Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stargate SG-1 - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog - In Memory of Christine Mooney

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog for March 28, 2009:

March 28, 2009: Remembering Christine

Whenever I’m asked what I enjoy most about working on the Stargate franchise, my answer is always the same: the people I work with. To the average viewer, their favorite show begins and ends with the actors they invite into their homes every week. The rest of the production personnel are faceless entities, names that scroll by at the beginning and end of a given episode. It’s unfortunate that, for the most part, fans never really have the opportunity to know the many talented people who work behind the scenes. The camera operators, production designers, art directors, visual effects coordinators, and make-up artists to name a few, all incredibly hardworking individuals who give up their early morning, late nights, and the occasional weekends to ensure production runs smoothly and those episodes get delivered in a timely manner.

Christine Mooney was SG-1’s Costume Designer in seasons 7, 8, 9, and part of season 10. Back in 2005, she was nominated for a local Leo Award for Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series for the episode “It’s Good to be King”, but actually won the award for the episode “Moebius, Part II”. Yes, she was great at what she did, and she was great because she possessed not only an eye for design, but a passion for her work and an obvious deep-seeded trust and affection for her co-workers. There was always a serenity about her, a disarming calmness that instantly put you at ease. And yet, it was always evident that that her patience and soft-spoken composure belied a certain excitement bubbling subtly beneath the surface whenever she presented a design or costume-in-progress. She was proud of her work; proud of her design team. And deservedly so.

She was also a lovely woman, always making it a point to stop me in the hall to either compliment a script, a bit of casting, or the tie I happened to be wearing that day. We were all greatly saddened when she had to leave us partway through SG-1 tenth season, but were all heartened when she made a return visit in early January of this year. Words fail to describe how pleased I was to see her again that day, or how sad I was to learn of her passing late last week.

Christine Mooney was incredibly gifted, an exceptionally courageous woman, and a much-loved member of our extended Stargate family. She‘ll be missed.


According to IMDB, Ms. Mooney passed away on March 19, 2009, due to breast cancer. Our condolences to Ms. Mooney's family, friends, and co-workers.

Stargate SG-1 - Video: 'The Enemy Within'

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Courtesy of SciFi Channel and HULU, Stargate SG-1's 'The Enemy Within' starring Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks and Don S. Davis. Guest stars include Jay Acovone, Kevin McNulty, Gary Jones, Alan Rachins and Warren Takeuchi.

O'Neill and the SG-1 team must attempt to remove a Goa'uld larva that has infected Kawalsky's brain -- but time is running out!

From the Richard Dean Anderson Stargate SG-1 Mission Database website:


* Mission of SG-2 under the command of Major Charles Kawalsky to P3-575 was aborted, later reinstated under SG-1.
* Colonel Kennedy is on assignment from the Pentagon.
* The iris, made of pure titanium, is less than 3 micrometers from the event horizon, not allowing matter to fully reintegrate.
* DHD, abbreviation for Dial Home Device, controls the stargate.
* The galaxy is populated by the ancient peoples of Earth.
* The Tauri: name for Earth from the tale of a primitive world discovered by the Goa'uld millennia ago, where humans first evolved.
* The Goa'uld harvested humans from this world to become hosts, Jaffa, and slaves.
* A Goa'uld symbiote controls a host by wrapping itself around the spine and controlling the nervous system.
* Goa'uld are born with genetic memory.
* A Jaffa does not communicate with the Goa'uld it carries.
* Code to abort auto-destruct command: 81452667

Battlestar / Doctor Who / Star Trek - Total SciFi: Contest - Vote for Favorite SciFi TV Theme Tune

At Total SciFi:

(Please follow the link for complete contest information.)

Vote for your favourite sci-fi TV theme tune – and win great prizes!

From the Theremin-laced tunes of the 1950s to the current trend for more subtle, evocative title music, science fiction shows have given us some truly great theme tunes.

But what is the greatest sci-fi theme tune ever written? Just trying to whittle it down to 10 candidates proved difficult enough, and there are undoubtedly some strong contenders that haven’t made the cut.

Where, we hear you cry, is Knight Rider? Or Stingray? Or Lost in Space? Or Buck Rogers in the 25th Century? Or Enterprise? OK, maybe not Enterprise

However, after several hours of screaming, pushing and sumo-wrestling, we have finally agreed on the following shortlist of 10 candidates. All are theme tunes that are both influential and instantly hummable, and reflect the broad range of theme tunes from the history of SF television, from The Twilight Zone and Star Trek right through to the recent reboot of Battlestar Galactica.

Now we want readers to let us know which is their all-time favourite theme tune from the shortlist below. And as an added incentive, one lucky random winner will bag a cinema voucher, a subscription to the Titan Magazines title of their choice and a goody bag. Your vote counts!


1) Battlestar Galactica (remake)

2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3) Doctor Who

4) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

5) Quantum Leap

6) Red Dwarf

7) Star Trek (Original Series)

8) Thunderbirds

9) The Twilight Zone

10) The X-Files

Email your choice to by 18 April 2009, after which we’ll announce the poll winner on Total Sci-Fi.

Don't forget to include your name and address!

The small print

The competition closes on 18 April 2009.

The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over (though the vote itself is open to everyone) ...

Only one entry per person ...

Star Trek - Movie Trailer # 4

Courtesy of SciFi Talk.

Star Trek premieres in theaters on May 8 '09.

Find more videos like this on Sci-Fi Talk

Tahmoh Penikett - Dollhouse - Video: "Man on the Street'

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Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Dollhouse's 'Man on the Street,' starring Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman and Olivia Williams. Guest stars include Amy Acker, Reed Diamond, Kevin Kilner, Liza Lapira, Patton Oswalt, Mark Sheppard and Aisha Hinds.

Echo and Agent Ballard come face-to-face for the first time.

Sanctuary - Amanda Tapping - Video: 'The Five'

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Courtesy of SciFi Channel and HULU, Sanctuary's 'The Five,' starring Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Christopher Heyerdahl and Ryan Robbins. Guest stars include Chuck Campbell, Colin Corrigan, Rob Hayter and Jonathon Young.

Circumstances and enemies separate Magnus, Ashley and Will. Now they must each decide whom to trust, and whom to flee.

Space Podcast - Mar 20 '09 - Cast of The Big Bang Theory

From Canada's Space Channel's Space Podcast:


March 20, 2009 - This week’s podcast features the cast of The Big Bang Theory, David Eick expounds on BSG, and Harlan Ellison gets his rant on over creator's rights and internet rumours. As well, host Mark Askwith spirited his way into the vault for an interview with the author of the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer.

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Stargate Atlantis - Canada's Space Channel - Season 4 Premieres Mar 29 '09 + VIDEOS

Stargate Atlantis' season four premieres on Canada's Space Channel on Sunday, March 29 '09 at 8pm.

At their web site:

Stargate Atlantis
Season 4 will be premiering on SPACE this Sunday at 8et. In honour of this event, we have posted some clips from the Atlantis cast and crew, talking about the final season and bidding a fond farewell to fans of the series.

Watch the special messages to SPACE fans here:

Joseph Mallozzi

Clip runs 5 mins 15 seconds

Joe Flanigan

Clip runs 22 seconds

Paul McGillion - talks about Carson Beckett's return in season four.

Clip runs 53 seconds

Paul McGillion - thanks the fans.

Clip runs 53 seconds

Rachel Luttrell - gives a heartfelt thanks to fans.

Clip runs 2 mins 3 seconds

David Hewlett - gives a big thanks to the fans

Clip runs 49 seconds

Joseph Mallozzi - gives us a tour of the Stargate Atlantis set before it was retired.

Clip runs 6 mins 2 seconds

Stargate Atlantis - Video: 'The Shrine'

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Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU, Stargate Atlantis' 'The Shrine,' starring Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo and David Hewlett. Guest stars include Kate Hewlett, David Nykl and Sharon Taylor.

A fantastic episode, with superb performances, especially by David Hewlett, Kate Hewlett and Joe Flanigan.

While on a rescue mission to another planet, Dr. Rodney McKay falls fatally ill and his sister Jeannie is summoned from Earth to say her final goodbyes.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: 'Daybreak, Part 2'

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Courtesy of SciFi Channel and HULU, the Battlestar Galactica series finale, 'Daybreak, Part 2,' starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett and Michael Trucco. Guest stars include Simone Bailly, Matthew Bennett, Leah Cairns, Brad Dryborough, Colin Lawrence, Tobias Mehler, Kerry Norton, Bodie Olmos, Callum Keith Rennie, Donnelly Rhodes, Rekha Sharma, Mark Sheppard, Dean Stockwell, Kate Vernon and Rick Worthy.

In the final episode, conflicts reach a climax while Cylons and humans face a stark choice.