Despite the early call, it was another late night on Whispers. The morning got off to a rocky start when the treadmill needed for our first scene up failed to show. While someone from Set Dec was dispatched to track down the errant piece of exercise equipment, Will skipped ahead and shot scene 49 instead. I have to say, it’s been a real pleasure having Paul McGillion on set. He has gone all out, sacrificing life, limb, and a little dignity for the sake of this episode. Despite being battered and bruised, he is always upbeat, concluding his day on set by taking the time to thank the rest of the cast and crew before heading home. A class act.
Well, Paul was wrapped by lunch after which we turned the day over to the action sequences. The afternoon was marked by lots of fog and gunfire, the crawling scene, and a pyro flare that almost claimed my eyebrows. Marty G. received notes on The Lost Tribe, Paul locked The Daedalus Variations, and my buddy Bruno gave me some moose sausage that I ended up sharing with Carl and Alan. Tomorrow, it’s all catacombs.
To those asking – no, the 100th episode will not be a comedy. We have something big in mind and are already in the planning stages. Speaking of episodes…
At this point, the schedule looks something like this: First Contact and The Lost Tribe are the mid-season two-parter, episodes 9 and 10. After that, things get a little wonky. We have Alan McCullough’s location episode (q.v. yesterday‘s David Hassel Hoffan entry), Alex Levine’s Inquisition (in which Atlantis is finally made to answer for past transgressions), Carl Binder’s latest (the beat sheet arrived on my desk late this afternoon and I’m going to try to read it tomorrow morning), the Martin Gero “written and directed by spectacular“, my “a very special Stargate Atlantis” which quite possibly may see the return of the lovely Kari Wuhrer, CSI: Atlantis which will be helmed by Robert C. Cooper, and that season finale I was talking about. Which leaves one mystery slot.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gal Cassie.