It has come to my attention that some of you have elected to interpret a recent blog post in which I reflected fondly on my days with SG-1 as some sort of indirect sleight. The argument is that by praising the SG-1 team, I’m dissing anyone I didn’t happen to mention. “Why,”you may ask, “did you only talk positively about the gang who worked on SG-1? Couldn’t you have mentioned X, Y, or Z?” Yes, I suppose I could have. I suppose I also could have also mentioned warm biscuits, swim goggles, and the comedy stylings of Dane Cook. But I didn’t. Why not? Because they, like X, Y, and Z, have nothing to do with SG-1. That particular blog entry was triggered by a conversation I had with someone I worked with for seven years on Stargate SG-1. Our chat brought back some terrific memories, memories I decided to share with you. And, in so doing, I also allowed for a neat little segue into the announcement of the Amanda Tapping Q&A.
Still, I understand how one might conclude that, even though the topic of conversation was SG-1, my failure to wedge in some non-SG-1-related specifics could have been a calculated omission on my part. So, just for the record, I want to you all to rest easy knowing that, even though the following weren’t mentioned in that blog entry, I love them all nevertheless. Apologies to…
Flight of the Conchords
The F Word
Amadei chuao dark chocolate
Pierre Hermes Macarons
The crispy duck at Fuel Restaurant
The works of John Scalzi
The works of Joe Abercrombie
The works of Jeffrey Ford
YouTube recipe videos
Old comic books
Those really polite gophers from the Warner Bros. cartoons
Breakfast shakes comprised of almond milk, protein powder, bananas, almond butter, and frozen acai
La Bomba Hot Antipasto Spread
Tuna belly nigiri
A Christmas Story
The Princess Bride (book and movie)
Hong Kong dining
Staying up late reading
The original Planet of the Apes movies
The original Three Musketeers
The Four Musketeers
Vosges smoked apple wood bacon truffles
Wen Chocolates bananas foster truffles
And…that’s all that comes to mind right now.
Back in the office today and the story slots are filling up fast. I’m switching off my kino considerations in order to come up with my second and final story for the show’s first season. I have a character (Tamara) and a location (a planet). Now, all I need is for something to happen.
I received an email from actor Mike Dopud (aka Stargate: Atlantis’s Kiryk) who informs me that he’ll guesting on Supernatural tomorrow night in an episode titled “Death Takes a Holiday”. All you Supernatural fans will no doubt be tuning in but those of you have yet to check out the show may want to check it (and Mike) out. Also, Mike tells me that he is presently working on a movie with Steven Seagal, On the Run, in which he has a supporting role as Officer Clark. I wonder if he gets to throw down with The Pony Tailed One. Or maybe he gets to jump out of a birthday cake (See, in Seagal’s Under Siege, Erika Eleniak plays a stripper who jumps out of a cake while terrorists are taking a U.S. Navy Battleship….aah, forget it.).
Hey, I’ve been exchanging emails with actor Martin Christopher, a.ka. Christopher Martin, a.k.a. Chris Martin, a.k.a. The Master of Akido (No, wait. I think that’s Steven Seagal) – but let’s just call him Major Kevin Marks – and he’s kindly agreed to join us for a little Q&A session here on the blog. To what does he attribute his characters meteoric rise – from First Lieutenant to Captain to Major in four short years compared to SG-1 mainstay Davis who appears doomed to remain a Colonel for the rest of his natural life? Which ship did he prefer, Prometheus or Daedalus? What’s spaceship food like? Start posting. I’ll be gathering up the questions, then sending them his way this weekend.
Oh, and today’s entry is dedicated to birthday gal(?) Shaggy and belated birthday gal Erin.
Fsmn36 writes: “ Also, Joe, some of that food looks amazing!! Especially the dessert. What all is included on that Elvis platter?”
Answer: The Elvis Platter at The Memphis Blues Barbeque House includes: brisket, ribs, rib ends, pulled pork, smoked chicken, smoked sausage, fries, cole slaw, and baked beans.
Shingwit writes: “How are Bubba, Jelly and Maximus?”
Answer: Great. They thank you for asking and want to know how you’re doing.
Jasper writes: “I was wondering if Jennifer Keller ever had (has) a middle name?”
Answer: To the best of my recollection, we never gave her one.
Shirt ’n Tie writes: “Any holidays planned by the by? And also any word from Marty G in the Big Apple? How goes his new show?”
Answer: Planning a return trip to Tokyo this winter. Marty G. is doing fine in the Big Apple and is enjoying himself immensely on his new show, Bored to Death. Here’s hoping he’ll be able to write a second script for us before the slots are all filled.
Major D. Davis writes: “ 1. Have you ever considered directing a Universe episode?
2. When will we get more news on the Atlantis Movie?
3. Will promo pictures and or videos regarding Universe appear on the sci fi channel after one of the SG-1 movies air?
4. Who are your favorite people who read and comment on your blog?
5. How is life for you in Canada? Are you loving it or hating it?”
Answers: 1. Nope. 2. Hopefully within the month. 3. Don’t know exactly how Sci Fi intends to proceed regarding sneak peeks. 4. Unlike with children, I can’t play favorites here. 5. Life is good in Canada. I’d say I’m pleased.
Masterchief writes: “Will SGU’s performance influence the production of the movies, especially the Atlantis movie?”
Answer: SGU’s performance has no connection to the Atlantis movie. If it did, then that would mean we wouldn’t be shooting the movie until 2010 since there is talk of SGU premiering in the fall.
Belouchi writes: “1. Do you think with these current hard economic times that Project Twilight will be the last Atlantis movie?
2. Joe, Atlantis the actual city ship, was it the same city ship that was observed flying from Antartica in Rising Part 1 or was the city ship from the Tower; or another given the assumption the ancients probably built more than two?
3. Was it just me or were the replicator class Auroras weaker in terms of shields and offensive power when compared to the Orion?
4. Any status update on your future plans after SGU season 1?”
Answer: 1. I’m confident that if the movie is successful, we’ll do more. 2. It was the original Atlantis. 3. It wasn’t just you. 4. SGU season 2.
Atlantisjoefan writes: “1. Any news or thoughts about when it’ll be filming?
2. Is Todd going to be in the film? I love the relationship between Todd and Sheppard.”
Answers: 1. There was initial talk of a summer shoot but, given the tight scheduling, fall looks more likely. 2. Yes, he will.
Libkat writes: “Did you ever get that true Southern boy, Ben Browder to try Memphis Blues? That would be a real stamp of approval.”
Answer: Afraid not. Ben and I talked barbecue once and, being the good N.C. native he is, he’s partial to vinegar-based sauces.
Ascended Tauri writes: “I was wondering if you could confirm or deny this news article related to Universe:
Answer: Certainly sounds like something we would do. For episode #4.
Myth86 writes: “Are there any romantic restaurants that you would recommend? (budget is about $40-50/pp)”
Answer: I’d check out Market at the Shangri-la Hotel.