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Boy, that was fast! It seems like just yesterday we were touring the half-constructed Destiny set over on Stage 4, watching it all come together and working on scripts for Stargate: Universe’s first season. Suddenly, it’s nine months later, we’re finishing up production on year one and already thinking ahead to next season.
This week, we say our goodbye’s – actually, let’s stay positive and call them see-you-later’s – to our wonderful cast and crew. Yesterday, it was two actors whose work I’ve admired for years and who, over the course of this season, surpassed my lofty expectations both on set and off: the lovely Ming-Na and the equally lovely Lou Diamond Phillips. Great performers, yes, but, more importantly, incredibly warm, kind, and buoyant individuals. Lots fun.
Today, it was see-you-later to three more cast members. First up, another class act: the great Robert Carlyle. On any production, number one on the call sheet sets the tone for the entire cast. If your star is a jerk, then you’re in for a hellishly loooooong production. But if your headliner is professional and considerate, then the production will be heavenly and over before you know it. And, like I’ve already said, time HAS flown. Bobby has been a delight to work with – kind, humble, and nothing short of spectacular every time he’s onscreen.
It was also the last day for funnyman Louis Ferreira. Yes, it’s true. Funnyman. In truth, Louis is VERY different from the brooding, authoritarian Colonel Everett Young you see on SGU.
Trust me, it’ll be a while before you see Young wildly launching into hilarious impersonations or jumping into the catering truck to serve that day’s lunch: [images] ...
Louis is a wacky, wonderful guy who really should be doing comedy. But only once SGU wraps. Give it another 5-10 years.
Finally, another see-you-later for the drop-dead gorgeous and hugely talented Elyse Levesque whose performances this year have never failed to impress. Also, she is quite possibly the sweetest person I know.
Between all those goodbyes, we finally found time to sit down and start tossing around ideas for season 2. We have a general sense of where we want to go in those first ten and have some surprises in store for all of our major players. Tomorrow, we get down to it and start fleshing out those individual stories, seeding and developing the various character arcs.MAILBAG
[NOTE: These have been rearranged so as to fit under topical cuts.]
JYS writes: “Apparently a friend of Katherine is on SGU playing someone in the military…”
Answer: Yes. Airman Becker (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman).
Sarah Lee writes: “Can the SGU shuttle go through a Stargate?”
Answer: The shuttle is significantly larger than a puddle jumper, and a jumper could JUST make it through, so I’d have to say no, do not even try it.
Josua Meyers Extraordinary Teenager writes: “You say it takes several million years to get home with FTL technology if the Destiny does a U-turn. But what if somehow they retro-fitted a wormhole drive or hyperdrive?”
Answer: Where the heck would they pick up a wormhole drive or hyper drive?
Ryan writes: “How did the Ancients go about making their ZPMs, and why hasn’t the Atlantis crew figured out how to replicate the process yet?”
Answer: No one knows how the Ancients went about making their ZPMSs – which is why the Atlantis crew haven’t figured out a way to replicate the process.
Aragon101 writes: “Do you ever read SG Fanfiction?”
Answer: Nope.( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )