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We are currently reporting live from the Hilton on McKay Avenue. n7cdrsheppard and I decided that to better serve the Atlantis fan community, we would do a collaborative post in hopes of reminding each other of the tidbits we might have otherwise forgotten. We are stationed 10 floors up overlooking beautiful Burnaby as we bring you this information.

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We had been outside Bridge Studious for over 12+ hours, sunburned, hypoglycemic, a little crazy and were still getting consistent honking from passers by as they saw our signs in the dark.

We were wondering if we should stay (the inside word was that they would be shooting till midnight) and had decided to watch Dr. Horrible on ssjandromeda's laptop when Robert Picardo and the Stargate publicist came out and met us at the gate.

Much to our surprise, the publicist told us that if we would stay together and be very quiet, we could come in and they would take us on a tour of the set.

There may have been squeeing. It's hard to say because I think I blacked out for a second.

Robert Picardo, leading us into the light

There was a shoot being set up. All we knew was it was bright and there would be Wraith. Zelenka and McKay may or may not be involved. Then we took an abrupt right into the studio. We were bared from the Wraith experience.

As we were walking, Picardo turned to us and spoke with great seriousness. "This is what we need to do," he said. "If the fans can come up with $100,000 per episodes for the 20 episodes in the season, we can do this."

"Sure," I replied sardonically. "Let me get back to you on that. I just need to check the petty cash."

n7cdrsheppard asked him, "so, what would you do if we did?"

"I'd be on set filming," he replied.

She came back with, "Would you work for food?"

He busted a gut and then replied, "Yes."

OMG. I love this show. I LOVE THESE GUYS!!!

The he opened the studio door, and we were transported, magically, to the Pegasus Galaxy. Funny how they seem to have random quantum singularities laying around at Bridge studios.

We had all been joking and chatting as we approached the building, but we fell silent as we passed through the door. It was dark, but there was a sense of impending purpose, something greater then ourselves. We turned the corner and suddenly, Atlantis lay veiled in deep blue and green shadow, asleep before us, more majestic than we had ever imagined.

It's hard to believe how a set made of plaster, plywood and paint can have such life breathed into it by wonderful writers and skilled actors - we knew it was a set on a stage, but for just a moment, we were transported to another universe and we were there, in the Pegasus Galaxy, in the Lost City of the Ancients.

Slowly but surely, we watched our city come to life as the lights came up.

Photo courtesy of ssjandromeda- Having safely arrived in Atlantis, Woolsey takes the time to pose for a photo op with a new group of SGC rejects interns.

He had to run off to shoot a scene - he even offered to have us come and watch while they did a take, but the publicist said no, there wasn't enough room, it was too tight on the set.

n7cdrsheppard just reminded me that he really did plead our case with her. "Aw come on," he cajoled. "Really?" but she just wouldn't give.

chaoticsabre  (Jewel Staite fan extraordinar), shaddyr, and n7cdrsheppard loitering in the gate room

The set was almost three stories tall, and the use of space was impressive. It was smaller than you expected, but laid out in a way that that created an illusion of of more space than was really there.

In the control room we found the DHD and other control consoles ostensibly used for managing the city's functions. They looked pretty realistic - I kept waiting for them to initialize, but I guess I just don't have the ATA gene after all.

It was kinda disorganized and unkempt, like maybe they hadn't finished cleaning up after the last Wraith attack. Which just goes to show you they weren't planning on letting us in. It was all very unplanned - they clearly weren't dressing to impress, but we were impressed all to hell anyway. I mean come on - ATLANTIS! Holy crap!

The conference room.

We sat around the newly imported conference table from earth, in our favorite character's chairs. I think I had McKay's and n7cdrsheppard was in Sheppard's. Once we were all seated, in senior staff style, we called our meeting to order.

chaoticsabre proposed the motion to formally cancel the cancellation and reinstate SGA for one more season. shaddyr seconded. Despite dying camera batteries ("Oh, God you can't die NOW!") and other obstacles, we called a vote. The motion passed unanimously with a resounding "HELL YEAH!"

[info]n7cdrsheppard headed on over to Woolsey's office and tried it on for size. His diplomas state he went to Columbia.

She sat in his chair, then tested out the suede chair that Sheppard sits in for meetings. She would like to report back that it is very soft yet firm, gently cradling the posterior of the Sheppard.

We felt it was important to let you know this; we understand that you are all as concerned as we are to know that Joe's six is well covered.

And I'll have you know that n7cdrsheppard smacked me about 5 times to make me reword that to her specification. Apparently, I'm too vulgar.

We headed out to the balcony off the control room. With the the white fabric backdrop and the minimal lighting, it looked for all the world like an overcast day on Atlantis, and you felt like you really could just look out over the ocean.

As she stepped out, n7cdrsheppardhad a moment of squee for all the Sparkies out there. It was, after all, their place. Thinking upon the hundreds of fanfics written in honour if this very spot, she bowed her head for a moment of homage.

For the rest of is, it was just really cool. I think I read a fic where John and Rodney... never mind. She'll just slap me again. I'll tell you later.

The hallway of Many things

there is an out of focus, androgynous marine at the end of the hallway of many things.  This hallway have served as the conduit for many story lines and personal moments both on film and in fanfic. Most recently it has been featured in Ghost in the Machine where Sheppard is nearly BBQed by a bolt of lightening and jumps back and shouts "RODNEY!" and when Sheppard asks Woolsey if one of the Replicators can stay on Atlantis.

From Atlantis, we moved on to Wraith world!

Featured in this shot, Gwen, [info]chaoticsabre and shaddyr,because we are crazy people.

The walls are kind of sticky, as n7cdrsheppard found out the hard way.

After we freed our fearless leader, we wandered around a little more. Some of the colours and textures in the interiors were amazing. It really did look organic, like the entrails of some eviscerated animal. Add a little bit of dry ice, and that would be one creepy place to spend the night. According to n7cdrsheppard, it was like a Gothic alter of flesh. Nasty.

Shaddyr in best McKay voice: Thank you, Colonel for the lovely mental images.
n7cdrsheppard with a lazy drawl: No problem, Rodney!

Having escaped the clutches of the Wraith, we proceeded on to the Daedalus.

We kept thinking about those blooper reels... (those of you who have watched them will know what we are talking about) Just think... Jason Mamoa behaving badly. *snicker* This is a tight space for that sort of thing and it explains the reaction. Srsly. Go watch if you haven't. Nuff said.

We saw a copy of a tabloid at Novak's station. You wanna know why she can't get the shields up in time? I'll tell you! She's too busy reading about wolf man's baby!

We appropriated the captain's chair, Sheppard's cameo chair, and every other tactical position we could take over. Glorious. It was better than being Captain Kirk. HAH!

Down in the hanger bay, there was an F-302.

There also happened to be a Puddlejumper, but unfortunately, no one had the ATA gene to power it up. Damn

Green screen - where the magic happens!

After the amazing trip, one of our number clearly couldn't deal with any more. She collapsed as we left the lot and we pronounced her 'Dead from Guh' on the scene. It was rather amusing trying to explain *that* phrase to the security guard.

The last fans standing

It was fun hanging out with other fans, and amazing being able to go on the set. Everyone at the studio, from the set designers to producers were polite, respectful and clearly grateful to the fans for their support. Both n7cdrsheppard and I want to tell the fans not to give up. It might seem like the end is inevitable, but it's MGM we want to focus on. Your only hope of Atlantis remaining viable is to pummel MGM with letters and protests. It's all about the money. Send your Lemon postcards to Mark Stern. MGM is holding the purse strings.

Okay, folks. We hope you enjoyed our report. n7cdrsheppard wants to end with one final thought for all the Sheppard fans out there.

n7cdrsheppard had the pleasure of chatting with Joe Flanigan's hairstylist. She asked him how he felt about working with Joe's hair, if it was as difficult as reported. He said yes, but they bring the special effects team when needed. The three grips with him confirmed this. He said they have a special wax that they use to keep it in check as much as possible.

"Wax?" she asked. "You know he *is* a surfer. In California, there is a wax that the surfer's put on their surf boards called 'sex wax'."

The stylist replied, "Yes, that's right. Joe wakes up every morning, has some sex, and is ready to shoot for the day."

A round of laughter came from the table and the crew.

We just thought that you all might appreciate that tidbit. 


shaddyr                                                            n7cdrsheppard



( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 14th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such an awesome experience! :-)

>>"If the fans can come up with $100,000 per episodes for the 20 episodes in the season, we can do this." <<


You know, if everybody of the 15000 people who signed the petition would come up with $ 134 we could bag the deal. *G*
Sep. 14th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'd so, SO do that. Even if it meant most of the episodes were bottle episodes. fdskafjdslfdasf
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Sep. 14th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
SGA has an average audience of what - 1,8-2 Mio? If every one of these would donate $ 1,50 - 2,00 it would be enough. Too bad it's not organizable. Personally I've spend more money on conventions than the $ 134 and would be more than happy to pay that price for a S6 of SGA but not everybody can spare this much. OTOH if every SGA fan around the world could convince 3-5 other people to donate one or two dollars for the sake of a SGA S6, who knows how much money we could gather. *G*
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Sep. 14th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hee! Wouldn't *that* be hysterical!

OMG! If the fen were paying, there would be no need for advertising either - commercial free!

Sep. 14th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'd be up for it. Totally. I mean seriously! It's less than $15 a month!
Sep. 14th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Loved this! Thank you so, so much for sharing. The fact that our show and its associates deserve glee is evident in every single encounter--I LOVE Robert PIcardo!

Sep. 14th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I loved your report!!! (esp the bit with the hairstylist *g*)
Sep. 14th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
OMG! You were there! Actually THERE!!!

So many emotions... I mean it was just so exciting wasn't it?... but the emptiness... wasn't that... didn't that feel so sad... and I feel like crying all over...
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
damn, if i could win powerball with some humungous amount, i could foot the $100K per episode! but as it is, i'm criging as I fill the gas tank in the car! thanks so much for the report. sex wax. bwahahahahah!
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Sep. 14th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
I was impersonating Joe (not very well)

Oh, I beg to differ on that, Colonel 'could be Sheppard's Sister'. You just about knocked me on my ass a half dozen times yesterday with how much you sounded like him. It was downright eerie.

...using my drawn out California surfer accent shaking my Sheppard doll at him. 'Joe was saying how the cancellation of the show was 'harshing his mellow, man, totally dude but the upside was more down time to surf in Malibu.'

This immage will be forever burned in my brain.
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Man, talk about memories for life!

And it's very good to know that Joe's six is well covered. =^.^=
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)

n7cdrsheppard thought this information was of vital importance. I agreed.
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, not only for the reports but for being there when so many of us couldn't (I'm a french living in the UK :p).
I am so happy for you ! You were one of the few courageous people and were rewarded for it, and in my opinion is was exactly what you deserved ! :D
So once again thank you :D (you have no idea, but some of us are actually jumping around and squeeing for you lol).
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Great Report! Had me in Giggles and Squees! :D

Can we link this one as well?? SOSGA loves getting the Reports from the Campaigns first Rally :D:D

You girls rule!

Sep. 14th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Sure! No problem! Enjoy!
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks guys!
Thanks for the rest of the story and the great pix! The story about Joe's hairdresser was awesome. Also glad that the Shep's 6 is covered and comfy.

Wish I could have been there. I am really, really happy you all got the personal tour. You deserve it for your stamina. 12 hours!

Did the machines have tags on them like 'i am fake' like the ones on SG1 set?

Sep. 14th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh that is so much awesome!

Sep. 15th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting this, all the awesome pics, whee!

You were in Atlantis! OMG! *more squeeing*

So cool that they took you around, what a treat.
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
1.82 million fans
If this is true about $150,000 per episode, if there were 20 episodes then it would cost $3,000,000 for the entire season. If every single fan out of the 1.82 million (American fans at least) would pay towards the $3,000,000 (I understand that is not conceivable that everyone pays but since I am not counting European fans ;), then it would cost everyone roughly $1.65 per season. That seems very feasible to me, considering Europeans will pitch in (also the Euro is worth more), I think we should contact them to see if this 150 grand an episode is truly the rate, and if it is I say we show action and oraganize this on this web site, we will have a press conference with CNN, telling them that we are doing something no fans have done before, we are paying to continue production of another season, and are in essence paying for the show. This, if nothing else, would hopefully allow us to get the word out so we can pay for it, and hopefully a company will see our support for this and decide to take on Atlantis.
Sep. 15th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)

So...I couldn't wait. I got all...creative-y and snagged the Pegasus symbol pic from this post and made an icon from it. Whatcha think?

If that bothers anyone, let me know, I'll make it go poof. I wasn't sure who actually took the pic, so I credited the photo to you, pls correct me if that's not right.

I'm offering to personalize it for anyone who was at the Rally, whee! Text, or a different background even, whatever, just toss me a request and I will do my bestest. If I don't recognize the name of the requester from this post, I will check with you, because this is a special offer, *G*.

Oh...just occured to me that I made the initial request for a copy of that photo via YIM. LOL! So you'll find it in an offline at some point. *headdesk* Catch ya laters.
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
I soooooooooooooo wish I was there, but I live in another hemisphere, life is so cruel for us Aussies! XD
It was really awesome to read your guys experience though.
Sep. 15th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Purely jealous! :P
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
So jealous!
that was awesome thanks so much, i'm from scotland so im not going to be able to get to any of the rallys but id totally be there if i could! its great how nice everyone was to you, so jealous you got to go on set!!! my fingers will stay crossed that atlantis is saved. mc
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Raising that sort of money seems impossible. Not because we can't generate the cash (see this for an example of someone who used the internet to get the cash he needed), but because the organizational logistics of collecting and disbursing that amount are staggeringly complex.

BUT what if we did something like this:

Enlist (beg, plead, grovel) 20 above-reproach fans. People closely associates with the Organization for Transformative Works come to mind.

Have each of them set up a new bank account, one protected by FDIC $100K guarantees, and set up a PayPal account associated with that bank account.

Set up a donation organization with web page. Have it use PayPal to shuffle the first $100K into the first account. When the first account is "full" have the administrator (or an auto-script) move the PayPal donation to the second account, and so on.

If enough cash is not raised, have one or more charities lined up to receive what was donated. Or, it could be returned to the donors. I'm sure there can be a check box on the donation sheet designating which each donor prefers. (Returning the money would take an awful lot of time for the owners of the collection accounts. Maybe we don't want to offer the option?)

This is, of course, not a real plan. It's barely an idea. And, no, I do not have any experience setting up a web site or dealing with PayPal or any actually useful skills. I was just thinking, you know?

Do you mind if I post this idea over at fight_for_sga?. I would have to point to your post, here. Maybe it will spark other ideas?

Also, so jealous of your adventure. Thank you for representing us all!
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
what an opportunity. and u knew it, too. hate when u look back and realize you had something special and didn't recognize it at the time and missed it. or took it too seriously. love the pix. and the image of the conference room having the meeting. did u ever see the movie 'capricorn one"? there's this scene when the mars astronauts are brought into this large empty conference room to wait. and the longer they wait, the more they realize that something bad has happened and that they are dead, or as good as.and its all over, but no one is coming in to say it. and finally one of them leans on the table and looks at the others and mockingly says, ' you're probably wondering why i brought you here today...". gut wrenching laughter.
again, thanks for making me laugh and smile. you did good
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Might I re-post this in beyondelsewhere?:) The Mod's one of my oldest L J friends; good guy to have at your back.
Sep. 19th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
You guys are wonderful. Seriously, jaw dropping pictures and an excellent report. Thanks so very much for sharing...
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