To borrow a Gordon Ramsayism: “Stargate Atlantis Movie with satisfying conclusion…Done!”. Satisfying conclusion for who? Well, me for one. And, I suspect, for many fans as well although, of course, it goes without saying that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Still, I’m very happy with the story we have and with our ending in particular. Some doors are opened, some slammed shut (rather violently), while others are left ajar for future exploration…in the next big adventure provided the fans support this one. Not quite as long as I expected but, given the action sequences, it still may clock in with a robust running time. Yes, all of the regulars and semi-regulars you’ve grown to know and love are in play – Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, Ronon, Woolsey, Keller, Zelenka, Lorne, Beckett, Chuck, Banks, and Todd – in addition to a couple of surprise guest stars. But more on them as we draw closer to the that first day of principal photography. As for when that will be…no firm date yet but I’m still banking on a fall production alongside the SG-1 movie.
But this fall is a long way away. An even longer way away is Christmas 2009, yet Fondy has already booked our flight back to Montreal. All well and good provided we can find someone to watch the dogs. Failing that, I’ll be ringing in the New Year west coast style – sushi, chardonnay, and in bed by 11:00.
Tomorrow, I weigh in with my thoughts on this month’s final book of the month club selection: Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow. If you haven’t finished yet, get movin’. If you haven’t started yet – tsk, tsk. What’s your excuse?
Majorsal writes: “if you’re giving Deni B pictures of her daniel, how about pictures of my sam for me?”
Answer: Sorry, wasn’t on set to take pics of Amanda.
Dodecahedron writes: “1. Was that the real Ba’al who was extracted at the ceremony at the end of Continuum? If not, is the real Ba’al still alive?
2. If the 1st Atlantis movie doesn’t tie up the wraith storyline, will you guys eventually make a conclusion for the storyline? You know, the final defeat of the wraith like the ori and their followers had in AoT?
3. What’s with the lack of Ladon Radim in the second half of Atlantis’ series run (he hasn’t been around since episode 50). Do you think the Genii will ever have an important role in future movies?”
Answers: 1. In my mind, the real Ba’al is still out there. Brad may hold a different opinion though.
2. We’re not thinking past this first movie so am unable to answer that question.
3. Again, I can’t comment past this first movie.
PG15 writes: “Goodbye scene? Uh oh. Nothing good ever comes out of Goodbye scenes. Is it like “Goodbye, for I have to shuffle off my mortal coil” kinda thing?”
Answer: Could be a little of both.
Malikb writes: “1.Given the seemingly good news on the SGA movie, is it still possible that both movies (sg1 and atlantis) will start shooting at the same time?
2.Can you tell us how many people are there on the Destiny?30? 70? 100?”
Answers: 1.Yes, it’s certainly possible. 2. Nope.
Eduardo writes: “Do you writers have any plans for young O’Neill clone (season 7 episode 3) in a future stargate movie?”
Major D. Davis writes: “1. How is Time going(i’m assuming thats the one thats filming, unless the episode order was changed and time is now 108)?
2. Did you design the Icarus Base Uniforms from scratch of did you use the U.S. army uniform pattern.
3. Is Andy Mikita directing Justice?
4. Will there ever be a Atlantis crossover in Universe?
5. Will Universe be more explicit(violence, language, sex etc…) than Atlantis and SG-1?”
Answers: 1.Although the air order remains the same, the production order has Life shooting next followed by Time. Rob is writing the script for the latter as we speak. Right, Rob?
2. That’s a question for Val Halverson, our Costume Designer.
3. Off the top of my head, I don’t know.
4. We have discussed the possibility.
5. Since all three air on the same network, they all follow the same network guidelines.
Suziesbluefeather writes: “My question is other than the obvious Foie Gras (I can’t do because we are going to be using them for breeding too so the raising method wont mess.) what ways do you like your duck and goose cooked?”
Answer: I like them roasted. The duck breast is especially good if you take the breast, score the fatty side, put some slivered garlic between the scored sections, season with sea salt, pepper, and thyme, then sear in a cast iron pan for a minute until golden brown and pop it in the oven to broil for about eight minutes. Once it’s done, set aside to rest and get rid of all but two tablespoons of the pan drippings. Toss in a chopped shallots, a couple of cloves chopped garlic, a cup of fresh pitted cherries and a cup of port. Cook over high heat until most of the liquid is cooked off – about ten minutes – then add a couple of cups of chicken stock. Reduce the heat to medium and let it cook for another 15 minutes until the sauce is thick. Add some butter, some salt and pepper, carve the duck, pour the sauce over top and voila = dinner!