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So there I was the other day, minding my own business, when I received the following message on twitter:

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Hunh?  Who, I wondered, is zoiepalmer’s cat?  Well, I did a little research and, as it turns out, zoiepalmer’s cat IS Zoie Palmer’s cat, Cloverblob, who apparently has her own twitter account.  Hoping to avoid any potential conflict, I wrote back:

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And I left it at that.  But upon further reflection, I thought it best to mention the incident to Zoie.  I approached her yesterday while she was waiting to shoot her first scene of the day and, unsure as to how best to break it to her, I just blurted out: “I don’t know how to tell you this but I think your cat is harassing me on twitter.”  I’m not sure what kind of a response I was expecting.  Shock.  Sadness.  Maybe an apology.  Instead, Zoie nodded knowingly, “Oh, yeah”, and made it clear Cloverblob was out of her control.  Immediately realizing my mistake, I requested she not mention our conversation to her cat when she got home that night but Zoie gave a shake of her head and informed me: “Oh, she’ll find out somehow.”

I assumed she was kidding but, only an hour later, I received the following tweet:

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I, of course, scrambled to do damage control.  After all, the only thing worse than an angry cat is a vengeful angry cat:

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I didn’t receive any further messages from Cloverblob so I figured the entire incident had been put to rest.  And then I received a panicked text message from Zoie.  Our correspondence follows:

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So Zoie put in a good word for me and, in the end, we got things sorted out.  Kind of.  This Saturday afternoon, I’ve got a date with Cloverblob to go visit the hippo exhibit at the zoo.  I wasn’t prepared for a long term commitment though and Zoie’s last text has me kind of concerned:

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Wait.  Wait!  WHAT?!

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https://twitter.com/Cloverblob

It feels like mere weeks ago I was planning our trip to Toronto to work start work on Dark Matter.  I’d been developing the series for so long, impatiently awaiting its green light, that when we finally received word we had a go, I couldn’t quite believe it.  And back in the summer of 2014 when we were gearing up to assemble the season one writer’s room (all three of us!), production felt like such a long way off.  Even in December, after the construction had commenced on our standing sets and we had 10 of our 13 episodes scripted, it still felt distantly surreal.  And now…

We’re locking Dark Matter episodes #101 and #102 (directed by T.J. Scott) and I’m editing episode #103 (directed by Paolo Barzman).  The editors are working on their assembly of episode #104, directed by Amanda Tapping.  Director Lee Rose is presently shooting episode #105 and I’m in prep on episode #106 with director Ron Murphy.  We’re almost at the halfway mark!  Holy crap!  Never mind the season finale.  I’ve got to start thinking about season two!

Episode #112 came out today and, hopefully, that will tide the cast and crew over until I’ve had a chance to write #113, the shocking season finale.  I’m seven pages in.  At this rate, I should be done by the time it comes time to shoot it in May.

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Last night, I took a break from the madness for our weekly Walking Dead Night attended by VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, Akemi, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and yours truly.  Our new consulting producer (who arrives on Wednesday) enjoys the show as well and will no doubt be joining us for next week’s instalment.

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Meanwhile, thousands of light years away, the final stragglers (Kyle, Alison, and Trevor) await the transport vessel that will ferry them from Shaofu 2 back to Earth.

Sock of the Day!  Sock of the Day!

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What official announcement?  Oh, THAT official announcement.  Apparently, it had to run through one more proper channel and then all should be good to go.

Oh, and regarding my hint of last week – his CHARACTER (singular) has appeared in all three Stargate shows – narrows it down to only four possibilities I can think of.

Last night, Akemi and I went out with our friends Jeff and Barb who are in town for a few days to enjoy all the snow, subzero temperatures, and blistering wind that Toronto has to offer.  Last time Jeff was in town, we took him out to one of my favorite restaurants: Buca.  For his return visit, we decided to take him and Barb somewhere completely different: Bar Buca, sister restaurant to Buca.

Jeff and Barb - all smiles.  As usual.

Jeff and Barb – all smiles. As usual.

What did we eat?  Well, a lot.  All told, over a dozen plates.  I don’t know. Whenever I order, I always think I’m not ordering enough while everyone else – especially the waiters – feel just the opposite.  I suspect I need to start listening to everyone else.

A few of the culinary highlights:

Salt baked beets, stracciatella spuma, pistachio, sea buckthorn berry

Salt baked beets, stracciatella spuma, pistachio, sea buckthorn berry

Beef tongue, buffalo yogurt, pickled mushroom, turnip, radish

Beef tongue, buffalo yogurt, pickled mushroom, turnip, radish

Baby octopus, soppressata, crema di patate

Baby octopus, soppressata, crema di patate

Porchetta: roast tuscan pork, mascarpone, apple mostarda, agliata

Porches on focaccia: roast tuscan pork, mascarpone, apple mostarda, agliata

Smoked bone marrow, lampredotto, agliata

Smoked bone marrow, lampredotto, agliata

Rolled eggplant with ricotta and prosciutto, tomato, stracciatella

Rolled eggplant with ricotta and prosciutto, tomato, stracciatella

It was great catching up with Jeff and Barb.  Their presence was presents enough. But so were the actual presents they – and blog regular Sylvia – surprised us with…

Second Christmas!

Second Christmas!

Akemi's new hot chocolate mug.

Akemi’s new hot chocolate mug.

Socks!  I can never have enough!

Socks! I can never have enough!

Lulu was eyeing this little guy when we got back to our place.

Lulu was eyeing this little guy when we got back to our place.

Sushi socks!  Just in time for our Sock of the Day feature!

Sushi socks! Just in time for our Sock of the Day feature!

At 16, I guess Jelly's old enough.

At 16, I guess Jelly’s old enough.

A bottle of Ardberg which Jeff describes as "On the smoky side".  Perfect.  I like peaty.  And, best of all, my writer partner doesn't so I won't have to share.

A bottle of Ardberg which Jeff describes as “On the smoky side”. Perfect. I like peaty. And, best of all, my writer partner doesn’t so I won’t have to share.

A big thank you to Jeff, Barb, and Sylvia.  Merry Second Christmas!

I love Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry and the rest of her crew in wardrobe.  They’re talented, resourceful, and incredibly creative.  Sometimes, I think, maybe a little too creative when it comes to some of the wilder ideas they’ve thrown my way.  Still, I thought I’d done a pretty good job of managing the more inspired pitches, deferring them to the nebulous foreseeable future.  That is until I walked into the costume department the other day and spotted this tacked onto the bulletin board:

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Well there you have it.  Season 2 spoiler alert!  Aliens, color, and wacky/beautiful hats!

Speaking of spoiler alerts and promises – yes, that press release concerning that familiar special guest star was supposed to come out this week…but now looks like it’ll come out Monday instead.  But while you’re waiting, here’s another casting hint.  His character has the distinction of being one of only a handful to appear in all three Stargate shows (SG-1Atlantis, and Universe).

That should narrow things down.

Finally, I came across the following white board message posted at our location set. Wonder if Zoie Palmer is behind this?

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Today marked the final day of Amanda Tapping’s directing gig on Dark Matter episode #104 (pictured above with 1st Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn).

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We’re going to miss her.  And not just because she treated the cast and crew to a mobile coffee, tea, and hot chocolate stand!

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Meanwhile, Assistant Production Coordinator Travis Lowry celebrated his birthday in fine style today with streamers and balloons and a Steel Magnolias-themed cake (featuring him and the ladies).  Pictured above, the birthday boy takes a break from the festivities to pose for an Executive Producer mandated birthday photo.  Note the look in his eyes, a mixture of excitement, delight, and pure terror.

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While Travis was celebrating his birthday on Earth, the rest of the production was on Shaofu 2 for our last day on the space station!

I’m going to miss this place.  After a terrific six days in its atmospherically controlled environs, we capped things off with a visit to the station’s clinic…

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That’s a wrap on #104.  Next week, we’re on to episode #105, moving from space station to space freighter!

While we wait for the official press release on our recent casting coup (any day now!), how about a little hint in the from of a character breakdown for the latest addition to the Dark Matter family:

“Slick, silver-tongued, and more than a little seedy, Tabor Calchek is the crew’s “handler” and the ultimate agent. For the standard 10% commission, he uses his underworld connections as a broker to secure his clients their lucrative assignments. Tabor is sly, manipulative and opportunistic, and can always be counted on to look out for his client’s best interests…right after his own.”

So, guesses?  Who do you think would be perfect for the role?

Hey, it was Cat Shirt Thursday today on Shaofu 2!

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Today’s blog entry, brought to you by Solar Soda and Cosmic Tonic.  For a taste truly out of this world!

*A division of Station Shaofun 2 Holdings, Ltd.  CEO of graphics, Roxanne Barris.  President of digital motion, Kelly Diamond.

We now return to our scheduled blog entry, already in progress…

 – haven’t worked together in years, so I’m really looking forward to working with him on Dark Matter. He comes in for his costume fitting sometime next week (or the week after that).  A great bit of casting news, wouldn’t you agree?

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I capture the exact moment that Dark Matter VFX Supervisor, Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, came up with what Stargate Executive Producer Brad Wright would term a “Grinchy Idea”.  This during today’s VFX spotting for Dark Matter episodes #101 and #102.  Editors Paul Day and Wendy Hallam-Martin did tremendous jobs on the cuts.  I can’t tell you how excited I am by the end results.  These two episodes are going to be spectacular and I can’t wait to share them with you…right after the mix, color correct, the visual effects are finished, and we deliver them to SyFy. Oooh, you’re in for a treat.

Speaking of treats, let’s continue our slow reveal of Zoie Palmer’s Android character with another piece of the corporeal puzzle…

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She’s coming together quite nicely, no?

And for rabid fans (We know who you are!) of Natalie Cooper’s Sock of the Day feature, may I present today’s instalment…

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That’s it.  Back on Shaofu 2 with director Amanda Tapping and the gang tomorrow, then one more day before we switch gears and head on over to the Far Horizon.

Also, next week marks the arrival of our new Consulting Producer – and another reunion of sorts.  I’m going to need to find us a good taco joint.  Ah, just like old times.

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