FAQ (April 2011)


Sorry for the delay. Easter was busy, what with all the swimming and napping.  Here are a few familiar questions, followed by some of my favorites from last week.

1 – How can I help get SGU back for Season 3?

I don’t think you can.  By now you’ve probably heard that SGU is no more.  I wish I could give you a list of things you could do to help, but I don’t even think Time Travel would do the trick.  Everyone is going to have an opinion on why SGU came to an abrupt end.  I’ve heard a lot of strong but misguided, sometimes arrogant, opinions from commentators, fans and actors alike.  I can tell you right now that the content & quality of the show was not the reason it was canceled.  I know that sounds bias, but I am the biggest critic of my work.  You can trust me, I’ve done some really shitty TV and I’m the first to admit it.  One day, over a beer, I’ll give you my vitriolic take on why it was canceled.  You’ll  have to get me drunk…then roofied…then we can party, and talk.

Stargate, as a franchise, is not dead.  It’s a money maker, but the soil needs to rest.  A perfect example is Star Trek.

You know…maybe there’s one last thing you can do, just a gesture…buy the DVDs.  Buy the Blu-Rays, watch the series over again.  Listen to my overexposed presence on the episode commentaries.  Tell a friend about the show.  Give the box-set as a gift.  Quote it.  Return to it once a year and watch it straight through.  Remember SGU.

“History will be kind to Stargate Universe.”– Patrick Gilmore, 2011

2 – Will you be attending the __________ Convention?

I remember booking SGU and people saying, “Well, you’ll be doing conventions now for the rest of your life.”  I’d like to say “Yes, come see me at _____!”  but the more I delve into it the more I think I just don’t have the time to figure it out, or go to one for that matter.

I visited my friend Ryan Robbins at an SG1/SGA/Farscape convention in L.A. back in November, 2009.  Peter Kelamis and I snuck in but had to really sweet talk the “gatekeepers” to let us in for free.  I had no idea what to expect but had fun watching Ryan answer questions on stage.  Later that night I attended the bar party where Ryan sang Karaoke and went from table to table chatting up fans.  I met some cool people and had some nice chats, but I retired early to the pool for a night swim, then to my room.  I do love me a nice hotel.  I have talked to convention agents, but from what I understand there needs to be a demand, the convention has to invite you.  Then you need a convention agent working on your behalf, or some go-between, and then bla bla bla…it just becomes a hassle.  Kelamis is going to his first, an SG1/SGA convention this June in Vancouver.   I should be in town that weekend, so I’ll get the details from him about how it went down.  (Can anyone tell me why SGU is still not represented in convention advertising?)   I’d love to go to one in London, or somewhere I’ve never been like Australia, Chicago, Atlanta, New York…or anywhere that flies me and has a pool at the hotel.  I hear they’re a lot of fun, but maybe this is Jebus’ way of telling me to shut up and get back to work.

I assume all conventions are like this...

3 – What new projects do you have coming up?

I did four episodes of ‘The Killing’ which is airing right now on AMC.  I play Tom Drexler and he’s a helluva departure from Volker & Trennan.

Tom Drexler from 'The Killing'

I filmed a mocumentary last June that is just finishing post-production.  It’s called ‘Sunflower Hour’ and also stars Ben Cotton, who you’d know from SGA and the upcoming ‘BSG: Blood & Chrome’.  This is a movie I will not be showing my parents.  I am practically unrecognizable in this.  I play a closeted-gay, Christian-fundamentalist, puppeteer.  Yup, I sure do.

Coming Soon

The future of ‘Riese’ is still bright.  It’s airing all over the bloody world now.  I’ll keep you posted as to what happens there.

Trennan from 'Riese'

Right now I’m filming a movie called ‘Recoil’ with Steve Austin and Danny Trejo & this weekend a short film with my friend Bradley Stryker (Curtis from SGU ‘Air’).

Stryker as Curtis in SGU

Stryker is his real name. Bradley Eugene Stryker…Jr.

4 – When is the next Laptop Chat?

It’s a surprise *winky face emoticon*  I honestly don’t know.  It’s always fun when it’s done, but it is work and rather indulgent.  The following is taken into consideration:

-Do I have time?

-Do I have a new guest who wants to do one & has the time?

-Do we have new things to talk about? Things to plug? News?

-Has it been an appropriate amount of time since the last one?

-How many views are these getting?

-Is there an interest from fans?

…and if all answers are ‘Yes’, then you’ll hear about it.


You can see all the Laptop Chats here: Ivon Bartok Part 1, Ivon Bartok Part 2 & Peter Kelamis.

And here are some of my favorite questions from last week…

What was your favorite Canadian TV program growing up?


Have you done a lot of traveling other than for filming?

I’ve spent a summer in London, and last year went to Cuba for two weeks.  I’ve traveled to France, Korea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and others.  But I’m not nearly satisfied with this list.

Self Portrait, Cuba, 2010

My favorite word is ‘subaqueous’, what’s yours?


What is the highest thing you have ever jumped off of?

What an odd question.  Even more odd is that I have an answer and recent example.  This cliff?

Summer 2010, seconds before I protected my sperm.

Thanks for the questions everyone. Sorry I couldn’t get to all. We’ll do this again sometime.


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12 Responses to FAQ (April 2011)

  1. Chris says:

    Epilogue was by far the best episode of SGU. Also, I have a new favourite word, Underboob!

  2. Gaz says:

    I know a few convention organisers in the UK, if you can be bought cheaply, i’ll bet i could get you invited to a con in london no probs lol

    seriously though, if you want to do a con in the UK, i can speak to people in a position to make that happen!

  3. James C. says:

    SyFy can kiss my fat white ass for canning SGU. I still can’t get over the fact that its canceled and we will NEVER know how the story ends.

  4. Sharon says:

    Oh, it would be so awesome if you were invited and made an appearance at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

    The cancellation of SGU did seem rather abrupt. I’m enjoying the second season much more now that the characters have settled into the Destiny. “Epilogue” is definitely one of my favorite episodes now. The recent scenes you’ve had with Robert Carlyle have been immensely enjoyable. 🙂

  5. pauly4it says:

    All I can say is that SGU was quite a ride!
    The acting was suberb, the writing was spot on (although I didn’t quite like the story arc with the aliens that kidnapped Chloe as much as the others), the set design was absolutely fantastic (particularly in Epilogue), and I really liked the “active” camera feel in SGU.

    Congrats on making such an awesome show!

  6. PBMom says:

    Thanks for fielding questions. I have The Killing on my DVR and I promise to watch it this weekend; I had to take care of taxes first.

    Epilogue was my favorite episode of Stargate Universe (so far–2 more episodes left). I cried when Volker died. I cried when Park & Greer named their baby Dale. I cried in other parts, too, but I love that Volker said what he did to Rush at the end. Volker has come just a long way since Air when he was terrified to even talk to Rush.

    Houston doesn’t seem to have any decent conventions, but if you ever get down here (or San Antonio or Dallas or Austin), I’m there. Don’t forget that Torrie from “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here” has a store here still. I seem to remember you having a little crush on her.

  7. jeff says:

    *Warning* Extremely long diatribe. No cliff notes. This is mainly in regards to the FAQ regarding the cancellation of SGU. I’ve come to the conclusion that the general population as a whole likes dumbed down campy shows. Personally, I find darker, gritty shows to be more of a reflection of the nature of life. That’s just my own jack handey thought of the day. Personally, I never watched SG1 because of the campy feel in the first season. I just couldn’t get over it. Much like I couldn’t watch more than 1 episode of the original Battlestar Galactica once I passed the age of 12. Now the reboot was fantastic, dark, gritty, and wonderful (except for when it came back after the writers strike), Then it was a rollercoaster of WTF. I watched SGA seasons 2-5 with rapt attention, liking it but not loving it. I loved, loved, loved SGU. I felt it was a more realistic, humanistic approach to stargate. I’ve realized that if a sci fi show is dark, gritty, or cerebral in any way people won’t watch because it makes them think. Farscape, man – in my top five for sure. Lemme tell you, the series finale, when Aeryn and John are in the dingy while Moya was healing I screamed, very very loudly, noooooooooooooooooooo while I watched them desintigrate. I was pissed off, hurt, and bitter at their death for months whenever I thought about it. Then one day I realized that if a tv show can get me that emotional about it, an hour long visual piece of fiction, then they did everything right. I’ve felt the same way about Wash dying in Serenity and now in general that SGU is canceled. Not a day goes by that I’m not bitter that my fiance watches shitty shows like Teen Mom and Americas Top Model (which always have high ratings and are always getting renewed) and I’m denied quality Sci Fi in favor of low budget animal horror flicks and ghosthunters international.

  8. Gerard says:

    If all it takes is some beer, let’s roll. We can talk about SGU, how awesome it was on Whyte ave. in ’06 and look disaprovingly at Canucks fans. You know you want to 😉

  9. Edwina Karch says:

    You like conventions? Then I have one for you Dragon*Con September 2-5 2011 in Atlanta, Ga David Blue will be there. Come and have fun with us crazy folks.

  10. Cynthia says:

    Looks to me that Creation may have 86’d the old Gatecon, and the next ‘official’ SG Creation con is in Vancouver in April *2012*. I’ll have time to save up, but a die-hard fan of the original volunteer manned Gatecon like me would probably undergo some sort of brain-destroying transmorgification setting foot into a Creation event. Belh. So, I’m another one to second Dragon*Con. It’s closer to my present home. And one I have not been to as yet.

  11. Zed of Earth says:

    Harsh Realm.
    Stargate: Universe.
    They left us too soon.

  12. Hope was probably the best episode of season 2 and probably the most emotional. Have to thank Peter for keeping me from crying. Hated the cancellation of SGU. That SUCKED!!!!

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