-free character, Dr. Jennifer Keller, in the show’s 4th season. But old habits die hard and, when an early episode called for someone to get infected by an alien pathogen, we automatically thought of Jewel for two reason: 1. She’d done such a terrific job the last time and, most importantly, 2. She didn’t complain. And #2 is key since the episode required her to be in at 4:00 a.m. every morning for a three hour body cast session.