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As I mentioned on the first page, the convention reports do contain spoilers for Season 9 of Stargate SG-1. So, if you don't want to know, don't read them and stick to looking at the photos!

Here's one of Leah's cartoons that Michael Shanks' autographed and wrote a little note on for Leah (I mentioned this on page 2). Michael's comment says "Leah, Again another laugh you've given". The other signature on it is from Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck). Now we just have to meet up with Dirk Benedict to get him to sign the other Starbuck!

Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson)

Michael was adorable. He looked really, really thin, too. I always think he is lean, anyway. But he seemed thinner than usual to me. I don't know if it's because I haven't seen him in person in awhile or what.

He looked great. People were divided on the beard. Some liked it and some didn't. Leah did shout out that she liked it.

One man got up during the course of Michael's panel and said, "By the way, I like the beard." I couldn't see the man behind me, but Michael responded: "Thank you. I like your beard, too."

DJ asked Michael how long Daniel would have the beard in S9. He asked her, "Don't you like it?" She said, "Not on Daniel." He got snarky with her and said, "I've got news for you. I only play him on TV, honey!" Then he laughed, of course, and said "Sorry, Dana, at least four episodes." Michael then claimed that "someone" wrote him a letter that said "I heard you have a beard in Season 9 -- well, as long as it isn't that dead gerbil on your chin from Sumuru ..." And then he told DJ, "I'm not saying you wrote it, but maybe you encouraged that ..." ROFLMAO! Sounds like "someone" might have been reading threads and forums that they shouldn't ...

Michael spent a lot of time doing Peter DeLuise imitations (that were absolutely hilarious) and especially talking about how they would provide stunt doubles for Amanda, Chris and Richard Dean Anderson but not for him. He was acting out all the times Daniel was getting horribly shot over and over again and would have to fall backwards, etc., and they hadn't provided a stunt double for him. He said that the first time it happened when he complained, Peter DeLuise finally said "We thought you'd be insulted if we gave you a stunt double." When Michael went "What?!" Peter DeLuise claimed, "Well, Chris Judge said you wanted to do your own stunts!"

Later, Michael was telling the story again of another episode ("Moebius") and how Jack, Sam and Teal'c all had stunt doubles and again he didn't, even though he gets shot up ... And he acted out Peter DeLuise again: "Christopher Judge said you're a hockey player and you want to do your own stunts!"

It was really, really funny and hard to describe in mere words. He does a great Peter DeLuise with a wonderful voice.

Oh! And someone asked him about the Furlings. He made a lot of funny comments about the Furlings, claiming he thought they were really the Teletubbies. But he claimed that the real reason the Furlings never appear is that every time the writers get into a room and the subject of the Furlings come up, writer Joseph Mallozzi just loses it and falls over the table laughing at the mere thought. He did a cute imitation of Joe Mallozzi.

When asked about romance on the show, he said that he thought the lovey-dovey mush mush stuff (his words!) didn't belong on the show and should live on in the fan fiction and imaginations of their wonderful fans. ;-)

Michael talked a lot about Chris Judge and their friendship and also Chris' proclivity for constantly playing pranks on both him and other members of the cast. It's obvious there is a lot of affection between them. He joked some about Chris Judge's tendency to have a gas problem (mentioned by many of the other actors!) and said that at a recent event they hadn't had a chance to eat and were wandering around the airport before their flight home left. It was a long, overnight flight, apparently and Chris managed to find a bag of cashews. He was eating them in huge gulps, stuffing them into his mouth like a chipmunk (and Michael acted this out -- see the photos below) and saying "Dude! I feel sorry for the guy sitting next to me on the plane!" "Dude!" said Michael, "That's me!"

He also acted out an upcoming scene from Season 9 where Mitchell and Teal'c (and maybe Vala?) are trapped inside of some kind of chamber and Daniel is desperately trying to get them out before a ceiling or something comes down on top of them. Michael acted out being bent over (as Daniel) working on the door. He said the problem was that the door raised and suddenly there was this big black thing in front of him. He wasn't quite sure what it was at first. He called it the "Black Hole of Calcutta." Chris Judge had dropped his pants and was mooning him! Michael wriggled his own butt around to demonstrate for us and even did a little "sizzle" thing on his behind with his finger, the naughty boy. Unfortunately, I was so close to the stage and had the big lens on, hence poor Michael's head being missing from the photo below! I could hardly ask him to hold the pose while I stopped and changed lenses! Honestly! I wasn't meaning to focus just on his *ahem*, yeah, there.

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Michael talked about the Arthurian mythology coming in as more of a focus in Season 9 (Leah asked a question about what he thought of it). He seemed incredibly enthused about the idea and said he just loved it. He said the writers were coming up with new twists and things about the history and mythology that he had never heard of before himself, so he was really enjoying it. He said everything he had imagined them doing was very different than what they have come up with in reality. He said that because the show is kind of taking a "right turn" in Season 9, though, that "someone" has to do exposition and bring the audience up to speed. He indicated that, that would be Daniel. He commented that Rob Cooper just recently came up to him and said: "I just wrote the longest monologue Daniel Jackson has ever had to say!" Michael responded: "You have no idea what kind of bold statement that is!" and he proceeded to talk about all of the times he has had huge chunks of exposition to memorize.

The longest monologue he ever did that wasn't interrupted was in the episode "Sacrifices." He said it took four takes as Jack and Daniel walked and Daniel basically told Jack everything that Ishta and her women had been up to. The more he screwed up, the harder it got for him to remember his lines. He said he was "literally sweating bullets. It was the first time in the history of the show that I thought I was going to have to ask the director to compromise the shot because I can't do my job." Once he finally got it right (on the 4th take), the director (Andy Mikita) wanted to do it again for safety reasons. Michael begged him to use the one take he'd gotten and claimed "Can you live with that one? I don't think I can do that again." He said Mikita looked at him like they needed to order therapy for him or something. He said that he "looked like the cat from Shrek 2." And he proceeded to act out himself doing Puss in Boots from Shrek 2. (You can see the entire sequence of photos below -- Michael Shanks doing Puss in Boots!) He said that Mikita "let me walk away." I should say so, after that! You can also see Michael acting out banging his head against the wall due to what he called his "spiral of shame" as he kept screwing up the lines. That photo is in the bottom line of pictures right about this set of commentary.

Someone asked if there would ever be a musical episode of Stargate. Michael said "I was just talking to Ben Browder about that the other day!" After much laughter, he admitted, " I don't know if we're going to go down that road ... no one would be more interested or curious to see that than I!" Then he launched into "And now! The Stargate dancers!" He said it wasn't a "strong possibility but it has been talked about."

There was so much "acting out" that it's hard to describe much of what happened on stage but the photos should tell some of the story!

Michael said again, as he did in Pasadena, that Claudia Black was appearing in six episodes and at one point, he made a comment about those six episodes being in Season 9. This would seem to indicate that she is indeed appearing in SIX episodes, not five as previously reported. He also commented that the producers really liked her, that he loved working with her and that she was indeed lovely (a questioner had asked if she was as beautiful in person). He did say he didn't think Daniel and Vala would be an "item" in a romantic sense and that he hoped that continued -- he enjoys the chemistry between them but prefers to leave the romantic entanglements out of the show. He did say, I believe, a time or two that he isn't writing the episodes, of course, so who knows what the writers have up their sleeves?

Someone did ask the ubiquitous question about Sam and Jack and are they together or when will they get together. Yadda yadda yadda. I don't recall the question exactly. I think they may have asked if Sam and Jack were off together during SG-1's "retirement." Thank goodness this time Michael said "I am completely the wrong person for you to be asking that question." Although he did indicate that to the best of his knowledge, Sam and Jack were not together.

Someone did ask how Browder's character was going "to be introduced to the audience." I think Michael then asked the girl her name. She told him and he mimed waved towards someone next to him "So and so, this is Ben Browder's character." He is such a smartass sometimes!

Michael also dropped a huge bombshell of a spoiler that was previously unknown prior to this convention and that was that Richard Dean Anderson was going to be back and that he was going to be in the 1st episode and the 3rd episode. At another point, he said that he was going to be seeing RDA "on Tuesday." At another point, he made it clear they were filming for the 3rd episode. (Gary Jones also commented that he had just finished filming parts in the opening two episodes -- he said they began filming episodes on February 28th and he was in them.) At another point, Michael made a comment about how they were going to be filming a Jack and Daniel scene (and I'm not sure I remember correctly, but he might have even said "this week"). Then Carmen Argenziano later commented that RDA didn't want to be in the show anymore and wanted to spend more time with his daughter. He said they had filmed a scene with RDA but the filming had even been done in LA. (I believe it was later learned that Carmen had filmed a scene with RDA in LA but it was for the videogame, not for the series.)

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Carmen Argenziano (Jacob Carter)
(and Michael Shanks)

Alas, this was another panel where I didn't really take notes. It was the very end of the convention and I was so tired. Carmen came on last and Michael Shanks was even still in the room, finishing up signing autographs! I don't know why they scheduled Carmen so late in the day on Sunday. I suppose it was just the only place on the schedule they could find room for him.

He was obviously touched by the affection of the audience for his character and said that he hoped he would be back on the show in a flashback or something someday. He loved playing Jacob Carter.

Carmen was asked when Sam and Jack were going to get married. I kid you not. There were some people in the audience who insisted to him that they could get married and should. When several of us in the front row told him that it was against USAF Regulations, Carmen indicated that he had never even known that. He said to the audience that maybe that was why the writers had kept them apart? I couldn't help myself. I said "Yeah, and that's why a lot of us don't like it."

Carmen commented that he actually thought that Sam and Daniel should get together and had always hoped that was what would happen. He said that Sam and Daniel were his two favorite characters on the show. He had many nice things to say about working with all of the actors on the show and especially Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks.

When Michael was done signing autographs, since Carmen was already up on stage, Michael ran up to say goodbye to him and pulled him into a big hug. I was fumbling with my camera and missed the hug but I caught a couple of shots below as they said goodbye to one another. I absolutely adore these photos. The affection between the two actors is so evident.

Carmen mentioned a funny anecdote about Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks that I recall. He mentioned the episode where Jacob suddenly started calling Daniel "Danny." (That was in "Last Stand" and "Summit.") He said he didn't even know why he did that, but he said that RDA then kept teasing Michael and saying "Daaaaannnny" to him throughout the filming.

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